We’re almost to the long weekend time here in America, and I’m a bit remiss in saying that yesterday was Canada Day, so to my friends North of The Wall I say, Sorry, So Sorry, I didn’t mean to miss you. Also, today is I Forgot Day, so you have to forgive me.
In case you’re wondering today is also World UFO Day, and you should be watching some old 1950’s science fiction and, if you can find it, check out the late-60s television show The Invaders, which was scary as all hell. And, of course, the British show UFO is a must:
Also some personal stuff that’s important to me is coming up as well, such as today is five months for me since I came out at work. Almost half a year–yay! So much is happening so quickly, and I have to say that I am loving some of this stuff, even if there is some heaviness in my heart. But that’s for another post. Onward.
Today–at least in my mythical Salem School world–it is Minion Day. That is to say, Professor Wednesday Douglas has herself some minions for B Level Spells, and gee–can you guess who they are?
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
Wednesday checked the B Level lab one last time before walking towards the ground floor library. The day was cloudy and cool outside, and inside—well, there were more than a few students who’d be less clear and a lot hotter. Today was the first time she’d taken the students through the basics of minor levitation, and even though they were doing little more than attempting to lift tiny plastic spindles, only a quarter of the students were able to get at least one good levitation, and out of that group only one person was able to repeat the action—
She didn’t think it was a coincidence that Emma Nielson was also the only student today to ask for assistance from her two minions. Speaking of which—
Wednesday popped her head through the doorway and caught the attention of her two little helpers, both whom were reading. “Hey, minions.” She waved them towards her the moment they looked up from their books. “Help me get the lab straightened up, okay?” They sent their books back to their respective locations on the shelves before following her out of the room.
It’s the end of class and lunch in on high, and it’s time for Teacher and Her Pets to get the lab back in order, which they do using magic. It’s also during this time that Annie brings up a point: no one asked them for help. Well, one person did, and that’s not really discussed, except to say Kerry blows it off, as does Annie. Wednesday, however, is thinking about that, and about Annie’s question, and comes up to the follow conclusion:
Wednesday didn’t want to drag up any hidden enmity that might lie hidden within either Annie or Kerry concerning his Åsgårdsreian wingmate. She wanted to keep everyone focused on Annie’s questions, and not those who could become the subject of discussion. “It’s really a complected answer; there’s no easy reason. Part of it being intimidated by what they’re doing; part is being intimidated by the people who I bring in to help.” She waved her container onto one lab station and turned to Annie. “Remember what it was like when I brought in minions last year.”
Annie appeared a bit puzzled. “We didn’t have minions in spells class last year.”
“Right—not in your class.” Wednesday leaned back against a lab table. “You had already moved on to Advanced Spells by that time: you were minions.”
“Minions to be.” Kerry stood next to Annie, joining the conversation. “We just didn’t know it at the time.”
Annie closed her eyes as her head shook in short, quick twitches. “So no one wanted our help because they were intimidated by the spell and by us?”
Wednesday’s shrug was almost imperceptibly. “I would say some of the kids in this class are intimidated by you both. I’m also sure there are a few who just don’t like you and don’t want to do anything with you. And . . .” She’d considered not bringing up this last point, but ignored her concern because she was fairly certain it wasn’t a tremendous revelation for either of them. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a few in your level who are probably scared of you.”
This last point is a good one, because, if you think back, it’s one they’ve already touched upon–
And maybe we’ll get to that tomorrow. After all, I do have the day off.