Tuesday, April 18
Edie was in a good mood as she left her French class. They were having a two-part midterm this week, but she knew she’d done really well with the written part today—it had been about half multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions, and half a short essay. She wasn’t sure her grammar was perfectly fluent in the essay, but she was sure she’d gotten every single one of the questions right. She would do pretty well on the midterm even if the speaking part didn’t go as well.
“That wasn’t too bad,” Zip was saying as they walked out together. From the way she was talking over the test, quickly and repetitively, Edie surmised that Zip had been very nervous about it. “I think I remembered most of the questions. I’m not sure how well I did on the essay, though. You probably aced that part.”
Edie smiled. “I’m not sure. I mean, I did okay, I think. But it’s harder to remember what goes where when I’m actually trying to create a whole sentence that makes sense.”
Edie felt a wave of panic that she immediately told herself was irrational. It was really unlikely that she was in trouble. Unless she’d done something… no, if she’d done something to make everyone laugh at her and the professor get upset with her, she would remember it.
Still, she felt quite nervous as she put her bag back on a chair and turned to the professor, waiting for the other students to leave. They seemed to file out quickly, though she was sure she heard laughter hanging in the air behind them.
Monday, April 17
It finally didn’t just look like spring outside—it felt like it, too. Edie was out early that morning, hoping to find Leila and get another chance to talk to her, but she was nowhere to be seen. However, being out early gave her a chance to drop her jacket off in her room between breakfast and magic class, which was good, because the sun was out and it was warm.
A student in magic class even asked if they could take the class outside, and Ginny said no for two reasons: one, she was pretty sure there was nowhere they could sit that wasn’t muddy, and two, they were doing review before the midterm, and she didn’t want anyone getting distracted.
Dawn was relieved to be finished with her shift at the library. It had been a weird evening, what with the girl asking about Elrath and then him running away from her. It surprised her, now that she thought about it, that she or anyone else had even seen or noticed him. When she and her friends had been looking for him before, he’d had no trouble hiding. What was he doing differently now?
The rest of the shift had gone smoothly, except for the three books she’d found mis-shelved and had to put back on the cart, and the pile of books under one table, some of which were dog-eared or otherwise mistreated—but unfortunately, there was nothing unusual about either of those. She just had to pick them up, get them into the best shape she could, and get them back to where they belonged.
When Dawn was working on the shelving upstairs, she went past the study rooms. Since she didn’t seem to have a huge amount to do today (there was only one cart of books to shelve, and not very many books left out on tables), she peeked in to see if Edie and Derwen were sitting in one of them. They were; she gave them a little wave and they waved back. Then she had to go on—she wasn’t supposed to socialize while she was working.
She wondered how much longer the two of them would be studying in there. Midterms were this week—they were probably studying even harder than usual, if Ginny was anything like Professor Lal—but that meant that the practical part of the magic curriculum was about to begin. It wouldn’t be very nice to practice elemental magic in the library, for either them or the librarians.
Dawn accepted the book cart from Emi and rolled it into a corner where she would be out of the way. There she piled half the books on the floor and started sorting the other half, using the emptied shelves to keep her sections organized.
Books on religion and philosophy went on the upper left. Books on history went on the upper right. Books on or in foreign languages went on the lower left, and books on science went on the lower right. Other types of books were less common and went in between wherever it made sense.
Corrie and Annie waited around after finishing their breakfasts to stay with Edie, though Roe headed back before they did, saying she had homework to do. When Edie finished, the three of them headed back to Gilkey.
Corrie had something she was wondering about that she hoped Edie might have asked Leila—since Leila was the only one likely to have an answer for them. She didn’t know whether to ask about it in front of Annie, though. It might be a really uncomfortable question for Leila, if she really had been involved in the story that Link had told them.
And she didn’t want to bring up Leila in front of Annie any more than she had to. She was still hoping that Edie and Leila would break up for good and that Annie would then be able to date Edie.