Twi brought his water filled hands swiftly to his face, letting the cold liquid trickle down his cheeks. He inhaled, and then exhaled heavy, gripping the sides of the porcelain sink in the excessively pampered house of Nova. He tightly shut his eyes. His grip relaxed as he mumbled possibilities and plans under his breath. He reached for a towel and wiped his face.
"You could let me have a whack at that wacko." Said an androgynous voice from the empty bathtub. Twi jumped; momentarily surprised that he wasn't alone. He realized how rare an occurrence THAT was and walked over, peering down into the tub at his sibling, whose bored blue eyes gazed up into his.
"No hurting anyone, Kenny, I'd prefer that this is handled without violence."
"If she tries anything else that proposition is null and void. You might be too scared to hurt her feelings, but I'm not afraid to hurt her EVERYTHING." They lifted themselves up and crawled out; brushing off the crumbs of multiple treats they had stolen from the buffet table.
"I understand you're protective over those you care about, but I don't think she means harm by her actions."
"You're right, she's just a two faced cunt." They said blandly, cracking their neck and twisting their torso. "Brief derailing, but sleeping in a bathtub? Not the wisest move I've been known to do."
Twi rolled his eyes and crossed his arms. "I presume you did this to liberate yourself from the company of the birthday girl?"
"Yeah- couldn't stand her faulty behavior, Lizzy and I bailed before she could even finish her sentence. I try to see the best in everyone, but watching how she looked at you like you were some 'prize' and the rest of our family like a fucking joke was WAY too damn much."
The albino began to cough, he beat his chest then swallowed and rubbed his teared up eyes.
"Well what do you suggest I do? I don't
really appreciate her company, but I'm afraid of hurting her, I'm afraid of causing a scene." His breath quickened "Around all those people
"You could tell her you're uninterested in her creepy advances and then I could push her down a flight of stairs."
Twi glared at the agendered being, who replied with merely a smirk.
"I'm serious, Kenny-"
"Yeah yeah, I know. Don't worry- I have more self control, even with Ken in me." They shoved their hands in their pockets and rocked back and forth.
"But I think you should just be blunt and honest with her, regardless of what scene she'll give, it's better than letting her fool herself into thinking she has a chance with you or something. Also you're better than to let someone control and dictate your future and your emotions towards him, her or anyone else. So Speak up."
Twi understood that Kenny did have a point, but the very idea of her going off on him was a less than pleasant visual, he pursed his lips before straining a request.
"Do you think you could talk to her for me and I'll come along and nod my head- so uh-"
"Yeah sure, whatever, just so long as she doesn't think I'm trying to be a controlling family member or some shit. And if she does- again- stairs."
"A ledge mayhaps
"Stop thinking about mortally wounding anyone who messes with people you care about-"
"A nuclear bomb
"AUGH come on." He grasped their hand and walked back out to the party.
Nova was enjoying the evening, everyone was congratulating her on her new-found husband.
"Oh he's so smart! You two will have highly intelligent children, I bet!"
"I wonder whose eyes they'll get!"
"When is the wedding? Have you picked a date?"
Nova raised her head proudly Her lips curled in glee as she smugly responded knowingly to each positive remark she received. There was nothing that could spoil THIS moment. Until she heard a voice call to her.
Twi sunk back, the terror of confrontation building up in him again. Kenny on the other hand, proceeded forward. No way in hell was some stuck up chick going to harass their friends and family- NO WAY.
"HEY YOU! WEASEL CHICK." Nova froze in place.
No one had ever called her a WEASEL- a weasel. How DARE they. Her expression shifted to rage, she turned to face the individual that dishonored her.
"AHAA- WHOOO are you?" she strained, trying to appear sweet and non-threatening, her pupils shrunk.
"I'm Twi's sibling, the one you invited and then ate all your tiny cakes. And you know what?" Kenny got close to her face "They were fucking DELICIOUS." They backed off briefly, and then continued. "Oh and Twi isn't interested in your creepy advances. So you should shove off- or I'll help-" They turned to Twi who was narrowing his eyes at them. In response, they raised their white-gloved hands from their pockets, presenting clean fingers and palms, and then shoved them back into their pants. "Soooo- YEAH, leave him alone."
Nova turned to Twi, manipulating her face too appear deeply torn, her soul appearing shattered.
"I-Is what this creepy Effeminate boy telling the truth?"
Kenny rolled their eyes, like they hadn't heard that one before. Really? This chick.
He sunk down into his shoulders and furrowed his brows, glancing at Kenny for reassurance. They jerked their head slightly in Nova's direction, queuing him to proceed. He exhaled and rubbed his eyes.
"Yes Nova. It's true. I'm sorry but- um- See I'm not ready for any sort of relationship."
Max called from a distance "HE'S IN A LONG TERM COMMITMENT WITH HIS LAB."
Twi met this with an exasperated sigh.
Nova had never been told, "you can't have that, Nova, that does not belong to you." it was usually followed by "But we can get you one!" and "How much does that cost? my daughter- she truly wants it."
There was only one time in her life that Nova had been told not to do something, and that was in a renowned museum of Catheitria. Those inquisitive folks behind their marble counters never expected that a 5 year olds voice could be that penetrating, and frightening. Though the curved archways and softened surfaces did indeed help intensify the sound waves of Nova's wails.
She shook in fury, which prompted Sirius to rise from his table and join the striped sweater wearing sibling of his terrified chum who was hiding behind their torso.
"Somethin' wrong doll face? You don't look too good." He of course, knew that expression before. He'd stolen from enough rich folk to know when one was about to blow their lid.
Kenny on the other hand, merely yawned and looked to Sirius.
"Enjoying the party?"
"Got wasted earlia', but you know how long that stuff has effect on me, what about-chya' self kiddo?"
"Stole her food then bailed, then came back to help out nebbish back here." They pointed to their brother who was still hiding his face, merely peeking up to wave limp fingers at Sirius, who blinked and twisted his mouth, somewhat bemused by Twi's behavior.
"Wait, yer seriously scared of this gal's-" Sirius stopped mid sentence to stare at the fuming female who's face was far more contorted than before.
Only her heavy breathing was heard before Kenny mumbled.
"Holy shit. I need to draw that face- that's fucking hilarious."
Which was followed by screams, one sounding very much like "I'LL KILL YOU! YOU FUCKING BASTARD!" But one couldn't be too sure through the "OH GOD AAA HELP ME, PUNCH HER IN THE FACE." And "Man this champagne is really good, where did you get it Mariamis?"
(Mariamis of course got it from a discount shelf, but Bretick didn't need to know that.)
Sirius blocked Nova, but was thrown into the nearest buffet table (he didn't have much of an issue with this being his landing spot) Kenny and Twi, in a matter of seconds, fumbled over to the table their friends were sitting and slid under the sheet.
"I told you! I told you it was going to end badly!" Twi said, flailing his arms.
Kenny chortled and shook their head "She has two more strikes before I rip off her fucking head, you're aware of that right?"
They paused, hearing their uncle laugh, warning them as he nudged the two of them with his foot.
"You two better get a move on, she's coming this way!"
Pyth wasn't much for violence, but he knew Kenny was bluffing and that the two of them could easily get out of this mess via teleporting. It wasn't until he heard Kenny mutter, "Fuck this, I'm calling dad." He tensed up and slipped his head under the table, pointed at them, and said with quickened breath: "No."
"Why not? He could just step on her, couldn't he?"
"HE WOULDN'T DO TH-" Twi paused and scratched his chin. "Hm
You know I'm not sure, I know he could
"No bringing him into this, OR-" Pyth glared at Kenny "Viren."
"Now you're just not letting me have any fun what so ever, are you?"
Pyth rolled his eyes and looked up, seeing Nova toss over tables, her hair was a mess, burnt in certain areas- apparently she managed to piss off Sirius enough for him to consider arson. (Or murder, but he'd BLAME it on arson.)
Alright- Time for us to leave, everyone!"
Max was biting his hands, grinning in anticipation as Nova approached.
"wait." he said, holding up a finger and looking innocently at Pyth.
"Max- COME ON." Pyth called, pulling Twi and Kenny out from under the table and running towards the door, their beanpole figures flailing behind him.
Max glanced at his friends, nodding at Kenny who was mouthing 'DO IT.' That is when the psychic proceeded to extended his arm upward, then smirked as the malicious mink advanced.
Outside Kenny and Twi followed behind Pythagrious, who was trying to get a decent signal to his ship. He twisted his lips and furrowed his brows in confusion, but turned to the two of them with a smile
"It looks like we'll have to continue walking until I have a fixed signal, it shouldn't be too far though."
Kenny and Twi both waved their hands in reassurance, "No problem!" They replied, then went back to carrying on their own conversation.
Kenny was ruminating, looking troubled and concerned.
"Do you think I was too harsh back in there? I mean granted, I didn't expect her to react well but-- I hadn't expected that sort of response from her."
Twi shifted uneasily and placed a hand on their shoulder in support.
"Hey, at least you were honest with her- Maybe she's NEVER had to deal with someone saying those things to her, perhaps that IS her first time to being told no." He hesitated "You did also say you ate all her petit fours."
Kenny averted their eyes and crossed their arms, shoving their fingers under their pits and tightening their jaw, trying to prevent themselves from grinning too much.
"well... I was being honest."
Twi smirked and let out a calm sigh, "You are the master of tact."
"Tact and maturity, my good sir." Kenny winked and shoved a finger up their nostril.
He let out a laugh and swatted at them "Gross." But he could still see their fixed concerned expression, even through their jovial and silly display. He twiddled his thumbs.
"I should have handled it better than I did." Twi glanced up at them as they tightened their jaw.
"I should have left the party, yanno? I was way too angry and I wasn't thinking straight, I said things way too aggressively."
Twi rocked back and forth and glanced to the side
"well- yes, you were very angry, but we've gone over this, you tend to react that way when the people you care about are threatened." He smiled softly, the tip of his tail moving gently back and forth "I Appreciate you sticking up for me."
"Hey, no problem, you know I've got your back. Especially against stinky poo-faces" they gave him a thumbs up then poked his arm "bweep!"
Once the three of them had FINALLY found the patio, They stared out to the bright light and marble steps and railing. (They walked through the house about 4 times, Kenny counted 10 bathrooms, Twi wasn't counting for anything but tripped on several different carpets.) Kenny perked up and let out a loud happy cry.
Two long antenna like hair pieces twitched and perked up, followed by the raising head of a purple-horned girl who was covered in an enormous amount of furry chinchilla-fox-like creatures called flauffs. The group met her side and surrounded her like the animals had.
"Hey, party over?"
"For us? Yes." replied Twi who was looking exhausted. Lizzy turned to him and grit her teeth, sucking in air through the gaps of her choppers "eee-yeahhh... I saw that the weasel chick had wedding plans for you. That's when Kenny and I decided to split."
Kenny gave a nod, cutting in after she had finished "Yeah, I told 'em. I had a little talk with her-"
"Uh-oh." Chuckled Lizzy, knowing full well what it meant when her friend chose to "talk" with someone they were not keen with. "I take it she didn't handle the blunt truth well?"
"Apparently; Max and Sirius are dealing with her tantrum right now."
Lizzy brought her head back in surprise "JESUS, tantrum? What the hell did you TELL her?"
"Uhhh... Let's see, I told her to leave him alone and that he wasn't interested in her creepy advances? OH! And that I ate all her tiny cakes."
"Oh, yeah, Those tiny cakes- serious business."
"Yeah, I know, I mean- I would have snapped too."
"I think anyone in the right frame of mind would have snapped at the mention of their tiny cakes being eaten."
Twi's mumbling finally cut through their cake conversation. "Oh my god I was about to be forcibly engaged to a psychopath." Kenny pat his back
"Yeah that seems to happen to you a lot, you should stop that."
"What? Stop being stalked by malevolent women?"
"Yeah, maybe it's those big ol' blue eyes--"
"WE HAVE THE SAME EYES."
"I Know, we're irre-fuckin'-sistible."
A voice cut between them
"I'll tell you what you are! A nuisance!"
The group turned their heads to a tall curvacious women with wide set hips and large furry ears, her pink eyes glared down at them as her hands rested against her plump furry sides.
"Oh! Hey Jules. It a food fight in there? You have a little frosting- er- custard- in your hair." Remarked Kenny, pointing at her pink locks that dripped with some indistinguishable desert.
The fauna female fumed and pointed back at her foolish friend.
"Every time your little family shows up, something goes horribly awry, and I have to write back about it! I come to this party to relax and I get hit by that STAR of yours."
"So I guess you could say you were star struck."
The group turned to look at Kenny, who tried their hardest to keep and straight face.
"AUGH." Jule's covered her face with her hands, "this is NOT how I wanted to spend my evening." Twi and Kenny, at equal pace, held out handkerchiefs to her. Jules took Twi's, narrowing her eyes at Kenny for their out of place pun. (But Kenny would argue that NO pun is out of place.) Jule's dabbed her face with the cloth and proceeded to speak
"It is, indeed, a war in there- no thanks to you two, what on earth did you say to that young girl?"
"Do I really need to repeat it, AGAIN?" Kenny said giving a sigh, of course they were joking,
"I just told her to stop being creepy and to leave Twi alone."
Jules looked up thoughtfully her ears twitching as she mumbled to herself. "Are you absolutely sure there was nothing about weasels or cake in the mix?"
"Wait, there were weasels in that cake mix?" Kenny proceeded to fake vomit on all of them, Jules rolled her eyes.
"She was screaming something about not being a weasel, and something about tiny cakes."
Kenny turned to Lizzy, squishing their cheeks as they gasped.
"Lizzy! We were right!"
"Chhh, yeah." Lizzy slipped on a pair of black sunglasses and looked out to the middle distance.
Twi mumbled, pointing at them "a-are those tiny sunglasses on all those flauffs?" The flauffs that were crowding around Lizzy, were all now donning tiny mock shades, and looked out in the same direction as she.
"Really? No one else finds this weird?" Twi looked around, but the others in the group didn't seem to notice, or mind.
As the group continued to talk amongst themselves, Pythagrious had wandered farther from the house and toward the entrance of the forest. Pythagrious looked to the dwelling nervously and furrowed his brows, still no signal. He was starting to worry that Nova's family might be more powerful than what they were letting on.
He knew very little about their family other than the general knowledge of how they somehow came across a vast sum of riches, and were so prosperous that they were able to bribe their way into the regiment of kings and queens of the varying nations of Darem, he was as clueless as everyone else. A rumor that was often thought upon by those who were outside the knowledge of the varying mages in their society was that they were from an outside world. Pythagrious knew better, though, and was able to see when magic was being used irresponsibly. His suspicions were in fact correct, as he came to find out while attending the festivities. While the rest of the group were doing their own little projects and dealing with Nova, he was able to explore the interior of the castle, and came to find it wasn't a new establishment, nor was it one that he thought still stood.
Kenny glanced down at their hand and noticed it vibrating and glowing a bright greenish glow. They sucked in and shaped their hand into the shape of a phone and held it to their head.
"Yeah? Sirius? Hello? Everything OK in there?"
Sirius's voice boomed from seemingly nowhere and responded with a strained "YEAH- UH- SO SHE KNOWS MAGIC- CRAP."
"She knows a magical crap?"
Sirius was momentarily silent "Yes." he said briefly.
Kenny grinned, "Alright, so what's going on in there? Do you need help?"
"Nah we got it, I'm a god, rememba'? Just know we might be a while, we lost track-a 'er parents, I suggest ya' guys get far away from 'ere as soon as possible, I don't think 'er family izas clueless as they let on."
Kenny perked their head, looking towards the windows and seeing familiar shapes still fighting inside.
"Is that... Tarrant in there?"
"What? Oh- YEAH! The kid is a lot tougha' than he looks- he's givin' the credit to his scarf but he's been handlin' Nova's spells like a champ, Gil's 'ere too, but I think he got 'ere against his will."
"Ah!-- can Max send him out here? Where is that guy anyway?"
"Oh man! Haha you should have seen how Max handled 'er, it was intense!"
Kenny's lips curled "Oh DO tell..."