My Ranking Points
Sten didn’t know how long he had lain on the pristine floor before kids started flowing down the stairs.
He didn’t raise his head, not caring where they were going if it wasn’t back to his home on the farm. He watched their feet pass by him, making an awful ruckus as they exited the castle. Even if he had wanted to go with them, he couldn’t. A large boulder seemed to have taken residence in his stomach, making it impossible for him to move.
“Get up!” A fairy shrieked at him. Sten ignored it.
“Get up! Straight down to the theater of tales!” The fairy shrieked again. Sten continued to ignore it. Instead of yelling again, the fairy swooped down towards Sten and bit him forcefully on the ear.
“GET UP,” it yelled into his throbbing ear. This seemed to break Sten out of his depression. As if in a trance, he followed the others down the stairs.
The students were sheparded into a dimly lit theater filled with stone benches. Sten didn’t bother to observe his classmates, but he did notice the peculiar creature standing at the front of the stage. It was a dog, with two heads. One cuddly and cute, the other rabid and snarling.
“Welcome, all- again,” said the friendly head to the crowd. “Unfortunately since so many of you—”
“SINCE YOU’RE ALL LAZY AND MISSED THE FIRST WELCOMING WE HAVE TO HAVE ANOTHER SO YOU DON’T ALL DIE HERE” interrupted the snarling head.
“Yes,” said the cuddly head, obviously displeased it had been interrupted. “Since so many of you were absent, we’ve decided to have a second welcoming ceremony. I’m Pollux, and this—” he was cut off again by his counterpart.
“I’M CASTOR. I’LL EAT YOU IF YOU ACT LIKE AN IDIOT” The rabid dog interrupted.
“Welcome to the School For Good and Evil,” Pollux said. “I’m sure you’re all going to do well here, and I can’t wait to see you all succeed—”
“SO FAR YOU ALL SUCK. YOU COULDN’T EVEN MAKE IT TO THE WELCOMING CEREMONY. THIS IS WHY WE SHOULDN’T HAVE READERS, THEY—” This time it was Pollux who interrupted.
“Castor, enough!” He said sternly. “It is true, this year we have decided to have a class of solely readers. While the decision may not have been well liked across the Endless Woods, I’m sure that you’ll all surprise us and make wonderful new fairy tales.”
At this last sentence, there was much confused whispering across the theater.
“Now, now, settle down,” Pollux said. “I’m sure you’re all confused and missing your families. I’ll explain everything… You have been taken to a realm quite unlike your own. Magic exists here, and so do all the fairy tales you’ve read. Unfortunately, the gap between your realm and ours has been sealed. You cannot go home.”
The dog continued to explain souls, the castles, magic, the ranking system, and school rules. Sten didn’t hear a word of it. He was fixated on what the dog had said. ‘The gap is closed…. you cannot go home….’
Sten didn’t believe it. He would open the gap if it was the last thing he did.
Ohhhh so we’re all readers? That explains so much XD BTW you did Castor a-maz-ing-ly!