Big Brother, Little Sister

Rashmi's pet monkey does not wake up the same as when he closed his eyes.

Date: 2017-04-23
Pose Count: 17
Rashmi Terios 2017-04-23 21:17:12 75043
Doing a complicated, tricky, and probably dangerous magical ritual in the middle of the street seems like a bad idea on a lot of levels. Some effort was required to find and access a handy rooftop for the ritual, and the act of turning Chandra into a familiar all at once worrying, horrifying, and exhausting. But now, as the circle fades away, Rashmi settles back, gasping for breath, and staring at the teenage boy laid out before her. The ritual worked, she can *feel* the flow of energy from her Linker Core, but it's still hard to believe.

Reaching out, the newbie Mage manages a very quiet, tentative "...Chandra?"
Chandra 2017-04-23 21:25:53 75044
Teenaged boy indeed, except for a few of the details. He's tall; nearly a foot taller than Rasmi. With prodigious hair on his chin and cheeks; big fluffy sideburns that meet his wilde silver hair. Even his ears are somewhat furry, and still heavily rounded like the Rhesus he was before.

There's a soft moan from the teen, as he turns and rolls over onto his side. Thankfully the ritual provided him with a barrier jacket all his own--clothes to protect Rashmi's delicate sensibilities (as it were). The boy opens his eyes, and they're bright green like the plants Rashmi's mother loves so much. He looks a little confused; a little uncomfortable. But when his eyes settle on Rashmi, there's no question for fondness. "Rashmi," he murmurs, then rolls as if to stand, coming to a crouch like a monkey might. He reaches out for her, and then gets the first view of his own hand.

And it startles him.

His eyes widen and he leans back a little, putting the hand up before his face to turn it over, this way and that way.

"What ..." A pause as he realizes that's the sound of his own voice. He blinks again, and his big ears wiggle a little. "Rashmi?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-04-23 21:30:00 75046
"....You got hurt," Rashmi says, her voice small. "When you jumped in front of that spell? You were... you were dying, Chandra. There was another Mage there, and her friend, but... they couldn't do anything for you. So... I did the best I could to save your life." Settling down on the rooftop, she bites at her lower lip. "Nicomacheus said that this would turn you into a Familiar. It's not forever, but... As long as I'm alive, and as long as I have magic, you'll live too. He said that there's usually supposed to be a contract or something, but... I didn't care. I just wanted you to survive, Chandra."
Chandra 2017-04-23 21:46:09 75048
Chandra looks down at his hand again, then up at Rashmi confusedly. "But I'm ..." he starts to say, then tilts his head in a very curious-monkey-like expression. He does finally come up to a crouch, and the tail emerging from between his pants and jacket curls around him just as usual. He's so very much the monkey who has shared her life thus far, even if he looks so very human. Mostly.

"I'm human?" Chandra asks confusedly.
Rashmi Terios 2017-04-23 21:48:52 75049
".....Kind of?" Rashmi says, clearing her throat. "I did some research on the way here, and... well... It's more like you *can* be human, kind of, if you want. Close your eyes, and just... try to think about looking the way you used to?"
Chandra 2017-04-23 21:53:12 75050
Chandra tilts his head again, then leans forward a little. He hesitates, then closes his eyes as instructed. There's a moment where nothing happens.

And then, very suddenly, the Chandra she has known and loved all her life is there once more, unchanged but for a single yellow sparkling sunstone embedded in his forehead like a bindi.

The little monkey inspects his arms and hands again, then hops forward suddenly, rushing to leap up into Rashmi's arms in an attempt to scale to her shoulders.
Rashmi Terios 2017-04-23 21:56:29 75051
The attempt is interrupted by a tight -- but very carefully not crushing -- hug, and the first bright laugh CHandra has heard out of her for the night. "It worked! Oh thank god it worked, I'm *so glad* you're okay!"
Chandra 2017-04-23 21:57:55 75053
Yes! Yes! I'm okay! Chandra agrees, his thoughts transmitting to Rashmi along a mental bond they've never shared before. And so are you! What happened!? What was that bad thing that attacked you? All I could think was that I needed to save you. That he was going to hurt you!
Rashmi Terios 2017-04-23 22:00:46 75054
"I'm not really sure," Rashmi says, blinking at the newness of having a monkey speak into her brain. Furrowing her brow, she tries instead to think at Chandra, rather than talk. Can you hear me? This is weird... Anyway, it looked like he was from the past, and he was looking for someone. I'm not sure who, but he was pretty happy to pick a fight with me and that other girl, Takamachi-san. He was using magic like we do, but that's all I know for sure.
Chandra 2017-04-23 22:05:33 75056
I can hear you, Chandra replies, as the little monkey begins picking at her hair. He seems to find nothing out of order, and hops down from her shoulder to her lap, then hops away further to the rooftop itself.

A moment later, and it's the teen once again, turning around to face her. He sits, then, crossing his legs in a lotus, and smiles at her. "The more I'm awake, the more I'm understanding. Language, mathematics, science ... magic." He raises a hand, and a red lotus appears as if he's had it up his sleeve the whole itme. But how could he? He leans forward and offers the flower to Rashmi, then promises, "Next time, I will do a better job of keeping you safe."
Rashmi Terios 2017-04-23 22:08:36 75057
The trick startles a giggle out of Rashmi, and she accepts the flower, holding it to her nose for a moment. "Just remember, the more magic you use, the less we both have when we need it, and I'm not *that* good a mage yet." Setting the flower aside, she leans forward and wraps her arms around his shoulders in a tight hug. "But I'm *so glad* you're okay, and it makes me feel better knowing you'll be with me the next time something bad happens."
Chandra 2017-04-23 22:10:20 75058
Chandra puts his arms around Rashmi in turn, hugging her tightly and protectively. "Don't worry, I will not abuse your magic, behan. Your mother would never forgive me if I allowed you to come to harm." There's a pause, then he frowns just faintly. "Somehow, I suspect you do not want me to tell her about this."
Rashmi Terios 2017-04-23 22:13:33 75059
"...Can we not?" Rashmi murmurs. "I don't like keeping secrets from her... Or Papi either... But if she knew her daughter was dealing with monsters *and* tests, she'd worry."
Chandra 2017-04-23 22:15:31 75060
"She will worry anyways," Chandra notes gently. "She worries for you very much. But ..." he trails off, then sighs and shakes his head. "I will not tell her about your secret. This I promise you." He pets her hair gently once, twice, then leans away to peer at the girl. Then he smiles again and ruffles her hair playfully. "I can talk now. Do you know how long I've wished you could understand me? This is amazing!"
Rashmi Terios 2017-04-23 22:18:55 75061
"I knowwwww," Rashmi says around a sigh, and chuckles as her hair gets mussed. "I don't, but... I'm glad. You really are like a big brother, now!"
Chandra 2017-04-23 22:23:25 75063
"Always," Chandra replies, before transforming back into his smaller, more familiar form. Once more he hops up onto Rashmi's shoulder, then notes, We should go home, soon. Your parents will worry if you stay out too long with me.
Rashmi Terios 2017-04-23 22:24:51 75064
"You're right," Rashmi says, bobbing her head. Standing, she scrubs at her eyes for a moment, then stoops to collect Nicomacheus. Drawing a deep breath, she makes her way to the edge of the roof, then starts carefully picking her way down. "*Really* need to learn that spell Takamachi-san was using to fly..."