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Ashley Lawrence

"Oh yeah, that's great... now would you mind taking two steps back?"

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a character in “St. Basil's Academy”, as played by Angel's Whisper

Description

Ashley Lawrence


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β€œI can protect you, just... trust me.”





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Name
Ashley Lawrence
"Didn't I answer this already?"


Age
17
"And peoplestillcall me young."


Grade
Senior
"Kinda sad how it's my last year."


Face Claim
Brittany Snow
"... Excuse me?"

TBA





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”It's better left to the imagination.”






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Hair Color
Red Head
"I'm naturally a blonde... but don't tell anyone!"


Eye Color
Stormy Blue
"People tell me I have pretty eyes, I tend to agree with them."


Skin Tone
Fairly Light
"Yeah... Even though I can, I don't necessarily going out in the sun."


Height
5'4"
"I'm short-ish, I guess?"


Weight
120 lbs
"Is this really necessary?"


Other
Ashley has a tramp stamp of a dove on her lower back.
"O-okay, now I know this isn't necessary!"






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”I may seem careless, but like the rest of us, I'm fiercely protective.”






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Likes
Spicy Food|| Being Protective || Shady, Cool Areas || Being Strategic || Challenges


Dislikes
Anything Harmful to her Moroi || Overly Sunny Places || Having Nothing to do/Being Bored out of her Mind || Unreasonable Conflicts || Being Called Weak


Strengths
Small Frame/Agility || Enhanced Reflexes || Superior Strength


Weaknesses/Fears
Heights || Low Endurance || Easily Trusts





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Personality Bursting with positivity and enthusiasm at the seams, Ashley never fails to find the best and most beautiful side of a person. She never lets a bad first impression faze her and always continues to find the true person underneath since she believes no one was ever born naturally hating. This attitude could also cause her demise since she trusts rather easily and will be fiercely loyal to anyone she befriends. She always has an open mind and tries to see from other people's perspective as others may just judge them. Despite her trusting personality she does not love easily as some may think. Ashley's friendly, not stupid and she won't simply 'date around', in fact she's placed very high standards about who she would date and only if the person matches those will she date them; no matter the gender. Several of her closest friends have fallen for her in the past and tried to place subtle hints, but those hints merely fly a mile over head Ashley being as dense as a wall of metal.

She's also a stickler for neatness. She's the type of person to lay out their clothes the night before and occasionally iron them if they are just overly creased. She always wakes up extra early to curl the ends of her long red hair and sleeps rather early; right after she takes her evening shower. Ashley's also does surprisingly well in school unlike how some may think she'd be barely passing, she does better than most. Even in a battle she thinks at least a dozen moves ahead, having mastered a strategist's way of thinking. When training she always has a smirk on her face when asked about the expression, she merely replies 'It makes them angry' and explains that people tend to lose control when angered, making it easier for her to take the victory.

History Ashley was the third Dhampir born to a Dhampir and a Moroi relationship. She had two older brothers who were fiercely protective over their baby sister and she guesses that's where she inherited her own protective nature. Her parents weren't in the picture very often, her mother more than her father, but Ashley learned and survived with her brothers, she considered them the only ones she ever needed growing up. She didn't always have the best things given to her and she didn't have the most comfortable life, but she managed and it also taught her to take care of herself. She quickly learned how to cook, clean, and all the while, juggling her school life. She watched as her brothers became rather well-off guardians and it didn't take her long to realize that's what she wanted as well. That was how she found her way to St. Basil's Academy.

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So begins...

Ashley Lawrence's Story

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Ariella stood in front of the mirror in her dorm room, fussing with her hair. "Ugh! Why won't you ever work with me?" She finally got it to cooperate so that it brushed out evenly in soft waves down to her mid-back. Applying some mascara, she deemed herself appropriate to face the day. Turning, she walked to where one of her roommates, Nila, still lay sleeping. Gently shaking her, she said, "C'mon, Nila. It's almost time for breakfast." The sun had set a good two hours ago and now the moon was high in the sky. Since half of the school was populated by Moroi, the start of the day was 8p.m. and the end of the day was 3a.m.

Sighing, she woke up her other roommate, Ariel, and grabbed her messenger bag from the closet. Pulling out her phone, she sent a brief text to Ashley, her guardian. Hey, save a seat for me. I have to stop by the feeders and then I'll be there. Ariella gave one last, longing filled look at her bed, before exiting the room and heading to the cafeteria.

Once there, she made a bee-line for the feeders so that she could bypass the line and satisfied when she got to the front rather quickly. "Ariella Dragomir, you're up with Sally." She nodded and walked to the booth where Sally sat, an aware look on her face because no one had probably fed from her yet. "How are you, Sally?" She smiled at Ariella with an eager look on her face. "I'm good, thanks for asking!" Sally hopped in her seat and angled her head to the side so Ariella had a clear path to her neck. Smiling slightly and baring her fangs that she normally kept hidden, as was usual Moroi custom, she extended them and sank them into Sally's neck. Being careful to only take her quota for the day, she stopped and gently put a cookie in Sally's hand. Her eyes had glazed over from the endorphins that existed in a Moroi bite.

Ariella stood and exited the feeding room, heading over to the table where Ashley sat, along with some other Dhampir and Moroi that Ariella had become friends with over the years. She smiled and joined them, her mind completely unawares of the Strigoi danger that may or may not lie outside of their school grounds...

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Unlike most of the other students, Ashley was bright eyed and bushy tailed even before the sun came up, which she preferred since even though she was completely able to go into the sunshine she doesn't exactly enjoy it. Stretching out the sleep, she took a lazy glance at her roommates', Chase and Janet, sleeping forms before walking over to the bathroom to fix herself up a little before going out. Tying her hair up into a messy pony tail, she dressed in casual running clothes; a tank top and a pair of women's tennis shorts, and headed out the door. Ear buds cranked up to a volume most would consider deafening, Ashley went out on her daily run around the school's grounds. She wasn't exactly a stickler for the rules, but she wasn't a breaker either, so she stayed on the grounds, despite the constant warnings from teachers and her Moroi, Ariella, alike. She knew perfectly well that she was going to be fine, like she has been for the several years she's been doing this at the school. It wasn't long before the sun started peeking out from the horizon and Ashley quickly ran back to the dorms. It was then when she was kicking off her sneakers that she received a text from Ariella.

"Hey, save a seat for me. I have to stop by the feeders and then I'll be there."


Ashley ran into the bathroom knowing that it didn't take long for them to feed. The Dhampir stopped herself at the doorway of the bathroom to acknowledge her roommates. "Breakfast soon you guys, up and at 'em!" She took a quick shower, blow dried and curled her hair, before putting on the white blouse, black blazer, and jeans she left out the other night. Without another delay she made her way out with a quick urge for her roommates to follow soon. Like any other day, Ashley took their usual table and it didn't take long before Ariella came to sit next to her. The red head greeted her Moroi with a warm smile and a playful nudge of the shoulder. "Hey there, baby girl, you sure took your sweet time getting here." She said as if she didn't just arrive and went as far as to pretend to look over her nails.

"Supness!" Ashley greeted Nila with the same warm smile before gesturing over to her Moroi with a playful smirk.

"Just messing with Ariella is all, where's Grey?"

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Character Portrait: Ashley Lawrence Character Portrait: Ophelia Ariel Lucas Character Portrait: Grey Hunter Markings Character Portrait: Landon Porterfield Character Portrait: Luke Gunn Character Portrait: Nila Dashkov Character Portrait: Reilly Hayes Character Portrait: Ariella Dragomir
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[OOC: OOPS!! Forgot about Reilly ^.^]


Reilly Hayes



Reilly was definitely a morning person, or more like a night person when you think about it. He had already been up for an hour when his alarm went off for the start of the day. Luke had already gotten up and left, but Grey was still fast asleep. Reilly kicked him, hard enough to definitely jostle him, but not hard enough to push him off the bed. "Hey, get up, man. Nila's waiting for you," He said, seeing Grey's phone beep with Nila's name on it. Those two were practically inseperable, but it was basically the same way with him and Ariel so he couldn't judge. Speaking of, he knew she wouldn't be awake yet, so he texted her to make sure. He had set his ringtone to a blaring siren on her phone last week so it would wake her up in the morning. Hey, so...WAKEEE UPPPPP He smiled at the shear obnoxiousness of that message and walked to his bathroom for his shower.

Once he was fully cleansed, he threw on a grey t-shirt and workout sweats because he knew he had advanced combat for first period, and jeans simply would do no good in a fight. His sweats didn't look to bad on him, but they definitely were baggy and not as sexy as his dark wash jeans. He shrugged and with a last eye roll at Grey's unmoving figure, he left the room and made his way to the cafeteria where he sat with his group of friends. "Ah, man, you know it was." He said with a playful smack to Luke's shoulder. Looking around, he still didn't see Ariel. "Hey, has anyone seen Ariel? She never responded to my text."



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Ariella frowned and stuck her tongue out at Ashley. Seeing that she looked a little flushed, her gaze grew concerned. "Hey, are you feeling alright? You didn't go out running again, did you?" Ariella looked her over but didn't see any other signs of sickness or anything like that, so she deemed it wasn't the flu. "Ugh, you did! What if you had been hurt or even worse, turned? The teachers are always saying that Strigoi are hiding in the woods out there! Grr..." She knew that Ashley was supposed to be taking care of her, but she was very caring to people, especially her guardian. If Ashley was going to risk her life for her, the least Ariella could do was care about her as much as she could.

It was then that Nila entered the vicinity and Ariella waved at her. "Not much. By the way, you totally talked in your sleep last night." She joked with Nila. Soon, others came to join their table and she said hi to all of them. The boys were joking around about something and she narrowed her eyes. "Okay. What have you done now, boys?"

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"So, how's your morning been, Ms. Ariella?" Ariella smiled at Landon. She didn't really know him well, but they had been friends for a few years. "Pretty good." She looked around and bumbped her shoulder with Ashley's, who hadn't said anything in awhile. "C'mon, classes are going to start soon. Ours are right next to eachother, so we should go." She stood and started to walk away from the table, hoping Ashley would follow her. "See ya later, guys!"

Exiting the cafeteria, she walked out to the quad and checked the clock. Seeing they still had a good fifteen minutes, she sat down on a bench that bordered the edge of the school grounds leading into the woods. Patting the space next to her, she motioned for Ashley to sit. "So, what's in store for you, today?"


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"Zip me up please." Reilly sighed and shook his head playfully before zipping up her shirt. "Okay, now we should get to class. But first, you need to stop by the feeders." He helped her up from the bed and walked outside, making sure he kept an eye on her constantly. It wasn't that he thought she would get into trouble the minute he looked away, it was just the guardian in him making an appearance. He was always careful and cautious around her, making sure no harm crossed her path. It was just the kind of guy he was.

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Ashley Lawrence


Ashley had to bite the inside of her cheek to keep from rolling her eyes at the much unnecessary concern of her Moroi partner but didn't retort as the blonde ranted on about how dangerous a simple morning run could be, especially with the Strigoi supposedly patrolling the woods. The red head never took any of that seriously, she assumed it was just some rumor the teachers started to keep the students in school grounds at all times, but she still kept her guard up, it never hurt to be careful. A plate piled with toast caught Ashley's attention and she made quick progress to get it before any of the other students did which was unlikely, considering toast wasn't much of a breakfast, but Ashley wasn't feeling especially hungry for some reason. Smothering butter onto the lightly burnt bread, she let out a soft giggle at the mention of Ariella farting in her sleep.

She slowly nibbled at her toast as Reilly came and asked if any of them have seen Ariel. She merely shook her head, mouth still filled with toast and continued to butter another piece. It wasn't long afterwards that Grey joined the group. She chuckled under her breath at Nila's all too warm welcome to her guardian, but didn't comment, she wasn't one to judge. Reilly then stood and announced he had to go help Ariel with most likely another clothing malfunction. She zoned out for a moment, and only managed to hear Landon speak to Ariella before the blonde's shoulder bump forced her out of her reverie and nearly drop her toast. Turning back to complain about the uncalled for disruption, she stopped as Ariella stood and started away from the table with a quick farewell to their friends. Dutifully, Ashley followed as quickly as she could, grabbing a couple more pieces of toast, she gave the others a small wave and a wink before running after her Moroi.

Ariella led her to a bench on the edge of the school grounds and patted the empty space next to her, which Ashley didn't waste any time in occupying. "So, what's in store for you, today?"

Ashley simply shrugged before answering, "You know, the usual Dhampir stuff in the morning, close combat, bodyguard, weapons, culture, then the rest I have with you." She continued to nibble at her toast before leaning back on the bench and staring into the woods. "Do you really think there're Strigoi just waiting for a student to stumble out of the grounds so they could feed from whoever it is? I thought it was a whole bunch of crap, which is why I always go on my run, which I know gets under your skin," she added, poking her Moroi's stomach just to tease her, "I guess I don't really think much about my safety, at least not as much as I do with yours." She continued, keeping her gaze intently on the dense forests not too far from them. Ashley then shook her head, as if trying to physically shake a thought from her head before giving her Moroi her usual enthusiastic smile. "Say Ari, if I were to face off with a Strigoi and I told you to run... would you?"

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"Do you really think there're Strigoi just waiting for a student to stumble out of the grounds so they could feed from whoever it is? I thought it was a whole bunch of crap, which is why I always go on my run, which I know gets under your skin," Ariella hmphed and nodded at Ashley. "Of course it does! What would I do if you suddenly were out jogging and some maniac Strigoi decided to come out and take a bite of you?" Ashley shrugged and Ari shook her head exasperatingly, "I guess I don't care as much about my safety as I do yours." Ashley had started to gaze intently into the trees and Ari shivered as she thought she felt the creepy gaze of someone watching her. "As much as I appreciate that, you need to take care of yourself, too. If you died, I don't know what I'd do. Well, besides bring you back to life of course. And then I'd smack you." Ashley turned back to her with an exuberant smile and Ari returned it questioningly. The redhead obviously had a question to ask of her, although it wasn't at all what Ari had been expecting. "So, Ari, if I saw a Strigoi and told you to run...would you?" Ariella bit her lip, but it didn't take long for her to come up with an answer.

"No. I would never run unless you were coming with me."


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"I'm blind right now so you have to be my seeing eye dog." Reilly chuckled as she buried her head in his chest. They weren't going out officially or anything like that, but he couldn't help but notice how touchy-feely they were with eachother. It wasn't something he made a huge deal about, but he didn't mind it at all. In fact, it was something he enjoyed quite a bit. "Alright, well, we're almost at the feeders so you might want to look up now." She poked her head up and looked over. Reilly did a scan of the area quickly, making sure there was no danger in sight. Sometimes Strigoi weren't the only things you had to watch out for. "Why don't Dhampir's have to drink blood?" Reilly frowned down at her big eyes filled with curiosity. "I mean, you're half Moroi, I just don't get it." Reilly shook his head. Ariel's curiosity would get her into trouble one day, he just knew it. "Because Dhampir are also half human. We don't have fangs, we can go out in the sun, and we're built rather tough. I'd say we're more human than we are Moroi. Plus, blood is disgusting." He made a yuck face. "Think of Strigois'," bring her thoughts into the open, "Why are you on edge today as if there was one here? You haven't been talking much and you're looking at me more than usual." Reilly shrugged and moved her along in the line which had gotten increasingly longer than it had been twenty minutes ago.

"Because. Sometimes Strigoi aren't the only things you have to worry about. And what's wrong with making sure you're safe?"

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"Ariel, you always look beautiful." Reilly said with his classic eyeroll. To him, Ariel was perfect. She had the perfect Moroi body, and the beautiful red hair that he had always loved. It was just her usual self, either fishing for compliments or insecure. Probably both. Although, he could understand. The Moroi community was cutthroat, to say the least. It was one of the reasons why he always looked out for her. As he said, Strigoi weren't the only danger to a Moroi girl. He watched calmly as she fed from the young human girl. He looked away as she sank her fangs in, feeling his stomach twist. He knew they needed it to live, but jeez, it was definitely weird to watch.

When Ariel was done, he let her take his hand and lead him over to a spot in the grass. She mentioned something about him eating with friends and he shrugged. "Eh, you're more fun anyways. I get the distinct feeling that Grey doesn't like me...so I tend to avoid him. Even if he does share a dorm with me." He shook his head as she hurt her eyes from the setting sun. "How you can manage to hurt your eyes at night I will never know. It's a good thing we go to school at night or you'd probably hurt yourself a heck of a lot more."

Scanning the area, he saw Ariella and Ashley sitting on a bench surprisingly close to the school's border. I hope Ashley's on her guard... He returned his attention back to Ariel and put his arm around her as she buried her face in his chest. "See? Sometimes darkness is better. You're Moroi, shouldn't you think that anyways?"

{OOC: I'll post for Ariella when Ashley answers. C'mon, Angel, I wanna see your post!}

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Ashley Lawrence


"No. I would never run unless you were coming with me."


Ashley tried to restrain herself from yawning, but utterly failed in exasperation for her Moroi partner's hard headedness. The red head raked a hand through her curly red locks when a breeze picked up. She always found her vampire senses just loved to pick up the faintest and strangest of scents, but there was a particularly ominous and slightly worrying feel about the scent she picked up. She narrowed her stormy blue eyes and glanced around them but didn't feel any immediate danger. Keeping her guard up and alert even higher, she gripped Ariella's hand in hers and stood from the bench. "I think we should get back in the school," She tried to keep her voice from wavering in worry, but she knew that it would be meaningless when her Moroi partner could most likely see something wrong with her from a mile away. "The sun's gonna come out soon, I don't want you to stay out for too long." She put up that lame excuse instead.

Keeping Ariella's hand in hers more to reassure herself than the girl, she led them to the back entrance of the school. Even with her first step, she knew something was off in the mere presence of the building. Everyone still acted normally, so it either meant her nerves were simply going off in false alarm, or they simply weren't aware of the imminent danger. She slightly turned her head to the blonde beside her who still seemed rather confused with her sudden actions. "Do you feel that?"

She knew as well as all Dhampir that she should get her Moroi to the safest place possible when faced with possible danger, but who ever made that rule never had to partner up with the most heartwarmingly caring, yet annoyingly stubborn blonde that is Ariella Dragomir. "I..." She stopped when she made eye contact with the blonde and sighed once again, thinking she should just save her breath and take the blonde with her. "Alright, you have to trust me, no matter how unreasonably reckless it seems, you do what I say when I say it." It wasn't even a request, but more of a heartfelt order, all for the blonde's safety.

Following the scent entirely on senses, she felt it come closer to them, possibly even in the school. Talk about too close for comfort. She glanced over at the blonde under her care every two seconds, again, more to reassure herself that the Moroi was indeed safe. Halfway through the school hallway, she felt her blood run cold, or should she say colder than it already was. She knew this scent all too well. Why didn't I realize this before?! She abruptly took a U-turn and headed straight for where most of the other students were. "There's a Strigoi in the building," She urgently whispered to the blonde, "What do you want to do-What do you think we should do?"

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Ariella's gaze grew concerned as Ashley tensed up. "What's wrong?" Ari asked her friend, seeing from her aura that something was definitely amiss. "I think we should get back in the school. The sun's gonna come out soon, I don't want you to stay out for too long." Ariella narrowed her eyes and shook her head. "That's not it. What's going on? You sense something, I can see it in your aura."

Ashley grabbed Ari's hand and Ari was forced up from her seat with a pull as Ashley practically dragged her to the front of the school. "Ashley, what the hell? What's going on?" Ariella was extremely confused, and even more so when Ash proceeded to sniff the air. "Do you feel that?" Ari stopped moving and used her spirit senses to judge the activity in the school. She sensed nothing was going seriously awry, but the redheaded girl was obviously put off by something. "Alright, you have to trust me, no matter how unreasonably reckless it seems, you do what I say when I say it." Ari flinched at Ashley's orders but nodded. If her friend was being this forceful, even if it was gently so, she knew she had to comply.

Ashley dragged her through the school again, seeming to follow her nose more than anything. "Ash, you're acting like a dog. What on earth is wrong?!" She stopped suddenly as Ashley turned abruptly and pulled her in the complete opposite direction. "There's a Strigoi in the building," She urgently whispered to the blonde, "What do you want to do-What do you think we should do?" Ari's eyes widened with fear as she realized what Ashley was saying. Taking a moment to think, she met Ashley's gaze with confidence. "We have to find it. Before it finds us. You're the top girl in your defense class, Ash. You can take it. But we better find it soon before it hurts any of the other students. Do you think you can do that weird nose thing again and find it?"


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"I want change so bad, Cutie Cake. We both know I can go in the sun, but it's uncomfortable. Sigh, now in confused! Why don't we have classes like humans during the day?" Reilly shook his head at the nickname Ariel had given him. What on earth had he done to deserve something like...Cutie Cake? And he also shook his head at the sheer innocence in the question. "You know perfectly well why we don't have classes during the day. The minute you go out in the sun you get tired and sick. Is that really how you want to spend your life?" Reilly chuckled but stopped abruptly as he saw Ashley pull the Dragomir royal from her seat with a sense of...franticness. Reilly narrowed his eyes and took in his surroundings, realizing right away what had suddenly gotten Ashley so on edge. There was a Strigoi near.

"Alright, up and at em." Reilly pulled Ariel from her seat and put his arm around her protectively as he guided her to the school, where he knew the Strigoi couldn't enter. The building itself was safe, but the outside area? Not at all. He pulled her inside and sat her down at a nearby table, making sure there were guardians posted at every entrance. "We're just going to sit here for now, alright?" He sat down next to her and made sure to glance between her and his surrounding every few seconds. He didn't even think to tell the guardians that Ashley and the Dragomir were surely in danger. His only worry was for Ariel, and Ariel alone.

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Ashley Lawrence


"We have to find it. Before it finds us. You're the top girl in your defense class, Ash. You can take it. But we better find it soon before it hurts any of the other students. Do you think you can do that weird nose thing again and find it?"

Ashley couldn't stop her eyebrow from furrowing in slight annoyance for her beloved blonde referred to her advanced senses as 'that weird nose thing'. I may be the top in defense, but will that be enough to kill a Strigoi? Despite the hesitation, she closed her eyes and focused on hearing and scent, with that alone she could sense that Reilly and Ariel weren't too far from them. She snapped her eyes open and brought Ariella closer to her. "Stay close to me," She whispered and quickly made their way to where the other Dhampir and Moroi pair were. If she were to face off against a Strigoi, she needed at least Reilly. The male Dhampir, as far as she knew, was more accustomed to an offensive style of fighting. If they were to pair up, they might be able to fend it off, at least enough for their Moroi partners to get to safety with the rest of the school. The red head froze as she heard an ear piercing scream rip through the air, but forced her nerves to calm as she sensed that it was most likely just a student letting out a frightened scream due to the Strigoi in the building rather than to any actual danger.

"It's nothing, let's keep going," She ushered to Ariella to keep moving. She continued to lead them through the long corridors of the school, always making sure to check the room first before letting Ariella follow her. Though she sensed the Strigoi was far from them, closer to the entrance of the school actually, she wasn't taking any chances not with Ariella, not ever. Even if she were alone she doubted she could focus, her mind would most likely be filled with worried thoughts about her Moroi partner. She had to get her somewhere safe, and right now, the safest place to be was to be with others. Strigoi might be stronger and faster than most of the students, but against these numbers, they could take them down. Reilly and herself may even be enough to at least restrict and restrain the movements of the Strigoi terrorizing the school.

After going through a few more hallways and a couple rooms, the red head finally found Reilly and Ariel curled up rather protectively around each other at a table in one of the more secure rooms of the school. Hating that she was ruining their moment, but not one to waste a second when their Moroi partners were in possible danger. "Reilly, I need your help." She called out, shutting the door behind her and gesturing for Ariella to take a seat across from the other pair. "We need to take down that Strigoi, are you with me?" She didn't bother explaining that there was a Strigoi in the building, as she knew that her fellow Dhampir most likely knew the second she did.

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Ariella tensed as she saw Ashley's aura spike with fear, knowing it was for her own safety. "Stay close to me." Ariella nodded with a gulp and let herself be dragged by Ashley, not really sure where they were headed. Suddenly, she heard a scream from another student and she gasped, freezing in her own fear. She felt Ashley tug at her and Ariella was truly afraid. For herself and for her guardian. "It's nothing. Let's keep going." Ariella didn't dare utter a word, for fear of distracting Ashley and getting them both in danger. The ginger dragged her through countless halls and rooms, checking to make sure each one was safe. Ariella was getting more afraid by the second, and she almost asked Ashley what her plan was, but didn't want to distract her guardian even more. Finally they got to their destination, and Ari sat down where Ariel was curled up against Reilly.


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Reilly was curled up with Ariel, checking the surroundings constantly, when Ashley and Ariella burst into the room. Reilly tightened his grip on Ariel as he waited for Ashley to catch her breath after sitting Ariella down in one of the chairs. Reilly nodded at her and after doing a quick scan of Ariella as he was required to do in order to ensure all Moroi safety, he deemed her terrified but physically healthy. "Reilly, I need your help." Ashley said and he nodded. "We need to take down that Strigoi." He smiled as he said it in unison with her. "Yeah, I'm with you...but, someone has to stay with the Moroi." Reilly pursed his lips thoughtfully and after a brief hesitation he looked Ashley straight in the eye. "Unless...unless we took them with us."

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"Unless...unless we took them with us."


Ashley, overcome with stress and anger nearly snapped her neck just from whipping her gaze from Ariella to Reilly. Her expression could almost be read as disgust excluding the horror in her eyes. "There's no way in hell I'm putting Ariella in that kind of danger!" Ashley practically growled. A second after she said it though, she realized she was losing her temper and instantly shut herself down. She sat down in exhaustion, not even minding that she placed herself directly onto Ariella's lap. It's not like the Moroi would die from contact with someone she's had to depend on and entrust her life to for almost four years now. Ashley barely thought anything of it and even wrapped an arm around Ariella's shoulders. "Sorry to burst like that," she uttered completely under control once more, and raked her hand through her hair again, something she's starting to get accustomed to when faced with stressful situations. Everyone that knew her, and especially her close group of friends, knew that she wouldn't succumb to her emotions as easily as most, but just the thought of Ariella being in danger of a Strigoi attack cranked up her emotional stability to a whole new level. "You know as well as I do, that I can't do that." She added, staring the Dhampir male straight in the eye.

All the while she kept her senses up. The Strigoi wasn't in their part of the building as of yet, but that could change in a matter of seconds. Every second they spent just talking in that very room increased the chance of the Strigoi finding them, just with that very knowledge was capable of giving Ashley a headache. They needed a plan. They needed to get their Moroi to a safe place, and with Ariella's constant protests it would be harder for Ashley than most. They also needed to know exactly what they were dealing with. All they knew was that there was a Strigoi and it was in the building, that was practically all that was needed to get everyone on their toes. They didn't know whether it was an experienced Strigoi, a "newborn", heck they didn't even know the gender. "I'm gonna go scout out the Strigoi," Ashley announced. Taking out a hair tie from her pocket, she quickly pulled up her hair into a ponytail as she always did in combat class. She then looked down onto the blonde sitting in the chair. "And you cannot go with me!" She quickly added before the blonde could even bother to stand after her, though she knew that if the blonde truly didn't want her to go she didn't have a choice as she hung on every word that escaped the blonde's mouth. But she would not, under any circumstances, bring Ariella any closer to the Strigoi than she already has.

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Reilly took a step back, surprised at Ashley's outburst. "What, you think I want to put Ariel in that kind of danger?! I'm just saying I don't want to leave her alone when I'm out there fighting and not able to keep an eye on her! We can bring them with us, and hide them! If this Strigoi is on school grounds then it's definitely a new one. No old and smart Strigoi would even set foot in a place with so many novices on it. Can't you see that this might actually work?" Just as Ashley was about to leave Reilly grabbed her arm. "C'mon, listen! How would you feel if you were out there and Ariella somehow gets hurt because you weren't with her? If we know they are there where we can keep an eye on them and the Strigoi has no idea, then nothing can go wrong!"


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Ariella watched back and forth at the pingpong match of words that were being exchanged between Ashley and Reilly. Jeez, is it really that big of a deal? Without thinking, Ariella blurted out, "It's too bad you're not dead, Ash." Then, realizing what she had said, she backtracked and rephrased her statement. "Wow, that sounded terrible. What I meant was, if you were dead, then I could use Spirit to bring you back, and we would be bonded, meaning that you would be able to feel everything I was feeling and see through my eyes whenever you wanted, then this wouldn't be a problem. I really don't want you to be dead, I swear. That sounded a lot worse than what I meant." She smiled cheekily at her best friend. "But, Reilly does have a point. If the Strigoi doesn't know we're there, then what's the issue?"

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"C'mon, listen! How would you feel if you were out there and Ariella somehow gets hurt because you weren't with her? If we know they are there where we can keep an eye on them and the Strigoi has no idea, then nothing can go wrong!" Ashley opened her mouth to argue but quickly shut her mouth when Ariella interrupted.

"It's too bad you're not dead, Ash."


The red head froze for a second before whipping around to give her blonde an incredulous expression. She stayed quiet during the blonde's explanation and couldn't deny that she considered it for a moment. But just for a moment.

Ashley fought the urge to rip her arm away from Reilly, but merely pried his hand off of her knowing that Ariella wouldn't be happy if she started going against their friends especially in this particular situation. "How long do you think it would be until the Strigoi finds you guys? They're faster and stronger than us, even with the two of us we'd probably be only to restrain it temporarily." Ashley explained, tightening her ponytail, before looking Reilly dead in the eye. "Do you honestly think that the Strigoi would keep fighting us, if it were to sense the one thing it wanted just huddling in a corner not too far away?" The red headed didn't miss a beat in elaborating how dangerous it would be to bring the two Moroi any closer to the Strigoi. "It came here to get their blood, and it's not gonna stop until it gets that unless we stop it first." The red head wanted nothing more than to simply burst through the door and scout out the monster hunting their beloved partners, but the blonde practically had a leash tightened around her neck. Ashley would give anything to fulfill whatever the blonde requests of her.

Ashley turned her gaze to Ariella, silently pleading with her eyes out of concern for the blonde and anxiety to gather at least some information on the Strigoi. Ashley crouched down to kneel in front of the still sitting girl and placed her hands on the blonde's knees. "Let me go," Her voice was begging and strictly for the blonde's ears only, "If you don't want me to, just say the word, but please." Her grip on Ariella's knees tightened. "Please... I just want you to be safe."

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Reilly let go of Ashley's arm, putting his hands up in surrender and taking a step back. "How long do you think it would be until the Strigoi finds you guys? They're faster and stronger than us, even with the two of us we'd probably be only to restrain it temporarily." Reilly nodded and opened his mouth to argue but Ashley stopped him by looking him dead in the eye. "Do you honestly think that the Strigoi would keep fighting us, if it were to sense the one thing it wanted just huddling in a corner not too far away?" Reilly sighed. "All I'm saying is that I don't want to go fight the Strigoi unless I can be sure Ariel is safe. And I can't do that unless she's with me. Don't you feel the same about Ariella?"


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Ari pursed her lips as Ashley crouched in front of her, pleading with her to let her go on a march to her death. She begged Ariella to give her permission to go, but Ariella knew there was only one way Ashley was going up in front of that monster. She listened to Reilly and knew that he had a point. Ashley had always made it imperitive that Ariella stay with her for safety reasons. Ariella looked Ashley in the eye and made sure she got her point across. "Please, let me help you."

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"All I'm saying is that I don't want to go fight the Strigoi unless I can be sure Ariel is safe. And I can't do that unless she's with me. Don't you feel the same about Ariella?" Ariel stood up quickly and grabbed on to Reilly clenching to his back. She no longer felt safe in the school and she wanted to be no where but with him. Even though Ashley was right about the possibility of them getting hurt out there Reilly was also right with them being able to protect them better if they stayed close. "How long do you think it would be until the Strigoi finds you guys? They're faster and stronger than us, even with the two of us we'd probably be only to restrain it temporarily. Do you honestly think that the Strigoi would keep fighting us, if it were to sense the one thing it wanted just huddling in a corner not too far away?" Huddling closer into Reilly she knew Ashley's statements were more true, she hated to think that, but a fact was a fact no matter what angle you looked at it from. "All I'm saying is that I don't want to go fight the Strigoi unless I can be sure Ariel is safe. And I can't do that unless she's with me. Don't you feel the same about Ariella?"

Huffing Ariel let go of Reilly and went to stand by Ashley. "Ashley's right!" Ariel exclaimed. "I hate to admit you're wrong Reilly, but you are! You're amazing, but Strigoi are just better by default!" As she spoke she could feel big tears streaming down her face. It hurt her to say it knowing it came off as her not trusting Reilly, but she did with all her heart. It's just she'd never seen Reilly fight against a Strigoi and if all the stories about them were as scary as told she was afraid he'd be killed trying to protect, if Reilly were to die or get hurt she wouldn't know what to do with herself. She was in love with him and couldn't let him do anything to put his life in danger for her.

Beginning to sob harder and more uncontrollably she took her seat back down, she was extremely nervous and confused. With her confusion she could feel sparks of fire twinkle across her finger tips, a great sign she was under a abundant amount of stress. Feelings like these she wasn't use to so the only way she knew to react was through tears. Pulling her knees up to her chest she hugged them as she rested her head in between her legs as she slightly rocked herself. "I'm sorry for how that sounded, Reilly, I'm just really scared and confused."