It was Dinner with Writing time last night, and I managed to do both and have a wonderful time. I stuck with pasta and ice tea, and then, after getting out of the Internet, got down to writing. Almost a thousand words of writing. And I also got complemented on my look, so it’s a plus there.
Here is the Lady Writer in her natural habitat, feeling good after hearing good things said to her.
The end of the scene Tally arrived. We learn a little more about what happened, and what’s going on to get things up and running. We know it’s almost another forty-five minutes before the ass kicking can commence, though for all we know, it’s already happening.
And we learn what Isis thinks was happening with the attack:
(All excerpts, this page, from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, by Cassidy Frazee)
It was difficult for Isis to keep her unease hidden. “It’s difficult to get an exact number because f how the breach occurred, but after looking at the data, I’d say maybe forty to fifty Abominations, and perhaps thirty Deconstructors.”
“That’s quite a few.”
“Not as many as could have come thought.” She paused to take a short breath and slow her thoughts. “The modification Wednesday made to the enchantment did exactly what it was suppose to do: it concentrated more energy at the strike points and reinforced the screen at that point. They threw close to eight hundred Abominations at each of the three strike points—without that enhancement in place, they might have blasted a hole right through the screens.”
Mathilde’s breath caught in the back of her throat for just a second. To think there could be more here . . . “Where exactly did they strike?”
“South, central, and north ends of the school. They breached at the south and central points, but never made it through the north—don’t know why yet.” Isis paused for a moment, checking something on a monitor. “I think their plan was to blast through the screens and weaken them enough that they could send hundreds of Abominations through, along with a few hundred Deconstructors. With it being almost nightfall, and our detection and comm grids down, we’d have been at a huge disadvantage.” She tossed her head to one side. “They might have actually been able to overwhelm us.”
When it comes to taking down Salem, it looks like your round up your nasties and bum rush the stage, so to speak. But Wednesday, good witch that she is, came up with a solution and got it into place. That’s how you get things done; that’s how you keep people safe.
However, Isis still has a couple of concerns . . .
Isis cleared her throat. “I may have a situation, Headmistress.”
“Oh?” She didn’t care for the sound of this.
“Two of the missing fliers are A Levels: Emmalynne Neilson and Kerry Malibey—”
The Headmistress twitched the moment the last name was mentioned. “The one who is, um, seeing the Kirilova girl?”
Isis tried to keep from smiling when the Headmistress said “seeing”, because if what Wednesday said was true, there was a bit more than seeing going on. “The same.”
“I’d heard Vicky allowed those two to fly.”
“Apparently they both checked out on Espinozas at the beginning of the year, and Vicky felt they could do the job. They were the ones who called in the first breach and they handled that nicely.”
“What is the situation that has you worried?” Mathilde didn’t want to discuss this matter any longer than necessary.
“With them being A Levels, and from Normal families, we can’t tell their parents what happened to them in the instance—” Isis covered her mouth for a few seconds. “Well, you know.”
“Yes, I do.” The Headmistress gave the matter some thought. “We may need to work with the memory specialists in the Guardians.”
This is the first time we hear about not being able to tell the Normal parents about what their kids are really doing–and we discover that their a “memory specialists” working for one of The Foundation’s enforcement and intelligent groups. Obviate, my ass: for all we know they’ll give both families a new kid and make them think they were theirs all along. Or maybe they’ll just be happy with a few cats . . .
“If Kerry is dead, it will be necessary to tell Annie Kirilova; she’ll need to know.” Isis lightly placed her index fingers across her lips. “Headmistress, her student file is Yellow Flagged.”
Nearly five seconds passed before Mathilde realized what her Director of Security was not only saying, but asking. “Isis, are you requesting a Maginul intervention if it’s necessary to tell Kirilova her boyfriend is dead?”
Isis stared hard into the video monitor. “Headmistress, the way Wednesday and the other instructors talk about them, he’s more than a boyfriend to her.” She shook her head. “If I have to deal with a grieving sorceress who already knows death spells, I’d like to know she’s not going to lose her shit and try killing everyone in the immediate vicinity.”
Mathilde said nothing as she held her chin against her right fist. “All right. If you should need to speak with Kirilova, consult with Coraline and determine your best course of action. If you need to administer Maginul, tell her I’ve given authorization.”
“Thank you—” Isis nodded slowly as she looked down. “Headmistress.”
It’s the first time you see two new things: Yellow Flagged, and Maginul. Yellow Flagged you might be able to figure out, since there have been clues spread around the story about Annie, and what this might mean–and, no, it has nothing to do with her daddy racing. And Maginul appears to be something medicinal, since “Coraline” and “administer” are stated in the same sentence. Poor Annie: this is what comes of being a scary little girl.
And how does it finish?
“You’re welcome. And Isis?”
The director’s head snapped back up. “Yes?”
“You’re doing a fabulous job. The situation may have been far worse had you not spent as much time as you have preparing our defenses.”
Isis didn’t feel like she was doing a fabulous job, but Mathilde was right: the current situation could have ended up far more worse. “Thank you, Headmistress.”
“Please notify me the moment the detection and communication grids are back on line.”
“One last thing—” Mathilde leaned closer to her monitor. “When they are up, would you pass along a message to the Ground and Air Assault groups?”
What does she want to say? Isis was curious, because the Headmistress wasn’t one for giving inspiring speeches. “I will.”
Her voice dropped into a lower, ominous tone. “I want those bastards removed from our grounds. I want them sorry they attacked Salem.”
“Don’t worry, Headmistress.” Isis smirked back, imagining the coming response to this order. “You’ll get that—and more.”
The magical version of “You Deconstructors, get off my lawn!” gets thrown out, and you understand Headmistress Mathilde is taking this break-in badly, personally even. And since there’s a lot more of the book ahead, you can probably guess what happens to the bastards on the grounds.
Where are we in this mess?
Somewhere around here, I believe.
Four scenes in this chapter, and two more chapters in Part Seven, before moving on to Part Eight and the end of Act Two. It’s all coming together nicely–
Someone asked if they were going to get to see an Abomination. Since I have a scene coming up named Abomination, it’s pretty much a certainty that I’ve given you my version of Chekhov’s gun, and if it isn’t going to be seen, then why talk about them so much? Maybe I just like foreshadowing?
Or maybe I’m going to do something . . . bad.