Cal woke up in his bed. The sun was burning into his eyes and his alarm was blaring into his ears. How long had it been going off?
He started to groggily get out of bed, taking a shower and getting dressed, when he heard the front door open and close.
"Cal! You are going to miss the bus off to the tournament." Sarah shouted in.
"I will be out in a minute, I just have to get dressed and grab my things. He pulled on his shirt and grabbed his bag as he opened the door to his bedroom.
"How are you feeling? I hope you aren't too hungover, I tried to heal you up a bit last night." She spoke softly. He heard cans clash to the ground and realized that Josh was raiding his kitchen for some breakfast. Now that she spoke of it, he remembered last night.
"Yeah. I'm really sorry about last night." He told her. She shook her head and then pulled him to the kitchen. They grabbed Josh and his stolen breakfast and then ran to the bus stop. The bus was pulling in just as they got there.
As they climbed on and found their seats, Cal could see that many of the people from the party were more hungover than he was, and he was suddenly very thankful that he was friends with Sarah when he remembered how much more he had to drink than they did.
The bus drove off and conversation picked up. A friend of Sarah's told her about how a friend of theirs got to go there early and said that the stadium was really big, the corporation that paid for it to be built wanted to make sure that they could make a lot of money on tickets.
At the mention of corporations, Sarah looked over to Cal with a concerned expression, but now that he was sober he was able to mask his opinion better.
When the bus arrived, they realized that the scale of the arena got a little lost in translation somewhere along the line. The field alone was larger than their entire campus. The entire stadium was probably twice as large. There must have been over ten thousand seats, plus a lot more behind the seats. Rooms where people could strategize and practice.
There was another building nearby that would act as their dorms until the tournament was over.