Last night in Harrisburg… Yeah, it sounds like something important. Maybe it is. Actually, a lot got done yesterday. First off, I finish the scene which means I finished Chapter Nine. Which means I’m officially done with all the single digit chapters and I can move on to double digits.
What’s coming up in Chapter Ten are four slices of what happens in the advanced classes. Or I should put it this way: you get to see what happens in three of the advanced classes and what happens in one specialty class. It should be interesting and it’s going to lead up to an event that may end up becoming the talk of the school after a while.
In fact, there’s a whole lot of stuff is coming out–I mean, the step of having a novel, correct? But that’s beside the point. The next two chapters are going to get real interesting and they are leading up to a big event. And it won’t be long before we get there.
In the meantime we have to deal with what’s happening now, which means were dealing with the past. Which means were about to see what really happened when Emma came out.
And it’s right here–
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)
“Well, I was sitting there listening to Miora speak, but I’m hardly even listening. All I can think is the moment I come out my parents are going to freak, and I’m trying to put together was going to happen after that. Then, all of a sudden, Miora says ‘Emma, you have something to tell your parents, don’t you?’
“I knew what she wanted me to say, but I couldn’t get the words to come out. I just sat there like an idiot with this dumb stare on my face and all I can see is my family staring back at me. Just as Miora is about to say something, I sat up real straight and just said it: ‘I’m a witch.’ And I then sat back like it was no big deal.”
Kerry knew Emma well enough to imagine she was probably in a state of semi-shock the entire time this was happening at her home. Though she wasn’t quite the weak willed witch she had been during their A Levels, there were times when she was easily rattled, though those moments always happened away from the track. He suffered a great deal of nervousness during his own coming out, but he couldn’t imagine himself just sitting there and staring at his parents. “What did they do when you told them?”
She shook her head as she looked off to one side. “They just sat there: they didn’t do anything. My parents were looking at me like they didn’t quite hear what I said and my sister is sitting there rolling her eyes. That’s when Miora leans over and tells me that maybe I should show them some magic. So…”
“So you did.”
So Emma started laying out the magic. It sounds like this is something that every coming out B Level does, and you have to wonder if there are tales of witches who were so nervous they botched their spells and did shit like set the dog on fire by accident or blow out a wall in the family abode. So, what did she do?
“I did. It wasn’t anything spectacular: I did the Illuminate spell and levitated a couple of things. The one that got everyone, though, was when I made a small fireball—”
Kerry began laughing. “You crafted a Fireball spell in your living room?”
Emma’s blush was bright. “I know, right? I mean, they were duly impressed with the other spells, but when they saw me holding a fireball between my hands—” She smiled as she nodded twice. “There was no way they could say I was somehow faking things.”
“I know what you mean.” Kerry didn’t mention that his parents had the exact reaction that Emma didn’t believe her parents would have. “So what happened after that? What did you?”
“That’s the thing: my parents did nothing. After all that they just sat there on the sofa staring at me like they didn’t know what to say or do. Miora asked them if they had any questions and my father’s just like, no, I think were good. Even Ronnie—”
“My sister Veronica: we call her Ronnie for short. She’s always the first person to mouth off and even she just sat there looking shocked and not saying a word. I really didn’t know what to think; it was kind of unnerving.
“Since my parents didn’t want to say anything, Moria decided to leave and she asked me to walk her to the door. When we got there she reminded me that I should contact her if there’s any issues, and if worse comes to worse I had the panic button. I didn’t think I had anything to worry about I told her so, but she wanted me to know just in case.
“After she leaves I go back in the living room and I just stand there looking at everyone waiting for my parents to say something. After like fifteen seconds my mom looks at me and says, ‘I made meatloaf; are you hungry?’.”
At least she had a good teacher when it came to the Fire spell: Kerry told her during their first overnight flight that he’d help her with it. So yeah, Kerry. Those teaching lessons with Annie came in handy.
But you have to love her mother’s reaction: “Oh, you’re a witch? Um… I made meatloaf.” Kerry’s parents are giving him and his case worker shit because they can’t believe this was kept hidden from them and Emma’s family are suffering from just a bit of shock, which is what you’d expect most parents to do when their thirteen year old kid drops this mic on them. Your kid creates fire out of nothing and shock is probably going to set in–
The question now becomes: how does the Nelson Family handle this new news?