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.
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
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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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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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Sleep had been hard to come by ever since Filia joined up with Lina's group for a second time. Being away from home and work even for the short time that her errand would take was nerve-wracking. Was Val doing alright without her? Did he miss her? Was he doing all his homework? Did he get his thumb stuck in the faucet again? Were Jillas and Gravos taking good care of him? And what about her shop? The questions mounted, and she'd have no way of knowing the answers until she returned homelikely to find that her domestic world had kept on turning just fine without her.
Insomnia drove her ever more frequently from her bed and to the lounges and lobbies of the inns, where she'd have a calming cup of tea to try to sooth herself into a more slumber-friendly frame of mind. It didn't help that she'd drawn the short straw again that night and had to share a bed with Lina. Sleepwalking is one thing, but sleepkickboxing is another thing entirely. She rubbed her bru
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It was a good-bye meal of sorts after the commotion that had been following them all this time. Well, not really. They wouldn't call it that. After all, Filia had already gone on her own way and Xellos had disappeared soon after that. Tomorrow Lina and Gourry would be going off on their own to find treasure, cause trouble, and eat up a storm across the land. Amelia would be heading back to Seyruun at sunrise as well. After all, princesses can't just go wandering all the time if they're responsible, she found herself thinking somewhat bitterly. And Zelgadis? Well, you can guess.
"Mister Zelgadis?" Amelia asked tentatively.
The dining room of the inn was fairly empty. The rowdier drinkers were fishing around in their pockets and making sheepish, slurred excuses about their "pants being in their other wallet" before readying to make their staggering way home. The bartender was idly cleaning a glass with a rag. It was more busy work to wait until closing time came t
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 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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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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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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 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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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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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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"I'm sorry, Beastmaster-sama. I'm afraid I was too late."
"No matter. This will only serve to make things a bit more interesting."
Amelia held the wiggling pink bundle tightly, afraid of dropping it.
"She's energetic," remarked Lina Inverse, holding out her arms.
The princess let out a sigh of relief and handed Lina's goddaughter over to her.
"Thank you, Lina-san," Amelia said, pushing sweat-soaked bangs out of her eyes. "I'm still not quite sure what I'm doing. This is all so surreal."
"You've got that right," Lina agreed, pulling down the pink blanket to reveal a flushed, wrinkled face with big blue eyes.
The child, Melanie, looked up at her godmother and gurgled.
Amelia flopped back against the half-dozen pillows on her large bed and allowed her eyes to close for a moment. Lina rocked the baby until she began to doze, as well.
Their peace was interrupted by the unusual sound of the astral plane being moved. It w
A Heavy Heart to CarryThe small, shadowy figure leapt soundlessly from the terrace nearly twenty feet from the ground.A Heavy Heart to Carry in Short Stories More Like This
Not so much as a breath could be heard, because she dared not use magic for fear of being caught.
As she hit the ground, she bent at the knees and sunk down to redistribute her weight. Once her balance was established, she took off into the dark garden and through the back gate.
No one would miss her until the next morning.
"Damn that Amelia!" Lina Inverse ranted, throwing her arms into the air with frustration. "We've had to come all the way back to Seyruun just because she decided to be a brat!"
"But Lina," protested Gourry Gabriev, scratching his head in thought, "what if something bad really has happened to her?"
Lina brushed him off with a wave of her hand. "You know damn well she can protect herself. No, this is all because of what Phil told us."
And what Amelia's father had told them is that he had cautiously suggested to his daughter that she begin meeting with Seyruun's b
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It had grown cold, but Rumplestiltskin barely felt it. He could feel the magic beginning to course through his veins, sans curse. Belle, on the other hand, was shivering in his arms. He threw his cane to the side, having noticed that his knee was feeling better than it had in twenty-eight years, then removed his jacket and placed it delicately around her shoulders.
"Aren't they beautiful?" Belle suddenly asked between her chattering teeth, clutching the jacket closer around her.
Rumplestiltkin followed her eyes upward.
"The stars? Yes, they're quite nice. But now we need to get you to my cabin before you freeze to death. It's close by."
Instead of responding to his concerns, Belle let out a chuckle and allowed him to put his arm around her and pull her close to his warm body
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Episode Sixty: Painful Grudges
Xellos and Filia made their way out of the town and towards a field of flowers that reminded Xellos of the garden in Celestina's villa. She was no doubt responsible for this, but why? "I have the key," Filia revealed a small key that could remove the magic suppressing collar Xellos had and he was all to glad to be rid of it. "This may sound crazy, but I think we're in the past. The buildings look like ancient structures, the dragons are dressed like in the past and I think I saw my grandmother."
"Then that man who said the War of the Monsters' Fall happened over a hundred years ago wasn't crazy after all," Xellos concluded. He had noticed the style of the environment being similar to the past as well, even if it was hard to believe.
"How could this have happened? I only remember seeing that light that came from that dragon and we were here," Filia recalled. "Who was that white haired dragon?"
"A descendant of one of the few survivors of the
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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
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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
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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
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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 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
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Episode Forty: Out Of Control
The clock had just struck midnight and all of Filia's emotions became suddenly imperceptible. Xellos thought he was close to breaking the curse that turned him into a human, but he was in truth in mortal danger. Filia's hands traveled to Xellos' neck where she grasped his throat tightly. He tried to get free but her grip was impossible to break. He tried to tell her to stop, but he couldn't breathe a word. Then he was able to sense Filia's emotions again, but only faintly.
There was a strong desperation making it's way to her once empty eyes. This wasn't love, Filia was being controlled, she had become nothing but a puppet without a say on what her body did. Yet her will was strong, it couldn't be suppressed completely and tried to make its way to the surface. She could see what she was doing. She could see Xellos' face becoming deadly pale, his eyes dangerously tired. She didn't want to do this. She tried to loosen her grip on his neck
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Episode Twenty-Eight: Expect the Unexpected
After all the explanations about spells were out of the way and Lina expressed her understanding, Celo nodded his approval at her conclusions. He smiled in a similar way to that of a nerd after spotting a collector's edition of a famous book of his favorite subject on sale at his most frequented shop. "The difference between the spells is that young Phythan's spell focuses on the positive side of chance, while Miss Martina's spell attempts to control both the positive and the negative, to attack and defend, all at once, thus making it a more difficult spell. If the two titans of mastering chance collided, then surely the boy would have been driven to the edge. Yet he retreated as if he did not wish to be freed from his prison, that which was stolen."
"Which is what?" Lina growled impatiently. "What was it that was stolen?" Other than a history lesson in spells, all that they knew so far was that something was apparently st
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For a huge feast.
It's a small price to pay, really.
Lighten up, you take everything
Life is just that:
Is really getting old.
And can't you think
Of another nickname?
Why, you're flattering me with all the attention.
See, I'm blushing!
You always take me
at face value.
But you don't seem to notice
That every time you call me a name
Or swing that thing around
You scratch at my mask,
Just a little each time.
If only you'd care to look.
It's dangerous, certainly.
You have absolutely no idea
what you'll find underneath
but I applaud your unintentional bravery
and your attempts, which will remain just that:
And don't you know
it's complete suicide
to let evil see into your heart?
Really, you're so reckless and naive
that I don't have the mind
to kill you.
I won't kill you, for now.
Try to be more careful in the future, though.
Don't ask too much
Because some secrets are best remained just that:
Slayers: Old HabitsXelloss watched the dark green tea leaves swirl around carefully, pondering the question. It was a difficult question. One that required a lot of thought.Slayers: Old Habits in Fan Fiction More Like This
Since it was Filia asking this, it probably didn't have any hidden traps behind it. She was always so innocent and naive.
But, admittedly, she was full of surprises.
Xelloss remembered the time they first met. He had thought she was just another dragon girl, and would probably cower disgustedly in front of him. And if not, at least be silently afraid of him, like dear old Milgazia a few years before. But when she met him, she put a barbed wire fence around him, and dared to call him "Namagomi!" Such disrespect! NO one dared to insult him! Okay, maybe Lina would. But even she had the common sense to be respectful of his power. Filia had no such thing.
At least I have her fooled! He remembered consoling himself, but he just could not suppress that slight twitch of the eyes, that slight crack in his always-perfect facade.
How About A HugZelgadis was never a hugger. He could handle a handshake and even a pat on the back, but he was never a hugger. Zelgadis had given hugs often as a child, but he grew out of that quickly.How About A Hug in General Fiction More Like This
It completely died out when he was turned into a chimera. Of course, there was Amelia. She would always greet any family or close friend with a giant sized bear hug. There was no doubt she had inherited this trait from her father.
So, along with Lina and Gourry, whenever he met up with Amelia, she would smile happily and greet him with a hug.
He'd always felt awkward about it, but as soon as he would about to tell her to not do it anymore the words would vanish. There was something about Amelia's puppy-dog eyes that made it hard to tell her no regarding things like this.
Strangely enough, over time, it began to feel natural. He certainly would never start hugging random strangers, but with Amelia it was fine. Zelgadis wasn't sure why, but he found himself enjoying her warmth as soon as she touched him.
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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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
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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.
GeezerAmelia pushed her finished plate away from herself and glanced at Zelgadis with an expression of innocent curiosity, "Say, Zelgadis-san, I was wondering…"Geezer in General Fiction More Like This
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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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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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
Love is BlindAt last. At long last, after years of fruitless searching, Zelgadis Greywords had finally found his cure. It had been many years since his adventures with Lina and Co. In fact, Zelgadis wasn't even sure just how many years had passed since he had parted ways with the others. But that didn't matter. All that mattered was that he was finally human again - inside and out. Oh sure, he had to grow accustomed to being of weak flesh again, but he was finally happy. Or was he? It had been a while since he had last had 'friends'.Love is Blind in General Fiction More Like This
"They all thought I was a freak, anyway."
Zelgadis took out what had been his constant companion since he had set out on his own: a canteen. He took a sip from the canteen, and reflected on the past few weeks. Now that he had found his cure, most of his purpose in life was gone. He now found himself with too much time on his hands. Time with which he knew not what to do. As he sat contemplating, something rubbed against his hand. Zelgadis glanced down to look at the al