The Woods of Daft Part 1a
Part One~ Weston Cainbridge Academy
Rule number one, the man behind the desk began, dont go into the woods. He leaned forward, even thought hed only just sat down and reclined. This is no joke, he said sternly, placing his hands on the desk and leaning farther forward still. This is not a rule that the students dare each other to break, how could he lean that far forward and still be sitting? This is not a rule punished by detention, but suspension, now he was standing and leaning so far across the desk that falling over it had become a distinct possibility. This is a rule enforced by the staff as if breaking it were a sin. This is a rule firmly obeyed by students and staff alike. This is not a rule to be broken. Do not go into the woods, understand Miss Leroux?
Miss Leroux did not speak, but merely nodded. This seemed like the response the principle was looking for, because he pushed himself hard up fr
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While he was soaking up the audiences attention, Kandra walked over to him at a leisurely pace, a wide smile on her face. She loved teaching, and if she didnt know that by the first day of class, she knew it now.
That was quite a show. she said through a bit of laughter, Very impressive Ka, you are well on your way to becoming a master of your element. If you put as much time into practicing with the other elements as you do with wind you could easily become a master of all four. she said, patting the boy on the shoulder.
You really mean that? Ka asked, staring at Kandra as though she had just given him the best news in the world. By his standards, she had.
I do, Kandra said energetically, You will make a great wizard. she whispered to him with something stronger than confidence in her voice.
Would I make a great Dragon Maker? Ka asked quietly, losing his nerve after asking the question and looking away
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Rionwei awoke in the middle of the night, in a dead panic and a cold sweat. She was breathing heavily and for a moment didnt know where she was. She sat up in bed and felt Kandra roll over beside her and remembered that she was safe in this place. The school, the Academy; that was all she knew it as. She looked around, out at the window then down at Kandra as the young dragon maker lay slumbering peacefully. Rionwei didnt want to disturb Kandras rest, so she snuggled back down beneath the blankets with as little movement as possible. She clung to the blankets, shivering from a cold that seemed nonexistent, except for in her mind. The room was warm, she was sweating even, she could feel the heat radiating from her body, but still the blankets felt cold.
Rionwei lay still, trying not to shiver and trying to remain calm about the odd predicament she found herself in. She put her hands against her face. They were icy to the touch. The shock of feeling just how cold her ha
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So, youre the youngest Master Dragon Maker in a long time, right?
Eyes forward, Ka. Focus on your element. Was all Kandra said in reply as she walked down the line of students. Though each student had their element of choice, the one that they were best at controlling and manipulating, Kandra wanted them to be able to control all four base elements well. She had divided the class into groups based on which element they wielded the best, then from there she divided them into sub groups based on which element they wielded the worst. The lessons started by testing all of this to determine which group had what students, then exercises started from a students weakest element, up through the middle ones that were moderately controlled, then finally the students worked on the element he or she was best at.
Kandra had devised a final test for her students, one that would consist of obstacles from all four element that they would have to move or avoid by use of a c
Red House- Part Four
Leave me please
I dont care
Tell me about the scars on your chest, the man in the shadows said quietly.
You sound like a therapist, I replied, my voice forced into such a calm that it shook.
I have learned some things in the way of psychology, the man nodded slowly. His hair was white, I could tell in the semi-darkness, it caught what little light there was. We sat in silence then, possibly staring at each other. I did stare towards him, but would not meet his eyes. So the scars? the he reminded me gently.
What about them? I asked distantly, staring determinately at the floor.
Tell me about them, the man repeated, his voice smooth, trying to be calming without that effect.
On your chest, the men drew out his original inquiry, drawing the conversation into a painful circle.
Across my collar bone, I sp
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Kandra folded the letter carefully, setting it down carefully on the bed, as though afraid it would spring to life and bite her. She stared at her hands for several quiet moments, clenching them together in her lap to stop them from shaking. Rionwei moved to hug the girl, but Kandra did not respond. She felt numb. Slowly, she, pulled the girls arms from around her shoulders and rose from the bed, walking over to the window. Ergo was there, perching carefully on the edge of the large window sill.
I shouldnt have left. she whispered to him quietly, reaching out to him slowly. He was used to the gesture, and always welcomed it, responding by meeting her hand as she moved toward him.
No, then you would have been hurt, or killed as well. Ergo told her calmly, bright golden eyes gazing steadily at her. You must not blame yourself.
But if I had stayed-
Nothing may have changed if you had stayed. What then? You would merely blame yourself more. I cannot let you fa
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My name is Kandra, you may call me by either my name or Miss. Please dont call me maam, it makes me feel old. I have come here to teach you how to control and manipulate the elements. Now, I want each of you to come up here, one at a time, state your name and your element of choice. she noticed that some faces looked confused by that statement so she tried again, But first, by a show of hands, how many people have had no prior element training? nearly half the class raised their hands, Alright then, you will tell us what element you think you would wield best then, okay? the class nodded as one. Alright, then, first person up. she motioned to the first student in the far right row.
Kandra worked her way back through the row, then began again at the from of the next one, across all five rows, and down all five desks until the whole class had introduced itself. Kandra wasted time between each student by asking some of them quest