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However, it seemed like she wouldn’t be able to leave peacefully. “Hey.” A sharp voice resounded behind Althea’s back. “Don’t think you could just get away without having to confront me.”
The young girl didn’t need to turn around to know who the speaker was, “Twenty, my business is done here. I’m gonna go now.” She turned to offer the teen a lighthearted smile, “It was fun, so maybe we’ll be able to meet again? Or, y’know, we can just ignore each other!”
The young man chuckled, crossing his arms, “Are you joking? It’d be a crime against humanity if I simply turned a blind eye to you.” His crimson eyes glowed with violence, “So I’m going to be asking questions while you answer, deal?”
Althea’s smile dissolved, replaced by a childish frown. Twenty was several steps ahead of her strength-wise, so much so a straightforward fight would be disastrous. However, she’d already made it clear that she wasn’t willing to step down when he showed murderous intent. “Yeah, no thanks. I have nothing to say to you.”
The blonde told herself she would refrain from taking the life of another when it wasn’t related to a job. But from the looks of the ethernano swirling around Twenty, she’d have to go against that just this once. Her blue eyes narrowed, as she tossed the remnants of her parasol into the sand, placing the black heart alongside it. The pale-haired man slowly walked towards Althea, murderous intent overflowing. A grin formed on the young girl’s visage, returning an intense amount of ill will back at Twenty. Suddenly, sand was kicked up, the ocean rippled slightly, and the trees beside the beach swayed. The two aetherials hadn’t appeared to move a single muscle, but the movements they made were so small yet quick a normal onlooker couldn’t have picked up on them. Seconds passed, the lapping of the ocean and the shifting of trees serving as the only sound to fill the stiff air. It was then, in a reaction delayed for those silent seconds, that Althea fell to the sand. However, the youth wasn’t unconscious. In fact, she was rather shocked. A cold, numbing sensation filled her body, and no matter what she tried her limbs refused to move an inch.
“Huh, that was easier than I thought. Are all aetherials this much of pushovers?” Twenty muttered, using his foot to flip over Althea’s limp body. He squatted down, a false smile painted over his features. “Okay then, you’ll answer a few of my questions, right?” However, Althea didn’t say a word. It wasn’t that she was being stubborn, it was just that she couldn’t move her mouth. What Twenty had used on her was a lot different than simple paralyzation. Anyways, the young girl had resistance towards poisons, so it wouldn’t have been so effective towards her if that was the case. She couldn’t twitch her finger, shift her gaze, or even feel the sand at her back. It was as if her body had been reduced to a doll, the slayer acting as a simple onlooker. Twenty had And it seemed like, Twenty noticed this very problem because it wasn’t long until Althea was swept away by yet another strange sensation. “This will allow you to speak now, right? Now tell me everything you know.” The young man’s voice seemed jovial on the surface, but underneath was a dark shadow of murderous intent.
But the young mage wasn’t really in the mood to be cooperative. “Hmm, this is a funny feeling.” She remarked, her thoughts being transmitted directly from her head to Twenty’s. “But what do you want me to tell you about?”
The aetherial’s smile widened, but it was apparent it was not prompted by any form of happiness. “I’ll kill you right away if you try wasting my time. Either way, I’m going to be gouging you out and painting the beaches with your blood.”
If Althea could frown, she would. It was true that she was entirely at the young man’s disposal. She was in a sort of ghost-like state similar to that of Psi during their initial meeting. “Alright, fine, I’ll tell you everything I can about Kahoot. The trick is to take the yellow-”
A searing pain split Althea’s mind in two. “You know what I mean. Who are you? Where did you come from?”
“Gosh, fine,” The youth murmured, slightly miffed, “I’m an angel- actually, aetherial is a way more accurate term. Um, so I’m an aetherial, but you could already tell that. You already know my name and that I’m from Fiore though.”
“If you make me clarify my question one more time, you’re dead.”
Althea sighed, “Okay, okay. Since you didn’t immediately kill me with your authority, I’ll tell you some stuff. I’m from the Aetherial Plane, of course, and-”
“Hold on, what’s an authority? Also, where can I find this Aetherial Plane?”
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