Chapter 30. New Year Session
Tired, sore muscles, a continual headache from boggling at history, teamwork and predicted future, not counting the lessons in magic taught by Cranndair the Green Wizard, the students walked, crawled and a few fluttered back to their rooms in the various houses they belonged to. All were bone-tired.
If anything, the Green Wizard taught with the students in a practical application, humans and dragons and those that had a bit of both, hugged and smiled as they parted company, instead of being in separate houses, they all knew they were of one house.
The House of The Green Man.
Sprite had grown even longer, although she had gained some length, her weight had not increased, she continued to grow longer but, like all children, she started to stretch out into a willow of a creäture.
Back in the house of Garnet, Jona walked to his room and found Sam-Sam had already returned and unpacked.
“Hi Jona! Are you back, visiting the lower side a bit with us? You don’t have a room on the brown garnet level, anymore. You have gone up on the scale. They should place you at least in blue, if not green, I’d say. You spent winter’s break with the Green Man. So you would have a room there.”
“I didn’t know. Where would I have found that change?”
“Professor Vale posted it on pillar by the front door.”
“Oh, ugh. I was too tired, the Green Wizard is about killed us all.”
“Yeah, he does that. He is spry for an old guy, a thousand years old and he can move a mountain with a finger. Not even Professor Vale is more powerful.” Sam said.
“That is because the Green Wizard lives with Nature.”
“Yeah, always in that mountain.” Sam nodded. “He has more power from the trees and rocks that he cares for.”
“No, it’s not that, his mate is Nature.” Jona laughed. “She is his spouse.”
“Dude, didn’t you go to study with him once?”
“No, I was more interested in racing and never went, I learned all I wanted about him from those that have went there and came back all broken down and dirty.” Sam shook his head. “Teamwork, what good is that in a race with one-on-one paired rider and ride?”
“When the world has floods, fires, or earthquake, how do we help each other?”
“Well, how do…” A familiar voice interrupted Jona.
“Well, I thought you might be lost.” It was Kolo. “Well, sexy human, you do not live here anymore, your room is in another level, since you came back from the Green Man’s mentor program. Did you learn a lot?”
“Oh HI Kolo! Oh wow, did I ever!” Jona said.
“You lost weight.” She traced her finger over Jona’s left shoulder. “You look good. You could be ridden, looking like that. You would be a good training for a racer girl.”
“What?” Jona boggled.
“Never mind. You are sexy looking, just saying.” Kolo winked. “Come with me, we need to find your new room.”
“Okay.” Jona was still trying to get his mind around the flirt he had just gotten. Dragons were a strange group. They loved like no other, but loved one after another.
“Sam.” Kolo turned to Jona’s ex-roomie. “Come with me, you are on the Blue floor. It appears you did not check either.”
“I did! The color was brown.”
“You did not have a color until this morning. Your grades have improved and the professors were talking about keeping you and Jona together. Jona is a good influence on you it seems.”
“He just showed me around.” Jona said.
“Jona, you got him to attend class. Attendance is the single most important thing in school, even if you don’t work, the professors feel that you absorb information by sitting there with your eyes open. Sam has been at ever class last session.”
“Well, I’ll have to pack.”
“I’ll send Wynter for you.”
“AH! I’ll be packed in two minutes! Don’t send the Wyvern for me!” Sam jumped up and was immediately stuffing clothes into a pillow-slip and wrapping the rest up in his big wool blanket he brought from home.
“Why is he worried about Wynter?”
“Wynter is a wyvern, and he has no patience for lower level students. He is especially angry with Sam-Sam, they’re related and he bragged about Sam being smarter than most everyone around before this little hatchling arrived.” Kolo laughed. “I think Wynter would roll Sam up in the blanket and play football down the hallway with him.”
“Yeah, you kick it, until it gets to where you want it to go.”
“Ooooh!” Jona laughed, imagining Sam-Sam the Dragon, already in hot water with his family, being used as a sports toy.
“Here we are. Green level.” Kolo said, her tail swaying in a more serpentine way when she was walking in front of Jona. Jona could hear the other men whisper to each other when they walked in.
“Kolo, why is he here? This is a Brown Level Garnet.” A red dragon with vestigial-black wings and eye-brow scales said. Chain mail that glittered in the light when the dragon moved, they had arms like some other people had legs.
Very muscular legs.
“Mars, this is Jona, he just came back from winter break with the Green Wizard. He passed with the wizard giving him a pat on the back and an invitation to come back.”
“Well! That is different, welcome Jona. I am Mars, the senior leader of the game-players club. Do you play Drake and Hunter?”
“I never heard of it.”
“Awesome, you are human? If you get to enjoy this and want to play a lot, you can join our club. The only requirements are good grades and play at least a bit every day.” Mars nodded, his scales glistened like polished jewels. If one did not know that he was a dragon, one would thing he was human dressed in fine scale armor.
“Mars,” Kolo smiled and traced her finger over his ear (Mars’ eyes dialated and Jona swore he could hear the scales shake.) “Would you ask that Jona have a tutor to keep his grades up? Professor Vale has requested that Jona keep his studies going from the Green Man. Jona is a racer and a good one at that.”
“You do can keep doing that, Kolo, but so that you know I’d do it anyway.” Mars laughed. Turning to Jona. “She is the one that keeps Garnet house going. And she is cute.”
Mars shook his head to clear his vision.
“You know how to touch my feelers,” Mars sighed and Kolo laughed softly.
Jona laughed awkwardly as the pretty girl dragon flirted with the brawny leader of the Green level.
“Where is my room?” Jona asked.
“This way,” Kolo smiled. “You have a choice, Green Level has had a change in tenants here. A few have not kept up their grades, another has aced her studies and has moved up from Emerald to Gold level.”
“What is Emerald level?”
“This one. We call it green informally, but the official term is Emerald. Blue is Sapphire, Brown is Rough.”
“As in unpolished and dirty.”
“Oooh!” Jona said as Kolo led him to his room.
“Here is where you will stay. Mars’ is at the end of the hall, he has a private room, most of his club members meet there. You will have no one else in this room for a while. So I will check on you from time to time to make sure you are keeping your studies up.”
“Mars will, too?”
“Yes, it is important to the house that we keep our ratings up. It is a contest between each house who has the highest ranked students. It will also give you a chance to study with the Green Wizard once again.”
“I’m not sure I can survive another round with him.” Jona laughed.
“It will do you good. You will find studying here is easier than with that old man.”
A soft voice behind Jona, a human girl with tight curly hair and dark skin whispered to the new arrival.
“That is for sure, the Green Wizard made me want to come back so much, I made sure my grades were high enough I could go again.”
“I did not see you there.” Jona said.
“Part of my skills, I’m a member of the Fae.”
“No, that is a music group in about a hundred centuries, I am fae.” She smiled, probing eyes looked into his eyes to see if he understood the joke. “My family are more magical than dragons.”
“No, well, in a stretch of the sense, I suppose, I can change size.”
“You can get bigger?”
“Ohh, no. I am at my largest now, I can get smaller, a lot smaller.” She smiled. “My name is Retta. This is my last year.”
“Pleased to meet you.”
Watching her walk away, she wore her armor like it someone painted it on and then oiled over the leathery parts until she shimmered when she walked.
“Human boys are so much fun. Brain damaged since puberty and it takes years to have enough blood to run all your parts at the same time.”
Laughing at himself, Jona moved into his new room that he had no one to share with.
The second session in the main school of Dragon Master University was going to be fascinating.