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 Posted: Feb 15 2018, 08:26 AM
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Very Old • Celestial Human • Balance • Aquarius Constellation


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SKY FULL OF STARS
August was beginning to come to an end. As the days ticked by, the Heavens sought to close the distance between Niulang and Zhi Liu. The bridge formed across the Galaxy. As it did so, the lost starchild attempted to close the distance. He knew that he would not need to travel the entire distance. Meeting halfway, so that they would still be upon Earth, would work well enough, or it would if Zhi Liu appeared. It was difficult to know if she would appear. After all, it had been centuries since he had last seen her.

The travel from his place in Asia was signifantly slower. A flock of magpies formed a bridge to the heavens, creating a means of travel that was still peculiar to him. His journey was quiet, but the Aquarian knew that the silence would not last for long whether Zhi Liu would meet him or not. After all, he knew far better than any other Earth bound human that the skies were hardly as lonely as people enjoyed to act.



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 Posted: Feb 16 2018, 01:57 PM
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~50, appears 17 • Cloud • Imagination • Sky


China was a bit of a rough spot for Cirrus. The countryside was absolutely beautiful, and she loved spending time there, able to remain for lengthy periods of time just enjoying the scenery below. She had to be careful, though. Should the wind carry her in the wrong direction, she might end up in the smog of the cities. She'd experienced that once, and that was plenty enough for the cloud. Through the haze of pollution, the city-dwelling population couldn't see the sky anyway, so she usually bypassed those places, giving them a wide berth, or else she might get sick again.

She'd spent a lot of time here, though, and needed to think about getting moving again. Where should she go this time? The thought of letting the wind decide was tempting, but she really didn't want to risk the smog. Better to stay put until she was absolutely sure of where she was going, and how she would get there through the suffocating minefield. Her thoughts were cut short by a sight in the distance - a familiar sight, at that. From here, she could just barely make out the bridge with her keen eyesight, and no doubt Niulang had already begun his journey.

Cirrus picked out a breeze that would take her over to the bridge of magpies, wondering how this time of year had come about so quickly. Individual days were difficult for her to keep track of, as her nomadic lifestyle kept her on the move through what they called 'timezones', and at higher elevations, the day and night difference was a blurry one. She could rely on herself to maybe keep track of a week, assuming she stayed in the same spot, but months and years? Forget it.

In a short time, she was over the bridge, the cloud scanning its length to find the man who would no doubt be keeping a steady pace across it. She found him and spun in place once before descending, forming into a human on her way. "Niu-LAAAAAANG!" she sang as she barreled head-first at the man, splashing through him at the last moment then reforming behind him, choosing to remain floating a few inches above the bridge. It was made out of birds, and it always made her a little uncomfortable, but she wasn't the one who had to walk on it. Besides, she needed the extra height to be able to see eye-to-eye with the Celestial.

"That time again, huh?" She asked, floating casually by his side, "I can't believe a year goes by so quickly!" Cirrus remarked, unaware that the last time she'd accompanied him on this journey would have been several years ago by now.

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 Posted: Feb 17 2018, 07:02 AM
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Very Old • Celestial Human • Balance • Aquarius Constellation


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SKY FULL OF STARS
Niulang had long ago come to the conclusion that the creatures that formed the bridge were likely not magpies. He could not say with complete certainty as to what they were, but he could tell that they lacked a scent outside of the glitter of magic. Logically, he supposed it made sense. After all, he was quite sure that not even a flock of real magpies could actually uphold a person. However, the lack of knowledge as to what the bridge was truly made of did make him curious, though he was sure that it came more from the belief that the knowledge might be helpful.

Maybe. Academics and magic were hardly his area of expertise after all. While he was not a stupid man, he was unlearned and did not hold a great amount of curiosity.

The man found himself torn from his thoughts as a voice rang through the air. He had little time to prepare himself, barely steeling himself as Cirrus barreled into him. Thankfully, it proved unneeded as the cloud splashed through him before gaining form again. Within that moment, he found himself thankful for the multiple layers he was wearing as the action would have likely been far more uncomfortable had he not been.

He offered a quiet smile. "Cirrus," he said by way of greeting, a kind glimmer to his gaze. He relaxed, shifting his posture. The flock seemed to move with him, moving in a manner that was not entirely natural, being too soft and swift. It reminded him more of his light than anything else.

If the Celestial held any thoughts on the fact that it had been far longer than a year since the last time Cirrus had accompanied him, then he chose to keep them to himself. "Indeed," he said wistfully, "It does. How has your year been?"



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 Posted: Feb 18 2018, 06:07 AM
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~50, appears 17 • Cloud • Imagination • Sky


Cirrus knew Niulang to be the quiet type of guy, so his calm greeting came as no surprise to her, but it always felt a little underwhelming after her grand entrance. "Pretty busy, I guess!" she answered cheerily, turning over so her back faced the strange bridge of birds. Still keeping pace with Niulang, she put her hands behind her head as starlight gleamed in her eyes. "It feels like only yesterday when we did this last, and they say time flies when you're having fun, so it was a fun year, too!" Several years. Truly, she was busier than ever. Her power was still growing, and she was learning new things about herself all the time. She'd grown a lot since her last trip with Niulang, and without realizing it, Cirrus had started to do more and more, needing to rest less and less.

"How about yours, Niulang?" she asked, eyes glittering in the moonlight. Niulang always had interesting stories to tell, and he remained one of the only people that could keep Cirrus still with words alone. He wasn't always talkative, though, so sometimes Cirrus had to put in a little extra effort to get him talking, or just accept that he would rather listen than speak himself. She could roll with that, having plenty of stories and gossip of her own to share.

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 Posted: Feb 18 2018, 08:26 PM
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Very Old • Celestial Human • Balance • Aquarius Constellation


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Niulang knew that he was probably a bit too quiet with Cirrus. After all, she was far more talkative and an excitable cloud. However, he had grown up in the shadow of his brother, a brother who had always been more than happy to mistreat him. His sister-in-law had not been much better. Moreover, his parents, as much as he loved them, had not been perfect. They had always seen fault with Niulang, something that held root in the fact that the Aquarian held incredibly different beliefs from his parents. He was not so quick to swallow what he was told. Perhaps there would not be so much bitterness in his heart on the matter if his parents had not been so quick to accept that their son should be exiled simply for loving a woman who was different from him.

So, a quietness had taken over him many millennia ago. It took a great deal of trust to bring out the talkative creature that lay within. Unfortunately, he could not say that he saw Cirrus enough to feel like he would not suddenly have some sort of negative reaction.

He chuckled, an amused expression coming to his face. "That is good," he said, "It would be unfortunate if your time was spent in misery." An impish gleam entered his gaze as the question became directed to him. "It has been quite eventful," he admitted. It was not an entirely rare thing to happen. After all, Niulang traveled quite often. "Do you know what a fae is, Cirrus?"



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 Posted: Feb 20 2018, 06:35 PM
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~50, appears 17 • Cloud • Imagination • Sky


"Like a fairy?" Cirrus asked, rolling over again and drifting from side to side, one hand held out to collect a few passing clouds. They gently trailed behind her, bobbing up and down with her own movement. She'd been called a fairy a few times. A cloud fairy, or a sky fairy, or whatever fairy someone decided she should be. Sometimes they called her a spirit, other times a nymph, but none of those names were acceptable, because none of them described her. She was a cloud, she was Cirrus. And that was that.

She gathered a small amount of cloud in her hands from the mass trailing behind her, choosing to use this quiet time to practise more precise cloud work. She started with a small round puff of cloud, adding to it and shaping it until it began to resemble a bird head with a beak. She peered underneath herself and Niulang, trying to get a good look at the magpies. They were her chosen model at the moment, her only other option being Niulang, but faces didn't translate well into clouds. That might be a good challenge for later, though... As she went about sculpting eyes into her bird, she tried to prompt Niulang to continue, pausing in her work to ask the question. "Did you get in trouble with one?"

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 Posted: Feb 21 2018, 01:29 AM
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Very Old • Celestial Human • Balance • Aquarius Constellation


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A smile came to Nĩu Lang's face, softening his somewhat weary face. "Yes," he said, "They are a bit more expansive than that, but fairies are fae." It was a bit difficult to explain, but he imagined that there was no need to do so. After all, the subject was probably something that would not interest Cirrus, particularly with how impatient she was. Moreover, he did not know much about the species to begin with. As he understood it, few fae lived within Asia.

A mischievous glimmer entered his gaze at her question. "Something like that," he said pleasantly, "One attempted to eat me recently." He spoke as if this was a fairly normal occurrence, which, in hindsight, it was to some extent. Despite being a fairly peaceful individual, Nĩu Lang had always held a rather troublesome penchant for getting into fairly dangerous messes. "We're kin now."

It was bait, meant to make the young loud curious. After all, a jump from how he had gone from being in danger to befriending the source of it left a rather large question hanging in the air. He was mostly just curious as to what Cirrus would want to know.



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 Posted: Feb 28 2018, 07:41 PM
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~50, appears 17 • Cloud • Imagination • Sky


dare me to fly high
and i'll go even higher
Cirrus frowned down at the birds. They wouldn’t stop moving, making it difficult for her to get the shape of their body right… well, it didn’t matter anyway, because she should be paying attention to Niu Lang right now. She let the half-finished cloud sculpture float away, its shape gradually being lost to the wind. She had more cloud trailing behind her in case she wanted to try again, but she wanted to pay attention to where the fae story was going.


Her eyes nearly popped out of her head. ”One tried to eat you?” The mere thought of it was horrifying, being eaten by something else. And here was Niu Lang, talking about it in the same tone he would if he were talking about what he needed from the grocery store. He’d also given Cirrus the end of the story, the conclusion that would keep her from worrying too much while she drew the story out of him. Now, she could enjoy the tale without having to constantly check over her shoulder to make sure there weren’t any giant mouths lurking nearby, waiting to swallow the pair of them up.


She wanted to know everything, and about a billion questions were fighting to get past her lips, but she wanted to start at the beginning. ”Why’d they try to eat you?” she asked, gaze intently set on Niu Lang.


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 Posted: Mar 1 2018, 09:33 AM
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Very Old • Celestial Human • Balance • Aquarius Constellation


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Nĩu Lang found himself unable to keep his amusement off his face at the expression that graced Cirrus' face. It was clear that despite her answer to him she probably knew about as much, if not less, about fae as he did. For the most part, he imagined that this was not a bad thing. Aside from the fact that she was probably quite safe from any potential danger of fae, it would also make the story quite interesting for her. Of course, it was hardly the most interesting event within his recent travels, but he found himself hesitant to speak about some of the more dangerous things that had happened.

He hummed, rolling the events of what had happened with Maidie over in his mind. "She was quite young- for a fae- and still learning," he explained. He did not know much on their kind and hardly knew how long they lived for. However, what he knew from his few encounters of the few that lived in Asia and his meeting made it clear that Maidie was still quite young for one of her kind. "Moreover, her kind- a kelpie- have to eat humans to survive."

Nĩu Lang purposely did not linger upon this fact. While it was not something that bothered him, he knew that Cirrus might not understand being as young as she was. "She mistook me as one. For anyone who can tell, my scent is probably unusual, especially if one is young and inexperienced." He imagined that being a Celestial human had been what confused her. There were so few of his kind, it probably felt similar to a normal human's scent, particularly since the differences between his kind and humans primarily existed in lifespan and magic. Biologically, they were quite similar.

"From there..." His expression changed and he seemed to be caught somewhere between amusement and a scowl. "Ah, it was a bit difficult to prove that I was not human since we were in public around humans. Even when I managed to do so she seemed to have gotten it into her head that she could seduce me." Which had been...awkward. Nĩu Lang was stubbornly loyal to Zhi Liu despite the fact that she had been absent from his life for centuries. It would take a bit more than the tricks of a young fae to sway him away from such loyalty.



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 Posted: Mar 7 2018, 09:20 PM
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~50, appears 17 • Cloud • Imagination • Sky


dare me to fly high
and i'll go even higher
Cirrus listened intently, eyes sparkling as Niu Lang started telling his tale. She was starting to relate to the fae he spoke about, being relatively young and inexperienced herself, but those feelings were cut off early. Having to eat humans to survive sounded horrifying and lonely existence to Cirrus, and she even felt bad for the fae for a moment. She wanted to ask a question, but saved it as Niu Lang hurried away from that topic to continue the story, for her sake no doubt.


She was quickly back to relating with the fae. Cirrus hadn't known what Niu Lang was either, quickly assuming he was just a human the first time she'd met him. A human walking across a flock of magpies, but a human all the same. She knew better now, even if she didn't know exactly what made a Celestial human so different. When Niu Lang took a pause, Cirrus took the initiative to ask some questions. "So how did you prove it?" she asked, quickly following up with a second question, "and if she eats humans, how was she able to be in public like that?" Cirrus knew that there could be a variety of reasons, whether the fae simply couldn't be seen by mortals, or had some kind of veil, or even a human form, much like the cloud's own. She didn't like the idea of that last one very much.


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 Posted: Mar 8 2018, 07:22 AM
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Nĩu Lang's lips curved upwards at cirrus' question. "Understanding horse probably helped." It was fairly rare that humans actually understood what animals were saying fluently. To his understanding, they did enjoy trying to learn through rather extravagant manners. "However, she was convinced when I showed her I was capable of magic." He was leaving out the little details, but he was fairly sure that the story was better off without them. Cirrus was probably better off not knowing that showing that he was capable of magic actually meant that he had gave a warning shot with fire when Maidie had not listened to what he said, uncaring of the knowledge that he was not human.

He paused at the second question. "Fae tend to keep away from humans and lure them to them instead," he said after a moment, "However, they can easily blend in among humans. The one I met- Maidie- is called a kelpie. They are water horses and are capable of taking human form if they wish."



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 Posted: May 11 2018, 03:10 AM
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~50, appears 17 • Cloud • Imagination • Sky


dare me to fly high
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”You can speak horse?” Cirrus blurted out, assuming that if he could understand horse, that also meant Niu Lang could speak it. She imagined him neighing and snorting like a horse, and she couldn’t help but giggle at the thought. He was often so serious, the idea of him making silly noises like that was truly amusing to her.


Apart from the magpie bridge, which Cirrus was reasonably certain wasn’t Niu Lang’s doing, she hadn’t ever seen his magic. In truth, she really had no idea what he was capable of, as she usually only ever met him on these annual walks, and the skies didn’t hold nearly as much danger as the ground below. She wanted to know more about what he could do, but he seemed to skip over that part of the story in favour of answering her second question. She would ask him later.


”Maidie sounds scary,” Cirrus commented, sobering up from her earlier giggles. The idea of a being that ate humans while also being able to hide among them was frightening, and she felt bad for the humans who couldn’t tell the difference. She wondered if she would be able to tell if she ever met one, or maybe she had already met one and didn’t even know it? The thought was troubling, but as long as Niu Lang didn’t start talking about fae that ate clouds, Cirrus would be alright.


”What happened after you convinced her?” Cirrus asked, wanting to hear the rest of the story, even if it meant skipping over Niu Lang’s magical abilities for now.

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 Posted: May 16 2018, 09:20 PM
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Nĩu Lang found himself unable to withhold a laugh at the query. It was fairly innocent and there was something amusing in the fact that that was the first thing she had decided to ask about. "Yes," he said, quietly amused, "I come from a line of a...well, I suppose you could call them shapeshifters, hm? They could shift into horses, except it was a sort of shifting that is like akin to how one might call a werewolf a shapeshifter. They were more part-horse than anything else." Normally, he would not admit to such information. After all, his family's abilities as members of the House of the Horse were not abilities he was always keen on giving out since he had primarily had bad experiences with people knowing that information. However, Cirrus had only ever come off as innocent in his experience who actually held no interest in entering the war.

He offered a sympathetic smile at the description of Maidie. He imagined that she probably would have seemed scary to the average individual. Nĩu Lang just happened to be calm enough that most underestimated him, not realizing that there was a great amount of fire and stubbornness beneath it all. He was the sort of person who would carelessly tell off deities, uncaring of the respect they thought they deserved. As far as he was concerned, such things tended to be earned not simply given.

"Well, she is a fae," he admitted, "And a rather wild one, to my understanding." He had also gathered that that had been the fault of the person who was her guardian, who seemed to be less guiding her but telling her what to believe. It was something he had quietly disapproved of, as he had found the beliefs she was absorbing toxic and leaving no room at the moment for her to form her own beliefs.

Perhaps he was just a bit too soft, feeling sympathy for someone who had not only tried to eat him but wasted a good amount of his money. Then again, he had always been a bit soft.

His lips quirked upwards. "We went shopping," he said casually, eying the cloud to see what her reaction would be to that rather odd twist.



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