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    War And Peace - The Sheridan Edition

    Victoria Sheridan
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    Post by Victoria Sheridan 1st May 2021, 11:36 pm

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    Post by Victoria Sheridan 2nd May 2021, 12:54 am

    -The Sheridan Estate, early morning-

    Victoria woke up on her living room couch with the television turned to the mecha anime show with that whiny guy who complained that violence was not a solution to problems while blasting other mechas into space dust with a large beam rifle. She was so tired that she could not even roll her eyes at the astounding hypocrisy of the character. She groaned as she sat up on the couch and looked at the time on the television. It was dark in the living room... the only source of light was the television itself.

    It was 5:00 A.M. and it was still dark outside. Victoria felt awful and wanted to go back to sleep, but there was no point. She would just wake up an hour later feeling awful and wanting to go back to sleep only to find that she could not. Victoria would just sit up and watch TV until she got bored enough to try and sleep. But first she needed something to drink.

    Victoria stood up and stretched a bit, then walked towards the kitchen to go grab a can of soda, a bottle of water, a bottle of vodka, or whatever beverage caught her eye.

    -In the kitchen-

    Victoria felt the chill of cold tile beneath her feet as she walked towards the refrigerator and opened the doors. She leaned forward and began to rummage through it in search of a drink. She could choose from bottled water, canned soda, or a bottle of vodka. Victoria gave into instinct and reached for the vodka, grabbing the bottle by the neck and lifting it to examine the label.

    It was Albino Gander vodka, the good kind. It was good either on its own or when used to make a Screwdriver. Victoria brought it to her and started to unscrew the cap when she suddenly stopped and stared at it.

    Something stopped her from drinking it. Victoria was astounded. Normally she would have already started drinking it, but right now drinking the bottle of Albino Gander was about as appealing as drinking motor oil... not that she would know what that was like. The brunette shrugged her shoulders, set the bottle back on the shelf, and picked up a can of Strawberry Slam soda.

    She shut the refrigerator door and opened the can, then took a swig of the strawberry soda. It was pretty good and tasted a lot better than the vodka would have tasted. Then Victoria blinked when she thought about what she had just thought.

    What was she thinking?

    Victoria was a big fan of vodka. Anyone who had known her for any length of time could tell. Now she was uninterested in drinking it. Why was that?

    Victoria had no idea.

    Maybe something was telling her not to drink her problems away but to face them.

    With that in mind she held onto the soda can and walked towards the living room with her other drink of choice, Strawberry Slam. It was still unhealthy, but it was not quite as unhealthy as her vodka habit.

    -In the living room-

    Victoria walked out of the kitchen and returned to the living room. She sat on the couch and began watching the television to find the whiny mecha pilot whining about how fighting only brought about more fighting. Victoria scoffed at the idea and not just because of the absurdity of it. She also scoffed at the obvious hypocrisy of the speaker.

    He talked about peace but flew around in a cutting-edge military mecha armed with the latest weapons. He talked about peace but was eager to kill anyone who disagreed with his distorted view of the meaning of peace. Victoria rolled her eyes so hard that if she were awake Laura could hear it from upstairs. Still, she continued to watch the show because there was nothing else worth watching on, not unless she wanted to watch old Westerns or boring nature documentaries.

    -Three hours later-

    Victoria looked at the television clock and saw that the time was 8:00 A.M. She did not care. It was not like she had anything important to do today... she had come here to take a day or two off and relax for once.

    The Order Of Lightbringers had nothing to report on Zupazu's Executioners, so the cult must have been laying low and plotting to take back the two "Instruments Of Discord" that Victoria and Abigail had taken from them in Silent Cemetery. Victoria was sure that the Order would send for them if the situation changed. In the meantime the brunette was content to sit back and take a mini-vacation before she was inevitably called to do battle with some new threat to Earthland's safety. Maybe she should not be so lazy when a demon cult was on the loose, but after both the border skirmish with Pergrande's forces and the encounter with Zupazu's Executioners in Silent Cemetery, Victoria felt that she had earned the right to take a mini-vacation for a day or two.

    Sabertooth had plenty of powerful and competent mages that could fill the gap left by her absence until she returned. Samira, Gaia, Luna, Itori, Kenna, and Imai could handle things in her absence. They were mages who could get things done and Samira was the strongest mage in the guild, so Samira alone could more than make up for Victoria, to say nothing of Luna or Itori.

    Victoria sat on the couch and flipped away from the mecha anime she had been absentmindedly staring at for the past few hours, which was now going through a rerun of the same episodes she had stared at earlier. The next channel she landed on was another anime about people trapped in a video game where if someone was killed in the game they died for real. It was not the most original idea, but it looked interesting enough to merit at least a few minutes of viewing to see if it was any good.

    The brunette stopped on the channel and watched as a black-haired young man in full steel plate armor and wielding a claymore sword led a group of a dozen similarly armed and armored colleagues in a fight against zombies led by a necromancer in black robes with a skull for a face and beady red eyes. Victoria shuddered and could not help but to think of that skull-faced necromancer she and Abigail had killed in Silent Cemetery that time a few months ago. She had still not gotten over that completely and it was doubtful if she ever would. Getting over those tiny emerald eyes in the skull with the flap of flesh around the lips had not been easy, but the brunette had progressed to the point that she did not think about him all the time. She only thought about him when looking into pitch blackness or when viewing a human skull with no flesh on it.

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    Post by Victoria Sheridan 5th May 2021, 1:04 am

    -10:30 A.M.-

    Victoria had finally fallen asleep around 9:20 A.M. after watching one-and-a-half episodes of the anime about the people stuck in a video game and having to fight for their lives. She did not even get to see the rest of it, but what little she saw she sort of liked. Victoria finally woke up around 10:30 A.M. to find that the anime show had changed from "trapped in a deadly video game" to a "slice of life in high school" anime. Victoria rubbed her eyes and looked at the television while trying to get up so that she could go to the kitchen and get a bottle of water to help with the bad case of dry mouth she had developed from sleeping with her mouth open.

    On the screen were a quartet of cutesy blonde girls in matching school uniforms of white long-sleeved shirts and blue skirts with black dress shoes performing in a band they had formed named Cram School Soda Break. The band had the typical setup of lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and a vocalist. The music was so sappy it was a wonder Victoria's television did not start oozing syrup. It was a song the lead singer had written about her search for a boyfriend and what she wanted out of her "ideal" boyfriend. Victoria could not stand the high-pitched vocals and the cutesy aesthetic of the characters.

    "I didn't know you were a fan of anime, Miss Sheridan!" Laura's voice said from behind Victoria, who was not expecting anyone to be standing behind her. The startled brunette shrieked and jumped forward, landing on her feet and managing to avoid falling on her face. Once she was stable she turned and faced Laura.

    "Where did you come from, Laura? I didn't see you anywhere in the house earlier!" Victoria asked the silver-haired maid. Laura's clothes were looking wrinkled like she had slept in them. Since Victoria had slept on the couch in her blue Steel Matron shirt and black skirt, she had no room to be casting stones at Laura.

    "I apologize for scaring you, Miss Sheridan. And to be honest... I slept later than I intended. I normally get up at 6:00 A.M., but today it just didn't happen. I apologize for that too." Laura apologized for both scaring Victoria and not waking up in time. Victoria blinked.

    "You get up at 6:00 A.M.?" Victoria asked Laura. Laura nodded.

    "Dude, I usually don't get up until 9:00 A.M. at the earliest. I'm NOT a morning person." Victoria commented on Laura's morning person tendencies. Laura smiled.

    "I've always been a morning person, Miss Sheridan. I've been that ever since I was a child. After becoming a maid I get paid to be a morning person, so that's even more reason to wake up early." Laura informed Victoria. The brunette could not argue with that reasoning. It was sound reasoning and Laura had been completely honest, something that Victoria could respect about her.

    Victoria's sleep schedule was not a normal sleep schedule. She tended to stay up late and sleep for short intervals because she was a light sleeper, which was a tendency she developed during her days living on the streets. It was a survival mechanism... for small, weak girls like her it paid to be alert to sounds unless she wanted to never wake up again because her head had been bashed in while she slept. Being a light sleeper was a behavior that she could not quite eradicate.

    Even after becoming a mage in Sabertooth who had the safety net of a guild supporting her, becoming the second-strongest mage in Sabertooth in terms of raw magical power, and having her own room in a guild hall, Victoria still could not sleep normally. No matter how secure her quarters were her sensitivity to noise would wake her up. It could be something as innocuous as a door closing down the hall or someone whispering outside her door and Victoria would bolt upright like Zupazu's Executioners were kicking down her door.

    "Unless it's an emergency or I'm going on a job I'm getting paid for, I'm not a morning person, Laura. Sometimes I don't sleep very well at night... when that happens it's irregular. Sometimes I can sleep for hours on end and other times I'm lucky to sleep for half an hour without waking up because someone down the hall from me coughed." Victoria admitted to the silver-haired maid. Laura folded her arms.

    "Please don't take this the wrong way, but that explains quite a bit about your behavior. I heard you wake up around 5:00 A.M. after going to bed around 2:00 A.M." Laura said to the brunette. Victoria laughed a little.

    "Yeah. That's how I am half the time." Victoria remarked. She could afford to be that way in the safety of her own home, but she might need to try a little harder to have a normal sleep schedule whenever she was sleeping at Sabertooth Guild Hall. However, that was easier said than done. Over a decade of irregular sleeping could not be altered by wishful thinking alone.

    "I won't pass judgment on you, Miss Sheridan. You've been a good employer to me and I don't want to rock the boat by sounding like I'm judging you." Laura said in response to that. Victoria felt bad when she heard Laura's response. That response made it feel like Laura had to watch what she said because she feared Victoria firing her for the slightest negative remark, even one offered in jest or offered during a conversation where Victoria asked for her opinion.

    Victoria was not sure what to say in response to that, so she went with her first instinct.

    "Don't worry too much about offending me, Laura. I'm not easily offended, so you don't have to walk on eggshells around me." Victoria assured Laura that it would be hard to offend the brunette. She had been called all manner of ugly names and had taken a lot of verbal abuse as a child, so she was hard to insult. Mostly. After being "Tall Victoria" for so long, it was hard to go back to being "Normal Victoria" and having a mostly flat chest. That was still a sore point for her because in her shorter form people either mistook her for a guy in drag or deliberately pointed out her flat chest just to take cheap shots at her.

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    Post by Victoria Sheridan 9th May 2021, 12:56 am

    -12:30 P.M.-

    After their conversation Victoria and Laura had spent the past two hours watching the anime channel and watching the show with the four cutesy blondes and their band Cram School Soda Break. While watching Victoria learned that the show was also called Cram School Soda Break, presumably after the band that was the show's subject. The music was sugary, the characters cutesy, and the formula simplistic and well-worn, but the show had a certain appeal. Victoria found herself watching Cram School Soda Break despite her initially unfavorable reaction to it, probably because it was a simple "slice of life" show where the world was not in danger if the main characters made mistakes, no characters had a tragic backstory or skeletons in their closet, and there was no Machiavellian scheming anywhere in sight.

    Victoria found herself liking Cram School Soda Break exactly because of what it was. It was a simple "slice of life" show which was not much of a departure from the formula for that kind of show but was entertaining nonetheless. Whenever the brunette watched television she wanted to get away from the real world for awhile and that meant watching shows that were mindless, shows that were entertaining, or shows that were both mindless and entertaining. Cram School Soda Break fit the "mindless and entertaining" category nicely. The show was just coming back on when Laura spoke to her for the first time in a little over two hours.

    "Would you like me to prepare lunch for you, Miss Sheridan?" Laura asked Victoria out of the blue. The brunette blinked. She had not even thought about food until the silver-haired maid brought up the subject.

    "No thanks, Laura. I'm not hungry right now. You can go fix yourself something if you need to eat. You don't have to wait on me." Victoria replied, declining the offer of food for the time being. She was not particularly hungry right now. She was more tired and introspective than hungry... mostly tired when she really thought about it. Laura stood up and spoke to Victoria.

    "I'll go prepare myself a meal then. If you want me to make you anything, just let me know!" Laura said to Victoria. Victoria gave a thumbs-up and Laura walked out of the living room towards the kitchen. The brunette turned her attention back to the television and watched the band practice in the leader's music room in her house. The band's leader and vocalist, a young woman with green eyes and waist-length blonde hair named Harriet Marshall, lived with her wealthy parents and siblings in a mansion that had a dedicated music room to practice in as opposed to the garages or basements her less wealthy friends had to use.

    Victoria stood up and stretched her legs while the show continued to play. The band was tuning up their instruments and checking the connection to their sound system while Harriet did a microphone check. Victoria winced when she heard the feedback from the microphone and the blonde hurried to fix her microphone while her bandmates covered their ears and shouted in pain. Once the painful noise stopped the brunette smiled a little as the band exchanged jokes about the microphone mishap and prepared to play their instruments. The blonde quartet looked and sounded like friends united by a common interest.

    Victoria watched the scene and found herself wishing that she had more friends besides Abigail Windstrider and Florence Manderley. Having some friends outside of the magic world would be nice. Then she realized that she could have more friends... if she really wanted them and was willing to work to keep them.

    Victoria's lack of friends was not anyone's fault but her own. She could get along with others well enough to form acquaintances and have basic social interactions, but she had trouble forming deep connections with others. Part of her problem was her reluctance to open up to other people about the image issues stemming from her two forms "Normal Victoria" and "Tall Victoria", her thrill-seeking tendencies, her mercenary nature, or her numerous other problems.

    Speaking of image issues, Victoria had grown accustomed to being "Tall Victoria" and did not care much for "Normal Victoria" despite the latter form having been the one she had spent most of her life in. After having to put up with countless jokes about being a guy in drag and having a flat chest it was nice to have an unmistakably feminine appearance. It was also nice to have the ability to shift back and forth between forms at will instead of being stuck in one form forever. However, staying as "Tall Victoria" all the time was probably not the best idea because she was only hiding from her issues instead of working to solve them. She was covering up the issue by staying as her more attractive form to avoid dealing with it.

    Or maybe she was just overthinking things.

    That had to be it.

    Victoria was just tired. She was just overthinking things. While she had a lot of problems and most of those problems were self-inflicted, not every problem of hers was a symptom of some deeper malady. For example, she liked drinking vodka because she liked the taste of vodka, not because she was trying to drown her problems in alcohol until she forgot about them. Then she thought about that and realized that the assertion about vodka was not entirely true.

    There were some problems that she would rather forget about and alcohol helped her cope. For example, alcohol helped her soothe the emotional impact of seeing a Maw Of Hell open its mouth at her during a job in Silent Cemetery and seeing how the demon got its name. That kind of emotional turmoil was something she could not just will her way through with an action movie one-liner and a weapon in hand. She needed to get professional help for that problem some day, but how many psychiatrists had dealt with patients who were mages? How many psychiatrists were trained to talk to mage patients who had seen and fought actual demons summoned by a demon cult bent on handing the world over to their infernal patron?

    Victoria had no idea. She could deal with that issue later. Right now she really needed to sleep. Maybe when she woke up she would have a better perspective on her problems.

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    Post by Victoria Sheridan 10th May 2021, 11:51 pm

    -3:00 P.M.-

    Victoria had meant to get up and go to sleep in her bedroom, but instead she had stayed glued to the anime channel because it was mindless entertainment. She had watched Cram School Soda Break until it went off and had been replaced by the first episode of another "slice of life" show called Fortunate Meteor about a group of young teenage women in high school who went about their daily lives and stressed over schoolwork, studying for exams, and just living their lives in a completely ordinary town. Unlike Cram School Soda Break, there was no band gimmick in this show.

    Victoria watched the show and was not quite sure what to make of it. The show's lead characters were talking about different kinds of soda and which one was the best while eating lunch outside their school. It was not exactly thrilling to watch, but shortly after that scene things got more interesting when the pink-haired lead, a bespectacled young woman named Momo, learned from her friends that they had an Algebra test in less than an hour. She screamed and ran into the school, leaving her lunch behind and her friends asking if she would be OK.

    The scene shifted to Momo hurrying into a library with her math textbook and notes, finding an empty table, and quietly sitting down at it before opening her textbook. Once she opened it orchestral music began to play as Momo began sweating and her internal dialogue indicated sheer panic as she exclaimed that her parents would kick her out of their home if she made less than a B. A female chorus began to sing a slow song in what sounded like Latin as Momo did her best to study with the test coming closer and closer. She listened a bit closer and thought that the chorus sounded like Mozart's Lacrimosa, but she was not certain. Victoria was somewhat amused by that scene and continued to watch the pink-haired girl do her best to cram for the math test as the clock in the library ticked slowly in a countdown to the great trial Momo was going to face.

    The show then skipped to the day after the test and Momo got her test back after school ended for the day. She was sweating profusely when she got it back and to her immense relief she made an 88 on the Algebra test. Momo smiled widely and wiped her forehead as she quietly celebrated her victory. She would get to stay at home tonight instead of having to crash on a friend's couch. A girl with long white waist-length hair who was part of the group, a young woman named Kasumi, walked over to Momo and looked over the bespectacled girl's shoulder at her test paper.

    "Wow, Momo. You were born under a lucky star!" The white-haired young woman exclaimed. Kasumi showed her test paper and she had made an 80.

    "You can say that again, Kasumi. I don't need to make this a habit, though. If I count on luck to see me through everything one day my luck will give out at a really bad time and I'll be spending the night outside my home!" Momo said to her friend. The third member of the friend group, a young woman with long blue hair in a ponytail named Kaede, sauntered over to the group and slammed her test paper onto Momo's desk.

    "I got a 72!" Kaede remarked happily. Momo and Kasumi stared at her with blank looks.

    "What? I'm proud of that grade! I'm really bad at Algebra, OK?" Kaede said defensively.

    "You really need to study more, Kaede." Momo suggested to her friend. Kaede frowned and took back her test paper.

    "You really need to study more, Kaede." Kaede repeated mockingly in a nasally "nerd" voice. Momo frowned.

    "Don't give me that look, Momo. You know that I study hours and hours for math tests. I study until I see numbers and equations in my sleep, but then I go blank when I actually get the test! I'm slowly doing better, but I won't ever be as good as you!" Kaede defended herself and her grade. Momo's face softened.

    "Look, Kaede. I didn't mean anything by it. If you want me to help you study, I can help you study." Momo offered. Kaede's face softened.

    "Don't waste your time on me, Momo. You've got your own grades to worry about. Your parents literally throw you out of your house if you make anything less than a B, so don't worry about me." Kaede replied in all seriousness. She also sounded a bit sad when she said that. She walked away from the pair and Kasumi and Momo watched Kaede leave the classroom while slow and sad music played.

    Outside the classroom Kaede looked out a window. She looked towards the horizon and various voices began to echo in her head.

    "YOU FAILED YOUR MATH TEST! YOU'RE SO STUPID!" A woman screamed at Kaede. Seconds later a little girl stumbling over multiplication tables was heard.

    "2 times 4 is eight! EIGHT! IT'S NOT THAT HARD! Why can't you learn your damn multiplication tables?!" A man screamed at Kaede and both the man and woman started to call Kaede hurtful names. Victoria winced and the scene changed to a flashback with a small blue-haired girl sitting on a bed with pink sheets in a room decorated with children's toys and crying. The girl was a younger Kaede shortly after the verbal beating she received for failing her math test. The scene was getting harder and harder for Victoria to watch without wanting to cry, but she pushed herself to keep watching anyway.

    Victoria's perseverance was rewarded when the scene mercifully switched back to the present and Kaede continued to look out the window.

    "I wish I was born under a lucky star like Momo." Kaede said to herself. The episode took a commercial break and Victoria was relieved to receive a break. The episode was emotionally draining, especially the brief and sad flashback of younger Kaede crying in her room after her parents berated her for not getting her multiplication tables right.

    She watched the commercial for Cram School Soda Break and some other shows on the anime channel, then five minutes later the episode continued and showed Kaede finishing her homework at 1:35 A.M. the next morning, then setting the alarm on her alarm clock for 5:00 A.M. The blue-haired young woman then shuffled over to her bed and fell on it, going to sleep without even bothering to pull back the sheets. The scene shifted to Momo asleep at her desk in her room with her schoolbag sitting on the floor to the right of her chair. The scene then shifted to Kasumi finally going to sleep at 2:05 A.M. after finishing her homework. Then the scene changed yet again to the girls arriving at school around 8:00 A.M. with Momo taking the lead, Kasumi following close behind Momo, and Kaede following Kasumi with a bottle of water in hand.

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