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The Day Into the New Year

Though I had a full spa day yesterday I am not blogging about it here.  There’s too much to cover this morning, so I’ll write it up tonight as there isn’t any Walking Dead to snark on for a while and I damn sure won’t watch a Home Alone movie.

Instead you get the next scene, which is the first Friday back, Reacquaintance Day for returning students and a pretty big day.  Sure, students can just chill out and stay back in the coven towers and play grab ass all day, but those students who aren’t complete assholes it’s a chance to catch up with their favorites instructors and see what the next instructors they’re going to have are like.

And not only do we see our favorite couple heading out for the day, but we learn a bit about last night…

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

The first day back at school was shaping up to be far nicer than last few days in Paris, at least weather-wise. Though there was an overcast expected well into the evening, there wasn’t any rain in the forecast. Also, the temperature was already above 18 Celsius and were expected to rise into the upper twenties by mid afternoon.

Since they expected to do a lot of walking, both Annie and Kerry had dressed appropriately. Kerry wore a tee shirt and a pair of blue jeans he bought in Cardiff in mid-June, which made this the first time he’d worn actual blue jeans at Salem. Annie went a different route, wearing a light jacket over a tank top which she matched with a short black skater skirt. Since they were doing a lot of walking both were wearing sneakers, though Annie told Kerry when she greeted him that morning that she wasn’t opposed to changing into sandals in the afternoon and then flying to their destinations.

Both were in a good mood this morning. Their gathering with the B Levels had been the success and they’d been up well past midnight enjoying their homemade snacks, listening to music, and talking. At one point Soroushi and Leonora complemented Annie and Kerry on not only being great hosts, but making them feel as if they were now a part of the school.

The other good news had occurred at some point around twenty-two hours, when Professor Semple brought the new A Levels into the coven tower. This year they had six new students, two boys and four girls, and in the morning they saw the attendance list sent to their in-dorm computers. Two students were from Asia, two were from Africa, one was from Australia, and the last was from Western France. Kerry checked the attendance for the A Levels of the other covens and discovered Cernunnos was the only coven not to get new students from either of the Americas. Annie quipped that this was likely The Phoenix’s way of making up for the fact that they had three students from North and South America last year, and that all three of those students were now B Levels.

 

Everything went great, which is what Annie and Kerry wanted.  Being a good host is a lot of work, but they managed to not only pull it off, but they dispelled the stereotype of the Mean Upper Levelmates as well.  You’ll get a chance to meet some of these kids as well ’cause I have minions to write about and they’ll likely show up when the minions are hard at work.

Now that Annie and Kerry have had to spend the night in their own dorm rooms, this has led to an issue:

 

Both were in great spirits by the time they left the coven on their way to the Great Hall for breakfast. They paused for a moment in front of their bench and shared a quick kiss while making plans to come back at some point during the day so they could sit, chat, cuddle, and kiss.

For the first time all week Kerry felt relaxed and satisfied. When he woke up he checked his phone quickly to see if there were any messages from his parents; when he saw there wasn’t, he set the phone in one of the external pockets of his backpack and gave no further thought the matter. He didn’t know what sort of snit his parents were experiencing, but for now he was through trying to contact them. As he saw it, when they were ready to talk, they would contact him. He was the one to chase after people and he wasn’t about to start his family.

When it covered about half the distance from the covered walkway to the West Entrance Kerry kissed the back of Annie’s hand. “I really missed you last night.”
Annie chuckled and leaned into him. “I missed you as well. It was strange to roll over in bed and not find you.”

He nodded. “Same here. When I woke up the first thing I did was reach for you.” Kerry emitted a long sigh. “And… you weren’t there.”

Annie sighed as well. “We knew this was going to happen: we even talked about. Now that we’re back at school, we have to get used to sleeping alone.”

He snorted. “Yeah, it sucks.” When they were within eight meters of the West Entrance Kerry waived open the door. “Think there’s any chance that they’d let us share a room if we asked nicely?”

“I doubt it.” Annie slowed as they entered the West Transept so she could adjust to the dim light there and beyond. “I’ve already thought about asking if it would be possible, particularly given that the headmistress is aware of our—” She lowered her voice she leaned toward Kerry. “Special situation.”

Kerry had also given this matter some thought and figured Annie had reached the same conclusion. “That doesn’t really matter: as far as they are concerned we’re just a couple of kids. And if they give us special housing accommodations, they’ll have to give them to everyone else who wants to—cohabitate.”

Annie nodded as they entered the Rotunda. “It’s highly unfair. I’m sure there are some same-sex couples who are rooming together—” Annie pulled him closer. “I wonder if they will allow that for us if we were same-sex couple?”

Kerry half rolled his eyes as the implication of Annie’s statement hit home. “That’s something I don’t want to—”

“Hi, guys.”

 

The whole “I Gotta Sleep Alone” issue was sort of addressed earlier because I brought it up as sort of an aside.  You spend the week sleeping together in Paris and get special sleeping together accommodation on the flight home, and that first night back at school is gonna feel strange.  At the moment there is only one Instructor couple at school–Helena and Erywin–who share a room, but it’s a safe bet that Wednesday and Isis will share accommodations before the year out.

But when it comes to students doing the same things get strange.  At the moment there are no official rules at Salem about students living together, but the unofficial rule is a different story.  There are same sex couples who happen to be in the same coven sharing a room, though if they didn’t start out as dormmates they have to get permission from the coven leader to switch rooms, and they may even need to speak with Erywin as well to see if this move is being made because they couple have actual feelings for each other, or if they are only wanting to get together so they can bang their brains out, because the later tends to eventually lead to a lot of drama and blows right the hell up after a while.

However, there are NO hetero student couples sharing a room.  It has happened, but that tends to happen to F Levels who live in the upper floor of their coven–the area known as The Attic–where the rooms tend to look more like a small apartment than a dorm.  The last F Level student couple was, believe it or not, Maddie and her future husband David Palmescoff, who became engaged over the summer between their E and F Levels.  Since they had the Ring Thing goin’ on, no one saw any reason why they shouldn’t share accommodations.

Sure, the headmistress knows that Annie and Kerry have that special connection and that they will marry each other, but is that enough to put them together in the same room?  A lot of students would say “No”, but they’re haters so screw them.  Still, a few people would likely raise an eyebrow at learning that the Lovey Dovey Couple is rooming together and might ask why they can’t.  Because you aren’t soul mates, that’s why.

Then again, the whole point may become moot in a few months–

It won't talk long for Kerry to figure out that new Gift has one great advantage.

It won’t talk long for Kerry to figure out that new Gift has one great advantage.

We’ll see if and how the school deals with a couple who has already gotten used to sleeping together when the chance arises.  In the mean time–who’s saying hi?

I think you’ve already guessed.

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8 thoughts on “The Day Into the New Year

  1. Yayyy you had your spa day! As for being told she’s been a good host, that’s always nice to hear compliments rather than criticisms (but the latter is so much more commonly said)

  2. No, it’s just right that the school doesn’t approve of sharing a room….. especially for Annie and Kerry. It maybe seen as giving a special treatment, no matter how special they are, and most importantly, there are younger, very impressionable students who will have an impression of a school that allows this stuff to happen, or maybe I’m just such a stuffy, square person ….. the thing is, I’m not…. I just don’t want some random couple or couples to follow suit and demand one room for them, as well. And if the parents find out…… Houston, we have a problem…… I demand to see the Headmistress ! !

    • This is the one time where the same-sex students have an advantage. If the headmistress did approve this, Mathilde would have to give her reasons why. Which she would.

      Before the end of the school year, however, it won’t matter as Kerry will be able to visit Annie’s room whenever she like. She as in Kerry she. 😉

  3. It’s 1: 15 AM, I’m still awake, frantically reading blogs …… my email folder has over a thousand unread posts again…. a week ago , I swept it up to zero. Ugh.

  4. I mean swept ” down” , instead of up, he he I’ve been going to several holiday parties . I’m swamped with invitations, almost 2 a day. My co-workers like me… they really like me, ha ha ha.

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