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Regaining the Skies; Mass
Topic Started: Mar 19 2018, 10:22 PM (399 Views)
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She stood on the high cliffs in a filmy green dress that the wind tugged at and knee high brown boots. She had a secret well...two secrets. She had contact her sister and had heard that she could gain powers but through a kiss and not sex. It was less powerful and she couldn't do it as often.

She looked at the many sea birds that lived on these cliffs with such longing. She had stood on this very spot when she had sacrificed her wings for the creature she loved above all the others. Ritz. She smiled as she thought of her playful and fierce Jabberwocky. She touched her stomach as she thought of her other secret.

She looked across the skies for him. She wasn't hiding what she was today. Today she showed him her true face, the one he fell in love with.
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(Yes, now where was that boy, in question? After all, they were meeting for an outing, a picnic, or something along those lines. He was out there, though, out in the sky. He's that black dot that was moving around at a fair clip. That boy could fly fast. Of course, that'd be because he was a larger-than-human somewhat draconic creature with black leathery scales. He had wings, talons, a tail, yellow-glowing eyes, and - oddly - buck-teeth on jaws that had railspike teeth along the rest of it. Jabberwocks were vicious creatures. Well...out in the wild. Ritz was...what you might call Country Mouse learning things from City Mouse, only City Mouse had been John Constantine, in London. That's where he got his understanding of the human world from...as well as his accent. He had a human form of his own making, but he wasn't using it right now. He was in Jabberwock form and...as he came nearer or went out farther... Wait, was he...?)

"MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE!"

(Yup! Ritz was attacking the seagulls and they were going nuts! He said that he'd bring the food, but fortunately this wasn't what he had in mind. When he passed overhead, Irea could see that he had a big - like cooler-sized big - picnic basket grasped in one of his claws. Hopefully, all the stuff in there was secure... Ritz was a chaotic wonder who needed to EAT chaos every now and then, so this must've been a bit of sport for good measure. Then...)

POP!!

Ritz: ...whoops.

(Oh dear. Ummm...why did that seagull just explode?)
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She laughed as he banked and darted among the loud annoying seabirds. She would give anything to be out there WITH him. She had sent up a comfortable blanket and pillows for them to lounge on and enjoy the warm spring day. She jumped though when one of them...EXPLODED?! She hadn't heard him burble which might make one of the birds burst like that.

She covered her mouth to hold back a laugh. She took a deep breath. "RIIIIIIIIITZ! OVER HERE!" She called waving her arms to get his attention. She had never known that she could love someone this much. They had such an insane story. Meeting on that blind date, his escorting her home, the time reset, finding each other again, finding his burble, fighting her nature. Now was a whole new adventure...
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(Well, that was because he'd actually divebombed into it with a burble, and that the distance and the speed kind of blotted it out...except for the effect. In effect, he'd just flown right through a bird and made it explode. He did seem to slow down and rebalance himself when she called out. Ah, here he comes. He was coming in for a landing, moving to drop down past her so he wasn't too close to the cliffside, landed, and then went wildly shapeless before turning into a young man with messy brown hair, casual clothes, with a basket in hand, and a number of feathers clinging to him.)

Ritz: Pfft! Made it!

(God damn that goofy grin of his. He was either like a dog who wa happy to have torn apart a pillow or a cat who was like "What?". Maybe both...)
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She loved to watch him as he came in to land. She laughed as he reshaped himself and was covered in feathers. She went to him and began pulling feathers off of him. She felt her heart quicken at that playful smile. Irea giggled and finally got all the feathers off.

"What if...I could get my wings back?" she asked him looking up into the blue eyes of his more human form. "Would you help me do it?"

She missed the sky. She missed them flying over the city in the dark laughing and whooping as their hearts pounded and the wind tore their breath away. Of catching warm thermals over the ocean and lazy flights in warm summer rains. She wanted all of that back again.
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"What if...I could get my wings back?"

(Ritz's more jovial expression went to a complete halt and put on a 'What?' face. Actually, to be more accurate, it was a 'You what?' face, really.)

"Would you help me do it?"

(Now, it went to full-on shock as he thought of how she lost those wings, how the only thing that kept him from just lashing out at her family was the girl he'd held in his arms at the time. He wanted to kill them for that, for insisting that something like that be done, just because of their relationship. It was monstrous, even for him. Ritz dropped the basket and went over to Irea, one hand inclining her head to meet his at the forehead.)

Ritz: You know damn-well that I would help you. The only thing I'd say is 'Not on any of their terms'. If it's something else, then always. Always...

(He would never let them touch her again. Never.)
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"No no. They wouldn't help me with that anyway. Dad pretty much made it clear I am dead to him at least. But not ALL my family is so douche tastic which is how I found out a fun little loophole Dad never mentioned." she said leading him to the blanket and sitting down.

"I saw my sister at a downtown cafe and she was like fuck Dad's rule and she invited me to sit down and chat. She told me that full succubi gain powers through sex with many different partners. A "disgraced" one like me doesn't lose that ability altogether. It will be weaker and I can't do it as often, but instead of sex all it takes is a kiss." she said. "So a kiss from you...and I can fly again...in theory." she said looking up at him.

She was ready to take the skies back. And she could only hope he helped her do it.
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(Okay, so he was listening to this, and while he really didn't want to owe any of her family anything right now, he was glad that her sister had spoken up about this. The loophole, though... Ritz was trying to process this and...something didn't add up. It wasn't a big deal, but he was confused now. They were...intimate. They weren't just boyfriend and girlfriend. The two of them were straight-up lovers, which was precisely what the family had been so irritated about. And with that in mind...why hadn't the wings grown back already? For that matter, how come she couldn't Burble either? It couldn't be just a kiss, or even just a simple lover's kiss. Maybe it was a power she had to turn on first, and that she wasn't aware of it, but still...it was worth asking about. She could no-doubt see his confusion and be anticipating the very question now. Better let fly, anyway.)

Ritz: How come this hasn't happened already? We're not lacking for intimacy, love. Of course, I'll help, but I dunno how these powers work. Does anything special have to happen first?
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"I have to want a power of yours. I have to focus on what I want and the taking of it before I kiss you. I can't just peck anyone on lips and BOOM superpowers." she said giggling. He was right though they had definitely been all over each other lately. Which made her think of her second surprise. Should she spring that one now or wait till after they try to get her wings back?

"So...now or after we eat?" she asked looking up at him. She loved those expressive eyes. He always wore what he felt on his face. Irea smiled wide looking so happy and excited. She had the whole world ahead of her. And the love of her life beside her to take it on.
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(Ohhh... Yeah, it was something you had to switch on. Comprehension dawned on him just before she asked him now or later.)

Ritz: I say, the sooner the better. I mean, it might take a while to grow in, and if we eat after, it'll have time, and then we can go for a lovely fly over the sea.

(He was properly excited and happy to hear this. She was getting her wings back! This was great! Ritz was currently getting overwhelmed with energy, and not even the kind that he ate. He was gonna go flying off again for a bit if he didn't manage to contain himself. So uhh...you can probably gauge how the other thing was gonna hit him.)
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Irea nodded. She thought of his large wings. They had been so different than her own. Hers had come from her hips. She thought of the way they fit together and the power in them. She thought of how much she WANTED them. She leaned in and kissed him. Her mouth felt hot and it burned down her throat and spread through her body as though she was drinking a part of him down. She pulled away gasping.

She felt her muscles contract through her back. She bit her lip as her muscles in her shoulder seemed to rearrange under her skin. She was feeling weird and a little uncomfortable. She hissed as they pushed away from her body. She barked out as they pushed through her skin. They were a smaller more delicate version of his wings. She shuddered as she stretched them slowly feeling the muscles move in new ways for the first time.

"It...it worked...OH MY GOD IT WORKED!" she cried standing up and looking at him. "I I can fly again!" she had been skeptical as to whether or not this would work. But it did. "You did it...you gave me the sky Ritz."
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(Bringing new meaning to the term 'burning passion'. No wait, John probably made that joke a long time ago. Ah well. Not important. Ritz kissed his lady love and he definitely felt like something - some energy - was being drawn from him. He didn't think that HIS wings were going to disappear, and they didn't. It didn't seem like this was a spell that could steal, just duplicate. At some point, and he didn't exactly remember when, he had taken hold of her, because he noticed more clearly when she pulled away, out of breath. They had alot of moments like that, let's be honest here. He actually kept her steady as the wings emerged. That was...alot faster than he expected! And of course, because they were more like his wings, Irea now seemed a trifle more gargoyle than demon, per se. At least, different from her usual setup as a succubus.)

"It...it worked...OH MY GOD IT WORKED! I can fly again! You did it...you gave me the sky Ritz."

Ritz: Great! Let's eat!

(Pause. Wicked grin... Big snerk.)

Ritz: Justy kidding. Let's fly!
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She flapped her wings in agitation at the suggestion that they eat. How could she possibly sit still with that sky screaming at her. She was relieved and stood up and stretched those wings out wide. She turned and stepped up to the edge of the cliff. She wasn't sure she remembered how to do this. It had been a year. So much had changed in that year.

So. Much.

Still she spread her wings, she thrilled that thought, and lept off the of the cliff her wings snapping wide. She knew if she tanked it he would be right there to catch her. The skin of her wings was a deep red brown that glowed warm as the sun light the skin. The ribs the small pale ivory as her horns. She laughed wildly as she rose up into the sky.
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(He was only kidding, after all. If anything, that was more of a 'Doh! Why you little...!' kind of moment, or possibly something a bit more 'Why I oughta...', followed by a smack from Moe. That's not important. What WAS important was that when she turned to spread her new wings, Ritz was already transforming. He was with her. He was always with her. They were free to do whatever they wanted in this world, as it should be. Irea took off and...it's good! He didn't need to follow, but he had, and as as she laughed with triumph, the Jabberwock let out a cackle-sound that was...uhh...kind of burbly, but different, and very weird. Nevertheless, the mood had been set. They'd be flying 'till they were worn out, which Ritz started off with a game...of Chase!)
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She whooped as she banked and cut through the sky. These wings were easier to manage than her old wings. She had to really balance with those at her hips. She soared just feeling the wind over her skin and in her hair. She swatted at annoying seagulls giggling. She turned as he tagged her and darted off.

No he did not just...!

She powered after him. She was smaller and fast as she cut through the sky. She whooped as she closed in on him. She almost almost had him when she did something with her wings that had her dropped a good 10 ft down with a startled scream. She opened those wings again and caught herself looking a little sheepish. She would need more practice.
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(Oh yes, he most certainly did! And what makes it better is that while he had more mass to move around, he hadn't had any lack of use, so there wouldn't be teething troubles on his end. The two of them would sore this way and that, Irea trying to catch Ritz with all of his sswift maneuvers. However... A'whoops! The yellow eyes of the Jabberwock glared back for a moment as she had a bit of an accident there. Something slipped, as it were, and he swooped down to meet her height, flapping in place now.)

Ritz: Everything alright?

(Oh, so tempting a target, that nose is...)
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"Yeah yeah I am okay. I banked...off a bit and it made me drop. Soooo whew gonna need some practice you know?" She said and grinned. She leaned close and booped his snoot. "You're it." she said and shot off laughing wildly.

She pumped her wings gaining altitude and catching an intense updraft. She used it to double back and was off like a little rocket towards the cliffs and the picnic. She need a break for a few reasons.

One her shoulders were sore. Muscles never used before aching with such intense use. Two she was STARVING and three eating oddly helped her fly. Hydrogen from her digesting filtered into a second set of wing that helped her be more bouyant when she flew.

Could she make it to the blanket before he caught her?
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(The Jabberwock blinked in surprise as he got poked.)

Ritz: Shit!

(He'd fallen for the old 'Accidentally Falling But Catching Myself And Then Tagging You' ploy! And yes, that line was in Don Adams' voice. Now then, where did she go? Aha! Climbing and swooping for that blanket, are you? Well, he was about to reveal the secret burst-of-speed technique that he alone had developed in the Jabberwock family! He umm...got it from a Godzilla movie. You see, apparently Godzilla can use his breath as a form of thrust. Well...he had a mouth attack, so...as he was flying...Ritz craned his flexible neck down and back, let out a loud Burble, got rocketed forwards, and ummm... You see, there was one drawback with the idea. You couldn't always see where you were going because you might spin around a bit. Ritz was doing a barrel roll as Irea reached the blanket. Then, he landed and latched onto her, they ALL went sliding because of velocity-versus-blanket, there was a brief tumble, and then Irea would be on top of Jabberwock, followed by the blanket draping over them both.)

Ritz: So...do I win?

(Meanwhile, the basket had escaped a terrible fate by inches...)
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She skidded to stop winning. As she turned around he plowed right into her. She squealed and curled into his bigger body. She landed on top of him. She was laughing as she kissed his nose. "I beat you to the blanket." She crowed, "I win!"

"But...we both win cause...we are having a baby." she said softly. Wrapped in the blanket and his arms she let that one go. She had waited until she was absolutely sure. She had gotten a kit with two sticks. She had used both. Both had said she was pregnant. With his child. A child of two worlds that they would love and never do to this baby what her parents did to her.

"Ritz...say something." she said looking down at him.
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(Okay, okay, she won alright. The Burble Engine still needed work, but when he perfected it, you will rue the day! However, while Ritz was keeping with the fun mood, there was a sudden surprise put out there, without warning. She just out and said it. The Jabberwock's face, despite being a Jabberwock's face, clearly said 'We're having a whatnow?'. Hey, congratulations! You've caught a wild sentient beast completely off-guard!)

"Ritz...say something."

(The Jabberwocky recovered from shock then, and nuzzled Irea, blowing some hot breath in her face.)

Ritz: You're not suppose to say stuff when you're speechless, love. Sorta' what it means...

(My, that was a toothy grin. Then, Irea would feel his wings wrap around her.)

Ritz: A father, eh? Figured it would happen at some point. S'not gonna be just a Jabberwock, though, is it? Might not be able to raise 'im as one. Or her. Think we can manage?
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She smiled. "I don't know what the child will be other than absolutely loved and accepted." she said. That grin, it made her sure they could take on the whole world together with this little one. She had never felt happier than right now. She kissed him deeply.

"Now I need food!" she said laughing. She stood and smoothed the blanket and put the cushions back and grabbing the cooler to see what he had brought foodwise. She was smiling and humming. Wings and a baby.

Could this day get any better?
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"I don't know what the child will be other than absolutely loved and accepted."

(Well, as long as she elt confident, Ritz was alright with it. As Irea pressed down into a kiss, her lips met normal human lips, as there was suddenly not a Jabberwock there, but a human being. The way he held her tightly in this moment of passion, she could tell that he was happy, that he really wanted this. Kids of his own, little tykes to take on adventures... Bloody brilliant. They soon separated as the succubus declared that she was hungry, and thus went to the cooler-sized basket to find...alot. So, you know those areas in convenience stores and such that have shrink-wrapped, prepared food? Sandwiches, sushi, and bento boxes? Ritz had clearly emptied one of those aisles into this basket, along with an assortment of drinks. He came over now, now heading over to the blanket.)

Ritz: I had to fight some people for the Bento, for some reason. Dunno why. Some kinda' weird ritual for the half-priced stuff.
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She laughed delighted. "I love bento boxes!" She said picking it up. She opened and squealed as it was filled with all her favorite things. She was glowing as she grabbed chopsticks. She had graduated this year and she couldn't stay here come next year.

"I think we need to find a place to live. Together..." she suggested. She had thought about going to Raina. She had a lot of properties all over the city and maybe she would help them out with finding a place. One with room for baby. She smiled at the thought of her having a baby. She hoped for a beautiful little girl that she could spoil.

"So boy or girl? What do you hope for?" she asked playfully.
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(Ah, excellent! So, he'd done alright, then. Even though umm... Well, he didn't exactly pay. More like, he shoved a bunch of things in and flew off. It's very hard to stop a thief who flies off into the night sky as soon as he gets outside, seriously. Uhh, for the record, Ritz was shoving half of one of those bento boxes in his mouth now. we're not even sure if he's any good at chopsticks...unless you mean playing it on the piano. He poked his head up when Irea mentioned living together.)

Ritz: Hmmm? Oh, I can live anywhere, me. No problems here. And trust me, so can anyone who's Jabberwocky. We are a hardy folk.

(Well, thank you for that vote of confidence, Ritz. Now, for our next question... He had to think on that one, a moment, drinking down some soda.)

Ritz: I hadn't really thought of it. There isn't anythin' special, boy or girl, when it comes to my kind.

(Then, he smiled.)

Ritz: But if it's a girl, I want 'er to be as lovely as you, no question.
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She smiled. "She would be as pretty as me and as silly as you. I know what names I like though. Axion for a boy and Ariella for a girl. I have loved those names since I was little and I read them in books somewhere..." she said munching away and rummaging around for a pepsi.

"I will check with Raina and see if she can help us find a place to park ourselves and the gremlin I am growing." She joked.

This spot a year ago a wicked bonfire and screams rent the air. Now she was laughing and flying again. The next generation of Munroe was taking shape though there was still another surprise for these would be parents.
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(Ritz was getting back to shoving food into his mouth when the name ideas came. According to Irea, they actually came from books. He wondered what they meant. Okay, let's see here. A quick check on his phone - yes, he had a cellphone - revealed...uhhh... Okay, this was the number one result and it was WAY over him, so he began to read aloud.)

Ritz: A hypothetical...subatomic particle postulated to account for...the rarity of processes that break charge-parity symmetry. It is very light, electrically neutral, and...okay, no idea what all that means.

(He tried the second name and - while this didn't exactly help either - he got a meaning that came to 'Lion of god'.

Ritz: I've gotta know what books you were reading, back then. They must've been hard! Anyway, we'll have to see if Raina can find us somewhere high up. You know we'll need it.

(True, the Jabberwocky were actually jungle critters, but in the concrete jungle, elevation was everything.)
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"They were characters in two different novels. Axion came from a trash scifi novel but I always loved the villian's name and Ariella was from a neat fantasy short story." shae explained easily as she rooted around and found cold teriyaki noodles ooooh yum.

She was relaxed. "Yeah cause lord knows you don't use the door ever." she said laughing. She liked the idea of height. Somewhere maybe even up on the mountain out of the city so Ritz could romp around in his true form. She could too which would be nice.

"Should we tell out parents?" she asked munching on the noodles.
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(Aha, so the names were like...really obscure. Maybe so obscure that the narrator wanted to know, what with being a curious sort and all. Still, it was at least good to explain it to Ritz, who'd be llost if someone didn't tell him these things or if it weren't immediately searchable on the internet. Trust us, he's searched for completely innocent things sometimes...but they were not innocent at all. Anyway...getting back to the matter at hand...Irea mentioned doors-)

Ritz: Doors?! Hah!

(-aaand a piece of beef accidentally flew from his mouth, over the cliff, and into the sea, where it would sleep with the fishes, hence forth.)

Ritz: Doors are just walls that are easy to break into. 'Course, so are windows, but only if you're a flyer or a really good thief. Mostly flyers.

(The subject quickly changed, though, to a much more serious topic. Ritz actually looked serious, for the moment.)

Ritz: The human ones, the demon ones, or the Jabber-ones? Because I've gotta tell you, the only ones I'm sure will approve without question are my folks.
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