Chapter 17: Psychic
"However," the professor continued, "as we will also see with the Tarot, context is very important. So Roe, don't try to stop a vision from happening again, okay?"
Roe smiled sheepishly. "Okay."
Professor Lal straightened up and clapped her hands together. "All right, that wraps up class for today. Do your reading for next class and I'll look up whether or not there's a blue moon happening this fall. Hopefully by Friday, we'll know what Roe's vision meant!"
The classroom became filled with sound as everyone started to pack up their things, talking to each other. Corrie grinned at Roe. "How did you like being the center of attention?"
"It was weird," Roe said with a small laugh. "I guess I'm glad I could be useful. I just hope the whole class doesn't start pestering me about making predictions, though," she added, glancing around the room.
Dawn picked up her bag and slung it over her shoulder. "If they didn't after you announced at the first class that you had visions, I doubt they will now."
"Yeah, but they might not have believed me before..." Roe trailed off doubtfully.
Roe's expectation turned out to be more true than Dawn's. Before they had made it out of the classroom, Michelle had rushed up to them. "Hey!" she said excitedly. "Can you do a vision about my future?"
"Oh, that would be so cool!" said someone else behind her.
Roe shook her head and looked at the floor. "I can't control them. I definitely can't make one come when I want to."
"Oh, come on," pleaded Michelle.
Luckily, Professor Lal came to the rescue. She put one hand on Michelle's shoulder and one on the other girl's. "That's why we call it an uncontrolled gift, girls," she chided. "Roe can't make it do her bidding any more than you could tell the grass to stop growing. And I wouldn't be surprised if one or both of you turned out to have a gift for prophecy, just not one as strong and uncontrolled as Roe's."
Roe smiled gratefully at Professor Lal and the three of them made their escape. It was a nice day, and Dawn was glad to be in the air again, especially since there weren't people close enough to overhear them easily anymore. Still, she spoke softly. "Was that really all that was in your vision? Just the moon?"
"Huh? Of course it was," said Roe. "Did you think I'd lie to you?"
Dawn shook her head quickly. "That's not what I meant. I just thought maybe there were faeries in it and you didn't want to announce it in front of the whole class."
"Oh!" Roe grinned. "Of course. That makes sense. No, that was really all there was. If there had been faeries in my vision, I think I would have just declined to tell the whole class about it. I would have told you two and Professor Lal after class."
"Speaking of which, did you get a look at Professor Lal with your clover?" Corrie asked.
"Yeah..." Roe's smile faded somewhat. "Creepy."
"Imagine how I felt when I first saw her," said Dawn with a laugh. "I didn't even know what to expect."
Roe nodded. "I don't know if I envy you or not. We both have these weird abilities we can't control... I think yours might be more useful, but maybe not."
"Well, I'm jealous!" said Corrie with a smile that said she was teasing. "I don't have any crazy abilities."
"How do you know?" Dawn asked. "They might just not have manifested yet! Maybe you can talk to animals and you just haven't noticed because no animals have tried to communicate with you."
"Ooh, that would be useful!"
The three of them headed back towards Gilkey. Dawn had another class soon, but there was enough time between classes that she could go back and get her books; she preferred it that way, since she didn't have to carry all her books with her everywhere. She also had time to say hi to Annie, whom she passed in the hall. "Hey! How was your weekend?"
"Oh, it was pretty good. You?"
"It was good. Roe said you signed up for the Rainbow Alliance!" That made Dawn think--did Roe's vision have something to do with Annie? Well, it could be any of them, including Lorelei. Since there hadn't been any danger in it, it probably wasn't worth worrying anyone else about.
"Yeah, I'm looking forward to it," Annie said, smiling.
"Okay, I have to get to class. See you around!"