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Private In My Restless Dreams, I See that Town

Discussion in 'The Tiberian Islands' started by Heather Mason, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Heather Mason

    Heather Mason Silent Hill

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    November 14th
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    It was hard for Heather to believe that she was actually going to a school for magic. Well, ok, it was for more than just magic, but she was mostly there for the magic, so the point was still valid. It was almost like a really weird, long, drawn-out dream.

    Though, given the nightmares she had been having lately, maybe a dream wasn't the best comparison. Instead of just something simple like showing up to class naked, she was having nightmares about... her.

    There were dreams of fire, and dreams of teasing. Pain and discomfort and horrible experiences kept her from getting anything more than an hour of sleep at most. Fortunately, she was quiet, so her roommate wasn't being woken up at the same time.

    Instead of doing something sensible like asking for help, Heather just developed a run-of-the-mill caffeine addiction. If asked, she usually just chalked it up to the stresses of practicing her psychic powers, which were real. Learning to control things with her mind was pretty taxing, so the extra energy was needed.

    Luckily, her last class of the day wasn't all about using her powers, just protecting her mind. It was also with Raphael, which made it even better. It was great to have someone she trusted teaching something she pretty desperately needed. Having her mind messed with anymore was pretty low on the bucket list.

    So, Heather managed to summon up enough energy to actually keep herself interested in her class, as hard as it was. It helped that she was pretty excited to show off something new, which was always fun.
     
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  2. Raphael Santiago

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    A class about mental protection, taught by a being who could invade minds. There certainly were weirder combinations, but Raphael was aware of how strange that concept might look. It was also the only class that had an age restriction, but for a very good reason. As an adult who was actually 80 years old, he just didn't feel comfortable at the thought of encantoing teenagers. How much better would he be than his sire if he did that? And since he was a bit sensitive when it came to situations requiring consent anyway, it hadn't even come to his mind to not brief his students beforehand and make them aware of how serious this was.

    The few students that had signed up - three, to be exact - weren't 18 yet, but at least above 16, and he had talked to them all before accepting the sign-up. Cheryl and Stiles were familiar faces already, Imra not; the latter had grown on him during the last weeks though and they were getting along pretty well.

    During October, Raphael had had to pause all of his classes for three weeks, as his fire lizard had hatched and adjusting to the bond had been quite the obstacle. For two weeks, the vampire had been restless, stressed out and constantly overwhelmed by everything. Only his decades of experiences - and the help of his friends - had made it possible for him to not snap during the course of it. Overall, though, it was of course a positive experience, and the results were more than worth the problems. For the moment, Indigo, a deep blue lizard, barely bigger than Raphael's hand, plus the wings that doubled his size, was resting on the vampire's shoulders and keeping as calm as possible. The creature knew that Raphael couldn't work with his lizard distracting him the whole time, and due to their mental bond, he also knew how important that was for the clan leader - so he kept quite.

    The group had come far since classes had started in September, and Raphael was honestly proud of them, as well as of himself. It was time to try using the learnt techniques against him. To avoid making the students feel uncomfortable, he had split the class into three parts, where every of them would train with him alone, without the others present. Cheryl was the second after Imra.

    For the past five minutes, Raphael had explained to her, what exactly they were going to do, and that he would, at all times, not do anything they hadn't agreed on before. "So, I will try to make you accept that apple I'm holding, okay? Just relax and try to build up that shield we've talked about. If I feel that you ease into my mental grip, I will stop. Don't worry about failure. That's what this class is for. Any questions?"
     
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    Refuse the apple, refuse the apple. Heather could do this. Just keep her shield up and keep Raphael from convincing her to do something. No big deal. Besides, she'd barely been in the class, so it wouldn't reflect badly on her if she'd failed.

    Heather shook her head and said, "nope, no more instructions needed." It was slightly comforting that no one else was going to be watching her. One person judging her performance was bad enough, more would just make her really uncomfortable.
     
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  4. Raphael Santiago

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    The vampire nodded and shot her an encouraging smile, before taking a step back and casually holding up the apple to her. He himself relaxed, and locked eyes with Cheryl, reaching out for her mind.

    Encantoing someone always was a bit of work, but only if the person in question knew about it and was actively trying to fight against it. It was easy for Raphael to take control of a receptionist at a hospital, since they were open and friendly by default, not wanting to appear hesitant or unwelcoming, and usually had no reason to expect harm coming from their clients. Taking a worried mother by surprise and erasing the memory of her son confessing to be a vampire and feeding on a rat, was equally not a big deal. 60 years of practice had given him enough skill to be successful in these situations.

    A teen like Cheryl would've been similarly easy to manipulate, but she was actively working against him. His mental hand wrapped around her mind, trying to take control. "Take this apple, Cheryl." It was a simple command, applied with little force - he wanted to at least give her a chance. His voice soft and soothing, trying to appear like a warm blanket she didn't need to fear sinking into.
     
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  5. Heather Mason

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    Heather focused her mind, building the walls as Raphael had instructed. She was not going to take the apple. All of what made Heather Heather was focused and surprisingly calm, but it was not all relaxed inside her head.

    Magic, powers, that damned town. Why was she putting 'herself' through all of it again? Alessa had asked herself that many times once Heather had started taking classes at the schola. Did she not remember what had happened?

    Somehow she simply shrugged off those memories. No, Alessa knew why. Because of him. That smooth talker. She didn't care that he was a vampire- hell, she really couldn't throw stones in that department- but he convinced 'herself' to actually embrace those damn things.

    Well, if Heather wasn't going to say what needed to be said, Alessa would, and she was given the prime opportunity. There was nothing blocking her from finally giving him a piece of her mind. "Leave!" she hissed as soon as she knew he could hear her.
     
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  6. Raphael Santiago

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    At first, she was holding up well. The barrier came up, making it a lot harder to get a grip on her. Yet, he wasn't going to stop there, wanting to test that barrier a bit, before letting go. If he had actually tried to take over, Raphael knew he would've succeeded - but where was the learning experience for her in that? Where the fun? This was her first actual training, and he wanted to go easy on her.

    His focus was disturbed, when he could suddenly hear someone hissing at him, without Cheryl moving her lips. Even as a vampire, Raphael wasn't able to read minds, as much as movies suggested otherwise. Usually, he only ever felt the other person's mind as a force, a ball of energy that he could take into his mental palm and command to do something; this was a new one for him.

    Taking it as if Cheryl had said it, Raphael let go, and frowned slightly. It was difficult for him to calculate what exactly had gone wrong here. Had this Leave! been something akin to a safeword so he'd stop because she didn't feel ready after all? Had it merely been a tactic to confuse him and cause him to lose focus? Or something else entirely?

    "You're okay, Cheryl?" One could see worry in his eyes, paired with uncertainty.
     
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  7. Heather Mason

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    Heather blinked in surprise when Raphael suddenly ended the test. "Did something happen?" she asked, oblivious to anything that might have gone wrong. From her perspective, she'd managed to keep Raphael out of her mind, and that was it.

    Alessa was not pleased. No, 'she' wasn't alright! She was still in that schola! She was still vulnerable to the Order coming back! What, was she just supposed to accept the fact that Silent Hill was gone? That she could just learn how to use those... powers and everything would be wonderful?

    She'd had everything she'd wanted with Harry Mason, but the Order just wouldn't leave her alone. Maybe that was what she deserved for taking Cheryl away from him, but she thought he understood.

    That didn't mean that the vampire outside did. He didn't understand anything, but here he was pretending to worry about Heather's mental state. It was his fault she was here in the first place, but suddenly he cared?
     
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  8. Raphael Santiago

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    She had no idea, had she? His frown deepened as Cheryl, completely surprised, blinked and asked what had happened. There was no use in trying to pretend he had heard nothing. Fairly concerned, the vampire replied: "A voice from inside your head told me to leave. Rather aggressively so. I assumed it was you, but, seeing your reaction, you didn't notice, did you?"

    If the teen had a demon possessing her, Raphael surely would've noticed already. Either by the faint smell of her blood, or when they talked for the first time. The demons he knew weren't exactly known for subtlety or hiding inside a person until you trusted them enough to give the demon an opening.

    But who else was it supposed to be? He didn't sense another presence in the room that could've pretended to be her.
     
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    "What?" Heather cried, shocked, "what the hell...? That makes no sense!" A voice inside her head? One that wasn't her? What cou- oh God, no!

    Heather closed her eyes and took a deep breath. There was no need to be so concerned. There had been a second her before, but she'd destroyed her on that merry-go-round. Alessa was gone, she'd sprayed her with her SMG.

    Once she got her breathing under control, she opened her eyes back up. "Maybe it was just some defense mechanism I didn't even realize I had built up?" she suggested, "maybe... did you feel threatened or anything? Maybe it's nothing?" There was a hint of desperation in her voice. It couldn't be what she was thinking.
     
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  10. Raphael Santiago

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    The teen panicked, telling him that it didn't make any sense. And he had to agree with her on that. It didn't. A demon possession was unlikely, and if she herself hadn't noticed the voice, then what was it supposed to be? She suggested it could've been a defense mechanism, she had unconsciously built up, but even that didn't sound like she believed in it herself.

    "Not exactly threatened, no. But I thought I better stop, if it's you talking." He wouldn't want to make her feel ignored and thus uncomfortable. After what she had been through in her past, Raphael made extra sure, she felt in control of her mind at all times. This class was supposed to be a safe environment and he did all he could to keep it that way. "Calm down, breath," he then added softly, "We can do it again, if you want; maybe you're right about the inner defense mechanism. Maybe not. But we'll find out what it is, alright?"

    The other option would be a ghost. Or a telepath trying to throw him off. Then again, he couldn't sense any presence nearby, nor a person. This was...highly confusing.
     
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    Right, breathe. Just taking a breath to calm down. It wasn't like she was stuck facing whatever was happening alone. She trusted Raphael with a lot of her problems, and he hadn't let her down yet. Whatever was happening, it'd be solved. Right?

    Once she calmed down enough she nodded firmly. "I want to be sure it's not... not something dangerous," she said, "I mean, if it is a defense mechanism, that'd be good, right? An extra layer of defense? And if it's something else then I'd want to know what's going on."

    Of course, Alessa was just as pleased with that decision. Perhaps the sneaky route wasn't going to work on the vampire. Fine, she could drop the pretense and just tell him what to do. If that was what it took to protect herself, she'd do it.
     
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  12. Raphael Santiago

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    He let her calm down, breath in and out, so she felt confident in continuing this lesson. Cheryl had made lots of progress during the last weeks and Raphael was certain she could judge how well she was feeling at the moment and if it was better to stop or not. For now, it was okay to try again though, so Raphael would give her the chance to do so.

    The decision to help her, back in September, had been a good one, he knew that. Cheryl trusted him and he took the unvoiced promise serious. He was responsible for her in a way, even if it was mostly just during the classes they had. But whatever problem with another student or even teacher she faced, she knew she could talk to the vampire about it and he would take care of it.

    "Yes, if it's more defense, that'd be a good thing." Something dangerous though? Well, Raphael surely was gonna find out what it was soon, right? He could defend himself, if necessary, even though ghosts or demons might be a bit of a lethal threat for him. The more important point here though, was the teenage girl and her safety. Raphael would be better suited for dealing with a demon possessing his own body than Cheryl - at least that was what he hoped.

    Again, the vampire held out the apple and, in a friendly tone, whispered: "Come, take it, Cheryl. Take the apple." His mind reached out to her, trying to get a grip again.
     
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    Raphael started to try and control her again, and Heather was ready to defend herself. She built up her walls again. She tried to make them even more sturdy, hoping that there would be no hidden part of her wandering out to talk.

    Unfortunately for her, that wasn't Alessa's plan. As soon as she felt the vampire grow near, she called out to him again. "Make her leave!" she cried, hoping that the vampire would take the hint if she was just a little clearer.

    Really, assuming she was a demon was even more cruel than she thought the vampire could be. After being called that by her mother in an effort to confuse Harry Mason, to do the same to confuse her other self- even if he hadn't said it out loud- was too far.
     
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