"FIFTEEN MINUTES UNTIL ORIENTATION. ALL STUDENTS TO THE TRAINING GROUNDS. UNIFORMS ON. THANK YOU."
Demetri woke with a start. How long had he been sleeping. "Training grounds.." He thought groggily.
Where the hell were the--
Suddenly, he felt a sharp.. pull, at his mind. It was very unsettling. Like someone had unlocked something, something dear...
The feeling was so intense he doubted anyone, magical or not, would not be unsettled by it. The power behind it, the sheer power.. Simply the intensity of the after-thought gave Demetri a headache.
But suddenly.. He had the town memorized. Not just the town, but the outskirts of the town as well. He went over it in his mind.
Houses created a ring around the central plaza... There was the town square, complete with a huge fountain.. With several shoppes around it. The Glass Eye Inn, School Supplies, ...Magick..., the list went on... Outside the ring of houses the hills began and the cherry blossoms bloomed..
Then there was the ivy wall..
Beyond the wall there were no cherry blossoms. A forest, very thick and mossy surrounded the entire area... Shafts of light broke through the trees creating a beautiful, almost magical sight. The picture was so clear in Demetri's mind it was as if he has seen it a million times, been there, grew up there.. The trees covered everything, except to the left of the town.. Past the trees there, a huge beach... And an island about a mile off of the beach. A small island, maybe three square miles..
To the right of the town where the trees parted, there were cliffs... Rocky, ragged cliffs and soft, dusty cliffs.. A series of mountains littered with caves.. That's as far as he could see.
Somewhere in the outskirts, the trees parted and there was the training grounds.. Demetri had the exact location memorized to a cue.
"That's convenient." He muttered to himself.
He hopped out of the tree and walked back to his house. He smirked as he realized it was the first time he'd walked since he got to Ridgaellan.
Using his new mind-map, he found his house immediately. Without wasting time looking around, he went over to a hammock in the corner of the room and opened the chest next to it.
Inside, a tan robe lined with navy blue was waiting for him, with a note attached.
"This is your uniform. Please keep your uniform separate from the opposite sex, as the color coding is very specific."
Demetri wondered what the girls looked like.. Maybe they were shorter.. Thinner..
He grinned, shook his head and laughed. After putting on the robe (which was much heavier than he expected it to be), he left the house, and ran towards the town gates, headed for the Training Grounds.
As he rimmed the edge of the forest towards the beach, he saw two figures out on the sand.
Pirate boy and Red.
He laughed as he passed. He didn't find the couple unusual in the slightest. They had been talking from the start.