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Mikari Akigawa

"Listen to me, listen to my heart. To no reveal the secrets of the dark."

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a character in “The Survival Kit Academy || Mastered”, as played by Chrian Blaire

Description

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"The only thing that you need to have with you is knowledge. And knowledge is power."





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Theme Song(s)
Snow Scene | An Café
Gekidou | UVERworld

"I want to return to the time we can still smile innocently together."





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Name
Mikari Akigawa
"Pretty cool, huh?"

Nickname
Mikari | Mika | Mii (Midora only)
"Nah, what with all the formality?"

Age
29
"Not that old, eh? I'm still at my prime, you know."

Gender
Male
"Did someone sprinkle the blind powder on you?"

Demon | Mage | Teacher
Mage Teacher
"Oh yeah, quite a big twist, huh?"

Sexuality
Bisexual
"I love beauty, and such things as genders didn't taken into account."

Nationality
Japanese
"The land of the rising sun, huh?"

Colleagues
Midora Kurayami | Memphis | Sarah Rayne
"It's feel good to be surrounded with strong individuals like them."

Face Claim
Jellal Fernandes | Fairy Tail





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"We're all just the same, no matter if we're mages, demons or merely humans. Keep that in mind."





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Height | Weight
5'9'' | 130 Ibs
"I felt that I'm in my good shape, no need for changing."

Hair Colour
Blue
"Is that very strange?"

Eye Colour
Brown (Red when angry)
"Oh, right. You don't want to see the creepy crimson look, do you?"

Physical Description
Mikari is a young-looking man whose most prominent features are his blue hair and a red tattoo above and under his right eye, which he has had since his childhood. He stands about 5'9'' and weighes about 130 Ibs. Like Midora, most people felt that he seemed to be a lot younger than his own age. Mikari is slender and have noticeable muscles on his arms and a little abs. Although he wasn't the tallest person, or a hulky bodybuilder, he is adept and he can also run quite fast. He has quite remarkable reflexes. Mikari has brown eyes, however, like any other Dark Mages; his eyes will turn red once he is enraged. He is often seen wearing his Dark Mage uniform, which are elegant yet simple robes; consisting of a long white tunic with black stripes across the edges and on the upper part of the arms, a decorated collar, large straps connected to decorated buckles closing the inducement on the front over a dark shirt, and matching pants and shoes. Mikari also sported a ring on his right middle finger, and usually had the insignia attesting him once was a part of the Dark Mages' Guild, hidden by his jacket's collar.
"No need to say, I'm attractive and I know it. Most of us are. Thank you very much."





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"I don't care what will they think, I'm just doing my job."





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Personality
Confident | Passionate | Calm | Sarcastic | Joking | Intelligent | Kind | Carefree
"The pride of a Dark Mage is what I treasured the most."

Likes
Reading | Researching | Meditation | Observing | Being admired | Teaching | Making potions | Runes
"Oh please, I'd say that you're lying if you said you don't like being flattered."

Dislikes
Being insulted | Disobedience | Laziness | Mushrooms | Cold breezes | Being disturbed
"I'm quite an easy-going person. As long as you don't cross the line, of course."

Habits
Shoulder rubbing | Cracking knuckles | Sit with chin in hand | Poking at other's to gain attetion
"It can be pretty tired when you have to do a lot of jobs."

Flaws
Flirty | Clingy | Headstrong
"The proof that I was trying to hit on you only showed how attractive you are, sweeties~"

Abilties | Powers
Mikari is a Dark Mage. He possessed powerful magic capabilities, though not as strong as Midora. Because of he is also a master in the art of Dark Magic, his abilities and spells alike is also based mainly on the darker sides of magic, in which the complexity is much larger than any other kinds. Like any other Dark Mages, he is also susceptible to negative emotions. He has to learn how to control his emotions and must not let himself become enraged in any situations, which is why Mikari and Midora are usually quite calm when it comes to dealing with things around the Academy. Because Mikari has always been fond of researching and finding ever since he was small, he has a wide knowledge about arts of magic, runes, symbols, ancient languages and potion recipes. However, as Dark Mages' main element was Dark, their biggest weakness is that they're extremely vulnerable when it comes to deal with White Magic and holy-based spells. Mikari wasn't an exception. If he didn't manage to dodge a strong attack from a White Mage then he can be seriously injured or even killed.

Having the affinity of Dark Magic, Mikari is capable of casting basic spells, high-classified spells and unique Dark Magic's spells, along with total control over Dark Matter. Throughout years of practicing and perfecting his gifts, he has mastered 3 unique abilities of his own.

Obedient Gaze: Like all mages, Mikari has ability to take control of a demon and command them to do as he wishes. Unlike the mages who still can't properly control their power, his ability is almost flawless. To activate, Mikari slightly touches the tattoo on his face. After the touch, the tattoo will light up a red, dim light as the irises in the right eyes will also change into a different shape. As long as his power is activated, he can control any demons at will with just a single glance. However, it is needed that the demons look directly into otuoMikari's right eye for at least 30 seconds. And should a demon possesses strong mentality and unshaken will then Mikari's Gaze will be useless against them, though it wasn't often that some demons can easily get free from his grips. Though not often, Mikari will use this ability to assist Midora when the demon students went loose. He can control only 4 demons at a time.

"Following what I say and you won't have to suffer, got it?."

Animation: Using Dark Matter, Mikari can forms shadow-looking creatures. The creatures can move freely across any surfaces, whether it is solid or not. However, these creatures are only capable of seeing and they're supposely "deaf", which is why Mikari can only see what they see but can't hear what the targets that he was follow are talking about. During battles, he can also use them to keep his opponent busy a bit so that he can observe to find out their weaknesses. Though the creatures can't be eliminating by normal weapons, they'll be banish if they were hit by light or something bright enough. Mikari can form as many creatures as he please, but it'll use more energy of him to do so.
"Be careful of these babies."

Abyss Breaker: Mikari's strongest ability, though he rarely ever use this because of its complexity and power-consuming. In order to activate, Mikari needs to enter a trance as he chanted an ancient incantation as dark aura surrounded him. During the chanting, magic circles covered in runes will appeared above Mikari's targets. After he has finished chanting, he draws out some symbols on the air around him and merge them together. After that, the circles will release a devastating beam that destroy everything underneath them. This ability can deals damage depend on the size of the circles. At his full strenght, the circles can covered an area of more than 500 meters. And Mikari himself will not be affected if he stood under the circles. Because this spell requires knowledges about runes, Mikari needs to take a few minutes in order to draw them properly. If he draws just a wrong line, then the whole spell will be stopped. This ability will use up Mikari's power so much that he'll need to rest for at least a week to regain his strength.
"Like I said, some spells are not to be messed with, or you'll face consequences that you don't want to face."





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"Dark and Light, they always fighting against each other, yet, they tempted each other and one couldn't exist without the other."





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Romantic Interest
None
"Well, should I have one?"

Character Opinions
Midora Kurayami
"I've known him for most of my life now and I can say that no one understand him better than me. I've also seen a lot of hidden sides of his that he never shown to anyone. We've always been brothers and now we're collegues. How cool is that?"

Memphis
"Oh joy, we're going to work under a Demon. Looking forward to see if there's going to be any change."

Sarah Rayne
"A strange woman, indeed. Though, I can feel her dedication. I don't know whether if she's really what I think she is. Guess that I should keep my eyes open."

Momoko Sawada
"..."

Ruzik R.
"I found him quite amusing for an Incubus, to be honest. I'm having a great time teaching with him and I think we're going to have some quality times ~"

Kou Usagi
"She's not so bad for a bunny. She and Ruzik would be a nice couple, I think."[\color]

[color=#1721e8]History

As a strong mage, people would have thought that his life would be quite rough. Though that wasn't completely true. Mikari was born in a peaceful town and he has lived through his childhood like any other child would. Both of his parents were White Mages, but the line didn't pass on Mikari. Ever since he was 4, he has always been fond of researching and reading. He found out that he was a Dark Mage when he was about 6 years old. Back then, Mikari was making his way to the library like usual then a rogue demon came out from nowhere and trying to attack him. Because he was so surprised, and he hasn't discovered his potentials yet, he couldn't counter back. But just as when the demon hit Mikari, he unconsciously formed a whip from Dark Matter for the first time by his hand and beaten the demon quite effortlessly.

Mikari then remembered from a book he has read before that the only type of magic-user that was able to control Dark Matter was Dark Mages. With that said, he came to the realization that he was different from his parents. Because back then, Dark Mages were considered like outcasts to the rest of the Mages' community because of their unusual power, Mikari feared that people would rejected him, he has kept his power hidden from everyone, including his parents. However, he kept researching more and more about Dark Mages and the curiosity about what he can do grew. Mikari often sneaked out at night and practiced Dark Magic. At first, it was hard for him because of the art's complexity, but he kept on trying hard every day until he can master them.

The more Mikari grew, the more his power grows with him. Although he has a lot of friends, he still felt like an outcast because he was different with them and he can't show his true potentials to anyone. At the age of 17, Mikari moved to another city to study at a prestigious Academy. Life was hard as Mikari could barely find any friends. Any efforts to be closed with anyone from him were cruelly rejected. Isolation as he was, he knows he can only continued improving and learning and soon becoming one of the top students at the Academy. One day, when he was returning to his apartment, he found a young man who was around his age and saved him, knowing that the man is also a Dark Mage like him, yet a lot more powerful than him. His name was Midora Kurayami. At first, Midora was cold and seemed to be wary of him, but Mikari allowed him to live with him. Eventually, they became best of friends, never do anything without each other.

After their graduation, both Midora and Mikari returned to Mikari's hometown to start a new life. Their lives would stay normal like that, until one day, a bloodthirsty and insanely strong demon working under the influence of the most powerful Mage ever in existence came and destroyed their town, killing every single living being in her sight. And Mikari's family couldn't escape their fates in the massacre. Enraged, Mikari tried to beat the demon but he was overpowered and almost got killed, until Midora jumped in. After a gruesome fight, Midora was able to overcame her. But Mikari was gravely injured so Midora has to carried him for days, until they were found by the Legendary Mage who was their Headmaster before and were sent to another town where an Academy called Survival Kit Academy situated.

While Midora were offered a position as a teacher in the Survival Kit Academy, Mikari worked at several places to earn money. When he has saved enough profit, he opened a grocery shop and lives a normal life, still keeping a good company with his best friend Midora for almost 6 years. When an incident happened, he was asked to be a teacher there. Though he has never done something like this before, he accepted the offer and a whole new journey is waiting ahead of him.

"Though we need to look up to the future, we must never forget that it is the past that makes us who we are now."

Others
Mikari is often carries a bag full of powders with different usages with him on his belt, though he kept it hidden from sight in his robe near his waist. Though it seemed that the powders were mixed with each other, he can always pull out the exact ones that he needed with the sensible amounts.
"No one except Dora-chin is aware of this. So be careful, I can always blind you if I need to."

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"Life and death are the very basis of all things; they intensify every emotion. Or, to put it in a rather different way, there is nothing quite so dull as 'life'."




So begins...

Mikari Akigawa's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: laurence Snow Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Hive Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer

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It was already late morning as a trail of thick smoke puffed quickly through the air along behind the tall figure that walked down the hallway in a rather hasty fashion. His name was Memphis, the newly appointed Headmaster of the Academy – a demon no less who has been put in charge of influencing the young minds of those he was suppose to help and guide in their time at the school. Quick steps echoed through the hall as he made his way to his office, a half-burnt out cigarette hanging over the side of his lower lip as he bit down hard and inhaled a deep breath.

Upon his arrival there had been a few changes put in place which caused some minor issues for the demon to deal with, such as new students arriving and the removal of old ones. Due to this the morning class had been delayed for a short time which allowed the students to wander the academy in the meantime, awaiting some form of structure to their day. However some may notice that some of their classmates were not around and the headmaster could only hope he explained things soon to avoid any unnecessary uprising amongst the youths.

"What a palaver." He sighed and dropped his shoulders, before nudging the door open and heading into his office, though only for a moment. The morning so far had been less than organized and the demon needed to get things on track – which meant getting the students to class and his colleagues in order, especially since he hadn’t met any of his staff yet though he assumed they had been made aware of his sudden arrival – somehow. He quickly made his way over to his desk – well it was his now though some of the prior headmasters belongings were still there – and accessed the academy’s intercom system.

"Attention students this is your new acting Headmaster. I realize this morning has been a bit chaotic but for now if you would, make your way to your designated classroom – that is an order. Mr. Kurayami, Mr. Akigawa and Miss Rayne, you are also wanted at class." Short but to the point. That was Memphis.

The intercom system was connected to every location within the academy, so all the students should have heard him and hopefully would begin to make their way to their classroom. Likewise his staff too. Turning the demon took his leave and exited the office, before making his way down to the classroom. With a shrug he continued on his way down the hallway, raising a hand as he ran it through his hair and unenthusiastically thought of how endless the day already felt. What was he suppose to do with these kids? What were they even like? The demon smirked a little as his curiosity grew and soon enough he arrived at the classroom and made his way in, opening and closing the door behind him as he took a seat at one of the desks. Swinging his legs up he rested the heel of his boots against the surface of the desk, leaning back in his chair as he crossed his arms against his chest. After all no one was about so he could make himself comfortable in the meantime, as he parted his lips slightly and let his burnt cigarette fall to the floor, before popping out another that quickly replaced the former and the demon inhaled deeply.

"Well, looks like the fun will begin soon enough." The demon yawned a little and stretched his legs. The teachers ought to arrive soon, and maybe even some students might arrive early! But he wouldn't hold his breath. "Maybe I should plan out exactly what we’re going to be doing for this class – or even what I’m going to say." He huffed, digging into one of his pockets as he brought out a crumpled piece of paper with his crude handwriting scribbled all over it. Looking over the notes he then reached over, grabbing a clipboard with names jotted down on it – presumably the students of the class, and began familiarizing himself with the names and information.





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Cleo was wide awake and already up and about the academy. Since their morning class had been delayed for a wee bit of time, the feline figured she’d grab something to snack on in the meantime until told otherwise. Whilst in the cafeteria the girl prowled around and looked at what was on offer, eyeing up all the goodies before settling on an apple and a packet of chocolaty-treats. After all breakfast was an important meal and the girl was set on not missing it!

“Maybe I should bring something for Buggie and Ichi." She pondered for a moment, snatching up some treats for the boys before stuffing them all into her pockets. Reaching over she swiped another packet of chocolates before walking away contently. As she was about to bite into her apple her ears perked up at that moment as an unfamiliar voice suddenly filled the air – the Headmaster, or rather new one. Did they get a new one already? Didn’t they just start? Cleo raised a questioning brow.

"Attention students this is your new acting Headmaster. I realize this morning has been a bit chaotic but for now if you would, make your way to your designated classroom – that is an order. Mr. Kurayami, Mr. Akigawa and Miss Rayne, you are also wanted at class." It said before falling silent.

Well, it looked like her free time had come to an end as the students were summoned to the classroom. With a shrug the feline bit into her apple before heading out of the cafeteria and began making her way to the room. On the way there the girl couldn’t help but wonder if everyone else got the message, and who would be first? A smile formed on her lips as she thought of her friends and teammates, and a general feeling of excitement filled her being at that moment.

A short time later the feline arrived at the classroom and made her way inside, dropping her eaten apple in the bin before taking her seat. Her eyes immediately fell onto the red-haired figure at the desk, who either hadn’t noticed her quite yet – or was just uninterested. The girl sat in silence for at least a minute before leaning forward on her desk and waving to the man that was busy looking over some notes, or something at least.

“Hi! I’m Cleo – are you the Headmaster guy that was speaking earlier?" She asked and titled her head, leaning back in her seat as she watched the figure carefully. However he never answered her question, actually he never really looked to the girl at all. Lowering her ears Cleo slumped her shoulders and focused her attention to the door to see who entered next.





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Ruzik was begrudgingly awake and moving himself around the academy after being informed that their morning class had been put on hold temporarily. He hadn’t really slept and was a little lost as to what to do with himself for the time being. His insides felt twisted and he could already feel his hunger creeping up on him slowly – the only good thing he was really feeling at that moment.

As he walked along he looked at all the students he passed, gradually wondering what exactly was going on that would cause such a delay in their academic schedule. Not that he was really complaining mind you, Ruzik wasn’t exactly the best student the academy had and really the more free time they got was welcomed – albeit he was a bit bored during it. Friends weren’t exactly his forte, he didn’t have many at this point in time, but of course he didn’t want any either! Did he?

As the red-head wandered down a hallway he heard a voice suddenly speak, tiling his gaze up to a speaker held up in one of the corners of the hall. "Attention students this is your new acting Headmaster. I realize this morning has been a bit chaotic but for now if you would, make your way to your designated classroom – that is an order. Mr. Kurayami, Mr. Akigawa and Miss Rayne, you are also wanted at class." So they had a new Headmaster? Ruzik thought briefly over this, smirking just a little. Did that mean he was free of those damn pills? Oh if only. The demon felt a slight twinge in his lower stomach and let out an uneasy sigh in response, as he straightened himself up and continued on his way. Surprisingly he opted to go to class; perhaps it would enlighten his boredom just a bit.

A short while later he arrive at the room and promptly entered, sparing a moment to look at the figure who sat slumped and puffing on a cigarette, though seemed to pay little attention to things around him. Unbothered, the demon then noticed the familiar cat-girl sitting looking in his direction and offered her a small smile. Sitting behind her, he place his elbows on the desk and leaned forward, before tapping her shoulder.




Cleo turned and faced the boy, ears twitching just a little. She remembered him from the day before and how he stormed off, somewhat crazily. Though hesitant to converse with him the girl decided she should make an effort at least. “Yeah?"

”Looks like we’re first to arrive, and your that cat-girl from the other day?” He asked, though knew he was fairly right in saying it. Cleo was hard to not remember after all, especially with her defining features.

“Uh-huh, and your that demon who stormed off all crazy like, eh?" She teased and playfully twitched her eyebrows. “lookie-here. If you don’t go all moody on me again I may just start to like yah." Sliding round in her seat she faced him directly and rested her arms on the edge of his desk, shifting forward as her ears lowered a rather amusing way. “Let’s start again? I’m Cleo, please to meet yah, Ruzik."

The redhead merely shrugged in a sort-of agreeing manner. Maybe he ought to make some friends, though either way the cat-girl wasn’t entirely bad and was pretty attractive, so it worked for him. ”Sure, alright. Nice to meet you Cleo.”

Smiling, the girl spun back around and moved down in her seat, leaning backwards as she rested the back of her head against his desk and looked up to the boy with an amusing grin. “So, who you betting turns up next?"

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: laurence Snow Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Hive Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer

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It seems that Kou still had quite a ways to go in order to learn to control her teleportation as last night she had sneezed while in the shower and had ended up in Ichiro, Cleo, and Bugby's dorm. Thankfully it had only been for a second or two before she managed to collect her wits and teleport back to her room so the casualties were limited but the whole ordeal had been very stressful for the rabbit and she had gone to sleep with pink hair. This morning when she awoke it had gone back to blue and for a few minutes Kou was able to hope it had all been a dream until she went into the bathroom and realized she had dropped her conditioner when she teleported so the bottle was now lost between a rift of space and time.

Hopefully it would reanimate itself somewhere, but when and where Kou had no idea. The demon tried not to stress over it as she rolled out of bed and onto the floor, pulling the covers along with her. Today was going to be a long day and she wasn't sure if she was ready to face the three whom she had thought of as friends before. Hopefully this would change nothing between them, maybe they would all just have a good laugh and move on? Or they could think of Kou as some weirdo and she would have lost the only friends she managed to make. Kou ran her fingers through her hair, her locks turning pink. She got dressed quickly and exited the dorm, hoping to Tsukuyomi or whatever other God that they hadn't seen anything and going to the cafeteria in hopes of making it to breakfast before their morning class.

The dining room was empty save for a few scattered souls who were using their free time to study in the corners of the large space. Kou looked at the the different foods on display and settled on some sort of breakfast wrap filled with vegetables and eggs. She sat alone by a window, nibbling on the edges of the tortilla and deciding that she wasn't hungry. She was about to leave when something caught her eye and quickly Kou stuffed two lollipops into the pockets of her dress, remembering how Ruzik had reacted to the sweets the day prior. An announcement protruded through the air, slicing through the silence like a knife.

"Attention students this is your new acting Headmaster. I realize this morning has been a bit chaotic but for now if you would, make your way to your designated classroom – that is an order. Mr. Kurayami, Mr. Akigawa and Miss Rayne, you are also wanted at class." So it was finally time? Kou picked up her pace, her heels clicking briskly on the tiled floor as she made her way to the classroom where her peers would be. Kou was prepared for the worst, once more her hair had returned to blue but she knew it wouldn't stay that way once she entered the space where the three were. Maybe she should skip class to avoid them? No, Kou did not want to be on the teacher's and new headmaster's bad side on the second day of school.

There were only two other students in the classroom when she entered, Cleo and Ruzik. The two were chatting pleasantly enough by the window and at the front of the room was a red haired male smoking a cigarette with his dirty boots up on the desk. He clearly couldn't be bothered by their presence and so Kou stepped into the classroom, wondering where she should sit or if she should use this opportunity to escape from the area and hide in the garden for the morning lessons.

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She awoke with no memory, florescent lights blinded the girl, startling her emerald eyes and prompting them to hide behind her closed lids. She did not want to face the day, not when her mind was swimming with missing pieces and patches of things that she did not quite understand. For days Muse had been floating in this half dream state with nothing but a name to cling to. Whenever she attempted to think back to the events that had landed her in this tiny white room it came up as stark as the walls and a headache would split through her skull.

Muse lolled her head to the side, resting her horns against the shredded pillow she had torn up during a particularly bad night. Occasionally a mage or two would enter to replace the magical seal that prevented Muse from using her abilities but even if they took it off she had no idea how they worked or what they even were. Precautions in case she regained her memories, they would say and then walk out; leaving the demon in a state of weakness that would send her back into sleep. Sometimes she would awake to the scent of food but it was always false; no meals were to be had in this prison and once more Muse would go right back to sleep; waiting for the mages do decide her fate.

Today when she awoke there were three; one held a bag with a change of clothes, the other exchanged the talisman stuck on her back and the third held her down so the other two could do their jobs. Soon Muse was dressed and sitting up, which was a step above what she had done yesterday. Her torn black dress was placed in the waste bin and Muse was left alone for a few minutes to inspect the new garments. A pair of black shorts adorned her legs with tall buttons that went up to her waist. Above that was a white top, a slightly creamer shade then the walls and a black jacket that was a size too big. She observed her reflection in the mirror but began to grow perturbed; the longer Muse stared the more she hated the demon that looked back at her. A scream ripped from her throat and she lunged at it, punching her reflection. The three mages from before returned to the room, two pulling her back from the mirror as she attempted to rip out the guts of the demon that was in the glass. The third cleaned up the fragments and went to the first aid kit on the table, wrapping Muse's knuckles which she had injured and were leaking blood.

"Time to go," a fourth mage had appeared in the doorway and soon they were following him, Muse walking between the four of them with deliberately slow steps. She had no idea where they were headed, for all Muse knew it could be to her execution. Instead they led the female to a car where one of the mages showed her how to use the seat belt and they sent her off with the warning to behave. The sunlight burned the demons eyes and she hissed, closing them and looking down. There were three mages in the car, two in the front and one sitting beside her. The one to her left reached over and pulled the curtain up so that the sunlight could not bother her and relieved Muse managed to look up and stare out as they drove.

They soon pulled up to a large gate with foreign words written across the top. The car stopped and one of the mages led Muse inside, handing her a piece of paper with directions to a classroom. "You're to meet your instructor and classmates there."

"I don't understand... Why aren't you going to execute me?" Muse questioned, tilting her head to the side as a frown crept onto her lips. "The head mage of the UK branch has decided to take pity on you. He says that we cannot punish you for your actions since you have no recollection of them." Muse's frown deepened at these troubling words; it was true her memory was gone. But what would happen when it came back? "Run along now before he changes his mind. Stay out of trouble." Muse turned and walked through the entrance, looking down at the paper in her hands. She could not read this words, she recognized the characters but the way they were strung together made no sense. The frustration made the wings on her back flap a bit and she began walking aimlessly.

It took a while but eventually Muse figured out she had to go to the large building in the center of the campus. Hopefully she could find someone in it who knew where she was supposed to be.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: laurence Snow Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer

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The morning breeze slowly blew through the garden. The sunshine was soft and the grass waved peacefully along with the breeze. In the atmosphere, you can still feel the chill, but the air was refreshing and everything seems to be okay. It was perfectly normal like any other days. But perhaps, it would be normal if wasn't for so many changes in such a short period of time. But it can't be helped, nothing could ever stopped the cold, monotonous timeline. Everything just happens in the way they suppose to be, like what fate and destiny have already designed them to do.

Like usual, a man with black hair wearing a black robe was caught sitting peacefully on the top of the rock in the middle of the garden. His eyes was closed and he was only concentrated in meditating, as if he doesn't care about anything about this world anymore - he was drifting alone in his own thoughts as if he was atoning for his life with no one there to disturb him. A part of him secretly wished that he won't have to face any more troubles, but he knows this is the path that he has chosen, and he would have to follow it until the end of his life. And that is the once legendary "The Tempest of Desolation", now is the Mage Teacher of the Survival Kit Academy, Midora Kurayami.

As Midora was still deep in his own thoughts, he began to recollect on how all of this has happened again. Yesterday, he was sitting on the highest of position, and now, he has gone back to be a Teacher. It's not that he mind though. He has never considered himself to have what it takes to be the leader, someone who would sit around and bossing people. But whatever happens, Midora still considering this just another beginning, with new challenges. Although, it's completely different from how he thought that it would be. Never since he worked at this Academy that he'd seen a Demon Headmaster. Especially when Midora was asked to keep an eye on this person by one of the most respected person in his life. It all came back to yesterday afternoon again...

- Flashback -

Midora were standing in his Office. Well, used-to-be Office, to be exact. After a long while of thinking carefully, he has decided to send his resignation to the Upper Apartment with the reason that he is not very capable of doing this job well and that they should send someone else to look after the Academy in his place with the promise that he would continued his job as a Mage Teacher. Luckily for him that they've accepted and informed him that a newly appointed Headmaster will be sent to them soon.

In the meanwhile, Midora were collecting his belongings and put them into a box. Now that he isn't a Headmaster anymore, he needs to gather his stuffs and bring them back to the Teachers' Office. It puts his heart at a great ease when he found out that the new Headmaster was someone that he knows very well. Midora trust in this elderly Mage's experiences and strength. With the guiding of his, the Academy will definitely be okay. Or at least, it's what he had hoped...

After he has finished gathering most of his stuffs, his phone rang. He sighed and took it out from his robe. Maybe the Department has some new orders for them or it is just Mikari bothering him. But as he looked at the number, he saw a strange number appeared on the screen.
Weird, who could it be? He thought as he answered the call.

"Hello? This is Midora Kurayami."

"Midora-kun? It has been so long! How is it going over there?" An elderly voice spoke up from the other side of the call. Midora quickly realized that it was one of his Sensei back when he was young - the person who was going to be the new Headmaster. Or more correctly, supposed to...

"Hirukawa-sensei? Yes, it has been a long time. I'm still doing fine though." Midora answered respectfully. This person is someone who he has always respected when he's still studying at his Academy in the past. It was quite surprised for him to receive a sudden call like this.

"I'm sorry to hear that you resigned from the Headmaster position. No matter what they said, you're truly a good Teacher, you know?" Hirukawa said with a caring voice like a father, "So, how is Mikari-kun? Is he doing fine too?"

"I've thought about it for quite sometime and decided that it would be the best. I hope that you will understand. Mii is also fine. He was as energetic as ever." Midora answered before continued, "Well, I'm looking forward to working with you soon, Sensei. With the strength of a powerful Celestial Mage such as yours, I'm sure you're capable of doing the job more than anyone."

"Oh, the Department hasn't told you yet? I've turned down their offer to become the Headmaster at your Academy." Hirukawa replied.

Midora were, like completely surprised when he heard that from his Sensei. He couldn't believe what he said at first so Midora asked again with a surprised tone, "W-What do you mean that you won't become our Headmaster anymore? They didn't inform me about this yet."

The elderly Mage sighed, "I guess that I'm too old to running around and teaching now. I'm not going to hang around as much as you anytime soon, you know? But rest assures, I've asked them to send someone who I trusted to do this job, and they've also agreed."

Midora replied, "So who is this person? Is he a Mage from the Department?"

"No, he was a Demon that I have been taken care of for a very long time. I've taught him everything I know and I've tamed him well so I believe that he is capable of doing this job."

And then again, Midora were even more shocked. They are going to have a
Demon Headmaster? He replied, "Wait, he was a Demon? We have never had a Demon Headmaster before and I thought that they wouldn't have allowed this."

"It took a while to convince them, but they've all agreed anyway. He will arrive there soon, I hope and I think everything is going to be okay." Hirukawa said, persuaded Midora. The Dark Mage couldn't help but let out a sigh, the Department has already going through with this, so he and the other Teachers can only wait and see how things would turn out for now. "And actually, I have a request for you about him - his name is Memphis, by the way."

"Yes, I'm listening?"

"Well, Memphis isn't a Demon that was born in this world. A long time ago, I accidentally summoned him because somehow he was drifting in the Celestial Nexus beyond the Rift. Because of that, it might not be a good idea to let him doing everything as he please. I didn't fully understand what he was capable of. Like you, it could be dangerous if he lost his control over his emotions. So I hope that you would keep an eye on him. Other than that, I'm pretty sure he can take care of himself well."

Midora kept silent for a bit before spoke up, "I understand."

"You have always been the student that makes me proud the most, Midora-kun. I'm sure that if Nagisa-sensei is still alive, he'd be proud of you too. After all, you're someone who was so meaningful with him."

Midora widen his eyes a bit when he heard the name, but then just replied Hirukawa formally, "Thank you for telling me this, Sensei."

"Be well, Midora-kun. I will contact you again soon. Send Mikari-kun my regards." Hirukawa said with a caring tone before turned off. After that, Midora just stared blankly at his phone before giving a heavier sigh. He has never lost his composure before, but this is just a bit too much to take in at once.


- End Flashback -

Midora looked on the blue sky and watched the clouds slowly drifted by. At least, everything is still peaceful... He thought as he felt the soft wind against his skin. He has tell himself that nothing will go wrong for so many times now, but hopefully that it will. As he was about to stood up, he heard a voice from the school's intercom. "Attention students this is your new acting Headmaster. I realize this morning has been a bit chaotic but for now if you would, make your way to your designated classroom – that is an order. Mr. Kurayami, Mr. Akigawa and Miss Rayne, you are also wanted at class."

Midora just quietly shook his head. Well, I guess it's time to work. With that thought, he walked away from the garden and headed for the classroom. Mii should have awaken by now.




Mikari stretched his arms as he sat on his bed. Today's the day we have a new boss. Can wait to see how badass he is. He sheepishly thought than giggled to himself as he went into the bathroom and got change, prepare to go for class. After he had done, he walked out of his room and locked the door before headed to the cafeteria. He has to eat breakfast before he was going to do anything. His stomach is not going to be happy if he just skipped it.

When he is full, he wandered around the halls a bit and checked in the dorm to see if the students have all woke up or not. Then, he heard the voice from the intercom. Mikari shrugged and turned his back, making his way to the classroom.




When Mikari got there, he saw that his best friend was already waiting for him in front of the door. "Where have you been earlier?" Midora asked.

"Well, I simply went and find something to fill my stomach, that's all. Don't be all so grumpy when it's still early like that." Mikari grinned as he pinched Midora's cheek. Midora just sighed as he brush Mikari's hand off.

"Whatever, ready to see our Sensei's kid?" Midora said as both of them faced the door.

"You betcha." Mikari gave a light-hearted smile as they entered the room. When they got inside, they saw that there were only students and the newly Headmaster sitting proudly at the Teacher's desk. As they approached him, Midora spoke up, "Greetings. I'm Midora Kurayami and this is Mikari Akigawa. I guess that you've already known that we're the Mage Teachers of this Academy. So, hoping that we'll work well together."

With that said, the two of them bowed respectfully. Then they took some chairs nearby and sat down next to the desk, watching the class in silent. They can see that most of the students that had arrived are just the same like the previous days, but there was one newcomer. When Mikari sat down, he turned his face at Ruzik and gave the Incubus a playfully wink with a grin.

But meanwhile, Midora crossed his legs and his arms then fixed his gaze onto the white-haired boy. That boy somehow has caught his attention. The emission of Dark element came from him was stronger than any of those students, even Memphis, but not as strong as the two Dark Mages. He was almost convinced that the boy was the same kin as them, but when he concentrated, he could also felt Light that is as strong as Dark mixed together. Because the atmosphere is not very tense, the elements were not chaotic, but since they're opposing elements with each other, he can't say that they were completely stable either. For now, Midora could only came into the conclusion that the boy was a hybrid of a White Mage and a Dark Mage, making him shared both of his parents' elements. Interesting. Maybe I should pay attention to this kid more from now on.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: laurence Snow Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer

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Was this academy supposed to teach her or attack her very psyche and mindset? They give her a master and before the day is out an executive decision is made to pull the master out, this loyal servant tried to fend off the ones who were going to tear the master away but unfortunately she managed to do little other then scratch one before being subdued. Then the master told her to stop and revoked her status as master, and so Etelka accepted her fate again as a masterless demon. Her last words to the wheel chair girl were to inform her if they ever met again this demon would kill her. Then the executive mages told her she would be given a new master, ensuring this would be the last change to her group, how kind of them to even provide a picture of the boy.

Thoughts rushed through her mind but luckily her fatigue from the day in general allowed her to sleep with relative peace for the night. Still as she was now laying in bed staring at the ceiling with the blinds closed to stop the assault of daylight, the thoughts from before her sleep still remained. Brooding over them would accomplish nothing, so she went about a short mourning routine of showering, donning her usual dress, and styling her hair with perfection. She looked at the clock for a good few moments, if that hand was there then... and the smaller hand was... a extended sigh of frustration came out of the girl. Did this stupid academy have any intent of teaching her anything or just having her get hit by fake monsters.

Etelka slumped over to the desk, laying her arms on it and her cheek on her arms. She didn't know the time, she didn't want to just wander the halls, and she had absolutely nothing to do. Her lazy eyes guided themselves over to a pile of fabric that lay on the desk, oh that dreadful rabbits dress which had fallen into disrepair. It lay their taunting her with the prospect of having something to do, but still she entirely lacked the tools and materials to mend it. Perhaps she could try and make a tr-"Attention students this is your new acting Headmaster. I realize this morning has been a bit chaotic but for now if you would, make your way to your designated classroom – that is an order. Mr. Kurayami, Mr. Akigawa and Miss Rayne, you are also wanted at class."

Oh, was it that time already? Rising from her seat Etelka made sure her hair was in fine condition before heading for the door and daintily making her way towards class. Her arrival was far from the first, the two mage teachers and a number of students had already assembled and the only face she didn't recognize in the room was probably the headmaster. She barely looked at the new headmaster, what was of interest to her was the face she recognized from the photograph she had been shown to calm her. Ignoring any acknowledgement of her presence Etelka walked straight to the new master at the back of the room, standing in front of his chosen desk. She removed her stoic face and gave the boy a light smile as she dipped herself down with a curtsy, "I am your demon Etelka Lantos, a pleasure to meet you m'Lord." The servant briefly waited for a reply from his Lordship, still standing at the front of his desk smiling at him. "If you do not mind, I will take a seat," with that she made her way from the front of the desk to the adjacent desk, taking a seat and then fluffing her dress out with her hand to ensure tidiness. After such a failure with the wheelchair girl she would have to ensure her loyalty and usefulness with the Lord, so if he left he would not tell her to stay but take her with him.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: laurence Snow Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer

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The plane ride from Hong Kong was quite the boring for the red-headed demon despite the fact that it was her first trip on a plane. Perhaps she would have found more novelty in the experience were it not for the mage who was accompanying her, breathing down her neck and never letting the girl out of her sight. Her only source of of entertainment for the duration of the trip was the bit of people-watching on the other passengers who sat nearby. It was a great relief when they finally landed it was a great relief to the girl who reveled in the chance to move and stretch, though this respite was short lived as she was quickly stuffed into a car with whom she could only assume were more mages.

Apparently they were going straight to this ‘Academy’. Dúyè could only sigh as she leaned against the cold glass of the window and watch the sun rise in the distance. Some time later she woke groggily as the car came to a stop. The sun was a bit higher now but it was still morning. The door was opened for her and she was escorted into the front gates of the school. The man handed her a paper that detailed a ‘team’ she was now on and where she was to head for now. Her eyes scanned over the words lazily before she folded it roughly and pocketed it away in her coat. As she wandered into the school she reached into her other pocket to retrieve a pre-packaged cheap-looking pastry, unwrapped it, and quickly consumed it.

As she walked the halls she eyes the students she passed curiously but ultimately did interact with any of them. It didn’t long to locate her designated class and as she open the door she crushed the plastic wrapper in her hand into a ball and tossed it into the trash. Immediately the pungent and unpleasant smell of cigarette smoke assaulted her nose, and it wasn’t hard to find t its source. With an expression that was anything but pleasant she turned towards the mature looking, red-headed man and spoke, ”That’s disgusting. I don’t mind if you wanna smell like shit but I, and I think a few of the people here, would appreciate it if you did that outside.” She didn’t much care to hear the man’s reply as she turned and quickly identified the members of supposed ‘team’. Without sparing it much thought she waltzed over and took a seat behind the two of them and muttered ‘good morning’ to the two in Mandarin out of habit more than anything. ”Zǎo ān”

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Hive Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Ichiro groaned as he woke up to being shook by his faithful alarm clock of a teammate. Bugby seemed to be using his secret art of pestering to wake up the mage. Rubbing his eyes while looking at the Demon with a sour expression. "Some people enjoy a thing called sleep... wait did you call me a git? What even is a git." Saying with a confused look. Before he knew it Bugby was already heading out making an attempt to remind him not to be late to class, while Ichiro through his blanket over his head to block out the light. Though Bugby's comment about touching his stuff made Ichiro let out a evil childish laugh. "Muahahahaha." Though a few moments after the door closed a worried look crept on Ichiro's face as he jumped out of bed rushing over to the door throwing it open and running into the hall still wearing his night clothes which consisted of only a pair of shorts. "Wait Bugby don't leave me." He shouted down the hallway to no avail. Dropping to his knees as he remembered the likely hood of him finding his way to class by himself was almost zero.

After he few people walked by giving him strange glances Ichiro decided to re-enter their room take a shower and make the great journey to the far away lands of the class room. Ten minutes later he emerged from the shower golden particles drifting towards him like a magical magnet, as they formed into clothes. Ichiro roamed around for some time before giving up and deciding to just ask for help as he had already missed breakfast as he heard the announcement. "A new headmaster already seems like their's a new top dog." Saying to himself with a smirk. Though quickly refocusing making sure to find his class before getting ahead of himself. Looking around their were quite a few people around, though he spotted a group of girls and decided to ask them as he always felt more comfortable talking to women over men, though he never quite knew why. After two of them walked him to his class he thanked them giving them a sweet smile before opening the door to the class room. Looking over he saw what he could only assumed to be the knew headmaster who might he say looked pretty cool. Taking a quick glance around the room it seemed he was one of the last to make it to class again, before looking back at the new headmaster. "Ichiro Ogura, reporting for duty oh great and powerful. I hope you decide to spice up our classes." Saying before turning towards the seats.

The new headmaster interested him greatly. While Midora was plenty dangerous Ichiro never got that challenger vibe. Though this knew headmaster overflowed with it, the rugged appearance his posture, almost everything about him came across as someone who's a fighter a real challenger. Ichiro got a little tingly thinking about it. As he turned to look for his group all those excited, happy emotions washed away as they were replaced by spite. Looking over he saw Bugby and Cleo chumming it up with that red haired Demon from the previous day. Ichiro didn't quite know why he didn't like the Demon, but from the moment he walked over to their table the day before Ichiro felt peeved in his presence. Was it the way he acted? Or maybe the way he talked? In the end it didn't matter to much to Ichiro first impressions are everything to Ichiro and his first interaction wasn't even direct with that Demon, but Ichiro hated him already. Watching him just laughing it up Cleo made Ichiro clinch his hand into a fist, he couldn't bare watching the two be so friendly. Oh, but watching him be friendly with Bugby annoyed him a bit as well.

He wanted to sit with his team, but couldn't stand having that Demon behind or even around him. Choosing to sit as far away from the Demon as possible, locking onto the perfect seat, but sadly either by luck or following the same plan as his own it seemed that seat was already taken by if he remembered correctly a fellow mage. As he walked over to his group he tried to cover up his disliking of their new friend by putting up a half smile. "I'm having a little headache right now so I'm going to sit more by myself today." Saying half halfheartedly, before even waiting for a response he started to walk away. Dropping the whole act as he walked past the red haired Demon shooting him a glance of pure disdain. Proceeding by, hoping no once else noticed the glance he just gave. "Oh I hope we do some sort of one on one or team on team battle so I can stab that smug look of his." Ichiro said to himself as he proceeded to walk over to the seat next to one of the other mages he trained with from the other day. Grabbing the chair as he looked over at her. "I hope you don't mind me taking this seat, you seemed to snag the best one in the house." He said as he awkwardly sat down. Looking around it seemed everyone else seemed to be sitting in their teams though a few looked like new faces. The only person who appeared to be sitting without a team was the other mage which made him feel a little less out of place sitting away from his group. Glancing at the female mage before trying to start a conversation. "I'm sorry I never caught your name yesterday. My name is Ichiro nice to meet you. I assume your just waiting for your team to show up right." Not to sure as what to say since he felt as if he was bothering her as she waited for her group to bail her out.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Memphis had paid little attention to all that occurred around him. Though of course knowing when a student arrived he did little to acknowledge their presence for the time being – he was too busy thinking to do much else. However when one redhead in particular gave him grief over his smoking the man did little but shrug in response, though similarly when a blonde-haired boy approached him the demon simply uttered a faint, "Yeah." One by one student came to the door and took a seat, and even the two mage teachers arrived in good time too. Once a general majority of students were present the demon began to move himself up and off his seat, though he’d give it another 5 to ten minutes to see if the remaining students showed up before doing anything official.

The demon walked around and sat on the edge of the desk before turning his attention to the two mage teachers who sat at his side. Crossing his arms he leaned in a little closer to them and said, "My master has spoken of you two though I only know you by name. My knowledge of yourselves goes no further than that." Indeed the elderly mage had mentioned the two mages and spoke quite highly and fondly of each, though he never really divulged any more information to the demon, other than they were friendly and he should get along with them. "I too wish for us to work well together, and I assume that you know by now that I am a demon and not a mage?"

Leaning back he let a thick puff of smoke escape the side of his mouth before turning to face the students who sat in front of him. For a minute he looked at each of them carefully, studying them almost, as he mentally guessed who he thought was the stronger and weaker of the class. "As you may be aware there are some changes made to the groups. Mr. Kurayami your group is still the same, though Mr. Akigawa instead of Hive you now have Kou, the rabbit demon. I expect you both to keep your students under control and out of trouble, for their own sakes. So far I am being lenient but once this class officially begins I will not tolerate it." He added quietly.




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Ruzik shifted his gaze from the feline for a moment as his eyes fell onto the familiar figure of the rabbit-demon who stood by the door. At first he didn’t do anything but instead merely looked to the girl for a moment, before raising a hand and beckoning the rabbit over to the desk next to him. ”Kou, come here!” It wasn’t an order as such but rather a friendly calling, at least in Ruzik’s own way it was. It was only then that he spotted the familiar green-haired boy who entered at that moment and spoke briefly with Kou, before sitting beside Cleo. When the demon greeted him the redhead replied with, ”Hey, bug-boy.” Just then he saw the teachers enter and Mikari grinned at him with a wink and the demon uncontrollably smirked straight back at the blue-haired mage.

Cleo looked to her teammate with a warm smile and quickly wrapped her arms around Bugby in a brief hug, before settling beside him and giggling a little. “Yeah, I just couldn’t sleep too well so I got up super-duper early and went for a wander – I see you two never had any trouble." Sliding round and sitting on the side of her seat the feline looked between Bugby and Ruzik, of course noticing Kou and giving the girl a smile before the redhead summoned her over. Hopefully the rabbit would join them as the cat-girl could use some female company too. “Oh here." She said, digging out a packet of chocolate treats as she handed them to Bugby. “I brought some for you and Ichiro – I bet you never got any breakfast, did you?" Placing the packet on his desk the girl then looked to Ruzik and offered him some from her already opened packet. “Want some?"

”I don’t eat that stuff.” He waved his hand in front of him and turned the snack down, though the feline gave him an odd look of disbelieve. What weirdo didn’t like chocolate? Clearly Ruzik. As a girl passed the redhead he couldn’t help but notice her glare directed straight at him – what had he done to her? For once nothing! He hadn’t done a single thing to that girl and yet she had the nerve to look upon him with such displeasure. Whatever. He wouldn’t lose the rag just yet, after all it wasn’t like he wasn’t use to it.

Cleo also noticed this but refrained from saying anything as not long after Ichiro appeared at the classroom. Another smile filled her lips as the mage soon approached the demons, though a questioning look quickly fixed itself onto her features as he said, "I'm having a little headache right now so I'm going to sit more by myself today." Before she could even say anything the boy had already walked away and sat further back next to a girl who she believed was a mage. The feline couldn’t quite believe his excuse for not sitting with them, she couldn’t help but wonder why their mage didn’t want to be near them. Not to mention she didn’t get a chance to give Ichiro the chocolates she had got him.

“Bugby what did you do?!" She elbowed the boy in the side before sighing and dropping her hands to her lap. For a moment she believed her teammate was the reason for their mage distancing himself, but then once rethinking it over, Cleo realized that Bugby could never doing anything that serious to cause Ichiro to avoid them. “Sorry Buggie, I didn’t mean it." She sheepishly giggled and rubbed the back of her head.

”Face it, mages stick with their own kind. Why else would he dump you two and go sit with her?” The redhead spoke up a little, resting the side of his face against his hand that propped him up. Ruzik wasn’t stupid, he had seen the look the other mage had given him too, and was starting to get a little irked by it. ”Do you think that mage really cares about you – a demon? No, he doesn’t. You’re just some demon he’s grouped with, and sure he may say he’s your friend and all, but who’s he sitting with at the end of the day? Not you.”

The feline lowered her ears a little and looked out the window for a few moments. She didn’t like to think of Ichiro as some lame mage who cared little for demons, considering how much she had come to care for him over the past day – the girl was surprised how immediately she had grew fond of the boy, but then again he did remind her of the old mage who looked after her. They were both kind and fun to be around. She turned to Ruzik with a smile and confidently said, “Nah, Ichiro is totally not like that at all." At least she hoped he wasn't, but given how he had walked away from his two demons the cat-girl was in a slight moment of doubt. Did he prefer mages over demons? With a huff the girl slumped in her chair, ears lowered with a visible pout forming on her lips. Maybe Ruzik was right.

The demon just rolled his eyes and slid round in his seat as he looked over to the two mages in question. Ichiro and what’s-her-name, those two who had looked to him with such disgust only a short time before. Resting one arm against the chair he faced them directly, raising his other hand as he gave the mages a cheeky wink and blew them a kiss in a rather taunting manner.

However his smug exterior was only short lived as a sharp pain in his gut caused the demon to quickly turn around and face down at his desk. His inner hunger was beginning to stir after a long night of slumber, but the demon wasn’t entirely prepared to deal with it. The heartbeats of those surrounding him grew louder ever so slightly, and the more he thought of those damn mages the more the demon felt the urge to rip their hearts out. Just the feeling caused a smirk to fill his lips as he imagined it all in his head.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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A presence made itself aware behind her and Kou moved out of the way so that Bugby could get into the classroom. She managed to keep her hair from turning pink again as she once more recalled the incident from last night and was glad to see that he did not seem affected by it. "Oh hello Kou," the demon uttered in his devilishly adorable accent. "Morning," the rabbit responded cheerfully as if she had not a care in the world. ”Are you going to join us?” Kou was genuinely surprised by the offer and it showed on her face. ”I mean, you can sit with us if you want. Y-You don't have to I just, ah... you get the idea.”

She smiled, one of her ears flopping over into her face at the same time. "I would love to," Kou said and pushed it back up as Ruzik called out to her and gestured to the empty desk beside him. Rather then sitting in the place beside him she sat on Ruzik's desk, figuring they had a few more minutes until class began and teasing him would be much easier this way then awkwardly leaning over a table.

"Morning Cleo," Kou said to the feline and resisted the urge to pet the cat demon's head. Her ears twitched and it made Kou want to squeeze the girl, but she did not want to invade Cleo's space even though Cleo had made it clear that she didn't mind being pet. Kou knew that she herself did not like it when people randomly touched her ears and she would not do to others what she did not want done to herself (at least for now). It was then that the cat brought out a packet of chocolaty treats and offered some to the group. Ruzik refused of course with a look of disgust declaring that he did not eat such things.

She had noticed Ruzik's smug grin that he shot at Mikari and wondered what that was about. A rivalry perhaps? Or some sort of shared secret? Either way Kou did not particularly care because it wasn't any of her business what the teacher and incubus did outside of the classroom. If it was something scandalous not doubt she would have heard as the rumor mill in this school was worse then those celebrity tabloids at the supermarket. Kou noticed someone new sitting in the back of the room and that Etelka had strode over to him, her new mage perhaps? Oh she had yet to thank the other demon for fixing her dress!

Kou hopped off of Ruzik's desk and went over to Etelka who was no doubt going to act as though she were a servant to this mage. The poor demon could not seem to get through her head that they were teammates, they were not here to serve but to work together. She tapped Etelka's shoulder to draw the demon's attention and said"Thank you for fixing my dress," Kou gave a little spin so Etelka could see the full extent of her handiwork. "It's as good as new thanks to you."

It was then that Kou got a good look at the mage who was sitting down. The air of power he gave off was enticing and she made a note to keep an eye on this one as he could prove to be especially interesting. "Hello there," the rabbit gave a little wave before heading back to her spot on Ruzik's desk. Ichiro was saying something to Cleo and Bugby, he seemed to have no desire to sit next to them and went to join Liliane in the back. ”Do you think that mage really cares about you – a demon? No, he doesn’t. You’re just some demon he’s grouped with, and sure he may say he’s your friend and all, but who’s he sitting with at the end of the day? Not you.” Kou frowned she caught the tail end of Ruzik's statement. She had acquainted herself with Ichiro yesterday and he had seemed like a perfectly pleasant person as far as humans went although she didn't trust him. “Nah, Ichiro is totally not like that at all." Cleo replied although she seemed a bit distant as if her mind were occupied by other thoughts.

Kou looked down at Ruzik and realized he was in pain. "I brought this from the cafeteria," she said and quickly retrieved a lollipop from her pocket. "Want to try it?" Kou held the sweet under his nose, hoping he would take it.

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Muse was incredibly frustrated by this whole ordeal, how dare those mages simply drop her off and expect her to know how to navigate this giant campus! She was ready to tear the paper up and burn the building to the ground and just as Muse was about to a woman appeared. "Excuse me." The female strode to where Muse was standing, she had large feathery wings and dark silky hair that bounced as she walked. Even from her position Muse could smell the putrid stench of cigarettes. "Couldn't help but notice you looked to be searching for something." Muse said nothing as the woman glanced at the paper in the demon's hands and nodded her head as if to confirm something. "It seems you and I are headed for the same destination. I am one of two of the instructors to the classes you are going to be attending. My name is Ms. Rayne. If you follow me I'll take you to where we need to be."

The demon was relieved, now she wouldn't have to burn the building to the ground. Not that she could with the talisman stuck to her back. "Um th-thank you," Muse replied awkwardly and followed the lady-Ms. Rayne she had called herself up a grand staircase and to a classroom that was bustling with students already. She felt lost in the sea of bodies and stood in the doorway, taking a step back.

Too crowded! Too many people! Panic filled her and Muse turned to attempt to leave but she was blocked by the tall figure of Ms. Rayne. Muse took two steps back, going further into the room and felt her wings flutter a bit as her nerves were set on edge, tightened like a coil about to pop.

How was she expected to work with all of these other students? Perhaps they were to kill each other? A last man standing type ordeal? No, the mages had told her she was not to kill anyone. If she did it would spell the end for Muse so unless ordered to she was not to harm anyone. But what if it was an accident? What if her horns cut into someone's flesh? Or something spooked her and she raked them with her claws? Too many hazards, too many risks. Were they expecting her to fail? Or perhaps this was all some sort of sick joke and they were going to execute Muse in the end anyways? She grit her teeth and rolled her hands into fists, nails biting into her palms. No, Muse was not going to fail. She would show that damn UK branch that she was determined to succeed!

Muse looked at the paper in her hands, the one she had crunched up when she balled them into fists and realized there were two more pictures on it besides the map of the school. The demon looked up from the image and to a girl sitting at the back of the class, realizing that they matched. Was this to be her teammate? There was a name written under it as well as a few other words, not that Muse could read them. She stuffed the paper into the pocket of her jacket and walked over, interrupting the conversation the female was having with a male who was clearly a mage; the amount of light rolling off of him was sickening and it made Muse want to vomit.

She focused her attention on the red head and wondered what the mask was for. Some sort of talisman? Or maybe it turned into a weapon? So many questions. "My name is Muse, your picture was on the paper they gave me." She retrieved the sheet from her pocket, wondering why she had put it there in the first place and showed it to the female. "I can't read this language so I don't know what to make of it. Are you perhaps my mage?"

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Bugby listened to the feline though couldn’t help but still appear quite surprised by her early awakening, and even more so, the boy appeared surprised still as the girl handed him some sort-of chocolates that was placed on his desk. ”Uh, thanks. And yeah, I skipped breakfast if you must know.” He picked the packet up and stuffed it into one of his pockets, figuring he’d get them later.

Over the course of a few minutes he noticed a few more students entering the room, one of which being Ichiro. When the mage approached the demons Bugby could already see Cleo’s face lit upon his arrival, however even he was surprised by what the mage said. "I'm having a little headache right now so I'm going to sit more by myself today." Raising a brow, Bugby watched as the mage left the two demons somewhat too quickly and sat himself further back in the classroom, next to a mage. Watching the blonde boy for a moment, the demon then felt a sharp knock to his side and quickly spun round to face Cleo.

”I didn’t do anything! He’s not that sensitive is he?” He huffed with a sulk before rubbing his side a little as it now hurt to a degree. A moment later Cleo apologized and the boy gave a nod of acceptance. ”Yeah, whatever. Just don't make it a habit, eh?”

Sitting back in his seat the green-haired boy sighed quietly, before hearing the redhead behind them talking about their mage, which caused Bugby to look round at him. Surprisingly Ruzik had a point, and Bugby still couldn’t grasp why their mage had ditched them so suddenly, more so as he could clearly see how much it disappointed Cleo. ”You have a point, I guess. But Ichiro isn’t that bad he’s just an idiot mostly, heh.” Turning back round on his chair the demon got to his feet and walked towards the back of the classroom towards the idiot mage he had been grouped with. Though if things were to work out for the team then they had to stick together, not be apart.

Ichiro was sitting next to some mage, though Bugby was unfamiliar with the girl and had no reason to disturb her. However, once close enough to Ichiro, the demon sucker-punched him in the shoulder suddenly though wasn’t too forceful. Just enough to make his point, and perhaps get a little payback from Cleo hitting him for the dumb mages departure! ”You idiot, that’s for ditching us.” He muttered with his common bored look, before turning round and calmly walking off back to his seat, before sitting down and leaning back in his chair.

Looking to Cleo, the boy reached his hand up and tried to nudge her ears back upright to their more happier position. Though the cat-ears just dropped back down every time and the demon gave a sigh. ”Cheer up, alright? He'll be back.”

Tilting his head a little he looked to Ruzik and Kou who had returned to being perched on his desk. He couldn't help but get a weird feeling that those two were connected to one another in some way, but he didn't wish to pry. He noticed the rabbit demon offer a lollipop to the redhead at that moment. It gave him an idea then. Rummaging around in his pocket the boy dug out the packet of chocolates that the feline had given him earlier, but this time held them out and offered them to the girl in a bid to cheer her up a little. ”Go on, have some. You know you wanna?” Attempting a smile, the demon tried to use a more friendly tone of voice as he waved the packet right in front of the cat.




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Laurence was a little caught off-guard as a girl approached him in the classroom shortly after his own arrival. He had been too busy staring out the window that he almost jumped, but once regaining his composure the boy looked to the unusual looking female. ”I am your demon Etelka Lantos, a pleasure to meet you m'Lord.” She said, and the boy looked quite surprised. M’Lord? He wasn’t a lord and never expected anyone to refer to him as such. ”If you do not mind, I will take a seat.”

He watched her take a seat at the desk next to his, gradually getting to grips with the information that he was presented with. So this was his demon? Laurence didn’t know how to really react to the demon, she was very pretty and looked rather nice and not completely how he imagined such a creature to be. ”My name’s Laurence and you don’t have to call me m’Lord. Just Laurence will do, haha.” From the way the girl spoke the boy got the general impression that she took her role seriously, or at least was well accustomed to that role at least. He really didn’t want to upset her ways though. ”You know, you can just call me whatever you like I don’t mind really. Whatever you're comfortable with suits me, is there anything you'd like me to call you? Or is Etelka fine?”

Smiling at the demon he heard the arrival of another, a red-haired demon who had said something to the Headmaster and then made her way towards the pair and muttered, ”Zǎo ān.” Laurence didn’t know what it meant however he just assumed it was a form of greeting, or a positive interaction in some way. He hoped. The female took a seat behind him and Etelka, and being polite he turned round in his seat to face the red-haired girl. ”Wow, you talked to the Headmaster like that, you must be pretty brave.” The boy knew these demons were his group, since he had been vaguely told of the two demons he would be grouped with, though really he was pretty happy that they found him rather than the other way about. But still, seeing the two up-close was way different to how they were initial described to him before.

”I’m very pleased to meet you both and I hope we get along well together.” Looking between the two females the boy was quite surprised at how pretty each were, though he found that some demons were naturally better looking than some humans, and just his luck to get two girls! He couldn’t help but feel excited and nervous about working with them, more so as they both looked equally tough too.

Looking to the red-haired demon he said, ”Oh, I'm Laurence by the way. This is Etelka here, and what would be your name?” He only hoped the female was equally as friendly as Etelka, or really so long as she was tolerable of him that was all the boy could hope!

"Hello there," A voice suddenly spoke, and the boy noticed a rabbit-girl he believed who seemed to know Etelka. Quickly he smiled and returned her wave before the girl was away again. She seemed nice and very cute in a way, and he guessed she was a demon. The boy also noticed a few other new arrivals in that moment, most being demons though he could pick out the few mages who were there. ”Wow, so many people are here. They all look powerful too, I wonder if I'm as strong as they are.” He muttered before forcing a calming smile.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Listening to her talk, it seemed to Ichiro that so far her experience at the school was opposite his own. Quickly bonding with his team and making friends with some of the other Demons. Though now that he thought of it almost all of the Demons seemed very close while all the Mages distanced themselves from each other, at least for the first day. "Wow both removed on the first day that's a feat. Must of been a pretty bad first day huh." Glancing at his group. It never really occurred to him the ratio of Demon's to Mage's. If the rest of the school was the same as this class that meant that their were half as many Mages in the whole school as Demons. Suddenly it seemed as if the Mage class looked even smaller in his mind. Focusing back into Liliane's remark about his stance with the Demon, eyes widening as she bring up stealing his women. "Haha.... no, no, no I'm not to sure what it is about him that rubs me the wrong way, but just since the first time I met him he got on my bad side really quick. It probably sounds like a really bad reason to dislike someone greatly, but I'm usually good at reading people and first impressions stick with me most of the time. I bet you have a much better reason for disliking him." Giving off a quick, slightly hesitant laugh as he rubbed the back of his head feeling slightly embarrassed.

It's funny though Liliane didn't act how he expected. A Demon seemed to walk over in the middle of their conversation saying she was apart of Liliane's team. She was interesting looking definitely appeared more Demon like then most of the others, more of what Ichiro pictured all the Demons to look like before coming to the school. Ichiro sat unsure of what to do next, he wanted to make a good impression on his fellow Mage, which was unusual since he normally couldn't care what people thought, but with so few fellow Mages he wanted to make sure to make a good impression. The previous day for sure wouldn't help, though it seemed as if they would be the only Mages still from the previous day.

Without warning he felt a hit on the shoulder, turning around just hoping it was the red haired Demon so he could start a fight. Though standing there was Bugby who seemed a little peeved. Ichiro looked back over to his team as Bugby returned after a few words. He felt pretty bad for leaving them, but right as Bugby returned it seemed they all returned to hanging around Mr. Smug. Who after making a clear taunt to them, only pissed Ichiro off more with him. He could only hope for a sparing session between the class. Maybe he could suggest it to the new headmaster as a way of getting to know each other better more. Letting out a sigh he leaned back in his chair returning his gaze to the new Demon and Liliane, wanting to listen into their conversation more. Feeling pretty out of place now that her team seemed to be arriving.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer

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"It probably sounds like a really bad reason to dislike someone greatly, but I'm usually good at reading people and first impressions stick with me most of the time. I bet you have a much better reason for disliking him." Liliane was about to reply when a girl walked up to them. She was the type of demon that was described in books and stories. Horns and wings without feathers. Liliane hadn't even noticed that Sarah had walked in either. It wasn't like her to lose focus of her surroundings.

"My name is Muse, your picture was on the paper they gave me." Must took a sheet of paper from her pocket and showed it to Lili. "I can't read this language so I don't know what to make of it. Are you perhaps my mage?" Liliane looked over the paper and sure enough there she was. But she also noticed that Hive was there as well. Was he part of Lili's group now? A part of Lili was relieved. It was someone she knew and on top of that Hive was one of the few allies at the school thus far.

"Yes, I am the mage of our group. I am pleased to meet you, Muse. My name is Liliane Auringer. You may call me Liliane. It seems our other team mate is not here yet. I do hope we can all get along." Lili pointed her hand towards the other mage sitting with her. "This is Ichiro. He is another mage.' Liliane paused realizing that Muse probably just got to the school. So she decided to slow down the process of giving information for the time being. She had to make Muse feel more comfortable at least. Lili pointed to the desk in front of hers.


"Please, sit. I will only give you information if you ask for it unless it otherwise seems necessary for the moment. So don't hesitate to ask me for anything you need help with." Lili stole a look at Ruzik remembering his taunt from earlier. She then turned her attention back to Muse. "I'd advise you keep away from the red haired demon over there, with the glasses. He is a negative influence in just about every way possible. He may approach you because of your attractive looks. I suggest not being polite in the way you reject him so he will understand you are not interested." Lili let out a breath. She was not accustomed to this much speech at once. "So, Muse, please tell us about yourself. Where you come from and what power you bring with you."




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Sarah could tell Muse was nervous. Sarah thought she was going to half to console the girl. But then her eyes changed to reflect inner strength. She then walked straight up to Liliane and another boy whom Sarah only knew as a mage. Sarah was glad that Lili was talking with others. The girl was the only mage to lose both team mates. Sarah could see that Muse was also part of her group that she would be specifically in charge of as well.

It seemed that Muse and the two mages were talking comfortably with each other so Sarah finally turned her full attention to the staff in the front of the class. Midora and Mikari were there. It would be odd thinking of him as her equal now instead of her superior but she would get used to it quickly since it was only a day's worth of habits to change. Then she turned to, what she guessed, was the new headmaster. He had a much different air to him than Midora. The aura around him danced and was restless. Even in his appearance and his body language he was much more informal. This could lead to good and bad conclusions. He seemed a bit more comfortable to be around. But then again students might try to challenge him more often.

Sarah also noticed he smoked as well. But most likely not the same type of cigarettes as Sarah.

"Hello, Headmaster. It is a pleasure to meet you. My name is Sarah Rayne. I hope we will get along in the future." Sarah held out her hand. It was always a habit when meeting someone new. It also told Sarah very much about whoever shook it.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Hive Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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"I brought this from the cafeteria," Ruzik heard Kou say and slowly raised his head to face the girl with a curious stare. In moment or so the rabbit held out a lollipop to the demon. "Want to try it?" The redhead was very surprised to see such a thing, since he had discovered that lollipops were quite nice, but how did she know? Or was it just luck? Regardless the demon accepted the lollipop and unwrapped it before popping it into his mouth.

”Thanks.” He said, before actually forming a slight smile. The redhead didn’t really know what else to do or say at that moment, he seemed just a little awkward as he looked away briefly, before quietly muttering, ”I’m… sorry for running away the other day.” Refocusing his stare onto the rabbit-girl, Ruzik tried to regain some form of composure as he adjusted himself in his seat. ”I mean, well it was hardly surprising anyway. You pissed me off, so yeah. Whatever.”

Casually grinning as he usually did, the demon leaned forward and rested one arm against the desk whilst sliding his other hand up and onto one of the girls thighs. Well, she was on his desk so he could hardly resist! With the lollipop still in his mouth the redhead playfully nudged it about with the tip of his tongue, before adjusting his arm and raising his other hand up and around the side of the girl’s waist. ”You look pretty sexy on that desk, you’re like the hottest girl in this room.” With a light pull, he scooped the girl up and slide her off the desk and onto his lap. His hand that was originally sat against her waist was now up and around her shoulders, whilst the other was still placed firmly on the side of her thigh. ”But you look more enticing up against me.”

From the corner of his eye he noticed another entering the classroom, as well as a teacher he assumed. Watching, the girl walked over to the mages and Ruzik could only assume all the bad things they were likely saying about him, but still, the horned girl was strangely alluring to him. Not that he was surprised, if anything it was just a natural reaction of his towards anything, really. He continued to look at the attractive female for a few seconds more before pulling his attention away and returning his focus onto Kou. A more smug grin filled his features just then, as he leaned closer to her and whispered, ”You know, if you really want to make me feel better we could ditch this class and go to my dorm. Get it off, then get it on, as they say.”

It was as if he was oblivious to the awkwardness of their relationship. Though Ruzik was very much aware of the confusion that lingered within him, however when it came to one thing then he’d prefer to not think of such emotions – they’d only ruin it. Without really thinking the demon lowered his hand from around her shoulders and brought it down towards her tail, as he began to run his fingers through it softly, as if stroking it. That tail was adorable. Ruzik also just wanted to see if he could get her hair to turn pink, or whatever other reaction would spring from the little rabbit on his lap.




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Cleo let out a small giggle as Bugby tried to get her ears upright. For sure, whenever perked up it did signify the felines happiness, and in a way it was sweet of her teammate to try what he did. ”Cheer up, alright? He'll be back.” He said, and the girl only hoped he was right. In fact, she knew he was right – hopefully. Ichiro would hang with them when they had a group activity, surely? ”Go on, have some. You know you wanna?” Just then the green-haired boy offered her the chocolates that she had given him, and though not wanting to take all his treats, she did however accept a few to begin with. She noticed his efforts to comfort her, even his smile and voice were clearly an effort as Bugby wasn’t usually so, well, affectionate in a way.

Taking a few of the chocolates from the packet the girl ate one, holding the few others in her other hand. ”Thanks Buggie, I’ll try not to eat all the chocolates.” She laughed before cramming the last few she had into her mouth, swallowing them down moments after. Leaning over the feline rubbed the side of her head against his shoulder as a sign of her appreciation, a purr soon following as she twitched her ears contently. ”You know, we so gotta get Ichiro back. Maybe jump him in his sleep, or scare him, ha.” She said with a playful hint of evil, as it was all meant in good nature of course.

Pulling away she slumped in her seat, eyeing up the teachers for a moment, before eventually peering round in her chair as she looked to Ichiro again. The feline couldn’t help but want the mage to be at her side, and also wondered what she could do to gain his attention. It was then that she noticed Ruzik and Kou getting pretty comfortable with one another, and only then did a realization hit her that the cat-girl felt the need to get conformation on it. ”Oh my lordie Kou, is he your boyfriend?!” She asked in a half-whisper before moving fully round on her chair, especially noticing how the pair of demons was sat and the insinuations their closeness suggested. And, it would explain their mysterious meetings and how they went off together the other day.

Cleo herself had never had a boyfriend, but she knew the signs of how a couple acted and such. Raising a brow, she reached over and grabbed Bugby before spinning the boy round and holding him close to her. She was so caught up in her thoughts that she felt the need to share them with the closest person. ”Psst, Bugby. What do you think?” The feline questioned, pressing her face against his as she gave the boy a mischievous grin.




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Tilting his head, Memphis noticed a woman enter the room and promptly she approached him. "Hello, Headmaster. It is a pleasure to meet you. My name is Sarah Rayne. I hope we will get along in the future." She said and held out her hand, and after a few seconds of pondering it over, the demon soon raised his hand and held hers as they shook hands. Memphis wasn’t really the type for handshakes though he didn’t necessarily reject them either. They were too formal for his personal liking, but figured for the sake of getting off to a good stare he’d go along with it.

"Hello, Miss Rayne. It is good of you to join us, and I am sure we will get along perfectly fine." He replied before releasing her hand. "In case you are unaware yet, your group has been changed and you now have Hive and Muse though Liliane is still within your care. If you would, please take a seat with Mr. Kurayami and Mr. Akigawa. The class is just about to begin shortly." Having informed the woman the demon moved his attention towards the class and took a few steps towards them, as he stood in front of the rows of desks.

Raising a hand he slide two fingers up and caught his cigarette before removing it from his lips entirely, exhaling thick smoke whilst doing so. Clearing his throat he retained a rather emotionless expression, as he began to speak. "Alright everybody, take your seats and sit quietly. Class will be commencing shortly. You will be informed of what your exercise is for this morning though I must warn you it is an important assessment and you must act wisely." With that said, he felt it was interesting to give them a little hint of what their activity would be, though also keep them in a slight suspense. With a slight smirk on his lips, he returned his cigarette to the side of his mouth and inhaled contently.

Just realizing, the demon spun round and picked up a clipboard with the students names scribbled down it. Facing the students once more he continued, "Some of you may notice your groups are not the same, or some of your classmates are no longer here. The new groups are as such; Group 1 is Laurence Snow, Etelka Lantos and Dúyè. Group 2 is Liliane Auringer, Muse and Hive. Group 3 is Ichiro Ogura, Cleo Gardenia and Bugby Marshall. Lastly, Group 4 is Kasumi Toshiko, Ruzik Rosaline and Kou Usagi." With a confident nod he sat the clipboard back on the desk and added, "Your teachers are still the same however Group 1 will now have myself as their teacher - good luck." With all said for now the demon returned to perching himself on the side of the desk as he sat, awaiting the students to be ready as the class was soon to begin.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Kou was glad Ruzik had taken the lollipop, he had an adorable expression of surprise and delight on his face and Kou couldn't help but smile at how he seemed so innocent in that moment. "No problem," she shrugged and brushed a strand of hair from her face. ”I’m… sorry for running away the other day.” The rabbit was surprised by his apology, Kou had nearly forgotten about the events of the previous day and how he freaked out due to his hunger and her trying to make him take the pills. ”I mean, well it was hardly surprising anyway. You pissed me off, so yeah. Whatever.”

"Yeah, well it's not like it's the first time you've done that." Kou replied with a shrug, "And I hardly doubt it'll be the last." He placed his hand on her thigh then, a move Kou had been expecting. She was surprised he hadn't done it sooner to be honest. ”You look pretty sexy on that desk, you’re like the hottest girl in this room.” A giggle erupted from within her that she couldn't help but release at that ridiculous comment. Ruzik suddenly slid Kou off of the desk and she yelped as she landed in his lap. Kou quickly pulled down her dress to ensure that no one could see her panties. ”But you look more enticing up against me.”

"R-Ruzik," Kou stuttered, unsure of what to say. She noticed his attention flutter towards a new comer, a girl with black hair and horns. The female was clearly the embodiment of the word demon and she could tell that Ruzik was going to try something on her. It hardly came as a surprise as Ruzik would try to lay with anything that had a pulse. Cleo asked her a question then, seemingly just noticing that Kou was on Ruzik's lap. "Something like that, yeah." The rabbit replied with a smile as Ruzik turned his attention back to her. ”You know, if you really want to make me feel better we could ditch this class and go to my dorm. Get it off, then get it on, as they say.”

Kou placed her hands on his chest and leaned forward to whisper in his ears, "If you're a good boy during class I'll give you a treat later." She leaned back so that she was sitting up again and winked. He removed his hands from her shoulders and began stroking her tail, a move that made her cheeks-and hair turn bright pink. Unlike touching her ears, touching Kou's tail brought her an inexplicable amount of pleasure. Not the sexual kind though, a sort of comforting kind like when you scratched the ears of a dog.

It was unfair that Ruzik knew all the right buttons to push but she hardly knew any of his. Besides lollipops, sex, and hearts Kou really didn't know what else the incubus liked. The Headmaster suddenly stood up and told them to take their seats. Kou couldn't move though as Ruzik sort of had a hold on her. When he announced their groups her ears stood upright in attention, "We're in the same group!" She turned in Ruzik's lap to face the demon. Did that mean they were going to share a dorm too? Kou didn't mind moving as she hadn't unpacked her things anyways and who was this Kasumi girl that was supposedly their new mage? And Mikari was their teacher? She looked over at the dark mage who seemed to be paying them no mind.

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Muse was relieved that she had been correct, otherwise that could have been quite embarrassing. "Liliane," the demon tried the name out on her tongue, the characters tasting foreign. "Ichiro," The mage pointed to the desk in front of her and told Muse to sit and so the demon sat, not wanting to stand in the isle awkwardly. Muse folded her hands in her lap and her wings on her back to give herself room in the chair. She turned though so that she could face Liliane and the male called Ichiro. Muse noticed quite a few people staring at her and she felt oddly self conscious.

"I'd advise you keep away from the red haired demon over there, with the glasses. He is a negative influence in just about every way possible. He may approach you because of your attractive looks. I suggest not being polite in the way you reject him so he will understand you are not interested." Muse faced forward to look at the red head, an Incubus that was staring back at her. She blinked and turned away, unsure of why he was looking at her like that. Was there something stuck in her horns? She reached up to inspect, but could feel nothing. Occasionally a stray piece of dirt would stick to them; last night she had gotten it tangled in her pillowcase and had shredded the fabric to pieces. "I will be sure to stay away from him," Muse lied.

Although the order came from the mage Muse's curiosity had been piqued. Were the two enemies? If so then Muse would stay away but she wanted to at least acquaint herself with all of the other demons in the class first so she would know which ones were powerful and which ones were a potential threat. If any of them were as apt to killing as Muse was then there were certainly going to be a few fights. Muse would have to be sure to stay out of those. It was then she realized that Liliane had said something else and Muse blinked in surprise.

"You think I'm attractive?" Muse had never thought of herself in that way. She had once had a mage that had abused her body for his pleasure but he had always said he was doing it in the name of research, not because he had found her to be... pretty. In truth Muse was uncomfortable with the thought that someone could find her attractive.

"So, Muse, please tell us about yourself. Where you come from and what power you bring with you." Liliane's voice interrupted her thoughts and Muse looked up at the mage once more. "I originate from London but my last home was on the outskirts of Germany," that was what the mages had told her at least. "I have no memory so I can't really tell you my abilities because I don't know them myself." It was a fact that frustrated Muse to no end. How was she supposed to be of any use to the mage if she couldn't wield her powers? "I also have a talisman stuck to me so I can't use them even if I wanted to." At least not until it was removed.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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The mages they brought to this academy truly did not understand the relationship they would be having with demons, yet another who insisted it was fine to refer to him without grace. Still the boy was entirely timid, the way he danced around his words carried almost no force. The boy was clearly more powerful then the cripple, magically and physically, hopefully he shared the same determination, then the Lord may actually be worth serving. "Call me what you please my Lord, it is not my choice," Etelka responded to his question of name calling, the only name that would bother her is if he started to refer to her as 'Lantos'. It may have been given to her as a last name but it was not one she deserved, truly it would be insult to a great man to have his servant live by his families name.

Shortly after another demon joined them in the back, based on her being unrecognized and heading straight for the group she was undoubtedly the masters other demon. The women muttered something in an unusual and foreign language before walking past the two and sitting behind them. The master turned and commented on something she said to the headmaster, Etelka had missed her entry to the room and so had little to add to the comment. The Lord gazed at both the women for some moments, was he sizing them up or simply gazing at their beauty, honestly the servant couldn't care less. He then proceeded to introduce himself and his loyal servant, Etelka bowing her head politely to the odd eyed demon when her name was mentioned.

The rabbit girl suddenly intruded into the trio's business, thanking the maid for the patchwork she had done for her dress. Etelka didn't recall giving that back to the girl, actually since they were no longer group members she had entirely planned on throwing it out. No matter, if the animal took it with her when she moved out Etelka hardly cared, she simply gave the rabbit girl a bland nod. Kou introduced herself to the mage before leaving the group alone and returning to her business. A short silence lasted before the new headmaster master began to speak, turning Etelka's gaze to him.

Her practiced stoic face would not break at the realization that this new headmaster was a demon, but truly had the academy gone mad? The one track mind to locate the new master had caused her to not notice earlier, but truly this 'leader' was a demon. Not only this but he appointed himself as teacher of her group, if he was powerful to become a headmaster it would not be long before he sensed the ire from the servant girl. Still, she had to admit, unlike the previous disappointing headmaster who was the second strongest mage she had ever seen, this was the strongest demon she had ever found. Mikhail would have a run for his money taking this foe on, not that Etelka thought that this headmaster would easily take on Mikhail either.

Still a few moments remained before class, but Etelka hardly had anything to do. She cared little about the new demon, unless the master desired something she had little to say to him. The servant was hardly well versed in the realm of small talk, generally in her life holding conversations was not a skill she needed. One thing perturbing the girl were her urges, already they were returning, squirming their way into her mind. She had told Ruzik that his services would be needed weekly simply because that was her limit, much beyond that and the pain is maddening to the point that she can hardly control herself. For now however, she would ignore the urges. While she had no verbal comments she was constantly keeping the new demon in her sight, hardly trusting them.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Hive Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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K's eyes snapped open. The crimson irises flickered with light and her pupils dilated to match the light level. She blinked once, her ears straining to catch the faint announcement ringing out across the campus. A new Headmaster- had she been out that long? Standing and brushing bits of dirt off her clothes, she made her way down the hallways. She tracked down the classroom quite easily, and as she entered she analyzed the students sitting there already.

Slipping to the back quietly, she sat just as the man at the front began to call out groups. She rolled her crimson eyes as he stated that she would be paired with Kou and Ruzik. She'd be the third wheel. That was fine by K, though. They could go gallivanting off into the sunset and she wouldn't care. Well, maybe a little.

She snapped back to focus as the man finished. The students seemed to be chattering amongst themselves. She didn't really have any friends out of this crowd, so she stayed back. It would take her decades to start to trust any of these people.

She swept her gaze around the room, looking for unfamiliar faces. She saw a new redhead- they were up to three now, she thought. A new Headmaster and...

She caught sight of a boy with dark curly hair. He looked interesting- K cut off the thought. She didn't surprise herself much anymore, but that certainly did it. Shaking her head, she decided to try and talk to him after class.

Leaning back in her chair, she drifted off before class began.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Listening to Liliane's warning, to stay away from the red haired Demon, seemed well deserved, Ichiro would have warned his own group, but it seemed to late. Though by watching his actions Ichiro could tell a simple rejection would fail to stop him from making further advances. As Liliane brought up attractiveness Ichiro took a few glances noticing she was quite attractive. He hadn't really bothered to look to much into it, but now that Liliane brought it up it seemed obvious. Quickly glancing around the room it seemed almost all the girls were gorgeous.

Ichiro propped his arm up on the desk placing his chin in the palm of his hand listening to the two's conversation. Just as Muse asked if she was attractive in a slightly confused or curious way Ichiro responded without thinking. "I would say ya." Blinking a few times before realizing he said that out loud instead of in his head. "Though of course you shouldn't just judge a person on appearances alone." Saying with a hesitant laugh just hoping he hadn't made Liliane think worse of him then she must already think. After yesterday he was surprised she even spoke to him today and he only hoped he hadn't made it worse by coming off as that kind of guy.

Muse starting talking about herself and it made Ichiro ponder the question of what it must be like to have no memories. Would the loss of ones memories change their personality as a whole? The idea was fairly interesting, but it must be quite frustrating. "You know the headmaster, or even one of the teachers may be able to remove that talisman so that you can take part in the assignment we are about to get without having a heavy restriction? Though it's just an idea." Saying while looking her up and down wondering why a seal would be placed on her, was she that powerful? The idea kind of excited him, just begging him to find out the mystery behind the girl. He had been waiting for something fun to finally show itself and maybe she would provide that fun. "You must be pretty strong though for them to be that scared of you huh." He said inquisitive like.

For now it was at least nice getting to know the rest of the class. Still taking a look back at his group he saw the red haired Demon just flirting about with Kou and Cleo getting pretty close with Bugby as well. He wouldn't be surprised if the Demon was already trying to spread about his bad influence upon everyone else. Ichiro starting to get a little jittery just wondering what the assignment could be. "Maybe it's a capture the flag, or scavenger hunt where combat plays a factor. Or maybe it's a team battle type game where you have to beat others to gain points. Ugh, I can't wait." He said to himself while he started tapping his foot as the excitement built up.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne

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As the two Dark Mages sat and observe the classroom quietly, they found it quite interesting to see all of the students are seemingly getting along, at least to a certain degree. Obviously that a few Demons here aren't very fond of the Mages, and some of the Mages are not either towards the Demons, but they only needed to sit back and see how things are going to develop in the meantime. They've done their own jobs well so far and there are no reasons for them not to keep up the good paces. Though a part of them still curious about how things will change with this new Headmaster.

The demon walked around and sat on the edge of the desk before gaining both of their attention. Crossing his arms he leaned in a little closer to them and said, "My master has spoken of you two though I only know you by name. My knowledge of yourselves goes no further than that." He said. Midora turned to face with Memphis as he raised an eyebrow then replied.

"Both of us used to be his students when we're young. He acted like a father to us and he has taught us a lot of things, which is why we had high respects for him. I was a bit surprised when I found out that he is not going to be the new Headmaster, but taken into account of his age right now, despite him being one of a few Mages that I could considered as wise and powerful, I guess it couldn't be helped. But we believe in his decision for making you the Headmaster on his behalf and since you were personally raised by him, we will trust your abilities and hopefully you will be able to make a difference, in a positive way." Midora spoke calmly.

"I too wish for us to work well together, and I assume that you know by now that I am a demon and not a mage?" Memphis continued. "Well, I've actually never worked under a Demon before." Mikari shrugged, "But hey, I've always looking up to Hirukawa-sensei, so I guess we should be able to get along so that we can kick those misfits in shapes." He gave a light-hearted smile, "And yeah, of course we've known that you're a Demon. Dora-chin said that you were actually the first Demon Headmaster ever so I figured that things are gonna change a bit from now, hmm? Anyway, pleasure to work with you, boss."

Leaning back Memphis let a thick puff of smoke escape the side of his mouth before turning to face the students who sat in front of him. Midora doesn't like smoking and either Mikari, but everyone's gotta has some habits and it doesn't really bothering them so they have no comments on that subject. "As you may be aware there are some changes made to the groups. Mr. Kurayami your group is still the same, though Mr. Akigawa instead of Hive you now have Kou, the rabbit demon. I expect you both to keep your students under control and out of trouble, for their own sakes. So far I am being lenient but once this class officially begins I will not tolerate it." Memphis added.

Midora looked on at the students before replying with his usual calm voice and blank expression, yet his aura has became somewhat more intimidating than earlier, "Mercy is not a word in my dictionary. So rest assure, if they did anything that breaks the rules..." Then he turned to Memphis, his irises turned into crimson red as his expression turned somewhat menacing, "...I can make them go through the worst nightmares of their lives if you think it is necessary to do so."

Then he turned away, fixed his gaze back to the students again, "It seems that your master has taught you everything that you should know. However, since you're new with this job, and I think you hasn't knew a lot about this Academy yet, feel free to ask. I could even be an assistant of some sorts for you, if you want. I think that most of the students have assembled so you should prepare to start soon." Midora spoke, his tone and expression has returned to their normal calmness in only seconds, "And... I guess that you can address us by our first name, if you want. If we're going to work together then I'm not really asking it to be too formal."

With that said, Midora leaned on his back, waited for their sessions to begin. A few moments later, Ms. Sarah came in, which Midora gave her a brisk nod as a greeting while Mikari smiled brightly. She greeted Memphis and both of them shook hands before she took her seat next to the both of them.




Mikari sat as he tapped his foot on the ground, waiting until all of the students have arrived. He sighed, there's nothing could be more boring than having to wait and doing nothing, but he guesses that it couldn't be helped. He took a quick glance at each members of his group. He hasn't got a chance to help Kasumi with her little curse, but he knows that he should before she went out of control again. Maybe the newly arrival nurse that has arrived could help. What was her name again? Julie? He sheepishly thought but just shrugged it off. He shouldn't worry about it too much for now as Kasumi could control it to a certain degree by now.

Then it comes to Kou and Ruzik. Mikari raised an eyebrow at the rabbit girl. He heard that she used Tsukuyomi's pet or somethings like that. Well, most Demons have association with deities can be somewhat troubling. He was curious to see how she's like that made even the omnipotent God of the Moon having a headache like that. Though, the rabbit demon seemed to have some sort of relationship with the red-headed Incubus before. Mikari smirked, it would be interesting to see how she would react if she ever saw him flirting with Ruzik. But then he shrugged away his thought. He could be clingy and carefree at times, but he never intended to broke someone's happiness.

After a while of waiting, Mikari yawns. When will we truly have some actions? Then turned to Midora. Well, perhaps he should just bothering his best friend for now to kill time. He knows he should be somewhat privileged being able to tease with one of the Mages that were considered powerful of his kin. Most people were scared off by the intimidating darkness that is always emits from Midora anyway so Mikari was really the only one who is able to be that close to him. Besides, most of the other people are still busy with their own conversations so he guesses that they wouldn't pay any attention towards the two of them.

"Say, Dora-chin." Mikari said as he pulled himself and his chair closer to Midora's.

"What? Got nothing to do?" Midora replied coldly.

"Aww, don't be such a meanie-face like that all the time. You scared people off." Mikari grinned playfully as he clung his arm over Midora's shoulders. Mikari leaned closer and took a sniff at his friend then smirked at what he has just found out. "Ooh, someone's using cologne today, that's new."

Midora sighed, "I was just simply wanted to try something new, I figure that I should be a bit like what they would called... well, gentleman-alike, since today we got a new Headmaster. Are you getting any ideas?"

"Of course I don't, I don't want to die young~" Mikari grinned, "But it's okay. You don't have to deny, you love me so much that you just couldn't ran off with anyone, huh?"

"O' the great God of Darkness, please give your blessing to anyone who Mikari Akigawa has his eyes on." Midora said sarcastically, "Have you forgot the long list of "lovers" that you've had so far? If I remember correctly, most of the time it were they who broke up. I guess that you really are a love sucker."

Mikari pouted as he poked his best friend's cheek, "Alright, I know. You don't have to bring that up again." But then, he smirked, "Oh well, I there are anyone who was so obsessive with the person they loved that they have to do THOSE stuffs anytime when they're alone..."

Hearing those words, Midora blushed like crazy, "W-What do you mean?"

"I didn't mean anything." Mikari shrugged, "I was just saying that regarding to someone who was moaning Nagisa-sensei's name in such a sexy intonation last night, that's all. It seemed that person was having quite a fantasy himself in his own dream." He said quietly, as if he was whispered so that only the two of them could hear with a smirk.

Midora was speechless as he sat still and flustered. When it comes to this subject, even if it was with his best friend, he couldn't hide his anxiety. You could considered this as a weak-point inside his heart, but so far, only Mikari knew about this though. Mikari smiled whole-hearted, "Well, no worry. Your little secret is safe with me. But you must admit that for someone who is always so cold like a cucumber such as you, that was really surprising. A powerful and almighty Dark Mage of the era lusting towards his long lost lover~" Mikari teased.

"Would you stop saying that?!" Midora yelled, he was a bit irritated by now but he still felt embarrassing. If it was someone else rather than Mikari, he didn't know whether if they could see the light of the next day. "Geez... You are really annoying at times, you know that?"

"Hehe, sorry." Mikari smiled and apologized as he scratches the back of his head. Okay, he admits that sometime he could be a little too carefree. Midora just gave a 'Tch' then turned away, but Mikari can still felt his flustering. He smiles, it puts his heart at ease to know that despite going through with so many hardships, facing so many burdens, his friend is still having some soft spots in his heart. He knows that deep down inside the cold and stoic shell outside, Midora is somewhat emotionally fragile. Anytime he saw Midora burst out with tears when he was reminded of what happened to his lover, Mikari felt that he needed to be the one to encourage his friend and went through the hardships together, always.

Mikari smiles brightly, "You've been enduring that pain by yourself for so long, Dora-chin. Don't you think that it is better to just move on? I'm sure that he wants you to be happy, too."

Midora kept silent for a bit, then quietly replied, "I don't know what I should do either... It just... I've tried, you know? But it just didn't feel right when it wasn't him. I know he wants me to be happy but... I love him so much that I could've died for it." He sighed as he looked on, with a light smile, "Love sure is a crazy thing, isn't it?"

"I know, right?" Mikari said, still with his smile, "But I'm sure that no matter whatever decisions you made, you will be happy for it. I will always be there for you."

"Thanks, Mii." Midora turned to his friend and said with a light smile. Yeah, his friend could be irritating at times, but Midora knows that he can believe in him, no matter what. Both of them chatting with each other a little bit more and prepare for the morning's session when Memphis made his announce to the students.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Bugby sighed as he felt Cleo pulling him round to look at the redhead and rabbit together. Really the demon preferred to not watch people, at least not so obviously and as close as they were. ”I think we should mind our own business.” He quietly replied to her question, before pushing her shoulder and forcing the girl to turn back around and face the front, and smirked, ”You should be focusing on your own little love dramas.”

Not long after the Headmaster spoke up and informed the class that their session would be beginning soon. With a sigh, the demon wasn’t entirely looking forward to the assessment. Considering what they had done yesterday, Bugby wasn’t overly thrilled at the thought of having to face some monster again. But what else would the teachers have them do? Not to mention, what was the demon even good at? Bugby couldn't even begin to think of what their 'important' assessment could be. After the man had finished and returned to sitting against his desk, the boy leaned back in his seat and focused his gaze ahead of him as he watched the teachers for a short time.

The only good thing was that Midora was not Headmaster now, it was a slight relief in a way. Though he still wasn’t enthusiastic of having a mage watching over him, again. His bored expression was ever present as he seemingly sulked and sat still in his chair for some time longer, taking a moment to casually look around the room and study the unfamiliar faces that were now present in the classroom. There was at least one new mage he concluded, as well as one or two new demons to boot. A minute or so later, the demon leaned forward and rested his arms onto his desk as he laid his head against them. His foot annoyingly tapping against the floor beneath him.

”This ought to be fun.” He sighed before raising his stare just a little above his arms. He knew the session would being any moment, so he’d just wait the last few minutes out. Turning a little towards Cleo's direction, he rested his chin against his arm. ”Guess you've cheered up then?”





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Laurence listened to both of his demons, and despite one appearing to be not that talkative and the other somewhat intimidating, the boy couldn’t help but smile and come across as unaffected by it all. So far things had gone not too badly which was good, at least. When Dúyè smirked and looked to Etelka, saying something about how she’d like to get along with the other demon, the young mage couldn’t have been happier. As it to him it meant that his demons were going to get along, and anything more just went way over his head.

”Haha, yeah. That is a bit hard to pronounce. I think I’ll stick with Venom!” He laughed a little sheepishly before looking to Etelka. ”Well in that case, I guess I’ll just call you Etelka then.” Smiling, he fidgeting a little in his seat before noticing another student enter the room. It was a girl with black hair who made her way to the back of the room and sat nearby. Offering a friendly wave when she looked to him, Laurence tried to appear welcoming before returning his gaze to the front of the classroom.

The Headmaster addressed the class just then, causing the boy to take note of little snippets of information. He would’ve written them down but he didn’t have any paper to write on, instead opting to just remember what he could. Once the red-haired man was finished the young mage couldn’t help but feel a little nervous afterwards, feeling a bit uneasy towards the exercise that was to come. Especially since the man had said it was important and they needed to act wisely, such things Laurence didn’t find particularly reassuring.

”I-I hope I don’t mess up terribly, it’s only my first day after all.” He sighed quietly and nervously tapped his fingers against the desk. ”Maybe I’m worrying too much.” The boy turned around at that moment and looked to his two demons, as they oddly enough gave him a sense of ease. Maybe it was because they seemed just a bit older, and were girls. Females were always more comforting he found, despite how his demons appeared. ”Alright guys, or I should say girls! Or ladies. Ah, let’s just do our best.” He said in a bid to raise a bit of team morale.

Turning back around he faced the front as the class was soon to begin. With a deep breath he calmed himself and tried not to think of their daunting assessment. He also took the chance to look around the class and see the other students who had arrived. All the demons looked so diverse and intriguing, and ever so slightly intimidating. But perhaps everyone was friendly enough, he hoped. The mages too tickled his interest and he hoped to get to know everyone better.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Memphis had listened to the two mage teachers and was a little surprised by how highly they held his master in their thoughts. So the old mage had taught them? Clearly is master was more than he originally thought – though his master was merely just that, his master. A father perhaps as the mage did summon him at an early age and has shaped the demon over the many years. Did that make Memphis his child? The demon surprisingly hadn’t thought much over the concept, and maybe in a way he did love the mage but the fire-y demon wasn’t one to admit such emotions so openly. But still, it was rather nice discovering more of his master whilst residing at the academy. Maybe he’d learn more.

Midora then said something that peeked his attention, to which the demon responded later with, "True, I do not know much of this academy and its ways – an assistant would prove useful. If you’re up to the challenge then consider yourself promoted," He grinned a little towards the mage before concluding. "It may take some time for me to refer to you by your first names. My master taught me to always address others by their surname – he guessed it would make me seem more polite. But anyway, Mr. Kurayami and Mr. Akigawa, that is another thing for another day.”

With that said it was time for class to begin. Turning round and facing the class once more the demon looked over the students quietly for a moment, before raising his hands and clapping twice to catch everyone’s attention. Once all students were facing him Memphis began, shifting up from his desk as he stood up straight.

"Class has finally commenced so all talking shall now cease – or I will kick the crap and so much more out of anyone who dares speak over me," He spoke in a slightly threatening tone, before pausing for a single moment to ensure silence was achieved before continuing, "My name is Memphis and I am your new appointed Headmaster. Some of you may be aware, but for those who do not know I am a demon. Whether this bothers you or not I do not care – you will just have to deal with it." Truly, he did not care. The confidence was ever present in his voice as he let his words loose upon the youngsters. "The day has been a touch slow this morning but I assure you all things will be travelling at a much faster pace in the future."

Resting his hands against his hips the red-haired demon puffed out a waft of smoke as he thought quietly for a moment. One of his students would be late – he’d deal with that later. Right now he was mentally pondering the possibilities with those who sat before him. Tallying it up in his head, a moment later, a slight grin filled his face. "Right, onto your assessment for this morning." He began, grasping the end of the cigarette with two fingers as he held it away from his mouth so to allow the demon to speak more clearly. "I’ve decided that this morning will be spent doing an exercise known as ‘Defend The Staff’. One student from each group will defend a staff whilst their teammates try to capture it by any means." Pausing for a brief moment he allowed the information to sink into the students minds first before continuing, as he wasn’t entirely sure how they would react to it. "It is a simple exercise though it means a great deal, oh - and you will be marked on your performance. Obviously whoever wins will get more marks, though there are a few things that will be taken into consideration; such as skill, precision, and how many injuries you sustain – if any."

Looking away and reaching over to the desk, the demon took hold of the register yet again and glanced through the names - occasionally peering up from the board quietly, until Memphis was ready to continue. "Ruzik will be defending for Group 4, Bugby will be defending for Group 3, and Laurence will be defending for Group 1," Looking at the board he noticed there was an uneven amount of students, and when glancing over bits of information regarding a few certain individuals at that moment, the demon quickly sorted out a solution with a casual grin. "However Muse, you will not be participating in this exercise and will sit back and watch with the teachers. Liliane, you will be forming a temporary team with Group 4, as your teammates are otherwise unavailable for now. You will join Kou and Kasumi against Ruzik. Otherwise, that is that." With the names called out he placed the register back onto the desk, before returning the cigarette to the corner of his lip and crossing his arms.

"The exercises will take place just outside in the training grounds, so when you’re ready just head outside and get started with your group. There are four staffs outside stuck into the ground – just pick one. I don’t expect these to take long and remember – you’re just either trying to protect the staff or capture it. Though you can do so in whatever means you choose, just don’t kill each other. Your teachers and I will be watching and judging you, though each teacher will only be judging their own students – so don’t worry too much, heh. This exercise will show your flaws and strengths, and whatever else – so begin."

With that said he turned round and took a step over to the teachers who sat just behind him. "As I said you’re all expected to watch your students and judge them, take notes if needed, and once they’re all done I expect you to give them feedback and point out their downfalls and strengths. They’ll never improve if they don’t hear the truth – so be brutally honest to them, I demand you do that. Miss Rayne, you'll be joining Mr. Akigawa, as your students are together for this exercise. Once you’re ready meet me outside, and if you have any questions, well, you know where I am." With a rather serious or quite dull expression, the demon had finished all that he had to say before taking his leave, and beginning to head outside for - surprisingly - some fresh air!





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Cleo turned and smiled at Bugby when he asked if she had cheered up. In truth, she had in some small way. But it still didn’t quite distract her from the uncomfortable feelings that she felt within her. ”I have a bit thanks to you Buggie.” The girl purred before raising her arm up and resting it against the boy as the pair waited for class to begin. Although, when the students were informed of their new groups the cat was pleased to know hers wasn’t changing, thankfully!

And sure enough it did moment after. The Headmaster introduced himself as Memphis, he seemed like someone who shouldn’t be easily messed with – though Cleo wasn’t entirely put off him. Sure, he didn’t answer her question, but he was kinda cool with his slight ‘devil-may-care’ attitude. Plus, the girl already sensed that he was a demon when she entered the class but she could only wonder what the mages thought. Memphis didn’t care, clearly. The demon later went on to explain their assessment and the cat was a little surprised, though excited at the same time. A game? She’d finally get a chance to prove herself against her teammates! It was also the perfect way to relieve the slight stress she had felt since watching Ichiro sit with that mage girl. Memphis had also mentioned that they were going to be judged on how they performed, but Cleo didn’t really pay much attention to that – she was just interested in the game!

Grinning, the girl peered down at her green-haired teammate after learning that he was the defender of their group. She’d have to beat Bugby to win? It was an interesting concept and sure, the girl wasn’t entirely enthusiastic at having to face her friend, but it was only a game after all so what harm could be done?

As the Headmaster spoke more on other little bits of information Cleo vaguely listened, all the while keeping her eyes peeled on everyone else as she mentally analyzed each one, somewhat. Once the man was finished addressing the students and turned his attention to the teachers, Cleo immediately sprung out of her seat and eagerly nudged Bugby. ”Come on Buggie-Bear, you’re up! Heh, this’ll be fun.” She half-teased and ceased touching the seemingly un-thrilled boy. Of course her attention soon enough drifted over towards their mage who sat elsewhere, and despite desperately wanted to run over and drag the boy outside with her, Cleo amazingly refrained from doing so. Instead opting to spin round, running a hand through her long hair before swishing it to the side with an air of confidence about her. Not even saying a word to her own mage as the feline began to head outside.

”Catch yah’ outside Buggie.” Once outside the feline stretched her arms up into the air as she waited for the boys to catch up – already mentally debated her course of actions for the exercise that lay ahead of her.





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When Ruzik heard the mentioning of groups he actually could not believe his luck at that moment. He got Kou as a teammate? Sweet. Though of course that probably meant something entirely different to Ruzik than it did to anyone else, as for him it was merely a case of who’s bed he’d be sleeping in, since he got his precious little rabbit sleeping literally under him. Oh the fun! As Kou turned to face him he raised his hands up and clasped them behind her back as the two looked at one another.

”Looks like we’re going to be roommates now – or bedmates.” He said rather teasingly, as the rabbit most likely knew what was on his mind already. A few minutes later the class had officially began according to the Headmaster as he then addressed the students, giving his name and revealing he was a demon – though Ruzik had a slight inkling to this, he still was a bit surprised at the fact the academy was allowing a demon to lead them, more or less. Of course, the time soon came to when the demon finally spilled the information regarding their assessment – a game no less that revolved around one student outsmarting the other, or really, one beating the other and claiming victory. Ruzik didn’t protest the idea, he was unsurprisingly keen on outwitting someone – mainly anyone who irked him enough and so far that had proved true thus far in the morning.

Finally, the groups were revealed and the redhead couldn’t help but smirk just a little. Glancing towards the back of the room he spied the pony-tailed mage with whom he’d be facing – such a pleasuring thought it was too, to bring pain upon the brat who’d dared look so disgusted at him earlier. He’d show her. Likewise it was revealed that he would have to go against Kou and that other girl Kasumi? The Headmaster went onto explain a few more things but Ruzik was too busy focusing on Kou just then to really pay much attention.

”I think we’re going to have such fun, as you’re really my only competition out of this little game. Those mages don’t stand a chance at outdoing me.” He laughed quietly, until realizing he had been keeping Kou on his lap this entire time. Oh well. With one simple motion he slide the girl off his lap and onto her feet with ease, before getting onto his own and turning his attention to the mage-girl at the back.

With that, he began to walk through the classroom and up towards the back of the room – or really he sort-of skipped quite happily, before standing in front of the mage-girl. Knowing Kou would follow in her own time, the redhead wasted little effort in sliding himself onto the girls desk and peered over at the mage until their faces were quite close to one another. ”Looks like we’re going against each other mage – so let’s make it interesting.” He said, flashing the pony-tailed girl a sharky-grin before sticking his tongue out rather teasing as he rubbed it against his pointy teeth – and no doubt already felt the hatred and disgust from the mage that clearly did not like him. Besides, he already knew neither of the boy mages were in his team nor facing him, so it made sense to assume this girl was either his mage, or at least his opponent either way. ”If I win I get to kiss you, and touch you ~” The demon didn’t feel a need to go into further detail as just that alone was likely enough to make the mage feel a tad uncomfortable. ”And if you win well, that’s entirely up to you whatever you want.”

With a grin, Ruzik hopped off the desk and spun round to face the mage with a delighted expression. ”Whenever you’re ready just come outside.” Hardly. But still, Ruzik knew that was enough for now and so left the mage be, before looking over to the other mage-girl with long black hair. ”Oi, if your part of this group then get moving.” He ordered, be finally taking his leave and making his way outside. Once there he made his way over to one of the staffs and stood beside it, debating over his tactics to defend such a thing – and show those mages who was the real boss.

Whilst he waited the boy summoned forth a blade of some sort - a claymore to be exact as that was what he mentally wished for, as the weapon then formed itself within his right hand suddenly, before the demon gave it a few swings to test its feel. Though he wasn't entirely sure what form of defense he would take, or what weapon. For now though he busied himself with swinging the thing around as he paid little attention to that around him as he waited for his group to join him.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Bugby sighed in a rather unimpressed manner as he found out the class assessment. A game? Well, what else could you call it? One member was to defend a staff as the other two tried to take it. It wasn’t an overly complicated concept though the demon couldn’t help but appear not too thrilled when hearing that he was the defender for their group. He was to defend some staff from Cleo and Ichiro? He didn’t like those odds and knew only bad things could come from it.

Once things had been explained and the Headmaster turned to the teachers, the demon felt a sharp nudge against him as his teammate got to her feet. ”Come on Buggie-Bear, you’re up! Heh, this’ll be fun.” Bugby didn’t look all that enthusiastic, and somewhat begrudgingly he rose from his seat. ”Buggie-Bear?” By the time he was already standing the cat-girl was already out the door, clearly the girl was more eager than he was but then again he didn’t expect much else from Cleo. Bugby also wondered how Ichiro felt about it, though he was certain he’d find out soon enough once the group was together again.

Heading outside the boy joined Cleo for a moment, taking the chance to glance around the area of the training grounds as he eyed up the staffs that had been put in place. Choosing one, he shrugged a little before making the long walk over to the staff and stood beside it as expected. He gave it a few light nudges with his foot, testing its sturdiness, before shoving his hands into his pockets. ”Seems sturdy enough, though how the hell am I suppose to defend this thing?” A part of him didn’t care for it really, he’d rather not do this at all though clearly that wasn’t an option. Unless he felt brave enough to challenge the Headmaster, but he didn’t. The demon also didn’t much enjoy the fact that they were to be judged during this exercise, since he already knew he wouldn’t do well. He couldn’t begin to think what Midora would think of him either.

With a sigh he looked back to Cleo, who was most likely awaiting Ichiro to join her. Once that happened were the two of them going to attack him right away? It was a little hard to plan for something he wasn’t entirely sure of, nor was he that familiar with their attacks and capabilities. Either way, he’d need to think of something to keep himself from losing, since that was the aim of this exercise, for him at least.





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Laurence nearly jumped a little as the Headmaster got everyone’s attention. The man was certainly, well, commanding in a way. The young mage certainly didn’t wish to get on his bad side and paid exceptionally close attention to every little thing he said. Though the boy was a little unnerved when informed that the figure was actually a demon. Laurence wasn’t sure how to feel about that, especially as the Headmaster was their appointed teacher after all. Was that a good thing or a bad thing?

The demon went on to explain their assessment and what exactly it would entail. From what the mage gathered it was a game of some sort, in which one student guarded a staff whilst their other teammates tried to take it. That was simple enough, right? Laurence took a deep breath whilst contemplating such a task, especially as he wondered what role he would play. Soon enough that was revealed, as the boy found out he would be his groups ‘defender’. Oh goodie.

The Headmaster had also explained that the students would be judged and marked upon how well, or badly, they each performed. Hearing this only added to the boy’s nerves and caused him to feel uneasy, as he always hated whenever he was going to be graded, and worse, watched. As he tried to calm his nerves Laurence could already feel his insides acting up just a little, as whenever the boy was emotionally uneasy that was always a reason for his elements to kick up within him. He could only hope things would settle by the time the exercise would begin, or else who knows what he would do. And just the thought of a poor mark already prompted the boy to feel discouraged.

The demon figure talked some more about this and that, and once finished turned to talk briefly with the teachers behind him. With this, the boy turned in his seat and looked to his own demons. ”A-Alright girls, I know we can do this no problem!” He said, trying to appear confident though he was sure his nerves were seeping through despite his attempts. ”If I’m right, all you have to do is get the staff that I’m guarding. Simple, huh? Look, I don’t want you to go easy on me, in fact I want you to really go for it. Give me all you got!” With a forced smile the boy got to his feet, filling himself with whatever enthusiasm he could before giving a confirming nod.

”I’m good to go! I’ll see you two outside, I’ll be waiting!” Turning round he boy walked to the door and made his way outside into the area that was known as the training grounds, before picking one of the staffs that had been placed outside beforehand, and walking over to one. Once there, he noticed the red-haired boy was already at one too, as well as the green-haired boy, and the cat-girl was waiting by the door. Laurence was certainly interested to see how things went, and more especially how his own group fared and the chance to see what his demons could do.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Hive Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Dúyè Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer Character Portrait: Laurence Snow

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Kou listened intently to the exercise, feeling a bit excited by the fact that she would get to to use the full extent of her abilities. She had not expected the encouragement to not hold back and Kou balled her fists in determination. The rabbit would win this, if not for herself then for her team. What Kou also had not been expecting was that she would have to retrieve the staff from Ruzik. Kou twisted in his lap to look at him and grinned, it seems he was up for the challenge. The blood manipulating demon would definitely not hold back against the Incubus.

”I think we’re going to have such fun, as you’re really my only competition out of this little game. Those mages don’t stand a chance at outdoing me.”

"You're lucky, if it was anyone else I would go easy on them." Kou giggled, but knowing what Ruzik could do prepared her for the oncoming battle. It seems that Ruzik finally realized he was still holding onto her and the demon stood, allowing the rabbit to slide off of his lap and stand upright. She smoothed down her dress and wondered if she should really be doing this challenge in heels, then decided that she had done yesterday's in the same shoes so why would today be any different? Kou watched as Ruzik strode to the back of the room where Liliane was sitting and sat on her desk. She smirked and shook her head, going outside where Memphis, the new headmaster had said the challenge would be.

Kou waited on the field and watched as her classmates trickled out of the building, she would have to devise a strategy with the two mages and would have to work together with them. This bugged Kou of course, but she wasn't going to let the two know outright that she hated them. First Kou would gauge their abilities, then decide if it was worth allowing her malice to slip. For now she would wear the happy-rabbit facade she was so used to putting on when dealing with humans. Kou closed her eyes and took a deep breath in, summoning her weapon. A glowing trident appeared in her hands, glittering with an aura of electricity and sending off small sparks of lightning. Kou opened her eyes and smiled, ready for battle.

She waited for Liliane and Kasumi to join her, attempting to close her heart and wipe her feelings away so that Ruzik would not be able to manipulate them. They were both at a disadvantage as the two demons knew what each other could do. She watched as he summoned a Claymore, a Scottish long sword that from her vantage looked a bit awkward in his hands. She glanced at the stands were the teachers would be sitting and noticed that a demon was there, the black haired one Ruzik had been eyeing before. Why wasn't she allowed to participate? Perhaps she had no control over her abilities and they were afraid the girl would kill someone?

"Where are they already?" Kou sighed, hyped for battle. If Kasumi and Liliane didn't show up in two minutes she was going to start without them. She hoped they would prove to be useful and wouldn't get in her way like Etelka had the day before.

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Muses's cheeks turned bright red when Ichiro scratched his cheek and confirmed Lilane's statement that she was attractive. The demon looked at her lap and fidgeted, suddenly uncomfortable. How could anyone find her pretty what with her hideous horns and bat wings? She was the very essence of a demon, a dreaded being that brought nothing but fear and loathing to humans. The headmaster suddenly spoke up and Muse jerked upwards and turned in her seat to face the front as the man announced he would beat up anyone who attempted to speak over him and didn't pay attention. She would definitely be sure to stay away from this man as the demon smelled of trouble. Unless specifically summoned by him, Muse would not utter a word to the beast.

Her nerves were replaced with excitement as he announced the activity, Defend the Staff. Muse had never heard of such a game and was eager to participate, but confusion arose and it was clear by her expression when he did not announce their group with the others. Her heart sank when he so publicly stated that Muse would not be able to participate in the game and would have to sit out and watch the matches commence with the teachers.

That was no fun! Why wasn't she allowed to join them? Her hands suddenly turned into claws at the irritation she felt and quickly Muse turned them back, now understanding why. Did the headmaster perhaps know her abilities? Maybe it would be best to strike up a conversation with the demon after all. Perhaps he even knew what she had done to land her in this prison disguised as a school? "It's not fair," Muse mumbled when he was done speaking and stood up. No point in waiting for the others as it seemed that the demon called Hive would not be joining them and Liliane would be joining Group 4 in the exercise.

"I want to play too," she sighed and took a seat on the bleachers, hoping that this would be over quickly so that she would have something to do. Maybe someone would get knocked out or severely injured and she would be allowed to take their place? Muse hardly doubted it, although one could hope. Right?

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer

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As the headmaster announced the task for the day Ichiro's excitement was rightfully placed. Though he it was dulled a tad bit by the fact it was between each own team. It seemed as if Bugby would have to defend himself from Cleo and himself, Ichiro already starting thinking of battle tactics, running through different scenarios in his head looking for the best outcome. Glancing over at Cleo he could feel some potential issues that could arise if they couldn't workout this awkwardness that sprung up all of the sudden. It seemed just on cue though the root of all evil strutted his stuff on over towards them plopping himself down right in front of Liliane.

Listening to him made Ichiro sick. The funny thing was they were not to different in some aspects, they both had enough arrogance to last a life time, from listening to his challenge to Liliane it seemed as if he enjoyed challenges and games as well which made the world go round for Ichiro. Though maybe it was for those reason that Ichiro couldn't stand his Demon counterpart, the funny thing was they are complete opposites when it comes to lust, sex, and physical contact in that manor. From what Ichiro had seen and heard the Demon had clearly no quarrels with being open about it and had no shame when it came to such things. While Ichiro on the other hand talked big talk and had the charm to back it up, but when it came down to it anything of that nature reverted him to childlike behavior. Instantly he gets insanely nervous which is very unusual for him, as well all his vocal charm flies out the window and he becomes hesitant. One instance in particular was on his way to the school were he meet a girl and after a chat she took him to her apartment and they got close and she decided to remove her shirt which after only coming half off, made Ichiro's eyes widen and gave him a atrocious nose bleed, which really kills the mood when the other person thinks your dying. Also with every encounter he shares with the Demon he grows to dislike him even more.

After the Demon walked away Ichiro slowly stood up looking back at Liliane. "Please beat the crap out of him while getting that staff, I can be slightly satisfied watching that smug look being wiped off his face even if I can't be the one doing it." With that he wished her and Muse good luck and headed out. Trying to focus more on his own task then bothering thinking about ways of "accidentally" letting a spear get loose and having it fly at the source of his frustration.

Arriving outside he approached Cleo with a slight bit of hesitation. It worked out fine since in the end Cleo seemed to be ok with starting the conversation. "Ah, it wasn't that long. Don't worry about the sitting thing." He said with a half smile not to sure what to say. As Cleo brought up Ruzik, who Ichiro could easily guess was the red haired Demon, it angered Ichiro a little. "Why does she listen to him, why even hang around him can't she see who he really is." Ichiro said to himself as he clinched his hand into a fist.

Seconds later before allowing for a response he jumped of shock as Cleo grabbed hold of his collar. He had never seen her like this and it was for sure scary. She seemed to calm down after restating the question, but he was still a bit hesitant, he knew that they only had meet the other day, but Cleo didn't seem like someone who could have such ferocity it was a little unsettling. Taking a pause to think it over Ichiro could see that his actions had hurt her. His expression softened as he began to speak. "I'm sorry for what I did, but I would never dump you ever, not Bugby or you. You have nothing to worry about no mage could replace you guys, you are my teammates that's family in my book." He said as he placed his hand on her head slowly petting her. "Did you really think any girl could just replace you." Withdrawing his hand as he folded his arms as he tried to seem more serious, though still holding his calming smile. "I think Ruzik is a bad influence on you though and you shouldn't be so friendly with him, but we can save that for later we don't want to make Bugby wait all day." Saying as he turned to look at Bugby.

It seemed Cleo was ready for the challenge though as she was rearing to go. "I agree, though i'll refrain from using any of my magic unless Bugby forces my hand. I would hate to give him a weapon in the middle of our task." Just as he finished Cleo took off with insane speed. Ichiro took off into a run as well, but it just hit him without his magic he was below weak. He had a decent build, but wasn't either strong or weak when it came to strength and his speed was ok no track star worthy or anything though. Normally he would just summon his armor which increased his strength and speed tremendously, but he couldn't risk giving Bugby the ability to copy it. For now he had to bank on Cleo doing most of the work unless Bugby started using someone else's magic then he would go all out. Still it was surprising to see Cleo's speed as he was still running over by the time she sank her fangs into Bugby.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Hive Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura

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As the two Dark Mages finished talking, Memphis turned to them and gained their attention. The demon then replied Midora's offer earlier, "True, I do not know much of this academy and its ways – an assistant would prove useful. If you’re up to the challenge then consider yourself promoted," He grinned a little towards the him before concluding. "It may take some time for me to refer to you by your first names. My master taught me to always address others by their surname – he guessed it would make me seem more polite. But anyway, Mr. Kurayami and Mr. Akigawa, that is another thing for another day.”

"Thanks, it's my pleasure. I will do my best." Midora nodded as he turned his attention back to the noisy class. Mikari poked his cheek, again, "Well, well, someone got promoted. That's a good sign, hmm?"

"It's for the Academy's sake, after all." Midora answered.

"But still, it was nice though. Wanna go out for some BBQ tonight to celebrate?" Mikari grinned. It's been a long while since the two of them ever had a chance to hang out with each other.

Midora kept silent and think for a while, then nodded, "Sure, why not?"

"Hehe, I'm looking forward to, it's been a while." Still with a light-hearted grin, Mikari cheerfully said to his friend. A moment later, Memphis began to made his announcement of the assignment that they're going to have that morning. The Demon spoke with confident, to which Midora was quite please. He believes that their new Headmaster should be able to take it in a right way. And Midora can try to devote some of his strength to help him.

"Right, onto your assessment for this morning." The Demon intrigued. "I’ve decided that this morning will be spent doing an exercise known as ‘Defend The Staff’. One student from each group will defend a staff whilst their teammates try to capture it by any means. It is a simple exercise though it means a great deal, oh - and you will be marked on your performance. Obviously whoever wins will get more marks, though there are a few things that will be taken into consideration; such as skill, precision, and how many injuries you sustain – if any."

Defend The Staff, huh? Midora moved his fingers to his chin and thought for a moment. This is just a simple game, but if the groups of students take this on highly, the Teachers should be able to make the correct judgement of their strength and how they pull out what they're good at in combat. A nice warm-up for the morning session, I must say. Midora thought as he glanced at the Demon for a few seconds. He remembers that their Sensei used to apply this kind of exercises for them in the past too so this isn't something that both of them are not familiar with. For now, their job is to sit back and observe their students.

After Memphis has finished with all the division for the groups and 'encouraged' the students with a few more word, he turned to the Teachers, "As I said you’re all expected to watch your students and judge them, take notes if needed, and once they’re all done I expect you to give them feedback and point out their downfalls and strengths. They’ll never improve if they don’t hear the truth – so be brutally honest to them, I demand you do that. Miss Rayne, you'll be joining Mr. Akigawa, as your students are together for this exercise. Once you’re ready meet me outside, and if you have any questions, well, you know where I am."

Midora nodded, "Understood."

Mikari grinned, "I'm ready. Let's get the show on the road."

As all the students began to make their ways, the Teachers also stood up and walked behind them. When they're outside at the training ground, they went to the observing seats near there and sat down. Midora crossed his legs and his arms as he observed Bugby went to defend the staff while Cleo and Ichiro was planning strategies against him. Midora's expression was as emotionless as ever, but he actually felt quite interested in what are going to happen next. He still hasn't forgot Ichiro's performance yesterday so he will have to keep his eyes on the Mage more.




The four of them were observing intentively on Group 1 and Group 3 performances, while Group 4 and Liliane were somehow delayed a bit, much to Mikari's annoyance. But it seemed that Group 1 has brought their fight into a swift end. After Memphis walked towards his own group, Hive arrived and standing next to the black-haired demon, seemingly unaware of what has happened so far. Midora shrugged, he knows the demon was definitely having a grudge for him because he didn't allow them to trespass his chamber. But that is none of his concern in the slightest.

It was quite a bloody fight, although it was just a session, Midora has to admit. It was nice to see them really devoted themselves into this. ”I-I got it! Look, see! It’s over! OVER!” Cleo called as loudly as she could, before forcing herself upright and gradually getting to her feet while waving the staff just for Midora to see. He sighed then stood up and walked towards where the three of them were.

"I must admit that you all have managed to carry out quite a bloody fight." He spoke up and gained their attention, "But I'm glad that you've tried your best. You two have achieved a victory worth to look up to. I've paid close attention on every movements of you two and I think you've done it well. So, congrats, I think." He paused a bit before turning his gaze to Cleo, "When first looking at you, I don't think that you're really a fighter at heart, but you set aside all of that. You has made good use of her strength and ability. Nice dodging all those blades, I think. And you've also taken up the more of a leading role between you and Ichiro. But still, you keep your head cool and did your job well. I hope that you can continue to improve."

Then he turned to Ichiro, "And you, it seemed that the 'Ichiro' when he is still in his mind and the 'Ichiro' of insanity was the polar opposite, hmm? Your movements, your plannings, the ways you make use of your abilities, etc are quite remarkable. Compare to your performance yesterday, it was a nice change. That ending attack was pretty impressive, I must say. Despite having Bugby copying your ability, you still managed to turn it into your advantage, although it was risky. So, from now on, just keep doing well like this and you will be stronger." Midora spoke with the usual monotonous voice, but his advice were genuine. Then he concluded in a rather sarcastic tone, "If you were as good yesterday then perhaps you could have given me a few scratches."

And finally, he looked at Bugby, "Then it comes to you. I know that you're on the more disadvantage side because you have to stood up by yourself against two of your teammates. It's true that you gave them quite a hard time while defending the staff, but with someone who has such ability like you, I had higher expectations than that. You should be more concern of your own limits and try to keep yourself sane no matter what the situations are. Losing control of ones' abilities are one of the top mistakes that you must never make in combat, bear that in mind. But still, you really did your best and make good uses of their abilities. However, don't let this failure discourage you. Next time, you can win if you really give it your all."

Midora crossed his arms as he concluded, "That's all I want to comment base on your performance. This exercise is just a small warm-up for some of the greater challenges in the future so I hope you all will keep improving day by day." He paused a bit before continued, "Okay, now you're free to take a break before the next assignment from the Headmaster. I suggest you should visit the nurse to take care of your injuries for now. If you need my presence, you know where to find me."

With that said, he gave them a graceful bow then turned his back and walked away. But just as he was walking, a small portal appeared from nowhere and a clip-board then fell from it. He swiftly caught it and gave it a quick glance. It was an mission from the Upper Department. Since he wasn't the Headmaster anymore, this is not something that he has the rights anymore so Midora figures that the one who will decide from now is their new Headmaster.

He then walked towards Memphis, who seemingly was speaking with Hive about the reasons for his absence. "Hey, boss." Midora spoke up to gain the Demon's attention as he walked to the man, "The Department has sent us a new mission. When you're finished with all the jobs here, we should talk in your Office. Since I'm going to be your new assistant, we should have the same workplace. There was an empty desk so I'm going to take my stuffs there. Hope that you don't mind. See you later."

Midora bowed to him and made his way back inside. He went to the Teacher's Office and gathered his stuffs then put them all in a medium-sized box. It's not like that he has a lot of things though. Carrying them to the Headmaster's Office, he arranged them neatly on the empty desk in the room. After everything has been done, he sighed contentedly as he sat down and began to look through the papers on the clip-board carefully.

Meanwhile, Mikari still sitting and waiting impatiently until his students really going to have some actions. He sighed depressingly but knows that there's nothing that he could do right now. If Midora was sitting next to him, at least he can still bother him so that he can kill this boredom. The more he waited, the more annoyed Mikari became. I hope they're going to do their absolutely best or I'll kick their asses for making me waiting like this just.

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Character Portrait: Memphis Character Portrait: Cleo Gardenia Character Portrait: Bugby Marshall Character Portrait: Etelka Lantos Character Portrait: Hive Character Portrait: Muse Character Portrait: Midora Kurayami Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Ichiro Ogura Character Portrait: Laurence Snow Character Portrait: Nurse Julie

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When hearing a familiar voice summoning his attention Memphis looked and quickly saw Midora approaching him whilst holding a clipboard. ”The Department has sent us a new mission. When you're finished with all the jobs here, we should talk in your Office. Since I'm going to be your new assistant, we should have the same workplace. There was an empty desk so I'm going to take my stuffs there. Hope that you don't mind. See you later." The demon did not reject the idea of the pair sharing a workplace, as the mage had said it did make some sense, and thus Memphis gave a confirming nod to the other man. "Alright Mr. Kurayami, I will meet you there once I am done here. We will talk then," Watching the mage leave another voice caught the demon’s attention, as he turned and saw the younger demon in front of him had actually spoke, and promptly said, "I never joke, Hive."

He had heard what the demon had said before, and perhaps even agreed with him a little. Most demons would likely find the tasks somewhat murderous, but surely that was the fun of it? Memphis shrugged, he wasn’t that interested especially as he had played no hand in yesterdays events. However, the Headmaster could not fail to notice the evident displeasure Hive held for his mage colleague. "He displeases you?" The redhead quietly commented, though found it amusing all the same. He too had once held a slight disliking for mages, but that was a very long time ago and he was quite young at the time. "Well, you are entitled to feel as you wish. I cannot rip that away from you however, if you care to take note, mages are not all that bad. They are like us, demons, only without the hell. Some are good, some are bad, and the rest just don’t care." Standing up the demon stretched his hands into the air before glancing around the area. Another group had finished which only left one, which wasn’t so bad.

"Things should be coming to an end soon so why don’t you go and pester your friends, if you have any. Otherwise sit and wait." The Headmaster said half-amusingly to the two young demons before him, before turning and heading over to Mikari, as he stood near the mage teacher. "Your group likes to keep you in suspense, I see. Well, once they do finish things you can let them go for a break afterwards. I, however, have to go meet Mr. Kurayami in my office – or our office, I guess, now that he’s moving in." With that said the demon turned round and began to head off, giving a very brief wave of his hand as he left the area and entered the classroom - quickly recognizing the two figures there.

"Etelka, Laurence. I think you two should make yourselves busy and go take a break. The redhead left shortly before, and I think you two should get something to eat as well before our next class. Especially you young mage, you look like you need it." He said to the two youths, barley even taking a moment to look at them as the demon kept walking through the room and made his way through the Academy and to his office.

However, as he reached the door the redhead could hear an unfamiliar voice coming from within the room, and when sneaking a quick glance he saw a student with Midora. Memphis recognized the boy from their class, though his name escaped him. The Headmaster concluded it was an issue that was best sorted between a teacher and their student, and the redhead did not wish intrude just yet. Instead, he waited outside and leaned against the wall, though was very intrigued as he slightly overheard their conversation – a part of him interested to see how the mage dealt with such a young demon. Hopefully they hadn’t spotted him earlier, as they Headmaster tried to keep himself as quiet as he could.





Cleo Gardenia





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Cleo listened to what Midora said, and though the man seemed quite pleased with her the feline wasn’t entirely sure how to take his words. The mage was right in that the girl perhaps didn’t look exactly like a fighter – then again she was a house-cat before so fighting wasn’t exactly a normality for the girl, but in her heart now was the beginnings of a true fighter – maybe! Smiling, the girl listened to the rest of his words before the teacher left. Quickly the feline looked to her teammates and gave them an even bigger smile.

”It’s kinda funny, that after all that, we’re actually better friends I think.” She laughed, noting especially how Bugby made an effort with their mage just earlier, which really made the girl truly happy. Just then Ichiro asked about the nurses office and how they out to guide him there, which presumably both demons would be happy to do. But Bugby had said something about meeting them there later, which Cleo just gave a nod too. ”Sure, I can get us there in no time! But you better meet us there Bugby, you need to see a nurse too – got it? Don’t make us have to drag you there.” She teased playfully before turning to Ichiro after the demon-boy had left.

”You look like you took a pretty bad hit, Ichi. But not to worry I’ll make sure to you get to the infirmary as quickly as I can,” The feline assured her mage, before taking one of his hands and holding it securely in one of her own in order to guide him better. After a moment she pulled him along, giggling afterwards, ”We best go now.”

Seemingly set with her priorities the girl lead the boy towards the classroom as expected, but then her attention was momentarily snatched away as she spied Hive again, and just as quickly let go of Ichiro’s hand and quickly dashed over to the familiar demon. ”Hive! Did you see, did you? We won, me and Ichiro! It was really cool.” She purred, resting her hands against his leg as she leaned on it a little and moved her face close to his with her ears flickering back and forth contently. Like some curious kitten that was exploring the world, the girl eyed the other demon carefully, inspecting him almost. ”Are you ok? You were really confused the other day, I didn’t get a chance to see you afterward. I hope you’re feeling better now, and you better be keeping out of trouble.”

Playfully warning her companion the demon then just remembered her mage. ”Oh, I’m just taking Ichiro to the infirmary since he got injured – why don’t you come with us? I haven’t spent any time with you really. Well, the offers there though I better hurry and make sure Ichiro gets to the nurse in time!” Hopping off Hive, the feline gave both her friend and the horned-girl a wave before skipping back over to her mage and resumed taking hold of his hand. Without even saying anything the girl just sprang forward, pulling the injured boy with her carelessly, as the cat tried to get him to the infirmary as quickly as she could.

Due to Cleo’s rushing around the pair reached the infirmary quite quickly, unsurprisingly. As they headed into the infirmary the girl walked straight over to one of the beds and pushed Ichiro onto one, before sitting herself up and onto the edge of the bed. ”The nurse should be here soon so just relax Ichi, and, well, you know – don’t die.” Though speaking so casually the cat was in-fact very concerned with the boys health - since she had gone through this before with her old mage. The old woman who raised her had died of old age, and though slightly different, the girl had experienced losing a mage before and didn’t want to lose Ichiro either.

With a sigh the girl lowered her ears and looked to the boy. ”I’m sorry I wasn’t much help during the exercise, I’m not exactly a fighter – I just run around and bite. Heh, house-cats aren’t really made to be fighters, but I promise I’ll get better and then I can protect you better, Ichi.” Though initially sounding a little down the girl quickly cheered up towards the end of her words, as she then rested her hands on either side of the boy before leaning over and nuzzling under his chin – just like a big cat would do, really. ”And I’m sorry for hissing at you earlier, I just get too protective of you. I don’t want some mage taking you away from us – but I guess I don’t have to worry about that now.”

Leaning away from the boy, the feline returned to her sitting position as the nurse then entered the room. It was Nurse Julie, a rather fun woman who all the students seemed to love. ”Wow, that looks nasty.” She commented, putting her hands to her hips and raising a brow towards the cat. ”You don’t look any better either. Well, looks like I better get to work then!” She softly giggled, before walking over and lightly pushing the blonde boy against the bed. ”You best take it easy, got it?”

Examining his leg more closely, the nurse let out another quiet giggle. ”If I’m going to heal that leg then I need a better look at it to see how bad it is – so you’re going to have to remove your trousers so that I can examine it. Oh, and don't worry about any blood! I can clean that up. But, if you’re real good about it, I may give you a lollipop.” Giving the students some privacy the woman went into the other room, probably to see about some lollipops in the meantime.

Cleo just looked to Ichiro rather casually, and teased, ”Well, on you go. Want me to leave you for a bit, you know, cause some guys are real shy about stuff like that around girls.”

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Character Portrait: Ruzik R. Character Portrait: Kasumi Toshiko Character Portrait: Kou Usagi Character Portrait: Mikari Akigawa Character Portrait: Sarah Rayne Character Portrait: Liliane Auringer

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Just as Liliane was going to ask more about the talisman binding that was done to Muse the headmaster demanded everyone’s attention. He finally told the class of their assessment. They were to either defend or capture a staff from a classmate. Memphis stated that Muse would not be participating and addressed that Lili would be with group four. The girl didn’t know who each group consisted of but she was told it was with Kou and Kasumi. Kasumi was the mage that had to go to the infirmary yesterday. And Kou was the girl with the rabbit ears. Lili didn’t have an opinion of either person but Ruzik was the person in their group that would be defending.

Liliane once believed in fate and destiny. She believed that things happened for a reason. Her beliefs weren’t as strong now as they were then but this occurrence suggested that there had to be some truth. Although, Lili was disappointed that Memphis mentioned a rule that there was to be no killing. The mage would suffice at critically injuring the Incubus.

As soon Memphis finished his instructions students started heading out of the class and Ruzik made his way to Lili. He sat on top of her desk and brought his face close to hers. She didn’t budge. From this distance Lili could and would kill him if he tried anything. But he merely wanted to place a challenge.

”Looks like we’re going against each other mage – so let’s make it interesting. If I win I get to kiss you, and touch you ~” Liliane imagined that the Incubus that killed her mother used a similar approach at threatening her mother. ”And if you win well, that’s entirely up to you whatever you want.” Liliane wasn’t sure Ruzik knew how much of her hate for his kind was. Did he know he was gambling his life? And even if Lili lost, surely he didn’t think she’d just become a plaything for him. If he even, so much as, laid a finger on her in a sexual way he was a dead man. The school’s rules was the only reason he was still alive even at, this point. Ruzik hopped off of Lili’s desk with an expression that she’d be glad to change.

”Whenever you’re ready just come outside.” With that final comment the Incubus made his way out the door after addressing Kasumi. Lili realized she had a death grip on her mask. She didn’t need it during the exercise but it would still take a lot of control not to let her emotions cloud her judgment and take over her training.

After Ruzik left Liliane was left again with Ichiro and Muse. The demon seemed rather down by the fact she wouldn’t be able to participate. She mumbled something before heading out. Lili felt a ping of sympathy. Muse didn’t seem like most of the other demons. She wasn’t prideful or rebellious. That only raised more questions as to why she was in the academy. She said she had no memory so there was no use to jumping at conclusions. Lili stood to follow the others out of the class and she looked at Ichiro.

”Good luck. The demon’s in your group seem to have potential so just make sure there’s no more underestimating.” Lili walked out the door to join her group. Ruzik was getting ready and Kou seemed to be waiting impatiently. Kasumi wasn’t far behind as she walked up to Kou and Liliane.

"So... what is the plan?"

”I think it goes without saying we have an advantage in numbers. To overwhelm him seems the most direct course of action we should take. But first we should discuss our abilities. I think everyone knows what Kou’s are since we saw them in action yesterday. Mine are telekinesis and molecular combustion--I can make things explode with a wave of my hands. Or at the very least deliver a concussive blow.” Liliane waited to see what the others had to say.


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Kasumi grinned. She seemed to be the only one with her powers in the dark. She couldn’t wait to show off her skills on the battlefield. ”My powers consist of Telekinesis as well- of a sort. I have fifteen knives, each with a different curse. Each can prove fatal, but I’ll try not to kill our group mate. I also have the power of Mediumship, and I have already set up an Outpost- the Enenra, Ceara, has agreed to lend her assistance.”

K smiled, somewhat creepily. She was aching to start, but was curious of her team mate’s powers as well. She’d certainly remember this. It may prove useful in the near future.


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”In truth my abilities are much more complicated than what you saw yesterday, but since you seem content with knowing the basis I will leave it at that.” Kou said and leaned against her trident, working with the two of them was going to be much easier than she thought and she was beginning to realize that they might actually prove useful. Telekinesis certainly was an intriguing ability and there were so many varieties of it that Kou doubted the two could the same things.

The rabbit grinned, they had quite the advantage. ”Ruzik has an ability known as heart’s desire, he can basically conjure up anything within reason.” The other two abilities Kou was not going to explain as she didn’t understand them herself. She was aware of what Ruzik could do with them but there was no real way to warn the mages of the manipulation the Incubus could perform.

”As far as a plan goes I think we should use a switch attack pattern but each time we finish the formation we should change the order so he doesn’t know who will attack next. It will also help to stay out of each other’s way and make sure that no one gets hit by anyone else’s attacks.” Kou was convinced that this plan would work for them because one, they all seemed to need space to perform and two they would all get an equal amount of time to beat up the incubus which they all seemed to be thirsting for. Kou’s anxiousness for beating up the demon had to do with their past, not because of the whole picnic ending in disaster thing, but because the two had used to sparr all the time and Kou had a feeling that they would not get the chance to do that here.

She wasn’t sure of Lilane and Kasumi’s reasons, but Liliane had not reacted well to seeing the red headed incubus in class this morning and judging by the teasing Kou had a feeling that Liliane had a bone to pick with Ruzik. Kasumi’s expression was so neutral that it was hard to tell what the mage was thinking and it frustrated the rabbit a bit. Normally people were so easy to read but this human was not an open book, she was a cage chained shut with a padlock with a key that had been thrown into a river. Perhaps she would open up when they get to know her more? Kou could only hope.

”So, any objections?” She asked, cocking a hip. Her left ear flopped over her eyes and Kou quickly pushed it back up with the tip of her weapon, causing little sparks of electricity to fly.

”I’ll just follow the two of you. I have experience with working with others and following their attack pattern. Since it seems like Kou is the one that knows our opponent best then I think we should do what you think is best. Liliane turned to the other mage.

”That is unless Kasumi has a different idea how to go about this.

K shook her head. ”This seems an intriguing strategy. I will forward to this...” She didn’t have much of an opinion, really, but just wanted to get on with the exercise. Hopefully, this strategy would work…

Her teammates seemed to have a bone to pick with the redhead, Ruzik. K was mostly just thirsting for the adrenaline of battle again, and her own little demon babies were growing restless and bloodthirsty. Hush… Our time is coming… And it will be glorious.



Ruzik R.





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Ruzik watched the three girls talk between themselves though he couldn't really make out what exactly they were saying, only that it most assuredly involved bringing pain upon the demon. Grinning at the thought, he preoccupied himself for the next few minutes and went about inspecting the staff, though really he cared little for it - only that he must keep it away from the girls and that was about it. Not a hard task really, in fact Ruzik believed he was above the assessment and there was no doubt in his mind that he would be victorious.

”Come on, let’s go already!” Spitting out the finished lollipop he let the small stick drop to the ground before stepping on it and mashing it into the ground further. Looking to the females then afterwards, he narrowed his eyes a little as the incubus grew impatient. Although, what the demon initially believed to be his eagerness was really something else entirely. The heartbeats of those around him grew louder, gradually - though Ruzik paid close attention to the three girls and their hearts in particular, a dark smirk edging itself across his lips as he flashed his sharky-teeth.

He would get their hearts. His hunger would make sure of that – his best advantage over the three, actually! Although when it came to Kou it was the case of a ‘no-go area’ to the redhead, as Ruzik, for some unexplainable reason, could never harm the rabbit’s heart. It was untouchable, precious. His one weakness. Unfortunately. It almost pained him to think about it, especially as the girl knew it too. But no matter he would work around it, especially as the two mages were far more interesting, in that taking their hearts would be an absolute pleasure! Oh. But he wasn’t allowed to kill them – was he? Pity. What a shame the Headmaster actually believed he’d follow the rules!

”I best brace myself, I suppose.” He told himself, and then confidently brushed off the little worry that he had felt. After all, since they weren’t allowed to kill him, it basically meant he’d win – since they probably had no idea that the incubus felt no pain! Well, it was delayed at most, and for sure he would feel it twice as bad later, but that only meant he’d simply have to get the exercise over with quickly before his senses kicked in – or alternatively, just avoid getting hit.

”Quit gossiping already! Come on, come on, the sooner I beat you lot the quicker I get the goodies!” He snapped before hunching over suddenly, the redhead appeared rather uncomfortable for a split second, before slowly regaining his composure and returning to an upright position. With a huff, he ran his free hand through his red hair and even twirled a long strand around one of his fingers in a bid to relieve some boredom – but it didn’t work. He was restless – desperate to cut to the action!

Whilst he stood the claymore in his hand began to change, the demon seemingly unaware at first, as a dark aura began covering it completely before the weapon started to reform itself into something much different and more deadly. Tilting his head and glancing down at his hand, he noticed the sword was gone and in its place was a scythe. A long, slender and perfectly sculptured weapon of death! Certainly a sexy weapon most befitting for the incubus! Grinning like some giddy child the demon twirled the weapon in his hand before swinging it around and resting it against his shoulder.

With a murderous glint in his eye, Ruzik stepped forward, announcing his readiness to commence the exercise. Looking to the girls he gave a challenging glance, raising a brow as he awaited signs of movement between them. However, once a few minutes more had past the incubus tightened his grip on his scythe, deciding there and then that he would not be forced to wait. Donning a rather serious expression, the demon stepped forward once more, and then again, and again. Until Ruzik found himself quickly progressing towards the females, baring his scythe at his side as the redhead brought the challenge to the girls!

”Fight me already – unless you’re scared! In which case I suggest you all just roll over now.” He taunted, as for sure, he was confident – clearly so much so that he could afford to leave the staff so unprotected as he had. But the demon wasn’t worried, not at all!

K smiled at the demon, summoning her own Demon Knives. Five floated in a blood-coloured haze behind her, five random curses. Blindness, Agony, Amnesia [the severity depended on the wound], Comatose, and Slice. Kasumi would not be intimidated by this redhead; she was ready to beat the crap out of him. Even if this was just an exercise.

”Scared?” she taunted, her knives dancing in anticipation, ”You aren’t exactly all that terrifying...”

K hoped to get him riled up. She wouldn’t normally bait such a strong demon, but if her was unbalanced, he’d be easier to kill- injure. K quickly corrected the mistake, keeping her knives at bay. The were somewhat sentient, enough to be bloodthirsty and relentless, at least. And ready for battle. Ruzik seemed up for the challenge as well, swinging a scythe.

As they awaited the response from their third member Kou’s left ear twitched, as she then turned round and noticed the Incubus drawing nearer them with a scythe in his hand. However, a moment ago he had a claymore, so the demon must’ve changed his mind and opted for something else. Of course, it wasn’t surprising to see the redhead so impatient to begin things, and it seemed he was more than confident enough in winning as he approached them.

”I think our discussion will have to be cut short as here he comes.” She warned the other two, before holding her weapon forward and giving off the impression that she was raring to go. She was determined to win for her teammates, even if it meant beating Ruzik – though the demon was certainly up for the challenge, so it didn’t make the rabbit feel that bad when it came to fighting him. Kou knew what the incubus was like, their history together would lend itself to her advantage with any luck though the same could be said for Ruzik who knew her equally as well.

”Follow my lead.” She whispered to the two mages, though hadn’t even dared to take her eyes off the oncoming demon. Hopefully, if he hadn’t heard her, the girls could overcome the incubus and use his own cockiness against him. The staff was there for the taking, however, even if it look undefended Kou knew Ruzik wasn’t a demon who could be taken down easily – actually the demon quite enjoyed the challenge, and believed in his abilities so much that he was practically giving them an advantage as he came to them. ”I’ll go first and test him, once you see an opening I expect you to know what to do.” She said to Liliane and then Kasumi, figuring that they’d be able work that part out on their own after all. And, if she could keep the demon busy long enough he may not even see the mages coming, a workable tactic that could work, and once changing up their formations, Ruzik wouldn’t be any wiser about who would attack him next.

She’d show that sneaky Incubus! With a cool look of determination the rabbit twirled her trident in her hands before gripping it hard with one, and holding it to her side.”Don’t show him any weakness or cause to take advantage of you, because he will use it. Now, let’s do this.” Despite appearing so, the rabbit didn’t overly trust the two mages. But for the sake of winning this assessment and proving herself, she’d make it work no matter what. Plus, beating Ruzik was an added bonus as the incubus was not exactly use to losing to girls, or anyone really.

With a confirming nod the rabbit dashed off and quickly enclosed the small distance between them and the other demon, and soon enough she met the incubus straight on and both their scythe and trident collided with a loud clatter of noise.

As a few seconds passed neither side would give an inch as the rabbit and redhead stood, but Ruzik would quickly sort that out as he grinned wickedly. With his scythe wedged between the horns of her trident, the incubus then dragged his weapon to the side in one powerful motion and brought hers down with it, before forcing his hand over quickly and nabbing one of her long ears as he dragged the girls head down forcefully – an act which was quite surprising, but the redhead needed to win.

”Oh, so they send the bunny out first? You know I will take you down, rabbit. So stay out of the way you little animal, and then you won’t get hurt.” He warned, seemingly for her own good as the Incubus clearly had forgotten how strong the girl really was. Saying nothing, the rabbit-demon remained silent for a moment, perhaps giving the redhead a chance to rethink his actions, but evidently not.

”Ruzik.” Kou muttered, an unpleasant glare in her eyes as the rabbit tilted her gaze up to the incubus. In a split second she twisted her hand round and spun her trident forward, forcing it up past the other demon as she aimed for his head, or throat. But the sudden action caused the redhead to release his grip and step backwards, only his shoulder getting pierced by the last horn on the end of her trident. Just as quickly a bolt of lightning formed and charged through the weapon and into Ruzik – but the demon appeared otherwise unharmed for the time being, proven by the grin that was fixed to his features.

”Nice try.” Ruzik teased before swinging his scythe round – nearly taking the girls head off, but of course she ducked out of the way before leaping back a few paces – pulling the trident out of Ruzik in the process. In a cocky manner, the redhead ran at her and swung his scythe though only this time aimed it at the ground with a hard enough force, before forcing his weight upwards as he propelled himself over the rabbit-demon and landed to the other side of her.

Swinging the weapon round he tried to catch her side with the blades tip, but once spinning round, Kou met his scythe with her trident and forced the blade over her before releasing it and lunging forward, aiming her trident at the demons chest. Forced back, Ruzik tried to regain his balance as the rabbit leaped forward, the tip of her weapon just scraping past his side as he tumbled back a few paces before steadying himself. With a few cursed words uttered under his breath, the incubus hopped forward and swung his fist round, nabbing the girl in the stomach as he knocked her back suddenly. The rabbit-demon fell to the ground with a rather hard landing, hitting her head especially as the redhead noticed she hadn’t moved since falling.

”Kou?” Ruzik questioned, standing still as he looked to the girl who could have possibly been knocked out. With his attention on the rabbit the incubus paid little focus to the other two girls for the next few minutes.

Kasumi watched as Kou and Ruzik grappled. It was intense, and Kou seemed in a spot of a trouble a few times, but oddly enough, the mage felt no inclination to help. K needed to at least leave the rabbit her pride.

She stalked in, Agony flying ahead to stab right at Ruzik’s unprotected back. It might not hurt him, but at least he’d be distracted for the time being. She felt around for any ghosts, and in one exhalation of power, she revived about a score of ghosts- zombie-like corpses of monsters that students had killed. She set them on Ruzik, enjoying the combat.

She gazed around for the staff, spotting it lying near where Ruzik had waited. He seemed confident in his abilities, so she assumed he’d just left it there, more intent on fighting than winning.

She could feel her pulse as she ran towards the staff, unsure of which power pool was causing it. Hopefully, she wouldn’t have another Crimson Curse breakdown. That had been embarrassing.

The monsters seemed to almost be on their prey, and they’d do a well enough job. They were all quite large, and were very hard to kill- at least, until K’s energy ran out. Then… well, they’d all be quick work for the Incubus.

Her knives had grown bored with K’s run to the staff and shifted to their wispy demonic forms. They reminded K of the Incubus- the same lithe build, sharp teeth, and reddish hair. Even if they did recognize Ruzik, they were too intent on bloodshed to not attack. Another thing they shared- a thirst for blood. Well, Ruzik liked hearts, but… same thing.

She reached her staff, but then the pulse she’d felt grew stronger and she collapsed a few feet away from her prize. She almost screamed in frustration- and agony- but she couldn’t let her team down. Not now, not ever. She might not like them, but she was loyal to the death as soon as they proved themselves. And they had.

Though not painful in the slightest, Ruzik did feel a sharp stabbing to his back which caused the demon to redirect his attention from Kou and onto the little black-haired mage. Reaching behind him, he pulled the knife out from his back and merely tossed it aside with a somewhat amused expression. In the passing seconds the demon erupted into a gut-filled laughter and aimed it towards the girl. ”You actually thought that’d work?! That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen! Haha!”

His amusement was cut short when he witnessed the presence of monsters suddenly, presumably summoned by the mage in question – but Ruzik wouldn’t let that bother him. In truth, he was just enjoying the run-around that he was getting. As it was hardly surprising to know that the Incubus cared little for the assessment – he wasn’t trying to impress anyone let alone the teachers, including Mikari. In fact, when sparing a moment to glance that his beloved teacher, Ruzik could tell how impatient the man seemed just why watching him sit. It added to the demons entertainment, and he cared little for whatever consequence was given to him for his lack of doing his best.

As the horde of monsters approached him the demon simply sighed and bared his scythe. It was a hassle, but he’d deal with them nevertheless. Running at them Ruzik spun the weapon round in his hand, gripping it with both hands as he leaped into the air and in one swift motion brought the blade round and sliced at the first creature that came to him. However, the monsters were very well protected; or rather they showed little discomfort when stricken. But still, Ruzik weaved in and out through the group of beasts and sliced and diced all along their bodies repeatedly, hoping to gain some sort of reaction from them.

When he wasn’t paying attention one monster took advantage and rammed at the demon, knocking him back and shaking his balance, whilst another ran up to strike the redhead from behind. Ruzik felt something impale him in his lower back but was unbothered by this, as he hopped out the way and regained his bearings. Another creature leaped up soon after at the demon but felt the sting of his scythe as he aimed the blade directly down its throat, fatally injuring it he thought, but the beast sprang up and shook the redhead off forcefully. In the next passing seconds the monster charged at the incubus and hit him hard from the front, forcing the boy back some distance, but he quickly got back to his feet.

”Screw it then.” He huffed, clearly knowing that he could beat the monsters if he really tried, but ultimately had decided they weren’t worth his effort. Totally. This whole exercise wasn’t worth his effort, really. When it came down to it there was only ever one thing that the demon wanted – and he’d get it, just now. His whole exterior changed within an instant, the carefree, entertaining demon had morphed into a rather soulless devil, per say.

Noticing the same mage-girl fall some distance away from the staff, Ruzik averted his eyes from the monsters and onto her still body that lay on the ground. It was his chance. He didn’t care how close she was to the staff, only that she was seemingly down for the count from where he stood, and what little effort she put in to forcing herself to nab the staff was pointless. With a wicked smirk on his lips, he flashed his sharky-teeth and walked over to the girl. Of course, the monsters quickly noticed his absence and immediately headed directly for the redhead – but he then got another idea.

With a mere clap of his hands the incubus forced the beasts to drop to the ground suddenly, seemingly instantly. The monsters lay on the ground quite lifeless though really they were sleeping, as the demon put a spell of some sort onto them, or more technically, a status effect that caused such a reaction. Why hadn’t he thought of that before? Ruzik pondered briefly, mentally slapping himself for wasting his energy so foolishly. But, it was only a temporary solution - they’d awake soon if he didn't move fast! A moment later though he focused back onto the mage before him.

”I’m going to kill you now, alright?” An odd way to phrase it, but his intention was still the same as the incubus raised his hands back and held the scythe above him. Grinning giddily, he ran at the girl, paying little attention to the demonic figures surrounding her – even if they did seem oddly like himself, Ruzik knew it was only a coincidence. As he ran the demon seemed in his element as he was about to end the life of the girl-mage, and yet suddenly, for no reason he appeared to halt and dropped to his knees. ”N—Not now.” He muttered to himself, his grip on his scythe loosening before the weapon fell to his side and lay on the ground, all the while the incubus was almost paralyzed on the spot as he seemed to be in a degree of discomfort.

A few seconds later, the demon began to bleed from his wounds that he had taken on earlier. From his shoulder, back and stomach. He felt a sharp pain erupting from within him, gradually making its way up and through the rest of his body. Though not the full extent of the pain, which he knew he’d feel fully soon enough, the demon began to force himself back upright as he slowly got to his feet – grabbing the scythe in the process as he used it to lean against. Ruzik was insistent on doing what he was planning to do regardless, and refused to let his own biological downfall control him! However, he seemingly forgot about the second mage who apparently escaped his attention just then, as his greedy desires focused on the other, fallen mage.

Liliane wanted to step in but when Kasumi summoned her monsters it seemed that they would likely attack anyone in the vicinity. So, Lili merely observed the fight. It seemed Ruzik was being overwhelmed and Kasumi was going for the objective. Suddenly, she seemed to pass out just like she had done during the exercise the previous day. Lili thought that if passing out was to become a habit the small girl would have a hell of a time as a mage in combat and would become a liability.

When the girl fell it seemed like the strength of the smaller demonic beast wavered. Ruzik easily regained the upper hand he had lost on moments before and started to approached Lili’s fallen ally.

He’s going to harm her while she’s already down?

It was now that Lili began to move. She knew the Incubus was no longer in a position to stop her from the objective. She walked to the staff and picked it up. She was about to turn to the instructors to inform them of her team’s victory but, suddenly, something became more important. She remembered Ruzik’s challenge and wanted to make it clear who the victor was. As she approached Ruzik the Incubus seemed to also be suffering from his injuries. Liliane found it odd that his reaction was late but dismissed pondering the answers to ‘why’ for the time being. She stood before him as he barely stood, propped up against his scythe. The once arrogant demon now barely standing. If Lili could she would laugh in his face. Instead, she let her actions speak for her.

The mage knew that Ruzik probably planned to either further injure or maybe even kill Kasumi. Just the thought of it made Liliane’s despise for the demon grow. She kicked the scythe out from under him and immediately was on top of him as he fell. He didn’t have much strength in him and something in her mind told her she would be no better than he. But her body acted first as she raised her fist and smashed it against his face. She continued, each punch becoming easier than the last.

The objective no longer on her mind--replaced with thoughts of her mother. As assaulted the demon she could feel water drop from her eyes. She had only felt this way once before and that was the day she learned of her mother’s fate. Liliane stopped her flurry of punches and placed her hands to the side of his head.

”The world is better off without your kind.” Suddenly, Liliane was grabbed from behind and pulled away.

”That’s enough, Liliane.” It was Ms. Rayne’s voice. Even so Lili struggled against the teachers grip. Her goal was still unfinished. Ruzik was not dead but the teacher was stronger than she looked and her hold never wavered. ”I don’t know what happened between you two but I clearly remember the rule of no killing!” Sarah stated when she pulled Lili back far enough and sat the girl on the benches. It was then that Sarah noticed the tear streaks on Liliane’s cheeks. She let out a breath and looked towards Mikari.

”I can’t do anything more since they are primarily your group for the day so I’ll let you take action and decide what should be done.” Sarah turned back to Lili but the mage seemed extremely lost in thought. The once emotionless face now showed nothing but hurt. Sarah wanted to comfort Liliane but such an action might not be viewed well at the time being by everyone. So she stepped back to let Mikari deal with his students.

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