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In the Morning: Awake In the Mountains

So here I am and yes, I actually have an excerpt.  It’s been a few days, I know, but I haven’t done any writing in a few days and since I wasn’t writing, no point in posting what I’m not writing.  Right?

It’s time to move the action, so to speak, back to Pamporovo, and in doing so we go to the first day of winter, 2013.  This will be Kerry’s first full day in Bulgaria, a country he’s never visited, and you can imagine it’s going to be a bit busy.  Why is that?  Well… he’s with Annie.  Something’s bound to happen.

Before those two get together, though, people gotta wake.  That includes a Ginger Hair Boy–

 

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

 

Kerry sat up in bed and listened to the silence. He looked around in the darkness and realized how much being at Annie’s house was like being back at school: everything was incredibly dark and quiet. He assumed most of the quite was due to them being in the middle of the mountains, but he also suspected the wall and door facing the living room were enchanted to keep out ambient noises.

He sat still for about twenty seconds and then decided to get up and moving. “Lights low; computer on.” Just as with his dorm room in Cernunnos Coven, the lighting system here was controlled by magic, and ever since Isis gave his computer an “upgrade” at the end of his A Levels, he could control the system through vocal command.

He swung his legs out from under the thick comforter. “What time is it?”

The computer responded in a pleasant female voice. “It is 05:31.”

“Any new email?”

“No.”

“Okay.” He’d hoped his parent would send him one to find out if he’d arrived safely at his Yule destination. While he’d send them an email the week before saying he was staying with friends, he’d not bothered telling them the friend in question was Annie. It didn’t matter: they hadn’t responded in the week before yesterday and they didn’t respond during the night.

They evidently didn’t care.

 

This is the first time we’ve seen Kerry use voice controls on his computer.  Annie has a monitor supplied by the school in her room and we’ve seen it work with voice command, so why not give Kerry’s computer the same interface?

I should point out that in my original idea for C Level Yule, where Kerry stayed at school while Annie returned home, he was going to give his computer to Annie to take back home while he used a school laptop to Skype her once or twice a day.  But that isn’t happening, so no need to go on about how sad all that shit was gonna be.

Speaking of sad, Kerry has emailed his parents that he’s off with a friend for Yule, but they’ve not emailed him back.  Which is further evidence that his parents are twats.  Though who knows if this is because both parents are twats, or if it’s just his mother and his dad doesn’t say a word because he doesn’t want to put up with the shitstorm that comes every time he disagrees with Louise.  Eventually we’ll learn the truth, but for now they’re both being twats.

Now that Kerry is more or less up, it’s time to get all the way up.  And that means…

 

Kerry used the bathroom to relieve himself, then threw on his robe, put on his slippers, and slowly opened the door. Light came from the kitchen, but the rest of the house was in darkness. He moved out of his room and covered the few steps to the kitchen, wondering who he’d find—

“Good morning, Kerry.”

He was a bit surprised to find Annie’s mother standing at the kitchen island, still dressed in her green silk pajamas, setting finger snacks upon a tray while two kettles were heating up on the stove behind her. “Good morning, Pavlina.”

She glanced in his direction. “Sleep well?”

“Yeah, quite.” He kept his voice low, subdued. “Sleeping here’s like being back at school.”

“We use a number of the same enchantments.” She finished arranging the tray before turning towards him. “You don’t have to keep your voice down: Victor can’t hear you in the lower levels, and while there’s a enchantment on the stairs to keep the ground floor sounds from going upward, I’m certain Annie’s awake.”

He chuckled. “I should have known. She told me she’s usually up by five-thirty when she’s home. I am, too, for that matter. It’s a bit of a habit now.”

“The same with me. Victor, however—” She looked at the kettles as if she expected something to happened, then turned back to Kerry. “He often spends a lot of late nights with his team during racing season, so he’s come to appreciate sleep and wakes up when he’s ready.” Pavlina leaned against the island. “Would you like some tea? Coffee?”

Again, it only makes sense that a lot of the magic used at the school is gonna be used in most witches homes.  Hell, there’s probably a list of enchantment that are taught later in a student’s life so they can fix things up when they get their own homes.  You can bet Kerry’s already using a few of this to “fix up” his room at home.

So Pavlina is offering Kerry both tea and coffee.  And not only is there a reason for that, but we’re gonna learn a secret in the process–

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