“Estoy a punto de emprender un viaje (I'm about to embark on a trip)
Con rumbo hacia lo desconocido (In the direction of the unknown)
No sé si algún día vuelva a verte (I don’t know if I'll ever see you again)
No es fácil aceptar haber perdido (It isn’t easy to accept having lost)
Por más que supliqué no me abandones (As much as I begged, do not abandon me)
Dijiste no soy yo es el destino (You said it's not me, it's destiny)
Entonces entendí que, aunque te amaba (Then I understood that, even though I loved you)
Tenía que elegir otro camino” (I had to choose another path)
“There you are.” Greeted Josie.
“Josie.” Said Penelope. Really? Of all the people in the school, Josie had to be the one who received them.
“So, you are Josie.” Avril said with a playful smile.
“I see Penelope told you about me.” Josie grinned. Penelope didn’t know what to do, she wanted the earth to swallow her and Avril could feel it.
“Actually, not at all.” Avril wasn’t going to let her win this one. Penelope and Josie frowned. “Ivy was the one who mentioned you when she told me that you thought I had kidnapped her. But as you see.” Avril continued while checking Penelope from top to bottom with a smirk on her face. “She’s perfectly perfect.”
Penelope's eyes widened at that. What the hell was Avril doing?
‘Is she checking her out?’ Thought Josie with jealousy. But before she could say anything Alaric came in with a smile on his face.
“Avril, Penelope, I’m glad to see you’re finally back.”
“It was just a day Alaric. There is no need to make such a fuss.” There was a touch of challenge in Avril's tone.
“Oh, we're going to have this conversation Avril, but not here, let's go to my office.”
“Fine.” Said Avril as she approached Penelope to entwine her hand with hers to follow Alaric.
At that Penelope looked at Avril with a ‘what are you doing?’ face, but Avril simply winked at her with a smirk.
‘Did she just intertwine her hand with Penelope's?’ Now Josie was definitely pissed. ‘Who the hell does she think she is? I'm gonna burn her down.’ She thought as she followed them.
“Take a sit please.” Alaric said when they arrived at the office.
“Is this really necessary?” Avril took a seat next to Penelope while Josie stood by the chair where Alaric was. “I have permission to leave the school twice a week Alaric.”
“Yeah you do Avril, but Penelope here does not.” Avril rolled her eyes.
Penelope and Josie only watched while they interacted.
“Is it a big crime that I committed? I wanted her to come with me and that’s what I did. She’s perfectly fine as you both see. What’s the big deal?” She was insolent.
“The big deal here is that Penelope didn’t have permission to leave school and I can perfectly expel her for that.” Penelope shifted in her chair. “And she isn’t perfectly well Avril, or are you going to put aside the bandage she has in her hand? She's clearly wounded”
“Yeah, as for the first part you’re not gonna expel her, in fact, you’re not gonna do anything to her, because it was my fault, and I take full responsibility for it.” Said Avril calmly. “And for the second…”
“It wasn’t her it was Hope.” Penelope got into the conversation and Josie and Alaric frowned looking at her. “And it isn’t just my hand it’s also my back. It happened the day of the show when Hope sent me against the wall to prevent me from taking the urn. Avril only bandaged my hand.” She turned to look at Avril who was already looking at her. “And if I'm being honest, she was the only one who cared.”
Josie recalled that night, she was so worried about what she had told Lizzie that not even one second she stopped to wonder if Penelope was okay. ‘Why does she look at her like that?’ Josie wasn’t liking the way Avril and Penelope looked at each other at all.
Avril smiled at Penelope. “I told you I can heal you. Please, just let me do it.” She begged.
Penelope nodded and Avril started to uncover her hand as gentle as she could. Alaric and Josie just watched. Then Avril began to make patterns in Penelope's hand, touching it with such delicacy that in the end, it didn't seem that she was touching her at all. Penelope felt all the particles of her hand settle into place and moaned in pain.
Avril looked at her gently. “Here, take my hand and squeeze it every time it hurts.” She handed her the other hand. “You can leave as many marks as you want.” She winked.
That was it. Not only Avril had to touch her but also had to make those comments? Josie was mad as hell. She felt all the magic going up her body while siphoning it from school. “Ignalusa.” She whispered and with that Avril’s arm went on fire.
Penelope and Alaric’s eyes widened as they moved away from Avril and looked at Josie. But to their surprise, Avril laughed.
“Oh look at that. I didn’t know I can do that.” Said Avril whit a smile on her face while shaking her arm that in a matter of seconds stopped burning without any brand of what had just happened.
“Are you alright?”
‘Of course, Penelope has to care. She doesn’t even know her and she can’t take her eyes off her.’ Josie looked at Alaric who was looking at her with an ‘I know it was you’ face and just shrugged.
“Yeah I’m totally fine, you don’t have to worry about me P.” Avril grinned at her. ‘Of course, she has a nickname for her.’ “Now your hand is fine, and as for the back, we can fix that later.” She smirked.
‘Really? Who do you think you are? I want to kill you.’ Josie frowned.
“Okay, can we go back to the important thing here? Please.” Said Alaric trying his best to take the conversation to another side and avoid another accident like the previous one.
“Yeah sure, as I was saying, we didn’t harm anybody, yes I know P didn’t have permission but it isn’t like something happened to her, she’s fine, we both are, why can’t you leave it like that?” Avril frowned. “And at the end of the day if you continue with that thought I'm going to have to go into your mind and arrange everything so that you leave Penelope alone.”
“What are you talking about?” The three of them turned to look at her with fear.
“Okay, relax. You don’t have to look at me like that.” Avril said. “I can get into others mind and change things at will if I want to. But I don't want to Alaric, it's just that you're threatening P and I won't let you do anything to her. So, Alaric, what’s gonna be?”
Penelope and Josie were astonished, why did Avril care so much about what could happen to Penelope?
Alaric thought for a moment, sure he could expel or punish Penelope, but it wouldn't help him because, in the end, she was leaving the school in a matter of days and Avril eventually had permission to leave school twice a week whenever she wanted, on the condition that her grades were excellent. And he also wasn’t thrilled by the idea of Avril getting into his head whenever she wanted to.
“Okay.” Josie was startled at that answered. “Your friend Ivy was right, you’re smart as hell.” Avril smirked at that and Penelope was just surprised at how easy Alaric had dropped everything. “I’m gonna leave it this time but I still need you to answer some questions that I couldn’t ask you yesterday.” Then he turned to look at Josie and Penelope. “You can go now girls.”
While Penelope stood up Avril said. “P can stay if she wants to I have nothing to hide.” Penelope sat down again, who was she going to lie? She really wanted to know more about Avril. With that Josie also remained in her place. “Shoot.”
Alaric took a crystal sphere between his hands and continued. “This here Avril is gonna confirm if what you’re telling me is the truth.”
“What a way to distrust.” Avril played.
“Believe me I have my reasons.” Alaric went on. “What’s your name?”
“Avril Ucross.” The crystal sphere filled with blue smoke.
“Have you ever killed someone?”
“How direct.” She frowned. “No, I have not.” Blue.
“How long have you known Ivy?”
“Since I was three years old.” Blue.
“How many siblings do you have?”
“I’m an only child.” Blue.
“Are you a witch?”
Avril laughed. “No.” Blue.
“What kind of creature are you?”
“I’m not any kind of creature I’m just Avril.” Blue.
“Why are you really here?”
“Because of Ivy.” Red.
“You’re lying.” Avril's expression became serious.
“Because of Ivy and…” She paused. “Because of Ivy and Penelope.” Blue.
Penelope grinned at that but Josie frowned.
“Repeat after me. I’m here to harm you.”
“I’m here to harm you.” Red.
“And last but not least. Where are you from?”
“I’m from Darth Woolner.” Blue.
“Where is that?”
“As far as Australia?”
“Farther than the moon?” He joked.
“It is even farther.” Blue.
The four of them frowned. ‘What the hell?’ Alaric thought.
“It seems like this is broken but you already answered what really mattered, you can go now.” They were leaving when Alaric said. “Josie, can you please stay for a second?”
“Sure, dad.” She answered.
When the other two finally left the office Alaric continued.
“What was that about Josie?”
“What was what about?”
“Don’t play dumb Josie, you’re my daughter and I love you but you know what you did, you lit Avril on fire.”
“What are you talking about? You heard her, she didn’t know she could do that.”
“You can try and fool me Josie but you can’t fool yourself. The incident wasn’t too serious so I'm not going to punish you, but start asking yourself why you did what you did. You can go now, honey.”
“Well, that was fun.” Said Avril as they walked after leaving Alaric's office.
“Are you sure you alright?” Penelope was worried.
“Yes P, I’m sure, you don’t have to worry about me, in fact, you should worry about yourself, your hand is already healed but what about your back?”
“Yeah, I forgot about that, do you think you can help me later?” She asked.
“Forget later, what about now?” With that, Penelope felt all the particles of her back settle into place. It didn’t hurt as much as when Avril healed her hand.
Penelope frowned. “Wait a second, you didn’t even touch me.”
“I told you I just need to think about something to do it. I don’t need to touch or say anything for it.”
“Then why did you touch me in the office?”
“Did you see Josie’s face?” She smirked.
“You did that on purpose?”
“Of course I did it on purpose, that and when I interlocked our hands to get to the office, sorry about that, I should’ve asked you but we were running out of time and I just wanted to see if she cares about you as much as you care about her. And I got my answer, she did light me on fire after all.”
“You knew it was her who lit you on fire?”
“Oh, come on P, how old do you think I am two? Of course, I knew. I told you I don’t have magic in me and I can feel the difference between the things that I do and the things that you as witches do. I felt the magic, black magic if I must say.” She grinned.
“Why didn’t you say anything?”
“Because I didn’t want her to get in some kind of problem, and if you think about it, I deserved it.” Penelope frowned. “I provoked her. It was a normal human reaction, well, a normal human reaction of a witch.”
“Okay, thank you for that… I think.” She was stunned. “But I need you to stop teasing her. I don’t have any doubt about her feelings. And if I’m being honest I broke her heart before she broke mine. It's just complicated.”
“You know you can tell me right?” Avril asked softly.
“Yeah, sorry if I don’t want to share my private life with a total stranger.” She didn’t mean to say it so rudely. And when she saw Avril's wounded look she wanted to apologize but before she could do it, Josie appeared from behind.
“Hey, Penelope can we talk?” Actually, Josie was the last person she wanted to talk to right now but before she could say anything Avril spoke.
“Yeah, you know what? I’m gonna go find Ivy, I miss her already, see you later.” And with that Josie and Penelope watched as Avril disappeared through the corridors.
“I was worried about you. When I found out you left the school with a total stranger I thought that maybe something bad had happened to you.” Penelope turned to look at Josie in the eye. “I actually wanted to apologize for what happened yesterday.”
“Penelope please let me explain.”
“I don’t need you to do it, you made everything clear yesterday Josie and I really don’t have the strength to do this.”
“This. One day you love me and the other you don’t. One day you shut me down and the next you pretend that nothing happened. I’m tired of this back and forth. Yesterday you made it clear to me that you don’t want to have anything to do with me and today you set Avril on fire that thanks God she is fireproof if not who knows what would have happened. This hurts too much.” They both were starting to cry. “It hurts Josie, it really does, I know that I broke your heart and you may not understand why I did everything that I did but that doesn’t give you the right to shattered my heart every time you have the opportunity. I love you, Josie, I do. I’ve never tried to hide my feelings for you” Josie had no words. “But I’m letting you go now. I can’t do this anymore. It hurts like hell. Because I broke your heart I know that, and I can’t really tell you why I do what I do, but you can’t come and kiss me one day and treat me like shit the next day either. Neither you nor I deserve that. Maybe one day we’ll find our way back to each other, but right now it isn’t right.” She kissed Josie’s cheek. “I love you, Josie, don’t ever doubt it, but we both need to grow.” And with that, she left Josie there in the middle of the corridor crying for all the things that could have been and were not.