House of Secrets, Part 1A/N: Happy Halloween, folks! Here's part 1 of a Xellos/Filia fic that AmberPalette and I have been working on together. Part 1 is from Filia's perspective and written by me and part 2 is from Xellos's perspective and written by AmberPalette. The link to part two will be posted in the description.
House of Secrets
Part 1. Filia's Perspective.
It wasn't even as though it was a particularly scary house. It was well, maybe a little imposing, but only in the way that really big houses always are. It didn't have any of the features that I'd have expected on a haunted houseno crushing façade, no prowling gargoyles on the roof, no windows that looked suspiciously like faces apparently Jacob Grogan, the head of the merchant empire family that had first commissioned the house, had decided that he didn't want his family living in a gothic cathedral, so the architects had opted for something a little less fashionable and a little more rustic. It was most
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Lima Town. 4:30 pm.
Ugh predictably enough it's been an absolute trial to get provisions. There weren't any stores intact left around the port and since I wouldn't dream of doing something as disgraceful as looting (sadly the same cannot be said for the residents of the town), I had to travel a bit down the coast to the next town over to purchase supplies. A lot of other people had the same idea, so it's pretty crowded.
And now I suppose I have no excuse not to start my ocean journey after Miss Lina and her friends.
It's just it's a long trip to fly! Flying is faster than walking, but it's absolutely exhausting and it's going to be even more difficult over the sea. If I was flying on land then I could just touch down and take a break whenever I needed one, but on the ocean? There's no guarantee that there's going to be anywhere for me to stop.
I suppose if I set out right now that I coul
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Chapter 1. Into the Unknown.
Sunday, February 19th.
Bountameer Inn. Dining Hall. 4:16 pm.
I'm not sure what to write. I've never really done this before.
Well, I guess that's not really true. I've probably started a diary at least half a dozen times. It just always seemed like such a good idea to me ever since I'd read the suggestion in a conduct novel growing up. I mean, it would be nice to be able to go over the events of my day to be able to better puzzle over themand of course to look back on and remember years down the line. And diary-keeping is supposed to be excellent for guiding the spiritual journeys of young ladies and keep them accountable for their behavior. But I don't think I've ever stuck with one journal for more than a week. I always meant to keep it up but it's so much harder to do than it sounds. Some days it would seem like nothing would happen that was worth writing down and other days it seemed
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Sunday, February 27st.
Park Bench. 1:24 pm.
It's a trial is what it is!
I was told before I left the temple that the outside world was full of temptations that could pull even the most virtuous dragon from the path of right, but I suppose I never paid too much attention I just thought how bad could it really be?
It turns out quite bad.
I guess that makes it sound worse than it actually is. The outside world isn't really tempting in a blatantly sinful, debaucheries on every corner kind of way. That would have been easy to resist. It's tempting in a more down to earth, subtle, paradoxically harder to resist kind of way.
Human culture is just so full of distractions!
I mean, really! Parkways, theatres, music, sporting events, restaurants that sell every kind of food imaginable (and unimaginable), and everywhere it's stores, stores, stores! How do humans ever manage to get anything important done wi
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Unusual sights often go unappreciated simply because spectators don't understand what it is that they're seeing. It was in this way that a handful of buzzed pub patron's completely failed to appreciate the oddity of a monster and a dragon sitting at the bar and drinking together. All they saw through their booze-glazed haze was a young man and woman who looked as though they'd rather be anywhere else and in any other company.
And it was true that neither Xellos nor Filia would've put themselves in this situation of their own volition. But earlier that day as they were walking through town they'd been having a let's call it a discussion a debate a comparative exercise to demonstrate which of their races was best. The word 'jerkface' had been thrown around, yes, but there's no reason for that to take anything away from the solemnity of the proceedings.
Lina hadn't appreciated that in the least. She'd turned to them, raked her hand
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It all started because Xellos needed a place to keep his books. He didn't exactly subscribe to the notion that knowledge was power, but knew all too well that knowledge was the best way to leverage power. Not only that, but he also knew the location of every five-star ice cream parlor in the entire world. That was something worth bragging about.
He supposed that he could've kept them on the astral side but well books seem to sort of belong on shelves. And he didn't like reading on the astral side anyway. The constantly shifting light sources made the prospect rather annoying.
And what is a house but a place to store shelves?
So he'd gotten a space of his ownnot to live in, but to keep things in. It worked out well not only for books but for any items that he had to eh 'confiscate' because they were too dangerous for human hands, but were not to be destroyed. Plus he could read mid-air without arousing any
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Xellos had been trying unsuccessfully for the last several hours to get Filia to look at him.
Ah, but putting it that way made it sound rather unfairly pathetic. The current state of affairs, with his outwardly nonchalant efforts to turn her gaze his way being thwarted by her insistence on looking at such things as tree bark, dirt, and animal dung (elements that she would most likely insist were much more worthy of her attention than he was), was not the way this whole thing had started. No this campaign had begun not with failure, but with unexpected success.
That morning had run much like any other morningwith a lengthy breakfast served at the inn they'd stayed at. Lina had been complaining about her latest efforts to destroy her sleep cycle by staying up all night looking through as much Outer World literature as she could find concerning magical items, Zelgadis, who had been doing just as much research, complained about how much Lina was comp
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Tuesday, March 19th.
Ocea City Inn. 8:00 am.
I'm so excited! Today we'll begin the first step of our journey to the Temple of the Fire Dragon King, and eventually, to save the worldand we'll do it as a team. I better get the others up so we can get startedafter all, there's not a moment to lose when it comes to the fate of the world!
Ocea City InnDining Hall. 9:00 am.
Oh, well, okay. I suppose before we start out on our long journey, it makes sense to have a good, hardy breakfast to keep us going the rest of the day. After all, depending on the time we make and what's along the way, we may not find a place for lunch, so we should probably take advantage of what's already in front of us.
Still, it seems to me that Miss Lina and the others are having a bit too hardy a breakfast. I suppose they travel more than I do and they know enough not to turn down an opportunity to eat but well, to be honest, I'm sti
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Filia opened the door to the kiln and took a deep breath. It was cool now, but she could still smell the smoky mixture of earth and flame. She reached in and felt the ceramic surface of the piece within. She looked it over careful, spinning it gently. So often a promising vase could be ruined in its trial by fire. Here, though, all seemed to be well. There was certainly no warping, and she breathed a sigh of relief when she had confirmed that the new paint she'd bought had held up under the heat. She smiled. All that was left was to put this on the shelf, where it would surely find a home when her shop doors opened the next morning.
She lifted the vase from its warm and cozy mortar womb, hugged it to her chest, and carefully shut the oven door. She turned around and walked two stepsmaybe three.
"Oh dear," commented Filia's saluter. "How very clumsy of you."
Filia was already crouched down on the floor graspi
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Sometimes it’s just not prudent to ask too many questions. After the previous day’s very draining and costly battle against a pair of monsters with an axe to grind against them, most of Lina Inverse’s crew wasn’t inclined to start making a fuss about minor social inconsistencies amongst the group. After all, they were so tapped out of magical power after the fight, that they’d spent all the energy they had left on healing the most major of their wounds. With fresh cuts and bruises still uncured and lacking defenses if they got ambushed again, it was much more important that they keep a careful eye on things as they traveled along the road than it was to examine why things were just ever so slightly “weird” between two of their traveling companions.
It wasn’t as though the behavior was completely unexplainable, anyway. They’d all have been toast if Xellos hadn’t shown up when he did with his veiled threats about
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I've lost my mace.
I've lost my mace!
Of all the things I could possibly lose, why did it have to be that?! I could've lost my tea setkind of a shame, it's a nice one, but I could always get another one ( and I enjoy tea set shopping anyway); I could've lost my guide books, which would be annoying and confusing and probably get me lost; I could've lost all my money and have to scrounge and beg just to get by; I could've lost my headdress and be exposed to all the world as a non-human, and be on the receiving end of all kinds of fear and speciesism and I'd still be better off than losing my mace!
For heaven's sake! It's more than just about the mace itself! My father gave me that mace when I was just a little girl. I couldn't even lift it back then but he told me that one day I'd be strong enough to wield it all on my ownand that it would protect me when he was no longer able to.
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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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The voice was carefree and even personable. It was the friendliest voice Id heard in a long time There, in the small clearing, stood a young man. He looked around twenty years old and seemed of medium statureneither too short nor tall, thin nor fatwith a head of silky black hair cropped just below his chin. He wore the black robes common to all priests and held a priests staff that looked right out of the discount bin. I considered his features fairly handsome, though there wasnt anything remarkable about them save for the rather out-of-place smile on his lips He began casting a spell, the calm smile never leaving his face As the air whooshed and whined, dozens of balls of light sprung forth around the priest The massive roar was followed by a concussive shockwave and, finally, by a blast of overheated air. The hands I slapped over my ears barely managed to keep my eardr
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Oranges and a Lock of Hair
Its not what you are, stupid, its what you do! From New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer, p. 307.
The seven-year-old girl feels hands on her neck, hands that are cold at first, long hard icy fingers probing her throat for a pulse. They pause over her throbbing jugular.
Its alright, comes a voice. It sounds like a mans voice, above her somewhere. Hold still.
It is then that the child becomes warm. Warm all over, warm like a thick wool blanket cocoons her, warm like a fire is ignited beside her. The warm seems to course through her veins, through her blood, like a hot bubbling liquid is injected into her. But she doesnt feel heaviershe feels like her body is shedding pound upon pound of weight, becoming intangible floating.
The voice comes clearly now through the haze, the
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Milgasia will never forget that day, or that person.
It was one thousand and twelve years ago when the sky rained red with the blood of Milgasias people, all because of a single person.
One remembers strange things from such monumental tragedies. Not poetic, universal, theatrical things, no. More things like how ones cotton shirt clung to ones anxiously sweating skin and itched. Or how the blood smelled potent, rusty. What one had eaten for breakfast only hours earliertepid eggs over thick firebaked rye bread. An oddly unappetizing breakfast, lingering too long and too heavy in the belly, ominous of the horrors of the afternoon to come.
But Milgasia is tormented more than one usually is by the memory. He remembers more powerful things than his breakfast, than the smells or feels of the weird peripheral details. He remembers the entire ordeal.
And his brain rivet
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A Slayers Fanfiction
By Amber S./ AmberPalette
(Five years after the end of The Slayers TRY)
It is late and dark and quiet in the Outerworld. In this farthest region of the farthest corner of the Red World, a cobblestone path meanders down to a cottage. The residence rests at the edge of a fishing village. It is a humble dwelling. Yet a floral forest cocoons this home. Lavender, roses, hydrangea, lilies, daffodils, pansies, peonies, ferns, and an ocean of ivy crawl up the cottage and its nearby pottery barn and kiln, rendering the walls themselves teemingly alive. This verdant house lies facing a field of tall grass that leads to the sea.
A single light glows in a single bedroom window, on the second floor. Two voices, one sly and raspy and male, one indignant and clear and female, harmonize just above the hum of the breeze.
It is a kind of spoken lullaby to their child, a li
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Us against all creation? I like those odds! the Monkey King, from the Hallmark film The Lost Empire.
Now, climb up there to the top of the orange tree, Val. An adult and teachers patient suggestion.
Im glad you brought it here, Xel, it smells great! A child and students gleeful shrill.
Its rather amazing how green it got after I brought it in your room. Xellos Metallium, demon of destruction, levitates easily five feet upward, as if swimming in air, and strokes his chin. He observes the young orange tree that he obtained for Filia Ul Coptsurmounted by their mutual adoptive son, Val. The child beats his equally youthful, fragile black wings as the adult muses, dimple-cheeked, upon the bark. My word, yes, how firm it now seems in your abode, Val
XELLLL! Impatiently, the boy spreads his arms. You
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Perhaps everyone can pinpoint a certain moment in their childhood when that distant sense that things will not always be so safe, so warm, crescendosbecomes an agony, a fact, staring them into the ground. Very much like the splash of cold air, bright lights, and loud sounds when escaping the womba tidal shock of discomfort.
It happened to Val yesterday.
Val never knew mom had so much blood in her. Yesterday, Val saw a lot of red on the floor, under mom.
It is not like people say. Not like everything is slow and painfully articulated, when something horrifying happens. No, it is more like running very fast, having everything turn into swirling, indiscriminate paint spatters on a sickening puce canvas. It is more like Val wants to say STOP, slow down, let me do this over!
Val has disturbingly clear, lurid nightmares, about a red-haired woman trying to kill him, about a red-haired man s
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The Father Disowned
That is not possible. The bruises I have made you give yourself have addled you. Or maybe its that dragon girl and her child. But I tell you, what you claimit is not even conceivable.
My Beastmaster, it is.
Lord Ruby Eyes does not make mistakes, Xellos.
My mother, it seems he has.
Xellos. You are blaspheming now. And I do not wish to dispose of you.
I should prefer to avoid such a course of action myself, milady. Heh.
Do not say that. Do not make light of annihilation. Dont smirk! You cannot wish to survive forever, not truly, if you are a monster.
But that is precisely the crux of it, mother, annihilation is not
STOP. You must refrain from further discussion of this matter. It must be as if you never spoke of it.
I am compelled to speak, milad
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The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It's full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing
I love it when you read to me
You can read me anything
The book of love has music in it
In fact that's where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb
I love it when you sing to me
You can sing me anything
The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It's full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we're all too young to know
I love it when you give me things
You ought to give me wedding rings
It seems to Milgasia that the Lesser Beast is unusually attentive to his clothing today.
Xellos Metallium wears newer, blacker garbthe same plain hem with Greek meander as in the past, only with his tunic, gloves, and boots having joined his cape and pants in their dark hue.
One other difference exists
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You wake up early the next morning. The sun is just now rising and it's hazy and cool outside. You sit out on the balcony in the lawn chair with a blanket wrapped around you. You can feel how puffy your eyes are; you didn't really sleep. Because of the fact that John had yet to order a new bed, you were still sharing it with him. After his rejecting you, there was one more round of heated kissing before he decided to pass out and you were left to mope alone in your dark room with a sleeping John clinging to you.
Was this one of his prankster gambits? How can someone tell you they don't want to date you, but then attack your mouth and fall asleep, clutching to you like a prepubescent girl? It had to be a joke. He is going to wake up, come out onto the balcony and kiss you on the cheek and call you "babe" and tell you that he has just made this facebook official.
But he doesn't. He sleeps in until 11 and then walks out in his boxers to make a cup of coffee before he even realizes you're
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"Huh?" You look up from your bowl of half-eaten cereal, mouth slack. Last night, you didn't sleep easily and when you were able to go unconscious, you were tormented with bad dreams. They were the kind that had nothing to do with anything that was going on in your life but were definitely caused by the turmoil you seem to be experiencing during your waking hours.
"I said I'm going to be ordering a new bed, today. It'll probably take like, 5 business days to get here, so you'll finally have your bed back, soon!" he smiles cheerfully at you and you bite back the urge to hit him just so he can feel as miserable as you do.
"Okay..." You go back to spooning your cereal and he doesn't speak for the rest of breakfast.
You spend the day at work, doing things mechanically. Sollux constantly gets on your case about not smiling or being friendly to the customers but he notices that you're not being your usual, snarky self. He gets you on shelving duty again and you, like always, are thankful for
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Your phone vibrates again and it's a simple post script that seems to be only meant for you.
'8ring the good stuff :::'
You know what she likes and she knows that you know what she likes and you fight back the heat that rises to your face. Sollux is sitting in the sam
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You are in the most awkward situation of your entire life. This is the one thing that is certain, right now. You try to clear your head long enough to remember the reason behind why things had turned out like this, and you remember-- A bed spring. That was the culprit behind the mysterious case of bed-sharing.
At around 11 o'clock earlier that night, you were minding your own business, painting your nails and listening to music when you hear a tapping at your door. You sigh, instantly becoming annoyed, but you answer it anyway and it's none other than John with a pathetic look on his face. He tells you about how he was sleeping peacefully when he must have rolled over and something cold and metallic hit his foot. It was a spring from his bed. It popped out sometime that day and he never noticed because he is John, who never notices anything important. He then tells you his bed is unusable and that he just wanted to let you know so that you wouldn't freak out when you wake up in the
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"No, I'm fine. Really, Vriska. You don't have to worry about it. Just, uuh... Just give me a sec, okay?"
You stop your continuous knocking and lower your hand, slowly. But you don't move from your spot in front of his door. You had been quite surprised when he came home, ignored your greetings and walked straight to his room, locking his door. He never locked his door. This could only mean something was wrong and you didn't want to have to deal with him being mopey for any sort of period of time. Things weren't exactly awkward or uncomfortable in their shared apartment, and you were as close of friends as you ever had with someone you only meant a week ago, So you figure the least you could do was to see if he needed a shoulder to cry on. What a baby. Was he really a grown man?
You knock again. "John, do you seriously think I would believe that bullshit? You scared the piss out of me when you just barged in like that and then ran to your room, sniffling like a girl..."
"I'm not crying.
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That was it. That was the second time you had ever lost a shooter. He beat you by 5 whole kills. This was unprecedented. This was not how things are supposed to go and you will have none of that.
"Best ten out of thirty."
"Vriska, are you really that butthurt over a little loss?" John laughs wholeheartedly and claps a hand on your shoulder. You wish you could burn objects with just a glare.
"How are you this good... Like, how are YOU THIS. GOOD."
John laughs again, you are losing patience. "Seriously? I never really expected a girl to be this competitive at video games!"
You snap your gaze back to his face again and put your controller down. He doesn't seem to notice.
"I mean, really! Hahahahaha! You are probably one of those tournie types... the ones that take it really seriously... Wow, I don't know if I should be pleased to have someone like you living with me or embarrassed!"
You bunch your hands into fists. He still hasn't noticed through his continuous banter the anger that is bu
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Tavros comes over just as you expected him to. He was all too eager to help you in any way that he could. You know this is because he is obsessed with you, and who wouldn't be? You take that thought back because you are scared shitless that John would be the one who wouldn't fall under your charm.
When Tavros knocks lightly on the door you quickly get up from your seat on the couch next to John and tell him you're going out with a friend. John looks surprised but just tells you to have fun and gives you that smile that makes your knees weak. You wish you were the only one he smiled to because not everyone deserves to see that.
Tavros makes a squeak of a noise when you open the door and push him back outside instead of inviting him in.
"We're going to Starbucks or some shit, okay? We can't talk here..."
He looks suspiciously at you but says nothing in protest.
When you get to your destination and order your drinks, you settle down at a table in a corner and hope to god you have enough p
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The sun felt good on your skin. How lucky are you to have a place with the most bitching of balconies? I mean, usually, apartments have tiny, claustrophobic balconies where you could only fit either your bike or one chair. But this one, this one was special. There were perks to living in such a small apartment, nice outside perks, and you are taking full advantage of that. You aren't starting school for another two months and it was your day off from work. John wasn't home and the place was as clean as you'd care enough to make it. It was like the universe was saying, "Damn, Vriska. You've been working hard lately, being a good roommate and all. You deserve some R & R. I'm going to make the weather perfect for you to tan under. You're welcome, kiddo."
You moan happily and stretch out your limbs. If only you had a servant to bring you out more sweet tea... and should that servant add some vodka to that sweet tea, well they would definitely be on the same page. Where was John? Would he p
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"Are you an imaginary number, because your body is unreal."
You open your eyes half way and stare at John incredulously. You had been busy resting while he made dinner in the kitchen, with his little am/fm radio on the local classic rock station. You let the staticy music and fresh smells of herbs and meat lull you into a comfortable twilight sleep until you were rudely forced back into reality by the same person who relaxed you enough to get you there. You glare up at the ceiling where his face now occupies and push him away. "Are you retarded?"
"Haha! Did you like that?"
"No, why would I like anything like that, John. If you're going to throw puns at your roommate at least make them about something cool..."
"You're the weird one. Who honestly enjoys watching spiders make webs in the corners of their rooms?"
"A lot of people do."
"And they keep the other bugs away!" You sit up and take the plate of steaming food from him, scooting over on the
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All you wanted was a little bit of "You" time. Was that so much to ask for? You figured that being all the way on the other side of the apartment complex at the public pool would mean that you didn't want to be disturbed, yet here he is... lying next to you on a lawn chair, yapping your ear off. Well, not exactly yapping. He makes comments about random things every so often. But, still. You aren't here to hang out with your roommate. If you wanted to be in his company, you would've just waltz right into his room and demand he pay attention to you. Not that you would really actually do that. You might, though; If you wanted to get back at him for something, which you might have to now considering what he is pulling.
"Oh, hey Vriska... Check that couple out. PDA, am I right? Haha."
"John." You finally snap. He is not going to waste another one of your days off. "That is really adorable and interesting and all things good, but I am trying to enjoy the sun and, you know, not having to work
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This. Was. So. Stupid.
Kartar stood at the entrance to the hospital he'd been dropped off in front of, burdened only with a bouquet of ripe-smelling daisies and an almost crippling sense of unwarranted responsibility. Honestly, he had no reason to be here. He only even came because he needed to earn those ridiculous public service credits for his Sociology class somehow, even if it meant occasionally checking up on a classmate he had never even spoken to, let alone gave much of a shit about. He'd just have to keep this Theresa girl company every other day for a week or two, and he'd never have to feign concern for any of his dunce classmates ever again.
The sour-tempered Indian teen let out a raspy sigh and tussled a hand through his messy black hair before shuffling through the front door. A security guard seated at the front desk asked
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It was either visit Theresa, or work. God, how Kartar hated weekends. He slipped out the back door of the store as silently as he could muster, and, though he ultimately blundered into a couple trashcans like a clumsy fuckass, he managed to escape his father's eye, subsequently escaping the possibility of having to mop floors or some bullshit for at least another couple hours. At least until lunch or something. He was only thirteen; it wasn't like he could just wander around town without any money all day!
But, in all honesty, Kartar wasn't sure he wanted to visit Theresa either, especially after what happened yesterday, and the less than desirable discussions that had followed. Then again, what Gannon and Terezi had said really had little to do with her, right?
He snorted, stretching and
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CG: GANNON, WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU, YOU STUPID GODDAMN STONER?
TC: It'S fIvE aM, bRo...
TC: WhAdDyA nEeD tO tAlK tO mE aBoUt ThIs EaRlY?
CG: I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M ASKING YOU THIS, BUT SOLOMON IS TOO MUCH OF A GODDAMN BIPOLAR FUCKING SPAZ TO ASK ADVICE FROM HALF THE TIME.
CG: THEN AGAIN, YOU'RE NOT EXACTLY MUCH OF A FUCKING IMPROVEMENT, BUT THIS BEARS DISCUSSION, EVEN IF YOU PROBABLY WON'T REMEMBER IT LATER.
TC: HaAa, It'S cOoL bRo : o)
TC: If It HeLpS, TaV's FaMiLy Is WaY mOtHeRfUcKiNg StRiCt...
TC: GeTtInG sOmE tImE iN wItH a BlUnT aIn'T eAsY...
CG: HOW ENLIGHTENING.
TC: tHaT's ThE mOtHeRfUcKiNg SpIrIt, BrO hOnK. : o)
TC: sO wHaT's Up?
CG: RIGHT, WHATEVER.
CG: ANYWAY, I'M TAKING CARE OF THIS GIRL THAT JUST GOT SENT TO THE HOSPITAL.
CG: SHE'S FROM OUR CLASS; I THINK SHE MOVED HERE A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU WENT TO SPAIN OR SOME SHIT. HER NAME IS THERESA.
TC: Oh YeEeAaAaH!
TC: i ReMeMbEr HeR!
Just Visiting ch. 2[AN: This is a Humanstuck!AU fic. It is rated T for language.]Just Visiting ch. 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"So, how did it go?"
Snorting lightly, Kartar rose his tired gaze to meet his classmate's. Kayla was probably one of the few kids that actually talked to him. Most everyone else thought he was a huge asshole, which he was. Then again, the fashionable young lady never seemed to be the type to care about that sort of thing. Kayla just went with the flow, which was probably why Kartar was usually willing to reply to any conversation she threw at him. "What do you mean?" he finally countered after a moment of silence, looking back down at the worksheet on his desk that he'd been scribbling on.
Kayla raised a thin eyebrow quixotically. "I cannot tell if you are honestly confused or if you are just dodging the question." She took a seat at the desk beside him. "I am of course alluding to your visit with Theresa. Did you b
The FoolGamzee grinned, sitting on top of a large tube containing his lusus. No one would easily be able to reach him up here. People were out for his blood, the Subjugglator was well aware of that, and frankly he just wanted to try to sleep peacefully. Or, as peacefully as a troll could without slime. Gamzee sighed, keeping his grin on, and leaned backwards to lay on the glass while his feet dangled over the side.The Fool in General Fiction More Like This
No one wanted him until now. Why? Because he'd killed his friends. Their friends, people in their quadrants he'd murdered them in cold blood on a whim. Before, he'd never done anything. People (Karkat, usually) had the nerve to tell him that he was annoying and irritating every time they spoke. Now, oh now, /NOW/ they were interested! Would it kill them to give him a motherfucking smile or something!? Just once. That was all he was asking for. Just once, a smile, hopefully from his shitty motherfucking "best friend".
No one really cared before this.
He was just the
Carnival Games Pt. 1Everything had gone downhill very, very quickly. Way too quickly. One second, he'd been his usual slimehead self, the next he was painting the walls with his friends' blood and grinning like the fucking Cheshire Cat from that terrible earth movie.Carnival Games Pt. 1 in Horror More Like This
Karkat really hated that movie.
Of course, Karkat hated everything.
Karkat was snapped out of his semi-delusional train of thought by a honk somewhere in the labs. If he'd have eaten anything in the last few days he would have shat himself. His neck snapped around towards the sound and glared in the direction before walking faster. He had to keep up the leader act, and a good leader is never afraid. He had to find the others before Gamzee killed anyone else
Karkat had recently stumbled upon Equius and Nepeta's corpses, giving him a shitload of grief. He blamed himself for their deaths, to be honest. He'd sent Equius on a suicide mission, regardless of what the peasantblood had said about Gamzee being too strong. Karkat had just thought
Carnival Games Pt. 2Karkat raced to Terezi's side and knelt down, thinking the worst and cursing that indigo bastard for doing this to her. He checked her pulse on a whim and was surprised but relieved to find a faint beat. She was badly injured, but alive. Of course, if Karkat had waited much longer, that might have changed actually, he'd better get moving now. Terezi was bleeding everywhere from multiple blunt-force wounds all over her body.Carnival Games Pt. 2 in Horror More Like This
He looked up and noticed multiple teal notes on the wall (mostly useless pieces of shit, like honking and all that), and one large indigo-colored one. Karkat narrowed his eyes as he read the message that stood out from the rest by color indigo in a world of teal.
"TRY TO SAVE HER MOTHERFUCKER."
"it's all a joke."
"KEEP ME MOTHERFUCKING LAUGHING."
Below it, a small doodle of a green first-aid kit was scrawled on the wall. Karkat immediately glanced at the spot on the wall where he'd required all the trolls to keep an emergency box of medical supplies (su
The Rise of Gamzee MakaraGamzee watched his computer screen in furious disbelief as two humans floated around the screen like idiots. These motherfuckin' posers really thought they were the Messiahs, didn't they? These ICP shits. They really thought that they were the ones destined to meet his brethren in the Dark Carnival. That was impossible, these motherfuckers couldn't be the Messiahs, and he was sure of it. His Messiahs were nothing like that. They were strong and feared. These motherfuckers were jokes, and not the funny kind. This video was probably the single most insulting thing he'd ever seen. It made fury bubble up inside him for the very first time and boil over like a pot full of water. This video wasThe Rise of Gamzee Makara in Horror More Like This
He snarled and jumped out of his chair, cursing this disgusting mockery of his precious miracles and Dave for sending the video to him. He'd show them how to preach right.
His eyes had been opened there were no miracles. They'd all been destroyed by these sad e
Slayers at the 2012 Olympics"How the hell did I allow myself to get talked into this crap you damn fruitcake?" Lina Inverse snarled at Xelloss beside her, tugging at the bright yellow skirt that was just far too short on her along with her pink top she detested, a golden racket with a brown handle in her hand as they were competing in the Summer Olympics. She was promised the medals given out to the winners of each competition had magical amplifying powers for athletes, Lina was hoping this would either help her become stronger or possibly amplify her body to more like an athlete's fit which could include bigger breasts she had hoped. At least it could according to what that trickster priest who ended up being her partner told her She wondered what all he did to end being paired with her in the mixed doubles. "At least you didn't pull some crap and sneak into the women's doubles earlier "Slayers at the 2012 Olympics in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Aww no need to be like that, Lina-chan." Xelloss wagged his forefinger, winking at her. He was wearing the same ou
The Search For Lina Inverse Chapter 1The Search For Lina Inverse Chapter 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Xelloss… Come forth now.”
She called for me as she always did, a booming voice in my head buzzed and immediately I traveled the Astral Plane to her side. I appeared before her, she was in her human form sitting upon her throne. I bowed as I stood on one knee as I usually did. “Lord Beast Master, you summoned me?”
“Xelloss, I want you to find Lina Inverse for me.” My Lord Zelas commanded. “There is something I need to know.”
Lina Inverse? The human that destroyed Hell Master Phibrizzo, a piece of Lord Ruby Eye along with his ghost, aided in the destruction of Dark Star and many more? What could she want with her? … Could it be the final confrontation I’ve longed warned Miss Lina about? For some reason the thought of that human lifeless in my arms didn’t appeal to me like it should… In fact I frowned at the thought of never feeling her anger or rage again… Or another headlock.
Lina Inverse's InterrogationLina Inverse's Interrogation in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“You called, Lord Dynast?” Sherra bowed before her master, Dynast Grausherra.
Dynast turned towards his general with a scowl. “That woman has been here for three months and still refuses to speak much to anyone. Grau said he can’t seem to figure out what those Dion wanted with her, and it would be easier to figure out if she’d tell us.”
“Well Joe tried flirting with her every now and again and that just manages to piss her off.” Sherra rolled her eyes. “If she does speak she does nothing but growl, she’s good for a meal but damn I’ve never seen a human so negative ever.”
“That’s probably what made Zelas inquire about her.” Dynast chuckled. “I still wonder why she was so curious as to if we were going to keep her alive and that if we were going to dispose of her she asked to take her?”
“Rumor has it she’s Xelloss’s favorite human, my lord.” Sherra replied.
Contest Prize A Slayers DanceContest Prize A Slayers Dance in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Remind me again why I’m coming to this Gourry?” Lina Inverse grumbled as she stumbled along on her high-heeled crimson shoes that were hidden by her flowing red dress. “I HATE dancing!”
“Unnn… I forget.” Gourry chuckled, wearing his blue tux.
“Don’t look at me, I just came along for the ride.” Spoke Luke, who was wearing a red tux.
“I think it’ll be interesting to meet the princess of Seyruun and the prince of Taforashia.” Milina said, who was wearing a white dress.
“I just came because Dear Gourry asked me…” Sylphiel said with a blush, wearing a pale blue dress.
“One, Princess Amelia and Prince Pokota asked us to come as it’s their engagement party.” Lena piped up, currently wearing a green dress. “Two, they promised you tons of food at the party.”
“Oh…. Still…” Lina grumbled, crossing her arms. Though her cousin’s reaso
Slayers Couples Tales Part 2Slayers Couples Tales Part 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Val? Jillas? Gravos?” Filia found herself wandering around her shop, utterly confused how quiet it was. It was rather eerie as she noticed it was dark, how did it get so dark so fast? That’s when she felt wind blowing that made her spin around, and she froze at the figure before her.
It was Val-No, Valgaav, his horn on his head proved that point, and he was dressed in the same outfit she met him in. His eyes had a piercing glare on her, one she hadn’t seen since the Dark Star Incident…
“Well if it isn’t the little lady…” Valgaav said in a low tone. “What brings you here now? To finish the job your ancestors failed to? Your people that murdered all of my kind?!”
“N-no!” Filia just stared at him in complete horror. “Val no! You know I just want you to be happy I-“
“DON’T PATRANIZE ME!” Valgaav roared at her. “Why all this time take me in? Out of pity? Out of fear? You thin
Slayers Couples Tales Part 1Slayers Couples Tales Part 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Zelgadis had come here to do some research in the town’s chimera research, but he never would have guessed his path would cross hers again.
The chimera man had just arrived in town, his hood up as usual to not attract attention when he heard a very low, very annoying, and very familiar female voice barking at the waiter while stuffing her face.
“Get me another round and make it snappy!” Lina Inverse, the beautiful sorceress was eating at a rapid rate as usual, but she was alone. Zel wasn’t used to seeing this usually Gourry was with her…
“I see you still behave like a child, long time no see Lina.” Zelgadis chuckled as he approached her.
“Oh hey Zel!” Lina perked up slightly. “What brings you here? Another clue towards your cure?”
“Yeah, I had heard that they did chimera research in this town.” Zelgadis shrugged his shoulders. “What about you? And where’s Gourry?”
Anger seemed to flare from
The Soul Touch Chapter 53The Soul Touch Chapter 53 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Come on already! I’m starving and Gourry’s going to get it all!” Lina growled as she was pulling Xelloss by his arm to the table of the current places they were staying in, which was Christopher’s mansion.
“Then go on ahead, Lina… I’m just still getting used to traveling completely by foot now.” Xelloss sighed.
“It would help if you opened your damn eyes dumbass.” Lina snapped. “Always wondered why you kept them closed so much.”
“Well I never had to have my eyes open to see before…” Xelloss shrugged. “I could see just fine through the Astral Plane after all. Also sight through these human eyes is so hazy compared to when I was Mazoku…”
“Is that why you’ve tripped already 3 times on the way here?” Lina asked, pulling him towards the dining room.
“N-no that was just your excessive pulling…” Xelloss replied, turning his head away.
The Soul Touch Chapter 58The Soul Touch Chapter 58 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“GOD DAMMIT AMELIA DO YOU EVER QUIT?!?” Lina snarled as she was forced into a crimson dress that nearly matched her eyes. “I thought we were tormenting that god damn fruitcake! Not me! Remember what happened the last time I let you pick out a dress for me?” The dress had small shoulder straps that were covered over frills that ran across the top with a rose in the center. This dress was much fuller, coming to a full bell shape at the bottom that was only 3 inches from the ground. This time she didn’t pin her hair up, but Sylphiel had brushed it out thoroughly. The heels she had on must have been 6 inches….
“But Miss Lina, I had Miss Filia and Miss Sylphiel check it out this time, they’re sure it isn’t possessed or anything!” Amelia protested, she was wearing a pink dress with all her official royal markings on it.
“I’m holding you to that, you know.” Lina grumbled, crossing her arms after she got her gloves
A Day at Dragon Slayers Island BeachA Day at Dragon Slayers Island Beach in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Xellina! Masqurin! Come on let’s go your dad is going to be coming with the others any minute!” Lina called at the entrance to Dragon Slayers Island’s cavern. She stepped onto the sand in her bare feet and wearing her one piece red swimsuit. She and Xelloss had invited their friends to come to the beach of the island to spend a summer day of fun by the sea.
“Coming momma!” squeaked the voice of the redheaded toddler that came rushing out. Masqurin was nearly identical to her mother with her same color hair and crimson eyes, usually her hair was tied back up into a bun. She was in a blue shirt and pants, and just like her mother she had a temper along with curiosity for magic. At 5 years old she was already perfecting most basic spells, though not the Dragon Slave just yet. She tripped though on her way out, but something caught her.
The tiny arms that wrapped around her belonged to her twin sister, Xellina. With her purple hair tied into two pigtail
Is It Too Late?Is It Too Late? in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sylphiel Nels Lahda sighed as she arrived in the city of Seyruun, while she had been working on rebuilding her city of Sairaag she still had shrine maiden duties here, and she had received word she was needed here today on a job. She smiled and approached the palace that the guards knew her face well after the more recent battle against Zanaffar a little over a year ago. She then noticed several servants were all around, and the castle was rather dressed up.
“Is there some kind of event going on?” Sylphiel asked one of the servants.
“There’s a wedding being held today.” One of the maids answered. “Princess Amelia wants us to make sure everything is just right.”
“Amelia is getting married?” Sylphiel gasped.
“No, her friend Lina Inverse.” The maid answered.
“Oh.” The priestess said as she held her breath. “… Who is she marrying?” she shivered just a bit, hoping it wasn’t who she thought
To Live Another Day 33To Live Another DayTo Live Another Day 33 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode Thirty-Three: Being Human Is Not Easy
Lina, Gourry, Amelia, Zelgadis, Filia and Xellos headed for the docks. Xellos followed the group automatically, without pointing out his condition directly, though he was sure everyone already knew. Yet what made it sink in fully was when Lina spoke up about her secret job. "Try not to run off on your own, Xellos. I'm supposed to be your bodyguard after all."
"What?" Xellos felt his eye twitch madly. There was a long harsh road ahead of him and he needed to gain his cure more desperately than ever.
"You heard me and I'm getting good money out of this deal, so I'll be really angry if you mess it up for me!" Lina emphasized.
When the group arrived at the docks, a ship was already waiting for them. They boarded and left swiftly; sailing away from the resort and towards the road they intended to follow to Filia's home. It looked as if the trip by sea would be uneventful. Gourry and Lina were eating every last dish on the ves
To Live Another Day 75Slayers: AliveTo Live Another Day 75 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode Seventy-Five: Unfinished Business
The sun sunk in the horizon and night fell over the majestic kingdom of Seyruun. Lina and Gourry were happily raiding the kitchen determined to consume everything that had not been sent off to help supply the other lands. Amelia and Zelgadis were taking a moonlit walk through the gardens, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. Phythan and Onyx had been given permission from Amelia to delight in reading her comic book collection, including her priced special edition full series of 'Fluffy and Ice-cream: Justice For All'. It was a peculiar side story where the duo acted as both detectives and lawyers, solving various crimes and defending the innocent.
With everyone occupied in their own tasks, that left Xellos and Filia with some rather peaceful free time on their hands, or so they thought. Xellos finished writing a few notes to send Beast Master, as she wanted him to keep her informed in Onyx's process. He was seated at a desk in his p
To Live Another Day 150Slayers: AliveTo Live Another Day 150 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode 150: Finale! Every End Brings A Beginning
It was the final effort against the Stillness. Lina had come up with a plan, which she quickly finished explaining. "Xellos, you'll be forcibly pulling Shabranigdu's energy from the Stillness' grasp along with me, but this won't be a double Dragon Slave." The crafty red haired sorceress got the idea from when she saw Amelia and Zelgadis casting Ra-Tilt together before. "This will only be one Dragon Slave casted by both of us. You better make sure not to fall out of rhythm, but don't strain yourself and put your life in danger either. I'll be counting on you to talk Beast Master into throwing a victory banquet for us when this is over with more of her delicious cooking!"
"She better not include dragon cuisine in the menu!" Filia protested.
"Dragon cuisine is the food of champions," Xellos teased, "of course we need to have some of that."
"You piece of raw garbage, we'll discuss this later!" Filia growled and went back to c
To Live Another Day 127Slayers: AliveTo Live Another Day 127 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode 127: Discussions! Fortune Cookie Wisdom
As it always happened, it didn't take long for Xellos to annoy Filia into raising the volume of her voice. "That's not it!" Filia yelled, quickly covering her mouth to avoid waking Val and Palou. "You know that's not what I mean, raw garbage." Surprisingly it was Filia who got the conversation back on track, only because she wanted to get away from the embarrassing topic of her nonexistent attraction towards Xellos. "What were you saying about business?"
Right, it was time to go out with it. "I want you to talk some sense into Milgazia."
That took Filia by surprise. "What do you mean?"
"I know this sounds crazy and believe me it is, but the truth of the matter is that Zelas and Milgazia are... well... a couple," Xellos painfully push the words out with a clear look of intense disgust on his face.
"Excuse me?" Filia blinked.
"You heard me," Xellos insisted. "I'm not repeating such a nasty thing."
"Calumny!" Towards both side
To Live Another Day 126Slayers: AliveTo Live Another Day 126 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode 126: Shock! Celebrity Couple
Sitting on the roof of Filia's shop as the sun rose over the horizon to a new day, Xellos contemplated the moment when he found out about the shock. He had just recovered at the time and was walking down the hall at Beast Master's palace in Wolf Pack Island, minding his own business. He heard Zelas talking to Galathia as they made their way through a different hallway and stood at the corner hidden from view, listening to a portion of their conversation, cut off and out of context.
"That's the full report from the monster rumor mill." Galathia finished with a tale that Xellos didn't quite catch. She was in fact talking about him and Filia. "Some are oddly amused, some are surprised and some simply don't believe it. However, other than those who have actually seen visual proof of the matter, many seem to think it's all some crazy rumor."
"I suppose it is hard to believe," Beast Master agreed. "A monster and a golden dragon together..."
To Live Another Day 50To Live Another DayTo Live Another Day 50 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode Fifty: Undeniable Emotions
At the moment, according to Filia, everything that went wrong in the world was Xellos fault. Xellos, the most infuriating living creature in the universe, the one who turned her world upside-down and made her throw all logic out the window. The golden dragons had to be wrong about their naive theories of love, they simply had to be. It made a lot more sense for the ancient traditions to be a bunch of lies than for her to be loved by Xellos, consciously or not. It was just lust and Filia was a golden dragon, she couldn't be influenced with only that, she refused to be.
The door to her room was quietly opened, though it wasn't silent enough to be constituted as sneaking. The person invading her Seyruun quarters was purposely making his arrival known as he joined her by the window. "What are you staring at out there?" Xellos casually inquired.
"Nothing," Filia truthfully answered and moved on to more important observations. "Your hair
To Live Another Day 47To Live Another DayTo Live Another Day 47 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode Forty-Seven: Rain and Sunshine
The rain that fell over Seyruun had stopped and the skies became sunny and clear. It was as if the weather was mocking the travelers it soaked by turning nice shortly after they finally reached shelter. Weather sarcasm aside, Zelgadis and Amelia were in a good mood as they took to the streets of the fair kingdom with Fang by their side. The monster fox had curiously followed them out and Amelia, who was rather fond of animals, took it upon herself to show him around. Zelgadis didn't like the idea as this was Zelas' pet that Xellos was supposed to walk. Yet not even the chore could ruin his overall good mood as he walked through town next to Amelia.
"Can we stop here a moment? I need to get something." Zelgadis pointed at a large warehouse. It was mostly a place where merchants left their good, though it could also be used as a storage room for personal property. "I'll be right back."
"Sure," it didn't look like Zelgadis wanted
To Live Another Day 20To Live Another DayTo Live Another Day 20 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode Twenty: Allies of Justice
In the distance past the north dome, there was a dark misty forest with a small cave in the middle of it. Filia had transformed back into her human form and was huddled up in that little cave protected from the rain but not from her own conscience. Her life was a mess, a very embarrassing mess.
It wasn't too long before Amelia caught up to Filia and landed in the spot where the golden glow had faded. She looked around, spotting a figure in the dimness of the small cave, which was not deep enough to be pitch-black, though the entire forest was a little dark due to the weather and thick trees. The princess hurried to the cave, kneeling beside the ball of self pity that was her friend. "Aw, don't cry Miss Filia," she hugged her gently and rubbed a soothing hand on her back like a mother consoling a crying child. "There, there, it's going to be alright."
"No it's not," Filia sobbed. "There's some kind of evil plot going on and I've alre
To Live Another Day 54To Live Another DayTo Live Another Day 54 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode Fifty-Four: The Mysterious Lady
In another inn that happened to be in the way to the next town in the journey, Lina and company were sitting at a table surrounding the map that Amelia had kept safe from Xellos. The monster turned human, had run off somewhere in town, joining his companions a while later with his own map in hand. "Since Zelgadis is so terribly selfish and wouldn't let me borrow his map, I got my own," he placed the map on the table. "You're going here," he pointed out the farming village were they were traveling to. I'm going here," he pointed at a location near the village. "So I guess we'll be traveling down the same road for a while."
"What's there?" Lina curiously asked. It didn't look like Xellos was actually pointing at anything on the map, or maybe something was missing from the depiction.
"I'll tell you later. We might as well stop at the village next to our destination," Xellos replied ambiguously. "And Lina... you might have to earn
To Live Another Day 52To Live Another DayTo Live Another Day 52 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Episode Fifty-Two: Show Me How To Care
Lina's not so merry band of travelers was fully aware of the lovers' spat, or perhaps ex-lovers' spat, between Xellos and Filia. The same fact applied to the majority of the inn's current guests, yet the shouting had been so fierce that they dared not complain. At least the quarreling couple had quieted by now. While Filia enjoyed her stolen ice-cream on a rooftop somewhere in town, Xellos proceeded with his investigation. Sure, why not? He had already dragged his stubborn pride through the mud and danced a stupid little dance on top of it. So why shouldn't he ask all sorts of mortifying questions for the sake of survival?
Besides, he was Xellos; it took a lot to embarrass him. The part that really bothered him was how exposed he had been lately. It wasn't like back when they infiltrated that all female kingdom. He didn't have a big problem with parading around in a pretty dress, because back then he was still the trickster who
A Slayers Fairy Tale Part 2A Slayers Fairy Tale Part 2 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Part 2: The Beast
In a village, approximately two towns over from where Lina, Gourry and Amelia would spend the night, a man, cloaked in black and masked, tore a sign from a shop window. The sign was crudely made and advertised the need for a bodyguard. The man in black lifted his virtually empty coin purse. The advert didn't offer much in the way of coinage, but offered housing and three meals a day. That would be enough for now.
He was tired of wandering.
He glanced at the location for the interview on the flyer and arched an eyebrow. Antiques and Weapons.
What occasion called for that particular combination?
Still, despite the oddness of the advertisement, the man in black crossed the town to the odd shop. There were several copies of the flyers littered around as if earlier during the day there had been a line of men waiting for the opportunity to play bodyguard, but each had found himself rejected of the position. Or perhaps, had decided to wisely flee. But this particular man in
A Slayers Fairy Tale Part 3A Slayers Fairy Tale Part 3 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Part 3: Beauty and the Beast?
Amelia looked around for Lina and Gourry for an hour before she gave up. She sighed. Guess they left me. Oh, well. She looked back at the flyer. I wonder how much stuff that was new back when I was awake last time is an antique now Amelia shrugged. She found a wagon that was headed two towns over. It seemed a little odd to her that the purple haired farmer had oddly wolfish, evil eyes, but she wasnt one to judge. After all, the world was a different place now.
She asked him about the unusual antique store and he definitely recommended it. He even cheerfully told her that the patrons were usually more interesting than the wares themselves. Interesting people drew Amelia even more so than interesting items. So she quite happily spent the next few hours of travel chatting away with the wagon-driving wolfish farmer.
He was a fountain of wonderful gossip.
Amelia got there two hours before closing time after being dropped off
A Slayers Fairy Tale Part 1A Slayers Fairy Tale Part 1 in Fan Fiction More Like This
Part 1: Chance Meetings?
Once upon a time there was a young woman who was feared throughout the land. She had a good heartthough none would say she didbut a short temper. And a knack for magic. Her name was Lina, but she was known as The Red Hood. If anyone saw a red hood and cape, they knew to flee the area in case they fell in the way of her wrath.
Lina wasnt fond of the situation. After all, she loved a good meal, loved a good ale, an endless supply of gold, a warm bed to sleep in and her red hood and cape. But there was not much she could do about her reputation other than continue to travel in order to see if she could find a place where her reputation didnt precede her.
One day, while walking through a forest, she came upon a big bad wolf. But other than his wolfish, mysterious smile, a tail, and his closed, cheerfully evil eyes, there wasnt much wolfish about him. Nor did he seem all that bad. He was, however, annoyingly mysterious to the Red
SOPOR'S L1TTL3 P3RKS.Oh god, you think you are going to puke. Just, all over your hive. ALL OVER IT.SOPOR'S L1TTL3 P3RKS. in Romance More Like This
You feel so fucking sick, while asleep you accidentally breathed in some of those high-drugs that Gamzee is always telling you to try.
He claims that it's amazing, you feel anything but. You miss Terezi, she has been very busy lately. Jegus, you just wish that she would show up ATLEAST to the core. But you have to understand, she is really busy all the time lately. God, you miss her.
You glance around the room and say out loud in a painful and slurred voice,"FUKCIN SCHIT, I CHANT EBEN SHE MY OWN HANS, LHET AHLONE MY COMPHUTER..." You sound like a fucking idiot.
Suddenly, you hear a startled voice,"K4RKL3S? WH4TS WRONG?" Fuck, fuck, fuck. It's Terezi, she's visiting at the wrong time. She'll probably make you move to a sopor-slime free place to chill for a week. After the offical declairment of your flushed quadrants being filled, Terezi has seemed more busy yet caring.
"K4RKL3S, WH4T H4PP3N3D? WHY DO YOU SO
JEGUS, TEREZI.Terezi was just sitting there, starring at the wall. But all together, she had no idea what the fuck she was looking at. Because.. She's blind and stuff...JEGUS, TEREZI. in Drama More Like This
Anyway, Karkat decided to come over and ask Terezi a serious question. "HEY TEREZI, I HAVE TO ASK YOU A SERIOUS AS FUCK QUESTION."
"WUH, HUH? WH4T?" Terezi snapped back to reality, and sniffed out Karkat,"OH, H1 K4RKL3S. WH4T D1D YOU JUST S4Y?"
"I SAID, I NEED TO ASK YOU A SERIOUS QUESTION. ALSO, WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU JUST DOING."
"OH OK4Y, 4ND 1 W4S JUST-"
"NEVERMIND THAT. OKAY WELL," Karkat cut off Terezi rudely but she really didn't care. "I HAVE A HUGE PROBLEM RIGHT NOW."
"H3H3H3, W3LL, SP1T 1T OUT!" She laughed manically and waited for him to continue.
"I.. UH.." Karkat hesitated, thinking it was a dumb idea to come to her, but no one else even as CLOSE to sane as her was around. "I THINK ERIDAN TAUGHT NEPETA HOW TO STALK ME."
"WH4T? DO YOU W4NT M3 TO T34CH H3R 4 L3SSON, 1 M34N, 1M 1N TH3 L4WFUL P4RT OF 4LT3RN14.." Terezi star
Slayers Challenge Candle PromptAs a youth, Zelgadis had always thought candlelight brought out the beauty in anything. Even an empty bottle of wine could suddenly appear more romantic next to the gentle blaze of the candle. Zelgadis was not a romantic at heart, but he could not deny that the small candle on the table caused the sleeping Amelia to look quite beautiful.Slayers Challenge Candle Prompt in General Fiction More Like This
They had spent the last two days researching the town's library for a cure for him. He hadn't even realized how late it actually was until he had entered Amelia's room and found her sleeping at the small table.
Amelia had told him to come see her as soon as he discovered anything new, but Zelgadis did not have the heart to wake her. Now that he thought of it, she had been staying up as late as he had been, so Amelia probably hadn't slept much for the past couple of days.
He quietly set his notes on the table and brushed the hair away from her eyes. The flame flickered as Amelia stirred and shifted
Slayers Gears PrologueRezo the Red Priest's fingers drummed loudly on the table. He stared at his notes, ignoring the way his legs were feeling numb from sitting in the same spot for the last two hours. Strangers would be shocked to find him reading, since it was widely known that Rezo had been blind since birth. Few people knew that Rezo was able to use his magic sight to read like any regular person. He could trace the shapes and read the ink letters with his magic, but his was still surrounded in darkness. It didn't satisfy his yearning to see the world with his own eyes.Slayers Gears Prologue in General Fiction More Like This
A chilling wind blew in through the window. The Red Priest shivered and wrapped his robe tighter. The last thing he wanted was to freeze in the cold air.
Rezo scowled. Just when he thought he might be able to make serious progress on a cure to his blindness, his grandson had to pull this stunt. Not that he blamed the boy, but t
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Fix A Broken Heart?
"Lina, what was that about?"
Lina marched to the backroom. "Nothing you have to worry about."
Gourry grabbed her by the shoulder. "Don't give me that! That guy was threatening you, and I want to know why!"
"It's none of your business," Lina snapped, brushing his hand away. "It's safer for you if you don't know."
"Lina, I'm working for you, I have the right to know." He folded his arms. "Besides, what kind of man would I be if I ignored a lady who's obviously in trouble?"
"I'm a big girl, Gourry, I can take care of myself."
The mechanic frowned and gently placed both hands on her shoulders. "Lina, please, I want to help. Tell me what's going on. They say two heads are better than three."
Lina sighed. "That's 'better than one', Gourry." She tapped her foot, staring at the floor. She couldn't blame him for wanting to know.
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3 Months Later
Lina climbed the basement stairs, wiping the dirt off her overalls. "The pipes are fixed Mrs. Jenkins. They should work fine now."
The plump woman poked her head out of the kitchen. "Oh, thank you, dear." She handed Lina a clean towel as she wiped her own hands on her apron. "The pipe just burst this morning and with Henry gone for the weekend I had no clue what to do." Mrs. Jenkins smiled. "Thank heavens, we have such a reliable plumber."
Lina twitched, but she collected her tools and attempted a fake smile. "Mrs. Jenkins, we've been through this. I do repairs, but I'm not a plumber OR a handyman, I'm an inventor-"
"Yes, yes," Mrs. Jenkins said, fetching her purse, which told Lina she wasn't paying attention. "Here's your payment, dear."
As soon as the coins touched her fingers, her irritation vanished. Lina felt ten times b