The pink haired man raised an eyebrow as the woman seemed to laugh a little at the little bit of information he and his son shared with her. He wasn’t sure if he misheard or not. He hoped he did, that would make this very awkward. He decided to offer his sweater, and hoped for a better impression of her afterwards. She seemed to be distracted though after he had removed his sweater, wondering if he did choose the right thing till she grabbed it. After she had it on her, a sweet smile was on his face. “I’m glad you look warmer already. Like I said, keep it.”
He sweetly smiles. After he and Sammy had their little chatter, he looked to the woman as she introduced herself. “Katsumi. That’s a pretty name. It is an honor to meet you, Katsumi. It’s also nice to know you’re single as well.”
He winked at her after that. Sammy was giggling through his peppermint as he leaned his head. “You talk a lot. What’s LAO?”
He asks just as the white woman was floating above the crowd.
Danny saw as well, and he felt himself getting pale. “Shit… there’s more…”
He groans aloud. He could sense the other ghosts as this one showed up. Then the ice hit, and he froze some himself. Why now of all times?! Then Katsumi asked if he was a mage, he pinched his nose. He never told her. “I’m a mage of Dies Irae. Daniel von Weiss. Of course I can protect him.”
He turned around and saw Sammy calling out to people. “He’s only seven…”
He groans. This was one thing he hated about being a mage. Quickly he ran and yelled towards people to get them away from the ghost person and out of the festival, or at least to safety. “This way! C’mon!” “This way! This way!”
Sammy was bouncing as he was helping his father out. He then moved to slip under a table as Arminius materialized next to them. “I’ll protect squirt here. You go help her… I don’t think my strength will help with these… whatevers…”
His twin ghost mutters annoyed.
The more alive twin shook his head as he really didn’t care. He turned himself on his heels to be met with a man who was grinning rather devilishly under his white hat that covered his eyes from others. “My show.”
He cackles at him before he simply stepped inside of Danny and was possessing his body. His hands were the first to change, turning paper white before gloves materialized on them, then his feet followed suit, sporting pointed white penny loafers before the rest of his body changed to match the man's appearance, wearing the man's preacher outfit. “Come here my pretties! Come to Nostradamus!”
The man cackled, making Danny’s voice sound rather gastly as he started running forward to the area Katsumi was last. He saw her just as she was going to attack the ghost, but she said someone’s name. “Ahhh… Illusions…”
He muses as Katsumi sliced the little ghost girl.
He cackles as he claps his hands. “Bravo! But let a professional deal with these ghosts! Nostradamus is here to do his duties to god and rid the world of the terrible ghosts as the sole person named the Phantom Priest!”
He looked down at her as she was crying, and sighs as he crouches down in front of her. “The host of this body does not like seeing a flower as yourself crying. As a guardian of Fiore, I would suggest you gather yourself together and fight to protect the others around here. Let me handle the ghosts.”
He grins before he stands up and turns around as a woman riding a skeletal reindeer in a dress comes riding up while forming a sword of ice out of her chest. “Ahh…”
Nostradamus Danny sighs happily. “My dear sinner! Let me cleanse you of your sins and deliver you happily to god!”
He coos and holds his arms out. Various spirits were starting to show themselves to him, and he grins rather devilishly. “Yes… The sins of your lost souls are to perish!”
As he was laughing, the woman on the reindeer ran up at him and sliced at his arm. Images of a fancy woman and pink haired man frowning as they looked at a picture of the host of the body he was inhabiting. “Oh… Spirit of Christmas Present. Your younger sister, Spirit of Christmas Past, is no match for Katsumi and the words of god. Do you think you are, my dear?”
He stomped a foot on the ground and held his hand up at shoulder height before a book came out of the ground with various chains and locks on it. “Christmas Present! You are sinning for aligning yourself with the likes of Duke Scrooge!”
He cries out before pulling a holy looking crossbow from the book. He put it up and aimed just as the reindeer started running towards him. The ghost of Christmas Present had also pulled out a crossbow of ice and aimed it at him. Nostradamus jumped out of the way as she fired her bolt first, using this as his chance to fire at her without looking. To his dismay, he misses this time, the bolt going into the post of a vendor's stall. “Tsk!”
He let out before he took another aim. As the reindeer ran towards him again, he didn’t run out of the way till he let loose his bolt at her. It hit her head dead on, making the reindeer vear off to the side and run away.“One spirit down… another to go.”
Nostradamus turned around to be face to face with a cloaked ghost and sighs. “Spirit of Christmas Future… You are destined to change. You could have avoided this by not aligning yourself with him too… Such a sweet soul.”
He muses sadly. “I know you have no control over the future… but you can use it for good inste-”
He was cut off as the world around him went black for a moment.“With a face like yours, you’ll never find someone to really love.”
“What? You can’t talk to those ghosts of yours anymore? Maybe it’s for the best.”
“Such a shit… can’t even wield a sword. And you call yourself a von Weiss? Hah… Not with moves like those.”
“Danny! What did you do?! What happened to Sammy?! Oh god… Daniel… Daniel! He’s… You hurt him!”
“Daniel! You stupid piece of shit! You got yourself high off of drugs and you left Samuel all on his own?! Now look what has happened! You lost your son! You can’t even protect him on your own! It should have been your life instead of his!”
“Why do you even bother living anymore? You lost everything. Your parents don’t even want to see your face. Why not just lie in the dirt and become one with the ghosts that you loved so much.”
Nostradamus didn’t know the people who were scolding him, this future was actually rather blurry, but the words hit the host rather hard as he seemed to freeze up inside of him. Nostradamus still had his crossbow out as he held it up. “Spirit… you have sinned… You must perish by the light of God. I hope you repent well.”
He says in a rather monotonous voice before he let the bolt go and it stabbed in the center of her heart. As soon as it hit, the spell ended and he had tears running down his cheeks. “Katsumi, please take care of Duke Scrooge and have him repent for his sins. I would like to do it, but I appear to not have the ability as I thought I would to do so. Daniel von Weiss has to desperately see his child now.”
After he said that, he turned his attention away from her. The tips of his hairs were already turning pink just before he took off running.
While Nostradamus ran, he began fading away from Danny’s body, letting him have control of himself again. “Sammy!”
He shouts as he runs to the other side of the festival. He needed his son. If Katsumi was a Rune Knight, she definitely would be able to take care of the Duke on her own. He hoped she wouldn’t be mad at her though. The little boy peeked his head out from under the table and grinned to his father. “Did you do it again daddy!”
The purple eyed youth cried excitedly. Danny smiles as he picks up his son and hugs him to him rather tightly. “Yeah! I did it. We’re safe again…” “If only Dagda was here to help again! That would have been great!” “It would have bud… but not always can we be with others like that…"
He put his forehead against his son’s and took a deep breath. “I love you, Samuel…”
He breathed. He saw all that Nostradamus saw, and honestly, he was terrified of that type of future. He needed to get stronger, learn how to use a sword, and maybe cut back on some parties…“Daddy, is Katsumi going to join us in Tree Decorating?”
Daniel blinked a bit, but nervously smiled. “She… might?”
He wasn’t sure if he was honest. Turning around, Danny wondered if he’d see Katsumi. Regardless if he did or not. “Let's make sure it’s safe before we invite her… let's get a bit farther from over there…”
The ice from the ghost was melting and guards were easing the situation now. He held Sammy in his arms, hugging him as tight as he could as he walked towards the tree decorating contest thing. He set his son down. Thoughts were swirling in his mind. He needed to start learning how to fight better, without ghosts taking him over… “I pick this box, daddy!”
Sammy cries as he picks one of the decorations boxes.
After they got to their tree and opened their box, Danny was impressed. The stuff wasn’t too bad. He needed to distract himself temporarily, this would do it. “You want to hang the stuff?”
He looked up and noticed a staff member looking curiously in the direction that he had been fighting the christmas ghosts. “Excuse me, if you’re going to check over there, can you ask the young lady, Katsumi, of the Rune Knights, if she’d come join us…? Or if she’d like to?”
He asks as he stopped the person from going immediately to the area. They had paused and then quickly nodded after Danny gave a quick description of her and what she was wearing, confusing the person a bit with the outfit. Danny hoped she got his message, and was able to deal with Duke Scrooge…
Sammy started decorating the tree happily, putting ornaments here and there where he pleased, Danny helping from time to time to get the ornaments up a little higher. Overall, it was definitely the decorating of a child. The star was set to the side for Danny to help Sammy to put it on, or if Katsumi came back, for her to do so. Maybe sending someone to ask her to join them was a bad idea. He should have gone himself… Goddamn… that Ghost of Christmas Future really messed him up now… He wanted to crawl under a rock and disappear for a little while, or just go into hiding with Sammy to make sure he was safe from whatever it could have been he would do in the future.
Arminius sighs as he sits on the ground near the two. He had been there the whole time, not saying a word, observing his brother. He was wondering what in the world the pink haired brother of his honestly did back there to make him seem like… well this. While he was gone, Arminius didn’t have to do anything with Sammy as Danny and Katsumi had seemed to steer the danger away from them and kept it in one area at the very least. That was a plus at least.
Danny #ffccff & Arminius #cc9900
Notes: 5/5 peppermints (almost)
Christmas Karaoke - 1 Peppermint
Mistletoe Mischief - 1 Peppermint
Tree Decorating Contest - 3 Peppermints (almost)
Ghost of Christmas Past - Katsumi got
Ghost of Christmas Present - Danny got
Ghost of Christmas Future - Danny got
Duke Scrooge of Humbug - Alive as of this post