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Cutscene 35: One night of celebration

Summer, 2015

William and Ami borrowed the house outside Everfier for their wedding. They’d initially been hesitant about being in the Overcurrent for it, but their desire to have Rick and his family there was strong enough to outweigh their concerns. The house was secluded enough to give them privacy, but still close enough to a major city to make traveling easier. Easier for Ami’s parents, too, who Risa and Zane escorted there from the Mid-grounds.

The other benefit of having the ceremony outside of a city was that there would be fewer people to pick up on the fact that the Dragon Lord was attending. Risa wasn’t sure if he’d been invited because Ami and William felt obligated to or because they actually wanted to thank him for all the help. Maybe both.

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Cutscene 33: Network status

There hadn’t been any indication during the journey that the Angel meant her harm. Still, Whitley couldn’t let herself relax just yet. This was, after all, the same Angel who’d firmly planted herself at the Dragon Lord’s side in such a short span of time and the same Angel who had supported that phoenix’s actions before the Council. She was dangerous, regardless of how she might try to make herself seem less so by tripping or landing unceremoniously in prickly bushes.

Further, their last leg of the journey was almost complete. That meant that they’d be in the Angel’s lair soon. The Angel would have even more of an advantage there.

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Cutscene 32: Things to do, places to be

(Note: So sorry everyone and thank you for being patient! The good news is that the rest of the serial is completely written now. Normal updates resume today.)

Chrys ran her hand along the cold stones of the castle walls as she walked. It was quiet. Too quiet. Oppressively quiet. “Time for something to epically self-destruct” quiet. She could make that happen, probably. She could, but…

…Her lack of interest in pranks was worrying. Was she sick?

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Cutscene 28: A favor

It was Liam that opened the door. Rick hadn’t told him that he was coming over or why. He’d considered it, but had ultimately decided that that might make the situation more stressful. This way, at least, he hadn’t felt pressured to talk to the demon. He still could back out, make an excuse for why he was there, and try again another day. Liam was smiling as he invited him in. It made Rick feel a bit bad that he actually wasn’t there to spend time with his friend. Maybe after he spoke with the demon.

The demon…

Rick swallowed to keep the sick feeling from making him change his mind when he saw the demon. He was sitting on a couch in the living room, one hand holding an open book, the other stroking the back of the small drake that was curled up in his lap. The drake had her head lifted to look at Rick. The demon didn’t turn, but Rick knew he was also watching him.

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Cutscene 27: Precautions

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Nico followed his nephew and the human into the living room of the house. It looked just the same as every other Overcurrent home he’d been in, architecture-wise. Not that he’d been in many and not for centuries. Still, if there was one thing the Overcurrent could be counted on to do (or not to do, as the case may be), it was to keep from changing things that worked fine. Even the pieces of furniture and their placements reminded him of those days when this city was young.

Speaking of young…

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Cutscene 26: Furniture work

“Thanks again for helping with this.”

William looked up from the bed that they were in the process of disassembling. “Of course.”

Rick fiddled with the screwdriver in his hand. “You’ve helped so much lately. Thank you.”

He studied his cousin a moment, then sighed. “Like I said, I’m sorry you had to go through that, but I’m glad that my experiences with him can be helpful.”

“Are you sure…?” Rick ran a hand through his hair. “Sorry, I know I ask you this every time the subject comes up.”

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Cutscene 24: Master plan

(Note: I hope anyone affected by the blizzard in the NE United States is warm and safe! I’ve been hiding inside with my roommate, watching the snow pile up. Not looking forward to tomorrow’s commute.)

It was a place only an aquatic creature could get to. Even then it was difficult to navigate correctly through the expansive labyrinth of narrow tunnels that alternated between being completely filled with water and dry chambers that necessitated shifting to a non-aquatic (or amphibious) form to get to the next water-filled tunnel opening. Finding the first opening that led from the lake to the tunnels was even more difficult. He doubted that many had the ability and determination to make the voyage.

Of course, that was why Elora had chosen that particular chamber as the place she went when she wanted time alone with her thoughts. The thoughts that were most precious to her and that she normally shared only in small bits and pieces when necessary or in more detail with people she trusted.

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Cutscene 23: A different dinner

Fresh laughter erupted in the other room of the human family’s house. Aubrey tried to look through the doorway. The angle wasn’t quite right, so she only caught sight of a piece of a feathered boa and some other similar flashy accessories. She wasn’t sure which accessories were being worn by which participant of the game, but it sounded like Liam and the little girl were both having fun.

“He’s so good with her,” the woman across from her commented.

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Cutscene 22: Dinner with a side of depressing

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As far as Risa was concerned, the one thing that William’s dad was absolutely awesome at was mimicking a puffer fish with his face. His cheeks just rounded out so much on either side of his frown when he was attempting to choke back a rant about Fey and, more specifically, demons. She couldn’t tell if holding it in was for his son’s benefit or to keep himself from getting killed. Evidence highly suggested it was the latter. When she’d encountered him alone in Everfier, he hadn’t held back. She was pretty sure that he lectured William when she wasn’t around. Without fail, though, every time he had to be in the same room as Zane, the puffer fish face came out.

The first time she’d seen puffer!Eric, it had been towards the end of their adventures while she was regaining her memories. He’d been vocal about her being dangerous until someone had very obviously tried to change the subject while looking at Zane (who was actually not at all showing any signs of aggression at the time). Puffer face had come out after that. And continued to come out during subsequent encounters.

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Cutscene 21: Lunch with a side of intimidation

Ami took her time wiping down her last table from the lunch rush. She didn’t want to be left with nothing to do. That would make it painfully hard to ignore the fact that she was at work in the Mid-grounds instead of out there in the other worlds with her friends. Wherever they were and whatever they were doing. She hadn’t heard from either of them in…well, it must have been over two months by now. She couldn’t say she was really surprised not to hear anything from Zane, but she’d been hoping since it would be easy for him to do so.

According to William, there were systems allow letters to be sent between the Overcurrent and the Mid-grounds. There was often a delay between sending it and it reaching the intended recipient due to the rotation of the portal outside Reinvale. Then more delays as the letters were checked over by the organization in charge of Fey and Overcurrent citizens in whichever country the mail was going to. So it wasn’t fast, but it was doable. Zane could have sent a letter.

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