A gleeful chortle erupted from my lips as the wind brushed past me. I loved the feeling of pressurizing air, the sensation of resistance; it was a rebellious emotion I planned to keep. I breezed down the dirt road, leaving two trails of skate marks in the dust, before ceasing in front of a tall iron gate. Beyond, I could make out a large white institute looming in the distance, and a crowd congregated at the entrance. I sighed in relief; I had thought I was late. “Name?” a monotonous voice spoke up.
I turned to see a screen prepared to scan me. “Soleil Storm, future ruler of the Negative Zone and hottest chick around,” I joked, twirling before proceeding to pose in grotesque movements and incorporating pyrokinesis at different intervals.
Skimming me over once, the gates promptly opened, and I was permitted entrance. Fixing my duffel bag across my shoulder, I strolled in. I observed as fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, exchanging farewells and offering last-minute advice. Noticing a woman glancing at me with sympathy in her eyes, I raised a brow before scoffing. I did not have a broken relationship with the Human Torch; he was a great father, and I trusted he would be there for me. There was no reason for pity.
Picking up my pace to evade the miscomprehending mother, the heavy door slammed after me in cold dignity. I approached an agent, who was seated behind the front desk. “Hi, I’m – “
“Soleil Storm, daughter of Jonathan Lowell Spencer Storm,” the woman chuckled. “Yes, we know who you are.” She opened a drawer, rummaging through the files before fishing out and handing me a folder. “That should have everything you need to know. Map and timetable are on the first page, and your dorm is on the first floor.”
“Thanks, I – “
“You’re welcome,” she cut in bluntly before directly fixating her gaze on me. “If you need anything, just call me.” An allurement in her desperate eyes rebutted her words. I furrowed my brows in bewilderment before departing.
My room was pretty easy to find. The school’s navigation system was efficient, and the map came in handy. I entered the room to see that two girls had already arrived. They gaped at me as I stood in the doorway, and I smirked. “I know I’m hot, but staring is unnecessary.”
“Soleil, is that you?” a girl who was strangely similar in appearance to me finally spoke up.
I raised a brow. “Am I popular already?” I pondered aloud. “I don’t recall introducing myself to anyone.”
She swatted my arm. “It’s me, silly,” she laughed. “Ione!”
Widening my eyes, I exclaimed, “Ooooooohhhhhhh. Girl, the last time I met you, we were in diapers, sucking our thumbs together!”
“You mean, you were sucking your thumb,” she pointed out before proclaiming. “You look so different! Did you lose weight?”
I shot her a glare, which she ignored. “Kyliee, this is my cousin, Soleil,” she grinned. “Soleil, Kyliee.”
“It’s nice to meet you,” Kyliee spoke softly, offering a feeble hand, which I took a little too aggressively.
“Pleasure’s mine,” I shook it rapidly, grinning all the while.
As if on cue, the school bell rang, indicating that it was time for class. Throwing my duffel bag onto the last vacant bed, I followed Ione and Kyliee out.
I drummed my fingers as the two other girls were deep in discourse, conversing about some topic I had no interest in. Out of restlessness, I began to tap my feet as well. Ione detected this and spoke up, “Why don’t you do something?”
I pondered, “What though?”
“Hmm, greet the others maybe?” she suggested. “Kyliee and I can join you if you’d like.”
“Nah, it’s okay,” I shrugged. “You guys just keep on talking about – whatever you’re talking about.”
Scanning the room, I searched for an approachable target before selecting. Having found one, I walked up to my victim, promptly slamming my hands down on the desk. “Soleil here, nice to meet you, buddy!” I attempted a genuine smile which probably appeared more sadistic than intended. Stunned, the latter held a blank expression. “Quiet child, I see,” I spoke aloud, snapping my fingers in a gesture to spark a fire. “That shall be no more now that you’re in my company!” I grinned as the light illuminated my face.
In the corner of my peripheral vision, I could see Ione facepalming herself.