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“Oh okay; I guess the same would’ve happened to me if I had tried to do the same. I would’ve hated being there for sure. I don’t think he would’ve told them, but I’m also glad he let you stay there. I was surprised myself when he told me his decision about letting you stay at the convent. Yes he does,” she said in reply to everything he said and asked while blushing a bit before hearing the last thing he said. “Maybe I did.”

 

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Cody nodded when he saw Zane’s motion for both him and Edward to stay where they were while he went and got the boar’s attention.

 

He then waited patiently where he was hiding for both his brother and the animal they were hunting to come their way for a minute and a half and when they did come, he got his bow and got an arrow ready. After Edward hit the boar in both the shoulder and lung with a crossbow bolt, he fired at Zane’s prompting and hit it in the chest before throwing a dagger that lodged in its heart. The animal slowed and then fell a few inches in front of both him and Edward. “That sure was a difficult target to bring down,” he said after he had retrieved both his dagger and arrow from the boar’s body.

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"I wonder if I would find any scars on Cody after my wedding.." Avery said slyly with a smirk. He laughed at his sister's reaction. "You are too innocent dear sister! " 

 

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Zane tied a kerchief around his leg to stop the bleeding. "Yeah... But look at the spot  it came from.. there's something it was trying to get at." He said pointing to the brush. Using his bow as a crutch he lead the two others to the spot he found the boar and pointed to a shimmer in the air. It looked like smoke from an angle however it shimmered a light blue over a particular pale stone the beast was obviously rooting at. "It looks like magic... But Avery said I shouldn't touch anything with magic I don't know about. " He looks at Cody. "Star the dragon had magical artifacts in her cave. Some I just got distracted by and he smacked me a good one. Have you seen him working with anything like this?"

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“Maybe you will,” Alex said in reply to what Ave said in the beginning before blushing a darker red when she heard what he said last. “I hate you right now,” she grumbled before sipping more of her tea.

 

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“That’s good and oh. That’s interesting,” Cody said in reply as he went over to where Zane now was and looking at what the boar was trying to get at. He saw the strange item with some smoke that was a light blue color over it and scratched his head a bit in thought when he heard his brother’s question. “I don’t think so but he also has a lot of magical items so it’s a bit hard to keep track of them all,” he said in reply steer a few more seconds of silence.

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Avery just kept laughing at her. Then he suddenly stopped at once, bolting up knocking over his chair. At the same time, Izabo let out a shriek frightening poor Bunny and the cat tore off to hide. "Where are the boys? A Rift stone has been found! We need to get to them!" He said bolt out the door as fast as the cat did.

 

 

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Edward watched the exchange and sighed. "Well why don't we just bring him the shiny rock so he can see what it is?" He said starting to the stone. As he bent to pick up the stone Zane lunged at him to pull him away as the smoke began to quiver. Zane also reached for Cody and in a instant the three boys were encased in a pale blue light. Once ito faded they were in the same field as before minus the boar's body, and now it was midnight. Zane swore. "Damnit Edward you just had to touch the glowing magic rock! At least nothing changed but the time of day...." He said looking around but sounded uncertain. "Um.... We should... Head back?" He whistles for their horses and three came up. A massive black stallion war horse with a pair of bull horns on a metal faceplate, a dun Arabian horse and a slender and sleek dark chestnut quarter horse rode up to them. "Um ... You're not Toro..." Zane said as the horse in question snorted and shook his horned head at him then did something that Toro was trained to do; undo the knot of the bridles attached to his saddle horn and bowed to flip his back over his head.

 

Edward watched and approached the dun checking on the horseshoes. He looks at the other two. "This one has the same shoes as my Charlie so that means that's your horse Cody... But .. why did our horses change?" He questions but nobody had the answer for him then.

 

((They are in the parallel universe when the two twins didn't switch. Avery will explain about the differences later.))

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((okay to both :). I came up with a post to post later as the parallel/past Alex that has her on the way to the convent in addition to one as the current one. I'll pm it to you later))

 

Alex's blush darkened even more when he continued to laugh at her due to the reaction she showed and her response before she got a curious expression on her face when he suddenly stopped and then bolting upright, ending up knocking over his chair in the process while Isabo shrieked which ended up scaring Bunny. She watched the latter run off and hide before having her attention go back to being on her brother when she heard the question he asked before the two exclaimed statements that followed shortly afterward. "They went hunting but I'm not exactly sure where!" she called after him while she ran after him.

 

 

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Cody heard what Edward asked and was thinking up a response of it not being a good idea to touch or reach for it since they didn't know what it did, but couldn't voice it quick enough as he watched him reach for it. He held Zane's hand after the latter reached for him and then looked around afterward, thinking that the time of day wasn't right. He was still pondering about why that could be when he heard everything Zane said to the prince as well as what he asked them in an unsure way. He nodded in reply before his brother whistled for their horses, watching as somewhat different steed than what they were used to came up to them. He saw what he thought was his horse next to a pure black stallion with bull horns and then a third horse that could only be Edward's although it was a bit different. "I'm not sure why our horses and time of day are different but let's try to head back to Zane and Alex's house and see if we can find Avery and ask him," he said in reply after he could find his voice and offer up a suggestion of what they could do.

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Avery went and got lilly, riding bearback to the field where the boys were.  By the time they got there, Zane had loaded the boar on Toro but looked a little confused. Seeing Avery he drew his weapon. Avery suddenly stopped. He say the three and looked confused. "That's not my Cody... His eyes light up when he sees me... And Zane has face scars and looks... Terrifying." He said softly.

 

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Zane got on the horse and lead them back to the city.  The streets where desolate. When they arrived at the house Zane had, a light was on and a family was inside eating a meager meal. "Well... Um... Castle. Yeah. We'll figure this out there.." Edward said and lead them to the castle. Once the horses were put away they went inside and sat in a vacant room. "So... How do we get in contact with Avery?"

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~•-•parallel•-•~

 

Alex had begrudgingly gone to the convent, although against her will, and learned how to be a lady as well as graduated to now be one while working as a secretary for a Lord in the town she lived in. She had gotten quite a few lashes with the belt due to speaking out of turn and just for being rebellious during her first few years at the convent. She begrudgingly behaved later on, though she had still trained with her sword in secret while there so that she could still know how to defend herself if she was ever approached by highway men or thieves later. She now shook herself out of her reverie for daydreaming and thinking back to her convent days and tried to focus on her work so that she wouldn't get in trouble for staring into space. What she really wanted to do the minute she got off of work was to ride Spot and work with her sword again, but she'd have to wait to do those things until she was off. She was aware of the brewing war, but tried to also keep it out of her mind as she was certain that she'd be sad over the amount of people that would no longer be around.

 

Alivia was at home, studying magic in her room and also learning about being a lady. She wanted to be both a mage, and a lady so that she could get a normal job during the day as well as be in training to be a mage. She was glad that her mom gave her some freedom to do what she (Alivia) wanted and not just do what she (her mom) wanted her to do. She was going to go riding to the castle on Yue soon to meet her teacher for her lessons and would bring a few daggers as well as some guards in case she would be attacked on the way there.

 

Cody started to head toward where he knew Zane and Alex's house was and where the latter and Ave should still be, not thinking that the house didn't exist where they were as he thought they were just heading back from their hunting/bonding trip. He also just wanted to let Ave know that they were okay and had made it back. When he got there with Zane and Edward and saw another family in there instead of their loved ones, he got even more confused before nodding when he heard what the latter said about them going to the castle and figure things out while there. When they got there and a vacant room, he sat down in an empty chair. "I'm not sure. Maybe we can leave a note in the woods where we were? I'm not sure what happened, but I've heard Ave talk about magical items before and the stuff they can do. This might sound crazy, but maybe we were transported to another time? If we were maybe we can leave a note in that place of the woods that we came here to and he can see it if he's there now," he said and asked in reply to Edward's question (can edit if you don't want him knowing/suggesting something like that).

 

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After riding on Spot really hard after Ave and Lilly, she arrived with him at the place where they thought Zane and company were and they saw them but they acted strange. Zane turned and pointed his sword at him and they all looked confused. Zane also had scars on his face that she knew hadn't been there before he went on the hunting/bonding trip with Cody and Prince Edward. "And that's not my Zane," she said in reply with a confused expression on her face as well. "The Zane I know doesn't point his sword at you when he sees you or even has scars like that on his face." She then looked in the bushes and saw the blue stone there. "Should we leave the stone there or bring it back with us?"

 

Alivia joined them sometime after that, looking worried as well. "Have you guys seen Edward? I was going to meet him for a picnic when they got back from hunting but he didn't show up," she asked and said before looking at their faces and expressions. "What's wrong?" she asked now a bit curious first and then worried shortly after although the former expression still showed before seeing the three boys there and noticed that on closer inspection, Ave and Alex's expressions also showed confusion. She then saw Edward and saw that he had a confused expression on his face as well, but he also looked different and he wasn't the Edward she knew. "That's not my Edward either," she said after dismounting from Yue's back before approaching the twins.

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-*-*-* parallel ----****

 

Zane got out paper from his saddle bag and a quill starting to work on the note. "That's a good idea, but we need a back up plan. Cody, that ring of yours is magic right? Do you think it'll work to bring us to Avery here or..... The court mage!" He exclaimed making Edward who was starting to doze off jump in his seat.  He blinked away the sleep as what Zane said seemed to process.

 

"Avery is the court mage apprentice...  But who's to know if he is this times apprentice? Either way we can ask the mage questions about how to get back...." Edward said with a yawn. "Let's rest though... I feel like I've been hunting for hours and hours.." he started to snore again.

 

Zane huffed. "I want my wife. I can't sleep without her although I'm exhausted... I'm worried of my nightmares in this place..." He said looking at Cody as he sealed the note. 

 

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Edward road up. "I demand to see the court mage at once! I need to get answers from him. " He shouted. Avery blinked and straightened. "Alex leave it! It's still radiating energy, I'll check on it with my teacher later today, Prince Edward, I am appointed mage apprentice and I'll answer your questions when I know what is happening. Right now, I have nothing for you, ride back with us and we'll figure it out at the castle." He said.

 

Edward frowned, went up to Avery and slapped him. "How dare you speak out of turn to your King! What would a local ship captain know about magic? You try to fool me that you are the apprentice when the real apprentice is there?!" He waved to Alivia. "Don't order your-" he fell silent and his horse threw him off as Avery seethed in anger then burst into flames. 

 

"Enough! Silence and sheath your weapons! This isn't the place you know! All three of us here are looking for our loved ones that in this place, are you three! Now fall in behind us!" Avery shouted. Izabo took cover on Alex's shoulder and the Zane scooped up Edward with one arm plopping him back on the horse who bucked him. 

 

The flames lowered and extinguished into wisps of smoke as Avery glared at the three with golden eyes still burning. He yanked Lily around and started back to the city. 

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I know; I saw you did yesterday. had a kind of busy day today at the new house, stripping wallpaper. I’m working on a reply and have it in my notepad area of my profile. I’ll see about getting a reply posted before I go to bed tonight.

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((okay :)))

 

~•-•parallel•-•~

 

Alex got off of work an hour or so later, leaving after letting the Lord that was her boss know before she did so, so that he knew and then got on Spit to ride for awhile. She wanted to go somewhere where she could just think of nothing for a as bit before treating back home. She had gotten a house nearby with the money she had gotten from working that had a stable close to it where she could Spot and his tack. It was a small stable with only two stalls, but she was fine with that since she didn’t really need a bigger one than that. After trotting for awhile, she had him start galloping and headed towards a  hill where she usually went to at times to just think about stuff or just to be alone with her thoughts (might have her go to the castle soon to see them and chat with them but won’t if you don’t think that would be a good idea).
 

"Okay and it is. He said that when I’m in distress or if he needs me it’ll emit a beam of light and lead me in the direction he’s in but I’m not sure that’ll work with him being back in our time," Cody said in reply to Zane’s question before hearing everything else he said afterward as well as what Edward said. “He’s probably not. It might be his teacher or a different mage entirely. We could also possibly ask this universe’s Avery if he knows enough about the item we found To get us back. Okay,” he said in reply to what the latter said before watching him fall asleep and then hearing what the rest of what the former said afterward. “I sleep better near Ave as well and I miss him but maybe we can just close our eyes for a little while and then go find the court mage in this time/universe like Edward suggested we do,” he said in reply before letting his head fall back against the back of the chair and then closing his eyes to rest for a bit.

 

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Alex nodded when she heard what Ave told her about the stone hair hearing everything the other Edward said. She glared at him as well when she saw him slap her brother and heard him yell at him. She then got back up on Spot before following after the former, looking back at the other three from time to time to see if they were following after them or not.

Cody still looked a bit confused after hearing the conversations, but nodded when hearing the sailor and lady say to follow them to the castle to continue the conversation there and did so. He didn't look behind him to see if Zane and Edward were following as he figured that they were.

Alivia looked a bit confused when she heard the other Edward call her a mage apprentice and wondered if in the universe he came from mostly only had girl mage apprentices instead of both men and women like theirs did. “I’m sorry, but I know nothing about magic. Avery’s the court mage apprentice here. Please follow us to the castle and we’ll try to answer all of the questions you have there,” she said with a small apologetic smile before following after the twins and also after getting back on Yue to do so.

 

((forgot to add a post of the parallel version of Cody))

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Zane, having reached the area where the stone was ties a rock to the letter that was thick enough to have a couple pages in it and gently tosses it to the now softly glowing rift stone. When the two hit, a dimmer blue light flashes and the rock was gone. Sighing in relief that it works he, still restless, went to the bent tree hill. 

 

He got off of Toro at the base and walked up stopping midway seeing Alex there. His heart flutters seeing her, but then a wave of sorrow washed over him, seeing her in a dress with longer hair and realizing it was this world's Alex.  Sighing he still climbed the rest of the way and looked down at her with his red eyes speaking softly. "Evening Miss. May I sit by you? I.... Would like to share my thoughts with someone and.... You remind me of my love...."

 

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Once at the castle, Avery took out a red paper, wrote something on it, sealed it and it disappeared. Around this time the mage who was in a meeting with Harold came running in with the king seeing the six of them. "What's this about a Rift stone? How many came through? " Glancing quickly at the three boys she nodded and laid her hand on her phoenix familiar. "Asheron, go see the rift stone and report back. " The Phoenix let loose a beautiful cry and flew out the window.

 

Meanwhile the Edward, who was scowling the entire time to the castle fell on his knees, face pale like he's seen a ghost. "F... father?" The mage and Avery looks at each other speaking in a different language and the mage asked Edward; "Perhaps... By chance your highness... Where your father and mother killed in a assassination?" Harold looked confused and down at himself. "But I'm alive thanks to Zane and my wife is safe thanks to Alex here, two of our finest knights in the kingdom, and what is this Rift stone you speak of?"

 

Martha the mage sighed. "please your Majesty, I will speak to you later. It's confusing enough right now, I need to focus. Go find Gwen and meet me in her tea room. Once I get some more information on the situation I'll tell you both the details. " Harold nodded and left. "Girls, sit on one side, boys on the other. " Zane hefted Edward, still dumbfounded into a chair and sat in one himself.

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Alex was enjoying the nice weather and also the view when she heard someone approaching her a little while later. She reached for her dagger she kept under her dress for protection, but then ended up not using it when she saw who it was and it surprised her at who she saw there. “Y-you’re talking to me? You usually just ignore me,” she stuttered in reply before noticing that the scars that’re usually on his face weren’t there while also noticing a bit late that she hadn’t answered his question so she did so a few seconds later: “Sure and I do? I’ve never been told that before. You’re also not the Zane I know, are you?”
 

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Alex and Alivia followed behind Avery to the castle before seeing his teacher and the king coming towards them afterward. Alex bowed while Alvia curtsied. They were then both confused when they saw the other world’s Edward react to the king being there and wondered if something bad had happened to his parents before hearing what the king said and how he said it and then they understood. They then sat down on the side where the mage said to sit and waited to see what would happen next afterward.

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Zane sighed and sat down beside her leaning on the tree. "Let me guess, the one you know is moody, dark, rarely speaks unless spoken to by a superior or Cody, walks with a limp, back hunched and a hand on his hilt like anyone could strike at him." He said softly basically describing himself before he met Alex. "No, I'm not him, and sadly you aren't the Alex I know and love so dearly. I don't know the details exactly, but some magic stuff happened and the prince, Cody and I got switched with the ones here. Judging by your state of dress, you and your brother weren't able to switch places? " He asked looking at his wedding ring. "Where I'm from, we're happily married, my abusive father is thankfully dead, Cody's dad adopted me so I can stay in the country and you're the first female Knight in history who can wiled a sword and can hold a stalemate in a contest with me. " He said and sniffles starting to rub his eyes. "And she's probably so worried about me, we can't sleep without each other! Promise me you will punch the Zane here in the face with that nasty right hook of yours and you'll find him practically following you around and interested in you. Just... Be gentle and kind, treat him like you would a injured lion after that and he'll warm up to you." He said rubbing his eyes. "Stupid idiot doesn't know happiness unless she hits him in the face. " 

 

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The mage asked all three boys what happened, mostly detailing the major things. She looked shocked when she heard that Zane ignored Alex, Avery was the head of the trade ships and pursued those dealing with smuggled exotic animals, magical artifacts and the assassination of Edwards parents happened still. "Now most of the other things I believe, however the killing of the King and Queen was uncovered to be the work of Dominic in retaliation of being sentenced to the dungeon and intending to make it big with a all out war. The dragon fever didn't happen because of the attempt success, Dominic burning the plants to worsen the bond between us and Sararah. " She said looking at her notes carefully. She had laid out a map as a cart of lunch plates came in for them and had Isabo point out the spot of the stone as her familiar swooped in and dropped a rock with a letter attached on Alex's lap then trilled softly purching on a chair back. "Stone power is faint, needs to recharge or given mana. Letter found by stone, most likely the others saying they are okay.  Rift stone of Earth mana and Water mana. "  He raised the feathers on the Crest of his head like a cockatoo would tilting his head at the map studying it.  "Well then, sounds like we have work to do. Avery, you think you can get a five white unicorn hairs, a kelpie's tooth, and a blessed seed of a willow maid fariy?" Avery tilted his head. "With some help from my sister and Alivia I should gather them by noon tomorrow." He said thoughtfully. "Wouldn't a syrin's scale be more effective as a Water mana and a Nøk's fiddle string for Earth?" "Yes, but that would also require three more mages of our caliber, four magic familiars representing the two elements and would take two weeks to get them gathered in one area. That would take too long." She quipped back.

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Alex listened to everything he said with interest, nodding in reply and agreement to his description of how the Zane there acted and looked curious about hearing that they had switched places after he sat down beside her. “The Edward here is King after his parents were assassinated, though and yes my brother and I weren’t able to switch places. A stable hand heard our plan and tattled on us to our dad and he made us go to the places where he wanted us to go; me the cursed convent and him the castle to be trained as a knight. I was still trained by my grandpa and uncle and I practice often in case I ever need to use it for defending myself. I actually haven’t seen Avery since the day we left. I’m glad the me you know and love is a knight and I’ll gladly do that to the you that I know when he gets back here. I hope you can get back and be with the other me and be reunited. I just hope I won’t be thrown in the dungeon for hitting the King’s general,” she said in reply with a sigh and looked curious again when she heard what he said at the end. “I hope I can make him happier and not be such a sourpuss all the time.”

 

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Alex and Alivia listened curiously to everything that was said and explained, shocked as well when they heard that the opposite things happened in the other place than the ones they knew. The former was sad to hear that the other Zane ignored the other her, but also figured that it had something to do with his father that was dead in their time and was also surprised to hear that the other Avery was partly responsible for the other Edward’s parents dying during the assassination that would have happened had she and her Zane hadn’t saved them. She was a bit lost in her worried thoughts again when she heard the mage’s familiar come back, jumping slightly and being knocked out of them when she felt the rock with a letter attached to it fall in her lap. She looked down at it before placing it on the table shortly afterward and then had her focus be on the rest of the conversation that was happening, feeling less worried when she heard the main mage's familiar say that the letter was probably from their loved ones saying that they were okay. “I’d be glad to help Ave gather those supplies,” she said when there was a break in the small bickering conversation between the two mages and Alivia nodded in agreement as she wanted to do something as well to be helpful in bringing back the loved ones they knew from the other time.

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