I turned the corner and walked towards the imposing back gates. I remembered the intructions I had received by mail. Ignore the gates. They will be locked, but just approach them confidently, touch them and they will open. I was still unsure, but I walked forward as confidently as I could. Slowly I reached out my hand, and just as my fingertips brushed the icy metal, the gate sprang open, and suddenly looked less intimidating. I stepped over the threshold and onto the Academy grounds.
After a few minutes of walking, I came to the front of the Academy itself. A huge Gothic structure that looked as if it had been built in the Middle Ages – it looked more like a castle than a school. I saw a small group of kids, about my age or younger, milling around in front of the massive wooden doors. Their hair shone like starlight, especially the few blondes among them, whose golden hair reflected the burning light of the sun. As I got closer, one girl really stood out to me. Normally I am very shy around new people, but I mustered up my courage and walked over to her.
“Hello.” I said, ignoring the impulse to run away and hide.
“Hi! I’m Suki-Mae Reid” she said. This girl was one of the two or three blondes, and as she flicked her long hair over her shoulder, I was filled with a pang of envy. Her hair shone like the sun at noon, whereas my dark brown hair could only ever muster up a few, occasional glimmers. Suki-Mae held out her hand.
“Livana James.” I replied, completing the handshake. “But everyone calls me Liv.”
“Nice to meet you Liv. I would tell you what’s going on, but I don’t know myself. I was the first one here, and nothing’s happened so far.”
Just then the castle…erm…school doors swung open and everyone liked around in surprise. We all stood like that for a moment, just staring at everyone else, wondering what to do next. Then one boy broke the spell and led the way inside.
After entering the dark foyer, there was a blaze of light, and suddenly there were two people in front of us. They said nothing, but motioned to us to follow them. So we did.