Artist: Nujabes/Idst - Song: BattleCry - Word Count: 876
Claire listened silently as Mana spoke, thinking over the situation carefully. It was true that her feelings and ideals were a consequence of the current state of the world, and she could very well be a much different person in another's shoes, but that was true of anyone. She couldn't condone or support everything the demon's had done, but many humans most likely felt the same way about her kind. What was presented to her was both exactly what she wanted along with a proposal that ran contrary to everything she'd thought, felt, and planned up until this moment in her life. It wasn't a decision that she could make lightly, but it was one that she had to make quickly. She imagined the consequences and benefits of both options as extensively as she could manage in such a short amount of time, but she was pulled from this exercise quite thoroughly when Mana violently punctured her own heart. She raised an eyebrow in surprise, although she wasn't completely shocked. She didn't imagine something like this would do any real damage to the demon. Still, she wasn't quite sure where this was going, and for the moment she was more focused on what was happening currently than what might happen in the future.
As the blood flowed from Mana's chest to the ground in a way that she had never seen before, Claire became even more interested. Obviously this was some kind of magic, but she hadn't seen anything that this reminded her of in the past, so she was still quite unsure of the purpose of this display. All the while she continued to listen to Mana talk, and even though she wasn't exerting any influence with her power she could still feel the emotions around her. With the introduction of the green energy swirling around them the purpose of this action became immediately clear. The demon had manifested her hearts desires into the area around them, where they were much more easily comprehensible. She was able to fully ascertain the state of the other woman's emotions, and having done this she was no longer so concerned. This seemed to be something she would have been able to understand even without her power, but with the raw stimulation she received because of her innate ability to sense emotion and desire the effect this had on her was orgasmic, quite literally.
Pleasure washed over Claire's body as her hands began to drift towards her chest seductively. Her left hand found its home rather quickly, although her right hand seemed to have taken a detour, first tracing a line upwards from her inner thigh. In the final moments of ecstasy she let out a deep and sultry moan and slid her hands back down her midsection until one of them met Mana's. She didn't react negatively to this, as she would have when this encounter began. Instead she remained in contact, even accepting the kiss to her hand from Mana. She wasn't at all satisfied with it ending there though. As the Demon Queen continued to speak Claire began to slowly interlace the fingers of their left hands. Finally, it was time for her to respond to Mana's proposals. She much preferred the new, gentler smile that parted the demon's lips, and felt an urge to press her own against them. She restrained herself, for the moment. One last passionate utterance left her mouth as she began to speak.
"Mmm, well that was pleasant. I'll accept your alliance, with a few conditions. If it ever becomes an obvious danger to the survival of my people to continue to ally themselves with you then I can't maintain it. Secondly, this land is completely under my control with no outside influence, indefinitely, undeniably, and irrevocably."
As long as there were no objections from Mana she would begin to move closer, reaching her free hand towards the demon's and once more interlacing their fingers. As she did this she spread her arms until they were much more intimately face to face. She felt her own chest press against the other woman's as she did this. There was definite pressure in this contact, but it was certainly not an uncomfortable amount, in fact she imagined it was quite a pleasurable sensation for the both of them, and knew for a fact that she was at least half right.
"I'll accept your other offer as well, although I do have one final condition."
She closed the distance between their faces even more after this statement, until their lips were only inches apart.
"I'll seal our bargain with a kiss."
She had maintained eye contact from the time Mana had established it, but as she pressed her own lips against the other woman's she finally closed her eyes. Claire was an incredibly passionate kisser, something that most would say was obvious. Almost inevitably she garnered an equally passionate response when she became intimate with another, and at the moment she was both curious and eager to find out if this effect would occur now.
Afterwards she would slightly increase the distance between their faces and return the demon's previous smile.
"I hope this alliance will be fruitful for the both of us."