Disclaimer: I don't own Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that would be Joss Whedon nor Harry Potter, that's JK Rowling. I just use them for my fun.
Buffy and Joyce arrived in England a week before they were supposed to pick up Dawn. To fill the days they toured London. They went to see the changing of the guards, British Museum at Giles’ insistence, London Bridge and the Tower of London, Saint Paul’s Cathedral. In other words, they did the whole tourist thing. Buffy absolutely loved Covent Garden. She wasn’t all that impressed by London Dungeon though. After slaying vampires and demons every night, it’s hard to scare her.
But then the day arrived. They were going to pick up Dawn. They slept in, ate a late breakfast at 11 o’clock and then got ready to go to London’s King Cross station, where platform nine and three quarters was located. Buffy felt a bit apprehensive about walking trough a great brick wall, but she took a bit of a jog and walked trough. Once she was on the platform it was all she could do to remember to step aside to let her mother trough. There was so much to see. A lot of families were at the platform already, chatting amongst themselves, waiting to welcome home the returning Hogwarts students.
Buffy felt she needed at least two more pairs of eyes to take everything in. Some families were non magical, like Buffy herself and her mother, but the far more interesting families were magical. And they wore dresses! And pointy hats! She assumed the dresses were the robes Dawn told her about, and they apparently came in all colors and all kinds of design on them. As Buffy wandered away from her mother, around on the platform she picked up pieces of conversations.
“…prizes at Magical Menagerie are outrages, did you know they charged me fifty sickles for a lousy…”
“Can’t think of what I want to get her for her birthday. Do you think she’d like something from Flourish and Blotts?”
“…still don’t understand how they lost. Their chasers were much better then….”
“No, he’ll probably want to go to Florean’s ice-cream parlour before going home. You’re welcome to join…”
As Buffy was walking around, listening to the conversations as she went, her eyes came upon a group of people who could be related to Willow, they had the same red hair. She grinned, from Dawn’s letters she assumed this was Ron’s family. Apparently there was but one wizarding family with that red hair. From her spot next to a pillar she could observe the family without being seen. The only female in the group was a short, chubby woman with a smiling face. She just radiated kindness.
Then there was a moderately tall boy, couldn’t be much older then eighteen, with glasses and air about him that said he thought himself to be a very important person. Buffy had to stifle a giggle. She turned her attention to the third person in the little group and did a double take. Damn, but he was gorgeous. Tall, with broad shoulders, he had long red hair, tied together in a neat ponytail and an earring, what kind Buffy couldn’t see. Not normally the type Buffy went for but she was willing to overlook that. He was to far away to really see his face, but from what Buffy could see it was a very nice one. She just might have to make Dawn introduce her to Ron’s family.
Looking at the clock that was on the platform Buffy realized that it was almost time for the train to arrive. She decided to find her mother to say that she was going to stand at the tracks to wait for the train.
After they decided where to meet, Buffy made her way to the tracks. When she arrived she wondered which way the train would be coming from and kept turning her head from left to right, not wanting to miss seeing the train arrive.
“The train will come in from the left.” She heard an amused voice say. She turned to see who addressed her and couldn’t believe her luck. It was the cute boy, man she told herself, who she had been admiring earlier.
“Thanks” she said with a smile “You just may have saved me neck damage.” The man laughed.
“Bill Weasley” He said, holding out his hand.
“Buffy Summers” She replied taking his hand.
“First time here? Who are you here for?” Bill asked. She nodded.
“Yep, it’s all new for Buffy. I’m here to pick up my sister, Dawn. She just finished fourth year.”
By this time the other two redheads had joined them and the woman spoke up.
“Dawn? Dawn Summers? Oh, she is friends with Ron! That’s your sister? Ron mentioned you in his letters sometimes, things Dawn told them.”
“Oh, don’t believe a word she says.” Buffy exclaimed with a smile. “Unless it’s good of course.”
“Don’t worry, dear. It was all good news. I’m Molly Weasley and this is my son Percy.”
“Pleasure to make your acquaintance.” The boy, Percy, said.
“uuh, yeah, you to.” Buffy said, trying to decide if he was for real and trying very hard not to laugh.
“Feel free to ignore him, “Bill spoke in her ear, “the rest of us all do.” Any reply Buffy would have made was cut of by the train rolling into the station. Soon students were pouring out and hugs, kisses and tears were all around.
Buffy tried to search the crowed for her sister, but with her small stature it wasn’t easy. The problem was solved however when she heard a shrill voice cry out;
“Buffy!” and before she could find out which direction the voice came from she had an armful of Dawn.
“You’re here! I can’t believe you’re here! How are you here? You told me you weren’t going to come!” Dawn babbled.
“I wanted to surprise you.” Buffy laughed, hugging her sister back. “Did it work?”
That earned her a slap to the back of her head, quickly followed by another hug.
“I’m so happy you’re here.” Dawn squealed. “Come on, you have to meet my friends!” Dawn took her hand and tugged her along. After only a few steps they were before a black haired boy with glasses, a tall red-haired boy and a girl with bushy brown hair, who were all standing with Ron’s family.
“Buffy, This is Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Guys, this is my sister, Buffy.”
They all exchanged greetings, Ron going a bit red in his face and couldn’t keep his eyes of Buffy. Buffy was secretly amused by this, but pretended that see didn’t see a thing. Hermione however was glaring at Ron, who didn’t notice. Harry and Dawn who noticed both, were rolling their eyes.
“Buffy, where is mom?” Dawn asked.
“She’s waiting over by the entrance.” Buffy replied.
“I’m going to go get her.” And Dawn bounded of, in search of her mother, leaving Buffy alone with her friends and her friends family whom she barely knew. Buffy rolled her eyes at her sister’s manners good-naturedly. Bill came to stand by her again.
“So that was your sister?”
“Yup, that’s her. Ron’s your brother, huh?”
“One of them.” Bill answered.
“How many brothers do you have?” Buffy asked.
“Five” A voice behind her replied.
“And we’re two of the five.” Another added while Buffy turned around.
“Fred.” “George.” “No wait, I’m George.” “No, you’re Fred.” “No, you’re George.” Two identical red heads bantered, while grabbing her hand and shaking it, until the other got hold of her hand and then it started again.
“How about I just call you Thing one and you Thing two? Buffy suggested with a grin.
The two boys looked at each other, back to Buffy, back to each other and started one of their strange dialogs again.
“I do believe she’s making fun of us, George.”
“By George! I think you’re right, Fred.”
“Whatever shall we do now?”
“Can we prank such a lovely creature?”
“That is a good question, dear brother.”
Bill put an arm around Buffy’s shoulders and began leading her away.
“It’s usually best to get away, before they really get started. So, are you going back to America soon?”
Buffy nodded. “Yeah, tomorrow, we’ve been here a week already and Dawn will want to go home. So, you know I’m from America, it’s only fair that I get to know where your home is.”
Bill smiled. “My parents live here in England, but I’m just visiting now. I live in Egypt.”
“Egypt! Wow, why all the way over there?”
Bill shrugged. “I’m a curse-breaker, most work is in Egypt.”
“Oh, like in the pyramids and stuff?” Buffy asked excitedly. Bill smiled and nodded.
“Cool job. Plus, Egypt, nice weather.”
Bill laughed. “Yeah, I suppose, the heath took some getting used to for me.”
“I’m a Californian girl, I like the sunshine and warmth. So, did you go to Hogwarts?”
“Yes I did. Graduated five years ago. Did you go to a magic school?”
Buffy shook her head. “No, I’m not a magic girl. I get into enough trouble without it as it is.” Buffy explained, then, realizing what she just said continued on, hoping to divert Bill from what she just said. “My best friend is Wicca though, my watc… another friend is a sorcerer, Dawn’s learning magic here and I work in a magic shop, so I’m surrounded by magic. But it’s not something I’m meant to do.”
“Wicca? Earth magic?”
“Yup.” Buffy nodded enthusiastically. “She’s really good to.”
By this time Dawn had collected her mother and her stuff and they were signalling Buffy that they were ready to go.
“Well, I gotta go.” Buffy said a bit disappointed. “It’s nice talking to you. Maybe we’ll meet again.”
“I’d like that” Bill said. “In the mean time, can I write to you?”
“Sure. I’d like that” Buffy said happily. But then she sagged a little, remembering something. “But I don’t have an owl.”
“That’s okay.” Bill reassured her. “I have one, I’ll have him wait for your replies.”
“Then yes, please write.” Buffy smiled. “Until then, Bill Weasley.”
She walked of before he could reply. She smiled. This had been a good day. She was defiantly glad she persuaded Giles to let her go. Now she had eight weeks to persuade him to let her drop Dawn of when the new school year began.
Pooh, okay. This was pretty hard to write. I’m so afraid I got all the characters behaving wrong. 1678 words. Could do better. Ah well, maybe next time.