CLASS OF '10
A car is driving through the city. A 12 year old girl inside who was
looking out the window doesn't know what would happen in a few
months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, or even seconds. The car finally finds itself to the
left of a school. In front of
the school, there is a large tarpaulin.
The car took a right turn towards the
gates. The building
that used to be there was gone. The whole parking lot was renovated
over the summer.
The car finally reached the gate and went through
it. The girl looked at
the sky and it changed from blue to gray. She looked back at the road but the
road was gone. They were on
an island. Her parents
stopped the car as her older brother went out of the
car. Her parents followed and
her last. The scenery was
beautiful save for the cloudy skies.
They went back in the car to see if everything was
real. This was
impossible. Where were they?
They advanced the car further in the
school. They saw some
parents which looked like this was completely normal. This was far from normal for
The girl and her brother took out their bags and went
towards the large building at the back. The Mindanao building. It housed all four years of the high
schoolers of this school. The
high schoolers were all talking to each other. No worry of the fact that they are on
an uncharted island. She went
to take her seat on the catwalk while waiting for an
Somewhere else in the same building, another 12-year old boy,
Ryan Austin Fernandez, just arrived. He walked over to one of his friends,
and the only one he could see as of this moment, Lanz de
"Hey, Austin! Long time no see!" Lanz
"Well, not for me. I just saw you a few weeks ago," Austin
"I invited you over to my suite didn't I?"
Austin lived in a suite on the other side of this
"Well yeah, you did but still, that was three
weeks. Any change in
my suite number?"
"Nope, not at all."
Austin and Lanz talked for a while until the bell
Austin and Lanz were not in the same section
anymore. They were
last year but it seems as if the way students are grouped into
sections changed. Last year,
all the top students were in a section and the rest were evenly
divided. This year, it looks
like it's completely random.
He looked for other first years; there were 12 lines for
first years. Two for
each section, six sections.
This year, Austin's section was Bukidnon. He found the line after asking a few
"Hey Austin! Long time no see!" a first year boy said to
"Oh come on, is everybody I haven't seen for a few days
going to tell me the old 'long time, no see' thing?"
"Not really. I
haven't seen you since Third Grade. I'm Joel remember. You used to annoy me then."
"Yeah, I remember. Third Grade, worst year of my
"Attention!" said a woman standing on the stage at the edge
of the square in the middle of the building.
Everybody kept quiet and paid attention. Austin didn't recognize this
"We would like to reintroduce some people but before that,
let us begin this day with a prayer."
They did the normal morning assembly, prayer, national
anthem, et cetera.
Soon, the woman finally introduced herself.
"I am Dr. Delia
Navasa, the Unit Head of the High School Unit. I would like also to introduce
Ms. Teresita Religioso, the
Academic Directress. And last
and definitely not the least, Dr. Josefina V. Suarez, the president of Elizabeth
Applause was heard throughout the
building. Austin was
only familiar with Dr.
Suarez. The other two were
new to him, and probably all the other freshmen. They introduced the other faculty and
staff and soon Dr. Suarez
finally went up to the stage and grabbed the
microphone. A few teachers
escorted the new parents in the building. Dr.
Suarez took a deep breath as she began her speech.
"Parents, Students, Guests, welcome, to Elizabeth Seton
School! I would normally give an inspirational message but right
now I believe you have a lot of questions, particularly the new
students and their parents. If you noticed on the tarpaulin outside
and the letter that came with your enrollment invitation and all
other documents you were implored to read before enrolling your
child or children here, it was mentioned that you enroll at this
school at your own risk. It
was mentioned that this school wasn't ordinary. That was a positive statement but at
the same time a negative one.
Last year, a disaster struck this school. Not a financial one, but a literal
disaster. An earthquake shook
the ground and engulfed our beloved students with radioactive
energy. They woke up later
that night to find out they have the most peculiar
abilities. I myself woke up
to this surprise. Just to
She shut her mouth but then she continued with her mouth
not moving at all.
"I can convey messages just with my mind."
She opened her mouth again to talk.
"Do not worry.
All the old students here know that. In fact, they have abilities of their
own. If you noticed, when you
enrolled your child here, you signed a paper stating that your
child will be undergoing enhancement procedures. That is literal. The newly appointed head of the power
regulation unit will be giving your children the enhancement
procedure tomorrow afternoon.
His name is Ryan Austin Fernandez, the person who made almost all
of this possible.
Austin had previously been the one to reconstruct the
school on this island.
He had received the highest dose of radiation and got all the
powers. These powers were not
dissimilar to superpowers. He
had been attacked last year but the murder plan failed and gave
him all the powers instead.
It might have gotten a little out of control so he placed a band
on his wrist that regulates all his powers.
They were told to line up. They did so and they all went to the
classroom for the first time.
The high school classrooms had three walls. Unique and really impressive, he
thought. He sat down beside a
new student. He recognized
the student beside him from the line a while ago.
"So," he said.
"How long have you been in this school?"
"Umm, since grade one. This is my seventh year here," Austin
"Oh, well, how is the school?"
"Really great, lots of great people here. Well some of the best people
Austin remembered his best friend last year, Kyle
Gomez. He hasn't seen
him since Graduation day. He
hasn't been able to contact him over the summer.
"So, what's your name?" Austin asked.
"John, and you?"
"Oh, so you're the head of the power whatever
"I didn't really know until a while ago."
"Oh, so what can you do?"
"Lot's of stuff.
Well all of it really."
"Come on, show me a sample. I think my parents will let me get this
"Oh fine, which one do you want to see."
Only now he noticed that some of the old students were
showing off their powers. There were no teachers yet.
"How about you show me… Magnetism?"
"Sure, umm metal, metal, where do I find
metal. Wait I'll just
get a ballpen."
Austin turned the band on his wrist to a magnet symbol and
focused on a ballpen in his backpack. It zipped out and into is
Austin threw the pen into the air and twirled it
around. He dropped it
and caught it in his hand. He
stroked it towards the tip a few times.
"Now if you need a compass."
Austin placed it on his finger and it pointed north of
Austin looked behind him and he saw two students talking
behind him. One was a
new student and the other one was an old one.
"So how do you like the uniforms?" the old student
"Better than the one's we had at my old
school. They made us
wear tiny uniforms that our bellies would be exposed."
He did notice that this guy was rather
They went down to the auditorium for the student
orientation which really lasted long.
It was recess.
Austin and Joel were talking and were really trying to catch up
to each other. Some guys were
playing basketball near to where they were seated.
"I remember in third grade when you hated me!" Joel
"Yeah, but not anymore. I'm more mature now."
"I remember in third grade when you made some people
"Yeah… but not anymore!" Austin said with emphasis on
"I remember in third grade when you used to make these
kiddy clubs and-"
"Yeah… but not anymore…"
"Hey Austin, look! Super strength guys playing
basketball. That would
really make the ball bounce like crazy."
"YEAH! BUT NOT ANYMORE!"
"What is that supposed to mean?"
"Those guys have super strength. The ball bounces really
The guys were playing intense basketball. The ball was bouncing like mad, just
like Joel said. One of them
jumped up and made a dunk. I
passed through the hoop and bounced towards Austin's
"AUSTIN, WATCH IT!"
Without, time to talk, move, or react, Austin turned the
band on his wrist to "phase" and the ball, as if in slow motion,
passed through head.
He felt no pain whatsoever.
Like he was a ghost. The ball
finally went through. Austin
wondered how the ball went towards him. It went against the laws of
physics. Was it perhaps the
Mastermind all over again? The man who tried to kill him last
year? The people around him stared in awe after this
stunt. On the first day of
high school too…