She felt her throat constrict and the welling of tears in her eyes, but brushed them away quickly.
It's okay, it's okay... Rae mentally assured herself Mum said you just have to ask. Just ask someone. Just ask someone!
Inhaling deeply, Rae looked around and found a man dressed in a uniform. She had never taken a train before, but she knew that uniforms must mean they know...all of the things? They had to know something about this place. Certainly more than she knew. She approached him.
"Ex...excuse me?" she said shyly.
The man looked down at her. "Yes? How can I help you little miss?"
"I-I...I'm looking for platform nine-and-three-quarters."
The man burst out laughing. "You seem to not know how train stations work, there's a platform 9 and a platform 10. Nothing in-between."
"Oh. I'm sorry." she said and without another word she walked away from him, looking from platform nine to platform ten, hoping to see someone who looked like they were going to Hogwarts, and, minute by minute, dreading the thought that she would be stuck here until she had to call her parents to come get her.