Honestly, she probably just wanted some time to corrupt Velos with her weird cartoons without Psi stopping her.
Althea was dressed in a variation of her usual school uniform, the sailor suit, the only real addition being a green letterman jacket. Despite her frozen surroundings, that was all the youth felt like was necessary to combat the cold of Iceberg. The one sitting next to Althea shared the same sentiment, Psi the komainu and fellow apprentice of Tethys. Well, she technically wasn’t an apprentice anymore seeing as she was very much without a body, instead just being a ghostly projection of her body. Well, in that sense she had an excuse for wearing her usual frilly maid uniform with the addition of some measly leggings. Her soul was bound to the katana on her hip, and there was no way a ghost possessing a sword could be chilly. Speaking of which, seeing as it would be annoying to move around with Psi spirit bound to Althea, Velos whipped out one of the several swords she’d grown out of using as a substitute. It was probably decent enough for the komainu to use in a fairly serious fight, so there were no problems there.
And as the two of them stood there in silence, a cloud of snow was seen over the distance, slowly increasing in size as it came closer to the two girls. Psi was being quiet, but not in her usual way. She had a dark aura around her that betrayed her whirlwind of emotions. After all, she probably guessed Althea’s true identity from the magic emitted from her when she finished relearning Prisma Chaotica. As the one who saved her, she was too prideful to ask directly but disliked the nature of Althea’s existence to the degree she couldn’t really speak to her. Then suddenly, Psi’s dog ears perked up as she slowly turned her nutmeg gaze towards the disturbance. The identity of the one causing the cloud of snow was a figure wearing a cat-eared hoodie. However, the main cause for concern was the 3-meter tall frog they were riding. It was moving fast enough that there was practically no space between hops, leading to its unparalleled speed.
“Noisy, cease.” The komainu said in her usual monotone voice. However, the ethernano that surged around her suggested it was actually a spell of sorts. And lo and behold, the hooded figure and their frog thing crashed into an invisible screen before they had the chance to barrel into the bus stop. Psi shot a confused glance at Athea, the young girl simply shrugging. If this person really was from the Magic Council, this was a vastly different impression than they usually gave her.
The hooded figure, shakily recovering their position on the frog thing’s head, stood up while crossing her arms. “A-Althea! What a coincidence we ran into each other! What are you doing in Iceberg?” Ah, the reason this person looked so little like a lackey of the Magic Council was that they weren’t. Pale green hair braided into twintails, dark brown eyes, a stature that mirrored Althea’s own, if not a bit taller. She outwardly appeared thirteen but was probably some degree older. She had wide eyes and soft cheeks that suggested they’d become more mature with age along with long, pointy ears. The features of the girl that were unfamiliar to Althea were the clothes she was wearing which had transformed from rags to noble-like clothing in the span of a few months.
“Oh, it’s you Elodea,” Althea said plainly, raising her bandaged hand in greetings to the nymph. Psi gazed from Elodea to Althea and then back, attempting to piece what kind of prior relationship they had purely from the small exchange. “I’m sitting on this bench, how about you?” Honestly, she still didn't understand how the green-haired girl felt anymore. First, they were fellow captives on a pirate ship (although, in that case, she was the only real captive), then Elodea wanted revenge, then they went into a cave together that one time. At some point, she had legit tried to kill her and Althea sent her to jail, but now she was greeting her with a friendly vigor? During the whole cave fiasco, Althea was on vacation, so she put aside thinking about it more for later. However, Elodea was seriously the suspicious individual, huh?
“Thea-sama, I suggest you discontinue your relationship with this suspicious individual,” Psi said, echoing the blonde’s own thoughts. As usual, both her voice was monotone and her expression was… well, expressionless. Back when Althea found her soul bound to that komainu statue, she had assumed it was a result of her soul fragmenting. But according to Tethys, Psi was always like that. So, it was obvious that when she stood up with her deadpan face and rose her hand, anyone could only guess what her next move would be. After all, she was one of the Signs, so some degree of strength was expected.
Elodea’s expression sank as she saw Psi’s movement, remembering her crash and tumble on the komainu’s part. “N-No! I don’t have anything bad in mind this time- I mean, I never had the intent to harm anyone!” Wow, she was really digging herself into a hole. Althea felt pretty bad for her.
“So, do you wish to be pulverized or minced?” Psi said coldly, the ethernano in the area beginning to swirl around her.
“Eh, I’m pretty sure she’s harmless.” The blonde said dismissively, casting her gaze towards the horizon. “I doubt she’d be able to do much to harm us.” Elodea’s face reddened a tinge from Althea’s comment, but it isn’t like it was a lie. There wasn’t a hint of ill intent behind any of the blonde’s words or actions, so if she chose to see that as an insult she could.
“A-Anyways!” Elodea said, stepping off the frog’s head, “Who even is this Terminator-like person?” The nymph said, pointing towards Psi.
“Greetings, I am Psi, currently acting accompanying Althea at the request of her master.” The komainu said with a crisp bow, quickly interrupting what the youth had to say. For some reason, she didn’t feel like bringing up the ghost bit, but it was probably a bother to explain anyways. Suddenly, as if she read Althea’s mind, Psi gave her a hardened glance that said “I’m not a ghost”. Wait, she probably could read her mind to some extent. Or not. Who knows?
“Okay, I’m Elodea, a nymph. I’ve run into Althea a few times in the past.” The girl said simply, holding her hands behind her back. Throughout being taken from her homeland from pirates, the girl had apparently lost the weird accent she had, but enough money to get to Iceberg in the first place. Also, there was that frog thing with her, and from the magical reading it gave out its identity was that of a summoned being. Good for her, breaking out of jail and building up a life for herself.
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