New Home: Chapter 3

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Cassandra’s hands shook as she leaned against the wall in her office. There was so much blood, more blood than she thought. She wanted to help Will, she really wanted to, but when she saw the blood she stopped. She couldn’t touch him. The way the blood seeped through his shirt, the way the metallic scent stayed in the room, and the image of Will curled up on the floor made Cassandra run to the bathroom. It was too much like that time when she tried to become a healer. The time she was needed and she couldn’t do anything.

Cassandra placed her hands under the running water as she took a breath. The day just started, she couldn’t lose it yet.

“Cass! Why are there healers here?”

“What happened?”

“Cass, where are you!?”

Cassandra sighed as she dried her hands. Well today is starting on the right foot.

She fixed her hair in the mirror and adjusted her shirt before she stepped out the bathroom. She walked out into the front where her workers rushed over to her with many questions. Cassandra held up her hand to try and quiet things down.

Her shop was open to any of the new residents from the paranormal community. Her workers varied from fellow witches to Sky demons to Water demons. Of course, she knew the problems of having that many different personalities in one shop. The runes along the wall in the entrance of the shop along with the spell along the walls ensured that no one used their powers for anything more than an emergency.

Cassandra learned the importance of those runes when a fight broke out on opening day between two wizards of a different magical class. Despite, moving to a new area many old hostilities remained. She didn’t want to think about what would have happened if Anemone wasn’t there to stop it.

When everyone quieted down Cassandra leaned against the nearest table and crossed her arms over her chest. “Okay, so a little incident happened during an interview, but everything is fine now.”

A witch with dark brown hair and blue eyes frowned. “Are you sure? What happened? Why were the healers here?”

Cassandra nodded. “There’s nothing to worry about Amelia. The guy I had to interview today passed out in my office a few minutes ago. I called the healers and they took care of everything else.”

“Okay, do you think we should close shop early today?” Amelia asked.

“No. I plan on doing the readings I lined up today and look over some things for the shop. We’re not going to close today. Any other questions?” Cassandra said as she looked around the room. There were a few murmurs among the small crowd when a woman with dark hair and green eyes raised her hand as her wings fluttered lightly in the room.

“Yes Eve?” Cassandra said.

Her roommate, a Sky Demon, rubbed the back of her neck as she tried to voice her question. “Are you going to check up on him? Will you let him interview again?”

“I told him he can come back when he’s better. I don’t know if I can. I’m not sure what hospital they took him to and I only have the number on his résumé.”

“Not to mention you don’t know him.” A Water Demon woman with red hair and green eyes said as the water sloshed around in her cup.

Cassandra nodded. “I know that Krista, but it still happened in the shop. We won’t get in trouble will we?”

Krista shook her head while the water in the cup slowed down. “I don’t think so. You didn’t hurt him, so we shouldn’t be in trouble for it.”

“Alright, but I’ll still look into it just to make sure.” Cassandra said.

Krista nodded as the water in the cup stopped.

“I have a question.”

Cassandra turned to the wizard in the corner of the room. He ran a hand through his blonde hair and turned his brown eyes to her. “Are you okay?”

Cassandra nodded. “I’m fine.” She hoped her voice didn’t waver. Robert, like Daniel, could spot any discomfort in a matter of seconds. She figured it was easy to pick out since they grew up together. “I didn’t expect to have someone pass out in front of me today, but I’m okay.”

She gave him a reassuring smile. She hoped that would be enough for him to drop the subject. Robert opened his mouth to ask a question when he closed it again. He nodded as he pushed off the wall and took a seat in a nearby chair. “Okay.”

“Alright, if there are no more questions it’s time to start the day.” Cassandra said as she walked over to the door to turn the sign. With the way her workers continued to murmur behind her she knew the subject wouldn’t be dropped. She shook her head as she unlocked the door and turned over the sign. It wasn’t long before their regular morning customer walked through the door.

“Morning Alec,” Cassandra said.

“Morning Cass! You know I can’t start my day without one of your fine breakfast treats.” Alec, a Fire Demon, said.

“Well, you’re right on time. I’ll get your order ready shortly.” Cassandra said on her way to the kitchen. She felt comfortable as she put on her apron. Her normal routine was just what she needed to help with her day.

Still, she wondered what happened to Will for him to pass out like that.

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