So I had more of this thing and I never got around to sharing it, figured better late than never. #NanoPoblano2018
Ron awoke and stared up at the ceiling. “Halfway done, let’s see who is left.” He thought aloud. His mind went through his friends again, he couldn’t imagine any of them becoming a good replacement servant. “she does need someone…” He added after a moment of silence. “It’s not as if she can keep this up forever, it’s starting to get to her, and if that weird shrouded figure has any plans against her she could be in danger.” Ron concluded as he rolled out of bed. “Where is she and why am I talking to myself so much?” Ron questioned as he pulled on a clean shirt and went downstairs to his kitchen.
“What are you doing?” He asked the Lady in White who was sitting on his fridge eating from a bowl of popcorn. “Nothing just having a snack, what are you doing?” She asked. “It’s breakfast time don’t ruin your appetite.” Ron replied snatching away the bowl. “But I don’t have an appetite, I just eat because food is yummy.” She explained. “Still that’s my popcorn and you took it without asking.” Ron complained. “I took you without asking and now I have a new friend.” Lilith replied appearing behind Ron to take back the bowl. “I suppose.” Ron replied opening the fridge to see what he had to work with. “Do you like me?” Lilith asked sounding more serious than usual. “Of course, you’re probably my best friend and I’ve known you about half a month.” Ron replied pulling out a jug of milk for some cereal. “Th-that’s not what I meant.” Lilith said quieter. “I don’t know, maybe.” He said pausing to think about it. “hard to know. Maybe…” He repeated still lost in thought. Lilith smiled, she was expecting a no. “Modern humans never know how they feel, not sure why I even botherred asking.” Lilith said floating up and sticking her tongue out at him. Ron replied by pulling her to him for a kiss. she blushed and vanished leaving Ron there to make his breakfast he left out a bowl for her and she appeared a minute later eating from her bowl quietly. “It’s a probably.” Ron said looking up from his bowl.
“It doesn’t matter that was very rude of you…” Lilith replied trying to sound furious but smiling huge and sounding quiet and shy instead. “Yes well I wished to find out and figured that would be a very quick way of finding out.” Ron replied with a smirk that made Lilith’s heart race even faster. “Yes well, had the answer been a yes or a no that might have been decent justification, but you’re still uncertain.” Lilith said regaining her composure. “Of course my leige, it matters very little who I like or what I want.” Ron replied. “I’ve been going over the facts, and I cannot win this game of ours.” Ron said sadly. Lilith felt her heart break as she watched his features drop from a confident grin to a miserable mope. “Well, that’s hardly my fault, you’re the one far too perfect to be replaced.” LIlith replied looking down and trying to think of something to say to cheer him up. “Yes, but more than that, I learned something last night.” Ron replied looking Lilith over closely as if studying her features trying to remember something, it made Lilith feel uncomfortable. “What’s wrong?” LIlith asked resisting the urge to vanish. “Sephiroth showed up, he found some records on my parents.” Ron explained. “Oh?” Lilith replied not understanding what Ron meant. “I was a little worried when it turned out I saw you before, worried you did something to my mind since I can’t remember it.” Ron explained. Lilith’s eyes widened in fear. “I’d never do that, I mean I don’t even think I can I Crissy once tried that sort of thing and the poor man nearly forgot everything and kept getting headaches around her. Mind’s are far too complicated for me to mess with. That and it’s kind of super forbidden.” Lilith explained as fast as she could form the words, which was very very fast. “I know you didn’t do it, since I found you so annoying at first, had you done this I’d have been madly in love with you from the first time I saw you.” Ron replied to calm her, instead of calming she only began to panic more and turn red with embarrassment. “Fact is, if you could just change my mind I’d be worshiping you from day one and begging you to have me be your servant, yet you take every opportunity to let me ease into things and become more comfortable with the inevitable.” Ron explained allowing Lilith to calm down. “Yes well I deal with the inevitable on a daily basis, I know how to help others cope.” She said quietly. “I always felt like I should have died, but to have it confirmed by the angel of death was a lot to handle. Maybe I do like you, maybe I’m just grateful for the years of life you granted me pretty much on a whim. I thought it was weird that you knew so much about my past, you’ve been following me for years.” Ron explained as he put his empty bowl in the sink. “You’ve been close to death for years, not the other way around, it was just work which is why you vanished from my life for so long until the other day when you went to visit your aunt,” Lilith explained. “The bad seafood? Was I really that sick?” Ron asked losing track of his original thoughts. “Well with all that poison in there, you were a little closer than I should admit.” Lilith whispered with a smirk. Ron practically growled. “Forget whatever we were talking about, this is the last straw.” He shouted as he stood up. Lilith flinched fearing her chosen one was finally rejecting her entirely. “I put up with so much from her, she takes all the money from my father’s family, I say nothing, she makes me live in poor conditions and go to the worst schools, I say nothing and just earn my way to the top. She steals the family name, I just let her. How was that not enough? Why kill me too?” Ron shouted allowing Lilith to calm down slightly. “Well since we’re doing dramatic reveals I would be remiss if I didn’t mention her involvement in the previous instance of you being fated to die.” LIlith said glowing a little as she floated over to him with an outstretched hand. Ron stopped in his tracks and looked over at her. “Is that why you were so eager to have me take revenge. You’re mad at her for trying to kill me.” Ron asked. “Well I mean, I can’t help it… She had no reason to. You let her have everything and it wasn’t enough.” Lilith said sadly. “I’m not mad at you, but in the future don’t hide things from me, we’re a team okay?” Ron said softly while hugging Lilith tightly causing her to practically melt. “you’re warm.” She said losing herself in the moment. “I still have school, even if I can’t find a replacement I still intend to enjoy my time left among humans. You and Abellio never really got that chance so I know you understand.” Ron said before letting Lilith go and leaving the room to get ready for school.
Lilith appeared in the library as Malic read aloud to Sparks and Vera from a book of the apple god’s notes. “Experiment five, transmuting a crow to hold more human properties. Due to their upright form it is likely that birds are a better match for the blood magic than wolves. I have thirty five crows and I shall monitor their progress through the various treatments I’ve designed.” He said before laughing. His audience weren’t amused in the slightest. “I don’t understand what’s so funny about him trying to mess with birds…” Vera complained. “Just smile and nod.” Sparks suggested. “Guys you’ll never guess what happened!!!” Lilith said in a high pitched screech of joy which halted the antics of Battleground entirely. “Are you dying?” Sparks asked. “No, I’m already dead. But he kissed me.” Lilith replied twirling in the air like a ballerina. “She’s dancing again, should we be scared?” Malic asked. “NO WAY!!” Vera cheered while leaping up to hug her aunt. “Wait, where’s mom? How can you not be telling her first?” Vera asked suddenly worried. “Just because she’s a little busy does not mean she’s in danger, what is it with you two always leaping into…” Lilith stopped noticing Sparks was already gone, flying off to save the Apple queen. “Why can’t you two just behave?” She demanded while flying after him. Malic laughed to himself while Vera just pouted. “I’m nothing like him.” She protested.
Ron went to school in a trance, his mind going over his actions earlier. They weren’t him, not really. It wasn’t that there was anything wrong with Lilith but Ron always had trouble expressing his feelings, even if he was madly in love with her he doubted he’d do something like that he’d never kissed anyone before. He sat in his math class as his teacher yelled at him to pay attention. He answered a few questions but was clearly paying no attention. “You seem out of it today.” Kyle said at lunch. “He was out of it yesterday, today he’s gone completely.” Cindy said in response. “Huh, sorry just figuring stuff out.” Ron replied remembering where he was for a moment.
“I cannot believe you would do this, I promised to stay out of this, you know how mad they’ll be if they find out? It’s not like anyone knows you even have free will. Which was your wish by the way.” Venus said in annoyance at the small pixie floating lazily around a cauldron. “I’m sure that brute knows, that’s why he never trusted you, he could tell you were hiding something beyond the elder ones.” Cupid replied. “If you’re coming out of hiding then fine otherwise find me an excuse for why I’d betray their trust.” Venus said coldly. “Love goddess, I am desire itself, just let me handle everything and I shall continue to make all your dreams come true.” Cupid said with a grin. “There are other love goddesses, a few witches left, I’ll frame one of them you’ll never need to be involved, in fact you’ll be the one who discovered something was amiss and began the search, how about it, you’ll be the hero.” Cupid whispered. “Thank you my lord.” Venus replied with a bow.
Ron sat on the roof after school watching the skyline. “Why did I stay here? I could have moved after that happened, why did I stay in this city, wouldn’t most people move across the country? I just stayed and let myself fall into the worst of myself.” Ron complained aloud. “Yes, well you were a kid at the time, no need to beat yourself up over it.” Cindy said sitting by him. “What are you doing here?” Ron questioned having expected his goddess. “I thought I’d find you crying, but you’re fine.” Cindy said simply. “Why?” “I’ve only known you a few years but you get sad same time each year, what is it like the day everything bad happened?” She asked as if she didn’t really care. “Oh, I must have lost track of time, my mother’s birthday is Monday.” Ron said quietly feeling a deep sense of shame for not keeping it top priority. “That’s good, you’re actually living your life instead of trying to live their memories.” Cindy said quoting something from one of her soap operas as if it would help Ron. It did. “You’re right, being an unruly beast was grieving then I tried to be the perfect child just to make them proud but I never really thought about what I actually want.” Ron said smiling. “Well what do you want?” Cindy asked no longer paying full attention her focus now split between Ron and watching the twins argue down in front of the school. “Well if you’re still interested in that one I’d probably wait, she’s been acting crazy lately.” Cindy whispered. “Yeah, that would have been great but now I feel like I’ve ruined that.” Ron admitted. “Well that white haired girl who keeps trying to cling onto you is definitely interested, then again maybe you need to spend some time alone to learn the real you.” Cindy said still watching the twins. “You’re just obsessed with fixing other people’s problems.” Ron replied half annoyed half grateful. “A gift and a curse.” She replied smugly. Ron looked at the skyline again. “I was an idiot for staying here, but maybe I’m still being stupid.” He thought aloud. “I can’t see your future.” Cindy said standing up. “You never struck me as a seeing the future type.” Ron remarked dryly. “Not what I meant, I mean I look at Kyle and he’s destined to be in some school or another forever, I look at the twins I see a few possibilities but most likely they’ll be a scientist and a historian.” She explained. “You have great potential and endless determination but I never once understood your sense of direction, you never explained your plan outside of be great make your parents proud, I have my parents still so I know from experience, parents are easy to make proud, I mean even I’m proud of you and I’m just some friend from school.” Cindy elaborated as she began to walk away.
Ron sat at home waiting for Lilith to appear, he waited for hours until he went to bed by himself confused by her absence.
Lilith sat there at the table in battleground as she cried. “What’s wrong?” Brenn asked as he walked by. “I think he was possessed or something, I know I want this but it’s not him.” She whispered. “Okay so let’s pretend I know what you’re talking about. What’s the first thing we do when we suspect someone is under a spell?” Brenn asked. “Umm ask you or Malic to find out who did it?” She asked. “Right or we could check with these.” Brenn said holding up a pair of magical glasses. “You’re not supposed to have those.” “That’s true, but I don’t have them, you do.” Brenn teased placing them in the Lady in White’s hand. “Don’t cry over what might be, go find out what happened and who did it. Maybe whoever did whatever because they felt the need for a change, sometimes people can change you know.” Bren said as he walked away, most likely to do something he shouldn’t. Lilith smiled. “These people are crazy, but I guess he’s right, I’ll just go over while he’s asleep and look at some stuff then probably ask Malic for help understanding it.” Lilith said to herself before vanishing.
She appeared above him as he slept peaceful. She peered through the glasses and gasped loudly. She was worried about a love spell but it seemed to only increase his awareness of feelings and impulsiveness. Which meant he really did mean it even if it wasn’t him. However Lilith couldn’t be happy about this as she saw beyond that spell to levels of enchantment so complex she couldn’t begin to understand, she copied everything she saw onto parchment to show Malic but she recognized the spell caster, according to the glasses she was casting the magic herself.
“What do you mean you’ve been casting these? What are they even for?” Abellio asked looking over the drawings. “See why I came to you first? I mean understanding magic is one thing but solving an actual mystery takes experience.” Lilith explained. “I’ve got it.” He said with a smirk. “So quickly? How?” She asked in disbelief. “It’s simple, I’m the best.” Abellio explained holding up a book of gods and how to summon them. “This book lists you as Rin The Lady in White, and me as Malic the Green Apple.” Abellio explained. “I know how your stupid book is out of date.” Lilith complained not getting it. “If Malic rose from the dead and cast a spell, it would look to the world like a spell I created, it has the same identification markers, but the style is different.” Abellio continued as if the whole thing were a game to him. “This is why I usually ask Malic, he actually gives the answer instead of making me figure it out like a guided meditation.” LIlith complained. “Yes well look at this page again.” Abellio said annoyed. “Why?” “Because that’s your girl, the one who looks like you when casting magic.” Abellio said waving the page in her face. “No way, I mean sure she hates you but Rin has been my friend for centuries.” Lilith said refusing to believe it. “I don’t care who hates me, I care who would try to ruin your life just to get you mad at me.” Abellio said as he went back to his research. “You really think it’s her?” Lilith questioned. “Someone had to wrap themselves in shadows over their clothes, probably to avoid being obviously someone dressed in all white, someone had to setup a million spells to detect you. And someone had to leave a few spells that make it so Ron would die if he told you. Poor kid probably knows subconsciously, why else wouldn’t he say anything?” Abellio said his face buried in his work already, sorting grains of small gems for use in his latest experiments.