A/N: Sorry about the long wait, but for some reason I've lost the enthusiasm to write this. Don't worry, though, I haven't lost the ideas, just the enthusiasm to actually sit down and write it. It shouldn't last long. I will be posting, quickly again soon (if my computer lets me, that is). Besides, I have up to Ch. 9 written I just haven't posted them. Thanks for all the reviews again and please leave one for this chappie!
Disclaimer- I do not own Charlie Bone.
Emma, Fidelio, Olivia, and Charlie picked up Vanessa's flute, quickly, after she left, before someone found Zelda on the floor and blamed them.
"What should we do about Zelda?" Emma said at last, voicing the question they were all afraid to ask.
"Let's pull her into this empty closet and then figure out how to revive her," Olivia suggested.
No one had any better ideas so, using all their strength, the four friends dragged Zelda to the closet.
"Now how do we get her up?" Olivia asked.
Charlie looked at Fidelio. "When Manfred hypnotized you we poured water on your face and that worked."
"I'll get water, then," Olivia announced. She came back from the bathroom down the hall with a cup full of water and dumped it all over Zelda's head.
"Is she awake?" Emma asked, who was standing behind Fidelio and wasn't tall enough to see over his shoulder.
"No such luck. Should we just go tell Manfred what happened?" Fidelio asked.
"And all get detentions? No way!" Olivia shouted.
"Shh. OK. OK. Well, whatever we do we really better hurry because, for you to anyway," Fidelio nodded at Charlie and Emma, "Manfred's not going to be happy about you being this late, is he?"
Olivia bit her lip in thought. "If only we knew where Vanessa was. I'm sure she would know what to do. After all, she did it."
Charlie and Emma looked at each other and shook their heads. Olivia just didn't know what it was like to be endowed and have something like that happen to you.
"Oh, let's tell Manfred," Emma sighed. "And remember, he is a hypnotist- just like Vanessa."
"I guess," Olivia agreed.
"Let's just hope we don't get detentions," Charlie said.
"I'm busy on Saturdays. My mom would be pretty mad if I got a detention," said Fidelio.
"Maybe you two should just go to your homework rooms now," Emma said to Fidelio and Olivia. "You don't want to come to ours anyway."
"Of course I do! I'm coming even if we get detentions," Fidelio promised.
"Besides, I've got a plan," Olivia told them, pulling her electric blue hair back into a ponytail. "If it works, none of us should get detentions. We'll need to pull Zelda back into the hall, though."
They all did as Olivia told them and pulled Zelda out of the closet. "OK," Olivia panted when they managed to move Zelda, again. "Now, show me and Fido the way to the King's room."
"I'll lead," said Emma, and they all followed her.
Once they got to the doors, Olivia took charge. "Just pretend like we've all been running really fast," she told them. "I'll do the rest." She closed her eyes and took a long slow breath. Taking two steps backward, Olivia ran into the doors and shoved them open.
"Manfred, Manfred," she shouted, breathing deeply as if she had just been running. "Zelda's out cold on the second floor. She's hypnotized."
There was a nervous buzz that went around the room. "Did she hypnotize Zelda?" Manfred asked, jumping up. "I mean Vanessa."
Even though the situation wasn't very funny, it was hard for Charlie, Fidelio, or Emma to keep a straight face after seeing Olivia's hilarious expressions.
"Oh, it was awful," she said with a solemn look. "It wasn't Vanessa's fault, though. What Zelda did was horribly mean."
"Asa, come on," Manfred said. "Where is Vanessa?" he asked Olivia.
"In her dormitory, I think."
"No one shall make any noise while I'm gone." Manfred commanded. His and Asa's footsteps could be heard running down the hall.
The four friends burst into a laughing fit once Manfred and Asa were gone.
"See. He didn't even notice Fidelio and I don't belong here," Olivia said.
"That was brilliant, Olivia," Fidelio admitted.
"You know," Dorcas called from across the room, "That wasn't very funny if you just made that up."
"We didn't make it up," Charlie told her. "It's true."
"And," Dorcas continued. "Manfred said not to make noise."
"Then don't make noise," Tancred told her. "If Manfred says he heard us talking, you can blame us." Dorcas sniffed and returned to her work.
"Well, come on," Lysander shouted and pointed to empty seats. "Tell us what happened."
The four friends found chairs by Billy, Gabriel, Lysander and Tancred. They didn't even start telling the other friends about their interesting experience when Olivia said there was one thing Manfred didn't do as she hoped.
"If he'd have thought it through," Olivia said, "he would have noticed, if he needs Vanessa, that she's in her dormitory and he can't go in there himself. He'll need me and Emma to get her."
"Why do we need to get her?" Emma asked.
Olivia shrugged. "If us two go, we can bring Charlie and Fido and sneak away without a detention, I guess."
"Why can't you just call me Fidelio?" Fidelio asked Olivia.
"It's too long. It's easier to just say Fido."
Fidelio was about to say more, but then the doors flew open and Asa came walking in.
He looked at Emma and Olivia. "You're to get Vanessa and send her to the prefects room," he said, smiling maliciously. "Manfred's quite angry so you better hurry." He spun around and ran out of the King's room.
Olivia smiled. "Just as I planned," she muttered.
"You guys aren't leaving us, are you? You didn't even tell us what happened," Gabriel called after Olivia and Emma.
"Sorry, Gabriel," said Emma. "If we all go someone will notice."
"We'll fill you in later," Charlie said, getting up to leave.
Once they were out in the hall again, Charlie asked, "What next?"
"We get Vanessa."
"What will she have to do?" Emma wondered aloud as they walked down the hall. "We should get to see."
We can, but we'd risk detention," Olivia said in an offhand tone. "I don't care if I'm here on Saturday, as long as you three stay with me."
They all looked at her doubtfully. "We should be fine," she added, seeing their faces.
"I'll come," said Fidelio, bravely.
"So will I," Charlie said.
"Alright then, let's get Vanessa," Olivia sang out, breaking into a run.
"Keep your voice down. Someone might hear us," Fidelio hissed.
Charlie, Fidelio, Olivia, and Emma walked quickly to the senior girl's dormitories. Once they reached the door, Emma spotted Matron farther down the passageway. Luckily she hadn't seem them- yet.
"You two better come on in even though you're not allowed," Emma whispered to Fidelio and Charlie. "If Matron finds you, that's a detention for sure."
Olivia pulled open the door just enough for her to peek her head in. "Do you mind if we come in?" she asked.
"No," said Vanessa's voice. "Come on."
Olivia opened the door the rest of the way and let the others in. Emma put Vanessa's flute case beside the bed she was sitting on.
"Manfred wants you," Charlie told her.
"Does he? Why?"
"Who knows," Fidelio said. "Asa said he's pretty mad."
Vanessa suddenly looked concerned. "He's not mad at me is he?"
Charlie shrugged. "Let's hurry so he doesn't get angrier, though."
"I can't," moaned Vanessa. "I shouldn't have lost my temper like that. I can't believe I did."
"Anyone would have," Olivia assured her. "What Zelda said was really untrue."
"Just because I'm going to the dance with Manfred, doesn't mean he's my boyfriend," Vanessa cried out, exasperated, sinking back onto the pillows of the bed she was sitting on. "I know what Manfred wants," she added in a harsh voice. "He wants me to do my stupid reviving. That's a good and bad thing about hypnotizing. A hypnotist can revive any victim that only mildly got hypnotized."
"Why can't Manfred do it himself then?" Fidelio asked.
"What do you think he is, the strongest hypnotist ever? That's advanced hypnotism."
"Who's the strongest hypnotist ever?" Charlie asked her, curiously.
"The Hypnotist's Daughter, of course. Didn't you know?" she asked, amazed.
"We didn't and what's the Hypnotist's Daughter?"
Vanessa shifted uneasily on her bed. "Umm, never-mind that," she said.
"Wait," Fidelio said suddenly. "If Manfred can't do it why can you?"
"I'm...I'm more powerful. Well, I guess I better go revive her. Are you four coming?"
"If you don't mind we'd like to see you wake her up," said Emma. "And they're in the prefect's room."
"I don't mind. You can come."
Five students made their way to the prefect's room. Vanessa opened the door and walked across the room to Manfred's desk.
"What are they doing here?" Manfred asked eyeing Charlie and his four friends.
"I let them come," Vanessa told him. Manfred raised his eyebrows suspiciously, but nodded.
"Follow me," he commanded them; they did.
Manfred walked to a door on the side of the prefect's room and wrenched it open. "What did Zelda say to you?" he asked Vanessa, ignoring the other four as he stepped inside the room behind the door.
"Umm, it doesn't really matter," Vanessa shrugged, her face reddening. "She was using that stupid telekinetic stuff."
"Oh," Manfred said, understandingly. He smiled at Vanessa. "She abuses her endowment. There she is." Manfred pointed to Zelda's body lying on the floor.
"Can you revive her?" Vanessa asked. "Or are you not that advanced yet?"
"I can't," Manfred mumbled, turning red. Charlie figured Manfred didn't like to admit he couldn't do something and, Charlie partly wondered if Vanessa liked taunting him with that question.
Vanessa strode over to Zelda, shut her eyes, and exhaled a long breath. She bent down to look into Zelda's eyes. "Hope this works," Vanessa muttered. Not even blinking once, she stared at Zelda's face. Vanessa's mind seemed to have left the room and her eyes had a strange look to them. Everyone, except Manfred, thought her eyes looked a bit disturbing. As the limp body on the floor began to stir, Vanessa took her eyes away and stood up.
"That was brilliant," Manfred said in awe. "You're a wonderful hypnotist."
Vanessa turned pink and shook her head but then shrugged. "Thanks," she said in a bored tone. "Zelda should be fine now. She might be a bit sleepy, though, so send her to Matron or her dormitory or something. I think I'll get going. There's no point in going to the King's room, now." She waved to them. Charlie, Emma, Fidelio, and Olivia followed her out the door and into the hall, so that Manfred couldn't give them detention.
"So, what do we do now?" Charlie asked Vanessa.
Vanessa put a finger to her lips, but then whispered, "It's too late to go to the King's room; let's just head to our dormitories."
She walked off to the girl's floor. Olivia and Emma waved goodbye to Charlie and Fidelio and then followed Vanessa.
"Guess we should go too," Fidelio said. "We can tell Gabriel and Billy about the hypnotism."
Charlie nodded and the two boys walked off in the direction of their dormitory.