“Hey, Lucy. What are you going to do after school?” Jannett asked me from behind.
I turned around in my seat to look at her. “Same as yesterday. Do homework, help Mom and Dad with anything. Then read a new book maybe.”
“Well, if you want to you can come over to my house and I’ll give you some more horse riding lessons,” she offered.
” How about tomorrow, today it’s supposed to rain.”
” You’re right, I forgot about that. Sure, tomorrow then.”
Just then Mr. Wue came in. I turned around in my seat so as not to get in trouble. Mr. Wue is my favorite teacher and my last class of the day. He teaches English.
“Today we’re just going to have an Organizing Day. I’ll give you sheet with the assignments we’ve done so far so that you all can organize your binders. When your done you can free read or do homework,” Mr. Wue said.
He stopped when he got to me and said, ” I know that your binder is all caught up, so you can think of this as a free period.”
“Okay, thanks.” I opened my laptop case and grabbed my laptop out. I love to play online games and my most favorite is bejeweled. It’s addicting and anyone who has played it will obviously agree.
I was just about to beat my high score when the computer glitched and the time ran out. I was so close. If I had had a few more seconds I would have beat it.
DING!DING!DING!!! There goes the school bell.
“See you tomorrow class. Have a good rest of the day,” Mr. Wue said.
“You too,” I replied leaving the room.
“Lucy it started raining better open your umbrella before you go out.” Jannett reminded me as I was putting my things away in my locker.
“Thanks, see you tomorrow,” I opened my umbrella and headed outside. On the front steps I was surprised to see it pouring to heavily. I put my backpack on, braced myself, and ran down the steps into the rain.
My house was at least two miles away and the quickest route was through the busy Main St. that had vendors all along it on either sides. Occasionally, I’d stop under a store’s awning to take a breath before I ran again. Luckily there weren’t as many people today shopping.
Before, I turned onto the neigboring streets where everyone loved I spent a few extra minutes browsing through books so 1.) I could fully catch my breath 2.) make it look like i might by something so they won’t kick me out and 3.) because I happen to absolutely adore books.
My favorite authors are: Shakespeare, Eoin Colfer, James Patterson, Charles Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Colleen Houck. I have others, but I can’t think of them off the top of my head.
Then, suddenly a flash of lightning lit up the sky followed by a crack of thunder. The rain started coming down much harder.
I only had a half a mile left to run. There were no turns. Just a straight run to my house.
One of the workers at the bookstore, a man, noticed that I was about to run into the storm and said,”You’re not going out into that storm, are you!?! You’ll get struck by lighting if you go out there with that umbrella!”
I stopped and was thankful the worker had said that. He was right, I would have a better chance of getting struck with the umbrella.
“Thank you very much. I never thought about that.” I closed my umbrella and held it tight in my hand. “Have a good rest of the day, sir.”
“Wait-” but I was already out the door before he could finish.
It was much darker out than it was before. I had to make sure to count the houses, because there were 6 houses between the bookstore and my house.
Before I knew it I was up the driveway and on the front porch. What caught my eye as I was about to go in the house was a car in the driveway I had never seen before. From what I could see it was a black Hummer.
Well, I’ll found out soon enough. I opened the door and stepped into the entryway. I took my wet coat off and hung it on one of the hooks. I placed my backpack next to the steps leading upstairs.
“Lucy, it that you,” my Mom called from the dining room.
“Yeah,” I turned into the living room and made my way into the dining room. Mom was seated at the table with two other people.
One was a girl who looked to be around my age. She had long, straight black hair and bright green eyes. When she looked up from the pile of papers she smiled at me. I smiled back of course.
The guy siting next to her looked to be the same age. He had brown hair and his eyes were also green. He looked pretty serious.
“Lucy, come and sit down. We were just talking about you,” Mom said. “This is Mr. Smith and Sophie Jones.”
“Pleased to meet you. I’m Lucy,” I said to them.
“The please is all ours, Lucy,” Sophie said. Mr. Smith nodded in agreement.
“Mr. Smith would you mind coming with me out onto the front porch, there some things I’d like to ask you?” Mom said standing up from the table.
“Sure,” Mr. Smith got up and followed my Mom out of the room and outside.
That was really weird, I thought. Whats all this about?
“I’m sorry for all the confusion. Things probably seem weird,” Sophie said.
“Yeah, just a little.”
“The reason why me and my friend are here is because you have been chosen to attend a private Academy. This Academy watches over all the other schools and keeps records over the students. Now, even though school has already started they would like you to attend the Academy. You would be able to catch up quick if you were willing to accept. The Academy sent me to your village to see if you would be interested in transferring. It’s a special school for special students. Before I start explaining I wanted to let you know we’ve already talked to your Mom and she said that if you did accept then she would be okay with it. Are you with me so far?” Sophie asked me.
“Okay, sorry I have a tendency to explain things too fast. Basically, Angel Academy, a private school in Kunari, would like you to attend their academy. I am a student there and am the female representative for the 1st year class. Here in Watersong Village I believe you call them freshman,” she pulled a map out of her pile of papers and showed me where we were and where the Academy was. It was about an hour trip depending on the transportation.
“Do you seem interested?” she asked.
“Yeah, it sounds nice. I’d be leaving my friend Jannett though.”
“You’re not alone. The 1st year male representative of the Academy is also here talking to a boy from your village who has also been accepted into the Academy.”
“So is Angel Academy just like a private high school for special students?”
“In a way yes and no. It is a private school, but the students that get chosen to go there are more than special, but I can’t tell you why unless you agree to go.”
“I can understand that. I just have a few other questions. This academy is about an hours drive away. I would have to get up at like 4:00 in the morning just to get there on time. That and I don’t think my Dad would want to drive an hour there and back twice a day just to pick me up and drop me off.”
“Ah yes, I forgot to mention that. We have a very big campus and a little over 100 houses that the students stay in. So you wouldn’t have to drive at all. There are four students to a house. Girls and Boys share separate homes of course. Each house is about 3-4 stories high. Four bedrooms, four bathrooms and other accessories. ”
My mind was on overload. The academy must be really rich.
“I do have one more question, before I decide to go or not. Does the academy have a library?”
“Yes, its quite big. The building is separate from the main building and is 3 stories high. It has a massive selection of books and is the biggest library in the world. There’s also a nice garden complete with a gigantic hedge maze in the back so that you can read in the outdoors.”
“That sounds great. I love to read and the library here is so small.”
“The academy owns lots of other things that will be a surprise for when you get there.”
Ok, the academy must be even more rich than I expected considering that they have the biggest library in the world and from the way she’s talking they sound even richer than rich can get.
I’ve lived in Watersong Village my entire life and never have really left. I had this feeling that I was meant to go to Angel Academy. That I was meant to do bigger things and that I had a bigger purpose in life. I could always come and visit my family and Jannett if I wanted to.
“I made a decision and will accept there offer,” I said.
“That’s wonderful!” Sophie stood up and came over to shake my hand. ” I just need you to sign this form and it’ll be official.”
She handed me a paper and a pen and pointed to the place where I should sign.
I signed my name in cursive and handed her back the paper and pen. ” So when do we leave,” I asked.
“Our plan was to get your stuff ready and leave immediately. If you need help packing then I will help.”
“Perfect.” I stood up and stretched my legs just as my Mom, Dad and Mr.Smith walked in.
“Sweetie, have you decide?” Mom asked.
“Yup, I’ve accepted they’re offer,” I said.
“Wonderful! You’ll do great there I’m sure of it. When do you leave?”
“After I finish packing.”
“Then you’d better start packing! It’s already 4:00 pm.”
“Right. I’m gonna need boxes then.”
“I’ll go get the boxes,” Dad said disappearing.
“Do you need any help, honey?” Mom asked.
“No, it’s ok. Sophie said she’d help me.”
“I’ll be in the kitchen making a quick dinner for you three. If you need anything just yell.”
“Mrs. Williams you don’t-” Sophie started to say, but my Mom held up a hand.
“No, guest of mine, leaves this house with an empty stomach especially at 4:00 pm.” then my Mom went into the kitchen before Sophie could protest any further,
“My mom loves to cook for people, so don’t worry about it,” I laughed.
“If you say so,” Sophie shrugged.
—– End of Chapter 1 —–