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Zachary Reinhardt

"Yeah! Now we're talking!"

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a character in “Rise of the Ruinosus: The Return”, as played by XShishioX

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Image∞ Full name ∞
Zachary Junhazard Reinhardt

∞ Alias ∞
Answer Here

∞ Age ∞
Seventeen, soon to be eighteen.

∞ Gender ∞
Male

∞ Sexuality ∞
Straight, Heterosexual

∞ Rank∞
Answer Here

∞ Occupation ∞
Student, full time. Keeper, Part Time. Captain of the Henry Jefferson High Fencing Team, Seldom

∞ Face Claim ∞
Laxus Dreyar, Fairy Tail




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Image∞ Side ∞
Keeper

∞ Height & Weight ∞
Zachary weighs, approximately, 212 lbs, and stands 5’ 10” tall. His build is stocky, with wide shoulders, but his muscles are lean. Zachary is in very good physical shape, which only makes sense, seeing as his main power area is Earth. His BMA (Body Mass Index), is roughly 5.4 percent, meaning that just about all of Zach’s weight comes from muscle, there is very little bodily fat on him.

∞ Hair color ∞
Zachary’s hair is a fantastic golden blond. His hair is shiny, and soft, but is very thick as well. He has a particular cowlick, making his hair stick up in the back.

∞ Eye color ∞
Zachary’s eyes are brown, however, when he uses his powers, they change to a shiny, steely grey.

∞ Distinguishable Facial Features ∞
Apart from the lightning shaped scar over his right eye. Zachary sports no odd facial features.




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Image∞ Likes ∞
♥ Physical Activity, all forms of it.
♥Cute things, but it's supposed to be a secret
♥Juice after "playing" (fighting) as he calls it.
♥ His friends.
♥ Being warm.
♥ Sweet things (candy, chocolate, etc.)


∞ Dislikes ∞
✖ Being Lazy.
✖ People underestimating him.
✖ Spicy things.
✖ Coffee. (even though it's warm it's bitter, gross!)
✖ Being cold.
✖ People who disrespect their families and peers.


∞ Talents ∞
✔ Swordsmanship. Zachary is an expert swordsman, and is vastly superior at using such weapons to his peers. His innate knowledge of swords make him equally good at using them and defending against them. His knowledge of swordplay is vast, and he is proficient in many styles and disciplines of swordplay, from the eastern styles associated with the katana, to the whirling dervish like styles of the scimitar.
✔ Hyper-Speed Combat. Due to the nature of his Ultimate Skill and his own brand of swordplay, Zac has become very used to fighting at extreme speeds. The movements of opponents occurring at normal speed, slower than sound, almost appear to be happening in slow-motion to Zachary.
✔ Zachary is, lastly, incredibly proficient at Earth based magick. It is his area of focus, however, as a Reinhardt and due to the nature of his contract with the Earth, Zachary is vastly more prodigious at Earth and Metal based magicks than a Keeper of similar age and experience.


∞ Hobbies ∞
✔ Fighting.
✔ Napping.
✔ Being with his friends.


∞ Flaws ∞
✘ Stubborn.
✘ Rash. Prone to overreacting.
✘ Excessively Loyal.
✘ Hasty. Prone to acting without thinking.
✘ Proud. Prone to underestimating his opponents.





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∞ Abilities/Powers ∞


Main Power Area: Earth. His ability allows him to form the earth around him into steel swords. He can transmuteany rock, sand, dirt, etc into steel and then shape it into a sword relatively quickly (think Fullmetal Alchemist, he usually just pulls them from the ground and they do follow equivalent exchange/conservation of matter, meaning there will be a chunk of earth missing from the spot he's taken a sword from). The transmutation itself has to happen directly next to him, he can't pull a sword out of the ground way the heck away from him and then have it fly to him. He cannot transmute man-made polymers or other substances to steel. However, can manipulate available metal. Should the latter take place, Zachary’s weapons or armor will only be as useful as they could be with that metal. For example, gold is a very poor choice for weapons and armor because it is soft and weak, titanium would be a very good choice because it's very light but is stronger than steel. Further, the weapons Zac makes from this ability are able to be controlled via his thoughts. However, the more he has and the larger they are, the harder it gets for him to keep track of them and control them so he usually limits himself to juggling 8 mid to small sized weapons. He could, simply, pull any number of swords out of the ground at once, and just throw them at a target, but he is still only capable of keeping 8 swords immediately next to him for use as close-quarters weapons at once. The swords Zac makes can have different shapes and styles. Meaning, he doesn't just need to create long swords. He can do rapiers, falcatas, daggers, and any other bladed weapon as long as he's seen it and knows how to use it. The swords have a range of about 150 feet, meaning he can pick them up from or shoot them roughly that far. His abilities are mostly combat based, he can't do very much with them out of combat.

Special Move: Infinite Boneyard. Zachary summons an unknown, though visibly massive, number of blades of differing shapes and sizes from the ground and uses them to fight. In this state he can control many more blades than he usually could, he's picked up 6 at once without really trying he could probably max out around 68 at once. However, he cannot create any new blades. He has to work with what he's got. However, he is also capable of combining any amount of swords he wants into a single sword. The more swords that are combined in this manner, the sharper and denser the resulting sword will be. This does increase the sword's overall weight, but while Boneyard is active, Zachary will always be able to lift it, due to the nature of Boneyard's control over the swords themselves. If anyone other than Zachary touches one of the blades summoned in this manner, with the intent of catching it or using it against Zachary, its handle latches on to the thief, presumably by the hand, and then the weapon fractures and branches out into a giant spiked ball which will crush or impale whoever attempted to use it. The swords he creates in Infinite Boneyard are the only ones with the, "anti-theft" device. Meaning the regular swords he creates normally aren't booby trapped. If he runs out of swords early, meaning if they break or have their "anti-theft" device go off, the Boneyard will terminate. However, it's never happened before and probably never will.

After Zachary's four month intensive training session with the council member known only as Master Horatio, Zac's magic and fighting style have changed ever so slightly. He's become more fluid and proficient with both chain casting, and combat magic itself. Zachary no longer needs to chant for his spell casting, and he can cast multiple spells simultaneously. While he still focuses on swordsmanship based combat, Zac's ratcheted it up a few notches. For example, Zachary has become capable of extended Hyper-Sonic Combat, with a spell of his own creation. His massive reserves of raw magical power can fuel hugely increased strength, speed, and reaction time for as long as his body will hold up against the forces being exerted against it. Zachary has become very close to the Earth, and can call upon it to help him in battle with much more frequency and responsiveness than before. Further, he is much more adept at using elemental energies that aren't Earth based. He's particularly fond of using lightning and fire based magicks alongside his already strong metal and earth based spells. This combination has led to a development of a Pseudo-Secondary Ultimate skill. By combining his new-found strengths of metal control, electricity, fire, and earth transmutation, Zachary can suck up nearly anything made from the earth and transmute it into a massively dense, super-heated orb of steel that he will form into a projectile attack he calls the, "God Killer's Spear". When thrown, the spear creates a massive explosion, capable of destroying up to 8 acres of dense, old forest utterly and completely. Zachary can use this ability up to three times a day, but no more than that. If he attempts to create any more after the third, he will be putting his life in danger.

Accordingly, after Zachary's four month training session with his Master, the quality of Zachary’s Boneyard is now slightly different. When Zachary casts Infinite Boneyard, his body takes on the properties of Titanium, though it doesn't actually become the metal. He becomes harder than steel, by a long shot, but simultaneously his body’s density diminishes. This allows him to accelerate his body to supersonic speeds without succumbing to the air pressure. Further, for the duration of the Boneyard, Zachary's strength, speed, reaction time, and dexterity are massively increased, roughly double the amount provided by his Hyper-Sonic Combat Augmentation spell. This increase would stack with the increase provided by his Hyper-Sonic Combat Augmentation spell, however, the resulting damage to Zachary's body is much more severe should these two be combined. The raw force exerted on his body by the air pressure alone would kill him, if not for the increase in his body's durability, as provided by the Boneyard. Further, depending on how long Zachary keeps both effects active, the drain on his own life force could kill him. This combination, while massively powerful, would easily double the amount of time Zachary will need to recharge after casting the Boneyard. It would also, of course, result in a temporary comatose state during which time Zachary will be both completely unresponsive and unconscious.





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Image∞ Personality ∞
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∞ Romantic Interest ∞
Pitt, his own demon. Jury’s still out on the implications of this union, however, the secret is, for the most part, well kept.

∞ Family ∞
Zachary’s Father, Malcom, is estranged from him, however, they are still family. It is from his father that Zachary inherits the legendary powers of the Reinhardt family.

Zachary’s mother, Angela, is human, however, this has done nothing to diminish Zachary’s powers. She has had her memory altered in regards to the existence of keepers, and is now living apart from both Zachary and her husband.

Zachary’s grandparents, on his father’s side, are the legendary Georgia and Leonard Reinhardt. They were both especially powerful Earth Keepers, and are most famous for slaying the Cerberus, a giant, three-headed Hellhound. Zachary’s mother was killed in a fight with the Messenger of the Dragon Kings, and the grief from her passing drove Zachary’s grandfather insane. He passed away a few years after his wife’s death, when Zachary was 15.

Lastly, Pitt, his demon, is someone Zac considers the closest person to his heart. He loves her romantically and deeply, and has considered her his family since the day they met.


∞ History ∞
Zachary was your stereotypical future jock. He was born into a house of two parents who loved each other very much and were relatively successful. He was an only child, though he's always dreamed of having siblings. He spent his days playing outside, getting dirty and into trouble, and visiting his grandfather whenever he could. Zachary had a wonderful relationship with his grandpa. He would always go over on the weekends to spend the night, and his grandpa would watch movies with him, play with him, and generally dote on his only grandson. HE always told Zachary the same story before he went to sleep:

"From the beginning, there have been creatures, both dangerous and friendly. And there have been those who have been chosen to defend those who matter and annihilate those who pose a threat. To keep the world in balance, there must be those who protect secrets. Those people are called The Keeper’s. They are the ones who must conserve and protect the second world...."

Zachary never heard past that part, he always fell asleep before his grandfather could finish. But one night, the last night Zachary would ever see his grandfather again, he stayed awake for the whole story. He was shocked to discover that it went like this:

"From the beginning, there have been creatures, both dangerous and friendly. And there have been those who have been chosen to defend those who matter and annihilate those who pose a threat. To keep the world in balance, there must be those who protect secrets. They are called The Keeper’s; they are the ones who must conserve the second world. The Ruinosus have been around since the dawn of time, trying their hardest to take what they think is rightfully theirs, the world, and turn it into a surface hell. Though they are strong, the Keepers are stronger. From Mongolian Deathworms to Shadow People, from The Four Dragon Kings to the Drac of Romania, there are many different types of monsters, both weak and strong. Different monsters have different holds on the world, to keep it balanced and well. But if they are influenced in the wrong way, their grips will loosen and all with fall, inevitably bringing an end to the world. Not all creatures are under the influence of the greater good, and are under the black wings of the Ruinosus. Under the surface of the earth, there is a battle waging back and forth between the dark and the light, between Keeper's and Ruinosus', between order and ruin. The Ruinosus have a way of persuading, and now they are getting more and more over to their side, to come forth and fight. The Keepers are up for a challenge they might not be able to face on their own. They need strong and brave little boys, like you, to defend our world from the machinations of the Ruinosus."

The next day, when he told his father the amazing story his grandpa told him. His father became very angry. He threw a massive fit, yelling at Zachary and his mother. He left their house for several hours, slamming the door as he went. When he finally came back, he told him that he would never visit his grandfather again. Since then he's grown up normally. He had a normal life and completely forgot about his bedtime story. Until he was 11 years old. He woke up one morning to find Pitt sitting on his chest. The stereotypical and very much cliche situation unfolds, and Pitt tells him he is a Keeper and she picked him because his magical power matches the best to hers. She said they'd be together for a long time. Zac, who'd never had any siblings, latched onto Pitt immediately, thinking of her like a younger sister. When he told his father what had happened, and about Pitt, his father cried for hours. When he finally regained his composure he told Zac why they never went to visit his grandfather anymore. Long before Zac was born his father, grandfather, and grandmother were a team of Keepers that worked together. They were a very successful team. That was until their last mission. Zac's grandmother died. His grandfather went slightly crazy with the grief and had planned to use Zac as a means of redemption. If he could raise a Keeper strong enough to beat the monster that had slain his grandmother, that everything would be ok. His father, on the other hand, vowed to never take up the mantle of Keeper again. So, Zac's father tried to raise Zac to be a normal boy. He did so by sealing Zac's magic with a powerful spell. However, Zac's lineage couldn't be denied. At the age of thirteen, Zac finally met his demon, Pitt and became a true keeper. He ran away from his father's house after learning what he'd done. Zac was immediately sent to Henry Jefferson High because that is the place where Keepers are taught. He left as soon as he turned 15. He hasn't been home since. His father moved and began a new life and his grandfather died. Zac's mother has never been heard from after he left her house for the dorms. She left Zac's father after she found out he was a Keeper, however, it was still a safe place for him to stay while he waited the two years required to go to Henry Jefferson. His mother's memory has most likely been wiped again, Zac doesn't know or care, she was a terrible mother to him. Pitt and his grandfather's spirit are the only family that matters to him. Every December 26th Zac will become somber and much less energetic than usual. The next day he'll skip class and go visit his grandfather's grave.




∞ Demon Information ∞


Image∞ Name ∞
Pitt

∞ Appearance ∞
While Pitt was still restrained by her seal, she appeared to be a something like a wingless fairy. She was blonde, had brown eyes, and stood about six inches tall. She was still very physically attached to Zac, mostly due to her stature. Her body was frail, and weak, which made Pitt prone to napping. Thanks to the Intercession of the Earth, the Bindings placed on her and Zac were finally removed for good and her true form was revealed. At first, she appeared to be a five year old girl. She was still very attached to Zac, due to her stature, but her hair color changed to red, and her eyes lightened, and became more auburn. Thanks to their four month training session with Master Horatio, Pitt and Zac trained intensely. Because of this, Pitt grew to her full size and power. She now stands just under six feet tall and is as developed as a twenty year old woman. Usually, she wears your average, everyday clothes, though she prefers the freedom of movement that skirts provide. She likes to dress smartly, as if to make Zac look even better, just by being next to him.

∞ Abilities ∞
Main Power Area: Light. In combat, Pitt is very powerful. Her main ability to change whatever arms and armor she is currently using with any of the arms and armor that she has stored within a special closet within her and Zac's Wardrobe. This is, essentially, long-range teleportation of an object(s) from within her wardrobe onto her person and back again, if necessary. Her closet has a special seal inscribed on the floor, allowing her to access anything within her closet without taking all of it at once. Essentially, she can pick and choose any of the arms and armor from her closet, and transport them onto her body at will. This ability functions at any distance from the wardrobe, although it does become harder the farther away she is from the wardrobe. While this ability is very useful in combat, it is very challenging to use. She always has to be aware of everything within her closet, she becomes vulnerable for a brief moment while one armor vanishes to make room for the other, and she has to remember which armor is good for which situation. She, much like Zac, focuses on close-quarters combat, and has taken to his use of Hyper-Sonic Combat. This speed, coupled with her ability to change out her arms and armor at a near instantaneous speed, allows her to maintain constant forward momentum while fighting, as she can always have whatever she needs to fight. This ability, much like her master's, is almost useless when out of combat.

∞ Personality ∞
Pitt, unlike Zach, is very lazy. Further, she is still getting used to her new form and is constantly tripping over things. It takes a lot of work to get her going in really any direction whatsoever and actually make it to her destination. Surprisingly, she gets very riled up very easily if she argues with Zach, which she does quite frequently. She likes to spend most of her time lying on top of Zach's head and whining at him to think of something to do. This is much sillier since her size has increased dramatically. However, their banter hasn't changed. He'll often suggest something she's very interested in, but then she'll still complain that it's too hard and continue to be lazy. More often than not, she has very extreme reactions to anything Zachary says, causing him to freak out and knock her off of his head. This will create a pointless argument that the two will pick at four hours if left unmolested. She's also very ditzy, but she isn't stupid, she's not even naive. She mostly just puts on the act so that no one will ask her to do anything hard. However, the second Zachary or any of his friends enters a crisis situation, she drops her unhelpful attitude like a bad habit and snaps into being incredibly helpful. She'll often come up with a course of action on the spot and will not stop giving advice and encouragement until Zachary is out of danger. At which point, she will immediately enter lazy mode and not move unless it's time to eat.



∞ Other ∞
None as of yet. More will be added as needed.


So begins...

Zachary Reinhardt's Story

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Zachary rushed down the corner, his little demon Pitt lounging on top of his head. Zac was going to be late for his special class the one that no one knew about. He told his friends he was going to club and he told his club he wouldn't be able to make it today. Zac's hair was rather comfortable today. He hadn't worn that stupid fencing helmet so it wasn't matted, it was all nice and fluffy. It was perfect. Pitt was so glad that this was her spot and not some other dumb demon's spot, they wouldn't love it as much as she did. She loved the way it smelled like him. The softness, the perfect golden color, it was all just right. Yup, this was definitely the best spot ever. No question about it. Except that it was bumping. Jostling really. This simply wouldn't do. With the comfy-ness of her spot in question, Pitt became just a little grumpy. So, she flopped over and banged Zac on his head, causing him to almost fall over and plow through three girls at their lockers. Luckily, he corrected himself and managed to swerve out of their path and down another hallway. An improvised shortcut.

"Damnit Pitt! What'd you do that for?" Zac swore, rubbing the soft spot on the side of his head. Still running down the hallway.

"Surprise surprise, you're gonna be late again Zac-o... Say, why do we even go to this dumb ol' school anyway?" Pitt lazily mocked.

"This is all your fault Pitt. If you hadn't flung all my pencils out of the window I wouldn't have had to run all the way back to my locker to get a spare would I? I wanted to be on time Pitt. Doesn't that mean anything to you?" Zac explained, completely exasperated. First she'd eaten his breakfast, then she scribbled on his homework, finally, she'd thrown his pencils out of the window and had caused their current predicament.

"You're bumpy. Knock it off. You're disturbing the comfy-ness of my spot. You know I hate that." She murmured, apparently about to sleep again.

"I'm done with you for now. It's class time, go bug your teacher now." Zac sighed. "Learn how to be helpful for a change."

She floated down lazily from her spot on his head and landed on his shoulder, still sprawled and sleeping. "No can do Zach-y, I enjoy bothering you. You're way more fun than some dumb lesson." Zach meandered over to his desk. He sat almost at the front of the class in the left corner of the room next to the far wall opposite the door. As he walked he heard someone talking in the back.

Look OZ. None of these children know how to do anything right. If it wasn’t for you, I would have been fashionably late. But NO, you have to make sure I get to on time. Who is on time anymore? Obviously these losers.” said a very pompous girl sitting in the back.

"Why you..." Zach muttered under his breath. That girl was asking for a beating. Zach didn't pursue it, he didn't fight girls, even if they were keepers. Wasn't right. Even if they were that nasty.

Are you trying to get in another fight Master?” Her demon said without a single trace of apathy. He was either very bored, or very used to his master's attitude. She was a real peace of work.

No, OZ, I’m not trying to get in a fight. Are you accusing me again?

No Master.

That’s what I thought.

Class should be starting soon, so you may as well stay quiet now. Please?” At that moment, the teacher and his demon walked in and the class naturally quieted down.

Fine fine, whatever.” she muttered.

" 'Bout time" Zach whispered to himself. That girl was a real pain. At that, the Teacher started his lesson.

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Robert strolled into the room, Kira following closely behind. He could feel her entire being tense up, seeing as she absolutely hated kids. “Don’t worry, Kira,” he said as he reassuringly pat her on the head. Robert, being an ice mage, never got cold. So he wore a button down shirt, which was buttoned up to the third button and the sleeves rolled up, and a pair of slacks which seemed a little too big in the leg. His hair was up in a ponytail with what little didn’t tie back framing his face. He was happy to see so many students in the in his class. Once he made it to the front of the classroom, he turned to face the class, looking over the poor children that would have to put up with him this year. But Kira took over for a little, so he just sat down and watched.

“All of you sit down,” Kira yelled, leaping on top of Robert’s desk. She was a beautiful demon, about the same size as a panther. “Now, I will not have any chit chat or note passing. You maybe children, but you are to act mature in my…,” she started.

“You mean my class,” Robert said in a heavy British accent.

“Yes, yes, you are right. To the point, if I am informed by Robert of any misbehavior, I will be quick to act. You will take notes and they will be checked after each class. If you have not done them, a proper punishment will be provided. If you go against any of the school rules, then you will be punished. Now, the Keeper’s will stay in here, and all the demon’s follow me into the hidden class next door.” Kira walked off the desk and through a specific spot on the wall, the Keeper’s demons following close behind.
Once she was out of hearing range, Robert looked at the class with a big smile. “Sorry about that class. As you can tell, Kira isn’t really friendly towards children. You don’t have to take notes, but it would probably be best if you did. And if you have broken any school rules within 24 hours of an assignment, then you will be ineligible to go with us whether it be down the street or across the globe.” He stood and wrote ‘Demons, Magic & Spells’ in large print on the black board. “Who knows anything about these words at all?”

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Lilly glared up at the giant cat that was prancing around like she owned the place. “Yes, yes, you are right. To the point, if I am informed by Robert of any misbehavior, I will be quick to act. You will take notes and they will be checked after each class. If you have not done them, a proper punishment will be provided. If you go against any of the school rules, then you will be punished. Now, the Keeper’s will stay in here, and all the demon’s follow me into the hidden class next door.” OZ stood and followed the teacher’s demon to the wall, but stopped quickly by the teacher. “I apologize for my Master’s behavior in advance,” he whispered to the teacher. He then continued through the wall with the other demons and sat on the floor, awaiting further instruction.

“Stupid cat,” Lilly said under her breath.

“Who knows anything about these words at all,” the teacher said after writing ‘Demons, Magic & Spells’ up on the board.

“If you don’t than you shouldn’t be in here. I mean, come on. We all should have had our demons for at least a year or two now. If someone is in here and knows nothing of those things, then they are completely stupid or in the wrong class room.” Though she was in a skirt, she still leaned back in her chair and kicked her feet up onto her desk. “Of course if a human was in here, I’d be completely willing to kill them. Because I was told that any humans that shouldn’t know about us are murdered.”

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"Well doesn't that seem rather bothersome." Pitt began, "Alright, I'm gone. Save me my spot Zac! Don't let anyone else take it. I WUBS YOU!!!" She finished, screaming and carrying on just because she knew it would bug him. And it did, he blushed bright scarlet. The two of them were very close. They loved each other like a pair of siblings would. However, they also got along like siblings. Kicking and screaming the whole way. Sure they picked on each other, but only because they really and truly loved one another and respected them. Of course, however, that didn't mean Pitt gave up a chance to tease Zach. He always had the greatest reactions. As she flew through the door, she waved the tiniest little backward glance at him and smiled.

"Actually pay attention Pitt!" he called after her. "Just because I'm not there doesn't mean you can slack off! You stupid...." he finished this particular sentiment muttering things under his breath. Why did she always do that? She always knew just how to get under his skin and make him crazy. Shaking off his embarrassment, Zac looked up at the board. He'd already pulled out his notebook and last remaining pencil and started taking notes.

"Who knows anything about these words at all?" The teacher asked. Motioning to the board which contained the words "Demons, Magic, & Spells." Of course Zachary knew that Keepers were bestowed with fantastic magical powers. They usually began to surface in the teenage years and were finally mastered by adulthood. Each Keeper had a demon as a companion for support, magical aid, and general company. Further, all Keepers had a domain area. They all had a specific branch of magic that they excelled in and could preform very large and powerful magics in. Zachary knew he was an Earth type. Specifically, he dealt with the transmutation of Earth into metal and the manipulation of metals. This worked very well for Zac because he loved to fence. What were swords made out of? Steel. It was great. Zac had just finished jotting down some cursory knowledge of demons, magic, and spells and was just about to raise his hand to tell the professor, who was obviously looking for a student to answer. At that, the rude girl in the back spoke up.

"If you don’t than you shouldn’t be in here. I mean, come on. We all should have had our demons for at least a year or two now. If someone is in here and knows nothing of those things, then they are completely stupid or in the wrong class room. Of course if a human was in here, I’d be completely willing to kill them. Because I was told that any humans that shouldn’t know about us are murdered.

"Hey!" Zach called out to her. "You can't just go killing people! Sure humans aren't allowed here, but there are obviously structures in place to prevent these kind of things, aren't there professor?"

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Robert sighed and looked at the girl in the back. “I see what your demon meant,” he muttered to himself. He nodded to the young man in the front and smiled. “We actually have a special mind erasing technique that is used in those cases. I understand that you must be a shadow mage then, Miss…,” he said while looking down at the roster. “Miss Bedford. Or would you rather Lilly? Is it not true that shadow mages are sent to dispose of humans causing problems in our world? Well, I know it’s true. It’s your nature. But there will be no murder of humans in my class. Sorry to disappoint you. Now.” Robert clapped his hands together. “I used to know shadow mage, and I learned that it is best to just ignore them. Now we shall proceed with class. Anyone know the main duties of a Keeper and what some things you should learn in this class are?

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Kira let out a sigh and smiled at the demons. “Hello class. I’m sorry that you had to see me like that. I have nothing against you or your Keepers’, I’m just not too fond of those teenagers. Now, I know you all have taken the oath to protect you Keepers’ at all costs. But it may seem hard at times because your personalities can clash. I have never met a demon and Keeper that were exactly the same. I’m also here if anyone needs a break or someone merely to talk to. To kick of class, we will go around and have each demon introduce themselves and their Keepers’ and also inform us of their Keepers’ powers.”

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"We actually have a special mind erasing technique that is used in those cases. I understand that you must be a shadow mage then, Miss…,” he said while looking down at the roster. Zac almost gasped. Shadow Mages were the dark assassins of the world of Keepers. They were often mean and pugnacious. They had to be, they were sent to deal with the nastiest of problems. Zac made a mental not to leave her well enough alone. Unless she wanted to be friendly with him. In which case, he supposed he could be ok with... what was her name? “Miss Bedford." Ahh, that's the one. Zac thought to himself. "Or would you rather Lilly? Is it not true that shadow mages are sent to dispose of humans causing problems in our world? Well, I know it’s true. It’s your nature. But there will be no murder of humans in my class. Sorry to disappoint you. Now.” The teacher clapped his hands together. “I used to know a shadow mage, and I learned that it is best to just ignore them. Now we shall proceed with class. Anyone know the main duties of a Keeper and what some things you should learn in this class are?"

Zach raised his hand. When he was called on, he spoke clearly and consicely, just as any good student would. He wasn't trying to be snobbish in his knowledge, his was merely moving the lesson along. "The duty of a keeper is to protect the natural balance in the world between the side with humans, and the magical side. That is why a keeper looks like a human. To be disguised on this side. It is also why a keeper is so powerful, to settle disputes and defend order on the other side."

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Pitt floated lazily over to her desk and flopped into it. She heard the professor talking and listened intently. She figured she had to. Dumb Zac, yelling at her in front of everyone. It wasn't her fault she loved him so much. The teacher's demon... demon teacher... whatever, started talking. Pitt dragged her head off of her desk and paid attention regardless.

"Hello class. I’m sorry that you had to see me like that. I have nothing against you or your Keepers’, I’m just not too fond of those teenagers. Now, I know you all have taken the oath to protect you Keepers’ at all costs. But it may seem hard at times because your personalities can clash. I have never met a demon and Keeper that were exactly the same. I’m also here if anyone needs a break or someone merely to talk to. To kick of class, we will go around and have each demon introduce themselves and their Keepers’ and also inform us of their Keepers’ powers."

That made no sense to Pitt. Didn't Zac love her too? She knew she loved him. They were family. He promised...

"That can't be right!" Pitt spoke up, her little cheeks blushing. "Zac loves me, he said so. Further, Zac has the bestest poofiest hair ever and it's my spot, none of you can have it. So there. Also, I guess I'm Pitt and I'm Zac's partner. He's an Earth mage. He's really good at swordfighting... and cooking... and studying... he's good at lot's of stuff. I love him!" She smiled as she hazily finished her thoughts. She wasn't really focused on anyone in particular, mostly just Zac back in the other room.

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“We actually have a special mind erasing technique that is used in those cases. I understand that you must be a shadow mage then, Miss…,” he said while looking down at the roster. “Miss Bedford. Or would you rather Lilly? Is it not true that shadow mages are sent to dispose of humans causing problems in our world? Well, I know it’s true. It’s your nature. But there will be no murder of humans in my class. Sorry to disappoint you. Now.” Robert clapped his hands together. “I used to know shadow mage, and I learned that it is best to just ignore them. Now we shall proceed with class. Anyone know the main duties of a Keeper and what some things you should learn in this class are?”

“I prefer Vatalini, Mr. Sir.” Lilly ignored the comment about everyone ignoring her. She was used to it. “I guarantee you that I am the only shadow mage in here, which makes me more … epic I guess. Is anyone in here a shadow mage?” Lilly raised her hand and looked around the room. No one else had, so she just laughed. “I thought so! Anyways, get on with the lesson so I don’t get nagged on later. I mean, I’ll only really pay attention when I feel like it.” There was a shy looking girl sitting in front of Lilly, so she decided to have a little fun. “A little hard to ignore me now, isn’t it,” she said, taking her feet off her desk so she could lean in and whisper in the girl’s ear. “You look like you’re scared of the dark. Want me to confirm what goes bump in the night?” The girl was shaking with fear, or at least that’s what it looked like from behind. Then she remembered the blonde kid in front who said something. “Oh yeah, by the way blondie. If you heard the man correct, I was a born killer, so don’t go questioning me and my morals, got that punk?”

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After a few demons went, it was OZ’s turn, so he stood reluctantly. “I’m OZ and my Master is Lilly Bedford. She is one of the rare shadow mages and she can control shadows.” With his face still emotionless, he sat back down and listened to the others speak, mentally noting how many were which type of mage.

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Zac had put up with the bickering and the nagging. He was just trying to take notes and get on with class and ignore the noises coming out of that girls mouth, like she just spewed rudeness at all hours of the day. He was used to it. Pitt did it all the time. She even made jokes about his "stupid hobbies" and "dumb sports". There was something about this girl though. It made her nagging a thousand times worse than Pitt's. Probably because at the end of the day, Zac loved Pitt. He loved her cute little face, and her cute way of teasing him. It was friendly, it was nice. Then he heard her say, "Oh yeah, by the way blondie. If you heard the man correct, I was a born killer, so don’t go questioning me and my morals, got that punk?" Finally, he'd had enough. The noises coming out of her mouth were just too much. Normally, Zac was nice to girls. He did like his Dad told told him to and treated them all nicely. He turned around and said with the politest smile on his face, though his teeth were spitting poison, "I'm so sorry that you're the only shadow mage in here. It's really a shame. It only gives us one more unnecessary person really. Just soaking up resources other keepers could be getting. If you're such a natural born killer, why are you even here? That's a great idea actually. If you love the dark so much, why don't you go back to it, and why don't you never come back either?"

The second he said it, he regretted it. Sure she was disturbing class, but she wasn't actually hurting anyone.

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Pitt was so bored. The other demons were all the same. They seemed to have such bad relationships with their keepers. It was so strange to her. Pitt decided she wanted to take a nap instead so she did. Snoring loudly the whole time.

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Robert nodded slightly as the boy in the front explained a Keepers’ job. “Thank you, um,” he said, peeking at the roster again, “Zachary. That was a wonderful explanation.” He proceeded to ignore the shadow girl in the back, but did confront her about scaring the other students. “Miss Bedford, if you are going to frighten the other students, I suggest you stop or I might just have to freeze your mouth shut temporarily,” Robert said with a friendly smile on his face. “OH! I almost forgot. My name is Mr. Beckenfield, but you can call me Robert if you want. Either way doesn’t matter to me.”

“Now, as you may already know, we will be taking trips around to different places to see different beings. Good and bad, you will have to … slay some of them. If you refuse, you may lose your own life, and I can’t have that. Some of you who would jump ahead might be at greater risk. Never follow all the rules, because that could spell the end as well. Don’t be afraid to follow your heart.”

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As the demon’s finished, Kira looked at the demon that went first and smiled. “You and your Keeper have an unbreakable bond, but you can still get in fights every now and then. I do with Robert at least five times a day, but in the end, we still can’t stand being apart. You see, you could do the worst thing in the world and they would have to forgive you. That’s how the bond works.”

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Finally, they were all done. The demon teacher spoke again, Pitt groggily put her head up and picked her nose, ignoring everyone in the room but the teacher. Just like what Zac told her to do. He never said anything about the rest of them. Specially that Oz guy. He looked like a real downer.

"You and your Keeper have an unbreakable bond, but you can still get in fights every now and then. I do with Robert at least five times a day, but in the end, we still can’t stand being apart. You see, you could do the worst thing in the world and they would have to forgive you. That’s how the bond works."

"Oh..." Pitt thought. "That would explain why we're so quick to forgive each other. We do love each other though. We said so... I'll make him tell me again later." She smiled and sat up. She wasn't staring at her teacher. She was staring at the ceiling. She was hungry, so she imagined the dots in the ceiling tiles were connect-the-dots that made pictures of food. She drooled quite heavily when one of her little puzzles turned out to be a steak.

"Yummy..." she said out loud.

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“Looks like Pretty Boy is having a prissy fit. That’s kinda cute. I would honestly love to crawl back into I came out of, but I have better things to do. So why don’t you be a good little boy and take notes.” Lilly turned her attention back into the frail looking girl in front of her. “You should be taking notes to. I don’t want my demon thinking I slacked off the entire time.” The girl actually started writing and Lilly just kicked her feet back up and leaned in her chair. Hate … such an odd feeling, she thought. Why was she here, she could just get up and leave, making the class way happier. So why wouldn’t she. Lilly closed her eyes and day dreamed, like she often did, blocking out all other noise. What should I eat when I get back to the dorm, she thought, drifting off in a food wonderland. The voices of the shadows and the occasional images swept in and out, but she remained searching her mind for recipes. Of course, neither OZ nor she could cook, so they usually snuck out to eat. “Maybe burritos … those are cheap and yummy,” she muttered unconsciously.



OZ listened to the demons talk, taking in their information. What kind of bond did him and Lilly have, he wondered. It seemed more like a Master – Servant thing to him. Yeah, he loved her, but did she love him back? It was too confusing to endlessly ponder on.

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She'd ignored him. Guess he should have too. Zac was always the hot headed kind. Say mean things first and punch some stuff then find out the consequences later. He resolved to man up and apologize to her after class. He continued to pay attention and took notes about what was being discussed. However, he had a question for the professor, about something he said earlier. Everything was very interesting, and he'd almost completely forgotten it, but he did have a tiny little question niggling at the back of his brain. He couldn't help it, so he had to ask. He finished writing down what little bit he needed and raised his hand. Finally he was called on.

"Excuse me sir, you mentioned we'd be going to see some of them. I realize that we're in an odd situation so we're going out to gain experience, however, isn't the slaying of particularly evil monsters left to the Older, more powerful keepers? Further, if you don't mind my asking, what kind of creatures do you think we'd be going to visit?" Zac was naturally curious, and though he would never back down from a fight, he wasn't sure of the collective combat ability of everyone in the room. The teacher would obviously be experienced, that much was certain. And, Sure the shadow mage back there talked a good game, but you could never really know until you were thigh deep in some kind of trouble.

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Robert sighed. “Alright guys … can we please focus?” He listened to Zachary’s questions. “Okay, I see where you are coming from, and yes, this is usually something left for the older mages to do, but as the future generation of mages, the testing is getting much harder. If I was any other teacher, I would not be having you go up against these monsters, but I’m a very experienced man. You will be going against every monster I can think of that wouldn’t kill you in an instant. Now, we are going around the room, introducing ourselves and our area of specialty. Now, some of you may have resentment towards specific users for some unknown reason, but please refrain from any rude comments. I would love for everyone to participate.” Robert smiled and picked each and every kid, going up and down the rows.

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Kira smiled as the demons finally started to ease up and communicate with each other. “Honestly, that’s all I have for today. Every class won’t be this laid back, but since it is the first day, I think you all should get to know one another.” Kira went around speaking to any demon's who had questions. Seeing this odd lot of demon's made her wonder what kind of children were in the room next to them.

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The teacher spoke, "Alright guys … can we please focus?” He listened to Zachary’s questions. “Okay, I see where you are coming from, and yes, this is usually something left for the older mages to do, but as the future generation of mages, the testing is getting much harder. If I was any other teacher, I would not be having you go up against these monsters, but I’m a very experienced man. You will be going against every monster I can think of that wouldn’t kill you in an instant. Now, we are going around the room, introducing ourselves and our area of specialty. Now, some of you may have resentment towards specific users for some unknown reason, but please refrain from any rude comments. I would love for everyone to participate."

Zachary looked around. There was a decent group of kids in the room, each with a very interesting set of powers. It was finally his turn so he stood up and looked around the room. Most everyone looked at him quietly and respectfully, the Shadow girl in the back was obviously daydreaming. Zac ignored her. "I'm Zachary," he said. "If it's easier you can call me Zac. I like to play any sport or any game you can think of as long as it's fun." He said this part with a smile, trying to make a good first impression. He continued, "I'm an Earth type Mage specializing in Transmutation and Manipulation. I can turn any rock or dirt or sand into a blade for me to use. It doesn't matter what it's made of. Further, I can manipulate any existing metal into a sword-like shape depending on how much is there. Obviously, the more there is, the better of a sword I'll get out of it. Same goes for pulling the blade out of dirt. That's about it really. It suits me well as the captain of the school's fencing team." After his introduction and brief explanation, he sat back down and waited for the exercise to finish. Zac was really eager to go on their first mission. He couldn't wait to put his enemies to rest in his Boneyard. However, luck favors the prepared. Zac made sure to jot down a few quick notes about everyone in the class. Name and type with a brief summary of what they could do. It would be useful to know in a crisis situation.

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Pitt was having small talk made at her. She wasn't really sure how to handle this. Obviously Zac would know what to do in a social situation, but it mostly just tired Pitt out. All she really wanted was to take a nap in Zac's hair. She smiled thinking about him. He'd washed his hair this morning so it was extra nice. Her desk wasn't anywhere near as comfy. As Zac's hair was. Such a shame. Naptime would have to wait. Pitt attempted to make small talk at the demon who was talking to her. It wasn't working very well. She didn't even feel the least bit badly about it.

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As the rest of the class finished up, it finally became Lilly's turn. She did nothing. She didn't stand up, she didn't even say her name, so Robert flicked a chunk of ice at her and it knocked her over. Of course, she became angry and flew into a tantrum, which Professor Robert calmly diffused. She went on and on about how Shadow Mages were the best and they were the only kind that needed to exist and blah... blah... blah... Zachary had stopped paying attention. Instead, he filled in what other notes he needed and packed everything into his bag. Finally, she became so flustered, that she fell off of his desk and onto the floor. Robert spoke, "Okay class! Be up early tomorrow and eat well. We are starting training. I will have three separate classes. Physical, mental and emotional, which we will alternate with spells and potions the day after tomorrow. Got that? Plenty of sleep and eat lots! I will decide tomorrow who is in which group. We have a mission exactly a week from today."

Zachary hung back and waited for Pitt. She still wasn't done yet so he figured now was as good a time as any. The rest of the students were just mingling anyway, waiting for their demons to get back so they could leave. He might as well too. He walked over to the Shadow girl and held out his right hand to shake. He didn't care if she slapped him, she didn't care if she called him names, he had to try, even if it failed miserably.

"We got off on the wrong foot." Zachary started. "I don't like what I said to you earlier and I'm sorry I said it. I was angry, I didn't actually mean it. It's not your fault you were born a shadow mage, and I shouldn't be picking fights with you based on that. What do you say, could we maybe start over? Can I at least try to be friends with you? Do we really have to get on like that every day? It can't be fun for you, having everyone be afraid of you, can it?"

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Pitt was slowly dying. Their meet and greet was dragging on forever. All she wanted was to go and see Zac again. She needed a nap like no body's business."The hair..." she murmured. "It calls! The hair! So soft!!!" She held he hand up to the ceiling, clutched as if to supplicate the gods for their divine mercy. She then flopped ungracefully unto her desk again. She started tracing circles on her desk in sheer boredom. Then squares. The triangles. Finally she did dodecahedrons before deciding it was time to stop drawing shapes. She thought about steak again. Her stomach growled audibly. She wished she hadn't thought about steak. Zac always made it so good, and it was such a tasty treat. Maybe later.

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Lilly glared up at the blonde haired boy. Then she smiled. “I love what I said to you. Been a while since someone has been stupid enough to talk back to me.” Lilly stood and ignored his hand, dusting herself off. “I need to leave this dump and get some food.” Lilly looked around, waiting for OZ.

“Alright guys, you can leave, make sure to get plenty of rest and have good meals.” Kira walked through the wall and into the classroom, leaping onto Robert’s desk again. OZ slowly walked through the wall, making his way over to Lilly.

“Thanks for not being there to take notes OZ! You wouldn’t believe the idiots I had to deal with today! And the teacher, the teacher for heaven’s sake, is a total jerk! Come on. We need to stock up food while we can so I don’t starve. Besides … after today, I have a blood lust that needs to be filled.” Lilly looked slyly at Zac, chuckling slightly. “Unless you have some sort of input.”

“Master, no. Stop. You shouldn’t be talking to your classmates like this.” OZ turned to Zac and bowed slightly. “I apologize for her behavior,” he said emotionlessly.

“What is with you OZ! You’ve been apologizing left and right today without my permission! You,” she said, turning to Zac, “Give me your notes. I need OZ to copy them down for later. Actually, on second thought, come get food with us. I’ll show you how good I really am! You see, I’m going to be the ultimate ruler of the world! No one will be able to defeat me, not even the Elders’. Once I get out of here, I’ll be strong enough to beat anyone! Then you can give me your note before I eat so I don’t fall asleep.” Lilly walked towards the door, but had to stop and wait for OZ to catch up.

“Oh. Lilly, I forgot to tell you that you that you have detention tomorrow after class. Make sure to come prepared for a fight, okay,” Robert said with a smile that even sent chills down Lilly’s spine. “We do detention different here. And I think it will be good for you.”

“You did it again,” said OZ.

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Lilly glared up Zac. Then she smiled. “I love what I said to you. Been a while since someone has been stupid enough to talk back to me.” Lilly stood and ignored his hand, dusting herself off. “I need to leave this dump and get some food.

Zac scoffed. "Figures... Whatever. I honestly don't know why I'm even trying to do this with you. I figured I'd give you a second chance 'cause I'm sure other people haven't. If this is what I get for my trouble whatever. Just whatever."

It was at that exact moment that Pitt came bursting from the spot on the wall and made a beeline at rapid speed to the one spot she loved more than any other place in the world. Zac's head. The lovely reunion almost knocked him over.

"Did you miss me Zach-y? I missed-ed you! I missed-ed you sooo much!" She then proceeded to make gross kissing noises and roll around on Zac's head.

Zac, however, was less than thrilled. He began to walk away from Lilly and the rest of the class and was going to head home. "Jesus Pitt, can't you even try to behave?"

"Why? Behaving is for squares." she replied simply. "Feh, forget it. Let's go home." Zac sighed. Behind him, he heard Lilly and her demon carrying on.

Thanks for not being there to take notes OZ! You wouldn’t believe the idiots I had to deal with today! And the teacher, the teacher for heaven’s sake, is a total jerk! Come on. We need to stock up food while we can so I don’t starve. Besides … after today, I have a blood lust that needs to be filled.” Lilly looked slyly at Zac, chuckling slightly, making sure to get his attention. “Unless you have some sort of input.

Zac rolled his eyes and scoffed. "You wouldn't be enough for me anyhow. Your name's not big enough to be buried in my Boneyard." he muttered.

Master, no. Stop. You shouldn’t be talking to your classmates like this.” OZ turned to Zac and bowed slightly. “I apologize for her behavior,” he said emotionlessly.

Zac was about to brush off the little demon's apology, stating that there was no need for such formalities, but he was interrupted.

What is with you OZ! You’ve been apologizing left and right today without my permission! You,” she said, turning to Zac, “Give me your notes. I need OZ to copy them down for later. Actually, on second thought, come get food with us. I’ll show you how good I really am! You see, I’m going to be the ultimate ruler of the world! No one will be able to defeat me, not even the Elders’. Once I get out of here, I’ll be strong enough to beat anyone! Then you can give me your note before I eat so I don’t fall asleep.” Lilly walked towards the door, but had to stop and wait for OZ to catch up.

Oh. Lilly, I forgot to tell you that you that you have detention tomorrow after class. Make sure to come prepared for a fight, okay,” Robert said with a smile that even sent chills down Lilly’s spine. “We do detention different here. And I think it will be good for you.

You did it again,” said OZ.

"It seems you've forgotten about me." Zac sighed. "I won't be rising to your little challenge. It wouldn't be fun for me to crush some little squirt like you. Besides, you're gonna need to save up your strength. Detention and training tomorrow? You're gonna die. Good luck." Zac turned on his heel and left. He knew that tomorrow was going to be difficult so he made sure to make a mental note to get Pitt to stop bothering him early so he could sleep.

As he walked down the hallway, Pitt spoke up, sensing her Master's inner turmoil. "Zach-y why are you trying so hard to impress those butt heads?"

"They're my classmate's Pitt, you'd think there would be SOME form of comradery. It's no fun unless everyone's enjoying themselves. I hate to see her all alone like that. Plus she's doing it on purpose. I just don't get it. Does she want everyone to hate her?" Zac questioned, at no one in particular.

"Zac... you're too nice." Pitt countered softly. "What?" "You really care about those people, even though you hardly know them. You're really nice. I love you Zac." Pitt finished softly, smiling. She knew that deep in her heart, even though it looked like Zac wanted to be respected, and maybe feared, he just genuinely wanted everyone to get along. He was the best. She sighed dreamily. Zac blushed, "There's no reason everyone can't get along..." he mumbled. Then he changed the subject. "What are you hungry for Pitt? Let's stuff ourselves tonight! Then we'll sleep all night. We can do our homework later."

"Yeah!!! Screw homework!" Pitt shouted in triumph.

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Zac was having a lovely dream. The key word in that phrase being was. Pitt had woken up hours ago and was bored to tears. She chose this exact moment to wake up Zac and get him to make her breakfast.

"Zach-y..." she said, attempting to ease him out of bed. He merely grumbled.

"Zach-y my love, wake up..." she prodded him gently. He flipped over and snored.

"ZAC I'M HUNGRY WAKE UP NOW!!!" She roared, to which Zac did finally escape the comfortable and quiet grips of sleep. He did so most abruptly.

"For crying out loud Pitt! I'm trying to sleep here!!" He yelled.

"It's morning time now." Pitt said sleepily. "If you don't hurry up and get ready, you'll be late for class."

"What? What about my alarm!?' Zac panicked. He flew out of bed and threw on his clothes.

"Oh, you mean Mr. Annoying Butt. I turned him off, he kept waking me up." Pitt said nonchalantly. She obviously hadn't realized that while she did this every morning, it was the cause of them always being late. Zac never really talked to her about it.

"You shut off my alarm clock? Now we're not gonna be able to have a good breakfast today Pitt!" Zac yelled from the bathroom while fixing his unruly hair.

"WAIT! THAT'S WHAT HE MEANS?!" Pitt exclaimed. She flew over to the smashed alarm clock, bowing to it and pleading with it. "I'm so sorry Mr. Alarm clock, will you ever forgive a worthless wretch like me? I promise I'll never smash you again!! Please, come back to us!! I'll sacrifice Zac! Will that make you feel better?" "Hey!" came Zac's muffled retort from the bathroom as he brushed his teeth. "Even though I love him more than breakfast, I'll still sacrifice him! Don't let us go without breakfast oh magical time device!!!" While Pitt was usually unaffected by her harmless pranks on Zac, no one ever messed with food in their house. It was a sacred subject. However, it was no use. The damage was done. They had to skip their big breakfast and settle for toast and juice instead. While it was something, and better than nothing, it wasn't going to be enough, luckily, they'd packed a massive lunch, so they'd be ok when they got to lunch. Zac explained this to Pitt as they ran to class.

"But that'll take forever!" She whined from up in Zac's hair.

"It'll have to do!" Zac said. "Maybe that'll teach you to stop smashing my alarm clocks!" Zac scolded. "Never again!!" she wailed melodramatically.

They ran to the classroom in record time, but surprisingly enough, they were incredibly early. There appeared to be no one there. "If I'd known we were gonna be this early, I'd have made you make us breakfast anyway." Pitt whined.

"Knock it off Pitt, we're in class now..." Zac trailed off once he'd seen Lilly sitting in the classroom by herself. "Oh, it's you." he muttered, just loud enough for her to hear.

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"Knock it off Pitt, we're in class now..." Zac trailed off once he'd seen Lilly sitting in the classroom by herself. "Oh, it's you." he muttered, just loud enough for her to hear. Lilly turned quickly to glare at Zac, pondering silently why he was here.

“I could have sworn you never got detention. So why don’t you just beat it and go find the rest of those scum-sucking goodie-goodies. Can’t you see I’m preparing for a battle,” Lilly said as she turned back so she was facing the front and laid her head on her desk. “Stupid people … telling me to come prepared and not even showing up. Who do they think they are anyways? Telling me what to do.” OZ was on the other side of the room, deeply interested in a book. Lilly just glanced at him before continuing to mumble about how useless humans all humans were. “Hey OZ,” Lilly yelled, just to get his attention. “Why don’t you be useful and go find the stupid excuse for a teacher! I want to know if he’s coming or not! Take blondie with you so he can go do stupid training with the rest of the stupid, insignificant, lame, poor excuses for mages …,” Lilly started before slamming her head onto the table and continuing her conversation in a hushed tone.

The shadows around the room wavered as Lilly continued to mumble. OZ glanced down at the ground from his book and sighed. Even his appearance was faltering. “You know I can’t leave you.”

“It’s not like I depend on you. You can leave … unless you are that much of a priss. Just go OZ,” Lilly mumbled. But OZ just sat back down and continued to read his book.

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Luke woke up early in the morning on the small sofa in his dorm room. Looking out the window, he saw that the sun hadn’t even risen yet. Supposed I should have tried to stay up later… he told himself as he shrugged and started through his morning ritual. He had spent the last few days doing off campus “activates” for the “Medieval Club” that he was a part of. The teacher in charge had given him the first day off, so he had mostly just lazed around his dorm room the whole day until he had fallen asleep on the sofa sometime in the early afternoon.

As Luke was stepping out of the shower, a haunting looking black figure appeared in front of him, blocking most of his vision in an attempt to scare him. Unsurprised, Luke simply stood there for a few moments, until the smile on the figure faded to a blank expression. Even then he could tell that Jack was disappointed that the attempt hadn’t worked.

“You always do that when I wake up before you, Jack. You haven’t tried that one in a long time, did you think I forgot?” He spoke nonchalantly to his demon while he dried his hair. Though he knew better than to expect a response, all he would get was the usual blank expression.

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An hour or so later, the sun had just begun spill in from the windows, Luke had made himself a modest breakfast and finished it. Looking around the mostly empty dorm room, he decided that he really had nothing better to do than heading to the Club. He also felt a bit strange about missing the first day. He didn’t really like the whole idea of “benefits with seniority”. He resolved to talk to Robert about it after he thanked him for the day off.

“Lets go Jack.” Luke Called as he exited the dorm room. The Demon, who had disappeared shortly before the start of breakfast, appeared out in the hall. Wearing a grin on it’s face, as though it had outwitted the young keeper.

“Wow, you’re really grabbing for them today, aren’t you.” Luke commented. The demons smile quickly dissipated. As Luke locked the door he wondered what was up with his demon. It normally wasn’t this desperate. “You shouldn’t be so desperate, you’ll loose your edge Jack.” The demon’s silence persisted as it always did. “In any case, don’t be acting up today.” Luke finished in a commanding tone, then started down the hallway. The Demon disappeared again, but Luke knew that it was following closely behind.

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When Luke approached the Club’s classroom, he found two other young keepers there along with their demons. Yet he didn’t see the teacher. Though he recognized his yellow haired underclassman, Zachary. He didn’t recognize the other, or her demon. Though he noted that she looked sort of young, so he considered that she might be a new student. That was another thing he didn’t really like about missing the first day, he didn’t get to meet all the newcomers to the club.

“Hey Zack. What’s up?” Luke asked as he entered the classroom. He had heard them conversing as he approached, but the conversation seemed to have stopped just as he entered. “Robert not here?” He also gave a short wave to the new member he didn’t know. He could tell Jack was hanging around near the entrance to the doorway and made sure to keep some of his focus on the demon's location. He was intent to stop any trouble it might try to cause. Especially with the newcomer around.

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Zac watched in a small amount of awe as the shadows in the room quavered and danced. It was dark, and just the littlest bit scary. However, it was beautiful. Her back and forth with Oz, her demon, was almost sad. A demon was a partner. Didn't it make sense to try and get along with them? Why treat him like a slave. Zac felt bad for Oz. Sympathetically, he reached up and gently patted Pitt's head. She didn't know why she was getting attention, but she loved it. "Yay!!" she squealed in delight. She loved it when Zac doted on her.

Zac stepped forward, and stopped patting Pitt. "Awww..." she quietly whined. She obviously wasn't that upset because she fell asleep instantly. With Pitt asleep, he could talk a little more freely. He was determined to get Lilly to be friendly with him. "If you remember correctly, Mr. Beckenfield said to meet with him after class. Detention's always been after class." Zac said. He almost laughed. It was the same kind of predicament Pitt would always get him into.

Zac scoffed, "Me? Never get detention? What kind of planet do you come from," he joked. "I'm always getting in detention. Kids like me, who look like troublemakers, get detention for breathing hard. Why else do you think I keep my grades up? It's so the teacher's don't bug me." He explained.

He paused for a moment. In a rare moment of extreme kindness, Zac walked over to her desk and sat down. "Why do you do that?" He asked. "I know it's not my place to pry, but why do you ostracize yourself? Why not make some friends? I'm sure people would like you if you tried. If you didn't act like such a brat I'm sure people would like you. Hell, I'm still willing to start over with you. Why aren't you?" Though Zac would never show it, and he'd punch you if you mentioned it, Zac was really a sweet kid. He genuinely cared about Lilly, even if she scorned him. In his mind, they were classmates, precious comrades who should stick out for each other. She obviously didn't feel the same way, and it kind of hurt him. He didn't want to think that there was nothing he could do to heal the rift between them.

Just as he was finished speaking, a new classmate walked into the room. Zac recognized him as Luke. He waved back to Luke and responded. "Hey, Rob's off doing god knows what so until class starts it's just us. Take a seat man."

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Lilly let out a long and hard sigh. “Your still here? Honestly, I’m not listening to anything you are saying. I don’t know you and I really couldn’t give less of a care about you. I don’t even know what half the things you are saying mean.” Lilly sat back and glared at him. “I’m pure evil … so stop talking to me.” Then someone new walked in. “Ugh!” Lilly shouted and glared at the window. “Stupid light … being so bright and cheerful … can just go to hell …,” Lilly muttered as she covered her eyes. The shadows belonging to the inanimate objects in the room quickly rushed and covered the window, barely letting any light in.

OZ got up and walked over to Lilly, patting her on the head. “Master,” he said. “You don’t have to cover your eyes anymore, because the shadows fixed it for you.”

“I got a knife and I’m not afraid to use it,” Lilly muttered, looking at the two who lingered in the room. OZ took Lilly’s hand and pulled her to the darker end of the room, not trying to be rude to the others in the room.

“Master, your hair is all messy … did you brush it?” Lilly refused to answer, knowing that OZ knew she hadn’t. “I understand you didn’t have time. Would you like me too?” OZ only stuck his nose back in his book. Though he asked, he knew the answer to any question that he would ask her. He knew her to well, even though it hadn’t been that long.

“OZ, can I just go to bed or something? If the stupid teacher isn’t going to arrive on time, then I see no point in staying here.”

Just then, Robert entered the room. He had been late merely because he didn’t want to get up. All the other kids had assembled in the hidden court yard for sectioning and training. “Thought I might find some wanderers in here,” he said with a genuine smile. “Ah, Miss Bedford,” he said as he caught a glimpse of her in the far corner, “I see you couldn’t wait to get started. Too bad that you have detention, which Luke will gladly help me with. You know how it goes, right Luke? Why don’t we all go onto the roof and get started. Zac, feel free to stay or go, which ever pleases you. Kira will get them all started and divided and sent off with their proper group leaders.” Robert turned and signaled for all to follow him, but Lilly just sat there in reply.

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Zac scoffed. He don't know why even said anything. "Forget I said anything." Zac murmured.

At that precise moment PItt woke up. "Why are you being so nice to her?" she asked him dreamily. "She's obviously just crying out for attention because she desperate for it. What a pathetic butt head." Pitt finished.

"Pitt!" Zac started, but he didn't get to finish. At that moment, Robert had entered the room.

"Thought I might find some wanderers in here,” he said with a genuine smile. “Ah, Miss Bedford,” he said as he caught a glimpse of her in the far corner, “I see you couldn’t wait to get started. Too bad that you have detention, which Luke will gladly help me with. You know how it goes, right Luke? Why don’t we all go onto the roof and get started. Zac, feel free to stay or go, which ever pleases you. Kira will get them all started and divided and sent off with their proper group leaders."

"I'll go Robert." Zac said, getting up and following his teacher. "It's been a while, besides, this'll be way more fun than boring first day of Physical Training." He was actually getting a little pumped up. He was trying to tone it down in front of Luke and Lilly but Pitt knew better.

"Yeah!" She yelled triumphantly. "Let's do this detention up real good! We'll show these pussies how it really is, datte-bayo!" She finished her gloriously cliched little speech by pointing her finger to the sky and screaming, "Just who the hell do you think we are!"

Pitt's entire spectacle had taken place in Zac's hair.

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Luke shrugged off the snaky comments coming from the new girl and nodded at Zack’s conformation that Robert would be there shortly. Though he was surprised when many of the shadows in the room moved freely to cover up the window, a little less so once he realized that she must have an affinity for shadow magic. He quickly shot Jack, who was still invisible, a commanding glance then took a seat. It was short enough so that the other’s wouldn’t notice unless they were paying attention, but enough to deter the demon from trying to eat the now magically infused shadows that were covering the window. A necessary action, considering that those kind’s of things were the demon’s favorite snack.

As Luke sat there, he reflected a bit on the young girl’s comments. She seemed quite hostile. He wondered what was bugging her, but he wasn’t one to pry. The girl’s demon seemed considerate enough though. Still, as he knew all too well, a keeper’s personality didn’t necessarily have to be anywhere close to their demon’s. He shot another quick glance to Jack, who had started to wonder a little too close to the window. The demon backed off.

Then Robert entered and addressed the three. Luke laughed a little bit at Robert’s comment that he knew how detention worked. As they both knew Luke hadn’t been quite the upstanding student in his previous years at Henry Jefferson. Still, Luke was perfectly fine with helping out and nodded to Robert.

As Zack responded and Pitt did her little bit, Luke stood up and walked over to follow Robert’s beckon. Though before that, he shot one last glance at Jack, who had begun to move toward the shadows again, trying to take advantage of the ruckus. Though it was invisible, Luke could tell it was sending him a blank stare.

Being thwarted from it’s potential snack must have annoyed the demon slightly though, as it dispelled it’s invisibly. Not exactly disobeying him, it still backed off from the window and moved back across the room to the door where Luke was.

“Ok, then.” Luke muttered. Though he let go of the frustration quickly. “Sorry about that.” He mainly addressed the new girl, in case Jack’s sudden appearance had startled her, the other two were likely much more used to the occurrence. “My demon doesn’t care for much beside what only it wants.” Jack’s response was to simply stare blankly at what it pleased, in this case the tasty looking shadow demon by the name of OZ.

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Lilly stared blankly at the three men in the doorway. OZ was sending out a undetectable wave of anger. He had always wanted her to make friends and she kept blowing it no matter what. So, with a sigh, Lilly stood up and faced them, almost holding her breath. The shadows disapated, sending in the agonizing morning light. "Sorry, blondie. When your raised by shadows, you don't really learn how to interact with other people." She then pushed past the three, making her way to the roof with OZ close behind. OZ had a weird feeling about new demon ... a feeling he didn't like.

Robert sighed and followed close behind Lilly as well. "Was that meant for me too? I feel kinda left out. I mean, who wouldn't want to get an apology from a little cutie like you?"

"Shut up, senile old man. Like I would apologize to you," Lilly said, completely unfazed, eventually making it to the stair case that lead to the roof.