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Absently, Hailey flipped through a stack of mail on the table, stopping suddenly at a large silver envelope.
“To Holly and Hailey Hartley,” it read in shaky lettering, and the return address was printed in two lines:
Bear Towne University
The Middle of Nowhere, Alaska
Ever so lightly, Hailey ran her hand across Holly’s name, smiling as she remembered the hours they’d spent at the kitchen table, writing wild scholarship essays for Bear Towne.
Very carefully, she tore an opening along the edge of the silver paper and with trembling hands, pulled out a letter.
Dear Misses Holly and Hailey Hartley,
Congratulations on your full scholarship to study ParaScience at Bear Towne University in the Great White North.
Upon your arrival in The Middle of Nowhere, you will have already completed the course requirements for ParaScience 101, An Introduction, which is a 3-credit course conducted during your 10-hour flight aboard the Bear Towne Luftzeug.
All incoming ParaScience freshmen are required to attend this course, and should be advised not to panic.
Please arrive at the Pittsburgh Executive Airport no later than 1000 on the first of August to board your flight, and hold all questions until your arrival on campus.
Enclosed with this letter, you will find important information regarding your move to Alaska and life in general at the Bear Towne campus. Follow the enclosed instructions and please adhere to the packing list. As a reminder, percussive instruments are expressly FORBIDDEN at BTU.
Once again, congratulations,
Dr. Simeon Woodfork
Dean of the College of ParaScience Bear Towne University
Hailey turned the letter over then shook the silver envelope, looking for the promised information, but all she found was a note scribbled on parchment and folded asymmetrically, which advised her to bring no more than one piece of luggage—purse size.
Not much of a packing list.
“How am I supposed to fit everything I need into one small bag?” she wondered out loud, deciding on the spot that she was going to Alaska in the fall, without panicking, and by way of Luftzeug, whatever that was.
Why not? She hadn’t received any other offers of scholarship or even admission from anywhere else, and there was no way she’d spend another year wiping tables at the family pub. “Did you say something, dear?” Uncle Pix asked from the kitchen, and everyone turned their attention to Hailey.
“We got accepted to a college in Alaska.”
“Alaska?” he said, his voice full of foreboding, and Hailey looked at her letter again, her chin poked out in a half frown.
“Yeah, Bear Towne University. Full scholarship.”
Her uncles exchanged worried expressions.
“Holly won a full scholarship too,” she said, smiling sadly.
“Let me see that letter.” Uncle Pix strode across the floor and snatched it out of her hand.
He skimmed the page and squinted at the signature on the bottom. “What’s up?” she asked.
Her uncles chatter-answered all at once—the same message but in vastly different tones, some sad, some proud, and one very anxious, which rang through the others:
“We’re worried about you going to Bear Towne,” Uncle Wimp said with a frown, and she looked up at him in confusion.
“You’ve heard of Bear Towne University?”
“Sure, that’s a feckin mad place.”
“What does that mean? Is a ‘feckin mad place’...is that good or bad?” She looked from
Wimp to Pix and then to Dale, who had suddenly found a hangnail on his thumb which was very conspicuously demanding his full attention. Hailey honed in on him.
By: C.M. McCoy
Release Date: December 15, 2015
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