Cleo James
Just... lost
Tue Feb 27, 2018 06:46

Cleo had no idea what to do. Parker’s last letter… She didn’t know what to think. He was being so kind… He kept saying that he’d understand… But it was so hard to believe. And there had been that line, that one line that she couldn’t forget. The new healer says we are all human. The rest of it - the good stuff, the implied understanding - was a lot harder to keep hold of, than the fact that Parker had this one solid fact in his head. He could talk about being a birdfish but it was… it was a feeling. He could promise to understand a birdfish, but he never really expected to meet one. He thought they were all human.

She had been doing the jobs Professor Xavier set her, mostly. She did need to get out sometimes. She missed Parker, and missed being with people.

She was heading back from one of these jobs, when a burst of sparks blew into the air nearby. Not again! Cleo had, of course, noticed all the weird goings on in class of late. At first, they had been pyrotechnic enough in nature that she thought she must have been responsible. However, she had to admit that things had been getting weirdly tangential if it was meant to be to do with her… Still, explosions definitely were. Normally the teachers sorted them out, but they were in the gardens, not in class. And what if the sparks set it all on fire? She loved the gardens. She didn’t want them to burn down. Cleo rushed towards the sparks, and the ear splitting noise.

“Finite incantatem!” she yelled, as firmly as she could. She wasn’t fully convinced of her own ability to tackle a stream of sparks that big, or whether the spell would work on…. Whatever this was. But between her love of the gardens, and the fact that the instigator now very much wanted it to stop, the spell was enough to bring the fountain back to normal.

And that was when Cleo noticed that she wasn’t alone. There was a boy there.

  • Lost in the Land of Enchantment.Nathaniel Mordue, Mon Feb 26 16:19
    Nathaniel loved Sylvia generally, and he loved her all the more for her insistence that any decision which put him into a group she deemed inferior had to be a mistake that she could correct through... more
    • Just... lost — Cleo James, Tue Feb 27 06:46
      • The noise stopped, but it took Nathaniel a moment to notice that it had done so. Even with his hands over his ears, the noise rang on, keeping his eardrums vibrating even after the cessation of the... more
        • “Uh… that’s ok,” Cleo nodded, as the boy not only thanked her but did so twice and actually also kinda bowed. He also seemed to think he’d done the thing with the sparks, which she supposed sort of... more
          • I'll do my best. Thanks for the advice.Nathaniel, Wed Feb 28 18:21
            Nathaniel nodded when the girl asked if he’d like her to show him the way back to the school. “Yes, please,” he said. “I came out to take pictures and write some letters, but I - I didn’t keep track... more
            • “This place is kinda big. It can be really confusing at first,” Cleo nodded, when he started mumbling about how he’d ended up lost. He seemed pretty embarrassed about the whole thing. Cleo was an... more
              • The girl did not seem to think Nathaniel was an utter idiot. This was good. Possibly untrue, but good. Aside from concern for the family, there was also the small issue of Nathaniel just not wanting... more
                • “Yeah. The outside is nice,” Cleo agreed, a little awkwardly. She wanted to make sure the kid was ok, but she was finding it kind of hard to keep up a conversation, she had to admit. It just all felt ... more
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