|Another Meeting, But New
||[24 Apr 2004|05:45pm]
Original RP Thread
Lucrecia had did what little she was required to do for the morning: restocking and taking count of the supplies and materials at the Kalm Inn. It had taken the owner so much longer when he had tried to do the same, so her help and efficiency was readily welcome in exchange for the temporary roof to remain under. The accounting was simple to her though, maybe too simple. Numbers and figures came just as easily to her as logic and various studies within the limited amount of books she poured over in the area. Most of the books were about homely, droning, things though. Sewing, cooking, a little bit of philosophy here and there. Eventually, she grew tired of the ten ways to peel a potato and decided to take a walk outside to clear her mind of the mindless drivel she had been trying to read. She found the solitude just a few feet from town comforting, and if there ever was a wandering beast who was curious enough to venture nearby her...Well, she had her little ways.
On her path out of the town gates, there was a small round of children that brushed passed her, too absorbed around a little brown bag to even see that she existed, talking excitedly in badly restrained tones of hush. She frowned slightly at them. It was not that she disliked children; she found them fascinating, actually. But this certain troupe seemed to be up to some sort of childish antic again. The sort that did not quite fall under 'cute.' Deciding to leave them alone instead of playing the part of the responsible and fun spoiling adult, she continued-- only to hear a distant high pitched scream.
A sharp yip of pain emitted from one of the wolf type creatures following a short crack of light. The second soon mimicked that response from another burst. They spun on their interruption, hides stinging, provoked and snapping at her. Though now cautious of the ashen scent which lingered around the compact stars being tossed experimentally up and down within her palm, it did not take long for the pair of beasts to begin advancing on her, and her step back encouraged them. Before they could get too close though, she threw the handful of fireworks down in front of them again, startling them once more with the spontaneous flashes of light and causing them to skitter back.
She was out of the child's play ammunition, but it did not stop her from bluffing and walking confidently towards the reconsidering attackers. If needed, she had a few small packs of powdered pepper, but while she took advantage of their doubt, they had decided to turn and retreat lest the next sparks hit them again. Perhaps the jolt factor she had packed into them had been a bit too much? For now though, her simple ability to have succeeded in their leave caught up with her, and the older girl sank to her knees in front of the younger.
"That was...Quite remarkable," Lucrecia finally said after finding a word for it. She offered the girl a weak smile and continued to finish her sentence for what the adjective was meant to describe, "I think you're the bravest girl I've ever seen. What's your name?"
Lucrecia had to lean her head downwards to hear the girl's small voice. Her name did not sound familiar, but then again nothing really did anymore. Still, she knew and would remember Marlene Wallace now. Repeating the name in her head just incase it would strike something; she almost did not catch the question and thought on it for a moment to decipher before replying. "Eleanor? I'm sorry, I'm not." She admitted, noting the girl's nervousness. Taking one of Marlene's small hands in both of hers, she shook it once, firmly. "My name is Lucrecia." Just Lucrecia. Whether there ever was or would be more to the name were both unknown to her.
"Those creatures didn't hurt you did they?" Lucrecia asked not seeing any apparent wounds or scratches on the girl. Relaxing as she further realized that the girl had just been frightened, as well as incredibly timid, the woman gave her a small smile to try and put her to ease with her. "Or maybe I should ask if you had hurt them since they ran away so fast. Are you practicing to get stronger with fighting against the monsters out here?"
Lucrecia was glad to hear the melody of the girl's light laughter in response to the earlier comment. But the frown that followed soon after at the remembrance of something else was not as pleasant. Instead of asking her what she was troubled over right off, however, Lucrecia looked to the three marble sized stones in the small palm. She had heard about and read a little bit on materia since she had come to the little town. From what she understood, it was quite useful to use, but other than that, this was seemingly her first time seeing it. Still, it was a bit strange that this was her first look at them and at the same time, she felt something eerily familiar about them.
"Materia…" Lucrecia began, a slender hand reaching up to brush an aquamarine orb, though she didn’t take it from its place. "It's made from condensed Mako energy. Have you ever heard of the Ancients? The knowledge and wisdom of those people is held in each of these tiny spheres, and it's that knowledge that provides the link between you and the planet's magic." That part was simple, read right out of a book. Using it on the other hand was something more to think of. There weren't exactly readily available guides on the nine steps to using materia like there were for potatoes.
"Maybe, if you have something that you really want to protect or do, the Ancients inside of this material will hear it and help you." Lucrecia surmised. She never really stopped to ask the girl if she was following or not. Marlene's bright eyed gaze and attentiveness was answer enough. "You are the link between the mind of the Ancients and the power of the planet."
"Now," Lucrecia prompted. "I don't know why you need to kill a monster with it, but if you want, maybe you can try to learn how to use the materia. I'll do what I can to help."
"All right!" Lucrecia could not hold her smile back from curving the corners of her pale rose lips more fully with Marlene's enthusiasm. Pushing herself up from the ground, she brushed the dust that clung to her pale blue jeans briefly before setting her hands to her lips. She scanned the flat horizon with her vibrant amber eyes, a literal, almost unearthly hue. She had no idea why her eyes were afflicted with the pale glow that was only noticeable in significant darkness or concentration, but for now, she did not let it bother her.
Spotting a grassless area close by marked with a large boulder, Lucrecia began walking towards it and waved the smaller girl up to follow. From the color of the materia, she assumed the dark ruby bauble to something of fire, so a good dry place would have worked best. It wouldn't do to have the whole savannah burst into flames after all. That notion reminded Lucrecia of what she was doing. She was going to try and see if she could teach this little girl if she could use something as potent as materia. The stuff that people used in real battles and enhanced weaponry.
Despite that fact though, she felt that she had to try. It made Marlene so happy. There was no guarantee that anything would come out of it. But if something did, and that something was not what she had expected, Lucrecia was ready to take full responsibility for whatever happened. Honestly, she was more afraid of what she may have been able to do with the orbs of compact power in her hands than in the other girl's purer heart.
Pulling up a few fistfuls of the dry grass which withered around the immediate border of the dusty radius, Lucrecia crouched near center to arrange the grass in a neat pile before stepping back besides Marlene.
"Do you know which is which?" Lucrecia asked her. "It's okay if we don't know too, because we can figure it out along the way. I'm sure materia will work on things that aren't necessarily 'living' so it won't hurt if we end up making some mistakes." She winked and gave Marlene a sheepish grin at her last word. "Pick one to start out with and we'll see what it can do with that grass. Make sure to let the Ancients know that we don't want to do anything too big for now though." Lucrecia cautioned while suggesting ways and ideas that may bring the orbs to life.
"Concentrate, and see if you feel anything…different. Something that wasn't there before." For lack of better words. It was hard to describe, but the feeling sounded right somehow.