Velvet Petalpaws Ravensbane was going to Dr.
Paw-ck’s Puck’s Institute for the Otherworldly Arts!
Dark Lady Mother and Dark Lord Father took me there, because they were going to teach classes, so I’d never be alone!
There were lots of new smells all over the school. They made my nose very happy, oh yes they did. And there was a frog!
I wanted to lick the frog, but Dark Lord Father told me to keep my tongue in my mouth the whole time I was in school. No licking other students, no licking spell reagents, and definitely no licking my professors.
Dark Lady Mother said I looked like a real witch.
“Stay close to me, Primrose,” said Dark Lord Father. “It wouldn’t be magic university without a fireball spell gone awry.”
“I…will,” said Dark Lady Mother. “Thank you…”
There were people who smelled like fish! And not because I left one in their beds!
I liked the bones inside, even if they got caught in my throat sometimes and Dark Lord Father had to use dark magicks to get them out!
“Be a good girl, Velvet,” he said. It was like he could see my tail wagging excitedly even though I didn’t have one right now!
“She is…always a good girl,” Dark Lady Mother said.
“You spoil our daughter.” But I could hear his tail wagging from his voice!
I liked having a maw-ther and paw-ther, and I was happy I wouldn’t have to say goodbye and hide under a bed until they came back!
But I wanted to make new friends too…
How was Velvet Petalpaws Ravensbane supposed to greet new people if she wasn’t supposed to lick them or sniff their best, smelliest spots? I tried to remember…
I remembered! I trotted away from Dark Lady Mother and Dark Lord Father before they could pull out the leash…
“This place, it is too dry for our prince, yes?” Ms. Fishy said.
“We must be making the preparations, sister,” said Mr. Fishy. “Glory to the seas.”
I leaped up on my hind legs. Normal legs. “Rrrr…” I suddenly couldn’t remember what to say! Could they see my tail wagging?
“Are you needing something?” said Ms. Fishy.
I got too nervous about saying the wrong thing and started barking!
“…Velvet, don’t make me get the leash,” my paw-ther said. “Let’s go find your personal dark chamber, shall we?”
But my personal dark chamber wasn’t dark at all! It was bright and smelled good all over!
“Ancient arcane magicks,” my paw-ther explained to my maw-ther. “Each chamber within the school reflects the heart and desires of its inhabitants. This is the manifestation of our daughter’s ideal home.”
It was! There were comfy beds and jars of treats…
And lots of toys to chew on!
But I was a witch, not just a dog-ter, and there were lots of witch things too!
There were lots of sparkly things too, but I wouldn’t lick them!
And a giant crate perfect for naps!
But then it was time to see more of the school! Dark Lord Father was distracted by Dark Lady Mother again, so I went out on my own…
And I met a new friend right away!
“I thought there wouldn’t be anyone else like me here!” I said.
“Gaston is un beau chien,” came a voice from above, “but jolies femmes shouldn’t crawl around on the ground, truly.”
Did I make another mistake…? I didn’t know what to say to the lady who smelled like flowers and cold dead things. Was she Gaston’s littermate, with white fur too? He was easier to talk to…
But she took my paw–hand–and pulled me up!
“Oh, oui, you’re far, far too lovely to roll about in the muck,” she said. “Are collars en vogue this year? Sometimes the school can feel so terribly behind the latest fashion trends, particularly with the ghastly uniforms.”
“Am I wearing the wrong thing…?” I wanted to be a good girl!
“If you’re in your first year, oui. But I’ll see to it that you’ve everything you need, mon amie. Oh, I simply can’t wait to introduce you to some of the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes at the Institute…”
“Does that mean you’re my teacher?” I asked.
“Only in amour,” she said. “Amie means friend, naturally.”
Velvet Petalpaws Ravensbane already made new friends!