I look out the frosty window to see an army of trees standing as if they were standing guard of something. Bored, I look more closely and see colors scattered all around their bark. All of them have a different story even though they look the same.
Suddenly, the strange woman that is driving through the depressing weather takes me out of my trance. "I am not sure what your power is or who you are, but Professor Xavier said that you have a very secretive personality. He also said you prefer driving instead of flying. My name is Ororo, by the way. You will probably be calling me Professor Storm, though, when you start taking my classes. What is your name."
Her white hair glistens in the shadowy air and my strange eyes meet her soft face for the first time since I got into this car. I could instantly see loss and hurt curve in bright colors across her face. To make the sadness stop, I closed my right (and black eye) so I would only see black and white, "My name is Dorrie."
It doesn't take me long to realize where Ren was. I mean, where else do kids go to sulk in there own misery at this school. The roof. Well that and tree tops, but I'm not looking to fall out of a tree for at least a full week after.
Anyway, once I came out to the windy world on the roof, there was Ren sitting next to the ledge with his hands to his wet face. Very quietly, I sit next to him and just do nothing. Everyone needs a little time to cry, and I don't want to interrupt his.
I am almost certain that he knew that I was there, but he just kept his weeping eyes hidden from the outside world. After a few minutes, he finally lifted his head to see me and almost immediately hugs me. He hides his face again, but I know that he is still crying deeply, so I hold him comforting my friend.
"Do you miss them?" I ask the most obvious question ever.
At first, I think he isn't going to answer, but he pulls away from my grasp and clears his throat. "I do, I really do miss them."
A burst of embarrassment and sympathy washes over me. Embarrassment from the lack compassion I gave him earlier and sympathy from the knowledge of such a sad anniversary.
Still, I can't keep from asking... "How did they die?"
Talon looks at me as if surprised that I would ask such a question so quickly. I guess I'm just that insensitive. "Um, Ren doesn't talk about it much, but I do know that their passing is the reason why he had to come to this school. He really had no where else to go."
And then I remembered something Ren told me around when we didn't know each other that well. He said that he had been at this school for almost three years.
'Now two and two are coming together!' An annoying mock enters my head.
'Be quiet, Eli. Why didn't you tell me before I upset Ren so much?' My friend instincts tell me to leave Dell and Talon, and go find my sad friend.
'Man, your so conflicting sometimes.' Eli enters in my mind a little irritated himself, as I sweep through the halls following the traces of Warren (Ren fits him so much better).
'Eli Xavier! Don't you dare intrude on his thoughts like that!' I demand sternly in my mind.
He sighs into my head as if he is disappointed. 'Oh, come on. Its not like I haven't already peaked for myself. I was just trying to be nice and not have you feel as if you have done the wrong thing.'
'I should expect as much from you.' I say rolling my eyes annoyed. Switching from my mind to the outside world, I look back at Ren.
"Hey Ren," he looks up at me surprised, "you have seemed pretty down lately. Why?"
His eyes look down at his grapes again glumly. "Its nothing really."
Not happy by this response, I tilt by head and stick out my bottom lip. "Pwease, Wen. I onwy want to hewp."
He looks at me with sadness written all over his face, but does not say anything more. Actually, its Talon who speaks next. "Has it almost been three years, dude?"
I'm totally confused by all of this, but Ren still shakes his head 'yes'. Ren then stands up from our little circle and leaves obviously upset.
Understanding that he needs space, I turn to Talon for the rest of the story. ?Its been three years since Ren?s family passed away.?
I turn to Ren, noticing his quietness as he munches on some grapes. "What about you, Ren?" He looks up to me with round eyes. "Do you want to be in the power dual?"
He shakes his head softly. "My power isn't unique enough for them to want me." His obvious step around the question may have tricked the others, but I could see the truth. Just like almost everyone else in this school, he wanted to be in the power dual. I might want to be in the power dual that badly if I had anything impressive to show them. But I don't, so I don't need to worry about it.
Dell and Talon start fighting about who they think will be in the dual while Ren goes back to his grapes. Without him noticing, I stare at him through my sunglasses. Lately, he has seemed so down. I wonder why, but I don't want to look into his symbols to find why. Believe it or not, I don't like to intrude in other's personal feelings.
'Why don't you just ask him then?' Eli intrudes into my own personal thoughts. Man is it annoying. ?Or, of course, I could just peak for you.?
Was having a lot of computer problems, but now I have new computer. I'm also very busy, but I will try to squeeze as many parts as I can.
Thanks to all readers
p.s. is anyone else tired since school has started
"Okay, lets get back to the book." I instruct as I try to get the class back on track. Truthfully, I have no idea why I lied to them. Possibly its because I'm still in denial about what the Professor said about my power. He wanted to strengthen my power, but I still refused.
Everyone seemed to cooperate the rest of class. They weren't exactly happy to hear about their newest essay Xavier assigned them, but they all agreed. The next class wasn't that active either.
Everyone acted so depressed, it was like a plague that had little antidotes. Luckily, some of the older kids knew one antidote. Thats right, another power dual! Professor Ororo quickly agreed to letting them plan an event to get the moral back up. They would pick random kids at dinner and then the dual would take place the next morning.
It definitely boosted Ren, Dell, and Talon's spirits. "Who do you think their going to pick?" Dell asked all of us during lunch while munching on popcorn.
"I hope its going to be an epic battle!? Talon exclaims eating a sandwich. ?They should pick people with the most unexpected powers.?
?Oh, be quiet.? I demand, throwing a piece of popcorn at him. ?You just want to get into the power dual with your little ?air? power.? He glares at me, but still laughs with the rest of us.
I look at his worried face and realize that the teachers didn't explain the Professors absence. "Oh, don't worry. He is just taking a short trip. He has been planning it for at least a week, so it isn't unexpected."
The boy looks unsatisfied with this answer, but is a girl, who looks similar to the boy, sitting next to him that speaks for him. "Isn't that just a little too convenient that our headmaster is gone while such a big incident is going on."
I know what she means, but I still have to ask. "Do you think that something happened to Professor Xavier?"
My eyes look at the girl, but also the other students to see their opinions. It would actually be great if I knew I wasn't just being paranoid about the whole thing. Dell looks at me blandly. "Well, he never said goodbye to any of us, and wouldn't he try to get back to the school as fast as he can if something like this happened."
"Yeah, this is just not adding up." A guy around my age adds to the conversation. "I mean the last time I saw the Professor, it was like Sunday morning. Has anyone seen him after that??
I look at him and lie. ?No, I don?t think anyone has.?