Memories of a New Dawn

Summary

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Memories of a New Dawn

The world is in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic as Nika, Calabolt, and the faes are preparing to move to their new home. Because of all the restrictions, Nika fears disappointing her fans after all the delays with the recording and the light novels. The others, meanwhile, try to cheer her up and seek a solution to ease her worries.

As they are packing up their belongings, a mysterious stranger appears in front of their door notifying Nika that a friend left an important package for her.
Much to Haru’s protests, they set off toward’s its location.

But little did they know that what was supposed to be a short walk would turn out to be a long journey, leaving with them with more questions than answers at every step of the way.

What sort of adventure awaits them now?
This is the summer where it all began…

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Chapter 01 – Cabin Fever

Chapter 02 – A Troublesome Gift

Chapter 01 - Cabin Fever

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Cabin Fever - Part 1

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“Cabin Fever – Part 1”

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{Nika}

(talking on the phone in the living room)

“Yes, yes… I expected this to happen…”

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(from the kitchen, Haru looks towards Nika)

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{Nika}

“Ok, I understand. You two, please stay safe. Take care…”

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{Haru}

(flies towards Nika)

“Who was that?”

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{Nika}

(drops the call sighing)

“It was Cussy. As expected, our recording session is postponed and moved to an undetermined date…”

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(Nika looks down)

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{Haru}

“Well, as I hear from the news. It is too dangerous for you all to go outside right now.”

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{Nika}

(nods)

“I know but at the same time… My fans are waiting for so long… I just… don’t want to disappoint them.”

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{Haru}

“It can’t be helped. The whole planet is on lockdown.”

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{Nika}

(sighs)

“Yeah… Hopefully, everyone follows the rules, stay at home, and just keep safe for this to pass.”

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{Haru}

“Well, in an ideal world… Yes. But anyway, let’s look at it as an opportunity to renew ourselves and think of other ways to interact with our fans.”

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{Nika}

“Hmmm… I guess so… What do you have in…?”

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{Yuki}

(flies downstairs to the living room)

“Nika!”

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{Nika}

“What is it, Yuki?”

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{Yuki}

“Can’t we go out? I’m really bored.”

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{Haru}

(deeply ponders)

“Not now, Yuki. I am discussing an important matter with Nika.”

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{Yuki}

“But… But it’s been weeks since I last flew outside… And…and… I don’t have any games to play with… It’s so boring… “

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(Nika sits down silently)

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{Yuki}

“Hmmm? Are you ok Nika? What’s the matter?”

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{Haru}

“She’s worried about letting her fans down since the recording for her new album was postponed… Now, we’re thinking of new ways for her music to reach out to her fans without stepping out of the house…”

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{Nika}

(grabs Yuki and hugs him)

“Yuki… I’m so sorry but you’ll have to bear with it for a bit longer…”

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{Yuki}

“Nika… I..”

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{Haru}

“Also, how many times do I have to remind you? It is not safe for us to go outside! It’s bad enough that we had to send Calabolt to buy the groceries…”

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{Yuki}

“We’re fae-folks, Grumpy Uncle! This disease can’t affect us… It only affects humans! I should have gone with Cala-chan…”

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{Haru}

“By the Creator’s hands… Listen, YukΓ―el. You may not be affected directly but there is NO assurance that your foolish demeanour will not end up hurting Nika and her family.”

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{Yuki}

“What do you mean?”

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{Nika}

“Well, Yuki… You tend to touch everything you see…”

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(Haru nods heavily)

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{Yuki}

“I do not! What are you talking about?”

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{Haru}

“Anyway, we’re veering off-topic too much. What we should be thinking about now is how to entertain our fans without leaving the comfort of our/their homes.”

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{Yuki}

“Grumpy Uncle can be a poopy brain at times.”

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{Haru}

“WHAT DID YOU JUST CALL ME?”

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{Nika}

“Easy, Haru-kun. What do you mean, Yuki?”

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{Yuki}

“Well, for starters. Haven’t we been doing all that for a while now with our articles, stories, etc.?”

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{Nika}

“Yes. But that was just to introduce the fans to our universe… I want them to also hear my music.”

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{Yuki}

“More than what we do to feature it on our page?”

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{Nika}

(sighs)

“Yes, I love the storytelling and all but… It feels like it’s missing something.”

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{Haru}

“I’ve got it!”

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{Nika}

“What?”

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{Haru}

“I have an idea how we could do that!”

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{Yuki}

“Well, say it! Don’t keep us waiting…”

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{Haru}

“What we could do is…”

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(the doorbell rings)

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{Nika}

(stands up and walks towards the front door)

“Hold that thought, Haru-kun. Let me just get to the door.”

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{Haru}

(blocks Nika’s path)

“Nika wait! Don’t get too close to the door. I’ll open it for you.”

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(Haru opens the door)

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{???}

(muffled voice due to the face mask)

“I’m home…”

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{Nika}

“Oh welcome back!”

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{Yuki}

(flies towards the well covered Calabolt)

“Cala-chan! Finally, you’re back!”

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(Haru flies in between the two, grabbingΒ  Yuki’s wing to prevent him from getting any further)

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{Haru}

(throws a clear bottle to Calabolt)

“Welcome back, Calabolt. But wait a moment, wash your hands and make sure to disinfect yourself thoroughly with this.”

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{Calabolt}

(catches the bottle with one hand)

“Oh, thanks!”

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(Calabolt makes his way to the bathroom, making sure that he doesn’t touch anything)

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{Yuki}

(tries to get out of Haru’s grip)

“Let me go! Wait for me, Cala-chan!”

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{Haru}

“We can’t take any chances. Prevention is way safer than finding a cure. Now, if we can just quarantine Calabolt for 14 days to be completely sure…”

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{Yuki}

“B-but… No way!!!”

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Cabin Fever - Part 2

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“Cabin Fever – Part 2”

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{Haru}

“So like I said, I have a plan.”

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{Yuki}

(shaking off Haru’s grip)

“What is it?”

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{Haru}

“We just have to make non-canon story specials to make Nika’s music shine again.”

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{Yuki}

(trying not to laugh)

“T-That’s your plan?”

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{Haru}

“Yes. It’s a totally original plan. We’ll be using Nika’s music as a template and tell a story from that! It’s brilliant!”

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{Nika}

“Uhmmm… Haru-kun, isn’t it what we have been doing so far?”

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{Yuki}

(laughing)

“When I thought you had a cool idea, I wasn’t expecting… THIS!”

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{Haru}

(blushing)

“I… Oh never mind.”

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{Yuki}

“Aww don’t be like that, Grumpy Uncle. We’ll think of something eventually.”

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{Haru}

“Hmmm… I guess you’re right.”

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{Nika}

“Thanks, guys.”

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(Calabolt walks out from the bathroom)

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{Yuki}

“Cala-chan!”

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{Calabolt}

“Oh hey! Did I miss anything?”

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{Yuki}

“Nothing too important. Hey!”

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{Haru}

(looks fiercely at Calabolt while holding back Yuki)

“Are you sure you’ve washed your hands properly?”

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{Yuki}

“Oh come on! We’ve been through this before.”

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{Haru}

“As I said, we can NEVER be too careful.”

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{Calabolt}

(looks at Nika)

“Yes, we can’t. But yeah, I even disinfected all the doorknobs and other surfaces that I’ve touched.”

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{Haru}

“That sounds acceptable.”

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{Yuki}

“So? Let me go!”

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{Haru}

(sighs as he releases his grip)

“I really want to quarantine Calabolt. But I know that I will never hear the end of it. Do as you will but, don’t blame me if anything bad happens.”

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{Yuki}

(whispers as he nests on Calabolt’s head)

“If only Kazan was here, he wouldn’t be so boring.”

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{Calabolt}

“Kazan? One of your friends, Yuki?”

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(Yuki nods)

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{Haru}

“I wouldn’t call that braggadocious fae, a friend! An ally, maybe…”

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{Calabolt}

“Ehhh?”

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{Yuki}

“He’s just salty because Kazan isn’t here to help…”

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{Haru}

“I do not need HIS help!”

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{Haru}

(whispers loudly to himself)

“That no-good fae. He didn’t even let us know if he was alive. All he gave us was a box of unknown origin which I disinfected of course. And a key to who knows where.”

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{Nika}

“Haru-kun… You do remember that we can all hear you, right?”

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{Haru}

(blushing)

“I-I’m sorry, Nika. I’m just so frustrated. A pandemic is sweeping the world right now and that arrogant oaf can’t even be bothered to tell us if he is still alive!”

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{Yuki}

(grins)

“Awww. So Grumpy Uncle does care about Ka-chan.”

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{Haru}

(blushes)

“I-I do not! Besides! We both know that he creates way more problems than bring solutions.”

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{Yuki}

(nods)

“I agree, Ka-chan can be a little bit of a… handful at times.”

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{Nika}

(giggles)

“Well, I am sure he’s alright. And would definitely be glad that you both are safe and worried about him.”

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(Haru turns away)

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{Yuki}

“You think so, Nika?”

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{Nika}

(nods)

“I know so!”

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{Calabolt}

“Uhmmm?”

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{Yuki}

“Yes, Cala-chan?”

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{Calabolt}

“Oh, nothing. I was just…”

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(the doorbell rings)

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{Haru}

“I’ll get it.”

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{Nika}

(peeks towards the front door)

“Hmmm? I wonder who could it be at this time?”

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{Calabolt}

“Oh… It’s probably the delivery for the other items that I couldn’t bring with me.”

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{Nika}

(nods and looks down)

“Sorry for making you work.”

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{Calabolt}

(waves his hands)

“N-No, no! It’s ok! I didn’t have anything better to do anyway. Also, I needed a change of scenery. N-Not that your house isn’t lovely or anything… I mean, no… I… Err…”

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{Nika}

(smiles)

“It’s ok! I understand what you mean. But thanks again.”

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{Calabolt}

(scratching his head blushing)

“N-No problem…”

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(Haru abruptly slams the door)

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{Yuki}

“Hey! What’s wrong with you, Grumpy Uncle?!”

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(Haru stands silent)

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{Nika}

“Haru-kun? That was rude. You didn’t have to slam the door. Who was it?”

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{Haru}

(looks towards Nika feigning ignorance)

“It’s an annoying little… I mean, I-It’s no one! No one at all!”

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{Yuki}

“Then why does it sound like you know this person?”

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{???}

(giggles)

“Of course he knows me, sweet little Yuki-chan. He just has a weird way of showing his affection, tis all.”

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(the group looks behind)

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{Haru}

“What?!”

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{Shopkeeper}

(slowly dusting off his clothes)

“It’s always a pleasure to see you all but, pleasantries aside… Let’s get going! We have much work to do!”

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If you don’t know who the Shopkeeper is…

He first appeared in “A Sweet Adventure” our 2020 Valentine’s special.

Cabin Fever - Part 3

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“Cabin Fever part 3”

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{Yuki}

“Wow, Creepykeeper-san! You’re so fast!”

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{Haru}

“H-How?!”

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{Shopkeeper}

(smiles)

“Though I applaud your good sense of things and welcome your praises, little Yuki, I must mention that your observation is false.”

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{Yuki}

“Huh?”

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{Shopkeeper}

(points to his right)

“Your windows are open.”

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{Haru}

“Wha- and why are you here?!”

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{Shopkeeper}

(opens the door)

“Like I previously stated, please leave all your questions aside till we’ve reached our destination. Someone, or should I say, something is waiting for you all.”

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(perplexed, the group walks down the streets lead by the shopkeeper)

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{Haru}

(whispering)

“…I really don’t understand why we need to go to where this… this charlatan is taking us?!”

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{Nika}

(looks around the path enjoying the daylight)

“Haru-kun, that’s not nice. He did say that it’s important. We need to, at least, give him a chance.”

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{Haru}

“B-But… Nika, it is too dangerous for you to go outside!”

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(Nika silently stares at the desolated road and keeps walking)

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{Calabolt}

(carrying Yuki on his head)

“Leave it, Haru. The shopkeeper assured us that he placed a barrier that wards off the virus.”

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{Haru}

“Even so… We don’t even know where he’s taking us.”

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{Calabolt}

“Well, why don’t you just ask…”

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{Haru}

“I…”

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{Yuki}

“Uhmmm… Creepykeeper-chan? Where are we going?”

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{Haru}

“Yes. I do believe we need an explanation now that you’ve made Nika go out from the safety of our home!”

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{Shopkeeper}

(grins)

“Tut-tut! More walking, or in your case, more flying little one. I’ll answer your cute little questions later. We’ve already kept this package waiting for some time now.”

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{Haru}

“Package?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“A parcel, a mail, a box sent from someone dear…”

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{Haru}

(slightly annoyed)

“I know what a package is!”

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{Shopkeeper}

(giggles)

“I’m just teasing you Haru-kun. Anyway, we’re here!”

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(the shopkeeper stops in front of an old wooden door)

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{Haru}

“Wait. I remember your shop being much farther away. We can’t have walked all the way to Quebec City on foot!?”

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{Yuki}

(flies excitedly towards Nika)

“Ooooh! I remember Creepykeeper-san owns a sweets shop! Can we buy some Nika?”

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{Shopkeeper}

(winks as he enters his key through the shop door)

“Well, sorry to disappoint you youngling. I have the habit of relocating and repurposing from time to time based on my clientele’s needs .”

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{Nika}

“Repurposing?”

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{Yuki}

(peeks through the window)

“This doesn’t look anything like your sweets shop.”

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{Haru}

(follows closely behind the shopkeeper)

“Yes. Nothing like a sweet shop at all.”

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{Shopkeeper}

(opens the door and enters)

“Is it a crime to diversify my wares? I think not, no? Besides, toys are in vogue these days. And I, for one, wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to cash on this very profitable… venture.”

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(Haru begrudgingly nods and follows in)

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{Yuki}

(rummages through the aisles)

“Toys! I like this one! And this one! Oooooh! Can we get this one, Nika! How about this one?”

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{Nika}

(nervously sweats)

“Uhmmm… I need to save money for the move so…”

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{Yuki}

(looks longingly to Nika)

“Just one? Pretty please?”

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{Haru}

(looks angrily towards the Shopkeeper)

“Yuki! That’s not what we came here for!”

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{Yuki}

“Oh boo! You’re no fun, Grumpy Uncle!”

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{Shopkeeper}

(laughs)

“Well, if you would please excuse me. I’ll fetch that parcel for you.”

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(the shopkeeper bows and disappears behind the counter)

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{Haru}

“I still don’t understand why he brought us here. Why didn’t he just deliver it to our home? A toy shop and someone like Yuki doesn’t mix well.”

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{Calabolt}

(looking towards Nika)

“Probably it is too big for him to carry alone.”

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{Haru}

“But even still, don’t you find it too suspicious?”

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{Calabolt}

“I don’t know. But that shouldn’t be our priority at the moment…”

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{Haru}

“What could be more important than… Hey, wait! Where are you going?”

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(Calabolt walks towards Nika)

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{Calabolt}

“Hey, how are you?”

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{Nika}

(sighs)

“I’m doing fine… I suppose.”

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{Calabolt}

“Hmmm… You don’t sound fine to me…”

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{Nika}

“I-I guess… Well, I have a lot on my mind lately. Especially with all the work that was postponed and the move to prepare for. I really don’t want to disappoint my fans.”

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{Calabolt}

“Must be tough being a star…”

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(Nika stands silently)

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{Calabolt}

“Oh! I didn’t mean any disrespect…”

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(Nika looks longingly towards Calabolt)

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{Nika}

“Cala-chan, I…”

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{Shopkeeper}

“I’m back! Here it is as promised!”

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(Yuki flies towards the shopkeeper followed by the group)

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{Yuki}

“Oh! What’s that? What’s that? Is that a present? Lemme see!”

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{Haru}

(looks grudgingly towards Calabolt)

“Too big, eh?”

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(Calabolt shrugs)

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{Shopkeeper}

(moves the small box away from Yuki)

“Easy there little one! Your friend tells me that the content of this package is very fragile. Very fragile indeed.”

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{Haru}

“Friend? What friend? How can you possibly know who we are acquainted with?”

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{Shopkeeper}

(grins)

“How indeed? Isn’t it such a small world?”

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{Haru}

(glowing)

“Do not test me, charlatan! Choose your next words wisely or else I’ll smother you with thorns!”

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(the shopkeeper chuckles making Haru even more annoyed)

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{Haru}

“How is it that you know so much about us? Are you a spy? What are your true intentions?!”

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{Shopkeeper}

(smiles)

“I can assure you that my intentions are, without a doubt, pure. Only at the behest of our common friend, did I made the effort of fetching you all and give this to you.”

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{Haru}

“And who is this common friend you speak of?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“Hmmm… You’ll find out soon enough.”

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{Haru}

(prepares to unleash his stored MajΓ―k)

“Why you-?!”

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{Nika}

(rushes in between the two)

“Haru, that’s enough!”

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{Haru}

(snaps out of his rage)

“Nika, I…”

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{Nika}

“I don’t know what your problem is with this man but he does not deserve this kind of attitude. For one, he is merely trying to help. We should be thanking him, not attacking him!”

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{Haru}

(bows in disgrace)

“I-I’m sorry… I didn’t mean to…”

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{Shopkeeper}

“Hush now, no need to be in a fit. We were only bonding. Right, Haru-kun?”

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(Haru tries to look away pretending not to hear the shopkeeper’s words)

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{Shopkeeper}

“But I must admit all this teasing was uncalled for… Believe me when I say that I have my reasons not to give too many details …now how about we go back to why you needed to be here.”

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{Yuki}

“The box?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“Yes, indeed. As I said, our common friend left it here for you all as a gift of sorts. Shame, he did not mention any specifics on what the content is.”

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{Yuki}

“So… You don’t even know what’s in this thingy, Creepykeeper-san?”

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(Calabolt moves closer to inspect the box)

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{Calabolt}

(whispers to himself)

“Odd… Why do I feel heavier just by looking at this box?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“Sadly, I have no clue. The fae who gave me this box is quite erratic, to say the least.”

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{Calabolt & Haru}

(whispers)

“Fae?”

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{Nika}

(muffling her voice with her hand)

“Could it be…?”

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{Yuki}

“Hmmmm…”

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{Shopkeeper}

“However, as one of you might have noticed, The box emits a high concentration of MajΓ―k. It wouldn’t be wise to walk alone down the streets with such a powerful beacon, no?”

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(Haru nods)

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{Nika}

“Is it dangerous?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“No. I’d say it’s quite safe. And HE did mention that the content will be extremely useful otherwise, what would be the point of bringing you here?”

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{Calabolt}

“That doesn’t sound reassuring.”

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(the shopkeeper nods)

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{Yuki}

“Well, why not open it and check?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“I would very much like to, my dearies. However, he did not leave me with the key.”

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{Haru}

(looks towards the shopkeeper)

“Key? What key?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“Oh, did I fail to mention? He thought that it would be safer if the box and the key were separated. Of course, one would presume that my shop is one of the safest places in this realm in which leaving the box with me would seem highly logical. So, I assume he would have sent the key to you.”

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{Nika}

“I think he’s talking about Kazan’s gift.”

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{Calabolt}

“Oh yeah, the old looking key that came with the letter.”

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{Haru}

“So, it’s Kazan’s fault we are in this predicament… It’s starting to make a bit of sense but… Why didn’t you just tell us this beforehand?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“Remember when I said that time is of the essence?”

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{Haru}

“Yes?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“He left me with specific instructions on how to open it. Call it another precautionary measure from his part. Also, he added that the effect would be more… dramatic?”

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{Haru, Nika, and Yuki}

(nervously sweats)

“That sounds like Kazan, alright…”

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{Calabolt}

“Wait, But I thought we only needed the key?”

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{Shopkeeper}

“Indeed, but this box will only open during a specific timeframe… A full flower moon.”

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{Haru}

“But that’s tonight! You should have told us about that before we left! I don’t even know where I hid that key!”

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{Shopkeeper}

“That’s a shame. Well, there’s always the next time… I’d say around May of next year?”

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{Haru}

“Ugh… And leave the only trace about Kazan with you for a year? No! I’ll go get it now!”

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{Calabolt}

“I think we still have time if you want I can go back to Nika’s place and I’ll-“

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{Haru}

“No, no! Yuki is the fastest in our group. He can fetch it fast and come back here with time to spare. If only I could remember where I left it…”

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(the group nods)

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{Yuki}

“Uhmmm… But it’s not in Nika’s house.”

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{Calabolt}

“Hmmm? What do you mean?”

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{Yuki}

“Well, since no one wanted to bother with it…I kinda took it to my place?”

Β 

{Haru}

“You what?”

Β 

{Yuki}

“But… It’s shiny…”

Cabin Fever - Part 4

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“Cabin Fever part 4”

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Β 

(Calabolt, Haru, and Yuki walks through the forest path)

Β 

{Haru}

“I can’t believe you! Why did you take something that doesn’t even belong to you?”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Well, no one wanted it.”

Β 

{Haru}

“Ughh… We could have been safely at home by now.”

Β 

{Yuki}

(grabbing onto Calabolt’s hair)

“The moon is outshining our path tonight and the forest looks pretty! I really don’t understand why you’re always so angry, Grumpy Uncle.”

Β 

{Haru}

(snaps)

“That assessment is false and you know it! I love the forest as much as any other forest elf! And why are you always riding Calabolt like you would a beast? You can fly, can’t you?”

Β 

{Yuki}

(smiles)

“Aww… Cala-chan doesn’t mind. Cala-chan is strong!”

Β 

(Calabolt looks up to Yuki and smiles as Haru gives off a look of disdain)

Β 

{Haru}

“May I remind you that if the moon is already out, it means we only have a few hours left before it completely disappears… I don’t think this is something you should rejoice about. Don’t tell me you already forgot why we need this key…”

Β 

(Yuki shrugs)

Β 

{Haru}

(sighs)

“Whatever… We’re nearly there, right?”

Β 

{Yuki}

(slowly nods)

“My house is just past the bridge over there! How I wish Nika were here. She would have enjoyed the trip and the beautiful scenery.”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Yeah, but Cussy called right before we left. It must’ve been important.”

Β 

{Haru}

(coughs)

“In any case, we are just fetching an item. We can do it ourselves and…”

Β 

(an echo of faint laughter rings through the path)

Β 

{Calabolt}

(looking around nervously)

“W-What was that? For a moment there… I could have sworn…”

Β 

{Yuki}

“…Cala-chan? Cala-chan?”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“H-Huh?”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Is everything alright?”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Y-Yeah… I just thought that I…”

Β 

(the stream of giggles flooded back)

Β 

{Calabolt}

“There it is again! That sounded like…”

Β 

{Haru}

“Ignore them, Calabolt.”

Β 

{Calabolt}

(surprised)

“Y-You can hear them too?”

Β 

{Haru}

“The Dryads? Of course, I do.”

Β 

{Yuki}

(looking around)

“Huh? I didn’t hear anything! What are you guys talking about?”

Β 

{Haru}

“Well, of course, you didn’t. Dryads only reveal themselves to people they are err… interested in.”

Β 

{Yuki}

“That isn’t fair! I also want them to be interested in me! Someone told me that they were pretty to look at and fun to play with!”

Β 

{Haru}

(sighs)

“Kazan used to say the same thing… Although, I can understand why the Dryads won’t show themselves to this player anymore. They can’t forgive the cold stare he gave after he got bored of dawdling with them…”

Β 

(Haru stops)

Β 

{Haru}

“Now that I think about it, it’s to be expected… Knowing him… He may seem warm and welcoming at first but…”

Β 

{Yuki}

(ruffles his feathers)

“I looked everywhere but I really don’t see anything! Are you sure you guys aren’t playing tricks on me? It’s not funny…”

Β 

{Haru}

“The mind of a child might not comprehend it yet but… Mark my words, you do not want these female’s attention. Let’s leave it at that, shall we?”

Β 

(For a brief moment, Calabolt notices Haru shuddering)

Β 

{Yuki}

“Oooh! We can almost see my house from here!”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Where?”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Over there! See the highest tree on the hill?”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Oh… You live in a… treehouse?”

Β 

{Yuki}

(glowing excitedly)

“It’s a fort!”

Β 

{Calabolt}

(nervously sweats)

“O-Oh…”

Β 

(the group approaches the bridge)

Β 

{Calabolt}

(turns around)

“….mhmmm?”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Hmmm? What is it Cala-chan? Is it those pesky dryads again?”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Uhmm… No. I hear something else… It’s like screeching noises and… Is someone being attacked?!”

Β 

(looking at each other, the group hurriedly runs toward the noise)

Β 

{Yuki}

(peeking from the bushes)

“Oh! It’s just the Dragulyths. They screech while feeding on those helpless shiny flowers.”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“B-But I thought I heard a cry for help…”

Β 

{Yuki}

(frowning)

“It might be from those poor shiny flowers…”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“But aren’t they just flowers…?”

Β 

{Haru}

“Hmmm? Shiny flowers? You mean the Bloomsprites?”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Bloomsprites? They just look like dandelions to me.”

Β 

{Haru}

“Dandelions? No, and they aren’t flowers! They are what some faes call lesser creatures. But they are sentient just like you and me.”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Sorry… So, they have MajΓ―k?”

Β 

{Haru}

“In a way, all of us have MajΓ―k.”

Β 

{Yuki}

“It’s always happening during this time of the cycle. The meanie Dragulyths keep scaring away and eating the shiny flowers.”

Β 

{Haru}

“Well, it is the time for Bloomsprites to mate and for the Dragulyths to prepare their hibernation…”

Β 

{Yuki}

(flies in between the Dragulyths and the Bloomsprites)

“I can’t take it anymore! Hey! I thought I told you to not harm the shiny flowers! Bad Dragulyths!”

Β 

(shocked, the dragulyths flew away)

Β 

{Yuki}

“That’s right! And don’t come back!”

Β 

{Haru}

“Yuki… They aren’t doing this because they are evil. It’s just the circle of life.”

Β 

{Yuki}

“I don’t care! I… ouch!”

Β 

(Bloomsprites turn on Yuki, stinging him repeatedly)

Β 

{Yuki}

“Hey! I just helped you guys! Why are you being so mean?”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Maybe they thought you were going to attack them?”

Β 

{Haru}

“Hmmm… I heard that they are a bit territorial…”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Oww… let’s just get out of here!”

Β 

(Haru and Calabolt follows a fleeing Yuki to his doorstep)

Β 

{Yuki}

(panting)

“I think we lost em…”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Uhhh… Yuki.”

Β 

(Yuki looks to where Calabolt is pointing at)

Β 

{Yuki}

“Oowww!”

Β 

(Bloomsprites attack Yuki as he approaches the door)

Β 

{Haru}

(whispers to himself)

“Is it because Yuki invaded their territory? That may explain the first wave but why do they attack Yuki relentlessly? Sure, they claim a large area for their own but we should have passed their borders by now… I haven’t heard of any Bloomsprite getting this aggressive to a fae. Maybe…”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Oww… Let’s just get inside!”

Β 

(Calabolt reaches for Yuki, shielding him from the Bloomsprite’s assault)

Β 

{Haru}

“Hmmm… Come to think of it, it’s been ages since I last visited.”

Β 

(the group take refuge inside Yuki’s home)

Β 

{Yuki}

“Welcome to my tree fort!”

Β 

{Haru}

“Ughh… Couldn’t you keep this place a bit cleaner? I mean, why do you need all this junk?”

Β 

{Yuki}

“This isn’t junk! All of these are my treasures!”

Β 

(Calabolt walks in the house, stepping on mountains of shiny trinkets)

Β 

{Calabolt}

(scratches his head)

“H-How can we hope to even find this key in time now? The moon is getting higher and higher?!”

Cabin Fever - Part 5

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“Cabin Fever Part 5”
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************
Β 
{Haru}
(sways his wings in front of his face)
“Look at all the dust and cobwebs!”
Β 
{Yuki}
“It’s not that bad.”
Β 
(Calabolt sees the floors littered by piles of stuff)
Β 
{Haru}
“If you don’t clear some of this stuff, at least take care of them properly. I’ve reminded you countless times to clean up.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“I do clean up!”
Β 
{Haru}
“Really now? Then explain to me. Why are all of these not on the shelves?”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(coughing)
“Why do you even have shelves to begin with if you don’t put anything in there?”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Aww… Not you too, Cala-chan!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Can you at least do something about this dust?”
Β 
{Yuki}
“That’s easy!”
Β 
(without a warning, Yuki summons a gust of wind and blows away the dust out the house)
Β 
{Haru}
(coughing)
“Y-You could’ve at least warned us!”
Β 
(outside, the Bloomsprites scurry away from the dust that Yuki has caused)
Β 
{Calabolt}
“oof… I think I got some sand on my eyes…”
Β 
〄〄〄〄〄〄〄
Β 
(the group start to ruffle through the various stacks of items)
Β 
{Haru}
(catches his breath)
“How can we ever hope to find the key in time?! We’ve been at this for hours!”
Β 
{Yuki}
(resting on Calabolt’s head)
“Y-You’re overreacting, Grumpy Uncle. It’s only been less than an hour since we started.”
Β 
{Haru}
“It would be much faster if you helped, YukΓ―el. You’re just making us do all the work…”
Β 
{Yuki}
(wiping off sweat)
“Phew! I am helping. See? I’m sweating, aren’t I? I just need a little rest.”
Β 
{Haru}
(stands straight)
“Sweating does not correlate to working. It’s just that your so-called fortress isn’t well ventilated.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“It does feel a bit hotter here than usual…”
Β 
{Haru}
(flies up)
“We can blame it on all this junk you’ve been collecting. And to think that we have a busy schedule ahead of us…”
Β 
{Yuki}
“For the last time, these are my treasures… It isn’t junk! And it is NOT my fault that Kazan sent something months ago that no one cared about but then now, became important because of this stupid unknown opening whatever! This petal moon!”
Β 
{Haru}
“You mean, flower moon. And you have no right to be angry! I wanted to help Nika prepare for our move to the new shiny house but no!… We’re stuck here cleaning up your mess!”
Β 
{Yuki}
(shrugs)
“My house is not that messy…”
Β 
{Haru}
(sighs)
“By the Creator’s N… Ugh… Whatever, get off of Cala and help us here. Will you?”
Β 
(the group continues the search)
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Huh? What’s this?”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hmmm? You found it Cala-chan?”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“No. I just saw this and thought it looked peculiar. It’s a bit warm to the touch…”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Oooooh! Where did you find that? That’s my very special ball I play around with. Gimme!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(whispers to himself)
“This almost feels like… It’s alive. There is definitely MajΓ―k radiating from it.”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(moves his hand away)
“N-No Yuki. W-Wait!”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Give it back! It’s mine!”
Β 
(Yuki bumps hard into Calabolt knocking them both to the floor)
Β 
{Haru}
“Will you two stop playing around and get back to…”
Β 
{Yuki}
(sticks his tongue out)
“Cala-chan found something that belongs to me but doesn’t want to give it back!”
Β 
{Haru}
“Mhmm?”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Take a look, Haru-kun. Does this look familiar to you?”
Β 
{Haru}
(wipes the sweat off of his orb)
“No. Why do you ask?”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Well… It seems you are well versed in the knowledge of this world so I just thought that… nevermind.”
Β 
{Haru}
(flies closer to Calabolt)
“Hmmm… let me take a closer look.”
Β 
(Haru inspects the curious item)
Β 
{Yuki}
“Come on! You had your turns! And that is mine to begin with!”
Β 
(Yuki swiftly grabs the peculiar orb)
Β 
{Haru}
“Where did you get that, Yuki?”
Β 
{Yuki}
“None of your business!”
Β 
{Haru}
(moves away from the pair and continue to rummage through the piles)
“Fine then, I’m not interested in it anyway!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Yuki, you shouldn’t be mean like that to Haru-kun.”
Β 
(Yuki silently plays with his toy, cradling and looking at it in awe)
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Where did you get that anyway? It feels as if it’s shining. It almost looks like…”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hmph! Well, if you must know. I took it from somewhere after I took care of some Dragulyths that were harassing those shiny flowers.”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Shiny flowers?”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Yeah. Those… uhmm. Blooms..s?”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Bloomsprites?”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Yes! Yes! Those! It happened a few weeks ago and not too far from this spot too…”
Β 
{Haru}
(whispers to himself upon overhearing their conversation)
“Bloomsprites?”
Β 
(Haru looks over towards the pair)
Β 
{Haru}
(whispers)
“No use mulling over how to explain the circle of life. We have the flower moon upon us and… Wait a minute!”
Β 
{Haru}
(quickly looks towards the glowing ball)
“N-No… I-It can’t be…”

Cabin Fever - Part 6

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“Cabin Fever Part 6”
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************
Β 
(Haru slowly approaches Yuki and Calabolt, fixing his gaze on the glowing orb)
Β 
{Yuki}
(swiftly tries to cover his shining toy)
“…those were meanie creatures. Even if they look cool like small dragons with dragonfly wings, they leave a big mess. I saved all the shiny cuties and got me a cool reward!”
Β 
{Haru}
(sternly looks towards Yuki)
“Cool reward eh? Yuki… You did not save anything. In fact…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Huh?”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Ignore him, Cala-chan. Look at his eyes! He can’t keep them off of my precious treasure. He’s just so jealous.”
Β 
{Haru}
(flies right in front of Yuki)
“Where exactly did you find… Clearly, you do not understand how bloomsprites ecology works!”
Β 
(a loud scream echoes from the outside)
Β 
{???}
(unintelligible screams)
“…skreee!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“What was that?”
Β 
(Haru flies out quickly towards the door)
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hey! Where are you going?”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(follows Haru)
“Oh! It’s those Bloomsprites!”
Β 
{Yuki}
“…and also those meanie Dragulyths again. Why I oughta…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Careful, Yuki. You do not want to be attacked like earlier, do you?”
Β 
{Yuki}
(shivers)
“No. But…”
Β 
(the bloomsprites scream but to no avail)
Β 
{Yuki}
“…we can’t just stand here and watch them get eaten!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Uhh… I don’t know if we should… What do you think, Haru-kun?”
Β 
{Haru}
(whispers)
“As I thought, these Bloomsprites are disorganized. Usually, when their species is attacked by the Dragulyths… Their Queen appears and protects them. However…”
Β 
(Haru looks gravely towards the glow coming from Yuki’s back)
Β 
{Yuki}
“…every moment spent just standing here isn’t helping! We have to…”
Β 
(Haru rushes forward to block Yuki from approaching the Bloomsprites and the Dragulyths)
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Haru-kun!?”
Β 
{Yuki}
(lands back on Calabolt’s hair and yanks it vigorously)
“What are you doing, Cala-chan? Move it!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Ouch!”
Β 
{Haru}
(ponders as he moves in between the Bloomsprites and the Dragulyths)
“That explains why Yuki was attacked by such peaceful creatures…”
Β 
(startled by Haru, the Dragulyths fly a few inches back to observe)
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hiyaa! Onwards, Cala-chan!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(runs to Haru’s side)
“C-Calm down, Yuki.”
Β 
{Yuki}
(starts to gather strong winds around him)
“And what? Watch them die in front of us?”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“No. No, that’s not what I… Let’s wait for Haru-kun.”
Β 
(Haru severely glares at Yuki which prompts the young fae to stop)
Β 
{Haru}
(looks back towards the Dragulyths)
“As I’ve said before… Dragulyths depend on the Bloomsprites for their nutrition. You should not kill them because of their natural instinct.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“B-But…”
Β 
(Haru sternly looks towards Yuki, making him flinch)
Β 
{Calabolt}
(gently rubs Yuki’s orb, calming him down)
“Let him finish, Yuki.”
Β 
(Yuki nods)
Β 
{Haru}
(tries to sway the Dragulyths away with his flapping wings)
“However, if the Queen is not there to protect them…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“So… Where is she now?”
Β 
{Haru}
“The current one is possibly dead but…it is said that every flower moon marks the birth of a new queen.”
Β 
(the Dragulyths roar and hiss, trying to get to the wounded Bloomsprites)
Β 
{Haru}
“And YOU left those poor creatures to fend for themselves.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Wait, how come it’s my fault?!”
Β 
{Haru}
“Worst, they are now endangered because their new queen will most probably die.”
Β 
(two of the flying reptiles goes past the group rushing towards a Bloomsprite)
Β 
{Calabolt & Yuki}
“Huh?”
Β 
(Haru summons branches and twigs to sway them away)
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Good work, Haru-kun! Just in the nick of time.”
Β 
{Yuki}
(vigorously flapping his wings to push away the ravenous creatures)
“We could’ve acted much earlier and…”
Β 
{Haru}
“We’re not done yet…”
Β 
(a whole swarm of Dragulyths now surrounds Yuki’s fortress)
Β 
{Yuki}
“Oh no… Not my treehouse!”
Β 
(Haru instinctively creates a dome made of thorns to shield them and the Bloomsprite colony from the swarming Dragulyths)
Β 
{Haru}
“It’s safe to assume that these Bloomsprites are the last of their kind… They probably won’t survive even if they find their Queen.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Huh? Why is that? And where…”
Β 
(without a word, Haru steals the glowing stone from Yuki and flies towards the Bloomsprites)
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hey! Where are you taking that?”
Β 
(the Bloomsprites hiss in a threatening unintelligible language)
Β 
{Haru}
(approaches the hostile Bloomsprites)
“Easy, easy… I’m not here to harm you.”
Β 
(cautiously, a Bloomsprite comes forward to face Haru)
Β 
{Haru}
“I understand your feelings. That’s why we must work together and try to save her!”
Β 
{Calabolt & Yuki}
(whispers)
“He knows their language?!”
Β 
{Haru}
“This is yours, isn’t it?”
Β 
(Haru bows and presents the shining stone before the Bloomsprites)
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hey! That’s…!”
Β 
(a Bloomsprite cautiously flies closer to inspect what Haru was holding)
Β 
{Calabolt}
(standing guard)
“Yuki, not now! Stay here!”
Β 
(a sudden heart-like beat pulsed from the ground as the Bloomsprite touched the orb)
Β 
{Haru}
“It’s faint but… she’s still alive.”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(peeks through the surrounding thorns)
“W-What’s happening? T-The whole forest outside is glowing on a pulse!”
Β 
{Yuki}
(shaking from the vibration)
“Coool!”
Β 
(more Bloomsprites rush towards the dome, encircling it while humming a peaceful song)
Β 
{Calabolt}
(runs towards Haru)
“A-Are you alright, Haru-kun?”
Β 
{Yuki}
(hiding behind Calabolt)
“They won’t hurt us, right?”
Β 
{Haru}
“Why would they? Bloomsprites, by nature, are peaceful creatures. And I just returned their Queen.”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Queen?”
Β 
{Haru}
“I’ll explain later. We need to make sure that these poor creatures outside survive.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Yeah. But what can we do? You don’t even want us to hurt the meanies!”
Β 
{Haru}
“Ughh… then leave it to me!”
Β 
(with the Bloomsprites support, Haru channels MajΓ―k to grow a huge wall of thorns swirling around Yuki’s treehouse)
Β 
{Haru}
“This should be sufficient enough to stop the Dragulyths attack until the Bloomsprites are strong enough to… arrrgh…”
Β 
(Haru falls to the ground from over-using his MajΓ―k)
Β 
{Calabolt}
(catching Haru)
“Haru-kun! Are you alright?”
Β 
{Haru}
“Yes… I’m fine. But I think I overdid it…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(gently smiles looking at the size of the wall Haru conjured)
“You sure have!”
Β 
{Yuki}
“B-But… My h-house…”
Β 
{Haru}
“What do you mean? It was already a big mess, to begin with!”
Β 
{Yuki}
“B-But… B-But…”
Β 
{Haru}
“…ack.”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“H-Haru-kun?”
Β 
{Haru}
(swipes off Calabolt’s hand)
“D-Don’t worry about me. I’m fine. But we don’t have much time.”
Β 
(Bloomsprites rally around the fae)
Β 
{Haru}
“W-We need to make sure that the Queen will be born in a safe place.”

Cabin Fever - Part 7

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“Cabin Fever Part 7”
Β 
************
Β 
{Yuki}
“But I still don’t understand, I don’t see any queen here?”
Β 
{Haru}
(pointing to the glowing sphere)
“She’s inside the egg you stole. That’s why the Bloomsprites were so angry at you.”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Hmmm… That explains why I sensed powerful MajΓ―k emanating from it earlier…”
Β 
{Haru}
(nods)
“Yes. But don’t let your guards down just yet, these creatures are still not out of danger.”
Β 
{Yuki}
(peeks from behind Calabolt)
“B-But you already made this big wall of thorns around my treehouse to keep those meanie dragons away!”
Β 
{Haru}
(casts a healing spell towards the egg)
“Yes… But I don’t think that’s enough… Sure, we saved them from their predators and gave them back their Queen but…”
Β 
{Yuki}
“But what?”
Β 
{Haru}
(the healing glow abruptly stops)
“This egg is weakened from staying at your place for too long… It has to hatch tonight or it will be too late. Sadly, I don’t have enough MajΓ―k to completely heal her on time…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Well, we can help you with that. Yuki and I haven’t used MajΓ―k in a while…”
Β 
{Haru}
“You don’t know what you are saying… It’s unlike any healing spell you do normally. If not done correctly, the queen will undoubtedly perish.”
Β 
(Yuki and Calabolt bow their heads)
Β 
{Calabolt}
(looking at Yuki)
“We can still try…”
Β 
{Yuki}
“I agree… It’s my mistake and I want to set things right!”
Β 
{Haru}
(shrugs)
“Alright. We’ll do it your way. But first, we need to get on top of Yuki’s roof.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Wait! But why do you need to take it there?”
Β 
{Haru}
“…the egg needs the moonlight and your roof is the highest place around here not covered by the thorns.”
Β 
(Haru dispels the thorns around them as Calabolt quickly carries the two faes running towards Yuki’s house, followed by a long procession of Bloomsprites instinctively following their Queen)
Β 
{Haru}
(looks towards the sky)
“That much lighting should be sufficient…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Haru-kun!”
Β 
{Haru}
(pushes away Calabolt’s hands)
“Don’t mind me… we don’t have much time…”
Β 
(Calabolt weakly nods)
Β 
{Yuki}
“So… tell us, what should we do?”
Β 
{Haru}
(floats down to the roof tiles)
“Calabolt lay down the egg gently and place your hands above it.”
Β 
(Calabolt nods and follows Haru’s instructions)
Β 
{Haru}
“Don’t crush it!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“I-I won’t!”
Β 
{Haru}
“Now, Yuki. Face Calabolt and do the same thing with your wings.”
Β 
(Yuki silently agrees)
Β 
{Haru}
“Now for the tricky part…”
Β 
(Haru starts to explain the intricacies of the spell)
Β 
{Haru}
“…but remember, you should keep both of your MajΓ―k input in perfect sync. Otherwise…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(slightly sweating)
“Oof… For a beginner like me, that IS a bit tricky…”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Even for me…”
Β 
{Haru}
“I would do it myself, however, I’m now forced to rely on you two. I don’t have enough MajΓ―k to even fly.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Well, there’s no point in overthinking it… Let’s do it, Cala-chan!”
Β 
(Calabolt nods as they start to heal the egg)
Β 
{Haru}
“Try to limit your energy, Yuki. Remember, Calabolt and you should pour the same amount of MajΓ―k onto the egg.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“I’m trying!”
Β 
{Haru}
“Well, try harder! It’s the las-“
Β 
(a massive glow starts to radiate from within the egg)
Β 
{Yuki}
“D-Did we do it?”
Β 
(the Bloomsprites circled around the trio, rejoicing)
Β 
{Calabolt}
“…I guess so?”
Β 
{Haru}
(collapses on the roof tiles)
“You did it…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Whew… this is too much emotion for one day…”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Yeah… and to think that we still need to find this key bloom key before the thingy yet…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Bloom…key?”
Β 
〄〄〄〄〄〄〄
Β 
(Yuki-chama squeals as the group steps out of the portal into Nika’s house)
Β 
{Haru}
(disheartened)
“Even with the Bloomsprites help, after all that searching… We didn’t manage to find that feΓ―yosha syΓΌl key!”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hey! That’s not a nice thing to say! And it’s rude to speak elvish in the human world!”
Β 
{Haru}
(covers his orb with his wings, mumbling)
“I-It’s not like Calabolt would ever repeat it! Besides, is it really rude if he doesn’t understand a word I said?!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(nervously sweats)
“Well we didn’t find the key but at least from now on the Bloomsprites will treat Yuki’s home as their own and clean it up every now and then.”
Β 
{Yuki}
(visibly annoyed)
“I’m still not happy about that…”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Well, they are the last of their kind and you did technically almost killed their Queen… It’s the least you can do for them.”
Β 
{Yuki}
(shivers)
“I-I know I promised to keep them safe… B-But my treasures… I don’t want to throw them out…”
Β 
{Haru}
(smirks)
“Relax, YukΓ―el. They are just staying in your roof and attic. But rest assured that those creatures are smart enough to distinguish trash from a real treasure.”
Β 
(Calabolt bursts out laughing while Yuki snarks at Haru’s comment)
Β 
{Haru}
“Why are you laughing? How can we face Nika now that we haven’t found what we were looking for?”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Knowing Nika she’ll be like: Oh well, let’s do it next year!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Yuki. Don’t be so insensitive…”
Β 
(sounds of running footsteps echo down from the staircase through the lobby)
Β 
{Nika}
“Oh, here you are guys! Welcome back!”

Cabin Fever - Part 8

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“Cabin Fever Part 8”
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Β 
{Yuki}
(flies towards a sweating girl)
“Nika!”
Β 
{Nika}
“Welcome back!”
Β 
{Haru}
“Oh! I didn’t expect you’ll be back home already.”
Β 
{Nika}
“Uhmm… When you left, the shopkeeper kept me company until his assistant came back. She actually helped me to get back home. Oh! Don’t go up just yet, I’m still packing up my stuff and my room is a mess.”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(sighs)
“If you only had seen the state of Yuki’s house… It can’t be compared in any way.”
Β 
{Haru}
“Agreed.”
Β 
{Yuki}
(glares at the two and sweetly flies towards Nika)
“Assistant? I didn’t know Creepykeeper-san had one.”
Β 
{Nika}
“Yeah. I was surprised too. She is a bit… odd.”
Β 
{Haru}
(nervously sweats)
“Knowing him, his company would surely employ a colourful cast of characters.”
Β 
{Nika}
(coughs)
“Yes, well. So, did you find the key?”
Β 
(Haru and Calabolt bows their heads)
Β 
{Nika}
“Huh? What happened over there?”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Well… We got a little sidetracked…”
Β 
(the group tells Nika about what happened earlier)
Β 
{Haru}
“So in the end, we agreed to check back in the house. Yuki might have misplaced it somewhere around here. We’re very sorry, Nika.”
Β 
{Nika}
“It’s fine. You all did your best. That’s all that matters.”
Β 
(Nika hugs Yuki and Haru)
Β 
{Nika}
(looking at Calabolt)
“Come! Join us!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(moves closer to everyone)
“Oh. Ok. But…”
Β 
(Nika hugs them longingly)
Β 
{Nika}
“Hmmm?”
Β 
{Calabolt}
(looks at the pile of boxes)
“Well… From the looks of it, we’ll be having a hard time looking for the key here too…”
Β 
{Haru}
(coughs)
“We did survive Yuki’s dust palace, this is nothing compared to that.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hey!”
Β 
(the group laughs as Yuki throws a tantrum)
Β 
{Haru}
(placing his wings on his orb to muffle Yuki’s screams)
“Ughh… Not this again.”
Β 
(Yuki-chama chirps seemingly wanting everyone’s attention)
Β 
{Yuki}
(breaks from Nika’s warm hug)
“Wait! Did you guys hear that?”
Β 
{Haru}
“What now?”
Β 
{Nika}
(breaking her grasp)
“Oh! That’s just Yuki-chama. He’s been like that ever since I got home and started packing up.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hmmm? It sounds like he’s asking for something.”
Β 
{Nika}
“Well, I was about to check upon him. He probably wants his iced-water.”
Β 
(the group follows Nika to Yuki-chama’s cage)
Β 
{Nika}
“Ooof. It seems he is tangled in some kind of rope. Yuki, would you mind helping me get it off his neck?”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Oh sure, Nika! Oofmph! The other end of this string is really heavy.”
Β 
{Haru}
(looks closer)
“It might be stuck under something.”
Β 
(a minute passed and they finally get the piece of string off of the bird)
Β 
{Nika}
(gently placing Yuki-chama on his swing)
“Well, that takes care of that.”
Β 
{Yuki}
(fiercely tugging)
“Uhmmm… But the stupid string is still not budging!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Let me help.”
Β 
(Yuki nods and lets Calabolt hold the string)
Β 
{Calabolt}
“Ok. Here goes nothing.”
Β 
(Calabolt delicately searches for the other end of the string and skillfully dislodges a metallic object stuck in between the bars at the bottom of Yuki-chama’s cage)
Β 
{Yuki}
“Eeww. Bad birdie! You covered it in poopie!”
Β 
(Haru and Nika moves away in disgust)
Β 
{Haru}
“What is this thing anyway? Just throw it out!”
Β 
{Calabolt}
“I-I dunno. But it did feel hard like some sort of… Ughh… Metal.”
Β 
{Yuki}
“Hmmm… Let me see that.”
Β 
(Calabolt tries to stay calm, takes the bird poop-covered object, and brings it to the sink)
Β 
{Yuki}
(sees the metal shine as the hot water flows on it)
“Oooh! Shiny!”
Β 
{Haru}
“But isn’t that…”
Β 
(Haru felt a slight breeze behind him)
Β 
{???}
“Oh! It seems you found it right on time, dearies!”
Β 
{Haru}
(quickly looks behind)
“Aaaack! WILL YOU STOP DOING THAT!!!”
Β 
{Shopkeeper}
“I’m sorry dearies. I just had to know whether or not you had completed your objective. I…”
Β 
(a large broom brutally hits the Shopkeeper’s head)
Β 
{???}
“What have I told you about minding your manners?!”
Β 
(the group was left stunned as a small petite girl appeared from behind the Shopkeeper)

Chapter 02 - A Troublesome Gift

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A Troublesome Gift - Part 1

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“A Troublesome Gift part 1”

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**********

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(caressing the top of his head)

“Creator’s ghost! That stings!”

Β 

{???}

“I did not hit any vital points. It is your fault for taking so long.”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Alright, alright. I get it.”

Β 

{Yuki}

(whispering to Nika)

“Who is that?”

Β 

{Nika}

“Oh, that’s the girl I was talking to you about earlier.”

Β 

{Haru}

“The odd girl that kept you company while we were away?”

Β 

{Nika}

(nervously sweats)

“Yes, well… She doesn’t talk much so I don’t quite know what she is up to…”

Β 

(the girl stares at the group causing them to go silent)

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Oh! My apologies dearies! This is my wi…”

Β 

{???}

(heavily glares)

“Your what?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(coughs)

“My assistant… MΓ―llefo-“

Β 

{???}

(hits the shopkeeper)

“How many times have I told you not to call me that, you good for nothing pleb! Please call me MΓ―llia”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(reflexively protects his head)

“First of all, ouch! and secondly, would you be kind enough to open up a portal and bring us back to the shop.”

Β 

{MΓ―llia}

(sighs)

“I don’t get paid enough for this…”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Technically, I’m not even paying you so…”

Β 

(MΓ―llia fiercely glares at the foolhardy man)

Β 

{Yuki}

(whispers to Haru)

“Wow… Not paying his employee… I always knew that Creepykeeper-san was a bit weird before but now, this makes him a huge meanie in my books!”

Β 

{Haru}

(whispers back)

“I told you so, I knew he was a bad person!”

Β 

{Nika}

“Shush. There might be a good reason as to why he is so stingy…”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“But still… Poor girl…”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(nervously sweats as he steps in the portal)

“A-Anyway..! Time’s a wastin. We best be off! Follow after me, for the moon waits for no one.”

Β 

〄〄〄〄〄〄〄〄〄〄〄〄〄〄

Β 

(the group steps out from the portal back to the shop)

Β 

{Yuki}

“Wait a minute!”

Β 

{Nika}

“What’s wrong, Yuki? Did you forget something?”

Β 

{Yuki}

“I just remembered!”

Β 

{Haru}

“Oh no…”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Toys!”

Β 

{MΓ―llia}

(closing the portal behind her)

“Is that everyone?”

Β 

(the shopkeeper nods in approval)

Β 

{Calabolt}

(smiles)

“Here we go again…”

Β 

{Yuki}

“I want this one and that one and… Oooh! A train! I wonder if there will be a place for a train set in our new house?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(snickers)

“MΓ―llia-chan! If you please…”

Β 

(the girl begrudgingly walks towards the counter, sits down, and opens the cash register)

Β 

{Nika}

“I’m sorry, Yuki. But we are in a hurry. We’re here for another reason, remember?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Hush, deary. Let the child be. It’s not every day that you see him this happy.”

Β 

{Nika & Calabolt}

(nervously sweats)

“He’s like that everyday though…”

Β 

{Haru}

“Why do I get the feeling that you’re just letting him do as he pleases because you are going to profit from it?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(whistles)

“I really don’t know what you’re talking about, Haru-kun…”

Β 

{Yuki}

(dropping his favourites on the counter)

“I want this one and this one and…”

Β 

(the cash register beeps as MΓ―llia tallies up the sales)

Β 

{Haru}

“We don’t have time for that now!”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Ow… Why’d you have to scream so close to my ear?”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Well, you were a bit carried away.”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(grins)

“Hmmm… Anyway, let’s save this matter for later…”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Oh yeah! But since we are in a hurry… Has anyone wondered why we had to walk all the way here the first time we came? It’s so much faster to just use a portal! Why didn’t we do that in the first place?”

Β 

{Haru}

“Well, we couldn’t. As you know, the extent of our MajΓ―k is greatly limited here in the human world. It is also common knowledge that we faes can only create portals to places we have already seen…”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Well, why didn’t Creepykeeper-san make a portal for us?”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Hmmm… You do have a point here, Yuki…”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(nervously sweats)

“Well… You see… Let’s just say that for some reason I don’t have this MajΓ―k you speak of, in this world… So, I must count on my dearest little MΓ―llia to do a bit of the heavy-lifting.”

Β 

{MΓ―llia}

“In truth, I do everything around here while he slacks off and annoys all of our customers with his nonsense.”

Β 

{Haru}

(nods and whispers)

“Not to mention his stalking habit… Anyway, he truly is a slave driver!”

Β 

{Yuki}

(distractingly plays with a toy car from the shelves)

“Poor MΓ―l-chan… How did you manage to keep this shop running?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(coughs)

“A-Anyway! Let’s get on with our business!”

Β 

(the shopkeeper moves behind the counter and reaches for the mysterious box)

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Your key, if you please mademoiselle. Place it here on the lock.”

Β 

{Nika}

(places the key)

“Like this?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Perfect! Now… MΓ―llia, kindly…”

Β 

(MΓ―llia gets up and pulls up the curtains)

Β 

{Yuki}

(moves closer towards the window)

“Wow! Was the moon this big when we arrived?”

Β 

{Haru}

(follows Yuki)

“I don’t think so…”

Β 

{Yuki}

“No wonder it’s called the Petal moon! It’s so pink like a rose.”

Β 

{Haru}

“Again, it’s called the full flower moo-“

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(gets in between the two faes)

“Ah! Tonight’s moonlight is just right!”

Β 

{Haru}

(heavily panting)

“Will you cut that out!”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(snickers)

“Cut what out, deary-?”

Β 

{Yuki}

(looks behind)

“Hey? Where did MΓ―l-chan go?”

Β 

(without warning, a broom heavily strikes the shopkeeper’s head)

Β 

{MΓ―llia}

(sits back and opens up a magazine)

“Manners!”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Ow ow ow ow! It hurts you know!”

Β 

{Haru}

(grins)

“Serves you right!”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“But I didn’t do any-“

Β 

(MΓ―llia glares at the shopkeeper)

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(nervously sweats)

“Moving on! Look!”

Β 

(moon rays pierce through the window glass, dissolving the lock and key)

Β 

{Calabolt}

“I-It’s gone!”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(lifts up the lid)

“Well, of course, it is. Tis enchanted after all. You just need to order a new one from me if you want to lock it again! I’ll even give you a discount, dearies!”

Β 

{Haru}

(fuming)

“Of course you would…”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(peeks inside)

“Ooooh! Interesting! This is very interesting indeed!”

Β 

{Haru}

“W-What is it?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Something beautiful and dangerous, like its current owner…”

Β 

{Yuki}

“Huh?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(facing the group)

“Here! See for yourself!”

Β 

{Calabolt}

(moves closer to Nika)

“Uhh, an orb?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Not exactly… From where I’m from, we call this crystal a Luna Lacrimae or in the common language Moon Tear.”

Β 

{Haru}

(moves to Calabolt)

“Luna Lacrimae? I have never heard of it.”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

(snickers)

“Of course you wouldn’t! For you see, it is a lost magical art so ancient and rare that I highly doubt you would have ever come across it in your lifetime. Let alone, learn of it.”

Β 

{Yuki}

“So what is it for?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“Well to put it simply, my dear Yuki-chan. A Luna Lacrimae is a sacred relic that can greatly alter the MajΓ―k of a fae.”

Β 

{Haru}

(protecting Nika with his wings)

“Alter? Wait! Is it dangerous for humans?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“I don’t suppose it’ll have any effect on them since humans do not possess any inherent MajΓ―k. However, I wouldn’t suggest that any of you touch it willy nilly. Just a precautionary measure, you see…”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Such an intense aura… W-Why would Kazan send such an item to Nika?”

Β 

(the shopkeeper shrugs)

Β 

{MΓ―llia}

(flips through the pages)

“He probably thought it would be safer in her hands.”

Β 

{Haru}

“Still…”

Β 

{Yuki}

(moves closer to the box)

“Hey! That’s unfair! Everybody got their turns! I wanna see it too! Ooh! Shiny!”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“I wouldn’t touch that if I were-“

Β 

{Haru}

“Yuki, no!”

Β 

(a flash of light envelops the room)

Β 

{Nika}

(looks around her)

“Huh? Why is it suddenly so dark? What happened to the light?”

Β 

{Calabolt}

(takes his hand away from Nika’s eyes)

“Oh sorry… I-I wasn’t thinking… M-My hand just moved on its own and…”

Β 

{Nika}

(blushes)

“I-It’s fine… Y-You were just protecting me…”

Β 

{Haru}

(slightly panicked)

“What was that?”

Β 

{Shopkeeper}

“I told you, dearies, not to touch it…”

Β 

{MΓ―llia}

“It was just a flash. Everyone is safe. No big deal.”

Β 

{Haru}

(nervously sweats)

“Nothing can unfazed this girl. You should take note, YukΓ―el.”

Β 

{Calabolt}

“Huh? Where IS he?”

Β 

{???}

“Uuuhhh… Guys?”

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