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The fact that Cal didn’t make the situation uncomfortable let Axel relax quite a bit. His shoulders fell and he let out the breath he had been holding in. The last thing he wanted was for Lee to feel embarrassed or bothered by his aggressively friendly comrade. She danced gracefully and he was able to follow along as clear as day. Humans were so fascinating and she was no different. The two danced for a while before Lee passed him off to someone else. “Of course.” He said feeling a bit embarrassed that he assumed he’d have all of her time and attention.

Moving to the next partner he found that she wasn’t as fluid as Lee but she understood enough that they were able to do some more advanced moves with her. The curly haired young man continued on with his dancing and enjoyed his time with the new partner before they switched again. It was surprising to him how many people wanted to dance with him. Back in the heavens it was almost impossible for him to find someone to dance with him. It is nice to not feel so alone on the dance floor.

It wasn’t long before his partner was Cal. “We need to get her to the manor.”

“I know… I just… don’t know how to breach the subject…”

“I can invite her; she’ll being okay with it, no problem.” Cal said as casually as can be with a shrug and a grin.

“No.” Axel said shaking his head, a look of worry moved across his face. “We can’t be just, straight forward about it. She wouldn’t believe it.”

“Nah…” The casual manner of Cal received an annoyed look from Axel, “She seems like an understanding and calm person, I doubt her reaction would be a problem.”

“The problem is getting her to believe it…” Axel said with a sigh as he spun her under his arm. “How would anyone in their right minds believe what we need them to believe?”

“Maybe she’s not in her right mind; she did help a guy who fell out of nowhere. She didn’t call the cops and she let him in her house. Maybe she is what we need which is why she has stars in her eyes.” As the defeated sigh left Axel’s lips, she gave him a pat on the shoulder. “And I’ll leave you to convince her to come to the manor K? Bye.” At that Cal quickly changed partners leaving Axel confused and nervous about being the one to convince her. Crap…

The lessons soon ended and the two gods watched the students depart looking both tired and happy. The two gods exchanged looks with each other. Dancing wasn’t a form of happiness for them, it was typically just, well work related; so being in a situation where people were happy to dance and enjoying the activity.

Axel shifted his weight from one foot to the other. How was he going to get her to come to the manor? He didn’t want to make her uncomfortable by surrounding her by people she didn’t know and in an unfamiliar place. But it was honestly the only place they could have an open conversation that the whole group desperately needed her to believe. “Hey Lee…” He began meekly. “What are… the chances of you doing a house call? My friends work from a collective area and really need a refresher course before our next required dance. What is the possibility of that happened?”
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When Axel said her name, Lee turned to face him across the room. "A house call?" she echoed, expression thoughtful. "It depends, I guess. You're talking about what, general ballroom, nothing overly elaborate, right? If you have a clear room large enough it's not out of the question." She waved at him to follow and headed for her office. The decoration was spartan, with a handful of framed photos on the walls and a few certificates, including a notarized copy of her master's degree. Lee riffled through a drawer and pulled out a sheet of paper. How she identified it was clear once she handed it over: there was a line of braille at the top. "This is a list of my usual rates," she explained. "Private lessons cost a little more than the general classes, and I charge per person, but depending on how many of you there are I'd be willing to negotiate a group discount." Her system was straightforward, with fees determined based on length, frequency, and number of lessons.

"The real issue for me is getting to the place you'd prefer to use. Anywhere other than here, and time constraints can become a real issue. I'm not inflexible, but it's generally more convenient for everyone to just use the studio here. I wouldn't be able to say for /sure/ I can accommodate you until I've been there -- since my first time going somewhere can sometimes turn into an inadvertent adventure." The dancer smiled, a mix of apologetic and self-depreciating. "What's the nearest bus route, and how far from it are you?" Lee knew most of the bus routes pretty well, though she'd have to check times. "If it's more than a half-hour ride each way, I may need to charge a bit extra, since I'd be tied up longer. So I guess it comes down to how badly you want lessons there instead of here."
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A small chuckle left him at her surprise which seemed to be followed by her agreeing to give a discount. “I’m sure everyone would appreciate the discount but it wouldn’t be anything crazy. In fact it will just be the basics for work.” He said with a nod before he ran a hand through his curly hair. Crap… there was the issue of getting her to the mansion. Sure they could take the bus… as if he’d know what bus to take! There were always other options, they could walk, or fly, or… could they teleport? That would require magic… did their magic work here on earth?! None of them ever tried!

After a short chat, it was decided that the price would be discussed before the class and that Axel would come to get her. So it was no surprise that at 10am Axel was at the door of her studio waiting. However the night before played rather quickly through his mind.

“What do you mean you can’t use your powers?”
“I can’t use mine either!?”
“None in the Department of Punishments can!”
“And no one in the Department of Wishes!”
“Why would that trickster king put this on us??”
“Why do we have to rely on a filthy human to help us?”
“She may be the only way we can use our powers?!”
“We’re just lucky Axel found her.”
“And now we have to pretend like we can’t dance? That’s ridiculous! I can dance better than anyone here.”
“It was the only way to convince her to come over; this is a better option than trying to explain things to her in public.”

He wasn’t lying to her, per say. But he did have to convince her to come to the house. Now he was here, leaning up against the building waiting for her.

Human clothes felt weird compared to the clothing he wore in the heavens. They were heavier fabric and depending on the shirt they were itchy. Today a simple t-shirt and blue jeans covered his body which felt better compared to some of the other things Cal had him try on. A gentle sigh left him as he awaited Lee’s arrival.
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Lee took a few precautions. She did more or less trust Axel, but he was still a stranger, and she had difficulty telling where she was when she traveled by car, or anywhere she was unfamiliar with. The sun was warm on her face by the time she reached the street with her studio, and promised an afternoon that would be closer to hot.

"Good morning Axel." The dancer greeted him with a wave when she was close enough to make him out, a couple yards away. She carried a messenger bag over one shoulder, as well as a light jacket that she'd not bothered to put on, given the warm sun overhead. "I hope you weren't waiting long." She smiled and held out a hand to shake. "I look forward to meeting your coworkers. Did you manage to find a parking spot nearby? I know it can be hard, depending on the time of day."
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Axel shifted back and forth on his feet as he waited in front of the store. You shouldn’t go alone, What if something happened? and You have to be careful. were the phrase said to him as he left the manor this morning. His body twitched as he watched the humans walk by. His hands played with each other in nervousness. Was he okay being here by himself… without any of the other gods?

Before his panic could take advantage of him, Lee showed up to the shop. A relaxed left him as a smile moved across his face. Something about her presence made him feel at ease and he shook his head. “No, I didn’t park anywhere, I can’t drive. I have my own way of travel I enjoy.” With that he reached out and took her hand to shake it.

At that moment, the world around him pulsated for a second. A familiar feeling flushed through his body; no way! His magic was back, he could feel it. It was running through his body, through his bones, and to his very core; his magic was back. “No way…” He muttered softly to himself. Excitement shook him to his very core. Their guess was right! Axel felt like he was about to cry but before he did he brought up his hand and snapped his fingers.

Instantly they were teleported across town and the sounds of the cars on the streets were replaced by the sounds of birds and the scent of fresh air. He let go of her hand and stepped back throwing his hands up into the air. “YES!”

The door of the mansion opened and a tired looking man with an annoyed expression on his face. “Why are you so loud?”

“Oh Leon.” Axel said, his arms dropping to his side. “I brought the woman I was telling you about last night. Is everyone in the living room?” A simple grunt is what he got as a response as the annoyed Departments of Wishes leader turned around and went inside. A large hand ran across the back of his neck in embarrassment. “Sorry…” He said softly, his attention turning to the ground as he kicked a small rock with the toe of his shoe. “Shall we head inside?”
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Of all the bad things that were even remotely possible, Lee had not even thought of this one. Her surroundings slewed about into something totally different, and the entire symphony of background noises changed, everything changed. If he hadn't released her hand so quickly she would have yanked it away, but the woman was still completely disoriented. What?! To the side, she heard Axel cheering, and she briefly wondered why, but it was far more important to reorient herself.

The slack astonishment and bewilderment on her face transitioned briefly to fear, but Lee was too disciplined to let that rule her for very long. Lee lowered her head and took a deep breath to steady herself, taking several long strides away.. She heard another person besides Axel, but even two on one, she should be okay. She was fast, she was certain, and she wasn't about to let a stranger take her...wherever the hell this was. Trivial concerns like how he'd done it were beside the point, but Lee was all too aware that she had no idea where they were, and consequently no idea how to get back.

Shouldn't have trusted some random kid, Lee, she scolded herself as she considered her options. She jammed her hand into her pocket and looped the lanyard of her keys around her hand, settling the keys themselves between her fingers. She wouldn't pull it out unless she needed it, but best to be ready. "What did you do." Her words were closer to a statement than a question, and she cast about for any clue as to her location. A building of some kind, the sounds of a park or forest preserve, the smell of cut grass mixed with flowers and mulch from landscaping, the warmth of the sun on her skin....At least the last let her figure out which way was north, but that was very little help. "Where is this? What the /hell/ is going on?!"
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Axel had spent so much time feeling so happy that his magic had returned that he didn’t take into account her surprise. To him, this should be something she’d just accept and be willing to help them but… he was wrong. Very wrong; confusion moved over her face and she seemed to be incredibly uncomfortable. Biting down on his lip he shoved his hands deep into his pockets as his whole body curled up on fear and nervousness.

“I… uh… teleported us here.” He said honestly forcing through his nervousness. “As… as you may have figured out I’m not… normal. I’m sure you sensed that when we first met.” His large right hand moved out of his pocket and ran through his curly hair. How was he going to explain this? Would she understand it? Could she understand it? Would she think he was crazy… would she actually listen?

The door to the manor opened and his surprior stood in the doorway. Scorpoin stared him down before barking, “Bring the woman inside!”

To wish Axel quickly retorted. “Not if she doesn’t want to.” With that an angry Goddess slammed the door shut leaving the two out in the yard.

A sigh left Axel’s full lips as he turned his green gaze to the frightened young woman. “Lee, I know you’re probably confused, scared and… pissed but please just, just hear me out. I won’t come near you, I won’t touch you and I won’t make you go anywhere unless you want to.” He said with a serious nod, to show his promise was real he took a large step back from her and placed his hand back into his pocket.

“Or… or I’ll take you back; I will have to touch you to do it but I can take you right to your studio. But please… I’m begging you, just… just hear me out…”
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