“Nameera, this is Sorns. I just a call from your school that you got into another fight again and broke somebody’s nose in the process. Look...I know things can get tough around this time especially now but you can’t just punch your anger out and you especially cannot do it to another living person. And since I am getting your voicemail I know you are at Shibuya. Just stay where you are okay? I will be there in an hour.”
The sound of a beep could be heard from a cell phone as a hoodie covered feline girl was playing at a fighting game for what seemed to be hours. Her eyes darted back and forth, the sounds of her opponent was struggling to match her blow for blow. After performing her super move, the player yelled out of frustration before watching the cat girl leave her spot. She pulled out her music player and began to play some nightcore as she walked the sidewalk by herself while looking at her sandal clad feet. As she hummed along with the song, her ears perked up as she heard someone else humming along side with her.
She lifted her head, looking around confused as she wondered what was going on before shrugging her shoulders and walking again. She continued to hum along with the music until she heard the same footsteps and humming from definitely a female source. She stopped in her tracks again, lifting her head while looking around. “Hello? Is there someone there?” Again she had heard nothing as she started to furrow her brow in frustration. She started to walk again, singing to herself now while hearing the humming. She acted like there was nothing going on and took a turn into an alley way.
She ducked behind a dumpster, still hearing the humming as she took a deep breath. She couldn’t risk turning yet, especially when she was unsure who the person was. But if there was one thing she had learned, it was how to put up a fight. Nameera clenched her fist tight, using deep breaths to control her breathing before grabbing a piece of pipe. She mouthed a countdown to herself, turning to face her stalker at the count of one. As she gripped the pipe in her hand, she looked around confused as her tail swished around.
“Excuse me miss, but you seemed to be a little agitated?”
Nameera froze, her eyes wide in shock when she realized that somebody got the drop on her. Not letting go of the pipe, her breath grew short before she heard the sound of boots hitting the ground softly. As she remained still, she saw who was dealing with. At first she looked human, but from her ears she must have been part elf. She could see a tail swishing behind her as well, the same color as her raven black hair. She had two different skin colors with a light golden yellow and white on her body and emerald green eyes that seemed to have a shine to them. She was wearing a dress as bright as her smile as she waved hello to her. “Hi there, my name’s Victoria! I go to the same school as you.”
Nameera put the pipe down, now more confused than anything as she looked at the strange girl. How was she able to get the drop on her of all people? She crossed her arms across her chest as she huffed. “So, what can I do for you Victoria?” Victoria’s smile never left her face as she stood in front of her. “Well I was wondering if you would like any help at all?” Nameera rolled her eyes. Despite her attitude she was very intelligent. She would easily be able to become an honor student if she wasn’t a delinquent. “Trust me Victoria, I do not need any help with my homework. I just do not see why I should even do it.”
“I wasn’t talking about homework though,” Victoria said with an innocent tone of voice. Nameera furrowed her brow again, wondering what this girl was on about. “I was talking about your fetish spirit side.” Nameera’s eyes went wide with surprise, her pupils becoming pinpoints as she then chuckled. “Fetish spirit? Come on what are you on about? It sounds like a bunch of nonsense,” she said, shrugging off Victoria’s claim. Victoria shook her head as she smiled happily. “Not nonsense, I can feel the genie side of you.”
Nameera then got angrier, her fist clenched but she was doing her best not to erupt out of anger on her as she sighed. “Look, even if I am what you say I am, why should I believe you? Are you even a fetish spirit too?” Victoria nodded her head happily as she giggled. “Yup! Momma’s an elf just like me!” Nameera sighed again, already feeling like her insides aren’t going to take anymore of the sugary niceness that Victoria is showing off. “And where exactly do you think you can help me out? It’s not like there’s a training facility for us to use.”
“We don’t need one! I can take you to my home!” Nameera raised an eyebrow at that statement. She was going to say something but then watched Victoria create a portal for them both to step into. Nameera looked at the portal, knowing all too well to not step into strange portals but her curiosity got the better of her. She wanted to see what was going on. She stepped through the portal, a bright light engulfing her as she covered her eyes.
Nameera’s eyes started to readjust, seeing in front of her what easily could look like a child’s room complete with an outdoors section that looked like the forests in Europe. But she noticed something was wrong: everything was much larger than it looked. Even the table looked even more massive than should be. Even the dining table was too big. That was when she could hear the giggle again. She looked around, seeing the pair of boots now resting without their wearer on the ground and a pair of massive feet with green nail polish on her toes wiggling. “Okay, what gives? Are you really serious about this?” Victoria giggled as Nameera looked concerned. She had this sinking feeling that she was about to become a permanent part of barbie’s dream house.
“Well, since you are a fetish spirit here is what I want you to do. I want you to tap into your spirit side. And the best way to do that is with a challenge.” She pointed at the top of the table as her tail swished. “There’s a key to the outside portion of this dimension where we can do the next lesson.” Nameera narrowed her gaze, seeing a key as she shrugged her shoulders. “So what do you want me to do? Climb the table leg?” Victoria shook her head while smiling. Nameera then tilted her head as she asked “So you want me to do a complicated design that gets me to the top?” Victoria shook her head again, keeping the same smile on her face as Nameera looked more frustated. “Okay what do you want me to do then?”
“Well it’s simple, I want you to grow.” Nameera had shrugged while giving a confused expression. “Grow? What do you mean grow?” Victoria smiled as she looked around. “As a spirit I am able to grow and shrink not just my whole body but parts of my body as well. I want you to grow in size. It’s a very simple task, nothing too taxing to your mind and body.” Nameera’s eye began to twitch, her anger starting to rise as she crossed her arms. “Are you for real? This is what you call training?”
“Well, this is what I would expect your mother would do after all.” These words brought a fire inside of Nameera as she turned to look up at Victoria. “What did you say?” Victoria tilted her head, looking confused with the now agitated cat girl. “Your mother is Saushra correct?” The fire began to burn bright in Nameera, clenching her fists tightly in rage she started to approach Victoria slowly. With every footstep she started to grow back to her original height. But Viictoria didn’t seem to care about it. She clapped happily, laughing as a child would as she looked at Nameera happily. “Good now you can get the key and we can do the second part.”
“I don’t want to do the second part. I want to know what makes you think you know anything about what is going on.” Victoria appeared confused, tilting her head to the side as Nameera began to shake in anger. “You think anything about me? My family? My...mother? You know nothing about what I am and what I dealt with! You don’t even know why mother is gone! Why should I even listen to what you say?!” Her anger reached its eruption, roaring in fury as she raised her right fist at Victoria and proceeded to strike her as hard as she could right into her face. But what Nameera didn’t expect was what happened next.
Nameera watched in both shock and surprise as Victoria caught her fist almost immediately. Not only that, she was able to match her force with her own force by stopping her almost dead on in her original position. As she looked in her eyes, the childlike innocence that Victoria had was completely drained from her face. What remained was nearly cold, but still had humanity as intricate green tattoos began to form on her cheeks and body as she sighed softly to herself. “You know, I was really hoping we would be able to do things with a degree of civility. But now it looks like we are going to have to do this the old fashioned way.”
She snapped her fingers, the world that Nameera had seen in the house was gone and what took its place appeared to be like a castle. They were now in the middle of a training field, surrounded by dummies that were covered in armor and a variety of shallow and deep cuts as Nameera was dumbfounded by this new persona Victoria took on. Was she more than she claimed? Before she could ask anything however, Nameera felt the wind get knocked out of her body as Victoria’s knee slammed hard into her gut forcing the cat girl to fall on her knees gasping for air.
Victoria raised her arms, stretching her back as the tattoos continued to form on her body as she spoke. “Though unfortunate for your timeline, your mother had to go back in time. Her having to leave is a fixed point. It is as much about Saushra as it is about Lynn.” Nameera’s face twisted in rage as she shouted in anger with her claws out. She attempted to swipe at the elven looking girl, but she kept up with her move for move. She tried to swipe at Victoria’s leg with her left hand but it was quickly proceeded with Victoria grabbing her arm as she went from a judo throw to an arm bar. As Nameera groaned in pain, she could feel the bones in her arm twisting as Victoria looked her dead in the eye. “You’re only angry at your father because he is safe. He will be there for you no matter what even with all of the rage and outbursts you show.” Nameera got angrier, deciding to use the claws on her toes as she scratched at Victoria’s legs.
Victoria clenched her teeth in pain, stopping the arm bar she rubbed at the scratches from Nameera’s attack. Nameera grinned, but watched in shock as her wounds start to heal. “Fine, if that is how you want to do it than so be it.” Nameera clenched her teeth as she began to claw the ground. She made a beeline right for Victoria, screaming as she attempted to slash at her chest. But as her claws came out, a silver flash came from Victoria’s leg and before she knew it she was doubled over in pain.
As Nameera held her side, she yelled and groaned in pain as she saw Victoria with a kukri in her hand. But instead of being made of something likely like titanium her kukri was made of pure silver. Blood dripped from her blade as she turned to face her. “You got that anger out of your system? Are you ready to talk rationally now?” Nameera’s anger boiled over as her hair started to fall out of her head as she went into an attack stance. “No, now I am going to beat you senseless.”
As Nameera started to sound more reptilian as she had a smile full of aggression and rage. But that smile faded when she saw something roll at her feet. Her eyes went wide in shock at the bomb thrown and before she can run out of the way she was caught in an explosion. Instead of fire she was met with plenty of smoke but above all else sparkles thanks to the silver splinters that were contained. Nameera staggered around, but as she looked at Victoria again, she raised her fist but was shocked to see fur still there. Disoriented with the blast and plenty of questions, Victoria made her move by throwing a solid right cross into Nameera’s cheek and before she knew it she was knocked unconscious from a german suplex as her head hit the floor hard.
Everything went dark for Nameera with time being a nonstarter for her. She was unsure how long she was out but it was safe to say it was more than a minute. She tried to stand but she felt like she was sitting up but tied to a chair tight. As her sight stabilized she saw what looked like green tendrils moving down from the ground along a table to meet Victoria again as the source. Instead of her normal clothes though she had been covered with an emerald green material that covered up to her neck as she seemed to drinking some tea. It was clear now why she was able to change her persona so fast: it wasn’t Victoria she was dealing with, it was a symbiote. “So, will we now have a mature conversation?”
Nameera huffed, blushing as she looked to the side as Victoria drank. “Look, I understand you are mad. But the fact remains that your mother had to go to the past.” Nameera remained silent as Victoria continued to speak. “It’s a messed up thing but at the end of the day it is always about multiverse theory. Suffice it to say, this is the time line that she needs to go back from because she wants to keep her safe.” Nameera now was more silent as she looked at the table as she sniffled softly.
Victoria didn’t say much but could tell that Nameera had things on her mind. “My birthday...it’s today.” Victoria nodded her head as she continued to let her speak. “Normally it wasn’t a big deal, I know my mom was busy but I didn’t really understand why. But when I was thirteen and I began to realize that I am starting to gain more of my fetish spirit side. My dad did his best, but it wasn’t enough. So I tried to hide away what I was. I wore baggier clothes, looser shirts and hoodies to hide my appearance. But even through all of those clothes people started to notice me more. I didn’t know what to do.” Nameera was trying hard to not break down and cry, but Victoria could see this as she released her from the tendrils. The material receded back into her body as she placed a comforting hand on Nameera’s shoulder. “I can help, but you have to want to be helped.”
Nameera nodded her head, placing her hand on top of Victoria’s as she rubbed her eyes. “If I may ask, what do you call yourself?” She knelt down as she looked at Nameera. “Though I am known as Flora, you can call me Victoria to help ease the confusion.” Nameera nodded her head as she tilted her head to the side. “Also, who were your parents?” Victoria looked to the side, already sucking air through her teeth as she rubbed the back of her head. “Well my mother is a fetish spirit of elven descent named Lyza. But my father you probably heard of. His real name is Jericho Maxwell, but you also know him as Lucifer.” Nameera was surprised, raising an eyebrow as she told her who she was. “You’re his daughter? I could have sworn that he was sterile.” Victoria had a grumpy expression on her face as she sighed. “Why is it that everyone always says that?” Nameera began to smile again before giggling happily.
Victoria smirked as she placed her hand on Nameera’s head. “So, ready to head out now?” Nameera nodded her head as she stood up. “Yeah, I think dad’s going to kill me though...” her voice was distant but Victoria gave the same expression on her face as she sucked air through her teeth. It was her tell when there was something more to it. “Well, not quite you see...”
Sorns pulled up in his car as he walked into the mall to find Nameera, only to feel something hug him tight from behind. He had a surprised look on his face as he turned to face Nameera but also a new face. “Nameera? When did you get here?” Nameera kept silent as she hugged him tight. “I’m sorry dad...” Sorns put his hands on her back, hugging in response as he smiled kindly. “It’s okay kiddo.” Nameera wiped her eyes again as she smiled. The damage she was dealt with was gone while she was unconscious thanks to Victoria’s knowledge on herbs. But before she had forgotten, she then held Victoria’s hand as she looked up at her father. “Dad, this is Victoria Maxwell. She’s a year behind me.”
Sorns had a surprised look on his face as he looked at her. “Maxwell huh? You don’t mean that Maxwell?” She nodded his head as he had the same surprised expression on his face. “Huh, I guess he wasn’t sterile after all.” In her head Victoria rolled her eyes but on the surface her smile was as bright as the sun as she shook Sorns’ hand. “It’s nice to meet you Mr. Orteal!” Sorns smiled as well, surprised by the exuberance of the girl as well before turning his head. “Do you need a ride home?”
Victoria shook her head as she smiled. “I was talking to my father and he said it was okay for me to stay over for Nameera’s birthday.” Sorns nodded his head, knowing that Lucifer was known for honesty above all else as he opened the door. “Well, let’s go home then. It’s nice to know that Nameera won’t feel alone.” Victoria nodded her head happily, sitting in the passenger seat behind the front seat as Nameera looked at the elven girl. Victoria had given Nameera a wink, showing it was still Flora inside as well.
As Nameera stepped into the car, Victoria began to talk into a lot of detail with her parents and how they met. As she listened, she started to feel happier after meeting Victoria now. She had a feeling that Victoria can help her with her fetish spirit side and with enough effort become someone that her mother and father can be proud of.