Life Less Ordinary
Note: Sorry for the delay, my older daughter is in school, my younger daughter is getting clingy and everyone kept getting sick. I needed time to recharge my creative batteries, thanks for waiting.
Disclaimer: I own a few Winx Club dolls and some DVDs- even a Winx Club microphone, but I don't own the rights to the show. Those rights belong to a lot of people who aren't me including RAI and Viacom.
Dedication: Rogue Scholar my Winx Club partner in crime and my Beta Robert Teague for checking to make sure everything looks pretty.
Chapter Four: These Things I Know
The next day Blythe and Emer were late waking up for breakfast because both of them had assumed the other girl had set her alarm. After rushing around to get dressed and grab their school supplies they found their suitemates in the cafeteria eating their food, and after getting their own trays of dehydrated eggs and oven baked sausage went to join them. Starla was already chatting away about who she knew and pointing some of them out to Lilith and Aradia.
"There's the other girl from Earth," Starla stage whispered as she gestured with her plastic fork towards a girl with pale skin and dark blue hair. Blythe sat down with a plate of sausage and scrambled eggs and followed the fork. There wasn't anything out of the ordinary with the girl other than her hair, from what Blythe could see.
"What's her name?" Emer asked casually as she uncapped her orange juice and took a sip.
"Sapphire Cole," Starla answered while delicately spearing a piece of sausage with her fork, she took a bite and continued her gossip. "Rumour has it she's the daughter of this powerful witch from my realm, but Mother doesn't like talking about it because it's quite the scandal. My governess said it was an affair with some high ranking nobleman, but that's as much as she'd tell me, the old bat. I've also heard she has to marry this dreadful boy Rubius who has a minor connection to nobility on my planet. Personally, with his reputation, I wouldn't marry him if he were the sole heir to the throne, and if she wants a way to get out of that marriage I'm sure I could pull some strings."
Aradia sighed and shook her head while Lilith giggled, Starla was a gossip and second in line to the throne of Splendora after her sister, but both girls doubted she had the clout to stop an arranged marriage. However they also knew it wouldn't stop Starla from trying if she thought she could get away with it.
"They still do arranged marriages in this realm?" Blythe gasped, dropping her plastic knife into her tea cup. "No wonder my aunt didn't want to tell me where I was from. For all I know my mom was escaping from an arranged marriage too."
"Oh don't be so melodramatic," Emer scolded gently as she placed a hand on Blythe's shoulder. "Only certain planets such as Andros and Eraklyon as well as certain families still do arranged marriages. Other kingdoms see them as things of the past. King Radius of Solaria banned them after his coronation, and they say Princess Stella is dating a squire."
"Part of that is because he's prince Sky's best friend and squire, and they switched names to protect the prince from some organization that is out to kill him." Lilith put in; she'd heard the story from Starla's older sister, Pippa, last year after the Trix had tried to take over the magic dimension. She had been at the Day of the Royals and saw Bloom and Diaspro go hand to hand.
"Maybe a fairy could accept it, but there is no way a witch would accept someone lying to her about being engaged no matter what the reason." Aradia put in disdainfully, just as the bell rang signaling the end of breakfast. "If I were Bloom, I'd turn Sky into something not so charming and insist he grovel in public before I changed him back."
"Oh, Prince Sky, that boy needs some help with his hair." Starla scoffed as the five of them picked up their trays and headed to first period classes. "The palace of Eraklyon needs to fire that royal barber of theirs and hire someone from either Solaria or that Canada place you came from Blythe, because despite being from Earth, your hair looks good."
Blythe just nodded, unsure whether or not to accept Starla's slightly backhanded compliment. She dropped her tray by the kitchen window and followed Emer to their first period class; Potionology with professor Bittersmoke.
Professor Bittersmoke was an ancient looking man who seemed that he would be better off auditioning for the part of Ebenezer Scrooge in a local production of A Christmas Carol than teaching about potions. However, despite his physical appearance, professor Bittersmoke was an energetic teacher and Blythe had to struggle to keep up with his class.
The rest of the morning fell into the same routine; rush to class, rush to keep up with teachers and students who had been doing these things with magic since way before she'd even started studying to get her 'L' license, which she really should have kept longer if she wanted a lower insurance rate through the provincial insurance company
Blythe had that thought during Incantations, which was after lunch, 'Maybe I can learn a spell that will convince them to lower my rates and give my car a barrier.' Then she giggled at the thought of going to the insurance office back home and threatening to change everyone to toads unless they reduced everyone in the entire province's rates. Since Blythe had been daydreaming she didn't realize that Professor Grimm had mispronounced one word in a spell she was explaining to the class.
"I'm glad that my mix up on the first day of school amused you, Ms Di Lune." The professor said in a tone that could freeze lava. "Perhaps, since you're so advanced, you'd like to start your school year off by writing me a five page report on the history of ancient languages and their role in modern incantations, hmm?"
Blythe had thought she was going to die right there on the spot, so she merely nodded her head.
"Good girl, it's due next week." Professor Grimm then turned her attention to the rest of the class and began lecturing about proper pronunciation of words and the catastrophes that could occur if they weren't correct.
The end of classes couldn't come soon enough. As soon as the final bell rang Blythe raced up to her room to get started on her homework. The first thing she wanted to do was find out if anyone had access to chocolate so she could have a sugar high large enough to forget about the entire terrible ordeal that was the first day of boarding school. However, before Blythe could even try to figure out a spell to make a proper Nanaimo Bar, Emer and Aradia came crashing into the room carrying their books.
"Oh good, you're here already." Emer greeted her. The aqua haired witch shared the dorm with Blythe as well as that unfortunate Incantations class. "Do you feel like taking a ride over to Red Fountain with us to take your mind off of the first day of classes?"
"Anakin is insisting I check in with him personally this afternoon." Aradia sighed dramatically. She'd mentioned her twin brother during the lunch break after he'd texted her ten times, hardly giving Aradia time to finish her mystery meatloaf and the dinner roll, which had a remarkable resemblance to Styrofoam. "I have to prove to him I haven't joined the dark side."
Emer shot Aradia a sympathetic look that said simply 'brothers', then looked expectantly at Blythe. "So, do you want to come along?"
"And miss out on starting that paper for Professor Grimm?" Blythe asked in mock horror, but with a big grin on her face. "You betcha... What is Red Fountain again?"
" That's the boys' school, where they go to learn to be heroic and also learn a little magic." Emer explained, hoping to jog her roommate's memory. There had been a hurried explanation of the school systems in Magix during lunch, but that knowledge had obviously been replaced by spells, potions, magical history and the ever-popular incantations.
"Yeah, the super hero academy, I remember now. Starla went on for ten minutes about the ghastly uniforms and how someone should hire this Zenithian designer to repair the problem before commenting about how charmingly ornate my necklace looks with my blouse."
"So then you are coming? Good, because we have to leave before Anakin sets my phone on fire with his damned texts!" Aradia stated as she quickly ushered her new found support system against Anakin's constant guardianship towards the door, hardly allowing the other girls time to pick up their bags.
Fifteen minutes later the trio departed the shuttle on the well-groomed grounds of Red Fountain's main courtyard.
"I have to meet him in the bloody common room of his bloody dorm suite. Bloody hell!" Aradia cursed, stomping off in the direction of Red Fountain's entrance leaving her friends to trail in her wake. "You two don't have to follow me if you don't want to, Ani can be quite the pain-in-the-ass interrogator." Her phone began to trill as if to emphasize Aradia's statement.
"I'll come for moral support," Emer offered, causing Aradia to beam with gratitude. If there was one thing she understood it was pushy, overbearing siblings; she had three of them. Emer felt it was only a matter of time before her mom or dad called Cerridwen over at Alfea and asked her to check in on 'Little Em'. She hoped Aradia would be willing to return the favor when it was needed.
"I'll try to find the library if you two don't mind." Blythe replied cautiously, she was in no hurry to meet Aradia's nosey twin brother, he sounded like a total cow- that is if boys could be cows.
I don't have siblings or even cousins that I'm aware of, so I'd just be out of place. Besides, I have that stupid paper due next week."
"Well, Red Fountain has a very useful library." Aradia called out as she started to head in the direction of the elevators with Emer in tow, "I'm sure you'll find what you need."
"Good luck." Emer added, just as the door closed and Aradia began kicking the elevator wall in frustration.
"Yeah, now if only I could find that 'useful library'." Blythe muttered finding herself suddenly alone and without any idea of how to get where she needed to go. The main entrance hall to the school didn't even have one of those 'you are here' directories for her searching convenience. All Blythe could do now was wander and hope that she would find someone who could help her, so she chose a direction and started walking, hoping for the best.
After ten minutes of waning hope, Blythe found a couple of boys standing around in front of what she guessed was the school cafeteria and tapped the brunette one on the shoulder.
"Yes, can I help you?" The brunette boy asked politely.
Blythe felt her face grow hot and swallowed a few times before she could find her voice. It wasn't that she hadn't seen good looking guys back in Salmon Arm, it was just that none of them had been that handsome, his chin on its own was a work of art to say nothing of his deep velvet eyes. Blythe shook herself to clear her head. "Sorry, I forgot myself for a second."
"That's okay, I have that effect on women." The brunette grinned as his cherry haired friend laughed at that comment. "What did you need?"
'Ah, so they still make them conceited in the magic dimension.' Blythe thought to herself, the feeling of infatuation began to evaporate. "Heh, anyway I was looking for the library. A friend of mine said that you have a good one here at your super hero..." She stopped and corrected herself, "I mean here at Red Fountain."
"As if Brandon knows what a library is for." The cherry haired boy joked, earning himself a head smack from Brandon. "You'd be better off looking for the student directory."
"They must have removed it before I got here, so can you help me?" Blythe briefly considered fluttering her eyelashes or talking in a more come hither tone, as she'd seen some of the more popular girls do to get what they wanted from a boy. However she wasn't a flirt and she found that whole ordeal ridiculous and any boy who found that attractive wasn't worth her time even as a guide.
"I'll take you there myself." Brandon replied taking Blythe's hand in his. "It's the least I could do for such a beautiful young lady."
Blythe fought against rolling her eyes at Brandon or shoving him down a flight of stairs. He may have been good looking, but he was also cheesy.
"You mean to tell me you know where the library is?" Cherry hair quipped in disbelief. "Last year Timmy had to borrow and return your books because you couldn't find it."
"Riven, don't you have a date to get ready for?" Brandon asked in a falsely cheerful tone. "I believe Musa said she wouldn't tolerate you being late a third time."
"You have one as well, Brandon." Riven replied with a grin, "And I doubt Stella would enjoy seeing you walking around Red Fountain hand in hand with a strange girl. Although I dare say the rest of us would enjoy the scene for years to come."
"I can handle Stella, and I'll meet you in the quad outside of the library in fifteen minutes."
With that Riven headed presumably for the elevators leaving Blythe alone with Brandon.
"So, can we get started towards the library now?" Blythe asked breaking the silence. "I have a paper due next week for a subject I've never heard of until now and I want to get started."
"Right this way, gorgeous," Brandon replied with a mock bow, receiving a dramatic sigh and eye roll for his efforts. The brunette boy coughed nervously and led Blythe out of the main building.
"The first problem you were having with finding the library was that you were in the wrong building." He fibbed as they entered the courtyard. The main library was in fact on the second floor of the main building where the dormitories were. It was designed this way so that Red Fountain students could access it day or night. However this wasn't known to most non students. There was a smaller library on the other side of the courtyard from the main building, which is where Brandon was taking Blythe.
"Don't worry though, it's a common mistake with first years from Alfea." Brandon added as an afterthought.
"Well, I came over with two of my friends because one of them has an overprotective brother," Blythe explained, "And I'm a first year at Cloud Tower, not Alfea."
Brandon stopped in his tracks, not sure how to react. Sure the witches at Cloud Tower had helped battle against the Trix last school year, but most of them were still known to be troublemakers. On the other hand, he knew of some second and third year students like himself who had sisters who were witches and they all seemed pretty normal. The heads of Alfea and Red Fountain had made the announcement of their plans to invite the Cloud Tower students to the start of school dance as well as the dedication ceremony for the new Red Fountain school and the concert later on that year.
Sensing his apprehension, Blythe placed a hand on Brandon's shoulder. "Don't worry. Uh… My aunt went to Alfea. I had no idea I was a witch until three days ago."
"A witch who's trying to steal my boyfriend!" Stated an angry high pitched female voice.
Brandon slowly backed away and Blythe turned to see an irate looking blonde girl striding towards them, her long hair flaring out like a banner, while her friends, a red head and an Asian looking girl with short midnight blue pigtails, tried to hold her back to no avail.
"Stella, no!" The duo heard the girl with the pigtails cry out as her blonde friend broke free of her hold on her wrist. "You don't want to ruin your outfit." She tried as a last resort, but Stella was already out of listening mode and into possessive girlfriend mode.
"Just what do you think you're doing with my boyfriend?" Stella demanded, her amber eyes glaring daggers at Blythe.
"I didn't know he had a girlfriend." Blythe protested, shocked that someone would just storm up to her and start accusing her of flirting with someone's boyfriend. "He certainly didn't act like it, so if you want to blame anyone for getting too cozy with a new girl, blame your quote unquote boyfriend."
Stella didn't reply; she didn't even look up. The blonde's focus was instead on the necklace Blythe had resting on her off-white ruffled camisole top. The pendant looked familiar to Stella.
"Where did you get that?" She finally asked, looking up into Blythe's face again, her eyes full of curiosity.
"It was my mother's; my aunt gave it to me before I came here." Blythe explained shortly. This girl was obviously off her rocker. First she was screaming about flirting with her boyfriend, now she was asking about jewelry, "Gaudy, isn't it?"
"It looks like the pendant that the princess of Solaria inherits when she turns eighteen," Stella replied icily, "My father said it was lost when I was a baby!"
"Well, I have no idea where it came from. My aunt hasn't even told me what planet we're from originally. Now if you'll excuse me, I believe I've had enough of an interrogation for one day. I'm going to find my friends."
Blythe turned to walk away from Stella and Brandon which should have ended the entire confrontation. Brandon was standing right next to Stella now, which should have made it easy for him to stop his girlfriend from doing anything crazy. The key phrase, of course, is 'should have'. Instead, Stella reached out for the strap on Blythe's top almost without wanting to. She really had no idea why she was angry at this girl except that she had something that Stella believed was hers.
"You're not leaving until I get answers." Stella snapped. "How do I know someone in your family didn't steal it?"
The next thing anyone saw was Blythe turning around and shoving Stella just to get her hands off of her shirt. Stella shoved back of course and then all hell broke loose with two girls on the grass screaming at each other. That's what Aradia and Emer saw as Brandon tried to drag Stella off of Blythe while Bloom and Musa tried unsuccessfully to restrain Blythe.
Aradia and Emer rushed towards the crowd of students which had gathered around to record the fight and assisted the two second year fairies in separating their friends. They had finally succeeded when Cordatorta arrived with a scowl on his face.
"And what do we have here?" The burly instructor bellowed, looking at Blythe and Stella's disheveled appearances. "Everyone back to your dorms or where ever you were heading. You two, what happened?"
"She attacked me!" Blythe exclaimed. "Well, okay I shoved her, but only because this crazy girl came at me screaming about boyfriends and necklaces. I did what I did in self defense."
"Is this true, Stella?"
"She has one of the Seals of Solaria." Stella replied as if that explained everything.
"You two were fighting over a piece of jewelry?" Cordatorta asked incredulously.
"An ugly piece." Blythe put in.
"I don't care if it was hand crafted by elves, both of you are getting notes sent back to your headmistresses. I'll trust them to deal with your conduct accordingly."
"Yes sir." Stella and Blythe replied in unison.
"Good, now get going." Cordatorta walked off, muttering to himself, students passing their battle instructor could hear him say "Fighting over jewelry. I have never been so glad I don't teach girls."
Sorry for the long wait and the kinda bad ending. But I needed to get it done so I could move on. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year.
AN: I hope it doesn't seem like I'm making Brandon too OOC. In the original Italian version he seems like a bit of a flirt even if he is faithful to Stella. Check out 'The Show Must Go On' from Series two on the official English Winx Club site, Brandon flirted with two Cloud Tower students, then tried to flirt with Stormy in disguise. So to me it doesn't seem too OOC for him to flirt with another girl.
Stella, well she's only partially OOC in my opinion, remember the Mitzi incident from season 4? Well this story is set in season 2 so the Winx are younger and Stella still seems like she'd overreact to see Brandon with a strange new girl. Throw in something from Solaria that she believes should have been hers, and you have an all out royal tantrum.
Thus ends my notes.