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Denouement

A forest, a betrayal, and an escape (More inside, seeking literate RPer's willing to commit)

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Introduction

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Dead, dead, their bodies piled up in the streets, their blood running into the gutters. Ashes drifted through the air, bodies nailed to crosses, hung from posts, bags over their heads. The lake had turned black, the odd finger popping up every once in a while. If they floated, they were a witch, if they drowned, they were human. The grave yards were crammed with stones full of grievances of young lives lost too soon. Accused of witch craft, died because of a witch's spell, killed in a witch hunt. There were so few of them left; the real spell keepers, guardians of the book.


99% of the time the accused perished.



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The Town of Salem was once a quaint, sleepy, albeit religious settlement. Their people had no idea that right under their noses was one of the oldest covens in America, the Witches of Time. They welcomed everyone into their coven with open arms, men and women, frightened children, passing off as an alternative church that sat in the woods. On good terms with the church, the blood was not shed until the Black Plague reached Salem. The Coven was blamed, people lay dead in the streets, the smell of the sick and dying filled the air. Fingers were pointed at the witches, they were dragged out of their cozy streets and hung by the neck until dead. The people were not satisfied, the seed had been planted, the witch hunts had begun. No one was safe, especially not the familiars. They were burned by the dozens, an eternal fire in the square of Salem. Their ashes dusted the air in a sick snowfall, a black plague truly had been set upon the city.


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The Witch Hunting ended the same way it began, with the Covens. Dozen of the magically gifted traveled to Salem to place a spell of peace upon the once sleepy town. They encircled it, casting their magic to make the people forget about magic, to realize the sins of their actions, and to ban the sanctioning of the outlandish trials. Their magic was successful in its cast, the people of Salem rest peacefully in their beds and the witches fled, taking their familiars and all traces of magic with them.
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Pointed hats, brimstone, blood, and ash; these are the things wizards are made of.
To the woods they went, fleeing into the safety of natural world. Magical circles were drawn to keep outsiders out, runes used to propel them away from the settlements built into the trees and grass. Safely tucked away, the witches had closed themselves off from the world and thrived, building their own society and land with rules and strict regulations. They had schools and jobs, their lives sleepy and peaceful; they had grown content with their world and set in their ways.

At least, until the stranger came.

Blessed with the gift of magic, abandoned by everyone she loved, the stranger had stumbled into their village, allowed through the magical border thanks to her gift. Both a curse and a blessing in disguise, the villagers must rethink their very ways of life and confront the fears they had been harboring for generations; Outsiders.



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[ Role ||Witch ]
[ Name || Zinnia Evernight ]
[ Age || 15 ]
[ Gender || Female ]
[ Face Claim || Abigail Williams ]
[ Played by || The_Queen ]






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[ Role || Familiar ]
[ Name || Blithe ]
[ Age || 689]
[ Gender || Female ]
[ Face Claim || Tamamo No Mae]
[ Played by || NPC ]




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[ Role || Wizard ]
[ Name || Yuu ]
[ Age || 21 ]
[ Gender || Male ]
[ Face Claim || Yuno ]
[ Played by || NPC]




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[ Role || Witch ]
[ Name || Yue ]
[ Age || 15 ]
[ Gender || Female ]
[ Face Claim || Miuna Shiodome]
[ Played by || Spiderwitch]


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[ Role || Potions Professor ]
[ Name || Elias Castle ]
[ Age || 25 ]
[ Gender || Male ]
[ Face Claim || Viktor Nikiforov]
[ Played by || NPC ]




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[ Role || Dean of the Magic College]
[ Name || Dean Eincrad ]
[ Age || 62 ]
[ Gender || Male ]
[ Face Claim || Elias Ainsworth ]
[ Reserved by || NPC ]




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[ Role || Occlumency Wizard]
[ Name || Autumn ]
[ Age || 24 ]
[ Gender || Female ]
[ Face Claim || Sailor Moon ]
[ Played by || NPC]


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[ Role || Elder Council]
[ Name || Freyja The Divine ]
[ Age || 120 ]
[ Gender || Female ]
[ Face Claim || Aliza Katrina ]
[ Played by || NPC ]



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[ Role || Elder Council ]
[ Name || Ulrich the Deliverer ]
[ Age || 230 ]
[Gender || Male ]
[ Face Claim || Mikhail ]
[ Played by || NPC ]



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[ Role || Elder Council]
[ Name || Drake the Unmovable ]
[ Age || 320 ]
[Gender || Male ]
[ Face Claim || Laxus ]
[ Played by || The_Queen ]



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[ Role || Elder Council]
[ Name || Rainier the Swift ]
[ Age || 240 ]
[Gender || Male ]
[ Face Claim || Tatsuya Shiba ]
[ Played by || NPC ]



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[ Role || Human ]
[ Name || Orie Laron/Orie Eldriss ]
[ Age || 15 ]
[Gender || Female ]
[ Face Claim || Noriko Kamomebata ]
[ Played by || NPC ]



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[ Role || Witch]
[ Name || Claris Aurora ]
[ Age || 16 ]
[Gender || Female ]
[ Face Claim || Erina Nakiri ]
[ Played by || NPC ]




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[ Role || Human ]
[ Name || Rainarch, the Fang of Teranos ]
[ Age || ???]
[Gender || Female ]
[ Face Claim || ??? ]
[ Played by || Spiderwitch]



((Will add more as characters are completed))

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You like rules? No? Well too bad, without these we would have a bunch of nonsense everywhere.

Commitment || I am looking for committed role players only. If you are bored and only seeking temporary relief and have no intention of sticking with the RP then don't reserve. If I know you to be someone who reserves with the intention of never finishing your character I will deny you a spot. Not publicly, but privately.

Face claims || Anime only please. Manga is fine, but no anime games or real face claims. If you need help finding a face claim then feel free to ask.

Content || This RP will have suggestive content including character deaths if you suddenly disappear. If you do not like these themes then do not join. Once more I will state if you have no intention of ever finishing your character or replying DO NOT JOIN.

Grammar || This is an advanced RP for literate humans only (I apologize to all the cats and robots but meow is not an acceptable response in a dramatic situation). I expect at least 400 words per post, please do not forget to proofread. Speaking of which if you have read this far please put a gif of your face claim when reserving your character.

Replies || You are expected to reply at least once a week. This is a really important rule. Why? Because that's how you keep an RP alive. If you can reply more then once a week then great! If not please inform me why otherwise you might come back and find your character accidentally got pushed off a building and didn't survive.

Password || And now for the moment you've all been waiting for, the glorious password! If you have read this far congratulations! The password is your favorite song in purple. If it's not in purple I will not accept it.

Skeleton || Will be posted in the OOC

Characters || Must be submitted within 48 hours, after that you have five, count 'em, five days to finish it or you will be banished. There are no assigned roles, I would like to try and keep an even amount of boys and girls. If you have any ideas for the RP or have certain expectations I'm all ears, I love to hear your feedback. Collaborations are an option as well, I'm literally always looking for ways to improve so if you have some suggestions feel free to post them!

Credit for rules goes to Masquerade (Skye) do not use without permission.

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The moon child went quiet again as the light tether chain dispelled and it was taken away, her ability to speak was gone now. "You'll probably have to learn to speak before starting school." Ulrich told her with a casual smirk. Yue agreed, that probably would be a good idea if she were able to. Yue nodded, she would try to get back to speaking capability as soon as she could. She felt sort of empty - without being able to sing, what way did she have to relieve the pressure building up in her chest? Her gun was taken and the wet gunpowder was taken from it, transformed into some form that could become a core for a wand. The rest of the gun melted away and the gunpowder was given to her in a vial.

Now it was time for partings and to get her clothes and a wand. Yue was most excited for a wand and felt somewhat comforted by having the gunpowder back with her. Yue nodded her acquiescence to follow the rules. A girl like her never wanted to live a life of blood and violence in the first place and she was honestly glad to get to escape that kind of life. "B-but... um, I'm a Major Offense." She mouthed softly. Didn't that mean she was unsuitable for a peaceful existence? Was she unwelcome here now? "Isn't offense violent?" Freya gave her a gentle sort of smile. "Not necessarily. Every magic can be used in good ways, as long as you have a good heart you will be okay."

Yue looked nervously at Blithe and Zinnia, once again tugging helplessly onto Blithe's furry foxtail. The two were going at it but Yue personally wanted to go and get her wand first. So she mouthed it, pointing to the vial. "Wand!" Her eyes were almost lit up with excitement at the idea of having her wand. Clothes could come later, her current outfit sufficed for now. A blush came to her cheeks as she realized she probably wasn't in a position to be bossy. So Yue meekly lowered her head, looking down at her feet. "If it's okay." She mouthed, her silent voice echoing in her mind.

One way or another they found themselves in front of an oddly pink building built into a giant pink tree stump. This was apparently the Wand Maker's place and then Yue found an unwelcome face. "What are you doing here, you freak?" Claris Aurora was here? Why was she here? "Oh, you look so surprised. My dad's the wandmaker, okay? He's in the back room right now, so make any requests through me." Yue bit her lip and revealed the vial. "Wand core." She mouthed, wriggling. "What the heck is this black dust crap." Claris stared at it incredulously. "It's just as ugly as you, congratulations." Claris was her father's apprentice and would take over his job as a Wand Maker.

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Zinnia nodded, "If you want to make your demands known, you're going to need to speak louder." The red haired witch said, holding her own wand lightly in her hands. There was no reason to hold it tightly, no one would take her wand from her. The wand was an extension of one's body, every witch and wizard had one. The folk had no need for them, since they learned to direct their magical power in a different way. Nymphs, dryads, elves, dwarfs, etc. They had no need for wands because their magical pathways were different. When witches and wizards were children, the easiest way to learn how to direct their magic was to use the wand as an extension of themselves.

Yue would learn the same concept, perhaps she would have an easier time at it considering her age. Although, Zinnia had a sinking feeling that Yue had never had any sort of formal schooling. Perhaps it would be best to begin tutoring her at home, where she could be exposed to a learning environment before enrolling her into University. Of course, there were the entrance exams that would need to be taken, not to mention the fact that she would have to wait until the end of the semester. There were rules in place for a reason, the witches and wizards were strict when it came to what was allowed because of the haunting past that was attached to their magic.

The wand making shop was a small, pink home built out of a tree, just like many of the other homes and shops that lined the streets. They entered, an unfriendly face waiting at the reception desk. The shop was rather large on the inside, but not very busy. Lining the walls were wands of all kinds, encased in boxes and intricately carved. Underneath were small plaques, detailing their cores, their wood types, their swishing ability, and weight. Zinnia had gotten her first wand from her Father, it was her Grandmother's wand and she had broken it after climbing a tree and falling out, nearly breaking her leg. Her wand had broken and she had been incredibly distraught. Elder Drake had taken her here to get a wand of her own.

"The Elders gave it to her," Zinnia interrupted, wheeling up to the desk. "They told Yue to use this as her core," there were many things to consider when making a wand, it had to be personal, it had to be balanced, it had to choose you as much as you chose it. "Claris, you're as crass as you are dumb." Zinnia turned towards Yue. "Don't let you push you around like that. If someone is rude, stand up for yourself." She set her eyes back on Claris, "the only way to deal with a girl like her is to put her in her place."

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With a huff Claris examined the vial, grabbing it rudely from Yue’s hands. “I’ll take that.” She said with a vague snarl, sniffing it, swishing it up and down, shaking it and taking a fragment to examine close up before eating it. Yue gave her a wide eyed stare of confusion, half thinking about telling her how bad it was to eat gunpowder but she chose not to, these mages probably knew nothing about ballistic weapons anyways. “What, don’t stare.” Claris huffed, hands on her hips. “I’m doing a very highly technical diagnostic test so I can report to my father how to best make a want to suit this ghastly core.”

As the apprentice and next in line wand maker for Constantina City, Claris probably was the one who knew second best how the make the darn things. Her father was around two hundred years old now and he was fit to retire whenever he decided she was ready to take over. Someone stepped out, a man in a mahogany robe with a soft looking moustache and for some reason he had a chameleon-like tail. “Ah, father.” Claris bowed to him quickly. “This is the new girl.” He knelt down to look closely at Yue, adjusting his monocle. Yue faintly remembered him saying that she was not welcome here, at least according to Claris this morning.

“Welcome.” His voice was deceptively smooth and soft, just like his moustache. “I am Zacharius Aurora. I see Ulrich in particular has taken a liking to you.” Mysterious pale Ulrich, Yue wasn’t sure how she thought of him but he was the one who interacted with her the most that day. Yue gave him a meek nod, not able to bring up the confidence Zinnia kept expecting of her. “Claris, how is the core?” Claris did a brief salute and rattled off a string of numbers, Zacharius nodding to each one.

“As a test….” Zacharius’s face was stern and demanding. “I will leave it to you, Claris, to decide the details for the wand. This is the first time I’ve allowed you to make a wand independently, but I know you will do well.” Claris blanched, shooting both Yue and Zinnia harsh glares. “Y-yes, Father, I will do that.” Zacharius smiled and then glanced at Zinnia. “May I see your wand, Little Miss Evernight. I’d like to examine it and see how happy it is for being with you.”

So Claris, who hated Yue, was going to have to make a wand for Yue? “Most of the time a wand is already made and it chooses the mage.” Claris explained, rolling her eyes as if this knowledge was obvious. “But some mages, like weird ones like you, need specially made wands with special cores unique to them, like your disgusting black paste.” It wasn’t disgusting. Her gun was important to her – Yue learned early on that it was her lifeline, she could use to make sure she stayed alive.
“I’m gonna have to do a few tests on your mana and temperament to decide what would work best.” Claris crossed her arms, clearly unhappy. “Ready?

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Zinnia watched as Claris evaluated the wand core, recalling the day she had brought her own core in, requesting a wand to be made, clinging to the fabric of Elder Drake's robe. He and Rainier had accompanied her, knowing the ways of the wands far better than the novice witch at the time. Wands were more special to the witch and wizard if the core had a special connection to them. Many went for basic models, but Zinnia had needed something light and easy, with great swishing ability that wouldn't hurt her fragile wrists. "Don't be a fool Claris, business is business." Zinnia uttered as Blithe looked around, having never been in a wand shop. She had stayed in the dorm that day, relatively unwelcome by the council for being a renowned General of Hell.

There had been an inherent mistrust in her familiar, but not longer after, Blithe had won them over with her easy smile and fluffy tails. Now, she wandered about the shop, a look of passive interest on her face. Zacharius Aurora entered the room, looking business-like in his robes, his tail peaking out the back. He approached Claris, declaring that she would make the wand for Yue. That was just as well, perhaps it would bring a bit of amnesty to the situation. Not to mention, give her a chance to explain her confusing actions in class earlier this morning. Zinnia watched coolly, wondering what it was like to have a dotting father that wanted to share the family business, Zinnia wouldn't know. Perhaps somewhere, Yue had a family?

Not that the girl would tell her, as it seemed Yue was fearful of even her own voice. Zacharius walked around the counter, requesting to see her wand. "I've taken care of it, using the polish the way you instructed me to." She reached into her sleeve, procuring the slender, silver stick. Claris watched, somehow seeming jealous despite the multitude of wands surrounding her. She could have any wand she wanted and yet, she eyed Zinnia's. Did this have to do with the reason she had tried to grab it out of her hand earlier? Zinnia watched Zacharius carefully, she didn't want the wand-maker to walk off with it. She trusted him of course, but his daughter, not so much.

"Yue, just go along with it for now, alright?" Zinnia watched from the sidelines, glad when Zacharius handed her wand back to her in order to watch Claris perform her duties. Once it was over, the hour was growing late and Blithe was getting anxious, fire flickering from her fingers every so often. "We should really be going," the young witch announced.

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Yue fidgeted and sat down, shutting her eyes. She was afraid of Claris because Claris was aggressive and probably knew magic and would be able to hurt her easily if she wished. She did notice how Claris oggled Zinnia's silver wand and wondered what kind of what Claris had. "Okay, stay still. I'll handle this." Yue heard the apprentice take a deep breath and then cast a spell, a feeling of an egg being broken on Yue's head overcame her. She tried her best to not fight it and to not open her eyes. Next she felt her fingers being played with, being poked and prodded, and then something went into her mouth. Finally the thing was removed from her mouth and Claris glared at her. "Okay, it's done. I know what'll suit you best now."

Yue nodded, opening her eyes. Claris muttered something and then an image appeared before her, shimmering in thin air. "This is what your wand will look like." Claris said seriously. "It's long and the black powder will be safely sealed inside using bones of Scylla and yew wood together. At the head it'll be charmed by a Charybis Gem curling around the tip. It'll be stiff though, but strong. It should bond quickly, so long as you treat it well." Claris looked at her in the eye, hostility for some reason not there for once. "You have to polish your wand at least twice a week, and you have to use spells with it to attune with it and not have mana overflow, which can damage the magic circuits." Yue nodded, wanting to take this new responsibility well. Her old friend had taken a new form, and this was the only thing she had brought here from her past life. Her gun was the one thing that never betrayed her.

"Okay, off you go." Zacharius waved them off. "It's late, don't tire out the new one." Yue was already tired again despite the drought of strength. It was time to head home. Yue felt dizzy and tired. She was once athletic and strong but ever since coming here to this new world she's felt weak and lethargic. What was wrong with her? As a gang member Yue was in top form - otherwise she wouldn't be able to hurt and punish people. But waking up here after being as close to killed as possible to Orie, she lost nearly all of that physical strength. She clung once again to Blithe's tail, trying to make sure she didn't get lost in this strange place.

All of a sudden there was a flash of light and Yue felt herself being grabbed. "Outsiders should stay out." The unfamiliar voice hissed and Yue felt eyes all around the three of them. In the dark of the woods she was pulled away into a dark figure's grasp, fingers digging into her upper arms. "Stay out of this Zinnia, Blithe. We're simply cleansing the magic world of those who do not belong." Yue stared at Zinnia in terror as she was pulled into a dark circle and then she felt as if she were drowning and then everything went black.

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Zinnia was tiring, the sun was going down and she had the strong desire to return to her home where she wasn't bound to a chair and Claris wasn't glaring with such open hostility. With a sigh Zinnia shook her head, feeling as though today had been far too long. At long last the testing came to an end and Yue grabbed onto Blithe's tail, the young witch leading them from the wand keeper's shop after bidding them goodnight. "We'll have a spot of dinner before going to bed," she brushed her long hair over her shoulder, nearly at the end of the street. The lamps flickered, a suspicious chill coming over her. "Blithe-" it only took a moment for the lamps to go out, for darkness to overtake them. "Illuminate!"

Light danced from the tip of her wand, swirling around them to brighten their path. "Blithe-" the familiar nodded, turning human. "Right," she sniffed the air, flames dancing towards the limps to relight them. "This way," a wisp led them, taking them off the path. "My chair can't go through the bushes," Zinnia would have to walk. She reached into her pocket, fist clenching around the draught of strength. She uncapped it with her teeth and downed the contents, rising from her chair and walking between the bushes. "We're going to lose them at this pace," Blithe clenched her teeth together, clearly unhappy. "Should we call for backup?" The Elders of course. "No," Zinnia shook her head. "It's probably nothing serious, just need to give them a good scare."

They followed the wisp through the thick underbrush of the forest, stopping thrice so that Zinnia could rest. "We need to keep going," she insisted, her legs shaking. "No, you need to rest. I can go on from here," Blithe insisted, but Zinnia shook her head. "My magic can outmatch them," Blithe set her jaw, but succeeded. "Fine, but take some of my strength," a blue blaze surrounded her and in an instant Zinnia could feel her strength returning. She pressed on wards, stumbling across a green warden that was cowering in the bushes. "We're close," the wisp was growing in size and intensity. It flickered out when they came to a clearing, they had reached the spot at last.

A magical circle had been drawn in the dirt with a knife, no doubt they intended to send Yue to the outside the hard way. "I'm dreadfully sorry," she strode through the bushes, holding her wand. Instantly they turned on her, their faces obscured by hoods. She recognized some of their wands well enough, they could hide their faces all they wanted; cowards. "I believe you've taken something that doesn't belong to you." Her expression was cool, almost disinterested. "This does not concern you. The child is an outsider and must return where she belongs."

"The Elder Council already made that decision. I don't believe you have the authority, nor the talent, to send Yue back where she came from, Riggis." He shuddered, making an attempt to hide his wand in his sleeve. "Asdodium lev-" there was an attempt to cast a spell, but Zinnia had been weaving her trap during the trudge here. Their wands flew out of their hands as soon as Zinnia flicked her own. Blithe pounced, her body alight with flames that emitted intense heat. "Please return the girl and you will fare fine." Zinnia moved her wand again, "but if you don't, I'm afraid I'll have to unleash Blithe on you."

"There are ten of us and two of you."

"That's never stopped me before, has it?" As though music had begun to play, an intricate dance of spells and charms had begun. Zinnia had several prepared in rapid succession, able to fend off the brunt when she received a blow to the shoulder, tearing through her uniform. Another hit her, this one in the face. Blood dripped from her nose, she could taste something metallic in her mouth. "You'll pay for that!" Blithe yelled, diving into the thick of things. One wizard had multiplied himself, but Zinnia didn't care, she held her own, protecting Yue until lightning split down the center of the clearing, scattering most of them. "It's Elder Drake!" Bewildered and fearful, they tried to bolt.

Water snaked through the clearing, tying up the stragglers as they were rounded up. The Elder Council appeared as though they were a mirage, entering the clearing. Zinnia fell to her knees, panting. Blithe bolted to her side, cradling her Master's weakened form in her arms. Ulrich checked on Yue, sighing in relief. "She's passed out, but she'll be alright."

"You're hurt," Freya knelt beside her, frowning. "The matronly act doesn't suit you," Freya rolled her eyes. "I'm allowed to worry about my apprentice, aren't I?" A handkerchief flitted out of Freya's pocket, dabbing at the blood that dripped out from her nose. "You shouldn't have gone after them," Rainier chided. "You should have come to us, if Freya hadn't seen your wheelchair parked on the side of the path, we wouldn't have come."

"And then, no doubt, you would be dead." Ulrich pulled back Riggis's hood, revealing his long brown hair and scarred face. Riggis was a local hoodlum, he enjoyed tormenting whom he believed were weak. No doubt he had heard of mischief brewing and jumped into the thick of things.

"Come, we'll bring you both to Pomfrey."

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"Well it's clear that it's not any ordinary sleep." Pomfrey had tried to wake her up using all the magic she could muster. "Something must have happened when Riggs tried to summon her away." Yue was asleep but she kept fidgeting, making mewling sounds of distress but was locked in sleep. "Something's got a hold on her soul, I can't feel it here." Whatever was happening now, Pomfrey had no solutions to fix.

Yue glanced around. Something was very wrong here. She was floating in a strange void that really just made no sense to her. Was this a dream? Was it real life? There was a strange howling noise in her ears that made it hard to hear anything. The moon child glanced all around her, at the murky blackness. Where had the dark figure taken her? Where were Zinnia and Blithe? Or was she doomed to suffer yet again, after only having a brief moment to hope? She clutched at her chest, felt a strange hopelessness that was all too familiar float around in her gut. Might as well start exploring this new strange nightmare, wasn't it? She could see what looked like a magical barrier of light, except pierced and damaged. What could this be? It felt familiar and yet all so distinct all the same.

Dark shadows are snipping at her. A creature with what looked like way too many legs. A gigantic mass of eyes that wouldn't stop staring her down. Whispers of promises of eternal pain snapping behind her as she continued to aimlessly float around. "Please just stop." Yue whispered, then she gasped as she realized for some reason, she had a voice. Her hands went to her throat in shock, almost missing the sound of her voice. It sounded clear, like a chime of the bell in the dead of night. "Y'look lost, dearie." What appeared to be a mix of an old homeless man and a mantis-like beast was grinning at her. "Your soul looks nice and scrumptious." Yue stared at him, moving warily back to make some distance. "What is this?"

"You're on the Mageplane, of course dear." The mantis man snickered, malintent clear in his eyes. Yue was not safe here, she had to move. "But you're also here, at the border between Hell and the Darkplane." What? Yue gaped, having never heard of any of those three places as real at all. "Why am I here?" The mantis man scratched at his beard with a claw and moved suddenly very fast, his rancid breath right on her cheeks. "Some idiot mage messed up a warp spell most likely. All's the better for me, I get some yummy food." Yue shut her eyes awaiting death. But she still remembered that mortal fear of death that kept her alive back when Orie tried to kill her, so she clenched her jaw and jumped back, dodging the swing of the blade.

The roaring laughter swelled all around her. The mantis man grinned, licking his lips with a disgusting clicking noise. "Here at the plane border, we creatures love to eat human souls! And you can't even use magic to save yourself!" She swerved to the left, ducked, rolled backwards, her body somehow remembering what it was like to be acrobatic. And then suddenly Yue heard a swish and froze. Something immensely powerful was coming. "Run! It's the Fangs of Teranos, they're here!" Overhead Yue saw three shadows, one shaped like a crescent, another shaped like a hound, and the last like a serpentine dragon, all bearing down on her. "You're in bad lucl girl." The mantis man shrunk away. "Those three rule this land, and are far crueler than I."

The crescent slashed through the mantis and then wrapped Yue up in it's wings. A hissing voice in her ear, too loud to ignore. "This one's mine." It decided. "I, Rainarch, won't let any other demon touch her!" Yue whimpered, wishing she had died in that river as the dragon and hound circled around to force the other shadows away. "I'm gonna eat you up and no one can stop me."

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Madame Pomfrey dabbed at the blood underneath Zinnia's nose, having set it back in the right place and used a salve to bond the bones. It hurt terribly, but now, thanks to magical sweets, the pain had begun to fade and Pomfrey was busy cleaning up the blood. "They had no right, terrorizing her." Zinnia huffed as Blithe fed her bits of chocolate, her tails thumping against Zinnia's legs. "You're lucky they didn't do worse," Freya chided gently. "For someone with such magical aptitude, your people sense is horrid." Ulrich was taking care of the perpetrators, who would be punished justly for what they tried to do. After all, attempting to banish and injure a young witch was an offense taken seriously. There would be no trial, no doubt their wands would be broken.

"I'm not so helpless Freya, I can hold my own you know. Besides, I wasn't alone, I had Blithe." Zinnia closed her eyes and leaned her head back against a pillow. "I won't let them lay a finger on her." Blithe hadn't been able to fight all out though, not if they had wanted to retrieve Yue, who was tossing and turning in bed. Madame Pomfrey turned, running to tend to her. It was a quiet night in the hospital, it wasn't often that witches and wizards contracted illness, of course, there were always exceptions. Normally, Madame Pomfrey would treat them here for a night or two, then send them on their way. What couldn't be fixed with a balm or spell, something like Zinnia's condition, meant that the child received regular treatments and checkups. Not that she minded of course, it didn't get in the way of her magical usage.

"Now that her gates have been opened, she'll be more susceptible to magical attacks." Freya said softly, brushing her blonde hair over her shoulder. She placed a hand on Yue's forehead, "her fever broke, that's good news." It was, fevers were easy to treat, but Yue's had been exceptionally hard to crack. "Is she settling down?" Zinnia opened her eyes, turning to look at the girl. She wasn't resting any better, if anything, she seemed miserable, a bundle of sleeping stress. "If we can't wake her, then perhaps one of us can enter her dreams?" Zinnia offered, recalling a class she had taken at the University. "What if she's not asleep?" Elder Rainier inquired as he entered the house, his clothes drying as he stepped inside. The sky had opened up, it was pouring, the rain pounding the roof like an angry man knocking on a door.

"Pardon?" Freya inquired, blinking. It wasn't uncommon for Rainier to have strange theories about magic. "What if her soul is trapped between the spiritual and physical world?" He went to the bed to examine her, but there was no physical evidence of such an affliction. "If that's the case, could we retrieve her?" Zinnia pushed herself into an upright position. She and Blithe shared a glance. "I can get her," Blithe offered without a moment's hesitance. "If we waste anymore time, we run the risk of losing her soul." Madame Pomfrey added; and so it was decided, Blithe would retrieve Yue.

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The Three Fangs of Teranos. Legendary beasts that even those in hell knew of, that baby demons were told horror stories of so that they would know to be afraid. For a very long time since perhaps the beginning of time the Fangs of Teranos terrorized the middle plane between Hell and the living world. No one knew much of them, but everyone knew about their destruction and their cruelty. And now Rainarch, the third Fang, had claimed Yue as its prey. "Pl-please don't eat me." Yue whimpered, freezing and shutting her eyes. She knew there was no point in struggling, she was never going to win against something powerful like this. The crescent shadow lifted her up into the dark sky, wings beating. "Let'sss go have some fun." The hissing voice in the middle of her head implored. making her chest throb with each beat.

It was cold, Yue felt so cold wrapped in this creature's hold. She shivered, teeth clattering against her will, eyes shut to try to block out the terror that was impending death. Eventually the awful feeling of flight ended and she opened her eyes to find herself in a new place - still within this dark place between the planes but different all the same. Atop a strange perch, a pillar made of some black material that was something between ebony and steel. "Rainarch." A rumbling voice from the dragon-like Fang growled as it continued to circle overhead. "Don't play with your food this time." The black hound made of shadows was already chasing it's tail as it ran in the sky. "I want food too!" The hound declared in it's odd yipping voice. Yue felt the crescent - who now that Yue had a better look, appeared to be more of a bat than an actual crescent. "Oh, am I pretty? I think you're cuter though, fresh scared humans are so adorable."

Pretty? When was she ever pretty? No one has ever called her that before. Maybe these monsters had a different standard for beauty? "The dragon is Gryarch. He's a bit of an old scrooge. Zurorarch is the name of the dog, but sometimes I feel like it doesn't have a brain cell." Did monsters even have braincells? Didn't they work some other way? The dragon flew off, the dog got distracted by something and went away and now it was just the two of them up atop this black tower. "D-don't eat me." Maybe this - this Rainarch would show mercy. The moment Yue thought that maybe Rainarch wouldn't do anything to her, the bat clung to her harder. A sharp pain, fangs sinking into her chest, a glow rising from her chest and floating into the monster.

Pain, intense pain, Yue wasn't sure what to do, she could hardly breathe - if breathing was even possible in this plane. Weakness came about her again and she panted, trying to vainly fight off the monster clearly feeding off of her energy or something else. "That was fun." Rainarch giggled gleefully. "I'll eat you slowly. Maybe a year, or two years, but you will be here and you will be my pet." The bat was flapping it's wings with joy and Yue felt dizzier than ever before, unable to even move. And that was when she saw it a strange dark chain going from her heart to the bat's head. "Oh, that. We're chained together now. I'll always be able to find you, so you can never run away from me."

Suddenly Rainarch stiffened. "A General of Hell." General of Hell? Wasn't that something even scarier than the Fangs of Teranos? Yue didn't know, she just didn't want to be here anymore. "Hey, Blithe! Did you have fun being a slave to a human?" The bat seemed to cackle a little - did they know each other? "I'm going to keep this human because she's cute. I'm sure you mages in your hidey hole up there won't mind." Demons were stronger the deeper they went, so they were weakest on the surface and strongest in hell. Whatever heroic Blithe was able to do on the Mageplane, she'd be able to pull of at least twice as much more here.

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"Blithe, I trust you will succeed in bringing Yue back." Blithe nodded, in order for her to go, Zinnia needed to sleep. Madame Pomfrey walked over with a cup of warm milk, the smell of honey and lavender thick in the air. The Elder Council surrounded Yue, watching the child to make certain that she would make it through the night. "You've got until sunrise, then we will interference." Ulrich warned, his voice a low growl. Zinnia nodded, taking the brew and sipping it quickly, scalding her tongue, her stomach feeling warm. She placed the cup down, having drained its contents and quickly began to nod off, Blithe holding her hand. "It won't hurt, I promise," she smiled, brushing red hair out of Zinnia's eyes. In order to go to this place, because she was contracted to this world, Blithe would have to take Zinnia's soul with her.

It took only a moment, in the space of a blink, Blithe had transported herself into the land between life and death, a landscape that only the most warped of creatures could survive in, banished from hell, but not allowed to enter the human realm. Almost instantly Blithe could smell the repugnant stench of fear and uncertainty thick in the air. It was hard for souls who were trapped here to leave. Blithe knew this place well, she had been here on various assignments from the previous General, when she had served as his tool and underling. She much preferred her current boss, but Blithe was in no rush to return. At least, not until sunrise.

The General inhaled, feeling her strength returning. It wasn't the full effect of course, her abilities were strongest in Hell, but this power would suffice. Blithe strode forward, she used the scent of fear to navigate, that, and the smell of Yue's soul. It was distinctly discernible from the other damned creatures. "I'm coming, Yue," Blithe headed on wards, other creatures sensing her, steering clear and wisely so. Blithe was not in the mood to play with the creatures, she would cut down anyone in hr way. As she walked, a blue blaze consumed her, her street clothing burning away to reveal the uniform of a General, her cape fluttering in the hazy wind. Several glowing orbs floated around her, illuminating the dark path.

Whatever had taken Yue had dragged her into the depths of this land. She sniffed the air, taking a long inhale and changing directions. Yes, this way, she was certain of it. Her boots crunched across bone and ash, once belonging to creatures of many shapes and sizes, their souls unable to move on. Bound to this place, it was the worst fate one could imagine for both demons and mages. At long last, the scent began to grow stronger and Blithe found herself coming to a stop. Atop a pedestal made of a hazy gray material, Yue lay, appearing to be in agony. Unfortunately for her, a most grievous creature stood guard, a chain snaking between the two with a heavy metal clang.

"Rainarch," Blithe's tail swished in disinterest. This beast was of no consequence, although she, herself had never fought against him, the General was confident in her position that she would be able to wipe him out of existence. "I'm not a slave, not like you." A slave to the darkness she meant of course, Zinnia had given Blithe the option of wiping out their contract when the weakness had set in. She hadn't believed herself to be strong enough to maintain a contract between herself and the demon. That was what Blithe had most admired about her, that she wasn't giving up, but she recognized her own weakness.

"Actually Rainarch, my Master has taken a liking to this human. I'm going to bring her back, you can try to stop me, but I'll crush you."

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At the Geneal of Hell's words, the shadowy bat seemed to puff up a little. "Look at her pura untainted mana, you can't deny you aren't tempted to eat some of it either, right?" The bat crawled closer to Yue, digging the fangs in for another drink of the juice. Yue whimpered, eyes half lidded as she stared at the vaguely familiar shape whose mana felt far stronger than it did before in the upper level. Her mind was swimming and the pain was mounting as more of her mana was stolen, the dark misty chain growing stronger between the two. "Here, I'll share. You can have some of it, it's really quite delicious." Yue felt herself being lifted up and presented to the fox demon almost as a tribute. It was that moment when Rain lunged, vorpal claws forming and aiming straight for Blithe's eyes, its bat-like body becoming almost translucent in the dark mist of the in between dimension.

"No thanks, I've got far better mana to feed off of." After all, a familiar fed off of the mana of their Master. It was why they couldn't present themselves in full form while on earth, it could consume all of the mana in a mage's body. "I'm not going to say it again, Rainarch, please return Yue to me." Blithe did not fight with weapons, she had no taste for shiny blades and overburdening swords. The aroma of fear was growing, at this rate, Yue might die. The blaze around her feet grew, lighting up the space to reveal the skeletons hiding in the dark. They were unmoving, past prey, some with so little mana they could pass for the dead. The demon looked up as Yue was lifted, there was no way Rainarch was going to give in so easily. Her eyes narrowed as the two drew closer, demons did not give up easily.

The attack was sudden and swift, had Blithe not been expecting it, Rainarch might have gotten her. The General ducked, a blade of fire forming in her hands. She arched it behind her, intending to hit the bat like body and drag it through the wing.

The skeletons of those long since played with, as Rainarch's favorite pastime was to see how long it could preserve a toy until it could no longer survive. Of course, it never killed it's prey, preferring to leave them alive but just barely existing as skeletons, minds still intact yet broken. Yue shivered, feeling colder and colder by the second. Rain turned it's wing into mist and reformed it around the General's arm, wrapping it's mist-like body around Blithe like a vice, intending to grapple and hold her still. "I wonder what your Master's mana tastes like. If I bite you I can steal some." It wore Rain down to use the mist transformation too much, but stealing some of Zinnia's mana would definitely refill it.

So the bat decided to dig it's fangs down right on Blithe's throat to steal as much as she could to prepare for the General's counterattack.

Blithe knew that such a simple attack wouldn't disable the bat-like creature for long. Rainarch shifted, wrapping around Blithe's body like a vise. Good, preoccupied like this she could send Yue back to the human world. "I doubt you'll like the taste," Blithe taunted. "Untapped magical potential can be so raw," she tossed her hair to the side, tails swishing, oddly calm. She cried out when the fangs bit into her neck, but this was Blithe's chance to strike. Green fire suddenly roared around them, burning everything it touched. Greek Fire. The demon used blue flame to cut herself free and ran to Yue's body. "Go home," she ushered, knowing that Rainarch would come after her if she didn't severe the chain. Blithe needed something stronger than Greek Fire, she needed to use Satan's flames, hell fire.

Yue staggered to her feet while the monster and demon were locked in combat. She fell down against, face landing on a broken old skeleton. "S-sorry." She yelped, opting to just crawl instead of anything else. Blithe helped her and Yue used the fox to support her, clinging hard to the fluffy tail as comfort and guidance. A portal opened up and a voice went through, a familiar one. "Get her back now, her mana's running dangerously low." Ulrich's voice trickled through, Blithe had taken too much time. The moon child did not need to be told a second time. She slithered through the portal, hoping to return to her original body.


Something appeared through the portal as Pomfrey helped Yue's soul back in, the girl whimpering as her eyes opened, looking pale and in pain, gaping as she desperately tried to bring air back to her lungs. There was a permanent chill about her and then she saw a claw poke through. "Close the portal!" Ulrich yelled to Rainier. "Blithe doesn't need it!" But then the bat emerged through, it was too late, Rain was here now. It snarled and then it... changed, just like all other demons seemed to change between layers. A much less threatening looking bat revealed itself. "Hey, what's the big idea, this wasn't the plan!" The portal was shut then and the bat was stranded here. Because of the chain binding the two together, even if it wasn't physical, the bat was bound here now.

"Well, that's one way to gain a familiar." Ulrich shrugged once he realized the bat was no longer a powerful threat as much of it's power had vanished from the portal travel. Yue shivered, but she had a faint idea she was going to have to get used to it. "Her mana's mine, I won't leave!" Rain declared, landing on Yue's head. Ulrich looked to Zinna then. "Why not teach Yue how to make a contract?"

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Blithe did not need the portal to return, but Yue did. She pointed the child in the right direction and almost instantly returned to her body, small and fluffy, waiting for her Master to awake. Zinnia came to rather quickly, a few minutes after Yue had been guided back into her own body. She did not recall what had occurred, only a slight feeling of dizziness afflicting her from Blithe being bitten and using the mana to heal herself. "Considering Yue has returned, I presume the operation to be successful." Freya laughed, Blithe helping Zinnia into a sitting position. They wanted her to teach Yue how to form a contract between familiar and Master. Her expression darkened, "It's not an easy ritual." Many full grown mages failed in contracting demons, but this one seemed harmless enough, no doubt considering the ordeal she had gone through, Yue could successfully bind this demon to her.

Zinnia had the odd feeling that the demon would return the favor in kind. "Alright, we'll need some chalk and candles." Zinnia removed her uniform jacket, she had the odd feeling that Dean Eincrad would be fine with her absence tomorrow. Zinnia rose, slightly unsteady on her feet, and knelt onto the ground to draw a circle with chalk. She wrote the runes carefully, having remembered them from her first summoning and only contract. Once the runes were drawn, Zinnia lit the candles. "We'll need to prick your finger Yue, blood is needed, the only acceptable signature as far as demons are concerned." There was still a scar on Zinnia's palm from her own. A foolish child, she had sliced open her hand for the blood offering.

Now Zinnia knew better, one only needed a single drop of blood to seal the deal. "Now, repeat after me. Alluli Neforcious Summono," Zinnia spoke the words slowly in case Yue was still tired. "The rest is up to you to negotiate." The red haired witch rose to her feet once more and stepped back from the circle, the Elder Council eagerly watching. Mages learned from one another, they were constantly improving their craft and finessing their abilities. Most mages had the aptitude for two or three magical areas of study. The Elder Council had four or five, the strongest, bravest, and often wiliest of mages that had been elected to their position for showing exceptional bravery in the face of adversity. Many of them had seen the witch trials and had helped build the Mage Utopia themselves.

Zinnia never wanted to be part of the Council, she thought the job to be dreadfully dull. Although she was an apprentice to Freya, it was for different areas of study, not for the sake of learning laws and what have you. All eyes were fixed on Yue, she needed to make a barter of mutual succession with the demon in order to form the contract. "Good luck," Blithe winked, offering a vote of confidence to the timid witch.

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Yue stared awkwardly at the bat, Rain, wondering just what do do. Zinnia had given her instructions, the Elders were watching as if expecting some magnificent display but Yue wasn't cut out for this. She pointed to her throat and shook her head - how was she meant to negotiate if she couldn't even speak? "Oh, you're a mutie." Rain sighed as if sounding annoyed by all the fuss. "There, you can borrow my voice." It was almost as if the bat was wanting to be contracted to or something. The chain grew stronger and Yue felt as if she could speak, even if it wasn't truly her. She pricked her finger as told and opened her mouth, trying to forget the terror of being trapped between planes at this horrible creature's mercy. "Alluli Nefarious Summuno." The candles lit up, the chalk runes began to glow, the entire hospital room seemed like it's own little pocket world now.

It was time for a negotiation.

"So... um.... will you be bound to me? And you'll follow my orders... and not hurt me or hurt others unless otherwise ordered?" The most important thing was making sure the Fang of Teranos did not decide to terrorize others. Rain snickered, the tiny little shadow bat looking smug. "I can feast on your delicious mana, I have no need for others if I have yours." Apparently demons all had different compatibility with mages, and the one they're best suited for are the ones that they find the tastiest. "But I won't just be a slave. I want my own rights!" Rain humphed, folding her wings as if they were arms. Yue was trying to remember how Gillian Eldriss used negotiation but she had a feeling torturing Rain into whatever she wanted was not going to work.

"So I need to drink your mana if I'm to regain my mana. Demons lose most of our power when we come to this plane, Blithe buddy can attest to that." Rain stared into Yue's blue eyes. "And when we're hurt, we lose more power. So I want the right of safety so I can choose when not to get involved in danger, and the right of security so my food source won't get hurt. So you're not allowed to die, or I'll kill you!" That sounded reasonable. Yue didn't really feel like dying any time soon. "I can agree with that." She wasn't going to force someone to fight if they didn't want to, if they didn't think it was safe. As they agreed to their terms, the candles grew stronger and then the bat began to change.

When the smoke cleared Yue could see a human-like figure, of similar size to her as opposed to tall and busty like Blithe. Bat wings extended from her shoulders and a distinct feminine shape revealed itself. Pointed navy eyes shone through the darkness and a fanged smirk awaited her. "I'm Rain! Nice to meetcha. Enjoy being my food for as long as we live, kay?" Was this a mistake? Was this stupid? Yue did not know, but she only hoped Rain wouldn't torture and kill her. She timidly extended a hand that Rain readily grabbed, grinning toothily.

"Let's enjoy a long time together, Master!"

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The flames flickered in constant perpetuity, a calming aura settling about the room. The Elders watched, perhaps questioning whether or not going through with this contract and not killing the demon was the best idea. Zinnia abhorred the idea of slaying the creature, even if it had caused a bit of turmoil. No doubt this relationship would be mutually beneficial. The demon would get to live on earth, in a weakened state, and Yue would perhaps form a bond with something other than Blithe's tail. Her attention returned to the ceremony, if this went wrong, then Yue's soul could be taken by the demon, she needed to assert dominance over the beast. The bat seemed to have no qualms with forming the contract and upon the terms being met, the candles flared, their contract mark appearing. Zinnia and Blithe had one as well, each one unique to the duo.

The flames died out, the Elder Council seeming satisfied by the display. "Congratulations," Freya's smile was kind. "You've just performed your first act of magic." Madame Pomfrey fussed about them afterwards before they were given permission to return home at last. The hour had grown late, but Zinnia was no longer tired. She felt energized, recalling her first summoning. She slid off of the bed, prepared to walk to her chair, but Blithe scooped her right up, "don't overdo it Master, you just went inter dimensional." Her tail held Zinnia by the middle, gently holding her upright. "Don't be ridiculous Blithe, I'm fine." Her familiar would hear nothing of it, instead, opting to carry Zinnia to her chair, parked just outside of the room. "Come along Yue, the last thing you need is to get lost in the dark." A blue flame illuminated their path so that Zinnia's chair wouldn't get stuck in a pothole.

"What you just did was incredible," Blithe praised Yue as they walked, Rainarch somewhere along the path. "Making a contract with a summons isn't easy, you've done well." She pat Yue's head, seeming rather proud of the girl. In the matter of a day she had gone from clinging to her tail, to forming demonic contracts. Blithe looked up at the sky through the trees, her smile faltering when she noticed the moon. "Zinnia, it's a waxing crescent." The young witch's fingers curled into fists, leaving small impressions in her skin. Tomorrow night the house would prepare to brace itself for the worst. For now, however, Zinnia would ignore the dread.

The garden flickered, the plants illuminating the pathway to the greenhouse. "We really must fix that lamp," Zinnia sighed, her chair parking itself beside the porch. "I'm hungry, what about you, Yue? We haven't had any supper." The fire in the hearth flickered on, courtesy of Blithe, who turned back into a fox and went to curl up by the blaze. Zinnia took out her wand, the kitchen utensils beginning to dance in unison to prepare a midnight snack. Zinnia floated towards a chair, sinking down into the cushions. "Do you understand now, Yue?" The red haired witch asked as two sandwiches floated towards the table, a third drifting towards Blithe, who caught the snack in her mouth. Most demons didn't consume human food, but Blithe enjoyed having something to chew on.

"You're a witch."

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Yue opened her eyes, drained after a stress-filled fitful rest dominated by nightmares and horrors, a memorabilia of her adventure in the world between worlds. Before her was a shape that was once blurred, but then focused and became sharp. Why was there a bat-winged girl on her chest? "Hello, Master." She grinned, fangs glistening. "Your mana was so delicious! I almost sucked you dry last night!" Yue did feel very weak. She shivered, a chill settling in her spine. The moon child glanced around her room in preparation for seeing a disastrous wreck as a result of her normal nightly actions of destroying everything. Yue winced, feeling a burning sensation. "Oh, that's just our Contract Mark. See, I have it too." Rain shifted, making it clear that she didn't actually wear clothes but merely appeared to be wearing clothes thanks to the mist-like quality her body was made from. Yue glanced at her own mark - it looked like a moon with a fang stabbing through it. It made her chill worse.

"So, every demon contract results in some side effect to the mage. I'm explaining these things to you because you're still a baby, so listen up!" Yue already felt dizzy as if all the energy in her had gone out. Why was her room spotless? Why hadn't she made a mess like last time? "That chill you're feeling, that's your side effect. There's some spells or conditions to make it less or worse, but it'll always be there in one way or another." Rain's own body felt almost like ice to the touch. Could that be why? "Don't worry, I kept your dreams pleasant when I fed off of you." She gave Yue a kiss on the cheek that felt like a touch from some frost being.

After getting dressed and after Rain put herself in some smokey black and white dress of her own imagination, the bat and the moon child left their room. Last night, inviting Rain into Zinnia and Blithe's house was something. The bat seemed a mixture of impressed and amused by the place and the ruins it was located in, outside of the main city. Already their shared room had a touch of the bat demon, one wall decorated dark with strange letterings and images scrawled on. A reminder of home, or something else? Yue didn't know, but she wasn't going to ask either. "Good morning, Master say good morning too." Rain sneered as Yue meekly shrugged, bundled up in a thick grey coat to try to counter the chill. It wasn't really working.

"So, when's breakfast?" Rain sure didn't seem like she wanted to help cook a morning meal for them. Was she a lazy bat then? "And when are we teaching Master runes? She can't be a witch without runes, and I'm a demon so I don't really need to know you kid's silly modern runes." Rain was an old demon, so she wasn't up to date on the current rune system mages used up here on the surface. Rain then made an evil sort of grin. "Oh, and do you want to know why she's a mute? I found out when in her head!" The bat giggled and even Yue widened her eyes in surprise. So there was a way she could get her voice back?

"She was betrayed by the girl she loved! So all we have to do is find her a wife and everything will be fine!"

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Blithe had gotten up early. Demon''s didn't need much sleep, only an hour or so, and she usually spent her nights walking around the house, perpetually checking on Zinnia, and occasionally doing the mountain of dishes that were piled in the sink. This had been one such night in which Blithe had gone into a cleaning fervor and scrubbed the home from top to bottom, wanting it to look presentable for their guests. Zinnia wasn't the cleanest, although Blithe couldn't blame her, she used her magic for just about everything, but cleaning charms weren't her best field of study and employing a house elf would be tedious. Aside from that, the dryads in the garden did not get along with the elves and surely the mice in the attic wouldn't take kindly to being shooed from their homes. It was Zinnia's wish to live peacefully with the creatures that lived off of the land and Blithe did her best to comply, feeding the mice bread crumbs and making sure the nymph by the river was receiving offerings every so often to make certain the garden didn't flood or swell.

Blithe was sitting by the fire, reading. It was spring now, the University would be letting out for the summer soon, which Blithe was excited for. The teachers became a bit more lax on their rules and as such, Blithe was allowing Zinnia to sleep in and strengthen herself. They would need it for tonight. She stretched, her long tails unfurling from their comfortable position around her shoulders, as Rainarch and Yue made their way down to the first floor, the old staircase creaking underneath their weight. "Good morning," her tails swished absently, a cozy spring chill in the air. She frowned as she looked between Rain and Yue, noticing the shivering mage. "Come sit down, I'll make you something warm," she gestured for the mage to sit by the fire, a low crackle. "And you!" Blithe grabbed Rain by the cheek, pulling it until she was kneeling in front of Yue. "We have rules around here you have to follow!"

Blithe crossed her arms, tails rigid with anger. "Since this is your first contract, let me spell out the rules. One, you can only have an allotted amount of mana a day, unless your Master explicitly tells you, you can have more!" Blithe held out one finger, "two, you have to do your best to help your Master, whether it be in magic, or just getting the groceries," now the fox demon was holding up two fingers. "And three! You cannot spill your Master's secrets to just anyone without Yue's explicit permission!" She leaned forward, a demonic gleam in her eyes. "Break any of these rules and I'll let the nymphs and dryads hang you to dry in th forest."

"What's all this noise so early in the morning?" Zinnia yawned, floating down the stairs, she rubbed her eyes sleepily, waving her wand to prepare breakfast. "I've realized that I made a mistake, Yue, we forgot to buy you clothing. We'll go to market today again and pick up your wand as well." Zinnia sank into the cushions as the dining room table as it set itself, a pot of hot chocolate tipping into several tea cups that were set around the antiques. "I've already spoken to the Dean about enrolling you into University, he wants to see you tomorrow to begin tutoring so that you'll be able to join class in the fall." No doubt he was going to employ Zinnia to do the teaching considering the two lived together.

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For some reason Blithe was getting angry on Yue's behalf. The mute girl wasn't sure how she felt about it. It was an uncomfortable feeling, just like when Zinnia defended her against Claris. Rain shrugged Blithe's anger off as if it didn't bother her, wings twitching behind her. "How do you know she didn't consent? It's not like she can tell you she didn't or anything." Rain winked, as if she was trying to be funny, telling a joke only she could seem to understand. Yue shook her head, trying to show she wasn't upset or anything. She shivered, cold again. "Master, what's wrong? I suppose I shouldn't say though because I'm not allowed to divulge." Yue looked down, wishing she could speak. Maybe she could? So the moon child opened her mouth to try to say something.

As usual, not a peep. "She's cold, it's my side effect." Rain sighed as if explaining all of these things was bothersome for her. It wasn't obvious to Yue but it was clear that Rain wasn't quite sure how to really be a contracted demon yet. For the two to really be a good duo they would have to spend more time with each other and get used to each other's synergies. Meek frightened Yue and rambunctious flighty Rain were as different as night and day. "She wants to know if there's some way to lighten it." Unfortunately magic to lessen the severity of a contract's effect could only work for the caster using the spell. Basically this meant whatever that spell was, Zinnia would have to teach it to Yue.

Nodding, the mute agreed. She would need more clothes and hopefully Claris had finally finished with her wand so she'd be able t start using magic. Well, she would also need to learn runes too, wouldn't she? Suddenly a particularly powerful chill went through her and Rain went stiff as well. "I see." The bat made a fanged smirk when she finished devouring her breakfast meal. "The spirits are particularly feisty today, aren't they? Is it something to do with the waxing moon?" She eyed Blithe and Zinnia as if trying to get the truth from them. Yue felt paler than usual - she noticed something wrong too.

University. Yue had never been to any kind of formal education before. She looked down, remembering once again that she was not a good person. She was not like Zinnia, who was as innocent as they came. As demure as Yue seemed, she was a criminal, she hurt people, she's taken lives. Rain grinned at her almost like some kind of encouragement. "My master is kind of helpless. I'll have to be there to protect her." Yue didn't want to have to need protection all the time, she didn't want to be a burden. The day was fresh, the sun was shining, and Yue was going to need new clothes before heading out to market to get more clothes.

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"I'll go get you some clothing so we can make our way into town. You finish breakfast, now that you have a contract, you need to be careful to keep your energy and blood sugar up." Zinnia rose, floating away from the table. She ignored the remarks from Rain, knowing that the demon was simply attempting to provoke her. Blithe leaned forward, her expression had become serious, which you could tell by the sudden stop in the swishing of her tails. "My Master was born possessed by a... spirit, we'll call it." Currently, the beastie had no classification as no one could get near enough to see what it truly was. Blithe knew it was more than a ghost, but the Elder Council refused to call it anything else because of it's murky appearance. "It can only show itself when the moon is at its strongest," a full moon, which was going to happen tonight. "That's all you need to know," mostly because that's all there was to tell.

Zinnia returned with a bundle of clothing, having changed out of her own pajamas. "Here Yue, these should fit you." Once the witch had returned, Zinnia had finished breakfast and was dabbing her mouth on her napkin. "Alright, let's head to market." She tried at a smile, the upwards pull of her mouth a bit uncomfortable. Blithe led the way out the door, as excited as ever. She shifted into her smaller, fox form as Zinnia settled into her chair. "It's already a bit late in the morning, which means the University students should be out of the way of foot traffic." Zinnia was glad for this, she hated having to navigate her way around people who had no respect for the fact that her chair couldn't make sudden decisions to avoid their feet.

Market was quite a sight, it was a feast for the senses, the smell of food cooking in the air, the sound of prices being haggled, the sight of colorful shops and tents, creatures flitting about, charms being cast, and the feel of the excitement in the air. "We'll go to your wand last, considering it's on the other end of the square." They headed towards the closest shop, "I need some herbs, we'll get your clothing after this." It was a small place with plants growing between the floorboards and a wizened old women watering them with a rain spell. "Who is it? Who's there!" She yelled as the bell on the door chimed and an old white cat in the corner crooned in greeting. "It's me Madame, it's Zinnia. I've brought guests," the old witch straightened out her back and walked slowly towards them, adjusting her monocle. "Ah, Zinny! You look just like my Fiona," she pat Zinnia's cheek, the rain spell ceasing as fast as it had come.

"I have your ingredients, give me just one moment." She began to pull things out of her apron, one after the other, impossible things that should never have fit in a proper pocket in the first place. At last, a small purple bag decorated with the stars. "It's all in here," she handed it over, smiling a toothy grin. "Thank you, how much do I owe you?" The old witch waved her away. "Nothing, nothing, just say hello to my girl next time you see her." Zinnia dipped her head, thanking the woman in earnest and led them out of the shop. "Fiona died ages ago in the witch hunts. The poor woman's memory goes in and out." Zinnia explained as they rolled on wards.

"Enough of that though, this, Yue, is the clothing district."

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Yue wasn't sure why all of Zinnia's clothes were so cute and so... impractical. She really did not get along with dresses. You couldn't move around well in them so if someone tried to attack you you wouldn't be able to really run away. Though if anyone tried to attack her she was helpless anyways since she still didn't know any magic. How was she even a witch? Wasn't the magic hereditary? What did that mean about her parents then, the parents that never came to look for her and save her from her past life? "It's so funny how much you hate nice clothing." Rain transformed her outfit several times from a kimono to a hanbeok to a ballroom dress to a sailor suit. "I don't have to waste good money on clothes." Yue frowned at Rain's flightiness - why couldn't she get a demon with a fluffy tail like Blithe?

The market was scary just like last time largely because Yue still remembered being kidnapped. The herb shop didn't really have much of interest for her. "Herbal magic? Hey, who needs that when I can teach you something more exciting." Rain snickered, wiggling her fingers. "Something more... powerful." Yue wanted to know powerful things, the she would never have to be hurt again. "Once we're in private, I'll teach you everything." Letting Zinnia get what she needed, it was now time for them to get some clothes. There was a square full of clothing shops and Yue was delighted by all the colors and shapes and intricate designs, all of which were fancier than she could've ever wanted. "Master wants more simple clothes because she has bad tastes." Rain spoke for Yue who blushed slightly. "Zin-Zin, can I teach her the joy of beautiful clothes?"

So then Rain dragged Yue around, making her try on frilly dresses and lacey skirts until finally they accumulated a nice catalogue of options. The only problem now, Yue thought, was what to do with all of the clothes hanging around. "Not a problem!" Rain snapped her fingers and then they disappeared. "They're safe back in our room! Isn't that grand?" Her fang glistened and she rubbed her hands together. "Now's time for the exciting part! Let's get-" Yue was distracted by a mysterious looking woman sitting at a booth adorned by knicknacks and fancy things. There were some runes she couldn't read as well. "It's a fortune teller, someone who specializes in Dinivation." Rain paused, a thoughtful crease in her forehead. "Let's save it for not full moon, okay?"

The pink wand shop looked just like it did yesterday and as Yue entered Claris looked up from her desk, homework scattered about the place. It seemed today would be a slow day for the wand shop. "Oh, it's you." She made a disgusted face. "And a demon?" The apprentice's expression brightened a bit, turning into surprise. "That's odd. Even I hadn't managed to summon a demon yet." Claris's specialties was conjuring of course, and she wasn't much good for anything else. "Anyways, here's your wand. It's strongest for water and ice-based spells, so keep that in mind." It was pretty and Yue nodded, taking it. It felt as if a key unlocked the moment she touched it, as if her mana circuits were even more attuned to the world now.

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"Master, is it safe to allow Rainarch and Yue to wander on their own?" Blithe inquired as they watched Rain drag Yue off into the busy square. Zinnia held up the bag of herbs with a smile, "That's alright, I've already cast a protection charm." Blithe rolled her eyes, she should have predicted the actions her Master would have taken. "Now that we're here, we may as well browse the shops." Zinnia mused, figuring it wouldn't do for them to simply laze about in the sparkling sun. Blithe took the handles, humans could be difficult for her chair to predict so it was easier for her to drive it. Zinnia sighed and leaned back, "enjoying yourself? It's been a while since I've seen you this open and friendly towards someone." Blithe shouldn't have said anything, almost instantly she could feel Zinnia close off.

"I'm simply welcoming a guest into our home, Blithe. She'll be gone once she has a grasp on magic," Blithe opened her eyes, her lips pressing into a frown. "That's it, isn't it? You're afraid to hold anyone close." Blithe stopped walking, "I've opened up to you, haven't I? And look at all the good that's done. You can never leave and I'm possessed every full moon." Blithe ran her fingers through Zinnia's hair, attempting to put her human at ease. "We're bound because your magic is strong," Blithe continued pushing the chair forward. "Oh look at that!" Zinnia turned her head, watching as someone's spell backfired, emitting blue smoke across the square. "We should find Yue, this will frighten her no doubt."

They found her at the magic shop Claris's Father owned, picking up her brand new wand. "You can feel it, can't you?" Zinnia inquired, taking out her own wand. "Your magic can be channeled now, focused. It will be easier to cast spells this way. There are several ways to form bonds with wands, one is to have something meaningful to use as the core, another is to rescue a wand, and the third is to win ownership through a duel." There were virtually no duels that took place in Constantina, not unless they were for fun. No one would take wands during the events considering it was all in good fun. "Intentions when using your wand must always be clear. If you are nervous, your wand will be too and thus, your spells will backfire." Yue's lessons would begin now that she had a wand and Zinnia would give her a head start.

"Your wand is an extension of yourself yes, but it also has its own feelings. You are its Master and ultimately, it will follow your commands, but you must never treat it badly." Everything in the world had a soul, from the birds in the air, to the very grass that was sometimes stomped upon. "Let's go to Little Cup, I have something we can discuss over lunch." Blithe took the handles of Zinnia's chair, turning them around to head to the cafe, which had a few more patrons than the day prior. They sat on the porch once more, close enough to overlook the railing and see the glowing blue river that ran through the side street.

Once they were seated, Zinnia removed the bag of herbs and requested a cup of hot water. A dwarf scuttled away, coming back quickly with their tea and an empty bowl. "I purchased these herbs in order to make a potion. Potions can be comprised of just about anything, but if you aren't careful, they can quickly become toxic." Zinnia instructed, pulling off leaves and measuring every pinch she placed into the bowl of hot water. She stirred it with a spoon, the composition quickly changing. "Potions are one of the easier magics to master, they require little to no spells." Zinnia tapped her wand once against the ceramic side and the potion changed from a murky green to a vibrant pink.

"This is called Mugwood, it has a rather foul name, but the taste is similar to rosewater. It should protect you against the witching hour tonight." She poured the brew into a small bottle and struggled to cork the top. Blithe reached over, capping it easily and pushed the bottle towards Yue. "You too, Rainarch, there should be enough for two in there."

Blithe beamed, her pink hair shining in the sunlight. "Zinnia mastered potions when she was this tall, not that she's much taller now!" Blithe snickered in good nature, holding her hand up to the bottom to waist height.

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When Zinnia and Blithe arrived, inquiring about her new wand, Yue nodded, almost trembling and tingling from the amount of power she felt coming from the new weapon she had. No, not weapon - companion. She shook her head, trying to wipe away the old way she viewed the world. While Yue was a soldier from a dark place, her heart's door was open just a tad to be willing to try and change and become a good person. Rain snickered, knowing the internal struggle of good and evil very well, though for the most part the Fang of Teranos had more often than not succumbed to the evil rather than the good. An impromptu lesson was being made by Zinnia and Yue did her best to hang onto every word.

A wand was like a gun. If you're afraid, your aim will waver and your bullet will not fly true. But if your mind is clear and your hand is steady, the bullet will have a higher chance of striking the intended target where you wish. It was something like that, wasn't it? "Don't forget." Claris muttered with an air of a threat. "If you don't actually use it your mana will overflow and hurt your wand, so don't neglect it." She stared at Yue as if exactly expecting her to screw it up. "That's the first wand I made, so you better treat it right." A hand on Claris's shoulder as the surly girl simmered. "Don't fret, your first wand passed my expectations." Zacharius said with a good natured laugh. "I'm sure this girl won't fail to use it well."

Next Yue found herself at the Little Cup and Zinnia was teaching her about potions. "Hurry up and learn, Master." Rain said with an eager smile on her face. "Once you're done the tutorial level you can move on to living on your own with me and following your own rules!" Yue felt a strange tug at her heart at the idea. Was it so bad to want to stay with Zinnia and Blithe? They were the only source of safety - and Rain had tried to hurt her before. Could Yue fight back if Rain decided to break the contract? "A mage can only really be strong if they stop relying on anything but themself and their familiar." And yes, the fire in the moon child's eyes, while subdued, still had a desire for strength.

There would be an event tonight but both Yue and Rain were more than happy to ingest the potion in order to have protection from whatever may come. Yue looked at zinnia with admiration. While she was learning something wondrous like potions, Yue was learning how to hold a knife and shoot a gun. The potion tasted a mix of disgusting and spicy, but Yue was used to eating what wasn't exactly tasty so she was fine. Rain too, seemed to like it in fact. Yue looked at Rain, who was more than happy to translate. "My Master doesn't really want to learn Offense, because of her colorful past. I think it's a waste, can't you feel the destructive mana coming from her?" The bat wriggled cheerfully as the moon child lowered her head in shame. "So she wants to focus her learning in Divination instead. She wants advice, either from you two or from an expert in that field." Rain of course couldn't help here as she wasn't up to date on the key figures on the mage plane.

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Zinnia watched the two drink the potion, glad that they would have at least some form of protection against the evening. "Potions are easy to learn and remember, once you have the fundamentals down." Their food was placed on the table, the day's special was different of course, most cafes and shops served seasonal food. The town was very conscious of their agricultural needs, they lived with the land, not off of it. There were creatures that shared their resources, after all. This was why Zinnia did not shoo the mice in the attic, why she allowed the spiders to lurk in the corners of the house and prey on the unsuspecting bugs that that may come across their path. Zinnia took a bite of her food, her expression remaining cautiously neutral when Rainarch announced that Yue wished to learn Divination.

"Divination is what one might call a soft magic." Zinnia wiped her mouth with a napkin. Blithe giggled, already aware of Zinnia's opinion. "It's not a particularly useful magic considering the future is ever changing and the methods of divination aren't the most reliable. Quite often, predictions made through the leaves and what not are inaccurate and there is no true science behind it." Blithe's tails swished, her ears twitching, "Zinnia's just not very good at it." Her Master sniffed the air, tossing red hair over her shoulder. "It's because it isn't a reliable form of magic." The young witch turned back to her soup, her spoon stirring itself in order to cool it down.

"Not everyone can use Divination, just like any other magic, it's based on what you're most proficient in." Blithe explained, "While some might feel the pull towards divination or occlumency, others lean towards elemental magic. Mostly any witch or wizard can learn potions, since that's more about memorizing and knowing what works." Blithe had already finished her food, the nine tailed fox enjoyed the taste, even if she didn't necessarily need to eat. "You should try it Rainarch, there are other things that taste good in this world. Aside from mana of course," Zinnia yawned, she was already growing weary after a full day of activity.

"I've purchased a few books to help you begin your studies, basics on runes and the like. It won't do to have you show up to tutoring without at least some knowledge of our language." It would make Zinnia look bad as well, considering she was acting as Yue's sponsor. "Over the summer, I think it would be best if I tutored you, the University prides itself on only admitting the most prestigious and I have to admit, you're one big question mark Yue. You've managed to strike a deal with a demon, which is a complex spell, that will intrigue them, but you have to have more under your belt."

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A Major in Offensive magic. Yue could already feel it coiling around her fingers in preparation for a tempest. The power of water and ice was ready to flow forth, it was clear what Yue's primary offensive spells would be based off of. Was it because she almost drowned in a river, or because components from Scylla and Charybdis were used to make her wand? Potions were apparently easy to learn and remember, and Yue knew for sure she didn't want to use her magic to hurt others. If it meant giving up a place where just maybe she could belong... she didn't want to ruin it. However.... the idea of using it to create justice - no, not justice. Yue wasn't a noble soul like that. No, she knew it was petty. But she knew she couldn't ever truly be happy if she didn't get revenge on those who hurt her.

And getting back at the traitor that sold her out to save herself.

"Once there was a mage who got lost in the between world." Rain said with a lick of the lips, reminiscing despite the sunny din of the Little Cup, where Yue slowly drank her warm lemon tea. "She called herself the Oracle, and she had really delicious mana. This was maybe four hundred years ago." The misty demon giggled, fluttering her bat wings and so Yue tugged on her tail, wanting her not to make a big scene and embarrass herself. "She told me, before I ate her, that divination was less about inaccurate futures but rather about seeing possibilities. You see a possible result of the future and can plan around it or try to make it come true or anything else." That sounded nice - Yue would have loved something like that in her past. She would have known who not to trust.

Not everyone could use Divination, it was one of the most difficult kinds of magic. But Ulrich had told Yue already that she had a Minor affinity in Divination, didn't he? "Don't forget my offer." Rain told her through their contract connection, protected from any usage of occlumency from an outside source. "I can teach you magic no one here knows about." Yue had to admit deep in her gut she felt an eager churning at that idea. How proud would Zinnia be of her if she was able to use some rare ancient magic? Yue could prove that she had the right to exist, to call herself a witch. If there was something special only she could do, Yue would be happy.

But of course before any enrollment into the unversity, the elephant in the room needed to be addressed. With a grim shrug of humiliation, Yue nodded. She would have to learn how to read so then maybe she wouldn't be so helpless. "Hey." Rain sidled up next to her, wrapping Yue's leg up with her tail. "She should probably learn to speak soon too." The misty demon snickered at the moon child's embarrassment. "Though isn't she kind of cute mute as she is?" Yue decided to ignore the jab and looked intently at Zinnia with respect and gratitude.

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Yes, they would need to address Yue's lack of acute voice usability. "More than likely, your lack of voice is a direct result of the trauma you experience that put you in the river." Or at least, that was Zinnia's theory. "A simple spell won't solve this, the mind, in itself, is a magic of its own, the most complex type, I might add. Still, Zinnia wouldn't have taken on this job if she wasn't keen on figuring out how to fix Yue's voice. "I consulted several apothecaries, but none of them had ever heard of such an affliction." It wouldn't be the first time, Zinnia was well aware of their ineptitude towards long term illness. She had experienced it first hand, but didn't seem all that troubled by it. "Do not attribute this to any fault of your own," because well, it wasn't.

They had one more stop to make, but it would be relatively quick. Already the markets were dying down, the streets were much easier to navigate and Blithe fell into step behind the chair, guarding the handles just in case. The home they stopped in front of was small and unassuming with a sagging roof, heavy due to the flowers that sprouted on top of it. Zinnia rose from her chair, leaving it at the front entrance. "This way," she directed them, opening up the red door. The inside was large, the one floored hovel on the outside had multiple stories within, lined with books from wall to wall. In the center was a desk, a man sitting behind it, an ink and quill furiously writing beside him while he slept, a book propped open in his arms. "Mr. Sands," Zinnia whispered, indicating for the others to enter.

"Mr. Sands!" The man started, the book toppling out of his grip. A shot of green sparks leaped from his wand, stopping it from hitting the ground. Mr. Sands fumbled with his glasses, frantically looking around. At last he glanced downwards, the giant rising to his feet. "Well, if it isn't Zinnia! Finished those books already?" He asked, at least twice the height of Blithe. He The feather pen beside him quivered, dropping on top of the sheet of parchment. He glanced around Zinnia, towering over Yue and Rain. "And who are these? Friends of yours? I didn't know you had a human companion." Zinnia ran a hand through her hair and sighed, "I'm not as antisocial as Freya would have you believe." Mr. Sands chuckled, his wizened gray beard tickling his knees.

"This is Yue and her familiar, Rainarch. I've come here, to put it frankly, because Yue is afflicted with a rather curious illness. If anyone would have books on it, it would be you Mr. Sands," the man stroked his beard, looking down at Yue through his round spectacles that were perched on his nose. They were comically small in comparison to his stature. "What is this affliction you speak of?" He asked, glancing between the two witches. "Yue has lost her voice, I recall you once showing me a book that Sir Flammel wrote about curious hexes and their reversals. I was wondering if perhaps, I could borrow it?"

"Hmm, yes, well, let me see about that. Sir Flammel has retracted most of his collection from my library, but I can certainly see if I might have a copy on hand." The ground shook with each large step the giant took. To Zinnia and Yue, they would need a ladder to reach the tallest shelves. Mr. Sands, however, seemed to grow with each step, his head nearly bumping the ceiling. He flicked through shelf after shelf, shaking his head woefully. "I apologize Zinnia, I suppose you'll have to ask Sir Flammel yourself." Zinnia bit down on her lower lip, nodding in appreciation.

"That's alright, perhaps you can be of better assistance another time." She turned towards Yue, indicating that it was time to leave. Her parting words may have seemed rude, but even a giant was a member of the fae and you never wanted to thank a faerie.

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