Christa pushed open the door of The Academy, sighing.  Everyone said how lucky she was to be here.  Was she?
“My magic hasn’t fully appeared. I’m just a joke and a failure.”

Someone barged into her almost knocking her flying. Christa pushed back her long blond hair and stared into the face of the person she hated the most.  Jade Harris.

“Look girls, the dud is back.  I notice your taste in clothes is no better.”
Jade’s entourage giggled.

Christa stared at Jade’s designer outfit.
“At least my clothes are bought with honest money,” Christa said quietly.
It was well known that Harris Pharmaceuticals hiked up the prices of medicine desperately needed by the poor people of County Ridge where The Academy was based.

Jade shifted into her werewolf form and had Christa pinned to the wall by the throat, her legs dangling.
“What did you say?” Jade growled.

Christa scrabbled to pull Jade’s long fingers away, desperately trying to drag some air into her lungs.

“What’s going on here?”
Jade transformed, leaving Christa to slide down the wall, gasping for breath.
“Nothing sir.”

“It didn’t look like nothing to me.  If I see you bullying this student again you will be in serious trouble.  Now get to your class before I black mark you for being late.”

“See you later, Christa,” making Christa very aware this wasn’t over.
A glare from the headmaster had the girls moving along.

“Come with me.”

Christa trailed behind miserably.  Already in trouble and only back in the school ten minutes.
Headmaster Blake pushed open his office door and ushered her in.
He examined her neck which was turning a deep shade of purple.

“You need to see the healer about that.”

Christa nodded.

“Do I belong here sir?”  Something that had been worrying her all summer.

“I wasn’t wrong about you Christa, you have unimaginable power.  We have to find out why it’s locked away.”
Christa breathed easier for the first time in weeks.

“Thank you sir,” she smiled.  “I will work hard to find out.”

He smiled back.  “I know you will.”

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
11 months ago

Hello Sandra, and welcome to Voice.club! What a great first story. I was drawn in by the fabulous picture and very quickly became fond of Christa. I do hope she finds her special powers and maybe teaches Jade a trick or two!

Paul Lewthwaite
Paul Lewthwaite(@paul-lewthwaite)
11 months ago

Hi Sandra, an enjoyable and well written story with huge potential for a longer version.  ???? 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
11 months ago

Welcome to the Voice club, Sandra. Your story is very nice and realistic. Bullying is really one of the problems in any school. It has become a social disease. Like Fuji, I also hope she can find her power and unlock it. Your story has a lot of potential in a good expansion. I love it. 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Sandra OReilly
10 months ago

You’re most welcome, Sandra.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
11 months ago

I agree with others, Sandra, there is so much potential here. How Christa unlocks her powers, just how unimaginable they are and, of course, the consequences for Jade. A great story that I really enjoyed reading.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
10 months ago

Hi Sandra, nice to see you over on Voice Club too. School is never easy, but if you can’t find your place and feel that you don’t belong, can make it such a challenge. You portray this well in your story. Let’s hope that her bully gets her comeuppance in the end. It sounds like an interesting story to extend. Well done 🙂

Sandra OReilly
Sandra OReilly(@sandra-oreilly1)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
10 months ago

Thanks Carrie. Loving the site and the welcome – I will enjoy exploring her life further at a later date.

Juma
Juma(@juma)
10 months ago

Such an enjoyable story, Sandra. A great way to introduce yourself to all of us Voice folks. Hope you like it here!

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Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister(@alan-kemister)
10 months ago

Hello Sandra, welcome to the site. You had an interesting take on the belong theme – I really enjoyed it. I hope Christa’s power, when she discovers it, lets her deal with Jade, but in a good way. This could be the start of a longer story.
Cheers.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
10 months ago

Thank you Sandra for adding to the short stories on the theme of belonging in a school. Bullying indeed, seems to undermine the sense of belonging.

Piyali Ganguli
Piyali Ganguli(@piyali-ganguli)
10 months ago

Just loved reading your story. Who said you are a beginner? You really have an immense talent. Good luck my friend.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
10 months ago

Sandra, it is great to see you on Voice Club! Welcome  ????  I enjoyed reading your story and would love to read more! As the others have mentioned, this could be expanded into a longer story. Bullying is a very important topic and your choice of characters i.e. a werewolf, would certainly draw a teen’s attention creating a golden opportunity for them to learn a valuable life lesson about it. Well done.

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