It was a cold night. Normally, the Lunar Elementals would be thriving from this. However, Victoria was also thriving from this too. She didn't have to worry about getting up early, as she didn't attend many classes -- especially since she thought of her masterplan. The only classes she bothered to attend were Caolan's classes. Currently, she sat on a bench, that was near the Fireball Field. She had played a bit of poker and won a decent amount of money, so she made some purchases on Earth.
The moon was bright in the navy night, but Aspen wasn't at the Fireball Field to relax. The area was deserted, except for a single person besides Aspen herself: the very Elemental she was here to inspect. Standing a few metres away from Victoria, she was facing her back. Aspen stared directly at the back of her head, blending in with the shadows. She wasn't trying to blend in, it was just the effect of her powers. Any person who tried to look at her would clearly see her.
Victoria grabbed her bag, which contained the said purchases. The first thing that she pulled out was a small black box, containing a ring. This ring was similar to Victoria's trademark crown ring, but it was in another colour. "When the cats come out, the vamps come out to play. The dawn is here, be gone, be on your way." She sang the lyrics to a song called Morning After Dark.
Aspen observed Victoria. She watched her pull out items from a shopping bag. Aspen didn't recognise the label, so she assumed it must've been from Earth. Aspen had only been to Earth twice. Honestly, Aspen looked like the perfect example of a stalker at that moment. She decided to keep note of Victoria's activities until she noticed her. Then, she'd begin questioning her.
Victoria pulled out one last thing - a brown envelope. It did contain something, but Victoria was careful enough to not pull it out from the envelope. Instead, she sighed and put it back in the bag. "I don't even feel bad for what I'm doing. Maybe the doctor was right when they diagnosed me." She stopped her singing and started laughing to herself.
Victoria was completely unaware of the person behind her. "Hmm, what to do now before I end up passing out." She mumbled to herself. She then got out her phone and called Newton's number, but to no avail. "He must be asleep, ugh."
Aspen couldn't get a glimpse of the contact's name or face. Was it an accomplice? Was it just an ordinary friend? So far, the only suspicious thing about Victoria was the envelope, and even that could've been a plain object. Aspen didn't want to doubt the intel she had received, but that was exactly what she was doing. Nonetheless, she was glaring at the back of Victoria's head.
As Victoria got up, Aspen remained in her position, only turning her head to wherever she decided to move. Was Aspen really going to follow this girl to her house? That was an invasion of privacy, and she didn't want to get into hot water with the Edans. Maybe she'd properly hide herself and follow her... unless Victoria spots her. It did seem that observing her would lead to better results than outright confronting her.
Aspen now began following Victoria. Footsteps barely making a sound, she merged with the shadows and went where Victoria went. Only Lunar Elementals or those with an extremely keen eye would be able to notice her.
When she reached the end of the street, Victoria stopped. She contemplated whether to call a taxi or just walk. "I'll continue walking." She decided. However, she became a little more unsettled. "Ugh I always feel like someone is watching me at this time."
Aspen narrowed her eyes at that statement. Did Victoria always voice every thought, or was she making a subtle remark at Aspen's presence? Nonetheless, she continued following Victoria, gradually beginning to get closer to her with every step.
Aspen reached Victoria's house. God, was she honestly going to walk into her home? That was quite a big violation of someone's privacy. On top of that, Victoria was an Edan. However, that was also the reason Aspen needed to see what she was up to. Besides, the intel came from a reliable source, and as long as one detail about her was suspicious, she would not stop. So, she walked into her house.
Victoria's home was well lit-up--it wouldn't be easy to hide in the shadows. Crap. Still, Aspen waited for Victoria to leave to the kitchen. She then quickly grabbed Victoria's bag and and made her way to a different room without making a sound. Hopefully, Victoria would think she had misplaced her belonging. Aspen would leave it after sifting through its materials. She was hiding in the closet.
Victoria remembered that she hadn't closed the door. She went back into the living room and closed the door, not noticing that her bag was missing. She then headed back into the kitchen and got the Cheetos and the soda can, before walking back into the living room. She sat down on the sofa, finally noticing that the bag had gone. "I'm pretty sure I left my bag there. Oh well, I'll look for it later." She then turned the TV on. Having gotten one of her "followers" to hack her TV so that she could get various Earthen channels, she set the channel on HBO because Game of Thrones was on.
Aspen looked through her items. Jewelry, other Earthen things--and the letters. As a Lunar Elemental, she was easily able to see in the darkness of the closet. She proceeded to read the contents and... her suspicions were correct. Victoria's letters were going to get her brothers killed. Aspen quickly took pictures of it, flash enabled on her phone, then stuffed them back in her bag. She left the closet and was beginning to get back to the living room, stopping the moment she saw Victoria inside.
Where was she supposed to leave the bag? If it was randomly lying around, Victoria would know that someone was there. Aspen had to leave it at a normal place. She crept her way to the kitchen, carefully placing the bag on the counter. She had enough information on Victoria; it was time to leave.
Aspen tiptoed back to the entrance of her house, opening the door and closing it behind her. Unfortunately, the adrenaline pumping in her caused her to shut the door rather loudly. She quickly merged with the shadows.
Victoria was angry. She walked towards the door and shouted. "I know it's one of you Lunars! There's no one else who is active enough at this time to trespass! When I find out which one of you trespassed, you're going to be dead meat!"
It was the next day, and Aspen was back at the Academy. It was lunchtime, and she was sitting at the very corner of the cafeteria alone, wearing sunglasses despite the time of day. Although she wasn't here to spy on Victoria (she was looking for any suspicious behaviour), the Edan decided to show up.
Luckily, not many people knew of Victoria's plan. Only those who knew her knew of it. For the first time, Victoria felt alone. She walked in, ordered a bottle of water and a chicken wrap, before sitting at a table by herself.
Of course, Victoria had decided to sit at the table right next to Aspen's. Aspen still lay low. Now that she knew of Victoria's plan, she had to find some way to expose it, and the threat would be eliminated. Firstly, she had to find a way to rediscover her assassination plan, because the way she found out was highly illegal. Besides, Victoria would now be wary of Lunar Elementals, so Aspen couldn't walk up to her and ask her.
Victoria tried to cover the visible bags under her eyes, as she didn't get much sleep. She drank some of her water, before getting out her phone and calling Newton again. She was wearing her new crown ring. When Newton still didn't pick up, Victoria put her head on the table out of frustration. She quickly stopped this, as she remembered that there was one other person she needed to call. She made the call, making it brief as after two minutes, she hung up.
Cousin? Intel? This other girl must have been Victoria's spy, aiding her with her plan to kill her brothers. It would be easier to 'interrogate' her and get information out of her than Victoria. A plan began to click in Aspen's brain as she continued eavesdropping on their conversation.
Mutiny? Interesting, but Aspen would look into that later. Her plan consisted of literally abducting Grace and interrogating her whenever she left the cafeteria and was alone. Unfortunately, her own spies did not reside in the Academy, so she would have to do the dirty work herself this time.