First Day of Classes

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Katrina's POV

I opened my eyes slowly as the morning sun shone through the stained-glass window; blinding me as I looked around at the unfamiliar surroundings.

"Where am I?" I muttered.

"Your room." I heard a voice reply from the right of my bed.

I quickly sat up and looked over, blinking away the sunspots in my eyes.

"Prof. Snape?" I said in surprise. "What are you doing here? and what do you mean, my room?"

"Well, after the students went to bed, Dumbledore and the other Professors talked things over and since you couldn't sleep in any of the house  dormitories, we figured it''d be easier if you just had your own."

"But that must have been a lot of work! You guys didn't have to do that! I think it's clear that I don't belong here." I said shaking my head and looking down at my bed sheets.

"That is not true, Kat! You deserve to be here more than any of those other twits. Besides, this room was already here, so it wasn't too much work for the house elves to get it ready."

"Really? Who used to live here then? Was he or she rejected by the hat like me?"I said excited that I might not be the only one this had happened to.

"It belonged to the sweetest and brightest little girl I've ever known." said Snape. I looked over and saw that his eyes were watery as he gazed down at me.

"What happened to her?" I asked as I patted him on the shoulder.

"It''s...complicated. and we really should be getting down to the great hall! Hurry up and get changed, I'll wait outside in the outer room and we can walk down together."

I jumped out of bed and rushed to get ready. I couldn't believe I was being allowed to stay! Once I was ready, I opened the door and slowly walked out.

"How-how do I look?" I said nervously to Snape. He turned around and stared down at me.

"You look beautiful." He said quietly.

"Thanks," I said blushing and looking around the room. It was perfect. There was a set of comfy couches in front of a fire place, a mahogany table and chairs, and a number of other furnishings and decorations. I noticed the Hogwarts seal was plastered everywhere.

"You can change the colors to represent any house you want should you choose to do so." Snape stated as he saw me look around. "Now, shall we get going?" He showed me how to change the password to get into my quarters and then led me down to breakfast in the great hall.

"Thanks so much, for everything!" I gushed as we approached the hall.

"No problem, anything for you," he whispered. There were those words again, but I wasn't sure if I had heard correctly. I mean there was no reason for him or Minnie to care so much about me! I was just any other student in their eyes. One who was clearly not suited for Hogwarts.

"Here's your schedule, make sure to show up on time!"

I grabbed the slip of paper he handed me and was about to look it over when I noticed Harry, Ron, and Hermione sitting at the Gryffindor table. I ran over to them and sat down.

"Hey Harry, Ron, Hermione! Do you guys mind if I join you? I know I'm not in your house but your my only friends so far...How did you sleep! I can't believe it's our first day! I'm so excited! I can't wait for classes to start! Do you think there will be a lot of homework?" I rambled as I piled food onto my plate.

Harry chucked and rubbed my back. "Slow down there, Kat. Let's just focus on breakfast for now."

"As usual, you're right, Harry! mmm" I said as I started to eat some bacon. My face blushed red as Harry kept his hand on my back and I saw Hermione notice this fact as she wiggled her brows at me. I glared at her. She laughed and went back to reading her book.

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