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Xianata

"I won't let this city fall."

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a character in “Desert Sonata”, as played by Ninja Bunny

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❝For my sister, I'll stay strong until the end.❞
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{☛ ⒻⓊⓁⓁ ⓃⒶⓂⒺ ☚}
Xianata
{☛ ⓃⒾⒸⓀⓃⒶⓂⒺⓈ ☚}
High Priestess | It's her tarot, representing inner wisdom and intuition
Xia | It's short for Xianata
Nata | Only her sister calls her that
{☛ ⒶⒼⒺ ☚}
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{☛ ⒼⒺⓃⒹⒺⓇ ☚}


{☛ ⓈⒺⓍⓊⒶⓁⒾⓉⓎ ☚}
Doesn't really know yet
{☛ ⒻⒶⒸⒺ ⒸⓁⒶⒾⓂ ☚}
Miuna Shiodome || Nagi no Asukara



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❝I am the princess of Nox Astra❞
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{☛ ⒽⒺⒾⒼⒽⓉ ☚}
She's pretty short.
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And is also quite light.
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Black, like her sister.
{☛ ⒺⓎⒺ ⒸⓄⓁⓄⓇ ☚}
Blue-grey.
{☛ ⒷⓄⒹⓎ ⓂⒶⓇⓀⒾⓃⒼⓈ ☚}
Nothing of note. Indistinguishable from an average human.


{☛ ⒼⒺⓃⒺⓇⒶⓁ ⒶⓅⓅⒺⒶⓇⒶⓃⒸⒺ☚ }

Xianata is a pretty small girl for her age, still blossoming from that childlike state, though still not a woman just yet. Her hair is long and luxuriously black, silky and smooth. She has naturally wide, intelligent eyes that don't tend to miss much and her face itself doesn't tend to show much emotion. You could think of Xia as a stoic girl based on her gait, and she's formidable despite her size in terms of will. Xianata likes to dress in human clothing to fit in more with her people, often in soft blues or browns.
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♙I hope you'll be happy here♙
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❥ Gum | So many different flavors!
❥ Swimming | It's a whole different world from the desert!
❥ Humans | Xia really likes humans, she finds them intriguing.
❥ Music | Just don't let her sing.









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❝I hope for a new age of peace.❞
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⌦ Needless violence | Diplomacy works fine, doesn't it?
⌦ Walking | Between flying and swimming, walking is mundane.
⌦ Corruption | Hopefully Xia can weed that out from her Nox Astra.






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Stroll in the city | It's to survey how everyone's doing, okay?
Humming | Just... beware. She's terribly tone deaf.
Blinks often | Maybe her eyes often feel dry out of the water


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No musical talent | It's probably Xia's biggest flaw for sure. Her singing ruins lives."
Fighting | Xia has no combat use to speak of.
Low Stamina | A little exertion is enough to make her feel tired.
Emotions | Unless your name is Lux, she'll probably mask herself from you.




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Power: Flight | Xia can fly for long distances and high up with little drain on her stamina. She can also bring one person to fly with her, usually Lux. It doesn't have much practical usage other than quick travel.
Power: Swimming | Xia can swim and somewhat absorb oxygen through water for a short while, allowing her to be an excellent swimmer. This doesn't have much practical usage, since they're in a desert.
Power: Rain | At the cost of causing herself extreme pain, Xia can summon the rain to the city she's currently in. It can last as long as she likes, and is incredibly painful until she ends it.
Power: Sister Telepathy | Xia can always speak mentally to her sister, Lux, and she always knows where Lux is at all times.




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Contreltophobia | Fear of sexual abuse
Gamophobia | Fear of marriage
Mycophobia | Fear of mushrooms

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♙Don't be ruled by what you see♙
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Xianata is calm like the lake that her sister named after her. It's surface rarely ripples, and Xia herself is always composed and polite, reserved. She cares deeply for the people of Nox Astra as they sided with her when the war was fought on her behalf, feeling a personal responsibility to making their lives worthwhile. Xia also feels heavy responsibility to her sister for leading the rebellion, wanting to pay her back and make her happy. She enjoys supporting Lux from behind as Lux chases her dreams, and is happy at home, tending to the city in the meantime. She's smart and compassionate, if not a bit timid, and is deeply attuned to the city she resides in.



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❝What is the price of freedom?❞
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{☛ ⓅⓁⒶⒸⒺ ⓄⒻ ⓄⓇⒾⒼⒾⓃ ☚}
Nox Astra, a city positioned at Lake Xiana, dealing primarily in subway transit, water transport, and weapons technology.

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Luxara | Big Sister | Mid-twenties | Demon
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Xianata was born in Praetoria, one of the strongest nations of the time, ruled by Uralaiya, the Chariot. Xia's own parents were chief retainers for Uralaiya and often lead the armies to victory. Unlike her sister who excelled in war, Xia was shy and timid, with powers that failed to help much when in battle. When Lux's parents eventually died on the battlefield - one protecting the other and the other committing suicide to follow - Lux decided that she would be Xia's protector at all costs. Xia and Urayama were always close friends as children, both being royalty - Ura a princess and Xia a noblewoman - and they often played together when everyone else was out fighting.

It all changed when Uralaiya ordered that Xianata be trained and eventually brought on the battlefield as well. Lux, now promoted to the second in command of Praetora, tried to protest, saying that Xia wasn't suited for war and Uralaiya then changed tactics, deciding the girl was better used as a political tool - essentially a trophy wife to pacify and eventually assassinate the leader of another city with little to no effort, saving on soldiers and resources. This was when Lux knew that in order to protect Xia and keep her close, she'd have to rebel. Xianata was whisked away to Lake Praeya to hide as Lux fought the war, and eventually the lake was renamed after her, Lake Xiana. Feeling personally moved by the humans to came to protect her, Xia decided she'd devote her life to the citizens of Lux's Nox Astra once her side won the war.

Once in charge, Luxara ruled, and Xia helped her from behind with her great mind for civil service. Nox Astra quickly rose and eventually became pitted against the sister city of White City, which had appeared at roughly the same time as Nox Astra. Xia helped plan the details of the White-Nox Treaty, knowing full well that it wouldn't last once Styx entered the fray. Xia hopes Lux knows what she's doing and will do whatever she can to help.


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ⒸⓄⓅⓎⓇⒾⒼⒽⓉ: ⓉⒽⒺ_ⓆⓊⒺⒺⓃ



So begins...

Xianata's Story

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❝Oh no, there's nothing to fear, as long as you believe in the lies everyone shows you.❞

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Lux sat in the Lunar Citadel, in the meeting room where she met with the other councilors. Of course, Luxara held veto power over anything they tried to pull, but they still might have useful ideas. The public supported the idea of human councilors having influence after all - Lux didn't want to appear to be a dictator or anything. She'd listen to the voices of the people and do her best to make the city work. Of course, listening in was Xia, and Lux was relaying all the information directly to her dutiful little sister. The ruler of Nox Astra had a wry little smile as she listened to a particular Councilor Bailey make a suggestion.

"I was suggesting, since we have enough food and water to more than sustain our population, that we do something to promote birth and increase the amount of people we have for the future." He said earnestly, looking down at his notes carefully.

"Be careful, Sis." Xia urged from inside Luxara's head. "I don't trust him, he seems like he has a hidden agenda." It was hard for the ruler not to chuckle at the Princess's warning. Of course Councilor Bailey had something in mind, didn't they all? That was why Lux was here after all - to make sure nothing went wrong during these discussions. "I'm aware, Xia, good work. There's no way I trust Bailey to act in the good of the city. He's a shrewd little mouse..."

"I suggest we institute a Childbirth Fund." Bailey said with a friendly smile on his little face. "This way, more and more women will feel pressed to have children, due to a bursary being awarded per child. This should allow for Nox Astra to have more growth in the future. Luxara, what do you think?"

Luxara smiled amicably, eyes twinkling in delight. All eyes were on her, trained on her, and she rather enjoyed the little shiver of power she got, secure in her position. No one would go against her, no one would dare. And, after all, Lux did a good job keeping her citizens happy. Unlike what one would think of when imagining a demon, Luxara's rather generous for those who fall into line. Nox Astra is known far and wide for having the most equality in terms of policies, the best literacy rate, and the lowest unemployment throughout the desert. She would take the city to great heights - after all, a happy human is a more productive one.

"No." Lux said in a sweet tone, licking her lips salaciously. "Bailey, while I earnestly believe you had only the best of intentions, I'm not quite sure you truly understood the implications of such a bill." With a little twirl of a finger to explain this horribly obvious concept, she began. "Women will be working less as a result, due to finding having children to be a more suitable way to earn money. As such, eventually, production will stall with half of the work force out of commission. Then, women will be slowly denied the right to work as companies and businesses refuse to hire temporary workers, meaning more women will spend as much of their time pregnant as possible to ensure a large chunk of money every nine months. Without the ability to gain employment, women will become dependent on a man to make her pregnant in order to secure a salary, and then the city will slowly degenerate to one in which men control women, with near uncontrollable growth that we will not have enough food to sustain, thus causing famine and a breaking of our treaty with the City of White." Luxara smiled with sugar at the stunned Councilor Bailey who was forced into silence.

"...You didn't have to go so hard on him, sis." Xia murmured balefully. Lux merely chuckled internally. While she was here, dealing with administration, Xia was doing waitress work at a nearby - "Ah! Oh no, I broke another plate!"

"Yeah, why do you insist on working? You're the Princess of Nox Astra, isn't that unnecessary?" Lux declared the meeting adjourned and the Councilors went to leave. Lux let out a little sigh once the room was empty, stretching her legs out, bemoaning the new pile of paperwork.

"Well, um, I thought if I was employed, I could understand the humans better and get along with them more! That's okay, right?"

Ah, Xia. She was far too kind, too wanting to mingle with the humans. She was lucky everyone seemed to love her - or were afraid of Lux's wrath should anything happen to her. Not that anything would. She'd never, ever - "Okay, sis, focus on your work instead of obssessing over protecting me. I'm fine, promise! The owner already forgave me!"

"...Just don't cause too much trouble. I'll see you at home later, okay? Don't go sneaking off to swim in the lake again!"

Lux stared at the paper in front of her, grimacing. Well, it was time to deal with hell, wasn't it?


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❝Everyone has reasons deep down for the things that they do.❞

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Sometimes, Xia really hated how clumsy she was. She tuned out the sounds of her sister`s grunts and complaints about the endless pile of paperwork - she had to, after all, focus on her job! Dressed in a waitress maid outfit, Xia accidentally dropped yet another plate of food, shattering the plate and scattering its contents on the floor. Why was she so bad at this? Why couldn't she be tall and graceful like the other waitresses? It also made her sad that no matter how many mistakes she made, everyone would just pat her head and forgive her. "It's okay, Xianata." Old man Crawley said with a kind smile, patting her head at yet another accident. "It's enough that you're willing to come and help out, don't take it so hard."

It was like everyone looked down on her, wanting her to just stay as an idle princess that didn't do anything. Xia didn't want that at all, she wanted to be able to help and contribute to the success of Nox Astra however she could. These were the people that sided with her when Uralaiya tried to have her married off to Charon, after all, so she wanted to pay back her debt. But everyone just seemed to treat her like they would a helpless little child. Isn't it normal to get annoyed from that?

”I'll try harder next time, I swear!" Xia vowed, making a determined expression. ”I won't break another plate."

Carrying another tray of food, Xia stepped out into the diner, listening to people casually making breakfast orders and the like. Food was something everyone needed, and something everyone seemed to enjoy. By helping people get their food, Xia was indirectly helping the citizens of Nox Astra have the fuel they needed to go about their days. She was, after all the Princess of Nox Astra. It was her duty to tend to the people, wasn't it? So when she tripped and fell over her own feet, why was it that one of the customers reached and caught her, petting her head with a little smile on his face?

”I wish people would take me more seriously, sis."

She could hear Lux's chuckle from the her head, warm and kind. "You are their beloved princess, Nata. I mean, almost everyone thinks of you as the collective daughter of the city. They all love you, isn't that fine?"

Xia still wanted to be able to help, but she had to admit that it was nice to hear that she was loved.





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❝Let's go on an adventure!❞

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What Urara saw in front of her in this desert oasis was definitely a dog, even if she called herself a fox. What was a fox, anyways? Urara didn't know, she didn't care, but she knew she wanted a friend. The dog girl said something about leaving if she wanted to live - but that was silly, Ura couldn't die! She wasn't like her mother, she'd never let herself die, ever! It was a funny challenge, definitely. She really wanted this girl as her friend!

"Ura wants you, so Ura's gonna have you." Urara said with cheer, taking rope from her bag and holding it in front of her. The ruler of New Praetora always kept it on her in case there was something interesting to catch, and what could possibly be more interesting than this dog girl? "We can play a lot of games!"

The red haired girl held the rope and tapped it - sending it flying at bullet speed towards the dog so that the ends would go around her, tying her up and entangling her for Urara to claim. Ura wanted a friend, and if the dog didn't want to cooperate, Urara would just force her to be a friend! She wouldn't just let it go, who lets their friends leave? That's just silly.

"Ura will be your master." The girl declared with triumph.


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Of course, Lux still had one stop to make before heading home and relaxing with Xia. Once she was finished with that stupid paperwork, the monarch of Nox Astra walked up the elevator to a higher floor of the Lunar Citadel - the strategy room. It was late, and her intelligence team was supposed to have gone home to sleep, but there was still that one young man who insisted on sticking around, always working harder than the rest despite his youth. Lux took a quick glance at his nametag before smiling graciously at him, making the young man seem stunned and almost afraid, as if Lux had some intimidating aura about her or something. ”Hello, Cartwright." Luxara said in greeting. ”Any news on Styx's movements? Do you know when they'll make their advance?"

Cartwright muttered something and spin around in his chair, glancing at the notes and reports from Nox Astra's expansive spy network. He glanced back at his boss, still seeming shy and nervous despite being taller than her, regarding her with a bad attempt at professionalism. "Um, Agent Leona thinks it'll take Styx a month or so before being able to make a significant advance." Cartwright informed her. "The west side of the desert is nearly unified now, so we should be careful."

”Styx, huh?" Xia's voice poked in her mind, an always welcome resident. ”He killed our peace messenger a few weeks ago. Xara, I'm a little... anxious. Can we survive if Charon decides to attack?"

Lux had a grim frown on her face. Styx was immensely powerful; it'd likely take more than just the might of Nox Astra to hold against the storm. ”If White and Satsuki are on our side, we might have a chance. But I swear, I won't let him hurt you, Nata." Lux felt minor annoyance from Xia about always being protected, which, unfortunately, Lux related to in a way. Still, she didn't want Xia to have to strain herself for anything, she wanted her sister to live a happy, carefree life while she dealt with keeping Nox afloat.

”Make an order to increase funding on our long ranged plasma weaponry research." Lux commanded, glancing at the notes herself. As much as she didn't want to have to prepare for war, it was an eventuality that would happen. The woman stared at her clock eye through the reflection on the screen, wondering how many more uses she had before her own life span vanished into nothingness. If she had to die, she'd at least make it a world where Xia could find a safe place to stay.

”Xara, we could save a lot of money if you just let me-"

”Absolutely not. I won't make you hurt yourself making rain for us. We have the lake, water's of no concern." Perhaps unfortunately, Xianata had the power of rain. Lux wanted to keep that as carefully hidden as possible, knowing many people who would try to snatch her up upon finding out the truth. Xia's value was great as water was a scarcity in the desert. Nox Astra didn't need an even bigger reason to be attacked. Lux felt Xia's mental sigh and was glad her little sister didn't press the issue further.

”Also, keep an eye on White's movements." Lux said, turning her back at Cartwright. ”I'm sure he'll try to buy out an independent water company at first chance - we'll have to search and assimilate all of them in the area. We can't afford to let the treaty break."

With that, Lux returned to the elevator, wondering what food Xia had prepared for her back at home, then realized it was some sort of seafood dish as Xia unintentionally streamed it to her. The ruler of Nox Astra smiled to herself, excited.



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❝Let's go on an adventure!❞

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Someone who was even more excited than Lux of Nox Astra was Urara of New Praetora. Her new friend kept fighting back, kept resisting, like a good game of tag. It made her blood boil - she really wanted to play. There was no one around, no adults to stop her from having fun, no boring people to try and drag her to meetings and do sign a lot of papers that she didn't understand - most of which from Nox Astra, some sort of treaty thing or other that honestly, Ura didn't even know what half of it meant. She was a terrible ruler, a disappointment compared to the strength her mother once had. It was impossible for her to live up to that. But... she could at least dominate her friend and play with the dog girl, couldn't she?

If food wouldn't work, Urara would have to go to more drastic measures. As the dog girl Reyna started eating, sharing some with the stuffed animal, it suddenly became clear. With unseeable speed, Urara launched herself - nabbing the stuffed animal and holding it up as a prize. "Well, if Rey-Rey doesn't want to be friends, then Ura will just make this toy her friend instead!" Her eyes gleamed, ready for the dog girl to strike.


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❝Oh no, there's nothing to fear, as long as you believe in the lies everyone shows you.❞

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Luxara walked down the steps to the massive underground complex that resided under Nox Astra. Sure, on the surface, the city itself was smaller than White City and the enigmatic Faerun far to the west, but according to estimations, the subway system reached almost as far as Styx's own massive spread, stretching almost as far as Tigris Lake to the far south. The subway and rapid transit system was Nox Astra's pride and joy, already packed with people as they shuffled and out out of the many trains. This was Artemis Station, the central hub of the spiderweb like maze of the subways, where almost all the lines went to as they transported people two and from different districts of the city. Music played over the speakers, something happy and energetic that Nata had chosen early this morning to try and get people pepped up for the day. Of course, when in public, Lux kept her hair draped carefully over her clock eye, smiling with dissonant serenity as she paid her fare and stepped into the subway that took her to her home, at the eastern edge of the city that bordered Lake Xiana.

”Come home quick, Xara!" Xia said in a sing-song, clearly excited for Lux to try her cooking. The girl wasn't the best cook, but the owner of that diner seemed more than willing to offer her tips and tricks, as well as lessons in order to get better. It made Lux feel a little warm inside, that everyone was willing to be kind to her precious little sister. ”Don't take too long, or I'll eat it all!"

”Wait, no, no, don't! I'll get home as fast as I can, okay?"

What Lux didn't anticipate, however, was having a message forwarded to her from Cartwright, saying it was of high importance. Lux checked the message from the device she took from her pocket, inserting earphones so that no one else would hear it. Josh's succulent voice entered her ears again and Lux, naturally, relayed everything to Xia, keeping her in the loop. Talk about Styx, it seemed - that made Lux feel very relieved. She was very, very anxious that White might've chosen to try to annex Nox Astra in preparation for Styx's threat, and was glad he seemed willing to perform some kind of negotiation.

”Don't forget the business deals, Xara." Xia added sagely, sounding a little annoyed. ”He's definitely going to try to sneak it past you while you're focused on Styx,"

”I know. That's why I have you, to counter-act his abilities." Lux thought fondly, then focused on the business deal aspect. Was it about the water being sent to White City, or something else entirely? She was very aware of the man's habit of crushing small, independent businesses. There was this one person who was excavating rather close to her territory, the ruins of what used to be Praetora...

”Tapsis, that steel mill guy." Xia, helpful as ever. ”Or maybe Horloge Water Co, purified from cactus extract or something. They've been acting up as well. Do you want me to put in the order to buy them both?'

Lux said a no in her head, interested in seeing White's hand first. She'd have to message White back after enjoying Xia's seafood platter - something regarding Styx couldn't wait.




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Urara was having fun taunting the dog girl with Mr. Mittens, which was apparently the name of the silly toy. Why was Rey-Rey so attached to such a thing, anyways? Ura didn't really understand, it was just a silly toy, after all! Didn't Rey-Rey want a living, breathing friend to play with? Wasn't that more fun? What adventures could you have with a toy - and for that matter, where the heck did Rey-Rey even find the toy? It looked like a relic of the old days, of human civilization years past. Urara shrugged, not all too concerned. She instead kept playing, keeping just out of the dog girl's reach with a tricky, crafty grin. This was fun! So much fun, Urara really liked it, she liked it lots!

It would be funner if Rey-Rey was having fun too, though. Urara always liked it better when her friends were having fun, and Rey-Rey was one of her friends now, wasn't she? "Ura wants Rey-Rey to have fun, too, though!" Urara complained after Rey-Rey finally agreed to be her friend. Urara gently and carefully tossed the toy back to Rey-Rey, this time going in for a friendly and playful hug. "What does Rey-Rey like to do for fun? I want to play a lot of fun things with you!"

Urara was hungry now, so she dug into her bag, finding two more chicken wings in a plastic container. She took one out, biting into it happily, then showed the other to Rey-Rey, grinning. "Sharing is caring. Does Rey-Rey want one?" There was still water, too, though Urara wasn't sure if Rey-Rey needed it, seeing as she lived in a secret water place hidden in the desert. "Rey-Rey can have some of my water, too!"

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Urara was very pleased at the turn of events, though for some reason Rey-Rey didn't seem like she liked the hug, she struggled and tried to fight against it, but that was fine, Urara could teach her what love and friendship and happiness is. The dog girl must've been so lonely in the desert all by herself, with no one to talk to, so Ura decided that she would be the one to show Rey-Rey joy and companionship! That's what friends did, and that's what Urara wanted to do! When she decided on something, there's no way she'd ever regret it! "It's a hug, Rey-Rey!" Urara said. "It's what you do with someone you like!"

Urara considered doing something she rarely ever did. Her fun powers was definitely an option, and Rey-Rey didn't seem like she liked Ura yet. Was there something was with her? Wasn't she fun? When the dog girl asked how she knew her name, Urara felt like giggling. "You said earlier when I called you a dog that you were Reyna, remember?" Urara said with a happy smile, a bounce of her foot as she kicked against the sand. "You gave Ura your name, so that's why we're friends now!"

When Rey-Rey went to lap up water from the oasis, Urara suddenly had an idea. It might've been a silly idea, a weird idea, but she wanted to say it anyways. After all, she had a home, didn't she? And what if Rey-Rey was lonely here all by herself? Urara smiled at the drinking dog girl, keeping a respectful distance just in case she wasn't used to being a friend yet. "Rey-Rey, if you want, Ura has a place where you can eat and drink as much as you want. And we can go on adventures and explore the world together! There's this one city, White City, it's really big and full of rich people! Urara wants to visit it with you!" Her voice turned somewhat pleading near the end. She really wanted Rey-Rey to accept her as a friend.



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Suffice to say, Xia wasn't exactly skilled at cooking, either. She knew not to try too much, but Lux was expecting a big, amazing dish and instead all there was was a few little burnt fish crisps and burnt rice, with some kind of sauce that made the whole thing taste really, really sour. She looked at the bag of scallops she bought from Babylon a few days ago, and placed it back in the fridge, not trusting her cooking abilities enough to be able to make use of them. Xia was sad - she wanted to be useful. She wanted to be able to do something to help improve the lives of everyone around her, and yet she was always so useless. She didn't have any talents, not really. She wasn't really good at anything at all.

”Nata, seriously, don't worry about it, okay?" Lux urged from inside her head. ”It's okay, I'll eat whatever you make me. With enough practice, I know you'll succeed."

That wasn't what Xia really wanted, though. She wanted someone to criticize her, to tell her what she did wrong so she could improve. If everyone just kept saying that she didn't need to be good, then she would never improve, and never be of use to anyone. Xia really didn't want that kind of fate.

”I'll try harder next time, sis." Xia thought, somewhat sad. The food really was a disaster, it was horrible. It made Xia upset that she still never managed to repay Lux for all of the times she saved her, for preventing her from having to marry Charon and leave behind everything she knew. Then Xia got a message from Satsuki from Babylon, something about Origin and Aretha coming to visit? That made Xia happy, really happy! While Lux dealed with White, Xia would be glad to entertain the guests. They were probably on bounty hunting busienss, or maybe Satsuki just wanted some time to think without Aretha being restless, but whatever it was, there was plenty of fun to have in Nox Astra. Xia already had a day planned out.

”I'll be waiting for them!" Xia told Satsuki in an excited tone over her device. ”You can count on me, Satsuki!"

When Lux finally arrived, Xia ran to hug her favorite big sister - her only big sister, really. The two were inseparable, and spent each day always thinking of one another. It was inevitable, really - the two had an ever present telepathic link to each other. Wherever they were, they'd always have someone with them. It was a perfect, unbreakable bond. Not even horribly burnt fish could ruin what they had.

”You'll get there, Xia. Don't push yourself, okay?"

Xia wanted to push herself, but she accepted the head rub from her sister. She always liked receiving them from her, even when they were children, back in the days of Praetora. Xia hoped that forever and always, Xianata would be her primary and top priority. Was that bad? Was it possessive? Maybe, but it was what she felt, and she'd be honest to those feelings. They were, after all, sisters. Xia was happily humming to herself, scheduling times and appointments for various arcades and karaoke places and a nice fancy restaurant while Lux went to make a call to Joshua White.


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Urara really loved relaxing in the hot springs and she made a delighted sound when Rey-Rey entered, too! Ura wasn't sure Rey knew how to use one, since she was always in the desert and everything, but it seemed the dog girl was pleased with the warmth, though the dirt and grime was still sticking to her skin. Ura wanted Rey to look and feel pretty and awesome, so she knew she'd have to find an excuse to do a little scrubbing - but nothing too much or else Rey-Rey might get uncomfortable. Ura wanted her friend to like her, so she knew she'd have to be careful! Maybe as careful as Joshie was about sticks, though the girl still had no idea what was so intimidating about the tiny things. Joshie was silly, up in that tower. What fun could there be, anyways?

"This is a hot spring!" Urara exclaimed with excitement and joy, answering Rey-Rey's question happily. "It's water we can go into if we want to relax and feel warm and good! Does Reyna like it?" The young ruler of New Praetora's eyes seemed to shimmer with hope, hoping her best friend liked it as much as she did. "Ura hopes you like it, Ura wants Rey-Rey to be happy and be rewarded for being such a good girl against those bad people before!"

Urara placed her hands on Rey-Rey's shoulders with a wide smile, subtly rubbing, scrubbing with her hands to try and cleanse her pet., occasionally adding an ear scritch and a belly rub to the mix. "Rey-Rey's really pretty! Ura loves you so much!" Warm feelings from her chest and from the water seemed to flood the young girl with emotions. "Can we be friends forever and ever? Maybe one day bring Mr. Mittens to visit, too?"


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After the meeting with Joshua, Lux knew that there was work to do. She carefully read over the reports of White City's military might, pondering, pondering. The berserkers were likely going to be a linchpin in the plan against Styx once they approached with the raiding parties and possibly even the vanguard. Fighting in a place with only one entrance from the west was their best hope of winning. The problem were the rumors of these monstrous tanks that apparently could never fall, no matter what. Hopefully the lasers and electricity would be enough to deal damage, though Lux desperately wanted to perfect plasma technology and try mounting that on her helicopters to be able to literally melt through any kind of armor.

”Thank you for your help. That ability of his really is a bother, I'm sorry if it took up your time, Nata." Lux thought as she took the subway back to the Lunar Citadel. Honestly, even though she lived with Xia near the lake, almost all of her time was spent at the Lunar Citadel, wasn't it? It was much easier, much more natural to get work done when it was dark out, and the moon was shining over Nox Astra. She had a message waiting for her, after all - something about prototype plasma rifles being ready for use? Luxara was excited to try them out!

”Sis, it's no problem!" Xia's voice was high and chipper; she was clearly looking forward to spending time with her friends from Babylon. ”I love being able to help out! Thank you for letting me!" Sometimes, Lux really just wanted to pat her sister's head because of how cute and adorable she was. Xia was a precious little thing, and nothing would ever change that. Lux wouldn't let anyone corrupt her.

The ruler of Nox Astra eventually reached the weapons testing room, gladly picking up the two plasma rifles. They were still prototypes, of course, so there was always risk of them malfunctioning in some way. It wasn't tested enough for widespread use, but at least she could have these two as personal weapons for when the war began, right? Lux entered the testing room as robotic enemies floated in through the vents. She dodged a burst of electricity and returned fire - one round of plasma disintegrating one drone and sending the molten chunks into the one behind it, causing a small explosion with others in the blast. This was unbelievably fun! This was exhilarating! A wide grin splayed across her face as she danced across the fake battlefield with ballerina-like grace and agility.

When the testing was over, Lux placed the rifles into the compartment for more upgrades, tweaks, improvements. ”They could do with more accuracy, a better coolant system for more shots fired at once, something to increase the range and lower the weight, as well. We should also consider making larger versions of the rifles in order to mount on our air forces." She quickly scribbled a few schematics for her scientists to look at, an incredibly happy look on her face. There wasn't many things quite as fun as fighting, was there?


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With Lux being fed and the meeting with White completed, Xia decided she would ride around the subways, primarily the entertainment district which would be where Aretha and Origin would most likely want to spend time in. Nox Astra was famous for it's vibrant night life, full of... adult entertainment in one particularly famous district known as Elysium was particularly notorious. Unfortunately it was also seedy and dark, and no matter how many times big sis Xara tried to shut down the brothels, they'd always prop up somewhere else in the district. Xia did try entering once but apparently there were express orders from Lux to absolutely not let Xara anywhere near Elysium. Honestly, though, Xia was curious, how bad could it be? What if Aretha and Origin wanted to visi-

”No! Absolutely not, Nata, that's completely out of the question!" Lux's voice rang sternly in Xia's mind, making the younger girl sigh as she walked through a different district, also for entertainment but of a more family friendly variety. This was one of the main population nexuses of Nox Astra, known as the Azuria District. This was where you went for popular merchandise of Nox Astra's many idols, or shows, or even video games, if you so wished! Lux designed it after the mythological "Akihabara" from the human city of Tokyo before civilization's fall, and it seemed just as popular in this time period as well. ”Is Elysium really that bad, Xara?"

Xia could almost hear Lux's shudder. ”You're never allowed, never ever! I forbid you, Xia!" Xia whined, something about being a grown up and being allowed to make her own decisions but Lux quickly shut her down with ruthless ferocity .”You'll never enter, and that's final! Understood, Xianata?" Whenever Lux used her full name, it meant that she was serious. Xia sent a surrender and mentally promised to not visit for the time being.

It was easy to smile when Xia realized that there was a con for some sort of show that Origin might enjoy. Xia marked it down in her notes, making sure to bring it up with her friends from Babylon when they arrived. People greeted her as she passed them, and the girl felt a little warm but also slightly uncomfortable that she was so well loved. It was nice, of course, but she didn't feel like she really deserved any of it. The girl rarely did anything to help anyone, and she didn't understand why she'd be almost worshiped by the entire city.

Later, Xia went to work a night shift at Old Man Crawley's diner, the Crawlhaven. He welcomed her with a bright expression, looking a little confused - Xia usually only worked for the breakfast shift, after all. ”I want to help contribute to making the city great! I'm sorry if I'm a bother!" Xia explained after putting on the maid uniform. She smiled happily at her boss, who just shrugged helplessly. "You're always welcome, Xianata. We're glad to have you."

With her optimism, Xia almost didn't notice as one foot tangled into another and she tumbled merely minutes into her shift, a plate full of warm food being launched, in an arc formation, landing on an unassuming man's head, ruining his nice fancy clothes. Before anything could happen, the Princess of Nox Astra got up and kneeled in front of the man several times, desperately. ”I'm sorry! I'm so sorry, mister, I didn't - I didn't mean to, I'm so clumsy! I'll reimburse you extra for the cleaning costs, I swear! I'm just so stupid!'

As clumsy as she was, Xia had trouble figuring out why everyone seemed to like her so much. How could someone so loved make such a dumb mistake?


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Luckily the strange man forgave Xia pretty easily, waving off her apologies with a kind smile. Xia didn't recognize the make or material of the clothing - he wasn't from around Nox Astra, that much was certain. His attire was slightly peculiar, was he new here? Xia wasn't sure she ever saw the man before, and when Old Man Crawley came out, his expression of recognition confused the princess of the city. The two spoke like old friends, and the dirty-clothed-man easily forgave Xia for the mess, calling her cute or whatnot.

”Um, please come again whenever you like!" Xia called as the man left to go get changed. ”My name is Xia, and I would happily serve you better next time!" The man gave her a wave and a friendly wink, which made Xianata feel a little better about the mess she caused, all the while Lux was scolding her in her head for being so clumsy and careless.

”You have to be more careful, Nata!" Luxara warned, concern overflowing in her voice. ”What if he was angry and attacked you? I can't protect you from here, you know?" The little sister was about to respond when Lux hastily fixed her previous statement. ”I mean, it's not as if I'd simply let someone hurt you! Of course not, I'll protect you no matter what!" Xia giggled mentally as she cleaned up the mess from the floor of the diner. Guilt was still sowing through the girl's system but Lux and Crawley's soothing slowly took it away.

Xia always liked to wake up early - even before Lux did. There was the rare time when her big sis received messages and reports really early, and Xia liked to take care of them whenever she could. The less work Xara had to do, the better, what's what Xia thought. If she could be helpful, if she could contribute, then all the better, right? She was the princess after all, she didn't want to just sit around as an ornament. She wanted to show Lux how useful she could be! so when Xia found the report about something happening in the Elysium District, it was the perfect opportunity! She could finally be useful, and she could explore a new place, all with Lux happily asleep? The girl loved the idea! She would definitely prove to her big sister that she could be trusted to help!

Xia flew over the tall buildings and maze-like streets of Nox Astra, wearing a long blue sweater-jacket that was long enough that she didn't really need anything but shorts for her legs. The feeling of flying through the air made the girl feel happy and free, a feeling she rarely got to feel since she was always being carefully protected by Luxara. She didn't mind the protection, definitely, but the autonomy was always appreciated. Flying free of all of life's responsibilities- that was nice to think about sometimes. Only sometimes, though, because there was always work to do when running a city! Xia giggled a little as she entered the Elysium District and flew to the marked coordinates on the map.

Then it was as if the entire world changed. What Xia first thought when landing was that the building was flashy and exciting, that maybe it was advertising some sort of dance game, like Dino Dragon Rebellion? Xia was really good at that game, so she didn't have many reservations. What was a 'brothel' anyways? Were they men who served yummy broth soups? But almost immediately upon entering - ignoring the police cars parked around outside - the horrors the girl saw made her simultaneously blush, squeal, and physically fall backwards to the floor. It was almost as if her mind filtered out the... dangly bits and her gaze went automatically to the bird-like man on the floor, with a crow pecking at him. The girl walked over, blocking her nose with her fingers to try and avoid the weird smell.

”Um... hello." Xia said in a timid chirp. ”My name is Xia! Erm... you should put clothes on! It's, um, it's probably not good to be in public wearing only... that!" The girl's cheeks flushed an intense scarlet and she decided that no, she didn't want to examine the boxers, she would just stare at the wings. ”...I can fly, too! Are you good at flying? It really feels nice, doesn't it?"

She shuffled her feet awkwardly, offering the strange man a hand if he needed one to get up to his feet. ”...Erm, do you... know what happened here? Why are the police taking some people away?" The girl then gave a meek little smile, bubbly and pure. ”Um, do you have a house? I can help you get there if you want?"

From the way the girl's eyes were glazed over and her movements were erratic, robotic, it was safe to say that she was completely out of her element.


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Joshua rinsed Ronan’s hair and Mouse returned with a bundle of black towels which he placed on the stool before leaving. He bowed gently and spoke in a very quiet voice. “The food is finished, Sir.”

“Good, go rest.” Joshua ordered simply. He stood and went to the door. “You, take a little time to reflect and enjoy your bath. That foam soap had some calming oils that should help ease the pain in your wounds some. Enjoy it for now and I will show you your room.”

With that he left the room and Ronan with his thoughts, the warm foamy water and the soft dripping sounds of the faucet. The door wasn’t locked and Ronan was completely unbound. Only the sedatives in his system and the pain in his body kept him there, and no one had thought to bar the window.


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Thomas leaned casually on the cocktail table, causing it to wobble. “You’ve got a lot of questions don’t you little one. Tell you what, I’ll explain everything if you can take this confused little bird to some water. My pipes are parched.”

“Ah…. right…. pants. Should probably put those on too.” He grabbed his pants and pilot cap and hurried out of a side door, gesturing for Xia to follow him, pausing just outside to tug them on. “Just how old are you sweetling? Someone like you shouldn’t be in this corner of town. Bad people can be lurking in the shadows….and stuff. That’s why the cops were around. Trying to find the bad people partying too much.” [/color]

Tom chuckled at the concept of being considered a ‘bad guy’ locked up for partying too much. “Wait a minute you can fly as well? You don’t look like you have wings.”

As Tom spoke his own wings fluttered and flexed stretching as if they’d been made stiff from lying around. He stretched his shoulders. “How about we go for a fly then? You got someplace with some nice water and a pill for headaches? A house or something?”

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Ura wanted to tell them not to give Rey a hard time, that Rey was special and cool and awesome but the boring stuffy adults didn't seem like they wanted to listen. They just kept saying weird things and mean things and that made Ura sad because she wanted Rey-Rey to be happy in her new home! No matter what Ura said, they wouldn't listen to her, they wouldn't leave her friend alone, and finally Rey-Rey said she was going to go and not to be mad. For some reason from hearing the word master it made Urara feel a little bit better, a little more at ease. But she still didn't wan Rey-Rey to be sad. "Your master will be waiting!" Ura called as Rey left for the scrubbing. "Ura loves Rey-Rey!"

Urara was marched out of the bathhouse and to the Coliseum House where Minister Riordan, the main adviser under Uralaiya, have Urara one of the sternest talks of her life, saying that she had responsibilities as the leader of New Praetora, that she was a shame to her mother's legacy, that she should stop playing around and start being serious about rebuilding the old and retaking their home from Nox Astra. Urara just listened to it all with a blank expression as she always did - she didn't want to listen, no way, Ura just wanted to go and play. She didn't have time for silliness like this!

Then Minister Riordan continued his speech as the kneeling girl, chastising her for picking up the fox and making friends with something that clearly lived in the world, with her endless dirty and grime and filth and everything. This made Ura mad - why didn't they understand? Rey-Rey was a friend, a precious friend and Ura loved her! Why didn't everyone understand how great Rey was? Wet hot tears poured from Ura's face and she stared intently at the ground. "Reyna saved the kids." Urara mumbled weakly. "She's a hero and Ura's best friend." With that Riordan seemed to relent, ushering Ura in to see a cleaned up and newly dressed Rey-Rey.

"They call me mistress because they don't like me." Urara groaned, scritching Rey-Rey behind the left ear, "Please call me Master or Ura, okay? Urara really wants us to be happy, Rey! Because you're such a good girl, yes you are!"

However Urara felt incredibly drained and exhausted. By the time the food had arrived, Ura was already drooling onto the table, completely unconscious. The Minister waited until everyone was finished eating (even Reyna) and then offered the fox to carry her up to her room, telling her where it was (top floor) and that she was welcome to sleep with Urara whenever she wanted.





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The strange man got himself clothed as what seemed to be a top priority, to be sure. As he did so, Xia dutifully walked the crow outside, past the police entourage, where she summoned a tiny amount of rain to gather in a cup. Creating rain was always incredibly painful, Xia felt as if she were having her soul peeled apart in order to make it, and she wanted to cry because it hurt so bad. But finally she managed it and the cup gained water, which she then handed to the crow. With that satisfied, Xia returned to the strange now-so-naked man. ”Um... I'm fourteen and a quarter!" Xia said with pride, trying to sound older than she was. ”My sister says that too, she says I shouldn't be here. I don't really understand, though?" She shook her head, almost comically oblivious to the nudity. Something about bad people and parties? ”But parties are fun, I don't really get it, but okay."

Lux always called her smart, but for some reason Xia felt incredibly stupid, and her face burned with shame at her silliness. However at the mention of flying she perked up and Xia eagerly followed the strange man outside. He wanted a place with water and to fly, right? The princess almost seemed to shine with excitement. ”I can't help you with headaches, but Xia can show you someplace cool!" Her eyes sparkled with youthful naivety. ”It's really close to Lake Xiana, so there's plenty of water!"

She then flashed a little mysterious smile, closing her eyes to hover above the ground a tiny bit. Xia did a few tricks in the air, showing off her abilities with a happy look. ”I don't need wings to fly!" Xia giggled, holding out a hand. ”I can fly you anywhere! Also... do you have a name? What should I call you?"


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Joshua returned just as the heat of the water started to ebb away. He was in casual clothes for once, a loose button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a pair of faded jeans and he carried a box filled with gauze, bindings, and tape. He got Ronan out of the bath and sat him on the stool once more to wrap him in one towel and dab him dry with the other. It seemed Ronan was lucky this time Joshua showed no interest in molesting him. He only took the time to make sure all of his wounds were clean and that he hadn’t missed a spot during the cleaning.

“As a hunter of demons I assume you know how to fight pretty well.” He said calmly dabbing the towel over Ronan’s wounds being careful not to tear them open. He dried Ronan’s hair and smiled at him, charismatically marveling at Ronan’s looks again. He caught a good one. “Eventually I intend to train you my own way. No one fights better than my force at hand to hand combat, it’s why you couldn’t touch me in that cage you know. If you had a gun no doubt you’d have shot me dead in no time. I’ll have you train with my strongest berserker eventually. You’d do good to absorb everything he has to teach you. Who knows you might actually get a hit in next time we fight.”


Joshua went on to patch Ronan up taping gauze over the biggest wounds that were still leaking blood. He treated the gauze patches with medicinal creams that would double and make sure the blood didn’t stick to the bindings. When as much of him was protected against stray dirt and infection as he could manage he wrapped bindings around his torso, arms and parts of his legs. It would have been a little tight but not impossible to breathe and the compression would have soothed some of the pain as long as he didn’t move too much. Joshua helped Ronan to the wheelchair this time urging him to use his own strength to stand and he wheeled him along to what would be his room as long as he had the wisdom to obey. The first thing Ronan would notice was the bed. It looked like something you’d find at a nice hotel. Thick soft mattress with enough sheets and blankets to ensure warmth even on the coldest of nights. There were four pillows, two of which were stuffed with feathers while the others were your regular cotton. He had a desk with writing utensils and a notebook and a metal lamp with directional lighting. It seemed to be one of those flexible ones you could twist into whatever shape is convenient for positioning. There was no computer and no phone or communicator in any way just a shelf full of books. It seemed to be made up of classical novels from all the known genres, and a book of maps. There was a giant dresser cabinet full of clothes roughly Ronan’s size all with varying formality in design and in a general sense, plain.

Josh brought Ronan next to the bed and crouched beneath it to pull out a long trailing chain. This chain was at least twice the length of the one that had kept him in the cage and a quite a bit heavier and it seemed this one would serve the same purpose. He attached it to Ronan’s collar and smiled. “You’re free to make this room your own. I’ve got cameras and sensors to keep an eye on you, even had to invest in a heartrate monitor thanks to your incessant desire to kill yourself. Mouse will be the one to feed you and if you learn civility we can carry on to your training and be done with this obedience crap. If you attempt suicide again I’m going to lop off a piece of you and throw you on the rack. You will not succeed. Let Mouse be your model for how bad shit can get for you if you don’t learn quickly.”


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Thomas’ crow cawed appreciatively, fluttering its wings as it settled on Xia’s wrist. “Hahah look at that he likes you. Usually he just pecks people till they give him what he wants. Did you really summon all that?”

The crow shook its head and wet its beak in the cup splashing the water like a songbird in a bird bath. Thomas grinned warmly and thrust a hand out to shake. “Thomas H Blackwheat at your service. You can call me Tom, Thomas, but never call me Tommy. Bandit, future pirate, and excellent party guest. Let’s see this fantastic secret place of yours”

Tom stepped back and expanded his wings to full span. They reached out from his back and thrust down once, twice, three times before he started to take off. “Come on! Let’s see how fast you can be!” He crossed his arms daringly and winked down at her before tilting his wings and riding the current forward. In a few more thrusts he soared across the sky. His crow called out loudly and took off after him.

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Urara woke up with a little smile on her face, sun shining through the window. Today was going to be a good day, wasn't it? She yawned and stretched, a satisfied grin on her face. Yes, this was definitely going to be a good day. With a new best friend, she wouldn't have be lonely now. She'd have someone to stand beside her and make her feel like she mattered to someone for who she was, instead of just for some stupid job like ruling a city. Ura would never admit it but sometimes she cried because she felt no one really cared. But with Rey-Rey here, everything was good! Yes, yes it definitely was! It-

Then Urara realized that Reyna was in the bed with her. And that she had somehow grabbed Reyna in her sleep and was hugging her like a pillow. Ura remembered that Reyna didn't look like she liked stuff like that so she muttered an apology and let go, climbing out of the bed. Her heart thumped as she looked at the fox girl, cheeks reddening. What was this strange reaction? Urara gave Rey-Rey one last ear scritch and left the room to get breakfast early. The sooner the better, so she could take Rey and escape the city for a new adventure!

"Urara's so happy with Rey-R" That was when her wrist was grabbed roughly by Minister Riordan, who looked at her with a stern expression. She couldn't escape! She was pinned down, what was happening? What horrible torture lecture was about to happen? "You're not getting anywhere!" Riordan barked. "Mistress, after the slavers incident, you need to address certain things in the city, you need to build an actual military and start developing weapons and conducting trade with Nox Astra and White City to get more weapons and -"

"But Urara wants to play with Rey-"

"No! This is your duty as a ruler, so you're coming with me, young lady!" So as Urara yelled and cried and struggled, she was dragged into the meeting room, chained into her seat to work on filling out paperwork and talking to people who used big fancy words she didn't even almost understand. This wasn't fun at all!



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Xia stroked the black bird appreciatively, eyes wide with awe and wonder. What was this strange man, why was he so cool? Xia never had something like this before - she was always loved by the city, but it was always at a distance, as if they were afraid Luxara would come and kill them if they got too close! It was nice that she was protected and safe but Xia wanted some kind of freedom, she didn't want to be restrained all the time! She wanted to be able to make friends and interact with people and get to know them on a more personal level, like with this Tommy! She shrunk away a little at the mention of the words bandit and pirate, knowing some bandits who tried looting the food caravans sent from White City before they arrived, as well as pirates generally not being nice people.

”Parties are good!" Xia said agreeably, but frowned slightly, eyes as wide as saucers, tilting her head up to look at the tall man. ”But, um, if you're a bandit, please don't hurt good people! Be a nice bandit, okay?" When Tommy, her new friend (if he was a friend) mentioned the fantastic secret place, her face lit up in excitement. Yes, she would, she definitely would! She nodded vigorously as Tommy spread his wings - they looked really fluffy and she wanted to touch them - and then her friend too flight, almost making a race challenge. The crow soon followed, so Xia knew what she had to do.

”I'll get there first!" The girl shouted, activating her powers and feeling the blissful weightlessness as she lifted up off of the ground. Lux always told her to not use her powers too often, to not have it be well known but what was the harm of flying and swimming powers, anyways? What did it matter if anyone knew? Xia didn't know, but she did very well know the map of the air currents in the skies of Nox Astra. She shot high up into one, feeling the wind sending her faster, giving her the boost she needed to get ahead of Tommy, sticking a tongue out at him. ”I'm faster than you!" She teased, then focused on speed. It was hard to ignore the beautiful sprawling view of the city from above, the maze-like streets and buildings that stretched out very far, as well as the sparkling lake not too far out. She then pointed to her home with Lux on the lake - small, quaint, and almost well hidden. ”That's my house! I want to take you swimming over the lake, though, where it's so foggy and nice and there's no one around!" The princess giggled cheerfully, doing her best to keep ahead with her demon powers.

”Nox Astra is so pretty at night, Tommy! One night we should fly over it together, maybe?"

And then Xia's heart caught in her throat and childish guilt burst through her chest, forcing her to momentarily stop her flight.

”Xianata, what do you think you're doing?!"



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When Luxara woke up, she had a bad feeling that something was wrong, mostly because she noticed that her door was open and that Xia must have snuck in to do something or other. The girl was usually good and obedient, rarely ever rebelling, but she was getting to the age where kids tended to act up. Lux groaned, wondering if she would have to revert Xia's body to that of a younger age to keep her innocent and pure. Would that work, would it maintain their ephemeral happiness of the present time? Lux felt conflicted, unsure. She wanted Xia happy, she wanted to make sure nothing bad ever happened to her. Lux made a few orders to her officials to start setting up a caravan to explore the Fae haven and then turned her attention to her top priority.

”Xianata, what do you think you're doing?!"

Within seconds Lux was bombarded with Xia accidentally streaming the meeting. Innocent sweet Xia had - she entered Elysium, entered a brothel, what the hell were the police thinking letting a little girl in? They should have made sure this didn't happen, this stupid degenerate perverted man had her sister and she -

”Sis, please! Tommy's fun, he's cool, I like him, please don't get mad! I just wanted a friend!" Xia's voice was rushed, urgent, and Lux then realized that her sister was flying - the one place where Lux couldn't easily reach. She had a plan though, of course she had a plan, she wasn't just going to let sweet little Xia be defiled by this horrible man -”Defiled? What does that even mean?! Sis, what are you saying, it's just fun, I promise!"

Luxara scowled and grabbed her communicator. ”General Caridan, fly your helicopter over, I need to use it for something important!"

Within moments Lux was hovering over Lake Xiana, ready to shoot down the disgusting winged man as Xia screamed and begged inside of her mind to stop being so silly, to just let her have fun.

”There! I told him what you're doing so we're just going fo fly somewhere else! I don't like it when you're liks this, Xara!"

It was then that Lux decided to take pursuit and rescue her sister from the clutches of the biggest threat yet to Nox Astra's peace - a bandit named Tommy.


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Tom glanced back at the vehicle on their tail, rotors vibrating the air. "Who on earth is that?!"

Despite his surprise, Tom looked more excited than afraid. He sped up his flight speed and tipped his wings weaving this way and that in the air. He slowed until He was flying right next to the copter. "HEY! Out for a fly?"

Anger and rage built up in Lux's mind as she stared at the winged man, completely ignoring the fact that they were, in fact, creating a scene. This wasn't allowed, someone like him who would visit such an indecent establishment wasn't allowed anywhere near her sister! Luxara maneuvered the controls, spinning the vehicle to aim the mounted railgun directly at the winged man who was obviously trying to seduce the cute and innocent Xia! "Okay, it's kinda weird when you think of me like - also no! No, don't hurt him, we're just trying to have fun! Lux transmitted anger through the telepathy and then pressed a button, barrel whirring, ready to fire.

Thomas tucked his wings and summersaulted till he plummeted from the air. He spread his wings again once he was below the copter's level and glided straight for it. He caught the rail just barely, misjudging the trajectory and swung like a monkey from the bottom. "H-hey! Are you trying to kill me?! Listen, we should talk about it I don't know what I stole from you but....um....I could make up for it!"

When Lux attacked and Tommy flew closer, Xia felt fear pounding in her chest. Why was it happening like this? "Um, that's my sister..." The girl explained with a helpless shrug, trying to block out the raging that was being streamed into her mind. "She's... um, protective..."

"Oh!" Tommy said over the thundering of the rotors. Then he muttered under his breath. "That explains it."

Thomas clambered carefully up the side of the copter even as it swayed and bucked. He clutched the door and tried to shake the door open. "HEY! Can you unlock this I wanna chat! We'd probably get along if you didn't just shoot at my face." He yelled through the glass. He pounded on the window and shook the door handle.

"Please!" Xia urged, trying to break Luxara down. However, and perhaps this scared the princess more than her rage, was an overly calm smile suddenly appearing on her big sister's face. Luxara undid the lock, then the hidden eye started to glow, freezing time despite Xia's warnings to not use her ability haphazardly. She was meant to save it for emergencies, and well... this counted as an emergency, didn't it? Xia's safety and chastity was of utmost importance! So she opened the door, ignoring the slight feeling of pressure in her skull, grabbed the birdman -while also freeing him from being frozen in time - and shut it. Before he could do anything the girl shot him a smile full of sugar and bubbles while simultaneously aiming one of her new babies - the plasma rifle - in his face. "Okay, let's make very good friends." She said cheerfully. "What could be more intimate than seeing your insides splattered in my helicopter?'

Tommy blinked, shock clear in his eyes as he glanced around him. "W-what the hell-...." He decided not to dwell on it for a moment and kept his hands up baring his palms. "Listen, I have no intention of doing anything....improper with her or anything. She's too young and I'm not that kind of pervert. I-in fact I did her a favor leading her out of there, she could have just stuck around and saw more crap, right?"

The hands in her left eye were spinning madly as she stared at the pervert at the end of her gun's barrel. While his words were valid... she was angry! And whoever he was, he was probably unimportant anyways! Right? Probably? "Oh, so you're saying she's not cute enough for you?" A venomous type of sugar laced her words now. "What defines your standards? Would a pervert like you want to... d-do... things with me, then? Was that your goal all along?" She subtly pulled the safety on the rifle.

Thomas was very very very aware of the trap she'd laid him and not once in his life did he feel more in danger than now. He was very conscious about what his body was doing, his posture, the way his heart pounded and precisely where his eyes where pointed. He felt uncomfortable even looking at her, her eyes furious and judging of his every move, yet he knew if he looked away she'd take that as a lie. "N-now see here. That's unfair I didn't even know you two where sisters how could I plot something like that?" He purposefully avoided questions about her appearance and his level of attraction towards her knowing there was no good answer to that one. "H-honestly all my sexual needs are....I mean.....I just wanted to fly, is that so bad?"

Then the ruler of Nox Astra relaxed, though her face remained sweetly grinning at the man. With a deep breath and now a painful stabbing sensation in her skull she lowered her gun. "Oh, is that all?" She paused for a second. "...Was that what you expected me to say?" With as much force as she could muster she grabbed the winged man's wrist and placed it on her chest - ignoring the sudden flushing of her cheeks - and stared directly at a certain part of the man's body to test his reaction. "What does a brothel have to do with flying, anyways?!"

"AAH! What are you doing?!" He cried out and attempted to take his hand back, his face turning an instant red. He tried, tried his hardest NOT to think about how soft it was there and tried his damned hardest to fight the instinct to squeeze. There was no winning this sort of battle and he quickly covered himself with his spare hand feeling her eyes go to that specific point. "H-HEY! "

"You're allowed to squeeze whenever you like..." A wink and a cheeky smile. "Very few get this chance, you know..."

For a split second Thomas felt his mind almost give his hand the command. However at the last point Thomas snapped to, "W-yeah because you shoot them with miniguns before they get the chance! I know a trap when I see one don't take me for an idiot! Let me go! I'd rather keep my nads in one piece!"

Seeing the pervert resist, she released the hand, sighing heavily. She wanted to just open the door and let him drop to his death but... well, he had wings, and Xia would rescue him even if she cut his wings off and sold them to Joshua White as a rare bounty. Though she was still oh so very tempted to do just that. "I still don't see why you have to fly with my cute, adorable little sister!" Her eyes were furious but her mind felt like it was being ripped in half, breaths quickening. "A pervert like you... how can you be trusted!?"

Thomas rubbed his wrist, avoiding her eyes. "It's not like I forced her to come. She wanted to fly too. What did you expect me to do take her innocence mid air? Strike her down like a vulture? I'm a thief I steal things not people. In fact I went to a brothel because it's their job to do stuff like that. They don't mind. In fact everyone had a mighty good time while I was there. I never understand people like you who try to stop it."

Maybe it was because she knew she couldn't keep up the time stop for much longer, or because she felt a similar power from this man as she did from Josh - though it was also somewhat different in a way she couldn't quite place. Or perhaps it was the... mighty good time... but Lux's cheeks went bright red and she let out a strange noise that she'd never ever make again. Which, of course, made her angrier. "It-it... it-'s indecent! It's... inappropriate! It-'s - it's a bad influence on Xia and - you're a degenerate.... thing! Why shouldn't I just kill you?"

A smile appeared on Thomas's face after she made that sound, promptly after the brief look of surprise. "Kill me? For having a good time? For flying with Xia? I did no wrong here missy and you know it. So kill me if you want but you'd be killing an innocent man."

He'd taken a few steps toward her as he spoke and stood arms crossed in front of him, daring her to shoot him."If you kill me your little sister would cry and be upset. I doubt many people can fly with her way up here without noisy vehicles like this."

Unfortunately, everything he said was correct. Which meant she couldn't kill him in good conscience, no matter how much she oh so dearly wanted to. Lux grabbed his wrist again, a scowl on her face as she kicked the door open for his freedom and escape. "I'm not buying it. Hope you said your goodbyes." She then fired a plasma round at him - and released time on both Tom and the round at the same time - then with time still stopped she nudged Tommy out of the way and released time altogether, the shot harmlessly going right next to his ear. The big sister then tossed her other plasma rifle at Xia after leaning out the door. "Nata! That's a taser you can use on him if he even tries touching you, understood?" Without another word she flew off, too angry to want to think more, feeling tired and dizzy from the use of her powers.

Xia knew that there was something she missed in the whole conversation and flew over to catch the taser that looked like a big gun before turning her attention to her winged friend. "Um... I hope she didn't hurt you or anything! Are you okay? Are we still friends?"

It took Thomas a moment to snap out of it. He plummeted backwards through the air till he flipped and came back up on his wings. "Goodness, not at all. It's dawned on me that I have been stealing the wrong things all my life." He smiled wistfully.

"Of course we're still friends. Who else can challenge you at flying?"

The princess smiled brightly at the news that they were still friends and she held the gun awkwardly, not knowing how to use it in the slightest. She never handled a weapon before, and she fumbled with it, trying to make it comfortable in her arms - accidentally firing a round far too close to Tommy. She stared for a moment, confused, frowning, then squealed, apologizing fervently. "Uh, y-you can have it! I... I don't want it! I trust you won't do weird things like that to me!" Afraid her friend might get the wrong idea of her big sister, Xia's saucer-like eyes widened in earnest, knowing she had to try and smooth things over. "Please don't hate Lux! It's just, we're all each other has left ever since our parents died, and she doesn't want me to get hurt! I promise she's really a nice person once you get to know her!"

Thomas chuckled, his eyes softening. "She cares about you a lot, I can see that. Here, let's land a while and I can teach you how to hold this properly, maybe I can get on your sister's good books, huh?" He chuckled lightheartedly "I know you won't shoot me with this unless I do something that makes you feel unsafe and, honestly I give you permission to do just that. I don't plan on hurting you or her for no good reason."

The girl's face brightened even more, a smile as dazzling as the sun, and she knew she could trust Tommy. Now she had a friend in the city, someone who survived Luxara's.... initiation! This was great, this was wonderful! She lead the way to the ground, landing softly in a patch of grass at the lake's edge, watching the fog roll over the mountains. Xia wasn't exactly a fan of fighting or war, but she liked the idea of learning new things! It was always a good idea to learn more, wasn't it? She regarded her new friend and awkwardly held the rifle, trying not to accidentally make it fire again. "Thank you for understanding her!" She chirped. "I'm excited to learn how to use this!"

Thomas landed gracefully a few seconds after she did and strode forward, his wings folding against his back, tucked neatly so as not to get in the way of his natural movement. "Alright let's see, we'll aim for that tree over there for practice, it should make singe marks to show where you hit. Now, stand naturally in a secure position like you normally would when about to fight. Being unsteady will mess up your aim and the first thing you'll want to learn is where the safety is."

Thomas leaned close, careful not to touch her inappropriately. He had no clue how Lux had found out or found where they were last time but he wasn't taking any chances on incurring her omnipotent wrath again. He motioned to take the gun and showed her the switch for the safety on the side of it. "See here? This will let you fire. This position will fire lots of shots automatically and this position will make it impossible to fire. Keep it on safety when you're not using it so you don't accidentally fire into your own foot or something."

He then held the gun in a ready position, looking rather natural with it, he lifted it to aim for the tree. "See the way I'm holding it, I don't have my finger on the trigger though, don't put it on the trigger unless you mean to shoot. That's the most safe way and have the butt of the gun rest here so that the recoil doesn't fling it out of your hands." He gestured to the spot where his shoulder met his chest. "You try and hold it, but don't shoot."

Xia stared with wonder as Tommy taught her the ropes, making sure to remember everything, soaking up each word like a sponge would water. She heard Lux's voice ringing in her head, telling her to accidentally shoot him but she had a feeling that that wouldn't be a good way to keep him as a friend. So, somewhat nervously, Xia took the gun in her arms, the weight and length quite awkward and uncomfortable but did her best to stand in the position he showed her, taking great care not to touch the trigger at all. It was heavy, though, and her arms were shaking slightly as she tried to aim it at the tree. "Um, am I doing okay?" She asked shyly.

"You're doing just fine, Xia. It's heavy isn't it." He looked at her curiously. "Most weapons are heavier than they look. You'll get used to it if you hold it enough times."

"Usually I wouldn't teach you how to fire until you got used to it but your sister wants you to feel safe around me. Look down the sights, can you see the little screen there with the cross at the center?"

The girl nodded, staring down at the screen, eyes trained on the cross. The princess clumsily adjusted her grip, making the cross line up with the tree she was supposed to be aiming at.

"Now, the kickback isn't nearly as forceful as with a ballistics weapon, a plasma is a little easier to fire but it still might surprise you since you're not used to weapons. Don't hold your breath when you pull the trigger, exhale and squeeze."

Xia closed one eye, holding her breath in as she listened to the warning, then stopped it, making a little laugh out of guilt and self deprecation. Her heart was racing, and her finger tensed on the-

"Hold on, Xia. Keep both your eyes open, you need them both to judge distance and aim straight." Thomas said suddenly, "Fire when ready."

"Gah, I'm sorry!" She squealed in surprise, almost dropping the gun altogether, hand accidentally flicking off the safety as the girl recovered from the fumble. Now with both eyes open and a deep inhale, she flipped the safety on, intending to take it off, and adjusted her aim. Exhaling, she pressed the trigger.... and absolutely nothing happened. Xia stared in confusion, almost disappointed. "...Um, what did I do wrong?" Her shoulders slumped helplessly and she glanced at her mentor for advice.

"Hold on a minute, give me that." He mumbled, confused as to why it was jamming like that. "Plasma's really shouldn't jam."
He aimed for the tree as Xia had, exhaled and pulled the trigger.

"I even made the safety thing on off... I think..." Xia mumbled sadly when yet again nothing happened. "I'm sorry, I probably did something bad or something...!"

Thomas fumbled around with the gun for a bit before noticing the safety switch. "Oh....wow....there's our problem. You had it all backwards. The safety's on." He chuckled and switched it back off before taking a test fire. The shot went off as it was meant to. Thomas smiled and handed the rifle back to Xia.

With the weapon back in her hand and a blush at making such a silly mistake, Xia aimed, still feeling some discomfort with the size and weight of the thing. Lux was oddly silent in her mind - maybe to not startle her all of a sudden? Xia felt a... calming emotion being transmitted, soothing and encouraging and it relaxed the girl's nerves as she held the rifle. With a serious expression, she aimed it at the tree, trying to copy Tommy's posture as best as she could. Deep breath, exhale, and she pulled the trigger - the sudden jerk of the weapon surprised her and she jumped, falling backwards in surprise, yelping and giggling at the same time, completely not noticing how the shot hit nearly exactly where she was aiming. [color=#4564ad]”Ah that was so embarrassing!"
She said with a little smile at Tommy, getting back to her feet and ignoring the laughter from Lux's end, cheeks burning with shame.

Thomas laughed heartily and helped her to her feet. "Your steadiness needs a little work but you're a real good shot, I'll tell you that. Now at least you can protect yourself with that thing." Thomas stretched and sighed peering up at the sky. "So, your sister, she doesn't have anyone special besides you, huh. No guys or galls in her future?" He asked innocently.

Xia looked at her friend curiously. It was an innocent question, but it was also odd, wasn't it? While Xia was a very good diplomat when it came to political matters, this was somewhat out of her jurisdiction. But she did hear Lux's internal groan and informed Xia of exactly what Tommy was trying to get at. Was he really the type, though? Was Tommy maybe one of those weird people that liked danger and risk? Xia giggled a little, thinking it'd be cool if big sis Luxara could fall in love with - and yup, Lux started yelling in her head that Xia was all she needed, as predicted. The girl decided to play innocent for the time being. ”Well, um.... with worrying about me all the time and having to take care of a city, I don't think she gets to meet a lot of people in her spare time." Xia answered, setting the gun down, pleased at the compliments of her shot. ”If you're brave enough, maybe you could try talking to her more? I'm sure she would love a friend!"

"Hmmmmh" Thomas scratched his hairless chin thoughtfully. If only Lux had a window to his mind surely he'd never hear the end of her rage. 'Hard working woman in charge of a whole city, fiery personality with the protectiveness of a mother hen viking. She's magnificent' His eyes gleamed suspiciously. "Well I do make a good friend if I may say so myself. I make lots of friends all across the desert. I could show the both of you some pretty amazing things."

Xia's eyes seemed to sparkle light the lake's water. ”Amazing thi-" Then all of a sudden, for the briefest second, Xia had the mental image of something very inappropriate enter her head and Lux's endless apologizing and self hatred within seconds. The girl turned red as a tomato, trying and failing a few times to speak. After she calmed herself a little, Xia wriggled a little. ”...Um... I... normal amazing things, right? Right? Not like... last night party amazing?"

Thomas blinked a moment and chuckled. "I mean places! There are some amazing places out there. Ruins like metal graves a testiment to our history, sweet little farming villages and risky bandit towns I've even heard a rumor of a magic city where islands float high up into the sky. Imagine flying up to see those. I plan to get a boat made there someday."

At hearing about the magic city, the princess snapped to attention, beaming with excitement. For an entirely different reason, Luxara was also listening raptly, as this might just be the same myth that was the Fae haven. At hearing this, the girl knew what she had to do. ”That magic city, do you think the fae people might live there?" She asked eagerly, excitedly. ”I've always wondered what fae people look like, I've never seen one before! Could you maybe take me there?"

"Heheheh probably. I'd like to but I don't know where it is exactly. In fact I came here to find some partners to help me find it and join my crew. I've decided to upgrade from common bandit to pirate of the skies! The first of his kind!" Thomas stood much like a super hero, perching a foot on a rock and staring off into the distance his wings outstretched. "You could even join if your sis says it's ok."

The idea of being free, of going on an adventure to some rumored place and being able to see what the world had to offer was something that really excited her. Not to mention, she could act as the diplomat to try and talk the fae people (if they existed) to join the cause against Styx, right? That could happen, she could be actually useful for once! Everything about this made Xia feel giddy, as if it was what she was looking for for so long now. Even as Luxara protested in her mind, Xia knew she wanted to do it. She trusted Tommy, after all. And if she ever needed it, she did have that gun, but Xia really didn't expect to ever need it! He liked Lux after all! (Probably?)

”Let me ask her right now!" The girl said, too excited to remember that he likely had no idea about the powers and that they were best kept a secret. There was quite some back and forth - Lux being protective and worrisome, Xia wanting to be able to spread her metaphorical wings and see the wonders of the world...

”She says she'll make your life so painful you'll wish you were never born, but very reluctantly agreed!" Xia clapped her hands... then blinked. And then she realized. ”Um! Um, don't tell anyone about that, about - about our connection! It's super top secret, it's our, um, Lux says it's our trump card! Don't tell anyone, okay? Please?"

"I promise on my honour as a man and a future sky pirate. Should I tell a soul your sister can do as she wishes to my future corpse." Thomas said, putting a hand over his heart, he then said quietly under his breath. "And yet I would probably enjoy it, if it's by her hands."

"Together you and I and Lux if she wishes can look for the great mystery of the fae. I will have to do some "research" on my own around the city however. Myths are hard to find without information."

And then the inner businesswoman in Xia was triggered. ”Well, we have an amazing inn that would gladly take you in! I'll even put in a good word so that I can pay it for you, and you owe me later once you get super rich from being a pirate! It's got a penthouse available, and you can do a nosedive from the top from super high and it's so fun!" Xia grabbed at Tommy's hands with enthusiasm. ”Please enjoy your stay at the Penthisilea Hotel! They'll be happy to have you! I won't even charge too much interest!"

Thomas laughed heartily at the mention of interest. "You are a true business woman, I underestimated you. Your sister truly has a gold gem at her side. I will take you up on that. The thought of settling in a nice warm bath sounds like a dream right now.:"


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"Ura will be good, so don't hurt Rey-Rey, okay?"

Rey was biting the cuffs, being the best friend ever but the people weren't so nice, Minister Riordan whacking her friend on the head, even! Why? Why did he do that, that was mean, Reyna deserved better! Urara was miserable, she hated this, she wanted to be free but she didn't like how the Minister was bullying poor Rey-Rey! Someone was talking about a pile of sticks or something, about White City and a team up and it hurt Urara's head, she didn't like it one bit, why was this fun? This wasn't even almost fun, this was just dumb and stupid! But if her men stopped being mean to Rey-Rey, then she'd put up with it. So she signed another paper that she didn't read and continued struggling against the cuffs.

Then they started scritching Rey's ears and Ura hated it, only she was allowed to do that, why did - why did the world hate her? Urara wasn't happy, not even almost, she just wanted to run away and have fun and be with Rey-Rey and stuff! But it seemed Rey was strong, she resisted the power of the evil scritch and went back to biting and gnawing, Ura's right hand becoming free. And then Rey bit through the other three and Urara could finally move again! The leader of New Praetora stuck her tongue out at the stupid old men. "Loooser! This isn't fun at all, no way!"

Rey bounded out the door first before looking back and falling on something, tail tangled in a man's belt. No way, Urara would never leave behind a friend, that wasn't ever going to happen! The girl shot herself like a bullet at the wall, grabbing her Adventure Pack, and slung it over her shoulder after retrieving her laser knife. With it she cut the belt, freeing Reyna and scritched the dog's ears fondly. "Thank you so much! Rey-Rey is such a good girl, Rey saved Ura! Ura loves you, she super loves you!" Ura hugged her best friend tightly and then shot the two away, out of New Praetora, out into the desert, and all the way back to the Oasis of -

Wait, what?

"...This isn't the oasis!" Ura exclaimed in shock, staring at the endless sand in every direction. "Rey-Rey, what - I'm sure I took us back! We were supposed to visit Mr. Mittenn!" Then Urara saw something even stranger - a strange man that she accidentally brought along for the bullet speed jumps. A strange, very strange man with stitches everywhere in his skin. Urara stared at the man curiously, not sure what to make of it.

"Rey-Rey... who is this? What do we do?"



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Back in the Lunar Citadel, Lux and Xia sat, the sisters given a brief break from all the phone calls and reports and organizing and administration. With the morning work dealt with, Luxara knew she wanted some time to speak to Xia about what had happened earlier. Xia herself seemed a little uncomfortable - she was happy to help with work of course, but Luxara sensed that her unease was due to the winged man earlier.

”...It's not that I don't want you to be happy, Xia." Luxara snapped, voice sharp. ”But you can never know who to trust. I didn't want him to hurt you!"

Xia nodded with a sage expression, unhappy but understanding. ”I know, Xara." She said glumly. ”But I never had a friend in so long, and I don't think Urara even likes me anymore, after our betrayal. I just wanted to have someone else be important to me." The little girl was avoiding her big sister's gaze. ”I think the more important people we have, the better life is. And Tommy can fly with me, not many others can. I was a little lonely, and you're always working, and..."

The ruler of Nox Astra sighed heavily. ”You're allowed to be friends for now, Nata." She said, still hating the words coming from her mouth. ”As for important people, the less the better. With the world as it is, treasured people will always be taken from you if you aren't careful. I can't let that happen, you have to understand. You're all I have, Xia."

”And you'll always be most important to me, sis!" Xia giggled innocently. ”We're sisters, so of course we'll always look out for each other!" She jumped from her chair, floating, and then wrapped Lux in an embrace, tender and loving. ”I'm sorry you have to give up for my sake so much, Lux. I'll pay you back one day!"

However, Lux herself had a different expression. And within seconds, Xia reverted to an infant, oblivious and happily giggling in a bundle of her own clothes. After all, Lux couldn't risk Xia finding out about this research project. She gave Xia a bottle with a sleeping agent mixed with the milk, then stepped into the elevator, heading down deep below the depths of the Lunar Citadel. Once she was at the bottom, Lux stepped out and was greeted by one of her scientists who had a grim expression. He saluted and lead Lux to Subject X05, a young child, female, with long disheveled brown hair, attached to some big complicated machine.

”How is X05?" Lux asked, staring emotionlessly in front of her. The scientist looked a little uneasy but went into a progress report. She absorbed the information, thinking. ”Up the dose, then run another test. See what happens."

"B-but, Queen Luxara, she's in severe pain and might not survive. This child is the closest we've had to success, we can't just-"

”Do it, Sterling." Lux smiled sweetly at the scientist and he walked off, panicked. Lux sighed, feeling pity and misery for this - sure, she was a child of one of the first politician to suggest selling Xia to Charon, all those years ago, but the child herself didn't deserve any of this. But it was necessary, now that she's gotten this far. After all, the girl, despite being human, hasn't aged a day over nine, ever since she was first captured by Lux during the revolution.

Lux didn't care what it took, she would find a way to keep Xia young and safe from the world's darkness forever. Even if she hated herself, even if she regretted starting the project and subjecting the child to this fate, if it worked, if the project succeeded, then Xia would never again be corrupted.

Hours later, Luxara returned to Xia, still asleep, and returned her to her rightful age, carefully bundling her into her chair. When the princess's eyes fluttered open, Lux forced all thought of the project from her mind, deluding herself into believing the lie wholeheartedly. ”Ah, I'm sorry the work is so boring for you, Xia." Lux said - and she already fooled herself into believing it. ”You can go and play if you'd like, there's no need to stay and help."

Xia shook her head, rubbing at her eyes apologetically. ”Why was I - ah, I'm sorry, sis! I'll do better! C'mon me, don't pass out!" And thus, administration for Nox Astra begun yet again.


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After Xia left to go to the Penthisilea Hotel, Lux received a strange report that she didn't expect in the least. Well, two reports, though the first one was rather expected, in all honesty. The diplomacy meeting with Urara was a failure and apparently Reyna, the fox that helped fight the old Praetora was siding with the little runt of a ruler. Lux had an entertained little grin on her face as Xia sent her the mental image of Urara's belligerent face, zooming across the desert in a huff.

”She was always kinda weird, huh?" Xia's voice rang in Luxara's mind, an amused tone. ”I bet she's having fun somehow, even now..." Lux sensed a feeling of guilt that both sisters shared. Urara was an innocent through and through - she didn't deserve to have her life ruined. Honestly, the Queen of Nox Astra was half a mind to invite Ura as a noble and absorb New Praetora but she knew very well that the brat would never agree to cooperate. ”Fun is all she knows, isn't it?" So the sisters of the City of Night shared a little laugh and Luxara informed her diplomat to not worry about gaining New Praetora's assistance for the war against Styx for now. Honestly, Urara wasn't likely to be able to contribute all that much, anyways.

What was more concerning was the spy reports of a Styx raid on White City. This didn't even make the slightest amount of sense, and Xia agreed with her conclusion. Joshua was far too careful to just let someone from Styx into the city, and with his strange powers of voice, it was unlikely anyone in the city would even be able to try to rebel. This didn't make sense - so it had to be a lie, but of what, Luxara had no idea. She didn't want to call Josh and alert him of her suspicions, however.

Lux then turned to status reports of the Styx threat to the west. They were getting closer and closer, and it didn't seem as if Xia and that winged pervert were going to be able to head to the Fae haven yet - not with the amount of information they had. ”I'll go and talk to him, maybe we can form a kind of plan?" Luxara reluctantly agreed.

There was also the matter of the slavers - she didn't want anyone to have to suffer horrible lives just because they had the misfortune of being caught. So with a wry smile, Lux contacted her top generals on their radio channels. After all, they needed practice for the upcoming war. ”Alpha and Delta Squads, mobilize! We're going to hunt slavers at the Dustbowl Valley! All Squads on patrol duty, widen your range! We won't let them prey on innocents any longer!"

Now that Lux was at the Lunar Citadel, she had access to her own private Fear Chopper. Taking the elevator to the hangar, Lux entered the vehicle and revved the engine, an excited grin on her face.



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”Don't use your time powers too much, okay?" Xia warned as she soared through the sky, heading towards the tall building in the Araghast District where the Penthisilea Hotel was, where her good friend Tommy was. With Lux heading off for battle, Xia was worried - her big sister had a tendency to use her powers and it costed her life for each use. Xia didn't like it, she wanted Lux to live as long as possible. But she knew that Xara had the right to live how she wanted, to choose her own path.

”Don't worry, Nata. It's just slavers, I doubt we'll have any trouble." That calmed Xia's worried heart as she flew, enjoying the currents and the breeze. If Luxara were ever to die... ”Oy, don't count me out so easily! We'll be a team for a long time, alright?"

”I hope so, Lux! Please don't ever leave me alone, okay?" The idea of being left alone as Lux died was a horrible one. It sent horrifying waves of sadness and misery through Xia's body just thinking about it. If Lux ever died and Xia was forced to be alone... the girl shivered, forcing the tears away.

Once at the hotel, Xia almost immediately slipped on a newly cleaned bit of floor in the incredibly fancy and opulent building, crashing onto her butt and moaning in pain. Why did this always happen, why was she always so clumsy? A staff member smiled warmly at her as Lux laughed madly in her head, and Xia - face red from embarrassment - got up and thanked the staff member before slipping again, dragging him down with her, sliding across the floor and smacking into the elevator.

Xia was incredibly graceful in the water, in the air. But on land she was basically useless trash. Tears brimmed in her eyes as Luxara sent her soothing emotions to try and ease the shame. Hopefully Tommy wouldn't see her like this. He would definitely laugh at her!


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Having her legs nestled by Rey felt really nice, so Urara hugged her pet, her best friend as tightly as she could. "Ura has Rey-Rey!" Urara cheerfully chirped, ruffling her best friend's hair with a happy expression. They didn't need Mittens if Mittens wouldn't let them in to the oasis! Who needed Mittens when they had each other, anyways? Urara was happy with Rey and hopefully Reyna was just as happy in return! Ignoring the weird stitched man for the time being, Urara rubbed her face against Reyna's, making happy little mewling noises. She reached into her Adventure Pack when suddenly, Mr. Stitches spoke.

"Hmm? Yes, I'm Ura!" She made a peace sign at the man who decided to wake up. Her eyes ran up and down his body and Urara reached to pull one of the threads, giggling because it was funny and weird. "Your name is Mr. Stitches! Reyna, say hi to Mr. Stitches!' Seeing the man was probably thirsty, Urara dug a water bottle out of her pack and offered it to the man, before dangling a cookie in front of Reyna's face. "Reyna, you're such a good girl! Urara really loves you!" After scritching behind her fluffy ears, Urara gave her best friend the cookie.

Then Urara saw three helicopters flying overhead. She stared at it with anger burning in her eyes. She recognized that symbol, the moon and the lake. It was Nox Astra. Hatred burned in the child's eyes as she watched the helicopters fly past them.



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Luxara was in the air in her own helicopter, scouring the desert. Behind her was the Alpha and Delta squads of helicopters, with her own vehicle at the lead. Nothing was quite so fun as hunting slavers who threatened the innocent people, the weak people, those evil scum! Latest reports placed their current base to be in the valley where she and White would eventually coordinate a counter-attack against Charon, so clearing it out for the time being was for the best, anyways. With the other squads widening their range, hopefully the slavers and bandits would be taken care of.

”Remember, don't get carried away!" Xia warned from the Penthisilea Hotel. ”Sis, you're amazing at war, but just be careful, okay? You can never be too careful!" Lux nodded, though her princess couldn't see it. ”Of course I'll be careful, Nata. Just have fun, okay?"

Xia knew better than to try to maintain a conversation during a battle, so Luxara sent encouraging, exciting emotions her way, still a little uneasy about her going to see Thomas, but knowing it was probably for the best, no matter how grudgingly she had to admit it. Already reports of battle were coming into the radio from some of the patrol squads - the slavers being easy picking from the air. One caravan of refugees fleeing from the outer villages saved and was currently being shipped to safety centers within Nox Astra for housing and security.

”Alpha, Delta, I'll take the lead!" Luxara increased the speed on her machine when she saw the Dustbowl on the radar and out the windows. She flew her copter low to the sand, whipping up dust around the rotors as she flew, Alpha and Delta providing support from above. Now that she was close enough to the ground to jump and land, Luxara opened the door upon the first of the slavers exiting from their base and opening fire. Lux did a flip and jumped out, pressing a button on a remote controller for her helicopter to enter automatic-fire mode, charging up electric bolts and demolishing the trucks - some with slavers inside as they tried to escape.

”You won't hurt any more innocents, ever again!" Luxara exclaimed as she dashed into battle, dual-wielding plasma rifles and dodging enemy fire left and right, returning fire, killing one here, another there, all with her sweetest smile on her face, eyes twinkling in delight. After a few minutes, the slavers were completely wiped out, and Lux giggled cheerfully to herself, pressing a button for her helicopter to return to the ground for her to climb back into. She had received one bullet wound due to carelessness, but it was of no consequence. Lux pulled out a knife and happily fished the shell out of her arm before reverting her body back by a few hours, the wound disappearing completely. The Queen of Nox Astra reached into her pocket, retrieving her radio and listened to other reports. Finally, she was satisfied. ”Mission complete!" She announced triumphantly. ”No casualties!"



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The worst part was when Tommy came out of the opened elevator and looked almost amused at her sprawled body on the ground, with the staff member looking completely bewildered and slightly irritated. Tommy extended a hand after asking what she was doing there, and Xia's face burned with embarrassment. ”...I fell..." She admitted shyly, turning her face away, though she gladly took the hand to stand up. ”D-don't laugh! I really didn't mean to!" She fidgeted a little, unsure of how to really act with a friend, afraid her weirdness might turn him off. ”Um, I.. came to visit. Because I wanted to see you!" She didn't mind the water splashing onto her - water was second nature to her, after all.

When Tommy announced his plans to go to the pool, Xia's face brightened up, almost forgetting about the horrible way to greet her new friend. ”I'm always ready to swim!" The girl said happily, pulling the shoulder of her sweater down by a fraction to reveal the strap of her frilly bubble-themed bikini. She was a little nervous - Lux always said her body was childish and not yet developed, and usually Xia swam alone in the isolation of Lake Xiana. This would be the first time she ever showed her swimsuit to someone! But it was also a little exciting, even as Lux grumbled in the back of her mind.

”Hang on a moment, I need to pay for the day." Xia scampered her way to the front booth, pulling out her ID card. The woman at the desk nodded and added it to Lux's tab. With that dealt with, Xia dashed back to her winged friend, cheeks slightly red from the idea of him seeing her. ”U-um, do you have a swimsu - um, shorts, yet?"

Then her face reddened further as she yammered on awkwardly. ”I - um, I'm sorry I'm still not fully grown yet, Tommy! I'm not super pr-pretty or anything, but I - I hope I'm still fun to sw-swim with? Maybe? I -" Knowing she was only making it worse, Xia sighed, taking a deep breath. ”...I'm sorry. I'm weird, aren't I?"


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And just like that, Urara, Reyna, and that strange man with the stitches disappeared, and Lux heard a sigh from her little sister in her head, admonishing her for fighting in the first place. ”They weren't a threat, not really...!" Xia insisted, sounding unhappy. ”Next time, let me talk to Ura, okay?" Lux was mildly impressed that the red-haired girl had the mental capacity for something other than fun for once, though was still sad about Reyna escaping, though she already deluded herself into forgetting exactly why she needed the fox girl so badly so Xia couldn't use her telepathy to figure out about X05.

”I don't think she'll listen to you, either, Nata." Queen Luxara thought, somewhat regretting her honesty when she felt Xia's disappointment and sadness leak through. The two were friends before everything went horrible, after all, so it made sense. It was also probably the only reason Lux didn't actually kill them for trespassing. It was silly for Xianata to worry about such things, however - she did have a new... a new friend to entertain. Why exactly did Lux even allow Xia to have such a... revealing...

”I don't... mind if he looks..." Was Xia's meek thought and the elder sister felt a plethora of emotions rush through her chest, none of them pleasant. Xia was too cute to be seen in such a state, to have so much of her skin exposed for that lecherous bird freak that happily went to such in-in-indecent places such as a br-brothel! ”You're far too young to be falling in love, Nata! And he's much too old for someone like you! You don't need romance, they'll just-"

Then Lux sensed hesitation from her little sister, so she fell silent with her thoughts, though an ill omen was growing within. ”Xara, I'm... not a little kid anymore! I can... I bet other girls are falling in love at my age too!" Was this Xia's rebellious stage? Lux's grip tightened on her plasma rifle, teeth clenching. ”A-a-and he called me beautiful s-so - I'm growing up, okay, stop being so overprotective!"

Luxara didn't have any good response to that, but the guard captain of the lake was sprinting towards her, so she didn't have time to continue the argument. Forcing emotion out of her mind, Luxara began the stern but forgiving lecture on the lax security around the lake as the guard captain kneeled and apologized with desperation. The whole mess with Urara didn't bother her anymore - there was a much larger, winged threat that she didn't even have the mercy of killing.


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With Lux temporarily forced to handle city affairs, Xia knew she'd have some peace for the time being, though it wouldn't last. What was happening, though, the princess wondered. Never before had she really... rebelled against Lux - or really, rebelled against anyone for that matter. Even in terms of Charon, Xia merely accepted her duties, knowing she was simply a political pawn and that her sacrifice would save many lives. How many people risked their lives for her sake? How many people died for her sake?

She blushed heavily at Tommy's compliment and watched him in the pool as she sat at the edge dealing with her silly big sister. Tommy, someone cool and friendly and old and handsome like Tommy called her beautiful? Even though she was only - well, she had time to grow! Yeah, Xia definitely could become truly pretty, maybe even voluptuous and curvy like those other women! That idea appealed to her greatly and she was more than ready to grow out of her childlike body. The wings really did look awkward as he swam, though, and Xia wondered if maybe Tom felt a little uncomfortable? Did he prefer flying?

Xia dove into the water, legs flapping together like a tail to catch up to her new friend. ”I-I'm... not a kid, right?" Xia asked in a quiet, mumbling voice. ”It's okay for me to... want to grow up? Right, Tommy?" The girl sighed a little, then ducked under the water and did a little flip before resurfacing, loving the exhilaration of absorbing oxygen through her skin. ”Is it... is it selfish to want things of my own when I still owe others a lot?" The girl looked troubled, conflicted. She wanted to be free and to do as she wanted, but she also felt responsibility, a desire to live her life for those who helped her in the past, and both ideals were struggling with one another, neither stronger.

”U-uhm... sorry for the... weird question.." Xia turned her face away, cheeks red again. ”So, uh, are you having fun? Do you want anything to drink?"


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Urara heard it, the low rumble of Reyna's tummy. Was she hungry? Urara was pretty hungry too, wasn't she? This was Babylon, land of seafood stuff! Tigris Lake was known for it's super wide variety of creatures to fish up and cook and stuff, while Lake Xiana mostly had the same kinds of stuff - eels, a few fish here and there, nothing too special, nothing quite as cool as Tigris Lake. There was so much Urara wanted to try with Rey-Rey and Mr. Stitches, the child ruler could hardly contain her excitement!

”There's lots of fish places!" Urara exclaimed, already grabbing her best friend by the arm as she expressed an interest in fish and asked where to get some. Seeing the water still soaking Reyna made Urara's stomach feel like tearing itself open - she failed. Even if she acted happy and friendly, Ura still failed to protect Reyna from the evil Luxara, she was horrible, she didn't deserve to be a master. Sadness rose inside the girl as she tried to snap herself out of it, tried to act friendly like usual. ”This is Babylon, to the south, place of science and adventure!" Ura declared in a voice of forced excitement, wanting to be fun and stuff as she usually was. For some reason, though, she couldn't bring herself to the same level of energy, her eyes were still focused on Lux, seeing Reyna being dunked into the lake like that.

She hated it. Urara's knees clanked together as she tried to regain her composure. Why was she so weak? Why couldn't she beat that stupid traitor, anyways? She wanted to be like her mom, all powerful and feared by everyone and super strong! Sure, her mom was mean sometimes, and started a lot of fights, but she was still really powerful, and she won almost everything! It was only because Lux cheated somehow that they lost, right?

Then Reyna bounded off, catching a scent, saying something about protecting. Urara smiled warmly at Stitches, trying to be friendly and nice and followed her best friend, catching a sight of the ruler of Babylon, and one of Ura's friends, though they hadn't met in a while. ”Satsuki!" Urara yelped, bulleting herself into the woman, latching onto her like a backpack. ”It's been forever! Hey, hey! Can you give us a super special reservation at that fancy sushi place, Sat-chan? Sushi Planetarium or something? It's super fancy, my friends would love it! Haha!"


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Xia nodded, thinking. The stuff Tommy said made sense, didn't it? It did, right? Maybe Xia was weird, but in the past day or so she really felt the drive to discover herself and what she was good at, what she could excel in. But it wasn't as if Tommy suddenly showed her the light - he just helped guide her to it. Even before meeting him, she wanted to go out and explore Nox Astra, to walk around and see what she could do, to learn and experience what life had to offer. Luxara, as much as Xia adored her big sister, really seemed intent on keeping her as a doll or something, right?

”Yeah." Xia said slowly, listening to her avian friend. Her face lit up and she nodded again, more enthusiastically. ”Yeah! I really - I bet I could repay Lux and everyone better after I grew up a little and explored a little more!" Then doubt crossed her face again, a little glum again. ”Ah, but... Lux won't be happy at all... and, um, how do I know what I'm good at? What if I pick the wrong thing?"

The princess smiled warmly at him upon hearing that he was enjoying himself, and maybe a tiny bit relieved that he didn't seem as if he wanted a drink, though she didn't exactly know where the relief came from. The girl ducked underwater again, happily swimming circles around Tommy's legs before resurfacing, skin glistening with the water. ”I'm glad you like it!" She said, a high satisfied chirp. ”You can stay as long as you like, we'll loan you the money you need!" Then her eyes turned serious again and she leaned closer - blushing again - but remained firm. She could beat those big busty women, right? Tommy liked her more, he even called her beautiful, r-right?

”So, did you find any news about the fae haven?" Her voice was super low, inaudible to anyone other than Tommy over the splashing of the water and the laughs of the children.


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"Uhh, this is the place right Origin?" Aretha questioned, looking up at the Pethisilea Hotel. Origin shot a lazy glare at her. "How am I suppose to know? The whole time you wouldn't let me look at the instructions because you were oh so sure you'd be able to find it on your own. Besides, that was a stupid question. What other Pethisilea Hotel is there? Just head inside and we'll figure out whether or not it's the right place." Origin pushed open the door to the hotel, holding it open while a slightly irritated Aretha entered and then following her inside. After a moment of asking around for Xia, they had been lead to the hotel pool, where they found both Xia and a young man with raven black hair.

The princess's face brightened up upon seeing her two Babylonian friends enter the hotel, the pool area. She'd been waiting for a while for their arrival, hadn't Satsuki last messaged her about it two days ago? Had they gotten lost while in the subway system, perhaps? It wouldn't be the first time someone got lost... but for two days? She decided not to question it and waved her friends over - until she realized that they looked much more womanly and pretty than she did. A strange pang of jealosy threatened to bubble up but she kept it down. ”Tommy! These are my friends, that one's Origin, and the other's Aretha!" In a slightly quieter voice... ”...They're pretty, right? Aren't they?"

Thomas was quite a bit surprised to be joined by others but nonetheless pleased. He grinned broadly and went to the edge of the pool to greet them, outstretching a hand to shake. "Thomas Blackwheat at your service, it's nice to meet you."

He blushed slightly at Xia's comment knowing she probably had to have been feeling a little self conscious comparing their body types. "I feel lucky to find myself surrounded by beautiful girls."

Thomas' wings fluttered slightly upon his action of standing in the water as they attempted to shake the excess water from the speckled eggshell colored feathers. He tried not to splash water on the girls if they didn't want it however and seemed to shudder slightly at the motion, not really cold or anything just trying to stop from dripping so profusely.

A half smile crossed Origin's face, and while Aretha practically sprinted towards Xia and Tommy, she approached the three of them slowly. "Sorry it took us so long, Aretha...isn't exactly the best with directions." Origin had then turned her attention towards Thomas and shook his hand cautiously, as Aretha was clearly preoccupied with Xia. Aretha had lifted the poor girl out of the water and had encompassed her body in a bear hug, not caring for getting wet. "Xia~, it's so good to see you again! How have you and Lux been? Ignore Origin's slander about me, she's just mad because I didn't let her help."

Xia was lifted into the air by Aretha, whose antics she mostly knew how to handle, the hug feeling nice and comfy, though she had a slight feeling the hug had a little bit of extra force due to her appreciative giggle at Origin's little joke. ”Aha, it's so nice seeing you guys again! Sis and I, we're-" Her smile faded for a brief second, knowing Lux probably wasn't happy with her recent rebellion, but decided no one really needed to know about that. That was just silliness, right? ”We're great! I'm sorry it took so long, I'll write out better, more detailed subway maps later!"

She was doing her best to ignore the fact that she seemed even more childlike when being lifted up like this, compared to Aretha and Origin. Of course she noted the very... diplomatic response he had, and decided to tend to that, cheeks somewhat red. ”So! So, um... Tommy, who do you think is the most beautiful? Everyone has a favorite, right?"

Thomas couldn't help but feel the invisible walls of a trap closing in around him. It was imperative he answered appropriately. "Such a dangerous question right off the bat, huh. I'm not really a judge of image more of a personality kind of guy, to categorize most and least beautiful is an unkind thing to do anyways." He chuckled nervously. "Besides everyone shines in their own way." He deeply wanted a change in topic and turned to the pair that had arrived. "So whereabouts do you two come from?"

Ignoring Thomas's clear aversion of the question, Aretha released Xia and set her back down on the ground. "Origin and I come from Babylon, it's a long way down south from Nox". It might be the only major city that is ran by a human, and where do you come from, handsome?"

Once she was lowered back into the pool, Xia lowered herself so only her eyes were above the surface, cheeks puffed out as Aretha turned her attention to her winged friend, calling him... handsome. Her mind went blank so she decided to just wait and see what he would say as a response, a weird feeling in her chest. She suddenly felt extremely conscious of her lack of... curves, one could say, and hiding in the water could help hide that, maybe? She pulled the hair ties out of her hair, letting it flow to it's full length around her head in the water.

Thomas blushed visibly at being called handsome and payed very careful mind of where his eyes went. "I'm originally from an old bandit town up in the north, it's not there anymore though, the bandits have dispersed as they usually do after a while. Most people don't stay bandits for their entire life."

Noticing that the girls from Babylon were not in pool attire, and knowing it would help the hotel, even a little bit, she pointed them towards the gift shop, head still mostly submerged in the water. ”...You can buy swimsuits and souvenirs and lots of things! It's all very cheap, and very high quality!" She was lacking her usual business-like enthusiasm, but hopefully it worked. ”It's just that way, in the lobby." She then pouted silently at Tommy, diving her head back under the water to hide the faint blush.

"Ah! Right, come on Origin lets go!" Aretha ran off ahead, Origin waved a hand towards Xia and Thomas before following after Aretha. Right away, Aretha had tried to chose a swimsuit that was barely string, before being swiftly reminded by Origin there children at the pool as well, and then she quickly chose something else. Origin of course had chosen something that was more modest, and they quickly changed before heading back to the pool. Straight away, Aretha had lept into the pool, water flying everywhere. "We're back!" She shouted as she emerged from under the water.

Once they had wandered off to the lobby to get swimsuits Thomas glanced at Xia concernedly, hoping he hadn't hurt her feelings somehow. He had no time to speak however because the pair took no time getting back and jumping into the pool. He sighed ever so slightly and sank back into the water, submerging himself completely. 'Why on earth are girls so difficult anyhow?' He asked himself sourly. He held his breath to see how long he could handle the anxiety as it crept in on him at the prospect of being completely enveloped in water. His wings opened slowly, feathers spreading and rippling with the water, useless by design under there. 'Wouldn't it be cool if I could learn how to swim with them. Be a pirate of sky and water.'

”Welcome ba- ... back! Her smile faltered briefly when she saw Aretha and how... well, how superior she was in every way that counted in terms of the female body. The princess glanced down at her own practically nonexistent chest, puffing her cheeks out again with dissatisfaction. Someone cool and handsome like Tommy liked them... bigger, didn't he? And her - uh, her behind wasn't all that shapely either, was it? Not really, right? She couldn't really win against Aretha, not like this at least. So Xia did what she could and floated over, positioning herself above Tommy's wings so that when he returned to the surface he'd be forced to give her a piggyback. Maybe she could win in t-terms of... of skinship! Touching! A bonding of th-the genders! Yeah!

Maybe?
When Thomas surfaced he came to realize a weight on top of him very quickly and of course he did what was natural...and panicked, thinking he was being drowned. Bubbles spewed from his lips and his wings stirred up the water with such force that waves erupted at either side of him. Xia probably felt them as they knocked into her legs and whatever else faced towards him feeling uniquely strange as they simultaneously felt muscular, bony, and soft in ways that didn't completely feel human. He didn't drown however as Thomas realized his feet where still on the ground and he righted himself, standing. He spun around gasping and spit water, coughing out an exclamation that could loosely be understood.

"I......thought......drowned...." He spluttered between coughs.

From the being whacked by the wings (which felt peculiar and not unpleasant) and Tommy's coughing, spluttering, and attempt at saying that he thought he was drowned, Xia floated off of his back, landing behind him, a sour expression. ”S-sorry for being so heavy...." She murmured in a tone that she had no idea she was even capable of. What was this, what was happening? She never acted so... petty around anyone before! But... it was also somewhat fun. A little bit. Was this yet another sign that she still wasn't fully grown yet?

"That's not it!" Thomas said after taking a moment to catch his breath. "I'm not a strong swimmer. I didn't expect you to be on my back and I panicked is all. You're actually....rather light for a girl..." He murmured, blushing lightly as he said so.

She brightened up at those words - while a part of her wanted to keep being petulant and pick on him for calling her 'light' and 'childish' and twisting his intentions, she also wanted to prove a point! And maybe felt a little bad for cornering him like this, too. ”Th-then! It's fine to... to piggyback, right?" Xia shyly floated up, hovering tentatively in the air before neslting herself on his shoulders, cheeks hot, so she shook her head letting her hair block her face - tickling the top of Tommy's head unintentionally with the edges. ”I-I bet I'm... easier than - than Aretha... to piggyback.... right?"

Thomas' blush only deepened. He glanced up at Xia then looked towards Aretha, not wanting to pick sides at all. "Well.....she is taller and older than you I think. It'd make sense that you were easier to piggyback." He blurted, realizing only afterwards how it sounded like he was calling Xia more childish. "N-not that you're....I mean she's not that much older right?"

""Aww, don't worry Xia. You aren't that heavy, and you're cute enough, you don't have to be jealous of me!" Aretha stated, ignoring Xia's rather blatant insult and giving her a backhanded compliment in return, before coming up being Xia and pulling her back into the water. Origin decided to stay out of all the arguments, and submerged herself under the water until it was over.

The princess let out a weak little mewling noise as she was yanked off of Tommy's back, splashing back into the water. What was she doing? This wasn't how to be a friend at all, and she still didn't understand why looking at Tommy made her feel strange and fluttery in her chest. ”Aretha's super pretty..." Xia mumbled, an honest expression on her face. ”Hopefully I can catch up in a few years... urggh..."

Thomas splashed water into his face and watched the two. He sighed and floated over to Xia, peering at her sympathetically. He spoke in a lowered, tactful voice,"Listen. It shouldn't have to be any kind of competition between you three. You are very beautiful Xia. Don't doubt it....however.....you're not quite old enough to be worrying about that. I have alot of fun being your friend, flying through the air and teaching you how to shoot things behind your sister's back.' He smiled at the thought.

"You're fun to be with and you're amazingly cute and guys'll like that no matter what. You don't have to make it a contest cause you'll win in your own way and Aretha will win in hers too. The body's not all that matters after all, we're not all cavemen. Partially maybe but not all." He chuckled "Let's just enjoy being friends for now and when you're sure of yourself and where you shine most who knows." He shrugged, blushing till his ears turned crimson and let the ripples in the water carry him wherever.

”Lux says that too! That I'm still too young!" She was a little frustrated, even though her chest seemed to swell when Tom said he had fun, and she giggled as she remembered learnng how to use the gun. She turned her gaze to the water, ashamed for being so silly to try and compete. ”How do I know when I'm old enough?"

"When you're sure of yourself and can go for it without worrying about comparing yourself to others." Thomas said after a short moment of thinking.

The princess's eyes seemed to sparkle as she understood, and she nodded, smiling a little mischievously. ”Thank you! I, um, I think I understand. Then she blinked, slightly confused, tilting her head. ”But, you know I'm a demon, right? I'm not sure if we share dna with the human cavemen or not!"

"Well to be fair I'm not entirely sure I'm human either so." He shrugged gesturing to his wings. "I've yet to meet another human with wings."

Xia poked the wing curiously, finding it hard to stare, as well, she too, hasn't ever seen someone with wings before, ever. Her cheeks flushed slightly though not for the same reasons as earlier - out of fear of being seen as rude or insensitive by touching them. ”They're pretty, I like them." She said kindly. ”But I like flying without wings, they.... don't seen so great with water. How can you fly in rain?"

"I can fly as long as it isn't downpouring." Thomas said, in an almost defensive tone. He was very protective of his wings, they were what gave him individuality. He'd feel less like himself without them. "And when has it last downpoured out here in the Desert anyways?"

The princess smirked a little, and she felt power gathering in her wrist, though she didn't activate it so the rain didn't start. ”I can make it downpour now if you want! Ehehe." Though, of course, she left out the pain involved. Someone cool like Tommy didn't need to know about that, right?

"Make it rain indoors?" He glanced up at the ceiling. He remembered when she'd brought enough water for his crow to drink. It'd be cool to see that again but somehow he figured it'd be a bad idea. Who needed rain indoors? "White city's got all those farms around it, why don't you make it rain there?" He asked, wondering if there was some sort of limit to it. "Or start farms here around Nox."

Thomas glanced towards the other two who seemed to be enjoying themselves in the pool Tom wasn't doing much but wading at that point.

Xia had a bit of a guilty giggle when Tom questioned her, face reddening again. ”Ah, um, I'm not actually... supposed to advertise the rain." She said, voice meek and sheepish. ”Lux says it'd make me a target if people knew. I guess I let my guard down because I was having too much fun..." It was one reason as for why she didn't make farms, certainly, though there were others as well. The soil was pretty terrible compared to what was around White, and... well, the aforementioned crippling pain would always be an issue. She eyed Aretha and Origin, both of whom seemed to be in their own world, so she focused entirely on Tom once she decided that they were having enough fun. ”I should be more careful to not tell you any more secrets!"

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Aretha and Origin seemed to be enjoying themselves, so Xia turned her attention back to Tommy, wanting to know more about how to become an adult, how to grow up. Thomas was cool and he seemed to know a lot of things she still didn't, like a wellspring of wisdom that flew into her lap. She nodded at appropriate times, listening carefully to her avian friend's words. His eyes seemed to glow joyously as he spoke of his dream, of becoming a pirate and flying the skies with an airship.

”No, you can't go and be a pirate." Lux's voice was sharp in her head, full of disapproval. ”Nata, he's bad news, seriously. We've almost starved because of bandits before. Not good people, don't be fooled."

Xia tried to picture Tommy hurting people, raiding and stealing and killing innocent civilians and children but she had trouble imagining it. Tommy was so nice to her, so gentle to her, how could he possibly hurt anyone? But then Xia remembered the shooting lesson with the gun - he did know how to use it, after all. Could it be that Tommy did hurt people? ”But he's so nice to me." She replied mentally, and her big sister once again transmitted disapproval and annoyance.

”Ask him, then. Ask if he hurts and steals from people who work hard for what they get in order to survive. Then you'll see."

The Princess relayed the information gathered of the Fae back to Lux who seemingly filed it into the document that had all the known details and rumors concerning the mysterious nation, grateful to Tommy for telling her but also wondering if he did hurt people. Xia was particularly impressed by the floating island magic springs - they would certainly be a sight to see!

”Tommy, if you're a bandit, does that mean you steal food from people who are starving?" She asked inquisitively, hoping he would give her a good answer. ”You're a good bandit, right? Not a bad one?"