Remember that Italian merchant that opened up his shop a couple of days ago?
Somehow... it seems as if Giovanni found a new item of interest. There's an ornamented box that appeared in his assortment of goods that wasn't there before ...
For some odd reason, you can't find any kind of price tag of sorts - why would there be an item on his sales counter without a price tag? Sounds a bit strange, no?
Just as you continue pondering about the mysterious box and the reason why it's here, Giovanni comes up and snatches the box from the counter. » Eh, Bella, what do you think of my precious new treasure.. isn't it beautiful ? « 1) *smiles and lifts the box up, examining it closer.*
» Nah nah, no touching. This here is for exhibition purposes only, gentili signori e signore! And it's not for sale, nor is it edible, pft.
It would be too expensive for all of you anyways - cough I MEAN. I think this is very expensive noble metal, you know. Si si. *rubs back of head in a bashful way*
*squints and looks back a you*
But ... to be quite honest, I'm not sure what this box is about. I managed to ... find it a while ago, not too far from here! People leave strange things behind sometimes, I believe. - tried to open it and all - but trust me, amici, I tried everything. This box is as massive as a treasure box and I can't find ANYTHING to open it with. And I don't want to burst it open, nono, the beautiful ornaments would be ruined for a lifetime. «
*shakes the box*
» There's a strange ticking noise coming from the inside. hmm... well, even though I am really not fond of handing it over to you... maybe you'll have more luck than me with opening this little box here. Perhaps it's some sort of ... magical lamp? You know, it requires something to open it -- how about rubbing it?« 2) *Giovanni freezes for a second, his pupils widening. For some odd reason he begins staring at the box in an almost mesmerized manner after you rubbed it, spacing out completely - He startles up immediatley though, blinking repeatedly, as if to shake away ... something.*
» Ah-!! Me dispiace. I -.. .. I haven't slept well last night. Y'know, full moon, moon phases, all that palaver, blabla, heh. Yeah... I see you have no more luck than I have...
AND NO SLAMMING THE BOX AGAINST THE TABLE FOR GOD'S SAKE! «
*smiles awkwardly and rubs forehead*
» M-Me? I am not tricking anybody, I swear, Perdindirindina! I just...I... eh... yeah... maybe you're not THAT wrong-... I mean...I didn't want to tell you, but...um... I got this from a beautiful young lady in Venice, y'know...Maria was her name. Maria.. Maria Fraticelli! She liked me,
how couldn't she heh and she gave this to me - a sign of love and affection, I guess. She didn't tell me what's in it though-- nor how to open it. I get a lot of valuable presents from young ladies, of course I do! A very mysterious lady she was though! Si si!« *sweatdrop*
*tilts head to the side*
»... Did you hear it ? The ticking stopped for a second -- ... «
» .... if it's not a Djin... do you think--- there might be something ... else.... inside? « 3)*Giovanni snickers and waves around with his hands*
» A-ah signore e signori, nooo, a curse is completely impossibile! I mean, Miria--- I mean, Maria!! loved me a lot! And I loved her too of course, I mean what kind of person do you think I am....---Pfffft! No way she would have put such a curse on this tiny little box, nono. NOOOOnonono. She would have never hurt me, I am sure.
That's because how simply fabulous and awesome I am- hah- *hairflip*
Hmm.. but seeing that nothing helps opening this thing --- maybe we need more force... or a key...yes.. the K-- «
Casper : » Oh, Giovanni, there you are. «
Giovanni : » AAACK- YOU THERE -- TAKE THIS «
*throws ornamented box into one of your hands (first one to comment gets it)*
» D-Director, saaay what are you doing here.. = 5 =
I... I thought you had-- some .. other stuff to do? Like, doing circus-y things and all tha-- «
Casper : » I've been looking for you, mon ami!
...Your shop is becoming quite popular I see, hm? «
*glances around and smiles, then smiles back at you, not noticing how you're desperately trying to hide the box... for what reason ever. But you better do it or you'll get murdered by Giovanni... at least that's what his stare tells you.*
» Haha, enjoying yourself, aren't you? Glad you do. I hope everything's going great, Giovanni, I see you have a lot of potential customers... though, why is it so full in here today? It's really crowded... «
Giovanni : » AH. I-- BARGAINS.
Only the best for all these lovely people in here, y-yes!«
Casper : *lifts eyebrow*
» Really? Wher-- «
Giovanni : *grabs Casper's shoulder*
» UH---um.. A- ..a little birdie just told me your beloved sister is waiting for you at the Main Tent--- m-maybe you should see what she needs and come back later, Signore, you know, maybe there won't be that many people around and---ahem--- ye- «
Casper : *shakes head and sighs*
» That woman... I'll be back soon, I promise. Considering my luck all bargains will be gone when I return! « *runs off*
Giovanni : ----.... *wipes away sweatdrops*
» Thanks for ... taking care of the box... I guess ...
Eh. Yeah. Maybe --- you could give me back my box ...now? « *awkward laugh* 4)*jumps up as Camillo starts banging the box on the table, Giovanni almost tearing his hair off in complete frustration*
» A- ARE YOU CRAZY?!? --- DO YOU WANT TO BREAK IT ?!! AAAAH STOP IT ! STOP IT OR I WILL--- AAACK GIVE ME THE BOX FOR GOD’S SAKE YOU’LL BREAK IT COMPLETELY FF-- «
*snatches it from Camillo in helpless rage and pulls it to himself, wiping several pearly white sweat drops from his forehead with a handkerchief*
» Ah.. ah… *inhales and grabs box even tighter* ... good grief… Y-you almost broke the box, incredibile ---- … Phew… this was… close… «
*tries to calm down for a second and glances at the shop’s entrance, then back to the others around him, quite nervously*
» S-stolen? I’m not lying to anybody!!! I just… I wanted to keep this from the Director b-because.. I … Well, I thought this was something between us, y’know, hehe? Nothing for outsiders! I’m telling the truth, really! My ex-lover gave it to me, I swear! Dear lord, I’m an honorable merchant, not a thief! If ANYTHING, I found it.
And finder’s keeper’s isn’t it….? «
*smirks awkwardly and looks back at the box, then at you* 5)Giovanni :
*takes a deep breath and looks back at the others, putting the box on the counter in front of him and rubbing the back of his head*
» .... I guess I'm a terribly bad liar...
See ... It's a ... It's a strange story, y'know?
I - I don't know how to put it .. But ... A few weeks ago, before I joined the cirque, I was traveling around Transylvania. It was just a usual day, nothing special, to be honest, but ... something... caught my attention. I was staying at a little village not far from here, trying to sell some precious gems I brought from Italy. The sun was BURNING and it was extremely hot- a regular summer's day, so to speak. But ... it changed within just a couple of seconds.
It began getting colder. Don't get me wrong! It's not like the sun disappeared behind some clouds or something! It just ... My entire body was freezing and it felt as if time was running slower than usual. I- I know this may sound crazy, but I swear, I really do, it happened just like that!
Then, out of the crowd, a tall man stepped towards me. He ..-- he looked ... different from the town folks. You know how village people don't wear anything fancy right? Well... That guy was the exact opposite. He was dressed as if he was going to a ball of sorts, and I remember he wore a black silk hat in addition to his elegant garments. I've .. I've never seen the guy before.
He came up to me and asked me if I was willing to take this box ... I mean... I don't know why but... -- every other sane person would have asked that man why he just .. dropped the box on my counter, right? And ... I know this may sound crazy - but I couldn't do anything. It was as if I ... was 'gone' for a second. Just -poof- and I wasn't able to do anything. Out of the blue! It was... It was strange.
Before he left .. he told me to keep the box out of reach for 'people with authority'... That's why I hid it from Monsieur Du Rêve in the first place, to be honest....What kind of strange order is that? I mean, the guy would have had a damn good reason to tell me that, right?
.... But ....
I couldn't disobey him.
And just as I began turning back to normal again - the man was gone. «
*sighs audibly and looks up*
» That's the entire story.
No lies, no noth-- «
Casper: » Where did you get that box, Giovanni? «6)
*suddenly appears out of nowhere, and makes his way through the crowd*
» I demand an explanation. NOW. «
*seems to be startled and angry for some reason*
Giovanni: » I swear, Director, someone gave it to me. I don't know what's up with the box, I don't know how to open it, I don't know ANYTHING about it. «
Casper: » .... This ... This can't be...
This box was gone. Gone for years. Giovanni, don't dare lie to m-«
Giovanni: » I swear by my life, Director, I don't know. I .... «
» .... You said somebody gave it to you. Who, Giovanni?
Who gave it to you? And ...
Giovanni: *shakes head in frustration*
» I would tell you if I knew. I.. I don't know. I don't know who he was. He just ... disappeared..I swear, if I believed in such things I'd say he was a ghost but .. What do I know .....«
Casper: *turns around to the others and lifts his eyebrows*
» You've heard more of his story than I have ... what do you think? «
Giovanni: » I-I really don't know anything, Signore! I admit my first two stories were lies, yes~ but simply because that ... That man told me to! As much as I wanted to, I just -- couldn't disobey him... « *shivers*
Casper: *ponders over your answers*
» .... A credible story, you say...? « *stares back at Giovanni, slightly confused*
» ... This box is a magical box. It was locked away several years ago, when the ... cirque didn't need it anymore. But somehow... It vanished from the face of earth after that. There was no trace of it, nobody knew how it vanished, nothing. From one day to the other, the box was gone. «
*his fingertips trace along the ornaments of the box and stop for a second. He then shakes his head abruptly and furrows his eyebrows*
» A vampire? ... No..
Vampires would have no interest in this box, I believe. In fact -« *he lifts it off the counter, then turns it around as if trying to find something, perhaps an engraving*
» .. This box ....
is completely useless without a k-«
Aceline: » Casper? Giovanni? May I ask what the devil is going on in here? «
*enters the curiosity shop, slightly mad and somewhat exhausted*
Casper: *surprised* » ... Well, isn't this convenient...«
Aceline: » Half of the performers are gone, you, Sir, just left me alone with an enormous amount of work, and nobody told me about this fancy meeting here? Shame on you! « *tsks*
Casper: » ... Well... I think Giovanni has something you might want to see...? «
Aceline: » ... Hm...? What are you talking about-... ?«
Giovanni: *lifts box and puts it in her hands*
» This box, Miss. Any clue what it could be? «
*stares at the box, completely speechless, no expression on her face. Her pupils widen as she grabs the box firmer, and it seems she is obviously not believing what just happened.*
» ... This can't be.
This .... This can't be .. I ...«
Casper: » Enlighten us, darling. « *lifts eyebrow*
Aceline: » ... This box ..
YOU! *glares at Giovanni*
Either you stole it ... Or you ...brought it back from the dead ....I -- how
... How dare you!!? «
Casper: » Shush, little one... You want to tell us something, perhaps? «
Aceline: *examines the box closer, then leans it against her ear, expression completely blank still*
» I ... If it still works ...
It .... It can't be ... «
*fiddles with something around her neck, precisely, her necklace. A little crimson gem is dangling on one side of the chain. It's shaped like a regular pendant. At first glance, one wouldn't think it's anything like a key at all... *
» .... Not after all these years ... «
*she removes the key from her chain and holds it between her fingers for a second, contemplating, then looking around at the others in a somewhat furious manner*
Casper: *smirks* » You can always try... «
Aceline: *breathes heavily*
» Of course I can. *scoffs*
But, be honest with me, darlings... *smirks sardonically*
Did anybody of you...
TOUCH THIS BOX?!?!!???
ARE YOU EVEN AWARE OF HOW PRECIOUS THIS THING IS???!??!!? «
Aceline: »... Against the table ...
Are you OUT OF YOUR MIND?!?!??
/I/ WILL SLAM /YOUR/ FACE AGAINST THE TAB--
Casper: » E-EH!
I think you should probably just answer her question, my darlings, yes --
I mean it's not like you're risking your lives or anything «7) Casper8)
: » Well, in my personal opinion, the others are right- it's not their fault they didn't know anything about the box.
But ... *lifts finger* » ... As much as I appreciate your ... polite little remarks gentlemen... *smirks at Kuroi*, I'm not sure if it's good if you say t--«Aceline
: » YOU LITTLE PIECE OF F&?@ HOW DARE YOU EVEN TALK ABOUT MY DEAD MOTHER LIKE THAT B&@€" I WILL MURDER YOUR ENTIRE F€@"@€( FAMILY AND YOUR GODDAMN FLEA FRIENDS DID YOU HEAR ME???
*about to jump and tear off Camilo's face with her nails*Giovanni
: *innocent whistle*Casper
: » Aceline would you please come d-- «Aceline
: » I WILL NOT F/€@~(@ COME DOWN - KNOW WHAT YOU LITTLE IMBECILE? *cracks knuckles* THIS BOX IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN YOUR F€€/@; LIFE YOU PIECE OF S@"& I WILL SLASH OPEN YOUR SPINE AND FEED IT TO THE DOGS YOU MOTHERF--
: » Another word and I will /p u n i s h/
*lifts eyebrow in a completely apathetic manner, then crosses his arms and sighs*Aceline
: *freezes in place*
*slowly turns around to Casper*
» You wouldn't dare...«Casper
Are we clear? Aceline
: *furiously lets go off Camilo's collar*
» ... How about playing fair for once? « Casper
: How about just opening the box for once?
You're making such a big fuss about it, darling, Papa would not be amused if he saw you acting like that, tsk tsk. You didn't make such a big drama about it when we were younger, did you? *rolls eyes*
*sighs and relaxes again*
I'm sure you can live out your aggressions on somebody else than Camilo, chéri... *smirks*Giovanni
: *peeks from behind the counter*
» Is it safe now or are we still potentially risking our li- « Casper
: *stares at Giovanni*Giovanni
» U-uh well... «
*clings to the counter, just in case*
» Um... You said Miss has the key right? Welp, l-lets open the box, I guess? « *twitches*Aceline :
*shakes head and hisses* » Let me do my job for once, will you...? «
*takes the box into her hands, giving it one last check over… then she grabs the pendant, removing the gem to reveal small pin like shapes on the surface. A knack later the key is applied to the box, the shiny gem taking up the space of where they lock used to be… *
Light ticking comes from the box before it stops abruptly. There is some light noise of cracking from the inside instead, before it falls silent completely. Perhaps Camilo managed to break the mechanism? The silence continues.
No… If you listen closely, you can still hear the ticking, it’s just much less loud than before. There is however other noise coming from the box.
A faint melody starts to play, barely audible as the box is still closed. Only now does the lid lift itself a tiny bit, white light shining from the inside. In the slow rhythm of the music that plays, the light crawls out of the box, slowly gathering on a free spot on the ground. Perhaps you should step away? It seems like a smart thing to do. The white grows bigger and bigger, soon smaller, red lights join into the fray, whirling around, slowly moving into shapes…
A pair of feet begins to float a little above the ground. They are moving, toes twitching before they touch the ground just the tiniest of bit. A few other places not too far from the feet begin to form fingers, then hands. Another place reveals hair that soon converges into a face, then shoulders. It was the face of a woman that seems to be asleep, or perhaps unconscious.
Yet still, the fingers moved, twitching, almost as if there was pain involved in the process of creating this… human being? The light continues to converge, forming a whole body until a rather young looking woman stands in front of you, completely bare. A pair of golden eyes open before she collapses onto her knees, holding her head, silent, Italian cursing coming from her lips.
*growls a little while massaging her temples. She must be having a headache or something?*
Che una guancia...
*suddenly looks up at the crowd in front of her, looking quite angry. One might say, she was already killing people with her looks*
Qualcuno pagherà per questa insolenza!!! CI SARÀ MORTO!!!!
*not caring about who saw her or who didn't, she stood up slowly, her eyes trying to find... somebody... *
Io ti ammazzo! Chiunque tu sia!
*hands formed fists, knuckles turning white, she seemed to have found who she was looking for*
Sei stato tu! Ammettilo!
*a clawed finger pointed at Camilo, an unforgiving glare in her eyes before she jumped the boy, her hands at his throat. She was so fast that nobody could have stopped her, even if they had wanted to*
NON SFIDARE UNA ASSASSINA!9)
The woman growled and snarled whilst choking Camilo, ignoring whatever else was going on around her. For being only 5'1, she was exceptionally feisty, albeit not the strongest or toughest it seemed.
Distracted by Kuroi's words, she didn't move for a moment. Camilo's attacks hit their target, the woman's grip on his neck immediately loosening under heavy, italian cursing. Her muscles tensed where he had hit in an attempt to dampen the pain a little, her mind distracted. It was just enough to allow for Shisuta to pull her away from the boy. However, not without great struggling from... "the victim". So much so, that Shisuta's claws dug into the unknown woman's skin, scratching it, drawing blood.
The woman growled in pain, reorganizing herself to pry off Shisuta's hands. With ease and speed she slipped out of Shisuta's grasp, stepping away quickly. What this woman from the box lacked in toughness, she definitely made up in speed and dexterity. Her eyes scanned the area, rushing over people's faces and hands.
She spotted the box in somebody's hands, trying to make a run for it.
Her steps through the ever moving crowd looked highly coordinated, yet graceful. It was almost like a dance as her body twisted and turned with each step she took, each evasive maneuver to avoid even touching anybody. At least until she came close enough to the box to reach for it.
Blind to her surroundings, her face suddenly ran against somebody's chest, hips suddenly grabbed by two big hands, feet loosing ground faster than she could even return a squeak of surprise.
Giovanni had managed to grab the small woman, holding her tightly. He looked rather pleased about himself.10)
The italian woman was anything but pleased, immediately working on shoving the man's face away. The italian man didn't wish to let go (probably to protect you all) so they began to argue, many italian curses and swear words flying about the place while punches, scratches and bites were exchanged. So much so that they seemed to wander a little away from the crowd. However, before you can follow them, a woman blocks your path, looking fairly serious.
It was Aceline and she looked like she had answers for all of you. Meanwhile Casper was working hard to try and seperate the arguing italians.
» ... I guess there's no use keeping it to myself any longer. I don't know what's going on, I really don't but -- ... *stops, then frowns and takes a deep breath*
.... many years ago, Leti was part of this circus. She's not a regular human... I think you figured that already~
Leti is a ghost bound to an item, chained to this box because of - ... , reasons.
*grabs the box and stares at it in disbelief, but eventually lets her fingers glide over the smooth surface as if to check if everything happening right now was reality and not just a stupid little dream*
*lets the music play*
*probably insert music link here or smth idk*
*stares at it and vehemently closes it again, then starts shaking her head.*
Leti was my... ... well...Some would call it a nanny, but~ she was more than that....
*puts her necklace in her hand and grabs it tightly*
She was the big sister I never had-
and my only true friend.
*snaps out of daydream, rubs her head and furrows her brows.*
That's another story though. The thing is~
*she puts it back on the counter and turns around to the others, her eyes completely emotionless*
This box got .. lost
a couple of years ago. We don't know why it went missing- from one day to the other it was gone. Completely. That's nothing normal. I understand we're a magical circus and all that- but not under these circumstances. Stuff like that doesn't go missing that easily.
*takes a deep breath*
People don't just --appear again after they've been gone for years! That just -- doesn't happen, damn.
*covers her temples with her hands and stares at the ground*
*keeps silent for a while until she looks up again*
This box should have never, ever shown up againNever.Something's coming.
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