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Aila Ryuzaki

"There are different meanings to flowers. It just depends on what you want to convey."

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a character in “Noctis Aeternitas”, as played by Sirris

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Aila Ryuzaki
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x. Name is too short for monikers—sometimes gets Ai, though
x. 24
x. Female
x. Human?
x. ??

x. Snow White
x. Sectoral Heterochromatic [Blue eyes with tints of quartz red]
x. 5'5"
x. 120 lbs.

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        Aila is a bright person—cheerful in a way that doesn't seem coerced, nor insincere. It's a strange contrast to her otherwise aloof appearance, but Aila is nothing but a warm-heart. She's a bit on the shy side, evident when she won't hold someone's gaze, or the way her cheeks will slightly turn pink, but she eventually warms up to people. It might take a bit of time, but she does try her best. She's not quite the social butterfly, though she does speak her mind freely. Perhaps not in a mean way—she's not looking to hurt someone's feelings, intentionally. She isn't as naïve as she appears, though. She just believes in being an open book, one that people will have an easier time getting a long with.

        And that is her charm, one that draws people to her like a moth to a flame. It comes naturally, even without her understanding, however; it's been good for her business. Perhaps it's the way she carries herself, a sort of gentleness laced with the kind of warmth one might find with a friend. Or perhaps it's the way she just smiles at people, like it's the most natural thing in the world for her. Perhaps it is, but Ai has given up trying to understand the smaller quirks to her personality. They're a part of her, and so she accepts that. She just does her best to keep her strangeness from throwing people off, or bringing unwanted attention. For all it's worth, having too much attention on herself makes her a little uncomfortable. It's strange to know that she's managed to run a business successfully, because of it.

        Despite her warm heart, Aila is a very sweet person, thinking of ways to make other people happy. Whether it's from one of her creations, or simply lending a hand, she enjoys it. There's something about seeing a smile on someone's face, especially if they were in a dour mood. It pulls at her heart whenever someone is upset, and she tries her best to alleviate their burdens in any way she can. This is a trait she inherited from her father, or at least that was what her mother said. Like him, Aila is a kind soul, and wouldn't have the capacity to harm a living thing. Of course, she isn't so naïve as to believe she wouldn't protect herself if it came down to it. Life isn't that simple, though, and she knows that. She would just prefer to keep things from escalating if she could.

        Perhaps most of all, though, Ai is herself. She doesn't try to pretend to be anyone else, and the notion of even thinking about it is laughable. She's quite comfortable in her own skin, and it shows in how she carries herself. There's a sort of confident stride hidden behind the warmth and gentleness, and a sort of peace. She's not narcissistic about it, and is quite humble. She let's her actions speak for her whenever she cannot find the words to express herself, and she does so in a manner that isn't intimidating or off-putting. It has taken her some time to come to terms with herself—she is rather odd-looking to some people—but she is happy. She hides any pain or sadness from those she cares about, and would prefer to be the person that people came to. She loves listening to people and their stories. It's quite fascinating learning about someone else's life.
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        Aila was born to a young mother by the name of Ryuzaki Mikoto. Her father, however, had disappeared early in her life, leaving Mikoto to raise Aila by herself. It wasn't easy—life as a single mother, especially at the age of nineteen, is never easy. But Mikoto did her best to raise Aila in a loving environment. Aila, however, had always been a strange child. Abnormally calm, and pleasant, she helped her mother however she could. She never complained about doing house chores, or helping her mother cook dinner, and always took pleasure in helping out. Her greatest joys, however, always seemed to be arranging flowers and helping things grow.

        Mikoto taught Aila the art of flower arrangement from her homeland: Ikebana. It had been taught to Mikoto when she was a child, and she had hoped to pass it on one day, as well. Aila did her best to be a diligent student, and learned all that she could from her mother. As she got older, Aila began taking the needed classes to make it a career, one day. She took floral classes in High School, and when she graduated, took the classes she needed in college. It was this this time in her life that she met her best friend, Adrien. Though he was older than her by a few years, he helped her through the tougher times in her life, including the year her mother passed.

        He was a constant in her life, and she appreciated how thoughtful he always was. Because of their closeness, people often assumed that they were together, and neither of them had ever made an attempt to dissuade the idea. Aila often thought it was funny that people thought that, but she also understood why they did. It wasn't often that a man and a woman could be as close as they were without it seeming more intimate, however; they both knew that wasn't the case. Aila loved Adrien as if he were her brother, and he loved her as if she were his sister.

        Once she graduated college, Aila had managed to save up a decent amount of money to open her floral shop in Sanctuary. She named it after the Elysian Fields, something she'd read about as a child. With Adrien's help, she offered him a job, and managed to make a name for herself. Although most of her clientele were people she'd grown up with, she'd managed to land out of town jobs, which earned her some popularity in the next town over. She was able to save up money to buy a van for such trips, and makes a trip at least once a month to the next town over for deliveries.

        It's been at least five years since she opened her shop, and though she's had her ups and downs, she feels as if things have finally become stable. She has a job she loves to do, she's met people who have become dear to her, and she feels as if she's making her mother proud. At least she hopes she is. She'd be devastated if she learned otherwise, however; there is talk in Sanctuary, rumors of rising animal attacks that have her a bit worried.

        She knows it'll be fine as long as they can keep it contained, but something still feels wrong. Like the air is slowly being poisoned somehow. She knows she's being superstitious, but she can't help herself. She just wants to make sure people are okay, and that they enjoy her arrangements.

So begins...

Aila Ryuzaki's Story

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Character Portrait: Aila Ryuzaki Character Portrait: The Town of Sanctuary Character Portrait: Vicentius Caelum Character Portrait: Selene le Valnosia Character Portrait: Athanasios Croix
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ImageAthanasios simply nodded his head as he picked up the pots of spider lilies which Selene happily looked at. It was not an understatement to say that she looks rather adorable. But, he knew better that it was nothing more but an act that she uses for her selfish desires. It was at that point that the phone rang. He stood there with his usual uninterested expression. He only noticed that it was his when Adrien and Aila looked at him. Selene, on the other hand, completely ignored it and kept looking at the spider lilies.

"Hello." It was Vicentius which Athanasios already knew since it was the only guy who knew his number. He was not fond of technology really. So, he usually likes doing things manually. He would admit that it made physical labor easier but he never liked doing such things in the first place. That is why it has not much of an effect on him. "Okay." The call ended and one cannot guess if the call was a good one or not. He has never been expressive after all.

"The dinner is cancelled." Athanasios said like it was just another boring weather report.

ImageThat is when Selene finally shifted her attention from the spider lilies to what Athanasios just said. She has an idea that it was Vicentius who called but for him to cancel what he had already planned about before. That meant something awfully messy happened. After all, that blue-haired vampire was never the type to deviate from his detailed plan. "Cancelled? Did something happened with Vic?"

Athanasios looked at Selene. "He is fine." He answered then looked back at Aila and Adrien. "We will reschedule." He took Selene's hand. "We will be going now." She looked back at Adrien and Aila and waved her hand to bid them goodbye as Athanasios lead her out of the shop. Once, they were far, she asked her watchdog about the details. "What happened?" He didn't have to answer that but they are sent here as a coven. He has a guess that they would be ordered by the Council since they are here now. "Termites." That should be enough. "Good. I am hungry." She said with a very sweet smile on her face.

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Aila looked confused when Arthur spoke. She looked like she was about to ask why, however; Arthur left with his fiancée in tow. She glanced in Adrien's direction with her lips pursed together. “Do you think everything is alright?" she asked him, moving around the corner so that she could go to the front door. She glanced in the direction they had left, before her attention returned to Adrien.

“I'm sure everything is fine, Aila. Perhaps something came up, and they had to cancel? I'm sure you can ask them about it at a later time, but you have a store that needs your attention," he spoke to her, smiling in her direction to reassure her that everything would be fine. From what he caught on the other side, they had termites. It would be a poor host to have a dinner with an infested house, however; they seemed to be getting an exterminator to deal with it.

“If you say so," she responded, smiling slightly as she turned her attention back to the list she had been working on. She picked up the pen she'd been using, and tapped it lightly against her bottom lip. “What do you think we should use this year? We have a few aster and lilies," she stated. He knew she was referring to the booth setup for the Camilia festival.

“Anemone, Daisy, and Geranium," he listed off a few flowers that would be easier to maintain, and looked aesthetically pleasing when put together. “Oh, and Gardenia," he added. Aila shook her head, but smiled, writing down the flowers he'd listed. At least that was what he assumed she was doing.


“You're fine, Miss Vitali--it's just a scratch," Ezekiel spoke as he placed a hand on Sienna's shoulder. The woman was pale, as if she'd seen a ghost, however; Zeke stated that it was due to shock. Sienna had never been attacked before, and she was clearly in some state of panic. Amaryllis didn't know much about that, but she was still learning how to read certain conditions. She had arrived just after Zeke had, having been told over the radio about the situation. She knew he could handle it alone, but Sienna was the bakery owner, and a dear friend of Aila's and Amaryllis'. She wanted to make sure she was okay.

“Can you describe what the animal looked like, Sienna?" she asked, pulling out a notepad to jot down whatever she could. Sienna rubbed her forearm, just above the wound, and nodded slowly.

“It was like a hairless dog, but... it wasn't a dog. It was far too big to be one. The legs... they were... long-limbed, and the snout...," she paused to take a breath, and Amaryllis waited for her to continue. “The snout was long, and its canines... they shouldn't have been that long, and those eyes," it was at this point that Amaryllis motioned for Sienna to stop. It was obvious that whatever the animal was, it had scared Sienna.

“Perhaps we should take you to the clinic, Sienna? Have the doc look at your arm to make sure it's not infected," she spoke softly. Sienna didn't immediately answer, though, and Amaryllis glanced at Zeke, who just shook his head.

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Amaryllis sighed softly, but nodded her head understandingly at the doctor. “It's fine--I understand, Doctor Calloway," she replied before turning her attention towards Sienna. “Do you want the sheriff to escort you to the clinic?" she asked in a soft tone, placing a hand on the woman's shoulder as if to comfort her. Ezekiel managed to offer a sympathetic smile in her direction, however; he knew that she was just in shock. The bite wouldn't cause a Change. He'd made sure of that, himself, when he examined her. Sienna, however, merely shook her head.

“It's fine, Zeke," she replied, taking in a long breath. “I'd feel better if Amaryllis took me," she replied, which was a wise decision. He'd have to finish what the ghoul started, if she did want him to escort her. Ezekiel turned towards Calloway, though, resisting the urge to narrow his eyes, and gave him a smile.

“I'll visit your clinic another time, Doctor, but for now, I have an incident report to file," he stated, turning his attention towards Amaryllis who was sitting beside Sienna. “Plus I have to notify Wildlife services of a potential loose rabid wolf in the area. The sooner the better, but these things take some time. Hope you'll understand," he stated towards the doctor. That, and he didn't really want to be in the same vicinity as the vampire.


The next day saw Aila early in her shop. She'd heard about Sienna being attacked by an animal, and wanted to take her a bouquet. It had taken almost an hour to get everything the right way, but in the end, she was satisfied. The lilies had a pleasant smell to them, and she'd added some fern to give them volume. Baby's breadth would be going too far, so she opted to leave those out. Once she had it settled in a vase, she packed it carefully and made her way outside her building, taking care to flip the OPEN sign over.

The clinic wasn't too far from her shop, and Aila decided a walk was in order. As she made her way to the clinic, she bumped into Zeke, smiling at him as he passed her by. “Good morning, Zeke," she greeted as he waved at her.

“Aila," was his response. “Headed towards the clinic?" he asked, earning a short nod from her. His lips quirked lightly and he shook his head. “I take it those are for Sienna, then? Will you notify me when she's out? I'd like to check up on her when she's finished at Calloway's" he stated. Aila tilted her head in confusion.

“Why not join me? I'm sure she'd like to see you, and Vincent said he wanted to do a check-up on you," she spoke, almost simultaneous with Zeke's cough. She pursed her lips in his direction and furrowed her brows. “It doesn't sound like it's getting better, Zeke," she continued, earning a light chuckle from him.

“I'm fine, Ai. It's just a light cold," was his only response before he laid a hand on her shoulder, patting it a few times. “You worry too much," and she knew he was right about that. He waved to her before leaving, causing Aila to shake her head. He could be stubborn when he wanted to, but she supposed he had that right. If he wanted to see the doctor, he would. She wasn't going to force the issue any longer. Instead, she continued her way until she finally reached the clinic, smiling to herself as she entered.

“Good morning," she greeted the first person she came across.

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Character Portrait: Aila Ryuzaki Character Portrait: The Town of Sanctuary Character Portrait: Vicentius Caelum Character Portrait: Selene le Valnosia Character Portrait: Athanasios Croix
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Very interesting... Vicentius noted to himself without revealing it to those before him. "Of course. Incidents like these should never be taken lightly after all." He returned the sheriff's smile with his own before looking back at Sienna and then at Amaryllis. "Well then, I would be expecting you two tomorrow at the clinic." He placed a comforting hand on Sienna's shoulder. "You're safe now. I will be leaving you in their care. See you tomorrow, Ms. Sienna." His eyes then returned to Amaryllis. "I will make it up to you for the cancellation, Ms. Amaryllis. Till next time." His eyes carried a bit of disappointment because of canceling the dinner plans. His smile also carried a hint of awkwardness. It seemed he felt bad about it. "Then, if you will excuse me. I will go on ahead of you all."

He made his exit while many things were already being assessed in his head. It is quite remarkable as it does not show on his appearance but that is how he is. He only shows what is required to make the situation flow smoothly. That is the best to grab the fox by its tail. I should call now. He only did so when he was certain to be on his own and would be safe from anyone eavesdropping as he continued his trek towards the Aegis Manor. "Yes, I am here to update you on the current status of the infestation." There was a momentary pause but a smile was present on his lips. Those who will see it would interpret it as a kindly smile and nothing else. "Of course. There is no doubt." He will be taking another set of steps from this point on.

ImageThe next day, "Good morning, Ms. Aila." He greeted back with his ever polite and gentle smile. He was at the reception for he had a call and left Sienna who was accompanied by Amaryllis with Athanasios. "Are you here to see Ms. Sienna?" He inquired as he looked at the flowers she was carrying. "Are those for her? They are indeed beautiful. I'm sure she would like it." He approached Aila and then reached out his hands towards the vase. "Shall I carry it, if you don't mind?"

His eyes carried a warm glow. He actually looked a bit different. He was wearing glasses and donned a white coat like how a doctor should look like. This was the first time for anyone to see him in such an outfit for the town of Sanctuary. "Ms. Sienna would be happy to see you. She is fine of course. She only sustained a minor injury. It would heal and I would make sure it would not even leave a mark." He led the way inside where the others were, whether he held the flowers or not, but before that he looked at Selene who was the official receptionist of the clinic. "Celly, I will leave the records to you, okay?" His tone gentler and only then did he continue inside. "My apologies for leaving a moment. I hope Arthur was good company. But, look at what I found for Ms. Sienna."

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ImageIn the end, Selene was left in a state of disappointment. That is because she was not allowed to hunt down the ghoul that was sighted. Their esteemed blue-haired leader decided not to do so. The guy seemed to be cautious about something and if she hadn't known better, there is definitely something more to this. The only problem she was never the wary type. It was better to tussle everything up and see what comes out. She always makes messes of every perfectly laid plan. It is the most thrilling.

"Boring..." Selene found herself instead manning the reception of the clinic. She was looking forward to being left alone at the Manor. But, that wasn't on the checklist apparently. They say they can't trust her on her own. Well, she won't refute that. She was planning to slip out and look for that ghoul. She did like feeding on those waste of space.

"Everything is. Now, compile this." Vicentius handed her some files. There patient records there from the doctor he replaced and the one who got attacked by the ghoul last night. "This looks fun."

Selene noted as she perused the records handed to her. "Do they know? They do don't they?" There was no response at that point because a visitor has entered. Their conversation had been interrupted by that flower store owner. Vicentius seemed very interested in her. She was quite sure it was not out of personal interest. The guy is not known for that at all. For the most part, she remained quiet and let the two talk. She only responded when her so-called brother addressed her. "I'll take care of it, Vic." She said proudly with a smile.

Image"Everything is fine." Athanasios had never been the best conversationalist. That is why he has no idea why Vicentius kept giving him identities that require socialization most of the time. It does get old and eventually, he just goes with it. But, his core personality never changed a bit. "It is healing quite nicely. Just take the prescribed medicine and the ointment listed here." He then gave Sienna the prescription left by Vic after finishing wrapping her wound cleanly.

Sienna's bloodwork looks fine so, there is no risk of turning. If that was the case, she would have been quarantined by them and that usually does not go diplomatically. He then looked at Sienna's companion who was Amaryllis. "It seemed these animal attacks are becoming frequent." The records they found indicated that. It was not a concern at first since this place is a remote and located in a backwater place, so it is understandable at a glance. But, the presence of a ghoul puts it in a different light. The conversation halted because Vicentius had finally returned and in tow another visitor. As for the comment of being good company, "Never."

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When the doctor returned, Amaryllis smiled at Aila before her eyes wondered to the flowers in Calloway's hands. Aila must have handed the flowers over before she came in. Amaryllis could see the worry in Ai's eyes as clear as day, and she did her best not to chuckle at it. Ai worried about everyone; there was no changing that fact. Instead, Ama cleared the seat next to her--it had been filled with some of the magazines she'd been reading to pass the time.

“I'm sure that's not true, Arthur," Aila spoke, perhaps referring to his statement of not being good company. Amaryllis snorted softly at the comment. Arthur had been rather quiet at first, and if anything, he looked bored. Ama didn't blame him, really. She was sure he'd rather be doing something else, but most people usually did. Instead, she glanced towards Aila and smiled.

“You can take a seat here, Ai," she motioned for Aila who nodded. Once she took a seat, Amaryllis could see a bit of the worry ease out of her shoulders, but she was still a bit tense. “It was just a scratch, Ai, it's not infected," she tried to reassure her, but Ai's lips pursed into a fine line.

“Still, it looked pretty bad," she replied, turning her attention towards Sienna. “Are you sure you're alright?" she asked. Sienna slowly nodded her head.

“I'm fine, Aila. I think the initial shock has worn off, but I should be fine," she replied. Aila seemed to take that as a good thing, but still pursed her lips together. Ama couldn't help but chuckle to herself.

“Thank you, Vincent, for taking care of Sienna. Even if it was a small scratch, it still means a lot that you're willing to help," Aila spoke, causing Amaryllis to snort softly. Of course he'd help; he was a doctor. It'd be strange if he didn't. Doctors were under obligation to help when the situation called for it. What was strange, however, was that Adrien wasn't glued to her side.

“Where's your other half, Ai?" she asked, watching as the referrence flew over Aila's head as she furrowed her brows.

“Adrien is at the shop, cleaning it up. There was..." she paused for a second and glanced away from Amaryllis. She bit her bottom lip before glancing back towards her, and spoke, “There was a bit of an accident and he said he'd take care of it. He'll check on Sienna when he's finished," she replied. Amaryllis didn't like the sound of that. She knew Aila was lying--she was a terrible liar--but she wouldn't press the issue.

“Is there anything else you'd like to keep Sienna for, or am I free to escort her home?" she decided to ask as she turned her attention towards Calloway.

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"I agree with Ms. Aila, Arthur. You're not that bad of a company." Vicentius followed up as he went towards Sienna and handed her the flowers. "This is a gift from Ms. Aila to you, Ms. Sienna." He then inspected the bandage Arthur made after the flowers were taken from his hold. There is nothing wrong about it at all. "Arthur, why don't you accompany Celly? I'm sure she wants you to be there." That statement would be considered normal since the two are considered a couple with their declaration of being engaged along with their display of intimate affections. Athanasios knew though that it was the subtle way of saying that he should secure Selene. It was only right knowing the personality of the one known to be a traitor.

Image Vicentius smiled gently at being thanked for what he is supposed to do. He is a doctor even if this was just a disguise. "There is no need to thank me. It is only right that I do my work as a doctor." He then heard something about Adrien. It seemed something happened. That made him curious and decided to do something about it. "Not at all. Ms. Sienna is done now." He then looked at Sienna. "But, I would suggest to take it easy for today." He then looked back at Aila and Amaryllis. "If there is anything else, please do not hesitate to ask." A ringing sound and it came from his phone. He looked at the screen for a moment and addressed the ladies before him. "If you would excuse me, I am sorry I couldn't see you three out." He then called for Arthur. "Arthur will see you out in the meantime. Until then."

He then entered his office where he answered his phone. "It has been a while." He took a seat. The look in his eyes held a certain cold glint that has been unseen by the residents of Sanctuary. "I told you not to call me while I work." He picked a document and read it. "That is not my problem to deal with." He then ended the call while he looked at the document that he read. "There are interesting things happening here at the moment." His eyes held a distinct twisted interest and his lips held a smirk.