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Have you ever noticed the things that go bump in the night? Ever been afraid of what might be under your bed or in you closet? Remember when your parents would tell you that it's all your imagination? Well good ol' mom and dad lied! You were right to be scared of all the things in the dark!
It started as freak cases across the globe, you know the kind of shit you'd skim over in a Tabloid magazine. But recently the cases have began to increase, and of course, the government is covering it up, giving no truth. They just say it was a test gone wrong, or it was part of a rare weather event that hasn't been seen in centuries. Well those bullshit lies end today.
Cases have begun to localize in the city, no one is really sure why. Some have noticed, but others are oblivious, trusting whatever the government has to say. But people are vanishing in the middle of the night, others acting as drones like their very essence had been drained. It was getting bad, really bad and still no one had stepped up..not yet anyway...
While a lack of understanding still spread throughout the world, few began to step up. The first were the Churches. Text book rituals, as if they were in a damn Exorcist movie, chanting, masses, all the stuff you'd expect from a movie itself. And, for a while, it seemed like it was working, but that victory was short lived because the monsters came back stronger. As a sort of revenge, they began to attack the churches, setting them ablaze in the middle of the night. Tearing them down left and right. News and media raved about this, causing much panic as to why so many churches were suddenly being torn down.
Over some time several people had noticed the ability to fight back, as if they were granted some sort of magical gifts. Though it was only a small few, they all seemed to be centralized at a high school in Milan. Strange as that was, but only a few people knew, the students themselves, and a mysterious man who began to draw them together. This man seemed to even go as far as to change peoples lives to get them routed to this school in Italy so the students could meet one another.
They battle at night, when the Demons are around, and they attend school during the day, together. But just because they do this together doesn't mean they're all friends. Some wish to hold onto this fame of being a defender of humanity, while others would prefer not to let people know who they are. Some get along while others hate each other with a passion. This is just some of the many things that can separate the children from each other. Each having their own opinion on things.
However, despite their differences, they all know this. There's an evil that sends these demons, and it's slowly making its way into our world...
Rules - Standard ES rules - No instant romance - School setting so school ages - You must train to become adequate with Weapons. - You will have one Element and a Weakness - Be Creative. Use emotion, Love or Hate just help the Plot - This rp is created by EbonWings, Ignis and me. Whatever we say goes. No if's and's or but's. Complain and whine, we kill your character.
Skelly Username: Name:First and last name Age:High school age Grade: Gender: Birth Date: Sexual Preference: Appearance: Hobbies: Likes: Dislikes: Strengths:Personality and powers Weaknesses:Personality, mental, and physical weaknesses Personality:You can describe this in full if you wish, or you may opt to describe your character in no more or less than five words. Weapon of Choice: History/Background:Don't write a book Misc: Sample Post:Prefer quality over quantity, but would still like some length to it
Username: Kikido Name: Isabella "Isa" Abandonato Age: 17 Grade: Senior Gender: Female Birth Date: December 28 Sexual Preference: Straight Appearance: Long raven black hair that falls to the middle of her back, with bangs. Silver eyes, that look tired most of the time, and lightly tanned skin. She is of the shorter side, hitting around 5'3" and is practically a stick, though has a good size of a rack on top. Hobbies: Reading, drawing, playing violin, sword practicing Likes: Mornings, cats, music, books, quietness Dislikes: Evenings, loudness, people who wish to have the fame of being a protector Strengths: Element of Darkness and swords. She is a rather nice person, kind to strangers who need help. Weaknesses: Light magic. She looks and acts like she's independent, but really, she wishes to be around people, but can't quite figure out how to be acceptable to others. Personality: Typical quiet loner girl that usually is sitting by herself reading a book of some kind. When she makes friends with others, she seems to be a different person, but only to really close friends, and even then she will tend to hide what she's truly feeling. Weapon of Choice: Sword History/Background: While being born, and living in Italy, she was always able to travel around because of her parents. They were partnered CEO's of the same company belonging to Kim Terra's parents. They would take her around on their travels a lot, but that seemed to be the extent of their parenting skills. Her parents knew they needed and heir to their company, but that didn't mean they could actually parent right. She was more trained to take their spots one day. She wasn't like them though, not in the least bit. She preferred to stay in her room during the day and only seemed to walk around the house or do anything at night. She wasn't always sure why she did this, it just felt right to her.
It wasn't until she came across her first demon in high school that she realized why. She never talks about this event, especially with the other students who fight against the demons. All they know is that she came across a very powerful demon and somehow lived. Misc: She has a secret stash of chocolate in her dorm
Username: Kikido Name: Aiden Connolly Age: 16 Grade: Junior Gender: Male Birth Date: January 28th Sexual Preference: Straight Appearance: Medium brown hair that falls just above his shoulders and can look almost blonde in the light, along with milk chocolate brown eyes. Very pale, since he usually wears jacket and scarf all the time. He's fairly tall, almost 6' but lacking an inch or two. He's an average build for a teenager, but makes sure to keep in some sort of shape. Hobbies: Walking around parks to feed birds, reading his comics, listening to his music Likes: Birds, music, snow, practically anything to do with winter Dislikes: Summer. Really, he hates the summer because there's no snow. Long boring classes where teachers only lecture. Strengths: Has the power of ice and cold. Staying positive in almost any situation. Remembering trivial facts an things. Weaknesses: Anything that can melt his ice powers. Doesn't really stops once he starts stating his random facts. He doesn't really space off, but there have been times where he was lost in thought so much that he hand't realized people had left the room twenty minutes ago. Personality: At first glance, many would be offset to go up and talk to him. He looks rather cold and might believe he's too good for anyone. But in reality, that's just his resting and spacing out face. He's actually a rather cheerful boy, trying to cheer up anyone that's having a bad day or something. Weapon of Choice: Anything he makes with his ice History/Background: Aiden lived a rather normal life in America, having nothing out of the ordinary happen to him. Though, it was strange for him to be wearing a jacket and scarf in the middle of the summer, many friends realized that this was just a thing for him and left it at that. Nothing strange ever happened that would be life altering, until the end of his sophomore year that is.
It happened rather quickly. He felt odd a few minutes before, like something was coming and he just couldn't figure out what. He quickly found out as a portal opened, practically, right in front of him. Thankfully, a lower leveled demon had come through. It was small enough for Aiden to handle it himself as he also discovered his abilities at the same time. Amazed by this, he quickly showed his parents, who, of course, freaked out. Still, Aiden wasn't shaken in the least, in fact, he felt more alive than anything. He showed his friends, and fought demons when he could. Things seemed pretty good.
When he came home one day, De Leon was in his kitchen, talking to his parents. It was quickly decided Aiden would go to Milan, Italy, to learn more about his abilities. Though his parents were worried, Aiden was all about the adventure. Misc: He always wears a jacket and scarf, no matter the weather. His abilities keep him at a comfortable temperature to wear the jacket.
Username: Avannesa Name: Viviana Musion Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Gender: Female Birth Date: May 28th Sexual Preference: Straight Appearance: Wild rose hair, long hovering right above her culo. Large turquoise eyes, close to the color of the ocean in Cancun, Mexico. Her skin while fair, has a warm pigmentation. Hobbies: Dance, she did lots of folk dancing, so she practices often to keep up with her years of training. Not to mention, it makes her feel closer to her family, Italy is a hell of away from home. Likes: Cherry scented candles, guys and sneaking off to do things you aren't allowed to. Dislikes: Spicy foods, people who are always whining and anything slightly resembling an onion. Strengths: Cosmic energy, Viviana draws power from the stars, moons and constellation. She filters the energy through her body creating an extension that can be formed into any weapon. Viviana will always be there. No matter the size of the problem, she will be by your side to the end. Her loyalty is untouchable. Weaknesses: Mother nature, while cosmic energy is powerful, it is easily blocked. If the slightest change in cloud positioning is altered, Viviana can be weakened. Viviana is very upbeat, she tends to shield the bad with good. Which isn't always the best way to handle things. She's going to explode one day if she doesn't learn to deal with loss. Especially when entering the world of demons. Personality: Viviana is your typical Latina, very straight forward and no filter. While friendly, she will be as kind to you as you allow her to be. But if you come at her with a fuck you kind of attitude, she won't be afraid to dish it right back. Quick tongue and even quicker movements. Viviana will always try to keep things positive, but mess with her or the people she loves, prepare for the storm that follows. Weapon of Choice: A bow formed from her cosmic energy. History/Background: Viviana was 15 when she discovered she had been cursed with cosmic energy. Being from a very catholic family, her mother and father did their best to hide their daughters new found abilities. They didn't want the people of their town to label Viviana a demon and take her from them. But that all changed one unfortunate day after dance practice, when her long time interest offered to walk the girl home. To make things short, a demon appeared, devoured the boy, and forced Viviana to spark her powers and destroy nearly an entire block of houses; and the people who owned them.
Hearing of the incident, Viviana's parents sold anything they could to get her ticket to Italy and into the care of De Leon. Viviana was never the same, tho she masks a lot the trauma with laughter, she scared of her powers. What they are capable of doing not only to those around her, but to her own self. Misc: Neat freak. While she can be a bit eccentric, Viviana is very neat. She tends to douse her room in cleaning products and always has scented candles on hand for the smelliest of situations.
Username: HextechZydrate Name: Wrath DeLoncre Age: 17 Grade: Junior Gender: Female Birth Date: October 30 Sexual Preference: Bisexual Appearance: Long red hair, mid length. Golden eyes, a birth defect. White skin. She stands at 5'6'', and weighs 148 lbs. Athletic build. Hobbies: Studying ancient times, dodging class, lollygagging. Likes: The moon, music , Autumn, being a protector. Dislikes: Prissy, stuck-up types; Rain, losing. Strengths: Can master any weapon she picks up nearly instantly. She's a protector through and through, weather she's battling demons, or bullies. Weaknesses: Water. She gets a little too emotional when someone attacks people she cares about. She is a head on, no-plan type, getting her into a lot of trouble. with her powers, she can't just will full scale buildings or anything, otherwise her body tries to break itself. Personality: She's all grins and fun, and flirty as well. She loves being a protector, but doesn't bother to flaunt it; you can see it on her face. She's your typical mouthy american, with a high-velocity type of personality, and a fiery attitude. She's not quick to her temper, unless you threaten someone she cares about. Weapon of Choice: Staff History/Background: She knows she'd been passed through orphanages most of her life, because her eye color was very unusual, and she has a drastic fear of water, stemming from somewhere deep within her memory. She prefers to keep that tucked, even from herself.
The very first demon she encountered was at her last orphanage. It erupted inside and destroyed most of the building, killing a lot of the inhabitants inside. Wrath became enraged, ripping apart a stairwell's railing and beating the demon to death with it. That was how she discovered her powers... And also demons. She also discovered she would never be viewed the same again. Misc:
Username: AresKnight Name: Ares Swordman Age: 18 year old Grade: 12 grade Gender: Male Birth Date: 09/11 Sexual Preference: Bisexual )b Appearance:) Ares is a medium size male with a uncharacteristic body. He has Shaggy black hair and green eyes which contrast with all his other features since they seem pure. He is 5,9 feet tall in stature and usually wears a jacket ignoring the school dress code as well as headphones. Hobbies: He enjoys hearing music and singing it out loud when he is be himself, Drawing and petting stray animals. Likes: Himself a little too much, Competition, Arguments Dislikes: Being defeated,His family and anybody who becomes his rival in a competition Strengths: He is a asshole, he enjoys lying to his peers and coming out on top however he has a very strong skill, "The Wind Elemental", This power grants him the ability to move at the speed of sound for brief moments as long as he follow the flow of the wind. He can also dodge attacks and sense enemies hiding, as well as traps. Weaknesses: Due to his Competitive nature he often gets fooled into traps and more often that not his teammates end up letting him take the fall. His ability also just grants him a quick moment boost at the cost of his stamina, it doesn't last forever so fighting multiple opponents or dodging many attacks will wear it out and leave him open. Weapon of Choice: Zweinhander. History/Background: Ares was born on a normal family in fact most his life was normal until he began going to school, being a really hyped kid he studied and soon became the class genius however his 'friends' used him constantly and he became the class deliver boy. Finally after learning that his classmates were just using him he grew selfish. Misc: He is a total otaku, nerd even if he denies it
Name: Kane Monte Age: 18 Gender: Dude. Birth Date: May 13 Sexual Preference: Straight Appearance: Long, incredibly dirty, blonde hair. Fucking tall, 6' 4" and slim. Scarring, from... complications. Hobbies: Painting, swimming, and consequently surfing. Vandalism. Sleeping. Likes: Music, fire-grilled fish and poultry, pure distilled H2O. So much that he won't drink anything else if he can help it. Dislikes: Anyone trying to but in on what he sees as fun. Sweets. Strengths: Water manipulation. Near instantaneous travel within it, provided the body of water is calm enough and large enough. Weaknesses: Can't manipulate water if there is none to do so with, or it isn't liquid, thus Ice and depending on the scenario, fire Personality: Calm and slow, often rude in the same manner. Somewhat sadistic to the point that he can be a psychological bully at times. Weapon of Choice: Water, in all its glory. History/Background: Doorstep baby at an orphanage. Lives in the dorms, at the school's urging, and behest. Misc: There is more to his abilities than he lets on.
Username: Glitch Name: Louche Age: 17 Grade: Senior Gender: Male Birth Date: December 12th Sexual Preference: Women, Thicc women. Appearance: He's a shady Character. Hobbies: Skateboarding, Stealing, Doing illegal things Likes: Other peoples stuff Dislikes: People who's heads are up their own asses. Also those on a high horse. Strengths: He's a shifty character. He is good at not getting caught and he's quick on his feet. He doesn't seem to have any special powers. Weaknesses: Those who are worst off than him make him sick, He has no real mental weaknesses coming to terms with the evil in the world and accepting it for what it is at an early age. His physical weaknesses are the same as a normal human being it seems. Personality: Don't leave your wallet around him. Weapon of Choice: Skateboard History/Background: Doesn't matter where he came from. Misc: He knows the streets of the city better than most. All the shortcuts and hideouts in the city are under his knowledge. He has a rep on the street for being someone with hot hands. He also seems to appear out of nowhere at times. In places especially odd for him to be. Though it is hard to tell if this is from some innate power, or just his shady nature combined with a little skill.
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[b [i 3 months later.....]]
In the distance, swords clattered together, metal on metal resounding into the nearby trees, from the building just a little ways away. Deeper still, the noises became clearer and more defined, with the added grunts and yips and hollering of a battle taking place. Further still, and two figures could be seen daning around the room, swords in hand, clad in all white, except for the black masks they wore to protect their faces. One figure thrusted, and the other parried it, going in for a kill shot. The first figure, however, spun around before tapping the back of their head with the pointed end of their weapon, signifying they had won the duel. They turned to each other and acknowledged the end with their swords.
"I'm sad this is the last spar we'll get to have." A male voice rung out, although slightly muffled. He unstrapped the back of his mask and pulled it away, revealing a flock of red hair and freckles to accompany it. "Are you never going to come back here."
[#c534b6 "I tend to go where I am needed."] A British voice rang out from the other figure. [#c534b6 "And you all are doing well as a team. I've been asked to return to my first team, by an old friend of mine. I cannot refuse."] The girl's voice chuckled gently before she reached back for her strap and removed the protective gear. Her white hair fell all over her shoulders, previously bundled in the helm. She grinned, batting her blue eyes at the boy.
"Perhaps I should go with you?" He grinned slightly, to which she laughed.
[#c534b6 "You know better. A leader cannot abandon his team on a whim it might be fun elsewhere."] He sighed in defeat, poking his sword against the ground before leaning into it. [#c534b6 "Besides, this place would crumble without your care."] She looked around the fencing quarters and grinned. [#c534b6 "It's a lovely place to be. I'd hate to see something destroy it."] She turned back to the boy. [#c534b6 "Take good care of it until I return."]
"So you will come back?" He seemed to perk at this.
[#c534b6 "I imagine I'll be due for a visit as some point."] She mused, walking over to a stand and setting her weapon in it alongside the rest of them. [#c534b6 "Duty does, however, call."]
"Shall you say goodbye to the others?"
[#c534b6 "...I cannot bear to see Lyra cry."] She turned to him. [#c534b6 "I've left letters in everyone's rooms. My things have already begun their journey. I'm the last thing to go, so..."]
"So that's it then." He put his sword next to hers, and she sighed.
[#c534b6 "We knew this day would come."] She patted his shoulder. [#c534b6 "Be strong, for them."] With that and a solemn look to each other, she walked away, her heels clicking lightly along the stone and fading as she left the building.
[i [b 2 days later...]]
Amethyst stretched out her legs and arms as she exited the plain, really soaking in the sunshine of Italy. It'd been a few years since she'd been present, and how she missed the smell of bread and tomatoes, mixed with sea water and wine. She stood at the opening of the plane until someone coughed behind her.
"Miss?" Amethyst turned to the butler who was holding a few of her things and his eyes shifted slightly. Amethyst chuckled.
[#c534b6 "My apologies, Reginald."] She moved from the doorway and he proceeded off with her things. She shook her head, following.
The car ride was just as confining of a thing as being in a plane for hours on end, but she was bouncing her leg with anticipation, and worry. The letter DeLeon sent her was less than reassuring. The state she had left them all in should've been perfectly fine, and yet she only recognized two of the team members mentioned in the letter. Furthermore, the moral had dropped and become stagnant since the most recent loss of a member.
Had it really been so long?
The car pulled up on a familiar school, the sun barely just peeking over the buildings to obscure her vision, but she could make out its structure just fine, based on familiarity. She recognized the big tree on the hill, and the fountains, and the roadway. She smiled in spite of what she would be coming into, if only for nostalgic purposes.
When her driver pulled up to the little building she once knew as a home, she was first out. The butler, Reginald, grumbled when he couldn't get the door in time, but she quickly approached the door, DeLeon waiting for her there. He approached her as well and Amethyst found herself hugging him tightly.
[#1AB46B "It's so good to see you."] DeLeon laughed in the folds of her hair.
[#c534b6 "I can't believe I've missed so much already."] Amethyst sighed before they pulled away from each other. [#c534b6 "I heard Kane took the hardest hit... How is he?"]
[#1AB46B "Numb."] DeLeon shrugged. [#1AB46B "But he's finally started to become sarcastic again, which i would consider an improvement from the silence."] DeLeon attempted to joke, but Amethyst could tell that he was taking it just as hard.
[#c534b6 "And the others?"]
[#1AB46B "Wrath is usually spunky, but hasn't been saying much at all... Aiden has been doing his best to talk to both her and Isa, but their both stubborn when it comes to grief. Kane, too. Ares is... affected, but not broken."]
[#c534b6 "Have they fought anything?"]
[#1AB46B "Yes. As ironic as it is, they've become a close team in combat under the cirumstances... That is, unfortunately, it. The trek home exchanges little comfort."]
[#c534b6 "I see."] Amethyst nodded. [#c534b6 "They wouldn't keep fighting if they didn't want to, Leon. Something will give."] Bags were set down behind her and she turned with a sympathetic smile to the butler, who'd most likely been standing there for the whole exchange. [#c534b6 "I'm sorry to keep you waiting, Reginald. DeLeon, would you be so kind as to show this man to my room?"]
[#1AB46B "Gladly."] He grinned. He then ushered the butler, and her, inside. She stopped in the room that was the main hall, connecting the kitchen and living room to it. She took small steps, clicking against the wood slowly as she approached the living room. It was not incredibly early, and also a weekend, so no one should be in school. She imagined Isa would be up.
And she was, doing what else but studying to occupy her mind. Amethyst gave a laugh as she leaned in the doorway.
[#c534b6 "And here I was, thinking you'd changed, but you still sit the same way, and hold your book the same way."] Amethyst grinned, waiting for the girl to turn to her as she said, [#c534b6 "And does Kane still [i eat] the same way?"] She grinned at her teasing nature.
Wrath reaction time slowed down to a minimum. Watching Kane fall to the ground sent waves of guilt through here, and she could only stare at his slightly husked figure for, what seemed like, eternity. She didn't even realize she was being attacked until Aiden stepped in front of her.
She blinked and looked around after a few moments, finding Viv, dying in the arms of their leader, who was then smacked by Ares. His words were a bit of a blur for her; he sounded like the adults in 'The Peanuts' cartoons, all warbled and indistinguishable. The whole thing was a mess, barely being swept away by the rain coming in.
"...Ares." Wrath said, walking up to him. She slapped him as much as her strength could muster, which wasn't much. Even though she looked like she was about to cry, she didn't. She looked down at the two girls, cradled into each other.
"Isa... I know it hurts. Gather your strength... Carry her with us." She said to her quietly. She pulled herself towards Kane, pulling him into a sitting position.
"...Kane." She said quietly. "...We have to go." Her voice broke slightly, but she bit her lip as hard as she could, and it bled immediately. She couldn't cry. Not now, not like this. "You're gunna have to help me out just a little... Can you walk at all?" Wrath pulled him up to his feet, stringing his arm over her shoulder, then adjusting him slightly. She felt her head throbbing so much. She wiped at her eye, still coated in dried blood, and some fresh from it not quite healing, and then her lip, basically just smearing it all over her face.
This was not how she intended this to go.
She looked towards Aiden. "Help Isa. Ares, fuck the police, just... Use the stone to clean this up quickly, and get out of here before they figure out where you are..."
[i Don't cry, Don't cry, Don't cry.] Wrath kept repeating this in her head as she looked up at Kane. She had to be the strong one... All the strong ones were losing their mind. She had to will herself not to think of this right now, and yet, looking into Kane's solemn face....
A few tears escaped her lids and she turned quickly to hide her face within her hair. "...Let's go!" She said loudly through shaky breaths before taking the first step forward towards home.
Ares pants he had barely heard the thing Elizabeth said, in fact, he only heard the part about closing the portal, good thing he remembered how to from the original days he worked alone and didn't keep that stone on his wallet otherwise it would have gotten stolen no Ares knew a place to hide it, on his scarf after having deal with a lot of the demons he unwrapped it and a little hole sew into the scarf was seen its normally hidden since its the part he wraps around his neck and in that hole lay the stone given to him by De leon on a windy day almost fitting to his power. he only needed to close the portal and help the others with the Viviana demon after he closes the portal if it was still possible after all al his energy was drained he was running on reserves, with his left hand impaled by a demon claw bleeding badly and his back covered in slash wounds where blood seeped out. Gathering his willpower he pushed his injured body forwards and focused his wind on the portal and its glooming darkness started to be smashed by a beam of light, of course, Ares whined in pain his mind needed to be in perfect focus and it was hard, for he had questions. What was on the other side, what did Isabella and Wrath saw with his power dwindling he took the quick decision to just close the damn thing it was better this way. This decision made the beam of light explode closing the portal and sending Ares to the ground and there he lay for a couple of seconds before he heard the police sirens. [+blue Give me a break]. Ares whines with a pained groaned as he stands up using his right arm and tired legs which wabble barely able to keep him standing and takes a look at his surroundings and sees Isabella kneeled over the body of what used be Viviana, Ares heart sunk he knew what had happened without needing to be told, they had to put her down one day he is gonna be the one down there laying dead. But not today, today he has to get his shit together and fight another day and someone has to snap the 'leader' back to her senses.
With blunt moments despite his tired and wounded body, he walks over Isabella getting soaked by the rain each drop which hit his open wound caused him pain but he ignored it delivering a right hook into Isa's face although it lacks any force since he was running on willpower [+blue Wake the fuck up that demon is dead the friend you are so worried about is inside you, your heart I mean if you have time to be sad then you have time to get the fuck up and walk home to fight another day. And I don't wanna hear the bullshit of 'Oh but is pointless to keep fighting the same will happen'. We all accepted this role we knew one day we would become demons and somebody will kill us she should be glad her friend did the deed and not some psycho who would have pissed on her body.]. Ares screamed to wake her up but sadly his brave words were the opposite of his failing body which made him drop down to the floor face first.[+blue tsk, Get a move on Ill come up with a story for the cops]. With that Ares closes his eyes not fainted but expecting everybody to leave him behind after all he was too wounded and carrieng him would only slow them, he would do the same on their place
This wasn't going very well. She knew plans never worked out, but this was far from anything she had expected tonight. First Viv fell to her demon, then Kane seemed to have lost his mind and went to protect her from Wrath, who was now fighting the both of them. All while Ares, Aiden and her were trying to close the portal. And only she had the ability to do so without causing injury or harm to anyone else out of the three of them. This wasn't good.
[#B70303 [i 'What the hell went wrong? What signs did I not see?']]
Though Isa could probably think of the answers, now was not the time. Her sword slashed a small demon in half then stabbed into the chest of another. They were making a dent, but there were still so many of them, and they were quickly recovering in numbers. She felt that this was the plan the entire time. Split the group in half and take them down. Had Viv's demon really done all this?
Ares told her and Aiden to go and help the other two with Viv. She wasn't sure about this. Yes, Ares could handle his own, but she didn't like the idea of leaving one of them to deal with all the demons. This wasn't right. Then again, this whole night wasn't right from the start. Before Isa could argue with Ares, she glanced over to see Wrath get hit in the face and skid across the ground. Now she had to get involved.
[#B70303 "Ares! Remember how to close the portal once you've killed a good number of them"] She yelled back. [#B70303 "You should still have the gem De Leon gave you. Use your ability to force the portal shut. Aiden, you come with me."]
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[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/GIlmZN8.jpg]] Aiden managed to freeze one more demon and smash it to pieces. He was making progress, but it was hardly enough to help the other two. They were taking out at least two with one hit, and their hits were faster and stronger. He jumped out of the way of an attack and looked to see Kane yelling at Viv. What was he going on about? Was he really trying to save Viv from her own demon? Isa and De Leon had both said that once a demon takes control, it's a lost cause. With the way Isa had said it, he felt that she had tried before and failed. Still. Even Aiden wouldn't give up so quickly.
Kicking another away, he heard Isa give a command to follow her to help Kane and Wrath, quickly telling Ares how to close the portal. Thankfully she didn't have Aiden do it, because he left his gem back at the dorms. They weren't anything special, mainly worked as a way to focus the ability more in order to close the portal. De Leon had given Aiden his when they first met, saying to keep it close to him. Guess he still had to get that into a habit.
The boy quickly rushed to Isa's side, conjuring up his next ice weapon. This time he created a shield, almost half his size and thick so it would be hard to break it. Aiden knew he wasn't going to fight Viv, she was too powerful for him to even stand a chance. He knew just from seeing Wrath being punched back. Instead, he would make sure Wrath was okay, kneeling by her and holding his ice shield up in front of them.
Wrath quickly stood, yelling at Kane, but not doing much else. Aiden stood with her, holding out his free arm for her to take if she needed help standing. Her face was already starting to swell from the hit she took, and it would take some time to get all the pieces of gravel out of her arm. Aiden was just glad that nothing seemed to be broken.
[#3CDDE2 "What is going on with him?"] He thought out loud, watching as Kane seemed to suddenly become still. Aiden saw the water rush towards them, quickly holding the shield up to protect them. He stumbled back, causing Wrath to do the same, but he managed to keep his ground. The shield had a crack, showing that the force behind the water was very powerful. He guessed he could take two or three more hits before it would be shattered.
[#3CDDE2 "Where the hell did she learn to do that?!"] He exclaimed. [#3CDDE2 "I thought she could only control those orb things she has. Kane is the one with the water power. Can we have two abilities?"]
Now probably wasn't the best time to be asking questions.
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[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/5njlVJ4.jpg]] Isa stopped in her tracks as she saw the water fly from Viviana's hand. How had she done that? What the hell was going on?! Gripping the hilt of her sword tightly, she rushed towards the girl that was her friend. Getting close enough, she turned her body and side slammed into the girl, sending her stumbling a bit as Isa spun around with her sword following close behind. Instead of hitting Viv, though, it got stuck in a blob of water. Viv's face was unnatural. That smile she had was one Isa thought she didn't know how to make. What had happened?
[#330066 "Nice try."] Her voice was different. It sounded like two voices in one. It happened a lot when the demons took over, but something about this wasn't right. Something about the demon didn't fit...
[#B70303 "You're not the demon within Viviana..."]
[#330066 "You guessed right."]
Suddenly an orb came flying at Isa. She bent back and was just centimeters away from being hit in the face like Wrath. Coming back up, Viv had taken the time to get distance between them, her orbs floating around her. One after another, they shot towards Isa, who swung her sword to knock them out of the way, taking a few steps back with each hit. This went on until she felt something wet at her ankle. Looking down, she saw she had just fallen for a trap. The water quickly engulfed her, cutting out any air. Isa floated in the water as Viv walked closer, trying desperately to get her head out in order to breathe again.
[#330066 "So this is where you've been hiding."] The voice said, the smile still there. [#330066 "I have to admit, when it was said you disappeared, this was the last place I thought you would go."]
She was talking to the demon within Isa. Seemed this demon knew hers personally. Isa could feel her demon within her stir. It heard her comments, and it was getting annoyed. It didn't like to be toyed with, nor made fun of. Not being able to breathe, the girl was slowly loosing consciousness, as well as control over keeping her demon away. Possessed Viviana saw this, a chuckle escaping her lips.
[#330066 "Oh there you are! I knew you were in there somewhere."] Isa's eyes had changed to a blood red color, a signal that her demon was winning the fight in control. [#330066 "You know, I'm a bit disappointed that you're going out this way. I thought you would've put up more of a fight or something a little more entertaining."]
That had broken the control. Isa felt something break within her and she flew to the back of her own mind. The shadows below her rose up into the water, pushing through as if nothing was there in the first place. A figure formed behind her with the shadows, it's eyes the only source of light from it, gold, almost pure white. Now the smirk on Viviana's face had changed. The tables had turned, and she had no way to fix that.
[#B70303 [b "What's the matter?"]] Their voices taunted. [#B70303 [b "I thought you wanted something a little more entertaining."]]
The water seemed to fly away from Isa, letting her land on the ground before charging at Viviana. She only had a few seconds to react, or orbs hitting off any attack Isa came at her with. Her sword had been dropped so now she had a knife of shadows in her hand, swinging back and forth, managing to nick Viv a few times. Now she was scared, stumbling back and falling to the ground.
[#B70303 [b "Isn't this fun? Now you really get a fight with me."]]
Water splashed into Isa's face and body, sending her flying back. However, she landed well, only sliding back a bit on her feet. She threw her right arm out and the shadows extended further, breaking apart into many needles. Viv managed to get out of the way, throwing the orbs in a failed attempt to fight back. Isa's shadow only flung them away from her as she walked closer, the twisted smile now on her face.
[#B70303 [b "I will win this war. And with your power to help, I'll become the new ruler of Hell."]]
[#330066 "Kill me then. If you can."]
Viviana lunged forward.
[center It happened so fast...]
[center Everything around them had gone silent...]
[center Everything had gone still...]
The first thing she heard was the blood dripping onto concrete. Then she heard their breaths. Fast and light, hearts racing as they seemed to almost hold each other. When had she gained control of her body again? Was it before, or after?
[#B70303 "Viv...?"] Isa stuttered, hoping she would answer back.
[#B70303 "Viv...Viv. Hey, come on...Viv..."] She was shaking now, her hand letting go of the knife, the shadows dispersing back to where they came. Isa felt the weight of Viv's body fall onto her, causing her to fall as well. She caught the both of them, kneeling down to get a better look at the girl.
Blood dripped from her lips, as well as her chest. The knife was no longer present, but it didn't need to be. Isa knew where it had hit. Viv twitched a bit as she looked up at Isa, tears coming from her eyes. Isa saw something within that look, grabbing the girl's hand and holding it tight.
[#B70303 "It's okay Viv...I'm here. We're all here."] Isa whispered, trying to give a small smile as she fought back her own tears. [#B70303 "It's okay. You're okay...Viv...I...I'm sorry..."]
Life vanished from Viviana's eyes, her hand that held Isa's no longer having any strength. Isa was shaking, but holding the girl tightly in her arms. She had done her job. She had ended the demon that had taken hold, and saved the soul of someone she cared about. Isa didn't want to be the one to do this, but she rather her than anyone else in the group. She had seen it all, so why make them go through it as well? It would be hard enough getting past this by having just watched.
It started to rain. Police sirens were heard in the distance, but Isa didn't move. The police would be there soon, and they would try to figure out what had happened. They would find Viviana's body, De Leon having told Isa before it was better this way. But Isa wouldn't move. She sat there, in the rain, with another friend who had lost.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Handlee] [Handlee [size16 Kane refused. He'd seen it before. Seen someone try the same thing he was now. Watched them refuse to believe the truth. Witnessed their failure. And still he refused. Denied the possibility that the girl before him was gone. A person's battle with their own internal demons, the real ones, was a one man fight. This had been an ironclad rule up until a month ago.
[+darkblue "Oi. I don't recall you being so fucking weak to give into this shit!"]
A pair of energy spheres hurtled towards him as a response, and Kane shifted his ribbons to deflect the balls.
[+darkblue "You're stronger than that- stronger than me!"]
He parried the orbs on their return path with another wave of his hands, conducting and forcing the water ribbons to dance around him.
[+darkblue "I [b came back! You - BROUGHT ME BACK VIVIANA!]]
Kane followed through with an attack of his own, firing a ribbon right at her. More than ready for such a thing the possessed girl easily evaded the straight-forward attack.
[+darkblue "Something I couldn't do myself, you did! Now don't you tell me-"]
he shouted as he threw his left arm out. seeming to mime pitching a curve ball, a ribbon cut through the air and slapped Viv from an oblique angle. The girl tumbled backwards from the less than lethal but more than painful blow.
[+darkblue "-that you can't. You just have to share the burden! This past month I-"]
Interrupted by a more than eager counter-strike, Kane managed to catch himself with an undulating ribbon to his back before continuing
[+darkblue "-I figured that out! With you! The craving, the cold, [i [b her unending malice]]- it's been almost nonexistant!"]
Kane closed the distance, something he wouldn't have done before, as he shunted another attack from the orbs away.
[+darkblue "I'm not alone!"]
He dashed forward, deftly sidestepping another orb.
[+darkblue "And because I'm not alone-] The man barely managed to duck under yet another orb. Nearly there. [+darkblue -Neither are you!"]
Kane slammed into the girl, tackling her to the ground, and somehow succeeding to pin her there.
[+darkblue "With you I can face her. I can win. [i We] can win. So you don't get to cop out like that. I need you."] The girl before him meant more to him than he'd ever thought. This became abundantly clear to him. She was someone to entrust your heaviest burdens to. Someone to calm your heart.
[#00ffcc "You do?"]
His eyes on fire, Kane nodded.
[+darkblue "I do. Don't go off somewhere like I tried to. Stay here. With me. Forever. "]
"Jeez, lady. Was your power always this crazy annoying?" Wrath said as she dodged another attack, the balls of energy flying past her, barely missing her side. Wrath took the opportunity to flip onto the side of one of the buildings, hopping from it to another building, and pushing herself up until she was on the roof. She took a quick survey of the land, noting how far she'd gotten away from both the party, as well as civilians. She turned back just in time for the figure of her once good friend rise to meet the roof as well.
"Alright... Now we can get serious." Wrath said, pulling out her staff to full length. "I don't even know if this is gunna work..." A ball shot past her face and she dodged it easily. "First, i [i really] need you to settle down with those." And with that, she lunged. However, the demon Viv had been a lot faster than she anticipated, dodging and blocking her with as much ease as Wrath had been continuously dodging the energy balls. Wrath cursed under her breath.
She took a few steps back, away from the girl, and pulled her power towards the side of the building, ripping from it the grating that people would normally use to get up and down from the roof. Wrath pulled it around her and formed it into shards of metal and turned to Viv.
"Guess i'll have to try a different method." Wrath said before strategically launching shards at the girl. It seemed she did not expect this, and there was a delay in her dodging, giving Wrath the opportunity to get her to a point she could no longer run away from an incoming attack. All the while, Wrath approached slowly, trying to get her cornered, forming that staff behind her yet again. Viv began to try and outplay her, dodging the other way, Which Wrath was just hoping for.
"There." She said, pulling the staff out and swinging it towards her. [i I just have to knock her out!] She thought as the swing intensified.
But nothing would come to flourish of that hit. Wrath watched in slow motion as the staff split into quarters. She pulled back, holding the small piece of metal in her hand before looking to her right.
Kane had his hands raised towards her, ribbons of water around him. Why was he...?
"Kane, don't--!" But before any more words could come out, a flash of purple blinded her and she took a hit to the face, her mask breaking apart as she was sent flying, landing on the other side of the building with a sickening skid. Wrath hissed and groaned at the gravel now in her arm and side, her face dripping from the hit she took. Wrath watched from the floor as the balls of energy floated back to her.
[#ef1a06 [i "You should have killed her."]] A voice came into her head from out of nowhere. The alternate version of her, quiet before this, was active enough to point out that Wrath had made a crucial flaw standing so close to a demon. Wrath whispered to the voice to shut up before regaining herself, turning to Kane, who was no approaching the girl who attacked you. [#ef1a06 [i "Kill them both."]]
"Shut. Up." She said a little louder this time. She tore off the other half of her mask, but felt a dizziness come over her, probably from the blow. She held her hand to Her face, trying to stop the blood from pooling into her eye; trying to stop the dizziness from taking over.
"What the hell!?" She shouted towards him. He instantly shot her a glare. Wrath narrowed her good eye at him. She understood well enough that he was more upset than most of them about this. But he couldn't be that close to her... Not for long. Wrath flicked her eye between the two, trying to assess the situation.
Ares stood still shocked as his teammates rushed into action for the first time he was actionless he didn't know what to do but he also felt like this was due to his own fault perhaps if he had paid more attention to the girl this would not have happened regardless it was too late now as Wrath taunted the friend turn foe away and Kane followed. But there was no time to rest there were more demons and Lisa had already begun fighting them ordering him and the kid to stand here and help her, he was not gonna refuse but if what happened to Viviana happen to him would his teammates be sad?. Would anybody even bother chasing after her like Kane did try to save even just one little piece the sad thought of them killing him without remorse covered his mind but he kept it to himself there were demons to kill.
It seems Aiden has grown more confident, performing a quite impressive attack to distract the demons for him as well as planning ahead knowing that he was gonna help the kid the force of winds created by his attacks although not intentionally was gonna be a big boost. He dashed across the cold air and performed several punches into each demon in a blink of an eye they did not even notice they had been hit as a sudden burst open in their chest their innards becoming outwards.[+blue Be careful not to hit me then ill be going in deep]. He remarked dashing towards the demons that Isabella could not focus on giving them a nice elbow smash to their vital areas sometimes a palm strike his attacks didn't kill the demons outright but with the wind to help the momentum of his attacks after a few the demons were pierced by his punches.[+blue... Isabelle...you and the kid meet up with other two.... if that...'Demon' leads them to a trap you are best suited to rescue them I can catch up with you with my speed once I am finished here I think this the best plan plus I can avoid these grunts for hours]. He explained once he got a chance to come close to her during the fighting regardless of her choice he grasped a demon claw incoming to his face his hands bleeding from catching something so sharp with his bare hands and with no regard for his own safety crushed the claw with that same hand stabbing it further into his hand but breaking off the demon's arm.[+blue I think you demons made a big mistake...I don't care how fate plays out my death I will make sure to kill you damn scumbags until hell has emptied and the king of hell itself comes to kill me!]. His hand hurts but he didn't care he punched through the demon head with the claw that had been stabbed into his hand and so Ares keep fighting avoiding one or two attacks at the time but due to the vast number of demons one always found a way to slash him somewhere.
It was like the world around her had stopped. Everything around her disappeared, leaving her in nothing. The only thing in front of her was one of their own. She had been in this situation before. She had been put in front of her nightmares many times. She knew what she had to do. But each time didn't make it easy. It made it harder. She could feel a little piece of her break and die every time she had to do this. Each time, she prayed this wasn't happening. And each time, her prayers were never answered.
[#3CDDE2 "Is that...Viv?"]
Hearing Aiden, she slowly came back to what was in front of her. Viviana stood in front of the portal, a sort of smirk on her lips. This wasn't Viviana, but it was. There was no denying that it was her with her glowing orbs. Even if a demon could disguise as her, it couldn't recreate her abilities.
Had the demon within her awakened fully now? What were the warning signs? What had Isa missed to see the start of this going downhill? What about De Leon? Surely he would've noticed way before her. What had they missed? It had been a good while since this last happened. Maybe Isa had just grown hopeful?
Before she could do anything, Wrath had rushed to get Viviana's attention away from the rest of them. No. This wasn't the way to do it. This was the worst way to do it.
She heard Kane yell and quickly go to defend Viv from Wrath. No. This couldn't happen this way. Not like this.
[#B70303 "Kane! Get back here!"]
Isa looked around her in a panic. They were down in numbers. More than she was comfortable with, and at any minute the demons would come through. This wasn't good. She had to figure something out to get everything back and figure out what to do. Turning to the two that were left, she had to think of something.
[#B70303 "Alright, you two, don't go running off like they did. We still need to take care of the portal. Wrath gave us a distraction and Kane obviously fell for it too. For now, we focus on the portal and let those two figure it out. Once we get rid of this portal then we turn our attention to Viv."]
That's when the first demons came through. Isa saw them and knew this was not going to be easy at all. These demons came prepared with weapons, but there didn't seem to be that many. Good. Once they killed these demons they could close the portal. Aiden had no ability to close it, and while Ares could, she hadn't seen him close one without some help. That left her, which was worrisome. It strained her to close the portals, taking much more energy than she had to give most times. The demon within her got stronger near portals, and trying to close one seemed to help it gain control over her.
[#B70303 [i 'Looks like we don't have a choice.']]
Isa rushed forward, her sword at her side, ready to swipe. Approaching the first demon she gave it a kick before swinging the blade around to cut open another. The fight would have to be without her abilities until she closed the portal. She didn't want to take any chances and give the demon the upper hand.
[#B70303 "Come on!"] She yelled, going after the next demon to kill.
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Aiden wasn't sure what was going on. First Viv stood in front of the portal. Wrath went and punched her. Kane rushed after yelling something about him coming back so Viv could too. Then the demons suddenly came out of the portal and Isa ordered the two guys to fight with her. What the hell happened to make everyone crazy? The demons?
[#3CDDE2 "I guess we go fight?"] He asked Ares, not sure if that really was the right answer.
They couldn't just stand around though, they were sitting ducks otherwise. So, what was he to do? Well, fight he guessed. Aiden commanded the water from the fountain to rise and flow over to him, freezing in the process. In his hand formed a sort of ice hammer, much bigger than himself. He was still learning how to form said weapons and they sometimes came out too big or too small. This would do fine though. He hoped.
He looked around for a dense crowd of demons gather, finding one near Isa. Quickly, he rushed over, jumping into the air and holding the hammer above his head. With a yell, he swung it down, hitting the ground and shattering into many pieces. Said pieces were sharp, flying in all directions to pierce the demons around him. While some got away with a few embedded in them, others were practically covered in the shards, black ooze dripping out from the holes created. Aiden recovered fast, the shards never harming him. He clapped his hands together then pushed them outward, forcing the shards of ice to follow. They pushed in deeper into the demon's bodies and sent them flying back. Some even flew back into the portal, which Aiden was quite impressed with.
[#3CDDE2 "Seems I'm getting better at this."] He muttered to himself, a smile on his face.
He couldn't really celebrate for long though, more demons coming through. Aiden had never really seen this many demons before. They were all low powered, but he knew about strength in numbers. He just hoped that they could get the portal closed quickly and turn their attention back to Viv and figure out what to do about her.
He felt something suddenly slam into him, sending him to the ground. He really needed to pay attention more...
[#3CDDE2 "Okay...enough daydreaming..."]
Aiden pushed himself up and ran back to the fountain to gather more water to make into ice. What sort of weapon could he make now? Sure he could try the hammer again, but Isa said to never do the same special attack twice in a fight unless necessary. He had to plan this out carefully and quickly.
[#3CDDE2 "Ares! I got a little idea!"] He called. [#3CDDE2 "I'll be a distraction then you take them out!"]
Ares seemed a little annoyed, but Aiden was going to do his idea anyways. Gathering the ice around him, he made his hands into a ball, causing the ice to crush and crumble by the force. A ball was slowly formed above him until he figured it was big enough. He then swung his hands out, the ball flying towards the demons and exploding in the air. White snow suddenly flew at them, almost like a sudden blizzard. It blinded the demons in its path, making a great distraction for Ares to do what he wanted. Aiden was quite pleased with himself that this idea worked. He might try it a few more times in other battles.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Handlee] [Handlee [size16 Initially Kane had thought that he'd scared her away. Their foray into the unknown had left their relationship up in the air... Viviana seemed distant afterwards... for a few days. Then out of seemingly nowhere, the situation had reversed itself. Viv came to him. Pestered him far more than usual.
And annoyed as he was, it was nice. She even talked about trying again. Though she adamantly stated it would need to be later, and that heading back into that fray would be something the two of them would need to be prepared for. Kane had all but forgotten the crave. The two had even been on a few dates. Normal dates! Something Kane from a month before was surely against.
The month was short. Far too short.
Now here they were a month later. Viv was in front of the portal; as if she belonged there. As half the team seemed to lose their minds at the sight for some reason, Kane saw a very clear and concise solution. Viv was still in there, something he was sure of. He was going to bring her back. Viv was still in there and he'd be damned if he just gave up on her.
Wrath dashed forwards and suckerpunched Viv in the face. Understandably agitated Viv pursued the girl. So she wanted to deal with Viv herself... she [i thought] she could deal with Viv herself. As if any solution someone so eager to damn her could come up with was a viable solution. Not in his eyes anyway.
[center [+darkblue "Fuck That."]]
Throwing out an open hand he withdrew a significant amount of water from the fountain, forming it into several rather large ribbons.
[+darkblue "You guys can give up on her all you want. But if I can come back, then so can she."]
With that he pursued the two girls, leaving the rest of the group to deal with the summons.
Isa's 'plans' had gone up in smoke just like that.]]
Wrath decided, after Isa talked with her breifly, to dissapear.
She told DeLeon she would be back in a little under a month, but she had some things she had to take care of. He made some notion about homework, but said little against the idea otherwise. Perhaps he knew, it would do her some good to get away for a little while.
After that, she flew to a sister city, where there was work to be done. There was hardly a team there, and what little there was, they were getting their asses handed to them. From what it looked like, the demons took out their leader and were running rampage for [i weeks], and on top of that, the portals were still opening. They were scared, and so were the towns people.
Wrath swooped in and, in a matter of days, cleaned up their problem. She noted that even with the amount of power she used, not once did her bones break, and that scared her more than the creatures pouring from the portals. They asked her to stay and continue to lead them. She refused.
She moved on to the next city that was crumbling. And when she had cleaned up there, she moved on to the next, and then the next, and the next. She felt like she'd cleaned up thousands of towns, small and large, but none of that help would clean her conscious. She did what she did, and when she was dead, she would pay for it.
Wrath took a flight home, which was a good few hours away. She held her bag close to her as she watched the cities below go by so fast. She took note of everything inside her sack: Her new outfit, her new mask, her new weapon, various gifts from the places she'd visited. Her finger squeezed in on a book that had been given to her; a journal stating everything he'd learned about "The Light", giving Wrath more insight than she had wanted.
And the beast within her was so quiet, it was nerve wrecking.
She'd grown accustomed to the voice in the back of her mind, taunting her to go back through the portal, or to do bad things, or to reclaim what she'd given up. What scared her was when they all the sudden just disappeared. What was the thing planning? Where exactly was she lurking at that Wrath couldn't find her?
Wrath paused a few yards away from the front of the building she'd once called home. Things felt different here. Something was not right, and she knew it. She felt the tingle on the back of her neck like she did that day by the tree.
She swallowed hard, slinging her pack over her shoulder before approaching the door. She quietly opened the door, noting that there wasn't anyone nearby when she came in. Good. She made it to her bedroom, throwing her things down and immediately changing clothes.
When she stepped out, fresh and renewed, she met Viv, facing her.
[i "Hola, Amore."] She grinned in a way that made Wrath's spine tingle. And she hadn't hugged her yet... Weird.
"Heya, Viv." Wrath grinned, trying to shake off the feeling.
"I've missed you, [i Miss Wrath]." That did it. The inflection sent every nerve skyrocketing. Who was this person standing in front of her? Wrath kept her grin and chuckled slightly.
"I know... I'm sorry. I needed some time." She shrugged. Viv made to put her arm into Wrath's, and it burned. Viv jumped back, rubbing her arm.
"[i Cara Mia], you're on fire! Do you have a fever?" The Italian slipped from the girl's tongue, and the accent changed just slightly when she did so. Wrath made a note to keep her face clear from the shock of being burned, and her sudden change in language.
"Maybe... I was on a pretty long flight. It was kind of a shock to my nerves. Maybe I'll get some water and sleep it off." Wrath made her way to the kitchen, Viv right on her tail, watching her every move. Wrath remained calm as she got a cup, filled it with water, and downed it. Slowly. When it was empty, she filled it up again.
"Better?" Viv raised an eyebrow to Wrath as she turned.
"A little. Gunna take this with me in case I need more. Sorry our reunion is brief." Wrath grinned before saying her goodnight. She peeked into Isa's room, but they must've been at school already. She closed the door behind her when she found herself in her room.
That girl was not the same girl she'd left.
She knew that now more than ever as she stared down at that portal, a demon with a girl's face on it she once knew. She stood, previously crouched through the debriefing, the bright red smile of her mask the only thing visible by the glow of the portal.
"...Told you to take care of yourself, girl." She mumbled quietly to herself, not really caring if anyone heard her. She pushed through the crowd to stand next to Isa, turning to the girl.
"If she's here, there's going to be a good number pushing through." She said loudly. "I'll keep her attention for now while everyone else takes out the lesser ones." Wrath flicked her arm out and a staff came to her, forming in her hand. "See you on the other side." She grinned behind the mask, even though they couldn't see it, and dashed into the fray, dodging away from the four legged beast and smacking the once-was Viviana in the face as hard as she could muster. The demon-girl growled and turned her attention to Wrath, just as had been expected.
"The monkey chased the weasel~" Wrath singsonged, dodging those annoying energy balls as Viv pursued her away from the others.
Ares spent the month training his wind skill the most he could if he learned anything from his shoulder injury is that he can't rely on big flashy moves anymore and master the speed of his attacks would be most likely key to his victory developing a tactic from watching video games rather than training with the group since he is just a damn nerd like that. From fantasy, he comes with an idea to throw his sword and catch it then swing it, while from a fighting game he comes with a uppercut followed by a drop kick they worked well on the nights that happened during the small month where nothing much occurred always rejecting the help of Isa, Kane, Wrath, Aiden, and Viv, in fact, going as far as avoiding further communications with them he needed to train himself to the utmost limit after all and did not want to show his more friendly side to them.
Today the portal opened at a nearby shopping mart that was gonna be a pain if they didn't fight outside or near a window, Ares would be somewhat restricted. When they get near the center seems the others are going a more sneak approach, Ares, however, just moves into an alleyway near the mart and jumps from wall of a nearby building into wall of the center switching between the two as he gets higher up until he gets to the roof of the shopping mart avoiding most human guards guess nobody would be able to perform what he just did so nobody could expect it. Looking at the skylight in the center of the shopping which led down into where the others where he stops. [+blue Guess I should not make noise]. Ares said to himself opening a glass like it was a door due to their square shapes and intervals as He just jumps down and lands on his legs being forced to kneel to compensate the impact had he been human this would have killed him but luckily he can withstand this no issue as He meets with the team. There he saw it a figure with orbs floating around it seem to guard the portal and it seem familiar to him but demons can have human looks or so he assumed but Aiden mentioned of Viv worried him, could the figure really be her?. Ares was not one to wait around for answers to come to him He runs head first seeing the figure for who it really was.[+blue No, it cannot be!...]. He screams in astonishments breaking the silence
It was a little hectic when they arrived back at the dorms. Aiden somehow was given the task of taking Wrath to her room, who was passed out in his arms. He wouldn't admit it, but he did blush a bit while carrying Wrath home. Perhaps there was something there that he hadn't really noticed before.
[#1AB46B "Aiden, a word."]
Aiden had walked out of Wrath's room after laying her in her bed. His cheeks were still a little red and warm, but he didn't really notice. He nodded and followed De Leon to his office, wondering what he would get a lecture about this time.
[#1AB46B "Please, tell me what happened today."]
[#3CDDE2 "I'm not sure on all the details..."] Aiden replied. [#3CDDE2 "But Isa and Wrath went into the portal while Ares and I, well more him, fought the demons coming out. After a while, Isa and a random guy came flying out, followed by Wrath, who passed out rather quickly."]
De Leon listened quietly to Aiden. He already knew what happened, and it took a lot to hide his fury. Instead, he would take this moment to try and teach Aiden before he would get himself into trouble. While Aiden was a good kid, he hadn't really worked with a team before, and he was still new to the knowledge of these demons.
[#1AB46B "Aiden, I want you to listen to me carefully. Don't you [i ever] do what they did today. Going into a portal and stepping into Hell itself is the last thing you want to do. The demon within you is twice, if not ten times, more powerful while in Hell, and has a higher chance of taking over you. If that is to happen...I'm afraid there's no turning back."]
Aiden didn't like the sound of "there's no turning back". He didn't need De Leon to explain what he meant by that. Isa had already said a similar thing about it. Instead, he just nodded, trying to hide the fear he was starting to get over De Leon.
[#1AB46B "Now then, I will talk to Isa about your training. She will be in charge of that, but you will have the responsibility to follow it. We don't know when the next portal will open, and you need to be ready. You've done well on your own, but that won't be enough with fighting with a team, or these larger demons. Now, go and rest."]
Aiden nodded and left the office, walking into the main room. What was he going to do? Everyone else seemed to be missing. Probably either in their rooms or somewhere else. He didn't stand there for long before the door flew open, making him jump. He spotted Viviana walking in soaking wet. Just what kind of adventure had she been on exactly?
[#3CDDE2 "Hey Viv, you alright? Where's Kane?"]
[b "Busy."] She replied, walking towards him. [b "He said he would be back later. I'm going to go dry off, wanna help?"]
He blinked a few times, his face turning a bright red. He could only stutter, Viv chuckling and giving a quick peck on the cheek before walking away. Aiden watched her walk down the hallway, confused out of his mind.
[#3CDDE2 [i 'What the hell was that?']]
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A little over a month had passed since the daytime portal. Police and news reporters were all over it once the group had left. Isa caught a bit of it on the nightly news that night. People were worried. A portal rarely opened in the daytime, so this could mean the demons were getting stronger. She wished she could tell them otherwise. While rare, yes, they weren't as rare as the public thought. The demons just seemed to be weaker during the day, or at least, that's what it seemed like. They never seemed to fight any big demons during the day.
They had fought demons about three other nights within the time that had passed. Thankfully, everyone had been fully healed by the time the next portal came around, and they were easier to deal with. Isa had been working with Aiden a bit on how to control his abilities. There was only so much she could do herself, having a completely different ability from his. She suggested he talked to Kane, since his was the most similar. But she helped where she could, including teaching him the different demons and how to always be prepared for a battle. Thankfully, the kid caught on quick, aside from a few mess ups, but that was part of learning. He seemed to have taken this job a bit more seriously since his first two battles, so that made Isa a little less worried about him.
She had spoken to Wrath after she was chewed out by De Leon. While Isa did agree with what he had to say, she wasn't going to give Wrath another lecture. The girl had gotten the message very clearly, and De Leon seemed to somewhat understand once Isa explained about the kid being in there. She still had a lot of questions about that kid. He seemed to know a lot more than he was letting on. She hadn't seen him since that day, and she was a little glad. Something about him stirred up the demon within her, making it difficult to hold it back. Something about that light he spoke of kept repeating in her mind. Isa didn't bring it up with De Leon, wanting to figure it out on her own. He was bound to find out sooner or later anyways, so why bother filling him in now.
A knock was heard on her door, Isa looking up from her laptop. Calling for the person to come in, the door opened to reveal De Leon standing at the entrance. Isa expected him to just say dinner was ready, but that didn't seem to be the only thing he came for. Closing the door behind him, he waited a minute before speaking.
[#1AB46B "Have you noticed Viviana's mood lately?"]
Isa raised an eyebrow, not sure what he was getting at. Sure she had noticed the girl a little more tired than usual, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Isa had told her a few times to slow down on the portal tracking. While helpful, it drained too much of her energy and left her almost useless once they actually got to the portals.
[#B70303 "If you're talking about her recklessness, sorry to let you know but you're a little late to the party."]
De Leon obviously didn't appreciate the sarcasm given to him. Isa knew that, which was part of the reason why she said it. Still, she waited to see if he would enlighten her on his concern about the girl.
[#1AB46B "Ever since that battle a few weeks ago, she hasn't seem to be fully herself. She's quiet, hardly speaking. I doubt she's even gotten out of bed today."]
That was a bit concerning. Viviana spoke a lot, and now that she thought about it, she hadn't been tackled into a hug for a while. Had she even seen her at school? It seemed that ever since she came back from whatever it was with Kane she wasn't herself. Viv acted like herself, but with something about her being off. Isa couldn't place it, and just figured it was from whatever happened. De Leon had told her the basic of what happened with Kane, just enough so she knew he was struggling as well. It was foolish to let Viviana follow, but by the sounds of it, Kane didn't have much of a choice. Still, it was rather stupid to think he could win on the demon's home turf.
Concerning Viviana, with her mood change, Isa knew what this could mean, and she didn't like it one bit. She had seen it before, and she knew the results. While she hoped it wouldn't come to that, she knew how little of a chance that was. Still, it didn't mean they wouldn't try. She wasn't going to just give up on someone that quickly after all she had seen. Closing her laptop and putting it to the side of her, she looked up at De Leon to figure out what to do next.
[#B70303 "Do we keep her from fighting for a while?"]
[#1AB46B "I think that will be best, but there are other things we need to consider."]
[#B70303 "She's still going to try to find the portals for us."] Viviana was the only one that could actually track them. While the others could sense one opening, it wasn't as strong. The closer they were, the stronger the feeling. Viviana just used her abilities to find them though. She seemed to zero in on that sense and follow it to the source. None of them could do that and she knew it. So she would go against De Leon's suggestions to rest and try to find them anyways. How would they even attempt to stop her from doing that for a while?
[#B70303 "I'll talk to her when we get back tonight. She's already given me the location for the portal tonight."]
[#1AB46B "Please see to it."] De Leon nodded, opening the door toe leave the room. [#1AB46B "Oh, and dinner is ready."]
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The portal wasn't too far from the dorms. Just down the road a bit and in the shopping center where students would hang out after class. Thankfully curfew was still in place, but because of how popular the place was, it would mean more security around.
Aiden hid with Isa in an alleyway behind some dumpsters. Shifting his scarf around his face, he attempted to keep the stench of the garbage our of his nose. Sadly, his scarf could only do so much.
[#3CDDE2 "You would think that since we take care of the demons we wouldn't have to hide from the cops."]
[#B70303 "Cops don't like to be shown up,"] Isa responded, still keeping a look out. [#B70303 "That's why they're also trying to catch us. If they ever caught us though, they would quickly find they couldn't keep us locked in."]
[#3CDDE2 "Thought this through a bit?"]
[#B70303 "More than you know."]
Isa seemed to have every situation thought out. Anything that could cause them trouble, she took into account and thought of at least one way to get everyone out safely. Isa had mentioned that she had been there the longest out of any of them, so she was bound to have seen some shit that they hadn't. Aiden wondered what that could be, but didn't want to ask. After he had asked about her remembering how she gained her power, he felt that most of these questions were better left alone until she felt it was right to talk about it. If that was ever.
Isa's hand came over his chest, motioning him to get up against the wall and to the ground. Aiden did just that as a light flashed over them. Some security guards were walking around, seeing if anyone was trying to stay out of curfew. One would think they would check behind the big thing hiding at least half of the alleyway, but they didn't, walking off. Guess they figured it was going to be a slow night like most nights so why bother.
[#3CDDE2 "Is it all clear now?"]
Isa looked out for a minute before nodding, stepping out of the shadows. The portal was bound to open any minute now, so they were getting ready. Aiden pulled out a water bottle, unscrewing the top. As it poured it, it froze into a hammer like weapon, hopefully perfect for tonight's battle. If not, he would form it to something else. He just needed to be careful not to lose any bits of ice or he would run out.
He looked over to see Isa with her sword, coating it in her own shadow. Aiden always thought it strange how she had that power out of all of them. He thought all demons would have control of the shadows, being of darkness to start off with. De Leon had explained to them though that while they could hide in the shadows, they couldn't control it. They just had a better understanding of it than they did. Just like certain demons had ice powers, certain demons had complete control of the shadows. Did that mean those demons could overpower the others?
[#B70303 "It's opening."]
Aiden looked up to see something shine in the near distance. The teens were scattered about, looking around for any signs of the portal forming. Once they found it, they would give a signal of a light to the others. The portal was near the center of the shopping center. That was a big open space, so that would be good for them. Hopefully the damage wouldn't be too bad. Wishful thinking really.
The two of them quickly made their way to the center, meeting with the others a few streets before it. Isa gathered everyone around to make some sort of plan.
[#B70303 "Alright, there's a fountain in the middle, so I want Aiden and Kane to always be in reach of that water. But if it gets too much, back away and take some of the water with you. Wrath, you and me will have to go head on, so make sure you have plenty of metal. If you need to, take some from the buildings, but don't take anything that's there for structure. We don't want anyone getting hurt."]
There wasn't much she could really plan. They needed Viviana to be their over watch, but Isa had told her to stay behind. Had something happened to cause Isa to make that choice? He could tell she was tired a lot after battles, but he figured she was just getting used to her own abilities. He was tired afterwords as well, but not as much as she showed. Hopefully they would get along fine without her.
They neared the center, the portal towering over the old buildings. Isa suddenly stopped, causing the others to do the same, Aiden almost bumping into Kane. Looking ahead, he could see why she stopped, confusion coming over him. A figured stood in front of the portal, facing them. Hair floated up in the air and around their face, shades of pink coming off of it in the street lights. Orbs floated around the figure, almost like look outs. Why where they here?
[+grey "You cant be doin this foreva' kid. You're gonna get caught one day."]
[+teal "You're one to talk. You're the one buying it."]
A gritty man with a scar on his face sat behind the counter peering at jewelry. He inspected it with care determining the value of each item. while going on with his rant formed with a false notion of concern for the boy. Louche had been selling to this fence for a little over 3 months now. And now he's getting cold feet?
[+grey "This ain't about me kid. You have real talent. And you're squandering it on this type of stuff. At first I thought you were another two bit theif but now... Where'd you even get this stuff from? It's real high profile."]
[+teal "Which is why you'll give me more than the usual percent this time."]
[+grey "Which is why I'll give you less than the usual percent this time."]
The shady 17 year old raised a brow confused. [+grey "It's higher profile. Which means it'll be harder to sell. Harder to deal to other fences as well. Not to mention how hot it is."]
Louche let out an annoyed scoff putting his hands on the counter looking at the stolen jewelry. [+teal "I'll just take it to another fence then."]
[+grey "You know I'm the only one left in town that'll deal with your hot hands kid. Give it up."]
He let out a sigh of defeat as he backed off. The Clerk raised a bearded smile as he leaned back in his chair. [+grey "Nine-hundred Fifty. That's all i'll give ya."]
Even though they both knew the real price of the items to be well over ten thousand bucks altogether this was just the way things worked. The boy took the money and walked out. Pulling his board from the bag on his back it was fastened on he began to roll down the streets of Milan. Rolling past unconcerned people as they carried out their every day life. That light. He couldn't stop thinking about it, out of everything that happened in that hellish landscape that was the one thing that stuck out to him. even remembering it had him in a semi trance, like moths to a flame he could hear them screaming even in that split second. Souls, burning out around it as it gave off the most magnificent incandecence he'd ever imagined. He wanted it. That light, he needed to have it to himself. [size20 [+red "Kid get outta the road!"]] He was broken from his daydreaming continuing on before he drew any more attention to himself. He'd been doing that a lot lately. Not to mention how odd he'd been acting since. His urge to steal even when he had no need to was much higher, it was like he was starving. Going out of his way to wreak havoc and heist things that were far above his need. Of course he wasn't dumb. Even with his high profile larceny he still managed to avoid the cops.
But what was happening to him wasn't unsurprising. Somehow he knew to expect these things, He had no idea why but he just did. Like he was following a path he couldn't stray from. And it was leading him on the straight and narrow. The thief stopped on the corner waiting for a rather empty trolley to pass before continuing on. He peered up at the cloudy morning sky. Watching silently as his breath as it left his mouth.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Handlee] [Handlee [size16 [center [#560da3 "What is this?"]]
[center [i Her] voice filled his head.
[#560da3 "What is this morsel you've brought? A bribe perhaps."]]
Kane struggled to speak, his words lost in the cold water. Not that what would have been said would have been entirely coherent. The layer of confusion blanking his consciousness wasn't entirely forgiving. I took him what felt like a solid minute to put the pieces together. The first thing he noticed, was a hand. Of course he couldn't see it. On account of it being too damn dark. A soft hand desperately clutching his own. A girl's hand. Viviana.
She was here! Somehow, some way, Viv had fucking followed him. With his vision finally clearing he confirmed it. The pink haired girl had accompanied him to his own personal hell. Up until moments ago Kane was ready for a fight. Ready to either subdue his demon or be overcome himself, however that plan had been washed away now. Instead he made a break for it, wrapping an arm around her, and swimming forwards, in an attempt to find one of the many air pockets of this world.
Minutes. All he had was a few minutes before Viv would drown. Proceeding on he scanning the upside-down buildings and streets around him for anything that might normally hold water. Fortunately they were in a part of town he knew, and he quickly he found himself an intersection that held a large fountain. But the fountain was dry.. or rather, it wasn't dry when it should have been. Something was wrong. Kane shot a glance down each street, looking for something familiar. Unfortunately he couldn't see very far down any of them.
[#560da3 "Better hurry boy. The morsel's running out of time."]
As if [i she] needed to remind him. He picked a street and swam. And a minute later he found himself looking at the same intersection he'd just left.
[+darkblue [i Fuck! She's toying with us!]]
[#560da3 "Just figuring that out now boy? I thought you were smarter than that. Or maybe you aren't. You certainly thought you could come in here and defeat me. Or perhaps you didn't. Just wanted some resolution?"]
[+darkblue [i Shut up! You're breaking the rules.]] He chose the left street in a hurry.
[#560da3 "Say what you will, but in this case, the one who broke the rules was you, was it not? Only fitting that I am allowed to make, what is it? Amendments? Yes. Truthfully boy, you're lucky there are rules at all."]
Kane should have known not to argue with a demon. Particularly when it was right. The left path led him back around to the intersection. Perhaps he could reason with one instead.
[i [+darkblue I'm not going to let this girl drown by my hand. Let her go and you can have me.]]
[#560da3 "Oh you like this one, do you? What makes you think I'd let her go just because you like her? That you can barter with me?"]
Viv was struggling to hold her breath... she wouldn't last much longer. No matter the cost, he had to get her out.
[+darkblue [i For once in your-]] [#560da3 "[size20 Actually!] I've changed my mind. You may go."]
And just like that, a torrent of air bubbles sprouted from the fountain top, cascading up the sides and pooling in the basin above. He could almost feel her elation, as he had not choice but to fall for what was likely a trick. But now was not the time to ponder. Leaving behind thoughts on the ramifications of their escape, Kane darted for the air pool.
Back in the real world, Kane and Viviana emerged from the very same fountain they'd entered a moment second ago, Kane taking a massive gasp of air, and Viv, coughing and sputtering. Any longer and she would have drown. The duo spilled out onto the sidewalk.
It took Kane only a few seconds to regain his breath and check on Viv who was on all fours, her wet hair forming a face obscuring curtain.
[+darkblue "You alright?"]
Opting to place a hand on her shoulder after receiving no response, he repeated himself.
Not entirely unwarranted, she shouted his hand away before he could.
[b "Don't touch me! Please!"]
[+darkblue "Y-yeah.. you got it."] he said, withdrawing his hand and instead sitting down on the edge of the fountain. Well, she was alive.
After a minute of silence Viviana stood.
[b "Sorry... for yelling. I just... don't think I'm ready for another trip like that."]
[+darkblue "No, it's alright. I understand. Better safe than sorry right?"]
He offered up a half hearted smile to the girl, who smiled in return.
Once more their words died off, as the city went about it's business around them. Viviana took a moment to survey her surroundings. They weren't that far from the dorms at present, the trip from before having been seemingly a lie.
Viv was the first to break the awkward silence.
[b "Listen, Kane. I'm going to head back to the dorms now... I still mean what I said before so... Don't - ahm. Don't try whatever that was again. Okay? Not without me."]
[b "I mean it! Promise?"]
[+darkblue "Yeah yeah. I promise."]
[b "Okay! I'll see you at the dorms later!"]
With that she walked off leaving Kane to ponder how she managed to bounce back from that experience so quick, and unscathed at that. Maybe she was stronger than he initially thought.
[size9 [center He couldn't have been more [b wrong].]]
Wrath opened her eyes to a world a lot more blurry than she remembered. Something shifted in her line of vision, as she stared up. She tried to blink away the obscurity, and as things became more clear around her, she realized that the shifting object was a ceiling fan above her, hardly doing its proper job at the trickling pace it was producing.
It was at this point, that her vision became even more clear and her concious more aware of her surroundings, that she was in a [i massive] amount of pain. Her entire body ached, even though the only thing moving was the steady rise and fall of her chest as she tried to breathe, the air scratching her dry throat. However, she decided that she couldn't just lay there all day.
Slowly, with her entire body screaming at her, she sat up, trying to assess her current situation. Somehow, she'd made it to her room. She looked around, nothing out of the ordinary, but something still felt off. As if on queue, she heard the chuckle, and her entire body tensed, which she immediately regretted. Even after she tried to relax, her mind was on high alert.
[#ef1a06 [i "Well, Well. Sleeping Beauty wakes."]] Said a voice Wrath was all too familiar with. Attempting to swallow some saliva, she looked around the room, until her eyes fell on the mirror across the room from her bed. Her reflection grinned back at her, a more sinister air about her. [#ef1a06 [i "You don't remember what happened, do you?"]] The figure said to her. Wrath, after a moment of silence, shook her head. Her reflection laughed. [#ef1a06 [i "Perhaps it's best that way. It was quite a show... If you like violence, anyway."]] The figure flicked a cigarette Wrath had not noticed she'd had before, and stuck it in her mouth to take a puff. Wrath, panicked, looked to her own hand, but there was no cancer stick there. She looked back.
"...What do you want?" Wrath asked hoarsly. The reflection tilted her head, letting the smoke trail out of her mouth.
[#ef1a06 [i "Power."]] She breathed. "[#ef1a06 [i I want to control] that [i realm. I want to be number one...."]] The reflection grinned. [#ef1a06 [i "What if you could have unlimited power? One that you wouldn't need to have me for? You could just... Have your own."]]
"What's the catch?" Wrath glared at the reflection, to which it responded with a laugh.
[#ef1a06 [i "I'm stuck in your body, idiot. I can't get it myself."]] She mused, taking a hit off of the cigarette once again. [#ef1a06 [i "You help me get it... I leave, and I'll give you your own power."]] [i My own power...] Wrath's mind trailed as she pondered on the thought of what it would be like to have her own body, untouched by the chaos that lurked inside her. [#ef1a06 [i "You could play hero, without my help."]] That last phrase echoed around her like a choir in a cathedral, bouncing around her mind, tantalizing her thoughts with the juiciest information that that [i thing] could give her.
[i Knock, Knock, Knock.] Wrath shot her head towards the sound, immediately regretting the action, as it hurt like hell. She turned back to the mirror, finding herself standing in front of it. She took a step back. When had she moved? How long was she standing there? ...Why was she covered in dried blood? She looked down at her hands and pondered this for a moment before the knocking sounded again. She cleared her throat as best as she could.
"Ye--?" A near squeak came out. She tried again. "Yes?" Better, more controlled.
[#1AB46B [i "Meet me in my office when you've gotten all of that blood off of you."]] A voice rang clear through the door. Her breath hitched in her throat. [i DeLeon.] With a gulp, and a deep breath, she responded with a 'yes'. After that, she heard his footsteps trail away from her door, but the anxiety that she felt never left with him.
As quick as her body would let her, she dragged herself, along with some clean clothes and a towel, to the shower, and washed herself at about the same pace. The hot water certainly helped each aching muscle, but it did not stop it. She thought, breifly, that she might ask Viv to heal her. Another thought told her she deserved every ounce of this. After a few more moments, the underlying anxiety of being in water overcame her, and she decided to get out. She took her time, however, drying off, and putting on clothes, as to delay her meeting.
What was she supposed to say to him?
She threw her towel in the laundry bin close by, and walked down the hall, towards her dread. When she was in front of the door, a voice commanded her to come in. [i I didn't even get to knock...] Wrath thought as she opened the door to enter. Without saying a word, she closed the door behind her, and quietly sat in the chair across from him. The entirety of those actions were monitored by glares from [i him]. They stared at each other for a while before Wrath shifted in her seat, uncomfortable.
"So... I guess this means Isa reported in." Wrath wasn't one for beating around the bush. If he was going to yell at her, she'd rather get to the point of it.
[#1AB46B "She didn't have to."] DeLeon responded, lacing his fingers over his chest as he leaned back in his chair slightly. [#1AB46B "I saw you."] Wrath felt her heart rate pick up a smidgen, but tried to maintain composure. [#1AB46B "I saw you go into the portal. Isa, as well. [i I saw you both.]]" He jabbed that point into her, knowing full well that she would feel guilty about disobeying his rules.
"Leon, let me explain." She tried to give, but he just slammed his hands on his desk so hard, that various objects and nic nacs bounced up, or fell over. Wrath's heart jumped, but she remained stoic. "...Please." She said quietly.
[#1AB46B "I don't ask for very much around here."] He said, getting up suddenly to pace around the room. [#1AB46B "I give very few rules-- All of which are for [i your] saftey-- and I only expect your grades to be good. I let you get away with skipping school, skipping life, I give you a place to stay, and for what?"]
"[#1AB46B You [i disobeyed] one of the rules, and you could've [i died in there]."] He raised his voice as if trying to interrupt him would do little good to him. [#1AB46B "You could've gotten Isa killed, [i too!]"]
"I didn't ask her to come with me!" Wrath yelled, standing up just as suddenly as he had, knocking over the chair. "I'm fully responsible for what happened, but listen--"
[#1AB46B "[i I know you are.]"] He spoke harshly, completely stopping her mid-sentence. There was a tense silence between the two of them as Wrath mulled around ideas in her head before a chord struck with her.
"...What is so important about us not going into the portal?" She asked quietly.
[#1AB46B "I told you. It's dangerous in there, you could've--"]
"Stop." She said, holding up her hand to him. He went into a silent rage. "Just... Tell me what is hiding in there that's so important to you. What is it that you didn't want us to see?" To that, he was silent. She waited, giving him a moment to contemplate an answer, but it never came. He just stood there, glaring at her. "...Fine. Then i'll find the answers myself."
[#1AB46B "If you go back in there..."] He seemed to threaten.
"If you know about whatever's in there, and [i she] knows... There are bound to be countless others who do, too." Wrath said, crossing her arms. "And I don't just mean the humans." DeLeon's glares turned into confusion, and shock. Perhaps the anger was melting away?
[#1AB46B "...So she's awake."] He said, his voice a lot calmer than it was before. [#1AB46B "That means she's interested. She knows."]
"Knows what? Interested in what?" Wrath pressed. DeLeon stared at her for a moment before taking a deep breath.