Yule Time Bound: Some Unfinished Baggage

Today has been another good day of writing.  I’ve finished off another scene in the current chapter, adding another twelve hundred and sixty-six words to the story.

The scenes are falling like dominoes, right?

 

As you can see, scene three has the kids going to Copenhagen, and if you know a little about the city you’ll understand the scene title.  If not, a picture of me at my computer might have it make more sense.

 

Yep, there are little mermaids in this story–sort of.  You’ll find out when the time comes.

That means that today we get to finish off the first scene here.  And we will.  Because, as you’ll see, there’s a problem:

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017, 2018 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

“There’s only one thing.” Coraline thought for a moment before throwing up an additional privacy screen. “I don’t want her climbing the stairs to your floor in the tower. Now, I know she has to go up and down stairs at home, but it’s not as far as having to climb the ones in the coven—”

Annie cleared her throat. “What she’s trying to say is I haven’t finished packing and I can’t get up to my room to do the rest.”

Kerry looked down at his soul mate. “One of the nurses could jaunt you up there.” He turned to Coraline. “Couldn’t they?”

“They could—if they were here.” Coraline cocked her head slightly to the right for just a second. “You probably aren’t aware of this since neither of you have been up here the day everyone leaves for Yule, but as soon as Gretchen is off-duty, that’s it, it’s just me running this place. And as soon as the last student is out, I shut it all down until 4 January.” She lightly touched her mouth with her closed right fist, bouncing it off her lips a few times. “There is another way, however—”

Kerry felt that wasn’t this other way was, he wasn’t going to like it much. “Yeah?”

“You can do it.” Annie tried to sit up and eventually quit and raised the head of her bed slightly. “I can tell you what I need, which isn’t a lot. Then you go back to the tower, finish your packing, then go to my room and finish packing my things.”

 

So, Annie planed on finishing her packing tonight.  And she needs it done.  And she’s certain Kerry can do it for her.  They even got it worked out–

 

Coraline smiled. “Then you can call Gretchen, she jaunts in and gathers you and the bags up in Annie’s room, and jaunts you back her. Or I can come and get you. Easy peasy either way.”

Kerry was silent for almost ten seconds before he pointed out the obvious. “Yeah, about that… There’s only one way I can get into Annie’s room and—” He looked down as he sighed. “I don’t want anyone to see me.”

 

Yeah, about that…

We know there is a way for Kerry to get into Annie’s room, because it’s been done before.  However, Kerry’s not eager to do it again and certainly doesn’t want to be seen by people in the tower, which is to say Kerry doesn’t want to be seen by any nosy B Levels.

Coraline has it figured out, however, which means she probably spoke to Annie before helping out with this idea:

 

“Good point.” Coraline tapped her chin. “Did I mention you’ll do this after lights out?”

“No, you didn’t.”

“That’s when it’s going to happen. And you know how lights out is the night before going home at Yule—” A big smile appeared on Coraline’s face. “Everyone’s in their bed with visions of getting the hell out of here as soon as possible.”

“It makes sense, my love.” Annie reached out and took Kerry’s hand. “I know it won’t take you long to pack and I know what I need—” She closed her eyes for a second. “At least I think I can tell you everything.”

“It’s okay: I’m pretty sure I can fill in the blanks so I don’t miss anything.” He gave Annie’s had a squeeze as he turned to Coraline. “Okay, I’ll do it. Do you have something I can wear after I transition over?”

Coraline gave Kerry a strange look. “Don’t you have night clothes for the other—you?”

“Yeah, but—”

“You can put them on in your room then change out of them when you’re back here.” Coraline shrugged. “It’s not that hard, is it?”

Kerry realized he was making a big deal out of nothing. He’d already walked around his floor in the middle of the night as other half and there hadn’t been a problem—which was how this would go tonight.

He brought Annie’s hand to his lips and planted a kiss upon the back. “It’s not a problem, Sweetie.”

Annie gave Kerry her best medicated grin. “Thank you, my love.”

He smiled down at his injured soul mate. “Hey, who else is gonna change genders for you, huh?”

 

So the problem of getting Annie packed for the trip home for the holidays is over and Kerry is willing to do something that he last did about seven weeks before so it’s done.  You know it’s true love when someone changes apparent genders for you so you don’t have to worry about not being packed.

Like it or not you’ve just read the last scene in the novel to take place in the school during the year 2013.  The next time we’re back here it’ll be 2014.

And that means tomorrow we start traveling to Bulgaria…