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[Center [Font "Rockwell" [#962dc8 "It doesn't matter if you're a King or a Queen we all fear the monsters living within in, especially the demons living under our bed."]]]

[Center [Font "Rockwell" [i [s Once upon a time] pfft what a terrible way to start a story, this tale begins with a girl, her nightmareish life and the monster that lived under her bed that refused to let her fall and break anymore. Oh how it hated the people and forces around her who saw her as a mistake. This is the tale of a creature so abused and so scary that to some we would not think it existed; yet it does. Every person has a story, if you would be oh so inclined to listen.]

[Center [Font "Rockwell" But there is one thing you mustn't do. [u Reach under the bed.]]]

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[i "Those damn maesters turned him into something he's not. You should ask about that and the royal court. He'll be able to tell you so much."] Lilith was then led and sat by Gideon in the room by the fireplace. She watched the ghostly mother fade into the wall. [#c1e6b2 "You look beautiful in your dress, thanks for helping ma."] Lilith blushed at the compliment looking down at her lap, barely noticing as Moo left. 


[#c1e6b2 "Suppose you are curious; as to what we were going on about whilst you were in the kitchen. I received a letter from the Royal court, but Moo threw the letter into the fire before I could say anything. I am glad we are here but at the same time our three moons have started and I am terrified at the thought of losing you."] She looked up at him, noticing his worry before he took her hand. Then to her surprise he had a third eye open up. 


[i [b [#c1e6b2 Once upon a time, before I came to you. There was a grand war that caused a lot of hurt, and a lot of pain. The humans found out and so they realised that whilst we were hard to kill we were not impossible to kill; so they started to manipulate us through children. Eventually the war was over and those who were left living who had been on the losing side became cursed with our ghastly forms. The children who assisted the humans... in manipulating us were adults by then - we found out about the betrayal which is why the whole thing of eating you and scaring you became a thing... there was other things too; some of us like me didn't want to believe that a human child was capable of such a terrible thing; so those in charge known as the Maesters said that if we were outcast from our world and sent to yours... that if we found a child of good heart with no ill towards us, then perhaps we would be able to return to this land and bring the child with us as a token of peace.]]] After getting over her shock Lilith listened intently. 


[i [b [#c1e6b2 Hence the three moons. I have three moons to figure out why and how we've managed to return, You've done your part of the deal... now it's my turn and if I can't in the time I've been given you'll be sent back and you'll forget I'll have existed that this place... you will lose all that makes you human, your happiness and perhaps even worse if the Maesters get you. Your soul. I can only do so much to protect you and I will do my utmost best but if I lose you I don't know what I'll do... which is why in the time we have whilst I am trying to figure out why, I will have to teach you how to defend yourself. I realise that you must have been terrified before, and the magic might not have worked as it should have.]]]


Lilith looked up at him again as she noticed his eyes on her. She sighed, about to speak when Gideon did instead while hugging her. [#c1e6b2 "I am sorry I did not tell you sooner... I didn't know how but this is truth and it is why I am so scared that now that you are here the Maesters will come and get you. I promised you happiness and safety and I won't let them take you so that promise will be broken."] Her pale arms wrapped around him, holding him close, her head on his chest.  [+lightblue "Its ok Eon. I honestly don't think I can do magic, and if I can probably not much. But I know you'll figure it out, I'll help you. Then we will save Axel and get you back on your thrown,"] she smiled brightly while holding the bigger humanoid.
  Lilith (little monster) / Lynn8818 / 6d 15h 49m 16s
[i "Those damn maesters turned him into something he's not. You should ask about that and the royal court. He'll be able to tell you so much."] the ghostly woman supposed she had lost the interest of the child seeing as the other two individuals in the room had made a fuss over something. As she finished the last of the dishes she led Lilith into the room and sat the girl down. Gideon gave her a soft smile and the ghost smiled warmly back before fading into the walls; the house itself breathing out a sigh as she did so. [#c1e6b2 "You look beautiful in your dress, thanks for helping ma."] he moved his plate aside so that Lilith would have more of a chance to spread out. Moo on the other hand finished with her own food picked up her plate and left the dining area leaving beast and girl alone.

[#c1e6b2 "Suppose you are curious; as to what we were going on about whilst you were in the kitchen. I received a letter from the Royal court, but Moo threw the letter into the fire before I could say anything. I am glad we are here but at the same time our three moons have started and I am terrified at the thought of losing you."] he had dreaded ever having to tell her. He finished eating and took a sip of cold water before he began; he grasped her hand and opened his third eye allowing her to hear his thoughts.

[#279054 [i Once upon a time, before I came to you. There was a grand war that caused a lot of hurt, and a lot of pain. The humans found out and so they realised that whilst we were hard to kill we were not impossible to kill; so they started to manipulate us through children. Eventually the war was over and those who were left living who had been on the losing side became cursed with our ghastly forms. The children who assisted the humans... in manipulating us were adults by then - we found out about the betrayal which is why the whole thing of eating you and scaring you became a thing... there was other things too; some of us like me didn't want to believe that a human child was capable of such a terrible thing; so those in charge known as the Maesters said that if we were outcast from our world and sent to yours... that if we found a child of good heart with no ill towards us, then perhaps we would be able to return to this land and bring the child with us as a token of peace. ]]

He took a deep breath watching as vivid images of violence emerged, he kept his voice steady though as he continued on.

[#279054 [i Hence the three moons. I have three moons to figure out why and how we've managed to return, You've done your part of the deal... now it's my turn and if I can't in the time I've been given you'll be sent back and you'll forget I'll have existed that this place... you will lose all that makes you human, your happiness and perhaps even worse if the Maesters get you. Your soul. I can only do so much to protect you and I will do my upmost best but if I lose you I don't know what I'll do... which is why in the time we have whilst I am trying to figure out why, I will have to teach you how to defend yourself. I realise that you must have been terrified before, and the magic might not have worked as it should have.]]

He opened his eyes, to gauge her reaction, his third eye shut slowly almost like a curtain as to not completely stun Lilith; he wrapped his arms around her and shut his eyes. [#c1e6b2 "I am sorry I did not tell you sooner... I didn't know how but this is truth and it is why I am so scared that now that you are here the Maesters will come and get you. I promised you happiness and safety and I won't let them take you so that promise will be broken."]
  Gideon, Forest King. / BrokenScroll / 6d 6h 40m 31s
Lilith focused on helping Gideon's dead mother and didn't notice Gideon's gaze. She smiled up at the spectre as she heard her speak, [i "Tell me about yourself."] The girl thought for a moment. [+lightblue "I'm an outcast, that has been in many bad situations. But it could have been worse. Gideon came and made me feel happy, and excited instead of scared and empty."] As usual she spoke honestly without hesitation. 


[i "You should go eat before the food gets cold. Gotta fill you up, there's no lack of food here... both of you have been looking after this cottage for years... so if anything I feel like I am intruding."] Lilith shook her head as soon as the female finished before meeting her eyes with earnest light blue ones. [+lightblue "You're not intruding. You're giving us food and are visiting Gideon. Your amazing and beautiful,"] she said taking a scone and munching on it to make a point, but she paused and smiled at the new food.

[#c1e6b2  "What the hell did you do that for?"] The girl frowned slightly glancing at the two, suspicious looking monsters, she had known for years now. [+lightblue "Do what for?"] But they wouldn't actually tell her causing her to huff. [i "Tell me about the human world. I have never been, I passed long before they started sending our people there... in those ghastly cursed forms... I have paintings and pictures of Gideon's true form if you'd like to see it."] Lilith focused back on the female, not wanting to be rude, and put on her classic fake smile. Too curious about Gideon and Moo's doings to actually smile.

[+lightblue "I never got to see much of it actually. I don't mind Gideon's cursed form, he still cuddles well… He has shown me his true form, it's gorgeous. It was in dreams though, one day I wanna see the real thing. See those would be good though too."] She says before whispering to the spectre, [+lightblue "But I like this form best, he looks handsome,"] she beamed, genuinely smiling with a blush.
  Lilith (little monster) / Lynn8818 / 9d 12h 11m 26s
He turned his head at the sounds of someone running down the stairs and only briefly saw what Lilith had chosen to wear, but the air about her was different it wasn't dark or scared it was lively and light. Like she was finally free and coming into her own; he turned back to look at Mooncandle who had noticed him watching Lilith and he found his cheeks warm with embarrassment. Mooncandle chuckled before pouring herself another bowl of soup. [#a225f8 "Are you going to eat anything?"] Moo asked in a soft tone.

Gideon quickly piled his plate up and started to eat, anything really to distract how red his cheeks were, he had been caught out by Moo and he could only pray she wouldn't say anything when Lilith decided to join them, meanwhile in the kitchen his mother was halfway through the dishes handing each of the wet dishes to Lilith to polish and put away. [i "Tell me about yourself."] the spectre asked gently.

She didn't want to intrude but she was curious, this was the first human she had ever been around herself and the poor ghost didn't know how to act around a human child; let alone what was and wasn't polite amongst them; she found herself wishing that Gideon had given her proper warning so she could have checked that her antlers were nice and polished; oh well. [i "You should go eat before the food gets cold. Gotta fill you up, there's no lack of food here... both of you have been looking after this cottage for years... so if anything I feel like I am intruding."]

Gideon was spreading cream and jam onto another scone when a letter emerged on the table with the wax seal of the royal court, he found his stomach drop and his appetite dwindling before he could even address it Mooncandle picked it up and threw the piece of paper into the fire. He was stunned [#c1e6b2 "What the hell did you do that for?"] keeping his voice low, Mooncandle gave him a look that told him 'later.' he sighed as he wiped his mouth; there was still plenty of food and if he stopped eating now; if either of them did then it would send Lilith a message and maybe even worry the child.

[i "Tell me about the human world. I have never been, I passed long before they started sending our people there... in those ghastly cursed forms... I have paintings and pictures of Gideon's true form if you'd like to see it."] the ghostly woman muttered nervously, she had seen Mooncandle throw the letter into the adjacent fire. She was trying to keep Lilith distracted as to give the letter time to burn and become nothing.
  Gideon, Forest King. / BrokenScroll / 9d 12h 53m 11s
Lilith shivered, the room was cold, and the ice was starting to cause her skin to burn from how cold it was, but she couldn't complain, it was keeping her safe so Gideon didn't have to worry, she had to behave for him. Not long after that everything ice melted away, not even leaving a puddle. She could hear loud footsteps running up the stairs but trembled, scared it might be whatever, it was coming after her. But it was Gideon who came in, to her relief. [#c1e6b2 "It's safe to come out from under the bed little monster. Food's ready. We can go down and eat and then you can ask as many questions as you'd like about Elvermourn, about me. Anything."]

The bluenette crawled out from the bed and hopped on top instead while Gideon was finding stuff. [#c1e6b2 "Hold still. This might sting. I'll do your face and your wounds. Then I'll let you do the rest and we can head down?"] Lilith nodded, closing her eyes and tightening her lips together in anticipation for the sting. But instead of pain she felt gentle fingers clean and treat her face, only feeling a tingling before she was fully healed. [#c1e6b2 "Use some of this for the rest of your body, just a little bit goes a long way. It's the nectar from the Honey-Silk flower, and some Siren tears. When combined into an ointment it becomes an effective if not life saving healing ointment. Especially when you're in a bit of a tight pickle."] She smiled up ast him, [+lightblue "You don't have to explain everything to me Eon. I Trust You!"] She said simply and without the slightest bit of doubt in her light blue eyes.

[#c1e6b2 "There will be clothes waiting for you on the bed, if you don't like what's there you can check the wardrobe. I'll be downstairs. Take your time and call out to me if you need anything."] The girl smiled hopping off the bed smiling up at him. [+lightblue "Thank you Eon!"] She calls happily to him, giggling as he becomes careful of his huge antlers. Carefully she watched him leave before she closed the door and headed to the bathroom, washing up, using the ointment, and finally getting dressed. Even though she didn't take but ten minutes to do it all Lilith still felt like a nuisance making the others wait for her. 


Lilith rushed down stairs with her short blue hair brushed, in simple yellow flats, and a cute short white dress with 3d yellow butterflies on it. Smiling sheepishly she rushed over to help Gideon's mom with cleaning before she even looked at the food.
  Lilith (little monster) / Lynn8818 / 9d 17h 25m 26s
Mooncandle said nothing; not wanting to panic Lilith anymore knowing that the spell wasn't working as she rushed down to assist Gideon who had already managed to wipe out more than ninety percent of the enemies sent by the Maesters; that she barely had to do anything but sit and watch. So this is what it meant to be a King; his powers were far more effective and vastly different to the powers and magicks that Mooncandle knew that resided here in the meadows.

By the time he was finished he wiped his brow and Moon candle allowed for her own spells including the frozen men upstairs to disappear and to melt away, as if they were nothing but thin air. He left Moo to clean the mess up as he ran up the stairs and found Lilith under the bed. He hadn't answered her question about how he became King yet. [#c1e6b2 "It's safe to come out from under the bed little monster. Food's ready. We can go down and eat and then you can ask as many questions as you'd like about Elvermourn, about me. Anything."]

He stepped into the adjacent bathroom and grabbed three of the soft green moss clothes, dipping them into warm water [#c1e6b2 "Hold still. This might sting. I'll do your face and your wounds. Then I'll let you do the rest and we can head down?"] The moss itself was from the Frosthearth Falls; which was close to the cottage they were currently inside of.

Opening one of the drawers under the sink, he produced a small jar of cream ointment once he wiped away the old blood, and other such things upon Lilith's face he rubbed some of the cream into her skin, watching as the magic within the ointment immediately set to work, healing and correcting any scars. [#c1e6b2 "Use some of this for the rest of your body, just a little bit goes a long way. It's the nectar from the Honey-Silk flower, and some Siren tears. When combined into an ointment it becomes an effective if not life saving healing ointment. Especially when you're in a bit of a tight pickle."] He was better off explaining everything to her so she wouldn't be afraid at what was what.

[#c1e6b2 "There will be clothes waiting for you on the bed, if you don't like what's there you can check the wardrobe. I'll be downstairs. Take your time and call out to me if you need anything."] he left careful that his antlers didn't crash into the ceiling again, once he was downstairs he smiled to his mother who was just finishing spreading butter onto some of the rolls. [#c1e6b2 "Thank you mama."] his mother gave him a soft nod before hurrying off to start cleaning. Mooncandle on the other hand already sat at the table and was gnawing on what seemed to be Roasted Acadic Rat legs - a species of large rodent native to the meadows. [#c1e6b2 "Enjoying yourself?"] [#a225f8 "It's been years since I've had them and it tastes just like home. I can't believe the Maesters are still trying to steal children."] [#c1e6b2 "They'll keep stealing our wards till the day we die. Our next mission is to get Axel out of the Citadel and back to you."] [#a225f8 "I owe you."] [#c1e6b2 "You'd do the same thing."]
  Gideon, Forest King. / BrokenScroll / 9d 19h 7m 15s
[#c1e6b2 "Hello Little Monster. Welcome to Elvermourn."] Lilith smiled looking up at his  handsome face, before he turned and they went in the house, her still wrapped around his waist. Everything was the same as it was in her dreams, a warm fire, simple but comfy furniture, it made her smile a little more. She hadn't known this was in Elvermourn, she just assumed Gideon had created it to make her feel safe at least in her dreams.


[#c1e6b2 "This is my childhood home. Before I was cursed and sent to the realm of humans I lived here as a boy with my mama. She was such a kindly woman; as a boy I was just that a normal boy, I never ever thought that as I grew I would come to be a prince or a King."] Lilith finally let go of his waist, grabbing his hand instead. She was afraid that if she let go everything would disappear and be some sick joke made by Ivashov. [+lightblue "Can you tell me how you became a King, sometime?"] Her blue eyes looked up at him.


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[#c1e6b2 "What did they do to you? Shall I get you a warm cloth over a bath? We'll get you changed and fed don't you think?"] As Gideon was speaking but he paused before pushing her behind his back protectively. Pale hands held onto the back of his shirt fearfully. It was oddly quiet for a few moments before she heard the door open and Gideon spoke again. [#c1e6b2 "Little monster, this is my mama. Mama this is the child who has brought me home to you. Lilith."] Lilith smiled again returning the curtsy with a blush before holding onto Gideon again. [+lightblue "Nice to meet you."] Then there was the strange sounds that Lilith had heard Gideon and other monsters use while talking to each other before Lilith was swept off the ground. [#c1e6b2 "Let's get you comfortable and clean."] She blushed and wrapped her arms around his neck, wrapping her legs around him so she didn't fall.


Lilith was confused when Gideon sat her down on the stairs, but listened and remained quiet whilst following him. [#c1e6b2 "Is someone up here. Show yourself."] Then Gideon oped a door, and there stood a very pretty women causing Lilith to hold in a gasp. [#c1e6b2 "Who are you, what are you doing here."] The women bowed then spoke,  [#a225f8 "It is I, Moo. I've come to you for help. I asked around because Axel... he did not make it back to Elvermourn or at least to the place I had shown him, he had been taken by the Maesters."] The first thought Lilith had was, [+blue [i "Hearing such a gorgeous women call herself Moo, seems ridiculous,]] then she began to worry about Axel. [#c1e6b2 "Are you sure you did not lead them here?"] A shiver ran down Lilith's spine as high pitched sounds rang through the air and Gideon looked into Lilith's eyes. [#c1e6b2 "Hide under the bed and call to the wind, to the earth and to the waters below. Keep going. Don't stop you'll know it's working because you will begin to glow. It's a simple spell to hide you from them. Moon we must go down and greet them. Fight them if we must."]


Lilith crawled under the bed as she shook fearfully, she was much more worried about Gideon then herself. But Mooncandle stayed after Gideon left, [#a225f8 "Unlike in the human realm, here we can tell you our spells. Most spells you have heard till now are songs, lullabies. But here they are words or poems. Said in loud succession. Here we are in the meadow lowlands so the spells are earth, water and wind based. But I am from the Frozen Deserts in the north so mine are based on ice." "By Winter storm, by ocean roar by icy hearts and by dusk covered stars, protect these walls with barriers of men; let not the fortress fall to evil eyes and let the souls within survive."] She nodded and started reciting the spell Gideon told her, but quickly realized she wasn't capable of doing it, though she kept trying for Gideon. [+lightblue "Don't tell him it's not working, he's already worried,"] she told Mooncandle pleadingly. 


The room was covered in ice and guards of ice lined the room before Mooncandle spoke again. [#a225f8 I must join Gideon downstairs but my warriors won't fail nor fall until I am dead and gone. You will be safe here. I promise."] Lilith watched women leave and could only pray for Gideon's safety whil she kept repeating the spell while hiding beneath the bed with a shaky voice.
  Lilith (little monster) / Lynn8818 / 11d 8h 41m 32s
He had nearly been toppled over when he felt her arms wrap around him; he places his hands on her own and smiled before turning around [#c1e6b2 "Hello Little Monster. Welcome to Elvermourn."] as he turned back to the cottage and opened the door it was if it they had never left. The fire was roaring; everything was where it should be; with nothing seemingly out of place; leading Lilith in still attached to him he sighed in content [#c1e6b2 "This is my childhood home. Before I was cursed and sent to the realm of humans I lived here as a boy with my mama. She was such a kindly woman; as a boy I was just that a normal boy I never ever thought that as I grew I would come to be a prince or a King."]

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He finally decided to examine Lilith closely, she was in a bloodied dress and he found himself scowling without meaning to. [#c1e6b2 "What did they do to you? Shall I get you a warm cloth over a bath? We'll get you changed and fed don't you think?"] he would have said more but his ears alerted him to the trotting of hooves, pushing Lilith behind him he listened as the sound of hooves becoming feet stopped at the entrance of the cottage; the wooden door opening to reveal his mother. He froze almost in shock before realising that he could see through her; so she had indeed pasted on beyond the veil whilst he was gone he gave her a fond smile before stepping aside to allow Lilith to see her. [#c1e6b2 "Little monster, this is my mama. Mama this is the child who has brought me home to you. Lilith."] the ghostly spectre curtsied before murmuring in their native tongue that he should see to her clothing and that she would prepare a simple meal for them both. Thanking her he picked Lilith up. [#c1e6b2 "Let's get you comfortable and clean."]

As he climbed up the stairs he smelt another scent and furrowed his eyebrows, he didn't know who else could be in the cottage and was half concerned that there had indeed been someone inside the cottage perhaps waiting upstairs as a trap. Placing Lilith down on the wooden stairs he placed a finger to his lips before walking up a few more steps. [#c1e6b2 "Is someone up here. Show yourself."] he waited not a moment longer before using his antlers to check the first door, he had been stunned to see a female. [#c1e6b2 "Who are you, what are you doing here."]

[https://ravenswinginternational.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/snake_goddess_back.jpg Mooncandle] looked at Gideon in his human form and quickly bowed her head in respect. She spoke softly [#a225f8 "It is I, Moo. I've come to you for help. I asked around because Axel... he did not make it back to Elvermourn or at least to the place I had shown him, he had been taken by the Maesters."] Gideon felt a deep sense of dread; [#c1e6b2 "Are you sure you did not lead them here?"] he didn't get an answer for the bristle high pitched calls of the maesters gave him the answer. He looked to Lilith [#c1e6b2 "Hide under the bed and call to the wind, to the earth and to the waters below. Keep going. Don't stop you'll know it's working because you will begin to glow. It's a simple spell to hide you from them. Moon we must go down and greet them. Fight them if we must."]

He waited till Lilith was under the four poster bed before running down the stairs, spewing out spells left and right, creating as many quick defensive traps as he could, Mooncandle on the other hand decided it'd be best for the stronger of the two - that being Gideon to take on the first waves, she would protect the child. [#a225f8 "Unlike in the human realm, here we can tell you our spells. Most spells you have heard till now are songs, lullabies. But here they are words or poems. Said in loud succession. Here we are in the meadow lowlands so the spells are earth, water and wind based. But I am from the Frozen Deserts in the north so mine are based on ice. "]

She began to recite her own spells [#a225f8 "By Winter storm, by ocean roar by icy hearts and by dusk covered stars, protect these walls with barriers of men; let not the fortress fall to evil eyes and let the souls within survive."] immediately the room begun to freeze and soon men made of ice emerged from out of nowhere soon surrounding the walls with swords and other weapons. [#a225f8 "I must join Gideon downstairs but my warriors won't fail nor fall until I am dead and gone. You will be safe here. I promise."] the female then ran down to join her royal counterpart.

[Center - Meanwhile in the Citadel-]

Axel paced in his cell, he had long since given up trying to break out. He had been dragged here after getting separated from Moo and didn't know where he was or what the men with no eyes and lips sewed shut wanted to do with him, the cell itself was spacious and he was grateful but it wasn't at all comfortable, did the men who had captured him not understand that human children like him could not sleep on rocks comfortably.

He had discovered how to get to Elvermourn by accident not through song or through spell but because he had realised that the place could make one's dreams come true if their hearts were pure and that there was no ulterior motive, he had realised that with Mooncandle she had never known love, pure love and so had been cursed to take on the form of a ghastly beast because her human form was too pretty, he had realised that with Lilith and Gideon... well at least he guessed it was because Gideon had chosen to live in the past and not know how to let go. As he continued to pace he wondered what Lilith and Gideon were up too... and if Mooncandle had found them to go get help.
  Gideon, Forest King. / BrokenScroll / 11d 16h 54m 34s
Cold metal and pain…then… warmth and no more pain. Blue eyes opened, expecting to see a white ceiling with blurry vision, instead there was blue with patches of white. [i [+blue Am I dead? Where is Gideon? Where am I? It feels so real.]] She thought as she looked around, still laying down and noticed she was in a field laying deep in flowers. Sitting up she looked around, seeing a building in the distance, a cottage. Lilith got up, still in the wrecked white dress the doctor had dressed her in, it didn't match the place she was in. The dress or long white shirt was dirty, torn, and bloodied, too ugly for the place of flowers and blue skies.

After she had pinched herself to test if she was dreaming, Lilith began heading toured the cottage. She couldn't see Gideon anywhere so she could only hope he was there. At first she walked, then she jogged, then sprinted, finally full out running through the flowers to the cottage. [#c1e6b2 "Little monster! Can you hear me!"] Lilith paused at the voice, [+blue [i Gideon]]. Her blue eyes strained to see ahead at the cottage, seeing a figure there. 

Her feet moved even quicker then her mind, tears running down her face as she got closer to him.[#c1e6b2 "Little monster!"] His back faced her but his voice told her exactly who it was, it was her monster, it was her Gideon. She couldn't bring herself to speak through the tears, but she knew another way for him to know she was there, for him to see her or feel her. The dress fluttered as she flew through the field coming to the wooden fence. 

Gideon had just reached the steps onto the porch when Lilith ran straight to him, she rammed into his back, wrapping her arms around his waist, she cried. [+lightblue "Eon!"] Lilith clung to him, her face buried in his back as her cries were muffled. [+blue [i He's here. I don't know where here is but he's here. This has to be a dream,though, he's human. Whatever this is I never want it to end. It feels so real, he feels so real.]]
  Lilith (little monster) / Lynn8818 / 12d 11h 2m 26s
He had barely managed to fall asleep when he heard the scream, it jolted him awake and he found himself antlers and all ramming against the door trying to break it, he had to get to her [#c1e6b2 "What are they doing to her! LILITH!!!!"] he tried to shout over her screams but to no avail, there were no words in the screams only pure and utter agony he tried relentlessly to ram at the door that seemed to be beast proof; once he was exhausted he collasped in a heap, rasping and gasping for air. He had to get to her; the others seemed to be aware of the situation and did their best too; trying to break out of the room and yet there was nothing they could do but cover their ears and try to think.

It had been nearly a week of nonstop screaming; that by the time the screaming had stopped for a moment Gideon hoped even if it broke his heart that Lilith's heart had stopped, then his little monster would not have to suffer anymore and he could go onto the next child; he hadn't slept nor eaten instead sleeping in the corner curled up his tail no longer wagging. He was defeated.

[B "Bring her beast in, those screams should have broken it enough for it to tell us it's secrets."] the doctor was confident this time, her assistants went off and she turned the electric bath off, smiling a smile so evil that not even the devil would be sure what to make of it. [B "Given up little wretch? I think your beastie has. Now you'll tell me everything you know and I'll spare it from a painful death."] she had been so confident that she had barely a moment to cover her eyes as Lilith was engulfed in golden, silver... a rainbow of colours before it was if she was never there in the first place. There were shouts coming from the group room; rushing out of the lab she made her way there only to see that the corner that Forest King had been sitting in moments prior had been charred to bits with the scent of cinnamon, mint and honey left behind.

He had felt it and it had burned, he hadn't a clue what was happening but by the time it had stopped he crashed onto what appeared to be the earth outside of the cottage; he winces and rolled over still in his beastly form; that had only meant one thing. Somehow Lilith had done the one thing he thought was never going to happen.

[Center -Flashback to the lessons, three human years prior to Gideon being assigned Lilith-]

[#279054 [i "There will be a child, perhaps one day, perhaps in as many a human life as you consume or you fail to take, but there will be only one human child who will allow you to return to this our home land; you may not realise which child but when that child finally figures it out so will you. You will come home but you will remained cursed until you yourself realises. A portal shall be open and it shall swallow you both home but be warned; you will only have three moons to figure out what or the child will be returned, their memories wiped and so their hearts will freeze. They will not be in awe or ever happy. This is the ultimate goal for those outcast and those tortured to bring them here, to a place they can call home. We have punished you with a beastly form so that you will learn to value what you had and what you can have if you grow. Now we send off to a child; and with luck and hope you'll find a way home."]]

[Center -At the lab-]

[b "WHERE DID SHE GO? WHO HELPED HER ESCAPE!!!"] the doctor howled, she didn't understand how or what exactly was going on but it was as if nothing made sense anymore, like science had never existed and she was left furious.... but that was the least of the Doctor's troubles, although it had been nothing short of a miracle it had also appeared that the oldest boy Axel and his own beast had also disappeared into thin air, who was the traitor! There had to be a traitor! Or perhaps an invisible beast. [b "FIND THEM. FIND THEM NOW."] she was going to have a lot to say to both children; evidently in all of her time as a medical doctor and experimentalist she had never thought to consider that her entire mind set of breaking the bonds between children and beast was wrong, she had always thought that it was the hold of the beasts that kept the children trapped and unable to give her any answers.


[Center -In Elvermourn-]

Gideon sat up, still unsure of how exactly they had made it back, but he was in front of the cottage he took a deep breath and shut his eyes, allowing for his limbs and his body to melt away until he was returned to his humanoid state; it had been years since he had seen his humans hands and he had nearly cried. However he shook his head and called out to Lilith [#c1e6b2 "Little monster! Can you hear me!"] as he got to his feet, he found himself wobbling almost like a newborn fawn and he felt slightly embarrassed [#c1e6b2 "Little monster!"] as he made his way to the wooden gate he nearly tripped over the pebbled pathway. This was a miracle. He tried to think how on or more so what on earth had happened to Lilith for her to be able to send them here? To home?
  Gideon, Forest King. / BrokenScroll / 11d 19h 39m 54s
Lilith looked straight into the eyes of each assistant as she was slapped. She was burning every face into her memory. [b "Such a liar. We've given you everything and you won't even shed an inkling of information with us. I suppose this is what I get for being so nice."] The bluenette had long stopped lying to Doctor Ivashov, but that meant nothing, Ivashov was crazy, cruel, and obsessed. [b "Never mind. Put her in the electro bath,"] 

At the sight before her Lilith trembled, an electric bath. It was ten times worse than any toaster in a bath. How was it not going to kill her? Throughout the last four years three things were consistent in Lilith's feelings, loving Gideon, being protective of Gideon, and wanting to live. [b "Don't want you breaking your teeth."] Bright blue eyes glared into the doctor's bug eyes. [b "Suppose fire burns just aren't enough for you now subject. If electrical baths don't get you on our side then perhaps we'll have to move onto acids and other such things no?"] 

As soon as the electricity went through her body Lilith couldn't hold back her voice. It had been so long since she screamed she hadn't remembered how it gave her slight relief or how it caused her throat to hurt. Tears ran down her pale face immediately causing burns on her face where they trailed. She didn't want to scream, or cry or show any sign of pain, it satisfied the Ivashov too much, but she couldn't help it anymore. A sharp and inhuman sound came from around the gag, as Lilith screamed, a sound that would've seemed beautiful had it not been mixed with pain and sadness.

After hours of this something clicked in Lilith's head, there was something inside of them that the monsters were attracted to, something that connected them to the beasts. It was true that the children still couldn't sing or use the songs, but those songs didn't work on others, none of the good ones did. Every child had been able to connect with monsters but only came to the place with one, the only one they actually bonded with, Axel with Moo, and Lilith with Gideon, there had to be a reason. They were closer to Elvermourn, somehow. Unlike other humans who trusted in science, religion, or themselves, these children had been put through things that led to them relying solely on the unreal and unexplained. These kids were the only humans that would ever be able to live in Elvermourn, if they could reach it. The key was in their voices much like for the monsters and their songs, al well as their connection to their monsters.

Weeks passed, and Lilith went through so much more than an electric bath. Her nails were gown, fingers and toes, she had her eyes removed and returned, every bone in her body had been broken, Lilith couldn't take much more, but she didn't give up what she had discovered, that could make things so much worse.

Lilith layed strapped back on the metal table, trembling and doused in sweat. Her eyes were blurry and her voice was gone, she just wanted her dreams back. She wanted to sit in the meadow with Gideon, leaning into his grey fur while reading, or to be held in his human form's arms while they sang songs by the fire. All she could do was whisper a single word as all the torure got to her and she began to slip away. [i [+blue Gideon] then her body fell limp and her mind seemed to slip into a different place. But she wasn't dead, yet.
  Lilith (little monster) / Lynn8818 / 12d 12h 28m 36s
The doctor slapped the girl, not once, but till she had a large hand sized bruise on the left side of her face, who was this child trying to trick; the doctor would not be satisfied with an answer like that; of course the children knew the songs and the words to them otherwise why would the monsters care so much for their humans to be able to heal them from a near death experience. [B "Such a liar. We've given you everything and you won't even shed an inkling of information with us. I suppose this is what I get for being so nice."] out of the corner of her eye, B and C were taking notes and nodding in agreement. [B "Never mind. put her in the electro bath,"] her assistants moved quickly to transfer Lilith to the long tubular like bathtub that was connected to a series of wires and other things. Once she was secure within the water, the doctor placed a mouth gag inside Lilith's mouth [B "Don't want you breaking your teeth."] she then directed her assistants their own partners to begin sending pure electricity into the water, [B "Suppose fire burns just aren't enough for you now subject. If electrical baths don't get you on our side then perhaps we'll have to move onto acids and other such things no?"]

[Center Meanwhile]

Gideon sat haunched on the bed, still slightly wet but feeling much better once Moo had forced food down his throat and forced him to rest, the rest of the children were out from under their beds now some were reading others were drawing or playing. Axel was half asleep curled up in Moo's coils. Some of the monsters were speaking their native tongue from Elvermourn the children couldn't hear them speaking it. He rolled onto his side stretching his limbs out, his tail wagging to and fro as he waited anxiously. [#f67f55 "Whilst you were in there we got told about a new group of kids arriving. There's gonna be nine of them with their monsters and all."] Axel mumbled to Gideon who nodded.

[Center Back in the Lab]

The doctor watched as huge volts of electricity were sent through Lilith and through the water, herself as well as the rest of the staff were currently standing back watching, some of them were barely able to hold in the looks of discomfort whereas the others held the same sadistic look as the doctor. She decided maybe after a full day of being electrocuted repeatedly that would be enough for Lilith to say something, so she moved into another room where one of her more grotesque experiments was being conducted.

On the two steel beds, was one monster and one child; both of their heads been opened - but they were still very much alive, their brains were being examined as the child and monster laid unconscious; the doctor was trying to see if it were at all possible to transfer the brain of the much larger monster into the child. Or at least parts of the brain; perhaps if that were to happen and it were successful then the Doctor would have access to the knowledge that the beasts held. [B "Soon we will be immortal and no one will touch us."]
  Gideon, Forest King. / BrokenScroll / 12d 16h 32m 11s
The door opened again, but before she had even looked up Gideon had swept her beneath him, hiding her. She couldn't help the slight blush, then the witch came over the speaker. [b “Subject 9456 climb out from under Forest King’s chest or we will electrocute him and you’ll have nothing but a fried monster to come back to. Do it now you have five seconds child.”] As soon as the words were out she gently pushed on his chest, she didn't want Gideon to get hurt, she could handle it, but he was there because of her, he could get hurt, it would be her fault. Once he rolled off she hugged him, [b “That’s a good monster. Subject up. Please. I will still have him shocked if you don’t do as you are asked.”] 

[#f67f55 “Alright Alright stupid cow just give them a chance to say goodbye.”] Lilith glanced up at Axel with a thankful look before turning back to Gideon.[b “Shock them both. That snake and the boy. Naughty children are punished.”][#c1e6b2 "You must stay strong, I will be stronger when you return, I have no clue what is in store for you and I cannot do much in the way of helping you. I will see you soon. Be brave, little monster. I will be waiting for your return."] 

She stood up and hugged Gideon, [+lightblue "I will Eon, I'll be strong. Anything for you,"] she said before she was ripped away from him. Lilith looked over her shoulder at him and smiled before looking straight at the door she was being dragged toured. The door opened and closed again behind her but she didn't even flinch knowing the man deserved what happened to him. 

[b “My that took far too long a subject. Come with me. We have a new toy. We’ll have you talking this time I am sure and when you spill the secrets of the song then I’ll tell the boss to let you and that monster go.”] Lilith gazed at the woman with hatred in her eyes despite the smile she had on her face. [b “I think today we will start with the removal of your eyes. Or perhaps we should remove your finger nails first. Either way. You will talk child. Or so help me I’ll leave you so dead, that not even your beastie can save you from the hell that awaits you.”] 

Blue eyes gazed at the old, cruel, and crazy woman, still smiling despite the threats of torure. [+lightblue "I don't know any secrets Miss. All I know are facts. The song can't be used by us. We can't even understand them. And no amount of pain will change that."] Lilith said simply,  as she was strapped into a large, cold, vertical, and metal table. Over the years she had learned to stop screaming and crying, Gideon could hear if she did, so to keep from hurting him she learned to contain it. When they had him in the room she would smile to comfort him, so overtime she learned to do that too whilst being tortured, it unsettled the guards and everyone that wasn't Doctor Ivashov.
  Lilith (little monster) / Lynn8818 / 13d 17h 28m 28s
Children are experiments. That is all they are. They grow up and by the time they are old they are good. Good. Any child who isn’t good should be fixed. All such broken little things. I have seen and met many over my years of work, I have worked on countless of cases but none quite like the case of subject 9456 and her monster who I have labelled ‘Forest King’.

They are but a most peculiar pair, when they arrived some four years ago I could not believe my eyes. This child who I had been told was so bloody and bruised arrived in perfect health with not a scar on her body; when asked she refused to answer even when I forced her jaw to remain open. Oh how children can be so selfish. Do they not understand I am trying to help them?

See I am most curious of the effects of these songs, these monsters sing; some of these melodies are most unique, like nothing I have ever heard, there is a magic in the music and I will take it. I will harvest it and I will make myself powerful. This Forest King has a voice unlike any other but refuses to sing for me. I can hear him sing for that little girl and I wonder what it is that attracts him to bundle her in his fur like a mother polar bear does in the dead of winter to her cub. It’s quite miraculous.

The doctor concluded her writing with a flourish before standing and going towards the group isolation bay again, she looked through the one way mirror, the girl had already found herself back in the Forest King’s arms at this point; my how her hair had grown long. [B “Get subject 9456. Bring her to the water room. She will tell me her secrets. If she refuses to move from him. Electrocute the beast. He won’t survive the voltage with how soaked he is. Chop chop.”] Her assistants who she called A, B and C hurried to get their gear with their electric wands and moved into the rooms.

She watched from the window all three approached, the children who were not related to the current situation having run, ducked and hid under their beds leaving the subject and her beast alone to fend for themselves, she clasped her hands; she would have the secrets of their music; it didn’t matter to her if she went insane doing so. Well more insane than she already was.

[Center Inside the room]

As soon as the doors opened, every child and beast who was not in this case the interest of the Doctor scurried back under their beds and hid, Gideon was too weak to move but held onto Lilith like his life depended on it. He had been patted dry as best he could with the towel that Lilith had found. The three men held black wands that buzzed with the sound of electricity and he cringed, he would not survive a zap as two of them reached for Lilith. He rolled over and held her; he didn’t want to see her go so soon after his own return; his tail whipped to and fro; unlike the rest of him that was covered in fur, his bony tail was resistant to electricity the three men fell back. [B “Subject 9456 climb out from under Forest King’s chest or we will electrocute him and you’ll have nothing but a fried monster to come back to. Do it now you have five seconds child.”]

Gideon had come to loathe the doctor’s voice more than that woman that Lilith called her step-mother; but he knew in his hearts of hearts that his death or even a minor degree of harm would eat away at Lilith and destroy the soul he was only just starting to mend. He slowly rolled back onto his stomach and released his arms from around her and lied there in defeat. [b “That’s a good monster. Subject up. Please. I will still have him shocked if you don’t do as you are asked.”]

[#f67f55 “Alright Alright stupid cow just give them a chance to say goodbye.”] the new voice alarmed the doctor as a boy and his beast climbed out from under their bed. The Doctor realised it was that boy that was so old that he hardly fit in with the other children, he towered over them but alas he was still a ward of the state. She scowled [b “Shock them both. That snake and the boy. Naughty children are punished.”] [#c1e6b2 "You must stay strong, I will be stronger when you return, I have no clue what is in store for you and I cannot do much in the way of helping you. I will see you soon. Be brave little monster. I will be waiting for your return."] A moved away from Lilith and Gideon and approached the serpent who was quick to rear up, flapping her wings Moo released something from her open jaws; as soon as it fell upon A he was doubled over in agony. B and C cared not for their associate instead ripping Lilith from Gideon’s chest and dragging her out; slamming the door and leaving A on the floor writhing.

Moo towards the man circling him and hissing; infuriated by the fact that the man had been so bold as to attack her ward; the man although in agony seemed to still think of himself as a hero for he waved the electric wand, and managed to nick Moo who flinched and recoiled. Gideon on the other hand as weak as he was moved to the man, grabbing him by the collar and throwing him towards the suddenly opened the door and into the arms of the other adults. The door slammed once again and so there was silence. Gideon was going to dread the next few days.


[B “My that took far too long subject. Come with me. We have a new toy. We’ll have you talking this time I am sure and when you spill the secrets of the song then I’ll tell the boss to let you and that monster go.”] the older woman led her colleagues and Lilith into a sterile white room; on the wall and on trays were stainless steel instruments most of them looked medical and others looked straight out of a horror movie. [B “I think today we will start with the removal of your eyes. Or perhaps we should remove your finger nails first. Either way. You will talk child. Or so help me I’ll leave you so dead, that not even your beastie can save you from the hell that awaits you.”]
  Gideon, Forest King. / BrokenScroll / 13d 18h 14m 6s
[#f67f55 "You can't stay in bed forever, they'll bring him back soon. I mean we're mostly here because you know... of our crimes to talk to our monsters she can't really do much anyway, nothing will kill them."] Lilith sat on her bed, with her pale arms wrapped around her knees which were pulled to her chest. She was fourteen now and was short for her age, her blue hair had darkened and had grown since Gideon hadn't been there to cut it.[#f67f55 "Moo made you mac and cheese. At least try to eat something alright? I think that's what Gideon would want."] 


She poked her head up to look at Axel, her bright blue eyes were sad and had dark bags under them from the lack of sleep. Sleep was horrible without Gideon, her nightmares came back, and there was no cottage to call home only blood, pain, and yelling. Reluctantly Lilith took the bowl of food and ate it, she put on her fake smile after she finished and watched the door, waiting. [+lightblue [i Is he ok? It's been a week since they returned me, why isn't he back. Why did they start separating us? I hope he's ok. I miss him.]]


The door creaked and Lilith's eyes widened, she flew off the bed and ran to him. She hugged carefully but with all she had. But she didn't talk yet, no, she quickly ran to grab a towel off a shelf. Turning back around she saw Moo had laid him on an empty bed, she immediately rushed to his side and started gently drying him off. Lilith had tear filled eyes as she looked over Gideon, her hands shaking,[#f67f55 "he doesn't look good."] 


Lilith finished drying him as the other monsters started to hum, she blinked away her tears so no one would see her cry. [#c1e6b2 "Hello little monster. Missed me?"] She let out a dry laugh and hugged him shakily. [+lightblue "Hey, Eon. Yes I did… a lot…"] she sniffled quietly as she crawled into bed beside him, still hugging him. 


Kids had been taken away and never returned over the past four years. But Axel and Lilith were always left, they watched kids come and go along with their monsters. Each kid and monster had nicknames for each other, most went by those nicknames but Lilith and Gideon were different. Only Gideon called her little monster, and only Lilith could call Gideon Eon. They were different from the other pairs, most kids feared the other monsters besides theirs but Lilith didn't fear any of them, but Lilith also only ever let Gideon do the absolute minimum for her, unlike other kids who asked for sundaes, toys, and other things. Their differences caused Doctor Ivashov to become fascinated by them, they had become her favorite toys.
  Lilith (little monster) / Lynn8818 / 13d 18h 59m 47s
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