Alex Key is not your everyday girl. During high school, calling her a trouble-maker is an understatement. Because of this, she wasn’t accepted into any colleges. That is until she got a letter from a strange school that was apparently training superheroes Of course she wanted to go. But when she gets there, everything is not as it seems. A stranger shaking with fear in her presence and a power to end the world. Others shun her for how she was born. Will she rise up and show them that there is still good in her heart, or will she fall to the claws of darkness forever?


1. Premonition

(That hope is little more than the premonition of regret. This is the first lesson of history)     - R. Scott Bakker


    I waved goodbye to my parents as a found myself being swept away in the ocean of students making their way to the auditorium. I felt an arm grab onto me, pulling me down.

“Sorry.” I girl said. She had light skin, white hair with light blue tips and orange eyes.

“It’s okay.” I said, “Wanna make our way through together.”

The girl nodded gratefully, “Thanks.”

We worked our way through the sea of bodies, “You a Freshman?” I asked.

“Yes, you?”

I nodded.  It took awhile before we were finally able to make it to the auditorium. When we arrived, most of the seats were full. After a minute of searching, we found two empty seats near the front, where I assumed the Freshman were sitting. The girl and I found our way up to the row.

“Anyone sitting here?” I asked a guy sitting a chair over. He had tanish skin, brown hair and green eyes.

“Nope, you’re welcome to take them.” He said.

I nodded gratefully as the girl and I took our seats.

“I’m Lyra by the way.” The girl said.

“Nice to meet you, Lyra, I’m Alex.” Lyra and I shook hands, chuckling to ourselves.

“Welcome Students, old and new.” A voice from the stage silenced the room in a matter of seconds, “I am your principal, Ray Austin. My great great grandfather Reef Austin built this school. I am proud to continue his legacy. Without further ado, Welcome to Austin Superhero Academy! (ASA for short)” Principal Austin gestured behind him, the curtains parted and a screen emerged. A video started playing. I didn’t pay much attention to it though, the guy text to me kept shifting restlessly in his chair.

“You ok?” I asked.

He looked up at me for a second, as if he were surprised I noticed, “Yea, I’m fine. Just nervous I guess.”

“Aren’t we all?”


I turned my attention back to the screen: Freshman and sophomore year, you will only be training with your powers. Junior and Senior year, you will get to be a sidekick for an alumni. Once you graduate, you will become a full fledged superhero: The video ended with some action music.

“Ah well, now we’ll dismiss in age groups I guess. Freshman, year dorms are the 100’s. Yes, girls and guys are in the same building. And please, everyone, we’re not training sluts here, we’re training superheros. The building will be out the main door and to the right. You will choose one person of the same gender to room with you. Off you go now.” Principal Austin said, almost shooting us out the doors.

“Hey, Alex, want to be roommates?”

“Sure.” I said, walking down the hall, past the mob of people at the door and down the hall.

“What room?” I asked.

“Uhh, 147.” She said, glancing to our right.

“Let’s go.” I said, walking through the door. Inside the room was a mini kitchen, (Actually it was more like a counter, some cabinets and a mini fridge.) two queen beds on opposite walls, both with a bedside table on each side. The bedside tables all had lamps on them. There was a couch on the wall the door.

“Everything’s so white.” I said, “Nothing has color.”

“Didn’t you watch the video, our rooms decorate themselves with stuff related to our powers once we figure out what they are.” Lrya said.

“Wow. How does that work?” I asked.

“No idea.” She said, “Come on, let’s go get our bags from the front.”

“Ok.” I said following her out, “Don’t we need to lock the door.”

“No, it lets us in with facial recognition.” She said.

“Dang, this place.”

“You really didn’t listen to the video at all.”

“I know.”

“Right.” She said, “You were too busy talking to-”

“Hey guys.” A masculine voice cut her off.

“Oh hey, you’re the guy from before, right?” I asked.

“Yep, I’m Aiden.” He said.



“Hey, we’re about to go get our stuff, want to come?” I asked.

“Sure why not.”

    We walked and talked for a bit. Dragging all our stuff back to our dorm proved more challenging than anyone thought. We finally made it back to our dorm, splitting off at room 133 and saying goodbye to Aiden. The two of us dragged our stuff into our room, dropped everything the second we got into the door, and flopped down on our beds. My stomach started to growl.

Looking at the clock, I realized it was around dinner time.

“What do you want to do for dinner.” I asked

“I mean they do serve food here, but since it’s our first night, I think we should head into town.”

“How could we get there?” I asked.

She glanced down at her watch, “There’s a shuttle leaving in seven minutes.”

“Was that in the video too?” I asked grabbing my phone and heading for the door.

“You really should have payed attention.”

“Yea yea.”


    We got off the shuttle in a fairly large plaza.

“There's a build-your-own pizza place right there.” Lyra said.

“Cool.” I said as my stomach growled again.


    Dinner was fun. Lyra and I just talked and laughed the whole time. Like did you know that she once went to Montana and got to stay in a cabin right in the middle of a wolf pack’s territory? Ya neither did I. We made our way back to our all-white-dorm-room and flopped on the beds. Tired from today and excited for tomorrow. I turned off the light and began drifting off to sleep.

“Alex.” Lyra pulled me away from my dreams.

“What’s up.” I said.

“I’m just thinking.” She said.

“Thinking about what?” I asked.

“Nothing…” She said.

“Lyra, what were you thinking.”

“It’s just that, I know this is a superhero school and all, but I was wondering if other stuff might happen here as well.” She said.

“Like what?”

“No, it’s stupid.” She said.

“Highly doubt that.” I replied.

She took a deep breath and yawned, “I’ll tell you in the morning.”

“Alright.” I said. Some time passed from when we stopped talking and when we fell asleep. I couldn’t sleep. There was just too much to think about. I had so many questions. What will my power be? What will the room look like tomorrow? Will Lyra be in any of my classes? Will Aiden be in any of my classes? Will I have a least one of them in each of my classes? What happens if I don’t have either of them in my class? Will I just have no friends in that class then? What was Lyra talking about? Why was Aiden shaking in orientation? What will Lyra tell me tomorrow? What power does Lyra have? What will my superhero name be? What will my superhero suit look like? What superhero will I be a sidekick for? No matter how many questions circled through my mind, one kept coming back. Why was Aiden shaking so much during orientation? I had a sinking feeling it wasn’t just nerves.


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