I was in the kitchen helping Miss Audrey with dinner. I've been running the ladle around the casserole without paying much attention to it. The dream...the information about my past... every time I try to focus on something else, those two kept going back to my head. I know it's not wise to dwell on dreams... but... is it a coincidence that the person who brought me here keeps appearing in my dreams? EVERY NIGHT?



"ANGELICA!"

"Yes? What?" I say snapping back to reality. "I said don't just stir there, add some Worcestershire" Miss Audrey said patiently. "Right... sorry" I mumbled and added some Worcestershire on the roast beef. "You've been staring into space since I told you about your brother..." Miss Audrey said. "I can't stop thinking about him... where can I find him?" I asked more to myself than to Miss Audrey. I don't need to look at her for her respond because I know she doesn't know.





"Alright let's serve this to the children..." she said a few moments later. We served dinner, ate and head straight to bed.



I couldn't sleep...

Maybe it was the excitement of going to the zoo tomorrow or I still can't get over from the fact I have a brother. I stayed up until 1:00 in the morning. Just sitting on my bed and stared into space. If anybody was in the room with me they'd think I'm creepy but they can't blame me.



Oh brother where art thou? I repeated in my thoughts.



There came a time where everything started swirling and my eyelids felt heavy, then I just fell asleep.



It wasn't surprising when two people with long cloaks and a giant carrying a baby visited my dreams again tonight.



****



I stared out on the window of our bus, ignoring all the mess the noisy kids are doing. We're on our way to the zoo and Miss Audrey is doing her best to discipline the children. Once we got to the zoo the children finally calmed down as Miss Audrey lead us inside. No one was really paying attention to what Marissa, the lady who was touring us, is saying about the animals we've passed through. Some are just pretending to listen. I was listening intently to what she was saying. "Now this is an owl..." she said showing us a very cute brown owl which is currently asleep.



"Owls are usually nocturnal." Marissa continues. A little girl beside me raised her hand. Marissa called her and the girl asked: "What is nocturnal?" Marissa gave the little girl a small smile--- probably relieved that someone was actually listening to her--- "Good question..." she said then she turned to the rest of us. "Who knows the meaning of nocturnal?" She asked then my hand shot right up. Marissa called me and I answered:



"Nocturnal means being more active in the night than in the day." Marissa smiled at me. "That is correct!" She said. I was smiling widely then I heard Avery scoff behind me.



Be jealous I thought.



"Yes, owls are nocturnal but there are recent reports about owls' weird activities lately. That they have been spotted flying around Bristol during daytime!" Marissa continues. I raised my eyebrows. Flying around Bristol during daytime? That is weird. Why would owls do such a thing?

"No one knows why owls have been behaving like this. It's all a big mystery." Marissa said. "Have scientists been doing some researches on that fact?" I asked. "Yes, they have. But no one could really figure out why." She answered. "Are all owls nocturnal?" Someone from behind me asked. I looked around. It looks like everybody started to listen after Marissa mentioned the weird behavior of the owls.



"As of I know, yes." She answered. "There is also a fact that owls could carry letters back and forth"

Now that is certainly interesting. The children suddenly said a chorus of "whoa" and I smiled to myself and I'm sure Marissa is too.



Finally they're listening to her...





After the tour we were allowed to explore the zoo ourselves. I walked around the reptile house. Some of these reptiles creped me out. I was staring at one cage when something heart-stopping caught my attention. Across from me was a family all gathered around one display, a snake probably? There a fat man, the father maybe, a tall yet thin woman, the mother, a fat blond boy who was frowning, their son probably and another boy...



Not just a boy, but a thin boy with raven hair messy as mine , who wears glasses like I do and has green almond shaped eyes... like I do.



He...



Looks...



Like...



ME!



Oh my god I can't breathe! I don't know what to feel! Everything stopped at the moment. I don't know what to think. SERIOUSLY!! Everything from my mind went completely blank. I watched as the rest of the family left him there staring at the snake. He was talking to it sympathetically. I stared at him, not knowing what to think.



"HEY POTTER!" someone slapped me on the back causing me to yelp in pain. I turned around to see Avery and her friends. "What ya staring at?" She asked. "Nothing..." I mumbled and walked away from her and looked at the lizard in one of the cages. I stared at it blankly as it stared at the side of the cage. I wanted to look at the boy more but then Avery might have some thoughts and then say something.



So I just waited for her to leave.



Sadly, she didn't. "I'm bored" she yawned. I rolled my eyes and took a peek at the boy. The fat blond boy just pushed him away and the boy landed on the floor. I frowned at the fat boy as he eagerly looked at the snake as if waiting for it to do something extraordinary. I heard Avery leave and I sighed in relief.



Then something peculiar happens. The fat boy was losing his balance as if the glass he was holding on to just disappeared. Wait... the glass did disappear! How did that happen?! I looked at the boy who was as startled as I am. The fat boy fell into the cage of the snake. The snake slithered out of the cage and when it reached the ground, the boy scooted back, scared. But the snaked hissed at him as if it was telling the boy something.



The boy replied and the snake slithered away, causing the other people in the reptile house to panic. That was weird, that was really weird!



Then a funny thought came to me as I watched the snake slither away.



What if the glass came back and the fat boy was trapped in the cage?



I laughed at the thought thinking it was too impossible, but to my surprise, what I just thought actually happened!! The glass was back and the fat boy was calling out for help.



Then I saw Miss Audrey came and she grabbed me by the wrist. "Angelica, there was an escaped snake. We have to go." She told me. I just nodded and then took a last peek at the boy, the mother and the father came back and the mother was panicking over the situation of her son but the father seemed to be glaring at the boy.



We exited the reptile house. "Wait here okay? I'll just go and get the other children. Don't go anywhere!" Miss Audrey warned me. I nodded and watched her leave, then the man and the boy came out of the reptile house. The man was red with anger and he was glaring at the boy. "What happened back there?!" he asked.



"I---I don't know! T-the glass was there and then it was gone and then it was back! L-like.... Magic." The boy explained, scared. At the word "magic" the man grabbed the boy's hair as if the boy just swore. He mumbled something on the boy's ear and then released his grip. "I have to go and check on your aunt. Don't you dare go anywhere!" The man said and left. The boy tried to fix his hair but it got messier I didn't know what I was doing. It didn't even occur to me that I was walking towards him. As soon as I was near him I tried to say something. "Hi..." I said feeling nervous, I don't even know why. The boy looked at me and his eyes widened.



"Hey..." he said.

I stared at him and he stared back at me. I don't know what to say next. This is getting really awkward.





"Uhm..." I mumbled I can't ask about what happened back there because I know he doesn't know, and I can't ask why he was talking to the snake because then he would find out I've been watching him.



"Where are your parents?" he asked me. Oh thank you for thinking of a topic! I thought. I felt relieved and hurt at the same time. "I--- don't have parents. I'm told they we're murdered." I replied quietly. "Oh I'm sorry. I shouldn't have brought that up." The boy said apologetically. "No it's okay" I said smiling a bit.



The boy nodded and smiled back at me. "Where are your parents?" I asked. "Same thing as you. I have no parents. I live with my aunt and uncle." He replied. "At least you have a family to live with. I live in an orphanage." I said. But I'd rather live in an orphanage than with his uncle or cousin.



"I'd rather live in an orphanage than be with them" he said. Just as what I thought!

"They're a pain, plus I get beaten up by Dudley and the kids at my school" he added.



"Dudley?" I asked



"My cousin"



"Oh. Well you're not alone. There's this ugly kid in the orphanage who beats me up either. Her name is Avery Collins" I said. "So that explains the crack on the lens on your glasses?" he said smiling. I laughed and nodded. "Well your story explains why your glasses have a scotch tape in the middle" I said smiling at his glasses.



"I notice. We have the same glasses." He said and grinned. "We also have the same green eyes." I said and grinned too. "You have raven hair like I do too!" he said grinning widely now. I laughed; he seemed to forget that his uncle just did something to him a few moments ago. "Do you have the same scar like I do?" I asked moved my bangs and showed him the scar on my forehead. His jaw dropped he moves his bangs and he showed me an identical scar.



"Wow this is something" I said and he nodded.

"Angelica!" A voice said behind me. I turned around and saw Miss Audrey walking towards me with the rest of the children behind her. "Let's go now!" she said.



"I have to go! Nice meeting you!" I said and smiled at him. "You too!" I hear him say as I run to Miss Audrey and then we headed for the bus just outside the zoo.



I sat in the front of the bus and Miss Audrey sat beside me. As we filled the bus, we left right away. I stared at the window again, lost in thought. I don't know why a smile was forcing its way out of me.



"Who we're you talking to a while ago?" Miss Audrey's question startled me. Then I smacked myself for my own stupidity.



"I don't know..." I replied.















--End of Chapter 3--



(Author's Notes: I hope you like this chapter as much as I did :) )

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