Fallon stood at the last bus stop in the city-- or should I say the first bus stop outside the city-- holding several bags full of clothes and other precious belongings. She wasn't the only one standing next to the rusting, once green bench, but she wasn't about to start a conversation with anyone either. So she just stayed where she was and watched the cars race by, occasionally getting hit by the dust or small rocks the tires threw. Finally, someone tapped her shoulder, and her almond-shaped eyes turned to look at them.
“Hello!” a shorter girl with hazel looking she's greeted with a small wave and a grin. Her thick blond hair as woven into a single French braid that fell over her shoulder. “I'm Faith! Who are you?”
“I'm Fallon He--”
Faith gasped, cutting her off. “You have really pretty eyes! Why is that one silver?”
Fallon took a minute to respond, surprised by the sudden complement. “It's, uh, part of my curse,” she explained. She wasn't exactly sure why the silver eye was part of her curse, but she did know that that eye could only see in black and white. While in her cursed dragon form though, the eye could see energy sources in color.
“Really? You're cursed too? Is this going to be your first year at school too?” Gasping again, her eyes lit up. “What if we became roommates? Wouldn't that be fun!”
“This isn't my first year. It'll be my second. My parents just wanted me to come back for the summer.”
Faith looked up, slightly disappointed. When she opened her mouth to reply, a girl with red hair that faded into blonde stepped up from behind and put a hand on Faith's shoulder. “You shouldn't wander off like that. There's a lot of new people going to school today, and I don't want to accidentally lose you.”
Fallon couldn't disagree with what the older girl had said. She was actually a bit shocked to see all these new faces, though a couple of them did seem familiar. One of them was the girl in front of her who probably Faith's sister, judging by the way the two looked alike.
Before Fallon could ask for a name, the redhead looked up and gave a small smile and slight modification before walking off with Faith. Moments later, two old school buses parked in front of the pathetic little station to take the cursed children to their destination of the place with no other name than simply school. Fallon didn't say another word until her all to familiar structure came into view.
The school could be seen just as the sun sank behind it, creating the eye-catching silhouette of a castle with four mighty towers. But as Fallon gazed at it, she couldn't shake the feeling that the castle was actually a fortress, and not one to keep people out, but to keep people in.
Soon enough, the two buses slowed to a stop in the circular courtyard and opened their doors so people could get off. Fallon stood up, waiting for a few people to go before her before stepping off onto the cobblestone below, her luggage in hand.
Walking towards the opened entrance, Fallon thought she caught sight of Faith conversing with some girls that looked to be her age and tried waving. When Faith didn't seem to notice, she frowned and stepped inside, heading immediately to the dorms.
The dorms, if she remembered correctly, were located on the west side of the school and were assigned at random, so until she reached the door that led to girl's tower, she had no idea which room she would be in this time. Posted on that entrance was a printed list, so after finding her name, which was Fallon Heartsong, she quickly memorized the room number of 303.
Since last year she had a room on the first floor, she had a little difficulty finding the stairwell, but once finding it, she began climbing the stairs without hesitation, making a mental note to herself about where they were.
Climbing the spiraling wooden staircase proved to be more challenging then she had expected. For the first couple of times her foot had landed on a creaky bored, she winced, but by the time she had reached the third floor, she was almost certain that all the loose stairs would drive her crazy before the end of the year. After reaching the top, Fallon paused briefly to both catch her breath and take a look around.
To her left was a series of identical pine doors, each with a metal plate that had the room number etched into it, and to her right was a cobblestone wall that, in some places, was decorated with a the breathtaking picture of a cityscape.
Fallon found herself gawking at the picture directly to her left, and she began to wonder why she was cursed. Why she had to leave nervous home for for nearly an entire year just because there were times she should turned into a rampaging dragon thsr wanted to destroy everything in sight. Hearing herself think that actually answered her last question, so she pushed the topic aside and began looking for her dorm.
Quickly finding from 303, she gave a swift rap on the door and waited for a second. When nobody answered, she assumed that she was the first one there, and thus headed in.
No matter how many times Fallon had seen the room-- her dorm last year looked the same-- it always reminded her of a hotel, and that only reminded her of when she used to travel with her parents. Smiling faintly, she set her bags down on the twin bed, flipped on the light switch, and turned to observe the layout of the room.
Across from her newly claimed bed was a bunk bed without a ladder and neither bunk chosen quite yet. She spotted three sliding doors in total: two behind the bunk bed and one behind her own that slid into the wall. She assumed there they marked the closets, so she lifted her small red suitcase and set it inside, leaving her duffle bag where it was. Turning back around after closing the door, she noticed a desk placed pressed up against the wall and directly under a rose art window with the design of a setting sun. Upon the wooden desk was placed a lamp, and a chair that appear to have a cushion was seated just in front of it.
The sound of footsteps and quiet chattering that soon grew louder was carried to Fallon's ears, so she spun her heal and returned to the long and oddly circular hall of here sure enough more students holding luggage appeared. She overheard a couple of girls mention food which instantly reminded her all about the dinner that was supposed to be going on right about now. Feeling her stomach rumble, she made her way around be forms and noticed one of them, the red haired girl from earlier, enter the room Fallon had just left
Once reaching the bottom of the already tedious stairs, Fallon felt someone bump into her from behind, causing her to hasp slightly as she turned to look at them. Her annoyed expression softened once realizing it was an apologetic Faith.
“Sorry, I tripped,” she explained.
“It's fine. Are you heading to the cafeteria now?”
Faith nodded, and a look of excitement was plastered across her face as she began walking next to Fallon. “Yep! Falcon said I could go ahead. I'm really hungry, and she said that there's a bazillion different kinds of food there!”
Fallon laughed, pulling her long black hair back into a ponytail. “Well, I wouldn't say there's that much food there, but there is a ton. Also, who's Falcon?”
“Oh, she's my older sister. She says that you, Astra and her all had the same room for this year.”
Fallon nodded, recognizing the name of the brown hair girl who had been in a couple of her classes last year. “Does Falcon know who I am?”
“Yes! I told her all about you in the bus.”
“But you hardly know me.”
Giggling, Faith responded, “I know, that's why we didn't talk about you for long.”
Fallon chuckled along. “So th--”
“Hey, Ocean! Wait up!” Faith greeted another girl with short brown hair a little ahead of them in the hall. “I'll see you later, Fallon! Bye!” She ran to catch up with her, and bits and pieces of their conversation floated back to Fallon, who frowned.
Guess I'll be eating alone, she thought, shrugging slightly. So far, she hadn't been able to spot of her friends, Shadow and Vamporizer, and due to how large the cafeteria was, she wasn't sure if she would be able to find them for a while yet.
Before Fallon had reached the cafeteria, she had noticed two people, one boy with jet black hair and a girl with strawberry blonde hair that seemed to be following him, heading away from it, the boy with a determined look and the girl appearing very concentrated. She would've followed them or asked what they were going to do, but just then she began to feel something that only happened at random.
Searing pair erupted throughout all her body, and she began to feel wings that wanted to fly. Doubling over in pain, she placed one hand on the cold wall for support. She noticed the boy glare at the girl after realizing she was following him, but they both ducked into the nearest room. Fallon couldn't blame them for hiding. In only a matter of seconds, she would become a colossal winged beast that wanted to do nothing else but destroy.