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Connor Flannagan

"Yee-hah! That was fun! Let's go again, come on, come on, too slow!"

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a character in “Liuena Academy”, as played by XShishioX

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Connor Flannagan


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Age: 16

Gender/Sexuality: Male / Straight

Element/Type of Magic: Water. Though he isn't very good with outright water manipulation, he is an excellent shapeshifter, able to shift into any mammal he knows about, though he has his favorites. He can hold single transformations for about 20 minutes at a time, though the more he transforms, the shorter the time he can hold his new transformation. When fighting he tends to shift frequently so as to have constant forward momentum, however, this drastically reduces his fighting power, making his newer transformations unable to last as long. He currently has six shapes he uses the most, because he loves them so much. Those forms are: the Common Vampire Bat, the Bengal Tiger, the Kodiak Bear, the Lar Gibbon, the Giant Otter, and the Pronghorn Antelope.

Weapon: None, he uses only natural weapons, he abhors all types of weapons.

Height: He stands fully at about 5 feet and eight inches tall.

Weight: Roughly 150 lbs. He is skinny but not scrawny.

Appearance: Connor is a bit short for his age, though it shouldn't be taken to mean he is a weakling. His body is strong, but not exceptionally so, however, after years of channelling the primal might of the animal world he has taken on a shred of their durability. His body is covered in scars from his battles as animals. Though his body can shrug off the damage, the scars still form. Though he is proud of his battle scars, he doesn't like showing them in public.




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Personality: Connor is a very happy-go-lucky type of person. He smiles often and jokes more than he smiles. He loves to play practical jokes on his brother and friends and does so as a sign of affection. However, if Connor really likes you, he'll leave you perfectly alone. Connor is the type to clam up around the person he likes the most, acting strangely and nervously in the most visible manner possible. Connor is very playful, acting whimsical and childish on a regular basis. However, should Connor sense a serious situation, he will instantly enter a "battle mode" and become both a brilliant tactician and a superb duelist.

Likes:
~Sweet things. Though Connor and Hans love sweets, they aren't allowed to eat them often, as they make them both incredibly hyper followed by a debilitating crash. They are only allowed to do so when speed is of the essence.
~Flying. Though Hans isn't capable of flight, Connor loves to fly. He often changes into a bat just so he can fly, making Hnas rather jealous.
~Kieran. The brothers are inseparable as well as incorrigible, engaging in pranks and general silliness as frequently as possible.

Dislikes:
~Spicy things. Too hot, too yucky. Blegh.
~Clowns. Connor and Hans had a bad experience once, they will never speak of it.
~Situations that are far too serious. It's no fun if no one's enjoying themselves.

Flaws:
~Connor is very naive, allowing himself to be taken advantage of if he thinks they're really turning over a new leaf.
~Connor is not a strong battler outside of his shapeshifting. If you can stall him out, he will lose shortly thereafter.
~Connor isn't very good at using his head in non-combat situations.

Talents:
~Connor is capable of feats of massive gastronomy. He can eat a great many things as long as they're food, and he and Hans appear to be a bottomless pit into which all leftovers eventually disappear.

Fears:
~Clowns.
~The dark.
~Blood.
~Death.
~Losing Kieran.





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Bio: Connor and his fraternal twin brother Kieran have been best friends since birth. The pair have been seen playing pranks, wrestling around, and spending every moment of their lives together. Connor, unlike his brother Kieran, has always been a well liked kid. His bright smile and ample sense of humor have always made him a center of attention amongst his peers. He's always had lots of friends and has been a generally well loved little boy. Even when his demon developed Connor remained popular. Hans, though sarcastic, was both adorable and funny and stood only to further push him to center stage. However, not all was sunshine and daisies for the two. Connor began to notice that his slightly younger brother was not quite so well-liked as he was. Finally, Connor was approached by Kieran's demon, Nox. Nox told Connor how Kieran was being bullied because of the powers they shared. Connor, hoping to help his brother out, confronted him about it. Connor didn't have any real advice for his brother. All he told him was that your powers were what made you special, and that the other kids weren't worth being friends with at all if they couldn't respect you for who you were. After that, the pair were much more respected around school, finally moving away to Liuena Academy once they turned 15.

Upon reaching the Academy, Connor and Kieran immediately raised a huge reputation for themselves as devious tricksters. The pair were infamous for playing pranks on the school's teachers, which earned them a fair bit of respect from their fellow students. It wasn't until about a month into their first year, when Connor, whilst showering, came upon the single greatest thought his young mind had ever produced. He approached his brother, his trademark devious smirk twisting his face. "I have the single greatest idea ever." Connor told his brother. "It's simple, we fill Professor Hawkins's office with jell-o. The pair snuck into the office building in the dead of night to enact their devious plans. Upon reaching his office the next morning, instead of walking through the door and sitting down at his desk like usual, Professor Hawkins's walked into a wall of jell-o, the rest of which had completely filled his office. To this day, no one has managed to figure out how Connor and Kieran performed their single most glorious feat of trickery. They were hardly reprimanded for their actions, receiving only a half-hearted warning which swiftly exited the ear on the other side of their heads. Ever since, the pair have been having lots of fun at Liuena experiencing some of the best years of their lives.






Hans


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Age: Claims to be hundreds of years old, but is really only about 12. He was born shortly after Connor was.

Gender: Male and proud of it.

Element/Type of Magic: Fire. His only real ability is size-shifting. Hans has the ability to make himself grow larger or smaller at will. While he is using his power his body becomes stronger, faster, and benefits from faster reflexes as well as enhanced senses based on his size in direct correlation in percentage increase from his own natural size with a cap. He can only grow large enough for Connor to ride on, becoming roughly the size of a moose, though he's not quite as big, before being unable to grow any more.

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Appearance: Hans appears to be a normal fennec fox in every way, shape, or form. The only thing that differentiates him from other animals is his voice. He speaks proper English and has a surprisingly deep voice, but not overly so.






Personality: Hans is fiercely loyal to Connor and Kieran, trusting them deeply and beyond logic. Otherwise, he is both sarcastic and condescending though he always means well despite his perceived aloofness. Hans can, if persuaded, become friendly with just about anyone, though it takes a lot of sucking up as well as bribes of candy. He has an incorrigible sweet tooth made worse by the fact he's not allowed to have sweets. Hans

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Likes:
~Sweets
~Connor and Kieran
~Dry/Dark humor and puns

Dislikes:
~Spicy things
~People who disrespect their peers. Yes he's a hypocrite, you never seen one before? Though he is disrespectful, he is never overly so and despises those who are.
~Clowns. They're creepy. End of story.

Flaws:
~Hans tends to rush in without thinking over things at all. He'd much rather rip something to shreds first and ask questions later.
~Once he runs out of energy to maintain his size, Hans is almost completely useless, being both small and weak.
~Hans is almost too mean, often pushing away people who might want to be good friends with him.

Talents:
~Puns, he loves them and can make them out of anything.
~He can shred a full three-seater sofa to tiny pieces in exactly six minutes.
~Jumping. Hans can jump GOOD.

Fears:
~Clowns.
~The dark.
~Losing Connor and Kieran.





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Bio: Hans's story is rather short. He was born when Connor turned about six. He bonded instantly to Connor, pledging his lifelong service and friendship. The rest of Hans's origins are shrouded in mystery. In fact, when asked, Hans frequently changes his answer, never giving the same one twice.

So begins...

Connor Flannagan's Story

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Asuka Fujiwara Character Portrait: Nina Picket Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Aidrid Dracnare Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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GM POST

The end of normal classes was done, and so the Magni were released to their designated classes specifically for them to learn to control their abilities. Magni filled the halls of Liuena Acamdey, the halls full of chatter and accidental slip up of their abilities.

Kirie

One such sixteen year old had that very same problem, but his was a bit more troublesome as he was bound to touch someone in the crowded halls, so every time his arm or shoulder brushed against a shoulder or arm, said person would get a light shock. Very few were lucky to only get a tingle in their arm.

”dammit! Why can’t I just stop shocking everyone, everywhere I go!” came a low tone. Some peple stared at this scrawny boy, with his shock of white hair and wine-red eyes, hidden behind the glare of his oval shaped glasses. Kirie looked around for a brief moment and put in his headphones to listen to some calming music, which helped him stop shocking people.

After the halls more or less cleared out Kirie found the room he was looking for, Room254 or as he liked to call it ”the land of misfits” a smug smile appeared on his face and he stepped into the room that he had been attending for the past few years after his Nana died. Kirie nodded to the teacher, a woman of a well-defined background of Hispanic culture and a bright smile that made anyone’s day. “Have a good summer Kirie?” ”yeah, it would have been fun if Raimei would have just gone with me to the beach” Ms. Brumfield laughed at his words and went back to her work.

you know I don’t mix well with water. What if I did come with you and killed everyone, even you Raimei’s voice never rose beyond that of a loud whisper but you could most definitely hear the fear in her voice. ”yeah, I know but still I missed you. But then again I was so busy with that damn training dad put me through I doubt I would have ever had time for the beach” shaking his head, Kirie leaned back, his hands laced behind his head and took a quick nap waiting for the new as well as old students who would no doubt be a bunch of misfits.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Nina Picket Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Students parted around a single boy. He would have been walking with his brother, however, their last period wasn't the same, hell, none of their classes were. Their teachers had separated them in an attempt to cut down on their pranks. It hadn't worked. The only thing it did was keep them from meeting up as often as they would have liked. Regardless, he walked through the hallways with a massive smile on his face, waving to everyone he knew, and even the kids he didn't. Connor was well-liked by most for his amiable and humorous personality as well as his ample disregard for the rules. He wasn't a destructive, or particularly vicious kid, he just a clown with a big heart. He also happened to be a devious and... creative prankster. On his shoulder was perched a fox, of the fennec variety to be precise. This fox's name was Hans, and he was Connor's demon. Strangely enough, it spoke. "Do we really have to go to this meeting? I thought we did stuff like this last year. We both know it's going to be incredibly boring." Connor chuckled, shaking his head and nearly dislodging his little partner. "Now, now Hans. We both also know that it's important to go to these meetings. We're getting assigned to a new teacher this year. Last year's advisor decided she needed a break from us, remember?" Connor chided, to which Hans only scoffed.

"Feh, she was too twitchy to begin with, whoever put her in charge of you and your miscreant brother was touched in the head." Hans supplied, making Connor sputter and cough he laughed so hard. Once more, Connor moved in such a manner as to unseat his little fox, still Hans clung onto his master with supernatural dexterity. "Be nice now, Hans. She was perfectly respectable, she was just trying too hard while we weren't trying hard enough." Connor countered, to which Hans ceded. "Welp, I dunno about you, but I'm lost. What say we find the place the easy way?" Connor asked, to which Hans nodded vigorously.

At that, Connor slipped into the bathroom, he walked into a stall without locking the door behind him, instead, he just closed the door. He didn't sit, or even use the bathroom, instead, Connor clapped his hands. Slowly, he felt his power flow through him and in a few moments the magic began to unfold. Connor liked to keep his magic a secret. It was common knowledge that Connor was a Water-type Magni and what he lacked in talent, he made up for with enthusiasm. Secretly though, Connor's true area of expertise, was shapeshifting. Only Hans and Kieran knew. If word got out that the single best prankster in the school could be a tiny little rabbit or a humongous rhinoceros, then his reputation as a silent and perfect prank assassin would be tarnished. Connor could transform into any mammal of his choosing. In a very short amount of time, Connor's body shrunk to a fraction of its size, his arms and fingers lengthening while the rest of his body shrunk. Soon, Connor was a bat. A small, vampire bat to be exact. He slipped out of his clothes, which Hans readily scooped up, and began echolocating, the sound forming a sonic map of the area in his head. He fluttered his way up and over to an open air vent, slipping inside the school's infrastructure without a sound. Hans followed soundlessly behind him, jumping up into the vent with ease, all the while carrying Connor's clothes on his back. Using his vastly enhanced senses of smell and hearing, Connor effortlessly located the room he was supposed to meet up in.

While still in the ceiling, Connor had Hans lay his clothes out and slipped back into them while he was still a bat. Then, after snapping his jaws, Connor released the spell. He quickly grew back to his regular size, his clothes fitting over the top of his body like a glove. However, once transformed, Connor was far too heavy for the fragile ceiling tiles to support. He fell through with a loud crash, flipping over in mid-air to land on his belly with an exaggerated grunt. As the dust around him settled, Hans decided that would be the most opportune time to jump down, announcing their presence. He landed on top of Connor's head with a small affectionate yip, coercing another groan out of the winded Connor. At that, he rose as quickly as he could, comically unsettling Hans, who fell off and over his shoulder as Connor rose. "You idiot!" Connor yelled at Hans, fake anger filling his voice. "Of all the places to land, you chose my head?" Hans rose, shaking the dust off of his body. "Of course, that was the only thing soft enough to break my fall." Hans said, completely deadpan. The pair stared at each other for a while before breaking out into raucous laughter. Hans jumped into Connor's arms and they hugged. "I suppose I can forgive you, ya useless furball." "And I you, oh smelly and worthless one."

It was at this point they realized they were not the only ones in the room. "He he... oops?" Connor said with a shrug, a sheepish smile on his face. "I guess with is where the meeting is, eh? Well, good news Hans, our map of the ceiling is accurate!" Connor exclaimed. "Excellent news." Hans said monotonously. "The gods of pranking smile upon us." Hans said, finishing their joke. "Oh! Alvor! Hey buddy, what's up?" Connor asked, recognizing his roomie.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy

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Kieran was a little grumpy, his first day of school was almost over, and he had only seen his brother at lunch. He had so many plans for pranks that he needed to talk to him about. He had plenty of friends, as a result for his blatant disregard for school rules, and currently he was standing outside the bathrooms talking to a few them and postponing going to class. They talked about classes an suddenly a rather attractive girl walk buy, He saw his brother walk in to the bathroom with a determined look and chuckled. After which he decided to make his own way to the meeting. He looked down at Nox, who was in his hound form, choosing, to anyone onlooking it would look like they had no shadows, "You ready to go to class? At least we DO have this class with Connor, even if none of we don't share any of our other classes." Nox simply nodded at him, Kieran looked back up at his friends whom he was talking to, "I'm gonna catch you guys later, apparently Connor thinks we should actually study and go to class this year. Dad always said we were smarter than our grades show, guess he wants to see if it's true."

With that Nox and Kieran transformed themselves into shadows on the wall and sped off to class, traveling on the walls to avoid the mass of students they would have otherwise had to fight their way through. Upon arrival instead of opening the door they simply moved to the floor and went under the door. They didn't materialize on the inside either, instead they went to the back of the room and watched I know Connor had something planned with that look on his face, and I gotta see it he thought to himself. Nox made his way to the ceiling however, probably because he thought it would be funny if someone saw a shadow on the ceiling, unfortunately no one glanced up. Suddenly an area of ceiling on the other side of the room broke and with a loud thud Connor came crashing down, followed by Hans.

"You idiot! Of all the places to land, you chose my head?" / "Of course, that was the only thing soft enough to break my fall." / "I suppose I can forgive you, ya useless furball." / "And I you, oh smelly and worthless one." The two bickered with each other laughing before they saw the other people in the room boopin-ass Connor always gotta make an entrance he thinks to himself again, barely keeping from chuckling.
He he... oops?" / "I guess with is where the meeting is, eh? Well, good news Hans, our map of the ceiling is accurate!" / "Excellent news." / "The gods of pranking smile upon us." / "Oh! Alvor! Hey buddy, what's up? Hans and Connor finish their playful banter and begin to assimilate into the crowd.

Time to make my own entrance. Kieran thought and apparently Nox though the same thing cause he dropped onto the desk of a girl near the front of the classroom, giving her quite a scare before laughing and walking to the back of the room. At the back of the room Kieran literally walked off the wall. "Dammit Nox! You need to tell me when you're doing something like that, I totally could have thought of something funnier for you to do." He smiled at his hound who walked over to him and they laughed. "Connor I'm glad to see your map worked, maybe next time you'll let me use it, those hallways are hell." He said to his brother giving him a smile as his brother knew full well he didn't walk here.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Nina Picket Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy

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After the crash of the ceiling and the drop of another kid, yet again from the ceiling, Jaxon just coughed and shielded Tama from the mass of dust and plaster. "Ugh idiots... No matter where you go you always have people like them eh?" Jaxon then started shaking his head as he saw Tama stand up with bright eyes. Tama then chased down the fox and the boy who crashed and started to introduce himself, "H-hey Tama what do you think you're doing?" Jaxon then stood up and raced over to the new kid and the fox as well. After reaching the pair he hid his mouth behind the collar of his shirt and picked up Tama and quickly apologized, "I'm sorry, Tama here kind of likes to talk to whoever he finds interesting." After saying this he put Tama inside the collar of his shirt and awkwardly held out his hand. "Well my name is Jaxon Rhys, as we're to be classmates you can call me Jax."

Also after saying this Tama peeked his head to the girl jotting down notes. "You do know there's nothing being said right?" he quickly said to the girl and jumped out of Jaxon's collar to see what she was writing down. "My name's Tama nice to meet you ma'am." He then looked to the owl and smiled. "You seem like a pretty trustworthy guardian so I hope we can be friends." To this Jaxon's face went dark. 'Oh man how am I going to go through school with Tama just doing what he pleases? I seriously need to teach him something called personal space...' After shaking his head he just sat beside Connor and called Tama back over before blushing slightly and hiding his face in his collar.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Asuka Fujiwara Character Portrait: Aidrid Dracnare Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Giselle Embers
Giselle paid little attention to her surrondings taking more amusement in clicking her fingers to create little sparks of fire like a lighter. She smiled and turn ed the flame white hot then back to a cool blue amusing herself.

She seemed oblivious to the lesson the teacher was trying to teach and her eyes were fixed on the flame as if she was entranced by some kind of spell. She felt the Teacher burrowing theireyes at her and her fingers pressed together and the flame was replaced with a small wisp of ash grey smoke.

She sighed looking annoyed and uncomfortable without her flame. She silently wished Vix was with her but Vix wasn't going to 'distract Giselle from her education' as Vix claimed it to be everytime Giselle begged not to be left alone during a lesson. She frowned because she could pratically here Vix's nagging tone in the back of her mind.

Despite being irritating Giselle knew she'd never be whole if she didn't have Vix, it was like Giselle was the body but Vix was the soul. Giiselle sighed missing her demon. Vix wasn't just her 'side-kick' but her best friend and her mother and sister all rolled into one. Giselle gave the teacher a bored look trying to see if she could actually tolerate this lesson but the moment she opened her ears she ended up closing them again to the sound of lecturing teachers.

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Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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As Aberdeen waited for classes to begin, more Magni began to show up, and some of them did it through the strangest ways. While some Magni made it a point to enter the room normally and greet the class, a Magni made his grand entrance by crashing in from the ceiling (Connor) followed by another Magni walking off the wall at the back of the room (Kieran). Aberdeen admits that it’s kind of cool what the other Magni can do with their powers and wonders whether her powers would be of any use. She felt a bit embarrassed at herself feeling insecure at how weak of a power level she must be at.

While Aberdeen was resting her head on her hand, she heard someone clearing their throat softly and looked to her left. Her dark violet eyes observed a student with cyan green eyes and long light green hair to match (Venice). She nearly mistaken the student for a female due to his long hair but upon further scrutiny Aberdeen realized he was a male. He seemed to turn away upon Aberdeen noticing that he was peering towards her, making her assume that she must have had some creepy smile again that spooked him and made him turn away.

Afterwards another student, a bubblegum haired girl (Lila), stopped to greet Aberdeen just before she walked over to a similarly pink haired female student (Opal). It seemed that the two were already acquainted with each other since both Magni and their demons were engaged in conversation with each other. Aberdeen tried to pretend to be nonchalant, but loneliness crept into her skin as she observed each of the students grouping together and having their own small conversations, being totally oblivious as to whether classes started or not. Although Aberdeen didn’t like to speak much, she did want to have friends, but didn’t know if any one of these people would be willing to befriend a girl with weird tastes in the occult and death. It matched her though because of her powers of the Spirit, but it made her worried that her powers would also alienate her, even in a magic based school. Aberdeen was already shunned in her old school after she was found talking to herself in the girl’s bathroom and she did not want to repeat the experience again. Little did the students know that Aberdeen was in conversation with her long dead sister, Brooklyn, whom she likes to refer to as Brook. One of the reasons she loves her magic is that it allows her to talk to Brook and ask her for advice and comfort when she needed it. It seemed that Brooklyn felt that Aberdeen was in that time of need for she made an appearance to the seat at the right of Aberdeen that was unoccupied.

“Abby, aren’t you going to try and make some friends?”

Aberdeen carefully pretended to talk to her demon Luciana, who was in front of Brooklyn, to make it seem as though she was in conversation with her demon. Her voice was subdued so as to not give her insecurities away.

“I’m not sure, Brook. It seems that everyone is either busy or in their own conversations. Plus who would want to befriend a freak like me?”

“Abby, you know you’re in a school FULL of freaks right? Plus there’s a guy right next to you that seemed to have been interested in you if he took the time to notice you, right? Try him!

Aberdeen gazed at the cyan-eyed male student at her left, admitting that she did want to try at least a hello or her version of hello at least. Little did she notice Brooklyn winking at Luciana and Luciana motioning to the demon of the boy (Jenkins). Suddenly she heard a moan sounding like “Uugghhh!!” and knew that to be Luciana’s voice. She woke up from her spaced out self and noticed that Luciana was attempting to converse with Jenkins, but she couldn’t tell whether or not Jenkins was comfortable with Luciana’s mode of speech. Luckily, Luciana clued her in through telepathic conversation and said that she was demonstrating to Jenkins that she couldn’t speak well verbally, but speaks her best through telepathy. Aberdeen then realized what Luciana was doing and decided this was her chance. However, Aberdeen was so nervous that all she could do was poke the guy at his shoulders, gaze at him with a serious demeanor, and softly utter the word, “Hi,” as though she was the one that had trouble communicating verbally instead of Luciana.

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Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan

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Alvor covered his mouth and looked away from Connor in attempt to not burst out in a roar of laughter. As he calmed down Alvor looked towards his roommate, "Good to see ya! Seems you are having fun as usual." Alvor pulled a piece of paper from his pocket and crumpled it up quite a bit as he took one of his gloves off. "Here, check this out," Alvor said as he charged the paper and sent it flying to Connor so that he should be able to catch it no problem. "A map of the school for ya so you can plan some more fun this year."

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Aidrid Dracnare Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Kirie

He cracked open a single red eye, looking about the room as new and old students poured into their last class of the day, the class that would teach them to control their abilities. Ms. Brumfield greeted all if not most of them with a simple smile or greeting.
So when a student spoke softly about not killing someone, he opened both eyes in amusement. fat chance they would let you get away with it newbie a smirk planted itself on his face. After that things got a bit more exciting as the veterans of the class came in, and a few newbies as well. But he decided to go back to his nap, leaning back his hands laced behind his head, you could easily tell just how relaxed and at home he was.

Suddenly the ceiling broke and a kid (Connor) fell right on his stomach and then a fox looking thing (Hans) landed on his head. This made Kirie just about jumped right out of his seat but relaxed upon hearing the voices of which they belonged to. Then another student (Kieran) came in with a rather grand entrance if you asked him about his thoughts. This student walked right off the walls and Kirie rolled his eyes at how comical the twins were.
I don’t see how that could amuse anyone. If that had been me I could have electrocuted him. Raimei decided it had been best that she keep hidden from view and in her own world but kept that telepathic link with Kirie so the two could speak. ”Nah you would have been fine I trust in your ability” giving his demon a smile or at least he thought he did as he wasn’t quite sure where she was around him.

The seating of an obviously new student (Aidrid) caught his attention, especially the guys demon (Decenti), who could have passed for a human if it weren’t for the crow like wings poking out from his back. Raising a brow Kirie leaned forwards in his seat, glancing at the guy from the corner of his eye. Raimei then flickered into becoming visible with each flicker and stared at the demon with the wings ”I wish I was like you then I wouldn’t have to worry about hurting anyone” her voice quiet and sad.

”nah don’t be so hard on yourself Raimei I like you just the way you are.” this earned him a grateful smile from Raimie who at the moment wished she could hug her beloved Magni but would have killed him. Kirie then turned his attention back to the student who sat beside him ”so are you new here, I don’t think I’ve seen you around before?”

But before the kid could reply Ms. Brumfield stood up from her desk and walked to the board writing out the words Lessons on Magic Control in big loopy letters on the board. Then turning to the class she cleared her throat authoritively and waited for them to quiet down. After a few minutes however she frowned, and clapped her hands. Suddenly a loud thunder clap echoed throughout the room making some if not all the students’ jump. Smiling at having their attention or at some of their attention she spoke “okay so now that I have your attention who can tell me why you’re here for?”

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Asuka Fujiwara Character Portrait: Nina Picket Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Aidrid Dracnare Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Victoria Winter Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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As his classmates reacted to his spectacular entrance, Connor flashed a huge, cheesy smile and flipped the thumbs up. He loved how his ability to brighten up a room hadn't changed. Suddenly a lot of things happened at once. His roommate Alvor caught his attention by tossing a crumpled up ball of paper at him which he caught one-handed before opening it to examine its contents. It was a comprehensive map of the school, complete with air-ducts, secret passageways, and a few things Connor hadn't seen before. The looked like whole secret rooms. He would most certainly have to test this map out. "Awesome! Thanks Al! This is sweet!" Connor waved at his roommate, thanking him for the map. Then, another pair walked up to him, first a cat, who introduced himself as Tama, followed by a nervous looking boy who said, ""I'm sorry, Tama here kind of likes to talk to whoever he finds interesting." After saying this he put Tama inside the collar of his shirt and awkwardly held out his hand. "Well my name is Jaxon Rhys, as we're to be classmates you can call me Jax." Connor took his hand and shook it. "I'm Connor, this little ball of mischief is called Hans, and we're glad to meet you." Connor said with a huge smile. "But Connor, we're not glad to meet him, or at least I'm not. I suppose meeting isn't a bad thing, but I wouldn't say that I specifically am glad to meet him. Stop lying Connor, dad told us it was bad." Hans said, his voice full of it's usual sarcasm and derision. "Sorry about him. He likes to pretend he's super aloof and hard to get along with. The little fuzz-ball actually loves people, so I'm sure he's glad to meet you." Connor explained.

Connor was just about to answer his brother, and call shenanigans because he doesn't walk anywhere, when suddenly the room was filled with a thunderous boom. The teacher, Ms. Brumfield, had walked in and clapped, signalling the young mages to sit down and get ready for their class. Connor took his seat and turned his attention to the board which had the words: Lessons on Magic control written in big loopy letters on the whiteboard. She directed a question at the class. "Okay so now that I have your attention who can tell me what you’re here for?" She asked and was immediately answered by both Kieran and a blonde haired girl Connor didn't quite recognize.

First was the blonde girl who said, "Same thing as all other years, because some people here can't control their magic." There was just the littlest bit of derision in her voice, as if she held disdain for anyone and everyone she didn't like. It was strange. Then Kieran answered, and his version made Connor have to stifle a laugh. Kieran deliberately provoked their teacher. "Well Mrs. Brumfield, that is quite simple, I am here supposedly to learn how to better control my magic. But let's all be honest here, I am probably just gonna goof off and cause trouble for you, all in the name of a few laughs out of my classmates. The same thing I did last year, and probably the reason that Mrs. Gregory said she could not teach this class again, I guess Connor and I are just too much for some people to handle." He finished with a smirk on his face. Connor buried his face in his notebook, attempting, and failing, to hide his laughter. It was just too funny. Finally, once he'd contained himself, Connor sat back in his chair and actually prepared himself to take notes. Connor would never tell Kieran, but he felt like... actually trying this year. Connor wanted to get better at controlling his water magic, the pranking capabilities with water were endless, especially because water was such a harmless medium. Further, it gave him an excuse to keep his ability to shapeshift to himself. The better he got at manipulating water, the less he'd have to rely on shifting. WHat connor didn't know, however, was that soon, shifting would become his entire focus.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Asuka Fujiwara Character Portrait: Nina Picket Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Aidrid Dracnare Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Victoria Winter Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Giselle Embers
Giselle looked at her desk offically bored and ready to leave. She tried to think of an excuse or a drama she could cause to get her out of here. She looked at the teacher's drink and put a tiny barely noticeable white hot flame under it. If she heated it enough the Teacher would be burnt and leave the classroom and then Giselle could disappear out of her lesson.

She focused her attention on making the glass hotter and hotter making a flame vanish whenever the teacher looked near or around the drink as to not be made the prime suspect later. Her eyes had gone an autmun red in colour since she had started heating the glass and any sign of green was almost entirely gone apart from little flecks around the inside of her iris bordering the pupil.

The teacher looked straight at Giselle and in a instant the flame and red iris' were gone and she looked like a normal kid not paying full attention to a lesson. Then when the teacher's burrowing gaze left Giselle the glass was being burnt again by a short little white spark.

Giselle played with her ginger hair as to not look like she was being menacing but her eyes never left the glass until they had to and her attention was entirely focused as if she were in some sort of trance or under a dark spell.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Aidrid Dracnare Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Kirie

He too jumped but wasn’t all that bothered until he remembered Raimei. "Raimei you okay?" looking about him without being to obvious about it. His eyes locked with the kid (Aidrid) who sat next to him and acknowledged his nod.

I’m okay i guess. I should have gotten used to her doing that her sigh came out as a small crackle of electricity as it ran along the outline of Raimei’s shape. Kirie knew his demon could be scared very easily, often losing shape for a moment as her body went haywire. well I guess that’s what happens when your body is made entirely of electricity Kirie frowned but smiled at Raimeis reply I heard that Kirie. It doesn’t help. her voice was now barely a whisper.

"No it didn’t but I trust that you won’t electrocute me" another crackle came about but this one sounded nicer and he realized for the first time Raimei had laughed. An equally happy smile plastered itself on to his face and Kirie faced forwards.

Except the answers Ms. Brumfield received were semi-correct and just plain rude. Kirie shook his head at their answers but decided not to put his input as it wouldn’t help anything. Ms. Brumfield could tell that some of the students showed discomfort by her question as well as from the answers she received from the older students.

She began to chuckle but she wasn’t mad at all as some had thought she was. “Well I see you’ve done your homework. But yes that’s what your here for and don’t worry Kieran it won’t be enough to drive me away. I can assure you have my means to put you in place.” A kind smile that contradicted her words that sounded very much like a threat.

“But more to the point some of you think I’m just going to give some boring lectures about how to control them but I won’t give you hands on experience. But today I’m going to give all of you hands on experience. Each of you will be paired with another student and it will be random so no complaining.” Ms. Brumfield looked over at Giselle her gaze narrowed as the girl tried to hide her activities. Turning back to the board Ms. Brumfield began to write up the names: Connor Vs. Melody, Lila Vs. Alexis, Aidrid Vs. Venice, Giselle vs. Alvor, Opal Vs. Aberdeen, and Kirie Vs. Jayson. Then turning back to face them Ms. Brumfield leaned against her desk about to reach for her coffee but could feel the warmth radiating from her mug.

Then a better idea came to mind, “Giselle could you taste this for me, my tongue is very sensitive to heat. See if it’s too hot, and considering your fire elemental I’m sure you can handle some heat” passing the mug to Giselle, to taste. Then turning back to the class Ms. Brumfield smiled, “well there’s your pairings. Now if I catch you overdoing it, there will be severe punishment, and you will not like what it is” her smile turned cruel as she snapped her fingers. Electric sparks danced across her fingers, this caught Kiries attention and a smile twitched at the corners of his lips. I do not want to be at her that lady’s mercy at all . Kirie knew full well just how painful a shock could be but for her to have been able to create that loud sound she must have built up a lot of electricity.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Aidrid Dracnare Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Giselle smiled at the Teacher confidently and took a gulp of water. “Yep, it’s perfect Miss, Not too hot at all. Bit bitter though..” Giselle knew she was being tested here and she knew how to handle it...maybe she could convince the Teacher to drink it still. After pushing the mug dangerously close to the edge of her desk she looked at the board and looked for her name.
Giselle VS Alvor Giselle arched an eyebrow and her eyes searched the room for Alvor. Giselle was a competitive girl and didn’t plan on losing at all and it was fairly clear by the amused but determined look on her heart-shaped face. She turned her attention back at the mug decided at some point she’d accidently push it off the desk. Then she noticed a red dash by the window and her head moved noticeably quick towards the window.
She could see easily it was Vix by the animals speed and elegance not to mention her petit sizing and bright red fur. Vix sat down and gave Giselle a warning glare through the glass of the window and Giselle felt herself sinking into her own skin. Vix intimidated Giselle with her wisdom and intelligence but Giselle wasn’t one to listen most of the time. She looked at the mug then at Vix then jolted her leg up into the desk sending a slight vibration through the wood. The mug crashed and Giselle muttered ‘Ow’ rubbing her knee.
It’d been half accidental and half on purpose. She’d meant to knock the mug but not hit her knee so hard on the wood. She glared at the table as if it were the table’s fault then calmed down enough to have her skin stop being bright red and her eyes stopped being narrowed at the table.
She sent little sparks off her fingers and she searched out her duelling partner with bright eyes. She tried to ignore the pulsing and throbbing in her knee and focused her attention on getting in the right sense of mind for a spar or duel- whichever you’d rather call it.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Kieran sat down in his seat and smiled as he heard Mrs. Brumfield's reply “Well I see you've done your homework. But yes that’s what your here for and don’t worry Kieran it won’t be enough to drive me away. I can assure you have my means to put you in place.” She said with a smile but some probably interpreted it as a threat Kieran simply looked at Connor across the room That sound like a challenge to you? he thought. Then he turned his gaze back to Mrs. Brumfield who continued to speak
“But more to the point some of you think I’m just going to give some boring lectures about how to control them but I won’t give you hands on experience. But today I’m going to give all of you hands on experience. Each of you will be paired with another student and it will be random so no complaining.”
She then proceeded to write out pairs on the board, Kieran however, could not find his name. well, that's odd.

Mrs. Brumfield turned around and continued talking, “well there’s your pairings. Now if I catch you overdoing it, there will be severe punishment, and you will not like what it is” She then snapped her fingers as sparks danced across her fingertips, sparks that Kieran was sure were more dangerous than the tiny ones he could make. Kieran stood up and spoke to Mrs. Brumfield, "Mrs. Brunfield? Why am I not on the list? I mean are afraid my powers are to scary for in class?" as he said this he turned into a shadow traveled to the back wall and changed his shape into a cartoonified dragon. "I promise not to scare anyone, just let me play to. Everyone else gets to have fun." He was having trouble concealing his laughter as he remained in the shape of the small adorable dragon on the wall and spoke to the class. The look on Mrs. Brumfields face was priceless, he could not be more proud of himself. He strolled off the wall ending the illusion of the cute little monster and winked a girl as he walked by her desk (Melody), "Anyone else's name get forgotten? I could partner with you? It'll be fun I promise!" He said as he finally returned to his seat and sat down. After sitting down he laughed, finally he could laugh, he had to keep throughout his performance and it damn near killed him.

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Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Startled by what the turquoise haired boy Jaxon looked up at the board to find his name not up there too and then what caught his eye was the boy turning into a cartoon dragon. "I promise not to scare anyone, just let me play to. Everyone else gets to have fun." 'Oh tell me I have to go against this idiot, I mean I don't even like fighting....' Sighing out loud Jaxon chose to say nothing on the matter and turned to Connor, "I have a feeling he's your brother am I correct? You two are so similar." After saying that to Connor not even a second later did the boy sit back down at his seat with his question. "Anyone else's name get forgotten? I could partner with you? It'll be fun I promise!" That said Jaxon hid back into his collar and Tama then shouted out to him "Hey! Jaxon's name wasn't written on the board! I guess that means he'll be your partner!" After hearing this Jaxon hushed the small cat and blushed behind the collar. "Yeah I guess it's out of the bag now, I'll be your opponent so what's your name?" Jaxon stood up after saying this and followed on his question, "My name is Jaxon Rhys and this is Tama, nice to meet you."

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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“Great timing, I was getting horrendously bored.” He heard the girl reply as she winked back at him, "Always glad entertain a lady" He said before continuing on with his speech. After he sat down he heard something coming from across the room "Hey! Jaxon's name wasn't written on the board! I guess that means he'll be your partner!" When he looked at the source it appeared to be a cat, must be the kid's demon he thought as the kid then spoke himself "Yeah I guess it's out of the bag now, I'll be your opponent so what's your name?" The kid then stood and spoke again "My name is Jaxon Rhys and this is Tama, nice to meet you."

Kieran stood and walked over to the kid and shook his hand "Hey there Jaxon, I'm Kieran, Kieran Flanagan. That thing on the wall over there is Nox."
As he said this Nox walked off the wall entering his hound form and walked over to them. "Hey now Kieran, you should know better, I am not some thing, I am your beloved childhood friend. It would do you well to treat me with respect. Pleasure to meet you Jaxon." Nox said introducing himself.
Kieran interjected before Jaxon could respond, "Please excuse him, he tends to get a little over the top sometimes." He then turns to his brother who he noticed was sitting near by. "Hey Connor, what do ya think Uncle Harris would think of how I handled not being placed on the board?"
Before Connor could respond Nox decided he needed to speak again "Dammit Kieran, don't mention that man! You know how I feel about him... What he did this summer was... unforgivable." Kieran simply laughed and waited for Connor and Jaxon's replies.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Aidrid Dracnare Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Alvor Maximillium Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Li Wen Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Kirie
The fact that he turned into a dragon made him smile, a chuckle escaped his lips but stopped when Ms. Brumfield glanced over at him. damn she is going to be a tough one shaking his head Kirie listened to the other students exchange about duels but he was more so focused on his opponent someone by the name of Jayson.

wonder who that is, she must be new if I don’t know them a frown crept its way onto his lips as Kirie leaned forwards to listen closely to what the teacher said next. Kirie stifled a mocking laugh at Giselle who knocked over the teachers mug, shaking his head at her clumsiness.

Ms. Brumfield

“aye dios mio!” sighing Ms. Brumfield shook her head bending down to clean up what was left of her coffee. Standing back up she dropped the remains into the trash bin and faced the class again, her gaze settled on Giselle for a moment before returning back to the others. Kieran caught her attention by the fact that he turned into a cartoonish dragon, which surprised her but not really.

“Kieran sit down, just because I didn’t put your name up doesn’t mean I forgot about you. But seeing as I didn’t put up Jaxsons name either ill leave it be for now.” but Ms. Brumfield wasn’t done, with a slight flick of the wrist a small bolt of electricity was sent right towards Kieran and shocked him. “Now back to the issue at hand as I have already said we are to be doing practice duels, you fail or break the rules(Check OOC) you will be punished” smiling at her students.

Then a late student appeared, “ah Li Wen good to see that you made it. Next time try not to be late. We are going to the practice arena for practice duels. Everyone is in pairs but since you’er late you’ll have to sit this one out as punishment and simply because there is no one else to pair you up with”. Giving Li a kind smile.

Ms. Brumfield then walked out from behind her desk and towards the door, “now let’s go to the practice fields no use in doing it in here”. Soon enough the students arrived in the practice arena. The place was huge with giant archways in front of the stands. Ms. Brumfield stood in the middle of the field and motioned to the first two pairs of oppenents. “start when you are ready, those who are waiting your turns go sit in the stands and devise a plan of action until then be silent, cheer if you must but do not give those fighting any help”. So with that Ms. Brumfield stepped back for those who would fight waiting for when they were ready to start.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Connor had to slam his head onto his desk to keep himself from laughing. Kieran had openly challenged Ms. Brumfield in front of everyone. Further, he turned into that silly little dragon of his and was making a total arse of himself earning a shocking bolt to the face from their teacher. "Yup. That little chibi is my brother all right." Connor said, barely able to answer Jaxon before burying his head in the crook of his elbow. Connor had to cover not only his mouth, but his whole face to contain his laughter. It hadn't even been day one and Kieran was already up to his fantastic hijinks. While Connor was down for the count, Hans paid attention to everything around them. He noted that their partner was Miss Melody. She was, according to his knowledge, stubbornly lazy, so her battle style and magic type were completely unknown to Hans. 'I really wish that idiot would stop encouraging his brother's foolish pranks and pay more attention. He'll never amount to anything like this. He's so talented, it's a waste for him to not use his gifts.' Hans thought, shaking his head in disappointment. 'We don't know anything about her and yet he's taking it this easy? Either he's too confident or... Or he has no intention to fight her. What an idiot.'

Finally, after a solid six minutes of eye-watering, wheezing, and completely unrestrained laughter, Connor finally managed to calm down enough to see that two things had happened. The first was that their teacher had given them a partner for dueling with, secondly, a new student had walked in. Connor waved to the new student, a huge smile on his face. Hopefully he would feel welcomed here, after all, it was a rather scary place. Turning towards the board, Connor noted his partner was Melody. Connor whipped his head around, noting the blonde girl sitting in the back of the class. It was her wasn't it? Connor made a silly face, pulling down his left eyelid and sticking out his tongue before smiling and waving. However, she completely ignored him. Connor mock pouted, whining like a puppy. Regardless, he really didn't feel like fighting.

Connor was never in the mood to fight, he only did when Hans pushed him too hard or people started being mean to Kieran. In fact, the first time Connor ever remembered transforming was when he had to protect his brother from some bullies. They were picking on him after school, and like always, Kieran never fought back. He just stood there, taking the hits until Connor noticed it. He didn't know what, but something snapped within him. He rushed to his brother's aid, his vision becoming red and narrowing. The next thing Connor knew, he was sitting on the ground, the bullies cowering before him, teeth marks ripping up with shirts. Connor had transformed into a dog, specifically a German Shepard. He hadn't hurt anyone, only torn up their clothes a bit and barked at them.





After a while, the students made their way over to the arena. Connor gasped. It was so big and cool. Suddenly, he really wanted to fight, but at that same time, it made him kind of sad. There was a place specifically for fighting here. It just wasn't what Connor would have expected for a school where fighting was prohibited. Regardless, he walked over to Melody, nudging her with his elbow. "So, I guess we're up, eh?" He asked, a grin on his face. 'Please don't want to, please don't want to, please don't want to...' Connor thought fiercely. "I'll pass." She muttered. "Awes- I mean, cool. Me too." Connor said, shrugging and placing his hand on the back of his neck. "So, uh... Ms. Brumfield, we pass! If we're not allowed to, then I forfeit." Connor said, a goofy look on his face. Though Connor appeared entirely composed, albeit silly, his mind was racing furiously. 'If I fight, then I'll have to use it, but I don't want to use it. How can I get out of this?' Connor thought, his mind burning with impatience and restlessness. All the while he appeared completely composed.

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Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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"Hey you wanna get our match out of the way first? That way we can just kick back and goof off the rest of class." Looking away for a second Jaxon raised his head and agreed slightly. "Mrs. Brumfield, Kieran and I would be more than happy to start off I mean it's easier to get this out of the way now than later right?" After saying this stroked the neck of Tama and added, "Also I'd like to have Tama participate with me he won't be fighting he just helps me with my magic is all." Turning to see what Connor was doing he heard him speak.

"So, uh... Ms. Brumfield, we pass! If we're not allowed to, then I forfeit." 'Huh? He's giving up already? maybe he's not good at fighting or his magic is too volatile... Isn't that ok though? We're here to put our magic into our control and not be discriminated against from what I understand.' Shaking his thought from his head he quickly turned to Kieran. "I hope you don't mind me prying but what's Connor's magic? I mean we're here as equals and to get along so why is he so willing to not fight?" Tilting his head slightly he waited for Kieran's reply.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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When Aberdeen had finally gotten back to reality, she realized her teacher mentioned something about having a duel against another student to put one's magic to the test. After many annoying strokes of the chalk with some screeches in between, the teacher moved to the side so that the names of the dueling pairs would be visible to everyone. Aberdeen picked her name out of the list and saw that she was paired with someone named Opal. She tried to scan the room to guess who could be an “Opal” but she couldn’t tell just from the name. Aberdeen wondered who Opal was and what her powers would be. She was proud of her own magic, but she feared it lacked offensive strength. Nevertheless, Aberdeen was determined to try and make it work, even if she had to be elusive and on the defensive before she can strike. She hoped to use her knife as her offensive point, sheathed of course, as to not pierce the skin of her rival.

It appears the teacher had forgotten two people, and one of them decided to call her out on it and make a spectacle of himself(Kieran) by turning into a dragon with a somewhat cartoony figure like the ones Aberdeen had seen on some cartoon action shows.

“Great timing, I was getting horrendously bored,” a blonde girl with headphones replied to his antics (Melody).

“Always glad to entertain a lady,” the shadowy dragon returned back.

“Hey! Jaxon’s name wasn’t written on the board! I guess that means he’ll be your partner!” a cat, the demon of the kid, pointed out. ”Glad that wasn’t me…I hate getting called out like that” Aberdeen thought. ”Then again, what would Lucy do? She can’t verbally speak.” At that moment, Lucy looked towards Aberdeen with a “grin,” at least she assumed it was a grin behind the mask she wore because Lucy’s demon eyes peering from the holes in the mask for her eyes were glowing with a mischievous happiness flickering in them. Before Aberdeen could figure out what Luciana was up to, she heard in her thoughts, “Opal? Where Opal? Aberdeen partner! Want to stalk her…Hehehe.” Aberdeen then put her head down and pretended to just be focused on her notebook, embarrassed by her demon’s urge to stalk her sparring partner.

“Kieran sit down, just because I didn’t put your name up doesn’t mean I forgot about you. But seeing as I didn’t put up Jaxon’s name either I’ll leave it be for now,” Aberdeen heard the teacher say. She heard the sound of electrical waves being sent toward someone and an “OWWW” from the receiver. Aberdeen couldn’t help but move her lips into a grin and tried to hide it.

After the teacher ranted on punishment for breaking the rules, a late student (Li) arrived who unfortunately could not participate. Then the class was brought to the practice arena that was enormous with giant archways in front of the stands. Aberdeen thought it would be good to observe and take note of the arena to plan her battle. She noticed that some parts of the field were boarded up and wondered whether they were to hide holes or to provide some fodder to throw around and use magic on. The arena seemed to be open, so it would be difficult for her to hide. However, she knew that she could use her invisibility powers for a short while, should she need to conduct some evasive maneuvers. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to find any other use for her invisibility and her ability to see ghosts wouldn’t really do much. Aberdeen knew that in order to at least give a decent fight, she would have to observe her opponents moves, fighting style, and attitude during the match and avoid any attacks until she can strike with her sheathed knife.

It seemed that a few students did not want to participate in the fight, and wondered how the teacher would deal with that situation. Aberdeen still did not know who she would be fighting, but it seemed Lucy had found out because she was looming over a Magni with pink hair(Opal) sitting next to a small red panda. Aberdeen recognized the girl as the one that the other pink haired girl, the one that greeted her, flocked towards. For some strange reason, Aberdeen felt a pang of jealousy towards this girl and made it a resolve to prove to that other pink haired girl(Lila) that she was worthy of becoming her friend by beating this girl. She then studied this girl’s moves and mannerisms, hoping to find out a little bit about her opponent before the battle.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Jaxon nodded in slight agreement to Kierean "Mrs. Brumfield, Kieran and I would be more than happy to start off I mean it's easier to get this out of the way now than later right?" He said looking over in her direction, she said nothing yet so he continued ""Also I'd like to have Tama participate with me he won't be fighting he just helps me with my magic is all." Then the two them turn to look at Connor who was taking his turn to speak, "So, uh... Ms. Brumfield, we pass! If we're not allowed to, then I forfeit." Just like Connor, doesn't want to hurt anyone, although now I'm even more intrigued by this blonde haired girl, most people here jump at the chance to use their powers. Kieran was snapped away from his contemplation by the sound of Jaxon's voice ""I hope you don't mind me prying but what's Connor's magic? I mean we're here as equals and to get along so why is he so willing to not fight?" Kieran thought for a minute trying to determine how to best answer Jaxon's question, I can't tell him about Connor's shape shifting, I'm the only one here who knows. I know, I'll tell him about the time Connor saved me. His mind made up Kiearn begins talking "Well you see when we were a lot younger than we are now Connor got into a fight at school, and he lost control and very nearly hurt someone badly. Since then he has tried to avoid fighting, plus fighting is boring." He said hoping to sate Jaxon's curiosity without revealing anything about Connor's magic.

Kieran suddenly changed gears turning to the direction of Mrs. Brumfield who has yet to have said anything after arriving at the arena, "Hey Mrs. Brumfield, Jaxon and I want to go first, what do ya say?" She looks at them and then responds with a smile "Kieran taking initiative? Is something wrong with you? Anyway I'll allow it but I am watching you" She said looking at them with daggers in her eyes.

Kieran looked back to Jaxon, "Well looks like we get to go first. Good luck!" after wishing his opponent he walked over to his brother and quietly spoke to him, "Wish I didn't have to fight either, but it would be suspicious of neither of us fought. And I guess you have more reason to not want to." Suddenly he noticed his new blonde haired friend was here with his brother. "Oh hey, you're the bored girl from class, I never caught your name, I'm Kieran." He said introducing himself, he smiled sheepishly at her as he awaited her name in response.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Turning to face Melody, a raised brow in her direction. The teacher crossed her arms and chuckled at the young girl’s defiance of teachings. “So you’re going to sit this one out or rather Connor will forfeit. Good enough for me, you’re lucky young lady that he forfeited, had he not you would have had an extra lesson later.” She gave Kieran her answer and she would watch him, knowing him being the trickster he was something bad might come out of it.

“Well since our two first pairs have forfeited their match it those who go next are Alexis and Lila. I hope you two don’t forfeit either so get down from the stands and start your duel” giving the girls an encouraging smile. Ms.Brumfield walked back over to where Jaxon and Kieran stood waiting for her to give the signal to start. She made sure to make eye contact with the both of them and nodded “alright when I give the signal the both of you may start. (This also goes for Alexis and Lila)Also Jaxon Tama may participate but like I said before he cannot help you directly in this fight.” Taking a step back Ms. Brumfield then snapped her fingers, a loud thunderclap echoed throughout the arena signaling to those fighting that they may start.

Ms.Brumfield walked back up to the stadium standing beside Melody and Connor. “Since the both of you forfeited I would like for you to come separately after class today or tomorrow to show me what you can do. This isn’t just a boring old fight, but it is to see how well you do under stress and in a different environment.” Making herself clear on that Ms.Brumfield then walked to te bottom of the stadium keeping watch on both duels.

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Yeah, yeah. If she'd got a penny for every time someone said that, she would not only be the luckiest, but also the richest girl on the planet.

If only.

Taunts, or at least she thought they were, fell on deaf ears. If Melody was declared a coward, a weakling or anything that denied her strength, then so be it. Fighting's for brainless twits, anyway.

Or maybe she was just too lazy to bother with this supposed lesson, rather than actually finding a philosophical meaning behind why you shouldn't gut someone in sparring. Connor, the boy who she was partnered with didn't seem to be overly enthusiastic about fighting either, so. Guess that made two against one, no?

Or three, actually. Lorelei had kept on smiling and nodding and shaking to defend her Magni's position, giving her a smooch afterwards for not leaping at the chance to show her prowess as a magic user.

“I know, Lore.” Came the reply, a weak genuine smile forming from her lips.

Though Melody didn't skip out for the sake of her demon, it certainly was among the laundry list of reasons.

The blonde flopped onto the seats, Lorelei once again taking refuge on Melody's shoulder.

“... I never caught your name, I'm Kieran.”

Did he have some fetish for catching people off-guard? Or was it just her being lazy. Melody looked up, dull blue eyes locking at the sight of the jester guy.

“Melody.” Came a slow, and highly surprised response.

That was. Weird. The blonde stared him off as he left for the arena, again, a single eyebrow arching up.

“Since the both of you forfeited, I would like for you to come separately after class today or tomorrow to show me what you can do.”

Fine...

If it bothered the teacher that much, she'd go after class. Just. Shut up already.

Finally, some peace.

Melody sighed, eyes focusing on the sparring matches below.

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Keiran was still smiling when the response from the blonde girl came "Melody" she said slowly and a little surprised, "That's a great name" He said and paused to think a minute Melody, I know that name from somewhere, but I don't think
I knew anyone by that name last year. OH! Now I remember."
Looking back to his brother again, "Melody, isn't that the name of the girl that beat up that asshole Alex last year?" he asked, before turning to head back toward Jax. "It was nice to formally meet you Melody, I can tell already that we're gonna be good friends." These were his last words to his brother and Melody before he walked away into the arena.

Upon arriving back in the middle of the arena where Jax was waiting for him start the fight. "Sorry bud I had to go take care of some stuff, you ready to get started?" Jax just nodded and readied himself, waiting for Kieran to make the first move. "Dammit I was hoping he would make the first move, but I guess someone has to start." He took a stance that everyone in the stands would immediately notice as a fake fighting stance that more or less silly than anything else. "Alright here we go everyone the fight to end all fights. The bout that could determine the fate of the world. The match between the best of the best, the premier fighters of the class is about to begin." He said in his best announcer voice. The majority of the students in the stands erupted in laughter and Kieran smiled at them. Then Mrs. Brumfield stepped in, "Kieran! I told you to take this seriously, if you can't take it seriously you can join your delinquent brother and Melody in the private lessons after class." She said while flicking her wrist and sending a bolt of electricity at the ground near his feet. "Geez Mrs. Brunfield, I'm just trying to set the stage and have a little fun." He said withe a fake pout on his face which earned him a second bolt of lightning fired his way, this time with no words, but Kieran knew that anymore theatrics out him and the bolt would hit him next time so he decided to get started. "REBEL 1! ... ... FIGHT!" He announced quoting his favorite fighting game, one he often played with his brother, although his brother was much better at than he was. After announcing the start of the fight Kieran instantly turned into a shadow on the ground and traveled behind Jaxon popping back up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder, "Jaxon, I'm back here now." He said with a slight chuckled on waited for Jaxon to swing at him, ready to dodge the incoming attack.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Li Wen Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Kirie

Kirie watched the duel start with a blank expression on his face. he sat behind a girl with yellow hair(Melody) and a pair of headphones. Kirie I don't like fighting you know that. cant we just forfeit when its our turn? came a meek question from Raimei.I know you don't like to fight but its for the best okay so just bear with me he replied through their telepathic link. Raimei made a strange sound, suddenly Kirie jumped from his seat glaring at where he assumed Raimei was.

"Dammit Raimei that hurt. why'd you shock me for?!" rubbing his wounded hand, Kirie began to produce sparks of electricity but then finally calmed down. shoulders sagging he sat back down guilty for yelling at his demon, who seemed to be crying from Kirie yelling at her. "Gah I'm sorry Raimei I didn't mean to yell please don't cry" he reached towards her now visible form as it phased through the stands. her body cackled while strands of pure electricity reached outwards. "its okay Kirie I'm not crying, i just don't want to hurt someone is all" but the sniffles contradicted what she said.

Kirie sighed in relief and sat back down in his seat. Raimei circled around him for a while until she settled to floating just above his head. but eventually she faded, retreating to her home world of demons.


Ms. Brumfield

she turned to address Li a smile on her face. "of course you can would you prefer to do it private or with others" she asked. but then felt the hair on her neck stand on end and so she turned around to see Kirie an old student of hers beginning to spark in places as he glared at a spot in the air. however it seemed he calmed down and was sitting again though he seemed to be upset. now, now Anya let him be, its probably a little argument with his demon is all. turning back to Li, Ms. Brumfield rubbed her temples and for the first time in a long while wondered why she even bothered to teach these kids.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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Kieran laughed as he tapped Jaxon's shoulder, Jaxon quickly turned around and jumped landing in the air. ""I was expecting as much from what I saw in the classroom. Don't worry I'm not an offensive fighter so I won't be able to land an attack unless you slip up, but that stance. ... You need a lot of work. Also about you thinking you could sneak up on me that's something I noticed right away I can't hit a shadow but I sure as hell can sense one." Kieran was laughed harder as Jaxon sat down on his platform. "He sat down, he actually sat down" Kieran said, his words barely audible as he laughed. As he sat Jaxon wagged his finger in a 'come at me bro' fashion, which Kieran didn't even see. Jaxon then hopped down and stretched waiting for Kieran to make a move. "Well that was a neat trick. Wish I could do it." Kieran said as he finally stopped laughing at his idiotic first move. "Of course you can sense a shadow, everyone can, all you gotta is look at it silly." Kieran said with a smug look on his face as if he was telling Jaxon some outrageous fact that no one knew.

Then Kieran got serious, well not serious, but more like he was tired of this fight even though it had barely begun so he wanted to end it. He looked over at the stands and noticed Melody and his brother were watching his fight as opposed to the other one. "Awesome" was the only word that entered his mind as he thought about impressing Melody, he wasn't sure why but he really wanted her to like him. A smile crept across his face as he sprinted towards Jaxon, who was still stretching. A few feet in front of Jaxon, before he ran into him Kieran instantaneously turned into a shadow on the ground, and continued to move underneath him. When he was underneath Jaxon he turned back into his corporeal form, but slowly this time and only long enough for his hand to reach out of the shadow, he grabbed Jaxon's leg and pulled hard, trying to trip him.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Kieran was a little shocked at first, he couldn't believe Jaxon just walked right through his hand, which he quickly brought back into the shadow, appearing to be a simple circle on the ground. "Wow you can do that, fascinating" Jaxon said before disappearing and reappearing behind a pillar on the other end of the room.

"You might be surprised what I can do buddy." Kieran said cockily. Kieran had yet to move from his spot, he saw no need to, he could see and hear Jaxon just fine from where he was on the ground.

"Kieran you have potential but your tricks are easy to see through, they're more of an annoyance than a threat." Jaxon said shaking his head. "Hey Kieran, got a physics question. What happens when the surface a shadow is sitting on is disturbed and no longer there? The shadow therefore doesn't have a true standing point and will be fractured ... Now what would happen to you if that happened? Let's find out shall we?" Jaxon said with a yawn.

Kieran laughed as he reformed himself in three dimensions. "Jaxon I do believe you have your facts mixed up. Ya might want to complain about your physics professor cause that's not how shadows work." Kieran said getting his laughter under control. "If you remove the surface a shadow is on, it moves to the next surface behind it. Imagine if you will, a lamp on a desk, if you put a piece of paper on the desk and hold your hand up to the light, your shadow displays on the paper. You move the paper, and I know this is a hard concept but, the shadow would then be on the desk! Shocking I know, but anyway your little threat isn't that scary cause you see, your little ideas about a "true standing point" were a little absurd." Kieran walked over to one of the many pillars that Jaxon wasn't hiding behind. He put his hand on it and became a shadow, he the then moved across the pillar, and then moved in such a way that his shadowy form was half on the pillar and half on the wall behind it. "See? totally fine, no problem at all. And even if for some reason physics did work the way imagined, I could always just turn back into a people, it's not that hard." As he said this he moved off the pillar and wall simultaneously and his body appeared in front of the wall.

Kieran then realized he was near the stands where the students and Mrs. Brumfield were watching. He looked up and saw his brother and Melody and smiled at them. "OH MRS. BRUMFIELD! I think I'm done with this fight. He doesn't ever attack me, and then he just insults me with his falsities when I attack him. I participated, which is probably more than you expected from me anyway. With that Kieran jumped up the wall and entered the stands. He walked over and sat down in between Connor and Melody. "Sup Connor" He said to his brohter giving him a slight nod of the head. "Hey Melody, enjoy the show?" Kieran said, a smile on his face speaking as if they were already close friends. That was when things got hairy, Mrs. Brumfield was going to let it go when Kieran said he wasn't gonna fight anymore, but the moment he actually stopped fighting and sat down, she got upset.

"KIERAN FLANAGAN! How dare you disrespect me and my lesson plan like this. Detention after class. And no, you will not be engagin in supplemental lessons with the others, although unfortunately it will have to be in the same room, but rather it will be good old fashioned detention, I'm aware you are quite familiar with it." She said as she walked over to him, her body sparking slightly, Kieran couldn't tell if it was due to her anger, like many of the young magni here, or if she was trying to intimidate him, but either way it worked, Kieran was a little intimidated, of course he couldn't show it. "Oh Mrs. Brumfield, I would be delighted to join you in detention, however you are kind of in my way of watching the fight. I'm curious to see how it ends, considering I missed the beginning cause I was busy with my own. You can declare Jaxon the winner for all I care. I had my fun and now I'm done." Mrs. Brumfield was clearly still upset with him, but she let this comment slide simply saying "Be in the class room after class is done. I'll have a punishment ready for you."

"Thank you Mrs. Brumfield." Kieran said as she walked away. "Geez, now that she's finally gone we can watch the fight." Kieran said to no on in particular. That is when Nox decided to make an appearance, he walked over, laying at Kieran's feet. "You know Kieran, not all teachers break and quit like Mrs. Gregory did. This one means business, maybe you should listen to her occasionally. Who knows maybe you'll learn something." With that Nox closed his eyes, deciding that the matter was settled and took a nap.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Li Wen Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Connor watched the fights with growing nervousness. He was glad he was able to get out of fighting in front of everyone. Further, he wouldn't have to use his magic. The best part was that Connor wouldn't have to fight Melody, whom his brother was showing increasing interest in. However, as his brother's fight drug on, Connor became increasingly bored. His brother wasn't the type to initiate a fight, and his opponent only fought defensively. It wasn't very fun to say the least. Connor was sure his brother would be more than capable of beating on the kid, however, that wasn't his way of doing things. "Finish up already!" He called out to his brother. "You don't need to stretch this out any longer." Connor mumbled to himself. Hans nodded solemnly in agreement, perched upon his master's head. "I agree. Young master Kieran isn't a fighter. Your miscreant of a brother could be so much better than he is, he simply chooses to fool around." Hans sighed. Kieran, apparently voicing their concerns, withdrew. He wasn't the type to push for a fight to begin with, so the fight was more than over. Then, suddenly, he was there, sitting between him and Melody. Connor chuckled. "Nice." He whispered under his breath.

While the two were talking, Connor's head snapped up. He felt something. Sniffing the air, Connor looked over at Jaxon, whom he noticed was doing something strange. Then, suddenly, Connor felt a surge of power followed by the sight of a rock hurtling toward the back of his brother's head. Standing straight up and growling, Connor reached out with his right hand, water streaming out from the cuff of his sleeve. It formed a sleeve directly in front of the rock. Connor's plan was to use the water to catch the rock and then beat the tar out of Jaxon. "Oi! What the hell do you think you're doing!" Connor yelled. "The fight is over! You don't just attack an unwilling participant!" Connor was furious, but not as much as his teacher was. Mrs. Brumfield literally crackled with anger and summoned her demon. Connor was shocked, and more than a little terrified of the creature. It looked like something out of one of his nightmares. The creature snapped out it's tail, obliterating the rock in an instant, extracting a sigh of relief from Connor. Once he was sure the danger had passed, and everyone wasn't paying attention to him, he allowed the water to dissipate into nothingness. The water was formed from Connor's own energy, so once he had no need for it, he simply let it fade away.

Connor sat back down, undoing his uniform tie and allowing himself to relax. He usually didn't get so angry, but picking on Kieran was the last thing Connor would ever allow to happen. He sighed. "Feeling calmer, Connor?" Hans asked. "Yeah. I hate getting so riled up. I don't like fighting." Connor whispered to his demon. "It could have been worse. You could have flipped." Hans whispered back, hinting at Connors own powers. "Yeah, thank heavens there." Connor sighed.

Ditching his brother and the still cowering Melody, Connor walked over to Mrs. Brumfield. "Hiya Teach. I figured I'd sign up for the demonstration you want us to give you. I'd preferably like to do so alone. I don't like using my magic at all much less in front of lots of people." Connor said, making a point of ignoring Li, who seemed very interested in everyone's powers.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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Kieran smiled as he sat next to Connor and Melody but then he saw Jaxon trying something, he looked behind him and saw a portal form and rock come flying through right at his face, "Ah HELL NO!" he exclaimed but before he could react Connor had already started sending water towards the rock screaming "Oi! What the hell do you think you're doing. The fight is over! You don't just attack an unwilling participant!" "Thanks bud, I owe y-" Kieran started to say as he noticed a large black and red demon come jumping by stopping the rock and landing in the arena. "What the hell is that!" Kieran screamed. He heard Melody scream and he looked over as she clasped her hand over mount and gripped his arm with her other one. When she noticed him looking at her she apologized curtly "Sorry!" and turned away from him and the demon. "No need to apologize, that fucker is scary. Hopefully Brumfield's barrier will hold." he said to her as she stood, placing himself in between the demon and Melody. What am I doing? I always retreat from danger, never put myself in harms way. "Kieran, why aren't you hiding like your friend?" Nox asked him smugly. "Shut up Nox, now is not the time" Kieran retorted. Melody's demon, the little siren, sent a splash of water at the demon and it was not happy. The demon looked over at Melody threatening her, and warning her against further action, and all Kieran could do was pray the barrier would hold. Then Mrs. Brumfield stepped in “Amon if you so much as harm my students in any way I will not hesitate to kill you in some manner or way” this was a new side of Mrs. Brumfield, a more terrifying side, "Maybe we shouldn't mess wi-" Nox started to say but shut up when Kieran shot him a dirty look. "As you wish woman, I think I'll take my leave now." It said as it left back to whatever fucked up dimension it was from.

Kieran turned around and looked at Melody, "Are you ok?" He asked, not knowing what else to say, or why he cared so much. He sad back down next to her. Sitting rather close to her. He looked at Nox, who just nodded back to him. "That crazy fuck is gone now Melody, it's alright." Hoping to get her to turn and face him, so they could converse, or at least look like they were watching the duels, which were starting back up again.

Nox walked over to Connor who had walked over to Mrs. Brunfield and began a conversation with her, Nox did not care that he was interrupting, "Connor, Kieran was too lazy to get off his ass and ask you himself or something, but he wants to know if you are alright, further he wants to thank you for your help with the rock that ass hole sent his way, causing this whole mess."

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Giselle Embers Character Portrait: Alexis Saitou Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Li Wen Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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looking to Connor with a smile on her face she understood his reasonings. "sure Connor however you want to do it is fine by me just give it your best shot. now go sit back down alright" gently pushing him back towards his seat. Ms.Beumfield still wasnt in the best of moods, not after what Jaxon did and the way Amon acted towards his students.

sighing her attention was needed else where when Hwang yelled out for help. looking for the small dragon she glared at him finding him down in the arena area. "dammit Li what are you doing down there i told everyone specificly not to go down there but to atay in the stands-" running down the stairs and into the arena Ms.Brumfield now knew why Hqang called for help.

seeing one of her students on the ground unconcious made her worry as well as bring some unpleasant memories to come up. "oi what happened? tch he'll need to go to the nurse" looking around Ms.Brumfield realized she couldnt leave her students alone it wasnt allowed. "ah lets see what to do. . . " then spotting Connor and Melody an idea popped into her head. picking Li in her arms Ms.Brumfield laid him out on one of the seats. "Connor!Melody! come here for a moment" when and if they did come she would have asked the two to take Li to the nurses office and stay there for a little bit until coming back to the arena. once the group was to leave MsBrumfield let out a sigh glad she got it over with.

then she remember something else she hadnt done yet. Jaxon scowling she looked for the boy and saw him on top one of the pillars. cupping both hands around her mouth after getting as close as possible to him she called out to her student."Jaxon! get your butt down here! Now!" shaking her head once. if Jaxon was to follow hwr directions she would have had him go with Connor and Melody and have the two take him to the HeadMasters office and let Connor explain what happened. Ms.Brumfield would have asked the two to wait while Jaxon came down and so she could explain their new added instructions and once she told them she would send them on ther way.

glad she got that done with only one duel was left and she wondered how Lila would defend herself against Alexis's shard of ice. "but only one duel is going hmm whos next" she mumbled to herself. going back to where she originaly been standing Ms.Brumfield looked at the pairings and smiled. looking up the teacher searched for Giselle and found her talking with her demon. "Giselle its your turn to get up so start heading down to the arena so you can start your match. remember no demon is to help you if i find out your demon tried helping you even from the stands you will get detention." Ms.Brumfield liked giving certain students detention because unlike most teachers hers was rather strange.

But now to find Venice, and she found him. walking over towards her green haired student she smiled at his demon. "Venice its your turn to go up so start heading down to the arena your oppenent should be there waiting for you" gently pushing him towards the arena.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Li Wen

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“Just a jump-scare, nothing more.” Melody said with a weak smile. "But, I'm okay. Thanks." Just then the little siren, who had yet to introduce herself, started pushing Kieran's leg not stopping til he moved about three or four feet away. "Lore. Stop that. Be nice to him, okay?" Melody said to the little demon gently grabbing her in her hand and placing her on Melody's right shoulder. The siren responded by sticking her tongue out at Kieran and then curling up into Melody's shoulder.

As she stuck her tongue out at him Nox returned from giving the message to Connor and saw the little rascal pushing Kieran and sticking her tongue out and he let out a low threatening growl, to which Kieran gave him a light kick in the ribs, "Cut it out Nox, you're supposed to be the mature one who keeps me in line remember?" Kirean said with a light chuckle.

Melody seemed completely oblivious to Kirean's remarks towards Nox, she was lost thinking about something, and then she said "Sorry. She's a bit - Ah .... Protective." After this Melody seemed to have regained her composure "So, guess we're both up for after class lessons, eh? Just. Peachy ..." she said with a sigh, Kieran deep turquoise eye's met her bright blue ones, for just moment after which she quickly averted her eyes, and Kieran couldn't quite tell but he thought maybe he saw her blush slightly.

"Well if she's protective, I probably should back off a little, but I don't think I will." He said with a wink, that he hoped would not incite more disagreement from 'Lore'. "And it would seem you and my brother are stuck in after class lessons. But lucky me, I get detention, so while you guys are having fun learning one on one with the teacher, I get to write lines on the board or do whatever other bull shit she want's for an hour or two. It's gonna be a blast. Just you wait" He said with the worlds most ridiculous smile painting his face.

At that they heard Mrs. Brumfield holler over at them, a little tense, "Connor! Melody! Come here for a moment. I need you to take Li to the Nurse's office."

Kieran didn't miss a beat responding before either Melody or Connor could, "Mrs. Brumfield! We would be happy to take him to the nurse." He then looked over to Melody, "Anything to get out of here for a while, and as a bonus we get to get rid of that wierdo too." He said as he stood preparing to walk over to Mrs. Brumfield and Li.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Li Wen Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Looking to Connor with a smile on her face, Ms. Brumfield spoke. "Sure Connor however you want to do it is fine by me just give it your best shot. Now go sit back down alright?" Connor smiled as she pushed him off towards the seats. Ms. Brumfield might not actually be that bad. Sure she'd gotten a little upset at Jaxon and summon that crazy strong demon, but she had the student's best interests at heart. As he headed back towards his brother and, their seemingly new best friend, Melody, Nox approached him and spoke. "Connor, Kieran was too lazy to get off his ass and ask you himself or something, but he wants to know if you are alright, further he wants to thank you for your help with the rock that ass hole sent his way, causing this whole mess." Connor chuckled and looked to Hans, who was sitting on his shoulder. "No worries little brother." Hans replied to Nox. "It's what we're here for. Kieran knows he can always count on Connor. Period." Hans finished. However, as the group was about to walk back to their seats, Ms. Brumfield called Connor back.

"Connor! Melody! Come here for a moment." Connor sighed and turned back around, signalling to Nox that he should join Kieran. "Yes Ms. Brumfield?" Connor asked as he closed the distance to his teacher. "Take Li to the nurse's office with Melody and Jaxon and stay there with him for a little bit to make sure he's ok before leaving him for the nurse." Ms. Brumfield instructed Connor. "Then you are to take Jaxon to the Headmaster's Office and explain what has happened and why Jaxon is being sent there. Then you can come back. Clear?" Ms. Brumfield finally finished. Though the instructions were long, they were not complex, Connor nodded in approval. "Yes ma'am." Connor replied directly but respectfully. He walked over to where Li was, but Jaxon had already hefted him over his shoulders. "Need any help with him? Perhaps a partner chair carry? If not, let's be off, I'm getting tired of putzing around." Connor said, disdainfully, though if asked, Connor would have helped him carry Li, whatever made the situation easier. However, Connor still wasn't very happy with Jaxon. As soon as everyone was ready, they left for the nurse's office. Dropping off Li was the first priority.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Li Wen

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As Melody averted her eyes from Kieran she seemed to whisper back and forth with Lore, the little demon. This is when Kieran declared he would not back off. "Watch out!" Melody screamed jumping at Kieran, saving him from the splash of water the little devil summoned to drop on him. "Apparently the little one thought my comment was out of line. But I guess Melody didn't think so." He thought as she hit him and the two of them fell out of the way of the splash landing on the ground.

After recovering from the crash Kirean realized he was not alone on the ground, Melody was, on top of him. He smiled at her, knowing that all of the funny comments flowing through his brain, that he was sure she would find hilarious, would only serve to anger Lore some more, and he didn't want that, he pushed the little one to far. "Don't say what I think you're going to say" she said to him as she reached her hand down to help him up.

Kieran took her hand and said "Well what exactly did you think I was gonna say? Some cliche crap? Come on, you know I'm better than that, if I said anything it would have been more like. 'Glad I make a good cushion, but I regret to inform you I am not one.' UGH! Even that was crap. Guess I'm not at my wittiest, when a pretty girl falls for me like that." "I hope to God, that doesn't upset Lore, I didn't even say anything.

The two of them walk over to Mrs. Brumfield, who was conversing with Jaxon and Connor, who were carrying Li already. "I'm getting tired of putzing around" They hear Connor say as they arrive. Mrs. Brumfield shoots Kieran a dirty look, "I do not recall asking you to escort them to the nurse's office Kieran?" she said to him, not expecting him to have a response, but he responded rather quickly "Ma'am, I thought I might go with, things are rather boring here and if Jaxon and Connor get tired carrying Li I can help." He said flexing his muscles. Mrs. Brumfield clearly didn't want to deal with Kieran shit right now simply nodded that it was alright. "Be sure to come right back after dropping them off!" She hollered mostly at Kieran as they left. "Sure thing Mrs. B!" Kieran replied, confirming that he had no intention of returning to class.

The four them walk out of the stadium and Kieran is first to speak up, "So Jaxon, the Nurse and Headmaster are on opposite ends of the school, it would be most efficient if we" he motions to himself and Melody, "take Li to the nurse. You two can go the headmaster and we'll meet back up with Connor at the stadium." Kieran hoped Jaxon bought it, as he did NOT want to spend any time with the kid, he did however want to spend time with Melody.

"Connor, I know Jaxon's a douche nozzle, but PLEASE go along with this plan. I really don't want to be around him right now, and I kind of want to spend some time with a pretty lady after dropping off the dead weight at the nurse." Kieran pleaded in his mind that his brother would back up his plan. He NEEDED this to work out.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Li Wen

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“Well what exactly did you think I was gonna say? Some cliché crap? Come on, you know I'm better than that,”

Correction, I hardly know you at all. An hour tops.

“... if I said anything it would have been more like. 'Glad I make a good cushion, but I regret to inform you I am not one.' UGH!”

Hel-lo! First guy who doesn't use clichéd lines.

A smile managed to reveal itself. Mel had to admit, the guy had a way to make her chuckle – from the inside.

“... UGH! Even that was crap. Guess I'm not at my wittiest, when a pretty girl falls for me like that.”

Goodbye, first guy who doesn't use clichéd lines.

Her smile dissipated after that. Such a shame. She really thought he wouldn't be saying something like that, but he did. He actually did. Minus one point for that, she supposed.

“Gee, how o-rig-i-nal.” Came a sarcastic reply to Kieran's comment. Should have expected it. Should. Have. Expected. It. How she regretted saving him from a wet suit now.

“If I was falling for you, it would be from a twenty-storey apartment.” Her eyes turned back to the arena, feet taking motions to said direction before the blonde added: “With a bungee cord.”

During their short walk down the steps and into the arena, Lorelei once again popped back on her Magni's shoulder – Still wary of Kieran, and actually taking another turn at separating him from Melody. However, the blonde girl was quick enough to tell the wee-little demon off.

The two of them arrived at the 'scene', Melody noting that the teacher wasn't too glad with Kieran's arrival. Again. Really, who gives a damn?

Simply shrugging at the entire discussion, the girl waited for everyone else to get a move on and simply followed behind – Because, like Hell is she carrying that guy!

“So Jaxon, the Nurse and Headmaster are on opposite ends of the school, it would be most efficient if we” Kieran spoke up, gesturing at himself and Melody before continuing. “... take Li to the nurse. You two can go the headmaster and we'll meet back up with Connor at the stadium.”

-- I hope you aren't expecting anything, Jester guy.

Bah! Melody didn't mind who was going with who. As long as it meant spending less time in class, and even less time debating where to drop the body. And even less, less time with someone you shared an awkward moment with. “Don't care. Let's just go.” Melody retorted, one foot already firm in the direction of the nurse's office.

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Aberdeen took a quick look around her to make sure no one suspected anything strange about her. It seemed that Connor and Jaxon were carrying Li to the nurse’s office and that Melody and Kieran were trailing right behind them. Opal seemed to be watching intently at the matches and Ella and Lucy were having their own conversation, so it seems like no one noticed. “Thank goodness,” Aberdeen thought. She didn’t want to look suspicious in front of her classmates. For now, she decided to keep the situation with the ghosts a secret and pay attention to the matches.

Looking over at Lila’s match, Aberdeen made a sigh of relief that Lila had escape the sharp ice shard’s path, but she turned her head sideways after Lila tripped over her feet and landed on her buttocks. Lila’s eyes seemed to be wide open in shock and she called out to her opponent, “Hey, careful with that you could have actually killed me yah know!” with fluffy cheeks. Even though she just stated that her opponent could have potentially ended her life, Lila’s face depicted a smile. “What a nice smile she has,” Aberdeen thought. She wished she could smile a lot more like her rather than maintain such a serious or cold complexion, but she felt uncomfortable letting herself go like that. Lila then stood up from the ground, shrugged off some dirt that was on her skirt, and then stepped back with her arm pulled out as though she was getting ready to pitch at the next batter. “Batter up!” Aberdeen thought in her head. She knew she could be more lax, sarcastic, and open, but she chose not to, instead maintaining a serious face as she intently watched Lila’s next move. With a bright smile, Lila launched a ball of light towards Alexis and following up with larger balls of light.

Although she wanted to see the outcome, Aberdeen hated light so she turned to look at the next group of people that were going to match. It seemed that it was Venice’s and Giselle’s match. She overheard a couple of names that Ms. Brumfield mentioned, but never turned to see how the opponents looked. A girl with medium bright flame red hair stepped into the arena accompanied by a red fox which leaped forward in front of her. “Aren’t the demons supposed to be sitting down not participating?” Aberdeen thought. Afterwards, a familiar green haired young man stepped into the arena adjusting his sleeves. After he introduced himself as “Venice Roko Mikaelo,” he tipped his hat, bowed, tossed his hat over to the side, and fixed his jacket. “Ah, so that’s his name,” Aberdeen thought, remembering him as the guy that she tried to have her first conversation with. Thinking about what had transpired earlier, Aberdeen struggled to keep herself visible, clenching her fists together. “I can’t believe I made a fool of myself in front of this gentleman! Ugghh I hope he doesn’t see me.” After realizing that she was clenching her fists for too long, she looked back down at her hands and noticed she couldn’t see herself anymore. “Not this again…” Aberdeen grumbled, struggling to become visible again.

Meanwhile, Lucy was enjoying the opportunity of talking to Ella. Although Ella growled and hesitated at first, she quickly snatched up the offered treats and crawled back down in the bag. After chewing on most of the candy that was stuffed inside the bag, Ella responded, “Thank you for the candy, even though it was already mine to eat to start with. I guess we can be friends, though you are a little creepy. I’ll think of it like an adventure!”

“None taken. It’s an honest response to my appearance. Heh, speaking of adventures, would you like to know how I got my latest mask? It’s a riveting story, though for me not and the poor soul who had to lose his mask.” Luciana then thought for a moment to the events of the past looking upwards. “Actually, I think I may have taken his face too. I’m sure I had Aberdeen pack it for my pillowcase, at least she better have.”

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Li Wen

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After looking at Kieran and Melody for a second he smiled to himself and put down Li. "Alright I'll head to the Headmaster's office with Connor you two take Li here to the nurse. That said I'll head off then." After saying this Jaxon stuffed his hands in his pockets and turned up his music to help clear his head. 'Well it seems that the first day of school I'm headed to the principal's office... lovely.' laughing silently to himself he whispered to himself, "Whatever happens don't forget that you're still human, and humans are fragile creatures..." Shaking his head from his dark mood he looked back and beckoned Connor. "Hey slowpoke hurry up, time may be a luxury for some but for me it just means that it's time wasted that could've been put to use somewhere else."

After a quick jolt, Jaxon stood up straight from his hunch and felt his neck warm. "Oh hey Tama, did you sleep well bud?" Tama purring happily, "Of course I did beds are a lot better than floors you know." chuckling to himself he trudged on towards the Headmaster's office with a smile. "Sorry for making you use so much magic, my experiment didn't even work." After hearing this Tama pawed at Jaxon's face. "Idiot you're human and so are they, so at least show some respect alright?" Coughing slightly Jaxon looked back to see if anyone heard their conversation.

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After Li fainted Hwang was thinking what could be the reason for this mysterious thing. Analizating everything and taking into consideration their last kill he managed to find something. It seemed, or it was just a possibility created in Hwang's mind through a lot of thinking and effort that maybe Mei Ling was responsible for that. Her ice magic could have activated an ability which would make her opponent vulnerable in a hunt or a long time fight, but this only delayed their mission, anyway Hwang's first priority was and will always be Li, knowing that he was also Li's first priority because of their long time friendship. Mrs Brumfield called a few students to carry Li to the nurse's office, Hwang remained quiet all this time, he was going to speak only when necessary at a time like this. At first she assigned only Connor and Melody but after a discussion 4 persons were going, Kieran, Connor, Melody and Jaxon only two of them carrying him.
If Hwang would have observed something strange, he would have told them without a sign of fear"Don't carry him like a garbage. If you do , then I will show you something special."Still this wasn't The case as something like this didn't happen. " Boy please call the Headmaster to the nurse's office Urgently, I got something important to tell him."Hwang told to Connor since he was going to follow the others, to the nurse's office, but he or Li had to report Mei Ling's disparition, if not they could be suspicious, since Mei Ling and her demon were supposed to arrive with them at the academy. Li was still unconscious, meanwhile his hands were starting to be covered slowly by ice and soon his whole body Hwang realized everything.
The ability at first is turning the person into an unconscious state, then the Ice magic in his body will make him unable to move, so she could find and kill him easily. Too bad for her That the ability activated days after her death. "Let's hurry to the nurse's office."Hwang reminds them Again where they should go keeping his calm through hoping that as soon as Li arrived, the nurses
Would do something about the ice which was covering slowly but surely his body. Meanwhile Hwang was telling in his mind"Mei Ling your special ability is worthless now,since you are dead but nice try honorable warrior."the others could see that he was smilling,the reason being that Li was fine and that her ability didn't activated when and if she would have lived.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Li Wen

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Melody smiled as Kieran stated he wouldn't be cliche, but as soon as he made a joke, that was quite cliche, her smile disappeared instantly. "GEE, how o - rig - i - nal." She retorted quite sarcastically. "If I was falling for, you it would be form a twenty story apartment." She stated taking a few steps away from him before adding "With a bungee cord."

During their walk down the steps the little siren showed up again, but Melody seemed to keep her from bothering Kieran too much.
Kieran and Melody arrived with the others and picked up Li. The group proceeded back towards the school, with Connor and Jaxon carrying Li, Melody and Kieran actually looked quite useless in this situation. Kieran recommended they split up so as to get the job done quicker, Jaxon seemed to agree, walking towards the Headmaster's office, turning and calling Connor a slowpoke for not following. " Connor, just go with him, I'll tell you all about it tonight. " Kieran thought to his brother.
Melody however seemed not to have an opinion who she went with, “Don't care. Let's just go.” was her response as she started walking towards the nurse's office. Well looks like I'm carrying him, myself Kieran thought and then he remembered Nox was walking along side him.

"Hey buddy ya wanna help me carry this kid, he's not light." Kieran said to his demon, who reluctantly agreed "ALL RIGHT! I suppose I can help." Nox shifted his body so that Kieran could lay Li on top of him, now all Kieran had to do was keep the kid from falling off of Nox. "Ya know, having a demon as large as you really comes in handy sometimes." Kieran said to the hound, who just laughed in response. Melody was walking a few steps ahead of them, and Kieran had no way to speed up to catch her, for fear of Li falling. They make their way to the nurse's office and drop off Li, without any real conversation.

Kieran looks over at Melody as they leave the nurse's office, "I'm uh, sorry about being an idiot earlier. When you fell on me, all I could think was, 'MUST SAY SOMETHING FUNNY' and then that crap was all that came out." Kieran said sincerely hoping she didn't think he was a complete fool. "OH and uh, thanks for saving me from that splash of water, I though Nox here was mischievous, but your little Lorelei is almost as bad." Kieran said, intending it as a compliment. "So what do ya say, we forget all that bull crap and just wander around campus til class is over?" Kieran waited patiently for a response with a simple smile adorning his face.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Li Wen Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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"Tch..." Connor scoffed as his brother gave him THAT look. The look that said, "Please get my back just this once? I'll never ask you for anything again, I promise!" The one he gave Connor almost weekly. Connor sighed. "Yeah, alright, let's get you to the headmaster's office." Connor said, turning to face Shugo. They walked for a moment before Connor stopped and turned around, calling to his brother. "Oi, Bro!" Connor called to Kieran, though he knew his brother wouldn't turn to face him. "When we're all done here, you're going to have to do THAT thing!" Connor called after him, smirking evilly. Both brothers knew exactly to what Connor was referring. It was a punishment game, and Kieran was going to have to eat something completely horrendous. When Connor and Kieran were younger, their mother attempted to make lutefisk. Of course the boys' father, who asked for it and grew up eating it, loved the stuff and said it was better than what their grandma ate. Connor and Kieran on the other hand puked after smelling it. Now the two of them only write home asking their mother to bring it on special occasions, like when one has done something horrible. When that happens, the offender has to eat it while the other watches. You'd think the boys would eventually learn to like it, but not so. It's still used for punishment to this day. Connor chuckled evilly to himself as he stood, watching his brother stumble. "You scare me sometimes Master." Connor heard Hans say over his chuckling. "Oh?" Connor said, and ceased laughing. "What was that Hans? I didn't hear what you said." Connor asked, giving Hans a death glare. "Stop that now Master Connor, remember what your mother said about picking on me!" Hans exclaimed, becoming rather scared. "Alright," Connor said, and he stopped making faces at the little fox. "Let's go get this over with." Connor sighed.

"Hey slowpoke hurry up, time may be a luxury for some but for me it just means that it's time wasted that could've been put to use somewhere else." Connor heard Jaxon say, and he sighed, turning back around to face his unwanted guest to the headmaster's office. "Yeah, and who's fault you think this is in the first place," Connor mumbled to himself, just loud enough for Hans, who was perched on Connor's shoulder, to hear. Usually, Connor liked giving that place a WIDE berth. Not that he was afraid of the headmaster himself, no, it was his Secretary. She was the one in charge of punishment at school here, and Connor knew if she even SMELLED him, he'd be in for a world of trouble. "Yeah, yeah, I'm coming." Connor said, walking over to where Jaxon was and continuing towards the headmaster's office. He said nothing for fear of losing his temper with Jaxon. Though he didn't look it, Connor was NOT pleased with Jaxon. Connor usually wasn't pleased with anyone who picked on his brother, for any reason. Kieran was really torn up about getting picked on in the past. It wouldn't do to have him repeating those kinds of experiences here in school now. Now that they'd left that life so far behind. Connor walked in silence until they were about ten feet from the Headmaster's office. It had taken them a few minutes to traverse the odd, numerous hallways, but they'd made it. With that buffer distance between himself and the large, decorated double doors and the plaque on the wall that simply read, "Headmaster" next to the doors, Connor stopped. "Here's the office. Brace yourself, the Headmaster's aura is... stifling at best. He's got more magic than he knows what to do with." Connor said, taking another brave step forward. Instantly, Connor felt a bead of sweat form on his forehead like it always did when he was sent here. "Well, come on." Connor said, "No backing down now." Connor made his way to the doors and pushed them open, leading Jaxon inside. He walked over to the Secretary, who looked him up and down as if to say, "What have you done this time?"

"It's not me ma'am." Connor explained. "This one," Connor said, pointing at Jaxon over his shoulder with his thumb, "disobeyed the rules of engagement in a duel between students, supervised by Ms. Brumfield and attacked a student when their duel had been decided. I'm just here to bring him to the headmaster. If you're done with me, I'd like to go." Connor said to the Secretary, who was shocked to find that Connor the Troublemaker wasn't the one who was being sent to the office. "Very well," the older woman croaked. "Why don't you head back to class Mr. Flannagan, and tell that miscreant brother of yours to watch his step." The Secretary said, pointing a gnarled finger at Connor and poking him in the chest with her boney appendage. "Yes ma'am." Connor said, the Picture of innocence, though Hans was curled up on his master's shoulder trying not to tremble and make his master appear weak. However, the headmaster's presence was particularly strong on little demons like Hans. Even Connor was beginning to feel the pressure, though he'd never show it. He exited swiftly and calmly, as if he could have stood in that monstrous aura until the day he died. However, once they were outside and behind a closed door, Connor crouched down and pulled Hans off his shoulders. "Hans, you ok?" Connor asked the now trembling fox, who was trembling. "You idiot." Connor scolded. You were acting tough in front of Tama and Jaxon weren't you. Hopefully we won't ever have to go in there again, but that was foolish, don't do it again." Connor warned his little demon. "Yes Master Connor," Hans panted. "Let's go back to the stadium now, shall we?" Connor asked. The other students' auras aren't as oppressive as THAT guy's. Connor sighed, shaking his head as he and Hans headed back towards the stadium, sitting down by a girl with long black hair and blue eyes once they got back. Though her little white cat of a demon eyed them, Connor just smiled and remained silent. Connor and Hans said nothing, they didn't talk to anyone, and they didn't enter in an outrageous or silly way. Connor was in the midst of a transformation. Though he'd never tell his brother, Connor wanted to be strong, stronger than the headmaster. He was planning on taking school... seriously. Connor leaned back, allowing Hans to climb up on Connor's belly to rest. The little one had had it rough. Connor absentmindedly scratched him behind the ears, causing Hans's leg to thump ever so slightly, it only happened twice, and Connor stopped scratching as soon as it happened. He knew his little demon didn't like to be treated like a pet... except for when it came to helping eat leftovers. Suddenly, without any warning, Connor spoke. "Hiya," He stated simply, a smile on his face. "I'm Connor, any reason you're sitting all by your lonesome?" Connor asked, turning to face her and smiling once more. No reason to not be friendly when you were meeting someone new.

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Jayson was focused on what was happening within the arena. Fortunately for her Puru had finally been quiet until she heard the footsteps of someone approaching them. Jayson was taken from the scenes playing in front of her to the paw that had tapped her side. Jayson turned her gaze to the demon. "What is it Puru?" she asked and the cat sighed. "Someone's coming here." the demon whispered. Jayson glared at the cat. "Be nice Puru." she stated leaving no room for argument to the cat. She turned her gaze back to other parts of the arena when she heard someone greet her. When the boy directed a question at her she just shrugged in response.

"I'm not sure I guess I haven't taken to talking to my classmates yet." she answered after a few moments of thinking about it. "I'm Jayson nice to meet you." she smiled slightly to him. Someone had came and spoke to her for once and thankfully for Jayson it came naturally to her to speak and greet them back.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Li Wen Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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It’s been about a week and a half since the students started school at Liuena Academy. Ms.Brumfield has informed her class of a field trip to the Human City outside the barrier. It’ll be the first time going to the human city since starting their new life at Liuena Academy. It’s a Sunday afternoon and a hour after walking about the city in groups four or five (two groups)

One lead by Ms. Brumfield and the other lead by Kirie Askumoto.
Ms.Brumfields Group:
Opal, Aberdeen, Kieran, Lila
Kirie's Group:
Melody, Connor, Jaxon, Jayson

No switching is permitted what’s so ever. the reason Kirie is group leader is simple, he is one of the few students in Ms. Brumfields class that actually follows her directions as has been a honored student since he started coming to the Academy(his grandmother knows the headmaster) also because she trusts Kiries ability to take care of himself and those around him. All demons are to be kept under strict surveillance. Nor is anyone allowed to use their abilities in the slightest way even if it’s to protect themselves from a human attack. There are exceptions i.e. possible deaths but other than that stay out of trouble. Both groups are allowed to go their separate ways but must stay within the portal to the Academy.

Like before an hour after walking around the City, Seagus begins his attack on the city and the only people with the chance of stopping him are the Magni who are in the city on a field trip to learn how to integrate with regular people without relying on their abilities to help them. the Academy won’t be able to enter the city for another hour after the attacks start due to the magic in the city is being drained by Seagus but not only that but the barrier that hides the Academy is getting weaker and weaker. If the Academy isn’t careful they could possible create a hole in the barrier allowing the city to see them. And for the creature to enter the Academy grounds. While all this is happening Li is stuck at the academy under the pretense of being sick with stomach aches and such. He is searching for whatever he can find to pit against the Academy which is the creature in the basement that was sealed by the previous Headmaster a few decades ago.

During this time a group of sewer workers entered the sewer system. But they are not the only ones below in the tunnels. The workers in the sewers were aghast. A giant black crystal-like material was the cause of the blockage the mayor was so worried about? "C'mon, boys get your picks!" The three workers started picking away at the crystal when they're pickaxes broke. The crystal hadn't even been scratched. Then a noise emanated from the crystal. It was like the roar of a lion, but three octaves lower than what it should be. The workers then saw a red eye looking at them. Three tendrils of darkness soon skewered them and tossed them aside as the thing made its way outside. The last surviving worker contacted police and national guard. There was a monster in the city. As it rampaged Maledict searched for sources of magical and non-magical energy to feed off from, to restore its low energy levels. And nothing was going to get in it's way in keeping itself from harm.

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He let out a sigh; he was getting tired of waiting on the others to get back to their meeting spot. “what the hell are they doing?”Kirie wasn’t the type to shop in these kinds of places. He always had what he wanted which wasn’t much, he only asked for what he needed. Kirie I don’t like these kinds of places. There’s too many people. Raimei was having trouble staying calm, her breathe was shallow. “Raimei, if you can’t handle the crowds then stay in the demon dimension. I don’t want you to get hurt or for anyone to get hurt.” oh okay then. I just thought I’d keep an eye on you. Humans aren’t the brightest and are really scary. What if they try to hurt- voice beginning to rise in what seemed to be anger; something Kirie hadn’t heard before except for that one time when they first met. “Raimei I’ll be fine, so please don’t worry about me alright”. Kirie was beginning to worry about Raimei’s tone of voice; it was unusual for her to raise her voice.

okay then I’ll be going now Kirie stay safe okay. I don’t think I would like this story if something happened to you. Kirie nodded in her general direction and the buzzing from earlier had faded away. Kirie raised one hand to comb his hair when he remembered he needed to keep his hood on, so no one would bother him about his hair color. Gritting his teeth, Kirie entered the store searching for his group. Walking around he headed in the general direction he had seen them walk towards calling each of their names, but made sure not to call their names to loudly in case he brought attention to himself.

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Curse brains and their tendency to screw things up.

The setting changes from liuena-academy to The Human City

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And so, every conscious entity on the planet looking at her funny because Melody and her left shoulder were having a tremendous conversation about how much they did not miss this place. Though this was only the second reason the blonde had a little rainy cloud hovering above her head.

The first one, admittedly, that her Buddy Love wasn't here to crack a joke that would lighten her mood. It was kind of obvious that during the past week, Melody had taken a serious liking to Kieran the academy's resident half of the twin jesters. Well, when it said obvious, it meant ridiculously obvious to a point where it wouldn't even be comparable to a looking-through glass. It was like Captain Obvious took the day off on being, well, Captain Obvious, and instead choose to be Cupid and blatantly state: “You are now crushing on each other.”

Or rather: “Melody, you now like that guy who you knew was attending the academy last year, but didn't bother to notice until last week.” Because the girl wasn't sure about Kieran and his thoughts. On that note, it totally sucked to lack any mind-reading abilities.

Though, if anything, Melody hadn't really decided to act on said feelings. Yet. Laziness and uncertainty combined made for a pretty deadly 'Can't be arsed' attitude – Mostly just laziness. Sure, they had the odd-talk at times. Most of them pertaining to why is that cake taking so long? Even joked and laughed – Well, Melody laughed, mostly.

And during that week, Melody hasn't been that busy thwarting Lorelei's attempts at scaring somebody away since... Last year. It's common knowledge that History repeats itself, but this was just ridiculous. Okay, not entirely 'repeat'. The difference this time was that Kieran wasn't as much of an ass-monkey as whatshisface. Still, that did not automatically ban any jealousy, slash protectiveness in Lorelei's behaviour.

The wee-little siren stepped it up after her first attempt. Thus, instead of giving the poor sod a wet suit, she moved on to using her singing. Almost succeeded once, hadn't Melody blocked the noise with her own sound magic.

However, today... Ahh, today – Yes, with this little excursion, Lorelei didn't have to worry about her Magni's attention averting from precious, little her. Kieran, to the demon's knowledge, was with the other group.

“Melly...? Whaddya think about this's?” The siren sang through a series of giggles, clearly content with the fact that she had Melody all to herself.

“Naaah, I already got that one.” The blonde retorted, her pale fingers gently sliding through a massive library of CDs. Considering the excursion wasn't related to any lesson – Well it was, but that didn't stop Melody from going on a 'music hunt'.

Seriously, it had been ages since she last updated her library! The thousands of songs on her music player were memorized in her mind to the lowest note, she badly needed something new to listen 'till the disc spontaneously combusted. “Awww- Nothing new or interesting.” The girl displayed a serious sour face, disappointed at the lack of songs she hadn't already stored within her gizmos.

“Anything tickling your fancy, Lore?” Melody spoke out loud, managing to receive a couple of funny glances – Sadly, the people who looked were at the wrong address for a reaction. The girl didn't care. Their thoughts and opinions, not hers.

“No, Lorelei does not see any songs...” She sang, her tone, too, disappointed.

“I suppose I have,” Melody began, pretending to put on a pair of sunglasses in a blunt and flamboyant manner. “played my last tune. Yeah!” She smiled, relieving her throat of a series of giggles and laughs before slamming the palm of her hand onto her forehead. “That's terrible. I think Kieran's joke-cracking is rubbing off on me.” She exclaimed under a weak groan.

That name, was a bad name to state. “Melly!!! Don't mention him! Lorelei hates him!” The little siren growled, crossing her arms across her chest and letting out a big harrumph.

“Hey, hey, I was just joking. By the way, you sho-”

“Melody!”

Came a shout, although far softer. In any case, that meant their boss had decided it was time to quit the games and return to boring old dictatorship. What? Mel certainly thought of it that way. Bleach had to stop being so horribly serious! Miss Brumfield's favourite, uuuuughhhh....

The blonde stuck out her tongue in disgust, though decided not to react on her name being shouted lest she was the only one he was looking for. It'd be fun, watching Kirie squirm to try and find her.

“Haha, sucker!” Melody put up a smirk, silently sneaking about and attempting to make a big escape. She'd stick to her plan: Scram. Mister goodie-good could keep watching the others for all she cared, as long as she was overlooked.

However, as her plan was going, well, according to plan. Melody found that, as soon as she exited the store, Chaos had more then ensued. It had horribly, terribly, amazingly ensued. People were screaming and running from something. Whatever it was, Melody didn't want to stick around and find out.

“Fuck. Guess I found why Bleach called for me.” Anyway, trouble was afoot, and Melody was intend on scramming and getting away from the group. Making the first few steps in some random direction, preferably the direction people were running, a hand suddenly yanked Melody's hoodie. Feeling herself being pulled back, her head could only slowly but surely turn around to see which poor sod was gonna get decked in the face.

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Not long after stepping inside the store all hell broke loose. Kirie looked over his shoulder to see people screaming and running away, this made his search for the others all that much important. He yelled out the first name that popped into his head “Melody!” not because he liked her or anything but she was the one person who would most likely take advantage of such a situation.

However he couldn’t find her after looking in the place he expected her to be at, the music section but she wasn’t there. He looked over by the windows and saw bright blonde hair pass by and he knew for certain it was the girl he was looking for. So running back outside, cursing under his breathe, Kirie came up from behind Melody and grabbed the back of her hood. “Oh no you don’t little Missy” glaring at the back of her head.

However what came next didn’t really surprise him much but he did have to move fast to avoid the punch that came his way. Letting go of her hood, Kirie deflected her punch moving around her to push her from behind back in the direction of the store. However that didn’t do much so Kirie pretty much had to drag her back inside.

When they got inside Kirie smiled at her raising both hands in front of his face to form a kind of pyramid. Almost like he came up with the world’s best punishment for her. “So planning on ditching us I see. Well considering the chaos going on outside now must have been the perfect opportune for someone such as yourself to get away. Just next time don’t do it when theirs a monster rampaging or when I’m the one acting as lead. I feel underestimated when people try to get away from me. But back to the point help me find the others so we can figure out what’s going on.” with that little speech Kirie turned his back on Melody but then stopped.

“oh and don’t even think about running away without us otherwise you’ll be nothing more than a coward trying to save your little love life” he growled at her. It was easy to see he was irritated but to what extent would be unknown considering his smile hid some of his irritation. But that made the situation seem worse than it really was. Resuming his search for the others Kirie found Jaxon somewhat standing off to the side of the store as if he didn’t have much else to do.

so he’s like me then huh, we both hate shopping shaking his head Kirie walked over to him hoping not to freak the kid out with his sudden appearance. “Hey Jaxon, come one we got to go there’s something in the city that’s wreaking havoc. We need to group together and find Ms.Brumfield so we can go back.” Kirie as soon as Jaxon responded would then look for Jayson hopefully Melody had Connor with her when they met up in the front of the store.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Upon seeing Kirie approaching Jaxon sighed heavily and stretched as he started speaking to him.

“Hey Jaxon, come one we got to go there’s something in the city that’s wreaking havoc. We need to group together and find Ms. Brumfield so we can go back.”

"...Fine I'll go get them, but this is a favor I hope you pay me back for. Buy a rubber pad for your bed I don't like being shocked every once in a while, while I'm sleeping sparky alright?" Smiling weakly he rubbed his nose and continued, "Anyway jokes aside I'll see what I can find out about the rampage, also I'll find a way to get all of us together. Tell our group to meet at the central park, wait there and we'll meet up with you afterward alright?" Looking down to his collar he nodded slightly at Tama who purred slightly. "Alright Let's get this done buddy. We've got to prove to Brumfield that we can stay in this school alright?" That said Jaxon instantly warped to the top of the store and yelled down to Kirie.

"HEY! I'll find out what's going on but I'll stay out of sight so that I don't attract any attention from this 'monster', you guys head to the meeting place and start discussing a plan alright?!" Waving to his classmates he then started running and jumping from building to building.

After following the giant stream of people he looked ahead of what they were running from and saw a... what could only be described as complete pandemonium, From an entire building destroyed to the wreckage of a helicopter on fire with what looked to be the remains of people in positions of agony. "Ugh... that's morbid... Anyway I have to make sure whatever caused this doesn't see me..." Looking around towards anything in the immediate area he sat down and closed his eyes. "Open your senses..." After saying this he extended his usual 10 foot aura to about 30 and noticed something abnormal in it, almost as if it saw him. After shutting off his aura as quickly as possible he hid behind a pillar with his sight looking through a portal about 10 feet from what looked like a knight spawned from hell.

"W-What is that thing... It's so... small for a monster whatever I'll keep to the sidelines and hope this thing doesn't notice me tail it for a good while to figure out what it's doing..." After closing the portal he slowly kept his distance and watched it head in the direction of a power plant and then suddenly turn around. 'Shit... this isn't good....' Warping away onto ground level he kept looking at it from behind a dumpster and kept his eyes trained on it. "I wonder if it wasn't the fact that it was going there on it's own and didn't notice me or it was letting me follow it, nonetheless I have to find the others quickly."

After saying this he ran across the ground and headed to what seemed to be another shopping district with even more people running and screaming in terror only to find Ms. Brumfield trying to keep her students in check and raced up to her. "HEY BRUMFIELD! We got a major problem, as you can see a 'monster' is on the rampage I found it but we need to leave now!" Looking at the other students he basically pulled them over to both of them and continued, "I already set up a meeting place with Kirie and the others to go to Central park and figure out some kind of plan for taking it down after we get there I'll fill everyone in on what I saw but for now we need to head there now, time wasted is time that could be put to taking that thing down!"

After saying this he ran off only to have Tama pipe up on his sudden change. "Hey Jaxon I remember you never got this excited about anything any reason?" "Yeah it's called keeping myself and those around me alive, I don't feel like dying and I don’t feel like being held responsible if I’m the only one alive.” “But still you showed genuine concern for them, any reason why?” “Don’t get smart with me Tama this is serious we don’t have time for this, now let’s go!”

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Lila Mei Kyoto Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Aberdeen didn’t see why shopping in the “human city” was such a big deal. She’s lived here all her life. Unlike the others, she was born into a normal family and she lived in the normal human city with no knowledge of her own powers until Brooklyn passed away. The human city was where she resided until the incident where her grandmother Alma had revealed the secret about her powers and Liuena Academy. Coming here did make her feel somewhat at home and a bit nostalgic considering the store they were shopping in.

The store they were in was a familiar store to her, though not much of it was of her interest. She was more interesting in finding out more about ghosts and ghost hunting, and what better place to look than the bookstore? Aberdeen has always loved hitting the books in this store and found it to be the most enjoyable place besides the other creepy gothic store that was a nice source of furnishings for her room. However, she had a mission this time rather than just reading for pleasure. Ever since the incident with the two ghosts that tried to strangle Opal, Aberdeen had wanted to figure out how to protect her friend and how to search for these two ghosts. Before, she had been scared to death and didn’t want to deal with ghosts, but for some reason upon eyeing a book called, “The Ghost Hunter’s Guide” she had found the motivation inside to try and figure out a way to deal with these menaces.

Luciana traveled as Aberdeen’s shadow during the whole trip, however two – no wait three-things had caught the eyes from behind her mask. There was the candy section that they passed by that had caramel candy samples. “Ella would sure love these as I do. I hope Abby doesn’t mind me taking some for her…” Luciana thought in her mind while momentarily becoming invisible and taking a few when no one was looking. The second thing was a mask (picture )in a box in the oriental section that looked like a woman’s face with short black hair, bushy eyebrows, very thin eyes, a broad nose, and deep red lips. Lucy was about to take the mask for herself thinking she did need a new one when the third thing of interest had come. Many people started running amuck in the stores and an aura of uneasiness, tension, and death was what Lucy recognized from the people.
“Abby!” shrieked somebody from behind Aberdeen. She was a little surprised at first because it did not come from Luciana or Brooklyn, however when she turned around she found Opal who seemed to be panicked over the commotion. Behind Opal, Aberdeen couldn’t believe to see a multitude of ghosts behind her panicked and confused over their sudden deaths. She could hear them saying, “What happened to me??” “Why can’t anybody hear me??” “Mommy where are you??” That last one was a little boy now a ghost and now gone from the world of living. Aberdeen almost couldn’t bear to see this many ghosts in her vicinity and especially the child ghost, considering that there is something horrible going on that she doesn’t even know, however she tried to remain calm for her friend. This time, she was going to protect her.

“Opal!” Aberdeen yelled back hoping Opal had seen her. She didn’t realize that she subconsciously placed the unpaid book in her backpack. She ran towards Opal urging Lucy to follow as a shadow and then grabbed Opal’s hand. “Opal, I don’t know what’s going on, but we have to calm down and find the others.” Aberdeen saw Jaxon waving at them as he ran to get more people, and decided it was time to get out of there. ”Opal, you’re going to have to trust me on this one.” Aberdeen said before turning both her and Opal invisible and intangible (she had just learned how to do so a few days ago) to get out of the way of everyone and down to where Ms. Brumfield was with the others. Aberdeen could only hold that for so long she nearly reached time limit and passed out, but she decided to stay strong even though her stomach was feeling a bit weak right now from keeping both her and Opal invisible and intangible. ”Sorry for the rush Opal, but I wanted to get us out of there quickly,” Aberdeen apologized while panting heavily. She wasn’t really the most fit person and running fast while trying to keep her and her friend from bumping into everyone through her magic was very taxing on her energy. Jaxon had said there was a meeting place with Kirie and the others at Central Park for a plan to take down some “monster on a rampage,” and Aberdeen thought it would be a good idea to meet with the others and try to contribute something. She would have to rest for awhile for her to regain her energy, but nevertheless she wanted to participate in some way. It was odd to her that Central Park, her favorite park to play in as a child will now become a base of operations for the Liuena team to assemble and discuss battle tactics against a monster. How could she have known growing up that she would have magic and have to participate with a class filled with other Magni in taming a beast? Aberdeen did not want to go alone however so she asked Opal, “You coming?”

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Keiran was walking a few steps behind Mrs. Brumfield and the other students, unfortunately neither his brother nor Melody were in his group. As Kiearan walked, Nox followed along, changing his shape in shadow form to emulate Kieran's shadow, keeping the humans from suspecting something strange from his lack of a shadow or it's weird shape. "I wonder what they're up to, and if they can get away, we're supposed to meet in the basement of the sweets shop. Maybe I should just go look for them." And with that thought Kieran's mind was made up. He waited for his opportunity and it arrived when Mrs. Brumfield abruptly stopped and stared at her hands. Kieran quickly glanced around making sure no one was looking at him and he joined Nox in shadow form.

"You ready buddy?" Kieran asked Nox, telepathically.

"If you are, although are you sure we should cross Mrs. Brumfield, your last detention wasn't a walk in the park." [i]

[i] "Detention in is a risk we take, I'm willing to risk it to get away from these bores."
He thought and finally they left.

They moved on the ground and along walls, trying to keep to darker alley ways and other areas where strange shadows would not seem out of place. Although they were troublemakers they were smart troublemakers. They arrive at the sweets shop, but Kieran did not find his brother and friend. So he decided to look for them, he knew the approximate area they were supposed to be so he went there, still in shadow form. He found a small music shop and smiled, (well as close as an amorphous blob's shadow can smile) and went to enter the building. Before he got to the door he saw Melody leaving, then he saw Kirie pulling on Melody's hood and she proceeded to punch him, but he dodged it and proceeded to pull her back into the building.

Kirie gives Melody a speech about running off and stuff, Kieran wasn't listening. Kieran moved to the wall behind Kirie, he turned his shadow into the cartoon dragon he used the first time he and Melody really met. And began to dance just like then. He really hoped she saw him so that he didn't have to make himself known in a more substantial way.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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"Anyway jokes aside I'll see what I can find out about the rampage; also I'll find a way to get all of us together. Tell our group to meet at the central park, wait there and we'll meet up with you afterward alright?"

Kirie was about to say something but by the time he opened his mouth Jaxon had teleported to the top of the store yelling down at him and the others. "HEY! I'll find out what's going on but I'll stay out of sight so that I don't attract any attention from this 'monster', you guys head to the meeting place and start discussing a plan alright?!"

idiot what if someone sees him. Then its trouble for all of us scowling Kirie could do nothing but let Jaxon do his thing.

Kirie went in search of Jayson only to find that she was nowhere to be found. where’d she go, dammit I told her not to wonder to far from the group, but no, no one listens to me because I’m the damn teacher’s pet . Kirie growled low angry at himself for letting her out of his sight and at Jayson herself for not listening to him. However he had more important things to worry about than just one girl, and it was to get Connor and Melody to their rendezvous point with Jaxon and Ms.Brumfield. He needn’t worry about Melody since she was happily talking to a shadow that no one could forget. Especially considering the form it took on, of a dragon and was doing that same dance as before.

Shaking his head Kirie couldn’t help but smile a bit the sight of a shadow dancing but took on a more serious look. ”Melody, Kieran we need to go pronto. Also has anyone seen Jayson I can’t find her or Connor at that. But we really need to go, I already double checked and I can’t find either of them. Let’s just hope that we might run across them when we get to Central Park.” and with that Kirie lead the two to Central park, unfortunately they hadn’t come across either Jayson or Connor, but Kirie thought he had seen the trouble maker but the panicked crowd had taken him from view and there wasn’t much else to do.




Ms. Brumfield
She was doing her best keeping the kids in check but it seemed Kieran had run off somewhere again no doubt to joke with Melody. I swear it’s like those two were destined to make my job a living hell.

"HEY BRUMFIELD! We got a major problem, as you can see a 'monster' is on the rampage I found it but we need to leave now! I already set up a meeting place with Kirie and the others to go to Central park and figure out some kind of plan for taking it down after we get there I'll fill everyone in on what I saw but for now we need to head there now, time wasted is time that could be put to taking that thing down!"

She was surprised at Jaxon’s findings but even more so that the fact that Kirie must have let him go dawned on her. This made her a bit irritable considering Jaxon could have gotten hurt because of the boy’s decision. But once more before anyone could get a word with Jaxon he was already gone. Sparks flew off her body but they were soon doused with something more important at the moment; concern for the wellbeing of her students. Making sure everyone was with her Ms. Brumfield left the store in a hurry, leading everyone to Central Park to discuss things further.

She didn’t like the fact that Jaxon seemed to be intent on stopping this creature, it was really up to the Liuena Academy‘s Higher Counsel to do something about it. But then it dawned on her, the portal they had gone through earlier, the one she had Amon keep a look out for so no human accidentally stepped through if they had a bit of magic in them. my dear the portal has closed, it isn’t responding to anything I throw at it or the simple commands to open it. Ms. Brumfield frowned in thought it must be because of the creature, it’s heading towards where there is energy so the barrier must have closed off to keep it from reaching the academy.Finally reaching their rendezvous point Ms. Brumfield was glad to see that Kirie and his group was their waiting for them by a large oak tree. However her smile dropped at the fact that two of her students seemed to be missing. “Kirie where’s Jayson and Connor? Weren’t they with you?” concern heavy in her voice.

”I don’t know, I told them to stay in the store but I guess all the chaos got to them and they tried to find us only to get swept away by the crowd. I’m sorry Ms. Brumfield for losing them, it’s my fault but we have to figure out what the hell that thing is. And make sure Jayson and Connor are alright.” Kirie looked upset about losing them but now wasn’t the time to be moping about ones mistakes. “Alright Kirie, I know it wasn’t your fault but we just have one more person to show up and that’s Jaxon. He went to scout out what was going on but I do not like the way things are, it seems we’re not at the leisure of having the Higher Counsel to deal with this. The barrier has gone on lock down because of the creature so we’re stuck here either way.” Sighing Ms. Brumfield rubbed the bridge of her nose, Amon please if you could find my students as well as check up on the whereabouts of that creature. And if you must attack it then do so but do it with a just cause and not out of your own pleasure she spoke harshly to her demon within their link. Ms. Brumfield didn’t get an answer but that was fine with her as long as she didn’t get lip from him.

Turning back to the students Ms. Brumfield folded her arms looking over her students. “so tell me does anyone have an idea as to what you would like to do at this point?”

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Kieran smiled to himself as Melody talked to Kirie. "Ass hat" she mumbled as he walked away. Kieran audibly laughed at that, which drew Melody's attention.

“Subtle.” She said sarcastically as he walked off the wall. “Could you be less creepy? I'm already watched enough as it is.”

Kieran smiled again and gave her a quick hug. "What can I say, I'm a fan of the classics. And I wasn't spying on you, I just didn't want Kirie to know I was here, as you're fully aware I had to sneak away from Brumfield." Kieran smiled again as the two walked out of the door. "I think I saw Connor heading towards Central Park, I don't know what's going on but I can tell it's something big. We should head over there and check it out." Kieran said. Before Melody could react he grabbed her and and started jogging towards the popular location. He wished he could travel by shadow, it would be sooo much faster but he had Melody with him and he wasn't very good at taking other people with him. Oh and he didn't really have anywhere he could turn without causing alarm. The streets were noisy and crowded with people running the other direction so the two didn't really have an opportunity to talk as they made their way to the park.

When they arrived they saw Mrs. Brumfield talking to other students probably trying to formulate a plan. Then out of the corner of his eye Kieran saw Connor standing off by himself, with a look on his face that Kieran almost never saw. "CONNOR WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!" Kieran shouted, letting go of Melody's hand and running towards his brother, Nox materialized off the ground and ran along side Kieran. Despite all their bickering Nox loved Kieran, Hans Connor and their whole family and knew that this was serious.

There were tanks, and plans and other national guard equipment attacking the creature, but there was no way they could stop it and Kieran knew Connor thought the same thing and there was no way that Kieran was gonna let Connor fight alone. Kieran and Connor had spent less time together the last week or so, Kieran has spent a lot of time with Melody but he and his brother have always been a team and they always will be. Kieran arrived at Connor's side before he did anything stupid. "Dude, you ain't gonna fight that thing alone are you? Cause you know we're a team, we have been ever since that time I put superglue on the toilet and mom was stuck there for two hours. Neither of us confessed and we both got punished instead. We're doing this together, you, me, Nox and Hans. I won't have it any other way." Kieran said a serious stoic expression on his face, something almost no one has ever seen before.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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After Aberdeen arrived and discussed her plan Jaxon shook his head slowly. "That isn't going to work, more than naught you'll attract it right to you. That thing is a magical entity and I'm guessing feeds off magic from what I gathered from my short recon mission I did, moreover it would see your presence. When I used my magic it 'saw' me and I got out of sight, not only that it seemed to have led me to an area as if to taunt and goad me into attacking it. So that said your invisibility won't confuse it, it would just attract attention to yourself." Sighing aloud he looked to Ms. Brumfield, "Before you kill me I had a plan on how to track it and I succeeded, only thing is that it didn't follow. Moreover the thing was like a knight in both appearance and movement. That said we should expect either short ranged attacks or long ranged if it fires attacks from the sword. Also from the movements I also saw that it had full mobility in the air, with Opal's help we can pull it through one of my portals as it isn't a type of magic just a gate I set up. With that we should be able to force it to the ground if I center the entry way of it to face what he would think is the ground and have it fly right into it. Also with Aberdeen's abilities I can have her be in the background and use her invisibility as a magical beacon of sorts. With enough magic pumping out of her hopefully it will draw towards us."

After saying this Connor was sitting there at the edge of the park watching the military move towards the power plant and then have Kirie show up with Kieran and Melody. "CONNOR WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!" After yelling this Kieran ran up to the dazed Connor and started speaking to him.

'Hmm? What's going on over there between those two?' Shaking his head he whistled loudly to get the newcomer's attention. "Alright everyone I need everyone's full attention and focus! If we don't have that we'll fall into disarray and we'll be defeated, but if we come up with a plan instead of just running in headlong we shall conquer the beast. From what I gathered it's a being of magic and thus needs energy to survive whether it be electricity from the power plant it's headed to or our magic, nonetheless if we can I can hope that we will be able to bring it down without any interference." Coughing quietly he turned to Kirie. "Nice of you to finally join us, it's funny how I told you first and everything." Looking around slowly he had a confused look on his face and under his breath looked around.

'Last I checked Kirie had Melody with him.... wonder where she went...'

"Anyways you're are also part of this so get over here and help plan, I may have one plan done but I want everyone's opinion on it. That said if you have any questions about the monster please ask and I'll answer them to the best of my ability"

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Jayson had started off lightly sprinting throughout the crowd of loud bumrishing people but she gained more speed after hearing more f the chaos occuring. She wasn't too familiar with this city but she tried her best to figure out where it is she was going to go so she did what she's good at which is wing it and took off at a faster pace and soon found herself among the others she had gotten seperated with. She was panting lightly but listened intently on what was being said before she chose to speak. "Sorry I'm late but what if we just try to find a way to distract him long enough to take him down or stall him enough to where it'll be too late to make it to the power plant?". As of right now to say she was worried would be an understatement.

Jayson wasn't exactly sure about everything there foe was capapble of and for right now she had to help everyone in some way even if she was worried she;d have to ignore that for the time being and figure out what to do later so in a sense it was act now and worry later.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Connor had, as per the usual, become promptly lost upon entering the city. He didn't know how but he managed to separate from his group and ended up wandering around. He and Hans visited a sweet shop and picked up a huge bag of candy. There was an assorted mix of both Kieran's and Connor's favorites. He'd bought it to share. Connor and Hans stopped at a music store next. The listened to a few songs, but they didn't find the Mozart they were looking for, so they left. All in all it had been a rather pleasant day. That was, of course, until the militant alert sounded and all hell broke loose. Some massive creature was ripping apart military craft and weaponry like it did it for a living. It would have been a lot more impressive had it not been the scariest thing Connor had seen since his father had taken them to one of his independent films about food processing. The boys' father hadn't participated in the film at all, of course, he was just a cinema-phile. Regardless, the film had scared little Kieran, Connor, Hans, and Nox to such an extent that they hadn't spoken of it since. Connor shuddered at the thought.

Connor observed the monster very carefully. It was certainly not anything natural, meaning magic was a valid explanation. He'd heard of creatures made out of magic, but such practices were old and archaic. It never happened in the modern world. Still, there was something unnerving about it, it was the blackness. That's what it was. That thing was the same color as Kieran when he shifted to... shadow form. "That's it!" Connor exclaimed, and at that, he set his jaw and rolled up his sleeves. Connor had gotten, "serious". Just as Connor was about to step forward and enact the Supremely Excellent, Not Predictable, Awesome Initiation plan (or S.E.N.P.A.I. for short) he heard Kieran's voice, and boy was he mad. "CONNOR WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!" Kieran shouted, running towards his brother. Nox materialized off the ground and ran alongside Kieran as he closed the distance between them. Connor smirked and made a silly face. "You got me! Here's your prize!" Connor said, pushing the bag of candy into his brother's hands. "Be careful with that, it's got our favorites in it." Connor deflected, trying to weasel his way out of his brother's vise-like grip on his wrist.

The pair of brothers, who were nearly inseparable from birth were thinking the exact same thing. There were tanks, and planes, and other national guard equipment attacking the creature, but there was no way they could stop it. Further, there was no way Kieran was gonna let Connor fight alone. Kieran and Connor had spent less time together the last week or so, as Kieran had spent a lot of time with Melody, but he and his brother have always been a team and they always will be. Kieran arrived at Connor's side before he did anything stupid. "Dude, you ain't gonna fight that thing alone are you? Cause you know we're a team, we have been ever since that time I put superglue on the toilet and mom was stuck there for two hours. Neither of us confessed and we both got punished instead. We're doing this together, you, me, Nox and Hans. I won't have it any other way." Kieran said a serious stoic expression on his face, something almost no one has ever seen before.

Normally, Connor would have made a silly face and they would have compromised about it. Not this time. Connor matched his brother's stoic gaze with an equally stern look in his eyes. "Not this time little brother," though Kieran was his elder by almost over a year. "This time, I want you to watch me. You spent a lot of time with Mel this week, and that's been really good for you. I can see the brother of mine who you used to be. The one before the pranks and the bullies. The real you. Don't get me wrong," Connor chuckled. "We've been getting into trouble since we perfected the fake, 'I'm sorry puppy dog eyes', when we were three. Still, she's so good for you. Don't screw that up just for me. I'm your brother. I'll love you no matter what. Now do as I say and go tell Jaxon that I'm going to test that sucker out. I can give you guys some good intel if I go in first and soften it up for ya." Connor smirked. "Besides, part of me just wants to show off a little for his younger brother. After all, I was either with Ms. Brumfield or in the library all week. Lemme show you how it's done." Connor said with a wink. At that, Hans jumped down from his perch on Connor's shoulder. "Ready Hans? Begin Alpha formation." Connor said, stepping forward in time with Hans toward the giant monstrosity before them. Connor's body glowed with light, evidence of the strong magic bubbling up from deep inside. "Activating Familiar Empowerment." Connor said, clapping his hands together and feeding his strength into Hans, whose body began to rapidly change. Hans's body grew at an exponential rate. He didn't stop until he was as big as a tiger, and had long teeth, wicked claws, and dark brown stripes to match. "Take me to the horizon Hans." Connor said, mounting his not so little fox-demon. At that, Hans jumped, carrying Connor into battle. Just before it was unsafe, Connor turned around and winked at Kieran once more. He then turned back towards the eight foot tall monster before him and started working on a battle plan.

As far as combat capabilities went, the thing had a sword and was using it with deadly effectiveness. It was decently large and looked both strong and fast. The best strategy would be to either get too close for comfort, which Connor didn't like, and use even faster speed to keep the edge, or to stay back and hammer it with long range techniques. Though neither were his strong suit, Connor prefered to slug it out with his opponents. Cracking his knuckles, Connor began to chant. Unfortunately, the thing noticed them. It whipped around towards them, reaching out with its deadly blade, but Hans was two steps ahead of him and had dodged on his own, allowing Connor to keep focusing on his spell. Hans, though large, was nearly more difficult to catch than smoke. His body was full of Connor's power and it had strengthened and enhanced an already toned and battle hardened body. On his back, Connor sat in almost perfect stillness, leaving his safety to his partner. Connor was focusing on a long range water spell. He was attempting to pull the water from the nearby sewer grates and use it to unbalance the creature before moving in close while it was distracted. Once Connor had finished his seal, he signalled for Hans to take them in. Serpentining with unnatural grace, Hans weaved in and out of the monster's strike, getting ever closer until Connor was ready. With a shout, Connor jumped off his familiar's back, diving forward and placing his hand upon the ground at the creature's feet. With the sound of a cannon, Connor released all the water that was currently in the main, some several hundred gallons came bursting up through the ground, destroying the pavement and knocking the thing off balance. Not wanting to give it a chance to regroup, Connor steeled himself for what he was about to do. It would work in theory, but in practice Connor was still iffy. Not to mention he could feel the stares of his fellow Magni on his back. No time to hesitate, if he did, he could die. Once Hans was safely away, Connor clapped his hands once more, taking the power from his familiar and diverting it to himself. He smiled when he felt Hans jump into Kieran's arms. It felt safe and warm there.

At Connor's command, the power sealed within the water demanded it to take the shape of a giant serpentine dragon, which coiled around Connor like a snake, obscuring him completely. However, Connor wasn't drowning under the hundreds of gallons of water. He wasn't even suffocating. Connor was changing. His body elongated and thickened. His legs fused together and his arms flattened into fins. The water swirled around Connor, bringing him upwards towards the top of the pillar as his body took the shape of a fully grown, male Orca. Once he'd brought himself up so far, and changed his mass so much, there weren't many options for Connor to go. There was down... or down. Connor pointed his nose and smashed face first into the midsection of the creature, the water dispersing along the ground as it left Connor's control. Without pausing, and before he hit the ground, Connor shifted once again, this time into the shape of a tiny little bat. He wound his way around the creature's blind strikes using his practiced echolocation and made his way up to it's shoulders. Once there, Connor shifted once more into an Alpha male silverback gorilla, and grappled it from behind, causing it to lurch forward, Connor jumped off as it smashed into a building, shifting back into a human as he landed. He was breathing heavily, all that magic all at once was crazy tiring. He knew that he was slowing down, but he took a ready stance, waiting for the thing to emerge and to challenge it once more. However, it had grown tired of Connor. He wasn't an easy target, and the creature looked tired as well, like it needed energy. It became very clear to Connor in that moment. What it wanted, was magic. While Connor was standing still, having figured out the secret, it had used its time to choose a new target, one that looked easier. Melody.

It left Connor and rushed to attack Melody. Connor didn't know what it actually intended to do, but when he saw it blast off towards Mel, sword in hand, he did the only thing he could think of. Connor shifted once more into a cheetah, racing with the thing, but it was too fast, Connor wasn't going to make it. He needed more speed. Without thinking, without warning, Connor shifted once again, this time, taking the shape of a hawk, furiously beating his wings to overtake the giant creature. He didn't care that he'd managed trans-mammalian shifting, he needed to stop that thing from reaching Mel. Connor rocketed forward, wings outstretched. He wasn't going to make it.

Time slowed, and Connor blacked out for a moment. He remembered reaching with his arms, they were human arms, he must have shifted back. He touched something. It might have been Mel, it might have been that creature, but he didn't remember. When he woke, Mel was on the ground in front of him. She was safe, and nothing was wrong with her. She wasn't hurt. Well that was good, Connor sighed with relief, but why... Why did she have that look of sheer horror on her face. Connor's chest felt weird. He looked down. A black blade had pierced him. It had ran him through from back to front. As of this moment, it was currently lodged in his sternum. Connor had shoved Mel out of the way, and taken the blow for her. Connor smirked. Coughing up blood, he tried to make a joke, but all that came out was, "Where'd this come from, eh?" Connor's eyes rolled back in his head as the thing pulled it's blade from his body and he crumpled. Kieran caught him, bringing him gently to the ground and cradling Connor in his arms. "Did you see?" Connor asked. "I did it! I turned into a hawk..." Connor said. He couldn't hear what anyone was saying, only that something was distracting the monster from him and Mel. He looked over to where she was, a smile on his face. "You're safe. I'm glad. It used to be that I was the one who protected Kieran, made him smile. That's gotta be your job now." Connor coughed, blood trickling down the corner of his mouth. He chuckled. "How much trouble you think Mom'll put me in for this?" Connor asked, but his eyes weren't looking anywhere in particular, and he still couldn't hear what was happening around him. If words were being said, Connor didn't hear them. If first aid was happening, Connor didn't notice. He was distracted by a bird, soaring high in the sky. Connor reached up and made to grab it, resting his palm on his heart once he'd finished. "Kieran." Connor said, completely serious. "Don't eat all that candy at once. You'll get fat. Look after Hans and our sister for me. I'll see you on the flip side, but not till you're way older, ok? It's time to leave now." Connor said, feeling weak. He was so cold. "But before I go, I need you to promise me something. Be yourself. Don't live your life for me. Do it for you." Connor said, a smile on his face. With that, his eyes closed and he breathed his last; that goofy smile was still on his face.

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As Kieran leaped in for a brief hug, Melody felt a fuzzy little feeling in her stomach. The corner of her lips perked up a wee-moment. Good to see you, too. Buzzed a little thought to her mind, her smile flashing to the boy who had released his grip on the girl.

“You were watching us without our consent, that fits the definition of spying. And spying is stalking, and I. Don't. Like. Stalkers.” She coughed, following her friend out of the store and into the chaotic streets of whocaresville. Melody would've chosen for the scramming option, but Kieran was seemingly content with seeking the danger even closer.

“No.....” Melody muttered, her voice unconvinced of her own desire to run a couple of miles in the other direction. Her hand was grabbed, and soon the blonde found herself being dragged through the flock of, how to call it, screaming fast-food meals for whatever was attacking the town, though not without the inevitable squirms and groans that she did not want to have a first row seat that was close enough to the creature that they could communicate with it by waggling their eyebrows.

“Hold it!” She exclaimed, receiving zero response apart from being dragged around like a little kid's toy duck roller. Melody had to really try to not fall over, and, unsurprisingly, was out of breath when the both of them arrived in the park.

I feel like I just ran a marathon. Went a little thought alongside a serious attempt to catch some fresh air.

“CONNOR WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!”

*Thump*

Melody felt her bottom touch the grassy ground, noting that Kieran had abruptly let go of her hand to run off to his brother-in-crime. “How rude.” She muttered, struggling a bit to get back on two feet.

Noting that she, again, was on her own, Melody got to do some strolling while pitching into a few conversations – But not bothering to attentively pay attention to details. The gist? Monster attacking city, poor sods who are trapped outside of the academy get clean the litter-box of this faeces.

Just. Great.

Where in the job description did it say: Defeat giant monstrosity who'll likely stomp you in the same manner you stomp on unwary ants.

Bah! Had she stayed, this would never have happened to her. She'd just have been sitting underneath an oak tree listening to her music. But no, the stars did not align properly today. Muttering and growling about as her feet sluggishly dragged her body around in a half-baked circle walk, the blonde flicked on her headphones.

Unbore me, music. Her favourite – Which is pretty much anything – song turned up. Bitte Sehr. She thanked, slowly but surely widening the gap between herself and the class. Her back finding comfortable rest against the bark on one of the oak trees in the park.

For a moment, Melody could hear a brief period of silence. No gunfires, no choppers, no... Nothing. It was then that she witnessed a peculiar branch of magic practised by Connor – Who had stood up to pitch his strength against the giant creature, using a peculiar branch of magic that Melody hadn't seen before: Shapeshifting.

How... She thought, the question pertaining to this strange magic type popping almost simultaneously in her head. Though dissipating rather quickly as her blue eyes watched in awe and amazement as Connor put up a tough fight.

Great! That meant they'd be home within minutes. Melody inched a bit closer for a clearer view, noticing a second too late that the creature, who had been occupied with fending of his other attacker, to jump to her for a change of game.

Eyes widened, hands instinctively covering the girl's wee-little demon, and her body cringing to the ground. A yelp was all that left her mouth, before she felt a heavy push knocking her away from the creature's range.

“Oof...” Her body rolled along the ground, coming to a halt several inches, maybe feet away from her initial position. A head shook, eyelids dropping into a blink for several seconds before looking at who had, apparently, saved her life, apart from a few scratches – Which was nothing compared to what her saviour had to endure.

“Who-” Melody stopped. Her eyes filled with horror and fright as they gazed upon the scenery of Connor's body pierced by a sword.

“Where'd this come from, eh?”

He joked, to which Melody wanted to reply “Idiot!” Yet all that managed to pour from her lips was a silent 'Eep'.

Kieran caught his brother, allowing him the softly drop onto the grass. He was bleeding heavily. Why would he save her? How can anyone be that selfless? Melody tried to get up, but paused as Connor turned back to face her.

“You're safe. I'm glad. It used to be that I was the one who protected Kieran, made him smile. That's gotta be your job now.”

He isn't... He was. The girl could only stare, frightened. Her hands opened, Lorelei was safe, too. The little swam up to her Magni's cheek, hugging it tightly for comfort and safety as the demon, too, witnessed an inevitable ending.

Thoughts stopped, breaths paused. Melody watched, a single tear crawling down her face as the two brothers had a final exchange of words until... He fell silent, and an air of depression and sorrow filled the area.

Goodbye Connor...

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Connor smirked and made a silly face as Kieran approached, "You got me! Here's your prize!" he said throwing a bag of candy into Kieran's hand, which he dropped on the ground at his brother's next words, "Be careful with that, it's got our favorites in it." Connor deflected, trying to weasel his way out of Kieran's vise-like grip on his wrist.

The pair of brothers, who were nearly inseparable from birth were thinking the exact same thing. There were tanks, and planes, and other national guard equipment attacking the creature, but there was no way they could stop it. Further, there was no way Kieran was gonna let Connor fight alone. Kieran and Connor had spent less time together the last week or so, as Kieran had spent a lot of time with Melody, but he and his brother have always been a team and they always will be. Kieran arrived at Connor's side before he did anything stupid. "Dude, you ain't gonna fight that thing alone are you? Cause you know we're a team, we have been ever since that time I put superglue on the toilet and mom was stuck there for two hours. Neither of us confessed and we both got punished instead. We're doing this together, you, me, Nox and Hans. I won't have it any other way." Kieran said a serious stoic expression on his face, something almost no one has ever seen before.

Connor's face was not the usual silly one, but rather an exact copy of Kieran's somber expression "Not this time little brother," though Kieran was his elder by almost a year. "This time, I want you to watch me. You spent a lot of time with Mel this week, and that's been really good for you. I can see the brother of mine who you used to be. The one before the pranks and the bullies. The real you. Don't get me wrong," Connor chuckled, his face softening for just a second, "We've been getting into trouble since we perfected the fake, 'I'm sorry puppy dog eyes', when we were three. Still, she's so good for you. Don't screw that up just for me. I'm your brother. I'll love you no matter what. Now do as I say and go tell Jaxon that I'm going to test that sucker out. I can give you guys some good intel if I go in first and soften it up for ya." Connor smirked. "Besides, part of me just wants to show off a little for his younger brother. After all, I was either with Ms. Brumfield or in the library all week. Lemme show you how it's done." Connor finished with a wink. Hans jumped down from his perch on Connor's shoulder. "Ready Hans? Begin Alpha formation." Connor said, acting as if the conversation with Kieran was over, and Kieran was too shocked at what was happening to do anything. Connor's body glowed with light, evidence of the strong magic bubbling up from deep inside. Hans's body grew at an exponential rate. He didn't stop until he was as big as a tiger, and had long teeth, wicked claws, and dark brown stripes to match. "Take me to the horizon Hans." Connor said, mounting his not so little fox-demon. At that, Hans jumped, carrying Connor into battle. Just before it was unsafe, Connor turned around and winked at Kieran once more. In response to the wink Kieran snapped out of it, "CONNOR WE'RE A TEAM DON'T DO THIS!" Kieran said jumping into the ground and shadow running after his brother and Hans, Nox followed suite just behind him. Kieran reached out towards Hans, if he could just grab Hans's leg he could pull them both into the shadow and they could make a plan together, Kieran has only once before successfully taken another person into the shadows, but he knew it was the only way. He lunged, his hand missed, Hans kept running. Kieran stood out of the shadow and watched as his brother fought the creature, alone. He fought well, alone. Kieran knew he couldn't do anything to help, Kieran could protect himself, he might even be able to protect Connor, but he couldn't fight back. He knew that so he conceded, this was Connor's fight, so he stood and watched. "Oh my God" Kieran said to Nox, as Connor shifted into a whale. "He finally did it, I'm so proud of him." At these word Hans fell and landed right into Kieran's hands. "Han's what's he doing?" Kieran asked, but Hans didn't respond.


The creature turned and started to walk towards Melody, Kieran ran, Hans now perched on his shoulder they way he had with Connor thousands of times before. Kieran ran as fast as he could but it was too late. Connor got there first and took a sword to the chest a result. Kieran dropped to his knees and grabbed his brother who had whispered something to Melody. Connor turned his head towards Kieran and said "How much trouble you think Mom'll put me in for this?" Connor said joking, Kieran chose not to reply. "Kieran." Connor said, completely serious. "Don't eat all that candy at once. You'll get fat. Look after Hans and our sister for me. I'll see you on the flip side, but not till you're way older, ok? It's time to leave now." Connor said, feeling weak. He was so cold. "But before I go, I need you to promise me something. Be yourself. Don't live your life for me. Do it for you." Connor said, a smile on his face. With that, his eyes closed and he breathed his last; that goofy smile was still on his face.

Kieran didn't say anything, he didn't want to accept it. He didn't even notice Melody shed a single tear, he wasn't sad, he was just ... angry. His body began to spark with electricity, but it was black, not the usual blue, this wasn't normal electricity. Kieran walked away from his brothers body, towards the empty area that his brother just fought in, the beast preoccupied with destroying more buildings and Kieran didn't care. As he walked his anger grew and after a few steps his body was engulfed in flame, while still sparking. Kieran screams expressing his anger, his howl is filled with sorrow, regret and pain. Suddenly the ground begins to crack, pieces of earth lift up and the air around Kieran begins to flow violently around him. "Hans, Nox, What's happening, I'm scared. Usually I can barely make a spark, where is all this coming from, and Air, Earth, when did I get the ability to control those?" He communicated to his demon, demons, he had two now. "Just relax, you have control, think small." Nox replied hoping it would help. Kieran closed his eyes and tried to gain control, when he opened them things were worse, now the water was under flowing with the air and rocks. "It's not working guys. What do I do?" Kieran said out loud this time. "Calm down kid, you can do it, focus. Find a point within you and focus on it. Make bring yourself into it." Hans said knowing that the imagery would help Kieran to focus. At first it worked, the five elements still moved as violently as they had been, but they were condensed down to an area about six feet around Kieran. The bubble of dark elemental energy was so dense no one could see in, and Kieran could not see out. He focused trying to calm the struggle, but he lost control. The energy exploded outward, decimating everything in a forty foot area, creating a crater twenty feet deep. Kieran fell down to his knees at the center of the crater and looked around, no one was hurt. He had destroyed tons of streetlights, and cars and buildings, but he didn't hurt anyone. He let out a sigh of relief and walked back to Connors body. "I'm sorry." he whispered. "I'll take care of Taryn, but we both know she can handle herself, in fact when I tell her what happened we all know she'll come up here and kill you herself." Kieran spoke as if his brother was alive. He reached down and grabbed his brother's wallet opened it up and grabbed a picture of it, it was a picture of Connor and Taryn. "Goodbye Connor, I'm gonna miss the shit out of you." He said and then turned to Melody, and without saying a word he walked up to her and stopped about three feet from her. His head was held low, and he cried. He cried harder than he ever has before, as he wept he gripped the picture so tightly in his hands the it slipped through his fingers falling to the ground. His body was shaking and convulsing, his legs gave out and he fell to the ground. He cried on the ground convulsing unable to handle the emotions, his brother, his partner in crime, was dead, gone, and wasn't coming back. His emotions flowed out, the tears falling from his face dampening the ground beneath him.



((OOC: stupid shitty interwebs making me double post, sorry everyone ))

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Connor smirked and made a silly face as Kieran approached, "You got me! Here's your prize!" he said throwing a bag of candy into Kieran's hand, which he dropped on the ground at his brother's next words, "Be careful with that, it's got our favorites in it." Connor deflected, trying to weasel his way out of Kieran's vise-like grip on his wrist.

The pair of brothers, who were nearly inseparable from birth were thinking the exact same thing. There were tanks, and planes, and other national guard equipment attacking the creature, but there was no way they could stop it. Further, there was no way Kieran was gonna let Connor fight alone. Kieran and Connor had spent less time together the last week or so, as Kieran had spent a lot of time with Melody, but he and his brother have always been a team and they always will be. Kieran arrived at Connor's side before he did anything stupid. "Dude, you ain't gonna fight that thing alone are you? Cause you know we're a team, we have been ever since that time I put superglue on the toilet and mom was stuck there for two hours. Neither of us confessed and we both got punished instead. We're doing this together, you, me, Nox and Hans. I won't have it any other way." Kieran said a serious stoic expression on his face, something almost no one has ever seen before.

Connor's face was not the usual silly one, but rather an exact copy of Kieran's somber expression "Not this time little brother," though Kieran was his elder by almost a year. "This time, I want you to watch me. You spent a lot of time with Mel this week, and that's been really good for you. I can see the brother of mine who you used to be. The one before the pranks and the bullies. The real you. Don't get me wrong," Connor chuckled, his face softening for just a second, "We've been getting into trouble since we perfected the fake, 'I'm sorry puppy dog eyes', when we were three. Still, she's so good for you. Don't screw that up just for me. I'm your brother. I'll love you no matter what. Now do as I say and go tell Jaxon that I'm going to test that sucker out. I can give you guys some good intel if I go in first and soften it up for ya." Connor smirked. "Besides, part of me just wants to show off a little for his younger brother. After all, I was either with Ms. Brumfield or in the library all week. Lemme show you how it's done." Connor finished with a wink. Hans jumped down from his perch on Connor's shoulder. "Ready Hans? Begin Alpha formation." Connor said, acting as if the conversation with Kieran was over, and Kieran was too shocked at what was happening to do anything. Connor's body glowed with light, evidence of the strong magic bubbling up from deep inside. Hans's body grew at an exponential rate. He didn't stop until he was as big as a tiger, and had long teeth, wicked claws, and dark brown stripes to match. "Take me to the horizon Hans." Connor said, mounting his not so little fox-demon. At that, Hans jumped, carrying Connor into battle. Just before it was unsafe, Connor turned around and winked at Kieran once more. In response to the wink Kieran snapped out of it, "CONNOR WE'RE A TEAM DON'T DO THIS!" Kieran said jumping into the ground and shadow running after his brother and Hans, Nox followed suite just behind him. Kieran reached out towards Hans, if he could just grab Hans's leg he could pull them both into the shadow and they could make a plan together, Kieran has only once before successfully taken another person into the shadows, but he knew it was the only way. He lunged, his hand missed, Hans kept running. Kieran stood out of the shadow and watched as his brother fought the creature, alone. He fought well, alone. Kieran knew he couldn't do anything to help, Kieran could protect himself, he might even be able to protect Connor, but he couldn't fight back. He knew that so he conceded, this was Connor's fight, so he stood and watched. "Oh my God" Kieran said to Nox, as Connor shifted into a whale. "He finally did it, I'm so proud of him." At these word Hans fell and landed right into Kieran's hands. "Han's what's he doing?" Kieran asked, but Hans didn't respond.


The creature turned and started to walk towards Melody, Kieran ran, Hans now perched on his shoulder they way he had with Connor thousands of times before. Kieran ran as fast as he could but it was too late. Connor got there first and took a sword to the chest a result. Kieran dropped to his knees and grabbed his brother who had whispered something to Melody. Connor turned his head towards Kieran and said "How much trouble you think Mom'll put me in for this?" Connor said joking, Kieran chose not to reply. "Kieran." Connor said, completely serious. "Don't eat all that candy at once. You'll get fat. Look after Hans and our sister for me. I'll see you on the flip side, but not till you're way older, ok? It's time to leave now." Connor said, feeling weak. He was so cold. "But before I go, I need you to promise me something. Be yourself. Don't live your life for me. Do it for you." Connor said, a smile on his face. With that, his eyes closed and he breathed his last; that goofy smile was still on his face.

Kieran didn't say anything, he didn't want to accept it. He didn't even notice Melody shed a single tear, he wasn't sad, he was just ... angry. His body began to spark with electricity, but it was black, not the usual blue, this wasn't normal electricity. Kieran walked away from his brothers body, towards the empty area that his brother just fought in, the beast preoccupied with destroying more buildings and Kieran didn't care. As he walked his anger grew and after a few steps his body was engulfed in flame, while still sparking. Kieran screams expressing his anger, his howl is filled with sorrow, regret and pain. Suddenly the ground begins to crack, pieces of earth lift up and the air around Kieran begins to flow violently around him. "Hans, Nox, What's happening, I'm scared. Usually I can barely make a spark, where is all this coming from, and Air, Earth, when did I get the ability to control those?" He communicated to his demon, demons, he had two now. "Just relax, you have control, think small." Nox replied hoping it would help. Kieran closed his eyes and tried to gain control, when he opened them things were worse, now the water was under flowing with the air and rocks. "It's not working guys. What do I do?" Kieran said out loud this time. "Calm down kid, you can do it, focus. Find a point within you and focus on it. Make bring yourself into it." Hans said knowing that the imagery would help Kieran to focus. At first it worked, the five elements still moved as violently as they had been, but they were condensed down to an area about six feet around Kieran. The bubble of dark elemental energy was so dense no one could see in, and Kieran could not see out. He focused trying to calm the struggle, but he lost control. The energy exploded outward, decimating everything in a forty foot area, creating a crater twenty feet deep. Kieran fell down to his knees at the center of the crater and looked around, no one was hurt. He had destroyed tons of streetlights, and cars and buildings, but he didn't hurt anyone. He let out a sigh of relief and walked back to Connors body. "I'm sorry." he whispered. "I'll take care of Taryn, but we both know she can handle herself, in fact when I tell her what happened we all know she'll come up here and kill you herself." Kieran spoke as if his brother was alive. He reached down and grabbed his brother's wallet opened it up and grabbed a picture of it, it was a picture of Connor and Taryn. "Goodbye Connor, I'm gonna miss the shit out of you." He said and then turned to Melody, and without saying a word he walked up to her and stopped about three feet from her. His head was held low, and he cried. He cried harder than he ever has before, as he wept he gripped the picture so tightly in his hands the it slipped through his fingers falling to the ground. His body was shaking and convulsing, his legs gave out and he fell to the ground. He cried on the ground convulsing unable to handle the emotions, his brother, his partner in crime, was dead, gone, and wasn't coming back. His emotions flowed out, the tears falling from his face dampening the ground beneath him.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves

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Something...something had changed. What was that human he had killed? Maledict felt...stronger. As if the thought was the trigger, Maledict grew from the energy he had absorbed from Connor. There was plenty of energy now, at least for him to reach the power plant and absorb even more! Maledict was now 18ft tall and appeared much more demonic in appearance. Horns and barbs potruded from his being all over, and now a large mouth with razor sharp teeth was now visible. And now, Maledict could speak. With a laugh that sounded every bit like the devil incarnate, Maledict turned to the grieving duo within his midst. "So...this is what if feels like to kill a Magni. I've never had the chance to do such a thing. Truly it has opened up my eyes to the possibilities." With that, he punched the ground, causing a large fissure to appear. "I'm almost as powerful as when I was first born! Oh, to have that power once more is my goal, my one objective for this world. And, I'll start with you!" Maledict charged, only to be blown back by RPG and turret fire. "GAH!" Maledict rose three tendrils from the remaining shadows. They crossed each other a foot in front of his new mouth. This was a technique only the most powerful shadow creatures could use. No Magni could do this. "Apocalypse Beam!" A Blue beam rimmed by darkness shot out and destroyed the building that the military had been in position. Dark lightning and shockwaves rocked and decimated the structure as it came crashing down in an avalanch of death and destruction. However, there was a reason no Magni could use such an attack. It was too exerting on the being. Maledict collapsed from temporary weakness before launching himself into the skies again.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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As Kieran wept for his brother Kirie, and stood pseudo imposingly over Kieran. His voice rang contempt as he spoke, "Get up Kieran. Stop moping about like coward, Connor did this to help us and protect us. Don’t let his actions go to waste so get your ass up and lets go kick that things ass” Kirie's words were accompanied by a smirk. Kieran did not notice the monster is as it grew in size and continued attacking the military, it's mocking and taunting fell on deaf ears to Kieran, he did however hear Kirie's words, and they upset him greatly. "Master Kieran, don't do it, you're better than that, not much but still." Hans communicated to Kieran telepathically, Nox looked over at Hans glaringly, "Hans you have known Kiearn almost as long as I have, and we both know he is not hearing a word either of us is saying right now. His mind is made up, let him act and learn from his actions." Nox said back to Hans, showing surprising wisdom and insight. Kieran looked up at Kirie, only his head moving, maintaining the position on his hands and knees, with tears still in his eyes. "Who the fuck do you think you are? You know nothing of who I am, or what I'm going through." Kieran said his voice calm and unwavering despite his emotional state. There wasn't even a hint of his usual smile anywhere on his face. Kirie offered Kieran his hand to help him up and Kieran's anger began flowing again, "I lost my brother today, I have to face my family after I failed to protect my younger brother and you have the balls to call me a coward?" Kieran said, the anger seeping its way into his voice as his hands sparked slightly. "So why don't you take your useless faux inspiring words and shove them up your ass." Kieran said nearly screaming now. He took a deep breath and in an explosively quick motion he stood and swung his right fist colliding with Kirie's face, his fist sparked with shadow electricity as it made contact with Kirie on the underside of his chin. The punch would have been incredibly painful, but would not have caused anything other than superficial damage. Kieran was angry, and a little out of control, but he is by no means stupid.

Kieran looked at the ground, and bent down, grabbing the picture of his sister and brother. After this he spit on the ground and turned away from Kirie, he didn't care about what Kirie had to say, he didn't care what anyone had to say, he lost everything today. Why would that idiot do that? How am I gonna protect Taryn, or Melody when I couldn't protect Connor? How am I gonna move on without that son of a bitch, he was my partner in crime, and he kept me under control, what will I do without him? Kieran thought as he walked, his back to the Kirie, the chaos, ... ... ... and Melody. Kieran started to cry again but as his back was to everyone, no one but the most observant would see it. Nox, with Hans on his back, looked to Melody, he didn't speak, as the look in his eyes said everything, "He doesn't want help, but he needs it. And this is one situation I can't help him through." That was the message conveyed by his eyes, it was a wordless message that passed empathically through Nox's strong emotions. After his look to Melody, Nox followed his partner in the other direction, knowing that at least for now, their fight as over. Mrs. Brumfeld called to Kieran, Melody and Jayson to protect Opal and Jaxon as they fought the beast, but Kieran kept walking. His teacher's words flew right over Kieran's head failing to be noticed by the kid, too much was going through his head right now, he needed to be alone, he was never any use in a fight anyway. He just wanted to go back to the days when he and Connor would hangout, laugh, and play jokes on people, but he can't do that anymore, Connor's gone and he watched it happen.

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After thinking about how cool it would be to fight the bad guy, Aberdeen suggested a plan as well that had something to do with distracting the monster so that Opal can use her magic. Then other Magni could attack from behind—

“That isn’t going to work, more than naught you’ll attract it right to you. That thing is a magical entity and I’m guessing feeds off magic from what I gathered from my short recon mission I did, moreover it would see your presence.”

That was what Jaxon said before explaining his own plan which involved Opal pulling the monster through his own portals and Aberdeen attracting it towards her with her invisibility. Opal didn’t care which plan of attack they would use, as long as they could defeat this thing and save the town. Her enthusiasm didn’t last however as she heard a loud outcry from all the chaos around her shouting, “CONNOR WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!”

It all happened so fast. Connor heroically fought with the monster changing into various animals as he did so. Opal watched in awe as it seemed he was getting the upper hand against it, however her amazement quickly turned into horror as the monster aimed for Melody but lashed its sword through Connor’s body. Ella had started shaking at the sight, so Opal held Ella in her arms as she tried to watch on trembling. Kieran had rushed over and went berserk as lots of magic energy had pushed her and Ella backward. Opal made sure to hold on to Ella closely without falling backwards. After spilling out massive amounts of energy, Kieran went over to Connor’s body and wept over his brother. Kirie went over and shouted, “Get up Kieran. Stop moping about like coward, Connor did this to help us and protect us. Don’t let his actions go to waste so get your ass up and lets go kick that things ass” however Kieran punched Kirie’s face with shadow electricity.

And then suddenly something happened that Opal didn’t expect. The monster actually spoke yelling, “So…this is what it feels like to kill a Magni. I’ve never had the chance to do such a thing. Truly it has opened up my eyes to the possibilities.”
Opal couldn’t help but let out the tears inside of her and dug her head into Ella’s fur. What had first seemed like one of those heroic fantasies she had seen on television where the bad guys would lose and the good guys win had turned into a nightmare and tragedy. “How could it have gotten to this?” were Opal’s confused thoughts. Then Ms. Brumfield started taking charge and reminded her that she had a mission to stop this and she would perform her duty for the sake of Connor. She was worried that Aberdeen would be the bait, but Ms. Brumfield reassured her that Kirie and Amon would help her. “Opal, just do as you had suggested before the same goes to you Jaxon. The both of you need to work together to get this done.” With her instructions, Opal decided to head with Jaxon to implement the plan, but before that she wanted to see Aberdeen. Opal wiped away her tears and approached Aberdeen, grabbing both of her hands with her own and said in a determined smile, “Let’s do this. Be careful, okay?” And with that, Opal had left off with Jaxon asking him, “So how should we do this?”

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”That isn’t going to work, more than naught you’ll attract it right to you. That thing is a magical entity and I'm guessing feeds off magic from what I gathered from my short recon mission I did, moreover it would see your presence. When I used my magic it 'saw' me and I got out of sight, not only that it seemed to have led me to an area as if to taunt and goad me into attacking it. So that said your invisibility won't confuse it, it would just attract attention to yourself.”

“Dammit...If only I knew that,” Aberdeen thought disappointed that Jaxon had seen the flaw in her plan. She would’ve punched herself and bruised herself a bit but she knew she had to maintain her energy and not waste it on herself. Jaxon had suggested a new course of action based on his observations of the creature of doom and suggested that he could create a portal through which it could go through with Opal’s gravity powers. Aberdeen would then become a magical beacon which would attract the monster toward them so that the plan could work. Aberdeen checked her condition. Her energy levels seem to have come back so that she can have enough to draw the monster towards her, though she felt nervous seeing as if the plan doesn’t work it’s going to be a suicide mission. Not that she’d mind...right?

”CONNOR WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!” suddenly interrupted Aberdeen’s thoughts. Afterwards, things took a turn for the worse. Connor at first walked toward the monster’s attack in a daze and then suddenly a battle ensued between them. Aberdeen was shocked by Connor’s display of magic that he did not reveal before. He was changing his human form into various animal forms such as an Orca and a bat. Suddenly, the monster tried to head towards Melody and then to Aberdeen it was as though time slowed and the past wanted to reach its arms out to Aberdeen.

—FLASH—

3 years ago

“Brook! That car is heading towards us!” Aberdeen yelled as a black minivan swerved side to side and seemed to be heading towards the passenger side of the car where Aberdeen was seated.
”AAaaahhhh Brooklyn!!”
—END FLASH—

Instead of Melody being impaled by the sword of the monster it was Connor that took her place. After talking to Kieran and Melody, Connor closed his eyes and breathed his last with a smile on his face.
—FLASH—

Aberdeen braced herself for the impact but just before the collision, Brooklyn swerved to the right and all Aberdeen remembered was a large BAANNGG!!! After coming to, Aberdeen felt pain from some of her injuries and cringed. She then looked at Brooklyn slumped over in the driver’s seat and upon taking a closer look saw that she had wide gashes over her body and large amounts of blood pooling in the car.
—END FLASH—

After witnessing his brother’s death, Kieran started sparking with black electricity and screaming in anger, sadness, and immense pain of loss. Aberdeen was blown back by the force that Kieran had created and tried to maintain her balance as she saw the flashbacks once more.
—FLASH—

“Brook...wake up! Brook...please don’t leave me, I still need you! Brook?” Aberdeen shook her sister a little bit trying to get her to open her eyes, but it was no use. Brook was no longer there. Tears rushed out of Aberdeen’s violet eyes before she let out a piercing scream of sorrow and anguish, ”BROOOOKLYYYNNNN!!!!!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!”

—END FLASH—

Aberdeen shared the tears with Kieran over the loss of a sibling. She knew the pain inside that it caused to the heart. Aberdeen couldn’t watch anymore and started looking away, but then Kirie approached Kieran and said, ” Get up Kieran. Stop moping about like coward, Connor did this to help us and protect us. Don’t let his actions go to waste so get your ass up and lets go kick that things ass.” Kieran in his anguish told Kirie"Who the fuck do you think you are? You know nothing of who I am, or what I'm going through. I lost my brother today, I have to face my family after I failed to protect my younger brother and you have the balls to call me a coward? So why don't you take your useless faux inspiring words and shove them up your ass." Afterwards Kieran gave Kirie a shadow electric punch to the face. In her breath Aberdeen mumbled, “Serves him right.”

Aberdeen then recalled how many people tried to get her to be her “old self” despite the fact that her sister had just passed away. They said stuff like Kirie said, that she should move on with life and not waste the opportunity that Brooklyn had given her to live. However, Aberdeen felt that they didn’t understand what she was truly going through. You cannot just move on that fast. They weren’t in the car with her and they did not witness what she had just seen in front of her eyes. She lost her sister and she can never get her back. It was all so that Aberdeen could live...that Brooklyn could not continue hers.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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Aberdeen looked on and saw Kieran turn his back to everyone with it slightly trembling and moving as a person in tears would be. She wanted to let him know that he wasn’t alone, that she knew exactly how he felt, but then she’d be a hypocrite of her past experiences and sides, he didn’t know her so well. Why would he calm down and open to her? Suddenly an apparition appeared over Kieran’s shoulder. As it started to come into focus, it appeared to have blonde hair and seemed identical in height to Kieran.

“Connor!?!” Aberdeen gasped. She had almost forgotten she was gifted with the ability to see ghosts, when Connor had reminded her that she was able to do so. Connor’s ghost appeared to be trying to console Kieran and to reassure him playfully, but it was no use. Kieran did not possess the ability Aberdeen did and didn’t seem to notice Connor.

“It’s not fair Brook,” Aberdeen whispered. “I can always see you even though you’re gone and you can always be with me no matter what, but Kieran... How can I tell him what Connor is trying to say?”

While thinking Aberdeen briefly heard Ms. Brumfield’s instructions to her. “Aberdeen you’ll be the bait of sorts but don’t worry Amon will make sure it doesn’t get too close to you and the same goes for you Opal. Kirie I want you to accompany Aberdeen as well, with your abilities he’ll want the both of you as his next meal. And that’s something we cannot have so I trust that you and Amon can protect each other.”

Aberdeen was a bit angered by the fact she had to work with that jerk who thought that he could pretend to understand and rouse Kieran to battle, but she tried to hide her anguish and just clenched her fists. Opal approached Aberdeen and grabbed both of her hands with her own saying with a determined smile, “Let’s do this. Be careful, okay?” Aberdeen simply nodded in response worried about her friend. Still she was the bait and she would gladly be one to draw the monster’s attention to her and not Opal. When Opal had left off with Jaxon, Aberdeen was about to go to Kirie. However, she was suddenly overtaken by some force and started walking in the direction of Kieran who was accompanied by Melody.

“Wait…no… what are you doing to me?? I can’t go over there. Kieran needs his space and Melody is right there for him he doesn’t need me!” Aberdeen thought at whatever was taking over her.

”He needs his brother though.” a familiar voice rang in Aberdeen’s head.

”Connor!?! How did you—“

”Hey thanks for volunteering. It’s cool that you’re a spirit Magni. Now I can talk to my brother through you so that he can hear it from the man himself.

Aberdeen possessed by Connor had walked up to the two when Melody turned with her red face saying, “Geez! Say you’ll help me kick that thing’s ass already, I’m running out of movie quotes.”

“Yeah Kieran, help your girl kick some ass for me will you?” Aberdeen said with Connor’s voice. She couldn’t believe what was happening. “Hey bro, I know this is weird but I took over Aberdeen’s body because I needed to say one last thing to you before I go. I meant what I said, I want to see you and Melody happy together and I want you to live your life how you want it. But in order to live your life you gotta keep it and use it. She needs you and the others need your help. I’ll always be here watching for you, so you’re never alone. I know Mom, Dad, and Taryn will miss me, but it’s not your fault for my death. I chose this path, this is how I wanted to live my life, and I would do the same thing over again, especially if it meant seeing you sade. So come on the girl just asked you on a date to pulverize a freaking monster! Won’t that be fun?”

Aberdeen could feel Connor’s presence start to leave her body and she was starting to be able to control bits of her body.
“I have to go now, but I’m glad I could talk to you for one last time. Now go kick some ass!” and with those final words, Connor left Aberdeen’s body. Aberdeen couldn’t help but feel embarrassed over what had just happened, but she was glad that she could help Connor give his final message to Kieran. With that, Aberdeen turned serious and moved away towards Kirie to implement the plan. “I should be going now…I have to help attract the monster… And Kieran, your brother really is going to always watch over you. Trust me, I know.”

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield

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As he walked Kieran heard someone walking behind him, “Kieran.” A familiar voice called out. She grabbed his arm and turned him around so he faced her. “I...” She started to say and then paused. She sighed and embraced him and a comforting hug, Kieran hugged her back, he buried his face in her hair as she spoke, “I'd say something, but nothing will make you feel better. I'm sorry. For Connor. “If he hadn't saved me, if I hadn't stood there, he'd still be alive and you wouldn't feel like complete shit.” "It's not your fault!" Kieran wanted to scream, but instead he just thought it. When she spoke again Kieran lifted his head and looked down at her, still holding her close, "Look, I'm not going to tell you to do anything." She said breaking off the hug and locking eyes with Kieran. "Probably sounds weird coming from someone who has done nothing else, but you don't have to deal with this alone. You got Nox."

She paused and averted her eyes, "And, if you want: you can aske me for help, too." She coughed to cover her just how bright red her cheeks had become, "Geez! Say you'll me kick that thing's ass already, I'm running out of movie quotes." She exclaimed her hands at her sides. "I ... I don't know ... " he said unsure of himself.

Before Kieran could say any more Aberdeen walked up to them “Yeah Kieran, help your girl kick some ass for me will you?” It was Connor's voice he heard, “Hey bro, I know this is weird but I took over Aberdeen’s body because I needed to say one last thing to you before I go. I meant what I said, I want to see you and Melody happy together and I want you to live your life how you want it. But in order to live your life you gotta keep it and use it. She needs you and the others need your help. I’ll always be here watching for you, so you’re never alone. I know Mom, Dad, and Taryn will miss me, but it’s not your fault for my death. I chose this path, this is how I wanted to live my life, and I would do the same thing over again, especially if it meant seeing you sad. So come on the girl just asked you on a date to pulverize a freaking monster! Won’t that be fun? I have to go now, but I’m glad I could talk to you for one last time. Now go kick some ass!” And like that Connor was gone, Kieran didn't even have time to say anything. But his resolve was back.
Aberdeen now spoke to him, “I should be going now … I have to help attract the monster … And Kieran, your brother really is going to always watch over you. Trust me, I know.” He didn't know why but he believed her, he simply nodded in response.

Kieran turned back to Melody, "You and Connor are right, I need to go kick that things ass." He said, his voice determined. "I want you to do as Brumfield requested, protect the others. I have a plan and it's probably best there is no one near me." His voice wavered a bit towards the end as if he wasn't sure about his plan. "Nox you're with me, Hans stay close to Melody, keep her safe." He said to the two demons and they nodded in response, both fully aware now was not the time to goof off.

Kieran walked towards Maledict, his body sparking slightly. Then he suddenly stopped, Maledict's attention was directed elsewhere, "What the hell am I doing, I cant control my powers, all I do is become a shadow. I wish Connor was here, he'd be able to help me." Kieran thought, and then something strange happened, Kieran heard a voice, not with his ears but in his heart, "Funny you should say that, what do ya need buddy?" It was Connor! "I can't do this man, I'm scared." He thought / said to his brother. "No shit you're scared, that's one scary dude out there, just go kick it's ass, I know you hate bullies, and that's one hell of a bully out there. Connor responded with a laugh. "I'm not strong enough." Kieran said flatly, "I know a crater over there that would argue with you." Connor retorted. "I can't do that, I have no control, I'll hurt someone, there is no way I won't. Kieran said, his internal voice shaking. "Hey now! Why are you thinking? What have you told me ever since we were small and I said we couldn't do something. Connor said, egging him on. "It's not the same." Kieran said making excuses. "Bullshit, when I said it was impossible to fill the office with Jello what did you say? When someone tells you, you can't do it, what do you say?" Connor said, hoping his brother would take the bait. Kieran sighed, "Well, we would always say, Fuck Logic, Do the Impossible, but I don't see ho- " Connor cut his brother off before he could finish, "You're damn right we did, cause we don't think. Why the hell are you thinking this through? Just go out there and wreck shit. All you need to think about, is protecting, Taryn, Mom, Melody, and yourself. You got this bro. You don't need me to protect you anymore, I trust that you won't hurt anyone with your powers anymore. Hell you haven't needed me to fight your battles for you since you stopped trying to tap into your elemental powers, you knew it was dangerous, so you mastered your shadow powers. Now it's time to master your elements, I have faith that you can do it, but there is only one way to find out. Don't believe in the you who believes in me. Don't believe in the me who believes in you. Believe in the you who believes in yourself." Connor finally got through to Kieran, as he was reminded of a show the two of them watched as kids, Kieran always wanted to be just like Kamina, but when you think about it, Connor was the Kamina and Kieran was the Simon. Kamina might be gone, but he'll always be remembered, and it's time for Simon to get his shit together and take down the big bad guy. "You're right this fucker's mine." Kieran said out loud this time, his voice poised and confident.

Kieran began walking towards Meledict again, "HEY FUCK - FACE!" He hollered at the beast. "You and I got a score to settle." Kieran said his voice loud and clear as his body began sparking more and more, a spectacle not unlike the last time, the sparks were erratic in position and intensity. "What are you afraid of me? I'm so much smaller than you, and yet you can't hurt me, you can't even touch me. So come at me bro, what are you waiting for?" Kieran mocked his target, but his tone was anything but jovial. Kieran's anger grew and with it the intensity of the sparks around his body, "That's it, I got this, time to do the impossible, who needs logic anyway?" he though to himself. Throughout all of this Nox as stood next to Kieran, his trust in his old friend unwavering. He heard the conversation between Kieran and Connor, and he was glad that Kieran was finally ready to take some responsibility. "What are you just gonna keep breaking buildings and beating up on defenseless army guys? Come on fight me like a man. I'm waiting!" Kieran called out to him, continuing to taunt the beast.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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Watching the entire scene of Connor dying he sat there with an emotionless face and could only close his eyes as a silent prayer to the boy who gave his life for Melody and bowed his head slightly. Slightly after this everyone got into an uproar over what just happened even to the point of Kirie getting punched and Kieran having a little temper tantrum to which Jaxon just huffed. "Someone dies and everyone goes into such disarray.... great... fucking great."

What happened next sent a shiver up his spine though as Aberdeen started talking in Connor's voice to Kieran and this unnerved Jaxon the most as it was so spot on and uncanny as to how they would talk. Just after their little moment Aberdeen retreated to the back of the group and Jaxon shook his head regaining his composure and looked to the others as everyone seemed to be mentally exhausted over Connor's death and with that he spoke to himself. "A terrible catastrophe played by a symphony, what a terrifying work of art. I commend you demon..."

Looking up again he spoke loudly to the others to try to reclaim order over everyone. "Alright everyone with what just happened, do not fear the enemy revel in the power that is the confidence to avenge our classmate and use all of your being to stop this thing! No matter what it throws at us our combined power will overcome this beast, it feeds on magic but if it is starved or puts up too much of a fight it shall fall. Now with that in mind everyone stay in formation and protect those around you and provide them safety, I won't have another one of us fall!"

Just after saying this Kieran at the front of everyone started to taunt the demon aloud in front of everyone. "What are you just gonna keep breaking buildings and beating up on defenseless army guys? Come on fight me like a man. I'm waiting!" After he started yelling this Jaxon couldn't help but be startled by Kieran's idiotic confidence. 'What the hell is that idiot think he's doing? His brother couldn't do a thing to it and he's challenging it alone... Why do the people who are never serious not even serious in times like this?' Shaking this thought from his head he looked to Opal and threw a small pebble to her. "Change of plans I'll back up our 'hero' and make sure he doesn't die, from there provide me cover with your gravity and make sure it can't work effectively. From there we'll have the plan in motion and throw it into one of my gates, from there we'll take it down alright?" Turning toward Kieran he then sighed aloud and flash warped right next to Kieran and grabbed his shoulder.

"Hey there Kieran you're sparking just like my dorm mate in the back. If it wasn't for the fact my hand is in another dimension I'd probably be in some pain no?" Smirking at Kieran he turned toward the monster and started chewing on his tongue for a second. "Alright hero you're the star of the show for now and I'm here to fight with you so you don't screw up. That said we'll start our attack as soon as it charges, when it does get ready to move I have Opal on standby to help us out. That said the others are there to protect those who can't fight so it's just you and me for right now." Hiding his face behind his collar he spoke calmly and stretched his arms out slowly and then his hands started flickering slowly until each of his hands looked like they were in 3 different places at once. "Alright here we go things are about to get interesting..."

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Was that really Connor? Confused, Melody couldn't believe what she was hearing. A rare occurrence, considering the nature of the girl's magic and all the perks it gave. She was dumbfounded, but had already concluded bollocks on it. Despite knowing about magic for, well, since she knew she could use it, Melody found it hard to imagine the dead actually being able to speak or be a real thing in the first place.

She kept silent, not wishing to vocalize her quick judgement on this phenomena lest it send Kieran back into the spiralling abyss of depression. Again. Maybe, somehow, it could happen. Magic is limitless. after all, or so her father told her. Melody nodded, watching Aberdeen-- Connor, Connerdeen? leave to rejoin the others.

“You and Connor are right, I need to go kick that things ass.”

Kieran spoke up, facing her as he seemed... Confident? Sort of. It was good to see him stick his head out of that black void of sorrow. If only for the time being. “Great. Let's go th-”

“I want you to do as Brumfield requested, protect the others. I have a plan and it's probably best there is no one near me. ”

WHAAAAAAT?!

No, seriously. What?

Nonononononono! There wasn't a single word about kicking its [b]ass[/i] by yourself. You're in need of help for that, like, totally! Look how-

“C'mon! You're asking me to do the impossible.” Melody groaned, her eyes meeting a determined Kieran that seemingly wasn't planning to back out of this idea. He looked serious about it, was this really what he needed to do?

“I...” The girl began, wanting to protest, or at the very least object somehow. However, all that came out was the acceptance of another fool trying to single-handedly kick something until its ass was twisted, turned and inside out. “Ugh... Fine.”

No, it isn't fine.

Not fine at all. But-

“Go have your little game. But you owe me big time, buster!” She exclaimed, a weak smile forming on her face.

“I'm serious, and this time you can't sate me with a cake or something simple.” Melody nudged her friend in the side, watching him go off on his personal quest of kicking butt-cheeks, before rejoining the others to 'help' out.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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Kieran fell again and was this time caught by Melody who responded to his question “Yes, that was damn stupid of you.” She then chuckled under her breath. “Glad you're okay, though.” "Me too." he said leaning against her for support, both physical and emotional. "I can't believe I missed, my last shot, was more than strong enough to hit that thing right in the chest, but for some reason I pushed it down, I made myself miss, but I just don't know why. At least we beat him though." he said with a chuckle that was rather painful and he grabbed his ribs. "Well I think we've had enough of this city, let's go back to campus." He said flashing her a smile.

When they got back to campus, Kieran said goodbye to Melody and made his way to his room to change. He had told her that he was going to his brother's room in thirty minutes and if she wanted, he would like it if she was there with him. When he arrived at his room he took off his torn up clothes and changed into some new ones. He then looked at his phone sitting on his bed. He sighed a heavy sigh and picked it up. He dialed the number to his house phone. It rang three times and then his sister answered, "Hello, Flanagan residence, Taryn speaking." She said, just as she always did. "Hey Taryn, it's Kieran, look I need to talk to Mom." Kieran said his voice urgent, but Taryn gave no indication of noticing, "Ok, Just a second." She said a short time later Kieran heard his mother's voice. "Hello Kieran, how are doing." she said, always happy to hear from her boys. "Mom, as you know we took that trip to the city today, and I don't know how to say this so I'm just going to say it. Something attacked the city and ... and .. And Connor died fighting it. He fought so bravely and he . .. he even shifted into something that wasn't a mammal. He finally did it Mom. Without him we wouldn't have defeated the being, but he ... he died saving a friend of ours." When Kieran stopped talking the line was silent for a while and then his mother spoke. "I can't believe it, I just talked to him yesterday. Are you ok hun? We'll understand if you need to come home for a while." His mother said, despite her own grief, she was mostly worried about Kieran. "No Mom, I'll be fine up here, I think this is just what I need right now. I just hope Taryn's ok." Kieran replied. "She's a strong girl, she'll be ok, I just don't know how to tell her." his mother said, and now Kieran could her the sadness in her voice. "Mom, don't worry about that, just give her the phone and I'll tell her. You go tell Dad." Kieran said knowing that his father would be able to comfort her and he felt responsible for Connor's death so he felt he should be the one to tell Taryn. "Hey Kieran, what's up? You ask that girl out yet?" Taryn said upon receiving the phone again. In his last call home he had mentioned his interest in Melody to his sister. "No, not yet." Kieran said, his voice wavering slightly. "So you know that trip to the city we took? Something attacked it and we were cut off from the school. So we had to fight it ourselves." Kieran told her, setting the scene for the story he was about to tell. "Wow, did you guys win?" Taryn said. "Yes, but at great cost. Connor decided to take it on himself. And he was winning too, he even transformed into a few non mammals. You would've been so proud of him. But then the beast got upset and wanted and easier target, so it tried to attack Melody. I ran as fast as I could but Connor was faster, he pushed her out of the way of the attack but he didn't get out of the way himself. The attack ... it ... it killed him." Kieran explained, the last few words being incredibly difficult to say. "WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE'S DEAD! He was supposed to take me to the Father - Daughter dance this spring, cause Dad can't dance anymore." she said angry at the events. "Taryn, I am upset as you are. But you know Connor he's a self sacrificing person, he's done it for both of us so many times as we grew up. And he was looking forward to you joining us at the Academy next year. I know you'll miss him but he's always watching over us. Just as he always had." Kieran said trying to comfort his sister, but he knew enough to try to keep her from being emotional, with the outburst he'd had when it happened, he couldn't rightly deny his sister the right to her emotions. Kieran heard sobbing from the other end of the line and Kieran wanted nothing more than to be able to hold his sister close and tell her that it would all be ok. "He - he saved a bunch of people?" Kieran heard Taryn ask. "Yeah, he saved a ton of people. He always said he would save the world some day." Kieran joked, it was all he could think to say, no one should ever need to have this conversation with their sister. "Well then I guess as long as he did so much for the sake of others I can't be mad at him. Will - will you take me to the dance instead?" She asked clearly still very upset. This question was the straw that broke that camels back, so to speak and Kiearan started balling again, "Ye - yes, of course I'll take you. And I am so proud of you, you're taking this better than I did, I left two craters in the ground I was so upset." Kieran said through the sobs. "I've gotta go know Taryn, I need to clean out Connor's room." Kieran said as he regained some control. "Goodbye, sis, I love you." He finished as he hung up the phone. "Wow, that was rough." He said looking over at Nox who nodded his head. Hans was still with Melody and Lore.

Kieran made his way to his brother's room and was there a few minutes before he had told Melody he would be there, he left Nox in his room, this was Kieran's job. "I hope she, I could really use her support." Kieran said grabbing his ribs, he was still really sore, of course he didn't mean he wanted her to carry him, he just wasn't sure he could hold himself together if he was alone. Suddenly Kieran was incredibly thirsty, he walked over to his brother's fridge and opened it, hoping to find a pop. Instead of the usual pop and salsa that inhabited his brother's mini fridge, Kieran found a chocolate cake, already frosted and ready to eat, Connor must have finished it before they left this morning. The frosting read "I'm a stupid git, so I haven't said anything yet, but would you do me the honor of dating me?" Kieran laughed as he read it. "Leave it to Connor to be helpful and make fun of me at the same time." Kieran said with a chuckle as he put the cake back in the fridge, he would give it to Melody when he was done, or when she arrived. Kieran walked over to his brother's nightstand where he found a picture of himself with his brother, they were cosplaying as two of their favorite anime characters. He picked up the picture and sat on the bed, "He kept this stupid picture?" Kieran said as he shed a few tears. "We always thought we were so badass, well I guess you were more like Kamina than we ever thought, eh bro?" He said to the picture. When they decided to cosplay as the duo from Gurren Lagan there was never any question over who was gonna be Kamina, it was Connor without a doubt.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Venice R. Mikaelo Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Li Wen Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield Character Portrait: Cassandra Lillian Banks Character Portrait: Amaya Sokeitsu Character Portrait: Mallory Ellis Banks

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It’s been a few(3) day since the field trip to the Human City. While there a monster arrives and begins to terrorize the city, decimating a quarter of it. In turn the visiting Magni took it into their own hands and tried to stop this monster. After a long battle the Magni finally defeated this monster now known as Maledict, however it came at a terrible price. The life of Connor Flanagan the brother of Kieran lost his life in fighting Maledict.

The students and teacher later realized that Maledict was in fact a young Magni who had fused with his demon and thus created the alternate persona; Maledict who thought only of protecting its Magni at first. Now after all that’s happened Ms. Brumfield was greeted by a room ransacked for what no one will really know. But it seems the new transfer student Li Wen had a hand in it as the Headmaster has sealed his abilities away for the time being and is now on probation along with Seagus their trial student who along with Li had his abilities sealed away. Their demons own abilities have been restricted so they will be unable to perform at their best.

Now that a few days has passed since then Ms. Brumfield has brought her students to the arena where they once had to fight one another, but instead of a duel the students are to participate in a game of capture the flag. The usual rules still apply and you have permission to use your abilities however you cannot use them once you reach the area around the flag which is a neutral zone.

The teams are as listed below:
Team A (May make a name of their own if they choose to do so)
-Kirie Askumoto
-Melody Mckinley
-Cassandra Banks
-Opal King
- Kieran Flanagan
Team B (May make a name of their own if they choose to do so)
-Jaxon Rhys
-Jayson Goldsworthy
-Mallory Banks
-Amaya Sokeitsu
-Venice Mikaelo

No one is allowed to sit out on this no matter the reason. The only ones however who will be unable to participate are Li Wen and Seagus Deaves due to being on probation, the only acception to this rule is if one of the teams is short on a player during the game. As well as Aberdeen Andrews who has been holed up in her room since the trip back from the city. No one has seen the young Magni very much not even the demons have seen Luciana very much either. Ms. Brumfield has left that alone under the impression Aberdeen is sick for the time being and will not delve into the girls business.

3 new students have been welcomed to Ms. Brumfields class which are Amaya Sokeitsu, a clumsy red head who is an acquaintance of Kirie, and the two sisters Cassandra and Mallory Banks, whose father is a teacher at the academy and is known for his inventions.

The setting starts off with both teams making plans on how to win Capture the Flag. However due to the circumstances of some of the Magni, namely Jaxon Rhys and Kieran Flanagan, whose abilities allow them a means of teleportation without any interference from the opposing team. They are given the handi-cap of not being able to use said ability if they are in possession of the flag.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Jaxon Rhys Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Seagus "Griever" Deaves Character Portrait: Jayson Goldsworthy Character Portrait: Li Wen Character Portrait: Ms. Brumfield Character Portrait: Cassandra Lillian Banks Character Portrait: Amaya Sokeitsu Character Portrait: Mallory Ellis Banks

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Aberdeen heard that the others were going to be playing “Capture the Flag” and smiled but quickly changed her expression to a frown. She didn’t have the strength to get up and go play with the others. Heck she didn’t even feel like going out of her room for the past few days since the defeat of Maledict which was rumored to be the fusion of a Magni named Seagus and his demon. She only went out to do the essentials like eating and going to the bathroom. Actually she wouldn’t have had the energy to do those things as well, but her demon Luciana made sure to force her to get up and at least take care of herself.

Luciana wasn’t sure why Aberdeen was acting the way that she was. She figured that Aberdeen was probably being her usual depressed self when she felt useless. Aberdeen had at times complained about how she was a pointless figure in battle, offering a shitty plan, having powers that only attracted the monster to herself, and worse of all, not having the strength to save anyone. Connor had died, Melody was almost killed, Kieran and Jaxon had to use a lot of strength, and everyone else had been ensnared by the tentacles, and what did Aberdeen do? Nothing. Just stand there confused and frozen. Lucy knew what Aberdeen would do when she would be depressed so she had to make sure Aberdeen didn’t self harm herself; however she couldn’t stop her all the time. Sometimes, Aberdeen would grab her fighting knife and carve symbols she had read about in books that would bring her death. Her scars were still there on her arms, but she hid them and forced Luciana not to inform the nurses of her addiction to self injury. Other times Aberdeen would grab some of her disposable rag dolls that each resembled her likeness and abuse them by slitting their throats, punching them like crazy, gouging their eyes out, and other horrible deeds. She would say ”Okay I can’t hurt myself, I’ll just hurt the “other me’s” and continue her abuse. Lucy was lost by her Magni’s silence and violence. However, this time she decided to speak.

“I can’t do capture the flag…I’m useless in that game for any team,” Aberdeen said pessimistically while lying down on her stomach.

”Sure you can Abby. You love capture the flag! You would use your invisibility when no one was looking to secretly grab the flag and make it look like someone else did,” Luciana said reminiscing the times she saw her Magni happy.

”That was when everyone was normal and I wasn’t. Here everyone is talented and I’m…I’m just weak compared to everyone else,” Aberdeen said with eyes downcast.

”Abby! Sure everyone here has talents but so do you! I know you think you cannot do much but you gotta have confidence in yourself!”

Aberdeen couldn’t take it anymore. Lucy kept on trying to keep her happy but Aberdeen just couldn’t believe she would be any good because of what had happened. She couldn’t contain the secret reason why she had been in a slump this whole time and burst out.

”LUCY I CAN’T BECAUSE I COULDN’T PROTECT MOM, DAD, or GRANDMA OKAY!!?!?”

At this point, Aberdeen covered her face with her pillow and started crying. Tears kept streaming from her eyes as she recounted the phone call she received from her cell phone.




~A FEW DAYS AGO~

Aberdeen heard her cell phone ring in the tone “Symposium Magarum” thinking how ominous sounding it is for what had transpired. She decided she would change it to a happier tone later and for now decided answering it. Her mother’s name appeared on the screen of her phone and she wondered whether her parents had found out about the city’s destruction.

”Hello?” Aberdeen asked.

“Is this Aberdeen Andrews?” A man’s voice said.

Aberdeen was confused as to why someone else was on the phone. It didn’t even sound like her dad or anyone else she’d know. She wasn’t sure whether to say yes but she figured that they wouldn’t be able to find her anyway if she was in the Liuena barrier. Speaking of which, phone calls seem to still work within it.

“Y-Yes, this is Aberdeen Andrews. What do you want with me?”

“My name is Dr. Sanders. We’re sorry to inform you, Aberdeen, but your parents are in the hospital in serious condition and your grandmother Alma…passed away last night.”

Aberdeen froze in her place with her sight seemingly fading in and out. She couldn’t believe what this man was saying. She slammed the front door shut and locked it, then finally asked, “How…?”

“Your family was in the city while it happened. I don’t know the details but it seemed that your grandmother was crushed in the large debris and your parents were knocked down and unconscious. They haven’t woken up yet…we’ll keep tabs on them and inform you if they do but it might be awhile. They are being treated in St. Michael’s Hospital and-“

Aberdeen pressed the end call button and hung up. She didn’t want to see anyone…not even her parents and just sat in her room all day crying.




After crying for a long while, Aberdeen explain to Lucy the phone call. Luciana listened faithfully to her Magni and behind her mask she expressed much grief over her loss. Lucy then tried to convince Aberdeen by saying, “Abby how is it your fault?”
“If I was strong enough…if I somehow had those seeing powers that Alma told me she had…I could’ve predicted they would go to the city and be in danger. I could’ve warn them… or I could’ve protected them! If only…”

Suddenly the air in the room began to stir and turn freezing cold. Aberdeen shivered in her spot hugging herself to keep warm while Lucy stayed in front of her on her guard.

“Abby, I feel an ominous presence, watch out!”

Aberdeen stayed on her toes trying to sense and see the presence. It was really really strong, as though there were multiple spirits in her room. She could hear them chanting something to her.

“Vengeance….Vengeance…Kill for the Vengeance…”

“What do you want from me??” Aberdeen yelled.

”Use your vengeance…kill for vengeance…”

Suddenly Aberdeen felt dizzy and fainted, the world above her turning black. She did see a familiar three familiar people: Connor, Grandma Alma, and the ghost girl in white.




When Aberdeen awoke, she wasn’t in her room anymore but in a different room that had medical equipment. Aberdeen was confused as to why she was in here because she doesn’t remember even getting out of her room. She tried to get up but something was on top of her. She threw whatever it was off of her and took a closer look. Aberdeen gasped upon looking at Seagus who was unconscious and bleeding on his arms. She listened to his breathing hoping that he was still alive, and upon hearing faint breaths coming out of his mouth Aberdeen relaxed a bit. Looking closer at his arms, Aberdeen noticed Japanese symbols carved in his arms (here). She wondered what the symbols meant and who carved them on there. Realizing she was holding something she looked at her hands and was shocked to find herself holding her fighting knife covered in blood! Not only that, her arms were also with new cuts that were closer to her hands than her previous ones. They had the same symbols as Seagus did on his arm. Aberdeen freaked out looking left and right trying to figure out if anyone has or would see her like this.

”Did I do this!?! Wha…what happened!?!?”

Aberdeen looked around the room and saw two disks that were broken next to Seagus and the room in disarray as though a struggle had occurred. She didn’t want to be caught like this with her bloody knife and unconscious Seagus, so she decided to run for it. Aberdeen found some bandages and wrapped her arms so that the bloody message wouldn’t be seen. She didn’t wrap Seagus because she figured they would notice something like that right away and she wouldn’t want to leave prints to her. ”Prints!” Aberdeen thought. What if I touched something?? Aberdeen began to get a cloth and started wiping Seagus, the disks, the area of the floor she was lying on, cabinets she opened to get the supplies, and random objects that were disturbed. She didn’t think she’d get to all of them but she tried her best. Afterwards she used the cloth to wipe her bloody knife, wrapped the bloody cloth with another, and placed it inside her pocket tightly in so that no one would notice. She then sheathed her knife and turned invisible and intangible in case she happened to bump into someone. Aberdeen rushed to her room as silently as possible. When she got to her bed she closed her door and collapsed on her bed, trying to act casual as she wondered what the hell just happened.

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Character Portrait: Kirie Askumoto Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Opal King Character Portrait: Aberdeen Andrews Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan Character Portrait: Cassandra Lillian Banks

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((Okay, I've got my spring rolls, I've got my soda, time to hunker down and stop excusing myself))


Opal King


Opal stood off the side, slightly away from the rest of her team. Her eyes darted over the arena, looking for areas where adding or subtracting gravity would be the most helpful- rings of lighter and heavier gravity around her team's flag, so getting through to actually capture the flag would be difficult, things like that. Though, in all honesty, only half her mind was on winning the game. She couldn't help thinking about everything that had happened. It had ended well enough, but the whole school had suffered a blow. Conner was dead- and even though Opal hadn't known much of him, that was horribly sad-, Ella had a few crushed ribs, but was otherwise okay and healing, and Aberdeen hadn't so much as come out of her room in days. Opal had long decided to leave her be, but Ella would hobble from the med room to check in with Lucy. From what Opal understood, Abby wasn't good. Though, Opal knew she had to leave her be for a while- she would come around.

"So, what are we going to do to win?" she asked just loud enough for her team to hear as she turned to face them. "I can set up rings of gravity around our flag so it is hard to get to, or set up circles of it like traps," she offered, but her voice was only half in it. She was still pumped to win and compete, but it wasn't worth it to her to act like what happened didn't affect her in any way. She could have died, Ella could have died, and someone did die. It was surprising she was able to function without freaking out at the slightest painful thing.

Ella chose that moment to climb up her shoulder and rub against her cheek. "So the medic said I was almost healed and I could participate instead of just watching! Isn't that wonderful!" Ella said as she stroked her fur, brushing the sticky remnants of caramel candy from her muzzle. The medic had left a tray of them on the table for a student injured in a chemical spill during a demonstration in class, and Ella had gobbled all of them up before the poor boy had noticed.

Opal shook her head, coming out of her trance. "Great! We will crush the other team now!" Opal exclaimed while holding her arm out so Ella could climb down it. Once she did, Opal snuggled Ella close to her chest while being careful to not crush her ribs.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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"So... That's for me then? Coo-" she started to reply but cut her sentence short. "Ah... I..." she mumbled to herself. She paused for a minute before continuing. " I'unno. I - I mean, I would, but ..." She said and Kieran's head sank slightly, but before his disappointment registered Melody turned back to him. With her trademark smirk painted across her face. "I don't think cake dating is allowed. Try again next time." She said failing to contain her laughter and Kieran chuckled nervously as he awaited a legitimate answer. As the laughter died down, Melody finally spoke again. "I'm sorry, That was ... horrible." Kieran nodded in agreement, but his nervous expression was now gone, replaced by a smile, Melody, despite how terrible her jokes were, was hilarious. She moved slowly closer to Kieran and spoke a little softer, their eyes meeting. "Ehm... Yes? Yes. I'll do you the honor of dating me ... Git."

Kieran laughed, and without saying a word closed the the last few feet separating them and engulfed Melody in the single biggest bear hug she has ever received. "Despite everything that has happened, I wouldn't trade the last few weeks for anything." he said, and then released her. "Well then I guess there isn't much here to find. I don't know what I was searching for but I didn't find it. Thank you so much for coming with me though. Even if it was a waste of your time."

Kieran flopped onto Connor's bed letting out a sigh. He turned his head and noticed something on his brother's nightstand, it was a picture. Kieran sat up and grabbed it. It was a picture of the two of them cosplaying as two of their favorite anime characters. "You kept this stupid picture?" He said to himself a tear or two ran down his face. "We always thought we were so badass, well I guess in the end you were more like Kamina than we ever thought, eh bro?" When the two of them decided to cosplay as the duo from Gurren Lagan there was never any question over who was gonna be Kamina, it was Connor without a doubt. "I'm gonna miss you, you crazy son of a bitch." he managed to say as the tears streamed down his face. He sat there holding the picture, the rest of the world disappeared he cried, didn't even notice anything else. He didn't even stop to think that his friend, no his girlfriend, was in the room with him, he just cried. On some level deep within himself he told himself that this was the last time he would cry. It was his time to be the strong one, if Connor could do it for him for so many years, he could do it, for his sister, for Melody, for everyone.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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“Glad to know I'm so worthy of your time.” Melody said her eyes pointing to the ground, but Kieran saw the smile that she was probably trying to hide.

She looked back at Kieran, her face was pleasant, but the smile was gone, Kieran was sure was thinking, too bad he didn't know what about, “Well then I guess there isn't much here to find. I don't know what I was searching for but I didn't find it.” She finally said.“Thank you so much for coming with me though. Even if it was a waste of your time.”

“Is that what I should think? Oh, excuse me for getting the wrong idea of your 'confession' then.” Melody said a little brutally but at that point Kieran was lost in the picture of him and Connor.

“Ah... I, didn't-”

“I'm gonna miss you, you crazy son of a bitch.”

“C'mon, captain sadface. Where's the Kieran who pokes my head when I'm about to nod off in class? Where's that contagious smile?” She said reaching out to him. Kieran grabbed her hands and got up.

“How about we go some place nicer? Go outside, bring the cake and pretend we're having a picnic? Or, We could stay here and talk. Either way that cake is going to feed some mouths.” She said smiling at him.

"A picnic? huh, that sounds like fun." He said wiping the tears from his face, and smiling at Melody. As they left the room Kieran looked back at the room, "Thank you Connor. You can rest easy, knowing I can handle everything from here. I won't be weak anymore. I promise." He whispered, almost not realizing that Melody probably heard that.

They didn't talk much as they walked outside. They walked around the campus a while, unconsciously avoiding the arena that they were supposed to be at. They found a large tree that gave off a rather nice shady place to have a picnic and the two of them sat down. Kieran pulled two forks out of his pocket and handed one to Melody, "Would the lady like some cake?" He said, trying a little to hard to be silly. He hoped Melody would appreciate it after how dreadfully boring he'd been lately. He took a bite of cake and leaned back against the tree staring up into its branches. He spent a fair amount of time examining them, looking at how they interwove, each leaf receiving just enough sunlight, each branch doing it's part to support the others. After a while he snapped out of it and realized that while the cake was half gone, he had only had one bite. He smiled and put his arm around Melody and snagged another bite. Although it was almost a week old at this point, the cake was still delicious, Connor was an amazing chef. Kieran then noticed the shadow of the tree move, to anyone else it would have appeared to be an unnatural movement, but Kieran saw the tell tale signs of Nox, "Hey dumbass, quite hiding in the shadows and join us, I know you want a piece of cake." Kieran said to seemingly no one, and then a hound rose up from the shadow. "Well I was trying to give you guys a little privacy, but if you insist, I'd love a piece of cake." Nox said matter of factly. Kieran scooped a piece of the cake onto his fork and held it out for his friend, who happily lapped it up and smiled. "That was delicious, now if you'll excuse me I need to go find Hans. Honestly, I'm surprised he's still around. But that fact alone means something is amiss. You kids have fun." He smirked and slunk back into the shadow and slivered off towards the dorms.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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Kieran spent the trip to the beach sleeping in his seat. Through his sleep he vaguely heard Melody and Lorelei arguing, he smiled as slept. The bus came to a stop and Kieran grunted not wanting to get up.

"I'll check up on you later, kay?" Kieran heard Melody say to him, he opened his eyes just in time to see her beautiful smile.

Kieran smiled back slyly saying, "Don't have any fun without me." a small chuckle escaped his lips as he shook his head to wake up. He got off the bus and grabbed his luggage. He walked into the hotel and made his way to his room, because of the trauma he experienced as a result of his brother's death, the school was allowing him to stay in his own room instead of having a roommate like everyone else. Too lazy to unpack Kieran through his two duffel bags on the ground and flopped onto the bed. He quickly fell asleep again. Kieran had done this a lot since Connor's passing. He hasn't attended class since that day. The one time Melody convinced him to attend class was that stupid game of capture the flag, which the two of them skipped in favor of a picnic, and going through Connor's room. Kieran preferred to skip class and sleep instead of anything else.

When Kieran awoke it was already night, he hasn't seen Melody yet so he thought he might get up and try to find her. As he walked out of his room he realized he didn't know where her room was. Instead of trying to find it he decided a nice night stroll on the beach sounded glorious. He walked from the hotel the few blocks to the beach and began his stroll. Nox was with him walking at his side, the pair was silent for about twenty minutes. "Huh, that's weird." Kieran said and Nox looked at him strangely. "What's weird?" he asked. "Well... We haven't seen Hans since we left. I know he came with us." Kieran said. "Now that you mention it, it's amazing he's still around, usually demons die with their Magni." Nox responded puzzled. The two spent their time contemplating this until they see two glowing eyes in the distance. As they approached it they saw a large shape approximately twice the size of Nox come into view around the eyes. "What's tha--" Kieran begins to says as the shape takes form, "Is that .... It's Hans?!" Kieran exclaims. As soon as he says it the overgrown Hans leaps towards him growling. Hans has gone feral and grown in size. Hans's grief has overwhelmed him and he has become a true demon, causing pain is all he knows how to do. "What the hell!" Kieran screams as he jumps out of the way. Nox jumps on Hans, fangs barred, and digs into the fox's necks. Hans screams out in pain as he bucks Nox off of him. Before Nox recovers Hans swats him with his paw knocking Nox away and to the ground, Nox is out cold. Kieran is now alone against an enemy he doesn't want to hurt and probably can't beat. "Hans, what are you doing. Connor wouldn't want this. He loved all of us that's why he did what he did. He sacrificed himself to save us all. Don't belittle his sacrifice by hurting us, it's the last thing he'd want." Kieran said, his arms at his side, refusing to hurt Hans. "He did the only thing he saw to do, he did it without help from me, it was my job to protect him and I failed. this is all that's left for me. Kill me so I don't hurt anyone else. I've lost control." Kieran heard in his head. The real Hans was reaching out to him. "I can't do that buddy, I love you too much. I know you can do it, just stop this." Kieran said pleading. Hans leapt at him and Kieran jumped into a shadow and reappeared behind Hans. "I won't fight you." Kieran shouted. But Hans just turned around and snapped at Kieran. Kieran suddenly remembered a conversation he'd once had with Connor, "Sometimes we have to do thing we don't want to, to help someone. Sometimes the only way to help someone is to hurt them. It's never fun but it is what needs to be done." At the time Connor was talking about Kieran's then girlfriend, whom Kieran had realized he didn't love, but didn't want to break up with because he didn't want to hurt her. Connor had taught Kieran that sometimes hurting someone is the only way to help them.

Kieran then realized that the only way to help Hans would be to defeat him. Kieran then gathered all of his strength with tears in his eyes and began forming a ball of shadow lightning in one hand, and shadow fire in the other. Kieran held the balls in his hands, their energy growing as Hans leaped at Kieran again. Kieran jumped to the side and thrust his palms into Hans's side unleashing the fire and lighting into Hans. Kieran screamed as he did this, his scream filled with rage and pain as that pain increased the power of his attack Hans screamed in pain as he fell over. Hans shrunk down to his original size and looked at Kieran, "Thank you, now I can be with Connor again, the two of us will watch over you forever. Stay safe." Hans said with his last breath as he faded away. Kieran fell to his knees and wept as Nox awoke and walked over to him. Nox rubbed his muzzle against Kieran's cheek and simply said, "So, you finally have a little control over your elements have you? Connor would be proud of ya. Maybe know you'll start trying in school too." Kieran laughed at Nox's words, "Yeah and maybe Melody won't kick my ass for endangering myself without her."


The two walked back to the hotel without speaking and made their way to their room stumbling in the hallway a few times hoping the noise doesn't wake anyone. Kieran opens the door and falls to ground not bothering to get into bed, and falls asleep. Nox closes the door and pulls the blanket around the two of them and then falls asleep curled up next to Kieran. The two of them slept their until they heard a knock at their door, which could only be Melody, as no one else was close enough to them to actually want their company.

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Character Portrait: Melody McKinley Character Portrait: Connor Flannagan Character Portrait: Kieran Flanagan

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“Sorry I've uh ... been napping this whole trip. I guess I'm just tired.”

“Me too.” Melody answered trying to keep her eyes averted from Kieran as she walked inside.


“So... How have you been doing? Any problems you wanna talk about?” She asked as Kieran was getting dressed, Kieran zipped up his pants and spun around quickly, dropping the shirt he was holding. He quickly changed the subject asking if Melody wished to go for a walk on the beach with him. Of course Nox chose this time to reveal a small amount of information about the night before, earning himself a swift kick in the side.


“I... -Don't even want to know.” Kieran smiled apologetically as she shrugged the comment off, not inquiring further. "Whew, thank God she didn't ask more, I don't think I can handle answering questions about last night right now." he asked, internally wiping his brow.

“I came here to tell you that Miss Brumfield gave us, ah... free reign on what we want to do.” Melody scratched her head as she informed him and Kieran wasn't quite sure it was the truth, but then again, when had the two of them ever cared if they had permission to do what they desired.

“So, yeah, I'd love to go for a walk on the beach.” Melody said accepting his idea. She grabbed his hand and pulled him out of the room as Kieran finished pulling his shirt over his head.

They walked hand in hand for a while before Melody muttered quietly “Liar...” she dug her heels into the ground waiting for a response from Kieran that she knew wasn't going to come. “I thought you promised not to do anything amazingly stupid when I'm not around. ” she told him as she dropped to the ground.

“If there is anything you need to talk about, I'm here, y'know. I don't act like I care, but I do. And I don't like it when my boyfriend pretends nothing affects him when it clearly does.” Melody said tugging on Kieran's shirt so he would sit down with her. She looked up at him pleading for answers. All Kieran could do was turn his back to Melody. He dropped his head into his hand. "I..." he started, "I'm sorry. On this trip we were supposed to be enjoying ourselves and asking like a real couple, no death, or drama just us, instead you have to deal with me.". he said. Two drops of tears fell through his hand to the sand below. Kieran dropped to the ground next to Melody and laid his head on her lap. He looked up at her. "I know you care, but sometimes, when I don't know how to deal with something, I just pretend it's not happening. It's the only way I can move on and regain a sense of normalcy. But, I guess I should tell you about why you found me naked and covered in my own blood." Kieran got lost in Melody's deep blue eyes. He turned his head away from her.

"Last night, I thought I would find you and we take a nice moonlit walk on the beach, I figured it would be all romantic and stuff. But I didn't know where your room was. So I decided a walk alone with Nox would be a nice way to relax and reflect on all we've been through recently. As we were walking we realized we hadn't seen Hans in a while, so we went looking for him." Kieran sighed heavily as he spoke his next words. "We found Hans, only it wasn't Hans. Do you remember in class? When we were taught that a demon can't survive in this world without their magni? Well what we saw is what happens when the demon tries to stay. Hans was a feral creature. He was attacking everything. He leapt at us and knocked out Nox quickly. He attacked and attacked, but I refused to fight back, I dodged what I could but, well I got the shit kicked out of me." Kieran winced in pain as he moved facing Melody again. "As he was attacking me I heard Hans reach out to me, the real one, he was pleading with me to ... to kill him. I couldn't do it. Then he reminded me of yet another lesson Connor had taught me. He taught me that sometimes, sometimes the only way to help someone is to hurt them." Kieran closed his eyes trying to hold everything in. He shuddered slightly as he spoke. I jumped into a shadow distancing myself from Hans and formed shadow lightning and fire in balls in my hands. Hans, Hans leaped at me." He said his voice beginning to break, "And when he hit me, I thrust my hands into his chest releasing the magic into him. As we hit the ground he shrunk back down and was dead." Kieran took a deep breath, his eyes still closed and continued. "It's my fault my brother is dead, Taryn must hate me. And now I've killed my brother's best friend. I'm worthless. I was supposed to protect him, and he spent his whole life protecting me." Kieran sighed trying to regain some composure. "I SHOULD HAVE HAD HIS BACK!" Kieran screamed, "instead, I watched on as he fought alone. I couldn't even protect you! He did that for me too. I'm useless, worthless, I'm nothing." he said sounding broken.

He opened his eyes and stared into Melody's, "Melody, honey, are you sure you're ok with having a worthless, brother killing piece of shit like me for a boyfriend? I... I would understand if you don't want me." he said in a serious tone that surprised even himself.