Far better mood I have this morning, thank you. Yesterday was all about getting stressed out at work, then getting away, getting something to eat, coming home and trying not to lost my emotions. Okay, didn’t quite make that last one, but everything else happened, and with gusto, as the old beer ads used to say.
It’s life. Move on.
Things are downright cozy back at the coven tower, though it’s not quite as alone here as it was in the last scene . . .
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
For most of the night they sat before the fire, talking, listening to whatever played on Kerry’s computer, and watching students return to the coven. About twenty-one the last of the coven’s students arrived—D Level Darius Roy and A Level Nancy Piugattuk from Canada, and A Levels Huwey Juanico from the island of Guadeloupe and Menan Torres from Paraguay. Darius waved to his fellow racers as he headed for the stairs—the first time Annie could remember him doing anything that looked outwardly friendly—while the three A Levels sat off to one side of the ground floor for about fifteen minutes chatting. Before heading to their floor they came over to introduce themselves, hoping they weren’t “breaking the fishbowl” by speaking to upper levelmates. Everyone welcomed their warmly, and Kerry told them that this time late year Annie and he were living on their floor, and that while he couldn’t speak for all the students in the coven, those on the second floor were “pretty cool”.
Annie couldn’t keep the smile off here face, even after the A Levels went to their rooms. As much contact as they’d had with upper levelmates during the last year, they’d yet to have contact with the A Levels in their own coven, and she liked how Kerry made them feel welcome. A year ago at this time her moyata polovinka was a quiet bundle of nerves and unhappiness: now he was comfortable with both school, friend, and most of all, his soul mate. She also, in that moment, realized they would be the ones welcoming the new B Levels to the second floor . . .
Since this is the first time we’ve really seen the new students at Cernunnos, and like a lot of other towers the students are from all over the place. Kerry and Annie, as pointed out, had little access to the upper levels of their own towers: all of the older students they met came from the other four. Here now, however, The Party of Five–well, Six for the moment–are taking time to say hi and make the new kid feel welcome. This is something that’ll get touched on much later in the novel, but for now, it looks as if all the young witches have come home to roost.
Some, however, need to visit other parts of the school first–
As the time neared twenty-two Alex and Kahoku left; he was tired and want to get to sleep, and she wanted to bid him a good night. In the aftermath of their departure the remaining couples grew quiet as they listened to music. Penny and Jairo moved to the floor in front of the fireplace and cuddled, while Kerry lay back against the sofa arm while Annie lay back against him. There wasn’t a need for conversation: both couples wanted to reacquaint themselves with each other. Annie paid no attention to what her floor mates were doing: it was a habit she’d immediately picked up once they began attending the Midnight Madness. It was an unspoken rule that as long as you didn’t stare at others, they wouldn’t stare back.
And Annie was well aware Kerry and she did enough to warrant stares from others.
Alex returned a half-hour after leaving. Penny turned around to greet her, with Jairo taking his time moving around. “You give Kaho some good night snuggles?”
“I gave him more than snuggles.” Alex slid over the arm of the love seat where her levelmates had sat most of the evening. “I so missed him.”
“I know that feeling.” Annie pulled Kerry’s arms around her before adjusting the covers over her legs.
“I checked the status board in the Atrium on the way back—” Alex swung one leg over the love seat arm. “Only about half the instructors and staff are here.” She intertwined her fingers and cracked her knuckled. “Only three of the coven leaders, too.”
Kerry rested his chin against Annie’s shoulder. “Which ones?”
“Arrakis, Salden, and Palmescoff.” Alex snorted. “I met Palmescoff on the way over to Blodeuwedd; she was on her way to the Instructor’s Residence.”
“What was she doing?” Jairo snorted before asking the followup. “Checking on her students?”
“Probably. Don’t know. I didn’t go inside.” The blond Ukrainian girl wiggled her eyebrows. “We didn’t go right to his tower, if you know what I mean.”
Penny chuckled. “No need to elaborate.” She stood and helped Jairo to his feet. “And speaking of good nights, we’re heading up to the second for a few of our own.”
“Sounds like a good idea.” Alex was on her feet before she turned to the couple on the sofa. “You guys coming?”
“We’re going to stay up a bit longer.” Annie turned slightly so she rested on her side against Kerry. “We still have catching up to do.”
Yes, Annie and Kerry have “catching up to do”. I guess that’s what kids there are gonna call it, right? But we do get to see that the Lovey Dovey couple aren’t the only ones who do the snogging thing. And Alex didn’t take her boyfriend right home? Whatever could she mean?
So lets sorta bring the lights down a little on this party . . .
Penny was about to say something when Alex tapped her arm. “Come on; let the lyubyty ptakhiv have their privacy.”
“Yeah.” Penny gave them a wave. “See you guys in the morning.”
Jairo nodded. “See you later.”
Kerry gave them a short wave. “Mañana, guys.”
Annie did the same. “Have a good night.”
Alex was the last to leave. “Don’t stay up too late.” She chuckled as she bounded up the stairs after her friends.
It wasn’t until their friends were out of sight that Annie stretched out and relaxed. “Alone at last.”
“And I think completely this time.” He slid down slightly so he could rest his head. “We got the whole commons to ourselves.”
“Which mean we should make good use of the space—” Annie rolled around and gave Kerry a short kiss. “I missed you so much, my love.”
The scene isn’t quite over, and it’ll lead directly into two scenes that comes pretty much back-to-back to each other. But I have to end this on off first, and that may happen tonight, as there is a bunch of stuff I should do tonight, but that I may put off until tomorrow–
We’ll see–won’t we, Scarlett?