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How to Break into a Castle (17/25/5 - )

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Courtly Von Claire
"Are we literally going to just walk in there?" she inquired.
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Nathaniel Edan
"Well, I hope not, but that's the only way I know how to get in which is where you come in."
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Courtly Von Claire
"Oh wow, thanks," she replied sarcastically. Courtly sighed and began hiking around the gate towards a nitch in the wall that she'd been sneaking out of since she was little. She gave the part of the wall a little shove and it did the rest. The small part of the wall pulled back, revealing an adult-sized hole that dropped into a tunnel into the castle. She turned to him, "Want to go first or should I?"
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Nathaniel Edan
He raised his first and it burst into flames and he waltzed in, "I'll go!"
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Courtly Von Claire
She rolled her eyes and muttered, "Show off," under her breath before jumping in after him.
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Nathaniel Edan
"Hey, this is an eco-friendly method that I think you should embrace, plus, what's the point in having powers if you don't use them?" He asked, "very eery place for the Air kingdom."
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Courtly Von Claire
"This tunnel was made a couple decades back before I was born and when the ____ line first started. It was to help soldiers easily deploy in case of rebel attacks."
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Nathaniel Edan
"Oh, right," he replied, "still. Eery."
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Courtly Von Claire
"Eery isn't going to get us through these tunnels alive," she snapped. "I don't think you should be surprised, but a lot of people know about these tunnels and how they run throughout most of the area in the kingdom near the castle. That's why when the rebels disappeared, traps were installed to keep anyone from trying to sneak in or steal things. I used to travel through these tunnels to leave undetected. There are a million traps, so stay close to me and don't distract me."
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Nathaniel Edan
He turned to grin at her, "so...it would be distracting if I were to, say, kiss you?" He asked, teasing her but he slowed down his pace.
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Courtly Von Claire
She choked a little in reply, her head reminding her of earlier. "Yes, that would be very distracting and has a ninety-eight percent chance of getting us killed."
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Nathaniel Edan
"You dying would solve this," he mused, "if you're dead, they have no one to get the crowns."
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Courtly Von Claire
"I'm starting to wonder if you came here to help me or laugh when I'm murdered." She turned a corner and paused, scanning the walls of the tunnel before continuing forward. She hopped over a particular step in the path and kept walking.
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Nathaniel Edan
He followed, only need to widen his own step to get over the trap instead of hopping, "that's a very good question. I'll get back to you on that."
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Courtly Von Claire
"Can you have the answer before my certain death?"
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Nathaniel Edan
"Sure, consider my reaction the answer."
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Courtly Von Claire
She narrowed her eyes at the darkness ahead of her. "Great," she spat sarcastically. Courtly continued navigating the tunnels, leading them past traps, and saying nothing to Nate. Soon enough, they appeared at an entry point into the castle, which led directly in Courtly's room. She didn't ask for Nate's consent and went first, opening the hatch and climbing out.
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Nathaniel Edan
After climbing out himself, he glanced the room, "cute," he said.
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Courtly Von Claire
She honestly didn't understand what was "cute" about the room. Maybe because it was neat? Who knows? After second year, Courtly had taken down all the decorations that used to cover the walls of her room and repainted the walls an azure color. The room was large of course, with a door branching off to a walk-in closet and a bathroom. Her bed was pushed against one of the walls near the door to the balcony which overlooked the lake near the castle. She barely spared her room a glance and opened the door to the hallway to peek out. "No one's outside."
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Nathaniel Edan
"Are we going to be jumping balcony to balcony? Like in the movies."
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Courtly Von Claire
She closed the door behind her and headed towards the balcony. "...Sure," she mumbled, sliding open the door and striding onto the balcony. She took a short look, briefly allowing herself to admire the view but then she turned back to Nate.
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Nathaniel Edan
He followed, looking around the room, before looking at the view, then meeting her eyes with a wink.
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Courtly Von Claire
She rolled her eyes and climbed onto the ledge of the balcony. She took a swift leap and her hands latched onto the floor of the higher balcony. She swung herself a couple of times and then flipped upwards onto the terrace.
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Nathaniel Edan
He easily followed, barely exerting himself, "this is so not like James Bond."
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Courtly Von Claire
"This isn't supposed a James Bond movie, may I remind you. We have a job, nincompoop." She reached the balcony she was looking for and peered in through the glass door to discover it was empty and smiled. "Alright, this is my father's study. Don't do anything stupid."
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Nathaniel Edan
"I don't do stupid things," he said, looking around the place, "how..." he picked up a golden globe, "extra. No wonder people want him dead."
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Courtly Von Claire
"People actually admire him for his extravagant demeanor. The Air Kingdom just adores elegance. They want him dead because they don't agree with how he rules the kingdom. Do you even keep up with politics?" Courtly muttered and then glared at him. "Put that down," she ordered sharply. "Don't touch anything. We can't let him discover anyone's here or we'll be toast."
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Nathaniel Edan
He smiled as he heard her, "we won't be toast, he'll be toast, we'll just be leaves in the wind."
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Courtly Von Claire
"I don't care if you're helping me. Touch my father and I will murder you," she seethed. The thing that frightened her was that she wasn't kidding.
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Nathaniel Edan
"Jesus, Courtney, I was only joking. Because I'm a fire user, you know? He can't make us toast but I can, because I control fire...which makes you toast. It was a joke. I'm not particularly interested in starting a war between our countries."
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Courtly Von Claire
She sighed, tapping one of her fingers to her temple. "Then don't make jokes like that. And that was a crappy fire joke." Courtly turned on her heel and headed towards the door. "Stay here, hide somewhere. Don't touch anything. If I don't come back in thirty minutes, come out of your hiding place and go back to my room." She didn't wait for his agreement before she stepped out of the study and closed the door behind her.
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Nathaniel Edan
He rolled his eyes, "I'll do that," he muttered and sat in the chair behind the desk, a ball of fire appearing in his hand and he threw it to the other hand then back.
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Courtly Von Claire
Merely ten minutes later, Courtly returned with an annoyed expression on her face. "Come on Nate, we don't have that much time. This pass expires in two hours."
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Nathaniel Edan
He got up, walking over to her, "let's hurry then."
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Courtly Von Claire
She spun on her heel, opened the door, glanced around in the hallway before stepping into it and gesturing for Nate to follow her. "Honestly, I'm glad we have an elevator," she sighed as she quietly made her way down the hallway. "Makes this so much easier."
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Nathaniel Edan
"Humans are incredibly intelligent, y'know, it's a shame none of us elementals like to recognise that."
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Courtly Von Claire
She raised her eyebrow at him. "That was a random thought," she commented. "But I can agree, yeah, humans are very intelligent."
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Nathaniel Edan
"Not really, you just said you were relieved that you had an elevator...which is a human invention," he said pressing the button, summonning it.
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Courtly Von Claire
Courtly didn't reply, just rolled her eyes and stepped into the elevator.
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Nathaniel Edan
He followed, tapping his thigh.
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Courtly Von Claire
The elevator slowly made its way down to the basement floor where it opened its doors and allowed the two to step out. Courtly walked out first and didn't wait for Nate when she continued down the path to a mini-toll looking machine. She inserted the pass and waited for it to register before the gate leading the dungeon lifted and allowed them to pass. She continued walking, crossing her arms over her chest as she did.
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Nathaniel Edan
He followed, looking around.
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Courtly Von Claire
"Her cell is going to be farther down so..." she mumbled to herself under her breath as she walked, studying the cell doors. "Aha," she mused, finding the door she was looking for. She knocked on the door to make sure the prisoner was awake, and when she got an annoyed groan, she smiled.
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Nathaniel Edan
"Are we going to be nice...during this?" He whispered gazing down at the girl.
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Courtly Von Claire
"You be bad cop if you wanna be bad cop, I don't care." She took a pair of keys out from her back pocket an unlocked the door. She then stepped into the cell, which was dimly lit by a lantern hanging above the space. "Well, hello Karly."


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Stranger
The supposed girl named Karly scowled, glaring at the princess and her accomplice. "What do you want?" she spat, shifting in the pile of chains she sat in. She looked relatively healthy and was free from injuries, but she didn't look happy.
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Nathaniel Edan
He slipped in, "oh, nothing, really, just want to have a little chat," he replied, bending down to her height, just a little bit away, enough that she couldn't reach him though, "I'm Nathanial, I doubt you know. Karly...is that short for something?"


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Stranger
"That's none of your concern," she hissed, drawing herself further into her corner. "Is this your new boyfriend? Were you so scared of me that you brought him to protect you?" she taunted.
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Courtly Von Claire
She rolled her eyes at the girl and threw the keys to Nate. "You and I both know I could beat you to a pulp by myself. His presence isn't your issue and no, he's not my boyfriend. But I understand the confusion, your jealousy gets a little saltier each day, doesn't it?" Courtly stepped closer to Karly, narrowing her eyes at the girl. "It's no secret your father has been sneaking messages down here. We've caught several White Rose officials disguised as servants trying to get down here. So, I'm going to ask you a simple question that you better answer. Are the White Roses currently planning any group attacks?"


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Nathaniel Edan
Four balls of fire began to dance around his palm, "I'd answer her if I were you. No one knows we're down here."


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Stranger
She shifted away from the light and heat of the fireballs. "...Maybe. I don't know."
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Courtly Von Claire
She stepped away from the girl and leaned against the wall, sighing in irritation. "Maybe better mean yes or no unless you'd like a couple of burns."


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Nathaniel Edan
He grinned at her, "I can also do imprints. What about a red rose? Or a dying rose? Oh, how about the Von Claire insignia on your cheek. That'd take some skill but I might be able to pull it off."
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Courtly Von Claire
She cringed a little on the inside, but further directed her glare at Karly.


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Stranger
"Fine. Yes. They're launching an attack. Will you leave now?"
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Courtly Von Claire
"Not yet. Who is the attack targeting?"


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Stranger
She glared back at Courtly. "I'm not telling you that."
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Nathaniel Edan
One of the ball of fire, darting off his palm, swished around her cheek, not enough to burn her, but enough to get the message across. "You want to try that again, sweetheart? I haven't been known to give people mercy."


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Stranger
"Well I can't if I don't know what the attack is!" she exclaimed, trying to shy away from the fire. "All I know is that it's being orchestrated by some new member who joined a couple of months ago."


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Nathaniel Edan
"Know anything about this person?" He asked, "gender, age, anything of that sort? His location?"


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Stranger
"Well if you really must know he's male. And... I think he's like, 18 or something? I don't know where he is. It's not my concern. Any more questions, jackass?" Karly retorted angrily.
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Nathaniel Edan
He grinned at the insult. "Sure, know his name?"


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Stranger
Even if Karly didn't want to be sporting some ugly burns for the rest of her life, she wore not to reveal this one piece of information so she didn't. "If I knew, I would've told you already. I don't like fire. Fire doesn't like me. I'm not risking my skin for this okay. Now if you are done, please leave me the fuck alone."
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Nathaniel Edan
He tilted his head, "hey Courtney, do you believe her?"
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Courtly Von Claire
She tilted her head and studied the girl from where stood, leaning against the wall. "Not really. We could all get out of here much quicker if you just gave us what we needed, Karly."


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Stranger
"That doesn't mean anything to me. Stay down here all you want. I have nothing else to tell you."
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Courtly Von Claire
She narrowed her eyes and tsked. "Well. Being stubborn won't get you anywhere. Wouldn't you agree, Nate?"


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Nathaniel Edan
A ball circled his extended thumb, hugging it close, and he pressed it into her wrist, "I think I just might."


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Stranger
Karly let out a scream of pain and yanked herself away from Nate. "Stop it! Stop, stop! I'll tell you!"
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Courtly Von Claire
"If that was all it took to get something out of you I swear we should've done that such a long time ago. It's been like half an hour."
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Nathaniel Edan
He wagged his thumb, "hurry it up, girl. I'm not known for patience."


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Stranger
She huffed and hugged her burnt wrist to her chest. "His name is Xerxes. I don't know his last name. Just that he's an earth elemental or something."
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Nathaniel Edan
He turned to look at Courtly with a raised eyebrow asking once more if she believed Karly but this time non verbally.
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Courtly Von Claire
She contemplated the information. It seemed valid but it was debatable. Xerxes sounded more like a codename then anything else, which meant the White Roses didn't trust Karly with any valuable information which rendered further questioning useless. She nodded and straightened her stance. "Well Karly, you enjoy the rest of your stay here. We're going to leave. Bye bye now."
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Nathaniel Edan
He winked at Karly before standing up, bouncing slightly to wake his legs up. They'd gone slightly numb, "nice meeting you!"


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Stranger
She narrowed her eyes at him and watched as they left and Courtly locked the door.
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Courtly Von Claire
Courtly turned towards Nate once they were back by the elevator. "Well, that was eventful. So, at least we know the name or at least some name. Karly said he was recruited a few months ago, which to me could be around the time I started getting those creepy messages from the stranger I met up with during that Christmas party. Now, we need a way to confront him to find out if this theory is actually true."


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Nathaniel Edan
"He's got to be around the academy area, right? 18. He'd be the age of a student."
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Courtly Von Claire
"Right. Karly said he's an Earth elemental, right? I think I know someone who can help us track him down, but they're out of town right now."
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Nathaniel Edan
"Oh, wouldn't be your brother would it?" He asked knowing he was a tri-elemental.
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Courtly Von Claire
She frowned and didn't respond as she waited for the elevator to shoot back down to the dungeon floor and for the elevator doors to open before she stepped in.


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Nathaniel Edan
He followed, "guess not," he muttered, pressing the button to the ground floor. "I gather you guys are close? I'm not really close to any of my siblings..."
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Courtly Von Claire
She gave a short and curt response of, "Very, very close. It was always just us most of the time so we didn't spend our time butting heads."


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Nathaniel Edan
"I guess you have no choice really...find friends if you're alone, regardless of who they are," he mused, "at least we got something out of her?"
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Courtly Von Claire
"Yeah..." She drifted on into thought, ignoring Nate and the world around her until they reached the ground floor.



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Nathaniel Edan
He walked through town, his hands in his pockets, silent for the most part before turning his head to ask, "are you alright? You're not usually this quiet."


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Courtly Von Claire
Courtly shrugged, taking out her phone and checking for any new messages. "Glad you noticed how much I talk on a daily basis," she retorted sarcastically.
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Nathaniel Edan
He narrowed his eyes before turning away again, "I was just asking," he muttered, shoving his hands into his pockets.


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Courtly Von Claire
She sighed and put her phone away. "Sorry... I'm just, not used to people being genuinely concerned for me, I guess. As you can tell, I'm not a very rainbows and sunshine type of princess."


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Nathaniel Edan
"I've yet to meet a princess who's full of rainbows and sunshines," he pointed out, "it's not a common thing with royals."


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Courtly Von Claire
"Then you have not met any air royals," she said with a visible shudder. "Augh, they're horrible."


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Nathaniel Edan
"I thought it was just you and whats his face, Kyle?" He asked, now confused.


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Courtly Von Claire
"I'm talking about extended family. Kyle is actually quite melancholy when he wants to be."


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Nathaniel Edan
"I did say princesses, would you consider extended family princess? I thought they were just duchesses."


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Courtly Von Claire
"You know what I mean," she deadpanned. She flipped the hood of her vest over her head as the Academy came into view.


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Nathaniel Edan
"Very inconspicuous," he replied, "I'll do it too." He slipped his jacket off and tossed it over his head, "no one will know it's me."


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Courtly Von Claire
She rolled her eyes but a small smile flickered across her face. Before the passed through the gate, Courtly stopped and turned to face Nate. "Uh... Thank you. For helping me," she muttered.
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Nathaniel Edan
He pulled the jacket off his head, "nah, it was fine, kinda fun breaking into your castle."


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Courtly Von Claire
"That makes me wonder what your definition of fun is," she responded, a bit withdrawn. "I think I'm going to go take a walk around the Academy to clear my head before I go back to sleep. It's almost morning anyway so I'll see you later." Courtly turned and began walking through the gate, her fingers clenched inside the pockets of her jeans.
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Nathaniel Edan
He watched her go before walking the other way. Probably the best option was to leave her bed.

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Courtly Von Claire
If Courtly was to be completely honest, she was reluctant to go up to Nate again and ask for help. It wasn't to keep her pride intact or whatever, it was the idea that she had planted in her head that she was bothering him. She had been pacing earlier in front of the door to his dorm and eventually decided against it, heading out of the Dorm Building and towards the main building to the cafeteria.


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Nathaniel Edan
He was walking towards his dorm with food he totally didn't steal from the cafeteria. He was sipping on a juice box, "hey Courtney," he said, "how you doing?"


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Courtly Von Claire
Her face went completely blank as he greeted her. "One, my name is Courtly. Two, fine. Three, I have a new lead." She regretted ever considering asking for his help now. He couldn't even say her name right.
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Nathaniel Edan
He, of course, knew her name for the get go, but he was a piece of shit. "Oh, really? That was quick, guess the mystery man came through. Need any help?" He asked before pausing, "are you hungry? Thirsty? I have stuff."


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Courtly Von Claire
A bit surprised, a bit cautious. "Are you okay, Nate? I honestly wasn't expecting you to be this... what's the word? Concerned? No. Caring? No. Willing? Maybe."


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Nathaniel Edan
"Willing to give up my food? I'm surprised too. But I don't think I'm going to get through it all," he mused, looking down at the food, "I know I'm a big guy and all but...yeah."


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Courtly Von Claire
She rolled her eyes and pinched the bridge of her nose. "Then why did you get so much?"
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Nathaniel Edan
"Because I was hungry...and judgement clouds over when I get hungry so, I didn't think much about it," he replied, "what's the lead?"


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Courtly Von Claire
"So you know how Karly mentioned the new member was an earth elemental? I was just wandering stuff, and I overheard a couple of students talking about a new kid named Xerxes. So I looked into it with that friend I mentioned a couple of days ago, and it turns out he's an earth elemental who came to the Academy a month before Christmas."
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Nathaniel Edan
"We've found the culprit then," he replied, "you ever met him?"


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