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You might be wondering why I'm not massively freaking out. I mean, I woke up somewhere I'd never seen, in a place with strange writing, with no memory of how I got there. I have some reasons. First off, this was the coolest and most exciting thing that had ever happened to me. This was stuff I'd only dreamed about. In fact, I thought it was just a dream. I'd had weirder ones so that wasn't too far-fetched, but usually, my dreams aren't so detailed and logical… or boring. Biology was so boring I didn't know how I was still alive. Scratch that, I think I've been bored to death.

To make matters worse, Vinny was too far away to whisper to. I scribbled him a note on an assignment the teacher passed out, but halfway through I realized he wouldn't be able to read it and promptly face planted on my desk. It didn't hurt much but, it was a lot louder than I expected it to be.

"ExCUse mE!" the teacher shrieked whirling around to search for the source of the interruption. Her eyes scoured the room and then narrowed in on me. "You! What is the proposed mathematical formula for observing or possibly traveling to other realms?"

I froze. "I- I don't know."

"Well, it looks like someone wasn't paying attention," she clicked. "Your parents will hear about this." She started scribbling furiously, casting glares at me between writing.

"Miss Mersfelder!" Vinny said drawing her attention. The teacher turned. "Brooke's an exchange student… from Earth."

I gave him a silent glare. Why would you joke at a time like this? Why? But to my surprise, Miss Mersfelder accepted that and reluctantly turned her attention to the whiteboard again.

o-okay? That just happened. So this isn't a dream then. I gave myself a small pinch, it smarted a bit. Nope, this is probably real. I sighed. I wonder if this is one of the things that I'll accept over time or will it hit me all at once… probably the latter.

So I'm a kid. A kid from Earth stuck in another dimension or realm or whatever. I'm stuck and I don't know the language. I'm stuck and I don't know how to get back. I'm going to need help. I can't tell Dan and Carol because 1: superhero cliche not to tell adults, (I outwardly giggled at that one,) 2: If I'm not really an exchange student, could I still stay with them? 3: they can't get away with pulling stupid stuff like teenagers can 4: I'm away from them most of the day. I just shouldn't tell anyone. That's the best option… Maybe I should tell Vinny.

What am I thinking! I don't really know who he is or if he'll keep it a secret. What if he doesn't want to be involved in inter-dimensional shenanigans, I'll lose the only friend I have here! On the other hand, I don't know how different this world is and if I miss my chance because I didn't confide in someone that would really suck.

I looked at Vinny. He seemed to notice I'd spaced out and was looking at me quizzically. I flashed him a smile, that in hindsight, I'm sure looked really stupid. He smiled back and I smiled even harder. He looked away first, knowing that my excuse of being an exchange student wouldn't keep us out of trouble if Miss Mersfelder caught us grinning like that.

I'm going to tell him… no, I'm n- YES I AM! Stop arguing with me.

The class eventually ended. My final two classes were unfortunately without Vinny. But they were right next to each other so hopefully, I wouldn't get lost. The first class was Computer Science and Art came next. He offered to meet me outside the art room which I gratefully agreed to.

In computer science, I realized I would need to confess to the teacher that I couldn't read because I really wouldn't be able to use the keyboard… or computer… or anything really. Turns out he was super nice and understanding. He would give me an automatic A if I watched everyone's computer and made sure they weren't watching metube or playing mechcraft. So I just sat in the corner and drew. In the hour and a half that passed, I finished some sketches I was really proud of.

Moving over to art, I soon found that there really was no lesson plan. Actually, there was, it was sit down and draw some more. I tried to add more to my drawing but I messed up. I tried to erase it but it left too dark a smudge. The magic had completely left and the drawing was ruined. Frustrated and unable to draw correctly anymore I just sat there, extremely bored. I might've nodded off once or twice but the end of school could not come soon enough.

Once it was over I stood outside the door frame and bit my lip in worry. I had been standing alone for a while and Vinny wasn't anywhere to be seen. It's okay. Maybe he just forgot, and if he did, it shouldn't be too hard to get back. I was about to realize I didn't know my apartment number. When Vinny came dashing down the hall.

"Sorry, I'm late," he said breathlessly. "Photography class ran a little long."

"That's okay." I smiled but my gut was twisting about telling him the truth. I noticed that his bright blue eyes had a thin ring of green around the pupil. "There's something I have to tell you."


I looked down. "In secret."

He noticed my nervousness and frowned a little. Wordlessly I followed him into an unused classroom.

He looked really concerned. I tried desperately to stop playing with the hem of my shirt. "You see, I'm not… from here."

He smiled in relief. "I know. You told me. You're an exchange student from Earth."

It would be so much easier to stop there and laugh along with him. To just stop and never bring this up again. It was so tempting. Like eating cold, juicy strawberries on a hot day. Great, now I'm hungry. I took a deep breath. "Vinny… Earth is a planet."

It took a few seconds before his smile died as he realized what I said. "So, you're like an alien?"

"What?! No nonono. I- I don't think so. Maybe? I… really don't know." My shoulders sagged. "But I don't know how I got here and I definitely don't know how to get back." I looked up at Vinny and tried to gauge his emotion.

He looked skeptical yet sympathetic. Finally, he sighed. "I believe you."


He smiled. "It's not the weirdest thing I've ever heard."

I give a short hiccuping laugh. My nervousness bubbling up and interrupting my giggles.

"You were really worried about this weren't you?"

"Well, yeah. I mean, wouldn't you?" I sighed and sat down. "I think if I'm going to make it through this I'm going to need to know more about-" I waved my hand in a carless circle, "-here."

Vinny sat down to be more level with me. "Okay. Well, avoid Chen and his gang if you can. They're the cheerleaders. They can get pretty violent but not often. They mostly throw insults, but only if you get on their bad side. Who you really need to avoid is Lloyd Garmadon. He is the worst person in all Ninjago City. His dad doesn't count because the volcano is outside city limits."

I felt like I'd been slapped. "Lloyd… Garmadon," I mumbled. "Ninjago." I flicked my gaze back in Vinny's direction. "I'm in Ninjago?"

Vinny was caught off guard by the question. "... yes?"

I sighed and slumped to the floor. It was a lot colder with my back pressed up against it. "I really have no idea how to react to this. Anyway, it's probably just a dream." Vinny looked like a mixture of confusion and worry with maybe a touch of fear. Understandable. I mean, he was just told he was a dream. Dream. Earlier I thought I wasn't in one. Normally they feel less realistic once I'm aware.

"Tell me about Lloyd," I asked.

Vinny's face hardened. "It's been happening for a few years now, but his father, Lord Garmadon, constantly attacks the city and is responsible for quite a few deaths. My family's bakery was crushed once during an attack and a friend of mine lost an arm. His family moved away soon after that. Lord Garmadon normally doesn't come this far into the city anymore, but there's still that chance. One time he attacked and-"

"Woah, there. I asked about Lloyd. Not his dad."

"I... well, what do you want to know?"

I broke into a fangirl smile. "Is his hair soft?"

"Wh- what?"

"Is his hair soft?!"

Vinny shrugged. "I genuinely have no idea."

"Is he a cat person or a dog person?"

"... I don't know."

"What's his favorite kind of ice cream?"

"Why are you asking me these questions?!"

I stood up. "To prove to you that Lloyd is his own person. He has his own body, his own preferences. He makes his own decisions. And he is not his father. So why does everyone in this dimension call Lloyd evil?" It felt really weird saying dimension like that, like there was more than one.

Vinny looked down and for a second I thought I said something wrong. I opened my mouth to apologize but Vinny spoke first. "Maybe it's because everyone expects him to be." He said at last.

"Well, being mean to him isn't going to help things, is it."

"But what if he is evil."

"He's probably going to be if everyone keeps treating him like this!" I sighed. "Just give him a chance, okay? I promise he can do a lot with that."

Vinny sat in silence.

"I just promised something. Maybe you should do the same."

"Okay. I… promise… I'll watch Lloyd more closely."

"And..." I prompted.

"And give him a chance."

I beamed. "Atta boy!" I opened the door and stepped out. "Now, I should probobly run back home. I don't want anyone to worry." We started walking toward the double-doored exit of the school.

"Do you want me to come with you?"

"I've got it. It's right accross the street. I can see it from here. Well, see you tomorrow!"

"Yea, okay."

I watched as he walked down the sidewalk. It had chunks missing. Oh! The damage around here makes so much more sense now! I didn't see a crosswalk so once I grew tired of waiting for no cars to be visible I took my chances with a sizable gap and sprinted across the road. I made it to the other side but not without a couple of honks. I deserved that. Well, that was done. I could almost call it a day. I just had to make it back to the apartment. Easy-peasy. I'd had enough excitement for one day.

A/N: Soooooo. Yea. This took forever. On the bright side, this chapter takes up 3-and-a-half pages of docs! I'm kinda (totally) spinning this as I go so bear (bare? bere?) with me.