Summary: “So how could it have gone so wrong? How could such friendships fail?” ~The Sorting Hat
Everyone knows the story of the Four Founders of Hogwarts; the tales of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin are legendary. But did everything happen in the same way that it has always been told? Did Salazar Slytherin leave strictly because of differences concerning the purity of blood? Did friendships suffer and fail because of arguments concerning the running and ruling of Hogwarts? Or was there another reason? Could the story of a romantic relationship between two of the four friends have been lost to time? And did such an event cause more damage to the school than the beliefs in blood?
Written for the “February One-Shot Challenge” by megan_lupin of Gryffindor.
Edit: Received an Honorable Mention!
Summary: In this AU story, Ginny Weasley is expelled from Hogwarts for her role in the Chamber of Secrets affair. Denied the magical life that is her birthright, her only option is to cross the Atlantic to attend an American wizarding school of dubious reputation. A long and frequently difficult journey through exile has begun.