(It's alright :) ))
Cali stumbled as she was dragged along, trying to pull her arm free from the womans grip. "Quit struggling." The woman told her and Cali glanced back at Al to see if he was following, once she saw that he was she stopped trying to free herself and sighed. "Okay, okay... I'm following. Can you let me go, you're hurting my arm." She muttered, loosing her balance as the old woman suddenly released her arm with a huff.
The old woman came to a room where Al assumed was the back of the house. She hobbled to a seat at a small table in the middle of the room and ordered the two teens to sit as she lighted a few candles, illuminating the dark area. Al had a good visual of the lady's face and it wasn't very... appealing. He glanced at Cali before slowly taking a seat on the opposite side from the woman as if they had no choice.
Cali stayed a few steps behind the woman but sat when she told them to. She wasn’t scared, actually she was quite curious as to what the old woman wanted with them and shocked that their parents had been telling the truth about the forest. Cali looked around the room and noticed a bunch of dried herbs and candles and jars filled with liquids of various colours. Pendants hung on the walls and a few were suspended from the ceiling, of course she had no idea what any of them symbolized except for the fact that they were magic oriented. She quickly came to the conclusion that this woman was either crazy or she had a thing for working with witchy voodoo. Cali looked over at Al with a slightly amused look on her face, she could see that he was uneasy about the situation they were in but was hoping that he was as fascinated as she was. The woman had gathered some things from around the room and layed them out on the table in front of them before taking a seat herself.
"First thing I'd like to know," the woman's voice had a bit harshness to it but Al could tell that was how she normally spoke, "Which one of you broke my window?" She glanced between the two and noticed Al was shivering in fear so she locked eyes on him which only made him shake like a leaf. "I- um... We- uh," Al began, feeling he had no way to escape the truth. He glanced at Cali for help, clearly terrified of the woman just 2 feet away from them.
Cali noticed that Al was truly scared of the old woman, so she lied for him. “Yeah, that was my fault… I’m really sorry.” Cali lied smoothly. “I didn’t know there was anything besides trees in the forest here… I honestly didn’t expect to find a house and therefore didn’t expect to break a window.”
"I see," the woman responded, "Be careful next time." She looked down at her items in front of her, giving Al enough time to mouth 'Thank you' to Cali. When the woman looked up, she saw that Al was a bit more relaxed in her presence and made her a bit suspicious but she pushed the feeling aside. "Would you two be so kind to help out an old lady?" She asked with her harsh tone. The question raised an alarm which made Al now (even more) suspicious of her.
Cali gave a very enthusiastic nod to the woman, a look of sheer innocence on her face. She winked at Al when he thanked her silently before looking at the woman, “Well, it would depend on what you need help with, because if it’s dangerous and could result with either of us in the hospital or worse than we must decline.”
((Hey, sorry I haven’t been playing much of the old womans character but you seem to be doing a real good job of it :)
If you would like me to add some more stuff when it comes to playing the womans character I will, just didn’t know exactly if you had an idea or not and didn’t want to mess anything up :P ))
((lol It's fine xD And no I don't have any idea what I'm doing with her lol so if you want to do something with her go right ahead xD))
Al wanted to look at Cali like she was crazy but the old woman spoke, drawing his attention on her. "It won't if you know what you are doing," the old woman replied half lieing. "I need you two to take care a bit of revenge for me." This peaked Al's interest as he sat up straight. "What kind of revenge?" He asked but the old lady just creepily grinned at him and waited for the two to accept the favor. Al wasn't sure if he should agree but now the smell of adventure was dangling right in front of him and he didn't want to pass up the offer. He glanced at Cali as if to ask 'Is it safe?'
((Okay, lol! Just wanted to make sure ;) ))
“Revenge…” Cali mumbled to herself. This woman was crazy! She wanted them to get revenge for her… and she wasn’t exactly answering the question on whether it was safe or not. Cali, much like Al, was slowly being pulled to answer Yes on the account of an adventure but she was also being held firmly back by suspicion and common sense. “I don’t know, I’m not much one for revenge… What exactly would we be doing and what’s in it for us? Why ask for our help anyways? Is it because I broke the window, some kind of payback or something?” She shot questions at the old woman but she just continued to smile. Cali narrowed her eyes at the woman and asked again, “Why ask us?” The old woman picked up a sprig of dried thyme and started pulling off the leaves before glancing up at Cali with a dark grin, “Well, because you two are soon to be involved whether you wish to or not…”
"What does that even mean?" Al asked, his suspicion rising once again. The woman chuckled at the two's ignorance. "You will soon find out," she replied, "You will soon find out, Calalily, Al." Al's eyes widened. He didn't remember mentioning his name nor Cali's. "Who are you by the way?" He asked, now glaring at the old lady. "Ohoho. You finally ask this strange old woman her name. You're full of ignorance," the old lady responded, pushing the dried leaves in a pile. "Dana."
“Forgive us for being a smidge to freaked out to actually ask you what your name is. You might not believe this but it isn’t every day that one stumbles into the forest and finds a house inhabited by a woman who drags you to a dark room filled with weird items and tells you that you will be mixed up in something possibly dangerous in the FUTURE.” Cali says, sarcasm coating her words. “I don’t like your attitude so lose it before you lose your ability to speak.” Dana snapped. Cali clamped her lips shut, wanting to protest and say that she couldn’t do that but thinking it best not to push it, just in case.
Nodding as if accepting Cali's choice to remain quiet, Dana continued with her favor. "You see young ones," she began, no longer waiting for their cooperation, "There was a man. Sweet guy when I first met him but that was ages ago. This man was always into the art of magic and wanted to prove to the people that it indeed existed. With me as his apprentice, we searched for a legendary book of magic that was said to be just a myth." She paused and searched the two for any reponse. Al was confused but felt like he was being told an adventure story so he was practically leaning off the edge of his seat.
Cali sat there silently, listening carefully to the story. She glanced over at Al who looked as if he were about to fall off his seat, she couldn’t help but crack a smile but she gave a jerky nod when Dana looked over at her to see if she were following along. “Well you see, we found the book and once we got it back home safe and sound he refused to let me read it. The book never left his side and he would read constantly, hardly ever pausing to sleep or eat. Eventually he started to change, both in his personality and in his physical appearance. He was no longer the young man that I had worked with for so long, he looked as if he had aged years and was a sickly pale colour but strong, very strong and very very mean.” Dana paused as if watching her memories playing infront of her eyes.
"Sooo," Al said after a long moment of silence, "What does this have to do with your revenge?" Dana gave him a quick glare for ruining her deep thoughts before continuing. "Basically he threw me aside once he was corrupted by the power. We were supposed to divide our time with the book but when he grew obsessed with it he began to believe I was going to take it and run away... So he cast a spell to lock me up in this old wretched place, but before he could finish, I was able to snatch a page from the book and an important one at that." She pulled out an envelope and placed it on the table, pushing it closer to the teens.
Cali looked over at Al and then at the envelope, she reached and picked it up hesitating a few seconds before opening it. She pulled out a piece of old paper and unfolded it, looking on both sides before raising an eyebrow and looking at the woman questioningly. “It’s blank?”
Dana sighed and shook her head, “Yes, for now it is blank… It’s a very powerful page, you think just anyone can read it? You are a fool, Child.” Cali frowned and put the page back into the envelope, setting it back down on the table. “So back to one of our previous questions… What do you want us to do? How can we possibly help?” Cali asked, pulling her braid over her shoulder to fiddle with the ribbon.
Dana grinned darkly before answering. "This," she touched the tip of the envelope, "I'm pretty sure he is looking for it, searching franctically for it. Fortunately for me, this house blocks out magic, including the magical presence of this page. He doesn't know I took it since the book shone so brightly at the beginning of his spell to cast me away. Once this page reaches outside, however, it would be easy for him to locate it. I want you two to figure out how to cast this spell and seal him away like the demon he is." Al stared at her blankly and slumped back into his chair. "So, you're asking us to defeat a power driven mad man with a single spell that we can't even see on the page like we're in some Final Fantasy story?" His tone was sarcastic but then a single glare from the woman had him sink further into his chair. "You have no other choice! Once you step foot in here, there's no way out. That page is your only way out since it's magic is as strong as the one keeping us here, but since I am old and this confinement is meant for me personally, I cannot go myself, so you two will do."
“Woah, woah, woah!” Cali said standing up quickly. “You mean to tell us that because we came into this house that we can’t leave ever again unless we take the magic page with us, which will then cause some power crazed mad man to come after us because he desperately wants this page and the only way to stop him is to figure out how to read a blank page and lock him away with a magic spell from said blank page…” Cali says, pacing back and forth. “Yes, my go.d child! Are you slow? Do you always repeat everything?” Dana asks her, slightly irritated.
Cali stopped and inhaled slowly, exhaling before looking at Dana. “I’m just trying to make everything clear for myself, thank you very much.”
“Anyways, once you step out of this building you will not see your world the same as you did before… there are many dangers in the world of magic and with a spell that powerful in your hands the evil workers of the black arts will be drawn to you. In a few moments I will be transferring every bit of the magic that I have honed over the years to the both of you, you must figure out for yourselves how to use it and for all that is good in the world, do NOT let that spell fall into the wrong hands.”
Al stood up from his chair quickly as well. "Can we umm... discuss this among ourselves before do anything or not do anything?" He asked Dana but looked to Cali. Dana, knowing they would do it anyways, shrugged and leaned back in her chair and nodded. "Thank you," Al said awkwardly, grabbing Cali's wrist and taking her into the hall and shut the door behind him. "What do we do?" he asked her.
Cali followed Al into the hall and leaned against the wall. “Al, we don’t have much of a choice… we’re going to have to do it or else we’ll never be able to leave. I don’t know about you but I would rather not spend the rest of my life here.” She sighed. “I have to admit that I’m a little freaked out right about now and I kind of just want to go home and try and figure things out… just get this over with and go hang out at my place for a bit… What do you think?”
Al whimpered at her answer. He loed adventure and all but this was too overboard. They could possibly get badly injured or worst, dead but as Cali said, they had no choice unless they wanted to stay with a creepy old lady the rest of their life. "I... I guess," he sighed.