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Transition, part 7Later that day, Musashi stood in the street, tapping his foot as he froze Nico, with a leer. "Nicodemus Blackstone...feeling better already, I see." he beckoned to Nico.
"I...uh...y-yes! M-much better!" Nico grinned, nervously. "I was um...just on my way, actually. Kind of hoped I could still make it for the latter part of class. Guess I uh, missed it?" he shrugged, still with a nervous grin. Nico was a bad liar. A really, really bad liar, but he could deal with Musashi. A few extra pushups were preferable to what would happen if his parents found out where he was.
Musashi beckoned again. "Come, take a walk with me." he said. The two walked together, going down streets and around the moor. "You know, Nico, Drake is an awful liar. You, too, are an awful liar. Together, you make an incredibly terrible liar. You know, when I was around your age I first became a human, I also was determined to kill your father. That's my secret. Now." he looked at Nico. "What's yours?"
Nico sighed, as he w
Transition, part 6.5"Where do you think you're going?" Zee said, standing in front of the door, the next day. "Um...class?" Drake said, as he followed Alice. "You disappeared yesterday, had me in a panic, looking everywhere for you. What makes you think I'm going to let you go anywhere?" Zee said, crossing his arms. A smile crept along Drake's face as his eyes lit up. "You were worried? About me?" he grinned. "Wh-no! That's not what I said!" Zee quickly replied. "I...I mean...you know. You could've been breaking stuff, again." Drake's smile only grew wider. "You were worried about me."
"That's not the point! You're not going anywhere!" Zee insisted. "Daddy, it's okay." Alice piped in. "He's making very good friends, with Nick and Musashi." she said, nudging Zee. He got it. "Alright. Fine. Just...stay out of trouble." he sighed, letting the two out the door.
As the two kids left, Nico ran in. "Hi, Nico!" Drake said, cheerfully. "You're not coming to class?" he asked, bouncing as usual. "Uh, not today, kidd
Transition, part 6"I'm not happy." Musashi said when they returned, his arms crossed. "Where did you all go? And this boy...I recognize him, for some reason. Who is he?"
Nico stood in front of the others; "It-it's my fault, Musashi. We just went out for ice cream, and-"
"And we just lost track of time. It won't happen again." Alice said, interrupting Nico. "And I'm Drake! Are you Alice's teacher? Can I stay, too? Will you be my friend? I don't have many friends and it would be nice if I could come here and you would be my friend and I cold hang out with Alice more and her friends and we could all be friends!" Drake said, with a wide grin. "And he uh...just kind of followed us, back." Alice continued. Nico started to speak, but felt he didn't need to add anything more to that, since the kid did pretty much just follow them home, and Musashi didn't need to know where from.
Musashi sighed, rubbing his temples. "Yes yes, alright. For starters, you can all do twenty pushups, for losing track of time. Also, y
Transition, part 5Clem hummed happily as she clung to Nico's arm, afraid he would run away at the very threat of fun. She let out another squeal straight from a cartoon. "There! Ice cream! Now! Must get!" she shouted pointing at the most colorful ice cream parlor within 100 miles.
"Okay, okay! Settle down, Clem! It's just ice cream!" Nico said, afraid that if she started running for the ice cream parlor, she might take his arm, with her. Alice just calmly walked inside and sat down. "Um...thought you wanted ice cream. Can I uh...get you anything?" Nico asked her.
"Well, since you asked..." Alice said, her expression seemingly innocent. "Strawberry, please?" she said, with a grin. "With sprinkles. Oh, and whipped cream!"
"Oh my god!" Clem giggled. "I want the super scoop chocoholics sundae!" she ordered, hugging Nico to her so tightly it was like she was ready to fuse into him. "Nico's such a gentleman paying for the ladies ice cream. Aren't you, Nico?"
"Clem, I...I can't breathe..." Nico muffled, strugg
Transition, part 4A day and one black eye later, Naga returned to Musashi's dojo with Alice, this time enrolling her in classes. "Where's June?" Alice said, peeking in. "Too early. Sleep. Talk later." June grumbled, still half-asleep. There was no sign, so far, of the boy Alice was supposed to befriend.
Musashi moved into the dojo, swiping June on thee head with a paper fan. "Wake up June, time for class. Alice, you and June line up. As you know, the dojo lost many students with the revealing of hybrids, so the dojo's classes are down to only a few students. " Musashi then did a head count, seeing only the girls. He let out a long sigh. "One of which, is once again running late."
"Sorry I'm late Mavra set the backyard on fire again I promise I won't be late, again!" a voice rambled, as the door swung open and a young boy stumbled in and lined up next to the girls. Nicodemus Blackstone, now seventeen years old, looked much different than the wimpy kid who had entered the tournament a few years ago. He wa
Transition, part 3The girls were playing outside in an area that was not in the moor, but still plenty muddy. "So, you're living here, now?" Alice said, trudging through the mud. "Nah, not really. Only when my mom's out. Which is a lot. So I guess I do sort of live here." June replied, as she tried to catch a Tympole.
"Why don't you just stay with your dad?"
"I dunno. Says Mom legally won't let him anywhere near us, or something. Lilith usually takes me home, so Mom doesn't know Dad comes here to visit me." June replied, as she pounced at the small Pokemon. The Tympole hopped out of the way, causing June to land in mud. "Blech, stupid Tympole."
Musashi headed down, looking for the girls. When he headed out and finally spotted them, he glared. "You two..what did I say?"
June grinned, while holding a very muddy Tympole that wriggled out of her grasp and slapped her with more mud, before hopping off. "You said don't go into the moor. You didn't say anything about staying on the grassy parts, at the edge of
Transition, part 2Doctor Hugo Blackstone sifted through the notes. "Hmm...hmmm..." he sighed, pushing his glasses up. "Sad, too sad. Elvis you fool, Darwin would be rolling in his grave if he saw these. You can't bring about my vision with war, you bring it with integration. If only CT hadn't squandered his potential, he has the patience to bring about the change I want. If only I could take that brain of his and just...put it in a child..mold that child from the start. That brilliance would be perfected when properly formed."
"...Like boy." Shii growled, from his designated corner. "Nick's a little too old for molding there, Scooby." Zee replied. Blackstone raised an eyebrow. "Nicodemus. CT's kid. Only one I know, at least. June said he has a sister, but she must be just as reclusive as her dad. Sheesh, you been living in a cave or something?" Blackstone walked close to Zee after giving a disgusted grunt to Shii. In his opinion, the rabid mutt should have been put down as a failed experiment, lo
Transition, part 1"So, how're you liking your new indoors job, Ziggy?" Naga smirked, walking into the laboratory of Tartarus Research Industries. Zee just gave his brother a hateful glare. "Blackstone's got me on a short leash...wasting my skills on some mundane, science-related task. I'm being kept pretty much under house arrest, here. Oh, and I've been having these dull pains in my hand, though I can't quite place why. If I had to guess, it would have something to do with, I dunno, maybe you breaking every bone in it?" he growled, facing Naga.
"Hey, you know what happens when you hit a girl. That was your own fault!" Naga quickly retorted. "Look," he sighed. "I know we don't exactly see eye-to-eye most of the time, but look at it from my point of view. You were going to kill my daughter's friends. My daughter's friends wanted to hurt or kill you. Sure, you didn't get to start some kind of revolution, but this way, nobody else gets hurt."
"You're too soft, Daryl. You have no business being in th
Leaving Southampton She was in the kitchen when he stumbled in noisily, tripping as he went past the shelves and catching the edge of the table to keep himself from falling.
Pretending not to hear the stream of curses that followed, she kept her eyes fixed on the dishes, letting her hand trail in the soapy water. There was a loud scraping of wood against grimy concrete as he drew a chair and collapsed into it. At this she looked up, and after a moment's hesitation, she said, unnecessarily, "You've been drinking."
He clutched his head and said nothing. He hadn't shaved in weeks and stank of sweat and alcohol; he looked much older than his eighteen years.
They sat in silence for a while. Then he announced, loudly, "Fuck."
She didn't bother to tell him off. She just waited. And jumped when he suddenly brought his fist down, hard, onto the table.
"Our lives here are s
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