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Guess who's back. A day early at that. I still have things to do though so updates might be somewhat sporadic for this month (Hah, when aren't they ever?) Anyways sorry for being gone for most of winter. On the up side, Wolf and Spice has been rather inspiring, so I think I'm ready for this.
[x] Focus on the rock and think of something soft and delicious
You take a deep breath and look at the rock in your hand. You tilt your head a bit and gather up a short idea on what to do. You then press your two fingers on the rock tightly, then close your eyes. You're just going to have to wing it, relying on sheer will alone. Maybe the power of the mind is what Tewi wants. You go ahead and of something soft, something tasty, something rather sweet...a fruit just like Tewi's will do. You're not sure which one will come out, and quite honestly you don't care. You just want to get this done so you know you can do it. It's putting a rather large strain on your mind now that you think about it. You can feel yourself trembling a bit as you peek open one eye and see that the rock has not budged the slightest. You sigh and are about to continue trying until you suddenly feel Tewi's hand on yours. You're about to feel embarrassed a tad but Tewi looks pretty serious. Nonetheless, you're quite surprised.
"Just by looking at you, I can tell you're trying too hard. You're probably not doing it right." You blink at her a bit, not sure what expression you should be wearing right now, but at the moment it probably looks rather funny.
"Well, uh...what should I be doing exactly then?" Tewi gives you a bit of a pouty face. She takes your hand and rests it on top of the rock over the leaf. From this little exchange you can feel her rather soft, yet small hand being pretty cold. It's likely due to the temperature outside, as it's small enough to not keep heat very well. Still though, it does feel as if she takes rather good care of it.
"Since you're still beginning at this, I suppose you'll have to concentrate a bit more on it then usual. Just close your eyes and get in touch with your youkai blood. Then just keep telling yourself what you want the left to turn the rock into. It's really simple, you can do this." You look at her a bit submissively almost, you can't help but feel rather inexperienced compared to her now. But she does seem to be sincerely trying to help you so you need to at least make an effort.
You close your eyes once again and get in touch further with your other senses. You can feel Tewi's hand on top of yours and you can vaguely tell that she's attempting to attract your mana, something you hadn't seen before. You can feel it gathering to your hand all on it's own. Is this the effect of youkai attraction, you wonder? It definitely appears to be helping, as you can feel more in touch with your inherital abilities gained from being a youkai. As you start concentrating on the rock, you try and plea to the spirits of youkai in your mind to help you transform the rock in your hands. At first it's rather difficult but as you amass more mana towards your hand you can feel the mental stress slowly being lifted off your shoulders. You can slowly start to feel yourself getting closer to your goal, as it feels like the leaf on the rock is moving ever so slightly, almost expanding. You almost start faultering however, when you start feeling odd.
In specific, you feel strong itches on the top of your head, somewhere near the sides. Your ears start ringing, and feel pressurized for some reason. Your spine tingles and you can't help but shake softly. You're trying not to lose your composure as it's going to fail the transformation, but you find it difficult as the annoyances become the only things you can concentrate on. But before you know it, you're shocked by the sudden explosion you feel on your hand, as the leaf bursts in a puff of smoke. Instantly you shoot open your eyes and move away your hands. After the smoke disappates, you see a lone banana sitting on the ground in front of your feet. Tewi reaches down and picks it up, then looks at you grinning.
"Good job! Looks like you have the knack." You blink softly before leaning over and examining it a bit more thoroughly.
"Is that...really what used to be the rock?" Tewi nods but then gets up and walks over to a bamboo shoot.
"Yeah, but of course, it's not perfect, like most things." She then takes a quick swing and breaks half the banana off on the shoot. The broken half falls to the ground with a 'clik-clik' and Tewi shows you her half, with has the inside of it looking awfull rock-like, color and all.
"Oh...jeez." You feel disappointed but Tewi puts a hand on your shoulder and gives you a confident smile.
"Hey, cheer up. You're still a amateur when it comes to this, yeah, but you'll improve in no time if your magic training has been any indication. Besides, there are limits as to what illusions and transformation can do." You watch her as she goes over and sits on a large rock and looks at you while crossing her arms.
"You mean like that apple? There's no way it could've been eaten even after transforming it from a rock, right?" Tewi nods.
"That's right. The art of transformation is merely only an illusion, and a lot of it comes from fooling the other person mentall more then physically." She closes one eye, giving you a know-it-all wink. "Basically the more convincing your transformation is, the more the person will think it's another item, and the stronger the transformation gets. If the person believes something feels soft when it was originally a rock, then it will feel soft up until they break the transformation." You blink softly, it probably sounds more simple then it really is.
"I see, so eventually I'll be able to transform larger things too, right?" Tewi nods softly, but in a more cautious manner.
"Yep. But the larger the item, the more concentration it takes. Mana helps immensely too, of course. Stuff like black magic has been used to transform things too." She looks over at you. "If you try hard enough, eventually you'll be able to transform other people and even yourself. It makes handy disguises." You can't help but smile nervously, trying to get the image of the adult Tewi you saw much earlier out of your head. That was rather surreal.
"R-R-Right. I'll keep that in mind. So are we going to continue this training session of sorts?" Tewi then hops off the rock.
"Sure, sure. I have a few other things to show you anyhow." She's then about to take off when you notice her stopping and hesitating suddenly. As you get up, she turns towards you. "Hey, I have a question anyway." You look at her a bit curiously.
"What is it? I'm all ears."
"What kind of youkai are you anyway?" You blink softly before looking away, you're not in too good a mood about that considering how it should be within your knowledge, but instead reminds you how little you really know about yourself.
"I'd think you'd be able to tell."
"I can, to an extent. I understand a lot about your blood simply by being close to you but I got this feeling that you don't know yourself." You then look at Tewi a bit surprised. You then put on a determined face.
"Well then, tell me. What am I? If you know so much about me, prove it." Tewi puts on a mischeivious grin, you certainly don't like the looks of it.
"Well now, wouldn't you say I'm already doing enough for you? I'm going out of my way to teach you something important and I'm even doing you other favors, you know. You owe me quite a bit." You can't help but cringe when she mentions this. It figures she had something up that pink sleeve of hers. "I could tell you more then Eirin even could, but it will come at a cost. A price, I don't give you information for free you know." You look down, thinking about this. It's rather important that you know, but then, you have no clue how much this information is 'worth.' You need to think carefully about this one.
[ ] Ask her what she wants, you'll bite.
[ ] Decline and simply continue with the teaching
[ ] Just simply walk away, training isn't worth possible extortion
[ ] "What are your panties worth then?"