Burgess Academy

10: The Brawl

"Felix, what happened to you?" Ashton asked, fiddling on something

"I got bad nightmares. It was about tomorrow. Camille and I were working side by side then I controlled the wrong people resulting us all getting killed." Felix answered wearily, "I didn't get sleep further then. And Camille, well, her aunt told us to not use our powers during the fight. She has future revelating powers and told us that my dream is a premonition of what might happen."

"So you can't fight anymore?" Ashton asked, looking up at the two

"Yeah. I don't know how to break it to Tooth and Jack, but-. Dude, why are you staring at my chest? It's creepy you know?" Felix asked

"Your chest? But I'm staring at your face." Ashton responded

"Ashton, throw this ball to the door knob." Camille handed him a ball

Ashton simply threw the ball, confident that it would hit the knob. But then it didn't. It hit the door instead.

"He was precise," Yolly said to the three, "I'm guessing you once had a great aim but from that gadget you were fiddling with for the past hour which has a high amount of ultra violet rays. Therefore, I conclude that you don't have a great aim but supernatural eyesight and a good body coordination. And glasses and contacts won't help you either. Body coordination needs a clear eye and nothing blocking the view."

"Hey, I have cherub blood!" Ashton retorted and sighed

"So Sophia, Tooth and Jack are the last three?" Ashton asked


They all turned their heads towards the source of the sound to find nothing. Another sneeze was heard and Sophia was right next to them.

"I can't fight, guys. I'm really sick and I sprained my leg from volleyball yesterday." Sophia said, "Did I mention that I ran under the rain yesterday?"

"Tooth, what happened? Are you hurt? How are your wings? Will you still be able to fly? Who did this to you? Tell me I'll get revenge on them." Jack asked worriedly

They were all in the classroom, all staring at Tooth's sort of deformed wing.

"It's nothing. The nurse said that I won't be able to fly today but I will tomorrow." Tooth answered

"Well what happened?" Alexa asked

"I was standing by my locker at the time when someone spilled hot coffee to my back. So due to instincts and bad luck, my wings flipped opened and I turned around and the kid next to my locker accidentally slammed his locker shut with my wings inside." Tooth explained, "But it's nothing serious. It would just be a short fracture then I'm alright tomorrow."

"Yeah, in the meantime, we have to change our plans. Turns out, you and Jack are the only fighters left." Alexa said

"Tooth, I think we need to give up. I don't want to hurt you either. You'll just hurt yourself trying to fly, too." Jack muttered

"Jack! After all this class had been through? You're just going to give up? Look at all of them! They're trying their best to recover fast!" Tooth responded

"Oh come on, Tooth. Stop being so stubborn. I know that you think we're going to lose. After the first injury, I saw the doubt in your eyes." Jack replied

"I was not giving up, Jack. I was scared for her! I know what it feels like! You think water would put an exercised wing down? Jack, I only had two practices since birth and I just don't want anyone feeling like a total loser." Tooth answered

"Oh, so this is about you now?"

"This is not about me, Jack! This is about you! We're all dealing with your fight because you were too mean! I even got a fight with my own father because of this, Jack! And I convinced him that I am to stay here until tomorrow just so I could fight for you, Jack! I don't care if this hurts me and I don't care if it kills me! All it matters is I am helping someone and that someone is you!"

"Well think for yourself next time, Tooth. Think because if you were, you would have noticed Camille dropping all of the hints, Ashton trying to get away from you and every boy avoiding to talk to you about how I really feel about you! And if you still don't know, I don't like you like that, Tooth! You're nothing better than those girls head over heels on me. I'm just being nice to you because Ashton said so!" Jack yelled at Tooth

There was a moment of silence then Tooth breathed in deeply and sighed.

"Fine. And if you need me. I'll probably be outside." Tooth said weakly, running out of the room

"What did you think you were doing, man? That wasn't cool!" Sam yelled

"What's happening, boys?" Alexa asked

"Tooth was shot by the cupid's arrow. That's why she likes me and that's why I'm being nice to her." Jack answered

"Jack! How dumb could you be? She was your last hope! You're going to get yourself killed!" Sheila yelled at the boy, "Wait till I get out of this cast!"

"Alright, I am dumb! I'm the dumbest person on this planet! Are you happy?" Jack asked

"Hey, you know I've had a fair share of girls in my family and let me tell you, you don't make them cry. That's a rule you should never forget. Even how annoying they get sometimes, it's our guys' role to not make them experience pain, they have too much drama in their lives already. They have hair problems, body problems, girl problems, personal, insecurity, and you shouldn't let boy problems be one of them." Alexander said

"Jack, the arrow's effect is wearing off but you destroyed her too much that she will feel actual pain." Ashton said

"I'm gonna go talk to her." Camille stood up and went towards the beach

"Hey, Toothsie," Camille sat down next to Tooth who was next to the water, "In Jack's behalf, I apologize."

"It's nothing, really. I'm just doubting for a minute. Why did Jack have to pretend that he is in love with me? I mean, he could've told me from the start, right?" Tooth asked

"Look at it this way, Tooth. Would you have stood up and talked with Scarlett? Would you worry about our classmates right now? Would you have freedom to get out of the water? No, right? And that's all because of Jack. You're braver now, sweetheart. And this isn't the time to show them your weakness. It's time to show them that you're a strong girl. Scarlett's up there now, would you like to go there or would you rather stay here?" Camille asked

Tooth stared at Camille for a minute then stood abruptly and pulled Camille along.

"Come on. I need to get my anger out on her." Tooth laughed weakly

"Don't this class look like the perfect warriors around?" Scarlett chuckled, "Where's little Toothsie, Jackie boy? Oops. I'm sorry for reminding you that you broke her heart and losing the last person on the team."

"Who said anything about breaking my heart?" Tooth asked Scarlett

"So you're still on his side?"

"I'm on nobody's side." Tooth answered quickly

"You're hiding something, Tooth. And I will get to the bottom of this. I will not stop until you are crushed to the ground." Scarlett growled

"And what if I am hiding something? Scared to know that I am better than you?"

"Oh it is on, Toothiana." Scarlett harshly whispered and left

"Are you still-"

"I'm thinking about it."

"Hey mom, can I talk to you about something?" Tooth asked as her mom adorned her blue coral crown with pearls

"If it's about the skirt you're going to wear, then no, Tooth you will not change it." Rashmi answered, earning a light giggle from Tooth

"No mom, it's about what's going to happen today. You see, we actually have a brawl today." Tooth started

"Then why aren't you practicing? We can do this later." Rashmi stated

"No it's fine. So there is this guy whom I'm supposed to be teaming up with. He's the frost boy. At first he seemed like a big stuck up jerk to me but after a while, he actually became a friend of mine and now, I think I'm falling for him, mom. What should I do?" Tooth asked

"Well, you do your best, show them who Toothsie really is. I would also love to have snow fairy grandchildren to raise, my dear daughter. And ice mermaids too." Rashmi answered, causing Tooth to blush

"Mom," Tooth could not help but smile a little, "But, yeah, that would be nice."

"See? Don't you just see it? Water and air and snow? It's just perfect." Rashmi smiled

"Yeah," Tooth breathed, "Oh my! The brawl! I forgot! Mom, could you hand me the skirt."

Rashmi gave her daughter the green see-through skirt.

"Good luck, Tooth. Don't get hurt, alright. If you are ever hurt, remember, you're a mermaid, you could heal yourself, alright?" Rashmi adviced

Tooth smiled weakly and nodded.

Event tents were all built at the sea shore. They were either the class a mermaids' tent for the competitors not yet battling or resting, the one of a kind's class tent, a lot of watching students and a few selling food, refreshments, and a group of students who had volunteered to be the first aiders.

"Jack, don't lose hope, maybe she's just late." Camille said, all of them were under their tent, keeping a fretting Jack calmed down

"Yeah, remember what she told us? She said that she will have something big going on tonight so maybe she got up late because of exhaustion last night and is on her way here." Alexander added

"Thats right, there are a lot of possibilities, Jack. You just have to believe in her." Mari said

"Just give up, guys. I knew it. She isn't going because I was a jerk to her." Jack slammed his fist on a table, "What was I thinking?!"

"Alright, losers and everyone else here, these are the rules," Scarlett started

A volunteer crossed her arms and tapped her foot.

"These are the rules to be brought by and made by the president of the volunteers, Leila." Scarlett continued

"Alright, mermaids and one of a kinds, I am the president of the volunteers, Leila Montez, and in behalf of us all, good morning. So as you all know, you are all to brawl, but seeing the number of competitors on one side and another, we decided to come up with something. Both leaders would be the first people in the water fighting, after ten minutes, we will pick a person from each team from a bowl and those people would go in the arena. If anyone on your team would like to volunteer, both teams are given three chances for volunteering. Now, if your name is called three times and you're still not showing up at the field, you cannot go in anymore and the game proceeds. For safety reasons, we advise the watchers to be five meters away from the arena. Thank you, and good luck to all." Leila explained

"This is it Jack, just remember what we did." Alexa said, "If you die, I'll bring you back to life and kill you a second time."

All of the class chuckled lightly at this.

"Now get out there and make us all proud now." Mari patted his back

"A penny for your thoughts, Jack." Camille said, "I've been reading their minds for about an hour now, and well, they were thinking about how Tooth's not around. You might want to not get affected with what Scarlett's to say."

"Thanks." Jack said to Camille

"It's the only thing I could do for the team, so, why not?" Camille responded

"Jackson Frost and Scarlett Herrington, onto the arena."

"Good luck, Jack."

"Don't get killed, okay?"

"If you ever get hurt, yell in your mind."

"We can get you out of there immediately."

"Don't hesitate to call for help."

"We'll always be there."

Jack smiled back at his group and walked towards the water. As soon as he stepped into the water, he immediately froze over his part of the arena.

"This way, you can't get me." Jack shrugged, "I guess I get a point here, huh?"

"Oh, shut up, Frost." Scarlett said then dove into the water, she raised the water a few meters up and sat in the water, completely in her mermaid form

"Oh, where's dear Toothsie? I thought you two were dating. Oops, that's right, you broke her heart yesterday. What an awesome move there, Jack." Scarlett laughed

"She's not-. She's coming. She has something to do." Jack hesitantly said

"Getting away from you?" Scarlett snickered, "Whatever. Let's start this."

"No, let's finish this thing."

Jack set foot on the ice he had created and touched Scarlett's side of the water and froze it, freezing her up in the air in the progress.

Scarlett growled at Jack and used the water from below the ice to force its way upwards, breaking the ice in the progress. Scarlett shot the water towards Jack and he did not avoid it in time, soaking him wet and breaking the ice he had been standing on. He immediately went over to the top of the ice and used the wind to raise him up.

"The first ten minutes are up!" Leila announced, "Jermain Tyler from Scarlett's side and Alexander Folwer from Jackson's side."

A blue headed Jermain stood up from the middle of the crowd in the other tent. Alexander looked over at Jack who shook his head.

"Dude, the guy's crazy!" Alexander yelled, standing up

"Alexander Frank Folwer! If you step one toe into that water, I will make sure you will not step out of there without an injury to either your leg, ribs, or neck." Alexa threatened

Alexander quickly sat back down and cowered.

"As I've said before, you don't disrespect girls. They can make nasty threats when they lose their powers." Alexander explained

"Jackie, what happened to Alexander?" Scarlett asked with a smirk

"I told him not to join. It's our fight and if you're chicken enough to not fight on your own then I'll let you."

30 minutes later...

Three more of Scarlett's members had joined into the water. And being just a partial water elemental, Jack was definitely not doing well.

Scarlett threw Jack a huge wave, fortunately not destroying the ice he had on the water but injuring him. Jack raised his hand up and saw wounds and gashes and blood.

Oh that's right. Jack thought, There is a hole over here.

He shook his head and wiped off the blood trailing down from his mouth.

"Tooth! You're super late!" Alexa yelled as Tooth touched down at the tent

"I know. I'm really sorry. I forgot." Tooth apologized, "I'm heading over to-."

"No! Wait for two minutes! Jack will get disqualified and they'll have a chance to beat him up with no restraints." Mari said

"So, how many are-," Tooth turned around and saw Jack lying on the ground

He shakily got up and spit some blood then wiping some of his mouth using his hoodie sleeves. Tooth put her hands to her mouth.

"J-Jack," Tooth stuttered

"Honey, don't cry." Camille hugged Tooth from behind

"Jack's hurt." Tooth cried

"Uh, Tooth. I need to tell you something. I actually hit you with a cupid's arrow back when we weren't in one group." Ashton admitted

"But, I," Tooth paused, "I didn't get hit by that arrow." Tooth said simply, "I got the gash from a small icicle that hit me when Jack turned around. No one was hit by the arrow. It just continued on and on into the depths of the water."

"But, why are you so, I dunno, in love with Jack?" Ashton asked

"Cupid's not the only one who works through the heart, I guess." Tooth shrugged

She looked back at Jack and a tear fell down her left eye.

"Jack's hurt, and I'm not there with him to help." Tooth hugged herself

"Tooth. That's the last thing you should do. Blame yourself for nothing. Look, we'll let you volunteer on the next one. That way you can fight with him. But seeing your difficulties with your wings, honey, you won't be that useful either." Mari said

"Who said anything about the use of wings?" Tooth muttered

"What was that?" Sam asked

"Nothing." Tooth shrugged

"Next people! Camille Mason from Jack's side and Pheonix Cunningham from Scarlett's." Leila announced

"No! Don't join, Camille! Your aunt warned us." Felix said

"Camille Mason," Leila repeated

"Alright if Camille will not join then it's-."

"I volunteer!" Tooth yelled, earning everyone's glares

"Why did she say something about not using wings?" Sam asked

"Toothiana?" Scarlett asked

"Tooth!" Jack exclaimed, "What are you doing here?"

"Just cut off the ice, Jack." Tooth said, ignoring his first statement

"No, you don't, Tooth! I know all of your schemes and the things you did to the team. How could you injure them, Tooth?" Jack asked

"What? I didn't injure them." Tooth interjected

"Scarlett told me everything, Tooth." Jack replied weakly

"You're letting yourself get fooled, Jack. Remember what I said." Camille said in Jack's mind

Jack stared at Tooth for a little longer.

"Fine, I'll cut it off if you won't." Tooth muttered and flew a few inches above the ice and cutting it using her wings

When Tooth was finished, the ice was cut off into tiny pieces. Tooth landed back to the shore with stinging wings.

"Tooth, what'd you do? You just injured your wings. What else could you do then?" Jack asked

"Oops, looks like little Toothsie is dumb." Scarlett commented

"Oh Scarlett, have you ever listened to your teacher?" Tooth asked

She quickly undid her dress behind a bush, revealing her blue bikini. She went back to the shore and dove.

"Tooth!" Ashton yelled, all of them going after at what seemed a suicidal female

"No!" Camille yelled, blocking all of them

Jack, and the other competitors, who were taken aback by surprise, just stared at the spot where Tooth dove into.

"So Toothsie's out then?" Scarlett smirked, "Too bad. Your last hope is apparently-"

Suddenly, the water rose a few inches above what Scarlett and her troop could do and out in the middle, sat Tooth. She had on a blue coral headdress adorned with pearls at the side, her face smuttered with decent amount of make-up, her bikini top now replaced with a yellow and green feather-ish shell, and what was most surprising was her green and blue tail with a green see-through skirt which had a slit in front for easy swimming.

"Apparently a mermaid?" Scarlett weakly asked

"It's-. She's-. Toothiana's a mermaid?!" Blake exclaimed

"Toothiana?! A mermaid?! A queen mermaid! And a fairy! A fairy mermaid queen!" Alexa yelled at the top of her lungs, which was fortunately not heard by the other people but the team "Camille!"

"Tooth? You're a mermaid? You're one of them?" Jack asked, floating over to Tooth

"No, Jack. I'm much more better than that. You see, if I introduced myself as a mermaid before, I'd probably still be in the one of a kinds. I am a cross baby." Tooth explained, "So Scarlett. Let me show you how water elementals should do it."

She waved her hand weakly across the whole ocean. There was a second of silence then the ocean roared angrily.

"Did you just make a mega wave?" Jack asked

"All I know is that you should be helping me fly like right now." Tooth answered

Tooth opened her wings and felt the sting.

"Come on." Jack smiled weakly

They went inside the building and once they got out of the water, Tooth turned her tail into feet and started running.

Jack and Tooth ran into a door and opened it, only to find three other doors. They took the one to the left and entered a dressing room.

"Jack! Wear a costume, quick." Tooth fretted

Jack quickly wore a long brown wig, a blue dress and black heels.

"You know you don't have to wear the heels." Tooth commented

Jack just shrugged.

Tooth wore a black dress, a short black wig, black contacts and black flats.

"The contacts weren't necessary." Jack inputted

They ran back out and headed for the stairs only to see one of Scarlett's members looking for them. Jack and Tooth confidently and calmly walked down the stairs but the member was a smart one. He glared at Jack and held his wrist tightly. Jack giggled girlishly and flung nothing at the boy but a wad of snow landed on his eyes, causing him to let go of Jack. The member yelped loudly, earning all of the others' attentions.

"Run!" Tooth yelled and they sprinted out of the building and back to the water, removing their disguises all the while

"How am I going to last down there?" Jack asked

"Then make an ice bubble around your head. Duh." Tooth responded quickly

He made a rushed ice bubble around his head and Tooth held his wrist then jumped in the water. Tooth, now in her mermaid form, swam deep into the water and into her kingdom.

"No one can get near us here." Tooth told Jack

"Alright, it's official. Jack lost and Scarlett's won by neglect." Leila announced

"Looks like we've proved that we're right." Scarlett said as she went over to the other tent, "And you had Tooth. That means in a mermaid versus mermaid battle, she still loses. Maybe she's one of them rag mermaids."

"Alright but Tooth told me to tell you to get ready for another surprise. This time, you two are not playing games. This time, you're facing real life." Camille said

"She already showed everything, what else is there?" Scarlett asked

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