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When last I left off, I'd been permanently turned into a Gargoyle and was, needless to say, not happy about it.  The sun had just risen, turning me to stone.

It was both forever and no time at all.  And the dreams.  Oh God, the dreams.

I was human again, riding in Goliath's arms as he swooped over the city.  I looked up into his face, and he smiled back at me. 

"Happy?" he asked.

"When I'm with you?" I said.  "Always."  The words I'd dare not speak before.  The thoughts I'd dared not even consider.

And suddenly, I wasn't being carried, but was gliding right alongside him, are hands locked together.  "Wait..." I said.  "This isn't right.  This isn't how I'm supposed to be."

He let go of my hand.  "But it is the only way for us to be together."

And suddenly I was falling, falling into darkness...

The darkness was all around me.  I couldn't move.  I was trapped!  I couldn't breathe!  I tried to scream, but instead I roared!

Stone chips fell to the ground around me and I found myself unsteady on my feet, suddenly faced with the vision of being so high up.  I started to fall forward, but strong hands grapped me around my middle, pulled me safely back.  Goliath.

It was all I could do not to break into tears.   "I can't do this," I cried. 

I looked into the faces of the others.  It was the saddest I'd ever seen them.  Even Bronx seemed to sense something was wrong.  "I just can't."

"It's... it's not so bad," Brooklyn started to say.

"Brooklyn!" Goliath snapped.

"What?  Demona said she wanted Elisa dead!  You want that?"

"You know I do not.  But that does not excuse your insensitivity..."

"No..." I started to say.  "No, he's right.  Better this than being dead, right?"  I couldn't bring myself to actually say what had happened to me.  Not yet.  "Please... just no fighting."

"I am sorry, Elisa."

"Yeah, me too."

Anything else I could say was cut off by the sounds of someone inside the Clock Tower.  Since I was outside with all of them, it could only have been one person: Matt.

I moved quickly off to the side, crouching down.  "Don't... don't let him know I'm here," I hissed.  Goliath nodded solomly and led the others inside.  I could already tell this was going to be hopeless.  The guys were hardly the world's best actors.  No way they'd be able to hide that something was wrong.

"Guys!" I heard Matt say.  "Have you seen Elisa?"

"Not since... last night," Goliath told him.


"Is there something... wrong?"

"Nobody's seen her since last night.  No calls, no checking in, nothing.  That's not good."

Great.  Just great.  I hadn't even thought about what going missing for a whole day might have done.  At least Matt hadn't been up there while I was still 'sleeping.'  Matt, my parents, everyone...

I caught sight of my own reflection in the glass of the clock face.  I hadn't actually seen my face since I'd changed.  Hadn't seen a lot of how I'd changed.  I was surprised at how much I still recognized myself.  Fangs, wings, the tail, talons, pointed ears, a light ridge in place of eyebrows, even a change in skin tone...  My face was still very much the face of Elisa Maza. 

"What aren't you telling me?  You know something, don't you?  Dammit, Goliath, she's my partner!"

Matt's angry remark shocked me out of my introspection.  I knew what I had to do.  I got to my feet and stood in the doorway.  Goliath was between me and Matt, hiding me from view.  "I'm right here, Matt."

"Elisa?  What's going on?"  He started stepping around Goliath.  "Where have you...  Oh... my... God!"

"Yeah.  Kind of my reaction too."

"What happened?"

"Magic.  Demona.  Puck.  Mirror.  Screwed up...  Damn... "  I started babbling, tears falling down my cheeks.  I had to look away.

"Oh, Elisa..."

"What?" I growled.  I didn't know it then, but it was Gargoyle instincts trying to work their way through my thoughts.  Reactions that were stronger.  Emotions that ran hotter.  Real Gargoyles know how to better focus it.  I didn't.

Matt took several steps back, caught off guard.  "I...  I..."

"I'm sorry," I said.

"Tell me what happened."

Date: 2007-03-21 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I'm glad things eventually got better, Elisa."

Date: 2007-03-21 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Elisa nods. "Me too, Faye. Me too. It was just a couple nights later, actually, that I stumbled into the Nexus."

Date: 2007-03-21 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Good thing you did," she says.

Date: 2007-03-21 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Nothing like a multiverse filled with unusual people to help you get your head on straight. Of course, the first words said to me were 'Oh great, another monster.'"

Date: 2007-03-21 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Aheh, I guess that wasn't a big help."

Date: 2007-03-21 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"No... I didn't take it too well. Ended up friends with the person who said it though," she says.

Date: 2007-03-21 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Huh. Stranger things have happened."

Date: 2007-03-21 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Heh. Tell me about it."

Date: 2007-03-21 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"As always, it is very interesting to hear of the unusual circumstances and events in your life. How fortunate that your partner managed to adjust as well."

"I do wish to apologize, Elisa, for the awkward situation yesterday evening. I certainly never intended it to happen, and you certainly deserve a full explanation...I fuller one than I am probably capable of giving."

Date: 2007-03-21 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Thanks, Jack. I figure maybe one day I'll get all these stories collected, make a book out of them. Might be interesting for someone, anyway. But sometimes I think Matt adjusted faster than I did."

"It's... all right, Jack. I know you can't have been comfortable with what happened."

Date: 2007-03-21 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I should think someone would indeed. Archivists keep all the most minor diplomatic papers exchanged between royal courts. One can only imagine the eventual scholarly interest in such a unique aspect of human-gargoyle relations."

"Oh, good."

Date: 2007-03-22 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Elisa chuckles a bit at that. "Heh. I can see it now. Little school-age humans and Gargoyles being forced to memorize all sorts of facts about my life."

Date: 2007-03-21 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wolf Kakyoin: *Wolf Kakyoin whimpers as he approaches Elisa, nuzzling a claw. It was fortunate he didn't have the ability to speak at the moment-There really wasn't anything he could say. A vain sentiment, however-Things had turned out for the better, against incredible odds. There's the power of positive thinking for you.*

Date: 2007-03-22 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She pets him on the head. "It's okay, Kakyoin. You know I made it through it all with flying colors."

She grins. "Though I'd like to point out that someone, who shall remain nameless, didn't do much to help. Seems I found the Nexus just a couple nights later. What was it now... something the first person I met said. But whoever it was, he's forgiven."

Date: 2007-03-26 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wolf Kakyoin: *Although Wolf Kakyoin would never, EVER, admit it, pets were goodness :D*

*GargKakyoin stands back onto his feet, wiping away dust from his pants.* What a punk! I oughtta sic Heirophant Green on him! Too bad we don't know who ever it could be. *GargKakyoin nods a bit sheepishly.* Thanks, Elisa. I still feel pretty bad about it, having gone through the same thing. Seeing as you were nothing but genial, I guess I owe you one, huh? *Cue godfather accent!* The Don will grant you any one favor, Elisa.

Date: 2007-03-26 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And a mishievious grin. "I think I'll save that one for when I really need it." And more serious. "But you're forgiven."

Date: 2007-03-27 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
GargKakyoin: *GargKakyoin visibly deflates. There was gonna be no getting out of this one. Hopefully she'll just forget about it.* I'm really gonna feel this one, aren't I? Fine, fine. You got it fair and square. One favor, to be redeemed at the time of your choosing. Oh, hey! I've been meaning to ask you. Have you guys tried appearing publicly yet?

Date: 2007-03-27 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Sort of. Broadway and Lex saved some reporter from a mugging a while ago... She wanted to do a story on them, but it ended up getting burried and trashed. Seems "Gargoyles: Threat or Menace?" sells more papers."

Date: 2007-03-30 06:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gargoyle Kakyoin: Typical of the media. *GargKakyoin rolls his eyes.* Ah, don't let it get to ya. People don't know the half of what's really going on.

Date: 2007-03-30 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"That's for damn sure."

Date: 2007-03-21 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't think I've said before how much strength it shows you have for getting through such a change with your humor and happiness intact.

Date: 2007-03-22 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I had a lot of support, Ephram. Both in my own world and in the Nexus. But chalk some of it up to plain old fashioned stubborness. Giving into despair would have been easy. Living, that was the challenge. And I don't back down from challenges."

Date: 2007-03-21 07:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*Low whistle*

"I knew you had it kinda rough at the beginning, but this is above and beyond what anyone should have to go through. At least the end result was worth it."

Date: 2007-03-21 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Even with everything I've said, I can't begin to describe what that time early on was like. Thank God for the Nexus, and for my Clan. But the end result... definitely worth it."


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