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Leonard’s story Chapter 20
Leonard picked himself out of the dirt and walked up the hill to the Dining Hall. He’d better help with finishing the dishes. Tonight had been a very strange evening in an already strange place.
Leonard helped Greg and Melly finish their table of dishes and headed off to bed. He wondered what Puck had meant when he said they weren’t special yet? Did Puck know the future or did he mean something else.
Leonard burrowed down in his sleeping bag and was soon asleep.
“I see you’ve met a family friend,” remarked his grandmother. He should have known she’d show up, he thought.
“Yeah, he brought tutors for our elemental tests. How do I know which one to go to?” Leonard asked.
“You’re most comfortable with Earth, so far?” his grandmother asked. “Why don’t you start there. I bet somewhere in the back of that hard head of yours you want to study with all the tutors, don’t you.” His grandmother was laughing at him.
“How did you know that?”
“I know you, Leonard,” his grandmother answered. “And you’ve met Celedon too, I know. She can help you a lot with your aversion to Water. Water and Earth are usually compatible. It’s Earth and Fire that don’t always mix well. Or Fire and Water for that matter. I’m sure you’ll work it out. Everybody does.”
“What happens if you don’t work it out,” Leonard asked.
“You go crazy,” his grandmother said.
“Oh, great,” Leonard thought to himself, “Another thing to worry about.”
His grandmother continued as if she didn’t know very well what her grandson had just thought to himself. “Start with Earth tomorrow and you’ll do fine. I don’t know Ben but I’m sure if Robin picked him, he knows his stuff and as a fairly young cedar he should be more flexible than an older teacher. But then cedars are more flexible than most trees. They’re better at handling troubles like lighting and fire than most trees. You’ll be alright.” His grandmother looked thoughtfully at the stone walls of their teaching room.
“You gonna be alright without Melly and Greg by your side?”
“I think I’m gonna have to be. Melly seems to be Air and Greg is Water.”
“Well study hard. It will all come in handy, may be sooner than you think.”
“What does that mean???” Leonard shouted and then realized he was back in the cabin and he’d yelled loud enough to wake up Greg.
Greg was looking at him with an odd smile. “Your grandmother again?”
Leonard nodded and they both fell back to sleep.
The whole camp went up to the Dining Hall. Leonard could see groups of campers talking excitedly all around him and felt strangely alone. He knew where he was supposed to go at least at first since he felt most at home with Earth but he really want to learn from all the tutors. He wondered if they would get the chance to talk to the other tutors. He knew he could speak to Celedon. She had made that clear but he wanted to talk to Inger and Ara and, of course, Puck most of all.
Who wouldn’t want to learn from one of the oldest magical beings on the planet? Leonard was absent mindedly following the crowd back up the hill to finish the dishes. He was thinking so hard he had fallen behind the crowd.
A figure slid to a stop in front of him. “So… you want to learn from everyone, do you?”
Puck had appeared in front of him and none of the others stopped or noticed. Leonard, for a moment couldn’t answer so he nodded.
When he could stop staring he asked, “How did you know?”
Puck sat down cross-legged on the ground and motioned for Leonard to do the same. Puck cocked his head and smiled, “You are a lot like your mother.”
“You know my mom???”
“Not lately, she’s too busy nowadays with you and your family and her job. But I see her from time to time. Been watching you, Tadpole for a long time. Your grandmother thought you’d be something special when you were born.”
Leonard’s mind at that moment felt like it had a crazed hamster on a wheel.
“Do you know others in my family?”
“I’ve known your family since the beginning.”
This really had Leonard thinking. Puck had known his family for farther back than Leonard could imagine.
“Don’t get that excited,” laughed Puck, “I’ve known every person in this camp’s families since the beginning. It’s not an accident that you all end up here. You aren’t that special, yet…”
“What does that mean?” Leonard demanded. Leonard forgot who he was talking to for a moment.
“Well, without the proper training, none of you are very interesting, to be truthful. Your bunch seems to be special though. You all shine brighter than the ones who came before you. You could make the world change and maybe let those who can’t be seen now, be seen again someday.”
Puck stood up and started to turn around. “And yes, if you want to you can study with us all, even me.”
Puck turned again and disappeared and left Leonard sitting there in the dirt,