My Ranking Points
Hey y’all, here’s the seventh chapter! Sorry about the many cliffhangers in previous chapters- I just really like them. Possibly my favorite part of writing. This chapter will reveal-(finally!) whether Ellie is good or evil.Tags: @eloiseruizpalma
CHAPTER SEVEN: I shook the parchment out of the thick, creamy embossed envelope. Before I could open it, Ivy roughly tore hers open and said, “Awesome. Evil, as I expected.” However, she didn’t seem as excited as she had been just moments ago. She quickly ran to her room. “Are you Ivy’s mother?” I asked Lillian. “No, her cousin. Stop stalling and just open your letter! It doesn’t bite, you know.” She laughed that awful, tinkly little laugh again. I unfolded the letter, smoothing down the crisp parchment. I read- and then caught my breath.
A white swan seal graced the elegant pink and white letter. Good.
I was accepted into the school for Good. Not evil. But then what was I doing in a witch’s hut? If she knew, I’d be dead before tomorrow. I pretended to look shocked. “Evil!” Aunt Lillian beamed, delighted. “Looks like we have two more Grand Witches in the family!” I stuffed the letter into my dress. “As a keepsake.” We celebrated all day long, dancing around a crackling bonfire. I screamed and whooped along with Ivy. I even rode Pumpkin around the clearing. I would celebrate as hard as I could, so that no one would suspect what I was about to do-betray them all. When we had put out the fire, downed our last cinnamon-laced hot cocoas and headed inside for the night, I ran over my plan. I already had my letter, so I would just take the cloak that Lillian had given me and sneak out. I wasn’t sure where I was sneaking out to. All I knew was that I had to get away-and quickly. I wanted to take some herbs, but I shouldn’t steal, and it would be too risky. Ivy blew out the flickering candle. “Goodnight! Don’t let the vampire bats bite!” Oh great. As her shallow breathing passed into deep snores, I peeled off the light linen covers. Carefully, I placed both feet on the stone floor , bathed in moonlight. Cautiously, I whispered a Silence Charm. I pulled the cloak over my head and crept towards the door. I thought I heard Ivy stir- but it was just the wind, playing its wild tricks. I carefully opened the door, muffling its telltale squeak. I stepped over the threshold and quietly closed the door behind me. Looking up, I saw the deep indigo sky sprinkled with millions of glittering points of light. I paused for a moment, taking in the moonlit stillness. I snuck through the shadowed trees, making my way away from the clearing. I heard a twig snap behind me, sending a jolt of icy fear through my veins. I whirled around. No-one. I continued to slink through the fir-scented patches of moonlight and shadow. Another sound, louder this time. I quickly darted behind a pine tree, heart pounding. I saw another hooded figure, but it wasn’t tracking me. I began to stalk it, my curiosity growing. What were they doing here? Suddenly they whirled around and soundlessly struck me between the eyes. I kicked and then threw the figure to the ground. The hood fell back, the moonlight exposing and highlighting sharp features-and blue hair. “IVY!” I hissed. “What are you doing?” She scowled. “I could ask you the same thing.” I looked at her. “Well, If you won’t tell, I won’t tell.” She shrugged. “It’s none of your business.” I took her arm and led her to where Pumpkin was sleeping. He growled in his sleep, which would cover up our whispered conversation. I debated whether I could tell her. Just as I opened my mouth, she began to……….cry? I was shocked. “What’s the matter?” She huffed. “I’m NOT crying, I just have something in my eye. Anyway, If I-I go to school, I’ll have to leave my only real friend-Pumpkin- behind.” I was confused. ” Aunt Lillian is your friend. And don’t they love things like that at Evil? I mean, like, pet killer rats or whatever?” She sighed. “That’s why. First off, Aunt Lillian doesn’t like me one bit. She always thought I was a failure and would only work as a minor henchman for her schemes and dreams about taking over a kingdom. Now I know she’s right.” She pulled a letter out from under her cloak. It was identical to mine. Blah blah blah, pleased to accept you at the School for………….GOOD? WHAT? I was in complete and utter confusion. No offense to Ivy, but…..how? “Good,” She spat, untying Pumpkin. “I’m leaving for the School before she finds out and tries some witchy little trick. And you can’t stop me.” I grabbed her arm. ” Ivy. That’s why I was sneaking out. I’m Good, too.” Her eyes widened. “Oh god. Not another one.” she said bleakly. “Well, I guess we’ll deal with it. Hop on, princess.” She gestured at Pumpkin. I hoisted myself up onto the stymph’s bony back. Ivy climbed up in front. A lurch-then a jolt- and we flew upwards, into inky darkness speckled with starlight.
Towards the school that would shape our lives- forever.
Oooh awesome!! Great chapter, can’t wait to see what happens next! 😀