There's the tiny skitter scatter of feet hitting stone – the sound of hummng from a little dragalina as she tried to set things out as she normally did. However, today, on this very special day, there is something different! At first, everything looks normal at the breakfast table. Lyth waits patiently for him to sit before it’s nudged to dear old Krakonos ( well, it was kind of obvious with its bright red packaging! ).
“Found it!” She chirped, “Fixed it!” She’d taken to finding random things and ‘fixing them’, which typically meant getting frustrated and abandoning it halfway, but not this time! Lyth had been determined to get it completely fixed – which meant she spent many a moon and sleepless nights fussing over it. All without his help!
Once the box was opened it would reveal a pocketwatch, but this one was a bit unusual in all respects. Instead of telling time, it had the solar system in its face. The clock hands were small, and presently one was pointing between Earth and Mars, with the other pointing at Venus. It seemed it was more or less made to tell where the stars and planets were presently aligned, though it may be a bit off given it was made with the rudimentary knowledge of a young dragalina and not a refined goldsmith that dabbled in astrology.
“For you, Papa.” She said with a beaming grin.
( for Father's Day, from smol Lyth to papa Krakonos. )
The Old Fae had been in his study, as was his wont. It was morning, not that it was clear this far down inside the Mountain he called home...
His thoughts, distant and often troubled as they seemed to those able to observe his countenance, were thrown off at the unexpected... though not in the slightest bit unreasonable appearance of a certain little albina, holding something out to him...
For a good, long moment, his breath hitched as he took in not the amateur-yet-nonetheless-intricate work before him... but at her words. That one name, that he still felt unused to, unworthy of even, and yet...
It was not the gift that made the elderly Prince of Gnomes chuckle, brighten and pull the girl close, even as he took it over in his hands as she sat on his lap, adjusting a few things here and there and showing her how, teaching her even as he gave her praise for her work and craftsmanship... it was her sentiment, her care, that she had been given to him by her Sire, yes, but that she chose him to be her 'Papa' nonetheless.
Many, many years later, in yet another abandoned room within the Halls, a blood-red-haired giant of a man shuffles through a few old supplies, trying still yet to catalog all of the Halls he had been left by his predecessor... when he noticed something in the bottom of a discarded drawer, far from its original desk.
Picking up a dusty, slightly tarnished circular bit of metal... which, after carefully brushing off and cleaning of decades of abandonment, revealed a small, portable celestial tracker of sorts... which, after a moment of poignant, bittersweet Deja Vu he had no way to fully comprehend, he pocketed somewhere under his cloak.
...I don't know why... but I feel like tracking Mutti down again, giving her a big hug, and seeing if she doesn't mind company for a few days.
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" Mistress...? "
Hearing hong Meiling voice from behind her made the abomination flinch and just stares.
" Oh, uh Yes Meiling..? What is i- ?! "
Before she can finished speaking, the former gatekeeper grabbed the young sage pulling her in a soft embrace in her arms, hugging her. Koishi is shocked by this, she widened her eyes in confusion.
" W-Wh...? "
" Stop talking, I hear you talking badly about yourself. You know it's not healthy to speak ill about yourself. "
" E-Even...even back then..? "
" Yeah, even back then. What happen then is over with, you've changed and no matter what I'll always forgive you.
For I an your gatekeeper, now and forever mistress you can count on me, and the others! "
" M-Meiling... "
Hearing those words coming out of that gatekeepers mouth made the abomination struggle to hold back her own tears, she didn't deserve the affection not after what happened.
" T-Thank you hong meiling, thank you for..understanding... "
The abomination returned that same hug, very tightly as she begins sobbing on her shoulder. The gatekeeper comforts her new mistress in her arms, it was truly a miracle.
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