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Complete Trust makes way for treachery

Discussion in 'Misty Hollow' started by Chise Hatori, Dec 23, 2017.

  1. Chise Hatori

    Chise Hatori The Ancient Magus' Bride
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    @Aaron
    December 20th
    Getting a job was important if Chise wanted to be able to buy things for herself or even for others. Unlike at home, Elias and Silky weren't dealing with everything and letting her just enjoy the luxuries without having to do anything herself, she had to do some work herself. Luckily, she could get a job as a secretary for the Misty Hollow council, a job that was more important than she would really want to do, but wasn't as stressful as she thought it would be.

    This meant that she now went to Misty Hollow regularly and she made a point to stay inside the barrier at all times so as to not get attacked by any harmful creatures lurking outside. However, while she was walking through town she suddenly began hearing a faint, pained voice coming from outside the barrier.

    "H-Help... Help me..."

    Those words made Chise's eyes widen as she realized that she might have once again stumbled upon someone in danger. She looked outside the barrier and saw the sillhouette of a woman in the fog. She couldn't tell how hurt that person was from her position, but just from the way she was lying down Chise knew that she must have been in a bad state.

    She hesistated, debating if she really should leave the barrier and endanger herself and the person she wanted to help. But at the same time there was no one around for her to ask for help and if she didn't do anything, surely that person would die. After staring at the scene for a couple of minutes, Chise took a deep breath and her eyes flared with determination as she took off, running out of the barrier and towards the fallen woman, hoping to get her to safety as soon as she could.
     
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  2. Aaron

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    Everything about the scene he witnessed was urgent. Aaron had come upon it just after the red-haired girl had raced outside of the barrier, and Aaron couldn't help but stop, barely even hesitating when his gaze took in the scene. It was a scene shrouded in fog a distance from where he stood, but it was telling enough even from back there. Somebody was in danger, somebody was helping them, and they were on the outside of the barrier.

    With no patrols to be found, perhaps they were on the other side of town, Aaron couldn't stop himself from jumping into action, closing the distance between himself and the two of them as quickly as he possibly could.

    Eventually, he was dropping to the injured woman's side and pulling her right arm over his shoulder. "Ready? On three," he said, his light eyes flicking over to meet those of the younger girl's with the expectancy that she would have her other arm. "Three," he said and suddenly, he was helping to pull the poor woman onto her feet again.

     
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  3. Chise Hatori

    Chise Hatori The Ancient Magus' Bride
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    A man appeared to help, much to Chise's suprise. She only noticed him as she had stopped in front of the fallen woman, but he looked like he wanted to help as well which, now that she thought about it, Chise really didn't think much of how she was going to get the woman out of there. The man took action quickly, asking Chise if she was ready. It took her a moment to get what his intent was, but once she did, she quietly followed his lead.

    Once they had gotten the lady on her feet again, Chise noticed something odd. The woman... wasn't injured at all, she actually seemed almost completely spotless. Was she not hurt, and instead was suffering from some other kind of problem?

    "Oh, thank you." The woman expressed her gratitude with a very calm, sweet voice. "I thought only the dear child would come, but it seems she brought along someone else."

    "Dear child". As soon as Chise heard that she stepped back and the woman noticed it, the smile that was on her face slowly growing more wicked. Soon a dark purple aura began surrounding the woman until she was completely covered in it. Her form began changing and then Chise and the man were face to face with a giant fox demon. It had very sharp teeth and deep black eyes, the fur on it was purple, except for the the bottom of the legs and the end of its two tails, which had a more blood red color to them. Standing on four legs, it was about as tall as the man that came along with Chise.

    It suddenly pounced on Chise, pining her to the ground and stared at her wide open eyes. She was holding her breath, unsure of what she could even do against a creature like that. She didn't look scared, exactly, but she was definitely shocked by this turn of events.

    "Don't worry, child, your power is going to be in good hands once I'm done." The fox demon did what Chise could only see as a mockery disguised as an attempt of comfort, letting out a malicious giggle.
     
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    Things went to hell quickly, which was impressive since Aaron would have argued in this particular instance that they’d already gone to hell for this poor woman. In the end, though, she wasn’t who either of them thought she was. Not that they knew her, but at the very least, they had seen her as a victim and she was, in fact, far from it. First came the chance in tone, and next to change in form, something that Aaron was struggling to believe with his own eyes. It wasn’t his first time witnessing magic, but it hadn’t happened many times. Maybe he’d just been lucky. In the right place at the right time. Or the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The pair of them had both stepped away from the creature, which he could now easily see was some sort of giant fox, standing tall as he was on four legs. Aaron’s eyes were wide as he scrambled backward, nearly stumbling over himself. He’d never seen anything like it before and even as it pounced on the red-haired girl who had been trying to help, it was difficult for him to find the will to move.

    But he had to. He didn’t know what he could even do against this thing, but to not do anything at all was to condemn the girl to death. That wasn’t him. Simply put, it just wasn’t him. And so, he got to his feet, a shaking hand reaching for the gun he had tucked into his waistband. A product of paranoia, really, and something he wished he didn’t feel he had to carry around with him as often as he did.

    Right now, he could say he was glad for it.

    “Let her go,” he ground out, but despite those brave words, his eyes were wide and he looked alarmed. Afraid, even. “Or I’ll shoot.”

     
  5. Chise Hatori

    Chise Hatori The Ancient Magus' Bride
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    The man's command was enough to make the fox demon to stop and look at him, distracting it enough to let Chise actually start thinking of a way out. She glanced at the man, who was now holding a pistol, his hand shaking with fear. This was all because of her, Chise knew that much, if she hadn't been around none of it would have happened but now not only was she in a high risk of dying, she put another person in risk too.

    "Do you not value your life, human? I can let you live, if you just go home now and pretend none of this happened."
    The fox demon spoke, its voice sounding smug, full of confidence. "After all, you're so scared, you might even shoot her by accident."

    Chise began reaching for her bag, hoping to be able to grab something that would let her escape. She needed more time, so she just looked at the man, hoping he would meet her gaze and see her eyes that were silently telling him to keep going. She tried to remain calm in spite of the situation, which might have seem odd, but she had grown used enough to this kind of thing that she managed to keep her cool even though in reality she really was afraid of what could happen to the two of them.
     
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    His gaze flicked to the girl’s for a moment, lingering and recognizing the look on her face. Swallowing thickly, he looked back to the creature, his eyes wide. Despite his shaking hands, though, he felt his grip tightening around the firearm. She was unable to break his resolve, underestimating just what he would do even for a total stranger.

    “You don’t know that. You don’t know I won’t shoot you exactly where I need to shoot you.”

     
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    Chise Hatori The Ancient Magus' Bride
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    Chise's hand reached her bag and she quietly opened it while the fox was distracted. Inside of it, she felt the contents until she felt the texture of a handle in her fingertips. She then paused, taking a deep breath as she steeled herself for what she was about to do.

    "Tch, you humans are so foolish. Do you really think you stand a chan-"


    The speech was interrupted by a sharp howl of pain as Chise drove a knife into the beast's side. The attack being unexpected enough that the creature staggered, giving Chise an opportunity to escape. She pulled the knife and quickly scrambled to her feet once the fox let go of her, running back to the man's side and holding the bloodied knife in one hand and her staff in the other. Her breathing was heavy and her body was tense, as if it could just lock up and stop moving at any moment.

    "You little...!" The fox snarled, wincing in pain and looking like it was about to jump at them at any moment.
     
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    The longer she spoke, the less fearful he found himself. Maybe because every word out of her mouth felt a little bit like a television cliche. Did he really think he stood a chance? He didn't know, but that didn't mean he was just gonna drop his gun and walk away.

    But her little speech didn't last as she suddenly let out a pained cry, her own victim having stabbed her. Aaron's eyes widened a fraction as the girl suddenly scrambled to her feet and returned to her side, but they didn't linger. He was already turned, urging the red-haired back toward the barrier. "Hurry," he hissed, whipping his gaze back around to the creature and firing one shot before turning to race them both toward safety.

     
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    Chise quickly turned her head to face the man as he only told her to hurry away. Was he planning on staying behind and fighting the creature to allow her to escape? Chise couldn't let someone die because of her own mistakes like that, she just couldn't.

    "But...!"

    She winced as she heard a gunshot, but then it turned out that her fear was unfounded. He began bringing her back to the barrier with him as fast as he could and Chise tried her best to keep up with his pace.

    The gunshot hit and there was another howl of pain, followed by a very angry growl. Chise glanced back and saw the fox demon running behind them, not as quickly as it could, thankfully, as it looked like the stab and bullet wound was slowing it down significantly.

    But it was still very close to catching up to them...
     
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    They were running and although the creature was lagging behind them, she still posed a threat. There was still a chance they could mess up. If one of them tripped over a root, they were goners, which was exactly the reason Aaron was eyeing the ground every so often as they went. It wasn't a long run. They just had to get to the barrier, and they hadn't been far in the first place, the fallen woman they had come to help having only been just outside of it.

    Still, the creature seemed to have picked up the pace a bit and was closer than Aaron had anticipated when he looked over his shoulder.

    There it was. The barrier. He could see the faint shimmer of it in the air and Aaron suddenly shoved the redhead in front of him so that she tumbled through first. He jumped after her, the demon practically at his heels doing the same. Only he went through, tumbling to the ground on the other side, while the barrier itself repelled the demon and she was sent tumbling in the opposite direction.

    They were safe.

     
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    Chise wasn't expecting to be suddenly shoved forward. This made her lose her balance, but she made it inside the barrier before tripping and falling, barely managing to prevent herself from landing face first. She didn't care though, her heart was going a mile a minute and there was too much adrenaline to let her feel any pain.

    She looked behind her, seeing that the fox had been repelled by the barrier and knocked back, now currently on the ground just like how it had fooled them back when it pretended to be human. Chise then focused completely on the man, who luckily had made it through alongside her.

    "I-I'm so so sorry!" She didn't make any attempt to hide any of the regret in her expression or her voice.

    She looked at him for a few more seconds, then began staring at the ground in front of her. She remained there, sitting on her knees, catching her breath as she recovered from the intensity from just moments ago.

    "It's... It's all my fault..."
     
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  12. Aaron

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    Aaron's heart was pounding in his chest as he slipped dragged himself onto his knees, hands pressing against them as he took a minute to catch his breath. The idea of this barrier had been confusing and overwhelming and so incredibly strange when he had first moved here, but moments like these reminded him of just how necessary it was.

    The girl's voice drew him back to reality again and he looked over to her, slowly getting back to his feet entirely. "Hey," he whispered, his brow furrowing with concern as he took a few steps closer. "Don't say that. You couldn't have known. I walked right into that, too."

     
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    "That was a trap for me. I was the target from the beginning..." Chise sighed. Not even bothering to look directly at the man as she explained herself. "I've always attracted things like that, ever since I was born. Some are good, others are bad... That was a bad one..."

    Chise then looked up at him for all of one second before glancing away, too ashamed to meet his gaze for too long. It wasn't the first time that her being careless caused someone to get in trouble. She was the one responsible for the destruction of the library in the forest back when she was a child, all because she couldn't keep a door locked. They both got away unscathed this time, but... It could so easily have gone wrong.

    "I dragged you into this. I'm sorry." She spoke with a weak voice, as she could barely muster the strength to get the words out.
     
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    "Hey," he said, dipping his gaze to try to catch hers again. "Look at me." He didn't know if she would, he could see that feeling of shame filling her whole. But it could have been so much worse than it was. They could have been dead. He could have kept walking and then discovered that the girl hadn't survived the encounter. Aaron wouldn't have been able to live with himself.

    "Look at me."

     
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    He was insisting that she looked at him, almost like he was commanding her to do so. For what purpose, she couldn't tell, after all, if there was anything he needed to say he could just speak and she would be capable of hearing him easily. Still, she decided giving him the silent treatment would be very rude of her, especially since he had saved her life, so she did meet his gaze again eventually.

    "Y-Yes?" She was hesitant, really wanting to look away, but keeping herself from doing so.
     
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    There was nothing commanding about his voice, really. It was gentle but insistent, and for a moment Aaron thought she might not look at him. And if hthat were the case, what more could he do or say? But then she did, and he looked her in the eye.

    "You didn't ask me to help. I chose to do that, I chose to be there. This isn't your fault," he said, his words clear and careful, a glint of understanding in his eye. Because he did understand the hopeless need to blame yourself. He still remembered sitting on that porch covered in blood, staring down at the photos that had led Alexandria's attackers straight to their doorsteps. So many people had died that day.

     
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    "But if I wasn't here you wouldn't have to make that choice" was what Chise wanted to say at this moment, yet she didn't. There wasn't a point in arguing about this. The man didn't blame her, there weren't any hard feelings, to press on the issue would be going on a circular argument.

    Instead, she began standing up and broke off eye contact. The man was much taller than her, something she was used to since she seemed to surround herself with tall people, so she just began staring slightly downwards, still feeling bad about all the trouble she caused.

    "Sorry for getting you involved in all of this but... thank you helping me."
    She bowed out of gratitude, her mouth was still in a frown as she couldn't really feel very happy about any of this, but she knew better than to not thank someone who saved her life.
     
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    For a moment, he was sure she was only going to continue protesting and apologizing. The conversation would have gone in a circle then until the moment he gave up, but to his relief, she seemed to at least let that sink in, not arguing with him any further. Instead, she thanked him and Aaron could only respond with warmth.

    "I'm Aaron."

     
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    Chise Hatori The Ancient Magus' Bride
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    He was trying to be nice, his tone of voice as he introduced himself being warm and welcoming. He seemed to be a very good person, which just made Chise feel all the worse that she had gotten him involved in such a dangerous situation for no good reason. She knew it was pointless to keep feeling like this at this point, but she simply couldn't help it.

    "I'm Chise, Chise Hatori. I work as the secretary of the council in this town." She paused for a moment, trying to think of a way to make up for all the trouble. "Is... is there anything I can do for you? As thanks for helping me?"
     
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    Brows perking up with obvious surprise in response to that introduction, Aaron looked a bit bewildered by that revelation. "You work for the council?" he asked, her second question managing to go in one ear and out the other. Or maybe he just didn't think she owed him anything. "How old are you? Sorry, I-- that's probably rude," he admitted with a laugh. "I just thought ..."

    That she looked young, that was what he thought.

     
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