The elevator brought them to the very top floor of the building where their leader was lounging in a chair, dressed in a long, flowing skirt with a pair of stylish boots. While the floors below — beyond their own living quarters — were lifeless and void of color, the top floor felt like they were walking into a private solar system. The walls were made up of galactic skies and bright stars that twinkled around them, with Golden Blaze settled in the center of it all like a supreme sorceress waiting for her students to arrive. “Good afternoon, girls.”
“Good afternoon, Blaze,” both girls said together.
Blaze smiled at both of them. Despite her overall intimidating appearance, it only took one smile to make the girls feel welcome in her presence. “First of all, good job stopping that creature last night.”
Marianna was the first to speak up, always happy to report their successful missions to Blaze. “Thank you, ma’am.”
Blaze let out a frustrated sigh. “Marianna, how many times have I told you that ma’am isn’t necessary?”
“Nine hundred and ninety nine,” Bree chuckled. “I’m pretty sure you’ll hit a thousand soon.”
“It hasn’t been that many!” Marianna snapped at Bree, then she turned to Blaze and said, “Sorry for my outburst, ma’am-… I-I mean Blaze!”
“See? A thousand. Told you.”
“Just for that I’m telling her that you fell asleep in class.”
Blaze raised an eyebrow at Bree. “Oh? Did you now?”
“Oops? You heard that?” Marianna asked. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to say it outloud.”
It was amazing, Bree thought, how bitchy Marianna could be when she put her mind to it.