So… how was your evening?
First off, I did my video. It was fun, but as I usually do when it’s over I feel as if I could have done more. It’s that whole thing that goes hand-in-hand with being creative–you know, everything you do sucks and you want to do better? I should get out of that habit and will. One day.
Then I head off with a friend to the Harrisburg chapter of the National Organization for Women and after opening my mouth a couple of times, I end up one-half of their fundraising committee. This is why I shouldn’t say anything, but I can’t keep my mouth shut.
Came home, watched one episode of Breaking Bad, and the–wrote? Yep! Wrote! Put down about seven hundred words as I began describing what it’s like over by der in the Astral Realm. And since I’ll be home all night tonight I’ll not only write more about this, but… well, you never know who just might show up.
The thing is, if you got your witchy kids in the Astral Realm, that means they had to of started on this side of The Curtain. And they did. I know this because it all starts below–
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)
Being a legacy witch meant there was little that could surprise or shock her, but Annie imagined today would be one of the days where everything she saw and heard was completely new. For today Kerry and she were about to embark on an adventure:
Today they would pass beyond The Curtain and walk in the Astral Realm.
The realization that they were taking this step came at breakfast this morning. They were just sitting down at a little before seven when Deanna came to their table, through upper privacy barrier around them, and said today was the day they would visit the Astral Realm. She refused to answer any questions: she simply said anything that needed to be asked could wait until the afternoon, as she wished to discuss anything concerning today’s exercise in private.
And just as quickly as she approached and gave them the news, she turned and left the Dining Hall.
Annie grew excited right away. Since he had begun her special training with Deanna she had begun preparing herself for anything involving passage beyond The Curtain. She’d read stories and had even seen a few pictures, but they did nothing to dampen her expectation of what would come about in the next few hours. She was on the verge of living a dream that was nearly as important as wanting to become a sorceress and a Guardian.
For his part Kerry seems slightly distracted. When she asked if there was something troubling him, he said he was a bit nervous about entering what was essentially an alien world. He knew there was little to fear for Deanna was skilled in these matters and everything would happen within the confines of the school’s walls, but he still found the prospect of walking into another world just a bit worrisome.
When she reminded him that entry new worlds was something he should be comfortable with given his science fiction fandom background, he agreed, but only with the caveat that he also knew, based upon those same stories, all the things that could go wrong even though they were told everything would be fine.
Though she spent the morning concerned that Kerry’s mind wouldn’t be on flying while Emma, he, and two other fliers from class made a high-speed run to Philadelphia and back, she was pleasantly surprised to find him in a good mood at lunch time. He explained his change of mood as being nothing more than the realization that since everything he had done since arriving at school a little more than two years earlier was new and somewhat alien when compared to Normal studies, why should he get upset about dealing with the situation that was completely alien?
There you go: Annie is a secret Astral junkie and Kerry is just a little worried about stepping into his first alien landscape. But you know these kids are going there. How do we know?
I told you up at the start of the excerpt. Duh.