The Hidden Life of Rowena Foribe * NANOWRIMO 2017*

The life of a witch who had lived most of her life without knowing who or what she truly is. Upon walking into a classroom and getting a project she dives deep into her family history. Finding things that she didn't know and overhearing things that she shouldn't know about. Seeing things that she shouldn't. She is about to turn 15 years old and that is when the first sighs of a witch come out. She can choose to go with them and see where the journey will take her or she can be like her family and turn her back on the Goddess and magic and powers. Rowena is just a normal 14-year-old high school student. Slacking in a few classes but good on most of her classes. Rowena has a few friends but her best friend that she tells everything, Eva Flixnet, who is in most of her classes.

(I know NaNoWriMo is done but I will still be working somewhat on this book. It is also for my school. They want me to write a novella soI wrote for NaNoWriMo.I also made a new cover but it is being picky with me)

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2. The School Project

          

"Go away, I need like five more minutes," I complained as someone knocked on my door. It was clear that I should have gotten up and got ready for school but I was comfortable. My bed was warm and soft and leaving just seemed to ruin everything. Keeping my eyes shut I tried to go back to sleep but seconds later my phone buzzed and I knew that it was my friend.  

 

Eva – Up yet? 

Rowena- No 

Eva – Something wrong? 

Rowena – School. You forget? 

Eva – Ummm Maybe. Talk later. 

Rowena – See ya at school.  

 

Laughing at my friend's ability to forget that today was Monday I got up to face my cold room in nothing more than a tank top and a pair of thin pants. I looked over to my alarm clock because it was on my dresser. It was 6:30 already! I had to get going. I had to meet at my locker right when I get there and then go to the classroom that no one uses on the top floor and plan the next party with everyone else and be back in time for class to start in little more than an hour. 

Almost hopping over the pile of clothing I tripped to my dresser and yanked open the first drawer. Pulling out underwear and bras and tossing them on the bed. Almost slamming it closed I yanked the next one opened and choose carefully what my shirt would be, Should I go for the country life or should I do something like geek fashion. Choosing the first thing my hand touched and pulling it out. It looked good so I tossed that on my bed. Slamming that drawer closed I yanked the next one open and went on to throw a pair of yoga pants on top of the shirt. I closed that and ran over to my bed picking up this mess of a pile I almost ran right into the bathroom and got changed before I realized I could do that in my room. I shut the door and stripped as fast as I could. Throwing on the clothing and throwing the dirty ones on the pile of dirty or clean clothing I ran out of my room.  

My mom and dad looking at me make my way as fast as I could to the kitchen so I could get something to eat. I popped cold left-over pancakes into the microwave and ran to the mirror in the downstairs bathroom. My hair was a mess and I need to make sure that when I stay up all night that I take my makeup off. My eyeliner was smeared and my lip glosses were just everywhere. I am sure that I could have looked worst but I was in need of a long hot shower and some makeup wipes.  I looked over the counter trying to find them only to see that we were out and I was going to need to make my own.  

I heard the beeping sound from the microwave and almost ran out to go and get the pancakes. Stopping myself with another look in the mirror I sighed and told myself, "Food can wait," and went back on my way to get a cloth and wash off the makeup that was smeared all over my face. "Ugh I am never wearing makeup to bed again," I said while scrubbing my face raw. I just finished getting it all off when my stomach grumbled. Looking over at my phone I saw that I had just wasted ten minutes trying to do this. I wasn't going to have time to do my makeup today. 

Rushing out of the bathroom and to the somewhat warm pancakes that sat on the counter. "Thanks!" I shouted and rushed to eat them. They tasted good but could have been better. I sighed as my stomach settled down with food now in it. The pancakes did little but were my favorite, buttermilk pancakes. I sighed and knew that I was just going to have to go to school hungry. It's not like it would be the first time that I got up late. I heard my mom start the car and jumped. She was my ride and I knew that I was rushing around the house like someone that had lost their mind. I grabbed my backpack and checked to make sure that I had everything that I was going to need today. I had a new project starting today and the end of a quiz another class. I also had my computer that I was going to need to do my computer class. I also had my creative writing project due. I just had a lot of things that I had to get down. I looked around, almost frantic when I heard and felt the garage door open. I had everything that I needed but I had this feeling like I was forgetting something. I shook my head at myself and ran out the door to the car that was waiting in the driveway.  

"Took you long any Rowena. I thought that I was going to have to pour cold water on you for you to wake up," My mother said to me. I chuckled but looked into the mirror to see how I looked. I grinned at my reflation and my straight raven black hair. Even with a small brush through it looked as though I had hours of prep that had gotten me to look like this. I mean even my pale skin showed that I had flawless skin to everyone around me. I hadn't even put on makeup which I do every day. Something to make it seem like I have some color. If I didn't I would be the only pale white person there. I don't even know why I don't have any color. I spend more time outside then I do in my own home. "So where is your mind taking you know?" My mother asked looking over at me. I focused back in to see that she was pulling into the school parking lot.  

"Um, nowhere. Thanks for the ride. Bye mom," I said kissed her cheek and jumped out of the car almost before it stopped. I heard her mutter something but I was already rushing up the stairs to the doors. The person that stood outside was about to tell me to stop but I showed my pass to get let in early and he opened the door for me. Rushing in a went straight to my locker on the second floor and saw that my friend, Eva Sighde, was on her phone about to send a text to someone before she looked up and pocketed her phone.  

"Hey there you are Rowena, I was about to text you," She paused to give me an inspection, "Did you do something different with your makeup?" She asked I was about to say something when she said, "You're not wearing any?" In a shocked voice. "I have never seen you without makeup, like ever. Were you running late?" She asked. I nodded and unlocked my locker. Throwing in my bag and reaching for a brush that I had kept in there. I looked at the mirror and brushed my hair as fast as I could. Looking at the time. I pulled the brush through my hair once more and slammed my locker, making Eva jump. She glared at me as I looked sorry and ran up to the third floor and to the last classroom in the long-forgotten hallways up here. From the steps, there were only three hallways. I went to the one on the right and all the way down. Five doors down on the left people were gathered around a table about to start the meeting that I was almost late for. Eva was right behind me and grabbed me to slow me down once we got in the room. 

"Hey Rowena, just in time. Hi Eva. Looks like we have everyone. So, what we are going to talk about is the..." I grabbed my phone in my pocket as it started to buzz. I noticed that everyone's phone started to buzz really loud and they all looked down at it thinking about the text that they just got. I looked down at mine and the moment the buzzing stopped on my phone the whole table went quiet. I didn't know what was going on. "Okay then. Umm, let's just put all phones and quiet and get back to work," The head décor told everyone. We all did bit mine just turned off instead which was odd. I zoned out for the rest of the meeting and waited until my first class started. It was my History class but I am guessing we are doing something different today as we finished what we were doing in that class yesterday. A small tap on the table and we all got up to leave.  

"See you in the next class, Rowena," Eva said and rushed off to her locker. I sighed and almost went to the bathroom to fix my makeup. All the people flooding into the school building told me to just forget about doing my makeup today. I grabbed three books and my pencils' bag. Heading for the third classroom on the left wing of the school on the first floor I meet up with Eva and we walked together in peace.  

In the classroom, we sat in the back and watched everyone coming in. The teacher sat in the front watching us. I pulled up on notebook and looked for an empty page. I was going to need another notebook soon. On the whiteboard stuff that had been up all year was gone. I looked around and saw that nothing about what we had done last was up, he had even taken down the posters that he had put up as we needed them. I wonder what he is going to be doing for this round of projects.  

The teacher stood up when every seat was filled with one person and every voice in the room died. "Now I am sure that you all want to know what the next project is and I know that you want me to tell you but I have a little backstory on this one," He smiled and looked towards me. For some reason, this teacher was pointing something out for me and only for me. I didn't know what it was but he kept on talking while looking at me, " My backstory is that while I was doing some digging in my mother's house. If you are aware she had passed a while back and I just haven't found time to go through and sort her things. I found this book," He held up a dusty old book that someone had tried to dust off. Looking at it I felt like it held something really powerful. "It is my family history. This holds every record of my family. What they did, who they are, the important things that everyone should know. Now I am going to have you do this," He pointed to the book that he had set down on the table. "I want all of you to drive deep into your family past and..." 

"Can you believe this? I mean 'I found this and now I want you to blah blah blah'. Great, this should be easy," Eva whispered to me. I shot her a look and faced forward again. "Alright alright, I get it. You WANT to do this. I will just leave you alone then," She said and went back to doodling on her notebook.  

"There. If you use that you will find this much better. I know that this might seem easy to some but understand I want you to look deeper than what your family knows. I want a full-on tree including names, date of births, and date of deaths. I also want a paper at the end of this class," He said smiling at all the sighs that he heard in the class. I felt like this was going to be important. It might have nothing to do with real life but it would be fun to know more about your family. The bell rung telling people that this class was over. I was happy I had some leeway from my next teacher. I wanted to talk a little more. Everyone left the classroom in a rush where I sat where I was. "Hurry Rowena, you will be late for your next class," the teacher said with his back turned.  

"I have something I want to ask you. Well, two things now. One how did you know that someone was still in here? And two could I see that book?" I asked looking at the book. At that moment the teacher turned and motioned me towards him. He opened the book and pointed just below a picture of what I would assume to be his sister and saw a picture of me. "But..." I stuttered not really knowing what to say to something like that.  

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