Temca Academy, Part 18

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:
How did the dog 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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