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  1. Siobhan gets no response to her knock but as she leans in closer to the door she can hear mumbling, almost like chanting...
  2. 3J nods as she flips pages so Cheshire can see "Yep, every single entry. From 1687 to 2017." She flips the page and shows Cheshire the entry for this year and points at several of the names. "Theres Tammy the girl who made her nose grow Shes a green. And here is Safyre's cousin the little dick, purple." 3J closes the book and hands it to the other girl. "None of us are in there."
  3. Their weird meeting and Safyer's even weirder decision to ask Trace out on a date passed the young shoppers returned to the Ravenhurst Lake House. Matt and Maria were off somewhere else probably being the perfect school toadies that they were while the rest of the Lake House kids were once again gather on the back porch around the grill where Kaitlen was doing up some burgers for lunch. It was a warm Saturday afternoon an Indian summer if ever there was one and most of the kids were taking advantage with shorts and sandals, all except 3J who was wearing a baggy pair of camo cargo pants what looked like a combat boots that had been new during the Vietnam war, and a long sleeved sweat shirt which was living up to it's name if the tiny beads of moisture on her forehead was any indication. Everyone was talking of doing their own thing, Kat cooking, Warren playing his computer games and 3J reading. "Okay this is weird guys," said the chubby girl as she closed the old book she had been reading," this is a register of all the students and student groups since the founding of the school in 1687." "Yep that weird all right imagine a book at a prep-school with a historical register of students. Absolutely amazing find there 3J." drawled out Warren, not even pausing or looking up from his game. "Not the book dufuss, what i found in it." she shot back glaring at the infuriating boy. "What did you find?" asked Kat. 3J looked over at the one person here she thought of as a friend. "There are no brown groups listed in any year."
  4. All smiles now Jace nodded vigorously "That sounds good Safyre. I'll see you at eight. I better go my moms waiting at the checkout. Bye." He almost trips getting away full of embarrassment and elation.
  5. Jace stood slack jawed then turned beet red and snapped his mouth shut. "Uh...yeah that ...that would be great." He fidgeted not knowing how to proceed "Tonight?"
  6. At the Supermarket... Jace gave a glance at Kat's bare arms and bulging biceps and swallowed hard, "Uh yeah that's what I was thinking." he glanced back at Safyre his blush deepening. At the lakehouse... Blue watched Cheshire lean against the rail, then glanced at the two bird. both immediately took wing and tweeting loudly swept away toward the nearest woods. At the sound of the tweets the two squirrels jumped and dodged around behind Grey. Grey for his part stared at Blue up on the rail and Blue seemed to smirk at the rat before jumping off the and darting off around the side of the house. The two Sorcerers watched the whole strange scenario play out.
  7. "Remember you? Well we do have three classes together and face it, your kinda hard not to notice" The boy blushes when he says that last bit. As fate moves at that precise instant Kaitlin comes out of the aisle next to the one Jace is on and less than a second later Warren come upon the scene as well. Jace has a very surprised and embarrassed look now, "Wow, this is a surprise. Hi...Kat? And Warren, right?" At the lake house... Blue and Gray were missing. Cheshire had woken after a deep sleep full of disturbing dreams she couldn't remember to find the windowsill where Blue had taken to sleeping empty and the pillow by her head vacant of the familiar weight of Gray. A slight panic filled her heart then she heard laughter from out side of the window. Peering out onto the deck below Cheshire saw Siobhan but more importantly she saw Gray and two squirrels playing on the deck and Blue was crouched several yards away on the railing. Cheshires eyes widened there were two blue birds, sitting, one on each side of Blue, watching the playing of the rodents. Siobhan had gotten up early as was her wont, to tend her rapidly growing garden as the ritual of the past six mornings she has found curious seeds deposited by her friendly squirrels. Today Gray followed her down from the bedroom she shared with Cheshire. Siobhan had noticed that Cheshire had tossed and turned a lot during the night so she let her sleep. A strange thing occurred when Gray at come out onto the deck after Siobhan, the squirrels had run off only to return a few minutes later carrying acorns which they brought to Gray. Siobhan watched as Gray inspected them and returned two to the squirrels and kept the rest for himself. This scene played itself out several times and so engrossed Siobhan that she did not notice Blues appearance nor the arrival of the flanking birds.
  8. The weekend passed. Kaitlin took the opportunity to go home to visit her father, while the rest of the kids stayed closer although some of them did go on a day trip to New York, Monday morning rolled around and all but two of them, 3J and Cheshire who had opted out, were meeting with Spenser for their first trip to the local high school. “The Portal is enchanted it will give each of you an aura which will glamour those you meet into believing pretty much anything you tell them. They will recognize each of you as people they have known and basically not question who you are or why you are there. The Aura works at the school and the immediate area around the school.” Siobhan raised her hand “What if we run into someone from school when we are going to the store or on the weekend?” “Nothing they won't even recognize or have any memory of ever having met you. Now if you do meet someone outside of school not under the influence of the aura and befriend them or otherwise tell them who you really are, and you later meet that person at school again the aura won't effect them.” Eventually the little briefing was done and the brown group along with kids of each of the other groups went to school. Cheshire and 3J along with four other kids from other groups were given various tasks during the day, such as working as messengers, or Teachers aids, arranging books in the libraries. Over all it work menat to keep them busy and out of mischief but they did manage to learn a thing or two while at it. The regular days all the kids went about their normal Ravenhurst classes and living their live. For the Brown group things were still tense in the lake house and out side of a few tentative friendships trying to bud th kids stayed mostly to them selves. That week went by fast and then it was the second weekend at Ravenhurst when things started to get interesting again. Twos weeks since the kids had arrived and the cupboard was growing a bit thin so Saturday morning Safyre, Warren, and Kaitlin made a grocery trip. Safyre was putting some nice looking pork cutlets in the basket, the three had decided to shop separately to keep the arguing to a minimum. Suddenly the Sorceress stiffened as someone called her name. “Hey Safyre!” a fair haired boy of sixteen, good looking and well dressed for a commoner was standing at the end of an aisle, his hand casually shoved in his pockets. “How are things going?” He asked. It was a boy from school.
  9. Matt glared at Warren then at the rest of the group then set the tray he was carrying down. "Come along Maria we will get something to eat later. We have things to do." Without another word he spins and stalks back into the house. Maria looks after him sort of perplexed, shrugs, coo's at the cat and follows her brother. 3J shakes her head "Dude you really need to stop being such an asshole. They can get us expelled you know."
  10. Matthew and Maria came out bearing the rest of the meal on trays. Maria immediately forgot all about everything else when she saw Blue. and rushed to the table to deposit before turning to the cat filled chair. "Oh my such a pretty pretty kitty." she cooed and knelt down by the cat and proceeded to talk baby gibberish at it making what Siobhan had gushed at he cat earlier seem like cold-hearted indifference. In short she was embarrassing. Matthew looked on embarrassed by his twin sisters antics but shook it off. "This isn't like Waco. no one is going to make anyone do anything and we don't do sacrifices here that's what wytches and warlockes do. This school and the others like it are here to help us lean to control and use our abilities to use sorcery. They don't ask for anything in return and you aren't made to come here each of you made that decision on your own." He looks at Warren. "You should at least try to honor that decision with an attempt at learning what is offered instead of belittling it, the school, and those around you."
  11. Maria clutched Matts arm, horror written all over her face as she stared at the open window. "Oh my God they heard us." Matt just looked at his twin sister and kept his mouth shut.
  12. "Yeah that's a good idea Kat. Why don't you all go on out on the deck and me and Maria will finish up in the kitchen." Said Matt "Nothing in the lake but fish. We'll be out in a little bit" Chimed in Maria answering Kat's question as she and her brother went into the kitchen.
  13. The two young woman Concentrated and Siobhan began speaking again. Matthew was about to say something then he stopped. Safyre's pendent began to glow with a pale purplish light and above the two girls the same purple glow seemed to emanate from the very air. Slowly a form began to take shape...an eye! It looked as if it had been carved from a single huge diamond the size of the girls head. Slowly the eye began to revolve casting a beam of purple light like that thrown of by a black light lamp. the eye turned and the beam swept the room. The girls, now both mumbling the same words that neither knew before they had started, had their own eyes closed tightly but they could see perfectly as if the great diamond eye was their eye and in effect it was they saw all that was revealed. The eye revolved the beam covered every part of the room, the rest of the kids could see the beam and what it revealed as well. Nothing. The room was empty. If there had been a four eyed frog it was gone now. "Holy Moly!," Matt exclaimed "That's perfect Ocular!" "So... does that mean that there isn't anything here?" asked a timid 3J who was sort of hiding behind Kaitlin...you know just in case.
  14. Siobhan mutters and twists her fingers, Safyre's pendent pops and crackles again, a clod wind blows thru the house. "It will take more than that to make me reveal myself child, but you have talent much more so than these other fools. I can teach you Siobhan, I can give you what you want..." the voice drifts and fades on the wind and only Siobhan can hear. "Siobhan!" Cries Maria, "Be careful hun, if you don't know what your doing it could be dangerous."
  15. Matt still reading the letter held up his hand "Nobody go anywhere right now. I messed up my spell and can't summon an ocular, do any of you know a revealing spell or another version of an ocular?" "What about this girl?" hissed Maria. Matt looked at Cheshire for the first time then at Karen "Right, Karen thank you so much for bringing Cheshire to us." He gives her a heart warming smile, "I'll see you Monday in school." Karen smiles back and you can almost see the hearts in her eyes as she trips over herself backing out the door which closes by itself after. "Cheshire's been assigned to the brown group she belongs here. Now about that spell?"
  16. "Who are you?" Maria and Matt spoke at the same time Karen rushed in and to the fifth year boy standing in the middle of the room She handed him the Dean's note." She's Cheshire, just got here today, she's one of you" said the girl happily. "And why are you here Karen?" asked Maria as her brother read the note. For the first time since meeting Maria her usually buoyant happy vibe was replaced by one of intolerance and dislike. "Um.. the Dean told me to show her ...bring her and the note to you guys..." Karen seemed to shrink in on herself "You have done your duty, thanks." said the older girl dismissively.
  17. Matt looked at Safyre by the patio door, then at Kaitlen, then Siobhan, he ignored Warren. Something was going on. "Everyone come with me now!" He led the troop into the house to where Safyre had been reading, they were joined by 3J and Maria. "Whats going on Matthew?" queried Maria softly a look of concern on her face. "I don't know but something." Matt took a stance in the middle of the room drew a deep breath and began moving his fingers in much like Safyre had earlier but much more rapidly and with added gestures and flourishes all the while mumbling incomprehensible words under his breath. The kids of the Brown Group strained to catch what he was doing as he finished his spell with he same inverted triangle that Safyre had, which made her smile despite the urgency of the situation. The spell finished Matt opened his eye and.... Aloud knocking came from the front door startling everyone causing Matthew to jump and maria let out a little scream which she quickly stifled. All eyes were on the door.
  18. Safyre opened her eyes and the world was blue. The light which came not from the bulb of the lamp or the setting sun through the window but from the very air itself, was blue. The kind of blue you imagine the coldest ice to be. And ice was what covered everything in the living room. it frosted the furniture, the walls hung as icicles from the celing. snow dusted the floor and an eerie wind blew through he house. But it wasn't the cold that captured Safyre's breath it was the frog like monstrosity which the size of a large dog which stood infront of her it's forelegs propped on either side of her, it's it four (yes four) eyes looking at her pendent. The...thing was a bluish grey and it had a strange smell of absinthe and clove about it.
  19. "Whatever, Warren you are the most stubborn sorcerer I have ever met." Matt goes over to where Siobhan is hugging the potted plant. "I didn't hear anything either Siobhan. What was it?" He took the pot from her grip and set it back on the shelving. "You look spooked."
  20. Matt finish building his charcoal pyramid and faced Warren. He pointed at the laptop with the tongs in his right hand while his left made a little circle in the air. "Warren my young padawan, how many time do I have to tell you there is no internet, no network and no WiFi on Ravenhurst grounds. The magic just doesn't allow it. You are the only reason your computer even works here, I mean come on how often have you had to charge it over the last week?" Warren caught himself with a wisecrack on his lips, but then he thought about it every time he had checked that he could recall the battery was around 75% and now that he was thinking he couldn't remember plugging it in last night...
  21. Later that afternoon, the class mates gathered on the deck as Matthew fired up the grill Maria and 3J were in the kitchen prepping the steaks they were going to be feasting on later. Out on the deck Siobhan was tending the small flowering plant from the mysterious seed that she had planted a few days ago she had been surprised when it had sprouted almost the same day she had planted it. Down by the water Kaitlin was dangling her feet in the cool water wondering if she should change into her suit and go for a swim. She wanted to but at the same time, she cast a glance back at Warren lounging near the grill doing something on his ever present laptop, she didnt relish the thought of the creep leering at her. "Hey Guys, Corn on the cob okay? And do you want baked potatoes or fries?" called 3J from the open window. "SIOBHAN, WHAT DO YOU HAVE THERE, CHILD?" the words were a whisper on the wind, a cold breeze that stirred her hair and nothing else. An unusual accent she could not place but was so familiar... Safyre had elected to stay inside and was looking through one of 3J's books that she had left out on the coffee table. The fact that it appeared to be a popular roleplaying game book that contained actual spells simultaneously repelled her and fascinated her. Suddenly her pendent crackled, and she felt a cold burst of air... Something touched Kaitlin's foot in the water, it wasn't a fish at least she didn't think it was she had felt fish in the water before and the touch of a fish was always darting. This touch had lingered had felt like someone brushing a finger along the sole of her foot....suddenly the water became very cold... Warren was play a video game rather he was trolling some noob players and having a good time while doing it . when his screen flickered and strange symbols started to overlay the ui the game seemed to fade and reappear the symbols alternating changing it was very hypnotic...
  22. Spenser paused at putting his books in his pack and looked at Kaitlin. She was a very hard working student he saw that but she was also someone who would take a shortcut if she could, that was readily apparent as well. "Rules." He slides his pack away and moves to sit on the corner of the desk. The rest of the kids stopped to give a listen they had come to recognize that this was their mentor getting ready to lecture. "Life is made up of rules. Rules of Sorcery, rules about driving, rules about relationships, rules about what you can and can't do in just about every facet of life." He asked, "Do you know what they all have in common?" Warren heaved a sigh and plopped back into his seat the rest of the kids just stood and shook their heads. "They get broken all the time." Spenser gives Warren a pointed look at that. "Yes, we have rules. Rule number one for fight club is you don't talk about fight club. But we all know that your going to talk about fight club the first chance you get. Look, Kaitlin is right most of the people out there who you want to talk about this with are at best gonna think your a pathological liar, some of them will think you need professional help, most of them will just blow it off. But someday you will say something and someone will hear you. I mean really hear you. Someone who has suspicions, some one who has maybe seen things, Someone who is maybe a dabbler, what we call a Magician. Maybe a Wytch, and I'm not talking about the Blessed be pagan witches. I'm talking about the ones who deserved to be burned in the dark ages, because those evil cunts do still exist. Look we protect you here and in the immediate surroundings, because we can. But out there, for the most part your going to be on your own. And part of your education is how to interact with the world out there and there are a lot of dangers in that world. Talk about Ravenhurst. Don't talk about Ravenhurst. That's something each of you will need to decide on."
  23. The kids of the Brown group spent the rest of the day wandering around campus. They did notice that the other first year students were all kept in classes until after lunch. No explanation was made to them about it however. Over the course of the week the group fell into a routine of attending very basic classes on magic theory and history but very little practicle work out side of practicing their cats cradle drills, and mingling with the other students. 2nd thru 4th years had very little to do with the first years and if they didn't simply ignore them they looked down upon them with disdain. The 5th years although few in number were very pleasant and helpful. Except for one, but we'll get back to her later. Aside form the 'Home Room' meeting each group had with their Sorcerous Mentor for 45 minutes each morning the first years all shared classes together. This led to a few friendships springing up across different groups and a few enmities as well. Safyre's cousin Greg, two years younger than her and already a rising star and obvious leader of the Purple group seems to be the type of per Warren would have been if Warren had money and breeding... a complete douchebag. It seems from the way the Purple group snickers when ever Safyre crosses their paths that Greg must have been regaling them with stories. Still the week passed quickly and with very little incident on Friday after noon each group was called to a meeting with their Sorcerous Mentor. The brown group met in their usual library sitting toom where Spenser instructed them on what the weekend would consist of. “Classes are over for the day. Monday will be the first day of your regular attendance to the local school. Attendance is not mandatory if you wish to sign out. But remember those of you who decline to finish your regular education must pass a GED by the end of your third year or … well we'll worry about that if it comes up. Anyway the form is on the desk fill it out and get it to me by 5 this evening. And that concludes school for the week. Which means all of you have the rest of today thru Sunday to do as you wish. Leaving campus is allowed however if you wish to remain off campus over night you must signout and get a pass. Leaving campus can be done by Dimensional doorway or if you want to visit the local town by shuttle bus which we run regularly. In either case if you leave the only way back is via the way you depart. Don't try to come back any other way, it could prove dangerous to you. The Dimensional Doorway operate from 7am until 7pm Saturday and Sunday, the shuttle busse run on an hourly schedual starting at 9 am until 11pm when the last shuttle reurns for the night. There are no costs for either mode of transportation. Any questions?”
  24. "May I" Asked Spenser who took the seed when She nodded. He examined it for several seconds. "Ive never seen one like before. It must be special. That or the squirrel thought you were." He gives the seed back to Siobhan "Ill be interested to see what you do with it." He pushes off the couch and stands and walks over in front of Warren. "Like Siobhan said, Warren, you didn't do any magic either, you didn't even try." He turns away and walks back to where he had been standing before and faces the group as a whole. "Sorcery is difficult but any of you can become powerful accomplished sorcerers, any of you. All you have to do is try. Safyre made a beautiful piece of magic here today something that any sorcerer would be proud of let alone a first year on her first assignment. it was a very well done spell. Now how many of you have herd of the game cats cradle?" Everyone raised their hands after a moment or two. "Good what most of you don't know is that the game was originally developed to teach Sorcerers the basic of what we call Technique. Over on the table by the door," he points to a small table by the door which none of you had noticed before, "that box contains cats cradle strings each of you take one string and one of the lesson books. You all saw the way Safyre moved her fingers she was using Technique, all of you need to follow her example and learn the basics. starting tomorrow you will all meet here for one hour of instruction with me then you will attend regular classes with the rest of the groups. Thats it for today. I will see you in the morning." With no further words or giving anyone time to ask anything Spenser leaves through the door he had come in through.
  25. "We aren't talking about Warren right now his turn will come. And you are not in any trouble Siobhan, I'm sorry if I made you think that you were." He motions for her to scoot over and sits beside her. "Knowing magic is one thing yes and yes that is what we do here, we teach you the knowledge to be good sorcerers. But making magic is possible with out even knowing you are doing it. All you have to do is try. Do you have the seed with you?"
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