It’s my first day.
My first day.
I have waited for this for years. My first day as an official St. Mungos Healer.
I walked up to the mannequin.
“Althea Marvent. It’s, um, my first day. I’m, I’m a healer.”
It nodded, and beckoned me in. I walked through the cool glass and into the busy waiting room. Looking around at the chaos, I half smiled. I was nervous, but I was determined to help people.
I pulled a piece of paper out of the inner pocket of my brand new lime green healers robe to see where I was assigned today. I would be somewhere different each day this first week, and then I would be given a permanent position.
“Third Floor, Potion and Plant Poisoning, Trifolium Ward.”
I almost stopped, but my feet moved me forward and up the stairs automatically. My first day, and I’m with the potions and poisons? How cruel is that. Her death was the reason I became a healer, and they stick me in potions the first day?
I walk into the all too familiar ward and immediately recognized him. The Healer in Charge of this ward was here then as well, but he’s obviously been promoted in the last few years. “Healer Craft? I’m Althea Marvent. I’m the new Healer assigned to you today.” As I introduce myself, and I see a glimmer of recognition in his eye. He can also see that I am shaking.
“Althea? You were one of Calli’s friends, weren’t you?”
“I imagine you’re not very happy to be here, huh?”
“Yes and no, sir. I am excited to finally be considered a healer, but I was not expecting to be here
my first day.”
“I can certainly understand that. You have very unique circumstances, so why don’t you go sit down for a second and take a deep breath. You will be no good to me if you don’t get a handle on those emotions. We really don’t want your wand shaking right out of your hand.”
I sat in a chair by the healer’s desk and breathed in deep. The normal smells and sounds of a hospital were strangely calming. I thought back to the last time I was in this ward. Calli was taking her last breaths, the rest of us crowded around her bed. The five of us had been together since our first day of school. Ravenclaws, dormmates, best friends. Nothing came between us, or so we thought. Apparently, we were wrong. We had graduated only 5 years before, and we were invincible. Apparently we were wrong about that too.
I took another deep breath, and came back to the present. I needed to do this. I had worked so hard, because of Calli. I was not going to let myself fail now. Especially because of Calli.
It's my first day.
“Healer Craft? I think I’m ready now.”