Dec 07, 2021 12:54 AM
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Someone's super not going to make it through the night without magical healing.

 

Annisa runs over to bang on the indicated door and stops before she gets there because - "oh, hey. I did not try to murder your girlfriend, that was Jack, I saved her. You can ask her. Actually, you should keep an eye on her while I run and get healing from my room."

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"Jack tried to mur- uh, yeah, okay, run for it."

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Well at least he's not trigger-happy about people emerging from his girlfriend's room covered with blood. Annisa runs. If you're out in the halls past curfew monsters get you, and if you're in another student's room past curfew every monster in the school comes over to get you both for rulebreaking. She has ten minutes, and then whether El's in good enough shape to fight off everything that'll be coming by to check if she's for snack is up to El.

 

 

Her room has, buried in her mattress, a tin of thin healing cookies, purchased at enormous expense and brought in with her freshman year. She's used half. It also has a potion, but that's not for sale for anything El has on offer. She slips a cookie out and sprints back. 

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When she gets back Orion has hauled El into bed and is sitting beside her. They're looking at each other a little snappishly as though Annisa has interrupted an argument but they don't enlighten her as to what it was about.

"Cheers," says El, "what do you want for it."

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"Let it dissolve on your tongue. I want you to help me clear out Jack's room, once you're back on your feet, but I get whatever we find. Also I want the thirty-second version of why the fuck he wanted you dead."

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"Done. Thought I was telling people he'd killed Luisa. Or he'd just gone insane, strong possibility, that." She says aaah.

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Healing cookie! It should get her through the night, at least; it's almost like a restful night of sleep itself. She doesn't ask if El killed Luisa, why would El tell her that. "Okay. G'night, don't let the bedbugs bite."

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"I won't," says Orion.

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"What're you talking about, Lake, the bell'll ring in a -" There it goes.

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"I'm not leaving you."

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- is he planning to spend the night. Is he insane. Admittedly he's Orion Lake but there's such a thing as more mals than one person can handle, even if that one person is Orion Lake, whose affinity must be specifically for mal-killing or something, he's so good at it.

Annisa doesn't have time to argue. She runs home. 

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In the morning both of them are alive and the rumor mill is of the opinion that they were possibly inventing ways to have an orgy with the mals somehow, though clearer heads suspect he just stood watch over her bedside and killed things.

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You really can't get that creative in bed with a gut wound. Annisa is willing to concede that it's the sweetest most romantic gesture she's ever heard of, though, almost to the point where one doesn't want to talk about it because one doesn't want to delude oneself into living in a world full of gossip and sweet nice romantic boyfriends. 

 

One does want to be on Orion Lake's side. And if he's serious about her, that means one wants to be on El's side.  Literally every junior in the school has presumably had this thought process, though, so Annisa's going to have to think about how to be more subtle than 90% of them without getting beaten out for the spot.

They have work period first thing, so she swings by El's table after breakfast. "Are you up for a run on the place?" By the time it's widely known that Jack's dead someone else'll do it.

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"I can watch your back but if anything in there can only be killed by bending over you're on your own, unless you want to ask Orion to come along."

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"Oh, sure, I can come."

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- wow, all right. "Great, thank you." 

Objectively she should probably let him handle all the heavy lifting but there is also an argument for showing off a little for Orion Lake. Though not in a way that pisses El off. She settles for using her knife to cut right through the steel door and then letting him be first in.

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He saunters in like mals haven't been a real threat to him since he was four.

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Probably knowing you're destined to be a hero since you were four is pretty different from knowing you're probably going to die since you were four. 

Jack's room doesn't have mals, beyond some palm-sized creepers in the rafters and an agglo on his desk, munching his pens. It has a ward a foot inside the door that'll light uninvited guests on fire, which she points out sharply to Orion, jumping back.

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"Whoops, thanks, I was a bit distracted by the corpse."

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El mutters the ward away in Old French, but very quietly.

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" - ah huh. Geez. Uh, is that Luisa - I didn't really know her -"

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"Yeah, it's her. Mundane family, probably got swept in when somebody near her down for a slot died and didn't notify anybody in time."

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"I should've been..." Orion shakes his head and picks off the creepers with little zaps of lightning.

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"Following her into peoples' bedrooms?" A kid raised mundane never really stood a chance; it's remarkable she made it to junior year, really. Annisa picks her way past the corpse and starts going through Jack's luggage.

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"No! It's - a few days before, she - asked me, and I shoved her off, and then she was dead, and I didn't know how, and I thought - maybe she thought I didn't help her with whatever it was because I was mad, and that -"

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