The charter flight to the island had given Beth a lot of time to think about her future at the school, which she was not happy about. First off was the obvious problem of proving herself to every other student, the same thing that she had ended up doing back in her old school when she broke a bully's nose. Of course, she doubted that they would be as generous if she actually did break a kid's nose during her first two weeks. Then there was the whole missing her friends thing. She hadn't been overly popular, sure, but she did have several friends that she was forced to leave behind all because strange things happened around her. That wasn't evidence that she had powers, but her parents had been immovable in their decision. "It would be for the best," they had said, leaving out exactly who it was best for. Those were the kinds of thoughts that had swarmed through her mind during the flight, a definite manifestation of her anxiety over the situation, at least up until halfway through the flight, when she fell asleep.
Now she was wide awake on the bus, riding in from the airport with several other students, her backpack on her lap. She had originally presumed that many other students would have also had their luggage sent before them, though she saw several students with a suitcase sitting next to them in the aisle. Getting on the bus without an incident had required levels of patience that she hadn't thought that she had, as many of the students whispered about her size and stared. She had had half a mind to say something, but had settled for a scowl instead, hands clenched tightly into fists at her sides. And then the bus had had a few problems with the starter or battery or something shortly after she had got on the bus, as if the thing just desired to have fun at her expense.
Once they had gotten underway, however, the attention of the other students seemed to drift towards those that they were sitting with, something that made her relax a bit. The ride was actually quite smooth, which was a definite plus considering the fact that she got terribly motion sick, and was long enough for several students in front of her to introduce themselves and ask her for her name. Beth had been courteous in return, pleased that they managed to keep from asking about her size or age. It would be a minor thing to most people, but, after living with such things for most of her life, it was a great relief to have someone talk to her like she was a normal person. They didn't hang around for long though, the bus driver snapping at them to turn back to the front as he checked both ways at an intersection. They shrugged and mouthed an apology before listening and turning around.
After that, the bus ride passed by without further event. It certainly wasn't quiet, but there was nothing really remarkable about it. Before too long, the bus pulled into the long driveway of the school, which was easily visible for quite a ways. The driveway itself came almost up to the building itself before turning off into a parking lot on either side. For the most part, they were empty, the only vehicles belonging to the teachers and other members of faculty. The bus driver himself seemed as impatient for the students to get off the bus as they were excited to. He kept grumbling to himself over something, though everyone seemed to dismiss him. A few laughs at his expense were shared when, as Beth got off the bus, it started acting up. She felt a bit of pity for the old man while she scratched at an itch on the back of her neck before the bus roared to life and he peeled out of there.
Several teachers were already coming out from the school to direct questions and concerns and provide directions to the new students. Figuring she'd better get to where she needed to go, she walked up to the nearest one, an older-looking lady. The woman seemed a little confused to see her, chuckling a bit when Beth asked her where she needed to go. She asked Beth for her name, before directing her to go and wait in the courtyard with the rest of the new students. Freshly irritated by the exchange, Beth scowled as she stalked away, heading in the indicated direction. Hopefully word spread among the teachers and staff that they shouldn't mention her stature nor treat her any differently because of it. If not, she would have to talk to the headmaster to see if he could do something about it.
Entering the courtyard, Beth saw quite a few students already waiting, talking to each other about their abilities or themselves, though it was mostly the former. After a quick glance, she spotted several benches around the intricate fountain in the middle and went to sit down, only casting a glance in the other students' direction as she sat down. Once again, several students questioned her size, though they whispered it between themselves rather than talk to her about it. Expecting it really didn't make it any easier to ignore. It was, however, a bit easier to control her temper and keep a scowl off of her face. She couldn't very well direct her displeasure at one student when it was all of them, right? There would be very little satisfaction in doing that. So all she did was set her backpack by her feet and wait for the headmaster to arrive and talk to them all, occasionally glancing at the other students around her as she waited.