Light takes Evangeline from Oracle for a chat, confused by the strange human Darkness has bonded with. She tried to cast doubt in Evangeline’s mind about Gabriel’s history with Light, but Evangeline knows facts from fiction. Light promises that she will end that unnatural bond!
Dark and Caroline discuss Evangeline while easing Meri’s mind. Meri meddles in trying to make them spend time together, especially when Caroline is no longer the teacher.
Dark: Seriously, Caroline. How are we going to explain to Gabriel–or whoever the hell he is that his wife got taken by some chick who waltzed in and waltzed right back out with his wife.
Everywhere the eye could see there was snow! Snow up to the knees! Snow flying through the air! Biting wind and blinding sunlight! There was nothing around but tundra. …except for a tall woman, walking back and forth. Looking just as confused as Evangeline.
Caroline: With an ‘I’m sorry, please don’t kill us.’ *Despite her tone, it WAS crossing her mind. Caroline was currently holding a hand out with a small spell circling in her palm. She was trying to trace Evangeline and piggyback where she was taken, but no matter how much she put in to the spell, it just wasn’t working.*
“Helpless. Useless. Only a human.” Light circled around the woman again. “Call up warmth. Cast magic. Do something interesting. You must do SOMETHING.”
Dark: dark *He winced. Damnit, another headache.* Yeah, well, I don’t think he’s too happy. And he’s getting more impatient.
Caroline: So am I. *Evangeline couldn’t seem to do anything without needing constant supervision. How that woman survives is a mystery! With a low growl she dropped her spell all together.* And this time she’s been snatched away but something I can’t trace. YOU try it. If I can find her without having to summon Gabriel to raise hell, it would make the day easier.
Vlamerias: *Meri was chewing on her lip. She didn’t feel the headache Dark was talking about but she did have a feeling things would get very bad if her Mommy wasn’t recovered soon! That weird lady had been all light and stuff! Nothing like her Mommy’s light and yet, similar! It was very confusing!*
Dark: *He huffed.* Fine. But if *I* find her, doesn’t that mean Gabriel will know where she is and get pissed at us, too?
Caroline: WE didn’t lose her. Oracle is safe from at least Ninty percent of the world’s population of evil. We’re just so blessed that the last ten percent seems to enjoy pissing off Gabriel. * Caroline pinched the bridge of her nose, waving a hand for him to continue and try it anyway. At least it would find her faster, even if it were Gabriel that went to fetch her.*
Dark: *He growled! Stuck one finger in his ear and wiggled it around to test his hearing after that roar!* Crap, fine. *He walked over to where Evangeline had been standing, cracked his knuckles. It was several minutes before the distant look in his eyes turned into confusion.* All I’m getting is light. Really bright light. So strong I don’t even want to go near it. I don’t see how the hell that helps, though.
“Psychics are ridiculously common.” Light finally stopped pacing, gesturing arms wide and the land around them. “What do you think of my kingdom, daughter? The sun shines for months. Reflects off the snow. It is the most beautiful place on earth. Darkness tries to destroy it, but in the end Light always wins. Have you turned away from the light, daughter?”
Vlamerias: *She suddenly POOFED! and ended up on Caroline’s head, clinging for dear life! She was so anxious she was spellcasting and not even realizing it!* I failed again! I’m a bad, bad familiar! *She wailed, tilting her head back and crying!*
Dark: *Just when he figured the roar had finally stopped and there would be peace–the familiar teleported and started wailing! He clapped his hands over his ears.* ….
Caroline: *And that was when her hand smacked against her face. Now she would be consoling a devil!* Vlamerias, do you know about Kings and Queens of old?
Vlamerias: *She was wailing and wailing and–She sniffled!* You mean like my Daddy? That kind of King? *She loved hearing stories and Warrior Lady always had great ones to tell! She lowered her head to look at Caroline’s face upside down!*
“Speaking of your husband.” How dare he come here to her sanctuary! Light moved, graceful and sweet, to wrap her arms around Evangeline from behind and give her a hug! “I was getting to know your wife. She is beautiful. I have never seen a human shine so bright. …You must have missed me so much!”
Caroline: Yes. Like the Devil King. He has many people in his court, doesn’t he? But he is a powerful devil. So much so that he could destroy any enemy that attacked him. Now… imagine if he took a human wife. Do you know what would happen?
Vlamerias: *She blinked once, then twice!* Um … *Oh, she knew the answer to this one! Let’s see. On one hand, there was the powerful Devil King and on the other, a human.* The wife would die in a few short decades?
Dark: *Dark removed his hands from his ears. Then he was digging into that big bag Evangeline carried around with her. There had to be treats for Meri inside somewhere! Maybe that would help keep her calm …*
Light didn’t move an inch, only smiled and cradled her dearest daughter in her embrace. “All of this time I thought you didn’t care for me anymore. That the moments we shared together had been forgotten. Ah, but here you are taking a new light for a wife. I would have been so happy to be your wife.”
Caroline: Not quite. Imagine your father’s enemies deciding the best way to harm him was by hurting his human wife. Tons and tons of devils all sneaking after her while your King was away on business. How many people do you think it would take to protect her?
Vlamerias: *Meri was sniffling again. Now she was getting it …* Stronger people than a single devil familiar so young … *She suddenly had her tail and wings again and they were drooping! She hugged Caroline’s head!*
Dark: *Meanwhile, he had grabbed a hold of something and began to pull it up … and up … And, bloody hell! How had she managed to fit a giant stuffed penguin into a bag so small and still have room for all these things?!*
“You make our relationship sound so dangerous. We’ve been together before the dawn of time, the occasional tiff happens.” She had still not let Evangeline go, now twirling a bit of her hair around her finger.
Caroline: Yes. More than just a small devil. However, *Caroline finally pulled Meri off her head and set her on the ground. She held up a hand and produced a small book. It had a lot of interesting pictures. Fairy tales!* a Queen still needs her court. Young ladies that help her day to day with important things that most people always forget.
Vlamerias: *Oohhh … what a beautiful book! Well-worn but bound in leather! There were not many books in the human world like these! And she had developed an appreciation for books thanks to Evangeline! Her eyes grew wide! She rubbed the tears away.* … R–really? Even though I don’t do the big stuff like you and Dark do?
“I wanted to meet the woman that stole the Heart of Darkness. Imagine my surprise to find that she is one of my daughters. Did you think I would be jealous of her? She is bright, but she is not as bright as I.”
“I used to be your heart. Don’t you remember? We are two sides of infinity.” She hugged Evangeline close to whisper in her ear. “A bond far stronger than any other.”
Caroline: Yes. She can’t stay by herself for too long. You give her company and help her with things she can’t do herself. Before Gabriel brought you back from the Devil World, she was having a hard time. Isn’t that right, Dark?
Dark: *Dark stood and handed Vlamerias the giant stuffed penguin! He huffed.* Was she ever. But she never wanted to bother anyone and Gabriel was always away.
Vlamerias: *She accepted the penguin! It was the one her Glaër had won for her at the fair!* Mommy is always doing strange human things … like talking to strangers at the park!
Light loosened her grip, out of surprise! “How would you know, daughter? Your soul is a mere infant. We have been eternal!” Then she hissed! The blasted dark dragon large enough to block sun from the sky. Light vanished but her voice remained. “We will see how strong this farce of a bond is! It is against our nature and it WILL be broken!” As her voice faded, the wind picked up and the sun in the sky seemed to be shining brighter!
Caroline: Evangeline needs people around her. Something that is hard to explain to her husband. *Speaking of Evangeline… Gabriel hadn’t shown up there to rip their flesh from their bones, and her danger senses weren’t tingling. And Dark was no longer holding his head like it was about to explode. A good sign!*
Dark: *He clasped his hands behind his head.* Yeah, well I think it’s gonna be even harder to explain that to him now. It doesn’t take a psychic to see he’s serious about locking her in that tower.
Caroline: Towers are a pain to get in to, also. If he does, I’m not going to go rescue her. *Caroline dropped in to a seat. …she wouldn’t scale a tower, but talking to that man would be a good idea.*
Vlamerias: *She plopped down onto her beanbag, still holding the penguin!* The humans often whisper about Mommy being a damsel in distress. Is that not where damsels in distress belong?
Caroline: That’s where witches and villains put damsels in distress. Not their husbands. Though, I admit I’ve considered locking her away somewhere myself. If Gabriel is going to be this Great King and his enemy strong enough to snatch her from her, she needs an entire army watching her. *Wouldn’t that just shake the entire world? Gabriel Carnatelli’s own personal King’s Guard.*
Dark: *He was smirking.* You mean, that’s not what we are? Evangeline’s personal guard?
Vlamerias: Oooohh! Mommy is the Queen! Mommy is the Queen! *She twirled her penguin around and around!*
Caroline: Knights of the Bright Lady. I suppose we are. Now we just need ninty seven more people and I believe that may almost be enough eyes to keep that woman out of trouble.
Dark: *Snickering!* Yeah, like anyone else has the guts to bear bad news to Gabriel. Evangeline’s been kidnapped. Evangeline’s disappeared. Yeah, half the world’s population will be wetting their pants.
Caroline: Has she told you some of her odd misadventures before she ever met Gabriel? She has always been involved in one strange thing or another chasing after visions. Only now there’s visions AND Gabriel’s enemies. Yet I’ve never heard her complain beyond a few grumbles about things trying to eat her. Gabriel married pure sunshine. It’s really uncanny.
Dark: Uncanny, yeah. Seeing as how Gabriel turns out to be Darkness Supreme or something. I mean, honestly. How screwed up can things get?
Caroline: *Caroline cast him a sly smile.* Do you truely want to know?
Dark: … Awh hell. *He muttered, giving Caroline a sideways glance!*
Vlamerias: *She was clapping, with that penguin under her arm!* Oohh! Oohh! I want to know, Warrior Lady! I want to know!
Caroline: These things happen all too often. In a human lifespan you may see one global event, but the longer you live you start to realize there seems to be a cycle to these things. I am no Seer, but I suspect there will be a war very very soon. *Not something to be grinning about, but Dark went and opened his mouth and Meri asked so nicely!*
Dark: *He huffed.* You just had to go ahead and say it, didn’t you. So what kind of war are you expecting. Like the U.S. bombing someone with nuclear warheads or something?
Vlamerias: Oohh … *Her eyes went wide!*
Caroline: Hrrm. If humans become involved it might come to that. *Her grin disappeared, replaced by a more thoughtful expression.* While I’ve been alive, there has been an effort to hide the magical and devil world from the human one. Demons, monsters, faeries and others used to be at least vaguely normal for humans to see and now they think it’s all myth. But… all of these changes lately are bound to be noticed. Great powers can’t be awakened without reprocussions.
Dark: *He huffed again and sat down.* Well, can’t someone wipe clean all the human minds so no one will know? *He didn’t like the thought of humans becoming involved. They always complicated things and they smelled bad.*
Caroline: *At that she laughed!* Billions of humans on this world? No. Everything changes and we have to change with it. I just hope if there is a coming war, it’s not because Gabriel has lost his wife and his mind. I have a bad feeling that his enemies have realized she’s a catalyst for chaos.
Dark: *He leaned back.* Ya know, we might not be at this point if Gabriel had just left well enough alone. You know, not life bond with Evangeline and enjoy her while she’s in her mortal years.
Caroline: Watch the person you love grow old and die is a heart breaking experience. *That amused look of hers was more distant then as she rested her chin on her hand.* He wouldn’t have taken it any better. The world will burn the day she dies.
Vlamerias: *Her eyes were wide! This sounded like one of those tragic love stories! And she remembered the day him and the Warrior Lady when they came to the Devil World!*
Dark: *He huffed.* I guess. *Gabriel did a hell of a lot for Evangeline and Evangeline was the only human who didn’t take advantage of him.* Maybe they were meant to be together. *He gave a small shrug.*
Caroline: A grand romance, destiny or not. I would have liked to be so lucky. *There were moments she were jealous of Gabriel and Evangeline. ..maybe not of all the trouble! But they were in love. Real love that didn’t come with betrayal, and wouldn’t end with old age and heartbreak! Caroline cleared her throat as she moved out of her chair.* …ahem. Seeing as Gabriel has not come to murder us, I suspect Evangeline is fine now. I should go.
Vlamerias: Warrior Lady! *She jumped up to snag her hand!* Can we go shopping? Mommy’s been busy lately but she always says you were the one she likes to take shopping with her! *She blinked.* Um, or was it the other way around …
Caroline: *It seemed she was on devil babysitting duty! Caroline nodded.* And what did you want to shop for, Small Lady? Doesn’t Evangeline spoil you as it is?
Vlamerias: *Meri giggled and snagged Dark’s hand before he got away!* Um … Maybe not shop but hang out with! *Yes, she would hang out with Dark and Warrior Lady and in essence, they would be spending time together! It wouldn’t be a date but they’d enjoy each other’s company!*
Dark: *He looked doubtful.* I don’t know … I’m not the shopping type.
Caroline: That I am very aware of. *Caroline smirked at Dark. Dressing him was a struggle. Thankfully he learned enough to dress himself now without her wincing about it!* If not shopping, and not saving damsels from danger, and not grueling lessons, what to do, Small Lady? Look for my new apartment?
Dark: *Shooting daggers at Caroline!* Very funny. *He muttered.*
Vlamerias: Oohh! You’re finally moving out of the motel? Does that mean you got rid of that fleabag, too?
Caroline: He is still hiding from me, but he will eventually return. *Caroline was still angry with him, and if the cursed beast knew anything, it was when to protect his own skin.* Since I have obligations here now, I decided a more permanant place would be a good idea.
Dark: So the Caroline the Slayer is going to find a permanent place. Boy scouts beware. I think that’s one of the signs of the Apocalypse.
Caroline: Oh is it? I thought you might feel safer with me here to protect you. You ARE the Prince, now, aren’t you? *Caroline cast him a cheeky grin!*
Dark: *He blinked. He scowled, then he clapped his hands over his ears and started singing!*
Vlamerias: *She blinked once, then twice! It never ceased to amaze her Dark’s singing! … Or how easy it was for Warrior Lady to get him to!*
Caroline: What’s the matter now? I haven’t even started calling you the Prince of Darkness yet. Who could imagine how befitting your name was. *If she grinned any wider, he face was going to hurt. The vampire should be on broadway with a voice like that. At least he was easy to taunt!*
Dark: *He was marching away! The look on his face! It hadn’t looked so bad when that Darkness had roared!*
Vlamerias: *She tilted her head slightly at Dark. He never learned!*
Caroline: *And as always she followed. ..He had to finish the song after all.* Hopeless, but amusing. Yet so tempting to join him in duet.
Dark: *He was oblivious to everyone who stopped and stared! But he marched out of the HQ just as he finished the song and slowly took his hands off his ears … Safe.*
Caroline: *Safe… until she clamped her hands on his shoulders and muttered in his ear!* That one is my favorite. I think you should try adding a musical instrument. Violin like family trade? Or maybe be rebellious and try a guitar?
Dark: *He glared at her over his shoulder.* You’re just loving this, aren’t you.
Vlamerias: *She skipped up from behind Caroline!* You have such a wonderful voice, Dark! I love to listen to it!
Caroline: Every moment with you is like listening to angels in heaven, dear heart. *She smirked. Of course, Vlamerias had to ruin her teasing, by being sincere!*
Dark: Hardy har har. Yeah, thanks, Meri. *He said, still ruffled about Caroline’s comments.* Great, so I suppose now that you know Gabriel plays the violin, you want to start a band or something.
Caroline: Don’t ruin my fantasy by dragging Gabriel in to it! *Dark singing was one thing, thinking about Gabriel doing it was… just kind of disturbing. Enough that she had to shake it off, and headed down the sidewalk, tempting to sing it out of her head herself!*
Dark: *He grinned and clasped his hands behind his head, humming that song he was singing. But when he caught up with Caroline, he started singing the song out loud!*
Vlamerias: *She skipped side by side with Caroline, still hugging the penguin!*
Caroline: There’s no need to serenade me now, the moment is gone! *Caroline swatted at him.*
Dark: *He laughed.* What happened to, “The moment is all of what you make of it” or whatever you said.
Caroline: I’m certain that must have been something to do with romance or relaxing and not ruining my innocent daydreams.
Dark: *A blink!* You. Innocent?
Caroline: Yes, innocent! I have only the noblest of intentions where you are concerned! *…most of the time. Getting him to sing wasn’t so noble, but he didn’t need to know the how and whys!*
Dark: *He was grinning then! And he suddenly kissed Caroline’s cheek as he walked past her.* Thanks.
Vlamerias: OOhhh! *Her eyes went wide! Dark kissed Warrior Lady! This was such news!*
Caroline: *Her eyes were probably as wide as Vlamerias, before she came to her senses and caught up with him again.* Aren’t you just filled with gratitude now that the teacher is no longer the teacher.
Dark: Heh. Maybe. I guess it’s also nice to know you don’t have to spend so much energy on me.
Caroline: You don’t have to be concerned. *Caroline cast him a slow smirk.* Never ending rescues and constant teaching was just a little taxing. After my forced vacation, I can return to shaking down mountains or defeat Princes in war if I need to.
Vlamerias: *She blinked.* So you’re not mad at my Glaër for sending you all the way to Arizona, Warrior Lady?
Dark: *He snickered.* Hope you got a lot of marbles stocked up in that case.
Caroline: I happen to be very angry with him, but not for the trip. ..And as a matter of fact, I don’t need those marbles, they just give a decided advantage! *Why she felt the need to prove herself to Dark of all people was redundant! Especially spending all of that time teaching him herself! Her own teacher never got that way!*
Vlamerias: Oohh … *There were sparks in the air! But she couldn’t tell whether it was the romance kind or the angry kind! They all felt the same until the people started kissing or killing each other! Her Mommy had said so!*
Dark: … So you spent your entire vacation saving up energy and enjoying the spa, huh?
Caroline: It would have been a fool’s move not to. I should now be able to throw you in to traffic and hide a few good months before Gabriel tracks me down for it. *Another wicked smirk!*
Dark: *He snickered.* Sounds like a challenge.
Vlamerias: *Blink blink! Then she huffed! Oh well. It looked like it was the “killing each other” kind of sparks!*
Caroline: A challenge for Gabriel? Yes. I am particularly good at knowing where to hide. *She deliberatly mistook the question. After all, now that she was ~rested~ even if he were Gabriel’s protoge, he had no chances at besting her.*
Dark: You’re lucky Meri here is hungry. Aren’t you, Meri?
Vlamerias: *She blinked!* Um … Okay.