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Nora was sitting, watching her uncle demonstrate various blocking techniques. Well... sort of, she was looking in his general direction, but she was lost in thought. About Victoria, about the sword, about her family. Her entire mind was a cluttered and confused mess.

"Eleanora." Nicolas called out.

How would she know if everything would work out?

"Hello?"

Things could end in disaster. And she won't be the only one affected.

"Anyone in there?!"

The carnival, her new home and family, she could lose it all... What if-

"ELEANORA!" Nicolas yelled, flicking her on the forehead.

"Ow..." Nora grumbled rubbing where he flicked, "What was that for?"

"Sorry, you were just... on another planet from the way you were looking." she looked to the ground at that, "What's wrong, little ruby?"

"I've... just been thinking... I don't know what's really happening, what's happened before, what's going to happen. I just..." she sighed, "I don't know..."

Nicolas looked at her for a while before smiling and sitting down, next to her, "You know, if you have questions, you could always ask me."

"Really...?"

"Yes. I don't hide things, like Sebastian, and I want you to know I'm here for you."

"... Okay then... I guess, I want to understand my family more."

"You mean the carnival?"

"I mean the Ackermans. How the family sword came to be, why we have a limit to our powers... What... what was father like...?"

Nick's eyes widened at her questions, "Have you been thinking about this for a long time?" Nora brought her knees closer and nodded, "I see... Okay, well... Where do I start...? Alright, about the sword... nearly 100 years ago, your great-grandfather, James left home. He was sick and tired of having his entire life controlled and wanted to be independent, more importantly, to help people. He... met alot of challenges, lack of work, thieves, not to mention monsters and other magical misfits. It was hard for him. He was considering giving up, before he met a wizard, who took him in. We don't know his first name, but his last name was Kirkland. While they lived together, Kirkland offered him something that would help him in his mission. A sword." Nick quickly checked if Nora was still listening, to meet eyes filled with interest and said to keep going, "It wasn't any normal sword. This weapon was unbreakable and those injured by it couldn't heal with any magic of any kind. There was a catch though... more than one. The sword could only deal damage based on the person's objective, if you don't want to kill so-and-so, neither will it. The second one... that's the one that affects all of us... His magic, the magic of his children, grandchildren and so on, would be limited in time intervals. I'm sure you already know your limit," Nora nodded in response, "This was to balance it out. You can't really have unlimited power, along with an all powerful sword. And the sword was bound to him. He used that sword to help, defeat monsters, scare back criminal, did good. He eventually passed the sword down to his eldest son, Vincent. My father, your grandfather."

"Was... there anything else to it?"

"Hm? Ummm... Oh right! Have you seen a deck of cards before?" Nora just frowned at him, "Right, of course you have. Well, in each deck, there are four suits, diamonds, clubs, spades and hearts. This actually plays a special role with the sword. You see, once the sword is passed down, it changes."

"What?"

"You see, the symbol of the sword right now is a spade. Before, it was a club, before that, a diamond."

"Is that supposed to mean anything?"

"Why yes. Each suit has their own meaning behind it. James was a diamond, since he came from a wealthy family. Vincent was a club, because he was a forward thinker, often inspiring people with what he said. And Nathaniel... He was brave, strong, had an unbreakable will, his was a spade. It doesn't follow any sort of pattern. It all has to do with the individual."

"You two were close, weren't you?"

"... Inseparable. Growing up, I remember he always looked out for me, since I was his exact opposite. He always saw the brighter side to things, could be a little hot headed sometimes, and incredibly blunt. But, he had a good heart, despite what the other kids thought. Since he was the first born, he inherited the sword, which I wasn't against. He put everything in his sword training, even got me into it. Even though we were twins, I looked up to him so much. He was everything I wanted to be. I even considered getting purple contacts, multiple times." Nick laughed a bit and looked up, "Things changed a little, when we got to high school, where we met our friends today, including Victoria... and your mother. Your parents HATED each other, ironically. Couldn't go one day without an argument. And Victoria, she just fell for him, so hard. But, we all still hung out together, along with Coral, Persephone, Whitley and Peter. I was amazing, none of us were humans, yet we all blended in perfectly." Nick smiled, but it soon dropped, "Then... there was the accident... I don't remember when it happened, but Victoria was going to visit family overseas. It happened on her way to the airport... She fell into a comma... You're poor mother was so heartbroken... And, shockingly, the first person to comfort her, was your father." Nora blinked, surprised, "After a while, they started spending more time together and fighting less. Then one day, I will never forget it, he came up to me and said that he was in love. He asked me what he should do, I was beyond shocked that he was asking me, of all people."

"You're family," Nora smiled, "he wanted the opinion of someone he trusted most. What did yo say though?"

"'If you honestly know this is love, tell her how you feel'. Years later and I'm the best man at their wedding. And then..." Nick smiled, looking to Nora, "You came into our lives. Your father was so happy, he almost started crying. It was obvious, then and there... that he loved you, with every fibre of his being. And, what he said when he held you... 'I promise, I will protect you, even with my dying breath. Nothing will ever hurt you as long as I'm around, my precious jewel'."

He noticed that her eyes were welling up with tears and so did she, "Right," she muttered, wiping her eyes, "I see..."

"He still does, you know..." Nora looked back at him, "Despite everything that's happened, he loves you... so, so much. Just like your mother," he gave her a gentle pat on the head, "And, so do I, my sweet little rose." tears started falling from Nora's eyes as she tried looking away, but was pulled into a hug, "I love you, and promise, I'll protect you, no matter what..." he whispered, feeling his own eyes well up, "I promise..."

Nora sat still for a while before hugging him back, "Uncle..." was all she said before she started crying.
Finally! *falls on bed* I have been wanting to post the family history forever! Now, I've done it, I'm happy :)

So yeah, some development in Nora's relationship with her uncle Nick. Grab your tissues, sad moments are included.
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TheOutsanityShoppe Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kljsadkgjakgjag OK NOW I'M FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH EVERYTHING YOU'VE POSTED klajfga auughh maaaai gaaawwwdddddddddd I'm so excited to see what happens neexxxtttt 

and where her's in Ter Ter's talk is going to go!
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Sofiathefirst Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad you are!!! XD

Well... them talking comes not too long after the incident, so just be prepared for alot of crying.
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TheOutsanityShoppe Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
klfgafgjlfg

I kinda figured 8,,,,,,,,,,{

also I was actually originally going to have him give her a hug immediately but I thought that jacket part would be better at first. 
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Sofiathefirst Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
It actually is, 'cause it's still Nora. An immediate hug would've been super awkward for her ^^;
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TheOutsanityShoppe Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's what I was worried about~
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BeckImaginative Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student General Artist
Nora's figuring out where she's from!! It's the best feeling ever!! Does this mean she's a spade like her father was? Her father was Nathaniel, right??

For Nora's family history, you've earned 20 tickets!!
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Sofiathefirst Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I will not say! >:3

But yes, he was.
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BeckImaginative Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Student General Artist
She's gonna turn out to be a heart. I can feel it. Cuz she's filled with love!!
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KitsuneaiOokami Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
:iconcryforeverplz: Yay! The bonding happened! But the story QmQ
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Sofiathefirst Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I love how you sent this twice ^^;
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KitsuneaiOokami Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
I cried that much 
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KitsuneaiOokami Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
:iconcryforeverplz: Yay! The bonding happened! But the story QmQ
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Sofiathefirst Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
It's sad, but it's what brought Nora here, to her new family
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