A/N: Hi, sorry it took me so long to update, but I'm really unsure about this story. Should I keep going? Is it awful? Should I never write again? Tell me what you think in a review! Oh, and if you want me to do something like describe the rooms more, or do someone else's point of view, or introduce more characters (or have less characters), you could tell me that too!
I woke up the next morning when someone threw a pillow at me.
"Up 'n' at 'em, new kid, big day today."
Well, that's not who I was expecting. "I'm up, I'm up." I grumbled as I remembered that I wasn't at Delilah's house anymore. I was in my comfortable bed at the Aurora Borealis Academy.
Bree smirked and walked out of the room, satisfied. I pulled on a salmon colored shirt and cropped jeans with a brown belt, brushed my hair and put it in a low ponytail, and brushed my teeth. After staring at my reflection in the mirror for a few seconds, I decided I looked fine and came out into the living room.
My new roommates were sitting at the dining room table eating breakfast. "Oh, there you are." said Lily/Aquililia. "Here's your schedule." She handed me a slim sheet of paper that read
Room 4 Nature: 9:00-9:40
Room 8 Aerobics: 9:45-10:25
Room 3 Beauty: 10:30-11:10
Room 1 Study Hall/Charms: 11:15-11:50
Cafeteria Lunch: 11:55-12:25
Room 12 Balance: 12:30-1:05
Room 2 History: 1:10-1:50
Locker Rooms 1:55-2:00
Room 9 Gymnastics/Room 10 Dance/Room 11 Cheerleading: 2:00-4:00
Free Time 4:00-4:55
Sunsettes: Band Rehearsal 4:55-5:55 | Midnytes: Baseball | Daelights: Trip Downtown | Hinunes: Library
Dinner in the Mess Hall 6:00-7:00
Free Time 7:05-10:00
Have a great year!
"Uh, why are these classes so weird?" I asked to no one in particular. Lily/Aquililia responded, "Why do you think they call it the Aurora Borealis Academy for Gifted Young Ladies? You don't need to learn any more math or science or reading until high school. These are what you need to learn." She pointed to my schedule. Well, it was true that I completed Algebra II last year in 5th grade. And it was true that I had read Dracula, Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Shakespeare, and many more two years ago. So I guess she had a point. Still, I was curious as to why we had beauty class, nature class, and a course devoted to balance. I'm no acrobat, but I know it isn't that hard to balance on something.
"What's for breakfast?" I changed the topic when I realized I was starving.
"Yolanda's famous waffles, anyone?" our housekeeper said as if on cue. I looked over to the dining table as I heard a chomping sound coming from that direction. Izzy was sitting there with half the waffles in her mouth and the rest on her plate covered in syrup.
"Iris! How unladylike!" Layla scolded. Somehow I get the feeling this is going to happen a lot. Wait, what's with all these new names? They're hiding something big, my curiosity sensor is going off loud and clear. Izzy/Iris smacked her lightly. A look of understanding and dread crossed Layla's face.
"Ahm, okay, let's eat!" Luna broke the awkward silence.
I sat down at my place, and asked the big question: "Layla? Why did you just call her Iris? And why did you call Lily Aquililia last night?" More awkward silence. "Guys! Seriously! What. Are. You. Hiding?!" See, I get frustrated easily, and when I get frustrated, I may or may not have a tendency to yell and break things.
"Erm, look Mirabelle, I'll explain after school, okay?" Luna said in an oddly soothing voice. I sighed. "Fine." We ate the rest of our breakfast in silence, save Izzy/Iris's constant giggling about God knows what.
"Okay, you have Nature first, like Luna and me. Room 4 is here on the first floor, and so is your locker. Rooms 1 to 6 are on the first floor, rooms 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12 are on the second floor. The gym is across the street. That's odd." Bella explained to me as we wandered through the hallways.
"Uhu. Odd. Sorry, what was my locker number again?" I cursed my drifting off thinking about this morning.
"Thanks." She handed my schedule back and continued on her way. I sighed and looked around at who was near me. I spotted Fiona a few yards away chatting with Trekka, Izzy/Iris halfway inside her locker bouncing up and down trying to get something off the top shelf, and Diana staring at her reflection in a compact mirror. I opened my locker and pulled out a thick textbook labelled The Art of Mother Nature. I also grabbed a green notebook and binder which had kindly been placed there for me. I closed the door and headed to room four. I found a seat in the back, set my stuff down, and surveyed the classroom. There were only 12 people in the class, which was to be expected from such a small amount of students. The teacher, Ms. Terra, was a stocky woman in her late 40's with vibrant red reading glasses. She looked very wise and experienced, as old as Delilah but less strict and demanding.
"Hello class, welcome to your very first semester at ABA! This year, we will focus of the, ah, magical properties of various plants and animals. Your first project will be in 2 weeks. It involves your birth flower, so if anyone would like to get a head start-" she glanced at the Hinunes "I would be perfectly fine with that." She paused for a moment. "Okay! Could everyone please stand and form a line at the front of the room? We're going to the gardens, where I will review the correct process and procedure to handle plants."
I slid into line behind Bella, Luna, and Lily. We walked out the back of the castle past the Hinune and Midnyte houses, into a large garden filled with brightly colored flowers, oak, maple, and silver birch trees, and a few birch trees. "Tthese are the Crystal Gardens!" she proclaimed proudly while gesturing behind her. "Now, if you head farthest north, you'll find the Diamond sector, another sector clockwise is the Sapphire sector, followed by Emerald, Topaz, Amethyst, and Ruby. In the center, you have the Gold and Silver. Now, once I explain our code of conduct, you may explore the garden as you please." She pulled out a small stack of index cards and began, "First rule: students shall not take anything from the garden. Photographs, though, are more than welcome. Second rule..."
I tenderly touched the dark yellow flower beside me and was surprised at its texture. The flower felt like a gem, like actual topaz. Of course, it couldn't be the actual gem. They come from mines, elementary school taught me that. But this school seemed so wackadoodle, it was very possible they stuck jewels on the ends of stems.
"Alright, you have ten minutes to explore." Ms. Terra's voice snapped me back to reality. I went to the left first, hoping to check out the Amethyst sector. As I strolled along the path, I noticed all the flowers had that gem-like appearance. Shaking my head, I wandered through the pathways to the Gold and Silver sectors. While I walked through the rows of plants, delicately feeling each one, when suddenly a voice called quietly,
"You know you're not supposed to do that, right?" I spun around quickly, earning only a sharp pain in the back of my neck.
"Not supposed to do what?" I asked while rubbing it. Therese was standing there, looking disappointed. "Be over here! It was rule six, didn't you listen!?Come on!" she grabbed my hand and practically dragged me out.
"If I'm not supposed to be here, why are you here?" I retorted.
"Trekka threw my bracelet over here. God, I hate her so much." she said as she displayed a strand of pearls hanging from her wrist.
"Why? I mean, why do you hate Trekka so much?" We were almost out of the Gold and Silver circle by now.
"Simple. They're the female equivalent of jocks, and we're the nerds. Jocks have to pick on nerds. Daelights are the future homecoming queens, and you Sunsettes are the goodie-goodies. No offense." she added quickly. I shrugged. Now I know which clique everyone's in.
Doubting she would answer honestly to my latest question, I asked it anyway. "Hey, um, so are these flowers, like, real flowers?" She looked genuinely confused.
"I'm not sure what you mean."
"The flowers here have a metallic texture, and even though I'm positive gems come from mines, the topaz flowers over there," I gestured behind us. "Feel like real gems. Not that I actually know what topaz feels like."
"Oh. Um, that would take a long time to explain, and I think your leaders should tell you." she answered in an honest and formal tone. Well, I guess it was an honest response. I sighed. Those leaders better tell me EVERTHING after school.
"We should get going. Class ends in five minutes." she said as Ms. Terra called us back over. I tugged my schedule out of my pocket as I walked, wondering where I was going next, and sighed when I saw 'Aerobics' printed in neat text below 'Nature'. Ugh. I was so awful at sports, even Izzy/Iris wouldn't laugh at it. Okay, so maybe she would laugh, but she'd laugh at anything from eraser dust to dandelion stems.
"Thank you for being so obedient today. You are dismissed." Ms. Terra thanked us after we'd gotten back to the classroom. We filed out of the classroom. I caught up with Bella, she had most of the same classes as me.
"You have aerobics next too, right?" I asked. Maybe I'd have someone to be humiliated with.
"Well," I started, suddenly feeling very awkward. "What do you do in it?" I asked sheepishly.
"Not sure. It's probably like gym class." she suggested. "Whatever it is, we have to be there in 2 minutes let's go!" She grabbed my wrist and dragged me along. Ergh, don't you just wish people wouldn't drag you away from classes about metallic flowers? No? Just me then.
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