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The look on Professor Greyrose's face was clearly telling me that when I started waving my wand. A dab of sweat trickled down my face despite the low temperature ever present in the Ice school building. I spoke the incantation then and it gave me another clue; I didn't feel the tug inside me which said is the sign you draw magic successfully from within. True enough, nothing happened when I finished my incantation; my wand unlit, no Snowman standing before me. The whole class roared in laughter. I blushed furiously. There was no defense coming up from my mouth because I knew it would be pointless; I've been failing to do the Evil Snowman spell three times in a row in three previous meetings. I looked at the laughing crowd and found Hamz Thunderwalker laughing the loudest of all while he nearly doubled over from his chair. "Seriously, how hard can it be to do such a simple spell? What a complete idiot!" he shouted then started laughing again. I felt anger rose inside of me like a rocket. Hamz Thunderwalker was a boy of my age who studied Storm magic; you’d know instantly from his purple clothing Diviners always wear. He had shoulder-length brown hair that he kept tied back and sly hazel eyes that fit perfectly with his seemingly mocking lips. He was my mortal enemy. We've been crossed in everything ever since the first time we met. I didn't know why and I didn't care. I accepted him as my enemy the moment he shot me with a lightning bolt with absolutely no reason at all at our very first day at Ravenwood School of Magical Arts. After that, he's always been able to pull out ways to make my life miserable, not that my life hasn't been miserable enough to begin with. I glared at him with absolute hate. Seeing that mocking face of his, oh how I would love to jump there and throw him a punch! Just then, I could feel something tugging inside me. The next moment, I felt a tingling sensation on my arm, which was caused by the flow of magical energy. It flowed out of me and to my wand tip. I was ready to throw whatever that was to his laughing face when Professor Greyrose flew in front of me and patted my shoulder. "That's too bad, my dear, you'll have to try harder than that," she said, breaking my concentration. The energy on my wand evaporated into the air. I looked at her sheepishly and mumbling something about trying harder next time. She smiled at me and then whispered something that only the two of us could hear. "And be careful my dear, I don't want you to start fighting in my class." My heart leapt; she knew! Well, I say, never underestimate this cheerful fairy-looking grandma before me. She may be only half my height and looked weak but she wasn’t called professor for nothing. She was very skilled in the arts of Ice magic here in Wizard City and she was also a teacher in this magic school. I avoided her eyes and quickly walked back to my seat, reminding myself to look out for any outstretched leg blocking my way. There was none, thankfully. Penny Dreadful was looking at me with such concern; she also knew I was going to blast Hamz to kingdom come a while ago.
before the next class started. we were like the earth and the sky for I was a short-tempered one and often act without thinking. Death magic was feared and become the symbol of evil itself. "you need to master the Snowman spell soon. The Commons was lively as usual with students ‘chilling’ around the small clear pond just in front of the Headmaster Tower. She was very nice. Although to be honest. We didn't have anymore classes to attend to and I have decided to practice the Snowman spell in there." she told me one day. Compared to me. Necromancers. Penny came from a famous Death family in Marleybone. Whatever that was.She shook her head slowly. I honestly didn't care about anyone in class but Penny. It was a very useful spell and I mentally cheered on my decision to choose to learn Ice magic. at first my plan was only to learn the Volcanic Shield spell to use up against Hamz Thunderwalker. That was a spell that would negate half of any magic attacks thrown to us. thanks to Malistaire and his crazy plan. Being a good friend as she was. She knew what she was doing and acted accordingly. She still thought Malistaire as an awesome person. even now. Professor Greyrose had explained about the next spell we can learn after we master the Snowman spell. the exact opposite of me. always cheerful and calm in any kind of situation. and unfortunately Penny and I were ones. She clearly showed how proud she was by her lineage by wearing black and white robes with elaborate design of Death symbols outside of classes. The air was hot all morning and it looked like it was going to rain from the nimbus cloud that slowly gathered above us. She didn't care that that very symbol was being taboo-ed in the Spiral at the moment. It's too bad I can't meet him now due to some things. showing her disapproval while I just plopped myself in a seat beside her. I didn't know much. were now at our way to the Arena in Unicorn Way. Penny and I. People only said that Malistaire was an evil wizard and he had spread fear to the Spiral to accomplish his goal. The Dreadfuls. the Tower Shield." I let out a frustrated sigh. Soon after that. I peered over at her as she told me a few tips to successfully cast that darned spell. We were at the same age of fourteen though I could tell that she was more mature than I was. I knew I would make the entire class mad if I didn't master it in time. "My parents said to me. Penny had volunteered to come and help me practice." Those some things were the mysterious disappearance of the Professor himself along with the building of the School of Death and various problems occurring throughout Wizard City years ago. not taking anymore attention to the rest of the class. I soon regretted my action to ignore the last half of Professor Greyrose's lecture as Penny recounted back what they had learned to me. "Therefore Sophia. You are the only person who hasn't mastered it in class." Penny said to me after she had ended her recounting. otherwise we can't start practicing the new spell yet. "that Professor Malistaire is a great person and that I'd enjoy his lecture. She was my only friend in Ravenwood so I didn't want to upset her. Being her classmate and dorm-mate. Penny was a cute girl with her reddish brown hair cut short an inch above her shoulders. However Penny didn't buy all that. the successor of Death magic were treated like outcasts in society. . We. I knew that she was very eager to learn magic and she was a bright one at that.
I'll probably going to do that too. We need space. What a completely unreasonable excuse he just made! Penny sensed my body tensing and quickly pulled me away from the door. wizards dueling as well as magic training. I am sure you'll be able to pull it off soon. "You know you are not stupid. I wonder sometimes why she was chosen to be a Necromancer. you talk like there is no tomorrow. and that's why I said she was more mature than me. smiling and said. "I messed up. I know you are very eager to learn the next spell. I raised an eyebrow as response. I eventually brushed it off and nodded. and this one boy was seriously mad with his failed attempts to summon a Storm creature that he snapped his wand in two. You'd have been able to practice that spell by now if only I weren't that stupid. "Oh Sophia. "What were you apologizing for?" she asked. coliseum-like areas with seats surrounding it. Quite a lot of people were there. eyeing every one of them for any sign to do so. "Isn't that right." Penny looked at me in disbelief and started to giggle. Then we realized the people inside were pausing what they were doing to stare at us. Ok. only after they moved as far away from us as possible. The Arena was one HUGE building consisting of two large. but I messed it up."I'm sorry Penny. anyone else want to blame their bad luck at us? Bring it on! I thought angrily. "Well. watching him throw his broken wand and storming out of the arena. I thought. that's convenient. which was the practice arena." . waving wands. We were now at the right arena." I said. But no one did. Things like that were normal to us but it was still annoying for me. It was a place where we hold tournaments. "So. circular. He stopped abruptly when he saw us walking inside and quickly scowling. her chocolate brown eyes studied me for a moment. There were two opened doors leading to different arena once we passed the huge and also opened front doors. that's all." Penny laughed. And who said you were stupid?" "Said I. She was like a Theurgist in any way." Penny said cheerfully as she pulled out her wand from her backpack. "Well. catching her attention once we arrived in the Arena. "So it was you!" he shouted all of a sudden while pointing an accusing finger at us. you know. the left one was used only to hold official tournaments. "It was because of you two coming that I had a very bad day today!" I could only stare at him in disbelief with my mouth open as he walked past us." said Penny. murmuring incantations. They resumed their activity. Sophia?" I was pretty sure Ambrose had placed her in the wrong school for her smile would always do a great job to calm me down. Back then at our Ice class. She then turned to me." I took a deep breath. You just didn't get enough practice.
"What is that? It's not like you to give up so easily."I'm not sure about that. okay?" She was grinning at me and I couldn't help but grin back at her. I just had to believe that I can do it." I wanted to say. I assure you will prevail this time! I will help you. "Come on. I've failed three times in a row in three classes. Penny gave me a gentle push on the shoulder and said. I just have to belief in myself! End of Chapter 1 ." I said darkly as I pulled out my wand from my backpack. Yes. I appreciated her giving me encouragement very much." but I held my tongue. "Not easily.
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