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“Ah, how I love this atmosphere...” The Principal said, calmly.
She relaxed peacefully in her office, counting the bubbles that appeared and disappeared within her jar. A bright light appeared out of nowhere and created a door with a sign that said ‘DANGER: DO NOT TRESPASS’ on the front.
A headless figure walked out with a cup of tea in hand and closed the door behind him as the door disappeared. The man wore white clothing with baby blue trims, light green patches here and there, and grey boots with laces.
“Horace, you brought my drink!” The head in the jar said pleasantly. “Did you get the Cherry Earthquake, flavor as I asked?” Horace gave her an ‘ok’ sign with one hand and held the drink with his other hand. “Great, now could you set it aside and get—?” A light knock on the door soon followed. “Oh, but before you do that, you should go check and see who that is.”
Horace saluted and walked over to unlock the door. As the door opened slowly, he hid behind the door, making sure he wouldn’t get noticed by anyone other than the Principal. He used a disappearing spell on himself as the door slowly creaked open.
“Um... hello? Did you want to see me, Mistress?” Glenda asked as she closed the door behind her and paced over to the blonde in the jar.
“Indeed, I have.” The Principal said, in a more serious tone. “You see; I have heard rumors about your classroom lately. Some of your students are missing; is that correct?”
“What? I can assure you that is not the case at all.” Glenda quickly explained, “For, you see, they’re just sick... after doing a hard assignment in the rain... and fending off a creature in the dark.”
“My, it sounds like they had a hard time.” The floating head went back to her natural tone in response to what the teacher said.
“But, of course.”
“Hmm, you wouldn’t be hiding something from me now... would you?” The Principal asked while raising an eyebrow.
“No!” Glenda jumped a little too quickly. She calmed down and tried to regain her composure. “But why do you ask?”
“Oh, nothing. It’s just that the students have been sick for a while and would not be able to catch up on work as the other students. They’d be at a disadvantage. I sure hope they get better by tomorrow...”
Glenda gulped hard. “Uh, don’t worry, I’ll do everything I can to help them catch up. You can count on me!”
“That’s great to hear! In that case, you are free to go.” The Principal stated.
“Is... that all?”
“Did you need something?”
“No, sorry. I guess I’ll take my leave then. Thank you kindly for your time.”
“Not a problem, and thank you for taking time out of your schedule to meet me and have a little chat.”
After Glenda had left, the monster principal turned to look at a wall. “Horace, could you come over here? The coast is clear.” Horace re-appeared within the room, he removed his invisibility spell and walked to the Principal for further instructions.
“You might be right, after all. I think Glenda is hiding something from us and doesn’t want us to find out. I want you to keep a close eye on that woman and make sure she’s not lying to us.” The Principal ordered.
Horace saluted once more and headed out, but not before putting the Cherry Earthquake flavored drink to the side of her desk.
Oh Sebastian, Clause, please hurry, both of you... Glenda pleaded as she left the Principal’s office, for she feared things wouldn’t be so easy after all...
Bridget stared at her ceiling in distraught and got lost in thought.
Ugh, first Benjamin, then Sebastian, and now Clause too? Just what is going on here? Why is everyone disappearing all of a sudden? Will Lauren be next? Is there something going on that I’m not aware? I have to get to the bottom of this, fast. I know nothing good will come out of just lying here in my room doing nothing!
She stretched her arms and got out of bed.
Bridget peeked out of her door and glanced from both sides. Nobody in sight at the moment. She slowly closed the door and snuck around the hallway to leave her dorm and get to the monster school. She might have an idea of where to start searching for the others and the reason behind their disappearances.
Bridget finally made it to the gates of the magic school: Streterra. It felt eerily quiet and dark with the school closed and empty. She leaned over to push the spider gate, and to her surprise, the gates opened.
Good thing the gates are already open for me. That seems a little too suspicious. I wonder why the people working here forgot to lock this. Oh well, can’t stand here too long, or I’ll get caught...
As Bridget walked down the hallway, it occurred to her that she never thought about how different it was when no one was around, and in complete darkness with a few lights flickered on. It felt like she was somewhere else away from her school. Just as the uneasiness got to her, she came across the grand doors that led to the Mirage Library.
She stepped closer and reached for the doorknobs; a faint noise came from the other side of the door. Bridget looked down and found that a slight crack had already opened the door.