Bell Star

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Back to School Blues
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10/22/2020 9:20pm

"Aw. It's not the end of the world!"

The woman is very nice. She has a lanyard. A teacher maybe?

"We just pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and try again!"

Try again? Looks like I made it the first time. To a place that's not the end of the world.

I get up off the ground. Dust off the bark chips. There are kids on the metal merry-go-round. Kids on the swings. Nothing blowing up.

"Thanks," I tell the teacher. "I don't think I'll get on the merry-go-around again right now. Maybe I'll go sit on a swing."

It's a beautiful fall day. I helped complete a spell that should have brought 12 more kids over with me. 12 more kids escaping one reality as it was collapsing, looking for another that was relatively stable. I made it. What happened to the others?

"Tweeeeeet!" The teacher blows her whistle. "Ok everybody! Recess over! line up outside the class room!"




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Back to School Blues
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10/12/2020 7:15pm

I always get sick sitting at the edge of the circle.

"SITTE GE, SĪGEWĪF, SĪGAÐ TŌ EORÐAN, "

It gets so spinny. I get dizzy easy. And sick.

"NÆFRE GE WILDE, TŌ WUDA FLEOGAN,"

Like on that metal merry-go-round at the park.

"BEŌ GE SWĀ GEMINDIGE, MĪNES GŌDES,"

It makes me sick just thinking about it. And it seemed so easy to hit your head on it, or get caught in the bars while it's spinning.

"SWĀ BIÐ MANNA GEHWILC, METES AND ĒÐELES!"

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I've got a face full of bark chips. The basement is gone, and that evil metal merry-go-round is spinning behind me.





Back to School Blues
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10/6/2020 11:23pm

"Bell!! This way!!"

Kumo calls to me through the explosions. The smoke and dust makes everything confusing. Do I have a concussion?

"Down! In here!"

She leads me into a cellar. There are a bunch of kids down here. Some are receiving medical care. Others are preparing a spell in the open area of the basement. My ears are ringing.

"There! Sit at the sigil! Do it!!"

She sits me down at the edge of the chalk.

"Do it now!!!"