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Merinda Perri

"If I'm honest...I think you just need to smile more."

274 views · last seen in New York, New York
a character in “Reapers - Reawakening”, as played by KrazyTigger

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❝ Merinda Perri ❞


❝ I would suggest you remain on my good side! ❞



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❝ More Than Just A Name ❞



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| Nickname | "I've only really had one that's stuck..."
Merinda has never been particularly fond of her unusual name, but neither have any of her fleeting nicknames impressed her either. Lack of imagination springs to mind and she wasn't about to create her own nickname. There has only been one that has stuck and that is because her older brother used to call her this. Meri or Merry became her nickname when she was only a baby. In her cot she used to coo, smile and laugh all the time and her brother, who was only four, couldn't pronounce her name and so their parents shortened it so that he could say it. So Merinda became Meri, which her parents adored due to her happy little nature as a baby. She kept that nature all through her childhood and into adulthood as well.

He also calls her Pipsqueak, but she would never ever tell anyone that. It is only her brother who is permitted to call her this and she would die if anyone found out that this was her nickname. It is simply too embarrassing for words.


| Gender | "Well that's an easy one."
Female

| Age | "I think that age is simply a number."
19

| Sexuality | "I'm open to pretty much anything, but..."
Heterosexual

| Soul Element | "A what now?!"
Light

| Face Claim | "This face is mine, isn't it?."
Horo from Spice and Wolf



❝ Laughter is the best medicine for all. ❞



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❝ Hiding Behind the Mask ❞



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| Eye Color | "They're a little...unique."
A brown so rich that they look red in certain lights, flecked with lighter browns and gold.

| Hair Color | "If you even think about mocking my hair colour..."
Auburn

| Height | "Well, height doesn't mean anything at all, does it?"
5'2"

| Weight | "I've never been overly concerned with my size."
One hundred and sixteen pounds.

| Skin Tone | "Ugh! I hate my skin tone."
Pale

| Body Markings | "It marks me as being different. I like different."
Everyone has scars and marks on their body and Meri is no different from anyone else. Possibly the most defining mark is a bright pink birthmark on the underside of her left wrist. It is shaped roughly like a wonky star and is around 2 inches in width and 1.5 inches in height. It is something that has always been with her and she doesn't mind the mark, though she is tired of the questions that come with it.

Scars from childhood can be found all over her body. Burns marks, faded scratches, cuts and so on have all accumulated over the years. Perhaps the most obvious one is the puckered burn scar on her right thigh. When she was 11 she knocked a boiling pan of water onto her leg and in the panic her clothes were not removed quickly enough, nor did her brother get her under cold water fast enough. It resulted in a bright pink scar that stretches the length and width of her thigh. For this reason she will never be seen in any clothes that end above the knee because she's terrified that someone will see it.


| Physical Description | "Is looking at me not enough?"
Meri was born a petite woman, both in size and in height. Despite her small stature, she is a young woman that appears to have curves in all the right places. She considers herself to have an hourglass figure, which tucks nicely in at her waist. For this she will be eternally grateful, as people who are short can sometimes lack bodily definition. However, she undoubtedly has curves which give her a feminine figure rather than a boyish skinny one, but she is still fairly slender. Her body is in good shape, as she considers a healthy body to be of importance. It is reflected in her arms and stomach, which are hard with corded muscle and whilst it does not largely show, it is still evident that she takes care of herself.

Her pallor is excessively pale, which she detests with a passion. There is, however, a small sprinkling on freckles that dust the skin across her nose. These she finds cute and doesn't plaster her face with make-up in order for them to be on show. Her cheeks are often flushed a deep pink as well, which deepens when she's embarrassed. Largely the skin on her body is unblemished, along with the skin on her face as well, with the exception of her scar. Meri will never display that leg for all to see, as she is too embarrassed by the pink leathery skin. Whilst her birthmark marks her as being different, the burn scar is not something that she considers she can fully accept and probably never will.

A wave of straight auburn hair frames her heart-shaped face. It tumbles down her slender back, stopping just before her waist. It is completely straight, without a kink in it. The colour is a mixture of oranges, reds and blondes. In different lights the colour changes. Some days it looks as though it is bright ginger and other days it looks brown flecked with orange highlights. Normally she lets it swing free or puts a hat on the top of it, but sometimes she can be found with it plaited down her back. Although she is tired of the teasing, she would never consider actually dying her locks and intends to keep them as they are. Besides, they bring out the uniqueness of her eyes. Although her eyes are classified as brown, they are closer to red. The richness of the colour makes them look deep red and often they sparkle when she is happy. They are framed by thick black eyelashes, that only define their colour even more. Meri has a small mouth, with pale pink bow lips that are
often curved into a smile, showing her straight white teeth. If she is not fully smiling, then the corners are often turned up which give her a look of amused the whole time.

Often Meri can be found in tight fitting jeans that highlight her curvy figure, but are also practical and allow her to move with ease.
No point being uncomfortable in her clothes. With these, she'll add a practical top and often her black, faded leather jacket that she
slings over her shoulders. On her feet, she wears knee high leather boots, with thick rubber soles, just in case.



❝ Always trust your instincts. ❞



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❝ Behind The Façade ❞




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| Habits | "I guess I can be quite annoying."
When she's nervous Meri has a tendency to bite her bottom lip quite hard and plays with her hair, tugging and twisting it.

Also when she's embarrassed she tends to babble quite quickly and for long amounts of time. It is a fairly annoying habit, as it is seemingly impossible to shut her up, until she realises that she's irritating everyone else in the vicinity.


| Likes | "I would say there are many..."
Music: Meri loves music in all its forms. She has a very eclectic taste in music that ranges from Death Metal to the gentle tones of classical. It is not often that she is found without her headphones somewhere on her person and quite often she sings under her breath.
Sunrise: It sounds odd, but she adores watching the sun rise above the horizon in the morning. Something in her is attracted to the light and she likes to admire how beautiful it looks at this time of the day.
Being surrounded by people: Meri is a very social person and likes to be around all different kinds of people. She likes pretty much anyone unless they've pissed her off in some way.
Sweet things: If she could eat only one type of food for the rest of her life then it would be anything sweet. Undoubtedly she has a sweet tooth and if she is mad at anyone they could easily win back her friendship, as she's a sucker for sugary treats.
Animals: She's always been drawn to animals and loves every type of animal (except from snakes as they give her the creeps). She adores the cute little things they do.



| Dislikes | "My list of dislikes it probably a lot shorter than my likes."
Ignorance: Meri despises the general ignorance of the everyday person. It is not a snobby thing, she just hates when people play at being
completely ignorant.

Clowns: Seriously...those things are insanely creepy. Ever since she was a child and her older brother chased her around the house in a clown mask
she has hated the things and won't go near one if she can help it.

Snakes: For some unknown reason she hates them. It is her belief that something with no legs should not be able to move that fast and for that
reason she dislikes them. She would never admit it, but she's a little bit frightened of them as well.



| Fears | "Fear isn't something I'm ashamed to admit."
Being alone: As stated above, Meri is a very social person and the thought of being confined completely alone terrifies her. It gives her the shakes
to think about being cut off from the world and all those that she adores and loves.

Small spaces: Claustrophobia is something that has haunted Meri her whole life and renders her useless if she is put in a small space or surrounded
in such a way that she cannot escape. If she cannot see a way out then she panics.



| Strengths | "I'm not sure I understand..."
Friendliness: Meri is an extremely friendly and open person and it's this bit of her nature that allows people to be drawn to her.
Adaptability: Her laidback nature means that she can pretty much adapt to any situation that is thrown her way.
Loyal: She is fiercely and undeniably loyal to those that she cares about. The only problem is, she cares about people too easily.
Brave: She does not lack courage in the slightest. Often she will throw herself into any danger that presents itself, just because she can.

| Weaknesses | "Again, I see no problem with admitting my weaknesses."
Trusting: Meri trusts far too easily and it means that she also develops feelings and cares for people that she problem shouldn't. Often it ends up
with her getting hurt.

Talking too much: She has a tendency to chatter uncontrollably, especially when she's embarrassed. It means that she says stuff that she probably
shouldn't, dropping her into trouble, even though she never means to hurt anyone.

Finding trouble: Meri doesn't look for trouble, but it always finds her.

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| Personality | "I'm only who I've been brought up to be."
Meri is an open book. This is possibly the most straightforward way of describing her personality. The reason for this is, she has nothing to hide (other than her scar) and feels as though she can be natural around anyone that she meets. Many have commented on how easily they can tell her mood, or her thoughts simply by looking at her. Meri likes this about herself. Hiding aspects of her personality is not something she would do lightly, so she keeps herself open and readable at all times. There are many reasons she feels comfortable enough doing this.

Firstly, she is confident of herself, although not overly so. She has no reason to doubt who she is, nor what her personality is like, which gives her a profound amount of confidence, boosting her ability to keep her personality open for all to see. Being sure of who she is means that she can act normally and as she would in a natural environment, such as around her family.

Secondly, she is undoubtedly kind. She will always try to help anyone that needs assistance and she has a nice word for absolutely anyone. If she can help then she will throw her body and soul into doing so. Often she does this without any thought of how it will benefit her, or even how it will effect her in the long-run. She honestly just wants to be a helping hand if she can. Warm-hearted doesn't even touch on how considerate Meri can be. It is a huge understatement. Most of the time she puts others before herself.

Thirdly, she is just a happy person. Sometimes infectiously so, but other times annoyingly so. Ever since she was a baby, she's been merry and full of life, with a naturally bubbly personality. If anyone can see the bright side then it will be her and if anyone needs cheering up then she will be first on the scene. Smiling is her solution to absolutely any problem and she'll have one on her face more often than not. However, her upbeat side can sometimes be insanely irritating, especially when she's cheerful at the wrong times. It does get on people's nerves. Even in the most morose situations Meri will attempt to
keep her smile in place, even if she is affected by what's going on. She's the one that wants desperately to hold everything
together when it all falls down around them. Also due to her "flighty" nature she is easily excitable and sometimes goes a
little bit over the top with the excitement. Also embarrassment causes an insane amount of chatter from Meri. If she finds a situation
awkward then she will simply cover it up by opening her mouth and talking at top speed.

Meri is very trusting. In some aspects this is a good thing, as she finds it easy to meet new people and open up to them. However,
often she puts her trust in the wrong people and it ends up with her being hurt. This is happened many a time, though as of yet she
hasn't been hurt enough to stop her from trusting.

However, there is a side to her personality that she is ashamed of. Still, she doesn't hide it from anyone. If anything, she's more
open about this side so that people around her are ready for what might come. Despite her gentle, kind and happy nature Meri finds
her anger an issue. It doesn't happen frequently, but when it does it is not easily forgotten. If she loses her temper, then it is obvious.
Whilst it takes a lot to provoke her true anger, it is not to be meddled with. If she feels strongly about something then she will defend it
and this is usually when she loses it. It will only be a quick burst of anger, but it can be dangerous. It is as though she sees red. When
she's like this she acts through impulse alone. It is not something that happens a lot, but when it does it's unforgettable.




❝ Use your imagination...❞


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❝ Replaying the Past and Living The Present ❞



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| Relationships | "Generally...I'll probably like you."
Family: Meri loves her family, especially her older brother (despite his bullying of her when they were far younger) and dotes upon them completely. She would do anything to protect them and ensure their safety, even if it meant taking her own life. Whilst she cares for practically everyone she becomes close to, her family are the only ones who she feels like they know the true her and she would do anything for them.
Fiammetta Thorne:
Lillianna Aretha Dauglas:
Morgan:
Erys Yuri Isaacs:
vDaemon Vallis:
Vincent Valentine:


| History | "I have a lot to thank my family for."
Merinda Elaine Perri was born to two loving parents, who adored both her and her brother beyond words. Henry and Felicity had Jermaine four years before there was any inkling or chance that they would have another. During Jermaine's birth there was severe complications, with both mother and son being placed in mortal danger. However, both survived due to a miracle doctor who kept them both alive, even after Felicity's heart stop beating. But they were told that due to the complications, they would never be able to have a child again. Jermaine would be their only child. Whilst they were thankful for the life of their son, it devastated them to know that he would never have a little sister or brother.

It wasn't until four years later when the mother fell accidentally pregnant with her second child that they felt their lives could be complete. Due to an utter miracle, over the years her body had began to heal itself, so much so that she was able to carry another baby. There would still be difficulties, but the hospital staff were on hand to assist in any way possible. Merinda was born two and a half months premature and was kept in an incubator for the first few weeks of her life. But she was a fighter. She remained in hospital for only a short amount of time and was soon at home with her family.

When at home, she was adored by her family, especially her older brother. He couldn't pronounce her name, so they shortened it to Meri. He became very protective over his little sister and would often be found sitting by her cot, speaking softly to her. The four year old loved her immensely. For six years, the family were happy and Meri grew into a happy little toddler and then child, who was so full of life and excitement that anyone who met her couldn't help but love her. Still, she was smaller than most kids her age, but she didn't seem to mind that at all. And her parents were simply happy that their little family was finally complete. The four of them would be happy forever.

Just before her seventh birthday however, disaster struck. Late one night, her father was returning from a late shift at the office. Around the same time, the local alcoholic decided to climb into his car and take a joyride. If her father had only left a few moments earlier, or later. If only the drunk driver had paid heed to the red light that should have stopped him. But he didn't. Instead, he plowed straight into her father's car, whilst doing over 100mph. He was killed instantly, along with the drunken driver. Neither even saw the other one coming and it was over before they could realise. But it tore apart the little family.

For weeks, Felicity sat in a stunned stupor, as though she couldn't believe what was happening. Often she would sit and stare at the chair where he had always sat. Meri was too young to understand exactly what was happening, but she knew her father was never returning to her, which caused fits of crying and screaming on her part. Her seventh birthday came and went, with only her brother remembering. He became the support for the devastated family and matured far before his time at age 11. He held them together, comforted Meri until she began to understand and eventually, they began to soothe their mother, began to help her. In time she realised she needed professional help and her son was the one who sought it for her.

Eventually their mother began to get better, although she still often stared into space or broke into hysterical fits of crying. Jermaine pretty much brought his sister up after that, as the family began to struggle and their mother was forced to find a job, after losing her after the death of her husband. So he looked after his little sister and ensured that she had all that she needed when she needed it. It was under his care that she poured the pan of boiling water over her leg. He was distraught by injury and it took Meri weeks to convince him that it was her own fault and not hers. Even to this day he blames himself for the incident, he believes he should have been watching her more carefully.

For the rest of her life Meri had a pretty easy run, even though the death of her father still haunted the family from time to time. Her mother grew stronger as the years went on, but on the anniversary of his death she would lay in bed and refuse to move or speak to anyone. On days like this Jermaine would take his little sister to the park or the cinema to keep her occupied, but she knew what was going on. At 15, her mother met another man who became a large part of their lives. At first, Meri and Jermaine were resistant, with the latter moving out of the family home. But over the years they have grown used to Sam and the fact that their mother loves him.

At 18, however, Meri moved into her brother's apartment and has lived there ever since.



❝ It's all fair in love and war. ❞


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So begins...

Merinda Perri's Story

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"I'll see you later!"

"Be careful Pipsqueak! It's dangerous out there at night. Have you got-"

A dull thud resounded around a dimly lit-street as a heavy wooden door was pulled to a close. The gentle patter of footsteps followed suit as a tiny figure walked quickly between the flickering orange street-lights which cast their artificial beams onto the paved street below. Shadows lurked and danced on the fringes, where the tendrils of light could not penetrate, especially the depths of darkened alleyways. It was here that all manner of dark and dangerous things crept silently, eyes watchful and ears keen for misfortune. It was these that the figure cautiously avoided, preferring not to linger in the particularly shadowy alleyway openings. Sweeping a wave of auburn hair over her left shoulder, she cast a wary glance at her surroundings. A tingle edged up her spine, the hair on the back of her neck standing on end as though her senses were warning her of some unseen peril that lay in wait. Quickly she shook off the feeling and continued on her walk.

Turning the corner, she came up short when the next street was completely encased in blackness. The streetlights showed no sign of life. Taking a deep breath, Merinda Perri set off at a quickened pace. Her deep maroon eyes were determined and glinted slightly as she marched forwards, hair trailing behind her like a cape. No sound other than her footsteps echoed around the deserted street and Meri began to regret her decision to visit a friend who lived six blocks away. But normally the walk was easy and she could cut across the park which would be peaceful at this time of the day. The lack of other people made her nervous. Her whole body was tensed and ready to spring into action the moment that she needed to. In all honesty, her body was ready to run if she needed. Her height meant that in fight she would possibly come off worse. A disturbance down one of the alleys caused her to jump and walk a little faster. The end of the street drew nearer and the gates of the park loomed into sight. A sigh of relief escaped her pink lips as she allowed herself a smile.

That was until the thundering sound of paws descended upon her from behind. Twisting, Meri eyes scanned before her mouth opened in a scream. A huge black dog was running full pelt towards her, muzzle cracked open, pink tongue lolling. Spittle and froth foamed from between pointed white teeth. But it was the eyes that caught her attention. Bright red with slits for pupils. Meri didn't give herself time to think, she simply took off at a run towards the park. Darting between the trees, she allowed another ear-splitting scream to leave her lips.

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The great beast lunged, making for the throat of the young woman it had been chasing. It would grab the back of her neck and bring her down before killing her. It would consume the sweet and powerful soul within; the Dog would soon be more than just a dog. Jaws wide as it arced into the air. She was quick but not quick enough. So close, his tongue could have tasted the air from her spent lungs as he flew into the night. Yes, the soul was his, all he had to do was-!

The beast split, crystalized in a straight line down his midsection from his mouth to his rear and turned to dust as the cloud of ash splashed over the girl. Still of the same weight as the dog had been it would no doubt bring her to her knees. She was close to a road; however there was no traffic at this point of the city at this time of night, still a single dark limousine with a large man in a suit and hat stood by waiting on someone as an aide. Standing behind her, still holding up the glimmering broadsword that the demon had rushed through the man in the suit looked at her with a long cold and vicious stare. “Damn… you’re not her are you?” he said quizzically, he was cursing how weak these new Reapers were, he could barely sense their presence and even at this range he couldn’t recognize the aura.. The blade remained in his one armored hand and he seemed rather dark. The feeling he put off like a cold wind that chilled one to the bone. He felt wrong, he was wrong, something about this man, who ever or whatever he was he was wrong at a primal level.

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Escape was futile. Meri understood that now as she zigzagged between the tall trees that lined the pathways in the park. The beast-dog-thing was gaining ground on her quickly, easily tearing across the ground towards her. In the bottom of her stomach she knew that it wasn't an everyday stray dog that roamed the streets of New York. This was something otherworldly. Desperately her eyes scanned for a suitable tree to clamber up. If she couldn't outrun it then she at least believed she could outclimb it. Or at least that was the hope. But she could hear the snarling only feet behind her and she could feel the hot breath on the back of her bare legs. Pumping her arms hard, she gave another burst of speed, her breaths coming in short, sharp gasps as she tore blindly across the patchy grass in the park. Blood pounded painfully in her ears and her legs felt as though they might give way at any second. This thing was going to catch her at any moment and tear her to shreds. Locking onto a particularly gnarled and bent tree, Meri's eyes had a sparkle of hope. Just. A. Little. Further.

But she never made it.

Because a heavy weight collided with her from behind. With a scream, she tumbled to the ground, forced face first into the dirt. Screwing her eyes shut, she clenched her hands into tight fists and prepared herself. Firstly for the pain, secondly for the fight that was bound to come with it. Except neither came. No pain wracked her body and no struggled ensued. "I'm dead." Was her first logical thought after she had calmed her thoughts and pounding heart. "It broke my neck and I died. At least I didn't suffer...Oh my...I'm dead. Her thoughts switched to all the things she didn't manage in her short life and then to her brother who would be waiting for her. He would stay up all night looking for his little sister if she didn't return. Her heart shattered and tears welled in her eyes.

“Damn… you’re not her are you?” Wrenching her eyes open, Meri twisted her body to stare up at a big man in a dark suit, holding a broadsword. His face held nothing but contempt and disbelief. Gulping, she inched away, a sudden fear shooting through her heart. Who on earth carried a broadsword? Again, a feeling in the bottom of her stomach warned her against messing with this one. There was a dark eerie quality to this man and she didn't like it in the slightest. Backing up slightly, she never tore her eyes from his, keeping them trained on his face at all times. But even she didn't fail to notice the pile of ash that surrounded her. It coated her entire body and she could feel the gritty substance on her skin.

At any moment she expected the dog-creature to appear out of the shadows and lunge at her. It didn't come. The dog was gone and in its place was this daunting gentlemen. Silence enveloped them for a while, until Meri found her voice and began to babble. "Who do you mean? I think you probably have the wrong person, because I don't recognise you in the slightest. I think I would remember a man such as yourself. And I don't see why someone like you would have any business with someone like me. I'm Merinda Perri, by the way." She came up short when she uttered her name. Pulling herself together she squared her shoulders and asked the burning question. "What happened to the dog? Did you scare it off? Or did you kill it?" Not once did her voice falter and as she picked herself up for the ground she stared openly at the man, never looking away from him. As though she were challenging him in some silent way.

"Who are you?"

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Xander looked at this girl and noted her terror, definitely not Pyre’s style, no not this one plus she felt different now that he was so close. He just lowered the blade, to his side as he awaited her answer. He didn’t’ know what he was waiting for, boredom maybe, curiosity? Either way he felt the urge to see what response this girl would provide. “Who do you mean? I think you probably have the wrong person, because I don't recognise you in the slightest.” He frowned slightly at that, feeling that memories or no a soul should recall someone like him, “I think I would remember a man such as yourself. And I don't see why someone like you would have any business with someone like me.”

Now that made him actually lighten a bit and almost smile, ”Oh, you will, trust me there.” He muttered to himself as he glanced to the Ash pile she was sitting in, damn thing had had some serious momentum.

He heard her say her name and raised an eyebrow slightly. “ What happened to the dog? Did you scare it off? Or did you kill it?” now that question he had to answer as he raised the sword to lay across his shoulder with a look of ‘are you stupid or something’ at her.

”Killed it of course, damn things are pests, even in my world… you really don’t remember anything yet do you?” he lowered the blade, the metal peeling away in small squares as the weapon dissipated into the air each piece fading away along with his gauntlet. The blade was gone as quickly as he had appeared and now he just looked to the rest of the world like a typical rich jackass from Wall street, though much better looking.

”Who are you?” Ah, the million dollar question.

”You’ll figure it out soon enough… you know your past incarnations were much quicker on the uptake… I blame television.” he then turned and began to head off, though he thought better of it and turned on his heel to look her in the eye again, “Oh, and by the way you owe me for this, we’ll quibble about terms when your more yourself, Sunshine,” he then again headed to his car this time actually putting one foot in before he shouted back at her, ”Oh, and by the by, you might not want ot wonder about while you are still so damn pitiful!” with that he got in the car, the driver closed the door and tipped his hat to her before getting in the front and pulling away. Within and beyond her sight he swallowed the small black bead that had been the other demon; this one was slightly less horrid as the others, though he hated consuming such weaklings just to keep his hunger sated. Fact was he was fighting himself the whole time not to consume her where she sat, it would have granted him great power he was sure but the fact was he had more to gain by letting them roam for now than he had by taking them down. “Such wasted opportunities… hope I don’t regret this, Morgan. Your truce had better be worth it, for your sake.” He again spread out his essence, seeking his goal, feeling the multitude of smaller demons that had come out of the cracks to hunt for a chance at the power of a Reaper.

Then the wave of his senses washed over two groupings with a much brighter signatures, definitely not demons, and by the strength they were probably multiple Reapers in one place… so they were grouping now were they? But the question remained, which one was she in? He knew they’d all sense that ‘being watched’ feeling and previously it might have sent them into hiding however at the moment only one would sense him. “Daniel, third street…”

“Yes sir.”

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Ugh this walk is way longer the usual. Ky stopped in his tracks, the view of the city was remarkable. Lights flickered, sky scrapers towered above everything. There was no sound in the distance, except that one wretched sound he heard not long ago. Ky continued a normal pace, not walking but not running either. The luminous streets of New York made it easy for him to find his way. Ky stopped in his tracks, he heard a noise, from the same direction he heard it before. Not a coincidence. The fact that the sound was heard was heard through his headphones made him feel even worse. What the f-- he turned on his heel and walked towards the sound.

Surprisingly enough he heard another sound, but this one was a lot more, disturbing. He heard a scream, his eyes were open wide, should he be scared or should he help? Should he risk his life for someone else or should he continue home like nothing ever happened? Without a second thought he started running, not a slow type of run but actually sprinting towards the sound. It couldn't be far, he heard another noise, a shattering of some sort. A low blow came before a sudden silence, no sound in the horizon but the sound of his feet hitting the earth. He ran as fast as he could.

Ky could swear he heard people talking, a girl and man, but he wasn't there yet. How had he heard a scream so far away? He was baffled but nothing would've stopped him now. It was just around the corner, he could feel it. He heard the sound of a car door closing just as he turned. He saw the car drive off, but in-front of him was something else, a girl stood looking at the place where the car once was, dirty like she went through a struggle, obviously dumbfounded but what ever had preluded the car going off.

He picked up his pace and within seconds he was next to the girl. "Ah-- Are you okay? I heard a scream and noises." He looked at the girl who seemed to be in deep astonishment, he sight seemed locked on a spot where someone must have once stood. "Do you need me to call 911-- o-or are you hurt?" He seemed to stuttering, Ky wasn't the shy type but he was also not the type to go running head first into trouble.

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Meri stood where she was, utterly speechless. In a matter of seconds the strange, eerie man had caused his sword to disappear into thin air, spoken endless cryptic words that made little sense to her, claimed that she owed him a debt (which she didn't like to think about) and then cleared out of there. Suddenly he'd climbed into the black car and driven out of sight, before she could even protest. He'd abandoned her, leaving her completely defenseless and more puzzled than she had been before he had begun speaking. A tingling sensation crept up her spine and even without his looming presence, she still felt jumpy and restless. His words still rang in her ears, though many of them didn't wholly make sense to her. For some reason his insults stung her to the core, though she decided not to linger on it for too long. After all, he was gone. It was unlikely that she would see him again.

That didn't prevent her feeling as though she'd been shaken to the core. Looking down at her hands they were trembling. Her heart was fluttering madly in her chest.

"Ah-- Are you okay? I heard a scream and noises. Do you need me to call 911-- o-or are you hurt?"

Startled, Meri jumped, twisting to face the new-comer. Fixing her almost-red eyes on his blue ones, she found herself giving a weak smile. Typical, she was frightened and yet she still attempted to put on her I'm-brave-I-can-handle-this look or the let-me-comfort-you face. It was clear he looked a little worried and her heart went out to him. What this strange girl must have looked like to him. Covered from head to toe in ash, pale-faced and wide-eyed. Taking a deep breath, she steadied her nerves and pushed all thoughts of the odd man from her whirling mind. Giving him a bright smile, she nodded her head.

"Thank you for your concern, but I think I'm okay. Just had a little bit of a fright. Are you okay? You look a little...panicked." Her smile turned to a concerned smile as she studied his face for a moment. She was grateful that someone had at least ran to her aid, that someone had heeded her screams. If she had been in real danger, at least someone would have found her. Her thoughts returned to the dog-beast, who's remains surrounded them, and the danger that had come with it. Glancing down the street, where the car had disappeared, she knew in her heart that the two were linked. Something tickled the back of her mind. Like a memory trying to pry itself loose. But the harder she tried to remember, the further it slipped from her grasp. Eventually, she gave up. She would remember when she remembered.

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Xander nodded to Daniel as Morgan got in and the car pulled away, the rear block between the driver and passengers rising to give them some privacy. “Busy night...now that's an understatement. Four of the new Reapers found, but no trace of Light or Darkness. Yet. I sent a copy out to look for them.”Xander just huffed in amusement as he too drank the alcohol, not that he’d feel it.

Xandder glanced at him lazily and then back out the window, “Come on, sixty five at most… Jesus, you’re making it seem like we’re older than dirt.” probably true.

“I actually just met your Light myself, remind her she owes me for the save later…central park, if you hadn’t sensed her yet, should still be around there trying to piece things together.” Xander sat in silence for a moment, still mulling over his options. He didn’t know why it wasn’t like he hadn’t already decided; he’d made up his mind the moment he’d opened the door for Morgan, if not long before that. “He’s going to be coming here in person soon you know…” he didn’t exactly act like this was super important but both of them would grasp the severity, “Six reapers new to the game and the biggest player around is about to waltz onto the field… you guys are screwed.” well that was pointless. But Xander never did pointless things, not like this, so he had to have a reason.

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Kylar stood for a moment almost speechless, how had this girl, who is completely covered in mud and dirt, calmer then he? The idea rolled around in his head a few times. He finally let out a elongated sigh while placing his hands on his knees. Did Ky really look that panicked?

The girl gave Ky a warm smile that made him relax a bit, after letting out a last breath he spoke "Yeah, I'm fine I think..." he looked around at the area. On the floor there were remnants of something, looked like something blew up. The dark red material resembled splattered ink, Ky couldn't make out what it was. Whatever it was, it was everywhere, even on the girl.

Ky had been so worried about the situation that he completely forgot his manners, he felt embarrassed and suddenly burst. "Where are my manners, I'm sorry, My name's Kylar. Pleasure to meet ya!". Ky completely changed his expression, he went from panicked to relaxed and laid back, there was still the manner of what had happened to the girl, alas what had made her scream so loud.

He looked around the empty park, then looked back at the girl and smiled. "Are you sure you're okay? Wouldn't want a pretty girl like you to get hurt would we?" he laughed at his own remark, he was just messing around. "Anyway would you mind telling me what happened?"

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"Where are my manners, I'm sorry, My name's Kylar. Pleasure to meet ya!"

Meri found herself smiling again, as her eyes flickered back to his face. "It's lovely to meet you Kylar. My name is Merinda, but seriously just called me Meri." She told him brightly. Although she was presenting herself as confident and completely open, her insides felt jittery and unsettled. However, the mysterious encounter with the curious man was over and she should think no more about it. Instead, she should be getting on her way. Subtly checking her watch, she was momentarily distracted and didn't see the next two questions coming. Blinking in surprise, she felt her cheeks warm significantly, even though she could hear the amusement in his tone. The flattery caught her a little off guard. It had been a while since a guy had spoken to her like that, even in a joking manner.

"Are you sure you're okay? Wouldn't want a pretty girl like you to get hurt would we? Anyway would you mind telling me what happened?"

Instantly her smile vanished from her face. The things she had just banished to the back of her mind resurfaced and shuddered slightly. Did she tell this complete stranger the truth? Would he even believe her? It was an unlikely story, impossible in fact. But part of her longed to talk with someone. And if he thought she was insane then he could walk away and never lay eyes on her again. It was unlikely that in a place as big as New York they would ever meet again. So, that's why she opened her mouth and spilled the entire story.

"Okay, so you're going to think I am totally insane, but I have to tell someone what I have just seen." Already the babbling had commenced and she was off at top speed. "I was walking towards the park when this huge - and I mean huge - dog burst out of nowhere and started chasing me. Except it wasn't just a normal dog. There was something...demonic about it. It just didn't feel right. So I ran and obviously screamed...because it was completely scary. Anyway, it nearly caught me, but just as I thought it was going to sink its teeth into me, this huge weight pushed me forwards. But it wasn't the dog...well not in that sense...It was the dog, but it had turned to ash. And there was this great man stood over me and he said all this confusing this about reincarnations and not realising who I was...As well as a debt for saving me. I think he killed...No, I know he killed it because he told me he did. It's insane I know, but you have to believe me. I don't know why I even told you...It's entirely mental."

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Reapers, the only thing Nihilus considers to stand in his way of total destruction. He hated them just for being alive, although they do have their uses. Over his lifetimes Nihilus has had many enemies with other demons, most of those demons were killed by the Reapers or Nihilus himself. But playing with them when they are new to the world is a blast! They are so confused and disoriented to the things that they are just now seeing, it makes them fun to play with. After trying to figure out where they are he learns that most seemed to have found each other and are in groups. But there is one all alone and Nihilus thought it would be fun to try and thin their numbers right from the get go. Maybe he would just knock this one around for a bit though, the longer they live the bigger the chance they take down the 'King'... or Nihilus, but that was a chance he was willing to risk.

With a cackle he fades from his current location in the middle of a busy street with a bright flash of light, resulting in numerous car crashes. He arrives near the lone Reaper and hears that the Reaper is female and obviously talking to someone, a human. He only hears the tail end of the conversation "...-No, I know he killed it because he told me he did. It's insane I know, but you have to believe me. I don't know why I even told you...It's entirely mental.". Obviously talking about a lesser demon some 'he' killed. Was it the Void Reaper? No if it was he would have stayed, someone else helped this fledgling of a Reaper. Stepping out of the shades with his usual grin on his face he confronts the Reaper. "Hehehehehe, You're right my dear. It is completely and utterly MENTAL." He says in a mocking tone, letting out a laugh after he says Mental. "That is, it would be if it wasn't entirely true. I'm assuming you are talking about something not of this world? You are aren't you? Something... DEMONIC?" He puts heavy emphasis on the last word.

"So." He says as he levitates off the ground and lays on his side with his hand supporting his head as if he was lying on some invisible couch. "Tell me, what did it feel like, encountering your first Demon? Wait, wait, no let me guess? You screamed? I bet you did." He said as he lazily floats around. "But that was just a lesser demon, something you would easily be able to wipe out....if you were more... in tune with yourself." He says with a insane chuckle. "I, however." He says as his eyes glow gold for a split second. "I would be alot harder to handle!" He says as he quickly shifts into a standing position. "It's too bad you had to run into a Human, he might not make it." He says with feigned sadness as a circle of fire surround his feet and the air crackles with electricity. "Now, lets play!" He says as he fires a gout of fire at the Reaper.

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"It's lovely to meet you Kylar. My name is Merinda, but seriously just called me Meri." the girl spoke in such a calm manner that it relaxed Ky even more. He smiled at her. "Okay Meri." he said followed by his next question. He knew she would either lie or not want to talk about it, but it was worth a shot. However, the following words that came out of her mouth completely baffled Ky. "Okay, so you're going to think I am totally insane, but I have to tell someone what I have just seen. I was walking towards the park when this huge - and I mean huge - dog burst out of nowhere and started chasing me. Except it wasn't just a normal dog. There was something...demonic about it. It just didn't feel right. So I ran and obviously screamed...because it was completely scary. Anyway, it nearly caught me, but just as I thought it was going to sink its teeth into me, this huge weight pushed me forwards. But it wasn't the dog...well not in that sense...It was the dog, but it had turned to ash. And there was this great man stood over me and he said all this confusing this about reincarnations and not realising who I was...As well as a debt for saving me. I think he killed...No, I know he killed it because he told me he did. It's insane I know, but you have to believe me. I don't know why I even told you...It's entirely mental."

Ky paused at her story he was completely speechless, his eyes gaped open and were completely locked on her. A demon dog would explain the black goo and ooze all around the floor, but a demon dog? seriously. Ky had a few ideas in mind, the girl probably went to a party at which she got heavily drugged, or she was being extremely sarcastic and that was a signal for Ky to leave. I mean come-on, there is no way that it could be true?... Could it?

Before Ky could even utter a signal word he noticed a figure stepping out of the shade. The figure, surprisingly enough, was a clown. A clown?! at this time of the day in New York City? Ky was surely going insane as well. "Hehehehehe, You're right my dear. It is completely and utterly MENTAL." When Meri shouldv'e been the one speaking Ky did in he stead. "Who the hell are you?" he said angrily. The clown said something about being a demon and more crazy things about demons. "It's too bad you had to run into a Human, he might not make it." Ky's face turned red, who was this clown insulting him. A moment later the clown was surrounded by fire, then he began throwing fire at Meri. Ky had to act, he knew not what was going on, but Meri... she seemed so helpless, so confused with whats going on. He had no time to think, he just launched himself in-front of Meri to shield her from the fire ball.

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Meri's heart sank low into her stomach when she saw the disbelief on Kylar's face, as he stared at her open-mouthed and wide-eyed. It was evident that he didn't believe her. And in all honesty, who would? The story was completely ridiculous and even she was beginning to doubt the whole thing. Perhaps she was ill and this was all just a hallucination, created in her mind because something was seriously wrong. But it had felt so real. The hot breath on the back of her bare legs, the intensity of the weight, the acidic tone of the mysterious man. It had to be real. However at the same time it was utterly insane. Blinking back tears that had suddenly welled in her eyes, she shook her head slightly. All of this was too much.

"Hehehehehe, You're right my dear. It is completely and utterly MENTAL." Shivers crept swiftly up Meri's spine as a chilling sound filled her ears. Laughter followed the words and it made her skin crawl with anticipation and fear. Slowly, she turned her back on Kylar and faced a new horror. A gasp caught in her throat, as she stepped backwards. Before them stood the most horrific sight she had ever laid eyes on. Even more so than the demonic dog that had chased her into the park. It was a clown, though not the normal happy clowns that roamed Central park during the day time. This one seemed looked as though darkness itself had twisted him into something indescribable. She hated clowns as it was, but to see one that looked pure evil caused her throat to constrict in fear and her heart to thump wildly again. "That is, it would be if it wasn't entirely true. I'm assuming you are talking about something not of this world? You are aren't you? Something... DEMONIC? So..."

It was true. He had confirmed her story and he hadn't even been present during the events. A sense of relief washed through her, only to be replaced by terror. His tone was mocking and full of amusement, which only meant one thing. He was playing with her. It was obvious he knew what had happened and now was toying with her. Gulping down a lump in her throat, she opened her mouth to speak, but before she could he began to levitated. A jolt shot through her heart. Was anything else frightening going to happen to her tonight? It seemed as those every single otherworldly being had set out to seek her out. Wait, did she now believe in those kinds of things? A memory itched at the back of her mind, begging for her attention. But she couldn't focus on that. She had to keep her eyes and mind glued onto the clown.

"Tell me, what did it feel like, encountering your first Demon? Wait, wait, no let me guess? You screamed? I bet you did." Meri's eyes did not leave him as he floated easily around, the mocking tone still in place. A surge of anger welled in her chest and she clenched her fists at her fists. "But that was just a lesser demon, something you would easily be able to wipe out....if you were more... in tune with yourself. I would be alot harder to handle!It's too bad you had to run into a Human, he might not make it. Now, lets play!"

Several things happened at once and Meri watched in complete shock. Suddenly the clown was surrounded by flames, which did not engulf him as she believed they would. He proceeded to throw a fireball towards them. Without time to think, she stood frozen on the spot. Until Kylar dove in front of her, ultimately protecting her face the fireball. Her eyes widened in amazement and horror as he attempted to shield her body with his. Quickly, she grabbed him around the waist, twisted and pushed the pair of them to the floor. The fireball sailed over their heads, grazing Meri's right shoulder. Crying out in agony, she sunk to the ground as the ball of flaming substance collided with the tree behind and it burst into magnificent flames.

"Always one for theatrics, weren't you Nihilus?" The words slipped from Meri's tongue easily, as she pulled herself to her feet. Her face had darkened, her eyes narrowed to thin slits and she regarded him coolly. The voice was not her, but one of a past reincarnation. "Typical of a stinking demon to attack an innocent human as well, but we'll put an end to that." Lifting her hands, she allowed a smirk to grace her features, shaking her head. "You've picked the wrong day to mess with the new Reaper Nilly...After this encounter, she'll begin to remember and then you'll be in trouble..." There was a sharp crackle that split the air and fast as anything a bolt of lightning shot from Meri's outstretched hands, towards the clown. Slumping forwards, the girl gasped, pain shooting across her chest from the fireball. Returning to herself, she looked up in surprise. What had she just done? She had spoken in a voice that was not her own...Nor were the memories that invaded her mind. Or were they? But she remembered the clown from...somewhere.

Without waiting to see the outcome of her attack, she snatched Kylar's hand and tugged him towards the gates. "Run." She urged him quickly, as she took off with him. Above them, the grey clouds rumbled and crackled dangerously.

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It all took a mere second, no, a fraction of that. Kylar expected to be dead, to have breathed his last breath. Why would he let his pride overcome him, why would he risk his life for a girl he doesn't even know. Although something about that girl seemed interesting, he wanted to know more, heck she was even pretty. Kylar didn't like to fight, he liked to have fun and enjoy his time, clearly though after today, that wont be happening. In a split second Meri, who had previously seemed so scared and petrified, grabbed him and pushed him to floor. It was amazing how fast she moved, faster then he could ever imagine. Kylar couldn't move for a moment, even more so when the girl stood up and started talking. "Always one for theatrics, weren't you Nihilus? Typical of a stinking demon to attack an innocent human as well, but we'll put an end to that. You've picked the wrong day to mess with the new Reaper Nilly...After this encounter, she'll begin to remember and then you'll be in trouble..." Kylar looked up in awe, the voice coming from her mouth was surely not her's was it? and how had the scared Meri became so engulfed with fury and confidence? Kylar blinked, even in that one blink a-lot had happened, Meri shot a ray of light from her mind. Before Kylar could even open his mouth Meri grabbed Kylar and urged him towards the gate. [b]"Run." the words stuck. Kylar always had things to say, he would never let a conversation die, but this time he was completely speechless.

Kylar couldn't even look back, all he was worried about is looking forward, running away from that monstrosity that had just tried to kill the both of them. As he was running he was over cumbered with millions of questions, Kylar could run for hours on end, but he seemed breathless. He wanted to stop and ask, a part of him wished he hadn't come to save the girl, but another part was happy he did.

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[font=candara]Morgan wanted to answer, truly he did, but he wasn't given any time to.

"Hear me, Void Reaper, and tremble. Your attempts to keep me from entering this world have failed, and I now know where you hide... This time, all of your order will fall, and none will survive... Prepare to be brought to justissssseeee...."

All of his clones dropped to their knees in agony and then vanished. It hurt. To have the ruler of all demons speak directly to you via your thoughts was not a pleasant experience at all. Morgan felt as though his head were going to explode, and his vison was red and hazy. He didn't notice at first, but his eyes were actually bleeding, causing him to appear as though he were crying blood.

And that was when he sensed it. Hell Hounds. A breed of some of the most powerful demons, and there were four of them. He made a quick mental count. Earth, Air, Water, and Fire were all at the base. Light he knew the location of thanks to Xaner, and Darkness he could sense. But he also felt two other precenses nearby as well, one emonic an one...human. No, don't let it be him...please... He thought, though he alreay knew exactly who it was. The blood-eye Reaper turned to Xander, saying, "Fine. You have your deal. It's not like I have much choice. But if you double-cross me..." He left the rest of that statement unfinished, knowing Xander knew exactly what he meant, and then, without waiting for the car to stop, Morgan phased through the back seat, landing in the middle of the street.

He wipe the blood away, slightly surprised to see it there, but otherwise ignored it. He made two copies of himself, sending one in the direction of the Hell Houns, hoping that they wouldn't split up, the other off in the direction of the Darkness Reaper, and the other to where Light was.

He turned a corner, and for the second time in about an hour, he nearly ran into someone. This time, however, this someone was a human male. A human male Morgan knew all too well, and quickly his anger grew almost too powerfull for him to control. If anything had happened to the boy, Morgan would have--

No, he couldn't think about that right now. The Reapers were the priority, not his... Morgan drew out his scythe, spinning it to dissolve a fireball thrown by the demon who was chasing after the Light Reaper and the human boy. Morgan calmed himself to the best of his ability, staring at Nihilus. "Man....I've seen some ugly demons in my time, but you sir...you just take the cake. Now...care to dance? Or has your master begun to call you back yet?"

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Nihilus smiles as she lets out a cry of pain after she gets grazed in the shoulder and he watches as a tree behind them bursts into flames. He smiles as the girl speaks "Always one for theatrics, weren't you Nihilus?" Nihilus just giggles as she speaks in a voice not her own. "OOOOoooohhhh she's waking up now, THIS is going to be interesting."

"You've picked the wrong day to mess with the new Reaper Nilly...After this encounter, she'll begin to remember and then you'll be in trouble..." ...Nilly? The sound of electricity in the air makes Nihilus's ears twitch and preforms a back flip and does a hand stand as the lightning passes between his legs. He laughs as he kicks his legs around. "Hehehehe now that is what i was looking forward to!" He pushes himself into the air and after a flip he begins to fly towards the Reaper and Human but stops as a familiar face appears in front of him.

"YOU!" He says in anger. "Man....I've seen some ugly demons in my time, but you sir...you just take the cake. Now...care to dance? Or has your master begun to call you back yet?" Master? He thinks for a moment, then he feels it, the self proclaimed king of the void is awake and in New York. "I have no Master, i do as i please." He says in a high pitched,crazed voice. "Why would i call anyone, 'Master' when he will just end up dying?" He says in a deeper, darker voice. "I was wanting to play with a weakling for a while.... but if you want to play. THEN LETS PLAY!" He slams his hands into the ground and demonic looking spears made of out of darkness explode from the ground in a row, heading toward the Reaper.

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Meri didn't even look back as she grasped Kylar's hand and pulled him with her through the darkened park. The acrid smell of smoke filled her nostrils and she choked, coughing as the tree continued to burn. But something caused her to halt in her dash across the grass towards the wrought-iron gate that looked before them. A feeling deep in her bones. There was something worse than the clown-faced demon lurking in the streets of New York. Something that made her shudder with fear and shook her deeply. What was it? Perhaps she would never know. Though a gut-feeling told her that she would find out back there, where another voice had entered the fray.

"Man....I've seen some ugly demons in my time, but you sir...you just take the cake. Now...care to dance? Or has your master begun to call you back yet?"

The confidence in the voice almost warmed Meri to her core. The guy, for it clearly was a guy's voice, was standing up to the evil-looking demonic clown. What was more, somehow she recognised the voice and the confident attitude. She had to go back. But she had Kylar to look out for, because he was surely involved in all of this now. Maybe he could escape. No-one would suspect a human.

"Look, I'm going back. You need to get out of here. This isn't your fight. But I cannot thank you enough for attempting to save my life twice." Without hesitation, she pulled him into a tight hug, resting her chin on his shoulder. "I've got to go back there. Something is calling me back." It felt as though she was magnetically drawn to the new-comer. Strange things were happening to her that evening and she couldn't even begin to explain any of them away. It was all a little too weird. Releasing Kylar, she smiled at him brightly. "Thank you Kylar."

Quickly, she turned on her heel and headed towards the clown and the new-comer, even though every fibre in her being screamed for her to get as far from the demon as possible.