As I like to say, Chapter Thirty-Four and Part Eleven are history. Both were finished last night after completing a short scene which did little more than wrap up what has so far happened with the kids up through the month of April. They are, as the title of this post says, westbound.
And in the process of them leaving, we learn a few things:
All excerpts, this page, from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, by Cassidy Frazee)
Erywin entered the Witch House classroom as the last of the A Level students were streaming out with unhappy looks upon their faces. She waited until she was within whisper distance of Helena. “I sense a bit of disappointment among the children.”
“Today we were working on Minor Spell Shields today.” Helena looked up from her tablet. “We’re been working on it the last two weeks, and I thought today was time to give everyone a bit of a challenge . . .”
Erywin picked up the hint of mischief in her partner’s voice. “What did you do?”
“Oh, I had someone who could use Air Hammer use that against the others.” She quietly cleared her throat. “Did I say ‘someone’? I meant to say, ‘someones’.”
It wasn’t difficult for Erywin to pick up the meaning of the last statement. “You didn’t.”
“Oh, I did.” Helena shrugged. “They’d figured out the spell right away, and I figured they needed a little experience controlling their Air Hammers so they didn’t kill anyone.”
“But was anyone sent to the hospital?”
“No, but the nurse needed to tend to a few of the students who didn’t bother to learn the spell correctly—or take their opponents seriously.”
So Helena is taking her two best and letting them “help her out” in class. How did that work out?
The expression forming upon Erywin’s face revealed her feelings. “I don’t understand that last. They’ve been able to do Air Hammer since the second month here.”
“I know. And Ramona has been working with them off and on since November to learn how to control it better.” Helena chuckled. “There were a few interesting moments—”
“Oh?” Erywin’s right eyebrow shot upward. “How so?”
“I paired Emma against Annie, and I thought Emma was going to run the moment she saw Annie preparing the spell.”
“Really.” Erywin tried not to seem too surprised, but she’d heard part of a tale from Coraline—told in confidentiality, of course—that Annie and Emma, as Coraline put it, “had words” in the triage center after the later’s life was saved by Kerry. “And the other interesting moments?”
“I pared Kerry with Lisa.”
“And Lisa is still with us?”
“Oh, yes. He took it easy with her.” The sorceress glanced at Erywin out of the corner of her eye. “Though he may have knocked here off her feet at the end. Not to mention . . .”
Being one of the people who help other people–as well as having to keep a lot of secrets–we already know that Erywin, Coraline, and even Deanna, chat among themselves about some of the students. Annie’s . . . “action” against Emma was obviously something that Coraline mentioned to the other counselors, if for no other reason than to have them keep an eye out when those two were together. “Had words”–but of course they did! Where those words, “Oh, damn, I’m bleeding!”
And what is this thing you are going to mention, Helena?
Helena waved the classroom door shut so she could be completely alone with Erywin. “I’ve been showing Annie how to use dark energy with some spells, and had her show it to Kerry.”
“When did you start doing that?” Erywin had learned some time before that Helena was aware of Annie showing Kerry the things she was learning on the side at the Witch House, but this was the first time she’d known of Annie being told to show a sorcery spell to Kerry.
“I few months ago. She already knew how to combine dark energy with normal spells, so I asked her to start showing Kerry.” Helena packed here tablet away in her case. “He could have use that against that Abomination back in November.”
Erywin nodded slowly. “You’re right. I just hope . . .”
Helena felt her partner’s hope taking up space in the classroom. “Don’t worry: we’ll be fine.”
“I still worry.” She looked towards Helena’s office. “Where are they?”
“In the restrooms changing. I didn’t want them heading back to their tower. The less time out in the pubic view—Ah—” Helena looked up as the door opened and Annie walked in with Kerry behind her, both of them attired in their normal clothes. “Go ahead and lay your uniforms across your desks; housekeeping will be along later to get them back to your rooms.”
Nice to know that Helena is finally admitting that Annie has been showing things to Kerry, but this is the first time she’s mentioned that she told the girl to take something she was shown and mentor him. Why is she doing this? Oh, there’s a reason, I assure you. You’ll just have to wait and see what it is.
So this is the old and the new–
–And I’ve made some changes to Chapter Thirty-Five, namely I’ve added two scenes and changed the names of the existing two scenes. This part was one that when I plotted it out over a year ago I had the meta idea in place, but I wasn’t quiet sure of the detail. Now I have the detail, for in the last month I’ve really worked out everything, so I know what’s going to happen. In fact, there’s one part in particular which I was able to finally figure out every little thing, and all that remains is to set up the plotting. And to check and make sure the time line is right.
And there are a couple of big reveals coming up in this new chapter. I guaranty it.