Writing is a strange thing. There’s so many times when you sit down to write when you don’t really feel like writing, that you wonder if you’re going to produce anything worthwhile. Then you sit down and surprise yourself. You might not write a lot, but what is written is satisfying. And sometimes satisfying is the best thing that we, as writers, can produce.
I was sort of in that mood last night. I was back from dinner and watching The Doors, which I hadn’t seen in a while, and didn’t think I’d get in much writing before hitting the sack. So I started in on the scene and before I knew it I had close to seven hundred words written before going to sleep. That’s how it goes sometimes: you just start to writing and it comes to you. And even though I’m not hitting a thousand words a night, hitting five to seven hundred a night is pretty good.
Yesterday a couple of the newest Cernunnos B Levels came to see Annie and Kerry and they said he had something he wanted to tell them. It turns out he does, but he’s getting there via a few questions:
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)
Kerry suddenly seemed embarrassed. “I don’t really have anything tell you: I’m really just doing something that a C Level did for me last year.” He spent a moment gathering his thoughts. “How did you guys like Advanced Flight One today?”
Nancy we crossed her legs so that now her left was over her right. “We had a great time. Vicky flew us down the coast all the way past Cape Cod until we were out over Long Island Sound. That was the first time we ever did that.”
“You’ll do a lot of that, both in a group and as a team.” At that moment the snacks appeared and everyone grabbed a glass of cider and a banitsa and spent a few moments enjoying both. “You two are flying together as a team, right?”
Nancy sat her cider and banitsa on the side table. “We room together, so we figured it’d be best if we flew together.”
“Have you come up with a team name yet?”
Soroushi shook her head. “Were trying to come up with something that is identifiable to both of us.”
“How about amazons? The word is Persian, I believe, and it can be used as a pick for two strong women.” He smiled as he shrugged. “Just a suggestion.”
Both B Levels looked across the coffee table at each other considering the suggestion. Soroushi nodded. “That’s… actually good. You’re right, that would work for us.”
Nancy looked at Kerry. “You knew that?”
He shrugged. “I know all sorts of stuff like that.”
Annie slid her arm around Kerry’s left. “He’s a font of information and trivia. He’s constantly surprising me.” She leaned closer to him. “Bikhte li iskali da pravite seks tazi vecher?”
Kerry blushed deeply as he half turned toward Annie. “We’ll talk about that later.” He cleared his throat. “Let’s back to flying.”
For want of a better phrase, Kerry is a fount of worthless knowledge, which comes from all the Internet digging he does when there’s nothing else to do while the music plays. Amazons is something I remembered reading a while back and I checked it out when I was looking up names for Soroushi’s and Nancy’s flight team. See? I have a lot of worthless info as well.
And since people are going to ask, here’s what Annie said: “Would you like to have sex tonight?” Yeah, that little Bulgarian is getting bold, isn’t she? It’s a good thing that Kerry is used to her teasing, too, as any other thirteen year old kid would probably be ready to pop about now if they were told something like that by their girlfriend. The thing is, we know Annie is bold–which is another way of saying she’s mature and getting even more so–and of the pair it seems like her hormones are the ones that need to be put into check. Maybe it’s time for Coraline to have “The Talk” with these two again.
So, what was it that Kerry wanted to ask? Well…
“Sure.” Soroushi said back and crossed her legs. “What did you want to tell us?”
Kerry decided to get right into the subject. “We have two openings on our racing B Team: The one guy on the team dropped out and one of the girls decided she wanted to finish out her schooling at The Vee because it was closer to home and they specialize in spirit studies.” He used the common name for the Vesuva Investigative Research, located in Hyderabad, India.
“Wait—” Nancy leaned forward. “How many years did she have to go?”
“She’s a F Level this year, so she was due to graduate. Her mother’s been having some health issues, so she asked if she could finish up her studies in India but still come back here to graduate as a Salem alum and she was told it was okay. But getting back to the race team…”
“Yes, the race team.”
“As you know from last year there are normally three people on the B Team and right now we have two slots open. You’re the only two Cernunnos members in Advanced Flight One and Professor Semplen tells me you’re both extremely good. So, he wanted me to tell you that we’d like you both on the B Team.”
We learn something new: under special circumstances it’s possible to finish up your schooling at another school and be given credit that you finished a Salem graduate. Madhushri was likely an exceptional student, so allowing her to finish her last year at The Vee–the Vesuva Investigative Research in Hyderabad, India, as stated–was not difficult to allow. You can rest assured that if you’re a C Level and you decide you want to finish your schooling at another Foundation school, however, the odds are like one hundred percent you’ll be told you are no longer a member of Salem. That’s how it goes, kiddies.
When the school year came to an end in the last book this is how the Cernunnos B Team appeared:
Original B Team (End of 2012/2013 School Year)
Madhushri Pai (F) E India Captain
Victoria Diop (F) D DRC
Hasan Fofana (M) D Sierra Leone
Hasan was the guy Kerry replaced on the A Team after he broke his leg and ended up becoming the Wally Pipp of Salem Racing. Looking at the fact that he likely wasn’t about to get back on the A Team any time soon, he left the B Team. So with both him and Madhushri gone, here’s the current lineup:
Current B Team (Start of 2013/2014 School Year)
Victoria Diop (F) E DRC Captain
In case anyone wonders, Victoria Diop likes racing on the B Team. She’s not super competitive and she loves the idea of being able to mentor new fliers coming up. This last is something Cernunnos needs as they haven’t had a great racing setup for some time. Putting two B Levels who are good fliers on the B Team means at some point in the future they’ll be able to step up and make the A Team shine. Or at least that’s the hope. Maybe they’ll come up and take Kerry’s spot.
Yeah… don’t think so.