Title: The Love Potion
Rating: K+ (Rating may go up.)
Summary: Keira plots revenge on Ashlein by concocting a love potion to make Jak fall in love with her. What happens when it backfires? Now not only Jak, but all the guys are smitten with her. Chaos ensues, R&R.
"I can't believe it—I won't believe it! Jak…dumped me for that—Err!"
A red-faced, furious woman halted in her pacing to kick an old bookshelf square in the center causing it to topple over. She gasped and attempted to sturdy it but to no avail. Keira shrieked as tons of ancient, heavy books dropped on her.
Moments later, the green-haired girl groaned as she pushed her way out of the pile of hardbacks. She whimpered slightly at the cuts and bruises inflicted on her. Keira almost fainted when she saw the clutter she was going to have to clean up.
"Daddy's gonna kill me if he sees all his precious books on the floor." She remembered him saying to keep them all in order until he returned from healing dark-eco infected plants found in Haven forest.
"Guess I better get to work." The mechanic sighed loudly and began to pick up the books from the floor and place them on the shelf. I wonder why these are so important anyway, Keira thought. The Legacy of the Precursors, Mar, Hero of Haven City…
At the mention of Mar, she frowned, quickly positioning the book where it belonged. That's the last person I want to think about know. A lump in her throat began to surface and her sight began to blur. "No! I'm not going to cry." She said determinedly before setting her eyes on the next title. Desperate to change the subject—
'The Book of Spells'
"Heh, might as well take a look. Maybe they'll have something to cure a broken heart." She laughed dryly. Before removing the book from the stack and putting it on the desk. She skimmed through the contents until one particular one caught her eye:
Love Potions: Powerful tonics with the ability to influence others into adoring or worshipping the caster. Usually kings or rulers used these to manipulate their people into admiring them. Therefore, lengthening the period of their regime. Regularly, young persons use these to make their beloved one fall in love with them. For the purpose of romance. Thus, the name Love Potion.
Something compelled her to read over the ingredients.
RECIPE: LOVE POTION #9
· 9 oz. sweet red wine
· 9 basil leaves
· 9 red rose petals
· 9 cloves
· 9 apple seeds
· 9 drops vanilla extract
· 9 drops strawberry juice
· 9 drops apple juice
· 1 ginseng root, cut into 9 equal pieces
· 9 metal head skull gems
· 9 ounces green eco
· 9 ounces light eco
By the light of 9 pink votive candles, put these nine ingredients into a cauldron on the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month of the year. Stir the potion nine times with a wooden spoon, each time reciting the following:
LET THE ONE WHO DRINKS THIS WINE
SHOWER ME WITH LOVE DIVINE.
SWEET LOVE POTION NUMBER NINE
MAKE HIS/HER LOVE FOREVER MINE.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for nine minutes. Remove the cauldron from the heat and allow the potion to cool off.
Blow nine times upon the potion, and then strain it through a cheesecloth into a clean container. Cover and refrigerate it until you are ready to serve it to the man or woman from whom you desire love and affection. (IMPORTANT: Do not allow anyone other than your beloved to look at, touch, or drink the love potion.)
(A/N: The following in italics was taken fromlinks to lovedot com.I don't own this potion except for the few adjustments I made for the ingredients.)
"9 Metal Head Skull Gems!" Keira exclaimed. "How am I going to get that much!"
She scowled at the amount of ingredients as well. "This is ridiculous!" The mechanic slammed the book and threw in the mound of books. "Daddy and his dumb books…" She mumbled while clearing the heaps of hardbacks onto the shelves.
An hour later Keira was finally done. She sighed exasperatedly and looked at the time: 4:32. Just in time for her father and Jak to be coming back from the mission. Butterflies fluttered at the thought of him but she pushed it away. It's too late now...for us...
The green-haired girl decided to meet up with them at the Naughty Ottsel. She knew Jak usually came in for a drink or two now that he was legally of age. Keira was still a year too young but she didn't plan on it. Drinking, smoking, sniffing, chewing, whatever are nasty habits, Keira always said.
When she arrived at the Naughty Ottsel—much to her dismay and fury—Ashlein was there, sitting closely to Jak at a booth. Laughing and smiling flirtatiously.
"Why won't she die!" Keira hissed vehemently to herself stomping into the bar.
When Jak noticed her, he grinned, "Hey Keira. How's it going?" Ashlein eyes narrowed instantly. The two woman sent death glares to each other, unbeknownst to the blonde.
"I'm fine, perfectly fine." Keira gritted her teeth.
"That's good to hear." He replied, chuckling at Daxter's attempts to impress the bubbly, gun-maker Tess. Who giggled back at him playing slapping him in return.
His genuine, pure laugher warmed the two girls' hearts. Keira practically felt like melting in his presence. Then she remembered who else was there at the moment. She shook away her feelings—with some difficulty—and composed herself.
"Hey Tess. Lemonade please?" She requested. Trying to seem casual through the situation.
"Coming right up." Tess responded. Leaping off the counter, gracefully for an ottsel and grabbing a pre-made drink in the fridge. "Here you go." Then in a whisper, "Good luck."
"For what?" The mechanic said confused.
"Fight hard for Jakky-boy, Keira. Sweet stripes will be a tough opponent." Daxter informed winking.
How did he…never mind. Daxter's his best friend. I wouldn't be surprised if they could read each other's minds, Keira thought. Turning her attention to the elf couple. Ashlein was nuzzling Jak teasingly. She was being a bit too friendly for Keira's comfort.
Her green eyes surveyed the two from the booth across. Never leaving her sight. She sipped the drink, not savoring the taste. Possible options running through her mind. But coming up with nothing.
"Hey Jak, I was wondering if you could come over to my place this afternoon." This earned strange glances from everyone. "I mean, Daddy wants you to help him with something."
"Didn't I already help him with a mission earlier?" Jak said with a hint of annoyance.
Just as Keira was about to reply, Ashlein cut in. "Besides, I promised Jak I would show him around the newly-built palace. I had my men set up a quarters for him there as a gift for saving Haven." She looked appreciating at him.
"Oh…" Was all she managed to say. Keira was losing the battle and Ashlein knew it.
"Perhaps, you would like to accompany us?" She added innocently, already knowing the mechanic's answer.
"No thanks. I'm very busy at the moment." Keira stately flatly.
"That's too bad. I was looking forward to you coming." Jak said honestly. Oblivious to the clash occurring before him. Ashlein was caught off guard for a second and Keira smiled inwardly. One point for me.
"Well, we have to get going now. It's a shame. We aren't going to be visiting here as often, seeing as we're getting engaged this spring." Ashlein's final blow was totally uncalled for. Even Daxter and Tess stopped cooing at each other.
"W-what…" Keira dropped her glass with a loud crash. This was too much for her all at one time. First heartbreak, now this? Only one thought managed to process through her brain. Revenge.
But she wasn't finished yet. Ashlein pulled Jak towards her in a passionate kiss. Jak seemed startled and didn't reply. But this was enough to cause Keira to dash out of the saloon. Nobody stopped her.
How could she? How could she sink so low?
A-and Jak? What will become of us?
Was there anything of us to begin with?
Keira sobbed softly in Haven forest. Tears streamed down her cheeks. Her eyes were bloodshot from constant crying. She had never felt so alone.
Suddenly she recalled the events from earlier. Where had she gone wrong? Then she remembered the love potion that she read about…could that be the answer?
"No! It isn't right." Keira furiously shook her then. Then paused for a moment. "But it may be the only way."
The girl dried her tears. Her eyes were filled with motivation and hope. Maybe there is a way…for me and Jak.
Then her expression hardened when Ashlein was brought up to mind. "You may have won the battle, but the war is not over yet."
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