She now saw the beast for the very first time – an acid salamander? What was it doing in their compartment? Ava had never seen one before, and wondered if there was a chance she could catch it and keep it. She shook her head – what was she thinking? This creature was ready to harm them indiscrimately. Ava seemed to be the next target, and there was nothing she could do about it. She cursed under her breath – if only she knew some spells! The creature was ready to attack her, but Eris jumped in front of her. Ava looked at her with widened eyes. “Eris…” she whispered, and watched the girl stumble to a seat and faint immediately. It was absolute chaos. Ava managed to get herself together and moved back to the seats where it was safe. Michelle had ran outside, and the boy who seemed the source of all problems seemed to be struggling. However, he managed to find a slingshot and knock out the salamander.
Ava breathed out, relieved. She looked around the compartment – it was in a terrible state, with everything but them and their belongings smouldering and smelling burned.
Since the most dangerous part seemed to be over, Ava was able to think clearly again. “Of course,” she muttered, noticing she was shaking slightly. “Ichabod.” With a loud bang, their family house-elf appeared. “Ichabod, please clean up this mess,” Ava said, happy to see the creature again. It made her feel safe, like she was back home. “And grab some potions that will help against acid burns, all right?” The house-elf bowed, and disappeared again, only to reappear five seconds later, handing Ava some vials with a dark-green potion in them. She gave them to Michelle and Adam, who was taking care of Eris, and watched Ichabod repair the compartment in five seconds flat. “Thank you,” she sighed, relieved. She did not want to be known as one of the first-years who managed to destroy part of the Hogwarts Express. Or maybe… it did not sound that bad, after some consideration.