Levinia already liked the woman whom she had greeted somewhat guardedly. Most people would look away, or move away from her, but the woman responded with a greeting of her own, although, to Levinia, it almost looked as if the woman was somewhat unsure of how to reply in greeting. No matter, she was much warmer than those who behaved normally. And since she was participating in the ice sculpting contest, Levinia already knew who she wanted to win.
She was sort of clueless as to why the blonde woman decided to watch the contestants instead of starting on her own sculpture. Maybe she wanted to see what they were doing, and work on something else completely different. As she watched, it soon became clear that the blonde woman was clearly an expert on ice and carvings. With delight, she watched as the ice was no match for the woman's skills, being shaped and carved to create a wonder for all to behold. In time, even some of the contestants stopped work to watch the blonde woman, despite the fact that some of them had mocked her some moments before.
At last, it was accomplished. The woman had carved out a tree from the ice, and it was perfect, down to the littlest detail. Levinia came over to look at the tree, and marveled at how well it had been sculpted. She would have clapped, but she could not, for certain reasons. A sharp tone drew her attention away from the ice carving to the blonde woman, who was talking to some youngsters. She quickly discovered what the exchange was all about, and while she wasn't surprised, she was quite saddened about it. They thought she was a freak, as usual. And of course, freaks were not welcome. Humans could be such wicked creatures. She wondered whether it was worth it to try to make a name for herself among people who hated her just for how she looked...
... but the answer came while she still considered the thoughts. The blonde woman protected her, stood up to the youngsters and threatened them into leaving. Her words were rather graphical, but Levinia was not about to ask if the woman meant those words. She was just glad that she hadn't been driven away like the refuse of the universe. She turned to her benefactor, but it was a pity the woman could not see her smile. Then again, with the kind of face she had, it was better for anybody not to see anything."Thank you very much, ma'am,"
she said, as she instinctively began putting some distance between herself and other human beings. In answer to the woman's question, she replied: "Actually yes, but like you just witnessed, that's often the welcome I get. And that's why I prefer machines to people. They never discriminate... unless it's part of their programming."
She was going to introduce herself, when she saw a scorpion. While it was large, it was pretty much the size of a normal scorpion. She thought it was a sculpture at first, but then she noticed it was creeping towards the blonde woman. Maybe she could return the favor by killing it and stopping it from performing its nefarious deed.
Stepping forward, Levinia crushed the ice creature beneath a thick boot... and jumped away just as another scorpion emerged and tried to sting her. Something was not right. Scorpions did not move around in large groups like this. As she watched, more crawled out, until there were about nine of them. And just as she backed away, a long, wicked shard of ice tore through her empty right sleeve, and buried itself in a tree trunk."We're under attack!"
she announced, as she kicked another ice scorpion that had come close to them, shattering it against a tree. Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed three humanoid creatures emerge from where the icicle had nearly injured her. And they didn't look friendly.
Her blonde acquaintance looked like a mage; only mages tended to wear out of the ordinary get ups. Hopefully, she was a rather strong mage, because Levinia knew that alone, her best option would be to run.
Currently squishing scorpions...