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    Kevin and Dave's mothers had signed them up for a private school. They were fed up with the constant irritation of everyday life of school. However, Kevin and Dave didn't mind it; school didn't pose a problem to either one of them. Their moms thought that they were exposed to fights, drug use and any other problem that would typically happen at school. And they were. They usually stayed out of the way of those things, too. But it was too much for their mothers to absorb that that was life. However, they also thought that Kevin and Dave were growing a bit of an attitude towards either parent. So, they signed both of them up for a private school, in which, they will both attend together as friends. The boys were confused; how were they, in anyway, 'have an attitude'? They were obediant children! They did their homework, listened to their parents and played games like any other boy would. They assumed it was probably something to do with the whole school problem. Either way, they didn't like moving schools.

    It was Wednesday before they had gone off to their first day of school. Wearing a typical blue uniform with pants, they assumed that it was going to be an uptight environment like boarding school usually have.

"I don't like this..." Kevin began.

"I know. Mom, why do we have to move schools? Nothing was wrong with the old one." Dave protested.

"Because, I don't want either of you fine boys to end up in the street." Dave's mother explained, turning into the driveway of the school.

The school looked like an insane asylum, in all honesty. Giant, possible caged windows and a stone and brick sign that read the school's name. With flowers and nicely cut hedges surrounding the building, the boys thought that the building itself looked worse than their other school.

"But we know better than to listen to bullies and the internet."

"Sorry, Dave, but it's for the best of both of you. Plus, think of the better friends you'll make!" She stopped in front of the doors to the school. "Now, you boys have a great day at school, hm?" She smiled.

The boys got out of the car as they waved good-bye to Dave's mom. "Well, I guess we're going to have to endure a day at a new school..." Kevin gulped at the sight of the huge doors.

"On the bright side, we'll have each other to talk to and stuff, right?" Dave gently slapped Kevin's chest.

"I guess..."

"Alright! So let's go explore the school before school starts then."
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    The boys had a good 20 minutes before school actually had started. The building looked big on the outside, but the rooms themselves were bigger. The cafeteria was probably the main structure of the school itself, it was so big. The rooms were about the size of 2-3 classrooms big and the gym was practically a park. The boys were quite astonished. The intercom came on and reminded the students to get to class because school was about to begin in 5 minutes. They walked to their first period class.

    The classroom was basked in a warm sunlight that wasn't too hot nor was it too blinding. The windows were accompanied with a few pots of flowers and various plants than hung down the wall.

The teacher was watering the plants when she noticed the 2 enter the room.

"Why hello there!" She greeted in a happy tone.

"Hello." They replied.

"I can see that you boys are new to the school!" She put the watering can underneath her desk.

"Yes, ma'am."

"Such politeness! Well, I hope you 2 will make yourselves comfortable here at this wondrous school. Please, choose your seats now so you won't be separated!"

Kevin and Dave sat next to each other in the front row and waited for the other students to come in. A girl walked through the door and greeted the teacher; who they now know as 'Ms. P'. The girl's name was Suzan, from what Ms. P had greeted her. Another girl had entered and greeted Ms. P like Suzan did. Kevin and Dave watched the door as more and more girls started to come through the door. This started to scare the boys.

"Are we in a school entirely populated by women?!" Dave whispered angrily.

"I hope not! I feel kind of awkward already now that we're sitting here..."

A couple of minutes later, the bell rang and Ms. P closed the door.

"Good morning!" Ms. P greeted. The class responded in unison with a 'good morning, Ms. P'.

"I don't know if any of you had noticed, but we have 2 new students today! Say hello to..." Ms. P went over to her desk, got her reading glasses and read the clipboard on her desk. "... Kevin and Dave!" The entire class was a dead silent, as if the girls seem to hate the 2 for probably being the only boys there.

"Now girls, don't dislike the 2 because they're not of same sex; they're humans just like all of us. Now then, I'm going to go run a few errands that shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. Go on and have your free time! I'll be back momentarily." Ms. P left the room. The girls began to shift around the room and hudled into their clicks.
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    The room started to grow louder as the girls began their gossip and talk of other things while Kevin and Dave were left alone to talk to each other. It was awkward, for the both of them, because they didn't have anything to talk about. They felt as if they were going to sit there for the 10 minutes that Ms. P had allowed the children to have. Dave got up and sat on the desk, facing Kevin.

"Anything on your mind?" Dave attempted to start a conversation.

"Not really..." Kevin was moving his finger across the desk looking extremely bored. "Sorry, Dave, I don't want to sound rude, it's just... What is there to talk about, you know?"

"Uh, the fact that this school is probably populated by females only?"

"That's right! Why would our parents send us here? Did they not know that this is probably a female only school?"

Dave shrugged, "I dunno. I guess when we tell them after school, they'll probably either find us another school or take us back to our old school."

    Then the 2 started to engage each other in talk. It seemed as if time had slowed down for them because they were talking about the different problems each of them had. However, during their conversation, Kevin noticed something about Dave that he didn't see until he dropped his pencil.

"Hey, Dave?" Kevin had a little shock to his voice.

"What's up?"

"Your uhm... Pants?"

Dave looked down at his pants and found that his entire bottom half of his body had changed. He was wearing black shoes that the girls were wearing, he was wearing black knee socks and shapely and he was wearing a skirt! He could only imagine the detail of his change as he was sweeping a hand through the skirt.

"What the hell?!" Dave tried to keep from shouting, but how could you not if your pants had just changed into a skirt?

"What happened?"

"I don't know!" Then Dave noticed the same thing happened to Kevin. "You too, bro!" He pointed down to Kevin's newfound clothes.

"What's going on?!"

    Then the changes started to become faster and actually noticable. Both of their shirts started to morph into the girls' uniforms; a vest, a white shirt underneath and a small plad bow atop of the 'V' on the vest. What had shocked them the most was how quickly the changes were and that they were going in unison. The shirts were so tight, they felt as if they were going to rip through the shirt like Hulk would. Soon enough, the shirt began to grow more comforting on their skin. While that was going on, there was a tingling on their hands. Dave looked at his hands only to find them shrinking at an alarming rate. He tried letting out a warning to Kevin, but he was having the same

problem talking. Their hands, after shrinking, became more fragile looking and more delicate. With fingernails growing, the hair on their arms was slowly swept away by an unknown force as the change began to crawl up to their head.

    Both of their faces began to shift around; becoming softer and cuter to the eye. Dave's hair grew down to size as his hair was burnt into a satisfying brown. He felt a tug in his hair, which Kevin had told him, was a bow. Kevin's hair, like Dave's grew down, only his hair color was melting away into a soft blonde color. Also tugging his hair, was a bow that had placed itself comfortably in his hair. Now techinically girls, the both of them, they tried to speak to each other. The only thing that came out of them were bad voice cracks and squeaks so bad, they couldn't understand each other. Just then, both of them saw their chests begin to push out. Their breasts began to fill in their shirts to perfectly fit them. And after about a couple of seconds of bloating, they were now girls.
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    What was weird was how none of the girls had acknowledged their change the entire time; they just ignored them as if they weren't there.

"How do they not see this!" The girl named Dave complained. "I mean, we were only turning into girls the entire time!"

"Don't make a scene; I don't want any of those girls to come over here and notice. Just pretend that you're a girl." 'Kevin' told her.

"WE ARE GI-" 'Kevin' put a hand to 'Dave's' mouth to shut her up.

"Do you want to get attention?" 'Kevin' whispered angrily into her ear. Suzan, a girl that entered the class first, walked over to the 2 girls.

"Hi! I don't think I heard your names when Ms. P was announcing you 2. Who are you?" She greeted.

Without thinking, the 2 girls had responded as if they were girls their whole life. "I'm Kelly!"

"I'm Diane!" They greeted back.

"Oh cool! I used to have a friend named Diane, but ever since I got moved to this school, it's just like... ugh, you know?" Suzan had told them.

"I guess." Diane shrugged. She didn't seem like talking to Suzan.

"Ah... I see you don't want to talk to me..." Suzan had a very depressing tone to her voice as she lowered her head in sadness.

"Oh no, don't get me wrong, dear, I just woke up late and am tired. I'll be better around lunch, I promise." Diane comforted her.

"Okay." And Suzan walked back to her group of friends.

Ms. P came back into the room. "Alrighty class. I'm sorry to say that school is canceled for the day. Apparently, today is a holiday! So, go on and pack your things, dearies!"
~±~
"What was that?" Kelly started to nag at Diane.

"What was what?"

"That little sensitivity scene with Suzan?"

"I don't know, to be honest. I just had this sudden flood of thoughts that came into mind. It's like, this person... Diane, is taking over!" She explained.

"Now that you say that, I had the same kind of feeling..." Kelly held her head.

Kelly's mother had come to pick them up. They entered the car and she greeted the 2. "Sorry about taking you to school! We'd forgotton that today was a day off. Anyways, Diane's mom couldn't pick you up; she's shopping right now. So, how was your day, you 2?"

"Oh, it was wonderful! Everybody's so nice here, even the teachers!" Kelly started.

"Yea, we made a new friend, too! Her name's Suzan." Diane added.

"Well that's great to hear that both of you are starting to enjoy the school!" Kelly's mother drove home and the 2 girls were already talking about what's going on tomorrow. But in their heads, they know who they were, they know the life they've lived before them. A part of them missed them. Now, they have new friends to make that can fill that void.
A request for ~lukybelle! Thanks for supplying the picture, too! :)

Although this looks like a long story (which it kind of is, but isn't dreadfully long) because of the spacing between dialogue. :P

I felt kind of lazy writing this one because of how I detailed the changes and the ending of the story... You know. I've also felt like I've rushed the ending. Sorry if you think that this isn't good :worry:

GAH! I had written this in notepad because I was working on this on the course of 2 days. Since I'd copied and pasted it, it had messed up and spaced EVERY SINGLE LINE! GRR!! So! If you see anything wrong (spelling errors or spaced lines that don't make sense) then you'll know. And if you can, tell me so I can fix it! :).


I hope that you'll like/liked it!

One more thing: Take a read of my journals! I update it every couple of days to announce certain things and explanations! :D
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Splash Woman Armor TG RP Story
Written by JanusDaGuardian and DannyStar64


It was the last day of school. Daniel was setting out for home when he heard rumors about a “mysterious voice moaning for help” after nightfall somewhere along the local public beach. They said the beach was haunted by some ghost, “Out to ensnare any who dared to answer it. Although slightly shaken by the tail-end of that rumor, Daniel's curiosity peaked. It was good timing as well since he had yet to plan out his summer vacation, so why not kick things off with a little ghost hunt?

Making a little detour home to grab some essentials, like a flashlight, a tape-recorder, a Catholic cross, etc... sneaking in a small meal, Daniel grabbed his bike and headed out. Night fell shortly after he'd arrived. The moon was covered rather nicely behind the dense, nighttime clouds, perfect enough to conceal Daniel's presence, until he went to use his flashlight, which he let rest in a loop on his cargo shorts for easy access. Apparently, people could get into trouble if they were spotted on the beach past swimming hours, even if they weren't swimming. Therefore, he would use his illumination tools sparingly.  

Despite his attempts at remaining discrete, Daniel jumped out of his skin when he heard a voice behind him say, "Hey! What are you doing here, D?"

A teenager, who was about the same age as him, appeared from behind a cluster of nearby palm trees, wearing a set of night-vision goggles, as Daniel discovered when he clicked his light on, and carrying a metal detector. It wasn't until the stalker asked him to lower his flashlight and lifted his headset that saw that it was his friend Jason from school.  

“Jason? What are you doing here?”

Jason smiled. “I could ask you the same thing, short stuff.”

“I'm here to look for that ghost rumor people have been talking about.

"You heard that rumor, too, huh? A little old to be paying attention to ghost stories, don't you think?"

“If there's any shred of truth to it, it'd be awesome to be the first one to record it. What are you here for?”

Jason shouldered his exploration tool. "Look for valuables. Now's prime time since paid sweepers don't come until morning. Who knows what I may find here."

“Are people really stupid enough to lose something valuable here?”

Jason chuckled. "I'm not sure about 'stupid' per-say, but I tend to find some old quarters from time-to-time. I once found a fake Rolex, too. Not much in physical value, but it was fun digging it up..."

“Sentimental treasure hunter, huh?”

“Yeah, something like that...” Jason rolled his shoulders. "Well, I better get back to my exploration. I guess I'll see you around or something. Hope we can hang out again before the summer ends..."

Daniel snorted. “Summer's just beginning, J. I'm sure we'll find the time. And, hey, let me know what you found the next time we meet, OK? I'll let you know if I find the source of that haunted voice.”

Jason nodded and then grinned. "Don't get "spirited away" now..."  

Daniel didn't look quite so amused. “Ha, ha, very funny...” Daniel smiled softly. “I'll see you around.”

“Take it easy.” Jason flicked his friend a two-fingered salute and then disappear back into the wooded beach foliage, leaving Daniel with just the sound of crashing waves and his own thoughts. At least at first. Time would tell the rest, and Daniel had some ghost hunting to do...

Daniel, with his flashlight at the ready, stalked down the beach, eyes peeled and ears open in hopes of discovering a sign of the mysterious voice everyone was talking about.

“Here ghosty, ghosty...”

Although, Daniel mainly did that to help keep himself calm, not expecting anyone or anything in particular to reply. In fact given the scope of the landscape, he wondered if he was heading in the wrong direction. The kids at school weren't really specific. Although, there wasn't much in terms of landmarks around to reference, aside from The Beach Shack, which was a small shop, arcade, and camping essentials store. Eventually thought he heard something else rising above the crashing waves and his whispering chants. It was faint but carried a mellow, distressed tone about it. What it said, Daniel couldn't make out due to the severe sound of the waves washing over the sand, but the mere recognition of another voice present on the beach prompted Daniel to increase his pace to a jog, perhaps even a run, he couldn't tell, towards the source of the voice, clicking on his flashlight as the voice growing ever louder.

“I can hear it! So it IS true! This beach is freakin' haunted! Alright, what kind of ghost do you think it is...? A sad one? An angry one? A tricky one?” Daniel prepared the tape-recorder and patted the pocket containing his Catholic cross, reassuring himself that it was there.

"Hello? Is anyone there...?" A voice cried. "I could use some assistance..."

Daniel gasped. It was a girl's voice. A very pretty one it seemed, but he wouldn't count on her appearance matching up it. Not that it mattered. A spook was a spook...  

Daniel flashed his light about, following the voice until it caught something reflective laying on the beach, just beyond the reach of the tide. Getting a bit closer, he discovered a blue, metallic-looking object. A rather large one in fact, making part of him wonder if anyone actually swept the beach for debris at all. “What is that thing? Some kinda treasure?”
He knelt beside it and began prodding it with his finger.

"Please don't do that... I'm not fond of scratches..."

Daniel stood and glanced every-which-way, attempting to locate the source of the voice, which sounded so close that he could swear that it was right next to him. “What the?! Who said that?”

Was it an invisible ghost? If so, it was a good thing that he brought his tape-recorder. He wouldn't have gotten much with a camera.

"Over here. Look down."

Daniel looked down as he is told to, but he still couldn't see anything. He then turned around as if to find something that might not have been there less than ten seconds before.  “Where are you, Mrs. ghost?”

The voice sighed. "Do you see the large, blue plated object next to you?"

“Yeah... I see it.”

"Pick it up and turn it around."

Picked up the blue plated object and looked at it. Strangely enough, it seem to give off a slight glow, like blue glow stick draped in a cloth. He then turns the object to discover that it was, in fact, not an object but a head. A woman's head from the looks of it. Although he manage NOT to drop it, he was plenty surprised.  

“Holy crap! A head detached from a body?!”

"Indeed. Please forgive my current disposition. I'm afraid that I am with a sufficient connector that would allow me to move the rest of my body freely."

Daniel almost dropped it this time, due to the head moving its eyes and mouth as the same voice he'd heard came from it. That and the thought that it might possess him should he hold it much longer.

"Don not be alarmed. I am Splash Woman. A robotic persona designed by Doctor Keiji Inafune to aid in Sea-based operations. I was drafted shortly afterward for a regrettably more sinister purpose that left me in such dismal shape. Would you be so kind as to help me? The fact that you haven't dropped me and retreated in fear convinces my deducing software that you are an individual of stature. Perhaps even apt enough to help me seek out a repair ward. Before that though, I need you to help me reconnect my body. It is laying immobile over there," The head, now known as Splash Woman said, gesturing with her solid blue eyes off to the side, closer to the tide.

“What?” That's when he saw something that looked like both a mechanical upper body and lower body component set, laying partially buried beneath the sand. “Oh, so, you're a robot...” Daniel gently held onto Splash Woman's head as he approached the two mounds, uncovering a woman-shaped, metallic black and aqua colored upper-body and a metallic blue lower body shaped like a fish's tail. Or maybe it was shaped like a dolphins, but with a finny tail... “Wow, you're a mermaid, too...! Okay... What do you want me to do with it?”

“Slip your legs into my lower-body. Hold onto my head, and I'll try to boot up the suit connections systems.  

Daniel did as he was told, musing with a silent grin as slid to his hips how much fun it'd be to swim about wearing something like this, except much lighter and flexible to allow for easier movements.  

Please relax while the rest of my body locks into place..." With that, Splash Woman's upper body opened up and skittered over to Daniel like a sea crab, slipping onto his back shortly before the casing closed up again, which impressed Daniel slightly in terms of it being able to fit his somewhat stocky frame into such a femininely-shaped breast plate and arm casings. "Now, put me on and I should be able to access the rest of the systems. I'll hand control over to you once I am finished with the diagnostics...”

This was starting to get a little weird, but he was already to far in to back out now, so he lifted Splash Woman's head up so that it was vertical with his own.

Splash Woman's head/helmet opened, allowing Daniel to gaze upon the inner circuits and the rather beautiful design. Once verifying that it was safe, he slowly put the helmet on, Splash Woman closing it over his head and face it connected to its lower-body, promptly followed by a quick boot-up sequence, as a clear display replaced what originally felt like a very stifling helmet. The clear display revealed the area about him, just like his naked eyes would, only with a small heads-up display tagging the corners, nature's elements presented in what appeared to be a low-level night-vision and scanning program.

"Connection established. Rotors are engaged. Locomotion now available. Thank you for your assistance, Mr. Daniel Roberts."

“Just call me Daniel.”

Daniel grabbed a handful of sand with the suit's gloved hand, surprised to find that he feel the tiny grains shifting through the hand's fingers, just like his own bare ones. Now that he thought about it, the tail felt almost the same way, despite being covered in metal, or whatever kind of alloy she had yet to mention, noticing the mobility of the tail itself, its weight seemingly gone now that the suit was fully connected.  

“This... is pretty cool...” A small display near the bottom of the helmet's visor displayed the current time, prompting Daniel to blink once he'd realized just how much time had passed. “Oh, crap. It's that late already? I need to head home before my parents realize that I'm gone.” Daniel attempted to stand, only to be reminded that he lacked the proper limbs to accomplish that feet. “Great. Now what am I going to do?”

“Powering down to conserve energy.”


In a rather-quick sequence, the robotic armor suit detached from his body, folding in on itself many dozen times before becoming a small blue-alloy bracelet attached to Daniel's wrist. Daniel, impressed by the convenient feature marveled at the bracelet and said, “Gotta say, that's rather handy, Ms.”

“You may call me 'Splash Woman'.”
 
Daniel chuckle nervously. “Right...”

Somewhere far down the beach, Daniel heard a very distressed yell. Realizing that it belonged to his treasure-hunting friend, Daniel took off down the beach, discovering to his horror that there was somebody in the water, struggling to stay above it... It was Jason.

Off to the left, Daniel spotted a small group of laughing figures disappearing into the foliage. He recognized those laughs, but he didn't have time to worry about them. Jason was wearing a pair of pants, a T-shirt, and a thin hoodie when he last saw him, he wasn't a very good swimmer, proof of his sinking abilities having been put on display whenever their schools P.E. class had pool time, and, to make matters worse, the wind was beginning to pick up, as was the ferocity of the ocean waves.

“Help!”

Daniel rushed into the water and performed the fastest crawl strokes that he could muster, the ocean waves forcing him back. Meanwhile, Jason continued to struggle as the tides washed him even farther out. Daniel's efforts were becoming even more in vain by the second, the forces of nature a incredible obstacle between him and his drowning friend. Then, all at once, Jason's cries ceased as his head disappeared underneath the shifting waves.

“Jason!”

Daniel's new bracelet surged as the armor that had folded into such a diminutive materialized itself onto Daniel's body, the mask closing on his face as a quick hiss announced the expulsion of excess water as the panels configured themselves his frame. A much quicker boot-up sequence followed as the hud and enhanced camera view replaced his normal vision. He was Splash Woman, or at least wearing her armor. The details did not matter as Daniel angled himself to submerge, kicking his mechanical dolphin-ish tail as he sped in the direction of where his friend had went down, the hiss of an advance respirator system following his panicked, winded breaths.

The low-night-vision and scanner detected his passive-drowning friend just past the drop-off, behind a small cluster of ocean rock and coral. Had the suit not contained either functions, Daniel feared he would never had found him. Grappling his treasure-hunting friend's waist, Daniel kicked to the surface,          breaching the water before promptly dragging his friend towards the shore, pushing and pulling him as far away from the water as his mechanical, mermaid body would enable him to.

Daniel had never practiced CPR, but that didn't stop him from at least attempting to check his friend's ABCs. His heart was still beating, but his lungs must have been filled with sea water since he was not breathing, as both Daniel's surprisingly-sensitive mechanical face and scanning program could attest to.

“Tilt his head back to open the airway and apply my mouth to his. I'll revive him according to my systems,” Splash Woman said.

Although it his friend he was going to help revive, and that there was a mechanical mask separating the two, obviously-male lips, Daniel hesitated for a moment.

“I will disable the outer sensor circuits to help avoid your discomfort...”        

Given that sentence of reassurance, Daniel gulped only once and then placed his lips over his friend's, according to Splash Woman's specifications. This was followed by a strong expulsion of air, all controlled by the mechanical woman he resided in. He thanked her for that and keeping her word about the disabling of the advanced, sensor modules within the suit, or at least the ones connected to the mask.

Two full breaths later, Jason shot his torso upwards as he expelled what looked like a quart of sea water before flopping backwards onto his back once more. His eyes drifted to the fairy tale creature looming over him, followed by, “Who are y...” and what looked like a small blush before he slipped back into unconsciousness...
This RP crafted story is slightly different from my usual one-shots in the manner that the TG doesn't include a male-to-female transformation. In fact, it could be considered a more mechanical version of a non-permanent bodysuit, but I'll let you guys decide that for yourself.

Requested and written by :icondannystar64:
Cowritten and edited by me.

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"If there were no God, there would be no atheists." –G.K. Chesterton

"That's stupid!" you say.

"Not true," says I. This statement, in and of itself, provides proof for the existence of God. I know that, if you are a non-believer, you will instantly dismiss this quote. Your beliefs are quite firm, after all, and what can shake them? You question the existence of God, but you don't really want an answer. An answer will prove you wrong. However, if you are willing to read on, I think you'll find that the question of rather or not God exists isn't one of fact or fiction. It's true, and I shall illustrate how simply using this quote.

Perhaps I should put this quote into a different perspective. Here is one of the same theme by C. S. Lewis: "If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark."
The view behind this is simple: If there wasn't a God, than we would have never thought that there was one.

I'm sure you can agree that the majority of the world believes in the existence of at least one god. According to 2011 statistics, Christianity has over 2 billion followers, its second rival, Islam, with just over 1 billion. If you research into major beliefs of the world, atheism is not even listed. As of 1994, in fact, atheism only accounted for 4% of the world's population. So I believe we can deduce that the general consensus of the world, and throughout history, is that there is a God. (We'll focus on Christianity here, rather than exploring other religious views and why they are misled. That's for another time.)

So, if you are a non-believer, or an atheist, then you think we Christians are all just silly, correct? But in fact, your belief alone proves there is a God. If there wasn't, than you wouldn't be sitting here denying it.

Let's take a spin off of the above Lewis quote. Let's there's a world that is completely dark. There is not light whatsoever, and there never has been. Do you think that the inhabitants of that world would realize that they lived in a world of darkness? Do you think one of them would be walking around proclaiming "Somewhere out there, there is light!"

Of course not. There is not light to them. Their world is entirely made of darkness and has always been that way. How should they know there is light, if there never has been any?

Here's another example: horses and Native Americans. Europe had horses, but the Americas didn't. Do you think there were Natives walking around saying that they wish they could meet a horse? Of course not! They didn't even know a horse existed, because in their world, horses didn't exist.

In a similar fashion, Christopher Columbus and all those European sailors had no idea there were the Americas over there. They were just trying to find a route to China, correct? They didn't know that land existed, therefore, it didn't exist.
Do you see a pattern here? If we were all just "accidents" that "evolved" and there really isn't a God, than how should we ever invent the concept of a God?

"Preposterous," you say. "That's simple. Humans invented the concept of a god to explain things they had no reasoning for."

Actually, using that argument further proves the existence of God. Yes, ancient cultures came up with belief systems of a god or many gods to explain the happenings of the world around them. But where did this notion originally come from? If we all originated from the same two people, Adam and Eve, who knew God and whose descendents knew God, then isn't it plausible that that knowledge has forever stayed with us? That all these other religions come from the realization that there is such a thing as God?

"Pish posh," you say. "Then where did atheism come from?"

Atheism has stemmed from people believing that they had all the answers themselves, that they were responsible for all their own accomplishments, and that humans reign supreme. It is the effort to disprove the existence of God. And it is ironic because, by atheism's own existence, it proves that there is a God.
So summary (yep, kept this short and sweet!):

If there really was no such thing as God, then where did we get such an idea?
First Christian Apologetic thing I've ever written outside of stamps and The Journal, lol.

:bulletred:Speaking of which, check out "How I Know God Exists", a journal of miracles, answers, references, and information about God. That should answer any questions you have. [link]

:bulletred:I had two atheists ask me a really great question: Then where did we get the idea of mythological creatures?
There is a such thing as magic, though not in the sense that's popularized in fiction. "Black magic" is what Satanists use to summon demons and to communicate with Satan. It's happened throughout history, and it is still happening today.

The concept of dragons also stemmed originally from Satan, who was a legged snake in the Garden of Eden. In other words, he was a dragon. The others aspects of dragon: flight, breathing fire, are likely just invented for entertainment purposes. Revelations also calls Satan a dragon.

As for unicorns, I've found lots of information over the web. Some say ancient cultures claimed to have found bones of a one-horned horse-like creature they called a unicorn. Others have said it was a temporary evolution of species (evolution here meaning species adapting to environment, rather than the origin of the universe) and that one-horned creatures are no longer in existence. The unicorn, like the dragon, probably has been altered much through popular entertainment.

Anything scary such as monsters or ghosts are forms of Satan's demons."

It seems mythological creatures and such all have bases in the real world, and they've changed and grown as the years pass.

:bulletoranage: If you're upset that I have comments disabled, then you're one of the reasons I have them disabled in the first place. I welcome discussions from respectful people, just note me.

Objective Proof of God If I tossed a coin 2000 times and called it right every single time, what would you think?

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I can only imagine some of the things you would be thinking, but they would all stem from one rationalization: that what was happening defied logic.

To make sure we are on the same page, let me give you some quick facts about the Bible: The Bible was written over a span of about 1500 years (from 1445 BC to 95 AD) in 3 continents, in 3 languages, by 40 authors, and has 66 books. It's mostly a collection of letters written to churches. We can verify the dates of the books of the Bible through the efforts of historians, linguists, and archeologi
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Taur Virus 1

The whole planet trembled the moment it happened, eight years ago. I was just nine when it happened but it was enough to deeply scare me. A meteor struck Africa and there was nothing modern science could do about it, people though it was the end of the line for earth. Yet at the moment of impact only a crater and mild quakes were the end results. For a second the earth sighed as the so called "doomsday" turned out to be a pebble the size of a truck crashing in the middle of the western shorelines of Africa.

The world was relived and soon after things returned back to normal… well sort of. There was a huge ongoing investigation of the crater as well of the meteor's remains, but there was no way it would affect us… Or so we thought.

It made itself present months later around the continent an odd disease started appearing. It wasn't life-threatening… so far, merely some fever, raspy voice, stomachache among other symptoms. The CDC confirmed there was a link between the sickness and the dust that came out of the meteor, but what sent the world into chaos was when the first victim, some Egyptian librarian started… mutating at work, the change was described as gruesome and unnatural, the end result was that his body became animal-like. I mean, he grew furry, gained hooves and his face pushed out into a muzzle. But that wasn't all, two legs grew from his torso (as well as a tail) and in a matter of minutes he was what could have been described as a centaur… but with a horse like torso.

The new creature sent the world into panic, which amplified as more and more changed, each into different animals. People were scared, starting to quarantine and isolate every changee, 'taur' as some communities on the Internet dubbed them. That was until the horse taur, the first one that changed reverted, painfully, a couple of days later. And just after wards more outbreaks were detected among around those who changed back. It was discovered that upon changing back the virus manifested itself in boils in the back of the person and upon bursting it transmitted through the air.

It's been eight years since, and the world has begun to grow used to, very slowly, to the virus. No cure has been found, not even a way to reduce its effects. The only protection found was prevention, to have the shield raised before it attacked. That meant many people… about 70%-80% became neat freaks that wouldn't even touch the food without spraying any Purell on it first, well I'm exaggerating… a bit. But the world became uber clean to avoid contagion and becoming freaks. Of course, the government tried to re-incorporate them into society, which was hard as they were treated as outcasts and even feared or attacked. They were provided with stores that possessed various items from tests to measure the time of the transformation to custom made clothes. Still nowadays some people are afraid and worried of contracting the virus, despite of getting used to the taurs. The paranoia reached its peak when the virus adapted becoming harder to know who was infected, and harder to prevent. The strong warning symptoms either got toned down or kicked in hours or minutes before the change. The only thing that saved the world from purging or going crazy was that the effects were temporary, lasting minimum 5 days to 3 years (longest so far).


My name is Marcus Finway and I belong to that small percentage that nowadays is considered a paranoid. Yet I'm proud to say that I and my family have been taur free ever since the first out breaks started. How? By being extra cautious, my mom and dad educated us, my brother and I, to be really clean.  That means we take care of everything we touch and use, clothes are washed twice, latex gloves became mandatory while outside.

My family was even in a bit of an anti-taur position. My dad criticized and joked about them, while my mom ran a campaign in the school to have them banned in order to avoid exposing other students. People called them extremists and to be honest, it was starting to get old… I mean almost all the school had been a taur once or more, and with my parents pressing me to befriend the ones that were still virus free, my circle of friendships reduced dramatically during these eight years. I was starting to get tired of this, I mean, we couldn't run away from this forever and criticize those who are or have been a taur.

Well that is a bit of my life, now you know what I deal with everyday. The critics by my friends, lectures about cleanliness, the scenes I have to go through as my parents struggle against the taurs… I just hope it changes soon.

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"Marcus… wake up! You'll be late," said my mother from the hallway, bringing me back to the land of the awake.

I was turning a bit in my sleep. For my parents to teach a ten year old about extensive cleaning they had to force discipline, an aspect I didn't enjoy. Glancing at the clock, I noticed it was 6 am today it was Tuesday, extra laundry day, I groaned as I had to wake up early to help mom along with my older brother, Trevor.

I sighed and checked around my room, the classic teenager room, not too big but still not really small. Looking at my TV, I considered turning it on for a second but I would probably get chastised for that by my mom. Defeated by chores I stood up on the carpeted clean smooth floor, putting on the disposable latex gloves and open the dirty cloth hamper taking out all the jeans and shirts that could have possibly been in contact with the virus and headed out to do the laundry.

After some extensive, yet a bit unnecessary extra cautious laundry and some simple breakfast I was off to high school. Trevor, being the oldest and assisting sophomore year in a nearby college had the rights to use the third car, meaning mom had to drive me to school. It was a bit of a drag I had to endure, especially as she commented that we were very fortunate of not going through a taurification, not even once. I barely listened, I was feeling a bit lightheaded from time to time, guessed I must have been coming down with something, I would have rather thought that they assume I had the virus and have myself sealed in a plastic bubble.

I exited and headed towards the school, the sight was normal: lots of students walking into classes, some in the lockers, one or another taur strolling down the hallway, normal.  I avoided at all cost those taurs, not because I hated them but I was beginning to fear getting the virus. That pattern led me to behave as an antisocial to almost anyone… I simply hoped this price for being pure was worth it because I was beginning to get tired of it.

The first class was math, and it was one I tried to avoid the most… not because of the math, but because of the teacher. Ms Hawthorn was a taur, a wolf one. She contracted the virus a year ago almost at the same time she started working in the school, supposedly she claimed that she got a 26 month strain, though rumor has it that she got a permanent version of the virus. Anyway, most people agreed she looked nice in her taur form, people commented that the gray fur on her and muzzle gave her 30 year old body exotic looks…. I'll agree with them in that, but that doesn't mean I'll want a person who is three halves animal to get near me. In her class it was a bit of a pain to keep distance from her, I usually sat in the back of the class and when she needed to talk to me I would usually keep my distance or try to cover my mouth. She noticed this and at first tried to contact and talk to me, I evaded and closed myself, even threatened to complain with the school board for trying to infect me. In the end she stopped trying and kept distance. I know that may sound like I'm an ass, but I was just looking after myself.

Anyway, class went as usual, I was having a bit of a hard time concentrating as I was dealing with a bit of a mild stomach pain. Still I managed to solve the problems at that time. Things were a bit easy though I had to force my sight to manage to read the board properly. After the class I got called by Ms. Hawthorn. I sighed, what was she gonna try to do now?

Once everyone left I was left alone with Ms Hawthorne, she looked at me from behind the desk as I kept my distance and placed the papers from the homework in her bag. Taking off her custom-made glasses she sighed and commented.

"It seems that you remain in your extreme position against taurs…" she said as I nodded cautiously.

"I'm just cautious. I don't wanna end up as…" I trailed off realizing I was speaking ill to a teacher, not actually meaning it but I guessed it was my parent's influence which drove me to say that.

She sighed again and reached into her blouse to pull out a folded paper. "Well as much as I would like to help you to understand that we are people, I've been asked to inform you that the teacher of the cross country afterschool group you assist, Coach Jameson, has taken the week off for personal reason and I've been asked to fill in for him while he is away… So I expect you to behave and a bit of tolerance from you. I'll brief your teammates later when I get the chance."

I wanted to protest but I understood it was something out of my reach. The principal or directives wouldn't accept a switch because I plainly disliked taurs and those who not long ago have been one. I simply nodded and headed off, I was gonna be having a hard time in the after class activities… began thinking of skipping or getting an excuse for it.

I was in the cross country team of the school, I recalled joining the team years ago. I did enjoy walking around rough terrain while getting in touch with nature. Even after the meteor incident this was something I kept doing even though it meant exposing me a more the outside world. Even there I had a limited number of friends. When I started I met 3 students that were in my year: Trish Hummes, Josh Parker and Paul Stevens. But things changed a bit over time. Josh and Trish got infected with the taur virus. The former got stuck as an ermine taur for a week about a year ago while the latter changed 5 times by now, all those times into a mustang (horse) taur. Trish's constant transformations made us move apart, as every time I tried to re-establish contact she would eventually change months later. Now that I recall it's been a 2 months since she changed back from her last infection and I haven't directed a word at her…

A couple of classes later, I was having PE class, the sport this day was baseball. I sucked today, my focus vanished from time to time while I was giving it my all. Even when I managed to get to first base I started feeling some fatigue. And by the time they got me out of the field before reaching home, I felt exhausted, so much I staggered upon reaching the bench and having me trip on it, earning laughs from everybody.

After that there was a small break for lunch, as I headed into the cafeteria Paul joined me, he was an average student, wearing glasses, curly but short hair, not much of a sport person but trying to keep up with the rest of the team. He talked to me as I poked the cafeteria food.

"That was a bit of a miss step back in the physical education class," he commented chuckling a bit as he sat down.

"Yeah, I started feeling exhausted all of the sudden," I commented as I took a bite of the meal.

"Probably you've contracted something. A flu, maybe…" He commented as another boy arrived, he was Steve, another student of school, he belonged to a bit of a small group of non-taurs so far and his parents were really close to mine… so I think you can guess what his position about the infected was.

"Yo, Finway, saw your performance in the field today, you looked as a taur trying to walk on it's hind legs," he said laughing a bit. I didn't take his sense of humor most of the time, it was a bit of my father's taste.

"Dude, that wasn't really funny," answered Paul in my stead.

"Come on, I'm just having my fun. Have you actually seen one of those beast attempt to walk on two legs, it's hilarious." Steve laughed some more.

"No, I don't think it is," commented a girl approaching to the table. It was Trish, one of the members of the team and a friend, if she could still be considered one… She was really cute and nice… I considered asking her out 5 years ago before she got infected by the first time. She hand nice long brown hair that cascaded over her shoulders and back, while her face was actually really cute, it was a pity people considered her infectious… still she stood in her in a simple T-shirt, and jeans, arms crossed looking at Steve as if he had no shame.

"If it isn't the pony girl," Steve said taking a couple of steps back. "Any plans of wearing a saddle, I'm guessing you will be changing over the next days."

Trish grinned. "Maybe, but I could use some company," she said approaching Steve, who has never been infected before and backed away even more.

"Ha, funny, I know you are not contagious but I don't intend someone as virus prone as you get near me," he said backing away and leaving.

Trish smiled as she sat on the other side of the table. "Hi Marcus, how are you?" She asked trying to get closer. I was conflicted, so far I have tried to avoid her as I did believe Steve was right and she was virus prone. Also I was now struggling against a stomachache which now was stronger "Still not talking uh?" She sighed really sad and disappointment. "I thought you would have… Marcus, are you ok?" She approaching me.

"I'm fine," I said while scratching the base of my neck.

To my surprise she moved fast and placed her hand on my shoulder while feeling my forehead "Marcus, you have a fever." I couldn't say anything, I was a bit surprised at the warmness of her touch. She looked a tad worried and quickly stretched the neck of the shirt and gasped. "You have a rash…"

It all happened so fast. She called in a teacher and muttered something to him. The next thing I knew was carried to the infirmary and got inspected by the old nurse, then she said it:

"You have the taur virus." I was shocked and went into denial.

"No, that's not possible. I can't… there was no way," I said at first but she paid me no attention as she started calling my mom to pick me over, luckily she didn't mention anything about the virus. I was scared of how they might have reacted.

I spent the whole time trying to deny and already going to anger. By the time my mom arrived I went into negotiation, I was calmer and was able to hid the truth, a bit afraid my mother would find out and even more how my family would treat me… would they kick me out of the house, no, don't think that it is probably a 5 day strain, a week, 2 tops. It couldn't be that bad… I hoped.

On the ride home it was to expect she asked, "What happened, Marcus? The nurse said it was important." I started coughing. Here I had the chance to say the truth but out of fear I chose to lie. "I'm having just a stomachache…" I didn't actually know why I lied… I guess I was afraid of telling my parents, yet she seemed to buy it.

I reached home moments later, muffling my coughs, I wasn't sure to be relieved or worried I was at home, but everything was swept by as I rushed into the bathroom to puke, thing that worried my mom. I felt horrible, I mean, aside from the symptoms and the sickness I feared what would happen to me, I would have turned into that I tried to avoid and my family loathed and feared. I sighed, things were gonna get harder.

Standing up I looked at my reflection in the mirror, my medium length black hair messed from the sprint and throwing up, still I gave myself a worried look. I was still the same, looking a bit sick, but still the same me, I was a bit on the average build, not overly fit but doing my best to not be a slob. I glanced at my green eyes that had been starting to look brighter. Approaching to take a closer look I saw my pupils become slitted. I backed scared… it was happening now!

I rushed upstairs to my bedroom, passing my mom on the way who asked worried what was happening. upon entering I locked the door. The minute the door closed I started feeling all the symptoms get worse. My stomach started hurting and my sight lost focus for a second. I rolled on the floor feeling the itch I had been feeling since I left home grow worst, I simply writhed as it started to become more like a burn.

I groaned and managed to listen from the other side of the door my mom call me "Marcus, are you ok? I called you dad so he can come to take you to the doctor so he can prescribe you something." Just what I needed.

I writhed around as the burn regressed into an itch. Glancing at my arms I saw white fur start to grow on them. I looked scared and caught a sight of my hands as paw pads appeared "No please this has to be a dream… please" I muttered as my nail cracked as sharp claws grew under them.

I was about to try to stand up when my stomach hurt as hell. I gasped as two bulges, painfully began to appear on top of my pelvis. I knew what those two would come to be. I felt my shirt and pants being moved apart, my body was growing longer, making it hard to stand, even sit up, while every inch added was caused by my body producing an extra vertebrae. I could feel my legs change in shape, my shoes were becoming loose fitting as my feet lengthened and heels slipped from my footwear.

Foolishly I tried to push the two bumps back into my body only giving myself more pain as they became articulate and started twitching. I moaned as I saw my face push out into a feline muzzle, a white one, I could also tell that my ears had just moved upwards as they were twitching at every sound that came from me. Rolling on my sides I tried to stand up. But my body was far longer and my spine was beginning to arch painfully as a second pelvic bone started to form near my forming forelegs, which were about the size of a human forearm and beginning to gain paws in the end.

I tried to stand or get into sitting position but my still developing leg only managed to kick the ground. I didn't really know how to control them. Using my hands to help myself I would have managed to put me on my belly but before I managed it, a couple of changes stopped me from doing so. I started feeling a wave of dizziness and falling short of breath as my new body started to demand more blood flow and air. A loud rip as well as an ugly sting of pain had me see that I had grown a long slender tail sprouted from above my butt splitting my pants while my thighs gained a bit of bulk helping me to turn my pants into shreds. My backside… my taur half now started to grow black fur while my belly and paws gained white fur. I was turning into a cat taur!

I gasped as the air wasn't enough and began to fade as I leaned against my bed as my forelegs finished developing. I felt the final changes taking place. My fur grew more, giving me a fluffier appearance. Six stings in my face, above my muzzle, and new sensitivity told me that I had just grown whiskers. I looked behind as my body seemed to finish changing. Seconds later I started feeling better as I felt my lungs grow in size and my heart become stronger enough to easily pump blood into my new body. That was all… I was a taur. I was feeling better, physically as all the sickness, fever and pain vanished. On the downside… I was a taur, a freak. My parents are gonna kill me and school will be hell.

And almost in response to that thought the door was unlocked and my parents came in. Mom let out a scream, while Dad looked really mad.
Hi, this is part one of a series :iconcooper3: offered me to do. The plot is simple: there is a virus that changes people into taurs and the protagonist gets infected.

This is the first series i do without a TG, hope it is of your liking and as always every sort of comment is welcome.

Some characters belong to Cooper's idea's and guidelines he provided, some are added by me, :D

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Top 18 Questions Asked by Atheists

-- These are taken from my own personal experience discussing with atheists. You can find them also in my "How I Know God Exists" journal, but I thought I'd spread them to the public more. Hopefully both atheists and Christians will read these and learn more.

--Note that I try to keep these concise and to the point. I could probably write a small book on each individual one, haha. But for space and time's sake, I won't. That's why I've also supplied plenty of links for you to learn more. If you think I don't fully answer something, read the links I give you. If you have more questions concerning something, read the links I give you. Anyone who comes to me asking about something that the links could have answered will be ignored.

1. Why would God allow evil?

Two words: free will.

We have free will to commit evil, and free will to choose not to.

Evil is the absence of God. The same way cold is the absence of heat, and darkness is the absence of light.

God also uses evil for the ultimate good, such as Jesus dying on the cross and giving all Christians salvation forever.

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1. Why is there evil in the world?

2. I've never seen God.

I have never seen your brain. You have never seen your brain. So, going by that argument, your brain doesn't exist.

Also, there are many people who have seen Jesus, angels, Heaven, Hell, and demons. Just because you have not doesn't apply to the whole of humanity.

See links:
2. 23 Minutes in Hell

3. There are contradictions in the Bible.

No, there are not.

One of my favorite hobbies is debunking all these so-called contradictions. There are three explanations for them.

-A failure to realize the impact Jesus made. That's why the Old and New Testament are so different. It's not a contradiction, it's just that everything changed because of Jesus Christ.

-A failure to look at it in context. Read all the surrounding verses. Heck, read the whole book! I can't even count how many "contradictions" I've been asked about have been due to someone only reading one verse and not understanding or even bothering to look into the context.

-Making assumptions. Look at what the Bible says, what it really says. I remember once an atheist was asking about the dating being wrong, but he/she was making the assumption that someone's son was the eldest, and the Bible never said that.

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3. Bible Difficulties carm.org/bible-difficulties

4. Does Christianity promote hate?

Not at all. There are numerous verses in the Bible that enforce that we are to love everyone and not judge anybody. Also take note that, to make that claim is entirely illogical.

Say a road marks the speed limit at 40mph. And you see some people going 50mph. It's illogical to claim that all people on that road go 50, or that the real speed limit must be 50 because you've seen some people going that fast. Individual actions in no way change what is set in stone.

Matthew 5:44 "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"

Matthew 19:19 "honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself."

Luke 6:27 "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,"

Luke 6:32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them."

John 13:34 "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

Romans 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."

Romans 13:10 "Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."

1 Corinthians 16:14 "Do everything in love."

Galatians 5:6 "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."

Galatians 5:14 "The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

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4. What is hate speech?

5.Why do you try to convert me?

Because we care about you and don't want you to go to hell.

6. Why is Christianity more valid than any other religion?

That's a long and detailed answer. Simply put, Christianity has more evidence in support of it than any other religion. The links are really important for you to read in this case.

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5. How do I know which religion is right?
6. How is Christianity different?
7. With all the different religions, how do I know which one is correct?
8. What makes Christianity unique?
9. All Groups and Movements
10. Why believe in Christianity over all other religions?

7. Why is sin such a big deal? I don't need forgiveness.

Whether you think you need forgiveness or not doesn't change the fact that you do.

To understand Christianity it is imperative that you understand the severity of sin. Sin is of Satan, and Satan is the exact opposite of God. (In the effect that sin is everything God isn't, not that Satan is His equal.) When we sin, we are becoming like Satan, so the wages of sin is death. But the beauty of it is that God offers us forgiveness. We are evil, but He is willing to love and forgive. All He asks is that you have a relationship with Him.

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11. I am not a sinner.
12. There's no such thing as sin.
13. What is sin?
14. I'm doing the best I can and I'm sincere.

8. Doesn't evolution make more sense?

Hardly. The theory  of evolution is full of weakness and flaws. Here's just a few:

a. The fossil record has holes in it. Dinosaur and humans footprints were found side-by-side in Arizona and Turkmenistan. In Uzbekistan, 86 consecutive hoof prints of horses were found in rocks dating back to the dinosaurs. Petrified trees in Arizona's petrified forest have fossilized nests of bees and cocoons of wasps. Those forests are reputedly 220 million years old, while bees (and flowering plants which bees require) supposedly evolved almost 100 million years later.

b. Radiometric dating does not take into account the way heat and water affect the aging of bones (it makes them appear much, much older). Creationist scientists do take this into account. So why don't evolutionists? Because it would disprove their entire theory and take them back to square one.

c. There is no evidence nor any guesses behind how the singularity formed or what caused the big bang. After all, something can't come from nothing.

d. How can morals develop from amoral matter?

e. No macro variations (speciation) in evolution have ever been observed.

f. The teleological argument says that since the universe displays such an amazing design, there must have been a divine Designer. For example, if the Earth were closer or farther away from the sun, it would not be capable of supporting much of the life it currently does. If the elements in our atmosphere were even a few percentage points different, nearly every living thing on Earth would die. The odds of a single protein molecule forming by chance is 1 in 10243 (that is a 1 followed by 243 zeros). A single cell is comprised of millions of protein molecules.

Just judging by those few, it's obvious evolution isn't 100% fact. Again, if you want to learn more, it's very important you take a look at the links. Though, note, you don't have to believe in creation to be a Christian. That's not what we're judged on.

See links:
15. Creation Evolution Debate
16. Evolution
17. Questions about Creation
18. Mathematics proving evolution wrong

9. How is Hell a fair punishment?

Sin is like breaking the law. When you break the law, you get punished. If God didn't punish those who broke His law, that would make Him unjust.

Hell is eternal because sin is eternal. And Heaven is eternal because forgiveness is eternal. If you don't like Hell, do you like Heaven?

You can't have a reward without a punishment. You also can't have an eternal reward but a temporary punishment. It's illogical

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19. I can't believe in a God that would send people to Hell.
20. A loving God would never send anybody to hell.
21. How is eternity in hell a fair punishment for sin?

10. Was Jesus a real person?

Most definitely. B.C. stands for "Before Christ" and A.D. stands for Anno Domini, meaning "the year of our Lord". Obviously Jesus must have been a real person for these labels to be used for thousands of years. Also, consider how HUGE Christmas is. Christmas celebrates Jesus Christ's birth.

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22. Questions about Jesus.

11. How do I know God is real?

Can you prove God isn't? My guess would be no, since you can't prove something doesn't exist. That is, essentially, a negative position and you can't prove a negative.

For you to say there's no proof of God is to claim you know all things with which to say proof doesn't exist. You would have to know all things that happened in the past, all things that are happening in the present, and all things that will happen in the future. And obviously you don't.

Also take note that proof is subjective. What is proof for one person will differ for proof from another.

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23. There is no proof that God exists.
24. I don't see any convincing evidence for God.
25. Is there any conclusive proof of God?

12. Why would God allow pain and suffering?

When bad things happen, we can do one of two things: turn away from God and blame Him, or turn to God and ask for help.

To quote Tony Nolan "We all live in a bad neighborhood. It's called Earth, and it's under a curse." This world is sinful, and Satan is trying to fully corrupt it. And he does so by corrupting the hearts in it.

This life is so temporary in comparison to eternity. When you argue with God, you are arguing against the very being that gave you the ability to argue.

For us, things may seem like the end of the world. But you must understand that God exists outside of time and outside of the world. Things are completely different for Him.

And it's difficult to understand, but if God were small enough to be understood, He wouldn't be big enough to be worshiped. God cares about you in your time of hurt, and if you just allow Him, He'll help you through it.

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26. If God is all powerful and loving, why is there suffering in the world?

13. What does it mean to be a Christian, anyway?

Going to church, reading the Bible, dealing evolution/creation are all non-essentials. We are not judged on that. What makes a Christian are these things:

-Belief in God and belief that Jesus died and rose again for our sins.
-Trying to be the best person you can (we're all sinners, so no one is perfect)
-Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior
-Admitting you are a sinner and asking for forgiveness
-Having a relationship with God

That's it. It's that simple. The doors to God aren't closed to anyone. It doesn't matter if you're rich, poor, white, black, male, female, famous, infamous, ugly, beautiful, a Christian or an atheist. EVERYONE can come to God.

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27. What is Christianity?
28. How do I become a Christian?
29. What does it mean to be a Christian?

14. What about all those laws in the Old Testament?

What about them? Lol Just kidding.

We don't follow those, they were meant for the Isrealites. We are under a new covenant of grace because of Jesus and we follow His Gospel. It states quite a few times in the New Testament that we are no longer supposed to follow those laws. Indeed, that's what the entire book of Galatians is about.

Many of the laws were more ritual than anything else to show others they were set apart  and stand for the one true God. As for the dietary laws, God knew better than man did about what should and should not be eaten. He said it was okay to eat meat, but certain animals were not safe to eat. Back then, milk wasn't even pasteurized and even the water could have so many microbes and nasty stuff in it that just getting a drink of water was dangerous. So by telling them what to eat, God was not only keeping them set apart from others who ate everything; but He also was helping them to live longer, stronger, and healthier lives since He knew what parasites could live inside some food. The laws about not patching up your clothes with another type of fabric were ritual, and not necessary today.

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30. Why do Christians not obey Old Testament commandments?

15. Does the Bible promote slavery?

Not at all. You have to understand slavery in those days was a social status thing, not an "inhuman" thing. People sold themselves into slavery when they couldn't afford a living. Not only does the Bible outline the humane treatment of slaves, but it also speaks against slave traders, kidnapping people for slavery, and racial slavery.

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31. Does the Bible condone slavery?

16. How can we trust the Bible since it was written by men and has been translated so many times?

The earliest copies of the Bible are still in existence in their original languages. It's quite easy for people to have a chance to read them, and I know someone who has and said it was the same.

There are no "translation" errors aside from simple copyist errors, nothing which changes the meaning of the passage. It's easily spotted and fixed.

Now, God is all-powerful and all-knowing. Which means He is always in control. He gave us the Bible to learn about Him and to learn what He expects from us. If there was a major mistake in the Bible, then couldn't that jeopardize our salvation? So why would God allow it to be corrupted? Men may have wrote it, but God was in control. To say otherwise is to claim that Satan is more powerful than God, but of course we know he isn't.

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32. If the Bible was written by sinful people, how can we trust it?
33. Illustration of copyist errors.
34. Questions about the Bible.  

17. Why was God so harsh in the Old Testament?

It's easy for us in our modern conveniences to criticize the way life was back then. First, you must recognize that those were rougher times, war and violence were part of life, there were strict laws and punishments, and that was just their culture.

Now, God's actions themselves are in regards to stopping evil from spreading, keeping stability, and because automatic forgiveness for sin didn't yet exist - as Jesus hadn't come yet.

The reason why God's judgement was so prevalent in the OT is because he was setting the stage. He told the world who He was, what sin was, and what would happen if people would not give a hoot about Him and His laws. So when people disobeyed, God did what He said He would. Most often, this meant death. But God wasn't being mean. He simply had to show His justice in doing what He said he would. He let the Israelites be taken into captivity when they refused and refused to listen to all His messengers. He struck whole armies dead for fighting against His people. But He was not merciless. He told the city of Ninevah that he would destroy them if they did not turn away from what they were doing wrong. They turned, and God stayed His judgement. It's that simple.

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18. What about homosexuality?

No, we don't hate homosexuals.

Those "Christians" who preach a message of hate are in direct disobedience of God's Word. The Bible describes the act of homosexuality as bad, not the people. It's a sin, just like all other sins. And just like all other sins, it can be forgiven.

And yes, science has proven there's a physical difference in the brains of homosexuals. However, many people are born with certain dispositions. Just because a guy may be born with extra testosterone doesn't mean it's a valid excuse any time he beats someone up.

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1. Why is there evil in the world? carm.org/apologetics/objection…
2. 23 Minutes in Hell www.amazon.com/23-Minutes-Hell… , video.google.com/videoplay?doc…
3. Bible Difficulties carm.org/bible-difficulties
4. What is hate speech? carm.org/hate-speech
5. How do I know which religion is right? carm.org/apologetics/objection…
6. How is Christianity different? www.gotquestions.org/Christian…
7. With all the different religions, how do I know which one is correct? www.gotquestions.org/correct-r…
8. What makes Christianity unique? www.gotquestions.org/Christian…
9. All Groups and Movements carm.org/all-list
10. Why believe in Christianity over all other religions? carm.org/why-believe-christian…
11. I am not a sinner. carm.org/i-am-not-a-sinner
12. There’s no such thing as sin. carm.org/apologetics/objection…
13. What is sin? carm.org/apologetics/objection…
14. I’m doing the best I can and I’m sincere. carm.org/apologetics/objection…
15. Creation Evolution Debate carm.org/creation-evolution-de…
16. Evolution carm.org/evolution
17. Questions about Creation www.gotquestions.org/questions…
18. Mathematics proving evolution wrong www.mathematicsofevolution.com…
19. I can’t believe in a God that would send people to hell. carm.org/apologetics/objection…
20. A loving God would never send anybody to hell. carm.org/apologetics/evidence-…
21. How is eternity in hell a fair punishment for sin? www.gotquestions.org/eternal-h…
22. Questions about Jesus. carm.org/questions/about-jesus
23. There is no proof that God exists. carm.org/there-no-proof-god-ex…
24. I don’t see any convincing evidence for God. carm.org/i-dont-see-any-convin…
25. Is there any conclusive proof of God? www.gotquestions.org/proof-of-…
26. If God is all powerful and loving, why is there suffering in the world? carm.org/apologetics/evidence-…
27. What is Christianity? carm.org/what-is-christianity
28. How do I become a Christian? carm.org/how-do-i-become-chris…
29. What does it mean to be a Christian? carm.org/christian
30. Why do Christians not obey Old Testament commandments? carm.org/why-do-christians-not…
31. Does the Bible condone slavery? www.gotquestions.org/Bible-sla…
32. If the Bible was written by sinful people, how can we trust it? carm.org/bible-sinful-written-…
33. Illustration of copyist errors. carm.org/illustration-bible-te…
34. Questions about the Bible. carm.org/questions/about-bible
35. Is the God of the Old Testament a merciless monster? carm.org/god-of-old-testament-…
36. Christianity and Homosexuality carm.org/christianity-and-homo…


A Man Agrees with God . . . by Allendra3 Proof of GodTo start off, I'd like you to take a moment to consider why it is you don't
believe our God exists.
You cannot stay in a state of lacking belief in God. After all, my dog doesn't believe in God, either, but she's not an atheist. To state that you simply don't believe is not sufficient. There must be a reason. On a similar note, I don't believe "blind faith" is sufficient either. I don't just "believe" in God, I have reasons for my beliefs. Either you have accepted the idea of God, or you have rejected it.
So what is the cause for your rejection? What is the basis that you found this view on? When put under speculation, is it adequate? Is it flawed? Is it subjective? This first section of my "essay" deals with reasons you might have for rejecting that our God exists, and refuting them.
I believe there is no God because . . .
1. There's no proof.
That statement is subjective. I'm probably going to use this word a lot, so here's a quick definition: subjective means biased or one-s
God in the Old TestamentMany non-Christians take issue with God's actions in the Old Testament. But I've noticed a pattern in their arguments. They say "God killed those people so He's evil" and say nothing else about the incident. This leads me to believe they don't know the context of what they're upset about, nor have they done the research to see the pattern of God's actions. Below, I have broken down 5 instances of God's judgment.
1. The Global Flood
a. The world was full of evil people, sin, and corruption. (Gen. 6:5), (Gen. 6:1-2)
b. God warns that He will flood the world to destroy the evil (Gen. 6:13)
c. Noah preached to the people of the world for about 100 years to repent from their evil, warning them what was to come (2 Peter 2:5)
d. Only Noah's family remained loyal to God, so God's forewarned judgment falls (Gen. 7:17)
e. Conclusion: God used His messenger Noah to warn a corrupt culture to repent but they didn't even after 100 years. And we find God's mercy being displayed on the one fami
Finding Faith Through ScienceRocket scientist Jim Bradford says that science has always affirmed his faith.
Jim sees science as the study of what God made. And he defines science in this way: Science is an endeavor to explore and understand. Scientism is a philosophy that starts by saying that nothing supernatural exists. Jim points out that this viewpoint is unable to answer the question of where the matter and energy came from that supposedly started the Big Bang, according to the theory.
With a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, among Jim’s many accomplishments is working with Boeing on space shuttles. Up until college he was too shy to do any sort of Christian leadership. But he overcame this during college by inadvertently leading a Christian student group each week. Now, along with his rocket science career he also talks to people about the relationship between science and religion.
According to Jim, this viewpoint that we were not Created is one of despair. It’s saying that you are an
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In a Bedroom inside of a grand castle that resides in a city surrounded by a ocean and forest. A girls voice can be heard throughout the castle.

Princess Hanayuki: Ahhhhhh! I'm so sick of all this formality and proper stuff!

Princess Hanayuki (花幸)(Flower Happiness) is a beautiful young girl with flowing hair that was born in the royal family but ever sense she turned 11 years old not to long ago, she has been refusing to do anything proper lately and runs off somewhere outside of the castle. Her childhood friend which was arranged by their parents when they were small to make sure she has someone to play with as well as take care of her gets dragged into everything she does as well.

Ryoshin: My lady, please, you've got to stop running away from the castle. You know nobody likes it when you do that. What would happen if you were to disappear?

Ryoshin (亮晋) (Brightness Advancing) is a young boy with the same age of the princess who always worry about her well being and tries to prevent her from getting hurt from outside the castle. Although he is very good, he can be stubborn some times. He also gets mixed up with being the princesses twin brother from time to time because of how much they look alike.

Princess Hanayuki: But I want to do things other then whatever this stuffy old castle tells me too do!

as she flops back and forth on her bed that was just remade not too long ago.

Ryoshin: Then what do you want to do outside of the castle that's more important then fulfilling your duties?

Princess Hanayuki: I don't know. Maybe travel around the world or something.... I just don't know! Just something besides being caged up here!

Ryoshin: Don't you know how dangerous the outside can be with all the wild monsters loose? Like I said, what would happen if you were to disappear on us?

Princess Hanayuki: Then how about this? let me travel around outside for about a week or so and If I hate it then I'll continue my duties as a.... "princess".... and if I love it then deal with it.

Ryoshin: What?! Didn't you hear me how dangerous it is outside? You don't even know how to fight as far as I know. Another thing, what would the castle do without you? You can't expect them to not notice you being gone for about a week.

as Ryoshin panics as he wonders what would happen to the castle if she were to fall in battle and what his punishment would be if he let her perish on the outside.

Princess Hanayuki: See this is why your such a worrywart, its not like I'm heading off into the mountains. I'm just going into the nearby forest that's not to far off from the castle. So no worries! And.....

The princess grins at Ryoshin and laughs under her breath making Ryoshin worry and get a bad feeling of whats going to happen.

Ryoshin: Every time you tell me not to worry, I worry...... And I don't like what ideas are filling your head...

As he kinda gets the feeling of whats going to happen.

Princess Hanayuki: Ohhh come on! its only for a week! You can do at lease this much right? You've obviously went through a lot worse situations then this.

Ryoshin: That's the problem. It might be easy to pull off but if I get caught, things will go downhill really fast and you would probably get locked inside the castle with extra teachings if that were to happen.

Princess Hanayuki: Then you don't get caught! We will start this early in the morning by the way so be prepared. You got that?

Ryoshin sighs as he no longer has a say so in her plan and has to go along with it.

Ryoshin: Alright.....

As the morning comes, a little bit pass about 3am, Hanayuki wakes Ryoshin up in his room and drags him to her room. Ryoshin is still dazed and tired from the sudden wake up until he remembered about her plan. Ryoshin notices that Hanayuki is now wearing some cloth leather clothes and she suddenly puts on a fancy velvet hooded robe with a small dagger, a club, and a bag with food in it that would at lease last for 5-6 days.

Princess Hanayuki: Alright, time to put on your disguise!

As the princess says in a quiet voice while she proceeds to take off his clothes. While stripped down to nothing, she grabs a small book on her shelf that's called "Elementary Magic for Novices" and chants a couple of spells. First spell made his hair as long as the princess's hair. The second spell gave him a small chest like hers as well as removing any parts that made him a man. and the third spell made his face that of a cute girls as well as a cute soft voice. Ryoshin was surprised by the outcome that he didn't know what to say while Hanayuki just laughs under her breath again.

Princess Hanayuki: Hahaha~ You look so cute, just like me! I guess this magic spells book from the magic teacher really does work. Too bad its just the novice edition otherwise I would make myself look really sexy! hahaha~ Alright lets get to work.

The princess begins to put clothes on the newly transformed Ryoshin as he is still embarrassed to even look at himself. After getting him dressed up to looking just like her, she said her farewells and that she will be back soon as soon as she runs out of her supplies. She also takes the magic novice book just in case if she need to use some spells. As morning comes, one of the other maids came in to wake up the princess.

Maid #1: Lady Hanayuki, its time to get up. Make sure your ready for your lessons today.

Ryoshin(Princess): Alright.... just give me a minute....

Maid #1: That's good too hear. We don't want you running off again.

The maid walks off leaving Ryoshin under the disguise as the princess to get ready for the lessons which should be for the princess. Ryoshin begins with the basic that any young princess would have to deal with like with the proper walking and history lessons, its a lot tougher then Ryoshin thought as he managed to complete it although he thought it would of been easier after watching the princess do it time after time again. Although he did understand why she didn't want to do it but it was still apart of her duties like a servant to a master. After all the lessons were done at it was night time, Ryoshin decides to take a bath. The "bath" was like a huge indoor round pool that goes up to your neck, by Ryoshins standards, goes up above the head so he always went to the shallow side till he got older.

Ryoshin(princess): This feels so much different then being together with all the other butlers around the mansion.... Its pretty much all to myself.... hmmm....

Ryoshin sits for a few minutes and finally decides to check out his new body while still feeling really embarrassed about the fact he is now a girl.

Ryoshin(princess): everything is so soft and delicate.... I wonder if all girls feel this way... But..... Everything is still childish until the body goes into puberty which transforms the girls body into something beautiful like a flower in the spring after a harsh winter...

After Ryoshin cleaned up, he got dressed for bed in a cute pink night dress that Hanayuki had in her closet, sense everything else in it was cute, he had no choice of what to wear and goes to sleep.

::END OF - - - DAY 1::
:: If I messed up on the Japanese, please tell me ::

The first day, Ryoshin never thought how hard the life of a princess can be even from watching it from afar.

This is going to at lease be a 7 part story given of what happens in each day until the princess returns from her secret journey.
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Thump. Thump. Thump. To Yowane Haku it felt as if her heart was about to leap out of her throat. Nervously she stared at the large oak door to the mansion-like house.


She slowly brought her fist up preparing to knock when the handle to her suitcase slipped from her grip and slammed into the door. Haku put her hand on the door as she bent down to retrieve the fallen luggage.



But to her horror right as she reached the handle the door opened sending her crashing down inside the house. Red with embarrassment she scrambled to her knees staring up at the person standing over her.



Above her a tall young man with blue hair and eyes held an ice cream cone. After an awkward moment, while they stared at each other quizzically the boy dropped the sugary cone and creamy liquid  onto Haku's long white hair.



"Agh my ice cream!" The boy screamed.



"W- What is it?!" A shrill voice screamed. Haku watched a small blonde girl run down the stairs  leading down to the front door. "Kaito what did you do!" She yelled as she panted to a stop. She put her hands on her hips and pointed her blue eyed gaze directly at him accusingly.



The blue boy, Kaito, slowly turned gaping at the blonde girl. "R- Rin I dropped my ice cream." He whimpered. Rin sighed.



"I'm sorry Kaito, but c'mon get in the kitchen now." She commanded. What about me! Haku wondered as panic surged through her.  A mature looking woman with long pink hair walked in and Haku miserably watched her wallowing in self pity.



"Hey there," She began crouching down next to Haku, "I'm Luka. Come on in, we can get you washed up." Luka held out a hand and Yowane Haku gratefully accepted it. Luka hoisted the other girl up and lead her down a hallway to a rather large bathroom.



"T- Thank you." Haku stuttered so quietly the other girl barely heard her.



"It's cool. You must be really nervous. You're the first UTAU to come live here in our Vocaloid resident. There's actually only 8 of us living here, well 9 including you. The other 17 of us are living in two other houses. We're slowly working on moving in all together, hopefully with more and more UTAUs on the way! Everyone is happy to have you living with us, their just all nervous about it." Luka explained.



"Ah I see." Haku muttered at loss for better words.



"Lay your head back." Luka commanded as she used a spray nozzle to rinse the other girl's hair. "Kaito is super child like often, but he's actually a really nice guy. He's the moron who dropped his ice cream all over you. Rin's the girl. She's the youngest one here, besides her twin brother who she strictly claims was conceived after her. Rin and Kaito are super cute together, of course not romanticly together that is. You see Rin pretty much takes care of her and acts like a bigger sister besides the, what is it, 6 year age difference? Alright you're hair is all clean use this towel."



Haku roughly dried her long hair the best she could. "Do you want to meet everyone else or go to your room first?" Luka asked taking the towel back.



"Oh . . . um could I see my room?" Haku shyly asked.



"Yeah of course! You're really shy aren't you?" Haku blushed looking away. "Yeah you are. Don't worry I was too but everyone here is great, we're like a big old family. You'll fit in just great." To Haku's surprise Luka grabbed Haku's giant suit case lugging it down the hallway.



"Oh um-"



"Just fallow me." Luka laughed. Haku fallowed her up to the second story. On the way they got a follower. A thin girl with long teal hair in twin tails fallowed them silently staring at the stranger curiously.



Luka opened a door on the left of a hallway with 2 other doors. Haku stepped inside the room and gasped. It was a large room with a king sized bed on one wall. The walls are a white and purple striped that Haku strongly liked. A large walk in closet was on the other side of the bed and then a bathroom. Across from the bed a desk and next to that a grand dresser and then a body sized mirror.



"Most rooms here are for 2 people. But since not all the vocaloids and UTAUs have moved in it's only one person per room for now."



"Ah I see . . ."



"So . . . Who's this?" The girl with teal hair asked.



"Miku, couldn't you be a bit more polite? Anyways this is Haku. Remember, she's come to live with us." Luka explained.



"Oh, her! The UTAU right? Hi I'm Miku." Miku stuck out a hand forcing Haku to shake it.



"Nice to meet you."



"Wow you're real quite too. Are you . . . shy?" Miku asked. With each word she grew closer and closer to Haku.



"I guess so." She managed to say.



"Yeah I can tell." Miku said spinning around playfully.



"Alright now, how about we go meet everyone else." Luka said putting both hands on Miku's shoulders. Haku nodded shyly nervous to meet the others. "Miku call everyone to the dining room." Miku nodded and turned cupping her hands around her mouth.



"DINING ROOM!" Miku yelled. Haku winced and fallowed Luka downstairs.



The dining room was a large room with marble floors and beige walls. Taking up nearly the whole room is a large oak dining table with a total of 12 chairs. Against the opposite wall is sliding glass doors that lead to a large backyard.



Already Rin and Kaito sat next to each other, Rin eating an orange and Kaito ice cream. Luka beckoned for Haku to sit down and she did so. Luka took her place next to Haku. A tall young man with long purple hair sat down next to Luka.



"Hello beautiful." He said with a cheesy grin. Luka rolled her eyes.



"Hi." She said bluntly. Next a young blond teenager who looked strikingly like Rin sat down next to Rin. Miku came bounding in with a green haired girl. They sat down, next to the purple haired man. Lastly a young woman with short brown hair came in carrying a bottle of rice wine.



She took a swig then took her place at the head of the table. Luka gave her a chastising look and then sat up straighter.



"Well everybody I've told you before, but we have a knew member of our 'family'. This is Haku. Now everyone introduce yourself and make her feel at home, alright?" Luka said crossing her arms. The woman with short brown hair rolled her eyes and smiled at me.



"Hey there, I'm Meiko. You want some?" Meiko held the rice wine bottle towards Haku.



"Ah, no thanks." Haku said looking down while blushing. Meiko shrugged taking another gulp from the bottle.



"I'm Len." The blonde teenage boy said.



"I'm Rin. And I'm Len's older sister." Rin exclaimed grinning.



"Um older twin sister by 46 seconds." Len countered back. Rin rolled her eyes grinning slyly at her brother.



"I'm Kaito. Uh sorry about the ice cream thing earlier." He apologized.



"It's fine . . ."



"I'm Gumi. Welcome to the family Haku!" The girl with green hair exclaimed.



"Thanks." Haku tucked a piece of her hair behind her ear.



"I'm Miku, but you know that."



"I'm Gakupo." The purple haired guy introduced. Haku glanced over at Luka who grinned at her.



"Alright great. Well I'm on kitchen duty today so can someone give her a tour of the house?" Luka asked. Haku bit her lip nervously. She didn't like the idea of someone else showing her around. She wanted to cling to Luka, but she knew that wasn't possible and she would just be a nuisance.



"I'll do it!" Gakupo exclaimed. Luka sighed giving him a funny look.



"Don't try any funny business." She snapped glancing over at Haku for a brief moment.



"Like that's possible. I'll go with them." Gumi giggled. Gakupo glared at her and she shrugged.



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The tour wasn't super long and Haku quickly caught on with the location of everything. During the tour she also learned that Gakupo and Gumi were siblings along with a little brother who's off visiting family. Gakupo is a flirt but actually really likes Luka.



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After the tour it was dinner. It seemed to pass in a blur of inside jokes, stupid stories and some food thrown here and there. Before I knew it, Miku was walking me to my room.



"Yeah and so he threw it back! It was hilarious." Miku laughed finishing an elaborate story about gum.



"Wow that's funny." Haku said absent minded. In reality she was thinking about Teto and Defoko, Ritsu and all the other UTAUs she had lived with. But because our old apartment place was being sold Haku had come to live with the VOCALOIDs while all the other UTAUs went to live with family.



"- he did. Um aren't you going to go inside you're room?" Miku asked giving her a funny look. Haku blushed.



"Oh yeah, sorry." Haku said opening her new bedroom door.



"Don't worry . . . Well good night!" Miku exclaimed running to her bedroom in the room next to her.



Haku nodded, more to herself than to any one else really. She sighed and closed her bedroom door. Throughout dinner she didn't utter a word. It was as if she wasn't there. Everyone knew each other so well,  Haku really did stand out. Haku shook off the feeling and got ready for bed.



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The next day Haku woke up earlier than everyone else. She got showered and dressed for the day and then went downstairs to the kitchen. She felt nervous walking through the house without being led. Haku got a glass of water and slowly took a sip.



"Boo." A voice hissed in Haku's ear. Haku squealed and the glass slipped out of her hand crashing to the floor. Haku stared down in horror at the broken shards. "Wow. Good one new girl." The same voice snapped. Haku glanced over at Meiko.



"You scared me." Haku confessed.



"No, really?" She said rolling her eyes.



"Right." Haku murmured. She bent down picking up a shard clumsily. She hissed as it cut her.



"Wow you're pretty stupid." Meiko chuckled. Meiko turned to a drawer tossing Haku a band aid.



"Sorry. Thanks."



"Relax. And remember, there is such thing as a broom." Meiko swiped the broken glass up, properly disposing them. "Are you just going to just stand there all day?" She snapped. "I have to make breakfast."



"Sorry." Haku blushed scurrying to the backyard. This was the first time she actually went outside in the backyard. It has a large grassy area and a patio with a large glass table. To the left is a beautiful cherry blossom tree with a bench swing hanging from it. The cherry blossoms slightly hid the large shed.



Haku walked off the patio and onto the grass. It felt heavenly soft between her toes. She breathed in the fresh hair and giggled slightly to herself. Haku gasped when she saw a cat hissing.



The small cat was trying to free it's tail from under a lawn mower. Haku wondered how it got stuck like that but either way she rushed over freeing it. The cat purred rubbing itself up against Haku. "Aren't you a cutie. But you better be careful to not get stuck again." Haku crooned. The cat meowed and Haku laughed.



Haku spent the next half hour playing with the cat. Chasing it around the yard, climbing up the tree with it. "You're my closest friend, girl." Haku said laughing to the cat. Haku was disappointed when the back door opened scaring off Haku's newly found friend.



"It's time for breakfast." Meiko yelled with a mysterious grin. Haku blushed.



"Coming." She said. It was the loudest Meiko ever heard the other girl and she burst out laughing while closing the door. Haku slipped inside taking the spot next to Luka. Luka began small talk about while Haku answered short bland answers.



"Ladies and gentle men may I present breakfast!" Meiko shoved a big bowl onto the table. "This is my creation surprise in a bowl!" Haku glanced into the bowl and winced. The texture was slimy with random lumps. It looked like a mix of eggs sausage vegetables and some type of soup.



"Are you sure this is edible?" Kaito asked. Meiko thought for a moment.



"Nope. So how about you take the first bite?" Meiko teased. Kaito winced.



"I'll pass." He groaned.



"So who wants to try it?" Meiko asked.



"I'll pass." Luka muttered giving me an apologetic look.



"I'll try it!" Gumi exclaimed. Rin and Len gave her the thumbs up.



"Not my fault if it kills you." Meiko states. She grabbed a ladle and poured a great big clump onto Gumi's glass bowl. Gumi made a face and looked ready to changer her mind.



"You can do it!" The twins exclaimed.



"Of course I can! Here I go!" Gumi scooped up a large spoonful and shoved it into her mouth. She made a face and bolted out of the room.



"Eh? It can't be that bad. Heh, how about you try new girl?" Meiko asked holding out a spoon and the big bowl of glop.



"Um alright . . ." Haku said. She took the spoon and a medium size scoop of the surprise in a bowl. She hesitantly shoved it in her mouth and couldn't hid the scowl to well. Haku forced down the ill tasting glop.



"Oh . . . how does it taste?" Meiko asked setting down the Surprise in a Bowl.



"It tastes . . . good." For some reason everyone at the table burst out laughing at Haku's little fib.  She blushed and Luka stood up pulling out a cell phone.



"How does some pizza sound?" She asked.



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"Alright can you hand me a bowl?" Kaito asked. Haku volunteered to help Kaito cook dinner and so far it wasn't going great.



"Where's the bowls?" Haku asked. Kaito sighed and opened a cupboard getting one for himself.



"Here." He said. He threw all the chopped up carrots into the bowl. "Get me the sour cream and onion powder." Haku scurried to the fridge grabbing the sour cream and thrusting it to Kaito.



"Um, where's the onion powder?" Haku asked blushing.



"Like I said in the spice cupboard. The one with the sign that says spices." Haku nodded digging through the shelves. To her horror she knocked the spices down. Breaking one of the bottles in the process.



"I'm so sorry." Haku exclaimed.



"Its uh fine. How about you go help Len with the laundry?" Kaito suggested. Haku nodded and scurried to the laundry room.



"Oh Haku, hi." Len said startled when Haku showed up in the small room.



"Hi, Len. Can I help you with the laundry?" Haku eagerly asked. She felt horrible for not being able to help with anything around the house.



"Sure. I'm just folding the laundry until this load finishes." Len explains. Haku nodded. She began to fold clothes.



"Where do I put it now?" She asked.



"Well that's Meiko's so you put it in her pile which is here." He explained. After a few unsuccessful articles of clothes folded the washer and dryer buzzed to a finish. With each clothing Haku had to ask who's it was and which pile that was. It was slowing Len down.



"You know how to start a washer and dryer right?" Len asked.



"Yeah." Haku said. Len motioned for her to do it. She nodded and began. She was proud with the short time she got it done.



"Good job. Now go wait for dinner. I'll put the load that's in the washer in the dryer and then it should be time for dinner." Len explained. Haku did as told and right as dinner was beginning Len cried out from the laundry room down the hall.



He came running down the hall holding an ugly shade of gray shirt. "It's bleached!" He cried.



"What?  The whole load?" Gakupo asked. Len nodded. "What did you do?" He snapped.



"Sorry, that's my fault." Haku said burning bright red. Luka sighed.



"It's fine. But how about from now on you just leave the house work to us?" Luka asked. Haku nodded sadly.



"I'm so sorry." Haku repeated. Rin smiled patting Haku's shoulder.



"Don't worry. I do that too that's why I make Len do laundry." Rin said. Haku nodded but still felt miserable about it.



Dinner went fine but after wards Haku felt a little bit sick. Did I come down with a cold? She wondered. She was lying down in her bed and fell asleep even though it was only 7 PM.



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In the morning Haku woke up feeling groggy. Her throat hurt and her whole body felt strangely heavy. Breakfast past in a groggy blur that Haku barely recalled. The last she remembered is standing up and collapsing.



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"Haku!" Luka yelled. Luka jumped out of her chair and knelt down next to Haku's unconscious body. She pressed her hand to her forehead.



"Is she okay?" Miku asked.



"She's burning up." Luka said looking up horrified.



"Here I'll carry her to her room." Kaito volunteered. He knelt down and picked her up. The whole group of people went up to Haku's room. Kaito put the sick girl onto her bed. He pulled the thick dark blue comforter over her.



"Rin, Len go get the sick kit." Luka commanded. "Miku, Gumi go get a bowl of warm water and cool water." They split off to get the tools. And quickly came back.



"Wow her temperature is 102.6 degrees." Meiko exclaimed.



"That's pretty bad." Gakupo pointed out wiping Haku's forehead with a damp towel.



"Yeah, and she didn't complain at all." Gumi pointed out.



"I feel  bad for not noticing." Luka said.



"It's not like you can read minds. Don't worry. She'll get better. She's part of our family isn't she?" Meiko asked grinning. The whole family laughed.


"Of course!" They chorused.



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The whole VOCALOID family spent the night taking care of Haku. When she woke up she was startled to see everyone there looking tired.



"Haku, you're awake!" Rin exclaimed.



"Yeah, what's going on?" Haku asked nervously turning red.



"You had a fever. You still have a slight one but it's not that bad anymore." Luka explained. They all flinched in surprise when they saw a tear trickle down the girl's cheek.



"Uwah, what's wrong?!" Rin cried.



"I'm s- so sorry!" Haku whimpered trying to wipe away a tear.



"For what?" Len asked.



"I'm such a nuisance! I keep getting in your way, I can't do any house work. I break dishes and now I get sick and you have to take care of me." Haku exclaimed. Meiko chuckled smiling softly while all the other VOCALOIDs stared at Haku shocked.



"It's alright Haku. It's not like you force us to do anything. Yeah you may not be able to do house work but you still try and put all your best effort into it either way! And it's alright to break dishes. Not that you should run around breaking them but it happens ya know! You're a good person, Haku. We want to take care of you, help you. And only you would get upset at the thought that others are carrying a burden because of you. Only you would go save a scary looking stray cat. Don't worry Haku. You're family. A part of our family. We're here for each other, including you." Meiko explained.



To everyone's surprise Haku threw her arms around Meiko. "Thank you!" The girl cried.



"Ah! I get it. Now lay down your sick! We need to nurse you to health!" Meiko cried pushing the sick girl back into bed with a smile.

It is done!!!!!! So hard ;A; I decided to write in third person . . . so whatchya think? I think my first person is better. Yeah this is the first time I've ever included Haku in a fanfiction is was pretty hard >////O

Oh and Happy 4th of July!~ (I'm gana party all night long~ jk I wish)

Commission for :iconclyra-the-wolf: I hope you like it!! Sorry if it's not exactly what you had in mind. I'm soo sorry it took so long //shot

So yes I still have commissions up just message me what you want and I'll most likely accept :D (prices on my profile page)

:bulletred: Sorry for all grammar/spelling mistakes. I'm no where near perfect while I do try my best I know I miss a bunch.

:bulletpurple: Sorry Haku is a Pitchloid, if you're like me that one wrong detail of Haku being an UTAU probably bugged you intensely >////< I deeply apologize for getting it all mixed up //shot
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"Nope, nu uh. I'm not doing it." David said, crossing his arms.
"But why not? You do realize that you brought this up, right?" Jesus asked, dragging the question.
David looked at the ground and frowned. It was very idiotic to bring up to Jesus that he did not trust Him...now Jesus was "making" him do a trust fall.
"Jesus, You do know that this is not useful at all...right?" David asked.
"How do you know that?" Jesus asked, smirking.
David sighed and turned around.
"Jesus, that's the thing...I didn't know that you were going to do this...You know that I hate trust falls, the person behind me always drops me. Even after they catch me, they just drop my head after my fall. Remember how I had to go to the hospital because of this stupid stunt?"
Jesus did not seem moved by David's almost convincing arguement.
"Do you want to trust Me or not?" Jesus asked, stretching His arms out.
David sighed frustratedly and turned back around, crossing his arms again.
"How do I know that You won't drop me? You're too far away from me and-"
"Hush, David. Simply fall back and let Me do the rest."
David was moved by Jesus' Words and he closed his eyes.
"Do You promise that you'll catch me?" David asked.
"Fall back and see for yourself," Jesus said softly and patiently.
David huffed. He clutched his crucifix; what if this wasn't Jesus? What if this was the devil in disguise, and if he did fall back, he would fall in to hell instead of his hardwood floor?
"Jesus, I trust in You..." He mumbled to himself five times.
Finally, he fell back. He panicked slightly when he felt his body almost touch the ground, but he felt strong and secure hands on the back of his shoulders. He opened his eyes and saw Jesus smiling at him.
"See? I knew you could do it," He laughed, lifting David to his feet.
David, still bewildered, stared at Jesus' Hands. Jesus put His arm around David and said, "See that small demonstration of your trust in Me? If you show more of your trust for Me, know that you can do many good things! For the person who trusts in Me is never disappointed."
When you trust Him, you will not be disappointed!!!
Believe me, I'm still working on trusting Him...trusting on others and being disappointed has brought me to the point of trusting Jesus being a difficult thing, but I know that all things are possible! There is always hope, even for the hopeless!!!
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Boy was about nineteen. A young man really, but his face made him look younger. Girl was younger, maybe fifteen, sixteen.  Peter Bowen thought as he kept his distance considering the situation, studying the several people involved.

City of wade was under Arenian occupation for over three centuries now, and Arenian trackers seeking out mages to be drafted to their military force was hardly an unusual event. Most people who were learned in spellcasting kept their skills hidden, and their weapons were creatively concealed.

Still give it enough time and any trickery will stand revealed. Trackers were by now very skilled in noticing anything with engraved spellcasting spiral.  A ring, a stick, the smallest of things. They knew what they were looking for.

This was what baffled peter as he studied the unfolding situation. Boy was blatantly wearing two short swords with the casting spiral boldly and prominently visible on their handles. Either he was a fool, of a foreigner who decided to seek his fortune in the city known to be the heart of merchant routes of ravine.

You control the trading routes and you control the gold. And for this very reason Arenians made sure wade was well controlled

A mage hunter pushed the boy and peter noticed that there was no fight in him... panic, yes, fear. Definitely. No fight.

Sigh...if those bastards are so desperate for reinforcements to take such obvious wimps the day of our victory is at hand.
Peter said it with  a sad grin on his face. A grin full of painful memories of friends and lost allies that never affected his eyes.

Mary silently observed him.. Then glanced back at the four guards pushing the young man and the girl around

So?

Peter turned to face her. She was young and beautiful black hair and pale cold eyes that have seen too much evil,  he remembered there were nights when she gave him comfort, but there was never love between them.  Here was comradely.. Oh yes. And there was absolute trust.
And Aertes grace there was fight in her... too much fight he sometimes thought....

There are four of them and two of us. He said with a slightly amused look on his face.

If you want i can call a few more to make it interesting for you she replied  with an impishly raised eyebrow

Which escape route do we take afterwards., and what do we do with…them  he asked  glancing to the two foreigners.

We go home… if they wish they can follow she said in a disinterested way.
Girl seems strong...the guy... who knows.

Very well peter sighed with a distinct tone of resignation in his voice... so distinct in fact that it was obviously exaggerated.  He had every intention of helping the foreigners. Wade was after all his town. Arenians were merely borrowing it.





Street was relatively narrow. In a way it made everything easier. They were fast and they were silent. It was the carelessness of the guards that did it. Over time they grew complacent. So sure of their dominion over the streets that they could enjoy the mage hunter interrogating the foreigners. Laugh at the trembling young man  who begged them to leave them be... sadistic behavior comes easy ion the right kind of environment, and wade has over time become the best kind of environment for it.

This was the reason for their swift downfall. The guard that was supposed to cover the street behind them was way too amused with the goings on . He fell first. A well-placed dagger in  the temple. Mary mused about the arrogance of him not wearing his helmet, and a part of her felt the rage of the under estimated.  They were so sure of their supremacy that thee rebellion that was building up in the dark corners  went unnoticed.

Peter slit the throats of other two guards in one swift motion. He was a large man, but training made him swift. And so accurate. Mage hunter turned around, a casting dagger in hand when in one swift motion the foreign girl produced what appeared to be a pipe with a spellcasting  Baran spiral and blasted a lightning bolt at the hunter. He fell to the ground instantly dead.

Young man watched his companion in shock.. Then hugged her...Mary noticed he was crying.

A wimp she thought.

I am so sorry Eines... i.. I should have done it.. You should not have taken a life. Not you too...

Are you alright peter asked louder to get their attention.
Y…yes

Listen well you too. You can either run away, flee this city. You may make it or you may not. Or you may come with us.

They stared blankly at peter in the middle of the bloodbath that occurred..

We don’t have all day. We are leaving now!  If you wish, you may follow!
Peter said as he took out a short casting dagger and set the dead bodies ablaze. He knew it was a flat out  sign to anyone that death occurred there, but he was damned if the city he strived to liberate only ended up falling to whisperers.

Immediately after, they ran
The girl was the first to move, young man followed.



After meandering through a labyrinth of streets and passages they ended up in the tunnels and eventually they came to a house. .
peter took the foreigners to an empty room, and there Mary joined him after a while.

I am peter Bowen, and lady here is Mary Ives, and you two are?

Eines girl said

Eines....peter waited

Just Eines girl replied.

Very well, and you?

Stein, stein Phais....

Stein the wanderer?

Stein twitched for a moment....

Phais , peter said with an amused tone... it means a wanderer in Muraman. So, stein the wanderer and...Eines... what ill wind brought you two to wade?
Boy seemed to regain his composure, as he began a story peter heard on quite a few occasions.
Hey were refugees from Ardunat. He heard rumors...how much actual truth there was to them he never knew. But even the Arenian council of mages fled the fallen city.
Apparently a necryte was reborn there and he has leveled the city. Some say dozens died, others numbered hundreds....such is the way of rumors.

If steins story was to be trusted, there was an event in Ardunat. It happened during the sealing of a grimlas when the man now dubbed the reaper of Ardunat lost control and revealed himself as a necryte. Two hundred and forty seven people died. Boy must have lost someone dear that day peter thought. People like that remember the exact body count.

After the fall of Ardunat he and his sister Eines wandered the kingdoms doing work where work was to be found. Apparently the girl was a competent mage, and stein was a schooled cartographer. Still, in the end road took them to wade. All roads lead to wade at one point or another. And here they thought of finding work and even settling down. Until they got ambushed.

Peter glanced down on stein's swords. You go around showing those blades and you will be marked by the mage trackers. Arenians need mages for their armies as a mage's life is a short endeavor relatively speaking.

Stein seemed to study his own swords for a moment. It never occurred to me that things were that bad in wade.

Oh yes Mary replied my brothers were drafted, all but one. They weren’t as...lucky as you were today.

You have my gratitude...stein said. Then after a pause spent carefully looking at both peter and Mary, he continued. Would i be wrong to presume that you two are...opposing the Arenian rule?

Peter and Mary shared a look.

What gives you that idea Mary asked noticing that steins demeanor completely changed. There was cunningness in the eyes that initially seemed fearful. A grin shined on the lips that a mere hour ago begged for mercy. And yes an attractive young man where a sniveling coward was just recently.

Stein grinned. You mean besides the lack of hesitation in the way you killed those guards?  Your outfits, the way you hide your armor and weaponry. The way you dull its shine so it doesn’t attract attention, and of course the fact that peter here has a crest of the house wade. They were the previous rulers and founders of the city, and only those who defy the present rule would hold to the crests of the old.

Eines rolled her eyes...what my brother here is trying to say is that this house still has the crest of the former ruler engraved on the wall here, and as a cartographer he is quite familiar with it as it used to signify wade on trading maps.

Stein shot a hurt look towards Eines sounded more cunning the way i said it.

Peter laughed heartily, well. I don’t know about cartographers, but if you want, we are always looking for capable people to aid our battle. Stein stiffened upon hearing the word battle. It was hard not to notice it. Peter put an arm around his shoulder and said. There are different ways to fight this battle stein.  Even a cartographer may find a purpose.

Stein remained silent...

Eines said. If you help us with food and a roof over our heads, we will help in any way we can.

Stein looked pleadingly at his sister who shot him a cold look. He shrugged after a moment and said... very well... we will help in any way we can.

Excellent! Then let us break bread and drink. More will come this night and we'll see about finding some work for the two of you!

Peter and Mary left the room and stein turned to Eines.

Why?

Because they helped us! They didn't ask who we were, they saw people in trouble and they helped. I plan on returning the favor. Stein studied his sister but there was no true fight in him anymore that day. He knew better by now.

I will be pretty much useless, you know that?
You said it yourself Eines replied. You seek to redeem yourself. Who knows, maybe this is exactly the way you start
And what of the first rule? If things start feeling too fate-driven we run?

Eines smiled and hugged her brother. How can you find redemption when you are running away from it? This doesn't feel fate driven stein. This to me feels driven by people, but hey, you can always ask Azriel.
Deep in the back of stein's mind, a voice only he could hear said... usually i would advise you to run... but you already made your decision stein. The moment those people saved your sister when you couldn't protect her...you made a decision. You would repay them.

Very well stein said... we help them...we help them liberate wade.

...

Somehow.




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About a dozen more people arrived by the nightfall.  And stein found the company of few of them to be quite pleasant.

Durdan was a short halfblooded cartographer, four feet tall maybe a bit more, not of Sardaheim or Shivas bloodline that was certain, he lacked the height and grace of one and the ferocity of other kind.  No Durdan was definitely of the old tribes whose origins and legends are veiled in mystery. He was however easy to talk to and so stein and him went on and on about the noble art of cartography. He was resistance's main spy at the general's table in wade. And stein definitely saw why

In fact stein and Duran’s conversation was so energetic that soon most of the room was observing them drinking, laughing and debating cartographical measurements. Suffice to say that the room's attention was based not so much on interest birthed by understanding of the topic. Instead it was sheer bafflement.

Farad, a man of many talents as he referred himself was the first to interrupt them. This is the first time in years i have seen Durdan talk this much.  If you are capable of doing that stein then i do believe i will be joining your side of the table.  Farad sat beside stein who confused by the interruption paused. Then regained his composure as he said...

Well, um, we were actually discussing in just what ways a cartographer can derail plans of generals.  Tweaking the scaling on the maps being the most obvious one of course, but at the same time the most traceable one. But trade route maps... now that is a whole different business altogether

Stein took one of Durdan’s maps while the people in the room observed him with amusement and quite a bit of interest.

Stein pointed out at the roads marked to and from wade.
These roads here, all of them are taxed. And not too cheaply i might add. Traders have been for years making their own paths, the secret roads. It is by them that they tend to transport their goods to avoid the taxation. Now any army of the city has their own supplies. You hit those first, you create the need for more. Then you block the trade roads and keep the supplies from coming.

Peter observed stein with interest. Useless in battle as this man might be, there is cunningness in him.

Eines then joined the discussion.  
Lady Mary here tells me that you have been having problems truly acting within the city because you want to avoid innocent people getting hurt in the process.
Yes…peter said with a grumpy tone

Durdan was it?

It is Durdan said smiling.

Do you have a detailed map of wade Eines asked with a half amused look?

Several

Durdan took the map out of his bag and unfolded it. It was a beautiful and very intricately detailed map and stein admired the craftsmanship   with great interest till he felt a hearty slap on the back of his head.

You are in the way Eines said as she looked over it.

She studied the maps for a while and then took a few coins and placed them on the map.

Here is where you get them.

The room studied the pointed out locations and little by little realization was dawning. Bridges, secluded tunnels, foundation walls of the old wade

Peter then said. We too have thought of that, but we have nothing that they want. Arenians wouldn't send their forces after just anyone.

Eines grinned as she took out her pipe wand and illuminated the room with a controlled hovering fireball

You do now.



Stein stood up look at his sister with a stern expression and said. No. any other way.
Eines just looked at him for a moment...and said. Oh yes and you’re coming with me, with your fancy blades.
Farad looked at them and laughed. Peter, you really brought us some interesting reinforcements this time.

Peter laughed, blame Mary, she made me do it.
Mary hugged stein laughing. I had to, he was blubbering there begging for mercy, poor boy was scared.
Stein turned to Mary with half angry half hurt expression on his face only to see one of the warmest smiles he saw in ages. He thought to himself how can a woman with such cold eyes have such a warm smile
He smiled back and then to his surprise Mary kissed him quite passionately. The room erupted in laughter after seeing his confused face.


Mary then patted him on the cheek loudly proclaiming. He may be a coward but he has a cunning tongue and the skin of a woman, farad you might like him! Farad laughed and said, pay no attention to Mary here. My friend. She likes to make fun of people, but she does have a kind heart hidden somewhere deep behind her forked tongue then farad turned to Eines studying her pipe wand. Were you trained by the sisterhood?

No, my parents and grandfather she replied while   producing small dancing flames.

Hmm... Farad contemplated her for a moment then continued. This idea of yours... of luring them... if you were of the sisterhood it wouldn’t have worked... but as it is... it seems doable.

Eines looked at him inquisitively.
They don’t touch the sisters?

Oh no, not even Arenians are crazy enough to mess with the sisterhood. I hear that khali Khedira of the Shivas is now one of the grand matrons, and no mage is foolish enough to dance with Shivas. also let's face it with the training and disciplined skill of the sisters of Anya, Arenians would invite  the fury upon themselves such as they haven’t seen since the days of Ophelia Corredan and the dragons uprising...no Arenians certainly don't want the trouble in their last held expanded colony.


We are living in the last battlefield. Once wade is liberated it will be the official end of the Arenian expanse. Five centuries of conquerors and it all ends.

I hear Karan of Areni  is a good man said stein .

Peter replied with a grim tone.

That he may be, but he is a good man who rules over a nation of people who were used to have things done their way.  He may have proclaimed the equality of wade's citizens. But Karan does not rule this city, his four generals do, and they come from long lines of oppressors. Children are what their parents and their society teaches them and these four are well versed in the art of oppression and tyranny

And unfortunately, our numbers are too few to simply overthrow them or challenge them openly on the fields of wade for a glorious battle to end it all.

Stein and Eines shared a look...a meaningful look of two people who knew each other’s pasts and secrets.

Eines then said.  So we erode them from within.
Stein looked at her with a crooked grin. You certainly are eager to join a battle you knew nothing of till today.

With a sour look she replied, those bastards wanted to take my brother... i can't allow that.

Mary laughed loudly to that. Stein looked at her with feigned sulkiness...and then burst into laughter himself.
They drank deep into that night, they ate, they plotted and they planned. And that night they slept with a feeling of belonging somewhere again.
Stein was happy and even Azriel, the small voice only he could hear told him... this one time, maybe it is good that you stayed...



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Four generals were not happy. That was the first thing James Bordin heard when he entered the general court. He has been the caretaker of wade for thirty years now.  He took great pride in the efficiency of how he ran the city.  Besides small incidents, people were kept in order. Taxes were collected, trading performed all under his supervision. Never in his life did he hear that sentence before

Four generals were not happy.  His assistant said it very matter-a-factly. The tone of her voice really irked him as he walked to the council room.  He wondered why of all things he was annoyed at the woman who had served as his assistant for twelve years now...and then it hit him. She said it like it was something that was a recurring event. Not at all an exception to the monotony of his perfect record. It was the tone of voice one would use to scorn a sloppy lieutenant...

He entered the council room leaving the assistant behind. That was good. Her company at this moment merely agitated him. Bah... they were not happy... never has a conquered kingdom been run so orderly, so impeccably... and he was the reason for that. His unique balance of discipline and diplomacy ran this city as a well-oiled machine.


He opened the doors of the inner chamber as he was called to enter. The four sat behind their desk and offered a seat to him.

I was called

That you were! Said Mara Wilkes. She was a corpulent woman. A well-known arch mage who made sure she had more than enough energy to burn in battle. They say mages are like candles that burn too bright. Short lived. But this woman made sure that her candlewax is plentiful... but i guess same could be said to lesser extent for any of the four generals.

So...sir Bordin. Mara continued while looking at the ledger in her hands.
For the last six weeks we have lost over eighty guardsmen, seventeen mage hunters, our weaponry cache in the northern   part of the city, and let's not forget the military rations that were stolen...

James Bordin clenched his fist to the point that due to the searing pain he was pretty sure his nails broke the skin
There was no way...

I wasn't finished sir Bordin. You will be given a chance to explain yourself
Mara then proceeded to read a lengthy list of the military supplies and weaponry shipments that were intercepted and lost in the secret roads.

Bordin felt the cold sweat under his armor... when faced with the compilation of  his failures in the last few weeks  he felt panic taking him over...was it really that bad the thought? Before there were attacks, sure. People claimed to be with the rebellion but they were so insignificant that their activities were undetected. But it was different now. Oh he knew of these things. It was difficult not to. But not all, he knew nothing of the trading routes.  And even his informers knew little to nothing. The word was the rebellion was now lead by a devil woman. That was all he knew... was he going to tell that to the generals? Not if he valued his life... no…he would lie, and hopefully they would believe the lie for a while...   at least until he...

Sir Bordin!

He was torn away from his thoughts...

Yes general Mara?

How do you justify all of this?

I...there is an insurrection building up...

Nervous whispering amongst the generals...

But have no fear. Our spies have infiltrated their ranks....one lie at a time he thought...
And soon after we mark their leaders we will destroy them from within.
I see said general Mara leaning forward.

And, these spies of yours were the ones who hid some of the stolen cargo in the basement of your home?

W...what?  Bordin stood frozen...cargo? What...

Some of the more valuable items. Tributes to general Milo’s daughter. Her wedding gift. We received information that you were involved. Your house was searched and we found ....a lot

I...general Mara i was framed, this is the work of the insurrectionists...i can find them bring them to you....

That won’t be necessary.
Mara stood up from her chair... quite an accomplishment considering her size. She took her walking stick and pointed it to Bordin... he knew what was about to happen. And he was ready for it.
A bolt of lightning shot across the room only to be met with a shielding spell.

Mara laughed as she pressed on with her attack. Bordin, you should know better than to battle an arch mage... i can keep pressing on you... and pressing...and pressing...

And waste nothing more than fat but you... you are a soldier, a fit man... a strong man... and all you have to burn is your lifespan....

Bordin gritted his teeth... he knew that she was right...he knew well of the nature of magic. Magic is a force one pays with one’s lifespan. And while some can be done without tapping into ones lifespan, past a certain limit... you burn out all the energy you have gotten from food and sleep... and from there on ...you burn.

But Mara... oh she had the energy to burn. Plenty of it... all Arenian arch mages did. They were smart. They cared little for their publish appearance. They were all fat slobs but they were powerful. What did them care of their own appearance? All that fat they could burn out in a day... but from it they would have the power to convert ... and outmatch any regular mage.

Oh yes. Bordin knew all that but Bordin knew something else. Bordin knew that a mage can't both attack and defend.

Your power must be waning general Mara he said with a grin on his face

Waning...let us test it then Mara stopped with the lightning bolts and started charging a spell... he knew the spell...it was a pulverizing crush; she planned to literally crush both him and his shield...
But this spell required a moment, and a moment was all he needed he invested all of his remaining lifespan in this last attack. He knew that his family would be hunted down if he failed to slay all four here and now.
They wouldn't have spread their suspicions around have doubts cast on their own leadership skills. No he would tear this whole room apart. He dropped the shield and with a smile he pointed his casting dagger...

But it was too late. General milo was ready and struck him down with a lightning bolt.

Mara glanced at milo who just said... so who do we appoint to be the new city overseer?





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Stein was awakened that morning by peter who rushed into the room. Both him and Mary were naked ... she often visited him. After the first night when she took his virginity and taught him things about lovemaking he presumed her relentless teasing would stop. It did not. He was forever a coward...but he was fine with that.

Get dressed peter said others are already here

He dressed quickly Mary was fast asleep still. He pondered whether or not to wake her up but he remembered she was leading the night raids...Aertes grace...six weeks they were in wade, and the city was in chaos
And Arenians were powerless to stop it. He grinned... who knew... he was actually helpful. His cartographical prowess enabled him to read the secret signs that pointed towards secret roads, and the damage they inflicted the Arenian military was tremendous. And Eines was brilliant. Arenians had twelve trained mage hunters left, and more and more mages joined the rebels.

Things were good.



Things are bad said peter with a grim look.

Stein sipped on a cup of hot Arenian coffee. He liked the brew. One of the few good things Arenians brought to the kingdoms...what happened.

Mary’s Brother Jacob stood before the room and shared the fresh bit of information.

Four generals have decided to purge the city and they have just brought military reinforcements including over a hundred of berserker mages from the homeland. With them there are over twenty elite trackers. They are capable of finding a mage by using his or her residual spell force.

And Jacob paused. Last night twelve of our headquarters were destroyed and our brethren slain.

Over a hundred fell in one night...

Stein stood shocked...Eines?


She escaped. Farad and Durdan too. They should be on the way to outer walls by now and will meet up with the forcers outside of the city. We should leave too.

Stein stood silent...and then whispered ...so sudden...

Jacob looked to the ground and then said...actually...it’s a reprisal...we...kidnapped the daughter of general milo...


You what???? Peter shouted.

We...thought she would make a good bargaining leverage... we...miscalculated.

Room was silent for a moment and then peter said...we are moving out. To the outer camps.

Stein went back to his room .Azriel saw his thoughts as a vortex of fears, panic...and anger... stein. What happened? Stein explained...

I see a lot of angry thoughts. You aren't planning.....

Over a hundred died... stein growled through gritted teeth...all for the sake of greed and arrogance of those who seek dominion over the conquered...
And yet...she stopped in front of the doors to his room...
What could i do... if i was to face them alone on the battlefield...maybe. But to do that.. I would have to tell them , tell all of them... sigh.
I can't do that...

He woke up Mary and told her everything , and soon all together snuck through the hidden tunnels that lead to secret roads.

In the matter of hours they made it to the outside camp. Beyond the city walls the raiders of the trade routes sat around campfires...all grim... all cheerless.
Peter followed Jacob to the spot where general's daughter was kept. Stein had no patience for those things. He was more concerned with finding his sister. He found her by the campfire eating. She has been doing that a lot he mused... it did wonders for her combat abilities, heh.. Arenians referred to her as the devil woman.. And arch mage by her own right. What she lacked in corpulence of an Arenian arch mage she more than made up with skill and resourcefulness.  And she was only sixteen...

A twinge of guilt stabbed him in the back of his mind. He was only sixteen when he killed the first time...two hundred and forty seven people....now she was a killer too...
He shook off the thoughts.. He knew they would only take him to bad places and sat next to his sister. In the light of the fire he noticed the redness in her eyes. She cried....

What?
She said  looking at him almost spitefully...

He hugged her .. She relaxed and they sat like that till peter arrived.

His face revealed that this night was just made of bad news



Scouts just reported that the roads from wade are blocked, and the army will come out in the dawn to purge these woods. Thankfully they have no dragon riders as no dragon would take an Arenian... but unfortunately neither do we are a little over a hundred here. And there are currently about six hundreds of them preparing to crush us  in the morning. And every single one of them a mage.

Stein seemed thoughtful for a moment...

Many of them are of wade...forcibly drafted, aren't they?

Aye peter said with the same grim tone of voice... that they are, but any mage in Arenian military is family bound to the kingdom. If one was to desert or rebel their family would be slain for their transgressions.  They will fight us...

So what are our options?

Peter looked to the stars for some time silent...we can run away, break one of the road blocks and leave wade...or we can fight a hopeless battle.

Those are not options Eines said...that is just one option

What? Peter said as he was pulled out of his thoughts.

You would never leave wade.. None of these men and women would....so that is just one option and a fanciful fantasy as the other...

Peter laughed ..You have gotten to know us well... which is what i wanted to talk to you about.

Here it comes said Eines while an expression of deep anger slowly flooded her face.

Peter continued, two of you are not of wade. You could leave. Two people on the road wouldn't ...

He was slammed into a tree by the forceful blast of Eines' spell.

This is what i do to people that annoy me peter...would you like to find out what i do to those that truly enrage me?

Peter got off the ground catching his breath and started laughing.....you two really are something.

Mary and Durdan joined them. Farad followed..

So i guess their answer was no Mary asked smiling.  Peter nodded.
Well.. I was sure Eines would refuse, stein is the wimpier one she said laughing as she sat next to stein.

She hugged him and said.. So we die together then...you know. I can’t say that i love you.. We were never that close. At best you were what i needed....

Thrilled to hear that stein replied grimly..

She grabbed his face and made him face her.

However...i am glad to have met you,  i am glad to have called you my friend, and yes, i am very glad i have shared my bed with you...
And tomorrow, if fates see it fit, i will be glad to die beside you stein the wanderer...

All that from me too said peter.. Except for sharing the bed...

They all laughed

Stein looked at Eines.. And his look told her everything. She had seen it before. A look of deep regret... of old pain.. But this time also a resolute look.

She nodded...

And stein said.. What if we could win this?

Everyone turned towards him. A baffled expression on their faces.

A hundred and twelve of us, five mages among us , no breathtakers dragonlords or dragoons..... Traps and trickery won’t work if they just set the woods on fire...
Peter said this with a tone of one bringing a dazed person back to reality.

Stein stood silent for a few seconds as everyone regarded him with some curiosity.







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The dawn broke and it was beautiful.
Stein stood alone on the field facing the city of wade. Woods were behind him and in the woods many eyes upon him...
Eyes that used to look at him with amusement now seemed alert. Fearful...they had every reason to be.


But the dawn sure was beautiful. Autumn was just around the corner, and fields were at that final  push for glory... rich in colors and smells.  Birds chirping, pleasant breeze... a day upon which one would just take a nap right there...

It should be grimmer, he thought. Somehow it felt wrong. Many would die today. Nature should have some decency and make the day feel appropriate. This, this just felt wrong.
He watched as the great southern gate of wade opened and the army made its way down ...


There were many of them... people...with families...

Azriel told him, so are the people, you are trying to protect right now..

And it helped.

Not just for the obvious reason of soothing the killer’s remorse.. But it was the word protect...

He was never a protector. How could he be.

Come to think of it he was never a much of anything.  His father tried teaching him magic when he was  younger. It was a different time.  He came from a long line of skilled and smart spell casters. The saying goes that a mage's life is that of a candle burning too bright, but his family knew how to keep the flame in check

He still remembered his trainings..

World and the universe around us are made of necra his father said while grabbing a handful of sand.  
Necra is as the tiniest of sand  bound together to form matter.  Scholars say there is a trinity of forces in action when one becomes a mage. A soul or anu, uses life-force or maga to manipulate matter , or necra.

Stein was twelve back then and he had broken about fifty practice wands that day alone.

His father continued.  You use a caster weapon to weave a spell. Look at this spiral on it.
Stein glanced at the wand with only a half interested look.. He knew all this by then of course but his father hoped that it was the theory that made him fail over and over

This is used for you to channel your maga and mix it with necra. This results in the formation of the spell

Now, why did the wands break.

Stein looked on the ground at the pile of shattered wands...

Because they are crap?

His father laughed but got serious quickly.  No! Danger in untrained magic is that with a strong caster weapon a novice mage would use up his permanent life-force too fast.  Goal of using magic wisely is to merely use the daily maga, one which can be regenerated by food and sleep. . This is why practice wands have a very thin and breakable spiral engraved. It is to stop you from releasing too much maga and end up hurting your lifespan.

Stein kept trying.. And failing. For some reason even then it was clear  that he could not   control his spellwork ..At all. His sister could, she was a prodigy. Stein could not.
Soon it became apparent that magic was not his domain. His father asked for a favor with the scholars of the University of Ardunat, and stein was schooled in cartography instead.

It was interesting, and he liked it ...he found his place in the world back then and all was good.

But then he turned sixteen.  That was the age everyone was allowed to pull a  weapon from the faetree of Ardunat. He could care less about weaponry. His swordsmanship was laughable anyways. But customs were customs. And so he too came to the tree.

He could care less about which weapon he would pull out.  But the problem was all of them were really heavy looking swords and spears and axes. He looked for the lightest ones he could see. and right at the top of the tree two, very light looking shortswords were embedded. They seemed to be a matching set.

Stein figured, why not?

That day two hundred and forty seven died.  He realized why his spellcasting was so erratic and uncontrollable too...
That day, with the best spellcasting weapon in his hands his power was unleashed.  He ran afterwards. His sister found him,  told him no one knows who did it, but that people of Ardunat were fleeing.  Their family was too and she came to bring him back. Stein refused. He knew what he was now.. A voice only he could hear told him all about it.  He can’t come back.
So instead Eines came with him.

Back out of his memories , stein smiled.

Last night when he shared this tale around the campfire as more and more came to listen he had to repeat parts of it... but by its end there was a dead silence.  Many didn’t believe him, so he had shown it.

Over the last three years he had learned to control it. Oh, not aim , he could never aim his spells and pulses.. But he knew how to stop them.  And he knew how to unravel his form to become what the rare few who saw it called the reaper of Ardunat. This was what he had shown them last night. As he was pulsating between in and out of existence, a mirage of death and all the terrors of the night he saw fear in the faces of his friends.

But then he promised them, he would liberate wade for them this day.

All they needed to do is stay back in the woods. Stay far away.



They did just that. Stein was all alone on that field and the army was fast approaching. He cast one last glance around the field..
Such a shame....and it was so beautiful.



He saw a woman in an elaborate armor step forward. Not one of the top brass he though. Arenian arch mages rely on over eating as their spell fuel. This woman was slender.

We demand the daughter of general  milo to be returned. This and only this will give you any chance of survival.

Stein nodded and signaled to the rebels in the woods. Soon a young woman came out of the woods. As she passed stein he said.

Don’t linger, as soon as you pass the army, run as far as you can.
She shot him a dirty look and just whispered.

I would have no interest in seeing your puny rebellion massacred. I have seen your numbers and they are unimpressive.

She moved away and stein gave her a sad smile.

Still, he noted , once she reached their ranks she ran, and she ran fast for a privileged brat.

He knew what came next. Such is the way of the world. You don’t bargain with an enemy you find weaker and dangerous at the same time.
Without a warning a fireball flew his way.

He shielded himself and with no small irony he noticed that for once that was enough. Others were in the forest.

Lieutenant laughed. A fellow spell caster i see. Pity, we could use more in our ranks. Still. Our numbers will drain you of your life fast.
They started pummeling stein who merely stood there observing them.

After a while confusion was dawning on their faces. The sheer combination of their attacks should have  been so straining on the shield that the man should have been  dead by now. His lifespan fully drained, and yet here they were , dangerously close to tapping into their own lifespan and this boy just smiled.

The barrage stopped.

Stein then spoke

We want the Arenian forces to leave the free city of wade. You will be granted safe passage...stein waited till the laughter subsided...you will be granted safe passage and none of you must die.

Lieutenant studied him for a moment unsure what to make of him. He was scrawny for a man... entirely unimpressive. By now he blocked enough firepower to drop an arch mage and there was no single sign of fatigue on him. Something was amiss here.

We know your numbers she said. And we know that you are limited in sheer mage firepower.
We on the other hand number six hundred and fifty two. You are severely outmatched.

You are right about the numbers stein said ... you are wrong about the limitations of our mage firepower.

Really she smirked? Impress me.
It’s unlimited.. If a little hard to control.

A confused look....

Stein looked at the forces in front of him. We have six mages.. But to destroy you, they only needed me

What makes you so impressive?

Hardly impressive.. More...defective. You might say i was born a little damaged.

Lieutenant narrowed her eyes as a terrible though occurred to her...
Who are you?

In that very moment a very corpulent woman broke through the ranks shouting,
What is the holdup lieutenant ?
Then she shot stein a disguised look. Observed his shielding and said, what are you waiting for hammer him down and move o!

We… Tried that general Mara

Ash general Mara stein interrupted, i heard stories about you.. Nothing good...

And you would be? She said as she readied her weapon.

Me, I’m stein, stein the wanderer...
Stein the dead man seems more appropriate...

Oh no, i prefer my other name...

He noticed lieutenant pulling back.. An idea dawning in her eyes.. A terrible fear... she knew he thought and smiled.

The reaper of Ardunat stein proclaimed. And created a single pulse that knocked Mara back into her troops.. Twelve people cushioned her fall...

Mara screamed frothing with rage, destroy him , kill him now!!!
All hell broke loose fire and lightning engulfed the field, and soon only dust clouds were visible.
Mara got up looking at the place where stein was before and then ...several things happened at once.

Out of the forest ran out Jacob, and a few other rebels, followed by his sister Mary. Somewhere in the back Eines screamed for them to stop...

Their intentions were good... but they made a horrible mistake.

Stein felt that familiar tingling feeling of unraveling. His body was an unstable form , pulsating in and out of existence, a dark mirage of death flickering in front of Mara.  Terror dawned in her eyes, and it was the last thing to ever dawn for her. The pulse was swift, destructive and in all directions. Stein took out over three hindered Arenian soldiers in a single pulse that day... and six rebels. Jacob brother of Mary was one of them while Mary herself was injured.

Somewhere in the back Eines , peter and the rest of the rebels handled a second smaller wave  of elite forces that was led by general milo. Eines defeated him and made him face the reality of their defeat when she had shown him the destruction stein caused.

Stein stopped and asked for Arenian surrender once more. They were paralyzed with fear hiding behind spell shields. Then from the woods they heard general milo screaming , we surrender...

It was over. Wade was liberated... only later did stein find out of the fallen allies, of whom he had killed.. When he faced  Mary the look in her one remaining good eye was enough to tell him it was highly unlikely she would ever forgive him.

He had to accept that...but he had accepted worse things in life.. And for once he knew this was not his fault. He didn't need Azriel to tell him that.
Remaining three generals left wade and took their forces with them with the message to Karan of Areni. Wade is a free city , and it is looked after by the reaper of Ardunat.
Peter took control over the city, and soon was appointed king. Stein and Eines left soon after they knew it was for the best to stick around for paid assassins hired by unhappy families of Arenians and people of Ardunat to come after them.

Still, friendships remained strong, and wade was free.  Free under the sigil of the wanderer
a short bonus story from book 2 of ravine. this is handled in a shorter version in the comic this is merely a more detailed insight into the adventures stein and eines had in wade

this version is my own, ron marz will handle it's final rewrite to further polish it so the published version will be better :)
after all, English is my second language.
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