Hey, no zombie writing today–I actually did that over the last couple of weeks, because there’s nothing to write about this week. Well, I wouldn’t say nothing . . . There’s always something.
For example, since I was only one thousand words away from hitting one hundred thirty thousand words last night, and because it was two weeks since I’d reached one hundred twenty thousand, I was like, “What the hell, chick, you gotta do this.” I got to work and, well . . .
Given that the last scene took four days to write–over a five day period, I should add–I figured I needed to kick my ass into gear and get some stuff done. Yes, fighting through depression isn’t a nice thing, but hell, kids, I gotta write–right? Not really, but I did it anyway, because this scene is All About Annie and a place she likes to visit so she can talk to someone she likes.
Let’s go there, shall we? We shall:
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
Annie touched down lightly about four meters from the entrance of the Divination Building at Memory’s End. She’d taken off from the Pentagram Garden within minutes after Kerry left after lunch for his pre-race lecture, and was certain no one saw her land under her own power because nearly everyone else was either on their way to The Diamond, already there, or hanging out elsewhere because they weren’t interested in the races.
Not that she was concerned about anyone seeing her using her Flight Gift. The retelling of her Judgment Trial against Lisa’s champion was all over the school by breakfast then next morning, and that evening Vicky and Isis spoke with her while Kerry was off in Advanced Transformation. They let her know that they weren’t unhappy with her “Unveiling” and that it was only a matter of time before the rest of the school became aware she could fly, and they saw nothing wrong with her flying around, as long as she remained inside the outer walls.
Now, I should point out something: Memory’s End is really two buildings. It’s not always easy to spot on the maps, but when you see it close up, it’s obvious.
When looking at the picture, the Divination Building is on the right, and the Numerology Building is on the left. Why are there two buildings for studies that really aren’t that big? Well, that’s one of the things you’ll discover in this scene.
And if you’re wondering about all these paths, here you go: the one from the left leads to Gwydion Manor, the one going off the top leads to Astria Portal, the Firing Line, and Observatory Tower. The one on the right leads to The Witch House, and the one going off to the bottom ends at the main path running between The Witch House and History and Social Studies Building, which is just north of The Pentagram and Åsgårdsreia Tower. And that little tower-like object on the small path in the bottom-left section, that’s a stairwell leading to the tunnel system below the school. All roads lead here, it seems.
For a point of reference, when Annie and Kerry visited here the first time, they walked up the path appearing on the bottom of the image frame. There, now you know more.
And as you can see Annie is able to fly around the school because, what the hell, people saw he doing it, so it’s not like she can hide that any longer. Let your flying, um, fly.
What waits for Annie here? This:
She stood listening for sounds: walking, coughing, activities of any kind. Nothing. The building was completely silent, even more so with the sounds from outside cut off. Now she was even more uncertain about Deanna being present, but the last thing she wanted to do was call out her name. I’ll sound like a frightened girl in a horror movie, and that’s the last impression I want to make.
She was right in the middle of preparing to walk to Deanna’s office when the seer called out to her. “I’m down here, Annie.”
Annie yanked on the hem of her sweater and headed down to Deanna’s office. She expected to find Deanna sitting cross-legged on one of the various pillows, but found her instead standing before an old-fashioned desk that folded down from a wall cupboard. “Hello, Deanna.” She stood in the doorway and examined the seer, whose outfit of a sweater, jeans, and sneakers matched Annie’s in everything except top color. “I wasn’t certain you were here.”
Deanna finished writing something on a tablet before answering. “I like to come out here after lunch on the weekends because it’s quiet and I can get a lot more done in this office than I can in the coven tower.” She tapped the screen as if to punctuate her statement. “There. All done.”
Spooky Muslim Seers be spooky, right? Of course Annie’s a polite girl and all, but after a while she’s gotta ask the question . . .
Annie finally entered the office once she understood Deanna wasn’t going to make the request. “Did you know I was coming?”
Deanna turned towards Annie. “The funny thing about being a seer is that most people never believe you if, once you’re asked a question, you reply in a negative fashion.” She set her right elbow upon the fold-out desk and gently leaned upon the surface. “Everyone believes you see everything, so when you say ‘no’ in way of a response, they immediately assume you’re lying.” She brushed hair back out of her face. “It’s a hell of a thing to have in your life.”
“I can imagine.” She looked directly at Deanna. “Did you know I was coming?”
“Yes, I did.” The seer shrugged. “It doesn’t matter how I knew, the actual reason I came out here to work was to wait for you because I saw you coming out here to speak with me. So I thought I’d better be here when you arrived.” She cocked her right eyebrow upward. “You believe me?”
Before answering Annie considered her current dilemma of accepting that Deanna was speaking the truth, or if she was telling her what she wanted her to hear. It would help a lot if I could read Deanna’s aura—I should work on that next. “I believe you.”
Deanna has pulled this a few times on Annie: knew she was going to show up and called her down the moment she entered the building, or made a remark based upon something that was already on Annie’s mind. And when Deanna tries to skate on that shit, Annie calls her out once more, and gets an honest answer–or does she? Why does Annie want to see Deanna’s aura? Because witches who can see another person’s aura can tell if they’re lying by watching the colors and shades of said aura. Except really good witches know how to keep their aura from changing, and Deanna’s a really good witch when it comes to not letting people see your inner feelings through your aura, so even if Annie could see it, it’s likely she’d never know if Deanna was bullshitting her or not.
This is one of the reasons when new students arrive instructors can tell if they’re being lied to or not–among other things. You’ll be surprised what instructors can determine based upon the color and shade of a student’s aura . . .
After a little more back and forth–and once I got in my thousand words–I wrote up just a bit of strangeness:
Annie decided to move on to another subject. “I’ve never seen you use that desk before.”
“No, when you’ve been here in the past we’ve sat on the floor; I’m normally not working when you come to visit.”
If you want to call speaking about a problem a “visit”. “Did you have that put in?”
“Me? No.” She set the bag on the floor and folded the desk up into the cupboard and shut the doors. “This desk was put in when the building was constructed in 1804.” Deanna chuckled. “You can thank Crazy Wanda for both of those things.”
Annie gave a surprised laugh. “Crazy Wanda?”
No, sorry Pupok, she doesn’t have mangoes. But you’re about to get a history lesson on the school, that much is true.
Maybe tomorrow everyone will get to hear the tale of Crazy Wanda.
Given I’m not doing anything else this morning, it’s highly likely.