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Cecil Rothgar

A boy with poor health who loves antique dolls, sweets, and detective novels.

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a character in “The Whimsical Residence for Wayward Children”, as played by cybernekokaito

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{ the patisserie enthusiast with poor health }

Name: Cecil Rothgar
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Species: Human
Personality: Cecil is a bit childish at times, acting slightly spoiled and a tad self-absorbed. He isn't a bad or rude person, he just has an air about him that makes him think he's better than others. He definitely doesn't intend to come off that way, though. He is very smart when it comes to school and solving things, but not so much when it comes to other things. He has a rather flamboyant personality. He also becomes attached to people very easily, so if he develops a liking to you, you'd better prepare yourself. Despite his quirks, he actually has a very warm heart, and is fiercely protective of his friends. He is also extremely flirtatious and will probably flirt with anyone he deems attractive, even if he knows they'll reject or say no to him.
Sexuality: Bisexual
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 138lbs (underweight)
Hair color: Dark brown
Eye color: Green
Other notable features: He wears big, round glasses (not shown on his faceclaim) and has a birth mark under his right eye.
Whimsical or Wayward ability: Ultra-deduction (being able to figure things out just by looking at the situation within seconds); wayward.
Likes: Cats, sweets, pastries, detective novels, his trenchcoat, macarons, antique dolls
Dislikes: Strenuous activity, being outside for too long, pools of water/the ocean
Bio: He ran away from an orphanage that mistreated him constantly because of his personality. His personality clashed a lot with what the orphanage workers wanted (obedience & subservience, mostly). As a result of this, he was mistreated the most out of the other children (especially due to his age being the oldest) and sported injuries most of the time (broken arms, bruises, bandages, etc). He found the Residence one night under the guise of running an 'errand.' Ever since, he respects Cosmo a great deal for taking him in and would do anything for him.
Face: Osamu Dazai (Bungo Stray Dogs)

So begins...

Cecil Rothgar's Story

Caleb had left the main room long before Cosmo had begun his story of magic books and spells. He lay on his bed that he'd been given when he came here a few weeks ago, and stared up at the ceiling. His stuffed Tiger sat in the crook of his arm, and he fiddled gently with the ring he wore on his right ring finger.

He sighed and sat up, turning so he could lean against the wall the bed was against, and so he could get more comfortable. Unable to do so, however, he sighed again, thumping his head against the wall with a thud. He picked up his stuffed Tiger and stuffed it in one of his jacket pockets, walking out of his room and back downstairs to where Cosmo had finished his little speech.

He let out a small scoff at Cecil's response to Cosmo's bringing him up. But whatever, he walked past the room to one of the other sitting rooms and found a comfortable chair to sit in, a book nearby. He tilted his head, and reached for it, curious as to its contents.

((OOC:: Don't forget to tag who is in your post, everyone; it lets the writer(s) know that you've posted about their character!))

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Lisi sat in the main room giving Cosmo every ounce of her attention that she could manage. She had always loved listening to his stories, they were just so interesting! Lisi was sure that no matter how long she lived here, she'd never get tired of them.

When the story was finally over, Cosmo began to speak about the children's powers and how some people may try and take advantage of them. Lisi herself didn't have any powers, but many of the children here did. She could practically feel the worry rolling over the younger ones of the group after the wizards speech was over. However, the mood quickly changed once Cosmo pointed out Cecil.

Lisi couldn't help but giggle at the exchange between Cecil and Lucy, but she could tell that some of the younger kids were still on edge a bit. As one of the older members of the household (Although you'd never guess from the way she looks and acts), Lisi decided to help try and lighten the mood.

"Don't worry you guys! Lisi doesn't have any powers, which means if witches do come after us, they won't care about me. So then I can focus all my energy onto saving you guys!" Finishing the statement with a big smile and a confident twirl, Lisi looked at the children gathered around with determination.

Turning to face Cecil now, Lisi tilted her head curiously before asking him a question that just popped into her head. "By the way, don't you like detective novels? Then don't you think that it would be fun to investigate suspicious people in the woods? You could be like a real detective! Detective Cecil!" She cried out happily while jumping up and down a couple of times.

Willow || Sapphire Wynters

With it being so cold outside, Willow hadn't stepped outside at all so far today. Instead, after snagging something yummy to eat she had turned into her cat form and proceeded to chase down hugs from whoever would give them. Now though, the snow white kitten was curled up in front of the fire, so close that she might as well be in the fire itself. In fact, she sometimes rolled close enough to the flames that she would have singed herself were it not for Sapphire constantly moving her away slightly whenever she was in danger of that.

The blue-haired young man was sat on the floor, leaning against the wall, preferring to leave the comfy chairs for everyone else. His legs were pulled up in front of him, a book resting open against them. He was reading it, though keeping an eye on Willow, one hand resting near the girl-turned-cat, the other turning pages when he needed to.

At the mention of the possibility of people being in the woods, he looked up sharply, memories of his past flooding his mind for a moment before he pushed them back and locked them up once more. "If there are people in the woods we should try to drive them out, right?"

Willow perked up at this, popping into her human form quickly, though thankfully her hair covered parts of her now naked self. "Oooh! Let me at 'em!" With this, she mimed punching the air a few times before a dark blue jacket settled around her shoulders.

Turning her head to the side, she blinked a couple of times at Sapphire's slightly flushed face. "Put something on, Willow."

"Nuh uh! Don't wanna, meow~" With this she scooted away from Sapphire who had now turned his face in the other direction, the blue-haired teen refusing to look at the white-haired cat-girl.

Upon Lisi's mention of Cecil's love of detective novels, he perks up. "You're right! You're so right, Lisi." Just like that, he stands, brushing himself off. "You know, for someone who doesn't have an ability, you have some really good ideas." He grins and unbuttons his vest, tossing it over to Willow to wear. It gently flutters down onto her head. "I think we should do some looking around, and Detective Cecil does have a nice ring to it. Who wants to come with me—other than Willow, who has graciously offered her help."

"Meee! I do!" Lucy shoots onto her feet, hopping up and down and waiting her arms in the air. Her pigtails bounce with every jump. Her excitement is short-lived, though, because Cecil puts a hand on her head, which causes her to stop jumping.

"I can't let you go out there, Lulu. You're still just a kid, y'know?" He ruffles her hair gently to soften the blow of his words. "You might be better off staying here with the younger crowd. I think I'm gonna need someone like..." He turns his head back and points to Sapphire, a charming smile on his face. "Sapphire, the boy with the lovely shade of pink on his face."

Lucy pouts and stomps her feet. "But I wanna go! Just 'cause I'm young doesn't mean I can't do stuff! I have an ability, too! Mine is better than your dumb ability! Anybody can do what you do!" She sticks her tongue out at him. The brunet, who usually would have spit venom back at anyone who said that to him, simply smiles down at her.

"You don't mean that. And you still can't come. Anyone else?" His words aren't meant to hurt. Simply, that's his nature. The reason he won't let her go is good-natured, since he doesn't want her to get hurt... or worse—he wouldn't want to run into the orphanage overseer they ran away from, because God knows he's been looking for them.

Willow || Sapphire Wynters

Willow jumped slightly as something fell onto her head. Reaching up she felt material under her fingers and pouted a little at Cecil who was now without his vest. Clearly everyone wanted her to wear some clothes. Still sulking, she tugged the vest on, buttoning it up as much as she could before settling Sapphire's jacket around her shoulders, wearing it like some sort of cape.

At the mention of her name, Willow perked up, grinning at Cecil slightly as she stood up, stretching a little as she loosened her muscles. Bouncing as she walked, she arrived next to the young man just as he finished telling Lucy 'no'. "Ready for action!" She saluted, though the effect was ruined by the fact that she refused to stop moving around, bouncing in place and watching Cecil's arm as if deciding whether or not it was worth trying to hug him.

Cecil pointing at Sapphire cemented that decision, and as Cecil tried to convince the blue-haired teen to go along with them, Willow latched onto the outstretched arm.

Meanwhile, Sapphire flushed a little more. Partly from his earlier blush being pointed out, partly from the smile that Cecil wore. "I'm not sure I'd be of much use..." Looking down, he stared longingly at his book for a moment before sighing and marking the page he was on. Novel in hand, he dragged himself into a standing position, placing the book on a nearby table before sighing once more. "Very well, I'll come along..." He headed over to the small group that was forming, trying his best to force away any red that lingered on his cheeks.

#, as written by Gatan
Even if Rhys hates being among a lot of people, he loves hearing the older ones talking, so that's why he heard everything from the tale Cosmos spoke. Things that seemed like fiction, but he actually knew they were not. Magical and adventures stories were always his favorite ones.
He even clapped loudly when Cosmos had finished the tale, and his hand directly got to where he laid his pocket videogame. Rhys only has two games to play, and won the second in an internal contest with another child, but he played and played then for years. But the pocket videogame wasn't where it would be supposed to be.
"Where is it... where is it?" He was worrying in murmurings, the thinking speaking louder than he wanted to. The pocket videogame already were his best friend in the worse moments, like when he couldn't sleep, afraid of the storms and the strong thunderbolts.
"Where did I lose it..." he was even starting to cry.

Faye Chalmers

Faye sat quietly towards the back of the room as Cosmo told his story in the main room by the fire. The children gathered there had been listening intently. Faye had leant her head on her hands enjoying the tale. She loved stories of all kinds, she loved to read new tales in the many books that resided in this house. She especially adored the romance novels.
Her heart thumped for a moment as she thought of the stories she had read, all the main characters had a close companion, a lover, a mother, a father even a friend.

She sighed. She was too nervous to make any friends. Her books were her friends.

She brightened as Cosmo directed his attention towards Cecil. Sitting up a little bit Faye looked towards the boy as he sat comfortable with a younger girl on his lap. Lucy.

All this talk of witches made her a little uneasy.

She watched quietly as Cecil began to gather companions to his detective regime, Sapphire and Willow stood to follow. Seeing Sapphire's red cheeks made her smile. She wondered if she turned as red as that when embarrassed. It seemed like fun

Listening to the chatter around her Faye heard a slight tapping in the distance. It sounded almost like a knock at the door? Looking back at the group before her no one else seemed to have noticed it...

Oh no, I'm going to have to talk.

She gulped at the thought.

"Um.." she raised her hand to grab someone's attention. However as her hand lifted into the air it struck a nearby pot that had been sitting on a side cabinet. Before she could react it crashed with a loud shatter causing her to flinch and suddenly freeze her eyes quickly looking towards the floor.

Oh god are they looking at me? she wondered not daring to look up her hand still in the air afraid to move it back.

With another gulp she pulled her arm down and spoke "I - I think there's someone at the door." She said quietly tugging at the sleeves of her jumper embarrassed by her own clumsiness. A small shard had cut her hand as she pulled her jumper over it. She didn't want any more attention. It didn't hurt very much, not compared to... she pushed her memories away not wanting to remember.

Cecil, contrary to the notion the other members expected of him (that is, to throw Willow off of his arm), makes no movement to do so. He smirks slightly, but other than that, there's not much of an indication of a reaction. In truth, he does like Willow a great deal. For one thing, she acts so childish that she reminds him of a child, and he certainly has a sweet spot for those. For another, she turns into a cat, and he absolutely loves those.

Lucy, on the other hand, had ditched Cecil's side at the moment in search of someone better to spend her time with. She comes across Rhys, who she had noticed had almost started crying, and she ducks down slightly to be in his line of sight as he's looking down for his game. "Hey, what's wrong? You look really sad! What's wrong, what's wrong?"

When Sapphire steps over to the two of them, Cecil smiles, uttering some things along the lines of 'that's a good boy!' and 'you'll do just fine' before opening his mouth again to ask again if any others were willing to join him. It's then that Faye makes the comment about someone being there, and he looks toward her. The pot that crashes doesn't faze him in the slightest—rather, as soon as she opened her mouth, he expected something like this to happen. He looks down at the shattered pot briefly before his green-eyed gaze rests back on Faye, as some of the other residents were also doing.

"Someone? At the door? You think it could be a witch?" He shakes his head. "No. Unless a witch were pretending to be a wayward child—which I doubt they'd try to do in the first place—they would've tried to break in through the windows. That one'd be the easiest one to break through." He points towards the kitchen, and since that one seems to be the biggest, he'd be correct. He lowers his arm a bit to set Willow on her feet and he carefully untangles her arms from his. After about a half a minute of looking at the door, he says:

"Must be a wayward kid. And I don't think you talking was just a coincidence, either." The brunet casts a sideways glance at Faye, giving her a smile. "While your voice is lovely, you don't do that much, do you? Talk, I mean." His babbling probably doesn't make much sense, but he's using his ability. Assessing the situation. He tilts his head at the door. "Whimsical, maybe?"

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After listening to Cecil talk about going out to investigate the woods, Lisi began to get excited. She was watched as people volunteered to go, and unconsciously began to bounce with the new found energy that had surged into the room. Even though Lisi didn't have an ability, she was sure that she could be of at least some use out in the forest. Her hand was halfway up in the air, about to volunteer to go with the group, when a crash rang throughout the room.

Slightly startled, Lisi whirled around to see Faye looking sheepishly at the ground. However, it's what the girl said that surprised Lisi the most. Someone was at the door? It had to be a new child! Her assumptions were only further backed up by Cecil's musings. She was suddenly filled with confidence that it was not a witch at the door, but definitely a child. Throwing caution out the window, Lisi ran towards the door with a cry of, "I'll get it!".

Unlocking the main door, Lisi wasted no time in pulling it open to reveal a kid with short brown hair who was slightly taller than herself. A bright smile adorned Lisi's face as she threw her arms to the side in a grand fashion and practically squealed out, "Hello there! Welcome to the Residence for Wayward Children!" Noticing that the child was backed up a bit far from the front door, Lisi rushed over and took hold of their hands, gently pulling them towards the interior of the house. "Don't be nervous! Come inside! It's really cold out here, were you standing there long?"

Suddenly realizing that she hadn't introduced herself yet, Lisi once again smiled brightly at the person and exclaimed, "By the way, my name is Lisi! What's yours?"



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Aya watched as the boy leaned back and crossed his legs in the chair, narrowing her eyes a bit at the slightly pompous jester. She couldn't help but scoff at the boy's reply. Who did he think he was? ...Actually, now that she thought about it, that is probably the exact same thing she would have said if she was in his position.

Her last realization ticking her off a bit, Aya narrowed her eyes further before finally making eye contact with the ravenette. "Really? Using my own question against me? What, couldn't think of anything better?" She replied a bit sarcastically before crossing her arms at looking down at the book that had landed by her feet. "If you must know, I was... reading." She said a bit hesitantly, her statement only slightly a lie. Aya refused to admit to this stranger that she had come in here to get away from all the other people.

She could hear a slight commotion happening in the other room, but shrugged it off, figuring that the others were just getting rowdy. Picking the book up off the floor, she began to put it back in it's spot on the shelf. "Anyways, my name's Aya. How 'bout you?" She mumbled as she finally managed to put the book safely away.

Suddenly realizing what she had said, she quickly spun around to face him and practically shouted, "N-not that I care! It's just... if we're going to be staying in the same place... we should..." Her voice slowly trailed off as she felt her blush creeping up her neck once again. Curses.

#, as written by Gatan
"Where is it... Wheeeere is it?" Rhys just started moving the things on the room to find his precious pocket videogame. He started to cry. "Unless stolen, it should be somewhere, shouldn't it?".
Suddenly, it appears right on his front.

Must be someone praying a prank on him. The rage started to grow on his mind, but he just took it quietly and put the PSP on his right pocket of the jacket. "I'll just go to my bed now and... Wait, why people are going to the door?" He thought, loudly, again. Deciding to see what was so special with the door, he just got among the small group.

In the door, there was a short, brown-haired guy.
"W-w-w-"
He just failed at trying to ask what was going on.

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Character Portrait: Lisi Wales Character Portrait: Cecil Rothgar Character Portrait: Sapphire Wynters Character Portrait: Rhys Bennett Character Portrait: Lucy Lazarro Character Portrait: Faye Charmers
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  1. TL;dr In which Ash is pulled into the aforementioned house and asks irrelevant questions.

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#, as written by Juilii
Ash's eyes widened, and took a step back, but found their hands clasped in hers. They dug their heels into the floor to no avail, they had been caught very off guard. And ended yp stumbling a little.They stared at this Lisi girl. Her hair. Was pink. Then again, looking up and around, others also had rather...interesting hair colors.

They decided to prompt the question. Unless they were caught off guard, they were pretty good at making it seem like the person was talking to themselves.

Sure, they could introduce themselves, but that could wait. She was asking a lot of questions anyway. "Do you want to know if my hair color is natural?"

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Loddy sat on the floor behind the group with her back against the wall. She pulled her knees closer to her chest as the red-haired man continued on with his nightly story telling. Cosmo was what he had introduced himself as the night Loddy had found herself at the doorstep of a suspicious "Home for Wayward Children" in the middle of a forest she swore she'd never explored before, despite the fact that she hadn't even gone far from her home before finding it. It was if the odd house had suddenly appeared before her when she felt she had no where else to go.

Resting her chin on her knees, she began to recall that night as she had a number of times since she'd arrived only a few days ago. Once again, she'd injured one of her classmates at school. They had it coming, anyway. A few students had been taking care of an ant nest at school as a science project. The glass containment the ants were being kept in had fallen and shattered on the floor, allowing the ants in captivity to escape. How did they decide to solve their mistake? Instead of catching the ants and safely moving them to a new home, they decided it would be less of a hassle to just spray the ants with poison and start a new nest. Naturally, Loddy having been on cleaning duty that afternoon when the incident occurred, she defended the helpless bugs by giving the students involved some nasty bruises.

It seemed this was the last straw for her distant relative that she had been living with for the past five months. The lady refused to come to the school when the principal called and when Loddy, having had to walk home in the middle of winter, returned to the house that night the doors were locked and she woman came to the conclusion that a proper punishment would be to force Loddy to sleep in the shed in the back. This was also Loddy's last straw, and after hearing her so-called relative laughing with her hundredth boyfriend over Loddy's pleas to let her inside, she simply took off. The forest near her "home" was where she spent a lot of her time and she practically knew it like the back of her hand, yet somehow she found herself in an unfamiliar area. This is where she discovered the Home for Wayward Children, and with no other options for her to find shelter on a winter night, naturally she agreed to stay there for a while.

As Cosmo's story came to an end, Loddy let out a small sigh and rose to her feet. She really had no interest in searching for witches. She'd only recently discovered that there were other people with abilities like her. It was weird enough that the wayward house seemed to be a lot larger on the inside than what the outside gave off. The idea of witches existing who wanted to take advantage of some children's abilities was a little far-fetched for her. She made her way upstairs as Mr. Wannabe Detective started picking people to go with him outside, not wanting to be any part of it. She needed to make sure the bugs that she was sheltering in her room from the winter cold were still feeling okay, anyway, so she headed down the hallway towards her room.

Faye Chalmers

As Cecil responded Faye lifted her head up from staring at the floor. She had been taught by the maids in her parents Manor that it was always polite to look at the people that conversed with you. She didn't want to be rude.

Lucy had wondered to see what Rhys had been upset about.

As Cecil spoke in regards to the possible guest at the door being a witch Faye pulled a face finding the concept still a little unnerving. She believed in many possibilities in this world and considering that she was a whimsical child it wouldn't surprise her if there were witches.

"Must be a wayward kid. And I don't think you talking was just a coincidence, either." Cecil cast a sideways glance at Faye, giving her a smile.

Faye slid back into her chair a bit caught of guard as he did.

"While your voice is lovely, you don't do that much, do you? Talk, I mean." He babbled before tilting his head at the door. "Whimsical, maybe?"

As he mentioned her not talking very much Faye felt her eyes widen and her cheeks redden further.

Oh great, so people have noticed me, noticed I'm quiet. I've been here for a few months now I shouldn't be surprised. Maybe they think I'm weird? Wait... did he say me talking wasn't a coincidence? A new Whimsical Kid?

"I'll get it!" Lisi's energetic voice scattered throughout the room as she hurried to the door. Faye envied her confidence.

Faye began to twirl a strand of hair around her finger as she tried to stay confident. "I talk... sometimes" she mumbled back to Cecil. "Just when I want to" she said getting up from her chair.

"I just don't want too often" she spoke trying to make conversation. It was strange, she wasn't used to people. what she said was a lie, it's not that she didn't want too, she did, she just didn't know what to say most of the time or have the confidence too. What if she said something rude without knowing?

"I-" She paused "I like my books" she mumbled again bending down to the floor.

She began to pick up the broken shards of the pot she had smashed "Sorry, about the pot, I'll fix it" she looked towards Cosmo guilt in her voice as she lifted up the hand she had cut. It wasn't too large of a cut, it would heal she deducted pulling the grey jumper she wore over her hands to protect them from the sharp edges of the broken pot.

Maybe I could superglue it back together? Oh but what if I break it again...

"You don't have to explain yourself to me, Faye. You know my ability's Ultra-Deduction, right? Anything you'll try to tell me right now, I probably already know." Cecil waves his hand a bit dismissively at her, his gaze resting on the door again. "... Well, looks like Lisi's got a handle on that situation." He looks towards Saphire and Willow, who he pats on the head. "We should get going into the forest if we're gonna scope out the situation. We'll be back shortly, since it shouldn't take too long with my skills." He adjusts the strap on his shoulder and starts towards the door, ducking his head slightly to the kid in the doorway. "Pardon me."

Lucy, who had been blatantly ignoring Cecil, claps her hands together upon seeing that Rhys had found what he was looking for. "Oh, I'm glad you found it! Y'know, Cecil coulda helped you with that really quick... but I'm mad at him." She pouts, then holds out her hand. "I'm Lucy! I don't know your name, but I wanna know it! You look young, like me!" In truth, it isn't all that bizarre that some children don't yet know each other by name. The house is large—the size of a university, possibly larger—on the inside (though not by outward appearance), and the amount of children that live there grows by the minute, it seems.

As Cosmo floats over to the newcomer, he tells Faye not to worry about the pot she broke, that he could just fix it with magic. Tilting his head slightly, he addresses Ash. "You look cold! Like Lisi said, I hope you weren't standing out there too long! I'll make you some tea! And while I do that, I'll have Lisi explain the happenings and inner workings of this estate!" He splays out his fingers, and from his fingertips, the sound of a party horn, and little bits of confetti spring forth. "The boy who just shoved past you is Cecil Rothgar. He is very rough around the edges sometimes, but he has a good heart! The two who are following him are Sapphire Wynters and Willow! The girl speaking to you is Lisi Wales, and she is very happy!" He claps his hands together, looking pleased. From in between the messy bangs that fall in the warlock's face, Ash should be able to see light pink eyes that resemble a cat's. "Lisi, please explain everything! I am leaving it to you, my dear!"

And in a moment, he disappears into thin air. He would reappear in the kitchen, and so begins the making of Ash's tea. The children would hear singing coming from the kitchen.


{ ooc: no worries! :') }

Willow || Sapphire Wynters

Upon reaching Cecil and Willow, Sapphire caught the brunette's comments on how he was a good boy and how he'd do fine. The blue-haired teen rolled his eyes in response before muttering under his breath, "I'm not a dog..." Despite this, he still smiled softly at Cecil.

Just a minute later, Willow found herself dislodged from Cecil's arm. With her feet now back on the floor, she pouted a little before waving to Faye as the other teen started talking to her.

"We should get going into the forest if we're gonna scope out the situation. We'll be back shortly, since it shouldn't take too long with my skills." This was directed at Sapphire and Willow and while the blue-haired teen nodded calmly in agreement, the cat-girl started jumping around excitedly, bouncing after Cecil as he headed to the door.

Sapphire followed slightly behind them, having checked his reflection to make sure there was no red left. Thankfully there wasn't and with a quiet sigh of relief he followed them over to the door. As he passed them, the blue-haired teen ruffled Lisi's hair and nodded politely in greeting to the new kid. Or he thought it was a new kid since he hadn't seen them around before. He heard Cosmo talking to them as he left.

Shortly after getting outside, Willow shrugged Sapphire's jacket from her shoulders and grinned mischievously before throwing the blue garment at Cecil. She quickly undone the buttons on Cecil's vest and threw that at Sapphire before sticking her tongue out at the pair and quickly turning into her cat form and running ahead of the pair, chasing snowflakes.

Upon catching the vest that most definitely wasn't his, Sapphire sighed a little. "Willow..." Sapphire held out Cecil's vest to the other teen, smiling a little. "Here, I think this is yours. So, where do we look first?"

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"You don't need to be a dog to be a good boy, Sapphire." Cecil graciously takes the vest back and slips his arms through the holes. He buttons it together and adjusts the slouchy bow around his neck while he speaks. "Likely, the witches come from over there." He points toward a direction in the forest. "That's not the main entrance—it's kinda like a back entrance, if forests had back entrances. We'll have to find out if these witches have magic books, and if they do..." He looks toward Sapphire, a smile much like the one he wore before on his face. "Well, then we just might have to steal it."

The brunet watches Willow sprint off to chase snowflakes. They should probably keep a good eye on her—who knows what kind of trouble she should get into. He motions for Sapphire to follow. "If the witches see Willow, maybe they'll wanna stop. Witches like cats, right?"
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Meanwhile, back at the manor, Lucy is making friends with Rhys. She hops up and down when she hears his name and age, messy pigtails bouncing gently. "Ooh, that's great! I'm twelve! I'm one year older than you are. Isn't that cool?" She giggles and looks at the PSP, a frown on her face. "You think someone was trying to be mean to you? That's no good. Hey, what's your ability?"


{ ooc: lucy's still inside the manor but i've changed the location to the forest just to keep up with cecil, sapphire, & willow. }

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ImageLisi tilted her head a bit curiously as she stood holding the new child's hands. They had yet to answer any of her questions, and she had started to wonder if they could talk at all. Lisi knew for a fact that when she came to the Residence years ago she had definitely been at least a little more excited than this.

It was at this time when Cecil decided to continue on into the woods in order to investigate. Lisi couldn't help but feel a little disappointed that she couldn't go with him, but her excitement over the new resident outweighed it enough for her to stay. As Sapphire and Willow passed by the two, she felt the older boy's hand gently ruffle her hair. This caused the girl to squeeze her eyes shut as she clutched her head, followed by an excessive amount of giggling.

Once the two had passed, Lisi peeked one eye open to look at the child standing in front of her. She couldn't help but notice that their line of sight was set on her own cotton candy colored hair that she was now trying to smooth down. A sudden thought entered her head. "Ohh~? Are you wondering about my hair? You wanna know if it's all natural, right?" Lisi bobbed her head up and down in understanding before continuing. "Well, I can assure you that my hair is 100% natural! It's never seen a box of hair dye in it's life!" Crossing her arms, Lisi finished her statement with a proud smile upon her face. She wasn't really sure what she was proud about, but it felt like the right thing to do at the time.

Lisi's proud moment disappeared however when Cosmo floated over and told the new child that she would explain how everything worked around here. She couldn't help it when her eyes grew to the size of saucers. She had to explain everything? Wasn't that his job? Lisi didn't even know what room the child was supposed to be in. Plus, Lisi had lived her for four years already and still managed to get lost at times. Slightly overwhelmed, Lisi turned to look at the younger child with a slightly flustered face. "T-that's right! I'll be explaining everything! 'Cause I'm really good at that stuff!"

Swaying slightly from side to side, Lisi worriedly rung her hands in front of her as she began. "The man with the wings that you just saw is Cosmo. He runs this place and takes care of all of us! He's super nice, I'm sure that you'll get along just fine!" Lisi smiled brightly as she said that, now deciding to move on to slightly sadder topic. "This place is a home for children with no where else to go. It houses kids of all ages up to eighteen. You don't have to tell us why or how you got here, but just know that we're all in the same position as you. So if you ever need to talk to somebody, feel free!" Attempting to end that speech on a lighthearted note, Lisi once again gripped one of the stranger's hands.

"Oh! I almost forgot! As you'll soon find out, most of the kids here also contain special abilities. It's ok if you don't have one though, I don't after all!" Lisi said while gesturing to herself. She suddenly became curious, and looking up at the child she asked, "Do you have an ability? Also, if you don't mind, could you give me your name? It'll make it easier to talk to you!" She exclaimed happily as she looked expectantly at the thus far nameless child.



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"Caleb, hm?" Aya mumbled as she nodded appreciatively at the black haired boy. She slowly got lost in her own web of thoughts after this statement. Was this conversation actually going well? She couldn't be sure, but the fact that the boy hadn't left yet must've been a good sign. ...Right?

Aya was snapped out of her thoughts as Caleb began to talk again. Looking up, she was slightly startled to see a slight blush on his cheeks. A quick flash of relief hit her that she wasn't the only one who got embarrassed over stuff like this. She watched with thinly veiled fascination as mist gathered around the boy, leaving a tiger cub in it's wake. She had to admit, it was pretty cool that he could summon any animal he wanted, but she couldn't tell him that!

"Ha! You call that impressive? Watch this!" Aya taunted as she pulled two card out of her pocket, causing two foxes to appear out of the flashing of a white light. She had summoned the fox spirits before, but it had always been a bit difficult, taking quite a bit of concentration. But when Aya had arrived at the Residence a couple days ago, Cosmo had given her the two cards she was currently using. They made it a lot easier to summon the spirits without putting much strain on Aya.

For the first time in a while, Aya smiled. Though, it was more a victorious smile than a friendly one. Carefully putting the two cards away, the foxes quietly disappeared. Flopping down onto the ground in front of Caleb's chair, Aya folded her feet underneath her and slowly looked around the room. "You know... I've actually been trying to think of names to given them." Looking down at her hands, Aya began to play with her fingers. "You like to read, yeah? I'm sure you've read a lot of stories with cool names in them... Think you could maybe help me out?" She wasn't really sure what she was doing, but she didn't want to go outside and face all of those people yet. So, Aya decided that she might as well initiate more conversation between herself and the boy.

Willow || Sapphire Wynters

"You don't need to be a dog to be a good boy, Sapphire."

Sapphire huffed a laugh in response, a smile tugging at his lips. "Well, at least we've established that I'm not a puppy." He turned away as Cecil put his vest back on, gaze tracking Willow for a moment as she darted ahead of them, her fur almost blending in perfectly with the snow.

"Likely, the witches come from over there." Turning his attention back to Cecil, the blue-haired male followed the other teens arm until he saw the area that was being pointed at. "That's not the main entrance—it's kinda like a back entrance, if forests had back entrances. We'll have to find out if these witches have magic books, and if they do..." As Cecil trailed off, Sapphire turned to look back at him, blinking a couple of times and tilting his head to the side slightly as he waited for the brunette to carry on. "Well, then we just might have to steal it."

At this, a slight frown overtook the teen's face. "Right..." He'd been hoping to keep that particular talent of his in the past, though it seemed that this wouldn't be the case. Losing himself in his thoughts, he followed Cecil along the trail the other had picked out, his left hand reaching up to lightly touch the tattoo under his eye.

"If the witches see Willow, maybe they'll wanna stop. Witches like cats, right?" Cecil's voice snapped Sapphire out of his thoughts, and he dropped his hand quickly in the hopes that he hadn't been noticed. Though this was Cecil so those hopes were likely merely dreams. Thus, Sapphire turned his attention to finding the cat once more.

"I think that's a stereotype, but who knows, maybe there will be a cat lover among them..." Sapphire spotted Willow a few metres ahead of them, trying to bury herself in the snow - was she trying to nap out here or something?

Blinking in confusion, he waited until the pair had caught up before scooping the cat up, only to suddenly end up with his arms full of a teenage girl instead. "Lemme go, meow!" The white-haired girl wriggled in his arms until she was set down.

"You'll catch a cold if you do something like that..."

"Don't care! Snow is fun!" Willow pouted at Sapphire, she hated it when he tried to stop her having fun. Though it was something he only did when she was in danger of hurting herself in some way.

He sighed a little in response to her usual childishness, it seemed she had forgotten why they were out there in the first place. "Willow, you remember we're out here to find some witches, right?"

The girl paused for a moment, blinking almost comically before grinning widely. "Yeah! Mhm! Will be fun." With this, she punched the air a few times before latching herself onto Cecil's arm once more. "Let's go!"


((OOC: Sorry, these two wanted to do things and I couldn't stop them... Also, tried to post this and the site logged me out so just had to retype everything from scratch...))

S-S-So cold...

In the woods, a boy staggered on a twig as he headed towards a light in the faraway distance.

He was fifteen years old, but years of malnutrition had taken its toll on his scrawny body, causing the teen to seem younger than he actually was with little body fat to help insulate his body against the cold, and the red flush on his cheeks indicated fever. He was underdressed for the weather, snowflakes landing on a thin tattered jacket and grimy pants a couple of sizes smaller than him. Cold seeped into him like knives every time a snowflake dropped onto him, stabbing him with icicles that sank a little deeper with every move. Shivering uncontrollably, the brown haired teen had stuffed his hands under his armpits in an attempt to stop frostbite, but it was a futile attempt.

He couldn't feel his fingers anymore, was what he was saying. And his toes and come to think of it, everything else.

It was like his body was slowly turning into an icecream cone - he even had a frosty white topping of snow on his head from the hours of walking outside that mixed with his hair and made it look like he had an extreme case of dandruff. The boy could still feel cold, but it was a distant feeling, as if his internal core of heat was slowly starting to freeze over. Hot and cold at the same time. Get a g-g-grip, self. The boy told himself, gritting his teeth to keep it from chattering. He looked dazedly in front of him, squinting to make sense of things in the snow and dark. Jaste Sotelo will not give in to a stupid fever -

He stepped on a branch, slipped and fell to the ground, landing in a pile of snow.

For a moment, Jaz didn't move. That moment stretched out to a minute, which stretched out to ten. Then, gritting his teeth, Jaz weakly shook his head and made to pull himself up. His arms buckled at his first attempt, but he made it to his knees on his second attempt out of pure willpower even if his arms trembled from the effort. Dazed, covered in snow from the snowmound that he couldn't be bothered to brush off, Jaz staggered to his feet like a zombie rising from the grave, shaking so hard it was a surprise that his bones hadn't vibrated apart.

With dazed, fever-glassed eyes, jaz checked the light in front of him, forcing himself to stay up with sheer willpower and thankful that the cold and snow had made the pain in his body die down to a dull ache and covered the (not scary just the wind) whispering sounds he'd been hearing since he'd entered the forest. Sleeping in the snow meant death. Jaz did not want to die. It's... closer than it was before. A lot closer. Or this is a fever dream brought on by the cold, yay.

Hallucination or not, heading to the light was the highest chance for survival. Hunching in on himself to preserve what little body heat he had, Jaz took a step forward -

And let out a hoarse shriek of surprise as his foot landed on nothing but thin air, momentum pushing him over into nothingness.

Anyone with rational thought and the ability to see could have avoided the small incline, since the light snowfall did little to block out the slope, but as Jaz currently had the sight of a halfblinded elderly cyclops thanks to having a high fever - and also because he didn't think to check the ground before taking that step forward - Jaz slipped down the slope and sprawled towards the ground, hands outstretched to stop his fall.

Naturally that was the moment Jaz's arms decided to give out on him. With nothing to stop his momentum, Jaz's head hit the ground with a harsh thud. That normally wouldn't knock him out cold, but since Jaz currently had the temperature of 38.4 degrees Celsius and the strength of a newborn kitten...

I hate the snow. Was the only thing Jaz thought before blacking out.

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"Dennis? Where are you going?"

The blonde boy in question stiffened like a statue at the voice, one hand almost touching the door. Devon and Gabriel had just walked down the stairs for a cup of hot chocolate, and they were just in time to notice Dennis about to open the door that lead to the outside. They leaned against the stairs, Dev raising an eyebrow and Gab smiling brightly at Dennis.

The boy turned around, giving off a slightly sheepish air. He gestured at the door and opened it, revealing the snowy front yard and beyond it, the snowy forest. It was still snowing, frozen flakes landing lightly on the ground and forming mounds of snow. It was a bit hard to see thanks to the darkness, but that just made the place look more picturesque.

"Oh, so you wanted to see the snow?" Devon asked, enlightenment forming on his face. "Or go out to play in the snow," Gabriel added, noting that Dennis had his winter clothes on. Dennis gave a small nod of confirmation, and Dev and Gab both exchanged a look with each other before facing Dennis again.

"Why?" They asked the same time.

Dennis opened his mouth, then closed it. He looked around helplessly, as if unsure how to express what he wanted in words. He twisted his hands together, then brightened up - Gabriel and Devon could literally feel Dennis cheer as the lightbulb went off in his head despite his expression remaining unchanged - and patted himself down quickly, rummaging through his pockets. Shrugging, Gab and Dev settled down against the railing of the stairs and waited.

Dennis brought out his sketchbook and pen from underneath his coat. After some quick scribbling he held it up for the twins to see, the anxiety he was feeling radiating off the blonde boy like smoke.

"Oh, you were looking for Cecil, Willow and Sapphire to see if you could tag along with them while they went out?" Gab said, grinning. "And you thought they went out into the snow already, so you wanted to look for them outside?"

Dennis nodded fervently.

"Hmm." Dev stroke his chin thoughtfully. "I think they're still here... Why do you want to join them, anyway?"

Dennis furrowed his brows as if he were getting his thoughts together, then gestured to the outside with both hands as if he were welcoming a guest star, jazz hands and all. It felt like he was saying 'Isn't it pretty?'

Dev and Gab exchanged a whole conversation of looks that lasted a few seconds. Then they shrugged and turned to face Dennis again, who was starting to feel like he was a bit anxious. "Ok, I guess," They said in unison.

Dennis's aura light up like a happy lightbulb.

Gabriel smiled and added, "Don't get lost!" and Devon added with a teasing grin "Don't get caught by the witches either!"

By the time they walked down the stairs, Dennis had already darted out of the house, door swinging shut behind him with a quiet click. Devon held up a pack of cards, Gabriel grinned at him, and the two walked towards the living room and quietly grabbed seats at the table. Gabriel started to shuffle the cards, and the twins began to play a game of two-person poker.

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Meanwhile, Dennis had found Cecil, Sapphire and Willow. He ran up towards them, coming to a pause in front of Cecil. He gave a wave of hello to Sapphire and Willow before looking up with beseeching eyes at Cecil, a 'can I come with you?' air surrounding him directed in full force towards the older boy.

Sapphire had corrected Cecil's musings, calling them a stereotype, and he shrugs. Stereotype or not, he can't imagine anyone passing up a cute little kitten in front of them. In addition, he seems incredibly unfazed about possibly digging up something unsavory about the other's past. He lowers his voice gently, speaking pointedly at Sapphire. "Don't worry about my ability. Even if I'm able to decipher things about yourself you'd rather keep down, I'd never tell anyone else."

He reaches into his bag and fishes out two macarons—one white speckled with black, and one pink. "Do you want one, Sapphire? The pink ones are peach-flavored, and I save them for cute boys." He laughs gently and holds the cookie out to him, noting Willow latching back onto his arm.

It's then that he notices a rather different figure—a smaller one than all of them. Cecil peers down at Dennis, who had followed them all the way out here. His green eyes widen slightly, an eyebrow lifting. He opens his mouth, likely to tell Dennis to go back to the manor—to keep himself safe, because it's dangerous out here and he could catch a cold. But the eyes the boy gives him...

The wannabe detective sighs and relents. "Alright, you can come. Please be careful, though. If I tell you something's fishy, stay behind me."

Just then, Cecil can make out a noise. Something of a shriek, it seems like, but not too loud. His head jerks in the direction of where he heard it, the sound being muffled quite a bit by the snow, but Cecil's attention to detail won't let him miss even the quietest of screams. He looks back to Sapphire, Willow, and Dennis, and asks: "Did any of you hear that? We should probably go check that out. It's too early to tell even for me, but someone might be in trouble."

He'll be disappointed if the person need isn't being hunted by a witch, or if they aren't a cute boy, but he supposes he'll help anyways.
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Lucy nods excitedly, glad Rhys seems enthralled in her magic. "You can touch 'em! Just be careful, though. If you touch 'em too hard, one could disappear!" She tucks the notebook back into her backpack and grins. "Waywards could be super heroes, too! Kinda like Batman. He doesn't have a superpower. You're like Batman!"

Dennis's disappearance into the forest hasn't gone unnoticed. For sure, she starts growing jealous. She should've thought about escaping, too...
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Somewhere in the forest, a bush shakes with the urgency that only a person could make...