Sadie Embers
And already bending the rules
Wed Jul 11, 2018 20:57


Sadie’s impatient shriek startled the currently blonde haired infant into tears. Cosette Embers groaned and tried not to look annoyed at her older kid. “Could you just be patient for ten pineappling seconds?”

As if sensing the tension in the room about to snap, Hayden got up and made his way towards the nursery. “Love you, Gremlin! Knock ‘em dead.” He vanished into the room but not before she heard him add, “Not literally!” Sadie said she loved him too and went back to glaring at Cosette with arms folded over her chest. The blonde searched through a stack of small boxes. Sadie didn’t know what she was looking for, but the dreamcatcher was gonna whisk her away any minute! Couldn’t Mom think ahead and do this, like, any other time but now? Sometimes she wondered if Mom had Ava just so she’d have a convenient excuse to not do things.

Sadie began tapping her rose gold nike sneaker impatiently against the floor, as if the noise were her counting down the seconds she had left. Finally, Cosette made a victory noise and opened a tiny jewelry box. “Here, stop that and look.”

Brown eyes blinked. “It’s a rock. A purple rock.”

“Shut up and put on the necklace,” Cosette said, but not without a hint of fondness, “I didn’t know what to get you and it spoke to me, okay?”

She grinned and slipped the black chord over her neck. The rock or crystal or whatever sat nicely in its spiral cage by her collarbone. She glanced at her reflection, admiring the black tank top and the blue and green plaid shirt tied around her waist. “Do I have to wear the robes? They’re ugly.”

“You don’t have to, no. But take them with you, at least,” Cosette tossed the robe over Sadie’s shoulder, “You’re next-gen. You’re supposed to be better than us or something.”

Suddenly, Sadie turned quickly and wrapped her arms around her mom’s middle in a big bear hug. “Thanks Mom. I love you.”

Cosette placed a kiss on top of her kid’s kinky sandy brown curls. “Love you too. Now get off. I’m not coming with you when that portkey takes off.” It wasn’t a minute longer and Sadie felt a tug from the dreamcatcher in her left hand. She couldn’t remember ever traveling by portkey before, although she must have. She and Mom did lots of bouncing before they settled with Hayden. The sensation was jarring, but the landing was more of a stumble. Lean and muscled arms shot out to balance her, and she managed not to fall flat on her face. Once she was sure she was safe, she let out a “phew!” and dropped her arms to her side. Now to take it all in.

She hadn’t made it to the new student thing that Rocky Mountain International held earlier in the summer. She wanted to, but apparently Ava decided she needed to come out right then. Mom went into labor pretty much a couple hours before they were supposed to make their way to the school, and Ava naturally waited all the way until the next day to pop out. Sadie really loved her baby sister - she even was the first person to get her to smile - but geez, she was self-centered.

The view rushed past her and for a moment, she wondered why there wasn’t any wind. Was there wind on real trains? It felt like there should be kind of breeze with all this motion. The different colored fires flickered and she grinned excitedly at the green and grey ones. Elliot, from what she was told, would totally be in Aquila with her. Tycho - well, Mom and Hayden only told her a couple of things about The Important Houses (Aquila and Lyra), and she didn’t know if “sticky” was a qualification for the lesser ones. Those would probably be where Tycho ended up.

Fast forward past all the boring stuff and the dreamcatcher in her hand eventually changed. Blue. Huh. She couldn’t recall what the blue house was called because no one of note ever went there, according to Mom. Elliot went to Aquila as predicted and Tycho went to… Lyra? What? Ugh, fine. Sadie squared her shoulders. She’d just have to make the blue house one of the Important Ones now. She was gonna be their first member who mattered.

Sadie did recognize that that was silly. If she was sorted into the house, then of course other awesome and interesting people would be there. She also recognized that not getting into Lyra and Aquila meant that neither her mom or Hayden won their sorting bet.

It wasn’t time to meet any of them, though.

She made a beeline for the Aquila fire, since that’s where her brain thought she was supposed to be anyway, and took a seat. After the Headmaster stopped blah blah-ing all over the place in his barely intelligible dialect - had anyone ever heard of closed captions, hello - she grabbed a plate of jalapeno poppers and made her way over to Elliot.

“Of course it isn’t spicy enough,” Sadie rolled her eyes. “Here, try these.” She placed a couple of the poppers on his plate. “Alright, so. Do we think there are secret passageways connecting to different houses, and do we think we can use them to get past house security? I’m in neither of my parents’ houses but I wanna see.”

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    • And already bending the rules - Sadie Embers, Wed Jul 11 20:57
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