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>Date: June 24th, 2017
>Location: Sanctuary City - Financial Sector
>Time: 12:00 PM

>A luxury car continues driving through the streets of Sanctuary City - right in the middle of the Financial Sector. A few miles away from the barrier into the Residential Sector, the city streets remain as active as ever.

>The car, a Lamborghini, continues driving down the streets at a brisk pace. While doing so, the car's driver looks over at his rear view mirror - seeing a series of MRD vehicles driving behind him.

>Raising an eyebrow behind his sunglasses, the figure then says:

"Someone's in a hurry."

>As the MRD vehicles rush past his own car, the driver then presses a button on his car's dashboard. Seemingly out of nowhere, the car then begins to pick up the MRD's private frequencies - as a MRD trooper says:

["All units, Meta-Human facility escapee inbound on I-500. Alpha-Zeta class Meta-Human. All units be advised to proceed with extreme caution."]

>As the man continues driving, he then thinks to himself:

{"It's my day off. For once, I think they can handle it. It's what the taxpayers pay them for, isn't it?"}

>Giving himself a quick smile at his statement, he then says out loud:

"Very funny, Aiden. Now to the manor. Before I'm late for my own party."

>Aiden then continues driving his car towards the Residential Sector of the city.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Residential Sector
>Time: 12:20 PM

>The Lamborghini then slowly arrives at the footsteps of a large historical manor. Finding an open parking spot in the large exterior of the building - Aiden then looks around, making a note of the vast amount of vegetation.

{"They even kept to the gardening schedule. Huh, Alphonse is good."}

>As he gets out of the car, Aiden looks to see a man with black hair and a tuxedo slowly walking towards him.

"Ah, Master Grayson!"

>The man in the tuxedo waves towards Aiden, his white gloves seemingly reflecting light from the sun as he does so.

>Aiden then waves back at the cheery butler, stating:

"Hey Alphonse! Sorry I was late. There was traffic like you'd never believe."

>Sighing and giving a somewhat amused look, Alphonse then says:

"That's what you claimed the last time you were late to a function, Master Grayson."

>Giving a quizzical look, Aiden then points out to Alphonse:

"You don't have to keep calling me that. Just Aiden will work. I'm not that much younger than you anyways, Al."

>Nodding, Alphonse then states:

"If you insist, Aiden. However, I must inform you that your guests have already arrived."

>Aiden blinks behind his sunglasses as he then asks:

"…..All of them? Already?"

>Alphonse nods slowly as he states:

"Of course. They respond very quickly when a free buffet is concerned."

>Aiden and Alphonse both laugh briefly at the remark as they then walk into the manor.


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>Inside of the manor, Damian is being escorted to the main living room by a woman with red hair. The woman, seemingly a few years older than him, continues to explain portions of the manor to him.

"So their family created the manor as a secondary gathering spot. Since they were feeling classy, they decided to name it Greyve Manor."

>Thinking for a moment, Damian then states:

"Oh, right. Old English. Grey Manor."

>Nodding, the woman then says:

"Anyways. It was nice to meet you, Damian."

>The woman then turns around and holds her hand out for Damian to shake.

>Damian nods and shakes her hand in return, stating:

"Thank you, Veronica!"

>Veronica nods in return as she states:

"Aiden's told me a lot about you. He thinks you could become a very capable molecular biologist and geneticist once you're done with school."

>Damian then taps his cheek, saying:

"I-I mean, I wouldn't go that far. I'm still learning after all."

>Damian then gives a nervous laugh as he starts scratching his cheek and looking away.

{"Why do I still not know how to talk to people?"}

>Phoebe then appears from around the corner, looking at Veronica as she says:

"Oh there he is. Aiden junior, I've been looking for you."

>Before Damian can protest, Phoebe moves to pet Damian on his head.

>Veronica then laughs as she says:

"Alright. This has been fun."

>Looking at Phoebe, she then states:

"I'll be upstairs reading. When Kira's ready to go, then we can leave. It was fun seeing you again though Phoebe."

>Veronica then turns to the stairs and begins walking upstairs.


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>As Veronica leaves, Phoebe turns her attention back to Damian and says:

"For the record, the name is just a pet name I have for you."

>Now reflexively pouting, Damian then mumbles:

"Everyone seems to be comparing me to him. I don't know if I like it."

>Phoebe then pets Damian on the head again, stating:


>Damian then mutters:

"I'm only like…four years younger than you Phoebe."

>Phoebe then states:

"And four years too earlier to make a move, by the looks of it."

>Damian's face then flushes red in a panic, as Phoebe then laughs loudly.

"Ahahaha! I'm just messing with you Damian! Relax!"

>Phoebe then gestures with her thumb to the end of the hallway.

"Let's go to the others. Food should almost be ready."

>Damian nods in response.

"Right. Yeah I'm getting pretty hungry myself."

>Damian then walks to the living room with Phoebe.


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>In the kitchen, Mariah is looking over the cookbook recipe once more, as she mutters to herself:

"….Did I forget the spices?"

>Taking a spoon, she dips it into the stew that she's made and sips it - before placing the spoon back in a separate bowl.

"……..Yeah I did. Ugh."

>Shaking her head, Mariah then restarts her personal recipe once more - reflexively holding two of her fingers out.

>She then spins a web towards a pack of seasoning off to the side of the room - pulling it to her without even looking at it, guided only by her supernatural proprioception.

>As she grabs the seasoning pack in her hand, she notices a figure walking into the room beside her.

"Oh great, it's you."

>Damian blinks in surprise, stating:

"Wha- Me? What do you mean by that?"

>Rolling her eyes, Mariah then walks past Damian to get more vegetables for her part of the larger meal. As she's doing this, Damian says:

"Wait, Mariah why are you even cooking anything? The manor's got staff for that."

>Mariah then states:

"Because I can cook with my own two hands. I don't need anything done for me. Just like at work."

>Grabbing a plate, she then walks back to the table, as Damian stands there - overlooking her cooking.

"…..Well, whatever you're cooking, it has a good aroma to it."

>Mariah stops moving her hands for a moment - standing in complete silence as Damian stands behind her.


>Mariah is still silent for a moment, before she turns her head towards Damian with a surprisingly warm smile. Eyes closed, she then says:

"Thank you, I really appreciate that, Damian."

>Freaked out, Damian thinks to himself:

{"…..Is she actually…..happy? That's so weird! She's never been like that before!"}

>Quickly moving back and getting out of the kitchen, Damian leaves as Mariah sighs and says to herself:

"Apparently being nice is terrifying now."

>She then goes back to her cooking.


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>In the living room space, Jonah sits in a chair - reading a large book. He seemingly flips through the pages at surprising speeds.

>As Damian walks up to him, Jonah immediately notices and looks up at him - smiling warmly.

"Ah. Hello Damian! It's nice to finally meet you!"

>Jonah lowers the book and holds out his hand for Damian to shake.

>Damian quickly nods and shakes his hand with a nervous grip. Sensing it, Jonah then says:

"It's fine Damian. You don't need to be concerned about making your best impression. Aiden and Phoebe have both told me a lot about you. Especially about your inquisitive and gifted mind. I look forward to seeing you reach your full potential once you've graduated!"

>Jonah then says with a smile, as Damian sighs.

"Y-Yes sir."

>Phoebe crosses her arms as she looks at Damian with an amused expression on her face.

"You'll do fine, Damian. I know that."

>Another person then walks in from another part of the house - carrying a large book in his hands.

"I've found it Jonah. Henley being in your family's library is very impressive."

>As he then looks at Phoebe, the man feels his eyes widen as he states:

"P-Phoebe? I didn't expect to see you here!"

>Raising an eyebrow, Phoebe places both of her hands on her hips as she glares at the man, stating:

"Sure you didn't, V."

>Virgil then laughs nervously for a moment before quickly changing the subject.

"I found a hardcover of the poem, and a few more."

>Handing the book to Jonah, he then nods in appreciation and gratitude towards Virgil, stating:

"Thank you. I'll be sure to look over it."


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>After a few moments, Stella then appears - carrying a large tray of food to the table in the center of the living room.

"Sorry about the wait! I had to coordinate with the chefs to make sure that everything was just right!"

>As she speaks, Stella then places each of the heavy trays on the table - with surprising levels of precision and dexterity.

>Damian is surprised at Stella's strength - given the number of trays that she's holding effortlessly.

{"Oh right. She's like an ultra magic being or something. Interesting. I should probably ask Aiden more about that."}

>As the food is places on the large table, Stella then stands back up, placing her hands on her hips with a degree of satisfaction in her voice.

"Perfect! Now everyone can begin eating!"


>After a few minutes, Aiden walks into the room - to see everyone already seated.


"Took you long enough."

"How was the traffic?"

"Missing anything or are you good?"

>Aiden thinks for a moment as he answers the last two questions.

"Pretty fine, and no I'm not - as far as I'm sure."

>Aiden then walks over and picks up a piece of bread from the table - eating it as he says:

"Wow. Perfectly toasted. Good job guys."

>Looking back at everyone, he then states:

"And here I thought I was the one who was going to cook today."

>Phoebe then looks at Aiden and says:

"How many people are left?"

>Aiden counts in his head, as he states:

"Jason, our cousins and the twins. That should be it."


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>After a few minutes, there's a ring of the doorbell to the manor - as Aiden, Phoebe and Jonah each walk to the entrance.

>Checking who it is after a moment, Aiden then gives a quick look of amusement as he opens the front door.

"You found your way here after all. Not bad."

>Three people stand in the doorway, each of them looking somewhat amused themselves.

"Of course we did. We're your family after all."

>Marek, Miranda and Jakob stand in the middle of the doorway - each of them directly opposed from one of their cousins.

"On second thought, we were going to decide against appearing. You know, given how dramatic our family gatherings can be."

>Scoffing, Jakob looks at Miranda, as she defends her statement, shrugging as she says:

"What? It's true, isn't it? Danger seems to find its way to us, no matter the occasion."

>Phoebe groans and rolls her eyes as she states:

"I swear. You're going to jinx it, Miranda. You always jinx it."

>Miranda gives Phoebe a wink, stating:

"Love you too, cuz."


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>After a few more minutes, the doorbell rings again. Opening it, Aiden sees a figure with white hair standing in the open doorway. Looking around quizzically, he then looks back at Aiden and says:

"….Hey. I got your invitation."

>Jason then shuffles around in place, clearly uneasy with the situation. Recognizing this, Aiden puts his hand on Jason's shoulder and says:

"I appreciate the fact that you came out here, even though it must've been difficult for you Jason. Here, I'll help you out."

>Aiden then leads Jason into the manor, as Alphonse appears beside him.

"Aiden? Should I assist your friend with his coat?"

>Aiden nods at Alphonse, stating:

"Yes, Alphonse. Thank you."

>The butler nods and smiles warmly at Jason, stating:

"Ah, Master Khyber. Right this way."

>Alphonse then escorts Jason to the living room, as Aiden waits for the last two people to arrive.


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>Half an hour later - the final two guests arrive.

>A large limousine slowly pulls up into the manor's driveway - escorted by a plethora of MRD vehicles. As the limousine comes to a stop, two figures slowly step out.

"Ahh, we've arrived."

>Ryūsei then turns to Suisei and states:

"Well, sister? Are you coming with me to the manor?"

>Suisei steps out of the limousine alongside her brother and then says:

"Of course. I will not turn down an invitation from an esteemed friend of the family."

>Both of the Yoshimura twins then walk towards the entrance of the manor - where they're greeted by Alphonse.

>Speaking perfect Japanese, the butler then says:

["Hello, Yoshimura-san. You too, Yoshimura-san. I am pleased to make your acquaintance."]

>Taken aback by the accuracy of the butler's Japanese speech - Ryūsei then says in English:

"Oh, thank you. We appreciate the hospitality."

>Alphonse then gestures to the manor's entrance, stating:

"He's waiting for you inside. If you would, please?"


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>As Ryūsei and Suisei are walking towards the living room area - they can hear discussion further along.

"Wait, so what do you mean you can just make stuff out of thin air? That's bull."

"No it isn't."

"Yeah? Prove it."

>Miranda looks at Marek and narrows her eyes, stating:

"Do you really need me to prove to you that it's possible?"

>Jason then makes a gesture with his hand - creating a present box in front of Marek, which stuns everyone.



"Wow. You seriously can do that?"

>Jason sighs as he states:

"Yes, I can."

>Phoebe then thinks to herself for a moment.

"Ohhhhhh. So that's how you do your films. You control your artistry with your ability!"

>Sighing once more, Jason nods as he states:

"I still need specialized equipment that I've commissioned in order to maximize my efforts - but yes. That's how I animate most of my films."

>Then, they all see them arrive and turn to face the pair.


"We are friends of the Grayson trio. Our names are-"

"Ryūsei and Suisei Yoshimura?!"

>Damian says in disbelief.

>Turning his head towards Aiden, Damian then states:

"You know the Yoshimuras?"


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>Aiden nods at Ryūsei and Suisei as he answers Damian's question.

"I met them first - since I went on a trip to Japan with my dad as a kid. Their dad's a close friend of mine, so I've known them for most of my life."

>Ryūsei coughs into his hand, stating:

"He has known me for most of my life. Whereas my sister was preoccupied with her own extenuating circumstances."

>Suisei looks at everyone present and bows courteously as she states:

"It is my pleasure to make your acquaintance, everyone."

>Ryūsei then notices that Suisei continues to focus her gaze intently on Aiden alone, so he then breaks the tension.

>Coughing lightly into his fist, he then states:

"I'm incredibly famished from the flight and the drive, Aiden. Is there anything you've prepared for us?"

>Aiden nods and gets up.

"Yeah no problem. Give me a moment."

>Aiden then leaves to go to the kitchen to prepare the food he reserved for the Yoshimura twins. At the same time, Ryūsei and Suisei begin conversing with the established group of people.


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>As the party begin settling in and conversing - they casually begin to discuss topics as Aiden continues preparing the food for Ryūsei and Suisei.

>Eventually, the topic of Stella herself comes up.

"So let me get this straight, Stella."

>Marek takes an apple from the table and casually flips it up into the air - catching it with one hand effortlessly.

"You're basically a sorceress. An honest to God sorceress."

>Stella looks blankly at Marek from across the table as she says:

"As a matter of fact, Marek - I am."

>Skeptical, Marek then asks:

"Well can you prove it? Showcase something about magic that makes it different from our Meta-Gene stuff?"

>As Marek eats into his apple, Stella crosses her arms as her eyes begin to glow with a pink radiant light. She then speaks in a supernatural tone of voice.

"Si vis, cognosce tuum malum nunc caseum."

>Suddenly, Marek realizes that he's eating an entire roll of Swiss cheese and instinctively drops the food item.


>Miranda then bursts into laughter as she then says:

"OK, you've made my day by shutting my brother up."

>Leaning forward, Miranda then says:

"But that story of yours. It's amazing. How'd you manage to get yourself out of that situation?"

>Stella looks down at her chest as she instinctively puts her hands to her chest - almost as if she's trying to feel the beat of her own heart.

"Aiden. It's why I love him. It's why I became his partner."

>Suddenly, Suisei's face goes blank as she processes the information for a split second. Eyes widening, she then shouts:

"…..You became his what?!"


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>Everyone immediately turns towards Suisei, who doesn't even care about the responses to her outburst.

>Immediately understanding the situation, Miranda then displays a concerned look on her face as she mutters:

"…..Yikes. Looks like we've tripped the minefield."

>Stella is taken aback the most by Suisei's statement.

"….I became his partner. What's so surprising about that?"

>It takes Marek a few more seconds to catch on, but then like his sister - he figures it out.

"Oh…..Aiden you lucky bastard."

>Marek says as he looks at Suisei.

>Everyone else is confused for a moment, as Marek then looks at Ryūsei and says:

"I'm guessing you knew?"

>Sighing, Ryūsei then picks up his cup of water and begins drinking it slowly. After he finishes and sets the cup back down on the table, he then states:

"She has made it particularly difficult to hide that fact, yes."


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>Confused, Damian then perks up and asks:

"What is it? Did I miss something or…"

>Marek shakes his head as he looks between Suisei and Stella - who has also figured it out herself. Both women are now staring at each other intently, as Marek states:

"No, kid. You're right to be confused - given how subtle it was at first."

>As Suisei and Stella continue staring at each other, Marek then says:

"Suisei here's in love with your boss, just like Stella is."

>The entire room then fills up in an uproar of surprise and shock from multiple people.

"Wait what?"


"Oh come on, this is so unbelievable!"

"Aiden you better not make the wrong choice man."

>At that moment, Aiden walks back out of the kitchen, finished preparing the food. As he does so, he then carries it towards the living room while saying:

"I heard a lot of commotion out there. Did something happen?"

>Marek scoffs in amusement as he states:

"You've got senses far more honed than I do, cousin. Don't pretend like you didn't overhear what just happened."

>Damian then interjects, saying:

"Yeah to be honest, boss? It's better if you don't play dumb here."

>Looking between Marek and Damian, Aiden then sighs as he states:

"Well if you insist. I won't."

>Turning towards Suisei, Aiden says:

"I've known for a while now Sui."


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>Stella immediately stands up and walks over to Aiden, crossing her arms as she states:

"Then I'd appreciate it if you explained to me why you didn't tell her that sooner."

>At the same time, Suisei stands up and marches over to Stella - saying:

"He didn't need to say anything."

>Turning her attention back towards Aiden, Suisei then gives him a more sorrowful expression, stating:

"I was waiting for the right time to tell you. I've always wanted to tell you - but I've been so incredibly busy with my life."

>Looking back at Stella, Suisei's eyes then narrow into piercing glares as she states:

"But then she just turns up, seemingly from no discernible area. Then she undermines my own circumstances!"

>Suisei places her hand on Aiden's chest, as she looks him dead in the eye - saying:

"Aiden, I love you. I'm sorry for my demeanor, but you don't understand. I can't show a moment of weakness back home - ever."

>As she continues speaking, Suisei raises her hand to his cheek, stating:

"Besides. I did call out to you when Ryūsei and I needed help, didn't I? Anyone else could've been sent that message - but I chose you."

>Aiden sighs and begins to respond, stating:

"Suisei, I understand your feelings but-"

>Stella then pulls Suisei's hand away from Aiden's cheek, stating:

"Well I'm sorry about ruining your perfect circumstances - but Aiden was there for me too. He's the reason why I even have a second chance at my life!"

>Aiden then looks at Stella, saying:

"Stella, I-"

>Holding up a hand for him to stop talking, Stella then continues to focus her attention on Suisei, saying:

"If you really do care about him more than I do - then prove it. Let's see if you're better at me at my own game. Cooking."

>Steeling herself, Suisei narrows her eyes as she states:

"I'm a better chef than the ones we employ back home. Try me."

"Just what I wanted to hear."

>Before Aiden can protest, Stella and Suisei both walk off.

"Oh come on you two! You don't need to do this!"

>As Aiden goes after them, the rest of the group are in awe, murmuring to themselves.


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>After Aiden catches up to them, he can see that they're already trying to outperform each other at preparing a custom dish.

"No, no you two. Stop it. You don't need to do this."

>As they both turn their attention to him, Aiden can tell that they're both serious in their intent.

"I'll admit, I know both of you to an even degree."

>Looking at Stella, Aiden says:

"Stella. We've spent months together already - and extra months training with the sorcerers."

>Then looking at Suisei, Aiden states:

"Suisei. We've seen each other on and off for the past two decades. Only recently has it been more frequent."

>Aiden then looks at them both and says:

"But you know I can't really make this decision. It's not a fair one, since I can sense how much your feelings are real."

>Stella and Suisei then book look at Aiden - intently in the eyes.

>Simultaneously, and almost seemingly on instinct, they both then say in perfect unison:

"So then what are you going to do about it?!"

"So then what are you going to do about it?!"


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>Aiden is silent for a moment, thinking intently before he then says:

"….Then I'll have to be on my own. I'm not going to shatter either of your hearts over this."

>Immediately, he sees both women look on in complete shock - as their expressions turn to that of hurt and pain.


"Absolute coward."

>Both of them then walk out of the room, and quickly walk out of the entire living area - tears in their eyes as they do so.

>As Aiden walks back out - he immediately catches Phoebe's gaze, knowing that it's the "you've fucked up big time" gaze.

>Sighing, Aiden then walks to Phoebe and says:

"…I'm going to go after them."

>Phoebe nods.

"You better. Because at this point - no matter what you pick? You're screwed, Aiden."

>Aiden sighs and then says:

"…..I'm going to need something then."

>Suddenly, Jonah sees a book quickly fly off from the chair beside him - into Aiden's grasp as he walks off.


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>As Stella and Suisei sit on the front of the steps to the manor, they both continue to look away from each other. Silent, one of them then speaks up - with Stella being first to speak:

"…..I'm sorry about earlier. I didn't mean to pry. It's just…."

>Stella sighs as she looks down at the pendant around her neck - and remembers when Aiden helped her seal the soul of her manipulative father away.

"….Aiden's done so much for me. He's completely changed my life - for the better."

>Closing her hand tightly around the pendant, she then states:

"He's also the reason why I'm…..Why I'm…"

>Stella feels her hand trembling as she grips her pendant tightly - almost to the point of her veins showing.

>She then feels a hand place itself on her own - and looks up to see Suisei's own teary eyed expression. Looking at her, she then says:

"…..I know. I can tell how much he means to you."

>Both of them are silent for a moment, as Stella speaks up again.

"I don't mean to be so greedy or possessive. But Aiden…he's all that I have left. You at least have your brother and your family. But me?"

>Stella begins tearing up again, now sobbing as she places her head in her crossed arms, stating:

"H-He's all that I have left….."

>Hearing this, Suisei's own empathy begins to kick into overdrive, as she then says:

"….Then I don't know if I can come between that. Something so pure and genuine."

>Stella is then silent for a moment, before stating:

"….I'm not being entirely fair either. You've known him for your entire life. Sure, you've had all this time. But it's like you said. You also had significant pressures that stopped you from telling him how you feel. It's not easy to confess an emotion that strong to a person."

>Both women then sit in silence for a moment, before Suisei then says:

"….Then for now? Let's help each other."

>Stella looks up at Suisei and states:

"What do you mean?"

>Teary eyed, Suisei then says:

"We can find the strength to build ourselves up on our own. Yes, Aiden's been a solid foundation - but we shouldn't be emotionally dependent on him either. That's not what he would want for us."

>Behind them, footsteps appear, as a man places one hand on his hip, stating:

"Yeah, that's about what I'd say too."

>Both Suisei and Stella stand up and turn around to see Aiden looking at them wistfully - and with a sense of sadness behind his eyes too.


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>Aiden then hands them the book in his hands, stating:

"I overheard Virgil talking about it, and I figured it'd be appropriate to mention."

>As Suisei grabs the book first, she then looks at the title and says:


>Aiden then elaborates.

"Latin for invincible. Unconquerable. It's a poem about confronting your inner demons, and demonstrating mental resilience."

>He then makes a gesture with his hand - placing his hand on his heart as he states:

"Fortitude. The strength to go on, even when everything else feels like it's been taken away."

>As he telekinetically opens the book to the page which houses the actual poem, he gestures with his finger to the final stanza.

"…..It matters not how strait the gate."

>Stella then speaks after her.

"How charged with punishments the scroll."

>Aiden then says the third line.

"I am the master of my fate."

>Then together as three, they all finish the poem - speaking in unison:

"I am the captain of my soul."


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>Aiden then smiles at both of them and says:

"No matter what, you're in control of your lives. Not me. Not your family or friends. Not even me."

>He then places his hand back to his chest again, as he takes the book back in his other hand too.

"Just you. It's only ever been just you. As you're the ones in charge of your fate - and you're the ones who make the decisions that shape your lives."

>As he places the book back inside of the manor, Aiden then walks back outside and places a hand on both of their shoulders.

"I mean it. Both of you. Make the call that you want to make - deep inside of your heart. Go with your gut instinct, and don't even think."

>Aiden then steps back and waits for them to speak, as he says one final statement.

"If I was able to make both of you feel more confident in yourselves, and help you reach happiness? Then that's good enough for me. You can both find your own paths."

>He then makes a fist and places it to his chest once more.

"Be invincible in your heart and mind - and you can overcome anything."

>Giving them a warm smile, he then turns around to leave, only for them both to say:



>Aiden then turns around in surprise and states:

"Yeah? Is there something I said that-"

"I think we both know what we want."

>Suisei says, looking between Aiden and Stella.

"Yeah, I agree."

>Stella says, looking between Aiden and Suisei.

>Aiden himself looks confused for a moment - before his eyes widen as he states:

"H-Hey! When I said go with your gut, I didn't mean immediately!"

>Shaking their heads, Suisei and Stella both grab one of Aiden's hands and speak. Still surprisingly acting in unison, Suisei then says:

"No, we've already decided."

>Stella nods as she looks just as resolute as Suisei, now stating:

"We want to be with you, Aiden."

>Then, both of them speak simultaneously:

"And that's our final answer."

>Before they both lean in to give him a kiss on each cheek - leaving Aiden stunned.


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>Aiden still looks completely stunned at the revelation as he looks between the two of them - stating:

"Are you sure? Because you both can give yourself a lot of time before you need to-"

>Suisei then immediately places her hands on her hips, stating:

"What part of 'that's our final answer', are you not understanding, Aiden?"

>Stella crosses her arms, nodding as she says:

"It's like you said. No hesitation or self doubt. We both know what we want."

>Inside of the house, Phoebe nearly spits her drink out of her cup as her super hearing gets the entire scene.

"Holy shit!"

>She shouts from inside of the house.

>Sighing to himself, Aiden then thinks:

{"Being an encouraging person backfires yet again, Aiden. Good work."}


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>Date: July 25th, 2017
>Location: Sanctuary City - Residential Sector
>Time: 8:00 AM

>Aiden taps the side of his cheek as he walks to the kitchen of his house. As he looks over the utensils that he can use to cook, he then gets to work - starting to fry eggs on the stove with a pan.

>Whistling to himself, he then notices two figures walking up to the stove from behind him.

"Before either of you ask, I'm not doing it."

>Stella and Suisei both scoff as Aiden continues to ignore them both - going to make his food.

"Aiden, we already discussed it. We're fine with sharing you."

>Aiden looks at them both - one at a time, on opposite sides of him, before he blinks again. His eyebrow raised behind his spectacles, he then sighs and says:

"For the last time. I'm not marrying both of you. At least as long as I'm skeptical of this sudden resolve of yours - which I very much am."

>Turning his attention to Suisei, Aiden then states:

"Besides, aren't you busy running an entire company back in Japan? What makes you think that you've got nearly enough time to hound me all day?"

>Suisei yawns as she says:

"I've already told you. Ryūsei handles the day-to-day operations, and I can transport myself back to Japan at a moment's notice. It's not a concern."

>Still unconvinced, Aiden casually flips the egg in his pan as he says:

"I'll get a plate for both of you - since both of you are insistent on living here now."

>Turning around to both of them, Aiden then points a finger at both of them and states:

"But I am not marrying both of you. What you're asking for is genuinely insane."

>Placing her hand on her hip, Suisei remarks:

"Oh is it now? I thought you said to be invincible in our hearts and our minds - so that we could overcome anything."

>Stella then says after Suisei:

"Including the hurdle of something like that."

>Groaning, Aiden then facepalms as he says:

"I didn't mean like that!"


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>After preparing food for both Stella and Suisei at the table, Aiden then states:

"Well…You two get acquainted then. Since you're both insisting on breaking every social taboo there is about marriage."

>Looking at Suisei, Aiden then states:

"There's no way in hell your father is going to be alright with this either."

>Suisei looks Aiden dead in the eyes and says cheerfully:

"Oh I've already told him, and he's thrilled that you're going to be his son-in-law eventually."

>As Aiden sighs and sips his coffee, Stella then nonchalantly says:

"I may have also told Mr. Grayson and Ms. Weber….."

>Aiden immediately spits his drink into the sink - which at least helps with clean up. As he's cleaning the spill, he then says incredulously.

"And they're OK with it?!"

>Stella shrugs.

"Your father is at least. He's the one who'll tell Ms. Weber. He just wants you to be happy."

>Rubbing his eyelids behind his sunglasses, Aiden then says to himself:

"Alright. This is all an elaborate prank, and everyone's going to appear from behind some props and reveal that it's a surprise. Any minute now. Any minute now……"

>After a few seconds, Aiden sighs again as he turns back to the two women - who've begun to talk and chat with each other across the table.


>Thinking to himself for a moment, Aiden then states:

"Alright. Say I actually do believe this actual insanity that you're proposing."

>Aiden then gestures to both Stella and Suisei, saying:

"How are you both OK with this?"

>Stella and Suisei look at each other for a moment, before they both look back at Aiden. Stella then says:

"Because we both love you, idiot."

"Essentially what she stated."

>They both go back to their breakfast, leaving Aiden genuinely dumbfounded for once.

>Finally, after regaining his composure, he then says:

"….Well either way. I'm sleeping in a separate room from the both of you - and that's non-negotiable."

>Stella and Suisei look at each other for a moment, and then nod.

"Sure, that's fine."

"We'll get you to cave eventually, so take your time."


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>Groaning, Aiden then says to himself:

"…..What in the world have you gotten yourself into this time, Grayson?"

>Out loud, he then says:

"…..Well either way, I need to go see Phoebe and Jonah. We need to finalize the plans for the Hoyokazi deal."

>Stella and Suisei both immediately shoot a look at Aiden - who then says:

"What? You're both cross about Hiyuki now too?"

>Looking at each other for a moment, Stella and Suisei then speak.

"So long as she doesn't get any ideas, it's fine."

"I agree."

>Both of them then go back to their breakfast, as Aiden sighs.

"That's the last time I'm recommending a book or a poem to either of you. I mean that now."

>Aiden then turns away and leaves, picking up his cup of coffee as he ruffles his hair into proper form - before he gets ready for his day, and the work that comes with it too.

[The End]

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