Borrowing Books with Kukulkan, Amaterasu, and Kali
Somehow this mix of female spirits had ended up in the same area of the library. It only made sense to work together in a group, right? Well, as far as Ama was concerned. The other two begrudgingly agreed. Kukulkan was in her human form searching through shelves, but as time went on she was beginning to wish she was in her true serpent form so she could blast all of those books to the next century. Meaningless things of information. Why couldn’t they just interrogate one of the bastards that already read everything? Kali, however, had a different mind set. Lowly book reading worms could not be trusted enough with such important information. She needed to read them herself for accuracy!
The four armed spirit had just got done with her section of shelves, being sure to slice each book apart with her scimitar so she knew she had already looked at it. However, during her search she happened upon an empty slot on the shelf. A book was missing. Selfish idiot. How dare they take a book from her section! This thievery could have happened well before she got there, but such logic and reasoning was not for her. The fact was, it was gone, and she could not mark it off her search until she looked at it! The white glowing eyes of hers scanned the nearby reading section until she picked a poor soul that was sitting at a table with a book open and heavily distracted by its contents. That was the one! How did she know? Instinct, of course! That and the binding matched many of the others that were in her section. Mostly instinct though if she were asked.
Her feet took her towards the book thief, her steps light and quick as she moved. ”You! Human pest! I require this book! Give it to me!” Her demand was firm, and no sane person should have refused to abide. Yet for some reason this human was. He didn’t move and just kept reading. Meanwhile the spirit was swarmed by a group of people that appeared in a puff of smoke, all of them with their index finger vertically above their mouth and saying “Shhhhh”. They then all disappeared as rapidly as they appeared in that same puff of smoke effect. “This is a library, you know,” the book thief said, still not looking at her.
The white glow of Kali’s eyes intensified and her scowl deepened. If the annoyance of those random shushing idiots was not enough for her mood to sour further than his statement was. A scimitar was stabbed into the table, and the man with the book jumped in his seat from the surprise of it. That… was not normal. His eyes drifted from the book, to the side, and then upwards to see the demonic looking woman standing there, her eyes now red. ”I said I require this book.” Her free hand grabbed onto his coat and pulled him out of the chair and the other hands pointed the blades of her weapons at him. The book thief trembled and shook in her grasp before yelping out a “here!” and throwing the book into the air. The poor soul then took off running, slipping from the arms of his coat and leaving it there for the demon to make use of. Kali stared at it for a moment before tossing it away and retrieving the book that had fallen onto the floor. ”This book is useless.” She muttered after a few page flips. It was then sliced in half to mark that it had been gone through. Surely someone else will tape it up later.
The easily angered spirit continued on to a new shelf but paused when she heard Kukulkan shouting. From the sounds of it someone had rudely swiped a book the disguised spirit had planned to go through. ”You little twerp! Give that back!” At the shouting the same randomly poofing shush gang appeared and did what they did best. “Shhhhh” ”What the hell? Do they just keep you guys in a closet until someone yells?” Before they could poof away Kuku sent them all to the other side of the library with a flick of wind that moved in the same manner her tail would have should she had been in her true form. Now it was back to the main focus. The one that had taken her book. She hissed at the round man threateningly. ”If I were in my true form I would have devoured you by now! Now. Give. Me. That. Book!”
”That is not how you make a demand.” Kali stated as she approached. ”You say that you will slice off their limbs if they continue to refuse. If they still refuse to know their place you then bring up… other parts that can be removed just as easily.” The spirit’s blades were already in hand and menacingly raised to help her fellow spirit out with the issue. The current book thief was not as easily scared as the last one. Perhaps one of the more stronger of the guild mages, or maybe just stupid. Could have been both. He took a fighting stance, prepared to defend himself against the spirits that threatened him so. Library books were serious business. “You two will not claim this book! It is mine, and I will make sure that it is kept away from monsters like you! I know your true form, feathered snake, and I know the other to be a demon in disguise. In the name of Lamia Scale, the monster hunting guild, I will slay you before you get your hands on our resources!” All done as the man made heroic poses.
Kukulkan and Kali stared at the man blankly. What the hell did they just witness? ”I am not sure if I am supposed to take this seriously…”
”I was unaware this form of mine was considered a disguise…”
Kuku then turned her head and fixated her pink gaze upon the other spirit. ”Kali, I think maybe we should just skip this one. I’ve had my fill of stupid for one day. I’m not really sure I could digest him properly even if I did eat him.”
”This one isn’t worth dirtying my blades with his blood either.”
The two then turned around and began to walk away, leaving the man dumbfounded. “He-HEY! You cannot just walk away from this battle!”
”Excuse me,” Amaterasu’s voice echoed as she appeared in a flash of light beside the man. Hearing the voice, the other two spirits also stopped and turned around, wondering why she was getting involved. ”My friends are actually mistaken on how to deal with this. I apologize.” The light spirit made a small apologetic bow before turning to the other two. ”This is how you request an item that has been taken from you.” Her brown eyes then focused on the man, who had taken a defensive stance originally when she appeared, but let his guard down the moment she apologized. ”Can I please have that book you are holding? Our summoner demands we go through every book in order to find information for a mission. Surely you understand this being a mage yourself.” The man still refused to hand it over. Ama sighed. Were libraries always like this? ”Very well.” In a quick motion that happened in a blink of an eye, she drew her sword with its sheath still on and aimed it right into his gut. His hold on the book loosened and she was sure to grab it as he went to holding his sides from the new pain he was feeling. Then she smacked him on the head with the book, rendering him unconscious. ”That is how you request an item that has been taken. First you ask nicely out of courtesy but mainly to distract them, perhaps even save them on the off chance they submit. If there is refusal you knock them out. They have no claim to it if they are not awake to do so.”
”Wonderful advice,” Kuku replied sarcastically with a roll of her eyes. ”By the way, why did you hit him twice? You could have done the knock out step in one.”
”His antics did not amuse me.”