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West Forest; Old Empire
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Memories. Such a fickle thing. A person's perception can be altered by millions of things. A person can even be persuaded subconsciously to remember something incorrectly by a series of misleading questions. For a few weeks now, Allison Solis wished she could have remembered anything, incorrect or otherwise. But up until this morning she had only gotten flashes and odd visions of what she thought was her old life. It took a little intimacy for her to start seeing those memories in a different light. And now, she wished she could forget them.

She was standing outside on one of the fort's upper balconies. She'd spent the last hour opening all the windows and letting the air in (and the dust out). Now, she was alone and found herself lost in thought. Not just about her memories and her past, but about her future. Allison knew she couldn't stay here forever, and she had to go...somewhere. Originally, she was on a quest to find her mother. Now...she didn't think that path was possible. If what she remembered was accurate -and she really hoped it wasn't- there would be no answers for her in Avsolom.

So where would she go? Where would she go now that she wasn't on a quest for knowledge? Could she just live happily here with Madena? No. It didn't seem right. As large as this castle was, the fort was not in a good condition, what with half of the walls falling down or threatening to cave in at any time. Perhaps they could come back with some hired help to fix it up. But she'd need money for that. And the only person she knew with money was back in Noria. Not...too far of a walk. Yet also not ideal to do so on foot. There were so many questions she had and so little knowledge of other ideas. There was still so much Allison had to learn about this world. Maybe Madena would enjoy learning with her? Noria did have a Magi school. That was a possibility?

Remembering suddenly that Madena was inside waiting for her, she turned and headed back inside the cold fort. It was getting warmer now that the light could enter inside, but there were still plenty of cold spots in the passageways. Heading to one of the many living rooms, she found her host packing up some of the important heirlooms her family had left her. Leaving the castle meant leaving it defenseless for whomever came looking for it next. Allison's idea was to lock up whatever they could and bury it somewhere out back. She stood there for a moment watching the girl debate over what was and what wasn't worth saving. It was cute -in a way- like a child trying to decide which doll to take with them on a trip. Only, the only things they could take with them were the things they could carry.

"How's it coming in here?" Allison gently asked so as not to startle her friend.

 
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Madena sailed through the hallways, collecting valuables and items that could either be sold for 'gold' or be actually useful. She even dug up an old shirt, long skirt, and a dull green cloak to cover her up. Naturally she wasn't one for shoes, but Allison did kind of stress that it was important to wear clothing in town. Nonetheless she kept her scales up to cover her, clothing or no.

She kept assembling her collection of items and carrying them to the common room to sort through, though with every piece a feeling of deep-seated fear and sadness set in. This was her home. She grew up in these walls...literally. Her mother died here. She lived here all her life. She knew nothing about the outside world and while Allison had more than proven herself to be a friend, Madena still had her rather serious sense of xenophobia to deal with. She still had it in her mind that the whole world was out to get her. She dumped the last of her things on the table with a shaky breath and started to pick through them. The things she wanted to bring along was loaded into her backpack, while the things she wanted to leave behind(though not by choice) were packed neatly into a big old chest.

Allison spoke up behind her, but she knew she was there. The snakes knew of her long before she even showed herself. "Fine, I guess...But I don't know if I can go through with this." she answered weakly yet truthfully. Her tail curled up as she stood in place, then she turned her upper body to look at Allison with yellow eyes threatening to cry. But the tears didn't come. She was fighting back, not willing to show weakness to anyone. Especially not Allison. She couldn't be weak for Allison, despite the previous night's shenanigans. She had to stay strong.

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With a comforting smile, the redhead moved in and would come up beside Madena to wrap her in a small one-armed hug, "That's alright, sweetie. I'm sure it's nerve wracking. And if you want to back out now, I won't stop you. But remember what you said? You'd be lonely? I don't think you'll want to go back to that life."

Seeing her about to cry would cause Allison to swoon and try to hush her as she wrapped the girl fully into a hug. "Tell you what. We can always come back and visit. One day, maybe we'll decide to find a place to stay and settle down. That can be here. And, we can get a team together to maybe rebuild it. Wouldn't that be nice?"

Waiting for an answer, she'd then give her a kiss on the head (which she was getting more accustomed to) and then released her to lift up her head. "Now...there's something I kind of need to discuss with you...and it's....awkward, for me. And not at all easy. So before you start getting the wrong idea, just know it has nothing to do with you. Ok?"
 
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Allison wrapped an arm round her and she wrapped an arm around Allison, those tears getting closer and closer. She reminded the girl of the lonely life she'll have in the fort which was enough to make the girl tighten her grip on Allison. After the previous day she never wanted to be alone again.

Allison went on to give Madena a proper hug and offered her the chance to come back and visit...maybe even turn it into a home to stay together. That comment alone raised so many questions. Settle down? Like a couple? It was a shocking thought...yet there was an appeal to that idea that Madena couldn't place a finger on. "...That sounds wonderful." Madena muttered into Allison's shoulder. She looked up to Allison with teary eyes and the girl placed a kiss on her forehead. The action brought a smile to the Serpent's lips.

She gave a sniff and Allison lifted her head to look her in the eyes. Madena blinked and looked at Allison. She explained that she needed to discuss something but reassured her that it wasn't about her. She didn't understand what Allison meant by it but the thought was a relief all the same. "Okay...what is it about?" she asked innocently, wanting to help her friend who was looking troubled.

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With a troubled look she would let go of Madena and move a few feet away. With her back to her friend, she reached into her dress and came back out with a simple brown notebook. It was tiny, and flimsy, only holding a dozen or so pages. Allison sighed as she unbound the string and opened it up. She then turned and hesitantly handed it to Madena. There in pretty handwriting would be four journal entries all signed by Allison.

Seeming like she was going to cry, she crossed her arms under her chest and looked away so she wouldn't face her friend, "I told you, that I.....have no memory of my past. Well, it goes further than that. Sometimes...I have a habit of forgetting things that just happened. That last entry, I wrote last night. Before...you know....this morning. But those first two....I have no recollection or writing them. I don't know how or why, but I don't. I know it's my handwriting. But...how can I not even remember writing it?"

Allison sniffled and took a second to calm herself. Her breath was shaky and she was just starting to tremble slightly. "My point is....there's a possibility...not that I want it...and like I said...it has nothing to do....with you....but...there's a chance...that I might forget....you..."

She let that linger there, afraid of saying any more or wondering what Madena's reaction would be. Here she was basically saying, "You're nothing to me, not worth remembering. If I really cared about you I'd never forget you." That's what it felt like she was saying. She didn't mean that at all, but for some reason she found it was too hard to even say those things, even if she was saying them hypothetically.
 
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Allison broke away from their embrace and turned her back on her. She pulled a small notebook from her pocket and with teary eyes she handed it over to the Serpent. Madena took it and read it quickly as Allison spoke. It took a second or two for Madena to realise what Allison was saying to her.

She looked up with worried eyes at her friend. She was on the verge of tears as she told the girl what could possibly happen. That she could forget her. Madena's lower lip quivered slightly as she looked on with wide eyes. She looked back at the diary and then to Allison once more, unable to understand the full weight of what the girl was saying. "No." she said flatly. "No." she said again with a shake of her head. She ran into Allison and wrapped her arms around her. "No!" she screamed into her shoulder.

She pulled back and grabbed hold of Allison by the shoulders. "You're not forgetting me!" she shouted at her, unable to fathom the possibility of Allison forgetting her, not after the previous night. "I won't let you!" she shouted and for a second her face morphed before turning back to normal. It was perhaps an overreaction from her side but she didn't see it like that. The thought of Allison forgetting her was like a knife to her chest. It was an awful feeling.

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This....was not how Allison expected the girl to react. Sure a little denial maybe, but this poor thing was acting like it was a surefire way of it happening right then and there. She shook her head and ran over to Allison by taking her body into her arms. She screamed in protest making Allison raise her hands slightly awkwardly.

"Hey hey hey," she tried to get a word in. Madena kept arguing with her, demanding that there was no way she could let Allison forget what happened. Madena would start to shift some out of anger, but it went unnoticed by the redhead.

Still trying to salvage the situation she carefully put her arms down to pry Madena back enough so she could look down into her eyes, "Sweetie. Calm down. It's ok. I promise...It's ok. Take a breath. I only said what I said, as a possibility. I don't want it either, trust me. But...sometimes....things happen. Things that are out of our control."

An idea then hit her and she smiled, moving down to one knee so she could show Madena that she was somehow more in power and control by being taller, "Think of it like this. If it ever happens, Gods forbid, it'll be your job to rescue me? Yeah? Can you do that? It'll be your job to make sure I come back and remember every wonderful moment we've spent together. Can you do that, for me?"
 
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Allison gently tried to make some space between the two of them and the Serpent let go, albeit very reluctantly. She looked into Allison's eyes as the redhead tried to calm her down, remind her that it wasn't going to happen immediately, it simply was a possibility. Madena sniffled and rubbed a tear off her scaly cheek. She gave a nod without a word as she looked into the girl's eyes.

She then went onto one knee to look up to Madena, who was looking down at her with confusion. Allison attempted to give the Serpent a different view of the situation, giving her the role of a heroine of sorts, making her responsible for helping Allison remember. Madena had a frown on her face. "I have a better idea. How about we stick together and make sure you never forget again." she said with determination. It was little more than words, and it was wishful thinking at most, but it was clear the Serpent wasn't planning on Allison ever losing her memory again.

The determined look didn't last as one split second thought made Madena crack. A sad laugh built up and finally erupted from her as she pulled Allison up to her feet and held her around her middle close to her. "Besides, I don't think even the gods will be able to make you forget what we did last night." she said with a chuckle, sharing what had made her laugh like that. "If something does happen...I'll make sure you remember." she said slyly as her hand slid down to cup Allison's rump.

The mere thought of her losing her memory hurt Madena. But on the flip side thinking of their shenanigans, or simply holding her...or simply her...made her chest flutter and her cheeks burn up. She wasn't familiar with this feeling, but she's been feeling it all day since yesterday. She didn't want to lose Allison...or have her forget. That idea alone made the girl pull Allison close. To make sure they were safe Madena's tail emerged and enveloped both of them. "If someone wants to hurt you or steal your memories, they have to get past me first." she said proudly.

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Madena of course did not understand the complexity of the situation. To her, it sounded like there was some boogie-man out there stealing people's memories. Specifically, Allison's. But the redhead was more realistic. She feared something happened to her, perhaps a hit on the head, that caused her to lose her memories. More than once even. It was a deep medical issue going on because she was sick. And there would be no explaining it. She really was scared that the next morning she might just wake up in bed with Madena and not have the slightest clue who she was. Even with Madena around, there was no guarantee she could stop something that neither of them could control.

Her friend tried to make a joke out of it as she pulled Allison into another clingy hug. Allison whined a little to herself for not knowing what to say that would fix the communication gap between them. It was like dealing with a child sometimes. Not that she at all felt Madena was one. Embracing one's inner child was a blessing. Taking a child to bed, was not. And it didn't help Allison was struggling with these thoughts as the scaly girl put her hands over Allison's rear end.

"I know you will," the redhead smiled generously in retort to Madena claiming she'd fight for her honor. But how could she explain that it was her own mind doing this to her? She only hoped the time would not come, and that when it did, she still remembered a piece of her transforming friend. The last thing these two needed was Allison to see the gorgon's true form thinking Allison knew about it already...

Changing the subject, "But um....sweetie...there is...one more thing I need you to do for me." She would pry herself off of her friend once more and then smooth out her dress. Reaching up with both hands, she placed them on Madena's shoulders and took a breath to calm herself. "You need to turn everyone outside, back into people."
 
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Allison mentioned one more thing the Serpent could do for her. She pulled away from Allison to look up at her with happy eyes. "Sure! What is it?" she said happily, feeling so much better that Allison wanted her to help with something else.

Her hands rested on Madena's shoulders and Madena's hands rested on her arms with an affectionate caress. Her happy eyes watched Allison as she took a breath before speaking. Though her request made Madena's smile falter. "Turn them back?" she asked with a confused tone, evidently not understanding the request. "I...I can't turn them back. They're not being held captive or something...they aren't alive anymore." she explained with sincere eyes.

All her life she had to hide from the world, but not once did she like taking a life...until the death of her parents. Ever since that day she didn't feel regret for anyone she turned to stone that came looking for her. "They're turned to stone, Allison. Not simply encased in it. And even if I could change them back...they killed my parents. They tried to kill me." she explained with sad, innocent eyes. She clearly didn't believe that killing those dozens of people was wrong. In her mind it was self-defence...

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Allison was kind of surprised that Madena was objecting to what she was asking of her. Thinking about ti futher, it made sense. She'd been attacked by them. She was just acting in self-defense. Or was she? Madena further explained that such a thing was impossible, that the men had died in the process. Allison refused to believe that.

"Well have you tried?" she asked like a mother scolding her lazy child.

Getting more defensive her friend would try to hold her ground saying that there was no way to turn them back. Their souls were gone. And then, she mentioned her biggest worry which was that the men outside had killed her parents, and done the same to her. So it was self-defense, even if at first. Allison shook her head. She let go of Madena and pointed outside to the door.

"No. I don't accept that. Those are human beings out there. Men with families and loved ones who never heard from them again.It's not like they were demons or monsters. They were real life human beings. Madena, I want you to march out there right now and try your damnedest to bring them back. If you don't...then...I won't bring you along with me."

Now, there was a simple catch to what she was asking. If Madena was correct in that they could not be brought back, then there was nothing they could do about it. She wanted her to at least try though. That was the real issue. She refused to be walking with someone who enjoying killing other people. But would that message be relayed properly? Or would she only hear the words, "I won't bring you along."
 
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Madena blinked at Allison's scolding. "Oh course I've tried!" she said back with annoyance, but it was quickly faltering into something else.

Allison released Madena who was starting to feel small and vulnerable against her as she scolded the poor Serpent. She chastised Madena, reminded her that those were people...but that vulnerability quickly turned into anger and shock as she was reminded "that they had families". And that final threat was just the cherry on top.

Madena's face rippled as she threatened to morph. "Allison...you can't expect me to simply forgive them." she said coldly with burning yellow eyes. "I watched from a crack in the wall As those legionnaires, those "human beings" out there slit my mother's throat! Now you expect me to try and help them?!" she finished, poking Allison in the chest with a finger as she yelled at her with foggy eyes. "And now you threaten me like this because I simply looked out for myself?!" she went on, tears forming in her eyes. She felt hurt by Allison's words. This unfair ultimatum she was forcing her into.

Her lower lip quivered as she gave Allison a shove against the chest. "Fine! I'll try. Why don't we take this guy here!" she yelled and marched over to a nearby statue just outside. "Big, ugly, came in the middle of the night and tried to slit my throat in my sleep. Let's try and turn this "dearly missed human" back!" she yelled and stood in front of the man who still had what looked to be a dagger in his hand that got turned to stone as well. She looked him in his stone eyes and her own eyes started to glow. She was trying with all her might to reverse the effects, but nothing was happening. Finally her face morphed and a piercing snarling hiss came from her as her eyes glowed like sunlight, trying to bring the killer back to life.

Nothing was happening and finally Madena lost her cool. She spun and whacked the statue with her tail, sending it flying through the air and exploding against an outside wall in a cloud of dust and rubble. Tears were rolling from her eyes as she glared at Allison and sailed over to another statue, this time a legionnaire holding a gladius, and repeated her efforts. Still nothing...and this statue was crumbled to dust as Madena crushed it with her tail's sheer might.

She turned to face Allison, flinging her arms in the air. "You see? YOU SEE?! They're dead! And there's nothing I can do about it!" she screamed at her and sailed off into a direction. She only got a meter or two then came to a halt again. After a second she sailed back to Allison. "Do you think I enjoy killing to keep my head?! Do you think I get some enjoyment out of having a graveyard for my only company for TEN YEARS?! Well I don't!" she screamed in her face. Finally she slumped down onto the floor and curled her tail in as if sitting on her knees. She turned her head away from Allison, refusing to look at her.

"Just go then. You want to leave, then leave. Get out of my home." she said weakly, hugging herself as some clouds were rolling in and blocking out the sun. Thunder could be heard. Rain was coming. She didn't want Allison to leave. She couldn't bear living here alone anymore. But hearing such a threat from Allison hurt her in a way she didn't understand.

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It seemed her timid friend finally found her backbone. She snapped at Allison as she tried to say that she had in fact tried to reverse what she'd done in the past. All of her emotions boiled up and erupted back at Allison now who was refusing to forgive the men. That wasn't exactly what she'd meant, just that they deserved a chance to live. For all she cared they could spend the rest of their lives in jail. But there was no use fighting that fact now. What had been said couldn't be taken back, or stopped from brewing. It had to roll its course.

"Madena, I-" she was cut off though as the angry little thing shoved her and made her stumble back some. Practically screaming at her, Madena turned and brisk-walked to the door to the outside. "Wait that's not..."

Outside, Madena gave Allison the rundown of this poor sap's story, making Allison whine sadly, "Maddy...." She stayed silent though, trying to see what would come out of this situation. Could she do it? Could she heal the man? She watched Madena squirm and struggle using all of her magic to try and force the change back. No result.

Acting out of pure rage, she turned then and whipped her tail so hard the statue when sailing into a wall. Allison covered her mouth with her hands as she shrieked, the sudden outburst frightening her. Madena gave Allison a glare to which she could only stare back in silence. What had she done? She didn't want this. She only wanted to see Madena try to undo the pain she caused. This was so much worse. This was like bringing out every horrid thought that was in her head and lingering in her heart up to the surface, now all directed to the redhead.

Madena turned to a second statue now and tried again. Allison dared herself to move closer. She hesitantly reached out as if to call to her friend, but recoiled and held her hands tucked to her chest in fear. The next statue followed suit to the first and broke apart making the poor redhead jump a second time. As she did, she felt her cheeks get wet suddenly; tears had begun to fall down those soft curves of her face. Turning then to face the object of her aggression, Madena screamed at Allison saying there was nothing she could do. Allison could only shake her head. She wanted to say, "It's ok. At least you tried." The words didn't come.

Her scaly friend was about to take off when she stopped and instead slithered over to Allison. In her frightened state, she took a few steps back. Madena continued to yell at her and now Allison couldn't even look her in the eyes. She hid her head to the side and whimpered like she was afraid Madena would strike her. Thankfully Madena's bark was worse than her bite because she never lashed out physically. Maybe it was seeing Allison look so terrified of her that caused her anger to cease, or perhaps she'd simply ran out of fuel, or maybe something else entirely, but Madena would then kneel down and admit defeat. She begged Allison to go. The sound was just so pitiful. It broke the frightened red head's heart.

Falling to her own knees she would wrap Madena in a hug and push her head into the girl's shoulder and start sobbing. "I'm so sorry!" she blurted out. "Maddy, I'm so so sorry. I didn't mean to ask that of you. I didn't know how much you suffered. I'm sorry. I didn't know!" Deeply lost in her tears she couldn't find the words she wanted to keep apologizing, only internally did she beg for forgiveness. This was not supposed to happen. She never wanted to hurt her friend. She was the worst person ever right now.
 
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Allison dropped to her knees and pulled Madena into a tight hug. She turned her head away more to not look at her while trying to push Allison off. "No! Leave me! You don't want me to come with you, so just go!" she yelled and pushed Allison, but she couldn't find the strength to actually push her off. "You think I'm a monster! So go then! Leave me to be a monster!" she tried more to pull Allison off her but to no avail.

"I SAID LEAVE!" she yelled again then shuddered. Her voice failed and she stopped trying to push Allison off, instead her arms fell to the ground and she pressed her head agaisnt Allison's. "Just..." she tried to speak but her voice cracked up and left her. She didn't want Allison to leave. She didn't want her to go. She didn't know what she would do if Allison left her. She shuddered as tears streamed down her face. "Please don't leave me." she begged through the sobs into Allison's ear. She couldn't find the strength to push her off, but she could find the strength to keep her close.

"Don't go." she sobbed and wrapped her arms around Allison, followed by her tail wrapping around them as well to hold her close. "Don't go." she begged again.

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Of course she'd be angry. She'd be furious at her. But Allison was trying to ask for forgiveness. Madena would continue to shout at her as she weakly tried pushing her away. Allison's grip on her friend loosened some, but not enough to quite pull away yet. At least now until she really asked it. She would spit back at Allison that she thought Madena was a monster. Allison shook her head.

"No Maddy," she tried to argue. "I don't..."

And then Madena really had it, yelled at her at the top of her lungs. Allison let out a gasping sob and released her arms from the crying and angry friend. But as Allison was about to get up Madena would drop her head into the girl's chest almost in defeat. Confused as to what she was supposed to do, she stood very still in that moment. Her eyes looked down to the poor child but were currently focused on the snakes to see what their reactions were. She knew if Madena was angry, there was a highly likely chance one of those vermin might take a snap at her. Allison wanted none of that.

It confused her even more when Madena completely switched her opinions on her and asked her ever so quietly to stay. Still shuddering, she gasped again and swallowed the apple-sized lump she felt in the back of her throat. Madena then returned to the embrace and instead wrapped her arms around Allison so she couldn't leave, followed suit by her tail which was still a really weird thing to feel closing her in. There was no way to describe it except for a wiggly wall of muscle. Not the best word choice.

Finally surrendering, she sniffed and brought her arms up the best she could around Madena and curled the little thing against her own slender figure. Her cheek turned and rested against the top of her head -secretly praying none of the snakes held a grudge for making them angry. "I'm not going anywhere," she said soothingly. "I told you I'd look out for you...And I meant it."
 

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