Thank you so much for your sweet feedback on Chapter 1 of my story! Ya'll are all so nice!
I must admit, I was a bit nervous posting it... I wasn't sure what you guys would think of it. :)
But now I'm posting Chapter 2! It's longer than Chapter 1. :D Hope you guys enjoy!
“Why, hello! You’re up!” she said.
She walked over to me. I couldn’t speak I was so scared.
“I’m Clara Watkins, but please just call me Clara. All the students here do. You’re Mikailah Matthews, right?” she asked me.
I nodded, frightened.
“Wh-where am I?” I managed to ask.
Clara grinned and gestured to the window.
“Why don’t you see for yourself?” she said.
I walked slowly over to the window, drew back the curtains, and peered out. My breath caught. I was staring out onto a winter wonderland! There was a big, white field with horses... no, not horses. There were pegasuses in the field, just like the posters in the room!
My eyes looked down and traveled up the building I was in. I was even more surprised when I saw grey stone turrets everywhere. I was in a castle!
I turned back to Clara.
“What is this place? It’s... amazing!” I said.
“This is Magia Magnífico Castle; that’s Spanish for Magnificent Magic. It’s where you learn magic and how to control your magical abilities.” Clara said simply.
I stared at her. Magical abilities?
“Are you joking? I don’t have any magical abilities.” I said.
“Yes, you do Mikailah. You’re a witch, just like me. You don’t know it, but you are. You remember yesterday, when you heard footsteps and then sent that purple ball hurling? Well, I’m sure you were wondering what that was, weren’t you?”
“Well, that was... a lightning ball. And those footsteps were us, coming to save you and take you here.” Clara said.
A lightning ball? I had thrown lighting?
“How is that even possible? And why were you coming to get me?” I asked, beyond confused now.
“It’s possible because... well, it’s possible, simply put. There is magic in this world, even though lots of people may not think so. You’ll see in a minute.” said Clara.
Clara hesitated a second before saying her next point.
“And to answer your next question... the reason we were coming after you was to save you from your parents.” she said softly.
I flushed, embarrassed.
“You know... what they’ve done to me?” I asked her quietly.
“I do. All the staff here do. Believe me, we’ve all wanted to get you out of that place way sooner than now, but the laws here are that we cannot take you from your parents, whatever kind, until you are fourteen. And you just celebrated your fourteenth birthday three days ago, right? On January second?” she asked me.
“Yes, that’s right.” I said. For my birthday, I had gotten a ratty old pair of socks. I had spent it by myself in my room because my parents were out until two o'clock in the morning at some party. It hadn’t been a great birthday, that’s for sure.
“So we’ve been planning for weeks to rescue you. We planned for it to be last night. So my fellow teachers here, Mrs. Darton and Mrs. Hathis and settled down outside to watch until your parents lights went out, which ended up being around eleven thirty. We were just getting ready to use magic to force ourselves inside when we saw you crawling out of your window. So we waited in the shadows, and then followed you at a distance until you were a good distance away from your house. Then we were going to use magic to rescue you. But then you heard us... well, I should say, you heard Mrs. Darton. She’s not always the most quiet person, mind you. And then you shot that lightning ball at us! It barely missed Mrs. Hathis, not even kidding! We were trying to decide what to do, since you apparently could put up a fight. Then you passed out, and our job was made easier. We just transported over to the castle and brought you here.” Clara finished. She paused for a moment to catch her breath.
Despite this whole story, I was still a tiny bit doubtful about everything. I needed Clara to do one more thing.
“You keep saying you used magic. If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like you to show me how you use magic.” I said, looking at Clara.
Clara smiled happily.
“Of course! I was wondering when you would ask that. You might want to stand back.” she said.
I ran over to the bed and climbed up, wondering what I was about to see. Clara pushed back the sleeves of her robes and then muttered the words “Lightning Strike.”
Suddenly, a streak of lightning struck the floor. I jumped back, hitting my head on the headboard on the bed. When I crawled tentatively forward, expecting to see the floor damaged, I was surprised to see that there was no damage, and everything was fine just like before!
Clara seemed to know what I was thinking.
“I can choose whether or not I actually want damage done, just by thinking about it. Obviously, I didn’t want the floor broken or anything, since it was just for show.” she explained, grinning a bit.
I took a deep breath. So magic was real. This was... in a word, epic.
“But how did you know I had magical abilities?” I asked Clara.
“Well, since I’m the Head Lightning Teacher here, I could sense in you that you had the same power as me. This “sixth sense” helped me realize where you were located and all those details.” Clara said.
“So you’re my teacher? But you seem so...” I hesitated.
Clara laughed. “Nice? Young?” she said.
I smiled for the first time that day.
“Yes, both of those. In all the books I’ve ever gotten my hands on, all the professor’s are so... old and strict.” I said.
“Well, here we try to make learning fun. That’s what it’s supposed to be, after all. Don’t get me wrong, there are... dangers out there. But still, we don’t want to be bad people ourselves.” Clara said.
I nodded, a bit puzzled. What sort of dangers?
Before I could ask Clara that, however, she turned towards the door and said “Come on, Mikailah. I’ll give you a tour of the place.”
I hope you guys liked it!
I'm going to a sleepover party later!! I'm really excited!!