Autumn of the Year
The Autumn of the Year
A Slayers One-Shot
By AmberPalette (Amber C.S.)
((Disclaimer: Xelloss, Filia, Rezo, Zelgadiss, Amelia, and all other characters of the Slayers franchise are © Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi, Software Sculptors, J.C. Staff, and Funimation. I haven't written a fanfiction for these two in over two years. My free time is now far more limited, and multiple-chaptered fanfictions are difficult for me to find the time to complete. So I hope this simple one-shot will suffice to re-establish my fandom devotion to a beloved old OTP. Timeframe is just before the finale of Slayers Evolution-R, and just after. Enjoy the psychological portraits. Pairings are ZA and XF. ))
Her hand was cold and moist; perhaps it was because of the damp air in Taforashia Palace's herbal closet, or perhaps it was because of the miserly time under which they healed a thousand human beings whom he had subjected to his reckless selfishness,
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"So that's about the state of things," Lina concluded, addressing her ragtag group of friends from the room of an inn one summer's morning. Zelgadis, Amelia, Gourry, and Filia had sat around the small table in the room and listened patiently to what she had to say. Well, Zelgadis, Amelia and Filia had listened patiently; Gourry had squinted at the wall until the weird stain on it looked like a bunny. "From what I heard the rumors of the book's existence seem pretty solid, but we can't be sure until we check it out ourselves."
"But you really ought to be wary of the information with a source like that," Filia said doubtfully.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: bandits know their treasure," Lina defended. "Loot locating is basically their entire job. I think it's at least worth looking into, especially since it's so close by."
"A new way to fight monsters," Amelia repeated vaguely. "If the book really contains something like that, how could we not look
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Theory and Practice
It was past midnight and Filia couldn't sleep. She'd love to have blamed this on the poor ventilation of the inn, the discomfort of the bed, or the glaring light of the full moon assaulting her closed eyes through the window. But the simple facts were: the air was a lovely warm temperature with a light, comfortable breeze; the bed was perfectly satisfactory; and there was only a half-moon in a slightly overcast sky, providing enough light so that if she got up she wouldn't stub her toe, but not so much as to bother her eyes.
No, as much as she hated to admit it to herself, her current insomnia had nothing to do with her surroundings and everything to do with Xellos.
She tried not to think about it. She tried not to think about the things they said and did. She tried not to think about how it felt or what it meant. But she'd been kissed by the most evil, loathsome creature ever to walk the planet and hadn't ha
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The sun went away as Filia put yet another daisy in her basket. She looked up to see what was casting the shadow over her, but knew deep down who it would be.
"What are you doing here?" she asked numbly.
Xellos ignored her question, seemingly too absorbed in the process of taking in his surroundings. "We can't be on holy ground," he said, nodding at the structure in the distance. "So is this an evil garden?"
Filia stood up so that he couldn't look down on her any more than he usually did. She clutched her basket of flowers to her side and answered harshly: "Not evil, just not holy."
"I thought they were one in the same to you dragons," Xellos responded smoothly. He looked into the distance once again. "Speaking of "
Filia wilted visibly. The freshly picked stems looked livelier than she did.
"I think the real question is: what are you doing here?" Xellos asked, gesturing with his staff to the temple over the hill.
Filia toyed with the petal of a yellow
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Her parents had passed away long ago; even her adoptive home at the temple of the Fire Dragon King was gone, along with those she'd lived alongside for years. So Filia could be nothing but thankful from the bottom of her heart to even have a family now. It was a family that admittedly must've looked strange from the outside. None of them had a drop of blood in common. Heck, they didn't even have race in common. But here they were a blended family.
And it was all because of Val. He was what had drawn them together and he was what they all orbited around now. The tottering child with the unfortunate haircut passing his mornings at the local preschool had no idea what he had brought her; what he had brought them all. Hopefully, someday he would.
There had been many moments in their time together in which that fact had been brought home to her: when she first took Val's egg home; when Jillas, standing on Gravos's shoulders, had hung the shop sign up for t
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Wolves and Their Prey.
Really, there is no such sustainable unit as a lone wolf. Oh, lone wolves exist; pushed out by the higher ups in their packs for various crimes against the pack. But a lone wolf is only one step away from death. A wolf by itself will not howl to the lonely moon unless it wants to risk being torn to pieces by either its old pack or a neighboring pack. Wolves have a complicated hierarchy that extends far beyond the alpha pair. Wolves hunt in groups. A wolf by itself cannot scrape by for long in this cold, cruel world. A lone wolf is not romantic.
The wolf with the keen eyes and the sleek coat creeping through the underbrush was not a lone wolf. He was from a proud pack that dominated the western edge of the forest. It was one of the biggest packs in the area, though this didn't say much because many packs in the area had been reduced to as little as four adults, which wasn't even much of a pack anymore. It was those damn farms that had crop
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The county fair should've been the highlight of Filia's summer. It brought new and exciting sights from throughout the area, rewarding business opportunities at the crafts section of the fair, and plenty of time to spend with Val. Normally, she'd have looked forward to it, but all she could feel as she passed out tickets from under the awning that was the only thing standing between her and the heat of the sun was dread. And it was all Xellos's fault.
Sure, Xellos had a history of showing up to ruin her life on a regular basis, but the county fair was something else entirely. Maybe it was just because the county fair should have been fun, maybe it was because there was an audience to her humiliation, but his antics at the county fair always struck her as particularly horrible.
Let's see he had always one-upped her in any contest or game she tried. There had been the high striker game, the ring toss, the gold-fish catching game, the arm wrestling comp
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Xellos sat on the light brown sofa (with coral pink decorative pillows at either end) in the middle of Filia's living room and watched her flurry of activity with an expression buffeting between amusement, puzzlement, and slight annoyance. She was currently grunting as she heaved a hutch with pears painted on the side of it from one wall to the opposite wall and doing her best to ignore him all the while.
He sipped his tea in mild irritation. He'd had to get it himself too. Filia had never been a very good hostess. Informing her of that had done nothing to improve her manners. Apparently she was much more content to move display cabinets from one perfectly reasonable position to another than she was to pay the slightest bit of attention to her guest.
Filia wiped the sweat from her brow as she brought the hutch to a rest. Then she abruptly turned to face Xellos with a determined glare and her hands on her hips.
"Move," was all she said.
He looked upward as
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Filia had known that life wouldn't always be easy for a dragon living among humans. Hadn't she encountered places in her journeys where dragons were feared or completely forbidden? And even most otherwise kind and fair humans could have a tendency to be a little nervous around a creature that could breathe lasers and level buildings.
Thankfully, the thriving family community of Achaea had welcomed her with open arms. She had been treated with only the greatest courtesy since she arrived there with Jillas, Gravos, and Val in his little egg to set up shop. She had plenty of business and was surprised to find herself becoming a pillar of the community.
And that was the thing really. Because even though no one in Achaea thought ill of her for being a dragon, it did mean that she was well, someone 'not quite like us'. The people of Achaea didn't consider this a bad thing, in fact there were times when hard up villagers needed people 'not quite like us'.
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Chapter 1. An Important Matter.
Seyruun City–the white magic capital of the world! The Big Starfruit, as it is locally known. Whatever you want to call it, Lina, Gourry, and Zelgadis were fast approaching it as they crossed over a grassy hill. The rural setting they were passing through, replete with haystacks and bored looking cows, seemed downright strange when you considered that a massive city block lay just ahead. But a massive city block needs feeding after all.
“Man, I can’t wait until we’re at the castle,” Lina said, easing a crick out of her neck. “I deserve to sleep like royalty. None of this sleeping in ditches crap we’ve had to deal with the last few days.”
“We wouldn’t have had to sleep in any ditches if you hadn’t blown up that tavern,” Zelgadis reminded her irritably.
“Aw, come on,” Gourry said. “You know how she gets when they’re stingy with the por
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Filia couldn't help but tremble slightly as she stood in front of the temple of the Fire Dragon King: a place she never thought she'd return to. It had been her home for many years, but after the events of the previous year, she no longer belonged there. It seemed to her that its grounds and halls should be filled with only echoes - ghosts of a once bustling community of dragons. After all, they were massacred. She'd seen them die with her own eyes, just as the prophecy foretold.
But only a year later it was full of energetic activity once more. Around the grounds, dragons in their proper forms were busy with construction efforts to expand the size of the temple. Closer to the interior, dragons in their human forms strode through the halls carrying clipboards with palpable purpose. Everyone seemed to have a job to do.
After the loss of the entire population of the temple of the Fire Dragon King, the dragons of the other temples had been forced
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Weighed and Measured
A Slayers One-Shot
By Amber C.S. ("AmberPalette")
The shrieking of mangled corpses falling to their deaths outside the temple where he faced off with her ancient and heartless Supreme Elder. Deaths at the hands of two tyrannical gods of another world. This provided him leverage. Time. An opening. She dropped her guard, turned her warm, pale head toward the howling distraction. He lunged.
He seized and twisted her arm. He marveled at how her flesh gave so softly under his steely fingers as he slid his staff, his weapon, across the expanse of her neck, pinning her against him.
"Make one move and you're dead, Filia." Spoken with the honest precision of one who had been what he was, and done a damned good job at it, for over a millennium.
She protested, the feisty maiden under siege, with a shrill demand of "Why, Xelloss?! What are you doing?" but the Wolf draped his wooden staff across Red Ridin
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A Slayers Fanfiction by Amber C.S. (AmberPalette)
Disclaimer: Slayers is © Hajime Kanazaka, Software Sculptors, Funimation, and J.C. Staff. This is a short monologue-heavy rumination on the part of Zelgadiss and Amelia's second of three children (as envisioned by myself and Roxy Cybelle Gil) about a decade after the events of Slayers Evolution-R. In this storyline, Rezo has returned to life a third time, still blind but finally free of Ruby-Eyed Shabranigdu, and has, with Amelia's help, cured Zelgadiss. Zelgadiss has married Amelia and become not only Captain of the Seyruun Palace Guard, but also Prince Regent of Seyruun. Obviously, this story ships ZelAme, so if that's not your thing, this isn't for you. In this story, Rezo's late wife, Zelgadiss's Great-Grandmother, has also been reincarnated in the person of Ezra, who is an OC of Roxy Cybelle Gil.
Please enjoy the gratuitous Greywers-Seyruun family mush. &
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If you could only see the beast you've made of me
I held it in but now it seems you've set it running free
Screaming in the dark, I howl when we're apart
I drag my teeth across your chest to taste your beating heart
You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to
The fabric of your flesh, pure as a wedding dress
Until I wrap myself inside your arms I cannot rest
The saints can't help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloodied feet across the hallow'd ground
~Florence and the Machine
There were no fields of morning glories in the Kataart Mountains.
No, on the contrary, there were only gourds.
A wart-covered, swollen, skinny, twisty, white-orange-and-green, undulating harvest of gourds. And around them, a swarm of draconic novices, male and female, of the golden, black, and water variety, in their humanoid forms, with their unremittingly curly silver-blue, straight blond, and wavy black hair,
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Part 2. Xelloss's Perspective.
I have always known that Filia Ul Copt derives quixotic courage from my presence.
I have always known that we are mirrored. That outrage consumes her at seeing her inverse, her shade, her purple feral anti-reflection, in a perpetrator of historic genocide against her race. That her anger makes her feel, perversely, invincible.
I know that I am her secret weapon. It is a fact both comical and horrifying.
Allow me to reminisce, because that abandoned mansion was a perfect example. The recklessness that I inspire was the real reason why she "permitted" me to tag along with her that day, while she "exorcised" the building like a novice.
You see, I even know why silly Filly "felt" eyeballs in that bathroom mirror.
Because a physical, psychological, and spiritual space so long devoid of the struggles, affections, and clutter, that are standard to a mortal life, has a way of nibbling at the
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A Slayers Fanfiction
((Author's Note: Yet another Xelloss X Filia fanfiction at last! I apologize for the long hiatus and for my general hermit-like state in the Slayers community of late. My fandoms cycle pretty quickly, but I'll never get tired of this pairing. They're my OTP of all time, and Slayers is my all-time favorite animanga.
With much encouragement from Skiyomi/Llybian Minamino, Lilybotanica, and Ragnablast, and borrowing a prompt from Skiyomi due to her generosity, I'm going to tackle the very complex concept of Filia going BACK to the golden dragon temples, seeking haven there as a returned priestess. This is a real stretch of character so it'll be a fun challenge. Xelloss is not happy, and goes to many sources for some advice on what the hell happened. As a result, I'll get to cameo pretty much the entire Slayers main cast plus our darling stoic Milgazia, who is the only ryuuzoku aside Filia who is NOT a giant dickface a thoroughly unpleasant c
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Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,
And last year's leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year's bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide!
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go,--so with his memory they brim!
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, "There is no memory of him here!"
And so stand stricken, so remembering him!
~Edna St. Vincent Millay
It's like seeing you through a thick plate of glass spanning the world, a cruelly thick, cruelly transparent wall of glass, endless. And you're facing away, and cannot hear me no matter how much I scream and pound and smash for your attention. You are everywhere and nowhere and I can't surmount that. It is one challenge I can never meet.&
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"Ichigo? An arrancar?" Rukia-taichou finally spoke, her words strained.
Urahara shrugged. "Not so much Ichigo himself as his inner hollow, but it makes sense, don't you think?"
//It does,\\ Ichigo said, his thoughts slightly awed. //Did you know, Shiro?\\
//Shut up, I'm thinking.\\ Shiro shot back.
Ichigo shrank back mentally. //Sorry,\\ he thought, slightly hurt.
Shiro huffed and didn't respond, contemplating silently for several seconds. Ichigo could literally feel him thinking. After a few minutes, he looked up at Urahara and Ichigo began to feel a great deal of realization and anger from his other half. "It doesn't matter," he growled aloud.
"Of course it matters!" Rukia-taichou said angrily.
"It has nothing to do with what I was saying to you! My point was that you're all still so stuck in the past th
Familiar Faces Ch 13"No!" Hirako growled out again, shoving his mask to the side. "You're still relying too much on your flash step. You'll never get faster if you can't fully combine it with a sonido." He put a hand to his forehead. "You used to be able to do this! You came up with the technique!"Familiar Faces Ch 13 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Ichigo scowled in frustration. If he concentrated, he could perform a sonido just fine, and flash steps came pretty naturally to him, but he couldn't seem to combine the two for the life of him. He'd managed to get a few good combinations in, but those tended to come randomly as the result of pure, dumb luck.
Hirako had insisted that it had to do with his lack of control over his immense innate power and had even suggested starting to teach him kido just so that he could learn that control. He and Rukia-taichou had argued for almost an hour over that one. The captain insisted that Ichigo was too young while Hirako accused her of coddling him. He'd argued that Ichigo had gone through personalized lessons
Familiar Faces Ch 20The room fell into silence after Urahara finished his summary of Akio's explanation. Okay, maybe "summary" was too generous of a word. He'd barely said that Akio had valid worries and they needed to address the situation as soon as possible before informing him that the Royal Court Representative was also from the future.Familiar Faces Ch 20 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Hence the silence.
"This guy destroys everything in the future, and he's after me?" Ichigo asked, looking more than a little shocked. "Is it 'cause I got rid of that one bad guy way back during the war you guys are always telling me about?"
"We don't know why," Urahara said, bending down and grinning one of his rare reassuring smiles at Ichigo. "But that's our best guess."
"Wait," Rukia-taichou spoke up, and glaring warily over at Akio, "If you're from the future, why can't you remember anything?"
Urahara spoke up before the future soul could. "It has to do with how he traveled into the past."
Familiar Face Ch 6New and improved! Super Hiyori Walker Mach 2! The blond girl unveiled the exercise machine with a flourish Ichigo didn't think she was capable of, but he remained unimpressed. You just get on here, and we can start your training! The boy eyed the machine warily. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary to him, but he still felt a large wariness when it came to that machine.Familiar Face Ch 6 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Finally, he looked up at them again. No, he said simply.
Hiyori growled and ground her teeth. What do you mean 'no', you brat?!
That's stupid, the boy shrugged.
The girl looked ready to explode. This is our training. If we tell you to jump, you ask 'how high'. Now get on the thing!
Hiyori stomped up to Ichigo, letting out a string of curses the boy was sure he'd never heard before...and was f
Familiar Faces Ch 15"We're almost home," Karin heard Yuzu say over the other end. She wasn't surprised it had taken them almost the full day to catch all the right buses back to Karakura Town. She did feel slightly guilty, but knew that having Kouhei at Urahara's Shop would only raise more questions. "How is he?"Familiar Faces Ch 15 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Karin suppressed a sigh. "They've taken him out of his gigai and he's resting. Urahara-san says he should be fine physically."
"Just physically?" Dang. That would have worked ten years before.
"There's no way to really confirm his mental state," she softly repeated the words the shopkeeper had said to her not ten minutes before. "Not until he wakes up. We can't confirm what he remembers and if it came too fast or not."
She waited a few moments while Yuzu relayed the edited news to the men. When the line picked up again, it wasn't her sister on the other end.
Familiar Faces Ch 8It really happened too quickly for Hanatarou to do anything. He was taking Ichigo around the Seiretei like he had before their week of training on Earth (he'd actually been planning on visiting the sixth squad since Renji-taichou had returned, and he had known adult Ichigo pretty well), when a figure quite literally flash-stepped in front of them.Familiar Faces Ch 8 in Fan Fiction More Like This
...And then Ichigo stepped up to the Captain, who wasn't the captain at the time-- he cut off the story he'd been telling Ichigo of his former self when he noticed the road block. Ichigo had already stopped a few feet back, looking up at the figure wearing a captain's robe, and an extremely lopsided hat to cover his black-and-white painted face.
So, the figure leaned down casually, his voice oozing with fake sincerity and real interest, this is Kurosaki Ichigo.
Hanatarou felt his stomach clench like it always did whenever he saw this man. Kurotsuchi-taichou, he nodded politely. We're not s
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They knew too much, Rangiku said softly, peeking out of the corner of her eye at the darkened figure walking around the adjacent room. Since she'd met himer, themtheir skin had lightened a few tones, moving from a blackish-blue that reminded her more of a shadow towards a dark gray, but she didn't find it any less disconcerting. Really, he looked more like an alien than most hollows she's seen. They knew about the Soul Society, so they can't be unsent souls, especially American souls. However, I've never seen a soul like that.
Gin rubbed his chin thoughtfully. He's not a human spirit, or an animal's spirit like Komamura, he commented, bu' I can't sense him bein' a hollow or a blank either. A' least, not much.
Rangiku eyed him suspiciously, then nodde
Familiar Faces Ch 12Ichigo should be there about now, Rukia muttered to herself, glancing out the window. She didn't know why she felt nervous. After all, this meeting had to come, but for some reason, it really bothered her. It wasn't the fact that they hadn't been able to find anything after Ichigo's little 'outburst' three nights before. She chalked that one up to a dream. But something about this particular situation had butterflies fluttering in her stomach.Familiar Faces Ch 12 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Hinamori looked up from her seat in front of the desk where she'd been helping with some of the paperwork. Are you worried about Kurosaki-taichou? she asked quietly. Rukia couldn't help but send a warning glance the other woman's way.
Don't call him that, she said tersely. Not even in here with just the two of us. If we do, it'll become too familiar and much easier to slip up.
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Welcome home, Kuchiki-sama. Rukia looked over at the servant woman who stood just inside the door, waiting to take her outer captain's robe with slippers in hand.
The dark-haired shinigami rubbed the back of her neck as she stepped up onto the wooden floor, leaving her outside sandals neatly below.
Thank you, Kana-san, she said, handing the other woman the robe. "And please just call me 'Rukia-san'."
Would you like me to draw a bath, ma'am, Kana asked as Rukia slipped her aching feet into the slippers.
Maybe later, Rukia responded, eying the eerily silent house suspiciously. More importantly, where's Ichigo?
Kana hesitated before answering, which sent warning lights off in Rukia's head almost immediately. It had been nearly two weeks since she had
Familiar Face Ch 5The gray-haired man scowled at him. 'Cause this 'Other Me' you've become so friendly with, is a hollow.Familiar Face Ch 5 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Ichigo blinked up at the man incredulously. Other me...is a hollow? he repeated dully.
Great, Rukia-taichou shook her head from the side. I knew I should have been the one to tell him.
What do you mean? Ichigo asked, blinking out of his stupor. I have a weird monster-thing inside my head?
//Hey!\ Other Me shot out. Ichigo ignored him.
Weird monster-thing? Hirako-san asked, then raised an eyebrow in Rukia-taichou's direction.
Apparently he met his first hollow today, she muttered the explanation.
Again, Ichigo felt himself to be the center of attention. Wait, you've never seen a hollow before today? The big man named Hachi (at least Ichigo thought he was named Hachi) asked.
The boy shook his head.
Well this'll be fun, Lisa-san muttered as she opened her book again an
Wish: Part 1Author Notes: I find I must make this author's note about this fic for various reasons. Those of you who have read my other stories know that I normally don't do this within the fic unless I feel it is VERY important. And to me this is...Wish: Part 1 in Fan Fiction More Like This
I have come to find that some of my KH fics don't really fit into the 'time-line' laid out by Square Enix. 358/2 Days pretty much tells that a lot of things happen in merely the span of about one week after Roxas' 'birth'. But for the sake of our love of the Organization let's pretend that these aren't literal days. Let's pretend they were together far longer than they were allowed. I try to keep things according to the facts, and you know I try to keep everyone in character... but on this one point... let's turn a blind eye. Call it slightly AU if that helps ^_^
I also have been playing with Namine's background, since I haven't finished the latest game I
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Of course its not going to kill you, heh heh. Vexen chuckled nervously before turning and whispering to Zexion, Its going to put him into a temporary death like coma and then hell wake up with a horrendous hangover and memory loss and proceed to vomit his insides out for the next week.
It was a strange sort of dream that simply faded into burning... stinging white
It felt like nothingness; the body suspended in time and space. No feeling against the skin or sensations that would tell a human being, even a Nobody for that matter, that they were still among the living.
Consciousness seemed to still be there, self-awareness in an endless field of blank white. He wondered if he WAS still alive, inwardly outwardly?
Had he just voiced this concern to the whit
Dyme and the Dozen Ch. 9Roxas walked silently down the hallway, eyes trained on the path ahead and nothing else. He had been trying desperately to shut his thoughts off ever since he had parted ways with Vexen and Lexaeus. After talking to the Chilly Academic, the creator of the Elixir, Roxas found nothing but a bitter sort of dread rather than the words of hope he thought he'd find from the scientist.Dyme and the Dozen Ch. 9 in Fan Fiction More Like This
'Old crackpot...' Roxas snorted, rolling his eyes for just a second as he mentally torched that "old" man for his stupid experiments.
Even that old coot scientist didn't know the true power of that small flask of rose scented liquid. What Axel thought would be a harmless prank a week ago was perhaps slowly killing him and everyone who touched it.
The worst thing about this situation was he had been a part of it all; Roxas could have stopped it all right at the beginning, yet he didn't. He even went so far as to taking the first step toward destruction by slipping the elixir on Marluxia. It wa
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KH fanfiction by Dragonnova
Everything resumed, back to the usual routine after the pencil incident, and yet there was something different about the whole situation. For starters, she no longer had anything to draw with; she had her paper sitting in front of her at the table, but nothing to create with. This forced her to look elsewhere once more for her entertainment. Namine found herself looking at everyone, studying them, searching for that light Demyx had mentioned. At least it was a little better than staring at blank walls all day, and making silly wishes on dead worlds.
Cloaked figures entered her room long enough to drop off a plate, and then left without a word. None of them were Demyx or Marluxia... Namine knew this because she would tilt her head up like a little bird and look up at them out of the corner of her eye, searching for that familiar sheepish smile or the wisps of pink hair, but they never came. Neith
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Wish Upon a Dying Star
KH fic by Dragonnova
It was haunting, shadowed, and menacing darkness. But not what you would normally think from the words, not a place shrouded in shadow. No, this was a state of mind manifested through art. Art cannot lie; it speaks of your inner turmoil even when you don't want it to.
Slender fingers tensed over the paper, nearly tearing it from its spiral bound edge. A feminine grunt of annoyance echoed in the room as the pad of paper was quickly lifted and changed to a fresh piece. Then the staring contest began once again.
Black coats, mocking smiles beneath the shadowed hoods; they laughed at her. It was all her pencil would allow her to draw, they haunted her mind. She even drew an image of one of said dark figures with a mighty key lodged in the middle of what would be about the
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I imagine you here. Here with me. Standing by me like you always did, fighting right beside me. Telling me everything is okay, reminding me what we live for, what we fight for.
Love. The love of friends, of family, of the worlds.
I miss you... I miss you both.
I miss you... so much...
so much... my heart will break.
Roxas carefully touched the zipper of his coat as he walked away from the vacant room, running his gloved fingers over the rough teeth before sliding his hand down to his pocket. He patted the small lump formed by the elixir beneath the leather of his coat for what he thought was the fourth, no, maybe fifth time since he had picked it up. That icy grip of dread he felt while walking with Demyx and Larxene was still haunting him, but now it seemed to be growing steadily worse.
He had hoped with all his soul that Axel would be there
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The Winner Takes It All
Axel stared at the doorway; or rather it seemed he was staring right through the door. His emerald eyes seemed clouded, hazy as though he were lost in thought. His hand rested on the massive entry, yet he didnt put any more force behind it to open it further than just that tiny crack. He simply stood in silence as though someone had cast stop on him.
Somethings bothering you...
Axel flinched. His fingers flexing on the door for a moment before resting his palm flat on the pristine white surface once again.
...But why would you come here?
There was a moment of silence that was only broken by the faint sound of his breathing resuming. He leaned closer to the door until his forehead connected with the cool surface. I dont know... he finally whispered in an awkward and unsure tone.
A small giggle erupted fr
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Honestly, he thought, they hadn't used that much of the rose scented substance; about six victims all together, that is if his last three all had taken the drinks he had offered them. Lipstick, a kiss, three drinks with just a few drops each; that left Marluxia. He must have gotten a heavy dose, a very heavy dose considering the fact that only a small coating on a tube of lipstick took down two Nobodies, and simply a few drops were used in each of four drinks.
Ah yes, four drinks. Axel expected one of them to change drinks with him just to make sure he hadn't done anything to it. However, they hadn't even qu
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~Radiant Garden was no longer so radiant. Darkness was taking it over, seeping into the planets very being. Steeping hearts with thoughts of the void.
People that were once kind were now becoming tainted with bitterness and hatred. Bright hearts filled with light... now reflected a magnified glimpse of that tiny bit of darkness found in all hearts. Some escaped to worlds unknown before they could feel the change of despair... some did not...
Darkness was stirring in every heart that remained, conquering even the strongest of them.~
There was a faint light glowing on the desk, a tiny flicker of lamplight fighting away the darkness in the room. The only sound echoing in the stillness was that of a pen scratching rapidly across paper, spilling forth research notes; accompanied by the faint sound of breathing, lips silentl
Dyme Track 13: Now It's Done"Hey, Larxy...?" Demyx slowed his pace as he glanced behind at his companion following just a few feet behind.Dyme Track 13: Now It's Done in General Fiction More Like This
"Hmmm?" Larxene hummed back at him. She was no longer clinging to Demyx like a lost child; the frightened pace that kept her close on his heels as though she were terrified of every shadow in the castle had now calmed to a peaceful saunter. She had fallen back a little bit, walking along idly while watching tiny sparks of yellow light form and dance within her cupped hands.
For a moment, Demyx watched as she pulled her hands apart and let the small sparks of electricity flutter and fall like dying firework embers. "Have you ever been angry before?" He finally asked, shifting his gaze from her hands to her face.
A quick snort erupted from the woman as she flicked her gaze up at Demyx. She snapped her fingers and elicited small sparks that she formed into a ball and batted between her hands like a small child's toy. "You're
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Episode Five: A Vivid Dreamscape
By the time Filia was done with dinner, Amelia and Zelgadis had already left the restaurant. It wasn't that Filia's appetite was anywhere near Lina's, she simply started her meal when Amelia and Zelgadis were almost done and was distracted by it long enough to miss their departure. With a full stomach, Filia noticed that it was already dark and she was certainly exhausted. Her matchmaking plans would just have to wait for another day. Hopefully whatever Xellos was planning would wait for many, many days, because she would seriously need a long time to recover from today.
Although they had paused their insults that pretended to be flirts, (or was it flirts that pretended to be insults?) The routine was resumed when Filia requested the bill and Zangulus handed it over to Xellos. The golden dragon had shrugged and held a tiny victory in watching him pay, though she was the one to provide a tip for Zangulus, because she knew Xellos would
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To Live Another Day
Episode One: The Deadly Curse
"Bring in the next course!" Lina Inverse, the gluttonous sorceress extraordinaire, was currently passing by the kingdom of Seyruun, which meant of course, stopping by the palace to visit her dear friend Amelia and her lovely royal chefs. Amelia, being the kind hostess she was, found herself in the blissful obligation to provide Lina with enough food to fill her stomach, the same applying to Gourry. She didn't mind though, Zelgadis had run into Lina on the road to Seyruun and decided to tag along, Amelia was all too happy to see him.
The sun was shining, the land was peaceful and everything was all around just fine, unless you're an exhausted overworked chef. That was why, in the midst
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Episode Two: There Are No Words
Xellos, the subject of an unfortunate and terribly humiliating curse watched as Filia, the self proclaimed matchmaker extraordinaire, observed Lina and Gourry, the buffet staff's worse nightmare. The pair a few feet away appeared to be content with munching down on every delicious culinary delicacy they could find in the buffet, apparently without a care in the world. Filia however decided that they needed a little help, a small push in the right direction.
The determined dragon got up from her seat, being followed by Xellos, and headed over to the assortment of candles that was placed on a table in a corner of the open buffet. They were clearly there so that couples could pick out whichever they liked best and place them on their table. She then proceeded to separate the assortment of scents, by smelling each candle closely one by one, until she settled for a rose scented red heart shaped candle.
She paused and wondered how she shoul
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Episode Four: For What It's Worth
He looked ridiculous when she found him; then again, the population of similarly ridiculously dressed men in the resort was quite numerous. Taking a deep breath and telling all secondary thoughts along with her common sense to shut up, Filia approached Xellos.
The purple haired trickster was sitting on a bench, apparently minding his own business, though for someone who was supposedly uninterested in his surroundings he had a certain observant air around him. His head turned this way and that way, looking at the couples that passed by holding hands. He might as well add holding hands to his list of tactics to be used later. He considered adding giggling like an idiot to the slowly developing list, but even the mortally cursed have their limits.
Knowing that she was being ignored, Filia spoke up, "can I sit?" She inquired with as much confidence as she could muster. She was ignored, no surprise there. "I'm sitting." Filia took a seat
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To Live Another Day
Episode Three: Dragon In Distress
Xellos, the still cursed monster and Filia, the somewhat frustrated yet determinately optimistic matchmaker, made their way down the busy streets of Amor Resort in search for Filia's next victim... er... target... of matchmaking. It didn't look like Lina, Gourry, Amelia or Zelgadis were anywhere near by, but they would have to be found eventually. Sure, the resort was huge, but they couldn't miss each other forever.
Sighing as her feet began to ache from all the walking, Filia stopped near a concession stand advertising some candied berries. She eyed the berries hungrily, she could use a little snack, but then she remembered she didn't have her wallet on her and she couldn't very well ask Xellos to buy her food,
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Episode Twenty-Three: The Truth About Golden Boy
"Found it," Xellos called out just loud enough for Filia to hear her, which wasn't too loud since he was standing right behind her.
Filia tossed the scroll she was reading into the air in a startle, then just as quickly she caught it and hid it behind her back as she swiftly turned to face him. "You found it?" She tried to look innocent.
Xellos gave her an 'I know what you did' look, but in his case it was more so commending than scolding. "Keeping up with the gossip? How interesting can it be, this is old gossip anyway."
Filia shook her head frantically, "these are lies," she held up a scroll. "Tiffany Ai Kant, murdered by a monster? I know for a fact that she ran away from the temple and married a human." She sighed in a bout of nostalgia, "she was a very dear childhood friend. I can't believe how mean I was to her." A layer of self loathing covered Filia's features, while Xellos watched on curiously.
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Episode 083: Official! Smoothing Out The Technicalities
Xellos shrugged his shoulders and pretended he didn't find the frequent earthquakes at all suspicious. It's not like he had any real information to share anyway. So what if Zelas was plotting something? Zelas was always plotting something, it wasn't really news. If he shared his vague theory he would only cause Filia to worry and uselessly go around in mental circles trying to figure out what was going on.
Then Filia's furious voice pierced through Xellos' thoughts, startling Val and even Gravos and Jillas who were all the way in the shop area, with its loud volume. "Xellos! Why is there a bottle of hot sauce floating in my stew?" Filia looked so angry that one might think she swallowed a whole bottle of hot sauce, or ten.
"I don't know," Xellos tried to look innocent. "Maybe it fell in with the earthquake."
"It was in the pantry," Filia pointed towards it across the kitchen. "It couldn't have fallen all the way fro
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Episode Sixty-Five: Hostages and Bargaining Chips
Filia and Xellos were trapped in an unstable area of astral space and knew that escaping would not be an easy task. "Constricting astral space is difficult to break through," Xellos stated. This was a death trap; it was all arranged so that Narcissus' destroyer would fall along with him if it came to that. Regardless of if the others became aware of their predicament, there was little they could do to get them out. Even for a monster, it would be extremely difficult to escape such a situation, but for a very strong monster, it wouldn't be impossible. Xellos still had the card Filia gave him, the card that would make her an official golden dragon and set her up to fulfill all the annoying technicalities of his curse. "I can get us out of this," there was no room for doubt anymore, he gave her the card.
Filia stared at the card for a split second before the realization hit her. This was the only thing that could save them. I
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Episode Seventy: When In Doubt, Go On A Journey
Once again like many other times, Lina, Gourry, Amelia, Zelgadis, Filia and Xellos, found themselves on the road to Seyruun, simply because they were not sure of where to go next. Seyruun seemed like the obvious choice since it always had food waiting for Lina, or so she hoped, in spite of the kingdom's generous efforts against the famine. It would take time, but the land was set to recover, so maybe Phil would still be willing to generously feed them.
Unlike in other past occasions, this time around, the group had an additional companion, a golden dragon by the name of Phythan who was ironically Beast Master's intern. There was also a lot more uncertainty in the air, due to the unanswered questions in regards to Zelas' plans, which even Xellos himself was unaware of and even more uncertainty related to the Lord of Nightmares.
Uncertainty or not, however, Lina was still Lina and she still had a monstrous appetite to feed, m
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Episode 080: Rebirth! The Light Of New Hope
Gravos, Jillas, Palou, Lina, Gourry, Amelia, Zelgadis, Zangulus, Martina, Phythan, Onyx, Celo, Tiffany and Fang watched as Xellos paced across the living room for the twenty-something time. Elena emerged from the hallway with all eyes immediately landing on her with curious expectant gazes. "It will be a little while longer, it seems that first hatching was a false alarm, but it's definitely happening soon. I just finished setting everything up so Filia can bathe him when he hatches. Val needs to concentrate to find the strength to break out of his egg. If there's a big crowd when he comes out of the egg it can frighten little Val."
"Yes! You can do it Val! Keep going, that's it! Go Val!" Filia's voice was heard from Val's room, catching everyone's attention. Val was hatching, this time for real. Xellos attempted to head over, but Gravos blocked the hallway, shaking his head in a silent indication that Filia's wishes should be
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In a private section of Seyruun's great library two people sat at a table, each with a book in front of them. One of them was Princess Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun, the other was her fiancé, Zelgadis Graywords. Nothing disturbed the soothing quiet of the library, save for the occasional sound of a page turning.
Amelia stared at the same page in the book that she had been staring at for the past ten minutes. This was one of her favorite books and it always managed to interest her no matter how many times she read it… except for this time. It wasn't that the book wasn't interesting anymore, it was just that… she had other things on her mind. She glanced shyly to her right where Zelgadis was sitting next to her, completely immersed in the book that he was reading.
"Uhm… Zelgadis-san?" Amelia broke the silence.
"Hmm?" Zelgadis replied without looking up from his book.
"I was thinking… since we're engaged… shouldn't we be doing the things that engaged couples do?"
"Erm… Like what?" Zelga
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Zelgadis froze as his fork was half way to his mouth. For some reason he had a very bad feeling about this. He put his fork down and glanced at her with an apathetic expression that he tried to wear at all times.
Amelia took that as her cue to continue, "How old are you?!"
Zelgadis' apathetic expression was betrayed as his eyelid started to twitch slightly with annoyance. The subject normally wouldn't have bothered him that much, but he still had the feeling that this would turn out bad. Nevertheless, he opened his mouth to respond…
But Amelia had apparently decided that it would be much more fun to guess, much to his dismay, "Eighteen? Twenty-five? …Thirty? ……Forty?" Amelia placed her hand on her chin, apparently in deep concentration. "You couldn't be more than ten years older than me… but you really do act so old… I mean, matu
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It was late in the afternoon as a hay wagon slowly, but surely, rolled down a country road.
Zelgadis and Amelia were sitting in the back of the wagon. Amelia was lying down on the mattress of hay while Zelgadis was still sitting up.
"I'm still full from all that octopus we ate…" Amelia patted her belly contently.
"I would hope so, after all the trouble we had to go through to get it." Zelgadis was busy trying to pick hay off his clothes while he spoke.
"Zelgadis-san! We didn't go through all that for the sake of food! We did it because it was the right thing to do and for the sake of Justice!" Amelia sat up. She looked like she wanted to start pointing at Zelgadis.
"There's also the fact that we were under the octopus curse ourselves." Zelgadis replied calmly.
Amelia almost started pouting a little. "Well, anyway… It's nice not to have to walk for once! This way we can just relax and enjoy the scenery!"
Zelgadis finally looked up from his clothes to examine his surroundings. "Well… tha
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Zelgadis felt himself pulled out of the water and onto the boat. On the edge of his consciousness he could hear people talking… but he couldn't seem to get himself to wake up.
"So, is Zelgadis alright?"
"Oh, don't worry about him. He's just a little waterlogged."
"But he went through so much! Should we really just leave him alone?"
Zelgadis felt his eyelid twitch as he started to become more aware of what they were saying. They were talking about him, but he still couldn't seem to get himself to wake up.
"No, I suppose we shouldn't do that."
"Maybe we could give him artificial respiration."
Okay, now that woke him up. He was aware enough to tell that Amelia was the one that suggested that. But now that he actually was awake he wished that he wasn't. If he had just stayed unconscious then…. Then what? He felt a little shocked at his own thoughts. Was he actually considering pretending to be unconscious to get an almost-kiss from Amelia? What would she think if she knew? She'd pro