This installment was one of those I didn’t think was going to come off last night. Why? Because I didn’t start writing until about nine-thirty, due to the fact I was involved in a video chat with someone I know, and we were discussing dieting options. It went on longer than I imagined, but hey, those thing happen. I’m going to be jammed up a bit this coming weekend, and thing will turn hectic on the writing front.
But I’ll still be here. Somehow.
Oh, and I finally shaved my head last night. Now my wig stays right to my head with no moving around. It’s something I’ve meant to do for a while, and now it’s done. And, no: there won’t be pictures. Well, maybe a video . . .
Now the other people are starting to show up in the story, and that means you’ll start seeing costumes, of which I have a list because that’s how I roll. Shall we begin, then?
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
They looked up in time as Nadine approached wearing a black and yellow-gold jumpsuit. Her red hair was layered around her shoulders, and something that looked like a small purple dragon sat upon her shoulder. “I was wondering when you’d show—” She stopped and gave both Annie and Kerry a careful examination. “Interesting outfits.”
“Thanks.” Kerry gave the “I could say the same thing—Kitty.” He looked up at the creature sitting on Nadine’s shoulder. “How you doing, Lockheed?”
Nadine chuckled at the dragon spoke using a combination of tweets, whistles, and chortles. “He says hi.”
Annie found herself impressed by Nadine’s outfit—and the dragon on her shoulder, which she figured was a homunculus. “Who are you supposed to be?”
Nadine looked to Kerry. “You want to tell her?”
He should his head. “I think I already did.”
Nadine turned her eyes upwards. “Yeah, you did.” She smiled at Annie. “I’m Kitty Pryde, and this—” She held up a gloved hand for the purple dragon to rub its face against. “—is Lockheed. He’s my best bud—aren’t you, dude?” The dragon spoke in the same gibberish language as before, seeming pleased and content.
Kerry filled in the blanks for Annie, figuring that she had no idea what they were saying. “Kitty’s a mutant—one of the X Men—just like the character Nadine played last year. You know how Wednesday’s call sign is Shadowcat ‘cause she can do phasing magic?”
“Well—” He motioned towards Nadine. “Meet the real Shadowcat.”
Nadine seems to have a thing for playing comic book mutants, which probably means she reads comic books. As Kerry stated, Kitty can phase through any material–walk through walls, if you will, just like Wednesday has shown she can do. As for the creature on her shoulder . . . yeah, Lockheed, an alien who becomes Kitty’s best friend and companion, and who actually begins drinking heavily in one comic when it looks as if Kitty has died–which if you know the Marvel universe is almost always a load of bullshit.
His existence at the party will get mentioned, though it seems Annie is on the right track . . .
Now someone else shows up–
“Yeah, only I can’t do the same stuff Wednesday does, at least not yet.” Nadine shrugged. “I should start getting that this year.”
Annie looked forward to the day she would learn Phasing. Her mother once told her that she’d learned enough to be able to push small object through walls, but she’d always been too worried about something going wrong if she’d tried moving through a wall herself. “I hope Wednesday starts showing how that works; I’m eager to try.”
“Oh, I figured you would.” Nadine looked them both over once again. “Who are you supposed to be?”
“I was wondering that myself.” Jessica walked over dressed in a light, flowing white gown modified to allow her the use of her eight arms, four on each side of her torso. “I have to say I like the hair. Who did them?”
Annie pushed her aqua hair back from her shoulders. “Kerry did his, I did mine.” She reached over and mussed his now-bright blond locks. “This was one of the first things he taught me.”
“I see.” Jessica took a step closer to the couple. “Did you do something to your noses?”
“Thinned them out just a touch.” Kerry took in his Advanced Transformation instructor’s costume. “Are you Tou Mu?”
Jessica straighted a touch. “I’m impressed. Most people have guessed Kali.”
“Kali had four arms, not eight. And you’ve a star in one hand and the sun in another. Plus—” His hand moved up and down, as if he were tracing something upon Jessica. “Outfit’s all wrong for Kali, but not for a Chinese deity.”
Nadine looked down while shaking her head. “How do you know this stuff?”
“Learned it from a role playing game first, and then read more after that.” He shrugged. “Isn’t that what you did?”
“Kinda.” Nadine chewed her lower lip for a few seconds. “Comics with me, then started reading stuff on the Internet.”
Annie tugged at Kerry’s jacket sleeve. “Here they come.”
Jessica with eight arms–neat trick, but when you’re the Mistress of Transformation, anything is possible. And Kerry is right: you can learn about these things from role playing games, ’cause that’s where I first heard of Tou Mu, and then I went and looked her up. By the way, Jessica didn’t change her complexion this year, so she’s straight-up dark Chinese deity.
But now, there’s someone else. Who is this “they” Annie speaks of coming?
“I see.” He raised his right hand in greeting. “Greetings, floor mates.”
Penny waved back. “Hail to you—” She stuffed her hands in the pockets of her black leather jacket. “Strange costumed creatures.” She turned to Jairo on her left. “You figure them out yet?”
“Are you kidding?” His shrug was almost hidden in the folds of his World War II military coat. “Bad enough they got that secret lab in the lower levels to work on their stuff.”
Annie giggled. “Can’t be much of a secret if you know where it’s at.” She smiled as she nodded in Alex’s direction. “You must be Rose, yes?” She already knew Penny was dressed as the Ninth Doctor from the show Doctor Who, and that Jairo had come as Jack Harkness from both Doctor Who and Torchwood. She’d gotten enough clues from Kerry to figure out Alex was dressed as one of the Doctor’s Companions.
Alex tugged on her Union Jack tee shirt. “Of course; just don’t ask me to speak in English accent.”
“You don’t want to hear it.” Penny shook her head. “It’s horrible.”
“I only have to pretend to be English girl—” She ran her fingers through her bangs. “At least I have proper hair.”
Kerry leaned towards Annie. “And it’s not even peroxided.”
Alex stuck out her tongue. “Which means I’m better than English girl.”
“Oi.” Penny rolled her eyes before the three students moved closer to Jessica, Nadine, and their covermates. She faced Nadine. “By the way, I didn’t get the chance before, but congratulations on your win.”
“Thanks.” Nadine’s win came during Stage Two when Mórrígan raced against Cernunnos. “And congratulations on your two seconds.” She shook Penny’s hand before shaking Alex’s. “And a third, fourth, and fifth for you.” She shifted glances between all three of the Cernunnos fliers. “All of you; that was some racing out there today.”
So now their covenmates appear, and they look like they’re right out of An Empty Child:
Also, for the first time we see someone crossplaying, as they say in the biz, ’cause Penny is being Penny, and she certainly wasn’t changed into a skinny white dude like Chris in the Middle in the above image. Nope, she’s just being her awesome self playing a character neither her gender or ethnicity because she can.
So there we have nine hundred words of the scene continued, and that was enough to push the story over ninety-five thousand words. And it allowed me to mark off people on my costume list:
That’s the list of everyone who’ll be seen and/or mentioned, and they all have costumes. I had to stretch my brain just a little to find something for everyone, and I have to say I did a good job.
Notice, though, that you still haven’t seen what Annie and Kerry are wearing. Oh, sure, there are hints, but nothing for sure.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll show you. Maybe.