= chaos theory =

Nathaniel Hudson
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Nov 7 2012, 01:29 PM #1

This day was not going well so far.

For one thing, Nate had been woken not by his roommate's exuberance but by the sound of two birds having a heated argument over airspace rights. That's right. Birds. Having an argument. At first he'd just thought it was some freshmen trying out a ridiculous Halloween prank that was bound to go wrong, but when he'd opened the curtains, there were only birds outside. He'd checked for a hidden speaker, but in the end the evidence of his eyes and ears was confirmed when one bird won the argument and the other flew off in disgust. Birds! Of course, it hadn't been a very sophisticated argument, but still! Birds! Talking! Had the world gone completely insane?

As it happened, it appeared that that was exactly what had happened. Nate had stood in his doorway and stared at the rampant chaos in the hallways, panicked animals and even more panicked non-magical students with sparks flying from their fingertips chasing each other around in frightened circles. Hearing a conversation between birds seemed tame in comparison, quite frankly. As quickly as he could, the junior had made his way down to the dining hall to grab some breakfast, and then made a break for the village. Anything to get away from the madness. There was always a certain amount of randomised chaos bouncing around the school, by its very nature, but this was getting out of hand. Well, no, it had gotten out of hand a long time ago. Hopefully if he just kept out of everyone's way, they'd all have calmed down by the time lunch was served.

Biting into his hastily snatched croissant, the youth strode down into the village, only to find that the chaos had extended down here as well. The place seemed deserted, and a massive old house had sprung up at the top of a hill, looming over the town like an extra in a horror movie. There was an enormous old prison building standing where Nate would have sworn that the day before there had been a bakery and a stationary shop. His could feel his temper rising irrationally. What right had the world to go completely berserk on him like this, with no warning whatsoever? He was certainly not going to lie down like a secondary character in a B-movie and let some creepy creature have its fun. No. Halloween was all well and good - come on, it was a time for girls to let down their hair and release their inner skanks - but this... well, now it was just irritating him.

It didn't help one bit that he could still hear the random chattering of pigeons and rats as he walked. He didn't like hearing voices. There was already one suspicious voice in his head, and he frankly didn't like that one enough to want to give it some company. Understanding animals is a gift, the Prince had pointed out, but as per usual Nate was ignoring him. Smug bastard. What was so great about being able to eavesdrop on pigeons? Nothing, that's what! Yeah, maybe if he could talk to lions or something this stupid power might be slightly worthwhile, but there were hardly lions rambling around the village, even in this state. Grumpily, Nate pushed open the gate to what appeared to be a spontaneous cemetary (well, there hadn't been one here yesterday...) and stalked inside, hoping that all the dead people would repel the animals. Cemetaries were only scary places for the superstitious, and Nate was anything but. He prided himself on being rational, and the fact that the world was being so irrational right now had unsettled him.

With a bit of luck, things would improve by the time he got hungry enough to need to return to the castle.

Yeah, like the universe was ever that generous.

[[ hope you don't mind I made it an event thread :3 ]]
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Kai Talbot
Kai Talbot

Nov 7 2012, 07:51 PM #2

Like many other students at Nemare, Kai had lost her power upon waking up on Halloween morning. However, it took her a little while to figure that out. More often than not, Kai employed her power only to ‘surprise’ someone or find out a juicy little bit of gossip. If she was invisible any other time, it usually meant that she wasn’t in control at that particular moment, an occurrence that was (happily) becoming rarer as time went on. As such it wasn’t that much of an issue when she didn’t go randomly invisible as often as she used to, so she never became suspicious as she spent several hours of the morning without doing so. She simply figured that she was having a lucky streak.

She went about her morning like usual, questioning her roommates about what they’d done the previous night, hoping to worm some interesting gossip out of them. After a while of fruitless efforts, she decided to give up for the time being and grab some breakfast. Maybe her lovely roommates would be more willing to share later on in the day. Kai had always found that repetition was always the best way to get information out of people. It might take a while, but eventually almost everyone told her something. Something was always better than nothing, but of course she preferred something that would have the whole school talking. This was one of the reasons she was so fond of the anonymous gossip column that the school ran. She could reveal the secrets of other without getting in trouble herself.

On the way to the Dining Hall, she spied a freshman boy who looked like he’d be some fun to ‘startle’. Even though it seemed like it was what she did most of the time, she felt that ‘scare’ was a bit strong. Not that it really mattered much. Most reactions were good for some sort of laugh, but of course, the bigger the reaction, the bigger the laugh. When she thought she’d gone invisible, she snuck up behind the unsuspecting boy and poked him in the shoulder. The kid turned around and simply looked at her with an expression that asked ‘why are you touching me’. He looked right at her! How could he do that? She looked down at her hands and saw, to her horror, that she was not, in fact, invisible. Quite the opposite!

She was getting ready to storm off in a rage, without even getting some breakfast, when she saw none other than Nate rushing out of the Dining Hall with nothing but a croissant, quite obviously stressed over something. It was the perfect opportunity for Kai to forget about her lack of invisibility. She was well aware of the fact that he wasn’t fond of her, but that was precisely why she enjoyed tormenting him so. Plus it was rather easy to get him worked up. Kai liked to know how to push everyone’s buttons and people with hot tempers just made finding out easier for her. As he left, she followed him from a distance. He was bound to stop somewhere and when he did, Kitty would pounce.

The girl skipped along, following Prince Charming into town and eventually to a rather new addition; a cemetery. What a perfect place to come when one was feeling down in the dumps. It was a nice reminder that there was always someone worse off than you. She bounced in after him, talking in a singsong voice as she went, [color=ff00ff]”Poor Prince Charming sitting alone among the many many bones. Does he want to talk to Kitty about why he’s feeling itty-bitty?”[/color] As she spoke, she moved faster so that she was standing in front of him.


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Nathaniel Hudson
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Nov 23 2012, 02:18 PM #3

"Poor Prince Charming sitting alone among the many many bones. Does he want to talk to Kitty about why he’s feeling itty-bitty?"

Oh no. This really wasn't his day, was it? As if it weren't bad enough that he was developing a headache from the constant stream of mutters and far-off shouts coming from the animal kingdom, the universe had decided to make his day even worse. Kai Talbot was extremely like her spirit, if only her ability to, like a cat, seek out just the person who did not want her around were considered. Frankly, that was just about the only thing about her that Nate was prepared to consider. She was unstable, probably mentally, and could easily be the poster girl for the general weirdness of the group of the students with spirits from Alice in Wonderland. The kind of insanity that made Nate worry about his own – being here, at the same school as them, with the same 'spirit' problem… It didn’t make his worries any easier to refute. Deep down, even though he’d been at the school for nearly three years now, Nate still wasn’t a hundred per cent sure that he wasn’t out of his mind.

"Leave me alone, Talbot," he snapped, not in the mood to deal with her or her rhyming. Seriously, rhyming? That should be the preserve of children’s books and, possibly, Shakespeare. Other than that, Nate didn’t want any part of it. Frankly, he wasn’t that keen on children’s books even when he had been a child (he’d been too busy getting as dirty as humanly possible, to the distress of his nanny). In any event, whether or not Kai was capable of talking like a human being instead of like a rejected Dr Seuss book, he didn’t want anything to do with her – especially not today. He was having enough trouble with the whole understanding-animals thing. Personally he didn’t even want to know if he could speak to animals in return. While it would have been nice to talk to his dogs and horses at home, there was no animal on any of the Acinot islands he had even the slightest interest in speaking to. As a matter of fact, he wanted them all to shut up, thank you very much.

Sticking his hands deep into his pockets, he stalked away from her, wondering what the chances were that she would actually listen. If the past was anything to go by, not good at all. Not even close. Nate was familiar with her little disappearing trick, as she’d done it to him many times in the past. Just about ever since the first moment she’d laid eyes on him, she had found him a suitably amusing target for her Wonderland nonsense. Thankfully, there were so many other people at the school for her to annoy, so she couldn’t concentrate on him alone. If that were the case, then he would certainly have been driven out of his mind by now, if he weren’t already gone. That was the problem. How secure was anyone’s grip on their sanity? Especially when a passing sparrow chirped a cheerful ‘good morning’ instead of ‘tweet tweet’, or whatever sound sparrows were supposed to make.
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