Albus and Teddy finished their chat half an hour later.
When Albus returned to the Gryffindor Common Room, his owl Snow was waiting for him at the window, hooting angrily,
“Sorry, Snow,” said Albus opening the window. Albus went to his trunk and found some balled up foil. Albus tore it open and put it on the table. Snow flew over, looked to see what was in the foil, and realized it was a snack.
Albus took the letter from Snow’s wing and opened it.
We are fine. Of course you were Sorted into Gryffindor! You were born a Gryffindor. I hope you find some new friends soon. Mum and Lily say ‘hi.’ How do you like your classes? Which is your favorite? Sorry it’s taken so long to reply to your letter. Lily is acting a bit spoiled. Also, the Christmas Holidays are round the corner. Do you want to invite anyone?
Oh, I am so sorry Dad and I did not write back sooner! Lily is being a pain! I have been so busy. I am terribly sorry. We can’t wait for the Christmas Holidays! Tell James to write to us!
Oh, do bring friends! We miss you! Uncle George said on Christmas, he’ll give me something from the joke shop! Also, will you buy me a Chocolate Frog?
Much love, Lily
Albus smiled at the letter. He would have to write back, but first, he wanted to ask Iris something.
Albus walked into the Common Room. The seventh and fifth years were all down there studying- the seventh years were studying for their N.E.W.T.S.; and the fifth years were studying for their O.W.L.S.
Albus approached a seventh year named Densay Wood.
“Excuse me,” said Albus, “have you seen Iris?”
Densay looked at Albus. He did not know who he was talking about.
“Iris? Iris, Iris, Iris… Oh, yes! The first year who was supposed to be in Slytherin?” asked Densay.
Albus gritted his teeth. “Yes.”
Densay noticed Albus doing that. “I’m rather sorry, Albus. But it did come as a shock. Didn’t mean to offend you, mate.”
Albus relaxed his jaw and smiled.
Densay grinned. “She left to the Quidditch pitch, maybe half an hour ago.”
“Thanks,” said Albus.