Blaze was lead through a maze of corridors and paths to a room. Caren brought out a slip of paper and checked a fancy and rare clockwork watch. “We are on time,” he said before knocking on the door. An old man, around his fifties and head filled with silver hair appeared in the doorway. He held out his hand and took the slip of paper which Caren was holding and checked and exact replica of the clockwork watch. “Come in,” he said before opening the door fully, revealing a desk. Three chairs were placed on Blaze’s side of the table while five men sat on the other side. All five looking rather different. One was shimmering slightly, another smiling with stony eyes, the third angry with a scowling mouth. The fourth was slim and quiet and the final one had hard calculating eyes. Blaze was sat in the middle of the three chairs with Caren to his left. The woman Sienna who rushed in through the front door and sat to his right. The old man who had let Blaze in sat off to the side, a small desk in front of him. With only enough space for his ink bottle and paper, Blaze guessed he was there to write down anything that was said or done. “Good afternoon Caren,” Said the calculating man. “Good afternoon Vareth,” Replied Caren confidently, and Blaze noted down the name. “Your student is...?” He trailed off waiting for an answer. “Blaze,” Replied Caren. Sienna looked over stunned, and Blaze remembered the false name he had given her. “Blaze who?” Continued Vareth. Caren looked expectantly towards Blaze. “Blaze,” Blaze said, staring defiantly into Vareth’s eyes. Challenging him to ask for more. “Well, Blaze, welcome to the Academy. This is Xar,” he said pointing to the shimmering man. “This is Skel,” he said pointing to the stony eyed man. “This is Morwa,” he pointed to the scowling man. “And this is Garkot,” he said indicating the slim and quiet man. “Now let us begin.”
Looking over Blaze watched students move and rush to different rooms. “Shouldn’t you be learning, something?” He asked Caren. “Oh, no. We have time off to allow us to show you around and teach you the rules.” Caren replied. “It’s very fun to watch everyone else run around while you get to relax,” Blaze nodded his head in agreement. “Okay! Let’s get started,” Said Caren, rubbing his hands together in anticipation. Leading Blaze he walked down the main hall and past many rooms labeled with many different things. Then turning to the left he led Blaze to the rooms, they were tidy, and medium sized, fitted with a bed, drawers and other things a student might need. Blaze was shown the room he would be living in and was glad when he was told that they were all paid for by the kingdom in hope that a great magician would come forth and change tides in war. Further down the left hall Blaze was shown five different rooms. A different symbol above each door, the first a fire, the second an eagle, the third a shark, the fourth a spider and fifth a sword. “These are the different factions. Students are assigned to the different teams according to their rating in admissions. All the teams are fair and they are put against each other as a friendly competition. The best team gets rewarded and sent into the next year. The losing team has to do the whole year again. No group has ever reached the end without any year delay.” Explained Caren. “I am in the fire one, called The Dragons. You should go into that one because I am your helper, but there has been exceptions before.” He continued. Blaze took in all the information. “What’s admissions?” Asked Blaze after a second of thought. “Your about to find out,” Caren Replied smiling, his eyes glinting with excitement.
“Sienna, would you kindly search Blaze again.” Said Vareth, more as a statement rather than a question. Sienna nodded and reached up and placed two fingers on each side of his head and closed her eyes. The veins in her arms started to glow with the same bright blue colour and the path took the colour up to her finger tips, where it went into Blaze’s head. This time they began to glow gold as Sienna took a more detailed approach. A buzzing noise filled Blaze’s head, it flitted about, flicking through memories and thoughts. Sienna’s face creased in concentration. The flickering of the buzzing became more strained as it reached further back into his memories. It went back the the old house, back to his old family. Back to the sadness, anger and grief. The buzzing snapped away inside Blaze’s mind. Sienna pulled away gasping, and only then did Blaze realise that she was sweating and almost crying. A little disturbed Vareth continued. “Rating out of a hundred?” He asked. “One hundred.” Said Sienna before walking quickly out. Many protests and exclamations of surprise and defiance began to build between the four leaders. With no way to stop the talking Vareth looked angrily at the squabbling leaders. “Dismissed!” Walking out Blaze looked over at Caren. “What just happened?” He asked. “You don’t know? Your in for a long explanation.”