Beep! Beep! I hit my alarm off. Daylight was still far off, by the looks of it. I put my eyes into focus on the alarm. 5:26 AM. Why couldn’t I wake up at a normal time with a normal alarm clock that goes off at the right time? I wanted to go back to sleep, but I couldn’t get there.
I heard someone talking quietly.
“You’ll wake them mummy! It’s bed time, see the clock?” I told her.
“Oh hush up dear. You’ll get worry lines if you don’t stop this, and you’re only eleven. Finally old enough to go down to the train, eh?” she said back. The healers liked to tell me she was just an illusion, but she was there, I saw her I could speak to her. I stared at her, my big blue eyes into hers. I had her eyes, and father’s hair.
“Mummy, please don’t wake up Flor.” Florean was my big brother, and he was the best. He was already at Hogwarts, and he only had a few years left. I really loved Florean, he makes me proud to be his sister.
I love Theo, but not my dad so much. Mummy hates him, and me too. He tries to take me to Healers, because he can’t see mum. He’s sad she’s dead, but I see her just fine. Daddy doesn’t really like Flor, he always makes him try and find work quick. We don’t have lots of money, because father tries to give me medicines I don’t need. He didn’t even want me to go to school, because I could be dangerous. Florean though, he promised to watch over me, and I trust him to. Father doesn’t, but who cares about father?
Of course, father is the only one supporting us, so he might be a little frantic.
“I can wake that no good son. Just because I gave him life, doesn’t make him special. You’re special my dear.”
“Mummy, Florean is so much better than me okay!” I yelled at her. I clamped my mouth shut, horrified in waking anyone.
“Hush up, and listen. You ought to go into your brother’s room and-”
“Mum, I’m not going to do it!” I shouted louder than I meant. I heard the doorknob jiggle and snuck under my bed. Florean didn’t even have a bedroom, he had a couch, so he was extra easy to hear us. “Shh! Someone’s coming! See you woke them again!”
“NO DON’T YOU DARE PIN THIS ON ME!”
“Mum, don’t yell they’ll hear you!” I was begging her to be quiet. I snuck back under the covers, and pretended to sleep.
“Fawn, sweetheart, I know you’re up.” Florean whispered.
“Sorry Flor, did I wake you?” I asked feeling guilty about it. I looked over at mum, who was on my left. “Apologize mum.”
She rolled her eyes at me. “He can’t see me Fawn.”
“I don’t care if he can’t hear you. You taught me manners, so please, apologize.”
“I’m sorry.” Mum said her eyes rolling again.
I looked at Florean. “I’m not going onto the train today.” I told him grinning.
“Yes you are.” He told me.
“I don’t want to! What if the kids make fun of me? Not everyone is nice like you! What if they call me mean names or,” my eyes widened. “Flor, what if the curse? What if they’re like father and they tell me I’m crazy, and mum isn’t there?”
Florean sighed. “I’m sorry sweetheart, you have to go.” He said kissing my head.
“Okay.” I said giving into him. Florean was probably right any way, despite how I didn’t want to be. Suddenly my stomach rumbled and Flor and I giggled.
“I can have some breakfast?” I asked him.
“You mean, ‘Can I have some breakfast?’ Yes sweety, you can.” He was always fixing the way I talk, because he was a good big brother, he knew how to speak, and he helped me speak correctly.
We went to the kitchen of our small home, and he got out my favorite hazelnut spread and toast. I started to eat real fast, but then mum called me a pig, so I stopped eating.
“Honey, finish your breakfast.” Flor told me, but I didn’t want to look like a pig again.
“You just asked for food!” he said, but quickly he calmed down. “And it’s ‘I’m not hungry’ love.”
“Now, I’m not hungry.” I said, but my stomach deceived me. I looked down and starting fixing my skirt. “The picture is croaked.” I told mum pointing to the picture of the family, before mum died.
“Crooked.” Florean and mum corrected at the same time. I watched Florean get into the freezer for ice cream.
“Ice cream for breakfast? Really Florean.” Mum remarked looking disapproving. She didn’t approve of my brother’s ice cream addiction.
I heard daddy come down stairs, and he verbalized mummy’s reaction to Flor eating ice cream so Florean could hear.
“Sorry I took so long to wake up, with it being a big day and all. When do we have to be there?”
“9 o’clock father.” Florean said, looking back at me. “Better finish that toast, you got a big day.”
“Go on, eat.” Mum instructed and I finished the toast, more prim and proper than the last time, so I would not get yelled at.
“Fawn dear, we’ve already worked it out with the healers at Hogwarts. It’ll be safe for you there, just do what they say, promise?” Daddy said to me.
I rolled my eyes. “I’m not crazy daddy! I’m not crazy!” I said, my mouth full of toast. Mum scolded me for talking with food in my mouth.
“You have a condition.”
“Dad, stop. She’s perfectly normal. Just a little special.” Florean said, kissing my forehead. Then we all headed out to Platform 9 ¾.