My Ranking Points
~Past the Woods Beyond~
Chapter 5: Beautification and Uglification
Night had gone by pretty quickly, and Colin didn’t have to worry about having any decapitation dreams, for he was right. Neptune was indeed the loudest snorer he had ever encountered.
“Why do we need to learn grooming and beautification? What’s the point?” Colin complained, on his way to the classroom. Kaiden shrugged, “Of all people, I know that you don’t have to be good-looking for someone to love you. After all, my mother was the most beautiful girl in the village, and she fell in love with my dad, who was a hideous beast. And he still is a beast, sorta. He’s fat and hairy, but I guess old age does that. Or too much chicken.”
Colin widened his eyes. “Just when things couldn’t get any weirder, you’re telling me you’re Belle’s son? You have a whole movie about your parents! Two movies! Your mum is played by Emma Watson! Emma Watson!”
“Who’s Emma Watson?” Kaiden asked, “And what’s a movie?” He looked completely bewildered. Colin replied, “Oh, not a big deal. Nothing huge. Totally not one of the most influential actresses, and every little boy’s childhood crush.”
I asked boys about their celebrity crush and most of them said Emma Watson/Hermione was their childhood crush. One said Benedict Cumberbatch, but that is not important.
They arrived at the classroom and saw a bunch of strange beauty products like honey cream, mirrors and strange plants that Colin was afraid to go near.
“Hello, boys! Welcome to grooming and beautification! I’m Lady Freya of Pasha Dunes,” a woman explained. She was the prettiest woman Colin had seen (Okay, he really needed to stop thinking that every time he saw a new girl in this land). She had warm brown skin and light golden eyes with long waves of inky black hair. Her smile was bright, and she wore no makeup, which only added to her beauty. Colin nodded his head, too shocked to speak, and sat down in his assigned seat, next to some random girl.
“Colin? The boy that threw his rose in Abigail’s hair?” a pretty fair-skinned brunette girl next to him questioned.
Colin turned to face her, and replied, “Yes. Not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed.”
“I feel bad for Abi. She got a rose stuck in her hair, then she caught my disgusting cousin’s rose,” she added.
Colin made a weird expression and a strange noise that sounded like a cross between a chicken and a pig. “Neptune’s your cousin? But he’s so…”
“Dumb? Annoying? Arrogant? A prat? Yeah, he’s all of those things. Imagine how I feel, growing up with him back in Atlantis. I tried to warn Abi about him, but she seems to have fallen for him.” She pointed to the blonde girl who sat in front of her.
“Stop it, Evanna. I am not in love with him,” Abi protested, looking up from a book she was reading. Up close, Colin could see that Abi, the cute girl whom he had thrown the rose at, had brilliant green eyes and freckles with very timid, and soft features. He instantly regretted getting the rose stuck in her hair.
Evanna laughed, “Elevated pulse, dilated pupils, blushing. Come on, it’s obvious. I’ll tell you, Neptune is not dashing and charming at all like the men in your books. He’s rude, arrogant and he farts a lot.”
“And he’s a loud snorer who smells like fish,” Colin added, muttering under his breath.
Evanna’s big blue sapphire eyes widened, “Exactly! I take it, you’re his roommate?”
“Sadly, you are correct,” Colin replied. He could see Kaiden across the room, and he was also nodding like he heard their conversation.
A hooded green-haired girl with pointy ears named Myrtle Bell came and sat down next to Colin, eyeing her name carved into the desk and saying, “Your roommate is the fishboy? I hated him ever since he came into the theatre, walked out and walked in again.”
So apparently a lot of the girls hated Neptune too. The Evergirls were better than Colin thought. He was starting to like this place more and more by the second.
“All right, class!” Lady Freya interrupted. “As your beautification professor, I want all of you to know that you are all beautiful in your own way.”
A messy-haired girl who sat beside Kaiden smiled. “Pfft,” she snickered.
“Angie? Do you have something to say?” Lady Freya asked. Angie shook her head, grinning a bit. Kaiden was attempting to hold in his laughter.
“All right then. This year, you will soon learn that beauty does not necessarily mean your appearance. It could also mean your soul. And of course, at least be groomed and clean. Wouldn’t want to end up looking like a troll, after all, do you?”
No one laughed but one girl.
“Thank you, Alyvia-Laurell. Glad to know someone shares my humour,” Freya remarked.
Suddenly, Neptune came barging in looking frightened out of his pants. His clothing was tattered and ripped. He had bruises and scrapes all along his face and his usually neat dark hair was all messed up.
“Th-there’s a soul-eater. I-it attacked me,” he stammered, trembling. Freya frowned, “A soul-eater? Are you sure? They haven’t shown up in years. Unless someone released them.”
And then Neptune fainted.
“Uglification? What the he.ll does that mean?” Gally asked as he entered the Uglification classroom. Andric did his slight evil grin, as he did all the time, and replied, “All I care about is Advanced Spells and Advanced Curses and Deathtraps, laddie.” His other roommates nodded in agreement.
“And Surviving Fairy Tales,” David added.
“What’s so exciting about that? Hardly ever challenging, I find,” Andric remarked.
“I know. I just like tormenting Evers,” David replied as a matter of factly. Though it seemed as if he had a different reason he just didn’t want to say.
Other Nevers flooded past them, anxious to get to their first class on time and among that crowd, Andric spotted Conan staring off into space and mumbling.
“Ah, Conan. There you are, mate!” Gally patted or rather smacked, Conan on the back as if he was his greatest friend. “What are you muttering on about?”
“Nothing that concerns you,” Conan responded, irritated.
As Gally got his daily dose of being told to shut up and Conan his daily listening to mindless chatter, Andric spotted a strange shape on the ceiling.
“Aha! Good job, boy. You spotted me!” The shape popped out from above and jumped onto Andric’s desk. “I am Professor Stumpkin. Your Uglification professor. In this class, you will learn to change shape, grow warts and do other ug.ly things to your face temporarily. So for those of you who actually care about beauty, don’t worry! It’s only temporary. Unless something goes terribly wrong,” he added, giggling strangely at his last comment.
“You!” Professor Stumpkin pointed to a girl named Lola Griffin. “Let’s see your evil smile.”
Lola looked a bit shocked that she was chosen so unexpectedly, but she calmed down. The corners of Lola’s mouth turned up as she widened her yellow-speckled dark brown eyes. “Hmm, that is pretty good, but a bit too bright. Still looks like an Ever. I’d say show more teeth and lower those eyebrows. You see, Nevers, when you smile evilly, you must not raise your brows too much. Keep them low and sinister. Unless you choose to raise only one.” Stumpkin took a quick glance at Andric. “By the end of the year, I would like to see all of you master the art of perfecting your peak ugliness. Everyone has something ug.ly about them, and I want you all to find it and emphasize it!”
Andric had one strong opinion of this class: It was unneeded and stupid.
Stumpkin continued, “I want all of you to find your ugliest feature, and try to make it stand out!”
The Nevers groaned as Stumpkin handed out mirrors. Andric already knew his ugliest feature, and that was his heart.
“Er- Mr Stumpkin?” Gally called.
Professor Stumpkin looked annoyed. “What?”
“What if you don’t have an ug.ly feature? I’m simply just too perfect. I can’t find an ug.ly feature anywhere,” Gally spoke, chuckling a bit.
“Your big fat mouth,” Conan muttered.
David rolled his eyes, and replied, “Perhaps your teeth? You’re a pirate after all. You can’t have all the pearls in the world.”
Gally popped up from slouching and stared at his teeth. “What’s wrong with my teeth?”
Meanwhile, Lauren and Tash were ahead of the class and had already figured out how to brew the potion to make your skin turn green. They figured, if you didn’t really have an ug.ly feature, you might as well just create one.
“Bet you she doesn’t have an ug.ly bone inside of her,” Gally remarked, pointing to a dark-haired girl named Darcia and winking. Andric didn’t bother to pick up his mirror. What was the point of this again? He didn’t need his appearance to scare people. He was plenty scary by himself. But Stumpkin walked by his desk and glared at him. “You, boy! Why aren’t you working?”
Andric raised an eyebrow and turned the corner of his mouth up. He was staring eye-to-eye at his teacher, very close up, like villains normally did. “I’m waiting for this class to be over, laddie. And if you’ll excuse me, I think you’re blocking my view of the door, which I long to get through.”
Stumpkin stiffened and turned red as a tomato, “You will not get away with this! Punishment after school! You will show up here, and you will clean up the mess that those two have made!” He pointed at Lauren and Tash’s weird bubbling green potion that was spilling out of control. Was that a toad he saw? But Andric only smiled. “You think that’ll make me learn my lesson? I have endured far worse than what you can possibly imagine.”
Stumpkin backed away, glowering at Andric’s snide remarks. Andric assumed the punishment was still on.
“Oh, you definitely won that staredown, you beautiful mischievous boy. Even your slight head tilt was hot,” a girl remarked and winked. Andric turned and studied her from head to toe, as he usually did to new people. She had jet black hair that cascaded in waves down her back and pale violet eyes. Her cheekbones and jawline were sharp as diamonds and she had pale smooth milky skin with zero blemishes. She wore a black skintight dress with violet patterns and jewels and had a little smirk on her face. She was shockingly beautiful, but that didn’t faze Andric.
“The name’s Darcia. Darcia Grimhilde. But you can call me Darcy,” she spoke in a sedu.ctive voice, winking.
He ignored her flirting, and replied, “Right.”
The girl only smiled and replied, “Too flustered to say more?”
Andric sneered and scoffed, rolling his eyes to show that he didn’t care about this girl and her efforts to get to him. He was used to these manipulative people. Trying to break him apart piece by piece by pretending to be in love with him. Andric was much too clever for that. It wasn’t going to work.
@LAUREN813 – Creator of Lauren
@DAVYSMAVY – Creator of David
@CATTYROSE – Creator of Tash
@YAY5681 – Creator of Melody
@2IYCRB2QAWUTOB – Creator of Abigail and Kaiden
@EMERSONCOLIN – Creator of Darcia and Gally
@LUNALOVEGOODFAN – (waiting for bio)
@LSOLIVEN – Creator of Alyvia-Laurell
@MRFORKLE4-0 – Creator of Wesly
@RARIPLAYZ – Creator of Angie
@ZEE110 – Creator of Evanna
@BLAZE5681 – Creator of Conan
@LYNXDRAGON67 – Creator of Myrtle
@CHLOELK – Creator of Gypsy
@EVERNEVERACADEMY – Creator of Gael
@STELLAAAZ – Creator of Lola
@JAFARISTHEBEST – Creator of May
@LALAGIZA – Creator of Narcissa
(Sorry for not posting daily. I’ve been busy.)
I’m in love with this! You write so well! I can’t wait for the next chapter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Neptunes gonna have this huge character arc and is either going to become the villain or the one that saves everyone. I can feel it now.
i feel like fishboy would be the character to become the hero when people expected him to become the villain- does that make sense?
yasss lola was portrayed perfectly! don’t feel pressured to post everyday, btw. the more time you have to work on it, the better the chapter will be, right?
This is absolutely amazing— you’re capturing Evanna’s observant nature very well 😌👏👏
I was wondering if Andric could be friends with Lola? If not friends than they could at least talk? idk… whatever fits best to you :))