Slayers, Diary of a Dragon, Ch.7Chapter 7. The One Who Will Fill the World with Darkness.
Wednesday, March 20th.
Nelvale Desert. By the Campfire. 8:36 am.
There will be a reckoning!
Ugh just just the idea of that monster hanging around here all night while we were all sleeping, it's it's too skin-crawlingly repulsive for words! And now he's just sitting around the fire waiting for Mister Gourry (who seems to be feeling much better this morning) to finish frying up the bacon (why a creature who feeds on the misery of others should have any share in our limited supply of food is completely beyond me), perfectly at home among the group.
And why shouldn't he be just perfectly at home? It's not like the others are making any attempt to drive him out with torches and spells like they should be!
Thank goodness I have my diary as an excuse to avoid him. I can just keep writing away in here and no one will bother me. Nevertheless, something has to be done about him. Who k
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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
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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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In Which Filia Grievously Misuses Xellos's Vast Powers.
It was January and the members of the Ul Copt household were industriously trying not to freeze to death. It had already been a nasty winter, where a blizzard seemed like the normal course of affairs, rags were tucked into every crack, and they wore sweaters in so many layers that they could hardly move their arms.
Then the furnace broke down.
Filia was prepared. There was a stack of firewood outside that practically reached the roof and her basement was lined with jars of preserved food. But none of them were happy and they all had to make sacrifices.
Except of course for Xellos.
While the rest of them pressed as close to the fire as they could, Xellos would hang back, take his cloak off mockingly and ask Filia to open the window so it wouldn't be so oppressively hot. Which always brought about the typical response of Filia wading through her sea of blankets and sweater
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Wolves and Their Prey.
Really, there is no such sustainable unit as a lone wolf. Oh, lone wolves exist; pushed out by the higher ups in their packs for various crimes against the pack. But a lone wolf is only one step away from death. A wolf by itself will not howl to the lonely moon unless it wants to risk being torn to pieces by either its old pack or a neighboring pack. Wolves have a complicated hierarchy that extends far beyond the alpha pair. Wolves hunt in groups. A wolf by itself cannot scrape by for long in this cold, cruel world. A lone wolf is not romantic.
The wolf with the keen eyes and the sleek coat creeping through the underbrush was not a lone wolf. He was from a proud pack that dominated the western edge of the forest. It was one of the biggest packs in the area, though this didn't say much because many packs in the area had been reduced to as little as four adults, which wasn't even much of a pack anymore. It was those damn farms that had crop
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Seyruun City–the white magic capital of the world! The Big Starfruit, as it is locally known. Whatever you want to call it, Lina, Gourry, and Zelgadis were fast approaching it as they crossed over a grassy hill. The rural setting they were passing through, replete with haystacks and bored looking cows, seemed downright strange when you considered that a massive city block lay just ahead. But a massive city block needs feeding after all.
“Man, I can’t wait until we’re at the castle,” Lina said, easing a crick out of her neck. “I deserve to sleep like royalty. None of this sleeping in ditches crap we’ve had to deal with the last few days.”
“We wouldn’t have had to sleep in any ditches if you hadn’t blown up that tavern,” Zelgadis reminded her irritably.
“Aw, come on,” Gourry said. “You know how she gets when they’re stingy with the por
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"She beat you," Beastmaster Zelas summed up after her singular servant finished relating the unfortunate results of his arm-wrestling match with the ex-dragon priestess he insisted on spending so much time with.
"That appears to be the case," Xellos admitted in a tone with a chipper candy-coating and a nervous chocolate-center. "It seems I underestimated her focus."
Zelas took a pull of her pipe and watched as the smoke billowed upwards. Losing a contest of strength against someone who is legitimately weaker than you generally indicates that they have some mental leverage against you. Xellos was supposed to be good at mental leverage. Which made this interesting but nevertheless troublesome.
"So you now owe a golden dragon a former priestess, no less a favor," she said, letting this unpleasant fact and all its implications sink to the floor.
"That is true," Xellos confessed. "She can't ask me for anything. We agreed tha
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Her parents had passed away long ago; even her adoptive home at the temple of the Fire Dragon King was gone, along with those she'd lived alongside for years. So Filia could be nothing but thankful from the bottom of her heart to even have a family now. It was a family that admittedly must've looked strange from the outside. None of them had a drop of blood in common. Heck, they didn't even have race in common. But here they were a blended family.
And it was all because of Val. He was what had drawn them together and he was what they all orbited around now. The tottering child with the unfortunate haircut passing his mornings at the local preschool had no idea what he had brought her; what he had brought them all. Hopefully, someday he would.
There had been many moments in their time together in which that fact had been brought home to her: when she first took Val's egg home; when Jillas, standing on Gravos's shoulders, had hung the shop sign up for t
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"So that's about the state of things," Lina concluded, addressing her ragtag group of friends from the room of an inn one summer's morning. Zelgadis, Amelia, Gourry, and Filia had sat around the small table in the room and listened patiently to what she had to say. Well, Zelgadis, Amelia and Filia had listened patiently; Gourry had squinted at the wall until the weird stain on it looked like a bunny. "From what I heard the rumors of the book's existence seem pretty solid, but we can't be sure until we check it out ourselves."
"But you really ought to be wary of the information with a source like that," Filia said doubtfully.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: bandits know their treasure," Lina defended. "Loot locating is basically their entire job. I think it's at least worth looking into, especially since it's so close by."
"A new way to fight monsters," Amelia repeated vaguely. "If the book really contains something like that, how could we not look
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The box was small, cardboard and taped closed along the edges. The markered-on label insisted that it was originally meant to hold paintbrushes, but its purpose had changed. It was a poor casket, really, but it was the best Filia could do on short notice.
She lowered it into the hole she'd dug, deep enough that she hoped that no marauding coyote would make to rob the tiny tomb. She wiped her dirtied gloves against her skirt as she stood up on the parched grass of her backyard. The shovel was by her feet, but she didn't feel quite ready to stitch the ground up.
"Val didn't want to be here for this?" the lone figure next to her asked.
Filia dabbed the sweat from her brow and looked sideways at her fellow "mourner"; if he could even be called that. "No," she said. "He's pretty broken up about it. This is his first real experience with death."
"In this lifetime," Xellos pointed out.
"Yes," Filia nodded gravely. "Gravos and Jillas are trying to cheer him upthey
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The sun went away as Filia put yet another daisy in her basket. She looked up to see what was casting the shadow over her, but knew deep down who it would be.
"What are you doing here?" she asked numbly.
Xellos ignored her question, seemingly too absorbed in the process of taking in his surroundings. "We can't be on holy ground," he said, nodding at the structure in the distance. "So is this an evil garden?"
Filia stood up so that he couldn't look down on her any more than he usually did. She clutched her basket of flowers to her side and answered harshly: "Not evil, just not holy."
"I thought they were one in the same to you dragons," Xellos responded smoothly. He looked into the distance once again. "Speaking of "
Filia wilted visibly. The freshly picked stems looked livelier than she did.
"I think the real question is: what are you doing here?" Xellos asked, gesturing with his staff to the temple over the hill.
Filia toyed with the petal of a yellow
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The loud day-end buzz of the school bell was a pain to my ears, but as any student I did get to enjoy the sound of afterschool freedom. "Alright class, I'll see you next week, have a nice weekend," said Miss Hawthorne, putting down the chalk and brushing the white dust off her fur. I knew how troublesome it could be after the second day where she asked me to go up to the blackboard to solve a math exercise.
I began packing my books as the rest of the students headed towards the exit. Some sharing their plans, others were just rushing to the exit. I would have followed hadn't the teacher called my name. "And Marcus, just wait a bit, I'll give it to you in a minute," said Miss Hawthorn as she put her stuff away in her backpack.
It's been three days since I've turned into a taur and things have been going ok. I was taking it easy, day by day. I was glad I had my friends to help me deal with it. Paul and Trish were pa
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I felt great. Considering all the things I've been through and the adjustment a couple of weeks ago, I could've been home, living my life, struggling with the classes I didn't attend 100% and not going to social meetings before I was scared of getting the virus. Right now I have the bug, true that I was living in a motel out of my parents control (not that there was an issue with the latter), that was soon to be fixed, in a couple of days I would be returning there, now adapted to my new form. I was getting reinserted into my friend's social life, which is a huge improvement. I was feeling normal finally.
I had to do my best not to sprint back to the motel, jumping fences and benches now a master of my new legs. The day seemed to match my mood, still somewhat sunny from the last days of summer, these kinds of days were rare this time of the month but it felt great.
About 10 minutes later I was back at the entrance of the 'Four Legs Inn'. Entering I noticed the place was rather
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"I'm glad you got the papers signed," Norman said rather surprised, a smile appearing on his muzzle end as he glanced at the signed document while I took a seat, setting the tray with my breakfast down. "As much as I would've loved to have friends like Trish stay around for free, law forces me to keep an organized track, especially with underage taurs." He said signing the document too.
"Oh? Why is that?" I wondered. "I mean, why is Trish so popular here, I thought her entire house had the taur adjustments since day one."
"She did, but she was always around to help. After some mean kids in her school gave her some trouble she's been trying to help all those that changed. She tends to visit us once every one or two weeks and helps around the place. She's really helpful and has learned how to meet, talk, and help people."
"I see," I agreed, recalling all the times I used to hear rumors of her having an after class part- time job. I now u
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I spent the rest of the afternoon doing my homework in my room. Fortunately it didn't take me long to finish it. At least as far as I could, Internet was down so I couldn't research for information for a report. So I decided to take a break and head out to Bella's cafeteria for a lunch break, almost dinner though. Setting my bags aside, I exited the room, rather carelessly, just to stumble into soft black and white fur, followed by a female gasp. It took me less than a second to realize I accidentally walked into a skunktaur girl's tail. My first reaction was to back away before she ended up spraying me by accident, although I accidentally had my forelegs back, resulting in me tripping back in a sitting position.
"Im sorry!" The girl's voice cried as she backed away from me, seemingly afraid of spraying me by accident.
"No, the fault is mine. I wasn't watching" I said, as I recovered, she was Lavender, the skunk girl of the inn that had that incident a couple of days ago.
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The loud tune music of the news channel rang into my ears and woke me up in an instant. I was so distracted I failed to notice the subtle contradictions with what I've grown used to, such as using the TV suddenly turning on while I heard no one around or the fact that it was actually the news channels instead of the usual Warner Brothers or Fox.
My first thought was to reach for the remote to try to mute the TV as there was some news about the latest outbreak of the famous 'taur virus.' I only managed to make out those two words. The mention of the disease brought back a couple of flashes to my mind. I could remember seeing the nurse telling to go home, my parents giving a surprised yet scared look on their faces seeing a human looking cat, much like cat taurs tended to look like. Thank goodness everything was just a dream, or so I thought.
My nose twitched as I sniffed the air noticing an odd smell, something I never
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"That was close," I muttered exiting the taur-only bathroom. It was for a single person's use, installed about four years ago. It was nice and spacey, and it has to be, because I practically wrestled to get the shorts off my extended rear so I wouldn't have an accident. I almost tripped with the toilet, and I did fell against the wall a couple of times. But luckily the situation was managed and I exited the bathroom, just in time to grab some lunch. Passing my backpack over my shoulder I headed to the cafeteria, still getting used to the glances I earned from companions that knew of my parents dealings.
I didn't want to try and deal with people I knew. It was just to add insult to injury, as there were a few that would act sympathetic towards me. One of them was my friend Trish and probably my friend Paul, who, despite her constant taur state gets to stay in contact with her and other infected. I
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"Alright, everyone gather up," Miss Hawthorne said clapping her hands to draw the attention of thecross country team.
I was just finishing my stretching exercises, managing to learn them was a bit of a chore but after a couple of trips and falls I got the hang of it. Anyway, as I arrived to the group, Miss Hawthorne smiled looking at us. "Well are we all ready to start our trek?"
"Sure," Josh said.
"Yeah, let's get started with this," Paul said.
"Ok, miss," Trish answered.
"I am," was my usual response.
"Very well then, we'll start going down our respective paths. But first, I got a couple of announcements to make," she informed us. "One is that I was informed by the school's secretary that coach Jameson is coming back to school tomorrow and starting this Wednesday "
I couldn't help to feel a bit bad for that and to me it was understandable. My view of the wolf taur teacher had shifted drastically ever since I got infected by the taur virus. Back then, a bit more than a wee
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"I can't believe him," a sigh escaped my black lips as we walked out of the field.
Trish let out a small disappointed sigh as well as she walked ahead. She was leading the way, mainly because her equine legs allowed her to take longer strides making me break into short sprints to keep up with her trotting. "I told you that might've happened," she said once we were out of the school areas. "Now we have to call it quits for now" She shrugged.
"Yeah I guess you're right " I trailed off. I was still pretty annoyed by being talked as if I was some leprous by the sanity group, the coach, and to a lesser yet redeeming extent, my parents, I've grown weary of stepping aside.
At that time we were just passing by the park that edged the school, which gave me an idea, prompting me to finish my suspended sentence. "Or we can at least go to chat without friends," I said breaking into gallop (I'm assuming horse terms work on taurs just as well) towards it.
Trish was surprised and started
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"A hectic Saturday." That's what I told my parents that same afternoon when they asked me how the school's rally went. Watching the board segmenting their attendants by creating non-taur zones, hearing that the coach is trying to leech off the cross country team's funds and, probably the icing and the only good news of that day that I got to enjoy, watching the cold hearted queen bee Joanne get changed into what she loathed so much, a taur. A goat taur at that. From what Paul and Josh told me, she occasionally let out uncontrollable bleats.
My parents were shocked when I told them during supper. I was somewhat unsettled by this, it reminded me back when the virus was still spreading and they asked me about every single detail about my day. "Who you were with?" "What did you eat?" "Who did you stumble with on the way home?" those kinds of things. But this was less of an interrogation and more of a normal anecdote conversation.
Regarding the news, they found themselves somewhat o
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"A 95? I can't believe this." I stared in astonishment at the red ink scribbled on the corner of the test we just took a couple of days ago. Back then I had been confident I gave it well but I wasn't expecting such a high grade.
Josh glanced over my shoulder and let out a smirk "Well, it's because you no longer sit on the rear end of the class, but now that you're right in the front at least you're paying attention."
I nodded "Not to mention that I stand out hence can't really do much aside from paying attention and taking notes without the teacher noticing." I said while slipping the sheet of paper into my backpack. This new one for taurs did make things easier.
"Yeah. Oh, have you talked to your parents already? Or at least have the conversation planned through?" Josh popped in the question, much to my annoyance. Well, not exactly annoyance but more mild discomfort, I could've said I've planned everything and would still sweat when put up at the stage in front of my parents. T
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Chapter 10: And Into The Fire
The others had the large black dragon crashing to the ground in relatively short order. I cocked the pistol and levelled it at his eye. "Following us to teach us... Such bullshit. Any last words?"
Out of the blue, Fenek came sailing in and slapped the pistol out of my grip, growling. "No!"
I scowled at the dragon, while walking over to pick the weapon up, only to have Fenek subsequently rest his foreclaw on me, pinning me to the ground. The other members of the Resistance stared, not quite knowing what to do. I struggled, but it was to no avail, and ended up glaring up at the dragon, adding, "Just what do you think you're doing?"
"I'm stopping a murder." Fenek snarled, returning my glare evenly.
"Murder my arse! He's the enemy! He was spying on us!" I protested, trying again to get free, but yet again, to no avail. "That teacher shit is all crap! Remember that he said that he was watching us? Or is your memory so crappy?"
Fenek growled, ignoring
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Chapter 1: Meet
A quick check of my rice box showed that I was running low. It was once again time to go to town. The vegetables were wilting anyway, and the ones in the garden weren't ready...
I made myself a quick cucumber sandwich and wolfed it down with a cup of water. I couldn't even say 'glass of water' anymore. All I had was a slightly deformed clay cup, which I filled from a larger pot, which I had labelled with a piece of charcoal to say 'drinking water'. A far cry from having portable water piped straight to the kitchen...
I dug around and found my water bottle, which was actually a cleaned wine bottle, with a cork. They had also taken those with screw caps... I filled it up with water and put it into my basket, which was lashed to my bicycle. I also tossed in some seeds, and some fruits, for trading.
My bicycle was one of the only remnants of the modern era around, with its gears and brakes. That was what most people had in the way of transport anyway, for it was
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Chapter 15: Securing The Stronghold
"Alright, we have to secure the place first. Most of the guards are on our side, so we should train and arm them." I added, beckoning a few of the guards who had been following us over.
I received a few nods, and the work was delegated within short order. However, there still remained the problem of fortifications in general. The dragons would not be pleased with this turn of events, and we would expect attacks.
I was forced to watch as Keane and the rest of the Resistance gunned down the dragon and his rider. However, given the fact that they would have killed my rider if he hadn't done what he did, it was hard to condemn his actions.
No time was wasted in training the guards, while Keane himself was caught in a conversation with the rest of his peers, along with the leaders of the town. They seemed to
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Chapter 5: Prepration
Deciding to put off convincing the dragon to the next day, I ended up being carried home by the creature and collapsing into bed, not bothering to make dinner as the fatigue hit me full in the face once I touched the bedsheets.
However, I had nigh a minute of sleep when I was prodded awake by the dragon, who once again had my phone in its mouth. "It smells different, and it's warm now. Is there something wrong with it?"
Still half asleep, the first thing out my mouth was "...ah, shit." I must have forgotten to switch the thing off.
The dragon cocked its head at my reaction. "Is it broken?"
I snatched the device out of its mouth. "This one is really none of your business." I snapped, inspecting the case for any damages, and was relieved to find none.
"It is now. You did say that you would show me what it can do when the time comes, and I think the time is now." the dragon replied with a snort.
I discretely switched off the phone with a long press of the
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I was woken before dawn by Ren Jie, who was already dressed. Gerard was supposedly in the toilet.
I peeled myself off the floor, pausing to dump the dishes into the sink and grab some bread to have for breakfast. I paused to ask about what we would do about the dragons, both of which were still sleeping, and Ren Jie said that they would come with us.
Noting that it would be light soon, I woke Fenek, who complained to no end, and Agenor who was far more cooperative, and we made our way through the dark plains to the truck. As we walked, I fumbled with my pistol and belt, trying to put it on properly.
Agenor seemed curious enough about the truck, but Fenek brushed him off, saying that it was horrible. i rolled my eyes and remarked, "Decide for yourself. Fenek is more suited to sit in a luxury car and not a no-frills military truck."
Agenor snorted. "Very well. I will do as you say. Are we near?"
I nodded as we walked through the forest and into the cl
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Chapter 4: Plan
Halfway down the road home, the dragon turned up, and landed right in front of me. It must have sensed my fatigue.
"You're tired." It commented, proferring a foreleg for me to climb up. "Come, I'll carry you home."
I shook my head. "Nah, don't bother yourself. I'll manage. Need to get fit anyway. Besides, I'm going to the station again." I then had an idea for a good excuse, "Friend of mine wants to have a look around. A bunch of them, actually."
The dragon raised an eyeridge at me. "Again? What is it about that place that you like so much?"
I shrugged. "Has a charm to it. Plus I used to transit between trains there often."
The dragon nodded, and picked me up anyway, while taking off and picking up my bike in its other arm. "I'll bring you there anyway. I'll keep watch on your bicycle for you while you're there. To me, helping you is never a hassle..."
Seeing that I had just been neatly placed on the creatures back, I saw no point in protesting. I just nodded
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I eventually fell asleep on the sofa, and slept through breakfast, much to the amusement of the four children, who were having a lesson in the living room, behind the sofas, when I finally got up. Muttering about having overslept, I went to the kitchen and had the cold leftovers from breakfast, as per my normal routine. It was only when I tripped over my tail and faceplanted on the floor, then I remembered.
As I peeled myself of the floor, I muttered, "Right, dragon...right."
The girls giggled, and I glanced over to them. The younger ones didn't seem so afraid of me. It was a start... Seeing that they had taken the dinner table, which was the only free table in the house, and since I didn't want to go upstairs, I took the last empty seat and placed my paper and pencil down.
Silvera seemed surprised at my sudden entrance, but took it in stride when it became obvious that I was not going to involve myself in the lesson, which seemed to be about
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Chapter 16: Flight
Keane ended up spending the better part of the day poring over a heap of papers and a drink that he called 'coffee'. Agenor had dozed off and I was aching to stretch my wings.
I simply made my demands known by taking his pencil away.
"What? Give it back!" He protested, trying to snatch it back.
"Only if we go flying." I replied, snorting, "I will not be ignored any more!"
He sighed and put his things aside. "Fine. I go toilet first. Wake Agenor."
"Why must he come?" I protested, nipping at the human as he went to relieve himself.
"Have to keep an eye on him." Came the flat reply before he shut the toilet door and did his business.
As he did so, I woke Agenor, who reminded us that he could not fly. Keane groaned, noting that he had forgotten about that.
"We can still go without him." I remarked.
Agenor chimed in, adding, "That would be better. Fenek is very...possessive and he wants you to spend more time with him."
Keane shrugged. "Fine. When I get back, I
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Chapter 8: Under Watch
Upon noticing that we were being chased, I quickly sped up, using the methods taught to me by none other than my parents, as I swooped through the sky, looping around hills and flying through forests. Yet, the elder, Errol, was faster, his experience outweighing my ability to a large extent...
I heard my rider cursing loudly, while he rummaged around in his pockets, only to find them empty. In his mind, I glimpsed visions of him once again taking out his 'rifle', as he called it, and attacking Errol, however, those thoughts only served to make him curse more, for he knew that he didn't have that weapon with him... It was obvious enough that Keane would have very much liked to fill the elder with holes with that weapon of his, and I sent my disapproval his way... Did he always have to kill?
Continuing my efforts, I found myself engaging in ridiculous acrobatics. which Errol still managed to match almost effortlessly.... In the end, he was nipping at my
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Chapter 12: Newcomer
I cursed quietly under my breath. It couldn't be the Resistance people... They weren't due for another few hours... Fenek seemed to sense my emotions and demanded to know what was wrong, especially when I grabbed my gun and readied it while walking to the door...
Motioning to the table, I remarked to Fenek, "Stay there and try to be inconspicuous."
I then went to the door and slowly opened it, pistol at the ready...
What stumbled in had me stumped. A dragon of a biped configuration. Bruised, battered and bleeding, his silver scales streaked with blood, white chest covered in gashes. The wings were torn to shreds and he bled from a huge head wound, the deep red blood getting into one of his sharp, green eyes. Even his spikes, which ran along his back, were damaged, some of the white shafts cracked, one broken. His claws were caked in blood, probably not his... He held his chest, blood seeping from between his claws. His twin white horns were covered in bl
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Simon adjusted his glasses as he peered out the window. Even though he had just got his glasses a few days ago, they didn't fit very well. He saw David return to his apartment with two girls. Ever since David had moved in a week previous, every time Simon saw him, he was with a new girl. Simon couldn't help but worry about David. He sort of had a motherly feeling for him.
Motherly? Simon shook his head. Why did he think that? His mind was getting fuzzier and fuzzier. He would often say or think strange things. Not only his mind was weird, but his body was acting up as well. Not necessarily in a bad way.
He was in his late fifties. He was already greying and going bald. He had bad posture by hunching over his computer so much. His skin was somewhat pasty, and he was too thin. He often had a difficultly getting out of bed because he lacked energy.
Now, his hair was growing back, much thicker than it was before. He ev
Bully tg Chapter 7 (story)Bully tg Chapter 7 (story) in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sam stared at David. “I can’t believe you went to the waterpark without me.” She blushed and turned around. “I even got a new swimsuit I wanted to show off.”
“I’m sorry. I promise I’ll take you next time.”
Sam turned back around, her eyes shining. “You promise?” David nodded his head.
“Now, what are we going to do with the rest of the group?” David said, as he gazed across the crowded apartment. Including him, there were nine people. Ellie and Aubree were giggling with Leah on the couch. Alec was trying and failing to hit on Cassidy in the hallway; she wouldn’t even look at him. Rachel was reading alone on another couch and Sophia offered to make snacks for the group. Sam looked uncomfortable having so many people in her apartment. David was also a little uncomfortable; he had never been very good in big groups, but he also felt res
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David adjusted his hat as he watched Sophia study herself. She acted differently than the others who had transformed. The others after the transformation had finished had their personalities completely changed as they accepted the change. Sophia, on the other hand, retained both her personality and surprise; also, David noticed her clothes had not changed either. David had thought she would have changed genders, but obviously, she did not.
“How did this happen?” Sophia asked with wonder and gratitude in her eyes.
David explained quickly how he found a magic crystal in the mountains. “And now, whoever I touch becomes younger.” He thought it best to leave out the part that they become girls as well.
“So, did all of you change as well?” Sophia said, hinting at the others.
“Everyone but Alec. The blonde with the braid is Rachel, the black-haired girl is Cassidy, and the short red head is Leah.” They greeted each other after the introduc
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"Okay, Alex, let's set some boundaries," David said. Alex and David were sitting on one of the beds in the hotel; Rachel was reading over on the couch.
They had driven for the last six hours and the car was beginning to get really cramped. Rachel couldn't drive and David didn't trust Alex to drive. Also, Alex seemed to have no self control or respect of personal boundaries. No matter what David said for her to do, Alex always found an excuse to either take off her clothes or cuddle. Or both. David found it very difficult to drive under those circumstances. Rachel remained quiet throughout the drive, immersed in her book.
"You can't take off your clothes in front of me or other people."
Alex tilted her head. "Have I not been pleasing to you?" Probably the most offsetting thing about her was her lack of emotion. She spoke in monotone and her expression never changed.
"That's not the issue."
"So, I have been pleasing to you. Wha
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"What do you mean you've got an idea? David said, "I'm not going to change someone just because you want to experiment."
"Hear me out first," Alec responded, "You basically know nothing about your power except that whoever you touch turns into a girl." He glanced at a female Riley reading a book on the couch and Sam who was hiding behind David. "I think it's a good idea to figure out a way to control it. You don't want to be isolated the rest of your life."
"I'm hardly isolated. I'm basically always with Sam," David stated, but realized it was a weak argument.
"Which is why you came over to Riley's home to play video games, right? Face it, you're lonely and you don't want to change another person by accident. It's better to understand what you can do and practice."
"But I'm basically killing them. Their personality and body are completely transformed."
"That's why we go somewhere where the people are almost dead anyway. Before my grandpa passed away, he stayed at a rest home. Plenty of
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"Yes! I win again," Sam said with pride. She looked at David expectantly. David gave her a congratulating smile and Sam beamed.
David and Sam were at Riley's home playing video games. Simon, Riley's dad the landlord, had invited David over after the movie. When Sam had gotten back from work, she came over as well. Riley, who was naturally shy, was very awkward around Sam. David couldn't really blame him; Sam was extremely attractive with a pretty face and large breasts.
Sam was also very good at video games. David assumed that skill carried over from when Sam was a guy. David didn't really know Sam before she transformed, so it was hard to understand what had changed and what hadn't changed with her personality. She did seem to have the same skills and knowledge, as displayed with her work and video games.
"Next game," Riley said determined. He seemed proud that he was good at games and being beat by a shy and somewhat ditzy girl seemed to dent that pride. They played again and Sam dom
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"I'm so nervous," Sam said anxiously. "What if they don't like me?"
"You'll do fine," David responded, trying to comfort her. "It's impossible not to like you." It was still hard to imagine this very well endowed girl was once a guy. She was perfect in almost every way, except she couldn't cook at all; somehow, David was becoming used to the horrible food. Sam was standing in front of the mirror, examining herself and adjusting her clothes. She was wearing a collared shirt with the top two buttons undone, which showed a little cleavage, and a business skirt.
Sam took a deep breath and gave her best smile, "Okay, here I go." David showed her out the door and waved good bye. He sighed thinking that this was like a parent sending a child off to school for the first time.
It had been two days since Sam and David had moved into the new apartment. Sam still went to the interview; David had no idea how she was able to convince the people that her paper had her gender wrong, but he co
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David took a deep breath and stepped onto the bus. This was the third bus he had gotten on since leaving that afternoon, but this one was different because it would be a six hour ride all the way through the night. He was a little nervous from leaving home, but David knew he couldn't be around Karl now that he was a girl or else he would probably do something he would regret. It was bad enough to be attracted to your own sibling, but it was worse that his personality completely changed. It was almost like Karl died and he was replaced by another person.
David thought back to their hiking trip and that strange cave that they found. The crystal that exploded in his face must have been the cause for the transformation, but it confused him why it affected Karl and not him. He planned to go back to the cave later on to see if he could find any clues, but for now, he just wanted to get away from home to think things over and r
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Karl adjusted his hat as he waited for his brother to catch up. Every summer, Karl and his younger brother, David, went on a camping trip. Sadly, this would be the last trip they would do together, since Karl had just graduated and he was moving out to go to college. This was a four day trip. Karl finally saw his brother making his way up the trail.
David was two years younger than Karl at the age of 16. He was skinny and preferred to reading and video games to sports. On the other hand, Karl was well built and loved sports. Even though the brothers were completely opposite, they got along really well. They helped each other out where the other was lacking. Even though David wouldn't normally like camping, he always looked forward for their yearly trip.
"What took you so long? I was getting ready to leave you behind," Karl yelled as David came closer.
"Shut up. I'm only a little slower than you," David responded.
"Whatever you say. Anyway, we're almost there. Let's make it u
Half-Dragon Solis, Chapter 23Chapter Twenty-Three - Karate IntermissionHalf-Dragon Solis, Chapter 23 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After a few days, life settled into a kind of routine in the Lambton Base. The operatives popped in and out of the house, running errands and missions for Charman, who'd holed himself up in one of the studies and only emerged to eat and use the facilities. The other half-dragons organized themselves into groups and claimed portions of the base as bedrooms; it was difficult to find a room that didn't have mattresses or sleeping bags strewn about it all the time.
As for James and I, predictably, we were training. He was trying to teach me the basics of fighting, though I probably wasn't the best student. He might have been good at teaching, but he was also harsh at it, and took out his frustration at not being able to take part in the important missions out on me.
We sparred each morning and evening, sometimes in between. Teyaan also did his best to teach me about other dragon things; such as helping me improve at breathing fire
Half-Dragon Solis, Chapter 27Chapter Twenty-Seven - All's Fair When Dragons Wage WarHalf-Dragon Solis, Chapter 27 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The grenades were detonating out of range, which was a good thing, because we probably made pretty good targets. I stumbled back, everything beginning to blur. I was panicking. What was I supposed to do?
Hide, was Teyaan's only suggestion, so I decided to take him up on it.
I turned and started to run. Some part of me felt guilty--those are your friends out there, they're fighting to protect you--but the rest of me replied with something along the lines of holy crap, grenades, giant dragons, I'm so screwed.
More explosions tore at the ground, and I looked back to see what was happening. A bunch of half-dragons at the forefront of Black's army were the source of the explosions, the ones with grenade launchers, though at something like four hundred yards their shots seemed to be falling too short to reach us. The grass was torn up in rough, burnt earthy patches.
There was nowhere for me to hide,
Half-Dragon Solis, Chapter 15Chapter Fifteen - Rescue the Princess: Part TwoHalf-Dragon Solis, Chapter 15 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As I was taken back toward the warehouse, I saw that all the fires had died out into dark trails of smoke, weaving up into the equally dark sky. Those hadn't lasted long. Had Damon and Yorka already gotten inside? I hoped they were well-hidden, because my little distraction had ended prematurely and all the other half-dragons were returning to the warehouse.
Locke marched up to the front door, which was a heavy, metal slab with blacked-out windows. Rapping twice on the door brought another half-dragon to open it from the inside, who eyed me suspiciously as Locke dragged me past. I suddenly thought to count out the dragons I could see, to better judge who would be left inside the warehouse for Damon to take care of--there were five out here, I determined with a quick glance, which meant there were four who remained inside.
"Looking for your way out?" Locke asked quietly, and I realized with some dread she'd been wat
Half-Dragon Solis, Chapter 12Chapter Twelve - Stupid (But Predictable) DecisionsHalf-Dragon Solis, Chapter 12 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Why am I even considering this? I asked myself as Yorka and Damon walked off, talking with their heads ducked low. Felix was still staring at me as if I'd just announced I was going to transform into a bright pink unicorn and fly off into the sunset. Then again, I'd already transformed into a dragon and was considering becoming a secret agent, so who knew what was possible anymore?
Anyway, I was considering something entirely different than anything I'd done before--risking my life for the sake of someone else's. In the Lair and before that, I'd been the one attacked, with no choice in the matter whether to fight back or not. This, of course, was not the same. I would be going into some kind of spy mission of my own accord, purposefully walking into a dangerous situation to save a guy with whom I had no strong attachment.
I mean, I felt bad for Charman, but come on. The guy hit me with a limousine.
Half-Dragon Solis, Chapter 26Chapter Twenty-Six - Dungeons, Dragons, and Machine GunsHalf-Dragon Solis, Chapter 26 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
We were buried in complete, disorienting darkness for a few seconds. As my eyes adjusted, I was able to see by the weak glow that reached us from a bare bulb on the ceiling. Dungeons with light bulbs, who knew.
I pricked my ears and thought I could hear people talking, but the voices were ghostlike and indistinct--were they the people we had come to rescue, or enemy Revivers?
The dungeon was another world from the one above. The walls of the staircase were made from thick stone bricks, a medieval dungeon that might have looked ridiculous in any other context, if it weren't for the earthy atmosphere of power that filled it. Evidently light bulbs were cheaper to keep than medieval torch sconces, because they were hung by the ceiling every so often, low enough so that Kane had to hunch over so they wouldn't smack him in the face.
Our path took us down, down, and suddenly into the path of another half-dragon.
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Chapter Fourteen - Rescue the Princess: Part One
We rolled to a halt a good block or two away from the factory district, at the edge of a supermarket parking lot. Damon got out first and carefully scanned the surrounding area, as if he expected the evening shoppers to suddenly sprout scales and attack. When they didn't, he nodded and motioned for Yorka and I to come out. I stepped onto the cold asphalt and stretched, feeling my shoulders crack from the long car ride.
It was only about eight o'clock, but the sky was already dark--strange for late summer. Perhaps the dark clouds had followed us from North Allens. Yorka slid from the backseat and hit the ground behind me, glancing up at the sky as well. "Think it's a little too bright?" he asked.
"We'll wait for it to get darker before Matthew sets the fires," replied Damon. "For now, I'd like to get a little closer and make sure nothing's changed since I was last here."
We started out towards the factories, which were jus
Half-Dragon Solis, Chapter 24Chapter Twenty-Four - Dark PlanHalf-Dragon Solis, Chapter 24 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"So there is going to be a raid?" I asked, getting to my feet.
"You'll learn soon enough. We have a briefing in fifteen minutes," Charman replied, then strode off to let the other operatives know. I looked toward Elise, raising my eyebrows.
"What? You think that means you're coming?" she rolled her eyes, then got to her feet and hurried after Charman.
I looked around with a sigh. A hush had fallen over the five or so half-dragons scattered about the main room; the girls in the corner had stopped colouring and were whispering to each other, staring after Charman and Elise with round eyes. Maybe they had friends who had been captured.
I stood up and winced, feeling the bruises on my sides and the stiffness in my back. Would Charman, or James or whoever made the decision, let me go on this mission when I wasn't even finished training yet? Only one way to find out.
Fifteen minutes later, all the operatives had filtered into the study
Half-Dragon Solis, Chapter 28Chapter Twenty-Eight - God ComplexHalf-Dragon Solis, Chapter 28 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
We flew for a long time. I half-expected it to make me dizzy and nauseated, but my body adjusted to our new mode of travel just fine, though my mind continued to quietly scream in dismay. Reid seemed to have fainted, and there wasn't anything Elise or I could do for her while in midair. Luckily, Alarav's flight path had evened out, so she wasn't in danger of falling so long as Elise and I held her still.
We flew over rural areas; fields and farms. I had no idea where we were, but Alarav's course was steady, and continued to be such until we sank into a descent at the edge of some farmland. There was no road to be seen for quite awhile, but Alarav zeroed in on what looked like a large tool shed out by its lonesome in the field.
"Solis, make sure Reid doesn't fall off," Elise commanded, shifting in her seat. "I'm going to help Alarav with Rhys."
I could only nod as she abruptly leapt off of Alarav's side, plunging earth toward what my e
Half-Dragon Solis, Chapter 18Chapter Eighteen - PrioritiesHalf-Dragon Solis, Chapter 18 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As we drove back into North Allens, I saw that the late-night sky had closed over with black clouds, probably reflecting that the collective mood of the Colony was somewhere between grumpy and severely pissed-off. As we pulled off into the side road that led to the dragons' secret little palace, a few raindrops hit the windshield, making Yorka wince as if he'd been hit.
"I'm sure it's just because they miss us so much," he quipped at my questioning look. "Yeah, that's got to be it. No need to make it rain for anything less important."
As we finally emerged into the night air and looked around, I was struck by how lonely and silent the little town was at this time. It sure wasn't much to look at in the middle of the day, but it seemed to take on another face in the night, a small cluster of eerie streetlights only just holding the greater darkness at bay behind it.
"Maybe we should get a hotel until morning," Yorka whispered to Charman. "Y'
Half-Dragon Solis, Chapter 4Chapter Four - I'm Probably CrazyHalf-Dragon Solis, Chapter 4 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
We waited in tense silence for awhile, not even Yorka sneaking a bite of food. My appetite had gone.
You and Charman said it was safe here, right? I asked Teyaan with something of a nervous laugh. That hasn't changed, has it?
The others are always hunting us. Teyaan replied without emotion.
But they can't get here. That's what you said. That's the only reason I'm in this stupid place.
He did not reply, and I sank slowly into my seat, staring at the doorway through which Charman had disappeared. I couldn't stop seeing the creature that had attacked me earlier, clawed and dark-blooded and terrifying. Were there more of those about? Were they inside the building?
Several more minutes passed in an almost unbearable tension. We heard no more noises, but Charman did not return. Finally Yorka got up from his seat. "I'll go see if he's all right."
"Yorka, are you sure ?" Patricia stammered, halfway getting up
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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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Another Slayers One-Shot
Disclaimer: All characters, settings, and situations pertaining to the anime and manga The Slayers is the property of Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi. This is not one of my more ponderous fanfictions. I wrote it in a three hour sitting because I have too many friends who appreciate mushy situations involving canon romantic pairings, as well as babies. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! Lol.
This fanfic-let ships the CANON romantic pairing of Xellos Metallium and Filia Ul Copt from The Slayers TRY. It also ships the CANON mother-son pairing of Filia Ul Copt and Valteira, formerly Valgaav. I will not apologize for my preferences, which are formed upon meticulous character analysis and upon remarks during official interviews made by Mr. Kanzaka himself. Either be courteous that I honor the intentions of the ORIGINAL CREATOR of The Slayers,
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A Prayer for Me
(A Slayers Fanficlet/hypothetical scene, Xellos x Filia)
By Amber S./"AmbePalette"
"Through this world I've stumbled
So many times betrayed
Trying to find an honest word
To find the truth enslaved
Oh you speak to me in riddles and
You speak to me in rhymes
My body aches to breathe your breath
You words keep me alive"
"You said you'd light a candle
And you'd say a prayer for me
I feel the light has dimmed and gone…
And maybe my intentions have been misunderstood
I know you feel so beautifully wronged…
I was your anger
And you were my fear
And now that it's over
Of course it's so clear
That you were no angel
And I was no sin
And somehow I can't let it go
Can't let you go again"
--Goo Goo Dolls
The quietest individual on the veranda of the outerworld seaport town that afternoon was a slender, broad-shouldered man leaning idly on a twisted wooden staff. His age was indiscernible—true, his
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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
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 60Slayers AliveTo Live Another Day 60 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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 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 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 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: 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 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 Fifty-Six: Get Along, Try Again
Lina, Xellos and Gourry, still in their disguises, made their way back to town. Gourry was all too eager to get there and change, Lina told him to wait until they reached the inn. After all, a guy walking around in his underwear would probably attract more strange stares then a woman in a pink dress, provided that no one knew the so called woman was actually a man.
"What happened to the plan?" Gourry inquired. The plan was not too clear for him, as nothing ever was.
"It was canceled," Xellos replied, seeing no need for further voice acting, since no one aside from Gourry and Lina were close enough to hear him anyway.
"Who was that Celestina anyway? She wasn't normal," Lina shuddered.
"She seemed powerful," Gourry agreed.
Curiously, Lina inquired, "what did she say to you?"
"Um..." Gourry tried hard to remember, his memory was generally very short term. "She said... Oh yeah, she said I was peculiar. Then she said something abou
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Lina let out a breath she didn't even know she was holding, when she saw Xellos return without incident from his short meeting with Celestina. "We should leave," at least he didn't forget his voice acting for Natie and Cathy's benefit.
"Aw, you didn't pass?" Cathy asked, requiring no answer. "Let me guess, Lady Celestina took one look at you and said 'you are not ready'. Don't be disappointed, I'm sure that with some training, you'll improve your skills and be ready to join our class soon. I didn't make it in until my third interview."
"It took me five tries," Natie added with a light hearted laugh. "I didn't give up and it was worth it."
"We'll make sure to keep that in mind," Lina made herself smile for the sake of acting, as she, Xellos and Gourry were accompanied to the villa's gates by the two maidens.
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While Lina, Gourry and Xellos were off in their little quest, Filia, Amelia and Zelgadis were visiting