“So what can I do with the Circus?” Emily asked. The silver-haired teenage girl twirled a playing card between her fingers as she talked to Mundo. The two girls stood in a school gym next to a giant floating black sphere; the dark ball was bigger than either of the two girls. Moments ago the gym resembled the inside of a large circus tent; but, Emily dismissed the card and the gym reverted to waxed hardwood floors.
“The Circus is one of the most flexible decks. You can do almost anything with it, depending on what you pair it with. Add Fantasy cards for solid healing. You can tank if you use Robots or DPS if you go with Ninjas. Steampunk will boost our resources…,” Mundo paused and shrugged. “It’s probably better if you wait until we have a full team to pick your other deck. Right now we’re just a Wizard,” Mundo pointed at the black sphere. “A cardmage…,” she pointed at Emily, “…and a druid.” She pressed her hand against her chest. “If we don’t get any crafters resource management won’t be a problem.”
“Oh wow,” Emily grinned. She was excited to be a ‘founding member’ of her first roller derby team. “I thought there was more of a team. Do we even have a name?” she asked. Mundo shook her head.
“I couldn’t think of anything. Do you have any ideas?” she asked. Emily shook her head also.
“No. Kirk might!” she looked at the large dark sphere. “Whenever he finishes making his character I guess.”
“IS THIS THE DERBY TRY-OUTS?!” A teenager shouted from the gym’s entrance. Emily and Mundo turned to see a young pale, almost blue-skinned student with his light blue hair pulled back.
“YES!” Mundo yelled back. The young man smiled and walked into the gym to join them.
“Try-outs?” Emily asked Mundo as the male student covered the distance. Mundo shrugged.
“Since we were going to make characters for you and Kirk anyway I put the word out about try-outs to fill out our roster.”
“Hi. I’m Frost,” he said when he arrived next to the pair of girls. “#42”
“Emily, #21,” she smiled and waved.
“Mundo,” Mundo replied.
“Mundo?” Frost looked surprised. “Is this your Earth? How are you here?” he asked.
“I’m not,” Mundo said. She lifted her hand in the air. It crumbled into white powder and spilled to the ground but never reached it. The white particles disappeared before falling very far. “I’m safe at home,” she smiled.
“Oh, nice,” Frost nodded as Mundo’s hand reformed at the end of her wrist. “So is this everyone trying out?” he asked. Mundo nodded.
“So far,” Mundo extended her fresh hand at Frost. “I think it’s safe to say congratulations! You’re in.”