Arcania hadn't exactly slept the night before. Her mind wouldn't stop running and so the harpy had ended up tossing and turning until she finally got so fed up with it that she crawled through her window and flew up to the cliffs. Which was why she was currently sitting on a rock overlooking the beach, watching the sun come up for what would probably be the last time at home. Hopefully I'll be able to watch it from the academy as well she mused, pursing her lips thoughtfully as she closed her eyes for a moment.
Apparently it was a longer moment than she had thought because the harpy was suddenly jolted awake by her mother's harsh cries, yelling for her to get her butt back home and get ready to leave because she was about to miss the late bus as well. "Ugh, this is going to be annoying, I can already tell," the girl grumbled, getting up and brushing sand off her clothes with irritated motions. Considering there was no one else around in their neck of the woods Arcania shifted into her monster form for a moment so that she could use her wings to slow her fall as she simply jumped off the cliff, ignoring her mother's screech of fear and anger at her risky move.
"I'm fine mother, now let me by," Arcania said, landing neatly in front of the door and changing back into her human form as she passed through, heading for her room to gather her things. It was going to be a long day with an alarm call like that for goodness sakes. Grabbing her things the girl paused in the doorway, staring at her mother in amazement. Was she... crying? "Oh please mother, let's not do this now," she commented, making a slight face. Of course she would fall apart right now, just to be annoying. The woman probably didn't have that intent (with her mother Arcania could never be sure) but it certainly came across that way.
"I'm just going to miss you," the woman blubbered, embracing her daughter before she could do anything about it. After hugging her back a little timidly Arcania pried herself away and picked up her things, fleeing the house and calling her goodbyes over her shoulder. Well that was unexpected she thought once she could safely slow to a walk, not all that bothered by the fact that she should probably be moving far more quickly if she didn't want to miss the bus like her mother had said. It would be embarrassing to have to walk all the way back and admit that she had done so after all. Then again she could just follow the bus in the air... Oh, wait, no. She wasn't supposed to use her powers or anything while at the school, and she could only assume that extended to the bus as well. Clearly she would just have to hoof it and hope she made it on time.
Taking a shortcut through the woods managed to get Arcania to the bus stop on time, and she promptly found that she was not alone. There was a boy sitting on a bench not far off and Arcania thought there was little doubt he was going to the academy as well. Then again she wasn't about to ask, so she simply wandered over and sat down as far away from him on the bench as she could manage, setting her shoulder bag down on the ground beside her. I hope the bus shows up soon so we can get there and get all that meet and greet stuff over with. That was the one thing she was definitely not looking forward to and she couldn't wait for it to be over so that things could settle down and she could find her place at the academy her own way.