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The Pilgrimage (Part 1)

Mel is continuously disturbed by a recurring dream of a distant land... Will Raphael and Melanie find their way to the promised lands? and why is she having dreams of the place in the first place?

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Hewwooooo
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💜🤗
15:15:16
(Whops wrote before the room update, sowwy)
15:15:41
Hello again!
15:16:20
(everyone here?)
15:16:22
(( raph should be any second
15:16:46
(Hi! O/)
15:17:12
(Great. Would you like to start first?)
15:17:20
(Me?)
15:17:31
(either of you, i don't mind)
15:17:43
(Can you start Mel? ^^ I am still a bit lost here, haha.)
15:18:16
(I'll follow along. The Pilgramage, huh.)
15:18:31
(I'll read Kiuko's profile meanwhile)
15:19:05
(it's old. never updated it. She'll get use soon)
15:19:22
(This will be just text RP, right?)
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(yes)
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(Ok! ^^)
15:24:28
*Another night, another dream. The same dream- the same colors, shapes, and light. Stirring from slumber, I sit up and look out the window at the sun rising beyond a distant hill. The scent of recent rain catches my attention as I hear Raph begin to stir.* Sorry, did I wake you again? *I speak the words almost automatically, my vision still focused on the greys of the overcast morning with the yellow of the sun dancing across the landscape.*
15:28:16
(I am assuming this will be after our chess encounter in our storyline, Mel)
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(( or a few days later, yeah
15:30:26
*I start stretching a little while I feel Mel waking up. It’s been a few days since she has woken up exactly at the same time. At this point, I am beginning to get worried about her recurring dreams. But still, every time she describes it, I can’t still make anything of it, which started to get me upset. Nevertheless, I tried to remain calm* Hi! It’s okay! I was half awake anyway. Same dream again? *I say as I turn to Mel and look at her in her eyes*
15:33:58
*I nod, turning to meet your gaze.* It's always the same. *I pinch the bridge of my nose between my eyes and look down before stepping forward and wrapping my arms around you, seeking the warmth and comfort from an embrace.* At first, I thought it might be a coincidence like you had said, but it's only become more repetitive and frequent *I mumble into your chest.* I just want to know why...
15:40:24
*I close my eyes and gently place my right cheek on top of Mel’s head, I wrap my arms around her and let out a deep sigh. Wanting to make her feel protected, my wings also wrap around us and they caress her back in slow tender motions* It’s definitely not a coincidence anymore, Mel. *I whisper to her ears* I have been researching for the past few days, but yet, I can’t make anything of it. I am sorry I can’t be of help, sweetie. I think it’s about time we seek further help, don’t you think?
15:45:42
*Looking up while wrapped in your embrace, I nod* I just don't know who to ask. *I step away from the embrace and begin dressing myself for the day.* Do you think we could go for a walk before breakfast?
15:49:06
*As Mel steps away from my embrace, I place my right hand on my chin and I start pondering about our current situation. As always, as a bad habit of mine, I stay too focused on my thoughts and forget everything around me. I can barely hear the word “walk”, which finally broke my focus* Huh? Walk? A walk? Outside? What about breakfast? *I say as a quickly raise my head to Mel*
15:53:42
(I say as I quickly raise**)
15:53:57
*I adjust the straps of a short yellow sun dress over my shoulders as Raphael finally responds.* It smells like it rained last night and I just want to enjoy it while I can. We can have breakfast afterwards, but it's not like either of us need it. *Breakfast had become a bit of a tradition, a small detail to help maintain appearances of being 'normal people'.*
15:58:51
*I smile to Mel and then look outside. I lean towards the window and open it as I then took my head out for a few seconds, feeling a gentle breeze. When I pull back in, my hair is even messier than it already was when I woke up* I like it outside, I think we can skip breakfast for now. I might help you empty your mind. *I then quickly jump out of the bed and snap my right fingers. My tunic and my armor immediately reveal on my torso and my hair combs on its own* Come on, let’s go then. *I say with an upbeat voice and drag Mel from her left wrist, almost forcing her to keep up with my pace*
16:05:00
*Placing my key necklace over my head, my eyes go wide as we're suddenly moving.* Aah! *Before I know it we're out the front door as it clicks locked behind us. The warmth of the sun washes over us for a moment, but there's little time to enjoy it with the pace at which Raphael leads.* What's the rush, hon?
16:16:14
*I giggle* No rush. I just wanted to surprise you. I know you like surprises. And I would also like to see you smiling. *I grab both of Mel’s cheeks and pinch them playfully. Then, I look down to where our hands were grabbing and place myself next to Mel as we both start walking slowly as the sun washes on us and a slight breeze makes both of our hairs flick around* You know, according to what I have read, there are some people who can handle mana energy, mostly monks. They would probably be adept at reading dreams or at minimum being able to provide with some hints. Right now anything would be helpful. *I shrug my shoulders* Do you perhaps know where we could find one?
16:21:55
[A girl wearing somewhat tattered robes and a cap on her head stands at the side of the busy street, calling out to random passer-bys]
16:23:40
A flower bracelet, sir? How about a rabbit-fur purse? Nice Cherries for you, Madam?
16:24:23
*Mel and I both stop and I look back at Mel* I think any of those would suit you well, Mel. *I giggle and elbow at Mel*
16:25:37
*Still pondering Raphael's question, I'm brought back to reality with the elbow in my side.* Oh! Hi, I- didn't bring any gold with me, but that flower bracelet sure looks lovely. Are those... purple orchids?
16:29:59
Good eye, madam!
16:30:30
Why don't you try it on?
16:30:42
*She holds it out for your wrist*
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*Glancing to Raph for a moment with a look that was equivalent to a shrug, Mel's hand drifts forward*
16:32:59
Sure, I guess...
16:33:03
*I simply nod while Mel looks at me*
16:33:41
*The girl fastens the bracelet around your wrist, gushing about how it fits your beauty and enhances your looks*
16:33:42
*she abruptly stops and tightens her grip slightly, looking at your face*
16:34:15
*Blushing from the compliments, the quick shift takes Mel by surprise, eyes inquisitive with a hint of worry.*
16:35:50
Y-You're... different... aren't you...? *she questions in a very low voice, barely audible*
16:36:13
*I look at her and smile as I find her blushing. Then I look at the foxgirl and my eyes widen while I hear her words. I immediately take Mel's hand and push her back at we both take some steps back. My calm demeanor suddenly shifts to a menacing one. I raise my right hand, ready to snap my fingers at the foxgirl and looking at with menacing eyes* Who are you and how do you know that? *I say with a serious voice*
16:38:58
No, no... relax
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(oops, let me redo that)
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No, no... *she pushes her hands out in front of her, showing she meant no harm*
16:40:47
(oops... I made a mistake too, didn't notice was she a foxgirl yet because of the cap on her head)
16:41:06
*she looks around, - the road is rather empty today, and the passer-bys couldn't be bothered to give two looks a girl in tattered clothes on the street corner*
16:41:58
I- I'm just a local, l- like you! *A nervous giggle escapes Mel, followed by a gut-wrenching feeling inside that she's not as good at 'blending in' as she thought*
16:42:37
*she checks once more that the coast is clear, then lowers her head and lifts a corner of her cap up, showing you a hidden fox-ear underneath*
16:42:53
I'm... much the same...
16:43:08
You have... strong magic... flowing inside of you
16:43:16
There is no need to hide it Mel. She could feel your energy as soon as she touched you. *I look at Mel and sigh, as my eyes denoted a calmer demeanor*
16:44:30
What are you doing here? This place is not exactly friendly to demi-humans *she whispers*
16:45:36
*Mel's eyes widen at the revelation, shifting her focus to Raphael, then back to the street vendor before them.* I- is it that obvious?
16:46:37
Mom has taught me about magical power... and while I can't harness my own very well... I certainly can sense yours, strong as it is
16:48:17
No, it's not that obvious. This girl isn’t just a common street vendor. *I look at the girl from toes to head*
16:48:26
I- *She stammers gibberish for a moment, a bit overwhelmed by the situation* Surely you're talking about him...
16:49:33
*I giggle and then sigh* Mel… That’s enough. *I grab Mel's hand trying to calm her down*
16:50:28
*Shaking free of Raphael's grasp, she continues* He gets almost anything he wants with just a snap of his fingers.
16:51:12
*I puff my face at Mel and then whisper to her ear* Shhh... You are revealing too much, Mel. We still don't know if we can trust her.
16:52:36
*And regarding your previous question, miss. *I look at the girl* I would really appreciate if you don’t tell anybody that you have encountered you demihumans.
16:52:51
(that you have encountered us demihumans***)
16:53:10
No... of course not! It's hard enough to survive hiding ourselves...
16:53:23
But.. what are you doing here?
16:53:41
Mel... Wait... *I cover Mel mouth*
16:54:17
I need to check something first.
16:54:33
*I take out one of my feathers and hand it to the girl*
16:54:52
Grab it, please... *I smile and then take my hand out from Mel* Sorry, hun. *I give her a quick kiss apologizing for my rudeness*
16:55:27
*she takes the offered feather*
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*as soon as her fingers wrap around yours her eyes widen slightly*
16:56:10
*I sigh relieved that the feather didn't burn*
16:56:48
I think we can trust her... Mel. *I look at Mel and smile*
16:57:08
You... you are not a demi-human... are you?
16:57:21
I... I... *I grab the back of my neck and laugh nervously*
16:58:04
Maybe I am not... *I look away, somehow feeling vulnerable*
16:58:26
[growwwwwl~]
16:58:50
[The unmistakable sound of a stomach rumbling can be heard rather audibly, breaking the awkward silence]
16:59:28
*I giggle and look at Mel*
16:59:54
t-that w-wasn't me!
17:01:10
Would you want to continue talking over some breakfast? I'm still learning how to cook, but it's edible...
17:01:24
*the girl visibly waters at the mention of "breakfast"*
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I-I'll let you invite me to breakfast... a-as fellow people who hide to survive!
17:02:22
*she blushes, and you can see movement below her cap*
17:02:40
I'll take that as a yes~ It's not far... *She extends her hand to the foxgirl* I don't think I've asked your name yet! I'm Melanie.
17:04:58
And I am Raphael. *I say just crossing my arms in front of you both* You can keep that feather as a payment. Angel's feathers sell well.
17:06:46
I-I'm Kiuko! *she reaches her hand out to put it in yours*
17:06:49
A-angel? *she stares harder at you*
17:07:04
*My eyes widen and I cover my mouth* C-crap... *I peek at Mel*
17:07:42
*Mel grabs Raphael's hand and leads the two back towards the house* Come on, we'll talk back at my house.
17:08:21
*A short walk later, the trio stands before Mel's riverside house as she unlocks the door.*
17:08:52
*Kiuko, being short, gets dragged and has to jog to keep up*
17:08:55
A-are you also...? But i didn't feel any divine power... *she pants in between her questions*
17:09:25
*The door swings open and Mel gives a hospitable 'come in' gesture before glancing up the road to make sure they hadn't attracted any unwanted attention. She approaches the kitchenette and rummages through a couple of cupboards, hastily planning a meal.* It's... of the celestial realms, but not divine by any means *she calls out over her shoulder. You to have a seat, I'll get this started.*
17:12:26
(( ahhh asterisk mistakes~
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Hmmm... I think you have asked too many questions, miss. *I look at Kiuko, still not trusting her completely* How about you telling us about yourself now?
17:13:07
*she takes off her cap in a sign of trust, allowing her long pink hair and ears to be exposed freely*
17:14:06
I am... looking to establish myself... maybe even make a new shrine of my own...
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I'm a kitsune, a fox-spirit
17:14:45
W-what would you like to know?
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*I sit down at the dining table while Kiuko is speaking* Shrine? *I look at her with eyes widened*
17:15:46
Ahh... Mom runs a very successful shrine back home...
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I'll make a better one than her!
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One day... *she mumbles the last bit*
17:16:33
Mel! Forget about breakfast! *I shout out at Mel* You should come back here! Kiuko might be able to help interpreting your dreams. *I say smiling and with an upbeat voice*
17:18:03
n-no breakfast?
17:19:08
*she gives you a puppy dog look*
17:19:20
I think our guest is rather hungry, dear... *She continues with preparations, cracking a couple more eggs into a bowl with some spices.* I can hear you both just fine. I'm curious about this 'home' you mentioned, Kiuko
17:20:11
*I shrug my shoulders and curl myself in my seat* Sorry, I might have gotten too excited.
17:21:09
*she perks up at the sound of eggs cracking, then gets a faraway look as she recounts her memories*
17:21:54
Mom runs a shrine in the forest... A forest of... magic, I think.
17:22:19
She welcomed many guests, gave them comfort, treated them well, then sent them off
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some returned, some didn't. But she was always happy when people visited her
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But... *her ears droop a little*
17:23:09
*Something about the description sent a chill down Mel's spine, hesitating a moment before resuming breakfast preparations.* b- but what?
17:24:42
One day.. bandits came... razed the place...
17:25:07
Mom let me escape, but she was herself captured
17:25:19
I don't know what happened, but she only came back for me after a few days, with the help of a man..
17:25:42
*I was completely focused on my thoughts, barely hearing what you two were talking about. When I hear the mention of bandits, I raised my head up* Bandits? *My eyes widened at Kiuko*
17:27:14
yes... I don't know the details... only what was told to me afterward
17:27:40
In my memory it was just screaming, shouting and fire... fire everywhere... *she shivers slightly*
17:28:03
Hmmm... I see. *I accommodate myself better in the chair* So the reason you are selling stuff at the street is to get more gold in order to build a new shrine?
17:29:01
That sounds... traumatic Kiuko, I'm so sorry.
17:29:40
no...
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a few days after... mom asked me to leave
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she said I was too confined to the place, that I was young and needed to go out, broaden my horizons and gain experience
17:30:19
I don't think the shrine exists anymore, but I'll build a better one and show mom!
17:30:49
eventually... *she mumbles softly*
17:31:00
I am sorry to hear about all of that, Kiuko. *I smile warmly to Kiuko* Maybe Mel and I can help you with it.
17:31:36
Didn't you say it's not safe here for those like you? Why would she put you in danger?
17:32:12
I-it's not like I'm here because i want to!
17:32:45
*She nods* and sure, we'd be happy to help... any way we can, at least
17:32:58
I-i'm just... l-looking for customers, alright?
17:33:09
*Mel freezes at the sudden exclamation* I ... understand that entirely, Kiuko
17:33:38
*I again lose myself in my thoughts, still thinking about Mel's dreams. My stubborness doesn't let me go off that*
17:34:36
Do you need help with the breakfast, Mel?
17:35:20
*Shaking her head free of the thoughts of 'home', Mel lights the stove and pours some oil into a skillet before adding the spiced egg mixture* No that's okay.
17:37:20
*Then I look back at Kiuko* Customers? Ummm... *I scratch my head in confusion* Do you need to build a shrine first, Kiuko? *I ask with a smile on my face*
17:38:01
(Don't you need to build***)
17:38:14
uhm...
17:38:46
This and that are two different things! >.<
17:38:52
Mel... your partner's being mean >>< *she whines*
17:39:30
*I tilt my head, still in confusion* Mean? *my eyes widen*
17:39:48
But... *I blush*
17:39:58
Mel... I think I need your help here. *I giggle* I am making our guest uncomfortable. *I sigh*
17:40:44
He can be a bit out of touch sometimes. *Mel smiles reassuringly and somewhat teasingly.* He's still getting acquainted with interacting with 'normal folks'
17:42:48
You sure know how to pick them... *She pouts and grumbles at Melanie*
17:43:41
*I puff my face at Mel's statement* But wasn't I just stating the obvious? Why is she looking for customers if she doesn't have a shrine yet? *I cross my arms and grumble inside of me*
17:44:06
*I stay seated looking at Kiuko with an awkward silence*
17:44:35
I think she's talking about the trinkets, dear.
17:44:46
Were you talking about the trinkets? *I ask Kiuko*
17:46:00
... both...
17:46:20
I collect some money to build the place, i get people to know more about the forest...
17:46:57
This forest isn't magical, but it's large...
17:47:12
S-stop asking me difficult questions 😖
17:47:37
This forest certainly looks like an interesting place. *I say putting my right hand on my chin*
17:48:34
*The aroma of a little too much crushed chili peppers, a hint of cumin, and eggs starts to fill the room to accompany the pleasant sizzle of the questionable concoction on the stove.*
17:49:05
It seems that she is about to be done. *I say to Kiuko*
17:49:47
*distracted momentarily, Kiuko's ears start to twitch and mouth starts to water again*
17:49:52
I feel like I should've heard about this forest at some point, having been here awhile. Is it far?
17:50:01
Lud
17:50:28
*she wiped a bit of drool from her mouth before answering*
17:50:32
Which forest? The one where i get my flowers from? That's not far, just half a day's walk. There's nothing interesting there
17:51:16
(hello A&A)
17:51:33
(heyheyis)
17:52:02
This 'magical' forest you spoke of earlier. I also feel like news of a shrine being razed would get around pretty quickly. I hadn't heard anything about that either.
17:53:07
Oh, my old home...
17:53:21
That is... Rather far away
17:53:32
What is it so special about this... ummm... "magical" forest?
17:53:57
I don't know how far it is... But it has been 2 months since I left
17:53:59
(( also, hi there~ xD
17:54:13
*she thinks about your question*
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( hi O/)
17:54:26
It's... Uh... Magic?
17:54:34
Like magical beasts and stuff
17:54:45
And also sustains mom with magical power, so she told me
17:55:03
I also haven't read anything about it. If we are talking about something as special as that, there should be registers about it.
17:55:38
Re-gis-ter? *She gives a puzzled look*
17:56:10
*Mel perks up, oblivious to Raphael's comment* Sustains her?
17:56:16
Your cash counting machines contain history?
17:56:22
Well... I was told that foxes need magic to survive... But mom refuses to take any...
17:57:24
I am talking about historical registers in books. A mention of the existence of a place like that.
17:57:31
I'm not sure how it works, but something about magic in the area is sufficient for her to continue existing
17:57:59
*turning to Raphael* sorry, i have no knowledge of these books you speak of
17:58:27
Oh, there was this library though... *She thinks, recalling a memory*
17:58:48
Well... In any case... I am certainly intrigued by this forest that you are mentioning. Maybe we should take a visit to this place soon, Mel. *I turn to Mel* It could be an interesting experience.
18:00:44
Why would you want to visit forests? You don't seem like people who like to camp out
18:01:47
And the forest is dangerous, especially at night. All kinds of magical beasts roam the place
18:02:11
*I smile to Kiuko* It is the magical aspect of it what I am interested in. And... that's okay. We can defend ourselves pretty well. *I wink*
18:03:06
*Mel gently stirs the makeshift breakfast and divides it among 3 plates, bringing two to the table setting them before Raphael and Kiuko, too distracted to remember to grab her own.* Hypothetically, if a being required a certain 'energy' from people to sustain themselves... Could this place provide that as well without the need to feed from others?
18:03:27
Sorry, did I interupt? I got caught up in my thoughts again~
18:04:20
No, that's a good question. *I turn to Kiuko*
18:04:28
*kiuko's eyes sparkle inmediately at the food on the table, completely distracted*
18:04:40
*I giggle and look at Mel* I think we should leave the complex questions for later.
18:05:30
Yeah... Oh, I forgot my plate. *She grabs her plate and joins the pair at the table, letting her mind start to wander again instead of eating.*
18:06:37
Mel? The food... *I stare at Mel and lean my hands towards her, trying to catch her attention*
18:07:39
*kiuko looks at you both with that begging look in her eyes again*
18:07:44
*I notice Kiuko's eyes and look at back at her* Go on, you can eat. *I smile warmly*
18:08:32
Yay~
18:08:41
*kiuko starts stuffing her mouth, eating like she'd been starved for a month*
18:09:03
*With a soft scrape, Mel slides her plate over to Kiuko.* Here, looks like you could use this more than I could.
18:09:40
Huff whoof wheef waff
18:10:33
*kiuko attempts to speak, but what she is saying is completely unintelligible*
18:10:49
And you can also use this more than me. You should take care of yourself more, Mel. Specially since you haven't been able to sleep well during the past days. Don't you think I haven't noticed. *I smile and then slide my plate over to Mel*
18:11:34
I- guess... *She lifts a spoonful to her mouth and instantly realizes her mistake, nearly choking on the overpowering chili peppers*
18:13:39
Buff haff seuff thaff
18:14:50
Too much spice, dear? *I smile and pat Mel's back* Who would expect that someone coming from Hell wouldn't be able to hand earthly chilis? *I tease Mel*
18:15:17
*Mel's eyes flare orange for a second.* At least someone's enjoying it *she says, gesturing towards their guest*
18:16:40
*I blush noticing Mel's eyes flaring, then look at Kiuko and look back at Mel* I still find it funny. *I take out my tongue to Mel, playfully*
18:18:15
Anyway, back to business. *I look at Kiuko noticing that she is almost finished with her food*
18:18:24
Kiuko... How adept are you at interpreting other dreams? Have you done something like that before?
18:18:53
huff yuff thuff heaff?
18:19:02
What are you trying to say?
18:20:56
I think I asked too soon... *I giggle*
18:21:18
*Kiuko takes a HUGE swallow before anything she says is comprehensible*
18:21:30
What do you mean, coming from hell?
18:21:46
Oh, yeah... Remember when I said I understood it not being your choice to be here? I uh, kinda got myself kicked out of the Fifth Ring... *Her voice trails off*
18:23:00
wait... so you mean when you need energy...you mean...?
18:23:39
*I feel my question being ignored and start to get impatient, tap on the floor with my foot* Ehem...
18:24:29
dreams? i can't say i know much about them..
18:24:52
(tapping on the floor***)
18:24:54
C-crap... *I sigh deeply* Another dead end...
18:25:42
Yeah, this food does nothing for me... to-put-it-kindly *She mumbles the last part. She looks back to Raphael.* It's just a dream, Raph. It's probably nothing, like you had said.
18:26:42
*I look back at Mel with a serious expression* I thought that at first but I am not so sure about that anymore, specially since it is keeping you half awake during the nights.
18:28:21
I don't exactly have control of what my mind does when I'm trying to rest. *She puts her head on her hands, resting on the table.* I was the princess of the Royal Court, Kiuko. They sent me here as part of my rite-of-passage and I couldn't bring myself to hurt- much less kill mortals for seeking pleasure. And now, I'm stuck here.
18:31:31
*Kiuko perks up instantly*
18:31:54
kill mortals? what?
18:32:06
The other succubi, they didn't care... In fact, they enjoyed it. I felt- sick.
18:32:59
*I pat and caress Mel's head as it's resting on her hands*
18:33:05
*she stands up abruptly, overturning her chair*
18:33:38
S-succubi?
18:33:42
There was a whole pack of us, yeah...
18:34:20
Don't worry. *I look to Kiuko* She is mostly harmless... M-mostly... *I blush having some flashbacks*
18:35:09
*Kiuko completely ignores Raphael as she presses Melanie with more questions*
18:35:45
so when you mean take their energy, you mean... *she points between her legs*
18:36:05
*I giggle at Kiuko's curiousness*
18:36:46
Yeah, -that- energy.
18:37:31
Oh, then we are the same!
18:37:41
I mean... you and mom are the same..
18:37:48
i'm... a little different... *her ears droop a little*
18:38:03
*My eyes widen* Huh? *I look at Kiuko, surprised*
18:38:23
We... are?
18:39:16
I- *she becomes lost in a swirl of thoughts*
18:39:53
She needs *that*... energy to survive too... but she was pretty strict about refusing to take any...
18:40:12
It's a difficult impulse to control... but if I can learn to survive without it~
18:41:05
Is there any chance you could take us to her?
18:41:19
I... I think I should let you two talk about this in private. *I stop caressing Mel's head* I'll be over there reading if you need me. *I smile and point out to my reading table, then stand up and walk to it*
18:42:21
*she looks downcast*
18:42:27
I-I was told not to return until I had established myself...
18:42:42
(I need to be off for like 10 minutes, you can keep going ^^)
18:45:29
He seems busy with his books *She gestures towards Raph* but I think that would be more of his area of expertise, understanding the historical secrets of registers and what-not...
18:48:04
I wish I could be of more help, but at the same time... Wouldn't your mother simply be happy to see you? You've 'established' a kinship with us!
18:50:27
mmm... I don't think that's quite what she meant
18:50:58
And i'll go back when I can show them what i've become! I've got BIG plans!
18:51:29
... you can tell her that I'm alright when you see her... though... *she mumbles softly*
18:52:06
Wait, you want us to go without you? *Mel's eyebrows arch and furl slightly, a bittersweet feeling both heartwarming and crushing overtaking her.*
18:54:16
Y-you have good company... *she gestures in the direction of the nerd buried in his books*
18:55:12
And mom has a lot of friends who will take good care of you..
18:55:28
*Mel removes the brass key necklace from around her neck.* And you're sure about this? Instead of us helping you first?
18:57:49
And how are you suggesting to help?
18:58:19
(I'm back. Thanks and sorry! ^^)
18:58:43
Unless you've magically been hiding a treasure trove, it'll take time and money to build a new complex, not to mention getting guests...
18:58:57
*Turns towards Raphael* Is that also something your bullshit magic powers can create? *she asks with a salty tease*
19:00:00
Oh... I've found it! *I raise my voice out of nowhere* A register about a magical forest. Per... se... polis... Persepolis, huh. *I scratch my head* It seems that there are much more interesting things about this place, Mel. *I say still flipping around some books*
19:01:29
Huh? *I turn myself to you both*
19:03:15
S-sorry... I lost myself I thoughts there for a moment.
19:03:30
No, Mel. I can't create something that complex out of nowhere, I am afraid. *I sigh*
19:04:00
However... *I point out at Kiuko* I insist that the feather you are holding is very precious.
19:05:03
P-precious?
19:05:59
*she tilts her head questioningly*
19:06:17
Yup! Precious... *I nod*
19:06:58
*she looks at the feather, puzzled*
19:07:22
((also, scratching the first part of that response cause that book wouldn't exist- nothing exists about persepolis outside of it- sorry, i should've filled you in on that prior to starting
19:07:56
(oh, crap... I didn't know that 😅)
19:08:23
(even in an angel's registers? =P)
19:08:42
If you find the right buyer and if my calculations are correct. *I place my right hand on my chin* I think you'll get enough money to build a modest shrine. *I say to Kiuko*
19:09:12
*looks at Melanie unconvinced*
19:09:49
Nobody ever believes me... *I sigh*
19:11:35
Mel? Can you convince Kiuko? *I shrug my shoulders and smile*
19:11:52
Off one feather, babe? It's a starting point, that's for sure, but we're talking about a whole -shrine- here... *Mel stands and approaches Kiuko, key in hand.* In the meantime, you can stay here. I know it's not the fanciest house, but it's the least I can do to help. *She extends her hand with the key necklace.*
19:12:56
Oh... I...
19:13:28
I-i'll generously accept your offer! *She smiles, a little of her old self returning to her*
19:14:07
It's an angel's feather. It's not something you can find anywhere. *I cross my arms and grumble to myself*
19:14:32
Angel...? *She looks at Melanie* but you're...
19:15:09
*She looks away timidly.* yeah...
19:15:34
Just be careful who you sell it to. *I smile to Kiuko*
19:16:04
*she beams* oh, mom would love it!
19:16:18
Would you want us to take it to her? *She joins in on the contagious smiles* as a gift from you?
19:17:40
Oh, i think that will serve her far better than it will me
19:18:00
So, please, and t-t-thank you *she is very unused to thanking people for anything*
19:19:03
But... Mel... We have other... "matters" to deal with.
19:20:08
Other matters? *She tilts her head in question*
19:20:33
However... well... *I scratch my head* We don't have any leads.
19:20:42
It's okay! I agree. I wouldn't hurt us to go there. I might end up being actually pretty useful.
19:21:14
(It wouldn't hurt us*** It might end up***)
19:21:36
You're most welcome, Kiuko *she turns towards Raphael* If there's a place where I don't need to worry about my 'next meal', it's my first priority. Everything else can wait.
19:22:32
I can finally be 'normal' -ish
19:22:59
*kiuko asks Raphael* so... Do your records include the lords of the land around here?
19:23:06
You know that you don't have to worry about your next meal, Mel. *I blush brightly and fidget timidly with my fingers*
19:24:12
But I agree, it will make you a more 'normal'-ish girl. *I giggle*
19:24:45
We have a guest! Well, I guess we're the guests here now... We are guests! Be polite. *She's clearly blushing.*
19:25:52
*I look back to Kiuko* Hmmm... I believe so. There should be records about that definitely, even though I can't say for sure.
19:25:53
*she giggles at the couple's flirting, familiar with it but trying not to embarrass them*
19:26:42
What do you want to know exactly? *I keep staring at Kiuko*
19:26:58
Please look for a corrado malaspina. Or "Romantic" as he is better known
19:27:14
He is the lord that saved us after the bandits razed our shrine, and as far as I know, mom now lives with and works for him
19:27:46
(Umm... So Nagusa lives with Romantic in Persepolis or outside Persepolis?)
19:29:26
(find out in part 2)
19:29:41
(I mean, we are assuming that I have records about Persepolis?)
19:30:02
(just asking because of the objection raised by Mel ^^)
19:30:12
(you don't, but surely you have information about literal lords of the lands around)
19:32:22
We'll keep an eye out for Romantic as well. Anything else we need to know to find this -place- in which your mother lives?
19:32:24
No, he's not difficult to find
19:32:47
He's quite well known, and likes to tell people about his roses
19:33:11
There aren't that many lords, after all
19:33:46
*I look back to Kiuko holding a book on my hand* So what you are saying, Kiuko... Is that... We should first try to locate Romanitc?
19:34:58
(Romantic*)
19:35:10
Yes. Corrado malaspina
19:35:13
Find him, and you'll meet mom
19:35:31
That sounds easy enough. *I smile to both of you*
19:35:46
So how should we proceed now, Mel? *I look to Mel*
19:36:22
Got it. Romantic *she says, instantly forgetting the name again*
19:36:45
I think I would be able to locate him pretty quickly. Maybe a couple of hours at least.
19:36:52
Might take a bit for you to travel... Unless you can fly?
19:38:17
*she wonders out loud, looking at the feather*
19:38:31
*I look at Mel with an awkward silence* Ummm... We'll manage, hehe. *I laugh nervously*
19:39:04
*Expecting Raphael to show off his wings, Mel's eyes flash and her bat-like wings emerge with a whoosh.* Oh, we're not showing off now?
19:40:23
*I stare at both of you uncomfortably and sigh* F-fine... *I say surrenderring our discretion and then stand up. I close my eyes and snap my fingers making my wings appears. As usual, blue shiny sparkles scatter around across the room*
19:42:46
(my wings appear*)
19:43:05
Oooh~
19:43:17
Showoff *Mel teases, under her breath*
19:43:21
*kiuko stares in wonderment, intensely jealous*
19:43:31
I can't avoid it, Mel. The sparkles come with the wings. *I giggle*
19:44:20
Mhmm... I'm sure they did... *Trying to focus and not let the jealousy continue the teasing, she turns back to Kiuko.* Which direction are we headed, Kiuko?
19:46:22
*I also turn back to Kiuko* And when do you suggest we leave?
19:47:12
Uh...?
19:47:30
I thought you said you could find him...?
19:47:40
I'm not sure...
19:47:50
I mean, once I find him. Shall we leave immediately or wait for a few days? Don't you want to rest a little before that? You seemed to be starving when you arrived so I am assuming as well that you might be tired.
19:49:19
If... *she tries remembering the actual name of the lord but fails miserably* ... Romantic is one of the lords of these lands, there should be record of him somewhere... You can read and fly at the same time, right hon?
19:51:57
*I nod at Mel* Indeed, I can summon all my books while I am flying. Do you suggest we go right away?
19:53:49
Oh, so Kiuko is not coming with us after all? *I look at Kiuko* You really don't want to see your mother yet?
19:54:30
*She nods excitedly* please...
19:54:49
I-i'm sure! I'm not able to face her yet...
19:54:59
F-fine... It's okay! *I look at the bookshelf and snap my fingers, making every book disappear and a small bag appears on my left shoulder*
19:56:14
I am ready... *I look at you both*
19:56:32
C-careful not to be seen!
19:57:00
*Before turning to head out the door, Mel leans down and gives Kiuko a kiss on her forehead* Thank you~ I promise I'll return and visit when I'm able. Take care of this 'ol place, yeah?
19:57:25
Of course! It'll be ready for you to return anytime!
19:57:48
*I wave my right hand and my right wing at Kiuko at the same time* See you then, Kiuko!
19:58:29
*waves goodbye enthusiastically*
19:59:10
Let's go, Mel. *I start walking towards the entrance door*
19:59:39
*She follows behind, looking around her home for the last 20 years for what would likely be the last time... for awhile at least.* Alright. Let's go~
20:00:57
*kiuko bows deeply to them as they leave, just like her mom taught her before when guests are leaving*
20:01:39
*Once we are outside, I nod to Mel and spread my wings* After you, dear. *I smile to Mel*
20:02:13
*After an awkward bow in return, she beats her wings a couple times before lifting off the ground. Smiling at Raph, she exclaims without warning* I'll race you there! *and begins flying off towards the sunrise, not realizing she doesn't know where she's going.*
20:04:57
*I stay still on the ground for some seconds after Mel leaves and then look back at Kiuko* Kiuko... Be careful with that feather. *I say with a serious voice* Until we meet again. *I smile and lift off towards Mel*
20:06:41
(that feather is meant to be delivered...)
20:07:48
(let's ignore that bit and end here. Way too late for me lol)
20:08:04
(oh, did you give me feather at some point?)
20:08:15
(( might've been implied rather than stated
20:08:39
(I just remember her mentioning that her mother would like it, haha. Sorry. ^^)
20:09:02
(well, good night anyway)
20:09:28
(( well we did it finally lol
20:09:35
(Yup! ^^)
20:09:42
(( go sleeep
20:09:51
(Good night, Nagu! O/)
20:09:59
(I am going off too! Thank for the game, Mel!)
20:10:34
(( alrighty, see ya!
20:11:06
(I'll probably be MM again as always. =P)
20:11:12
(See you!)
20:11:18

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