“So what are we supposed to do now?” I asked my twin.
“I don’t know… I guess we have to search for signs, since the eagle spirit won’t help us more.”
“I think we have to face some obstacles or something, but we don’t have a clue about where and when they are going to appear…”
I suddenly observed some clouds that were slowly taking the shape of letters: To start your new life, you have to unleash your hidden talents.
I showed the message to Emma and, before we could move, we got pulled by some sort of magnetic force into a circus where people (or should I say angels?) were drawing, singing, dancing, reading poems they’ve written and having fun. Others were exposing not-so-common talents, such as reading minds, moving things without touching them or disappearing and changing their appearance.
“Do we have to show these people what we are capable of?” Emma thought out loud.
“I think so…”, I said. “But wait, the clouds said hidden talents and we don’t know ours yet.”
We gathered all our courage and decided to ask someone what we were supposed to do in order to discover our hidden talents.
We came across three sisters singing in a band, dressed in the colors of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. As we heard their first song, we instantly became their fans and we knew they will know how to help us with our task, so we headed straight forward to them. First we expressed our admiration for their skills and then we shared our question.
“You have to look deep inside your hearts and find your hidden talents”, said the oldest one, which was wearing the red suit.
The middle-aged sibling, dressed in yellow, added: “When you can think about something you are talented at, you will know exactly if that’s the one you need to activate or not.”
The youngest girl, who seemed just a few years older than me and Emma and was rocking the green, gave us the final explanation: “After you find out what hidden talent you have, show it here on the stage. The judges, which are four really nice angels, will have to say their honest opinion about it and, depending on that, you will take one more step towards your new life.”
This made me feel a little scared, but I knew deep inside that I was ready to do anything for this change. We found a place to sit and talk about what our hidden talents could be.
“I’m good at drawing, but that’s not really hidden, I show my art a lot on social media…” I said.
“We all love your artwork, twin! That’s definitely not it…” Emma agreed. “Maybe it’s a musical talent, I heard you singing along to the sisters and you were really good!”
“Oh, really? But I don’t have any experience in that”, I responded unsure.
“Neither do I, but I guess we can give it a try!”
“I think this might be it!” I replied and then a crazy idea smashed my head: “And if the judges say singing is the answer, why don’t we ask the sisters if we can join their band?”
“Wow, that would be a dream come true!” my twin exclaimed. “But first let’s ask them to teach us a song that we can perform on stage.”
“Wait! Do you remember the song those angels were singing to us before we entered Eagle’s Gate? It was something about going higher in a new life.”
“Oh, yes! That one is perfect!”
We both remembered the lyrics instantly and sang it together: “It is time to be higher, to be higher now, / It is time to be brighter, to be brighter now, / A new school, a new friend, a new routine in this new life, / ‘Cos it’s time to be higher, to be higher now!”
That was only the chorus, which we were going to sing together in harmony, and we each wrote a verse (in fact, the angels wrote and whispered them to us). After about one hour of practicing, while we couldn’t help but laugh every time we were making little mistakes, we asked our new idols to accompany us with the instrumental for our song.
When the time has come, we were surprised to notice we weren’t nervous at all. The girls were very sweet and kind with us and they gave me a lot of confidence and inspiration.
“Life is a constant change, / Why does it feel so strange? / I know it’s not so easy, / How do I feel so ready? / It is time to be higher, to be higher now, / It is time to be brighter, to be brighter now, / A new school, a new friend, a new routine in this new life, / ‘Cos it’s time to be higher, to be higher now! / Doing things on my own, / Because now I have grown! / Different than other people, / But I fly like an eagle! / It is time to be higher, to be higher now, / It is time to be brighter, to be brighter now, / A new school, a new friend, a new routine in this new life, / ‘Cos it’s time to be higher, to be higher now!”
Everyone clapped their hands. I couldn’t spot the judges anywhere, but all the people in that room were looking at us, speechless. Most probably, as I already guessed, we had more than one talent to show until we’d receive the final results.
I heard a familiar voice coming towards us and I couldn’t believe it… It was the oldest sister:
“You did an awesome job! We would love to have you two in our band!”
Me and Emma looked at each other with wide open eyes.
“How - how did you… read my mind… I - we were…” I stuttered, shocked.
“Are you and your sisters Harry Potter fans?” Emma changed the subject, and to be honest I wanted to ask them the same thing, to know if the colors they were wearing were a coincidence or not.
“Of course we are!”, the Gryffindor girl answered. “Hogwarts has created such an amazing community! And our suits are in our actual house colors!”
She called the other two girls so we could all talk about enlarging the band.
“What houses are you in?” the Hufflepuff asked, but the Slytherin interrupted her:
“I’m pretty sure they are Ravenclaws, I mean… just look at them!”
“You’re right! I was thinking the same, but I just wanted to make sure”, said the middle sister.
“So, we are all witches”, Emma came to a conclusion after the girls responded to her question. “Me and Vera believe we might have more than one hidden talent and I think the second one might be about doing magic.”
“But is that talent hidden, as long as we arrived at Hogwarts? We definitely showed our magic abilities there”, I said, confused.
“Good point, twin, but we only had one Charms class and that’s all, because after that we met and flew away.”
“That’s also a good point, twin”, I smiled.
We went to the same spot where we practiced singing in order to practice magic.