A/N: This is my first story ever. I've never done this before so any thoughts and criticism would be greatly appreciated. I would love to know what you guys think and if I should continue. Thanks so much and I hope you like the story!
Disclaimer: I don't own it, it's all just for fun
Oliver sat quietly, staring blankly at his quidditch playbook clutched in his hands. He felt the train lurch forward, startling him slightly, and he turned his attention to the window.
This is the last time I will be on this train leaving school he thought. He had finally graduated and was going home. Oliver thought he would be happy and excited about the start of the next part of his life, but instead he found himself already nostalgic about what he was leaving behind. He watched the scenery pass by the window as the train gained speed. The castle he spend the last seven years of his life in grew smaller and smaller into the distance.
The compartment door slid open and Oliver turned his head to see Katie Bell walk in. "Hi." she said as she sat down across from him. "Hey Katie." he replied. He looked at her and smiled halfheartedly before returning his gaze to the playbook he was still clutching. Katie watched him for a moment, noticing his tight grip on the worn leather book.
"You all right Oliver?"
"Yeah, I'm fine."
"Oliver…." He looked up at Katie inquisitively.
"You know you're a terrible liar". Oliver smiled at this, then sighed, shaking his head. "You know me too well Katie". Oliver and Katie were great friends. They had known each other throughout their school careers and spent a lot of time together both on and off the pitch. Somehow Katie just understood him, even when he wasn't speaking. Generally a man of few words, he found this trait in her both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes he didn't want to talk about things. Today was one of those days.
"So are you going to tell me what's wrong, or what"? She asked playfully, hoping to coax him into conversation. Oliver leaned back into his seat and looked at her while trying to decide what exactly to say. To be honest, he wasn't entirely sure what was wrong. Damn her for being intuitive he thought to himself.
Katie waited for a minute and decided to just change to subject. He would tell her when he was good and ready. That's how he worked and she knew it all to well.
"You should probably change out of your robes you know. Might look a bit silly walking around muggle London dressed like that" Oliver looked down at his robes then back up at her and laughed.
"You're right, I would look pretty odd, huh? I'll be right back, are you staying here?" he asked while grabbing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt from his bag.
"I thought I might go say hi to Alicia and Angelina, but I can stay if you want".
"Oh, no I don't want to keep you, go say hello, maybe I should find them as well. Say goodbye and all". Oliver's sulky mood started to return at the thought of good-byes. He had been fine sitting by himself, but now that Katie was there, he found he didn't want her to leave him again. I do want to keep you, Katie he thought. He realized then what was wrong with him. Besides missing Hogwarts and his friends and of course quidditch, he was going to miss spending time with Katie. It scared him to know that this last train ride home was the end of a major chapter of his life, and he did not deal well with change.
The two stood up to leave. Katie walked left to go in search of the compartment the girls were in, and Oliver went right in the direction of the lavatory.
The rest of the train ride was uneventful. He did make it to the compartment containing not only all three of his former chasers, but the twins as well. The group laughed and talked about nothing in particular. All wished him well, now that he wasn't coming back to Hogwarts. Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione even stopped in to say goodbye and good luck before the train ride ended.
It was evening when they finally arrived back in London. Everyone gathered their belongings and went to join the crowd in the aisles pushing their way out onto the platform. Finally off the train, Oliver looked around and his friends and teammates.
"So I guess this is it, mates".
"Looks like, Wood. Stay in touch and make sure you owl us when you get picked up by a pro team".
"You know I will Fred. All of you make sure to keep in touch, and keep the team together and in top shape. We worked too damn hard this year to have it all fall apart now, and you know I'll be checking in on you!"
Oliver gave them all hugs and handshakes, prolonging the final goodbye between them for a few moments longer. The friends started going their separate ways. He could hear Mrs. Weasley's voice over the dull roar of people on the platform. She was counting and calling the names of her children out loud making sure they were all accounted for. Angelina's parents found her quickly enough and left with Alicia as well. They took the ride home together because they lived so close to each other. He started to wonder where his own parents were when he felt a tap on his shoulder. He spun around only to have Katie fling her arms around his neck and pull him into a hug.
"I just found my mum, Ollie, looks like its time to go. I'm really going to miss you, Captain." He smiled and pulled back from her tight hold to look at her.
"I'll miss you too, Katie." She pulled him back in for another squeeze and kissed him on the cheek before grabbing her trunk, and went over to meet her mother. She gave him a final wave from across the platform and he watched her walk away until she was out of his sight.
I'll miss everything he thought as he picked up his own trunk and went in search of his parents. Time to go home.