Dresden Files: Transylvania

Bikers attack induction event

TV Reporter:
Reporting live from Cluj University where this year’s Induction Week had taken a wrong turn for students and teachers alike when a group of violent bikers has vandalized the campus and brought in snakes to terrorize the participants by setting them loose. The only evidence of their trespass and illegal conduct is the scenery you see behind me and the reports of terrified eye witnesses who have no idea where the snakes have disappeared once they were released, but a few do remember at least two of the teachers stepping up to deal with the dangerous situation.
Until now the police didn’t apprehend any of the suspects and the bikers, locally known as the Blazing Suns are renowned for their violent and unlawful acts in the city, but their identity remains hidden even today. Luckily, no one was bitten by the snakes as far as we know and no mortal wounds were reported, but several students and family members have been hurt during the general chaos.
We have one missing person however, Ana Maria Ardeleanu, a 20 year old student who was last seen on campus during the events with the cheerleader squad. Anyone who has any information regarding her whereabouts please call this number.
The teachers and faculty staff wishes to announce that classes will start according to the usual schedule and that no delays have been made, re-assuring the students and their families that extra measures of security are taken to ensure the safety of all students during this academic year. They deeply apologize for what happened and ask all citizens with any information regarding the bikers to address the local police.

Irina Rosetti’s letter to her parents:
Dear Mom and Dad,
You’ve probably heard what happened on the news. I’m safe and sound and (un)fortunately perfectly able to attend classes, but I got to say, not as excited for them as I was before the Induction ceremony. I was expecting some doubts and fears of course, all freshmen have them, but given what happened and knowing that I was this close to death – yes, I don’t want you to worry, but I was inches away from the biggest snake you ever saw, it was humongous – now I am quite disappointed with how normal and boring things are at the University. I’ve made some friends, I get along pretty well with my roommate Angela and I know you’ll like this dad, with some of the teachers. Two actually which makes me a very nerdy and conscious student, wouldn’t you say?
Well, last but not least, I do have everything I need and the conditions are ok, but a few extra bucks wouldn’t hurt. I joined a book club and books are pretty expensive.
Lots of love,
Your angry pumpkin

Irina’s diary:
Ok, so today…no TODAY everything went totally out of control. And not saying it was like Angela-totally-out-of-control, no, it was so much more than that. Not sure if I should even write this stuff down, but when I’m old and want to show my grandkids how awesome their old stuck up grandma is, I’m gonna need some memory boost. In any case, it’s too incredible NOT to write it down and just to make sure I have all my brains in the right places and perfectly functional, I better re-check this to know it really happened. So first of all I don’t know what was with the bikers that practically stormed in during the first day of school. Why did it have to be MY first day of school? And why was I literally in the middle of everything that just happened? SECOND, I freaking HATE snakes now! I had no trouble with’em before, but after you slash a few dozen and all their damn gooey organs get splattered in your face, you’d have some issues with them too. Not sayin’ that I shouldn’t have, it was either me or them and damn damn damn, I can’t believe I just did that. Had the freaking chainsaw in my hands and next thing I know it was blood all over and then threatened that big guy, he was so darn scary, but I don’t know what’s the deal with him.

Anyway, that’s not the CRAZIEST thing. Nooo…there’s more. So freaking UNBELIEVABLE. So Crooked – and you know him dear diary, I’ve told you about him – isn’t just crazy, he’s insane. And a wizard-what-not on top of everything. I suspected him a loony of the Harry Potter fan kind, but turns out the guy has some powers. Don’t know much about skill, though and I wouldn’t trust the guy with my grades, but seems I have to trust him with my life ‘cause he saved it once…half at least. And remember that cool teach I met in the parking lot that other time things got crazy? I thought it was me that’s going insane, honestly, but now I know better. Yeah, well his name is Nikola Zeraf and has more brain than all the teachers I’ve met so far put together. Not sure he’s a teach though, he seems more like a doctor. In any case, now we’re part of the same book club – so dorky – but that’s just a thing to hide the cool stuff going on. Now we’re investigating the disappearance of that cheerleader that was on the news, Ana Maria something, forgot her name. I know that things are getting so wacky, but this is the kind of things I want in my school year, honestly. It’s just awesome. In any case, I have no idea where to start from, but thinking back on what happened there was this weird chick dressed all goth like that I had an incident with and now I see her around the school quite often. I wrote to mom and dad about the event, but you know, kept it to a minimum. If they hear anything about Crooked being magical they’ll really think I’VE LOST IT and send me to some boarding school for loonies.

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