"You said you'd answer my questions."
"That I did. But, I think you will enjoy finding the answers yourself."
Annie looked at Sterling, "What do you mean?"
"The answers are in the book."
"What do you mean?" she demanded as she stomped her foot. "You said you were going to explain it to me!"
Sterling sadly shook his head. "The only way you will ever truly see is to see it for yourself."
What in the world was the problem with these people, Annie fumed. They spoke in half truths and talked in circles.
"I'm going home!" she said on the verge of tears.
"Don't give up, Annie. Fight for the knowledge!"
Sighing, Annie looked at the thick book that sat on the pedestal. "Fine."
Stretching, she wandered down to take a break. She didn't know how Sterling could stand in front of the cauldron for so long!
Andrea leapt upon her broom and zipped away in a flurry.
"Come back!" Annie screamed. "Tell me what I want to know!" Fuming, she stomped her foot and kicked at the grass.
"Now, now, dear child. That behavior is hardly lady-like."
Calmly Sterling slightly bowed, "Then I suggest you not act like a little child."
"What are you talking about?!" Annie demanded.
"You will see soon enough," he replied cryptically.
Surprised to have learned a new spell, Annie itched to use it.
Snickering, Annie watched her run away. "She can't touch me," Annie giggled happily.
His anger surprised Annie. She knew that Sterling and Andrea didn't get along. She thought he would've appreciated the look on Andrea's face as she ran off. "Look, it's not a big deal," Annie started to explain.
"Not a big deal? Not a big deal?!" Sterling raged. "There is a delicate balance between good and evil. Right and wrong. For every action there is a reaction! For every harm, you slip further from good! Is that what you want?"
"Geez, take a chill pill! It was just a silly little spell!" Annie defended herself.
When he heard her scream for him, he quickly transported himself up the stairs.
"Is everything okay?" he asked breathlessly, looking around for danger.
Sterling set Annie down in front of him, smiling proudly. "I knew you could do it, my child. You are truly gifted."
Weeks went by as they fell into their routine. Annie tried to ignore the growing akwardness, praying that Sterling didn't notice.
One minute Annie had been speaking to Sterling & the next his chair was empty.
Sterling put his hands on his hips. "You misunderstand child, if you think I want to discuss this with you!"
"Child?!" she sputtered. "I think I've proved that I am not a child anymore!"
"But, I'm your teacher, Annie. This should not be."
Annie smiled and leaned forward to kiss him again. "Perhaps there are things that I could teach you..."
Sterling didn't have it in his heart to fight his feelings for Annie anymore. The truth was that even from the first moment he had laid eyes on her, he had wanted her. That was why he had intercepted her mentor Andrea in hopes of showing her the light.
Annie wound her arms around his neck and pulled him closer for anther kiss. "More sure of anything else in my life!" she told him.
Patting the bed beside her, she tried to keep a straight face as she offered to kiss it and make it all better.