The Great Indiana Change Trip is nearly over, and this will be one of the last things I do in this state before packing my stuff and heading back to The Burg in a few hours. With all the anxiety I felt before driving the the thousand kilometers to get here, everything went smoothly.
I’ve already discussed the court hearing and getting a new Social Security card, and yesterday involved getting a new driver’s licence. Other than the fact there was some sort of data connection issue between Valparaiso and Indianapolis, the licence change went without problems, and after an hour I managed to get the registration on both cars changed, and my name and gender marker adjusted. So now the state of Indiana recognizes I’m a woman, which means Yay! And I changed all my banking information and received a new debit card with real name upon the surface. Even more Yay!
All that remains now is to contact everyone who knew me by the old name and get them to change everything over to the new. That’s probably going to happen over the rest of the year, but that’s the breaks, right? So it is written, so it is done, and this shit is over and done.
Now to get back to life as I know it . . .
Hey, speaking of this novel I’m working on, I wrote some last night. School is up and running for that long ago year of 2013: that means stuff and things are happening. Like–
Several things happened here last night. First, I changed the name of the chapter. Second, I changed a wrong time. Third, I had to reason up something that happens here that won’t become apparent until the next novel, bwah hahahaha! because I know and you don’t. And forth, I added a scene because it made sense to add a scene.
But what about the writing, Cassie? What happens in this Express Farewells? Let’s see together, shall we?
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
It took a few seconds for Annie to realized that she was being awoken, and the person waking her was doing so with light kisses. She kept her eyes closed and enjoyed the sensation, and only began to smile once the kisses moved from her lips to her check and then to her neck. “Ummmmm.”
There was nibbling on her ear before she heard the voice. “You like that?”
Her eyes still closed Annie rolled on to her side and wrapped her right arm around Kerry. “Yes, I do.” She wanted to add A time will come when you’ll be awoken the same way but she left that out of the conversation: this wasn’t the time to speak of the future. “I love that.”
“I’ve only done that a couple of times.” Though they’d spent the evening together more than a couple of times, on most occasions when it came time to wake up they were up and about with little fanfare—or one of them woke up and let the other sleep in for a few more minutes. “I’ll keep this in mind for the future.”
“As will I, my love.” Annie sat up and looked about the empty ground floor commons of Cernunnos Cover. “No one’s around?”
So now we’re seeing that Annie loves being woken up with kisses, and she’s reminded that a time will come at some point in the future when she’ll wake Kerry up the same way. Not that she hasn’t done this already, but that time she’s thinking about involves her having a new last name, if you know what I mean. Little romantic witches in love: gotta love it.
And no one’s around?
“The two A Levels were still here when I crashed—that was about an hour ago.” He shook his head.
“Must have went up to the first when we were napping.”
“Quite likely.” Annie threw back the comforter and stretched. “I take it you’re ready?”
He smiled back as he stood. “Only when you are.”
“Since you’re holding my robe—” She found her fur-lined snow boots and slipped them on. “I take that as a sign you’re ready for me to get ready.”
Kerry’s cheeks flushed bright red. “Yeah, well . . .” He looked down at the ground. “I guess I am.”
“No need to be embarrassed.” Annie took her robe and slipped it on seconds after standing. “I understand how excited you are.”
Kerry led Annie away from where they’d napped on the sofa in front of the commons fireplace towards the center of the coven floor. “You wanna take the tunnel over, or walk outside?”
“Temperature still around zero?”
A few hours before the temperatures were hovering just over one degree Celsius, and Kerry couldn’t see them dropping much more. “Probably.”
“Outside will be fine, my love.” She wrapped herself around his left arm as they proceeded towards the door leading to the inner Pentagram Wall. “We won’t be in the cold for long, I’m wearing my flannels, and I can use you to stay warm.”
He waved the door open and tightened his robe before stepping into the wall inner corridor. “I will do my best.”
“You always do.” Annie waved the door to the Pentagram Garden open.
So they were napping, and now they’re off into the night towards–well, if they’re heading into the Pentagram Garden, there’s only one destination . . .
They walked quickly from the tower to the Great Hall, not meeting a person along the way. Annie didn’t expect to meet anyone, at least not heading to the coven. Right now, at twenty minutes before midnight on the first Thursday school night of 2013, everyone was either in their towers sleeping or in the Great Hall, and she expected they would be among the last to arrive for the event about to occur. They weren’t about to miss anything, however: Kerry and she knew the event schedule as the schedule had been known since Monday.
They entered the Great Hall and headed for the Dining Hall. The scene inside was far different from the other times when it was used for eating or for the Midnight Madness. This time there were several tables covered with backpacks, brooms, and miscellaneous equipment, all kept separate from the seventy or eighty students who’d appeared to watch the proceedings. Annie spotted Vicky speaking with Holoč, Erywin, and Headmistress Laventure, while Isis and Wednesday appeared to be making some last minute checks to equipment with the help of a few of the higher level students, the majority who appeared to be from the racing teams.
Standing near the northwest entrance to the Dining Hall, Annie wasn’t certain what to expect to see in the next twenty minutes—she was, however, pleased that this year Kerry wasn’t one of the students departing on the Polar Express.
Now, finally, we get to see something about the already somewhat famous Polar Express. Just so you know: Kerry isn’t leaving, not this year. More is going to get said about it, but for now be content in knowing that the 2013 Polar Express is about to begin.
However . . . I likely won’t post that new information tomorrow because I’m leaving out of Indiana about ten in the morning, and I don’t expect to arrive in Harrisburg until almost twelve hours later. But as I know the real reason Annie and Kerry are there, I don’t have to give it much thought–I just gotta write it down.
Don’t worry: I’ll get to it real soon.