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Chapter 7

I spent a long time looking through the books from my world, seeing which books I haven’t read yet, and which I had. I couldn’t wait until I had my beloved books in my room. I had piles of unread books. I just had to wait until the end of the week for them. And it was Wednesday, so I didn’t have to wait too long.

Iris appeared behind me. I was holding A Court of Mist and Fury in my hand.

“Could you do me a favour?” I asked. I really needed a book to keep me occupied.

“What?” she asked sarcastically, like she knew what I was going to ask. She probably guessed right.

“Could you buy this book for me? I’ll pay you back when I get my allowance.”

“Fine,” She sighed, “But you’re going to pay me back as soon as you get your allowance.”

“Thanks, I really appreciate it,” I said. “Plus, I won’t bug you for the whole week that my books aren’t here for.”

She sighed again. Then made her way to the cashier. I put the book on the counter, and Iris dealt with the rest. She handed me the book after she was done paying.

“Thanks,” I snatched it out of her hands. I had read A Court of Thorns and Roses, but hadn’t gotten the time or money to buy ACOMAF, the sequel.

Iris sighed, again, and made her way to the exit of the store, and then the mall.

“You might want to look at your timetable,” Iris said. “We’ll get to the Academy just when lunch starts, so we’ll eat, and then you’ll go straight class. Also, if one of us has a class with you we can show you where it is.”

I took out my timetable, and this is what it looked like:

Math 8:00am-8:50am Room 8

Weapon’s Training-9:00am-9:50am Field

Gym 10:00am-10:50am Gym #1

Lunch 11:00am-12:00pm Dining Hall

English 12:00pm-12:50pm Room 16

Power Control-1:00pm-3:00pm Field

So, I had English after lunch. I did a mental fist pump. I loved English. But I think that was obvious.

We entered the school, and hurried towards the dining hall. Once we entered everyone was lined up getting food from the kitchen. Once I got to the food, my book in hand, I headed towards the pizza, which they had tons of. I got four slices of cheese pizza.

When I headed towards my table, the table that the Chosen shared, everyone was already there. Camden, and Iris were joking around, and Storm was listening, a half smile on his face.

I sat down across from Storm, beside Iris. I picked up my pizza, opened my book, and started reading and eating.

The start was surprisingly good, usually I found that first chapters could be quite boring, but it wasn’t. Then I was interrupted by someone ripping the book away from me. I looked over to find a girl, holding my book, with blonde hair, and green eyes. Her face was literally caked in makeup. It was quite unattractive.

“You think that you can just sit with the Chosen like that, little girl?” she asked, her voice screechy. “This booth is for Chosen only.”

“I am a Chosen,” I said, calmly. I gestured to my hair and eyes.

“I bet you dyed your hair, and put contacts in,” she yelled. The dining room had gone quiet. The Headmaster was getting up to handle the situation, but I nodded at him telling him I could handle it.

Then she made the biggest mistake of her life. She went to touch me.

I grabbed her arm, twisted her around, and then put my arm around her throat, pulling her ear towards my mouth. I whispered into her ear, “Next time you attempt to touch me, think again. I am a Chosen. I would show you, but I might just burn you into a pile of ashes. I also don’t take kindly to people who steal my books. And if this book is ruined you are going to pay. Understand?”

She nodded her head nervously.I let her go, and pushed her away. I held out my hand for the book. She handed it to me.

“Anybody else?” I asked. The dining hall was silent. I was still eerily calm. “Good. Next person who even looks at me wrong, I will not be going easy on you. That’s a warning to everyone.” They just stared at me, so I snarled “What are you looking at?”

The girl fled, returning to her table, tears running down her face. I turned back to my table, and all of them just staring at me with surprise on their faces. “That includes you guys too,” I said, “You touch my books, or me, without my permission, and you die. Understand?”

Iris and Camden nodded, a bit scared, and bewildered. Storm just stared at me, Slightly amused.

I sat down, going back to my eating, and reading. I wasn’t disturbed again.

The warning bell rung thirty minutes later. I was done eating, and just reading. I got up to head to class until I realized that I had no idea where I was going. I turned back to the table, and asked, “Does anybody have English in Room 16?”

Iris and Camden shared a look, and Storm just ignored me. Iris said, “Storm does.”

It was at that minute that Storm decided to speak up, “Yes, I’ll show you where it is, but I’m not going to do it again. So you better remember.”

I nodded, and said, “I want to speak to the Headmaster first, so get me when you’re ready.” I walked over to the Headmaster, and he caught my eye. He was still eating, so he put down whatever he was eating, getting ready to talk with me. When I got to him I said, “Thank you for letting me deal with the situation alone.”

“I wanted to see if you could handle yourself,” he said. “It was a test of sorts. You showed me that you could diffuse a situation without hurting someone. That takes a lot of bravery, if I had to say so myself.”

“Thank you, Headmaster.”

“Also,” he started, “I would like to ask you if you would like to be the leader of the Chosen. I always thought Iris would, but you seem like the perfect choice, from how you act, and how you hold yourself.”

“I would have to decline,” I said, “Because Iris is the perfect leader. She not only is a born leader, but she is friends with almost everyone, from what I’ve seen. Plus, the prophecy said ‘Earth will lead.’” Storm stood up and walked over. “Anyway, have a nice day, Headmaster.”

I walked away joining him as he headed towards one of the side doors. In the dining hall there were four exits. One glass back double door, a front double door with one on the left, and one on the left. We headed to the one on the right.

When we exited, it was a hall with tons of windows, doors heading down the hall. There were three doors on each side. We walked to the last door on the left. We entered the classroom to find a tall man with black hair, and ocean blue eyes, like Storm’s. They had to be related, in some way.

The man turned to us, and said, “Hello, Storm, new girl. I’m Mr. Atwater.”

“Name’s Blaze,” I said. Atwater. That sounded like the last name that Storm had. It would also make a lot of sense since all of our last names relate to our element. Laflamme. Azalea. Atwater. I bet you Camden’s last name is Sky or something.

Mr. Atwater’s eyes flickered down, catching sight of my book.

“So I see someone likes to read,” he commented. “I’ve always encouraged my son,” he glanced at Storm, “To read, but it’s never really been his thing. Lucky for you we’re starting our Independent Study Unit, ISU’s, today.”

I didn’t comment, but said, “Well, what exactly is your son’s thing?”

He chuckled, “I’d like yo say torturing someone, but I can’t because I’m his father. I’d have to say sports. Like soccer or swimming. Even fighting.”

“Well, good,” I said, “Because I love all three of those things, also. And I’m extremely competitive.” I smirked.

The bell rung right at that minute, and Mr. Atwater said, “You better get seated because students will be pouring in soon.”

I turned and looked at the desks. There was one in the very back of the room, in the corner. I headed for that one at the same moment as Storm did. I sped up, and made it there before he did.

“That’s my seat.”

“Does it have your name on it?”

He didn’t respond to that, as other students were pouring into the room, and just sat down next to me.

Once the late bell rung everyone was finished, and Mr. Atwater started speaking, “So, today we will be picking our book for our Independent Study Unit. We will be heading to the library, and you can pick any fiction book. The assignment has two parts,” he looked at me, “so you can read two books if you want to. Make sure to pick a few books for me to approve, and then pick which one. Now, that’s enough talking for one day, let’s head to the library.”

Turns out the library is a seperate building. It is almost as big as the school. We walked in, and I was immediately in love. They had several floors filled with book shelves.

“Alright, students, I’ll be over by the librarian, so come there once you’ve found a few books that interest you.”

Mr. Atwater made his way the librarian, who was a short brunette, while yelling back, “Don’t forget, it has to be a book you haven’t read.”

I made my way to the fiction shelves, and started looking.

By half an hour into me looking I had about ten books. I decided that I should get them checked by the teacher, before I dropped them. I had picked Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, The Finisher by David Baldacci, Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, Defiance by C.J. Redwine, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and Firstlife by Gena Showalter. They were all from my world.

I took them over to Mr. Atwater, and he approved all of them. I took all of them out because I was going to read them all anyway. I went to a table, and started reading for a bit. Storm came over, four books in hand, and said, “You should read An Ember in the Ashes. I really enjoyed it. Also, just for your little stunt in class, be ready for hell in Power Control. Remember I’m the one that’s going to be training you.”

He smirked as he walked away. I smirked right back.

Good thing I’d already been to hell, and back.

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