Tainted Enchantment

Seventeen year old Sophie has just enrolled herself into a magical boarding school for fairies, a creature no one at her age believes, and doesn't know it. But whilst struggling with the distance from her boyfriend Drake and family, she unravels the truth about her real father and why people are out to kill her. In the end, who can Sophie trust? The boyfriend that has come to rescue her? Her best friend? Her roommate? Or the fey father she never knew she was related to? Which one is out to kill one of the most powerful fairies in history? Will the surprise she discovers send her into waves of depression? Follow the journey as Sophie learns who to keep close, and who not to keep close.

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24. Chapter Twenty-Four

"So you're going to abandon me to my own devices for several days?"

     Markis was looking at me as though I had asked him to grow a tail on a tomato plant.  Frankly, I wasn't in the mood for this; my head was spinning and my stomach was upset.  There was no room for tolerating him when I was feeling nauseated.

     "I'm only leaving for this weekend," I said.  "I've only been here for a month, but I miss home.  It's not like I'm actually abandoning you during class time."

     "Still," he shrugged and threw his bag over his shoulder, marching for the door. Just as he stepped out of the chemistry lab the bell rung and I sighed in relief. I could finally get away from this school. I was leaving tonight - catching to 101 to Derbyshire where I would then catch the bus to my home town, Alfreton- and not coming back until late Sunday evening. I'd felt excited about it all week but also terribly nervous.

     Max stepped up behind me and nudged me towards the door. "Has it ever occurred to you that he is not upset with you because you're leaving him at school all alone?"

     I paused just at Mr Saunders's desk. I slid my experiment paper onto his desk - the thick, red pen standing out where I'd written DISCOVERED I AM A FAIRY and turned to look at her. She stood there with a decent expression.

     "What do you mean?"

     "You have a boyfriend, right?" I nodded, still confused. "How did he act before you started going out?"

     I clicked my pen and zipped up my bag. "He was my best friend. I didn't even suspect he liked me."

     Max swivelled on her left heel and dragged me by the wrist and out into the corridor. We disappeared into a swarm of magical students - a corridor made up of werewolves, vampires, witches and fairies - and the only thing keeping me known that my roommate was still there was her hand firm around my wrist.

     As we took a steep step around the corner I caught Ryder's eye and he looked at me funnily. I forced an I'm-ok-I'll-tell-you-later smile on my face and soon found myself being pushed into my dormitory.

     "Ok, your boyfriend seems pretty cool. But, the usual way for a guy to react when he is falling for a girl is to make fun of them, or tease them or even physically hurt them. It makes them feel better about their situation."

     I took a step back in utter shock from her words. She could not be more wrong.

     "If you think that's true, then you must be crazy."

     Her shoulders fell, like she'd lost a major argument, and she fell back onto her bed beside the window. I watched her carry on in despair until she finally gave up and threw a blanket over her head.

     "Don't say I didn't warn you because once Markis wants something, he's bound to get it."

     I began hurrying around the room, throwing clothes and toiletries everywhere. I didn't have the time nor wanted the time to think about Markis and his feelings toward me because, frankly, I wouldn't care if a bus hit him while he was crossing a road or if his wolf enemy came to the school while I was gone and ripped his head off.

     Markis and I tolerated each other and that was all. I would give anything to swap Chemistry partners, though there were some moments where we did laugh together. But then I'd go ahead and steal his horse. What we had was not friendship.

 

"Have a good time with your family," Sara hoped for me as we hugged. Honey and Max were in the background, eating popcorn while watching a movie and I tried to to be a little upset at my poor farewell. But what I didn't expect was that when I'd finally walked away and was approaching the cab at the front of the school, Honey and Ryder came sprinting out.

     "So, I've made a date. The day you get back I'm going to cut your hair like mine, as you wanted."

     I grinned, offering my suitcase to the driver. He just nodded in response, remaining silent like most of the cab drivers did, and threw it into the trunk. I hugged her quickly, one of those flakey hugs that you get when you hug skinny people or a friend you're not really sure about, and she ran off claiming she had to get back and set up her room for another night full of "fun". I cringed.

     Ryder stepped forward then, a glum look on his face and hugged me. It was the best hug. He was warm and so was I, both of us soaking up the moment so we could relive it for the next two days while I was visiting my home.

     "Bye," he said when I pulled away, checking my watch. I did not want to be late.

     "I'll only be gone two days. I'll make sure I'll sneak out late Sunday night and lay on the grass when I get back so you can come up and scare me again."

     "Ok," he said with a smirk, before he turned away and I slid into the car.

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