Bellatrix stood next to Cissy at platform 9. Nym had already gotten to platform 9 and 3/4. Now it was Bella's turn. She walked into the wall and appeared on the platform. It was incredible (and incredibly crowded). Cissy appeared and they walked to the train together.
They found a compartment and sat down. Bella could see Nym leaning her head on a third-year's shoulder.
"Already got yourself a boyfriend, Dora?"
"Hey!" said Cissy. "I know who you are! You're that Tonks boy! Nym, he's a mudblood!"
"I don't care," said Nymphadora. "He's cute. And don't call him that. He's a muggle-born."
Bellatrix laughed and slid the compartment door shut.
"Mum's gonna kill her," she said.
"I was jut going to say that," said Cissy. "And since when did Nym like mudbloods?"
"Dunno. Cissy! Do you see that boy with blonde hair? Sitting in the compartment across from us?"
"That's Malfoy. I heard he's got a crush on you."
"He's a prefect! I'm only a first-year!"
"That's so . . . wrong!"
"What's a few years, really? I mean, he's a pureblood and all. What difference is it gonna make ten years from now? Five years really isn't much."
A skinny boy and a girl with red hair opened the door.
"Can we sit here?" asked the boy.
"You can." said Bellatrix. "The mudblood has to find another compartment."
"Nevermind," said the boy. They walked away.
"Damn," said Bella. "I was hoping he'd sit with us. Isn't he cute, Cissy?"
"Cute? He looks like he's starving to death . . . and his haircut . . . did you see the circles under his eyes? He looks like he hasn't slept in days."
"Yeah, but so do I."