Search And Rescue 14-07

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“Hey, Flick.” Tristan spoke up as we made the long walk back toward the Garden tree. He had slowed his own pace until it matched mine, his eyes full of concern. “Are you, uh, are you doing all right?”

I didn’t answer at first. Taking a long, deep breath, I asked myself the same question before looking back to him. “I got to talk to my mom,” I answered quietly, emotion still making my voice shake in spite of myself. “I got to talk to my mother, Tristan. That was the first time since I was… since I was seven that I actually got to talk to her. I’m really happy. I’m so happy I… I keep crying. I’m happy and I’m sad because she’s not here anymore, and she’s still in danger. I’m so… I don’t know. I don’t know how I feel. I’m happy and I’m sad and I’m scared and I… I want her to be okay. I want my mom back.”

Swallowing hard, I flinched at a sudden realization. “But I guess you know what that’s like.” Looking back to him once more, I shook my head. “I’m sorry, Tristan. I’m really sorry, I didn’t mean that your–”

But the boy shook his head. “Hey, it’s not a competition. I can be glad that you get a chance to talk to your mom, and still wish that we could find mine. It’s not an either-or thing here, Flick.” He gave me another one of those perfect model-worthy smiles. “My parents are still out there somewhere. We’ll find them. Vanessa’s still in full-on research mode, and when she gets a lead, I’m gonna go get them back.”

Nodding, I poked the boy’s chest (while telling myself I was just doing it as part of a spirit of camaraderie and not because he looked so good without a shirt). “And I’ll be there to help you do it.”

Miranda (or one of her, there were others out scouting ahead to make sure that we didn’t run into any of the other Garden people) joined the two of us. Her hand found mine and squeezed. She didn’t say anything. Nothing really needed to be said out loud. It was enough for then that she was there with me.

For a little bit, we walked in silence. My gaze was focused on Koren. The brown-haired girl was walking up ahead, her head down. I wondered how she was dealing with all this. Her father had been murdered and she couldn’t even remember him enough to grieve. Any actual grief she had was at the idea of her father being dead. She had no real memories of him or what he had been like. That was… a kind of horrific that I couldn’t even begin to comprehend. Some might have said that not remembering her father after his death spared her. I didn’t believe that for a second. She had no nice memories to fall back on. When most people lost someone they loved, they could at least keep the person alive in their memories. Koren couldn’t do that. Thanks to the Fomorian, she had nothing left of her real father.

On top of that, she had spent hours being forced to pump her own mother’s heart to keep her alive, and now the only reason the woman was still alive was because Koren made the choice to have her turned into a Heretic and brought into this world. And all of it, her mother’s condition and the loss of her father, was because the Fomorian wanted Koren. That… yeah, I had no idea how she was dealing.

Then there was Roxa. My eyes moved back behind us to the other girl, who was walking with Mateo on one side of her and Sean on the other while Vulcan and Gidget brought up the rear. Roxa and the other two were deep in conversation, but even simply looking at her made me feel guilty again. All she had wanted to do was be a part of the school, a part of her team. That was gone now, until and unless we got that necklace away from Pace. Thanks to Mateo, she wouldn’t be on her own. But she also wouldn’t be able to be a part of the school. She couldn’t even let pretty much anyone else from Crossroads see her without letting them realize what she was now. Most of them wouldn’t understand.

Roxa and Koren had both lost a lot today. It felt… well, it felt wrong for me to be happy at all. The joy of actually being able to talk to my mother wasn’t just tainted by the fact that she was still trapped by Fossor. It was also dampened because I felt like any happiness I had was betraying the other two.

So, we walked on, spirits not exactly jumping for joy. Occasionally, I would glance up through the giant trees and catch a glimpse of one of the even more gigantic branches of the Eden’s Garden tree. Yeah, the damn thing was so huge that it took us hours to walk back toward the base of the tree even though we could see the branches above us. It was mindbogglingly huge. Technically, if we could’ve gone straight up high enough, we’d be in the tree just by getting to the branch. But Miranda had explained that the branches were all owned by different tribes, most of whom wouldn’t take kindly to our little invasion, no matter how we explained it.

Which meant we needed to keep walking all the way back to where we’d left from. Or close enough that Seller could get involved again without breaking the orders from the Victors. Most of us were lost in our own thoughts, until one of the other Mirandas eventually came jogging back to join us. Waving for us to stop, she explained, “We’re getting close to the tree. You guys should probably wait here while one of us goes in and gets Seller out here to send you uh, where you need to go.” Her eyes glanced toward Roxa briefly.

Nodding, Mateo stepped closer. “Yeah, I’d really prefer not to get into a fight with any Garden Heretics today, if we can avoid it. Besides,” he put a hand down on Roxa’s shoulder, “before we go anywhere, the kid and I still need to talk a bit more about what’s gonna happen when we meet the pack.”

That version of Miranda went off to find Seller, while I hesitated before moving closer to Mateo and Roxa. “Sorry, I know you’re still talking, but I um… I just wanted to say I’m sorry again.” Swallowing hard, I focused on meeting Roxa’s gaze. “I’m really sorry that I… that I helped bring you here. I wasn’t thinking straight, and I forgot about the connection to Tristan. I know you didn’t ask for any of this, and it’s not what you wanted. And you don’t have to forgive me or anything like that. Especially not right now. It’s too soon and too…” Trailing off, I sighed. This was too awkward. “I’m really sorry, Roxa.”

The other girl didn’t say anything for a moment. She just stood there, biting her lip before giving a short, sort of jerky nod. “I know you didn’t mean to,” she said quietly. “And I know you’re sorry.”

Another moment of silence passed before I spoke up, still feeling awkward in spite of myself. “Good luck. And… and like I said, we’ll get the necklace from Pace. We’re not gonna give up on that. Miranda’s gonna keep an eye on her, and as soon as we get a chance, we’ll take it away from her.”

Looking back at me, Roxa was quiet for a few seconds. Finally, she let out a visible sigh, head bowing briefly before speaking in a voice that was barely audible. “Yeah. And if you need help dealing with any of these other problems you’ve got, especially the son of a bitch that’s actually responsible for this, or any of his people, let me know.” Her eyes were hard. “You don’t deserve to have me be as angry at you as I am. I know that. I know, Flick. I just can’t help it. I’m trying, I swear. But those guys, the freak that hurt Koren’s mom and any of his friends, they do deserve it. So if you get a chance to hurt them…”

“We’ll let you know,” I promised. Knowing that was the best I was going to get (and more than I deserved), I added a simple, “I hope things with the pack go okay.” Glancing to Mateo, I exchanged nods with the man before stepping back out of the way so that the two of them could continue talking.

Sean stepped away with me as well, with Gidget and Vulcan trotting over to join us as well. The mechanical cougar gave me a look and a slight whine of confusion until I hesitantly reached out to give her gentle pet. When I stopped after a moment, she bumped her head against my leg until I did it again.

Of course, that meant that Vulcan needed equal treatment. But that was okay, it let me clear my head. Eventually, I looked up to Sean while rubbing both of the robot animals. “Thanks for coming,” I murmured quietly. “I know it’s gotta be really late for you.” Pausing then, I amended, “Or really early. I’ve sort of lost–” In mid-sentence, I yawned wide, surprising myself. “Sorry, lost track, I mean.”

So much had happened since… god, was the last time I had slept really before I’d had Thanksgiving dinner at the buffet with my dad and the others? How was that even possible? It felt like this day had been going on forever. Even with the Amarok’s power, I was pretty much running on just fumes.

Chuckling, Sean shrugged at me. “No problem. We’re teammates, right? You’d be there if I needed you.” He hesitated, eyes glancing over my shoulder and toward Roxa. “Besides, she needed help too.”

Watching the expression on his face for a moment before glancing back toward the other blonde, I realized that he’d come out of more than just obligation. Sean obviously had feelings for Roxa. The realization made me cringe a little bit even as I tried to push that incessant feeling of guilt aside.

Yawning again, I made myself focus. “Mateo, he’ll take care of her, right? Him and his pack, I mean.”

“I haven’t met his pack,” Sean admitted. “I only just let him and my uncle know that that I knew what he was. But I know Mateo. And yes, he’ll take care of her. You can trust him, Flick. He’s not gonna let anything bad happen. Not as long as she’s with him. And Uncle Sebastian’ll be there with her too.”

Before I could say anything to that, Koren joined us. She approached quickly, her gaze focused on the boy beside me. “You talked to Seller, right? Did he say anything about what happened back at my house?” Biting her lip, she added, “I mean, did he say if Dare and the others killed that piece of shit?”

Wincing, Sean’s head shook. “Sorry, we didn’t really get that far. He just gave us the basic stuff.”

“I’m sure they got him,” I started to assure the other girl. “I mean, they had plenty of power there.”

Rather than being reassured, however, Koren just gave me a brief squint before speaking in a thick voice. “I know you’re trying to help,” she said firmly, “but don’t say you’re sure when you’re not.”

“Fair enough,” I admitted. “What I should say is, even if he did get away, it won’t be for long. Gaia and the others won’t let him get away with what he did, Koren. Whether they killed him at the house, or have to hunt him down later, they’ll put him down. After all, killing monsters is what they do.”

Looking away from me, Koren’s shoulders hunched a little, her voice small and quiet. “Part of me wants him to be alive so I can kill him myself. But another part is…” She hesitated, her voice going even quieter than it already was. “… scared. Part of me is scared of him. After everything he did, I… I’m mad, so mad I want to rip his fucking throat out. But he’s just… I’m scared, Flick. I’m scared of him.”

After hesitating a second, I reached out to take the other girl’s hand. Squeezing it, I spoke quietly, my own voice cracking a little. “I know what you mean. I swore that I was going to save my mother from Fossor. But just thinking about him terrifies me. I hate him. I hate him more than anything. But I’m also… I’m also really scared of him. So trust me, I know exactly how you feel. It seems contradictory, like… like if you’re so afraid of someone, you shouldn’t be able to fantasize about killing them.”

Letting out a long, low sigh, Koren nodded. “I guess you would understand.” Her hand squeezed mine in return as she straightened up. “I’m glad you were there. I—if you and Deveron hadn’t shown up…”

“I’m glad we did too.” Smiling a bit in spite of myself, I added, “And at least you were here so Mom could meet you. I know a lot of this sucks, but I’m glad you got to talk to her.” My expression fell. “I just wish there was some way that I could actually tell my dad about…” I trailed off, my eyes widening.

“Flick?” Koren and Sean spoke at the same time. She glanced at him before adding, “Are you okay?”

My head was already shaking as I slapped my head. “Oh damn, oh damn, oh damn. Dad is gonna kill me! I was supposed to go over there for dinner, for dinner. And now it’s—fuck, I don’t even know what time it is there. He’s gotta be losing his mind! He probably called the National Guard by now, and–”

Sean caught me by the shoulders. “Flick, Flick calm down. It’s okay. Seller may not have explained much, but he did mention that Gaia took care of any problem with your dad being worried about you.”

Blinking at that, I stopped my panic, but the worry only switched gears. “Stopped him from being worried? Oh god, please tell me they didn’t fuck with his memory again.” I was really getting to the point of hating memory magic with a passion, even if it was done with good intentions. If they absolutely had to do it, I understood. Better that my dad not remember than get himself into trouble. But even then, I still kind of wanted to tell everyone to leave my family’s memories the hell alone.

Fortunately, Sean shook his head. “No, according to Seller, Gaia figured a simpler option was better than using memory magic to solve everything. So she impersonated your voice, called your dad, and told him that you were going to stay there overnight because of some nasty storm that rolled in.”

Koren looked to me. “Good thing there happened to be a bad enough storm to justify th….” In mid-word, she trailed off, looking at both of our expressions before getting it herself. “There didn’t just happen to be a storm, did there?” When we shook our heads, she swallowed. “And there really was a storm, because she wouldn’t take the chance of your dad checking. Which means Gaia actually made… oh.” Her last word was quieter and softer, mouth working a few times before she added, “Wow.”

“Tell me about it,” Sean muttered before looking off to the bushes. “I wonder how far your…” He looked toward one of the Mirandas that was close enough to hear. “… other self had to go.”

She started to answer, but before she could, I spoke up. Without thinking about what I was saying, I replied, “A little over a quarter mile. One thousand four hundred and ten feet.”

They all looked at me, until I realized what I had said. “I mean… wait.”

“Wow, I didn’t know you knew this place that well already,” Tristan had joined us, whistling. “You almost sounded like Vanessa there.”

“I don’t,” I replied. “I don’t know it at all. But I know that Eden’s Garden, the tree, is exactly one thousand, four hundred and ten feet from where we’re standing.” My mouth opened and shut and then I got it. “Oh. Wait, is this what I got from the… what did you call that ugly thing?”

“A Blemmye,” Randi answered. “And I dunno. All I got was a little enhanced strength. Barely noticeable.”

“Same here,” Tristan confirmed.

Koren just shrugged. “I killed one, but I’m pretty sure I just improved the healing the Peridle gave me before. I got hit by one of their spears and it healed faster than it should’ve.”

“Try it with something else,” Sean suggested. “How far is your house from here, or the island?”

I thought about it before shrugging. “I’ve got nothing. It’s just blank. Probably because we’re on a different world.”

“What about the spot where we talked to your mom?” Koren put in curiously.

That one came up immediately. “Twenty-four thousand, six hundred and thirty-two feet that way.” I pointed back the direction we had come from. “About four and three quarter miles.”

“Well, that’s pretty useful to avoid getting lost,” Tristan pointed out with a chuckle. “Even if you do have to be on the same world as whatever you’re trying to find. I wonder if you have to know where it is.”

“Can you tell me how far away my room is?” Miranda asked curiously. “You’ve never seen it.”

I thought for a second, then shook my head. “Nope. I guess I need to know where it is first.”

We experimented a little more with it, but before long, there were sounds approaching. One of the Mirandas came back to wave that it was okay, just before Seller and another Miranda appeared.

“My mom?” Koren immediately asked the man in the fancy green suit.

“Still sleeping, still as okay as could be expected,” he answered before his eyes took in Roxa. “So this is the new wolf, huh?” he asked while using a finger to push his sunglasses down a bit so he could watch her over the top of them. “Sorry, kid. Sounds like you’ve got a place to go, at least.”

“Seller,” I spoke up after Roxa had a chance to mutter her response. “What happened back at the house, do you know yet?”

He looked to me first, then toward Koren, who was watching him intently. “Good news and bad news on that front. The good news is, the bubbly one that teaches your class on Strangers killed him.”

“Nevada,” I breathed out while letting that sink in. “Nevada killed him, Koren. She killed the bastard.”

“The bad news?” the other girl insisted, still staring at Seller.

The man sighed. “The bad news is he got off some kind of message first. They don’t know what he said or who it went to. Probably to another one of his people.”

Well that sounded horrifying. At least the one that had hurt Koren so much was dead, though. I didn’t know how much that would help the girl, if at all. But I was glad the one that had done… all that to her family was gone for good.

“Anyway,” Seller gestured. “Lemme send the wolves on their way, then I’ve been told to make sure the rest of you get some actual sleep before anything else happens.” Before Koren could say anything, he added, “And if your mom wakes up, I’ll let you know.”

Turning to Sean, who would be going back with Mateo and Roxa, I hugged the boy. “Thanks again, Sean. Thanks for coming. And thank Mateo.”

“Heard that,” Mateo spoke up, flicking a finger against his ear while winking at me.

“Roxa!” I called, meeting the other girl’s gaze.

Neither of us said anything for a few seconds. We just looked at each other until she gave me a slight nod. “Remember what I said. If you need help, ask for it. I may not be happy, but you’re dealing with some pretty heavy shit. That’s more important. So you need me, I’ll be there. Even if I do kind of want to use my teeth to shake you around a little.” She gave me a weak smile. “But that’s probably the wolf talking.”

Seller went to send them off, and I turned to the others, another yawn escaping me. “I guess he’s got a point. It’s… it’s time to crash.”

Because one thing was for sure. I wasn’t leaving this place until Abigail woke up. I wanted to talk to my sister. I wanted to be there for her as she took all this in. I wanted to help explain things, get her adjusted to the truth.

But first, it was time to sleep for about a bazillion years.

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  1. All right guys, it turns out there’s one more chapter left in this arc before it’s done! After that, we’ll have the donator-chosen interlude, and then push on into the next arc. That will be where Flick and company visit the hospital to check on Tangle. So, that should be fun over the next few parts. Donators should receive an e-mail about voting on the next interlude subject shortly after the next chapter comes out. And if you’ve donated but haven’t e-mailed me at ceruleanscrawling@gmail.com so I can add you to the mailing list, you should definitely do so.

    Anyway, thanks for reading, everybody. This chapter was a bit of a… cooldown/react to things/interact a bit chapter. Not a lot of new stuff happened. But that kind of slower chapter was needed after the last few parts. Hopefully, you were still entertained.

    Hey, and we’re still holding up at number eight in the Top Web Fiction Voting! Thanks, guys! We’re at 114 votes for this week, that’s awesome. 🙂

    Tags for this chapter are: Apparently Gidget Is Going With Roxa. I’M Certainly Not Going To Argue With The Huge Mechanical Cougar., Felicity Chambers, Flick, I’m Sure The Critically Injured Defense Attorney/Mother Will React Perfectly Calmly And Rationally To This Entire Situation., Koren Fellows, Mateo, Miranda, Sean Gerardo, Seller, Tristan Moon

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  2. A cool down is pretty much exactly what was needed. Part of me was expecting them to set a trap for Pace and Lemuel with Valentine’s body. But they don’t know how long their pack will be with what they’re doing, or if they’ll bring reinforcements, so it makes sense that they won’t want to take the risk.

    Next interlude is a vote, huh? I really hope Abigail is an option. I want to see what her vision was exactly. Hey, what was Koren’s vision? I assumed Joselyn because she recognized the name Atherby back in arc 10, and because of her weapon choice. But it easily could have been another Atherby.

    I’m Sure The Critically Injured Defense Attorney/Mother Will React Perfectly Calmly And Rationally To This Entire Situation.

    I can’t wait for this. I’m excited to really meet Abigail.

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    1. Hey, what was Koren’s vision? I assumed Joselyn because she recognized the name Atherby back in arc 10, and because of her weapon choice. But it easily could have been another Atherby.

      She saw Joselyn while she was still in school. More details… well, hopefully soon so we can see exactly how that vision went and how she knew the Atherby name. 😀

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      1. Well. That’s interesting. Considering that Koren bought into the “Strangers aren’t all evil” line until she was told the details of Joselyn’s life after graduation, the question of what exactly she saw is really hard to guess at.

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  3. “Roxa and Koren had both lost a lot today. It felt… well, it felt wrong for me to be happy at all. The joy of actually being able to talk to my mother wasn’t just tainted by the fact that she was still trapped by Fossor. It was also dampened because I felt like any happiness I had was betraying the other two.”
    Me: Pretty much everyone’s walking wounded in some manner today Flick. And re: her feelings of betrayal? Bah. Their emotions are (justifiably) out of sorts at the moment, but they’re better people than to hold lasting grudges for things like that.

    “It felt like this day had been going on forever. Even with the Amarok’s power, I was pretty much running on just fumes.”
    Me: The Amarok’s power holds physical exhaustion at bay, Flick. It doesn’t help with emotional or mental exhaustion.

    “My head was already shaking as I slapped my head. “Oh damn, oh damn, oh damn. Dad is gonna kill me! I was supposed to go over there for dinner, for dinner. And now it’s—fuck, I don’t even know what time it is there. He’s gotta be losing his mind! He probably called the National Guard by now, and–””
    Me: Like Sean says, settle down. In any event, he’d not go to the Guard but the PD.

    ” When we shook our heads, she swallowed. “And there really was a storm, because she wouldn’t take the chance of your dad checking. Which means Gaia actually made… oh.” Her last word was quieter and softer, mouth working a few times before she added, “Wow.””
    Me: Wow indeed. Influencing the weather that quickly and widely indicates that Gaia is very powerful indeed, just as a reminder. And the OC knowledge that Ruthers is stronger than that (even if through the power sharing setup of the Committee)? Yikes.

    “That one came up immediately. “Twenty-four thousand, six hundred and thirty-two feet that way.” I pointed back the direction we had come from. “About four and three quarter miles.””
    Me: An instinctive sense of distance and direction to previously visited places (so long as the user and location on in the same realm)? Hm. An understated power, but potentially more useful than at first glance.

    ““Nevada,” I breathed out while letting that sink in. “Nevada killed him, Koren. She killed the bastard.”

    “The bad news?” the other girl insisted, still staring at Seller.

    The man sighed. “The bad news is he got off some kind of message first. They don’t know what he said or who it went to. Probably to another one of his people.””
    Me: *Frowns* Mixed results all told. I expect we’ll be seeing more Fomorians at some point given this news.

    ” I wanted to be there for her as she took all this in.”
    Abigail: I never asked for this. /Jensen

    Great update!

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    1. Me: Pretty much everyone’s walking wounded in some manner today Flick. And re: her feelings of betrayal? Bah. Their emotions are (justifiably) out of sorts at the moment, but they’re better people than to hold lasting grudges for things like that.

      It’s like Tristan said. He can be happy that Flick got to talk to her mother, and still be sad that his is missing. Same for the girls. they can be upset about their own situation without holding it against Flick for being happy. Plus, Koren got to talk to her grandmother.

      Me: The Amarok’s power holds physical exhaustion at bay, Flick. It doesn’t help with emotional or mental exhaustion.

      Quite true.

      Me: Wow indeed. Influencing the weather that quickly and widely indicates that Gaia is very powerful indeed, just as a reminder. And the OC knowledge that Ruthers is stronger than that (even if through the power sharing setup of the Committee)? Yikes.

      At some point I need to show what a powerful heretic is capable of without holding back.

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  4. This story’s getting so complicated. Does anybody have a summary of the information we know about different things from the world (i.e. character info, what’s been said about turning people into heretics, the seosten, etc.), as I just can’t remember it all, and I want to speculate some :D.

    Also, Cerulean, are you willing to give an estimate of how long is this story going to be?

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    1. I wouldn’t call it a summary, but I’ve been keeping the TV tropes pages as up to date as possible.

      Also, BBBence111 on the SB and SV forums has been making a guide to Strangers, but I’m not sure how to link to that here.

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      1. It is possible to just copy/paste the link in a comment, though such a comment would have to be approved by Cerulean before it’ll be displayed, and as HTML tags can be used to format comments, and there are links in the text of comments, it’d also be possible to write text that doubles as a link if you’re familiar enough with HTML to manually dress a link up like that.

        However, there’s already a link to BBBence111’s Stranger Guide in the first paragraph on the cast page.

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    2. This story’s getting so complicated. Does anybody have a summary of the information we know about different things from the world (i.e. character info, what’s been said about turning people into heretics, the seosten, etc.), as I just can’t remember it all, and I want to speculate some😀.

      As Hendy was saying, you can look on the TV Tropes page which includes a lot of information including characters, or see another list of characters on the cast page on this site by clicking here, or look at the list of Strangers that BBBence1111 is keeping up by clicking here or see the list of character abilities and powers that Squornshellous Beta is keeping up by looking right here.

      The extremely quick and dirty summary is: The Fomorians created the initial humans to be a biological weapon that could mix their genetics with any other race in order to adapt to any threat they needed to fight. One of the Fomorians grew a conscience and stole the only prototypes , taking them away from the Fomorian world to hide them on Earth, away from everything.

      Over time, a *few* of the ancient humans accidentally mixed their blood with Alter genetics and became natural Heretics. A natural Heretic doesn’t automatically get the ‘gain power from everything they kill’ ability. Instead, they’re sort of… half human and half whatever Alter they’ve combined themselves with. In those cases, as the natural Heretic grows stronger, they improve the actual power from the single Alter. For example, a human whose genetics mix with a banshee would gain only the strengths of a banshee, which would grow stronger over time.

      For awhile, ancient humanity existed alongside Alters.

      Eventually, the Fomorian’s worst enemy, the Seosten, discovered natural Heretics and realized what the humans were meant to do and who had created them. In order to stop them from becoming a threat, they created the Bystander Effect. This segregated humans from Alters.

      But over time, the Seosten eventually realized that their solution wasn’t working. There were still natural Heretics being created accidentally. And the Fomorians were bound to find them any time. So they decided the best thing to do was to use humanity as their OWN weapons, by creating a whole society and rules so they could control them. To do this, they used another human, Hieronymus Bosch as the forefather/creator of this society by mixing his genetics with a Hangman. This gave Bosch the Hangman’s ability to absorb the knowledge and power from things that he killed. They manipulated him into creating the Heretical Edge in order to artificially create Heretics the way we saw Flick and her class become them, with what became the lighthouse light.

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  5. Up to 7th now on twf! This definitely deserves it (if not better)
    I’m not sure what the second joke tag about the defense attorney means… Any help?

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  6. Can really feel how tired & fatigued everyone is after everything that happened & they only being partially successful with Roxa.

    Flick being happy that she finally got to speak with her mother after all this time makes for quite the juxtaposition with how Koren & Roxa are doing- Koren still reeling from realizing she’s lost all recollections of her real father & had them replaced by forgeries from the monster who killed him & did horrible things to her & her mother and insinuated himself into her memories while making her real father an unperson. Then with Roxa, with the mission to get that choker from Pace failing, she’s going to have to leave her friends & the first place she’s felt she’s belonged to try her luck integrating into Mateo’s pack. And although it’s understandable that Flick would be feeling guilty over all this, at least Roxa’s calmed down a bit and isn’t angry with Flick over the accident that got her into this mess.

    Though the Fomorian who’s responsible for the latest mess has thankfully disposed of by Nevada, since he managed to get off a message before he died, imagine that not only are there going to be more Fomorians popping up in the future, but since it’s also likely that he told them about how Heretically-empowered Atherby descendants can be used to break the barricade spell, they’re likely to go after Flick, Koren, Wyatt, & Abigail specifically (dealing with Fossor to get Joselyn would probably be seen as too much trouble by them.)

    Really nice of Gaia to cover for Flick with her father, and showed off some interesting abilities in the process, mimicking Flick’s voice & even conjuring up a storm.

    Also, Flick picked up a neat power-up from that Blemmye, a sort of direction sense that lets her know how far away she is from a point she is, provided its on the same world she is & she’s been to that particular place before, but if nothing else, it’ll be a help to navigation & to keep from getting lost, and wonder what’ll happen if she can upgrade that directional sense even further.

    I’m Sure The Critically Injured Defense Attorney/Mother Will React Perfectly Calmly And Rationally To This Entire Situation

    Yeah, I’m guessing that there’ll be some drama when Abigail finally wakes up and starts asking questions, whenever that is….

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  7. “Oh. Wait, is this what I got from the… what did you call that ugly thing?”

    Missed a word there.

    Welp, things are moving along. Good that Not!Koren’sDad got killed, and there is always a chance the message didn’t get through or didn’t get to whom it was intended to get to. Unlikely, but there is a chance.

    Flick really shouldn’t focus solely on that necklace and instead should be looking for ways to replicate it or other items that have the same or slimier effects. I mean, yeah, you know where one of them is and it’s not THAT hard to get but if you find another that even easier to get to or find a way to make your own… .

    Nice distance sense, too bad it’s restricted to places she’s already been to. And if it does work on people slash things she’s meet before the question after that is if it would work on people slash things she’s meet before at PLACES she’s never been before. Because if it does then she’s got a way of finding Ammon slash Fossor slash her mother. Provided she’s on the realm of existence as them that is.

    Now we just wait for Abigail to wake up. Whooo boy is she going to have a lot to take in. I think they should start with her twin brother and work their way from there.

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    1. Missed a word there.

      Thanks!

      Flick really shouldn’t focus solely on that necklace and instead should be looking for ways to replicate it or other items that have the same or slimier effects. I mean, yeah, you know where one of them is and it’s not THAT hard to get but if you find another that even easier to get to or find a way to make your own… .

      The problem is having any idea of how to replicate the effect. She should probably talk to Gaia about it. Or Wyatt, since he’s good with magic.

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