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September 1st, 1888 - Black Lake

For first years on Boat C

The train had finally arrived in Hogsmeade and Sybille could not believe how close to Hogwarts they were. Only a few days ago it had seemed so very far away and now she was here with Fleur almost there. Amid the rush of older students making for the carriages she heard someone shouting for all first years. She made her way over to the voice, making sure Fleur stayed with her. In short order she found herself in front of boats.

Sybille liked boats, the few of them she'd been on. There had been a outing here and there in her childhood and she knew enchanted ones wouldn't let her fall out. Mother had always said so, and surely Hogwarts's boats were enchanted, right? She stepped into the boat and made sure that the others had room to settle in before the boat started off into the lake.

"Oh, I'm so excited! I can't believe we're almost there." She admitted to the others with a grin.


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Fleur had been unable to sit still on the train. Her face had either been practically plastered to the window, admiring the landscape, or excitedly pacing about the train car. When they finally pulled into Hogsmeade, she very cheerfully stated the obvious, "Syb! Hogsmeade!"

When they spilled out, she tried her best to also not lose her cousin as they made their way to the boats. Oh what a wonderful way to travel! Edgar had either left this part out, or she had been too busy grilling the poor boy about a million other things that she had simply forgotten.

She climbed into the boat after Sybille and turned a delighted smile on the two other first years who joined them. "Hello! Oh, this is going to be wonderful. I know we're just going to have the very best view of the castle this way."


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Hurry Tansy, we're going to be late! Terry's mind spoke as he awaited his sister's presence by the shop's door. He bobbed up and down on his tip-toes out of excitement with tinges of anxiety and nerves. Leaving mum was something he wasn't looking forward to, and truly it would be one of the most--if not the most--tragic and terrifying moments of his life. Months without a hug or physical contact of any form. How would he survive? He figured the best way to deal with it would be to rush the departure, but Tansy wasn't making matters any easier.

With his twin finally in tow, Terry attempted to pace himself by her side. He refrained from looking over his shoulder back at the shop, despite his parents being rather busy with their work regardless, and marched along the street to their destination. He wasn't sure how he was feeling then in comparison to the start of the day. Comfort was stripped from him, and in its place a sense of unfamiliarity and solitude. The young wizard had no one, besides Tansy, to share in these feelings and hoped the other first years would understand his mindset.

The docks were cluttered with other young children ready to embark to the castle. Had the journey to this location not been overwhelming enough, this sight would have done it. Terry sought Tansy's hand to hold as they walked to their designated boat. His eyes darted left and right as his head fell slightly to the ground. What was he getting himself in to? "Are you ready, Tansy?" He asked of his sister, wondering if she was just as nervous as he.

His first step into the boat was made with uncertainty. His legs wobbled slightly which caused him to lose his balance momentarily. Luckily, he had enough sense to him to maintain his composure and quickly settled onto one of the wooden seats provided. Two other girls had already been on the boat prior, to which the wizard gave a shy smile to. "You think? I've always wanted to see it up close," he replied to the girl with the darker, curlier hair. "I do hope these things are safe to get us there, though," he added, with a light whisper to his sister.
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Sybille hadn’t even thought of the view they might have. “I don’t think it’ll be long before we get to see it up close.” She told the boy with a cheerful smile. The two on the other side of the boat looked similar to each other and with the way he leaned in to her, Sybille was willing to guess they were related.

I’m Sybille Lukeson.” She reached out to shake the boy’s hand. “This is my cousin Fleur Rey.” It never hurt to introduce yourself, her mother had instructed her. Besides, one never knew if they’d all be in the same house as each other. Even if they weren’t it’d be nice to have friends in other houses too.


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Tansy had been an anxious ball of nerves. She'd packed and unpacked then repacked her suitcase on several occasions. It was the reason she'd held them up from leaving when Terry had wanted to. She just couldn't help herself. What if she packed the wrong things? What if she forgot something? It was all a bit terrifying. Her mother, luckily, had reassured her that she could always send something via owl if she was missing something. She'd finally been ushered from the family shop and she'd been on her way with her twin.

She found herself sitting next to her brother and across from two other girls. For once, Tansy remained the quiet one and simply stared about wide eyed. She almost wished she were like an owl that could turn its head all the way around just so she wouldn't miss anything that they were seeing. She was brought back to reality when her twin leaned into her and spoke. "Oh I'm sure it is," she responded in the same quiet whisper.

"I'm Tansy Tatting," she ended up responding, finally breaking her silence to the other two girls.


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"It's wonderful to meet you both!" Fleur chirped out even before Terry had supplied his name. After all, she was absolutely sure she would like the twins. After all, there were very, very few people in this world that she disliked. She would have offered up her hand in greeting, but her fingers remained curled around the gunwale, a bit uneasy about the swaying boat. She wasn't afraid, but she did fear growing sick and felt that perhaps she shouldn't make too many sudden movements.

She did, however, turn slightly so she could marvel at the view and still converse with her boat mates.


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Terry was intrigued to learn that both of the girls were cousins. He wasn't exactly that sheltered from society, though still found it odd that two people sharing similar blood could look so different.

Fleur and Sybille, two very unique and beautiful names, he thought; befitting of their appearances described by the same words. He smiled as Ms. Lukeson provided him this such information and nodded as Tansy piped in with her very own name. Terry thought it was most appropriate to follow with his own, however was beaten to a reply by Ms. Rey. Feeling too awkward to follow up, he simply stated "You too, Ms. Rey!" and proceeded to sit in silence. Perhaps the rest of the boat's inhabitants were a little more social than he. He didn't mind this fact, but certainly wasn't thrilled by it either.


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Nice to meet you Miss Tatting. And is this your brother?” Sybille tried to asked politely nodding at the boy who seemed hesitant to talk. “It’s nice to meet you as well.” She told him directly with one of her bright smiles.

Once he answered she posed the next pressing concern as a question to the others, “Are you guys worried about the sorting ceremony?” She was really just worried because she wanted to make sure she was in the same house as Fleur.


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Tansy was glad to already seeming to be making some friends. It would be good to do, especially if her and Terry didn't find themselves in the same house. It was a very likely possibility. They may be twins but they were quite different when it really came down to it.

"Yes, this is," she said with a smile in response to Miss Lukeson's question, "His name is Terry." She didn't seem to have a problem with supplying his name even if the proper introductions were a bit passed. But the following question had Tansy offering a slight shrug. She'd not really thought too much on the sorting. Or, at least, on which house she thought she'd like to be in or might end up in.

"Not worried," Tansy was quick to say, "Excited though. We only get to do something like this once, after all!"


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Terry nodded in Tansy's direction when she provided his name. Between the excitement and general nerves about the entirety of this experience, he truly had, in a sense, forgotten proper manners. Either that or he was just so used to Tansy filling in as the extrovert of the two of them.

The sorting ceremony was something he was definitely thinking about. To further be separated from his family was a frightening thought and one he wished wouldn't come true. Still, the twins were anything but similar so the likelihood of that happening was substantially high. Terry was somewhat surprised at how quick his sister answered the other girl and turned to view her expression. He wanted to be as ready as Tansy was, but couldn't find the strength to do so in the moment.


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"I'm excited, as well!"

Fleur was brimming with excitement. For a while, all she could do was smile in a goofy, large way at the trio until Sybille asked her question about the sorting, and she glanced between the twins to see what their answer was. Terry was awfully shy, but she wasn't about to press him to speak if he didn't want to. Instead, she burst out with a follow question.

"Which houses do you all hope you'll be in?" Maybe they would all be in the same one! First Hogwarts friends, and first housemates. How wonderful would that be?!


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So Sybille had been right. She smiled at the siblings and looked right at Terry. “It’s very nice to meet you.” She told him, not wanting him to feel left out or talked about - that would be rude.

Tansy was right they did get to do this only once, the perspective was nice and helped ease any lingering nerves Sybille had about it. If she ended up in Ravenclaw she’d been with her siblings. If she ended up in Hufflepuff she’d be in her mom’s house. Her biggest concern was that both Fleur and herself were sorted into the same house. Knowing that Fleur already knew this she let the twins answer Fleur’s question with a polite smile on her lips.


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Tansy gave a simple shrug at the question as to what house she thought she'd be sorted into. It hadn't really been something she'd given much thought. She'd simply figured that the sorting hat knew best and she'd be okay with whatever it ended up choosing for her. Though.. there were some things that hindered her thinking.

"Well, our papa's the head of Ravenclaw so it might be nice to be there," she admitted thoughtfully before going on, "And I don't think I'd like to be in Slytherin all that much. I'm not sure it's much my type." But, of course, she was only basing that assumption off of the stories she'd heard of the house.


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