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Im an evil person for not updating. (avoids sharp pointy objects that suddenly appear) Im really sorry. nut i do have other things to do other than procastrinate by writing fanfiction, for instance my assesments for colleg are creeping ever closer... waaaaah. i hate assesments... they are the bane of my existence. whats worse is am putting up with them voluntairily. You'd think you'd learn after putting up with 11 years of mandatory education but no... apparently i haven learned my lesson yet. oh well. new chapter for you. And yes i know Lou Fa is incedibly OOC. that was on purpose (i dont like her or chaoji so i have a hard time keeping any semblance of charecter with them. note sembleance; half of the characters are ooc here so i cant say i can keep them in charecter) Enjoy!
For most of their time at the Black Order, the Chinese branch members were kept busy with preparations for the upcoming ceremony. Most of the time.
Lou Fa was obsessed with Lenalee.
Or rather, Lenalee's relationship with Allen.
Most of her free time was spent trying to figure out just how they were so close. Unfortunately Lavi always seemed to pop up and interrupt when she was about to get an answer.
Which was how fo had ended up with lenalee in the infirmary for a scan.
"Lenalee, the matron was looking for you"
"Matron? What for?"
"Something about a scan thingy….the one with the goop."
"alright, if you see Allen will you tell him to come on up?
"sure, have you seen the green extension cable? The one Allen used to strangle Komurin VII?"
"I think reever has it. See you later Lavi"
And so one thing led to another and Lenalee had asked if Lou Fa would come with her. Which was why she was here now.
"Look!Look!Look! One of them moved!"Lenalee was gesturing excitedly at the fuzzy black and white screen.
"I see it…" Fo tried to sound enthusiastic. She had been intending to use the quiet location as an opportunity to get her questions answered.
One look from the petrifying woman these people called 'matron' and she swiftly decided otherwise.
"Where's Allen Lenalee?" The matron asked as she wiped the gel of Lenalee's stomach.
"He went to train this morning but I haven't seen him since. Why?" She asked, her aura dampening at the serious tone in the matrons voice.
"Frankly, I have some concerns. That attack from Rhode hasn't exactly been beneficial. Honestly, what were you thinking? Fighting Akuma like that in your condition… Honestly…"
"wait that was all because of Rhode?! Since when?!"
"never mind that now. What matters at the moment is getting Allen here so I can discuss this with the two of you in detail"
With that she turned on her heel and walked out of the room, but not before giving lou Fa a glare that said 'misbvehave and you suffer. Painfully' A few moments later they could hear the matrons voice over the newly instaled P.A. system requesting Allen's presence in the infirmary. She then returned to run more tests (which included forcing vile looking and tasting concoctions down lenalees throat)
20 minuets later allen arrived. For several minuets he was stumbling over appologies and raving about braking his masters arm to get away, getting lost again, and breaking komurin XII before lenalee finally interjected.
"Allen look! He's suching his thumb!!!!!"
"He?" Allens train of thought snapped away from Komurins.
"I don't like calling them 'it' or 'that one' or 'baby A' so I'm going to alternate between he and she."
Lenalee had made it clear early on that she was going to keep the sex of her babies a surprise untill they were born.
Allen had quickly agreed since she had been in a slightly murderous mind state when she made this decision.
He sat on the edge of the bed lenale was seated on and stared at the small moving blobs on the screen.
"Alright now that youre here ill fist, you.." she turned to lou Fa, who immediately felt the hairs on the back of her neck stick up in fear. "out. Now."
"But Lenalee asked to come with her!" she wasn't going to leave now. Not when she had such a good chance to find out why Allen was so attached to Lenalee. Something was nagging at her that it was frightfully obvious… but she just couldn't grasp it.
"that was for the scan. Your presence is unnecessary for this particular conversation however. Only family members."
"but Allen's not related to he either!"
"No, but he is here for similar reasons." The old woman stopped fiddling with the machinery as she finished her tests.
"Allen, Lenalee. I'm going to have to go get your health records. I think you better explain thing to her while I'm gone." she left the room and Lou Fa turned to Lenalee for an explanation.
"they're his." Lenalee said simply, as she unwrapped yet another stick of bubblegum."Huh?"
Comprehension slowly began to dawn on Lou Fa's face.
"Were engaged! Lenalee held up he hand to show her the ring "right Allen? Allen!"
Allen had been distracted by a fight breaking out between the small human beings that were currently taking up residence in Lenalee's womb.
"huh? Yeah… we are… Oi! Quit picking on your sister! two against one is unfair!!! You hear me?! Hey!!!!" his attention was back to the screen!
The matron entered the room again this time carrying two beige coloured folders. "I'm sorry but your going to have to leave miss. Its nothing personal, just patient confidentiality. If you please…" She held the door open for the brunette who slowly nodded and walked out of the room, closing the door behind her.
"Alright make yourselves comfortable" the old woman said to the two exorcists "this will take a while"
Cross Marion was not happy. He was training the red headed rabbit at that current moment. Allen had been gone for some time now. He'd make sure he got some sort of punishment at some point.
"ALLEN WALKER, YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUESTED IN THE INFIRMARY. I REPEAT, ALKLEN WALKER, YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUESTED IN THE INFIRMARY" The matrons voice echoed throughout the training hall. Allen mad a move towards the door only to be stopped by the red headed womaniser who had been given the job of training him and Lavi.
"err… master… I need to go…"
"I said like hell!"
Allen contemplated things. Supposing he did manage to get out he would invariably wind up getting himself lost and would most likely end up wasting at least ten minuets trying to find the infirmary. Knowing what a whacked out joint head quarters was that would also be unavoidable distractions (it was just a matter of which form they would take). All in all it was going to take him a long time just to get to the infirmary at all.
That being said he did not have the luxury of time being on his side. He decide he would have to take matters into his own hands and remove the obstacle that was his master/biological parent.
"Master I'm really sorry and I'll buy you some of that scotch later to make up for this but I don't have time for training at the moment."
And with that he dug his claws into the flesh of Cross Marion's left shoulder, just where the arm bone began.
As such Cross was far from genial, and Lavi was suffering. He had no idea how he had done it, but Cross Marion had managed to find a level 4 Akuma and bring it into the order to train with. Whilst a level 4 was no longer an uncommon sight (an uncommon sight would now be a level 7)during the war against the clan of Noah, and the exorcists were perfectly capable of destroying two or three without much trouble, ones under the control of the sadistic grumpy exorcist general were not so easy to handle.
Lavi was screaming curses that Kanda would have been proud of. This particular Akuma was immune to fire based attacks, and while Lavi had other attack methods other than the pillar of fire now none of them were usable. For instance, he couldn't use the heaven stamp since there were no forces of nature for him to manipulate other than Cross's cigar. And a half-smoked cancer baton was going to do much damage against a level 4. The earth stamp, a seal that had been unlocked a year ago needed open terrain to be of any use. Which he did not have. The water stamp, a fairly recent addition, needed access to large quantities of waters and the closest he had was a dripping pipe.
Lavi wasn't in a genial mood either.
Cross laughed himself stupid as he watched the redhead dodge another attack uttering blasphemy as he did so. Then he flinched at the pain where Allen had stuck his claws in him and grumbled again.
Miranda didn't like to admit it but General Zokalo's training had been beneficial. Dodging death for the past week had made her open up to her innocence in a very positive manner. She now placed herself amongst the rare crystal types. For the past few years her inability to progress or to further develop her innocence had been a cause of major concern not only for herself but for Komui as well.
Despite the training Marie had kindly helped her with, she had only managed to increase her synchronization rate to 67%
Compared to normal synchronization rates hers had been considered to be not low, but not exactly up to scratch either. However, thanks to Zokalo's training that was no longer the case.
After dodging Madness all week she had final come to the stage of seeing the materialized spirit of her innocence. It had been a rather strange encounter but a greatly welcomed one. Moments after a brief chat about why she wanted to synchronize so badly (answer to protect he comrades and show Marie that his time spent training her had not been fruitless) she had been brought back to the real world by a sharp pain in her wrists. The scars were the same as Lenalee's. And upon deactivation of her innocence instead of the CD shape she had become accustomed to, it reverted to the form of red bracelets dotted with black beads bearing the same mark as those on her inside wrists.
Much to Zokalo's delight, the time record was now also an offensive weapon.
Upon activation the bracelets removed themselves from her wrists and formed a circle around the target (in this case a captured level 4 Akuma that Zokalo informed them Cross Marion had kindly provided.) and spun around them, sucking the life out of them permanently. Further training had revealed that the life force taken could be added to the life span of the parasitic types. One had attached itself to Krory, glowed fro awhile before detaching itself revealing a Krory who looked slightly les like his grandfather and more like how he had upon first arriving at the order.
Krory was grateful to say the least, since his own innocence, being a parasitic type, detracted from his own LIFE SPAN. His innocence, as he had learned over the years since the ark incident, used his own life force as an anti-venom to the Akuma blood. And according to Komui's (traumatizing) tests. He had been expected to live until about his late 40 or early fifties.
Given he was almost at the end of his mid thirties he hadn't been to thrilled to hear this.
Thanks to Miranda's newly evolved innocence, he had another 9 or ten years added onto his lifespan. Inspired by Miranda's accomplishments he had also put his heart into his training for some favourable results. While he had not become a crystal type he had evolved his innocence. Though his had been a more painful experience. He had sprouted some bat like wings.
In the same way a bats wings were stretched between their arms, his did the same. He had required some new bones to make this possible, and they had sprouted in about 10 minuets, though painfully. The skin which stretched between the new bones was a blackish-dark grey colour and apparently rather sturdy since it could withstand Zokalo's Mmadness.
Much to Zokalo's disappointment he could not detach his teeth, however his fingernails and toenails did sharpen themselves into claws that could be used for attacking apparently they were imbued with innocence as the level 4 dissolved after several hits.
Zokalo couldn't wait to gloat in front of Cross about how his training methods were more effective than his.
"…id suggest eating something other than bubble gum for once as well." the matron said giving Lenalee a meaningful look.
"but I'm already eating the same amount as Allen does on a normal day! I don't think jerry has enough stock to make any more…"
"well see what you can do anyway. And don't go near any fish. Another thing, from the way things are going at the moment your due date will probably be earlier than expected… January probably. Now going over your health recor-
"ERR…. YUU-CHAN, HOW'D YOU TURN THIS THING ON? BIS IT WORKING YET?"
Lavi's voice came through the speakers of the P.A. system interrupting the matron.
"…YOU REALLY ARE AN IDIOT IF YOU CANT HEAR YOUR OWN VOICE"
"AH!YOURE RIGHT! IT IS ON! ALRIGHT EVERYONE THIS IS LAVI AND YUU-CHAN-"
"STOP CALLING ME THAT YOU DAMN RABBIT!"
"WHATEVER YUU-CHAN. EVERYONE IS TO GATER IN THE CATHEDRAL, OR AT LEAST ALL THE EXORCISTS ARE. EVERYONE ELSE CAN TAG ALONG TO WATCH BUT THEYRE NOT AS IMPORTANT…
"GET TO THE POINT EYEPATCH, OR I UNSHEATH MUGEN AND THEN MY FIRST ILLUSION AFTER YOUR ASS"
"EXORCIST HAVE TO GATHER IN THE CATHEDRAL FOR 4PM. LENALEE DOSENT HAVE TOCOME SINCE SHE HAS BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE LIST OF CANDIDATES.
"YOU SOUND LIKE YOURE INSULTING HER. KOMUI ISNT GOING TO LIKE THAT…"
"I DON'T MEAN LIKE THAT! SHE WOULD BE ON THE LIST BUT WHO THE HELL WOULD MAKE A PREGNANT WOMAN A CANDIDATE FOR GENERALCY?! ALTHOUGH I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHY THE HIGHER-UPS ARE INSISTING ON SUCH A FARCE . ALL THE FORMALITIES ARE A PAIN. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT ITS GONNA BE A-MPHFH!!!!!!!"
"I APOLOGIZE FOR LAVIS STUPIDITY SINCE HE IS CURRENTLY INDISPOSED AND CANT DO IT HIMSELF. ALL EXORCISTS ARE REQUESTED TO BE IN THE CATHEDRAL FOR 4PM THIS AFTERNOON. ANYONE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE CANDIDACY EXAM MAY COME ALONG AS SPECTATORS BUT ATTENBDANCE IS NOT MANDATORY. LAVI IS VET SORRY FOR BEING AN INSENSITIVE IDIOT AND SENDS HIS DEEPEST APOLOGIES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME."
"…Who thought t was a good idea to pt Lavi on the P.A. system?" Allen asked.
"that's what I would like to know…" Lenalee said, muttering about murdering Komui under her breath.
"I suggest you both get going. it's quarter to four now and we can finish this later." the matron informed them as she began to gather up all the files. "just lay off the bubblegum Lenalee!" she shouted as the left through the oak doors.
The cathedral was packed. He number of people present for the exam was mind boggling when compared to the normal population of headquarters. The grand generals had even made an appearance, though their faces still couldn't be seen.
The exorcists were lined up facing the congregation, for want of a better word, in front of the altar. After everyone was settled the generals came in. Cross had several bandages wrapped round his shoulder by the looks of things. He was glaring at the white haired exorcist but said nothing.
Komui soon followed them carrying a microphone.
"HELLO! THANK YOU FO RTAKNG TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULES TO BE HERE TODAY. AS YOU KNOW THIS IS THE FIRST OF TO EXAMS THAT WILL RESULT IN THE SELECTION OF A NEW GENERAL."
All eyes snapped to the white haired exorcist standing to the far left. The said exorcist emitted a slightly murderous aura and the eyes snapped back to Komui.
"AS YOU ALL KNOW EACH EXORCIST HAS A PHYSICAL MANIFESTION OF THEIR INNOCENCE, REPRESENTING ITS WILL. EACH GENERAL ALSO HAS AN IMAGE REPRESINTING THIS BENEATH THEIR NAME ON THE WALL IN THE ENTRANCE HALL. IN THIS STAGE ONLY THOSE ABLE TO SUMMMON THE PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF THEIR INNOCENCE WILL PROCEED TO THE SECOND EXAM. WELL THAT'S ALL. I SUGGEST YOU EXORSISTS FIND A WAY TO CONVINCE YOUR INNOCENCE TO MINIFEST ITS PHYSICAL FORM YPU HAVE THREE HOURS STARTING NOW. I SUGGEST YOU STAR BY HAVING A LITTLE CHAT WITH YOUR RESPECTIVE WEAPONS."
Many of the exorcists who had been sent to work at the branches looked utterly confused. It wasn't exactly trumpeted out loud, but the exorcists who were assigned to the branches typically had a synchronization rate of less than 55%. Main reason being that the more troublesome of the Noah and Akuma attacks occurred closer to headquarters, and henceforth headquarters got dibbs on the exorcists and higher synchronization rates. This wasn't to say that all branch exorcist had low synchronization rates. Each branch had at leas one or two above 80%.
But for those around the 55% mark, manifestation of their innocence was an unthinkable task. Most hadn't even heard of the were immediately out of the running.
However those who hailed form headquarters weren't doing much better.
Kanda stared blankly at his sword. He understood the orders, however he knew from experience that Mugen wasn't the type to have a friendly chat.
The thing was a malevolent, vicious, bloodthirsty git. As such it was no surprise they had a high synchronization rate, however he couldn't just stab someone to get his innocence to materialize.
He wasn't that blood thirsty or that much of a git (despite how much fun he'd have jabbing Mugen into Lavi's ass). Also, he would most likely turn into a fallen one for betraying god if he did that or something else equally problematic.
Mugen just snickered and told him unless he got some fresh blood he wasn't going to show up anywhere.
Lavi was having similar problems.
Unlike Mugen, his innocence was more than willing to show up.
However, just like Mugen, itwould not show itself without getting something in return. Lavi knew it would not be blood. His hammer was in no shape or form a blood thirsty weapon. If anything it was a rather lazy one. It was no surprise he only open 5 of the twelve available seals in the years since entering the order if he took his hammers chronic laziness into account.
Maybe lazy was a bad description, the hammer just liked to be entertained, usually in the form of one prank or another. For some reason he got the feeling if he hadn't planter that trick with the fish heads on Komui he wouldn't have opened the water seal at all…
In short he had one hour to pull of his best prank yet… he mumbled his apologies to god before he nodded to the little mouse on his shoulder, who quickly scurried down his back, down his leg and scampered across the floor towards the generals.
Allen was closer to manifestation the others. Being a parasitic type he was in direct contact with his innocence mad the whole business much simpler. He just had to convince it to appear.
However it was very reluctant.
Apparently being unable awaken its true form for several years had left it rather offended. That and the fact it was currently arguing with his Noah genes. Allen massaged his temples, trying to delay the inevitable headache that would occur as he listened to the two bickering back and forth over who was stronger.
Lenalee watched the three exorcists in amusement. Kanda wouldn't stop glaring at Mugen. It was hilarious to see him get so riled up. Normally only, Lavi and occasionally Allen could manage that. However it appeared that Mugen did this on a daily basis. No wonder he was so grouchy all the time…
Lavi just sat there snickering. She had no doubt that whatever price he had to pay his innocence for gracing them with its presence would be both humorous and embarrassing/irritating depending on the point of view.
She looked at Allen and felt the sweat forming on her head. The dark cloud indicated he was already having problems. She knew from conversation that his innocence was more often than not an uncooperative one. Her own innocence had also informed her that the crown clown was;
'just a suicide waiting to happen. It's depressiveness is probably contagious'
How the dark boots knew this she had no idea, maybe innocence's could talk to each other. She just knew that Allen had fervently agreed when shed informed him of this. She noticed he was sitting down cards set out, a sadistic grin on his face.
Oh dear lord…
"Komui, when this is over turn Mugen into a broadsword for me… that git is going to pay for this…."
"B-But Eliade…. I DID NO SUCH THING!!!!!! Eliade…. Help me…. Someone… anyone…."
"HA! FULL HOUSE!!! SUCKERS!!!! HUH?! NO WAY! I DON'T LOSE AT CARDS! IM GONNA KILL YOU!!! YOU DEPPRESSIVE LITTLE….."
"100...jobs… cant…. IM SOO SORRRYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Aw come on you old shrimp… what more do you want?! Yu-chan pulled their trousers off already!!!! I'm gonna die for that y'know!!!!"
-------------Some time later-------------
After a great deal of yelling, cursing, several death threats, 2 attempted murders and a suicide attempt four exorcists had managed the impossible task of summoning the materialize form of their innocence.
Lavi was accompanied by a leprechaun, with a fiery aura and slightly lecherous personality, who had perched himself on his shoulder.
Kanda was accompanied by a large sadistic looking tortoise, with teeth. Sharp pointy ones. Upon materialization he proceeded to bite Kanda's leg for calling him a git and the request about turning him into a Broadsword.
Allen was a companied by a skull with a dressed up version of his curse mark which hovered behind his head. Most its time seemed to be spent mumbling about Allen being an ungrateful brat and evil card demons. Allen didn't look too comfortable and looked ready to bolt.
The other exorcist who managed to withstand the torture of his innocence was a member of the south American branch he had a small sparrow on his shoulder that looked slightly agitated by all the stares from the audience.
"ALRIGHT NOW THAT THAT'S DONE WITH YOU CAN ALL GO BACK TO WHATEVER IT IS YOU DO IN YOUR SAPRE TIME. WEVE GOT WHAT WE WANTED FROM THIS EXERCISE. THE SECOND AND FINAL EXAM WILL BE HELD TWO WEEKS FORM NOW SO I SUGGEST YOU REST UP. YOU DON'T NEED TO BOTHER TRAINING BUT MORE THAN LIKLEY LAVI AND KANDA WILL KEP YOU UP BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO SEE EYE TO EYE OF SOMRHTING LIKE THE MOUSE THAT REMOVED THE GENERAL'S TROUSERS. ALTHOUGH ITS MORE LIKLEY TO BE BECAUSE OF THEI LIBI-"
"CAN IT SISTER COMPLEX OR I'LL FIND A WAY TO KILL YOU WITHOUT USING MUGEN!!!"
"Yuu-chan… calm down…"
"STOP CALLING ME THAT DAMN RABBIT!"
Hope you enjoyed that because it is now 4:53AM in the UK. I swear this website is the reason behind my sleep issues. Iv'e turned into a god damned insomniac. (tank you rat-chan fr introducing me to this website. in case you didnt notice I BLAME YOU!!!) Well either way hopefully this will stop the death threats coming. dont expect another update soon though, i have to actually work in college now and that cuts into time i used to spend writing this. Again im sorry about the long update.
If you can find it in the kindness of your heart to reveiw i woulkd be verry happy :D