A HISTORY LESSON, PART TWO
Gina-Lou Harrison was an extremely bright girl. She was much more like her late father than her mother. Louie Harrison had been a very proud man from a very proud and very successful family. He was a good man, from what Sam had heard.
His daughter's ears were tall and erect. She had a pretty, handsome face. Her bright blue eyes were full of youthful mirth and curiosity. Behind them, you could see hints of a clever, witty mind wise beyond her years.
Gina's mousey brown hair bobbed and bounced on her shoulders as she raced up to her new friend Samson Quin. He smiled broadly as she approached him. She was a good six years younger than he, yet she was nearly his height. This height was another Harrison trait, he decided. Her tail was very, very long, and the tip of it was actually hanging behind her right shoulder.
"Hi, Sam!" she barked excitedly.
"Hey. Gina, I assume?"
"Yup," she said, sticking her tongue out playfully. He didn't quite understand what game she was playing with that gesture. And he didn't bother to guess.
“Nice to meet you,” Samson said politely
"Mum says you have a story to tell me!" announced Gina.
"That I do," Samson confirmed. "It's about the Legend of Luna Dawnstar."
"Ooh, I like that one," Gina cooed, "I'd love to hear it again. I'm sure the way you tell it is a lot funnier than Mom's."
Sam double-blinked. Wasn't I supposed to be the tutor? he asked himself. He cleared his throat, "Okay. It goes like this..."
He told her the story that he'd just written so far. Gina listened thoughtfully, chuckling in spots. When he got to the end, Gina knew exactly where he was about to go with the story.
"Hey, Sam. May I tell Miranda's story?"
“Sure, Gina," Sam said with a smile. "Though, I thought I was the tutor?"
"Well, yeah, but I know lots about her!" Gina admitted. "Miranda is the most transcendental Transcendent to have ever Transcended!"
"For us Foxy, yeah, definitely!" Sam agreed.
"At least I'll follow facts and not fabricate fables like the feature films with their fictitious fallacies!"
Samson was greatly taken aback, yet also quite impressed, by Gina's in-your-face attitude and immense intelligence. "Wow, you really love alliteration, don't you?"
"Mum says it's good for my vocabulary!" Gina affirmed.
Samson had no response to that. He figured the best thing to do was let Gina just do her own thing.
"Anyway, onto the marvelous miracles of Miranda!" Gina declared.
“Go for it,” Samson said.
"Before Miranda came,” Gina began. "The Foxy were primitive. We were dangerously delirious and dumb in those departed days!
"That all changed when the charming canine cherub Miranda came to call!"
Gina then colorfully described Miranda's encounter with two of her first followers.
One was a rather dim-witted beige and orange Foxy with an orange and black stripe across his snout. The other was a gorgeous spotted Dalmatian Foxy vixen with a long, flowing coal-colored mane.
"Duh, me Munro!" chattered the beige and orange Foxy.
"Please excuse my mate," the vivacious vixen said. "My name's Matiya."
While other Foxy gathered around, none captured Miranda's attention as did these two.
"A pleasure to meet you, Matiya!" Miranda greeted, "Such a perfect name for such a pretty pup! I was thinking more like Spotty, but I like that better! Anyway, I'm called Miranda, your Mother of Miracles!"
Munro gave Miranda a dumb wide-mouthed open look. Matiya looked at her with stars in her eyes.
"So any questions you wish to quiz me on?" Miranda asked.
"Why Miracle Mama have wings?" Munro wondered.
"Well, Munro, Goddesses got to get around so..." Miranda paused when she noticed Munro's eyes diverting their attention to her chest. "Um, are you beholding my bountiful breasts?"
"YA!" Munro exclaimed.
"Munro, you mud-brained moron!" Matiya scolded.
"OK," a perturbed Miranda said, "I was going to be nice, but it's time for you pups to grow up!"
Miranda's magic made Munro's mess of an outfit into a suit and tie and Matiya's red rags into a demure dress!
"Miranda made Munro and Matiya such a cute couple!" Gina remarked.
"Um, what about the part when she trained the Elemental Masters to defeat the Dark Mage Koja?" Samson asked.
"Everyone knows about that anyway," Gina replied, "People forget that Miranda was a master matchmaker, too!"
"Right. So what does that have to do with anything?" Samson wondered.
"Do you know who Koja's parents were?" Gina asked with a sly smile.
"Yeah, of course!" Sam grinned. "Munro and Matiya..." It was then Samson realize realized just how much the tutor was being outsmarted by the student. "Wait..."
"And YOU'RE here to tutor ME!?" Gina chuckled.
Perhaps, Britney had actually set Samson up. But perhaps this was a great opportunity, too.
"Huh, maybe we should collaborate," Samson conceded. Gina nodded.
It was actually the start of a very productive friendship.