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Post by Kittenboxxing on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:59 pm

After getting Berserker comfortable for a nice rest, Lazarus made some tea for everyone and then sat down on the couch. He almost fell asleep as soon as he sat down, but he willed himself to stay concious and drink. He preferred coffee, but didn't want to be awake for too horribly long. "So when will your father be returning?" he asked Yui as he sipped his tea.

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Post by Damascus on Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:08 pm

Yui sat down in the chair opposite him and leaned back, letting out a heavy sigh. "I sent him a letter only just this morning, so I don't think he'll be back for about two days."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:11 pm

"Lovely! Perhaps I can get the basement into some semblence of order before he returns," he chuckled and leaned back in his chair as well, smiling at his companion.

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Post by Damascus on Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:15 pm

Yui grimaced when she thought about her father's reaction to the ruined basement. "I certainly hope so."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:17 pm

"I promise I'll do my best. He will probably already have a bad impression of me simply because of my lineage. No need to make it worse..." in fact, now he was worried. He stood and headed down to the basement to get started. It had been a long time since he had studied any repair spells and he needed to brush up before the real work began. Especially because of that tile he ruined...

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Post by fuyumin on Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:02 am

"I'll see what I can do to help. Watch Cesar, would you?" Caster followed Lazarus downstairs, the hen taking his place on his chair. Its eyes closed as if basking in the warmth left behind.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:04 pm

Lazarus and caster combined had the basement in almost perfect condition by the end of the day. He did keep a room for his lab, but was able to do a much nicer job of decorating it, even making fancy covers for the leyline wells. They now came up in fountain like structures that spouted the unseen energy placed throughout, but luckily they did not interrupt the flow of the basement's floor plan. He made sure to nicely organize the space he left for himself (at least for now), and made sure to dispose of all the DNA samples he had left for Yui just in case. He spent the time working talking about various magical theories and practices with his servant, exchanging information, and discussing experiments he hoped to be doing soon in the future.
After a long day's work he stood and wiped his brow. He was looking rather ill from exerting himself for too long, even with his rather large chunk of sleep. It had taken a great amount of mana to fix the basment, and his face was pale and sweaty as the mage shivered slightly. Despite this, he smiled widely at his servant, "I can't thank you enough for your assistance Phillipus! You are truly invaluable! I'm...just so happy you're still here for so many reasons. Thank you." The mage put a weak arm around his friend's shoulder and leaned his head on the opposite one.

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Post by fuyumin on Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:44 pm

"It looks even better in here than before! You have a truly Baroque sense of taste, Lazarus; it works well with the previous decor." Caster smiled warmly and supported Lazarus, helping him back up the stairs. "Have a bath, it'll warm you up and I'll have a refreshing meal prepared when you're done."

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Post by Damascus on Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:15 pm

While Lazarus and Caster worked laboriously in the basement, Yui spent the day unloading her personal possessions that had been moved back into the mansion. Berserker helped as much as she could, with Yui telling her where to put anything. As her two cohorts finished in the basement, the upstairs part of the mansion was also back to normal.

She put her hands on her hips and looked out into the garden. It would take a lot of time to reset the mansion's defenses. Each of those gems was worth a fortune by itself.

As she thought to herself, the doorbell rang. "Hmm? Wonder who that could be?" She went to the window and looked out at the front gate.

Kirei stood patiently at the gate. The old church's collection box was tucked under one arm.

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Post by Damascus on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:30 pm

Yui cautiously stepped outside and went to the gate. "Kirei? What do you need?" Even with how cooperative he had been, she still gazed at him suspiciously. She would never trust this guy.

"I am just dropping something off for you and Lazarus," the priest said, opening the box and showing her the contents. "Consider it a parting gift. I will be leaving Japan for a while."

Yui looked down into the box. Inside was a single, small vial, corked and sealed tight. Inside was a dark, murky liquid.

"Is that... what I think it is?"

"Mud from the Grail," Kirei answered. "With the Grail destroyed, it seems to be lifeless, but I'm sure it is still dangerous. However, I believe you two have the best chance at discerning its true nature."

He passed the box to her, and she took it gingerly, half expecting the vial to explode.

After a long silence, she finally said, "Thank you."

"I only ask that, if you find out anything more about it, please let me know. Until the church is rebuilt, you can leave letters at my PO Box."

"Okay."

Kirei nodded and turned away. At first, Yui was silent, until the good samaritan in her bubbled to the surface. She couldn't just him leave like that; whatever his intentions, he was of great help to them.

"Kirei!"

The priest turned back and stared.

"Are you... okay?"

Kirei arched an eyebrow, than gave her wry smirk. "Do you actually care?"

Having been called out, Yui averted her gaze in embarrassment, but the priest sighed.

"I have a lot to think about. I still have no answers. But Archer helped me find ways to pursue them. By the time the next War begins, I may be dead, but I must do what I can to find the truth."

Yui looked down at the ground and said nothing. Maybe the priest wasn't as alien as he seemed. Or maybe he was, but he was at least cordial.

Kirei bowed. "I wish you and Lazarus luck in your own endeavors." He turned and walked away down the street without waiting for a response--not that Yui was going to give one.

The mage watched him go until he was out of sight, then returned to the house to find Lazarus and Caster.

"A little going-away present from Kirei," she explained, showing them the vial.

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Post by fuyumin on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:37 pm

Rider had joined Caster in smearing soft fried garlic cloves into slices of bread before broiling.

"Kirei-san was here??" He ran to the window and threw it open before yelling his goodbyes. Caster uncovered the pan of small simmering clams, their shells open from the heat and the meat inside lightly steamed.

"A sample? That must've taken some risk to obtain, I have to commend him for succeeding." Caster stirred a simple sauce in a glass bowl, combining white wine, chopped garden vegetables, and the best imported olive oil the supermarket had to offer. Rider watched the colors swirl together.

"Phillipus is making linguine alla puttanesca!" His voice dropped as if sharing a scandalous secret: "That means linguine by the whores!" Caster snorted away a laugh and rolled his eyes.

"So, Miss Yui, where should we begin with the sample, aside from building a reliably contained experimentation area?"

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Post by Damascus on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:43 pm

Yui rubbed her temple. "I think... I need to rest for a few days before I can think about it."

She set the box on the table to show Lazarus when he got out of his bath, then relaxed on the couch to wait for dinner.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:45 pm

After a few minutes Lazarus carefully made his way downstairs. Though he was quiet on the way down, the smell of dinner perked him almost right back up to his usual self, "It smells amazing in here!" he exclaimed before rushing into the kitchen.

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Post by fuyumin on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:46 pm

Dinner was ready in short order - linguine curled into neat nests with sauce and clams in the shell spooned on top, rustic garlic bread, small bowls of cremini and parmesan risotto, and glasses of wine. Caster smiled with satisfaction, but an unusual blush was on his cheeks that made Rider grin broadly behind his hands.

"I hope you're feeling better. I decided that a rich, filling cuisine would be good, and maybe a taste of home for you." Rider shimmied up to Lazarus with a giggle in his voice.

"Because he liiiikes you!" A balled-up apron smacked Astolfo in the face.

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Post by Damascus on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:56 pm

Yui inhaled the aroma of the pasta. "Oh lord, this smells good." Before she dug in, though, she pushed the box across the table toward Lazarus. "Kirei stopped by to leave us this. Some mud from the Grail for us to experiment on."

Berserker hopped into the kitchen, beaming as she smelled the delicious dinner Caster had prepared. Her eyelids fluttered, and she even drooled a little bit as she took her seat at the table.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:01 pm

"Oh goodness, thank you so much Phillipus," misty eyed, Lazarus gave his companion and big hug and a kiss on the cheek and chuckled at Astolfo's comments. He sat down eagerly at the table, "Really though, this is amazing work! It's so lovely I almost don't want to eat it. I will though." he bit into a slice of garlic bread and hummed happily at the flavor. When Yui pushed the box towards him and told him what it was, he beamed and quickly swallowed the bite of his food. "I can't wait to get my hands on it! In a couple days though, perhaps."

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Post by Damascus on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:05 pm

"Agreed. After dinner, I think I might pass out for about 24 hours like you did in the hotel." Even now, dark circles were forming under her eyes, though she still greedily put away huge bites of pasta.

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Post by fuyumin on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:06 pm

When Lazarus kissed Caster's cheek, the flowers in the table vase seemed to be a bit brighter, the bloom a bit fuller.

"It sounds like we're all open to a break. Let's hope fate is so kind as to allow it!" Caster raised his glass, Rider joining in on the toast and ringing their glasses together.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:13 pm

After a lovely toast the group finished their dinner and all headed off to bed. Lazarus helped with leftovers before heading off, but insisted Yui go an get sleep immediately. The next day they slept the sleep of the dead, but luckily, not literally.

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Post by Damascus on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:21 pm

After two days of rest, Yui finally felt back to her old self again. Just after lunch, she came down to the living room and called for Lazarus, Caster, and Rider.

"So... My father should be coming home tonight."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:23 pm

"How interesting!" Lazarus shifted a bit on his feet, "...I might have you give him some stern words. I hope you don't mind. Also! Have you seen the basement? It needs your seal of approval!"

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Post by fuyumin on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:31 pm

"Oh! So soon?" Caster seemed to be going through a mental checklist.

"Most everything is as it should be, and I replaced the more expensive ingredients from your personal stores... Is there anything we should be aware of before he arrives?"

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Post by Damascus on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:35 pm

"Apparently, he meant to make it back here before we summoned the Grail, but we beat him to the punch. You're free to give him any stern words you want, Lazarus, but I get to go first." She put on a worried expression. "Even if he doesn't think it, he's a very stereotypical mage. Deep down inside he's a kind man, but he's also quite traditional and... full of himself. Please don't kill him." She snapped her fingers. "Also, he doesn't know what happened with the Grail. I will fill him in on that before I start yelling at him."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:36 pm

"Sounds perfect! You have my full support in the matter, of course," he smirked. "Basement?"

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Post by Damascus on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:40 pm

"Yes! Basement." Yui clapped her hands and followed the two down to the lower level. Her mouth actually dropped open when she saw how they had renovated it. "Wow... It's even better than it started out as! I can't believe you did this in two days!"

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