Captain Underpants and his sidekicks managed to catch Laika when she was roaming the streets at night, using a dog whistle and some rope. They wanted to find out who this mystery werewolf was and brought her to the treehouse. An unfortunate storm changed CU back into Krupp, who ran away screaming when he saw Laika.
George and Harold were at first afraid of the tied up werewolf, fearing she might try to eat them. But when her stomach started to rumble and she looked longingly at the box of chocolate chip cookies, their fear began to disappear. They decided it would be unwise to leave the werewolf alone for the moment and started writing and drawing some more CU comics to pass the time. When they read them out loud, to their surprise, the werewolf was chuckling at the jokes they were making. The kids decided to cut her free and spend the rest of the evening reading to her the stories of Captain Underpants.
Realising the werewolf would change back to a human again in the morning, they quickly gave her a long blanket so she could cover herself up. (We don’t want to make this story too creepy now people!) Eventually, they all fell asleep.
The next night: George and Harold knew the mystery werewolf was their substitute teacher and promised her they would keep it a secret.
George: Say Harold, the moon has already been full for three days now, right?
Harold: No, I’m pretty sure it’s been only two days. Why?
A loud howling filled the air as Miss Understood ran past them in werewolf form, bits of ripped clothing falling off of her. George managed to grab her by the scruff of her neck.
(like, forget diagon alley. that was weird. ollivander creeped everyone out and took an hour to give root a wand. shaw ate three ice cream cones. harold’s dad nearly had a heart attack. but it was okay! everyone got out of it alive)
but the first of september is a trip
root arrives at kings cross first, alone, with an owl and hand-me-down pants that are three inches too high above her ankle
she’s not sure what to do, so she waits
john arrives next, his dad on one side and his mother on the other
they nonchalantly walk through the barrier
john is pretty proud of his toad
root follows them. john’s mother sees her and asks if she wants any help loading her trusty little trunk onto the train
root politely says no and fades enigmatically into the steam because she’s a melodramatic little shit with problems asking for help
shaw and her mother were told what to do by hersh when he came to speak with them, but they’re both skeptical
like, that brick looks pretty damn solid
they wait until they see someone else with an animal in a cage, and then mama shaw approaches them
“are you here for…the school?” she asks the father
it’s harold’s dad
he turns pink
“yeah,” he says, glancing around nervously. he’s so overwhelmed. poor guy
“do you know what we’re supposed to do, or…?”
he shakes his head. he really doesn’t want to say ‘walk through that brick barrier at top speed’
they start waiting together
harold doesn’t look at shaw. he’s reading his school books already
shaw doesn’t look at harold. she has a cat. who needs weird boys with glasses when you have a cat
they wait there, mama shaw trying so hard to keep a conversation going with harold’s dad, until carter’s family arrives
that’s much better
mama shaw and mama carter hit it off immediately, chatting about daughters and strange happenings and are we really gonna walk through that barrier?
joss’s dad says yeah, they really are
shaw thinks carter’s cool from the start. she doesn’t say anything until carter compliments her cat. shaw returns the favor by complimenting her barred owl. they roll their eyes at their mothers. shaw decides she can tolerate carter more than most human beings. sameen strikes carter as a little odd, but since when has odd been bad
harold is still reading
they finally get through the barrier
they get separated. shaw’s mum is making sure that her daughter has enough tea for the next seven years.
“maman, I’m coming back for christmas” “you can never have too much tea”
eventually eleven o’clock rolls around
there’s lots of hugs. john might shed a tear. no one can prove anything
one kid runs in late, huffing and puffing, and nearly misses the train
harold finds a compartment and sits in the corner, his knees tucked to his chest, his book pressed against the window
root is also in that compartment, also reading. they try not to look at each other
john, unable to find anywhere else to sit, asks if he can join them
harold is in shock. john, with his puddlemere united jersey and checkered pants (his parents don’t know how to dress like muggles for the life of them), steals his heart from the get-go
he nods mutely, his eyes wide
root snorts. john glances at her and is kind of scared by what he sees. he sits down next to harold instead
root is very intimidating, okay. she accidentally stained her hands red for the week and is pretending it’s for the aesthetic
carter and shaw bumped into each other in the hall and are now compartment hunting together
they decide this bunch of weirdos is better than the kids who were making fun of shaw for saying goodbye to her mum in farsi
besides, shaw’s not really in a position to judge on the weirdo front
they ask if they can sit
everyone shuffles awkwardly and nods
they’re not really a talkative bunch
carter sits next to john and shaw gets saddled with root. root looks up at shaw and sees something in her
maybe it’s the frown. maybe it’s the bomber jacket that shaw’s mum bought from marshall’s on sale. maybe it’s the fact that shaw has a cat
whatever it is, root’s smitten. she stares
shaw looks root over carefully. when she gets to the red hands, she frowns, then meets root’s eyes with grudging respect
a mix for the best bros with homoerotic inclinations and a bad taste in tunes
The Night Out - Martin Solveig ✧ Talk Like That - The Presets ✧ Don’t Wanna Be in Love - Good Charlotte ✧ Shake It - Metro City ✧ Little Secrets - Passion Pit ✧ Anna Sun - Walk the Moon ✧ The Harold Song - Ke$ha ✧ Great Escape - Boys Like GIrls ✧ Beta Love - Ra Ra Riot ✧ On Melancholy Hill - Gorillaz ✧ Midnight City - M83 ✧ New Perspective - Panic! at the Disco