Michael: *to Damien* No, just the Belnades necklace-holders... the necklaces have a tendency to actively ensure that their powers will be manifested by their desired hosts.
Dream: *glares at the maid, looking deeply insulted*
Annie: *having just arrived, and now talking to Tori* So, let me get this straight.
Miriam came here to face Ne, and he freaked out.
Miriam: That's right.
He... He still fears me... I have to leave him be. It's for the best. I'll need to find another way to help him overcome this trauma, but... but physically being present will only make it worse.
Luigifan: Hmmmm... If Leila can't stand Nikolai, but is best buddies with Ne, and Ne can't stand Miriam, but is best buddies with Leila, and Nikolai can't get Leila to trust him no matter what he does, but his goals are similar to Miriam's...
Dream: I was chatting with Luigifan on the way here. In the future, Nikolai devotes himself to patching up the frayed relations between the Catholic Church and Slavic Neo-pagans.
Luigifan: So, well, I was thinking I could ship Ne with Leila and Nikolai with Miriam.
...Uh, didI hear that correctly?
Tori: I fail to even see what you are trying to even accomplish here...
Luigifan: ...I'm just trying to make everyone happy.
Tails: Er, I don't think the clock spirit
I accidentally made will like that-
Miriam: Are you crazy?
Nikolai tried to put Leila in the same sort of mess Snake-Jaw put Lydia in!
Lydia: *noticing Maxmillian's reaction*
Maxmillian... it wasn't your fault...
Miriam: *continuing on, oblivious to Maxmillian's discomfort and Lydia trying to comfort him* I can't trust
him not to hurt me - nearly getting my soul devoured by Trapestry one time was more than horrible enough!
didn't nearly get your soul eaten, Miriam. I nearly got my soul eaten...
...brrr, that was horrible!!!! If not for Damien... jibbly, jibbly...
*Dream shudders for a few moments before snapping out of her fear funk.* Haaah... Okay, I'm better now. Where was I? Oh, yes. Luigifan, I already told you, Nikolai ends up married to Leila-
Leila: ARE YOU FRICKIN' KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!? YOU'VE LOST YOUR MARBLES, DREAM!!!!! THAT WILL NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER HAPPEN!!!!!!!
Luigifan: ...You heard Leila. She'll never accept Nikolai.
Dream: Yeah, right. She totally has his babies.
Harry: Are you kidding? He tried to kill her!!! ...Wait, how are babies made?
Damien: The storks will be the ones to decide if you get kids or not, Leila.
Nikolai: Uh, that's not how it works-
Artemis: *interrupting Nikolai* Err, not quite... I can see the passion in the eyes of Nikolai. He will repent as much as he feels he needs to so that he might grace Leila with his-
Dark Matt: No.
Luigifan: Can we please keep things under triple-X level?
Luther & Lindsay:
Artemis: *flatly* -love... *Artemis notices Luther, Lindsay, Leila, Harry, and... well... pretty much everyone
giving her funny looks.* What? Were you expecting me to say something else?
Dark Matt: Actually, yes. Though I'm glad that we weren't on the same page this time...
Luigifan: I totally thought she was going to say "pen"-
by Luther* Ow!
Leila: *Leila looks about ready to throttle Dream.* Shut... up... about... me... being... with... Nikolai! It! Won't! Happen!
Dream: Ha, we'll see about that.
Leila: Why the hell
are you looking at me like that, Nikolai?!? You're creeping me out!!!
Nikolai: I... I just really love you, and... uh... My desire for you is overwhelming-
Leila: You mean your desire to see me killed?!?
That's the exact opposite
of what I want!!!
Artemis: *continuing right where she left off, in spite of Nikolai and Leila's antics* Dream, on the other hand... Yeah, that will be a different story. A very naughty
Dream: *Dream does a spit-take, and spends a few moments coughing and blushing profusely.* Oh, my...
I can hardly wait...
Michael: I am very glad Uncle Reuben wasn't here to hear that...
And I thought my sister was getting into trouble...
Lydia & Sunlight: HEY!!!!!!!
Dream: W-where was I... Oh, right? As I was saying, Nikolai's not the right guy for Miriam, either. No... if it's not Ne, the next best candidate is Sean O'Toole.
Luigifan: Sean O'Toole... You mean, Donovan's son?
Annie: *looking rather exasperated by the hostility between Leila and Nikolai* Argh... Anyone here able to call Nikolai's parents?
Nikolai: Huh? Why?
Annie: I want this mess sorted out once and for all. Which means Leila's family needs to have a talk with your family about this.
Nikolai: Er, that won't help. My family is kinda scared stiff of you guys. They don't want to be seen fraternizing with the "enemy". If Zharnev tried to kill me for "failing" to hand Leila over to him,
what do you think he'll do to my mom and dad when they have an interaction with Leila's parents that doesn't
involve the latter dying, never mind a friendly conversation?
Luther: Nikolai... you're saying your parents would try to kill me and Lindsay?!?
Nikolai: Sadly, they wouldn't have much of a choice in the matter. They'd have
to kill you, or Zharnev would have them murdered. Just like he tried to kill me
when I let Leila slip through his fingers.
Carnation: ...I'm glad my father wasn't here to hear that...
Lindsay: Agreed... knowing him,
he'd probably go on a rampage...
Argh. Blast that Zharnev...
That bear is so
I'm willing to face death at Zharnev's hands to protect you, but my parents are terrified of the guy, and I can't blame them.
Leila: ... ... ...You are not
Nikolai: I am serious, Leila. I would lay down my life to protect you... I love you. And I'd go to any lengths to prove it to you...
I really care about you, Leila. I want nothing more than to keep you safe.
Leila: YOU'RE LYING!!!!!!
Nikolai: *drops to the ground like a sack of potatoes*
See, this is the sort of stuff Ne's getting sick and tired of.
Okay, then, scratch that plan. Guess we're not having a peace talk with the Velenovas anytime soon. We'll just have to have the Caliburs and the Mokarys talk out their problems. Miriam, I know you don't really want to make Ne freak out again, but we all need to get this settled.
settled. I can't be near Ne unless he doesn't cringe at the sight of me.
Eric: And there's a matter of a psychotic poltergeist...
Annie: Eric? How long have you been here?
Eric: Since Ne started having a King mogeko-induced heart attack and Viv started going nuts.
Tails: Oh boy. How bad is it?
Eric: She was swearing to murder Miriam to protect Ne.
She was also suggesting that Miriam stay in Mogeko Castle, which was pissing Myla off to no end, and... *sigh* It was very, very nasty... Honestly, Ne turning Miriam away is probably the best thing that could have happened - otherwise the scat would have hit the fan by now.
Cassandra: ... ...
...Where is this Viv?
Eric: Probably inside the house. *to Annie* I'm glad to see that you're safe, Mom... How are Janine and Anastasia?
Annie: They're fine.
Eric: Good, I was getting worried about them.
Mordred: ... *Mordred, who is thankfully oblivious to the conversation between Eric and his parents, begins typing a text message.*
Lydia: Hm? Mordred? What are you doing?
Mordred: I'm recruiting Katelyn to help put an end to this nonsense. Running away from your fears doesn't help you. If you keep running away, you'll never escape them. The only way to overcome your fears is to face them head-on. So we are going to force Ne to face his fears. *Mordred finishes the text message and sends it.*
You're going to what?!?
Mordred: This is for his own good. We have to break the cycle of fear and amnesia. We have to make Ne overcome his trauma.
Mordred, brainwashing him won't help!
Luigifan: ...We're not going to pull a Ruby Sparks
here, are we?
Annie: ...A what?
Luigifan: You don't remember that movie?
Mordred: We're not going to brainwash him. We're just going to drive him to confront his fear. From there, he will have to overcome it on his own.
And what if he can't?
Mordred: If he can't, then he's not good enough for Cassandra Belnades' daughter.
Miriam: Mordred, I don't want Ne to suffer!
Mordred: What? Mom's attitude towards fear is what inspired this idea. To be afraid is to be weak, to allow your life to be controlled by others. You can only be strong if you can conquer your fears, ignore your unease, and act in spite of your misgivings.
Torch: ... *thinking* Okay, now I really
have to help Sky get over his issues.
Tori: *to Mordred* You are... really starting to irritate me. Have you no sympathy? My son has been severely damaged by these monsters, and you seem to be brushing this whole thing off as something to overcome to see if he's "worthy" of something that he isn't even aware of. How easy is it for you to ignore the suffering this has caused to those that are his family?
Mordred: I'm just trying to do what's best for my sister!
Katelyn: *arrives* Hey. So, I heard that you found out what's bugging Ne...
Miriam: Yes. Mogeko Castle... I already conquered the castle, but Ne still fears it. Listen, I'm not sure that this is a good idea-
Mordred: Miriam, I'm trying to help you and Ne. *to Katelyn* Katelyn, I need you to suppress Ne's defense mechanisms - to make it so he can't push away his fear of Mogeko Castle. I need you to force him to face it head-on.
Annie: Uh, guys? I was thinking more along the lines of the Caliburs and Mokarys talking this out.
Mordred: Of course. We should let the conversation start naturally. Now, let's go inside and get this started.
Katelyn: Er, what about my cousin Sean-
I am not letting that creepy stalker
have his way with my sister.
Sean who? I have a stalker?
Dream: Sean O'Toole. Didn't you hear me talking with Luigifan?
Torch: *exchanges an aside glance with Saru* Wait, what? Miriam doesn't even remember who Sean is?!?
Matthew: The irony here is so thick, you could cut it with a knife...
Sunlight: Uh, didn't she wipe her own memories?
Lydia: Yes, she did... right before assaulting you...
Katelyn: *to Mordred* He's not a stalker! He's just painfully shy, and doesn't dare to make a move as long as Miriam's fixated on Ne!
Mordred: Just. Help. Us. Fix. Ne.
I'd much rather see Miriam get more mimic genes into the Mimic's Necklace bloodline than some wimpy kid with a useless Stand.
Matthew: *exchanges an aside glance with Uma* Uh... This is awkward.
Matt: *to Mordred* Wait, what? MY KIDS ARE NOT GOING TO BE BRED LIKE CATTLE!!!!!!!
Mordred: What? Come on, Matt, don't you want to see your bloodline strengthened with more mimic genes?
Matt: *roars at Mordred* What?!
You think bloodline is all that matters here?! What about his happiness?! WHAT ABOUT WHAT NE ACTUALLY WANTS?!
...The hell is your problem, Matt? Just calm down...
Matt: My problem is that you seem to think Ne and Miriam need
to marry each other for some arbitrary and unlikely "power boost" to their hypothetical kids.
Mordred: Well, considering that we have loonies like Mysto, Necrongius, and Malthus to deal with, I think Miriam's children would need to be as strong as possible-
Matt: *is now even more
unhappy* So you want to put a bullseye on Ne's head?!?
Mordred: He already has one, so I don't see what the problem is.
Mordred: Or did you forget about the Light Demon you just beat the **** out of? There's probably gonna be plenty more where he came from.
:bademoticon: Ne... oh, no...
Matt: The fact remains that you're treating my kids like livestock for you all to breed with! They have feelings,
you genetics-obsessed freaks!
Miriam: Uh, Mordred? It'd be one thing for Mom, Dad, or Michael to be trying to "strengthen the bloodline", but to hear that sort of talk coming from my younger
brother is a little disturbing. Not to mention that you have a criminal record.
Mordred: So? I care very much that Mom's bloodline is kept going strong to the next generation!
Michael: ...You've been spending too much time with Luigifan, haven't you?
Mordred: Actually, no, I've been hanging out more with Randy...
Cassandra: *to Mordred* Dear... let Miriam pick her own mate... *to Randy* Could you please stop being creepy?
Katelyn: And Sean would make a great
mate for Miriam! Invisible Sun bestows people with energy.
That could be immensely useful for... well, for the holder of any
of the Belnades clan necklaces.
Uh... That's nice, but I was kinda thinking more of the strength of the children I bear, and
I hardly know this "Sean", so I would much prefer Ne-
Matt: MY CHILDREN ARE NOT LIVESTOCK!!!!!! STOP TREATING THEM LIKE THEY ARE!!!!!!
Miriam: What? Mordred has a point. I've got a lot of enemies, so I want my children to be strong enough to survive if they get attacked!
Matt: And my
point is that Ne wants nothing to do with you, you selfish bi-
???: Katelyn's right, guys... It's true that those who already have supernatural powers, like the power of mimicry, can't get Stands, but even so, Sean's energy-granting abilities would make him an excellent partner for Miriam.
Katelyn: Uncle Phillip? When did you get here?!?
Phillip: *appearing along with Flora* Just now. We heard from Maxmillian that the group that departed to Mogeko Castle has returned.
Flora: And we heard from Michael that King mogeko's curse was killing Ne...
Annie: Flora! Good to see you again!
Don't worry about the curse, it's already been taken care of.
Flora: Hey, sis.
Is everyone all right?
Annie: Yes, Flora, we're all fine.
Miriam: *to Matt* See, I told you that curse thing wasn't made up.
But even with the curse removed by King mogeko's death, it didn't make much of a difference... Ne's still terrified of me...
Michael: Well, he did just get supernaturally driven into an outrageously intense fight-or-flight reaction.
I'm not surprised that he'd still be a little jumpy. But, yeah, just when it looked like Ne was about to have a heart attack, the curse just... went away. It just abruptly stopped, and Ne began to calm down. I'm guessing that King mogeko was struck down at precisely that moment.
Phillip: That would be my guess, too.
Michael: Of course, at the time, I was afraid that the curse went away because King mogeko had managed to capture Miriam and was proceeding to do unspeakable things to her-
Cassandra, Miriam, & Mordred: Please stop talking.
Maid: Yeah, like nearly getting killed by Moge-ko wasn't extremely terrifying at at all. And then there's the other hundred-thousand-plus Mogekos that might have nearly killed him or did highly frightening actions in front of him.
Marian: Yeah, and killing all of them won't really do any good. You can tell a kid that the boogeyman doesn't exist all you want, they'll still fear him because they can still think about him.
Marion: There's still the time he ended up in there to deal with, regardless of the King's curse; that is likely why he's still afraid... Seeing Miriam reminds him of the fact that the Mogeko were after her, which reminds Ne of, well, the Mogeko themselves.
Marian: I guess the problem here is that on some subconscious level, Ne wanted to warn Miriam about the castle, but he's so terrified that trying to get his message to Miriam makes him afraid.
Miriam: ... ... ...
So... he's actually been trying to protect me this whole time?
T-that's so sweet of him...
Inu & Uma: *look at Marian with an expression of exasperated disdain
Phillip: Speaking of girls suffering horrible fates, where's my daughter? I need to make sure that she's all right...
Hey, Dad. I'm fine-
Flora: *breaking off the embrace with Annie and turning to Lydia* Lydia, what were you thinking, going to that castle? You had your father and I worried sick!
Lydia: I wanted to help rescue Momoko-
Phillip: Don't you know what could have happened to you?!?
Lydia: Yes... >_<; don't remind me, please...
Sunlight: You do realize that I would never let
it happen, yes?
Phillip: Yes, I know, but that doesn't stop me from worrying about my daughter!!!
Dad, I can take care of myself...
Phillip: I know, I just... I was so afraid that you'd get hurt...
Lydia: Aw, Dad, I'm fine!
Annie: Can we just get this talk underway?
Justin: *whispers something into Phillip's ear
Phillip: ...Matthew what? Finally! Oh, those two are going to be so happy together!
Matthew: ... ... ...Please don't embarrass me...
Mickey: *Mickey, snarling with rage, gestures threateningly at Matthew.* ...You.
You will not
have Torch. She's mine!
Matthew: ...Yeah, I'm gonna have to doubt that.
Your relationship with Torch is exactly
like the one I used to have with Uma, with a side order of Viv's relationship with Ne.
Who is this "Viv"?
Matthew: Speaking of the former... *to Uma* Hey, Uma! Would you mind helping me put Mickey in his place again? The moron still thinks he has a shot at seducing Torch!
Uma: I don't suppose Custom Robo are out of the equation?
Ryu: *takes Ray Mk.IV* I'll be taking this, seeing as I commissioned you to make it for me. Remember?
Uma: I will need time to arm myself for the war of the morons.
Inu: I have nothing better to do. I'll join this fight.
Mickey: I'll put you in a coffin
if you don't back off!!!
Matthew: ...Did you just threaten to hurt Uma and Inu?
Mickey: No, just you.
Matthew: Good, that means I don't have to break your neck.
Matthew: What? I broke up with Uma for the sake of her safety. I'm not gonna let some punk hurt her!
Annie: Could you please not stoop to Mickey's level?
Matthew: I thought he was making a death threat against Inu and Uma-
Mickey: Stooping to my level?!? WHAT'S THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?!?!?
Matthew: ...It means using murder as your solution to every problem.
Mickey: Hey! I only want Amelia dead!!!
...Well, her and any boy who tries to win Torch over... I will be the one to have her!
Matthew: For God's sake!!!
That sort of behavior is exactly
why she wants nothing to do with you!
Eric: ...Oh God, that is
just like Viv...
Matthew: *to Mickey* I take back what I said about you being as bad as I was... you're worse!
Mickey: You have a death wish? I'll be happy to cremate you on the spot if you keep this up!
Matthew: ...If you're going to try to take my life, then I'll do whatever I must to defend myself. So if you value your bones being intact, I would recommend against trying to hurt me.
Torch: WOULD YOU TWO CUT THIS OUT?!?!?!?!?!?
Matthew & Mickey: ...
Torch: Guys, just... stop. How many times do I have to tell you that Sky's the boy of my dreams?
Mickey: That little coward?!? Ha
! He's not even worth frying... he doesn't stand a chance! He'll never
be your "knight in shining armor"!
Torch: Oh, I'll soon strip him of his cowardice.
Just you wait!
Torch: Just, well, I'm gonna have to be gentle about it.
Justin: *to Ivy* Be afraid. Be very
Ivy: *to Justin* I am very much afraid right now...