Finally, here I come to the start of the end of Chapter Thirty-One. After this there are four chapters, fifteen scenes, and I’m done with another novel. Also, I’m close to going over three hundred thousand words, like twelve hundred words close, and I’ll probably head over that point during the first scene of Chapter Thirty-Two.
And I know you’re going to find this a little strange, but with all the other stuff going on–the novel writing and the recapping–I’m working with someone else doing a little world building on another project. Yes, like I don’t have enough to do, I decide I’m going to do a little more. The obvious answer to “Why?” is probably “I’m nuts,” but right now I’m not coping to that. Let’s just say I’ll probably have more to say about that in the future.
Now, for the main event . . .
The race is over, as is the season, and all that’s left now are the cheering and the accolades. Both of which happen . . .
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015, 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)
As soon as the final race concluded the entire student body was asked to report to The Diamond for the ceremonies surrounding the final race of the season. Kerry stood with the rest of the team while Vicky stood at a podium and read from the list of names of those fliers who’d finished at the top of the final standings.
There were three sets of podiums set up in the infield. The lowest one, just a step up from the ground, was a long, flat surface; behind that, two steps higher and fitted with steps on the sides, was a smaller podium designed for two people. Behind that, two more steps higher than the middle surface, sat the classic inverted “T” podium, with a raised middle section flanked by two smaller sections, and accessible from the back by stairs.
Vicky asked the crowd for silence and began her address, first recognizing the Individual standings. The lowest podium was set up for those fliers who finished Tenth to Sixth, with the fliers walking on to the surface from the audience’s left and moving all the way across to their right.
The lowest finishing flier was called first and Kerry smiled when he heard the name and coven. “Tenth place: Emmalynne Neilson of Mórrígan.” Her fifth place finish gave her just enough in the way of points to sneak into the last recognized Individual position. She turned and flashed Kerry a thumb’s up as her teammate, Nattat Adriano, was announced at the ninth place finisher. The other three students to take that podium were Fana Okeke of Ceridwen—the only flier from outside the top three covens to place—and Rezi Lahood and Getasew Berhanu, both from Åsgårdsreia, in seventh and sixth place respectively.
Something tells me I should model this set-up so people can actually see what it looks like. ‘Cause I know I’ll get that question at some point. And as for the question, “Emma got into tenth by finished fifth?”, the answer is going to come later in the scene.
It’s interesting how nine of the top ten are from the top three covens, which once again goes to show, consistency is how you win. And if you keep being consistently good, you’re going to push out all the others who aren’t.
Now we have tenth through sixth out of the way: what about the Top 5? Glad you asked:
Then came the moment for which Kerry had fought and waited. “In fifth place: Kerrigan Malibey of Cernunnos.” He marched up the stairs on the audience’s right and stood in his racing uniform with his arms dangling at his side. Kerry looked to his right as the next name was called out. “In fourth place: Alexandria Chorney of Cernunnos.”
Alex bounced up the stairs, almost unable to contain her excitement. She waved to the crowd before turning to Kerry to give him a hug. “We did it.”
He nodded as he released his covenmate. “We sure did.”
Vicky waited for the applause to settle down before speaking again. “And now, at last, the top three positions in the Individual Computation. In third place: Penelope Rigman of Cernunnos.” Penny stepped on to the podium position directly behind Kerry, and both Alex and he shook her hand. “In second place: Nadine Woodley of Mórrígan.” Nadine took her position behind Alex and the congratulations between the four fliers in the top five happened once more. “And lastly, the winner of the 2012/2013 Salem Racing Individual Standings: Rivânia Suassuna of Åsgårdsreia.” Penny and Nadine each gave Riv hugs and congratulations while all the students and instructors gathered applauded and cheered.
After the podiums cleared the fliers returned to their teams and moved to the larger inverted “T” podium used for the Team Standings. There wasn’t any surprises here: Mórrígan took third, Cernunnos finished in second due in a large part to the team’s three best fliers, and Åsgårdsreia took the top position, only four points ahead of second place. All the teams took turns congratulating each other, and Manco took a moment to stand together with Nadine and Rivânia for the team captain’s picture.
The moment Kerry saw a certain person step out of the stands he excused himself and headed towards her and her waiting smile. He held his arms wide as he neared Annie. “So how’d I do?”
Because Kerry missed the first few races of the A Team season he essentially had five DNFs (Did Not Finish race) against him, and that meant he didn’t point there. He made fifth place because he consistently finished in the Top 5, just as Alex did in order to finish fourth. Same with the ladies at the top of the podium: you get there with good finishes.
The Top 5 this season are going to be really fighting it out in Kerry’s C Levels. The biggest question is whether or not Rivânia decides to race during the 2013/2014 season, as she’ll be a F Level and sometimes the F Levels just drop out of racing and let people from the B Team come up. She may do the same. I haven’t decided yet.
I should also point out there are three gingers in the Top 10: Emma (10th), Kerry (5th), and Nadine (2nd). Just imagine if they all make the Top 3. Ginger Podium!
Now to finish up this scene and get ready for someone’s birthday. Before I can do that I need to write a recap and probably work on my other project doing a little world building. Busy writer, am I.