Fragmented Sky

Fragmented Sky

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A broken world, a shattered sky, a whisper of promise. Open

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Our history books regale us in the tale of monsters that roamed our earth, creatures with tails and scales that ruled over the humankind, governing the mortals with an iron fist and causing much bloodshed.
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They were terrible creatures that drank the blood of mortals and slaughtered their young, trying to take the earth for themselves.
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But where there are villains, there will also be heroes. Rising up among the ashes of what little humans were left was a group of mortals that conquered the beasts and repopulated their homes, bringing about an era of peace and prosperity.
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The world was not always this broken. Humans used to live side by side in harmony, they could rest easy, knowing the Tower Society would protect them. A unity of demons and humans, working together to end the pestilence that plagued their world. Fellow demons, wrecking havoc upon the unsuspecting. It was the job of the Tower Society to put them down before they became a threat.

It was the Third Impact that nearly ended the world. London had become a war zone, Berlin had fallen, becoming completely overtaken by the demon race. All over the world, demon nests began to attack upon the human populace. Japan was the only country safe from the attack and many fled for safety, the small island nation forced to shutter its borders to protect its own people. The humans were left to fend for themselves.

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Things had finally began to calm, but the demons united with the vampires. The humans formed a new alliance and another war began, this time against the undead. When all seemed lost and the vampires began to gain territory, they vanished. As though it were some sort of nightmare, or perhaps a distorted memory, the world began to build anew. On the forefront of the rebuilding were the poster children of the Tower Society. Christopher Delanore and Doll King, their notoriety spreading far and wide, hailed as the heroes who ended the Third Impact.

The world is not perfect, no, it is still far from it, but the humans could rest a bit easier, knowing that they were well cared for. Once more, sky scrapers rose, the walls around Paris fell. Life moved on, the world continued to turn. Humans would survive and thrive, as they always would. Granted, there were less of them. Due to the drop in population, pieces of nature began to return to the city. Trees as tall as buildings thrived, the walls of glass and steel skyscrapers becoming entwined with ivy. A new era on earth had begun.
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For some, the world was still frozen in time. They were eternally stuck, having fallen through the cracks. Broken beyond repair, they may never recover. The world did not care for their kind, it made no difference to the humans if they would ever see the light of day again. Troubled by emptiness, deemed a waste of time; they were sent away. Heaving through corrupted lungs, collecting names of the lovers that went wrong. Chasing visions of the future while trapped in the past, perhaps one day, they would be able to rejoin the world.
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Name || Echo King
Age || 4
Gender || Female
Species || Demon || Elemental
Face Claim || Nursery Rhyme: Fate
Played by|| The_Queen
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Name || Mara LaFleur, AKA Flourspar
Age || 18
Gender || Female
Species || Perhaps human, maybe demon.
Face Claim || Nana Deviluke
Played by|| Bunny!
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Name || Mason Nik
Age || 17
Gender || Male
Species || Human
Face Claim || Akihito Kanbara
Played by|| NPC
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Name || Polaire
Age || 87
Gender || Female
Species || Demon || Crystal Formation
Face Claim || Diamond, Houseki no Kuni
Played by|| NPC
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Name || Harris Standstead AKA Samurai
Age || 19
Gender || Male
Species || Human
Face Claim || Ikki Kurogane
Played by|| NPC
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Name || Calciferous Graves
Age || 150
Gender || Male
Species || Demon || Lightning Wielder
Face Claim || Rin Okomura
Played by|| NPC
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Name || Tamaki Roe AKA Shadow
Age || 18
Gender || Male
Species || Human
Face Claim || Agata Katsuhira, Kiznaiver
Played by|| The_Queen
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Name || Sana
Age || 16
Gender || Female
Species || Human
Face Claim || Asuza Azuki
Played by|| NPC
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Name || Doll King
Age || 580
Gender || Olga Animusphere
Species || Demon || Possession
Face Claim || Mahiru Hiiragi
Played by|| NPC
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Name || Christopher Delanore
Age || 23
Gender || Male
Species || Human
Face Claim || Guren Ichinose
Played by|| NPC
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Name || Melody King
Age || 290
Gender || Female
Species || Demon || Songstress
Face Claim || Meltilith
Played by|| NPC
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Name || Mako West AKA Flame
Age || 25
Gender || Male
Species || Human
Face Claim || Mikoto Suoh
Played by|| NPC
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Name: Pandora Vale
Age: 18
Species: Human || Glaive of Longinous
FC: Rin Shibuya

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Name: Pray
Age: ??
FC: Shizuru Nakatsu
Species: Demon || Golden Eye || 4th General Hell

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Name: Miranda Eldriss
Age: 23
Species: Human || Mafia Leader
FC: Tennouji Nae from Robotics;Notes

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Name: Wicked
Age: ??
Species || Demon || Mad Bomber || 2nd General of Hell
FC: Kamado Nezuko

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Name: Leo Harway
Age: 23
Species: Human || Son of Director Harway || Former Seele Agent
FC: Eugeo

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Name: Erasmus Frist
Age: ??
Species: Demon || Director Harway's familiar
FC: Isaac Foster

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Name: Juria Havanese
Age: ??
FC: Megumi Tadokoro
Species: Demon || Leo Harway's familiar

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Name: Elliot Abernathy
Age: 38
Species: Human || The Head of the Demon Rehab Facility
FC: Osamu Dazai

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Name: Oliver Berg
Age: 48
Species || Demon || Wind User || Elliot's familiar
FC: Nakahara Chuuya

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Name: Allison Sneider
Age: 89
Species: Demon || Necromancer
FC: Hanekawa Tsubasa

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Name: Gem
Age: 90
Species: Demon || Brilliant Sun Burst
FC: Astolfo

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Name: Bex
Age: 200
Species: Demon || Dream Eater
FC: Enkidu

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Name: Ash
Age: 29
Species: Demon || Blue slime
FC: Hiro

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Name: Ariel
Age: 14
Species: Mermaid
FC: Sonozaki

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Name: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
Age: 14
Species: Human
FC: Princess Charlotte

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Name: Gwenyth
Age: 25
Species: Half Vampire
FC: No Idea

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Name: Oliva Franz
Age: 17
Species: Human
FC: Kazuki Ferrari

The Story So Far... Write a Post » as written by 7 authors

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Character Portrait: Echo King Character Portrait: Mara LaFleur Character Portrait: Sana Blackwood

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❝Steady we ride, silhouette flying over the grass. Open your eyes, look who's back?❞

ɗιαƖσgυє cσƖσя:#FF7BC1 ♙ тнσυgнт cσƖσя #4ba348

|| The Ballad of Mona Lisa|| Panic! At the Disco ||




They could still hear Ariel's cries as the snakes tore her apart inside the locked room. Still, they couldn't save her, she still had to hold on a bit longer. Flo stayed close to Echo as they searched, looking for where Baroness Anguis was hiding. "How are they hiding themselves?" Sana asked, since neither Echo nor Flo could sense them as they wandered the dark shadowy halls beneath the ground's surface. "It was probably something Baroness Vaswald did." She must have made some sort of device to block the demonic auras powerful Barons let out. "Don't worry, Sana." Flame said, his voice comforting. "They aren't ready for our own tech expert's new tricks either." Their new armor was really something spectacular, hopefully it would save many of their lives here. Flo stomped on a snake, narrowing her eyes as she heard the sound.

Just as the alarm sent off she heard someone scream out in pain and horror. It was to the left! "Anguis!" Flo growled, her wings spreading. "Let's get going!" Melody called, rushing alongside her towards the sound of the alarm on the suit. As six dead soldiers lay around in broken heaps, the Baroness of Agony had appeared, an overpowering aura coming off of her as she stood there in her red and white kimono as snakes surged through the floor, the ceiling, the pipes, the corners. "My my, it looks like Alex Drake has some new toys up his sleeve." Anguis's voice slithered, her forked tongue slipping between her teeth. Flo froze time then touched Echo as the others got ready to clash. "Be careful, we can't use our powers too much yet." Flo warned Echo. "We need to conserve our energy for Doll, since you and I are the only ones that can stop her."

When time resumed Flo jumped into the fray, her wings beating, slicing at Anguis's snakes as they flew towards them. Fire raged and a song was sung to strengthen their hearts and minds against the enemy. As a snake was about to bite at Flo's neck a metal plate appeared to block the attack, Sana protecting them all with her bracelet from the backline. Flo struck at Baroness Anguis, pink feather knives slashing at the Baroness's face, drawing blood. She let out a roar, snakes snapping and hissing as they flew through the air but then light blasts from crystal balls backed them up. "Get back! You two are needed for when Doll shows up!" Samurai cried, swinging his sword as Nell 2.0 sat on his shoulder, creating more lasers to protect them. "Echo, let's fall back for now." Flo said, stepping away from Anguis.

"What, you don't want revenge? I broke Ariel so much, she can't even speak. The precious little mermaid's body belongs to me." Baroness Anguis giggled. "Come on, Echo, fight me. Won't it feel so good to strike me down for little Ariel's sake?" So Flo was right, they wanted to tire out Echo and Flo before the others showed up. Would Echo fall for the bait? Before anything else could happen there was a loud sound coming from up above. It sounded like the blasting of a giant cannon, as if the sky was tearing apart. Everything rumbled, Sana almost falling on her face had Flo not caught her. "Aah!" Melody screamed, Flame grabbing her and cradling her in his arms. Anguis's grin only widened as her fangs bore themselves. "All you Tower Agents who wandered into our nest here will die, I'm afraid. But let's have some fun of it before the end."

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The new recruits were screaming and sobbing as they hugged themselves on the ground. Cress's group had already reached the surface and were protecting the helicopters when new enemies appeared in the sky all around them. "Take cover now!" Christopher shouted, jumping to pull Cress into the safety of cover beneath a wall. Bright beams of light filled the sky like the rain from the Heavens, striking down and destroying everything it touched. Above their heads were dozens of flying carriages. A single icy blue wing shone in overhead. "Ellie..." Cress whispered. "We knew she would come. Ellie's not going to let us go easily." The railgun attack destroyed the gate. Now they couldn't go back down into Cascade Bau, and those already inside would have to find another way back out.

"Leo! Make a barrier! Don't let the helicopters take damage!" Cress screamed, and Leo nodded, spreading his arms to protect the Helicopters. They were hidden but with all these railguns floating in the sky, they couldn't take the risk of them getting hurt. Otherwise how would they get back home? "But how do we fight?" Keron asked, staring up at the sky. "None of us can fly." Another round of blasts struck, no doubt searching for them. "Urrgh." Leo grunted, falling to his knees. "I can't block these forever." He warned. "New recruits, stay near the helicopters!" Cress called, and they did, moving over. "Take your armors off and cover the helicopters with them, it'll help them survive the bombardment!"

Baroness Vaswald was in the sky, peppering them from miles away with her long ranged railgun attacks. Cress's group couldn't even get close enough to fight back. "Just stay calm and think." Chris said as the recruits shook and shake with each bombardment. "If we sit here doing nothing, eventually Vaswald will get a lucky hit and find us." Cress nodded, balling her hands into fists. "You're the commander here." Chris told Cress with a calm smile, unfazed by the bombardment of electric rays. "We'll trust the team below can handle Anguis. You're job is to come up with a strategy to let us save your sister and keep the helicopters safe." For now they had to hide in the ruins and rubble and wait until Cress came up with a winning strategy.

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❝Why do I always end up destroying everything I've ever loved?❞

ɗιαƖσgυє cσƖσя:#EE3B3B ♙ тнσυgнт cσƖσя #FFCCCC

|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




Echo's teeth ground together. As they had suspected, this was a trap and they had walked right into it. Flo ordered her to fall back, but Flo wasn't her boss, not anymore. "I won't run myself down, not before I have the chance to pay Anguis back ten fold for everything she's done to Ariel." Anguis's tongue slithered between her teeth. There was a strange sound in the air, it made Melody howl like a dog. "Flo, take them into the hallway. I'll fight Anguis while you check on Silence's unit." She could manage Anguis on her own, after all, Echo was a Baroness. She wasn't pitiful anymore, she wasn't the little nuisance demon everyone thought her to be. She took a deep breath in, knowing that she needed to keep herself in check. "Go!" Echo urged to Flo, noticing that she was still there. "You can trust me," Sana nodded, tugging on Flo's arm.

Anyhow, if Echo were to die, it would be in a blaze of glory, against Messiah himself, not one of his lackeys. Anguis looked as though she had eaten a particularly tasty frog the way she smiled, sizing Echo up, although there wasn't much to size. Echo drew both of her daggers, steeling herself to prepare against whatever attack might come her way. Anguis was underhanded, her snacks attacked first, pinning Echo to the wall. She grunted as she was thrown back, the creatures slithering faster than she had predicted. Echo's head hit the concrete, making her spin. "You're weak," Anguis hissed, "your becoming a Baroness was a mistake, you inherited the title, you did not earn it." She was looking down on her, but Echo had to keep her emotions in check.

"You're wrong!" She snapped, one of the snakes biting her, attempting to dig its fangs through her armor. Thank goodness for Alex Drake's technology. Echo growled-her mind suddenly flashing to something that did not belong, something she should not have remembered. A basement, her body restrained, someone standing in front of her, holding a whip. For a moment she blanched, bile rising in her throat. Anguis suddenly seemed anxious, no longer as menacing. Was that... concern in her eyes? It was then that Echo came to a realization. Anguis wasn't meant to kill her; had Messiah ordered a live capture? She grinned, that would put her at the advantage. A chip broke off of a diamond, the snakes freezing in place. Echo smashed them against the wall, Anguis howling as though the pain were her own.

"It wouldn't do well to underestimate me because of my size," she wiped the rest of the snake ice off of herself. "You know what reptiles hate?" Echo asked, she could tell Anguis was wary now. "The cold," it whipped around them, a force of frigid wind, but it was not natural. Anguis glared, on guard now. Echo surged forward, an ice pick growing in her hand. Anguis moved at the same time, the two of them clashing in the center. They exchanged blows faster than the eye could see, then fell back. Echo moved faster, pushing off of the wall, using it to propell her forward. There was a cry in the air, both falling back again. Anguis looked down, shock on her face as blood blossomed from her middle. She crumpled, Echo catching her as she fell.

"Call your snakes off," Echo said quietly, but Anguis's expression tightened. "You might think that you will win this, but you're already failing. Call them off," Anguis tensed, then sighed, "fine," she whispered. Echo slammed her hand against the Baroness's neck, knocking her out. They could take her hostage, Echo realized. There was something she remembered, something that should not have been in her head.

A stolen moment in a dark hallway, two sillhouettes barely visible. Was it possible Messiah had a weakness?

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Character Portrait: Echo King Character Portrait: Mara LaFleur Character Portrait: Sana Blackwood

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❝Steady we ride, silhouette flying over the grass. Open your eyes, look who's back?❞

ɗιαƖσgυє cσƖσя:#FF7BC1 ♙ тнσυgнт cσƖσя #4ba348

|| The Ballad of Mona Lisa|| Panic! At the Disco ||




Flo winced, not sure she wanted to leave Echo all alone like this. In enemy territory like this Cress wanted to make sure no one was ever alone without someone to back them up. "Sana, stay here and watch Echo's back." Flo said quickly and her partner nodded, quivering as she aimed her bracelet, metal spikes shooting out to stab several snakes in the head. Flo would leave Echo to Anguis and would go and update Silence and Pray on the situation. As the pinkette flew through the dark halls she returned to the floor where Silence and Pray were standing guard, just outside the room Ariel was trapped inside, being tortured by snakes just beyond the iron door. "Flo, what's going on? We heard the sound from your direction, but we couldn't leave the post here."

Flo informed Silence about Baroness Anguis revealing herself and how Echo and Sana were left to try to deal with her while everyone else tried to kill the snakes as much as they could. "It's a mess. There's lots of Baronlings attacking other groups. Cal and Shadow reported that the rookies are being targeted and killed." Silence's brow furrowed as she thought of what to do. "We need... to try and regroup with Cress, but-" The sounds were getting louder. Was there someone dropping bombs above them on the surface? "We can't. It's blocked off, I sent some to try and secure a safe path to the surface, but everything's caved in." Silence grit her teeth. Suddenly Pray pointed in front of her. "Oh no." She whispered, her voice trembling. "Is it really? Could it really be?"

As the bright light grew ever brighter, someone grabbed her, screaming. "Don't do it, Wicked! If you blow up here, everyone will die! We'll all be buried alive!" The snakes were slithering away, as if being called back into hiding by their master. Did something happen with Echo, did she win against Baroness Anguis? Wicked grinned, tearing off her mouth seal, her body glowing brighter. "Wicked! L-let's negotiate!" Pray screamed, grabbing Wicked and holding her down. "What are you doing here? Why aren't you in Paris, serving Queen Kitra?!" The two Generals stood facing each other, both of them ready to attack. "Oh, Pray. You really did change. I remember the old you, you would be quaking in your boots trying to talk to me like that." Wicked's voice was fond as she reminisced on the past.

"Why are you working for Messiah?" Pray asked, her voice a trembling whimper. Wicked grinned, holding up two fingers. "I come with only two requests. You all put your weapons down and die for me!" Pray gulped, narrowing her eyes. "Wicked... that isn't funny." Her voice was hard as Wicked pushed her to the side. "Run!" Pray suddenly screamed to all the soldiers still inside the Cascade Bau. "Find cover before it's-" Before Flo could even react her ears went out as an explosion so loud and bright went off, the walls trembling. Wicked exploded, and the force of the explosion hurt how many? She could barely hear screams of dying soldiers as the explosion reduced their bodies to ashes.

When the brightness wore off Flo blinked and saw a mess. Her ears were ringing like she could barely hear. Who was alive? Who died? Who's soul piece was that laying on the floor?

A sword was drawn. Somehow beautiful even now, Doll King stood as Flo was trying to recover from the explosion, feeling dizzy and weak all over. "Hello. Not many can survive Wicked's explosion." Doll said softly. "And goodbye." She swung the sword, the blade aimed for Flo's neck and the pinkette was too dazed to even realize what was happening.

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Character Portrait: Yui Character Portrait: Lucas Character Portrait: Chika Rou Character Portrait: Zane Hecate Character Portrait: Hyosuke Kusuhara Character Portrait: Sagaci Dominious Character Portrait: Oliver Rothenstein Character Portrait: Akali Character Portrait: Akali Rothenstein Character Portrait: Irelia Snowbridge Character Portrait: Isidore Ferrand Character Portrait: Ziva Henderson Character Portrait: Winter Chinmoku Character Portrait: Sen Chinmoku Character Portrait: Aine Philomel Character Portrait: Yasu Komatsu Character Portrait: Ora Delphine Character Portrait: Utano Tenmei Character Portrait: Echo King Character Portrait: Mara LaFleur Character Portrait: Sana Blackwood

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❝Why do I always end up destroying everything I've ever loved?❞

ɗιαƖσgυє cσƖσя:#EE3B3B ♙ тнσυgнт cσƖσя #FFCCCC

|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




An hour before the battle:

"Just don't, don't hurt them!" Doll King begged, trembling, kneeling on the floor. "Please, you can kill anyone else. I can't lose them, not again." Messiah looked down on her, practically groveling. "Fine," he granted, "they would make a nice addition to my collection." Relief flooded her, but it was only temporary. Doll had no intention on bringing her sister's back here, she was going to set them loose the moment she could. "Now rise, it does not become you to lay in the dirt like that." Doll nodded, standing unsteadily on her feet. She had bargained for the lives of her daughter, sisters, and husband, but what was the cost? She swallowed hard. It meant the death of everyone else she had served alongside.

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Two blades clashed, sparks flying. "Flo, get back!" Echo growled, her daggers crossed, holding Doll's sword. "E-Echo!" Doll stuttered, falling back. In Sana's arms was Baroness Anguis, her clothing stained in blood. "We have a hostage, crawl back to your Master and tell him we have his precious Anguis." Doll hesitated, Echo could see the mark on her wrist. They had all said she hadn't, but Echo knew btter. Baron Messiah would not make such a careless mistake to allow Doll to run freely. The floors and walls were covered in blood, Echo could practically smell Wicked from here. Pray was sobbing somewhere along the halls, "Cal, contain Wicked while we can-" she could regenerate, but a full body explosion would take a few minutes. Cal jumped up, practically sliding on the blood.

"You have Anguis?" Doll asked, was that relief in her voice? Echo nodded. "Yes, we do." Sana held a piece of metal against Anguis's throat, threatening to cut it. Doll took a step back, then another. "Retreat!" She called, Echo looking down at Flo, who still seemed stunned and was covered in blood. "Get up," Echo said gently. She had seen worse. "This is our fight, we finally have a little advantage." She flung the door open, Ariel was passed out, the snakes retreating as soon as they saw their master passed out. She walked slowly into the room, a small fire in her palm to light the interior. "Ariel?" Echo whispered, she wasn't moving.

Echo knelt down, pressing a finger underneath Ariel's nose. She was breathing, which was a good sign. There were bite marks all around her, she was bleeding badly. "Pray! We need you!" Somewhere, Echo heard a yelp. There was shuffling and finally, Pray arrived. They had claimed this section of the Cascade, which was a good thing. There were still sounds of battle everywhere else, which was a bad thing. Pray reached down, lifting her eyepatch. There were still tears in her eyes. "Where's Silence?" Echo inquired, she needed to get in contact with Lana and Cress, but they wouldn't answer their TB signals. "We got separated during the explosion, she's still alive though, I can sense her somewhere in the fort." Echo nodded, rising to her feet.

"Come on Flo, let's go cut this hydra off at the head." They had already lost half of their soldiers, some veterans, most of them rookies. "Let's go," Echo did not want to prolong this fight. The only way to free Doll, to end this, was to kill Messiah himself. "Sana, bring Anguis. She's the only leverage we have right now."

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Character Portrait: Echo King Character Portrait: Mara LaFleur Character Portrait: Sana Blackwood

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❝Steady we ride, silhouette flying over the grass. Open your eyes, look who's back?❞

ɗιαƖσgυє cσƖσя:#FF7BC1 ♙ тнσυgнт cσƖσя #4ba348

|| The Ballad of Mona Lisa|| Panic! At the Disco ||




The explosion was powerful enough to rock the world, reduce everything to a bottomless crater. Wicked was panting as Baron Messiah stood over her, cruelty on the face no one but Anguis could see. "You thought that was enough to kill me? After your pitiful human died, this is the best you can manage?" Wicked panted, falling to the ground. She couldn't get up, she didn't have legs or arms anymore to hold herself up. It would take some time to regenerate, and she didn't have that time anymore. "I'll never accept someone like you." Wicked hissed, tears brimming in her eyes. "Humans and demons can live in peace! Even I know that, and I'm batshit insane!"

Baron Messiah did not seem to care about her words. "That power of yours is quite remarkable. If you agree to work with me, I won't tear off Queen Kitra's head once I capture her. I'll let her live." He knelt down then lifted Wicked up by the throat, his fingers closing around her throat like a vice. "You'll kill your old friends and comrades, and I'll spare Queen Kitra just for you." Wicked trembled, guilt in her eyes. She wanted to be strong, that was what she and Miranda strived for this whole time. But in the end, was there anything she could do? Did she have any cards left? "You're... filthy.... disgusting." Wicked sobbed, tears spilling to the ground. "But my loyalty to Queen Kitra won't let me say no...!"

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The surface was chaos. Due to Baroness Vaswald setting off an EMP Pulsar from inside the carriages, all signals were being blocked. Communication between the surface and the underground was impossible, Vaswald wouldn't let them coordinate properly. Felton, one of the rookies, fell to his knees as another round of laser blasts smashed against Leo's barrier. It was cracking, it wouldn't hold forever. "Wh-what's the point?!" Felton screamed in horror and fear, clutching his head. "What's the point in protecting the helicopters if there's not going to be anyone left to ride them?!" Cress and Christopher glanced over to him as the other rookies watched, the fear and terror spreading amongst them.

"I - when the emergency draft was made, I thought I could be brave. I thought I would give my blood for the sake of the Crown, and serve my country." He was one of the many volunteers who answered Queen Charlotte's call for arms, call for help. He, like many, would be sent to his death. "I didn't realize trying to protect other countrymen from being victims was to become one of the victims myself!" His floppy red hair was once comical but now it flopped in a depressed heap on his head, mirroring the expression on his face. The rookies began murmuring, losing their nerve. "I thought I was ready, but I didn't realize... just how scary it would be... to be torn to shreds by lasers..." Another round of laser blasts bombarded them, Leo's barrier trembling under the force of the attack. They couldn't even fight back, no one was able to get close enough to the flying carriages to even swing a sword.

"They won't last much longer." Juria said to Cress with a nervous frown. "We have to do something, Cress." Christopher nodded in agreement, putting a hand on the Acting Director's shoulder. "I could take a helicopter and challenge Baroness Vaswald directly to buy time for you to load the rest of the helicopters and get out of here safely." He said, bumping a fist on Excelsiur's sheath. "No." Cress's voice was soft as she stared at the carriage her sister was sitting in. "You wouldn't even get close." Chris sighed, shaking his head slightly. "Probably not. But at least you and anyone else you could escape with would still have your lives. As long as you're alive, we still have hope."

Cress let out a weak laugh, staring up at the sky. "Oh, Ellie, you always give me a hard time, don't you? It's so hard to try to outsmart you." She sat down on the rocky earth, smiling as she looked up towards Baroness Vaswald. "We used to play board games often. Chess, Checkers, even Snakes and Ladders. She always won every time, outsmarting me at every move. It kind of felt like this, the way she's blocked off every option for me." It felt as if there was nothing they could do at all, a cage created by her own twin sister's strategic mind. "Sorry Ellie, but I still know one way we can win." Cress smiled, grinning bravely. "Chris, gather the rookies. I'll have to give them a pep talk before we can begin."

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Wicked's explosion leveled three entire floors inside the fortress. Melody saw the brightness of the explosion destroy the stairs behind her, crumbling apart as the floors turned into rubble and dust. "What was... was that Wicked?" Melody gasped, clinging to Flame's hand to help her stand. "Is anyone... is anyone down there still alive?" She turned back, gulping. Silence had ordered her to try and find a way to reach the surface, to inform Cress that they managed to subdue Baroness Anguis but now it didn't seem to be possible. "W-we have to go back! We have to help them down there!" It was a long fall but Melody believed she could make it. "No, it's too dangerous Mel." Flame grabbed her arm, pulling her away from the edge. "We have to keep climbing. We don't even know if anyone's still alive down there."

Melody gulped, her heart quivering. Doll was down there, she knew that. Echo was there too. Her beloved sisters were trapped underneath and Melody was up here, safe from the explosion. "It'll be okay. Even if everything goes wrong... we can do what we did before." Flame said, smiling gently as he embraced his beloved. "We can run away from it all. We can leave behind the war, everything, and find a new future together." Their honeymoon journey around the world, visiting magical realms, it had been so much fun. But Melody wasn't strong enough to abandon her friends and family to die for the sake of a romantic escape. "If the choice is too hard for you, Mel, then I'll make it for you. We'll go to the surface. Then I'll kidnap you and we'll run away." Tears filled her eyes, making her vision blurry and she didn't know how to respond.

Everything felt as if time stopped. Melody stared in front of her as the rippling of the dress billowed out before her eyes. A beautiful arc of a sword's blade swinging, clashing against another sword pulled out from it's sheath. Another arc, another arc, and then Flame fell back, his arm sliced by the sword. "Fl-Flame!" Melody screamed, rubbing the tears out of her eyes. "Doll! What are you doing?!" There was pain on Doll's face but it quickly twisted and then became a neutral expression. Doll did not say a word as she continued her assault, pushing Flame back farther. Melody let out a screaming song but the blood bond made Doll immune to her powers. "N-no! Doll, you don't have to do this! Ayna told us that you weren't..." Her heart stopped when she saw the mark on her beloved sister's wrist.

"Back off, Mel! Just go! I - I can handle this! I'll catch up with you!" He blocked another attack then kicked at Doll, forcing her back. Still, he was outmatched and everyone here knew it. "I... no! What about running away together? This isn't the time for stupid sacrifices!" But how could she - Doll would never want to hurt her. Doll would back off if Melody got in the way. So she dashed between them, pushing Flame to the ground behind her, spreading her arms out. Doll's eyes went wide and she twisted her body mid swing but she couldn't stop it in time as the sword pierced through her sister's chest. Melody rose in the air as the sword pushed her up, pain filling her but she could barely feel it. She couldn't feel anything.

Melody's vision was blurry but still she smiled. "Good, you stopped." She said, not realizing what had happened. "Doll, we can help you. We'll take you to Flo, she can freeze the contract just like how... just like..." As Melody dissipated into a vibrant pearly orb, Doll let out a cry. "H-how? How could you?" Flame grabbed the soul piece as his arm was slashed to ribbons and strips of meat. "She was - she was your sister!" Tears filled his eyes, sorrow in liquid form decorating the shadowy halls. "She was... the love of my life." Doll let out a scream, finishing Flame off with a slash to the chest, then she fell to her knees, shaking uncontrollably.

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"She's surprisingly light." Sana said, lugging Baroness Anguis onto her back. Thinking about it, Anguis was actually pretty small. She probably used snakes to appear bigger and taller than what she truly was. "Are you doing okay, Flo?" Flo's steps were unsteady but she was shambling along as well as she could. She must have hit her head when Wicked blew herself up, it felt as if she had a bad concussion. "I'm doing my best." She admitted weakly, forcing herself to keep up with Echo's brisk pace. How many died? Did some of her friends already meet their ends at Wicked's hands?

Sana was making the path with a crayon so that they wouldn't lose their way. Pray stayed behind with Ariel, Cal, and Shadow, to try and find survivors and build a path out of the rubble that would let them get back to the surface. It was a long way up, but with enough manpower they would be able to make a ladder out of rocks. The minor demons scattered in fear as Echo, Flo, and Sana approached. With Anguis on their backs, the lesser troops no doubt knew they stood no chance against them. "Take us to Messiah." Flo ordered, wishing her head would be less foggy and light. "If you value your life." They cowered in fear, not wanting to die. "B-but he's not here! He l-left the Fortress before the fight even started!"

"Our lord Baron Messiah's already on the surface!"

Did he see right through them? Had someone betrayed them? How did Messiah know they were going to try to kill him at the bottom of Cascade Bau? "We should check just in case, but let's get back quickly." The throne room was up ahead. Once upon a time, Queen Kitra made it her abode. Maybe once this was over Kitra could return here again and rule over Paradise. Suddenly Sana's lips spread in a wide smile. She held her arm out, grinning. "I'm the traitor!" Sana declared, swinging her arm with the bracelet. The hallway around them shook as the metal rafters shattered, causing the hallway to cave in, burying Flo and Echo alive.

Acacia giggled, finding it easy to have possessed Sana like this. She was already tired out, a shy little girl like her was very easy prey. "Now, to go and kill Silence and Pray." Acacia hummed, walking back down the path. "They'll never suspect anything like this."

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Echo didn't know what she was going to do, buried in ruble, separated from Flo, and trapped underneath with Baroness Anguis, who was going to bleed out if they didn't get her back to either side. Worst of all, Sana had been posessed by Baroness Acacia and betrayed them. Echo groaned, attempting to open her eyes. There was blood running down her forhead, that couldn't have been good, she realized, trying to move. Her limbs were pinned beneath the rubble and it was far too dark beneath the stack to see. "Bloody hell," she groaned, a crackling in her ribs. Thankfully her armor prevented the damage from being far worse, but knew a broken bone when she felt one. Slowly, Echo flexed her wings, groaning at the weight of them. A diamond burst, wind sweeping the rubble away. She reached up with one arm, smearing the blood across her face as she attempted to clean her eyes enough to open them.

When she at last could, it was still dark. She lit a fire that floated above her, not touching anything, but illuminating the room enough that she could see she was buried deep. Her head throbbed as she tried to sit up, slightly disoriented. Where was she? She recalled falling as the room completely collapsed on them and the briskness of it meant that she was farther below ground. How much farther had she fallen from the throne room? "Silence? Flo? Come in?" She tried to no avail. Somewhere around her was a groan, it seemed Anguis had fallen deep as well. "Bloody hell, this is rubbish. Of course this bloody happened. No solid plan, walking blindly into a trap." She pried herself out of the rest of the pile and picked her way over to Anguis, pulling rocks and debris off of her. She dragged the Baroness over her shoulder, looking for an exit. "Flo!" Echo called, but there was no answer.

Another wind diamond broke, they drifted up, as high as they could, before a ceiling stopped them. The floor here was solid, aside from the massive hole in the center that she had fallen through, where it had given in. "Flo!" Echo called again, only to hear cackling behind her. She stiffened, making a slow circle only to see something strange. Flickering lights, one by one, piecing together to form an enemy she had never encountered. "Hello there, you must be Baroness Nova." The light was near blinding, until finally, they formed one solid piece. "I am Baron Lidel and I'm going to kill you now." Echo turned, she didn't have time for this. "Look, I have Messiah's girlfriend. You can either let us go, or I'll kill you too." Lidel laughed, "kill me? The gaul!" He began to ignite once more, lighting up so brightly that Echo could no longer see.

There was only one solution for this. A black diamond broke, the room encased in inky darkness. Their ability was snuffed out and Lidel cried out, clearly confused. "Fool me once shame on you," she struck him from behind, able to see in the darkness. "Fool me twice shame on me!" She struck once more, as fast as a viper, her dagger taking off Lidel's head. "Send someone stronger next time," she kicked it as it rolled, the darkness receeding. Lidel's soul piece clanked to the ground, Echo stepping over it carefully. "I've gotta find Flo and then get out of here."

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Flo was badly injured. Not only the explosion from Wicked taking out most of her energy, she was also trapped under the rubble. She was bleeding from the head and she just felt dizzy all over. Something was clearly wrong but she could barely even think, let alone come up with a strategy to get out of here. All she knew was that everyone was in danger. Sana - she couldn't have actually betrayed them, right? Wasn't there an enemy on Baron Messiah's side that could control you? Acacia, was that the person Zinnia Evernight warned her about? Flo panted, desperately trying to dig herself out. She had no energy left, no strength in her limbs. Still, she was alive and that was what mattered.

With a heave, the pinkette managed to push her way out. It seems that she had fallen even deeper. Was there a way back up? Hopefully these wings weren't for nothing. Echo and Anguis were nowhere to be seen. "Be... be safe... Echo..." Covered in blood, it was only thanks to Drake's armor that she was still alive. She pressed the SOS button on her armor but nothing happened. Did Vaswald do something to cut out all signals being sent? Flo could only hope Cress could do something to solve it before it was too late. With a painful groan Flo pushed back up to the floor above where Pray was organizing everyone. How long was she out? Flo didn't know and she was afraid to find out. Limping, Flo felt dizzy. How much blood had she lost? "Flo." The pinkette snapped her head to stare at whoever said her name. Harris was lying on the ground, bloodied. "Drink my blood." He whispered, reaching out to her. Nell 2.0 was passed out in his arms, he was bleeding out too.

"You need to... fight. Sana's... attacking everyone. She's killing... and Silence doesn't want to... kill her." Flo stared at Harris and nodded. Would it make the pain in her head go away? Would it give her the energy to keep fighting? She knelt down and sunk her fangs into Harris's open wounds. "Hurts?" She asked, sapping blood from his body. "I barely feel anything." He chuckled. Flo gave him a look, frowning. "Don't die. The kid needs you." Her head felt a little better and Flo wandered off, following the smell of her contract. She needed to get to Sana. "I'm counting on you." Harris said, looking paler now. "Come back for us, okay?"

Acacia in Sana's body had finished slamming a metal pipe on a demon's head, turning her into a soul piece. She then stomped on the soul piece with a gleeful giggle. "Acacia, get out of her." Flo froze time and lunged at Sana. She felt bad but there was no choice but to attack. She wouldn't kill her though, but she would knock her out at least so she couldn't do any more damage. With a fist to the back of the head Sana slumped, unable to react fast enough to Flo's time stopping. "Okay." She said dizzily, almost falling down onto her butt. "Gotta go back down. I'll find Echo..." She stumbled about, her eyesight becoming muddled and faint as she fell back down the hole. It was okay, Flo didn't have to see, she could just follow Echo's smell, even in the darkness of the hole beneath.

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"Everyone, listen up." Cress said, bringing all the recruits to attention. "We're going to attack Baroness Vaswald up there in the sky. This will be my final order to all of you." The recruits gulped, their knees trembling. "We're going to load up the helicopters and fly straight for Vaswald. Leo's barriers should help protect us from the beams long enough for us to reach. The smoke from our rockets will provide us cover to help protect us too. Chris will have the last helicopter to himself, and while Vaswald is distracted, he will take the helicopter and defeat Vaswald for us." Felton raised his arm, his eyes wide with alarm. "W-wait! What?! But - are you saying that... if we're just going to die... it's better for us to die fighting?"

"Yes."

"But... wait. If we're just going to die... it doesn't really matter if we die disobeying orders, r-right?"

"Of course."

The rookies began to panic even more. "It doesn't matter if you've lived a wonderful life full of blessings, or a miserable life in the gutters. IF you're going to be torn to shreds by lasers either way, it doesn't change a thing." Cress frowned, standing tall and proud. "Does that mean none of our lives matter? Was there any meaning in us being born at all? Does that mean the lives of all our comrades matters? Were the deaths of our comrades meaningless?" She grinned then, raising her fist to the sky. "No, of course not! Our dead friends! Our fallen friends! They died, trusting us to carry the mission to freedom! And we'll die too, trusting the future to those who will live on in our place!"

"My soldiers, we'll ride to the sky!"

With fear in their eyes, but resolve hardening, the recruits loaded themselves into the helicopters. "Sorry, Leo, Juria. I know you two just earned your freedom." They both held hands, squeezing them together tightly. "Wait, but why do you have to go?" Keron hopped into the helicopter, her eyes blazing with passion. "If I don't, they won't fly with us. I'm needed to inspire the recruits to ride into death. And we'll be the first ones to die to the lasers." But it would give Chris the opportunity he needed to take out Baroness Vaswald, save Shiro, and end the EMP blockers to allow him to connect to those still trapped underground. "Let's go. Thanks for always being with me, Keron." Keron sighed, rolling her eyes. "I knew loving you would be the death of me. Let's do this, partner."

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"Shiro, prepare the next volley." Vaswald said, looking bored. "What are they doing down there?" She glanced down the telescope, watching as the helicopters began to whir. "One last final charge? How is that any better than dying?" Shiro synched the Beam Cannons, each of their carriages ready to fire another volley of lasers. "It's ready, Vaswald." Shiro said, her voice dull. "Fire?" Vaswald nodded, the lasers crashing against Leo's barrier yet again. The helicopters continued to approach, coming ever closer, firing their rockets. The next blast of beams shattered the rockets, tearing them apart, filling the air with smoke and debris and fog. "Fire!" Vaswald cried, another volley of beams from each of the carriages.

There was a resounding crack as Leo's barrier finally broke. One by one the Night Raid helicopters were turned to dust, the screams of the soldiers inside them painful to Vaswald's ears. She was never a fan of war, even now, this was all meaningless. But she had to do as Messiah ordered, if only to save her sister from humanity's clutches. "Foolish humans. Why bother charging at me like this if you're all going to die?" Alex Drake's machinery, turned to dust. "Was this really all humanity had to offer?" Suddenly Shiro let out a scream. "E-Ellie! Someone's-" Faster than a speeding bullet, humanity's strongest and brightest soldier appeared. "The other carriages!" One by one they were slashed apart. Chris jumped from one to another, and finally he arrived, his sword burning with the dawn's light behidn it.

"I hope you had your fun." His voice was grim as his sword struck through Vaswald's throat. "That's for killing all of my comrades." All the soldiers were burned to a crisp as the helicopters fell to the ground, the ground a sea of flames. Vaswald grinne,d her hand on the trigger. "If I'm going to die... I'm taking you with me." Her gun was placed on Chris's head. He would die, and it would all be over. Chris's eyes did not falter. "Cress is dead now because of you." Suddenly Vaswald felt something holding her back. Her finger pulled away, she would not press it. Why wouldn't she press it?

"Thank you, Chris." Ellie whispered as she faded away. Shiro sobbed, grabbing the gun but Chris cut it away, taking the controls, flying the carriage safely to the ground. "She's better off this way." Chris and Shiro were the only ones still alive on this side of the the battle. There was no way any of the others could have possibly survived the lasers. Shiro continued to sob, weeping into her hands. Chris put a hand on her head, pain stinging his chest. In order to eliminate Vaswald, it costed all of these lives. "I came into this battle wanting to save all of you." He whispered, staring as the fires burned with dawn's shining sun. "But you all gave your lives to give me a chance to defeat Vaswald." He closed his eyes to pay them his respects.

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|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




Out of the one hundred and fifty five soldiers that had come to this battle, there were twenty left. Echo had at last reached the roof, "Messiah!" She screeched to the sky, her throat hoarse. "Messiah, call a cease fire or I'll kill her right here and now!" She was holding her blade against Anguis's throat. Echo was sticky with blood, "Messiah!" The tip of the dagger began to draw blood. Suddenly, he materialized in front of her. Had he been hiding this entire time? Right above their noses? Doll was with him, looking grim, as well as a Baron Echo did not recognize. Where was Flo? Echo did not know. If she could negotiate the terms of surrender, the first thing she would do is go and find Flo. "What do you want?" Baron Messiah asked, Echo's grip on Anguis never faltering. "Surrender, you're cornered. I know you have feelings for this snake." She hissed, swaying on her feet. There was still blood pouring into her eyes.

Messiah looked almost bored. "You think I'm cornered?" Was that amusement in his tone? Echo was having a hard time telling considering his face was faceless. "Look at you, standing on a roof, bleeding out. You have but a handful of soldiers left and have the idea to say that I'm the one cornered?" He laughed, throwing out his arms. "Look around you, you're no more a society than a handful of rebels. Give up and I won't kill you before your next breath." Echo's arms shook, "I will do no such thing. Take another step and I'll kill Anguis." Baroness Anguis groaned in her arms, if anyone would bleed out, it was her. "Go ahead, kill her." Messiah dared to take another step forward, "You won't do it. You've grown soft. What happened to the Nova that hated humans? The Nova that killed the former director?"

Without hesitance, she slid her knife across Anguis's throat and dropped her. Messiah stood stock still. "I'll admit, I did not think you would make me do it." Blood bubbled around her neck, Anguis huffing as she struggled to breathe. "You fool," Messiah shook his head. He waved a hand, Anguis restored to new. She wasn't dead yet, that was the mistake. Once they were dead, they were gone. Anguis suddenly jumped up, a snake biting into Echo's shoulder. "There is something amiss, you know. You can sense it as well, can't you? Your head is playing between memories you don't recall having. Why don't I fix that?" Echo's eyes widened, her head in pain as Messiah waved his hand again, undoing all of Flo's work. Her eyes swam, the veins in her head thinning. "There is no checkmate."

"Messiah, you promised-" Doll grabbed his arm. He nodded as Echo fell to her hands and knees, vomitting blood. "She's having a stroke! What did you do!" Doll tried to run forward, but he stopped her. "She'll live because I allowed her to. That's the thing with dogs, you have to train them." She was going to die here, wasn't she? "Bas...t...a...rd." She slurred, half of her body unable to move. "Echo! Messiah, don't do this!" Echo fell to the ground, her arms giving out. "Flo..." she whispered, her memories returning, that missing time, those three years. It all flashed before her eyes in seconds, her pupils dilating. They were lying to her, all of them. The basement, rehab, going to Heaven, Echo remembered it all. Messiah knelt down, avoiding the puddle of bodily fluids.

"Do you understand now?" He asked, "they were never on your side. They've been using you this entire time. Your friends have been controlling you, concealing things from you." No, Flo wouldn't do that, Flo would never do that. Another snake bit her, right in the stomach, she cried out, paralyzed with pain. "Stop it!" Doll begged, "you promised you would spare her!"

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"Why do you wear the mask?" A young demon girl asked, looking at him. The demon shivered, keeping the mask on his face. "I'm ugly. I don't want anyone to see." He turned away, not used to this. The angels gave it to him, saying that it took years off their life to be forced to look at him. "I'm sure you have a nice face. My name is Lise!" The white haired demon held her hand out with a grin. "You'll let me see some day, okay?" He whimpered, not wanting to. Everyone was always scared away by his face. It was better to wear the mask.

"You filthy creatures! You sinners! Get back to praying!" A young demon whimpered, kicked in the back of the head until he was forced into a prayer position again. How long has it been since he was able to move? What even was his name anymore? "Jaden..." He whispered. He couldn't forget his name, he wasn't allowed to forget his name. "Shut up and keep praying!" The angels growled, kicking him again. "You sinful creatures. We'll teach you all how to be righteous. Under the will of King Anael, the King of Heaven, you'll all learn the path of forgiveness." For weeks, the children were forced to pray. They were given an awful broth and were only allowed out to relieve their bladders once a day. The angels would round them up and take them to the cleansing repository so the children would have to relieve themselves at the same time.

King Anael of Heaven made a new proclamation. In order to end the suffering and hatred between demons and angels, the captured demons from the last Holy War when King Satan of Hell attacked, would be made to breed. Their children would be raised among angels, taught proper angel etiquette and learn the sins of their race. The children would interface with angels and angels would have a chance to get to learn about demons and befriend them. It was a program designed to end war, but the angels put in charge of the program only wanted to get their revenge in for all the friends they lost during the 8th Holy War.

"This generation is a failure." The angels would say behind their closed doors. "They sit and pray but they're still just as sinful as ever. Look at how they breed, look at how filthy they are." Select females were taken from the praying room in order to create more demons, a second generation of children to be made to pray. A demon with white and red hair was dragged away today as the angels took away the females. "Congratulations, Lise." The angels mocked, picking her up by the snake-shaped tentacle attached to her back. "Your results are in. You've proven to be very fertile. You will give more demons the gift of life."

Jaden whimpered, watching Lise be taken away. "N-no, don't hurt her!" One angel ripped the mask off his face, revealing his ugly horrible face to everyone. Jaden always wore a mask because he was ashamed of his white eyes, of his misshapen mouth. He was an ugly, ugly demon child. "She's nice! Don't take her!" Lise was the only one of the children who would play with him during weekends when praying time ended. She was the only one who didn't hate him or try to steal his food. He let out a scream, covering his horrible face, his disgusting face. What kind of friend would curse their friend to see something so ugly? "I think it's nice." Lise said, her voice warm but even Jaden could hear the trembling within. "You have a cute, unique face." The angels laughed and jeered, not caring, not caring at all.

It was only years later when the 9th Holy War began and King Satan tore down the Center for Demon Angel Peace. "Young demons." His voice boomed. "Do you still have the will to fight within you? You demons who were born in angel lands, and taught angel rules?" Most of the demons cowered and shivered, hiding in corners. They did not want to fight. They did not want to do anything. They had no pride in their hearts, no will in their souls. They were like limp wet noodles, unable to change anything but be eaten. "You, boy. There's a look in your eyes that I like." King Satan knelt down and grinned, the dragon knights pulling Jaden out from among the crowd. "There's a look in your eyes burning with enough hatred to burn the world away with your fires."

"Please." Jaden whispered. "Kill all of the angels." King Satan's eyes twinkled. He picked Jaden up and then grinned. "Perfect." Jaden did not understand the searing pain through his whole body. He did not understand why he went limp and could no longer move. "You'll be my wonderful sacrifice." King Satan stole his soul's energy then put him inside a cage for his dragon knights to carry around. "I'll use you to boost my powers." Borrowing Jaden's strength, King Satan's powers increased and he bathed the valley in a sea of fire. The angel-raised demons were rounded up and put in chains. "We'll teach them how to properly be demons. We'll beat their demonic instincts back into them." King Satan cackled, patting his belly in triumph.

After being dragged into Hell, Jaden was locked in a room. He didn't know for how long he was in this room, but only sometimes would he be taken out in order to be used as a power battery for Satan to kill others. If he spoke, he was tortured. If that wasn't enough, the other angel-raised demons would be tortured for him. It wasn't long until Satan was able to realize that Lise was the one he loved, and so she became a torture receptible. Her and her clutch of eggs would be flayed mercilessly until Lise did not know how to live without being in pain. "It's okay. I'm weak and useless." Lise said with a squeak. "So please don't cry, Jaden." But he cried anyways, because he knew it was his fault.

There was a knock on the door one day. Was it food again? Jaden stared into the darkness, wondering what food there would be today. "Hello. My name is Lucifer Vacivus, and I'm the leader of the Pride Tribe." A strange demon appeared, grinning. "You're Jaden, one of the angelborn, right? You've been used as a battery, but now it's time." Lucifer promised freedom. He promised so much. "I can already sense how strong you are. You'll help me, and I'll grant you your wish." His wish was obvious, wasn't it? "I'll be one of your Barons." Jaden cried, reaching out for his new master. "If you'll make Lise a Baron too, I'll help you take down King Satan!"

After the rebellion was won and Lucifer Vacivus sat on Hell's throne, Jaden became Baron Messiah, the Baron of Sacrifice. His mask melded to his face, his face becoming blank and nothing. It was better this way, this way no one would be cursed to see it again. Baron Messiah went to find his one and only friend. Lise was laying down, shivering in pain. After being made to bear so many children, after being tortured for years, her brain developed a problem. She was constantly reliving the pain over and over again, with no relief. She was dying too. "Let me die." Lise whimpered. "It hurts so bad." He couldn't let her go. He needed to save her. "You're a Baron now." Messiah whispered, reaching for his friend. Lise transformed, her many children and her uncountable eggs morphed into snakes, latching onto her body. Even so, she was still in pain, wasn't she? "I see, how unfortunate." King Lucifer said, with a pitying shake of his head. "She'll be in pain forever." In the end, after so many experiments, the only way to give Anguis relief was if she was the one doing the torturing instead. If she wasn't putting her pain onto others, it would always come back.

If Messiah could create a world for demons and only demons, none of this would ever have to happen again. Hatred burned in his eyes, for angels, and for the demon royalty who tossed him and Anguis aside as if they were nothing but old broken toys. They were given small castles in the barren northern corners of Hell and told never to return. One day, Messiah swore, he would get revenge on demon royalty. Not only that, but he would make sure no demon would ever be hurt by another race ever again.



A portal opened and the Glaive of Longinus slashed through it, before being pulled back and slicing apart an enemy from behind using another portal. Silence fell to her knees, breathing hard. Messiah was on the rooftop, that was the only thing that made sense. They searched the entire floor, and they weren't able to find any hint of him. The minor demons that surrendered said that he left the fortress already, but Messiah wouldn't just leave and let Anguis die on her own. Silence groaned, stumbling through the darkness, leaving a trail of blood with each step she took. She heard another enemy approaching and she spun and cut through them with her glaive. "Pray's... down there... somewhere..." Silence whispered to herself. It was too late now, Silence was too far up to go back down.

She heard footsteps rapidly approaching. Silence spun around, gritting her teeth, swinging her glaive. It clashed against what felt like a sword and she jumped backwards to dodge a counterstrike. "Silence! Relax, it's just me." Chris's voice floated on through, and he sounded exhausted and weary. "Chris? Aren't you supposed to be up top with Cress?" The fact that he was here and no one else gave Silence a pitched painful feeling in her gut. "Don't worry about that for now." He said, a hand reaching out to take Silence's shoulder. "I'm going after Messiah. He's on the rooftop, Shiro told me where he was waiting." Silence nodded, figuring that made sense. They were able to save Shiro at least, that was good, right? "I'm coming too. Just lead the way, Chris." She followed the sound of his footsteps, using them to guide her as she limped after him.

The duo silently made their way up the halls and corridors, aiming to reach the top. There was a thud then, was something going on? "Flo!" Chris cried out, his voice startling Silence for a brief moment. "Where is she?" Silence asked, clutching her glaive painfully. "Right here, Flo, you look like hell, are you..." Flo was bleeding out badly and she fell down trying to walk. "Echo's... up there. I can... sense her." Her words were slow, slurred. Was she having trouble thinking? "We're going to go kill Messiah and save Echo. Flo, you look like death. Do you want to stay here and wait for us?" Flo grimaced, pushing herself back up off the floor. "I have... to help her." She'd lost so much blood, her head was dizzy and it was hard to think.

.....................

"It's almost there." Messiah whispered as Echo writhed on the ground in her stroke. "Our dream's almost accomplished." Anguis smiled at him, but even he could see how tired she was, how exhausted she was. "Know your place, Doll King. You're my Apostle. I could give you the order to kill Echo if I wish and you wouldn't be able to resist.' He had complete control over her, what Doll wanted didn't matter at all. "But I wouldn't do that. Once Nova realizes how the Tower Society's been controlling and manipulating her, she'll be free. I'm giving her the keys to that freedom." If need be, he could fix her time and undo any damage caused by the current stroke.

"Please." Doll pleaded. "She only just stopped looking at me with hatred in her eyes." Doll just wanted the happy future where her three sisters could be together in harmony to return. But it seemed like Baron Messiah was never going to let that happen again. "Echo and I have a lot in common." Messiah said calmly, looking with sympathy at the white haired demon. "We've only ever been used by everyone around us." But now he would save her. He would set her free. The problem in her head, he could fix it in a heart beat. All he wanted was for Nova to accept his help and join his side. There was no hatred, no anger. He simply saw his past self in Baroness Nova, and he wanted to save her.

Time froze. The next moment Doll was holding her wrist. Three people arrived when time became back to normal. Silence swung her glaive at Anguis, following the wound of the snakes. Ever since Wicked blew herself up Silence hadn't been able to see anything but faint colors and shapes. "Your contract's gone." Flo said, nearly falling over. "Kill them both." Doll was free now, Flo removed it entirely. She crawled to Echo's side as Chris went over to Doll. Echo's memories had all returned, the worst case scenario was here.

"I'm sorry, Echo." Flo whispered, desperately maintaining consciousness. She knew she was dying, she was too badly hurt to keep going anymore. "For controlling you, for using you. But now, you'll be free." She used her powers, shattering the contract between Echo and Christopher. She even used her powers to make Echo's Tower Brace vanish without a trace. With the last of her energy she once again mended Echo's brain, reversing the stroke completely. "Get - get out of here, Echo! Run away! Don't look back! Th-this is the freedom you've always wanted! Go!" Unable to stand, Flo fell on her face, all her power and energy gone. Her eyes fluttered shut, wanting to see Echo one last time before she went on for freedom.

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Echo could no longer tell up from down. She writhed in a pile of blood and bodily fluids, her bladder having loosed itself on the ground. It was too hot, but also too cold. Her brain was forgetting to breathe, her face was turning blue. Someone was crying, Echo was sure of it. Someone was yelling out her name. There was a flurry of activity on the roof as the remainder of the Tower Society burst through the doorway. "Echo!" Christopher yelled, he was still her partner, after all. "Chris!" Doll froze in surprise upon seeing him, glancing between him and Echo and understanding. He had done as she asked, he was watching over Echo in her stead. Tears welled up in her eyes, she could not go to him, not while Messiah was here. "Move!" Chris had Echo's medicine, he could stop the stroke before it became worse. Faster than any of them though, was Flo. She shattered Messiah and Doll's contract, Doll running towards her husband and planting a kiss on his lips. He encircled his arms around her, relieved and terrified, because this war was not yet over.

"Move, I need to get to her," Flo was faster still. She reached down, color returning to Echo's face, her fingers no longer desperately clawing at the pile of snow she lay in. She sat up slowly, her cheeks tinged pink from the cold. Messiah took a step back, it seemed his castle was going to come crumbling down after all. "Thank you Flo," Echo sat upright, catching her friend as she fell. "I'll take it from here." She stood, easing Flo to the ground gently. Echo would not abandon them, not when she was the only one left who could fight him. "Back up," Echo told the others. The energy around them began to churn, the willpower of Baron Messiah and Baroness Nova clashing in the air. This was not a matter of who struck first, this was a fight to the death. She remembered everything, the basement, the pain, this man, looming over them, his shadow as painful as the thrashing.

"You claim you want to make a world for demons, but when we needed you, you stood aside." Echo could not forgive him for that. "You watched them torture me! You broke my best friend!" Wind whipped around her, she could feel it answering her call. The snow blew at them, visibility at an all time low. "It was essential to understand the inner workings." Flo's power was much like his, if he could better understand how it worked, he would have a finer understanding of how his own ability worked. "It was essential for the sake of our future. Necessary sacrifices must be made." Of course, of course that's how it was. Echo was always the sacrficie, wasn't she? Well, she sick of it! The wind roared, Silence grabbing the others and ushering them through a portal. A black diamond broke, shrouding them in darkness so thick it was hard to move. The sound of daggers unsheathing inaudible over the wind. It was just the two of them, in that moment, one fighting to live, one fighting to create the future in their image.

All at once, the darkness dissipated. Christopher stepped out of the stairwell. Echo and Baron Messiah were both on their knees. A brilliant light suddenly consumed everything, when it faded at last, one soul piece clanked against the around. Christopher ran forward, kneeling down to check. Footsteps thundered behind him. "It's not Echo's," no, it was Messiah's. So where was Echo? She had disappeared from the roof. With Messiah dead, his entire ensemble gave up easily, knowing they were outdone. With their leader dead, there was no longer a point in fighting. "We surrender," Anguis fell to her knees, overcome with grief. "Where is Echo?" Doll asked, desperate. "She's gone," Christopher shook his head, smiling vaguely as he stared at the falling snow.

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With Messiah defeated, Chris retrieved Baron Messiah's soul piece. Doll still had one last thing she had to do, so while Chris went to search for survivors and Silence carried Doll down to the where the helicopters were supposed to be waiting, Doll went back into the interior of the fortress. "Here it is." Doll's face was stony as she entered the alcove where Melody's soul piece was waiting. Flame was barely alive, he was still slowly bleeding out. It wouldn't be long now. "Let's hope this works." Doll pulled a small crystal stick out of her pocket. She shattered the stick and with a flash of light two mages appeared. Yue Eldriss grinned, letting go of Zinnia Evernight's hand. "You said you owed me before you two left." Doll said, looking at Zinnia. "Please... save them. My sister, and her husband. Don't let them die because of me."

Zinnia nodded, and got to work. She took Melody's soul piece and prepared the spell. "Looks like it's over. We'll go give Queen Kitra the good news then." Yue said with a smile, glowing light from her hands mending Flame's wounds, closing up the lacerated skin from Doll's sword slashes. "Bariboon Pisipatty Milk." Zinnia said, casting the spell to regenerate a Soul Piece. As the light overflowed the dark corner of Cascade Bau, Melody's body regenerated, her beautiful locks flowing. "Consider the debt repaid." Yue said, taking Zinnia's arm with a possessive grip. "Zinny, let's head back. Kitra would want to know everything worked out." AS if the two mages were never there in the first place, they apparrated away. Melody's eyes widened as they opened and she awakened. "Doll?" Her voice was small and hopeful. "Is it... could it really be over?"

Doll nodded, embracing her sister tightly. "This is your chance." Doll whispered into both of their ears. If it was going to happen, it had to be now. "Take Flames and go. I'll tell everyone I couldn't find you. Go and enjoy your lives with freedom." Melody wrapped her arms around her elder sister, squeezing tight. "Are you sure? What about Echo?" Doll shook her head, knowing her younger sister had already gone off for freedom. All Melody and Flame wanted was to run off together and elope, to be free from the Tower Society and from war. "Go be free. Go live your lives. But please, come and check on me from time to time." Melody nodded, beaming. "We will." Doll cut through both of their TBs and the Melody lifted Flame, running off into the halls.

.................

As the fires subsided among the wrecked helicopters, blood, and corpses that littered the entrance zone of the Cascade Bau fortress, someone sat up, staring at his hands. He fell from a helicopter as it was destroyed, and yet, he didn't die. "How... why am I alive?" He held his head in his hands, whimpering. Felton Tyre shivered, hugging himself. "Director Winter..." He searched among the bodies, desperate. Did someone alive? Was there anyone left? Leo Harway and Juria were both dead, a body and a soul piece. "Why am I the one that survived?" He had been the coward, the one who cried and broke when everything went wrong. He was the one who deserved life the least. So what was he doing still alive?

"Director Winter!" He cried, finding her. There was a red soul piece laying on the stones next to her, shattered and broken from the impact of the fall. Crescent Winter's body was charred, her mouth was slightly open. Cress had been so brave and strong when the lasers rained down on their heads. Looking at her, she was so small. A small girl like her was their commander for the battle? "This isn't right." Felton pocketed the soul piece, and found an icy blue one nearby as well. He gathered it, and then hoisted Cress's body onto his back. "She was a hero." Felton whispered, his voice trembling. "She inspired us all in her final moments." He would ensure Cress, Ellie, and Keron would be buried in their homeland, in America.

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the survivors were gathered, with the single surviving helicopter. Chris looked over as everyone gathered. Calciferous was sobbing as he held his partner's body, Shadow had been cut in half during the battle sometime after Wicked's explosion. "Why?" Cal wept, crying into the corpse. "Why didn't you let me protect you?" Flo was lying down, her breathing faint as Silence poured some water into her mouth, helping her drink. Pray had been healing people left and right but she had no energy left, huddled in a corner. "Doll, did you find anyone else?" Chris asked as Doll returned from the interior. It was afternoon now. The battle began at dawn, and now they were trying to find any last survivors left.

Doll was lending her shoulder to Samurai who hobbled back in. He was holding a child in his free arm, Nell 2.0 was bleeding from the head, it didn't look good at all. "This is all I could find." Doll admitted with a frown. Chris decided to do a headcount of those that remained. Flo was at death's door on the ground as Silence tended to her, her eyes and retinas burned, making her blind. Chris was alive and he and Doll were working together to save as many as he could. Ariel was wrapped in bandages as she lay on the stone, slumbering after her ordeal. Samurai and Nell 2.0 were rescued from the underground. Sana lay next to Ariel, she was asleep as well, knocked out by Flo when she was possessed by Acacia. "I got it working!" Shiro yelled from a helicopter. "I siphoned power from the other helicopter batteries, so this one's working again!" It had enough juice to bring them home. Felton was grimacing as he stood atop a wall with a pair of binoculars, keeping watch for them on the horizon, the only rookie to survive the carnage.

"So in the end, only twelve of us are left." Christopher said with a grim smile. "Of the one hundred and fifty five soldiers who set out from London, only nine are coming back, with the three hostages returning as well." Chris, Doll, Shiro, and Felton helped load everyone onto the helicopter. "Is everyone strapped in safely?" Shiro asked, revving the engine. Being with Vaswald taught her a thing or two about technology. "We're ready." The surrendered demons were tied up and left in the fortress for Queen Kitra and her people to gather and sentence according to demon law. The Tower Society didn't have the resources left to bring them to London to try after all. "We're going home." Chris whispered, cradling his wife as Felton double checked the restraints holding the injured in place so they didn't get more hurt on the flight home.

The Third Impact was finally over.

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|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




"Who's at the door?" Riven asked, crossing the foyer of the mansion. Tomorrow was the eve of the celebration of the vampire's unification. They had done everything they could to wipe themselves off of the map and now, they would celebrate their peace. "I'll get it," Slaine opted, no longer a man servant, but one of the head's of the hotel. Another loud bang came, a round of knocking. He opened up the large wooden doors, a small figure practically tumbling inside. "It's a demon!" He yelped, panicked. Riven swpet over, looking as elegant as ever in her red lace gown. "Echo?!" She knelt down in alarm, the demon laying in a puddle of her own blood. She had claw marks on her face and ice clinging to her lashes. How long had she been out there?

"Slaine, prepare a room, Vitoria!" She pointed to a vampire who stiffened at the mention of her name. "Go get Gwenyth!" It took only a blink or two before the aformentioned vampire arrived, kneeling down in panic when she saw the demon who used to be her partner. "Echo! Oh, oh my. Quick, we need a medic." Echo was unconscious, Gwenyth lifted her, carrying her up the stairs to where Slaine was waiting. She shooed the curious eyes away, wondering how Echo had found them. The hotel's presence was concealed, after all, with a magical barrier protecting it. Their Queen had paid a hefty price for a barrier from a red haired witch to make certain that no lost hiker would come stumbling across it in the wood.

It wasn't until morning that Echo finally awoke, Gwenyth having slept in a chair beside the bed. She was still mightily attached to this demon, practically having raised her from an egg. "You're up," Gwen said sleepily, noticing that Echo was looking around, half of her face obscured by bandages. "I'm sorry Echo," Gwenyth suddenly sobbed, taking her hand. "I'm sorry I left you behind, I'm so, so sorry for hurting you." The white haired demon looked around slowly, taking it all in. Then- "I'm sorry, who are you?" It was like a punch in the gut. "And-I have another question, who am I?" The weight of it hit her even moreso. "You-you don't remember?" Gwenyth sniffled, wiping her eyes. "Echo, take off all of your clothes." Gwenyth suddenly ordered, the demon blinking, confused. "Now," Gwen helped her, removing her broken armor and undergarments.

No contract mark.

"Can you explain please?" The demon squeaked, Gwenyth taking a deep breath and sinking down into a chair. "Your name is Echo, you're.... a very special demon." Gwenyth took her hand, clasping it. "Your past doesn't matter, but your future will." She wasn't going to let Echo go, now that she had her. She would give Echo the life she had always wanted her to have. No more fighting, she could live in peace here, with them. "Tonight there's a ball. We have to get ready-" a knock sounded at the door. "Gwenyth is she awake?" Queen Riven stood on the other side, holding a breakfast tray. She wanted to deliver it herself, wanting Echo to feel welcome and wanting to apologize for attacking her. "Yes, come in."

"She doesn't remember anything," it seemed the hit to the head had been harder than any of them had anticipated. "Alright, well, that's a good thing." Riven decided, "she can stay here, with us, at least until her partner comes looking for her." Gwenyth shook her head, "she has no partner." Echo was watching their back and forth banter, wondering what all of this meant. She knew one thing was certain, however and that it was her head was not on right. "Can someone please explain what this all means?" Echo wanted to know, her head ached.

"It means that tonight, you'll be attending a ball."

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|| The Ballad of Mona Lisa|| Panic! At the Disco ||




As the Night Raid Helicopter flew alone in the sky, the people of London prepared and waited to hear news of the battle. They gathered at the gates of the Tower Society, just outside Oxford Campus, waiting. Queen Charlotte sat in her wheelchair, her eyes on the horizon. Neither Mason nor Lana would leave her side, together the two watched, waiting. "It should be any time now that our heroes return." Mason said, trying to sound chipper. "They'll all come back, and we'll be here to congratulate them for a job well done." The bell began to ring as the sole helicopter came into view, it's rotors spinning as it soared in the evening sky. "Is that... is there only one?" Mason grit his teeth, staring as the sky, as the citizens began cheering, waving their flags and signs for the heroes that have returned.

Of the one hundred and fifty five soldiers that went to war, only 9 returned, with the three hostages back with them. Christopher Delanore stepped out, a hard look on his face as he helped Doll out. "Get the medical team, there's some people in critical condition." Chris nearly shouted. A gentleman like Chris was rarely ever uncomposed, but it seemed the harrowing experience was stressful even for him. They lost nearly everyone. "Welcome back, heroes." Queen Charlotte said, a serene smile on her face. "Thank you for coming back alive." Her heart stung painfully because there were many, far too many who did not come back. As stretchers came for Flo, for Cal, for Samurai and Nell 2.0, and Ariel too, and Pray, as Silence hobbled around with Shiro helping her walk as she was now blind. The most poignant of all was Crescent Winter's absence. Felton Tyre clenched his fist, the only rookie to return home. His mother looked relieved, but all the other mothers hearts were crushed as their sons and daughters did not return home.

"We have a list of names of the fallen." Chris said to Queen Charlotte as the few survivors still conscious gathered in her office. He presented the list with a grim expression. "I - I see." Charlotte would not cry, not in front of anyone. Even as news papers were already being written away about the victory, the triumphant end of the Third Impact, the Tower Society was nothing but tragic and somber within. "It's over now. It wasn't for nothing." Doll sniffled, feeling more alone than ever. "I'm sorry, Doll." Charlotte's voice was very soft. "You're alone now. Both Melody and Echo are..." Chris put his arm around his wife tighter than ever. "She's not alone. I'm here, and Sonata will get to grow up knowing peace."

Felton Tyre looked at Queen Charlotte, a haunted gaze in his eyes that all the survivors shared. "I brought back Director Crescent's body." He told her quietly. "I - I think she deserves to be buried in her hometown in America." In the beginning Cress and Ellie and Shiro were borrowed from the American Branch due to the increasingly dangerous times in London. Now Shiro was the only one left and she was still sobbing silently into her hands in the corner. "I know it's hard." Charlotte said, looking at each of the survivors in the eyes. "But your duty now is to enjoy the coming peace to make the sacrifices worth it. We're almost there, there's only one step left." They would negotiate peace with the demons of Paris. She would meet with Queen Kitra and begin discussions to have Paris returned to the humans, in exchange for a new home for the demons to live, separated from everyone else.

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|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




She sat in the tub, the warm, sudsy water washing away the blood and dirt. The strange outfit she had come in was discarded in the corner and a dress was hung on the back of the door, the steam easing out any remaining wrinkles. They had left her alone to bathe, although Gwenyth had promised to return, somehow seeming familiar despite the cavern of blankness in Echo's mind. If she scrunched her nose up and thought, she could see the vague outline of someone, something pink. "She's important," Echo said to herself, touching a blank spot on her chest. "I have to remember," but try as she might, Echo could not recall who she was or why she seemed to be important. She rose from the tub, taking a warm towel to dry off. Outside, it was snowing, Gwenyth had said that it was always snowing. The windows all had special screens on them to protect the vampires from daylight and it gave the sky a slightly red tint.

Her dress was blue with flowers and bells. The bandages were replaced with an eye patch. Echo stood uneasily in front of the mirror as Gwenyth arranged her white hair around her. "I remember it being silver," she murmured, "What?" Echo inquired, but Gwenyth only shook her head. "It isn't important," she stood upright after having been groomed to utmost perfection. Echo looked in the mirror, feeling awkward and slightly itchy. "The ball will begin soon, alright? The other guests are all vampires, but I'm sure they won't notice one demon in the mix." Gwen meant to reassure her, but somehow that only made Echo feel more nervous. "Um, can you explain how I got here?" She inquired, tugging on Gwen's sleeve, feeling self conscious. She held the corner of it as Gwenyth led her out of the room. "Slaine said you banged on the door and when he opened it, you collapsed. I don't know how you got here."

The music had already begun, Echo clung to Gwenyth's sleeve, her tail swishing underneath her dress. There was a bow tied to the end of it, the bell inaudible above the din of the room. "Oh, what have we here?" A vampire with a large chest and floor length blonde hair turned to them. "Athena," Gwenyth stopped. "This is Echo," Athena recognized her of course, but they had never been properly introduced. "Hello," Echo said nervously, hiding behind Gwenyth. "My, my, what a cute little demon." Her smile was tight lipped, she seemed of the strict sort. "Come, let's go find the Queen." They walked into the ballroom, a quartet playing in the corner. There were vampires of all lineage and nobility in the room, but Echo could sense one other demon. She looked around, spotting him in the corner, sipping a cup while smiling, hovering at Queen Riven's side.

"Riven," Gwenyth curtsied low, Echo hurrying to copy her. "It's alright, rise." Riven smiled, there was someone standing beside her, wearing lace over her eyes in decorative fashion. "This is my partner, Viola." She had black hair and wore a smile that said despite her lack of sight, she knew exactly what was happening. "Hello Echo," Viola smiled, Riven nudging her hard in the ribs. "I-ugh, Riven told me your name of course," she tried to cover it up, placing her hands on her hips and laughing rather awkwardly. "H-hello Viola." Echo huried into a curtsy again, Gwenyth snickering. "It's alright, Vi isn't royalty, not yet at least." Riven rolled her eyes, there was talk of it of course, but there was also an issue, Viola was not a pureblooded vampire.

"Oh, how cute!" Came a screech from the side. "I love it, I love it! Can I have it?" A vampire hugged Echo from behind, lifting her off of her feet. "Sweetpea, let go!" A human, human of all things! Came rushing over to her aid. "Sorry," Jacob Delanore apologized profusely, making Sweetpea release her.

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|| The Ballad of Mona Lisa|| Panic! At the Disco ||




The parties gathered at the grand hall in the Eiffel Tower, above the city of Paris. Queen Charlotte smiled as her Tower Agents stood around her, Christopher and Doll leading them. Queen Kitra sat on the other end, though this wasn't quite the peaceful diplomatic meeting you would think it would be. The Generals were with her, glaring protectively at the human invaders trying to take their paradise away from them. "You're surrounded. We have defeated Baron Messiah, so don't think we won't attack you too." Queen Kitra nodded, putting her spear down. It would be foolish to try and pick a fight here. After all that humanity sacrificed to get this far it would be foolish to back down now. "We have a number of demands that I expect you to agree to." Queen Charlotte put down the paper with the contract, all she needed was a signature and it would be binding.

Queen Kitra read the paper with a scowl on her face, not liking anything about this situation. While it was good that Baron Messiah was dead and gone and the demon world was no longer split in half, the Tower Society was just as bad as Baron Messiah to her. They cared nothing for the lives of demons except as tools and salves. "In exchange for our lives, we're to abandon our new home in Paris and return Director Xiahou Wei to you." Kitra recited with a frown. "Why would we agree to that? What do we gain from that?" Hell was a wasteland, there was no fixing it. This was the only place demons could live if they wanted a new fresh start. "We have Paris surrounded, I'm afraid." Queen Charlotte wasn't going to budge. Even if she was weak, even if she was forced to live in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, she couldn't back down now. For the sake of humanity, she would finish this.

"The humans have built a flying city in the sky." Queen Charlotte said calmly. "It's large and newly made. We call it the Ark, it was supposed to be our last resort if we lost the war." Luckily for them, humanity was victorious. Unfortunately, that meant the money and development and time that went into the Ark would seemingly go to waste now. "We can give it to you. It can be your new home. It's a flying city with an artificial atmosphere and biosphere so it can be self sustaining. Take it back with you to Hell, and don't come back." It wasn't even a proper negotiation. If they didn't sign the contract, would Queen Charlotte signal Christopher and Doll to open fire?

With a sigh of resignment Queen Kitra knew she had no choice. She gave up on her pride and her dignity and signed the contract. "Fine. If it's to save my people's lives, we'll agree to it." The demons fell in love with Paris, and now they were being driven off of the land they worked so hard to restore. "Don't worry." Kitra forced a grin even though she wanted to cry. "We didn't harm Wei. He was an honored guest that we played chess with." Not a hair on his head was out of place.

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❝Why do I always end up destroying everything I've ever loved?❞

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|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




Everyday was different, but it was full of becoming less intimidated by her surroundings. Gwenyth watched her carefully each day, at least until Sweatpea kidnapped her for a tea party, or Julia asked her to play the violin for her while she worked on paperwork for the Queen. Echo, despite her lack of memories, had found her place among the happy mixed family of Castle Seylum. It was not only a castle, however, but a working hotel and a revolving door of vampires constantly streamed in and out. "You really don't remember anything, do you?" Kaito asked, a human. Echo shook her head, he was a head taller than her and seemed to enjoy having someone shorter than him to push around. Not that Echo was weak, but she wouldn't dare lay a hand on him considering his status.

"Come with me, I'll show you something." There was mischief in his eyes, but Echo followed him. They went to the main floor, then to a door she had never realized existed. He unlocked it with a room card, sliding it between the wall and the lock. It opened without a sound and they walked down a dark staircase, her eyes adjusting quickly. Echo swallowed hard, they were in a basement, the lights flickering on as they moved. One by one, they illuminated the dim halls in shadowy figures. "What are we doing down here?" She asked, her tail swishing nervously. "You'll see, just keep walking." They came to an abrupt stop in a hallway, her spine feeling as though someone had just shoved several needles in it. Her knees weakened, a flood of images rushing across her mind, but none of them ones she could place or make sense of.

Echo screamed, her head feeling as though two magnets were pulling on opposite ends, drawing them apart. "Echo!" Gwenyth called, sensing her distress. "Echo!" She ran down the staircase, sweeping the demon up into her arms. "Kaito!" She sneered, "I should have known you were behind this!" Echo passed out from the pain, the eye that wasn't covered in an eye patch having rolled up into her head. When Echo came to, it was dark outside. Gwenyth was sitting in a chair, reading quietly to herself. "What happened?" Her head ached as she turned on her side, unable to recall the last handful of hours. "Nothing important, I'm just glad you're okay." Someone poked their head inside, Athena. It was rare of her to show concern for anyone, but still, she was here with something for the headache.

Echo took it gratefully. "I've locked the door to that stairwell, no one will be able to access it again." That basement was a dreadful place, now it was only used for storage. Kaito was being punished with no desserts for the next month for the cruel trick he had played. The others too, believed he had crossed a line. Queen Riven and Viola came to check on her too, having heard her screams. "I'm alright," Echo promised them, signing with Viola. "I'm glad to hear it," Riven smiled in relief. "You know, we really should do something about Kaito's temperment." Ever since Gavyn's death, he had been acting out, no longer the arm piece of royalty, but a mere human, displaced in a world of vampires. They could not simply loose him upon the human world either, as he was living out of his time. A relic of the past, just like so many of them.

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❝Steady we ride, silhouette flying over the grass. Open your eyes, look who's back?❞

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|| The Ballad of Mona Lisa|| Panic! At the Disco ||




As the Parisian demons made their move to the Ark and Queen Kitra guided the Ark through a portal back to Hell, humanity took a breath of relief. At last, it looked as if humanity had the right to exist in this world. It seemed that humans would once again regain their land. The refugees that fled Europe to America and Britain slowly migrated back to their old homes as Tower Agents made sweeps across Europe to ensure all the demons left peacefully. It was still going to take a long time though, but with Xiahou Wei back at the helm things were moving more quickly than anyone could have expected. "The second wave of migrants are eager to get going." Silence said to Wei, her hands rubbing across the holo page to read it. "How's the sweeping going?"

"Chris and Doll are nearly done checking the Italy-Greek border." Wei said, reading stats off of the reports the agents brought back. It had been a month since the Third Impact officially ended at the walls of the ruined fortress, the Cascade Bau. With most of the agents who survived suffering from PTSD or other injuries, a new surge of volunteers made their way to the offices, wanting their own piece of the pie. Chris and Doll had to lead and train them, one of the few pairs left from their generation. Harris and Nell 2.0 were always eager to get work done, and were often out alongside Christopher and Doll. Mason and Polaire were the third pair to remain in active duty. The fourth remaining pair was of course Ariel and Lana, the little mermaid bouncing back from her time with Baroness Anguis. The fifth and final pair to remain of their generation was the former rookie, Felton, and his new demon, a recently captured and tamed Acacia. It was an odd discovery but it seemed Acacia was satisfied enough with a lazy life at the Tower Society.

Wei looked down from his papers with a little smile Silence's way, patting her head. "Sorry, you don't go by that name anymore." Pandora shrugged, she understood the old habit. She had retired after realizing that she could no longer fight. Her eyes didn't work anymore, so she wouldn't be useful anyhow. What used to be the Glaive of Longinus in her hands was now a holocane she used to navigate the world. "Did you get any trouble with the insurance groups? You're more than eligible for life support for all the work you've done." Pan shook her head, a bit embarrassed. "No... they were happy to help. Mara and I will be well supported." She wouldn't be able to work for a while, if ever, but perhaps she had worked too much already for her young age.

"Did you visit Pray yet? She misses you quite a bit." Pray was a demon, so she still remained at the Tower Society. She retired from active duty and currently assists Shiro in the medical ward. "Yeah. She gave me a bouquet of flowers she bought with her new salary." Pan waved it a little, smiling. "She wants to go back to Queen Kitra's side eventually." Wicked, who was still in prison for treason, kept trying to talk Pray into leaving with her but for now it seemed the two of them would remain in London. "How's Mara?" Wei asked, looking back at his reports again. "Is she still having that problem?"

Mara and Pan retired together, and because of her being a former human Mara was granted the right to live under supervision outside of the Tower Society as a registered demon. Sana was her official supervisor. She also retired from the front lines, and for now was helping out with domestic affairs such as organizing the refugees and taking care of the shelters, as well as, of course, supervising Mara to make sure she wasn't up to trouble. It seemed that after Cascade Bau, Sana also had enough of the front lines. "She's still sleeping most of the time. We still don't really know why yet." There wasn't many days Mara spent less than half of it fast asleep. "The local demonologist isn't really sure what's happening, but her vitals look good." Pan sighed, stretching her arm muscles as she sat in the chair.

"So, how is peace suiting you so far?" Wei queried.

Pan made an uneasy smile. "I'm still training out of habit. Maybe I'm just not used to it yet." She was a child soldier for so long she didn't understand what it meant to live in peace as a civilian anymore.

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❝Why do I always end up destroying everything I've ever loved?❞

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|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




"Echo, are you ready?" Gwenyth asked, pulling her bag onto her back. Echo nodded, tightening her eye patch. "Are you sure you're ready?" Queen Riven asked nervously, adjusting the coat on Echo's shoulders. "Yes, I think we are." Echo nodded, her winter clothes insulated for extra protection. The last thing she needed was for the cold to grab her. "When will you be back?" Viola signed, already distressed that the only other person who could sign with her was already leaving. "I don't know," Echo admitted, "but I know I will visit when I can." After all, Riven had given her a place of belonging in a house full of vampires. "Well, I'll be back at least. Eventually." Gwenyth hoisted Echo's bag up and opened the door, coat flapping in the wind.

"So? Where to first?" Gwenyth asked as Echo took out her map, she had multiple cities circled in red pen. "London," with a start, Gwenyth looked up. "Are-are you sure?" She asked, cautiously. Echo nodded, "London is the gateway to Europe, from there, we can get just about anywhere." She wanted to take the train to Paris next, then a flight to Italy. She had money, apparently, enough in her account to last for a long time. "After Italy, I want to go to Barcelona, and then Asia." They began to walk towards the woods, their footprints masked by the mass of snow. "Where in Asia would you like to start?" Gwen was sick of Europe to be quite honest, she was ready for an adventure.

"Tokyo, Japan. I hear they have great cake and tea." They walked in silence until they reached the car waiting at the bottom. "Hello Fang," the only other demon that lived in Riven Seylum's mansion, her familiar and servant. "Hello Gwenyth, Echo." He opened up the door, the two of them scooting onto the back seat. "Echo, when we reach London, we have to stay away from the center of town. We'll lodge near Wimbly, alright?" She nodded, grateful that she would not be traveling alone. As nice as it was in Castle Seylum, Echo was ready to go and do other things. "Why? What's wrong with it?" She had a list of things she wanted to do in each city. "It's not safe right now," Gwen replied vaguely. "I'm a demon and you're a vampire, what's not safe?"

"Just, trust me." Echo didn't press the issue, instead, she put her bag down and closed her eyes. Fang drove them all the way to the train station and from there, it was an overnight journey to London. They had a private carriage, with a bunk bed that Echo claimed the top of. She ate and watched things on a magic screen Gwenyth called a TV. There was a dreadful buzzing that came from it, but the moving pictures entertained her. After a while, Gwenyth fell to sleep and Echo looked out the window, watching the changing landscape until she drifted off. "Echo, Echo we're here." She had no dreams nor nightmares, Echo awoke and dressed, putting her coat and boots on. They grabbed small packages of sugary cereal and exited into the cold London air.

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❝Steady we ride, silhouette flying over the grass. Open your eyes, look who's back?❞

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|| The Ballad of Mona Lisa|| Panic! At the Disco ||




There was someone nudging her. Mara opened her eyes, trying to pull herself out of the sea of sleep. "Wh-what's up? What's going on? Do you need something?" Her brain was running slowly as it processed waking up again. Her wings furled, curling up around her. Pan's arm was still on her as Flo pulled herself awake. "You're sleeping a bit much there." Pan reminded her with a pinch. Her cane was held carefully in her other hand, helping Pan navigate the world with her new blindness. "What time is it?" Mara glanced around, trying to regain her regain her bearings. "It's evening. You almost slept forty hours this time." That holocane really told her everything, didn't it? "Let's go outside. I need some fresh air."

While Pan could walk about and move on her own as she pleased, it was always faster and easier to be guided by someone. Pan clung to Mara's arm and took little steps as the cousins walked together. "That sounds good. We should get some groceries." The holocane was still a prototype, so Pan still needed Mara to help her buy the groceries for her. "Is the pantry empty again?" Pan nodded with a sigh. The two lived together now in their own flat a few blocks away from the Tower Society. They were close enough to be able to visit whenever they needed to, but for the most part they were trying to get to their new lives apart from the Tower Society, to find themselves in a world of peace.

Together they ventured outside. Mara lead Pan down the street, trying to remember the path to the convenience store where they could get their groceries. Not that there was much they could do, Pan couldn't cook blind and Mara was hardly ever awake to begin with. The best they could do was buy packets of instant noodles and hope for the best. "Thanks, we'll come again." With a new batch of instant noodle ramen cups in hand, it was time to head back. "The night air feels nice." Pan's voice was quiet. "I hope Echo's enjoying it too." Mara nodded, looking out at the horizon. What was she doing right now? "Remember, she's officially dead. We should be careful." They didn't want Wei to go looking for her again after all.

If you speak of the devil, the devil will appear.

"Ec-Echo?" Was it really her? What was she thinking? And - wasn't that Gwenyth? "Is she here?" Pan waved her cane around, trying to read information from it. Mara ran ahead, dragging Pan along behind her who almost tripped several times on the sprint. "What are you two doing here?" Mara asked, her pink hair in her face as she asked in a hushed low tone. "You know it's not safe for you two to be here right now!" The cane bumped Echo in the face. "Oh, there you are." Pan smiled, lowering the cane. "Sorry, I didn't mean to hit you. It's been a while, hasn't it?" Pan pulled some ramen from the pack. "Want to stay the night? We have instant noodles." Mara nodded, grimacing. It would be best to have a talk not out in the open for Tower Agents to see and hear after all.

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❝Why do I always end up destroying everything I've ever loved?❞

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|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




They had a full day in London, tonight they would sleep in Wimbley park and leave tomorrow morning. The first thing they did was have high tea at the British Museum. Gwenyth had ditched the sugary cereal instead opting for a classic English meal. "Oh how I missed this," she sighed, a hand on her cheek as she took a sip of her tea. Echo looked away, taking in the intricate architecture and the beautiful paintings that adorned the walls. There were little seed cakes drizzled with honey and English toffee bars that made her teeth stick together, but were quite good when dipped in tea. Scones and clotted cream with fresh fruit jams brought the entire meal together, making it rather lavoush for breakfast, but enjoyable all the same. Echo wanted for nothing afterwards and was more than satisfied.

"Come on, we have a full day!" Next they went to Picadilly Circus, where Gwenyth perused the sales and bargained for a pretty locket that Echo wanted from a street vendor. "What are you going to do with it?" Gwenyth wanted to know, quirking a brow. "I-I don't know. There's a picture I want to put in it, but I don't know what it is." She looked around, puzzled. Gwenyth nodded, understanding the confusion. It was probably a picture of Flo, but she would not dare to try and trigger any memories, as she had seen the disasterous results when Kaito tried. Judging by the claw marks on her face and the blank slate, it seemed that Echo had, had her memories erased in a demon fight.

[color=#EE3B3B]"What do we do now?"
Echo perused her list. "Can we go to the Hope for Peace Museum?" Gwenyth shook her head, "No, that place is far too dangerous. We'll go to the Gardens next." The Imperial Gardens were beautiful, even in the heavy snow. They were on their way to the most famous street in London when someone hit Echo in the face. She jumped back, yelping in surprise by the blow. Her head throbbed as she stepped back, craddling her now-bleeding nose. "What was that for!" She yelled, her eyes widening as they settled on the pink haired girl. She was the one, the one Echo saw in her dreams but could never quite recall. "How do you know who I am?" She asked, taking a step back.

"Who are you?" She looked up at Gwenyth, who was standing stock still, surprised to see them to. "Gwenyth, do you know them?" Her nose had stopped bleeding, she adjusted her eye patch. "I should've known better than to take her this close," Gwenyth apologized. "I was hoping to take us through a shortcut to get to Harrod's. We're doing a spot of sight seeing before we take the train to Paris tomorrow morning."

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❝Steady we ride, silhouette flying over the grass. Open your eyes, look who's back?❞

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|| The Ballad of Mona Lisa|| Panic! At the Disco ||




Sometimes in life there were occasions that made you believe that there was no way something as lofty and as aloof as destiny could possibly be true. Other times there were situations where you knew without a doubt destiny was real and true. Right now, Mara LaFleur couldn't help but believe that destiny brought her and Echo back together. Though from Echo's first words it became obvious that she didn't remember anything. An injury after the battle? A result from the fight with Messiah? "I -" The pinkette closed her mouth. Not for the first time, she and Echo had their bond cut apart. Echo had a bad habit of losing her memories, and Mara lost hers once as well. The familiar pain in her chest continued to build.

Once again, she was forgotten, wasn't she?

"I'm... no one. I'm just Mara LaFleur." She decided to keep it simple. Echo was enjoying her freedom, but Mara was still stuck under surveillance. If Echo and her restarted their relationship there was a risk that Echo would be spotted and reported to the authorities. Baroness Nova was a well known face after all, how could someone not know them? "You're pretty famous. You're a King, who wouldn't know one of the Kings?" While Mara could start the friendship all over again, the truth was Mara did not know what was wrong with her, why she was always sleeping, each time she closed her eyes her strange sleep was longer and longer. While Mara knew Echo would drop everything to try and help her, the pinkette didn't want to tie Echo down again. She was finally free, Mara wasn't going to take that away from her.

Mara seemed to understand what was happening from Mara's reaction. "Be careful around Europe, you two. The Tower Society's doing regular sweeps of major European cities to track down any last stragglers." Pandora warned them both, putting her holocane back on the ground, glowing blue. "It would be safest to go to Africa or South America. The sweeps there haven't started yet." Both Mara and Pandora wanted Echo to enjoy her freedom to the fullest, without anyone holding her back. "Harrod's is that way." Mara pointed down the street, forcing a smile.

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❝Why do I always end up destroying everything I've ever loved?❞

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|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




Echo tilted her head to the side in question, wondering why these two seemed so familiar to her and yet so foreign. She attempted to reach inside of her head, but there was a block, as always. She closed her eyes for a moment, ablet o see the image in her mind, but unable to describe it. "Wait," Echo stopped before Gwenyth could turn them away. "You're her, aren't you?" She reached into the folds of her coat, withdrawing a photo that was smeared in blood. It was what she had wanted to put in her locket. "I can't-I can't remember, but I've been trying to find you in my mind." It was clear Echo was frustrated with herself, with her missing memories. Gwenyth placed a hand on her shoulder, squeezing it. "If you were no one, then why would I have this?" She whispered to herself, suddenly uncertain of everything.

"There are some questions the universe can't answer." Gwenyth said softly, attempting to pull Echo away. It was clear from Mara's face that she was in pain. Echo reached into her other pocket, taking out the locket that Gwenyth had bargained for. "Take this, okay? I don't know what it means, but you should have this." She placed it in Mara's hand, closing it around the necklace. Then Echo turned away and followed Gwenyth into the darkness. The two of them walked quietly in the snow for a while, then, "I guess we'll have to change our flights." Gwenyth nodded, "I guess so." the ally ended on a busy segway, a cross walk tithering with life. They walked opposite the flow, Harrod's brightly lit interior greeting them in the snowy darkness.

Over the din, with all of the sights and sounds and smells, they had no idea that someone was tailing them. "Hide your tail," Gwenyth suggested and Echo nodded, wrapping it around her thigh underneath her dress. "Chris, what are you doing?" Doll asked, "we have to go home, Sonata is waiting for us." Chris looked back in the direction he had been heading, shaking his head. "I thought I saw a ghost," Doll took his arm, staring at him strangely. They both harbored a secret, one that they could never tell the other. They had let someoene go. "I want a bear!" Echo decided, removing her coat as they entered the warm building. "No, those are insanely expensive. We can go to the food hall and get some sweets, I hear they're supposed to be good."

The next morning, they boarded a flight to South Africa. They were upgraded to business class, the flight taking a total of eleven hours. When they landed in Cape Town, Echo was surprised at the lack of snow. "I've never seen a place not covered in snow," she mused. Winter in South Africa was cold, but very few times did it actually snow. There was an ocean and a beach, a giant mountain anywhere they looked, and busy shops. "Look, it says we can go on safari. I want to see animals," Echo said as they passed a billboard. Gwenyth laughed, "Alright, we'll go on safari then." Echo sank back in her seat, she lookes around, expecting the pink haired girl to be there and realizing that she was not.

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❝Steady we ride, silhouette flying over the grass. Open your eyes, look who's back?❞

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|| The Ballad of Mona Lisa|| Panic! At the Disco ||




"I guess you're not waking up today either, are you?" Pandora sighed, tapping her holocane. She pressed a button to print out a picture, knowing Mara would want it this way. A photo of Echo was produced by the holocane and Pan picked it up. "This is going to be hard." Her hands fumbled awkwardly around the locket, trying to find the clasp in order to pry it open. After Echo gave them the locket Pandora took a picture of Echo, as a free demon, with her holocane. Really, this cane has made life almost bearable for the former warrior. She was weak now though, she could barely do anything. But at least she was awake, not like Mara, who barely was able to get up each morning.

After ten minutes of struggling Pandora decided that it was impossible for her. She couldn't find the clasp to open the locket and so decided to give up. "Mara can put the picture in if she wants." Pandora tapped the ground with her cane to guide her out of the room. She returned to her room and found her yoga mat on the ground, tapping the cane against it. It was morning now. Maybe there was a chance for Mara and Echo to return to each other's lives, but Mara turned it away. Always sacrificing herself, wasn't she? Pan planted her feet on the mat, then swung her cane, the edge of the holographic tip transforming into a shimmering moon shaped blade. She swung it in beautiful arcs over and over, before returning back to a neutral stance.

"Still not good." Pandora muttered, the cane slipping to the mat, bouncing onto the wooden floor. She bent down, trying to find it but her hand wouldn't get it. "It's strange how weak I am now." Her real Glaive of Longinus was left behind long ago, resting in the storage closet for the next Agent to wield it. None would be able to use it as well as Silence was though, and Pan missed being able to fight. Even her muscles ached, wanting to engage in combat like they have many times before. "I'll go take a walk." Pandore decided, opening the door.

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|| The Death of a Bachelor || Panic! At the Disco ||




The world was a wide and extraordinary place. "Are you sure you don't want me to come with you?" Gwenyth asked as she packed her bags, having been summoned back to Queen Riven's side. Echo nodded with a smile one would have never expected of the demon. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath in, "I can do this, don't worry. Queen Riven needs you," Gwenyth nodded, but it was clear she was unhappy about it. They hugged in the hotel room, then Gwenyth opened the window and turned into a bat, somethign all vampires could do. She flew off into the night, Echo waving until the bat was out of sight. She sat on the edge of the bed, smoothing out her map over her lap and planning her route. From here, she would go to Asia, then North America, then South America, then, hopefully, Australia. Her final plan was to return to Europe, but when and how that would be, Echo did not know.

When her money ran dry, she stayed in cities, working for food and board until she had enough for a plane or train ticket to the next place. She wrote to no one, made no mention of her last name and carefully hid the fact that she was a demon from all, recalling the warning Gwenyth had given her. Five years had past, Echo was now ten years old. She studied alongside monks in a monestary atop Kathmandu, she climbed to the base camp of Mt. Everest, learned how to make mochi in Japan, slept under the stars in India, and accidentally joined a revolution in America. She did a great many things and finding herself was one of them. She knew who she was once more, after a painful month in bodily stasis with a magistrate in Patagonia, Echo awoke atop a snowy mountain, shivering, with an old mage pressing tea into her hands that tasted like dirt and flowers. She starred into the cup, wondering when the last time she had a good cuppa was.

"I think it is time you return home, Echo. There are a great many people that miss you," Echo nodded, aware of the hole by her side. "I know," she spoke softly. "Your third eye has been open, your gates have been flooded, your heart is ready. I will leave you with a parting gift," she gave Echo a purple crystal on a string and disappeared. Echo wrapped the cord around her wrist and packed up her belongings. Over the five years, she had sold much of her property and now only carried a backpack with the essentials. A flight from Patagonia to London cost an arm and a leg. With the last of her money, Echo flew home. Having no passport, she sneaked off the plane the same way she always did and left Heathrow Airport, heading for what she knew to be a changed city.

Freedom was nice, but it was missing something and that was purpose. Her hair was long again, even braided it swept down her back and nearly touched the floor. She wore a tattered red jacket, skin tight jeans, and winter boots. London looked the same, if not a bit spiffier and cleaner. Echo exhaled in relief, that at least, had not changed. She smiled as she took a step forward, but did not get far. "You there, stop!" Almost immediately, Echo was apprehended by two Tower Society Agents. She groaned, having been hoping to avoid this. "Sorry, but I can't!" She bounced light off of a small mirror and her pocket and took off running, heading for what she hoped was still neutral ground. Her stomach sunk as she reached the ally, noticing it was not there. No, that couldn't be right.

The Hope for Peace Museum was now an empty lot. "Stop!" Someone called behind her, Echo falling to her knees in the snow. It was still winter, always winter. She had seen sunshine and warmth and had come back to this dreaded place. Why had she returned? An image of pink hair and a warm smile entered her mind. Oh yeah, that was why. "Under order of the Tower Society, we have to apprehend, you, demon, and bring you in for registration." She did not resist as they cuffed her arms behind her and led her to a car. She was quiet, listening to their conversation, but it was simply idle chat. They marched her into intake, where other demons were waiting, anxious, fidgety. "You there," one pointed to her. "Come with me," Echo nodded, rising. They rode up the lift, the halls clean, refurbished, restored. It was busier than Echo had ever seen it.

"Sit here and wait," he led Echo to a comfy chair, uncuffing her wrists. It did not take long for someone else to arrive. She adjusted her eye patch, sitting up a bit straighter. "Who did you say this demon was again?" Director Wei said as he entered, sitting across from her. She did not blame him for not recognizing her. Echo was thinner, leaner, than she had ever been. Her hair was long and with her eye patch, well, it was easy enough to mistake her for someone else. "Echo, Echo King." His head snapped up and he laughed. "Really? You're going to come in here and pretend to be a dead hero? Very nice, very nice indeed. Alright I've seen enough take-"

Her boney wings snapped open, the diamonds hanging off of them, unmistakable. She reached up with her cuffed hands, lifting the eyepatch to reveal the ugly claw marks that ran across her face. "Oh my stars," Wei breathed. "If you need to, you can check my bar code. It's my you blimey bloody-" he held up a hand, smiling for stars knows what purpose. "It really is you," he laughed. "Yeah, yeah, now take these off." She reached forward and he unlocked the cuffs around her wrists. "I don't understand, you had freedom, why did you come back?" He asked quietly. "Because I missed good tea and was going to lie low while I thought of a plan to make a grand entrance, but apparently I was being tailed because I entered England illegally," she put quotes around illegal.

It did not take long for word to spread, Echo was confined to the office while Wei worked out the details with immigration, but she had a steady stream of visitors since her return. Pandora, Shiro, Keron, all matched with new humans who oggled at Echo with a mix of misbelief and awe. They updated her on everything that had happened, informing her of all of the changes. Melody and Flame were still at large, to her relief. Doll and Christopher adopted a second child, a son. His name was Luke and he was a bumbling little prat, supposedly. There was a statue to commemorate everyone that had died, which had Echo's face on it. That would be the second memorial that she was on. Queen Charlotte, despite her young age, found a boyfriend and they were engaged. Ariel made a full recovery, but returned to Ogygia, where she could live out a proper life as a mermaid.

"What about Flo and Silence?" Echo asked, recalling her brush with them on the street, five years ago. Shiro was quiet a moment. "I think it's better if you heard it from them."

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A lot of things can happen as the years trail on by.

"For the heroes who have survived, please step forward." Queen Charlotte stood at the stand, in her finest golden dress, a series of medals in her hands. All those who returned from Cascade Bau alive kneeled on the stage, facing Queen Charlotte as one by one she wheeled in front of them. "Thank you." She would say. "For the Crown." They would reply, kissing her hand as she placed the medal around their necks with a delicate, loving touch. Would they all be gathered like this again? Mara didn't know but she hoped she wouldn't sleep through it all.

The flowers bloomed as the music swelled. Thanks to Pan poking her really hard Mara was able to attend the party. "I can't believe it." Sana's voice shook as Ariel sung on the stage, singing her heart out. She wore her medal with pride, giggling as it swung around her as she sang. "She's really going." Ariel had lived through many hardships, living with Seele, then joining the Tower Society. Still, after a long service, she'd had enough of war. "Thank you everyone for being my friend! I'll come by and visit sometimes!" Ariel ran and gave Mara a hug, embracing her tightly. "We'll meet again, I promise. So don't stay asleep, sleepyhead." Holding hands with Lana, the mirror opened. Lana would be taking her to Ogygia and the two would have a private farewell just for the two of them.

The results were laid out on the paper. There was a copy with braille on it too. "Do you need help reading it? There's a few big words." Pandora grinned, a playful smirk on her face. "No... I understand." It was strange, what was this feeling? The pinkette didn't quite know what to make of it. "Yes." Director Wei said gravely, putting his hand over hers. "I want to work closely with you two for the next few years. I'm sorry to disrupt your retirement, but this is very interesting." The scientist in Wei was acting up again. There was a reason he headed the science division before ascending to Director. "You're evolving, Mara. We just don't know to what yet."

There was a poke at her arm. Mara opened her eyes, feeling exhausted. "Tell me what's going on. It's the news, but I can't see what's happening." Pandora pulled a sleepy Mara over to the next room where the holotelevision was playing. There was sounds of battle and the newscaster sounded panicked as she read her lines. "A new and restored Team Holmes has arrived! They're world famous know, they're going to save everyone!" A new Team Holmes? "They... look like they're... doing well." Mara was sleeping more now but she didn't want to miss this at least. "Christopher and Doll seem to be leading this new team!" The newscaster cried, moving to dodge falling rubble. "Mare and Pray are two veterans, newly paired together, and they're already excelling! Mason and Polaire are also new additions, but they're living up to the name!" The new Team Holmes, all old faces. "Looks like... you were replaced." Pan flushed a little, reaching her hand out to touch the screen. How much did Pan miss being part of that team?

The graduation ceremony had way more demons attending the stages than Mara could have expected. She was only really here for one reason though. "Little Pandora Vale!" Malmortis announced her name and she walked up on the stage, an expectant smile on her face. A glowing red wing sprouted proudly from her back, Baroness Occasus was here. "D-don't call me that." Little Pan exclaimed with a blush, eyes wide. "I'm not little anymore!" That didn't stop Pan and Mara from cheering her on though. "Have you decided where you want to go?" Malmortis asked the graduate and she nodded, looking onto the stage. "I was offered a place as Shiro's nurse assistant. I think I'm going to accept the offer." Since Pray was back in active duty, Shiro was looking for a new assistant and Little Pan was just the one she was waiting for.

Mara fell to the ground, panting. What was going on, why was there a Baron attacking London? Were they back like this again? Her wings spread, ready to get into action. "Don't fight, it's dangerous." Pandora warned, pulling her back. "Wei doesn't want you using powers until we figure out this evolution thing!" Mara struggled, her eyes glowing amethyst. "But I have to. I can help-" A giant hand reached down to pick up Baron Horace. "Okay, you can stop now." Long golden hair flowed down as Baron Horace was lifted into the air. "My name is Baroness Volante, the Baroness of Joy! I won't let you hurt anyone!" Flo stared at the giant in wonder. "That has to be Sonata... right?" Pandora giggled, nodding. "Looks like she grew up well, didn't she?

...

"Wake up! Wake up!" Mara opened her eyes groggily. How many weeks was she asleep this time? It was getting a little ridiculous now. "Echo's back! Come with me, we're going to the Tower Society to meet her!" Pandora sounded so excited. Could it really be true?

Mara's eyes widened as she saw that familiar tuft of blonde, except longer now, and with a missing eye. Could Echo really be back? Mara walked forward, touching her face. "It's really you. How did freedom treat you?" She grinned, trying not to pass out. "Tell them the news." Shiro urged, nudging her from behind. How would Echo feel about it? Mara didn't know. "I'm evolving. I'm sleeping a lot now... but they're looking into it." Demon evolution, what did it mean? Mara didn't know but - "No, not that, the other thing!" Shiro's eyes sparkled with mirth.

Other thing?

"Well-"

The microphone whistled as Director Wei began his speech, interrupting Mara mid-answer. "As we all know, I'm getting on in ages. With the Third Impact a distant memory, and immigration of refugees nearly complete, I'm now ready to step down from being the Director of the Tower Society. I was training a successor for quite a while, and I think it's time to reveal the next Director." He cleared his throat and continued. "Mara LaFleur and Pandora Vale, our next Joint-Directors, please step forward."

Mara helped Pan up, waving apologetically at Echo. The cousins stood on the stage, one blind, the other evolving. They would have to rely on each other now for this new era. "As the new Joint-Directors, we're going to make our first proclamation." Pandora began, holding her arm out. "As of now, all demons are free and will be given citizenship. All demons can now live their lives as they choose, as long as they follow the laws of the land." If they respected the laws, the demons would have all the same rights as humans get to enjoy. "But even if you're free, feel free to give us your resume and cover letter if you wish to continue your career at the Tower Society." With a single breath, all demons were finally given freedom.

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