Back at Daisyfield town, Bliss’s grandfather-Smith, set down the letters he received from Bliss, carefully putting them in a wooden box.
Just then, his pocket watch vibrates and a screen pop out in front of him. The screen shows a man around Smith’s age, the man is sitting in front of his desk, sipping a cup of hot tea.
The two narrowed their eyes at each other, after a long moment of silence the two man burst out laughing.
“Smith, I’m surprised. You actually sent your granddaughter to the academy? After all these years, I thought you are...”
“I want nothing to do with Hilmoria but that doesn’t mean I will hold my granddaughter back from doing what she want.”
“Bwahahahaha!” He set down the cup, smirking. “Walfore’s entrance exams are not easy.”
Smith let out a puff of smoke. “She’s my granddaughter.”
Smith’s confident tone results in another loud outburst from Edgar. “Well! We’ll just have to see then!”
“Smith...” Edgar stopped his wide smile and exploding laughter, looking at Smith with a serious gaze. “If you need any help, all you have to do is ask.”
Smith lowered his gaze, the glint in his eyes faded. After just a few seconds, he waves at the man dismissively. “Yeah, yeah. Your serious expression is giving me the creeps. Now, shoo! I’m going to watch the broadcast.”
Edgar laughs: “I’ll get out of your hair.”
Smith’s lips curl up: “I really appreciate it.”
A big smile appears on Edgar’s face and the screen disappear.
Some memories from the past flashes through Smith’s mind as a sigh escapes his mouth. The smoke from his pipe flew to the air and on the wall is a photo of Daisyfield town, with a wave of his fingers the colours swirl up and a family photo replaced the picture of the town.
Smith’s eyes glued to the photo before him, a single tear flow down his wrinkled cheek.
The man stood there, staring at the photo blankly, reminiscing about the past.
“Welcome to Walfore’s entrance exam folks! I’m your host, Mushyroro~ Thousands of aspiring youth came for the exam today but...only HALF will proceed to the next round!”
A girl with large mushroom hat, stripy knee-high socks flew around the stadium with a mic, camera gear tail behind her to capture the scene.
“Alright, before we begin the exam, we have Professor Gilmore to brief the candidates on the preliminary exam, I heard the Headmaster is spicing things up this year.”
With a wink and a signal of her hand, the camera gears flew and float before Gilmore.
He clears his throat, facing the candidates as he starts his greeting with a welcome. His stoic expression and sharp gaze sent chills down the candidates’ spine.
Bliss clenches up her hands in front of her chest, unconsciously biting her lower lip.
Alec instantly noticed her uneasiness.
“Instead of a written test like the past years. This year, it is still knowledge tests. These Cyshrooms carries questions...”
Cyshrooms are tiny pink puffballs with a single eyeball and tiny wings.
“Copper-50 points, silver 100 points, gold 150 points. The higher the points given the harder the questions. Wrong answer results in points deduction.
Each Cyshroom carries only one question, once answered, their skin turned back to their normal skin colour. The rules are simple, answer questions to collect points, the higher ranking you are the more likely for you to proceed to the next round. One more thing...”
Gilmore flicks his fingers and a Cyshroom appeared in front of everyone. Unlike the other Cyshroom, this one wears a tiara and its skin shines under the sunlight.
“Diamond Cyshroom. Whoever finds it and manage to answer the question correctly...Get an automatic pass for this round.”
Waves of gasps and murmurs sounded among the candidates.
“However, wrong answer for the Diamond Cyshroom results in disqualification for the exam." He paused, letting the news sink into the candidates' mind.
Seeing the shock and disbelief in their eyes, Gilmore’s lips curl up into a sinister grin, an eerie glint in his eyes. "Well then, shall we begin?”
Hearing this, Bliss felt her breath caught in her throat.
“All right! Thank you, Professor Gilmore! Candidates please proceed to the teleportation platform, don’t forget to grab a broom along the way.”
Bliss hold onto her broom tightly, she gulped, ready to join the candidates on the platform when Alec grabs her wrist and squeeze something into her palm. She blinks, watching Alec run pass her and onto the platform.
Bliss open her hand, sitting on her palm is a candy with colourful wrapper. When she looks up, her gaze collides with Alec's, the boy noticed she caught him staring and instantly looks away but his eyes is still stealing glances at the girl.
She giggles and ran towards the boy, standing beside him.
“It’s so sweet.” She said after popping it to her mouth. “Thanks.”
She fold the wrapper and carefully place it in her pocket as if it is a treasure instead of a candy wrapper.
Alec’s lips curl up upon hearing her thanks and seeing the smile on her face.
Bliss glances up, almost choking upon seeing the scene that spread before her.
Blitz and Sherlock are holding poms poms, cheering her on. Crow had a banner tie on his tiny leg, he flew up into the sky, letting the banner spread across the sky.
The banner that says ‘Bliss! Go Go! Fight Fight!’ dance along the wind.
Then, Sherlock said something to a guy that stood behind him, the guy nod and said something his earpiece. Almost instantly, something is shoot into the air, glittery words and pictures formed in the sky. Her name and face is revealed to practically the whole Kingdom now!
All the candidates simultaneously glances towards her. Red exploded on her feature as she cupped both her cheeks with her hands.
The three are still shouting and yelling, waving the poms poms furiously.
Bliss: (´〃つ д ⊂〃)
Mushyroro sweatdropped, eyes narrowed at the trio that suspiciously looks like they are ‘high’. “Alllright then, candidates are you ready?!”
She received thunderous replies of ‘Yes’ in response.
Professor Gilmore gave a signal; then, the platform glows in a light shades of blue and the participants disappear, instead a gigantic screen appears in mid-air where the candidates are previously standing.
In a blink of an eye, Bliss finds herself in a jungle all alone. The others must be spread across the jungle as well.
Bliss turned and saw a copper puffball behind her, it sound just like a squeaky toy.
“Uh...” Taken aback, Bliss took a step backward and it follows.
It blinks and let out another squeak. It blinks its' big eye, flying around Bliss, letting out cute squeaks.
Bliss felt like her heart is melting: “Awww~ You’re so cute.”
Bliss saw something flashes through its' eye, its' lips curl up and it suddenly charges at Bliss, knocking Bliss at the forehead.
“Ah! That hurts.” Bliss hand rubs at her forehead, pouting at the puffball.
It let out a mischievous grin as it eyes shine, then a screen appears in front of Bliss.
A multiple choice question.
At the audience seat, Sherlock smirks after he read the question.
“This is easy. Even I know how to answer it, that 50 points is in the bag!”
Blitz and Crow nods in agreement.
A gigantic X appears on the screen along with a loud buzzer sounded. Bliss’s shoulder drooped.
Sherlock felt his jaw drop. “What?! How can Bliss gets this wrong?!”
“We have our first negative points, folks! Bliss Brooklyn, -50 points.”
Sherlock jumped: “You don’t have to rub it in, Mushyroro!!!”
Mushyroro briefly laid her eyes at Sherlock and proceeded to ignore the hamster, making Sherlock furious.
“The rankings are on board, folks! And currently our favourite Prince Xander is taking the lead~ Ahhhhh! Hubby!! You’re doing great!”
The audience: Σ(゜゜)
Mushyroro blushed, fake coughing: “And taking second is none other then the future heir to the Lenn House, Noah Lenn! Adorable Ice Princess, Bunny Dinkle from the genius Dinkle house is currently third place~ Let’s send my trusty bumble bee to the site for a quick interview.”
Bunny stared at the bee, expressionless: “Bunny doesn’t have time to answer stupid question.” And then, she grabs a tiny hammer from her belt, with a light toss it became large; without even blinking an eye, she hammered the bee to the ground.
The crowd goes wild, well...except for Mushyroro who is sobbing at the death of her mechanical bee.
“Hit me with your hammer, Bunny-chan!!!”
Sherlock gasped, all the guys behind him are Bunny’s fans. The t-shirts, banners, pillow, balloons...Sherlock felt defeated.
He turned towards his two friends with a menacing gaze: “Guys, we can’t lose to them.”
Blitz felt a cold sweat drip from his forehead, he exchange a glance with Crow, both gulped.
Bliss looks at the sky, people flying, zooming here and there. The rank board being refresh every second. Her eyes narrowed into a determine gaze as she sat on her broom.
Eve use her shapeshifter power and grew a pair of wings. Lolli can fly using her magic, Bunny had magic jetpack. If they can do this, so can she!
That’s what she thought before she lost control and hit numerous trees.
A piercing scream slice through the air.
“Ahhhh! How do you control this thing?!” Bliss shut her eyes, screaming. “Help!!!”