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Lady Railly

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"There have been a lot of murders recently-"

"Ah, yes. Heard of those."

"-and Naomi is going to help with finding the killer. She knows all about fighting and what tactics they may have used. We're here because she wanted to find out about medicines and poisons."

"Ah..." Mark muttered, for once letting Genielli finish. "Well, in that case, I'll leave you to it." He gave Naomi a smile. "Good luck." He then turned and left the pair, going into another room marked 'Staff Only'. Genielli glanced at Naomi, followed by turning fully to her. "All the things you need to study are in that room," he said, motioning to the room Mark had just gone through. Naomi read the sign again for a moment, and then reminded him, "Um...but that says Staff Only."

"Yeah, and I'm staff, even if I'm not on shift at the moment," the elf excused. "As for you... I can just explain to them why you need to go in." Naomi nodded at this, and then let him guide her to the doorway of the room. The guard let the elf through, immediately realising him. However, he didn't let Naomi through. The girl just stood there, frozen to the spot, while Genielli tried to explain to the guard.

"She needs to come through."

"She's not a member of staff. Therefore she is not allowed."

"You don't understand." The elf sighed.

"Why does she need to come through? What valid excuse do you have?"

"She needs to come because she's studying potions!"

"What do you mean?"

"She took part in the war-"

"Say no more." For a moment Genielli thought that that was the valid excuse he wanted. Unfortunately, the guard didn't react like Avael or Mark did. Quite the opposite.

"That doesn't give her any more reason to come through! She could kill somebody in there!"

"Please, just let me explain-"

"No. She is not going in, and that is final. If you try to talk me into letting her, you will have to leave."

"Fine," Genielli muttered. He glanced at Naomi, and mouthed 'One second'.

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He dissapeared into the room, the door closing behind him. Naomi stood there, uncertain of what to do while she waited. She took a step back, not wanting to look as if she was trying to trespass into the room. After a few moments she could hear her friend's voice on the other side of the door.

"Can I at least take these to her?"

"Well..." the guard mused. "I suppose you can, because she's not going to be potentially harming people in there-"

As soon as he had said 'I suppose you can' Genielli twisted the handle and reappeared to Naomi. He ran out into the hallway, taking Naomi by the hand and not stopping running until he exited the hospital. "Why did you do that?" Naomi panted.

"I wanted to get out of there because I didn't want that guy to change his mind."

Understanding, Naomi nodded, and waited a moment for both her and Genielli to get their breath back. When they did, she took a proper look at the elf. His pockets were stuffed with glass jars, glass vials, and glass bottles, all with some sort of stopper or cork on them. One was a luminous green liquid, another was a light brown, the colour that matched the mud on the ground. They were all various colours though. "Wow..." was all Naomi managed to say. "Now, shall we go back to my house?" Genielli asked rhetorically. Without waiting for an answer, he started off back through the forest. Naomi followed him, listening to the the glass in his pockets make a muffled sound, watching them gently clang together.

_/*\_

"So, let's see these poisons, then?" the young girl asked, looking questioningly at the elf, waiting for him to produce the vials. Naomi was sat around the table in the living room, Genielli seated opposite. He pulled all of the bottles out one by one and placed them on the table, each one making a soft clang as the two objects came into contact. Naomi studied their appearances closely.

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She could easily tell the poisons from the medicines; the bright green liquids were the former and any other colour was a healing potion. "Okay, so now I know what they look like, which'll help me quite a bit. But could you tell me exactly how they work?" Naomi asked, leaning forward and resting her chin against her hands, her elbows on the table.

"Sure," the elf agreed as he picked up one of the medicines. It was light orange, the colour of an apricot. "It gets its colour because we put orange juice in it - that is very healing. It helps against bites. Snake bites, fly bites, spider bites, you name it. Because the venom is opposite to the orange juice, it cancels it out and you will be healed by it." He smiled as he laid it down and picked up one of the poisons. "You put this on a dagger to poison it. We only have this to identify what caused a certain wound in the hospital. This will be very useful to you. I won't mind if you keep it." Naomi gingerly took it, holding the glass area around the cork. She slipped it in one of the pockets in her jacket (it was quite small so she could easily fit it in) and then diverted her attention back to Genielli.

"Thank you," she murmured, giving off a small smile of her own. "So, any more?" The elf was just about to pick up another, a deep crimson colour, when he heard a church bell in the distance. Naomi recognised it almost immediately; it sounded exactly like the one she heard before going into the forest and being greeted by werewolves. "Oh, I have to go to work now. It's midday. I would explain more of them, but I've got to head off to the hospital. Sorry. You know the way back to Valeven's, don't you?"

Naomi nodded uncertainly, followed by a small relieved sigh as Genielli hadn't noticed. "OK. See you," he said quickly as he exited the doorway. Naomi followed him, slightly surprised to see him waiting for her to get out, before he closed the door and ran out of the girl's sight.

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She sighed again as she slowly started walking back, past the portal, towards Valeven's office.

The cold wind met her face and body, making her shiver. As she walked, she started to remember back to the time two years ago. She remembered the forest fires by examining the trees around her. She remembered the war in Dnafle by spotting the portal just a few feet away. Her thoughts then drifted to Lucy and some things she had thought before. However, she now wondered if her parents had recieved the news about Lucy's death. If she still had parents, of course. Did she have any family, after all? Maybe she was an orphan and fought for food herself, trained herself to?

At this point, Naomi snapped back into reality and realised she was going the wrong way. Quickly correcting her mistakes, she was on the right path again and was soon coming close to where Valeven worked. She knew this because she passed Lucy's old hut, which brought back more memories, as well as nostalgia. ~Stop thinking about it...~ she told herself as she willed herself to pass the hut, quickly spotting Valeven in the open window of the nearby building. Smiling to herself and now forgetting those times with Lucy, she walked up to the door and pushed it open, only now realising it wasn't locked or even closed properly.

"Hey Valeven, I'm back. I got some potions from Geniel-" Naomi started, walking into the room. She stopped both in tracks and speech as Valeven came into view. It wasn't as bad this time, because she had killed many bandits and she had seen Lucy get injured badly. Valeven was slumped over the table, bleeding from the chest and wrists. From her many experiences, Naomi knew what to do. It would be a difficult task though. With great strength, Naomi lifted the elf from under the armpits out of the chair, her head dangling dangerously. It looked as if her neck was broken as well. Carefully, Naomi lay her over her shoulder, and headed off in the direction of the hospital.

_/*\_

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"My goodness, what's happened?!" came the voice of Genielli as he came rushing over to Naomi, who was just entering the building. Naomi shrugged. "When I went back, I just saw her like this," she explained calmly. She lay her down in a hospital bed, taking great care over her neck. She was bleeding quite heavily now. The girl felt her own shoulder and it was sticky with blood. Feeling a shiver come over her, she asked the elf curiously, "Well... what happens now?"

Genielli inspected Valeven's broken neck and sighed. "Damn it," he muttered, followed by turning in Naomi's direction. "We can't save her. She's lost too much blood, and her neck is very badly broken. Seems like you'll have to continue with the murder case yourself." He sighed again. "I really hope it isn't that person who you're trying to discover," he added.

"Me too," Naomi replied, not really knowing what else to say. "So... should I go back home now?" Genielli nodded, then turning to the injured elf and packing tissues around her neck, as to both stop the blood flow and act as a cushion. "Okay. See you," the girl quickly murmured as she exited the hospital. ~That was nearly as bad as Lucy's injuries,~ she thought as she headed down the path. Walking through the town's marketplace and poorer areas, keeping her head down as to not attract any people who might recognise her, she finally came to her house. With a quiet sigh of relief that she had actually got there, the girl slowly raised a hand and knocked on the wooden door, waiting for one of her parents to greet her in the doorway.

28-Feb-2012 20:23:52 - Last edited on 29-Feb-2012 17:15:02 by Lady Railly

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_¸,.‹-•/*°Chapter Three°*\•-›.,¸_


Naomi stood at the doorway of her parent's house, waiting for anyone to come and answer the door. She couldn't go in herself as she didn't have her own key. Wondering if they hadn't heard her, she knocked again. Ironically, this time both parents showed up. The girl had a smile on her face, and she was just about to happily walk into the house when-

"My goodness, what's happened to you? What have you been in this time?!" Jodie exclaimed. At first Naomi didn't know what she meant, and tried to get past her parent who was trembling in shock. Unfortunately, Jodie grabbed hold of her shoulder - the one that didn't have a crimson substance on it. "Where have you injured yourself?" she asked hurriedly, seating Naomi and checking her shoulder over. The girl almost shook with laughter, which her mother didn't understand at all. "Mum, it's fine, I promise. I'll tell you if you want, but it's quite a long story," she protested, a smirk still on her face. Jodie sat down and listened while the girl explained. John joined the pair as well.

So Naomi told them what happened, with her going to Valeven's, and then going to Genielli's house. Next, she told them what happened at the hospital (including the incident with the guard) and then returning to Valeven's, as Genielli had to work. Finally, she told them why her shoulder was bloodied: she had to carry the elf all the way to the hospital. After that, she had to return back to 'this house', in her words. Her parents sighed in upmost relief; they were so happy that she hadn't got in another fight.

"Okay. Now that you know what happened, please may I have something to eat? I'm hungry," Naomi moaned. John nodded and got her a glass of milk and some bread and butter. The girl happily accepted it, and ate it up in a short amount of time. "And also," she continued while munching, "I came back here to tell you guys that since Valeven has died, I'll have to investigate the murders by myself.

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It's going to take a bit of hard work, sure, but I think I'll be able to do it." She smiled up at her parents, breadcrumbs lining her lips.

"Well, in that case, you won't have to go to Valeven's office thing, will you? You can investigate it right here," John murmured, almost to himself, a small grin appearing on his face as well. Naomi nodded in agreement, handing the plate and glass to her father, who put them both in the sink. The girl looked outside and it was black - she hadn't realised that she had been walking in that until that moment. Following her glance, she gently yawned and rubbed her eyes lightly. "Are you tired?" Jodie asked, to which Naomi nodded again. "Well, you can go to bed now," she suggested. Naomi nodded for the third time, surprisingly too tired to answer verbally. This was strange; from the moment she had looked outside she had felt extremely sleepy. "Well, okay, I wi-" she was managing to mumble as she started up the stairs. That was when she fell asleep - literally, falling down on the stairs into sleep.

Jodie and John looked at each other curiously, exchanging glances, and then went to help Naomi up. They carried her up the staircase and tucked her into bed, noticing that she hadn't woken up. "Wow... I wonder what's made her so tired," her mother wondered aloud, walking out of the room, with John following her. "I know, it's str-" he began to say, when he looked straight at the darkness outside. Jodie followed his eyes before she realised it was a mistake. Her parents fell to the floor, one after another, copying Naomi's action.

_/*\_

"Taga oy dora! Hoodar iva montav!"

Clouds crowded the sky as a silhouette was spotted. It seemed to be standing just outside the entrance to the town, and the streets, which included Naomi's house, could be faintly seen in the distance. The clouds brought fog and rain; but more importantly, darkness.

28-Feb-2012 20:25:20 - Last edited on 29-Feb-2012 17:16:05 by Lady Railly

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"Taga oy dora! Hoodar iva montav!" it shouted at the top of its lungs and then laughed triumphantly as it saw the clouds. It was now pitch-black, and its shadow could be seen no more. It smiled to itself as it could hear many thumps as the foolish looked straight at the darkness and fell asleep. The figure closed its eyes, as to not fall asleep itself, and began walking towards the streets, almost like a cat would do - a cat could see in the dark and have better senses in it than others, particularly humans. It crept up to the doors of the houses and began opening the doors of many. Then, it came to quietly creep in and, as many families were poor and did not have any upstairs, discover the sleeping ones in the hallways or the lounges. It would sigh, obviously disappointed; and then return back outside, closing the door quietly as to not worry the families when they eventually awakened. The stranger would repeat this with many houses, each seeming not to have the desirable thing that it wanted.

Eventually, it came to Naomi's house. The figure attempted to open the door, before realising it couldn't. This led to one thing; it was locked. Seeing as this was the last house on the roads, and every other house was - for one, not locked and for two, lacking an upstairs - this person knew that this house was special. Which led it to believe another thing. This was the thing it was looking for. With a half-smile, it made its way back into the forest, already seeming to be deep in thought.

_/*\_

Naomi's eyes fluttered open and then automatically closed again, as a reflex of directly looking into pure daylight. She turned her head slightly to the side and reopened them, now taking the time for her eyes to adjust and take in the scene. She was in her bedroom - but she hadn't remembered going there, for the last thing she did remember was sitting in her living room, talking to her parents.

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"Hmm..." she murmured to herself, pulling back the duvet... and discovering she was still in her clothes from the day before. "That's weird..." Sleepily, she rose, and just at that moment a knock emitted from downstairs, shattering the silence that had followed her speech.

The girl opened the door, only to nearly trip over her mother and father who were lying in the hallway, fast asleep. Naomi - as another reflex albeit one that had developed only since she had taken fighting lessons - checked them both to see if they had any injuries. None. Good. She had realised that they were innocently asleep and was about to wake them up when she heard another knock, reminding herself just why she had got up and out of her cosy bed. This time, the knock sounded more impatient.

Hurrying down the stairs, Naomi noticed a postman at the door. However, this wasn't any old postman. She recognised him from when she recieved a letter at Lucy's, two years ago. ~Must be a regular around here,~ she told herself as she opened the door. "Yes?" she asked curiously.

"Are you Naomi Yvak?" he asked, seemingly having no expression to both his face and voice. The young girl nodded in response as she was handed a letter. The postman quickly left as she closed the block of willow and unfolded the piece of paper. Her lips formed into a smile as she read the contents.

"Dear Naomi,

It appears that we have not seen each other in two years. However, I am sure that you remember me. I am still in the Vetini Vati, and I would like to invite you to a reunion. This is because we need to tell you something... something that we think is too important to tell you over a letter. There is also the additional risk of someone finding the information instead of you, which we don't want as you wouldn't be able to know then, would you? You just need to meet us, at any time today, at our headquarters. Hopefully you will remember where they are! I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,
Naglad."

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~I wonder what the important information is...~ she thought as she raced upstairs to shake her parents awake. This was done with ease, and her mother particularly was a little shocked as to why she was sleeping in the hallway. She asked the girl what happened, and she shrugged in response. John went downstairs to make himself breakfast. "But anyway, I got a letter from Naglad saying he's going to create a reunion and he's invited me!" Naomi exclaimed excitedly, handing her mum the letter. She read it over and even she smiled, albeit sleepily. "Hey, good for you," she mumbled, folding up the piece of paper and handing it back to her daughter. "So when are you going to go?"

"Can I go now?" Naomi asked hopefully. As soon as her eyes recieved the nod, she was out of the door - but wait. What if it was all a set-up? She bounded upstairs again and sheathed her sword, which she had called Melior due to the letters engraved on it. Before her mother could understand what was happening, Naomi had exited the house and had set off towards the forest. She could barely walk due to her excitement, but a miniscule part of her kept her on her feet as they were telling her that it might be a trick.

_/*\_

Naomi smiled to herself as she scooped leaves hanging off branches out of her eyes, coming quickly to the Vetini Vati headquarters. She had recognised the place from a fair distance – it was pretty easy to spot, with the fan-like canopy and the groups of thick sticks laid around the sides. She stepped forward a single step and reached out a hand to knock. Before she could, the door opened, and Naglad greeted her at the doorway.

“Naomi! It’s you! We’ve been waiting for you for a while now. I’m so glad you’re here. Please, come inside.”

The girl obediently took another step forward and a smile crossed her lips again as she recognised the fallen logs, the campfire in the middle, and the water pot in the corner.

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