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Flash exhaled sharply as he lied on his bed, Casting his gaze to the right, a calendar hung from the wall. On it, a circle made with dark purple marker surrounded the eighteenth. Flash sighed deeply.
“Father’s day, huh?” he spoke aloud. “Maybe I’ll go see mom. Better than just sitting in my room alone.” Rising from his bed, he lazily made his way towards the living area of his childhood home.
His eyes briefly scanned the room, passing by several large shelves, some filled with books and the rest holding trinkets and souvenirs from Solar's time as an active Hunter. One thing, in particular, caught his attention: a broken shield with several claw marks near its base, with a hole just above them.
Walking over to it, he picked the shield up to further examine it, noticing several bite marks along the edges.
“Jeez, Dad. Were you trying to tear the guy’s arm off?” Flash chuckled.
“He came close.”
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Chapter 2
Flash cleared his throat. “Well, I’m gonna head out, Twilight. Have fun at your lecture. Soarin, Rainbow? Try not to summon a monster from another universe. And sibs? Good luck.”
“With the exams or mom?” Scootaloo whispered, a mischievous smile on her face.
“Yes,” Flash snarked, winking at them. “Take care, mom. I’ll pay you a visit when I get home.”
Solar took a deep breath and smiled as Flash prepared to leave. “Alright, dear. Bye!”
“Bye Flash!” First Base and Scootaloo waved.
“I promise nothing!” Soarin shouted.
“Later, cheeseball!” Rainbow grinned. As Flash vanished into the sea of students, Rainbow gestured towards Soarin.
“Come on, Highlane. We have a Summoner class to get to.”
He groaned. “This is gonna suck.”
“I know, I know. Let’s just get it over with.” Rainbow pushed Soarin down the opp
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Chapter 1-B
A torrent of emotions and thoughts went through Flash’s mind as he stood before a class full of ten-year-olds. Some whispered and pointed fingers, others stared at him in awe and curiosity, and even a few had hands raised.
“Now class, we have a special treat today! This is Flash Sentry, one of Aubade Academia’s many accomplished C-rank Hunters.”
The class roared with ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhs’ as the children stared at the flustered Hunter.
Why did I agree to this? Flash grumbled to himself. Master Safari continued.
“Now, Flash is a rather ‘special’ student. Isn’t that right?” Safari turned to Flash with a huge grin.
“Uh… y-yeah. See, I’m a half-Daemon.”
There was a brief silence before the class erupted with noise. Thirty voices all shouting their question, hands shooting up like rockets. The onslaught of questions caught Flash off guard and quickly overwhelmed him.
“Class, pleas
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Chapter 1-A
The grass rolled back as the wind pushed against it. Above, the cries of birds rang through the clear blue sky. On the ground below, a loud roar shook the leaves from the trees. A manticore shot out of the bush, its leather wings flapping rapidly. It slid across the ground at great speeds before stopping short of slamming into a tree. Sharply turning its head, the creature growled at a nearby shrub.
From it shot a young man sporting a red vest. His blue hair bobbed as he leaped from the shrubbery, his sapphire eyes locked onto the hissing beast before him.
“Got you now,” his voice dripped with confidence. A grin spread across his lips, showcasing large, bestial fangs. “Okay, Manny. Be a good manticore and come take this tranquilizer.”
The manticore roared, its tail lashing out violently. This tactic did little to dissuade the young man, however. With a shrug, he drew from his back a golden-headed spear, twirling it before pointing the tip in Manny’s direct
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Hunters: Prologue
Hiya! Welcome to the world of Hunters. I’m Pinkie Pie, but most folks call me Pinkie. You can too!
Hunters is full of monsters, magic, and all sorts of neat-o stuff that starts with ‘m.’ Marbles, music, mint ice cream, microscopic organisms, mashed potatoes, mulberry pies, marzipan cakes, mascarpone cheese, meringue…
Whoops! Sorry, I got distracted. And I haven’t had a snack in, uh, ten minutes so I’m kind of hungry. I mean, it’s really hard to stay focused when your tummy’s yelling “Feed me Pinkie! Feed me now!”
… Yeah, I’m gonna go get a snack now. But that’s okay! I know how to think things out loud.
What? Did you think I was gonna talk with my mouth full? I mean, I could, but it’d be all
“Mmf mm-hmm mm m mmhm-hm-hm” in chapter five. See? I just said something important, but you couldn’t understand me, could ya?
Well, thanks for stopping by. Hope you have fun! I
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MLP Next Gen Breakdown
Prince/Captain Flash Sentry and Princes Twilight Sparkle
Marriage date: May 9th
Number of children: Four
Brick Book(Age:17. Eldest son), Stellar(Age:14. Eldest daughter),  Starfall(Age: 14. Youngest daughter), Orion( Age: 8. Youngest)
Soarin Highlane and Rainbow Dash
Marriage date: June 21st
Number if children: Two
Storm Rider(Age 17) Blitzkrieg(Age 13)
Spike and Rarity
Marriage date: September 15th
Number of children: One
Amethyst(Age 12)
Pinkie Pie and Cheese Sandwich
Marriage date:April 2nd
Number of children: Three
PBJ(Age 16, oldest) Cherry Pie and Chowder Cheddar(Age: 5)
Macintosh and Fluttershy:
Marriage date: August 1st
Number of children:  Four
Sun Kiss(Age: 19, Eldest daughter) Johnny Appleseed II(Age 17), Honey Suckle(Age 14, second eldest daughter), Marigold(Age 5, youngest daughter)
Marriage date: -
Number of children: One
Golden Oaks(Age 9)
Sunset Shimmer and Bulk Biceps
Marriage date: November 22nd
Number of children: Two
Nova Striker(Age 18), Sun Spa
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Hunter/EQG: Cast meeting
Hunters/EQG: The cast meets themselves.
H. Flash:...
EQG Flash:...Uh...H-hi?
H.Flash:...You're...short. Like, really short.
EQG Flash: Hey!
H. Flash: And scrawny...
EQG Flash: HEY! I'M NOT SCRAWNY! Check this out! [Pulls arm out of jacket sleeve and flexes]
H. Flash:...What am I...looking at?
EQG Flash: My bicep!  
H. Flash: What bicep?
Sci-Twi: Uh...
H. Twi: H-hello. Um...I-I like your glasses.
Sci-Twi: Thanks. I-I like your...uh...gauntlets.
H. Twi: Thanks...
[Awkward silence]
Sci-Twi: So, we're in agreement that this is-
H. Twilight: Incredibly weird? Oh yes.
Sci-Twi: Would you believe if I said this was the second time this happened to me?
H. Twi:...What?
(Rainbow Dash)
EQG Dash: So, let me get this straight; you can make mini tornadoes, kick wind blades, and even fly?!
H. Dash: Well, I haven't actually tried flying...yet.
EQG Dash: cool!
H. Dash: I know, right?
EQG Dash: Man, I'm awesome in that dimension!
H. Dash: We're awesome in any d
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Hunters Interlude: Halloween
[Flash and Soarin show up at a Halloween party, hosted by Pinkie Pie, in the same type of costume; Travis Touchdown]
Both: AHH!! REALLY? Well, one of us is gonna have to go change and it's not gonna be me.
[Brief pause before they snap to attention]
Soarin: Dude, no way! I had to change last year!
Flash: And I've been waiting that long for people to see me in this!
Soarin: Come on, man! Can't you wait another year! I worked really hard on this...
Flash: Bro, you're not even wearing the jacket! The most iconic part!
Soarin: Because it's one of the Desperate Struggle outfits!
Flash: The worst one!
Soarin: Hey, take that back! I'll have you know people like the moe shirt.
Flash: Right. They probably like it as much as DS's final boss.
Soarin[Now radiating a burning/freezing aura] : First you steal my costume, then you make fun of me and now you're being sarcastic!? Oh that's it, cat-boy, YOU'RE DEAD!
Flash[radiating an electric aura] :Good luck with that. Better men then you
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Ittai Shirogane
Name: Ittai Shirogane
Nickname/Alias: Blazing Ittai, the swift sword, Dumb-ass
Series (if any): None
Age: 23
DOB: March 9th
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Blood Type: B-
Height: 6'1
Weight: 213
Clothes: Gray suit, purple tie, black gloves and shoes
Hair color & style: Dirt blonde, combed back
Eye color: Black
Skin color: Tan
Background: Ittai hails from the Saitama prefecture, coming from a family of blacksmiths, he's always had a fascination with weaponry, specifically swords. At the age of eight, he created his first sword. Proud of his work, he refused to anyone buy the sword from him. At the age of twelve, he enrolled at a dojo and began to train himself in the art of kendo. Eight years passed and his training was complete, he deiced to travel the world to test his newfound skills. Ittai would spend the next five years challenging powerful foe, defeating fierce monsters and improving his skills; both in blacksmith and kendo.  Recently, he had a fateful encounte
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Hunters Interlude: Just another normal day
(Scene opens with Flash, who is about five years old, waking up)
Flash: [Yawn] Alright! Time to go wake up dad!
[Flash dashes down the hall of his home to his parent's room. He opens the door to find his parents still sleeping. Flash runs in and jumps on his parents bed]
Flash: Dad! Wake up! Wake up! [Flash jumps up and down] Come onnnnnn! Wake Up! [Flash bites Land's ear]
Solar: Hm...Land? Your son is awake...
Landslide: Before sunrise, he's your son. [Flash starts biting Land's tail] Okay, okay. Daddy's up. [Land wraps his tail around Flash ad brings him close] Hey there, kiddo.
Flash: Dad! You remember right?! What today is?!
[Land and Solar share a playful gaze]
Land: Hm...Today?  I can't seem to recall. Do you know what today is, Solar?
Solar: Nope. Totally stumped.
Flash: Daaaaaad! Stop messing around! Today is the day you show me that super cool tech!
Land: Oh right! Now...what was that tech again? [Landslide begins “thinking”] What was it again?
[Flash h
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Bleach Final chapter Thoughts(Slight Spoilers)
While I do love the fact that Ichihime and Renruki became canon. mostly everyone is alive and well And the next gen kids are adorable children that take traits from both their parent... The over all ending felt...rushed. Very, very rushed. True we did see what happened to Juha and even learned why he want to merge the three worlds, but that too felted like it was crapped out at the last second.  Not to mentioned a mess of lingering plot lines that will most likely go unanswered. Also, the fake out with the lingering power of Juha being resolved so easily. It's still better than Naruto's and Soul Eater's by a large margin(nothing feels forced, awkward, comes right the fuck out of left field and destroys the characters personalities and development for the sake of shipping like the former and it's an actual ending and not a giant "What the fuck" moment that. for some reason, decides to talk about boobs like the latter) but I wish Kubo had more time to explain things. Still, it is a
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A buckin' good time
[Scene opens at the sun slowly rising over Sweet Apple Acres. Macintosh and Johnny Appleseed are working in the field. Mac is pulling a wheel barrel of apples, while Johnny is inspecting a garden]
Mac:    Kay, Johnny. Yah done checkin’ on yer ma’s carrots?
Johnny: Yup! Their growing at a steady rate. (Johnny walks over to Mac)
Mac: Good. Now, pay close attention. Yer pa’s gonna teach ya how ta buck.
Johnny: Nice!
[Mac trots over to a tree, puts a basket in the front and turns around, his back legs facing it]
Mac: Okay, Johnny. We Apples have a great deal of power within our hoofs. More than most other earth ponies.  So, when buckin’ ya need be careful not tah knock the tree down.
[Mac slowly raises his left back leg and gives the tree a steady kick, causing all the apples to fall into the basket]
Johnny: Wow, pop! You’re super strong!
Mac: (Chuckles lightly with a slight blush) Thanks, Johnny. Now, why don’t you give it a try?
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Talking with Uncle Soarin
[Scene opens with Brick Book, in his room, lying on his bed and reading]
(Knock. Knock)
Brick: Come in.
(Soarin, wearing a knapsack, walks in)
Soarin: Hey, BB! How's my favorite godson!?
Brick: I'm you're only godson, Uncle Soarin.
Soarin: Ah, right. Mind if I talk with ya for a bit?
(Brick nods. Soarin smiles, before taking a seat next to Brick)
Soarin: So, I heard you've got something of a crush on a certain mare?
(Brick blushes a deep red)
Soarin: It's cool, BB. Sugar Drop's a little cutie. Stormy said that, by the way.
Brick: Noted. But, and I truly do not mean to sound rude in the slightest, why have you come here?
Soarin: Well...I'm here to talk with you about the Birds and the Bees.
(Brick's jaw and book hit the floor)
Brick: W-What?!?! U-Uncle Soarin, while I do appreciate the offer, I believe this is the sort of conversation I should have with my father.
Soarin: Thing about that is, your dad's kinda a giant weenie when it comes to sex talk and your mom didn't fee
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How Twilight's Kingdom Should have ended
How Twilight's Kingdom should have ended.
(Tirek just finished absorbing the Pegasus's flight)
Tirek: Ha. Now, that I have the Pegasus's flight, I'll steal the strength of the earth ponies!
???: Hey!
Tirek: Hm?
(Tirek turns to find a very annoyed looking Thunderlane)
Tirek: A Pegasus. Apparently, I missed one.
Thunderlane: Technically, three but that's not why I'm here. (Takes an offensive stance)
(Tirek laughs loudly)
Tirek: You, a mere Pegasus, believe yourself strong enough to defeat me? Hah! Such a notion is hum-
(Tirek gets cut off as Thunderlane uppercuts him, knocking a tooth out)
Tirek: (Befuddled as to what just happened) W-what-
(Thunderlane strikes Tirek in the back on the neck at a blinding speed and proceeds to utter wreck him. Striking him in the face with spinning roundhouse, assaulting his stomach with a barrage of rapid blows, kicking out the back of his fore and hind legs, charging hoof first at his neck again,  grabbing him by the tail flying upward a
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Lil Joe
Name: Joseph Aran
Nickname/Alias: Lil Joe, Joey
Series (if any): Super Smash brothers
Age: 19
DOB: April 24th
Race: Partially enhanced Human
Gender: Male
Blood Type: A+
Height: 5'1
Weight: 125
Build: Slender, slightly muscular.
Clothes: Dark pink sweat pants and jacket, blue sleeveless shirt, blue and white boxer shorts, black and white shoes
Hair color & style: Blonde and short. Usual messy
Eye color: Brown
Skin color: Tan
Background: The first child of Samus and Mac. Joe was conceived sometime after the 4th Smash tournament.  He lives with his father in Brokenly and trains to join a future Smash tournament
Personality: Joe is shown to be rather cocky, often boasting about his “flawless” skill. Anytime he would lose a match, he makes an excuse of writes it off as a fluke. His ego seems to come the his parentage, believing that he must be stronger than anyone. This aside, Joe has displayed a level of respect towards opponents his considers strong. He takes great pride
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Greetings and Bienvenue all, and welcome to my page! I'm Crimson-Kazier~ Here's some info about me:

I'm a fairly quiet and passive person. It's hard for me to talk to people or even look them in the eye. I tend to put too much thought into things, which leads me to become paranoid. I've been working on this, however and I can at the very least hold a conversation(for a while anyway)

I am very supportive, understanding, and incredibly patient(too the the point where I've been called too patient).

I will do my best to try and understand people and there troubles and(if I'm able to) help them. I also may have a random bout of depression every now and then, so....sorry for that.

I love anime/ manga, comics and video games, so my stories may reflect this. I'm also a HUGE lover of animation in general. I greatly appreciate comments. They are my life blood.

Here are 5 of my favorite animes:

1. Bleach

2. Hitman Reborn

3. Rave Master

4. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Code: Breaker

5. Assassination Classroom

My favorite non-animes:

1. Sym Bionic Titan

2. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

3. Spectacular Spider Man

4. Young Justice

5. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Current Residence: Litchfiled Park,az
Favourite genre of music: J-pop,J-rock,Rock.
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Personal Quote: "Fuck Bunnies" Or some type of insult involving food and genitalia.

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So, I have a challenge for my Naruto watch, specifically the ones who ship SakuSasu(Person: Don't you mean SasuSaku. Me: No.)

I would like for one of you to try and justify this ship.

Now, before you type your comments; I have a few rules:

1. Obvious answers will not be accepted.
What an "obvious answer"?
"Kishimoto was forced too."
"He did it for the money."
"He did it because it was popular" etc. It's not that these aren't valid reasons, they are(a bit too valid, in fact) But, they've bee used a billion and one times before, plus there isn't much to support them(aside from the painfully obvious)

2. No subtext. 
What do I mean by this?  Well, basically saying things about a character that is either speculation or utter bullshit.  Quite a few people have tried to write Sasuke's mistreatment of Sakura off with the use of subtext. These people are morons who are blinded by their love for this terrible ship. So, none of that, please. Actions speak louder than words. More so in this case.

3. If it happened in the anime and only the anime, I'm not accepting it.
Pretty self-explanatory. 

4. If it happened in the games, I'm not accepting it.
Some people will try to use the game's canon to justify this. Yeah, don't.

5. If it came after chapter 699, I will not accept it.
Of course, this is going to try and justify the ship. But, that's not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for the lead up to the ship, not the end result.

6. It has to be on both sides.
Meaning, it can't just be one sided. If you got something for Sakura, you'd better have something for Sasuke, too.


Just.... just DON'T. That movie is a goddam retcon fest, and I hate it.

8. If you say "Well, it's Kishimoto's story, he can pair whoever he wants" or some variation of this, I will not accept this.
Less of a "rule" and more of a warning. Don't say this. Because this is not an argument. It's an excuse and a shitty one at that. Hell, this may end up pissing me off something fierce and nobody wants to see that.

These rules seem kind of restricting, huh? Well, it's because they're meant to be. If I didn't have these, people would pull all sorts of dumbshit from their ass.

No, I want to manga to explain why SakuSasu should be canon and if you can come up with a reason that stays within all these rules, I'll... I don't know. Say something nice about Sasuke, I guess.

Good luck to anyone who tries to take up this challenge(god knows you're gonna need it)
A torrent of emotions and thoughts went through Flash’s mind as he stood before a class full of ten-year-olds. Some whispered and pointed fingers, others stared at him in awe and curiosity, and even a few had hands raised.

“Now class, we have a special treat today! This is Flash Sentry, one of Aubade Academia’s many accomplished C-rank Hunters.”

The class roared with ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhs’ as the children stared at the flustered Hunter.

Why did I agree to this? Flash grumbled to himself. Master Safari continued.

“Now, Flash is a rather ‘special’ student. Isn’t that right?” Safari turned to Flash with a huge grin.

“Uh… y-yeah. See, I’m a half-Daemon.”

There was a brief silence before the class erupted with noise. Thirty voices all shouting their question, hands shooting up like rockets. The onslaught of questions caught Flash off guard and quickly overwhelmed him.

“Class, please, settle down!” Safari’s voice managed to drown out the others, silencing the class in a manner of seconds. The feat both impressed and scared Flash. With the room now quiet, Safari cleared her throat.

“Alright. Now, Flash has his own business to attend to, so he can’t stay for very long. I’ll allow four questions for now.”

Several groans could be heard. Safari ignored them and continued. “Flash, I’ll let you pick the questions, okay?” Flash nodded, turning to the class, all the students had their hands raised. Cupping his chin, he pointed to a dark green haired boy in the front row.

“Uh… yes? You. What’s your name?”

The boy stood up, his purple eyes shining brightly as he grinned. “My name is Cabbage Patch and I wanted to know what kind of Daemon you are!”

Flash breathed a sigh of relief. An easy one. “I’m part Lion Daemon on my dad’s side. Was that all?”

Cabbage Patch shook his head. “No. Um… What kind things can you do? Are you super strong and fast and stuff?”

Flash stared wide-eyed at the boy before giggling. “Yeah. I’m pretty strong! I can lift twenty tons.” Flexing his bicep, he grinned.

Cabbage Patch’s eyes lit up. “Oh-Oh! Can you lift Ms. Safari’s desk?!”

Flash rubbed the back of his head nervously, turning to Safari for an answer. She gave a somewhat uneasy nod.

“Sure thing!” Flash walked in front of Safari’s desk kneeling down, he placed a hand under the bottom and with a slight grunt, heaved the desk overhead. The class roared with excitement and joy.


“He’s really strong!"

“So cool!”

Flash blushed from the comments. It was an odd feeling to be praised, even if it was from a bunch of children -- certainly, it was a nice change of pace from the usual slew of comments he received.

After some seconds passed, he returned the desk to its original position. As he rolled his shoulder around, Teddie Safari cleared her throat.

“Cabbage Patch, while I admire your enthusiasm, I believe you asked Flash two questions.”

The young boy’s eyes went wide as his lips drew to an inaudible ‘oh.’

She gave him a bright smile, though with a raised brow. “Just remember that you’re not the only one who has questions. I’m sure your classmates are just as excited as you. Alright?”

He nodded, turning around to the rest of the class with a sheepish smile. “Sorry, guys.”

Some rolled their eyes, others gave him a dirty look, but the majority of the class forgave him.
Teddie Safari smiled at them all, then gestured for Flash to continue.

“Okay, How… about… you.” Flash pointed to a girl in the middle row. Her blonde hair bounced as she stood up. “What’s your name and question?”

“My name is Sunspot. Hi.” She gave a bashful wave. “Um… Mr. Sentry? I was wondering, What are Daemons? My mom and dad say that they’re monsters, but… you don’t really seem like one.”

If his cheeks weren’t already red, Flash was sure that comment would have made them as red as an apple.

“Hehehe. Thanks, and please just Flash is fine. Now, your parents aren’t too far off. Daemons are animals who lived near ‘Mana Points’ Those huge open areas where mana flows from,” Flash explained.

“Animals and other creatures who lived near those points sucked up a lot of power from them and changed over time, turning into the Daemons we know today.”

Sunspot smiled brightly as she took her seat. With that, Safari spoke up.
“Alright, we have time for one more question. Flash?”

Nodding, Flash cupped his chin as he looked over the sea of hands. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a child tucked away in the far corner. He seemed different from the other students, not eager and filled with energy like the rest. Reserved, quiet, unsure. The boy’s dark brown hood obscured his eyes, with only a few dark blue bangs being visible. His hand was raised also, but with far less enthusiasm than his classmates.

Flash made his way to the lonesome child, knelt before him and tapped the boy on the shoulder.

“Hey, pal.” Flash offered a warm smile.

The boy remained silent, giving Flash a small wave. “Hello,” he squeaked out.

“So, what’s your name?” he asked.

The boy shrunk slightly, clearly nervous.

“I-I-I’m Lumen.”

“Hi, Lumen. You have a question?”

Lumen nodded. “I-I w-w-wanted to know… Um…”

Flash couldn’t help but chuckle. The boy, in many aspects, reminded Flash of his younger self.

“Hey, it’s cool, bud. No rush.”

Lumen nodded and took a deep breath before asking.

“I-I wanted to know… w-why do human and Daemons dislike hybrids so much?”

Flash’s eye’s double in size, his words stuck in his throat. Lumen’s question caught him off guard. Of all everything he was expecting, humans and Daemons poor views of half-Daemons was not one.

“Um… well…” Flash was at a loss. He racked his brain a thousand times, desperate for an answer.

“Humans and Daemons fought with each other for a long time. Even if things are peaceful now, there are just some people who can’t let go of that hate. They can’t accept love.”

Lumen’s head fell down, seemingly saddened with the answer. “I-I see.”

Flash bit his bottom lip. Dammit. Nice going, Sentry. You upset him! I gotta think of a way to make him feel better.

“But, it’s not all bad!” Flash said, almost too loudly.

Lumen jumped into his seat.”H-huh?”

“Even if you find one person who hates half-Daemons, you'll find others who can see past it, or even accept you for it.” Flash placed a hand on Lumen’s shoulder.

“When I first started school, I was worried that people would hate or fear me because I was a half-Daemon. And while there were those who only saw the Daemon, I was blessed to meet three people who only cared about Flash. I don’t know where'd I be without them.”

Lumen looked up, two large crimson eyes staring into sapphire eyes above a happy grin.

“I hope that answered your question.” Flash gave Lumen a light pat on his shoulder and a thumbs up as he returned to the front of the class. By that point, all eyes were on Lumen, who was still enraptured by Flash’s words.

“Alright, students,” Safari clapped, the class’s vision now locked on her. “Thank Flash for stopping by today and taking your questions.”

The students simultaneously shouted, “Thank you, Mr. Flash!”

“And thank you all for having me.” With one final wave and a small smile pricking his lips, Flash exited the classroom.

Flash heaved a long sigh as he leaned against the wall of Safari’s classroom. To his right, he spotted his partner, Twilight, who was lost within a book.

“Hey,” he alerted her with a wave. Peeking up from her book, she returned his wave with her own.

“Hi. So, how did it go?”

“Meh. It was alright. Those kids though…” Flash dug in his ear, “loud as hell. I feel bad for Master Safari.”

“Oh? I’d figured you’d be use to it.” Twilight said as she stood up and began to walk down the opposite end of the hall. “Don’t you have a brother and sister?”

“Yeah, but they aren’t ten anymore,” Flash replied as he followed. “What about you? Don’t you have two brothers?”

“Yes. And while Spike just turned thirteen, Shining is twenty-seven. About the only time they do get rowdy is during that mask hero show they love so much.”

“Your brothers are Masked Ranger fans?!” Flash asked excitedly. Twilight shook her head, a grin breaking out on her lips as the two traveled up the stairs.

If there was one place in the entirety of Aubade Academia aside from Ms. Harshwhinny’s office that Flash dreaded, it was the guard office. During his first few years at AA, he’d seen the inside of this place more times than any other freshman. Some saw it as a sign of how unruly he was, others saw him as a troubled child, but there were a few who gained some form of respect for the half-Daemon.

Flash’s foot bounced against the hard tile floor as he sat in front of a large desk with a larger man behind it. The man pinched the bridge in between his eyes as he heaved a long sigh. “Flash,” he began. “Why? Couldn’t this have waited until at least the second semester?! You haven’t even been back for a month and I’m already seeing you here?”

He grumbled, arms folded. “It’s not like I hit the jackass or anything.”

“And I’m thankful for that, but you still destroyed school property!” Caboose shot back, a hand slapping his forehead.

“I’m sorry about all this, Mr. Caboose,” Twilight apologized, bowing. “I should have been keeping a closer watch on him.”

Caboose’s gaze shifted, piercing Twilight now.

The bespectacled Hunter noticed the growing anger in his eyes. “Um… i-is something wrong, Mr. Caboose?”

Caboose nodded, his anger undiminished. “Twilight, how long have you and Flash been partners?”

Twilight stopped to think briefly. “Uh… I believe it will be two years this coming May.”

“Two years you’ve known each other and you’re still making excuses for him. You can’t keep doing this, Twilight!” Caboose’s tone was stern and somewhat intimidating. Twilight shrunk from it.

“Flash is going to be eighteen in a few months. It’s time he stopped acting like a child while others make excuses for him, and started taking responsibility for his own actions!”

“Hey,” Flash's eyes flickered red as he sprang to his feet, “don’t talk to her like that! I was the one who screwed up. Twilight has nothing to do with this!”

Caboose frowned. “Twilight is the one who keeps trying to excuse your actions, Flash. She’s enabling you! You’ll never learn to stand on your own if she always has to cover for you!”

Caboose's word stung, but carried an air of truth to them and, despite his internal protest, Flash couldn't deny them. Throwing his hands in defeat, Flash retook his seat. “Fine. Whatever. Just give me my punishment."

Both Caboose and Twilight breathed a sigh of relief. Caboose shot a quick look at the fuming teen before him. Another sigh escaped his lips.

“Well, normally, in cases like this, the proper punishment would be two weeks suspension or possibly even expulsion.” Twilight bit her bottom lips as Flash gripped his arm tighter. “But, if you're willing to do some community work, I'll let you off with a fine. Two thousand bits and you have to transport the mirror here from the train station.“

Twilight's eyes shot wide open. “E-excuse me?”

“Two thousand bits and the transport. You just completed a mission from Teddie Safari, right? I’ll get in contact and inform her of what’s happening.”

“Um… Th-thank you, Mr. Caboose!” Twilight bowed to him once more. Flash, meanwhile gave the gargantuan man a crooked look.

“What happened to all that talk about ‘not making excuses?’"

“There is a difference between making excuses and being lenient, Mr. Sentry.”

Flash winced. Ugh. I hate it when people call me that.

“Besides, I’d hate to see Solar upset over this,” Caboose added with a grin. “To see such a beautiful face covered in tears would break my heart.”

Flash pretended to retch at the mention of that name. “I don't know what's more disgusting; you trying to score with my mom, or that kelp crap you're drinking."

"It's a kale smoothie and it's good for your skin!" Caboose shouted as they exited.

Twilight giggled awkwardly as she pushed Flash out the door. “Well, thank you again for your help, Mr. Caboose. Have a nice day!” Without another word, the pair vanished into the busy hall.

“That could have gone much worse,” Twilight stated as she and Flash walked away from the guard office.

“Yeah, I guess,” Flash muttered bitterly. “We still ended up losing two thousand bits.”

“I’d rather lose some money than watch you get expelled, Flash,” Twilight shot back sternly. “Besides, we still have a sizeable amount left.”

“Hm,” Flash mumbled silently to himself. Twilight saw the frustration building up. An idea quickly popped into her mind.

“So, I heard Professor Moon is holding a lecture about the multiple applications of Dark magic. I'd planned on going, and was wondering-”

“I’ll pass, thanks,” Flash said immediately. “I'm going to visit my family later.”

Twilight shrugged. “Alright. I’ll see you at-”

“Yo, cheeseball!” A voice rung through the hall, most of the passersby, Flash and Twilight included, turning their eyes to two figures near the entrance; a boy and a girl.
The girl moved first, her rainbow hair swayed back and forth with each confident step down the hall.

The boy followed suit, a hand resting on the handle of his katana. Green eyes shining at he calmly waltzed down the hall, casually waving at the various student.

Twilight waved to the pair. “Good afternoon, Rainbow Dash. Soarin.”

“Sup Twi?” Rainbow greeted.

“Yo.” Soarin returned her wave with his own.

Rainbow turned to Flash, sporting a massive grin. “‘Sup, cheeseball?”

A vein throbbed on the side of Flash’s temple. “Dash, can you not use that nickname? I really hate it.”

Dash giggled. “Oh come on. I’ve been calling you that since we were in grade school,”

“And it’s only gotten more annoying as time passed,” Flash grumbled, folding his arms in a huff.

Twilight stifled a giggle. “Cheeseball?”

“Don’t… ask…” Flash growled.

Soarin lazily walked over to his fuming friend, fist extended. “Yo-ha my bro-ha.”

Flash grinned, bumping Soarin’s fist. “Hey, man. What’s up?”

“Meh. Nothing much. Dashie and I have a summoning class we gotta attend after lunch.” Soarin said with a shrug. “What are you guys up to?"

“Well, we just got back from the Guard office.”

Upon hearing this, Rainbow cocked a brow in Flash direction. “What? Why did you- Oh, man. Flash. Please don’t tell me you got into another fight!”

“N-no!” Flash replied defensively. “It’s just…”

“He shattered the mirror of the statue after we returned from our mission,” Twilight cut in.

Rainbow’s hand slapped her forehead as Soarin sighed heavily.

“Seriously, bro?” Soarin shook his head.

“I know, I know! I just… lost my temper,” the half Daemon groaned.

Rainbow shook her head back and forth. “Man, you really gotta work on that. That rage of yours is gonna end up hurting someone.”

Flash’s left brow twitched. Even if Rainbow was technically right, it still annoyed him to have the same thing repeated in such a short span of time.

“Noted. Can we change topics now?”

“Sure,” Soarin said cheerfully. “To what?”

“Well, what’s this about a summoning class you guys are taking?”

Now it was Rainbow’s turn to groan as her gaze fell to the floor. “Blame Ms. Harshwhinny. She forced me to take this class because apparently I ‘lack focus.’ Gimme a break!” Rainbow crossed her arms in a huff, turning her nose up.

“Same goes for me. Ms. Harshwhinny said I’m ‘too unmotivated.’ Which totally isn’t true, I’m plenty motivated!” Soarin said, puffing his chest out.

“I don’t think being motivated by ‘Masked Ranger’ counts, Highlane,” Rainbow added.

“Well, it should!” Soarin shot back.

“Bro, if there were a class on Masked Ranger stuff, you’d ace it, no problem,” Flash chuckled with Rainbow joining in.

"Haha. Yuck it up all you want.” Soarin stuck out his tongue at the cackling teens. A smile slowly broke out on Twilight’s lips as she watched the three. Seeing Flash in such high spirits put her at ease. However, in the back of her mind, she couldn’t help be feel excluded.

It can’t be helped. They’ve been friends for well over ten years and I… She stopped herself from thinking those thoughts. Right. It’s not important right now. He’s having a good time with his friends. That’s all that matters.

As the laughter died down, Flash stretched his arms overhead. “Well, I’ve gotta jet. Gonna go see my family today. I’ll catch you guys later. Enjoy your lecture, Twilight.” Turning around, his eyes fell upon a familiar, blue-haired sight.

The eyes of most of Aubade Academia’s male population were on the older woman as she confidently moseyed down the halls. Shoulder length, dark blue hair tied in a ponytail bounced back and forth as she walked. Her light blue eyes scanned the halls, watching for something or someone. A tan colored hand swept through her hair, brushing it behind her ears.

The rest of the group stared with him. Flash watched as his mother, with little brother and sister in tow, strutted down the hallway towards him. Her smile exuded warmth, with a touch of mischief.

On her sides where two children, neither no older than twelve; a boy and girl. The boy’s dark blue hair swayed up and down as he walked, occasionally tugging at his gray t-shirt. Blue jeans covered his legs, being accompanied with white sneakers. The girl ran a hand through her dark pink, messy hair. Dark purple eyes scanned the hall, her hands shoved into the pockets of green cargo shorts. The most eye-catching and distinguished feature of both children, however, were the cat-like ears shooting from their heads and lion-esque tails sticking out from their backsides.

Several mumbles and whispers broke out through the students as the three made their way down.

“Mom,” the girl whispered. “These guys are saying a bunch stuff about us.”

“Just ignore them, Scootaloo.” Solar’s voice was clear and calm as if the students were nonexistent.

“It’s getting hard to. They’re really loud,” the boy added. “I kinda wanna bite one of them.”

“First Base Sentry, you know better!” she scolded. First Base shrunk, hands slipping into his pockets.

“Sorry, mom.”

“Hey, mom!” Flash shouted joyfully, grinning like a child in a candy store.

“Yo, Solar! Scoots!” Rainbow joined Flash, waving at three.

“How’s it hanging?” Soarin casually waved.

Solar’s face lit up at the sight of her son and his friends.

“Flash!” chimed First Base and Scootaloo as the dashed towards him. Solar shook her head and chuckled, following her eager children.

First Base and Scootaloo shot at Flash, colliding with him hard enough that he slid back a few feet.

"Hey, sibs,” Flash coughed out a weak chuckle. The two grinned brightly at their older brother as they clung to him.

“Flash! How have you been!?” First Base asked excitedly.

“We hardly see you anymore!” Scootaloo added.

“Sorry, sorry. I’ve been busy with school and Hunter’s work,” Flash chuckled, sitting up.
“Heya, squirts,” Rainbow Dash greeted them.

Scootaloo immediately jumped off Flash and tackled Rainbow Dash into a hug, causing her to fall backwards. “Hi, Rainbow!”

“Whoa! Hehehe. Forgot how fast and strong you were, half-pint,” Rainbow laughed weakly, petting Scootaloo’s head. Soarin walked over to the downed Rainbow Dash and offered a hand. “Yo, pumpkin patch twins.”

“Ugh. Soarin, that nickname sucks,” Scootaloo groaned as she climbed off Rainbow, who then took Soarin’s hand.

“What? I think it suits you guys. You’re twins, and have a pumpkin color to you, so…”

Rainbow quickly elbowed Soarin in the stomach, causing him to hunch over.

“Right. Being quiet now.”

Twilight walked over to the twins, a kind smile on her face. “Hello, First Base. Scootaloo.”
“Hi, Twilight,” they said in unison.

“Hey, kids.” Solar’s came up from behind with a few pants accompanying her. “Whoo. Hehe. keeping up with you two is tiring. Mama ain’t as young as she used to be.”

“Mom!” Flash placed First Base down, got up and ran over to Solar. He pulled the blue haired woman into a tight hug. “Hey. I was just coming to see you. Why are you guys here?”

“The Hunter Classification Exam is coming up, and I decided to sign the kids up for it,” she answered.

“Seriously?!” Flash said with a huge grin.

“Yup!” Scootaloo replied, pumping her arm in the air.

“We’re gonna ace it and be Hunters like you, bro!” First Base said, jumping up and down. Flash watched the joy and excitement within his sibling's eyes. It was small things such as this that made his day.

Placing his hands on both their shoulders, he pulled the twins close. “I know you guys are gonna pass with flying colors! Good luck to ya and kick some as-”

His words were cut off by a piercing glare from Solar. Her expression was all too easy for Flash to read. Sweating nervously, Flash turned back to his siblings. “Uh… kick some tail!”
The twins nodded, the flame of resolve burning within their eyes.

Twilight leaned in close to Rainbow Dash and whispered. “Um… what was that about?”

“Solar doesn’t like it when Flash swears,” Rainbow explained.

“Ah,” Twilight nodded. “I wonder how’d she react if she heard him swearing in the guard office?”

“Probably not well,” Rainbow chuckled.

“So, what are you planning to do now, Flashy?” Solar questioned.

Flash shrugged. “Figure I’d head home. Rest up, maybe look for another mission.”

Solar’s brow rose. “Wait, didn’t you two just finished a mission?”

“Yeah, well, you see..” Flash laughed uncomfortably.

“Flash has to pay a two thousand bit fine due to him damaging school property,” Twilight explained, her voice clearly bitter.

Solar slowly turned her head towards Flash, eyes narrowed. “Flash? What did you break?”

He scratched his head, avoiding eye contact. “Uh… well… I may have broken the mirror on the horse statue?”

Solar’s glare only intensified, causing Flash to swallow hard. “I-in my defense, there was some jerk at the front gate saying a bunch of crap about Daemons!”

“Flash Nova Sentry!” Solar bellowed, scaring some passersby. “You know better than that! I know hearing that garbage ticks you off, it ticks me off, too. But that doesn't mean you can take out your frustrations on the school!"

Flash shrunk from Solar’s scolding, his cheeks turning a bright red. He could hear whispers from various students as they passed by. This cannot get any more embarrassing for me. Flash groaned.

“Honestly, if your father were still with us, I’d imagine he’d be just as disappointed!”

Another small groan left his mouth. “S-sorry, mom.”

First Base tilted his head. “Guy at the front gate? Was he wearing really clean clothes?”

Flash nodded. “Yeah. Why?”

“Hey, mom. Isn’t that the same guy who stopped us? The one you almost knocked out?" Scootaloo asked.

Immediately, Solar’s face paled. Rubbing the back of her head, she giggled awkwardly. “Uh… well… y-yes you see… About that… um…” Solar was at a loss for words. Any point she thought of quickly turned to ash and vanished. Flash gave his mother a bemused look before sighing.

“Mom… really?”

Solar hung her head low. “I know. It’s just… Grr! He ticked me off with all that bullcrap he was spewing!” Solar raised a fist in the air, a fire burned in her eyes. “He’s lucky First and Scootaloo dragged me away. Otherwise...”

As Solar continued her rant, Twilight stared with an uneasy smile. Well, at least I know where he gets it from, now.

Flash cleared his throat. “Well, I’m gonna head out. Twilight, have fun at your lecture. Soarin, Dash? Try not to summon a monster from another universe. And sibs? Good luck.”

“With the exams or mom?” Scootaloo whispered.

“Yes,” Flash snarked, winking at them. “Take care, mom. I’ll pay you a visit once you get back home.”

Solar took a deep breath and smiled as Flash prepared to leave. “Alright, dear. Bye!”

With a final wave to his friends and family, Flash departed down the hallway and out the door.

Flash slowly trekked through a chain of gravestones, hands fooling around with some spare change in his jeans. He passed by several others scattered throughout the graveyard. Some offered a prayer to the departed, others departed with fury in their steps. A handful sat in front of the graves, talking or laughing at them as if with a living person.

Flash’s eyes stayed fixated on the ground. The triad of freshly cut grass, wet stone and flowers bombarded his nose. He paused taking in the scents. A deep inhale and a strong exhale earned a smooth murmur from him.

Eventually, he halted in front of a gravestone. One with the head of a lion emblazoned on it. Beneath it read, ‘Here lies Landslide Sentry. Friend, Husband, Father, Hunter.’ Flash smiled weakly, tears pricking the side of his eyes. He quickly batted them away as he sat in front of the grave.

“Hey, dad.”
Chapter 1-B
Roaring Lion, Yapping Dog Part 2 Done.

[Yup. Outro, too.]

Edit: Ugggggh. End me DX

Also, this line? “Man, you really gotta work on that. That rage of yours is gonna end up hurting someone.”

Ohohohohho. Rainbow, you have no idea...
The grass rolled back as the wind pushed against it. Above, the cries of birds rang through the clear blue sky. On the ground below, a loud roar shook the leaves from the trees. A manticore shot out of the bush, its leather wings flapping rapidly. It slid across the ground at great speeds before stopping short of slamming into a tree. Sharply turning its head, the creature growled at a nearby shrub.</p>

From it shot a young man sporting a red vest. His blue hair bobbed as he leaped from the shrubbery, his sapphire eyes locked onto the hissing beast before him.

“Got you now,” his voice dripped with confidence. A grin spread across his lips, showcasing large, bestial fangs. “Okay, Manny. Be a good manticore and come take this tranquilizer.”

The manticore roared, its tail lashing out violently. This tactic did little to dissuade the young man, however. With a shrug, he drew from his back a golden-headed spear, twirling it before pointing the tip in Manny’s direction.

“I tried to be nice.” Flashing a grin, he charged the beast. The head of his spear clashed with a tall wall, colored a dark silver. He raised an eyebrow. What? Where did… oh right.

From behind, a feminine voice, accompanied by the sound of heavy panting, called out to him.

“Flash! I… I said wait up!”

He shrugged. “Sorry, Twilight. But, the whole ‘waiting’ thing isn’t really my deal.”

The young woman slapped her forehead with a gauntleted hand and groaned. I don’t know why I try with him sometimes.

Another roar from Manny snapped her back to reality as she took a fighting stance, hand hovering over her sword.

“Flash, look. We can still salvage my old plan. I’m going to lift Manny off the ground. Afterward, you’ll inject him with the tranquilizer. I’m going to need a few seconds, so I need you to keep Manny distracted. Okay?”

Flash nodded. “Right. Distract Manny so you can lift him. Got it!”

She breathed a sigh of relief. “Alright, then. Make sure his eyes are on you for the next few seco-”

Not sparing another moment, Flash shot at Manny with inhuman speed, grinning like a madman.

Twilight pinched the bridge of her eyes, shaking her head. At least he’s sticking to the plan.

Manny locked his eyes on the yellow blur charging him, brushing his front leg backwards against the ground. Flash made a sharp left, Manny’s head followed. Flash then pulled to the right and made another hard left, his grin not faltering for a moment. He circled Manny with his uniquely impressive speed, earning a hiss from the manticore.

“Hey, what’s wrong, Manny? Gettin’ dizzy?” Flash taunted. He lightly tugged the beast’s tail, further angering him.

Twilight watched as her partner antagonized the manticore. In most cases, she’d reprimand him for his unprofessional behavior, and was considering doing so later, but it served its purpose in buying her time to prepare.

Hand glowing a faint purple, she thrust it into the direction of Manny. “Rise!” The manticore felt his paws lose purchase on the dirt as he was lifted off the ground. With the manticore now airborne, Flash ceased his movements. His grin growing wider, he slowly paraded over to the helpless beast.

“Too bad, Manny,” Flash chuckled as he petted the manticore’s red mane, earning himself a growl. “You should have been a good boy and come quietly, you’d be on the ground still and not about to get a shot of tranquilizer.”

A strained groan came from Twilight. “Flash! Stop teasing and get on with it"

The teen cocked a brow. “Come on, Twi. What’s the rush? You’ve got Manny, and he’s not going anywhere!”

Twilight’s brows lowered, gritting her teeth at his arrogance. “You do realize I can’t hold him forever, right?!”

“Yeah, yeah.” Flash shrugged, digging in the pocket of his vest. He pulled out a syringe filled with a green substance, carefully pushed the needle into Manny’s thigh, and pressed the plunger. Manny howled, swiping at Flash, who dodged the claw at the last second.

“Whoa! Easy!” Flash growled, glaring at the manticore.

Manny’s body began to slow down, his flapping wings decreasing speed, tail falling limp and eyelids becoming heavier.Within seconds, Manny was completely asleep. Twilight carefully lowered him to the ground. She panted heavily as the aura disappeared, her legs trembling like a fat man after a race. Flash placed both hands under Manny’s belly, clumsily hoisting him over his shoulders.

With the snoozing beast in hand, he walked towards his exhausted friend.

“You alright?”

She nodded. “Y-yeah. Just drained slightly. Plus, this heat isn’t doing me any wonders,” she wheezed, wiping sweat from her forehead.

“Well, maybe you need to get out more, partner. A little tan never hurt,” Flash said with a grin. Twilight stared at him blankly before rolling her eyes.

“Flash, if I get even the slightest tan, I’ll look like burnt toast.” Lifting her head, she inspected the beast briefly. “Are you going to be alright with carrying him?”

“Well, unless he gains an additional twenty tons before we get to the cart I should be fine,” Flash joked. Twilight sighed slightly.

“Still at least it’s over now. Although,”  Twilight cupped her chin, turning her back to Flash, “this would have been much easier if we had brought a Beast Tamer with us.”

Flash tensed up, legs shaking. “Y-yeah, well neither of us knows a Beast Tamer, so it couldn’t be helped.”

Twilight turned back to him, brow raised. “What was that?”

“What was what?” Flash’s eyes darted back and forth, desperate to avoid the inquisitive gaze of the shorter girl.

“Are you okay?”

Flash nodded rapidly, “Yes! I’m fine! Let’s get back to the school!” Without another word, Flash sprinted past Twilight.

Twilight merely watched as he ran by, a look of pure confusion painted on her face. Had she not been exhausted, she would have pressed him further.

“I don't have the strength for another fight.” Shrugging it off, for the time being, she followed Flash out of the forest.

Resting at the foot of a mountain side sat a white castle with golden arches framed over the main gate, it’s tallest tower facing the rising sun.  At the back of the castle, a spire rose to the sky, various shades of purple and gold paint twisting up it. Several sun insignias covered the castle, most perched on the very tops of the many towers.

Twilight and Flash descended from down the hill towards the front gate. Up ahead, a small gathering of people circled someone they couldn’t quite see. Despite the duo being some feet away, the words flew into Flash’s ears clearly

“Aubade Academia is nothing but a hive of evil and filth!” a man’s voice screeched. He stood before of a shoddily put together table, numerous fliers scattered haphazardly across its top. His shirt was as white as falling snow, contrasted by his dark pants and matching tie. A pair of brown eyes peered from under neatly combed hair.

He scratched at the light stubble on his chin before continuing. "Why should we take Celestia's word for it? We warred with those animalistic freaks for decades. Even their abominable offspring, those half-Daemons, are dangerous! They have magic humans can't use, they're the horrors in our stories, the nightmares that haunt us in our sleep. No one is safe from those things. Our children aren't safe!"

The man’s ranting spurred several mutters within the crowd. Flash did his best to ignore him as he and Twilight passed by. Sadly, their attempt at discretion was doomed to fail. Out of his eye’s corner, the man saw them walk towards to gate. His jaw set in a stern, grim line.

“You!” he shouted, jabbing a finger at Flash.

Flash cocked a brow. “Me what?”

“You! You’re… you’re-”

“Leaving now.”  Flash spared the man no further time as he and Twilight continued on their way.

“Those eyes… Those slit pupils.” Veins bulging, he thrust his arm in the direction of the retreating teens.

“He’s one of them. He’s a half-Daemon!” All eyes soon became locked on Flash. The crowd exploded with gasps and whispers. The multiple gazes pierced Flash like a hailstorm of spears. He clenched his fist and snarled his lip as his eyes flickered red. A low growl rumbled in his throat.

Twilight looked at her friend, concerned by his aggression. Hastily, she took his hand into her own. “Calm down Flash. They aren’t worth it.” Twilight's voice was stern, yet soft. She knew her usual tone would have escalated the situation, not end it, but prayed her voice could least temper his fury somewhat.

It did not.

Releasing his hand from the cart handles, he pulled away from Twilight and walked back towards the man. For a brief moment, as Flash turned away from her, she caught a glimpse of his eyes. The sight of his normally sapphire blue eyes colored a deep crimson sent a chill down her spine.

Oh no. Nonononononno! Twilight’s mind raced as she followed Flash.

Flash locked his gaze solely on the shouting man, still ranting and raving. Much of the crowd had already left, either tired of his ranting or scared of Flash himself.

He walked up to the chatterbox of a human, trying not to grind his teeth.

The man squeaked as he noticed Flash’s approach,  but glared at him as soon as he came within arm’s reach. His frown grew harsher as a sigh of annoyance escaped his mouth.

“What do you want, half-breed?” he spat.

Flash rolled his eyes. “Why are you here?”

The man cocked a brow ever so slightly. “What do you mean?”

"Why. Are. You. Here? In front of the school. Spewing your bullshit.”

He snorted. “I’m educating the populace on the dangers of your kind, boy! It’s well known that Daemons are incredibly dangerous and unpredictable.

“Humans are just as dangerous.” Flash countered, gritting his teeth.

He grinned. “Hah! We don’t have anywhere near the kind of destructive power you monsters possess.”

Flash let slip another growl.

The man’s smile dropped as glared. “You can’t do anything to me. I’ve done nothing wrong and I’m free to voice my opinion!”

“Then do it somewhere else. Away from here. Far away.” Flash’s voice dripped with venom and hostility. It took every ounce of will he had to keep himself from punching the barking fool a good ten miles into the air. It doesn’t matter how frustrating he is, I can’t hurt him. Even if I want to…

He sneered at Flash, grunting in disgust. “How typical. I try to get the truth out about Aubade Academia, and Celestia sends out her pet monster to shut me down. Not only are you an unnatural abomination, but you’re a puppet as well!”

Something broke within Flash’s mind as he heard the words. His vision become blurred with a blood-red haze, his nostrils flaring. Growling monstrously he balled his hand into a tight fist, his knuckles turning white as they popped from the exertion.

A pair of hands rested on Flash’s chest. Tilting his head down, his ruby-shaded cat's eyes furiously shook, staring into a pair of violet ones. “Flash,” Twilight began, speaking softly, slowly. “I understand you’re angry, but you can’t hurt him.” She turned her head to shoot a frown at the source of Flash’s anger. “No matter how annoying he is.”

Flash continued to growl, staring at the man who shook with the fear of an impending assault. With great difficulty, he shifted his sight back to Twilight, who bore a frown of concern and anger. He jerked his upper body forward, letting out a snarl as he gnashed his teeth, but kept his feet firmly rooted to their spot.

“You see? What did I tell you?!” the man shouted victoriously, grinning like a fool. But his words were met with silence. Turning back, he saw that the last remnants of the crowd had departed. He looked on, jaw slack. With nothing else to do, he huffed and began to clear his table of flyers, stuffing them into his pockets before walking down the street with his shoulders hunched.

Flash sent one final piercing glare before turning to an equally relieved Twilight.

“...Sorry. You didn’t need to see that.” Flash spoke softly, avoiding eye contact.

She slapped his arm in anger. “It’s a good thing I did! Do you know what would have happened if you followed through on that?“

“Gotten suspended, if not expelled, lost my Hunter’s license and probably been arrested,” he stated casually.

“You are far too calm about this!” Twilight shouted, hands balled into fists. “Your whole future could have ended right then and there just because you let your anger get the better of you.” Despite the fury in her tone, Flash could pick up a small hint of sadness and fear.

“Sorry,” was all he could say.

Twilight sighed as she returned to the still sleeping Manny.  “Come on. Let’s complete the mission.” Nodding, he followed Twilight, picking Manny up.

The duo stood before the enormous gates of the castle. Above the two great doors were the words “Aubade Academia” in faux gold leaf. Twilight created a small orb of violet energy and pushed it into a slot on the gate’s front. The large wooden doors creaked as they opened. Upon entering, they were greeted with five purple and gold buildings. Two were on the right side while the other two sat on the left and a large central building faced them in the middle.

Within the walls of Aubade Academia people, both students and staff composed of humans, Daemons and half-Daemons, moved about the courtyard. Some walked at a steady pace, some dashed like madmen in random directions, and some were on their way to the cafeteria in hopes of a hot meal. Others sat and spoke with friends, or meditated in near silence. Many students, however, crowded around an enormous wooden board with hundreds of different papers scattered about. Various murmurs of excitement, regret, and annoyance could be heard from it

“Dammit! Someone already snatched that D-rank mission!” one voice shouted.

“Oh, this one seems neat!”

“Yeah, but it’s a C-rank, it’s over our heads.”

"What? Lame!”

Flash and Twilight headed towards the central building, passing by several students on the way. A few noticed the pair and greeted with a short wave or a hi, which they returned.

Twilight stole several glances from Flash, noticing his eyes were still a deep red. She wanted to speak out but struggled to find the right words. He’s still furious. I need to pick my words carefully. Taking a deep breath, she stood tall and turned to face him.

“Flash, do you need to talk about what happened?”

The half-Daemon said nothing, his gaze locked on something up ahead. A marble statue of a horse, a mirror resting within its lower frame. First trembling, breathing becoming harsher as he approached, his fist rose and struck the mirror. Cracks spread throughout it. The sound of breaking glass echoed throughout the courtyard. Students soon crowded the statue, whispers, and mumbles quickly followed suit.

Twilight’s jaw hit the floor in total shock. “W-w-what did you do?!”

His eyes returning to the normal sapphire color, he blinked at the now shattered mirror.

“...Dammit,” Flash swore under his breath. Twilight quickly grabbed Flash’s hand and led him to the main building. Brows furrowed, she angrily glared at her partner

“Flash, why? Why did you break the mirror?!”

“I’m sorry. I… I couldn’t see anything but red.” Flash’s head hung low.

Twilight sighed. “I understand Flash. But, we can’t let this pass. We need to go to the guard office.”

A groan flew from his mouth. “Do we have to? I already know what Caboose is going to say.”

“It’s going to happen sooner or later. Besides, your punishment may not be as harsh if you willingly go to him about it.”

Having no other rebuttal, Flash nodded bitterly. “Yeah. Okay.”

Rushing into the main building, the two of them continued down the elegant hallway. It was longer than a football field, though couldn't have been more than twenty feet wide. A soft, cream-hued carpet covered the floor, and despite the heavy traffic, it remained meticulously clean. Spaced at regular intervals were marble columns thicker than ancient oaks, covered in veins of gold that seemed to stretch upwards like inverted streaks of lightning towards the vaulted ceiling. Portraits of past teachers and students ringed their bases.

Five doors lined each wall, all bearing the stylized name of a teacher in a brilliant silver paint. On every window into a classroom was the school's blazing sunset in orange, peach and yellow stained glass.

Between each door stood full-sized steel lockers painted to look like cherry wood. Halfway down the hall were a set of staircases on either side, the same marble as the columns. Massive steps angled both up and down, and wide enough for ten students to march at arm’s length with ample room.

“So, you wanna head to the guard’s office or-”

“We’re dropping Manny off first,” Twilight stated plainly.

“Pretty sure we’d be able to get more done if we split up,” Flash countered.

“Mostly likely. However, if the tranquilizer were to wear off, we’d have to pacify Manny. Again. And without a tranquilizer this time.”

"And you’d have a stroke if we did something that went against your list, right?” Flash chuckled. Twilight huffed, turning towards the hybrid and following beside him.

The two stood in front of a large, open field, inhabited by various creatures of all sizes. Part of it was covered with grass, trees, and shrubbery, another part resembled a desert, and the third had most of its space dedicated to a large lake.

A woman stood in its center, appearing to be in her early twenties and sporting long blue hair. She fed a three-headed beast with scraps of jerky, smiling lightly.  

“There ya go, Eddie,” she smiled brightly.

"Hey, Master Jasmine!” Flash shouted. Perking her head up, she turned to find the pair and a, thankfully, still sleeping Manny.

Jasmine beamed at the sight, her red eyes flashing brightly. She dashed towards them with monstrous speed. Flash had little time to react as Jasmine leaped over the circular wall, landing in front of them with the elegance and grace of a deer.

“Yooo! Kitty-Kat and Bookworm! How ya doin’?” Jasmine flashed a grin at the two, her shaggy, blue tail wagging with joy.

“Fine, Master,” Twilight said with a bow.

“Could you please not call me that?!” Flash grumbled brows lowered.

“Aw, what’s wrong? Don’t like Kitty-Kat?” Jasmine chuckled, ruffling the fuming hybrid’s hair.

“Of course not! It’ embarrassing!” Flash huffed, turning away as to hide the redness on his cheeks.

Jasmine laughed. “So, is being super sensitive a Lion Daemon trait?”

Her comment was answered with a frustrated groan. A clearing of the throat alerted Jasmine to Twilight. Jasmine turned to the second girl, her grin unwavering.

“So, how have you both been? I see Kitty-Kat hasn’t driven you batty yet.”

“We’ve been doing well, Master Jasmine. Thank you for asking,”  Twilight replied hastily.

Jasmine cocked a brow. “Something wrong?”

"No, it’s nothing, really. Just… thinking,” Twilight said awkwardly, eyes locked on the ground. Jasmine flung an arm around Twilight’s shoulder, pulling her close.

“Hey, hey. No need to be so uptight. Relax.” Jasmine’s grin was warm and inviting. It put Twilight’s mind at ease somewhat.

“Now, tell big sis Jas what’s wrong?”

“Big sis?” Flash comment, adding a slight chuckle. Suddenly, something struck in the back of his head with impressive speed and force, causing him to stagger briefly. Sharply turning back, he growled at the grinning older woman.

“So, what’s up?”

Sighing, Twilight faced the elder Hunter. “On our way back, there was a man at the front gate, saying… various things about Daemons and the school.”

A groan of exasperation exited Jasmine’s mouth. “White Collar. Ain’t the first time he’s pulled this BS, either.”

“He’s done this before?” Twilight questioned.

Jasmine nodded. “He’s been pulling this for a few years now. Before I was hired, apparently.” Jasmine folded her arms, moving to Flash. She gestured for him to place Manny down, which he did.

“I’m sure Celestia or someone else told you not to give guys like him the time of day, right?”

Twilight nodded. “Yes. However...”

“However, what?” Jasmine asked as she pulled out a large comb and began to sliding it through Manny’s dark red mane.

“Some of his words… got to Flash and…” Twilight looked away, rubbing her arm. Flash folded both arms, growling softly.

“I almost took his damn head off.”

“Ah. I get ya. So, Bookworm is confused about what to do, yeah?” Jasmine asked, her gaze not leaving Manny’s form.

“Somewhat. I do plan on reporting White Collar, but I’m more worried for Flash. He didn’t strike him, just frightened the man at most, but-”


“He took his aggression out on the statue.”

Jasmine sucked in a sharp breath. “Hooo-boy. That’s bad. Really bad.”

She nodded again. “Yeah.”

“Well, since Kitty Kat didn’t hurt him, he should be fine,”  Jasmine answered coolly.

“R-really?!”  Flash and Twilight exclaimed.

“Yep. Sadly, I can’t say much about the mirror sitch. You’re gonna have to talk with Caboose about that.”

Flash grunted, tossing his arms into the air. “Great.”

“Hey, hey. Don’t be like that. I’m sure Caboose will go easy on ya!” Jasmine flashed a reassuring smile. Her smile had no effect on the Hunter’s mood.

“Okay, look. I shouldn’t be saying this, but while I don’t really support you spooking folks, even obnoxious tools like White Collar, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t deserved.”  Jasmine turned and gave them a thumbs up, which brought a grin to Flash's face.

A sluggish moan drew their attention to the manticore. His eyes blinked owlishly before a deep rumble escaped his yawning jaw. Flash chuckled as his bones vibrated. “Mornin’ Manny!” Jasmine greeted the manticore with a hug, cuddling him. “I can handle him for the moment. Y’all go tell Teddie about the mission, kay?”  After a nod from Twilight and a grunt from Flash, they left the room, Jasmine waving at their departure.

The silence between them stifled any attempts at conversation as they walked to Teddy Safari's classroom. Twilight shot a quick glance towards her partner, his gaze firmly locked on the marble tiles one step ahead of him. She had noticed his mood shift slightly after they had tranquilized Manny, but thought little of it then. After their encounter with White Collar, however, Flash's demeanor had changed drastically.

And it baffled her.

Flash had encountered people like White Collar in the past and usually met their comments with a snarl and a terrifying glare. However, this was different.

He looked like he was out for blood. Twilight shuddered at the memory. In the two years, they had been partners, she’d only seen him come close to that level of anger once. It worried her back then, as it did now.

I need to get an answer. Even if the means we end up arguing. Sighing, Twilight stopped and turned to her friend. “Flash?”

Flash’s head snapped up, his mind clearly elsewhere. “Hm?”

“Do… do you mind if I ask you something?”

Flash shook his head. “No. What’s up?”

“I just wanted to know why White Collar’s comments got to you like that. I mean, you’ve dealt with people like him before and none of them ever set you off like that.”

Flash rubbed the back of his head, struggling to find a reply. “I… I’m not really sure. I guess that jackass just pushed the wrong buttons, plus with the mission and… something else, I just snapped,” he growled, fist trembling.

Twilight’s brow rose. Something else? What does he mean? She began to speak, before stopping. That’s something we can deal with later. Focus on the matter at hand.

“I guess it’s just annoying, you know?” Flash shifted his gaze towards the ceiling, eyes heavy with sadness. “No matter how much good I do, there are still people who look at me like… that. They don’t see Flash Sentry, they just see a half-breed. A Daemon… A monster.”

Twilight placed a hand on his shoulder followed with a comforting smile. “Well, it’s a good thing there are those who can see ‘Flash Sentry.’”

Her words brought a small smile to his lips. “Thanks, partner.”

“Of course. We should try and help each other when one of is in trouble, right?” Twilight returned his smile with one of her own.

Flash nodded, pumping his fist in the air. “Right!”

“Hey, you two!” a voice called from further up the hall. Running towards them was a middle-aged woman, her carrot-colored curls bouncing with her steps. As she got close, a student flew by over her head, leaving a strong breeze in his wake. Her hands quickly shot up to grab the pith helmet she wore, lest it reveal her disheveled hair beneath.

“Good afternoon, Master Safari.” Twilight bowed with Flash giving a small wave.

“Glad I found you two. I had some time before my next class, so I wanted to see if you got back! Looks like I got my answer.” Safari beamed. “Thanks again for taking the mission, kids. I’ll have your payment for ya tomorrow.”

“Thank you for your patronage, Master,” Twilight said.

“Mm. Kay. Well, we need to go hit up the guard office, so-”

"Actually…” Safari interrupted, chuckling awkwardly. “I was wondering if you could help me out with a little something.”

“Um… Okay. Sure what do you need from us?”

“Well, I only need Flash’s help.” The statement caused the duo to stare at Safari, then each other, then back to Safari. Twilight raised a brow nearly into her hairline as Flash cocked his head. Twilight cleared her throat and spoke.

“Um...if you don’t mind me asking…”

“Why do you only need me?!” Flash asked bluntly. Another awkward giggle left Safar’s mouth. “Well…”

Chapter 1-A
Roaring Lion, Yapping Dog Part 1 done.

DA's size limit means this has to be split into two parts DX.

Edit:... Proof reading is inportant, kids.
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