“Well, now that Ethan and Marei have graced us with their presence, let's begin.” Mrs. Caroline brushed a strand of blond hair that escaped from her bun and fanned herself. Tardiness was something she did not tolerate.
“The Binding.” Her words hung in the humid air like two thunderclouds.
Sweat beaded on my brow, and the entire room of teens seemed to cease breathing.
“As you know, several factors go into the composition of each pairing. But one factor is choice: your preferences, your predilections. You’ve had several weeks now. Who will you put in for? Today is the glorious day when your choice becomes memorialized and taken into account as best can be.”
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