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Lucca Cornelio

"I'd like to say I've lived life to the fullest so far, but I have too many regrets."

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a character in “Lone Sin II”, as played by Zoey26123

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_"I prefer the term, selective_
intelligence over stupid."

Top of the World || Greek Fire



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Name:
Lucca Diego Cornelio
Age:
18
Rank:
E
Gender:
Male
Area:
Shadow
Oddities:
Tapping || If Lucca doesn't have something in his hands, he is often found tapping them on a chair or his leg or even his head sometimes. He likes to come up with beats randomly through his tapping and occasionally writes them down if he likes them enough.
Food || Lucca has possibly the fastest metabolism on the planet. It doesn't matter how long ago he ate, it could be seconds or hours, but he can always eat no matter the situation. He eats when he's happy, sad, excited, or mad. It's his comfort and celebretory tradition in his eyes.
Hair || Not that he'd ever say it out loud, but Lucca spends time on his hair in the morning, making it appear messy while smelling nice with some old oils his mother had bought him while his parents were visiting Japan.
Sexuality:
Heterosexual
Romantic Interest:
TBA
Nationality:
50% Italian || 30% Japanese || 15% American || 5% British


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Eye Color:
Light, chocolate brown

Hair Color/Length:
Dark blue || Slightly past his ears

Height:
5'10"

Weight:
163 lbs.

Scars:
Lucca has one scar running across his cheekbone upon getting stitches in it after he had been hit in the face by a baseball at a young age. Other than that, he has a few random scars from where he was nicked by a demon or cut during training with knives.

Tattoos:
Lucca has one tattoo on his right shoulder.

Birthmarks:
Lucca has a tiny birthmark on his ankle that would be impossible to notice unless you studied it up close.

Piercings:
None


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Dominant Emotion:
Anxious
Personality:
{Curious || Hopeful || Chivalrous || Lonely || Proud || Daredevil}
Lucca is possibly the stupidest risk taker that has ever lived. He doesn't care if there is a million possible outcomes and nearly all of them are terrible, he will still do it if it is more exciting than the other, safer options. He prefers the term "selective intelligence" over what people often say, stupid and arrogant. He may be a little bit of both and he is willing to admit it so long as the people agree he does occasionally have the best idea of the century, which is about one in a million of his ideas. He is a curious fellow, looking to understand how the world works and why. He will search for answers anywhere in order to understand as much as possible. Lucca's parents are never around and therefore, he is often lonely. Other than those in his guild, he has just his nanny. His parents are traveling so often, he hardly knows them. He is hopeful he can get to know his family even though he doesn't see them often and fears he might not be able to. He often fears of living a lonely life in the future and is fairly certain he'd rather die than live a life without anyone in it. Lucca is a loyal, brave fellow who values others before himself, even when it involves doing something stupid. He is a proud fellow, not willing to fall in front of an enemy even when it might be his only chance.

Likes:
Music || Beats || Shadows || Beaches || Food || Multiple meals a day || Holidays || Weapons || His Parents Around || His Nanny || Traveling || Italy || Watching TV || The color blue || Animals || His Name || Driving || Crafts || Letters || Mail || Training || Meeting People || Puzzles || Children || Teenager TV shows that came out when he was a young kid || Girls || Kissing || Reading || Motorcycles

Dislikes:
Water over soda || His Parents Traveling || Sunburns || Too Much Sand || Being by himself || Too much noise || Jerks || Idiots || Demons || Hunting animals || Debates || Girls without a backbone || Science || School || Being Sweaty || Writing essays || Walking too much || Bad Actors/Singers/Musicians || Cars || His bike breaking down || Sickness || Sleepiness || Staying up too late || Flossing || Rap Music || Losing || Blood || Death

Talents:
Music || Though a habit as well, Lucca is very good with creating great beats and keeping it continuously with little to no trouble. He is very skilled with coming up with his own custom, fun beats when he wants to, or does so unconsciously.
Motorcycles || Lucca has learned how a motorcycle works inside and out. He is very skilled in taking one apart, fixing it, and riding on one. He has used his motorcycle in multiple fights in successful and clever ways, resulting in wins that might have been deaths. He has escaped on his motorcycle from multiple things multiple times, speeding through and around traffic. Lucca got his first motorcycle while living in Italy.
Muai Thai || Lucca's father once hired an older thai man to go to Lucca's apartment to teach him Muai Thai, or thai boxing. Lucca learned quickly and well, eventually traveling to Thailand for a few days to get a tattoo to "enhance" his skills by centering his chi or something in a ceremony monks performed.
Eating || Lucca has won a food eating contest before. He unintentionally joined a contest once, winning by breaking a record for eating whatever it was he had, he doesn't even remember since it was gone so fast, just knowing it was very good food.
Listening || Lucca is possibly the best listener a friend could ask for. He waits for the story to be over, doesn't ask questions until then, then considers the options from every side. He may be willing to risk himself, but he won't risk others and therefore will think everything, down to the last detail, in order to help a close friend and keep them safe. Lucca may not have listened well in the past, but he has learned from his mistakes and won't lose someone else.

Flaws:
"Selective Intelligence" || Lucca posses something he likes to call selective intelligence. He can be extremely intelligent when he wants to be and knows in order to get the most success, he needs to take risks, however stupid or crazy they are. It does not matter if he has seen multiple people fail, it then becomes his goal to be the first to succeed, no matter has stupid or crazy it is.
Selfless || Lucca wants what he wants when he wants it, but when it comes to the idea of hearing others getting possibly hurt, he feels their pain without receiving the wound because he sympathizes for them automatically, unable to not. He'd rather just have one person, himself, deal with the horrible feelings than two people. Lucca has stepped in front of attacks for people, even if he doesn't know them so long as he doesn't think they deserve being hurt, before and doesn't really care that it wounds him.
Proud || Lucca will fight until his last breath. He refuses to give up even when it seems impossible, coming up with a way, no matter how crazy, to get himself and those he might be with out of trouble.

Weaknesses:
Drawing || Lucca cannot draw anything, ever. He is so bad, he was told he could get an A in his art class if he colored a paper with multiple colors and handed it, the teacher not wanting to see his chicken scratch. Lucca is truly just altogether, horrible at drawing.
Reading || Lucca has a hard time reading because he is dyslexic. He mixes words and letters up and though it takes him a while and he hates feeling stupid, he has the largest feeling of happiness and pride at completing such a difficult task.
Flying || Lucca hates flying. He was actually knocked out once in order to be put on a plane because of his enormous fears. He can't stand being free falling either, for the reason of his fear of falling as well.
Staying Calm || Though Lucca has gotten significantly better at it and has practiced often, he still loses control of himself when certain things are mentioned in a certain way and will most likely attack the insulter without remorse.

Hobbies:
Percussion || Running || Collecting Cameras || Watching TV || Eating || Tinkering || Motorcycles || Training || Shooting


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Powers:
Darkness Healing || Lucca can heal themselves or others by using darkness
Darkness Empowerment || Lucca becomes stronger, faster, more durable, etc. when he comes in contact with darkness or shadow unlocking more difficult (Technical wise) abilities and enhancing his other existing powers.
Shadow Mimicry || Lucca can transform his body completely into shadows. Once Lucca is transformed, he can either be anatomically identical to his normal form, aside of being made of shadow, in which case he contains all of his organs and is somewhat vulnerable to attacks. He can also assume a 2D form, extend outward to become a larger shadow, or even blend into shadows completely.
Shadow Mutilation || Lucca can inflict damage to his opponent through their shadow, which may kill the target and potentially destroy the body in the process. It is a very difficult task yet has been completed at night when he is in the shadows because of the extra energy he gains.
Darkness Manipulation || Lucca can fuse manipulation of darkness with physical combat to create shadow weapons. He can also control shadows in the way they move though he finds this useless a lot of the time.
Light Absorption || Lucca can absorb visible light or its partial wavelengths making darkness fall more wholly.
Shadow Marionettes || Lucca can only control shadows, not people. He can raise two or three shadows, while in shadows (only one while not) and can control them. This is useful when he's outnumbered and needs a few more fighters with him.

Special Power:
Darkness Aura || Lucca can coathimself in darkness allowing him to give off an aura of malicious energy and dark power towards his opponent. This power can be used to expel certain attacks and fill an opponent with terror and despair simultaneously during a battle. Lucca has also been able to levitate by the use of the shadows around him in this state. His body automatically induces shadow armor and sends out waves of shadows to protect himself and anything he chooses around him. It is very easy for him to lose control and has only held this state for less than two minutes. He has used it a total of two, maybe three times.

Secondary Area:
Wind

Skill Set:
Guns || Muai Thai


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Typical Attire:
Lucca usually is found wearing a pair of faded jeans and a t-shirt or button down shirt. Though he's rich, he doesn't flaunt it with what he wears. He does wear a nice, tuxedo jacket over whatever top he's wearing. He prefers a blue t-shirt on his best days. He wears a pair of black combat boots when he is out though at home, he prefers a pair of loafers.
Keepsakes:
His parents extravagant souvenirs they send him. His largest keepsake is a necklace his father had bought him while in Orlando, Florida.

History:
Lucca was born in New York City when his family lived in the United States, or more accurately, he lived there with his nanny. Lucca went to a private school where he studied rather hard trying to appease his parents. His mother was a keeper though his father was not leaving him as a surprise when he was born a keeper since his father had been the same way yet not inherited the traits. Lucca was cared for by his nanny and a keeper his parents had hired to teach him how to use his powers.

Lucca never saw his parents except on the rare day they'd swing by the house to say hello and make sure Lucca wasn't dead since they rarely had a chance to contact him thanks to the exotic places they visited. Lucca's parents moved him, his nanny, and his mentor to Italy when Lucca was six. There, his parents had found a larger space for him to train and basically do anything Lucca would need to. Lucca discovered his ability to control shadows when his mentor and him had been working on a simple wind spell, having thought he was a controller of wind. This idea went up in flames as Lucca was able to manipulate himself into appearing as a shadow in his fury at his mentor, as he wouldn't let Lucca take a break. Lucca passed out that day, having never used the power and using a large spell for the first time in his life.



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Lucca's parents never came around in Italy leaving Lucca feeling more and more lonely until they finally consented to allowing Lucca to go back to school in a nearby public school. There, Lucca learned that he had a knack for soccer and other school activities. His mentor forbid him to participate yet Lucca did so anyway, seeing no harm in it. On occasion, when Lucca and or his mentor caught sight of a nearby demon that was causing too much trouble for anybody's own good, the two would go out hunting in the night to find and kill the demon.

Lucca found that he had a great knack for weapons that were required to have aim. He could shoot a bow well enough to be noticed, yet his ability with a gun was uncanny. Lucca found he was even able to fight with guns up close making him even better with the weapon.

Because Lucca was so against listening to his mentor, he didn't realize it until it was too late, that he had ignored him altogether. The night the two had their largest fight, Lucca was fifteen, Lucca's mentor went out to hunt a larger demon, expecting Lucca to meet him at their usual spot. Instead, the demon found him before Lucca came, as Lucca wasn't going to come, having ignored the older man out of spite. The demon slew Lucca's older mentor and upon Lucca feeling guilty about not going out, was discovered. Lucca was furious and fought the demon, nearly dying in his ignorant actions, but defeating him barely by using Darkness Aura.



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Lucca's nanny found Lucca and took him up, caring for him until he was well again though the two had to move to a London in order to avoid suspicion. He has lived in London for about a month before he was contacted and invited to join the Lone Sin guild, only doing it to be even better and protect those he still has left.

Ever since he was young he had his demon. He looked to her for advice and to help calm him down when he has freak outs. She refused to talk to him for some time after his mentor's death causing Lucca to nearly give up on life altogether until she showed back up and comforted him more than he had ever thought he deserved. She only talks to him now to make sure he doesn't lose himself again and be a potential risk to himself.
Other:
Lucca fell in love with a girl once, he has regretted it ever since that day.




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ImageName:
Casey Isabelle

Age:
Appears 17

Gender:
Female

Area:
Light

Oddities:
Distracted Easily || Likes any animal || Tried to help Lucca cope by not helping || Contradicts herself often


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ImageEye Color:
Hazelnut Brown
Hair Color/Length:
Golden Blonde || Slightly past her shoulders
Height:
5'9"
Weight:
155 lbs.
Scars:
None
Tattoos:
None
Birthmarks:
None
Piercings:
Her ears are each pierced twice


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Dominant Emotion:
Gentle
Personality:
Casey is extremely intelligent and picks up on things extremely quickly. Casey can recall things off the top of her head and is gifted with remembering quotes or terms (Especially Shakespeare).Casey can quote and remember terms easily as well as differentiate a lot of different scientific processes. She's not very good at the other subjects though she is good enough to get by in the world. Casey is very patient with people because she has raised her younger siblings. She is very good about keeping calm in stressful situations unless someone she cares for deeply's life is threatened in which case she is rash or doesn't think things through. Normally, she considers all of her options in order to choose the safest and best way, even if it means waiting in order to make a decision that would be safer. She is, however, very doubtful of her decisions. She constantly fears she's made the wrong choices in life and can't stand the idea.

Likes:
Running || Families || Lucca's Parents || Magic || Natural light || Stories || Bright Colors || Seeing Happiness || Good Decisions || Knowing she made a good decision || Flying || Helping Lucca || Writing || Singing || Music || Clean places || Food || The smell of ink || Mercy || Comforting Others

Dislikes:Going Slow || Deaths || Seeing Lucca sad/make terrible decisions || Danger || Blood || Demons || Lucca's Parents Never Being Around || Nightmares || Pain || Weapons || Needless Killing || Bad Decisions || Being Rushed || Threats || Falling || Swimming || Old Food || Drawing || Tears || Mud || The smell of blood

Talents:
Writing || Singing || Making Decisions || Patient || Good Listener || Helping Others || Staying Levelheaded

Flaws:
Cooking || Holds Grudges || Has No Filter with Lucca || Blames Others Easily || Rarely Takes Blame

Weaknesses:
Pressured Decisions || Handling Threats || Swimming || Can't Kill || Rarely Gives In

Hobbies:
Writing || Messing with Lucca || Singing || Dancing || Watching Lucca || Comforting People


So begins...

Lucca Cornelio's Story

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Image_Lucca glanced down at his watch. He felt extremely anxious. "They're on their way Lucca, you can't be so anxious. They're coming from around the world, and so are you," Casey said with a smile as she leaned back in the her seat. They sat in a rather fast train on their way to Harrogate Train Station. "Yes, and you're sure about this how?" Lucca asked with a smile as he looked over at Casey. She shrugged slightly. A man walked by along the aisle, looking at Lucca a little oddly as he observed Lucca talking to what he saw as thin air. Lucca ignored the odd look as he leaned back in his seat, breathing deeply.

"How much longer? It's nearly time for us to be there," Lucca muttered as he looked to his friend again. She looked up from picking at her nails. "Time on a train can't be helped unless you travel through the bathroom. I doubt you'll find a substantial shadow to take you though," She says with a smile, motioning with her head in the general direction of the station. Lucca nods, taking a deep breath. "Well-... There's the station, Casey. See you in a bit," Lucca says as he catches sight of the train station.

He could buy a cup of coffee there, couldn't he? He hadn't ever been to the station, never having a reason to and was somewhat concerned he wouldn't find his way about. North Yorkshire had just never been a place he'd wanted to visit really, more focused on trying to get back to the mainland European countries.

He was one of the first standing, grabbing his duffel bag from below his seat, then rushing for the exit, one of the first off. His first target, the nearest coffee stand. He approached quickly, handing over three or four too man euros but not really caring as he accepted his coffee and took off again without accepting the change, not really needing it.

He stopped, catching sight of a bench. He made his way towards it, figuring he just needed to calm down. Hellhounds weren't a big deal, and he'd been to America before, he'd been born there even. He might be the easiest to get in there should he and the others a part of his guild need to get in that way, legally, that is.

"There's a fellow over there with another demon," Casey says, appearing next to Lucca as if she was there the entire time. Lucca followed where she had pointed and smiled, standing. He moved forward, shouldering his duffel bag and taking a sip of his coffee. "What would I do without you?" Lucca asked Casey with a smile. She shrugged as she followed, winking. "Probably not have any clue where to go and gotten off at the last station, oh wait, you did," Casey says, bumping into Lucca playfully. He smiles and puts his arm around her, ignoring the strange looks he was receiving as he approached the fellow with the demon.

As Lucca and his demon approached, Lucca caught sight of another keeper approach with his own demon. This guy must be Cathal, who else would have two young keepers approach him? "Cathal I take it? Or another one of the new additions to the Lone Guild?" Lucca asked as he approached the keeper with an outstretched hand. He nodded at the demon next to him in acknowledgement.

Lucca had smiled and given a slight wave at the other keeper as he had approached. "I'm Lucca Cornelio, it's nice to meet you both," Lucca says with a smile as he sets his bag down.

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Character Portrait: Lucca Cornelio Character Portrait: Cathal Elmslie Character Portrait: Kenji Nakamora Character Portrait: Fintan Kearney
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Kenji nodded into the phone. "Yes, yes, I made it. I'm sitting outside of the train station now. No, I just had to show them the passport and they let me through. Yes Jacob is fine, no he didn't change. I gotta go, Jake is saying he senses other demons. Bye, thanks, yes I will, bye," Kenji says into his phone, sighing as he ended the call. "I didn't say anything," Jacob says with a knowing smile. Kenji shrugs, looking at his closest friend and enemy. "Yeah, my dad was being... overprotective," Kenji finished with a nod.

He was stretched out in his rental car. He had arrived in the UK late the night before and was exhausted. Jacob sat across from him, letting Kenji drape his legs over his own. "Why don't you call him father when you talk to him?" Jacob asked softly, hoping to get something out of Kenji. Kenji shot him a look, muttering under his breath, "You know why..." Kenji didn't meet Jacob's eyes as Jacob whispered even more softly, "Why don't you say you love him back?"

Kenji ignored the question, instead, grabbing his backpack and his bag out of the back of the car, then heading for the train station. Kenji would be going to pick up the car soon enough, drive it back to the airport, turn it in, and hop on a flight back to the States, all within a day. His father had arranged it, the car and getting over to England that is. Kenji left the keys in the car, knowing he could just unlock the car when he got back to it with some strong winds in the lock.

"Come on Kenji, you can't just shut it out forever" Jacob says, rubbing Kenji's back like his adoptive mother used to. Kenji shrugged it off and Jacob fell into silence, knowing Kenji was starting to fall into a depressed state. "A later time then," Jacob says understandingly as he opened the door for Kenji.

"You know you shouldn't do that in public," Kenji muttered as he entered, nodding his thanks. "Helping you when you're not very happy is worth the odd looks you recieve," Jacob says with a wink as he lets the door close, taking his backpack he hadn't removed and hefting it higher on his own back. "That's because you aren't the one getting the odd looks," Kenji says with a small smile, the first one he held in days.

"Do you see Cathal anywhere?" Jacob asks as the two stand in the middle of the station, looking around for any signs of other demons or keepers. Kenji didn't see Cathal, but he did see a blonde demon with a dark haired keeper. "See something Kenji? You have to keep me updated about things, you are the more observant one and you know it," Jacob says with a smile as he ruffles Kenji's hair eliciting a sour, sarcastic look from the keeper.

"That fellow is a keeper and the girl is a demon like you, can't you tell that?" Kenji asked as he looked to Jacob, already knowing the answer. "Oh, I knew, I just wanted to make you feel better by making you think I need you to see the world better," Jacob says as the two follow the keeper and demon's progress through the station by observation.

"Let's go," Kenji says with a nod as the two head towards where the keeper and his demon stopped. The two approached just in time to hear the boy's name. "Hey, name's Kenji, this is Jacob. Cathal, it's good to see you again," Kenji says with a small wave at the oldest individual in the group. Kenji had met his new guild leader when his father had had a party once, long ago, when Kenji was a young teenager or something.

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Character Portrait: Lucca Cornelio Character Portrait: Cathal Elmslie Character Portrait: Kenji Nakamora Character Portrait: Ambrosia 'Ami' Delaire Character Portrait: Fintan Kearney
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"It's nice to see someone smile."


Ami landed next to her demon, Sammie, on top of the highest building closest to the station. They had only been a few towns over, so Ami thought it would be a good opportunity to practice her aerobatics. They scanned the area with more precision for a park that would hide their landing. They were sure people would question a young girl walking through their building that had never even entered in the first place.

"Over there Ami," Sammie pointed. Ami followed the direction of her finger until she too spotted the small area. "Let's go." The two took off once again, speeding over to the dark patch. As soon as they knew they were in the clear, the dropped out of sight and into the waiting tree below them. They dropped once more, this time landing on the soft grass before erecting their stature and dusting off their clothes. Sammie nodded at her Keeper, walking slightly ahead of her. Ami followed closely behind, holding the straps of her backpack and looking down.

Sammie always looked up, so it was much easier for Ami to walk behind her instead of ahead and possibly tumble into someone. It didn't help that she couldn't step over her own feet without stumbling. Ami looked up to see their destination up ahead. It was Harrogate Station, a rather small and quaint spot. It was an odd meeting spot, but whatever Master says goes.

"Looks like we weren't the first to make it," Ami stated, hearing the voices of her Guild Mates as she approached the station. They still had some ways to walk, but since Ami minored in Sound magic at the academy, her hearing was exceptional. "Can we stop by the bathroom?" Sammie nodded, making a detour to the restroom. While Ami's demon waited outside the restroom, the small girl went in and inspected her back. Her wings had retracted without a problem and there was no indication that they were even there ... well, besides her birthmark. Ami fixed her dress and then her jacket before emerging from the room and to her demon's side.

It was only a matter of minutes before they made it to the meeting place. Sammie bowed and stepped aside for Ami to see the group before her. Guild Master Cathal was there, along with Lucca and Kenji, then there was another boy as well. Ami curtsied and greeted her peers formally.

"Hello Master Cathal, Kenji, Lucca, stranger. I'm assuming we are waiting for Alice is all." Ami turned to the new recruit and held out a hand. "I'm Ambrosia Delaire, but you can call me Ami. This is my demon, Samantha, but she goes by Sammie." Sammie bowed once more, then making her way to Ami's side.

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Character Portrait: Alice Vatalini Dimitru Character Portrait: Lucca Cornelio Character Portrait: Cathal Elmslie Character Portrait: Kenji Nakamora Character Portrait: Ambrosia 'Ami' Delaire Character Portrait: Fintan Kearney
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"Every new beginning ends."


"God dammit, Gabriel! The others are probably going to leave without us!" Alice dashed around the corner, thankful she picked sneakers instead of heels. Sure she could run in them, but sneakers were much faster. She dodged left and right to avoid running into strangers.

"It's not my fault! You decided to the guys house, not me!"

"You were supposed to tell me the time!" Alice shook her head at the shadow whizzing past people beside her. In all reality, it was her fault, but Alice wasn't going to admit it. She paused, seeing a building with the word 'Harrogate' on the side, so she slowed her pace. Then the station came into view and Alice stopped. Gabriel manifested next to her in his human form, immediately clinging on to the panting girl next to him. Alice tried to shake him off, but he hung on with no intention of letting go. "Gabriel, cool it with the lovey-dovey act. It's right there and I'm late as it is."

"But you have to catch your breath so they don't know you were running." He made a fair point. The two moved to the railing that blocked of a park and sat down. "See, Ami is late too. I just saw her go in." Alice rolled her eyes and leaned back against the rails behind her. Cathal was lucky he was the Guild Master, otherwise she would have had no problem being late. She didn't care much at all about the insignificant mission coming up. Any one of the Guild Members could have done the mission all their own. Gabriel had referred to it as a bonding exercise for the Guild. Alice pulled the ponytail holder out of her hair, letting the lavender locks fall down. Despite how much she had been running, she still smelled like a field of violets with the smell of cologne still lingering on her skin. Gabriel had already grabbed her hair and made it into a loose side braid while Alice touched up her mascara.

After a few minutes, Alice and Gabriel stood and sauntered over to the station. They found the group of Keepers' and Demon's with ease and she moved shamelessly over, standing behind Ami so she was clearly visible. She wrapped her arms around the small girl, resting her chin on the top of Ami's head.

"So when are we leaving," Alice questioned, not addressing her tardiness at all.

"Says the one who just arrived," Gabriel said as he stacked his head on top of Alice's, wrapping his arms around her. He eyed the stranger in the group, assuming he was a new member. "Hey there, noob. I'm Gabriel and this plum head is Alice." Gabriel moved and nodded to the other men in the group. "And ladies, you're all looking beautiful tonight. I'm so glad to be in a group with so many privileged and capable young women." Alice rolled her eyes at her demon, sighing to match.

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Character Portrait: Alice Vatalini Dimitru Character Portrait: Lucca Cornelio Character Portrait: Cathal Elmslie Character Portrait: Kenji Nakamora Character Portrait: Ambrosia 'Ami' Delaire Character Portrait: Fintan Kearney
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"Just try."


The first to arrive was a new face to the guild, Fintan Kearney and his demon Vergil.

Hey, Master Cathal, nice to see you and Yukine again. I hope we aren’t late.

Not at all, Fintan. You are right on time.” Yukine looked at the two that had arrived, nodding as a greeting. Soon, Kenji and Lucca arrived as well, greeting Fintan with warmth. Things seemed to be going well so far. The only ones they were waiting on now were the girls. “I suppose I should just do a safety brief before we head to the airport.” Cathal pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket and handed it to Fintan. He figured he knew what was going on, but the paper held a more detailed description of what exactly was going to happen. “Excessive amount of hell hounds are loose in Jersey Devil territory. The Council wants us to take care of this little problem. I know you guys think this is stupid and that they should send a lesser guild. But we need to make sure to perfect our ability to work as a team. That’s why we are taking on a lesser task. Group one, Fintan and I, will be taking on the Northern section of the Pine Barrens. Group two, Lucca and Ambrosia, will take the Southern portion and group three, Kenji and Alice, will handle the middle section. If you have a problem with your pairing, please let me know now.

As soon as Cathal finished his speech, Ami and her demon emerged, greeting their guild mates missing the emotion Cathal still wasn’t used too. At this point, Yukine started to hide behind Cathal. Sure Lucca’s demon was a woman, but it was just one. Now there were two more. Cathal didn’t move or even recognize his demon’s timid nature.

Ambrosia, you are paired with Lucca. You will be tackling the Southern parts of the Pine Barrens.” Cathal turned back to the rest of the group. “Once Alice arrives, we can make our way to the airport. Here are your tickets and I assume you all have your passports on you. How you get to the airport, I don’t care, but I would love for us all to be on the same plane.” It was about then that Alice strolled up, inquiring about what time they were leaving. She was the one student he didn’t formally address. She was just not someone he felt he would like very well. He didn’t mind everyone else, but she just dirtied herself with the darkness that was human temptations. And she was only nineteen. “Alright, be at the airport in 30 minutes, the plane leaves in an hour.

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_Lucca nodded his acknowledgement when he was given his partner. He liked Ami, she was nice, a bit out there, but nice. Lucca had smiled when Kenji approached and gave a slight wave. The older guy, being the way he was, leaned on Lucca like he was a foot shorter though it was only a few inches difference. Lucca leaned away slightly, making an odd face that elicited a smile from Jacob.

Lucca gave a small wave to Alice, not as psyched to see her as everyone else. She was just too... much, for him. Kenji on the other hand, winked at Alice. He didn't really like Alice that way, well maybe he did, he wasn't really sure, but he had done it because he was trying to hide his uncertainty. He knew it was working, that was a talent of his. He saw Alice the way he saw himself, thinking she was like him in the way she must be hiding something, pushing her real feelings down by displaying a more cruel version. Perhaps that was why Kenji looked at her in a different light than most girls, she reminded him of Jacob on his bad days, that only Kenji saw, and Jacob was a part of Kenji however much he wanted to deny it sometimes.

"We're working together by the way," Kenji stated, his flirting the moment before now replaced with a face that looked like he couldn't care less.

Lucca looked over at Kenji, asking, "Hey, you brought a car, right?" Kenji had walked in, not ridden a train in like Lucca and Casey. "Yeah, I brought a car. It could probably fit all of us if it needed to. I can just fly if we need more room. Besides, if we get pulled over, I don't have a legit licence here... so, maybe you should drive Lucca," Kenji said, nodding his head as if deep in thought.

Lucca didn't meet Kenji's eyes as he muttered something quietly under his breath. "What?" Kenji asked, leaning in to hear what Lucca said. "He said he doesn't have his licence either," Casey said helpfully with a slight roll of the eyes. Kenji smiled as he straightened up again. "Nice, thanks for telling him," Lucca muttered with a jovial smile on his face. Casey shrugged, her motion saying no problem for her.

"It's cool man, I'll drive. People will just have to sit in other people's laps if I take more than four people not including me," Kenji stated as he hefted his bag higher on his shoulder. "Those who don't want to fly and or do whatever it is you do, come with me," Kenji stated as he waved people on to follow him should they want to.

"Yo, new guy, I got a seat in my car if you want it. It's a short ride to the airport, it'll be a tight fit, but it's possible," Kenji called over his shoulder as he took up reached for the sunglasses that hung at his throat on his tshirt. He slipped them on as he walked outside though England wasn't that sunny that day. Image


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Jacob stayed behind to look at the new kid. "Come on, we don't bite. Except Kenji when he's really hungry. I'll shift so you can have the front seat if you want," Jacob offered as he turned to walk quickly to catch up to his fast walking keeper.

On the way out of the door, Jacob ruffled Lucca's hair, stating, "It's cool, Kenji just knows how to drive because he did something illegal a while back, can't be helped." He said it as if it was something that happened every day, Kenji breaking the law, which could very well be the case when it came to Kenji.

He led the way out to his car, summoning a strong, tiny wind into the key hole of the trunk, popping it without difficulty. He tossed his bag back in, thinking they'd have gotten on another train or something. Why had he even left the States again? Kenji walked to the front of the car, manipulating the wind once more to unlock his car door, then unlock the car for everyone else a second later. He climbed in, closing the door and starting the car. Lucca got in the seat behind Kenji, allowing Casey to climb into his lap. The two were best friends, nothing more, yet some keepers found it odd that Lucca was so close to his demon.

"Okay, roll call, better yet, who's in my car?"Kenji asked, raising his voice only slightly and only giving a slight glance back. "Jacob," Jacob stated from where he sat in Casey's lap despite Lucca's complaints. "Lucca's here, with your demon crushing him," Lucca managed. "By the way Jacob, you're crushing me," Lucca managed as he tried to shove Jacob off only to find there was no room to do anything.

"I'm here, Casey, that is," Casey stated simply, hugging Jacob from behind. For whatever reason, Jacob and Casey were like siblings in the way they treated each other, possibly because Lucca and Kenji were so close to each other on such occasions.

Kenji listened to the other names, smiled, then put the car in gear. "Off we go. Jacob, if you braid my hair like you did last time, you're walking to Jersey," Kenji stated upon feeling a tug on a lock of his hair. "So, what's going on in people's lives since our last encounter?" Kenji asked, glancing in the rear view mirror as he drove. He leaned against his door, the window down a little.

Kenji wondered briefly about Alice again. What was he thinking, he needed to get the girl out of his head, lest he get her and himself killed. He pushed the thought of her away. He wasn't going to flirt with her, or pretend to flirt with her, again, for a long time, until he felt he could control himself. He knew she had something against guys, and though he didn't want to hurt her in a way that was really going to hurt her for real, but he didn't want to accidentally be the cause of her receiving physical pain either. Worse, what if she broke him and left nothing left of his already heavy-... he was thinking way too deeply as well as way too melodramatically. Breathing deeply, he pressed the gas, keeping an eye out for any police in case they decided to get him for speeding. He'd just screw with their radar guns by slowing the appearance of the car's speed, or just have it take off and have Lucca conceal it in shadows, whatever. Speeding made Kenji feel loose, like nothing could touch him, or hurt him, anywhere or any way.

He listened and didn't listen as people talked. Lucca filled in the gaps in noise, working with Jacob as a tag team.

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"Awesome," Vergil said as he grinned mischievously at Fintan after hearing their partner for the mission, "We get the badass." Fintan returned the smile at the blonde-haired boy while he reached for the plastic handle of his suitcase. Truthfully, Fintan was relieved that he had Cathal on his side, he knew he didn't have a very good hold on his powers which is never very safe. Especially if it's something as volatile as fire.
Fire has always been fascinating, the way it symbolizes the blossoming of new life, but also the way it showed how everyone's flame must go out one day. The analogy always annoyed Fintan.
How could something as simple and frankly, vapid, as fire possibly be compared to something as complex and layered as human thought and emotion?

"Alright, we have maybe ten minutes before we really have to start walking to the airport. How many Popsiles do you think we could pick up in that time? I'm thinking between fifteen and twenty. Actually, how much money do you have in your wallet?" Vergil cut in, reaching for Fintan's back pocket where he kept his money. However, the Keeper whirled away from his demon and gave him an incredulous look.

"Not nearly enough to satiate your sugar-filled fantasies so stop spending my money! You had three Popsicles on the way over here," Fintan pointed out sternly. Vergil gave him a sour look, but continued to silently chew on his wooden stick.

"So, whata ya think of your Guild Mates, Finny?" he asked quietly, looking up at his Keeper with steady blue eyes. Fintan swooped his gaze over to the the small crowd of people who were already striking up conversation with ease.

"I think they're awesome," the boy replied truthfully, a small smile tugging at the corners of his mouth,
"I actually have a really good feeling about this."

"Oh, well, isn't that sweet? Vergil sneered as they started to walked towards the exit of the station. However, Fintan started to hear the other Guild Members referring to him as "the stranger" and he turned to look over his shoulder. Fintan realized that they were considering giving him a ride with a great swell of excitement and his eyes grew bright. They started to leave towards the car and one of the demons stayed behind a moment to speak to him.

"Come on, we don't bite. Except Kenji when he's really hungry. I'll shift so you can have the front seat if you want," he promised and Fintan broke out into a grin.

"Wow, thanks! I really appreciate it. A ride sounds better than walking with this weirdo any day," he replied, jerking his head towards his demon who crossed his arms, pouting around his Popsicle stick.

"Why are they giving you special treatment? Front seat? You used to have to earn that position. People didn't just give it to you," he murmured testily, following Fintan out to the car.

Quickly so they wouldn't have to wait, Fintan threw his black suitcase in the back of the car as everything unlocked simultaneously. He walked around the right side of the car, heading for the passenger side door when he hesitated a moment and turned around to look at Vergil.

"Listen, there's not enough room for all of us so I'm gonna need you to shift," Fintan told him slowly, and Vergil prompted answered with an animated groan, throwing his head back with the wooden stick barely clinging to the left corner of his mouth.

"C'mon, you really just don't want me to embarrass you, you dweeb," Vergil sighed, but he threw the Popsicle stick aside and smoothed his wild hair.

"I better be getting some food out of this," he threatened, giving his Keeper a sideways look before he shrunk and shrunk until he was a tiny, green and yellow parakeet on the asphalt. Fintan bent over to cup the bird in his hand, feeling Vergil's rapid heartbeat through his soft feathers.

"Sure, buddy, maybe a pizza or something. Promise," Fintan murmured before swinging open the passenger side door and throwing himself inside as the car began to start up. They weren't on the road long before Fintan realized that they all knew each other before this, that much was obvious from how comfortable they were around one another. This was also around the time when Vergil started to sink his sharp beak into the soft skin of Fintan's palm. He gave the bird a hard look, silently asking him what the hell he was doing. The parakeet started to bob his head towards the Guild Members, telling Fintan to immerse himself in the conversation. He swallowed hard before smiling confidently and looking around the seat to the people in the back seat.

"Hey, I'm Finny and this is Vergil," he declared, holding up the bird for them to see, "Nice to finally meet you guys."



((Hey, I'm so sorry I couldn't post yesterday, I wrote this whole long post, but after I tried to submit it, the website sent me to the login page and I didn't have the time to rewrite it then, nor did I have any form of it saved. So thanks for waiting. Lesson learned!))

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"Every new beginning ends."


"We're working together by the way," Alice's guild mate Kenji stated. The Keeper turned to look at the Guild Master, who seemed to be completely ignoring her. The small girl she had been leaning on moved out from under her, handing Alice her ticket. Alice smiled down, rustling the Wind Mage's hair.

"Thanks Ami." Alice waved to Kenji and Lucca in a sort of passive manner. "Why in the hell do we need to work in teams?" Gabriel slithered up to Alice's side and grabbed her hand. She simply looked away in fake distaste. When Kenji offered to give them a ride, Alice shook her head, knowing Ami would do the same. How the Master intended on getting there was a mystery. "I'll fly, thanks."

"How about a race? I'll race Sam, and you can race Ami." Alice nodded at her demons suggestion. She received nods of conformation from Ami and Sammie, making it official. "Guess we will see guys at the airport. Try not to keep us waiting," Gabriel said jokingly. The four made it out to the park where Ami had made her landing and Alice had taken a short break. With all wings extended, they stood off for a few minutes. They were really admiring each others wings. Ami's were real wings and Alice's were simply Shadows, but it was all still worth admiring. Ami's were pure white, giving her an angelic look. Sammie's were the same as her Master's but a little smaller with a light pink tint to them. Alice's were large and
black with a slight shimmer. Gabriel's were black with a blue tint when the light hit them just right.

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"It's nice to see someone smile."


Ami took off with amazing force, leaving the others in her dust. Her glory seemed temporary, Alice managed to catch up easily, but her struggle was obvious. Ami turned to see the demons flying at a leisurely and steady pace behind them. They were getting smaller and smaller as Ami and Alice pumped their wings, Ami assumed it was really between Alice and herself. She also predicted that the two would somehow arrive at the airport before their Masters, being demons it was a positive.

"Come on Alice, where is your fighting spirit?" Ami heard a bunch of shouting, but the wind passing by was drowning out most of when Alice was trying to say. Ami cracked a small smile, knowing that she wasn't even flying her fastest. But she didn't want to beat Alice too bad. Seeing her guild mate put in so much effort made her happy. Ami continued to look ahead, spotting a group of geese flying in a path that would intersect with theirs. The young Keeper slowed down to be at pace with Alice, only to point ahead and lower herself. Alice went up, narrowly avoiding the group of animals.

They had been flying high speed for a bit before they spotted the airport. Alice and Ami looked at each other, speeding up to finish the race. Just as Ami had thought, Gabriel and Sammie were on the roof, waiting for them. The Wind Mage was the first to land, doing so delicately. Alice on the other hand bulldozed right into Gabriel, almost falling off the roof in the process.

"Now we need to go to the terminal." The group nodded to one another. Alice and Gabriel morphed into the shadows while Ami and Sammie took the normal way, seeing as they couldn't morph through anything.

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"Hey, I'm Finny and this is Vergil," he declared, holding up the bird for them to see, "Nice to finally meet you guys." Kenji gave a slight wave, barely lifting his hand off of the wheel. As he sped, he spoke calmly, "Hey Fin, I'm Kenji, the blonde's Casey, the dude falling off of Casey's lap is Jacob, and the boy who was just getting crushed is Lucca. You know who's keeper and demon probably," Kenji spoke as he pulled into the airport's car rental place. He stepped out, calling for everyone else to as well. Jacob, who was in a rather strange position after falling off of Casey's lap, climbs out and nearly falls on his knees.

Kenji popped the trunk, grabbing his and other people's stuff with the winds before setting them down and closing the trunk with his hand. "Lady and gentleman, we have arrived," Kenji stated as he tossed the keys of the rental car to some employee who was approaching him for just that. After a few words were exchanged, Kenji grabbed his bags, tossing Lucca his, then moved to the terminal.

"So, you and Vergil, what genre of magic do you have?" Lucca asked as he walked next to Kenji, who had his hands in his pocket and was looking both ways before crossing a rather busy street. "Mainly, that is," Lucca stated simply as an afterthought.

"Crap, Lucca, looks like we're running behind, think you can go ahead to keep our seats?" Kenji asked upon checking his watch. They were just about to have to go through security. Kenji considered their options. Lucca could get through easily with the shadows, and Casey, Virgil, and Jacob could just walk through, leaving Kenji and Fin. Kenji knew Lucca well enough to know he couldn't change Kenji into shadows without shadows. He passed his stuff to Lucca who nodded, giving Fin a quick nod and smile before melting into shadows, racing to the corner of the room and flying quickly towards the terminal.

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Kenji hadn't slept a wink on the plane. He had kept his sunglasses on and looked out the window the entire time. Jacob, not wanting to really hang out anymore, and exhausted, shifted to rest in Kenji's cup of water, not moving or communicating in any way, looking like a strange, unmelting piece of ice. The kid behind Kenji kicked his seat again and Kenji nearly said something, but found he didn't really care a moment before he turned. Lucca sat in the row in front of him next to Ami.

Kenji had glanced at Alice once during their flight. "Hey, Alice... I..." Kenji realized he was about to say something stupid. "Do you have a mirror? Getting off the plane I need to look my best," Kenji asked, trying to sound as not stupid as possible while also keeping up his usual facade. At least he thought he had covered up his main concern. He really didn't care all too much about appearing self centered, it helped him feel better.

Kenji stepped out of the rental car. He liked flying more, but in Jersey, there wasn't enough things going on in the sky to keep people's attention off of him. A random passerby may look up and see him.

Kenji sped along again, at least he could get away with something more common and on the ground. "Alice, how are we going to contact Cathal when we need to?" Kenji asked as he pulled up in the direction of the middle part of the pine barrens. He parked, looking out at the woods beyond. He reached under the seat of the backseat, pulling out a bag of knives of various sizes.

"You can borrow one if you want," Kenji stated without looking up, being friendly in the way he offered it. He didn't let his slip show that he hadn't done it on purpose, not wanting Alice to think something of him.

Lucca emerged from the shadows, appearing as if he stepped out of a tree. He looked around for Ami, calling her name a little softly. He looked over at Casey as she approached. He had left his bag in the car Lucca's family owned and had sent for them. Lucca wondered briefly whether or not he was smart to trust Kenji didn't bring any weapons whatsoever to Britain. He had carried knives on a plane for the guy, and the guy had even snuck knives onto his own flight to England.

Lost in his thoughts, he didn't really think about the woods around him. He looked around, half interested as he looked around for Ami, Casey sitting in the branches of a nearby tree.

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"Hey Fin, I'm Kenji, the blonde's Casey, the dude falling off of Casey's lap is Jacob, and the boy who was just getting crushed is Lucca. You know who's keeper and demon probably," Kenji told him and Fintan greeted them with a warm smile before they had to step out of the car to walk into the airport. Immediately after the Keeper stepped out of the passenger side, Vergil darted out of his palm and snapped into his human form, his form rippling like water for a moment. Fintan gestured for the demon to come along as he grabbed his suitcase and followed the crowd inside, answering Lucca's question.

"Oh, my power is fire. But truthfully, I’m not very good at it. I have a lot of practicing to do,” he replied, letting out a nervous and slightly ashamed laugh. They didn’t exchange many pleasantries after that as they all rushed to the plane and trudged through security. Fintan grew quieter and quieter on the plane as the time for him to use his powers grew closer and he began to doubt his skill and ability to even use his power.

”Hey man, chill out, everything’s gonna be just peachy,” Vergil promised, slipping his large green headphones off of his ears and around his neck after a painfully long silence between the two of them.

”I don’t know if I can do this. I feel really sick,” Fintan confessed and he visibly paled as he said this. Vergil shoved his shoulder lightly towards the window, convinced that his Keeper was being dramatic.

”Seriously, Finny, how bad could it be?” he pressed, his tone meant to be encouraging if anything. Fintan let out a loud scoff.

”Judging on how little I actually know about my power or how talented I am at it, I’d say there’s a wide range of awful that could happen,” he replied in a disheartening tone. Vergil glared at Fintan with a disapproving frown.

”Listen, you sure as hell aren’t gonne be able to use your power if you act like such a downer. So perk up or you’re gonna embarrass me in front of the Guild Master,” he teased, a serious note in the undertone of his words. Fintan nodded slowly upon hearing this.

”Yeah, you’re right, you’re absolutely right. Besides that’s why I’m here, isn’t it? To get better at this and be able to control it right?” he brooded, bringing himself up with every word. Vergil broke out into a huge grin and moved to put his headphones back on.

”Right! So sit back and enjoy the rest of the plane ride! We’re going back to America!”



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Fintan immediately loved The Pine Barrens. It was so damp and felt like it had just been filled with rain and looked like a forest out of a fairy tale book. Minus the fact that most of the trees were starting to wilt from the hellhounds and Green Sprites infecting the area. Somehow, he manage to overlook the decay and the dead branches that littered the ground. Cathal had already explained the mission in a little more detail while they walked through the woods and was surprisingly comforting about Fintan’s lack of knowledge which was incredibly appreciated by both Fintan and Vergil who didn’t have to hear Finny bitch about it later. However, at this moment, Cathal was about to demonstrate a fight for Fintan. The two students stood off to the side, utterly amazed with rapt expressions on their faces as the tiny demon Yukine formed into a long sword, standing confrontationally across from the massive hell hound with ravenous red eyes locked on the Guild Master.

”You guys can turn into weapons?!” Fintan hissed to Vergil with wide eyes. Vergil shrugged, shaking his head from side to side.

“Apparently,” he admitted weakly. No sooner had Vergil replied that the Hell Hound tore towards Cathal with vicious speed. Fintan was convinced the man was going to slice the dog in half, but instead he merely held his palm out like a policeman conducting traffic. Fintan squinted his eyes to see if any visible changes were taking place when the hound’s head sudden encased itself in ice that glittered like diamonds and you could practically hear the sound of the skull splitting as its head shattered. As Cathal approached the carcass of the animal, Vergil bumped Fintan with his sharp hip.

”Hey, buddy, pick your jaw up off of the floor and get ready; we’re next,” the demon pointed out smartly, removing his giant headphones to place them around his neck once more. Fintan nodded and stepped closer to the open area, revealing himself confidently, clenching his fists so tight, his knuckles were snow white.

”Relax,” Vergil sang soothingly as he rubbed Fintan’s tense shoulders, treating him like a wrestler before a stressful fight, ”I’m gonna be here the whole time. We’re a tag team, kay? You just- you just tag me and badaboom I’m there,” Vergil hissed encouragingly, hyping himself up as well as Fintan who started to bounce with nerves. It was only a minute before they hear similar shuffling in the trees to their right. Suddenly, the hellhound came racing out of the trees, straight for Fintan. The Keeper tensed up and froze like he was frozen in ice.

”Fintan, go,” Vergil warned, his voice hard and serious, but the words simply rolled off of Fintan. He wasn’t even sure if he was breathing.

Finny,” the demon pressed, practically growling until the hellhound was close enough that you could see the ombre of red in its jet black coat.

FINNY!” Vergil shouted, shoving his Keeper out of the way and facing the hound on head first. Vergil clasped his hands together before tearing them apart, an explosion of light resembling a supernova grew out of his palms, startling the hound and forcing the dog to scamper a few feet away as its eyes adjusted to the light.

”Fintan, I swear to God if you don’t jump in right now and fight this thing, I’ll hate you forever,” the demon
threatened darkly, deadly serious. His sky blue eyes were locked on the hound’s actions while Fintan scrambled to his feet, trembling with both fear and excitement. He shook his fists by his sides and they grew visibly hotter and hotter as the flesh grew a blazing red like metal in a blacksmith’s furnace until they burst into flames altogether, the skin crawling like ember-filled logs in a bonfire.

”I know you can do this, so show your teacher that you aren’t helpless,” Vergil continued, his voice still cold and dead as stone. Fintan slowly and shakily passed by Vergil’s ball of growing light, nearly tripping over a tree root before taking a deep inhale, his nerves leaving him.

”HAAH!” Fintan bellowed as he pushed his hands forward with as much force as he could, mimicking someone who would be shoving another aside. The ground sparked a moment before blazing into flames that skittered across the forest floor, rushing faster and faster, higher and higher towards the hound until it was swept up in the hot fabric of wild flames. The dog let out a blood chilling howl of agony that reminded Fintan how terrified he was and he immediately started to shiver again, retreating behind Vergil who condensed the light until it was nothing once more.

”How did I do?” Fintan inquired carefully to Cathal, searching for his approval. How was the Keeper even supposed to guess if he did well? He had never really utilized his power as an intentional weapon beforehand. Fintan simply accepted Vergil’s comforting hand on his left shoulder as he watched Cathal.

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"It's nice to see someone smile."


Ami had ridden most of the way to the Pine Barrens with Cathal and Fintan, having them drop her off as they entered. She stretched her wings out wide, starting her flight at a leisurely pace. Lucca and her only had the Southern-most part of the forest and if she was in the air, she wouldn't have to worry about getting snagged by a hell hound. Of course she was low enough no one would spot her, but not to low. It made Ami sad to see the trees wilting so much, but that was why she was there. To get rid of the Hell Hounds and bring peace back to the forest. Ami could see the shadows below her moving rapidly, assuming it was Sammie keeping up with her. A rustling seemed to be following Ami in the trees beside her. It didn't take long for the clear outline of a Devil to appear, looking at her just as she was looking at it. The Keeper sped off to her right, not seeing any threat but not wanting to risk it. It made her wonder where the thing was going. Was there a rally of Jersey Devil's gathering to battle against the Hell Hounds? Ami didn't think they held that kind of thought capacity.

Ami sensed Lucca's presence coming up, so she lowered herself until she was hovering inches above the ground. With complete silence, she dropped down, resting on a fallen tree while she waited for her wings to retract. It wasn't painful really, just made a bit of noise. Once they were done, she carefully made her way over to Lucca.

"Sorry if you had to wait long," Ami said, panting lightly. "I saw a Jersey Devil on my way here. It didn't make a move. It was odd."

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Lucca smiled as he caught sight of Ami. He stood, moving towards her as she continued to speak. "It's alright, it hasn't been more than a few minutes. A Jersey Devil? How odd," Lucca stated in thought. He nodded, wondering briefly about the creature. "Well, let's hope it doesn't mess with us then," Lucca stated with a smile and a small laugh. He moves to check the bullets in his gun, nodding his approval at the fully loaded weapon. He had four, five, possibly ten magazines on him in various locations, available from anywhere he might be, whether it be him laying down or standing up.

Casey jumped down from her tree, manipulating the wind to ease her landing. "Time to go isn't it?" She asks politely, putting her arm around Lucca like a big sister would. Lucca nodded, feeling jitters in his stomach. He was okay with fighting, but he really didn't like the danger part. He nods, moving forward with Casey at his side. She had a knife in her hand, making Lucca wonder where she'd gotten it. "Casey, where'd you get that knife? I didn't pack any for the trip..." Lucca stated, looking at her rather oddly. "Kenji gave it to me, said I might need it," She stated with a large smile. The two moved forward, Lucca swearing he'd have to have a chat with Kenji.

It was then that Lucca felt a large pull of shadows in the area, Alice had just performed some major use of shadows. There was thundering booms ringing through the forest too."Ami, something's going on. Something happened with Alice and Kenji that caused Alice to do something really, really big. This entire situation doesn't feel right," Lucca managed, looking around and feeling as if he was being watched for some reason.

There was a growl from behind and he turned to see a hellhound stalking Ami from behind, another two or three coming in from the surrounding woods, all heading for Ami, ignoring him for now. Kenji fired right over Ami's shoulder as the hellhound pounced, the bullets digging into the creatures chest. It fell, but only rolled to get up, Kenji's bullets weren't working. He managed a frustrated grumble, sheathing the gun then manipulating shadows to envelop his arms. He swung them like swords, the shadows not touching Ami, but slicing right at the hellhound on the other side causing the thing to split in half.

He heard another growl and turned to see hellhounds behind him as well, those focused on him. There was five now, all in all. He heard a whine and turned to see Casey on one, her knife dug into the creatures back and she sat on it like a horse. "Casey, be careful," Lucca cried, fearing for his demon. Casey barely spared him a moment as she jerked the knife, half of the creatures neck becoming disconnected from the body. Casey leaped off as the creature tried to crush her by rolling. Casey took the opportunity to sever the rest of the head then.

There was a terrible roar that rang out from somewhere a little far away. Lucca managed to decapitate a charging hellhound leaving four. That was when Lucca saw the big tornado raging over the forest and knew Kenji and Alice were extremely desperate, and in a very, very bad situation.

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"It's nice to see someone smile."


What all happened next was to quick for Ami to really keep up with. The initial shock of not hearing the Hell Hound's approach froze her, and when she saw Lucca aiming for her, she knew better than to jerk around. The bullets effected it slightly but not enough to bring it down. Ami whipped around to face the beast when it split in half, spraying blood all over her.

It was then she saw the other Hounds making their way towards her. The small girl stood in a defensive position and summoned her Sonic Blades. One of the large beasts jumped at her and earned a clean head off its shoulders. The others didn't learn from the examples given, so she swiftly removed theirs as well. A loud roar echoed through the woods, leaving Ami clenching her ears in pain. After the pain subsided, Ami could feel a strong wind spell being cast nearby and it was growing. She looked into the direction of the brewing storm. It was obvious that this wasn't as easy as they had thought.

A tornado stirred wildly in the middle of the commotion. Lucca hadn't given Ami time to react before pulling her down with him. It grew dimmer, a shield of shadows seemed to be protecting them from the wild winds. Ami did what she could to create a high speed wind barrier outside of the shadow shield for extra protection.

As suddenly as it had began, it ceased, leaving the young girl to simply ponder what was beyond the barriers. Ami instantly stopped her own barrier but Lucca waited a little before letting his down. Understandable. Once the shadows dispersed, all that surrounded them was debris. What exactly was this to do? Ami started to question Master Cathal's leadership skills. It was obvious that the only other Wind Mage had done this. The Council would not be happy.

Ami heard Lucca mutter something, and upon closer inspection, she understood what he meant. There were trees still standing beyond them, unharmed by the mass winds. All that remained of the Hounds were bloodied corpses strung everywhere.

"We have to find them now," Lucca said, earning a nod from Ami. She followed his distracted gaze to spot what he saw. She nodded once more, quickly unfurling her wings and taking off in the direction. The dot soon disappeared, causing Ami great concern. It seemed like hours before she reached them, even when she was flying her fastest.

When she arrived, the scene was more gruesome than what she had discovered minutes before. There were tons of Hounds strewn across the now open field. And in the center laid Alice and Kenji, both seemingly unconscious. Had Kenji really done that? Such an odd and erratic attack existed? Ami tried to lift Alice to no avail, leading her to confirm she was definitely not going to be able to lift Kenji.

"Gabriel has alerted Cathal. Him and the new member are alright. They are on their way." Sammie notified her Keeper, appearing out of nowhere and making her way to the unconscious duo. Ami did the same, checking for pulses and any severe injuries. Kenji seemed to have the worst of it, with gashes and bruises covering a lot of his body. Alice however only had a few minor scratches and a large blue-purple bruise on her side. Ami used a platform to lift the two off the ground for better inspection.

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"Just try."


Cathal smirked at his students quick progress. He need only a stern look and some harsh words to get him going. But he didn't have long too celebrate his victory. It wasn't the rippling shadows that had notified Cathal of the situation, but the massive evil aura he felt.

"If they are resorting to their forbidden powers this early, then either something went really wrong or they aren't as smart as I gave them credit for." Cathal stepped forward, feeling the strong presence disappear only for another to pick up along with the wind. A snarling behind him disappeared as the howling of the wind grew stronger. The Guild Master turned to face it, but it was met with a falling tree before his own sword. Cathal jumped back, exploding the head for extra measure. The wind grew stronger and stronger, giving Cathal the feeling that he would fly away any second.

"It must be the others! They must be in trouble!" Cathal shook his head at the young man, beginning to protest until he was interrupted. "Never mind anymore, we have to find cover!" Putting up an Ice Shield wouldn't be hard, but he would have to get to Fintan before he could consider doing that. It was then that Cathal noticed another tree falling, but this time it was going for Fintan. The Guild Master sunk down and pushed off as hard as he could, whispering an apology to Yukine. He sliced the tree in half, tackling Fintan to the ground and quickly put up a thick ice shield. He seemed to do it just in time as the outside winds sped immensely, tearing everything to shreds. Yukine transformed back to his normal self, holding his head in pain.

"What the hell Cathal! You didn't even give me time to prepare!" Cathal glared deeply at his demon counterpart, Yukine mumbling angrily in response.

Within a few minutes, the outside world settled but Cathal hesitated to leave his shell. What sight met his eyes was exactly what he had expected. The area surrounding them was torn to shreds while just beyond a boundary, the trees remained untouched. Gabriel, Alice's demon, arrived but Cathal already knew what he was going to say. He nodded to the Shadow Demon, taking off without a world. Cathal propelled himself forward, dashing at an amazing speed, for a Keeper, towards what he knew was Kenji and Alice.

It took him a good amount of time to actually reach them, but seeing that Ami was already there taking care of them, he didn't fuss about it. He walked towards them at a brisk pace. Kenji had received the worst of it, the Guild Master lifted his shirt to observe the damage. Alice seemed to only have a few scratches and a large bruise on her side.

"They both used their Special Skill so they won't be waking up anytime soon," Ami notified him. Cathal nodded in response, resting a hand on Ami's shoulder.

"Are you guys okay?" Ami nodded. If she had hurt herself, she didn't know where or how. "Gabriel, you fly Kenji to my car, Sammie you take Alice. The rest of us will be there as soon as we can. Our only option is to take them to the cottage and have the clean up do what they can. They'll have to call in a few Earth Mage's to mend this mess." Gabriel and Sammie did as they were told, hauling the two off towards the car. Cathal looked at the three Keepers and their Demons. He was glad none of them were hurt. "Never follow their example. If it gets overwhelming, leave the area. Shadow Keepers, morph out, Wind Keepers, fly out. From now on we are staying in one group." With that, Cathal began to make his way back to the car. He used the same speed he had to get to Alice and Kenji in the first place. There weren't any Hounds left, Cathal knew that for sure.

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ImageLucca had wanted to meld into the shadows to follow, but realized he couldn't. Taking a deep breath, he summoned the wind, somewhat scared to do so. He carefully, and very gently, propelled himself after Ami. He landed clumsily, not used to using his wind power as much as his shadows. Upon landing, Lucca looked around at the carnage. He had known both keepers were powerful, but this? This was insane. Upon approaching the two after Ami, Lucca watched concerned, thankful that the two were alive. They had just used two major powers that could have killed them.

Lucca approached his friends. When he saw Ami struggle to life Alice, Lucca knew he could lift Alice maybe, but definitely not Kenji. Lucca nodded upon hearing Sammie. He was thankful Cathal was coming. They needed him. "How many hounds are here you think?" Lucca asked, looking around again. This clearing was larger than the one he and Ami had come from, blood and black bodies carpeting the ground.

Lucca looked up upon seeing Cathal approaching. He didn't say anything, expecting the leader to not be happy. Lucca nodded in response to Cathal's question. He was okay physically, but he was worried about his friends and felt sick to his stomach. What had gotten so bad that Kenji had summoned something of that size after Alice had used her own special ability? Lucca listened as Cathal gave instructions. Upon the mention of two demons, he looked around for Kenji's own demon. Where was Jacob?

Lucca nodded in response to Cathal. Kenji and Alice would probably both be reprimanded later. Lucca and a solemn Casey followed Cathal to his car, flying together, Casey helping Lucca in the process. As the two flew, Lucca looked at the surrounding forest. There was at least four circles of cleared forest, seemingly random, yet Lucca knew Kenji had done it for a reason. Perhaps he'd talk to him about it when he woke up.

Upon reaching the car, Lucca studied Kenji and Alice's condition. They needed to have someone just look at them, Kenji more than Alice. Lucca wondered how Kenji had managed to control the winds enough to focus them away from Alice. "Casey, can you go grab Kenji's car? Like, fly it to the cottage?" Lucca asked her. She nodded, not saying anything as she eyed Kenji and Alice once more before taking off. She'd arrive at the cottage soon enough with the car somehow.

"Cathal, what was up with the hellhounds? Why were there so many? Especially around Kenji and Alice? I thought this was just a tiny mission to kill ten or less hounds..." Kenji stated, sitting in the back seat next to the unconscious Kenji.

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It took about another thirty minutes to make his way back to the car. Cathal quickly started it, waiting until the others were in the car. He took off without hesitation towards the cottage that waited in a near by forest.

"Cathal, what was up with the hellhounds? Why were there so many? Especially around Kenji and Alice? I thought this was just a tiny mission to kill ten or less hounds..." Lucca stated.

"I couldn't tell you." Cathal said with a tone that meant to leave the situation alone. Originally there were supposed to only be at least twenty. An easy task for them. It must have been the ambush he had heard about, or something related to it. That may have explained their size. Those weren't the Hounds they were supposed to kill, those ones were fresh out of the underworld.

Ami was flying relatively close behind the car waiting till they grew closer to a main road. Once it came to the point that she couldn't follow without being seen, Ami expanded her wing to carry her up a safe distance. If a normal human saw her, she would just look like a normal bird at that point.



The cottage was in a neighboring forest, a place known for its lack of magical life. how they were so close but so different baffled the magical community, but no one cared enough to really figure it out. Cathal pulled into the driveway, exited the car after turning it off and opening one of the back doors. He pulled Kenji out, slinging him over his shoulder and making his way towards the front shoulder. Gabriel pulled his Master out and carried her behind Cathal. The cottage itself was rather large, enough rooms to house everyone. It was of course reserved by the Council which had no shortage of money.

"Lucca, Ami, Fintan, please get comfortable and rest. You did good today." It was pretty late at that point, about eight o' clock or so. Cathal and Gabriel carried the unconscious duo back to the infirmary room. "Like I said, all we can do is wait for them to wake up. I don't want to upset you, so I'll have you wash her up. I'll clean Kenji and dress his wounds the best I can." Cathal pulled the curtain that separated the beds down, immediately beginning to undress Kenji and clean of the now dried blood.

Ami went to the kitchen instead of to her room, figuring she would make dinner for everyone. There was lots of food stocked in the fridge and cabinets. She had to think of something that would feed a lot of people. Jambalaya seemed like a smart choice, so she quickly began her preparations. Sammie had taken their belongings to their room and came back down to help cook.

After adding everything to the two large pots, Ami searched around the kitchen for bowls for everyone. Sammie insisted on setting the table, which was done quickly. The Keeper than went around to tell the boys, including the ones in the infirmary, that dinner would be ready for them soon.

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Lucca looked after Cathal curiously. He seemed to know more than he let. Lucca stepped out of the car, watching the others walk in but waiting for Casey to show up. It wasn't much longer until she did, landing Lucca's own car beside her as gently as possible. Lucca thanked her and went to take out Alice and Kenji's belongings. Casey took Alice's stuff for Kenji. The two were silent as they moved into the cottage.

Lucca put on a small smile upon smelling food though it fell rather quickly. When they entered the infirmary, Casey glanced into the closest of the two sections of the infirmary sectioned off by a curtain. "Kenji's in the other one," She said softly as she set Alice's belongings at the foot of the bed, standing by Gabriel. Lucca moved into the section cornered off for Kenji. "She'll be alright Gabriel. Come on, Ami made some food, let's go see if we can help," Casey stated softly to Gabriel, putting her hand on his shoulder. She pulled the covers up around Alice and motioned for Gabriel to go first to the kitchen area.

Lucca moved to Kenji's bed. "He's doing well, isn't he?" Lucca asked Cathal as he dug through Kenji's bag to find his sweatpants. Pulling them out, Lucca fitted them on Kenji should Alice wake first. Kenji stirred slightly but didn't wake upon Lucca moving his legs. "I wonder how long he'll be out," Lucca whispered before stepping back. "Ami made food by the way." As if Ami had heard him, she came by, telling Cathal and him that it was nearly ready. "Suppose we aught to go," Lucca said, walking out of the room to go enjoy dinner.



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It was in the middle of dinner that Jacob appeared by Kenji's bed side. At first, he did nothing but stroke his keeper's cheek. He softly whispered for him to awake. Kenji, still exhausted, stirred slightly. Jacob manipulated water to cover Kenji's mouth, freezing it to cover it. Jacob cracked the back of his hand against Kenji's cheek as hard as he dared to not wake Alice, but hurt Kenji. Kenji probably would have called out should he been able to.

His eyes were wide and he moved to avoid Jacob's next strike, but in his extremely weak state, he moved sluggishly. Jacob was faster and stronger anyway, it didn't matter what he did or what condition he was in. "What is it with you, you idiot? Why did you risk yourself for that little bitch? You risk you, you risk me," Jacob growled at Kenji as he shoved the boy out of bed. Kenji rolled over, trying to breath through the ice over his mouth and struggling to get the needed air through his nose.

Jacob was merciless as he kicked Kenji in the stomach, his legs, his arms, as hard as he could. Kenji rolled over at each kick. He was against the wall soon enough. He pulled his legs in, trying to cover his head as Jacob continued to rain blows on him. "Next time you risk yourself like that, I'll make sure she dies. I will kill her myself, slowly, and make sure she knows that an inner part of you did it. I will kill her and I will make it hurt her so dearly, you will wish she died in your tornado. Am I clear you little bastard?" Jacob hissed at Kenji as he grabbed his hair and looked him in the eyes. Kenji had tears streaming down his face from the pain, hurting so badly everywhere. He stared up at Jacob defiantly resulting in another slap to his face.

"I will kill her, and if you try to stop me, I will just slowly tell her how much you want her dead or hate her. I see it, I know you, you love her, you just won't admit it because you are a scared little bastard. Trust me, you will regret ever crossing me Kenji. I will make you regret it so much. The pain you feel now, it will be ten times worse," Jacob continued to hiss. Kenji, unable to speak, just nodded slowly, trying to catch his breath.

Jacob kicked him once more, throwing an elbow at his head, heard a sound, then dissipated leaving Kenji in the corner, his hands covering his head and streaks of dried tears on his face. He didn't look up, he sat there, his chest and body aching. He hurt more than he had when he had been rudely interrupted, Jacob hurt more than a tornado. He was exhausted, he wanted to sleep, perhaps not wake up, perhaps wake up and eat everything on the planet.

Kenji's face stung, his sides ached worse than ever, and he was sure he had heard a rib or two crack when Jacob had been kicking him viciously. He realized he didn't have a shirt on then but still didn't care. He wasn't sure if Jacob was really gone or not and didn't want him to rain a blow on his head again.

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As Fintan turned to look back at the Guild Master, he heard a sickening snap over the rushing wind in his ears. He turned around to see what was happening and saw a massive tree trunk splitting in half like a heavy mast of a ship, falling in his direction. Fintan's mouth fell open and his sapphire eyes snapped open wide and he tried to skitter out of the way, but he felt like his black shoes were melted into the ground as his muscled jolted, unable to move. He bent over his knees, looking at the ground as the air tugged at his short hair, bracing himself for the impact of the heavy wood, but instead something strong and solid swept him in his stomach, forcing the air out of his lungs and he gaped like a fish out of water, trying to remember how to breathe. He blinked quickly through the airborne debris and dust, trying to figure out what was happening. He vaguely saw Vergil's hair the color of sunshine rush to his side and Cathal's stern look before they were covered in a thick layer of bright ice, shielding them from the winds outside. Fintan shook his head, coughing a couple times before the world sharpened into view and he observed the deadly beauty of the ice Cathal had created with awe.

"Thank you so much," Fintan blurted out quickly, as fast as his tongue would allow, looking at Cathal with completely sincerity as Yukine was complaining. The wind blowing over the doom made the most ominous noise, like the shield would be uprooted at any moment, but Fintan trusted in Cathal's ability as a Keeper and sure enough, as the winds subsided, Fintan and Vergil remained perfectly safe, albeit freezing, under the dome. When Cathal deemed the environment safe, the ice sank back into the ground and they rose to their feet, taking in the destruction.
What had once been the Pine Barrens now looked like a hurricane had hit it, the massive trees had fallen over like toothpicks and the sky was still a green-gray color with swirling clouds that shifted like rumbling waves.

"This wasn't supposed to happen," Vergil murmured in Fintan's ear, a dark look on his young face.

"How can you tell?" Fintan inquired softly, still processing the fact that his classmates were able to create such a devastating attack. Did he harbor that same kind of power inside of him? Something that could leave a path of destruction in its fiery wake?

"It's obvious," the demon insisted absentmindedly, studying the small cut on Fintan's forehead, just under his hairline on the right side where something must've cut him as Cathal was saving him, "Cathal wouldn't have critiqued you on setting a few trees on fire if he thought the whole forest would've been destroyed anyways." One of the demon's came into view and called for Cathal, if Fintan remembered correctly,he was with the girl named Alice. Cathal didn't even need to listen to his explanation to know there was something incredibly wrong and the four of them tore off in the direction of the other Keepers. Fintan huffed and puffed after Cathal's amazing speed as the Guild Master seemed to glide through the fallen trees until they came a halt where the girl, Ami, was looking after the wounded. Fintan clenched his teeth together tightly at the sight of Kenji and Alice passed out and looking dead beat. Cathal checked on Ami before giving out orders, looking a little disgruntled at how the problem had been handled.

"Never follow their example. If it gets overwhelming, leave the area. Shadow Keepers, morph out, Wind Keepers, fly out. From now on we are staying in one group." he growled and Fintan exchanged a wary glance at Vergil who let out a long sigh and slammed his headphones over his ears, narrowing his eyes at the path ahead to the lulling sound of classical music.

"Keep your head up, mio fratello. It'll hurt at first, but it gets better," he promised Finny, hoping he was right for his Keeper's sake.






The cottage was in a beautiful little nook in a separate forest not far away. While Fintan would normally have observed the beauty it was nestled in and think of all the different words he could use for the word green, he instead stared depressed down at the floor of the car. Vergil was once again a parakeet, not because he needed to be, but because he was trying to cheer up his Keeper by hopping around on his tiny little feet and pretending to fall off of Fintan's colossal knee. This also would have normally worked, but all Finny could think about was Kenji and Alice and how he hoped they weren't in pain. As they exited the vehicle Vergil appeared to melt into a colorless puddle before reforming at his decent height, looking a little concerned for Fintan when they walked in the beautiful house.

"You look like you did after reading Edgar Allan Poe for a week. Are you gonna start quoting him at me again?" he teased, rather forced. Fintan gave him a somber look, resting his thumb on his bottom lip.

"And being so young and dipped in folly, I fell in love with melancholy," he murmured wistfully and Vergil let out an exaggerated groan.

"Lucca, Ami, Fintan, please get comfortable and rest. You did good today." Cathal told them, sounding a little more grim than proud, but who could blame him? While the others walked off to do their own thing, Fintan stood in the foyer next to Vergil, feeling without purpose until something amazing started to waft through the air. Vergil perked up like a meerkat out of his hole, sniffing the air dramatically.

"Doth my nose deceive me? What smells so damn good?" Vergil growled like an animal, following the scent towards the kitchen, peering in with Fintan on his tail.

"Looks like Ami's making dinner. That's so... nice," Fintan stated rather stupidly, but a soft smile appeared on his lips and Vergil relaxed at this. At least he didn't have to hear the quote "All I have loved, I have loved alone." for the fifteen billionth time.

" I hope she made more than just two pots," the demon grumbled, still smiling like a predator stalking its prey. Fintan smacked Vergil's arm.

"We are eating with other people now! You can't just eat all of it!" he reminded Vergil, giving him a warning look. Fintan peered around the corner at the girl once more who was bustling around the kitchen with a fluid kind of motion. Gracefulness, Finny finally concluded before he felt a light shove on his shoulders.

"Go talk to her, you in-the-closet introvert! Jeez, with how suave you pretend to be, you sure don't seem to be," the demon pointed out encouragingly.

"Well, what do I say?" the Keeper demanded frantically. Vergil shrugged like he couldn't care less.

"Um, I dunno, tell her that thing you said about her being nice and how her eyes glowed like amber honey in summer sunshine," the demon pushed and Fintan's face felt like it burst into flames.

"I-I never said that!I swear I never said that!" Fintan insisted nervously.

"No, but you were thinking it," Vergil joked, shoving Fintan into Ami's view as he was protesting.

"No, no, no, Vergil I- hiiiiii Ami, was it? Hiii. That um, that stuff you're making smells really good thanks um, thank a lot, really,"[/blue] Fintan stammered, still blushing like a red rose as he avoided her soft eyes.

[color=blue]"Did you like, need any help or anything or should I... go or...?"
he trailed off, trying to act nonchalant while his words trailed off.

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Gabriel had finished dressing Alice, only sitting at that point. Lucca and Casey had entered, Lucca going to Kenji and his demon came to where Gabriel sat. "She'll be alright Gabriel. Come on, Ami made some food, let's go see if we can help," Casey stated softly to Gabriel, putting her hand on his shoulder. She pulled the covers up around Alice and motioned for Gabriel to go first to the kitchen area. The Shadow Demon nodded and stood. He knew she would be alright, but a little voice in the back of his head said not to leave. However, Ami had worked on dinner and nothing could go wrong. Gabriel exited the room and scampered off to the kitchen.

"He's doing well, isn't he?" Lucca asked Cathal. "I wonder how long he'll be out ... Ami made food by the way." As if Ami had heard him, she came by, telling Cathal and him that it was nearly ready. "Suppose we aught to go," Lucca said, walking out of the room to go enjoy dinner. Cathal silently followed, the scent of some delicious food filling the air.

"He's doing fine. I'll have Gabriel heal him more after dinner."

Ami returned to the kitchen, stirring the pots once more before mentally deciding that they were done.

"No, no, no, Vergil I- hiiiiii Ami, was it? Hiii. That um, that stuff you're making smells really good thanks um, thank a lot, really," Fintan stammered. "Did you like, need any help or anything or should I... go or...?" he trailed off.

"It's all done. You can sit down." The small girl dished out even servings of the meal to the bowls waiting on the table. The guild members trickled in little by little until everyone was sitting at the table. All the seats were taken besides three, two of which were in the infirmary. Then there was Kenji's demon which had been missing in action for a while. But it wasn't really any of Ami's concern. "I can make something if no one likes this." Ami folded her hands, muttering a quick thanks before picking up her spoon. She then remembered Fintan's offer for help and reached to touch his hand. "Thank you."

The meal went relatively well until a series of small thumps could be heard from the upstairs infirmary. Sammie, Cathal and Yukine all stood rapidly in worry, but Gabriel had already gotten up from his seat and disappeared. Once he arrived to the infirmary, of course his first action was to check on Alice, but she was still tucked soundly in bed. So he moved to Kenji's section to find the boy laying on the floor, curled up in pain. Without a word, Gabriel lifted the Keeper back onto the bed. He hovered his hands over his body, working his healing magic.

"I'm going to take the safe bet and say you fell off the bed. You should be resting. You shouldn't even try to get up until tomorrow. You need to regain her strength." Gabriel sat for a few more moment, finishing up his work then covered him back up with a blanket. The Shadow Demon looked to the corner of the room as a shadow figure manifested. "Don't let him get up. If anything happens, let me know." The shadow nodded to its commander. "I can bring you some food if you want. It's really good, Ami cooked it."

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Lucca had gone and taken his seat by Kenji's empty chair and Ami. He leaned back, tapping his fingers as he was staring at his food. He didn't really feel like eating but he knew he had to, that he shouldn't cause people to be worried. He leaned forward and began eating hungrily. Lucca quietly mumbled a thanks to Ami as he ate rapidly. Lucca looked up, worried about what could be going on. He saw Gabriel take off and sat back, hoping things were okay in the infirmary.



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Kenji heard someone enter the room but didn't look up. Kenji didn't bother to see who touched him or resist. He was thankful that whoever was helping him made his pain ease. He still felt battered and broken, but it wasn't so bad. His thoughts fell to what Jacob had said. Jacob would target the ones he cared for the most and as much as he was scared to admit it out loud, it was true, he cared for Alice. He had always thought of her as someone as broken as he was, because he never had really heard about her past.

He listened, recognizing Gabriel's voice in his haze. He didn't bother correcting the demon that he had been pushed out of bed, forced to leave when he really just wanted to sleep, possibly for a few weeks. Gabriel was right, he had not strength whatsoever. He hadn't been able to do anything but cover himself up from the blows, hadn't had the energy to care about who was touching him, wasn't even sure he'd care if he was kidnapped or something really bad. Kenji didn't meet Gabriel's eyes, knowing the demon saw the streaks of dried tears, but also just not wanting for him to see the fear he felt for the demon's keeper.

Kenji nearly rolled his eyes, probably would have if he was in a better condition, when Gabriel called a shadow to keep him in bed. Perhaps the shadow would protect Kenji against Jacob should he show up again. Kenji looked up at Gabriel, "I'm not hungry, then saw something that nearly made him fall out of bed for real. Behind Gabriel, standing over Alice, Jacob held a knife over her throat. His words rang through Kenji's head, about how he'd kill her to mess with Kenji.

Kenji breathed deeply, wondering whether or not Alice could even tell there was a blade close to killing her with just a swipe. In an even, soft voice, Kenji managed to speak up. "Gabriel, get Alice out of here, it's not like she's hurt enough to have to be in here anyway, not that you did much to make it that way," Kenji stated, rolling over. He grit his teeth. His chest ached from what he said. He just wanted her to not be near him, to be near Gabriel constantly, where she was safe.

"And next time, take care of your master, don't leave another keeper to do a demon's job," Kenji said, quietly. It hurt him as much to say it as he knew it would for his friend to hear it. Kenji had never called a demon a demon to their face much less a demon's keeper their master. Most demons didn't mind, but it hurt when someone said it as an insult and though Kenji didn't like it, he knew it was necessary. If he wanted Gabriel to get Alice out, he needed to make Gabriel feel uncomfortable leaving her in the same room as himself.

Kenji bit the inside of his cheek, feeling the last of his fight go out. He didn't sleep, but he didn't move. He didn't roll back over to face Gabriel and he didn't dare look at Alice for fear of seeing Jacob threatening her again. Kenji eyed the shadow in the corner, refusing to move or show he was still awake. He was starving, but he wouldn't ask for food. He wanted to see Alice safe, but wouldn't admit it out loud. He wanted to be friends with everyone, but knew it would only hurt him later on.

Kenji couldn't bring himself to say he'd hurt Alice himself if Gabriel didn't protect her, and just prayed the demon would take her away, be overprotective and keep him from hurting her. "Take responsibility or Alice'll probably be killed since nobody else is willing to protect her," Kenji whispered, hoping Gabriel would and wouldn't hear him. He wanted him to so that he would take her away, but he didn't because it was too hurtful for anyone to ever say. His hand gripped the loose cloth of his sweatpants on his outer leg, praying Gabriel would just get out, take her and get out.

He did feel better after Gabriel helping him, but hated that he was making the demon feel as if he shouldn't have helped Kenji. He really wanted to take a shower, possibly the most wanted thing he had at the moment other than things involving the situation at hand.

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"It's nice to see someone smile."


Ami ate at a normal pace, not looking up from her bowl, though there was small talk, she didn't participate. It was refreshing however to have such high spirits around the table. When a thump was heard upstairs, the first to jump to action was Gabriel. He was very devoted to his master, it was very cute.

Ami shook her head for a moment, now wasn't a time to be thinking about what was cute and what wasn't. She finished her bowl off and took it up to the sink where Fintan had started to wash the dishes. She started to offer him her plate until a large amount of water splashed out.

It mainly landed on Fintan, but some landed on Ami's side as well. Ami manipulated a slight gust, centered on her so it wouldn't mess anything else up, and dried her clothes quickly. It was then that she realized how dirty her clothes actually were. She looked around and noticed everyone's were just as dirty. Everyone had a fair amount of dirt, grass and blood on them.

"I can clean everyone's clothes, I know how to get all those stains out. Just bring them down stairs and I'll take care of it." Ami grabbed a clean bowl and filled it was some food for whomever was awake and keeping Gabriel occupied. She made her way up the stairs and towards the infirmary only to pause just outside the door. She heard speaking.

"Gabriel, get Alice out of here, it's not like she's hurt enough to have to be in here anyway, not that you did much to make it that way," it was clearly Kenji. "And next time, take care of your master, don't leave another keeper to do a demon's job. Take responsibility or Alice'll probably be killed since nobody else is willing to protect her." It was silent for a good while, but Ami didn't move. She didn't want to become another variable to any stress anyone was feeling. With her abnormal hearing, she could hear everything going on in the room. A chair scratched against the floorboards, Ami assumed Gabriel was getting up. She moved to the doorway quickly with a bad sense. Gabriel grabbed Kenji's shirt and ripped him around so they were face to face.

"And where was your demon," Gabriel snarled. "I saved your ass so don't act all high and mighty. You don't know who you are talking to. If you wanna pick a fight, do it with someone you have a chance against." Gabriel dropped Kenji back onto the bed carelessly, turning to pick up Alice. Gabriel seemed like a different person to Ami when he spoke just then. She had never seen him like that. Ami moved out of Gabriel's way and made it over to Kenji's side.

"You can't say stuff like that Kenji." Ami tucked Kenji back in, sitting him up enough to eat. "But he didn't seem warranted in his actions either." Ami did one of her rare smiles and stood. She exited the room, removing her expression and making her way to the basement. She caught a glimpse in Alice's room of Gabriel laying next to his Master. What had went on in that room? She went into her room to quickly to change into clean clothes. She tied her hair back and put on her usual pastel yellow nightgown that was long and elegant, but made her look even more like a child. She went down the stairs and into the basement, locating all the necessary chemicals to do the job.

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Lucca had been tapping his fingers rapidly, wanting Gabriel to come back and report what had happened. He felt a hand on his shoulder and looked over to see Casey, giving her a small smile that showed his nerves. "They'll be alright," She whispered into his ear. She had known he was anxious about that and he was thankful for her small comforting whisper. Lucca was about to say something when he looked up to see Ami offering to wash the groups clothes. He looked down and only then noticed how bloody and dirty they all were.

"I'll help since I haven't done anything yet," Lucca offered as he stood, Casey beside him as the two went to Lucca's room. Casey changed in one corner and Lucca changed in the other into clothing that was more along the lines of pajamas. Lucca wore a loose pair of soft sweatpants and a loose t-shirt while Casey was in a tank top and a pair of shorts. On their way out, the two heard someone speaking. It wasn't Alice and it certainly didn't sound like Gabriel, leaving it to be Kenji since Jacob still hadn't shown up.

Casey looked at Lucca with wide eyes and he returned the look. Kenji had never said something like that, much less to someone. The two watched Ami before Gabriel emerged with Alice and Ami went in. The two allowed Gabriel and Alice past, watching the girl and wondering whether or not it might have had something to do with her. Both knew Kenji had a little thing for her as a minimum, yet had never asked him about it.



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Kenji had expected a reaction along the lines Gabriel had gone. He faced his old friend with a look of contempt and boredom. When Gabriel asked about Jacob, Kenji saw his demon standing in the corner again, smiling at him as he sat next to Alice silently. He stroked her hair gently, then wrapped his hand around her neck as if he would break it in a moment. Kenji's eyes went back to Gabriel as he continued.

When Gabriel was done, Kenji let himself sink back into bed, thankful Alice was gone and safe with Gabriel. Now Jacob would't kill her. He briefly hoped Alice didn't wake for a few more hours, thankful she hadn't been awake during the time her life had been threatened.

When Ami entered, Kenji wanted to scream at people to leave him alone. Instead, he resumed his look of boredom. He winced slightly when Ami moved him but didn't respond. When she stated Gabriel probably shouldn't have done what he did, Kenji shook his head slightly.

"Ami, I need you to watch them. Both of them. Keep them away from me, I don't want to see Gabriel any more than I have to after the disgrace he caused today," It hurt more to lie to Ami than Gabriel since he saw the girl as his little sister.

Kenji ignored Jacob as he sat down, stroking his hair. "Don't touch me," He whispered fiercely, trying to push Jacob away though his greatest enemy and greatest friend grabbed his hands and pinned them above him against the wall. "Just remember one thing Kenji. You're my toy as much as I am yours. Feelings can't be hidden from someone who is in your head," He whispered into Kenji's ear.

Kenji breathed raggedly, looking Jacob in the eye once more before Jacob released him, going to the door and giving Kenji a wink that told Kenji nothing good was to come before he left the room. Kenji wanted to get up, but he could hardly stay awake anymore. He let sleep come with open arms, praying Lucca would keep Jacob from doing anything stupid.

Lucca heard someone walk downstairs and looked up to see Jacob coming dowm. "There you are, did you check on Kenji already?" Lucca asked as he wrapped his and Casey's clothing up in a ball. "Yeah, he's alright. He's sleeping now. Something got to him. He's acting all weird now, he was very mean too..." Jacob grumbles as if it had hurt him. He allowed his other self to take over. He seemed to stand there dazed for a moment before he looked around. "What happened that got you all beat up?" Jacob asked as he saw everyone was a mess. Lucca and Casey had already gone to work on cleaning the clothes leaving a confused Jacob behind.

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"Every new beginning ends."


Gabriel passed Ami and laid Alice down on her bed, himself next to her sleeping body. He had sensed Jacob's presence appear and disappear twice, he knew something was up. He had caught all Kenji's worried glances in Alice's direction, and he obviously desired a negative reaction from Gabriel. The shadow Gabriel had summoned followed them in to the room.

"Mas-s-s-s-ster Gabriel should watch that demon. He is-s-s-s-sn't to be trus-s-s-s-sted." That was all the figure said before dissipating. Were the two of them up to something? Or was it just one or the other? What could have that demon been doing behind his back? Gabriel heard Jacob's voice and shot out of bed. He disappeared into the shadows, reappearing right behind Jacob. He seemed to be standing at the bottom of the stairs like a lost puppy.

"You," Gabriel grabbed Jacob's shirt and ripped him around to look at him. "Thanks to your neglect to even try to be a decent demon, I had to save your Master's ass and he's ripping me a new one!" Gabriel punched as hard as he could, hitting Jacob in the face. "Why don't you big-headed pricks go back to where you came from because we don't need you here!" Gabriel leaned forward again, hitting Jacob again with all his might. "If you ever touch her again I'll kill both of you. Both of you just get the hell out!"


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"Just try."


Cathal had rested a hand on Fintan's shoulder, signalling he would handle the dishes. He had only begun to wash when a large amount of yelling emerged from the other room. Cathal wasn't quick enough for once and one demon had already landed a few blows to another.

"Knock it of Gabriel!" Cathal pushed the demon back, standing in front of Jacob. "This is everyone's fault! You all acted recklessly and risked your lives and others! If I hear another word out of your mouth Gabriel I will not hesitate to punish you accordingly." Cathal didn't bother on checking if Jacob was alright, he had done his part in stopping Gabriel and that was enough. He simply stood in wait for the Shadow demon to take his leave. Gabriel disappeared and reappeared into his and Alice's room, shutting the door quietly. Slamming it would seem childish. He couldn't leave Alice alone, so he had to stay there.

Cathal huffed, swearing he was watching over a bunch of teenagers ... oh wait, he was. He hastily returned to the kitchen, finishing off the dishes. The Guild Master then made his way to the small study to read some books. The Cottage was large, much larger than a normal cottage, but not abnormally so. Considering 5 people and their demons were occupying it, it was normal sized. It had rooms for everyone, all including large bathrooms. A large dining room, a large kitchen, living room, basement, study, infirmary, etc. The Council had no limit when it came to the best of the best. However they weren't looking so hot right now. Maybe he needed to have more time off with them for team training.

The Guild Master cracked open a rather large book, settling down at the desk. He kept the room's door wide open so he could listen easier if anything else unsavory were to happy.


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"It's nice to see someone smile."


"Ami, I need you to watch them. Both of them. Keep them away from me, I don't want to see Gabriel any more than I have to after the disgrace he caused today."The words rang though Ami's head as she began treating the clothes she had. She was kneeling on the ground, scrubbing away at the stains with a gentle touch. A small frown etched into her face. She didn't want this family to disappear too. What exactly was going on with Kenji? She had always thought that Kenji and Gabriel liked each other. They were so alike after all. Gabriel blowing up like that? And Kenji calling his actions disgraceful? What was happening?

Ami let out a sigh, finishing up her clothes and starting on the next pair.

"Are you okay Ami?" Sammie appeared with her own clothes in hand, wearing a nightgown similar to Ami's but a pastel pink instead of yellow. Ami nodded at her demon, keeping focused on the clothes before her. "I want to see Fintan's bug collection. I might learn something. His demon brought it up during dinner. We could wait till tomorrow. I think Master Cathal is going to have us take a break and do some training." Ami stayed silent.

Ami didn't know what she could do to fix the mess but it was all she could think of. Ami couldn't possibly be the person that stood back and did nothing. Sure she looked like she had no emotion, but it was there. Just hidden. Ami realized that the more she was with her Guild, the more often her emotions would show.

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Lucca, moving to help Ami, heard Casey call out at Gabriel. He rushed up the stairs as she stared at Jacob who was on the floor now, not only was he holding his jaw, but his stomach. His knuckles were red too for some reason. "Gabriel stop it, Alice is going to be fine. You and Kenji are both being idiots," She called over him. Lucca moved forward but stopped upon seeing Cathal. He listened, frowning before moving past Cathal to help Jacob up. He seemed shocked, stunned, and hurt that Gabriel would attack him at all.

Jacob stood with Lucca's help, looking at everyone with shock and confusion. He looked hurt more than anything. Lucca watched Cathal retreat, then was surprised to see Jacob retreat too. He felt Casey come up behind him and wrap her arms around his stomach. He put his hands on hers and rested his head on Casey's which was nestled in Lucca's neck. "We're just all on edge from the hounds. I'm sure things will be better when everyone is definitely okay and all," Casey whispered though she didn't seem certain. "I'm going to bed, I'll see you in the morning," She whispered as she went upstairs to the room the two were sharing.

If some random person saw him and Casey sharing a bed, they'd think it was awkward. For them, it was like they were sharing a bed with a sibling since they had grown up together. "I'll come to bed in a few. I'm gonna check on Kenji and Jacob first," Lucca whispered. Casey nodded and the two headed upstairs together. Casey went to bed right away though Lucca went to the infirmary.



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Jacob sat next to Kenji's bed with Kenji fast asleep. "Dude, what happened? What happened up here to make the noises, why was Gabe so mad, and what happened during the fight?" lucca asked as he sat on the edge of Kenji's bed towards where his feet were.

Jacob looked up at Lucca from his hands. He was shaking. It was clear he had seen what had happened to Kenji from the exhaustion and faint scars and bruises and that he was not very happy. He seemed unable to speak for a moment as he started, but no sound came out. "I don't know... I don't remember Lucca. That's the worst part, I don't know what happened or why I wasn't there. I understand that Gabriel is mad because I wasn't there and Kenji was probably reckless, but still... I don't know anything else, I just remember getting in the car from the airport, then nothing," Jacob whispered, looking into his hands again by the end.

Lucca frowned slightly, curious and confused. "Has this happened before?" Lucca asked softly. Jacob nodded, barely. Lucca nodded in response. "We'll keep an eye on you, we promise. Don't leave though. Cathal says we can't split up. Something weird is going on... Something none of us were expecting. It was bad enough for Kenji and Alice to use their special abilities..." Lucca stated. He stood, looking down at Kenji once more before putting a hand on Jacob's shoulder. "I promise we'll figure this out, all of us. We're here for the both of you," Lucca stated simply, as if it was an obvious and easy thing.

As Lucca left, he heard Jacob speak a thank you that said so much more than just two words. Lucca smiled slightly as he paused in the door, glancing back once before going to bed. He walked out of the infirmary and into his room, climbing into bed with Casey who was asleep already too. It didn't take long for Lucca to fall asleep, yet when he did, he couldn't help but have a fleeting moment of curiosity over those bruised knuckles Jacob had had, and how he had said he didn't remember, and how that might have had something to do with anything.

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"Just try."


Cathal listened to everything that happened, multitasking between his book and the tasks at hand. Ami was downstairs, Kenji was still in the infirmary, Alice was in her room, Fintan was in the kitchen, and Lucca was curled up in his room. A small buzzing sensation went off against Cathal's stomach, his cell phone calling out to him. He answered quickly, knowing only one person would be calling at a time like this.

"You realize you're in serious trouble Cathal." The Guild Master pinched the bridge of his nose in frustration. The man on the end had a serious but friendly tone. He was one of the Councilmen in training. He just so happened to train along side Cathal after he was rescued. "They are not happy about what happened in the Pine Barrens. They are considering your punishment as we speak."

"Hans, they know what's going on right?" There was a silence on the other end. "I know ... if it went unpunished, it would cause suspicion and rebellious attitude. Lower Guilds would claim favoritism no matter how childish it is." But Cathal was realizing just how young everyone in the guild was. Yes, a lot was expected from them, but he assumed that's what the testing was for. The Guild Master removed himself from his seat and wandered over to the over-sized bookcase lining the wall. Carefully shoving the book in his hands back in its place, Cathal let out a sigh.

"What's going on in that head of yours, Cathal?"

"I don't even know myself, Hans. I don't even know."

Cathal hung up, shoving his phone back in his pocket. He racked his brain for a particular spell that had come in mind. Once it was uncovered, he sat back at the desk, drawing several of the same magic circles on different sheets of paper. It didn't take long until he held them up to check for any flaws. In such magic, any little line misplaced could spell misfortune.



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"It's nice to see someone smile."


Ami finished all the clothes she could before feeling the sudden onset of fatigue. It had been a rather long day for her and the other members of the guild, no doubt the majority of them were already in bed. Her delicate footsteps were like whispers in the silent house. When she first emerged from the now darkened basement, the first thing she saw was Fintan in the kitchen, practicing in some way with his flames. Ami walked up next to him and watched as his candle flickered lightly.

"That is pretty neat," Ami said barely above a whisper. " You did well today. I know you will fit in perfectly to our little family. You and your little demon. I know it may not seem like it, but our members have welcomed you to the best of their ability. A lot of them come from hard lives, so it's tough to show it sometimes. Don't worry to hard about it. We all love you since your one of us. Try and sleep, okay?" Ami didn't smile, but the kindness in her voice made it feel as though she did.

The small girl stretched up onto her toes, planting a soft kiss on Fintan's cheek. She did that for everyone in the guild, it was her way of saying goodnight. Ami moved on silently to the study down the hallway, peeking in on Cathal. She waved a silent goodnight, not wanting to disturb his very busy aura. Next she peeked into Lucca's room, both he and Casey were fast asleep. In the infirmary, Kenji laid in bed asleep and Jacob stood with a sad look next to his Master. Ami moved in and set a small hand on his shoulder.

"It'll be okay Jacob, I promise. You're a good demon and a good friend. Make sure you rest." Ami placed a gentle kiss on his cheek as well, rubbing his back lightly and moving back out to the hall. She dare not enter Alice's room, but sent as many good vibrations as she could their way.

When Ami entered her own room, Sammie was already nestle in the bed, awaiting her Master. The small girl climbed into bed, cuddling up against her demon with love. Oh yes, it had been a long day, but it was another step towards their destination as a guild. So in the end it was all worth it. In her final thoughts, Ami drifted off to a sleep filled with blank space and a warm feeling of care that always kept her safe.



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"Every new beginning ends."


In all truth, Alice had been awake the entire time everything had happened. From Jacob's assault against his Master, to Jacob's threats at her own life. But she had been just to tired to care. Normally, she would have snapped and bit his hand off, but she had used her power, so moving would just drain her more. While the thumping downstairs persisted, Alice had gotten out of bed and gotten dressed. Sure she was still tired, but she didn't want to be in that house. Not with those people at this time.

As Alice moved to the window, Gabriel entered the room, fuming about something. But once he caught sight of Alice out of bed, Gabriel looked like a deer in the headlights.

"I'm going out tonight. You're staying here. I need some drinks and you'll only get in the way." Alice patted the pocket of her denim mini-skirt once more to assure all her items for the night were tucked away. Any 'normal' demon would disobey and go against such a thing, but Gabriel couldn't say no when it came to her. He simply walked over to the bed and laid down. "I'll be back tomorrow. Don't wait up for me."

With those last words, Alice jumped out the window, landing gracefully on the grass below. She didn't look back at the cottage because she didn't need to. What would play out tomorrow when she arrived would be what played out every single time. Alice lifted her shirt to peek at where her bruise used to be. Now it was just a smooth, tan patch of skin like the rest. All gone and no pain. The town was rather far, but since it was night, she could fly without worries. Her jet black wings spread behind her and in no time, Alice was taking off high speed towards the town and mainly, the first bar she set eyes on.