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Jan 16, 11 at 4:49pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
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~Svetlana Hiyori, Light Forest~
Unfortunately, Svetlana hadn't been able to leave right away. The village was very close, and while absences of a few days were considered normal, if she left for weeks or months that would be unacceptable. So, she had to say what she was doing.
She went to the house of one of the elders - Kuraiya, the elder Lana felt most comfortable talking to. She climbed the trees to get up, then knocked on the door shyly.
She had then explained to the woman what she was planning, and asked for advice. To her surprise, Kuraiya didn't try to stop Lana or keep her in the village. She actually smiled, as if she knew Lana was going to come and seemed surprised it had taken her so long.
"You know, Lana Hiyori, I think this is exactly what we need. The village will be fine for awhile." She then went on to suggest Lana left a reserve of water for everybody to use, and that Lana made it rain every couple of days, trying to make sure some fell on the elves' home. Kuraiya then assured the young elf that she would explain the situation to the other elders, and then the people of the village.
The most valuable part of the talk, however, was at the end. The elder woman gave Lana an idea of where she could start her search. She also provided the girl with some supplies, and informed her where she could find more near the village.
Finally, Lana left, without talking to anybody else. She knew she could count on Kuraiya to explain it to everyone. Now, she had to find the source of that water problem.
Are you, are you coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.
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Jan 16, 11 at 7:06pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
Delays, delays, delays!!
Here I go, without further ado!
I watched the back of Castriel's head as she walked forward tentatively to wake up Kurt. I wanted to laugh at her sluggish pace. So she was afraid of him, too. Ha! I knew I wasn't the only one. Not so high and mighty now, huh, wizard?
Mute seemed to read my mind and gave me a shove. I looked over at him while Castriel talked to Kurt.
He gave me a look.
"Oh, come on. I'm not being too hard on her." I huffed and rolled my eyes. "Just keeping things in line."
He gave me that whithered sideways glance and turned away, put out with me.
"Oh, please! I'm the Captain. I need to keep people in order!"
Still uppity. "Okay, fine. I'll loosen up. Happy now?" I grumbled.
He smirked and I tried to smack him upside the head. Being Mute, he dodged well ahead of time and turned back to Castriel to see what was going on.
"Good, lets continue North!" Castriel shouted.
I rolled my eyes while Mute smiled at me, rubbing it in. "Okay, so she's not totally useless. Fine, fine, whatever. Let's see what she learned."
I took a step forward, but Mute held me back by the shoulder. I absent-mindedly felt my hand reaching down for my pistol that wasn't there. If Mute thinks something's dangerous, I immediately get all into defensive mode. I look up and see that Castriel is testing Kurt's energy by stepping forward, stopping, stepping forward again, and then stopping. After experimenting with it for awhile, she spins on her heel and walks briskly towards us decidedly.
"Good news, the chains don't seem to be lending him power," Castriel let out a confident smile. "Unfortunately, they don't seem to be hampering him either. Not in terms of power anyways."
I kept my cocky face on, but inside I was extremely irritated. What would it take to bury this guy's powers once and for all? I don't want him on my ship!
"This tells me one thing--" Castriel began. I rudely cut her off, letting out some of the pent up anger.
"You mean other than the fact this isn't going to work?"
"It tells me that Kurt's power isn't linked to his own energy..." Castriel went on pleasantly enough. Thinks she's tougher than I am, eh? Fine. Whatever. "Therefore I believe he cannot probably control it - otherwise it would be lessened by by chains. I conclude that it must be a curse of some sort - much like the curse placed on Mute, I believe."
This interested Mute somewhat. I have to admit, I wanted to know about Mute's curse, too, but two cursed people on my ship? Might as well change The Captor's name to The Cursed or The Cursed Captor or The Jinx or The Bloody Motel For Freaks.
Castriel turned around again, ready to take charge and interrogate the prisoner. "Is what I just said right?"
Kurt was giving off such a death glare, I thought an energy beam from his eyes would pierce us all. But there was sadness mixed in when he stated: "No."
"I want to talk to you two," Castriel announced.
We obediently walked up the steps and gathered around the Captain's wheel. "Steer us North." I commanded it before we began talking. The ship jerked a little as the rudders changed course.
"Ok, so the chains didn't work."
"Anyways, I believe it's because we were physically trying to weaken him. Since the curse isn't under his physical control, this is useless. What we need to do is block the curse itself. Possibly some sort of energy field that allows us to speak to and see him, but that prevents the curse from getting through. Of course, this will also most definitely affect Elise's powers and my own. Meaning she won't be able to control anything on the other side of the barrier, and I won't be able to do any magic on that side, or transfer anything, such as an energy ball, over there without damaging the barrier."
"Couldn't you just fix it should that happen?" I asked, thinking this was also obvious.
Castriel simply nodded, expressionless.
"Well, I guess that a barrier would be better than nothing..."
Mute was nodding avidly, ready to set the plan into action.
"Well, I'm going to go to my room to think about how best to do this." Castriel thought aloud and left. She passed Kurt without giving him a second glance and went down to her quarters.
"And in the mean time, I want to know what this ingredient is that we're looking for and why this potion is so secret. Must be pretty powerful stuff."
Mute nods but looks doubtful. "I'm going to go try my hand at Kurt." I say and turn to walk down the stairs.
Mute springs into action faster than I can reach the railing. He snatches the back of my pants, rather degradingly, and throws me back. He then blocks the staircases by standing between them, ready for me to come back. He's being very protective, but he looks angry.
"What?! I'm the Captain!" I shout.
Mute passes this off as nothing and gives me a look that says: You can't. You'll just embarrass yourself again. Stop it. Stay there.
"You can't make me do anything." I snap. "I'm stronger than some magic pupil..."
Mute rolls his eyes and glowers. So that's what this is about?
I glare at him, but his glare is stronger than mine at the moment. He knows. I hate people being stronger than me. It's stupid. It's a pet peeve. It's immature. I'm being silly and I'm endangering myself and the mission. But see how much I care?
"So Castriel's stronger than me! Big deal!" I challenge his suspicions. "What's that to do with anything? Think I'm trying to talk to Kurt to prove I'm strong, too? Huh? Is that it? Reclaiming my place as first? Hm?" I goad. It's completely true, but I want to see how he takes it. "Well for your information, subordinate, I just don't want to bother her while she's looking up the right spell. Why drag her back up here? Doesn't make much sense to me."
Mute looks suspicious but lets me pass. Subordinate hurt him, but I don't care. I push past and clomp my way down the stairs, already feeling the buzzing in my head.
I miss the days when I was the powerful bounty hunter. I could take down anyone with the flick of the wrist or a whisper to a weapon. What happened to that? Suddenly I'm surrounded by people stronger than me, challenging my power and vulnerability. And winning. I hate that.
My pig-headed self walks quickly up to Kurt, but then takes a few steps back. Alright, don't be stupid now. I can talk to a person. No big deal.
I feel Mute's eyes on me.
"Kurt." I state.
He looks up, slightly amused. I hate the look he's giving me. Although I don't remember how I made a fool of myself, I'm sure he does. Oh, well. That was the past. I say as much aloud. "I don't know what you made me do, but I refuse to be a puppet any longer. Tell me why this potion's so secretive."
Kurt doesn't answer me.
If Castriel were here, I could just hear her saying: He doesn't respond to orders. He has to answer questions.
"Why is the potion you know so secretive?"
Kurt answers easily enough. "It's weak."
I sigh. Damn this man. I want to slit his cocky little throat. "How powerful is it?"
This isn't getting me anywhere and the buzzing in my head is picking up. I need to act fast.
"What's the ingredient? Er--I mean...." I stop. He will only answer vaguely. But if I figure out what ingredient I'm looking for, things can actually get somewhere.
"Mute!" I command.
He drops down next to me, gracefully and saluting.
"Fetch me one of Castriel's ingredient books."
Mute looks doubtful of bother Castriel, but hurries off none the less. He pauses a minute while passing by Kurt, but makes a dash to the door below deck and soon disappears.
I walk up the staircase, getting out of range of Kurt so I can save my energy until Mute returns with a decent book. It takes awhile, and while I'm just sailing, I can see the coastline of the Kingdom of Diamonds slowly melting into the farms of the Kingdom of Clubs. On the horizon, I can see the sky kingdom floating gently over the sea. The Cloud Castle. Always wanted to visit it. It's supposed to be beautiful. I know many people from the mainland travel to the area below it, where all the sparkling colors of water fall from the clouds. It's supposed to be a very romantic spot or something. I think of the happy memory I have there--capturing that bawd from the Kingdom of Spades. She was on the run and hiding out there. Made quite a stir when I waltzed in, brandishing a mace and a pair of handcuffs. Ah, good times!
Mute's back now and wary of Kurt's power. He makes a run for the railing and runs across it to the staircase in an effort to keep as far away as possible from Kurt. It does the trick and he's handing me the book.
"Thanks." I state and open it up. It's dusty and huge. The title is Potion Ingredients in Wonderland From the Common to the Rare: A Complete Guide. Handy.
I open the tome and sift through. The ingredients are organized well enough and I go to the passages of lists where ingredients can be found in this corner of the world. Confident, I walk down the steps and sit down on the deck in front of Kurt, ready to give my experiment a try. It's called trial and error.
"Is the ingredient... sea salt?"
"Okay... Is the ingredient I'm looking for conch shell powder?"
"Is the ingredient star fish arm?"
After another fifteen or so guesses, Kurt's exasperated, but I'm not giving up. He's extremely annoyed that I haven't given up yet.
"Okay, so is the secret ingredient..." I scan through the passages and come across one of the more rare ones. It looks promising. "Is the ingredient--"
"You didn't get drunk and kiss me." Kurt blurts out, cutting me off.
I can see Mute out of the corner of my eye. He's baffled that he would try something so risky. My mouth is wide open, jaw dropped to the floor. I finally get the sense enough to stop gaping. Kurt looks pleased that he's finally gotten to me.
"What?! WHAT?! HOW DARE YOU?" I scream at the top of my voice. My yelling and cursing is enough for Castriel to poke her head out to see what's going on.
"--AND YOU DARE ACCUSE ME OF--" I rant on and on, dropping the book.
Castriel takes in the situation and rushes to me. "Elise, stop! He knows it's making you mad, calm down."
"CALM DOWN!?" I shout at her now.
"This isn't helping!" Castriel scolded. Mute's down here now, trying to calm me down.
Castriel picks up the book and looks at the place where I left off, evident because I was keeping track by moving a marker down the page. It takes her a minute to figure out what I was doing.
"Elise, what were you about to say?"
"What was I gonna say? What was I gonna say? That this bastard here--"
"No, no, no!" Castriel shakes her head and holds up the book. "He had to cut you off because you were going to say something right!"
Click. Oh. I feel... beyond describing how dumb a person can get.
Ashamed, I try not to show it and walk over to Castriel to peer at the book. What was I going to say? I peer down the list, still feeling the buzzing in my head as strong as it can possibly be. It was probably partly responsible for my recent freak out. Hm, I must be a handful.
I find the ingredient I was about to ask about and turn quickly to Kurt. "Is the ingredient I need pink crystal water?"
Kurt's defeated. "No."
"HA! HAHAHAHAHAHA! HA!" I shout triumphantly. Feeling that I rubbed it in almost enough, I skip back up to the wheel and stare around. Where'd the Cloud Castle go?
I realize that the sun is still up but we're in shade. I look up and smile.
"Here we are!" I announce.
Mute gets the cue and starts altering the sails to a halt. He doesn't lower the anchor yet though.
"Castriel? Up here, please." I ask calmly. My victory has made me feel much much better. I'm almost happy.
Castriel walks up and stands near me. "Yes?"
"Did you find anything about a barrier?"
"Oh!" I cut her off. "Sorry, but I think I see what we're looking for." I say, looking ahead. The streams of water that are coming down are in all sorts of shades from purple, blue, yellow, green, red, orange, aqua, white, and more. All sorts of bright colors are raining down all around us but the sea that it falls into is a bright pinkish hue.
"That's just pink sea water, right? Not the pink crystal water we need?" I ask.
Castriel nods. Soon the three of us are all peering over the sides. "Anyone see the pink crystal water?"
Mute shakes his head.
"Keep looking then." I mumble and follow my own order.
After another fifteen minutes without event, I decide that we'll need to get the row boat out and search for it that way.
"Who's going with me?" I ask myself out loud. "Castriel, can you come with me? If anyone knows how to capture pink crystal water and store it properly, let alone identify it, is you. Mute, stay here and keep an eye on things from the crow's nest. If Kurt tries to escape someone, feel free to cut off his feet."
Castriel turns up her nose at this order, but Mute takes it as the usual. He's only sliced a guy's leg before when he was trying to escape, so it's never gone so far as to cut off someone's limb, but it could be necessary. No one's going far without feet.
"Let's go, Castriel." I say and she nods.
Mute helps lower the row boat off the side and we both hop in. I take the oars and start rowing powerfully away from The Captor and into the colorful waters. The streams coming from the sky are sparkling, so I assume the pink one will be coming from above.
It's silent as I paddle except for the slashing noise on the oars. Castriel is keeping a watchful eye out.
"It's beautiful." She comments after awhile.
I agree with her, but I feel the need to be sarcastic and annoying. "Yeah, isn't it romantic?"
She rolls her eyes and looks out at the waters.
"There." She says calmly after awhile.
We're quite a fair distance from The Captor. I turn around to see where she's looking. I don't see it at first, but soon my eye catches the small glitter. It nearly blends in with the sunset skies, making it nearly impossible to see. A tiny, steady stream of pink water is falling from the sky ahead of us. I row a little further and soon we're right under it. It splashes all over the boat for a minute while I try to angle us right.
"There, is that good?"
Castriel nods and reaches into her cloak for a vial. She takes off the stopper and carefully holds it out to the stream.
"Why are you being so slow?" I whisper.
"This is a delicate process..."
She sighs and draws her hand away from the water. "If you steal some of these waters, it's rumored that certain spells are cast so that thief won't be able to leave or they'll be harmed. Defense systems."
I wait patiently enough while she inches closer and closer, constantly looking around her for a disturbance.
"So you think this one will be worse because it's such special water?"
She simply nods.
"Hm..." I think a moment. Before caring really, I say: "Pink crystal water, into the vial."
Castriel gasps as the water bends towards the vial and fills it. Castriel puts the stopper on and backs quickly away as I start to row.
"That was very foolish." She comments.
"Mm-hm." I nod. "But it worked, didn't it?"
We're getting closer to the ship. We're about twenty yards away and Castriel is still looking around for any danger.
"Chill, Castriel. No harm done. See? We're already back by the--" My words are cut off as she gasps and loses the color in her face.
I whirl around to see what she's looking at and feel my stomach drop. There's a steady ripple in the water that's growing. It gets big enough to rock our boat.
The two of us peer over the side to stare into the foggy pink waters. Suddenly the ripples come to a halt.
"S-see? No harm done." I regain my composure and pull back.
My words come to early. Out of the water rises a serpent that's three times taller than The Captor. It has a lizard like appearance mixed with a snake. It's eyes are large and glazed over and it's snout is long with a hissing tongue poking out. It has hard plated armor all up its entire body that looks very thick. The monster lets out a deafening cry that sounds like a cougar mixed with breaking glass. It reveals to us large, sharp teeth.
"MUTE!" I scream as my first thought.
He's not dumb enough to ignore the threat. He's already aiming a harpoon at our boat.
"What's he--?" Castriel tries to ask.
"Hold on to me!" I command and quickly pull her out of his range. The monster dives under the water, about to resurface any moment.
Mute fires the harpoon into the boat where Castriel was sitting before I yanked her out of the way. He retracts the harpoon, but it's much too slow a process. The boat is being rushed toward The Captor, but the sea monster decides to resurface again.
I shove poor Castriel again so she's out of my way. "If it comes to it, climb up the rope from the harpoon." I tell her.
She nods but asks: "And you? Come on!"
I nod but make her go first. I see that she wants to help me with her magic spells and such, but she doesn't have her staff with her. I assume that takes away a lot of her ability, but she's still a good threat. But she has the vial. I don't want anything happening to that vial.
I draw my sword and realize how much like a toothpick it looks to this beast. Well, at least he won't get Elise bits caught in his teeth...
Castriel is fidgeting up the line, making a decent headway when the monster dives for the boat. I have to abandon it as it crushes and splinters fly every which way. I pull myself up to the surface, gasping. My sword's simply in my way now. I sheath it with some difficulty and start to swim like mad for the ship.
Since the harpoon was detached, the rope Castriel was climbing swings and she slams into the side of the boat. That's gotta hurt.
At least she's not in the water... I think morbidly, thinking of my own safety. The monster hasn't reappeared from its dive and I feel the suspense at its next attack.
Wanna take it from here, Crystal Rain? Believe it or not, but I was planning the whole pink crystal water thing before you got a name change. Now it just works even better. xD
Go ahead and finish off the action however you please. Please just don't kill Elise, okay? I might need her later. xD
I have to admit, travelling with three girls hasn't been as bad as I expected. I even got to chase a fox! Well, as you can see, the only downside is my recurring lapses into dog instincts. I tend not to mind all the petting anymore either.
The girls are debating now how to get to the Elf Village. I sniff around at the ground and notice that a large group of people was here not too long ago. Let's see... I smell elf, and human--lots of human, and that smells like a wizard... Another elf. A pixie of some sort... My hair rises at the last. A cat. I growl to myself, but go to rejoin the girls. It's soon decided that we'll travel both at night and during the day to get there. I agree that we need to get there as soon as possible and travelling at night is the best way to do this.
It was soon sunset but the girls continued to walk. My energy hadn't run out yet and I realized I would have to keep an eye out for them. They were practically defenseless without me anyway. I guess that was the exchange. Food for security. Sounds fair to me.
"I've had enough." The girl Tiffany suddenly stopped and fell to the ground.
"Me too." Alicia sat down, too.
"Guys you can't give up now." Fayette scolded, but she sounded just as tired herself.
My ears perked as I thought I heard something. I began to sniff around and caught the indisputable sent of elf.
Alicia's cry distracts me long enough to look up.
"Alicia! Are you okay?" Fayette hurries forward. I bound forward to see that something didn't eat her.
She sits back up and announces, confirming my doggie suspicions: "We've made it!"
Fayette parts the bushes and runs up to greet the elf party.
I'm wary as ever and am ready to bite elf if necessary.
The humans talk for awhile and soon I don't feel that my protection is necessary. Anyway, to my surprise, I start to smell cat again. Even stranger, it's the same cat I smelled before. It travelled very near here... Hm...
The elf elder invited our little group to the party and I was accepted as a guest. I lost sight of the girls for awhile as I trudged around, begging food scraps from people. I didn't see why they needed to know I was an abnormal, talking dog. Playing the innocent, starving puppy was my specialty.
A couple of elf children decided I was adorable and I wheedled out a few pieces of cake from them. I licked their hands clean from the desert and they giggled around me and nammed me Doggie.
"Here, Doggie!" The shorter elf child gave me a wreath of flowers and strung them around my head. The other giggled and strung a lei of petals around my neck. They soon had other children join in and they all start stringing flowers on my tail, my ears, and my paws. I try to shake them off, but they look like they're going to cry. I give them a kiss on the hand and suddenly I'm loved again.
All my new friends are being called away to their homes now and saying goodnight. Mothers and fathers collected their children and the lights started to dim.
"Bye, Doggie!" The little elf girl waved.
I hoped the look I gave her was friendly. My group started to gather near the edge of the forest. The old elf had a blue lantern with him. I shook off the flowers and dashed to meet them.
Tiffany gave me a pat at my arrival and I followed them down a path in the woods, ever watchful for danger.
The elder held a finger to his lips to keep us quiet. He parted the bushes that opened the view to a small valley full of white flowers that smiled at the full moon. The luminescent glow filled the entire area. It took the girl's breath away. I realy wanted to roll in it.
Fayette stepped forward, entranced by the setting. She stood for awhile, seeming to take it all in, when suddenly she collapsed into the flowers.
"Fay!" Alicia and Tiffany shouted at once and ran forward. I ran ahead and tried to nuzzle her side so she'd roll over. Alicia and Tiffany helped me out and we made Fayette face the sky.
"Oh, I hope she's okay!" Tiffany wailed.
"We need to... stay calm." Alicia obviously stated.
"How's her pulse?" I offered as nicely as I could. Really, people. Come on.
"Oh! Good idea!" Alicia nodded and held Fayette's wrist. Meanwhile, Tiffany was holding her forearm, thinking she was supposed to check her own pulse. Brilliant, that one.
Fayette started to stir just then.
Everyone hung over her, but I said: "Give her some space."
Her eyes fluttered open and she looked around, dazed.
"Hey, are you okay?"
Without answering, she turned to her side and snatched an envelope we had somehow missed in all the excitment. "Look."
"Is it another note?" The girls huddled around her to see, glad their friend was okay.
"I don't know, but let's see."
Fayette silently reads the letter. That's one thing I've kind of forgotten how to do since I've beceom a dog--read. My brain's only so big now, you know, and reading hasn't seemed to present itself as an imperitive cause.
"This journey isn't over yet." Fayette says, finished reading.
"By the sound of it they want us to go the capital of the Kingdom of Hearts and find some guy by the name of Bellwood." Alicia analyzed, the smarter of the two.
"That means more walking doesn't it?" Tiffany grumbled, the ditz of the two.
"Yup." I nodded.
The elf then led us silently back to the village, eeriely quiet I thought he was. He was kind though and offered us rooms to sleep in. Just in case something should happen, I curled up at the end of Fayette's bed to keep watch. I didn't get much sleep though. She kept tossing and turning, keeping me alert. I wondered what was bothering her? She must've had a dream when she passed out...
Fayette finally fell asleep at what I had to guess was around three in the morning. She needed sleep. Poor kid. What was she? Twelve? Who knows?
I laid awake and paced around a little. I had lots of thinking to do like always.
"You're the worst, most terrible person on the face of the earth! You don't deserve to live. If I had it in me, I would cause you to perish slowly before my eyes..."
I winced at the words. It's true, I really loved her at one point... If only she wasn't so possessive... and crazy.
I suppose I have to be thankful that she didn't actually kill me... But would that have been better? I never meant to cause her anything but happiness... It stings... To know that she's happier now that I'm suffering as a lesser animal... Didn't she want my happiness, too? Apparently not.
"I hate you! I hate you! You're horrible, and I hope I never have to look at you again!"
Morning came soon enough and I didn't sleep. It wasn't too bad though. So I've been awake for two nights in a row, so what? I'll just be a little cranky, that's all.
"What's up are we going?" Fayette finally rose.
"Yup, The elves gave us food and water, so now we aren't short." Alicia smiled.
"They also gave us directions to the capital so we won't be lost this time." I announce after listening in on their conversation with Tiffany and Alicia. Otherwise, I haven't moved much since last night.
"Okay, then let's go!" She smiled and cheered.
We left the elf village in relatively good moods, not counting me of course. During our walk through the Light Forest, I could still hear her words in my head.
"Vermin! Two-timer! Cheat! I... I can't believe you! I hate you so much, Benjamin! I hate you!"
"Are you okay?"
I look up, a little startled, to see Fayette looking down at me.
"Didn't get much sleep." I say, not entirely lying.
"Oh, I'm sorry. Hey, we'll rest for a bit up ahead by that big tree. You can take a nap there after lunch, okay?" She smiles.
Her gesture is kind, but I know I won't sleep. Everyone takes sips of water and bites of food and I curl up to pretend I'm sleeping.
Much to my surprise, I wake up a few minutes later. I actually dozed off... The warm sun has its rays poking through the leaves of the canopy above and the girls are starting to pack up to leave. I don't know if they know I'm awake or not.
"Why don't we chill out a little longer? Poor Ben fell asleep!" Tiffany cooes. I close my eyes to continue the ruse.
"Yeah, he said he didn't sleep last night." Fayette reports.
"Poor guy." Alicia adds.
Well, I feel loved.
"Should we carry him?" Tiffany asks.
Just as I think they're about to do so, I act like I wake up. I let out a fake yawn and look around. "How long was I out?"
"Not too long. Want to go back to sleep?" Fayette offers.
"No. I'm okay." I say and stretch. I stand and start walking down the path without them. They soon catch up to me and things on as normal for the rest of the early afternoon. We stop at a boulder for lunch and I get a ham bone. Don't know where elves got a ham bone since they're vegetarians (as far as I knew), but I take it gladly. I gnaw on it while the girls nibble at sandwiches.
"Scum of the earth, that's what you are... You just don't care, do you? Do you?"
"You sure you're okay, Ben?" Fayette looks down at me again. It must be obvious that I'm upset.
"Yes! Stop asking, it's none of your business." I snap.
"Hey! That was mean!" Tiffany glares and scolds.
I take it as it is and shortly apologize. "Sorry. Just tired."
"It's okay, I understand." Fayette forgives me.
I have a sneaking suspicion though that she's seeing straight through me.
Being Miss Lyeon's guard has officially brought me back into the Elf Village. When I first arrived back home, I could've sworn that they would kick me out again. But Miss Lyeon stuck up for me... And I was accepted again. It was good to be home.
And today! A momumental event, if you ask me. Today's her coronation ceremony! So much time has passed since... well, since I met her! Or at least it feels like a lot of time has passed. Now that I really think about it, I was standing on the edge of the sea, facing the Queen of Diamonds as she drew her final breath when she betrayed Master Nathan. I miss all those guys. We should have a reunion or something...
And then again, perhaps that's how it would be best. To simply leave it as that. A memory.
And now here I wait for Miss Lyeon to return. It's such a sacred event, really. But I still wish I could be there with her. To let her know that I at least care.
The celebrations were coming to a close. Elves had feasted, danced, and laughed the night away in celebration for their new queen. I mostly over saw things and made sure everything was running smoothly, but I had a good time none the less.
I whirled around to see a floating smile, grinnnig widely back at me.
"I should've known it was you." I smile back, reaching down to pat his head.
"Oh, really, petting isn't necessary, Edmund." The Cheshire Cat appeared and showed with his eyes his displeasure at being degraded.
"Sorry. You're still a cat in my eyes, so I think you'd like a scratch."
"Most think that, I admit. I expected more from you though." He drawled and stared out at the party.
"You aren't drunk somewhere? What a change in personality." I comment, smiling down at him.
"Now, now, no need to hit below the belt, boy. I just decided I would like to be sober enough to see the new queen. Can you honestly blame me?"
"No. She's beautiful, isn't she?" I ask.
"Well, if you're speaking in human context, I suppose so. Now, I find a salmon much more precious to the eyes." He purred, licking his lips.
"See? Still a cat."
Changing the subject, the Cheshire Cat asks: "Have you seen the wizard lately?"
"Whatever happned to him I wonder?"
"Got married." I laughed.
"So unlike him."
"You would think."
"Surprisingly, I rather miss the fool's company."
"Fool? As I remember it, he fooled you, no?"
"Specifics, specifics!" He shooed the thought away. "Oh, if my eyes don't decieve me, that would be your lady now."
And in a moment he was gone. I looked quickly to the door where he stared before he disappeared and a woman with long dark hair entered Lyeon's hut. The one I'm supposed to guard.
"Who are you?" I asked in my strongest voice, automatically holding a spear up.
"Edmund, it's me, Lyeon." Lyeon's voice came out of her mouth.
I dropped the spear, gaping at her. "What happened to you?!"
"I don't know! Isn't this supposed to happen?" She asked, looking down at herself.
I just shook my head. "Doesn't look right to me... I think you should get that checked out."
Instead of panicking like I was and always do, Lyeon let out a clear laugh. "You're so cute~!" She gave me a pat on the head.
"Now come on! Let's find Father!" She said, grabbing my arm and pulling me away.
Not much to add, sorry! But I wasn't sure where you wanted to go with this, Sammi. n_n
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Jan 21, 11 at 2:45am ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
All four of us continued to the elf village. The journey was longer than when Cole and I arrived at Kimi and Kuri's house, but that was kinda to be expected. We were walking and not running, after all. Kuri had been acting like a real sweetheart this whole time. I would glance up to catch him smiling at me, then I would smile back. The most welcomed news of all, however, was the fact that Cole's eyes hadn't changed. There was probably a logical explaination for it, something that was linked to D.I.P. or D.I.G., or whatever it was that was Cole's problem. It annoyed me that everyone seemed to know about... Even my 13 year old brother for Avalon's sake! Colten had be keeping to himself lately, slipping under the radar, which was highly unusual for him. He was usually a social butterfly, flitting from person to person, wanting to seem like a grown-up. Now however, when we stopped for a rest, he would slip off into the woods, and would show up an hour or two later. Kimi seemed confused that I wasn't more concerned about Cole's whereabouts, but even if I were, it wouldn't do much good. Colten was very independent, and head strong too. He would just get mad if I tried to follow him, he has always acted like that. I don't know if I'm afraid of him... Maybe I am. That would explain alot. But when I'm with Kimi and Kuri (espesically Kuri) I don't feel scared, or helpless. In fact, if I didn't know better, I would have thought they were tranfering courage into me! As we neared the Elf Village, Kuri helped me over a fallen log. I turned to him and smiled sweetly.
"I'm so glad I have a great friend like you." I told him, patting his arm. Kuri's face fell, and I heard Kimi snorting with laughter, but I ignored her. I liked Kuri, sure, but I didn't want to jepordize anything by acting foolish. Nearing the outskirts of the village, I could see sparkles of lights, and a steady beat of music. I found myself wondering if there was an event going on. However, when we finally got to the Village quite some hours later, I saw someone leaving the Elf Village. I relized this was the perfect oppertunity to ask about something for Vi, so I hurried up the the girl who seemed about Kimi and my age.
"Hello there," I began hurridly,"Are you from the Elf Village?" Before she could answer, Cole opened his mouth.
"Of course she is, look at her ears!" He replied. I gasped at his rudeness and frowned. The girl laughed.
"Yes I am," She answered me. My heart soared. Maybe this was the chance I needed.
"Maybe you can help me..." I quickly described Vi's illness,"Do you think there is anything in there," I pointed at the village,"That we could use to help her?" The elf frowned before she spoke.
"No, I don't believe so..." She said, looking sympathetic. I tensed. This was probably my last chance, and it failed. Vi might never get better. Suddenly, Kuri spoke.
"Do you know of any place that we can find something to help?"
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Feb 1, 11 at 4:53pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
~Svetlana Hiyori, Outside Elf Village~
Lana looked at the four people surrounding her, slightly taken aback. She hadn't expected to run into other people so close to leaving her village.
"Actually, there may be someone who can help... not in the village though," She added upon seeing the hopeful yet accusing faces.
"Here, lets walk away from the village and I'll tell you," Lana continued. She wanted to be as far away from the village as possible when they learned she'd left.
"So, I'm actually on a mission of my own. You probably know about the water problems we're having here in Light Forest," the four nodded. "Well, I want to fix it. So I talked to one of my elders, and she was able to offer me some help.
"So, she said there are four Goddesses. The Fire Goddess, the Earth Goddess, the Air Goddess and the Water Goddess. Now, us elves don't associate with the Fire and Air Goddesses too much. The Air Goddess is said to live high in the clouds, and none of us really know where. And we don't know where the Fire Goddess resides, but we have always felt she was more about destruction, so we don't try to make contact with her.
"But now, the Water Goddess and the Earth Goddess. Those are the two we elves look to for advice. Now, what my elder told me is maybe they can help. The Water Goddess should be able to help clear up the water, and make it drinkable again. But she resides very far away, near one of the coasts, sometimes she can even be found out in the ocean somewhere. So my elder suggested I seek the Earth Goddess first. She cares about nature and might be able to help us clear the water too, I'm not sure. My parents and someother elves went in search for the Water Goddess, but they've had no luck. She's also said to be somewhat mischeivous. The Earth Goddess is probably the best chance I have. Also, she might have a cure for your friend," Lana added. The four faces looked hopeful again. "So, I suggest we go in search of this Earth Goddess and ask for her help. Also, she is supposed to reside close, in either Light or Dark Forests. Of course, the Goddesses move around, so she might be hard to locate... Are you interested?"
OOC: ilovenintendo, Seriously? That's awesome. xD And yup, I'll take it away ^^
Castriel exhaled sharply as all the wind was knocked out of her upon smashing into the boat. She dropped a few feet down the rope before she had enough sense to tighten her grip again. She couldn't fall in the water.
As soon as she thought this, something dawned on her and she looked down with horror. Elise was in the water.
"Mute!" Castriel yelled. She saw his head peer over the side of the ship. He looked as worried as she felt. "Get my staff!" she had to yell to be heard over the waves and that giant serpent.
Mute was hesitant, not wanting to abondon the scene. Castriel didn't blame him, but she needed her staff to do enough magic to save Elise. She should have brought it with her in the first place. "Now, Mute!" she hollered. Biting his lip, he ran down to her room.
Holding on to the rope with one hand (the vile was in her pouch at her waist on the left - luckily she'd had to put it there when she started to climb, and she'd slammed her right side into the boat, so it was safe), she placed her other hand on her right shoulder. She poured energy into her shoulder, and felt better.
She could just picture Elise commenting on how she didn't see how using energy to give her energy was any use. And Castriel would have to explain how she was using magic energies to make physical energy.
Now, she had to get on that ship. Dangling here would not help Elise, and that serpent was getting closer. She was about halfway up when Mute returned. Seeing her, he put the staff down and tried to pull her up. Luckily between the two of them she was on the ship seconds later. Adrenaline was flowing.
Castriel quickly took the vial from her pouch, and handed it to Mute. "Put this in a safe place and don't take it near Kurt."
Mute nodded, handed her the staff and left.
Looking at the water again, the wizard saw that the seamonster was forever gaining on Elise. She didn't have much time. She bit her lip, knowing Elise would hate what she was about to do.
But she had no choice. Holding the staff, she first directed it at Kurt. She took the chains that had been holding him, and with a slight movement of her wrist they flew through the air towards Elise.
Elise made to reach for one, but as soon as she touched it Castriel thought she heard a shriek, though it was hard to tell over all the noise and the blood flowing by her ears. Elise tried to jerk her hand back, but two of the chains wrapped around her wrist, and a third, the thickest, around her waist.
With another flick of the staff, Elise was hauled out of the water. By magical energy, so Castriel wasn't physically injured. But magically she didn't think she could handle much more surprises before resting awhile.
Castriel knew when Elise arrived on deck, she wouldn't likely be very happy. Those were dark energy chains, the same she'd used on Kurt. As Mute came back from hiding the vial, he realized this too. The chains would have sucked up a lot of the captain's energy and affected her mood gravely, which accounted for her initial shock at touching the chains. But they were strong, and she hadn't had to waste enegy making them because she'd had them already.
"Mute, get us out of here!" Castriel screamed, frantic as soon as Elise was pulled onto the ship, sputtering but safe. For now.
Mute ran off towards the steering. Elise may be on the boat, but they still had that giant seaserpent to worry about. Quickly Castriel flicked her wrist once more and all the dark chains retreated into her staff. Another flick and a white ribbon came shooting out. It wrapped around Elise, and after a few seconds it flew back to the staff with one more flick.
Castriel hoped Mute was getting them away as fast as he could. Hoepfully it would be enough... Just in case, she brandished her staff and got ready to fight the beast, knowing she'd never defeat it single-handedly at this weakened state.
Are you, are you coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.
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Feb 2, 11 at 2:13am ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
Ugh. Loooong explanation. But it worked. We stopped walking. I saw Ryn's face shine, and I smiled. She looked great when she smiled. "Wait, the Light Forest?? We lived there! Right, Kuri?" Kimi looked over. "Wha- oh, yeah." I mumbled. "So, are we going there?" Colten asked. He was sitting on a rock, drawing with his finger in the dirt. "Hmmm... We can try." The elf said. "Might as well," Lauryn told us, "so far, it's our only hope of Violet getting better." "Sounds fine to me," I chirped. Kimi stifled a giggle. We began walking again. A large oak tree popped up on our left, and Kimi dashed up. There was a rustle in the leaves, then we heard a "Ow... Grr.... Evil branch.." Kimi hopped down. "Not too far now, that little hill is blocking our way," Kimi nodded at the hill that was coming up, "But after that the forest isn't far." "Erm... we never got your name.." I muttered. "Oh, yes, I'm Svetlana Hiyori. And you are...." She looked at me. "Kuri, this is my twin, Kimi. This is my... er... friend, Lauryn, and this is her brother, Colten." Each of them nodded in turn. "Okay. And why are you two with them?" Svetlana inquired. Because I don't want to leave the beautiful girl that officially is my friend, I thought. I got hot... Kimi quickly covered me up and said, "We wanted some air and some adventure." She looked at me and I managed to nod. Ryn looked me over in concern. "I'm fine," I croaked, "Just a.... a... headache..." "Are you sure? We can stop..." Ryn trailed off. "I'm fine.. Let's get to the forest quickly, then we'll take a break.." I replied. While I loved having Ryn's attention, I hated to see her worried. We reached the top of the hill, and I saw the forest. No more than half a mile away. I stumbled on a rock, and Ryn's hand slipped into mine. I could tell I was turning pink. Kimi suppressed a smile. I squeezed Ryn's hand, then gently slipped it out. We walked in silence, except for Svetlana humming a song. Once we reached the edge of the forest, the light was beginning to fade. "Are you strong enough to make a tent?" Kimi asked me in a whisper. I saw Ryn shiver. I summoned my strength and made a six person tent. It was the most I could manage. I reeled and fell.
The last thing I saw was Kimi and Ryn, carrying me into the tent.
Okay, you can do whatever you want with him... As long as he doesn't die.
“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
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Feb 2, 11 at 5:41pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
I tried my best to keep my head above the water and keep an eye out for the sea serpent at the same time. The water tasted horrible. It wasn't normal salt water and it wasn't bitter or sour or anything. It was sweet. Intoxicatingly sweet. Too sweet. In my struggling to stay afloat, the sweet water was lapped into my mouth too many times. The mixture of all the magical, colorful water falling from the sky turned the ocean water beneath it into a pool of sugary waste. And the effects of the magic weren't doing me much good either.
I was tired, the hair on my head was growing longer, and my skin was turning blue. Obviously, this wasn't a place to go swimming.
Just as I was about to give up, a dark chain shot out of the ship and made its way for me. I reached my arm up as my body started to sink under the surface. The chain wrapped around my arm and started to quickly pull me up. But instead of leaving it at that, the chain started to stretch and multiply and crawl its way around my entire body. I screamed, totally freaked out by this new development and sincerely confused. The little energy I had left me and sucked its way into the chains.
It took all my strength to keep my eyes open. I couldn't see what was going on. The next thing I knew, I was being pulled out of the water and I was lying on the deck, trying to catch my breath.
The chains were removed and I felt an immediate difference. I looked up and saw Castriel's staff retracting the chains.
You... You...! I thought angrily. She sucked out my energy?! What the hell?!
I tried to think logically. Perhaps she was just trying to reel me in? Then why not make more chains? My eyes caught the mast and saw it empty. There was a purple cloak and shredded rope at the base of it. SHE USED KURT'S BONDS?!
Before I could vent my anger to her, white ribbons of light wrapped around my being, giving off a cool, comforting sensation. I let out a sigh and looked down at my hands. Good. No longer blue.
I stumbled to my feet, but Mute was quickly pushing me off to the side.
"Mute! Stoppit." I said in one short breath. "I can take care of myself!"
He shook his head angrily and forced me to sit on a barrel. My head was spinning and I was very tired, but that didn't mean I couldn't help, right?
"Kurt...! Kurt! Where is he?" I managed to get across before an ear-splitting cry rose above my own voice. I covered my ears and looked out over the water.
The pink sea monster had risen out of the water and had its mouth sagging open high above us. It looked like it was trying to decide where it was best to dive into our ship to sink it.
"Take it down!" I commanded, running along the deck and grabbing a rope. I cut it with my sword and flew into the air. Mute was all over the place at once, jumping from rope to rope, trying to move the ship by himself. Castriel had her staff out, brandishing it threateningly.
I wrapped my legs around a pole and ripped out a couple of my pistols western-style, one for each hand. I aimed and shot a few rounds at the thing's head, but the bullets just skimmed off his nose without much damage.
But the way it struck... Oh, no...
"Castriel!" I shouted, cupping my hands to my mouth.
She looked up at me.
"The sea monster! It's made of water!"
"THE MONSTER IS MADE OF PINK CRYSTAL WATER!" I screamed down. The distraction was long enough for the monster to hit the sail I was using as support and it snapped like a twig. I fell and Castriel had to dodge the debris that was falling from the ship. About halfway through my free fall, I was caught by the gut and the wind felt like it was knocked from me. Someone had caught me and was now setting me down on another sail.
"Thanks." I breathed and gave his shoulder a smack. "The monster's made of water. How do we fight that?"
I finally turned to the person and my jaw literally fell. "Kurt?!"
He gave a quick nod. In his other hand he held a recurve and he had a quiver of arrows strung over his back.
"YOU WENT THROUGH MY WEAPON STORAGE?!"
He smirked but didn't say anything. Whatever he was going to say would've been a lie anyway, so I guess it didn't matter. It just matters that he went into my cabin. My cabin. My cabin where the only staircase down to get to the weapon storage is. The place where I store all the weapons I get off those I've capture. And I liked that recurve!
I went to hit him, but the monster made a horrible noise again and made ready to dive.
"His eyes are water." Kurt said thoughtfully.
"What? Of course they--oh!"
I get it now. So the beast's eyes were the only thing not made of water? Well, that and the teeth, I suppose.
"Castriel!" I called down to her. She was just now rising after diving away from the wreckage. It looked like the beam that fell only just missed her. "Can you take care of his teeth?"
She nodded and faced the beast. While she summoned dark chains with her staff, I turned back to Kurt. He was gone.
"What the--" I looked around madly, trying to figure out where my prisoner went. I soon located him swinging like Mute does (only less graceful, I suppose) through the ship's sails. He stopped short on the mast and pulled up the bow and placed an arrow lightning fast. He aimed, fired, and quickly aimed and fired another. The first arrow hit the monster in the left eye and before it could squirm or react to it, the second arrow pierced his right eye.
"You blinded him! Awesome!" I cheered. "Okay, let's bring him down! You go Castriel!"
I felt like a cheerleader.
Castriel's chains wrapped their away around the monster's angry sharp teeth. She pulled back on the staff and with a jerk, the monster lost half his teeth.
It let out a horrible scream and finally slowed its pace. Mute had the ship sailing as fast as it could go North, away from the pained creature. I scuttled down and met Castriel on the deck. I didn't even think twice when Kurt landed beside us next the rail, watching the monster sink into the water in defeat.
The sun was gone and we all relaxed a bit, letting out a breath.
In a flash, I suddenly turned on Kurt.
"What the hell?!"
Everyone jumped at my outburst.
"Okay, what the freaking--"
"Elise, Elise--" Castriel tried to calm me although she was just as riled. Okay, so she could keep her temper and was probably happy that Kurt seemed to be cooperating, but... oh, well. I didn't want to be alone here.
"What?" Kurt asked, finally saying something.
"You scratched my ship!" I pointed at the sides where the monster had grazed it and at the broken sail.
"That was me, not the monster!" Kurt defied.
"Sure, sure, whatever. Same difference in my book." I snapped.
"That's being ridiculous. It wasn't Kurt's fault." Castriel defended reasonably. "In fact, we should be happy he found that bow and quiver. All I want to know is why do I not feel any buzzing in my head when you're right here?"
Kurt looked like he was thinking of a way to answer the question without telling the complete truth. He finally said. "I can completely control my powers of persuasion."
"So... You mean you can control your persuasion to a certain degree? Is that it?"
"Okay. That makes some sense, I suppose."
I grumbled to myself about repair costs and picked up the shredded ropes by the mast. Kurt bent over and picked up his cloak and started to walk away.
"Hey, where do you think you're going?"
"I don't think so--you're going to stand still while I tie you back up." I glared.
Kurt glared back, but Castriel defended him once again.
"Elise, he said 'away'. He's not going anywhere."
"How can we trust him?" I spat.
"He has to lie! Kurt, will you cooperate with us now?"
"Simple as that?" I argued.
Castriel nodded at my point and turned on Kurt now.
Kurt sighed. "I don't really understand what you are doing now. If you return me to my home in fifteen days, I will not cooperate."
"Wait, so..." I mulled over what he said. "So you do understand what we're doing? And you will cooperate if you're home in fifteen days? Or you won't cooperate if we take you home in fifteen days? I don't get it."
"Double negative. Implied." Castriel said.
"Oh." I nodded. "So you'll cooperate if we bring you home on time? You'll help out?"
"Super~! Glad I didn't have to kill you after I learned the potion. That could've been messy. And I might've felt bad... Nah, I wouldn't feel bad, but you know."
"Okay, whatever. What's the next ingredient?" I prodded.
Kurt looked at the sky to think. "South."
"Okay, so we have to go North... Could you be more specific?"
He shook his head. He then got a sudden idea and looked around. After all the havoc, the book Mute borrowed from Castriel was still on deck wedged between a barrel and the wall. Kurt retrieved it and sifted through it for a few minutes. He concentrated on a page for awhile before bringing it to the three of us.
"This isn't the next ingredient." He pointed.
We all looked down at the paper and gaped.
"It better not be." I muttered.
"You're lying?" Castriel tried.
"Great. Just great." I sighed. "How the heck are we supposed to get a siren's hair?!"
Kurt shrugged. "It's my problem."
"Ugh! This lying thing is getting pretty annoying."
"You're not telling me." He glowered.
"True." I shrugged. "Mute! Where can we find a siren?"
"North? Well, that explains it. But how will we get one of her hairs? Do you think she'll just give one to us?"
"No. Definitely not." Castriel shook her head.
"Do you know anything about them?" Kurt asked.
"Not very much. Enough to know that they are not friendly though. They're... hungry." Castriel frowned.
"So how long will it take until we get to a spot where sirens are?" I asked.
Mute pointed at the sky and made a couple full rotations with his arm. He was demonstrating the sun.
"Two days? Okay, that's not too bad, I suppose. I just will be happy when we lose sight of those clouds..." I mumbled, staring back at the sparkling streams of water. I swear I heard the sea monster's cry again.
Sorry, gotta go. I'll edit later and finish this up. n_n'
EDIT:: Okay, I guess I'm done for now. If I need to add more, I will though. n_n
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Feb 12, 11 at 9:17pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
Castriel tensed up, looking behind the ship. Elise had heard the sea monster's cry too. No way do I want to waste time fighting that thing again, she thought. Or energy. She couldn't afford to waste energy.
"Watch out Elise," Castriel directed, holding out her staff again. Sucking in her breath, she waved the staff and a wall of energy burst from it. It hovered in the air behind the ship, and was about a hundred metres long. Sure the sea monster would be able to go around it, and the wall would disappear when they got too far away from it. But they just needed enough time to get out of the monster's reach. Castriel was pretty certain it couldn't go far from the crystal water which it was made of and guarded.
As she began to turn away, trying to think how they could get a siren hair, Elise approached her, glowering slightly. Castriel grit her teeth.
"So what was that about with the chains, huh?" Elise demanded, "You used Kurt's bonds!!"
"Yes," Castriel replied simply. Elise glared at her again, so she elaborated, "You know my preference is energies. That means the fastest way of me saving you was to create energy chains. As I've demonstrated, there is both both black and white energy," she noticed Elise seemed to be somewhat annoyed by Castriel's simple, straightforward, and almost condescending sentences. "White energy, like the chain that healed you, wouldn't have hurt you, but it is not physically strong, and it would have broke. I was fairly confident you didn't want to land back in that water again."
Elise's eyes flashed, but Castriel knew she was right.
"Anyways, that left black energy. Yes, I used Kurt's bonds. They were right there, and again saved time, and energy." Inwardly she appreciated the play on words. "I had to use black energy, and they would have sucked your energy regardless - that's the nature of black chains, so it didn't matter that I used Kurt's. Besides, good thing I did, he played a rather big part in saving us."
She knew this last bit would bother Elise. And it did, but she just mumbled something under her breath and walked away.
Right, a siren. How would they get one of her hairs? On the bright side, since Kurt was co-operating, she no long needed to create an energy barrier to contain him. And, he was working on controlling the curse, so that's good too. Castriel wondered if she had been right about it being a curse, if he was beginning to overcome it... of course, spells were complicated, so maybe it was a curse he could actually overcome. She wondered briefly if Mute was, or would be, able to overcome his to an extent as well.
Anyways, without the necessity of a wall, she could save more energy to deal with a siren. Maybe she could use the dark chains to hold it down...
She decided to go down and look through her books, maybe she'd find one dealing with sirens.
After an hour or so, Castriel had come to a few conclusions. First, it would be best to try to get one siren off by itself. Which meant they would have to pretend to be entranced by it and follow it out to sea, since they misguided sailors... The tricky bit would be NOT actually being entranced. Hmmm, Castriel thought, this is reminded me of Kurt's curse.... Suddenly she got an idea. If they could reverse Kurt's curse and use it to protect them without the siren knowing, that could be promising. Of course, it would be mostly Mute and Kurt, the males, who they'd have to worry about. But since females aren't as attracted to sirens, chances are she wouldn't be interested in trying to entrance Elise and Castriel. So, they'd likely have to stay below deack - Won't Elise love that, she won't be able to interere... - and let Mute and Kurt take care of things.
Castriel took out her book of potions, to see if there was anything they could use to try to reverse the curse. As she was searching, she noticed a thought nagging at the back of her head. Finally, she caught a full glimpse of it. Suspricious, she went back on decks and found Elise, dragging her over to Kurt. Mute was in his 'nest', surely listening.
"If you can control your powers of influence over people, how do we know you still have to lie?" Castriel demanded. She felt a little guilty since he had helped earlier, but she had to know.
Castriel breathed out, trying to calm herself down. Elise looked slightly confused, "So we can't," she explained to Castriel.
"Oh, I know," Castriel replied, "But I need to try to think of some way of testing this..." It wouldn't be any good to just ask him questions. He could lie on purpose, and they could think it was still a part of the curse. She needed to think of another way...
Suddenly Castriel snapped her fingers. She got it. In the potion book she'd been reading earlier, there was one for a truth-teller. It was a small orb, that glowed certain colours depending on whether or not it could 'hear' the truth. She raced to her 'room' to get it, leaving Elise and Kurt looking confused. Mute came down and checked they were still going the right way, then joined the other two.
Castriel grabbed the book, flipping through to find the right potion as she climbed back on desk. She set it on the railing leading below decks, so the others could see.
"There," she said, pointing. The others looked at it briefly. Elise grinned, Mute was hard to read, and Kurt looked a little hurt.
"It's not that I don't trust you," Castriel tried to explain, "It's just..."
"She doesn't trust you," Elise interjected point-blank. Castriel didn't say anything. There was no point in arguing. As helpful as Kurt had been, they couldn't take chances.
"Ok, the ingredient list looks fairly simple, most we should have already," Castriel said, scanning down the list. "Hmmm, on second thought, I think we're going to have to go on land for some of these..."
"What?" Elise turned to her quickly, "But that will waste time! We have to get to the siren as soon as possible!"
"Well, do you happen to have a fresh kajabai berry?" Castriel asked calmly, "Or a fresque root?"
Elise shook her head, glowering slightly. "Fine, we'll head towards land and dock for a few hours. That's it."
Castriel smiled, "Thank you." She took her book and went back to her 'room'. A few hours was all she'd need. That was enough time to find the ingredients, and get some more energy into her staff. Excellent.
OOC: ilovenintendo: I posted ^^
Are you, are you coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.
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Feb 12, 11 at 10:46pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
"Kimi!" I snapped angerly, "Why didn't you tell me he was going to do that?!"
Kimi looked down at her brother who was lying on a mat and shrugged easily. I knelt by Kuri and felt his forehead; he ws burning up. I took a deep breath and ran outside where Svetlana was telling my brother about the elf village. I quickly grabbed a large leaf from a nearby tree. Then I hurried back to the tent a easily changed the leaf into a washcloth with I dampened with water and placed on Kuri's forehead in hopes of curing his temperature.
"I could have turned something into a tent for us without wasting any energy," I frowned at Kimi. She sniffed before answering me.
"This was easier," She began," And there is nothing that you could have turned." She had a point there, but of course I wouldn't admit that. She stomped out to sit with Lana and Cole. I ran my fingers through my hair, sperating the strands that were sticking together with sweat. After what seemed like forever, Kuri opened his eyes. I sighed with relief and leaned back, before propping him up againest the tent wall.
"You're finally up," I smiled at him, noticing how seeing him okay took away my anger and worries.
"Yeah," Was all he said. I glanced up from my hands to see him staring intently at me. Slowly, I brushed a strand of loose hair from his face.
"Do you feel well enough to go outside?" I asked him, breaking the comfortable silence. He nodded, and I helped him up, and we walked over to were the others were sitting. They glanced up as we came over, but I didn't miss the stormy frown that was soon plastered on Colten's face. I sat next to Kimi and mouthed, 'sorry', to her. She nodded in return, obviously as glad as I was that we weren't arguing any more.
"So," I turned to the rest of the group, "Anyone know were to find snowdrop lilies?"
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Feb 14, 11 at 7:15pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
Little Miss Know-It-All. Snowdrop Lilies.... Ha! I'll bet there isn't even such thing! I wouldn't have even forgiven her if it wasn't for Kuri. Why did she have to worry about him? He was my twin! My brother! My trouble! Mine! So why was she acting up like he was her boyfriend?!?!?! They weren't together! She didn't deserve to be with my brother! We had only known her for, like, a day! Grrrrrrrr...
I missed everything they said. I was unaware of the bee that stung my arm. I didn't pay attention when Kuri sat next to me. I turned my head away. If he was so interested in her, then make a move! Good God! Don't just sit there! Charge! Go find some lion and shred it to pieces, I don't care! Good-Bye! GET OUT OF MY FACE KURI HART!
There were too many things in my head. I turned to my twin. "Too many thoughts," I said. He finished the quote, "Too little time." I looked in his eyes and said, "Do you remember when Dad and Mom would finish that quote together?" His eyes clouded over. I knew that he loved Dad. "Yeah," He mumbled quietly. "Snowdrop lilies?" Kuri said so that everyone could hear, "Well, if they have the word snow in them, then snow is where we should go!" It sounded logical enough to me. But then again, I didn't even know there was such thing as a snowdrop lily. Hmph. Little Miss Know-It-All.
Okay. Snowdrop Lily. Let's do this!
“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
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Feb 28, 11 at 2:48pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
Hope I'm not to late
Name: Sophia Vanhecklburg
Age: 18 and has been that age for almost 200years
Birthday: 28th December
Personality: Weird,random,annoying,talkative,loner, anger problems, crazy (literally) and sarcastic
History: Her mother and father were faires, but when vampires over-run the town, they killed her parents, but not before she had been bitten.Has lived by herself in a little cottage because she finds it calming
Power: Magic! Mainly elemental, strong in fire
Other: HAs had no friends since she was changed
Darlin' by Avril Lavigne
Better then Revenge by Taylor Swift
Quite short and unnaturally skinny
there's always a lighthouse,
there's always a man,
there's always a city
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Mar 5, 11 at 11:48pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
Hello, everyone!! Did some major re-vamping of the first three posts. Might wanna check'em out? n_n
Things I changed were:
-added 'Chapter Two'
-beccyorange28 is officially one of us! Welcome to the role-play~! =D
-updated 'Hall of Fame'
-cleared out inactive list and added to it
I'll be posting now. Sooo sorry for the delay, Crystal Rain. x.x
I had to do some decision making but I still wanted things to be spontaneous. If there's any problem concerning god-modding or the like, pleeeeease let me know. I'll be more than happy to re-write this if you're not satisfied. n_n
Great. Just great.
I tapped the railing with my fingers impatiently. At least we were in the North Sea. In fact, we were directly over the Kingdom of Clubs. According to Mute's calculations, I had to assume that we would find a cove where sirens liked to sleep by sunset. I didn't like the thought of seeing a siren in the dark, but I didn't have much of a choice. If I wanted to find the Mad Hatter, I needed this potion. I wonder... What's the next ingredient?
I glanced indiscreetly at the deck. Kurt was leaning against the mast, sitting on the floor, examining his newly acquired bow and arrows. I didn't like him having a long range weapon but if he was going to cooperate, I couldn't really ask much more of him.
I looked out over the tiny peasant harbor. It was a nice town, I suppose, but a little quiet for my tastes. That's how the whole Kingdom of Clubs felt to me. Northerners. Psh.
People busied themselves trading fish and supplies to travelers like us. Castriel and Mute were somewhere in that crowd down there, getting ingredients for Castriel's staff thing or whatever. I didn't get it because it was magic stuff. Not really into that mumbo jumbo. I thought of the strange draining feeling of the black chains crawling their way around me and I shuddered.
I rubbed my arms and started to pace back and forth. Where were they? Why were they taking so long? I told her three hours tops. It's probably way past that. What's keeping them?
I glared down the stairs at Kurt who wasn't even facing me. He started to sharpen one of the duller arrowheads.
"No. What time is it?" I snapped.
"You're a smart one--asking me a question when all I can do is tell you the truth." Kurt rolled his eyes.
I let out a huff and continued to pace. The wind was rather chilly here unlike the tropical breezes that I was used to down south. This wind was bitter, cold, and penetrating.
"Where are you going?" Kurt looked up as I opened the door to my cabin.
"I'm getting my winter clothes on. If you so much as move an inch--the deal is off and I'm tying you to the mast again."
"Whatever you say." He stated with a shrug.
I slammed the door and quickly riffled through the chest and drawers. I pulled out my heavy coat and let my hair down. I pulled up the hood so my head wouldn't freeze and yanked on some high, wool boots, tossing my summery leather ones aside. I pulled on some brown matching gloves and walked out back on deck.
Kurt let out a laugh.
"You like the color brown?"
I glared. "At least I'll be warm. Freeze to death for all I care. It snows up here and sometimes there's ice over the waters. And don't be surprised if I randomly decide to toss you overboard."
Kurt chuckled and shook his head. He stood, setting down his weapons and looked around. "Where can I find something warm?"
"I don't know." I smugly crossed my arms.
Kurt walked up to me but I wasn't going to back down. I stood my ground and kept up my glare although he got way too close for comfort.
"You know... I might let you kiss me again if you tell me where I can find some warm clothes."
I grit my teeth and threw my fist at him faster than even I could blink. I caught him on the jaw and sent him a few steps backwards. He rubbed his chin but couldn't stop laughing at me. I turned and walked into my cabin. I dug around and found some of my father's clothes. I kept the nicer stuff in the bottom where no one would touch it and left out some warm clothes for Mute and found some of my own things Castriel might be interested in. I dug deeper and found one of my father's old, smelly cloaks. It was very thick. It would work.
"You are such a dickhead..." I muttered and threw him the cloak as I passed by.
Kurt wiped his eyes from laughing so much and I rolled mine as I went back to the railing to look down the side. To my relief, Castriel and Mute were briskly walking towards the ship with plenty of cargo.
"Make yourself useful and help them carry that stuff up." I pointed.
It was useless. Kurt was still chuckling to himself, glad he got to me or making fun of my punch that probably didn't even hurt. I stormed past him and went below deck. Down, down, down until I made it to the level where the board was laid out. I got there the same time Castriel and Mute started to walk up it.
"Find what you need?" I asked a little sourly.
"Took you long enough..." I mumbled, dragging the board in after then and shutting the hatch.
"Actually, we're a little early. We were only gone for about two hours." Castriel shrugged and set down some of the supply.
"Yeah, yeah, okay, okay." I waved it off.
Mute gave her a helpless shrug as if to tell her I'm just an impatient person and I'd never be happy. The three of us climbed back up the levels of The Captor and arrived back up on deck. Kurt was luckily still in place and in control of his laughter. He was back to sitting down by the mast and sharpening his arrows.
Castriel rubbed her arms and looked around. "It's getting colder."
"Interested in something warmer?" I asked.
The four of us warmly dressed and ready to go after our quick stop, we set sail once again under the guidance of Mute's instruction. He seemed to know his way around the Kingdom of Clubs fairly well. Could this be where he came from?
The thought was pushed from my mind as I focused on the landscape around us. The cliffs became rockier and higher as the green hills of the north just seemed to be sliced off halfway up and turn into ocean. I soon had Mute steering the ship as I stood on the bow, looking down and telling him if there was a dangerous rock ahead or shallow water. The fog increased and sailing through here became increasingly dangerous.
I turned around and saw Castriel standing behind me. She walked up when I didn't say anything and took a spot looking out at the sea next to me. I kept my vigilant watch on the rocks below as best as I could.
"Ahem..." She coughed, clearing her throat. "Shouldn't we get below deck?"
"Hm?" I asked nonchalantly. I then called loudly back so Mute would hear: "High rock coming up on the port side! Move towards the land!"
The ship swiveled as Mute change course.
"Why would we go below deck?"
"Well... If we're looking for a siren, then they'd want to attack a ship with men on a it."
"True." I nodded.
"Wouldn't we be a turn off for any approaching siren? Do you have a plan to get a hair or are you just going to wing it?" Castriel asked a little more seriously.
I shrugged. "Dunno quite yet. I agree that we should remain out of sight--at first. If we put the boys in charge, they'd steer the ship right into the rocks and kill us all. No... You have a point though... I think we're going to have to kill her though."
"Yeah. How else will we get her hair? Ask politely?" I smirked. Another cold wind hit us and cleared the fog a bit. "Starboard, Mute! Land's too close!" I shouted.
The Captor shifted. The waves were getting rockier.
"I'm not so sure... It's not so easy to simply kill a siren. They're mostly made of water besides, so you can't shoot her."
"Like the serpent?"
"Like the serpent." Castriel nodded.
"Hm... Interesting. Thanks for telling me. Keep to port, Mute!"
"So what are you going to do? We need a plan. We can't just waltz in and--"
We noticed it at the same time. A light, airy song floated up through the mist. My eyes lit up. "We're getting close!" I whispered excitedly. I looked down at the rocks, searching for the source of the music. "Keep to port!" I reminded Mute quickly.
The song's volume increased. "It's coming from the right." Castriel whispered in concentration.
I nodded, agreeing with her. "Think there's more than one?"
"Most likely. It's never easy to tell."
I agreed with her again and looked out. "See if you can spot them. The only thing I know about sirens is that they like to sing from on top of the rocks. Draws the ships to them. Keep a look out."
A few moments later and the ship lazily slowed to a near halt.
"Mute! Port! Sleepin' on me? We're gonna hit land!" I complained over my shoulder. It struck Castriel and I at the same time. We whirled around and saw the captain's wheel was empty. No one was steering.
"Mute!" I called, running back, down the steps, up the second set up steps, and looked around the deck.
"Kurt! Mute!" Castriel quietly called down by the mast. "See them?"
"No! Not at all!" I gasped. "Where'd they go? There were here a second ago..."
I felt queasy inside and looked over the side. The waves were too rocky to be able to tell if anyone fell overboard. White crests smashed against the ship, rocking us steadily back and forth.
Pacing back and forth in secret panic, I bit at the tips of my gloves. Where could they go?! I just saw Mute not three seconds ago. He was still steering... They couldn't have gotten far. And the siren is still singing, so... she's still trying to bring the ship in. She doesn't have her prey yet.
"There!" Castriel called.
I followed her pointing arm to the sails above us. Surprised I didn't look up before... No wonder we came to a halt. Mute and Kurt were acting quickly, going back and forth along the ropes adjusting the sails.
"What are they trying to do?" I asked, coming down by Castriel and looking up with her.
"It looks like they're trying to turn around..." Castriel observed.
"You're right." I nodded. "So we must've passed her up... Should we just let them take over then?"
"I suppose so..." She reasoned. "But we should keep a steady watch on them. Be ready to stop them if things go too far."
I nodded. "Let's go hide behind those barrels."
The two of us moved the barrels aside and scrunched behind them, watching the guys working like acrobats above us.
They stopped quite suddenly. It was creepy to see them act this way--like they were zombies. The slowly climbed down and Mute took up the wheel again as Kurt waited for the sails to do their job. They eventually traded off as the ship went back into motion. Mute flew around everywhere at once, speeding us up rapidly while Kurt steered the way to our doom, all the while the siren's high, bell-like voice carried through the air.
Castriel and I held our breath. I put my hand against the deck, almost rubbing it comfortingly. "Sh... Slow down."
It obeyed me as best it could, but the weather and situation the boys put us into made it impossible to slow down very much. I looked to Castriel and she nodded, knowing that it was probably time. We emerged from our little hiding place and walked slowly out on deck.
To my surprise, Mute landed directly in front of me. I let out a little yelp of surprise. I thought he was just a mindless zombie who was bent on crashing the boat. I wasn't expecting him to approach us.
"Mute? You okay?" I asked meekly, not wanting to hurt a friend.
"Back up a little, Elise..." Castriel warned.
Mute's eyes were glazed over and more vacant than usual. I ignored Castriel's warning and stepped to the side, trying to pass by him to get to the captain's wheel.
With one fluid movement, Mute pulled out his twin daggers and held them defensively. I glared and pulled out my sword.
I stepped to the side again, but this time I had to block a blow from one of his daggers. I didn't have time for this.
I gave one desperate look to Castriel. It was good that we weren't affected by this music... Never been happier to be a girl, in fact. In the time it took to give Castriel a questioning look, Mute swung at me again.
I dodged him because of Castriel's warning gasp. I ducked down and tried to trip him. Mute dodged me and struck again. I rolled out of the way and shouted to Castriel: "Get to the wheel! I'll deal with him!"
She nodded and passed us up. Mute made a move to stop her, but I grabbed his leg, making him crash to the deck.
He kicked me in the face with his boot right in the mouth. I twisted his ankle and rolled again. I stood up slowly, wiping the blood from my lip.
"Look... I don't want to fight you, Mute..." I breathed darkly. Mute jumped back to his feet and started to swipe at me rapidly. I dodged, left, right, left, right and fell back against the wall. Mute lifted his leg and swung it around to kick me in the head, but I blocked him with my forearm and swung my sword at him. He easily wrapped his daggers around my sword and disarmed me, throwing the sword aside. Geez, he’s good. Hope Castriel’s fairing well with Kurt.
I managed a glance up at the ship’s wheel and saw Kurt with his bow and arrows, letting them go all around him as Castriel dodged them or blew them aside with her magic. Damn those stupid arrows.
The siren’s song grew louder and Mute made a jab at my face. I ducked again and started to make a mad run for it across the deck. I was halfway up the stairs when Mute, who ran along the railing, headed me off and guarded the stairs with his daggers. I whipped out one of my pistols and quickly shot.
Even though I just shot his dagger, flinging it up past him and badly wrenching his hand, he didn’t seem fazed at all. Without really taking notice, he gripped both sides—the wall and the railing—and lifted himself up, kicking me with both legs in the chest. I fell back against the deck with a cry and breathed hard. I coughed, the wind knocked out of me, and tried to quickly regain my composure before he came back.
The entire ship suddenly jerked then. The port side scraped loudly against a rock formation. It would be a miracle if that didn’t leave a hole…
“You broke my ship!” I screeched at Mute who was standing over me. I gave him a swift kick in the groin and slid away. I hurried up the stairs and dived for the wheel. Ocean spray sifted up from the increasing strength in the waves. It was lucky that Castriel was keeping Kurt occupied.
I turned the wheel, gritting my teeth, with all my might. “Turn… right…” I muttered. The wheel aided me in my struggle and the ship glided on its starboard side towards the open sea.
Just as I thought we weren’t going to die, the waves grew so high—impossibly high.
“The siren, Elise!” Castriel shouted over the noise.
Riding the waves were sirens. A siren to each wave crest. Each girl sang another note, adding to their eerie song. The music being so close—was driving the boys nuts. Kurt attacked with new found energy at Castriel and Mute suddenly appeared next to me by the wheel.
“You wanna go left?! Fine! We’re goin’ left!” I hissed and let go of the wheel. The wheel spun rapidly and smacked Mute hard. He hit the floor, apparently knocked out for the moment.
“Phew… Good…” I sighed and took the wheel again to stop us spinning around so rapidly. Because I suddenly let go, Kurt and Castriel were knocked over in the process. Castriel’s staff rolled out of her reach. I saw her trying to quickly crawl to it, but Kurt grabbed her foot. Thinking I would have to go save her, Castriel surprised me by giving him a swift kick, sending Kurt reeling backwards. Nice. That girl’s got game! Glad she’s on the team.
Finding new fervor from Kurt’s butt whooping, I spun the ship back around to the right. A blinding light came from behind me and I dared to look again at Castriel. Dark chains were unraveling from her staff and surrounding Kurt. Her eyes glowed and she looked almighty in her fury. Note to self—NEVER tick her off again… Glad she’s been holding back on me.
Seeing that they were losing, the sirens started to claw at the sides of my ship. For supposedly being gorgeous, I thought they looked like hideous bird creatures mixed with a human skeleton. Must be their voices that make them beautiful in the men’s hazy eyes. Creepy.
This was my chance, now or never. “Hold this!” I ordered of Mute even though he couldn’t hear a word I was saying. I grabbed his broken dagger that was lying idly by and shoved the hilt into the ship’s wheel, temporarily holding it so it wouldn’t spin around wildly. I then took the dagger of his that was intact and pocketed it.
I ran down the deck and tied a rope around my waist. Castriel had finished with Kurt and looked mostly normal except for her tossled hair and clothes from the struggle. “What are you doing?”
“Going fishing!” I explained shortly, tying the knot firmly. “Make sure this rope comes back with me, ‘kay?”
Without waiting for a reply, I ran up to the railing and pitched myself over the side. I splashed into the concrete feeling waters that were colder than ice. It was like it touched my very bones. I opened my eyes, burning in the salty waters and swam for the surface. The rope that was keeping me to the ship was also dragging me along at an alarming rate to keep up with the speed of the boat.
I broke through the surface and gasped, gagging out the foul tasting ocean. The air felt warm somehow compared to the water. I looked around me, desperately trying to find what I was looking for.
True to their greedy nature, when the sirens spotted me dangling from a thread, they thought instant meal like I was fish bait. I pulled out the dagger and flashed it threateningly, barely able to see their watery forms as a few of them surrounded me. I felt it before I saw it. Sharp, pointed teeth dug hard into my ankle and then my elbow. The one at my elbow was blown off by another and soon replaced as blood started to seep out of the wound. I would be lucky if sharks didn’t come, attracted by the smell.
The siren at my ankle underneath the water was still there, gnawing off my flesh. Taking a deep breath, I dived under and opened my eyes. Through my tears of pain and the salt water, I could see her flowing hair. I snatched it, glad that it was tangible and not water, and sliced the dagger across her scalp. I could hear her scream, even under the water as I lifted a handful of her hair and she let go of my ankle. I surfaced again and coughed.
Castriel could see what was in my hand and I felt the rope tighten around my waist as she heaved me up. Blood dripping from my elbow and especially ankle, I mumbled to the rope: “Lift me up to the deck.” To help her out.
I was transported quickly after that and laid down flat on my back against the damp wood. Castriel hung over my head and I continued to cling to the siren’s hair in my hand.
“I got it…!” I announced with a smile.
Castriel scolded me for my rash behavior, but couldn’t waste time. She left for awhile and I closed my eyes to rest.
When I opened my eyes, the waters had stopped rocking The Captor so fiercely. I must’ve been out for ten minutes or so.
I sat up, a sting of pain shooting up my arm. I didn’t bother to even look at my ankle. I didn’t need to get sick, too. I looked around and saw Castriel bravely steering the ship out in the open sea. She escaped the rocks by herself.
A shadow loomed over me and I was immediately on the defensive. I wielded Mute’s dagger and swiped at their leg a few times foolishly out of reach.
“Calm down.” Kurt’s voice ordered. “Get the hair?”
“Without help from you!” I barked, trying to stand. Kurt helped me to my feet but refused to let me walk on my own. I limped up the steps to Castriel and saw Mute sitting against the railing in a very unlike-Mute manner. Normally he’s perched precariously somewhere, but now he was just propped carelessly against the rail. Like a normal person or something. It was weird.
Upon seeing me, Mute jumped up. He helped Kurt walk me over and sit down in a chair next to the captain’s wheel.
“Thank you.” I said to Castriel, without looking at her.
“No problem.” She nodded without looking at me.
“You look like hell.” I couldn’t help but smirk up at her.
“Likewise.” She smiled down at me. Perhaps we’ll be on friendlier terms now. Sometimes people need that kind of situation to bring them together. Like our friends betraying us and fighting off a group of sirens while trying to steer a large ship through the rocks and waves; all at the same time. Yeah…
“Your ankle looks bad.” She commented.
I didn’t bother looking at it. “Yeah. That happens. How’s your wrist, Mute?” I called back over my shoulder.
Mute looked ashamed and hid his left hand behind his back and looked down at the deck. Kurt looked very confused and ruffled. Probably not used to being brainwashed, I guess.
“Do you guys remember anything?” I asked.
“Everything.” Kurt shrugged.
“I hate sirens.” I announced to no one in particular, finally having a look at my foot. It wasn’t as bad as I imagined it to be or the pain led me on to believe. I could see a bunch of teeth marks. It just looked like a dog bit me a few times. No biggie.
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Mar 6, 11 at 11:09pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
These days I have a combination laziness and writers block.
I just can't put my fingers to the keys and type.
I'm getting better though.
I took my mom's advice laid down in the middle of a door way.
It works better than I though it would.
Well, here is my post finally!
Sorry for taking forever.
After a long trek through the forest we finally found our way out and stumbled on a town.
"The sign says Willowheart." I read the sign on the trail heading for town.
"Sounds good to me!" Tiffany smiled
"It's good to see civilization again." Alicia agreed.
Alicia and Tiffany ran ahead of me and Ben.
We followed the trail with a steady pace. We weren't all for running at this point.
"Feeling better?" I asked him.
"Yeah, I guess." He mumbled.
"Traveling can take its toll. You're not to blame for being tired." I reassured him.
All that aside, something is bothering him. Eating at him even.
It's to bad he won't talk about it. I wish I could help him a little more.
"Fayette, hurry up! You too, Ben!" Tiffany called from down the trail.
"Let's catch up." I laughed.
We made it into to town. It was a cute little village with lots of people.
We went to a building called the "Despina Inn". Inside a jolly plump woman showed us to our rooms.
"We're not going to both fit on this bed." I looked at the bed and then down at Ben.
"You have a point." He agreed.
The bed was very small. It would only fit one person, not one person and a full grown Doberman.
"Alright, I have an Idea." I went over to the bed and took one of the blankets off it.
I went over to the big arm chair and made a bed with the blanket.
"How is that?" I stepped aside.
He jumped on to the chair and sat down.
"This is awesome! Do you make these kind of make shift beds often?" He asked.
"Actully when I was little I would make my self a bed on the chairs in my living room. Especially during the winter when my mom put on a fire. The next morning I would always end up in my bed. I know now that my mom carried me up stairs but I used to think that my guardian angel would carry me." I laughed as I told the story.We sat there quietly for a second.
Fayete you have to ask him what's wrong that's the only way you can help him.
"I was wonder what's-"
"Food time!" Tiffany burst in.
I was this close, this close to asking him.
Tifany sometimes I just want to hit you, your timing is so bad.
Down stairs there was tables set up for guests. When we sat down the Inn was empty except for the bartender, a man sitting at the bar, and the woman we met before.
"So what would you like?" I woman came over to us.
"Anything that isn't a turkey sandwich." Alicia moaned.
"Ditto for me." Tiffany nodded.
""How about my famous beef stew." The woman chuckled.
"That sounds great!" I cheered.
The woman walked away. After that a young man came rushing in to the Inn.
"Mom, Mom!" Shouted to the woman.
"What is it now, Patrick." The woman turned to her son and huffed.
"The say that Three of the queen's knights will be riding through these parts." He burst.
"Is this true?" The woman's jaw dropped.
"The constable just told me while I was in town square." The Boy nodded.
"This is great news!" The woman cheered.
"Why are the knights so important?" I asked the woman.
"You see, the queen's knights are the greatest warriors in the land. It's odd for them to come so far from the capital unless they are on a mission or they have business with the elves." The woman explained.
"They should arrive tomorrow morning." Patrick added.
"Well, I should clean up some rooms and get started on the stew." The woman went off.
"You guys are travelers right?" Patrick pulled up a chair.
"Yup, we're heading to the capital." Tiffany smiled.
"That place is really tense right now. Ever since the northern front was broken, The high court has been trying to keep things under control. You know what I hear there have been riots in the northern counties. They want to end the monarchy." Patrick said in a hushed tone.
"That's crazy. The monarchs are the only thing keeping this land in check." Alicia gasped.
"That's what the capital says. I think the knights are being sent out to make sure no more riots break out." Patrick concluded.
"Makes sense to me." I shrugged.
"Hey, why is your dog sitting at the table?" Patrick noticed Ben who had his own seat.
How do we explain this one. I don't think saying he can talk would be the best idea.
"I believe dogs deserve a seat to." I blurted out.
Fayette you such and idiot. Who's ever going to buy that!
"Oh, OK." Patrick brushed it off.
Wow it worked. It's either I'm smarter then I thought or this guy is dumber then he looks.
The woman came back with our stew and Patrick ate with us. After we ate, Patrick offered to show us around town. He told us that this is one of the oldest towns in wonderland. One of the things that caught my eye was the statue at the center of town. It was of a woman and a man standing back to back. The woman was in old world clothing and a cloak with a hood on her head. She was praying and looked so sad. The man was dressed in old world clothing as well. He was blind folded and his hands were bound behind him. It was a strange statue.
It started to get dark when we got back to the Inn. Everyone went up to bed but me.
"Excuse me." I found the woman sitting at one of the tables by candle light.
"Can I help you, Hon?" The woman looked up and smiled.
"I have a question about that statue at the center of town." I sat down in the chair across from her.
"Ah, the old legend is it." I woman said knowingly.
"You know about it?" I leaned in.
"Yes, The story starts back before the time of the Kingdoms, when wonderland was merely small broken groups. This town was called Goldford. In this town lived a young Woman named Caterina. Her lover was a young man who lived on the other side of town. His name was Robert. Caterina was the only person who trusted Robert because the whole town thought he was cursed. One night the towns people gathered at his door in an angry mob. They captured him and brought him the gallows. He was blind folded because they thought that they would be cursed if they looked in his eyes. He was found guilty of Blasphemy and was hung for the whole town to see. Caterina was also in the crowd but couldn't do anything. When he was dead they took his body away and buried it in a swallow grave outside of town. Caterina when to the grave prayed to bring him back. Then a beautiful voice spoke to her , it said Child do not weep. Caterina looked up to find a beautiful woman. She had ice blue eyes, bleach blonde hair, and she was dressed in a long white gown. Caterina begged the woman to bring her lover back. The woman said that she could not bring him back but she could bring them together again. Caterina begged the woman to do so. Then Robert's spirit rose from the grave and took Caterina's hands. The woman then turned the two into a grand willow tree. That legend is what gives the town it's name today." The woman finished her story.
I sat and thought it over before speaking.
The magic woman in the story is very similar to the woman in my memories.
Could they be the same person.
"Can you take me to this tree?" I said leaving my thoughts.
"Of course, in the morning." the woman agreed
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Mar 7, 11 at 2:01am ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
Added another couple maps! n_n
Just more help with Chapter Two on the first page.
Aw! That's so cute, Hannah!!
Wish I could hear about that story more indepth. Sounds so tragic! <3
At first though, I thought that Robert would drag her down when he rose up as a spirit. xD
Heh, I was freaking out about it when he grabbed her hands, but don't worry, the next sentence put me back at ease. x3
The idiot Patrick
Honestly, the only reason I tagged along was to see if Patrick would mention the riots again. They greatly interested me. If there was going to be war, I wanted to choose my side wisely. Don't wanna get stuck with the losing team...
And besides. If there was war, I wanted to fight. However I possibly could.
But sadly the oaf didn't bring up the subject in public and I couldn't voice to the girls my curiosity so they could ask. Besides, I didn't think I wanted them to know.
As the girls came across a peculiar statue, one that Fayette seemed caught on, I watched from a distance and wondered when I was going to leave them. I didn't necessarily say that I would stick around forever, did I? And being a house pet for life didn't seem like my style. But I just couldn't walk out, could I? Where am I headed anyway? These girls give me food... Perhaps I should stick around until I find another source.
But I'd hate to do that. Good-byes are much too overrated. Perhaps I could just slip off in the middle of the night? But I had to admit--this girl Fayette's predicament intrigued me. There was something underhanded about it all that I couldn't quite put my paw on...
Her past must be rather dark. Or sad. She's constantly squirming around in her sleep telling me that she's having nightmares. She doesn't look like a person who'd be stressed out. Perhaps she's a better actress than I thought.
It was time to move on and we all headed back to the Despina Inn for bed--we had been out all day with our lamely flirty tour guide and it was now quite dark outside. Everyone had a quick supper and turned in for the night.
"Yeah, see ya tomorrow!" Tiffany and Alicia waved as they went into their rooms.
I gave them a nod to let them know I understood but still didn't say anything. People tend to pop up behind you when you make slip ups like that.
I turned to go into Fayette's room, but the door was shut. I pushed at the door and gnawed at the knob, but it wouldn't budge. It wasn't locked, but I didn't have apposable thumbs... Curse this...
Feeling stupid and helpless, I turned around and went back down to the dining hall. Since Fayette never came up, she was probably still eating supper or something.
When I walked in, my ears perked up to hear a woman's voice. It was the inn owner's wife. I peered around the corner into the dimly lit room and saw she was talking avidly to Fayette. I inclined my head and listened harder. Something about Catarina and Robert...? Who're they?
I heard half of the story and pieced it together on my own. Perhaps the statue that she took an interest in earlier today? Most likely.
"Can you take me to this tree?" She asked politely.
"Of course. In the morning." The woman smiled and wiped the table clean, leaving Fayette alone.
She stood and I sat patiently. I wasn't going to hide the fact that I was eavesdropping. Fayette caught sight of me, surprised, and then looked behind her shoulder. The woman was still in earshot.
"Hey, boy! Let's go to bed. It's late, huh?" She cooed at me like I was stupid and scratched my head. I held my tongue out dumbly and merrily followed her up the stairs. As she turned the knob to her room, I looked back and decided the ruse wasn't needed anymore.
"I think that was the happiest I've ever seen you." Fayette teased with a smirk.
I pulled my ears back and slipped into the room as she shut the door.
"So what's that about?" I asked, jumping onto the chair and turning to face her.
"The statue. What's so interesting about it?" I sat down and waited.
"Oh... you know."
"No I don't."
"Shut your eyes." She warned and pulled out her pajamas. I laid down and covered my eyes with my paws obediently but kept talking all the same.
"Too personal?" I ventured.
"Nah..." Fayette lied.
"Can't tell me? Illegal?"
"You know, I think that rumor is true... Talking animals can never shut up."
I shrugged it off with a smile and continued to cover my eyes. "Why won't you tell me?"
"I think I deserve a few answers from you first." She suggested.
There was a small pause. "What's bothering you?"
I sighed. There was another long silence. The only sound was Fayette's clothes ruffling around as she put things away and changed.
I sighed again. "It's really not anything--"
"Can't you just make it simple and spit it out?"
"Fine. I... keep thinking about how I turned into a dog."
"Oh..." She mumbled. "Having nightmares?"
This is so humiliating. "Perhaps. It's none of your concern."
It was quiet and I felt a presence in front of me, so I uncovered my eyes. Fayette was kneeling in front of the low chair in her pajamas, all ready for bed.
"Well, you seem awfully concerned about my problems." She pointed out.
"Your problems are... intriguing. I'm not the one getting random notes and passing out and having vivid dreams."
"No, you're the one who's all bottled up inside and doesn't sleep at night. Because you're afraid."
"I'm not afraid." I snapped. "Just... hurt."
She gave me a pitied expression and gave my head a pat. "Wish I could help."
"Know any magic to change me back?"
"Then you can't do anything." I shrugged.
"I really am sorry." Fayette apologized and snuggled into bed. "If I had magical powers, I promise, I would turn you into whatever you wanted to be."
I smiled. "Simply human would suffice."
"Alright, 'simply human'. Good night."
"Night." I curled up.
Fayette blew the candle out and we went to sleep.
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Mar 8, 11 at 2:08am ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
Name: Alaina Jayne Tucker
Race: Unknown… Let’s just say a human with huge wings? xD
Birthday: April 1st
Kingdom: Mainly Spades, but she moves around a lot.
Personality: outgoing, sweet, bubbly, smart
History: Alaina grew up with her older ‘brother’, William. They have no place to exactly call home, so they move around a lot, but they usually stay in the Kingdom of Spades. She can’t remember who her parents are, or if she had any at all. All she knows is that she’s been with her brother forever, and she’s not even sure if he’s her real brother. He took care of her and taught her about things, so what is was there to call him? When the two of them go out in public, they usually disguise themselves by folding their wings like a bird would. The wings are still visible, but out of the way. She and her brother hope to finally find a place to settle someday.
Power: She has wings, so she can fly, and she has strength. She has two times the strength of a normal human being.
Other: Alaina’s main fear is losing William. She’s not so good at flying, but she can improve.
Alaina is tall and thin. She has dull blonde hair that usually keeps down, and every now and then she will put a navy blue hat in it when she’s in public to blend in with the rest of the crowd. She has pale skin and amber eyes. She has big black wings with beige speckles on the back of them.
Name: William Richard Tucker
Nickname: Some call him Will, otherwise William is fine.
Race: Same as Alaina, a human with wings.
Birthday: March 19th
Kingdom: Spades, but he moves around a lot.
Personality: sarcastic, quiet, kind, protective, wise, strong
History: Unlike Alaina, William can remember his past a little bit better. The only thing he can’t remember is his parents. Who they were and why they left or how they died remains a mystery to him. He grew up with his older sister, Jocelyn, who was only three years older than him. The two of them were very mature for their ages. One day, when William was six and Jocelyn was nine, they were looking through the Deep Caves to find shelter for the night when a baby, who would soon become Alaina Jayne Tucker, who couldn’t have been anymore than a year old sitting there by herself. Jocelyn picked up Alaina to realize she was like them, with wings on her back. Surprised and feeling bad for the baby, Jocelyn decided it’d only be right to take care of the baby. And that’s what they did. Well, four years later, when Jocelyn went to get something for them to eat, she left William in charge with Alaina. She never came back, which affected him a lot. William had all hope that someday she would find them and come back, but he’s beginning to lose hope in everything.
Power: Like Alaina, he can fly, but he is much better than her. He has strength like her.
Spoiler:WilliamWilliam is thin and tall, like Alaina. He has light brown hair and very dark brown eyes that almost make them look like they’re black. He has pale skin, and his wings are white with streaks of black and gray.
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Mar 12, 11 at 3:19pm ^re: ::♫:: We Are Wonderland ::♫:: -Not Accepting Until Further Notice-M-No PM-
Can someone put Sophia in a post please? I also edited a little bit of her personality
there's always a lighthouse,
there's always a man,
there's always a city
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