“Honey, we brought your favorite!” I heard a voice say. I opened my eyes. They automatically wandered to a clock.
“7:45!” I exclaimed. “School starts so soon!” I jumped to action right away. I pulled out my leaping crystal and said, “I’ll be back!”
Once I got home, I leaped into the shower and took a record bath. “Jolie!” exclaimed Vertina. “What-”
“No time, gotta run!” I said, grabbing a rubber band to tie my hair up. I ran to the Leapmaster and got to Foxfire just on time. In the wrong room.
“Dear!” said Master. Kwolley, my Level One teacher. “What are you doing here? Orientation is about to start!”
“Sorry for disturbing you!” I said as I ran through the halls of Foxfire. How did the Leapmaster even get me here? I usually land right in a field of grass.
I pushed the thought away as my stomach grumbled. I didn’t eat any breakfast today. I passed by an extremely large crystal and saw my reflection.
“Is that really me?” I mumbled. In the mirror was a whole new person. She had messy, blond hair and mismatched clothes. Just then, Vertina appeared in the crystal.
“Hi Jolie!” she exclaimed. I jumped two feet up.
“Did I startle you?” asked Vertina innocently. “I just came here because I absolutely hated your choice of clothing today and had to tell you about it.”
I rolled my eyes.
“Also because you might need this,” said Vertina, showing me my journal. “You haven’t written in it the past few days, so I thought you could catch up today at school. Where would we get the streak of light, though?” she wondered.
"No probs." I said, imagining opalescent light. I lifted my hand and out came a burst of light that left me temporarily blinded. Huh. Better than every inch of my skin being luminated.
Vertina passed the book through the mirror to me and said, "You've got to tell me everything today." She disappeared, leaving me alone in the halls and late to orientation.
I was about to walk away from the crystal-mirror, but I noticed something sticking out under it. Another note. With another eye.
I flipped it over, and was greeted by a warning.
Come tonight in the moonlight or miss out on your gift. Follow the light and walk through the rift. Leave your tracks clean, because the stealthy are never-seen.
This one wasn’t as anticlimactic as the one before. I shoved the note in my pocket, promising that I would remind myself to look at it later, and sprinted to orientation as fast as I could. I was so late.
“Off to your classes now!” I arrived just as Dame Alina dismissed everyone. I groaned. As I was making my way to the first class of the day, Master Leto caught my eye. I walked right over to him. This matter was long overdue.
“Do you work for the black swan?” I asked.
He muttered something like, “You kids are always so sneaky,” and out loud said, “Yes.”