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Posted 9/19/09
Eira listened to the President babble on, suddenly sick of his voice. She was watching from her chair, her head resting against the top of it. She slowly slid down into as made assumptions on how the plane ride was going. She wished the plane ride was boring. But of course, Eira wasn't going to get her wish.

As the President continued on she wondered how he would react to hearing that his little sister had lost her voice. Eira personally would freak out, but the President's reaction could be anything. She groaned and stood from her chair to join the others. Fin welcomed her with a warm smile, which she ignored. As of late the two seemed to be getting into strange small little fights. The hardly ever really fought and Eira couldn't help get the feeling that something might be wrong with either of the two.
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The President waited for some sort of answer, but not getting one. He noticed some kind of strange mood or tension between the kids, and he was getting worried. Instead of his usual chirpy voice, his tone was serious and demanding as he said "What's going on?" Annette just stared at him, her face emotionless and indifferent to his change of tone. Aiden glanced over at Annette before telling the President what had happened throughout the plane ride. As he listened, the President's face had remained serious and blank, even when he heard of Annette losing her voice.

When Aiden had finished, the only thing the President had said was, "When you arrive, a Ringmaster will be waiting for you. Hand the Lucifer to him, and he'll be able to safely send it here. Well I have to go, Ellie's getting annoyed." And with that, the screen had gone black. Neither Aiden or Annette were surprised at his lack of response to Annette's "injury". They all knew perfectly well to never bring personal matters into work. Even though the President let it slip time to time, Annette never did. To her, that man was no longer her brother.

She quickly stood up and walked over to the bed. She lifted the half empty tray and placed it on an empty seat, before burrowing under the bed covers. Aiden transformed back into his wolf form, and curled beside the bed. He rested his head on his paws, thinking and occasionally dozing off. The rest of the long plane ride was spent with akward silences, sleep, and food.

After what seemed like forever, a voice came in through the plane speakers, announcing, "Hello ladies and gentlemen. The plane will approximately land at Albion City in 10 minutes. We will be arriving at the MHC Port around 11:00 PM. We hope you enjoyed the ride."

Annette, who had been laying down on the bed, jumped up at the mention of Albion City. Aiden looked at her curiously, but she just ignored him. She put back the stuff she had taken out from her bag, and headed towards the bathroom. She quickly brushed her teeth and washed her face, then exited the bathroom as she brushed her hair. She threw the ribbon into her bag, deciding to keep her hair down. She dug into her bag, trying to find a pin to clip up her bangs. After a while she just gave up. A small scowl was on her face. Not just from the failure of finding a clip, but also from knowing where they were going. Albion City. She'd thought she would have no reason to ever come back here again. But she was wrong. That bastard of a brother.
Posted 9/19/09 , edited 9/19/09
When the President's image disappeared she went back to her seat, and shut her eyes. Her sleep was dreamless. Occasionally Fin would enter her mind and they would talk, but the conversations were awkward and stopped after the forth one. Eira, being the light sleeper that she is, woke when a voice rose from the speakers.

"Hello ladies and gentlemen. The plane will approximately land at Albion City in 10 minutes. We will be arriving at the MHC Port around 11:00 PM. We hope you enjoyed the ride."

Eira was sitting straight up and staring at the seat in front of her. Fin came to her instantly- he had returned to her main form. He nudged at her hand, and after several long moments she looked down at him. Any feelings of anger toward him she might have felt were gone. She began to stroke his mane and contemplate what was happening. Abruptly she stood when Annette exited the bathroom and entered it herself. She looked into the mirror and cringed, her scars seemed to be worst today. She took deep breathes and watched as her chest expended and then restricted.

"Everything will be okay. Everything will be okay. Everything will be okay."

She repeated this phrase again and again until she was sure she believed it. She fixed her hair so it covered the right side of her forehead, and adjusted her outfit so it looked perfect. Her mind went to Albion City, and then wandered outside of it. Into a small town, if you could even call it that even more, that once had a small house with a large oak tree in front of it that children use to climb. And what was once inside that house was a warm fire place, and pictures of children growing older. But that house, and that tree were gone. And all the other houses that had been in that small town were gone too. Fire. Fire had destroyed everything. All that remained was rumble that no one had bothered to pick up. Oh, and there was the graves. There were plenty of graves there too.

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The plane landed, and everybody trailed off. Both Guardians were in their animal forms, but it hardly made a difference in the crowds of the MHC Port. There were Ringmasters and Guardians everywhere, and seeing huge animals weren't really that much of a big deal. After going through all the security procedures and all the other tedious stuff, they finally reached the plane gate. Waiting for them was a black haired Ringmaster, his small Guardian canary resting on his shoulders. When she realized who it was, Annette broke into a huge grin and hugged him. The man laughed and hugged her back. He smiled at Aiden, and Aiden nodded as he transformed back into his human form.

"Nice seeing you again Aaron," Aiden said, as he shook the mans hand. "Same to you Aiden," he said with a grin. Aaron faced Eira and Fin and said, "I believe we've never met before, but I'm the Vice-President of the MHC, Aaron. And this is my lovely Guardian Lucy." The canary chirped happily on his shoulder. Ringmasters rarely saw the Vice-President, seeing how he was always traveling around the world, making sure everything was in check. Even if there were special occasions at the MHC, Aaron usually never came.

Although, to Annette and Aiden, Aaron was like a big brother and a good friend. He was the closest person they had to a family. When Annette realized she was still clinging onto Aaron, she immediately stepped away, blushing. Aiden rolled his eyes and gently grabbed her hands. She slowly calmed down, but the blush remained. "So, are you here the collect the item?" Aiden asked curiously. Aaron looked sadly at Annette, and nodded. Looks like he had heard what had happened to her.

Annette reached into the duffle bag, her forehead crinkling in concentration. She rummaged around until she finally found the small wooden box. She handed it over to Aaron, her happy blushing face now replaced with an emotionless mask. "Thanks. Well I have to get going now. I need to catch my flight. I'll see you guys around!" and with that, he quickly sped off towards another gate.

Aiden turned to Eira and said, "I need to turn back into my animal form, so can I ask you a favor? Do you mind if you cover for Annette when someone talks to her? Seeing how she can't answer, and I won't be in my human form to do it for her..." Annette scowled at Aiden, and slowly mouthed to Eira, You don't have to.
Posted 9/19/09 , edited 9/19/09
"I believe we've never met before, but I'm the Vice-President of the MHC, Aaron. And this is my lovely Guardian Lucy."

Eira nodded respectfully and introduced herself and Fin. It really wan an honor to be meeting with him. From what she could tell the Vice-President and Annette seemed to be close. She looked more comfortable with him than she did with her older brother. She waved goodbye to the President as he walked toward his flight.

Aiden turned to Eira and said, "I need to turn back into my animal form, so can I ask you a favor? Do you mind if you cover for Annette when someone talks to her? Seeing how she can't answer, and I won't be in my human form to do it for her..."

Eira answered Aiden with a robotic tone, "Yeah, sure sounds nice." Her mind was entangled with it's own thoughts. How long were they going have to be here for? What is she saw- her stomach flipped.

"So what is next?" Eira looked at Aiden, as Annette could not answer her.
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"So what is next?" Eira looked at Aiden, as Annette could not answer her.

Aiden ran his hand through his white hair, looking perplexed. "For now, we just head towards the villa we'll be staying at. From there, we can plan on our next move..." He glanced at Annette and said, "Annette should know the way." She nodded, her expression unreadable. Aiden sighed and said, "Well I'm going to shift back into my other form. I'll turn back when its needed." And with that, he returned to being a large white wolf.

His wet nose nudged at Annette's hand, urging her to go. She nodded and headed outside the airport, making sure the others were following. Out of all the four, she was pretty sure she knew this place better than anyone. Faint memories flooded into her mind as she walked through the familiar streets. Not wanting to see them, she shoved them out, focusing on the scenery in front of her.

Albion was a beautiful city, where everything was welcoming and kind. Shops and markets were scattered around the streets, selling a variety of things. Tall skyscrapers could also be seen, their architecture breathtaking. Some were made completely of glass, while others had columns and gargoyles. The parks were gorgeous, the grass green, lakes clean, and trees and flowers galore. The sky was always bright, fluffy clouds floating along. All the homes were decorated to their owner's taste, some painted brightly, others decorated with laundry lines and clothes hanging from them. Everything was so unique and reminiscent.

After many twists and turns, they finally arrived at the villa- although you couldn't see anything thanks to the huge tall walls that surrounded it. They all headed towards the main gate, which was heavily guarded. Annette walked up to the head guard, an authoritive look on her usual shy face. The guard glared at her for a while, until realizing who she was. He gasped, stuttered an apology, and quickly ordered the others to open the gate for them. She gave him a quick smile before entering.

They were welcomed by a large spacious lawn. The green grass was lush, flowers and trees of many kinds decorating the place. Fountains were spraying water and sprinklers were dancing water across the lawn. A huge house lay in front of them. The building was cream colored, the roof a nice shade of brown. It had two stories, the windows shining and gleaming. Simple but elegant. Annette walked towards the huge oak doors, pushing them open and entering. They were in the large foyer of the house. The walls were decorated with various paintings, and doors were to their left and right. In the center, a large staircase spiraled upwards.

Aiden transformed back into his human form, flatly repeating what Annette was telling them. "The door to the left takes you to the dining room, and the door to the right takes you to the living room. If you head up towards the stairs, you'll reach the bedrooms. Choose which ever you want. Each room comes with a bathroom, so there'll be no need to share one. If you head into the dining room, there'll be two doors. One leads to the kitchen while the other leads to the backyard. If you go into the living room, you'll find two doors as well. One leads into the game room, while the other leads into an empty room. The empty room actually contains a secret door, which will lead you towards an undergroud base. The base is stocked with weapons and any other things a Ringmaster or Guardian would need. Of course, no one can go in without me- Annette- so don't even try to find the hidden door yourself. I'm not trying to be mean or anything. Its just that the room is filled with booby traps, and I really don't want to find any of you guys..." And with that, Aiden stopped since Annette had trailed off.
Posted 9/19/09
Albion was once her favorite place. When she was home with her mother on holidays they would go to the small bakeries and pick the freshest bread. Almost every trip they would stop at a sweets shop, and share a cake together. Now is was a place full of memories she would rather forget. She had spent years pushing them back, and now they all flowed in. The dam had broke. How was she going to have to stay in this place?

They finally reached the ville that they would be staying at. She laughed when the guards quickly let them in the ville once the realized who they were. Fin was taking in every aspect of the place while Eira was keeping her gaze at the floor.

"The door to the left takes you to the dining room, and the door to the right takes you to the living room. If you head up towards the stairs, you'll reach the bedrooms. Choose which ever you want..."

Eira started off toward the stairs, no bothering to finish listening to what Aiden was saying for Annette. Fin stayed behind to listen, looking up at Eira concerned. Eira chose the room closest to the stairway, just in case she needed a quick getaway.

I'm not trying to be mean or anything. Its just that the room is filled with booby traps, and I really don't want to find any of you guys..." And with that, Aiden stopped since Annette had trailed off.

Fin nodded at the too, "Thanks for all the info, I'll tell Eira. Oh, and pay no attention to her she is just tired." He quickly went up the stairs and entered the room that Eira had chosen. Leaving the two to themselves.
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Fin nodded at the too, "Thanks for all the info, I'll tell Eira. Oh, and pay no attention to her she is just tired."

Aiden and Annette just nodded, and they watched as he headed up the stairs. They both headed towards the dining room, not bothering to choose a room. Annette took a seat in a dining chair, while Aiden left for the backyard to wander around.

Annette had been here many times with her brother before their parents had passed away. This was one of the many villas they had around the city. They're parents had been wealthy, but they made sure not to spoil their two children. They lived in a normal sized house, only using their villas for special occasions. Her parents had never been stuck up, and they never rubbed their wealth into other people's faces. Her parents had been well known throughout the city. Her mother was from a wealthy family, and grew up learning all the things a proper lady should know. She was elegant and kind, but she never minded getting her hands dirty from work. Her father on the other hand, was from an average family, but his stubbornness and attitude soon made him popular. He was always willing to help others, no matter what risk it would put on him. The two shared a common love of sweets, so they had opened a pastry shop together, which became very successful. Soon a chain of their popular pastry shops began to grow all over the place. Life had been happy those days.

But it all came crashing down, and nothing was left. When people learned that the famous Aurelia family had perished under the clutches of the Lucifers, they started to look down on them. Her mother's parents had disowned their own dead daughter because of the shame, and her father's relatives greedily stole all the remaining wealth- including the villas. The shops that her parents had taken care of with so much love were torn down, new ones taking their place. The Aurelia family had become a story of the past. The people who had loved them so much had turned their backs on them in an instant.

Her brother had taken her in, making her a member of the MHC, and the only thing he could recover had been this villa. Everything was still the way her parents had left it, with the exception of the empty room and underground base.

Annette shuddered, and pulled her knees to her chest, wrapping her arms around her them. She stared blankly at the wall in front of her, watching as the happy memories of her past slowly slipped by her eyes. A single tear rolled down her cheek.
Posted 9/19/09 , edited 9/19/09
When Fin entered the room Eira was changing her clothes; he quickly closed his eyes and walked to the far end of the room. "Sorry, I should have knocked first." Eira rattled her head back and forth, "I could care less Fin." She walked toward the bed- only in her undergarments- where she had thrown her bag; and unzipped it. Fin turned around slowly looking only at Eira's face. "What are you digging around in your bag for?" He started moving closer to the bed and stopped when Eira took out a short white dress. "Are you going out?" He asked has she pulled the dress over her. When her head emerged she nodded and took out a red cloak that fell to the ground. It looked like a waterfall of dry blood. After she put on the hooded cape she grabbed a pair of dark boots and pushed them on.

"You look like Little Red Ridding Hood." Fin grinned.

"What does that make you? The big bad lion?" Eira snapped back. Fin blinked in surprise. "Eira, you doing okay, cause you seem a little off?" He rested a hand on Eira shoulder and she flung it off. "I'm fine. Don't touch me." Eira grabbed one of the many Ringmaster weapons and placed it in a pocket in the cloak. "I'll be back soon, you can just stay her and do whatever." And by can she meant will. She pushed open the door to her temporary room and slid down the stairs. She flung open the door to the ville and headed out. The ville made her feel sick, this city made her feel sick, but she would rather be in an open space than a closed one. She pushed the guards out of the way as she left the ville and pulled the capes hood over her head.

Eira walked down the streets, molding into the crowds. She wasn't going anywhere, she was just going. She had been in a awful mood the whole day, and couldn't figure out why. As she pondered on the reasons of her attitude she heard her name being called, "Cleo! Cleo, it's me Jack!" Eira turned her head around and saw a sandy haired boy running toward her. Without any time to get out a word he ran into her, almost knocking her over with his hug. "I missed you Cleo." Eira pushed Jack away and looked at him. He had grown, he was now taller than her and his face had matured. He was no longer a little boy. "I missed you too Jack." Jack slid the hood from Eira's head and looked at her closely. "You look fantastic Cleo! Where have you been?" Jack had always been excited, everything he said he said had a flame. "I've been around, and Jack call me Eira." Eira began walking forward, and Jack followed her. "You are being called by your middle name now?" Eira nodded and tried not to look at Jack.

Jack babbled on and on about what life had been for him since she had left, Eira just listened speaking when only necessary. "I am working under someone who owns this nice bakery, makes the best bread I've ever tasted. I know you would love it. If you want we can go, I can get you some free bread." Jack grinned at Eira, and Eira found herself smiling, she was going to say no but something made her say yes. "Sure let's do it." The both headed toward the bakery; when Eira saw it she instantly fell in love.

It had a simple exterior, but the inside was perfect. It looked like the carbon copy of a French cafe, with a old man behind the counter. "Hey, Jacob, this is my friend Cle-" Jack quickly corrected himself, "Eira. Eira this is my mentor Jacob." Jacob smiled at Eira, "Hello Eira, it's nice to meet you. Would you like some bread, it's fresh." Jack mumbled under his breath about always getting to the point. "Yes please, that would be nice." Jacob went through a small door and came out holding two fresh loafs of bread. "Here you are, free of charge." Eira smiled and thanked him for it. Jack pulled her outside and they started walking down the street.

"The breads wonderful, can you make it taste like this?" Eira nudged Jack in the side.

"Almost, almost. A little more training and mine we be just as good." He finished off his bread and smiled at Eira, like he had been doing the entire time. "Do you remember when we were what six? and we were playing at the pond-" Eira cut him off with her hand, a blush forming on her cheeks.

"No way are we going to reminisce about the past." For once Jack frowned, "Come on Cleo," Jack quickly hit his head, "Eira, Eira. It's confusing! You can't just change your name on me.

"I can-" Eira was stopped when something blunt came across her face and knocked her unconscious. She slumped against the wall where Jack lay, with a bleeding bump on his head. In seconds the two were gone and only a lump of half eaten bread remained.
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Annette heard the front door slam as someone left. She got up from her seat and wandered into the foyer. She glanced out the window, seeing a person clothed in red shoving their way past the guards. She was guessing it was Eira. She didn't see Fin by her side, and that worried her. She knew Eira could stand up for herself, but worry still nagged at her.

She sighed, deciding to just shrug it off for now. She grabbed her bag which was still by the door, and headed upstairs. She chose her usual room at the far end of the hallway. The room was spacious, and the windows gave her a perfect view of the city. Her bed was pushed into the corner, covered in her favorite blankets and quilts. A desk was placed on one side of the wall, a line of book stuffed shelves following. The wood tiled floor was covered with soft rugs, and small beanbags were scattered in a corner.

She dropped her bag on the bed, and began to rummage through her clothes. She took out a pair of new undergarments, another oversized hoodie- but this time in black, and a pair of short jean shorts. She stepped into the bathroom and took a quick shower, then changed her clothes. The soft hoodie provided warmth and it felt nice against her skin. She was too lazy to dry her hair, so she just brushed it and let it dry by itself. She grabbed her favorite book from a shelf and headed downstairs towards the living room. Aiden was already there, lounged on the huge sofa watching TV. He was flicking through the channels out of boredom, and he smiled when Annette walked in. She grinned and took a seat next to him on the couch. She dove into the book as he kept on changing the channels. Soon, she began to feel her eyes droop, and it was getting harder to concentrate on her book. In the end, the book slipped out of her hands, landing on the floor with a thud, and her head was resting on Aiden's lap, using it as a pillow. He stroked her wet hair as she fell asleep, and he began to doze off as well.
Posted 9/19/09
Eira's eyes slowly flickered opened; she was in a a small room with now windows. She stood quickly, but regretted it, she was dizzy. She placed her hand on her head; a bump was already forming on the left side. She looked around and saw Jack leaning against a wall, dried blood on the side of his head. She rushed over to him, and shook him softly. "Jack, Jack are you okay?" His eyes opened slowly just as Eira's did. "Where are we? What happened?" He looked around the room startled, "No I mean, seriously where are we?" Jack used the wall as a support when he tried to stand.

Fin! Fin, answer me now. I'm in trouble. She yelled out to Fin but instantly felt her thoughts bounce back to her. Her eyes widened and she walked over to an iron door. She began banging on it, until her first were bloody. "Let us out! Where the hell are we? Let us out!" Finally Jack grabbed Eira's shoulder and pulled her away from the door. "I don't think that is working, so how about we try something else." He was no longer his smiling self. Eira looked around and huffed, "I don't see anything else we can use!" She kicked at the dirt ground beneath her and grabbed at her hair.

Fin! Fin! Fin! She screamed his name over and over again, until her thoughts became actual words, "Fin. Fin. Fin. Where are you?" She slipped to the ground and curled into the fetal position. As tears were about to spill out of her eyes she hear a clank from behind the door, and it open. She stood quickly, and reached into her cloak pocket only to find that her weapon was gone. A young man, probably only a few years older than herself slipped in and shut the door behind him.

"Who are you?" Eira hissed out.

"Now, now. Be nice." He smiled at Eira, "You are a guest at my home."

"Why are we here?"

His grin was twisted and it made her stomach not, "I just want to trade. You see you and your friends took something very valuable from me and want it back. That is all." Eira couldn't figure out what he was talking about. They hadn't stolen anything. But then it hit her like a ton of bricks. That creepy spider thing that had attacked them on the plane! He wanted that.

"Why can't I contact Fin!" She screamed, she had already lost her temper. "Tsk, tsk. What did I say? Be nice. Your friends will find you. I already had a letter shipped out to where you are staying. Don't worry." With those words he left. Eira tried the door again, hoping maybe, he had forgotten to lock it. He hadn't.

"What the hell is going on?" Eira turned around to Jack, who was looking confused.

~~~

On the other side of the city, Fin was dying of headache, on the left side of his head.
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Annette woke up to the sound of the doorbell. She lifted her head from Aiden's lap and got up. Aiden was still sleeping, trying to ignore the doorbell that was now ringing like crazy. She quickly threw open the door, and a guard stood in front of her. "Sorry for bothering you so late at night Miss Annette, but an urgent letter has arrived for you." He handed her a letter, and she took it. She nodded a thanks to the guard and he saluted before leaving. She rolled her eyes as she slammed the door shut.

She stood in the middle of the foyer, inspecting the letter. It was addressed to everybody but Eira. A great wave of worry washed over her. Her head snapped to the grandfather clock in the room, reading it was 10:00 PM. It was night already?! She quickly opened the letter and read it.

- - - - -

Aiden! she called, trying not to scream. Aiden immediately woke up, and quickly walked into the foyer. What? he asked, worried. He saw her eyes were wide in horror, and she was clutching at what seemed like a letter. Oh my god, Eira... Get Fin! Now! she shrieked. Aiden didn't bother going up the stairs, instead he yelled, "Fin, do you mind coming down? Something happened, and Annette's freaking out! I think it has to do with Eira!"
Posted 9/19/09 , edited 9/20/09
Fin scrambled down the stairs, ignoring his massive headache. "What's wrong? I she hurt?" When he reached Annette and Aiden he saw that Annette was holding a letter. She held it out to him and he snatched it from her grasp, his over protective side was switched on. "What is this?" He looked at the letter, and read it over more than once. "What the..." He let his voice trail off.

Dear Ringmaster and Guardians,

I am welcoming you all to a party I am holding at my residence. Eira is already here, she brought a guest but I'm afraid he will have to leave soon. I shall be providing the food so don't worry about bringing any. I will be your best host. I expect you to be her at 11:00 sharp. I do not tolerate tardiness. Until you come Eira and I shall play games, and I will help her guest return home. I have provided you with a riddle to my house.

Follow the bread crumbs.

P.S. It would be rude to come without a gift, I expect my pet when you come.

P.S.S. My pet is the Lucifer that attacked you, just in case you didn't catch on.

Your Host,

K.R.M

~~~

Eira was leaning against the wall still trying to call Fin. Jack was wearing a hole in the floor.

"Would you stop!" Eira screamed up Jack, "I am trying to think."

Jack face remained calm, "Yelling won't help. I am thinking to, I just need to move while I think." Eira sighed and muttered an apologized to him. "Sorry, I just... I don't know what to do." Jack sat next to Eira and they both stared at the opposite wall in silence. Eira was feeling tired, like her strength was being drained. After more than several minutes the similar sound of the door unlocking was heard. Eira stood, as did Jack. The same young man came in, with his devilish grin. "I thought it might be nice for us to play a game while we waited for your friends." He focused his eyes on Jack who was standing close to Eira. "But first, he needs to go home. He wasn't supposed to be here." The mans voice usually had a soft, polite tone to it, but now it had turned cold. Ice cold. He took a step toward the two and Eira put her arm out in front of Jack, "Don't touch him!" Jack pushed away Eira's arm and took a step forward, "I can take care of myself Cleo. Don't worry." Without even a second passing the man had grabbed Jack and pushed him onto his knees. "Now say goodbye to your friend, it would be rude not too." Jack was struggling against the mans grip. "Such a rude guest you brought along he won't even say goodbye; you could have done better." An unnatural crack shot from Jack's neck as the man twisted it; and Jack slumped to the ground and the man kicked his body to the side.

"Jack," Eira croaked out.

"Now that he has returned home, we can play our own game. You see it's only for two people." He took a quick step toward Eira and grabbed her cloak, "Now, we won't need this for the game." He ripped the cloak off of her and flung it toward Jack's body. His eyes studied her, "What a pretty dress, but you also don't need it for the game." Eira tried to take a step away from him but he grabbed her wrist. His speed was so abnormal. "Now, now, I promise you'll love this game." He pulled her into him so that she was pressed against and their eyes were only inches apart. "Where should I start." He pushed her and she fell to the hard dirt floor.

"P-please, just l-leave me alone." She glanced at Jack's body, and then back at the young man who was now holding a small knife. "Who are you?"

He bent down and grabbed one of her ankles. "You can call me your Host. That will be fine." He leaned over her and put the knife to her neck. "Look how pretty you are, such a nice body." his hand slid up and down her side, "The unfortunate thing is that it's uneven.How would you like it if I made it even?" The Host slid the knife up to the left side of her face."Don't, please. P-p-please don't. L-l-leave me alone." Her words trembled and she watched as the Host laughed at her terror. "We will start somewhere where no one can see." The knife fell too her hip and pressed against it. "I think this will be fine." He tore open her dress with the knife and with quick movement drew the knife across it. Blood gushed from it, spilling onto the floor. Eira screeched out and tried to push against the host, but she couldn't even budge him.

"Are you feeling weak? Like your strength is being drained? It's the cut from your Guardian, your both losing strength." He lashed through Eira's dress again, this time near her stomach. She bit back her scream and tried again to get free of his grip. "You wouldn't be here if your friend hadn't gotten free of my pet, but no she had too-," he slowly brought the knife down across the mark he had just made, making an "X," "she just had to resist. And now your here." Before Eira could realize what was happening he had made innumerable more deep cuts across the left side of her body; but did not touch her face. "It really pisses me off." The Host moved up so that his mouth was next to Eira's ear and the knife was on her cheek. "This won't scar," the knife cut into Eira's cheek, "but the others will. I promise." And like nothing he had just done had happened he stood and walked toward the door. "I know you and your friends will have a great time at our party." He was gone.
Posted 9/20/09
Arwen had made her way back to her room. The Council dorm was empty at this time of day, there weren't many council members anyway. She took a seat in the armchair near the fire. Toma had reverted back to his animal form, and had fallen asleep on the rug infront of Arwen. She couldn't blame him, they had't got enough sleep the night before. Arwen blamed herself for that, her nightmares had returned, darkening the skin under her eyes. Thats what Arwen hated, the nightmares she could deal with but the panda eyes, hell no.

Her eyes shifted to the clock, then back to the fire. She had a couple of hours before daylight end and decided to go and eat dinner early. She yawned and as pull herself away from the armchair. Lightly patting Toma's head, she made her way to the door.


'Im coming too,'

Toma's voice cut into her thoughts, startling her. 'Your awake..?' She held the door open for him. A soft growl from him gave her an answer.

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As much as Annette tried not to cry, silent sobs escaped her lips. Words tumbled out of her mouth, that no one could hear or understand. "Why did I let her go? I knew it was dangerous, but.... No! Why'd I let her go?! My fault, it's my fault! And we don't even have the f***ing spider anymore!" Aiden watched her, eyes wide.

Suddenly, she raced up the stairs while shrieking in her mind, What the hell are you doing?! Get ready! And dress nicely! Aiden let out an exasperated sigh and turned around to Fin. "Well... Annette has kind of lost her mind, so while she's getting her thoughts back together, we should get ready. And Annette has instructed us to wear something nice." He grimaced and then quickly walked up the stairs towards Annette's room.

When he opened the door, Annette was in the closet changing. She had thrown off her hoodie and shorts onto the floor, and was digging through her closet to find something to wear. Aiden sighed as he picked up her discarded clothes and neatly folded them. When she finally stepped out of the closet, Aiden was ready as well.

She was wearing a simple white floor length summer dress with thin straps. Silver butterflies and floral designs decorated the dress, matching with the silver ballet flats she had on her feet. A black shawl was wrapped around her thin shoulders, providing warmth. Her golden hair was down, swirling in pretty ringlets around her. Aiden was wearing a pair of jeans as usual, but matched with nice shoes. He was wearing an untucked white dress shirt, with the sleeves rolled to his elbows. His hair was ruffled just slightly, giving it a nice natural look. Everything matched his thin frame and his easygoing style. They approved each others' choice of clothes and before stepping out of the room, Annette grabbed a small silver clutch, holding weapons. Although she wouldn't really need them, since Aiden was there.

They waited at the front door, the clock striking 10:20.
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