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Black and White » Arcs » Welcome to the Other Side

It is the year 2020. The town of Timberland is the same as always: School will soon begin, fall is coming and once more, nothing exciting happens. It all starts with a dream of fantasy, but fantasy soon becomes reality. Welcome to the Other Side!

As written by: The Great Thundorz, Tellukka, Sambea, Tanman, Scorpion01, Specmarine


78 pieces and 6 characters involved, written by 6 different authors.

2 places involved




So begins...

Welcome to the Other Side


Black and WhiteSetting: Black and White


Dreams and Reality


Empty. The first word to register into the young mind of the male. There was nothing around him to really make a lasting impression. He didn't know where he was or if he could do anything, could he even feel right now? Black is the next word that came to mind, and it engulfed everything around him. Nothing could be seen, there was nothing to stop him from falling further into the darkness, in an instant his mind went blank and the darkness felt overpowering.

His eyes open and a bright light hits them, forcing him to raise a hand to shield his face from it. He pushes himself up to a sitting position, his eyes rapidly blinking as the blur began to clear and reveal where he was. He tries to remember where he last was, rubbing his head with both hands as he leans forward slightly and closes his eyes. He remembers going to bed, he opens his eyes and looks around, only to find his bed nowhere in sight.

He could hear the sound of rain clearly as he rises to his feet, from the looks of things he appeared to have ended up in some sort of castle. Finding an open space in one of the walls, he could see it was dark outside, lightning flashing in the distance being the only thing he could make out from within. Although there was light on the inside, it only came from certain flames now barely keeping themselves burning. Looking towards the back, he could make out what was once a path now blocked by fallen rubble.

He had no choice but to move forward, being slow and cautious due to the increasing amount of darkness up ahead. This all felt like a bad nightmare to him, the sound of constant heavy rain and the roar of thunder sounding ever closer spread fear through his body. Paranoia soon became to grip his mind, he had no idea if this was the right path to take or if he could even take another path. Soon the light faded out completely from his vision, and the only way he could tell he was even moving forward was from his hand moving along one of the walls.

After walking for some time, he is forced to turn and a flash of lightning erupts, showing him a horrific scene. Bodies of soldiers lay scattered all over the room ahead, shades of red stood out among the room and broken weapons lay throughout. Taking a few steps forward, he was uncertain if he should just turn around or keep moving forward. His answer is quickly answered when the ground underneath him starts to shake. Another flash of lightning erupts, this time revealing something moving in the distance and heading straight for his location. His body stood frozen as he watched a worrying darkness begin to consume what little he could see ahead of him.

Finally, his instinct kicks in and forces him to begin running back the way he came, adrenaline pumping itself through his body as his heart began racing in his chest. As the flickering flames up ahead began to grow closer, he could hear the sound of something creeping up behind him. It was quick and relentless, consuming everything it covered over. Moving into the room, he turns to look over and sees the darkness slide over two of the flames, the darkness suddenly stopping movement briefly and letting out some kind of horrifying shriek. Some kind of twisted growth formed out and looked eerily similar to some kind of deformed arm with sharp angles all over it.

The growth smashes itself into one side of the room and then quickly moves itself to smash into the other side, causing the man to fall flat on his bottom as he is forced to watch part of the room collapse underneath him, revealing a very long drop below. He quickly backs up, feeling his body almost slip into the falling debris before just barely making it to safety within the back of the room. More growths spread themselves out and began to grip the other side, spreading slowly within the remaining room and blocking out almost all light. Staring at a small dying flame, he sees one last flash of lightning before the flame went out and then everything fell into silence.

"AH!" Yohan screams out, sitting up and putting a hand on his head, feeling his chest moving rapidly and his mind racing. "Wait, where am I?" He looks around his room, finding everything as it should be. Wiping off some sweat from his face, he turns to look at the television as he grabs his remote and turns it on.

"The weather forecast is looking dark for today." The weatherman spoke, with an image of his area behind him. "While you may be seeing the sun out now, within the next hour or two, clouds are expected to move in and, shortly after that, bring some showers down. Severe warnings for thunderstorms have been given to these select areas, and we advise caution to everyone due to recent accidents." The television quickly shuts off, the remote being placed back down as Yohan's eyes glance towards his calendar of 2020.

"Only a few more days until school starts back up." Yohan's head falls back on his pillows, his hands reaching up to plant themselves over his face. "I wish I didn't have to go."
Rina woke up with a strange feeling in her stomach. It seemed like she had a somewhat dream, but she couldn't remember anything about it except for bright light And something chasing her. She checked the clock: it was a few minutes before her alarm was set to go off. Birds settled at the clear feeder outside her window, chickadees, sparrows and one meadow lark. They chirped and splashed seeds everywhere, making clacking noises against the window pane.

The radio came to life, blaring the morning weather before moving on to the morning's news headlines and eventually music. It sounded like another wet day ahead. She ought to wear her rain boots if she went out. Her uncle probably wouldn't let her though because of the storm warning. He held her very close.

She stretched and climbed down from her loft bed. The AC blasting through the room made her shiver. Underneath her loft where the desk was, the cold air couldn't reach her. She checked the calendar, finding today's date. No work today. It was probably for the best. If the storms did come through her area, she didn't want to be caught out in it.
Taja was woken up by her mother opening the door. The light blinded her for a moment before she turned over away from it. "Just wanted to check on you. The weather is looking a bit scary." Her mother's voice was so soft she had to strain her ears to hear it above the wind. Taja's gave her mother a tiny thumbs up before slowly dropping it.

"Well, when you are fully awake get dressed and come eat. I made some of your favorites before the storm rolled in." Her mother said before softly closing the door. She didn't have to get up and see to know what her mother made. It filled the room up, but shockingly at that moment she wasn't hungry. She had a dream of something big and dark. It made her sick, but she couldn't wake up, not until her mom woke her up.

The wind and rain bashed against her window, lightening strikes somewhere in the distance, and she jumps. Her little legs fly to teh floor before running to the door and flinging it open. Her mother stared at her in shock and worry. She had a bowl of biscuits in her hand, she placed them down and came over to Taja.

"It is okay Taja it is just lightening. I should have kept the door open. Momma is so so sorry." She scooped her up and smothered her with kisses. "Forgive me."

Taja clung to her mother's apron and nodded. "Good," her mother said before sitting her at the table. Let me fix you a plate."

The young girl nodded and looked out the big window in the living room. The trees were swaying from side to side, and a few pieces of loose yard decorations went flying. She turned around to face her plate that was no full of food. "Thanks." She whispered to her mother before taking a bite of sausage.
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A knock. A specific kind, consisting of two quick raps followed by a third a half-beat later. Rolling to the side of her bed slightly and kicking free of her doona, Sienna groaned, glancing to the time. 13:05. Damn, it was early. At least, early for her. She could’ve slept another half-hour or so before getting ready for work. Again, the knock sounded, that same distinct kind. It was definitely Rio. What the hell did she want? “Yeah! I’m up! Whaddya want?” Sienna called out, flopping back to face the other way on her mattress. Like hell she was getting up unless the world was ending…

“Hey, I know you were probably sleeping, but it’s coming down buckets out there. I’m heading out to do some shopping, so if you want a lift to work, you’d better hurry up and get ready. I’ll give you 10 minutes.” Her roommate gave a brief explanation, giving pause to let Sienna think about it. After about a minute, the door to Sienna’s room opened, the grouchy woman half-glaring to the bubbly university student. “Make it fifteen starting now.” The redhead declared as she slouched in the doorframe, scratching her head and messing her hair a little. Rio simply chuckled a little as she eyed up the dishevelled mess. “Yeah, you’re right. That’s gonna take way longer than 10 minutes to clean up-“

Flinching back as Sienna slammed the door in Rio’s face, the girl managed a soft chuckle as she walked away. Seemed Sienna couldn’t take a joke in good fun, but she was always grouchy when she first woke up. In the end, it took about twenty minutes, but Rio didn’t seem to mind. It was one of her days off from university, so it didn’t really matter how long Sienna took. Clambering into Rio’s car, Sienna was already dressed in her work gear. She wore a simple white blouse and pair of jeans, some stylish gold earrings with red jewels; hair in a ponytail held in place with a couple of pens, and some sneakers to round the outfit off. She’d grab her badge and apron when she finally got into the store.

“You know, maybe if you got your own car you could drive yourself on days like this?” Rio mentioned as way of conversation, humming slightly to the pace of the wipers in the rain. Normally, she’d drive along and sing to the radio, but when she had company she much preferred chatting, so all hopes of a silent ride were gone for Sienna. Grumbling a bit at the annoying turn of the conversation, Sienna pulled out her phone to fiddle with, not looking up as she responded. “Yeah, maybe. Or you could start leaving your keys around for me to use it while you’re at uni.”

“Heh, and risk Tate grabbing them? Not a chance. Besides, you still owe me for fuel from last time.” Rio smirked, taking the side streets towards Joe’s Corner, Sienna’s place of work. It wasn’t far at all, but at least Sienna wouldn’t have to walk in the rain. “I thought I paid you for that?” Sienna mumbled, glancing up to her friend. She was pretty nice to look at, what with her brunette hair in pigtails, always wearing bright and vibrant colours. Definitely working the cute angle, but it made her seem more immature than she was. Conversations like this reminded her how looks were often deceiving.

“Nope, that was for the utilities. You still owe me for a full tank after your beach trip.” Rio declared as she pulled up to the side of the road, letting Sienna clamber out. “If it’s bad out, give me a call at 10 if you need a ride back. I should be up.”

Nodding, Sienna forced a smile, trying to ignore the rain against her back. “Yeah, thanks. Remind me when I get paid and I’ll give you the money for the fuel too.” Slamming the door shut, she headed into the store, wiping her feet briefly before giving a faint wave to ‘Joe’. His real name was Samuel, but being the owner of Joe’s corner, people just seemed to assume that was who he was. The real Joe was long dead, and even then, apparently the name was supposed to have something to do with the coffee. “Early for once, even if it is a few minutes.” The older man commented, leading Sienna to eye roll slightly. “Yeah, yeah, I’m not starting until the clock ticks over.” Sienna commented, moving over to the counter and hitting the button to eject the cash tray on the register. Slipping in some cash, she shut it back up before moving over to grab a fresh pack of cigarettes, along with a magazine. Thankfully, Joe smoked as well, so he had no qualms about the girl doing so in the ‘tea-room’ out back. It was little more than the size of a closet, but it had a high up window and a rickety fold out seat and table. That was all she really needed, and it gave Sienna a place to chill out before her shift started.

When Joe finally went home, Sienna migrated back out to the front counter, taking the creaky seat with her to sit on as she leaned across the table top. Sitting and reading through her magazine, she didn’t really offer any customer service, other than putting the purchases through. Maybe if she noticed someone stealing she’d do something, but that’d require her actually paying attention to her surroundings. Either way, she had a long, eight hour shift ahead of her. The cleaning and unpacking could wait a bit. Yawning, she leaned back in her seat, propping against the wall and putting her feet up on the counter, slowly reaching up to take the pen from her hair as she flipped through the magazine to the puzzle section. The theme was car models, and it seemed the standard had really gone down in quality. People clearly found it too hard, which was pathetic. “Seven letters, a feral horse. Gee, I wonder what that could be…” Sienna asked rhetorically, filling in the little squares as she filled in the time for her afternoon.
If it was possible that an alarm clock was indestructible, Miranda had it. The amount of abuse she showed that thing each morning just to shut it up was, well, abusive by almost any standards, but still it ended up ticking away and ringing at the same time every morning: Five O' Clock. The days started early and ended late for Miranda, being the person to open up and close the Gym, she needed to be awake. Luckily, her parents also woke up at this ungodly hour, so she smelt the coffee, and licked her lips as she half rolled, half slithered out of bed, throwing on a large nightshirt from an old boyfriend that covered most of her body, going down to her middle-thigh. The dude was an idiotic "Gangsta" kind of guy, but his shirts were nice, so before dumping his ass on the side of the road (literally) she took one of his shirts to wear.

Stumbling out of her room towards the living room, her Sapphire eyes began to clear up as the sleepiness went away. There was an order to things around her house. Father did everything first, followed by Mother, followed by Miranda, followed by anyone else whose there at the time. If Grandpa ever came over, it was him first, followed by the pattern, but Miranda hadn't seen her Grandfather in years, for all she knew, he was dead.

Getting her coffee and breakfast, the family sat down to eat together silently. They were an odd family, they didn't speak very much to each other, though one knew the bond was there, and it was strong. They communicated mainly through gestures and other non-verbal communication methods, a trait passed down through their family for generations. But it was today that something a bit different happened: Her father spoke.

"Miranda, how are your teeth?" She knew what he meant, her canines, longer and sharper than any of theirs or anyone in the family for the last two generations. "Are they uncomfortable in your mouth?"

"No, Father, they feel fine." His eyes darted to her, and she opened her mouth while her lips peeled back a bit to show off the large teeth, which for now were straight. Even the dentists were puzzled as to why her canines, upper and lower, were so large, but they shrugged it off because of how well she took care of her mouth. Brushed every day, flossed every day, mouthwash, decent diet, the works. She closed her mouth and continued to eat, the rest of the meal passed on silently. Once they were done, and the plates were in the sinks, everyone left to get ready. Miranda put on her usual clothes, which was usually something to allow full range of motion without hindrance. A tank-top and leggings, with appropriate undergarments as well. She grabbed her back-pack, filled with paperwork, pens, towels, and other random supplies and slung it over her shoulders. She reached for her pocket-knife, and slipped into the waist-band of her leggings on her right hip.

With that she put on her running shoes, gave a curt nod to her parents, and jogged out towards the gym. She loved to run, to feel the cool breeze running against her body, the damp morning air on her skin, the cool air filling her lungs, the ground beneath her feet, this was one of her great pleasures. It would only be about a half hour of straight jogging until she reached her Family's Gym: Timberland Gym. Named for the town that it was situated in, the Gym was one of the oldest buildings in town, albeit with some modernizations here and there to keep it from falling apart.

The front of the building was completely re-done, as it used to be a house, and now is appropriate for a business, the wooden staircase and railing leading to the large doors were original to the house however, and have been repainted and expanded upon with new, strong wood. However the center of the staircase, and the center railing, were original old Oak, a strong, beautiful wood with a hardy stain that protected it from the elements. The porch likewise was original, the wooden boards running to and fro along the side of the stand along building. Some chairs and a porch swing were set up to make customers feel at home before or after a hard work out. They were adorned with comfortable, simple pillows and cushions that made the place feel warmer during cold months. Unlocking the doors, Miranda pulled them open, the bell ringing, and entered, wiping her feet on the welcome mat before entering. From there on, it a mix of the old, Victorian house, and the newer, Modern Gym. The foyer was original, roomy and warm with a front desk immediately to the right of the entrance; that's where Miranda worked. Plugging in her phone, she clicked on the lights and open sign from the breaker in the corner, and deactivated the alarm system. Setting her bag down, she set up what needed to be set up, and turned on the radio system for the gym, a standard rubber-matted floor with the various stations spread out evenly and in a aesthetically pleasing way, the hardwood floor underneath the mats original to the old house. Load-Bearing walls also bore mirrors, so while the gym wasn't entirely open, it was still functional. A majority of the gym was just that, a work out area, however on the other side of the central load-bearing walls, was a boxing ring and martial arts training area. Upstairs was the track for running, as well as plenty of treadmills, elliptical machines, and more martial arts training areas. On each floor were large bathrooms for male and female patrons, but only the first floor had the large locker room, which also had showers. This was also segregated by male and female.

Miranda took in a deep breath, and frowned. It reeked of sweat in here. Leaving for a few minutes, she returned with some air fresheners. Some to walk around and spray with, some to plug in to the walls, and some to put into the auto-matic sprayers in various areas of the gym. Of course she chose all the same scent, a very light, but effective smell that wafted past the nose and set their minds at ease. She set the sign-in sheet up on the desk, as people who came in needed to sign in so that they could be kept track of/charged accordingly, though they could come in whenever they wanted. She also put up the little bell to get her attention should she be off away from the desk, and readied the sign-up sheets just in case someone fancied a way to get in shape this fine day.

Once that was done, she began to work out, herself. Nothing crazy, a mile long run to start with, then working out on the punching bags, then down stairs to do some dead lifts, pull ups, squats, and then back up stairs for another mile. It was an hour before she was done, making it 7:30, the official open time of the gym. She wiped her face with a towel and quickly showered before changing into some cleaner clothes and assuming her position behind the desk, surfing the internet for a while before customers showed up, then it was to the spread sheets and other matters of business, advertising, no-show calls, etc. etc.

Life was....alright. She couldn't complain, she wasn't allowed to, but she wanted more from life...And that's why she worked hard, to eventually run the gym for herself.
To Be Human


Was it already raining outside? For Yohan it all felt quick, but maybe he hadn't paid attention before. It happened, he had taken a shower after getting up and was now fully dressed again, eating what he would call breakfast at this time. While Yohan's mind had not weakened, his motivation had diminished over time. No one to really call a 'friend', the only family he had died years ago, and strangers wanted nothing to do with him. It felt strange to think back on his life so far, but he guessed it was fate was just being cruel.

There was a time when he had fell into depression, shortly after his parents had died. Yohan wanted to do nothing more than eat his way and ignore the rest of the world. No matter how much he ate, though, his body never gained any fat. Yet if Yohan tried to exercise, he felt his body growing stronger and adapting to it. He could progress, but not regress? Nothing logical helped him understand, the rules of science seemed to break with him as the exception.

As Yohan pulled out an umbrella, he slapped on his jacket with not a care for how much he may get soaked and opened the door. The sound of the heavy fall broke the quiet train of thought within his mind, as he pulls his umbrella open and walks outside, closing the door behind him with an urge to just slam it shut. Who would care, though? Yohan lived by himself, his parents never really told him how he could still live there despite them being gone.

Walking through the raining town made Yohan remember his time as a child. He had little to no memory of his early childhood, the first clear memory was always of his parents in the house as if they had been living there for years. When his parents were taken from this life, Yohan only went to school because his parents wanted him to be educated. Yohan never felt he fit in with the rest of the kids there, even as a child, he quickly realized how mean children could really be.

It was around this time of thinking of these memories that a voice called out for him. "Hey, kid." Yohan's movement stopped as he looked around, finding a figure in a strange cloak standing off to the side. "Come here." The figure gestured for him to come over. Yohan points at himself for confirmation. "Yes, you, stop pointing and get over here already!" Yohan suddenly became nervous, walking over to the mysterious figure as the strange person didn't seem bothered at all by the rain.

"What?" Yohan asked, trying to refrain from calling the person a pervert and running off like a madman.

"I came here to tell you a fortune." The figure showed it's hands as the person moved them around a little in front of Yohan, as if trying to wow him.

"I don't do fortune's." Yohan's head shook a little from side to side, clearly not impressed.

"I think you'll like this one." The figure pulled back it's hands.

"No, I won't." As Yohan turned to leave, the figure suddenly held out a card towards him. Yohan stopped and looked over towards the card, cautiously taking it and looking it over. "... You want me to go to a gym?"

"Destiny is a strange river, always flowing with mystery and wonder."

"I don't believe in destiny or fate or any of that."

"Well, after today, I think you will appreciate it all the more." Yohan just stared at the figure for a little bit with a cautious look before looking at the card again.

"I don't know where it is."

"The directions are on the back. Shouldn't take you more then, say, five to ten minutes on foot?" Yohan looked around at the figure's words. Had he really just been wondering in thought for some time?

"Fine, whatever. I'll go, and then I'll leave. Just, don't follow me like a creep or anything." Yohan turned away from the figure and walked away, flipping the card around to follow the directions on the back. When Yohan was out of the figure's sight, it left the spot it had stood at and literally walks right through a man on his way to work, the man not even feeling strange as the figure seemed to have only been visible to Yohan.

"Now that I've gotten rid of that card, time to find the fool who stole my ring." Snapping it's fingers, the cloak suddenly disperses and reveals an elderly sort of man with blackened eyes and red pupil's. His cloak transforms into a robe with black and red all over it, and a sinister staff appearing in his right hand as the black orb on top of the staff revealed nothing but a swirling vortex. A dark aura surrounds the elderly man, four strange circles surround his form and, in a flash of light, he disappears.
By the time she had finished her food and got dressed the rain had started to slack. Her mother was about to head out the door for work. Her father was already at work and my mother didn't go during the summer break until later, because of her. Normally her mother would have been long gone before the sun was up and her father would wake her up earlier to get to ready and head to her neighbors where she would wait till it was time to leave for school.

"Are you okay with waiting for Miss Lillybottom?" Her mother asked in the same soft voice. Miss Lillybottom had called in and said she was going to be about half an hour late due to the storm. Taja nodded, giving her mother a reassuring smile. Shockingly the electricity was still on.

"I have the TV or the rest of my homework to do." She said. Her voice almost matched her mother's softness, but it was a little louder and more childlike. Her mother stared at her reluctantly. Her mother recalled earlier the look of fear in Taja's face when she closed the door to her room. Would it be all that great for her to leave now?

Taja just smiled up at her, she ran over to her daughter and kissed her forehead. "Okay okay okay, call me if you need anything or if she doesn't show up in an hour, okay?"

"Mhm." Was all Taja said. Her mother grabbed her umbrella and walked out, locking the door behind her. Taja walked to the big window and climbed on the cushion seat. Her mother backed the red car out the driveway and head down the road. She didn't move till she couldn't see the red anymore before getting down and turning on the TV for background noise while she worked on her summer homework. They had to read a book and do a small report on it before summer for English. This was her second book report this summer that she was doing. The night before school she would decide which one to turn in.

The sound of cartoons filled the house and Taja was deeply into her work when she heard the voice. It was subtle and genderless, "Joe's Corner Store." A flash of the store flashed across her mind. She knew the store, she passed by there everyday while going to school. The sense to go there was strong, but she knew she couldn't just leave. Taja just ignored the voice and continued to do her homework.

The next ten minutes passed when the voice came back. "Go...meet the her." A picture of a red hair girl flashed before her eyes. She was in the store behind the counter, looking bored.

"Why? Why would I go to a total stranger?" She thought back to the voice. The only reply was, "Go to Joe's. Meet the girl. Gym." And a flash of a gym appeared. She had no idea where that gym was, but it didn't matter she wasn't going to leave the house in the middle of a storm because some voice wanted her to. Plus, why was she hearing and seeing things? Taja gripped her pencil firmly. The voice never rose, but it kept repeating itself until she had no other choice but to go.

She wrote Miss Lillybottom and her mother a note about how she had to go to the store and locked the house with the emergency key her parents left her. With a yellow rain hat, jacket, and boots, she headed toward the store. It wasn't too far a walk, a few blocks and then a left down the street. If she would have gone straight she would end up at her mother's work. Her father's work was too far for her to walk to.

She arrived at the store and looked in through the window. She could see the girl with red hair looking bored, just like her vision. She just stood there in the wind and stared. What was she suppose to do now?
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“Stupid rain…” Sienna mumbled to herself, placing the tiny step ladder down as she clambered up, examining the leak in the roof. Something for Joe to deal with, but she’d have to sort something out in the meantime. Striding back to the tearoom, she collected up a bucket, moving back to place it up on the shelf after clearing out the rack of instant cook noodles. She’d probably have to empty the bucket out a couple of times over the shift. Ugh, lame. Climbing back down and grabbing the step, she tossed it back behind the counter, grabbing another magazine from the rack as she moved behind it again. Briefly, she used the public microwave of the store, chucking in one of the drenched noodle cups for herself. It wasn’t like anyone could buy it now, so she may as well have it.

Not getting comfortable just yet as she waited for her impromptu snack, she turned to look out the storefront window. With weather like that, she might get the odd person wanting an umbrella or something, but for the most part it would probably be a quiet shift. Shutting her eyes as she yawned visibly, when she next opened them, she was made to blink as she noticed another pair of eyes looking back at her from out in the gloomy weather. A small girl, clearly a child was standing there in a bright yellow raincoat ensemble. Briefly Sienna looked either direction out the window, but saw no sign of the kid’s parents. Weird, how irresponsible. Ugh, modern day parents could be the worst. Didn’t they even care about their children? Well, it wasn’t like it was Sienna’s problem.

Ignoring the girl for a time, she went to go and collect her noodles before plopping back into her seat, snapping the plastic fork free from the cup as she got to make a start on it. As her gaze turned back to the window, Sienna’s expression turned to something dryer as she noticed the girl still out there, standing dumbly and ever staring at her – at least, until Sienna met her gaze. What, was she really that interesting to the brat? Slurping some more of her noodles, she set the cup down, uncrossing her legs as she leaned forward to better be at the height of the girl outside, meeting her eyes when she turned back to face the store. “What?” She spoke aloud, but the girl probably couldn’t hear her through the window. Maybe she’d be able to read her lips?

Grumbling a little at the lack of response, Sienna sighed and sat up, scratching her head. Moving over to the door, she opened it up, leaning out to speak with the girl, while simultaneously doing her best to stay out of the rain. “Hey, if you’re not gonna buy anything, move along kid. You’re freaking me out, so stop loitering.”
Rina dressed quickly and left her room, unable to shake the feeling that there was something she needed down at the corner store. Her uncle was seated at the kitchen table, but his greeting didn't seem to reach her. She was too absorbed in her own thoughts.
"I said 'good morning,'" her uncle repeated, watching her over the top of his newspaper.
"Good morning." While she did reply, Rina was clearly not there. She Searched through each of the cabinets, checking for anything that they were out of. Time would reveal that
"You shouldn't go out for a run today," He continued talking while Rine carried out her inventory, returning his eyes to the print in front of him. Rina always seemed like an odd duck to him, so he thought little of it. "I assume you;ve seen the forecast." As he said those words, the first drops of rain struck the window.
"Yes." There was nothing gone, and she knew from her evening routine that nothing was missing from the bathroom. Still, something deep inside her was compelling her to go to the store. And specifically the corner store near the apartment. She didn't go inside often, just if they needed something fast Or if she wanted a candy bar or something. Well, if they were just missing one thing, which they probably were if Rina couldn't find it, then it would make sense to go there.
"I need to go to the corner store," She said suddenly, grabbing a granola bar.
"Yeah? What's so important?" Her uncle folded the newspaper, raising his eyebrows.
"Lady products," Rina said. She hoped the personal nature of the items would keep her uncle from asking questions.
He was quiet for a while. "Be quick," was all he said. "Storms dangerous."
"Thank you," she said, smiling gratefully. She finished cleaning herself up, slipped on her raingear, picked an umbrella and headed out.

The rain came and went in intensity as she walked, but by the time she reached the store, it had eased a bit. The peculiar thing were the two people outside, a child and the store clerk with bright red hair leaning out of the doorway. She didn't want to butt in, and that probably would have been impossible with the clerk leaning out the door, so she hung back a bit and waited for them to finish talking. Judging from the woman's tone, she was in a bad mood. Rina didn't want to make it worse and bring the ire on herself. She turned and pretended to look at a window display next door, all while keeping an ear open for the end of the conversation And making sure the little girl didn't get into trouble.
Rain bored her.

Sighing, the young Wallace put her feet up on her desk and leaned back. Looked like it'd be a very slow day today. She turned up the radio in the gym, an upbeat song playing as usual. She bobbed her foot to the beat while she dug a protein bar out of her bag and scarfed it down. She opened up the file on her computer to see who she needed to call today, and to her surprise, it was blank. Shrugging, she moved on to advertising. Setting up a simple but eye-catching ad to put out on Social Media and other websites, she was content to just look at it for a while, since it'd taken a good few hours to do. Sending it off to do its job, she groaned and rubbed at her face, trying to wake herself up.

Coffee would do it. Luckily, there was a coffee machine behind her. Turning in her chair, she turned the sucker on and got it working properly, impressive for how old it was, and then brewed herself a pot of coffee to drink from throughout the day, with appropriate creamer of course. Pouring herself a big mug, she took a swig and sighed, looking out the window at the rain. It was depressing, she hated it. Hated being depressed. Being diagnosed with the stuff as a teenager in high school didn't help. Depression was her hell. To her, heaven was acceptance and fun, nothing more, didn't matter what it was. As long as she felt that she belonged and was happy, that was heaven. So in a way, she was in heaven, but with it raining, it was a little less heavenly than she'd like.

She sighed again and set to work making the advertisements that would run next week.
Something a Little Different


Meanwhile, as the rain poured over the simple town of Timberland, a group of black clothed figures gathered together in one room. Each of them had something that made them stand out from the rest, but the one who stood out the most and got the most attention from everyone was a sort of larger man who stood shorter than the rest. All was silent in the room, everyone relaxing and minding their own business until they all heard the television start blabbing about news.

"Hey boss, look." One of the men pointed out to the shorter male. "It's the job we just pulled! Didn't expect to see people talking about it so soon."

"That's bad, Jimmy." The short man replied. "It means people will be on our trail for some time."

"Whaaat? Ain't nobody catching us, boss!" The male gave a wide grin. "We too good for them. We've been doing this for years, how they going to find us now?"

"Always got to assume, that's my way of looking at life." The short man pulls his hat down slightly over his face. "Anyway, it means we got to stay low for a while. Got it, everyone?" Even though they couldn't see, his eyes still scanned the room and looked at each of them for a confirmation. When he got it, he leaned back in his chair to relax a little better.

"So how long until we get to meet these people we've been doing jobs for months now?" One of the younger men asked the boss.

"Very soon. As long as we keep up what we've been doing." The boss tips his hat slightly instead of just nodding his head.

"Didn't Ricky get a little reckless back there?" One of the women spoke up, her eyes darting at the card flipping young male. "It's the entire reason people even noticed."

"Hey, how was I suppose to know that car would just blow up then and there?" Ricky gave a confident smirk. "Not like anyone got hurt anyway, so why dwell on it? What's done is done, and we got what we wanted. Isn't that right, boss?"

"Yep." The boss pulled out a ring from his pocket, flipping it a few times before looking over at Ricky. "Hey, you the only one who hasn't got anything special yet. How much you willing to pay, Rickie?" The boss gave a wide smirk suddenly, Ricky could see his eyes alight with a passion behind them as he swallows nervously.

"You putting me on the spot like this?!" Ricky rose up to his feet without hesitation. "You KNOW I got the money, and if I refuse, you'll just shoot me right between the eyes!" This caused everyone but Ricky to erupt into a loud laughter. Ricky's expression grew cold as he glared from one person to the next, a hopeless feeling gripping tightly over him.

"So, you paying me money or in blood?" The boss smugly asked him.

"Fine, you dirty old man." Ricky walked over and pulled out his wallet, slapping some money down near the boss as he holds out his hand towards him. "Now give me the stupid ring."

"Oh, you think it's stupid, eh?" The boss catches the ring before tossing it right above Ricky's head. "Catch, loser."

"WHAT?! ARE YOU NUTS?!" Ricky shouted out, backing up with a panic in his movements as he wildly moves out his arms in various ways before finally catching the ring. However, Ricky ends up tripping over a box, and ends up crashing down into a pile, causing the rest to crash down over him. The others laughed harder than before, as Ricky rises up with boxes falling off of him as he does so.

"Well Ricky, I got to say. You wouldn't make a good hitman, but you certainly got what it takes to be a clown. Why don't you consider a change in career?" The boss mocked Ricky, who shook with fury as he could do nothing but glare back. "I think the makeup would compliment you so well." Everyone began to laugh again as Ricky stomped his way to the door.

"Yeah, I got to go home anyway and check up on some things. I'll call you guys when I'm done." Ricky didn't bother to even look back before he slammed the door shut. Quickly getting into his car, the roar of the engine seemed to almost wash over Ricky before he sped off into the heavy rain. As the radio turned on, loud screaming and some heavy metal began to burst out throughout the car as Ricky's grip on the wheel tightened to a scary point. "I. HATE. EVERYTHING!"

As Ricky became engulfed in his emotions that had been repressed all day, his car speeds past the Timberland Gym, where Yohan had just arrived at. Yohan's eyes widen as he sees the car speed by without a care for anyone else. "Whoa! And I thought the rain was trouble today." Letting out a sigh as he calmed himself down, he could only shake his head as he looked at the gym.

"Why am I even doing this? I don't do well around other people, let alone a gym of all places." Yohan took out the card from his pocket and looked it over, frowning slightly as he puts it back away before walking to the door. "Well, I mean, what could go wrong, huh?" His breathing increasing slightly, he reached out and grabbed a hold of the doorknob before closing his eyes and opening it, heading inside rather quickly before slowly closing the door.

As he pulls his umbrella back in and opened his eyes, he was rather surprised to find how immediately he didn't feel like running for his life. Though he stood frozen to the spot, he found it was rather different than how he originally thought it would be. That's when it hit him, all of a sudden, he realized he was screwed. He had no idea what to do next, and the more he tried to think of what to do, the more he worried he was just going to end up screwing everything somehow.

That's when he noticed there was actually someone here, well he figured someone must of been in here, but to suddenly just notice someone when you stand there awkwardly felt like the worst thing possible. He must of stood out right now, besides his natural blue hair. The only thing he could think to do was try to play this off, like what he saw someone do on television once! He quickly realized that might be a horrible idea, but before he knew what he was even going to do, his mind suddenly kicked into high gear and spoke for him!

"Hi, I don't know what I'm doing, that's my life in a nutshell!" The words of what he said dawned on him slowly, like a bad itch that nagged it's way into insanity. He must of looked real nervous right now, because his heart was racing with intensity from the raw fear that took hold over his mind and body. School hadn't even started and he was already going to screw something up. If there was a God out there, he must of been laughing at poor Yohan right now.
Back at the store Taja was still thinking of how to get this girl to the gym when another girl came up behind them. She glanced back, saw black hair girl looking uncomfortable and figured she needed to get in so she tried taking a deep breath and spoke. “Som-“ She was trying to talk when another voice spoke.

“Kill them. Kill them all.” This time the voice was much darker than the voice earlier. Her tiny body froze. She was freezing now as it seemed to get cold. Her mouth slacked into a frown as her head hung low. The image of the red head and black hair girl was red with blood, their body parts all over the place. She shook her head, fighting back the tears, and the want to just go home. But there was something important she had to do. It felt important to her.

Her head picked up as she thought about what she wanted to say, her hands trembling. “You are needed at the gym and I cannot leave until you do. You are safe at the gym? No…you will be. I know you don’t know me, but… you are needed.” She tried to look determined while tears stung her eyes. The look on the red head’s face looked angry, but it was replaced to the look that was in her last vision. Just say yes so I can go home. I want to go home! I want my momma! Why is this happening to me? She thought to herself. She was so scared, maybe is she ran away to her mother’s work down the street she would know what to do. But what if she thinks I am looney? What if she thinks I need professional help? I can’t…
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Impatiently drumming her fingers along the doorframe as she watched the small child, for a moment, the two sat in silence. Briefly, another girl seemed to approach, drawing the little girl’s attention. But soon enough, she looked back to Sienna with a shake of her head, eyes clenched shut and… Was the kid crying? It was hard to tell with the rain, but it seemed like it. Great. A lost girl. Either that or she’d said something that upset her. Dumb kids… She’d never been much good with dealing with babies or anything, and twerps like this one were no exception.

“You are needed at the gym and I cannot leave until you do. You are safe at the gym? No…you will be. I know you don’t know me, but… you are needed.” The little girl finally spoke, and in all honesty, it wasn’t what Sienna was expecting. She’d anticipated some blubbering about losing mummy and daddy, but the directness of the conversation took her by complete surprise. In fact, she took a half-step back and briefly looked to and felt her own stomach. Just what was this brat trying to say?! “I do NOT need to go to the gym.” Sienna stated firmly, showing that she’d taken offence to the comment. She knew kids had a habit of being truthfully blunt about such things ‘cause they didn’t know any better, but she hadn’t put on that much weight, had she? Ignoring that detracting thought, she decided to be clear with the little girl. “Even if I wanted to go to the gym, I’m working right now.”

Her irritation showing, Sienna managed to set that aside as she noted that the level of distress of the small child had gone up significantly. Shit, shit, she hadn’t meant to upset the little twerp more. This was exactly why she wasn’t good around kids! Looking about the street again, the only other person in sight was some black haired chick. She seemed to be a little on edge, like she wanted to say something. Briefly, Sienna took in the eye colour and skin tone of the two. It wasn’t entirely implausible that the two were related. Even if they weren’t, maybe she could dump this problem off on this new girl? She looked like she might like kids.

“Hey, is this ‘Thing’ yours?” Sienna asked, pointing a finger down at the kid as she stood upright. Changing tact, she placed a hand over the top of the small child’s head, guiding her back towards the black-haired girl. “Either way, do me a favour and take her to the gym or something. Maybe her mum’s there. I’d go, but I’ve got work to do.” It was a lie. The part where she said she’d go at the very least. This whole business was none of her problem. Giving the tiny kid a light shove towards the new girl with the comment ‘Go make friends’, Sienna turned to head back into the store. Grabbing her noodle cup, she began twirling the fork for another helping… Then stopped. Grumbling to herself, she tossed the noodles into the bin. Stupid kid. She wasn’t fat!
As the two stared at each other, Rina became slightly more attentive. Something seemed off about the whole thing. When Taja tried to speak and subsequently looked ill, she turned to watch directly. She tucked her umbrella under her arm, searching through her bag for her cell phone. An ambulance seemed like it might be in order. She didn't immediately make the call, though. Taja's instructions gave her pause. It occurred to her that maybe the child was mentally ill. In that case,maybe it would be good for Rina herself to keep and eye on her. Sienna, after all, seemed like she had the tact and finesse of a wooden bat.

Her opinion of Sienna was further deepened when she pushed Taja onto her and referred to the girl as "it." Rina thought about protesting, or at least chastising the older girl, but she held her tongue. Sienna really didn't seem important. "Alright," was all she said to the redhead's retreating back.

Rina sighed inwardly. This was a fine pickle indeed. Uncle Forrest would be pissed at her for being out so long. She wasn't even sure how to get to the gym from here. "Well," she said, smiling gently at Taja. "You want to go to the gym? Is there someone we can tell that you're going? I can call them." She extended her umbrella so that it covered both of them. She watched Taja carefully, keeping an eye out for something like her earlier episode. Her hand tightened around her phone in her pocket.
A break in the silence, the bell atop the door rang and in entered a lost boy. Slowly, the Sapphire eyes of Miranda turned to gaze upon the boy from behind the desk she'd rested her feet upon, her mug of coffee steaming on the counter. Despite the cold weather out side, she was still lightly dressed, the tank top and tights combo worked well for her, allowing her to move freely, and plus, it looked good too.

She looked the kid up and down, raising an eyebrow as she took her feet of the desk and leaned forward, putting on a smile and opening her mouth to speak, welcoming him to the gym before he broke the silence again with his awkwardness. She blinked a few times; that caught her off guard.

She let out a half-startled breath and blinked once more. "Well, if I were you, kid, I'd figure out what you're doing soon. Any later and you'll be flippin' burgers for a living." She said. Then again who was she to give advice? She was only...five? years older than this kid if she had to guess.

"Ugh, teens....horny, hormonal creeps. He'll probably start hitting on me soon." she thought to herself while putting on that smile again. "Anyway, Welcome to Timberland Gym, how can I help you?" she leaned forward, an effort to be inviting and friendly, and a convincing one at that. She'd had practice. Idly she noticed the boy was soaked.

"If you're lookin' for something to dry yourself off, there's plenty of towels in the locker room, just took'em out of the dryer." She offered, gesturing broadly to the large opening in the wall across from her desk, with two signs that marked appropriately which gendered locker room was which. "Or...you can keep dripping on my welcome mat." She teased.
Welcome To My Life


As soon as she started to speak, no, not even, it was the moment she smiled at him that a strange look filled his eyes. No, it was not lust, not desire, but fear. Fear and confusion shivered throughout his body as he was spoken to with such... kindness? He suspiciously looked around suddenly, almost as if waiting to be brutally beaten into a pulp, but nothing came. His eyes turned back to her with hesitation now. Was this what they called a set up to a painful joke?

"How can I help you?" The words seemed to make his mind literally explode. Me? He thought to himself, almost as if the concept of being kind to him didn't exist in his reality. He had been so caught up before in fear that he almost forgot about the whole flipping burgers thing, which made him realize he had no idea of a plan for a so called future. That's when towels were mentioned, and his eyes became curious for a moment. That's when she made the tease, and his eyes widened to an almost comedic expression.

"Ah, uh, y-yeah." Was all that left his mouth before he quickly dashed off to where she told him to go. "T-thanks!" He quickly peeped out before running out of sight. When he got a hold of one of the towels she told him, it wouldn't be for a few minutes until she saw him again. What had he been doing? Well, first he dried himself off, as quick as he could before he noticed his umbrella was also wet. Instinct gripped him and forced him to also clean off the umbrella before heading back out slowly and with a now nervous expression on his face. When he walked back out into sight, he seemed to just be about finished brushing a hand through his hair to get it back to straight before he turned to look back over at her.

It was only now that he began to think about just how strange she was being to him. Was she just doing this because she had to, or was she being actually nice to him, despite his hair color and, well, existing. "Uh, well, see, I uh..." His hand reached into a pocket as once again fear seemed to overcome his eyes, he had to practically force himself not to start shaking on the spot. When his hand came out of his pocket, it was to reveal the card he had been given before, luckily it was the only thing on him to have remained dry.

"I got this card, and I was told to uh... Come here, if that's okay. I, uh, don't know how this whole thing works, but uh, I guess I better give this to you?" He said, holding out the card for her to take. "I've never really been to a gym before, so, uh... Maybe you could help me figure out what I'm suppose to do?" He figured it was better than just standing there awkwardly again, remaining cautious just in case she decided to start beating on him. Not like he could resist if he wanted to, he wasn't strong nor had the guts to fight someone back. It was scary to be in this situation without his parents helping him out, it made him realize just how much easier things were when you were just a little kid.
She felt a hand on her head and the shove on her back towards the black hair girl. She wasn't fast enough to say anything and watched the red headed girl walk back into the store. The black hair girl asked her if they should go to the gym or call someone, but Taja shook her head. "She has to come to the gym with me." She said as she watched a black car speed turn opposite of them. Honestly she paid no mind to it and walked into the store.

Her boots squeaked on the floor as she walked to the front of the counter, "Look Fat-So, I wasn't talking about your weight before! I just need you to come to the gym with me." She said, her eyes narrowing as she got into a fighting stance, the same one her martial arts teacher taught her. "It would be a shame if a ten year old kicked your butt because you were too fat and slow to move." She didn't mean any of it and the angry face was all made up. She was just super desperate to get her to the gym.

Honestly, she didn't want to fight anyone and just thought if she got her to the gym the voices and images would go away. She took a nearby honey-bun and threw it at her. "Maybe you can eat that! CRY BABY!" She shouted.
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Sienna had only managed to grab her seat when the jingle of the bell above the door caught her attention, the teen clerk pivoting to see the little runt from before making her way inside. Briefly, Sienna eyed her, before shrugging it off and moving to take her seat, picking up her magazine and kicking her legs back onto the counter as she positioned herself into a perfectly comfortable lean. It was clear that she’d had practice spacing that. Honestly, it was just some weird adolescent kid. She wasn’t paid to babysit, and what was the worst that could happen letting the kid wander around?

Soon after that thought, the little brat made her way to the counter, but it was a bit too tall for her to really see over it very well. Sienna briefly watched the girl make her way slightly to the side so that she could fully occupy her view through the gap she used to get behind the counter. Rolling her eyes as she pulled up her magazine in an attempt to ignore the little annoyance, Sienna kept her face obscured. Was this some sort of tantrum? Well, she’d just have to ignore her until she went away. Easy done so long as the kid didn’t try and steal anything., and no doubt the broad that Sienna had dumped the kid on would come and grab her soon.

"Look Fat-So, I wasn't talking about your weight before! I just need you to come to the gym with me." Again, that voice rang out, and with just enough hostility to catch Sienna off guard as she lowered her magazine to look at the twerp. The mouth on this brat was… Ugh. Who taught her that?! Her delinquent parents that let her roam the street pestering the unfortunate souls that spoke with the midget?! Irritated, Sienna ground her teeth and bit her tongue, refusing to fall for the bait as she quickly pulled her magazine back in front of her. Nope. Not dignifying that crap with a response. She wasn’t fat, no matter what this kid said. Or Tate. Or the scales at home.

"It would be a shame if a ten year old kicked your butt because you were too fat and slow to move." Once more, the challenging taunt came from below Sienna, this time causing her to much more slowly move her magazine to the side, snapping it shut in one hand and tucking it under her arm. Her glare glowered and said it all. The runt was trying really hard to push her buttons, and she was loathe to admit it was working. The pre-teen pest was bobbing about slightly in something akin to a defensive pose. Clearly the pipsqueak was a watcher of kung-fu flicks or something, with a ridiculous imagination to boot. Sienna had no intention of joining in this stupid roleplay or entertaining the child with some sort of game, but she did feel the need to shut down these antics here and now.

“The only danger I’m in is child abuse if you keep making jabs at my figure, runt. Run home kid, find someone who cares to play with.” Not sitting up from her seat, the scowl on Sienna’s face aimed to intimidate, as she was through with the ‘niceties’ for the kid’s sake. No need to be polite if this tiny terror was gonna go around calling her a fat fatty fatso every sentence. “Give it another 10 years you cupcake eating jelly doughnut, we’ll see who’s fat then. With thunder thighs like that you’ll be booking two seats at the cinema just to fit your bratty fat ass.” Smirking at her internally contained insults, Sienna once again unfolded her magazine, returning to the dog ear. Then…

*Whap* She was hardly prepared for the sudden incoming projectile that slapped against her face. Less from the force and more from how much it startled her, Sienna flailed slightly in her seat. It was enough to upset the delicate balance as the fold-out seat slipped from under her, sending the clerk ass-up as her back hit the ground painfully fast, groaning in discomfort as she landed awkwardly. The sudden and violent slam to the ground rattled the nearby shelves, sending a few of the nick-nacks on the shelf behind her tumbling to the floor, lightly falling against her and making a small mess behind the counter. It would’ve been comical, but Sienna wasn’t laughing. Her hand twitched as she slammed it down on the counter, pulling herself upright as she shot the tiny-child a death glare.

"Maybe you can eat that! CRY BABY!" Came the final taunt from that irritating little hoodlum, and it was enough. Something in Sienna snapped as she got to her feet, the kid having managed to get past the flimsy barriers she’d put in place to restrain her anger. Grabbing the fold out chair, she shook it back into shape before chucking it to the ground with a loud and offputting clatter, using far more force than was necessary as she turned to face the one who’d caused her so much trouble. With a look of complete hostility, she moved out from behind the counter, taking some menacing steps towards the child, looking down at her as she spoke in a deadly serious tone. “Kid, you’ve got about three seconds to get out of my store, before I throw you out.”

Kicking the store door open, it rattled on its hinges as it struck the wall, Sienna holding it wide for the girl to leave. When she didn’t take the initiative to step out on her own, Sienna decided that she’d had enough. Striding up with purpose, she went to roughly grab the girl by the wrist and manhandle her from the store. The only one who’d be eating something around here was this punk, and it’d be nothing but the gutter outside if she didn’t start booking it soon.
Her eyebrows shifted upon seeing the card, blinking softly she leaned back. "Never seen a card like that in my life Kid." she said flatly, taking a sip of her coffee. "As for what you're going to do, that depends on what you want to do. You wanna learn to fight? Training room's behind that wall." she gestured to the mirrored wall diagonally to the left of the entrance. "Wanna lift weights, pick a rack, there's weights for days. Pull ups, same thing. Run around? Tracks up stairs. Get laid? I can't help you. Too young." She said flat out, her face stone cold.

She had a hell of a poker face.

She took another sip of her coffee and leaned forward, staring down at Yohan with a predatory gaze. "So what're you doing here?" She asked again.
The whole mess escalated faster than Rina expected. Despite her small gestures to hush Taja, blatant glares at Sienna, Taja continued and before she expected it and was able to cross the distance to intervene, the child threw a bun at Sienna. The change in Sienna's manner was palpable.
"Hey," Rina snapped, stepping in between Sienna and Taja and preparing to stop a physical fight. "She's a little kid and she's upset. You're old enough to know better." She had to bite back the word "brat," not wanting to exacerbate the situation, even if she believed that Sienna deserved it.
"And you." She glanced at Taja behind her, trying to channel her uncle when he was angry. "You're behavior is unacceptable. You owe her an apology." Her glare returned to Sienna, her face all ice. "And then we leave." She put a hand lightly on Taja's back, but the gesture wasn't kind. It was the sort a furious mother would make if she didn't want to make a scene in public. She had a feeling that she would have to leave before making amends, and she was full ready to steer Taja away or even throw a punch if there was a danger to anyone.
Taja winched at the pain, but didn't resist. She was just about to give up when the nice voice came back. "Behind you." It said. She looked back, and there was a miracle. A set of keys, hoping for the store, was hanging on a hook behind the counter where the girl fell. She looked back at the red head just in time for the black hair girl to step in. She took that time to sneak away and up to the keys, climbing on the fallen chair, grabbing the keys, putting them into her pocket, and back behind the black hair girl before she looked back.

"I am deeply sorry. I was just trying to get you to the gym at all cost, not for your weight. Bye!" She said and took off down the road the black car from earlier had come from. She wanted to giggle and gag at the same time. She wasn't one to steal, unless it was a base, but it felt good to be sneaky. The rain had begun to pour, along with the thunder. Taja didn't want to go any further, but the voice insisted. It showed her visions of where to go.
Depressing Reality


Once again, the fear quickly overtook him. This time it was for certain, that sudden shift in expression and tone made him frozen to the spot. It was without hesitation that suddenly, he ended up blurring out the first thing that came to mind. "P-please, I don't want to get beaten up anymore." What he just said didn't even seem to register to his mind, for he was doing everything in his power to hold himself back from breaking down into a crybaby.

Her expression didn't change despite his cowardice. If anything it became twice as stern, but she didn't move. "Look at you, a sniveling fool." She growled, her eyebrows furrowing in annoyance. "Now answer my question: What are you here for?"

". . .I want to get strong." Is all that came out.

A roll of the eyes and another annoyed growl, feral and canine in nature, came from her throat. "I already told you, weights are over there. Don't do anything stupid and don't get blood on my mats. It's hard to get out." She leaned back in her chair again and looked away from him, sighing.

". . .Sorry." He seemed to barely manage to get out, despite her hostile nature towards him. He turns to look away, though he did stop to look over his shoulder slightly at her. "Um. I'm Yohan, by the way. Nice to meet ya." He didn't want to make it sound like it was a question, she already seemed to be angry at him as it was. He wasn't surprised, though. He would try to fight back, but he lost the will a long time ago.

No reply came from her as she turned to her phone, effectively ignoring the cowardly boy for now. She put her feet up on the desk again and drank from her coffee mug while reading away on her phone. When he didn't leave, she shot another glance at him, and huffed authoritatively before looking back to her phone.

It was clear to him that she didn't like him, but he didn't blame her. He couldn't really defend himself at all, it was just the simple truth: He was weak. School was already going to be a mess, no doubt everyone would avoid him as much as possible. He had been beaten and broken time after time and he couldn't even resist at this point. As his mind tried to think back on all the times someone had beaten on him, it became harder to remember as every punch now seemed to leave less of a feeling of pain and more of a numbing.

He couldn't remember the last time he tried to care for himself, it honestly didn't matter. He was a freak, that's what everyone called him, and so it seemed that's what he was doomed to be. His body never changed anyway, no matter what he did to it. It was as if time was screwing with him and making fun of him. What more could he say or do, it was crippling at this point. Well, whatever the case, he decided to try his luck and go fight someone. Not like it mattered who he fought or why. If they wanted to let out some aggression on him, that was fine. He wouldn't feel a thing in the end anyway.
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Sienna had been ready to drag the vandal brat out kicking and screaming, but despite managing to get a hold on the girl and pulling her towards the door, she was interrupted. “Hey,” Another arm moved in, forcefully taking her own and separating her grip on the tiny twerp’s wrist. Sienna relented as she pulled her arm back roughly and threw off the hold her other guest had, glaring at the black-haired chick who had stopped her. Twisting her mouth into an annoyed pout to go with her frown, she took a step back, huffing and folding her arms. "She's a little kid and she's upset. You're old enough to know better." The ebony-haired girl continued her lecturing, and Sienna suppressed a biting comment at the girl. She absolutely despised the tone she was using with her. Like she was some big shot or something… Just who did this chick think she was?! Still, despite Sienna’s personal dislike of this woman, she knew that what she said wasn’t exactly untrue. Didn’t stop her feeling bitter and not regretting the choices she’d made though.

Turning to look away from the two as Sienna kept her arms folded, she sighed heavily. It helped not to be staring at their infuriating mugs, but she was still pretty worked up. Still, from the sounds of things, the ‘mediator’ was going to be taking the midget menace out of here, and wanted her to apologise to her. Fat chance of that, the kid was just a little troglodyte. “UGGgghhh…” Sienna groaned, letting off some steam as she exhaled heavily, turning back to the two. She was still scowling, but she at least had her emotions in control enough to think a bit more clearly and not strangle the little twerp. She didn’t need some apology; she just wanted them out of her store.

"I am deeply sorry. I was just trying to get you to the gym at all cost, not for your weight. Bye!" And then, just like that, the little Troll bothering her was gone. Sienna felt relieved, but sceptical. Slowly, she dropped her arms from their folded position as she watched the brat run off, raising a brow. It was… Easy. Too easy. Maybe the brat had her fun and decided to move on, but somehow, Sienna doubted it. Briefly, she cocked her head towards the girl that had taken over as the midget’s caretaker, gesturing that she better follow her, watching her go. Once she was content that both were out of sight and long gone, she felt herself relax a bit, before grumbling as she looked about the mess the last scuffle had caused. Great, now she had to tidy up… This was one of the WORST shifts she’d had in a long time.

Moving back behind the counter, she looked to the various items on the floor and began gathering them up, bundling them into her arms and standing up straight as she began to place them back onto the shelves. Still, she wasn’t super tall, so she needed something to stand on for the top shelf. As she looked though, she noticed something. Her chair wasn’t where she’d tossed it in her rage earlier. No, it was sitting up right, just up against the back wall. What was it doing there? Slowly, her gaze trailed to see what it was lined up with. Stopping still, she dropped the remainder of the goods she’d collected up to the floor. That little…

“ARRRRRRRAAARRGGGHHH! SHE IS SO DEAD!” Sienna declared with venom in her voice, scrambling her hair as she grabbed her head. Swearing and storming about the store as she paced, Sienna was doing her best to keep some kind of cool, but the whole thing was a shit storm. She NEEDED those keys to lock up, as well as access the more valuable products like the friggin’ cigarettes. She couldn’t call Joe and tell him because A. She might get the Mrs. That she hated and B. Even if she did convince him that some psychotic kleptomaniac ten year old stole the keys, what exactly did that say about her? Fricken… FRACK! She needed this job!

Making her decision, Sienna began rummaging around the store, grabbing her phone out. She hated having to call him, but she didn’t have a choice. Thankfully, he picked up after the third ring. “Yo… Wassup baby?” Came the somewhat sleepy male voice. Sienna wasn’t in the mood for any of Tate’s crap. “Listen, I need you to take over for me at Joe’s. Some punk just took the keys, and I gotta go catch them. Just, get here as soon as you can!” Sienna demanded, moving to grab her spare hoodie she kept in the store for winter, fumbling about. It was hard to focus though with Tate making things difficult. “Whoah, whoah. I’m like, not even wearing pants right now. And you know I’m on after you. What’s in it for me babe? Can you make it worth it?” Sienna suppressed her initial response of disgust and anger since she needed her slimeball-ex right now.

“Oh. I’ll uh… Get you some chocolate after work.” Sienna stated, the false sweetness in her voice showing how forced it was. Tate’s smirk could be felt through the silence of the phone call. “Nah babe… I was thinkin’ maybe somethin’ a little more… Personal?” Sienna gave a silent scream as she found a new target to add to the list of people she wanted to strangle. Her temper had risen enough she was beyond caring. “Listen you fuckboy, can you just do this crap for me and we’ll sort out about where we stick your tiny limp dick later, okay?” Sienna was livid as she stormed up to the door, turning the sign around to mark the place as closed. Hopefully that would buy Tate time to get here and take over. “Cold Sienna. But whatever, you owe me babe, and you know I’ll be claimin’ my reward tomorrow, a’ight?” Sienna simply hung up at that point. She was done dealing with him. The only reward he’d be getting would be a kick in the balls at some point. Asshole.

Moving out into the rain, Sienna finally began her chase after the albino-rat that had snatched the keys. She was cold, wet and miserable, since she hadn’t packed anything for this kind of weather because she wasn’t supposed to leave the fricken’ store, but here she was, running in the rain, hunched over and hugging her body, getting drenched and working her butt off for her shitty ass job. She’d barely ran a block or two before she started coughing up a lung, neither fit, nor healthy between her lack of exercise and excessive smoking and other vices. There was no way she’d catch them at all with her pace, especially with the head start they’d gotten. If only she knew where that damn kid was headed, then she could- “Gym.” Sienna said it as soon as the thought crossed her mind, a malevolent grin crossing her face as she managed to stop her wheezing. Oh, that was it. She was being played to go to the Gym, like some elaborate prank. Which was stupid, but loathe as she was to play into the brat’s hands, she couldn’t let her escape. It meant she knew exactly where the tiny dead girl walking had gone, which was better than being outwitted and then losing her job thanks to a diaper wearing sticky fingers. The brat’s days were numbered.

Stomping through the rain, Sienna was making her way to the nearest gym she knew, the one just past the store that Rio went to. It wasn’t a good day, but maybe after disciplining a delinquent she’d be feeling much more satisfied. And if that other girl got in the way again, Sienna had no intention of being the bigger individual this time. Someone was getting hurt when she got to the gym, that was for certain.
It took Rina a moment longer to react than what would have been helpful. Without acknowledging Sienna, she headed out the door. Rain poured down, soaking her hair in a matter of seconds and trickling down the collar of her coat. At least there weren't many people to get in her way.
"Wait up," she called to Taja. This kid was fast. At least she knew her destination. Frustrated, she pulled her phone from her purse and called her uncle. He didn't pick up, so Rina left a brief message telling him that she would be home later than expected, but that she was alright.

By the time they reached the gym, Rina had a vicious stitch in her side and she had just about lost sight of Taja. She flung open the door, bent almost double, and her hair plastered to her flushed face. Much to her chagrin, she saw multiple people already there. The desk girl, and that blue-haired boy. Rina didn't know him, but she'd seen him before,or at least she was pretty sure. With hair like that, she wasn't sure she could confuse him with many other people. She straightened herself, trying to bring her heart rate and breathing back to a normal pace. She nodded once to them in greeting, but was still far more intent on having a little chat with her quarry.
Taja had arrived in the gym first and stared at the tri-tail girl and boy who looked like he didn't belong here. "Here." Taja said as she tippy-toed and slide the keys to her. The run was nothing to her, her breathing was slight, but not like the black hair girl who chased after her. Running was a thing she did a lot with her sports and then her martial training helped. The black smelled funny, but it looked like an old gym and like the vision she had, minus the people. Her eyes shifted back to the boy who didn't fit. Maybe the two were friends, but from what she could tell it was a weird pairing. The girl looked strong compared to the twig boy in the corner.

Taja smiled up at the tri-tailed girl and then at black hair girl. "So sorry to intrude and for making you chase me... which I don't know why you came." She gave a little sigh, "it was supposed to be the red hair. Don't tell me she didn't realize I stole the keys." She cried out. All that work for nothing or maybe she will realize when she would need them and then come. At this point she was done and could go home. "Now... I should really get home. My babysitter should be there by now." Her voice was soft and it was like a mumble.





BACK AT TAJA'S HOME


Miss Lillybottom arrived at the empty house. Her salt and pepper hair was pulled back in a high bun. She was a heavyish set woman that slightly wobbled when walked. And wobbled she did up the stairs to the note on the door.


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She gave the note a stern look before unlocking the door with her set of keys and walked in. She placed her craft bag by the couch and got to work on lunch. She figured she would be back soon.
The White


What is purpose to someone? Some believe that purpose is finding inner peace of mind, embracing what many call true happiness. Some believe that purpose is discovering what you are meant to do in this life, whether that be for yourself or others. There are those that believe purpose is but a word, a construction of the human mind in order to motivate and push ourselves forward towards a self driven goal. It didn't matter to Yohan though, purpose had been lost for so long to him that some would say his heart had turned cold by now.

A blow to the face sent him flying to the floor without a moment's thought, the thought of laughter echoed in his mind at his own efforts. He did not even attempt to dodge or block, it was his way of showing how much the world had changed him. But the laughter soon became quiet when Yohan easily rose to his feet, staring down the bag with a cold glare that would send a shiver down weaker fighters spines. It didn't matter either way to him either way, real or not, flesh or not, violence and was still violence, and the bag came in with full force.

This time Yohan's body went flying to the floor, hitting it with a hard enough impact to send a rush of pain through his body, a small bit of blood had escaped and now rested on the outside of his right mouth. When Yohan remained motionless for a few seconds, the laughter started to pick up again. What was this kid doing? That's what they were probably thinking right now. There was no way he could compete, he had no chance. The laughter was struck down when Yohan quickly rose back up to his feet, the cold glare remained in his eyes as his arm rubbed off the blood from his face. Now the fight got serious, and after pushing the bag as if to intimidate it, the bag suddenly came flying in with a furry of vicious strikes and landing some sudden serious blows to the body.

It didn't matter at this point to him, this was the most "fun" thing he had experienced since summer vacation had started. His body may not look like much, but he could take quite the brutal beating. Although a bag could never hold any blood lust within it like the bullies from his past, something about this one in particular seemed to pull his mind back to past times. It was all the same to him as this point, what more could he expect? As his mind began to numb to any feeling, something inside of him started to take over. He was surprised to find himself moving out of the way of the next incoming attack and swing his leg to connect with the bag, the bag suddenly stopping all movement as if the life had just been ended in it. This was unlike him, no, something else had decided to take over inside of him.

Meanwhile, several people chanted for prayers as a man holding up a book read to them lines with such excitement, it filled them all with a sense of hope. As he finishes reading and puts the book down, he notices one of his scouts rushing over towards him. "My lord, we have terrible news!" The scout managed to huff out to his superior. "A wizard has been spotted on Gaia! We don't know what he plans to do, but I can assume it is nothing good!" The man couldn't help but smile and shake his head as he walked over to place a hand on the scouts shoulder.

"Have no fear, I will look into it. Tell the others to be on their guard, in case I am to fall on this day." Though the scout had his expression change to a more worrying one, the man managed to brush this off as he released the shoulder of the scout before walking forward. When the scout turned around to look at the man, he was already gone. The scout closed his eyes and began a heavy prayer for all to be safe.

Back to Yohan, it all felt strange. He decided to move away from the bags entirely, knowing what he did wasn't out of strength or power. It didn't feel like him just now, it still didn't feel like he was himself. Something was inside of him, bothering him in a way that made him feel sick. He thought about leaving, but it was strange to see two people enter in. One was a small looking child, the other he noticed seemed to look familiar somehow. Great, just what he needed, more people bringing about unnecessary attention.

Now to the wizard mentioned before, who was still in town looking for his ring. The elderly man growled to himself as he could not even sense where his ring was, perhaps it was best to leave and try in another town. Before the wizard could leave, however, three people appeared out of nowhere who suddenly became the sole attention of the wizard. "I wasn't expecting The Order of Gray to step in." The wizard rubs his chin as he stares at the three. "To what do I owe the sudden visit?"

"I thought it was you, of all the people to appear in Gaia." The man in the white robe spoke, rubbing his neck as he closed his eyes, surprising his apprentices and the wizard. "Hey, I'm Delta, nice to meet ya, though I'm sure you already knew of my title among the Order." Delta opened his eyes and gave a slight smile, putting his hands on his hips as he looked around, the rain not even seeming to bother him in the slightest. "So! Tell me. Why are you making trouble?"

"I am NOT making trouble!" The wizard replied angrily towards Delta. His apprentices were too scared to even try to confront this horrifying man, Delta just seemed to keep smiling like nothing wrong was happening. "Someone has stolen my ring! MY! RING! It is my property, and I will take it back, with or without your help!" The wizard slams the end of his staff down on the ground, causing the apprentices to shake where they stood. "Though I never expected help from an Order of fools!"

"No need to be so harsh." Delta looked around before pointing to the two tallest buildings in the town. "If it will make you happy, we shall have a duel up there." Delta smiles as he puts his hands into his pockets. "Of course, if you would rather, I can go out all here and now... Nah, let's go." The wizard growls out at Delta in response, the apprentices were the first to poof, with Delta following suit. The wizard grumbles to himself before poofing as well.

Ricky, on the other hand, had just arrived back home, and noticed how heavy it was raining outside. Groaning out as he felt tired after driving, he got out of the car and walked inside to his home, where he was already soaking wet upon entering. "Everyone can go burn." He mumbled to himself, stomping his way over to his living room as he turns on one of his fans to try and dry himself off. As he stood there with the wind blowing on him, he pulled out the ring and checked it over, his eyes narrowing as he hated how much money he just gave up to the boss. "Why are you so important anyway?"

Once Ricky felt he was dry enough, he turned off the fan and walked over to his couch, sitting down as he turned on the television and began to watch the news. That's when he saw it, the face of his ex-girlfriend. This sent him into a flying rage, grinding his teeth against each other as his eyes again catch the ring and he looks at it more carefully. "Whoever wears this ring shall be allowed three wishes. However, the user can also have whatever desires they want. . .granted? What kind of crap is this?" Ricky looked to the television before looking back to the ring. Slipping it on, he looked back to the television before making his mind up. "A desire granted? I ain't gonna waste a wish on this. I just hope that fool dies, and I hope the whole town learns of it!"

It was around this time that unknown to Yohan, a strange being had formed above him and was quickly looking over several people. Not even he could see or feel it, however, as the mystical spirit-like being used it's eyes to search out and see a girl was making her way towards the gym. With a nod that was to only itself, the being reached a hand inside of itself and pulled out a white orb without any harm to itself. Raising up it's other hand, it slammed down on the white orb and caused it to shatter and break out into four different pieces. The four orbs end up entering into a person each without them feeling a thing: Rina, Taja, Miranda and Sienna. Satisfied with it's selections, it fades away before it could be noticed by the four.

The wizard and Delta both stood on one building, with the two apprentices merely watching from a safe distance. A white barrier had been put up around the both of them as an intense stare went down between the wizard and Delta for some time. Summoning his own staff, Delta points it towards the wizard's direction, as the wizard points his own staff at Delta with the two staffs pointing at each other. A white light forms at the end of Delta's, with a black light forming at the end of the wizard's. The apprentices couldn't help but look on in terror as the battle began, with white and black lights spawning from each staff colliding into each other.

To the four, they wouldn't of been able to hear it before, but now, they could suddenly hear an odd melody being played out. Yohan's attention seemed to shift as he hears this, though no one that did not possess either white or black could listen to it's strange tunes. Yohan rushes outside as he notices the rain had suddenly stopped, his attention looking off towards the direction of the two buildings, though he could not see the two people standing there. A car suddenly rushes past him, his eyes widening as he realized how reckless the driver had been. His eyes shifting to see a woman behind the wheel, he sees the car make a sudden turn and only the melody rang it's bells for a moment before a sudden crash could be heard.

Behind the wizard and Delta began a changing of scene and color, or perhaps, reality itself. Images changing from one to the other, one moment it could be a peaceful looking forest, the next it could be a castle under siege, to a waterfall flowing peacefully, to a battlefield where men fired old fashioned guns at one another. The colors changed with every image that went by them, the sky could be blue one moment, and the next it could be red. Grass could be green one minute, the next it could be red, or yellow, or white. This only got quicker as the strange melody picked up pace, becoming much more faster now as the apprentices could only watch in fear of the duel between the two.

Ricky was caught off guard as suddenly, the news covering his ex-girlfriend changed into about how she had just died in a sudden car crash. His eyes widen in surprise as he felt his heartbeat increase. Had he really done this? He had desired her to die, so she did? That's when a hand touched Ricky's shoulder, and he turned to look over his shoulder to see a strange black creature now in the same room with him, with a menacing Cheshire cat grin at him and dark red eyes staring at him. "Hello Ricky~"

Yohan couldn't really believe what he just heard, standing there made him feel strange. Maybe it was just the beatings going to his head, though he did wonder why he didn't... Oh, wait, there we go! The sudden rush of adrenaline that had kept him going suddenly was pulled right out of his system and made him collapse right down to his knees, his body shivering with pain as everything seemed to rush in at once and made him feel ill. He wasn't a fighter at heart, his body could only take so much before it got to him. He had no idea if he would be okay to walk home or not, but it looked like he might not be leaving from the gym for just a little longer at this rate.

As the wizard and Delta disappeared from sight, the two apprentices followed suit, and with them, the strange melody they had created faded. The town was normal again, but no rain seemed to come down for some odd reason. It was unusual, and by the time the melody faded, the four would unfortunately feel a rush of pain course through each of them, unknowing of the new connection they had just made. Perhaps it was a sign of adjustment? Who knows, but at least they could stand outside without being rushed on by rain!

"Calm down, Ricky!" The creature spoke to the frightened Ricky, who now sat on the floor cowering for his life. "You do not possess the Black, but I will be your catalyst. Since you have fed me that girl's life force, I will be your guardian from here on out. No, do not worry, I am not like the fools who use The White and have some demon bothering the crap out of them. Ah, but where are my manners while starting to explain your new life to you?" The creature temporarily spawned a pair of legs and made a bow to Ricky. "You may call me Djinn. It's a pleasure to be working with you. Oh, and yes, you still have three wishes Ricky~"
Everything happened so quickly. First was the inclusion of a few more people into her Gym, soaking wet and in a hurry, perhaps to get out of the rain. She stood, and put on a smile again as the sounds of Yohan some how getting his ass kicked by inanimate bags filled the back room. Miranda did her job and fetched some towels for Taja, Rina(?), and Sienna.

"Wet enough for you?" She attempted to make small talk as her job required as she offered the females each a towel or two to help them dry off from the storm outside. Next, the rain stopped, and as Yohan moved outside to see the car crash in front of him, Miranda's leg injury suddenly flared, the same pain of the bone snapping flooding her nerves as she suddenly cried out in pain, hands going to the leg in question while she fell to the ground, eyes clamped tightly shut and teeth bared.

The Magic had caused the weakness to grow weaker, it seemed, but also her strengths to grow stronger. Her Canines, normally large and sharp on their own, suddenly became more canine, growing in length and sharpness until they made her look like a wolf while her teeth were bared. She also yiped like a dog who's leg had been broken, just once, before reverting back to her human screams for a moment, and then it was gone.

There was music, the car crashed, and she blinked, sitting up and hesitantly standing, finding she was able to use her leg just fine. "The fuck?" she growled out, confused. She felt...awake. Alive. Powerful. She blinked and ran to her desk to call the paramedics for the woman who had just crashed her car outside.
Taja smiled up at the girl talking and was about to say something when the boy stick ran passed her. Not a second later she heard the crash and turned around to go out but decided against it. She took a step back when it hit her. Her who body felt like something sharp go through her veins. She screamed before falling onto the wet mat. Her eyes welled up with tears, but withing seconds the pain was gone.

Her whole body shook. Today was just a really bad day.
Alarms sounded all over the ship as the ship took heavy fire. "Captain! Enemy forces have breached the first defense line! Squads 14 and 17 have been wiped out completely! Remaining defensive units are being pushed back! We are taking heavy losses and our ship has taken moderate damage!" A crewman shouted as alarms blared all across the ship. Steadily rocking as from the view port of the ship massive gun batteries on the ship echoed across the ship, shaking it very slightly as the massive battleship continued its fire support mission despite taking fire from long range torpedoes and energy fire.

"We will not flee! We are the last bastion for Earth! Prepare the main cannon for fire and all shields to maximum! Ready all engines! We will save the Earth one way or another..." The captain, dressed in a red naval greatcoat gripped the arms of his chair as he gave the order.

The massive six kilometer ship roared to life as it charged forward from the safety of its lines and allies ships were ripped to pieces from the overwealming firepower of the enemy. "Men! Women! I am proud to have served with you all these years! We have faced the grave threat of the machines for two long years! Today we finnaly end this war with our own hands!" The captain roared as the entire enemy force focused fire with everything they had. The shield held on for less than a minute before shattering in a pale blue light, the armored platting of the hull was soon being shot to ribbons but the ship remained on course straight for a gargantuan battleship in sight...

The inside of the ship rocked, holes began to form in the ship as a massive spike of energy charged in the bow of the ship. "Today! We die not by the hands of the machines! But as heroes who shall give their life to finnaly end this! Lets send these machines to the junkyard!" The Captain roared once again followed by the crew as the distance turned from miles...then to inches...and then...

Ring! Ring! Ring! Ring!

The sudden noise of an alarm clock startled the man who was putting the final touches in his comic. He flew backwards in his chair before landing hard on the back of his head. Letting out quick yelps of pain, he rolled across the floor rubbing his head as the alarm continued to ring.

After a few minutes of soothing the pain and stumbling to get back up. He managed to turn of the ringing before giving a deep sigh. He must have been a little to engrossed in his work and did not sleep. But it was morning now so he might as well get ready for what he had planned today.

After cleaning up his whole workplace, he neatly tucked them inside a drawer and got dressed for the day. With a tanned shirt, blue pants, brown coat, and his signature smile he wandered over to his kitchen and fashioned himself a nice helping of eggs and bacon.

"Lets see here...What is my schedule like..." The man spoke to himelf as he looked over his schedule. Empty....Empty...and Janitorial work at school. His schedule was rather empty this week it seemed but to clean up a school? That was what he was trained for! Cleaning up a very messy place was what made a janitor a janitor! Oh...He only had half an hour to get a move on...

Forking down his food, he quickly cleaned his dishes, put on his dress shoes and leaped into his car. Getting everything ready he reversed from his driveway and began to drive to the school he was hired part time for. "I am sure to wow the people after they ready my newest comic!" He cheered to himself as he drove.
Sienna Cartlow
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Sienna had been most of the way to the gym when several things happened. The first was an odd whistling tune that just suddenly seemed to ‘pop’ into her mind from nowhere. Like someone had suddenly turned on a TV or something nearby. It was such a jarring sensation that she stopped, briefly shielding her eyes from the rain as she peered around the area for the source. She didn’t get to contemplate it long before the second thing occurred. Pelted with gutter water, Sienna yelped and spluttered as she caught sight of a car whipping about in the rain, going far faster than any sane driver would go in this weather. Swearing and shaking herself off slightly, she saw it make a turn off just near the gym, skidding out of control. The cacophonous sounds of a violent crash soon followed, and although that worried Sienna slightly, she couldn’t deny that her first thought was that it ‘served them right’. If only she knew of the truth and lethality of the situation.

As she went to go and investigate the incident (Curious, as she could probably stand to take a peek on the way to the gym), she only managed a couple more steps before the ringing tone in her ears vanished. It was a welcome change, but what came next certainly wasn’t. Crippling, excruciating pain filtered through her body, all at once hammering her like her gut was trying to eat itself and twisting into a spiral of agony. God, it wasn’t that time of the month, what the hell?! Inhaling sharply and clutching her stomach, Sienna sunk to her knees as she gritted her teeth, tears staining her eyes as the stinging sensation refused to go away. Just what was happening to her?! The only solace she had was that the rain had stopped, but she barely registered that fact as she was left incapacitated on the sidewalk.

“Aw, what’s wrong? Does your stomach hurt?” The sultry female voice came from behind Sienna, and she felt a hand gently go to her back, giving it an affectionate rub. Sienna winced as another bout of pain shot through her, and she didn’t even get the chance to tell the lady to buzz off, instead gasping sharply as she went down on all fours, face splashing into a puddle as she turned her head to the side. “You know, you look pretty unsightly like that. Best get your act together before you’re even more humiliated.” Her mystery helper commented, and as the aches finally started to ebb away and let Sienna catch her breath, she began to sit up, falling backwards onto her rear and looking behind her with a glare. “Not in the moo-“ Sienna’s jaw dropped as she was unable to finish her sentence. Whatever she had been expecting when she turned, it wasn’t this.

It was a small, orange feline, no bigger than your average cat. Oddly enough, it had bright yellow eyes, a distinctly curvy tail, but, probably strangest of all was the fact it was speaking. “Surprised? Well, I suppose that makes sense. I know you’re smart, but you’re not very good at seeing things beyond your own perception of the world.” The feline strode past the dumbfounded Sienna, daintily avoiding the larger puddles. Sienna shut her eyes and rubbed her forehead a bit. She had to be going crazy. It was just some cat. She was either imagining things or hallucinating or something – probably from the pain and stress. Maybe she was having an aneurysm?

Slowly getting back to her feet, she watched the feline lead the way towards the Gym and heading inside. Well… Talking cat or not, she had business at the gym. And she needed to dry off, so hopefully they’d be able to accommodate at least that. They’d have showers and stuff at the very least. Slowly trotting into the building and only briefly glancing to the smashed vehicle outside, Sienna continued inside, looking about as she dripped over the welcome mat. The orange cat sat on the nearby desk as if waiting for her to catch up, while the foyer itself was occupied by a few people. Including… Clenching her fist, Sienna looked to the tiny girl that had caused all this chaos. It was time to get back the keys, and also teach the brat a lesson…

“Careful, you don’t know what you’re capable of just yet.” The cat was smirking, if that was possible. The tone of voice was teasing, daring. Almost like the warning was designed just to provoke Sienna more. Deciding not to be so foolish as the respond to the cat, Sienna continued with her initial plan as she strode up to the child and without hesitation, slapped her across the face. She didn’t particular care what the strangers thought of such an action, but the girl needed to be taught a lesson; and since words weren’t working, Sienna saw this as the most practical solution. “What the hell is wrong with you little brat!? You a delinquent or something?! What kind of shitty 10 year old steals store keys of all things?! Are you trying to piss me off and go to juvy or something?!” Sienna was slightly dumbfounded that her slap had the force to knock the girl off her feet, but she was too angry to care at this point. Thrusting out her hand, she glowered at the girl. “Give them back. Now.” There was ice in her voice as her eyes never left Taja, not for a second.
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"So Ricky, you got any questions?" The Djinn asked him, giving him a cocky smirk.

"Heck yeah I do!" Ricky barely managed to pull himself up. "What do you mean I did that?! How?! I didn't shoot her or nothing!"

"I ate her life force." Ricky's expression turned into a frightened one as the Djinn licked it's lips slowly. "See, wishes don't keep me alive. It's the user's desires. I've been pretty much stuck in that ring for a hundred years now, kiddo! That loop hole keeps me alive, so it's the only one I get to tell you. Make sense?"

"Wha... What in the world. I mean, yeah, I wanted her dead, but, to actually have it happen..." Before Ricky could mumble on, the Djinn gives a wicked laugh.

"Allow me to explain. My master put me in this ring a hundred years ago, in order for me to survive. I grant three wishes, sure! But, if you can't tell, I'd poof shortly after without my master. I found people strongly wanted to do things they normally would use wishes for. So it keeps me alive, you get what you want, everyone wins. Well, except our targets." Another wicked laugh escapes the Djinn.

"Okay... Explain to me something. What are you? You say you need a 'master' to survive?"

"That's right, Ricky. I was originally the true nature of my master, before he put me in this ring. You could say I've sort of developed my own personality because of it. Don't go putting on rings expecting more to talk to you though. I'm what you might call a one deal kind of thing. I doubt there's any other demon like me out there. If there are, they aren't as friendly as I am."

"D-demon?"

"Yeah, that's what you guys call us. Don't worry, no one else can even see me though." Ricky had taken the time to calm down while this demon explained to him these things. He had a hard time swallowing it, but well, the situation was kind of an exception.

"Okay. I'm listening."

"You are now a user of The Black, though it's only through me acting as a catalyst. Don't lose that ring, kill any White users you find and keep me alive through requesting other people dead." The Djinn suddenly points a finger at Ricky's face. "DON'T SAY WISH WHEN YOU DO!" It was sudden and frightened him a little, but Ricky nodded all the same.

"What's this Black and White you keep mentioning to me?" Ricky's question made the Djinn chuckle as if recounting a funny joke it just heard.

"The Black and The White are two parts of the same thing, Ricky. Magic is real, and it mainly exists through these two forces. There are exceptions, of course, but who wouldn't want to be lucky enough to get The White or The Black? You can't just get it out of thin air, and even if you somehow managed to, it's a rare thing to happen. You wouldn't believe me though if you saw all the users of it right now." Ricky couldn't help but let out a sigh of relief, looks like this thing wasn't going to kill him.

"Alright, I'm with you so far."

"The White's mainly used by self-righteous nut jobs these days, who want to use it to save people, keep justice in order, all that. It used to be more fun back in the day, oh well." The Djinn looked to Ricky briefly with a smirk before going further. "The Black's like the naughty person of the group. Backstabbing, murdering, gambling away someone else's money, you get the idea." Ricky could already feel his eye twitching.

"That doesn't help me understand anything either can really do!" Ricky crossed his arms, for some reason he felt like he was five again.

"Yeah, I figured as much. Talking's no good, see, so I'll show you." This caused Ricky's eyes to widen.

"Show me?"

"Yeah, I'll show you. I know the man you call Boss just helped someone very important make an active Gateway." The Djinn suddenly appeared right in front of his face. "Don't think just because I'm stuck in this ring doesn't mean I'm not watching! I am always watching. Remember that." The Djinn suddenly vanished, leaving Ricky surprised. "Come on." The voice came from behind him, as he turned to see the demon now near his door. "I'll show you the way. Looks like two old guys are fighting in the sky right now, so the rain won't be a problem for a while longer."

Meanwhile with Yohan, it seemed like he had been in this position before. Seeing this car crash suddenly started pulling him back to the past. It happened when he was younger, his parents had decided to take him out for whatever reason, parts were still foggy to him. The actual crash itself was mostly a blur, but he could hear his parents screaming before it all went silent. The part he did remember, however, came after the realization.

He could still remember his young little body just sitting there, his parent's car was trashed beyond repair and smoke seemed to lazily rise up from damaged parts of it. But he could still remember his parent's bodies, which were perfectly in sight for him to see. His heart beat was the only thing his mind could register for hours, his mind may have forgotten most of the experience, but his body could recall every detail of that day as if fresh.

"What's the matter?" A voice pulled him back into reality, causing him to gasp and his eyes to avert towards where he could see smoke lazily rising into the air. A white haired male who looked oddly similar to him started casually walking down the street towards him. "Did you miss me?" A sly half lazy grin came to the white hair male's face, Yohan's eyes suddenly becoming full of fear as he backed himself slightly away from the direction the white haired male was heading. He was back, now of all times, Yohan could feel his heart beat starting to race out of control, his mind racing into a panic as his body starts to break out into a cold sweat.

"No, not you again." Yohan managed to mumble, trying to keep his voice low enough for people not to hear him. "Leave me alone." His body was starting to shake uncontrollably, he felt himself breathing faster all of a sudden, he was starting to feel light headed as he tried to stand up to his feet.

"Why? You called me here." The white haired male taunted him as he gave a smug smile. "I know what you are thinking about. It's rather sad to know you couldn't save them, isn't it?" Yohan had to put his hand up against a wall of the building, his legs barely keeping him up as his focus was starting to rapidly break down. "What are you thinking right now, little Yohan? Do you need seven years more bad luck to remind yourself of the monster that you are?"

"No, stop, please." Yohan's voice was starting to break, he didn't know how much longer he could keep himself sane like this. Of all the times for this to happen, he wasn't in school or at home, the desire gripping his chest tightened it's hold as he felt a chill run down his spine.

"A shell of a man. A coward in the form of flesh. A freak! That's what you are." The white haired male continued to taunt him, despite Yohan's condition growing worse. "You know what you want to do, go on, admit it to the whole world how you feel." The heart beat was starting to grow louder with every pulse in his ears now, his skin quickly became pale as if he had just seen a ghost. "You wish it was you, wasn't it? Does it make you sick to your stomach? Your parents are dead, and do you know why?" The white haired male suddenly appeared at Yohan's side, putting a hand on his shoulder as he leaned in close to his ear. "Because of you."

"GO AWAY!" Yohan's mind broke upon hearing this, swinging his arm wildly at where the white haired male stood. "LEAVE ME ALONE! GET OUT OF MY HEAD! I HATE YOU!" Yohan's aggression felt taxing to his mind, a sudden rush of what felt like energy snapped him back to reality before quickly fading and leaving his body feeling tired and drained. When his focus came back just enough for him to try to find the strange male, he was suddenly gone. He collapsed to his hand and knees, he wanted to go back home and be away from all of this. He didn't belong here, out in the real world. He wanted to be isolated and never come back out, but he needed to survive. All he could do now was close his eyes and try to forget everything.
It took a moment before Taja put two and two together as the redhead walked in. She watched as the girl strolled over to her and without missing a beat slapped her. Of course Taja winched, but she didn't fly back. Her feet took a couple steps back and looked up at the girl amazed that she barely felt it or that the redhead was seriously weak. It wasn't everyday that the girl got slapped, but she had been knocked around a few by her martial arts teacher.

A shadow appeared behind the redhead, but as soon as she focused on it the shadow was replaced by a much taller guy. His red eyes is what she noticed first. They pierced her, kind of like when her dad got angry at her and fussed. "You know, one swift kick to the leg would teach her a grand lesson." His said, egging her. Her head shook no. Maybe if she ignored the guy he would leave.

"Keys are with her." She pointed to the tri-ponytail girl behind the desk. She kept glancing back behind the redhead girl to the slender black hair male behind her. When did he come in? Why didn't the redhead turn around when he talked? She blinked and he was gone, only to be standing next to her. The girl jumped back. "Go away." She mumbled to him.

"Not a chance, doll." He laughed soft, but darkly. She was going to say something else when she heard the scream. Her eyes darted towards the sound. The stick guy was screaming was he seeing things too?

"Poor guy is crazy. Maybe you are crazy too." The red eyed guy next to her said, with no real tone in his voice.
"Look at them."

The voice was strong, confident; hers. Miranda said nothing. "I said LOOK!" the voice snarled. She appeared before Miranda, the newly awoken Werewolf. "Weak, pathetic, worthless. Do you know why the Gods made us? Do you know why Werewolves exist?"

Again, Miranda said nothing, but finally turned her sapphire eyes towards Yohan, Taja, and Sienna, and she blinked, the vision of herself before her eyes again. "We exist to control them. To use them as cattle. Feed them, breed them, eat them. We exist as the true alpha predators of this planet. All the great leaders in history, all of them, werewolves. Like us. Like you."

"Enough." Miranda growled softly to her inner demon, glaring into her soulless eyes. "We were created to guide them. Not use them as cattle."

"Is that what your parents told you? You do know why your parents were banished from Wallace Lands in Ireland don't you?"

Miranda, turned, grabbing her keys from the desk before she moved past her demon to fetch some ice packs for the others, not knowing if the pain was still around for them, as it seemed now that as a werewolf, she had an extreme tolerance for pain of all kinds. Turning, Miranda headed into the Employee's Only room, unlocking it and moving to the freezer where the ice packs were kept. Grabbing a few, she was greeted by the sight of her own demonic self again, eyes glowing amber, canines as large as hers were, clothing torn and muscles bulging. She looked mid-shift.

"Move."

"One swift slam of your hand could kill the child. Send a message. Proclaim your dominance!"

Miranda stared her demon straight in the eyes, her own eyes flashing Amber for a moment. "I am not killing a child." she snarled before moving past and setting the ice packs on the desk.

"If you guys need an ice pack, I've got a few, they've been in there for a few days, should stay cold for a while...."
After a rather quick ten minute drive, Frederick arrived at the school he was supposed to arrive at. Timberland High School of the wonderful town of well...Timberland! Big surprise there.

Parking his modest 4 seat car that just barley reaches to his waist. He stepped out of the car and locked his door taking a good view of the school. Ah school, now those were the old days. It made him feel like a teen again...a teen in a guys body that was. He wondered how far the education evolved...Been at least more than ten years since he last went to school. They probably had more wacky terms in the education system. Maybe something involving squares and triangles...

Instead of wracking his brain even more than in the morning, Frederick soon entered the school and met with the attendant at the entrance. "Good morning sir, may I ask what you are here for?" The lady asked. "Me? Oh, I signed up for the part time janitor work here since the schools janitors got sick. So I am here to take their place for the next few days. All by myself!" He smiled as though trying to clean a whole school from top to bottom by himself was as easy as baking pie...he would admit baking pie was easy.

"Oh, you are Frederick. The janitorial closet should be down the hall to your right. Good luck..." The woman smiled, although she was surprised he would try and clean a whole school.

Frederick followed the directions the woman gave him and there his cleaning equipment was. The mighty broom! The stalwart dustpan! The brave mop! And the loyal cleaning detergent! All just waiting to declare war on the dirt and stains in the whole school. Of course, broom and dustpan would have to brave the whole battle first to get rid of the dirt soldiers.

Imagining the whole place as a cleaning battlefield, Frederick went to work sweeping the entire place. He had to do this before he could mop, common janitorial rules.
Rina sighed. "I was making sure you didn't get hurt," she replied to Taja, gratefully taking the towel from Miranda with a word of thanks. She squeezed the water out of her hair, careful not to get any more on the floor. As she dried off, she made small, pointed comments to Taja about her behavior, coming just short of a lecture. She noticed music, and though its presence struck her as unusual, Rina brushed it off as something Miranda must have just put on.
She was about to go to the desk and apologise for the disturbance when an intense pain exploded in her chest and radiated out through her body. Her hands clapped to her sternum. Was it a heart attack? Had she been shot? Her thoughts were barely formed, scraps stitched loosely together. A small, thin whine escaped her as she fought not to cry. She couldn't breathe and she could barely stand for a few moments until it began to subside.

"What the hell?" As the pain drained from her body, she took stock of her wellbeing. Nothing seemed broken or damaged. Maybe it was just one of those random pains that people sometimes suffered. It was extra vicious if it was, though.
Rina looked around. Everyone else looked distressed, but not because of her. Now that she thought of it, they too had seemed immobile for a moment. It had just taken Rina longer to come to herself.
The ear splitting sound of rending metal and smashing concrete jarred her out of her thoughts. She turned around and saw the car destroyed outside. She hesitated for a moment, then went out to see if the driver was alright, ignoring Sienna. If she was going to be awful, Miranda could deal with it. Or at least Rina hoped she would.
Yohan ran out as well, but she said nothing to him as she went around to the driver's side. He was talking, babbling. Upset, no doubt, by the awful scene. Rina only had to take one look at the woman inside to know that she was dead. No one could survive being scrunched up like that. Besides, Rina was honestly too afraid to reach in and try to feel for a pulse.

"A shame, isn't it?"
Rina looked up to see a naked individual sitting on what was once the trunk of the car. It looked like a man, but clearly wasn't human. It was too pale, too tall, and its face was too flat and masklike for it to be.
"Don't be a little baby, do something."
She didn't respond and instead headed back around toward the gym. Most likely the car was giving off some toxic fumes or something and was subsequently hallucinating. Besides, what the hell could she do? She was going to tell Yohan to move away to a safer distance, but he began to scream at nothing. She had endured enough crazy for the day.
"Don't ignore me, Miss," the thing said coolly, turning around to face her again. Its long, dark hair shifted over its shoulder and covered half of its front.

Rina went back into the gym, only to see almost everyone else talking to themselves as well and Sienna standing in front of Taja.
"Oh, Christ," she murmured. Something was very wrong. She looked back. That thing was still there, closer now. She shook her head and then spoke to Sienna. "What do you want now?" Her voice was tense, clipped. She was unaware of the stolen keys and the words and violence that had just transpired, having been either not paying enough attention or absent when she would have heard about it. "Look, I'll pay you if I have to, I won't even report you to anyone, but we've got bigger problems." Her body felt hot and for the first time in a long time, she felt like she could fight someone her size and win. Hell, she felt like she could take on twenty people, and she was more than ready to get rid of this punk. She glanced up at Miranda, her expression still angry. "I'll be all set, thank you."
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Not letting the child out of her sight, Sienna remained at her side as the commotion ran its course. Naturally, a car crash so close to the gymnasium would’ve drawn quite the crowd, but what was with the screaming boy outside? Was he somehow related to the victim or something? Maybe the car had hit someone before the incident? Whatever the case, it sounded like it sucked to be him. She couldn’t stand depressing folk, so she was glad she’d probably have nothing else to do with the weirdo, or hopefully anyone else here once she got the keys back.

The girl who the brat had gestured to, most likely some receptionist, had disappeared off through the staff room door, forcing Sienna to wait uncomfortably in the lobby of the exercise complex to get her keys back. Gyms were a place for insecure losers to flex their egos and try to get others to marvel and think they're tough. Either that or social media poseurs, neither of which appealed to Sienna, so she hadn’t exactly been in this place other than when Rio was feeling particularly guilty about some cake she ate. Briefly, she looked to the towels that had been left for them, grabbing hold of one and briefly drying off the excess water. It did little to help with her soaked jeans and blouse, but they’d only dry with time. At that point, it seemed black hair had returned from the train-wreck outside, looking to Sienna as she queried the reason for her presence. Figured that the broad knew nothing about what happened. Before Sienna could give much of a response, she continued. "Look, I'll pay you if I have to, I won't even report you to anyone, but we've got bigger problems."

“Pay me?” Sienna repeated with genuine surprise. It’s not like this girl was actually responsible for this kid, nor was Sienna seeking any monetary compensation for this shit storm. Still, from what the girl was saying, she just wanted the whole fiasco dealt with and left behind them. Sienna wholeheartedly agreed with that notion. She just wanted to get the keys, finish her shift, and go home and sleep off this crap day. “Listen, I’m just here to get the keys that brat stole, alright? Then I’m outta here. I’ve seen enough of your ugly mugs to last me a life time, trust me. You can deal with whatever bullshit is happening here.” Reaching into her pocket, Sienna tugged out the pack of cigarettes, flipping the lid and drawing it to her mouth as she began flicking her lighter. She didn’t particular care what the policy was here, but her nerves were shot and she needed to calm down.

Finally, the reception girl returned with some ice packs of all things. Like those were gonna help any. Eyerolling at the idiocy of the gym’s secretary, Sienna moved up, smoke wafting from the stick in her mouth. “I’m freezing my ass off, so no thanks. I just want my store keys that this little punk stole and apparently left with you.” Taking in a long draught, Sienna then exhaled, her forehead scrunching as she held her head and shut her eyes. She had a headache now after all of this. Opening them again, she looked to the cat still sitting on the desk. It hadn’t said anything for a while yet, so hopefully that was a sign that Sienna’s delusions were fading. Looking to it more closely, she noticed a collar and name tag buried amongst its fur. Leaning in, which would have looked somewhat strange to all the individuals that couldn’t see her personal demon, Sienna took hold of the small trinket, trying to make out the lettering. “Sinopia…” Sienna muttered aloud, before looking up and meeting the feline’s eyes. What she saw inside made her uncomfortable, and she took a sharp step back.

Of course, Sienna probably looked pretty stupid with the keys right there on the counter. Still, it wasn't entirely her fault. They were under the cat that only she could see after all.
Gateway


Ricky would say he was enjoying the ride with the Djinn, but if he was being honest with himself, this demon creeped him out. One moment it could be serious as stone, the next it could be creepy and twisted. Certain words also seemed to get Ricky in trouble with the Djinn, not in a life threatening way, more because the Djinn turned out to be one of those types of people. The only reason Ricky didn't include them right now was because he didn't want to remember them.

After what felt like eons of horrible puns, the Djinn waved it's hand across the air in front of itself. "Stop here." Ricky had to push hard on the brakes in order to get the car to stop. No rain was honestly the best part about this, he hated driving through the rain. "We have arrived, Ricky. Get out of the car." Ricky shot a glare at the Djinn before getting out of the car and seeing what looked like just a normal building.

"You trying to play a joke on me, demon?" Ricky said with clear venom in his tone.

"Nah. This is the spot, I remember it clearly." The Djinn suddenly casts a look at Ricky, causing him to curiously raise a brow at the demon. "Well?"

"Well, what?" Ricky crosses his arms over his chest.

"Aren't you going to use my power?"

"What for?"

"TO GET INSIDE!"

"Can't you do that yourself?"

"No! Just... Do it! Hurry up!" Ricky groans at the Djinn's persistent, raising up his arms as the demon glares at Ricky.

"Oh magic ring, holding a stupid demon." Ricky claps twice. "Please allow my desire to come true on this day." Ricky claps twice more.

"I hate you. So much."

"Oh, magic ring, magic ring. Grant my desire. Please open a way for us to get inside!" Ricky claps three times before putting his hands on his waist and smugly looking at the demon.

"You will die a horrible death, by my hands alone, I swear this."

"Well, did it work or not, demon?"

"Open the door and see for yourself, moron!" Ricky shook his head at the demon's temper, walking over to the doorknob and taking hold of it. Narrowing his eyes, he slowly pushes the door open and glares back at the Djinn.

"It was unlocked the whole time."

"Gotcha!" The Djinn bursts out with laughter, causing Ricky to kick the rest of the door open. "Hey, quit drawing attention to us, you idiot." The Djinn quickly flies in past Ricky, who walked in behind the demon at his own pace. However, where the demon brought Ricky to made him suddenly drop his jaw in surprise.

"What is that thing?!" Ricky points at what he saw, his mind suddenly exploding with joy as he could see the demon give a sadistic smirk towards him.

"That, Ricky, is a gateway. The only tool that allows one to enter The Other Side~"

Meanwhile with Yohan, he is suddenly snapped back into reality as he got a better hold of his mental state, at least for now. Soon enough, his body began to be cleared of doubt and he could walk without the weight or the burden. But he knew it would be back, it always came back. It made him feel weak and incomplete, in a way it showed him the reality of just how far down he had truly gone without any clear direction to follow on now.

But this didn't seem to bother or stop the others inside, who all seemed to range from not getting along to just being sort of there. How could he argue against them, though? In his eyes, he was worse than a person, so how could a freak justify his own actions against people who were doing wrong in his eyes? Complications only lead to stress, and stress only leads to pain, and pain is something Yohan would rather avoid at any cost.

However, as Yohan got a clear understanding of the situation, he suddenly felt something kick him in the back of his mind. It made him move back into the building, and when he looked right at Sienna, he saw it clear as daylight. "Uh, I thought most buildings had a no smoking thing inside buildings?" He spoke out to her, seeing the smoke rising up ever so eerily and vanishing in the air sent only a pulse of disgust through his body. "I think I'm also missing something here, there are a few more people I can count suddenly that weren't here before."
Rina shot Taja a look. Well, that explained why Sienna was there. She retrieved her phone for the umpteenth time that day and made a call for an ambulance. As she spoke to the operator, she watched Sienna light up a cigarette, suppressing the urge to wrinkle her nose as the smell reached her, and move over to the counter, noticing that she wasn't really looking at it. Rina did, however, and noticed the keys. During a period where she didn't have to speak, she covered the microphone and said, "If you want the keys, then take them."

She was still on the phone when Yohan walked in. She flashed him a strained smile and wave. He might not be all there, but he did look rattled. Who wouldn't be, given the circumstances? In another lull, she covered the phone again.
"We only got here a few minutes ago," she told Yohan. "I passed you outside, but you were…" she shrugged, face red. "Somewhere else."
A scrunched up nose and a growl of annoyance, a growl that shouldn't be coming from a human's throat but was anyway. "Yes! Do it! Kill her for defiling YOUR Gym!" Miranda's Demon yelled in her ears. Miranda shook her head and took a breath before speaking.

"I would prefer if you smoked outside. I won't have my gym smelling like cancer." she said sternly to Sienna as she moved her own set of keys back to the drawer in the desk. It was at that point that Rina pointed out the keys. Looking to them, Miranda walked around the desk and grabbed the keys, stopping for a second; something was...off about that space. She stared at that area, where unbeknownst to the Alpha Werewolf in the room, Sienna's Demon sat like the fat cat it was.

Moving on, she cast a glance to Taja. "You shouldn't take things that aren't yours, little one." She said simply, not in a babying tone or one that would imply talking down to her, but just straight up telling the child what she needed to say. She looked to Sienna.

"Use the keys to slice her throat. Smack the cancer-stick outta her hand and then slash her throat! Do it! If this cow thinks she can smoke in your Gym, she needs to pay!"

Miranda huffed, as if tired or annoyed, and moved to hand the keys over to the red-haired girl before her. She repeated her earlier request. "If you're fine, then smoke outside. Or I will extinguish it for you." with the look in her eyes, it wasn't a threat, but a promise. Miranda's Demon began to snicker as it walked up and began to circle Sienna.

"Look at this one...not unattractive, but not worthy of you. You could use her to polish your boots. Or you can just fucking kill her!" Miranda bit the inside of her lip, she was getting really annoyed really fast with her Demon.
Frederick whistled to himself as he steadily cleaned the school, with one sweep at a time. At the rate he was going, he thought of a way to clean the school faster...and that involved new allies...

Returning to the janitorial closet, he grabbed three brooms and tied them to his back letting the end of the broom touch the floor. Now as he walked he was cleaning! This would speed things up by quite a bit.

Now with his added sweeping power, he began to walk the hallways of the school looking like a cheap cosplayer. One would say the brooms were cannons on his back, but in reality he was just cleaning and looking silly while doing it. Surprisingly he was getting work done in the school, multiple hallways were spotless of dirt...but he was far from finished. But for Frederick cleaning up the mess was his duty, just like his father! He would be proud of him this day!
Taja gave the black hair girl a sorry smile. She didn't mean to cause any harm or drama. The goal was to get the red head girl from point A to point B without any instructions on how. At least it didn't get anyone in too much trouble, or so she thought.

"Well you got the girl to leave the shop unattended to and someone is bound to go in and steal something. Then she is going to get in super duper trouble, might even lose her job. Hey, maybe she even needed that job in order to rent where ever she stayed and to by food. Now she is probably going to become homeless and starving. Oh and let's not forget her smokes. She is probably going to become more violent and end up killing someone." The red eyed guy laughed before patting her head. "Kid, let's be real some of that was selfish."

"I only came here because they wanted me to get her here. And I will go to the store... I will explain everything and how it was my fault. I will even pay the store back." She whispered to the guy. No one seemed to notice him. She thought about it, maybe it had to do with that pain, but she couldn't think too long on it for the tri-ponytail girl was talking to her.

"Yes, ma'am." Was all she said when she started talking to the red hair girl. Honestly, Taja was more scared of the tri-hair girl than the red head. She looked at each girl's arms, stomachs, and legs. The red head looked like a strawberry roll while the tri-hair girl actually looked like someone who can deal with things.

"You sure don't want to mess with this one." The red eyed guy stepped towards the tri-ponytail girl. "She looks like a beast." The way he said beast, his eyes glowing red, and his teeth going sharp made her gasp and stumble back against the stick boy, which made her jump and turn around.

"Sorry, so sorry." She mumbled fast backing up from him.
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"I would prefer if you smoked outside. I won't have my gym smelling like cancer." Came the response of the secretary, which was pretty typical in most places. Sienna was used to it, but you could usually get away with lighting one before they made you stop. This seemed to be no exception. It didn’t really matter either way, she’d be stepping out once she got her keys, so who really cared if she smoked? They could tolerate it for the moment until she was out of here. Sienna simply nodded dimly, rolling the cigarette about her mouth a bit while waiting for her keys.

It was at that point that the black haired chick made some dumb comment that she should just grab her keys, leading Sienna to eyeroll. Well duh, she would once she knew where they were. That girl was acting like Sienna was the stupid one, and it annoyed her. It wasn’t like she was staying because she enjoyed their company, she’d be just as happy as them once she was gone. Turning back to the receptionist who had come around to her side of the desk, Sienna nearly dropped her cigarette when she literally reached through the cat on the desk, pulling out her keys. Blinking a few times, she shook her head. Definitely hallucinating then. If there were still intangible cats in the morning after she slept, she’d have to book a doctor’s visit. Despite her distracting thoughts, she noted that the gym-girl seemed to pause, staring at the spot where she’d taken the keys. Almost like she noticed something was amiss. Sienna raised an eyebrow, but dismissed it. She was getting overly paranoid, it was just a coincidence.

After briefly lecturing the small brat, something Sienna resisted the urge to groan about, the other girl finally handed her back the keys, dropping them into her hands. Sienna grinned, tossing them once into the air and catching them with the same hand, shoving them into her pocket. "If you're fine, then smoke outside. Or I will extinguish it for you." The gym-lady repeated her warning, this time with a bit more edge to it. Sienna didn’t entirely like the tone, but she wouldn’t have to deal with this girl any longer. Besides, she was pretty much done with it at this point, and didn’t exactly need a fresh one for the walk back, especially if it was going to start raining again. “Don’t worry, I’m going. Thanks for my keys.” Taking her cigarette out, she briefly looked about the room for a way to dispose of it. Not seeing any, she did the ‘next best thing’. Squishing the butt of the cigarette onto the desk and leaving a little bit of a mark, Sienna left the rubbish behind as she strode back towards the exit, intending to head back to the corner store and deal with that jerk of a roommate of hers. Behind her, the cat followed, though it wasn’t exactly silent. “Five… Four… Three…” The feline was counting, though Sienna couldn’t entirely tell why.
The Other Side


Well, it seemed like things were wrapping up around here just fine. Good, that meant he could go home without having to worry about being out in public anymore. The car crash was terrible, sure, but accidents happened, this one just happened to be near them. Following Sienna's example, he decided to start heading for the doors, believing there was no real reason for him to stay anymore either. He was, unfortunately, talked to by Rina. She mentioned about his little conversation with the white haired man, though she had no idea it was with him, as he stops and looks over towards her.

"Yeah, thanks for reminding me. I got to take my medication back home." He wasn't exactly lying either, it was about the only thing that kept him from, well, ending up six feet under. Seems like the whole cigarette matter had been settled, and that meant there would be no drama to worry about once he left. He would of left right then and there, if a certain ten year old had not bumped into him and started to apologize. He put on a fake smile and waved her off.

"This has been an interesting experience, so uh, let's try to keep the interesting out from now on." Some might be confused, to him, he pretty much wanted to live a normal life. He started making his way for the doors again, his plan to rush out once Sienna opened them and went out herself. The white haired male, unknown to even him, had appeared again in the Gym itself and took a deep breath through his nostrils.

"Time to go." Was all he said, causing Yohan to feel a shiver down his spine. When he went to look, he was gone again. What did he mean, time to go? It didn't matter, he seemed more than happy for Yohan to leave this place, and that pushed him to go through with his decision. He wasn't about to let this creep ruin the rest of his day, he already seemed crazy to some of these people! Regardless, he could already feel the smell of the outdoors as he was almost outside...

Meanwhile, back with Ricky, what he saw was most unusual. How could anyone use this for transportation? That's the thought that kept running through his mind. It looked like some kind of ring on the wall, certainly making it stand out, though it certainly wasn't alien looking. It reminded him of something a kid would put up on the wall one day out of boredom and the parents decided to help out with the rest.

"Okay, what do you want me to do?" Ricky asked, shifting his eyes to the demon.

"Walk over to it. When you are standing in front of it, you will need to say only one word to use it. However, since those old people are almost done, I will give you the signal for when they have left."

"Wait, we're going to be waiting?" Ricky's eyebrows shot up. "Why? What's the point?"

"Ricky, this gateway will pull in not just us, but anyone close enough within range that has a connection to The White or The Black." Ricky's eyes widened slightly at the demon's words. "If those two get pulled in with us, we're basically screwed. Now, step on over to it!" Ricky grumbled to himself as the demon ordered him around. It seemed like the Djinn really wanted to show Ricky a surprise, at least that was the impression Ricky got after seeing the strange look in the demon's eyes.

"Fine, whatever." Ricky approached the strange circle on the wall, this was suppose to be a Gateway? This must be some kind of prank the demon was pulling on him, but he would go along with it for now, if only out of fear of not being eaten himself. It felt strange to just stand there and have his hand held out on the wall, but Ricky could definitely tell something strange was going on with this spot. He didn't know whether it was due to his connection with the demon or if it was the ring itself doing something, but he could feel something almost wanting to creep itself out of here.

"Okay, say it." The Djinn said without warning, and suddenly, a word popped itself into Ricky's mind. He almost began to cuss out due to his irritation at the demon messing with his head, but instead, Ricky could only call out the word he had thought of first purely by instinct.

"Purgatory!"

Back with Yohan, he finally managed to get himself outside and shook his head as he ran a hand through his hair. Taking out his phone from his pocket, he went to turn it on... Only to receive a static screen? What was going on, this wasn't something that had ever happened before. Putting his phone away, he looked around only to notice all the buildings looked... Whoa, wait a minute! Yohan found himself jumping back as his heart began to race, noticing how all the buildings had just suddenly turned into these weird black structures. They resembled a town though, so what the heck was going on?!

Meanwhile... "Oh dear, I didn't expect the range to be this strong." The Djinn quickly noted, taking a look at the new envrionment around them.

"WHERE THE HECK DID YOU SEND US?!" Ricky demanded.

"The Other Side, moron. I didn't realize this gateway had a powerful pulse to it, though. Looks like this one covered the entire town. Oops?"

"OOPS?! HOW MANY PEOPLE DID I JUST SEND WITH US HERE?!"

"Calm down, idiot. No one without The White or The Black even knows we're here. Although if someone were to have a slight connection with it somehow, they might feel a thing. But otherwise, I doubt we brought anyone with us here." The Djinn suddenly smirked. "You should take a look at the sky, if you don't believe we are in another world~"

Back with Yohan, his heart began to race as his eyes looked up suddenly. What he saw confirmed he was no longer home. The sky was no longer blue for him. It had turned into a light green, almost as if this was how it had always been. But he was still seeing Sienna as well, yet he could no longer make out that a car had just recently crashed near them. But the crazy wasn't done just yet, for a scream erupted out not far from them.

"PLEASE, HELP ME, SOMEONE!" The man screamed out, looking to have been on his way to work. The man didn't notice them, but was just within sight for them all to see him. However, he ends up tripping and collapsing hard on the ground, trying to crawl away now as what came out next made Yohan take a step back out of fear. Some kind of black liquid creature stepped out into the light, having some kind of emotionless human face that looked like it had been cruelly slapped on to this thing as a joke.

"Someone, help me!" The man cried out again, though there would not be a next time. The creature slams what looked like a hand into the man's back, the man suddenly changing his expression to one of pure pain, though he could no longer scream out. Three other creatures walked out into the sunlight, all of them suddenly the man as all he could do was look on over the creatures in terror. Then, the creatures all leaned down and appeared to begin devouring the man, it was hard to tell exactly, but Yohan's mind raced to the first thing he could think of right now. He could tell one thing from all of this, however. They weren't safe out here.

"Come on." He quickly said to Sienna after seeing this, it didn't matter whether she was a horrible person or not, they weren't safe out here, and he quickly rushed for the door back into the structure where the gym used to stand. He opens up the door, though he waits as he gestures for her to come inside quickly. He had no idea if she saw the same thing he did or not, but he wasn't going to take any chances. Looking inside, he could see the others were still there, maybe he wasn't going crazy after all?
Fredrick was uneventfully continuing to clean the school, with the three brooms strapped to his back along with the one still in his hands, he had gathered piles of dust together and easily disposed of the pesky nuisances. It was strange being alone in a massive school, no teachers, no students but he felt something was off for some reason.

Fredrick felt a chill run up his spine as he worked. Causing him to leap into the air in surprise. He looked around, holding the broom like a rifle. "If there is a ghost nearby then would you kindly not cause my back to freak out like a cat near water." He spoke as he looked down empty corridors. "Huh...I knew you were a coward you ghost! Always freaking people out from behind but when faced with a champion of a broom you hide! Just in spite of you I will hard wax these halls later!" He waved his broom around as he went back to cleaning.

Darn ghosts...they don't know the true hardships of being a janitor. It was his duty to make sure people could walk through these hallways without getting dirty! Then he shall clean it again once the day was done...Oh wait...He was only part time here...Well, he would teach the ghost a lesson before he left! He was certain about that.
Rina gladly watched Sienna leave, ignoring the masked-faced thing when it suggested that she trip her. Still, she had to admit that it might give her some satisfaction. Yohan left to, so the girl gave him a small wave and smile.
She finally hung up the phone as she heard sirens blaring outside and saw flashing light signaling the arrival of the people who could clean up the accident. She rubbed her temples, then bent down to Taja's height. "Now, it's been a tiring morning. Let's get you home, alright?" She didn't think that she could bring the child home herself. Most likely she'd have to talk to the police about the accident, even though she hardly saw anything of it. "What's your address? You live near the corner store, right? I can take you back there, then--" She paused. A strange shiver passed through her, she blinked once and then everything changed. The walls were black and smooth like obsidian. The others were there, standing the same distance away from her that they had been before, but it was quiet now, without the noise from the scene of the accident. Rina stood up, looking around to get her bearings.
A quiet muffled scream reached her from outside. When Yohan burst through the door, she jerked around to face him. "What is it? What happened?" Her voice was sharp, lacking any of the warmth it had earlier. Fear was showing on ther pale face.
"Stay close to me, kiddo," she ordered Taja, only sparing a glance for her. Maybe it was just her, but she didn't want to take any chances. Something felt very wrong.
A low feral, canine growl erupted from Miranda's throat, loud and guttural, like that of an actual Wolf, as she watched Sienna put out the cigarette out on her desk. And then leave it there! "Are you going to let her do that? Litter in your gym? Defile your gym? Your Family's legacy!?" Her demon shouted, gesturing wildly to Sienna. And it was right. Miranda wasn't going to let that happen. Not without repercussions.

Moving quicker than most normal people could see clearly, Miranda grabbed Sienna, flipped her around to face her, grabbed the girl by the collar of her shirt with both hands, and lifted her before slamming her against the floor, arms and back muscles flexed, veins bulging, teeth bared with her inch and a half long upper canine teeth and lower canines being one inch long, and her sapphire eyes being Amber. She shivered and snarled as the group passed over to the other side, the feral animalistic growl rumbling forth from the depths of her throat intimidating.

Behind Miranda, now visible to the others, was her Demon. Between the two a black, corrupting band of energy connected by the hips. Miranda's Demon looked very similar to the werewolf: She was tall, had tan skin, black hair, and was muscular. That's about it. For one, she had her hair down, flowing down in otherwise beautiful locks of hair that made her only seem more terrifying. Her eyes glowed Crimson, the color of blood, and her face was deformed and canine in shape, with an elongated snout and with multiple pointed teeth, the canines even larger than Mirandas, and the muscles bulging with effort as well. It wore a sickening smile as it egged on Miranda.

"Yes! Do it! Beat her. Show them their place in life! Beneath you and your boots! Do it! Lift your arm! Swing! Smash in her skull and throw it to the side like trash!"

Miranda's eyes flashed crimson as the Amber became fully took over the color of her eyes, and they went from soft Sapphire, human eyes, to predatory, blood-lust driven eyes of a Wolf on the hunt. Slowly, Miranda's arm began to raise, the fist shaking from how tense the muscles were flexed.

If someone didn't stop Miranda now, she'd kill Sienna.
Taja was more than ready to go home. He cheek ached and she told Miss Lilybottom that she wouldn't be long. She was sure to be worrying right about now. Giving the black hair girl a small smile and nodded to the girl about how she lived by the corner store. The small girl felt something shift, but today was a weird one a sort of paid no mind to it. After everything that had happen today she just sort of shoved it off as one of those feelings.

It took her a second to realize the walls became black. She rubbed her eyes and looked around. Sure enough it wasn't her just seeing things. The demon, her demon, stood next to her. "I see we are on the other side." Said Red eyes.

Taja looked at him, it being the first time that he spoke without taunting her, and then she saw the furry creature behind him. She knew what it was due to cartoons and such; it was egging the tri-ponytail girl. She knew the black hair girl wanted her to stay, but she had to do something.

“Or you could let it be and let the redhead get what she deserves. After all she did slap you across the face. I know how you truly feel, Tata” Red eyes spoke, a smirk playing on his lips.

“Or I can stop it, I can be the better person. Plus I did cause a lot of trouble for her, it was well deserved. And one more thing, don't call me by that name.” She said to him before turning around. Taja ran towards the tri-ponytail girl and yanked her arm hard. “Can you not? Try and show some control, okay?!” She yelled, the werewolf behind both of them was growling, but she ignored it.
Power Locked Within


Well, it seemed as though they were safe... For now. He had no idea where they had ended up, but at least it looked like a town. Though with how barbaric the building looked, it didn't seem like anything human would live here. But there was the man they just saw, why was he the only one among everyone in town who was brought here with them? It hurt his head trying to understand, they certainly didn't have much time to just stand around and chat.

"I didn't want to show up, but it looks like I have no choice." The white haired boy stated, standing behind Yohan but to the left so the others could see him if they chose to look over. It seemed eerie that he looked similar to Yohan, but perhaps this was like Miranda's demon? No, while Miranda's demon leaked with terror, there was something more hidden within this white haired individual. "My, you better do something quick."

"Huh?" Yohan suddenly saw Miranda go nuts, her rage looking to consume her as she moved to grab Sienna and slam her into the bloody floor. Given how rough the building looked similar to rock structures, it looked like it hurt. "Wh-what?!" What was the white haired boy referring to, what was he suppose to do about this?! Miranda was clearly stronger than him, and now she had some kind of crazy version of herself standing behind her?!

"Relax, brute strength isn't everything. You have a power that can do far more than brute strength ever could." The white haired boy spoke up, walking over to place a hand on Yohan's right arm. Yohan's eyebrows suddenly shot up as he noticed some kind of lock on his chest. The lock seemed to be connected to each of them somehow, as each of them had a key on the back of one of their hands. "Your power is about to kick in. It's going to hurt."

"What are you talking -- AAGGH!" Yohan was interrupted by a sudden pain shooting up his right arm, as the key on the back of Miranda's hand began to glow. The lock on Yohan's chest glowed in response, with Yohan screaming out in pain as a white glow began to exit Miranda's body and enter into Yohan's arm. "S-stop it! I don't want to do this!"

"I'm not doing anything. It's you who's doing all this." The white haired boy smirked as he spoke. "You want to help, fool. It's only natural that your power would assist you in such a manner."

"I don't want to hurt anyone!" Yohan tried to resist, but no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't stop himself from taking some of Miranda's power. "Stop! No! Wait!!!"

"Too late. Here it comes." The white haired boy stepped away from Yohan as the white glow stopped transferring. Yohan's arm now glowed brightly as it rose up, though to Yohan it felt heavy. "Time for this wolf to get slammed." Yohan's arm fell to the floor, slamming into it as a shockwave only directed at Miranda was sent out as a result, with Miranda's own power it aimed to knock her away from Sienna and off her feet, though aside from feeling a little sore, she would find she was unharmed.

"My, the ten year old is making you all look mature. That's kind of insulting." The white haired boy commented, Yohan taking a second to realize what just happened, as his arm had just returned to normal. It was only when the white haired boy suddenly vanished that he saw Sienna and he rushed on over to her.

"Hey, are you alright?" Yohan spoke out, offering a hand towards Sienna to help her up. "Please don't ask me what just happened, I have no idea what's going on." Though it was only now that Yohan noticed some kind of line between his lock and one of the keys. Hopefully they could find a way back home from this place.
Sienna Cartlow
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Sienna wasn’t sure what to expect when Sinopia finished her countdown. In fact, with the current thought that this was still some hallucination, she expected nothing to occur, with the countdown simply something to try and raise her paranoia. How wrong she had been. One moment, she had been standing outside on the dreary sidewalk next to the gym, and the next…

“Zero.” All of a sudden, it was like a wave rippled over the world, and in its wake, everything changed. It almost felt like a wind whipping past her, though she couldn’t physically feel it. Some other sense of hers seemed to move in reaction to it, and internally, Sienna’s intuition and instincts seemed to kick in, silently nudging her in warning that things were most definitely different. The sky was now an off hue of green, and around them, the neat paved paths and roads had given way to rock and crag. It was no longer wet, but instead oddly warm and humid; not that Sienna entirely minded that, but it was another indication that she had somehow moved somewhere else. Hallucination or not, there was more to this than just her eyes playing tricks on her. She could smell it, the change in atmosphere. Even through her sneakers she could feel the difference in the material below her feet. It was all very much real, impossible as this change was.

“Now are you starting to get it?” The feline spoke again, the orange cat moving to rub between her legs and get Sienna’s attention. Blinking in disbelief, Sienna just continued to stand there, barely taking in the boy next to her as she tried to process just what was going on. Blankly, she finally turned to look at the cat, who stared back up at her with a strange intensity. “Like I said before, there’s more to the world than just what you see. You may be smart, but there is so little you actually know.” It was at that point that a scream filled the air, causing Sienna to pivot. Sure, she was a little scared and freaked out at this point, but panicking like that wasn’t going to help anyone-

It was then she saw why the man had screamed, tensing up slightly as the shapeless entities pooled into a vaguely humanoid figure. Black liquid congealed and dripped from its body like tar, its head constantly forming and deforming into faces and expressions that Sienna could only describe as horror or agony. Briefly, the hollowed cavities that were where its eyes could be seemed to peer in her direction, and for the slimmest of moments, she thought she caught sight of a wicked smile across its face. Once more, the man called out for help from this atrocity. Sinopia spoke before Sienna even had a chance to respond. “Don’t. It’s far too late, and there’s no reason to risk yourself for anyone else. Not that I think you would anyway.”

Sienna watched, transfixed by the madness unfolding before her as more of those aberrations appeared, surrounding and engulfing the man in their gooey black death, his suffering silenced near immediately as the dark creatures likely suffocated him as they enveloped his face. Sienna wondered if the faces she’d seen were a reflection of all their past victims. Swallowing nervously as she sat on the sidelines, watching the things continue to dissect their prey like vultures, she faintly heard the boy that had been near her call for her attention to head back inside. Briefly, she looked about to see if there was any better choice than backing into a corner, but the wilderness of this strange new world didn’t look inviting to say the least. A tactical withdrawal it was then.

Moving back, but watching the goop creatures all the time, Sienna saw no need to run at this point. If they hadn’t come for her yet, it was doubtful they would until they were done. No sense wasting her energy at this point. Moving inside after the boy, Sienna moved to shut the door to the gym. Or, what had been the gym – the stony building seemed nothing like the previous place she’d been in other than the basic layout. Taking a breath of relief as she watched the blobs stagger off in another direction, her momentary reprieve was just that as a sudden jerk pulled her from her feet.

Barely having time to react to the sudden shift, Sienna was flung around to face the gym’s receptionist, although in this case, something else seemed to have involved itself. Sienna barely got sight of the hulking shadow of a beast behind Miranda before feeling herself lifted by the collar of her blouse, only to be roughly forced down to the ground on her back and pinned to the floor. Gasping out in pain as she lay winded, Sienna’s gritted her teeth as she winced, trying to bring her arms up to shield her face. She certainly wasn’t a pushover, but it was clear that this girl had her outmatched in the strength department, and the advantage with the way she’d gotten the jump on her. Around her, Sienna could hear the sounds of the ugly monster encouraging the steroid-using freak on top of her to crack her head open on the floor, but for the moment, the blow didn’t come.

Taking stock of the situation, it seemed the receptionist was faintly resisting whatever influence the monster had over her, while the 10-year old of all people had come to Sienna’s aid. Great, what good would she do? And no doubt the brat was gonna brag and boast about this to Sienna after the fact. If this girl and the monster behind her didn’t murder her first. Still, with the opening she’d been given, Sienna wasn’t taking any chances of just lying down and taking a hit. Getting her foot free enough, she used what room she had to hit the girl where it hurt before putting her sole between her and the girl’s stomach, kicking her back and off to get some space. Or at least, she tried to, but it was like hitting a goddamn brick wall. Wincing as she jarred her ankle, Sienna could hear something of a snickering from the nearby feline, who simply walked up next to her face and sat down, eying her.

“For someone so smart, you make a lot of stupid decisions. Try using your head rather than meeting brute strength with your own.” Sienna didn’t have time to comment or complain at Sinopia, as she became aware of more voices in the room, the boy from before and… Well, his albino twin arguing or something before, just like that, the gym-girl was blasted back from her by some sort of energy wave, Sienna left unharmed as she slowly got onto her haunches, sitting up. Just… What in the hell was going on?!

"Hey, are you alright? Please don't ask me what just happened, I have no idea what's going on.” The boy came over, offering a hand to help Sienna up. Not so politely declining, Sienna got herself up to her feet, dusting herself down and rubbing around her collar where her blouse had dug in. Once again, her eyes never left Miranda and the strange monster she was connected to. “I’m confused, irritable as shit, and want to go home. Do you really think I’m gonna say I’m alright?” Sienna snapped with some slight sarcasm, looking about the room briefly to see that black hair was still here too. All of them seemed to have transferred to wherever this was but none of them seemed to have answers. The brat might have known something since she insisted she come here, but Sienna felt like that would be like getting blood from a stone.

“Alright, fine. I won’t ask you, but I do want some goddamn answers into what the hell is going on.” Sienna declared, looking between the less ‘human’ things in the room, Sinopia included. “Assuming that muscles for brains over there can keep her mitts to herself, maybe we can start working out what the heck is happening and get home…” Glaring across all of them, she briefly thought back to how dumb this day had been. If she somehow got fired for this shit, that was going to be the last straw.
Eventually Frederick saw the same hallway twice now...how strange, he just swept this hallway before. Oh wait! That meant he had just finished sweeping the whole school which meant he had to go to phase two of his operation here! And that was the moping along with a bit of wax to give those floors that brand new look to it.

Returning to the custodial closet and untying the brooms from his back. He filled up multiple wash buckets and grabbed four mops. Wetting each one he ties three to his back and held one in his hands. He soon also tied three wash buckets to his legs so he could wheel them around as he cleaned. And to top it all off he grabbed a waxing bottle and began to hard clean the floor like he promised. "You see this ghost! I told you I would hard clean these floors! Good luck sleeping at night when the floor is so shiny!" He waved his mop in the air and he slowly went on cleaning.
Rina stalked toward Miranda as she pinned Sienna to the ground. She drew back her fist and for the first time in her life, she was about to really hit someone. "Atta girl!" Her demon encouraged her from the sidelines. It towered over the others, standing eight, maybe nine feet tall. Its mouth bent into an approving smile. Taja's shout caught her attention, but she kept going. Perhaps fortunately, Yohan's shockwave interrupted her. She paused, feeling strange, but it was just long enough for her to realize what she was doing. What on earth was getting into her today? She took a short breath. The shockwave seemed to have done enough to Miranda, but Rina stayed close. "It's not so bad. That girl will fix it, right?" The sentence was punctuated with a pointed look at Sienna. She ran her hand through her hair. Now that she was calmer, she was really starting to register the presence of the other demons. A cat, some weird looking people, that werewolf thing...How did she not see them before?
"I think it's safe to say," she looked at Sienna, but was addressing everyone. Her voice was slow and somewhat cool. "That no one knows what's going on, but if we're all going to be working together on finding out, then we should at least all introduce ourselves. My name is Rina. I only wish that we could have met under better circumstances." She directed her attention to Miranda and held out her hand. "And I'm sorry that I tried to hit you."
First was the feable attempt to cover her face, which only angered Miranda further. Then the child grabbed onto her arm. Turning to glare at the child, the feral, primal rage flashed in her eyes, the amber-colored orbs taking in the child's appearance with a predatory glance. She also looked to Rina as she raised a fist, and while still holding onto Sienna's collar with one hand, began to rise to counter-attack the black-haired girl. She paused however as a strange key on her hand started to glow. She blinked, Sapphire returning to her eyes before the shockwave sent her flying quite literally over the desk she normally sat behind with a yelp of pain, eventually landing face first on the matted floor and groaning. Her Demon seemed to physically shrink at the intervention of Yohan's magic, becoming more human-like and appearing to just be Miranda with her hair down, and Amber-colored eyes. It crossed its arms over the ample chest it shared with Miranda.

Slowly rising to her feet, she grabbed at her head, as if in pain. "What the fuck....was that....." She turned to face her demon, glaring at it, it shrank further. "Fuck off." she growled to it, sitting in her chair and putting her feet up and grabbing an ice pack and putting it to her forehead. Sighing, she waved off Rina's hand. "Miranda." she introduced herself curtly. "Sorry for trying to kill you...I guess." she said to Sienna, shrugging.

She groaned again and shook her head, leaning forward to look for a stash of pain-killers she kept in her desk, hoping they'd still be there even in this...other world.
Everything seemed to be happening in a slow-motion effect. She was grabbing, trying to stop Miranda. Miranda was already going full rabies as the creature behind them seemed to egg her on more. Sienna looked like a sad mess. And Rina was finally getting into action, but it was Yohan who seemed to make things go awkwardly silent. I force that shot Miranda back sent Taja taking a couple of steps back. Her own pain in the bum had stepped back with her. She glanced up at him with a "Why Are You Backing Up" look before looking back at the mess that had unfolded quickly before her.

She was stuck in a place that she didn't know and wanted to go home. She was getting hungry and by now someone had to be freaking out tremendously at her absence. Rina, the black hair girl, introduced herself. Miranda, violent girl, did the same. "Taja." She mumbled.

Taja hadn't noticed that she had backed up behind the red eyed guy. "What is your name?" She asked up looking up. His hair seemed brighter in a way and his eyes two toned, was it orange at the top? He also seemed taller the closer she stood by him. Where did he come from too? Where did all the others come from? They weren't there when they were in the normal gym. She peeked around and say the tall creature by Rina, the cat by Sienna, the werewolf was by Miranda, wasn't there a white hair boy next to the powerful wand boy? And then there was hers, who looked almost normal.

Red eyed looked down, "Well, I don't really have a name, but... hmm you can call me Adolphus. I kind of like the ring to it." He smiled brightly at the accomplishment.

Her face went full on "Are You Kidding Me?" mode. "It sounds like Adolf Hitler had a kid with a dolphin. Now that is an abomination right there." She said matter-of-factly. Adolphus glared at her.

"I don't see you coming up with a better name than that." He growled.

"Hmm, how about Dandre?" She mentioned, tapping her finger on her chin as she thought while looking at the ground.

"It sounds like dandruff!" He yelled, throwing his arms up in a "What The Fuck?" motion.

"What about Elsworth, hm? Since your name is the only thing of worth to you." She mumbled, getting annoyed by this already.

He thought about it. "Fine, Elsworth it is. Hm, I wonder if your mother is crying right now? Or maybe it is your father, he always seems like the emotional one. Oh my, and what about Miss Lilybottom?! She is so old, something like this would surely kill her." He mocked at her worry. She raised her arm and punched his hip. He gave a small yelp and pretended to be hurt. Elsworth was getting on her nerve and it didn't help that she was starting to get hungry. She wasn't herself when her stomach wasn't full of food.

The Other SideSetting: The Other Side


Tension


Well, at least things were seeming to calm down. It seemed like most had the same idea, they wanted to go home. But when thinking about it, did Yohan really have a home to go back to? Sure he had a house and that's where he lived, but it felt empty. Everyone here had been sent regardless of what they had wanted, the least Yohan could do was help get them back home. The whole key symbol on the back of everyone's hand worried him, he only had some kind of lock. It felt like some deity was playing a cruel trick on them now.

The white haired male did not return, which made Yohan happy, but now everyone seemed to have something constantly following them around. Looks like he was the one who had to stand out, even among a group of misfits. It sounded like everyone had started to introduce themselves to each other, but he felt better keeping his name to himself for now. He was already uncomfortable being here in the first place, let alone having just done some weird whatever that was that just happened. The red haired girl had a point though, and it made him look over towards the doors.

He didn't really mind his offer for help being pushed off though like that, he was used to it by now, so why bother complaining? As he walked over towards the doors and looked out towards the strange town they had suddenly arrived in, a thought crossed his mind about just staying here and rotting away. But another thought came to him, if he didn't try to find a way home, would everyone else remain stuck as a result of his selfish desires? He felt like he was about to try to hit one of the walls, nothing could ever just be simple for him. In any case, he had to figure out a few things while he had the chance to look.

From what he could figure out, the town was roughly the same size as Timberland, which seemed odd the more he thought about it. Had this town been built to parallel Timberland's own, a scary thought entered his mind as he thought that the opposite could be true depending on how long this place had been around. The green sky definitely was weird, but the last time he had looked at it, it had seemed brighter than it did now. Was it possible the darkening of the green sky meant it was getting closer to night time? If that was the case, finding a way back before they ran into more danger was the best chance they all had right now.

When he considered offering to lead the group home, he laughed himself off mentally. Yeah, right! Like he could ever be worthy of leading anyone anywhere, he only existed to suffer now. He shook his head off from thinking any more than that, he had to remain focused. If this place didn't have cars and such roaming around, could that mean they could make a run for it? No, they would have to think of a plan. Those creatures were roaming around looking for people, was this not the first time someone had crossed over? In any case, he knew he had something, so he better speak up before someone else did.

"Um, it looks like it's getting dark out." He spoke up, though it felt weird to be standing in a place where the sky was green. Could he even tell if it was getting dark out? Wait, no, that was a stupid question, of course he could. It was probably just his head getting used to this, uh, place. "I like the idea she's speaking up right now." Yohan gestured to Sienna, not wanting to seem rude since he didn't know her name right now. "I'll follow your lead, but uh, I'll keep an eye out for now." It was the only thing he could say to really feel comfortable right now. At least the white haired boy wasn't trying to talk to him, so he could feel at ease on that for now.

He really couldn't bring himself to say anything else right now, he more wondered if his home would still be there and if he could even get inside if there was a building there too. Could they even secure a path, how would they be able to fend off those creatures when he just did something completely by accident? Picking a fight definitely wasn't going to make things easy, especially if it made too much noise and drew more of those creatures out. It truly did feel like they were just trapped, but even he could tell they would have to leave and he definitely was not going to try sleeping in this horrific structure!

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Sienna Cartlow
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Sienna huffed a little, blowing a stray strand of hair from her face, before reaching up to part it behind her ear. Rina, as she introduced herself, seemed to think they were all in the dark about the situation they were in. Sienna disagreed. At least, in regards to an aspect of that point. There were a number of distinctly unnatural things that had joined them in the gym, and it seemed that they knew more of what was going on than they were saying. If the dumb grin on the cat’s face was anything to go by, at least. Still, she made a point that they may as well introduce themselves so they had a name to by.

The receptionist who had moments prior been trying to kill Sienna was called Miranda, and seemed to have somewhat regained some of her sanity. Overall, she was taking the whole attempted murder thing pretty casually, Sienna unconsciously rubbing her neck again as she watched her. The apology was pretty half-hearted, but what more could she expect out of a brute like that? “I guess, huh?” Sienna replied with her own terse response, making her annoyance audible, but keeping it brief. “And it’s Sienna by the way.” She added, looking about the rest of the group as she gave her name, folding her arms in front of her before looking back down to the cat beside her. “And that’s Sinopia. The talking citrus cat.” The cat seemed to give Sienna a bit of a dirty look before turning to the others to speak. “Charmed, I’m sure.”

With that out of the way, the little brat was next in line for her introduction. She mumbled out some short name that Sienna didn’t entirely hear, but that was fine. She had plenty of monikers she could call the little twerp in replacement. There seemed to be a bit of an argument between her and the… Hallucination? Monster? Whatever these other beings were, they seemed to be pairing up with each of them for whatever reason. It seems that they settled on Elsworth, for whatever reason.

Then there was the only male human of the group. Whatever those other things were, they weren’t native to her Earth. Yes, her Earth. It was becoming more apparent just by the vague layout and changes that they were in a place similar and yet different to their own. Sienna was no expert on such things, but she’d seen enough daytime T.V. to know the concept of a parallel or alternate universe when she saw one. Another dimension perhaps? It seemed insane, but she’d long ago given up on the idea that this was some prank show or drug trip or something. It was too real for that. As much as she didn’t know how to handle it, she wasn’t about to sit around in disbelief. She had shit to do back home.

Thinking over that stuff, she noticed that the boy still hadn’t given his name. Instead, he prattled on about it getting dark, then spoke something about having Sienna take charge. Well, she wasn’t entirely going to complain about that. Much as she hated the effort and responsibility, she couldn’t resist the idea of getting a modicum of power. “Whatever dork. Sure, I’ll take charge of this shit show.” Running her hand through her hair, Sienna moved it down to her hip, cocking her stance slightly. “What we need now is information – And unless we think we can get some out of these monsters-“

“Demons.” Sinopia interrupted, Sienna shooting her a look quizzically before turning back to the others. “Demons then. Anyway, unless we think we can get answers from them, we’ll have to source our own information to try and find a way back home. This wouldn’t have happened for no reason, there had to be trigger for our movement to this world.” Bringing her hand up to her chin, Sienna turned her gaze around the room. It was then that she saw the other item of interest. Darting her eyes about, she spotted the marks on each of them. Keys. And on that boy, a lock. Another piece of the puzzle? Or a separate matter entirely?

“…And on top of that, there’s these. I have no idea what they’re signifying, but it looks like there’s some sort of connection between us all. Why that dweeb has a different one I don’t know, but we’ll have to keep our eyes and ears open to try and understand what’s happening to us.” Sienna continued, before giving the boy a stern look. "And speaking of you, gonna give us a name? Or am I gonna have to come up with one for you like El-Stupid over there." Sienna awaited his response, but was then mildly interrupted by the feline that lightly prodded her leg for attention. “My, look at you. Seems you’re finally started taking things a little more seriously.” Sinopia snickered, while Sienna just gave a light scowl, kicking the cat away from her slightly.

“At any rate, did anyone notice anything out of the ordinary prior to us coming here? For example…” Sienna narrowed her eyes at Taja. “Why exactly did you want me to come here? It can’t be a coincidence that you dragged me halfway across town to this dump only to end up in some alternate hellscape. So spill what you know.”

The Other SideSetting: The Other Side


Sienna started to talk and her attention snapped to her to the red hair girl. Elsworth had even gone quiet to listen to her, not that what she was saying would really interest him, but then the cat talked and he smirked. The cat was named Sinopia, she was a pretty orange cat that seemed to fit with Sienna’s red hair. Taja also smirked, thinking, Bet you that is his girlfriend. Only an animal would date an animal. Elsworth side glanced at her and shoved her hard enough that she was sent stumbling sideways, but she quickly gathered her balance and glared at him. Going to take that as a yes. Even though she is a cat, I don’t see why she would date such a horrid thing. She is way too pretty. She thought, but then realized the cat was also a demon. She inwardly sighed, it wasn’t everyday she say a pretty cat. Not that she didn’t like the strays around the house that came around from time to time and she would share her food with them whenever they did decide to show up. She loved all kinds of animals, but Sinopia had to be her favorite yet.

Taja had the urge to pet it, but decided that it might not end out as well as she would hope Being a demon and then being Sienna’s own imaginary friend would only result in the at being a total buttjerk to her. Instead, she kept listening to the boring Sienna. Her stomach growled and she sighed, rubbing it. If only she could get some food, that would be nice. She hadn’t eaten since breakfast, what little she did eat, and it had to be around lunch by now. Taja regretted not filling up her tummy with thirds of her mother’s yummy cooking. The thought about it now made her mouth water. At this point she could almost eat anything, almost.

She glared at Elsworth before glaring at Sienna. “Why is she the leader? Miranda, though may be a tad bit on the insane side, and tried to kill one of us already, though let’s be honest Sienna has a big attitude problem, would be way better. If you look at her,“ She pointed to Miranda, “she has the instinct to lead, or better yet she looks like she does. Plus, her imaginary friend is a stinking werewolf, yours is a tiny cat! We would certainly be doomed with you. I mean, look how long it took you to get to the gym, don’t you think that is a little bit on the, oh I don’t know, slow side? Not to be rude of course…” She sighed, she much rather them vote for who was going to lead them. Plus calling the cat, red eyed boy, white hair boy, and the giant blob thing behind Rina a demon was too much for the girl. Imaginary friends seemed to be a more comforting term to her.

“We could possibly vote on who was to lead, but in all honestly I don’t know where we are anymore. I know we aren’t in Timberland anymore, unless this gym has some awesome changing walls and floors and atmosphere.” Her tiny hands were moving about suggesting everything she listed.

“And for me acting the way I did before was due to voices in my head and visions. Honestly, do you think a 10-year-old girl would have made her way to some dump of a corner store in the middle of a storm when she could have been chowing down on some yummy food and staying warm? No, she would not have gone out into that storm. I had papers to write for school and shows to watch. Plus Miss Lillybottom was going to make me some yummy food, but no I am stuck here.” Her lip pouted. “It started off with a genderless voice saying, “Joe’s Corner Store” then a vision of the store flashed in my mind. I had knew what it was talking about because I always pass there on my way to school and my mom works in the bakery down the street from it. Next it said to go meet her, you Sienna in case you are getting confused right now, and flashed an image of you looking bored, but now I think your face is stuck that way permanently.” She shrugged and continued, “I asked it why I would even go there, yes I know it was crazy to start talking to myself, but I am sure you all have done it befoe. And it replied with “Go to Joe's. Meet the girl. Gym.” And an image of the gym popped up, I had never seen the gym before that vision so I was kind of lost as to why I would be bringing her there in the first place. Then when I refused to go, the voice kept saying “Go to Joe's. Meet the girl. Gym,” over and over again until I just couldn’t take it any more. Really, I thought if I did what they wanted me to do it would all go away. Plus, I didn’t intend for it to escalate like that, but it would have been so simple just to listen to me. You really aren’t a cow, Sienna, you just have a small muffin top! It is cute. I heard a guy who is in a few grades above me say girls with meat are better.” Taja took a deep breath. She hadn’t talked that much in a while.

“As for us moving right now, is that such a great idea if it is getting dark? We could get stuck in the dark with who knows what is out there. I mean, I really don’t know how stick boy can tell if it is getting dark anyway.” She frowned at him before tapping her little finger on her chin, “Unless you have something to do with this place. Plus, what is your name and why do you have a key hole.” She stepped closer towards him to look at the key hole and then glared up at him. “What makes you so special?” Her glare switched to a sorry expression before she went up to Elsworth and kicked his shin. She had a feeling it was him getting her to act this way and if not, well he was a good punching bag to have. Maybe it was because she was hungry and getting a tad bit tired. He just stared at her. “Sorry about that, but my questions remain and some answers would help.” She said over her shoulder.
Rina payed attention as much as she could given the circumstances, to everyone as they introduced themselves. The boy was conspicuously silent, but she decided not to press him. After all, knowing the names of the others was just nice, not necessary. When Sienna mentioned the marks on their bodies, Rina checked herself. So she did have one in the shape of a key. In all the commotion, she hadn't registered it. It was honestly one of the most unsettling aspects of this nightmare. It felt like this place was infecting her.
Through her inspection, she listened to the others talk about their ideas. Finally, she herself shined in. "I think Taja's right. Moving around this late might be a bad idea. You were scared of something out there," she nodded at Yohan and Sienna. "What if we leave and can't get to another shelter?" She adjusted the strap of her bag, trying to get it more comfortable on her shoulder. "I know we can't leave if we just stay here, but if somebody gets hurt or something, then we'll be in bigger trouble." Although, if they needed to go, she was pretty sure that she had a tiny flashlight in her bag and if they affixed a piece of colored cellophane over the lens, then it would be hard to see. On top of that, they had at least one bruiser, and maybe their demons could defend them? "Well," she decided, "Whatever the rest of you decide, I'll come too."

Black and WhiteSetting: Black and White


Miranda grumbled, all this talking made her head hurt. She put her feet up on the desk and leaned back, listening to the words being spoken. She held up a hand, however, as Taja spoke of Miranda's Demon being a Werewolf. This hand up would indicate a desire to talk, but would be interjected by a laugh.

"I am a werewolf. Why else would my Demon be a feral version of myself?" she said, looking to the young girl. "And fine, if you guys are going to stay here, do it. Leave me alone, don't break anything, and don't make a mess without cleaning up."
With the whole school mapped out in his head, Frederick was working at a much faster pace than when he was sweeping. Knowing every area, he began to hard wax the floors while whistling a cheerful tune and singing to himself. "This is the janitor song that I totally came up with. With a one...a two...and a third sweep! I gotta mop, mop, mop and sweep! then I gotta sweep, sweep, sweep and mop!...wait...sweeping comes before the mopping right? I mean...I just swept than began to mop..." He soon stopped singing as his own song confused himself.

He scratched his head and began to ponder to himself. Man, he messed up on the janitor song. He was a bit to exited to clean and must have messed up that part of his song. WHile thinking to himself he had already mopped half the school and was continuing on the other half. "Oh who cares! Time to keep mopping...woah, I guess I was thinking really hard there. I am in another section of the school." He soon looked behind him and noticed the floors were all shiny and clean. "Wonder who mopped there?...Maybe my father came here and was secretly cleaning as well." Frederick laughed to himself as he shrugged and continued cleaning.

The Other SideSetting: The Other Side


Night Hunt


"Yohan." He decided to reply to Sienna, figuring it would at least keep them from getting curious and looking up his information. He didn't want them finding out about his past, that would mean there was a chance he could get attached to someone and might start caring for their well being. As his eyes got a chance to look around and see everyone's demons, he sighed lightly as he realized how difficult things might become with how much of a clash everyone's personalities were already becoming.

This is when the little girl named Taja decided to start complaining about how he said he would follow Sienna and took it into something he didn't see going. She went on to mention something about voting for a leader, which made him raise one of his eyebrows. "I never said she was going to be leading all of us." He bluntly stated, even if this little girl had been an adult, he would still have thought of her as a brat right now. "I just said I'm following her lead, some of us actually don't want to die a horrible death here with no food or water available to us. And before someone suggests, I doubt eating those 'demons' is a great idea."

This is when Taja decided to go on a huge rant towards Sienna about why she brought her here. He only cared enough to pick up the key information from it, the rest sort of went in through one ear and came out the other. It honestly sounded like she was crazy, he certainly had never met a child who tried to talk as well as her. After this, Taja decided to speak up about the whole night thing. When she went up to him and asked about him being special, he was about to answer when she walked over to her demon and kicked it in the shin.

Just as he was about to go and head outside, in came Rina with something else to make him feel like he should slam his face into his hand. "You think any of us want to stay here in this dump for the night? This place has no food or water for any of us. Even if people used to live here, this place has been cleaned out. No beds, no bathrooms, no nothing. If you three want to stay here for the night, fine by me, I don't care. But some of us actually want to go back home and not have to worry about being stuck here for who knows how long."

The only reason he even spoke this much was due to the circumstances surrounding them, and the fact he was getting irritated with how these three were acting. After relaxing his mind for just a moment, he turned to look over to Sienna. "Hey, if you still want to go, I'm ready to move out whenever you are." Turning back to look outside, his eyes noticed how the sky had changed to a darker shade of green. A moon was also rising up into the sky, the color of the blue stood out from the rest of the sky. Well, guess that would shut the little girl up now about if it was night time or not.

As his guard was down, the ground suddenly shook and caused him to stumble back a few steps as he tried to balance himself. Was this some kind of earthquake? Once the shaking had calmed down enough, he raced towards the doors and opened one of them slightly just enough to get a good enough look out towards the town, and that's when he saw a cloud of dust having emerged over in the distance. That's when a red looking creature began to rise up as pieces of a building fell off it's body. He could quickly piece together that this thing had been sleeping inside one of the buildings and it's awakening had destroyed it with ease.

The size of this thing could only be guessed as somewhere around twenty feet tall, that's if this thing didn't turn out to be bigger upon coming over. It looked like some kind of wolf, but how was it this big?! It also had a bright red color to it's body, with some fangs being seen even while it's mouth was closed. As it's eyes opened, they revealed a dark red color to them that upon looking into it could only be described as looking into hell itself. A bright red mist began to spread from the creature, causing the strange masked creatures to begin howling in pain as Yohan felt fear paralyzing him to the spot.

The masks on the demons seemed to break or snap in half as the black liquid bodies suddenly sunk to the ground and briefly became like a pool before rising up and twisting to form a similar, yet smaller form to the red wolf. A foul stench swarm through and caught up to each of them, as a low growl began to emit from the red wolf. Had the creature awakening caused them to change to this form, had it been due to it becoming dark, too many thoughts raced through Yohan's mind as he felt his body shaking. This creature was intimidating to look upon, yet there was something else to it that no normal person could ever feel right with. It had the stench of death coming off it's form.

The black liquid wolves all had a dark aura surrounding them as they began to search around the town for any sign of life, Yohan felt he should close the door, but the red wolf gripped his heart with a fear that he had never felt before in his life. He felt a fear for his very life, and the mere presence of this thing caused such a strong reaction only brought fear of what it could do in a fight. It's head slowly turned towards them, Yohan's eyes widening as he tried to think there was no way it had noticed them. That's when it happened, and Yohan felt everything go numb.

The red wolf just... smirked?! It's eyes had turned into this gleeful demonic glare, as it's mouth had stretched out into a hellish smirk which showed off the sharp teeth it possessed. The act of smirking alone was weird, but the expression it gave was just... inhumane. He had been freaked out by weird drawings or pictures before, sure. Humans could come up with some disturbing imagery, that was for sure, but in this very moment, the expression of this fiend alone was more terrifying than even Miranda's demon. That's when Yohan fell backwards, his body hitting the floor as the door silently closed and took the fiend's expression out of sight.

His mind just went blank upon seeing that thing's... smirk. That was the best way he could describe it. His skin had taken a paler tone, his body couldn't stop shaking as his breathing only quickened and his heart beat wouldn't slow down. Bringing his hands over his face as he was incapable of standing back up, it quickly started to sound like he was entering into some kind of panic attack. However, everything with him suddenly stopped as he slowly brought himself up to his feet. Had he calmed down somehow? He walked past all of them as he made his way over to some corner he figured no one would care about. That's when Yohan ejected some liquid from his mouth as he took a few steps away while wiping his mouth with his arm before collapsing down to his knees and then slowly falling face first to the ground as his body twitched and shook where it lay.

Black and WhiteSetting: Black and White


Sienna Cartlow
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Sienna listened in for anything of importance in the rambling speech of the ten year old, vaguely identifying the boy named Yohan near the start. From there, though she took mild offense at the lack of faith in her ability, it was somewhat amusing to see her feline companion getting a little ruffled at implying her incapability due to being a ‘tiny cat’. Then came the further comments about her fitness, which Sienna snorted about. She didn’t exert herself unnecessarily, and leading didn’t have anything to do with how tough or fast you were. All you needed was the right head for it, and she was certain that she’d be more fit to direct them than the musclebound dimwit behind the counter. Voting was just as good as picking blind at this point. They’d be guessing based on looks and superficial information who’d be good to take charge. Still, she didn’t particularly care if she was ‘in charge’ or not. She’d make her own judgements what to do regardless. Yohan seemed to think following her was a good idea, but she had mixed feelings about that at this stage.

Then there was the elaborate tale of Taja, a ridiculous and what would have been considered the unbelievable imagination of a child if not for the present situation that Sienna and company found themselves in. Disembodied voices in her head? Visions of her? She’d call the girl mentally ill in almost any other circumstances. Here and now though, she had no choice but to believe her. Even so… Sienna wasn’t able to take the backhanded compliment without some hostility, narrowing her eyes. She’d graduated from bovine to still overweight but in what was considered an endearing way. Wonderful. Somehow, it was even more awkward the way such slang was being thrown around by a ten year old… Was that the voice in her head talking again? Regardless, Sienna simply hmmph’d again, though subconsciously folded her arms low over her stomach.

The focus of attention shifted back to Yohan, Taja now pressuring him for answers and responses, laying out her own reasoning for wanting to stay in this place. She wasn’t entirely wrong – for whatever reason they’d been lucky enough to have some refuge with this place. Still, it felt bad just to hole up in here and wait for morning, whatever that would be like. If they just delayed, it might work out, but Sienna just had a feeling in her gut that that wasn’t the case. They needed to work on finding a way out of here, and with no idea where they were or if there was any food or anything around, they needed to work on that sooner rather than later. Even if they could scavenge up stuff to live somewhere like here, Sienna had no intention of staying. She needed her comforts. Life wasn’t worth living if it was 100% crap and filled with struggle.

Before she got to chip in her own opinion, the earth trembled and knocked them about, Yohan quickly running to take a look outside. Great, what now? The runt seemed to shit his pants regarding whatever was out there, stumbling back from the door, then off to the corner to chuck his guts up. Sienna winced slightly. Well, the stench from that corner was gonna be another reason to hopefully leave soon. Ah well, Miranda’s problem. She was the one that wanted this shithole clean. Deciding that Yohan was too occupied to appropriately respond on what he saw, Sienna took charge to be the next to peek outside. What she saw was not comforting in the slightest, but she had more than enough mental fortitude to avoid a breakdown. She’d seen enough shit today that something like that was becoming par for the course.

“Well shit.” Sienna commented simply, looking back over her shoulder to the others. “Depending on what that thing and the little wolf things do, we’re either gonna be stuck here or will have to high tail it. And we’ll have to pick soon.” She added, making an annoyed sound with her tongue. “Though I’m gonna be honest, we might be fucked either way.”

Stepping back from the door to let someone else take a look, Sinopia was the next to speak to her. “If it makes you feel any better, I’ll do my best to protect you.” The demon cat cocked it’s head slightly, smiling sweetly. Sienna simply eyerolled as she made her way across the room. “I’m going to check the back, see if there’s another exit. We can try to board up the front door if there is, and we’ll slip out the back if it looks like that giant thing is gonna smash its way in here.”

The Other SideSetting: The Other Side


Taja had no idea what was going on when and why the ground was shaking. She held onto Elsworth before realizing what she was doing. He just smirked. Rolling her eyes she leaned off of him and straightened her outfit out. "Earthquakes are natural." She said mostly to herself.

She saw Yohan run out of the gym the a true idiot and sighed. If he gets himself killed... are we responsible for it? She thought to herself, but he ran in not to long after and puked in the corner. "Ew." She said before moving away from where he was. Next Sienna went outside and seemed to handle it better, a lot better. "Is it that bad?" She mumbled before walking over and taking a peek outside. Her body froze for a moment before silently moving behind her own demon. Her tiny hands shook. She was terrified. What on Earth could that have been?

She didn't want to be here anymore. She didn't want to be with these people. All she wanted was to go home, eat, and be safe in her own house. She listened to what Sienna was saying but said nothing. She didn't feel like talking. Her heart raced as she tried hard not to cry.

Black and WhiteSetting: Black and White


As Fredrick finished mopping up the other half of the school, he wiped beads of sweat from his forehead. The only thing in his mind right now was how good of a job he did, he wondered how long it took. Was it eight hours? Ten hours maybe? In order to solve this fated mystery he just pulled up his sleeve and looked at the watch on his arm instead of guessing how long he took. "Four hours...hmmmm...I guess its not that bad." He shrugged to himself. Maybe there was a way for him to clean faster? Unless he trained himself more in the art of cleaning then his time would remain the same! He had to get faster at cleaning to do his father justice and the entire world of janitors justice as well!

Heading back to the receptionist desk, the woman looked up at him. "Something you need sir?" She asked him as she was working at the computer. "Oh, I just came here to find out what to do after I cleaned the whole school. The job did say it paid hourly so...Do I head to someone else or?..." Frederick explained.

The woman raised a brow at him, yes because someone managed to cleaned to whole school in at least four hours. She siged as she decided to look around the school to make sure he even sweeped and moped. In ten minutes she returned with surprise all over her face. "You...Actually cleaned the whole school?!...In just four hours...How?!" She asked almost stunned by what she has seen.

"Oh that...Yeah it was rather simple when you use more than one item to clean with. Heck, my father could clean much faster than what I did! As a janitor I make sure to do all the cleaning so everyone else does not have to walk in their own rubbish!" Frederick pumped a fist into the air as if cleaning was the greatest honor for him. The woman stared blankly at him before snapping a picture of him. "Well sir, I think what you did was incredible for one person. I am sure some students here could look up to someone who could do such a daunting task by himself. Mind if I keep this picture? So I can leave a picture so the students can hopefully thank for a very clean school." She asked.

"Sure!...Um, actually could you also do me a favor and see if you can get some of the students here to come by my little food joint...Not that I am hard on for money or anything...but a little extra cash is always helpful." Frederick asked and the receptionist nodded. "Sure, thank you for your help and oh here. The four hours worth of work you put in here." She handed him a small envelope of money and he gratefully took it with a smile.

With a wave, Frederick left the school with high spirits. "Another place now cleaned by my hands! No dirt is safe as long as I am on the case!" He shouted into the skies with another fist in the air.

The Other SideSetting: The Other Side


Familiar


His mind had dropped all trains of thought for a brief period. All he could pick up on clearly was the sound of his own heart beat thumping in his chest. However, a sudden rushing feeling bursts throughout his body and pushes him to rush up to his feet like his life depended on it. For a moment, all he could do was just stand there as he looked around at everyone. Who could truly say they wanted to stay after seeing that horrifying beast emerge? He probably looked like a real coward after all that, and it made him feel like they were going to hold him for this. Well, only one he could think to do, and that was walk right back into the frying pan!

Walking past everyone back to the front door, he pushed on it just enough to peek back outside. No way was he going to let himself be seen in full sight of that beast or any of those others. Luckily that horrific expression it had earlier was gone now, but it had moved. Each step it took made a loud thud, at least they could tell if they were going to be chased by this thing. A trail of red dust seemed to form behind it as it walked, making tiny black spots start to appear all over the creature's body. Just as he began to question what this could mean, the next action it took put an immediate stop to that.

It had stopped in front of one of the buildings, what seemed to look like a home of some kind. The creature raises up it's right front leg and put it gently on top of the building, only to quickly push down and crush the house with little to no effort, with the sudden collapse raising up a dust cloud. This only proved one thing to him: This thing was strong and it would have no problem crushing them if it decided on it. From what little he could see of the demons moving around, it looked as though they were all searching for new prey to feast upon. He quietly pulled back and closed the door shut, letting out a silent sigh as he shook his head.

"I'll help." His words words sounded shaky after having recovered, though even that was questionable right now. Still, he wasn't going to just sit here and wait for that thing to come crushing this place down and them with it. He could see that everyone was uneasy just from being here, it didn't help any that they each had some weird creatures showing up and making things difficult. He, along with whoever else decided to help out, went off to search throughout the gym and take whatever they could find to block up the front door. It wouldn't help any against big red out there, but at least the smaller ones couldn't find them this way and make things worse.

It sounded like Sienna would be leading them out through the back, which he had no complaints about. He didn't even know if there would be a back to go out of, but it was better to look and so he walked with them to the back of the building. Sure enough, there was a back door leading out, which took off a great burden from him and made him feel calmer, to a degree. As they headed outside, he looked around to get a better view now that they weren't stuck within the building they had just randomly appeared within.

It came as a great shock to him when he saw just how strange and yet beautiful the sky looked right now. Sure, it had an eerie feeling to it at night time, but the blue moon came off as almost inviting and seemed to put an unexplained ease in his mind. Although the buildings themselves were made of an odd structure, he couldn't help but make a mental now on how closely they resembled buildings back on Earth. It almost pained him to think that once upon a time, people lived here and perhaps acted a lot like how people did back home in Timberland. Alas, that thought came to the shattering reality that perhaps that red creature had attacked this place, and it angered him as he thought on it.

Although he expected to hear the demons all make noises, it was strangely calm and quiet all of a sudden. He wanted greatly to speak up and say something to the others, but he realized that if he did, he might end up speaking up too loudly by accident and give away their position. But that gave way to another question: Where could they go from here? Explore the town for a possible means of escape? They had no means of fighting back the demons here. Go outside the town and try to find somewhere else to go? For all they knew, there was worse out there than this big red creature! Sienna may of been right earlier when she said they might be screwed.

Meanwhile, Frederick would notice a man in a suit suddenly standing outside the school after he had finished screaming of his joy, as if this man had been waiting here for him all along. "Ah, you came." The man spoke, closing a pocket watch in his hand and putting it away, turning to look over at him. "Well, congratulations on cleaning up the school. You may not know who I am, but that is not important right now. What is important, however, is giving you a reward for doing such a fine job, and in such record time too! I must say, I am impressed!" The strange man would only get stranger as he tilted his head down and smiled.

"Now then, how shall I decide on rewarding you?" The man suddenly snaps his fingers as raises up his head, his eyes now closed for some reason. "Ah, I know! Why don't we shake hands on it?" The man outstretched his hand all of a sudden, keeping his eyes closed and that smile on his face. If Frederick went to shake his hand, he would suddenly find the man pulling his arm back and opening his eyes to reveal them of a more yellow color, his grin becoming twisted and growing out to give a wicked look to him as he swings his arm across the air for some reason, however, Frederick would quickly notice everything around him blurring up before he would just poof and be gone. "Well, that was fun." The man would suddenly become panicked as the wizard appears near him. "Ah, yes, sorry about that old friend! Let us be going now to discuss our deal!" Without another word, the two vanished without a trace!

Back with Yohan, it didn't take him very long after thinking about all of this to stop as he heard a growl coming from nearby. His eyes widened as he swallowed nervously as his eyes went to look, and sure enough, one of those demon hounds stood there staring at them. It walked out of the shadows of one of the nearby buildings they were walking by to give them all a good look at it's new form. It's inky black body seemed to have gained a solid shape from the previous form it used to move around in, black drool came down from the right side of it's mouth as it growled, leaving a small black ooze down near it as it approached them. It's now red eyes stared them down with a glare that only held malice within it.

The demon suddenly came to a stop and rose it's head up, emitting a loud howl that made Yohan almost stumble back out of fear. When the howl ended, more growls came out as other demons quickly came to the area and began to surround them, all of them keeping a slow yet menacing pace as they began to encircle them. The numbers grew greatly, to a total of twenty of them were now surrounding the group as they all looked ready to attack at any minute. Some of them even began to bark aggressively at the group, the barks sounding deep and demonic compared to how normal dogs sounded. He felt his feet gave way and he collapses to his knees, his hands soon touching the ground as well with his entire body shaking with fear at the reality that they were doomed.

"Oh, crap." The only words he could find the strength to get out, his heart beat raced fast and pounded hard against his chest, his hands rising up and taking hold of his head. He was so afraid, he couldn't even notice that a man named Frederick would randomly appear nearby the group, however the demon hounds didn't seem to pay him any mind for now and kept their focus solely on the group they had surrounded. "No way, I'm going to die here? This is the end? I'm such an idiot, I should of known I would of died horribly one day. What more can I do...?"

"So is that it?" The white haired male appeared again near Yohan, the hounds all began to stop as they started to get ready to pounce. "Not even a fight to the death for your life? You will just roll over and play dead again?"

"I have no means of hurting demons!" Yohan cried out, raising his head up to look at the white haired version of himself. "What can I do?!"

"Stand proudly and fight fate. You are the only who always believed that destiny was a facade. Prove yourself here and now to everyone that you aren't what they picture you to be!"

"I can't... I don't have the strength to fight back anymore." Yohan closed his eyes tightly.

"So you want to be looked upon as a coward forever?" This caused Yohan's eyes to open back up suddenly.

"No... That's not it." Yohan shook his head, his hands slowly gripping into fists.

"Then what is this bull about not having any strength? You know the truth deep down in your heart, don't you?" This caused Yohan to hesitate a response. "Or do you not care if these people die along with you?"

"No, I don't want that!" Yohan began to feel anger rising flowing through his body, his fists began to shake rapidly in response.

"What is it going to be? Will you stand up and fight back, or will you lay here and die?!" The white haired male shouted out, staring down at Yohan with a serious expression for once. Yohan growled out as he pushed himself back up to his feet and his expression suddenly changed into that of a fierce one, his eyes becoming alive again for the first time in years!

"I WON'T DIE HERE! I WANT TO LIVE!! I WANT TO FIGHT!!!" Yohan's shout caused the white haired male to smirk suddenly, giving a sudden cackle as his form erupted up into white flames, his once human form suddenly becoming engulfed and turning into more of a shadowy figure with his eyes glowing purple.

"Very well. I have heard your response and shall leave you for now. Do not forget that I still linger in your shadow! Ah-hahahaha!" As the white haired boy's form vanishes along with the flames, Yohan felt a stabbing pain come over him as he fought hard to stay up on his head, with a new voice suddenly coming to him, one that the others could hear sounded like both Yohan and the white haired boy talking at the same time.

"You've kept me waiting, boy. I have heard your plea for help and have come to make a deal with you. If you truly wish to live, you will be wise to accept it. If you do not, you can rest back on the ground as these mutts eat you alive!"

"What... What is this deal?" The question caused the voice to laugh loudly, the hounds all staring curiously now as they seemed to go into a more defensive reaction, as if they could feel something threatening was coming.

"I shall lend you my power temporarily, and shall unlock part of your hidden potential. If you wish to see the true strength of your soul, you would do well to try to make me appear again in the future. I do not know when that will be, but for now, I shall ask for you to give me something of importance to you." The voice suddenly grew quiet for a few seconds. "Ah, I know what you shall give me! Your right arm shall be my price! So, do you agree to a deal with your own inner demons?"

"Fine!" He didn't know what had come over him, he was suddenly shouting and having confidence in himself and this mysterious force? It was unlike him, not long ago he had admitted to himself there was nothing left inside and that he would just rot for the rest of his days. He outstretched his right arm, opening his hand back open as he closed his eyes tightly. "DO IT!"

"I like that attitude! VERY WELL!" White flames erupted out all over Yohan's right arm, burning away his sleeve as he shouted out in pain, his skin burning away with the white flames consuming all of his arm. "But I shall not be taking it to hell on this day! Instead, I shall leave it cursed for all to see that you have made a deal with a demon! Ahahahaha!" The laughter mattered little to him over the pain he felt, the white flames merging with his arm in order to produce a fine and smooth scaly surface to replace the human skin he once had over it. Gripping his hand once more, he could feel very faintly small claws having formed over the tip of his hands as opposed to having human nails.

"Do not fear, if all goes well with the others, they shall receive the same treatment! There is more than enough hell hound scum for you all to rip apart! Now, release thy rage and call upon me!"

"Alright!" Yohan grew a smirk suddenly as it felt like the pressure of others judging him had faded away, for once he could act like how he truly was with no hesitation! "Come out, my Familiar!" The demon once again laughs as a purple aura bursts out around Yohan, the demon hounds suddenly leaping back and begin barking rapidly in aggression as a figure rises up from out of Yohan's body and forms a humanoid like form behind him, though it would appear to be more like an outline of something for now, the fact it was there at all more than confirmed it's connection to him. Along with this new figure appearing, a dark purple outfit forms itself and replaces Yohan's previous attire, looking very similar to what a hero in a story to make them look cool and stand out.

"Heh, wow, how ridiculous." Yohan looked himself over and began to laugh. "Never imagined myself seriously ever wearing something like this. Whatever, this is gonna be fun." Putting a hand on his neck and rotating his head around with a battle hungry grin over his face, he brought up his arms and slammed his human fist into the demonic one. "Hell yeah, watch out you dumb hounds! You got nowhere to run now, do ya?!"

"It is time to strike, show these pathetic demons who is stronger!" Both Yohan and the strange figure laughed in sync as Yohan rushed forward and grabbed one of the demon hounds by it's head, raising it up and slamming it into the ground. Narrowing his eyes as his grin grew a little briefly, he suddenly emits a high pitch sound that rushes through the demon hound's body and causes it to howl in pain as it's body bursts into pieces and fades away.

"Well lookie here, it looks like you don't like me do ya?! Alright Familiar, your turn!"

"WITH PLEASURE!" The figure vanished from sight, reappearing in front of two of the demon hounds and knocking them quickly into the air without much time to register how fast he was moving. It quickly appeared behind the two hounds and slammed them both into the ground, punching into them rapidly before picking them both up and slamming them into one another with a loud cracking sound, with both of the demon hounds letting out a painful howl before breaking apart and fading away like the first.

"Alright, you ready for a combo this time?!"

"Yes, pick out the targets and I will follow suit!" Yohan rushed off after the figure spoke these words, slamming his demon arm into one of the hounds and knocking it down into the ground. Another hound tries to jump at him and bite his neck, but Yohan was quickly to slam his demon arm into it and send it crashing into the other one. The figure appeared near them and didn't give the two hounds much time to react as it slammed a fist into them and for whatever reason, the hounds suddenly began to speed up and twitch faster and faster until both of them erupted into pieces and, as with the other three, the pieces faded away.

"Yeah, that's how we do it!" Not even caring that it may or may not be physically there, Yohan went ahead and exchanged a high five with the figure.

"I have lent you what power I can for now. You do not remember my name for now, and you do not currently have the strength within yourself to handle my power. However, I encourage you to find the strength to one day call out my name and summon me back out! Be aware that you will only have dominion over one power, I am sure you will do fine though. If all goes well, the others will undergo the same ordeal you have and also gain new strength! Until we meet again!" With those words, the figure slipped itself away back into Yohan and faded, as the purple aura around Yohan diminished enough to just barely surround his form.

"Whoa, what?" Yohan suddenly spoke out, feeling a little dizzy as he couldn't help but feel like his head had just gotten hit full force by a punch. "Oh geez, hope I don't pass out now." He could see that fifteen of them were left, he hoped the figure was correct and that the others could handle the rest while he tried to gain a hold of himself after... Whatever the hell just happened to him!

Meanwhile, unknown to them all, a figure stood nearby and observed the situation. "Yes, I can confirm five... No, at least six of them now." The figure spoke quietly, holding a finger up to his ear as he adjusted his shades. "One of them just took five of them out with the help of his Familiar. It was a surprise to me too, but he has the potential. From what I could hear, it sounds like he has only just awakened to his power. I believe he has The White flowing through him, so he could prove to be an ally. I shall continue to observe and see if the other five undergo the same ordeal or not. I am sure if they do, they can handle the other demons by themselves. Yes, I understand. They could be the solution we have been looking for."
When Frederick laid eyes upon the strange well dressed man, it struck him as weird...not because he looked suspicious or the fact that he was in front of a school seemingly waiting for someone. What was weird that someone like him was offering reward to a janitor like Frederick? Wow! Can it be true! Someone who knows the true power and value of a janitor in this world? Someone who actually appreciate the man that sweeps the floors of rubbish and mopping the floors of stains!

The man had a smile as he wanted to shake hands before he received a reward. Well! You can always trust a strange well dressed man with a pocket watch. They usually are always really cool people, shows always portrayed the strange but cool dressed guys as a good guy! Heck who knows, maybe he was a secret agent sent to offer him a position as the janitor for the white house! Now that! Sounded like a great reward in his mind. "Thank you my good man! Its always nice to see other appreciating a janitor. But yeah! Lets shake on it!" Fredrerick smiled as he walked down the stairs full of energy and grabbed the mans hand without even a trace of hesitation.

Of course, that was when his arm was pulled forward and the mans eye would soon glow yellow along with a wicked grin. Now he was no rocket scientist, but that was not normal. What was not normal was the world becoming all blurry and in a second. With a blink. He was no gone. Vanished without a trace.

That was not the worse part, his keys were left behind. His poor keys for his car! He dropped them when he went to shake his hand! Oh the humanity!
Rina glared at Yohan for a moment when he criticized her before taking a breath and calming down. Of course he'd be short with her: they were in a wretched situation. She opened her purse, taking inventory of its contents until the sound of retching made her look up. As Rina went over to check on Yohan, she spotted the red wolf through the door. And that's why I didn't really want to leave, she thought, but held her tongue.
She listened to everyone else talk, chewing on her lip. What exactly were they going to barricade the door with if there wasn't anything left? Well, no matter. Whatever equated to furniture in this hellscape might do.

Rina followed Sienna to the back to scope out their surroundings. It looked about the same as the front to her: more black buildings, the night sky, nothing even remotely helpful. She was about to go back to hunting for barricades when she heard the sound of dogs. Turning around brought her nearly face to face with one of the demons. It snarled at her and the others.
Rina slipped her bag from her shoulders and held the straps together in both hands. A quick survey of the area made it evident that there was nowhere to run, so they would have to fight as long as they could. Still, Rina couldn't help but feel that in a matter of minutes, she was going to be mauled to death. The girl moved back a few steps, taking note of Yohan on the floor.
"Well, isn't this a pickle," her demon said, resting its smooth, white hands on her shoulders.
Rina only shrugged her shoulders to shake it off.
It sighed and patted her on the head, then interlaced its fingers behind its back. "I could help you, if you like."
"I thought making deals meant eternal damnation?" Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted a new man, though she didn't say much. Instead, Rina kept her eyes on the dogs, not really in the mood to chat. Even so, part of her latched on desperately to the idea of being saved.
"You'll be damned anyway if you die here. Give me your right leg, and I will give you what you need to save yourself." As it spoke, Yohan launched himself at the dogs. "Like him, though you really shouldn't rely on him to save you all."
Rina weighed her options quickly. "Fine. Do it," she said, standing still so that he could take it. If she fought unassisted, she'd probably lose a lot more than that anyway.
Her demon smiled and it burned her flesh away, replacing it with something that looked and felt rather like white porcelain, patterned with what looked like veins filled with liquid gold. "Now, I think your instinct is strong enough." It gave her a push forward.
A few residual tears of pain were still trickling down her cheeks. "Come on, Familiar," she said, launching herself at the dogs. As she did so, he clothes were changed to some new tight, green ones and an ethereal being of the same color worked in tandem with her to push back the demons.

Black and WhiteSetting: Black and White


Sienna Cartlow
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Finding a way out the back of the building had been easier than expected. For as dystopian as this world looked, the building they found themselves in had a simple wooden back door, which after a brief peer through the window, Sienna opened and began checking the path was clear. Seemed good, as far as she could tell. Turning to see that it seemed everyone (reluctant or not) was behind her, she motioned for them to follow as she took a few steps out before hopping off of a slight lip. “Looks like the coast is clear for now. Let’s get to work grabbing what we can.” Sienna commented to the group, striding slightly further ahead to look past the outcroppings to get a better vantage point. It seemed that the back door came out into a small pit, so they needed to climb slightly in order to truly get free. The moon shone down on all of them like a spotlight, but at least they’d be able to see where they were going.

Moving to start climbing up the side of the precipice, Sienna didn’t get very far at all before she got to stare fear in the face. Rising to the top of the mesa, it took her a moment to realise just what she was seeing as she stared into the black abyss of its pupils. So tight was terror’s grip that she didn’t manage a word or scream, instead just hanging in the moment as she saw herself in its eyes, watching in shocked silence as its jaw slowly opened, dripping black blood or saliva or god knows what to the ground in front of it. Finally, she let go, dropping back down to the pit and skidding to a stop, nearly stumbling over a partially buried rod as her back foot hit against it. Briefly, she tore her eyes away from it to look back to the door, but it was far too late for that as more of the creatures began to swarm and circle them. A true pack hunting their prey, and they were cornered. There was nowhere to run.

Gritting her teeth, Sienna looked to the pipe she’d slid against, and quickly reached down to wrench it free of the ground, snapping the rusty metal rod from the dirt and brandishing it in front of her as a makeshift weapon. It was better than nothing. Inching backwards to place her back to the others, she could only hope they either had the same plan as her, or at the very least served a distraction for the ones behind her. Not that she thought they really stood much of a chance. A steady cacophony of growls barks and snarls seemed to break out amongst the creatures, before an ear-splitting howl shook her to the core. Faintly, she heard someone fall near her mumbling an expletive. Honestly, it was taking all her nerve to stay standing. Maybe it was just some base instinct keeping her going. Defiance in the face of futility.

Then, shouts. The boy, Yohan, he seemed to be going more off his rocker than usual, both him and the white haired doppelganger mincing words and values. Sienna only heard half of it, though she was amazed that the beasts decided to stay back as long as they did. Perhaps evidence of some sort of hive mind or leadership structure? Could they just be holding them up for the giant red one they’d seen? Briefly, her eyes flickered about the encircling dogs, looking for some sort of way out. Even if there was though, who’s to say they wouldn’t just all turn on her before she got two steps away from the ring? Shit. If they were going to die, she wanted to go quick. She’d always joked that she wanted to be shot in the head, now a gun and bullet would do wonders for her.

Yohan seemed to have other plans. In a scream of desperation and rebellion, he seemed to explode with a raw energy as his twin burst into white flames, causing Sienna to stagger back from him. It was that moment of weakness that one of the wolves chose to exploit, leaping at her the moment her guard was down. By chance or perhaps something more, Sienna barely managed to turn back in time, pivoting to swing her pipe at the monster, only to have it weave to the side, dodging the strike. Stumbling back some more, Sienna now realised she was separated from the others as it came at her once again, this time with no intention of stopping. Instincts ablaze with a will to survive, Sienna brought the pipe between her and the maw of the beast, though the weight of the tackle still caused her to slide back in the dirt, barely staying upright before she impacted the wall of the pit.

Snapping at her face and splashing its ooze everywhere, Sienna grimaced as she looked into the abyss of death, her arms quaking under the strain. With each bite of its jaws the crunching and snapping of metal could be heard, the pipe straining to stay in one piece and keep the girl from her demise. It was all she could do from her position pinned as she was. Part of her thought about letting go and accepting it. I mean, what did she really have to be afraid of? She’d always told herself that if she was to die, she’d want to go fast. Anytime, anyplace, it didn’t really matter. She was inconsequential in the world, and she’d rather just end it then live uncomfortably or in pain. Why was she trying so hard to fight the inevitable?

“Look at you. My, you’re as pathetic now as you’ve always been.” The snide voice of the feline spoke, eerily close, almost like it was whispering in her ear, yet there was no way it was possibly there. “This beast, like the world, weighs you down. Suppresses you. No matter what strengths you have, the potential you hide, it means nothing. Not unless you have the will to be all that you are.” It was mocking the way it spoke, illusory riddles filtering through Sienna’s mind. “So what will it be? Fade away like before? Or will you actually be something worthwhile? Do you have the drive? The fire inside?” Sienna didn’t know what to say, but she could feel something in the pit of her gut. Seconds were passing in reality, but to her mind, it was like a movie reel of events and sensations unlike any that she’d ever felt before. A crackle of power. Possibility. Flames of passion seemed to kindle within her, the spark beginning to ignite into a roaring flame. Though she couldn’t see it, she could feel the cat’s smile. “You’ve always felt it. You know you’re better than everyone, more deserving. You’re worth more than anyone else. You value yourself over all others, there’s no sense in hiding it. Accept and embrace it. Tell me, would you miss that? Sacrifice is needed, both in your world and in this one in order to reach your goals.”

Sienna couldn’t feel her heart anymore. Nor could she hear anything, not even her own breathing. Only the voice of Sinopia, and her siren song of temptation. “Give it to me. Give me all of you, and I will shape you into something greater.” There was a tension in the voice now. A forcefulness. Maybe desperation? But Sienna couldn’t sense it. She couldn’t even move, her body almost paralysed. Her lips were dry and cracked, but weakly, she knew she had to answer. Later, she’d say that she didn’t really understand what it meant at that moment. That she’d been deceived into agreeing to a contract where the terms weren’t clear. Sienna valued herself over all others, that was true. To have that taken from her… She couldn’t have expected what Sinopia intended to do in order to claim that.



“Where is she..?” The rain was heavy now, pelting the windscreen of the young girl behind the vehicle. It was dark too, her headlights reflecting off the road in sharp white as she squinted to see what lay in front of her. Tate had ended up calling Rio and mentioned something of Sienna leaving the store, and since then they hadn’t been able to get into contact with her for several hours. It didn’t make any sense. Sienna was lazy sure, but she wouldn’t just up and vanish like that. Not without checking in at least. Something was wrong. Things had been a little weird today, but something in the pit of Rio’s stomach told her that she needed to find Sienna. It was why she was roaming the streets, scanning for any signs of her. Inefficient, maybe, but she had to do something. She’d checked all her usual hangouts, and now was circling the local area near the corner store, just searching for a sign.

Travelling down the street, suddenly, the light from her headlights reflected off something in front of her. The eyes of a feline sitting in the middle of the road. In a moment of panic, Rio spun the wheel of her car, skidding as the wheels failed to grip onto the slick wet road and spinning out as she slammed on the brakes. With a soft thunk, the vehicle collided with only a small amount of force to the side of the brick building. Wincing a bit in pain from the whiplash, Rio slowly pulled herself back upright. It wasn’t enough of an impact to activate the airbag, but it was still a big jolt. Geez, what kind of cat goes out in the rain like that? Sighing to herself to try and stop her heart pounding, she faintly noticed the bright lights approaching her. The world was filled with the squeal of brakes, before a crushing symphony of twisting metal sounded. Then, nothing but the sound of rain. In the night, the cat sat watching the scene in silence before vanishing into the darkness.



Slow at first, moving backwards in a way that seemed unnatural. Steadily, Sienna forced the monster back as she began driving herself from the wall, lead pipe in hand. Then, under strain from both sides, the pipe split in twain. As the wolf closed in to bite her face, Sienna’s hands spun with dextrous position, fingers dancing as she turned the split pipe ends inward into a reverse grip, before plunging the now jagged ends of the material into either side of the creature’s skull, driving them through it’s body and wrenching the head to the floor. By now, the aura that had begun to surround her was in full view, a haze of orange mist growing into a fiery swirl of energy. Despite the apparent lethal injury the wolf had sustained, it could writhe about unfazed, like it wasn’t even harmed. Moving to sit back up, a sudden heel slamming down into the back of its head forced the sharp pipe to impale into the ground, pinning the thing by its head as it struggled to right itself.

“The deal has been made. I have taken my end of the bargain, and now you shall have yours.” Sinopia spoke, but it wasn’t the feline that everyone knew. Standing before Sienna was a tall, sultry women, hair cut short into a bob-cut. A plunging, sleeveless dress gleaming with sequins and patterns followed each inch of her curves to her knees. Around her head, she wore a headband adorned with a tall feather, while draped low around her arms was a fanciful feather boa. Shoulder length, form fitting gloves perfectly fitted her slender arms, while silken black stockings rose from tall heels. A large ring on each hand, a hipflask in her garter, pearls strung around her neck, a cigarette holder in one hand and a feathered fan in the other, her accessories highlighted the aspects of her lifestyle. Heavy makeup enhanced her face in a smokey look that drew the eye. Apart from the voice, the only thing that identified her as what had once been a tiny cat was the slim tail creeping from the dress, the pointed ears atop her head, and those ever haunting eyes. Briefly, her eyes drifted downwards as she noted the wolf attempting to bite at her leg. “Ah ah sweetie. Bank's closed.” With a swift and sudden motion, she crushed the beast’s head underfoot, yet miraculously, managed to keep herself perfectly clean. “Mmm, it’s the berries to be back to my true self…” Stretching, she moved to take Sienna’s hand, the gobsmacked girl flabbergasted by the flapper girl in front of her.

“Now that we’re jake, I think it’s time you dudded up big cheese.” The accent began to become thicker as she spoke, the demon holding a pouting smile as she opened her fan, waving it past Sienna’s body. As it glided up from dogs to kisser, Sienna’s clothes underwent their own miraculous change. Stylish and swanky, Cartlow became something of a cross between the dress of a witch and a boudoir outfit, a revealing ensemble that showed plenty of leg and thigh, the smallest of frilly skirts covering her mini-shorts. Midriff on full display, the outfit continued upwards into something of a corset type top, though part of this was hidden under the shawl like cape that billowed around her. Almost mockingly, her head was adorned with a fashionable variant of a traditional witch's hat, while in her hands, a tight bundle of straw forming a neat broom. Sienna staggered slightly as she adjusted to the new heeled boots she wore, briefly bringing her hands up to look at herself.

“A little fluky, but you look like a choice bit of calico.” Sinopia commented, bringing her fan up to lift Sienna’s chin and look deep into her eyes. Taking the lit cigarette in her holder, she dipped it onto the end of the broom, setting it ablaze. Slowly, Sienna seemed to come back into reality as she stared into those flames, twirlingthe broom about and stepping forward, uncaring for how she looked. “Time for the show, let’s give them something truly spectacular, Sinopia.” Sienna glanced back over her shoulder, looking to her Familiar with a smile. Seeing this, Sinopia tucked her fan and cigarette holder away, reaching to take a swig of her flask before flicking out her hands, a pair of Tommy guns materialising in her grip.

“You said it bearcat. Let’s blouse.”
Miranda watched the others leave out the back, sensing the presence of a giant Wolf...Demon...thing outside, her lip twitched. "You're all fools if you think you can run from wolves and not get hunted down like Cattle." She called to them as they barricaded her front door. She watched them head to the back door and rolled her eyes, her Demon sitting on the desk, staring at her.

"What?"

"That's a nice picture on your desk there."

Miranda's Sapphire eyes turned to the only picture she had left of her baby brother. She snatched it and held it close to her chest. It had come with her into The Other Side....

"Those are some lovely eyes, too." the Demon scooted closer as Miranda stood, taking the picture out of it's frame and stuffing it into her shirt, she'd buy a locket, and wear it. She wouldn't let this Demon have it.

"Fine then...choose. Your eye, or your last picture of dear little brother."

Miranda's beautiful Sapphire eyes narrowed, she heard the howl outside and growled. She moved towards the back, only to see twenty large demon wolves, despite seeing some of them fall, her Alpha blood boiled and she needed to assert her dominance over them. Prove to them that they were useless unless lead by her and her alone, and if they rebelled, they died. Her Sapphire eyes turned Amber, and a hand covered her left eye, her Demon taking it. It singed and burned, the woman let out a silent scream of agony as she bent over and leaned against the door frame, the burning going all the way down her nerve, then down her spine to the rest of her body. When it was over, her left eye had turned permanently Amber, and glowed as if back-lit.

"You should thank me....I gave you something out of fuckin Lovecraft or some shit like that." her demon said, crossing its arms. "Give it a try."

Raising an arm, another five of the Wolf-things stopped in their tracks, the most ungodly screams escaping their throats for a second before they were silenced, and they began to jerk around, as if being controlled by an outward force. Walking forward, Miranda lifted her arm, her expression oddly dull as her Demon, no, her Familiar boosted her power, its own eyes glowing brightly as it amplified Miranda's power.

"Mutation....fun, in'nit?" the Demon said, loud enough for everyone to hear as the Wolves then began to crack and morph, bodies bubbling and twisting as they became grotesque, horrifying creatures, finally their necks snapping at an odd angle, and their bodies dropping to the ground as Miranda blinked.

"interesting...." She looked at her hands, then at her Demon, narrowing her eyes. "Just like the myths of old...one magic eye for the werewolf..."

The Other SideSetting: The Other Side


Taja stayed and helped with inventory. She thought it would be best just to stay back, just in case. For a moment things seemed fine until she heard Yohan yelling and commotion going on with Sienna and Rina. That is when she saw other creatures. "More of these things?" She whispered.

"No, we are just someone who can help you, is all." Her voice came from behind her and she slowly turned around. Standing there was her, but with horns and a tail.

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"I...You..." She was trying to figure out why this girl looked like her.

"I am your familiar, if you trade me something very important to you than you can have some of my power to unlock some of your power." She said with a smile. Taja fidgeted in place...she looked at Elsworth and he shrugged before looking at everyone else. She would have to fight, most likely, and powers would be useful. She didn't have anything valuable to her...and people were giving their arms. Maybe if she would to give something greater she could be greater.

"My h-heart..." She mumbled, looking at the horn version of herself. The horn-girl smiled and gently poked her chest where her heart was.

"Deal."

The pain was worse than she had imagine. A white flame like light came from her chest. Taja dropped to her knees and curled as the pain seem to engulf her, but it didn't last long. She felt embarrassed, peeking to see if Elsworth was smiling, but he was no where to be found. Slowly she stood, looking at her feet she saw a swirl of pink and grey aura around her for just a second. She felt weird and wobbled some.

"Looks like they need some help." Her familiar said.

"Do...Do I have to?" She asked her. Her familiar nodded and she looked over her shoulder before walking over there. She watched as Miranda mutated the the wolves.

Her familiar leaned in, "stretch out your hand towards on of the wolves and turn it a bit." She did what she was told and instantly the hound began to mutate in an ungodly form before its neck snapped. The wolf dropped just like the five from Miranda's did.

Taja's hand pressed against her chest. "What...I can mutate too?" She looked at her horn-self disappointed, but her familiar shook her head no.

"You have the power to copy other's magic. Now..look at your outfit! It is so cute..." She looked down at her body and she was in a pink and grey outfit. How did that happen?

"We shall meet again soon, okay?!" With a laugh and skip the familiar had disappeared into Taja's body.
What a Horrible Night


"Whoa." The first word that came to his mind jumped straight out of his mouth, right before his body started to shake as his head started to feel lighter. He collapses to his knees, putting his hands up to his head as he closed his eyes, hoping it would go away quickly. What in the heck just happened to him? Why was he wearing this outfit? And why, of all things, did he just talk to some creature?! All of these questions made him nervous, had he truly been damned just now by a demon? If so, did that mean that all along, people were right and that he was just some freak?

For some reason, he just stopped caring about that and threw it aside, it was of no importance to him right now was it? Surely the more important thing was to get out of this place alive, right? It had to be, after all, they all seemed to be awakening to some kind of power, even if others were awakening to more horrific ones. That's when he was reminded of his arm, and he looked upon it and opened his palm to see some kind of demonic symbol now on it. That's when he started to feel his heart beat grow faster, as his arm started to shake on it's own.

That's when everything around him went black, his eyes widening as he looked around in a panic. He felt something familiar about this, his heart racing as tears began to go down his eyes. "Why does it hurt? My head is killing me right now. I don't want to go through this!" He ended up speaking outloud, though the others could hear his voice they could not see what he saw right now. Holding his right arm out in front of him, he struggled to fight against a growing feeling of dread inside of him as his palm closed on it's own.

White flames suddenly burst forward, the white flames quickly turning blue as his eyes widened. "No, wait, stop!" An impulse had taken over, but it was too late, as the blue flames spread over the area around him and quickly engulfed him as well, his arms raising up in front of himself to protect him. Yet when he looked back, he was back where he had just stood previously, no sign of any flames in sight.
Raising his human arm up slowly and wiping his eyes, blinking a few times as he tried to get his head back from that experience.

That's when he felt the ground begin to shake, his eyes widening out of surprise as he took a few steps back. He knew what this was, and sure enough as he looked over, he could see the giant hound walking around the town, the smell of death quickly filling his nostrils as he rose a hand to cover over them. There was something different about the hound from before, now it seemed to be giving off an aura like he had a minute ago. A black aura that could only be described as looking upon death itself. A being of such malicious intentions, holding incredible power within it's body to the point that it could crush whatever it saw as a threat. Yohan suddenly knew what this thing was, and the realization spread dread back into his heart. "A Hell Hound?!"

The realization came at a poor time however, as the Hell Hound suddenly came to a halt and looked over towards the direction his voice had spoken up from. His heart pounded quickly once more as he felt frozen to the spot, all this noise might attract it to them, and the power he could feel coming off of it was too much for him to comprehend. The hound slowly began to walk over towards them, he could start to see it's face start to fully come into view as if it was excited to have found prey once again. He didn't know if he could fend it off without making it angry, was this really where they were meant to die? How ironic, a guardian of the after life was about to send them all to it without anyone knowing they were even here.

That's when a miracle happened, an explosion far away somewhere went off and caught the Hell Hound's attention. It's movement came to a sudden halt as it's eyes held a sense of curiosity in them, turning it's body to look over at the smoke now rising somewhere far off in the distance. A strange growl began to come from the hound, a noise he could not hear before making the deal with his Familiar. The Hell Hound's face twisted into an even more horrifying expression than before, a look befitting only for a devil as it could no longer contain the pure malice and excitement it felt. A wicked dog like chuckle suddenly burst forth from the hound, it's body suddenly bursting into flames as all the red that had been on it turned into a red mist around it.

The power it began to emit caused Yohan to be sent flying off his feet and be slammed into a nearby building, his body falling forward as he felt himself unable to move as if being crushed under the thing's power as the cackle slowly came to a halt and the flames died down, revealing the black body of the Hell Hound. Raising up it's head in what looked like joy, it gave off a sudden howl before becoming a blur and sending out a small shockwave as it ran off, hitting Yohan once more as he struggled to stay awake despite the pain he felt right now. He could see the Hell Hound run through a path of destroyed buildings it may have made when first arriving and soon only a trail of red dust could only be made out of it as it ran off into the distance far away from the town.

Once the Hell Hound was gone, he felt his body able to move again as he slowly began to rise up to his feet while letting out a low groan. As he began to brush himself off, a new voice suddenly sprang out and shocked him. "Good to see you all have developed." A man in a business suit suddenly emerged, his blonde hair struck out and those shades kept his eyes hidden from Yohan. He looked to be close to seven feet in size, even with the suit on Yohan could tell this guy's body was built to be strong. "That Hell Hound has left for now, you can thank me later for that after we get you out of here."

"Hold on a minute. Who are you, and how do I know I can trust you?" Yohan was on the defensive, surely the man could tell that today had not been the best of days for any of them. The man seemed to give a smirk at Yohan in response, sending a shiver down Yohan's spine.

"My name is not important to know, why I am here is classified information. What I can say is that I was out on business here when I noticed you all running around." The man looked over towards Frederick and grinned. "You should stay with them if you want to get out of here alive. As you all can already probably tell, this is no place for normal people to wander in. However, you all have potential, so perhaps we could strike a deal?"

"I'm not in the mood for deals. And you've given me no reason to trust you." Yohan's statement made the man suddenly laugh out, though Yohan couldn't tell if the laugh was normal or wicked in nature.

"Well here's a fact, if I wanted you all dead, I would of done it without revealing myself. I also have knowledge of the powers you all just gained, why would I even bother revealing this when I could try to lie? I have been nothing but honest, believe it or not, and I have come to the conclusion that we can help each other out." As much as Yohan hated to admit it, he seemed to have a point. Whether he liked it or not, this man was the only hope they had of getting out of here and if he had driven that Hell Hound away when he could of just left them to die, Yohan had to reluctantly admit to himself that they did owe the man something for helping them out.

"Okay, what do you want?" The man pulled out his cellphone and looked it over, taking note of the time it said on it before putting it away. Did that mean technology could work here, or was the man's cellphone special? Yohan would have to ask that another time.

"Come back here tomorrow night." The man's statement caused Yohan to give a nervous expression.

"We've just barely survived this night! What makes you think all of us will just come back here of our own free will?"

"Because you are now targets. If I could feel your power, what would a person with actual harmful intentions do? There are people with this power on Earth that have connections, some darker than others. They could easily find you and your family or friends if they so wished it. I can keep you all safe from darker eyes for now, but it will not last forever. If you want to learn how to harness these powers, you would be wise to return to this place tomorrow."

"Ugh, fine." Yohan didn't like hearing any of this, but what better option did any of them have? "What time?"

"Eleven PM." The man stated with no hesitation.

"What? Isn't that a little late?"

"Yes, and it is the perfect time to explain some things as well as help you all. I am not forcing all of you to come back, but I do advise you do, lest you realize the horror that will begin to follow all of you from this day forward." The man turned his back to them all and began to walk away. "Best not to attract too much attention to yourselves. I will be waiting."

"W-wait a minute! Where is the way out of here?!" This question caused the man to stop and look back at them.

"Why, it's at where you live. Or, would live, in this case. Do not mistake this place for the town called Timberland. Or else you will find yourself becoming attached to this place." The man chuckled and walk off into the darkness. Yohan felt so confused right now, but they had no other choice it sounded like.

"Just what is going on here...?"
As Frederick regained his consciousness, or rather finished disappearing to wherever he was supposed to go. Well, obviously he was confused. Was this a reward? A free trip to...some parallel looking town of Timberland...Hold on! This place looked like Timberland but it looked weird which could only mean one thing! He traveled dimensions! His reward for cleaning a whole school was have an experience to those dimension travelers in books and shows! This...was...so

"COOL!" Frederick shouted as he jumped into the air. Now this was a great story! Getting to experience another dimension firsthand himself! Oh this was so cool! Of course his attention soon focused on a group of teens...and was that a little girl? Did that mean they also traveled dimension as well. Well, now he felt old, seeing so many young faces in the crowd.

Of course, he heard the the well dressed man say to stay near them to stay alive. A new dimension and full of danger? Wow! Maybe this was the part in so many stories where the guy reveals to the party that they are destined for greatness...or destined to become a rank and file hero so go fight horrors beyond their minds comprehension.

"I have to say trustworthy well dress man! This is like...The best reward ever! Who knew that cleaning, cooking and drawing comics and manga would one day pay off! My dad was right! A janitor was always destigned for greatness! I mean who else would pick up the mess left behind after a hard day? Non-janitors? Please, if people did that then the world would never need janitors. Wait...I am getting off track right now...Who are you exactly, you some Angel? Demon? or some special dimensional entity that has a great plan in mind that requires all of us currently here...And don't lie that you are like some special messenger! I can sense that you are not some random joe! I mean the clothings gives it away! Frederick was almost...surprising unfazed by the entire situation. In fact he seemed more casual than needed.

Black and WhiteSetting: Black and White


Sienna Cartlow
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Standing with full confidence before the approaching wolves, Sienna slowly turned her broom around in her hand, the flaming end leaving trails of embers that drifted in the air. The crimson sparks flitted through the air like falling fireflies, slowly falling towards the ground. Then, as the monsters that stood before Sienna began to move, the cinders began to fly upwards as if anticipating her next move. The most confident of the monsters charged forward as it leapt for her throat, Sienna’s eyes flashing as she reacted immediately, sweeping the broom in front of her in a wide horizontal sweep, the flames around the brush growing into a wide flare and engulfing the wolf that she struck and sending a wave of fire before her. From behind, the remaining creatures attempted to take advantage of her distraction, flanking Sienna in a squad of three.

With a duck and tuck, the broom was wielded expertly like a staff, the blunt end jabbing the first in the throat before she whipped it to the side and smacked the second to the side. Pivoting, her spin allowed the flaming end of her broom to twirl with her and knock the third aside, all three now knocked to the ground and shaking off their injuries as they snarled at the girl. Splitting up, the three moved to attack Sienna from different angles simultaneously. Drawing back into another spinning pirouette, Sienna swept a circle of flames around her, which immediately erupted into a pillar of fire all around. Lifting the dogs skyward from the force of the heat, it seemed Sienna was nowhere near done with them. Bursting out from the pillar, standing atop the broom like it was a surfboard, Sienna flew about the sky as she intercepted each of the dog’s trajectories, piercing through them in a spiralling fire drive and obliterating their shadowy being.

Down on ground level, Sinopia was doing her own part to eliminate waves of the canine monsters attacking them. Taking some steady steps, twirls and graceful movements, each fire from her guns shredded into the beasts, the noise timed to her movements to form a rhythmic tune, an instrumental of gunfire that provided the melody to her dance. It was quite the site to behold, displaying an uncanny sense of timing and finesse. As the dust and smoke settled, little remained of the creatures that had made the mistake of targeting Sienna and Sinopia, and as things calmed down, so too did Sienna’s sense begin to return to normal.

“Wait, what?!” Sienna stated in shock as her thoughts and feelings began to return to being her own. Taking a moment to look to her absurd outfit as she held her hand in front of her, she managed to stop herself from covering up out of embarrassment, but the incredulous look and flustered expression was a dead giveaway that she wasn’t comfortable with what she was wearing. “What the hell are these clothes, and why the fuck am I wearing them?!” Sienna stated in an outrage, immediately turning to Sinopia for an explanation. The feline-woman glanced over her shoulder towards Sienna as she dematerialised her guns, giving a bit of a snicker. “Doll, I just wanted to Razz you a bit. If you want something more Darb, you’re going to have to earn it. “sides, it fits now I’m your familiar.” As she spoke, Sinopia had pulled a bottle of booze from seemingly nowhere, undoing the cork to take a large swig. As she did so, one of the nearby dogs had roused from its injured state to leap at her. Eyes narrowing, Sinopia spun, clubbing the beast with the glass and shattering it, spilling the alcohol everywhere. “Tsk, Horsefeathers. Damn Bluenose ruining my fun. And here I was going to get Spifflicated…” Sinopia muttered as she instead pulled out a cigarette, lighting it. Taking a long draught, she sighed as she noticed the monster once again rising to its feet. “Shoulda stayed down Wurp.” Flicking her finger, Sinopia’s cigarette fell down onto the alcohol covered wolf, which promptly erupted into flames. It wouldn’t be getting back up this time.

Sienna meanwhile was coming to terms with her outfit and the craziness that was going on. She didn’t like it in the slightest, nor did she really care for the guy who gave some half-assed explanation to Yohan before buggering off. Not that she heard much of it from where she was – her combat with the wolves had drawn her somewhat away from the group. Making her way back, she continued to mumble aloud to herself her thoughts. “What kind of a loser uses a broom as a weapon? I don’t know what’s more lame, the broom, or the fact that I used it…” Stopping as she reached Yohan and the others, Sienna folded her arms. Anyone who commented on the clothes or her stomach was dead. “Well, what now? I’d like to get out of here before more of those things appear…” Briefly, her eyes turned towards the older man who was still with them. How long had he been there? Raising an eyebrow, she said the first thing that came to mind. “And who the hell are you?”

The Other SideSetting: The Other Side


As the dogs retreated, or at least it seemed that Sienna was more than capable of taking care of the rest, Rina backed away. She brushed some stray hair out of her eyes. She couldn't help but glance down at her mostly bare leg. The implications were sinking in, now that she had time to consider it. A wave of nausea swept over her.
"There, there," her familiar said as Rina regained her composure, though it might have been sarcastic.
When she had mostly recovered, she inched closer to the two new men and Yohan, listening in. In addition to the janitor, who seemed affected in how jovial he was with this nightmare, there was a well dressed man. Out of all of them, Rina found him most unnerving, probably because of how familiar he seemed with this place. She listened quietly to his orders, admitting to herself that it wasn't a terrible idea to take control of her powers, especially since she'd made a pact with a demon to get them. She did wonder if "your house" was just Yohan's or each of them had to go back to their own places. Also, how would they get back here?
Rina took a deep breath. "Excuse me, Mr. Janitor," she said to Frederick, too strung out for politeness. "Who are you? Or what's your name?"
Taja had a glimer of hope of going home. She just had to get to her house, right. It wasn't that far if she ran fast enough. She didn't care about her new power, she just wanted to return home. Everyone seemed to have powers now, so they could take care of themselves, right? She was just about to turn around and head for her house when a strange man appeared.

A Janitor? Here? She was confused and wonder if he was secretly a monster too. Maybe he was trying to trick them into a trap. He was way to hyper in a place like this. She stood behind Rina and watched from a distance. She didn't want to have to deal with him if she didn't have to.

Black and WhiteSetting: Black and White


A New Conflict


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Well, this was a fine start to a horrible night. Recapping the whole incident so far was... Troubling, to say the least. A strange man appearing and sending him off to the gym, only for an accident to happen while everyone was there. The strange bell like sounds that only they seemed to have heard, shortly after these sounds they were sent here. A Hell Hound, a living creature of folklore of all things, had almost found them and would probably have killed them. Then this power, these Familiar's that had appeared with them, and to put the cherry on top a strange man appears and tells them to go to Yohan's house.

So many questions roamed through his mind. Who were the two men he had encountered? Could they be related to all of this somehow? The first man was certainly suspicious, though how involved he was with this whole thing and how much he knew of what would transpire remained a mystery. The second man seemed to have just found them and has taken interest in them. Is it possible the first man had informed the second man of them coming? That put a scary thought in Yohan's mind: It would mean the two had planned for all of this. Though only a theory to him for now, things were too suspicious and events happened too well one after the other to just shrug it off. There wasn't a choice in the matter, caution had to be taken from here on.

A new question arose from thinking about this, how many people lived among them that knew of this place? Was it possible they had been observed for years if this was the case? Once again, he could only think of this as a theory. There was no real proof or evidence of anything he had thought of so far. For all he knew this was just a "thing" that happened often and the reason no one talked about it was because no one came back to tell the tale. Perhaps he could convince some of the others to help him investigate into matters tomorrow, after all the man did expect them to return here together. It seemed like a good idea to try to get to know some of them.

Briefly coming back to reality, he looked around at everyone and his head turned as he searched the place for any more signs of those creatures. Such terrible and horrifying things seemed almost impossible to exist, just like the Hell Hound, yet they had almost died to them as well. Well, it looked like his free time was going to be spent trying to figure at least some things out now. "I know what he's on about. I don't know how it's connected to all of this, but if it can get us out of here sooner, we should at least try." As he listened to his own words, he made things sound easier than they could be for his position. He couldn't question the man's interest for now, if this was a trap and the house had already been destroyed, it was better to find out than to wait and be attacked again.

At least he knew where to go, that was a start. As he walked off without another word, hoping to whatever divine powers that may exist that had brought them here that the others would follow him, he once more went back into his train of thought. That accident, he'll probably see it on the news when they get home. There's no way it would just vanish, at least he hoped so anyway. For now, he moved his focus to the strange sound they had all heard. There was a limit to how many times one could ask the same question and word it differently, no matter how many times he focused on all of this, no matter how much he focused on each one individually, his mind would only race and tire itself out at this point. Ignorance truly was bliss in this moment, as the curious mind he now possessed had been added to the list of things that could go wrong and did.

As he walked out into an opening of the town, he pushed aside any curious thoughts about how much this place resembled Timberland for now and focused on the building that should be where his home was. Well, it may have taken about ten minutes to walk over here, but the building stood out clearly as the only one that had not been crushed in this area. That's when trouble decided to voice it's ugly opinion. "Hey, I got an idea." Though his form did not appear, Yohan knew who's voice it was. "Let's leave them. Dead weight is never a good thing to carry, and they look like trouble."

"Can you please shut up for one day?" Yohan already knew the white haired boy would just brush him off, as the figure now stood at his right side and seemed to be more off than usual. He now stood with an almost eerie Cheshire cat's grin, his teeth looking more sharper now than before as his eyes had turned slightly more demonic to fit the expression he was going for. Yohan could see the white hair looked wild and moved slowly with an almost savage feeling coming off of it.

"You know you want to." The figure spoke slowly and with a malice intent behind it's tone of voice. "Why bother bringing more pain into your life? Parents didn't do that enough for ya?" The figure chuckles as he raises up his right hand and slowly had his fingers rise up and the tips of his fingers becoming sharper, letting every crack and strain of the extension be heard to all.

"I'm not playing this game." Yohan tried to brush him off again, but the boy just wasn't having it and suddenly appeared in front of Yohan, though he now stood directly in front of the door to the building. Yohan's eyes narrowed into a glare as he stared down the boy. "Get out of my way."

"Grew a backbone suddenly?" The boy chuckled as he points his twisted fingers at Yohan's direction. "That's unlike you. Earlier today, you were struggling to shake off that feeling of death enclosing in on your heart. How can you say anything to me when you are so weak that you could just do it again?" The fingers suddenly shot forward, the sound of blades being unsheathed rang out through the air as they headed straight for Yohan with full speed...

... Only to stop in front of his face, inches away as Yohan didn't move, looking more angry now by this action. The fingers retract as the boy licks the top row of his teeth tauntingly. "Face it, boy. You need me. Without me, you'd be hanging by the rope right now with those pathetic and dull eyes of yours rolled into the back of your head!" Yohan began to walk towards the door as the boy continued. "The more you repress me, the worse it will all be the day you explode! What would mother think of you, knowing her little boy has so many holes in his head!" Yohan's arm moved to swipe through the boy, causing him to poof into smoke clouds as Yohan grabbed hold of the doorknob and opened it quickly.

"Get lost, I don't need you. Never have, never will." Yohan walked into the building, leaving it open for the others as the white boy put himself back together at the bottom of the stairs, staring at the direction of the house as his eyes narrowed and his grin returned full force.

"That's right, deny yourself the pleasures of being human. You have two people you could unleash those teenage hormones out on and yet you instead want to get them home? There is such a thing as being too kind to other people, you know! Watch, the moment you let your guard down around them, they'll just stab you in the back like all the rest! Don't blame me when you find yourself bleeding out on the floor!" Letting out a small chuckle, the boy fades away into smoke and was gone.

"I'm going to have nightmares again, aren't I?" Yohan rubbed his forehead in frustration as he closed his eyes briefly. Letting out a tired sigh, he opened his eyes and walked over to the door that lead down into the basement. He had no memories of being down there, there was just something that told him not to go down there. But it was the only place he could think to search, well, technically it wasn't even his home, but he knew he might as well start with the most suspicious place in the building.

If the others had indeed followed him, he would make a motion with his arm to let them know to come down this way. Grabbing hold of the basement door, he opened it slowly to see stairs descending down into... Complete darkness. Well, he certainly wasn't expecting this, and a thought of how his place looked much better than this version tempted him to speak outloud, but he felt he would just be annoying the others by this point. Looking around, his eyes caught sight of a candle and a box of matches next to it. Raising his left brow as he saw this, he slowly reached over to grab hold of the holder the candle rested in and grabbed one of the matches.

Looking over at the wall nearest to him, he held the match up high on it before quickly striking down on it to make a small fire alit. He brought it over carefully to the top of the candle and set it alit, raising up the match and blowing out the fire on it as he put it down where the candle used to rest before looking down nervously. Letting out a nervous breath, he slowly began to descend down into the stairs into the basement, each step making a loud thud as he found himself surrounded by mostly darkness. Once he saw the stairs end, he swallowed nervously and slowly set down as he raised up the candle slightly and his eyes widened at the sight he could make out.

Some kind of strange device was set on the wall opposite to him, having a small space at the top of it as the rest was hooked up to the wall itself. The rest of the room he could make out looked to be covered in sketches of said device, strange writing and letters were used to point out various things on each sketch, but he could make none of them out. Walking over some of the sketches on the floor and making his way over to the device, he carefully placed the candle down near it so that he wouldn't set some of the sketches ablaze. One sketch he could see seemed to make out placing your hand in the hole and speaking a word, he could just barely make it out as his eyes narrowed slightly to try to focus in on it.

"I can ask questions later." He spoke to himself, not wanting to risk staying in this place for longer than needed. He turned to look at the device and tried to make out how something so strange could be set up like this. But the instructions couldn't be wrong, right? If they were, they would probably face something far worse than that Hell Hound. No, he had to stay positive. They were going to get home, and that was that! He reached out his hand slowly to place his it in the hole in the device, looking back over to the sketch once he did before looking back at it. "Well, here goes nothing." After all, it was the only option they had, right? Taking in a quick breath and letting it out, he finally mustered up the courage to speak the word. "Gaia!"

At first, nothing happened. It was possible the device had been here for years, and the time spent had caused it to malfunction perhaps? There was no way, it just had to be his imagination! Then, it happened, the device started to spark and glow! In any other situation, he would dare to say it was a beautiful sight to behold! The device started to make a hum that at first was low, but grew in sound as the device glowed brighter. As the device continued to stir up, the entire room around them suddenly began to shake! Suddenly, a bright blue color erupted from the device and spread it's way throughout the room, the stairs all moving down into the ground as the way they had come in suddenly slams shut! There was no backing out now, this device was taking them to wherever whether they had a choice or not!

With a flash of blue light, a bright blue circle suddenly erupts without warning over where the device was, Yohan only realizing at the last second his hand was now stuck in it! The others would see, in what felt like an instant, Yohan is lifted up from the ground and pulled in full force! Though he was gone, the others would quickly find themselves being pulled in towards it with increasing speed, in very little time at all they could now only see bright blue light as they felt themselves seemingly disconnect from reality itself...

When Yohan opens his eyes, he finds himself back in his actual basement, his eyes widening as he found himself standing just where he was, hand within the hole in what seemed like the same strange device. Pulling his hand quickly out of it, he looked around to see all the sketches were now gone, and when he looked behind him, he could see stairs popping up. Clearly his parents had not told him a few things, and he tried to make a good note to remember to search around the place at a later time? Wait, why did he want to do things later? That's when it hit him, his body suddenly feeling heavy like a boulder and his mind quickly losing any train of thought.

He felt dizzy, his eyes quickly becoming half closed as he swayed from side to side before ultimately his eyes closed completely and his body gave up to let itself fall down on the ground. In no time at all, he was asleep! As the basement returns completely to normal, the device momentarily makes a low sound similar to a growl before shutting down entirely. Now unable to be seen by everyone, the white haired boy stood near Yohan as he stared down at his body, though this time he looked normal for some reason. "So I guess this is just how it is. Time for another dream, a new door has opened and five others dragged out of the comforts of reality. I can only hope they don't disappoint me." With those words, and a strange feeling coming over Yohan in his sleep, the boy fades away, waiting for the day he will be called upon again.

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Ricky couldn't move his arms or legs, they felt numb by this point. The numbing was nothing compared to the pain that pulsed throughout his body with every beat his heart took. He was stuck to this uncomfortable wall, and these people were crazy. The torture had not let up, and they were making sure Ricky had time to let all the torture he had endured so far sink in. "Alright." One of the robed figures spoke up. "How did you get here? How did you use the Magical Portal?!"

"It wasn't easy, you know." Ricky looked up at the figure and grinned slightly. "But I don't trust you with crap!" This earned Ricky a sudden smack across his face, his cheek aching from having to endure further pain as he groaned out slightly.

"Insolent fool! I will not tolerate this attitude any longer!" The figure suddenly grabbed hold of a weapon and raised it up, causing Ricky's eyes to widen. "This ends now!"

"Stop!" Another voice sounded from the distance, Ricky could only make out a person standing in front of some light in the distance. "We need him."

"Need him?! For what?!" The robed figure shouted out in anger.

"There were faint readings earlier. He must of brought some others with him. Ask him where he is from!" This caused the robed figure to throw the weapon aside, only to grab hold of Ricky's collar and raise him up roughly.

"Alright boy. Where are you from?"

"I come from Timberland. Why do you care?" Ricky felt himself dropping back to his former position as the figure released his collar.

"He says he is from Timberland! Is there a Magical Portal nearby it that could of released such massive Magic?!"

"I recall the Emperor having handed out some Portal's to those who agreed to serve him some months ago. If that is the case, this boy is one of them. However, The Black his body has endured should of easily morphed him into a demon."

"So what are you implying, General?"

"This boy could be useful to the Sukodo Empire. Do not torture him any longer, rather conduct an experiment on him. Let's see how strong he can get when exposed to high amounts of Black. Have it done by sunrise."

"But rushing his development like this will have severe consequences down the road. Are you certain you wish for this to be done?"

"I am. I have full confidence he will serve us well until he breaks down. Literally." Then, everything faded to black for poor Ricky.
As Frederick was busy talking to the strange dressed man, his attention switched to the two teenage girls who asked him who and what he was. Wow! They certainly had manners, going to ask him for his name first. They must have been taught well by their parents. Man...Kids these days are growing up into fine adults. "My name? Of course! My name is Frederick Bell! I am Thirty-two years of age! My hobbies include Janitorial work! Cooking! And making comics and Manga! I also was born and raised in Timberland. As for who I am, I am human!...at least I think I am still human...Maybe after I came to this place I am some sort of spirit now...or maybe my race was changed to become something other than human...No clue, all I know is that I have no idea why I am here!" Frederick introduced himself with a grin that showed off his pearly white teeth. He certainly took care of his teeth.

Of course he noticed the clothing the two wore...Woah...What was the word that explained their outfits? Eyecatching? Yeah that was the word. Of course he did really care much for fashion, just good old comfort from his jacket and a good pants was all that mattered in clothing for him. However he found himself looking a bit away from the teens and noticed a stranger sight.

The small girl hiding behind Rina. Ok, granted a small girl here was a strange sight, however what made this strange was he could swear he saw horns...and was that a tail?...Hold up a second there. Fredrick blinked a few times and furiously rubbed his eyes with his sleeve. He then would poke both eyes with his fingers which made him groan in pain while holding both of his eyes. There was also some "ow's" and "Bad idea!" from him.

After a half minute of Frederick holding both of his eyes in his hands, he gave a sigh of relif as the pain went away. His focus returned to the small girl Taja and relized...she still had her horns and tail. Alright, he was not imagining that...but the dress she wore was...Adorable! Man her parents had an eye for fashion...granted he did find it a teeny tiny bit weird for a girl her age to have tick-ish thighs...Wonders of genetics he had to guess. Girl must have inherited the Thigh gene.

With his inspection and introductions with the three close indivduals. His attention soon turned to his surroundings. Wow, he remembered this part of town in Timberland! Actually...this place looked almost exactly like Timberland but far...far more creepier. Hey, he remembered reading something about dreams and how that you only have dreams in places you know. This looked like Timberland but this was a strange dimension...wait! Maybe this was some sort of dreamscape!...wait, a dream is not usually this creepy. This seemed more along the lines of a nightmare. So, he was in some other nightmare dream dimension?

Maybe...Maybe he gained the power to enter dreams now! Actually...that did not sound that cool, he liked the idea of travelling dimensions more. Maybe he was overthinking it? Frederick went into thought as he tapped his chin in though and he paced back and fourth trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle...granted it was like trying to solve a puzzle with only several pieces out of one thousand so he gave up in the end.

His attention soon however focused on Yohan. Oh hey! Another person! A teenage guy this time...wait a second...One guy surrounded by girls? Hold up a tick! He read enough Manga to know where this could head to. He must be a hero or something of a story! Whenever someone is surrounded by only or mostly members of the opposite gender they are always the main character...Or perhaps this was more along the lines of a story which involved the whole group together instead of only the guy...huh?...He really overthinks things huh? Good thing he likes to think a lot! Speaking out loud and basically saying the girls and him were like something out of a harem was not a good thing to hear...

Grabbing something wrapped in a napkin, Frederick pulled out a hamburger and began to munch on it. He had gotten a little hungry thinking about his situation so he decided to eat his home cook burger! Bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese with two grilled patties! Mmmm! Now this was a meal worthy of a hard days work. He wanted to eat it in his car but now circumstances changed. Now he was eating it in some other dimension.

As soon as Yohan opened up a door and was signaling for what he can easily guess as them to follow him. With nothing much to do Frederick while munching on his still warm burger began to follow Yohan down a flight of stairs which led down. He was not sure if the others were following, he could easily look back to ensure they were there but...he was cautious about turning around. In dark creepy places like this if one turned around they would suddenly encounter some sort of jumpscare! No way was he taking that risk!

Eventually they reached the basement when Yohan picked up a strange device. He soon shouted the wors 'Gaia' into the air. "What? Was that some sort of magic---" Frederick was about to comment until the device would begin to glow bright and begin to hum. Suddenly the kid in front of him gets pulled into the device and him being second he knew he was next in line. "I was kidding about the Magic wordAGHHHHH!" Frederick exclaimed as he was suddenly lifted off the ground and pulled into the device as well.

The next second he woke up in a basement, was this the same basement that they had just entered...how strange...Urk...this place smelled rather dusty like no one cleaned the place. Man, sometimes people need janitors at their own home. But for the moment, he was now lying on the ground staring at the ceiling. What a day...

He soon took a bite from his burger still clenched in his hands.
Taja just watched the madness around her lay out. Honestly she didn't need to be in the middle of all that, but then there was the strange man to just appear. He looked up Sienna,Rina, and Miranda before his eyes fell on her. They looked her up and down before resting on her thighs. Blushing she screamed, "Pervert!" before hiding fully behind Rina. Her body trembled slightly with anger, why the nerve of some people! All sorts of monsters live here.

She followed Yohan reluctantly to the basement, god only knows the idiot may bring them into a death trap. She almost stopped when she saw the pervert monster go in, but she wanted to go home and if this was the way. She ran down into the portal like contraption and appeared near the perverted monster man. With one swift kick she to the back of his knee she ran to Yohan. If the thing attacks I can use Yohan as a shield and run for it. By the looks of him, he won't last long anyway. Hurry up girls! She thought, hoping the could actually make it out.
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“O… K…” Sienna managed to state as the man known as Frederick Bell introduced himself. A 32 year old weirdo. Either that or one of this world’s denizens doing an extremely poor job of being a normal human being. As his rant continued, Sienna felt the need to interrupt him as her annoyance grew. “We don’t need your life story Fred.” Dismissively shaking her head, she watched with some mild amusement but also concern for the man’s sanity as he proceeded to poke his own eyes with more force than any sane person would do. Turning back to Yohan and the others, it seemed the decision had been to follow the man’s advice and go to his house. Whatever made Yohan and his house special was anyone’s guess, but it wasn’t like she had any better ideas. Briefly looking to Sinopia, it seemed she’d returned to a small feline form, leaping up to perch first on her shoulder, than her hat, causing the top to sag a little in front of her face. Despite a few swipes, Sienna found herself unable to remove the freeloader, and so with a sigh and heavy footsteps, began making her way to follow the others close to the rear.

Travelling was relatively quiet. Perhaps everyone was coming to terms with the changes they’d gone through and fighting the disbelief setting in? Sienna herself still found it hard to believe it was all happening, but her senses told her otherwise. She could feel pain. This wasn’t some dream. It was as Sinopia had said. She had to come to accept a reality different from the one she knew. It was annoying having some smug ass cat on top of her head, but at least the darn thing had proven itself helpful to some extent. It let her fight, and seemed fairly intelligent, even if its dress sense and language was weird. The days of mafia and 80s slang were well gone by this point in time. Still… things could have been much worse.

Looking over to Yohan and listening to the ethereal voice that somehow floated around him, it was clear that his familiar was provoking him in a far different way. It was a little awkward hearing the discussion between the two, if a little trite. Honestly, any person would have a brain would just ignore or not dignify half the comments with a response. At least, she knew she was smart enough to do that. Maybe that was why Sinopia chose not to bother her with all the psychological mumbo-jumbo, and had relegated herself to a physical annoyance and causing minor embarrassment by altering the way she dressed. Having enough tact not to bite on any of the comments made by the demon (Particularly the ones pertaining to her), Sienna simply remained silent for the better part of the journey. She had no intention of making friends with any of these people – Just get home and try and forget this whole thing happened. Though she hadn’t voiced it, she had no intention of coming back here after they were out. She’d had enough of demons, monsters, familiars and all that nonsense for one lifetime.

When they finally came to Yohan’s alternate world basement, it seemed that there was some sort of machine and a bunch of sketches related to it. Curious, Sienna leafed through a few while they plotted their next move, folding a couple up for her pocket before Yohan declared he was ready to give it a go, judging by the vague instructions. It wasn’t like they had many other options, and though Sienna was a little sceptical of how Yohan had both began taking charge and figuring all this out, she didn’t raise any complaints. If he could get them home, that was all she could ask for. The next few moments were a blur of panic and forces beyond comprehension. For a moment, her body was filled with a wrenching feeling as she was dragged forward, the g-forces making her feel ill before she tumbled free and onto the floor in… Well, another basement. At least this one didn’t smell like a dilapidated shithole.

“Well, fuck me dead. We’re alive and I assume back on our Earth.” Sienna commented as she managed to drag herself back to her feet. To her relief, she was back to the clothes she had prior to leaving, as that would have been an awkward walk home. “I’d say it’s been fun, but it really hasn’t. I’m heading home to… to…” All of a sudden, it felt like she was taking that magical portal again. The room was spinning and sucking her in, and she could barely keep her footing. In fact, she didn’t. Moments later she hit the floor by the stairs in an unconscious daze as the fatigue hit her all at once. Sienna was already pretty lazy, so that sort of exhaustion meant she fell asleep almost immediately in spite of her best efforts. 
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