Guardian-Bunny of Wonderland
Fouad Sarkis - Spring Summer 2014 + Details

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Dear anyone responsible for a work of fantasy fiction,

This is how you warrior.

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"Hey, you remembered my name.  Progress!"  This had to have been a good sign.  While he looked nothing like what he should, he was at least gaining more of a body, and he could see him.  That should definitely count as progress.  "Did you drink all the water there?  Ali should be here soon, but if we can get you in better shape—sorry, bad pun!—before she gets here we’ll be in great shape—sorry!"

Was that really Hatter’s influence?

”/…Mmmm…Water?/” Giaselle’s eyes were drooped, as though the Elf were sluggish still, and he revolved yet again to drink more of the dew. He hardly seemed to registered any other word, and thus, did not react in offense. A moment later he finished the dew, one triangle ear slanting in a flick.

/Ali?…/” It was finally then, that his eyes fully opened, and the blob took off without warning into the trees. Aliblu teleported into view nearby only a few seconds after.

"Ugh, the field around this place is still thick! It took forever locking on! Where’s Giaselle?"

Xander dumbly pointed in the general direction that Gia flew off in.  ”He just got his wings, apparently.  Got a trick for tracking a little Shadow Elf sprite?”

"Wh…" Aliblu stared off in the direction Xander pointed. She’d just arrived, and Giaselle had- …Run. He’d run from her.

"…GIASELLE MURKLE, YOU GET YOUR DAMN ARSE BACK HERE!"

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Leaving the pocket watch on the ground, Xander walked over to the radiant dew.  He nearly reached in with the arm with Gia’s blood on it, but hesitated.  How do I give the water to him?

The ooze that was all that remained of Giaselle somewhat left Xander’s arm, a long ‘drip’ reaching towards the dew. It siphoned for a few minutes, before drawing back and pulling away from Xander’s arm completely.

It hardened a bit, taking a circular hourglass shape. Triangles emerged at the top, twitching like ears as a long strip pulled from the blob’s back and waved forming a tail. It ‘turned’, though the direction of the tail was the only indication, and drank more of the dew before Giaselle’s eyes opened.

”/…Hhhh…Xander?/” The eyes blinked, but no visible mouth had formed. In fact, beyond the ears and tail it might’ve been impossible to tell the form the blob had taken; Giaselle’s blob body was completely black save for the whites of his eyes. His whole head was as round as a ball, and it was only as he moved back along Xander’s arm that little stuggy legs formed.

"Hey, you remembered my name.  Progress!"  This had to have been a good sign.  While he looked nothing like what he should, he was at least gaining more of a body, and he could see him.  That should definitely count as progress.  "Did you drink all the water there?  Ali should be here soon, but if we can get you in better shape—sorry, bad pun!—before she gets here we’ll be in great shape—sorry!"

Was that really Hatter’s influence?

”/…Mmmm…Water?/” Giaselle’s eyes were drooped, as though the Elf were sluggish still, and he revolved yet again to drink more of the dew. He hardly seemed to registered any other word, and thus, did not react in offense. A moment later he finished the dew, one triangle ear slanting in a flick.

/Ali?…/” It was finally then, that his eyes fully opened, and the blob took off without warning into the trees. Aliblu teleported into view nearby only a few seconds after.

"Ugh, the field around this place is still thick! It took forever locking on! Where’s Giaselle?"

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Xander nodded at Ali’s instructions, and slowly opened his eyes.  The whispers were wrong as to why he was searching for energy.  Gia…  I’m looking for energy for this blob on my arm…  He kept his breathing steady to maintain his focus, he couldn’t afford to lose it now.

'that one…he's almost gone'

'water. give him the dew. here, upon this tree'

The whispers would lead Xander’s sight up to a large hole within one of the nearby trees. Any ordinary being would only see rainwater collected within the hollow space, but for Xander’s sight, the dew glistened and glowed like liquid diamond.

'the tears of the sky will heal that one.'

Leaving the pocket watch on the ground, Xander walked over to the radiant dew.  He nearly reached in with the arm with Gia’s blood on it, but hesitated.  How do I give the water to him?

The ooze that was all that remained of Giaselle somewhat left Xander’s arm, a long ‘drip’ reaching towards the dew. It siphoned for a few minutes, before drawing back and pulling away from Xander’s arm completely.

It hardened a bit, taking a circular hourglass shape. Triangles emerged at the top, twitching like ears as a long strip pulled from the blob’s back and waved forming a tail. It ‘turned’, though the direction of the tail was the only indication, and drank more of the dew before Giaselle’s eyes opened.

”/…Hhhh…Xander?/” The eyes blinked, but no visible mouth had formed. In fact, beyond the ears and tail it might’ve been impossible to tell the form the blob had taken; Giaselle’s blob body was completely black save for the whites of his eyes. His whole head was as round as a ball, and it was only as he moved back along Xander’s arm that little stuggy legs formed.

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Relax, right.  Sitting down cross-legged in the middle of the clearing and setting the pocket watch down in front of him, Xander steadied his breathing, willing himself to slow down.  It took a few moments, but he found himself surprisingly at ease and centered.  Soon, he was focused.

As soon as the noises of the forest fell away in Xander’s concentration, he’d hear something new; a soft noise, like stone teeth grinding together in a shuffle, even softer whispering just below its rustle.

'someone here…someone is here'

'you hear us?'

'he is listening'

'what is the secret you wish to learn?'

"This is known as the Whispers of Stone." Aliblu’s voice was very quiet, an attempt to keep from breaking Xander’s concentration. "Stone remembers many things. It knows the past, and the future, and when you listen to it, it can divulge many a useful thing. Now open your eyes, and the whispers should allow you to see any pockets of energy that might be around."

'energy? energy for him?'

'seek the faeries food, they hide not just fruit of the trees within branches'

Xander nodded at Ali’s instructions, and slowly opened his eyes.  The whispers were wrong as to why he was searching for energy.  Gia…  I’m looking for energy for this blob on my arm…  He kept his breathing steady to maintain his focus, he couldn’t afford to lose it now.

'that one…he's almost gone'

'water. give him the dew. here, upon this tree'

The whispers would lead Xander’s sight up to a large hole within one of the nearby trees. Any ordinary being would only see rainwater collected within the hollow space, but for Xander’s sight, the dew glistened and glowed like liquid diamond.

'the tears of the sky will heal that one.'

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Didn’t he just say that he hadn’t been taught anything?  Well, meditation he could probably swing, at least he could try until Ali got there.  ”Er, maybe?  Am I scanning the area for energy signatures similar to Gia’s here?”  If this was anything like scanning was in his Reploid frame, then he might be able to do this…

Aliblu sat down. “No. Close your eyes, and as hard as it may be for you, try to focus and relax. The ability I’m going to teach you is a basic lesson to gather and pinpoint magic deposits. Concentrate on the softest noise you hear. Block out everything else.”

The Gia-blob on Xander’s arm was shivering still, but no longer spoke.

Relax, right.  Sitting down cross-legged in the middle of the clearing and setting the pocket watch down in front of him, Xander steadied his breathing, willing himself to slow down.  It took a few moments, but he found himself surprisingly at ease and centered.  Soon, he was focused.

As soon as the noises of the forest fell away in Xander’s concentration, he’d hear something new; a soft noise, like stone teeth grinding together in a shuffle, even softer whispering just below its rustle.

'someone here…someone is here'

'you hear us?'

'he is listening'

'what is the secret you wish to learn?'

"This is known as the Whispers of Stone." Aliblu’s voice was very quiet, an attempt to keep from breaking Xander’s concentration. "Stone remembers many things. It knows the past, and the future, and when you listen to it, it can divulge many a useful thing. Now open your eyes, and the whispers should allow you to see any pockets of energy that might be around."

'energy? energy for him?'

'seek the faeries food, they hide not just fruit of the trees within branches'

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Xander’s blood ran cold; this was all that was left of Gia?  ”G-Gathering magic?  I have no idea what that is.  I haven’t exactly been taught anything due to me not knowing how potent my magical abilities are.”  And he seriously doubted his little shock trick was what Gia needed now.

"Alright then. I’m going to teach you how to, but you’re going to let Giaselle absorb what you gather, got it?" If Giaselle was still maintaining somewhat physical form, that had to mean there were pockets around that area. Small, but still.

"Alright. Do you have the basics for meditation down as of now? Concentrating and all that?"

Didn’t he just say that he hadn’t been taught anything?  Well, meditation he could probably swing, at least he could try until Ali got there.  ”Er, maybe?  Am I scanning the area for energy signatures similar to Gia’s here?”  If this was anything like scanning was in his Reploid frame, then he might be able to do this…

Aliblu sat down. “No. Close your eyes, and as hard as it may be for you, try to focus and relax. The ability I’m going to teach you is a basic lesson to gather and pinpoint magic deposits. Concentrate on the softest noise you hear. Block out everything else.”

The Gia-blob on Xander’s arm was shivering still, but no longer spoke.

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"Explode?!"  How could Ali be so calm?!  Gia exploded?!  And he currently had a piece of the dumbass on his arm?!  ”Ali, you need to hurry over here!  I don’t even have a bottle to start collecting all the Gia-Goo that’s probably splattered all over forest!”  He tried to look around and see if he could “feel” where Gia was, or at least the next puddle.

"Xander, first off calm down. That…*sigh* That’s the only piece. The rest was likely destroyed with the enemy. If he’s asking for energy-" She paused. "…Xander, do you know the basics for gathering magic?"

Could be a chance of ‘kill-two-birds-with-one-stone’ if she was right.

Xander’s blood ran cold; this was all that was left of Gia?  ”G-Gathering magic?  I have no idea what that is.  I haven’t exactly been taught anything due to me not knowing how potent my magical abilities are.”  And he seriously doubted his little shock trick was what Gia needed now.

"Alright then. I’m going to teach you how to, but you’re going to let Giaselle absorb what you gather, got it?" If Giaselle was still maintaining somewhat physical form, that had to mean there were pockets around that area. Small, but still.

"Alright. Do you have the basics for meditation down as of now? Concentrating and all that?"