Monday, August 5, 2013

Fabi: Don't Care, Because If You Do, You'll End Up Dead (Part 1)

((Set during the demon wars.))
((And um, she/I was in a really weird mood through the whole thing, so... Consider yourself warned))
((There may or may not actually be a part two. We'll see.))

Fabi appeared with her knife of halite, which in all honesty was just a fancy word for rock salt, but if it sounded more important, that could only be a good thing, so she kept it as mysterious as possible. 
She took a moment to survey her surroundings, taking in the demoness that had taken over her friend, Sapphire Iota. Another was currently in Ari, and using the mental link to drive Niccolo Croatoan out of his own head. Fabi shivered nervously, but was about to attack him anyway, when she saw Death Rose flung into a tree, and the demon inside Saph start after her. She started towards her friends, knife at the ready, but it was too late. The mix of emotions brought the demon called Rein out of Death. Lovely.
Fabi frowned. She felt something stirring in her, a presence she hadn't felt in a long time, and she knew it was Ophelia's attempt to weaken her using what was already there. Clever, actually. She had the advantage of a rather good mood, all things considering, and she'd just come from yoga class. Meditation works wonders for mind and body, she mused, and was genuinely considering an attempt to lead everyone in a version of the sun salutation when she actually focused for a moment and saw Niccolo Croatoan going insane. Or, um, insaner than he was, she didn't see how he could possibly be anything near sane with all those names in his head. Zaf was trying to kill him, Saccharine was gloating and angering anyone who shipped Nikola Tesla, and oh wait, Saccharine was possessing Ari and controlling Croatoan through their mental link. How delightful.
Oh, and now Hantu Kopek, formerly Saph, was going to do something about her, possibly attack her. Even better.
"Is there a plan?" Fabi called out to no one in particular.
"FABI." Adra, thankfully not a demon, tossed over the bow and arrows. "I hope you have a plan. MageBay better not fail us this time."
Fabi grimaced inwardly as she caught the demon-killing weapon. As much as it annoyed her when no one recognized her strategizing, the fact that there were expectations for her wasn't good. Fabi defied expectations a lot, for good, bad or just weird. And it'd be bad this time, probably. Again, how nice in the most sarcastic way possible.
"Well then," Adra said, having hear Fabi's question belatedly, "No, not really. Revert them to their original forms... Stop Niccolo and MAKE SURE NIKOLA TESLA GOES ON THAT DATE."
Fabi notched an arrow and smiled slightly. "I'll do my best," she said, keeping her pessimistic side tucked into a corner of her mind.
She pointed the arrow threateningly at Hantu Kopek, who turned ghostly, using the ability Saph had ended up with. Yippee.
And then Fabi was flying through the air, clinging desperately to the bow and arrow. She melted her hairpins into a wire, latching it onto a tree and temporarily preventing the hard fall to the ground. She swung precariously back and forth, sending out another wire to an adjoining tree, hoping no one else was dying or turning into a demon below. She was not afraid of heights, not at all, not even a little, nope. And then the package from MageBay appeared at her feet. Only since she was suspended in midair, it fell and landed somewhere below her. Cue more sarcastic delight.
Fabi cursed and stretched the metal wires until she was back on solid ground. Thank goodness. Now to annoy the demons, she thought as she notched another arrow.
Suddenly, Hantu Kopek was flying at her. "I need that bow!"
Fabi shot one arrow quickly and without aim. Then, she tucked the bow into her larger-on-the-inside wallet, and pulled out a knife, which even though it wasn't a demon-killing weapon would be more useful at close range. Besides, maybe the demon wouldn't see where the bow was.
Actually, Fabi sort of believed that Ophelia was rooting around in her mind and could probably just read her thoughts and tell the other demons. So that whole hide-the-bow thing was kinda pointless. (NOTE: It is, as far as I know, uncertain whether Ophelia actually was rooting around in Fabi's mind or if Fabi was/is just paranoid)
She heard a slight gasp and focused again. There was the arrow, embedded in Saph's throat.

No, you're not going to panic, Fabi, because if you do, you'll be weak and the Demoness will come for you. And that is supposed to make you feel less panicky? Just saying. Well, since you're not going to panic, and you're not going to cry, and you can't fix her, you can't heal this... Well, there is a little you can do. You can pull the arrow out of her.

Fabi went into autopilot, melting the arrow out of her friend, and grimacing as Saph collapsed, looking at her with those blue eyes, and then they went blank and Fabi knew her friend was gone.

No time to cry, no time to let that feeling crunch inside you, let another mood take control, draw a line between the sides of you.

"I don't care! I love it!" The song she'd danced to in jazz class some time ago came echoing back, and she tried to believe in it, did the best she could. She turned up the volume of that mental CD player, and it was enough to drown the crunching feeling out. Later, when she thinks about that fact, a wave of guilt washes over her, and she doesn't stop it.
She grabbed the MageBay package from where it had fallen and tore it open. "One invisibility scarf," the packing slip said. She'd ordered a hat!
No time to worry about that, though. Hopefully the scarf would still shield her from all senses and allow her to sneak up on the demons.
She tied it around her neck, and felt the tingle. Time to test it out. She walked over to Saccharine and pulled out the bow, unnoticed. So far so good. When she let the arrow loose, though, it stopped less than a foot away from her, unable to leave the range of the spell. She cursed under her breath, then put away the bow an tried to tear the scarf off her neck. It wouldn't budge.


  1. I just realzies that I've read this only about a zillion times but I haven't commented. I love your writing style! Like, I don't even know what it is.. But I love love love it!

    Also with the expectations for a plan. Adra had no plan whatsoever- she didn't mean it in an "I expect you to have one" more of "you usually have kick ass ideas- do you have any?"
    But yeah.

  2. Thanks Adra [hugs]

    Fabi interpreted it a the way she did because she expected herself to have a plan, not sure if that makes sense...

    [hugs back]

  3. *Laughs* I don't know why I enjoy reading about myself dying, but I do... o_O
    I love your writing style, and Fabi TC is such a unique and interesting character :D