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Fan-Xiang Yue

"Sing a song for the world's end."

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a character in “Denouement”, as played by Spidermoon

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"Drowning under the weight of my sins and hers too."



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FULL NAME
      Yue Fan Xiang
      or
      Yue Eldriss

NICKNAME(S)
      Echo, Yu

GENDER
      Female

AGE
      15

SEXUALITY
      She doesn't care.




"Broken dolls all scarred and discarded."




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HEIGHT
      Short and delicate.

WEIGHT
      Perhaps a strong wind could knock her over.

HAIR COLOR
      As dark as the night she lives in.

EYE COLOR
      A brilliant sea of blue.

SKIN TONE
      Light and clear, like vanilla.

GENERAL APPEARANCE
      Oh, Yue, so many things and yet not enough words to describe her. She is both small and frail, weak and pitiful, yet her eyes can smolder with enough hate to reduce the world to ashes. Her dark hair is usually worn long and and in ringlets, and she enjoys sweaters and hoodies and often wears the color blue. Yue had always been a weak weedy sort, easy to step on and forget, and her habit of silently taking it doesn't help. A pathetic little girl, most people would see her then forget as their minds go to the next thing in their lives that they have to waste time thinking about. An unremarkable sad girl, only spectacular for the hate she hides in her heart.



"Once upon a time, in a place where I wasn't me..."





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PERSONALITY
      A neglected child? An abused child? A betrayed child? Yue was all three put together in one sad tiny little package, incapable of anything but welling in her own powerlessness. You can step on her and she'll silently accept the punishment. You can break her fingers and she'll shut her eyes and pretend it didn't happen. You can leave her locked in a room for days and she won't make a peep. Learning long ago that trying to fight only makes it worse, Yue knows very much that it's best to be silent, to be seen and not heard and sometimes not even seen. Just give it all up and pretend nothing's wrong. Let go of all the pain.

      Except of course it isn't that easy, is it? The pain, the anger, the shame, the hatred, it all seethes and boils, waiting inside her heart for a single opportunity to turn everything upside down. A child smarter than she looks in some ways, and stupider in other ways, she can be dangerous if her feelings are allowed to come to a boil. While on the outside she's calm and silent, you can see her room full of torn up papers, scratched up walls, destroyed stuffed animals lining the floors.

      Yue also has a bad habit of clinging to that one nice person who won't hurt her. But it's very hard to find that one person to rely entirely on. Perhaps if there was someone, maybe she could be turned from darkness to light.

LIKES
      Destruction | Nothing feels quite as good as breaking things.

      Solitude | Alone is safety, alone can't hurt you.

      Misery | Seeing other people suffering helps her feel better.

      Dreams | You can even be a good little princess rescued by a handsome prince in dreams.

DISLIKES
      Yue Fan Xiang | A child who deserves nothing but what she gets.

      Humans | They do nothing but hurt and hate and Yue is the same.

      Noise | Too much noise hurts her head and makes her withdraw.

TALENTS
      Breaking | If it exists, Yue can break it.

      Bottling | Yue can keep it in longer than she should.

      Singing | Though she hates her voice and doesn't hear the beauty.


FLAWS
      Violent | She's learned it as a language.
      Unforgiving | Hurt her and she won't forget.
      Garbage | How she sees herself.


      Passive | Prefers wishing for the world to end then actually doing anything about it.

FEARS
      Humans | The root of all evil.

      Herself | She's a human after all.

      Fire | The burns on her body are self explanatory.

      Friends | Those closest to your heart hurt you the most.



"Walk off the cliff into destiny's death grip."





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FAMILY
      Keeper | Gillian Eldriss | 41
      Keeper | Miranda Eldriss | 16
      Keeper | Tyler Eldriss | 19
      Soulmate | Orie Larson | 16

BIO
      In the beginning Yue never really knew her parents. Her first memory of them was them begging for Yue to be spared when the local mafia came and stole her away. "Once you pay off your debt, we'll give her back." They claimed. Yue can faintly remember an auction, being dressed up all pretty when finally a man named Gillian Eldriss bought her, a higher up in the city's underworld, a local crime boss with much influence. Yue was put under his care as a new member of the Eldriss family. She was trained in the arts of violence, of control, of fear, of crime. But most of all she was taught to obey, to be pliant, to listen to what anyone said. Because she was a slave, she was made on the bottom of the totem pol and wasn't allowed any reprieve.

      Yue always was a dreamy child. She liked to imagine fantastic landscapes and possibilities in her mind. A fellow slave, bought a few years ago, Orie Eldriss nee Larson, was the same and the two easily bonded as they were trained in weaponry and mafia affairs. She was a pretty thing, blonde with a bit of a bust, she was beautiful, like a pale flower in darkness. Sadly they were both on the bottom rung and neither of them were particularly good at hurting others. Every time they messed up, or sometimes even if it wasn't their fault, Gillian or his blood children, Miranda and Tyler, would take it out on Orie and Yue. Orie would always fight back, to yell at Yue to not just sit there and take it when they broke her fingers, stepped on her toes, tickled her for hours straight. But Yue saw how they treated Orie, how it kept escalating the more the screamed, so Yue knew to remain silent. Still, when things went well they were best friends, they were each other's only light in this dark unforgiving world.

      At the young age of twelve there was a heist to take out a drug dealer who refused to pay his taxes. Yue was invited on this mission alongside Orie, Tyler, and Miranda. "Dad says if one of you does well, we'll promote you and you'll be blood children too." Miranda informed them. "Only the better one can be set free." Orie and Yue made a pact that day, they promised to both screw up so that one wouldn't have to leave the other. In the end it once the drug dealer was captured and it was time to deliver punishment, Yue decided to free him and let him escape to prove her loyalty to her fellow slave. That was when Orie grabbed her arm, shot the drug dealer to death, and dragged her in front of Gillian, the Keeper, informing him of her betrayal. Orie was thus promoted, and Yue was punished twice as hard for her betrayal.

      After that day the girl wouldn't say a word. She silently accepted everything they did to her, and Orie no longer could look her in the eyes either. Even when Orie began punishing her by cutting her tummy she wouldn't look her in the eyes. Everything bottling up, Yue began destroying her room, breaking and clawing at everything to get rid of her will to fight, to bury it down so she won't make the mistake of attacking her family. Because the pain would get worse if she tried to fight.

      But one day she had had enough, though. She didn't know how it happened, all she knew was that she shot and killed Gillian Eldriss, the bullet going right through his head. In return the rest of the family punished her extra hard, even after Miranda took her father's position as head of the Eldriss Branch. They punished her and then Orie made the decision. "Let's kill her and dump her in the river." Orie declared. So that was what they did, and Orie was the one who dealt the final blow. Except, of course, she didn't. "Swim to safety, you're free." Orie whispered as she threw the fake dead Yue into the river.

      Yue of course didn't know how to swim and knocked her head on the rocks as she tried to stay afloat, drifting off to wherever destiny may take her.
OTHER
      Answer here.



"I hope you know there isn't a happy ending here."





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"Drowning under the weight of my sins and hers too."



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"The bitch is dead." Orie's voice was cold in the dark night at the outskirts of their crime-infested city, Castene City. "She killed Father, but she's been dealt with." Pain, Yue recognized that. Her throat had been slit but it was also quickly patched up, though her voice was gone now. Funny, Orie always told her she had a nice voice. "Traitors get punished." Miranda, the new head of the family, as signified by the golden ring on her finger with the family's insignia. "Get rid of her Orie, get her out of my sight." It hurt to exist, she had pain marks all over her already broken body and now she was going to be disposed of while alive? Why did Orie hate her so much? "Let's get this over with. We need to be at Warehouse B for the meeting with the Wilson family." Tyler was tapping his foot, already having lost interest in this matter.

Not that escape was an option or anything. It was all she could do not to open her eyes and fight back. Death would be a mercy, Yue had waited for such a gift for so long. But Orie had stolen that option from her, not even allowing her the briefest reprieve. Now she would have to experience a painful death by drowning, wouldn't she? Yue wasn't an idiot, she knew they were going to dispose of her in the river. "And to think we took her in and gave her a home." Miranda clicked her tongue as Orie pulled Yue out of the car, holding her with a surprising amount of care. It was probably fake, Yue wouldn't make the mistake of trusting anyone ever again. "When Father bought that pitiful thing at the auction, it was a act of mercy. Can you imagine what kind of monsters would have bought her otherwise?"

Yue remembered the auction, it was one of her first memories. The leering greedy eyes all staring at the five year old her that day, of course the moon child would never forget that. They promised to return her to her parents but in the end the mafia lied and sold her away without any hope of escape. Were her parents even out there anymore? Why hadn't they come to save her? It was silly to think of such things now, it was probably some desperate attempt to hope someone could save a wretched garbage like her. "We're here." Tyler's rough voice punctuated the rapid rush of the river crashing against the banks. It was time. At the very least, Yue would be free from the traitor and the children of the Devil that bought her.

"I'll get a better vantage point." Orie said aloud to Tyler and Miranda. "Give me a sec." Miranda gave her nod of assent and down the rocks Orie went, still cradling Yue's still body, who was hardly even breathing from the sheer terror of the situation. What caused her to break? What caused her to pull the trigger and kill the Devil? She could only remember the worst fear in her life and then suddenly he was dead before her eyes, lying in a pool of his own blood in front of her. "Please swim." Orie whispered once out of earshot where the river was at it's loudest. "You'll be free, swim as far as you can and you'll be free from this hell." Orie's hair tickled her cheek and Yue finally opened her clear blue eyes, cloudy with hatred and confusion. She gaped, trying to speak but her throat wouldn't allow for that.

Orie looked at her, her own eyes gentle and soft. "I'm sorry I couldn't save you sooner. But you're safe now." Yue grit her teeth, she wasn't buying it. This was worse than death, drowning was worse than having a throat slit. She wished to be free, to be dead, not like this. What hope was there for a garbage girl like her in this cruel world full of monsters anyways? "Goodbye, soulmate." Yue wanted to spit on her if she had the energy to. Ever since that horrible day when they promised to be together only to be betrayed, Yue would never trust this witch again.

As she was released into the water, Yue closed her eyes tight shut, feeling the chill of the winter water already. Yue wanted to die. She didn't want any of this anymore."Please, God, if you're listening..." Yue said silently to the moon leering at her with that mocking smile on it's face. But then a new wave of terror came about her. A garbage like her - there was no way she would ever get to go to Heaven. No, most likely even in the afterlife she would be sent straight to hell with all of those she killed in the past with the blood everpresent on her hands.

No, she didn't want to die.

"Please, just this once, can you save me?"

Sharp pain in the back of her head was the last thing Yue knew before she went under, limp, to who knows where God might have in store.

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The pain didn't go away like she thought it would. If this was death it wasn't what she'd been hoping for. Voices were murmuring about her and it was impossible to get even the slightest sense of time now. Afraid and lost not for the first time, Yue opened her eyes. Her head felt foggy, heavy, blurry, her breathing was ragged, but she was most definitely alive. A woman was there, as were some others but this one with the silver hair and the funny hat looked over at her. "Oh, hello there. You're awake. You're safe now, child. Do you have a name?" Her voice was warm - this entire room was warm and Yue wasn't sure how to feel. Her whole life she lived in danger, so how could she trust the hint of hope? She shook her head, pointing to her throat. There was no way she could speak.

"Oh, that?" A giggle that sounded like a crackling bonfire. "It's okay, hon, I've already healed that." Healed that? What was she talking about? Yue furrowed her eyebrows and opened her mouth, trying to say her name... yet still nothing came out. Now this was frustrating along with the normal aches and pains of being awake and alive in what appeared to be a hospital bed. Who were all these people? Why was she here? "I see. Then perhaps there's another reason why you can't speak for now. Autumn, can you give us a name?" A long haired woman looked at her and then Yue felt a strange tickling in her head. It was a funny and indescribable experience that left her still baffled by it all. "Her name is Yue Fan-Xiang. It means Moon Echo. I think it's pretty, Pomfrey." Two names. Autumn and Pomfrey. No names Yue recognized, and she knew many important faces back in her home turf at Castene City.

It was very clear now. Wherever this was, it wasn't Castene.

A new wave of nausea and anxiety rushed through the moon child.

"She doesn't know about us, Pomfrey, she's never heard of witches before. She's from the outside." Autumn said and not for the first time Yue was confused. Not just because Autumn was apparently reading her mind, but because witches didn't exist. Magic and miracles did not exist. How could they? She saw the darkest of humanity and no one ever cast a spell to save her. "No, you're not being drugged as a punishment. Your mind is clear, child." Autumn spoke again, answering the questions before they could even pop up. Now Yue just wanted her out of her head, starting to get an idea about what was going on.

Another voice spoke up and then Yue noticed the other three. A man dressed in dark garb yet with the air of someone of great importance. With him was a small wheelchaired girl and a very busty red haired girl, both of them seeming close together. As a member - well, former member of the mafia, Yue was fairly perceptive and could see these things quite easily even if she couldn't do basic math. "You two should stop beating around the bush." The man, Elder Ulrich, stepped closer, almost imposing. Terror flashed through Yue's mind and she was still, ready for punishment. "This place, outsiders can't get inside. Only witches can cross the border."

Yue gulped, eyes narrowing. Full of hatred, as if she was trying to curse the world to burn into ashes. She refused to believe in something like this, in something as fanciful and happy as magic. Otherwise why was she fighting so hard for, why did she have to suffer so much if magic existed? "You're a witch. Something like this hasn't happened ever before." Ulrich looked away from her back at some of the others who were curiously watching. "Obviously we can't leave a new witch alone and unattended to. Is there anyone who wishes to take her under their wing?"

No. Yue knew what this was. Just like before, just like that day. This was an auction and she was being sold off. Yue squeezed her eyes shut, trauma thumping in her chest where her heart should have been, a dizzying spiral growing in her mind as she hugged herself and tried to become a ball under the sheets. If magic was real, could she please turn invisible now and hide away from the world and all the noise forever?

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"Zinnia, grab m the Tears of Midnight and two bushels of sage." Zinnia did as asked, washing her muddied hands and reaching for the ingredients as Madame Pomfrey diligently worked to heal the mysterious child. Autumn arrived, the occlument keenly observing informing them she was in terrible pain. "I can make a draught of peace," Zinnia offered, her fingers itching to work. "No Zinnia, those ingredients I asked you to grab are for yourself. Blithe, if you will?" The familiar nodded and took the ingredients, boiling them in the pot that stood in the center of the room. "Now, sit back young one, you have school tomorrow, don't you?" Zinnia nodded, setting her jaw. Blithe handed her the brew, a sticky blue one that smelled of sage and tasted like milk with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Elder Ulrich left, no doubt going to convene with the council and send out an order to try and find the misplaced girl's parents. "She's your age," Blithe whispered, settling own on a bench as Zinnia finished what was in the mug. "How can you tell?" Zinnia asked, brushing her fingers along the rim of the mug. Her multicolored eyes flickered upwards, glancing at the still figure on the bed. She would have been pretty if not for the myriad of scars that marred her body. Madame Pomfrey rubbed a balm on them, they would fade and disappear in a few days."Well?" Zinnia asked, a bit impatient. "Do you sense anything from her?" She placed the mug down, wanting to help, to do something. She felt responsible somehow, she had found the child, shouldn't she treat her?

Elder Ulrich returned, his expression unreadable. "What did the others say?" Zinnia inquired, her hands balling into fists. "I'm not stupid, I know you convened with the others." Elder Ulrich nodded his head. "They've confirmed that there are no missing girls in the outlying villages. The other cities have yet to receive word from a few of the townships, but there is some doubt that she could have traveled on the river that long." Zinnia nodded upon hearing this, somehow, she had a feeling that this girl wasn't from around these parts. "I asked the nymphs on the riverbank, they never saw the child enter the river. The dryads claim otherwise, but you know how fickle those creatures can be."

The child stirred, they held their breath, she seemed frantic as her eyes swiveled around the room, looking for something, anything, she recognized. Zinnia knew that expression, panic at the unfamiliar. It was the same look she had worn upon arriving at Constantine City.

Yue Fang, foreign, shrouded in mystery. An outsider that didn't understand the inner mechanics of the magical world. The red haired witch looked from one adult to the other, they too, were at a loss as to what to do with the girl. "I'll take her," Zinnia cleared her throat, "I found her, so I should take responsibility, it's only fair." Blithe's tails all stood up at once, she was so surprised, in fact, that she turned back into a fox. Zinnia wasn't the most social of creatures, even Elder Ulrich quirked a brow at her offer. "I have the room and it's secluded enough that she won't feel as though she's being stared at." Ulrich opened his mouth, perhaps to protest.

"I think it's a great idea," Madame Pomfrey clapped her hands together, "besides, I'm sure Zinnia could use the help." Zinnia wrinkled her nose, she did not need help! She could do everything herself, that was what magic was for. "Alright, up you go Yue, you'll be in good hands and the hospital is no place for rest." Zinnia muttered something under her breath and the wheels on her chair began to move. "Follow me," she gestured with her head. "Blithe, help her please." Blithe turned back into a human, offering an arm to help Yue.

They left the center of the city, Zinnia silent for a while. "This way," she would say occasionally as they entered the woods and at last, reached the house. "This is my home," why did a child own a home? Zinnia had been working diligently everyday after school to buy the wreck of a home that had been abandoned in the woods. She would make candles of all kinds and then would head to the house and spend all night helping Blithe with repairs. "Welcome to my home," the red haired witch snapped her fingers, blue lights leaping from her fingertips and lighting the lanterns along the garden trail. They went through the green house and through the front door. "I'm Zinnia Evernight, this is my familiar, Blithe."

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They were talking about her as if she were a thing and she did not understand. She was a witch now, but it wasn't as if she had ever used magic in her life before. This had to just be some elaborate scheme. That was what she wanted to think but then again with how this Autumn girl had gone into her head it was hard to really tell what was going on at all. The small girl around her size volunteered to take her in. "Those two will be responsible for you." Autumn told her, clearly still in her head despite how much she hated the invasion of privacy. "Please calm down, you'll be safe." Safe? Yue gave her a baleful stare. When has she ever been safe? Did that word even have a definition anymore?

The fox girl took her by the arm and Yue flinched nearly violently backwards. Autumn stepped closer to whisper something Yue couldn't hear into their ears but she had a feeling she knew what was being said. "She's rather delicate, so treat her with care." With that Autumn left without much ado, leaving Pomfrey to gently almost pat Yue on the shoulder but not enough to make her draw back even farther. "I hope you'll find yourself at home here. Welcome to Constantina!" Yue flinched, shutting her eyes because the nurse's voice was too loud and it hurt her ears. The moon girl shivered, not sure what to do. Well, she would just do what she always did. Pray for the world to end and just accept the suffering that was about to come. Orie looked nice too in the beginning but in the end everyone's going to betray her.

Leaving the hospital now they were on the streets of what was supposedly Constantina City. It looked different, it was hard to imagine a city in the forest before but it was beautiful. Yue hated it because it was beautiful. She stared around at different things on shakey legs that didn't want to walk, didn't know how to walk. How long had it been since her execution? A month? A week? A few days? It felt like decades with how sore her body was now. She pressed a hand to her throat, trying to wonder why she couldn't speak. Nausea overcame her and so she decided not to bother.

This was their home, far from the main, more populated parts of the city. It was quieter here, it was calmer here and Yue was grateful for that. It looked like a sprawled ruin and there was something oddly calming about the path. The red witch was trying to be nice to her it seemed but Yue had to be careful. She shivered and shut her eyes, confused and afraid. She looked around and took a few unstable steps to try to acclimatize with the place. If this was her home she needed to find a safe little hole to hide in. "How am I a witch? This is all a lie." She mouthed silently, narrowing her eyes in suspicion yet again. "I don't have any magic power." If only she had, then maybe things could have gone better.

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A breeze passed through the open windows of the green house, the air smelled heavy with rain. "How are you a witch?" Zinnia tucked a stray strand of red hair behind her ear and smiled. "Most witches spend generations, studying hard to learn magic. You were living in a world full of Nomages, you never had anyone to teach you." Zinnia's chair rolled forward, the glint of the moon revealing the fact that she was not touching the wheels. Blithe perched on the porch, watching keenly. "Magic power has to be honed, but admittedly, you do have to have at least a meager amount to draw any out. Your gates are closed, but I can sense it within you." The chair stopped close, but far enough away not to startle the poor thing.

"Azarath, metrios, zinthos." The garden began to light up, flowers glowed and bent towards them, their spores glowing as they surrounded the two girls, illuminating their figures. "These buds are called wisps, they're only attracted to beings with magical power." They seemed to be clinging to Blithe, whose furry form was batting at the floating spores. "The wider your gates, the more spores are attracted to you." Zinnia wrinkled her nose as one dusted her cheeks and bounced away, moving as though it were swimming, towards Yue. The spores surrounded her and then all at once, began to make their way back to their respective flowers. "I have school tomorrow, so I need to get to bed." Blithe rolled her eyes at that, moving out of the way as the chair gently bumped the porch. Zinnia took out a wand, seeming to float out of her chair, her nightgown casting a ghostly shadow around her.

"Don't mind the dramatics," Blithe whispered, "Zinnia can be a bit of a show off sometimes." She scampered inside, jumping into a basket. A fire lit in the hearth, emitting a warm glow across the living room. It was cozy, with a throw rug pushed to the side, a magic circle surrounded by candles drawn in the center. The walls were decorated with ornaments, dried flowers, bushels and bundles of herbs bound together with twine. A top one dresser were tinctures plugged in multicolored bottles of all shapes and sizes. "I apologize for the mess, I wasn't expecting guests." The carpet suddenly moved back into place, covering the magic circle.

The table was littered with books, some half open, some having pages torn out. Almost all at once they moved, the room seeming to clean itself as Zinnia moved her wand, making them dance in a line back towards the bookcase. "There's an upstairs and a downstairs, we'll do a quick tour, then we should both be off to bed. Madame Pomfrey's spells use the body's natural healing ability and reflect it, so you're probably tired." Zinnia drifted towards the doors that lay just off of the side of the living room. "This is the study, don't touch anything in there," she warned, the door opening to reveal a brief glimpse at a messy room, a large copper cauldron in the center. "This is the kitchen," she beckoned towards the galley, where a sink full of dishes lay in wait for someone to wash them and a half eaten loaf of bread was being nibbled on by a mouse. Blithe pounced, scattering bread crumbs and small creatures in her wake.

"Don't mind the animals, they're... friends of mine." Next came a small washroom and Blithe's room. "We'll be sleeping upstairs," up they went, the larger of the two rooms belonging to Zinnia of course. Compared to the rest of the house, it was oddly neat, not hide nor hair out of place. In fact, the room hardly looked lived in. The walls were awash with gray and blue hues, a four poster bed with drapes that hung down the sides, the same color of cream, in the center. The floors were wooden, like the rest of the house, and there was a small rug and chest positioned at the end of the bed. In the corner was a desk with a neat stack of papers, ink pots, and feather quills, but no chair. "The bathroom is this way and your room is right here," another door opened, revealing a smaller, but cozy space. "Feel free to decorate it as you like, but don't touch the birds on the windowsill, they lay the most beautiful eggs."

For a moment, her attention drifted elsewhere and Zinnia blinked, shaking her head. "Well, don't stay up too long. We can go get you some clothing after school tomorrow, but this might fit you," Blithe came running with a plain shift in her mouth, depositing the dress at Yue's feet. Her tails swished, clearly quite chuffed.

Zinnia drifted to her own room, the door shutting behind her. Blithe scampered through it, turning human and catching her Master, who fell into a fit of coughs. "It's a crescent already," she murmured, a butterfly landing on the windowsill. "What do you want?" She asked, glaring at the small creature. Blithe pounced, the butterfly drifting off. "Are you sure we should invite this girl into our home?" Blithe asked nervously, tails swishing. "It should be fine, besides, she can keep you company while I'm at school." Zinnia crawled towards the bed, her familiar pulling her up and onto it. "You haven't been taking Madame Pomfrey's prescription, have you?" She walked over to the desk and rummaged through the drawers, finding four full phials, the stoppers still on.

"Take it," Blithe thrust it towards her. Zinnia cringed, pulling the plug and taking a swig of the murky green goo. "There, happy now?" She asked, drifting off towards sleep. The last thing she saw was Blithe smiling smugly, a butterfly landing on the windowsill behind her.

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As the smaller girl, Zinnia, repeated the question Yue nodded to confirm that yes, that was what she was asking. They all were calling her a witch, and everyone else here was also a witch. So what could she do, where was her magic power? If she had used it sooner maybe she could have been able to do something to change things. Her captors seemed happy to tell her whatever they wanted to tell though and Zinnia delved into an explanation about magic and Nomages and Gates and by the end of it the moon child felt confused and dazed, her head overloaded by new information she did not know how to process. She tilted her head spectacularly at the word 'school'. Yes, Yue knew what schools were. But on the other hand she really did not know what schools were having never gone to one in her life.

The other girl, Blithe, was talking to her now as Zinnia went off. Yue stumbled in, knowing she had no choice but to comply. She learned very well how to listen and obey and follow orders when necessary. She was now shown the house and Yue kept her eyes peeled for any possible hiding hole when she did not want to be hurt and thus could use as a sanctuary. Rooms, kitchen, lots of animals. This was her life now and she needed to adapt. Maybe - maybe she could even learn magic. But Yue stared at her hands in defeat. No, there was no way they would teach her magic, that was as foolish as giving guns to a slave. Shivering at the prospect of being punished with magic, the scared child put the thought away and continued puttering behind Blithe, wondering faintly what to decorate her room with. She had never been allowed to decorate her own room before!

Eventually though she was left alone with clothing dropped in front of her. No doubt they wanted her to wear it so Yue closed the door and closed her eyes as she wriggled into the plain shift. It hung loose on her body, no meat, no curves, just sticks and bones and skin stretched out marred by scars and markings. Why would anyone want to buy her was not something she could know. With a silent sigh she stared out the window, up at the moon, mocking her from up above. Her name in Chinese meant Moon but the moon had only ever mocked her for her misfortune. "I have new masters now." Yue whispered dully though no sound could come out. "And once again I have to bow to someone else." For a brief moment she felt the old fire churning up, a fire that wanted to burn the whole world to ash.

Morning was a problem.

Because the room had been turned into a wreck. Yue stared at her bloody fingernails in shock and surprise, not for the first time she did this and it probably wouldn't be the last either. There were bloodied scratch marks lining the walls and one of the pillows was turned into a corpse of fluff and cotton lying in a sad defeated heap on the side of the room. Even a picture frame was destroyed and defenestrated, in pieces out the window. In confusion and pain, Yue began to rock herself, a broken girl like her was already going to be punished, wasn't she?

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Hoot, hoot, there was only one reason an owl came to see you in the morning. Zinnia pried her eyes open, the sunlight filtering in through the open window. An owl perched itself on the ledge, carrying a summons. She had been expecting this of course, to think that Elder Ulrich would simply leave her be after taking in the stranger would be a foolish mistake. "Bring it here," Zinnia held her arm out and opened up her hand. With a flourish, the owl flew inside, dropped the summons, and left just as quickly as it had come. Outside in the hallway was a popping sound and just like that, Blithe had come, dusting feathers off of herself. "I tried to chase him away, but he was insistent." Zinnia brushed it off as she unfurled the scroll, the looping cursive that could only belong to Freya greeting her. "Well? What does it say?" Blithe asked impatiently, her tails swishing.

"It says that I've been summoned and to bring the girl, Yue with me." Blithe's eyes widened. Zinnia had been summoned before the council plenty of times before. "But what about school? Your teacher isn't going to be happy if you ditch again." Zinnia smiled, pulling on her uniform. Zinnia shook her head as Blithe zoomed forward to button the front buttons, doting as ever. "I don't intend to ditch, I'm going to take Yue with me and we'll head straight there after school. She can wait in Dean Eincrad's office," Blithe gave her a withering stare. "You'll watch her," her familiar perked up at that, she hated being left at home everyday.

"Or maybe take her to market and get her some clothing?" Blithe grinned eagerly, ever the fashion lover. If it weren't for her, Zinnia would be wearing her school uniform at all hours and possibly a plain black shift. "Let's go invite our guest to breakfast," Blithe turned into a small poof, running alongside her as Zinnia floated towards the door. "Yue?" Zinnia knocked, "Are you dressed? Can I come in?" She opened up the doors, looking around the room and finally, at the huddled form in the corner. "Interesting choice, I see you've gone with the modernist method. It's never been my taste in particular, but if it is what you like then I can't argue." Zinnia waved her wand, the entire room seeming to move in reverse as the blood stains were wiped off of the walls and the pillow repaired itself. "You can't make something from nothing, but you can certainly fix it. Now, let me see your hands."

Blithe ran out and came back, totting bandages. "Anyhow, we'll be going into town. I'm not the best at healing, but I'm sure Freya will take a look. We've been summoned before the Elder Council, to appear after school." Zinnia wrapped Yue's hands as best as she could, her touch ever so gentle. "In the meanwhile, let's have breakfast, shall we?" Zinnia tried on her best smile, attempting to comfort the poor thing. "I smell toast!" Blithe hollered as she ran from the room, practically throwing herself down the stairs. Zinnia went to the sink to wash her hands and made her way down the stairs, hoping that Yue was following. Blithe had already busied herself in the kitchen, fancying herself a chef as Zinnia set the table, her wand doing all of the hard work for her.

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Yue hugged her knees to her chest, mind as blank as the whitest piece of paper as she rocked back and forth in the corner, farthest away from the door. But of course no sanctuary lasted forever and the door opened to reveal her captors, Zinnia and Blithe, have arrived. Were they going to punish her for destroying the room? Were they going to hurt her for making a mess on the first day? Whatever happened she would have to accept it no matter how fast her heart was thumping. Yue shut her eyes tight enough to draw a tear, waiting to be struck by the big chested Blithe. She trembled and waited, waited, but no punishment happened .When she next opened her eyes what she saw was magic, the destroyed room was turning back into it's old plain but clean self, even the blood was gone, the pillow back together.

Was that what magic could do?

But what kind of magic could Yue herself do? She glanced down at her hands, stained with blood that only she could see. As a member of the Eldriss family, even at the bottom rung she was in a position to hurt others, to kill others. And she definitely did do those awful things in order to survive. Could someone like her ever be able to cast magic that beautiful? Yue did not know but she had a feeling she knew the answer. Any magic she could use would be disgusting and filthy, full of darkness and destruction. She passively allowed her hands to be examined and bandaged up and even so the moon child did not know what to think. Were these two trying to make her let her guard down in order to hurt her more later? What kind of trick were they plotting?

She decided to nod at the prospect of more clothes. While Yue knew she wasn't particularly pretty, she did have some sense of modesty and wanted to wear more than just a half dress that she was given by the two witches here. Zinnia was so small but there was obviously a lot of power within her. How much power did Yue have too? How could she open her gates? When Blithe came screaming in for toast Yue flinched again, falling down to her knees and clutching fearfully at her head. She hated noise, she hated sudden loud noise and the child was hyperventilating as she tried to process what had just happened. After a moment she got up - still hunched over a bit - and blinked a few times, shaking her head. She did not want that to happen again.

Yue was almost mesmerized at how the magic happened as Zinnia used her wand to prepare all of the food. She however was not so excited about having to appear before some Elder Council. Yue did not know what kind of cult this was but she did not want to be sold again. Once the food was finished Yue waited as if wishing for permission to eat. Eventually once she did take a bite though she could only manage a few bits before she had to vomit it back up. Tears welled up in her eyes as her disgusting fluids dripped down the table, out of shame, out of fear of being punished for her crime.

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Breakfast was ready quickly, Zinnia sank into her seat, placing a napkin on her lap so as not to dirty her uniform. "No one is going to hurt you here," Zinnia said softly. She had noticed the flinching, how Yue was bracing to be hurt one way or another. "Besides, quite frankly, I'm not strong enough to hit you and Blithe doesn't even hurt flies." Her smile was gentle as she passed the plate of toast, "You're safe here, that I can assure you." In spite of her words, Yue threw up. Was it from nerves? An upset stomach? "I'll clean it," Blithe offered, snapping her fingers. The vomit burned away, but the fire didn't burn the human. "Let's get you cleaned up, maybe you can borrow some of Zinnia's clothes so you don't have to go out in that?" Blithe offered, changing from a fox into a human once again.

"You'll have to excuse my master," Blithe said as she rummaged through Zinnia's clothing. They were inside of the large room, Blithe finding something simple that would suit their guest. "She isn't the best with other children her age. Her parents sent her away when she was young and she grew up surrounded by adults. I think... you're our first real guest." Blithe placed the clothing on the dresser. "Come downstairs when you're cleaned up, alright?" She smiled, closing the door behind her and heading back downstairs, where Zinnia was just finishing breakfast. Blithe wolfed down the rest of her food, changing back into her smaller, cuter form.

The dishes drifted off to the sink, Zinnia pushed back from the table, rising to grab her belongings. "When you go to Market, we're out of bread. We'll need ingredients for dinner too and I'm out of beetle wings, if you can pick some up." Blithe nodded, moving out of the way as a book nearly hit her in the head. "Oh, Yue? Are you ready?" Zinnia asked once the girl had revealed herself once more. "Let's go," once on the porch, Zinnia settled into her chair, the garden sparkling in the early light of morning. The smell of flowers was thick in the air, the buzz of fall cicadas chirping hit their ears as they exited the green house and entered the garden. "Good morning Zinny!" A young dryad waved exuberantly. "Good morning Termanius," Zinnia tossed a sachet of seeds, which the dryad caught and tucked into the lapel of their jacket. "Tell her parents I say hello."

Their walk into the city was slow. Constantina was a flourishing capital for young witches and wizards of great renown and those who aspired to be. It was not like a traditional Nomage city, wherein skyscrapers would touch the skies and all semblance of nature had been ripped away. No, Constantina flourished on nature. There were homes built within trees, buildings crawling with grapevines and what have you. "That's the University," Zinnia pointed to the building that was hard to miss. It stood in the center of Constantina, a beautiful spire of wood and glass. Shops were just opening for the morning, owners sweeping stoops and shooing stray faeries and elk from their windowsills.

The university stood tall and proud, its lights gleaming. "Don't wander, follow me please." Zinnia directed, leading Yue to Dean Eincrad's office. He was already there, hands clasped together as though waiting for them. "Zinnia, why am I not surprised?" He stared down his snout at them, looking rather imposing. "This is Yue Fang, I couldn't leave her at home. Is it alright if she stays here until class is over? Or at least, until Blithe can take her to market?"

Dean Eincrad sighed, "I suppose." He gestured towards the next room, where a cushy looking couch and ornamental bookcase were. "You can wait in there, Yue."

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Zinnia was speaking words sweet like honey and Yue wanted to believe, wondered what it was like to believe. But she had been hurt by someone she trusted her whole life to - she wouldn't so easily trust a stranger no matter how nice. In this strange alien world Yue still needed time to acclimatize and find her bearings, if there were any. The food was nice and homey, but still for a malnourished girl like her it was hard for her stomach to handle such strange tasty delicacies for the moment. She glanced fervently back and forth between Zinnia and Blithe when the fire started up. At first she was ready to take the heat but then she realized she didn't feel it at all. Was this not punishment? In moments her excrement was cleaned up, as if no mess was made at all.

So this was magic too, wasn't it?

Yue found herself shuffled into another room where she was given another set of clothing to wear, consisting of a near transparent outer robe with a bright bow at the front by her chest, a comfy dark shirt and a short purple skirt with long socks underneath, ending in cute simple black ankle boots. Feeling awkward and not used to something like this Yue slunk out of the room to present herself to her captors. Did they like it? Probably so and now it was time to go. Constantina City wasn't like the underbelly of Castene City she was used to, all seedy and full of despair and gloom. Constantina was bright and lively, both things which Yue was very uncomfortable with. A strange magical creature called out to Zinnia - were they friends? Even if her captors were scary they were a source of vague familarity so Yue clung to the end of Blithe's tail for security as they walked down the streets to wherever they were going now.

The University was large and just as immersed in nature as the rest of Constantina City was. Yue felt very much like an alien wandering in an alien place. Someone who lived and breathed the smog and muck of the big sprawling urban land, how could she possibly get used to air this clean, to views this magnificent? And the inside of the University seemed almost as if it was brimming full of magic. Could Yue too one day use magic? Is this the place for her to learn how if she really wanted to? The Dean was introduced to her and Yue gave him a timid, fearful nod before sitting down where she was meant to.

And that was when she met her. A taller girl was staring with bright blonde hair that shone like the sun, breasts as big as the moon. "Seriously, Zinnia? Why'd you have to bring the Outsider here?" Yue flinched again, trying to shrink on the couch to make herself invisible again. "The prophecy says if any outsider were to ever come to Constantina City, our peaceful world would end." She tapped her foot and scoffed, hands on her hips. "Dad thinks we should've just thrown her back out where she came from." She knelt down and gave Yue a long hard stare, the moon child wriggling uncomfortably at this new loud girl. "My name's Claris Aurora, and there's lots of us who think you don't belong here, Outsider." Yue could see the many eyes on her, some curious, others cold and foreboding.

A slave like Yue did not belong in such a beautiful place.

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Zinnia recognized that look, the awe that came with seeing the University for the first time. Zinnia's expression had been something like that, before she had composed herself and made her proposition to Dean Eincrad. He could be quite intimidating at times, what with his peculiar looks and intimidating air. Zinnia had learned to take it in stride, the two were oddly close as he had personally mentored her in certain areas of study. She knew he wouldn't be able to turn her down when she brought in Yue, the girl trailing behind her, hugging Blithe's tail. Dean Eincrad sighed, sending them off to the side room where Yue would be able to rest in peace, Blithe watching over her, until after school. "When you feel ready, Blithe will take you into town." Zinnia said, about to head out when Claris Aurora showed up to ruin everything.

"Oh please, we've all thought the same thing about you Claris." Zinnia rolled her eyes, there were a handful that snickered at it. No doubt they had all thought of expelling Claris at one point or another. She wasn't exactly the friendliest of faces. "Alright, everyone back to their classes." Dean Eincrad rose from his desk, scattering those who had gathered outside the door. "Yue and Blithe will be safe her Zinnia, I promise you that." Zinnia nodded, darting her eyes to Blithe, who nodded as well. "I'll be back when I have a break," her chair turned, carting her off to her first class. Potions, one of the subjects that Zinnia excelled at.

Class went by quickly, for the most part they took notes and were orally tested on identifying plants. When it was over, Zinnia was packing up her books and capping the phials of brew that would be tested against the other student's. She was the last one to leave, as always, taking her time moving about and returning items where they belonged. A shadow waited against the wall, well, a boy really, who watched her with passive interest. "Can I help you, Yuu?" Zinnia asked as she placed the stirring sticks in the sink. "No," he muttered, his gaze resting on her. Her chair turned, angling towards the door, but he stopped her. "No," she said firmly. He stood in the doorway, arms still crossed.

"You don't even know what I'm going to ask," he picked at a piece of invisible dust on his coat. "You can't see the girl, if that's what it was going to be." She moved her chair once more, intending to run him over. He jumped out of the way, trailing along behind her. They shared most of their classes, she was no stranger to Yuu's quiet antics. Unfortunately, she shared this next class with Claris, who loudly insisted on seating herself next to Zinnia's chair, pulling out her notebook and quills with a flourish. "I can take notes for you today," Claris grinned, it was clear that she was up to something. "I'll have to decline Ms. Aurora, I can dictate for myself." The course seemed to drag on forever, Claris insisting on sharing equipment and even at one point, trying to make a grab for the young witch's wand.

Zinnia jerked away, falling out of her seat. There was an audible gasp as the red haired witch hit the ground, the blonde one jumping to her feet. "Oh my gosh, someone help her!"

"No, don't touch me!" Zinnia snapped, she turned, pulling herself onto her feet. There was quiet as Zinnia drew herself to her full height, which wasn't much, her legs trembling. "I don't need your pity," she packed up her belongings, knees threatening to buckle, and sat back down in her seat, fluffing her hair out behind her. "I'm leaving early, please excuse me." Zinnia angled her chair towards the elevating platform, she would go to Dean Eincrad's office to pick up Yue, then take her to market.

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Yue cowered under the combined weight of everyone's eyes, Claris's cruel words, and perhaps most of all, Dean Eincrad's monstrous skeletal face that could only be the face of some horrible evil monster beyond anything Yue had ever experienced thus far. If Monster Eincrad was the Dean and the leader of the University, then perhaps this was a den of evil after all. Zinnia was able to make everyone leave as did Eincrad and thus Yue was given some solitude, shuffled into a side room where she wouldn't be a bother to anyone. She opened her mouth, gaping like a fish as she tried to speak but nothing came out. Why couldn't she speak? Why weren't the words coming out? It was frustrating and Yue wished she could stil lspeak so that at the very least she could scream for help if Eincrad were to eat her.

"Now that they're gone, tell me about this child." Eincrad knelt down to get a better look at Yue while referring to Blithe, who happily volunteered whatever information she could offer. Yue stared at his bone sunken eyes, trembling, wondering if he was going to eat her now. Could she scream, would someone save her? How could a slave like her possibly do anything to survive being eaten by a skeleton monster? "Do you want to open your gates?" Open her gates? Yue shivered, thinking about one particular gate she never wanted opened. As a member of the Eldriss family she had seen far too many times girls having their gates forcibly opened and used by men as punishment, or perhaps for no reason at all but primal pleasure and power. She shook her head, not even a whimper escaping her.

Eincrad seemed not to take any of that into account however as he took her wrist, taking her to another room. Blithe following closely behind, she seemed curious. The next room had a crystal ball in a dark room, dim lights making it all seem even more ominous. What was this ball? Yue stared at it and even she could sense the immense magical energy coming off of it. "This is the Orb of Runic Echoes." Eincrad explained, gesturing to the dark orb. "We use this to open the gates for mages. Most receive the treatment as babies, so you're a rare case." For some reason Yue had a feeling he was smiling. "Don't be afraid." Blithe said, tails still. "Put both of your hands on it. Nothing will happen, okay?"

Yue gulped, knowing she had no choice but to obey her captor. So she took a step forward and gingerly pressed both palms against the Orb of Runic Echoes. Almost immediately she felt her hands stuck to the orb and her eyes went wide in shock and terror. A strange wave of energy rushed through her, tingling and overpowering but not exactly painful. Another, another, each stronger than the last. Once it was over she was panting and barely hanging on. "You've spent many years with closed gates, so it'll take a few more reverberations." Dean Eincrad assured her. "You're almost done now." If Yue could cry she would, but she wasn't allowed to cry ever again so she bit her lip and held on.

Finally it was over and she collapsed, breathing hard, hands free from the orb. A vibrant scarlet glow came about the Orb, bright and powerful, and then it faded and a pale lavender, calming to the eye. "So you're a Major Offensive and Minor Divination mage." Eincrad explained after helping her out of the scary room into the side room once again. It was around that time the door opened, revealing Zinnia had returned. Blithe's tails were wagging, as if excited to tell Zinnia all about what had just happened. Yue merely looked dazed, too exhausted from the opening of her gates, too hypersensitive to the very obvious waves of mana that permeated the place that she could now sense thanks to the gates opening.

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"We're leaving," Zinnia declared, bursting unannounced into the office. Dean Eincrad nodded, he didn't question her motives. "Yue needs rest, Zinnia." Dean Eincrad spoke as Blithe bound beside her. Zinnia needn't be told, she could see it hovering round the girl, but she would let Yue tell her later if she chose to. "She'll get her rest, once we see the Council." The Dean's expression hardened, it was clear he didn't approve, but just like Zinnia, didn't have a choice in the matter and didn't get to protest. "Alright, take this with you." He pushed a familiar set of glass phials towards her. "I won't decline, these always help." Zinnia handed one to Yue, "Drink this, it will help you." Draught of strength, Zinnia would know that illusive blue sparkle anywhere.

"This way, stay close please." Zinnia said as they left the university and headed towards the center of town. "Ooh, let's stop at Little Cup," Blithe's tails swished eagerly, aside from the one that Yue clung to of course. "I suppose we could all use a bite," Zinnia sighed, they entered the cafe, which seemed largely unoccupied. There were flowers growing from the ceiling and creeping along the walls, the peppy yellow sign on the outside had ivy strangling it. If one didn't know any better, they might think the cafe to be abandoned if not for the dwarf that scampered out to greet them. "Table for three?" He asked, his beady eyes glinting up at them. "Yes," Zinnia nodded and he led them to the terrace, a table overlooking the glowing blue river that ran through the side of the town.

"Pick anything you'd like Yue, not you Blithe, you're treating us today." Blithe's tails struck upright, the familiar going rigid. "Kidding," Zinnia stuck her tongue out in a friendly gesture. "I want sausage." The demon complained, scanning the menu that changed daily. The dwarf returned, "today's special brew, ginger-lemon, Ms. Evernight," her eyes sparkled as he poured three cups of mismatched China. "You know me well Casper." Casper shuffled off once more, content. "Never say please or thank you to the folk," referring to the magical folk, of course. "It implies they did something for you and thus, you owe them something in return."

It occurred to Zinnia in that moment that Yue might not be able to read runes, the native tongue of the witch world. "Can you read it? Do you need me to translate?" Zinnia asked patiently. "The daily special changes, but today there's acorn and hazelnut soup, a Welsh salad, which is usually greens and bread sprinkled on top, chicken smothered in cream sauce with a side of rice, and lemon tarts." Casper returned to take their orders, this time toting a freshly baked bread basket to place on the table. "Compliments of the chef," he winked and a piece of paper and quill floated beside him, poised to take their order.

"I'll have the lunch set," Blithe went first, eagerly putting in her order. Zinnia scanned the menu once more, even though she had just read it aloud. "The soup and a lemon tart, if you will." Zinnia turned to Yue, waiting for her to decide.

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It was now time to go to Market. Yue just wanted to rest, but if this was her fate she would follow it. "The Elder Council will like to examine her with her gates opened." Dean Eincrad informed Zinnia who no doubt could feel the difference on her. "Perhaps they'll allow her to learn magic and enroll at the University." Yue wasn't sure how much she liked that idea - she was aware of the fact that she could barely function on any level at the moment. And yet even her terror was not able to quash her human primal curiosity that couldn't help but wonder just what it would be like to learn magic, to become powerful, to be worth something for once. Still, she needed more time before she was ready for anything like that. She couldn't even remember how to speak yet!

Yue wrung her hands as Zinnia brought her and Blithe to some cafe looking place, keeping her head down and low so that maybe she wouldn't be noticed by anyone. Once again the very fluffy tail was a good comfort for her as they entered the Little Cup, according to Zinnia. Already Yue realized that she could not read a single thing. Everything was written with strange unfamiliar runes that made no sense to her. How was she going to survive in this strange new world? Zinnia was reading from what was probably the menu after they were seated and Yue simply stared in confusion the entire time. She shook her head to indicate that no, she could not read the letters. An odd sense of shame burned in her tummy as she realized just how helpless she was in this world.

She nodded when Zinnia told her what the special was, deciding to simply go for that since it would be the simplest, an acorn and hazelnut soup didn't sound so bad. Hopefully soups would be easier for her stomach to handle too, considering the accident earlier. Tapping her feet against each other to a rhythmic beat only she could hear, the food finally arrived. Yue took a spoonful, deciding that the mild taste was good for her sensitive stomach. Once they all had eaten a bit Yue tapped her feet against Zinnia's, a query forming in her mind. She gestured to her hands, tot he mana flowing around them and the entire world. Eyes sparkling with just a tiny bit of curiosity, Yue's question was clear.

When would she get to learn how to use her magic?

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Zinnia was enjoying her soup, Blithe ate the heart meal with gusto with Zinnia took small sips, the spoon trembling slightly in her hands ever so often. A powerful mage she was, but there was something that Zinnia would never admit to and it was the muscle weakness. She had been born with it, due to the immense amount of mana that could never be properly channeled. Late to crawl, her parents knew something was amiss, but they were not healers and so they had thought that she was just late to bloom. It was only when they found her with spell books and summoning familiars that they had sent her off to the city an she resented them for that. Instead of taking care of her at home, like parents should, they sent her off to a world of magic, to teachers that would drill spells, potions, defensive, and offensive magic into her head.

For a while, the muscle weakness had gotten better. Zinnia was free to walk, run, and even dance. She participated in extracurricular activities, she was on the flying team, but the more magic she spent, the more mana flocked to her. Eventually, the bones in her legs became brittle. She had been in the University's yearly pageant when they snapped, shattering like glass. She spent a good bit of time healing at Madame Pomfrey's, detesting having to use her chair. Now, Zinnia embraced it. It did not effect her magic, it did not limit her, in fact, she rather thrived. Zinnia didn't care about the muscle weakness so long as it did not get in the way of her magical ability.

Zinnia was digging into her lemon tart when she felt the brush beneath the table and jumped in her seat, the fork clattering from her hands and falling to the floor. Blithe's head jerked up, acutely aware. "I've got it," she reached beneath the table to pick up the fork. Zinnia watched Yue, who gestured around her, seemingly forgetting that she had a voice. No matter, the child would speak when she felt comfortable to. "Yes, in due time, once you learn to read the runes, you can learn magic." All spells were in Latin and runic, it was to protect the witches and to keep outsiders from incidentally studying their ways.

"Here, I'll teach you something simple, a spell to bring items to you. You needn't a wand for it either," no mage needed a wand, it just allowed them to concentrate their magic and focus it to complete tasks. "You'll have to speak though, thinking hard won't do you any good." Zinnia wrote the words down in their Latin form, using English letters so that Yue could read them, or at least sound them out. "Frachio, it's simple enough. Usually you'd say the desired item after it, for example, frachio fork." The fork zoomed out of Blithe's hand and back into Zinnia's.

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Yue crossed her eyes and tried to focus. This place was such a - it felt so happy, so pure compared to the world she knew back when she wasn't magic. Castene City was dirty and sad, everyone was always suffering. Yet the mages here all seemed to live a content quiet existence here in the forested Constantia. Yue grit her teeth, looking away in shame. Zinnia probably was just a nice person, and Blithe here too was likely just as nice. That was why her tail was so fluffy, right? Meanwhile Yue knew she was a bad person. At the age of 7 she was trained in how to fight with a knife, how to wield a gun, how to kill another human and the best ways to hurt them if you wanted to keep them alive. At the age of 10 she was given her first victim to punish and kill for betraying the family.

Yue was not a good person, and she was stained in black blood. Why did she deserve to be in such a happy place?

If she wanted to learn magic, she was going to have to learn how to read the runes. Yue grimaced, wondering how long it would take to learn. She mouthed the question, asking how she could learn. Maybe if she learned how to use magic and became a good witch, she could take that power and use it to punish the person who hurt her most. Her chest ached, she wanted to see her soulmate again, she wanted to see Orie again. Then maybe she could teach Orie what it means to be betrayed beyond hope of repair.

"Frachio Fork!" She tried to say but no sound came out. Brows furrowed in frustration, Yue sighed, giving up for now. Maybe the Elder Council would know why she wasn't able to speak, maybe they had some sort of solution to this mystery. Yue stared both at Blithe and at Zinnia. "Why are you both so nice to me?" She mouthed to both of them. Kindness to a stranger? That sort of thing was impossible, it was unheard of for her. "Where I come from, no one is nice to anyone." It was just an endless cycle of abuse, so she wasn't used to anything else.

But in the end it was about time that they had to go to see the Elder Council. Yue once again clung to Blithe's tail, terrified once again. Her body felt a bit better now with some sustenance, as well as the healing magic Pomfrey had done for her. Yue could feel eyes on her, watching her with curiosity, with malice, she didn't like it at all. Yet another time the moon child shut her eyes and tried to pretend she didn't exist.

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"Well, no matter, it's only your first day." Zinnia said, considering that Yue seemed frustrated by her lack of voice. She blinked when Yue asked why she was so nice to them, mentioning that in the human world, humans were never nice to one another. "A long time ago, we used to live in the human world." Zinnia mentioned, stirring the spoon inside of her tea cup. "The humans began to hunt the witches, they did not understand magic, they blamed the black death on them and burned our kind at the stake. The remaining witches fled into the forest, it was evident we were no longer welcome in your world and so, we built our own." She tapped the spoon on the side of the cup and took one last, long sip.

It was time to go.

"Hold your head high, Yue, if they want to stare, then give them something to stare at." Zinnia had learned this long ago, if they would look at you, let it be for good reasons. Power, ability, talent, those were the things that mattered. Zinnia sat a bit straighter, her wand in one hand, guiding the wheels of her chair. They would not goad her into cowardice, their eyes nor whispers did not bother her, after all, people had whispered about her most of her life. Blithe strode beside her, not minding the fact that Yue clung to her tail as though she were a lost child. In a way, she very much was. Zinnia led them down the cobblestone streets, her chair bumping on the occasion, but she would never allow Blithe to take the handles.

The building belonging to the Elder Council was not imposing, in fact, it was rather homely. Zinnia had been brought here a number of times, she had been schooled by Freya, her first few days in Constantina had been spent laying on her stomach on the council room floor, reading whatever book she was allowed to devour. Spells, histories, it mattered not. All Zinnia wanted to do ws drown her mind in something other than the abandonment she felt upon being sent to the city. "We're right on time, I'm sure Drake will be pleased." Blithe knocked on the red wooden door, which creaked open slowly. "We've been waiting, come in," a kindly voice spoke softly, the house elf shuffled to the door. There were slippers for their use and he held a tray with cups of water and sprigs of mint.

"Hello Welt," he dipped his head, stepping aside to allow them inside. Zinnia parked her chair outside and uncorked a draught of strength, rising from her chair. She walked inside and took the offered water, adding two sprigs of mint. There was a fire crackling in the fire place, a large patterned rug covering the floor. Chairs convened in a semi circle at the back of the room, each one decorated to the liking of the Elder that occupied it. Zinnia removed her shoes and replaced them with slippers. The walls were decorated with nick knacks and relics of of the past. The rough hew wooden walls were exposed, there were leaves growing from the cracks and lights sparkling above them, fireflies casting shadows across the space.

"Hello Zinnia, Blithe, who is this you've brought with you?" Freya shuffled into the room, dressed in a white robe decorated in golden embroidery. Ulrich followed and behind him, Drake. Rainier came afterwards, tinkering with something in his hands. "This is Yue Fan-Xiang, a witch brought to us by the river, Delphine." They nodded as Zinnia stepped aside. "Go on, they won't bite."

"Does the child speak?"

"Was she raised by humans?"

"The poor thing is shaking."

Drake was silent, he propped up his chin on his fist. "Don't mind him," Zinnia whispered, "he always glowers, but if you can get a smile out of him, it's brilliant." Three chairs were brought forth by the house elf and Zinnia scowled, they were being polite of course, but during traditional discourse, one was meant to stand when presenting in front of the Council. "Yue can answer your questions herself," Zinnia took a seat regardless and took a sip of her water, deliberately remaining silent. Blithe turned herself into a fox and took a seat as well.

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Poor terrified Yue found herself sitting before the Elder Council, and she was not sure what to do, or even how to exist. This was a secluded world for mages to live in, free from the evil of humans so did that mean even the Elder Council was nice? That didn't stop Yue from being terrified though, even if the outside of the building was more homely than it was intimidating. According to what Blithe told her earlier, the female was known as Freya, the sickly pale one was Ulrich, the strong one with a face marred by marks was Drake, and the sleek young looking male was Rainier. Yue committed the names and faces into memory because she had a feeling this was going to become important. "Stand." Blithe whispered to her despite Zinnia sitting. Yue gulped and nodded, standing as best as her trembling legs would let her.

Does she speak? Yue shook her head, pointing to her throat. "No." She mouthed, and then Ulrich muttered something, casting a spell. A strange glow connected her head to Ulrich's, almost like a tether, a rope to tie them together. "Speak and it will go through me." Ulrich gave her a awkward smile that Yue couldn't discern one way or another. "Okay." it wasn't her voice, but it would have to do. "Y-yes, I was raised by humans. Um, the Eldriss family... we were a gang that controlled the South Side of Castene City." No doubt those terms and names meant nothing to the mages who lived in solitude. "They taught me what I know." Freya seemed slightly intrigued. "Well, what do you know, child?"

Did they really want to know?

"Um... I can fight." Her eyes were already burning at the memories. "I can handle a knife, or a gun, or hand-to-hand... um, I can kill..." But that was about all she ever learned. She had never gone to school, only barely learned how to read English, let alone runic mage languages. "That explains your Major Offense then." Ulrich said with a chuckle. Did Dean Eincrad already forward the information to them, or were they able to tell just by looking at her? "How did you end up in the River Delphine?" Rainer asked in his smooth calm voice. That was an easy answer. "I betrayed the family... and then I was betrayed by a friend." She grimaced, gripping her wrist with her left hand, shutting her eyes. "So I was disposed of and executed for my crime."

Rainier lifted what he was tinkering with. "Do you know what this is? It was retrieved from your body when you were found." Small, black, but no doubt waterlogged and useless now. "It's my gun." A handpistol, capable of murder despite it's size. "It's a weapon to hurt and kill. It's useless now though, the um, the gunpowder's wet." It was nothing more than a paperweight now.

"Do you intend on abiding by our rules and learn how to be a good witch?" Freya asked, her eyes warm yet stern both. "...Yes. I have nowhere else to belong." Yue was one of many, discarded by humanity and left to die. "Do you want to attend school at the University?" Yue's eyes perked up and she nodded... but then she recalled the problem. "I... don't... I can't read your runes." She admitted shamefully, looking down at her feet, twiddling her toes helplessly. Ulrich shrugged at that and skipped past. "Well, you'll need a wand. Why don't we turn this gun of yours into a wand? Wands are stronger when there's a personal connection to its owner." Yue nodded, if that was how it worked she didn't mind it at all.

"Then, welcome to Constantina City. We're glad to have you, New Witch from the Outside."

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Zinnia sipped her water as she listened to them converse. This was no business of her's, there was no reason for her to butt in where she did not belong. Rather, Zinnia tilted her head, keen to hear them speak. She had a feeling the human had come from some dreadful situation. Why else would she tear at pillows and flinch when spoken to? Acting like some sort of timid mouse. They would have to get that out of her, a witch needed to be able to present herself, after all. It would be untoward to push this... child into a university and expect her to flourish. No, she would need plenty of home lessons and Zinnia had just the tutor in mind. "The wand chooses the witch," the child recited, looking up from her glass,the ice having long melted. "That was something you told me, Elder Rainier." He knew very well that even if they turned that... monstrosity into a wand, it might still reject its owner.

"Besides, a metal wand is unheard of." No, wands had just as much significance as their owners. Dragon heart strings, unicorn hair, nymph blood, they were all unique, like a finger print. Crafted of fine oak or cedar, sometimes the witch or wizard went out of their way to have a wand made from a tree that was significant in their life. The people standing in this room were like parents to her, to all of magic. No doubt Yue would find comfort in them as well. "You're in good hands, Yue. Zinnia might not appear sociable, but she has a kind heart." Zinnia scowled at this admittance, turning away as her cheeks blushed pink. Blithe laughed, far used to the antics and nuances of the Elder Council and her Master.

"Yue is free to stay with me so long as she doesn't get in my way." Zinnia crossed one leg over the other, crushing the leaf of mint in her hand. "Don't worry Yue, Zinnia's bark is much worse than her bite." Drake said, his voice gruff, but kind. He rose, sparks flying off of him. "Let me see that," Rainier handed over the gun and Drake broke it in two, gathering the dust inside of a vial and capping it. He released it, the vial floating towards Yue. "Use this for the core of your wand," the other halves of the gun were decimated to dust in the fire that burned in the corner of the room. "We do not condone violence, nor using magic for nefarious purposes." It was a warning as well as a threat, if Yue brought trouble to Constantina, they would not hesitate to banish her.

"Come, Yue, let's go get you some proper fitting clothing." Zinnia rose, her leg buckling. Blithe caught her, going from a small poof to a full sized human in the blink of an eye. "Thank you, Council," Blithe said as a goodbye and led the party out, supporting her Master back to her chair. "That was reckless, you need to be more careful." The familiar chided as she sat her Master down. "I don't need you to tell me what I can and can't do, I'm perfectly fine. Besides, you caught me, didn't you?" Blithe sniffed and turned towards the new witch. "Let's go get you a wand." She said kindly, "you have the vial Elder Drake gave you, don't you?"

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

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

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

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

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Revenge for what the humans did? "We aren't humans, we're mages." Yue said softly, somehow having an odd sense of kinship with this strange demon who had infested her teacher. Not enough to truly sympathize, but enough to feel a sense of solemnity in her heart. If there was anyone who understood the desire for revenge, it was the moon child. "But I was hurt by humans too. Revenge... sounds like it would be well deserved." No one here knew the cruelty of humans better than Yue did, except perhaps the demon inside of Zinnia. Eventually a name was extracted, it revealed itself to be called Acacia. "That's a nice name. My name is Yue." Was it a mistake to tell a demon her real name? Possibly. But Yue was a fool and it was too late to take it back now.

But despite her attempt to bond with the demon to find common ground, in the end it didn't matter as Acacia prepared an attack with its inky blackness. Yue jumped back, falling onto her back, but was coordinated enough to roll backwards onto her feet. As someone trained since childhood in combat, something like this was easy for her. "That was risky, but you got her name. Now Blithe's seal can go through." Rain told her with a pleased grin. "Balls to the wall, but we did it good." Yue had to agree - she was willing to take a risk if it meant helping the Teacher who had done so much to help her so far. At first Yue thought Teacher and Blithe were simply new Masters to torture and torment her but now the lost mafia girl trusted that they truly meant well.

Yue loved being able to pay back, whether in revenge or affection, she would not leave anything unpaid. "Let's get out of here." Rain pulled Yue out of the way of the seal, and Acacia began to thrash and seize but it was too late, the strengthened barrier had been completed. "You did well." Ulrich said to her with a wink. "I might like to see more of what you can do, little one." Yue blinked, unsure what to do or say. How could a newbie like her ever live up to the expectations of a seasoned Elder? Blithe began asking Acacia questions and it became clear that Acacia had no intention of leaving Zinnia.

"Is Zinnia a pure blood?" Rain asked suddenly. Yue was confused and tilted her head, not really knowing what pure blooded meant other than in some books written about witches and wizards at a school. "Pure Blood means a direct descendant from the Original Mage." Freya explained. "They have the strongest potential for magic, and demons are most attracted to them." Yue shivered, hoping that she wasn't one. "Don't worry, if you turned out to be Pure Blooded I already claimed you, most demons wouldn't dare trying to lay claim to a Teranos's property!" Yue wasn't sure if that was reassuring or not.

"Rain, can you use Occlumency to ask Acacia a question?" Rain nodded, happy to oblige, leathery wings flapping. "Hey, you. If we offered to take revenge on the humans too, would you eventually release Zinnia from your possession?" Rain grinned, looking directly at her fellow demon. "I'm one of the Teranos siblings, so you know I'm good on my word, Acacia."

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Blithe turned towards Rain, who had made an inquiry as to whether or not Zinnia was a pure blood. "Through and through," Blithe replied with a nod. "This was something Zinnia has been afflicted with since childhood," every full moon the monster would come out and when the sun rose, it would tuck away once more, releasing Blithe's Master from her possession. They were close now, a couple of hours until the sun would poke its head above the horizon and shine down on their faces. "I could sense it as soon as the blood was drawn for our contract." Blithe licked her lips at the memory, the enticing amount of mana and her pride, bellowing her to defeat the mage, despite the fact that she was just a babe. It was that day that had made Zinnia's parents realize she was too powerful to remain in their village.

Acacia's head perked up, Rainarch, that blasted demon, was speaking in its head. "No," Acacia replied stubbornly, Freya and Rainier paying the creature no mind. "We will take this body as our own and see our revenge through ourselves." It hissed, knowing that time was running out. The sun had begun to rise, a new day, a new dawn. Acacia screamed as the night faded, its grip on Zinnia slipping. Freya jumped forward, waiting for the keyhole on Acacia's forehead to disappear completely before releasing the seal. Zinnia had returned once more, her pallor pale. "I'll brew some tea," Rainier offered, leaving the room as Freya cast a spell to return the room to proper order. "Inform the others they may return and get some rest." Rainier nodded, taking his leave to go see to it that Yue was faring well.

Zinnnia blinked, coming to. The sun had barely risen, she had no memory of the evening's events. "I've failed again, haven't I?" Zinnia inquired as Freya lifted her, placing her on the bed. Zinnia draped an arm over her eyes in shame. They had returned to their normal color, the oil slick that had covered them before having long disappeared. "Yes," Freya replied. "It is of no consequence, Zinnia, we'll exorcise the beast eventually." Zinnia nodded, feeling weak after the ordeal. It was normal of course, having one's body possessed by a monster was energy draining. The only reason that Blithe didn't feel the effects was due to the full moon. "It was a mistake to bring Yue into my home, I was reckless, I endangered her life."

Rainier entered, a tray floating in front of him, a teapot pouring what smelled like chamomile and elder flower into a ceramic cup. "Sugar?" He asked and Zinnia nodded, a spoon moving of its own accord to pick up a scoop of sugar and dump it into the cup, mixing and tapping the excess off of the side. Freya assisted her into an upright position and Zinnia clutched the cup with both hands, the warmth bleeding into her skin. "Yue fared well on her own," Rainier replied, the tray floating onto the desk. "In fact, I think you would be rather proud of all she has accomplished."

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Despite the combined attempt by Yue and Rain to at least make peace with Acacia, the demon had no interest in them. "But all these years and you still haven't escaped. You need help, because you still haven't broken free yet." That was the last thing Rain would tell Acacia before the full moon ended and the morning sun began to rise. Zinnia returned to them, to everyone's relief this month's Harrowing came to an end. Yue waited patiently until Blithe and Zinnia finished their moment before the moon child gave her teacher a hug at Blithe's cue. It was a hug of relief and of concern. Hopefully Yue could become a strong enough mage to be able to get Acacia out of Zinnia one day.

"That was scary." Yue decided to speak, not wanting to leave Zinnia in the dark about her new ability to speak. It wasn't of her own power, and it wasn't because she in particular worked hard to regain it. Truly this was just her borrowing Rainarch's dark magic to speak again. Whatever stole her voice was still in effect otherwise. "But you're back now. I'm okay, and now you are too." There was a tickling in the back of her mind. "You're still weak, Master. You can't save your Teacher yet." Her bat wings wiggled as once again the offer was made. "All you have to do is learn from me, then you can be strong. A magic no one else can use." Yue was no idiot, she knew what this offer was. And however tempting it was to learn Dark Magic, she didn't want to be cast out of Constantina and be labeled as evil, ruining her only chance of having a home.

Ulrich coughed to clear his throat. "Yue has shown she has great potential, Zinnia." The pale and sickly looking Elder spoke, taking a seat on a tree log outside the main house. "I hope you teach her our language well and have her ready to enroll at the University by the end of Summer Vacation." Yue looked hopefully at Zinnia - was it possible she too could quickly learn how to be strong? There was so much she wanted to do with her newfound power, so much she could accomplish with just a flick of a wand and a few words spoken. Her wand itself was brimming with power, a nervous energy and a desire for strength could be sensed coming from it's core.

Rain shut her eyes, her wings becoming smaller, eyes returning to normal, fangs shortening, claws becoming human and proper again. "Aww, my power boost is gone." The bat demon complained, stamping her feet on the ground. Freya was looking at her curiously but for whatever reason, no one was able to discern. "Did I do okay, Rain?" Yue asked, wanting validation from her familiar. Rain snickered, tail wagging. "You need to be fine tuned, you're like a strong ore that wasn't worked on yet. A diamond in the rough." But there was definite possibility just waiting to be mined out, wasn't there?

To the rising sun, Yue realized that the idea of revenge might not just be a silly childish dream anymore. Maybe she could finally burn that place under the flood of her raging waters.

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Zinnia felt sleepy, even as she sipped at her tea. Her priority of course was to make certain that Yue was alright before she could rest and so, Zinnia grabbed her wand from the bedside table when Freya had her back turned, speaking to Drake and Rainier. "I'll be back," Zinnia mumbled, casting the spell to make her float. She drifted from the bed and through the doorway, the damage already swept up by the Elders. Ulrich was still outside, speaking to Yue when Zinnia approached. Blithe ran forward, her tails swishing in concern. "Zinnia! You shouldn't be out of bed!" Zinnia gave a weak smile, waving. "I'm alright, no need to make a fuss." She had to check on Yue, her house guest was her priority. "I swear, sometimes you're too polite for your own good." Ulrich crossed his arms, joining the others within Zinnia's home to give them some semblance of privacy.

"Are you alright? Are you hurt?" Zinnia inquired, taking in her state. There was a bandage wrapped lackadaisically around one arm, "Did I do this?" Zinnia asked in concern, taking the arm gently in her own. Her hands shook as she unwrapped the bandage, the wound was a clean cut. "Let me fix it," Zinnia insisted. "No," Blithe grasped Zinnia's hand, "I'll fix it. I'm the one that asked her to do it," she smiled, gently nudging her Master away. Fire lit across her finger, Blithe ran it down the length of the cut. "This might tickle," she warned, then glared at Rainarch, who should have shown enough concern to heal her master.

Zinnia's head jerked up when Yue spoke, surprise written clearly across her expression. "How?" The young witch blinked and floated in a circle around her student. Her expression darkened, "This is Rainarch's doing, isn't it?" Blithe had just finished wrapping the wound, clearly she didn't want to get involved considering her silence. "Yes, I'm fine, this only happens during the full moon. Once the sunrises, so does the possession. I'm sorry Yue, I should have explained this better." Zinnia flipped a strand of orange hair over her shoulder. "I suppose borrowing a bit of Rainarch's power to speak won't harm you much for the time being."

Ulrich coughed, clearing his throat in the doorway. Zinnia nodded in understanding, "So you intend to be her sponsor?" A sponsor was someone who backed an entry into the university, testifying for them, essentially. When Zinnia first entered, she had none. There was no one to recommend her, in fact, she had simply marched into the Dean's office and demanded entry into the school. Zinnia was beginning to feel faint once more, her energy stores were gone. Blithe caught her with one of her tails, her Master as limp as a rag doll. "I'm... alright," she whispered, fighting sleep.

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The door was shut, no light brimmed through except that from the small hanging light bulb from the ceiling, a dim glow to make the room of sorrow even more ominous. Yue stood there, eyes shut, as was her duty. A girl was seated in a chair, ankles fastened by leather belts to the legs, arms tied behind the chair with coarse painful looking rope. Gillian Eldriss, head of the Eldriss Family, smiled solemnly at the girl. Yue knew who she was. She was the daughter of a police chief who had been on their case, trying to link together evidence and crimes to put an end to organized violence in Castene City. The door was shut, but Yue was still in the room. Orie gave her a side glance, looking nervous as well, blonde locks trailing down her beautiful face.

"My dad won't bow down to your threats." The girl hissed, not even fighting against the bonds, she knew it was hopeless to try and resist. She must be around fifteen years old, only a few years older than Yue herself. How unfortunate to have parents thrust such a horrible fate unto her. ""Y-you might as well just kill me." But as brave as she might try to be, the fear was obvious in her voice. She was just a child, but Yue knew she was an enemy. "No hard feelings, Alisha." Gillian looked intimidating in his dark suit and tie. He was never one to get his own hands dirty, after all. "But this isn't a threat. Sometimes, drastic action must be done. Your father, he didn't show my family the respect we deserve. He even almost put my youngest daughter in danger." Yue had almost sprung a trap laid by the Chief a few days ago, which was what spawned the kidnapping of Alisha Grice.

Gillian gestured to the metal object held in Yue's own hands. "And now your father must pay with his own daughter, the price of endangering mine." It was clear - the girl was slated to die. Orie lifted her gun with gritted teeth. "Father, I can do it." She implored, though unlike Gillian's blood children, neither Orie nor Yue had ever taken a life before. "No." Yue didn't want to have to be protected by her soulmate. She wouldn't force Orie to kill just for her sake. "I can do it." Her heart thumped, and Alisha's did in sync as the gun was raised. At this range, Yue wouldn't miss. She was trained not to miss either way. Without allowing for that brief moment of hesitation, Yue fired the gun, ending the police chief's daughter's life.


It had been a week later. Yue shivered, waking up, she didn't want to remember, she didn't want to think back to her old life, her old crimes. "Rain, I thought you were keeping my nightmares in check." Wasn't that one of her familiar's duties? "I'm..." A loud sneeze erupted from the bat. "I'm sick, okay? It's Venal's Disease, for demons who aren't used to this layer yet!" Rain sniffled, whimpering as another wave of chills went down her spine. "Hurry and make the Infusio Potion already!" The thing with Venal's Disease was that only the contractor of the demon afflicted could make the potion to cure it. If any other mage tried, it would only make it worse.

"I just finished learning how to read." Yue murmured, feeling bad now. She sighed - at least today she would finally start learning proper magic. And the first step was what was supposed to be the easiest - learning how to brew potions. Yue sauntered down the stairs, helping poor Rain make it down as well for breakfast where Blithe and Zinnia hopefully were. "Um... Teacher... can you help me make the Infusio Potion today?" She had finally last night passed the minimum runic language test Ulrich had given her, meaning she was now qualified to try all sorts of magic.

But first things first, Rain needed to be taken care of!