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  • Listening to: Undoomed
  • Reading: Stephen King
  • Watching: Undoomed
  • Playing: WOW
  • Eating: Deli Sandwich
  • Drinking: Mountain Dew
Hello, everyone!

Yes, I just got back from a 5-day cruise to Canada. Quite the trip, but it was fun. I went with my fiance, James, his brother Vinny, and our friend Nick. I must say it was FREEZING in Canada and on the ship (especially at night) but I loved being at sea like that. I really is incredible to be sitting at a restaurant table and looking out the window to see nothing bu water. The rocking of the ship took some getting used to as well, but when you felt the rocking at night in bed, it was quite relaxing!

We stopped at St. John and at Halifax. St. John was rainy and cold, but we had lovely weather in Halifax. Halifax also had a great maritime museum along with a Titanic exhibit. I also found a great little book detailing some Canadian ghost stories; spent that night reading them in bed and gave myself the chills ^^

For my first cruise, I have to say that, despite he cold, I enjoyed it a lot. James and I are making plans for another cruise for our honeymoon. This time, around the Bahamas, I think! But I'm glad the four of us took this trip. It was a great experience and though I'm happy to be home, I wish this vacation had listed a bit longer.

Oh well. Glad to see you guys again!
"Come now, Ms. Brown, no need to look so alarmed." Eliza looked up to see Kenta's cold smile. "As we stated, the women were already dead before we acquired their skulls."

Small comfort, Eliza thought as her mind conjured up an image of bat demons sneaking into a morgue, finding Spiker and Sponge's bodies and... Eliza's stomach lurched and she shuddered, wrapping her arms around herself.

Was this to be her fate, then? Another ghastly trophy for the Kurosaki war chest? Would she soon be decapitated  or would the removal of her head come after he demons had drawn out her death?

"No need to look like that, Ms. Brown. You will not share the same fate as Spiker and Sponge." Eliza looked up at Takashi's words. The demon lord turned to his niece. "I believe my niece wanted something more suitable, didn't you, Rin?"

"Yes, Uncle," the half-demon replied. "Spiker and Sponge were the true abusers of my brother, but I have little sympathy for someone who could have helped an orphan child avoid a harmful situation-" Rin glared at Eliza "-and chose not to."

"To say nothing of the other children under her care," Sosuke added.

"Indeed so, my son," Takashi agreed. "But James is part of our family. Doing him and him alone harm is what Ms. Brown mus answer for."

"But I didn't harm James," Eliza protested. Desperation had flooded her words, but the matron didn't care. "I made a mistake, yes, but I'm not the only one!"

"Yes, you said that before," Kenta said, eliciting a hissing chuckle from Shinobu and some of the other bat demons.

"Then you should remember me saying that I can only do what I can for the children. Children need consistency; they need a place they can call a permanent home while they're still young if they are to move forward with their lives after losing their parents. That is what I can give them."

"Do tell, Ms. Brown, are you trying to convince us of your noble intentions or are you trying to convince yourself?" Takashi asked. His words, though spoken softly, were like tiny daggers into Eliza's heart. The matron lowered her eyes as the demon's words hit home.

"You knew that Spiker and Sponge had no real interest in James's welfare, didn't you, Ms. Brown?" Lady Suzume asked softly. "Even if you didn't hear what Shinobu did, you could tell that they weren't good guardians, yet you placed James with them anyway because, in the end, it was the easiest course of action, was it not?"

"I.... yes," Eliza whispered. The guilt she had felt since reading about James's adventure- temporarily numbed by the trial- returned with a vengeance. Tears leaked from her eyes as she looked back up at he assembled demons. "I'm sorry."

"You're only sorry because you're being forced to take responsibility for your actions," Rin growled. "You're not innocent."

"No," Takashi agreed as he rose to his feet. "But then, if you were innocent, Ms. Brown, we would not be here today." he demon's wings unfolded slightly as he stood, their edges lined with bony spikes that glittered like knives in the candlelight.

"Eliza Brown," Takashi intoned, "By the testimony heard here today, as well as your own admission, I hereby determine, that knowingly placed the child James Henry Trotter- a child of the Kurosaki family- in a harmful situation. As such, you shall suffer as my niece's brother has suffered. Rin, would you like to contest my ruling?"

The half-demon eyed Eliza with cold contempt.

"While I don't think Eliza Brown is evil, she deserves to be punished. I can see the guilt in her eyes. As such, no, Uncle Takashi, I will not contest your ruling. I only ask that I be allowed to carry out her punishment myself.

A murmur of approval ran through the room and Takashi nodded.

"As James's closest kin, such is your right, Rin." Takashi nodded at the four demons who had escorted Eliza into the room. "Now, let the sentence be carried out."
  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: Clive Barker
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  • Playing: WOW
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Here I am in Lancaser! Yes, my fiance, his brother, and one of our friends are on a short vacation (got here today and we'll be heading home Thursday). I've had to deal with a ton of stress a work (two people- both far more experienced than me- quit), so this vacation is just what I need. Short, yes, but three days away from the job is nice.

Loving the country and company!
"We have heard the testimony from both Eliza Brown and from a reliable witness," Takashi said. The demon's eyes fell upon the kneeling matron, icy as a winter morning. "Does anyone here wish to refute the evidence?" Predictably, not one of the assembled demons spoke and Takashi nodded.

"Very well, then. By our laws, Eliza Brown will be subject to the punishment we decide for her. But first, Ms. Brown will be allowed to speak, if she wishes."

Eliza bit her lip, averting her gaze for a moment. Uncertain as she was after hearing the testimony from Shinobu, she knew that this would be her last chance for mercy. She had to make her case now; she had to.

"Well, Ms. Brown?"

"I would like to say something," Eliza said, looking back up at the demon lord. Takashi's eyes narrowed, but he nodded.

"Very well. We will listen." Eliza took a deep breath and looked up at the assembled demons before her.

"I don't disagree that I committed an oversight and that I should have been more thorough in checking James's records," Eliza began, but angry growls from the assembled demons cut off matron's words. Takashi held up his clawed hand and he noise ceased.

"Hold, friends. Ms. Brown will be allowed to speak her piece, as is her due." To Eliza's surprise, it was Rin who spoke up.

"My uncle is right; she should have the chance to speak. It's more than she deserves, but it's her right."

"Continue, then, Ms. Brown," Takashi commanded.

"Er, yes. Ahem, anyway, as I was saying, that I don't deny that I should have been more thorough. But I didn't find their concerns about compensation all that odd; they hadn't planned on taking in a child and were most likely living on a budget. What's more is that the police officers who brought James to the orphanage in the first place had questioned his neighbors and they mentioned nothing about a second child either.

"Should I have questioned the fact that Miranda had a second child? Yes. Should I have taken the time to look into James's new living conditions? Yes. Should I have met with Spiker and Sponge beforehand? Yes. But here is my position, my lord: I am one woman caring for many orphans. I provide for them solely through the charity of others; I can't keep them at the orphanage forever. When the children have relatives, I have to place them. The system my orphanage is part of isn't perfect, but I do the best I can with what I have. And I tried," Eliza finished, directing her gaze at Rin, "to do the best I could with James."

For a moment, there was silence as the assembled demons drank in Eliza's words. The matron glanced around the room before returning her gaze to Takashi. The demon lord had lowered his chin to his chest, his eyes closed. If it weren't for his ramrod posture, Eliza would have guessed he had fallen asleep. However, Takashi's golden eyes quickly snapped back open and he raised his head to address the assembled demons.

"Eliza Brown has spoken and she has made legitimate points. We are aware of how society treats orphaned children; there is pity in many hearts, but a lack of those willing to adopt or donate funds to provide for them. I do not doubt that Ms. Brown made the best of her circumstances and I agree that she is not the only person to blame for James's past situation.

"However," Takashi continued, leveling his steely glances at Eliza, "the failures of others does not excuse your own. It was still your responsibility to look into the fact that James had a sister and attempt to seek her out. It was still your responsibility to make sure that he living situation you has arranged for him were suitable. And it was still your responsibility to make sure Spiker and Sponge were suitable guardians."

"And they weren't," Rin said, her ears twitching slightly as she spoke. "You claim you were doing the best you could, but your method for dealing with children like my brother seems to be dropping them off with the first relatives you could find. I believe that, despite the hardships faced by the orphanage system, you still have to account for the safety for the children under your care. And you didn't do that."

"Rin is right," Kenta growled. His wings unfurled slightly as he spoke, making the young demon look even more sinister. "We cannot speak for any other children you have placed with uncaring relatives, but I doubt James was the only child to be met with relatives who had no interest in a child's well-being."

"True, my son, true," Takashi agreed. "And Spiker and Sponge certainly were not interested in James's well-being."

"Forgive me for saying so, my lord," Eliza began. "But Spiker and Sponge are the ones who-"

"Yes, a pity they died before we could get to them," Rin interrupted, glancing sideways at her uncle.

"True, but I see no reason not show Ms. Brown one of the ways we deal with those who dare cross our family." Takashi raised his arms. From the shadows behind him, two demons marched forward, each bearing a velvet-wrapped staff with rounded tops and wooden feet. Setting them down, the two demons removed the velvet coverings and this time, Eliza did let out a scream.

Perched atop the staffs, their polished surfaces gleaming in the candlelight, were two human skulls. Eliza stared at them, her wide eyes taking in every detail of the preserved bones. Both of them boasted numerous cracks that, while carefully mended, were still plainly visible. But what had made the matron scream was, despite the lack of flesh and features, she recognized the two skulls. She had, after all, seen these two when they were alive: one with a thin facial structure and a slightly pointed nose and the other with fuller cheeks and in its mouth, the gleam of a gold tooth.
The Trial Ch. 10
Well, I did promise that Spiker and Sponge would show up...

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Pooka
Yes, I came home today and discovered we've adopted a new puppy. After much discussion, we settled on the name Pooka. She's a feisty little thing, but she's already fast asleep. Whether or not she stays asleep remains to be seen.
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Jillian Roath
United States
Current Residence: In my mind. I only vacation in reality
Favourite genre of music: Any song with a good beat and message; no rap please
Favourite style of art: Fan art!
MP3 player of choice: My ipod nano
Skin of choice: My own, thank you
Favourite cartoon character: Lumiere
Personal Quote: My friends, I am a Rocky Horror fan. I am out of my mind.
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  • Listening to: Undoomed
  • Reading: Stephen King
  • Watching: Undoomed
  • Playing: WOW
  • Eating: Deli Sandwich
  • Drinking: Mountain Dew
Hello, everyone!

Yes, I just got back from a 5-day cruise to Canada. Quite the trip, but it was fun. I went with my fiance, James, his brother Vinny, and our friend Nick. I must say it was FREEZING in Canada and on the ship (especially at night) but I loved being at sea like that. I really is incredible to be sitting at a restaurant table and looking out the window to see nothing bu water. The rocking of the ship took some getting used to as well, but when you felt the rocking at night in bed, it was quite relaxing!

We stopped at St. John and at Halifax. St. John was rainy and cold, but we had lovely weather in Halifax. Halifax also had a great maritime museum along with a Titanic exhibit. I also found a great little book detailing some Canadian ghost stories; spent that night reading them in bed and gave myself the chills ^^

For my first cruise, I have to say that, despite he cold, I enjoyed it a lot. James and I are making plans for another cruise for our honeymoon. This time, around the Bahamas, I think! But I'm glad the four of us took this trip. It was a great experience and though I'm happy to be home, I wish this vacation had listed a bit longer.

Oh well. Glad to see you guys again!

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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy birthday, m'dear! :heart: :glomp: :tighthug: :party: :cake: :dance: Hope you have a lovely day! :D
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Ahzeya Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
Thank you. I did.
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Glad to hear it! :aww:
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Birthday cake by KmyGraphic
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Ahzeya Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
Thank you.
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You-are-Welcome by KmyGraphic
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Check your email! ;)
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Ahzeya Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
I did! Thank you so much! I'm going to read it right now!
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I know it's in a crude stage right now, but hopefully that can be fixed, and become even better. At least I got the general idea.
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