Eli opened her eyes, and the slime-harpy found herself in a familiar space. The Djinn-Sisters’ home dimension, right where Deni had told her she’d appear. She breathed out a bit in relief, and a little in regret, because the hectic battle was over for her and it felt like she really hadn’t contributed that much. Still, she now looked towards…
Violet and Sakura were off to one side, busy stuffing what looked to be cards in red envelopes. When Eli appeared they quickly threw a cloth over the table, which subsequently seemed to have vanished in a puff of cold air and sound of liny bells as the cloth dropped flat on the ground. The two quickly ran over and gave their friend a hug. ”You made it! Are you hurt? Do you need anything?”
It was clear that Mariette wasn’t with her. A look of concern flashed for a moment as Sakura dragged over a giant pillow for Eli. ”Where’s Mariette? Is she alright?”
Her sister ran around behind some tapestry to retrieve something and came back with a couple goblets moments later.‘Violet, Sakura…’
Eli said, seeing them run towards her and raised her own wings as they hugged around their slime-friend. She wasn’t really about to question what they were doing, because all that was on her mind right now was… ‘Deni… Deni’s alive. Deni’s alive!’
she had to repeat for her friends, small tears (of slime) as she was still in the hug. Sakura pulled over the pillow and a somewhat overwhelmed Eli sat down on it, feeling a little awkward.‘Mariette’s alright, she was escaping. We were attacked by Justine, as we expected, but we didn’t expect her to bring Beacon with her. Fortunately, we brought allies of our own…’
Eli said, watching the goblets being brought up. ‘The dimension was breaking apart, but we were making a successful escape. Then… Deni came charging at me… But why was Deni…?’
Eli thinks for a bit, perplexed.
The two girls only had the minimal amount of information of what had been likely to happen. Whatever transpired sounded intense but they were mostly in the dark. The two shuddered as they sensed another arrival. They knew who it was as they’d let her in. The djinn girls vanished as several candles around the room were lit with sparks of electricity. The new arrival took a step and her magic traveled across the floor and crisscrossed under the pillow. Beneath the slime girl a magic circle lit up, prepared in advance to ensnare her. Ordinarily being this many steps ahead was tough on a good day, but it always helps when you have insider information.”Eli.”
Janet stated calmly as she took a few steps forward. ”Sorry for the surprise. Your sister requested assistance in making sure you were safe. ”
Most of the time she would simply offer the option to be purified in some form of fashion. Knowing that she was almost certain to resist the precautions were put in place to prevent either one of them being harmed as much as possible.
Eli thought a bit, reflecting on what she’d heard. Deni had said she’d save her sister from the horror. Oh. Deni didn’t seem affiliated with Asengav anymore. Then, this odd way of transporting her out, and requesting she put a sleeping curse on herself… Eli connected everything quickly. And of course… that was unacceptable. She had to esca-‘KAH-!?’
Eli recoiled as her friends vanished and candles showed up, raising her wings over her eyes in alarm. With the candles there, Eli’s slime slightly destabilized, dripping off her like she was slowly melting, and she winced back in pain from the candles into the pillow. From there she was completely unable to do anything about the magic snares of the magical circle. Th-they were going to free her… ‘… AAH-!’
As part of the mind-bending, even the idea of freedom was painful to Eli. The idea of being freed caused an unnatural fear of Asengav himself, a promise of what he’d do to someone who escaped.
As a result, Eli desperately tried to flail against the bindings. Probably to no avail, given her less-than-impressive stat-sheet and the present banes.
Janet had never experienced her bane when she had been under Justine, so she could only imagine how it felt. Holding out a hand she stabilized the circle holding Eli. Raising her other hand she began to use her Psychic spec to get into the monster girl’s head. Thus far Janet had not shown much success in controlling others with her magic. This was not really the same thing and she’d already proven much more effective at breaking the control others may be under. A horror’s control was not quite the same as a magical girl’s, but Deni had given some benchmark to work with. Still the process would take several minutes but with the passing of time Asengav’s implanted grip was loosened.
Somewhere during this time, Deni manifested inside the Dimensional Home, and wasted absolutely no time-‘Eli!’
she shouted out, skipping next to the ritual currently taking place. Deni, kind of regretted it immediately. There was absolutely nothing she could do, except watch Eli restrained and in pain before her. Looked like Janet had it all under control. ‘H-how’s it going?’
Deni asked with a worried voice, eyes fixed on her sister.
Janet remained calm as Deni came over. ”I’m making headway.”
So much so that the girl felt relaxed enough to look down to the tiny samurai. She considered asking about Mariette, but perhaps this was enough stress. ”I expect to be done in a couple minutes. She will probably be out at that point. She should wake up shortly from there and we can discuss your options.”
As expected Eli did pass out. There wasn’t really any indication of when the process finished until Janet ended the magic circle and began to make rounds putting out the candles. She moved the slime girl over to one of the large pillowed seats and they waited for her to come to.
Eventually, after having had Deni stand watch over her possibly unnecessarily for basically the entire time, nervously checking her with Reinforcement magic to check if she needed healing in any sort of way, Eli started to wake up. She grunted, her slime gathering up a bit again, lifting a wing to rub at her eyes.‘Eli!’
Deni immediately called, leaning forward over her. ‘Are you alright!?’‘Deni…’
Eli whispered her name, and remembered all that which had happened previously, but didn’t yet know what it had done. ‘Wh-what happened…?’
Eli asked, looking with a bit of fear towards Janet. She found that the Beacon girl was sitting down rather relaxed with her hands folded in her lap. "Hello Eli. How are you feeling?"
She gave a soft smile. ‘Doing…?’
Eli asked, wincing. ‘You restrained me and put a bunch of my bane around me, how do you think I’m doing? I got to get back to-’
she blinked a bit. ‘-wait.’
Why exactly did she want to get back to- ‘Oh.’
Her eyes trailed to Deni. ‘You… you saved me, didn’t you?’
Deni basically immediately burst into tears and fell down on Eli to hug around her. ‘Eliiii…!’‘Ah…’
Eli winced a bit at the hug, but… ‘You’re… not a monster-girl anymore, huh.’‘You beeet! I’ve been through some weird stuff you wouldn’t believe…!’
Deni called through sobs and hugging. Her sister was free from Asengav’s mind-bending~!‘You recruited the Djinn Sisters and members of Beacon to help, too…’
Eli thought on all the things that she’d have to have done to get where she was. ‘How many people there were there to save me…?’‘Haha, not all of them!’
Deni said with a chuckle, still squeezing Eli and crying. ‘I had to get to you before Justine or Alicia could kill you…!’ ‘Oh, so THAT was why Lily threw Mariette at you… you were going to save Mariette too and had talked to Lily beforehand, hadn’t you?’
Eli was looking up in the ceiling just looking back at the battle as she now knew this, her wings slowly closing over Deni, too. ‘Yepp!’
Deni said. ‘She’s all alone and afraid now. Who knows what kind of danger she might get into without us! We got to go save her too, right?’‘Definitely…’
Eli sighed out, patting the crying Deni. ‘I’m proud of you, Deni. You risked so much. I’m so happy.’‘H-hey,’
Deni looked up at her with a grin. ‘I’m the older sister, I’m supposed to be comforting you! … Hahaha,’
she said and then laughed, because of course she wasn’t entirely serious.‘Tihi,’
Eli replied to the laugh with a little giggle of her own, and then the two twins could laugh and giggle amongst themselves for a bit, for the first time in a long time.
The moment was touching. Watching the reunited twins made Janet think about her own sister. They really didn't get the chance to relax like this all that much lately. Hopefully things would calm down a bit so the two could try and have some fun. With a warm smile she scooted closer to the edge of her chair and leaned forward. "You two are adorable."
She paused for a moment just to take in the scene. Unfortunately they weren't quite done yet. There was still another matter to attend to.
Keeping her smile the blonde brushed her hair back. "Not to kill the mood, but from what I understand there is still more to do. The mind bending was the first part, what are you going to do now?"
She summoned her backpack that Jenna had been carrying. While they answered she opened up the backpack and glanced at a note in it briefly.‘Tihi, you hear that? We’re adorable,’
Eli reported to her sister with a smile.‘I’d totally have preferred being sexy, but I’ll take adorable~’
Deni told, grinning in turn.‘Nope. Child magical girls. Act your age,’
Eli told back.‘Anyways, yes!’
Deni jumped back on her feet and grasped her fists and looked towards Janet excitedly. ‘Her connection to Asengav needs to be severed! There’s things that can do that, red coins and other purifying magic-changing things, we just need to find some! I’d rather she doesn’t have to join Beacon, but, if we go to the Sanctuary there’s got to be options!’
Deni reports, looking hopeful indeed.‘… Ah, yeah, Penny definitely has those,’
Eli reports, slight smirk on her lips, looking towards Janet. ‘Mariette kind of delivered them to her… on your request,’
Eli said, looking towards Janet.‘Oh, really!?’
Deni looked impressed.
While she was listening to the conversation as it bounced back and forth she rummaged through her backpack. Eli spilling that Janet had been in contact didn’t elicit a direct response. Instead she pulled out one of the potions Deni had heard of, a Red coin, and a White coin. She set them down on a nearby table. ”There are a few things to explain with these. Especially since you are twins. The potion will purify you and you will no longer be a monster girl. We haven’t ever tested it with a Twinned Soul but both of you should need to take half. You two are different right now so I’m not sure if that might do anything.”
Her hand had been on the potion before moving to the Red coin.”The Red coin can change some or all aspects of your magic. You will both need to use it and depending on how much you choose to change it can join your soul back together and you both will become a single girl.”
Moving on to the last. ”As you said, with the White coin you will be joined into Beacon. Eli will be purified and no longer be a monster girl. You will both still need to use it so that will induct both of you. I understand if you’re hesitant to choose this one but it will also grant you the protective power of the ShineSpark. Asengav and others will not be able to affect your mind or soul so long as you possess it.”
They both watched Janet pick up the things… ‘Oh, you already got the things for us!? Aw, you’re so sweet~!’
Deni said, beaming at her.‘Uh. How much are we going to owe you?’
Eli asked automatically, her more cautious mind interjecting.
They listened to Janet’s explanation, both focused as they went through the items, and…‘We definitely want to remain two,’
Deni asserted confidently. ‘I don’t know if there’s that much about ourselves we want to change. Maybe Red Coin and only change the patron?’
she suggested, looking towards Eli.‘Eeh. We’re pretty recognizable like this. We may want to change what we look like, if Mariette comes looking for us,’
Eli replied, looking over at Deni. ‘A camera might have seen you saving me. Then they’re definitely coming for you.’‘Ahahaha, I can pick how I want to look. It’s you we’re thinking about. Want to remain a monster girl?’
Deni asked.‘Not if you’re not one,’
Eli said, beaming a bit at Deni. Deni blushed the slightest and smiled.‘Right. I don’t want us tied to Beacon. No offense, but we just served a really bad master for a long time, I’d like us to remain unattached for a while~’
Deni said, smiling to Janet.‘Maybe the potion will do, then?’
Eli suggested. ‘If all we want is to make me not a monster anymore and sever my attachment to Asengav, isn’t that exactly what it does?’‘Assuming no nasty side-effects because twins~’
Deni followed up with a grin.
Nodding in answer to the question Janet smiled. ”Yes. It can purge the connection to corrupted patrons. Your appearance will necessarily change as you will become a normal magical girl. I don’t anticipate any negative effects. It’s just you two are quite different from one another so I cannot guarantee the exact results.”
Couldn’t say she didn’t blame them for not choosing to join Beacon. Going from one extreme to another probably wouldn’t be her first choice either. Well… maybe. Circumstantial. She had been no fan of Father so going back to Beacon had been easy.‘Alright…’
Eli said, breathing out. ‘Then that should-’‘Wait,’
Deni interrupted, her eyes suddenly sharp. ‘Waaaaaait, wait wait,’
she insisted, Eli looking over and tilting her head curiously. Deni looked at Eli all excitedly. ‘Maybe, just maybe, this is our chance to game the system!?’‘Uh.’ ‘I’ve been theorizing, and I think someone used one of those Red Coins on me, when I became like this. Thing is, I decided to be smug, and then I could choose everything I wanted about myself. If we talk about this, we can decide how we’d like everything about ourselves. It. Could. Be. Amazing,’
Deni said with extremely focused eyes and the frown of determination towards Eli.‘…’
Eli looked a little lost, but. ‘Do we have time to think about this?’
she instead asked Janet, providing a little smile though looking (whatever is the expression when anime characters have their eyes go happy but with eyebrows that go in the opposite direction of a frown).
Leaning back a bit Janet seemed to give it a little thought. She really didn't want to leave this to chance. It would also be good to report if she had been able to convert or whatever Mariette's closest allies. Not that she wanted to abuse such terms, but any good news she could deliver would help keep her out of hot water. After a bit she sighed. "I will be staying here for a little while longer in case Mariette decides to show up. Beyond that I will extend the offer but my ability to provide it could end at any time."
She got quiet. Well aware that she could get in trouble for, well, just about anything at this point. She stood up and seemed to prepare for the event should the other girl arrive. ‘I… don’t think she will,’
Deni said, sighing a bit. ‘I tried getting her first, but she escaped with the other champions of Asengav. I almost had her, but…’
and she sighed again. ‘Second time’s going to be a lot harder…’ ‘Hm. Still, Deni did raise a potentially good point. Let’s take the Red Coin, and see what kind of improvements that could be made, while making sure we stay two,’
she eventually said, looking to Janet. ‘Is that acceptable?’ ”Of course.”
She paused her work and took up the Red coin. Turning she offered it to them.
Eli sighed a bit as she took it with her slimy wing. It did feel different, knowing this form was made out of the darkness of Asengav. ‘It’s better we use it as soon as possible. Asengav may be able to track me through our connection…’
Who knows how far the powers of an interdimensional horror reached.‘… Alright, but let’s try having a little fun with it, alright?’
Deni asked, as she grabbed the other end of it with her hand.‘What’s your definition of fun?’
Eli asked, but giggled a bit. She looked to Janet. ‘… I have something I need to tell you later. All of you, actually. As many of you as possible… a bit later. For now, we’re using this coin,’
Eli said, and Deni nodded.
The two exchanged looks with Janet, and then they held the coin together. Together, they closed their eyes, and, with a slight glow…