the gateway Oct 20, 2011 22:43:34 GMT -5
Post by Holly on Oct 20, 2011 22:43:34 GMT -5
aestas 27, 1583, morning
acerbus umbra castle, acerbus umbra, pertinax
Books scattered the floor near a couch in the main hall. The fire in the fireplace casted shadows that licked at the walls as cold air rushed in to fight with the contradicting hot flames. Holly was curled up on the couch, head resting on the books while her fingers latched onto other pieces of literature. Her blonde hair spilled down the side, brushing the floor and blowing in the freezing breeze that swept through Acerbus Umbra.
The young mage shivered and groaned, turning away from the edge of the couch and hugging the books as if they were the warmest flame in the world.
"Maybe I shouldn't have made it a big deal to read all of the plant books by this morning... I knew she would have gone overboard," Aria muttered to herself, a thoughtful expression taking over as she came across Holly sleeping in the main hall with her army of books. She pushed her heavy bangs out of her light grey eyes, sighing slightly. After a moment, she shrugged and walked over to her apprentice.
A book slammed into the side of Holly's head, waking her up almost immediately. "I swear I didn't do it! He ran into me!" The Olisthir sat up, ocean blue eyes bulging wide. She searched around, gaze finally resting on Aria, and frowned. "That hurt," She whimpered, then giggled, showing she was joking.
"Well, if I gently woke you up, you would be all groggy and tired. This route gets rid of all those nasty, negative variables," Aria chuckled. She was already beginning to grab different books. "We have a long day today."
"And why is that? Making me read more?" With Aria, Holly knew she could show any emotion she wanted because, no matter what, Aria never got upset with Holly. The bitter tone the young mage used didn't make Aria frown. If anything, it made her smile more.
"Nope. Today is your first big project as my apprentice," Aria sat the stack of books down on the couch and then made them disappear without even a flick of the hand. "Lets go."
Aria led Holly through a series of hallways, probably going out of her way to make the path much longer than necessary. It was funny. Holly had almost been there about two years but she still didnt exactly know the castle. At times, she got lost. She was too embarrassed to ask a servant or guard for directions because, after all, she was supposed to be the next Mystic. And, although she found it even more embarrassing, she was happy when she ran into Falkor. She could tag along with him and more than likely he would lead her directly where she needed to go.
The Mystic and her apprentice stopped at the long entrance to the garden. When Aria announced they were there, Holly raised an eyebrow in question. She wondered if they were supposed to be in the garden and not the arc way. Aria just continued to smile, waiting for Holly to ask. The young Olisthir looked back at the dreary looking entrance. It was too unappealing.
Suddenly, it hit her. "Oh, no! I can't design this whole thing! What if people hate it? What if I can't make those certain plants grow in this place?" Holly took a step back, shaking her head.
"Please! You'll do fine. And if anyone doesn't like it, then they can answer to me," The vedial gave Holly a reassuring smile, patting her head. "Now, I'll leave you here to begin... And finish. You're project's due today." She chuckled darkly and left her apprentice to rush around to attempt to get it done.
Every space was filled with a vine and a flower. The stone floor was removed, being replaced by tall, flowing wheat. Aria beamed at what Holly had accomplished in such a short amount of time and such limited knowledge. She clapped her hands together as Holly emmerged from the golden sea. "See? I knew you could pull it off. This place looks... well, like a grand entrance now," She gazed around once again, admiring.
"And that's not even the best part! I cast a spell on all the plants in this room. You and I can change the color of them to anything we want," Holly waved her hand and the flowers shimmered, shifting from red and white to yellow and blue. The wheat morphed into tall grass.
"Nice touch," Aria complimented as ran her fingers along the ferns. A smirk graced her features as she looked back at her apprentice. "But I don't recall ever giving you a spell to manage that sort of thing, Miss Skies. While changing the colors of something is not so difficult, a spell that can shared between two people is rather advanced for someone who's been an apprentice for only two years."
Holly placed her hands behind her back, not able to hide the guilty expression plastered all over her face, "I, uhm... Might have been looking at your more advanced spell books at night..." She mumbled, scuffling her foot in the grass.
"Oh, that's fine," Aria gave Holly a dark glance. "But now that I know that you're capable of such things, I will be making your training sessions much more... Rigorous." She wrapped an arm around Holly's shoulders and nodded, her expression changing once again, to a more proud look. "Besides that, you've done a good job with the entrance... I think everyone will enjoy as much as I do and they'll realize the hard work you've put into this."
"Thank you, Aria..." Holly beamed.