Never in my life did I think that I would solve a real-life murder, and I’m not even done with college yet. Although, if it wasn’t for Zed’s notebook, I don’t think we would’ve ever solved this case for most of the answers were in that book. But still, it was actually quite fun. Well, except for getting attacked by West and Theo, but overall I’m fine, besides my nose that’s still bruised from Theo punch. It was actually a bit broken as I held an ice pack to it while sitting in one of the clinic rooms, looks like I got my first real injury in this world.
“How are you feeling?” Aria asked me when she stepped inside.
“I’ll be fine,” I replied while forcing a smile “Except that I have to come up with a lie on how my nose got broken.”
“Just tell them you got punched, it happens to a lot of people.”
“I know but, I don’t think they’ll believe it.”
“Then tell them you accidentally got punched.”
“I’ll go with that.”
Hey, accidents happen, except for this time.
“So um-” Aria added, “Ryker and Sienna are waiting outside to thank you. Whenever you’re ready just come on out, we’ll all be waiting.”
“So how does your nose look?”
“I don’t know,” I replied while taking the ice pack off “You tell me.”
“Whoa,” her eyes widen as she froze by the sight of my nose “It’s uh...”
“Is it really that bad?”
“Well, it’s purple all right.”
“I think Wren can fix that. But until then, you think you can see Ryker and Sienna now?”
“Alright,” I got up from my seat with the ice pack still on my nose “Let’s just hope they can look me in the eye instead of at my nose.”
It felt nice to get thanked by the victim’s family, even though Sienna kept staring at my nose which made me really uncomfortable, but hey, I had a feeling it was going to happen. And as soon as the two left the palace, I was met up by everyone including the king and Cian.
“Well Jesse,” the king spoke amusedly “I’m quite surprised that you were able to solve this case.”
“Well, technically the notebook answered most of the questions” I put in.
“But you were the one who did notice the clues that we never noticed” Cian mentioned, “Like the cuts on Zed’s arms.”
“True,” I shrugged.
“Overall, we’re very impressed. We could use your help again if there’s another case.”
“I’d be happy to help” I stated with a smile.
“Hey, how’s your nose by the way?” Dale suddenly asked me.
I removed the ice pack to show them the purple and the swelling.
“Whoa!” Dale jumped back in shock.
“Cool,” Hazel grinned.
Of course, she’s the only one who doesn’t freak out.
“Damn!” Dale gasped, “Does it still hurt?”
“Of course it still hurts,” I frowned, “My ring is still gray.”
“Ah, gray for pain” Wren appeared with a smirk “Such a perfect color. Let me see your nose.”
I turned my face to her as she began to examine it.
“Damn,” she winced while gently touching it “Theo really did hit you hard.”
“You know, I actually kind of saw it coming, but I never expected it to happen so fast.”
“Well, you better expect it next time. Pretty much everything in this land is faster than you.”
“Right...” I gritted my teeth “So can you do something about this?”
“Well, I can’t fix the broken part, but I can reduce the swelling.”
Right after Wren did so with her magic, I could feel the swelling decrease as I placed the ice pack back on it.
“Keep that on,” she instructed. “And if I were you, I’d wear a big band-aid over that nose.”
“I’m already planning on it” I muttered.
By the time I had to go, I had already changed into my normal clothes along with a big band-aid over my purple nose as I walked out of a changing room with my backpack on. I didn’t know exactly how long my nose was going to stay like this, but I’m just hoping I have enough large band-aids to hide it.
“Hey Jesse,” Aria called out as I saw her walking towards me with something in her hand “Before you go, I just want to say that starting tomorrow, we think that it’s time for you to join the academy.”
“Really?” I remarked surprised “I was wondering what that was going to happen.”
“Well, just so you know, you’re not going to join the other students in their classes, you’re gonna be the only student along with me and my friends to teach you.”
“I know it sounds weird but, it’s the best way for you to learn while everyone else is doing their training. But I’m sure it’ll be easy for you.”
“Well,” I breathed, “As long as it doesn’t mess up my college schedule, I think I’ll be fine.”
“Right,” she agreed “Oh um, I have something for you.”
She handed me the object in her hand which was a brown leather notebook, kind of like Zed’s except this one had a compass imprint on the cover and leather cords wrapped around it.