Brijit frowned. A shiver of fear ran down her spine. She hoped nothing had happened to the girls.
Shaking her head, she put her brush down and bent to lace up her shoes. She was letting what she’d discovered in Raspella’s office taint her thoughts. Regardless of what the letter and the map might suggest, it didn’t mean that all of the Academy was corrupt. And there was no reason to think her friends might be in danger. More likely they were still flirting with the boys.
No, Serena and Elsa had nothing to worry about. In fact, Brijit was the one who seemed to have less than loyal instructors at the Academy. Anger began to bubble in her stomach as she remembered what she had read in the letter. Even after what had happened in Merryville, she had thought Raspella was her ally. Clearly, however, she had not wanted Brijit to be chosen as the Academy’s apprentice.
Before Brijit could completely tamp down her anger, the door banged open. Serena and Elsa burst into the room, immediately ripping her thoughts away from her deceitful mentor. Her friends were clearly upset. Serena’s blond curls were escaping from her neat braid, and Elsa’s cheeks were flushed.
Brijit stood up in alarm when she saw the raw fear on Elsa’s face.
“Elsa? What happened?”
Serena closed the door and turned to Brijit, her turquoise eyes shining with tears.
Brijit’s heart began to pound. “What’s going on?”
Serena pushed Elsa toward her bed. “We need to act as if all is fine, Elsa. Get dressed for the banquet.” Serena was pulling her day clothes off as she spoke. She paused to wipe the tears from her eyes.
“Serena, what happened?” Brijit said more sternly.
She looked at Brijit and shook her head. “You were right to be suspicious, Brijit. Something is going on, and it’s worse than any of us imagined.”
About the Author
Cathi Shaw lives in Summerland, BC with her husband and three children. She is often found wandering around her home, muttering in a seemingly incoherent manner, particularly when her characters have embarked on new adventure. In addition to writing fiction, she is the co-author of the textbook Writing Today and the true story, Surviving Logan.