I knew that it was the day that Katie Ronda was coming back; it was all around the school if I hadn't already known. That was the day I'd have to start socialising with people...
I'd been summoned the headmistress's office again and I was late again. As I turned the corner leading up the stairs, I ran right into someone. I squeaked and instinctually turned invisible. When I saw it was Katie and Ben, I turned back.
"Sorry," I murmured. "I'm Raven Kits. The headmistress chose me to help protect you."
"Hi," she said, holding out a hand for me to shake.
"I wouldn't shake hands with her if I were you, Katie," Ben suggested, making her drop her hand.
"It's for the best," I muttered, forcing a small smile.
"So what are you? I don't mean that in a rude way at all," Katie said.
"I'm a Kitsune." I could see she was going to ask what that was. "I'm a magical fox."
"A very rare magical fox," Ben developed.
"Rare to find anyway. We don't usually leave our colonies," I explained.
"So why did you leave?" Katie asked, genuinely curious.
She nodded, understanding that I didn't want to talk about it. I made a mental note to thank her later.
"I need to speak with the headmistress. I'll see you around," I said, feeling more confident after her understanding.
She smiled and walked on with Ben. Hurrying up the stairs, and along the corridor, I finally got to the headmistress's office. I knocked and opened the door.
“Ah, Raven, you’re late,” said Ms Stella, looking up from a file.
“Sorry, I ran into Ben and Katie. But I would have been late anyway, sorry,” I murmured.
She smiled. “It’s not a problem. I just wanted to see you to tell you that you’re moving into Katie’s dorm. There’s space, seeing as Spooky McFuzz has dropped out of the university.”
“You mean... I’m going to be in a full dorm?” I said, the colour draining from my face.
“Yes, of course. Dalton Triad is in her dorm. He makes it obvious he doesn’t like her, and is therefore a possible threat.”
“What about Jasper?” I asked.
“What about him?”
“He’ll be on his own in the dorm.”
“The final room in Katie's dorm is now taken,” she pointed out.
“He can share my room. I don’t want to be the only Kitsune in that part of the school.”
“Jasper is a possible danger to Katie and Martha.”
“No, he won’t be, I promise.”
She sighed. “Can you promise that?”
“Yes,” I said, knowing full well I couldn’t.
“He’ll be your responsibility and it’ll be your fault if he is a threat.”
“He’ll have to share your room.”
“I know that. Besides, won’t Katie be better protected with two Kitsune around?”
She thought about it for a moment. “I guess you’re right, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on him.”
“You can go now,” she sighed. “Try and move into the dorm as soon as possible.”
I stood up, my hands shaking slightly and hurried back to my own dorm to gather my stuff and inform Jasper that we were moving.