Clara’s life is fairly unremarkable. She goes to school, is preparing for college, and spends her free time writing fanfiction about Liam and Blane, her ship in the popular Hierarchy Of Magic book series.
But everything changes when she discovers the world from the Hierarchy of Magic, including Liam and Blane, is all real. Not only is it real, but she’s stumbled into the world in the middle of the soon to be released, final book in the series. Her knowledge of the series is a big advantage for not only Liam, but the reigning Hierarchy Party, who seeks to dispose of any magician who does not fall into line. And Liam is the biggest target of all.
But how much of Clara’s knowledge is helpful versus a hindrance? Who can be trusted? And are Liam and Blane really falling for each other? As Clara gets swept up into the politics and danger of this magical world, she can’t help but wonder...is she meant to be a part of the story, or is her presence the force that will make Liam, and everyone except a select few, lose everything?
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Principal Sanders observed me for a long time. Her eyes were sharp and once she’d caught my gaze I found I couldn’t look away. It was as if my body had frozen. My jaw tensed. I had to focus on not letting my breathing quicken. A low buzzing filled my ears and everything around me seemed to grey; everything except the stark green of Principal Sander’s eyes.
She sat back suddenly and nodded. “Alright. So you are from Chicago, were spending some time in Maine, and it was July.”
It took a second for the words to really register, but when they did I nodded. “Yes.”
“Can you perform magic?” she asked.
I blinked up at her. “No. No, no one can perform magic where I’m from.” The buzzing in my ears had faded and I could draw my eyes away from hers again.
Liam stepped forward, forcing himself closer to Principal Sanders’ desk and pushing my chair aside in the process. “She’s lying. She levitated Blane and me and slammed us together!”
Principal Sanders’ eyes slid towards him. “Were you and Mr. Nightshade being particularly annoying? I should think any individual without control over their magic would not be able to resist such an occurrence.”
Liam opened his mouth and closed it several times, unable to figure out what to say. Blane stepped in to assist. “Someone who has no control over magic? She’s eighteen.”
Principal Sanders folded her hands together, eyes passing over each of us in turn. “What do we know of magic?” she asked. It was clearly a rhetorical question, as she didn’t wait for a response. “We know that it is an ability all humans possess, across all dimensions, even if they are not aware of it. But we also know that the universe is extremely vast, and that the planes between existence can sometimes be thin.” Her eyes focused on me, now. “It is possible that your power simply recognized one of these weak planes between dimensions. It is not uncommon for those who are skilled at concealment magic. You would naturally be drawn to such places.”
Liam’s mouth simply hung open now. “She’s a dimension hopper?”
Principal Sanders frowned. “Dimension hopping is illegal, you know that, when done purposefully. The dimension hopping here is incidental. The real issue to consider is that you have magical abilities. Everyone does, of course, to some extent, but you were able to detect the thin dimensional plane even without being trained.”
She said this all calmly, as if this wasn’t a huge amount of information to take in. Me, magical? Magic wasn’t...supposed to be real. This whole world wasn’t supposed to be real. Different dimensions, this dimension, it was fiction. Fantasy. It had to be. How could there be a book series about another dimension?
“Is there something else?” Principal Sanders asked.
The buzzing in my ears swelled. She was a Charismatic, though I hadn’t expected it to work so noticeably. I wondered if that was how it was for everyone, or just me. “It’s just.” I looked at her. To Liam, who was tapping his fingers nervously against his leg. I could feel Blane’s presence behind me. How was I just supposed to tell them that they weren’t real when they were standing around me?
“I don’t want to involve the authorities if it isn’t necessary,” Principal Sanders said. “But if you continue concealing information, I’m afraid I may have to.”
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