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    As she listened to what her aunt had to say, Cosmos thought that Alisa Kingsleigh is an amazing woman.

    Giving her eyes up in order to gain the means to appear to her family when they are at risk... To appear like a guardian angel (which she supposed explain the white feathers). Not to mention that meant her aunt had been able to hear God like prophets of old, and to be offered something like this... Is it not wrong to say that this is a "miracle" granted by God for her Aunt?

    And to think she felt betrayed by such an amazing woman, when she's not even half the person her aunt is...

    How prideful and conceited she was.

    But that aside...

    "P-please wait a moment auntie." She finally said after Alisa had finished speaking. "I... I'm not sure I follow. I mean, if you and mother weren't really killed, then of course I'm happy, but... Why would the culprit do that? What could they gain from making it seems like you and mother died?"

    Indeed, believing in this claim isn't actually so hard or impossible; after all, the Man of Light did say something to that effect, didn't he? Whether she's really sure that they both had died, or whether she had instantly collapsed without really confirming it...

    But Cosmos couldn't fathom the why, or how.

    "I-I mean... It's one thing for me or Alyx to miss it, because we were too shocked, but... If it only seems like you and mother died, then-then how could nobody else notice it?" She asked with trembling voice. "The angels were there, and strong, capable tamers like Isaac were there too... Even a NWAB member like Mister Daniel was there, investigating, so shouldn't they have noticed if you and mother didn't really die?"

    Really, this almost makes it seems like she doesn't want her aunt and mother to be alive, but...

    She just couldn't help it...

    "And-and auntie makes it sounds like doing... all this is easier than actually killing you and mother, but... isn't pulling something like this is significantly harder and more complicated? Pulling off something convincing enough to fool everyone making sure nobody sees the deed, and... and, what about the c-corpse that we saw? Were those fake? If so, then where are the real mother and auntie? But if-if those were real, then why not actually kill than just..."

    Oh God, she's starting to hyperventilate again... Another panic attack...

    'Deep breaths Cosmos, deep breaths. There is no need to hurry to make sense of all this.'

    Right... Right, deep breaths... Inhale, then exhale slowly... methodically... Focus on the warmth and presence of auntie's hand on her shoulder...

    'Disregard those inquiries and lines of thought for now until Alisa answers them. Regardless of the logic or feat needed to pull it off, focus on the fact that Mary might still be alive.'

    Mother...

    Yes, mother might still be alive. That's a wonderful news, and that means she doesn't have to look for a way to resurrect her, but--

    'But if you have to think of a problem, if you want to focus on something negative... Rather than the circumstances Alisa and Mary found themselves in, why not focus on the bigger picture?'

    The bigger picture...

    "A-auntie, I... I'm sorry, I'm rambling and asking all these questions, but I..."

    Right, deep breaths. Deep breaths.

    Closing her eyes to do just that for a minute, Cosmos opened her eyes and looked at Alisa after she found herself calm enough to do so.

    "... All that aside, the one thing I don't understand the most is... that you said this is all just a bad dream. A nightmare in the literal sense."

    Indeed. Seemingly killing her aunt and mother, as hard, impossible and baffling as it seemingly was, could at least be understood to an extent; one thing that she thought of was that it was done to affect cognition in some form.

    But the thing aunt Alisa said at the end is too strange and bizarre, she couldn't wrap her head around it.

    "If... If this is all just a bad dream, a nightmare, then... Then how could I met people like Mister Daniel or Miss Sofia? Or JESTER, for that matter?"

    As much as she wanted all of this to be a bad dream, she really doubted that was the case.

    But then again, as she waited for her aunt to answer, a memory flashed through her mind.

    Quote Originally Posted by Man of Light
    "Did you truly look at what happened that day? Or did you simply collapse the moment you saw one of your worst nightmares?"
    The Man of Light did say something similar, didn't he...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmos
    "If... If this is all just a bad dream, a nightmare, then... Then how could I met people like Mister Daniel or Miss Sofia? Or JESTER, for that matter?"
    "How?"

    ---At the end of the rain of the questions, her hand squeezes your shoulder in a reassuring sort of way, parental, like...

    'It's going to be okay. You're going to be okay.'


    ...She was saying that, without actually saying it aloud, instead...

    "That's a simple one, it's because they are asleep as well... There's nothing saying one cannot meet others in a dream, indeed, it's something that happens quite often, even if we don't always remember it."

    She smiles softly.

    "This one just happens to be a dream shared by everyone, one so real that it can be accepted as real, and thus, serve all the functions of reality. It is the tool with which this World sought to save others from the depths of their despair, and in so doing, reclaim a future that was otherwise lost."

    ---A bit poetic, although the way she closes one eye as she says it makes it clear even she thinks it's a bit of a dorky thing for her to say, still...

    "But make no mistake... This World is a dream, but that does not mean it shouldn't be taken seriously."

    At this, her voice grows more stern again, as if it was entirely necessary that you understand this concept in particular...

    "A number of dangers lurk in the subconscious... That thing, JESTER, is one of them. I do not know it's true face... But it is a thing of fantasy, a being of the unconscious that is willing to do whatever it must to exist, to that end... It and those like it conspire to make this dream eternal, although whether that is their own will or that of another... I cannot say."

    She shakes her head, and then...

    Smiles apologetically once more.

    "This World is our tool to avert a cruel fate, but to them, as beings who rule over Dreams, it is a place where they have incredible power. It is not unlimited power, there are rules even they have to follow, although those rules aren't quite clear to me in this form..."

    Her hand squeezes your shoulder again, tightly, but still in a reassuring way.

    "There are things we must do here before we can all awaken safely, but they will not want us to awaken for if we do they return to nothing... And thus, they have already set up the trap that will bind all of us to this place. In a sense... It has already gone off, there is no turning it aside now."

    She kneels down slightly, so that the two of you are eye to eye.

    "It will be pacification. They will make it so no one wants to leave. They know desires just as well as they do traumas, so they will grant every wish, every desire, give people the things they think they can't get in the World... Impossibilities... Miracles... They'll make a paradise and attempt to seduce us with it. An opponent that does not wish to fight is not only already defeated after all, it is an opponent that might just become an ally to them, take their side, decide that this dream is better than the reality. That is the trap they've laid out for us, the one that is already coming to life even as we speak."

    ---Around you both, the feathers begin to fall faster, just a bit.

    "It may seem like a perfect world... But there is always a price, even if it's not apparent at a glance."

    Again, she squeezes your shoulder.

    "So when it happens, you will want to find a way to head to the North Pole. They won't be able to erase what exists there, not yet."

    ---At this she pauses, the usually jovial aunt perhaps realizing that she had been far too serious, far too somber, over the course of this whole conversation and...

    "...The World might make it difficult, people will come up with reasons why you shouldn't and even your mother and I might be against it... But cheat if you have to, use puppy-dog eyes without shame, I don't think we could really say no to that..."

    She chuckles.

    "Never could, not really."

    Then...

    "As for your earlier questions... About why the culprit might make it seem like we died, well... It shook up the town, broke their sense of reality... Yes... I'm sure quite a few people were thinking this has to be a bad dream, that it couldn't be real, and by having those thoughts... They were able to slowly invade the 'reality' of the Dream through those people, morphing it into something they could control, or at least... That is my assumption for the motive, I cannot say for certain, even as I am... My vision is... Strange like this, uncomfortable at times, like trying to describe a fourth-dimensional space..."

    ...A strange undercurrent of emotion appears here, but she suppresses it rather well, so well that you're not certain what it was at all...

    "But there are ways to explain our disappearance away... Trying to fight your mother and I isn't something they'd want, there's too big a risk they'd lose and they're not the type to pick losing fights... But luring us away from the city perhaps, or waiting until we left on our own for some reason..."

    ---They're just musings.

    In the end she has no way of actually telling if this is the truth or not, but she does reason her way through it...

    "The souls were removed from the bodies, completely removed, so no traces of our reiki would be present... Because of that, no spiritual signatures... Normal methods of fool-proof identification go out the window right there, making clone bodies is well within the power of something like JESTER... But then again..."

    A pause.

    A deep pause, an almost regretful one, before-

    "...It's not an impossibility that the organization is compromised either, so maybe someone on the inside had something to do with it? I don't like pointing fingers into our organization, but impossible desires being fulfilled can be a powerful motivator..."

    -She says that with a sigh.

    "...But that's all just my musings on the matter, I can say nothing for certain I'm afraid..."
    Last edited by Airen; Yesterday at 10:28 PM.
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    --It's strange.

    What Alisa had just explained at length isn't really something that can so easily be digested. The scope and the reality of the situation, that this is all just a 'dream' so real and shared by everyone that it's practically reality, beings of the subconscious that seeks to make this 'dream' eternal because they gain power in it, and that this is a way to avert something bad in the real world...

    It's outrageous, really.

    And yet strangely enough...

    Cosmos Fairchild found herself readily believing what her aunt had said.

    Not only that, her panic attack died down as she listened, her breathing calming down and eventually evened out as the reassuring hand of her aunt rests on her shoulder, telling her that she'll be fine. That everything is going to be okay.

    And she believes that, too.

    Some might have find it strange, but the reason why Cosmos Fairchild finally became calm and composed is extremely simple; there are three main problems that caused Cosmos Fairchild to crumble in the past week.

    The first and biggest factor is, of course, the death of her mother and aunt, her small world falling apart.

    The second is her lack of confidence in herself which has spiraled into self-loathing, believing that she's the cause of all this in one way or another.

    The third, the fear and belief that she had never been truly loved.

    And yet, whether Alisa Kingsleigh realized it or not, she had put those fears and problems to a rest in the span of a single conversation.

    The first and biggest - that of her small world unravelling - was laid to rest with the revelation that her mother and aunt might not have been killed in the first place. It's not certain, but the possibility is there, and even if that's not the case... Even if her mother and aunt had truly 'died,' it still happened in the dream; in other words, as long as she managed to accomplish the thing this dream is supposed to do, then they all can wake up, and her family will be there waiting for her in the real world.

    Of course, it might be naive of her to think that way. After all, the reason why they are all in a dream in the first place is because the real world has lost its future; in fact, there is a possibility that reality is much crueler than this dream and nightmare, not to mention Alisa warned her that despite being a 'dream,' it should still be taken seriously.

    But even so...

    Cosmos Fairchild chose to believe.

    Her second problem was dealt with by giving her a clear mission and objective: to go to the North Pole. The reason why she lacked self-confidence is, in part, because she saw her mother and aunt as being perfect, and clearly aware of her own shortcomings and limitations - believing that she could never live up to their example - Cosmos became fearful of speaking up, of doing something new, of taking up a bigger responsibility that might put her in the spotlight, because she knew she won't live up to the standards and expectations that she had set for herself. She became a recluse, doing a routine that she knew is safe, where she won't fail or screw up and thus bring shame or consequences to her mother...

    In contrast, Alyx was her polar opposite. Going out of the Vatican, doing missions, becoming reliable enough that she became her mother's bodyguard, usually following wherever her mother is going; eventually, whenever her mother needs help, or whenever there's something that must be done, it's always Alyx's name that's called, and not her own.

    How could she stayed confident in herself after seeing that for years? What had she done in the past ten years, compared to what Alyx, her mother, or her aunt had done?

    But now... now she had seen that her mother and aunt are not perfect, and Aunt Alisa is entrusting her with a mission most important. One that people might not even realize needs to be done, even though she had never proven herself to warrant this trust...

    Go to the North Pole.

    Such a thing managed to burn her spirit, lit something up in her soul.

    Lastly, the belief that she had never been loved was broken with her aunt's appearance and a few simple words.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Alisa
    "...Use puppy-dog eyes without shame, I don't think we could really say no to that... Never could, not really.
    It reminded her back to the day where it all started, the day where Mister Kenji was visiting.

    She had never really voiced her more mundane, everyday concerns to her mother, not wanting to burden her when Mary is already so busy, but that day, when she voiced her want to be the guide instead of Alyx... Her mother had granted her that desire with a smile. And of course, whenever she asked for trivial things like hugs, or to sleep together, or to be sung a lullaby, her mother always tried her best to fulfill those too when she asked.

    Like Illia always said, her mother is not perfect, and perhaps Mary simply doesn't know what she wanted or need without her saying it, because whenever she asked her mother for something, Mary had never said no.

    Cosmos couldn't believe that she managed to forgot such a thing.

    And if that's the case, then...

    Just like how she's always scared to show some of her uglier, less-desirable side to Mary, then perhaps the reason why she had never known her mother's imperfections was because Mary thought the same thing... Always wanting to show her best, not wanting to appear as less than perfect...

    The thought that she shared such a similarity with her mother brought warmth to Cosmos' heart.

    She'd need to have a long talk with her mother, to be truthful and honest, to reconnect their feelings and truly get to know each other better, but that... That can wait, for now.

    There's something that she must do first.



    "Thank you, auntie... Thank you for telling me all this."

    --A genuine smile, one that she used to wear whenever they had their morning tea time in the past.

    "I understand. Everything is going to be okay... God won't give someone a trial they can't overcome."

    And how could she forget about The Lord? Everything that had happened up to this point... All the pain and suffering that she felt, everything has led her to this moment, where her aunt has appeared before her. Where her problems are addressed and laid to rest, even if not completely.

    God hasn't abandoned her.

    In her heart, Cosmos silently praised the Almighty God and asked for His forgiveness for wavering in her faith and belief.

    "So... Is there something specific that I need to do in the North Pole auntie? Dangers I should be aware of?" Cosmos asked, noticing the feathers are falling faster, an indication that time is running out. "And regardless of how I'd get there... Could I tell everything I learned here to Miss Sofia and Mister Daniel?"

    There's no doubt or hesitation in her voice now; Cosmos Fairchild had set her mind to accomplish this task, however improbable or hard it might seem.

    After all, as long as God and her family is there with her, then Cosmos Fairchild won't lose her heart.

    Wise Up!
    Against Doubt
    Special Trait

    Having been a spirit tamer for nearly a decade and having an unshakable faith in God has made Cosmos a fairly self-assured girl, unwavering no matter the situation or opposition she found in battle. After all, as long as God is with her, then there is nothing to fear.

    Devotion
    Minor Trait

    A single-minded devotion to two particular subjects: her faith, and her mother. Together, it forms a special will and determination to see things through, a selfless love that wouldn’t make her hesitate to throw her own life away for the sake of her devotion.

    It’s a Small World
    Minor Trait

    Ever since her meeting with Father Abel, Cosmos has grown a strong sense of paranoia, especially towards other Rose Cross members. In order to protect herself and her mother from any possible slander or openings, Cosmos limits her social circle and those she can trust only to her family - Mary, Alisa, and Alyx, alongside Illia and Sariel. Having her world be so small means stronger bonds and love, and as long as this small world remains intact and fine, Cosmos would be able to go through all obstacles and hardships, no matter the odds or prospects.

    However, this limits and slows down her bonds with other people - especially those from Rose Cross.

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    <Mellon> But yeah. Don't play the waiting game too much guys. Just do what you want to do and let God (me) sort it out.

    <Erlkonig|Phone> Why get a gf, when Airen is your waifu?

    <Airen|Phone> I'll save everyone, it's fine

    <Snaxies> Airen is totally Jesus again

    <frantic> I actually hate reading your post because you're so fucking anime

    <Reiu> Regalia is a scary place desu...

    <Mellon> He who lives by the oneshot, dies by the oneshot

    <Airen> No character in ga rei is 100% serious


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