"Are you leaving?” Easrim asked
“Yes someone is calling for me somewhere else in the mansion” said Madam Naomi. She trotted back onto the empty stone platform struck a pose then went still. Then it looked like it hardened. Easrim knew that even if he spoke the statue was unable to respond. Easrim waited for half an hour before the the door opened. There stood Professor Natille, panting.
She straightened up. “So you really are up here. Do you mind explaining how you managed to get all the way up here without ever being here before?”
Easrim glanced at the mirror and said, “a magical artifact.”
Professor Natille glanced at it too, and looked confused. “No artifact should have the power to bring someone someplace they never been before such a magic does not exist. It is Mystical Magic.” After looking at the questioning look on Easrims face she added, “Fantasy Magic”. She continued, “and besides the mansion as spells to prevent artifacts from porting you anywhere on the grounds” Professor Natille looked at Easrim for a moment then said “Well I came to pick you up because I had forgotten that you have no way of getting up here, besides even if you tried to follow the road to get here you would get off at the side road and go another way in the wrong direction, because of anti-halform spells on the road”.
“Well, come along.” She walked inside with the door open. Easrim grabbed his stuff Which he put down when he went over the wall) then he picked up the mirror which was surprisingly heavy (He could barely lift it. He wouldn’t have been able to lifted it at all if he didn’t have overwhelming strength he woke up a few weeks ago having). Easrim managed to get the mirror inside and shut the door. He set down the mirror and looked around. The entrance hall was massive. Above was a chandelier … no not a chandelier it was the sun with the planets surrounding it. On the one side of the room there is a stone dragon climbing down the wall with a mouth open on the floor to reveal a roaring fire.
“They have a chimney that is shaped like a dragon, because why not” Easrim said out loud to no one in particular. On the other side of the room there was a walkway and a stone platform. On the platform there was a stone unicorn, in the position of it resting. On the back wall was a portrait of Buffleetoe’s coat of arms it looks like. _-_ . The walls painted as a forest, but the trees were moving like they were in the wind.
“Not use to such a big hall, huh? Or are you not used to the magical entrance way?” Easrim jumped. Professor Natille was at his side looking at him.
“I should have expected something like this.” Easrim replied
“Well come along now, your room is this way.” Professor Natille was hurrying Easrim to a door on the right hand side next to the dragon chimney. She put her hand to a stone slab on the door and said in a very clear voice
“Basement 2nd Hallway, Professor Pax Potions.” Runes appeared in a circle around Professor Natille’s hand and the edges of the door lit up for a second then stopped. Professor Natille grabbed the handle, turned it, then pushed on the handle the door that opened to reveal stone walls which was different than the wood walls with the wallpaper in the entrance hall.
“The doors at the end of the hallways open to where the location you said you wanted to go” Professor Natille explained to Easrim.
“How does it work?” Easrim asked excitedly looking at the door with fascination.
Professor Natille was a little taken aback by the question then she had a look of understanding.
“I forget how curious people who aren’t use to magic are” she pointed to the stone slab above the door handle.
“You place your hand on the stone slab. The runes will recognise your fingerprints” Professor Natille begin
“Then you can access some of the places in the mansion with student or guest access. We will give you teachers access tonight.” Professor Natille said
“The doors will not open if you do not do the process correctly” Professor Natille continued
Professor Natille decided that was enough explanation for now and headed through the door. Easrim followed caring his stuff and the mirror through the door after Professor Natille. Easrim shut the door and there was a flash along the cracks on the door. Easrim continued to follow Professor Natille down the hallway until she stopped at a door. As Easrim got closer Professor Natille spoke again.
“This will be your classroom starting today” Professor Natille said
“Thank you for the job, but I don’t think your husband likes me very much.” Easrim said
“Call him Professor Nate everyone does. And yes there was incident that caused Professor Nate to hate male halforms and potions though surprisingly he doesn’t like baths that much”
“Do you mind telling me what it was so I never bring it up in passing?” Easrim asked
“Don’t take about the subway and love potions that work externally” Professor Natille said
“Do you mind telling me anymore?” Easrim asked again
“Actually I do mind” Professor Natille said
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to pry!” Easrim said quickly
“It is alright” Professor Natille said
“By the way.”
“What is it?” Professor Natille asked
“There are a lot of younger people sleeping in the mansion right?” Easrim asked
“Is there a poltergeist here or is that not exist?” Easrim asked
Professor Natille looked like she wanted to say something, but stopped and there was a look of horror on her face.
“Lets see if this breaks, then you see I exist” Said a cackling voice.
Easrim wheeled around. There floating in mid air was a man in a blue suit swinging a mallet at the mirror Easrim was carrying.
“Wisfor! That is enough he didn’t mean to be rude!” said Professor Natille
Wisfor the Poltergeist was cackling “Now he has seven years bad luck”
“I am not sure that is how it works, but you might look at the mirror again.” said Easrim laughing.
Wisfor look at the mirror confused at what Easrim was talking about and saw to his astonishment that the mirror didn’t have a scratch. Wisfor frowned then to begin to swing the mallet again. Wisfor stopped mid swing and looked at it his mouth agab. All Wisfor had was a cracked handle. Wisfor looked down, the other half of the mallet was on the floor. Wisfor threw the handle of the mallet on the ground and flew away cursing.
“All of the magical schools have poltergeist” Professor Natille said
“I am glad your mirror didn’t break” Professor Natille added looking curiously at the mirror
They walked in the potions room together. There was another door with a slab on it behind a huge stone desk. Professor Natille pointed to the door “You will have a seven rooms you can go to through this door” she said
“One is your bedroom” Professor Natille pressed her hand to the slab and said
“Professor Pax’s bedroom” the door flashed and Professor Natille opened it to reveal a large four poster with velvet sheets. Professor Natille waited for Easrim to put his stuff away (but leaving the mirror outside) before closing the door. She then said “Ingredients storage chamber” the door flashed and when Professor Natille opened the door again the new room looked like a gigantic storage room. It was looked like it was four and a half miles long with rows and rows of cabinets all labeled with ingredients. “You have all of the ingredients of mythical and not mythical creatures except from a Phoenix feather, a Griffin claw, a Dragon scale, a true werewolf blood, a Nine-tail fox tail fur, and a Unicorn horn” Professor Natille told Easrim as he looked at the chamber with awe.
He looked at her confused and said “Not that I am complaining, I cannot protest I will be able to teach different things for years, but why not”
“The founders of the school haven’t found you worthy of those ingredients yet” Professor Natille said
“The founders are still alive?” Easrim asked
“No but their companions are immortal so they are in charge of their houses and school” Professor Natille said
“Interesting to know” Easrim said
Professor Natille shut the door then said “Professor Pax’s changing room”
The door flashed again and when Professor Natille opened the door the room had changed to a small room covered with mirrors. Easrim thought that this was a great place to keep the mirror. So he dragged it to the middle of the room and left it there. Professor Natille said nothing, but looked curiously at the mirror.
Easrim asked “Is there any way to lock this room so that I am the only one able to open the door?”
“Actually I was about to give it to you before I left. Take this object and say the name of the place you want to seal and it will deny everyone else access other than the one who placed the enchantment on the door and their companion.”
Professor Natille hands Easrim a small round device with runes on the edges.
“You have four more rooms that you will be able to name yourself later.” Professor Natille said
“Thank you Professor Natille” Easrim said
Professor Natille thought for a moment then said “You know what? Lets give you access now so you can get that out of the way and so that you can explore the mansion later without a hassall.”
“Alright.” Easrim replied
They exited the classroom and Professor Natille handed a key so Easrim could lock the door. They headed for the door that teleports you to different places.
“Um what is this door called or enchantment called?” Easrim asked as they reached the door.
“A porting door. The enchantment is called porting” Professor Natille answered
“Ok good to know.” Easrim said
Professor Natille put her hand on the slab and said “The Entrance hall” the door flashed and when Professor Natille opened it they door opened back to the painted forest and the dragon chimney. They walked to the end of the entrance hall where the coat of arms are.
“Sphinx” Professor Natille said to no one in particular.
The floor began to move upward to make stairs leading to the coat of arms and the coat of arms melts to reveal a hallway to a door. They walked to the door that had a unicorn knocker on it. Professor Natille walked in without knocking. This seems to be her study Easrim thought before he entered the room. The room was big circle and Easrim couldn’t see the ceiling. The walls were covered with shelves filled books. You could confuse the study for a library. On the floor was a carpet with the world spinning and running around the world was a unicorn. In the center of the room was an oak desk. Near the desk on the right side was a table which showed the lake and a good mile around the lake and above was a three dimensional model of the mansion and a cloud above the model. On the left side of the table was a stone pedestal and on the pedestal was a small sphinx.
“Would you like me to tell you the riddle of the day Professor Natille?” said the sphinx
“Sure, why not Sitora?” said Professor Natille
“I am your counter,
You can only see me in light,
Yet you can’t see me when you are surrounded,
What am I?” said Sitora
“Hm let me think.” said Professor Natille