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    [Evening Vigil --> Down the Rabbit Hole!]

    Once again, righteous rage manages to overpower very rational fear. He will come to hate the fact that love for his daughter is what fuels this terrible anger he feels, but for now it is only a tool. A weapon to turn against the creatures that dared steal his daughter. He would knock someone quite senseless just for deliberately frightening one of his kids. What will he do to things that committed a transgression as monumental as this one?

    Adir knows he is a violent man. He has spent several years now trying not to be. Yet now he must consciously reckon with the fact that it is the violent man who saved his family tonight. It's a terrible, violent man who is going to scoop Cassie up and bring her home. Gods, just the thought of touching her with those hands... with his murderer's hands...

    The idea of ruining something so perfectly good and pure that way is utterly revolting.

    The thoughts race back and forth across his troubled mind like shadows in fog. It takes Sarget's voice to break his reverie. "...I have some idea," he affirms, but takes the branch anyways. He tucks it into his belt, staring at it with some wonder. He looks at Sarget, blue eyes flashing in the ports of his mask. To Sarget it might be like looking into another face. "Thank you."

    Then he swings himself into the pool of shadow and is gone.
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    [New Friends, New Games, and a Basket of Brownies]

    It didn't really look that much fire. It was way too bright, for one. It wasn't all flickery or coming in sheets. Not like the fire in the fireplace at all. It was more like... loops? Like a swinging jump-rope coming in waves.

    The kids probably don't have much context for what a solar flare looks like. Honestly neither does Lapis. She doesn't really know the words for describing what she does, either.

    "I guess so?" Lapis replies uncertainly. "Maybe just a little bit. I just needed to make the rock warm for Mister Turtle."

    Well there we go.

    Mystery solved.

    Then she thinks about that a bit longer as she stands up, her knees all wet thanks to the marshy soil around the pond.

    "But... I guess it isn't like any of hearths that we've got at Vigil. Maybe it isn't fire?"
    she wonders.

    Lapis really isn't an expert on different types of fire. She just breaths it sometimes.
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    "Yeah it's different. But it's hot right? That's kinda like breaking fire." Laela observes. That's, like, the most important part.

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    Blanche's cheeks light up a tad at Anika's affections, nodding in agreement. "And if anyone gets into an argument about whether or not a stab actually hits or something, you can come down and decree if it did or not." She certainly remembers the good ol' "yeah it did- no it didn't" arguments from growing up.

    "I'm sure she'd be happy to have another person to play with, and I doubt it's anything personal. Just, y'know, not having a thing you two enjoy playing together yet. But maybe this'll be different." They aren't too different by age, right? Surely not enough to distance the two of them too much?
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    "That doesn't sound too bad does it, Lady Jilli-"

    "You gotta have a tournament!" Anika interrupts as she raises her hand into the air.
    "All you need is a big sheet of paper and write, like, 'Jillian's big tournament' on it. Maybe with a drawing of two knights fighting for effect. Then you write a date when it happens and put it in the Frescot house. You got a guaranteed audience right away! Then all you need to do is arrange for some duels that you can judge. Super-easy." Anika makes a gesture of brushing off her hands against one another as Cessie raises her eyebrow in the druids direction.
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    Jillian looks between the two women. Anika is perhaps a bit overwhelming. "But I don't know any other kids that sword fight." She says. How're they supposed to have a tournament then?

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    [New Friends, New Games, and a Basket of Brownies]

    "Yeah it's really hot," Lapis confirms. "So I guess you're right? It's pretty much breathing fire."

    Breathing out really hot stuff is definitely breathing fire.

    Like when it's a cold day and your breath fogs?

    Children totally pretend that's breathing fire.

    And if the stuff you're breathing can make other stuff catch on fire?

    That's DEFINITELY breathing fire even if the thing you're breathing isn't technically fire.

    "It's 'cuz I'm a dragon. Dragons breath fire," Lapis reminds Laela, just in case she forgot. "I think some dragons breath other things too but I'm not that sort."

    Like poisonous gas!

    Lots of dragons do that but fire is WAY cooler.
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    Blanche chuckles at her partners enthusiasm, sipping from the teacup. "One thing at a time, Anika! She can worry about trying to arrange tournaments or whatever after she's figured out things with Cora first!"
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    It looks like Anika is going to come up with another suggestion when the combination of Blanche's protests and Cessie's sharp look makes her pipe down.

    The sorceress turns back to her daughter and smiles calmly. "Cora might know a few if you talk to her." She points out. "You know how energetic your sister can be. I'm sure she could convince most of the Frescots to become sword fighters only so she can beat them all."
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    [New Friends, New Games, and a Basket of Brownies]

    "Cora breathes fire too. That's because her dad was a dragon. Er, a half dragon." Laela explains. "Bastion's different though. He can breathe out sand. It's weird." She grins.

    [Playing Around]

    Jillian does look a tad overwhelmed, but Cessie brings it down to earth. She grins. "Yeah, but that's how Cora bonked Laela on the head." She smacks her own forehead to illustrate.

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    [New Friends, New Games, and a Basket of Brownies]

    "He breaths out sand?" Lapis echoes, looking pretty grossed out by that idea. She's gotten sand in her mouth before when she's in human shape and it wasn't fun at all. Not even a little bit. "Wouldn't that make his mouth gross after he does it?"

    Man.

    Some dragons breath out really weird things.

    What's up with that, anyway?

    Why can't dragons just breath out NORMAL stuff like fire?

    "I got sand in my mouth before I didn't love it even a LITTLE bit."

    Arguably, Lapis, most people wouldn't want fire getting in their mouth either.

    ...and now all this talk of putting things in her mouth is making her hungry. "Since we finished helping the turtle do you want to see if your parents finished dinner? Or did you want to play something else?"

    They hadn't actually set out to help a turtle acquire a sunning rock but that's what the adventure turned into.
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    [New Friends, New Games, and a Basket of Brownies]

    "I don't think he gets sand in his mouth, though." Laela remarks after thinking about it for a moment. It's definitely a bit weird, though. Lapis won't hear any arguments there.

    "I'm pretty hungry." Laela decides as soon as food is mentioned. Funny how that happens. "Get up, Lucy, we're going now."

    "Aw." The younger girl complains. "Bye Mr. Turtle. Enjoy your rock." She reaches out and pats the turtle on his shells and then pushes herself up. She's pretty muddy now, actually, but she sure doesn't care.

    Seeing that they're headed out, Russell is the first to head out. He wants to lead the group on the walk back, so he wastes no time.

    Though there's one problem left. "You gotta get off my head, lizard." Laela scolds. She goes to poke at the lizard again.

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    [New Friends, New Games, and a Basket of Brownies]

    "The next time you see him you should ask if he gets and in his mouth," Lapis suggests.

    She's trying to figure out what breathing sand would even be good for.

    Breathing fire is great! You can heat things up or set things on fire.

    But... what's breathing SAND for?

    Maybe... if you wanted to build a sand castle but you aren't at a beach?

    It's a real mystery.

    And then, as Laela's finger nears the lizard, he hisses loudly at her.

    Man.

    That lizard is just NOT moving.

    She might have to get her dad to help.
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    [New Friends, New Games, and a Basket of Brownies]

    Laela doesn't know what breathing sand is for either, but is it for anything? It just is. Really though she's just thinking about this dang lizard on her head. She tugs her hand away and scowls. "Okay, lizard. Be that way. You're gonna be in trouble, though." She marks after her younger siblings back toward the house. Her dad is gonna have some words for this lizard.

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    A flash of surprised recognition seems to pass over Blanche's face when Cessie mentions the Frescots, although she seems to hide it with a light blush. A brief sense of confusion and curiosity lingers in her eyes, however; are these the Frescots she's thinking of?

    "Sounds like you'll just have to convince Mom to buy y'all some helmets then," the catgirl wisely advises with a smile.
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    Cessie laughs as Jillian displays what happened but is quick to correct Blanche. "They have helmets." The firmness of her voice seems to be more directed towards some not-present children rather than the catgirl herself as Cessie is looking towards the window as she speaks.

    "But Cora and Laela aren't too keen on using them are they, ladybug?" She smiles and gently strokes her daughters hair. "That's why accidents sometimes happen, but..." Her mom suddenly smiles mischievously. "I do have some knight helmets for them. If they can earn them that is. As the lady of the house I think you will be able to determine if they're true knights or not."

    Anika takes another sip of invisible tea. "Ehh, she had a lot of protective gear on her last time I saw her. I think she's fine."
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    "I think they forget." Jillian observes, extremely generously. "Knight helmets? Like real ones? Where'd you get those? But will it fit with Laela's hair?" Jillian chatters.

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