Paramedics rush Ivy out of the room and the students slowly start to come out from under their desks. Mr. Cross is still standing at the front of the room, this time with a real smile on his face.
“Nobody is hurt, right?” He asks looking around at all of the students. They shake their heads. “Good. I’m sorry that you guys had to witness that. Class is dismissed and cancelled for the next week.” He dismisses them. They all run out quickly except Petra and the boy.
“Well, that was certainly unexpected.” Petra comments as she leans against the table at the front of the room.
“I expected something like it. You can tell by the way she carries herself that she isn’t a normal girl. Even if she doesn’t realize it.” Mr. Cross says. Petra sighs and rolls her eyes.
“Okay. Well, you’re all knowing and I’m just the one who has to fly by the seat of my pants. So, what are we going to do now?” She asks.
“First, I need Jasper to go and make sure that Ivy is placed in the same hospital room as Kathryn,” he looks over at the boy who is standing by waiting for orders, “can you handle that?” He asks.
“Yes, sir.” He says before quickly leaving the room. Petra sighs again and closes her eyes.
“What’s bothering you Petra?” Mr. Cross questions. She opens her eyes and looks at him.
“She didn’t want to talk about why she came here earlier. I never imagined that she was hiding something like this. I can only imagine what she did to wind up here. Her power felt dampened like she knew she was going to fail the test and so somehow put a damper but at the same time it seems like she doesn’t actually have any control over it. It must be so frightening for her.” She explains. Mr. Cross smiles.
“This is uncharacteristic of you Petra. Why would you care so much about a human?” He asks. Her eyes widen as she stares at him. She’s showing weakness. Mr. Cross chuckles. “It’s not weakness to care for someone, Petra. It’s only a weakness if you let it get in your way. What is it about her that makes you want to care?” He asks again. Petra thinks.
“She’s scared and I know what that’s like. She’s in a new place with powers that she can’t control and she doesn’t have anyone around her.” She replies. Mr. Cross hums as he walks around the table to stand in front of Petra.
“You have a kind heart Petra. Don’t let it get in your way.” He repeats the same warning again. She looks away from him and around at the room.
“Can this go back to normal? I can’t learn in this kind of environment.” She changes the subject. Mr. Cross chuckles again and nods.
“Yes. Although, I don’t know what you would be learning. Our true duties start as of today. As soon as I get confirmation from Kathryn.” He says. Petra turns to the room and closes her eyes. She visualizes what the normal room looks like, where every desk, book and piece of paper belongs. She raises her hands and a flash of light leaves them as the room puts itself back together. She opens her eyes to a newly clean room, the walls are white, desks are all in straight lines and the books are stacked neatly on the wood table on the side of the room. She turns to see Mr. Cross staring at her questioningly. “Have you been practicing that?” He asks.
“No, sir. I…just really wanted the room to be back to normal.” She lies to him. He smiles and stands again.
“That was a nice try but you know we can’t lie. I don’t care that you’ve been practicing as long as whatever you destroyed is put back together.” He tells her. She smiles and nods. “You must be tired. Why don’t you go get some rest and I will call for a meeting later to see what happens next.” Mr. Cross dismisses her. She quickly walks out of the room leaving Mr. Cross standing at the front table. He frowns and sits at his desk. He picks up the pen that’s sitting next to his computer and pulls out a scrap of paper. He writes a name, one he thought he wouldn’t be seeing for a long time, Elisabeth.