Note: Completely pointless information, but I figured I'd mention that Liliana is a form of Lillian which just means Lily and Bevin is an Irish name meaning song.
Dedication: This is for all the readers and fans who think Riven needs some more story time because damn it all if he isn't one really cute two dimensional character.
Disclaimer: They say that a smile is a gift that is free to the giver and precious to the recipient. But I find that giving the bird is just as free and a lot more personal-
Chapter Two: Sideways Through the Particles
The next day started early for Liliana as she grudgingly rose with the alarm clock and began to dress. She hadn't slept well the night before because there was a nagging feeling that something unpleasant was going to happen and soon. Last night's phone call to Minnie had done little to alleviate the foreboding feeling.
Shrugging into a light blue t-shirt Lili thought about the conversation she'd had with her best friend.
"So Bevin is sending you away?" Minnie asked not sounding surprised after Lili had given her the news. "I take it she didn't believe your story."
"I never got a chance to explain myself." Lili replied as she stuffed a dark red shirt into her suitcase. Lili was packing as she told Minnie the whole story because she didn't want to prolong the situation. "There was some guy there from some strange boarding school who knew Bevin and I was told I was going there."
"Where is it? And what's it called?"
"I haven't the slightest idea where it is, but the school's name is Red Fountain. Isn't that peculiar?"
"Sure, just make sure to send me a list with the run down of all the cute guys' names and their status."
Lili could picture her grey-eyed friend twirling strands of her curly chestnut hair around her finger as she said those things; leave it to Minnie to consider the male population before anything else. So there was a smile playing on her lips as Lili unleashed the rest of her news. "Well, that's the thing Min, it's an all boys school. I'll be the first girl there ever."
"Oh wow, so I guess you have a lot to do to make way for other girls to go to that school don't you?"
Lili swallowed hard and tried to change the subject. The last thing she needed was to worry about how being the first female at Red Fountain would be for her.
So now Lili was standing in the doorway of her room placing everything into her memory as she surveyed the bright periwinkle walls with the scars of four years of baring the brunt of her punishments. Shaking her head and realizing that there was really no time for being sentimental since there was a good chance it would take a while to get to wherever this Red Fountain was.
"You're late." Bevin calmly informed Liliana as she heard the violet eyed girl's footsteps in the kitchen. Lili's response was to grab a slice of toast and a pear off the counter then sit at the kitchen table. "Didn't you hear me? Cordatorta has been waiting for you for half an hour."
"I'm not late, this is the same time I get down here for school each morning." Lili finally replied as she bit into her pear.
Bevin turned and looked at the clock above the stove, it read quarter after seven, "Yes, so it is, but you still have a long trip ahead of you."
"Why does Caleb drive real slow or something?"
"No, we have to go through dimensions and that could take some time." Cordatorta explained causing Liliana to jump, she could tell that the burly man wasn't too pleased that she'd used his given name. "So, are you ready?"
"I believe so."
"Do you have clean underwear?" Bevin asked grinning evilly as Cordatorta's face reddened.
"Ten pairs." Lili replied quickly.
"Clean presentable clothes? Toothbrush, hairbrush and socks?"
"Journal, camera and your scrapbook?"
"Bloody hell woman! She's going to school not on a bloody field trip!" Cordatorta bellowed obviously forgetting who it was he was yelling at. He had quite a past with Bevin, and it was more than a bit rocky.
Bevin narrowed her grey eyes at Cordatorta but said nothing to him. "Hug for your evil aunt?"
Liliana grinned, "I guess I could manage that." She said hugging the auburn haired woman who'd taken her in a few years ago.
Bevin was the first to let go. "I'll miss you."
"I'll miss you too." Lili answered bending to pick up her bags.
"Come along, traffic'll be all backed up if we don't get going now." Cordatorta urged trudging towards the front door, Liliana made a face and hurried after the gruff man.
After an agonizingly long and silent drive to the outskirts of town Cordatorta took one scan of the area with some sort of radar machine and decided to transform the strange looking vehicle into an even stranger looking plane like contraption with just the press of a button. "Now for the Tran dimensional conversion to take effect."
Liliana stared at the bearded man skeptically until she felt the plane hurtling through a portal onto the airfield of a strangely shaped school. Lili didn't even want to think about what it looked like, instead she muttered that she wondered if they were compensating for something.
"What was that?" Cordatorta asked suspicions aroused.
"Yes well, this is your new school." Cordatorta added unnecessarily as he guided the air craft into an empty hanger. "You may as well get out and look around. Headmaster Saladine and I will assign you a chaperone. Later."
"A chaperone?" Liliana choked out. "What for?"
"You're at an all boys school and I promised Bevin that you'd be looked after and I don't go back on my promises."
Lili suspected that there had been a few incidents where Cordatorta had indeed gone back on his promises, but she wasn't about to bring those incidents up. "I don't need a chaperone. I can take care of myself."
"I'm sure you can, but it's not up for discussion."
"I don't need a chaperone." Lili repeated.
"Tour guide then."
"It's just a precaution and it's not up for discussion."
Fine, so what do you want me to do now?"
"Just go get yourself settled in and try to stay out of trouble." Cordatorta suggested as he handed Liliana a few sheets of paper. "Your dorm is on here as well as the directions on how to find it. You'll be close to the faculty wing."
"Uh….ookay." Ili shrugged, taking the papers.
"You'll also find a map in this packet so you can find your way to the head master's office."
"You're to meet me there in twenty minutes. Is that understood?"
"Yes, uh huh. I'll go get settled in and see you in twenty minutes."
"For your schedule and to meet with your guide."
"Babysitter." Liliana corrected
"Just go. You're wasting time here
"Yes sir." Ili replied clicking her heels together then heading off to find her new room.
"This is going to be a long year." Cordatorta grumbled as he made a detor on his way over to Saladine's office, he needed to get to the infirmary and get himself an asprin.
About damn time
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