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Kinera Laibon

"This is ignorant and foolish. Lets try again."

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a character in “Fractured Kingdoms”, as played by StorminJericho

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Name: Kinera Aloiese Laibon

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Pendant and Gemstone: Moonstone.



Age: 24
Alias: Keanna Lawson
Height: 5'5", 165.1 cm
Weight: 138 pounds, 62.59 kilograms

Skills and Abilities:
Alchemy and Chemystry, her initial ability: Ah but the delicate and wonderful art of alchemy. Her aunt taught her everything she knew, but Kinera is not nearly as skilled a healer, nor would she call herself a skilled poisoner... But! She definitely would call herself capable of crafting many more varied things than the usual alchemist. Whether they be potions, poisons, oils, salves, pills, powders... All manner of things were possible! She only needed the right ingredients, water, and a good source of heat... And boom! Alchemy! ... It also allows her to make things that might as well as have been bombs. Time is also a necessity.

Siren's Song, her secondary ability: Her voice is a lure, and your ears are now fish brought towards her person. Kinera's singing draws humanoids of all kinds to her, save for those of the fae variety. Men, women, children, all come to her. Some come with the absolute urge to keep her singing forever, others come because they wish to sleep forever in the comfort of her voice. She never could choose which would occur. This was of course, assuming that the individuals in question didn't have the ability to defend themselves in any small way of magical know-how, as that would be more than enough to break them from her song's hold.

Trident, Harpoon, and Swimming: Kinera lived in a coastal nation, where part of her kingdom relied heavily on fishing and sailing to keep themselves, heh, afloat. It wouldn't do for their princess to not know how to defend herself! A trident is her main arm, her second arm is her harpoon, and her unparalleled ability to move through the water was something of envy amongst many a sailor.
Hexcode: DarkOrchid
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Personality: Kinera, or Keanna as she was now called, has always been and swore she would always be sensible. Sensibility, common sense, cool-headedness, so on and so forth with the synonyms, was what those she knew would ascribe to her. She was always one to try to bring reason to any conflict, always the one to attempt to find the calmest middle ground, and always the last to lose her temper. That was what the girls at the private school she used to attend thought. What they assumed. What they never met was the Keanna who believed in spirits and in witchcraft, the Keanna- Key- who crushed on a classmate who obviously didn't feel the same, and cut her hair down to the scalp out of sadness. They never got to meet the Key who went on to college, became a business major, and had found an aesthetic that worked for her more than anything else ever had. And found a iron-spine that would take no-one's flak.
They never met the Keanna that the girl herself thought she was.


History: Keanna went to Saint Maria's Young Women's Leadership Academy after she was adopted by the dean and her husband, a CEO of some tech company based out of New York. Her adoptive father was... Different. A man who laughed too much, and who managed to secure his wealth by making absolutely questionable business choices. Questionable business choices that always managed to work out in his favor. Much to his wife's chagrin, if only because he always proved her wrong in the end. When they adopted Keanna, they were not prepared for the cool-headed words that dropped out of her mouth. She had told them that she did not expect them to love her right away, and they should not expect her to do the same. And so their relationship was built on Keanna doing her best in school, never quite rising to the top, but never once falling by the wayside. And so life continued in this vein; with sixth grade marking the very first time Keanna cooly told her parents that
"I love you, and I will always love you. Thank you."

And then she was in highschool, and finding her first chance to join a proper swim team, unlike what had been at Saint Maria's. It was... Something she was terribly good at, amazingly so. It was her calling. She took to water like no other, and for the first time in her life, her parents got to see Key get truly competitive over ... Anything.
Then she was in college, on a scholarship mind you, one that she worked for with her own academic merits.
Then she was graduating at the age of 24, securing herself a degree and then a business that she put together almost entirely on her own efforts. It was a bakery, and while it became a local success, she always found herself being drawn back to her home, back to that orphanage... Back to the other girls, those girls who were so easily forgotten in the wash and wade of time. She left her business back down in Louisiana, returning to her home town, and to the college that Professor Evers had taught. She had been anxious when she returned, feeling a sort of fog, a strange sense of unease and trepidation.
Not so anymore.




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Pre-Earth History: Kinera's life before coming to earth was one of intensity and vague happiness that never really ended. She was allowed to go wherever she pleased, even so far as to visit with the other kingdoms unaccompanied if only because of her gifts. She knew then how to fight, her mother, white haired and blind as she was, made sure of that. Endless days were spent honing her skills with a trident and harpoon. She even knew how to sail, something that her coastal kingdom of Lihan appreciated endlessly. Her aunt was a 'witch' of sorts, and taught Kinera the most rudimentary of alchemy and sorcery. Something her mother frowned upon... Both women were stunned at the talents that Kinera would exhibit though, a startling mastery over the waters of her kingdoms, wielding it like whips and arrows; and the alluring call of her voice. There were myths that their family were descended from Sirens from the ocean depths, but Kinera's singing... It drew any who could hear it to her, lured in by the ethereal beauty of it.
For hours she would sing, and it was one day when she was practicing her singing with a woman who had enough magical know-how as to deflect the draw of Kinera's voice, that Ivelda struck.
That day was chaos, and even before her mind was altered, she remembered precious little about it all. Not that she ever wanted to relive those memories anyways.

So begins...

Kinera Laibon's Story

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Keanna Laibon





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(X) Her vehicle is a relatively new jeep, one of dark grey paint with pink decals of swirling knots and curling lines. From her rear-view mirror hung a dream catcher, adorned with three blue-jay feathers. From her side mirrors swayed two more dream catchers, the left adorned with three feathers from some brown-gold bird- An eagle. The right was adorned with the feathers of a gull, white and black and gray. Her car was startlingly quiet though, something she begged- a thing she never did- her father to provide for. Otherwise, it was her car. Much like the turtleneck beneath her jacket was hers. Much like the pendant of moonstone at her throat was hers. Much like the necklace of silver crosses was hers.
She had spent time getting her hair just right, and though she called herself cool-headed, she could not help but agonize over perfecting every little detail about her appearance today. She was pulling up to Miss Evers homestead now, finishing up a phone call with Phoebe; her general manager.
"Are you sure though Key? I mean... We don't even know how long you'll be gone for!"
"Phee. Calm down. I told you, it'll only be a few months. My... Uncle has some troubles, lost most of his family to a bear attack-"
"A FUCKING BEAR KEY!?"
"It was shot and killed. Don't yell at me Phee. Calm down. Look, I'm about to arrive at the airport, I'll call you back later. I cherish your hard work, tell the others I love them, and tell Franklin to keep his damn nose out of the flowerpots. Foolish cat that he is."

(X)Two, maybe three weeks, before...
Her phone had rung, and rung, and rung... Before she finally answered. Keanna's voice had been but a whisper, an old friend from college back in her hometown had called her to wish her... Something. She was apparently at some sort of medieval fair, or something like that. She wasn't even really awake yet, but quickly woke up when a burst of static and white-noise deafened her. And then blinded her as a wave of repressed memories slammed across her mind, sadness and woe and misery and fear all swarming over her.
Little Rukaiyan, his face full of wonder and excitement- Or was she projecting that onto him? The memory was foggy, and half-formed. She was too far away, maybe, or maybe she was just far enough that the- Magic that had been pressed onto her was working its magic work. It didn't matter in the end, for she remembered everything all the same.
She was not from here. Her name was not the one she wore. Her life was more than just this.
And that utter, evil, impetuous, rancid, "VILE, SELF-SERVING, OVERBLOWN, POMPOUS WHORE! HOW DARE SHE! I CANNOT- RAH! AAAH! AHHHH! FU-" The enraged screams came, wrath and fury and sorrow bubbling over and blinding her to the fact that she was STILL on the phone with ... Amelia.
That phone call was abruptly ended, and with a sort of practice that only came from having to make many phone calls to a rather caring professor; Lilith Evers found her phone ringing in the dead of night.


(X) Her conversation with miss Evers was brief, emotionally high, and the later phone call in which she listened to all the girls bicker and fight and argue had been enough to convince her to come home without nary a word to her parents, who took this with an interesting amount of stoic grace. They had heard her screaming like a woman gone mad just a night or two before. And now their daughter was ending a familial engagement, one that happened every four months like clockwork, to return to their home not but four hours away by car. They didn't question her, they didn't even ask her to not go. They simply told her to "Be safe our lovely sailor."
And off she went. Now she was putting her Jeep in park, stepping out onto the pavement, and watching as Artemisia was allowed within.

She walked up the steps, coming to a stop before the door, knocked with a sort of strange authority, and spoke up. Her voice was thick with a sort of fear and pride mix, though she did not let it touch her fully.
"Hello? I believe Miss Evers was expecting me as well."

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"They try to put me in the corner but I don't listen all that much,
Damagin' the neighborhood and I've been causin' way too much,
Trouble." - CRMNL



"UGHH! You don't understand!! This is not one of your films, mother. I am trying to do something bigger than you, bigger than Hollywood, and bigger than your FAKE DERRIÈRE!" Lucie argued, starting to pull at her own hair with an overwhelming amount of stress. She released her emotions with a louder and consistently high-pitched shriek that made her adoptive parents cover their ears and look around just in case the glass would shatter. After Lucie was all tuckered out from throwing a tantrum, her father reached about to pat her on the head but refrained remembering her dislike of touch. If her parents didn't believe her, then she was going to do everything by herself... with her credit card.. under daddy's name. Lucie stormed off, her mind made up. Célia turned to her husband Leopold, his comforting hand falling to her shoulder instead. The actress' eyes swelled up with tears after Lucie criticized her sore spot. "Your derrière is lovely, honey. Even if it's not real, my love for you is." "Oh... Leopold." Célia cried against his chest as he watched Lucie leave.

ImageThose two weeks before Lilith's message were some of the busiest days of her life. Although the Bannister parents told themselves repeatedly that Lucie was just going through a phase, their daughter grew more and more distant and the household wasn't the same. She made her own schedules, she skipped family meals and when her mother had to leave and return to Hollywood, Lucie didn't even show up to say goodbye. She had more important things to attend to...
(Fast forward. ⇥)
Lucie arrived at Lilith's address in a classic black limousine with 10 black vans following close behind. The vehicles claimed the whole street for parking, each van with one person behind the wheel and all the available space occupied by Lucie's luggage. Her newest bodyguard stepped out of the limousine, with dark hair like the previous, but red eyes and an overall scary demeanor like he was ready to kill at a moment's notice. He opened the door, Lucie's black heels hitting the pavement as she accepted his outstretched hand to help her out of the car. "Did we make good time, Schwarz?" He nodded, Lucie walking up the steps to Lilith's house before turning around. She almost forgot. Raising her hand to the air, she clicked her fingers and every driver got the order. Every man exited their vehicle, with weapons in their holsters and dressed in a suit just like Schwarz. Only their ties and looks differentiated them. Soon, there were 10 men, 11 counting Schwarz behind Lucie. She wore monochrome matching the style of her men, ready for business and all of them crowding Lilith's front porch. "And who are you?" Lucie asked. Her silver eyes gave Kinera the once over. "Nice clothes." she commented, Schwarz knocking on the door for her.

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Keanna blinked at Justice before simply stepping to the side of the rather large bodyguard, she then turned back to Justice and her rather... Unnecessary convoy of vehicles before speaking. "I am Kinera Laibon. You may call me Keanna as well, if it suits you. ... Thank you, it is an honor to get a compliment from someone like you. Though I do wonder..." She sighed, pointing with a finger to all the men.
"If you realize they are NOT going to be coming with us, Lilith won't permit it. I would think." She finished, turning away again as if dismissing Justice, when she instead was walking back to her own vehicle. "I do have a gift for you though, Justice. Or Lucie, whichever is most comfortable to you."

Key's cool gaze was focused on her backseat as she opened the door, her figure covering up the presumable bag that she was now digging through. She continued to dig about, making a slight 'Ah!' once she found whatever it was that she was searching for. Key stood, picked up what looked like a rather full backpack and carrying bag combination.
Her gaze turned back to Justice, walking back towards the steps before coming to a full stop at the first step.

"Would I be permitted to join you once more, or will your men have me stay here?" She questioned curiously, with a faint smile that showed just the smallest amount of her teeth.

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Keanna blinked at Justice before simply stepping to the side of the rather large bodyguard, she then turned back to Justice and her rather... Unnecessary convoy of vehicles before speaking. "I am Kinera Laibon. You may call me Keanna as well, if it suits you. ... Thank you, it is an honor to get a compliment from someone like you. Though I do wonder..." She sighed, pointing with a finger to all the men.
"If you realize they are NOT going to be coming with us, Lilith won't permit it. I would think." She finished, turning away again as if dismissing Justice, when she instead was walking back to her own vehicle. "I do have a gift for you though, Justice. Or Lucie, whichever is most comfortable to you."

Key's cool gaze was focused on her backseat as she opened the door, her figure covering up the presumable bag that she was now digging through. She continued to dig about, making a slight 'Ah!' once she found whatever it was that she was searching for. Key stood, picked up what looked like a rather full backpack and carrying bag combination.
Her gaze turned back to Justice, walking back towards the steps before coming to a full stop at the first step.

"Would I be permitted to join you once more, or will your men have me stay here?" She questioned curiously, with a faint smile that showed just the smallest amount of her teeth.

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Character Portrait: Justice Chastain Character Portrait: Richard Livingstone Character Portrait: Sibylla Costrantina Character Portrait: Rukaiyan Throntan Character Portrait: Kinera Laibon
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Music blared from Cynthia's pickup, Sibylla pressing her forehead on the window. She could hear Cynthia singing along and the way the old pickup creaked when she went over bumps. The roar of the engine and the way the wind blew past them. It was a short trip. Sibylla didn't live far from Lilith's house but it allowed her a few more precious moments. A few more precious moments with Cynthia just as the last two weeks had been full of lasts for her small group of friends.

It wasn't that Sibylla expected to stay in Rhindeval, (She still planned to find a new ruler.) it was that it was simply a possibility. Just as she had made her packing an extensive and laborious process just in case she might need something, so too, did she prepare for the possibilities upon encountering her home world. Sibylla had spent the nights leading up to this day in restlessness, going over various scenarios. Even though she had memories from when she was a child, the information she had was severely lacking. More so because of the other princes and princesses. They were all unpredictable and what WAS GOING ON?

"I thought you said there was only like, 8 of you?" Cynthia asked, looking at the street completely filled by black vans and a limousine.

Sibylla didn't respond at first, pushing her glasses back up her nose. Then, with a snort, she burst out laughing.

"Oh god, you can't be serious. There is only 8 of us. This is probably just the work of one," Sibylla explained once she had managed to control herself. She wiped the tears away from her eyes and shook her head. "Oh man, this is gonna be fun."

Cynthia simply nodded slowly, still confused.

"Right, well do you want me to drop you off near the front or can you walk it from here?"

"Eh, I can walk it."

They parked at a nearby street, Cynthia getting out to load Sibylla up with her things. A large backpack, two messenger bags, two hand bags, and a fanny pack later, she was ready to go. The two exchanged another shorter but just as tearful goodbye, Sibylla doing most of the crying and talking. Cynthia simply listened and patted her on the head when she was done. Now that it was finally time, she found herself unable to comfort or really talk to the princess in front of her. Instead, Sibylla took on those responsibilities, making her laugh one last time before lugging herself away, turning back to wave at Cynthia before the engine roared. Sibylla turned around, unable to stay there and watch as the truck disappeared from view.

With tear streaked glasses and the clunking of various items, Sibylla ran up to where she could see the group of bodyguards by Justice and a new young woman she hadn't met yet. Something stirred in her memory though Sibylla was more preoccupied by the situation on hand.

"Hi there! I see you met Lucie already. She certainly has her guard up, wouldn't you say?" Sibylla interrupted with a small snicker to the new girl. "I'm Sibylla. HEY Lucie, did you ask Lilith about all these men beforehand? I thought the point of the two weeks was to say bye to everyone? "

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Beads of sweat rolled down Thaddeus' forehead, his private morning training finished. Ever since the attempted poisoning of his Queen, he had increased the difficulty of his regimen. His men had felt the effects as well, being worked harder and scrutinized even more. Some had even been thrown out or outright killed if Thaddeus found them unfit. It was under his watchful eye that the guards seemed to improve their performance but it was also away from his prying eyes that the men found themselves a little more restless.

On this morning, Thaddeus found himself recalling that Adrian had been in town recently. He had little interaction with the other members of Queen Ivelda's personal court, finding himself working better when he was in solitude. He had always been like that as far as he remembered. There were times however, like today, that he found himself in need of some company. If only because he wanted a fresh pair of hands on which to test his training out.

Calling upon one of his guards, he ordered them to deliver a short message.

Adrian,

If you have some free time, feel free to come by the main guard quarters near the castle. I shall be here all day if you still intend to get some training.

Yours faithfully,
Thaddeus.


Once that was written and sent off, Thaddeus left to do some inspections of barracks and weapons. He kept close by however and informed the guards posted at the entrance that they were to get him as soon as Adrian arrived. There were many things to do after all and he didn't like wasting time, especially not when it came to that of his closest acquaintances.

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Character Portrait: Justice Chastain Character Portrait: Silvia Siria Shwetz Character Portrait: Sibylla Costrantina Character Portrait: Stephen Drimovir Cerenox Character Portrait: Kinera Laibon
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“I have a baby…” Silvia mumbled before a yawn escaped her lips. She squinted as sunlight was shone in her face when she opened her eyes. Silvia had forgotten to close the curtains before she tried to sleep. She gave up and closed her eyes. The sunlight was still a nuisance unfortunately. She rolled over onto her stomach to bury her face into one of her pillows. Silvia had a memory about one of the princes. It was a memory of Prince Stephen. She had thought it was a dream at first as she struggle to sleep. She had no visit from the sandman. There was sand in her memory though. They had been exploring and came to a huge outcropping of rock. This place was luckily a place the sand worms turned away from. Apparently, per Stephen, it was an old sand dragon’s nest that was abandoned. It wasn’t completely abandoned though. They had found an egg. An egg that had somehow been forgotten. The egg hatched and a chubby little dragon came out. She loved the baby at first sight.

In a panic, the two had taken the dragon to their parents. They decided to name the baby Noodle on their way. When they finally got to their parents, they ended up crying and making a fuss when the adults tried to entertain the idea of not keeping Noodle. Silvia knew her father had been joking when he said no to mess with them. He often liked to joke around. Although, when Stephen’s father said no...Silvia had gotten a feeling he was serious. They were lucky Stephen’s mom thought it was a great idea. She believed they were old enough to raise Noodle, who most would consider a dangerous pet. Silvia sighed as she sat up in her bed. She ran her fingers through her hair. At some point in the night she must have lost her hair tie. She decided not to look for it. Silvia remembered how she always wore her hair out as a child. Her mother always wore her lovely long hair out as well.

There was a smile on Silvia’s face until her eyes landed on her large camping backpack. It had most of the things she planned on taking to Rhindeval. Her other things were in the trunk of her vehicle. Today she would be leaving her only living parent behind. They had said their goodbyes last night. Her family held a farewell party for her at her uncle’s place. Silvia had to leave her father with her uncle as he had passed out from drinking a bit too much. She left the party very late. At least her and her father had said their official goodbyes before they left to her uncle's house. A soft sigh escaped her lips before she got up and headed to the bathroom. She had to get ready to leave.

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Silvia slowly drove her black Chevrolet Suburban down Lilith’s street. She was confused until she saw one of the few people at Lilith’s front door. Justice. Her confusion was gone. She must have brought all these vans and men. A laugh escaped her lips. Has Lilith seen this yet? I can’t miss her reaction... Silvia parked in an empty driveway. She decided she could move her car if Lilith’s neighbor came home. Silvia left her car with only her car keys. They stayed in her hand as she walked over to the princesses and men. Unlike the others, Silvia had not dressed up at all. She wanted to be comfortable and knew clothes would be made for them once they were in Rhindeval. Silvia dressed in very little and was in all black again. She had on a sports bar, running shorts, running shoes, and of course her choker.

“Justice, no horses? I imagine we will need some while traveling in Rhindeval, especially as I imagine you’ll want a horse drawn carriage like a real princess,” she said. Her tone held more playfulliness than sarcasm. Her father had encouraged her to try to be the bigger person when it came to Justice She was working on it. She stopped walking when she was a foot or so away from the nearest guard. Her eyes stayed on Justice mostly as she waited for a reply. She did take a few seconds second to glance at Sibylla and the new woman to flash them a smile. She didn’t let herself think too much about the newcomer as she didn’t need to be dragged into memories. Silvia wanted to be fully present in the moment. She needed to see how Lilith planned on handling the situation.

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Character Portrait: Justice Chastain Character Portrait: Artemisia Evergreen Character Portrait: Aurora Givens Character Portrait: Richard Livingstone Character Portrait: Lilith Evers Character Portrait: Meridian O'Donohue Character Portrait: Silvia Siria Shwetz Character Portrait: Tyann Rebal Character Portrait: Sibylla Costrantina Character Portrait: Rukaiyan Throntan Character Portrait: Ari Hunt Character Portrait: Kinera Laibon
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Relieved when he got home, Adrian decided the best distraction at the moment was to practice his archery for he hadn't worked on it and it was his favorite activity. Holding the bow always caused him to focus and he set up things outside. In case he received any company, he told one of his servants to ring a bell like he did in the past. So for the next thirty minutes he shot arrows. First at a bull's eye at 20 feet, before increasing it to 30 feet, and ending it at 40 feet. Deciding to try 50 feet, he started moving things when a bell went off. Turning, he saw a messenger had arrived and was waiting for him. The servant had told him to wait until Adrian had finished shooting so the messenger had been waiting for a few minutes.

Looking at Adrian, the messenger said, "I have a letter here from Sir Thaddeus, Sir Adrian."

Nodding, Adrian took the message and read it. A smile graced his face. Seemed that Thaddeus remembered his mentioning about wanting to train. Even though Adrian had gotten home not too long ago, he would take Thaddeus up on his offer.

"Thank you for the message. Safe journeys back."

"Thank you sir," the man said before leaving.

Going to the stables, Adrian saddled up Little John. The stallion was restless since Adrian had used Scarlett for his trip.

Taking his time, Adrian arrived at the palace an hour later. The guards there were expecting him and allowed him through. Telling them that he was heading for the stables to put his horse there, he added that Thaddeus would find him there.

Going to the stables, Adrian dismounted and put Little John away himself, keeping an eye out for Ari, Tyann, or Thaddeus.




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It wasn't long after Artemisia's arrival that there was a knock at the door. Before Lilith could answer it though, she heard a voice. She went to the door to open it, only to hear another voice join in, followed by several others. Deciding to see all who arrived, she received a bit of a shock to see vans and a limo in front of her house. She then saw all the men behind Justice. She also saw Princess Kinera, whom she was happy to see since she didn't appear the last few times all the girls were together. She saw Sibylla and Silvia too. Looking at the men again, Lilith assumed Justice wanted to bring these men with her to Rhindeval. Feeling bad for the princess, she tried to let her down gently.

"Justice, I appreciate your willingness to help save Rhindeval, but these men won't be able to come with us. Let me explain why. 1- Bullets won't work on my sister, she's always been very proficient at shielding. During the fight that resulted in the death of your parents, archers tried taking her out, but she deflected such attacks. Plus, guns don't exist in Rhindeval, so even if these men come, they'll never be able to replenish there guns. 2- Teleporting to another world takes up a lot of magical energy, more so then just speaking to someone from another world like we did with the fairy queen a few weeks back. I will be needing your girls help with the spell to transport us. However, these men have no magical energy for me to draw upon. It'll be a huge strain on me to try and bring them. I am not even sure I'll be able to do that. 3- We're trying to keep a low profile as we make it to the teleportation site. While the site is pretty isolated without worry of people coming upon us, the area where we park will have people since it's a state park. Seeing a limo, plus 10 vans, and 11 armed men will definitely draw unwanted attention on us. I am sorry, Justice, but they can't come. Now for the rest of you ladies, why don't you go inside? Aurora and Artemisia are here. We're still waiting for Meridian, Euphemia, and Ishara." Lilith said, opening the door for the others.

It was at this moment that Meridian arrived. She was shocked to see all the vans and the limo. Getting out of her car, she only grabbed her fanny pack, and headed for Lilith's house.

"Holy moley! Who brought the men in black?!" she shouted to get some attention.

Lilith, hearing Meridian, came forward.

"Don't worry about them, Meridian. Why don't you go inside okay? I am trying to settle things with Justice really quick."

Meridian nodded and went inside. Seeing others, she came waved.

"Hey girls. I said my good-byes. How about the rest of you?"

"I said good bye to my adopted family. What happened just now?"

"Seems like Justice brought a small army with her. I just arrived so I don't know what is going on."

"Oh I see. Maybe I should go out there and help. I've gotten along with Justice in the past."

"Nah, I think Miss Lilith's got this."

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"I don't like your little games
Don't like your tilted stage
The role you made me play of the fool
No, I don't like you." 
- Taylor Swift



"Kinera, then." Lucie's gaze lowered from her new acquaintance's eyes to the neck area where the Moonstone pendant was. Lucie turned to face her more, her own matching Angelite pendant coming into view as it dangled over her blouse. " ... Thank you, it is an honor to get a compliment from someone like you. Though I do wonder..." Kinera's manner and tone were more familiar to Lucie than the other girls, Lucie dropping her guard a little to entertain what the next words would be. "If you realize they are NOT going to be coming with us, Lilith won't permit it. I would think." Truthfully, it hadn't occurred to her at all. She wasn't the type of person to ask permission from anyone and she never had to. Lucie chuckled, the very thought barely registering in her mind as even possible. "Like Lilith even--" Kinera then suddenly walked off on her mid-sentence. 

Lucie's mouth was left agape as she was seconds away from calling Kinera out on it until- "I do have a gift for you though, Justice. Or Lucie, whichever is most comfortable to you." Lucie didn't reply, not wanting to be cut off again and also distracted by the thought of what the gift could be. This new addition to their group if the pendants were anything to go by, struck her as different in a good way. She called the compliment an honor -which it was- and brought a gift for her! "Would I be permitted to join you once more, or will your men have me stay here?" Kinera smiled with bags in hand. Lucie eyed them but not wanting to appear too excited, kept her tone neutral. "That depends on what you have there for me." she said, smiling back a little until they were interrupted by the next princess to arrive. 

"HEY Lucie, did you ask Lilith about all these men beforehand? I thought the point of the two weeks was to say bye to everyone?" She rolled her eyes until she could roll them no further lest they see just the white of her eyes. She did not understand what that one was still doing here, not forgiving her quitter attitude from day one. "Actually, they're here to say hellooo so we don't have to say goodbye to anyone else." Lucie retorted, her tone snappy as she waved her hand during emphasized words. As she turned to look Sibylla straight in the eyes, she was smiling but it was just because she had a funny thought. She gestured over Sibylla's bags. "Did you ask Lilith beforehand if you could pack a nice pair of panties to pee yourself in?" Lucie asked without pause, her smile changing to a more fitting cocky smirk as her hand rested under her chin awaiting a genuine response.

“Justice, no horses? I imagine we will need some while traveling in Rhindeval, especially as I imagine you’ll want a horse drawn carriage like a real princess,” Another voice interjected, another princess whom Lucie didn't like as she sighed with annoyance. She really didn't understand what Sibylla and Silvia's problems were as they passive-aggressively picked on her and her resources. "Why would I bring horses when Rhindeval has pegasi?" Lucie replied matter-of-factly, placing a hand on her hip as she mentioned one of Serein's proudest creatures. She at least hoped Ivelda hadn't made them extinct yet or something.

Lilith opened the door and noticed the men and vehicles immediately. Unfortunately for Lucie, the outcome was as Kinera predicted. It didn't soothe her outrage any less though. Meridian arrived next but Lucie paid her no attention. All she saw was red. "Schwarz, get the men off the porch. Now." Lucie ordered as if going to comply but she just.. needed more space to… breathe. She felt like she was about to explode. These… absolute… fools! 

Once the men had left the porch to stand near their vehicles, Lucie took a deep breath in then exhaled. Now she hated Lilith the most. She didn't see that coming and this was going to make the process all the more difficult. "No, no, no!!! You don't appreciate a n y thing. Let me explain why." She stomped her foot down then began counting down on her fingers to make sure she addressed everything. 

"1. My men are not for Ivelda herself and the guns are not all they can use. I'm not stupid and have thought this through! I expect we'll encounter 'goons' and 'wild creatures' that pose a threat. My men are resourceful, experienced, and have good instincts. You can't just teach and learn that, m'kay?

2. Your magical ineptitude is your problem. You're the one from the 'powerful magical family' so get it done. I'm hearing a lot of.."
Lucie opened and closed a hand quickly and repetitively to show what talking nonsense looked like. "and not seeing enough..." She then waved that hand exaggeratedly in the air to represent magic casting. 

"3. You told us we'd need cars for our luggage. They're holding my luggage. You never specified 'how many cars' or 'what type of car' so don't blame me for standing out. You should've dotted your i's and crossed your t's, professor."  Lucie groaned, combing her hair back through her fingers. It appeared EVERYBODY had a problem with her resources. Minus Kinera perhaps. 

"Lastly, how dare you mention.... the death of my parents..." Her hands balled into fists as she shook her head adamantly. That was the final straw. "We're here and my men are here because you failed.. You need all the help you can get! Yet, all I'm hearing are excuses and an inconsiderate reminder tossed in that my parents are DEAD!!!" Lucie yelled in Lilith's face, her silver eyes unforgiving and full of hate. She gritted her teeth, absolutely angered by the very NERVE of this woman as her words got sharper and sharper. It was getting harder and harder to not unleash hell!

"If it wasn't for your magical ineptitude issue, maybe we wouldn't be here! With you, using us, for magic like a l e e c h." Lucie concluded and looked away, folding her arms so tightly that the blood flow was restricted and her skin became ever paler. While everyone probably spent their two weeks hugging, crying, and saying their goodbyes... Lucie was fully dedicated and focused on Rhindeval, giving up all of that, all of it. She located, trained, and put together the best of the best soldiers money could buy without holding back. They were going back to Rhindeval, back home to fight for it... Why was everyone treating her like this for her efforts? They weren't just going on a field trip! If that stupid insulting woman wasn't her only means for returning home she'd…
 

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Adrian was in the process of unsaddling Little John when he heard footsteps. Having excellent senses was imperative in his line of work for they could mean the difference between life and death. He turned around with a hand on his hilt just as Tyann called out to him.

"Hail!"

The redhead relaxed as well as his horse. The two had a special connection so the horse could tell when his master was on guard. He was also trained to fight if need be.

"Good day Tyann. I am here to train with Sir Thaddeus. If you want to finish taking care of Little John, you're free to do so, or any of your assistants will do too if you're too busy. Thank you." he said casually as he started to leave the stables, but turned around when a thought entered his head.

"I am curious Tyann. With all the beasts you tame, have you ever needed to physically deal with them? It must take a lot of strength to do so if you do. I guess what I am trying to say is if you ever want to train with Sir Thaddeus and I at some point, I can I always ask him. Well, I'll leave you to your affairs. I'll be back in several hours."

With that, Adrian left the stables. Now the fun part, trying to find Thaddeus. Finding one of the guards, he required where the man was and was told he was at the barracks.

"Thank you. Can you notify him that I am here. I'll just meet him outside of the barracks," he said before sending the guard off.

Walking towards the barracks' entrance, he waited patiently there.




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Lilith was prepared for Justice's response, but her words cut deep. She listened to her first point about her men. Never once did Lilith mention that Justice was stupid. She started rubbing her temples for she could feel a headache come on. The next point about her magical abilities, or lack there of. This really irked Lilith. Out of her and her sisters, she WAS the weakest of the three. She even remembered her mother telling her to be more like Ivelda and Vanessa as far as magical skills went. Being the middle child she didn't get as much attention as her sisters. Ivelda being the eldest had the most demands made of her and Vanessa was innately gifted and got the adoration of her parents. Her parents were both excellent magic users and good people, but they did make one major mistake, focusing too much on Vanessa. This would earn the jealousy of Ivelda, which twisted her up inside and led her down a dark path. It had been a shock to their family when Ivelda killed their father and sister after the death of their mother. No one had seen it coming, but Lilith's instincts were always sharp, and she could see the jealousy her sister emitted but was very good had hiding her true feelings. She was very manipulative. She recalled Vanessa once confessed that she feared Ivelda. She felt like a failure for not stopping Ivelda and even more so after her sister killed the rulers of land. She more then ever determined to stop Ivelda, but she couldn't do it alone.

Thinking about her past acts, she still continued to listen to Justice who did make a point about the luggage. At the same time, she should have asked too and Lilith found her patience running thin. She barely registered the part about how she mentioned her parents, but hearing the emphasis of the word 'failed' really got to her. She knew she failed! She didn't need to be reminded of that! The straw that broke the camel's back was calling her a magical leech. Before she could snap though, the sound of glass shattering got her attention and Kinera spoke up.

“Ms. Evers. Justice does have a point. You did not make clear how many people you might be able to bring with us, and she also does have a point against bringing up a sensitive subject, like her family. That said…"

Taking a deep breath, Lilith listened. She did have a point. Bringing up old wounds wouldn't help at a time like this. And she did assume that it only be them going back to Rhindeval. It just she was so busy and even excited to get back that the thought didn't occur to her. She would make sure to be more clearer from now on.

Soon though, Kinera addressed Justice.

“Justice. You are smart, very much so, we all know this and recognize the obvious amount of help you can bring to this entire group… But you need to slow down, and grow up some. Your attempt to manage your resources is more than admirable, and were it possible to bring these men with us, I would be the last to object. But the problem here is also that you do not think to ask those who are more capable of certain things than yourself, what they can do. Lilith was wrong to not explain herself better, and was wrong to bring up your family, but you are wrong to assume that she is all powerful. Ivelda didn’t just… take over. Not like that. I think you know this. Ivelda and Lilith are powerful witches, and can do amazing things… But they are not goddesses. So yes! Lilith needs help! But so too, do you.
Tell me if you know of another princess who’s capabilities deal in the purely magical. Please, sincerely, I would LOVE to know her, so that she could further aid Lilith.
Tell us if you know of another means by which we could get to Rhindeval. By which we could bring your men, and by extension their weaponry. By which we wouldn’t be dropping these people, who shouldn’t even be a part of this conversation, into a world where there are those who can practice MAGIC, Justice. MAGIC. Where we know, reliably I might add, that there are creatures of otherworldly strength and speed, and terrible efficiency. My homeland had sirens, and they did not discriminate. Where we know, reliably still, that there are men and women who are trained and hired by a woman who is endlessly hungry for us to NEVER. RETURN.”


Her words help Lilith calm down. What she said was correct. Deciding she better say something now, Lilith looked at all those present.

"Justice, Kinera, both of you are right and I am sorry for bringing up a sensitive subject. You never had the proper time to grieve for your family. I have lost my whole family too. I don't know if any of you were notified of this, but after the death of my mother, Ivelda soon killed our younger sister and father. So she was already dangerous. And I know I've failed all of you already by not being able to stop her. This is NOT an excuse, but one of the first lessons I learned in magic school was to never exceed my magic limit and I nearly did trying to stop Ivelda. I had barely any magic left when we were banished here. I now know how she was able to defeat us all those years ago for my sister was always smart. She basically divided and conquered. If you want me to talk about it more, you can ask, but know that I will do my best not to fail each of you again, even if it costs me my own life. I will try to be more clear with all of you about things in the future, but I do ask if you're not sure about something, please ask me okay? Justice, you can bring those men with us to the state park and to the teleportation site, but that's all I am willing to promise you. I am sure Queen Eowyn will be bringing plenty of fae with her when she greets us so we'll help you with your luggage when we get there okay? If we're done here, all of you can come in. Justice, your men can come in if they need to. We just need Euphemia and Ishara and then we can get going."

With that, Lilith went into the house. Meridian and Aurora got one look at her and saw just how stressed out the sorceress was.

"Miss Lilith, are you all right?"

"I'll be fine Aurora. I am going to get some Advil though, got a small headache. Be right back."

Lilith went to her bedroom and got her medicine bag and got some Advil. She went into her bathroom to take it, all the while allowing a few tears to fall. She felt mentally exhausted, wishing she could be stronger.

Back in the living room, Aurora sighed.

"I doubt she had just a 'small headache'."

"Yeah, more like drained if you ask me. Gees, I hope she'll be okay. I wonder what caused her to be that way."

Aurora had a pretty good guess, but refrained from saying anything for she didn't want Justice to walk in and possibly hear them discussing her.

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Heavy footsteps could be heard rapidly approaching. When Adrian turned to look, he would see Thaddeus running towards him, sheathed sword clutched in his hand. A scowl darkened his features as beads of sweat rolled down his forehead. As he slowed however, Adrian in his sight, the scowl loosened some of its ferocity. It turned to annoyance, and then a slightly worried expression as he raised his other hand in greeting. If Adrian looked closely, he could even see small specks of blood still on parts of his armor.

"I apologize for the delay Adrian," Thaddeus greeted him as he gave a small bow. "I was in the middle of solving a small conflict between a couple of my men. I came as soon as I could."

Placing the sheathed sword at his side, Thaddeus nodded his head in the direction of the training grounds before beginning to walk.

"I expect no one gave you trouble?" he asked, a hint of sternness in his voice.



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Sibylla loosed the grip on her luggage, the situation being diffused by Kinera. Lilith seemed to have enough and the door was left open as she went back inside the home. It was still awkward however as the reminder, constant and pulsing, of their trauma reared its ugly head again.

That we would be living the life we should have been.

That one especially stung. Perhaps she knew where Collette was coming from in all of this? Sibylla put that thought away for now. There was still the present matter to deal with.

Should I just walk in? Sibylla thought to herself as she tapped her foot on the grass. She still felt annoyed by Justice but she didn't want to interrupt anything just yet. In fact, she stared at Silvia, hoping she would take the lead to avoid getting insulted again. Did she bring undies... What kind of question was that? What, were they five?

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“RA-RA RASPUTIN!”

”Russia’s greatest love machine!”

A chorus of two sang with all heart and no shame. Freddie and Marco, their heads and shoulders bobbing and nodding; two pale souls bewitched by the disco tune of Boney M’s hit song. Smoke belched from the beetle’s exhaust. The vehicle groaned and sputtered, with a loud, graceless noise that would make a motorhead cringe.

The car screeched to a halt in front of Reese. Marco flashed Reese a wink, his half-moon spectacles barely hanging over the bridge of his nose. “Ho there, stranger! Where you headin’?”

“Tahiti,” she replied and flung her bag into the backseat, diving after it.

“It’s a… magical place.” Freddie held up a bright pink Nintendo DS. ”I brought my Nintendogs...” The lower of two screens showed a husky puppy on its back, its paws curled, its belly open and available for virtual rubs.




The car drove away, up the roads and towards Lilith’s house. They had merely glimpsed the silhouette of the sorceress’ abode before they came upon the jet-black blockade, and the well-dressed, well-armed legion that had gathered around it. Marco’s eyes widened. He hunched over and peered close, resting his chin upon the wheel. “My, what a lively scene…”

Freddie blinked. ”This can’t be right…” She turned to Reese. ”Professor Evers… is a wizard… She glanced back towards the men in black. ”...Not an alien.”

Marco squinted, one corner of his lips poking up into a smirk. “Hooo… there’s someone up there. Hmm, a big curtain of satin silver upon a jet-black dress… anybody you know, girls?”

Freddie paused. Her lips morphed into an ‘o’ as the realisation sank in. She failed to hold back the grin on her face. ”...Lucie… say what you want… about her personality... but... “ Freddie gazed upon the scene before her. ”She never takes… half measures...”

Reese looked on out the window, forehead leaning against it and disco throbbing in her ears. Deeply unimpressed.

"Okay," she said after a deep breath, bracing herself for the absurdity to come.

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WHAM!

A loud noise erupted behind Justice a few seconds after Lilith went into the house. Marco and Freddie looked on in horror as Reese had tossed away from the conflict between sorceress and princess they hadn't dared interrupt - and launched a fist at the red-eyed killer in a suit.

She was now detained with her hands behind her back and body slammed against the back of a van.

"Cool," she coughed out, spraying bloody saliva across the van's impeccable paint job. She grinned. "I don't care how much juice the witch has to take from me. We're bringing this one."

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Silvia simply smiled and stayed quiet when Justice answered her. The idea of Justice trying to ride a wild pegasus she happened to see was amusing. She imagined maybe you could buy pegasi, but would they be able to find enough funds for that? Silvia wondered if they’d be provided funds by the fairy queen for their needs or if they’d have to find odd jobs. She couldn’t dwell on the thought as then Lilith came out and began to speak. As Silvia listened to them speak, her right hand went to the choke on her neck. She held the ruby between her index finger and thumb to rub it gently. It gave her something to do during this conflict that didn’t involve her.

When Lilith finished speaking, Silvia stayed right where she stood. There was no way she’d go inside before Justice got to reply. Justice had just been told no, which she assumed was something she was not used to hearing. Silvia noted to Resse how things were not going Justice’s way if the moment presented itself. She never even glanced at the door as Meridian appeared. A smile graced her lips, but she did have to hold back a laugh at her teammate’s reaction to Justice’s entourage. Her full attention returned to Justice as she began to speak. Things started off entertaining enough, especially when Justice stomped her foot.

As Justice continued to speak, she couldn’t help agreeing to an extent. She didn’t agree on everything obviously. 1) Silvia’s dad had given her a gun with ammo. Obviously she’d run out of bullets, but she’d rather have the gun then regret not having it. 2) Lilith’s magical ineptitude was their problem as they needed her to get them to Rhindeval. All the princesses had magical ineptitude as well. Silvia had tried to work on her power, but it was difficult. 3) Did Justice not have enough commonsense to know when a certain amount of luggage was too much for the situation they’ll find themselves in Rhindeval? Although...Lilith should have been more specific with someone like Justice as part of their group.

She couldn’t help feeling sympathetic towards Justice when she mentioned her parents. It seemed her heart wasn’t completely frozen, maybe the topic was a sore one for Justice. It was one for Silvia. Silvia herself was happy and sad when she remembered her parents. Her eyes widened when Justice continued to speak. It seemed she was blaming Lilith for Ivelda killing all their parents and everything that followed.

She didn’t dwell on the accusation as Kinera began to speak. She made very good points, which she hoped would help the conversation between Lilith and Justice move along. Silvia did have to bite the inside of her lip to keep from laughing or smirking. Kinera was saying things that should have been obvious to Justice in her opinion. She wondered if Justice would take her words as offensive. When Kinera mentioned sirens, Silvia couldn’t help the huge grin that formed on her face. Justice and Silvia did share a memory where sirens would have killed her if it wasn’t for Silvia. It seemed Kinera could potentially be a peacekeeper for the group. It seemed Kinera may even get on Justice’s good side as she was already offering her a gift.

It wasn’t surprising when Lilith gave her reply. As she spoke, the grin left her face. Lilith had an unfortunate past like the rest of the group. She was glad to learn Ivelda was able to defeat them by dividing and conquering. It meant they’d have to not allow themselves to be divided and conquered. She felt like it would be difficult for this group. Silvia saw the group as divided already...thanks to Justice.

Again, she wasn’t one eager to follow Lilith inside. She couldn’t help, but wanted to wait for Justice’s reaction. Her attention did go down to Sibylla’s foot as it moved. It wasn’t long before she looked up from Sibylla’s foot to her face. Despite Sibylla staring, she gave her a friendly smile. Staring never bothered Silvia. People stared all the time. Silvia didn’t get to speak to greet Sibylla properly though. Reese came and so did a bit of chaos.

Was Silvia tempted to try to fight the guard off Reese? Yes. The only issue was that she knew her limits when it came to fighting. Attempting to fight 11 armed men was a bad idea. She shifted her weight as she wondered how she could help Reese. Her eyes slowly left Reese and went to Justice. She knew talking to Justice would not work. They weren’t exactly on friendly terms either. A smirk appeared on her lips as she had an idea. Threats always worked. She didn’t plan on threatening her with pain though...not initially anyways.

Silvia acted as if she was simply going inside, but instead she walked up behind Justice. A second later she hugged Justice from behind. She laced her fingers together to lock her hands securely over Justice’s crossed arms. Silvia made sure her grip on Justice was firm and not easy to break.

“Justice. Please tell them to let go of Reese. If they don’t let her go...then I won’t let you go. Although, if they take too long to let her go, I am sure I can find a better way to make you, make them, let her go,” she stated.

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"I hope that fate will forgive us
For tempting the sea
I hope that they won't forget us
But we cannot go back
To the way it used to be."
- Arrows for Athens

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As a glass bottle was shattered by Kinera’s hand, Lucie reacted like a cat with a prickly coat. She was on the defensive, naturally, after all the shenanigans the other princesses put her through over a difference in opinion. And maybe jealousy. Actually, it’s always jealousy when you’re pretty and wealthy.

"Ms. Evers. Justice does have a point. You did not make clear how many people you might be able to bring with us, and she also does have a point against bringing up a sensitive subject, like her family. That said…"

"FINALLY." Lucie exclaimed. Finally, someone who was capable of rational thought.

“Justice. You are smart, very much so, we all know this and recognize the obvious amount of help you can bring to this entire group… But you need to slow down and grow up some."

Lucie blinked as her eyes met Kinera’s. She was taken aback by the compliment much like she was taken aback by Freddie before but how could she slow down and grow up at the same time? Wouldn't growing up mean speeding up? No, Kinera must have meant slowing down her speech so the dimwits could keep up. Growing up though, wouldn't the dimwits be left further behind if she was even smarter with age or that maturity? Lucie just didn't get it, her brows furrowing slightly in confusion.

”Ivelda and Lilith are powerful witches, and can do amazing things… But they are not goddesses.”

Lucie felt like she was about to get sick. Really sick. Like nauseous, 'I'm about to throw up' sick because there was no way on Earth, Heaven or Hell, Rhindeval or wherever that she would even consider other people as worthy of worship let alone Ivelda or Lilith. The thought on its own was so revolting that she turned away and bent over a little with puffed cheeks and a hand to her mouth fighting the urge. She was the center of her own world. Not some murderous royal-wannabe and her mediocre sister.

”So yes! Lilith needs help! But so too, do you. Tell me if you know of another princess who’s capabilities deal in the purely magical. Please, sincerely, I would LOVE to know her, so that she could further aid Lilith. Tell us if you know of another means by which we could get to Rhinedeval. By which we could bring your men, and by extension their weaponry. By which we wouldn’t be dropping these people, who shouldn’t even be a part of this conversation, into a world where there are those who can practice MAGIC, Justice. MAGIC. Where we know, reliably I might add, that there are creatures of otherworldly strength and speed, and terrible efficiency. My homeland had sirens, and they did not discriminate. Where we know, reliably still, that there are men and women who are trained and hired by a woman who is endlessly hungry for us to NEVER. RETURN.”

Lucie's head was exploding because she knew that. She already KNEW that. She HATED to admit that. Lilith was their only option, weak, mediocre, or whatever, there was no other choice! It was infuriating, as someone who could always rely on another's competence to get her what she needed or to get her where she needed to be. For once, she didn't have the best resources and it wasn't a matter of money or status. She just didn't have it so she settled for non-magical trained men. Followed by the mention of sirens and the pressure of them succeeding against Ivelda’s own army… her thoughts were racing a mile a minute. How could she slow down?

“My gift to you was— Is— an oil that you could put in your hair. It keeps your color, keeps it alive, and most of all, can be placed onto your clothes to keep them stupendously clean.”

Kinera handed her a bottle, Lucie just managed to hold it after the heavy load of self-imposed responsibility dropped on her shoulders. She wasn't in this adventure alone but she certainly felt that way. Staring at her reflection in the potion, an idea occurred to her. Maybe she was going about this all wrong. Maybe she needed to be that princess Kinera was talking about… with magical capabilities… that could further aid.. no, correction, that didn’t need Lilith. She was a little unhappy with Kinera as yes she needed people but it served no purpose to tell them that! The gift and compliments was enough to sweeten the mood back to where they started though. An oil for clothes... curious. "Thank you for the gift but I'm also hungry for ju--." She paused and decided to rephrase. "Revenge. I meant to say revenge." Lucie said with a wagging finger. If Ivelda wanted her to never return, she made a huge mistake of allowing her to live.

Lilith apologized and opened up about her own family’s passing as well as her feelings of failure. Lucie listened, well even, not once speaking out of turn. Not that there was any reason to interrupt someone in the middle of admitting that Lucie was right about everything. ”If you want me to talk about it more, you can ask, but know that I will do my best not to fail each of you again, even if it costs me my own life. I will try to be more clear with all of you about things in the future, but I do ask if you're not sure about something, please ask me okay? Justice, you can bring those men with us to the state park and to the teleportation site, but that's all I am willing to promise you. I am sure Queen Eowyn will be bringing plenty of fae with her when she greets us so we'll help you with your luggage when we get there okay? If we're done here, all of you can come in. Justice, your men can come in if they need to. We just need Euphemia and Ishara and then we can get going." Although Lilith left the scene drained, Lucie was rather the opposite and invigorated. "Well, if I HAD to choose between the men or my luggage... a close call." Lucie said with a shrug of the shoulders and pocketing her gift. It wasn't the optimal outcome but she was getting half of what she wanted. She also wanted to shove that victory in some faces.

WHAM! "I don't care how much juice the witch has to take from me. We're bringing this one."

Lucie raised an eyebrow, torn between disbelief and a feeling that she could have seen it coming all at once. Reese looked like she was having a blast despite spitting out blood and being restrained by her new right-hand man. What was she even thinking trying to punch a-- No, obviously, Reese doesn't think. But Lucie would not object to that sacrifice if it were possible. "That's the sanest thing I've ever heard coming from a nut job while acting like a...nut job. Schwarz!" Lucie was about to take the situation back into her hands but not long after, she too was restrained. Silvia hugged her from behind without warning, trapping her securely in place.

“Justice. Please tell them to let go of Reese. If they don’t let her go...then I won’t let you go. Although, if they take too long to let her go, I am sure I can find a better way to make you, make them, let her go,”

She didn't even get a chance to do anything and she was being treated like this! Lucie struggled and struggled stubbornly for a while but when she realized Silvia wasn't loosening her hold and that personal space was indeed compromised, Lucie's breathing started to become rapid, shallow, and sharp that it was almost painful. It wasn't the words that threatened her. Lucie could handle words... but the physical she couldn't stand. "I already told you... nobody touches.. me." Young Silvia's voice echoed in her head. All the flower colors. The sirens. The gasp of air. The lady at the first aid tent mistaking them as friends. Lucie's legs were free but she couldn't bring herself to attack. Not this time anyway. "Tch, what did you think I was going to do with Reese? I want nothing to do with her!!!" Lucie declared then groaned after like it was so abhorrent to think otherwise. "Schwarz, let the nut job go. She's enjoying you too much like she's got a kink." Lucie called out casually, looking over her shoulder as much as she could at Silvia with a face that didn't hide how displeased she was.

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”Alone, we can do so little … But together, we can do so much! ~Helen Keller”
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Everything that followed her arrival at Lilith’s home was quick, hectic, and a whirlwind of people, actions, and emotions. It was difficult almost for even Althea to follow, and she found herself stepping back from the fray of activity to simply observe it all, not wishing to become overwhelmed and have her wits taken from her like the previous interaction she had with Justice. The only calm aspect of her arrival was when Aurora greeted her, prompting a small wave and bashful smile in return, her shyness obvious in her response.

An unfamiliar voice resonated from the front step when Lilith answered the door, piquing Althea’s interest a bit. Going on her tiptoes to try and peer around the crowd gathered in the entryway, she caught a glimpse of exquisitely braided black hair, but that was the extent of what she could see given her short stature. With a small huff of mild frustration over her obvious lack of height, she dropped down to the flats of her feet once more and resigned herself to her observation, biding her time for a good moment to interject if she saw fit.

Meridian’s arrival was timed almost perfectly for when Lilith opened the door and she seemed to take the opportune moment to slip past the chaos that was on the front step, shimmying inside and bidding hello to both herself and Aurora. Althea simply gave a small nod in response, ever the one for few words, and went back to observing the activities, her curiosity evident in her features.

When Lilith retreated from the doorway, clearly overwhelmed by everything, Althea took the moment to take advantage of her small figure and slip through the growing crowd of people at the front door. Scampering past the very large and formidable men who were currently crowding the area in an almost mob-style fashion, Althea laughed nervously under her breath while silently cursing Justice’s personality as a whole. Once she had retrieved the items from her car, she made her way back over to crowd, somehow managed to find a way to shimmy through once more, and popped out on the other side in a stumble. Catching herself against the wall, she blinked rapidly, as though she had one-hundred-percent expected to fall, before straightening herself as though nothing had happened.

Once she had made her way into the main sitting room, Althea set down the items that she held on the floor - her first aid kit, which was more of a old-fashioned satchel with various compartments and velcro strappings and the like, as well as a rather large, modern-style cooler. Retrieving a cool bottle of water from said cooler, she plopped the lid shut but also motioned with her free hand for Aurora and Meridian to help themselves to the cold lunches and drinks that she had prepared for everyone for the trip. Turning and popping open her bag, it took only a few moments of digging through the satchel before she managed to retrieve a small vial of clear liquid. Sealing the bag up once more, she tossed the vial and caught it, pushed herself to her feet, and made her way in the direction that Lilith had gone. The hallway brought her to a pretty bedroom with the door open, and she spotted a closed door that undoubtedly would lead to the master bathroom. However, Althea paused at the bathroom door, leaning forward just enough to hear a little bit through the wood, and when she heard the soft sniffles of what could only be Lilith crying, she sat back on her heels and felt her heart ache.

It was clear that the woman was trying, and Justice did not have the right to treat her that way. The words that she had shot out at the woman were cruel, and Althea felt her blood simmer a bit in anger. Before it could build, she inhaled deeply and let the breath out slowly. Now was not the time to allow her emotions to get the best of her.

Crouching down, she placed the vial and bottle of water on the floor at the door and then rose, tapping lightly on the wood of the door.

”I left some water and a small vial of medicine to help with your stress and headache. I made it from plants so it is all natural, and all you have to do is rub a bit of it on your temples and the center of the forehead and massage it in. It smells like lilacs, and I have been told by my friends who tried it that it does wonders, so I would assume that it is at least somewhat helpful.” Althea took a step back from the door and turned to leave, but paused before she took another step. ”Also, I know that it can be difficult to do so, but try not to pay any mind to Justice. The way that people treat you is a statement about who they are as a human being. It is not a statement about you.”

With that said, Althea left and returned to the entry area once more, only to find that things had escalated ten-fold. She could see Reese pinned down on the hood of a car with what she could only assume was blood scattered across the pristine whiteness of the vehicle, along with a pale and almost what could be named as terrified Justice pinned down by Silvia. Thankfully, the large man holding down Reese released her under the order of Justice, but that wasn’t enough. Order needed to be restored and fast.

The situation was completely and utterly out of control, and if somebody didn’t do something to contain the situation, and quickly, the neighbors would undoubtedly be escalating to calling the police. With that thought at the forefront of her mind, Althea pushed down the part of her that was screaming at her to stay out of it and mind her own business, instead forcing herself to put one foot before the other. Before she realized what she was doing, she had shoved her way to the porch, clambered up slightly on the railing there so that she could see just a bit above everyone, and clapped her hands together as loudly as possible.

”Hey!” She shouted, her voice echoing in a way that should be difficult for such a small woman to cause. Once everyone had simmered down a bit, Althea placed her hands on her hips, the expression of a chasting mother plastered across her face. ”Are we seriously going to act like five-year-olds right now? Every single one of you are making a bloody scene, and I for one am astounded at your behaviors. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. You are at someone else’s home, on someone else’s property, and you think that you have the right to act in such a manner? No, you do not. We are all adults and are expected to act as such, not rebellious angst-ridden teenagers or spoiled brats. If any of our parents were alive right now to see how we are behaving towards one another, they would all be incredibly ashamed of each and every one of us; and this applies to everyone. I do not care who started it, and I do not care who is continuing the instigation; I, for once, am putting an end to it. Enough of the disrespect and chaos - grow the hell up!” Pausing, Althea gathered herself a bit before dropping one more bit of advice into her interruption, her expression pleading with them to simply try and get along. "Helen Keller once said, 'Alone, we can do so little; but together we can do so much.'"

Althea took a deep breath once more before returning her gaze to Reese. ”If you need any type of medical attention Reese, come see me inside.” With that said, she hopped down lithely from the railing and moved back towards the room that they were to meet in. ”Now, anyone who is a princess, come inside and off of the front step. Anyone who is not a princess, stay outside or I will personally call the police and have to escorted off of the property for trespassing.” Waving her hand before anyone could interject, she hardened her stare on everyone. ”And no, I don’t care who pays you, because you are not above the law simply because you have money or are hired to do something. The police will take you off the property, because that is the law, and my father is a lawyer, so trust me when I say that I know the procedures,” she said, with a bit of an edge in her voice. Turning back to the room, she made her way to the cooler and popped it open, revealing quite the ensemble of sandwiches, wraps, drinks, candy, and snacks. ”Now, load up on food that you might want to nibble on during the trip, and if anyone somehow gets hurt, I have a first aid kit to help if necessary as well as basic medical training if it comes to be something more serious.”

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Freddie and Marco looked on, faces white with horror as Reese tussled with the red-eyed man. Their terror only grew as - like always - tempers flared and yet another mess erupted, with Lucie, Silvia, and Reese at the centre… and Artemisia shouting from the sidelines. Freddie bolted towards Reese and knelt by her side, offering up some napkins for her bloody nose. "Never a… dull moment with you… Reese."

"If any of our parents were alive right now to see how we are behaving towards one another, they would all be incredibly ashamed of each and every one of us."

Freddie blinked. Slowly. She rotated towards Artemisia, staring straight at her with eyes that gazed a thousand yards away. "But… my parent… is alive," she insisted, with a voice that was a hair's breadth away from quivering.

"...Anyone who is not a princess, stay outside or I will personally call the police and have to escorted off of the property for trespassing.”

Marco froze in an instant. His eyes darted left and right, then towards the strawberry blonde woman huffing between the doorway. She was deadly serious... He could tell.

"O-oh!... Uh…" A droplet of sweat formed beneath his frizz-crowned temple. He held up a finger. "Well… I once dressed up as Princess Rapunzel for a Halloween Office Party." Marco leaned towards Schwarz and lowered his voice. "And dare I say, I looked fantastic in a blonde wig."

Marci backed away, further and further, towards his Beetle. "But I have no desire to vex our host. So…" He opened the car door and took one last look at his two surrogate daughters. One was unkempt with mismatched shoes, the other ruffled and bloodied of her own doing.

"...Yeah. They'll do just fine."

Marco waved his goodbyes. "Tally-ho, girls! Send me a pigeon, or… a prophetic dream… if you find yourselves in a pickle!" Freddie flashed him a thumbs up. The door slammed shut, the engines sputtered back to life, and Marco drove away, the disco contralto of Anastascia's "I'm Outta Love" accompanying his departure.

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Reese rolled her shoulders back as she was released, grabbing the handkerchief Freddie was dabbing at her with. She winced as she smiled. "C'mon Fred, I was just testing it out! Can't trust the guy with looking after your ass if I didn't." She shifted her weight onto Freddie, looping an arm over her shoulders and scruffing up her hair, when Artemisia started her lecture. "Tell me you're a private school kid, without telling me you're a private school kid," she snarked in her friend's ear with a roll of her eyes and snicker.

"Waaait, Marco...!" Reese called after Freddie's dad as he made his departure, her voice bordering on a whine. She ran after him and smacked on the beetle's door as it started its engine. "Come on, you're about as much of a princess as I am!" But she was drowned out by disco and watched Marco waving at her through the back window as he toddled away. Her shoulders deflated and she turned to Freddie with a lukewarm grin and sarcastic peace sign to explain, "The second I get to Emperia, I'm disowning those stuck up twats."

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'I waited too long letting people like you
Tell me what they want and what I shouldn’t do
So mark me with words but you can’t tie my hands
There’s nothing I’ll say to make you understand
I know who I am, I know where I’ll end up
In flames and that’s fine cuz I’m finally fed up
Stick with what I started, don’t care how it hurts
The loudest get shot at the worst.'
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Silvia was amused when Justice tried to escape her grip. She was amused until her breathing changed. She would have loosened her grip, but then Justice spoke. Silvia rolled her eyes and her worry for Justice disappeared as she continued to speak. She bit the inner part of her lip to hold in a laugh when Justice mentioned Reese having a kink. Silvia was prepared to let Justice go since she listened...but then some idiot clapped. Her eyes moved in the direction of the sound. Artemisia was the source. She was relaxed at first when Artemisia began to speak, but then anger made her body go rigid. When she felt her magic flare, she had to slow her breathing. She wanted to grab Artemisia by her hair and smash her face into the side of the house. Her attention only stayed on Artemisia until the pretentious bitch went back inside.

Lucie heard what Artemisia said but she went inside before there was a chance of rebuttal. "Tuck tail and run. At least I hold my ground when I've got something to say." She said proudly, although not looking as prideful considering the circumstances of being stuck in Silvia's arms. Noticing this, Lucie wiggled. She could sense a glare from the back of her head, maybe from enough experience, or maybe it was just the magic flare up. "And I've got something to say. Let meee go!" Soon after, Sibylla broke into laughter and headed in as well. Not that Lucie understood what was so funny.

“She can only run so far...” Silvia replied angrily, mostly thinking out loud. She granted Justice her request and let her go. She even took a step back so they weren’t touching and crossed her arms. “Sorry for not letting go earlier, was distracted by an idiot’s words,” she added. Silvia was debating if she wanted to go inside to confront Sia as well or let it go. She knew what Anita would have already done. She knew what her mother would have wanted to do. Her father always supported those he loved, just like her living father.

Lucie huffed, taking a moment to breathe freely but didn’t head in just yet. It seemed Silvia also disliked Artemisia. “Don’t get distracted. That’s how the idiots get you.” Lucie replied, almost as if passing on a word of advice. “They play on your feelings like, ‘our parents would all be incredibly ashamed.’ What does she know anyway? My parents, for one, would probably be more annoyed that some stuck-up know-nothing wants me to feel ill about them.” Feel ill about them because of the grief of their passing along with how her parents always supported her. To do otherwise, would have greatly upset their child.

“I agree. She knows nothing, especially about how my parents would have felt. The last thing my parents would have felt was shame. They would have likely felt annoyed as well about someone wanting me to feel bad when it came to them. It was rude of her to even our parents up,” she paused to take a deep breath, “She even had the nerve to blame everyone for what happened, just like those horrible teachers who scold their whole class for bad behavior when only a few are to blame.”

“Hey, I’m one of the--” Lucie stopped mid-sentence because going along with Silvia’s comparison would be the same as admitting to bad behavior. So instead, ”Then the whole class might as well because, ‘Alone, we can do so little; but together we can do so much.'” she mimicked with a smirk, then signaled Schwarz and the rest of the men over. Schwarz was a little taken aback by the mental image of Marco dressed as Rapunzel, but merely watched as the Beetle disappeared in the distance and resumed following orders as usual. “Kinera,” she waved the older girl over, respecting that Kinera at least didn’t speak nonsense, then shouted, ”Reese, Ishara, you two coming or what?” Ishara wasn’t so bad and Reese didn’t seem to like Artemisia much either. They might come in handy. Turning back to Silvia, she dusted off her clothes after being handled, to be more presentable. “Artemisia is probably talking to herself by now because she just LOVES the sound of her own voice.” Lucie said with an eye roll, heading in first.

Silvia had to force herself not to smile at Justice’s response. Had she almost admitted to being one of the few to blame, but stopped herself midway? It was amusing as it showed her that maybe, just maybe, Justice was aware of her bad behavior at times.She had potential to grow into a better person. When she mimicked Sia though, it added to Silvia’s amusement. She even had to hold in a laugh when Justice mentioned Sia loving the sound of her own voice. It was ironic. Silvia was sure Justice loved the sound of her own voice too.

She held in her laughter though as the last thing she needed was to make Justice think she was laughing at her. They seemed to be on better terms than they ever were before as adults. Silvia could now imagine potentially trying to get along with Justice like her dad suggested. They did say the enemy of your enemy was your friend...and right now, Sia was above Justice on her shit list. Her eyes went to the other three women remaining outside. She gave them a tight smile before she followed Justice inside a second later. Her anger had lessened, but it now returned as she thought of Sia’s words once more.

“-I have a first aid kit to help if necessary as well as basic medical training if it comes to be something more serious.” Artemisia had just finished saying when Lucie entered the room. "Ah, that's so SWEET of you, Althea….All of you had an alright two weeks? Aurora? Meridian?" Lucie cringed, half at the joke and the other half at whether Sibylla really thought that girl was sweet. Sighing in disappointment, she looked down at the cooler Artemisia had propped open. Unlike Kinera’s gift, it wasn’t special or expensive enough to soothe her annoyance so she continued to argue over what happened outside regardless if those in the room got the full picture. “Well, this is about to get serious then.” Lucie thought aloud, placing a hand on her hip and looking Artemisia straight in the eyes.

“You know who should be ashamed of themselves? You.” She pointed. ‘You are at someone else’s home, on someone else’s property, and you think that you have the right to act in such a manner? No, you do not.’” Justice repeated, wagging a finger at the error of her own words as her men piled in one after the other, blatantly ignoring the threat that was made earlier. Her index finger tapped her own bottom lip. “But you know whose home this actually is? Whose property? Lilith, and Lilith actually said my men can come in if they need to and I have a mighty need just to prove how stupid.you.ARE. Lucie emphasised, each word laced with more and more venom.

Both hands on her hips and leaning forward. “You know what else? Calling the police would be making a ‘bloody scene’ too, meadowsweet~” She said, batting her eyelashes and saying the nickname the same way one would say sweetheart sarcastically. “So, go on, call them. ”

“Sia...if you cause a bloody scene by calling the police, I will make sure there is a bloody scene involving you before they even arrive. People who need us are likely in dan- shit!” said Silvia before cutting herself off. Her eyes slowly went over to Justice’s men. She didn’t want to give any information about who they truly were or their situation. The men likely wouldn’t even be going with them. She was already uncomfortable because of the men as she didn’t have total control of her powers.

The men were only in the house now thanks to Sia’s threat. It frustrated her even more in her angry state. Did she want to tell them to leave? Yes. Did she want to have an argument with Justice if she did so? No. She already had a fight with Sia brewing. Silvia felt her magic flare up again, and she knew she had to leave or let her angry out. Without more than a few thoughts, she picked up the cooler and threw it in the direction of the wall where no one would be hurt. Sibylla had gotten her snack already anyways. She ignored the sound it made as she let out a frustrated scream. It helped her cool off a little before she glared at Sia once more.

“We don’t need to be sitting here having snacks from someone who doesn’t even care about people’s emotions. Who decides to bring up fresh wounds to play with the feelings of others to get their way. Who thinks they are the rightful leader of this group of people who are already r-!” she stopped once again. She didn’t stop because her voice was rising in volume after each statement. She stopped as she couldn’t bring up they were all royalty. Silvia took in a shaky breath and turned her gaze to Justice, trying to lessen her glare,

“Can you please have your men leave to their cars? Sia isn’t going to call the police. If she does, it will just show she’d rather delay our journey than anything else, so she should just stay here if she decides to call. She can deal with them...Also, I think if I stay...my ability...will make itself known. No one wants that to happen. I think it is actually time we all leave to the park as meeting here was obviously a mistake,” she said, her voice still higher than normal because of her rage. She wasn’t yelling anymore, but she wasn’t exactly using her inside voice either. Silvia knew her face must be red as well as it felt as if it was burning.

Lucie was amused by the threat of violence because at least the police would actually have business when/if they came. However, the amusement disappeared when the cooler hit the wall. She wasn’t a physical kind-of-girl and such actions reminded her of why she disliked touch. At Silvia’s request, Lucie turned and could clearly see how angry the taller girl was but the anger wasn’t directed at her this time and made sense sooo. “Okay. I’ve proved my point.” Lucie clapped her hands almost gleefully, then ordered the men to leave unless they needed to use the bathroom first, then leave.

Silvia was actually surprised Justice complied with her request. It only gave her a second of pause though as she was more focused on leaving. If the men weren’t fast enough, she shoved them out of the way to make her exit. It took her less than a minute to get to her car, buckle up, and speed off towards Catherine Creek State Park.

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"Jesus," Reese said.

"Somebody get Dr. Phil..." Freddie agreed.

Or what, was the answer to Lucie's inquiry. The pair watched the goings-ons, actually quite content to stay outside, after all of Lucie's men marched in. Reese pushed away from the window, leaving Freddie on her lonesome to squish her nose on the glass. "Whatever," she exasperated, "You can't see past all the suits anyway, but it sounds like bloodshed." She fell onto the porch and dropped her paper bag by her sneakers. "I hope they wipe each other out," she murmured glumly, chin on one knee. The scrunched up tissue stuck out of her nostril twitched. "Who even cares about what our dead parents would think... they're dead, they don't get opinions anymore." She put a hand to her aching head, and her stomach rumbled.

"... I'm starving."

Silvia bolted out of the house, storming towards her vehicle. Reese curled up and held up a hand up after her, "Hey -" and Silvia got into her car and started it.

"Well we need a lift cos somebody scared ours away, but OK," Reese called after the speeding vehicle with her hands thrown up. Her stomach curdled with hunger and she looked down in bewilderment, clutching her abdomen like it had become foreign to her. Ow, her -... head?

She snaked her way inside, tip-toeing between the conflict, to load her arms up with snacks from the cooler. 'Lift?' "Lift?' 'Anyone got room for two?' she whispered and mouthed to the people in the room not beefing it out. She only got involved in fights about things she cared about. Right now that was her stomach, and not whatever this was.

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Adrian Wells
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Adrian watched the activities around him as he waited for Thaddeus. Things seem to be pretty busy. It was at that moment that Adrian remembered something her majesty said prior to him leaving, she was going on her yearly trip across Rhindeval. Adrian wonder with the two recent assassination attempts if this was the best idea. But he knew Ivelda was a stubborn woman and once she made up her mind, there was no changing it.

His thoughts were interrupted when he saw Thaddeus. As he got closer, the redhead noticed a little bit of blood on him. His comrade greeted him and mentioned he had issues to deal with before asking if he had any issues.

"It's no problem, Sir Thaddeus, you're a busy man. And I had no problems as of right now. But I'll admit, I had problems dealing with my mission in learning about that would-be assassin. It's unnerving to know there are still people who believe in rumors and false gods. I appreciate you inviting me to train because right now I could use a really good distraction. Are you all right? I see a bit of blood on your armor. Do we have to see Asher?"

Adrian was pretty sure the blood wasn't from Thaddeus, but he wanted to be sure.




Ivelda Evers
Code- #003300


Ivelda was very pleased with Cyn's mannerisms and skills. She invested a lot in his upbringing and it looked like her efforts were proving to be fruitful. He will become a valuable asset to her. He was one of the rare ones who's magical abilities came to them at an early age. Oh he couldn't come into his complete potential yet, but he had great promise.

She saw the disappointment in his eyes though when she said he couldn't go with her. Hopefully next year he would be ready for she knew that a caged bird would try to break free at some point, and that's basically was Cyn was at this point. So it wasn't too much of a surprise when her son requested to accompany her on her trip. Her then shapeshifted into an older man. He loyalty was true, that was for sure. But it was still a huge risk if he couldn't control his abilities. Ivelda was very much aware that he couldn't always be in this form and there was a possibility of someone seeing him in his true form, especially in Angalais.

Deciding to test him, Ivelda asked, "How would I explain your presence? Also how long can you retain this form? You are vital to me, Cyn. I wouldn't know what I'd do if anything happened to you."

She was honest too. While she didn't love the boy due to her own fear of him finding out the truth, she did care about him as much as her black heart could.




Aurora Givens~Meridian O'Donohue~Lilith Evers
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Lilith was drying her eyes when she heard a knock at her door. Approaching the door she stopped when she heard Artemisia talking.

”I left some water and a small vial of medicine to help with your stress and headache. I made it from plants so it is all natural, and all you have to do is rub a bit of it on your temples and the center of the forehead and massage it in. It smells like lilacs, and I have been told by my friends who tried it that it does wonders, so I would assume that it is at least somewhat helpful. Also, I know that it can be difficult to do so, but try not to pay any mind to Justice. The way that people treat you is a statement about who they are as a human being. It is not a statement about you.”

She heard her footsteps fading. Looks like she left. Lilith opened the door and picked up the vial and cup of water. The princess was very much like those from the Emerald Isles for they were connected to their land and came up with things made from nature. Deciding to try it out, Lilith did as she was instructed and the ointment worked almost instantly. Deciding to see if the rest had arrived, Lilith came into the main room just in time to see Sibylla come in and greet Aurora and Meridian.

The two princesses smiled at Sibylla but on the inside the pair was still cringing on what they had seen. Sia had left the front door open when she confronted the crowd outside. Both knew Artemisia meant well, but she went about it the wrong way. She did come back inside after addressing the others. Meridian soon turned her attention back to Sibylla. But before she could say anything, Silvia and Justice came in. Justice made a beeline for Artemisia. She cringed again at the harsh words the light hair princess gave her cousin. Even Silvia added her own two cents, which made Meri even more uncomfortable. She wanted to defend her cousin, but Silvia was a good friend of hers too. It was a complicated situation. Meridian didn't like complicated situations. Deciding not to get involved, she turned to Sibylla and answer her question.

"I've been fine Sibylla, but it was hard to say good-bye to my family. You seem to be in good spirits though."

Before she could say anything else, Silvia and Justice said a few more things before Silvia left as well as the men that were with Justice. Meridian sighed in relief.

Lilith watched the whole scenario play out. While it pleased her to see Justice getting along with Silvia, she wasn't happy with how they treated Artemisia. Going up to the Emerald Isles princess, she placed a hand on her shoulder.

"Thank you for that ointment, Artemisia, I do feel better now."

Wanting to see if Euphemia and Ishara were here, she walked outside just in time to see Kinera offer the girls a ride. Good they were all here, well, it seemed Silvia left all together. She hoped she knew where the park was. The whole point of coming here was to make sure all of the princesses stuck together if they didn't know where the park was. Kinera soon went inside and Lilith addressed the two friends.

"I am glad you two are here. We'll be leaving now so I am glad you have a ride."

With that, she went back inside and waited for Kinera to finish speaking to Artemisia before speaking up herself.

"If everyone is ready, we'll be leaving now. Please try to stick together on the highway. Silvia has already left, so hopefully she'll stay put until the rest of us get there. The ride shouldn't take too long, just about 15 minutes. Hopefully there won't be too much people there. School is still happening for regular school systems in the area. I just need to get my luggage in my car. Again, thank you all for coming back."

With that, she went back to her room to grab her stuff. Meridian patted Sia on the back in comfort before leaving the house. Aurora approached her old friend also.

"Will you be okay Sia? I don't know about you, but I am ready to go home. I don't know if you see Rhindeval as home anymore, but I certainly do. See you at the park."

Soon she too was out the door and with a nod at Reese and Ishara, she headed for her own car. Soon everyone was out of the house and Lilith was the last to leave. Looking at her old home one more time, Lilith took the house keys, placed them in an envelope, and put it under the mat. The new homeowners would be here in less then an hour, and Lilith had notify them where the keys would be. Eager to get going, Lilith went to her car and put her luggage in. Seeing everyone else was ready, she got into her care and soon the huge entourage of vehicles took off.




They made it to the park in one piece, thank goodness. Aurora and Meridian took advantage of the limousine and vans Justice had brought along for it helped both girls keep track of where they were going. When they arrived at the park, Lilith was relieved to see Silvia there. The tall princess had parked near the main entrance, but Lilith signaled her to follow them for the place she wanted them to park was further in. It took a couple more minutes to get to that location. There was barely enough room for all of the vehicles though. Getting out of the car, Lilith waited for the others to get out of the cars before addressing them.

"I hope all of you are wearing good walking shoes for we will be going of the beaten track at one point. I mentioned this in my letter, but the trek will take about an hour to get here. I've already brought most of my magical gear here and that's how I came up with my estimate. If you need to rest at any point, let me know."

"Miss Evers, uhh, what is going to happen to our cars? They can't exactly stay here for several months," Meridian asked as she got her gear out of her car.

Lilith smiled for she did think about that. Seeing no one was about, she waited until all of the girls got their luggage and gear out of the vehicles until she pulled out her wand.

"I already know what to do Meridian. Just watch and see."

Steadying herself, she spoke some magic words and magical energy swirled around her and she launched magic at the girls' cars, except for the limousine and vans, and caused them to shrink in size to the size of key chains. In fact, that's exactly what she changed them into. She picked up the cars and handed them to their respective owners. Each was actually a key chain.

"If any of you plan on coming back, you'll have your car to get around. So try not to lose it okay? I'll teach anyone the spell to change them back to their true form at some point. For now let's get going shall we?"

Dumbfounded, Meridian put her car in her fanny pack and followed Lilith. Aurora was quick to follow too, she was excited and had a big smile on her face as they walked through the park.

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Kinera's Jeep: During the drive...

"Is this mine?" Reese blurted from the backseat, holding up the glass bottle of bright sloshing liquid that had been jiggling on her lap. The second she got confirmation, she popped the plug and glug, glug, glugged the forbidden Gatorade.

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Before Althea had an opportunity to respond to Sibylla’s question, Justice went into another one of her tirades, which frankly were getting old, even to Althea. With a bored expression on her face, Althea raised an eyebrow at Justice, blatantly ignoring her and smiling up at Sibylla, talking over her tirade.

”I had an okay couple of weeks, thank you for asking. I prepared some things for us for our travels that are in the trunk of my rental, so if anyone needs a ride, I would be more than happy to oblige,” she said cheerily, her voice just loud enough to be heard over Justice’s annoying shrill.

When it seemed that Justice was done with her little ego run, Althea quirked an eyebrow at her. "Oh, I am sorry, are you done? I thought I heard a fly buzzing in my ear," she said, waving her hand next to her head as though there were actually a bug annoying her. Turning, she focused on Silvia who, despite her harsh words, she did not have any hard feelings towards. Tilting her head to the side in curiosity over Silvia’s anger and why it was directed towards her, Althea watched in mere interest as the taller girl flipped her cooler and it slammed loudly against the wall, scattering snacks and drinks. Thankfully, nothing opened - shoutout to the manufacturer’s - and the cooler clatter to the floor with a slight dent and nothing more. It was difficult for her to become angry over things that she had spent money on, as not only did she have an abundance of it but she was also taught that worldly possessions should not have value.

Flicking her gaze back up to Silvia, she quirked an eyebrow slightly in response to the girls next words of, ”“We don’t need to be sitting here having snacks from someone who doesn’t even care about people’s emotions. Who decides to bring up fresh wounds to play with the feelings of others to get their way. Who thinks they are the rightful leader of this group of people who are already r-!” Allowing the girl to get out a few more words, and rolling her eyes as Justice cheerily announced that she assumed that she had gotten her way, Althea focused once more on Silvia.

”To make the assumption that I do not care about people’s emotions makes you no better than Justice in my book. If I did not care about others emotions, I would not have brought the refreshments to begin with, and I would not have offered Reese first aid. Just because I show my compassion and feelings differently from you does not mean that I do not care,” she said firmly, her eyes narrowed slightly. Althea turned and began gathering the scattered goodies and tossing them into the cooler, knowing that despite Silvia’s anger, they would undoubtedly need the food and drinks later on. When she straightened once more, water bottle and bag of snacks in hand, she focused a softer gaze on Silvia once more. ”I will apologize for offending you, as you were not my target, and my intentions were only to corral everyone inside and off of the front porch in order to help Miss Lilith.” With that said, she crossed over to Silvia and dropped the water and bag in the girl’s hands. ”Perhaps I went about it the wrong way, but that does not warrant the response that you gave me.”

After everyone else had left and Lilith addressed her, Althea gave her a small smile, but it wavered slightly. She was used to being badgered and ganged up on back in school in Paris, but to have it happen here was a bit overwhelming, especially with no one doing anything to stick up for her. But it was just as it was like in school, so it was nothing that she was not used to. She could have her own back, and she could stand up for herself just as she always had and she always would. She did not need anyone else anyway.

Meridian’s pat on her shoulder as she passed brought her out of her reverie, and along with Aurora’s words brought an immediate a mix of feelings over Althea. While it was nice to have the gesture of comfort from them both, why had they not said anything sooner, in front of the other women when they were berating her? Could they not have stood up for her against Justice? Silvia? Kinera? The part of her that harbored those feelings twinged painfully in her chest and she felt a soft prick of tears behind her eyes, but she blinked them back quickly and clasped her necklace at her chest. At this point, the likelihood of their group becoming a strong unified force was slim to none. No one wanted to work together, and it was like oil and water trying to get them to do so. It was beginning to look more and more unlikely that they would succeed, and more likely that she would have to work alone.

Never let the lack of support deter your mission.

Finally, she followed after the other girls and out to her car.




It was a quick trip to the park, and it was easy enough to follow the ridiculous convoy that was leading them. Again, not really the most inconspicuous way of travel but to each their own. When they finally parked, Althea took a moment to gather her thoughts and get her emotions in check, taking in a deep breath, before she left her car. After adjusting her bow and quiver, she clipped the first aid kit around her waist, shouldered her hiking bag that held all of her gear, and locked the car with a soft beep. She reached down to grab the cooler, knowing that someone undoubtedly would get hungry or thirsty at some point, before pulling the mask up and around her nose and mouth. She really didn’t want anyone seeing her expressions at this point; it was a gander what would come out of anyone’s mouth in this group, so she wasn’t about to take any chances on someone managing to cause a slip in her demeanor. With the mask, it would give her more time to process and react to what someone says to her.

Approaching the gathering group, she watched in a bit of awe as Lilith transformed their cars into small keychains. Not wanting to lose hers, she clipped and slipped it in the inside of her first aid kit around her waist, grabbed the cooler once more, and began walking, sticking a bit near the back of the group, not really wanting to be close to any of them in particular.

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"YOUR GIFT TO ME WAS PROZAC?!"

... was what Reese exclaimed, infuriated, after spraying her mouthful all over Freddie once Kinera had explained what she'd just downed, immediately followed by her winding down the window and ditching the "gift" out of it. She was pissed. How was she supposed to know the drink - that looked and also tasted like Gatorade - was a magic potion?! Not only that - but a potion for something so... so... backhanded and targeted! She'd rather people just tell her they didn't like her instead of giving her magical, personality-tampering potions! But... but... she couldn't stay mad, what was happening, where was she going...

Reese fell out of the Jeep and rushed off to the trees to stick her fingers down her throat and make herself hurl once they arrived. A bit of hacking and spluttering later, her anxiety fogged over, and she floated back. She looked blankly as car keyrings were handed back out.

"Oh..." she stated. "I didn't have to leave my Cobra at a garage."

She would've been distraught to the point of angry tears, that she was leaving her most precious possession - and hell, her oldest friend beside Freddie - behind due to bad communication, but instead...

Well, her emotions were flat-lining. She passively started to walk after the others, eyes glazed over.

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”Reese…!”

Freddie scrambled to her friend as the latter returned from her dry heaving. She took a closer look, at those glassy, lightless eyes, and let out a whisper of a gasp. Those eyes… Freddie saw them every morning when she looked in the mirror, but on Reese? They felt so… wrong. They had none of her fire and spirit. It wasn’t… Reese. The lavender-haired girl looked over to Kinera. ”Why would you… this isn’t right…,” She said, her voice quivering and higher-pitched than usual.

Freddie stuck close and in front of her friend as they followed Lilith’s lead. The sorceress’ words went in one ear and out the other. Right now, Reese was the most important person in her mind. She kept her unblinking gaze trained on Kinera. ”How long is this supposed to last…?”




Korgan sighed. A wry smile formed beneath his snout. Raiden was here, and had made himself busy antagonising the Raid-King and his crew. Perfect timing, Korgan thought. The mead wasn't doing its job.

Korgan’s lips parted to bare a grin. "HEH," He lumbered to his feet, his full height drowning the archer in his shadow as he approached. "Raiden, Raiden, Raiden… we outnumber you seven to one, and still you run your mouth." Korgan was swaying. The scent of alcohol was strong on his breath.

His grin folded into a smirk. "Are you foolhardy, or just plain foolish?"

Gorhau stepped off his stool and drew his crossbow. "Cap'n! Let's teach this pretty boy a lesson!"

The others stirred and reached for their weapons, but Korgan held up a hand to stop them. "There's no need for that. On my honour as Captain, I'll give the Mutt a sporting hunt."

He reached for Francis’ mug with his other hand, downed its contents, then tossed it aside. The outrider cracked his neck and rolled his shoulders. ”Ah. Let’s dance!”

WAM!

A big meaty fist struck Raiden flat on the face. And before he could think, another had already flown. It missed him by a narrow margin, and sent rubble scattering from the column beside him. Korgan’s glare tracked Raiden as he moved, his eyes big and yellow and seeming aglow against his dark pelt. The raid-king bent low and charged. He was fast. Faster than his size suggested, a veritable hurricane of muscle and violence.

”GYAHAHHA! Show me a good time, MUTT!” Korgan roared as he yanked a table off the floor, lifted it over his head, then slammed it down on the archer as he closed the distance.

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'What a very unlikable person.' Lucie thought, with silver eyes that narrowed sharply as she observed this other princess. A person who was only capable of giving one-sided, cruddy speeches full of contradictions. Lucie called the bluff, proved her wrong and she responded with an insult as a distraction. She said her father was a lawyer, was it? Well, she was no lawyer in the making if she couldn't rebuttal. "no better than Justice""you were not my target""does not warrant the response that you gave me." Artemisia persistently tried to present herself as a kind person but the more she spoke, the more her words betrayed that image. Seeing how she loved her quotes and French, "Comme on fait son lit, on se couche."Translation: You’ve made your bed, now lie on it.

(Fast forward. ⇥) Lucie sighed, empty-handed. All the princesses got a keychain, except her. She knew why, of course. The limousine and the black vans all had drivers to take them away but... still. She was left out, again. Just like at Richard's birthday party. The men had her luggage handled and she had swapped her heels for leather boots. All that was left before she departed this world, was the hour long trek. Lucie groaned and groaned again. Walking was such a chore.

ImageThe blue-haired girl turned upon hearing Freddie's distressed voice. She didn't even know that lifeless girl could do distress. Overhearing that Kinera was the root of the problem, Lucie interjected with interest. "What's wrong with Reese?" she asked, quirking a brow. Last she saw, Kinera was generously offering the two a lift. Was that all the time it took for Kinera to lose her patience with that frog?

Lucie managed to deduce for herself what was amiss though. One look at Reese was enough. It was eerily impressive. "Did you suck out her soul? Is that your magic ability?" she asked, looking over her shoulder at Kinera for a reply before returning her focus to Reese's current state. They weren't friends, not even close, but..."If I may?" she said to Freddie, a heads up that she had something in mind. A test of sorts.

Lucie's face inched closer to Reese's as silver eyes met green. "Reese, look at me. I'm the person you hate the most and I'm here, all up in your face. Do something about it."