SHD 103 Assignment: Stalking a Nightlight
The dim lighting of Otherworlde Castle provided a safe environment for the girl to roam while in her shadow form. Hikari moved from one furniture to another, aimlessly since she still hasn't found anyone to spy on. Sooner or later, she found herself at the doors of the Magical Linguistics classroom
Neos had spent all the day in his favourite classroom, trying to find a good way to use the spell they studied that day. His books were spread on one of the tables near the windows, showing pages full of runes and strange words. The boy was sitting on a soft chair with a purple seat, his pencil writing down signs inside a drawn circle.
He took a breath, closing his eyes and resting his poor hand.
Hikari entered the classroom but quickly hid behind one of the chair`s shadow when she came in contact with the light from the windows. The girl uttered a few swear words before noticing a student sitting on one of the chairs.
She moved to another shadow, a bit more closer to him. She has seen him before in the LIN classes since sometimes she`d stay behind for a little while after her class is done. 'Maybe I can use him for my assignment...' She thought and continued to observe him from the safety of the table`s shadow.
Neos blinked when the sunlight hit him. He snorted and pressed down his hood on his face. Copying quickly the last symbols, he closed with the other hand the books. The boy put all his things in the new bag he had found at home then he stood up. The room was empty, Professor Razik had left as soon as the lesson had finished because he had "a thing to solve somewhere else".
The boy pushed the chair nearer to his table and checked he took everything. "For today, I think it's all I can do" he thought. Yawning he left the room, closing the door behind him. "Now I should go back to my room...Though I wish I could stay out a bit" he thought.
He didn't like his new room. The one at the Skull Dorm was way better. The new one was smaller and the walls just creeped him out sometimes. He preferred the bones of his old dorm.
She didn`t really mind if the room was empty. As long as he`s not a shadowmancer, she won`t get caught and had to start the assignment all over again. Seeing that he was leaving, she quickly moved to his shadow. Hopefully, he didn`t she her. Hikari started to wonder what kind of things she can learn from spying on him.
The girl tried to keep up with his pace since she`s still not used to moving around as a shadow. 'Man, he`s fast.' Once again, she was in the dim hallways and that made the amount of dark areas more abundant and she won`t have to stay in his shadow to follow him. Hikari moved to his shadow on the wall just so she can get a better look at him.
Walking fast through the castle's corridor, he reached the entrance hall. It was quite crowded. He could see some of his classmates talking together, probably about their new assignments. He didn't join them, his brain was already tired from all his study. He pulled a bit his new gloves and fixed his hood on his head. Then, as he was passing under the big door frame, he felt a shiver down his spine. He stopped a second, looking to the right and to the left to check if someone was watching him.
"No one, it seems. It probably was a draft of cold air" he thought. With a shrug, he went out from the castle and slipped in one of the lateral streets, where there were less people. In that way, he could still see the main street but at least he wasn't going to meet somebody unpleasant. For exaple, a black hooded and red-haired guy.
Heading to his dorm, he thought again at the last LIN 202 lesson. They were now in three students, and during the hours they spent together during the week, the one who talked the most was the professor.
"Bah..." he muttered.
Floating around in someone`s shadow isn`t as easy as she thought it would be. She realized they were at the main hall of the castle. She caught a few glimpse of her classmates, mostly from the Magical Linguistics class she`s taking. They were a few students from her Shadowmancy classes but most of them were sitting in a corner, secluded from the rest of the crowd. Speaking about her LIN class, she still needed to get it done. It was supposed to be done in a group but since they were five people in the class, she`s probably the one that would end up without partner. Well, she does prefer to do things alone so, it might be an advantage to her. Maybe after finishing her Shadowmancy assignments she would set off to the mountains.
Hikari noticed that he looked around and for a minute there, she felt him look directly at her. Thankfully, he didn`t see her. The girl trailed along in his shadow as he walked through the streets. Though, she couldn`t help but note how uneasy he looked. After a while, she simply dropped the thought since she`d definitely wouldn`t care about it.
Ah he was reaching the Blood Dorm, he could still feel an unpleasant sensation behind his neck. Walking faster, he entered the big hall, giving a small look around. There were people, but he didn't want to stop there. The boy took one of the hallways, one that took upstairs. He slowed a bit because he had noticed behind him.
An orange cloud-like thing was floating right behind his head. There were only five people who knew how to use that way of communication. And the color told him everything. He stopped and leaning against the wall, he took off his hood. His fingers got lighter and he drew a circle inside the cloud. Some words appeared inside it. He read them.
"Oi, brother! How's going? This week I'm free from...work. So I came visiting you! Inside the forest I meet a killer plant and one of the professor wanted to stop me and asking what I was doing there. Well, I can tell you this things face-to-face. When you finish your so-boring lessons, I'll be in your room. Waiting for ya', Fyron"
Neos shook his head smiling. That silly guy had come there. Again. Not even a week passed from the last time they talked together, but it seemed that his bro missed him. Dissipating with his hand what was left of the message, he started walking again to the upper floor.
'A magic user...' Her curiousity towards him is peaked. She`s seen a lot of students using magic in the academy but never like what he uses. The fact that he glows also made her interested in knowing more about him. Hikari listened to his message and tilted her head to the side a bit. 'His brother sounds really weird too.' She thought to herself. She needed to remember all this so she can write the report for her assignment.
By the sounds of the message, he`s probably really close with his brother. She couldn`t help but feel jealous of him since he had someone close to him. The girl never really had anyone else she held close to except her 'parents' and Aero. Once again, she followed Neos in his shadow when he started walking again.
The boy reached the next floor and headed to his room. The door was closed but leaning an ear on it, Neos could hear a bouncing noise inside the room. Already taking off his cape, he grab the doorknob and opened the door. Stepping inside, he give a small laugh.
His brother was floating in mid-air, throwing and catching one of Neos' condensed spheres of light. As he saw his brother, the red-haired boy "landed" on the bed and run to him, jumping and pulling him down on the floor.
"NEEEEOS! It's been ages!!!" he screamed. The glowing boy slipped away from Fyron's hug and stood up.
"You dumb kid, I saw you last Friday!" he laughed. The other one sat back on the bed, starting floating again up-side down. "Hey, once we did everything together; now I can only see you for one hour or two at week" groaned Fyron, smirking at Neos.
Blue eyes ran around the room, looking for any things out of place. There weren't any so he put down his cape, bag and laying down, under his brother, he finally relaxed. The unpleasant feeling had gone and now he was in his room with Fyron. "So, who was the professor who tried to stop you?" he asked with a giggle. He knew his bro's troublemaker's habits so no wonder someone had trying to ask why he was there.
The other one laughed. "Oh, I think it was that strange one, with green skin. Isn't that....what was it, Prof Zarik of yours?". Neos gave a small nod. "Yup, that's my LIN professor....what were you doing of suspicious?".
"Uhm...I was...trying to climb one of the walls of one of the markets..." he admitted.
"Do you still want to make those thief's stunts?" the black-haired boy asked with a smile.
"Call it whatever you want, but they're not kids' games" Fyron replied, pretending to be offended.
Neos giggled and closed his eyes. They stayed in silence for some minutes.
'His brother really is weird' She thought to herself and observed the two brothers talking. As she did, she still couldn`t shake the feeling of jealousy towards them when she saw them hugging. Hikari sighed and continued to eavesdrop on their conversation. She looked away for a while, hoping to get rid of the jealous feeling inside of her. Why was she feeling that way towards them when she barely knew them?
Hikari`s eyes widen a bit when she heard a part in their conversation. 'They`re thieves too?' These two must be the school`s troublemakers. No, wait. She`s pretty sure someone else already got that title. She added it to her mental note so she wouldn`t forget what to write for the assignment report. She stopped when silence fell between the brothers.
Neos glanced at Fyron, who was looking out of the window, looking calm. His ethereal orange tail was shaking instead. Neos knew that since his brother had no control on it, it meant that inside Fyron was nervous. The boy slightly touched his bro's shoulder. The other gulped. "What is it, Fyr?" the glowing boy asked.
"U-uhm, it's nothing..." he answered. The young kid sat on the bed, next to Neos. "Viola escaped...again..." he finally murmured.
Neos' eyes widened "Did she? Who had to take care of her?"
Fyron leaned against a pillow, crossing his arms under his head. "Hazel had been looking after her for all this month. Viola's double personality gets worst with cold temperatures so no wonder why it happened now..." he said.
Neos sighed. Viola was the youngest of them all, she was still 12, but even though she was an adorable, kind girl, her modified blood had created a different personality inside her who was estremely dangerous. For others and for herself.
Fyron's disproportionate arm was a proof of it. When she was just three, bad-Viola had cut to pieces Fyr's left arm's skin so the muscle had went out and formed in that way, also because of the boy's modified DNA.
"Are they going to find her?" Neos asked. Fyron nodded. "They have to. Blue is already following her magical traces..."
The glowing boy looked up to the ceiling. Blue, aka Jakob, was the oldest of them. Neos said "I really hope so. Don't want anyone to get more hurt." Fyron nodded again and stood up. He patted his T-shirt and looked at Neos. "Well, I must go now. Gotta help with the search" he smiled softly.
Neos replied "I wish I could help too but I have studies here and...". He shrugged. Fyron punched friendly his shoulder "No worries, bro. We know you're the most clever between us."
Neos giggled "Yeah, sure more than you. See you, Fyron, don't get caught by Razik". The other gave another punch to Neos "Sure, Ne. See ya!" After saying it, the boy ran to the open window and jump out of it. Neos frowned though he knew Fyron didn't run any risk. That guy sure was acrobatic, but he was also so reckless.
The boy went closing the window then stretched on his bed.
She felt like she was watching some sort of drama or something. 'Double personalities, magical traces. These people really are weird.' Hikari scrunched up a bit at the thought. The academy is filled with weirdos and there`s no doubt about it. She watched them say their goodbyes before she felt a tingling feeling. She will be reverting back to her human form soon. She had spent so much time looking for someone to spy on she wasted her entire 24 hours. 'Better get out of here.'
Hikari moved from Neos` shadow to the table`s and then outside into the hallway. As soon as she exited, she turned into a human again. She sighed in relief to see herself in colour again. Hikari looked around the hallway and saw no one there. She walked to the dorm`s lounge and took a piece of paper and a fountain pen out of her jacket and crossed out her last assignment. "All done." The demon girl muttered and exited the building.