Chapter 5- I Get Shoved in a Locker.....It's Not What You Think
I spent the rest of that weekend trying to relax, but it was almost impossible. My mind was going a million miles an hour, trying to make sense of everything. I thought being turned into a girl was weird enough. Not only that, but now I can use fireballs? I could tell my "normal" life would never be the same. Aunt Heidi, bless her heart, could tell something wasn't right. That Sunday, as we ate dinner, she looked at me. I was staring at my plate, barely eating. She cleared her throat.
"Joseph? Something wrong?"
"Huh?" I looked up from my food. "Oh, yeah. I'm fine."
"Are you sure?" She asked, putting her fork down. "You don't seem like yourself."
"I'm fine. Really." I lied. I couldn't tell her the truth. She'd think I was crazy if I told her I was thinking about the fact that I could turn into a fireball-throwing girl.
"Okay. You know you can tell me anything, right honey?"
"I know." I smiled at her. "Thanks, Aunt Heidi."
We finished our meal and as I was about to help Aunt Heidi with dishes when she stopped me.
"I've got it. You go upstairs and rest."
I sighed as I climbed the stairs to my room. I wished I could tell her I was fine and she had nothing to worry about. Sadly, all I was doing was worrying. I hopped into bed, just thinking about my options, which were already limited. If I could, I would just ignore the fact that I had a female witch form. However, something told me Miss Dez would never let me live a normal life again. I sighed again. The only thing I could do is make the best of my situation. As I laid there on my covers, I yawned. That whole day, I felt incredibly tired and my body was finally giving in. I yawned once more before closing my eyes. It wasn't long before I was fast asleep, not to wake up until the next day for school.
That day was completely normal at first. I had hurried out of the house to meet up with Darwin, who was as crazy as ever. We spent the first few class periods doing the mundane tasks our teachers forced upon us. Everything was going like a normal school day, the way I liked it to be. All that changed during lunch. Darwin and I had just sat down, looking at the pile of red-tinted shredded meat on a bun that the school had the guts to call pulled pork, when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned my head and almost fainted. Standing behind me was the brown-haired girl with her name on her necklace.
"Hey Joseph." Baylee said with a smile on her face.
"Oh, h-hey." I stammered. "What's up?" I heard Darwin chuckle at my stuttering nervousness.
"I was wondering if you wanted to walk around with me? I usually do that with my friend during lunch, but she's busy. I hate walking around here alone."
"Really? Well, I mean, if you really want me to..." I started before Darwin interrupted.
"Joseph would LOVE to! Right Joseph?" He gave me a look.
"Oh, oh yeah! Right! I'll dump my tray real quick."
"No need, bro." Darwin assured me. "I got this. You better get walking." He gave me a thumbs up. Baylee smiled.
"Well aren't you the nice guy?" She commented. "Let's go, Joseph."
I stood up and began following her, turning my head to mouth the words "thank you" to Darwin.
"So, you walk around the school every lunch?" I asked after Baylee and I were far enough from the lunchroom. She seemed to have been in a hurry as we walked. I couldn't tell why, but she seemed incredibly antsy, even though we were allowed to be around the school during lunch.
"Yeah, but today's a little...different." She replied, looking around the hall as if she felt like she was being watched.
"Why? Because I'm here?"
"No, you silly boy." A voice behind us spoke up. "It's because I'M here!"
I turned around and gasped loudly. Standing there was a familiar woman in a red business suit and piercing gray eyes.
"Surprised to see me, eh Joseph?" Miss Dez asked.
"Miss Dez, what are you doing here?!" I turned to Baylee. "Baylee, I can explain. You see, um, this is my....therapist, Miss Deznic." Baylee chuckled.
"Your therapist? That's funny, because I know her as Miss Dez, leader of the Witches of the Four Moons!" She responded, leaving me in utter shock.
"Wait, you know about...The witches...Wait a minute, what the heck is going on?!?" I yelled. Miss Dez hushed me a little.
"Calm down, Joseph. Let me explain. Remember a few nights ago when I explained how you had magic energy?"
"Yeah." I replied. "You said the magic went into me or something. Why?"
"Well, young man." Miss Dez began. "I also said that it did something very weird that night, besides going into you. Do you remember what that was?" She asked, making me think back to that point.
"Yeah, I think so. You said it didn't go to one person, but to three people. What does that have to do with-" I stopped. The answer was so obvious, I don't know how I couldn't have guessed it before. I remembered the dream I had in the hospital, where Baylee was about to be hit with some weird glowing energy. It all made sense. "Baylee...Was one of the other two, wasn't she?"
"Well." Baylee spoke up. She held out her hand, exhaling loudly. Suddenly, a bright ball appeared in her hand! It was similar to the fireballs I could summon, but it was bright yellow. After looking at it for a few seconds, I realized it wasn't fire. Baylee, the girl I had a crush on for two years, was holding a ball of lightning in her palm!
"Holy crap! That's incredible!" I exclaimed. Baylee blushed a little before closing her palm, making the ball of electric energy disappear.
"Yeah. Well, I heard you can do some incredible stuff too."
"He can, but enough talk." Miss Dez interrupted. "We have work to do." Miss Dez walked up to a random locker and opened it. Inside was a swirling mass of green smoke, crackling loudly. "Both of you, step in here."
Baylee nodded before grabbing my wrist. Before I could object, she stepped into the smokey locker, pulling me in with her! I didn't know what was about to happen, but I knew it wasn't going to be fun.
When we walked in the locker, it felt like there wasn't a back to it. It was like it was larger than it should be. As the smoke cleared, I realized we weren't in the school anymore. We stood in a shaded forest, the greenery making a quite beautiful sight. I gasped loudly, feeling incredibly small surrounded by trees that seemed to keep going for miles into the sky. Baylee looked around, also quite impressed.
"Look at all of this!" She cried out. "I feel like I just walk into a fairy-tale story!" Soon after, Miss Dez walked out from behind a tree, her suit gone and replaced with a black dress fit for a cocktail party.
"Don't get too caught up in the beauty, you two. This place might be nice, but it has once major problem." She pointed at the ground in front of her. I almost fainted at what I saw.
About two feet in front of her on the ground was a footprint. Not just a normal footprint either. The massive foot outline on the ground was at least two feet wide and reptilian, the toes as large as bricks. I could tell a sharpen claw extended out from each toe, making it even more frightening.
"This is why I brought you two here." Miss Dez explained. "There's a creature here that has been running around, killing wildlife and has even started fires! Luckily, the mortal park rangers haven't discovered it yet, but if they find it, it might expose the world of magic. That's where you two come in." I knew what she was going to ask before she said another word.
"You expect us to fight that thing?" I demanded. "Are you crazy?! This thing could kill us! What makes you think we'd say-" Baylee cut me off.
"We're on it, Miss Dez!" Baylee looked at me, a confident smile on her face. "What? It's not like she'll gives us a choice."
"You're kidding, right? I don't want a giant lizard ripping me limb from limb!"
"You'll be fine. We both will." She assured me. "We're witches, aren't we?"
I looked at the girl, thinking she had lost it, when I realized something. She wasn't scared, but rather, she seemed to want to fight this thing! I just couldn't wrap my head around it. Before I could say another word, a deafening roar echoed through the trees. It sounded like it came from a Japanese monster film, the volume of it making my ears hurt. I turned to ask Miss Dez what it was, when I realized another thing.
Miss Dez was gone.