Maia Returns Home

<Mina‘Haplo> [Before… The battle with Sophie Garland, and at the Oblationist Basilica in Redspring… Maia had just recently left a meeting with Father Tycho, who had explained the history of the Angels en Garde… But now she had someone else to meet, or elses, rather… The Minama family were close, after all.]
*Maia was in fact approaching the Minama family residence as such, trying her best not to look … well, tense. Because she was tense with everything that was going on. (It may not be working so well.)
<Mina`Haplo> [ The Minama residence loomed up ahead! A rather handsome two-storey house, with a satisfyingly well-tended front lawn with a cute white picket fence around it… It looked like such a happy place…]
<Mina`Haplo> [… Especially when the battle cry of the Minama’s youngest was sounded. "MAIA! MAIA! MAAAIAAA!"]
<Maia> Probably because it was! And as if on cue, the eldest of the Minama children would drop to her knees with arms wide and a … perhaps slightly forced smile Tension. :(
<Mina‘Haplo> [ No time for tension now. Isha Minama rushed at Maia with such infectious glee on her face… She had an abundance of love, and she not only hugged Maia, but full-on tackled her to the ground. "Maia! Maia! I missed you, Maia! You’re baaaack~"]
*Maia loses to the six-year-old girl, getting bowled over! And returns the hug, all the same with a laugh, tousling Isha's hair.
<Mina‘Haplo> [Isha consolidates her grip on her prize, snuggling up good and tight to Maia and kissing her cheek. "Maia~" She coos. "Are you gonna come inside? Mum and dad are home…"]
*Maia nodnods, somehow getting back to her feet even with clinging six-year-old.
<Mina`Haplo> [ Isha steadfastly refuses to let go, but allows her big sister to stand up. "Whatcha up to, Maia? Tell me stories! Are you a hero yet? Have you fought demons yet? Tell me tell me tell meeeee!"]
*Maia pats the little girl on the head, then takes to signing with that one free hand (the other is holding the girl up). <I’ve fought scary things, but I'm no hero yet.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Silly Maia! Of course you’re a hero!" Says Isha with a frown, snuggling into her big sister as Maia approaches the front door…]
*Maia 's expression suggests that she was not convinced of this statement as she opens the front door with no fanfare.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ There is Noise happening inside, a rather loud discussion between Maia’s parents, Elijah and Erin. "See, I just don't know. I mean, she certainly -could- be, but it seems like such a… -different- area…" Says Elijah. "Oh, so it's okay for your other daughters to seal demons in themselves, but -not- become scientists?" "No, that's not what I meant…" ]
*Maia folds her arms and strides in rather quickly. There was arguing. There should not be arguing. In fact, she steps louder to attract attention.
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Well that’s what it sounded like it meant!" "Look, I'm okay for my girls to do whatever they want…" Maia's stepping wasn't doing the job, so it was Isha's turn. "Maia's hoooome!" She says loudly and happily… Causing the parents to turn with surprise and hastily hide their… Discussion. "M-Maia!" Says Elijah with a grin.]
*Maia blushes slightly, an action that seems horribly out of place for the situation. Huh. <What was that about?> she signs, cutting right to the chase.
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Oh, just…" Begins Elijah, but Erin cuts in. "Fara’s thinking about what she wants to be, and she's looking at science."]
*Maia smiles a bit. Something isn't right about the smile, her mood is definitely not actually that bright. <Science? Fascinating. Does she have dreams of working for anyone particular?>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Uhhh… I’m not sure. I think she just likes the idea of entering a smart, knowledgeable field where she can shine." Says Elijah. Erin replies, "Something nice, maybe… Medical science. That would be nice."]
<Maia> Another out-of-place blush. <Hmm… I might know someone to talk to.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Oh?" Asks Erin. Elijah, meanwhile, quirks an eyebrow. "Is everything okay, Maia?"]
*Maia shrugs. <Tell me, Father, how rude was your demon?>
<Mina`Haplo> ["… Rude, well." Elijah sits down near the table. "One of the annoying things with demons is that, with how they know your mind, they tend to… Be quite rude, yes, is one way of putting it." Says Elijah. "Old Pamorask was… Really rather scandalisingly rude, to be honest."]
*Maia chuckles. <Marakanas is no better.>
<Mina`Haplo> ["Oh dear. Like that is he?" Elijah snickers, whilst Erin frowns. "What’s he saying?" "Tell me, Maia!"]
*Maia shakes her head at Isha. <Absolutely not.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Awww." "No, it’s probably best if Maia doesn't repeat what he's saying in polite company." Says Elijah with a chuckle. "So… How have you been, Maia?" Asks Erin.]
<Maia> <Busy.>
*Maia sighs, and keeps on signin'. <I'm still trailing that rogue.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Hmmm. How’s that going?" Asks Erin gently, whilst Elijah quietly excuses himself to fetch lunch. "Would you like something, Maia, dear?"]
*Maia nods emphatically to her father, before replying, <Not so well. She's continually a step ahead of my companions and I.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Ah, your companions? You have companions now?"]
*Maia nods.
<Mina`Haplo> ["Tell me about your friends, Maia!" Says Isha energetically.]
*Maia shrugs a bit. <I haven’t gotten to know them really well yet.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Oh." Says Isha, who eventually scurries over to a seat (dragging Maia with her). "Perhaps you can discuss your rogue with your father." Says Erin.]
*Maia nods. <I will, that’s not a bad idea.>
<Mina‘Haplo> [Speaking of! Elijah soon returns with a platter of cheese-and-ham filled pastries, which he sets down on the table. "Isha, go get your sister for me." "But she’s right here!" "Your other sister." "Okay." Isha heads off upstairs…]
*Maia giggles a bit. <Father, Melchion's carrier is being a pest.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Oh really?" Elijah sits down, helping himself to a pastry. "Do tell."]
*Maia gets a smug look. Maybe Marakanas can see it. <She is continually a step ahead of me. And to make matters worse, that Slayer is after her too.>
<Mina`Haplo> [Elijah gets a dark frown. "-The- Slayer? I’ve heard of… Her?" "I think they're calling it a him now." "Him. No good can come of that." Says Elijah. Meanwhile, the sound of a pair of footsteps on the staircase sound out as Isha returns with Fara… Who pauses. "Ah… Maia… Hi."]
*Maia - rather nonchalantly, even - corrects him. <Her.> Then she waves to Fara, smiling. <…She and I have met.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["…Ah… And how did that go?" Asks Elijah, whilst Fara somewhat awkwardly sits down. "Um… How’re you doing?"]
*Maia grins to Fara. <Fine. And you?>
<Maia> Then to her father, she signs, <About as well as you'd expect. She's not particularly friendly.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["I’m good. Did you hear about… About my career ideas…?" She quickly takes a pastry and nibbles it. Isha has returned to Maia's side by now. Elijah nods. "You know as well as I do that the Slayer cannot be allowed to kill a rogue."]
*Maia nods to Fara. Dad gets a reply first. <Of course not. She has been warned of the dangers of doing so.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Let’s hope she has the sense to follow them. But what exactly is this rogue doing?"]
<Maia> <Dabbling in the undead, for one. She seems to have been affiliated with one of the Slayer's previous victims.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["T-the undead?" Isha’s eyes grow wide, and Fara quirks an eyebrow as well. Elijah nods. "Hmmmmmmm… What methods have you used to get her so far?"]
*Maia frowns. <We had scryed her, but she apparently was able to detect it and eluded our grasp. One of my companions is following up on another lead related to possible hideouts of hers while I came up here, and Lucius is teaching them signs so I can, well… you know.> She's looking a little worn out after that one. Maybe she should keep the responses shorter for a bit!
*Maia shrugs. <Enough about her for now,> she signs, and she turns to Fara. <You wanted to go into the medical science field?>
<Mina‘Haplo> [The family follow along… "Ah, so Lucius is with you. Goodo." Says Elijah, but then it’s Fara's turn. "W-well, I haven't decided." Says Fara. "Science… Some kind of science. Maybe medical, maybe… I dunno, maybe something to do with synthetics?"]
*Maia smiles. <I'm sure you're smart enough to go far.>
Session Time: Tue Jun 29 00:00:00 2010
<Mina‘Haplo> ["…" Fara pauses for a minute, then nods. "Thanks. So." She reaches over and grabs a pastry. "Tell me about Paxia."]
*Maia raises an eyebrow. <What about it?>
<Mina`Haplo> ["I dunno." Shrug. "Been to anything exciting? Maybe a ball? Or a play?"]
*Maia laughs. <I’ve spent most of my time hanging out with the police, so not really.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["The police?" Fara quirks an eyebrow. "But… That sounds boring."]
*Maia nods. <I’ve been working with them. It wasn't terribly exciting until I got mixed up in this Slayer business.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Ah…" An awkward pause, then Erin breaks in. "So, will you be staying here tonight, Maia, love?"]
*Maia sighs. <I can’t, I'm afraid. Not with the Slayer on Sophie Garland's tail too.>
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww." Isha clings to Maia’s arm, and looks up with big wide eyes. Elijah chuckles. "That's a shame. Perhaps you can come back after this business is over…" "Maybe you can take me to the city one time." Asks Fara.]
*Maia nods. <I'd love to, actually,> she replies to Fara and her father both.
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Ah! Good." Says Elijah, and Fara nods. "Perhaps we can go to a ball." Says Fara wryly.]
*Maia stares at Fara for a moment.
*Maia then… just nods.
<Mina`Haplo> ["Or would you prefer…" She pauses, then shakes her head.]
*Maia raises an eyebrow. <Go on.>
<Mina`Haplo> ["Just don’t take me to a police beat for two weeks or anything."]
*Maia pouts. <I wouldn't do that to you.>
<Mina`Haplo> ["Good." A smirk.]
<Mina`Haplo> [And so, united with her family for a little longer, Maia would spend the rest of the day with them, joking, talking (or signing at least), and showering affection on these wonderful people… And then, it was back on the train, and back to Paxia…]

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