Queen of the Night – The Kingdom of Sloth :PD

 

Following on from ” A Drop of Blood” – The Kingdom of Sloth.

 

Kiri
Re: Kingdom of Hell- Sloth
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Hikari: “What you have isn’t a soul, it’s chaotic energy. It’s the only thing that is keeping you alive. I’m a Bakeneko, we have a sense for spirits. We are natural born Necromancers, telling whether something has a soul or not is basic, this is an easy feat.”

Hikari’s voice was going slightly monotone as she began tapping into her own soul energy, it killed her emotions to a degree and caused some tiring aftereffects once everything was said and done; Hikari would be fine however, first things first was to get this spirit into a new body. Hikari looked at the spirit of Sayaka and then back to Grey, eyeing them both as she analyzed their connection; if it was any stronger it would have resulted in taking the only thing Grey used to live, luckily that Chaotic Energy didn’t agree with Sayaka’s presence, so she didn’t end up corrupted by it, it merely kept their connection weak. Hikari looked over at the other woman as she offered up her arm and told her to have at it. Hikari saw a loyalty in this one that many wouldn’t see in Hell, the loyalty of someone who loved the person that they served. With a claw elongating itself from her index finger on the right hand, she grasped the wrist of the female and pricked her arm, letting some of the blood coagulate on her claw as she drew it back, making sure not to waste any. Not wasting time either, she then plunged that same claw, and the blood with it, into his his wrist.

Hikari: “Also, I’m going to tell you now. You are becoming a Kitsune by doing this, it will further increase your capabilities, and will allow you more versatility. And you won’t be stuck as a man either, Kitsune are Shapeshifters able to change gender as well even at their most basic level.”

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Hikari: “My name is Hikari, the only thing that I ask is for an alliance. As I’m sure you could tell, Sloth is in no condition to be pulled into some kind of war. Even if Tazuya will not, I will ask.”

Turning around, Hikari seemed to become a lot darker, one eye becoming hidden as she looked at the spirit and Grey once again, pointing a single finger as she focused her Soul’s energy into a thin line, severing the connection of the soul and Grey’s body then and there. Hikari then reached forward, grasping the ethereal hand of Sayaka as she pulled the soul towards the body of the nine-tail Kitsune male, letting her do the rest.


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Sayaka; Spirit of Wrath: “Now look here you stupid son of a bitch, I have done nothing! It was YOUR decision to do that…. even if I must be grateful for preventing that.”

Sayaka was beginning to get angry for once, but she was trying to keep that anger under control for the moment as it was obvious that she didn’t have time to let him get under her skin on purpose, mainly if she was going to get a new body she needed to be able to focus on what was at stake once again. After what had happened with Beelzebub she was free from the curse, that much was certain. She had lost the Flame of Wrath as well, but that was of no consequence right now for she felt that for the moment she was going to have to deal with the current issue coming: the new body.

As Sayaka was pulled from the body of Grey, she felt herself suddenly aware of everything around her at once, it was chilling and almost terrifying to know that she was nothing more than a piece of the things that were part of something far greater than herself; a world, a universe, which encompassed a massive area. Pulling together all of her consciousness, she put herself closer to the body of the Kitsune, letting her soul attach itself and then propagate throughout it, letting her senses settle into that of the creature; Sayaka was frozen for a moment, her senses overwhelming her for a moment as she wasn’t yet used to the level of sense that this creature had. She didn’t take long to do it, and began going through the abilities, knowledge and skill of the creature she now inhabited. A new Kitsune had been born; and she was already shifting into a more suitable form.

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I may fall, but I will rise again. Sayaka has been reborn!


Development


Kitsune Physiology: Sayaka has now taken on the form of a Nine-Tail Kitsune, granting her any and all abilities connected to such a creature. As a Kitsune, Sayaka has a new Canine Physiology, which dictates that she is naturally stronger and faster than normal humans. As a Yokai in general, Sayaka now has an Supernatural Condition which is high; perhaps not as high as her previous, but that can be fixed one day; however, duly noted is the fact that this body is much stronger than her previous in durability, allowing her much power. Through her Kitsune physiology, Sayaka now has all the abilities of a Kitsune, including as such: Semi-Immortality, Dream Manipulation, Enhanced Intelligence, Fox-Fire, Flight, Illusion Manipulation, Insanity Inducement, Life-Force Absorption, Possession, Shape Shifting obviously, Tail Manifestation, nine Prehensile Tails, and the previous abilities of her Spirit Physiology: Freezing, Fear Inducement and Invisibility. Also grants a Supernatural Beauty greater than her previous, allowing an Enhanced Charisma. Which… actually may be a pain in the ass considering Beelzebub.


( Return to IC )


Sayaka took in the abilities of her new form, analyzing every little thing that she knew about it from the mind that the previous owner had. The memories were there, thanks to the girl having taken control of it and allowing it continued consciousness. Taking a deep breath, the new Kitsune looked at the others, smirking as she spoke with a melodious, charismatic voice.

Sayaka; Kitsune Reborn: “Oh.. this feels great. Well, I suppose I should get to business… Katrina. Miss Hikari.”

Cutting herself off for a moment, Sayaka pulled herself together then and there, her eyes showing nothing but true emotion as she now looked to the two she needed to address, but she would save Kat for last.

Sayaka; Kitsune Reborn: “First and foremost, Hikari you will have your alliance. After all of this, you have more than shown yourself an ally of the Kingdom of Wrath; and to me. From this day forth, all you must do is contact me, and you will have my assistance. Second, Grey Watson… despite your shortcomings, I am grateful to you, and I promise you payment for everything you’ve done for me. Thirdly… Kat… I have an announcement to make now. Considering everything that has happened, and the effects on myself… I am stepping down from the Throne of Wrath, and I name my successor you. Katrina. I need you to return to Wrath immediately, send out ravens and make it known everything that has happened. Including to the Embassy.”

This is what Sayaka had been thinking on when they arrived, after everything that had happened, she knew that she had to do this; stepping down from the Throne of Wrath would give her the very freedom to maneuver that she needed to find the source of the curse that had afflicted her. It was time to enter the world as herself, not as the Princess of Wrath.

Sieg:

Re: Kingdom of Hell- Sloth
Grey rolled his eyes, an small smirk placed on his lips just due to the enjoyment he got from being able to anger the princess with such an ease. He knew that perhaps it was not the best way to relate with her and that maybe getting on good terms with her was the best thing he could do, but after having her gaining knowledge out of him in the way she did and pretty much clinging her soul into his body, he considered he had all right to just make her blood boil for a little. In any case before he got to make another remark, everything began getting into place, with the female that brought them here offering her blood and the bakeneko deciding to go on with this

Well I do now and I would thank you if you hurried, I want to be able to drink booze and go lock myself in a room with a succubus without having a ghostly voyeurist around

The bakeneko really didn’t lost much time, and Grey had to admit that despite the initial feeling of getting that soul kicked out of body was not pleasant, the void was soon filled. In the end if having Sayaka’s soul forced within him brought up some sort of strange warmth within himself, having it removed left some sort of cold void if one was being logical…at the very least…until the chaos itself seemed to be in glee within him. The scars across the undead face began glowing fiercely for a few moments, as the chaos within seemed to be without a leash inside of his body for a moment until it finally settled down again, and the glow died out just as soon as it appeard, and it wasn’t the only one being happy about this arrangement. A grin appeard on Grey’s face as he just stretched and enjoyed the sensation of not having an unwanted visitor within him, and even if it was disturbing for him the knowledge that she gathered in her short time inside of his head…he still was clearly a lot more relaxed as he eyed Sayaka and heard her words

No problem…in fact…I might make you a discount as long as you promise to keep the…”you know what” between us

His past as a priest, the life of the man known as Damon Wattson was going to remain secret and he would make sure about it, and if she saw as much as he think she saw, she surely knew that his complete and utter hatred for that part of his life would drive him to do terrible things if he had to, to keep it safe and protected. As for the other announcement that former princess made, Grey just chuckled and patted Kat in the back, perhaps a little bit too hard without noticing. Of course one shouldn’t be fooled by his apparent congratulation, if anything he was happy because he felt this could be benefical for him in some way, and knowing how smart he was despite the looks…it was a troubling thought that he was happy about Kat’s current position

Congratulations Kitty Kat…seems like you just got promoted, so tell me, interested in getting back home safely or anything around those lines?

The bastard just wanted to get profit out of her, even if it meant being her bodyguard all the way to the Wrath Kingdom…and who knows what else, in the end he seemed strangely more well mannered in comparison with how he was before when he addressed her. True, you could say Sayaka’s presence within him made him mad and that was why he didn’t behaved in a very friendly way…but…with him you never knew. The worst combination for someone who was on the edge of being a sociopath, was also them having a brain…if anything Kat should have kept her contact with him brief. Use his services and that’s that, but the undead knew his way around people and sadly for her, unless she knew of him, she wouldn’t be aware of what his true intentions would be. Even if she was a witch, even if you could read someone…there are just some people who are good at hiding what they want the most, and sadly, sometimes they turn out to be people who just would enjoy breaking anything before them to get it

In fact I think you might need a bodyguard…I mean imagine the moment they find out you are the new face in charge…so many will just want a piece of you…it will be like if they were tearing you apart with just a look

Razorbackwriter:
Re: Kingdom of Hell- Sloth
Kingdom of Hell- Sloth

Katrina actually looked at this new Sayaka with horrified eyes. What the devil did she just say? No…no, she was never meant to be a royal. She was a Cat…a witch. She had done her Mistress service in saving her ultimately by leading Grey to this place, but to think that Sayaka was stepping down as the Head of Wrath and granting rule to Katrina was …..way too much to process.

“I don’t understand. You can’t…please. Wrath is your kingdom. I’m just a cat.” Katrina reached up and pulled at her own hair, backing away slowly. There was more to being Wrath, and Katrina knew all too well what it meant. Would Katrina lose one of her nine lives just from the shock of it all.

Grey on the other hand was all too happy that Katrina had been bestowed such an honor, going as far to say his congratulations, which considering the circumstances seemed a bit premature. Little did the feline know that he was merely looking out for a way to make a profit, but as Katrina’s head was spinning, the power of wrath was now finding its new home. Out of the sky, just like Mammon’s power had transferred to Lydia, the power of Wrath was now about to make its new home within the body of the feline. Even though she wasn’t entirely ready for it. Blasting down the reddish orange aura hit the cat witch was such force that it knocked her clean off her feet. On the ground she twitched violently – going into a dreadful spasm. Twitching and shaking till the aura settled within her. Once it did, the Kat’s eyes sprang open, staring out at space.

A new ruler was set to make her mark on Hell.

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Hearing Grey’s speech, that those that would now be her enemies, might seek a piece of her, Katrina got to her feet. She looked over her newly charged body and winked at what was Sayaka.

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“Wait till they get a load of me.” With sass she started to strut for the nearest doors. “Come on, Grey! Heel!”

Destination…..WRATH!

I’ve got the stuff that you want
I’ve got the thing that you need
I’ve got more than enough
To make you drop to your knees

‘Cause I’m the queen of the night
The queen of the night
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah

Don’t make no difference if I’m wrong or I’m right
I’ve got the feeling and I’m willing tonight
Well I ain’t nobody’s angel
What can I say, well, I’m just that way, hey

I’ve got the stuff that you want
I’ve got the thing that you need
I’ve got more than enough
To make you drop to your knees

‘Cause I’m the queen of the night
The queen of the night, oh yeah, oh yeah
Just say, say, say
‘Cause I’m the queen of the night
The queen of the night
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah

You’ve got a problem with the way that I am
They say I’m trouble and I don’t give a damn
But when I’m bad I know I’m better
I just want to get loose, and turn it up for you baby

I’ve got the stuff that you want
I’ve got the thing that you need
I’ve got more than enough
To make you drop to your knees

‘Cause I’m the queen of the night
The queen of the night, oh yeah, oh yeah
Just say, say it again
‘Cause I’m the queen of the night
The queen of the night
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah)

I’ve got the stuff that you want
I’ve got the thing that you need
I’ve got more than enough
To make you drop to your knees

‘Cause I’m the queen of the night
The queen of the night, oh yeah, oh yeah
Say it again
‘Cause I’m the queen of the night
The queen of the night
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah

‘Cause I’m the queen of the night
The queen of the night, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah,
oh yeah, oh yeah
‘Cause I’m the queen of the night
The queen of the night
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

~RB~

(TC – Wrath)

Kiri:
Re: Kingdom of Hell- Sloth
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Oh Sayaka was enjoying her new look, and her new power. She was no longer weakened to things like holy objects, her new racial status meant that she was neutral in that world, perhaps yes, they would harm her, but they could not poison her as they used to. Yokai were neutral on the balance of Holy and Demonic, even if they were on a technical level, demonic, they weren’t poisoned by holy items even if they could be purified like other demons. Yokai were a complicated subject it seemed. Sayaka found something in the male’s mind however that she thought of as interesting. And so she looked to Hikari as she brought it up, letting her form take on something else. It looked a lot more innocent than her new normal form, but that was the point wasn’t it? She was changed, time to change her entirety of her being.

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Sayaka: “Oh, my name is Sayaka by the way. What is a Fear?”

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With the two from Wrath now leaving, and the now neutral princess asking a question, Hikari was already in a good mood after the promise of an alliance. Her original energy returned to her, but she stayed slightly serious as she snapped her fingers, causing a skeleton to drag itself together as she barked and order to it and then turned to Sayaka to explain.

Hikari: “You, go wake up Tazuya! Sayaka, Fear is the term that denotes the unique skills and traits of each yokai. It refers to the “fear” of the unknown, an emotional reaction produced when the yokai represent themselves as “monsters”. As yokai first existed as creatures who induce fear in humankind, the general concept of “fear” revolves around being feared and respected by humans and making them feel small and weak. It involves exerting a wall of pressure to make one’s presence feel larger than the actuality. When done correctly, this also creates a change in the mood and surrounding air whenever a Yokai exerts their ability. What were his?”

Sayaka didn’t waste much time in responding, in fact she seemed almost excited as the skeleton scurried off to the sleeping form of Sloth and would begin to poke and prod at him until he got up and went to the same place where Hikari now stood.

Sayaka: “Speed and Fire.”

Hikari: “Fire-based fear users are able to withstand and survive in intense heat and may even be able to produce fire inside their bodies. They are able to direct the path of nearby fire to suit their needs. Though they are strong in the presence of fire, they can be overpowered by a flame which has been combined with a stronger fear. Speed-based Fear Users are able to move at the highest speeds possible due to their affinity with moving without needing to deal with air resistance like others. Having built their reputation and in other terms fear up because of their terrifying speeds , they are able to reach maximum momentum at a much faster rate . They are able to grow stronger the faster they stay at top speed . Fear Users of this type are known to be able to fight faster then the eye can see and can find it hard to stay slow paced because of their affinity.”

With that Sayaka began digesting all of this information, thinking quietly as she wondered at just how much ability that meant she could use considering her current strength in itself. With this combined with the power of a Yokai she felt that she would be able to grow further than how she had been before. Sayaka had to admit she was pleased.

Sayaka: “It will be interesting to see how this goes, especially with my sw-… Oh that’s right. I don’t have one anymore. I need a new sword.”

Of course, even though Hikari had done plenty, she was still in touch with her Soul’s Essence, meaning she could technically do Sayaka a favor for the last time. So, channeling her power Hikari forged two new weapons out of her own Soul’s Energy. Which meant these were completely spiritual blades able to attack both body and soul. Tossing them over, Hikari didn’t offer explanation, Sayaka would be able to tell now with this new spiritual power. Oh, and before Hikari forgot, she placed a hand both on Sayaka’s shoulder and wrapped her fingers around the handle’s of both swords, binding the souls together.

Hikari: “Here. Also, you have a new Aura as well. A Jaki. It’s a demonic aura all Yokai have, it allows them to corrupt weak minded humans, and is the representation of their power. I imagine yours will be fairly large considering your power.”

Sayaka: “Thanks…. you’ve done plenty at this point you know.”

With that… Sayaka strapped both of the weapons to her side, smiling softly at the girl as she waved goodbye and then turned away; walking straight for the exit of the Kingdom. Ready for a new adventure.

( TC for Sayaka. To ??? )


Final Development for this moment


Spiritual Swords: These swords created by Hikari were made to cut not only the body, but to also slice open the soul. Cutting a target not only causes them to lose blood, but they will lose also their energy and will slowly become lethargic. This means movement is inhibited and physical ability is slowed exponentially. This means the hit target will become weaker and weaker as the fight progresses until they just want to fall asleep. These weapons cannot be damaged by anything but Soul Absorption as they are made directly from a soul’s energy. These are also bound to the soul of Sayaka, if any other tries to use, or pick up, these weapons the energy which they were made from will lash back and attack the soul of the target, damaging their soul until they either are left a soulless husk or drop them.

Jaki: Like all other Yokai, Sayaka has a Jaki now. A Jaki is the Demonic Aura of a Yokai, it is able to corrupt weak-minded humans easily and the larger it is the harder it is to resist; like other auras, this can be used to overwhelm an opponent easily. Sayaka’s Jaki is large in its own right, and through it she is able to overwhelm many low-level demons and Yokai easily from the sheer pressure of it in the surrounding atmosphere. Jaki’s appear to be a demonic wind, however, that does not mean that it can be absorbed like one; it is an aura, there is a difference in that and Demonic Energy.

Soul Connection: Unbeknownst to Sayaka, otherwise now known as Natsu, Hikari’s and Sayaka’s souls have now been conjoined by Hikari having soul bound Sayaka’s soul to two weapons made from Hikari’s own Soul Essence. Because of this, Sayaka and Hikari can now sense each other and know when one another is in trouble. They can also call on one another’s powers, granting them both much more strength than either know at the moment. Hikari does know, however, Natsu does not and cannot learn until she is at her most dire of circumstance.
Sieg;

Kingdom of Hell- Sloth
When you have gone through the centuries, walked the path of undeath and had a mind to call your own with you even if you lacked a soul within, you tended to pick up on certain things that despite how time passed never changed. Time went on, the strong fell, the weak raised and grew powerful, kingdoms rose and fell, and so did monarchs and sometimes in the most unexpected ways. An example was this one, the moment he saw how she took upon her new role despite the outside smile a part of him felt a bit bad for her. Poor kitty didn’t knew the mess she was into, she didn’t knew who she was going to mess with…if anything, a part of him that still spoke like that moron of a priest felt a bit bad for her, for what Grey would do to her in the future if things went south. Maybe it was because she was forced into this role while unprepared, or maybe because she helped the former Princess with the same naive kindness he had saved a witch life so long ago…but nevertheless she had no clue of what was to come

Well can’t be helped…better take advantage from this while I can

He had a job to do, an eternity to survive through and if that meant take the world by the horns and twisting that bitch of a life around along with everyone in it then so be it. For now he would be of help, he would smirk just like now and go after her, if she wanted a dog he might aswell bark, if she wanted a partner he would be around…as long as the profit was there, as long as he saw a reward ahead…and the moment no reward would be around…well…let’s not dwell into that now. All he did for now was, just chuckling rather darkly as he cracked his knuckles

You sure I can’t get a try to? In the end might aswell save you a few bucks in doing so Kitten

He half joked and yet half said the truth, in the end why not? He had gotten paid like that before and it wasn’t so unpleasant as it sounded or at least it wasn’t in his case. One night, a single night of joys and pleasures in which if you forgotten about rules and inhibitions you would enjoy and you would save money in doing so, what was so bad in it? At least it was the way he claimed he thought, after a life of upholding senceless rules to remain pure just to die later like a poor bastard…screw it, if no holy being watched over him then why should he live by the rules they supposedly claimed? He was going to enjoy every single taste this world had to offer…and truth to be told, he always had a thing for witches. Call it madness, but no man knew love until a witch came their way, they had a way to do things that left your head spinning, and if the feline with her newfound sudden stroke of power and confidence wanted to, why not? Not like he was being charged to have a taste of beauty in a nice and wild shape. But he decided not to press it, only grinning as he followed behind. It was time to kick down a few doors and claim a nice comfy throne for the Kitty Kat

((TC Wrath))

[ 2nd Dungeon] : Abyssmal Core – Shattered Dimensions.

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When it began

There was only a blanket of dark clouds

As if it was a omen.

What did this bring ?

Nothing but a door .

Is that right ?

Absolutely not.

Welcome to the Second Dungeon.

Venture into the unknown to retrieve what rightfully belongs to you.

Requirements :

1. Grant must come otherwise the door won’t open. Other entree’s are allowed , however do they really stand a chance here? . .
2. Have a good pair of eyeballs. You’ll need the perception. .

 

Razorbackwriter:  

[ 2nd Dungeon] : Abyssmal Core 

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Can you believe that Grant ran…yes ran from the restaurant where he was about to have dinner with Kasumi, when he heard the voice that called out only to him.

? ? ? ” Come………. Come find me……….. It is your destiny to make me yours. ”

Grant had no idea what it was that had sung out to him, but it was his destiny, and although Grant didn’t normally pay attention to the voices in his head, this one was so alluring, that he simply could not resist the temptation. He had a vision, a vision of a grand door that was built into a rock wall many thousands of feet high. Carrying only his backpack and the two swords that had been gifted to him by the Queen, he was not exactly prepared for a quest, but that was exactly what he was getting himself into. As he ran along, arms flailing and babbling about how he was coming, Kasumi might have thought that Grant had lost his marbles. Well, that was how it looked. Surely she could not hear the voice, but she would have heard and felt the earth tremor as the second dungeon appeared.

The young comic con conventioneer ran on…and on till he had left the city limits and was now running through a field, that was between the palace and the last lights of the city. If he had bothered to take notice, a dark mist was rolling across the grasses, which gave this trek a much more sinister feel to it. How on earth Grant had so much energy to keep mindlessly running towards his goal would be beyond understanding, however, what called him had made a connection that defied logic. This wasn’t about fate. This was about destiny.

Soon the large imposing rock wall monolith was before him. It overshadowed everything, with two tall pylons that went up into the sky, featuring large gruesome statues at the top. Peering down at the man and Kitsune. There was a stairway that led to two ancient rock doors. Carved into the very stone face. Only one problem, there were no knockers, no bells…..no sign of how they were to open.

Approaching the doors, Grant finally bent down and placed his hands on his knees and started to catch his breath.

 

~RB~

 

Kiri:  

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Main Theme: I’ll carry on

Kasumi was not, and to repeat, was NOT in the mood for anyone’s crap. The very fact of her ears still being flat on her head while she ran beside Grant, and the look of uncomfortable fear, gave an almost cuter look to her for once. Something that hadn’t been seen yet. You could tell the earthquake had shaken her up, and she wasn’t happy about that at all. Sure, she felt fine from the light now, that wasn’t the issue at this point. It was the fact she was mortally terrified, but she couldn’t let Grant go on his own. He might need the help of someone used to Illusions and other such things. Who knew what was in there, and whatever was in there wasn’t going to be super friendly. She knew that, but honestly. She didn’t give a flying care in this world. She had to watch out for the kid, especially now that he was going to get himself involved in a hell of a lot of trouble.

Kasumi kept up with Grant easily, but unlike him she was way, way more in tune with such a sinister feeling; the dark mist that surrounded the duo caused her fur to stand on end, making her shiver as she ran, only making her look even more cutesy and nervous. Which . . . hopefully didn’t give Grant any wrong ideas. Even with the physiology of a canine, Kasumi was far faster, stronger and more powerful than any dog. Surely this man could understand that much at least…. could he? How much anime had he seen about Kitsune? Hopefully enough to understand that they were nothing to really play with. Who really knew? She knew enough about the world to know that anime didn’t get everything right, but they got the fact that all Yokai are incredibly strong correct. Insanely strong. Maybe not so to everything, but even so. They were powerful, and they could grow stronger as they aged. Kitsune naturally grew stronger as they grew older and obtained more tails; and considering the fact that their abilities make them completely unpredictable makes it difficult for many people to take them on easily.

Kasumi slowed as they reached the doors, but definitely stuck right beside Grant. Nervous as hell and ready to bolt at any moment. Who could blame her though..?

 

Fu:  Abyssmal Core Gate –> Abyssmal Garden Maze

– The gate slowly opened , creaking as it progressively continued to reveal what laid within. It sensed Grant, and therefore it was content with the outcome , it creaked as it continued to open . How much further until it was over ? How much longer ? The inside of the door would initially shine a blinding white light but dimmered into a ghastly darkness , beckoning whoever stood at the face of it inside. There was no turning back here , clearly danger of some sort would lay inside. The two more or less would have to put their skills to the test . What skills would be most vital here? The entrance had a extremely strong suction that would pull them in instantly and once inside they would find themselves –

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– The two found themselves at the entrance of a maze with numerous pathways , and overhead they could see a large white light spiralling somewhere in the middle of the area . The numerous entrances into the maze were quite foggy, all of them were at differing degrees and something felt odd. Something weird. The entrances each gave off a different feeling and it was clear that this was also about luck of the choice , navigation and understanding . These paths were mysterious and lush nature covered some of the pathways and even the thoughts on how to proceed seemed difficult but thankfully a person appeared not too long after. It seemed this person was going to help them to some degree. –

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Seeker of the mask

Come forth and choose a path

If it is treasure that you seek

Look for the trail that the birds flee

– The Elderly person cackled and turned, walking towards one of the pathways of the maze before the figure itself collapsed upon itself and left only the robe and the orb that it held , upon inspections of the other pathways ; only one path : The left-center path held several bird feathers at the entrance . What was the choice these two will make ? –

 

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Abyssmal Core Gate –> Abyssmal Garden Maze

Like something out of a really cool questing game, or even a wicked old adventure movie, the great wall of rock groaned loudly. Bits of small broken rock tumbled down, as the side of the mountain was preparing to open its belly to the pair that stood before it’s doors. Having been totally consumed by the voice inside his head, it was only now that he realized that Kasumi the Kitsune had been right by his side the whole way from the restaurant. And to top it off she didn’t even look like she had broken a sweat in the run from town. It made him realize that the girl was not about to leave him to a possible dangerous fate behind those doors. For a moment, Grant wondered if he could live with himself if something happened to the Kitsune.

Light. Blinding enough to make the pair almost heed to turn their heads away as it was simply too dazzling for words. This was what welcomed the pair. “Woah.” Grant was one of few words when it came to something as marvelous and fanciful as what they were facing. Grant needed to shield his eyes, till the strong light started to fade. The inner power had now felt that the chosen one was finally here.

But before he could speak again, there was a vacuum like pull that occurred as the doors opened fully. This meant that Grant and Kasumi were both dragged into the massive temple like building. Their feet scraping along the ground as the power within brought them deeper inside. It was only when they were inside that the doors closed in behind them.

Grant spun around sharply. Trying to get his bearings, and also seeing that the doors were indeed shut tight. Trapping the pair inside. The only way to go was forward. What confronted the pair was a massive maze, and in the distance you could see the spiraling affect of a bright light at what might possibly be the center of it all. But which way to go? That answer would come in the shape of a being that approached Grant and Kasumi. Grant kept looking behind the individual, still trying to take in all he could about the maze. Lush and dark, it looked to house exotic creatures, if he didn’t know better. Like on some strange island. Only this was in the side of a mountain.

Seeker of the mask

Come forth and choose a path

If it is treasure that you seek

Look for the trail that the birds flee

Seeker of the mask? Grant wondered for a moment, and then realized that the elderly person was talking to him. Grant touched his chest to show he questioned that it was him, before lowering his arm and then taking heed of the first instruction. Come forth and chose a path

With multiple paths, it was a case of which one to chose, but the riddle continued that if it was treasure that he sought, then he needed to look for the trail that birds flee.

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The elderly robed man then walked into one of the other paths and collapsed in on himself, taking the orb with him. Like a guide, but one that only gave away clues, not clear instructions.

“Look for the trail that the birds flee.”

There was one, that had several bird feathers at the entrance. Now, if a bird panics and flees, they often drop tail feathers. it was not uncommon. Bending down, he picked up one of the feathers and then stared down that path.

“I’m going to try this one. Birds were here.” Motioning for the Kitsune to follow. Grant started down the left center path.

 

~RB~

 

Kiri:  

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Kasumi was completely on edge, as aforementioned; though, as one might expect, she swallowed that fear and stayed next to Grant. Completely, and utterly, ready and willing to pick him up and bolt at the slightest sign of any real danger to his health. Of course, that’s when the doors began to open, and her hand flew back and gripped the handle of the nearest weapon she had without having to create one. Hirai Hime, the very weapon that her father had given her; a weapon that she held entirely dear to her heart as it was the last connection to him that she had. Without much thought behind the action, she drew the weapon, extending it and morphing it into its true state with every moment that she pulled it from its sheath; revealing a three foot long katana with a white blade and a white wire hilt-wrap. Her grip was loose on the weapon, letting its tip point away and out from her body towards the ground; keeping it out of her way whenever the duo got dragged straight into the place.

Kasumi too, just as well as Grant, listened to the woman’s words, only with less excitement and far more caution. Something that should have been obvious to anyone; but then again, Grant wasn’t the brightest crayon in the box when it came to things like this. Kasumi was actually looking back and forth between several of the paths, trying to discern a bit of information from them using her sight, smell and hearing but to no avail until Grant immediately said something about going down a path. While she had noticed the feathers, caution was ruling her actions at the moment, not her predator instincts; she was a sentient being after all, she did have a train of thought other than hunt, kill, repeat. Kasumi ran up to him, walking with him while speaking in an almost impatient tone of voice.

“Mister Taylor, are you nuts? I understand your excitement, but caution and common sense should be pr-“

Kasumi let out a sigh, cutting herself off at the beginning of a word. This wasn’t the time to be lecturing him, no; if they got out of this alive on the other hand…. Well, he was in for a damn good lecture from her. Kasumi looked up at him as they walked, keeping pace with ease while also giving him room to avoid hitting him with Hirai Hime, as much as she would love to give him a few gentle taps on the head with the back of the blade.

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“Never mind, enough of my own idiocy. God knows I’m not always the most sensible. What’s your plan then? Since you rushed in here like a madman.”

At that, Kasumi gave a small laugh, her head dropping before she looked back up at the man with a smile.

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“Let’s see what you can do, aye?” 

 

 

Kingdom of Alteria : Tourist District (1) – Shattered Dimensions.

 

Two total opposites, in both form as well as personality.  Could they ever make it as travelling companions, yet alone defenders of Alterus?

Kiri:  

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God sometimes, in all honesty she couldn’t blame him. He was the type of guy who didn’t get out much, but she was extremely brash and hot-headed. Though, at least now she was calming down. She let go of his coat, nodding to each question as an affirmative, well. Not every question. She had to struggle not to let her temper go flying out the window again, considering it was a potential risk to her health in some cases. If it ever got strong enough anyway. Yes she looked young, and by Kitsune standards she’d barely be considered in her teens. Let alone a full-grown Kitsune. Kitsune could live for thousands of years on occasion, if they were lucky, and most of the time by the time they got to that age they had become Nine-Tails.

But MAN was this guy clueless with women. Ooooooooooooh she wanted to punch him so badly~ All she wanted was to just sock him, sock him nice and good right across the head~ But, no. No no no no. She controlled herself. Kept telling herself no every time her hand began to clench up and prepare to sock him. He was oblivious, he’s not good with women, probably doesn’t get out very often. It’s ok, it’s ok, it’ll alllll be ok. With a huff of her own, Kasumi followed the man inside, having no real other place to go at this point. After a few moments of looking around at some of the people who dressed up as Kitsune, it eventually just got annoying to Kasumi. Especially after the incident only moments ago. She wasn’t very far from Grant, in fact she was still staying close by to make sure he didn’t do anything stupid with those swords. She didn’t care if she had to follow the man into his own room, she wasn’t letting him out of her sight. After all, it was her fault that he’d even gotten them in a sense. In fact, just to keep up a front of some sort, Kasumi was willing to answer any . . . serious questions that Grant had to ask, though she did walk up to him eventually and spoke softly, her hands hooked together behind her head.

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“Look, I’m young by Kitsune standards, yes. In fact I could probably be considered to be a teenager if not a young adult in their twenties by our standards. Some members of our race live for thousands of years on end, growing stronger with every day. Some obtain a Nine-Tail Status, becoming incredibly strong among Yokai. Only thing is, that is rarer than anything else. And to be honest with you, my parent’s deaths aren’t bothering me anymore. We live incredibly long lives, full lives. When we leave, we leave with no regrets. Normally anyway.”

Of course, Kasumi was referencing the fact that her father himself regretted never apologizing to her uncle for what he had done. Not that anyone could really understand what that meant. Yes she was a chatter box, but she wasn’t one to be trifled with. In fact it might be better that she was talking and was in a happy-go-lucky mood. If she wasn’t, then there was a chance she was intending to kill. That’s how she was raised after all. Traditional family, traditional methods.

 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Alteria : Tourist District

~it’s not easy to be me~

Being humiliated by the kitsune in public like that was just another blow to Grant’s self confidence. Sure, he seemed to take the verbal spray, but the haunting memories of his childhood and adolescence came crawling back, like maggots under his skin. Coughing, he reached into his pocket and took out a pair of thick glasses and with a shaking hand he placed the glasses on, as he then went for the program of events for this part of the week long series of conventions. The man’s shoulders seemed to gather forward, and he bowed his head as he tried to meld into the crowd and get away from that girl. Girls were something he had a lot of trouble understanding. From the first crush that he had in the fifth grade, who humiliated him by believing that she actually would go to a movie with him, to the night of the school formal when he was crushed after being set up with what he thought was the girl of his dreams. A real sweetheart, or so he thought. He was left sitting on an empty veranda with a corsage that would never be worn. it was easy, oh so easy for Grant to fall into a cycle of habit that brought him comfort. His love of comics, anime, fantasy – where in his mind he could be the hero. He could be the one that all the girls want, or be just crazy and have some sort of respect or adulation. He came to these conventions religiously. It was like a rite of passage. An escape from the real and cruel world, that he had always felt he was not a part of. Not truly. In his years since college he had opened a thriving comic book and collector store. Traveled the world collecting the bizarre and unique. Being part of table top tournaments, all the things that people considered…nerdy. So no, he didn’t understand women….and he didn’t get the Kitsune at all.

Grant was a simple human being. Nothing fancy, nothing flash and super powered. But in his heart, he wished he was.

Here he could hide behind a mask, or a costume and become something unreal. For a weekend, he could live the dream.

Right now, he was unaware that the kitsune was following him. Darting between the crowds of people dressed either partially, or fully as furries, he didn’t realize that kasumi was on his tail till he heard her voice. Turning around, he was fidgeting with his program and giving her a look like…why are you following me?”

Grant listened to what she had to say. About how being five hundred years was akin to her being a teenager, as odd as that sounded. She said that they lived incredibly long lives and that when they die, they have no regrets. If this was true, then it was a charmed life. Grant had many regrets and many times that he wished he had the guts to say what he truly felt, instead of keeping it bottled up within himself.

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The wrinkling sound of the paper between his fingers would show that he was still nervous around her now.

“I’m….not good with girls.” The earlier display in the castle had a lot to do with the joy of the moment, and he lost himself in the Queen’s presence. Here, he was faced with dealing with someone that was seeing him for what he truly was. A simple man.

~RB~

 

Kiri:  

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Kasumi at least noticed that the male was attempting to get away. But he probably could have at least remembered that she wasn’t human. Her senses were far above that of a normal creature, after all she was like a canine in some respects. She followed him mostly by sight, but in some cases her sense of smell came into play due to losing sight of him for a moment or two at a time. In this kind of crowd, even a Kitsune like Kasumi had to admit it could be difficult to stay on track of a target. Once he’d finally responded, she simply let out a small breath and set her head in one hand, giving him the courtesy of a small chuckle. Not in an insulting way, but in a way that was just amused. After having done so, she looked up at him with a calm face, speaking with a small smile on her face.

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“Well, I’m not trying to be a bad person here, but to be frank it’s kind of obvious you’re not too good with women. But that’s fine, just watch some of the things you say and you’re fine. I’m just hot-headed, so I apologize for the scene outside.”

Kasumi ran a hand down the back of her neck, closing her eyes for a moment as her long hair ended up being pressed against her neck for a moment, only to open them again as her hand fell back to her side and she let out another small breath. This was Kasumi for you, if she was in the wrong she’d at least apologize. When it was due anyway. Her temper might go flying off the handle on occasion, but she couldn’t blame this guy for what he did. He obviously wasn’t the type who was good with women. Which wasn’t a problem, he wasn’t the only guy, in fact it only made Kasumi feel bad for having snapped without warning. But that’s how she was. After a moment, her smile returned, as she leaned up with a slightly chilling look in her eyes that showed she had some mischief in mind.

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“Well anyway~ Since you’re not so good with women, how about you start getting some practice in that department. And don’t get the wrong idea either. I’m going to need someone who knows what the hell they’re doing to show me around, considering I’ve never been to one of these.”

Kasumi was trying to make it up to the guy in her own way, even if she was too stubborn to say it out loud and not put up her conniving little act. She needed a distraction too. Considering she’d been let down about her uncle as well, so maybe this would be a good way to distract her. Who knew? Everything was locked away, hidden behind that happy-go-lucky and conniving attitude.

 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Alteria : Tourist District

Kasumi was stating the obvious when she realized that he was not very good with his social habits around women. Really to understand women, you had to get to know them, or have some as friends. Grant didn’t have that, nor opportunities too. Maybe this would be a good thing, if he was to be like some sort of tour guide for her around the convention hotel. Though she looked to be like those dressing up, she was the real deal. No pulling or stroking her tail, that was for sure. Grant did have an urge to tweak those ears however. Odd how he found them attractive. The way that they moved and flickered. It was kinda nice. Though she was talking to him, Grant’s eyes kept going upward to the top of her head, and then back down to meet her gaze.

Grant threw his hands up in mock surrender, when Kasumi said not to get any funny ideas. Sure she was pretty and all, but getting past the fact she was really super old, was going to be a hurdle and a half.

“I won’t try anything, honest.” Which he meant, as he said it with a slight nod.

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The crowds continued to move around past them, some stopping to take in Kasumi’s swinging tail, others snapped pictures with their phones and go pro devices. It was just par of the course at these sorts of things. Grant hadn’t planned to dress up today, not since he had been on the palace tour. It just didn’t enter into his head.

Thinking of where to take her, the first thing he thought was perhaps one of the convention food halls.

“Are you hungry? I know a few good places. One has an all you can eat buffet?”

Perhaps she would like to do that first, rather than have to mingle with all the suited human

~RB~

 

Kiri:  

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Kasumi had a feeling that the kid was probably going to be fairly nervous, after all he wasn’t very good at expressing himself around women. After all, he hadn’t realized that even with all the movements of her tail and ears that they were actually real. He was just that type. Then again, there were plenty of men like him. At least he wasn’t a pervert though, she had to give him that much for sure. She actually got annoyed a lot of times, because of the very fact that some of the more . . . lecherous customers flocked to her on occasion. It was very, very vexing. And it made her want to strangle them. Even if a quick explosion of Fox-Fire nearby typically scared the bastards off. Which….. was honestly fun to do to people. Kasumi noticed him watching her ears every time they twitched, which amused her more than it bothered her. She tilted her head when he said he wouldn’t get any ideas, debating if she she should tease him or not. …Nah, time to be nice. Kasumi smiled and clapped her hands together at the mention of food. Nodding as she did. Turning slightly, she looked up at him with a calm look.

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“Shall we Mister Taylor?”

With a quick, and definitely practiced motion, Kasumi stepped up next to Grant and wrapped her arms around his elbow. After all, this was how she was raised. Traditional family, traditional methods.

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Kingdom of Alteria : Tourist District – Shattered Dimensions.

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This is the district in which the tourists flock to as well as the people who are known to work in small entertainment establishments or eateries ; this place is also interesting due to the network of roads and aerial pathways and homes has also proved to be quite the playground for those who like it that way. The architectural perception of the place has made it out to be quite grand. It is similar to the livelihood of The Big Apple in it’s concept , not that many have to complain that is.

 

Kiri:  

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Kasumi was a bit glad that the male had followed her, but the very fact that he was really hyper over swords amused her greatly. By the time they had gotten to the gates, Kasumi had thrown her cloak back around her shoulders and was walking with him to the con. Somewhere she could blend in. Her mouth was hidden, and that in turn hid her conniving smirk that showed she wanted to mess with the male. Inwardly, she had to drop her jaw when he asked her who had designed her furs, and she had been tempted to say no one, maybe cluing him in on the very fact that she was not human in the least. She wasn’t a Hanyou either.

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Even though she wanted to clue him in, she didn’t, she only continued to grin in a very . . . vixen-like manner, as though she had a plan up her sleeve. And slowly but surely, she did. Only, she hoped it wouldn’t backfire once she started it. The boy was definitely clueless, and too into the world of anime to really understand that she was truly inhuman. She almost, ALMOST, considered transforming into her fox form just surprise him. But decided against it as it might have caused a panic. Kasumi turned her head at the male with a very conniving smile, one that could send chills down someone’s spine if they weren’t oblivious or just unused to it. She might have had a supernatural beauty about her, but even then that didn’t change the fact she was incredibly perceptive and smart.

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“You asked who made my fur. You know it’s impolite to call someone’s fur fake, correct? Especially a lady’s~”

At the same time as she said that, Kasumi flicked her ears softly, wondering if it would clue him in. If not she’d give him another little clue, by causing her tail to wag once behind her, wondering if that would. Hopefully this didn’t backfire though, they were getting close to the furry convention. Which also meant soon Kasumi would be surrounded by wannabe Yokai, as most furries as she had seen seemed to be based off of Kitsune, Bakeneko or Nekomata, Inugami or even the occasional Tanuki. Of course, someone who didn’t know much about Yokai wouldn’t know that, and she couldn’t really blame them for that. She only hoped that her little plan to mess with the guy wouldn’t back-fire. Such as him pulling her tail or ears. It’d happened before, and no she wasn’t happy when it did. The tail was incredibly sensitive after all, being prehensile. 

 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Alteria : Tourist District

Have you ever watched someone trying to use a selfie stick to take a snap shot of their back? Well, this was what Grant was doing as he was walking along with the girl that he had just met in the Throne room of the Queen. Grant was still marveling the swords that he had been gifted by the Queen. “Sure beats the ones in the gift shop.’ he was heard to say as he crossed the busy intersection. Finally bringing his selfie stick back around and taking his camera off it. He seemed to be so engrossed in his phone, that he nearly got hit by a taxi. The guy was an all around klutz. How on earth he managed to stay alive this long was a complete and utter mystery. When he approached the Queen and started showing off his videos, you could tell that he had little regard for that thing called, personal space and possible imprisonment. But, he still came out alive and with two swords too boot.

Not bad for what was a simple tour of the Palace. He had the time in his busy schedule for the tour, and with his gifts, he felt like it was well worth it. Grant continued along the street with the fur girl, as he liked to think of her. She had placed a hooded cape over herself, so she looked pretty much inconspicuous compared to most others that were milling about the city tourist area. Checking his watch, he could see that he was running a little late now, since he had taken that detour into the throne room.

“Hope the others waited for me. Really hard to tell who is who in those fur suits.” Course, he was talking about the furry convention which happened to follow right on the heels of the Comic con. “I was thinking of going as Sonic the Hedgehog, but…he has such a big head, you know?” Grant wasn’t really paying attention to the girl’s expression. Oh she kept looking up at him with that sinister grin of hers, like…she was plotting something, but he was clueless. His mind racing on all the events and conferences. It was a wonder he remembered what room he was staying in.

Course, when the girl did speak, she happened to mention the fact he asked about her fur. Her reply was implying that it was impolite to call someone’s fur fake, and especially a lady’s at that.

“I’ve seen some pretty fucked up furs in my time, Miss. Yours is pretty neat. Looks super soft. You must brush it every night, I bet.” he gave a sort of lopsided grin, and then continued along. “So…why were you seeing the Queen anyways? Didn’t think she was into keeping pets.”

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Oh lordy…..

~RB~

 

Kiri:  

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Kasumi watched the boy the entire time, trying, struggling to get a picture of those damned swords that the Queen had given him. Oh dear lord, she just hoped that he didn’t plan on drawing and swinging those things around. Then she’d have to stop him and that could turn into a big misunderstanding. In public at that, which would look bad on her as a race. Yes, it was useful being in a furry con just because of the fact she’d blend in with all the people, and no one would realize that she personally was a REAL Kitsune. After all, like one might expect, there was some people who . . . well they didn’t always like Yokai like her. But that was a part of reality itself, it had happened plenty of times in history, and hopefully one day there would be a chance for people to get along PROPERLY. Who knew. All Kasumi knew was that she was forced to stop with a completely bewildered look on her face, her jaw having dropped on hearing the boy talk about coming as Sonic the Hedgehog. With a quick shake of her head, she rushed her way back up. Till she heard the boy say that she had to brush hers every night, which caused a short blush to spread across her cheeks just because it was true, but that faded immediately at the mention of being someone’s pet. She turned her head immediately, her crimson eyes narrowing with a slight bloody glow as anger coursed through her in that very second.

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Kasumi stopped, definitely seething as she curled her hands over and over beneath the cloak. Who in the hell did this guy think he was anyway?! Her ears were twitching, and even though the glow in her eyes disappeared it was obvious that she was NOT pleased at all. Kasumi was struggling not to go and snap on him, of course that didn’t last considering the fact that she pretty much disappeared by moving at full speed, stopping and walking alongside him for a moment before she stepped in front of him and looked up at him with an outraged look, speaking even as she did so.

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“Pet? Pet! I’m no one’s pet boy! I’m a Kitsune! A five hundred year old Kitsune who just so happens to be VERY authentic!”

Well, she was snappy, but she wasn’t done yet. Oh no, not by a long shot. Oooooh he had to hit that one sore spot for any Kitsune, especially one as hot-headed as Kasumi. He might have been oblivious to her being a Kitsune, but she was about engrave that into his memory for sure. Even if he’d gush from it, she was going to make damned sure he remembered. Oh you could believe that!

Kasumi made a single step forward, not wasting much time as she reached to grab his shirt in both hands, her cloak falling away as it was never secured completely since she never thought it would be needed. Her tail was bristling, and her ears were standing straight up, but by the fangs that had extended themselves in her mouth, she wasn’t playing in the least at all. If she had managed to get her hands in his shirt, whether by surprise or anything else, she’d speak again. This time her voice far louder.

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“Get this into your skull, I’m no one’s pet nor will I ever be a pet! I will be a companion, a friend, a wife, a lover, a guardian and many other things; but I will NEVER be a pet! I have lived five hundred years without being someone’s pet, watched both of my parents die and still have been living on alone! I have been fine, and I will continue to be fine, without ever belonging to someone in any way or form!”

There were a few whistles heard in the background, some in pity for the guy mainly because of the anger he’d gotten out of her, but even so she was slowly beginning to simmer down. Even as she spoke, it showed in her eyes that the anger was simmering down. Just a minor bi-polar incident. Nothing more. Well . . . minor emotional incident, much like a teenager’s temperamental problems. 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Alteria : Tourist District 

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It’s one thing to have your girlfriend mad at you out in a public place, but when it is a girl that you have barely met, and then one that was about to admit to being something that even Grant had not quite spotted, that left the poor bloke dumbfounded in shock. The whistles and murmurs from the surrounding crowd meant that the girl’s outburst was causing a scene, and that had Grant rubbing the back of his neck awkwardly – trying to smile, but failing hard. The massive foot in mouth came when he made the suggestion that she was the Queen’s pet. What a clanger. Was he truly that stupid? He must have been, cause when the girl snaffled his lapel and jerked him down so that she could snarl her answer into his face, he kept blinking at her almost like he had no brain at all.

“Pet? Pet! I’m no one’s pet boy! I’m a Kitsune! A five hundred year old Kitsune who just so happens to be VERY authentic!”

“You’re a what? A Kitsune? A real…real kitsune?’ Grant could hardly believe it. Here he was in the presence of a creature that had been animated and drawn, had figures and great characters fashioned out of her likeness. Why, thousands of girls dressed up as them, but none were actual living breathing ones. And to think…she was so so old. Five hundred years made her like….a super granny type Kitsune.

“But you look so young.” He must have thought that as a kitsune ages, she…looks the part. “Don’t they have old age homes for five hundred year creatures?” Give the man a shovel. He was really digging himself into a hole.

Before she could answer his quizzical statements, she was letting him have it, with a swag of information of how she was going to be many things in this life, but not a pet. Not now, not ever. There was one bit that he didn’t understand though. If she was five hundred years old, and never HAD been a companion, wife, lover or such….was she…a five hundred year old virgin? The words will be did not mean she had. Maybe five hundred years was young in a kitsune’s age thing. Being shaken by the Kitsune as she rammed home her point of never being owned, Grant’s eyes lolled about in their sockets. It wasn’t till he fell back and tried to brush off his lapel, that he could even think to start speaking again. Not without putting his foot in it.

“Sorry about your folks. I mean that. And I’m sorry about you being really…old.”

Grant noticed everyone was staring and he muttered before saying to them all.

“Shows over…there is another one inside for you fur lovers. This is just a simple argument.” That said, he glanced back at the angry Kitsune, before huffing and turning to follow the crowd inside.

~RB~

 

 

 

Kingdom of Alteria : Alterian Palace (2) – Shattered Dimensions.

It is comical how the Queen is able to deal with the likes of the wayward tourist and the wide eyed Kitsune.  Her kindness however knows no bounds.

Scene setting : Kingdom of Alteria : Alterian Palace – Scattered Dimensions.

Co-written with Tsu and Kiri.

Tsu:  
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After a couple of minutes of listening and silence, Skylar thought about the request and what the girl said. It was rather interesting on what she said and finding out officially who she’s related too. Looking directly at her, she wondered how far the girl must of traveled, her face was emotionless as always cause of her out put. ” Ms. Yamazaki, apology accepted. It is fine, since you’re not an ordinary being as I see, since you introduced yourself. As for your questions, I’m afraid I can’t help you there dear. Nor could the king, we have both been here long but, not long enough to know of him or where he is.” She said truthfully and took a small breath as she gave a slight smile but, it faded seconds after. ” I can see you’re aimed on finding him, all I can say is, just don’t give up and keep looking. But of course you’re right, no one should ever doubt a legend or myth. Many things make up this world and more possible things outside of this place, yet to be discovered I believe. This is just my own personal opinion on it, I’m sure if you keep looking you’ll come across something. That is all I can offer from here.” Skylar said and leaned back.

Skylar’s eyes had been watching the male in the room, his bowing and kneeling was rather funny. A chuckle escaped her lips shortly after he walked right up to her, no fear what so ever. This man must of been rather comical from how he’s speaking and how he’s acting. Seeing the phone shoved up she arched and eyebrow and stared at the thing, it was rather amusing. ” Mr.Grant, you’re a rather brave soul too.. any other person and they’d have you surrounded by guards and escorted out of the room. Mind your manners, I shall not tolerate having none, you shouldn’t be so free open with people. It could get you killed at some point.” She said strictly and relaxed a bit, once the stuff ended she had snapped her fingers, signaling for something in the back to come shortly. ” As for whether I like it or not, that is my own private life which, I shall not discuss with strangers. But, I will give you a token for being able to stand there.” After those words the doors open again, a guy coming up with two long items wrapped in black cloth, tied together by a white ribbon. The shape of the items was unknown but, you could tell as it got closer, two swords to be exact. ” The two weapons on your back, I presume aren’t completely there. So I offer you real authentic ones, hopefully you enjoy. Now, if you are lost I can have my guards escort you back to the party.” The queen said lastly and crossed her left leg over her right, resting her hands in her lap watching both them.

 

Kiri:  

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Yep. It was official. Kasumi had a what in the hell moment. Like, literally. Her first thought when the boy began to gush: WHAT IN THE LITERAL HELL IS HE DOING! She even took a step back with the proper look on her face, her eyebrows high and eyes wide, her ears perked up high and her mouth just barely open with one corner twitching. Was this guy really… serious? I mean, really, going up to a Queen and acting like . . . like . . . THAT?! WOW! Seems like there are idiots in the world after all….. But in the end, at that very last part, she could hear the video and had to cover her mouth in order to prevent from snickering, however that didn’t work out very well as she couldn’t stop herself in the end. She ended up bursting into full-blown laughter the moment she tried to stop it. She hunched over, holding her stomach with one hand as her body shook with the force of each laugh.

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“BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Then came the last part. His last comment. She. She just couldn’t. Kasumi began to laugh even harder, falling onto her back as she rolled from one side to the next, laughing with tears streaming down her face. She couldn’t help it, this was hilariously priceless. “I dress up as a furry fox sometimes too.” Her tail was exposed now, and her cloak had come undone, but she didn’t care, oh wow this was hilarious! Once Kasumi had gotten her laughter under control, she flipped herself up, crossing her legs and placing her hands on the floor in between them with her long, fluffy tail wagging behind her. The color of it was actually just like that of her ears, which only really completed the look as she wiped away the tears and let the final fits of laughter end.

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“Oh.. that was priceless. That made my day.”

Kasumi looked up at the Queen immediately after listening to her speak to the man, not even looking at her whenever she gave him the swords. Hmm… someone needed to keep an eye on a guy like that with swords, perhaps Kasumi should stick around for a little longer with him getting twin swords. There was a chance he had no idea how to use them at all. Which meant he was as much a threat to himself as others. But who knew, appearances were deceiving. Kasumi listened to the Queen’s words and nodded, looking visibly down in all honesty. Her ears drooped and her eyes narrowed softly, glistening softly. It wasn’t much of a surprise, but it was still hard hitting in the end. Kasumi got up quietly, picking up her cloak as she moved to leave at the Queen’s words, speaking back at her the moment she got to the door.

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“I thank you your majesty, I’ll do just that. He has to be somewhere. And I plan to sock him right in the nose the minute I see him.”

With a hand against the door, she simply turned back, her ears flicking softly as her tail gave a single rustle, calling back to the man before he got himself into trouble.

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“Mister Taylor! You should probably be coming with me as well!”

 

Razorbackwriter:  

Kingdom of Alteria – Alterian Palace.

Have you ever done something and totally not bothered to think of the ramifications first? Well, that is how it was with our happy go lucky tourist, Grant. He had never met Royalty before, unless you count Queen Armidala from Star Wars at a convention, but it was really a guy with a five o clock shadow – didn’t count. This was the real Queen of Alteria, and while she put up with Grant’s behavior for a moment, she soon made it very clear that he had overstepped some bounds with his questions. Nervously, Grant reached into his pocket and took out his small mouth freshening spray and quickly did two little squirts into his gob. Smacking his lips as he fumbled to put it away quickly and offer the Queen a sheepish grin.

“I…I’m so sorry, your Imperial Majesty. I tend to get excited sometimes.” The poor guy started bowing profusely, again and again as he backed up a little, only snapping back to snatch the smart phone.

“Heh..” Oh he was sure she was going to say..“Off with his head…” next and he stared around nervously, only hearing the wicked laughter of Miss Chatterbox back on the floor of the throne room. Grant blinked at the girl, who was really enjoying the lad’s torment. Grant crinkled up his face, flushing madly. His cheeks aflame.

But much to the young man’s surprise, the Queen was going to be more than gracious. She had summoned her guards to bring Grant a gift. Well, two actually.

” The two weapons on your back, I presume aren’t completely there. So I offer you real authentic ones, hopefully you enjoy. Now, if you are lost I can have my guards escort you back to the party.”

They were the real deal authentic katana swords. They were shiny and big and…REAL. They must have been worth a fortune and the poor guy, well, aside from his jaw dropping and displaying a little bit of drool, it actually gave him an erection.

“Sssswords?” Yes…swords.

“Oh…oh…OH…oh…Oh God….I’m gunna…” Luckily he stopped himself as the two replicas on his back were replaced with the real ones by the guards. Grant just stared up at the Queen as though she was an Angel from Heaven. “…..cry…” He sniffed loudly and then took out a huge handkerchief with his initials on it and blew his nose loudly.

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“It’s the….it’s the ….nicest thing anyone ever did for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.”

No doubt the giggling girl behind him was lapping this up. To see this nobody, this nothing of a person being granted such a token from the Queen….it was something. With the swords safely secured on his back, the man started with the bowing…all over again.

“May you have the best fortune, your Majesty. May you have many happy times with your King. May he grant thee lots of love…and kisses…and….bedroom delights.”

That one kinda went over the line, but he was now walking backwards quickly and out of the room, only to hear the girl with the big vocabulary calling after him.

“Mister Taylor! You should probably be coming with me as well!”

Blinking as he had just left the Throne room, he looked back at the girl with the ears, tail…oh wow, fluffy tail.

“Are you going back to the Furry convention at the hotel?” Yep, Grant thought she was a furry.

“Nice furs. Whose your designer?”

Clueless….totally clueless.

~RB~

 

Tsu:  Laughing filled the room and the queens icy eyes went to the sound. Seeing the girl cracking up, the queen’s soft pinkish white lips turned into a smile. It was rather amusing, the boy in front of them and it was indeed a laughing matter. Slowly her lips went back into a normal thin line, seeing her cloak fall off she simply watched and noticed her tail and ears. She was a Kitsune then? That was rather amusing as she washed the thought away seeing her walk towards the door and call the guy. Seeing as the queen enjoyed the company she wanted them to leave at the moment, it was just how she was. Skylar had seen Grant become compose and tighten up, which was really good for the man. Hearing his stutter and apology she simply let out a small sigh. Seeing his bow she lifted her hand slightly a bit ” You don’t need to bow Mr.Grant, It is perfectly fine. I’ll let it slip for now, just know for any other time.” She murmured a bit and let another sigh escape her lips once more. Looking to the guards that handed him the weapons she realized he must of been really happy at that moment. A second later she scanned him and noticed something, a erection? Was this guy for real? ” Well, I guess strange things turn people on, not that I’m one to complain..” She thought to herself and noticed how he was sniffing and about to cry, it made her slightly annoyed but, happy. Hearing his words of the king a small blush came to her cheeks but quickly vanished after, her not wanting to reveal anything about ‘that’ subject.

” You’re most welcome Mr.Grant, please take care of them. They’re once in a life time things, I don’t want them to get ruined. Also.. thanks for the compliments and may we both hope.” she said teasingly at the last part and snickered once again. The queen realized him walking out after the girl and let out a sigh of relief from them leaving. Hearing about the fur she simply shook her head, he was clueless about what she really was and a thought struck her head. ” Ah Mr.Grant, you’ll be in for a surprise for her. Oh, by the way, you might want to get your little problem handled.. It’s rather noticeable, once you look clearly at it. You’re both welcome and may you both fare well on your departure.” Skylar said and leaned back comfortably in her chair as they walked out. Her right arm went to lay against the arm rest, her hand going up and the side of her head resting on the palm. Thoughts wondered through her head and she also pondered on where her king was at this moment.

 

(Moves on to the Tourist district.)