The feast, and consequently first day back, seemed like it took weeks to get through. Kellen was glad to be back though; away from his step brother, back with his friend, and finally able to practice magic again. He was glad he’d been able to catch up with Farrah at the feast, and go over everything from summers to his biggest fear. She was amazing, and Kellen was a little sad when he had to part ways with her. Not that he wouldn’t see her tomorrow or anything. As he entered his new second year dormitory, he noticed a second trunk in the room, which was curious considering he was the only Aladren boy in his year. He supposed it wasn’t impossible that someone else transferred into his year.
Kellen set about unpacking, and noticed a package his mom must have slipped into his trunk. He pulled it out and plopped himself down on the nearest bed as he unwrapped it. There was a note attached, but inside were carob chip cookies (no doubt from Mrs. Bailey next door, as his mom was a potioneer and not a baker) and a packet of caramels. The caramels, he knew, were infused with draught of peace potion to help with his anxiety. He tucked those back into his trunk and helped himself to a cookie as he unfolded the letter.
Kell, I know you’ve had a rough summer, but I want you to know that no matter what happens, I have your back. I love you so much, and am so proud of the man you are becoming! Stay strong, and know that I am only an owl away if you need me. I’ll see you soon for Christmas! Study hard. I love you to the moon! Mom
Kellen blinked hard to try and keep the tears back. He wondered what his mother would have thought about the display he’d made in MARS. He sighed and stuffed the note into his trunk as well. He’d have to write her about it later, but he already had an idea of what she was going to say. His mother was nothing, if not supportive. The second year took another bite of cookie and set the rest of the package on his bed as he turned his attention back to unpacking. He jumped slightly when the door to the room open, and he quickly turned to see who it was.
“Oh, hi, you must be my new roommate.” He said, wiping his face with the back of his hand to clear it of any remaining crumbs. “I’m Kellen, nice to meet you.”
His first day at Sonora had already ended. Conrad was now proud Aladren, but there had been the slight inconvenience of him being the only new blue boy in his year… as far as he knew, that was.... more