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Taking responsibility - Part 5A (Codeword Goddess) by hippo2 Taking responsibility - Part 5A (Codeword Goddess) by hippo2
Over the course of the next two weeks, Amelia worked at the reception desk. David was very helpful, especially during the first few days. Soon, Amelia got better at her job and it became obvious that she could easily work full-time as a receptionist. Besides working at the hotel, Amelia often went out with David in the evening. For Amelia, it was as if the incident from last year, when Amelia was turned back into a mouse and was nearly killed by David, had never happened.
Two days before the two weeks were over, David invited Amelia to a very expensive restaurant. First, David thought about going for an expensive beef dish. Amelia eventually convinced him to order cheese fondue, a national dish of Switzerland, which consisted of a communal pot of melted cheese, into which both dipped little pieces of bread. Both enjoyed the common meal and, when the waiters had removed the now-empty pot and plates, David spoke to her:

"Amelia, it is now over two years since you started the working at the hotel. And, in these two years, you turned into more than just a co-worker. You became a very dear friend. I'm sorry that I nearly killed you when you were turned into a mouse by this crazy genie magic."

Amelia smiled back at David. "David, I already forgave you that. You risked your life by going to that strange, sleeping universe. Without you and Sami, I would probably still be sleeping there."

David took her hand. "I'd take every risk and even use genie magic again to save you. Amelia, you are the love of my life. And I'd like to ask you if you want to run the hotel with me once my uncle retires." David put his hand into his pocket to retrieve a small box. "I'd ask you to manage the hotel, not only as a partner, but as my w..."

Before David could finish the question, Amelia put her finger to his lips. Over the last few weeks, she had already suspected that David would pop this question. Nothing could have made her happier but, she had also decided, that David should know her biggest secret, first : "David, I love you too. And I'd love to spend my life with you. But there is one thing about me you must know before you ask me that question." Amelia took a deep breath. Since she knew that David was very suspicious about genie magic, she feared his reaction.

"What is it, my love?" David asked.

"David, when I was turned into a mouse by Gregorios last year, it wasn't the first time I was a mouse." she admitted, with a heavy heart.

"What do you mean?" David asked. "Did he turn you into a mouse before?"

"No, but he turned me from a mouse into a human to begin with."

David needed a moment to understand, but then it hit him. "Amelia, are you telling me that you are originally a..."

"A mouse? Yes, I was born as a mouse." Amelia admitted.

Now David was totally confused. "But how..."

"Well, two years ago, I got caught in one of the traps Svetlana had set up in the hotel." Amelia admitted. "But, instead of killing me, she took me to her room. Then she summoned Gregorios and wished that he would transform me into a woman, who would know everything necessary to do a maid's job. Gregorios granted that wish and I became a human."

"Ok, so Gregorios made you human, I guess as a slave to do Svetlana's work. But what about papers or your history as a human? My uncle told me that you lost your parents at a very young age and that you had only a very basic school education?"

"Gregorios created the required paperwork and also fabricated that back story when he transformed me." Amelia said. "Svetlana wanted to have me work legally."

"So all about your life is a lie?" David asked, with a hint of uncertainty.

"All of my history before two years ago never happened. Gregorios gave me basic school knowledge but I never actually went to school. And, my parents really died, but they were mice too." Amelia said. "But the last two years of my life as a human are real."

David let her hand go.

Amelia had feared that moment. "I understand that this must be quite a shock for you, David. But I wanted you to know, before you ask me to marry you."

David took a deep breath. A part of him felt betrayed by Amelia, or rather, by those evil genies. Did they ever do anything else but messing up the lives of humans? He felt like leaving Amelia behind and rushing out of the restaurant. But the longer he thought about it, he realized that Amelia just made a very gallant move: "Thank you very much for your honesty, Amelia. Not many humans are as true and as honest as you are. That speaks for you. Still, this revelation is quite a shock to me..." David stared at his empty plate.

Amelia took his hand again. For a split second, David backed away. Amelia realized that. "It's ok, David. I already expected this. But, I want the truth to be the foundation of a possible marriage with you. I... I..." her voice nearly failed. "I don't expect you to answer now. Take your time to think about what I just told you. I might have been a mouse once, but over the last two years, the personality of Amelia Maus took shape. And I'm that human woman now. If you can still love me, despite what I just told you, you will make me the happiest person on earth." Amelia let David's hand go.

After a painfully long moment David looked up at her again: "Yeah, I need some time to think about all this..."

TO BE CONTINUED...

Part 1: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 2: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 3: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 4: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…

Part 6: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 7A: Martha's human side has won the argument: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 7B: Martha's genie side has won the argument: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 8A Check Sylvias State of mind first: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…
Part 8B Go and ask David or Amelia for help: hippo2.deviantart.com/art/Taki…

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:iconmanymasksmanyfaces:
manymasksmanyfaces Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
great work in both art and storytelling!
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hippo2 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thank you. Which version do you prefer? Black dress or red dress?
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manymasksmanyfaces Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Black dress. Feels more personal and impactful to me.
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mnmega Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Poor David (in both routes)
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hippo2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
In route A it's still his own desicion. Of course it was a shock for him to hear that Amelia was originally a mouse. But as Amelia said, he shall take his time and think about it. If he can accept this fact, Amelia will gratefully say "Yes, I do!"
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I hope things work out for David and Amelia.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
That depends on the future desicions in the story.
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P-z-p-Z Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Okay.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
An interesting turn for this story!
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hippo2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
The proposal was quite obvious. And Amelia wants to put the marriage on a sound foundation. But she feared that David would react that way.
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Punisher2006 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh my...I hope this doesn't ruin their relationship. I really do like them as a couple.

Awesome job with the story and pictures by the way.
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hippo2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
They are a nice couple. If the relationship can be fixed, depends on the upcomming desicions. One thing is sure: David has to change his position towards genie magic to make this happy ending possible.
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Punisher2006 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist
I hope he can then. ^^
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