Temca Academy, Part 20

INT. DOG HOUSE. NIGHT.

Everyone in the dorm is having a good time until a tremendous earthquake shakes the building. Everyone runs out screaming, except for Toci, who meets up with Joshua.

TOCI:

Where are George and Anielle?

JOSHUA:

Men’s room!

They run into the bathroom.

 

INT. MEN’S ROOM. NIGHT.

George, Anielle, Toci, and Joshua try to keep their balance while Kristof watches the destruction in mad delight.

KRISTOF:

No scepters, and no one here

to protect you. Babelsama will

be so proud of me!

TOCI:

Prick!

The earthquake stops. The four brace themselves for Kristof’s hex. Without Kristof’s knowledge, the dog that was chasing the running woman enters. Joshua sees the dog and digs in his pocket.

JOSHUA:

You look so pale! Here,

eat this!

Joshua throws a chicken leg into Kristof’s shirt. Before Kristof can remove the chicken leg, the dog goes for it. The dog ends up biting Kristof pretty badly. Kristof dies. The dog is startled when Kristof’s body turns into a fear monger. George pats the dog.

GEORGE:

Good boy! I wish our dorms

let us keep large dogs!

TOCI:

Wow. Kristof was impaled on

his own sword.

ANIELLE:

The girl must’ve removed the

hex Kristof put on him that

made him mean. But, how did

he get in here?

JOSHUA:

Trying to hide from the

earthquake maybe? I dunno,

who cares!

ANIELLE:

Joshua, I wanna know something…

JOSHUA:

Nothing happened with me and Circe.

After I ran into you, I wasn’t

really in the mood. Circe still was.

She practically raped me, which I

didn’t think was possible…Anyways,

nothing happened.

ANIELLE:

Thank you for that, but what I

really wanted to know was why the

hell you had a chicken leg in

your pocket!

JOSHUA:

Oh! I…I don’t know!

Anielle shakes her head bemusedly, and everyone laughs.

 

INT. MAGICAL CONSUMER CLASS. MORNING.

Anielle attends her magical consumer research class. The professor, PERSEPHONE (a smart looking woman in her thirties) leads the class.

PERSEPHONE:

If you did a consumer research on

Temca Academy, what you’d find is

that the residents’ greatest need

is a way to combat fear. I bought

actual ad space in “The Black Cat’s

Yowl” to put a slogan that students

can tell themselves to alleviate

their anxiety a little. Before we

spout out random sayings, let’s

ask ourselves this: how do you combat

fear? Yes, you.

STUDENT 1:

I go party.

PERSEPHONE:

Well, that won’t work all the time

since you cannot party twenty-four

seven. And yes, alcohol does loosen

your inhibitions, but if you drink

too much, you could get alcohol

poisoning. Anyone else?

STUDENT 2:

I tell myself that God has a plan

for me and I should trust His

judgment.

PERSEPHONE:

That’s good, but not everyone is

religious. What else?

STUDENT 3:

I just tell my nerves to screw

themselves ‘cause I won’t be held

back!

STUDENT 4:

I eat a lot of junk food.

STUDENT 5:

I look at porn. Once I’m in that

zone, I forget everything else.

CHAD :

I ask myself, “Is this a rational

fear?” Also, I locate the fear’s

source.

PERSEPHONE:

All good. How about you, Anielle?

I heard about that earthquake in

your dorm. How did you get through it?

ANIELLE:

Umm…I dunno. I had more important

things to worry about.

PERSEPHONE:

Okay, all good. Think about this

and bring back slogan ideas.

Class dismissed.

Everyone leaves. Persephone stops Anielle.

PERSEPHONE:

Anielle, are you enjoying your

business classes?

ANIELLE:

They’re a bit tedious, but when

I take over my father’s broomstick

company, it’ll be different.

PERSEPHONE:

Not really. You get good grades,

but I can see that your heart is

not really in it. Have you

considered other careers?

ANIELLE:

If I changed careers, my dad will

stop paying for school.

PERSEPHONE:

There are other options for paying

for your education. Right now, you

got to decide between what’s safe

and familiar versus what will make

you happy. I recommend the latter.

You should know businesses take

risks all the time. Sometimes it

doesn’t work out, but most of the

time they end up okay. It’s important

to seize opportunities when they come

up, or you’ll regret it the rest of

your life.

ANIELLE:

I’ll think about it…

Anielle leaves, deep in thought.

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