For my Spring Term co-curricular, I'm aiming to get an exemption from sports, and instead, do a writing project. I'm not sure how likely it is for the committee to accept my proposal, but hopefully, I'll be able to do it. My project consists of writing a series of related short stories loosely based on my life at Deerfield Academy. Here's the basic idea:
There's a prestigious boarding academy, much like DA, where time is everything - Time's Academy. All of the students' classes are somehow related to time: in Math, students study the precision of time around the world; in Technology, students study how many times of clocks function; in Art, students create their own style of clocks; in Architecture, students design clock-towers; etc. However, students don't just learn about clocks; they also learn to use gears as technology to create things, such as clothing, tools, and a common favorite - mechanical wings. The most popular class to take among students is World History. Using clock magic, students travel back in time to visit civilizations and events they are studying. Unfortunately, there are only 4 periods of World History, and the main character, Emery, a new freshman at TA, has been waiting all Summer to see if she was lucky enough to get in. It's her first day of classes, and she's just received her schedule.
First period - Algebra II
Second period - The Art of Gears
Third period - no class
Fourth period - World History
Fifth period - Freshman Literature
Sixth period - Latin I
Seventh period - no class
As she settles into her new home, Sundial Dormitory (for underclassmen girls), she says goodbye to her parents; she won't be seeing them for the next four years. At TA, students study 9 months a year, and spent the last 3 months moving into their new dorms and preparing for the following year, and participating in school competitions. Students are not allowed to leave the campus until they graduate.
Her parents have left, and it is time to go to classes.
During her third period free, Emery decides to wander around the Main Clock Tower (MCT) where her history class will be held the following period. She gets lost on the top floor, where all of the gears are turning smoothly. Suddenly, the tower rings, it's the start fourth period, but Emery can't seem to find her way back. She had gotten up by going up stairs on the side of the clock tower, but now, they were no where to be seen. Then, Emery overhears three adults speaking. She doesn't understand much of what they are saying. She approaches them, tells them that she got lost and asks for directs to her classroom. The adults tell her to never come up to the top floor of the clock tower again, and one of them takes her to her class.
She tries to think about it, but is too excited about her class to pay attention to her thoughts. She meets many students from different grades in her class, and can't wait to visit ancient Egypt later on in the week. Her life at TA continues, and she occasionally thinks about what she overheard those adult say. One day, she cracks the code.
After leaving TA upon graduation, students are not released back into their apparent graduation year. In other words, if a student was supposed to graduate '11, they'd actually end up living in a totally different era! The era students are released into depends on what they choose to study and how effective their lives would be in accordance to the world. The time eras they are sent to are over 100 years after the present time, and friends never see each other again.
When Emery realizes this, she asks all of her friends. None of them had ever heard of this before. She wanders back to the top floor of the MCT, and finds a book of last year's seniors and where they ended up going. She takes the book and shows it to her friends.
Without getting caught, Emery must find a way to escape from this trap of a school. When that doesn't work, the only thing left is to make sure that no matter what happens, she and all of her friends must stick together and keep in touch.
But what will happen to this year's seniors?
That is Time's Academy.