It’s now getting down to the End of the Act. The last scene of the last chapter of Part Seven is more than half done, and what remains are Part Eight, four chapters, and maybe fourteen scenes. These will get knocked off during NaNo, and in the very last moments of the very last scene of Act Two, you’ll be introduced to a character who is going to change the lives of a couple of kids a lot more than any of the instructors have. over the last few months.
There’s a conversation in the East Transept, one between Annie and Professor Arrakis, who seems to be popping up in these last few scenes. And what is this transept you speak of, Cassie? If you look at any old cathedral, they’re the “wings” that stick out of a building to make it look like a cross. The West Transept of the Great Hall is where the Security Center is located: the East Transept, as indicated in the scene, is the location of some of the offices used by the instructors, and it’s also where you’ll find the Headmistress’ Office. The first floor on this side is unusual in that there’s a cutout in the middle of the floor, and one can look down upon the students coming and going out of the East Entrance–perfect for an instructor laying in wait for someone coming from classes there, or where they can spy on them walking through the Rotunda.
What happens in this conversation? Just as mentioned the professor sees them walking in from the East–they wandered though the Pentagram Garden, around the south end of the Great Hall, and back up north towards Mórrígan Tower, and while Kerry is resting, Annie is talking . . .
All excerpts, this page, from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, by Cassidy Frazee)
Professor Arrakis had moved away from the Rotunda railing and was standing along the north side of the transept that led to the offices for some of the instructors that needed an office that was more accessible to students. Deanna stood close to the wall facing Annie as she approached. “Thank you for coming.”
“You’re welcome, Professor.” Annie wasn’t sure why she was being summoned, but she figured it was best to let the professor start the conversation.
Deanna did just that. “How are you feeling?”
“He’s . . .” Annie didn’t want to lie. “Not completely healed. He started limping after our walk around the garden.”
“But is he feeling well?”
“I think so.” Annie looked over her shoulder towards The Rotunda, but from where she stood it was impossible to see him. “He seems in a good mood.”
“I think we’re all glad he wasn’t too affected by what happened yesterday.” Deanna didn’t dwell on those matters. “So . . . has anything out of the ordinary happened with you both today?”
She knows something happened, but she doesn’t know what. Annie almost chuckled, but held back the urge at the last moment. “Yes, something did.”
Deanna raised one of her dark, expressive eyebrows. “Are you going to tell me, or will you keep me in suspense?”
“Kerry told me he loved me.”
So seers don’t see everything, though we do know that Deanna felt something would happen between them the night before, and that it would extend into today. But there’s something else that Deanna missed which is still fresh in Annie’s mind.
Since Professor Arrakis was asking questions, Annie had to believe that she wasn’t aware of what happened in the bay last night. “Professor, Kerry remembered one of our dreams last night. The memories are still there.”
“That’s good then, yes?” She turned her head slightly to one side as if listening closely to Annie’s words. “That’s something of a breakthrough as well.”
“Yes, but . . .” Annie looked away as she clenched her fists. “He doesn’t remember any of it now. I thought he might, but it didn’t happen.” Annie moved a little closer to Deanna, shaking her closed hands before her. “The memories are there—why doesn’t he remember them?”
As one might say, “Again with the questions about the dreams.” Annie won’t let it go, and now that she knows he remembers something, she damn sure wants to get to the reasons of why.
Unfortunately for Deanna, she asks Annie to wait and be calm and see what happens. Annie doesn’t want that, and for the first time in the story we see an Annie that has only been hinted at, mostly be her: we get the Annie Who Gets What She Wants.
Annie’s head snapped up as he gaze bored into the Seer. She wasn’t about to let someone else tell her what was and wasn’t important. “I want my Kerry back. I want my Ginger Hair Boy, the one who I shared dreams with for years, the boy I grew to love, the boy who loves me. I want him, Deanna. I want him to—”
Veruca Salt’s got nothing on this girl. Boyfriend’s got memory’s locked up inside his head and they won’t come out? Screw it: “I want it now!” This is the Annie here parents have seen, but who has never appeared at the school before now–
Unfortunately for Annie, my Iraqi Seers isn’t her parents . . .
“You selfish girl.”
Annie immediately stopped speaking and stared dumbfounded at the Divination instructor. She saw a Deanna that was contrary to the woman she’s known these last two months. She towered over Annie; her face was a mask of disapproval, her dark eyes hard and unwavering—
And Annie had driven her to this moment.
Deanna walked around the now stupefied student, then turned and cocked a finger at her. “Come with me.” Annie followed her to the railing overlooking the Rotunda. Deanna turned and motioned her to a point in front of her. “You stand there. I’m going to talk, and you’re going to listen.” Deanna’s voice unfroze and went back to what Annie has always seen before: a calm, pleasant, cheerful woman. But the tone of her voice remained the same, indicating her appearance was for show. “You can smile and nod your head, make it look as if we’re having a nice conversation—but at the same time I want you to keep an eye on that boy sitting in the Rotunda: the one waiting for you . . .”
And that’s all you get for today. I wrote almost twelve hundred and sixty words last night, and I’ll finish it up tonight and maybe even start on the next scene of the next chapter–something to do with shadows.
Can’t wait to get to that.