One Hell of a Family [dead] (thanks you to everyone who played im sorry im a terrible dm)

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"I've met some Blood Magic specialists. Though they used alternate means to gather the needed blood, I think I have a tome or two, if you like, I could give them to you to study." Richard suggested to Seras after hearing about her abilities with blood magic.

"Thank you Richard, that will certainly be helpful." Seras replied with a smile, happy to receive any information to help improve her capabilities. It was then that Theon began to change.

Seras looked surprised as she saw Theon change into an older version of himself, suffice to say, the subtle blushing of her cheeks told him how she felt. She gave the now older looking Theon a passionate hug, before looking at his eyes.

"Well well, you certainly are going to look handsome when your a few years older. But, you know what I said earlier, its not what you looked like that had me fall in love with you; it was your heart and personality. Still, I am very much impressed with this." Seras remarked, still holding on to him.

Seras blushed a little when she saw Theon's altered body. She then hugged him passionately and he hugged her back. She looked into his eyes and said."Well well, you certainly are going to look handsome when your a few years older. But, you know what I said earlier, its not what you looked like that had me fall in love with you; it was your heart and personality. Still, I am very much impressed with this."
"Well thank you very much for all the compliments." Theon said blushing a little.
He began to change back she felt him change but it only took a second. He was strangely hot during his transformation.
"I prefer to use my own body though it just feels more natural."

Theon still holds her in his arms. He then says. "I have a question."
Theon leans in closer and asks a question to her by whispering it in her ear.
"am I your first boyfriend?"

Seras was enjoying this heartfelt embrace, wishing it to never end. Theon then whispered something in her ear.

"Am I your first boyfriend?" Was his question.

"Well, there was one guy years ago, but nothing special happened between us; doubt as though he even remembers me, I barely remember him, so I ain't going to count him as one. To put it simply, yes, yes you are my first boyfriend Theon." Seras responded with, as the two of them shared another kiss, both looking as blushed as each other.

"May us never part."

As Dwight was waiting for the ceremony to start a familiar voice rung in his ears. "There you are boy." Dwight turned standing behind him was Vincent Luvence his father. He was tall with a cordial dark purple with blue tie suit his dark hair was slicked back. He had very angled features with pale skin and crimson eyes that brought out his features.

"Im surprised to see that let.....you even graduate." he said with a smirk. This was their usual greeting Vincent would berate him constantly and Dwight would take it as per usual. "Listen boy I need to tell you something and now.....would be a good time to tell you about your fat-." he was cut off by Ms. William's booming voice. The thing about Ms. William's voice being a phoenix she could make her voice mildly loud to fill an auditorium or loud enough to blow out eardrums.

"Attention students and parents please be seated and we shall begin our graduation ceremony we will be going in alphabetical order and the seals on the students will be removed. What that means for you students is that your powers will finally be able to grow naturally and you be able to turn into your true forms. So lets get started shall we."

"Well, there was one guy years ago, but nothing special happened between us; doubt as though he even remembers me, I barely remember him, so I ain't going to count him as one. To put it simply, yes, yes you are my first boyfriend Theon." As the couple kissed again both blushing."May us never part." "We will never part ways. So us here and now this moment will live on in our memories forever. So even if we are separated by fate, know that I will always be thinking about you. So us will never fade as long as one of us still breathes." Theon said smiling.

"Attention students and parents please be seated and we shall begin our graduation ceremony we will be going in alphabetical order and the seals on the students will be removed. What that means for you students is that your powers will finally be able to grow naturally and you be able to turn into your true forms. So lets get started shall we."
Theon looked at them happy then looked back at Seras. "We still got quite some time I mean we won't be called to step forth first."
Theon smelled allot of familiar smells. Looking around he saw 6 hooded people standing around the hall one in every corner and 2 near the stage. The were all werewolves. Maybe they are here to restrain me in case I lose control with the release ceremony.

Richard scratched his head and turned to his love, speaking lowly "If I seem to be in a fair bit of pain when I go up there, I don't suggest rushing to me. I might... ah... explode." Continuing to scratch his head awkwardly he sent her his love and some special feelings through the link to calm what was undoubtedly going to be a rather confused response.

"We will never part ways. So us here and now this moment will live on in our memories forever. So even if we are separated by fate, know that I will always be thinking about you. So us will never fade as long as one of us still breathes." Theon said smiling. The comment almost made Seras burst out into tears, its sentiment being so beautiful; fortunately she was able to hold them back.

"Thank you, for everything The-." Seras began saying before she was cut off by an announcement over the speakers.

"Attention students and parents please be seated and we shall begin our graduation ceremony we will be going in alphabetical order and the seals on the students will be removed. What that means for you students is that your powers will finally be able to grow naturally and you be able to turn into your true forms. So lets get started shall we."

"We still got quite some time I mean we won't be called to step forth first." Theon said looking at her.

"Quite. I guess this is it then, the day that our powers can finally grow on their own. When it is your turn Theon, think of me during the seal removal, and everything will be alright for you. I wonder what will happen to me during the procedure?" Seras remarked smiling, before asking a question with curious look about her.

Theon was surprised to see the look on Seras face change when he spoke.
"Thank you, for everything The-." She was then cut off by the transmission.
He hugged her tighter showing his love and understanding for her feelings.

"Quite. I guess this is it then, the day that our powers can finally grow on their own. When it is your turn Theon, think of me during the seal removal, and everything will be alright for you. I wonder what will happen to me during the procedure?"
Seras looked curious. "Maybe you will turn into a bat or something like that?" Theon said with an amused smile.
"I at least know that my awakening won't be pretty. I will probably fall apart and rebuild myself a dozen times. While my werewolf DNA is trying to gain the upper hand...Even though I love you with all my heart Seras. I don't think it will be easy controlling it. "

I might... ah... explode" Richard said, scratching his head, their mental bond flooding with emotion. Terra smiled at the feelings and answered him with thoughts of her own. "I will keep the mental link open and send you all the love I can to counteract the pain. I'll probably feel the pain you feel, but I already know I want to be with you always - good times and bad. this will just be one of the bad."

For her part, Terra had few worries regarding the removal of the seal. She kept most of her powers sealed even further then the seal did, so little would change for her. She wondered if she would even feel the removal at all. Her only real concern was that the removal of the seal would flood her mind with more thoughts - she had grown used to the seal limiting the power of her telepathy, giving her a headache like she had had at prom. But, even that was a minor concern; Richards ring would do much the same thing as the seal should she need to adjust to the extra power.

Richard looked to the girl in his arms lovingly Thank you for the thought, love, but during the removal I'll have to be alone. It's... a Wizard thing. A tradition. Not to mention, I'd never forgive myself for forcing you to feel that pain, just look at me with your love. I'll always pay attention... and the custom only says to be alone in my mind. Terra felt Richard's arm squeeze her lovingly "I'll certainly be looking at you, it'll comfort me. I'll be thinking of the long nights of my horrible murder of anything like music that you pander me by tolerating, and the times we've read Twain and his peers together." Richard was called up, and his mind gracefully became a closed door to her, but not a wall.

He trusted her not only to be in his mind and soul, but to let the power along when he asked. But it wasn't really putting her out of it, it's just she got to see his soul with her eyes, revealed and shown to her in it's entirety-his entirety-without the aid of silver and copper and steel.

With how open he was meeting her eyes, she had no extreme need for such devices. Richard finally got to the stage, Terra still feeling that single glance, and looked to her, gaining confidence as a teacher came up, and lifted the seal. Light, and even the space immediately around the Wizard started to violently bend and pop, from behind Terra, The Roman leaned forward and said in a quiet, booming whisper "You're lucky, Girl, you're protected by something that makes even I prepare for it's coming." he smirked to her, leaning back and watching as Richard and the space around him seemed to implode out of existence for just a second. Eventually the reality where he had been popped back with a loud thunder in the minds of everybody present. Richard was gone, seemingly, completely for just a second, even Terra couldn't feel his presence, until it came back, and felt like it had never left, but at the same time, it was Richard but MORE.

She felt his presence around her, coating her affectionately and protectively. He was still distinctly him, but something was very different. The Roman just chuckled, then got up and walked away, seemingly highly amused.

In Terra's mind, a familiar voice sounded I'm back, Love. Sorry for the whole, 'not existing' thing. I tried to keep it from happening, but I'm still not entirely sure how this level of being works. Point of fact, my love for you seems more real now, so apparently I love you so much it's beyond mortality. Richard materialized beside her in his seat again, offering her his arm and sending her feelings of love that had enough dimensions to prove Einstein right, and he was now sharing his mental capabilities, she realized. She could actually understand the new feelings and even see a small portion of the energies coming off of him. And understand them. He was even more open now.

When Richard disappeared, a bolt of fear ran down Terra's spine. She managed to stand up from her chair, ready to fly to the stage and start her search, before she heard the voice of the Roman behind her. "You're lucky, Girl, you're protected by something that makes even I prepare for it's coming." She was about to demand he go and get Richard from wherever he was and drag him back to the world, when Richard rematerialized on stage.

Before the Roman left, Terra turned to the all powerful wizard and made her own comment in response. "I know I'm lucky, but his power has nothing to do with it." she said. she would have said more, words the Roman would likely have disapproved of, but Richard's mind returned then, preventing such thoughts. I'm back, Love. Sorry for the whole, 'not existing' thing. I tried to keep it from happening, but I'm still not entirely sure how this level of being works. Point of fact, my love for you seems more real now, so apparently I love you so much it's beyond mortality." his mind said to her, before his physical self materialized beside her. More importantly, the walls he kept within his mind had opened further, allowing her mind deeper within. A lot of the information that shot forth like a torrent was completely alien to her - but pieces of it were manageable. All in all, a very good day.

"Well, I could have told you that. "For love is immortality." - Emily Dickinson." Terra said with a smile, grabbing his hand and squeezing it tightly to ensure it was real. Then, she squeezed it somewhat harder, displaying her annoyance then said "Don't you dare scare me like that again." Following this, she kissed him once more and made her way up toward the stage. There were several people before her yet, but she didn't want to let the wizard see just how worried she had been.

Richard looked guiltily to Terra Is something wrong, Love? His mind was open to her, she could feel him not intruding. He wasn't looking at her feelings, he was letting her tell him what she wanted him to know. Love might be immortal, but you transcend the petty knowledge of all the Ascended, into the realms of the truly powerful, and your beauty is the most plentiful look into the truest of knowledge I think I'll ever have. Richard was trying to make her happy. He didn't hide that. But he meant what he said.

Terra heard his words and knew their truth, lightly blushing at his way of describing his feelings. With a slight hesitation, she opened her mind to him and pulled him in. Within, he could feel the love she felt for him that word were unable to describe, lacking meaning in the face of the truth. At the same time, he could feel the fear she had felt when he disappeared, the sense of irrational panic that had gripped her for those few short moments when, and the sense of heart shattering dread that had rocked her to her core.

"Please... Don't scare me like that again... I can't bare it." she repeated, in a more begging tone.

"Please... Don't scare me like that again... I can't bare it." Richard mentally 'hugged' her Don't be scared like that again, I'll always come back to you. And think, now you have some real muscle behind you, if your parents DARE to try and hurt your sibling, I'll be there behind you. As always. 'Cause your the best. Richard smiled to her in his relatively simplistic explanation.

Seal? When did these get brought up?
Probably another one of those problems that foreigner rich girls who aren't technically legal citizens don't have to deal with...

Like taxes. Then again she also wasn't graduating most probably she'd just leave for the summer and not return. No way were her parents still watching her. Which was her only motivation for staying in this place anyway.

She watched the ceremony without much interest wait where did Cerberus get to exactly.
Looking round Helena saw Loupa talking to some of the hooded men, what on earth did she want with them anyway?

"Maybe you will turn into a bat or something like that?" Theon said with an amused smile.

"I at least know that my awakening won't be pretty. I will probably fall apart and rebuild myself a dozen times. While my werewolf DNA is trying to gain the upper hand... Even though I love you with all my heart Seras. I don't think it will be easy controlling it."

"I know, this rite of passage for our school, will be tough on all of us in different ways. We will change both mentally and physically as we each grow stronger in our abilities. But, let us not forget, it is fear that creates chaos, and chaos will lead to darkness. To combat it, you must think of something that gives you hope, gives you light, I know I already have found a light, and its close by." Seras remarked as she held Theon's hand.

"I know, this rite of passage for our school, will be tough on all of us in different ways. We will change both mentally and physically as we each grow stronger in our abilities. But, let us not forget, it is fear that creates chaos, and chaos will lead to darkness. To combat it, you must think of something that gives you hope, gives you light, I know I already have found a light, and its close by." Seras said as she was holding Theon's hand. Theon smiled at her as she said these loving words. But he still doubted himself it was obvious he was going to have to fight his werewolf DNA. The only question that remained was could he? Was he strong enough? He knew he was with Seras there to support him he could do anything. He then felt an surge of primal anger running through him. As if his inner wolf taunted him.

"Seras when I go up to the stage I would appreciate it if you don't look at the ceremony. I don't know what I will turn into and I don't know what I have to do to win. So that is why I don't want you too see it. And if I don't win you have to let those hooded people take me. They will take care off me." Theon said with an weak smile tears hidden behind his eyes. because he and they knew that he only had a 50% change of living through this. and he didn't want to leave Seras behind.

"Seras when I go up to the stage I would appreciate it if you don't look at the ceremony. I don't know what I will turn into and I don't know what I have to do to win. So that is why I don't want you to see it. And if I don't win you have to let those hooded people take me. They will take care of me." Theon said with an weak smile tears hidden behind his eyes. Seras rapidly let go of Theon's hand, instantly figuring out what he actually meant, and turned her head away; not even looking at him when she spoke.

"You mean kill you if you happen to go crazy during the process." Seras remarked in a rather dismissive and angry tone. She then held her head in her hands, as tears began streaming down her face, visibly upset at what could happen.

"I don't want you to die, I won't let you die. You mean so much to me Theon, I don't want the greatest thing in my life to be taken away from me, so soon after we confessd our true feelings." Seras said amidst a flood of tears.

Theon

Seras let go off his hand and looked away from him.
"You mean kill you if you happen to go crazy during the process." Seras said in an angry and dismissive tone. Seras then placed her head in her hands and started crying. "I don't want you to die, I won't let you die. You mean so much to me Theon, I don't want the greatest thing in my life to be taken away from me, so soon after we confessd or true feelings." Seras said while she was crying. I understand what she means. I don't want to lose her either. I would do anything for her....But I have to do this there is no other way.

Theon smiled weakly and took her in his arm. She tried to push him away as she was quite angry with him. He however didn't let her and grabbed her head and laid it down against his shoulder trying to calm her down. He began patting her back.
"I am sorry for putting you through this. I wish there was another way but there isn't. But don't worry Seras. I will win from him because I have an edge over him. I am fighting for our love while he only fights for survival. So I will win I must win! That is why I won't lose. So please stop crying Seras." Theon hugged her tight and kept her head against his shoulder trying to make her stop crying.

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The hooded man/Savan

The hooded man was watching his nephew. Why did he ever get with an Dhampir?
Then a new smelled entered his nose. He turned his head to see a woman approaching him with an werewolf like smell.
"Hi, are you werewolfs?" She asked looking curious. He smiled at the question."Yes we are, full blood werewolves.
My name is Savan and what might your name be? Savan looked very curious.
He had never met such an strange smelling werewolf before.

"Right now I'm Loupa.
Anyway since you are I'll put this away."

She took a silver looking cross off her neck and into her pocket.
"Thank you for putting that away. I am not a big fan of silver." Savan said smiling.
"So do you know anyone here?" Loupa asked.
"Yes I do know a few people here. Those hooded man standing around here are people from my family and him over there."
He says pointing at Theon. "Is my cousin. We are here to make sure he doesn't destroy the school when his seal is released.
I mean imagine a 40 feet tall werewolf with iron skin well that is what we are trying to stop."
His father looked angry at Savan telling him to keep watch in case something happens.

Seras tried pushing Theon away as he took her in his arms. But he grabbed her head, and rested it on his shoulder in an attempt to calm her down. Theon then began to pat her on the back whilst he spoke in a calming voice.

"I am sorry for putting you through this. I wish there was another way but there isn't. But don't worry Seras. I will win from him because I have an edge over him. I am fighting for our love while he only fights for survival. So I will win I must win! That is why I won't lose. So please stop crying Seras." Theon then hugged her tight, keeping her head against his shoulder to help her stop crying. At first she thought about trying to break away, still slightly angry; but the care that he showed managed to win her over. Seras hugged Theon tightly as well. Whilst her tears had stopped, there were still signs of her crying.

"No, I am the one who should be saying sorry. I should try and remain strong for the both of us, help to try and get through this. I just didn't want to lose you is all." Seras spoke softly, loud enough for Theon to hear, but quiet enough that no one else could. She then let go, as she held his head in her hands. The confidence she had was returning with each passing moment.

"Listen, this may sting a little, but it should help you fight your werewolf side, so we can survive this together. Its a technique that I was practicing without my father knowing, in case I ever found the one I wanted to be with. Its an old magic spell that vampires from centuries past used to do to keep track of their... well victims I suppose, but don't worry, it isn't anything as invasive as that." Seras said, reassuring Theon of what she was going to do.

"The technique itself is called a Blood Link. It will allow us to sense one another, should we ever become lost. The link is going to be buried deep in the subconscious, you won't even know its there, except when you need to find me. Whilst I may not be able to help you physically, this link means that I can help you fight the werewolf within mentally. I will always be there for you." Seras remarked, explaining how this link was going to work, and what it could do. She then began to whisper something in a langauge that Theon wouldn't understand.

Syo uin puhtc uv muja, kieta ic drnuikr dra esbahtehk tynghacc.
Yht frah dra mekrd crehac ykyeh, syo fa pa cdnuhkan palyica uv ed.

A faint glow of red came to Seras's eyes, as a pulse of energy began to pass from her to Theon, in which the link would be forged. Whilst this happened, the pair kissed, hoping to provide a distraction.

Theon hugging her seemed to have worked she stopped crying and hugged him back.
"No, I am the one who should be saying sorry. I should try and remain strong for the both of us, help to try and get through this. I just didn't want to lose you is all." "I know I don't want to lose you either." Seras then let go off of him but kept his head between her hands.
She looked confident as normal. Theon was looking a little confused because she was holding his head.

"Listen, this may sting a little, but it should help you fight your werewolf side, so we can survive this together. Its a technique that I was practicing without my father knowing, in case I ever found the one I wanted to be with. Its an old magic spell that vampires from centuries past used to do to keep track of their... well victims I suppose, but don't worry, it isn't anything as invasive as that."
Theon smiled and said. "You don't have to worry about it being invasive I have nothing to hide. At least not from you."

"The technique itself is called a Blood Link. It will allow us to sense one another, should we ever become lost. The link is going to be buried deep in the subconscious, you won't even know its there, except when you need to find me. Whilst I may not be able to help you physically, this link means that I can help you fight the werewolf within mentally. I will always be there for you."
Theon felt relieved as he would have help when facing his inner werewolf named Sandulf.
He felt even more relieved when she said that she would always be there for him.
"I will always be there for you too, and please use this magic. It will bind our fates together forever."

As she began muttering the magic words Theon looked at her with an smile.
I have no idea what she is saying right now. But I am still happy she is saying them. I am sure those words are filled with love.
She then suddenly pulled him forward and they started kissing. Theon felt strange energy enter his body but he knew that everything would be fine. Because he would be together with Seras forever because of this bond. I do wonder if she will look into my head. If she can then I might as well show her Sandulf.

Terra smiled wirily as the warmth of the mental hug ran through her; she responded in kind. She knew her boyfriend was correct, and she had thought of many of the implications before, but these benefits had all paled before the fear of Richards demise. Now however, with her love safe in her mental arms, the fears began to fade.

She wanted to maintain the mental embrace forever, but reality was a cruel mistress; after several minutes, it was her time to graduate. She ended the mental bond with some hesitation, then made her way onto the stage. As much as she desired Richard being with her, she felt that of the seal did more then she thought it did, having her mental powers awaken while engaged with his mind was a recipe for disaster - who knew what the effects of suddenly reaching deeper into the mind of an ascended wizard were.

Terra made her way across the stage, hiding her worry behind the joy of the event. "Everything will be okay" she said to herself, trying to maintain her confidence. She chanced a glance up at her family. Teresa was watching earnestly, the sense of curiosity coming off her almost tangible. Trey was more subtle - pretending to look away in boredom, his eyes alight with a similar curiosity. Even her parents seemed to be on the edge of their seats, a fact that surprised her to know end. Terra chalked it up to their preoccupation with their reputations - if she did something foolish, they would no doubt feel ashamed, of course they were transfixed on the ceremony.

Terra made her way first to the vice principle, grabbing the diploma. She felt the faint sensation of applause, most of it drowned out in her own internal musings. She waited in front of the Vice principle for a moment longer, finding the whole idea of graduating to be oddly humorous - all the worries of high school seemed so insignificant now; she wondered if everyone felt that way. Finally, after her moment of hesitation was up, she approached Mrs. Williams, ready to be unsealed.

The process only took a moment; a quick touch to the forehead and it was over. There was no incredible lightshow, no magnificent transformation, no burst of demonic power. For all intents and purposes, the removal of the seal went unnoticed by the world around her. Mentally however, it was as though the entirety of the world had changed; morphing into a alien realm that was both bizarre in it's differences, yet somehow more natural then even the physical world. She could feel the minds of everyone around her

Where as before, their minds seemed like books - ready to be opened and perused, now they transcended the need for such physical descriptions. They were as lights - glowing balls of soul-stuff - within the haze of existence, each connected to each other by trillions of strands of as many colors and shades. Despite this, it all seemed even easier to comprehend then before. All the vast defenses that had once seemed so formidable, now seemed the weakest of veils, paper thin by comparison. Even the Roman's mind seemed fragile in the grand scheme of the endless world of souls. What more, she could see farther into the distance and with much greater detail. She could feel the ants burrowing away beneath their feet and the minds of onlookers beyond the range of her sight. It was awe inspiring, frightening, and beautiful all at the same time.

It took her only a moment to regain control over the change, allowing her to return to reality. She grasped Mrs. Williams hand, shook it, and moved from the stage without any further fanfare. She took a moment to glance back up at her family. Her parents were smiling, their reputations untouched. Trey maintained his attempt at a casual appearance, though the look in his eyes had changed to something she could not identify. Teresa smiled and waved at her when their eyes met, Terra smiled and waved back - all was good.

Reaching back into the strange new world, she searched for her friends. It took longer in the world of minds then it would have in the physical, but she could not help but experiment in the world, trying to make sense of the new manifestation. When she found them, she couldn't help but notice just how much of their identity was on display. The mind that was Seras glowed a deep crimson, showing her passion, strength, confidence and drive - not to mention a hint of her heritage. Theon was a swirling mix of grays - apparently he was a bit worried about something. Helena was a green that hurt the "eyes" to look at - she was as mysterious as they came - even in the mental world. She made note that Seras the Theon were connected by one of the many strands, this one a reddish-pink. A similar stand connected her to another soul, one that was a vortex of colors that resembled the eyes of a certain man she had come to love.

Terra looked for Thomas, but even in the mental plane his existence was hidden and secretive - she doubted she could find it if she searched for eternity. Loupa was nowhere to be found, apparently having wandered off. She found herself wondering if Eric would see the world the same way - was this the world of mental contact or was it merely how her mind displayed it? She also found herself curious as to what she looked like the soul filled world, but lacking a mirror, she doubted she would find out any time soon.

Leaving the world for the moment, she took her seat in Richards lap, a huge smile on her face, then kissed him on the lips. She held him there until the need for air took precedence then, begrudgingly, released him. "I think we need to upgrade your watch" she said, wanting to show him the new world more then anything. "Well, almost more then anything" she corrected herself, as she reclaimed his lips once more.

The Roman and Richard both slowly set up adapted walls as soon as they felt the probes, it seemed more an instinct than anything else. Terra would notice that while The Roman was noticeable in how absolutely restrained his cavernous powers were, Richard was the opposite, it was a swirling portal into some uncomprehensible depth.

When she kissed him, he squeezed her tightly, and used a trick he actually learned in England to... treat her....

"I think we need to upgrade your watch" Richard stroked his chin, and took the watch off, turning it over to examine the marks "Hm." Raising his hand over the now levitating watch, the metal grooves moved, some of them fading to varying lengths and offshoots, and a few new developing grooves burned in. After this process he put it on again and slowly powered it, adjusting his mind accordingly. "I'll let you govern how much power I give it later, when we have time to ourselves." she kissed him again, and he almost did his little trick again, but stopped at the last second, teasing her. Can't give you too much, then you would ruin your... apatite.

Whilst the link was being forged between them, Seras was able to enter Theon's mind, so she could see how it was coping under the combination of the blood link, their unbridled love for one another, and this whole business involving the werewolf inside of him. Upon her arrival, Seras found herself in a seemingly unending field, amidst a scene that was a mixture of order and chaos, with no defined middle ground.

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Your mind certainly is in one big mess at the moment, you definitely are under a lot of stress due to all that is happening. Don't worry, once the ceremony is over, how about we do something nice and relaxing, that should help you out. Seras spoke in a calming voice, much like a mother would to her child. As she spoke, colour began to slowly bleed itself back into the scene, the overall area looking more beautiful. A forest then began to form nearby, and Seras decided to investigate.

After what may have been a while, Seras was deep in the forest. Occasionally she could hear growls coming from all around her, but dismissed them as her own anxiety. Suddenly from the corner of a her, a shadow darted behind Seras, followed by a pair of white eyes. A voice appeared from nowhere.

"Get... out... trespasser." It roared in a aggressive tone. Seras in response conjured a sword to defend herself.

"You can't force me out, I have a right to be here. Theon is someone I love deeply, and I am here to care for him." Seras responded with a calm, yet determined manner.

"I said..." The voice roared, before the shadow leapt out at her, turning into what could only be described as a werewolf. It hastily knocked Seras to the ground, pinning her with one of its sharp claws. "...get out."

"Just tell me who you are first, then I shall leave Theon's mind." Seras ordered in a demanding voice.

"My name, is Sandulf." The creature snorted as it flared his nostrils.

"Alright right then Sandulf, you must be the werewolf that lurks within Theon, the one that he will turn into should he fail. But he won't, because I will fight alongside him, and we will beat you."

"I'd like to see you try, Dhampir. Now go, before I change my mind."

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Seras soon vacated Theon's mind, ending the kiss almost instantly.

"There, the blood link has been forged. Sorry about entering your mind, had to make sure that the link was forged completely. Although I did encounter some interference by a creature known as Sandulf. But don't you worry my love, I was able to hold my own." Seras said in a voice that sounded like a mixture of apology, yet determination.

Theon was completely lost in the strange magic Seras was using. Then he heard Seras speak to him from inside his mind.
Your mind certainly is in one big mess at the moment, you definitely are under a lot of stress due to all that is happening. Don't worry, once the ceremony is over, how about we do something nice and relaxing, that should help you out.
Sounds good I could certainly use some time to relax. We had plans with 2 movies right? Well that is sure to help me relax.

Theon was once again lost in her magic. He relaxed and felt better, as Seras was walking around in his brain. Then Seras spoke again. "There, the blood link has been forged. Sorry about entering your mind, had to make sure that the link was forged completely. Although I did encounter some interference by a creature known as Sandulf. But don't you worry my love, I was able to hold my own." Theon's face turned completely white. He grabbed Seras shoulders with his hands. "Did he hurt you in anyway?!" Theon looks panicked.

Just realised I didn't actually answer the questions

Loupa returned with a hooded friend in hand.
"Oh hello, so you've decided to come back." Helena was her usual casual dismissive self.
"Well of course who else was going to get you home after the sun goes down." Loupa having none of it. "Someone might put a blanket over your head again."
"That was once; they put a sheet over my head. It was dark. What was I supposed to think?"
"You know there are only about three animals that fail that test. Anyway I've got a new friend, I wanted to introduce you. Did I miss anything?"
"Well everyone else is going up on stage and having a seal taken off."
"Do you have one?"
"I don't think so."

"Did he hurt you in anyway?!" Theon asked with a panicked expression on his face, as he was overcome with concern and anxiety. Seras decided to try and calm him down by hugging him.

"Relax Theon, he couldn't of hurt me either physically or mentally, since I was never really there in the first place; I was here the whole time, with you. The blood link allowed me to summon a projection of myself into your subconscious, enabling me to explore your mind, without the fear of being hurt; besides, you would of have had to been able to enter my mind in order to do any harm. My thoughts were transferred into my other self via the blood link." Seras said, going into more detail about how the Blood Link worked, finishing off with a kiss on the forehead. It was then that an announcement was made.

"Seras Rogue, would you kindly head to the stage."

"I guess its time then." Seras remarked with a smile as she got up from her seat. She briefly turned to face Theon. "Wish me luck."

Soon as Seras arrived on the stage, she cast a quick look over to her family, each of them quietly rooting for her. Theon, whilst still nervous about what happened inside his, felt a little more relieved after reassurance. Others watched with quiet gasps as the vice principle handed over her diploma. It was then that she thought over the situation in her head - for the past four or five years, after studying and training, it all came down to this. Whilst on the inside she may have looked calm, but deeply, she had a bundle of nerves.

After the hall quietened down, Mrs. Williams stood in front of her, ready to perform the seal removal. The procedure in of itself was a rather simple affair, with a single touch of her forehead, the seal had been removed. Seras felt an overcoming sense of relief that it was finally over, but fate had other plans. For a moment, she could feel a brief flash of light cross over her, looking down, she saw her hands were emitting shadowy jets that were keeping her afloat. Seras then disappeared from the stage.

Meanwhile...

They watched her disappear into nothingness, deeply worried looks appeared on their faces.

"What the hell has happened to our daughter?" Dominic asked in a anxious tone.

"I don't know Dominic. You don't think its something to do with Mr. Shapes?" Nicole asked, sounding a little suspicious of Theon.

"No, thats impossible my love, Throughout all the chats I have had with him, Theon has shown no signs of such power. It must have been something that the seal was keeping back." Dominic responded, acting much more calmly now.

"Would you two relax." Katie remarked, speaking out over her parents. "We all know that big sis is a strong woman; I'm sure she can handle herself wherever she is."

"I suppose your right Katarina. Lets just hope that she is safe."

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From what seemed like an age to Seras, she suddenly landed in a endless white void.

"What the?... Where am I?... What manner of magic brought me here?" She asked herself in confusion. Suddenly, a whispery voice appeared amidst the featureless plain.

"She... has... awakened." It spoke, which only gave Seras more questions than answers.

"Who has awakened? And what do I have to do with it?"

"Hush child." The voice spoke. "All we be shown to you into time. For now, you should be getting back. It seems there are people who are worried about you back in the realm of the living, and we wouldn't want to disappoint." It remarked with a slight chuckle at the end. From the moment its dark laughter had ceased, Seras had arrived back at the stage as quickly as she had left.

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Without much hesitation, Seras quietly made her way off the stage, and back to her seat.

"What, what just happened?" She asked to no one in particular.

"What, what just happened?" Richard cleared his throat "Well first you used some of the most fascinating dark magic I've ever seen to levitate yourself, then you just up and poofed from overall existence, then you came back all shadowy and stuff. Then you asked "What just happened" right in tune with your boyfriend's omnicidal urges to find you, I'd imagine..." Richard shrugged "Where did you learn that kind of pure magical manipulation? it was very fascinating. I'd love to study it."

Seras could here the sound of Richard clearing his throat, before going into a explanation of events.

"Well first you used some of the most fascinating dark magic I've ever seen to levitate yourself, then you just up and poofed from overall existence, then you came back all shadowy and stuff. Then you asked "What just happened?" right in tune with your boyfriend's omnicidal urges to find you, I'd imagine..." Richard stopped halfway and shrugged before continuing.

"Where did you learn that kind of pure magical manipulation? it was very fascinating. I'd love to study it." He then asked. Seras cleared her head a moment before answering.

"Well thanks for clearing it up Richard. As to how I did that manipulation of dark magic, I don't honestly know, I've never been able to do that before, it had happened so fast, I barely had anytime to process what was happening. It could just be one of the new powers I've gained thanks to the seal removal. Thats as far as I can go for the moment." Seras replied, before sitting back in her chair, staring up at the ceiling. It was then that her family came rushing over, her father hugging her tightly.

"What in the nine spirits happened to you Seras? Me, your mother and Katarina were all worried for you."

"I don't know father. I was here one minute, gone the next, then back here again; it all happened so fast. Then there was the voice, something about 'She has awakened'. Don't even ask me what that means. Right now, I just need to relax."

"Alright then Seras, we'll be over there if you need anything." Nicole responded calmly, as Seras's family left their daughter in the company of her friends, Dominic soon releasing the hug.

Terra had deeply enjoyed the first kiss, and expected great things from the second. The trick he had pulled was a welcome surprise, but a surprise none the less. When it occurred, she had "eep'd" into his mouth and sent him a mental note, consisting of "I see my Yankee ways are beginning to corrupt your good, English sensibilities.". The second kiss however failed to be a repeat of the first, but only just, prompting Richard to explain. "Can't give you too much, then you would ruin your... apatite." Richard said as she finished the second kiss. Terra gave a lopsided grin and responded, saying "You assume I'm anything but insatiable when it comes to you, love - this is a gross underestimate." Still, she could see the teachers were getting anxious over their "public display of affection", so she slid back down next to him, keeping one of his arms wrapped around her, and leaned against him; her eyes closed. "I expect you to correct this underestimate later... with interest" she finished seductively, resting her head on in the small of his neck. the position proved to be too comfortable, and when combined with the stress of she quickly fell into a light sleep without realizing it.

A few minutes later she awoke with a start. She could not remember what she had dreamed of, but she knew it hadn't been pleasant. She shook her head clear just in time to watch Seras walk off the stage, a look of confusion on her face. Terra looked about confused as the conversation between Seras, her parents, and Richard drifted to something she not only had missed, but had never understood: magic. She could follow it's rules easily enough, she just never understood how it worked; there was a reaosn she left the magic to the vampires and wizards. Still, she was curious so she decided to ask.

"What's "dark magic", and how does it differ from normal magic?"


"Relax Theon, he couldn't of hurt me either physically or mentally, since I was never really there in the first place; I was here the whole time, with you. Theon seemed very relived. "oh thank god I was so scared for a moment."
Then Seras was called forward. "Wish me luck." "Good luck my love." Theon gave her an reassuring smile.

Seras received her diploma then her seal was removed. Seras seemed relieved then something happened and she was gone. Theon's heart skipped a beat. He wanted to run up the stage and find out what happened but he knew it wouldn't help. He sat back down against his chair praying that Seras was safe. Then she suddenly re appeared and began making her way back to her seat. "What, what just happened?" "I wish I could tell you but I have no clue." Theon grabbed her hand to try and bring her back from wherever her head was. Richard started explaining something about Seras using dark magic. Then her family walked over to them looking really worried. "Well at least you are back. You don't have to worry anymore you are safe now." Theon hugged her. Terra aksi seemed to have awoken again. Then an announcement was made.

"Theon Shape, come forward please"
Theon looked at Seras then released the hug. "Well that is my cue I am afraid we will talk when I get back." Theon stood up looking confident. but in his mind he could hear Sandulf laughing and screaming. It is finally my time! And not you or that little girlfriend of yours can stop me! Act as confident as you want. I won before I will do it again! Before this day is over you will be gone out of my head forever. While the conflict was already beginning in his head he was slowly making his way up to the stage.

When he arrived on the stage he looked around one last time. He saw his hooded brothers waiting for this ritual to end. He also saw Seras still worried and confused. Theon turned back smiling. The principle gave him his diploma. He looked at it he was confused how something this small made such an huge impact on his life. Then again the seal was even smaller and had an even bigger impact. He then walked a few more steps to begin the last half of this ceremony.

Mrs. Williams looked at him then slowly moved her hand toward his forehead. She then placed her finger on his head removing his seal. Theon felt nothing for a second then he felt everything. Every little impulse running through his body. He felt every cell move and understood how to change their course and affect his body in every way possible. the hooded man were looking at him with worrying looks on their faces. Theon knew what he had to do before he was absorbed by his animal side. Theon turned around and looked at Seras. "I will come back for you." Where the words he spoke smiling to the love of his live. Before the hooded man could even take an step. He began to fall apart like he was made out of dust and the wind was blowing him apart.

The door opened and then shut behind him. Theon and his diploma had both disappeared only a bit of dust remains. Theon re materialized on top of the roof. He looked around him and saw the various magic disturbing circles his druid friend had made for him. Sorry Seras but this is my challenge not yours. He looked down and saw the confused faces of the people through one of the windows. It is about time we get this show on the road. Indeed the time for words have passed. Theon closed his eyes and he could feel his consciousness fading fast. He awakened inside his own head looking around he saw an unending empty landscape. He looked confused at it then before his eyes the world changed. Mountain burst out of the ground and forest grew, water started forming oceans. He turned around and saw him standing there Sandulf.

"Where is your little girlfriend?"Sandulf said with an mean smile on his face. "She will arrive shortly but she wont find you here alive I will take care of you before that!" "Those sure are some big words from such a little man."Sandulf changed into his werewolf appearance however instead of standing on 4 feet he stood on 2."Let's do this." Theon new tuned body handled even better then expected he changed his left arm into an sword.
Sandulf also charged forward with his giant claws. They both attacked at the same time. Their weapons collided but neither one of them was stronger or faster then the other. They both jumped back looking at each other with eyes filled with hatred.

Sandulf took the initiative this time as he unleashed a series of attacks. Theon manged to just block them in time. He then countered with an sword slash which Sandulf just escaped. Time seemed to be slowing down around the 2 combatants. They both clashed again and again spilling each others blood all over the ground as the field slowly turned crimson. They were evenly matched neither had any hope of winning except for waiting from outside interference. Then a voice spoke to them both a womans voice which seemed vaguely familiar. She told them that they were 2 pieces of a puzzle that one couldn't exist without the other. Then the images flashed before his eyes 12 years of glorious friendship until he was sealed away. After that the problems started. Theon realized that she was right he looked at the other part of himself which he never wanted to admit and stretched out his arm. Sandulf screamed in anger and rushed over to Theon ready to rip him to shreds.

Sandulf pierced Theon chest with his claw, blood splattered all over the floor as Theon hugged his long lost self. A smile appeared on his face and a single tear landed on his cheeks. He recalled everything the had lived through. The 12 hard years they barley made it through they had been more then 2 pieces of a puzzle, they had been brothers. "Goodbye brother." Theon then moved his arm faster then he ever did before and pierced Sandulfs chest with his arm destroying his heart. He hugged his brother who turned back into a human.

"Seems you were stronger after all brother.*cough cough*..please..all...ow me...to...see...life...thro..ugh..your..eyes.. Sandulf said as his eyes closed for good. His final breath could be heard. And his body weakened Theon started crying as he placed his brother on the ground. Placing him with his arms folded on his chest and his eye lids closed.
"Of course you can see it through my eyes now brother. Form this day forth we shall be together forever." Theon grabbed Sandulfs head and lifted it up and moved his head closer. He whispered in his ear. "Goodbye brother."
Theon began crying again. He felt that Seras had finally managed to track him down. He slowly stood up and looked at her. His wound still bleeding and fresh tears on his face. Sandulf began falling apart just like Theon had done earlier. The dust blew into Theon restoring his wounds and repairing the holes in his clothes. "I... I won." Theon said with an weak voice filled with sadness.

Seras watched with relief as Theon accepted the Diploma, but then with thinly disguised horror as he turned into a pile of dust, and was blew out the door, his diploma along with him. She frantically tried to contact him via the blood link, but found herself being blocked at every turn. A look of anger formed on her face.

"So, you thought that you could handle it by yourself huh? After everything I said... so, the roof then." She thought to herself, her anger forming into a conscious thought inside her own mindscape. Seras got out of her chair, and turned to the others.

"Excuse me guys, I just have to check on something. Shan't be too long." She said with a smile, as Seras left the hall to get some answers for what had happened. It took her awhile to navigate the halls, but soon found herself up on the school's roof, and discovered Theon lying on the floor. Without hesitation, Seras had forced herself into Theon's mind, her anger acting as a driving force, and appearing on a hill sitting underneath a large tree with the wind blowing through her hair.

She saw the final stages of the battle. It appears that the two lost halves had found some sort of cohesion and unity, with Sandulf forming into dust, which allowed Theon to heal himself. It was at this point that he spotted her.

"I... I won." Theon said with an weak voice filled with sadness. Whilst Theon made have been filled with sadness, Seras was with rage.

"So, didn't think I could handle a werewolf; after everything I said about helping you fight him, you just decided to wonder off, thinking you had the strength to do it all on your own. I was more than willing to assist, did that thought even cross your mind?" Seras shouted with a thinly veiled sense of anger and out right annoyance, as her eyes glowed with rage.

"So, didn't think I could handle a werewolf; after everything I said about helping you fight him, you just decided to wonder off, thinking you had the strength to do it all on your own. I was more than willing to assist, did that thought even cross your mind?" Seras shouted at him with red eyes and her voice filled with anger.

Theon looked down ashamed of what he had done."Seras... I knew you would help me and I know we could have faced him together. I also know you would have helped me, and wouldn't even have hesitated for a second. The problem wasn't with what I thought of you the problem was me..."
Theon looked up at Seras with an apologetic expression on his face."I was so scared when you told me you had seen Sandulf that my heat skipped a few beats. I knew I could never let you go through that again. But I just realized that I wasn't protecting you I was only protecting myself. I was too weak to accept you into my head too help me face him. I was just too scared that you would get hurt. It is only now when you stand here before me that that I realize that you should have been allowed to face him with me. The very least you deserved was that I let you inside my head, so that we could have faced him together... I am sorry I was too weak to allow you to help me.."Theon looked down at the ground again.

The world around them continued to expand. And grow in size and grow in both flora and fauna.

Theon looked down, feeling ashamed of what he had done.

"Seras... I knew you would help me and I know we could have faced him together. I also know you would have helped me, and wouldn't even have hesitated for a second. The problem wasn't with what I thought of you the problem was me..." Seras felt bad for herself for lashing out against Theon. Back in reality however, Seras was sitting with her back against a wall, with Theon's head cradled in her lap, a little smile came across her face. Returning to Theon's mind, he soon looked up at Seras with an apologetic expression on his face.

"I was so scared when you told me you had seen Sandulf that my heat skipped a few beats. I knew I could never let you go through that again. But I just realized that I wasn't protecting you I was only protecting myself. I was too weak to accept you into my head too help me face him. I was just too scared that you would get hurt. It is only now when you stand here before me that that I realize that you should have been allowed to face him with me. The very least you deserved was that I let you inside my head, so that we could have faced him together... I am sorry I was too weak to allow you to help me." Seras stood up from tree, the anger her heart was gone, replaced by hope. She walked over to Theon, embracing him, and emulating the smile she had back in the real world.

"Oh Theon, didn't you remember what I said earlier about the me in here? He couldn't hurt me here, in your mind. Here, through this link, we are one, and always will be; no matter in life or death, we as a couple will always be together. Come now, we should get back to the others, the others are probably worried sick about you, as was I." Seras said with a cute smile, finishing with a loving kiss.

Whilst Seras and Theon engaged in the seal removal, and they're own conversation Richard scratched his head "What's "dark magic", and how does it differ from normal magic?"

"Well, love, that's a complicated question." Richard reached into his shirt, and pulled a notebook filled to the margins with text and theory "That's the short answer, but generally it's simply areas of magic that people anthropomorphize as so foreign as to be completely antithetical to life or existence as it's most commonly known, or at least most accepted by the currently ruling powers. And there are some areas of magic which draw upon different powers, that are completely alien, and exist without the concept of light. Necromancy, for instance, isn't evil but it does draw upon very shadowy forces. Then there is the same sort of distinctions for light magic, such as solarmancy, wizards that use the metaphysical powers of the sun, and the middleground schools, unimancy, is the school of magic that tries to draw on everything to fuel it's powers. Though it's practice is extremely rare, it's still quite alive within the community." Richard gave her the notebook "That explains Dark magic, though, the rest is equally complicated, if not as hot politically."

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