Weather Girls

The Chrysanthemum

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a part of Weather Girls, by The_Queen.

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Elise von Hresvelg [390] "Hide away from the light, the rain is the only refuge."
Winter Matsuri [390] As gentle as the falling snow.

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❝I wonder if he will realize I loved him before the end.❞

【ɗιαƖσgΟ…Ρ” cσƖσя:#0C94CC β™™ тнσυgΠ½Ρ‚ cσƖσя #CC0C2E】

|| Azalea|| Nano.ripe ||







While she needed to continue working, she was willing to set it aside to greet her two visitors. Ezra was out on a mission at the moment, but she was glad to see Winter was getting about to the best of her ability. She did not regret paying the price, so Elise would not feel guilty for Winter losing her leg. Regret would be ingracious - so she would be thankful instead. "I believe I can fight." If she could get a hydraulic battery wheelchair, she would still be able to move herself around, though the technology for portable hydraulic batteries was still tenuous at best, with some time she had a feeling she would be able to make something. "I am glad you are doing well." She said to Winter and nodded to Mercedes.

The black eagle was rarely ever hungry, but she knew how important it was to have sustenance. "I will rest for now, but there is still more work to be done afterwards." She glanced over at Winter, asking if she wanted to be left alone to rest. "Mercedes, could you go retrieve me a little bit of food? I would be grateful." Mercedes nodded, smiling. "Sure, I'll be right on it!" How was Serenity's affair with Mercedes? Had she told her friend her feelings yet? Hopefully they would worry about that after the fighting was over, right now was not the time to be distracted with other thoughts. The war was almost over - all they needed to do now was cross the finish line and assume their victory. "You may stay if you wish. Sit, it is more comfortable than standing."

After Winter retrieved a drink and settled herself back on the bed Elise waited a moment before gesturing to her gently. "Did you have something to say? I had a feeling you wished to speak to me privately." Winter was akin to a sister to her, even if they had a rocky beginning to their bond. "Oh, would you mind handing me a little water as well?" Usually Elise could not drink tap water though, but she could not help the dry feeling in her mouth. Tap water upset her stomach, so she shook her head. "Or perhaps I will wait for Mercedes to bring me bottled water." A consequence of having a refined diet meant there were some foods her stomach was not used to digesting.

"Claude will certainly be here once he is finished with his task." Claude worked with the sewing team, and right now they were tasked with an important job. "I am sure he was assigned to creating the anti-polonium patches so the Doctor cannot poison anyone else like he did me." Preferably no one else would suffer the side effects, that was why she was so keen on making prototype patches to counteract the effects of the rounds. Claude was clever, he knew the important affair right now was to do his job before coming over.

There was a lot to consider going forward. With so many dead and missing, the Chrysanthemum had a lot of rebuilding to do. "Winter... perhaps it is too early to be discussing this, but after the war, the people of this city will have a lot of problems. Food will be one of the major concerns." She smiled a little, raising her eyes. "While Claude is the new head of the Hresvelg family, I am sure I have the authority to move funds around. I can help you reclaim your inheritance, and supply you with workers and tools to manage the Happy Smiles Produce." Would Winter be able to sit in a CEO's chair? "Will you help provide the city with the food we need to survive? If that is too much, I can manage it in your name." Elise after all had training in business and management, and as a prodigy, she would definitely be able to handle the job.

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❝I put my arms around myself and I'm unbreakable.❞

【ɗιαƖσgΟ…Ρ” cσƖσя:#BDA0CB β™™ тнσυgΠ½Ρ‚ cσƖσя #F7B3DA】
|| Dear Winter || AJR ||




Winter got Elise a cup of water anyway, just in case and set down on the edge of the bed. She listened to Elise speak, about wanting to restart the farm that Winter's Grandparents had sold. Winter was hesitant, but Elise offered to take it over for her. "I couldn't have you do that, you have enough on your own hands." Elise and Claude would be running the Von Hresvelg household now that their parents had been killed. "I would be willing," Winter replied, picking at her stockings. She had real clothes again, not just sweat pants and tank tops from the reserve rooms. Oliver made sure that all of them were dressed presentably, considering they were vassals and all. He wanted them to look the part, of course.

"I was thinking, actually." She smoothed down invisble wrinkles in her dress, fully prepared for the backlash. "Since I have a clue who my Father is, I want to follow it." She looked up at Elise, clear pain in her eyes. "I never knew my Father and my Mother died a few days after I was born." She was opening up, something Winter almost never did. "So if there's a chance that I could find my Dad, to have some closure and find out why he left me... then I would like to take it." There was a small problem, of course. "When I was reviving you," Winter began. "The spirits told me I was the child of Zeus." How could she put this lightly? It was definitely not going to make sense. "If I am, that means Zeus, the Heir, is my Father."

Which would make Winter... well, she wasn't even sure. "To find my Dad, I have to go to the spirit world." She would have to return to the Boundary. They weren't going to be happy with it, Winter was sure. "It's something I need to do," her hands clutched the fabric of her dress. She wanted closure, she wanted to know who her Dad was. "I know you probably aren't happy with this decision." Winter was sure that Elise would demand that she remain here. She hadn't told the others yet either, "You're the first person I've confided in." Evne if she was becoming friendly with the others, WInter had yet to truly tell them anything about her. As much as they pushed, Winter just wasn't comfortable telling them much about her yet.

Elise and Claude on the other hand, Winter felt she could speak to normally. From the very first moment with Claude, Winter had felt comforatable with him. He had made her feel at home, or maybe that was Cynthia. There was a pang in her chest. "Has anyone told you yet?" Winter asked, suddenly realizing that Elise might not know. "About your parents, I mean?" Had Claude told her? Or Mercedes? Winter had told Claude of course, breaking the news to him. She hadn't cried, she didn't feel she was allowed to mourn them. Winter wasn't their child, not really, they had merely adopted her on a whim and even that had been short-lived.

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❝With pride and elegance, we achieve our dreams for the future.❞

【ɗιαƖσgΟ…Ρ” cσƖσя:#0C94CC β™™ тнσυgΠ½Ρ‚ cσƖσя #CC0C2E】

|| Azalea|| Nano.ripe ||







Elise nodded, glad that Winter agreed to her preposition. They would need someone to help provide sustenance for the city and the Happy Smiles Produce was one of the few reputable places to receive high quality goods for eating. They were ethical and humane with their food and livestock, so they would be popular among the people. Elise glanced at the white cuff sleeve of her otherwise black blouse, as if making sure the black wings were still emblazened on all of her clothing. A part of it was for status, another was for remembrance. "Then I will make the arrangements once the fighting is over." As one of the few nobles still alive, Elise knew that her word would hold a lot of sway. Even moreso considering she was a Vassal. She would return Winter's money and inheritance to her and help give her what she needs to start the farm again.

Winter was considering looking for her family. Specifically, her father. "Vincent always did look oddly at you." Elise said, recalling the few nights they had together in the Hresvelg Estate. "Perhaps he was thinking of his son who left town?" Vincent's son resigned, refusing to be a servant all his life, and ran away, never to be seen again. But Zeus was not his son, so there was definitely a mystery to be considered here. "You will have Yuuki with you, so I am certain you will be fine. I give you my blessings." She said with a little smile, knowing that this search would help Winter for the future. "If I can find an opening in my schedule once we are at peace, perhaps I could offer you my company?" It was simply an offer, if Winter refused because of how personal this journey was, the black eagle would understand.

She nodded solemnly, recalling how she was told. "Ame informed me when I was being given the treatment." She explained, her ruby eyes steady and firm. "I was an awful daughter in the end, so I do not have the time or right to grieve." She was never able to repay Jeralt or Cynthia for all of the kindness they showered on her when welcoming her to the family. "...Mourning can come once the city is safe." There was a more important matter going on right now, naturally. She sipped the water, feeling nauseous, but thanked Winter for it anyways.

Elise looked away, feeling a little embarrassed. "As much as I should take a nap before the battle, my anxiety about meeting the Doctor again is making it difficult." As if to punctuate her statement, the room began to shake, the giant monster continuing it's slow dig towards the Underground City. Elise unstrapped her holo and found a few stories, handing them to Winter. "Would you mind reading me a story? My mother used to do this for me when I was insomnia as a child... so perhaps it may help?" For the upcoming battle, she needed to be at her best, and being exhausted would only be counterproductive.

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❝I put my arms around myself and I'm unbreakable.❞

【ɗιαƖσgΟ…Ρ” cσƖσя:#BDA0CB β™™ тнσυgΠ½Ρ‚ cσƖσя #F7B3DA】
|| Dear Winter || AJR ||




"I would like you to come," Winter started, "But I'm worried about Claude." He needed Elise, especially now, especially once the war ended. "Claude will be lost without you, he's already lost everyone else." But he still had Elise and Winter. If Winter went away though, who would be there for him? Who would help him run the Hresvelg manor? "If Claude gives the seal of approval, then maybe." Otherwise, Winter would go alone. She had already spoken with Yuuki and Zoku about it, they would act as her guides in the spirit world. They weren't too pleased with her decision, but they respected it. Humans did not often request to go to the spirit world, apparently, and Winter could understand that. It was a strange place and she hoped that she would not have to spend too much time there before finding her Father.

"Sure, I'll read you a story." Winter nodded, picking up the holo. "I'm sure you've probably heard this one before though," Winter flipped through the pages of the holo book to find the one her Grandmother always used to tell her. "You might not realize this, but there are dragons in the sky." Winter started, she hadn't heard this story since her Grandmother had died. "The dragons control the weather. When they get mad, the sun roils and bubbles. When they are sad, fat droplets leak from their eyes and rain towards the ground. When they are happy, the skies are clear and the wind is strong, and when they are sleeping, the sky gets dark and the stars come out." Winter read until Eilse had fallen asleep. Mercedes returned with food and bottled water, placing it beside the bed, within reach for when Elise showed up.

"I'm glad she's resting," Mercedes whispered. "I am too," Winter rose, reaching for her cane. It slipped from her grasp, Mercedes catching her as her knee buckled. "Careful there," she warned, helping Winter up and handing her, her cane. "Thanks," the two of them walked out. Claude was outside of the room, how long had he been there? "How is she?" He asked, worry etched into his features. "She's good, sleeping." He breathed a sigh of relief, "I came because they said she was awake, but I guess I missed her." Winter nodded, "She should be up soon though, don't worry." He fiddled with the measuring tape in his hands, it was clear he had come here from the workshop.

"Winter?" Her holo began to go off, it was Serenity. "Yeah?" The hologram popped up, Serenity smiling. "Oh good, Mercy, I was hoping you were there too. Meet me at the Atrium," they nodded. "I should go back to work-" Claude started. "I'll see you at dinner," Winter waved to him, watching him go. Carter and Ezra were still on their mission. "Let's go see what Siri needs," Mercedes said, starting in the direction of the atrium. Winter followed her, hobbling along, trying to get used to her new leg. It was like wearing a retainer, she thought. You just had to get used to the discomfort, Winter thought.

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❝With pride and elegance, we achieve our dreams for the future.❞

【ɗιαƖσgΟ…Ρ” cσƖσя:#0C94CC β™™ тнσυgΠ½Ρ‚ cσƖσя #CC0C2E】

|| Azalea|| Nano.ripe ||







At some point Elise must have fallen asleep but she did not feel as if she did when her eyes opened again. There was activity throughout the base, Slithers running here and there outside her room in some sort of frenzy. Why was everyone so excited? Elise reached for her holo, attaching it back to her wrist to show her the time. "Four hours left..." She nibbled at the food waiting for her after removing the plastic wrapping, finding it to be cold and sad but it was still nourishment one way or another. The doors flung open, Claude was there, his eyes wide. "Good, you're up!" He gave her a quick hug before transferring her to the wheelchair. "Oliver's yelling at everyone, there's no time left. Are you good to go?" Elise frowned, wondering how she looked. "Was I cleaned?" She asked, rubbing at her head. "Yes, I sponge bathed you two hours ago." Claude said with a smile.

Elise and Claude were going to have to talk about their family affairs at some point, but right now she had to get ready. "I'm taking you to Oliver, it was only thanks to Winter and Ezra you were allowed to sleep this long!" She nearly slept the whole day away, this really was cutting it too close. "Are the patches ready?" Claude nodded, grinning. "The polonium rounds won't poison anyone else now that we have these. Take care, okay?" They were right outside the meeting room where the Vassals were sitting, waiting for their grand strategist to make her proclamation. She was still caking on the last touches of her makeup as Claude knocked, Carter opening the door to let them into the room. The impatience on Oliver's face was probably the best part of waking up so far.

"Now that we're all finally here..." He tapped his foot, his arms crossed so tight they may never untangle again. "We need to do something about the giant dragon digging it's way to us." The rumbling was constant now, it was a miracle the place was still holding together. There was a screen in the middle of the room, monitoring the dragon's progress. "Carter managed to place a tracker on it, so we can see it's movements." Serenity explained, smiling at her in greeting. Claude disappeared, probably to help with last minute adjustments with clothing, so Ezra took the handles, wheeling Elise next to him, with Winter on his other side. "We still don't have a plan. None of us can come up with a strategy to defeat this thing. I was told that you were thinking of something...?" Oliver glared at her expectantly, his dark hair looking like a mop of stress atop his head.

The black eagle smiled calmly, nodding as her ruby eyes gleamed in the dimly lit room. "We do not have to worry about killing it. The monster is not our problem." She recalled what the monsters were doing back in the Boundary. Now her head was clear enough to come up with a conclusion. "The monster can sense us because we are Vassals, and it is using us as a signal to dig towards. All we must do is move through the tunnels under the city towards the Chrysanthemum." She changed the screen on the middle holo to one of the city, and zoomed in on the north side of the city.

"Carter, Ezra, you two must take us beneath here." She flagged a very specific building for them to wait underneath. "This is the main barracks where the Doctor's military is. The dragon will burst from underground and draw the President and the Doctor's attention. That is when we can sneak into the Governing Hall and assassinate both the Doctor and the President with the army distracted." She smiled like a python ready to strike. "I knew you'd come up with something! That's my girl!" Ezra clapped her on the hand. It seemed he was no longer worried, he was dedicated to ending the war today before dawn breaks.

With a blush still faint on her cheeks and Oliver nodding in agreement, she continued her presentation. "Today we regain control of the city. After the President is dead, we can consider replacements to act as a governing body for the Chrysanthemum, and we will have to organize the troops to clean out the monster infestation in the city." All of that would come after though, right now they had a job to do. "Then we head out right now, there's no time to waste! The final operation begins!" Oliver was already heading towards the door, his signature scowl still glued to his face.

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❝I put my arms around myself and I'm unbreakable.❞

【ɗιαƖσgΟ…Ρ” cσƖσя:#BDA0CB β™™ тнσυgΠ½Ρ‚ cσƖσя #F7B3DA】
|| Dear Winter || AJR ||




"How does that feel?" Carter asked, arms crossed, waiting outside of the changing room. "It feels fine I guess," Winter replied, holding her armored cane. They were all suited up in their new battle suits, the toxic air outside a risk to their lungs. Winter had two oxygen tanks, in case she tried to be wreckless, they couldn't risk her lungs. If things went as schedule today, she would have the Doctor's head off of his shoulders before midnight. The thought of the war ending, of killing all the monsters and restoring order to the Chrysanthemum was exciting. "Winter, your card." Yuuki said nevrously, "We need to talk about it." She stopped walking, Carter looking back at her. "Go on ahead," she waved him away. He nodded, seeming to understand the situation and left. "What about it? What happened?" Yuuki hadn't said anything about her card in a while.

"Well, as you know, it's been changing a lot. It keeps switching back and forth, I don't want you taking any unecessary risks today. Alright?" She nodded, "I know. The others, they need me. I can't do something stupid and die." She leaned on her cane, glad everyone would be at this fight today. "We'll be stronger with all of the other Vassals there, so don't discount them." He reminded her, she nodded. "I know, I'm mstill just working support though." Winter reminded him, unless things had changed. She started walking, "I can't be later to the meeting, Oliver will get pissed." The others were already there, except Elise, who was on her way. There were snacks on the table, cookies and cakes catered by Oliver's personal chef, since he couldn't be bothered to eat peasant food from the kitchen.

Winter reached for a cookie, her stomach growling. There was some arguing for a few minutes before Elise finally arrived, Claude parking Elise beside Winter. "Welcome to the round table," she handed Elise a cookie. Elise had a plan, of course, she always had a plan. With that settled, the final operation would begin. "Are you sure you're ready?" Elise was quite strong, but they needed all of them in order to beat the Chrysanthemum. After all, they were still just children. They were children fighting a war for the adults. It was sickening, to be honest. They were all going to come out of this with some kind of trauma. Winter was certain that once a new government was built, they were all going to be mandated for some sort of mental health counseling.

She rose from the table, grasping her cane. "Let's get this over with," Ezra took the handles of Elise's wheelchair. They were on their way to the tunnel, at last one group. The ground beneath them still rumbled, the giant monster that was tunneling under them no doubt sensing the cluster of power. Carter led them to the entrance, no longer Weather Girls and Boys, but just Weather Kids, Winter supposed. "You're awfully quiet," Carter noted. "Just thoughtful," Winter replied. "It's nice to see everyone together, finally." Winter admitted, shrugging her shoulders.

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【ɗιαƖσgΟ…Ρ” cσƖσя:#0C94CC β™™ тнσυgΠ½Ρ‚ cσƖσя #CC0C2E】

|| Azalea|| Nano.ripe ||







"Be careful Siri, you're still not fully healed yet!" Mercedes grabbed her by the arm as she was about to slip on a ledge in the dark tunnels. Carter was leading the pack, a hand on the walls of the tunnel at all times to keep track of the monster. The rumbling was constant, and it was only thanks to Ezra that the cavern was not collapsing over their heads this very moment. "I-I'm okay! I'm doing better now!" Serenity had her arm up, a gentle glowing light emanating from an orb formed around her fist. She was walking near in step with Carter by the front, providing light for everyone else in the darkness under the city. She still had a limp, was it from when Ezra smashed her legs with stones after she protected Mercedes when she was trying to bring Elise's body in?

"Stay frosty, everyone. You never know what might happen." Oliver said, still acting as their leader while Elise kept an eye on her holo at all times to make sure they would know once they reached the destination. "Thank you for not making a fuss this time." Elise said to Ezra to pass the time. "Last time you were a little overprotective." Ezra frowned, rolling an eye. "The way I see it, the sooner this fight ends, the sooner I won't have to worry about keeping you and Winter safe." He still wore his wolfish grin but it was a little subdued now. The claws and fangs he once had behind his eyes were a bit dulled compared to how they once were. He was almost like a tamed wolf now, and Elise had become a little more unruly. "You do know she and I are stronger than you?" Ezra ran a hand through his hair in frustration. "Even so, you're both tiny! I'm big and strong, so it's only natural to be protective!"

"I'm a little big too." Carter mumbled from the front, though a bit stringier and lankier than Ezra, whose body was the most muscled of everyone here. "You're like a shrimp compared to me, kid." For as lanky as Carter was, Mercedes, oddly tall for a woman, was barely an inch above him. "So who's your favorite, Oliver?" Mercedes asked, a mocking snicker behind her words. "Of the girls, I mean, and I don't count!" Their mean spirited leader frowned distinctly at the question. This was all idle conversation to help them ignore the rumbling only getting closer and closer. A monster the size of an island? Hopefully the soldiers would put up a little bit of a fight to weaken it and not be entirely useless. "Win- I mean, ahem." Oliver coughed, clearing his throat. "Serenity is the most well-behaved, so she's the most agreeable."

Serenity shook her head, hiding a giggle. "You don't have to say that just to be nice, I know Winter's more of a catch than me. She's so small and cute." Serenity was average - not adorable like Winter, not tall and cool like Mercedes, and not elegant like Elise. Her biggest assets were the two on her chest, and that was the most she had to offer, if you wanted to ask what she thought. "Winter deserves better than someone who beat her up." Carter sneered, still taking the lead. "Not only did you beat her up, you also voted to desecrate her corpse." Oliver replied back with the viciousness of a knife. "In fact-"

Suddenly it was like an explosion. "We were moving too slowly." Elise chastised them all for talking too much as the walls crunpled around them. "It is right behind us." She glanced at her holo as they all began running, Ezra's grip tightening on the handles of her wheelchair. "Where are we? Are we at the barracks yet?" Ezra shouted, sweat on his brow. "Not yet... but this will have to do. Carter, create an opening to the surface, we will be buried alive if we remain here." Carter nodded, moving his arm to sweep aside the Earth over their heads when a deafening roar echoed in the tunnels. The ground below Elise and Ezra erupted as a claw burst out, so large it was the size of two trucks. Ezra grabbed Elise, pulling her back, Carter grabbing for Winter and yanking her to the side.

On one side of the claw, Oliver was panting, holding a bruised arm, Carter was still clinging to Winter's shoulder, and Ezra and Elise were staring between the gaps at Mercedes grasping at a panicked Serenity's hand. "You guys go, we'll try to hide and wait for it to pass then follow you guys up!" Mercedes shouted, pinching Serenity to try to snap her out of her fear. "Stay safe and stay alive." Oliver commanded. Carter gulped, finishing the opening as the dragon continued to burrow towards them, Ezra desperately trying to hold it back. The moon's light filled the tunnel as Carter created the opening. "It's open! We're right below Shining Street!" They were a block away from the barracks, would they be able to lead the monster there fast enough? "Then we should get moving." Ezra created a platform of stones to lift them up to the surface at once.

It was a beautiful night. The sun was barely peaking over the horizon. It would be daybreak soon, and the sky would blaze as the sun rose to greet it.

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❝I put my arms around myself and I'm unbreakable.❞

【ɗιαƖσgΟ…Ρ” cσƖσя:#BDA0CB β™™ тнσυgΠ½Ρ‚ cσƖσя #F7B3DA】
|| Dear Winter || AJR ||




The crash barely missed her. Almost instinctively, Winter put up a ball of ice around her, Carter grabbing her and adding a sand shield. When the vibrating stopped and the floor was no longer shaking, Winter opened her eyes, Carter hugging his body around her as though he could protect her from a giant monster. They were separated from the group, the tunnel having collapsed in the center. "Shit," they were so close too. "We have to keep going," Mercedes and Serenity agreed. They would go on without them, maybe Serenity and Mercedes could meet them there on the surface? That would require them to head back alone, through the underground. Hopefully they could make it. Still, it was a relief that none of them were dead.

Hopefully, after today, they would all still be alive. Winter's hands balled into fists, onward they went. This was it, the big fight. "It's just above us," Oliver confirmed. "We need to attract it here," they would have to wait, it could take hours. The sun was going to begin to rise soon. "If we all channel our elements, maybe it'll come faster?" Hopefully it had followed them and no tMercedes and Serenity. "That might work?" Carter nodded, seeming too eager to agree. He was walking closely to Winter, too close for comfort, in case he would have to "protect" her again. "Alright, Elise, what do you think?" Oliver wanted to know, since she was their strategist. They had their patches ready, just in case they would need them during the fight.

"On the count of three," Winter started, once they had Elise's approval. "One, two, three," she created a flurry with her snow, hoping that would be enough. She could sense the metal in the geound as well, but did not want to try and bring any metal up. "We should probably move to higher ground," Winter noted. "In case it comes up," they would need to move away from here as well, once the monster arrived so that they did not go down with the sink hole it would create. Winter wanted to eliminate this monster as soon as possible, considering it could swallow them all hole. The more humans it ate, the more powerful it would become. That could be troublesome later on, when they at last faced it themselves, but they could save that for later.

The ground began to rumble once more. "Shit, it's here." Ezra grabbed the handles to Elise's wheelchair, Carter shifting sand beneath them to bring them to higher ground. They watched from the sky, as the sun rose and the beast broke the surface, slapping itself against the city, hitting the Chrysanthemum Government Building. It was like pouring water on an ant hill, watching the building erupt into action. Winter had little satisfaction, but she knew her time would come. Soon, she would crush the windpipe of the man who made her life hell with her own two hands. Soon, she would dismantle the same government that had made her think she was the thing that was wrong and not society.

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|| Azalea|| Nano.ripe ||







Winter gave the signal and Elise nodded, all of their powers activating at once. There was a sudden and vicious roar all around them, and loud sounds of something huge burrowing closer. It nearly killed them, it was going to make another pass now. "It's coming closer, I can feel it!" Carter yelped, glancing back to check on Mercedes and Serenity but they were too far away now to see. Hopefully they would be able to meet up with them once the coast was clear. "Winter is right, we should be moving." They needed to get to the surface and bring the dragon monster up following their scents. Carter finished the opening tunnel, the sky visible in clear view. "Then let's go!" Ezra flew them up using rock platforms and they rose to the sky, the dragon bursting up from behind.

"Right there, take us there." Elise pointed with her finger, the barracks where the soldiers were was right on the way. "We must make the soldiers busy dealing with the dragon monster." Ezra flew them towards the goal. The beast surged, moving with such momentum it went right past the barracks towards the Government Building. Soldiers swarmed out, their guns blazing as the two forces began battle. "What's the plan now, Elise?" Oliver asked, looking at her. "We could go back to look for Mercedes and Serenity to make sure that they're safe." Elise shook her head, the black eagle resolute in her decision. "They will be fine. We must take advantage of the chaos now and infiltrate the Government Building." Right now they were safe, but that would not last forever. "According to Mercedes's information, the Government Building has anti-air cannons set to shoot anyone approaching from the sky." Oliver read his notes, collating the information Mercedes offered in return for letting her rejoin the team.

Automated cannons to shoot unidentified flying objects. That would certainly put a hamper into affairs. "Let us fly closer so we can see the range on those cannons." Ezra nodded, directing the rocks towards the building. Right on the rooftop they could see the cannons. How far could they shoot? How powerful would they be? Elise did not know, but there was only one way to find out. The roar of the dragon was deafening, Elise could almost see the shockwaves but they needed to be focused. "Move us closer, we need to see what the safe range is." Oliver ordered, so Ezra did so, inching them ever closer to the cannon's range. Even as they approached, they did not fire.

"Get ready to dodge. Winter, have the ice shield ready to deploy at any moment." Suddenly an energy blast shot from the corner cannon, barely grazing the rock as Ezra jerked it to the side in reflex. Another one shot out, singing the top of Oliver's hair. "It has a range of eighty feet!" Carter declared, eyeballing the distance. "Winter, can you attack at long range-" As she made the order, the cannon stopped firing. More than that, a window opened, as if inviting them. "...Take us to the window, but be ready for a trap."

As they floated into the building through the window to the cannon control room, they were greeted with two unconscious guards and a timid Timothy Green with a tazer in his hands. "I - I saw you guys coming, so I wanted to help!" The pianist looked afraid, as if he could not believe he was doing this. "But they killed everyone! I had to do something!" Elise gave him a smile of approval. "You did well. Hide and stay safe." They did not have Mercedes, so they did not have their walking map. "Do you know where the Doctor's room is?" Oliver asked, looking at the surprise ally.

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Timothy opened mup the door for them, a friend on the inside, or perhaps an insidious betrayel to come. Winter wasn't going to overthink this, they needed the assistance, after all, having lost Mercedes. "We should split up," Carter suggested. "No, we should stay together." Winter glanced at Elise, "Splitting up is exactly what they would want us to do. Get us separate so they can take down each of us one by one. We're stronger together." Therefore, they needed to stay together. "Everyone, make sure your holos are working in case we get separated." Oliver ordered, a good idea. Who knows what sort of traps were laying beyond this area. Winter would not put it past the Doc to lay down traps that could possibly kill them all. After all, his fragile hold on power was continuing to slip.

Winter had been dreaming of this day, she had been waiting for it excitedly. The day she would get to see that man dethroned. He had made her life a living hell and now it was her turn to return the favor. "Let's go," Timothy led the way, taking them through the side passages he had discovered, the little used ones. It felt strange to Winter, she had lived here most of her life and yet she had rarely been through these places. Her time had been spent in three rooms on three floors. Carter placed a hand on her arm suddenly, seeming concerned. "Hey, are you okay?" He asked suddenly. Winter nodded, "Yeah, why wouldn't I be?" She inquired, blinking dumbly. "Because you're shaking," she looked at her hands, realizing that they were trembling.

How had she not noticed? Winter wasn't sure. "I'm fine," she reiterated, albeit a bit harshly. Carter nodded, "Alright, I'm here if you need me." Winter rolled her eyes, he was still trying to get close to her. Winter wasn't sure wwhy, considering she had made her feelings very apparent. "In here is the war room." Timothy pointed, if it was war room, it meant that not only would Doc be in there, but the President as well. "At the ready," Oliver counted down as he tapped into the finger pad, they needed clearance to enter. "Three..." he began to mouth," Winter's hands balled into fists. "Two," they all seemed tense in anticipation. "One," this was it, the door opened, revealing a room full of important faces, faces Winter recognized both from her time here, in the Chrysanthemum Government Building, and from watching Broadcasts over Stella's shoulder.

"Get them!" The President rose, pointing. Almost instantly, there was a rush towards them. "Spirit armor, final form." Winter transformed quickly, putting up a wall of ice three inches thick to protect them from a round of bullets. "Everyone, suit up!" Oliver yelled as they were rushed. "We need to go in and get them before they can get us or get away!" Winter retorted over the din. "Go after them!" Oliver gave the order, pointing. Winter swung her staff, taking out the two soldiers shooting at them. "Oh no you don't!" Winter was not going to let the Doctor get away. He was trying to take an alternate exit with the President. "You won't get away, not again." Winter blocked their path, icing over their escape. "You can't do this Winter, I made you. You can't betray me, I'm practically your Father." The Doctor laughed, pulling a weapon from his coat. "You are nothing to me." She hissed, "Even human is too good of a word for the kind of scrum you are."

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As Ezra gripped the handles, Elise sneered at her prey before her, his leg stuck under a chunk of rock. The other soldiers were knocked out or having their legs broken by Oliver, while Carter hoarded the guns in his arms to make sure they could no longer fight back. "Don't kill them if you can help it." Mercedes asked them before. "The Doctor put chips in them, they're not doing this of their own wills anymore." While Elise did not particularly care how many died as a result of the dragon she let loose in the city, it seemd the others were holding back their attacks. "The Doctor belongs to you. Do not make the same mistake he did." Elise said calmly to Winter before turning to glance at the President, still looking calmly back at her.

"So you're alive I see. You owe me your life, I let you live on purpose." The Doctor almost looked desperate as he tried to wheel himself to safety but the exits were already sealed, encased by a thick layer of unforgiving ice. "Don't nobles repay their debts, Miss Hresvelg?" Elise gave him a smoldering stare. "If I owe anyone my life it is Winter, and I will pay that debt by allowing her the chance to perform the execution." No longer interested in the Doctor she directed her ruby eyes at the President, who seemed almost unaffected by all of this. "Before you die, President, do you have any last words? Surely you have a reason for sitting on your throne this whole time and not lifting a hand to help anyone." Was this supposed to be personal? For some reason it felt all of those old grudges meant nothing now. "What was the reward for sacrificing your humanity?"

The President sighed, shaking his head. His bodyguards were downed, rocks shattering their backs as Ezra had no mercy. He kept them alive, but only just barely so. "Humans are all very weak." He said with a tiny smile, one that had no regrets or remorse. "You know it yourself, Miss Hresvelg. All the cowards who would not bat an eye when seeing someone bullied in front of their faces. Those who stay silent to protect their careers when seeing their bosses embezzling money from charity drives. A poor child being groomed and abused and not a single witness trying to save her. Nobles scheming in their CEO Offices, how to steal power from my throne."

"Frankly, I was disappointed. So many weak humans, untalented, unmotivated to strengthen themselves or improve. Unable to rise up to change an oppressive regime. Sitting in fear, begging for a hero to save them."

Ezra rolled his eyes, growling. "He's talking drivel. Don't listen to him, he's just trying to save his skin." Elise glanced up at him then focused her eyes back on her target. "The President is not someone who would act so haphazardly." She was taught to give a man like this respect. Jeralt always considered him a gambling man - one who was not afraid to put it all on the betting table if it meant something. "The Doctor approached me, and offered to make a bet. He would present a challenge to humanity, and he would win if our city fell. If the citizens grew the will to fight and became strong enough to defeat the Doctor's challenge, then I would win the bet." He smiled at her then in that awful smug way. "Seeing you and the other Vassals here, it is clear that there are still those strong enough to rise to the challenge."

"My wonderful and strong citizens, my life belongs to you to do with as you wish." The President lowered his head, submitting to Elise's judgment. She sighed, already tired of this game. "The original plan was to drag you out in front of the people you betrayed and give you a public execution for your betrayal. But with how smug you are, it is clear even if I did that, you would only be satisfied that your decision was justified." Her face was expressionless, her hand reaching towards him. Even now he was smiling. "I will not give you the satisfaction of seeing us triumph over the Doctor." She drained his body of liquid until he was a withered dry shell, all the life sucked from him.

Suddenly their holos began piping up. "You guys! Something weird's happening!" Mercedes's voice blared to them in panic. "The monsters are going crazy, they're all coming right towards you guys! The giant dragon's hurt, but the military wasn't able to stop it!" The black eagle could faintly hear a sqeak of terror from Serenity. "Siri and I will try to take as many people to safety as we can, then meet up to help fight!" Oliver slowly turned towards the Doctor, a vicious glare in his eyes. "What did you do?" The Doctor shrugged, as if unafraid of Winter's execution desires. "They know I am in danger, so they're going to come rescue me now." There was not much time, if Winter wanted to finish off the Doctor, this was her only chance. "But you'd best be careful. They might get even angrier if you kill me. You don't have Merlin anymore, will you kids be able to win against the greatest and most powerful of monsters?"

"All you have to do is let me live, and I'll tell them to let you all escape to live out your pitiful lives."

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"You didn't let her live," Winter hissed. She wasn't going to reveal her secrets, but her sword was poised at his throat. She had him cornered. Now he wanted to be allowed to live, of course. Given the chance, he would have killed them all right now. "I hate you," Winter hissed. "You made my life hell and you clearly don't regret it. Was it fun?" She asked, not sure if she wanted the answer to that. "Did you enjoy watching me struggle? Did you enjoy watching me cry?" There was a strange expression on the Doc's face. "It pained my heart to do what I had to, but the sacrifice of one is worth that of many." He grinned and WInter knew he hadn't an ounce of regret. The sacrifice of one. One. Her. "You killed me and everyday under your thumb was like dying again." Her sword touched his throat.

Outside, the monsters suddenly began to rage. "What's going on?" Winter asked, not taking her eyes off of the snake in front of her. According to Mercedes, the monsters were on their way here. The Doctor was laughing hysterically now. If they killed him, they wouldn't be able to fight the monsters. Winter smiled, which stopped his laughing almost instantly. "You have no idea what I had to face in the Boundary. You think monsters are going to scare me?" She leaned in closer, "As far as I'm concerned, you're the worst monster of them all." She slit his throat, blood gushing, his corpse freezing. He fell to the ground, a chunk of solid ice. Winter glared at his beheaded corpse, her sword falling from her hand as she stepped back, collapsing to her knees.

She did it, he was dead. The ground was rumbling, there was no time to celebrate. Carter pulled her to her feet. "You can rest after," he said as the ground broke beneath them. "Hang on!" Ezra yelled, a rock slamming into their bodies to prevent them from falling. "Ugh," Winter rolled over, just narrowly dodging a tentacle. "Spirit staff!" Her staff manifested in her hands, she dodged another blow, rolling and parrying. "Oliver, behind you!" He turned, blasting flames through the tunnel, the fire dying out and leaving them in total darkness. Light came from up above, Serenity. "Ezra, float us up there." Oliver ordered. They were stuck in a half-collapsed building. "Follow the light!" Serenity called down, her voice worried. "Quickly!" Ezra floated them up slowly, avoiding obstacles. Winter fought off attacks every so often, along with Carter, and Oliver. "Elise, how are you holding up?" Winter asked.

They were at the top now, Serenity and Mercedes in clear view. The sky had turned red, it seemed it was finally time to take on the boss. "We'll need all the man-power we can get." Winter turned towards Mercedes, "Is your Dad alive? Can he organize troops? We'll need explosives, a lot of them." The Monsters could have thick skin, but once they were wounded, they went down easily. "If we're all gathered in one place, they'll concentrate their forces on us." Winter had fought the monsters the longest, Ezra second, and Elise third. "The monsters don't have cohesive thoughts, they can't organize themselves, so we'll have an advantage."

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|| Azalea|| Nano.ripe ||







Winter did what she needed to do, and the Doctor's life was vanquished. No one disagreed with her decision, letting the Doctor live would make all of their sacrifices this far meaningless. There was no time to rest, now they needed to get ready for the final fight. "Timothy, you should go hide. Is there a shelter to stay hidden in?" Oliver asked, looking back at the freckled boy that had helped them. He nodded, still afraid but also relieved that at least the enemies were defeated. "Y-yes, I'll go! Good luck, and please don't die!" He dashed off, scampering down the hall. Ezra floated them up as the floor broke around them. "Look." Elise pointed at the distance, a dragon so large you could not even see the top of it from here. One leg was the size of a whole city block. Winter asked how she was. "I am okay. If I can find a weakness..." How were they going to fight something of this size? Was there a way for them to come out victorious?

It was awe-inspiring. It towered so far above them, even taller than the highest skyscraper on the Chrysanthemum's cityscape. All the smaller monsters were like insects compared to this one. They grouped up with Mercedes and Serenity, the seven surviving Vassals finally reunited. "El, do you have a plan for this one?" Ezra asked, still holding tight to her wheelchair as he gazed at the beast, lumbering slowly towards them. "It is big and slow." Elise said with a distinct frown. Winter was asking about the rest of the soldiers. The army was supposed to have tried to fight this monster, where were they now? "Mercy and I moved as many as we could to safety underground." Serenity whimpered, trembling at the sight. Each step was like an earthquake, rumbling the entire city with the impact. Against the blaring sunrise, it seemed this was their final battle to save the city. "The survivors... none of them are in any condition to fight." Mercedes grit her teeth. "We have to kill it here, or it'll kill everyone."

How was a monster this large burrowing beneath the city this entire time? It let out a roar, deafening and overpowering, even scaring the smalelr monsters as they tried to scurry away from it's huge lumbering feet. It swung at them, a claw the size of a supermarket, and even Oliver's wall of fire was not enough to protect them. Ezra pushed the wheelchair then helped everyone weave out of the way of the attack. "If we get hit once it's over." Carter muttered, a dark look on his face. "Elise? Do you have a plan to stop this?" Ezra asked again, helping fight off some of the smaller monsters as they rushed towards them. "Go for the eyes. If we blind it it will be harder for it to attack us." The black eagle advised, trying to hide the shaking in her voice. Right now they needed her to be calm and in control, she could not let the mask slip now. "When it is blinded, we must break the joints and tendons a much as we can to make it impossible for the mosnter to move."

It was huge, but that simply meant they had a massive target to aim at. "Some of the armor on its stomach is weakened and bloody. The military aimed their attacks at the heart." It let out another roar, a stream of flames shooting out from it's mouth. The fire caught on, emblazening up the streets, the buildings, a sea of fire all across the city. Elise waved her arm to summon the rain to try and hold back the embers. "Ezra, you're in charge of moving us around. Don't let us get hit, you're our mobility. First, take us to the eyes." Oliver gave out the orders, ready to enact Elise's plan. "Everyone, get your strongest attacks ready. As long as we can destroy the eyes, the rest of the plan will be a cinch." The rock platform they stood on began to rise, dodging through the claws and the flames to reach the monster's eye-level, nearly as high as the clouds. It would be hard to breathe with the air so thin but they had no choice but to succeed.