Howard was frustrated as he walked back to the nurse’s office to tell the others what he learned about Randy.
“Howard!” Heidi shouts as he brushes pass her. “Howard!”
“What?” Howard snaps. He was frustrated enough; he didn’t need his sister bugging him too.
She looks at him with concern in her eyes and spooked softly, “Did your friend Andy do something to you?”
“No he didn’t do nothing wrong! And his name is Randy! Not Danny or anything else.” Howard shouts back, drawing a few stares from nearby kids.
“Okay, whatever, but why didn’t you let me come with you guys to get the deeds on the ninja! Cause I got to say that was wonk of you to do that to me!” Heidi wines.
“No, it was wonk of you for wanting to stick a camera in his face. If he wanted you to, he would of just asked!” Howard argues.
Heidi didn’t say anything else. She just turned away from Howard and walked towards class. Which was new since she would almost always get her way.
Not caring at the moment. Howard rushes back to the others. Once there, nothing has changed since he left.
Randy was still passed out on the bed, only growing paler by the hour with his purple hair wet from sweat. Theresa was still sitting beside him, holding his hand, which made Howard a little jealous. Flute Girl and Bash were still sitting in their chairs. Only to be broken by when Howard slams open the door.
Causing Bash to yelp, Flute Girl to hop off her seat and Theresa to let go of Randy to grab a book that was in her lap and toss it at Howard, which missed him by an inch.
“Wow that was honking close! You nearly took my head off!” Howard shouted in surprise.
“Sor...Sorry, a little jumpy.” Theresa explained trying not to smile. “Did you the book?”
“Yep I found it and found the cure for Randy and where it is!” Howard brags, “Only problem, I don’t know how to get there.”
He tells them what the Nomicon has said about the riddle and what he thinks they mean. When he was done, the room was silent.
“So,” Theresa said breaking the silent, “The sorcerer’s blood huh?”
“Yep and the cure is in the Land of Shadows, but the portal thing closed with the sorceress! So, if anyone of you know another portal, I have ears!” Howard says showing off his ears.
“I might know someone who does!” Flute Girl says, “Be right back.” And with that, she was out the door.
Within ten minutes, she was back along with Julian. He was wearing his usual purple suit with a purple top hat. A gothic kid who’s into a lot of vampire stuff and darkness. The prefect person for dark and spooky answers.
“So, you will to know about portals, huh?” Julian says in his slow English like voice that can creep you out at times.
“Yes.” Flute Girl says saving Howard from saying it.
“Good! And what would this portal lead too, I may ask?” Julian said wrapping his fingers together in front of him.
“Ummm, the Land of Shadows. Know anything?” Howard said this time. He was getting Nervous about the answer.
A tap of his chin told Howard that Julian had to dig in his thoughts for the answer. That a second later a light bolt when off.
“Ahh, you wish to know the way there and back, do yah? Oh, that’s a good choice, good choice indeed!” Julian said in the voice that creeps you out. “To enter, you simply go to the last place the portal open will when you are there say, ‘Ostende mihi viam aperie.’ And they way shall open. But to get out, oh that’s complicated indeed! You must find the only light source there and enter it back to our world.”
Everyone in the room was either shocked or surprised. Even Bash who probably didn’t get half of what Julian said.
“Mmm, Okay.” Howard said stupidly. He wasn’t sure what to say.
“Now,” Julian says, now tapping his fingers together greedily. “Anything, hehe, spooky?” He then does jazz hands to so excitement.
“No, that would be all!” Theresa says desperately wanting Julian out. “But thanks, for everything.” She then pushes Julian out the door and slams it with him shouting. When she turns around she looks relieved.
“That was creepy.” She says taking her place back next to Randy; who was still fast sleep.
“Yeah it was.” Howard and Flute Girl agreed. Bash even responds with a nod of his head.
“He hasn’t talked much today.” Theresa stated the obvious. “That’s new.”
“Yeah, it’s almost peaceful.” Flute Girl said with a grin that showed her braces.
The evening bell rang telling them that school is over.
“How do we get Randy home without anyone seeing? If people see us carrying him out the office like this, they would know in no time.” Said Flute Girl.
“Yeah I was fixing to ask that question.” Howard lied. “Maybe we can try calling his mother?”
“Yeah let’s try that!” Theresa says.
“Alright, you guys get started on that and I will be on my way.” Howard says turning to walk out the door only to be stopped by a hand on his shoulder.
“I know what you want to do Howard, and you can’t do it alone.” Says Theresa giving Howard a smile. “So I’m coming with you and no ‘buts’!”
Howard sighs, “Fine but now one else! It would be a better chance of all of use making it back if there are less people.”
Howard was surprised that he was agreeing. He hoped to go alone and make it back in one piece. He didn’t expect Theresa to tag along.
“Okay but be careful you guys.” Flute Girl said. “Me and Bash will take care of Randy til you get back with that cure.”
“Well, that’s, that’s! Ready Theresa?” Howard asks ready to get going.
“Ready!” She replies.
And with that, they were out the door and was walking to a long journey that would save the ninja.