CLASS OF '11
It was the afternoon of June 14, 2010. A 13 year old boy was
in a large, futuristic basement. The walls were lined with white
gridlines with a single energy sphere traveling through the
His name is Ryan Austin Fernandez. He was a sophomore
student in Elizabeth Seton School. School would be starting
tomorrow. He was just finishing up his "summer project".
"Come on. It's been two months. This has to work," he
thought to himself.
He twisted the band on his left wrist, The Black Band, to
pyrokinesis. The band regulated his superpowers, allowing him to
use them one at a time.
Years ago, back in December 2008, there was an "earthquake"
in their school. It wasn't actually an earthquake but rather a
release of stored energy that has been building up for millions
or even billions of years.
He started out with one power but eventually, four traitors
pushed him in the Dome of Power, and overloaded him, effectively
giving him all the powers but making him unstable.
To solve this problem, he made the Black Band, which allows
him to regulate his powers, only allowing one "spoke" at a time.
Last year, he was attacked and the attacker destroyed the
band, turning Austin into a raging lunatic. His friends got him
under control though.
He reached into the opening and grabbed the thin silver rod
inside it. He fired up his hand and the entire thing just burst
into flames. He doused the flames and the entire thing went back
"Finally! Man, this was one long summer," Austin said to
He went in the elevator at the back of this giant room and
pushed up, bringing him back to the Base, a rather simple name
for his hangout and research facility.
He went out of the Base, sealing the mechanical doors shut
as he stepped out onto the Island. Well, since the entire student
body got superpowers, they couldn't just stay in the city, so
Austin relocated the entire school to an uncharted island in the
middle of the Pacific Ocean.
He went to the hotel on the far side of the island. This was
where all the students stayed during the school year. Some of the
students stayed here even during Summer Vacation but very few
He went to the fourth floor which was where his suite was
located. He went inside and laid down on his bed, falling asleep
a few minutes later.
The next day, he woke up early, at around 4:30 in the morning. He
switched the band to space manipulation and teleported to the
front of the school.
Elizabeth Seton School was on the other side of the island.
Actually, this is merely a duplicate but with a few added
features. For example, all the rooms had an Anti-Radioactive
Shield made of Anti-Radioactive Material or ARM for short. This
was to prevent cheating in class or other mischief.
He focused on creating a teleportation field in front of the
school that would be connected to the school in the city. He did
this last year as well, for the new students who enrolled that
year. They were also given the choice of a superpower, thanks to
the Dome of Power.
He faced his back to the school and waved his hands through
the air, creating a field in front of the school. He went through
this field and found himself in a space loop. He forced the
surroundings backwards, maneuvering himself to the city, right in
front to the real Elizabeth Seton School. He exited the Space
Loop here and created the other side of the field. It was very
early in the morning and he took great care so no one will see
He switched the band to psychic powers and created an
illusionism in the school, so if anyone sees a car or a person
going through the gates, it will look perfectly normal. He went
through the gates and, as he planned, he was back on the island.
After an hour, people finally started arriving. The guards were
already there, ready to calm down newcomers. The old students
were not surprised as they calmly marched to their classrooms.
Austin decided to wait in the front gates for his friends
but especially for a certain person.
Like most kids his age, Austin was in love. This girl was
Janella Deabanico. They were classmates last year and they slowly
built a relationship. Right now, they're in Mutual Understanding
or MU in Filipino culture. This means they "like" each other.
After a few minutes, a lot of old students were already
entering the campus. Austin opted for a bigger surprise by
meeting her in the campus. He used his Psychic Powers to fly over
to the building at the far end of the campus, the Mindanao
He went to his classroom, COMPOSTELA VALLEY. When he
was the class listings, he was really disappointed since all of
his friends were in DAVAO DEL NORTE. In fact, he barely
had any friends in his new section, which could be called CV for
Well he had one friend there already. Ibarra Libosada, a
part of his old gang from first year. He was the silent type and
he liked to draw. He was one of the best artists in their batch.
A mother and her son soon walked through the hallways with a
bewildered look on their faces like they just went through hell.
Obviously, these two were new.
"Umm… excuse me? This is Compostela Valley, right?" the
"Yes ma'am," Austin said, pointing at the sign for
Her son entered the room, with an intimidating look on his
face. He wasn't that tall though and a bit quiet. He sat down and
dropped his bag beside him.
Austin went out looking for anyone to talk to. He went over
to the Davao Del Norte or DDN room for short. He knew two people
there, Ernst De Vera and Johan Tan.
He met Ernst in first year. He, Ernst, and another guy named
Joel were essentially best friends although the butt of all the
jokes in the group was Ernst.
In the fourth quarter though, Joel decided to betray Austin
and started flirting with Janella. Austin didn't take this well
and everything came crashing down. Throughout all this crashing,
Ernst stuck with him and he has been one of his best friends ever
Johan was a member of their group and was also in the group
who helped Austin when he was a psychotic monster due to the Band
"Hey, Austin!" Ernst said.
"Ernst, long time, no see."
"I mastered my laughing gas thing. It's all under control
now. Three months was a long time you know?"
Obviously, Ernst's power was releasing laughing gas.
"Good. Anyway, have you seen Janella?"
Austin gave him a look that said, "Isn't it obvious?"
"Well, she'll be here… later."
"Anyway, looks like Maan is my classmate."
Obviously, Maan was Ernst's Juliet. He wasn't that much of a
Romeo to begin with but hey, who cares?
"Well, how about you watch over Janella? I mean we're only
going to see each other eighty minutes a day so I need you to-"
"Speak no more, hey; you can do something similar in
exchange. Wait a minute; you can use your psychic powers to
"I agreed to a no power clause with myself on this whole
thing. It's personal."
At that moment, Bianca Blanco entered. She was also part of
their group back in first year. Her super power was to charge
things with enough kinetic energy that they would bounce a lot
"Hey guys. Hey Ernst."
"My friends and Zoidberg!" Ernst said.
"What the hell are you talking about?" Austin asked.
"Hey Bianca, remember that girl you talked to during the
Intrams," Austin asked.
"The one you were crazy about?"
"Did you see her on the way up?"
Ernst gave her the look Austin gave him but she did not mind
"Never mind. I'm going back to CV. Get to know some people
Austin went back CV and it had definitely filled up a
little. He saw some of his old classmates. Sean Asprec, a member
of the band DRIX, consisting solely of Sophies and an MOR student
who attended the BUK farewell party a few months ago, was there.
Maan and Ymara were there already. There was one guy who looked
stuck up alone beside the intimidating guy earlier. He decided to
check out the section in between CV sand DDN.
This was DAVAO ORIENTAL or DOR for short. Austin had
a bunch of friends here like Ivan Chan, one of his best friends
since preschool and Michael Chua, a member of the party that went
to save him from his lunacy last year.
Alyssa Estrella was also there. She was also part of a group
known as the "Patola Family" which Janella was a part of.
"Hey, Austin, did you see Janella yet?"
"Sadly, not yet," Austin said calmly. He immediately broke
the calmness however. "I can't help it anymore! It has been THREE
"Calm down. She'll be here soon."
Austin looked back towards DDN and to his supreme delight,
she was there.
She was in DDN along with another Patola member, Nica
Ambrocio. Janella and Nica were face to face as Austin went
behind Janella, nervous as hell.
Nica saw Austin, of course, and continued the conversation.
Austin moved a little bit more to the right as Nic finally
pointed out to Janella, Austin's presence.
They sort of just stared at each other in utter speechless
delight for what seemed like five minutes.
"Hi…" Austin said.
Janella did not reply.
"Well, say something!" Nica said teasingly. She was a
contender for Number One Shipper of Austin and Janella to be
"Hi!" Janella said. Austin couldn't help but look at her
beautiful hair, which have been let down and straightened as
opposed to last year's curly and tied up. He was falling deeper
and deeper into this little pit of love.
Unfortunately, this is where the bell rang.
They all proceeded to the Gymnasium. Their gym had three floors.
First floor was a Canteen and activity area.
Second floor was a board game area, another activity area
(commonly used for Taekwondo), and a bridge leading to the north
wing of the Mindanao Building.
The third floor was the gymnasium itself with the
basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts rolled in one with
bleachers at the sides and the scoreboard. In front was the
CV and the rest of the second years were led to the left
side of the back half of the gym. He was behind a guy that looked
like Clutch from behind but under further observation, it was the
stuck up guy from earlier.
He looked over to DDN where all of the people he wanted to
be with were there. How he wished he was there instead, finding
nobody to talk to here.
Soon, the assembly began and they began the routine of
prayer, national anthem, Panatang Makabayan (The Filipino's
Pledge of Allegiance), and they were asked to sit down.
Dr. Delia Navasa, the Unit Head of the High School
Department read some new rules for the school year. These were
basically no cyber bullying, no exclusion of single persons from
groups, and other stuff. Apparently, the newcomers didn't find
this very interesting and they just wanted to know what the heck
Dr. Suarez, the President and Owner of the school, came in
to save the day. She took the mic.
"Welcome, Parents and Guests. It appears as if I have gotten
my expected reaction from you. Anyway, welcome another year in
Elizabeth Seton School. I can see that most of the newcomers here
are wondering what happened earlier when you entered this very
place. You went from the city to this island. Well, let me tell
"We are all gifted with extraordinary powers," she said with
her mouth closed.
There were audible gasps from the audience but these
eventually settled down.
"Now, I know, can you back out? Of course but when you
enrolled your children into this school, you were informed
beforehand of this. This information was cryptic but nonetheless
Everybody was surprisingly calm.
"You are now given a choice, you may allow your child to get
power of their own or you may just choose to go back to the city
where well will erase any evidence of your visit here. Trust me;
this might be the safest place to be right now in times like
"Hey Austin," someone said from behind.
Austin turned around and saw his best friend there, Kyle
Gomez. Austin went to him and they went out of the Gym.
"Well, buddy any news from you undercover operation?"
"None, it's been a wild goose chase for three months."
"Oh, anyway, it's been a project for three months for me.
Wanna see my top secret project later?"
"Sure, where, in your suite?"
"Hahaha… Kyle, if I took by top secret project in my suite,
my suite would cease to exist. In the Base, I will show you my
"Anyway, why'd you call me?"
"Oh, um, Berna and I arrived at the same time and-"
"Save it for later. They're probably calling me as head of
the Power Regulation Unit. You can only have so many good stories
at one time right?"
"I'm pretty sure Janella will be proud."
"So am I. HAHA, PWNED!"
"See ya later, gotta get to school."
Kyle had an undercover operation right beside the school but
back in the city. He studied in Merry Treasure for the meantime.
Austin went back in the Gym.
"Our new Activity Coordinator is, Ms. Nanette Nicerio,"
Doctor Delia announced.
Applause rang throughout the entire gymnasium.
"And finally, the Prefect of Discipline is, Mister Dan
They all bowed on stage and went down.
"Now for those who wish to get their powers, the process
will be held at the base, slightly off campus at the Base. You
can get there by meeting up with the Head of the Power Regulation
Unit, Ryan Austin Fernandez,"
"Oh crap," Austin thought as he needed to get to the stage
quickly. He switched the band to Space Manipulation and
teleported to the stage.
"Austin, that is not what we meant by Power Regulation," Doc
"Sorry, Ma'am, I was all the way back."
"You can meet up with him tomorrow at 12:00 noon in front of
the CV classroom. He'll take you there."
Austin began to teleport again when Doc Del gave him the
look. He decided to walk to his place instead.
When they got back to their classroom, he sat behind Ibarra since
the seat beside him was taken by Sang Woo Gwun, a Korean.
Behind him were Owen Cantillas and Jasvir Camiguing. Owen
was dark-skinned and rather large while Jasvir was flesh and
rather fit. They were the main source of hilarity when there was
no one around.
Eventually, Adrienne Acosta, a classmate of Austin from last
year sat beside him.
"Hey Austin, long time no see."
"Hey AD. I see all the seats are taken."
"Yes, yes they are."
"Okay class, good morning," their teacher said. As standard
protocol in this school, they stood up to greet her but they did
not know her name.
She wrote her name on the blackboard.
"Again, good morning, CV."
"Good morning, Miss Mac."
"Take your seat."
Ms. Mac seemed nice. She explained the basic stuff.
Eventually, their other adviser (all classes had two advisers)
"I would also like to implement the haircut rule for the
boys," Ms. Mac said.
"Yes, all the boys should have their hair cut regularly in
accordance Republic Act 123."
Everyone laughed really hard at this joke. Even though the
joke wasn't really that funny, it was the delivery that
completely sold it.
"CV, this is Sr. Jojo."
"Good Morning, Sir Jojo"
"Now Usually Sr. Jojo is the comedian while I'm a bit more
"I am different during classes. Don't expect to see this
"Okay, now Sir Jojo and I would like to encourage open
communication. If you ever want to talk, just feel free to go to
After the hour they spent together, CV grew to love Sr. Jojo
and Ms. Mac.
Austin still couldn't help but wish he was in DDN.
Nonetheless, this year was already looking pretty good but
Austin just couldn't let go of the past and wanted to be with