Mar. 18th, 2007 11:28 pm
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So I think I'll be sharing some specific memories of various events in my life for some of the next few entries.  No promisies to keep them in any kind of chronological order... But I'll let you know if I start to trail off in one direction or the other.  So I guess, first, should be the night it happened.  When things changed forever.  When I became a GargoyleI've been told there was an episode of the cartoon show a lot like what happened.  I haven't seen it, but I can only assume it really veers off in the last few minutes.


The people of Manhattan, myself included, had been turned into Gargoyles.  The real Gargoyles had been turned into humans.  All thanks to Demona and Puck.  And the worst part?  Memories were screwed with too.  People who were transformed believed that they'd always been that way.  It took strong evidence to the contrary to break that and restore your actual memories.  The guys and I were lucky to have had that.

We'd beaten them.  Both were restrained in heavy chains.  Goliath demanded that Puck put everyone back to normal.  The little freak leapt into action.

"First the Gargoyles shall I mend..."

Magic flashed, and the Clan was back to normal.

"Now to the humans shall I attend!"

More magic flashed, seeming to cover the entire island, practically blinding us.  And when it faded I could still feel the weight of wings on my back.  Feel the tail twitching ever so slightly.  Feel the ground beneath my bare, three-toed feet.  I was still a Gargoyle.

"Why... why didn't Elisa change back?" Brooklyn asked.

"Yes..." Goliath growled, grabbing Puck around the neck and yanking him up to eye-level.  "Why?"

The trickster looked away guiltily.  "I can't.  Okay?  Magic has rules.  And I already used up the only loophole Red there gave me.  She said to rid her of that human forever!  I couldn't exactly kill the  detective, now could I?  Where's the fun in that?  Not to mention upstairs management's probably already going to have my hide over this..."

He wilted a little more under Goliath's penetrating stare.  "She said "forever!"  I had to do what she wanted!  You think I like playing genie of the lamp for a stick in the mud like her?  I  just can't!"

It was too much.  I snapped.  Eyes glowing red, I leapt at Demona.  "You!" I snarled, and launched a punch that snapped her head around.  "You did this to me!  I'll kill you!"

Demona snarled and struggled against her bonds.  "You think I would want to give you the gift of being a Gargoyle?  You were supposed to die!"  The she smiled, a cruel, mirthless thing.  The smile of a predator.  Of the schoolyard bully.  "Still, if I cannot have you dead, making you an outcast from your own kind is a small consolation."

I should have seen what she was doing, pushing my buttons.  But I didn't, not then.  I was still too much in shock.  An animalistic growl ripped its way from my throat and it was all Broadway and Hudson could do to hold me back.

"She's not worth it, Elisa!"

"Lass, calm yuirself! Please!"

Goliath too, was having trouble holding in his anger.  I could tell it was taking all his willpower not to simply tear the two of them apart.  Instead, he let Puck drop, snapping his chains in the process.  "Change her back!'"

Puck scooted backwards, frightened out of his wits.  "Listen, big boy, I can't.  End of story.   And all your yelling isn't going to do any good.  And if you won't play nice..."

He lifted up, in flight, and grabbed Demona.  "I'll just take my ball and go home!"  In a flash of blinding light, Puck, Demona, and the mirror were gone.

I felt myself growl limp and my eyes grow wet as I felt everything, all my plans, my future, my whole life slip away from me.

I honestly don't remember how I got back to the Clock Tower.  I assume Goliath carried me, because I was certainly in no condition--and no degree of training--to make it back on my own.  Muddled memories had helped me work my new body, but now it was crystal clear that I had been changed.  New sensations, new body parts with a mind not wired for them, sharpened senses, and instincts I'de never experienced before all preyed upon me.

I sat, on the edge of the balcony, looking down at my hands.  Four fingers, all ending in sharp talons, heavier than human hands.  I kept feeling a strange twitch, like my little fingers were jerking, but I didn't have those anymore. I could feel my tail swishing, the tip of the tail tapping a staccato rhythm on the stone. 

"Goliath, either come out here or stop staring at me."  I could tell, my new sense already working to feed new information to me, that he'd been watching me from the dooray.  Trying to give me space, but wanting to be near.

"Elisa... I...  I did not know what I should be doing..."

"Goliath... what am I going to do?  I can't live like this.  I'm human!"

It was a stupid thing to say.  Looking back, I can see how much that must have hurt him.  I'd just told him that I couldn't stand being what I was, being like him.  What he must have thought...

He was... torn, I realize that now.  So confused.  Like I was.  Wanting to comfort me, realizing for the first time how we both must have felt, but daring not to speak of it, yet not wanting to appear distant either.  "We shall do everything in our power to see you restored, Elisa."

"You can't do magic, Goliath.  And would you trust Demona, if you thought you could force her to?"

"I...  Surely..."


I heard more footsteps--the others, coming out.  And I saw that the sky was beginning to brighten.  Sunrise was coming.

Sunrise was coming.

Sunrise was coming

I was now a Gargoyle.  I would turn to stone!


The world froze around me, my body growing stiff, taking everything away...

Date: 2007-03-19 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I'm so glad that the situation turned out for the best, Elisa. I'm sure it must have been horrible at the time. I suppose the alternate situations you mentioned must have hinged on a difference in the compulsion. Not to detract from the trouble it caused you, but I do feel slightly sorry for the fairy. Compulsion can be a dreadful thing, sometimes." Jack looks a bit odd.

Date: 2007-03-19 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"It was horrible, Jack. It was a long, awkward road. But like you said, all for the best. I can only guess that the difference was in the 'forever' part of the phrasing."

She nods, slightly. "Nobdoy should be enslaved. Even idiots like Puck." And then, more thoughtful, "Are... you all right, Jack?"

Date: 2007-03-20 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"It's quite interesting what one can get used to and even learn to embrace."

"I'm well, thank you, Elisa."

Date: 2007-03-20 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yeah, it is. Life's funny that way."

She nods. "Good to hear."

Date: 2007-03-19 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Faye doesn't say anything at first. She just hugs Elisa.

Date: 2007-03-19 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The hug is returned, and Elisa smiles. "Thanks, Faye. I've made my peace with everything... But it's still a rough memory sometimes."

Date: 2007-03-19 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"No doubt," she says. "Speaking of turning into a Gargoyle, I'm... not so sure I want to turn back anymore."

Date: 2007-03-19 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"You don't?" Elisa asks, surprise practically radiating off her. "Not that I'm one to talk, but can I ask why?"

Date: 2007-03-19 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Because I'll be able to protect people." That was mostly her Gargoyle instincts talking. "Oh, and be able to glide."

Date: 2007-03-19 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Those are... some of the same reasons I have," Elisa says, not bothering to mention that another is a giant purple husband. "Have you really thought about this, Faye? About never seeing the sun? About being an outcast to much of the world?"

Date: 2007-03-19 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yeah," she says, "I have." Of course, being a LOL, it's likely to wear off.

Date: 2007-03-19 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Elisa smiles, having reasonably assured herself that this was a choice Faye was making for herself. "They don't always," she says. "Maybe you'll luck out."

Date: 2007-03-19 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Maybe I will," she replies.

Date: 2007-03-19 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She thinks about something for a moment. "There... is a way, to be sure, actually."

Date: 2007-03-19 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Faye blinks. "...There is?"

Date: 2007-03-19 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Or close enough to it, anyway," Elisa says. "I think I've mentioned this before, but Owen, Xanatos's majordomo, is actually Puck."

She continues once that's had a moment to sink in. "I don't fully understand their arrangement or how the two of them came together, but he's also under basic orders to help us out however he can. He can't actually use his powers any more unless he's instructing Alex--Xanatos's son--in how to use his, or protecting him... But he could probably fix things so you won't change back."

Date: 2007-03-19 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Something to think about, but I don't trust the guy."

((If I make this permanent, what kind of side effects should I give her? I'll need icons for her too.))

Date: 2007-03-19 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I'm not so much sure I do as I just try not to think about it. Same with Xanatos, really. Makes living under the same roof easier."

((Hmmm. Drawing a bit of a blank on side-effects, but I did make a few icons: Some of them aren't that great, but the screen caps I could find were few and far between.))

Date: 2007-03-19 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Hmn. I guess."

((...How about a human form, but with Gargoyle strengths and weaknesses?))

Date: 2007-03-19 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She shrugs. "It is what it is, I guess."

((That'd be pretty good, I think. Totally human looking? Or with wings, a tail, etc? My only other suggestion might be to pull a Demona: human by day, Gargoyle by night.))

Date: 2007-03-19 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((Totally human. Heh, that could inconvenience her more... but it's been done.))

Date: 2007-03-19 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((Still cool then. And a good balance of benefits/problems.))

Date: 2007-03-20 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((You mean turning into a human during the day?))

Date: 2007-03-20 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((The looking human, but having Gargoyle strengths and weaknesses. I assumed you weren't too keen on the other idea.))

Date: 2007-03-20 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((The looking human one, definitely.))

Date: 2007-03-20 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((That's the one I like better.))

Date: 2007-03-20 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((then that's the one you should go with.))

Date: 2007-03-20 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((I will. I've already made up my mind.))

Date: 2007-03-20 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Well, if it can be done..."

Date: 2007-03-20 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Elisa smiles, slightly. "It makes the guys happy, having the Castle back. And I couldn't see trying to help raise and train Gregory in the Clock Tower. And having actualy resources at our ready's nice."

Date: 2007-03-20 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yeah, I understand that."

((Hmm, maybe I'll have her fall unconscious in daylight, too?))

Date: 2007-03-20 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"And besides, while I believe the true feud's over, I still don't trust him farther..." She trails off, and laughs at her own mistake. "OKay, I trust him significantly less far than I can throw him. But better that he's where we can watch him."

((That's a pretty cool idea.))

Date: 2007-03-20 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I wonder what he made of all the visits you've been having?"

((I thought so too.))

Date: 2007-03-20 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I think he knows something about the Nexus... But I also think he's been talked out of coming there himself. Whether by Owen or Fox or someone else, I dunno. Just as well, I suppose."

Date: 2007-03-20 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wolf Kakyoin: *Uh-oh. Monologue! Kakyoin tolerates the excessive shifting back and forth, and he tries his best to focus on the story. As it ends, though, he notices he's still in wolf form. Wolf Kakyoin barks at Elisa.*

((I gotta find a cure for that, it's starting to get really annoying.))

Date: 2007-03-20 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Er... sorry about that."

((You know, you could just have it wear off.))

Date: 2007-03-21 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gargoyle Kakyoin: *GargKakyoin stands back up onto two feet, stretching out his wings.* God, it itches whenever I transform. *GargKakyoin places a claw on Elisa's shoulder, giving a reassuring squeeze.* Come on, the past is past. Why go through all this again? Things turned out well. Just let sleeping dogs lie.

((I could, but that'd be doing things half-assed. I made a commitment, and I gotta follow through on that.))

Date: 2007-03-21 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Elisa smiles. "I'm not nearly bothered by anything that's happened anymore. But it's good to go back and reflect on it. Most of my friends know the general details, but I've never really shared the specifics with anyone."

Date: 2007-03-26 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Garoyle Kakyoin: *GargKakyoin is caught off-guard by such a sudden recurrence of the word that, and is wolf-ified while he still has a claw on Elisa's shoulder. Wolf Kakyoin, unable to maintain his balance, falls on Elisa with a surprised yelp and scrambles to his feet afterward, emitting a frustrated whimper.*

((XD Now you're just abusing it. Ok, ok, I'll get him off to the Nexus for a way to fix it. Good to be back, by the way. How ya been? Anything traumatic I should know about?))

Date: 2007-03-26 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((More like not aware I'm doing it. It's a pretty commonly used word, ya know.))

Elisa lands on her backside with a yelp, but hefts Kakyoin up, stands up, and then deposits him on the ground. "You gotta get that fixed."

((Heh. I'm good. No, the universe is reasonably stable... Other than what's gone down with Brooklyn, of course.))

Date: 2007-03-27 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((I know, I've messed up on it so many times. But, I found a way to sneak in an anti-LOL!))

Wolf Kakyoin: *Wolf Kakyoin struggles vainly. He doesn't like being picked up, that's for sure.*

Gargoyle Kakyoin: You did it on purpose th-this time. *An evil grin comes across GargKakyoin's face as he entertains a thought, but in the end he just frowns slightly.* I'll let you off easy. I won't say it. *GargKakyoin chews his tongue in thought, only to discover how much sharper Gargoyle teeth are.* Ow! Dammit! Augh...I have no idea how you got used to this. Anyway, what were we talking about?

((Yes, I saw earlier today. Threw me in for a loop, that's for sure. Is it you, or another mun?

And I can't believe I missed the LOL ; ;))

Date: 2007-03-27 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"It took time, 's all I can say."

(('s me. there's also another spin-off journal now [ profile] wingsofdestine , though it's not seen much action yet. Heh. Kakyoin meets teen Elisa... that would have been interesting.))

Date: 2007-03-30 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gargoyle Kakyoin: The whole stone thing isn't half as bad as you said, though. Permanent cure for insomnia, it is.

((And the anti-LOL fizzled out ; ; I guess that's what I got for torturing Victor :p

Quite interesting. I'll have to catch the next one << >>))

Date: 2007-03-30 07:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"That it is. I'm used to it now... but given the state I was in back then, little wonder I had nightmares for a while." She smiles. "But all things considered? I'm glad to be a Gargoyle."


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