But for her to do any of those things, she had to board the train. And Serena was late. She ran towards the Hogwarts Express, giving quick hugs to her mum and dad. Then she hopped on the platform with her trunk just as the train was pulling away from the station.
Serena leaned against the wall of the train hallway to catch her breath. She wished that she could have spent longer saying goodbye to her parents. Serena wouldn’t get to see them again for several months. But that was what she got for waking up late.
After a few moments, Serena pushed herself away from the wall. She started down the corridor of compartments. Serena wasn’t sure if she wanted to find an empty one or one with people already in it. But lugging her massive school trunk around made her mind up. The first compartment she found, empty or not, she was taking.
Serena came to the closed door of a compartment. She raised her hand to knock, but then looked into the window to see that it was empty. She brought her hand down to the doorknob and pushed it open, letting it fall into the pocket-door.
Serena stepped inside the compartment, hauling her trunk along with her. She walked over to one of the racks, heaving her school trunk up onto it with all of her might. Wiping the sweat off of her brow, Serena tugged at her black and white striped sweater. Maybe it would have been better for her to wear something that wouldn’t cause her to sweat so easily.
With a sigh, Serena sat herself down in the compartment. She twiddled her thumbs and hoped that someone would stop by to make the ride go faster.