Chapter 8- A New Student
The rest of summer passed as July had passed. The girls took Verlen
and Jurn bowling and were quite surprised at how good they were. Verlen
later confided in Christa that there was an angel game much like bowling.
They took them to Jen's cottage for a weekend where they learned how
to fish and how to tube. Jurn began swimming with them once they got him in
a lifejacket. They had a big bonfire on their last night there and roasted
marshmallows and made s'mores.
The last week in August found Verlen, Jurn, Christa and her friends
at the mall doing their back-to-school shopping. The girls had a great time
picking out clothes for Verlen and Jurn, They'd take turns picking an
outfit for each of them and then deciding whether or not it looked good.
Finally on September 2nd,school began again.
Christa woke up early and had her shower before waking up Verlen for
his. Christa's father was gone again, this time he was in Mexico, selling
his paintings and making more.
Verlen and Christa got dressed, had breakfast and then went outside
and waited for the bus. Christa was wearing the necklace Verlen had given
her for her birthday. She never took it off.
Finally the bus came trundling up the road and the two of them got
on. They got to school and went looking for Christa's friends. They found
them in front of their old lockers and were surprised to see Jurn there as
"Your grand-parents have finally realized there is no way they can
force you to come home so they've decided I'm to stay with you in case
something happens." He offered by way of explanation.
Verlen sighed with relief. "I was worried that they would send
someone to force me back. This is most welcome news!"
Jurn laughed. "I thought you'd be happy to here that."
They spent the rest of the time before class started talking about
this and that. When the bell rang, they went to their respective home-
forms. Verlen was in Christa's. They'd signed him up for school in August.
Jurn was in Lee's home-form, so she explained his schedule for him,
which turned out to be the same as hers.
The first class for Christa and Verlen, he'd taken the same courses
as her, was English. After English was Anthropology then lunch, then
Biology and finally Math.
Christa and Verlen chose seats beside each other. They were talking
about Lee's new hair colour; her hair was now bright purple.
"So this is the girl you left home for. Not much to look at now is
she." Came a faintly venomous voice.
They both looked up at the same time. "Ria?" Verlen said in surprise,
while Christa stared at the newcomer. She could tell the girl was an angel
by the shimmer, but unlike the other angels she'd seen this girl gave her a
very bad feeling, very like the one she'd felt when she'd first met
"Ria why are you here?" Verlen asked in his native tongue.
"I was so worried about you. All alone here with the humans.
Something awful could happen to you and we'd never know!"
"That is the reason Jurn is here, but that is beside the point. There
is no danger here for me. I believe you should leave."
Ria shook her head. "No. I'm staying. If I stay, you may yet come to
your senses and leave that stupid ground-pounding bitch sitting beside you
and come home with me."
Christa raised an eyebrow at the girl. "I may be a ground-pounder,
but at least I'm not some slutty bitch who doesn't know when she's not
The angel girl was dressed in a way that invited indecent thoughts.
She was wearing a black tube top that looked more like a bra then a top and
a black mini-skirt. When she had been talking to Verlen, she had leaned
forward showing off a fair amount of cleavage.
Ria was a little taken aback with the fact that she had spoken in
angel. "Shut up you little monkey-whore!"
"What precisely led you to the deduction that I'm a whore? Is it my
low shirt or the fact that my pants show off more of my bare legs then your
skirt?" Christa replied sarcastically, gesturing to her high-necked t-shirt
and her black jeans.
Ria was so shocked that when she opened her mouth to reply nothing
came out. Furious she stormed off to her seat.
"That was amazing!" Verlen said. "I cannot remember Ria ever being
outmatched by another female before. You truly are incredible."
Christa smiled at Verlen. "I've dealt with girls of her sort before."
She said, embarrassed by his praise.
Before Verlen could reply, the teacher came in and class started.
The rest of the time before lunch passed normally enough. Lee, Jurn
and Jen were in Anthro with them. Turns out that Jurn and Lee had the same
schedule as Verlen and Christa, except for English, which made them all
Neither Verlen nor Christa got a chance to tell Jurn about Ria, so
when lunch came and they sat down, Jurn was shocked when he found Ria
sitting down with them.
"What the fuck are you doing here you miserable bitch?!?" he all but
Ria glared at him. "I'm here because Verlen's here you bastard. And I
can't trust you and that monkey-whore to protect him."
"I thought we went over this in English. I am not the one who screams
raging slut by the way I dress. If I were you, which I'm glad I'm not, I
would try and at least leave something to the imagination." Christa told
Ria turned her glare on Christa. "No one asked you, you, you bitch!"
"Oh how original." Christa replied sarcastically.
Ria turned bright red with suppressed fury and stormed off to sit at
a different table. Jurn stared open-mouthed at Christa.
"How did you do that? I've been trying to make her do that for
"Just stay calm. That will piss her off more then anything else
would. Sarcasm works fairly well too, but the calmness is the key."
"Uh. . . What just happened and who was that?" Amy asked, confused.
Christa looked over at her friends who all had similar looks of
confusion on their faces and smiled without a hint of warmness in that
smile. "That's Ria. She's a bitch who comes from the same place as Verlen
and Scott. She seems to like Verlen and really hates me. Not that I care
because the feeling's mutual."
Jurn took over the explanation. "She used to go out with Verlen. He
didn't know what a bitch she was until later. She gets very clingy and soon
Ria had started to try and wrap him around her little finger but of course
she failed. She blames me for that because I kept saying what a bitch she
was. She's never really given up on Verlen and comes to harass him and
whoever he's seeing every now and then. She's a really annoying bitch."
"Oh. Then that's why she's here?"
Christa snorted. "She says she's here to protect Verlen but I believe
that is complete and utter bull-shit. She's just here to see if she can
screw around with us and make Verlen go back with her."
"Ah. . . on that note, you might want to keep the whole necklace-
engagement-mate thing quiet. I have a feeling if she found out she'd do
something very, very nasty." Jurn said.
"Like what?" Christa asked, blushing faintly from the reminder of her
and Verlen's status as mates.
Jurn winced. "I don't know if Verlen remembers this or not, but one
time he was seeing this girl and things were starting to get serious and
well Ria found out about and no one's quite sure how she did it, but a few
days later the girl contracted some strange disease that caused her skin to
turn red and flake off. It was highly contagious so the girl had to be kept
away from everyone. And after that she was afraid to even be in the same
room as Verlen. You're lucky Ria holds humans in such contempt or she'd
have already tried something like that on you."
Christa was shocked. "Jeez, she's more of a bitch then I thought."
"I have no recollection of that event, but I do remember a few more
minor though no less under-handed tricks that she authored. I really do
believe your advice is correct for this situation, Jurn." Verlen said. It
was obvious he was getting nervous, as his speech patterns had become even
more formal. Through coaxing and coaching, Jurn and Christa had been able
to get him to tone down his formal way of speaking.
"Well we'll just try and stay away from her and not talk to her.
Hopefully she'll get bored and go away." Christa said.
The others voiced their agreement while Jurn and Verlen exchanged a
look. They both knew that Ria was absolutely fixated when it came to trying
to snare Verlen. The only reasons she'd ever left him alone before were
when she feared she'd be caught for doing something or Verlen's
grandparents gave her something to do.
Verlen, Christa, Jurn, Lee and Natalie headed to Biology together.
They were all relieved to see that Ria wasn't in the class.
Unfortunately, Ria was in the same Math class. Verlen and Christa sat
in the back, Jurn and Lee sat in front of them and Jen and Amy sat to their
side in an effort to keep the angel girl away from them.
The strategy worked during class, but once the bell rang Ria followed
Verlen and Christa as relentlessly as a hound on the scent. She followed
them to their lockers and followed them right on the bus. She followed them
right up to Christa's house, but not inside because Christa slammed the
door in her face and invoked the protections around her house to keep Ria
Verlen opened his mouth to apologize, but Christa cut him off. "Don't
you even dare say you're sorry. None of this is your fault. The blame rests
solely on that bitch's shoulders."
"But. . ."
"But nothing! You've done nothing wrong and as for me, I made my
choice a long time ago and I still stand by it."
Verlen looked at her, saw the fierceness and stubbornness in her gaze
and couldn't help but smile. "You truly are one of a kind." He said before
pulling her into a kiss.
The feeling of his arms around her and his mouth pressed against
hers, caused Christa to blush a brilliant crimson. She may have accepted
the necklace but she still wasn't entirely used to the whole fiancé thing.
Once Verlen broke the kiss, Christa ran to the kitchen under the
pretence of getting them a snack. She took a few minutes to fan her cheeks
cool and then headed out with some cookies she'd baked the day before and
The two did their homework first and then went on to Christa's magic
lessons. Just because school had started again didn't mean they had to stop
Dinner was lasagne and garlic bread. After their meal had been
demolished and the kitchen cleaned up, they spent the remaining time before
going to bed, watching TV.
As Christa got ready for bed, her thoughts drifted to the problems
Ria represented. It's not going to be just her, Christa thought, from what
Jurn says, Verlen's grandparents aren't exactly thrilled with me. Though
why their opinion matters is beyond me.
Christa sighed and climbed into bed. No use worrying about it. I'll
deal with the problems as they arise. With that final thought, she fell