The Plan for the Weekend
The next morning.
Rikki was shaken awake.
"Get up, man!" Luuk said.
"Come on, man. I was sleeping," Rikki said groggily.
"It's Saturday, man."
"Oh, it is?" he asked slowly.
"Yeah. No classes." Rikki pulled himself out of the bed and and threw some of his clothes on. They walked down to the cafeteria for the breakfast. After the breakfast, Jack gathered everyone in the main room for another announcement.
"Today, as it is the weekend and you have no classes, the faculty and I have decided that it is safe for us to take you to Secret City," Jack said. A girl in front raised her hand.
"What's that?" she asked. Rikki recognized her voice as Kora's.
"Ah, it's called this because the majority of this country knows not, it exists. It's not on any map. It is a city where Gifted people, can live in peace. We will take a trip there today and you will see how people use their gifts in everyday life." Some girls exchanged excited squeals, because apparently, going to the city meant shopping. Rikki groaned inward. He then felt a tap on his shoulder. He turned and it was Luuk.
"This is perfect," Luuk said. "Now we can get a TV."
"Yeah, I guess we can," Rikki said forgetting that Luuk had an Xbox one but they didn't have a TV for it. "Oh, for your Xbox!"
"This should be cool."
"Now," Jack continued, "I should not have to tell you to be on your best behavior. You should all know how to exercise good judgment and be aware of appropriate social interactions." Rikki heard some murmurs that were both excited and anxious.
"Also, one last rule." He paused for a moment. "Because of recent events, I will require you all to travel in groups of no less than 4." There was some disagreement from the crowd. "Unless you'd prefer to not go at all," he added, immediately silencing the room. "I thought so. We board the bus in 15 minutes. Be here by then." He walked off. Everyone then went to getting ready mode. Some went back to their rooms for their wallets. Others to look town-like.
"So what kind of TV should we get?" Rikki asked Luuk.
"One that's HD," Luuk answered.
"Although that depends."
"Did you want to buy anything?"
"Not really. I may have to pay Aoi back for buying that dog though."
"I still have a couple grand left."
"What?" Rikki asked in disbelief. "Wait!-Shh."
"If people find out you're loaded, people won't leave us alone."
"But we have to be in a group of at least four."
"Well, yes. I'll find Suzy and see if she'll come with me." Rikki made his way across the room where Suzy was standing next to Jaylen, who still wasn't shutting up. "Excuse me," he interrupted, "but may borrow her for a moment?"
"Sure!" Jaylen said. "Just bring her back." Rikki brought Suzy over to an empty part of the room.
"You want me to come with you?" she asked reading his mind. "Yes. I will."
"Thank you. Is Jaylen wanting to go with you?"
"Yeah. Although I wouldn't mind a break from the endless talking."
"You can come with us."
"Sure," she said with a smile. Her smile then disappeared and she looked off in a direction. "Oh, she is."
"Cass is wanting to go with me, and wherever she goes, Aoi is sure to follow which then also means Lotus."
"That is totally fine with me," Rikki said. "I think the only problem we'll have will be Luuk and Lotus."
"I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this plays out."
Later out front.
The buses were the luxury stagecoach type. Jack had everyone form their selected groups outside before they boarded the buses.
"Now these groups you have chosen, will be final. No changing. Unless one group just happens to come across another, then you can form one large group, if you choose. This option however is optional so you may separate again if you please." The students were getting anxious to go. "Settle, please," Jack said with a smile. "My wife just has one more thing she would like to add." He stepped aside and he let Carlyta speak to them.
"Every student group will elect one group leader. This person must and will be in charge of all group decisions, so choose wisely. Thank you." There was some applause and Carlyta stepped back and she blushed slightly with a sheepish smile.
"Thank you, Carlyta. Now, let's board the buses in an orderly fashion, please."
"And try to keep your groups together," she added quickly. The students boarded the buses.