Artist: KKHTA - Song: Zodiac Virtues - Word Count: 2010
Ah, there was something just so awfully wrong with his internal aura, no? There was a disturbance in the sense of balance within The Knight and The Demoness could more than pick up on that with her knack for seeking out Chaos, Discord and Insanity in the universe. So it was not much of a feat for her to feast upon the very instabilities that Kakeru's Corrupt form brought out.
After all, they had a bond, no? It would take but the pull of her influence to further draw the unstable nature of Kanaku's essence into Mana. In this way, The Demoness would thrive and find the nourishment she requires to continue her existence and reach deeper and deeper into the wells of rich power that lays within her demonic veins. For the more she feasts, the further inward into her Danavahood The Demoness proceeds to descend into. And like a jovial fat man, the manic voice within The Queen's mind would find it becoming increasingly satisfied as more of this divine feast reached the belly of Mana's stomach.
While, in the reverse, Kakeru may find himself having more control over his Corrupted Form. Confidence, relaxed nature and less strain were some of the notable words to come to mind that might describe this process. Yes, he may even find himself becoming augmented in strength from this whole ordeal. How could that be? Simple: it is because his primary element of order would find a way to rise to the top and transcend to being more potent with the volumes of disorder being lowered within the vessel of his body.
Thus, through this transference of yin and yang, the bountiful meal that Mana would harvest from The Sugiura King's body would allot for grand riches for these two cataclysmic forces to discover and benefit from. Kakeru was meant to find home in the heart, while The Demon Queen stomped down the path of fulling her insatiable appetite.
So, with enough food stuffed in that metaphorical mouth of hers, The Demoness decided that it was time to engage in some pleasantries with the loveable blonde. As, more than anything, he had some interesting choice of words for her. The bluntness and straight-forward nature of his voice made The Queen determine, that if anything, at least he wasn't dishonest. So there was no reason to turn hostile or aggressive, for she could not detect much deceit coming from him. Ergo, a soft smile oozed across her lips and she decided to give her replies to the male's rebuttals: "Like I said darlin', its a bit too late with the kind of life I've led NOT to attract attention. I've got all the negative eyes laying their dagger-edged stares into my soul. Mhm, their all ready and eager to strike me down!"
Cackling a bit with glee in her voice, Mana shook her hips, rolled her arms and had the imagery of dozens, then hundreds, and finally, thousands of menacing forces appear in holographic imagery behind her. Numerous demon's, human's Iramasha, Shinigami and almost every race in between could be seen and felt within this visuals. All of them ranged from rebel groups, to lone individuals wanting their revenge upon the Queen and others that were imprisoned by The Empress of Demon Kind. These spirits were filled to the brim with hate, envy, desire and yearning to overpower The Queen, take her down, eat her body and steal the crown and her power for their own motives."So, as ya can tell, I'm already in a deep pit of hell and I love it~!"
Flicking Kakeru's nose in a playful manner, Mana let out a mischievous giggle and then surveyed the male. Placing each of her hands behind her, The Demoness could tell from the distorted facial expressions the male gave that something was stirring in his heart.
And -- who wouldn't be brought to tears by this sight? After losing ones family and be reunited with them, any soul who had the warmth of love for their fellow blood would be overwhelmed with emotion and wanting. If the roles were reversed, and Anna was one of Mana's own sisters, The Demoness herself may very well be the one sobbing tears as black as the night itself for her fallen sibling. So, the smile that was once vibrant and overflowing became a transition into a face that was somber and stern; yet filled with compassion and gentleness to fit the heaviness of the situation. "Shhhhh."
That was all Mana could muster up to say as she held The Knight in her arms in the form of a hug. Brushing his golden locks with her bare hand, whispering soft coo's into his ear and holding him rather tightly; The Demonic Queen utilized the soft and warm traits from Feraki to convey a sense of calmness, serenity and love into The King to bring him to a stabilized state of being. This was her way of comforting him, bringing forth her compassion and conveying her overall empathy to the male as she absolved his tears into her own void.
They were cold, yet hot. Loving, yet hurt. Filled, yet empty. The waves of thoughts, emotions and affection that rang within the Sugiura's heart were a volatile cocktail that The Queen would drink and absolve him from to save his spirit from becoming lost in the waves of chaos that come with having such a open heart.
As a result, she'd then gradually ease away from the hug after holding him for a few more moments. When finished with this ritual, The Demoness hoped the male did not consider that an intrusion of his soul and mind. Her intent was pure, in this instance, at least. But then again, the path to hell was paved with good intentions, right? So she'd gauge his reaction further and hover slightly away from him as the onyx gem that contained the sibling of Order lowered in front of the two.
In moments, the container which held the child within its contents would begin to crack and shatter like glass. Depressing in a burst of black energy around them, the seals keeping the maiden imprisoned were broken and Kakeru was free to hold his beloved kin whoever which way he pleased. For, with a gentle pull of telekinetic pull from The Queen, the body of the half-blood attached itself to the back of The Sugiura. And, like an endearing leech, she'd serve to further draw in his imbalances and correct his bodies shifts in emotion, energy and power back to normal.
Breathing in and out, the warm of her breath moved over the cheek of The Knight and, in that moment, the imp of a half breed was given new life. It brought a pleased smile to The Asthavon's face to see this force spawned into existence. For she knew it would bring her brother great peace of mind, while allowing the kindness of Feraki to not only live on within herself, but in the form of a new spirit. Truly, the best of words, no? Yes!
Therefore, with both of the females doing their best to alleviate the stress of life from consuming The Sugiran Male, the male's demeanor took a turn to concern and sternness when it came to the terms of their alliances. And, for right reason. The Demoness expected that he'd have worries, doubts and questions for such a vague concept. Thus, as a result, she was more than willing to brandish the answers he so pined for! "S'ugah, since ya have been truthful to me, I'll be truthful to you. I seek this here alliance because I want to maintain good blood with your kind."
Pointing her index finger towards Kakeru, a small orb appeared between the two of them. In it? The imagery of the Sugiura kingdom and its people flashed through in waves of static. In this showing, this was her way of showing that The Demoness understood where his people lived and she acknowledged their existence as a result. "Us Demon's don't know much about ya', so I want to take the aggressive step towards allowing both of our kind to become friends and make less enemies."
Bowing before Kakeru, The Demoness would give a quick cackle of jovial intent before raising back up and meeting him with a devilish smile across her lips. However, it wasn't one of malice of discontent. No. It was one of excitement, anticipation and ambition! The mad desire of The Demon Queen was -- boundless! "So, my dear, what I ask is that you maintain what you've been doing for me during this whole conversation: stay loyal."
Now moving in closer, the raw intent of Mana's aspirations flowed down on Kakeru like a mellow, but heavy fog. Her voice was cherry-filled, but behind it was a much more tough and demanding aura behind it. As if, through this subtle hint, she wanted to affirm that she meant business and was not "bullshitting" around with him on that request. "In return? I'll give you the same earnest nature from myself and we can be the best of pals, no?"
Shifting herself back away from Kakeru, a staggering sense of nutty happiness once again flooded herself in the form of a cheesy grin. Pointing each of her index fingers at Kakeru, Mana continued with a wink from her right eye: "As from what I can tell from your kingdom, you'll need all the help you can get and I can assist with that if push comes to shove, love."
With that, business was considered done and Mana could shift her eyes to the likes of the child before them. It seemed that The Sugiura King was rather curious to know the name of the halving family before them both. So, with a snicker, Mana gave him a confirmation nod when he asked her if it indeed had a name. She harbored this vessel inside herself for quite some time, so it would only be natural that she gave it some form of title, no? Yes! "Her name? Anna Leonhardt Asthavon."
Quick and to the point, Mana's voice showed no signs of hesitance or delay when saying that mouthful of a name. Soon after, she raised her right hand in the air and curled into a fist Then, she raised her index finger and went on with her discourse with the reagle male:"The name Anna stems from several dynasties of royalty from the 18th Century times of Russia. It was a name befitting a noble maiden and it fits my daughter, no?"
Then, her middle finger would raise and a small chuckle escaped her lips. "Born from the blood of the Asthavon and the Leonhardt, this precious miracle of the universe will have the best of both worlds. Thriving in the greatness of both Demon and Surgiuan kind; she will serve as the key to opening the bonds between our races with the blood that flows within her, My Sweet Brother."
And with that, the third finger would raise and her final point and purpose of her intentions, at this point, should have been clear to the male. What The Demoness desired -- was a relationship between his royal family, their race and alliances between The Asthavon Family, Shadow Fall and Demon Kind based upon this superb relationship forged between the Demon Queen and the Sugiuran King. "So, what do you say, brother? Are you willing and open to this idea now that you know what my heart desires?"
Ending the last of her statements on that note, Mana would toss the figurative ball in Kakeru's court and see how he would respond to everything given to him by her. Would he accept? Would he be indifferent? Or would he reject her love? There were many different paths, but only time would tell the choice he could make.
And that -- only made the Demon Queen that much more thrilled to find the answer to her pondering questions.