Still clinging onto her mothers arm, Caitlin gazed up at the Hogwarts Express, taking in every detail of it's breathtaking majesty. She knew there was no going back now - she had passed through the barrier, the only thing she could do now was to get onto the train. Caitlin's mother made a start towards one of the doors, but Caitlin tugged her back.
"What's wrong, Caitlin?" her mother asked, frowning, "Aren't you excited?" Caitlin looked down at her feet, and then replied in a voice so quiet that it was a strain to hear her.
"Of course... just... I'm scared, mum..." she whispered. Her mother gave her a weak smile, and rubbed her daughter's shoulder reassuringly.
"You'll make friends, easy. People will even be queuing up for you to help them with their work, I bet!" her mother chuckled. An even weaker smile flashed upon Caitlin's face. Her father returned, having removed his daughter's possessions from their trolley.
"But you are excited, right? All those spells you've read about? And with brains like yours," her father reassured her, "if anyone annoys you, you could just turn them into a skunk and make them fly down the loo..."
A broad smile appeared on Caitlin's face. This seemed to be what her parents wanted to see, as they picked her up from under her arms and replaced her on the step leading onto the train, passing her trunk and Vexen to her. The broad smile still present, Caitlin gave them a wave, then went off to find a free compartment.
Hollie was ridiculously excited - she was so anxious to get on the train, she gave her parents the swiftest of kisses and hugs, unloading the trolley by herself. The black owl in the cage was glancing around, looking quite bored, several owl treats laying abandoned underneath him.
"Write me!" she called to her parents, having already dived onto the train. Her parents, who seemed to expect this, gave a weary wave to her. Satisfied, Hollie strolled off down the length of the train, her pink hair trailing behind her, looking for a compartment with someone in it. She was eager to make friends.