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Maria Silencia

"Even without a soul and a beating heart... it is like dolls have a life of their own."

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a character in “Shattered Dimensions”, as played by Gladis

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"Can you hear them too? The voices of the doll when they express their cravings for a soul..."




Name:
Maria Silencia

Age:Image
16 (soon 17)

Gender:
Female

Personality:
Maria is a soft spoken and kind person, if not a little shy. It is not like she gets embarrassed as soon as she is confronted by someone, but she dislikes being in large crowds and if she were to chose, you would avoid it at all times. Although she doesn't speak much, especially not with strangers, she does like being surrounded by friends, however, and won't mind it most of the time. Just sometimes does she enjoy simply being by herself with the dolls her father and she created as her only company. Yes, Maria has always had a strange affection for dolls- perhaps like her father. Her favorite hobby besides drawing is creating dolls. That is why she took over Noctis's business after... he passed away.

Appearance Description:
Maria is average in hight and slender- almost too much so. Or well, at least it looks like it. She inherited her body form from her fathers, and as they both were not only half starved (mainly Sepiroth) but already genetically thin (mainly Noctis) her body has a similar form. She is rather flat chested and although her curves are subtle, they are there. Maria is of pale complexion and her features are rather delicate. Her hair has been cut rather short and reaches to about her shoulders, only curling at the tips. However, when her hair is long it it has a wavy, almost curly substance to it. Although her eye (the one which visible) now is read, it used to actually be crystal blue when she was younger. What happened to it remains a mystery... to everyone but perhaps Maria.

Equipment and Abilities:
Maria has no remarkable equipment other than a charm that was given to her by her father before she died. What exactly it does she is unsure of, but he told her it was for her protection. Maria has the ability to, when removing her eye patch, recognize people, creatures and objects that do not belong to the dimension she is currently in- even if they are in disguise. She also has the ability to breathe life into a doll- if only for a short while, and make it carry out her will. It is unknown if she has any more abilities, as she doesn't seem to be using magic or demonic powers very often. Then again, her father was a powerful magician... so perhaps she does hide some sort of special abilities or powers.

Historical Background:
The first five years of her life Maria spent with her two fathers, Sepiroth (Papa) and Noctis (Mapa). Shortly after her Sepiroth died, however, Maria and Noctis suddenly disappeared. Or so those left in the Leviathan thought. In truth Noctis had somehow managed to take his daughter to another dimension (the human world) in order to protect her. It didn't take him long to get them settled in and soon he opened a doll shop to make a living, crafting and selling his otherworldly beautiful dolls. Maria always watched her father work in fascination, wishing that she herself one day perhaps could do the same. So, she took the courage and asked him to teach her. Noctis did so gladly and it turned out Maria, like him, had a natural talent for the trade. Although her work is still far from as good as her fathers, it is most certainly not bad. They lived happily like this for several years, until Noctis a few months ago was... killed. She never speaks of it and no one (other than her) know for sure what actually happened. An old lady Noctis had befriended has moved in with Maria and will take care of her until she is old enough to live by herself. Considering it her duty, Maria has continued her fathers work in her spare time. She does, however, attend school, so many hours of her days are spent on that and homework.



"Never will I let your work go to waste... I will keep it going until my very last breath, Mapa... it was your passion, and now it is mine."


So begins...

Maria Silencia's Story

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Zoroark relaxed when he saw the others were there as well. He smiled weakly as she threw her arms around him and nuzzled her face into his neck, gently running his fingers through her hair in an attempt to comfort her. "I'm glad you're fine," I mumbled softly before glancing at Asura and Hazel. "Are you two alright too?" I asked softly, sounding only a little concerned... although I was trying to hide it too. It didn't do for a demon to be concerned... even if it was his family. And yes, he did see Asura like some kind of family as well. He was Celeste's brother... after all. Even if he didn't treat her as a sister very often. Ugh, he thought.

"You aren't hurt, are you...? A-and...do you think the baby will be okay?"


As Celeste spoke he turned his attention back to her again, smiling weakly as he gently caressed her cheek. "I'm sure the baby will be okay. It seems no serious harm has come to any of us... You are right, though. I have no idea what's going on right now..." Zoroark sighed softly and stood up, carefully pulling his beloved to her feet before smiling at her reassuringly. "Now... I'm sure we will be fine anyway," gently letting go of her, he glanced around curiously, pausing as he noticed a door.

After a brief moment of hesitation Zoroark sauntered over to it, his crimson eyes filled with curiosity but also a hint of fear. Not having a grip of the situation was freaking him out and scaring him more than most things he was afraid of. He just hoped they would somehow be able to get out of this mess and back home. It was unfair that just as everything had settled and seemed so wonderful... something unpredictable like this would happen. At least that was so in Zoroark's opinion.

Placing his hand on the doorknob he slowly started to turn it, noticing to his relief that it was unlocked. It wasn't like he wouldn't have had a problem to break the door open or anything, but since he had no clue of what was outside, he would prefer to keep it down and make as little sound as possible.

Peaking his head outside, Zoroark raised an eyebrow. This place... had some kind of familiar feel to it. It seemed to be some kind of dimly lit workshop. Actually, it wasn't just some kind of workshop. It was a dolls workshop... with different doll parts hanging from the walls and roof. Some boxes scattered here and there across the room were also filled with doll parts, while a few unfinished dolls were sitting on shelves, staring down at him. It made him feel... slightly uneasy.

His gaze wandered across the room as he took everything in, a look of wonder evident on his features. Then suddenly he felt a pang in his chest. Now Zoroark new what this place reminded him of. It reminded him of Noctis's workshop back home. By now, it had stood empty for a year... because about a year ago, his twin and niece had suddenly vanished without a trace. Biting his lip as the sadness of back then washed over him once more, Zoroark stepped fully into the room and opened the door wider to let the others inside. First then he noticed there was someone there.

Sitting by one of the workshop tables was what seemed to be a young female, short black curls reaching to about her shoulders. Her pale, delicate hands were carefully working on polishing a dolls head and she was humming softly, quietly to herself. Her voice was soft and clear, beautiful to say at least... but the lyrics were slightly creepy. Just slightly.

"Tula Pilatu Kah Luttata
Remember the faces that you've betrayed?
Tula Putapittana Tufeepah
Have you ever stopped being jealous?
Tula Littata Luppashah
Happiness built up on others' misfortunes
It's getting late, don't you think?
We should move on to the main dish

Don't ruin any food on your plate

La Pilatu Kah Luttata
That serious look on you's such a waste
Tula Putapittana Tufeepah
Let me carve a smiley on your face
Tula Littata Luppashah
Chocolate, biscuits, raspberry tarts
Open up big, I will feed you
Until your teeth rot."


At first, she didn't seem to notice us. Not wanting to disrupt her seemingly intense focus or draw any attention to them, Zoroark didn't dare move... or even breath. Suddenly, however, the girl turned her head and stopped singing abruptly, staring at the strangers with her one red eye. Indeed, she was wearing an eye patch across her right eye. Her movements of polishing the head stopped and she blinked at them.

"Who... are you?" She asked, her voice soft, delicate.

Zoroark couldn't believe his eyes... nor ears, for that matter. This girl looked and sounded exactly like Maria, his niece... yet... her father and she had only been gone a year. She could impossibly have grown up this quickly. Besides, that haunted, sad look that flashed through her eyes when she looked at Zoroark... just didn't seem right to him. Maria had always been so cheerful and happy.

"I-Is that... you, Mapa?" she asked after a while, breaking the silence with a shaky whisper.

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Celeste smiled weakly and relaxed, letting Zoroark help her to her feet without protesting or insisting she didn't need him to. Before she could reply however, Asura interrupted her as he got to his feet as well, carefully lifting Hazel up to carry her again, who still seemed quite shaken. "I ain't hurt, butā€¦what's this about a kid, huh? Has that idiot done what I think he hasā€¦?" He asked slowly, glaring at Zoroark, although he flinched when Celeste gave him a stern look.
"Asura, stop it. It isn't any of your business anyway, but we're certainly not going to discuss it now or in front of Hazel!" She said firmly, carefully lifting her daughter from Asura's arms and hugging her for a moment, trying to soothe her, before gently placing her down on the ground again, although Hazel stayed very close to her even then. "Just keep your voice down until we find out where we are and how to get backā€¦"

Celeste followed Zoroark cautiously through the workshop, paying as little attention to the surroundings as possible, although it was only because she had always found dolls to be both slightly unnerving and a waste of time. Perhaps it was simply because she'd been firmly discouraged from having toys as a child, or perhaps she would have disliked them no matter what her upbringing had been. Regardless she didn't notice the resemblance to Noctis's workshop until she realised why Zoroark looked the way he did, no doubt despairing about his lost twin and niece.

When Celeste noticed the singing girl she too froze, glancing at Asura for a moment as a way of telling him to keep his mouth shut. When the girl turned round, apparently noticing them regardless, Celeste blinked, taken aback by the resemblance to Maria the girl held. Not that it was possible, surely, butā€¦Zoroark seemed to feel the same, judging by the expression on his face. Celeste gently placed a hand on his arm to try and comfort him, wondering if she should speak, when the girl did instead. And asked about ''Mapa' of all things, so however impossible it may seem, how else would the girl know Maria's pet name for her father? Celeste bit her lip and glanced up at Zoroark for a moment, before back to the girl.

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"I ain't hurt, butā€¦what's this about a kid, huh? Has that idiot done what I think he hasā€¦?"

Zoroark was just about to open his mouth and say something when Celeste did it for him, taking care of her own brother. That might be as well, as Zoroark probably would have said something stupid. He sighed softly and smiled a little as she took Hazel from Asura and hugged her gently. It was see sweet to see mother and daughter together... and perhaps one day he would witness a similar picture with his- no their own child. The thought brought a broader smile to his lips and he totally ignored Asura's glare.

"I-Is that... you, Mapa?"

The words she had spoken echoed over and over in his head, causing him mental agony each time he recited it in his mind. For a while, he jut stared at her silently, his expression filled with pain and perhaps a little fear. Loosing Maria had made him sad, loosing his twin had broken his heart. It had felt like... a part of him had been ripped away from him, as though his soul had been painfully split. It was a pain that had haunted him for several months... a little more than half a year ago he had finally managed to let it go, to move on... even though it would still pain him now and then if he was reminded of his losses. Glancing at Celeste wearily for a moment, he carefully reached for her hand and grasped hold of it, biting his lip before saying softly, sadly.

"No... no, I am not. I'm Zoroark... do you remember me, Maria?" he asked softly. Zoroark actually wasn't sure if she was Maria, but he thought it was worth a chance. The similarities between her and his niece and his twin were just too much to have been a mare coincidence.

Although it had looked like she wanted to reach for him just moments ago, when Zoroark spoke Maria quickly pulled back her hand and held it to her chest, averting his gaze to hide the pain and sorrow that filled her eyes. A small blush crept across her pale cheeks and she said softly, her voice barely audible. "I-I... I see, I'm sorry. Forgive me-" she paused and glanced back up at them, a look of slight shock crossing her features. "Z-zory?" she asked, a slight quiver in her voice as her gaze wandered to the others. She recognized Celeste (although she had only seen her briefly on a few occasions) and Hazel, but didn't quite recognize the young man. Her gaze went back to Hazel and a look of confusion crossed her features. How come she was still so young, Maria wondered. After all, several years had passed... unless time flowed differently in the two dimensions.

She looked back at Zoroark and Celeste, blinking away tears before asking wearily. "H-how did the four of you end up here? You aren't supposed to be here..."

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Celeste bit her lip, glancing at Zoroark worriedly as he seemed to dwell on the girl's words. She knew how much both Noctis' and Maria's disappearance had hurt him...how could she not when she'd been the one trying to pull him through it? He had gotten better after time, of course, but she knew how much it still upset him and so to receive a reminder like this...especially if the girl was somehow an older version of Maria. If she was and yet she had mistaken Zoroark for Noctis then that must surely mean Zoroark's twin wasn't with her...Celeste squeezed Zoroark's hand gently, a meagre attempt at comforting him.

She watched the brief exchange between them silently, worried how Zororark was going to take it whether the girl was or wasn't his niece, although it didn't take her long to notice how upset the girl was as well. And as she continued speaking...it also became obvious that she was indeed Maria. And so Noctis's absence, as well as Maria's sadness must surely be because Noctis was either going through some terrible suffering...or already dead. In which case Zoroark would be more heartbroken than he already was...Celeste sighed softly, managing to force a weak smile as Maria glanced at her, however she also noticed Asura's perverted grin and quickly kicked him to make him stop. The poor girl didn't need Asura trying anything with her at a time like this...

Hazel gazed up at Maria in silence for a long time, as though trying to decide whether it really was her or not, before smiling shyly and quickly stepping forward to hug her. Even if Maria was bigger than her now, she hoped she might still want to be friends. Partly because of all the pretty dolls that she seemed to make now, but also because she looked so much more sad than she used to. Celeste sighed softly, tilting her head before shrugging slightly. "We don't know...there was sort of...an earthquake? Or something similar...and then we were here. Where exactly is here, Maria...?"

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Maria paused and blinked as Hazel stepped forward and hugged her, a weak smile crossing her lips. Carefully, she hugged her childhood friend back, trying to keep back the tears best she could. "Hi, Hazel..." she whispered, her voice barely audible and thick with emotion. She didn't notice Asura's leer, though Zoroark most certainly did.

Giving Asura a stern look when he grinned pervertedly, he made himself a mental note to keep an eye on him. More so than usual when he was around, that was. He didn't care if Asura did anything to anybody else- but Celeste, Hazel and Maria were totally of limit. If Asura tried anything... he would without doubt soon have a raging father/uncle/boyfriend after him. Although Zoroark- kind of to his shame liked the idea of punishing his kind of brother in law he wasn't quite sure if Celeste would be as pleased. Perhaps she would... and perhaps not. I didn't quite dare ask in case she'd hit him or something. Or yell at him, for that matter. He loved her dearly but there were indeed situations where he could find her... just slightly scary. She probably thought the same about him, Zoroark realized.

"We don't know...there was sort of...an earthquake? Or something similar...and then we were here. Where exactly is here, Maria...?"

Maria tilted her head, gently letting go of Hazel and watching them all thoughtfully for a moment before saying gently. "An...earthquake? That sounds quite strange. I honestly don't know what could have happened... although," she bit her lip briefly, trying to pull herself together and think it all through carefully. "I-I suppose... it could have been some kind of collision between dimensions? That would explain it... even if I don't know how that could happen," she blinked and trailed off, realizing she had been thinking aloud. Looking down and blushing slightly, she spoke again. "O-Oh, sorry. I should answer your question..."

She glanced up again and smiled weakly. "You are in the human world, the realm of the mortals..."

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Hazel glanced up at Maria, smiling shyly as she was hugged back, although inwardly she felt something akin to disappointment and jealousy. Now even Maria would be treated like an adult and told things that were kept secret from Hazel. Althoughā€¦if we're still friends then she might tell me anyway, Hazel thought happily, letting go of Maria again and glancing around curiously at the various dolls and instruments.

Meanwhile Asura was scowling, thinking he had been wronged by all the stern warning looks, and even being kicked by Celeste! Couldn't he show appreciation for a pretty young girl without it being assumed he was going to drag her off to some dark corner and violate her?! Couldn't he show a brotherly sense of protection after hearing that his sister had been knocked up by someā€¦wellā€¦alright, he knew Celeste loved Zoroark dearly, but that didn't mean he couldn't still find some sort of fault with him if he tried! For all he knew Zoroark could be forcing her into doing something, he was already keeping her hidden away from her familyā€¦although Asura more than understood Zoroark's reasons for that there were still times when he just wanted an innocent visit! Hence why he had snuck in today to see Hazel, only to be greeted by all thisā€¦Asura snarled softly in frustration before turning and storming from the room, continuing until he found himself out on the street and angrily walking away.

Celeste bit her lip, glancing after Asura before sighing softly, knowing there was no point chasing him and that he'd show up again sooner or later, like he always did. She focused her attention on Maria once more, frowning slightly as she rambled to herself before finally letting out a soft 'oh' as she explained they were in the human world. "I seeā€¦I suppose that explains quite a lot, but not enough. Still, things could be far worseā€¦" After their location was revealed Celeste found herself a lot calmer, having visited the human world a few times before under the business of hunting souls. True, she only had limited knowledge and there was no guarantee any of it would still be valid, the way time changed here, but it was still slightly familiar to her and it meant that return should be possible, eventually.

She hesitated at that thought, glancing at Zoroark for a moment, and then her daughter. If they wished to return at all, that isā€¦here they'd be far, far safer from other demons than they would be at home, even with all of Zoroark's enchantments. The human world was also much less dreary than the demon world, and she knew Zoroark would appreciate it's beauty far more than most of the humans. No doubt it would inspire countless new paintingsā€¦Celeste blinked and then smiled softly as she realised how real this possibility was becoming in her head. It would be very hard, of course, and there was a chance Zoroark may not wish toā€¦but for some reason she doubted that slightly. "I seeā€¦" Celeste repeated softly before glancing up at Zoroark and smiling. "It seems as though we'll be here for a little while, at leastā€¦we'll have to wait for Asura to come back from his sulking as well before we even start to think about how to returnā€¦"

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Maria smiled a little as Hazel let go of her and glanced around at the dolls. She decided that she would give one of the finished ones to her once they were done talking. Perhaps the prettiest doll Maria had ever managed to make... she thought Hazel deserved it. Although she was happy to see Hazel again, it made her slightly sad that there now were so many years between them. Never again would they be able to play the way they had in the past. Or perhaps they would... she wasn't sure. Still, it wouldn't be the same. She remembered having missed Hazel so much when they first got here. After a while Maria naturally learned how to deal with it, but it had hurt back then.

As the young man stomped out she looked confused and not quite sure what to do. However, she let it go and decided that the adults could handle it themselves. She just hoped he wouldn't bump into Mrs. Johnson on her way out. Dealing with the old ladies question about why exactly there was a young man in her house wasn't something she felt like doing right then. It had been troublesome enough when she once had discovered Chaos during one of his visits. Maria and the old lady weren't related at all, but she could swear that Mrs. Johnson saw her like her own daughter or granddaughter or something. It wasn't lie she didn't like the old lady or that she found how much she cared was annoying. In fact, she adored the old lady and the Johnson, Maria and her dad had spent a lot of great time together. It just... was troublesome sometimes. Everything had been less complicated when Noctis was still there.

"I seeā€¦I suppose that explains quite a lot, but not enough. Still, things could be far worseā€¦"

Maria turned her attention to Celeste, looking thoughtful for a brief moment. "You have been here before, haven't you?" she asked gently, "I think my father told me about you... a little. This is different from when you have visited in the past, however. Isn't it true that you have always only been able to visit when someone summoned you? That means a portal created by human desire was opened and let you through. But once that desire was taken, you had to go back, correct? We can't create portals of desire and they are only one way doors anyway. The reason as to why demons are forced back into the demonic realm once their task here in the mortal world is completed is because no casualties bind them to this world anymore. Portals are extremely hard to open and demons can't do it on their own at all. There must be something that binds you here now... otherwise you would have been sent back. If not... the collision of dimensions has something to do with why you haven't disappeared." Maria said, trying to make sense of it all.

"It seems as though we'll be here for a little while, at leastā€¦we'll have to wait for Asura to come back from his sulking as well before we even start to think about how to returnā€¦"

Zoroark smiled as Celeste looked at him, gently wrapping his arms around her and pulling her close to him. "I wouldn't mind staying here forever. I'm sure no one would really miss at at home... and this world would be amazing to explore. Besides, we'd be safe from all the dangers Leviathan has to offer. I'd much prefer a simplistic human life to what we had..." he murmured softly, kissing her cheek, "I think Hazel and our child would appreciate it more too."

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Hazel continued to stand next to Maria, smiling happily as though they had never been apart, and indeed as though the long period of sadness she had went through after her friend's disappearance had never happened. Hazel had been almost as bad as Zoroark during those days; at least, during the short periods of time she could focus all of her energy on being sad, which wasn't often. She had gotten over it a little as time passed, bur still missed her friend dearly, even if she perhaps wasn't showing how overjoyed she felt.

Celeste listened carefully to Maria before nodding. "Yes, I was summonedā€¦perhaps you're right about there having been a collision of dimensions or some nonsenseā€¦or perhaps Chaos is just up to his usual nonsense, meddling with other people's livesā€¦I assume he is the one who brought you and Noctis here? Your father was powerful, but not powerful enough for this, I thinkā€¦still, perhaps I'm wrong and this whole mess has occurred because Zoroark's pining for the two of you was strong enough to create a portal." She smiled slightly as he wrapped his arms around her and pulled her closer, gazing up at him happily as he kissed her on the cheek before nodding.

"Then we'll stay here. Although it'll be hard, we'll have to adapt to human lives and find somewhere to live, not to mention obtain mortal currencyā€¦I think we'll manage, but it'll be hard. It'll be worth it though. A nice peaceful life here with you to continue our little familyā€¦" She said softly, wrapping her arms around his neck and leaning in to kiss him -and perhaps continue what they started earlier- until she remembered Hazel and Maria's presence. Smiling slightly she settled for his cheek instead before carefully untangling herself from his arms.

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"Yes, I was summonedā€¦perhaps you're right about there having been a collision of dimensions or some nonsenseā€¦or perhaps Chaos is just up to his usual nonsense, meddling with other people's livesā€¦I assume he is the one who brought you and Noctis here? Your father was powerful, but not powerful enough for this, I thinkā€¦still, perhaps I'm wrong and this whole mess has occurred because Zoroark's pining for the two of you was strong enough to create a portal."

Maria didn't say anything when she mentioned this could have had to do with Chaos. She didn't think the collision of dimensions were his doing, but then again, she couldn't be quite sure about that either. Celeste was right when she said Chaos had been the one to help Maria and her father here, but she wasn't going to prove her right. There was no point to it, no need to. Celeste was allowed to think whatever she liked. It didn't matter much to Maria anyway.

However, Zoroark did react to Celeste's words, putting on a mock wounded expression. "Hey! I wasn't pining that badly... kind of... you know. You wound me, my love, you wound me," he sniffed dramatically before grinning and kissing her cheek again, "my sweet, sweet, sadistic Celeste..."

"Then we'll stay here. Although it'll be hard, we'll have to adapt to human lives and find somewhere to live, not to mention obtain mortal currencyā€¦I think we'll manage, but it'll be hard. It'll be worth it though. A nice peaceful life here with you to continue our little familyā€¦"


Zoroark looked thoughtful for a short while, frowning a little. "You're right... hey, Celeste, how do you earn human currency?" he asked curiously, really not able of imagining how it would work. The demons didn't use money in the same way... if you were strong you had a lot of wealth, if you were weak you were nothing. This went for either magically powerful or physically strong... though some managed to get by with their intellect too, like Zoroark's creepy brother Mex.

"Ah," the young, red eyed demon shrugged his shoulders, grinning like a child on Christmas as she wrapped her arms around him, "I'm sure we'll get by just fine. It will be wonderful living in a peaceful world like this one." As she kissed his cheek he blushed ever so slightly, and though he wished for more, he realized that with Hazel and Maria in the room that wouldn't happen.

Maria didn't wish to ruin Zoroark's sweet illusion of the human world so she kept silent, smiling slightly, knowingly to herself. She paused and glanced at Hazel before crouching down so her eyes were at the same level as her friends. "Hazel... why don't you come with me. I have something to show you," she said softly before standing up again, motioning for Hazel to follow.

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Celeste payed little attention to Maria's silence; the girl was mostly a stranger to her anyway, especially now she'd grown up so much away from them. Well, such things might be harder for Zoroark to adapt to...although there was a fairly high chance he'd still treat her like a little girl. Celeste blinked before laughing softly at Zoroark's reaction to being accused of pining. No, he probably wouldn't mind or take it that seriously after all...which Celeste was a little glad about. She didn't like it when Zoroark got sad or worried about things, she preferred him when he was happy, or even overly dramatic like this.

As he kissed her cheek she pushed him away gently, pouting. "If you're going to pretend to be upset with me don't try and kiss me right after, moron. Surely sweet and sadistic contradict each other...and I'm not that sadistic anyway, not much. You've certainly never had a problem with it before..." She murmured, smiling slyly at him.

As he continued she tilted her head thoughtfully for a moment. "There are lots of different ways, their culture is so different from ours...if you wished to I imagine you could sell some of your paintings and make money that way, if you could bear to part with any of them...if you didn't wish to I'm sure we could find some other way, I can work for a little while yet until the baby comes along..." She smiled softly at his words, not wanting to tell him that humans had their own problems as well. Indeed, some were almost as bad as demons and they didn't have a particularly peaceful history or even present...but he would find that out in time perhaps, and it would be bitter enough for him then, she certainly didn't want to ruin things for him by telling him. So instead Celeste simply smiled, kissing him gently on the lips for a moment before pulling away again.

Hazel tilted her head as Maria crouched down -trying not to sulk about it, telling herself that one day she'd grow even taller than Maria and her mother- before nodding enthusiastically and hurrying after Maria, smiling. "What is it...? Or is it a surprise? And you got reeeaaally big and pretty, Maria! What's the human world like? Is it scary? Are humans?" She babbled happily as they walked.

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"If you're going to pretend to be upset with me don't try and kiss me right after, moron. Surely sweet and sadistic contradict each other...and I'm not that sadistic anyway, not much. You've certainly never had a problem with it before..."

Zoroark laughed softly, sticking out his tongue at her. "You know I was just joking," he laughed softly, hugging her gently, "and I can kiss you however much I like. What if they contradict each other? A lot of things do... like...uh... I can't think of anything right now but that doesn't mean it doesn't!" he said with a slight nod of his head before listening to her intently, looking thoughtful. It was true that he probably could sell his paintings... but it would take a long time to draw all those paintings to sell. Besides, selling all of them would be kind of sad. Some he would probably like to keep...

"Hmm... I do wonder what kind of jobs there are here in the human world. I just hope they aren't as perverted or bad as those in our world... and I also hope we won't need too many special skills or anything, since I don't have too many of them. Other than painting, that is... and if we could get by by only painting... well... that would be wonderful, but somehow I doubt it," he stated, sighing softly. "Perhaps we should ask Maria..." just as he said that he noticed Maria was already on her way out of the room, beckoning for Hazel to follow. Perhaps he should wait until later to ask her. He did wonder what she did for a living. It didn't occur to him that the doll shop he was standing in was a strong hint towards how she earned her money. "Hey... do you think it would be alright for us to leave this place and explore the rest of the house? The doll workshop kinda freaks me out a little..."

He blinked and grinned as she kissed him, shutting his eyes for a moment and simply enjoying it. However, far too soon in Zoroark's opinion, she pulled back. He smiled down at her softly and tilted his head, "or...?"

Maria smiled. "Yes, it is a surprise..." she said softly, "now come with me..." she stood up and then strode over to the door, exiting the workshop and motioning for Hazel to follow her. The room she stepped into we the actual shop, where finished and beautiful dolls were sitting on all shelves.

"Pick whichever you like..." Maria said gently, smiling.



"D-do you have everything? Ready to go?" Alshain asked his twin, using sign language to communicate with him. Altair smiled a little and nodded his head, grabbing his school bag and then starting to walk out from the school building, Alshain following suit. The twins were two boys of fifteen, one with short cut raven black hair and the other one with short, almost white blond hair. They were both of pale complexion, though as their hair color differed, so did their eye color. Alshain has pale yellow eyes and Altair had deep bluish purple ones. The clothes they wore, however, were the same... seeing as they wore school uniforms. It was simple and black, long armed, and with golden buttons.

They cut across the school yard, about to make their way home when something suddenly caught Alshain's attention and he stopped, grasping hold of his brothers wrist in order to make him stop as well. There was a strange, unfamiliar by standing by the sign... and it seemed he couldn't read properly.

"Sssscchhh.....oooo....lll....skull...? No, that doesn't seem right..."

"I-it says s-school..." Aslhain pointed out to the stranger softly, tilting his head a little, frowning. "Are you new here, m-mister?" he asked politely, even if he knew that was an old fashioned way to address people. Especially someone this young. However, as his family was kind of old fashioned, fancy and strict... perhaps it wasn't so strange.

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Celeste rolled her eyes as he stuck his tongue out and hugged her, looking thoughtful for a moment before glancing up and grinning. "What if you couldn't? Kiss me as much as you like, I mean. How much would you sulk if I told you that you weren't allowed to kiss me anymore? An awful lot, I imagine, my poor little Zory..." She smiled happily, resting her head against him. She'd have a similar reaction if he were to tell her something like that, of course, but it was far too fun to tease him about these things...or anything, for that matter. Perhaps she should be kinder to him but then again perhaps that is what he meant by calling her sadistic, since it isn't as though she would ever physically hurt him.

As he spoke about jobs again she tilted her head, smiling softly. "We'll get by, Zory...we'll find something and we'll start a new life here and it'll be wonderful so don't worry...we can ask Maria for help a little later, once Hazel and her have had some time together. And of course, we can go explore right now...it isn't the most calming of settings, I'll give you that," She sighed, glancing up at him and tilting her head. "Or what? We can...continue with that later, Zory, I don't think your niece's home and workshop is the most appropriate of settings, hmm? A-although it's slightly tempting..." She added, muttering whilst blushing slightly as she looked away.

Hazel followed after Maria happily, nodding as she was told it was a surprise and entering the shop after Maria. Her face lit up at the sight of all the beautiful dolls and she glanced round to gaze at Maria in disbelief as she was told she could have one. "R-really? J-just to take...? B-but that's...a-and I didn't get you anything..." She said worriedly, biting her lip. "I-I can't do something like that!"




Asura blinked, whirling round as he heard someone addressing him and finding himself face to face with two almost identical boys. He tilted his head thoughtfully as he looked them up and down before smiling. These two were cute! Now, to find a slaver...and he supposed he should answer them too... "School, huh? Whassat?" He smiled ignorantly. "And yeah, I'm new here. Reeeaaaally new here...what a polite little kid ya are! But there's no need for the mister, just Asura'll be fine. Since, y'know, that's my name..."

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"What if you couldn't? Kiss me as much as you like, I mean. How much would you sulk if I told you that you weren't allowed to kiss me anymore? An awful lot, I imagine, my poor little Zory..."

Zoroark smiled softly as she rested her head against his chest, carefully running his fingers through her hair and shutting his eyes for a brief moment as he thought over what she had said. "probably," he finally agreed, opening his eyes again and smiling down at her warmly, "I might even stop talking to you for a day... although, I suppose, what you mainly would cause by doing that is making me worry if something is awfully wrong with you... like, if you've gotten a food poisoning or an antilove poisoning... is that even an illness? Sometimes I think so... a lot of people seem to get it sometimes. It's probably contagious or something," he speculated aloud, looking thoughtful.

"We'll get by, Zory...we'll find something and we'll start a new life here and it'll be wonderful so don't worry...we can ask Maria for help a little later, once Hazel and her have had some time together. And of course, we can go explore right now...it isn't the most calming of settings, I'll give you that. Or what? We can...continue with that later, Zory, I don't think your niece's home and workshop is the most appropriate of settings, hmm? A-although it's slightly tempting..."


"I'm sure we'll get by," Zoroark replied softly, gently brushing a stray strain of hair out of her face and gently tucking it behind her ear. "Have I ever told you how lovely you are?" he asked softly before pausing, "nevermind, don't reply to that. I tell you that at least ten times a day... I should probably stop before it loses its meaning. Or perhaps I should find a new, more romantic way to say it..." he paused and trailed off, starting to grin at her other words. "With 'or what' I really meant 'or what should we do otherwise?'," he chuckled softly, "but I like your way of thinking- d'wwwww! You're blushing! It's so cute!" he exclaimed happily before sliding his finger under her chin and tilting her head up, kissing her softly, briefly on the lips again.

"You agree? So it's not just me being weird, then.." he let out a soft sigh of relief before taking her by the hand and leading her out of the workshop, into the actual store where he saw Maria smiling gently at Hazel.

"R-really? J-just to take...? B-but that's...a-and I didn't get you anything..." She said worriedly, biting her lip. "I-I can't do something like that!"


"Of course you may just take one. I said so, after all, didn't it?" Maria asked softly, tilting her head, "Hazel... giving a gift unconditionally is far more special than expecting something in return. It doesn't matter if you didn't get me anything. I want to give you a doll because I know it would make you happy... I want to give you the very prettiest doll in the shop, if that is what you would like. Just pick one..."



"School, huh? Whassat? And yeah, I'm new here. Reeeaaaally new here...what a polite little kid ya are! But there's no need for the mister, just Asura'll be fine. Since, y'know, that's my name..."

Alshain stared at him in disbelief for a moment before saying softly. "S-school is where children g-go to learn important things...like...reading...and...counting a-and all that, t-to sum it up. How come you d-don't know what school is?" he asked wearily, not quite understanding how that was even possible. As he introduced himself, Alshain smiled a little. "O-okay, mi- I mean Asura. I'm.. Alshain, a-and this is my twin, Altair..." really, Alshain and Altair were their middle names, but since both twins liked them better, those were usually the names they went by.

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Celeste sighed happily as Zoroark ran his fingers through her hair, relaxing against him before glancing up as he spoke. "Really? A whole day?" She asked, pouting sadly. "Although I suppose after that you'd start pestering me until I gave inā€¦not that I could blame you, I don't know if I'd last an hour before I caved and started talking to you againā€¦unless I was extremely mad at you, but I can't think what you might do to cause thatā€¦" She murmured thoughtfully before reaching up a hand to stroke his cheek, smiling softly. "So you'd start worrying about something as little as that? And I don't know what 'antilove poisoning' is supposed to be but you're right, it doesn't sound very niceā€¦perhaps it truly is an illness, the amount of unhappy people in the worldā€¦"

She smiled softly as he gently brushed her hair away from her face, gently taking his hand and holding it the for a moment. "You do tell me so quite a lotā€¦and perhaps it's vain of me but I don't seem to mind hearing it. Not from you, at leastā€¦but you don't have to tell me it at all, I know how much you love me. You know I love you too, don't you? Since I'm not always as kind to you as I should beā€¦" She sighed before promptly going even redder as he explained that wasn't what he'd been suggesting. She scowled and continued to do so as he kissed her, turning her head away when he pulled back. "I-idiot! It's not my fault that you're such a pervert that almost every suggestion you make ends in sex. Besides, you're not the one who's going to get too fat and uncomfortable to do anything for monthsā€¦" She grumbled, sighing and letting him lead her through to the front if the shop.

Hazel bit her lip, still looking concerned over Maria's offer before suddenly smiling as if she'd reached a conclusion she could be happy with. Still smiling brightly she hugged Maria again, shaking her head. "I don't need one. Since I can see you again now, Maria, and if you still wanna play together then I'll be able to come here and look at the pretty dolls all I want anywayā€¦"



Asura nodded thoughtfully, tilting his head as Alshain explained school to him. "I seeā€¦not for slaves after allā€¦and I didnt know about it because we don't have schools back in Levi- I mean, where I come from. We learn the important stuff from our parents and pick the rest up as we go along," He said proudly. "Ah, although things likeā€¦special skills" -he stopped himself from saying magic- "Are taught differently sometimes. Ah, Alshain and Altair, huh? How cute! And there was Vi telling me that humans had boring, weird namesā€¦"

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"Really? A whole day? Although I suppose after that you'd start pestering me until I gave inā€¦not that I could blame you, I don't know if I'd last an hour before I caved and started talking to you againā€¦unless I was extremely mad at you, but I can't think what you might do to cause that... So you'd start worrying about something as little as that?"

Zoroark smiled, chuckling softly. "I'm not quite sure if I would last a whole day... probably I would end up like you just described far sooner. However, I would tryyyyy! And of course it would worry me... why wouldn't it? You most certainly wouldn't be yourself and I would have all reasons in the world to worry. Something could have happened, someone could have done something to you..." he sighed softly, looking sad for a brief moment, "I would hate for something to happen to you... and I worry about it each and every day."

"You do tell me so quite a lotā€¦and perhaps it's vain of me but I don't seem to mind hearing it. Not from you, at leastā€¦but you don't have to tell me it at all, I know how much you love me. You know I love you too, don't you? Since I'm not always as kind to you as I should beā€¦"


He smiled softly again as she took his hand, placing his own over hers and giving it a light squeeze. "Very well, my dearest, then I shall continue complimenting you to my hearts content. Of course I know you love me... why wouldn't I know that? Just because a person doesn't say it 24/7 doesn't mean it is true or there... just by the way you act around me (aka, don't push me away, constantly insult me... and do other, less niceish things) I'm pretty sure you would have to like me at the very least. Besides that, in moments like these you tell me that affection ally anyway," he smiled softly.

"I-idiot! It's not my fault that you're such a pervert that almost every suggestion you make ends in sex. Besides, you're not the one who's going to get too fat and uncomfortable to do anything for monthsā€¦"

Zoroark gently let go of her and grinned, placing his finger to his lips and saying. "Ssssh! Remember there are children here! Not that that has ever stopped me in that past... but I do truly try to be a better person, my love. I try... I know I have problems and I have to deal with them," he said wisely before quickly adding, "tomorrow, maybe."

"Although, I suppose you are right there. We better take advantage of the little time we have before we can't anymore... those last months will be very depressing and hard," he sniffed dramatically, pulling her up to him again and kissing her neck gently... before glancing sideways at Maria and Hazel.

Maria smiled slightly at Hazel's words, tilting her head as she regarded the child with her crimson eye. There was something unsettling about it in Zoroark's opinion. In the past, they had been clear blue... so light... so beautiful. They were still beautiful, but the red color made Maria seem... more demonic, somehow? Perhaps that wasn't too bad, seeing as she was more demon than angel... yet it still didn't seem quite right.

"Of course I still want to play with you, Hazel. Besides, seeing as you have just arrived... before you all get settled in this world and your new style of life, you might as well stay with me. That is what mt father would have wanted... and we have enough room in the living quarters upstairs. There are only me and old lady Johanna living with here right now... I-it would be nice with a few more people around the house, if only for a short period of time. However, this only goes for if you want to, though. Otherwise I will try to find somewhere else for you..."

(Could I wait with Alshain and Altair's posts? XD)

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Celeste smiled back, gazing at him happily. "I know you would, dear. Still, I suppose it isn't really a bad thing if we wouldn't be able to stand being out of each other's company for such a short amount of time..." She paused, her expression faltering for a moment, before gently kissing him on the cheek. "Of course...forgive me, Zory. I do hate it when you worry about me like that, especially when you do so, so much to take care of Hazel and I. Still, your barrier worked, no? You could always ask Asura how he managed to slink past it if you're worried, but it doesn't matter much if we're staying here...please try not to worry too much, alright? I'm right here and I'm perfectly safe...you think I don't worry about you? I do all the time, it's so irritating. You try to act so brave and you only worry about protecting others, it's a lot of hassle for me," She smiled weakly, glancing up at him.

Her smile became a little more real as he squeezed her hand and she sighed softly. "Thank you, I suppose...although it really is selfish of me to be saying these sorts of things when I know how much you care about me anyway. And I-I...suppose that's true..." She murmured reluctantly as he continued. "But I could be far more loving if I tried. I'm just...not used to that sort of thing, I'm sorry..." She said quietly, looking away.

Celeste scowled at him as he hushed her, however, although she blushed slightly in embarrassment. "Th-they aren't listening so it's fine! And liar, you wouldn't be you if you weren't a pervert...i-it isn't particularly as though I mind...w-we aren't having this conversation here!" She snapped quietly, gently pushing him away as he kissed her neck. "Don't you dare think you have any right to complain about anything, it'll be far worse for me than you..."

Hazel's face lit up as Maria said she'd still play with her and she nodded happily. "O-okay! Living all together would be fun! If Mama and Papa agree to it though...but I'm sure they will...i-if we do find somewhere else I'm sure it'll be nearby though, now that we've found you again," She smiled warmly.

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"I know you would, dear. Still, I suppose it isn't really a bad thing if we wouldn't be able to stand being out of each other's company for such a short amount of time... Of course...forgive me, Zory. I do hate it when you worry about me like that, especially when you do so, so much to take care of Hazel and I. Still, your barrier worked, no? You could always ask Asura how he managed to slink past it if you're worried, but it doesn't matter much if we're staying here...please try not to worry too much, alright? I'm right here and I'm perfectly safe...you think I don't worry about you? I do all the time, it's so irritating. You try to act so brave and you only worry about protecting others, it's a lot of hassle for me,"

Zoroark smiled and laughed softly, shaking his head a little. "Nah, I suppose you're right. It's good that we like being with each other, no? Because otherwise our relationship would be kind of sad and weird," he looked thoughtful for a moment, "It's nice to know there are at least a few people who can stand a weirdo like me. It totally makes me feel more confident in myself!" he stated cheerfully, though he turned serious as he noticed Celeste's expression falter. "I can't help but worry about you all the time! I'm a worrier and I'm in love- both which are bound to make me worry about you. I shall try not to let it hinder me, though. And I do have faith in you that if you really had to, you could take care of yourself. You're though, that's one of the reasons I fell for you... well, at least on the outside. Right, wildcat?" he asked with a smile, gently squeezing her hand.

"Of course I know you worry about me... and it both flatters me and makes me sad. It makes me sad because worrying about me makes you nervous and I'm flattered because I'm not used to people worrying about me. Of course, my brother did worry about me when he could... but he had more important things to worry about and I totally respect and understand that. S-so... it's nice, even if it pains me to see it pain you," he murmured softly, trying to make sense of his own words as he rambled on.

"Thank you, I suppose...although it really is selfish of me to be saying these sorts of things when I know how much you care about me anyway. And I-I...suppose that's true... But I could be far more loving if I tried. I'm just...not used to that sort of thing, I'm sorry..."


"Celeste..." he said, sighing and looking totally serious for a moment, "I love you exactly the way you are. I have always liked you the way you are... even that time where you nearly killed me for harming Kraus. I love each and every side of you, every inch of your personality, body and soul... and I would never want to change you. You are loving enough as it is, you are yourself... and that is the greatest thing you could ever do for me. I like you just the way you are, so you shouldn't go around worrying about not being 'loving' enough. That's what hormonal teenagers do when they start contemplating their very first romantic relationships. We should be past that stage by now... although sometimes I wonder," he smiled at her reassuringly, lovingly.

"Th-they aren't listening so it's fine! And liar, you wouldn't be you if you weren't a pervert...i-it isn't particularly as though I mind...w-we aren't having this conversation here!"

Zoroark burst out laughing as she pushed him away and scolded him. "Ah, my darling... I think your pregnancy dooooes make you moodier than usual. How sweet... of course I'm a pervert, we all know that by now... and I especially can't help being a pervert around you. I mean, look at yourself. You're beautiful... how could were born a demon and not an angel is something I still cannot wrap my head around... although I suppose seeing you all in white with a Gloria floating above your head would be kind of strange..." he reasoned, folding his arms over his chest as he looked thoughtful. "Nope, I don't think it would look good, now when I've considered it... you're prettier in black and blue." he gave a small nod of his head, "and red... you'd look breathtaking in a maroon dress, I think..." he said with a smile.

"O-okay! Living all together would be fun! If Mama and Papa agree to it though...but I'm sure they will...i-if we do find somewhere else I'm sure it'll be nearby though, now that we've found you again."

Maria smiled slightly at Hazel, nodding her head a little. "I'm sure..." she replied before glancing at Zoroark and Celeste, not being able to help the small smile creeping across her face as she saw the two of them. Zoroark was just as silly as she remembered him. It was nice to know that some people didn't change, no matter how much time had passed. "Uncle, Celeste... Hazel, may I offer you something to eat?" she asked politely, tilting her head.

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Celeste smiled back softly before nodding in agreement. "Indeed, I suppose there isn't anything wrong with it...and since when did you have any trouble with your confidence? Moron...there are many people who not only stand a weirdo like you, they love you. Although it's just as well I appear to be the only one in love with you at this time, otherwise I'd get seriously angry," She added, muttering to herself. She glanced up at him again when he squeezed her hand however, smiling again. "It's been a while since you've called me that...yes, dear, I know what you're like and thus I know that there's no sense in telling you not to worry because you'll continue to do so anyway. And of course I can take care of myself! I managed perfectly fine before I met you, didn't I?" She sniffed, folding her arms.

As Zoroark continued she paused, tilting her head and smiling slightly before carefully wrapping her arms around him. "Silly little man...I'm not used to it either so why don't we both simply accept that we care about each other deeply and are therefore usually concerned for the other's safety? And Noctis was only like that because he cared far too much about too many things...or perhaps it's simply the opposite. That brother of yours was always an enigma to me, but at least him and Sepiroth made each other happy," She said thoughtfully, letting go of him again and stepping back.

Celeste gazed up at him intently as he spoke, managing not to look away although her cheeks became rather flushed and it was clear she wanted to, or at the very least wanted to hit him if that wasn't possible. Instead she bit her lip, barely resisting the urge to shut her eyes or pull away from him, and waited for a few short moments until she had calmed down. "I-I know..." She said quietly, smiling shyly up at him. "And I'm very grateful, Zory...but although I feel the same about you I'd much prefer to get all soft and romantic at a time when there are less witnesses, even your niece and my daughter are too many so it can wait till we're alone. And I don't know about you but it isn't as though I have much experience with what could be traditionally defined as 'romantic relationships', so I can be as inexperienced as I like," She scowled, making a point of turning away from him then.

"Hush! I don't need your half-insults right now and I certainly don't need your compliments so just behave yourself for five minutes. If you really must fantasise about what sort of colours you think would look good on me then either keep it inside your own head or save it for later as well. You know I like it best when you wear your hair down when it's long, not that you do it often, but I prefer to have you all to myself like that anyway..." She murmured, briefly playing with a few strands of her own hair before tilting her head. "That is a thought though...we'll need to find new clothes, since ours are literally a world away...perhaps if asked nicely enough Chaos could arrange to bring a few things over. Material objects must be easier than people anyhow, but I'm assuming he's still around..." She paused, her eyes settling on Maria, narrowed slightly. "He is, no? If you're here then he must be nearby...provided you are genuinely Maria. I suppose if you were the offspring of some hellish coupling between the madman and Maria it would explain the change in eye colour, but that's a thought too disturbing for me to even consider," She sighed, folding her arms thoughtfully. "So he is hopefully simply watching over you innocently, if he isn't then he can guess what I'll do to him."

At Maria's next question she tilted her head and smiled softly at the girl. "No thank you, dear, although your uncle and Hazel may want something..." She said softly, as Hazel gazed up at Maria thoughtfully for a short while. "I-is there anything sweet...?" She asked finally in a soft voice, unsure how best to address her suddenly aged friend and whether or not she could be as familiar with her as she used to. The severity of the situation had not quite dawned on Hazel yet, and perhaps that was for the best as her beloved stuffed rabbit had been left in the demon world, a loss which would surely cause her endless tears if it could not be recovered.

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Image A week had passed and it was early in the morning. Maria was slumped in her workshop chair, resting her head on the table surface. Unfinished doll parts were scattered around her and in one hand she was holding one of the tools she usually used. The other one, however, was placed firmly over her school books, with her half finished homework on top. She had every intension of finishing it while riding the bus, on her way to school. Figuring she would have enough time for it then.

The sun was shining through the small window in the workshop, lighting up the dark little space slightly and warming Maria's neck. She yawned and sat up, squinting the sunlight before rubbing her eyes. For a moment, she seemed somewhat confused. Then her eyes fell on the doll parts and school books and she sighed, realizing she had fallen asleep down there... again. Perhaps that was why her back often hurt.

The young girl stood up, brushing her longish, black hair out of her face and binding it into a loose ponytail before she started cleaning up the mess she had left the day before. Once she was done and everything looked fairly alright, she started making her way up the staircase. Instantly she was met by the strong scent of newly cooked bacon and the sound of a sizzling frying pan coming from the kitchen. Go figure... Zory never used to be a morning person when I was younger. Wonder what's gotten into him these last few years...? She thought to herself as she passed the kitchen and climbed the second staircase.

She briskly made her way through the corridor and didn't stop until she reached her room. When she did stop, she only did so briefly to open her door. Stepping inside, she sighed and shut it behind her again, glancing down at herself. Her clothes were as messy as her workshop table had looked. Maria sure as hell couldn't go to school like that. Deciding that she had to take a shower before changing clothes, eating breakfast and then going off to school, the young girl grimaced and undid her apron, throwing over her bed before she started looking through her closet for new clothes and a towel.

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Image Zoroark paused when he heard a familiar but unwelcome voice, glancing up towards the male who had entered the kitchen. Not wanting to seem particularly unhappy about Chaos's appearance, even if that was what he was, Zoroark let his frown melt away and gave the other man a lazy smile.

"How in the name of hell did you get here...?"


"Hmm... a pleasure to see you again too, Chaos. You know, we kinda missed your random and most of the time certainly unpleasant visits after my brother and niece vanished... I did wonder if you had anything to do with it. I suppose the answer would be yes..." the black haired demon trailed off, looking thoughtful for a brief moment before she shrugged his shoulders and emptied the frying pan of bacon onto a plate. "Want some? There should be more than enough for you too..." he placed the frying pan amongst the other dishes and yawned, starting to take out butter, milk etc. and setting the table.

"Out. You're not supposed to be here! Who else is with you? How long have you been...? I...no, I have to send you back. Right now! How did you get here?!"


Zoroark blinked at Chaos's outburst, tilting his head. "... Calm down, old chap... I dunno how I ended up here, but I sure as hell won't leave. This world's far nicer than the demonic realm! I don't want my kid growing up in the same hell I did! I-" he paused and his eyes widened as he realized what he had just said, nearly dropping the butter. He managed to stop himself in time, though, and carefully placed it onto the table. "I-I mean... well... I've already managed to get a job and stuff, and as soon as we have gotten our loan approved my sweetheart and I will be moving to our own place, so you needn't worry about me doing anything to Maria or being a bother to her or anything... I-I wouldn't anyway..." he trailed off and looked down for a moment, sighing softly.

"I don't know why you're so upset about me being here... or Asura and Celeste, for that matter. I mean, I'll make sure the kid (Asura) behaves himself and stuff, a-and Celeste won't be a bother either, I promise.. we don't know how we ended up here, that's for sure... but going back simply... isn't an option I can accept. Living this one week without any worries or fear at all... has been the very best week of my life..." he bit his lip as he finished setting the table and then gestured towards one of the chairs. "The old lady is out so there shouldn't be any problems... please be so kind and take a seat."

(I accidentally tagged Maria as well. >.<)

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Image"I'm glad you understand," Chaos said quietly, before shaking his head at Zoroark's suggestion of another world. "I doubt it, unless it were a world demons were already present in, which would cause enough danger to make such a place undesirable. Whatever other world I sent you to would face the same fate, and I couldn't maintain two at the same time...this one is already hard enough, although I try my best. It's true I don't know to it's full extent the horrors of your world. I don't wish to. What little I have seen is repulsive enough, but it's impossible to save your people from their own natures. I met both Celeste and Sepiroth as children and they were both such...damaged little things. In comparison Hazel and Maria's lives seem like such a blessing. But I can understand you not wanting to risk your own child ever having to breathe that stagnant air...I don't know the sort of pain and fear you have to live with every day because I don't know anything."

"I... suppose you are right," Zoroark's shoulders slouching slightly as he forced to stop his hands from trembling, shutting his eyes for a moment and taking a deep breath. "I'm glad you at least never saw me as a child... it would have been far too embarrassing," a small blush crept across his cheeks, causing him to quickly rub them in order to attempt making the blush go away. "If I am a demon, how come my body and emotions are so human?" he muttered to himself in annoyance, trying to make himself sarcastic in order to appear less hurt and...sad... "I'm quite pitiful, huh? Crying like a little child over the fact that I have to go home... it's so stupid. Instead of crying I should try to think of a way to make my home world better, perhaps... although I know that revolting against the demonic laws would only make everything worse..." he laughed weakly and shook his head a little.

"I'm pretty sure you're not clueless, Chaos... perhaps you haven't experienced the same thing as we have, but considering your age- not to say that you're old or anything but... considering for how long you have lived and must have seen... even if you don't understand everything of it, you must without doubt know quite a bit. But I suppose always only being a sort of observer, if not the occasional puppet master... it would be hard for you to completely understand the nature of human and demonic nature... and yet, standing at the point you do... you would have a completely different sort of understanding for our minds and feelings. You have watched for so long... haven't you? So don't say you don't know anything at all, because if that's an attempt to comfort me... it failed horribly. I suppose it momentarily took my mind off things, though... so in a way you did perhaps succeed," he trailed off, smiling bitterly.

Zoroark blinked and paused, getting up. "Ah yes... you wanted tea, didn't you? I'm sorry... I got distracted..." he sighed and walked over to the kitchen counter, starting to take out everything he would need for making tea. While he started cooking the water, he listened to Chaos's proposal carefully, remaining silent all the while until Chaos seemed to have finished. He poured some tea into two cups and then went back to the table, placing down one of them in front of the other male before taking his seat again. Sipping his tea, he let Chaos finish.

"It is true... that the last option seems most appealing... but considering how dangerous it would be doing so-"

He paused as Maria stepped into the kitchen, tilting her head when she spotted Chaos though otherwise remaining seemingly indifferent. She walked over to him and gently wrapped her arms around him from behind, the hint of a smile crossing her features. "Good morning, my wizard..." she mumbled, keeping up her small smile just a tiny bit longer... before it completely melted away and she withdrew her arms again, walking over to the teapot and getting a cup of her own. "I'm sorry..." she said softly, "I have been causing you so much trouble... had I known..." she glanced at Chaos uncertainly, not sure what to say.

"And I'm sorry about giving you false hope as well, Zoroark..." she lowered her head as she filled her cup and then sat down on a chair beside Chaos, regarding the two of them carefully. "It seems that like the rest of the family, I'm good for nothing more than causing trouble for other people," she scuffed her feet, taking a sip of the tea as she looked down again.

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Chaos smiled slightly. "Well, I suppose dear Celeste was technically a teenager...but you all seem like children to me anyway. And no, I don't think it's pitiful. Demons are passionate beings anyway, does it really matter if you focus that energy on emotions rather than violating or maiming everything in sight. Personally I think demons like yourself, capable of intelligent thought and compassion, are superior beings. After all, you can still be driven by your desires as well, on occasion...I wonder how violently you'd react if I was to threaten one of the young women you care for. Possibly my arm would be ripped off before I could lay a hand on them," Chaos smiled, seeing nothing wrong with his statement.

"And in many, many aspects I am fairly clueless...and I'm well aware that I am by just about all standards ancient, Zoroark. You needn't worry about offending me by saying so. It's true I have seen a lot...if you would consider this an actual 'life'..." He trailed off, shaking his head slightly. "No matter. I like to think I have a mild understanding of the workings of the minds of various life forms, but that doesn't mean I can interact successfully with them. I cause so much damage, Zoroark, with every little thing...even if I don't intentionally hurt people I care for, I've practically doomed an entire world by bringing Maria and Noctis here in the first place. Not exactly a benign observer, or even a skilful puppet master," He chuckled weakly. "And the tea is unimportant, I could have made it myself. And in the circumstances it seems like imposing...thank you very much, Zoroark," He said softly, taking the cup from Zoroark and sipping it.

"The danger would not be your burden to bear, I would see to that. You would not even have to know what was happening. I would simply visit Maria less often, and possibly seem more worn out than I do on my current visits, but that's all..." He froze as he saw Maria, carefully placing his cup down on the table. "Good morning, Maria..." He said quietly, blushing ever so slightly as she hugged him before shaking his head. "You haven't caused me any trouble. All of this was my own foolish choices, I should have realised the outcome would be like this...a-anyway, it doesn't matter. They can stay here in this world, and I will cope with the aftermath," He smiled warmly at both of them before calmly taking another sip of his tea. He was uncertain whether he would truly be able to successfully, but that was not something they needed to worry about. This situation had arose from his own foolish desires and must be fixed by him. Besides, he wanted to give Maria as many chances to smile as possible. She was always so distant these days, even to him. Possibly it was simply growing up, but she had been worse since Noctis' s death, which Chaos still hadn't managed to learn the details of. It perhaps wasn't any of his business, but he still wanted to try and comfort her as best he could, which was never an easy task for him. Still, perhaps now, surrounded by Zoroark and Celeste and Hazel and the baby -Chaos refused to accept Asura could be in any way a positive influence- she would be able to become happier in this sort of family environment. That would be worth whatever he might have to endure to fix his mistakes.

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Image"And no, I don't think it's pitiful. Demons are passionate beings anyway, does it really matter if you focus that energy on emotions rather than violating or maiming everything in sight. Personally I think demons like yourself, capable of intelligent thought and compassion, are superior beings. After all, you can still be driven by your desires as well, on occasion...I wonder how violently you'd react if I was to threaten one of the young women you care for. Possibly my arm would be ripped off before I could lay a hand on them."

Zoroark regarded him carefully, thoughtfully, placing his hands in his lap as he let out a soft sigh. "I'm... not sure that's what I meant, exactly... but than you..." he murmured softly, a slight blush creepy across his cheeks. At Chaos's statement, he looked up however, his expression turned serious. "I'm not sure if I should take that as a compliment, threat or insult..." he said vaguely, tilting his head to the side as he tried to figure out which one was most likely. After just a few seconds, though, he gave up, deciding to take it as a compliment. At least, for the time being.

"No matter. I like to think I have a mild understanding of the workings of the minds of various life forms, but that doesn't mean I can interact successfully with them. I cause so much damage, Zoroark, with every little thing...even if I don't intentionally hurt people I care for, I've practically doomed an entire world by bringing Maria and Noctis here in the first place. Not exactly a benign observer, or even a skilful puppet master."

The black haired demon sighed softly, resting his chin in his hand as he steaded himself by placing his elbow on the table surface. "I suppose that's true... but still. You... meant well by doing it, didn't you? So that should count... or something. It doesn't matter... do you think that by us returning home, the world will stabilize again? O-or... if I decided to take your first offer, how big are the chances, that even if I helped you, things would go wrong?" he bit his lip, taking a sip of his tea as he weighed his options carefully. "And...perhaps...isn't there like, some dimensional council?" however weird that sounded, Zoroark was sure he had read about it somewhere. Now, if it had been fact or fiction, however... he couldn't quite remember. "Maybe there would be a way to talk to them, if they exist. Then again, I probably sound like a desperate fool right now," he laughed weakly, taking another sip of his tea before murmuring softly. "You're welcome."

"The danger would not be your burden to bear, I would see to that. You would not even have to know what was happening. I would simply visit Maria less often, and possibly seem more worn out than I do on my current visits, but that's all... Good morning, Maria..."


"But since you haven't reset my memory yet, I can't possibly accept that offer. Everything could still go wrong, and I really dislike the idea of having you suffer so that we can lead a happy, carefree life... that's just not something I could do. Especially when knowing it might be for nothing..." he trailed off, observing the two as Maria entered. Then he tilted his head and smiled slightly, as though he had come to some secret realization.

"You haven't caused me any trouble. All of this was my own foolish choices, I should have realised the outcome would be like this...a-anyway, it doesn't matter. They can stay here in this world, and I will cope with the aftermath,


"You say that, Chaos... but you know it's not true," Maria said softly, taking his hand and giving it a light squeeze, "and now I've put a while dimension in parole... I am thankful for what you and father wanted to do for me, I truly am... but knowing that just by existing here, that I could be the cause of all humans deceit... I-It scares me. I love life how it is right now, even if I've come to face hardships sometimes. I know it is nothing compared to what has happened to my fathers or to Zory... and it is nothing compared to what could possibly have happened to me, and I'm so very thankful for that...but..." she trailed off, removing her hand and placing it back in her lap again. Maria looked unsure about what she should say next, how she should express herself properly. "I don't want to cause trouble... and risk so many other people's lives."

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Chaos smiled slightly as he watched Zoroark before tilting his head, looking puzzled. "That sounded like a threat...? My sincerest apologies, it was merely intended to be a compliment of your devotion to protecting them. Besides, why on earth would I threaten those three? Asura is a different matter, but provided you manage to keep an eye on him occasionally he shouldn't be too much of a problem...unfortunately if I sent him back by himself he would certainly tell his father about this, whether it was willingly or the information was tortured out of him," He sighed, calmly taking a sip of his tea. "It's slightly troublesome..."

Glancing up at Zoroark briefly Chaos shook his head before averting his gaze once more. "I don't think one nice action with good intentions can make up for the rest...and it matters to me, at least a little," He said softly before pausing and narrowing his eyes slightly. "Even if I were to return all of you to Leviathan this world would not be able to stabilise itself. Even if I continued to work on it myself there is still no telling how long it would take...there may also be other travellers like yourself who have slipped through the cracks and would need to be returned to their own worlds. And no, you helping me...would be a terrible option. It wouldn't be safe at all, not for the world but for you...there's no telling whether you would be harmed by exposure to that sort of thing so forget I mentioned it. You're only a demon, after all..." As Zoroark asked about the existence of a 'dimensional council' Chaos froze, hesitating for a moment before managing to force a laugh. "If such a thing really existed I'd be in extreme trouble with them over this mess, wouldn't I? If they are out there somewhere then perhaps they'll show their faces at some point, but we had better not seek them out, hmm?" He smiled warmly, attempting to play off his earlier uneasiness.

In truth, Chaos had no idea whether such a council existed but had no desire to find out. Partly in case he would be punished for his actions, as he had told Zoroark, but also because a collection of powerful beings with the ability to traverse dimensions...it was a long shot but perhaps they would be able to shed some light on Chaos's own past and after countless millennia of being unable to remember most of it the thought of suddenly finding out was beyond terrifying to him. Of course, he didn't wish anyone else to know about these feelings, and so he smiled regardless. "Please don't trouble yourself with such depressing thoughts, Zoroark. After all, if I were to reset your memory against your will then there wouldn't be any cause for unease, would there? And I wouldn't describe the procedure as 'suffering'...after a few thousand years of lazing around anyone would be happy to do some work for a change, wouldn't they?" He chuckled softly, although he didn't particularly like the look Zoroark had given him and Maria...but there was no way he was going to discuss it with the girl around.

As Maria took hold of his hand Chaos shook his head again. "How many times would I have to say it in order for you to listen? You didn't ask to be brought here, or even to be involved with me in the slightest. Perhaps things would have been better for you if you weren't..." He paused, lifting his hand to gently stroke her cheek on the side he knew to possess a doll's eye as a result of his own abuse of her. It would have been extremely hard to tell had he not known, though. Noctis's work tended to be high quality. "Anyway, technically speaking you've done nothing. I'm sorry if hearing this has upset you, but please let me continue with my gamble...I can't promise that I won't lose, although I know that would probably be most reassuring to you right now. Forgive me, hmm...?" He said softly before glancing at Zoroark. "You too, since I'm also troubling you extremely. I can ask Celeste later at a more appropriate time...or do you not wish for her to learn of this? If you believe you can keep it secret from her then I shan't tell."

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Zoroark smiled a little, sighing softly as he gave a nod of his head. "I suppose... oh well, I do have a tendency to misunderstand things. Though... it did sound somewhat like a threat. No need to apologize," he said, gazing down at his hands in his lap, "as for Asura...I promise I'll keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn't do anything too troublesome," Zoroark paused and frowned, "I do hope he hasn't already..."

The demon bit his downer lip and sighed, as Chaos continued, the fumbling with his hands becoming more nervous again. "I-I see..." he glanced up at Chaos briefly, though didn't meet his gaze. "So no matter what we do, it'll be bad? This world is damn unfair... not that that's anything new, though..." he sighed and trailed off, shaking his head slightly, "and I do suppose helping you would be dangerous. Still, if there's anything I could-" Zoroark stopped mid sentence, an image of Celeste flashing through his mind. If he went and got himself killed now just because he was reckless, what would happen to Celeste? And the baby? He would leave her on her own devices, with two children to take care of on her own. Not only that... with Asura around, there was no telling what would happen to them. He had to survive, that much was for sure. He had to be selfish in order to protect those he loved. He couldn't simply desert them like this. "I understand," he said softly.

Zoroark smiled slightly at Chaos's reaction to the council thing. "Neither do I... but you're right. You'd probably be in a lot of trouble if they actually existed. Then again, shouldn't they have interfered by now if they actually did exist? I mean, if what you say is true... several dimensions are already on the edge of ruin. Although... who knows. Perhaps they're selfish bastards and don't really care. Then again, you wouldn't be in trouble in such a case either... I dunno, speculating about this seems stupid," he sighed, shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders slightly as he took another sip of his tea.

"I suppose..." Zoroark said reluctantly, chewing his lip again, "but still..." he trailed off as he watched Maria hugged him gently. "If you're so set on doing it, I suppose there is nothing I could do to stop you, is there?" Maria asked, smiling weakly as she rested her head on his shoulder, "promise you don't stop visiting, though... okay? Life would be incredibly sad without my wizard..." she said softly as she pulled back. A weak rosy color spread across her bangs and her heart skipped a beat as she felt him place his hand on her cheek.

"I would... prefer it if Celeste did not find out. At least not yet..." Zoroark said softly. She doesn't need to know...