Litus Academy: The Secret of Murex Hall [IC]
((OOC thread here.))
((Time; morning, 9:00am. Day; Friday. Classes begin Monday. More info on homerooms will come later.))
A black SUV zoomed down the coastal highway. The California morning sun had risen a good way over the Eastern mountains but still shone with its usual morning intensity. Seagulls squawked and soared overhead, turning, veering, and diving over the ocean and nearby beach looking for some breakfast. The air was cool, fresh, and smelled lightly of salt as it whipped in through the car's open windows. Inside sat three people: one adult and two teens.
Blaze sat in the back staring awkwardly at the empty passenger seat in front of him. It felt weird, but Ashley had insisted that he sit in the back with her. The girl was looking excitedly out the window, as if she had never even seen the beach before. "Thanks for the ride again, Mrs. Reyes," she said, brushing some blonde hair out of her face. The woman sitting in the front smiled in the mirror.
"You're very welcome, Ashley," the woman responded with a slight accent surfacing in her speech. Her skin was white and her hair, her hair was a light brown, and her eyes were a bright blue, but she was pure Argentine.
Ashley nodded and turned to Blaze. "I can't believe we're going to the same school again!" she chattered. Blaze shut his eyes, smirking.
"I probably won't even see you," he said. "I don't even get why you're a grade ahead; you're as old as me!"
"I guess I'm smarter then," she shot back.
Blaze locked eyes with her for a moment and sighed with a light chuckle. "Yeah," he said. "That's it." Ashley giggled and looked back out the window, taking a deep breath through her nose. "Are we almost there yet, Mom?" he called up front. Mrs. Reyes had a look on her face that made Blaze fear that they were lost, but she finally answered.
"Actually, yes, I think we are," she said, gesturing forward with her free hand. Ashley turned her head from the window and Blaze craned his head over the chair in front of him. There was a huge wall in the distance, jutting out to the left and the right. In the middle was a rather ornate-looking gate which stood proudly behind a preceding parking lot. In front of the parking lot was a sign that read Welcome to Litus Academy, Home of the Lions! in big, Roman letters.
"Oh God..." said Ash in awe. "The school has gates? Fan-cy!"
Mrs. Reyes pulled into an open parking spot in front of the wall and cut the engine. "I had read that you all need to check in at the 'Main Bulding,'" she recalled, looking back at the two excited teenagers. Blaze nodded. He opened his door and headed back to the trunk with Ashley right behind him. He pulled it open and pulled out Ashley's and his rolling luggage, Ashley's of which, was much bigger as it was filled with clothes, makeup, and God-knows what else. Blaze reached up and slammed the trunk shut.
Mrs. Reyes opened her door. "Do you want me to take you insi—"
"We're good, Mom," cut in Blaze quickly with a nervous grin. Mrs. Reyes let out a hearty laugh and came up to her adopted son, giving him a strong hug. "Cuidáte," she said as she pulled away. Blaze nodded.
"I will," he answered, ignoring Ashley's usual quizzical expression when his mom speaks Spanish.
She then turned and hugged Ashley, to whom she was also close. After a few more good-byes, the two retracted the handles from their luggage and began to head toward the open gates.
"No se pierdan!" Mrs. Reyes called after them. Blaze acknowledged her with a quick wave of his hand.
"What?" asked Ashley.
"She said 'don't get lost.'"
As the two entered the gates, Ashley replied, with awe in her voice, "I think that may be hard."
The campus did seem rather big, considering the only thing on both sides of the paved path were trees. Blaze looked ahead and pointed. "No, I see a big building up ahead," he assured her. "That must be the Main Building."
As the two headed up the sidewalk, they talked about their lives, what they thought the school would be like, and other things filled with anticipation. Their spotted a few other students heading to the same destination, some in front of them, and some behind. On their way, they passed what looked like dorm buildings on their right. Once they got inside the Main Building, they found themselves in a big, open area. A sign reading 'Student Registration' was set up, directing them toward an office off to the left.
After waiting in line, the two entered together to see a receptionist sitting at a computer. She looked young and had her black hair tied into a bun. "Names?" she asked sweetly.
"Ashley Pierce," said Ashley.
"Blaise Hale," answered Blaze.
After a few keystrokes and clicking, the woman smiled. "Very good, Ms. Pierce and Mr. Hale," she said. "You both will be housed in Murex Hall. It's the first dorm building off to the left on the sidewalk you just came from. Ms. Pierce is in Room 102, and, oh! Mr. Hale, you are in room 103! How lucky!" She reached into her desk and handed them keys. "Don't lose these," she warned. The two nodded and then were dismissed.