Jan 25, 2021 4:59 AM
Fairy!Ellie in Beacon Hills
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"The Nemeton isn't usually fickle; if summoning is now a fact of life, it should work as you expect. We can skip that step, if you think it's unnecessary."

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"I'll contact the relevant teenagers, then."

He makes a call.

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"What makes the teenagers relevant?"

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"Most of them are magical. And they seem to be the resident problem-solving team."

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"The teenagers he's calling in particular are the ones with the unusual connection to the Nemeton. He should probably call the hellhound as well. I'll be back in a few minutes."

He steps out, following his friend. 

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"So why me? I presume you wrote that circle."

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"They wanted to test summoning. Given the uncertainties, I didn't want to impose a restrictive binding. You're one of the few I'd trust with that. And your versatility could prove useful."

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"It's okay to say you missed me, you know."

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And he returns.

"Scott, Stiles, and Deputy Parrish should be here soon. Is there anything you'd like to do until then?"

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"What are their," handwave, "deals?"

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"Scott is the local alpha. He's surrounded by a pack of fellow werewolves, a werecoyote, a banshee, a kitsune, and their human companions. They chose to follow him, mostly, for reasons that amount to being otherwise alone or isolated. Stiles is a human who has been involved with local supernatural politics for almost two years. He's not very relevant besides the fact that both he and Scott have a special connection to the Nemeton. Deputy Parrish is a hellhound, and they have a unique role among shapeshifters; they serve as a conduit to other powerful forces, including the Nemeton." 

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"Why do they have a special connection to the Nemeton? And is Deputy Parrish's deputy-ness separate from his hellhound-osity?"

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"The special connection is a result of a magical ritual. The hellhound is also a deputy; the two things are...theoretically unrelated."

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"And how closely does the theory match reality?"

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"Hellhounds protect the supernatural community. He arrived here after the Nemeton was awakened."

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"Well, I don't know about you, but that sets my conspiracy senses to tingling."

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Ellie rolls her eyes.

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"The Nemeton attracts the supernatural. I imagine he was drawn by the sudden influx."

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"I am reasonably certain there is no such thing as a secret cabal of hellhounds. He didn't even know he was one until a few days ago."

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"Most shapeshifters don't know. A few are born into families that explain things, and some are turned by a helpful alpha, but mostly, everyone figures it out on their own, or dies. It's not a very pretty system. We were working on it," he adds, with a glance at the doctor.

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"You died. She died. I retired."

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"Blood transfusion from an immortal Nazi werewolf," she says in response to Eli's expression.

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