• Date joined:2013-04-01
  • City:Los Angeles
  • Gender:Female
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Real name: Alex Mycroft

Codename: Lady Magicka

Powers:

Teleportation: Lady Magicka can teleport once a day without harm, but more then once cuts into her energy field and weakens her.

Flight: She can fly about twenty feet into the air, and in any direction. But it taxes on her energy field.

Magical Cognition: Lady M has the natural ability to sense magical people, items, glimer fields, etc. She also has the ability to see peoples auras, and read their emotions.

She is also an empath. Meaning she feels other peoples emotions like they were her own. She constantly feels the Daemon Manu's hate, and must fight to keep it from over whelming her.

Spells:

She call to her aid strong winds.

Create an energy shields

Teleportation (once or twice a day) Distance limits not yet found.

Flight

Transmutation of inanimate objects into animals, or mythical creatures.

Control her environment to a small degree. (levitate chairs, open doors, etc)

Weapons:

The Monocle of Democles (modified), Lady M wears a red contact lens in her right eye that allows her to follow magic trails and see through glimers and hiding spells.

The Judge, a modified pistol grip shot gun that shoots hell fire.

The Daemon Manu, a living, demonic artifact that is bonded to Lady M.

An object of unknown power and origins.

If Lady M uses the DM for good, it causes her massive pain. But if she uses it for evil, it takes over a little more of her personality. This makes her life a constant torture.

The DM must be fed souls on a semi-regular basis or it will feed on Lady M's energy field. Feeding it evil souls does not make it stronger, nor does it hurt Lady M.

Powers of the Daemon Manu:

Not known. fully known:

The Damon Manu can recognize alignments better then Alex. Good alignments aggravate it, causing Alex intense pain.

It is also capable of acting on its own.

It has proven to be indestructible by physical or magical means so far.

Bio:

Seeking to enhance her natural magical abilities, Alexadria Mycroft inadvertently bonded with the Daemon Manu. This living weapon is non-removable until her death. The Daemon Manu speaks in Lady M's mind, and constantly tries to influence her to perform evil acts. It becomes stronger with negative emotions, and can even possess Lady M if she loses enough control of her emotions.

Chronicles of Magicka:

The Cruise (Completed Interaction) Cannon

Gray Shadow:

"Finally a break from my crazy life" Thought Gray Shadow as he walked into the ship."No challenges,no contracts,just me and this amazing place." He sat in the bar and asked for a drink.

*

Alex:

Alex dipped two fingers into a tumbler of water, and turned it to bourbon. Then took a sip. She saw some guy sit down a few stools down, and hoped he wasn't another chatty tourist. She wanted to get wasted, and soak up a little sun before she had to go back to the school. There had to be simpler ways to become a skilled magic slinger, then hours of boring study....

*

Ethan:

Ethan quietly took a seat in the distance. Watching both of them. Waiting. Sipping his drink.

*

Alex:

Alex felt that twitch in her mind. Her instructors call it 'astral cognition.' She called it her spider-sense. Basically, it let her know when magic users, items, creatures, etc, were near. It was not something that could be learned, you had to be born with it. She glanced at the new arrival, her mirror sunglasses hiding the lens of democles. He wasn't wearing a glimer. Or putting off any magic essence. Weird.

*

Ethan:

Ethan saw her looked over. He did not posses magic. He was simply a mutant. With the power of advanced telekinesis. He was invisible to her..Or maybe she could sense his powers. He did not know. He closed his eyes and imagined her drink exploding. It exploded. He chuckled to himself very discretely.

*

Alex:

Exploding glasses was something demons, and poltergeists often engaged in. But again, no twitch in her mind. There was a psychic on board. Psychic's were a magic gray area. Not magical per se, but they sometimes pinged her radar, depending on power levels. 'Not looking for trouble'she thought in general, and ordered another tumbler of water.

*

Ethan:

Ethan felt pretty surprised she did nothing. As the Barman began pouring the water he flicked his fingers and he accidentally splashed the water onto Alexs face. Ethan held in laughter. The barman looked on in shock and began to get towels.

*

Gray Shadow:

Shadow was distracted, than suddenly a glass exploded. He looked to his left, a woman, was all soaked up. "Dammit, what the hell happened here?" He wanted to get up and help her, but his conscience wouldn't let him "Its not my problem,anyways." He deatached part of his helmet, showing part of his face. His ugly, scarred skin, than he raised his drink to his mouth and took a sip."F*ck that, I'm here to enjoy myself, not to cause or solve problems."

*

Alex:

Alex smiled a very tight smile, and casually snapped her fingers. Eathan's drink spilled into his lap, leaving a suggestive wet spot. Two could play this game. And this was one psychic who would think twice before messing with a witches buzz....

*

Ethan:

Ethan chuckled heavily at this, He did not want a fight. But he was going to spend the night annoying her. He moved his head to the side subtly making the bartender's lips connected with Alex. Attempting to make him kiss her. Ethan nearly died laughing. The bartenders eyes widened as a random force brought his face close to hers..

*

Alex:

"Ferrum emollit" Alex said, and made a limp gesture with her finger as she walked past Ethan on her way out. "Might want to get that curse lifted before your next date...."

*

Gray Shadow:

Than the table shook, the bartender was trying to kiss that woman! "Heh, what a scumbag" He got up slowly as if something was pushing him back into the chair. He grabbed the bartender by his neck and pulled him closer, "Leave her alone or your problem won't be just your boss."

*

Ethan:

Zaniel made her circle with his fingers and gently tugged on Alex's fingers with his powers to get get attention "What curse?" With a quick glance Zaniel flicked a finger separating the two. He did not want to cause that much trouble.

*

Alex:

Alex turned around in time to see the bartender about to eat his teeth. "See what you've done." She hissed at Ethan. "Excuse me! Scary fellow? Yes, its fine, its not his fault. Just a joke, right?" She looked at the bartender, who nodded quickly. That crises averted, she turned back to Ethan. "Listen pal, I am a strong witch. And a member of the Sisterhood of Light. If you endanger regular people with your games, I will call up a kraken to eat you." She couldn't remember if kraken were extinct or not, but it sounded like a good threat.

*

Ethan:

Ethan looked at her amused...He was usually amused by people. People were funny to toy with. He flicked his fingers and the straps on her flip-flops broke secretly. When she next walked she would be walking bare-foot. He chuckled to himself as he turned around.

*

Alex:

She turned to look at the man on at the bar. His aura looked bruised. That made her feel bad. "Hey. Sorry to call you scary. It was the first thing that came in my mind." She shrugged. "My school is not have as fun as Hogwarts." She replied good naturedly to his joke. He would assume she was joking back.

She turned back to Ethan, who had a dumb smirk on his face.

"Okay, you want to play? Fine. I could use the distraction. But normal people are off limits. Got it?" She formed a sigil in the air in his general direction. "Maledicite subtrahatis" She said, and walked out of the bar, leaving her shoes behind. "Oh, it is so on buddy. You don't even know...."

*

Ethan:

He smirked "Good luck" He gestured to her with a salute before making her hair cover her face.

*

Alex:

"Mutari in affectuosa chphalopod" She said in reply, and his chair became a huge, squishy octopus that wrapped its eight slimy tentacles around Ethan, gurgling happily.

*

Ethan:

Ethan shot up as this chair suddenly become ...an Octopus! He stood still. shivering in disgust "You're sick" He flicked his fingers and the Octopus's eight legs all widened. He threw it at her and chuckled "Your turn"

*

Gray Shadow:

"Ha! Its fine. Of all the names I've been called, scary isn't even close to being the worst." He answered kindly."Yeah, you're nice. But you have a fertile imagination" He starred at her, mocking. "If you are really a witch, cast a spell or take a bunny of a hat, your choice."

*

Alex:

She looked at him in disbelief. "I'm a witch, not a stage magician.."

She gently caught the hapless creature, and levitated it out to the ocean. "That was naughty. You need a time out mister. Syrtis aream." The floor turned semi-liquid and sucked Ethan down to his knees.

*

Gray Shadow:

Suddenly the floor became liquid. Shadow was dragged in up to his chest and, in surprise said "What a f***? I'm getting sucked by the floor?"

He managed to move his hand near a grenade, getting out with its explosion's impulse."Wow, that was close,but..." He finally realized, "Is it...her?" He could not believe it, after all these years, he had never seen such power.

*

Ethan:

Ethan let it happen. He had been in worse situations. Ethan then flicked his head into the air. The ceiling collapsed on-top of her.

*

Alex:

"Enough!" She magically caught the roof, and repaired it. Then removed Ethan from the floor with a flick of her fingers. The floor turned solid again. "At this rate, we're going to sink this boat. And us on it!"

*

Ethan:

"I can fly!" He chuckled at her. "But you are correct." He flicked his fingers and her now broken sandles flicked into his hands "Want me to pay for these?" She could probably repair them.

*

Alex:

She snatched her shoes away from him. "I will take care of them thank you very much." Then she filled his back pockets with chocolate pudding. "I think you have other problems at the moment..."

*

Ethan:

He felt a sudden warm feeling in his back pockets and sighed..he put his hand in to see.. chocolate..He frowned at her..He flicked his fingers , grabbing the shoes and throwing them over-board. He then nodded at her.

*

Alex:

"Dude, think of the environment. Seriously." Not a big deal. They were two dollars at the gift shop. She sat down to have a celebratory drink, having won this round.

*

Ethan:

"Sure sure, said the one putting random Octopus in the ocean" He sat next-to her. "So, whats your game? How did you get these powers?" Under the table He flicked his fingers and the chocolate in his pockets secretly came out, and started crawling onto her feet. They would connect in about 5 seconds.

*

Alex:

"Well" She replied defensively, "its a lot harder to magic a beast into a chair, then the other way around." She assumed he had given up, and was trying to make small talk. That was fine with her. The Sisterhood of Light taught her to not hold grudges. "Get them? You don't get magic. You're born with it. You can't perform magic without natural ability. Or being from certain bloodlines. I'm attending a very private school to learn to harness my powers in different ways. This is, was, my spring break. And you? Whats your game?"

To Gray Shadow...

"Oh hey, sorry you got pulled into this. We're not supposed to use our powers casually. I just got carried away with this guy." She jerked a thumb at Ethan.

*

Gray Shadow:

He was still perplexed. Just watching them both in their 'fight' his eyes could barely believe it! He tried to ask something, but his lips wouldn't move. The one called Ethan was powerful and that girl was beast with her spells. He couldn't move a muscle."I've always sought out challenges. I've always adapted to be the best in what I do...than,all of sudden I realize I never was the best. Not even close to it..."

*

Ethan:

Ethan stopped the chocolate. "Me?" He said nervously "Well I was born with powers. I have always been able to lift things with my mind, I never used to be able to fly. I learned that I could literally move anything. Size matters" He chuckled, what a stupid thing to say "But, If I try hard enough I can move most things" He folded his arms and sat back in the seat.

*

Alex:

She watched the strangers aura dance and shimmer. He had obviously been exposed to a world he was neither aware of, or prepared for. She wasn't psychic, but she could pick up random thoughts. "If its any consolation" she told him, "we aren't trained for combat. Most of my spells are defensive in nature. Or else they interact in non-violent ways with my environment."

To Ethan...

"I figured that. Never heard of people learning psychic powers." That came out a little b*tchy, she scolded herself. "What I mean is, can you do other stuff? Set fires or explode heads or whatever?"

*

Ethan:

"No actually..Well" He thought.. "I can use Radar sense and see everybody in like a..50 mile radius? I can..." He thought again "I can see heartbeats, basically I can see inside anything and understand how it works"

*

Gray Shadow:

He heard something. Alex was talking to him. He forgot his thoughts for a second, but his deception was strong, he answered with a different voice, a mix of sadness and surprise. "You know, I started training when I was five. I have never stopped. I am almost thirty now, but that...your spells, they can finish me in a second.

*

Alex:

"Not unless you deserved it." She replied "I am being trained by the Sisterhood of Lhite. They're good witches."

To Ethan...

"Bet that comes in handy. Flight and x-ray vision? Wheres your cape and tights. Like in the comics?" She asked playfully.

*

Ethan:

Ethan looked at her without a smile "I am not a hero" He rolled his eyes "I am not a villain" He grinned "I am myself"

*

Alex:

"Well, you need a hobby then. Other then screwing with people I mean. We are taught that some people are born special to make the game of the gods interesting. Like wild cards. We are also taught these special people cannot just walk off the game. Its better to pick a side, and be a knight, then to sit still and be a pawn."

*

Ethan:

"I'm fine being a pawn. I like peace.This is peaceful enough for me. Why trouble myself with other peoples strife?" He nodded to himself. "Do you see yourself as good, or bad?"

*

Alex:

"Your choice. But pawns get bumped off the board. And no, that's not a threat. Its a teaching. But if you want to trifle with the will of the gods, that's your biz." She was a little taken back by his next question. "I am firmly on the side of good. I'm training to be a magic slinger of the Sisterhood, who are about as good as they get."

*

Ethan:

"Then I will just fly myself back up onto the board" He lifted his hands and showed her the scars on his wrists, dirty scars. His knuckles also had scars that were not from merely punching people "I have done my time, I want peace"

*

Gray Shadow:

"There are more witches? Like, an entire Sisterhood?" Shadow said with disbelief, than "I really need some training..."

Than he turned to Ethan "And you,are you a witch too?"

*

Ethan:

He simply looked at the man "No."

*

Alex:

"The operating term is magic slinger. Witch is just one type of magic slinger. There are many kinds. But, tell us about yourself, Mr......"

*

Gray Shadow:

"Oh, sorry ma'am. Where are my manners?" Lucca. Call me Lucca. "Well, what can I say? I don't have powers, actually, I never thought such things existed. And your name is?" He said, trying to change topic. Talking about himself brought tremendous pain, his past was dark. Really dark.

*

Alex:

"Alexandria Mycroft." She offered Lucca her hand. "But call me Alex please." She started to say more, when a massive tentacle slapped over the deck, reaching for her. "Crap! I knew the change spell was off somehow." Her instructors would be furious. First for botching a spell, second for endangering a boat load of people by conjuring a Kraken....

*

Gray Shadow:

He took her hand and said "Nice to meet you Alex."

Than, suddenly, a tentacle appeared in the deck trying to grab her. He grabbed his pistols as a reflex and attached the other part of helmet modifing his voice to a robotic voice. He shot the tentacle and asked "Are you alright Alex?"

*

Alex:
She started to reply, when another massive tentacle swung at Gray Shadow. She threw a magic shield over them just as the tentacle slapped down.

*

Gray Shadow:

"Thanks. It seems I'm the one who needs help now." He joked. "So what the hell is this thing? Your pet?" He asked?

*

Alex:

"Ah, no. Well, kinda its mother." She blushed. "I turned that Ethan guys chair into an affectionate octopus, but I threatened him with a kraken earlier. An that suggestive comment is all a little wild magic needs to make an octopus into a kraken." She winced as the tentacle slammed down again, and the magic shield cracked a little.

*

Gray Shadow:

"Ha! I have so much to learn about you guys. But tell me, how can I kill it?" He said while tracing a plan in his mind "And how much will this force field be able to help?"

*

"You can't. Not with a gun. Can you distract it while I try and magic it back in to an Octopus?" She asked quickly, as another crack appeared in the shield. "Its not gonna be much help, since its about to break.....

*

The Crow:

A crow flies over the group as it finds a place to land.

The crow steals a key from one of the passengers.

Alex:

Despite her dire situation, Alex couldn't help but notice the crow. It was way out of place on a cruse ship. It could be someones pet. Or....it could be an omen. She had no time to think about that as the magic shield shattered silently.

*

The Crow:

The crow began to act for an erratic turn, taking the key and pointing the sharp edge outwards. The small bird took off into the sky, building speed as it made a semi circle around the ship. Planning to home in and spear into the octopi's 'eye'

Gray Shadow:

Gray Shadow had no reaction as the magic shield broke down. He automatically attached the other part of his helmet and pulled out his pistols. "Do your thing, I got your back." He screamed, shooting at the krakens tentacles, drawing all of its attention to himself.

Alex:

Alex ducked behind the bar as the shield broke, dodging the questing tentacles, and trying to remember a disenchantment strong enough for this thing. The Gray Shadow guy was drawing its attention with gunfire. How did he get guns on a cruise? she wondered briefly. Then cursed herself. Her instructors always said she should pay more attention to what was happening around her. "Um, Revertere ad formare." She commanded. But nothing happened. 'Respect the magic, but don't let it rule' her instructors words echoed through her mind. "Okay." She took a deep breath."Redite ad pristinam formam." She commanded more surely. She saw a crow fly at the beast, and again pondered its presence. Then there was a sound like a loud sigh, and the beast began to shrink down to its original size.

Ethan:

Ethan grabbed the thing with his powers and clenched a fist. Blood sprayed everywhere. He looked at the duo "That was fun"

Alex:

Alex stood in shock, splattered in blood and starred at Ethan in horror. "Fun? You just killed an innocent creature! It was reverting to its octopus form!! You--you--you--" She sputtered unable to find the right words. "I've....had enough vacation....I think....." She had lost her shoes, got into a fight with a psychic, conjured a kraken, used magic in public, endangered lives....The Sisterhood was gonna kill her. Or worse."Cito volans domum." She mumbled, throwing Ethan a lethal look as she vanished from the deck

Gray Shadow:

After the beast was returning to its normal size, Ethan killed it,spilling blood everywhere.Alex,as he could see,got mad "But it was trying to kill us...",she vanished with no explanations."Now that was uncalled for."

He turned himself to Ethan and said:Ha,that creature didn't even saw where it was coming!Great kill,friend.

The Angel

A lady of common height strode into the night club. Her black hair was short, cut just below her ears, and streaked in metallic blue. She wore a black leather trench coat, her left hand buried in the bulging pocket. She also wore a black blouse, and a black skirt that went just past her knees. Her boots were heavy looking, and covered in buckles. The tops disappeared under the skirt. She also wore an old skeleton key around her neck. She walked to the bar, and pushed her sunglasses back up on her head. "I'm looking for Zaniel." She told the Bartender loud enough for the whole place to hear.

*

Zaniel looked over as he heard his name being called..He was sitting in the corner bored contemplating a few events that had happened recently..He had messed up so much..He missed his home so much...But he heard his name, He looked over to see...A familiar face? Something about her was familiar.. He got up and walked over to her intrigued. "Do, I know you?" He gave a smile.

*

"I rather hope not. But I know you, Zaniel, former angel of luck. Tell me, are the rumors true? Did you really knock gallies--" She paused, shook her head. "I mean, shake the sheets with one of Zeus'es ladies?"

*

He felt a grin spread across his face..But he let it end abruptly. "Yes. Aphrodite" He folded his arms "Who are you?"*

*

Zaniel took her hand and kissed it "Pleased to meet you Alexandria, Beautiful name" He smiled at her , "My name is Zaniel , EX-Angel of Mount Olympus." He paused again "Why would you need to be safe?"

*

"Oh, call me Alex." She chuckled. "Alexandria is so.....old time-y. I have to be careful" She turned serious. "I have enemies everywhere."She removed her right hand from its pocket. Her hand and arm up to the elbow was covered in some kind of armor gauntlet. She raised armored hand, palm out, revealing a red eye in the center of her palm. "Well, the daemon manu says you are indeed the former angel of luck." She rested her arm on the bar top, where it scuttled away from Zaniel on its fingers like a spider. "I need your help, and in return I may be able to help you on your quest. But first I--simply must inquire as to why--" She shook her head again. "Why am I dreaming of you?"

*

"Alex it will be" He gave a playful smile towards her , He saw her red eye and felt a weird sensation in his stomach, it could not be her.. "Of-course, I do not lie much these days" He was a little surprised to hear that..Dream of him?...He honestly did not know what to say. "Well...In the old days in Heaven it was said people dream for 3 different reasons - This only applies to people who live in the Heavens though.." He counted a number one on his fingers.

One - This person is an enemy, They will probably attack you soon.

He counted a second finger.

Two - You need them to help you with something...Like a guide?

He looked into her eyes and counted a third finger

Three - Love.

He paused and looked at her "I think the second..I am not here to harm you..Or love you.." He looked at the barman and asked for a drink the back at Alex. "What do you need help with?" She was strange...How and why was she dreaming of him? He could tell this night was not going to be as boring as expected.

*

"If I didn't know better, I would say my dreams are past life experiences, because I am dressed so old fashioned in them. You said, um, you love the classics? I think that's what you say in the dream. And, there is--- a quaint fellow with a time piece..." She squinted her eyes shut, as if having a headache. She waved the Daemon manu over him again. "You have been with a woman recently. No more then a few months. She...had a strong personality. She left psychic grooves on you, and I keep psychically tripping into them for some reason. Oh, and don't freak out over the eye." She pointed to her face. "Its a contact lens. Used to be the monocle of democles, but who wears monocles these days? It allows me to see through glimers and hiding spells."

*

Zaniel was intrigued and mesmerized as she described exactly what he was doing and met in his life at the moment...Who was she? Why did she wave her hand over him? He could sense magic..Part of his Angelic life was being able to sense when Magic was about - This may be her or you never know..Other people in the club may be magic. But he was sure it is her.

"How did you know all of that...had a dream about..ALL of that?" He looked on at her in amusement. "Can you see past my magic?...I have as you know - A passive magic about me..I am sure you could not see it though, or maybe you feel it? As I feel magic around me - You are magic." His drink had arrived, he took a sip from it , It tasted sweet in his mouth - Reminded him of his dear first kiss with Zoe..He placed the drink down. "So, What did you need help with..Was it beacuse of the dreams?" He looked into her red eye, who was she? So many questions.

*

"I dreamed most of it." She called for a shot of water. The Bartender grumbled, but poured it. Alex waved the Daemon Manu over the drink, which turned to bourbon. She tossed the drink back. Caught his starring. "I could have turned it to wine, but its so cliche. And I don't drink wine." He seemed rattled, and that rattled her. The curse of being empathetic. "I can't see your magic, but you can't hide it from me anyway. Its easy to find Earth bound beings if you know how to look." She ordered another shot of water. And a small salad. "I gave up meat when the mad cow thing broke out." She told him. "Whose Zoey?" She asked suddenly. "Sorry, sometimes I pick up floating thoughts."

*

"Well you are not wrong, I am glad you found me though..I am always free to help somebody in need..Even if they creepily dream of me" He chuckled and tapped the bar "Only joking - You're not creepy" He laughed as he heard the mod cow reference, Inthe Heavens they could not get food poisoning so that was a foreign idea to him. He stared at her dumbstruck "Z..Zoe?" He tilted hishead downwards as he raised his brow cursorily "She is my...Not sure... Girlfriend?" A smile crept along his face "I love her dearly" Zaniel sighed and took another swig of his drink. "Now let's get to business. Cut to the chase - Go for the jugular, You get the idea - What specifically did you want help with" He rested his hand on his chin and stared at her.

*

He was very direct. Which felt off to her. In the dreams he was different. More open. He also knew her somehow. She could read it in his aura, if not on his face.

"First I want to know how you know me. Did these dreams happen? Or are they portents of the future? I admire your directness, but you have to understand I've thought I was going crazy with these dreams. Thought this--" She waved the Daemon Manu in the air, "was trying to make me crazy. Then I find out you are real. So? Did my dreams really happen? Or do I have a split personality? Or what?"

*

He decided to tell her what he really thought...He really felt as if he had met her before..Somehow?..He had a theory.

"Honestly? You remind me of somebody. Somebody who at the start I thought was a little weird..But she grew on me and somehow I became quite fond of her - Maybe beacuse I gave her one of my promises that bond us forever. This means I cannot ever be fully parted from her." He rubbed his chin "It's strange, I do not know how it works, but whenever I give somebody one of these handshakes it is as if fate always finds a way of bringing us together again, In some strange way - I think you may be her...In another form." He sighed.."Sometimes I hate this bond I create with people, The magic messes with you..It, confuses you. That is why I rarely use it - But..You..She was different, I felt I needed to." He took his drink and spun the liquid inside it.

"Does the name Madame Techia ring any bells?"

*

She gave him a funny look. The same look Techia had gotten before degrading his intelligence or his manners. Then she laughed out loud in a very un-Techia manner.

"I hope it rings a bell." She smirked. "Madame Techia is the name of my indie metal band. We have three songs out. Live Forever, Replacing Myself, and Butchers of London." She turned serious then. "But about me being this person in another form...." She tapped the bar absently with her demon hand. "There are stories of parallel souls, beings who exist in every world in some form or another....I suppose its not the craziest thing I have heard. It would explain the dreams."

*

Zaniled watched as she gave him the first look Techia had ever given him. He then saw her laugh..

"I think, You must be her in another-form, I know for sure as hell you are not her though. You laughed" He gave out his hand "Place your hand on mine, I need to see something"

*

"Now whose being cautious?" She asked, but offered her normal hand. The Daemon Manu grumbled in her mind. Even this indirect contact with the angel caused it discomfort.

*

"You will see" He took her hand softly and squeezed it , His eyes shifted side to side violently. His grip on her hand tightens just a little as he closes his eyes and concentrates. A faint white glow comes from both of their hands...Then suddenly turns red..He looked down at her hand then back into her eyes "You...You are Techia...But..Something? Something is refusing to let the bond take hold?..Seems like a sort of resistance" He said confused."You are not Techia..You are her at the same time, I do not know." Still holding her hand...Who was she? He hoped he would find out.

*

"Probably the Daemon Manu." She sighed. "I am bonded to a living, demonic artifact. Demonic influence and angelic magic don't mix. I envy you Zaniel. Your freedom." She sighed again. The Daemon Manu chuckled in her mind at her unhappiness.

*

"My freedom? You must know nothing about me....It saddens me to say.." He sighed sadly and took a swig from his drink "You are not Techia... Not if you think me free." He hit the table with his fist "Why the hell did you dream of me? And what is this Demonic influence?" He pledged to himself he would help her "You may not be the Techia I know, But...I still made a promise to protect HER - You may not be her in reality. But something about you is." He gave a Zaniel-like smile.

*

"I am forever bound to the Daemon Manu. If I use it in the service of good, it causes my immense pain. But if I use it for evil, it grows a little stronger. So you may not be free Zaniel, and I am sorry for assuming that. But you don't have to choose between being tortured, or having your personality slowly pushed out." She turned away from him. Why did she say so much? This was her curse dammit. But here she was, crying just the same.

The Daemon Manu sneered in her mind. Its hate was a hot, burning pressure on her soul.

But Zaniel was so easy to talk to. He understood that redemption wasn't a free thing.

*

"No" He took her by the chin and turned her head around, looking into her eyes "You have a choice. You came to me. I made a promise to help...." He looked into her eyes..So much pain, so much suffering....He continued his sentence "Promised to help you" He once again took her hand. The red light appeared as their hands connected, He looked at it "This bond we have, Nothing is stronger. For an Angels promise is one of the strongest forces in existence" He gave her a smile , one that he had only given Zoe, He felt guilty... He had not even told Zoe he was an angel yet... The red light that connected their hands flicked to white for just a moment... Not noticeable however.

*

Zaniels repeated touching made the Daemon Manu shriek in her mind, and it bit into her arm, causing her to (regretfully) pull away from his touch."We are talking some bizarre, metaphysical stuff now Z. Its above both our pay grades. And we don't know how this cross world stuff works. You made a promise to her." She looked at him with teary eyes. "Not me. Don't bind yourself to a monster."

*

Zaniel watched as she took her hand away..A red mist was left in her hands place before vanishing. He felt her pain, He felt her suffering as she fought tears. He could no bear it...He may have not promised this version of Madame..But he could still see how much pain she was in. This women needed his help - Promise or no promise. Bond or no bond, He was going to help her.

"Alex" He shot her a smile "I am an Angel, It is my duty to save you from this Daemon"

*

"You cannot save me. We are bound to death." She replied. "But that is not why I am here. See, this weapon has another name. Its known as the Hand of Doom." She paused to let that sink in. "Its exact origins are a mystery, and it won't tell me. Legends say that the written records of it were burned in a holy fire. But the oral legend is it was forged in the deepest pit of Hell, made of a thousand of the blackest souls the Dread Lord could find. Someone is trying to kill me, to get the Daemon Manu." It shrieked in her mind again. This time in rage. It didn't like being bound to her anymore then she did.

*

Zaniel watched as she refused his help... But she gave him another thought to ponder with her next talk "So..You are saying...You want ME...To go to HELL.." He looked at her funnily "And get this information for you?" He looked at her surprised.. "I hope you are joking, I would be killed on sight" He sighed in frustration "Or do you seek protection from whoever is trying to kill you?"

*

"I can defend myself, but my powers are weakened now. This is the cycle of dark magic. So my magic is weak, but the Daemon Manu is strong. It cannot kill me, but it can distract me. It wants to be loosed. I need a guardian until this cycle is over." She started to grab his arm, but pulled back at the last minute. "Please Z."

*

He nodded as she started talking, his eyes notices she went to grab his arm but stopped. He understood why, It clearly brought her pain. She called him Z..he raised his eyes towards hers, "I will be your Guardian" He spoke softly to her.

--

Far far away...

In Mount Olympus Zeus heard this, He was in the middle of talking to his wife Hera, He turned his head and opened up a link to Earth to view what was happening, He turned to Hera "Zaniel may not be as far from redemption as we first thought" He turned back and begun to view the events unfold..

--

Back on earth..

"So, - did you have a plan on how you wanted to get separated..Or did you hope I could help with this" He asked with genuine care.

*

"I can't be separated. I am cursed to be its bearer for the rest of my life. There are dark magic users who could wreck havoc with this weapon. I don't care about myself, but I won't let it hurt other people." The Daemon Manu dug four deep scratches into the bar top when she said that. "I...uh, I'll pay for that." She stammered to the bartender.

*

"Very admirable. Very brave and very courageous" He placed a large sum of money on the desk and pushed it to the bartender then smiled at Alex "It's on me" He then looked at the hand "Have you no control over that?"

*

She looked embarrassed at the question, and stared instead at her palm, which glared back at her with its red eye. If looks could kill.....

"Normally yes. Though it can gain control if I am distracted, or hurt. Or feeling negative emotions. Its particularly strong now due to the cycle of darkness." It made gave a thumbs up at the mention of the cycle of darkness. The simple gesture had never struck her as obscene before. "It used to take over my body when I slept, but that was years ago."

*

"To me..You seem very hurt right now..You also seem negative. That must be feeding its power, Let's go do something fun" He pondered "What do you find fun.." He laughed in his mind..If this was Techia she would slap him, She did not know the concept of fun."Maybe you came to me not for a magic cure, not for some giant adventure...Maybe for some company" He wished an adventure did occur though..Those always meant good company. "Or if you are anything like the Madame I know...You will call me an idiot"

*

"She--I--she....sounds mean. I would never call you an idiot Z. You know...." She smiled evilly, "We were scheduled to play a set tonight. You like metal Z?"

*

"She is not mean, just merely I think has a hard life, She just cannot express herself..That is what I think anyways" He grinned "Yes.."Raising his eyebrow "What you suggesting?"

*

"Whatever you say Holmes" she replied to his assessment of Techia's character. "I am talking about you coming to our show. I was gonna cancel, with the cycle of darkness and all. But I should be okay with you around. Luckily my guitar is in my car." She led the way out of the Nightclub, feeling lighter then when she came in.

*

He nodded to her as she walked out, He suddenly got up and patted her on the shoulder before remembering it brought her pain "S-Sorry forgot that hurts you" He walked beside her "Let me company you to the car"

*

"We are playing the record store." She said in response to his thought. "I never took my guitar out the trunk after the last show." They exit the club together. Her spirits actually high, despite the Daemon Manu's grumbling.

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"The record store." A tall man in the club noted to himself. "I suppose I could go for some music and carnage....."

*

"How long have you been playing then?" He asked, He was wondering how she also named the band Madame Techia... But that would come after.

*

"A few years now. Song writing seemed a good way to excersise the dreams I was having. What?" She asked at his look. "I dream about other stuff then you. Only started dreaming of you recently. They got music in Heaven? Oh! Off topic, do angels really get wings when bells ring?" She giggled, and slid into the driver side.

*

"Very clever idea!" He exclaimed to her."Of-course they do, Everything has music. But nothing like earth music, Well.." He paused "I traveled to earth a lot, The music here is amazing, Especially in the 1775...And the 1970s..." He then let out a chuckle, He liked this version of Madame "Angels have wings since birth, but they do not actually grant you flight until a certain age. And even in Heaven we do not always have them out, only during battles and ceremonies." He said as he watched her get into the car.

*

"Till a certain age? Like a drivers license? That sucks." She leaned over and unlocked his door. "I don't see why Big Z got so mad at you. Not like he ever kept it under his robe." She twisted the dial till she found a Reel Big Fish song she liked. It was ironically, 'Don't start a band'

*

Zaniel burst out laughing and then suddenly stopped.. "I never told you about that? Was it a dream or Madams memory?" He was still questioning who she was and how connected to Madame she was.

*

"Don't start a band!!--Wait, what? Oh! That is common knowledge buddy. In certain higher dimensions, making a mistake is called, 'making a Zaniel.' At least history is remembering you." She shrugged, realizing a bit late that he might be sensitive aboutsaid issue. "Sorry Z."

*

"So that is what they are saying about me..." He shook his head "Oh'well..." He was surprised she had gone a while without that daemon thing annoying her, This must be working "By the way... What dimension do you come from?"

*

She looked at him sideways, and smiled. "I'm a local girl. Born and bred in this dimension. Why?" The Daemon Manu moved suddenly, twisting the knob between stations, and the radio let out an a shriek of static. "Hey! Mother f--" She stopped herself, and took a few deep breathes. It wanted her angry. "Not tonight." She warned it.

*

"Just wondering, you seemed very different from Madame but closely similar, It's strange" He watched her fight against the hand..And win..He was proud of her "See, You will learn to suppress that yet"

*

"Strange, said the fallen ex-angel of luck to the witch cursed to host a living, demonic weapon with a attitude. Do people like us get to call things strange?" She concentrated keeping her hands on the wheel, talking more to herself now. "For people like us Z, trying to be normal becomes strange." She flipped the dial again, this time 'Lost Cause' came up. It seemed appropriate. "So Z, tell me about your girl. She an angel too? Or a goddess, or alien, or something weird?"

*

"Ohh, I did not mean you strange, Or me - I meant the situation. How can somebody be so similar but so different?"He nodded his head "You're not wrong, but why would we want to be normal? That is such a...Subjective term" He turned his head to the side in thought to her next question.."Nope. Just a normal sweet girl who likes coffee" He was not aware she was a superhero at this point. "Very..." He laughed "Normal"

*

"I disagree Z. I got to be normal once in a while, or I would go nuts. But you're not wrong. Normal is subjective. I guess normal is different for you." She tapped her hands to the music while waiting for the green light. "Normal girl... good for you Z. I'm single at the moment. Theres always a good excuse when they leave, cause they don't want a powerful witch angry at them. But its the hand."She sighed. "I mostly date online now, cause the internet is the only place a demon hand will make you more desirable. Here we are" She said.

*

"Let me put it this way" He paused and thought before speaking "Normal, what is normal? Is normal sitting around having a job... paying bills... having kids? Or is normal being a soldier, or is normal being an angel who is destined to serve others without a thought for himself" He sighed "Normal is an illusion. Normal is only what you wish to have. It changes for everybody and nobody can tell you what normal is to you" He tapped on the car "My normal would be to just live in heaven being me, but now... My normal would be just being around Zoe." He looked at Alex "I'm sorry to hear this... One-day you will find love. I am telling you, If I ever get back into the Heavens I will make sure so." He winked at her and looked ahead "Splendid"

*

His comment was much deeper then anything he had said in the dreams, and she wondered if he had put on an act with Madame. "I guess sometimes I prefer the illusion." She mumbled, and stepped around to the trunk, and got her guitar out. "Alright Z, get ready for some music you'll never hear in Heaven." She smiled at him, and led the way into the converted warehouse. The sign over the door said 'Hall of Records'.

*

"I would have preferred the illusion, I used to be so wild. Forgot who I was, I am an angel. I need to behave like one... You would know what I am talking about if you dream of me." He grinned "Try me." He smirked at her as he put his arm round her shoulder in a friendly manner "Is this ok..or does it..you know.." He looked at her hand "hurt?" He did not know why he put his arm round her shoulder..She was just ( or maybe Madame he thought to himself ) was one of his only real friends.

*

"You're fine. My leather coat is a good buffer." She replied. The Daemon Manu grumbled in her mind, but she ignored it. "Oh, I'm sure youhaven't heard anything like this." She grinned. Then noticed his aura was going crazy. "Thinking of her again?" Absurdly enough, she sounded a little jealous. Could you be jealous of someone that was, essentially yourself? She pushed that thought away. This was not the time for metaphysical introspection. "So, uh. Its a small band." She said as they went in. "I'll introduce you after the show. Just sit anywhere, I got to go put my stage face on." She disappeared into the girls room, leaving her guitar on the stage.

*

"Good" He chuckled a little as he walked with her "Maybe not, but I am sure I have heard much different" His eyebrows lifted up "Maybe I am, It's hard not to think of her whenever you are around, you're literally a funner version of her..Not that she is not fun" He took his arm off her as they went in. "Ok, See you soon" He said as she went into the dressing room.

Zaniel then looked around, He looked up and saw a no-smoking sigh..Bummer..He walked towards the bar and began talking to the barman "Can you get me a...." He paused as he saw who it was "Shi*" He said as he grabbed an in-coming punch from the Barman and headbutted him breaking his nose, Zaniel backed away as the barman climbed over the bar and shouted "You!" He pointed "You never paid for those drinks!"The man charged at Zaniel, Zaniel side-stepped as the man rushed at him, He took out a bunch of notes from his pocket and threw them at the man and shouted "At-least £300! I will give you double after the show!" The man stopped and looked at Zaniel before taking the notes,"What drink did you want" He said scornfully as he climbed back over the counter. "Give me a Cider" The barman handed it to Zaniel and scoffed.

Zaniel was lucky that the man agreed to stop fighting..Well...He was the Angel of luck after-all He forgot this sometimes. Simple humans are easy to influence.

Zaniel walked towards the front of the stage and took a seat, this was going to be fun. He took a sip from his drink.

*

Alex stepped up to the mic wearing fresh maskcara and light purple lipstick. She smiled at Z sitting up front. "Evening House of Records!! We are Madame Techia, and we are going to rock your brains out!!"

* *

It was a great show. Alex couldn't recall the last time she had played so well. Or felt so good. She suddenly realized the Daemon Manu had been too quiet for too long. 'Its gone quiet for once, and you want to poke it.' she shook her head to herself. What was wrong with her? She refused to think about the thing right now. "Z!" She jumped off the stage. "What'cha think?"

*

Zaniel grinned as he saw her step out on stage, she was wearing funnily looking make-up, but it looked nice, He chuckled when she made the Madame Techia reference. Madame would blow your brains out with that gun of hers, Not with music!

Zaniel sat and stamped his feet, clapped his hands as the music erupted , the whole club started to dance as Madame Techia played amazingly. He looked around at all the people having fun as he finished his drink, This was amazing. The last nightclub he had been too was in 1974. It was fun, but that was with strangers - This was with Mada-- Alex. He had to remember they were different people.

He enjoyed himself so much and forgot all about her hand when she jumped of the stage. He ran up and gave her a hug "You were amazing!"He suddenly backed away, "Sorry" - He smirked and gave her a light punch in the arm. "The other Madame Techia would never had been able to do that" He winked at her playfully "I'm buying you a drink! Not coffee..I done that with you already..The other you." He gestured towards the bar as he looked at the barman who had a now broken nose.

*

Conversation with Z was weird. He kept slipping up and mixing her company with Madame's. But Alex was adjusting to it. "Well, I usually just magic my own drinks, but if you insist..." She led him to the bar, but a tall man dressed in a red tuxedo steeped into their path, clapping slowly.

"Good show." He smiled. "But my benefactors are getting antsy about the lateness of the apocalypse. You have had our item for some time, and yet the world goes on." He turned in a circle, as if checking that the world was indeed, still going on. "We really must insist on a timely apocalypse. We already have accepted an offer on this reality." He looked at her expectantly.

"You're... one of them! You want to kill me for the Daemon Manu." She backed away involuntarily.

"Such small human minds." He sighed. "What you call the Daemon Manu, is little more then a sledgehammer in the cosmic scheme. A powerful sledgehammer, but still just a wrecking tool. And tools need operators." He looked at Alex again. "We don't want to kill you. We want to recruit you."

"I think not creepy. Ab hoc regno eieci vos!" She was rather surprised, and a little scared when nothing happened. "Vera forma reveletur!"She tried again, with the same results.

"This is me little girl. No shadows to banish, no monster to reveal." He smiled again. "I think you just need a push... in the right direction." He reached for her with a creepy long hand.

*

Zaniel stopped as he watched the events unfold. He was slightly confused but let it be, This was interesting. He watched the mans creepy hand attempt to grab onto Alex, In almost an Instant Zaniel took out his knife and put it through the mans palm, It was a cursed knife. Being cut meant you now had Bad-luck forever. If whatever this was could be cursed however. He then looked up at the man and gulped. Uh-oh. He looked at Alex as if to say - Now what.

*

"I see angels still smite first, question later...." He pulled the knife out, and tossed it away. He turned back to Alex, and found a twin barrel gun in his face. "Really? A gun? What kind of witch are you?"

"The kind who comes prepared. Zaniel, Move!" She yelled and pulled the trigger. A burst of Hellfire engulfed the entity, and it shrieked in a thousand voices at once. It was a terrible, unforgettable sound. "Now we leave." She tugged Zaniels jacket, then ran for the front door.

*

He watched as the man pulled the knife out and threw it, Zaniel caught the knife as it flew into the air. No..No..Alex pulled out a gun. Not the time to relate Madame and her. Zaniel felt the tug on his jacket, Ok - Time to leave. He ran towards the door and looked at Alex "The hell is this thing!"He smashed open the door as they both ran out, he looked back quickly before looking forward again...Bad time to forget his sword at home...He had only started taking that out recently. What luck made him forget it today. Damn that. At-least he remembered his knife.

*

"Time for an awesome exit." She grabbed his arm with her human arm. "You may experience some mild discomfort." The world around them folded away like origami, and unfolded in a dark room. "One sec," She said and clapped her hands twice, turning the lights on. "Now don't get the wrong idea, I don't normally bring angels I just met back to my apartment, but this is a special instance." She forced a brave smile. In truth, she was freaking out on the inside. "Actually, I was gonna ask if you knew what it was." Various books begin to fly down from shelves and opened themselves, pages flipping like a breeze was blowing them.

*

"What?" He said before she grabbed his arm.

Zaniel felt a strange feeling as the world changed around him, he went cross-eyed as the world crumpled and folded into darkness. Suddenly it came back. He rubbed his eyes and heard what she said, He walked around for a few seconds before turning back to her and pointed "You are so lucky that you met me right now, And not 6 months ago" He looked at her..That was a fake smile. He had been around long enough to realize when somebody was scared. Especially with her comment about not knowing what that was. He walked up-to her and took her hand "Alex, Calm down for a minute. Stop and think - Do you have ANY idea who that was?" He let go of her hand and walked towards the bookshelf."Let's see if we can find something here.." He looked at the spines of the books trying to find something...He had no idea what he was doing - This was a mess compare the Library back in Heaven.."Hey - Alex, Can you Teleport anywhere..? He had a crazy idea...

*

"Um... probably not a demon. To much self-control. Every demon I ever met was bug sh*t crazy. You would have known if it was an angel, yeah? So, mmmm, fallen god? Or...." She picked up a leather bound book seemingly at random. "Cthulhu. The old gods. AKA, the alien gods." She showed him a drawing of something that looked like an octopus/spinach hybrid on steroids. "I've yet to find the place I can't teleport to." That ability had gotten her on a few odd adventures. "Why Z?"

*

"Nope. I can sense Angels and he was NO angel... Maybe... Maybe the Angel of creepy hands but yeah -Not an Angel, Not a God either. I can sense them..mostly." He leaned on the bookcase and folded his arms looking at her thoughtfully before speaking "The Library's in the Heavens...I know a guy..He can tell us who this is. He can take memory's and put it into some data-base and find whoever you want.." He jumped off from the bookcase and walked over to her "Think you can teleport us there?" He looked into the air and back at her"Can you..change how I look also? Give you change what I look like, does your magic do that? Only temporarily" He smiled at her hoping it would be a yes.

*

She looked at him funny, in a sideways fashion. The Daemon Manu's screech of protest was so loud she was surprised Zaniel couldn't hear it. For the first time ever, she almost agreed with it. "That would be very taxing on me. Not to mention I am bonded to a demon. How would we get this past Heaven security?" She realized she was semi-hysterical, and took several deep breaths. He was trying to help, and she had no good ideas. Plus, Heaven was the safest place in this reality, unless they were caught, that is. "Okay, I can-- correction, I think I can disguise us. But if we encounter any more...whatevers tonight, I will be juiced out." She warned him. Then, checking an old book, she waved her hands over herself and Zaniel. "Devine glimer apparere!!" The disguise was thin, but would probably be okay. The Daemon Manu would make her pay for this, but it wouldn't act up in Heaven. There wasn't a demon alive who wanted to wake up in Heaven. "Okay." She took a deep breath."In paradisum perveniamus." The world folded away again, then unfolded to an amazing sight...

*

"Right, I forgot about that - Hey... Maybe in the Heavens your Demon will not act up. It will be like you can have a moment to yourself"He smiled at her. As she waved her hand over-them he felt no change..but he was aware that to others he would not be looking like Zaniel. This was good. He could walk around in the Heavens free..Hoping he did not come in-contact with somebody who could feel his presence. An Angels magic could never be truly hidden.

He felt a rushing sensation as they were transported to his home. His feet touched the ground. He closed his eyes. He was afraid - But exited.

He could smell the air, Heavenly air. His hands started trembling as he realized where he was, He opened his eyes - They were standing next-to the Old Pillar Ruins. He ran his hands through his hair as he looked at everything. The colors were more vivid than anything on Earth. Everything had that magic sparkle, That magic feel to it. He felt connected to the world again. Then it hit him. He took a massive breath in as he suddenly felt a warm feeling in his chest and stumbled backwards , onto the Ruins he placed his hand. He clenched his face in pain as his whole body heated up. He went unconscious for a few seconds before waking up on the floor, He made a fist and placed it onto the Grassy floor..Lifting himself.

He lifted his head up - His eyes shone White. He had a white glow enveloping his entire body. He had his powers back. He was an Angel again...It was only a matter of time before Zeus realized he was back in Heaven however and he knew this.

Standing tall he forgot he could fly, so he levitated a little - only a few inches off the ground as he walked towards Alex like Jesus walking on water. He then stepped back onto the ground.

"Thank you - I know this was a massive thing to ask off you but.." He hugged her and a massive glow enveloped them both, He then stopped and took her shoulders "Let's go find this whatever" He had a beaming smiled and spun around and walked off gesturing for her to follow him....

*

The pain hit her like a wave. Way worse then she had expected. Teleporting twice in one day had taken it out of her. But now the Daemon Manu was biting down on her arm harder then ever. It wasn't acting out, it was terrified. Alex couldn't blame it. She didn't want to think what the gods would do to her if she was discovered. They were an unpredictable lot, according to the legends. She watched as Zaniel took in the amazing wonder that was Heaven, and she empathetically felt his pleasure, which off set her nausea a bit. Then he hugged her, and she was afraid she would throw up. The heavenly presence versus her the demonic influence rooted in her body was wrecking havoc on her mortal body. "You go ahead Z." She groaned. "I'll catch up." It was a shame she felt so bad. Who knew when (if) she would get to see this place again. Part of her wanted to play tourist. See the fields where fallen hero's lived. Or go next door to Valhalla and drownd a pint with Thor. Or get God's autograph. Or find a Cupid, and punch it for her terrible love life. The other part of her just wanted to lay down for a few years. Instead of either, she opted to walk after Zaniel, who was literally walking on sunshine.

*

Zaniel stopped and turned..He could feel her pain because of the connection, The connection that was somehow still there. But he had not realized it at first beacuse of the joy he had with his powers coming back. He sighed , He was doing it again..Not fulfilling his role as an Angel. So caught up in his moment of happiness he had forgotten that his first and only duty in life was to others. He was slowly learning this. Slowly.

He walked up-to her. "Let's go at your pace, I can see you are in pain... or tired." He gently put his hand on her shoulder and walked with her."We will get to an old House first, Tell you my plan - Help you get a few minutes rest then we can continue." He smiled at her and began to walk. "Or-if you want I can speed-us there, I have powers now remember.." He was not sure..Some people found it hard to travel at the Speed of Sound. Others simply exploded.

*

"Okay. But don't go too fast. Me throwing up would probably wreck our cover." She tried to smile, and retched a little. "Cripes. Lets do this Z." She didn't bother holding onto him as she was too weak. She knew he could easily carry her. For once, the Daemon Manu didn't grumble at his touch. It knew the score here. And it wanted this part of the adventure over already.

*

"I will try and make it quick..but safe" He sighed "Forgive me for this, But.." He put his arm under her legs lifted her up "Sorry" He said nearly laughing. He would be so dead if this was Madame.

Now carrying her he levitated himself into the air and slightly tilted forwards, Blasting forwards at ferocious speed the wind made his eyes water a little, he had not gone at these speeds for a while. He was making sure not to go too fast, swerving out of the way past a pillar he performed a spin in mid-air forgetting he was carrying Alex, He lost grip and nearly dropped her but tightened his grip "That was fun!" He chuckled. He kept low to the ground, he did not want to attract attention but this mean the had to dodge more than he liked.

He was going forwards slowly speeding up, More and more until a butterfly flew into his eyes, The second his vision was interrupted a pillar was in-front of him, He threw Alex ahead of himself past the pillar, flew round it and caught her again. He then suddenly stopped and put her down.

"Ok, This is not a good idea. We are nearly there though..Only about 20 seconds left. Let's have a 20 seconds break.."

( You can include what she does here..)

After the break her lifted her up again, "Let's go" He picked her up and flew , for a shortcut he flew through the stables. The smell was not nice but it made a good shortcut, he blasted through the doors and skidded to a halt as dirt flew everywhere when his feet met the ground. He then put her next to a rock and crouched next-to her. "The library is over there, Let's go." He pointed towards a large building, It was in the style of the Ancient Greek buildings with pillars holding it up on all sides. People coming in and out of it. He had to find a way in, maybe they could just walk in..

He waited for her to respond...maybe he had gone a bit to crazy with the flight.

*

Alex couldn't help but think of Superman carrying Lois as he lifted her, and rose into the air. "Air Angel, its the only way to travel." She giggled. She was slightly delirious from the pain. She wasn't sure if Zaniel was showing off when he suddenly spun mid-air, and her stomach did its own spin. She felt herself slip a little, and clung a little tighter to him. Then she felt herself flying, but without Zaniel. She had flown before on her own, but not at this tremendous speed. He somehow caught her again, and set down on wobbly feet. He was saying something, but all she heard was the sound of her heart beating out of her chest. "Is..." Urp "Is it to late to go to med school?" She asked, trying not to fall down.

Instead of replying to her semi-coherent question he picked her up again, and flew them through somewhere that smelled like horses, then it was over. They were there, apparently. She leaned against the rock momentarily. After a minute..."I said, don't go too fast." She grumbled, sounding exactly like Madame Techia. "Okay" She pushed off the rock to her feet. "Lets do this."

*

"Hey, That was not fast-at all. I was going easy" He chuckled and helped her up. He then looked towards the library ..He clicked his knuckles a little in thought. "How about..." He had a joyful grin "We walk in?" He smiled at her and look on-wards at the library happily. This was not that bad...Not so far. "I think we can just walk in..I hope" He clapped his hands together sending white and red sparks everywhere "Lets DO it!" He bobbed up and down.

*

As they walk toward the library, Alex feels a hand grab her arm. She felt her heart skip several beats, and turned, expecting to see an angry angel. Or worse. "Alexia? What are you doing here?"

"Mama?" She wasn't surprised her mother was in Heaven. But she never expected to run into the woman. "Um..."

"Child, you look like a ghoul. What's this on your face?" She licked her thumb and wiped at Alex's eye.

"Stop! Its makeup Mama. I just came from a show." She hugged her mother tightly.

"What are you doing sneaking around Heaven?" Her mother demanded, still wiping at her daughters face.

"I'm here with a friend Mama." She jerked her head at Zaniel. "Wait, how can you see me?"

"Silly girl. I taught you this glimmer. Of course I can see through it." Her mother frowned. "Again, why are you sneaking around Heaven. With an angel?

"He's.....um....kinda fallen...."

"You snuck a renegade angel into Heaven? Alexia! Did I not teach you better then this?"

"He's helping me Mama. He's not a renegade. Just fallen." Alex sighed. "I got something trying to convert me to the dark side to bring on the apocalypse. We're just...." She suddenly remembered how tired she was. "....gonna pop into the library for a minute...."

"Why are you so weak Alexia?" Her mother cupped her face in her hands.

"We...uh..teleported a few times...."

"I know I taught you better then that." She scolded, casting a glance at Zaniel, as if it was his fault. "I suppose you two should go then, before you get caught. And me with you." She hugged Alex's neck. "I love you baby. Even if you are a silly risk taker."

"Love you too Mama." She reluctantly pulled away.

*

Zaniel watched the exchange while hiding his face a little, If she saw who he was..It would be over quickly. He was well known in Heaven and even his name would bring the entire plan down. Zaniel looked shocked when the mum gave him a look of death. He stopped himself saying something..No point causing trouble.

Zaniel sighed and spoke imperturbably to the mum "We are going to the Library. We are going now" He tugged at Alex's arm. "Any reason to say no?" He looked at the mum. He was not letting this get in his way. Not now, they were to far. Alex had risked so much coming to Heaven. He thought for a moment and looked at the mum again...

He spoke imperatively, He was finally getting used to being an Angel again...Bad idea - It was already influencing how he acted "Tell me, Why are you in Heaven?" He folded his arms and levitated a little, Only a couple of inches off the ground - Almost without thinking.

*

"I have been weighed and judged angel, and I will not be judged again by you." Alex's mother replied with iron resolve in her voice. The situation was turning nuclear fast. Alex's mother was ready to put her heels on Zaniel, the Daemon Manu was doing the spiritual equivalent of throwing up, and Zaniel was acting strangely. Add to that the fact of Alex empathetically picking up all these conflicting emotions. She was ready to pass out, to be honest.

"Z, please." Alex groaned. "We're keeping a low profile, remember? Lets just go see your friend. Please." She wobbled in the direction of the library without awaiting his reply. She was dying, and he was gonna go and get his hackles up? "Screw that." She mumbled. She was past the point of caring.

*

(Zaniel)

"I never said I would judge you, Not my place - Stay safe, I take it you have heard the rumors of the demons running around in Heaven since I left.." He turned to Alex as she walked off. He chased after her "Sorry, I was just not expecting to have an interruption like that and these powers.." He looked down at his hands "They actually feel unnatural, I have been parted for so long.." He shook his head, No time to get into rubbish like this.They had a mission.

He looked at her..Woah. She looked tired, He suddenly closed his eyes as he remembered something from his past life..one word..Zora..He shook his head for the second time and spoke "Will your hand play safe in there? Or do you want me to get the info and come back while you wait here?" He pointed to a rock that was in shade from the sun.

(Alex)

"Demons in Heaven?" She asked Zaniel. "You never mentioned demons." She looked around nervously. "Demons can hone in on this." She waved her hand. "Know what else they can do? They can blow our cover."

She groaned again. That shady rock looked very tempting but.....She shook her head to herself. "Nah. I came this far. Besides, I would be crazy to pass up a chance to see the fabled library of Heaven. Lets roll." She forced a smile and followed him in.

(Zaniel)

"Demons yes, they have attacked before...Not often, But I have been hearing rumors they have been attacking random Angles...They will never look for me though - They already attacked me" He ran his hands though his hair as he remembered it, Life was never the same since.

"I love your spirit, you know that Alex!" He laughed but was secretly worried..He knew she was weak and he did not like it. He would blame himself if anything happened.

Walking through the pathway the Library was just in-front of them, he looked at Alex and gave a little grin. "Keep following" He took a deep breath in and started walking. Up the stone steps, one at a time always keeping an eye out for a God. They would notice him instantly, His friend was at the back of the Great Library...this would be long. He finished the journey up to the staircase but stopped for a second and turned to Alex, he took her to the side for a minute.

"If anything happens.." He looked down and back to her "I want you to run, Don't play a hero and try and do anything in your state.." He awaited a response... Dreading the answer

(Alex)

He was worried about her. He hid it well, but she was an empath. Plus his aura was screaming it. Demons in Heaven was news to her. Maybe they had kept it under wraps. The thought made her chuckle quietly. Like Heaven was afraid of bad PR.

The library itself seemed to go on forever, like it would never end. They paused at the top of the staircase, and for a moment she thought they were caught. "If anything happens.." He looked down and back to her "I want you to run, Don't play a hero and try and do anything in your state.."

That was a joke. There wasn't much she could do. She was about as juiced out as she had ever been. But that didn't mean she was gonna run. "No promises Z." She replied. She had been trained by the Sisterhood of Light. And exile of that school or not, she still felt a responsibility to serve its ideals. "I am the sword of the weak." She whispered the Sisterhood's mantra to herself under her breath. "The defender of the defenseless. The servant of the Light. The adversary of Darkness." The last part made the Daemon Manu chuckle.

(Zaniel)

He caught what she said under her breath, he flicked her chin to get her attention "Hey you - Don't play a hero" He chuckled "That's my job today" He looked up smugly but a little goofy then burst out laughing before quickly shutting up. "Ok let's go" He nodded his head in a direction to the left, leading into a room.

They walked as Zaniel pushed open the stone doors, heavy but not that heavy, This was the directory room..Great..He looked around as thousands of books crowded the whole room on shelves that would take years to read. He was so lucky he had his friend. He saw 2 doors, one leading to the place his contact was at another leading to the Great exhibition where the millions of books were stored. He needed to talk to his contact alone "Ok.." He took Alex by the shoulders and pointed to the second door. "I need to talk to him alone, he gets...cranky..Please - Explore the Library, I am sure you will like it" With his other hand he drummed on her shoulder "Just don't get lost" He pushed her ahead of him.

He then got ready to walk through the first door...

(Alex)

The room they entered was huge. Enormous. There had to be thousands of books here. Packed onto the shelves from floor to ceiling. Stacked on tables and desks and each other. Hundreds of thousands maybe. All sizes and colors, and each one probably worth its weight in gold to the right (or wrong) person. If knowledge was power, then this place was atomic.

Zaniel tugged on her sleeve and said something about something, but she just nodded numbly. She turned to ask if she could hang out here, but he was gone already. She flipped through one at random. "The chronicle of the seven virgins? Nah, I'm not in the mood for a comedy." She picked up another, "The lists of angels.....Marthul the expedient, number 1,009,864..." She opened another book, "The manipulations of earthly realm energies and spectral entities..." She smiled to herself, and lugged the huge tome to a relatively empty table. "Jackpot."

(Zaniel)

Zaniel walked through the second door, he was faced with a giant staircase, step by step he walked it..This was taking forever, What was the point in making these staircases so long? Whatever. He could fly, He flew up the staircase until he reached another set of wooden doors. He attempted to push them open but felt resistance. He pushed harder but to no avail. He looked backwards to see if anybody was watching, almost comical.

He then barged the door open with his elbow and fell onto the floor, he stood up to see --- He froze in horror. A sight so bad..So horrific even Zaniel could not say a word.

The librarian was with a women..an Angel Zaniel was friends with..He felt a little sick, that is a sight nobody was meant to see. He smashed his hands on the table as the duo were so infatuated with each-other. The librarian shot up, looked at Zaniel and pushed the playful Angel off himself. She stood upright, took her robe that was carelessly thrown on the floor and brushed past Zaniel, he looked at her for a second too long before snapping back to his old friend.

"Ptole...What are you doing.." He exhaled heavily "You know what never-mind, Just tell me who this is..With your power thing" He pointed towards a box.

Ptolemaic walked towards his box, the box was a pale yellow. He opened it and a yellow gas filled the room. He looked at Zaniel "Hold your breath" He put his hand in the box and withdrew it..His hand was now soaking wet, with yellow..it looked like paint but glowed a little. Weird.

He placed his his on Zaniels forehead and spoke

"Think of the person you have seen and a book shall appear telling us who it is"

Zaniel thought of the thing with long hands..creepy long hands..His eyes went white as the magic started to take effect. Suddenly his wings burst out from his back, the disguise was up but his friend already knew who Zaniel was. Only Zaniel called him Plote.

Plote stepped backwards as he rested his hands on his chin, "One question... Who is Alex?" Zaniel took a step back in surprise "Whh... How?" He exclaimed.

"You thought of that thing, I will tell you who in a minute... Ohh and by the way - It is not good news. But..Your mind is clouded by a word. Alex... Did she bring you here? Why are you so worried? Why do you feel like you owe her so much?" He snapped, Plote was a clever man. He only needed a few facts to piece everything together. He clicked his fingers and snapped at Zaniel "YOU MADE A ANGELS PROMISE! HAH!" He laughed heavily "You Could never resist..a..wait..." He thought "Impossible..." He took out a book and started reading it. Zaniel could only watch without saying a word. When Plote had a thought, it could not be disturbed.

He ran his fingers through the book and stopped. Looking up at Zaniel with scared eyes.

He pointed towards the end of the room and said a word. "Alexandria" She suddenly appeared in the room....

(Alex)

Alex found herself standing in another room suddenly. She wondered how she had botched the spell from the book so badly. It was a relatively simple rejuvenation spell. A hundred years worth of rest, without losing all that time. And yet not a minute after uttering the spell, she had traveled to another room. She certainly felt rested at any rate. Then she saw Zaniel and another angel starring at her an she realized she had been summoned into this room like a common sprite! She was vaguely offended, which told her the spell had worked. Moments ago she had been too dead on her feet to feel offense.

"Hi." She waved to the angel she didn't know. The Sisterhood had not covered proper greeting etiquette. "Um, we got a handle for our monster?"

(Zaniel)

Plote watched as she appeared in the room, he took up and circled her while speaking in a low voice "Fascinating..very fascinating.." He walked back to the desk and looked at Zaniel. "You great fool, Is it not obvious why that monster... Angel hunter type thing attacked you!" He smashed his desk and gave Alex a look saying this is your fault. Then the same look at Zaniel..

Zaniel spoke confused "What...? Angel..Hunter?" He was confused, He grabbed a chair and sat down ready to hear a lecture.

Plote snorted , walked to the behind of his desk and sat down. Picked up a blue thing and put it in his mouth and began chewing it, Zaniel watched him. "It calms me nerves" He exclaimed to Zaniel.

"Now... As you foolishly wasted one of your Promises on this Alex women..--"Zaniel interjected "No, actually it was not on her, It was on someone else... I am not sure how they have a connection but I can feel it"

Plote continued after hearing this "Hmm. Then I can only deduce one thing. Whoever you have done your Promise with was in danger. These Angel hunters feed of an angels promise energy , It is not know what they do to you once they capture you..but it is not a nice thing" He spat the blue thing onto the ground "That Hunter must have attacked you two" He pointed at them "Beacuse you have more of the energy that Zaniels promise produced than this poor person on their own" He rubbed his chin.

Zaniel spoke during plotes break "Tell me, will it attack us again? I showed it a lesson when I stabbed it with my cursed knife" He took the knife out.

Plote spoke "YOU ARE THE BIGGEST FOOL ALIVE ZANIEL!" He calmed down "That cursed knife, the one that Ares gave you is DRIPPING with Angel energy... He will be able to lock onto your specific energy now... you great.." He shook his head in anger. "I can not help. It is beyond me. You are in danger here, If Zeus ever found out I was helping you... I would be worse off than that Christian" He chuckled "Son of God , Jesus after he was killed" He laughed, the Greek and Christian Gods always mocked each-other.

"Your only safe bet is to face and kill this thing...He will never leave you..corrected , never leave you or Alex alone - You must face him" He folded his arms smugly "Or... Sacrifice your life... to save ...He paused.. Never-mind." He looked at Zaniel sternly "You know what you must do" He looked at Alex "You smell of Zaniel, did you fly with him or something?" He stood up.

"We are done. Now leave"

(Alex)

The new angel seemed pretty serious about them leaving. Agitated even. She wondered how many people would get in trouble if she and Z were caught up here. Z scooped her up, and they dropped down the flight of stairs so fast she didn't have time to feel ill. Then they were out of the library and crossing the fields of Heaven. Having been rejuvenated, there were so many things she wanted to ask him. Then she noticed the thet seemed to be going through an old battle field. "What happened here Z?" She asked quietly so not to be over heard.

(Zaniel)

Not heeding the Angels advice to get out of heaven he took Alex and left, going towards the Forgotten part of Heaven that had been abandoned many decades ago he felt a little nostalgic while sad, that was a great but horrific battle, he heard Alex's whisper, he looked at her, as the walked through the Ancient battlefield. His eyes remembering what had happened his face turned sour "Battle" He looked away, she deserved more than that for everything she had helped him with so far "An Ancient battle, Ever heard of the Titans? Them..Over 100 Angels died that day, it was horrific...We won and drove them back, but this place was lost forever...the magical enchantment that stood in the heavens was taken away by all of the godly and Angelic, and even Titan blood spilled..Zeus mustered up all of energy and banished the Titans but that had caused this whole place to become desolate" His chest felt heavy..he actually wanted to cry, he had lost his brother in this battle. He held the tears in "We are here beacuse Zeus has the power to find me in there, but here - without the magic, he cannot find me but I still keep my powers, we can fight them on equal terms, on earth it would all be on you - and that is not happening before you say a word" He summed his sword into his hands, it made him feel a little better. "Now, You go stand over-there, see that pillar? Hide behind it" He pointed to a destroyed pillar "I will lure them in, Let me battle for a little, then come in and attack while their back is turned" He waited for her to contest this idea..he knew she would hate him being as bait, or her hiding.

(Alex)

"Hide?" She looked at him funny. "You must have the wrong witch. The Sisterhood of Light doesn't hide." She said, and again sounded eerily like Madame Techia. "But... a tactical ambush could work. Lets hope they don't take their time getting here. I powered up in the library, but being here is still sapping me of energy." She obediantly hid behind the piller.

* * *

The creep from the record store appears moments later with four other identical "hunters." At first it seemed the lead hunter was going to speak, but instead he roared, and all five flew at Zaniel at once. "Showtime" Alex told herself.

(Zaniel)

Zaniel was pleased she agreed..that would save a lot of effort in doing this another way, He stood in an opening as she hid.

He took out his sword and dagger, knowing this would be a near suicidal attempt...if any more than 3 at once attacked him...he was in trouble, the very presence of the hunters weakened him.

Zaniel pressed his sword into the ground, causing a white light to emit, he was telling them his location. crouching onto the floor, one knee on the ground as if he was being knighted. He bowed his head down, He heard the appear, he raised his head and locked eyes with the leader, the ultimate insult.

All five flew at him at tremendous speed, Zaniel suddenly, at speeds that would rival sound itself stood up, flying towards them, he spun himself in a circular motion with his two blades fixed in the air in-front of him ramming one of the hunters into the ground, pinning them down as the 4 stood still in the air and watched, Zaniel withdrew his sword from the hunter and backed away, it levitated back up, purple blood dripping from its torso, it charged at him, Zaniel swerved to the side and swiftly decapitated the hunter with 20 tons of force...He turned his head back to the other 4 and watched what they did next.

They circled him, creating a dark mist, faster and faster they circled him, creating a whirlwind of black smoke with Zaniel in the middle. They all suddenly stopped and backed away as fast as they had started. It had only lasted 5 seconds.

Zaniel stood in the center, He fell to his knees, 100s of slashes all over his body. He coughed blood and fell to the ground, He had not realized..they were no ordinary hunters...the one he had killed was..but the rest...they were something else...not normal..He closed his eyes as he watched them circle in..Hoping Alex had a spell...or..anything.

The Hunters moved in for the kill.

(Alex)

Z moved faster then she could follow, and still only took one down. Holy what! She was scared, and the Daemon Manu dialed that fear way up. 'Leave the angel' it hissed in her mind. "he got us into this...'

Rather then argue, she steped into the open and yelled "Ignem purgantem!!" A burst of fire erupted from the Daemon manu, and enveloped two of the Hunters. One of the unaffected leaped at her. "Adjuvabit amicum ventus" She called desperately. It had been a while since she had used that spell, and she wasn't sure the wind would answer. Or if the winds of Heaven acted like the winds of Earth.

A strong wind blew in from the north, and slammed a hunter into a broken piller. She had bought them a moment, but this was a losing battle. The two she had burned were already recovering, and the wind beaten one was merely stunned. "Z, do me a favor and clear your mind." She grabbed his shoulder without waiting for a reply, and said "Distat a loco ad quem ingrediemur!" Once again the world folded away, and unfolded to reveal....

Earth-27

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(Non-cannon)

The Meeting (Complete Interaction)

A murder of crows follow a girl into the park, where they centralize on empty tree branches, forming an assembly of black. The flock eyed the lady, and began to caw at her presence.

*

Alex sat down on a clean looking park bench and looked around. Something had called her here, fate, or a sprite, or something stranger. She waited to see.

*

A crow landed down on the upper wooden slat of the park bench, making eye contact and whispering her information about a 'gathering'. That there is something bigger that she may be involved with in the quick future.

*

"Birds are known to lie." She replied. "Go get your boss. I don't deal with familiars." She raised her demon hand, red eye outward, seeking any traps, or threats that might be present. Talking animals were often used as a form of distraction.

*

"My leader is currently involved in a world changing operation dear madame, he is currently in the past. Several miles above sea level, trying to undermine a great tragedy. I on the other hand carry a proposition tied to my corvid leg."

The crow picked out the paper with its beak

*

Sensing no dangers, she removed the tiny note from the birds leg. Her lips move as she reads silently. "I don't know how much your master knows of me." She looked away. She had never been a part of something before. She was a lone magic slinger. Maybe it was time to try something new. "Tell your master I will give your fellowship a try."

*

"Thank you ca, caw! ca, caw!" the bird took off as yet another corvid took its place as the previous one flew off into the sky carrying the note. Vanishing from sight as the new one engages in a new conversation "He's met one of your friends in a bar, something about liberating the lunar rabbits or something like that. Ca, caw!" as the bird started to jitter its wings "Nice to meet you by the way, call me Slim. Ca, caw!"

*

Alex gave the bird a funny look. Talking birds were known to speak gibberish, but that was just silly. "No....I don't know anything about lunar rabbits Slim. Are you sure you have the right witch?"

*

"Oh I think I may be mistaken," the crow takes out a paper while adjusting a pair of mini-monocles. "Sorry about that, what is you name miss?"

*

"Alex Mycroft." She replied, watching the bird curiously. She had never seen a crow with eyeglasses before. "Who is your master, may I ask?"

*

The crow leaped a bit to get a better distance for eye contact "You may simply call him Sam, he's egalitarian and would prefer to be treated as a friend."

*

Alex offered her hand to the polite crow, so they could speak face to face. Her studies of magic said any enchanted beast who acted with courtesy, was to be treated with courtesy. To act otherwise was to invite a curse into your life, and Alex felt she was cursed enough already. "I will treat him as a friend. Unless he gives me reason not to, Sir Crow. Now, is there anything else I need to know?"

*

"Well that I am not a familiar but a small proxy of one of the members of the group, and that you have been scouted in the fact that you possess the talents. Also that we can help you,"

*

"Please forgive my assumption, Sir Crow. Slim, rather." She sat back thoughtfully. She had been scouted? So much for staying under radar..."If you refer to my cures Slim, it will end with my death. Till then I must bear it. Or risk it falling to a dark user. When do I meet this group?"

*

"As soon as things get running, and we plan on alleviating the pains first. Prior to panacea we have some very potent remedies to null pains"

*

The Daemon Manu growled in her mind, and she mentally clamped down extra hard on it. She took a deep breath to push away it influence. "Slim,there is no pain killer for this. Pain is part of the curse, and you cannot bend, or break the rules of a curse. Witchcraft 101." She replied sadly. But she was touched that complete strangers wanted to help her.

*

"Well, what if I were to say that they have someone to take the pains of the curse. An individual who wishes to atone by taking the burden of others. Somebody who has experience in taking the pain, considering that it is his line of work. To get hurt and to inflict hurt on others. Targets selected on those who are irreversibly dangerous to the world, a person who is a weapon clad in human skin."

*

She admired his optimism, but this polite crow obviously didn't understand the nature of her curse. She could understand. It wasn't a run of the mill enchantment. It was possibly the first curse ever created. She shook her head. Trying to stay positive. The Daemon Manu fed on negativity. "I can't share my curse. And I wouldn't if I could. Its my fault I wear this cursed gauntlet, and I will wear the curse alone."

*

"Well in that case we will respect your options to bear the responsibility, however we do have facilities that you can use. Things that you can apply yourself to experiment with the gauntlet, as a member all I want to see is your progress."

*

"I...believe this partnership will benefit us all Slim." She replied. "I look forward to working with this team."

*

"Pleasure working with ya in the future miss, just be sure to meet us in the ... and tell them Slim sent ya"

*

She bowed politely to the bird. Which would have been funny if anyone had seen it. "I will swing by tomorrow. Good day Sir Slim."