That's why I need to. Then, the train jerked to a sudden halt.
"Stop 4" came a voice. "Liverpool". A few people jumped onto the train and I burst out of my cupboard. The people outside looked startled as a depressed looking girl wearing black came flying out of a cupboard and into the cabin for the 10-year-olds. Inside, there were a bunch of people so unlike me. I jumped onto my cabin bed and slipped off my locket. It contains pictures of all my family. One of Glint and Glow, one of Glimmer and my parents and one of Shine and Sparkle. The other picture was a piece of parchment on which I had written my name super neatly.
It was a few years ago when I'd written that. I'd left myself a note for the future, something Shine told me to write. Something about music, I guessed. I closed the locket and held it. The front was a shimmering diamond, the Jewellie symbol. Shine had one. All of us Jewellie did. I slipped the locket back on and decided no one else existed for now. And indeed, when we arrived at Looking Glass Academy, with its confusing warmth and home-like feel, I felt rather like I was returning home to Jewella, in the snow, and the mansion was hosting a dinner party. My bag decided to rebel against me, and even though it was as light as a feather, it felt like I was carrying a house on my back. On the flat roof, I was pretty sure I could see Susi cartwheeling merrily, not a care in the world. She slid down a drainpipe to greet me.
"I've reserved good beds for us, Shimmer" she said, happily. "By the window!"
I smiled faintly, and trudged up the stairs, dumped my backpack on my bed, and slumped on it myself, when an announcement started.
"Please may all students make their way to the hall for the start of year assembly"
"All students?" said Susi. "Usually it's just the new ones!" so we went to the hall, and sat down on our chairs, labelled "Susanna Milli" and "Shimmer Jewellie". We were next to each other. I hid my locket in my jumper. Susi gave my hand a squeeze. Our headmistress, Mrs. Doelle, came to the front. She usually wore her mirrored ball gown on the first day, something everyone admired, but today, she was wearing an embroidered dress.
"Welcome to Looking Glass Academy" she said, slowly. Susi, who had been tracking the speeches over the years, frowned. She told me later this confused her, last time we'd had to go to the start of year assembly for no reason she'd said "Welcome, or welcome back, to Looking Glass Academy". I noticed all the teachers were standing in a shivering line, one glanced at a mirror and flinched.
"As the rules state, do not go near the mirrors. If you have a looking glass, throw it away. Miss Burilla, your speech."
Miss Burilla, the lively music teacher, came to the front. She was wearing a black cape, and her flaming red hair was tied up in plaits round around her head.
"My speech is to announce the death of two students" she said, loud and clear.
"Which is why most of you have come" whispered Susi.
"The first student was one who would have been leaving us soon anyway. Shine Jewellie. She was a shy girl, yet us who knew her will know she was a brilliant woodwind composer- and musician in general. We in the music department had high hopes for Shine's future, yet most of you will barely have known her name. She was overly shy, and appeared to be keeping a secret. No one to this day knows what it was, but it may have been connected to her death."
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