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February 18th 2015, 2nd semester of Apple's and Raven's Legacy Year
"I said no and that's my last word," said headmaster Grimm resolutely not even looking at the red headed girl behind him, who was sticking out her under lip in a pouty expression.
„You can't go anywhere."
"But I'm telling you that I can take care of myself. I will be back sooner than you will notice I was gone."
"Then you can simply stay and we will spare us this discussion. Did you look at the insurance contracts?"
„'Course, dad. As if I would let it be, having our stuff damaged and to not get refund is anything but fair," rolled the young woman her eyes.
„Splendid, then you can write to students who have disobeyed the school code, informing them about their punishments."
But his adopted daughter moaned loudly: „When I signed for this job, I didn't expect to be buried alive, cramped between four walls filling papers from dawn to dusk."
„You don't work that long and anyway I recall you saying you don't need bigger bureau because you will use the space for your personal laboratory. Did you say it or not?"
„That's not what I meant. Seriously, you just don't want to listen because you would understand me otherwise."
She ran to him and jumped him around his neck: „My wounds are healed. I learnt new useful things and my mind is fine but really, really bored. What else do you need as proof?!"
He took her mouth into his hand and squeezed it gently, making Zelda an assisted duckface.
„I'm an adult I can do what I want, besides I've spent over fifteen years traveling through genre worlds," murmured Zelda with squeezed cheeks.
„There were Laura and Beatrice and that-„ „Wu." „That Wu with you." „I've run away from them on some occasions. It's another proof that I can take care of myself," she grinned innocently, well tried to, as her cheeks were still being squished. „And it also proves that you're not disciplined enough," Milton finally let go of his adopted daughter. „What?!" The girl looked aghast before making a frustrated double facepalm.
„Aaargh! What shall I do to make you see?!"
They strolled through the school passages. Grimm focused if there aren't any misbehaving students, Zelda frustrated from the way the negotiations were taking.
„I swear I will go nuts if I don't do something soon. A quest, a search for a lost person, a treasure hunt. Anything. Anything will do. Just please, I'm begging you, let me out." After hearing those words Milton suddenly stopped and faced Zelda. Then Grimm got an idea. Maybe there was something she could do. Her abilities and her connections make her an ideal candidate for the job. He looked at her thoughtfully with a hand on his chin: „Maybe there is something you could do." The girl looked quizzically at the older Quill.
"So you want a big quest? Something even me nor Giles couldn't handle?" "Yes!" Her eyes lit up at the thought of proving herself to her caretakers. He raised his pointy finger: "Listen well, this is a mission of grave importance for the future of Ever After High. „You will have permission to go to any dimension for as long as you want." He could read the nonverbal 'hell yes' her body language was telling him. "So what do I have to do?"
„You know that we raise both heroes and villains and sometimes it happens that a hero-to-be wants to become a villain and vice versa, this is where you come in. You have to make a villain from a sissy." Zelda brightened up instantly. „Metamazing! Consider it done. Tempting people with the dark side can't be that hard, now can be? They have cookies, money, women. Everything and without hard work. Who wouldn't want that?" „Can I rely on you?" „Always, daddy." She straightened and rose her hand as to salute but she rose it too high in a parody of the militaristic gesture and then pushed it down with her other hand to make a proper salute.
Milton smirked. Good, good. If Zelda succeeds, it will set things on the right track again and in case she fails, it will teach her some humility.
Day 1 – February 19th
I woke up excited. After Grimm knows how long I will visit other realms than just the real world and the fairy tale world. It will be just like in old times. Not that I don't like it here but I really need to stretch my wanderlusty legs. I wonder whom I will have to seduce and bring to the dark side. I thought about it the whole afternoon and evening and I think I have a solid plan for making a delinquent out of every wimp. This is gonna be fun.
I knocked on the teachers' room. Silence. The room seemed to be suspiciously abandoned, I sensed only one person there. I decided to risk it and slowly opened the door.
I was surprised to see a very familiar face looking rather uncomfortable. "Hi Rave, haven't you seen anybody here? I'm supposed to meet with a student." "No. Funny, I'm also waiting for someone. Miss Yaga told me someone from staff will come to discuss my studying." Could it be-? Zelda hoped with all her willpower that it won't be the case but the probability was beginning to get uncomfortably high. If it's Raven whom I have to tempt than this is gonna be significantly less fun. "Did she tell you what will be discussed?" Raven shrugged: "Not really but I guess it will be the usual stuff. Raven, you're the daughter of the Evil Queen, you have a legacy to follow so start taking things seriously and wake the evil inside you." You summed it up pretty nicely, Zelda let out an inner nervous chuckle.
That was a mega awkward situation and a moral dilemma to boot. Zelda knew that Raven didn't want to be evil yet she promised to do her best. There's no helping it, whatever she will do, she will disappoint someone. Really, Milton, to put me in such an inner struggle so soon after being given this position. Nevertheless, it was her who begged for a big job and that's what she got.
In any case she will have to do something. And quickly. No one else is coming. Even the most moronic storyworlder would soon start suspecting that something's odd and Raven is quite clever for a fictional. Spill the beans to the witch, girl, it can't get much more awkward, now can it?
"I think…it seems…Well, Rave, I am the person you should have met today." Raven widened her violet eyes: "You? Why?" I scratched my head and grimaced: "Um, yeah, about that…It's exactly as you said two minutes ago." Raven looked at the ground and breathed a weak: "Oh." For some seconds we were avoiding each other's eyes. The first to break the awkwardness was me: "I know what you're thinking. You're hurt because you told me about your life ambitions or lack thereof and you have trusted me and all. Just let me tell you that I didn't choose to bug you. I had no idea whom I will meet here."
Raven isn't one to fool lightly, she raised an eyebrow: "But you were going to persuade someone else. You know that I disapprove any way of forcing someone to take a destiny he or she is against." I opened my mouth to defend herself but said only: "Busted." Then I added: "Ok. I admit I was bored and I jumped at the very first opportunity to do something without thinking about your rebellious group."
This won't go anywhere. I'm leaving," Raven stood up and wanted to leave. „Hey, hey, hey." Zelda freaked out a bit, she reached for Raven and grabbed her shoulders turning her so they looked face to face. „You can't be serious. Look at me, I just got my very first big mission. It's my time to prove that I'm suited for more than just filling up documents. You have to give me a chance," Zelda pulled her closer and made a heartbreaking face at the sorceress. Raven looked into the girl's huge eyes, she couldn't say no, it would be like hitting a puppy. Finally she exclaimed: „But that's emotional blackmail!" „I know and it seems to be working," smiled the older girl. "Seriously now, I know you are confused with a hive of a mind buzzing with questions and so far no one has given you proper answers. I can't promise you I will be able to answer everything but I may show you something that will be of interest to you."
The dark princess was silent, glaring blankly at the Quill. The headmistress-in-training blew out some air and spoke up: "Give me three days and if you don't change your mind by then, you will get official permission to have destiny to be as sweet as a sugar cube." "Sigh, I guess I don't have a choice." Zelda raised an eyebrow: "You've waited for so long I'm pretty sure you can endure three more days of dubious ethics." Raven's glare changed from blank to you-gotta-be-kidding-me state. But then she only asked: "What are we going to do then?" "We," Zelda started but didn't quite know how to finish. She took a deep breath. "We are going on a trip."
Author's note: Come-to-the-dark-side campaign continues and this time it's the youngest Quill who's in charge of seducing the witchling. This is either gonna be fun or a complete disaster. Next time in another storyworld. Bye! :)
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