My Ranking Points
Ciao, amici!! I have another POV from Sienna’s perspective. If you didn’t read the one before this (I posted two the same day), go read that!!!!! Seriously!
In my Good Deeds class, I sit in the front. Tammy sits to my left, Maggie to my right, Lexi behind me, Skylar and Carly next to Lexi, a couple of Evergirls in the row behind Lexi, and Constantine and his Everboy friends in the very back.
Once, when my back had started to stiffen from sitting very straight for almost an hour, I stretched my back by turning from side to side. As I turned back, I made eye contact with Constantine. He had an expression on his face that I couldn’t quite fathom at first, but I soon realized what it meant. Crud, he thinks I like him!
I could feel my cheeks get hot as I turned back around and cracked my back the other way. (Note to self: Never be nice or smile randomly at people. They’ll think you like them. ) After the class, I went to head out the door, proud of myself for a 1st place. As I turned to go through the door, Constantine appeared. I waited for him to go.
“You go,” he told me, waiting. I went through, puzzled. I hated when boys thought I liked them. In Maidenvale all it took was a smile. Apparently here all it took was a stretch.
I didn’t like Constantine, did I? Sure, he was cute, but that didn’t mean that I had a crush. I made my way to my next class trying to think of ways to show Constantine that I only liked him as a friend, nothing more. Especially because I was pretty sure he had a crush on Elaina, the pretty, sporty, popular daughter of Hansel. And I was pretty sure Elaina liked him back.
At dinner, all everyone could think of was the Trial. We had been told by Dean Dovey that the Trial by Tale would be taking place in four weeks. I was so nervous, especially because the ranking board read:
1.) Tied (Lola of Foxwood, Sienna of Maidenvale)
5.) Constantine of the Olde Kingdom
7.) Elaina of Camelot
8.) Carly of Corona
9.) Peter of Corona
I hadn’t seen Peony ever since the night of the pirates, and Lexi had mysteriously sunk through the rankings during the past couple of days.
In Forest groups, our forest leaders had “unlocked” our finger glows. Mine was a buttery, pale yellow. Lana’s was a pale pink. Elaina’s was a bright purple.
I ate dinner double-quick, crunching cucumber salad and wiping flourless crumbs from my chin. As I went up to my dorm, I ran into Lexi, her face tear-stained.
“Oh, Lexi, what’s the matter?” I asked her, worried. Lexi wiped her eyes carefully.
“I-it’s nothing, Sienna…”
“Lexi, I can tell something’s wrong! I can help you!”
“How would you be ab-able to he-help?” she stuttered. “You have NO experience with this!”
“With what?” I asked, confused.
“I-I’ve se-seen P-Philly,” she breathed. “H-he said he w-was bre-breaking up with me. He started dropping hints days ago! And, he’s going for-“her voice broke.
“For who?” I asked, puzzled.
“For Elaina! Apparently she’s the cutest girl in the school. The nicest, too. Every boy is crushing on her!”
“That’s not true,” I said, trying to calm Lexi down. “Not everyone is crushing on her, and she isn’t the most beautiful. Now, come on, you’ll get wrinkles.”
I lead Lexi to the bathroom, where I forced her to wash and dry her face.
“There. See? All better!”
“Thanks, Sienna,” Lexi said. “And I’m sorry for being mean to you earlier, about the Nutcracker and everything. The part of the Rat King is good enough for me.”
“You are totally welcome,” I said, wrapping an arm around Lexi. “And Phil’s not good enough for you.”
“No, I don’t think. I know.”
Lexi smiled happily. “Goodnight!” she called and headed for her dorm.
So much was going on lately, even without murderous pirates and suspicious strangers.
I decided to go back down to dinner, even though I had just left. Maybe they still had some flourless tarts left…
As I turned the corner, I ran right into Phil. My eyes narrowed. Suddenly I hated everything about him, from his messy black hair to his green eyes, from his slightly too big ears to his muscles.
“Hello,” I said with the sweetness of a candy witch. Phil looked shocked, but realization soon hit him like a bullet.
“You-You’ve seen Lexi, haven’t you?”
“Doesn’t matter who I’ve seen,” I said, my voice still sickening.
“Well, you can go tell her that-“
“That Elaina rejected you? You want Lexi back? That you’re sorry and you’ve loved her all along?”
“What?” I asked innocently, cocking my head.
“Are you sure? ‘Cause I think I forgot the part about you being a lying, manipulating, tricking worm…”
Phil backed away slowly, looking scared.
“What?” I asked again, my heels cracking as I stepped forward. “Did I forget something else? I thought I might’ve…”
“No, that’s quite enough…. You haven’t left anything out…”
“You don’t deserve Lexi. Go find someone who wants to date an arrogant fool like you. I suggest a mogrif in the form of a cactus.”
Phil nodded, trying to get away. I followed him into the dinner hall, where everyone stopped and turned to face us.
“Run along, now… Before I remember something else. Something worse than all…”
Phil went back to his table. I stood in the middle of the hall, watching Phil’s retreating back.
Sometimes, it felt good to act Evil. Sometimes, it was fun to be sarcastic.
The next day, word had spread far and wide about Lexi, Phil, and Elaina. Every time I saw Phil in the hallway, he talked loudly to his friends. Every time I saw Elaina, she was too busy talking to her friends about how she “didn’t mean to get caught up in all this nonsense! I’ve got other things to do… things like sports, studies… I don’t even like Phil!” (Although she looked very much like she was bragging as she said this.) Every time I saw Lexi, I asked her how her day had been. She was looking very confident recently, and she had heard about my conversation with Phil.
She was even looking more beautiful, if that was possible: long black hair extra shiny and thick, eyelashes long and luscious, face clear and pale. I didn’t feel sorry for her at all. It was Phil who had my condolences. I knew that Lexi was going to have no trouble getting a ball date.
And there was still Constantine, even though he had pretty much gone back to normal. We didn’t really talk, except if we were in the same groups in class. He didn’t act like anything had changed, and neither did I.
Lola had met some boy; she introduced him to me. Lola and he looked very chich together.
As days turned into weeks, the Trial drew ever closer. Finally, it was the second to last week of classes before the Trial by Tale. I had learned a LOT: how to call animals, how to change the weather, how to change into any animal or plant I wished… I just hope it would be enough.
Everyone: Here’s some info about the Schools and the Trial.
I think the era this takes place is shortly before Sophie & Agatha. Is that okay with y’all?
In the Trial, whoever POVs, please do NOT eliminate Sienna. I want to POV about her, and maybe she will even win?
Also, who wins the Trial by Tale???????? We kinda need to decide now……
Anyway, comment please & thank you!!
These are two options that I like the best: 1) Lola and Sienna tie, somehow and 2) Someone random wins.
I think that the best option is to POV as your own character in the trial, not saying anything about the winner. You can choose if your character survives or is eliminated. Who knows? There may even be a four way tie between all our characters.
Yeah, I think that is a good idea. A four-way tie would be pretty funny!