Ayama continued the meeting without delay, and Lenora and Blake continued quietly fighting in the back.
“Would you two just cut it out!” I turned to see a new face. He matched the guy in the suit when I first came here.
“Sir?” Jasper turned to the man.
He held up his hand to silence him. “I just wanted to join the meeting. Sorry if that is of inconvenience to you, Ayama.”
“None,” she answered.
He turned to me, “Nice to meet you Giselle. I’m Chester Fizik, the Headmaster of this school.”
He was so young, how is he the headmaster? I thought. “Nice to meet you.” I shook his hand. Eric nodded his head to show respect. I had no clue what was going on. He had ocean blue eyes and gold blonde hair like Lenora’s. He wore a suit but he still looked like he should be in college, and he was having a normal conversation with these people.
“Let’s continue.” She said. “Mainly this was for you to meet almost all of the people in our organization.”
“What about the other students?” I asked, for a school this was empty.
“They’ll come in back to classes two weeks.” She said. “We stay here all year round, except for our trips around looking for people to recruit to the school.”
“We’re all wanted by the governments of our origin. Think of this place as a safe house.” Jasper said.
“Some of us were the government that wanted everyone here dead.” Blake said glaring at Eric. Lenora took out a metal pole and slammed it into his head. “What the hell was that for?!”
She stayed silent. I was confused. The whole room was silent. I looked up at Eric. His hair covered his eyes his expression was unreadable. I had no clue what was going on.
“Anyway, now that you’ve met the people you’ll be associating with you can ask questions.” Ayama said breaking the silence.
“Ok. How long do I have to keep this on?” I pulled at the chain around my neck.
Everyone looked surprised. “As long as you want, after Zero decides that you don’t need it. But your guardian has to agree to it.” Serian said.
“Each of us has a different story about that!” Mahly said.
“It’s not like we all choose to come into this.” Lenora said glaring at Blake.
He nodded then looked over and jumped. “Hey, I was following orders!”
“Sure,” she rolled her eyes.
“What you don’t believe me?” He said. He seemed like he hated her but it was obvious if you paid attention he liked her.
“No I kinda don’t, cause I’m a fallen angel who choose to leave not a half blood like them!” She said fiercely. All of the assigned glared at her as did some of the guardians.
“It doesn’t matter, Lenora.” Ayama said.
“It was us who told him to take you on as an assigned.” Jasper added.
Blake sighed. “See?”
“Yeah but why am I an assigned and not a guardian?” She asked.
“As of right now you two are keeping each other in check. Like Jasper and Terence had to do before they could become guardians.” Ayama said.
“Wait, so we’re both guardians?” Blake said.
“Before we can give you an assigned, you two will have to prove yourselves.” Ayama answered.
“So that means we are on the same level?” Lenora crossed her arms. It was obvious she found this annoying.
“Not exactly. You happen to have a bit more common sense-” Jasper said.
“Hey!!” Blake yelled.
Jasper gave him a look and he shut up. “But that’s it you two need to learn to take care of yourself and other people.”
“Once you have completed training you will be given a real assignment if you so desire.” Terence added in.
“I’m confused.” I said. I thought that it was my turn to ask questions. Apparently not…
“About?” Serian said. The others continued arguing.
“What do they mean ‘if they so choose?’ ” I stared at the argument.
“It’s like they say. Like Terence and Mahly.” I looked at the two who Mahly was now hanging over his shoulder again. “Mahly doesn’t really need Terence anymore and he could take on another assignment, but the cuffs on their wrists are Mahly’s doing.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” I saw the thin gold and silver cuffs on their wrists.
“Terence took off their chain bracelets and Mahly locked one of those on his wrist. They’ve been ‘dating’ since.”
I looked at the pair. I wasn’t getting any information that I didn’t already know. I sighed. “Where am I supposed to stay?”
“You’ll be rooming with one of the other assigned for now.” He said.
“Komako and Ayama are roommates. Sakura and Mahly are roommates. Lenora is the only one who has an open half.”
“Her?” I asked pointing at the blonde who was ignoring Ayama and Jasper and yelling at Blake instead.
“Now that I know I don’t really have to listen to you, I don’t have to do as you say.”
“I’m the guardian of this! I’m just that awesome! You have no choice but to obey me.” He seemed so arrogant.
“No you’re not special in that way.” She said glaring at him and patting his head.
“Cut that out!” He said swatting at her hand.
“Lenora!” They stopped fighting when Komako called her name and walked over to Ayama. “Take your roommate to your guy’s room.”
“Roommate?” She looked over to me, surprised. “That?”
I was offended. That?
“Not that, her.” Komako corrected.
“Whatever.” She walked over to me and grabbed my arm pulling me to my feet. “Come on.”
“Hey wait a sec, Lenora, what about-” Eric asked.
“Like I care.” She waved her other hand while dragging me down the stairs.
I looked back while everyone stood in silence starting after us. Eric looked at the ground, his expression unreadable.
“Hurry it up.” Lenora scolded. We had been walking for ten minutes already.
“How big is this place?” I asked looking at the high ceilings and room numbers on either side of the hall.
“An underground school the size of an old trading town,” She shook her head. “No clue how they built it but they did.”
“Really?” Up on the training flat she seemed like someone spoiled but when we were just talking it didn’t seem that way.
“Sorry about earlier.”
“I was a bit of a headache.” She laughed. “I was getting one from Blake.”
“How’d you two meet?”
“That’s something I’d rather not go into…” She answered.
“Sure.” I didn’t really care, I was just a bit curious.
She stopped, turned around and looked at me. “So, you’re not gonna bug me about it?”
I shook my head. “Not my business.”
She smiled. “You and I might actually get along.” She held out her hand. “Hope it lasts.”
“Yeah.” I shook it.
“Right now that that’s done lets go inside.” I noticed we had stopped in front of a door at the end of the hall.
She slid a card through the door. “Inside?”
Welcome back, Lenora. An animated voice said.
“We have a new one.” She said to the door.
Please place your connector to the pad. It said
“Connector?” I asked.
Lenora held up her chain with a cross. I grabbed my chain, then looked back at Lenora. She sighed, grabbed my necklace and pulled me along with it and pressed it to the pad.
Giselle Osaki Nadori- identified. Welcome home. It said. Lenora released me.
“Was that necessary?”
“No.” She pushed open the door. “Your card is on the pad there. Don’t lose it or leave it anywhere.”
“Alright.” I grabbed my card and walked into an amazing room. I couldn’t believe it. “Wow…”