The Unexpected Task

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Louie and Ella are in for a big surprise when they're late for their meeting...

(Yeah, lame summary, I know. :P But this was something fun that I came up with! XD Haha, don't mind meeeee!! *spins*)

Submitted: July 02, 2014

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The Unexpected Task

 

“Hurry up, Ella!” Louie shouted exasperatedly as he ran down the empty street. They were late for their Students of Magic association at school – it was a secret school and the only staff who knew about it was the principal (who was also a magic user) and several custodians.

“I'm coming!” Ella, his childhood friend replied in a exhausted voice behind him. They jogged around the corner and into the grassy fields of Hinsdale Prep Academy.

Both Louie and Ella were students of magic. They could cast spells, summon familiars, and send people flying. Magicians nowadays were learning to blend in with the environment and living with the humans. It was part of life, to live and talk with magicians and not know who they truly were.

Running across the grassy plains for several minutes, Louie could audibly hear his friend huffing and puffing loudly behind him. With a twitching eyebrow, he stopped in his tracks and turned to wait for Ella who was several meters away.

As soon as she had reached him, Ella bent over and rested her hands on her knees. Her breaths were fast and heavy.

“Sorry, Louie,” she said, huffing. “I'm not as fit as you are and I'm kind of hungry.”

“But you just ate before we left your house a few minutes ago!” Louie said, disbelieving. Ella was thin with high metabolism, he knew. He still found it shocking though.

“It was only a couple of apples!” Ella retorted, looking bewildered at his expression.

You forgot about the baloney sandwich, Louie thought resolutely, but he kept the words to himself.

“If we're fast enough,” Louie said, latching onto plan two, “maybe the association will have food on them. They brought burritos last time, remember?”

Ella's face lit up as the sunlight beamed down on them. “Of course!” she said, smiling brightly. She hurriedly ran past Louie. “Let's go then! We can't keep the food waiting!”

Louie grinned mischievously. Man, he was a genius.

With more motivated running from Ella, they made it to the towering gates in no time. Leaning against the Academy's walls, they tried to recover their breaths.

“Do you think the gate's locked?” Ella asked, looking towards the entrance.

“Let's see,” Louie answered, straightening and walking over to the gate. Reaching out both of his hands, he pulled on the gate's knocker.

It didn't budge.

“Nope,” Louie said, looking in through the gate's gaps and into the front yard of the academy. It was a huge place, with trees and benches where students could hang out.

Ella sighed behind him. “Do you think they'll answer if we ring the doorbell?”

“Worth a try,” Louie said, looking over at the intercom beside the gate. The tip of his fore-finger were only a few centimeters from the surface of the red button when, all of a sudden –

“WHO'S THAT TRIPPING OVER MY BRIDGE?” a voice (a man) boomed from the speakers on top of the walls.

“Uh,” Louie said, confused. “There's no bridge here.”

“No one's tripping either,” Ella added, walking easily up to Louie's side.

“NO!” the voice boomed once again, sounding dismayed. “YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO SAY THAT YOU'RE THE SMALLEST BILLY GOAT GRUFF!”

“What?” Louie asked.

“I think he's referring to the Three Billy Goats Gruff folklore,” Ella noted in a low voice.

“I don't know what that is,” Louie replied with a blank face. He had never heard of such a thing before.

“I'M ASSUMING YOU'RE BOTH IN THE 'STUDENTS OF MAGIC ASSOCIATION',” the man almost screamed. “BOTH MAGIC USERS, EH?”

“Yes,” Ella said, slowly. “Uh, can we enter?”

“OF COURSE NOT,” the voice responded, sounding proud. “I WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE BOTH MADE OF, MAGIC USERS. TO ENTER THIS GATE AND AVOID BEING PUNISHED BY YOUR SENIOR MAGIC USERS FOR TARDINESS, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PERFORM ONE HARD TASK FOR ME. DO YOU BOTH ACCEPT?”

“Depends on what it is,” Louie retorted, giving Ella a look. They should have came here earlier to avoid all of this hassle. But who was this person on the intercom anyway?

“He's not going to ask for a duel, is he?” Ella wanted to know.

Louie shrugged helplessly. The last time he had been in a practice duel, Louie had almost set the entire school on fire. He figured himself to be a very dangerous person.

It was true though. Louie knew that the senior members of the association wouldn't be happy if they were late. Already, they were late by five minutes. He also knew that the seniors could get quite creative with punishments.

“TO DO OR NOT TO DO,” the man's voice screeched, “THAT IS THE QUESTION.”

“He nearly quoted Shakespeare!” Ella said, shocked.

“Something's wrong with this guy,” Louie muttered. With a much louder voice, he continued: “Fine! We'll go with the task! We can't be anymore late as it is or we're going to die from the other members.”

“GOOD,” the man said, seeming excited. “YOUR ONE TASK IS TO ENLIGHTEN ME! I'M JUST A LONELY PERSON IN THE STAFF ROOM – I'M QUITE BORED TOO. ENTERTAIN ME, YOU LITTLE CUPCAKES!”

“Cupcakes?” Ella looked around wildly. “Where?”

Louie sighed. “What would you like us to do?” he asked, looking up at the speakers above him. “Are there cameras around here so you can see us?”

“OF COURSE THERE'S CAMERAS,” the man answered with a bite of impatience. “WHAT KIND OF SECURITY WOULD THIS BE IF THERE WEREN'T ANY? NOW, LET'S SEE...” The man appeared to think for a bit. “HOW ABOUT AN ACT? IT CAN BE FROM A PLAY, A BOOK – OUUU!! I LOVE GREEK MYTHOLOGY! ACT OUT 'ODYSSEUS'!”

“Yes!” Ella said, clapping her hands and jumping with elation. “We can do that one, Louie!”

“I don't even know what that is,” Louie confessed.

“OR A ROMANCE,” the man continued, “I'M A SUCKER FOR ROMANCE! MAKE ME CRY!!

“Let's do Rapunzel!” Ella suggested, grabbing the sleeve of Louie's shirt. “I'll let down my long hair and you can climb up on it. Then, you can rescue me from the dragons!”

“Uh,” Louie said, awkwardly. “I think you're confusing that with Sleeping Beauty.”

“We can do that one too!”

“OR A TRAGEDY,” the voice shouted at the top of its lungs. “MAKE ME SUFFER!!!”

Louie thought for a bit. He didn't feel like performing a romance. If they were mages who dealt with magic, wouldn't it be reasonable if they played a part from a story with magic in it?

“OK,” Louie said, clapping his hands and turning to Ella. “We'll do Harry Potter.”

“Seriously?” Ella looked enthusiastic. “Yes! Lets!”

“Alright,” Louie said, grinning. He had read the Harry Potter series several times already. It was obvious as to which part he was going to have then reenact. “Let's play the epic ending! You'll be Voldemort and I'll be Harry Potter. You're very dramatic – I'm sure you can pull off a lot of screaming and collapsing–”

“Why am I the one who dies?” Ella asked indignantly. “I want to be a hero!”

Louie sighed. They had no time left to spare. “Fine,” he retorted. “You'll be Harry Potter while I'm Voldemort.” He picked up two sticks lying on the ground conveniently nearby. With one smooth movement, he threw one lightly to Ella, who caught it.

Holding up his wand, he turned to look at the speakers. “We're acting now!” he said.

“OK,” the voice boomed. “I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS PLAY!”

Louie exchanged a glance with Ella, nodding his head. Go for it.

“Hi, Voldemort!” Ella greeted with a flourish. “My name's Harry Potter! How are you today?”

“That isn't in the script!” Louie hissed in a low voice. “You're supposed to kill me, remember?”

“Oh!” Ella nodded in agreement. “Well, never mind,” she recovered, “I don't want to know how you are today. You've killed lots of people like my parents and Sirius – for that, you will pay the ultimate price!”

“Oh really?” Louie faked an evil laugh. “Show me then, Harry!”

Ella dramatically brandished her stick. “I will now turn you”– she took in a deep breath –“into a frog!

She waved her wand wildly around. The deep voice on the intercom gasped with ultimate shock.

Louie almost face palmed.

Well, he thought to himself, it seems like the dude likes the act so far. It can't hurt to be turned into a frog.

“Oh no!” Louie exclaimed, jumping and spinning in midair. He then landed in a crouched position, one that, hopefully, looked like a frog's.

YIKES!” the man boomed from the speakers. “THIS ISN'T LOOKING GOOD FOR VOLDEMORT!”

“This is stupid,” Louie grumbled to himself.

Ella looked shocked now. Tossing aside her wand, she ran forward to Louie with a traumatic look on her face.

“No!” she yelled, grabbing Louie's face and almost ripping it off. “You've turned into a frog! Let me kiss you – then, you will become a human again!”

What?” Louie spluttered. He began to back off – this seriously wasn't Harry Potter anymore – but Ella held him in place with strength Louie didn't know she possessed.

She looked him sternly in the eyes. “I'm going to kiss you now, froggy,” she said loudly.

Louie could have taken her seriously if it weren't for the word 'froggy'. He felt himself flush hotly.

“AW,” the man in the speakers cooed. “THIS IS SO CUTE!”

Ella held his face gently. With her eyes half closed, she leaned in slowly – her full lips were slightly puckered – Louie noticed that, being this close to her, Ella looked cute and she smelled very nice. His eyes widened as her face approached hers – her long lashes were brushing her cheeks, Louie saw. Closing his eyes, he succumbed to the new, almost freakish, and new storyline. His face was now hot enough to cook an omelet now, he knew.

He felt her nose lightly brush his cheeks. Relaxing slightly, and feeling very drawn, he reached up to thread his fingers through her hair gently, pulling her a little closer. And then–

“THAT IS SO DARN ADORABLE!” the man shouted in the speakers, sounding close to tears. “BUT YOU KNOW, I WOULDN'T REALLY LIKE A REAL MAKE-OUT SCENE. IT MAKES ME FEEL VERY UNCOMFORTABLE.”

Louie's heart seemed to stop beating. Glaring at the speakers above Ella's head, he shouted: “I thought you wanted a romance!”

“YEAH, WELL,” the man said, seeming shy now. “IT'S WEIRD, WATCHING TWO TEENS MAKE-OUT IN FRONT OF THE ACADEMY WALLS, YOU KNOW? I FEEL LIKE I'M NOT DOING MY JOB.”

Louie face palmed.

“So,” Ella said, speaking up now. Louie turned to look at her flustered and slightly happy expression. “Can we go in now?”

“OF COURSE!” the man squealed, his voice hitting a high note. “COME ON IN! YOU'VE DEFINITELY MADE ME FEEL VERY ENTERTAINED!”

The gates opened with a loud creaking noise. Abruptly, Louie stood up with Ella by his side. As quickly as they could (the security person could change their minds at the last minute) and walked to the gates.

“SAYONARA, SUCKERS!” The booming voice guffawed loudly and that, was the last they heard of him as the gates closed behind them.

Louie sighed once again. “This is one weird morning...”

“It was fun!” Ella interjected, grinning at him. Louie felt his cheeks burn a little. “Let's join the Drama club, Louie!”

“Ha ha,” Louie said. “No.”

Ella didn't seem to think much of their 'almost kiss'. Louie guessed that he'd just have to pretend that it hadn't happen...

“Oh c'mon!” Ella whined. “Lets, Louie, lets!”

Louie grinned. "You can do it if you want to. I'll just come and watch - I promise I won't laugh if you fall on stage."

He ducked as Ella swung at him. "I won't fall!" she said, puffing out her chest a little.

Drama club or not, Louie hoped dearly that he and Ella weren't going to be punished for their tardiness. Glancing at his watch, he noted that they were now fifteen minutes late.

Yelping, he grabbed Ella's hands and ran for the school's entrance.

A/N: So yeah.... hopefully, the ending wasn't too abrupt, LOL but that's about it. :P Had a weird dream about reenacting Harry Potter and going through a gate... THUS, THIS SHORT STORY WAS BORN. >:D Anyways, for those of you who read this, thanks! XD


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