Snow boots stomped through piles of slush, disregarding the splashes of wet snow as they sailed through the air for mere seconds before making contact with the ground again. Although it was not cold, the gloomy dark skies did not fill Annetta and her companions with much in the way of energy as they made their way to her house.
Her shield raised before her, Annetta rushed forward. A war cry escaped her lungs, helping project her towards her target, her keen blue eyes peering from beyond the small opening she had left between her face and the shield. Resistance found her seconds later when the shield met with its target, an elongated foam and sand-filled pillar that stood about seven feet tall. Grunting from the effort of having to apply further pressure, she kept pushing, feeling how slow she was going, despite having run at full force just seconds before.
Snow fell in large clumpy tufts through the air as the final bell of the day rang all across the high school. The dark green steel doors of the brick structure then swung open seconds later, letting out a sea of students ready for their winter holidays. Trudging among them in the snow were Annetta, Jason, Link and Sarina, each in their heavy winter coats. The group of companions were in high spirits, knowing they would not be forced to come back until after the New Year.