On the way back to the house, I ask Nat if maybe Professor Alleria can help me. I don’t do what Nat does, I can’t use divination, why did I have dreams about that horror show? Nat says she probably already knows I want to talk to her, so if she has answers, she’ll probably find me. So, when I go to her office and find a note, I’m not surprised. I am a little surprised by what it says. “Nothing I can do for you, dear.” Man, she’s just like all the rest of them. Everyone thinks I’m weird and impossible.
Where should they go looking for spells next? Nat wants to go to the catacombs, like we haven’t seen enough dead bodies lately. Remy wants to go to the Kitchens. Dead people or servires… I think I’m with Nat on this one. But no one else is, so we troop down to the Kitchens. Remy has to do some fast talking, and they want him to own them a favor. Ugh! Never! Even Remy is put off by that. Instead, he offers them Barry for a week. Barry seems not to care, and they agree. Everyone else goes in, but I stay by the door, keeping an eye out for any adults coming by.
They futz around for awhile, poking the fireplace and then a big door. Eventually, Remy comes over to me in a huff, insisting I come inside. The others have stopped responding and he needs to go into the cold room, but doesn’t trust the servires to keep the door open. Fine! I go hold the door, keeping my eyes on the creepy little chefs. They’re in there for a while, so I start sending Messages in. They’re fine, but they still don’t come out for a while. They do come out eventually, with something called False Life. Seems creepy to me.
I head back to the door, but now I watch them instead of the hallway. They peer down a trap door for a bit. I think Remy even sends his little lizard guy down. But they decide, whatever is down there, is not worth exploring, and the fireplace seems like a better idea. They whisper for a while, and when I toss in a message, they ask me to stay at the door and slam it shut once they all get out.
Remy grabs some fire out of the fireplace, like a little blob of it and takes off running. Everyone follows him. The servires start screaming immediately to put it back. Nat casts a fog cloud to blind them, and once Gerhardt gets out, I slam the door shut in the face of something I don’t Ever want to see. It sounded like a Huge Servire. Once we get outside, Remy is all smiles, writing down a new spell, but everyone else just looks tired.
My green dreams are gone that night, but the ground now has a heartbeat in my otherwise normal dreams. Why? Why? Why???
Remy tells us he overheard Malden and Garian arguing over dangerous experiments and something called Project Ambrosia. Malden threatens to kill him if things don’t stop happening. When Malden left, Garian called him foolish and said he had infinity in front of him!
Maribeth tells us of terrible dreams she’s still having of her grandfather. He says war is coming. She says the fire talks to her too, of Blood. He says her friends will leave her and she will know the time has come.
We all get a fieldtrip right before Fall Break. Professor Lerin takes us out to the Petals to show us all the work being done to build fully magically automated buildings. It’s beautiful and amazing! There’s a new Sanctum Pitch that can hold fifty thousand people! He says we can come out to a game once it’s finished. The professional league will play here, and our whole team can come watch.
Then it happens again. There’s a flash of blue on a screaming woman ahead of us. I try to push her up into the air, away from all the people, but I’m too slow, and everything explodes! Lerin saved us, he saved us all. He saved our whole class, but not himself. Gerhardt tried to save him, too, but it was too late. That explosion was just too much.
They escort us back to school. We relate the story to the professors who meet us at the gate. Lerin’s funeral is very small, but we all go. To remember him.
The headlines are terrible. War and Terrorism.
Nat tells us that his family has invited us all to Spring Break at their house. It’ll be nice to get away for a while. But Nat says it’s not normal, says something must be wrong. Well, nothing is right anymore. How bad could it be? What if they’re just being nice? We’re all going to go with Nat, even if we have to tell Klyce’s mother about the invitation to get him to go.