"Shh, my dear. Keep your eyes closed and your mind open. The painting is still far from finished. Or do you not desire to know what your life could have been if it was the same as Leila's?"
The goddess kept silent.
At first, it was rather difficult for the demon to take care of the baby. But years slowly moved by, and Eris was soon capable of moving on her own. The demon had a vast amount of knowledge from his past travels and was capable of teaching her many things, making sure she would fit into the modern society without any issues. And with a vast array of skills, he was always able to earn enough money to fill the girl's belly and get her warm clothes for the road. He had no home and was always on the path, carrying his newly found daughter in his rough arms. His plan was to find a family that would accept the little fox girl and take care of her, not judge her by her unusual appearance. But he never truly realized that plan, despite being so close to Joya, a nation where such people were perfectly common. The words 'daddy' captured his black heart every single time. And even when he tried talking to owners of orphanages or families that wanted children, she always stated that she didn't want to leave him. After all, he was all she had for the most part of her short life. It was only natural that she would get so attached to him. And he got attached to her, too. Watching the girl grow up, get filled with energy and happiness with each step they took... it was too precious for him to let go. And so, the plan eventually faded away completely.
Instead of getting rid of Eris, she became his companion on all of their travels. Strong and sharp, she was never in his way, no matter where they were. And just like that, they were capable of exploring rather large portion of the continent. Of course they weren't welcome everywhere. A demonic being accompanied by a young girl that had a features of a feral animal, it was a sign that most people interpreted as bad. Still, they managed just fine. With experience and correct knowledge, they were able to avoid most trouble and get everywhere they needed to. And with time, Eris too grew interested in gathering information from across the world. She was no historian that would record the movement of all the civilisations, but it was fun to know things others did not. Not to mention that something like that would surely be helpful in her future, no matter what path she would walk down. Though she did have a certain vision. She was always fascinated by mages of all kinds. Having seen many lands and their cultures, she also saw a great deal of magical tricks. People that were capable of controlling fire or water, those that had the ability to turn invisible or fly. All those people were adored by the fox. And slowly, a wish started building inside of her. A small desire to be capable of using magic as well. As far as she knew, magic was manifestation of one's emotions and feelings. Did that mean anyone was capable of it? The answer was hidden behind complex theories and calculations. After all, there were forbidden and forgotten magics as well. Some were unique, others very common. How did magic truly work, it seemed that no one knew the precise answer she was looking for. But it did not matter, as long as she had the wish, she would hope to achieve it one day.
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