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    "Looks like we'll be having our usual company."

    Shen glanced up from the egg he was peeling, the last item left on his plate for that morning, to see what Raven was talking about. In a few moments he and his mentor were surrounded once again by Khaalida's group. Even the way they had briefly announced their arrival and choose their seats seemed to become routine, more normal. Shen eyed Raven's plate discretely, judging how much more time they would spend having their meal based on her remaining food. The new company would surely extend the stay, since there would be more to distract Raven from her food.

    Shen groaned inwardly, and tried to not think about the time that was going to be wasted.

    In contrast to the barely neutral expression Shen held, Raven's lips curled into a smile as their new company surrounded them. She could not help but to at least give Acasis a small wave as she took her seat, but she learned better than to offer much more than that. "Good morning Khaalida, Graegor, Acasis, and..." She turned her head towards each person as she greeted them, then paused as she stared at Alameth, struggling to recall his name. "Al...ameth?"

    Shen glanced back towards Khaalida, unable to detect that anything was amiss or anything about the conflict between her and the spirit she harbored. "Training has been going well. I'm learning a lot still. Raven is helping me prepare for the next ritual already."

    "Yes, Shen has been a very teachable apprentice. As for his personality... He means well, let's leave it at that." Raven covered her white grin behind her pale fingers, peering mischievously over her hand as she gauged Shen's reaction. Her eyes squinted, betraying smiles of their own, when Shen opened his mouth to say something and decided to respond with a loud sigh instead.

    After regaining her composure, she glanced towards Khaalida once more. A question hung at the end of her tongue, and then she swallowed it, offering the group a closed lipped smile. "Are things going well with your group?" She asked, posing the question to the entirety of the crew that had joined the table.

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    Raven greeted their whole group with a friendly smile on her face. Alameth just nodded in awe when the mage stumbled over his name. Khaalida pushed down the tiny twinge of jealousy that small act caused. First she was monopolizing all of her best friend's time and now she had Alameth acting like a shy, love-struck child. She kept her gaze towards Shen, telling herself that she was being ridiculous.

    Khaalida's eyebrows raised when she heard he was already getting ready for the next ritual. At Raven's words though, Khaalida surprised herself when she actually had to bite back a snicker, which she couldn't hold back when he just sighed in response. She knew about Shen's personality all too well. In ways it infuriated her, but at the same time, she was thankful for it. Because of it, she'd had a constant friend, one she could always rely on throughout her time at the Tower.

    Khaalida looked towards Raven when she asked how the group was doing, but she didn't get the chance to respond. Greagor beat her to it.

    "As all good science does, it takes time for a results to come to fruition, but so far, the information I've gathered has been very forthcoming and thus helpful," he drawled out. Khaalida tried to hide the annoyance that wanted to come forth. To her, it sounded like he was just trying to dance around the fact that he still had no idea how to help them. Rather than his comment including how the group itself was doing, it all turned into an answer about how his own research was coming along. Instead of comment on it, she just bent her head down and took a bite of the roll that Rakan had been foaming at the mouth for since she had put it on the tray. He moaned out happily in the back of her mind and she had to bite back a laugh. She looked up quickly, the smile still on her face from Rakan and her eyes met Greagor's who was giving her a calculated look.

    She forced the smile off her face quickly and went back to her food.

    "What are your plans for your next ritual, Shen?" Greagor pressed which made Khaalida's ears perk up.

    "Is it going to be hard?" Khaalida's eyes widened and she turned to look at who had posed the question. Acasis, who never ever talked to anyone beside her or Alameth, was looking directly up at Shen. The younger girl was leaning forward, fixing Shen with her eyes which were full of excitement and interest. Khaalida almost choked on her food.
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    Both Shen and Raven paused to exchange a glance at the sound of Acasis's voice. Clearly they were not the only two that were surprised by her sudden participation in the conversation, as a sudden quietness loomed over the table. Before too much time had passed, Raven offered Shen a nod, a go ahead to address the questions that were posed to him.

    "I am going to undergo what is known as an Awakening," Shen began. "The ritual is supposed to help condition my body to consume extract autonomously. It will hopefully help me control my magic more readily and more efficiently so that I can begin mastering higher level spells." Shen's fingers tapped against the top of the table nervously, his eyes lying low to watch them move. "From what Raven has taught me about it so far, it's going to be extremely difficult. After a long fast I am meant to meditate under the cold waterfalls in the Springs of Ilya, which will hopefully trigger my body to seek energy from extract."

    "Truthfully, I'm actually a little nervous for it."

    "There is a lot of work to be done before it is time for the ritual," Raven added. "As long as Shen continues putting forth the effort he has shown me so far, the Awakening will just be a trivial task on his way to magehood." She smiled as she watched Shen turn his gaze modestly. "Maybe he might even grow to be Miss Acasis's mentor, even." The mage raised an eyebrow quizzically, curious to see how the young apprentice would react.

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    Khaalida was torn. She couldn't tell which was more interesting. Shen's declaration, or Acasis's sudden and intense interest in Shen. She had to fight herself to keep from looking back and forth at the both of them since she was sitting smack-dab between them. She settled herself with leaning back and watching Acasis's eyes light up out of the corner of her eyes while she kept nibbling on her food, much to Rakan's approval.

    A wry smile pulled at the corners of Khaalida's lips when Shen mentioned the fast. She was tempted to make plans to eat as many sweets and other favorite morsels of Shen's in front of him as she could, but when he mentioned his nervousness, she reigned in those ideas and let them simmer out. She looked up at him, not sure if she should say something consoling or not, but was spared the decision when Raven spoke up again.

    Raven's made Khaalida feel both pride in her friend's abilities, but also a small twinge of that jealousy that she was finding harder to shake than she liked to admit. But that was also quickly forgotten when Raven made the comment about Shen maybe even becoming Acasis's mentor in the future. The young girl's eyes widened to the size of dinner plates and her cheeks redder than the tomato slices on Khaalida's tray. She bit back a giggle and shoved another bite in her mouth to keep it busy.

    "Th-that could happen?" The young mage stuttered out, her big eyes finding Raven's. Khaalida was tempted to ask Acasis if she realized she would have to spend a lot of time with Shen. Talking. Somehow, she managed to bite the comment back to keep from further embarrassing the small girl. Acasis glanced over at Shen again but almost immediately casting her eyes down again, averting her gaze while she fidgeted with her hands in her lap. Khaalida raised an eyebrow, shaking her head slowly while she leaned towards Shen and whispered conspiratorially to him.

    "I had no idea you had such an avid admirer," she fought to keep the smile off her face, but it wasn't working too well. Her eyes roamed over towards Raven but instead, her gaze got caught on Greagor. He had a bored look on his face while he looked between Shen and Raven, ignoring his food while he leaned his chin on his hands which were folded together. His little finger kept twitching. Khaalida shrugged inwardly and focused back in on the conversation.
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    Raven let out a short chuckle in response to the reaction she solicited from the Acasis. She directed a smile in Shen's direction before looking back to the girl, her lips curling to display her entertainment from the subject. "It certainly could. Honestly, I think it would be a good match." She held her thumbs and forefingers in front of her, in a way that they formed a frame around the trio in front of her.

    Of course, Shen did not fail to notice Acasis's starstruck reaction. Although flattered, he was sure not to convey any hint of it, choosing to fiddle with the plate in front of him. He did let out a brief chuckle, more like a quick huff through his nose, at Khaalida's comment. "Neither did I," he replied softly, veiling his response from the others. "Hopefully I can live up to her perception of me." He stopped fiddling with his plate then, directing his attention back at Raven, who was still entertaining herself by playing with the young Acasis's imagination.

    Shen sat silently, his eyes following his mentor's lips as she spoke, waiting for a moment that he could interject. Reflecting on the idea that the young Acasis might have admired him in one way or another only fueled his need to continue pushing himself further, and prepare for the challenges that lay ahead. Eventually, he found his moment. "Raven."

    The mage halted her banter, glancing back to her charge. "Hmm? Oh, it's about that time, is it?" She gave an amused sigh before rising to her feet. "Thanks for the company, everyone. It's about time we continue Shen's training. As you can tell, he is grumpy when he isn't learning." She offered the group a polite nod before backing away from the table, and Shen followed suit.

    Upon returning to Raven's chambers, Shen was given the reading that she wished for him to complete that day. "Don't forget to practice your meditation," she told him after placing the stack of tomes in his arms. "Find me if you have questions about anything that you read."

    Shen chose to spend the rest of that morning in his own room, reading through the book that Raven mentioned described the first Awakening. This was then then followed by the reading ofThe Life of Ilya Tanyelle. He was hardly halfway through the second book by the time dinner time rolled around, and he chose to finally take a break. He dropped onto his bed, closing his eyes for a few minutes. He had no appetite, there was no time for more food. There was time to focus on meditation. It was not only a focus of his training, but it might help him recount the crash history course he was given for the day.

    He collected the red beads that Raven had given him and seated himself on his bed. After closing his eyes, his fingers began to fidget with the red extract, flicking the beads regularly, as he drifted into a neutral state like Raven had taught him to do.

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    Khaalida tried to pass off the feeling she got when Raven mentioned a good pair and the fact that she had inadvertently been encompassed in the frame of Raven's fingers due to her seating place. She busied her mind with the food in front of her, telling herself to stop acting so childish. Raven's further jokes and comments to Acasis had a plethora of emotions shooting across the young apprentice's face. Khaalida couldn't remember a time where she'd ever seen Acasis's face so red before.

    Shen spoke up, causing Raven to pause in her jesting as she looked back at her apprentice. Khaalida followed her gaze and frowned slightly as Raven bid them all farewell, she and Shen leaving shortly after. Khaalida's eyes watched them leave the dining hall before her gaze fell on Greagor again who was also watching the duo, his little finger twitching even more. He sighed and turned his attention back to their group, his finger stilling while he went back to eating.

    You're still apprehensive about your new makeshift mentor, Rakan's voice was more of a statement than a question. She dipped her head once in answer. Why?

    She shrugged. She didn't really know why. It had just been her, Alameth and Acasis for so long. To have a Mage incorporating himself into their routines and disrupting what was normal for them was just a change she was having trouble getting used to. He was there to help them though, she should be glad for his interference, but she was still having trouble coming to terms with it.

    "Khal?" Acasis's small voice pulled her from her thoughts while she looked over at the younger girl.

    "Hm?"

    "Do you think it could happen? Like, really happen?" Her eyes almost pleaded Khaalida to say yes. A small smile pulled at her lips and she made a show of thinking it over.

    "Well, I don't see why not. A Mage's mentor isn't required to be of the same magical type. The High Council chooses them based on what experiences the Mage can share with their apprentice and the areas of the apprentice's abilities that they believe need work. So, I'm absolutely confident that if you start slacking off, there's a good chance they'll pair you with someone like Shen whose almost too driven at times," she winked.

    "Is that why you slack off?" Alameth shot out and Khaalida turned to him, casting him a glare. He just smiled coyly and went back to his food.

    "On the contrary though, Khaalida, if she were to slack off, there'd be just as high a chance of them not pairing her with him because he would have no interest in someone who doesn't seek to better themselves," Greagor drawled while he examined a piece of meat on his fork like it was a bug under a microscope. Khaalida blinked at him, it almost felt like he had directed that statement at her. She schooled her features and stabbed one of her tomato slices with a lot more force than necessary.

    "That's a good point, sir. That said, Acasis, you shouldn't slack off either way. If you're ever given a mentor, it'll be whoever is just right to teach you," she mumbled.

    "With my research, you guys will get mentors. Once we learn more about your magic, there will be nothing different between you and the other apprentices. You can be sure of that," Greagor said matter-of-factly.

    Khaalida nodded, she still had her doubts, but she bit her tongue. The group fell into an awkward silence until they were finished eating and began their trek back to the training room.

    I'm going to hang out a little longer, little mage. Rakan said in the back of her mind and she nodded lightly.

    Acasis was walking beside Khaalida while both Alameth and Greagor led the way with Alameth talking animatedly about their so-called 'findings' with their last experiment. Acasis leaned in close and gestured for Khaalida to bend down. Once she was in whisper distance, the little girl spoke up quietly.

    "Do apprentices and their mentors ever fall in love?"

    Khaalida's eyes widened while she looked down at the little girl. She was full of surprises today. "What brought that on?" She asked, narrowing her eyes.

    A blush spread over her cheeks while she shuffled her feet awkwardly. "Oh, I was just wondering," she mumbled out. Khaalida's brows raised and she bit back a smile. No doubt the younger girl was thinking of what Raven had brought up earlier. She sighed, ignoring the thought of Shen and Raven together that plagued her mind from the girl's innocent question.

    "Well, it's not unheard of. If they grow close enough to each other, it could happen," she offered Acasis a warm smile and the girl grinned back, light glimmering in her eyes. How had she never realized the younger girl's fascination before?

    When they got back to the room, Greagor went off to a corner to write in one of his journals so Alameth decided to use her as a study buddy. He was surprised when she didn't fight him on the subject. Normally Khaalida would try anything she could to get out of doing anything remotely work related. After about the hundredth time she yawned though, Alameth tilted his head while he fixed her with his gaze.

    "Didn't sleep well last night?"

    "Didn't sleep at all, more like," she sighed out.

    "Why not?" He leaned on his elbows.

    "I was studying."

    He laughed, repositioning the book in front of him. "Good one Khal," he chuckled. When she didn't say anything, he looked back up at her with raised eyebrows. "You're serious?"

    She shrugged.

    "Why?" He asked incredulously.

    Khaalida just shrugged again, "I felt like it?"

    He didn't look like he bought it, but he let it slide, though she still caught him sending her looks like he was afraid she was going to randomly grow another head or something. She couldn't blame him. The last time she had willingly studied was... Well, never. She had always figured that she would just end up leaving the tower someday, so there hadn't been a point to it in her mind.

    She didn't completely understand why she felt so determined now. A large part of it was that she hated the idea of Shen leaving her behind and if Greagor really could help her. She could stay in the tower... She looked over at the mage who was watching her and Alameth with an expressionless look on his face. She waved awkwardly before returning back to the book in front of her.

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    Day 5
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    I have reason to believe Khaalida has one of her 'friends' residing in her mind today. Her emotions, while mostly regular, are proving to bounce around a bit. Almost as if she can't decide exactly what she feels sometimes, and every once in a while, I will catch her talking to herself. I always worry about pushing things when she has company because I have no idea who they are, how observant they are or if they could affect her in any way.

    But as it is, I was still able to sit down with the two battleseers during the course of the morning. Shen barely even glanced Khaalida's way, and the irritation I felt as we walked up to him assured me that he is indeed starting to associate Khaalida with negative emotions. I'll definitely try to arrange more meals with the two. Khaalida is still having trouble keeping herself from feeling jealous around them and once she realizes it's a lost cause for her. Once Raven starts to outwardly show her affection for her charge, Khaalida will see that and the oaf and all his obliviousness, won't fight it, which will just push Khaalida further away.

    It's a fail-proof plan.

    One development that I knew was a possibility is with the added confidence I've been instilling small amounts of inside of Khaalida and her desperation not to lose what she has with her best friend has made her change her habits some. She spent the whole of last night studying; something that was currently unheard of. However, I still have nothing to worry about. With the emotions I've been pushing into Shen, even a change like that won't sway him enough to change the course I've set for them all.

    If only my magic wouldn't affect Khaalida so much. It would be so much simpler to just work on her, but I must refrain from muddling the variables. This project is much too important for impatience to get in my way. The way magic is perceived could be entirely revisioned if I am successful in my endeavors. Khaalida's ability especially is key.
    I don't suffer from RPAddiction. I love every minute of it!

    "You scream. I scream. We all scream 'cause we're terrified... Of what's around the corner."
    Spoiler: Yup yup 

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