Author's Note: It's best if you have already read the manga, or else you won't get the meaning of some of the dialogue. I promise this isn't a self insert, yaoi, harem! Baby don't hurt me.
Bags in hand, excitement in my heart, and expectation in my mind, I walk up the steps of the magical school of Luna Nova.
My eyes keep glancing this way and that, my steps slowed, wanting to take in every little sight and glimmer.
The giant and old stone tower of the main building is truly enormous.
At the very top one could see a very bright green light, just shimmering and pulsating with power.
Is that real magic?
Not just stage magic or something from a television show, but true magic, the way it has always been for thousands of years.
Normally, I would have to be content with just reading or perhaps a website here and there, but nothing physical, that I could touch.
At least not something authentic.
But now, after years of waiting, I can finally study real magic with actual teachers.
I continue my trek, gazing and analyzing at every little nook and cranny, anything that could catch my interest, my hand practically ripped at the letter in my hand. The letter I had received in the mail about a week ago. My acceptance letter.
Entering the school, it's as if it has a different atmosphere all to itself.
This ancient building, built thousands of years before me, has an old cryptic air, almost like a trip to the doctor's office. You know what the doctor's office is and what they do, you just don't know how or any other form of details.
The magic flowing through the air is all too apparent, probably due to being in the same building that houses whatever that giant stone was. It certainly seems like I've just stepped into a whole new world, which only elevates my excitement.
I begin to wander the halls, looking for wherever the orientation room might be, if a magical school would even have one.
I honestly have no idea what I'm doing.
I merely signed up for this school, was sent an acceptance letter, and arrived, with no other information other than it's a magical school, and a good one at that.
As I continue my walk, I stumble onto a group of girls, walking in the opposite direction.
As we cross paths, I note that all the members of the group flash me either curious stares of weird looks, the both of them bearing a striking amount of confusion.
I shake this off, not really wanting to get into any potential confrontation on the first day.
Besides, they're just nameless and faceless girls. I won't see them again among the faces of all the others.
Without another thought on the matter, I keep up my stride, wanting to find the orientation room before I'm late.
I encounter another group of girls, this time themselves stopping dead in their tracts, and then entering a room adjacent to the hallway, effectively avoiding me.
I try to continue myself after this, but the more I continue my journey, the more I feel out of place.
What the heck is going on?
I need to talk to someone, anyone really, guy or girl, maybe then I won't feel so weird.
I stop another approaching girl, this one with short blonde hair, freckles, and blue eyes covered by a pair of thick glasses.
"Hello there, I am Theodore. Who might you be?" I ask, hoping to strike a conversation.
Her face instantly turned a shade of red.
Ok, a bit of a shy guy, but at least she's not actively avoiding me.
I'll try small talk.
"So Lotte, what brings you here to Luna Nova academy?"
She visibly starts to shake, trembling her answer
Her rather nervous attitude catches me off guard.
And with that, the mystery girl with glasses begins to run down the hallway, leaving me in an even heavier state of confusion.
After first arriving at this school, I expected to be met by witches and wizards alike, all eager to learn and consume themselves in the vast array of magical knowledge that this school has to offer.
But instead, only groups of girls, all giving me stink eyes, hiding behind their cruel whispering and gossip was all I was greeted by.
And the only one I was able to stop, the short haired girl with huge glasses, left me in the dust, retreating from my very gaze.
Trying to brush this harsh encounter to the side, I continue my walk, hoping to find some kind of answer to my dilemma.
Maybe I can find a teacher or another staff member.
I stop my pacing as a new witch comes into contact.
She's older than all the others that I've been faced with. She also has blue hair tied in a ponytail, most of it concealed due to her witch hat.
"Excuse me, but what's going on?" I ask.
She stops her walk, gazing at me, as if confused by my very presence.
"Well now, it seems as though you're lost." She informs me, her eyes analyzing me, as if wondering as to the reason of my presence.
"Well then, come with me." She beckons. "My name is Ms. Ursula by the way."
I follow her through the halls until we come to an office.
It is a rather big room, with bookshelves on either sides, and a desk in the middle. Behind the desk is a big window. On the desk is what looks like a snake statue coiled around a branch.
Who I can only guess is the principal is sitting behind the desk, a rather short, old woman with green hair and glasses.
"Excuse me principal, sorry for barging in, but we have a problem." said Ursula.
The principal raises an eyebrow.
"What, a problem? But it's only the first day..."
Her voice trails off as she sees me standing behind the professor.
"Ah, I see. Thank you for bringing this to my attention Ms. Ursula, you may leave now."
The professor makes a bow before exiting the room, leaving me alone with the principal.
"So boy, I assume you're from the city, then? Come to mock magic and throw tomatoes at my students?" She asks in an angry tone.
"No, I am here to enroll at Luna Nova..."
My voice trails off as she lets out a laugh.
"Enroll? At a school for young witches? But you're only a boy. What proof do you have that you are not here to cause trouble?"
I suddenly remembered my acceptance letter.
I place it on her desk, as she takes the document and begins to examine it.
"So, where and when did you get this?" She asks, still analyzing it, a hint of disbelief on her old face.
"Well, I was browsing the internet for magic, when I came across this school's website. So I signed up and a few weeks later this came in the mail."
She lets out an annoyed sigh.
"Ahhh, I keep telling Ms. Ursula to shut that site down, I knew something like this would happen…but one question young man, why do you want to attend this school?"
"Well, I've always wanted to be a wizard."
She stares at me analytically.
"Hmmmm, you know, not many people are interested in learning magic, and even fewer boys. So why do you want to become a wizard?" She asks.
I let out a slight smirk at this, the very question reminding myself of my heritage and what makes my family great.
I can't help but give my answer with a significant amount of confidence and bravado laced with each word.
"My ancestors were Romans, the masters of magic. My family, the Sempronia family, at one point ruled over the Roman Republic. Once it fell to the barbarians. My family dramatically lost power, then the witch hunt occurred. To avoid losing anyone, they stopped the practice of magic entirely. After a millennia of this, I was born. Thus, my answer to your question is, I'm here to learn what my family forgot, to rebuild them to be as powerful as they once were."
She sits their pondering, for what feels like an eternity, muttering her thoughts.
"Well that is certainly quite the tale. It reminds me of another student we have, Diana." She puts a wrinkled hand to her chin. "It is rare for a boy to want to learn magic, and no male has ever been enrolled in this school. But then again, no male has ever wanted too…"
A few more thoughts, and she gives a light smile.
"Anyways, I think with an attitude like that I might make an exception."
I give a sigh of relief.
Finally I get to become a-
"Of course this is a rather strange predicament…" The principal says. "While having no real rules against males enrolling, no male has ever wanted to. The entire school population is female, resulting in female only establishments: bathrooms, showers, nurses, even dorm rooms, have been entirely converted for use of females. Integrating you would require special rules put in place for yourself."
I groan inwardly, only now realizing what I've gotten myself into.
I knew that the magic world is largely made up of women, but I had no idea that this school was entirely composed of women!
Just what kind of rules do I have to live by?
"However, I have no time to explain such regulations, as you should go to the opening ceremony. You missed a sizable chunk thanks to our talk, but remember Theodore, it is by my grace that you have been allowed into this school in the first place. I will undoubtedly have to deal with mountains of paperwork due to this. So please, don't make me regret this."
I nod at her request and walk out of the room.
Now that I'm alone in the hallway, I really ponder my current situation.
Without any prior knowledge to this school or its happenings and little research, I signed up to the first magical academy I found. Only entering did I realize that the school and staff body is made up entirely of females, no males to speak of. While males joining the school isn't necessarily against school rules, no boy has ever signed up, and thus someone of my gender even wanting to join is seen as a taboo, an unlisted rule.
And only by the word of the principal, who I am thankful for, have I been admitted.
I can't even grasp what this school year will have to offer me, magic aside.
So where is this opening ceremony anyway?
I begin to trace my steps back to the front gate, myself assuming that its outside.
As I made my way to the front, I come across a door with a banner that reads
Huh, well I guess checking here would be a good idea.
As I push open the door, I take a look around the room, seeing that all of the students are standing in rows, all facing a single stage containing a wooden podium. I hear a speech coming from the stage.
Making my way to the back of one of the lines, I see that behind the podium is a blonde, tall, and blued eyed student whose majority speech I have seemed to miss.
"Becoming a student at this academy, the most prestigious witch academy in all of Europe, is a great honor. I thank you for your acceptance! As a representative for this year's new students, I swear…we will work hard!"
In front of me, a girl with long black hair and a ponytail begins to yawn.
I guess it was for the best that I missed out on this speech, then.
"That concludes my speech, representative for the new students, Diana Cavendish."
As she stops, a roar of applauding starts and quickly ends as a teacher, whom I recognize as Ursula, the woman who led me to the principal, takes the stage.
"Hello students of class 2014! My name is Ms. Ursula, one of the teachers on campus. We are so happy that all of you have chosen our school! I hope that you all will have a marvelous time at Luna Nova, one that you'll never forget! Now, if you would all follow me, I will lead you to the picture room. From there you will enter the next room, which contains your witch wardrobe and equipment."
With this said, Ms. Ursula then leaves her position at the stage, walking out of the room, beckoning us to follow.
We eventually enter a room that looks like a gym.
The room has huge windows too tall for me to see through.
In between each window is a beam which is adorned by a candle. The line splits off into multiple groups as we all go to a picture booth.
There are six booths in total, with three on opposite ends of each other.
I move to the closest booth, which to my enjoyment has very little people.
After a few minutes of waiting, I step to the front.
Surprisingly enough, the photo taker is not confused as to why a boy is standing in front of her. In fact she appears to be caught off guard by my look.
"Oh, don't be too surprised, Ms. Holbrooke sent a message for all staff to expect to see a male in the mix."
So that's the principal's name? Still though, I'm a bit put off.
"How exactly did every teacher find out in such a short amount of time?" I ask.
She smiles, saying one word, one word that shuts down my any currents doubts.
I nod at the simple answer.
After a few minutes of forced small talk, which was mostly her, she finally takes the picture.
With this objective done, I nod at her and go into the adjacent room.
It's a hallway with two lines of students, each ending at a professor sitting at a desk. At the right side of each of them is a stack of uniforms and wands.
I move to a line, and now that the composition of the student body is in plain sight, I begin to wonder how this year will go.
I mean I'm the only boy in this school's history.
Even if me being here is technically okay, and not against any rules, I can only wonder if the girls will get used to me around, or will I be a loner?
I'm not even sure how I'll do. I've only seen spells online, so their authenticity remains questionable, and I have only tried out a couple of them. I've never used a wand before.
Sure I used to practice in the backyard with sticks, but that's not the real deal. I've never even rode on a broom before! Do they expect me to have knowledge of the arcane arts already? Damn it, I barely looked into this school. I just saw the first magic academy and got excited.
Time passes as I ponder these thoughts, until I realize there are only three left in front of me. The one closest to me is tall, with green eyes, and reddish blonde hair with the ends up in a flair. The one in the middle is a rather plump girl with pink hair that ends in two ponytails, who seems to be eating chips. The one in front catches my eyes the most.
Interestingly, we're both around the same height, with me being only a few inches taller. We also share the same lightly tanned skin tone. However that is where the similarities end, as she has black hair that ends in a ponytail, but is also adorned with a bow. Strangely, she also seems to have a small robot on her shoulder.
As the three finish getting their uniform and hat, I move up.
Once I succeed at being first in line, only to be greeted by a woman who wears a teacher's uniform and a hat that appears to be a cross between the typical witch hat and one worn by aviators. She also speaks in a voice that makes her sound like she is battling a sore throat.
"So this is the boy wonder? You don't look like much to me."
I'm thrown off for a second by this blunt greeting.
"Why would you say that?" I ask.
"I mean look at ya, you're height is anything but intimidating. What are ya, five feet tall?"
"I'm five four."
"Oh well, you're still a pip squeak. Anyways I have a uniform, specially put together for you."
"What's so different about it?"
"Well for starters you don't get a hat, it's called a witch hat for a reason." She says, as she hands me the outfit.
I take notice that there isn't a colored belt.
"Um, how am I supposed to know who else is in my dorm?"
"You don't. What do you think this is? A badly written fanfiction? We're not putting a boy alone with two girl, too scandalous."
I didn't think that the first of these questions and statements would come from a teacher!
"Right…so I guess I have a room to myself then?"
"That's right, also ya can't have any witch in your dorm."
Well, I can tell this woman thinks that I'm nothing more than a sex freak. Whatever, I just want to be away from here.
"Right, well I best be off-"
"No kid, you forgot your wand." She says, interrupting me. "You're more worthless than I thought. How are you supposed to be a high and mighty wizard without it?!"
This girl is really trying my patience.
I grab the wand and began to walk away.
How dare she talk to someone of Roman descent like that!? Whatever I'll just go to my dorm and-
"Talent? You wanna see what talent I have right now? Alright…how about a battle with fire?"
I turn towards the sound only to see the yawning girl from the speech, and that shy girl Lotte facing off against Diana and two girls on either side of her.
"Hey, cut it out Akko!" Yells Lotte.
"It's okay! I was number one in my take-home magic course!" Says who I now know is Akko.
"You needn't bother with her, Diana. I can take care of her." The one on the right side of Diana says.
She has long black hair and eyes half closed, making her look both bored and slightly agitated.
"And I'm quite talented with flame-" The other one starts, only to be silenced by Diana.
She gives a smirk and a little laugh,
"No, I'll do it. I was the one challenged after all."
She suddenly whips out her wand and points it at Akko.
"I'll finish it in an instant."
This sets Akko off, as she screams,
"DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THIS COUNTRY GIRL!"
She then hurls a fireball at Diana.
I expect the blonde to dodge it, but instead she says
"Fufufu, what terrible manners…"
She then casts a fire spell that goes straight through Akko's spell and makes contact with the young witch.
I put my hand over my face to mask the heat, and the overwhelming brightness.
Truthfully I would of felt bad for her, had she not challenged Diana.
"Akko!" Lotte yelled.
I uncover my face only to find Akko on the ground with multiple and intense burn marks.
I wince to myself, but can't help but feel a little happy that it was her that had to take the blow and not me.
Akko's friend then quickly scoops her, up and runs out of the room yelling
"Sucy, where are you?! Suuucccyyy!"
I stand there frozen, both out of astonishment and curiosity.
The fire that should've destroyed the room, is now gone, as if nothing was ever there.
What? How is it gone? Shouldn't have that thing have set the room ablaze?
I'm cut off as I notice Diana staring at me.
A little bit out of fear due to what just transpired and myself just not knowing how to counter this, I stare back
I feel stuck in a trance within her blue eyes, until I notice her walking towards me with her two friends in tow.
"We are pleased to meet you." She greets me. "I heard that there was a boy on campus. Never would I think a male would ever be accepted at Luna Nova."
I guess it's common knowledge that this school isn't a fan of boys.
Trying not to seem foolish with my lack of knowledge, I attempt to match her politeness.
"Neither did I."
She extends her arm in a handshake.
"My name is Diana Cavendish, and who might you be?"
I take her hand, accepting the gesture.
"I'm Theodore, Theodore Sempronia."
"So Theodore, what brings you here to this academy?" She asks.
"To learn magic, same as anyone else." I say casually, wanting to try and fit myself in.
"No, I mean why are you here?"
As much as I would love to brag and share my story of Rome and the Sempronia's glory, I would much more prefer to become acquainted with my dorm room.
Besides, I have no idea if this other girl, despite her current politeness, is about barrage me with questions about my happenings here.
I finally decide on,
"I'm just a simple man, trying to make my way in the wizarding world."
That's all I say.
Silence envelops the four of us, Diana stares at me, wanting to hear more, but gets no further response.
After about thirty seconds of nothing save for the other students shuffling about, Diana finally breaks the silence.
"So that's it, hmmm? I must admit, it is strange seeing a boy mixed in with so many women, a great deal of things can go wrong. However, it's not for me to judge someone who's hardly done anything wrong yet. As representative for the new students, I welcome you to Luna Nova. I look forward to seeing how this will transpire."
She does a little bow and says,
"Good day to you, Theodore."
As I say this, her two friends come up to me. The black haired one speaks first.
"Bye bye, by the way I'm Barbara."
The second one who has brown hair talks,
"Yeah, and I'm Hannah."
All three of them then leave.
I'll head back to my dorm and get settled in.
As I begin to make my way through the sea of students, I can only hope that they are starting to get used to my presence as I only catch a few staring at me.
I think the best thing is to act like I belong here.
The crowd dilutes, as more and more witches eventually find their dorm.
I eventually make my way to my room.
Once I open the door my eyes are drawn to a bunk bed, a regular bed on the opposite side and in the back is a desk with an alchemist table and other magical tools.
A bell tower rings in the distance as I toss my garb on the bottom bunk.
I collapse on the nearest bed, as I wonder just how this will work out.
I eventually fall asleep.
I dream of magic, great power, new adventures, a few expectations for my time here at Luna Nova.
My dream suddenly turns into a nightmare, as the smell of heat and fire engulfs my train of thoughts.
I awake to the sound of a loud boom coming from beneath me.
I run out of the room, only to see the hallway in a raging inferno, the fire blocking any chance of escape.
I rush back into my room and grab my newly claimed wand, hoping to be able to do some kind of ice magic.
I point my wand at the fire and perform a spell I read online.
Surprisingly, instead of ice, water rushes toward the fire.
I guess online spells are not as accurate as they say, but I can still use this.
After a few moments of casting, I manage to create a small pathway.
I rush through, the burnt and weakened wood giving out from under me me as I fall through the third floor, landing hard on my back.
Back to the floor, head spinning from pain and confusion, I blankly stare at the hole above me.
A few embers lightly descend from the fire, the red menace itself still blazing.
"Uhh, now can I sleep?" I manage to whisper before I lose consciousness.
A few hours later I find myself in the opening ceremony room again, with all the students. However it's not just Ursula that has the floor, three witches, two that I remember as Akko and Lotte, with another one whom I don't know.
She has long hair that covers one eye and a rather nonchalant look to her, as if the idea of a school fire didn't even faze her.
All three have Goss wrapped around their face.
"Umm school has only just started and we've already had a small fire in the dorms…"
Small fire? Ha, she should have seen it for herself!
"Usually, we would impart a strict punishment, but since it's only the first day, we'll let you off with a warning." She says to the three students behind her. "Next time we won't be so lax, so please be careful. Understood, you three?"
Her question only get's a weak response from Lotte,
Jeez, if this is what happens in a day, I wonder what would happen in a whole year!
Ms. Ursula addresses the three students again, who looked like they were in mid conversation, perhaps on the fire itself.
"You three seem like you are having fun. Are you really reflecting on what you've done?"
Akko and Lotte speak in unison,
"Ah…?! O…of course!"
Obviously not believing them Ursula says,
"As punishment, I'll have you clean the toilets of a week!"
Hearing this news sends Akko and Lotte in a fit, while the other just sits there emotionless.
I quietly begin chuckling to myself, every event today beginning to get the better of me.
Today I was enrolled in an all girls school. Today I witnessed a girl get blasted with fire magic, and today I battled my own little fire myself.
But what's next? Monsters? Dragons? Titans?
Maybe this won't be so bad after all.
Author's Note: I hope you boys enjoyed my first chapter!
While this is a rather weak chapter, as a first chapter is always, I can promise you, my new readers, that it only gets better!