The crowd of wizards and witches was starting to swell with activity. It was nearly eight o'clock and the place was packed with busy business people. Just when Tobias was about to suggest that they go to the thirteen floor a familiar face poked through the crowds.
"This is why 'real' jobs are not that appealing to me. I still say teaching would be much more interesting. Sorry, I'm late. These crowds are a pain to traverse through." he replied.
Tobias smiled at the comment and greeted him as well. "Its good to see you are here Mr. Ryuga." He then looked at the other student and said to both, "Let's go, there's an adventure waiting for us." His smiled brimmed with glee. As he said this he urged the other two to follow him.
He looked around and found the elevators on the opposing wall. He walked towards them. These elevators were placed in a wall which seemed to be unending. The doors on each elevator was carefully designed with gold tones and silver.
Scores of wizards and witches were lined at the entrance, all waiting to get their elevator somewhere in the compound. Each elevator entrance showed and voiced the floor they were destined to. Tobias found the one leading to the 13th floor and took it.
The elevator ride was quite simple., it took several extremely sharp turns, first down impossibly down, then a right angle turn to the left, another turn back, then a neck-breaking turn to the right and finally it took a plunging dive until it stopped with a screech.
Tobias almost falls on his bottom, but managed to keep his balance. The door opened and they found a hall, a big hall. The floor and walls were green marble with columns of gold lining the walls. The ceiling was covered with crystalline shards all illumining with a delicate light.
There were many doors, and several guards at each one of them. There was one, a double door with a sign on top which read "Research and Development." Tobias urged the student to follow him and gave them a cautious look.
As he was about to talk to one of the guards, the guard opened the door. Tobias smiled and entered. Inside there was a large reception desk and a skinny old witch working at a very old looking typewriter.
"Excuse me, I am here to meet with Miss. Fangrannon." said Tobias at the receptionist.
The woman didn't look up, "Go through she is expecting you, you brought the two students?"
"Yes." answered Tobias a little off. The woman smiled, "Go through, go through."
There was another door at the end of the Hall and Tobias walked towards the door and opened it, hoping the two students were following him. As he entered, he found a huge office. It was lined with every manner of luxurious device ever conceived.
Everything was placed in perfect order. A desk sat by the end of the office and behind that was a huge crystal window. A woman was seating by the desk. Her hair was black, long and flowing. She smiled and walked towards Tobias, her face illuminated with some witchery.
"Hello Tobs, its been so long!" She embraced him and gave him a side kiss.
Tobias was a caught a little off guard. He'd hardly spoken to this woman before. However, he didn't mind the kiss on his face. "Great Miss. Fangrannon! Just as promised, here are the two students."
"Call me Belinda." Her eyes opened wide and a little seductive as she looked at each of the students. She first looked at Winston, then Takeshiro. She stood in front of them and said, "Don't worry we shall treat you here much better than they do back at that reformatory."
"Its so good you decided to participate in our little experiment. Do you want something to eat or drink before we start?