When I woke the next morning I realized just how much a full night’s sleep will do for you. Absently I wondered if Dumbledore would let me run through that forest I could see from my room. For a while I just lay in bed, enjoying not having to worry about anything and being totally rested. Eventually I got up and went to find the bathroom. After looking for about five minutes I located it in the maze of rooms, took a much needed shower, and put my old clothes back on. As I was walking toward the painting of the phoenix, a large reddish looking wardrobe caught my eye. Hoping for some clean clothes I went over and opened the door…and was stunned. All the clothes I had had in my closet in Sunnydale were hanging in this wardrobe, but there was also so much more. Dresses, boots, heels, sandals, shorts, pants, tops, skirts, sweaters, jackets, everything. It should have been creepy, but a grin spread itself across my face, and my eyes felt like they were going to pop out of my head. Before I picked out an outfit I remembered that it got cold in England, so I chose simple black pants and a cream colored, sleeveless turtleneck sweater. Then I went over to the picture of Fawkes and gently pushed it open, hoping to find someone in the hall who would take me to Dumbledore. To my surprise though, he was standing on the other side of the portrait, staring intently at the phoenix. He looked vaguely surprised to see me.
“Ah, good morning Miss Summers. I see that you found you new wardrobe. Does it meet with your approval?” I grinned and answered,
“I love all the clothes, thank you, but I thought I asked you to call me Buffy.” Dumbledore smiled and said,
“My apologies, but sometimes people say things they don’t mean when they are tired, and you were far beyond tired last night. Please allow me to make it up to you with a tour of the castle, after I introduce you to the staff.” I smiled. The castle, from what I had seen last night, was beautiful.
“I would love a tour of Hogwarts, thank you.” Dumbledore nodded and said,
Excellent, excellent. Well, most of the teachers will be eating in the staffroom, so if you like you can eat there and meet everybody at the same time.” I nodded as Dumbledore turned down the hallway to our right and motioned for me to walk with him. As we headed to the staffroom Dumbledore said,
“If I am to call you Buffy, I must insist that you call me Albus.” I nodded and smiled. A little while later Dumbledore stopped and motioned to a door off to my left. When I opened it I saw a large, comfortable looking room with people scattered around inside, talking quietly. Albus cleared his throat and said,
“Everyone I would like your attention please.” Immediately the slow morning chatter stopped and the teachers looked at Dumbledore.
“Thank you. I would like to introduce to you the newest member of our staff, Miss Buffy Summers.” A stunned silence fell over the staff members and then the flood gates burst.
So what do you think? I know it’s short. There’s going to be some kind of confrontation between Buffy and Snape in the next chapter, but should they be friends or enemies?