It’s that time again, kiddies: the One Chapter Ends Another Begins time. You know how this works, because I’ve done it so many times before. However, this time it wasn’t all story writing–I had to plan things out again.
If you did look at the above image you’ll see a new file on the left, in what we who use Scrivener call “The Binder”, that says “Ostara Round Robin Race.” Yep, it’s that time again as well: another big race. Well, I did tell you there was gonna be a lot of flying in this part. Though this chapter isn’t so much about racing as it is about something else–though for the life of me I can’t seem to recall the word. Some writer I am, huh?
Here we are, Saturday, 23 March, 2013–that’s the time in the book–and we focus on Kerry. Again. This kid’s getting a lot of screen time of late . . .
All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015, 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)
Kerry walked out of the Cernunnos Ready Room and headed for the stairs to the lower levers of The Diamond where he knew Annie waited. As with all races, no one but A Team members were allowed in the team ready room areas, though friends of the racers and “fans” were allowed to wait two levels down where they could meet the team members and walk with them to either the track infield if they were ready to begin a heat, or to the paddocks where they waited their turn to race.
In Kerry’s case he was heading for the infield with the rest of the team. Today was Ostara, the spring celebration with events put on by Annie’s and his coven, the largest of which was the Ostara Pageant, where members of the school were given the opportunity to show off their talents. Just like the year before Kerry was performing—though not with Nadine, who was performing a piece of her own, though they’d worked worked together on their performances together so they could encourage and critique each other.
But now wasn’t the time to think about music: it was time to race, and he was heading towards something with which he had some experience. Today’s event was a round robin competition, much like the one he participated in on Samhain. It was the last big racing event before the final race of the season, and it was conducted in the same way as the Samhain round robin. At this point in the season the coven standings were almost the same as they were five months before: Mórrígan was in the lead and Åsgårdsreia was second. The difference now was that Cernunnos was only four points behind Åsgårdsreia, and a good showing today could tighten up the margin between the two covens.
The biggest changes were in the personal standings. Though Nadine remained in the lead, in the two weeks since Katahdin Penny had won the race following the huge cross country event and finished third the following week. Because Rivânia had a horrendous race the week following Katahdin—she managed a sixth by a three second margin—Penny was currently in second place in the Individual standing, though her lead over Rivânia was only two points. Neither girl thought they had a chance at catching Nadine—who was twenty-four points ahead of Penny—both had spoken privately about racing each other hard but cleanly for the rest of the season, and that neither would do anything underhanded to prevent the other from taking the number two position on the final Individual podium.
Kerry position had improved as well. During the same races that Penny finished first and third, he finished third in the first and second the following race. He was now in fifth place, three points ahead of Alex, and only seven points behind fourth place Rezi Lahood from Åsgårdsreia. Rezi was sixteen points behind Rivânia, which meant that just as Penny and Rivânia believed they didn’t have a chance to catch first place, the two girls and Kerry didn’t believe they had a legitimate shot at third. And just as his Advanced Spells classmates did, Alex and he spoke with the Lebanese girl and gave assurances that while they’d race hard they’d race clean, and that they wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize each other while on the course.
The discussions among the top fire racers meant Kerry had no worries about anything nefarious happening during today’s races, or the races remaining over the next month. He didn’t even—
“Kerry.” Nadine flagged him down as she headed towards the same staircase from the opposite direction.
He waved back but waited until they were within a couple of meters of each other other before speaking. “What’s up?”
“You got a few minutes?” She pulled him aside so not to block the other team members making their way downstairs.
“Sure.” He gave is classmate and friend a smile. “What’s up?”
Pointed out is the fact that it’s three weeks after the big cross country race–Katahdin was help 5 March, and this is 23 March–and Penny and Kerry have done well for themselves. And there’s been a lot of discussions between the racers at the top to keep things clean between them–something that does happen in the real world. Well, more or less, because there are times when a couple of racers may decide to say “Fuck it” and start wrecking each other because reasons–
Why does the team captain from one team want to speak with a member of another team? Maybe there’s something important? Maybe became there’s a warning. Maybe because Nadine’s also a ginger and she wants to compare hair with Kerry? I do think I took all the gingers who couldn’t get into Hogwarts and put them in my school, don’t you think? Oh, and have you noticed they’re all American? Yeah, strange how that works.
So tune in tomorrow, kids. It’ll be fun, it’ll be informitive.
And you’re gonna learn something about the big Katahdin race as well . . .