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Fallout

February 9, 2019

Eliryl Glorytree was fidgeting a lot and it was beginning to bother her roommate Promise Truename. The two had roomed together for quite a while now and Promise could tell things about Eliryl without even looking. She turned her head to focus her attention on Eliryl in hopes that Eliryl would get whatever it was out of her system.

“Everything is different now,” Eliryl said. “I hate it.”

“Well,” said Promise. “It’s not every day that your school blows up or most of it anyway.”

“Enough of it to send us to this new school,” Eliryl said. “At least I still have you as a roommate.”

“Because you made your parents bribe New Moon to make it happen,” Promise said. “Otherwise, I would be out on the street.”

“And I got them to transfer your scholarship over from The White School,” Eliryl said. “You’re welcome. If you had rich parents, you would have done the same for me.”

“If I had parents,” Promise said. “Thanks for the reminder. What are you complaining about, anyway? This place is a lot like our old school. Besides, you weren’t hassled like I was.”

“That was unacceptable,” Eliryl said with an exceptionally frowny pout. “I told them to leave you alone. There was no way that you were involved in the accident. It was all Violet’s fault. We know that.”

“We know that but I’m a tiefling so they assume I’m a criminal by the way I look,” Promise said. “It’s not my fault that I’ve got demon blood. I don’t even have a connection with that heritage. I didn’t know my parents.”

“I know,” Eliryl said. “It’s still an absolute tragedy. I do feel for you. They should not have discriminated against you. I told them to stop it and that you’re with me.”

“Well, not with me with me,” Promise said.

“Oh Gods no,” Eliryl said. “My parents would literally die on the spot.”

“Thanks for that,” Promise said with a scowl.

“No offense,” Eliryl said “I’m also I’m not into that sort of thing. Girls. I’m not into girls whether they have horns or tails or whatever.” Eliryl looked frantic, she went to great pains to show that she was no longer prejudiced even though she stumbled over her words sometimes. She had been in the beginning but Promise had been patient and educated her in a painstaking process. Promise knew that, in the beginning, Eliryl had done everything she could to get a different roommate but had given up when it was not possible. She had acted like she was doing Promise a great charity when accepting the situation and that false kindness had eventually given way to real kindness and genuine friendship.

“Relax,” Promise said with a smirk. “I’m just messing with you. I know you have my back and I’m not actually attracted to you either. I’m not attracted to people who aren’t attracted to me.”

“Well,” Eliryl said. “That’s a relief. I wouldn’t want you to suffer the pain of unrequited love.”

“Thank you,” Promise said. “What I’m more worried about is our classmates. I’ve heard stories of things happening to people. Strange things.”

“What sorts of things?” Eliryl asked. “I’m usually the gossip expert.”

“Some of our classmates have experienced changes after the accident,” Promise said. “Access to new spells, new innate abilities, physical changes, and all sorts of strange effects.”

“Physical changes?” Eliryl asked. “Is that what happened to Delilah Bramblewood?”

“No,” Promise said. “That was just puberty. At least, I’m mostly sure it was.”

“Mostly? Hmm,” Eliryl said. “Well give me an example of one of these ‘strange things’ then.”

“The Hobkill twins have been given a strange new form of Shadowstep,” Promise said. “They can change their bodies to shadow. They can hide in people’s shadows. I’m worried because they were close to the blast. Who knows what further effects the fallout could have?”

Eliryl shivered. “You mean I could, like, grow a third eye tomorrow?” she asked.

“As always, your priorities are well placed,” Promise said. “but you’re also not wrong. Magical fallout is literally unstable magic that is hard to study. You could grow a literal third eye, or a figurative one, your hair could fall out, you could become a copy of me. Anything is possible.”

Eliryl shivered again and waved her hands frantically as if trying to dispel Promise’s words as if they were invasive pipe smoke. “Please stop scaring me,” Eliryl said. “I like me as I am. I like there only being one of you. You’re unique. I mean, maybe I would consider a third eye as long as it was perfectly centered. It would be a bit exotic and I could still cover it with a hat.”

“Uh huh,” Promise said. “Always the pinnacle of style.”

“I was taught to always put my best foot forward,” Eliryl said with a shrug. “It’s practically a Glorytree motto at this point. I’ve taught you a thing or two.”

“Mostly against my will,” Promise said. “but I have to admit that you’ve been helpful.”

“You’re welcome,” Eliryl said. “So what do we do about these magical revelations then?”

“Well, first thing we need to do is get ourselves checked out,” Promise said. “There’s a doctor who specializes in more magic-based conditions in town.”

“Alright,” Eliryl said. “I could send for my family’s doctor but I feel like we’re trying to keep this quiet for the time being.”

“Exactly,” Promise said. “Nobody’s talking about this for a reason, they want it to go away. They’ll make us go away if we make too much noise. Permanently.”

“Definitely not my preference,” Eliryl said. “I prefer life over death. Then what do we do after that?”

“We need to find Violet,” Promise said. “She knows better than anyone what happened. Maybe she can help figure things out.”

“She was expelled, Promise,” Eliryl said. “Drummed right out the door. I saw them load her onto a carriage and send her away.”

“She still has to be somewhere,” Promise said. “Maybe if we tried a sending. We could arrange to meet with her.”

“Alright,” Eliryl said. “Do the sending, then.”

“Alright,” Promise said and folded her legs under her carefully and placed her hands on her knees and closed her eyes. The spell was still new to her and it took a lot of concentration. She took a deep breath and then sent her message out into the ether, intending it to go out to Violet Teagarden like drops of water sliding down a string.

She sent out her thoughts, trying to adhere to the limits of the spell while still being gentle with her subject. “Violet. It’s Promise from school. We miss you here. We were wondering if you wanted to get together and talk about what happened.”

What came back was as if several people were talking over each other and none of it was coming through. Only at the end of the garbled mess did the voices all speak the same line. “I don’t know what happened.”

Promise was so shocked that she nearly fell off of her bed, grabbing the bed post for balance as she blinked back to awareness. She managed to focus on Eliryl after a few moments. “Something is wrong. We have to find her.”

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