Mea Culpa (A Harry Potter Group Story)
What if you were a muggleborn coming from a religious family? This is what Erynna Bateson goes through when she goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As if friends and school wasn't enough!
Group story with http://www.quibblo.com/user/Beingdauntless (Elizabeth). Researching and Religion Consultant http://www.quibblo.com/user/lighthousepaint97 (Jackie)
â€œBe good you two,â€ their mother fused at Nigel and Asterea as they ran towards the magical barrier at King Cross Station. Nigel adjusted Addy, their shared barn owlâ€™s cage before he ran towards the barrier. Then David went. Then their mum. Then Asterea went before their dad.
After a long goodbye with tears from mum the three Bethany children boarded the train and headed their separate ways.
Asterea sat in a compartment with three other kids, who were huddled together in a sotto voce conversation. They didnâ€™t say anything to her so she pulled out her book and started to read.
She wasnâ€™t far into her book when the compartment opened, showing a tiny redheaded girl. â€œCan I sit here?â€ She asked somewhat nervously.
â€œOf course,â€ Asterea said dreamily. â€œWhatâ€™s your name? You look like a Katerine maybe.â€
â€œIâ€™m Erynna but thatâ€™s what my mother wanted to name me actually,â€ Erynna smiled before sitting across from Asterea and next to the huddle of giggling friends.
â€œIâ€™m Anthony Ricket,â€ one of the boys introduced himself. He had dark brown hair and kind eyes. â€œThis is Jason Swann,â€ he indicated the other boy. â€œAnd this is Tabitha Bainbridge,â€ he indicated the taller blonde girl. â€œWhatâ€™s your names again?â€ he asked with a beam.
â€œErynna Bateson,â€ Erynna returned the smile and held out her hand to shake which Anthony accepted.
Asterea closed her book. â€œAsterea Bethany,â€ she said with a small, warm grin. â€œYou have a lovely smile,â€ she told Anthony. At this Tabitha fought to hide a smirk, which Asterea missed.
â€œYou do have a â€˜lovely smileâ€™ Anthony,â€ Jason broke in. â€œDonâ€™t you think so Tabitha?â€
Tabitha stopped smirking and blushed a deep red. â€œI suppose so,â€ she mumbled. â€œSo, uh, what houses do you guys want to be sorted into?â€
â€œI donâ€™t really know,â€ Anthony said easily. â€œI suppose any would be fine, Iâ€™m just excited to get to go.â€
â€œRavenclaw,â€ Asterea pitched in. â€œWhere learning never ceases!â€
â€œWant to study together?â€ Tabitha asked quickly.
â€œMaybe,â€ Asterea said. â€œWhat house do you hope to be in Tabitha?â€
â€œSlytherin,â€ she gave a small smile, â€œsuccess is always a good thing.â€
â€œWhy would you want to be in that house?â€ Jason broke in sounding horrified. â€œGryffindor is obviously the best!â€
â€œIf you want to be a loser and a failure at life,â€ Tabitha retorted furiously.
â€œBut Ravenclaw would also be a good house for success,â€ Jason suggested before turning to Erynna. â€œWhat house do you hope to be sorted into?â€ he asked her.
â€œWhatâ€™re each of the houses like?â€ Erynna asked, â€œI didnâ€™t know that there were houses, I just thought it was a school of magic.â€
â€œWell there are four,â€ Anthony explained. â€œSlytherin is for the ambitious and cunning, Gryffindor the chivalrous and brave, Ravenclaw for the open-minded and learners, and Hufflepuff for the patient and hardworking. Make a little more sense now?â€
â€œWell then I wouldnâ€™t mind being in any of houses, they all sound good!â€ Erynna beamed.
â€œYou and Anthony seem like you would be in the same house,â€ Asterea remarked. â€œYou just seem similar.â€
â€œSo exploding snap?â€ Anthony asked. â€œDo you know how to play everybody?â€
â€œHow about â€˜truth or dareâ€™?â€ Jason provided. â€œItâ€™ll be fun.â€
They all agreed and Jason was the first to go. â€œTabitha,â€ he said mischievously. â€œTruth or dare?â€
â€œTruth,â€ Tabitha said after careful consideration.
â€œWho would you kiss in this compartment?â€
â€œNobody, youâ€™re all weird. Anthony, truth or dare?â€
â€œIf you had to kill one person in this compartment who would it be?â€ Tabitha asked deviously. Anthonyâ€™s face was one of pure shock.
â€œNobody,â€ he stuttered. â€œWhat kind of a question is that?â€
â€œYou have to choose,â€ Jason told him.
â€œTabitha didnâ€™t,â€ Anthony pointed out.
â€œWell you arenâ€™t Tabitha,â€ Jason said. â€œChoose.â€
â€œBut I donâ€™t want to.â€
â€œChoose, we are peer pressuring you,â€ Jason practically growled.
â€œFine,â€ Anthony snapped. â€œTabitha because she asked the question. Jason truth or dare?â€
â€œDare,â€ Jason decided without thinking. â€œBring it.â€
â€œI dare you to wear a kilt.â€
â€œOr a skirt?â€ Jason asked. â€œI mean who randomly has a kilt in their trunk?â€
â€œI do,â€ Erynna pulling her kilt out of her trunk. â€œHere you go.â€
â€œKilts are for men,â€ Tabitha pointed out. â€œWhy do you have one?â€
â€œI like the style.â€
â€œJason would look good in a kilt,â€ Asterea broke in randomly. â€œI think so at least.â€
â€œWould you mind stepping outside?â€ Jason asked the girls. â€œI need to change into this.â€
â€œKilts are a sacred symbol of patriotism and honor for a true Scotsman,â€ Erynna said as they stepped outside.
â€œPlus they show hairy legs,â€ Asterea pitched in.
â€œShut up,â€ Jason told her, though not meanly, and he closed the compartment door.
â€œSo your muggleborn right?â€ Asterea asked Erynna once they and Tabitha were out in the corridor. â€œWhatâ€™s it like?â€
Erynna briefly closed her eyes before saying: â€œThey didnâ€™t want me to come, you see, theyâ€™re religious.â€