Train rides were never pleasant, at least not for those of Hogwarts who carried along with rather weak stomachs. The sharp turns, rapid speeds and seemingly long journey might be exciting for the first years and perhaps a majority of the students, but not for her.
"Are you quite alright, miss?" The trolley lady asked, glancing to the weary lass struggling to stand beside the cart. "Do you need something?"
"Oh," the student paled, realizing she was being spoken to and blushed instantly. "I'm sorry ma'am."
Thankfully the elder woman just smiled, offering a hand on the student's shoulder. "Train rides make you ill?"
"Yes, I'm afraid."
"No problem, here..." A few small pills were dropped into the student's right hand.
Emerald eyes inspected them curiously, the nausea momentarily subsiding. "What are these?" She asked, despite already deducing them to be medicine of some sort.
She was right. The trolley woman explained that it wasn't uncommon for students to grow sick during the rides. The pills were free of charge, a gift.
"Thank you, ma'am. I'm Alexandria, by the way. Alexandria Ryder." She introduced, free hand extended politely.
The elder laughed, returning the gesture. "Nice to meet you, miss. Now..." she turned back to the trolley, "Fancy anything?"
Alexandria eyed the vast collection of sweets eagerly, although her stomach disagreed. It wouldn't be smart to eat before taking such medication, but Alexandria's sweet tooth forbid her not to. Without hesitation she purchased a full bag.
Gathering her belongings with the candy bag hanging off her arm, Alexandria parted ways and hurried down the hallway. Looking inside each window till she finally arrived at the correct cabin. Already inside were two fiery haired males and a lovely brunette. Suddenly opening the door with her foot, hands both full, the new arrival grinned as all faces turned to her. She greeted them happily, "Hey everyone!"
Alexandria quickly dropped her belongings to the floor, kicking them gently underneath the seat where the aforementioned brunette had chosen to sit herself. Before even having the opportunity to properly sit herself down, suddenly she was engulfed at the waist by two large arms, thankfully the freckles splashed across the skin gave way to her 'attacker's' identity.
"Well if it isn't little Alex~" Fred sang, playfully swinging himself and Alexandria back then fourth. "No letters all summer and suddenly you expect us to not remember?"
Alexandria frowned, "I couldn't write you!"
"Mum and I were travelling..." She lied, noticeably so.
Luckily Fred did not press further and let her go, "Missed you."
Alexandria nodded, patting his shoulder kindly, "Missed you too Freddie."
She watched as Fred moved back to his seat and Alexandria took the open space beside him.
"Nice to see you too, Hailey."
Her best friend since the beginning of first year. A fellow Ravenclaw, brilliant lass and friendly. Her and Alexandria bonded quickly.
The last in the room for her to address was perhaps the person she had wished to see most of all: George Weasley. Summer had treated him, and Fred, with kindness. Still handsome and that devilish gleam to their eyes was not forgotten. Trickery may have been their game, but loyalty was their strongest suit. Loyal Gryffindor, best the house had to offer.
Transfixed in silence and unable to say a single word to him, Alexandria remained watching George closely, her eyes drifting to the box held in his hands. A colorful box, wrapped and even accented with a small ribbon. Fred caught the silence and wasn't having it.
"George bought you something, Alex~"
Suddenly brought to attention from her daze by Fred's comment, Alexandria turned to him. "He did?"
"Yup!" Fred popped his P loudly.
"Well go on then," she urged, turning back to George. "Show us!"
Meanwhile Fred smiled to Hailey with a wink, this was a plan in the making. He knew his brother's feelings were deeper seeded than friendship. Now with Hailey's assistance he could move his scheme into full motion. Although, perhaps he should inform her of it first? Eh, planning never was his forte.