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Araya’s Diary Part One
Dear Araya Addams,
We are glad to announce that you have been accepted to AMI, Academy for the Magick and Immortal. Please do not inform your parent or guardian. Tomorrow you will be gone from your home and into AMI. Your parents and siblings will not miss you. They’re memories of you will have been wiped though you will remember them. Please pack your belongings and go to the following residence:
Make up something but DO NOT TELL THE TRUTH!
Bring this letter to the listed resident and he/she will accompany you to AMI. The reasons will be explained there. Please fill out this form also, cut it off and give it to the Headmistress.
“Mom! Dad! I’m going on a sleepover!” I yelled after I had read the letter and filled out the form.
“Why?” Mom yelled up the stairs. Jeez! She has to ask why for everything!
“Because! I’m going to Freya’s” I yelled down, packing.
“OK! Do you want me to drive you?” Dad called up also. He has to drive me everywhere!
“No! I’ll walk.”
Knock, knock, knock, knock. I arrived at Andrew’s a day later, tired.
“What?” Wow, Rude.
“Who’s Araya?” Doesn’t he know?
“Just open the door! I’m tired!” He opened it.
In the door stood a teenager of about 16.
“Are you Andrew?” I questioned, knowing that he probably was.
“Yes.” I thought as much.
“Have you ever seen this letter?” I wave the letter in his face.
“Hold it still! Yes! Oh! You’re my traveling partner! Come In!”
I walk in, pocketing the letter.
“This is the traveling stone.”
“Oh! I’ve seen those in books before! In my Myth Books!”
“Yes, we are going to travel to AMI with it.”
“Travel, with this tiny stone? How?”
“You will see, but first, we will sleep. This is your bed.” It was a comfortable-looking bed with a warm blanket.
I woke up not knowing where I was. Then I remembered I’m at Andrew’s!
“Andrew?” I called.
“Yes?” Ok, he was still here.
“This is your breakfast.” It was a large bowl of my favourite cereal and a plate of scrambled eggs!
“It’s my favourite.” He said, not knowing if I would like it.
“Mine too! Really?”
“Yeas, really!” I said when I had finished.
“Ok” He said. “Let’s go.” We touch the traveling stone. I instantly feel a tingling sensation and I was jerked out of reality. I started to scream, I then heard Andrew’s voice. “Don’t scream it’ll rip the voice box out of your throat.” Well that made me fell better!
“Thanks.” I yelled, back chokingly.
“Okay we’re here!” Andrew called. Instantly I felt the tingling and the pulling stop. I could breath! “That is not the best way of traveling I would choose.” I gasped.
“Well get used to it.” I heard a voice from nowhere.
“Andrew? Is that you?” I hear it again.
“Yes.” It sounds like Andrew. Andrew was changed, he was somewhat younger.
“I can hear you but I can’t see you!” And again.
“I know, I’m right …” I feel a tap on my shoulder. I twirl around, grab his arm and fling his body forward, thud. “What was that for?” He sputtered.
“Sorry, reflexes.” I smiled, and then I hear another voice, one with more authority.
“Never again will that happen within these walls.” She said quietly. I now saw her, she was more majestic than the Queen herself, and I had insulted her.
“I’m sorr…” She cut me off in mid sentence.
“That was amazing! Those were the greatest reflexes AMI has ever seen!” I was amazed! I never expected a praise!
“Oh! Thank you!” She put her arm around my shoulder.
“Now come, I shall show you AMI’s fighting Arena.” While she led me off she told me of all the greatest fighters that have ever come to AMI. Andrew sat on the ground sputtering.
“What? She hurt me! Why does she get compliments!?! ”
A squire walked in much later with a struggling Andrew, a woman walked in soon after. She curtsied to me. “This is your personal maid. All of the servants and maids that are not wit another student will obey your slightest wish and command.” Explained the Headmistress.
“Wow, A maid!” I exclaimed.
“I will explain everything later. Now, Ella, take Araya to her Quarters.”
“Yes madam.” The maid curtsied again.
“The form?” I hand the Headmistress the form.
“Follow me M’lady.” I shrugged and smiled a sheepish smile at Andrew.
“Bye Andrew, see you later.” I said.
“Yep, see you later.” He waved.
“I will see you later too, in the fighting arena. ” The Headmistress smiled.
“Uhh I guess.” I said sheepishly.
“Your room is this way M’lady.”
I woke up the next day with Ella hanging over me.
“Aarrgghh!! What are you doing?”
“I was waiting for you to wake M’lady. What would you like for breakfast?”
“I would like some hot pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream, hot waffles with the same thing and a large mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.” I was really hungry and cold that morning.
“Of course M’lady, right away.” And left, she came back soon carrying a large plate piled high with steaming pancakes and waffles. To the side was a very large mug of steaming hot chocolate.
“Thank you Ella.” I said, sipping my hot chocolate.
“Of course M’lady. Be sure to go to the fighting arena once you’re finished.” Oh! I had completely forgotten!
“Yes! Thank you for reminding me!”
“Of course M’lady” After I had finished I was in a huge rush to get down to the arena. I ended up having to brush my long, blonde hair while I was going down. I got to the fighting arena the Headmistress was already there.
“You are late.” She had a solemn expression on her face.
“I know, I’m sorry” I hung my head.
“No need, all of the great fighters were late on their first day. It is a sign, of greatness.” I was surprised. I must be great! “Let’s start off with something easy. Why don’t you try cuffing those dummies? ” She smiled.
“Ok!” I run toward the dummies. Suddenly, the dummies start racing for me, my heart was beating like a drum, I throw my arm out waiting for the impact dn it came. Like a train at full speed. It almost knocked me over but it didn’t, I stayed fast to the ground and it stopped the enchantment.
“Enchanted dummies, nice.” Now I knew why she had smiled, she enchanted them!
“I know it brings out the best in all the fighters.”
I hear laughter.
“Hahahaha!! You should’ve seen your face!!
Hahahaha!” Andrew says, clutching his stomach. I smile dangerously.
“Want that to happen to you?” He shuts up and his eyes grow wide.
“N..N..No..No thank you.” I start to laugh.
“You should’ve seen your face!” I almost bust a gut laughing so hard.
“Ok ok, that is enough!” The Headmistress yelled.
“We’re sorry.” We said in unison. I punched Andrew playfully.
“That is all right. Now, let’s get back to work.” I trained for two hours before we went to lunch. I was extremely exhausted. When I got back to my room I felt really sick. I laid in my bed and called Ella to get me some tea. “Ella!” I called.
“Do you know why I’m so sick?”
“Yes M’lady, I do. You are sick because you are going through your Elfin changes.”
“Elfin changes?” I questioned.
“Yes M’lady, Elfin changes.”
“What are Elfin changes?”
“The Headmistress will be the better one to tell.
Shall I call her in?”
“Yes, please Ella.”
The headmistress walked out.“ I hope you understood. If you have any more questions, come to my office.”
“Of course Headmistress.”
“Now, you will be getting better by tomorrow. That is when you will get your outfit, first mission and steed.”
“Really? Wow! First mission! Thanks Headmistress.”
“Of course, it will start off small.”
“Yeah, I bet.” it was a different voice, Andrew’s voice.
“Don’t, I’ll punch you.”
“No, please don’t!” He whimpered.
“Stop being such a bay!” Andrew glared at me.
I went to the fighting arena, I was not late.
“Glad to see you are not late.”
“Of course not, it’s my second day.”
“Now for your outfit,” It was a tight black criss-cross belly shirt, with tight bell bottom pants they looked like they were made to fit my tall, slender frame. She thrusted the set out to Andrew.
“Thanks, but I don’t think it’ll fit.”
“Not you, you dimwit,” I say in disgust “Me! Thanks Headmistress!” I snatch it away from Andrew. The look of disgust still wrinkling my pretty face.
“Now, your steed.” She takes me outside to the stables where she goes into a stall with glowing paint. She comes out with…
“A Dragon! Aren’t those dangerous?” I say nervously but controlled.
“No, not this species. They are harmless to those who are kind to them.”
“Really? Is it male or female?”
“Male, we find the males fight better. The females tend to the babes more.”
“Ok, when do I get to ride him?”
“You get a lesson right now.”
“Really? Cool! ”
“Get the saddle.” I go into the tack room and try to find a saddle. There was none.
“There is none.” I say in dismay.
“Yeas, I know!”
“Do I still get to ride?”
“Yes, but first, you make a saddle.”
“I get to make one?”
“Yes, you do, come with me.” I follow her to a shack, with wet saddles that were hung to dry. She took me into the shack.
“See that block of wood and bunch of clay?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Good, now go get glue, a chainsaw., a chisel, a template and a nameplate.” I go get the stuff, it was fairly easy. My legs just go to the places and I get them.
“Was it easy?”
“That was your sixth sense, direction. You now have six senses.”
“Really! Six senses? Cool!”
“Yes, very. Ok, now, you put the template on the wood with the clay.” I put it on.
“Now, shave the edges and bottom off curved, with the chainsaw.” I do.
“Now, take the chisel, and carve out the grooves.”
“As deep as you feel is right.” I carve out the grooves.
“Now take off the template.” I do, there, was my saddle.
“Now put the leather on it.” I put the leather on.
“Put the nameplate on with the glue.” I put the nameplate on.
“Now etch our name on.” I etch.
“Good, now take the saddle to the water bath.” I do.
“Now put it in.” I put it in.
“Now come, you have to wait for it to soak, and then you have to wait for it to dry. For now, go meet your Dragon.” I walk over to my Dragon. He was majestic and mighty.
“Ummmmm, Hi?” I look around and my eyes come to rest on my Dragon.
Hello, Mistress, try to speak with your mind.
It is easy, Mistress. Direct your thoughts to me, or just think what you are going to say.
“Ok, I’ll try”
Try as hard as you can Mistress.
Yes, cool. It is called thoughtspeak. Mistress thoughtspeak every time you talk to me.
By the way, my name is Sunrise, Mistress.
Sunrise, nice name.
When are you going to ride me Mistress?
I don’t know Sunrise.
“Ok, time to take out your saddle and put it to dry.”
“Regular speak, please.”
“Speak no mind of it, Now, come on.” We walk to the shack and take my saddle out of the bath.
“Ok now, you put it on the rack to dry.” I put it up.
“Is there a faster way?”
“Yes, there is.” She whistled and my dragon trotted up.
You want me to flame?
Yes. I say.
Ok Mistress He blew and fire came out like a river, as river of molten lava, it was so beautiful I wanted to stare at it forever, I walked toward it, I heard my name, I didn’t care, it was faraway this was closer, better. more beautiful than anything I have ever seen.
“Araya, Araya” I was instantly jerked back into reality.
“Araya! You could’ve been killed!”
“I couldn’t help myself, I was mesmerized!”
“Yes, I forgot, Dragon fire is mesmerizing, a trance, works on enemies.”
“Well, it’s dry.” I said, trying to change the subject.
“Yes time for your first lesson.” She said dryly.
Yes! My dragon and I both shout.
“I’m flying!” I yelled when I got into the air. It was the most dazzling sensation I have ever felt, apart from dragon fire. When we took off, Sunrise’s wings flapped once and I ebbed away from life I knew before, before all of this, before, my life as an Elf.
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