I was still crying, still missing Mai when a young girl slid into the seat beside me.
"Hey, are you okay?"
I looked at her in surprise. She was part of the school group, I had seen her before when my ever watchful eye scanned the bus for ill or injured people. I had no idea why a school kid would have any interest in any perfect stranger, let alone one that was bawling her eyes out.
I would really rather be alone with my sorrow, but I didn't want to be rude to her. She seemed to be genuinely concerned. Maybe I could pretend to get off at the next stop and get off. Then I could turn back into a spider, or butterfly or something, and get back on the bus. I could always turn back into a human if someone got sick or hurt.
I was still deciding what to do when I heard a small scream, and I smelled something burning. I looked back, and the young wizard had set fire to the seat in front of him. I stood up, and started to edge out of the seat.
"Excuse me miss. It looks like we have a fire back there. I better go and see if anyone is hurt."
The girl gave me a puzzled look, but she moved out of the seat so that I could get out. I all but ran back to row five where the young wizard and his sister were sitting.
When I got there, the boy had tried to put it out with his bottle of water, and his sister had tried to beat it out with a back pack. The author and the angel had stood up and gotten out of their burning seat when the fire started.
When I reached row five, I spoke to the boy in a very authoritative voice.
"Give me your water bottle, young one."
"I know, just give it to me."
I stared at the scared and distraught boy and willed him to give me the bottle. He handed it to me, and I turned my back to the people who were staring at the fire from the other seats. I willed the bottle to fill with water, which it did.
I poured the water on the fire and it smoldered for a moment, then went out. Then the seat back returned to its' original condition.
" Magic illusion that got out of hand."
I said loudly to no one in particular, by way of explanation. People turned around and stopped staring.
I took the boy by the shoulder and whispered into his ear.
"If you ever do that again I'll send you to a planet with only ice and monsters on it.!" I all but growled at him.
"It was an accident. I was just trying to conjure up a pair of mittens, my hands are cold. I just wanted to get them warm. There was something wrong with my incantation I think."
"You think? Marvellous powers of observation you have there, Einstein." I said angrily.
The boy's sister leaned over to speak to me.
"How did you get the fire out? We tried everything, and nothing worked."
"Magic fire requires magic water. I put an extinguishing spell on the water I filled the bottle with."
I backed away from the seat, and as an afterthought I leaned toward the boy again.
"The next time you want to warm your hands, learn to knit!"
I walked back to my seat smiling. I had needed a good crisis to lighten my mood.