Chapter 5 Home is where the Heart is (Ubberific) GMed by ranger


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WIth a break for some quick food Rikke rushed along to the cafeteria. Of course it was more like a neat cafe. Here the maid trainees took shifts and served food and drinks. Heading she found it mostly empty with a few older students in their reserved booths. Taking a seat she was almost immediately set up by a young maid asking for her order. Looking over at visible menu RIkke saw they still served some breakfast if she wanted or move to the brunch menu. It was her choice. Once she made her order the girl cheerfully left and returned moments later. While Rikke took her order she noticed a shy looking thing walk into the room. At first she hardly paid her mind till light caught on a shiny silver charm hanging from her neck.
 

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Rikke was hardly ever a picky eater leaving her to order just a simple sandwich for now and some herbal tea, still as she ate the rogue her thoughts would indeed drift back to just how utterly spotless her room was... It couldn't have been a dream, it just couldn't have been! If only she had just a single concrete proof! Beyond just how neat everything was and how real it all felt, it was impossible to deny that indeed the events started when she went to bed and ended with her effectively waking up---

No no! It was ridiculous to even attempt to deny it, if anything a dream could not replicate... certain tastes and sensations so vividly! it had to have been a strike from Jericho! Yet the bastards seemed to take extreme precautions incase they were found, her spotless room attested to that!-- Meaning if there was any sort of tampering with her room, it would be long gone. The unknown drink she had was impossible to trace as well! As for the location--- the teleportation magic left it potentially as a different realm or long-distance moving!-- BUT!

She still had two definitive clues: The room where the portal was, as indeed even if Rikkes room was spotless none of the girls were meant to see that room at all... meaning there was a fair chance she could find some hints there! And last but not least her other two companions! Out of them three, she seemed to be the only one who still had her wits about her... Yet if they three were targeted by the corrupt underground, Rikke had to keep close tabs on the girls and ask them perhaps they too noticed something off last night!

Yet just as Rikkes thoughts once again were about to sigh in dismay at needing to stalk for chance to try and talk to Celeste, an accidental twinkle would catch her eye as an unknown girl entered the cafeteria. The girls stance hinting at her bashful nature--- yet there was something special about her. Something Rikke couldn't put her finger on quite yet, as her eyes were drawn to the necklace the girl wore.... wait a necklace that, the rogue would look over her own just incase! As perhaps it was quite similar? Infact, where DID this necklace come from anyway?!

Would they match, Rikkes eyes subtly narrowed as somehow she just had a gut feeling, that it was all not just a coincidence! She had to ask where the girl got the necklace as well, which meant~... sharing lunch time!
 

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With her food delivered in short order Rikke promptly moved over to they shy girl who had taken a corner booth. The girls sudden gasp gave Rikke the chance to look at the necklace before her long brown hair hid it from view once more. She wore the exact same necklace RIkke did. Her hazel eyes quickly darted to Rikke's face before she blushed and looked slightly away. "Uh-umm miss... I was hoping to... to eat alone today."
 

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Bingo! It was indeed the exact same necklace! But how? Infact as rogue went closer she'd keep an eye on any other students if they wore such a necklace as part of their school uniform as well! If not, then... this necklace... she was given it during that very same rather intense night! Yet... why? A mark? If so, best she'd remain conviently oblivious to the jewelry piece for now. Afterall, it was best the Jericho group had little to no clues, that one of their prey was actually a hunter after them!

Whatever the case, Rikke quickly approached the girl and beamed her a bright kind smile "Oh? No~ Noone should eat alone. The food tastes all the better in company." she'd utter unkeen to flatout leave "I'm Rikke by the way! Haven't really seen you around... which group are you from?" as indeed while getting friendly with Celeste... would no doubt be... well best summarised as - horrid, if not impossible. This girl, even if it was dimly lit the girl certainly seemed like her other 'groupie'! Meaning becoming friends with her would both aid Rikkes investigation and potentially could keep her safer!
 

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The girls seemed to lean back from Rikke exuberance. Now that she was closer Rikke got a good look at the long soft brown hair the girl had. It was a warm brown almost like milk chocolate. Her skin was fair but not too pale like some crolians. Rikke also noticed the girl was waif thin like she either didn't each much or was sick. Though she wasn't skin and bones by any means. Everything about her seemed to give off a delicate class figurine. Too much rough treatment and she would shatter. What was really catching was her amber eyes. Almost like pools of honey. Rikke could see her reflection in them.

"If you insist uhh Rikke. My name in Helen." She turned to look at Rikke her eyes shifting to a soft hazel. This made Rikke blink a moment. Did her eyes just change color? She sat awkwardly for a moment poking at her soup with a spoon. The dull clatter of dishes in the background and the low murmur of distant conversations seemed to fill the void. Helen took a drink of her tea and seemed to not look Rikke directly in the eye. "You're very pretty Rikke." The worlds left and a void seemed to fill the space. Just how awkward was this girl.
 

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Why her? The girl was certainly quite cute, but indeed she appeared so gentle and bashful... Why did Jericho pick her? Though the thought was swiftly interrupted by Helen introducing herself, only to indeed suddenly reveal a trick of the memory or a certain supernatural mystery that suddenly appeared around the girl!

Yet just as many mysteries lingered around Helen, just as much akward space seemed to remain around her, as the girl clearly rarely actually socialised with people. Albeit all the akwardness in the world wouldn't truly deter or affect Rikke too much, as she'd blink and giggle kindly taking the compliment "Thanks, Hel." she'd give the girl a nod and then speak up, not adressing the mystery in regards to her eyes quite yet "I just used to travel a lot, guess that did wonders to me. What about you? How did you end up here?" albeit the rogue didn't cling to much hope, there was a chance she just might learn a bit more of the girls backstory, in turn maybe sharing a tad more light on her.

Still after that, Rikke would in turn introduce abit of her own backstory, before setting the hook up! "Though... ever since I've arrived, well moreso the past few days... I've been having this wierd dream. Like I'm walking through the halls at night and there's some other unknown people there. It's a dream so everything's incredibly vague..." she'd smile kindly, yet at the same time looked carefully how Helen reacted!
 

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"Oh... me... I'm just a problem child sent away so my family dose not have to deal with me." Her voice had a hint of pain too it and for a moment Rikke thought Helen's eyes shifted to that amber color again. Rikke tried to wrack her brain from that night but every time she recalled Helen her eyes had been closed. Mentioning her "dreams" Brought only a confused look to Helen's face. "I.. I usually have scary dreams, but oddly enough I didn't have one last night." Helen took a sip of her tea again but seemed to falter a bit and quickly set it down. "S-sorry Rikke I'm not feeling so well.... can we talk later.... I-I really would like too." In a flash Helen got up and moved away. As she turned away Rikke saw those amber eyes again but this time they seemed to blaze a bit of light.
 

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What was going on with her? "H-hey! Before you go... Where's your room? I mean... Everyone could probably use a friend around here." Rikke beamed the girl a smile, yet wouldn't stop her if she rushed off! Her... a problem child? The rogue just flatout couldn't see it! Not to mention the constantly shifting eyes, there was little doubt about it - Helen wasn't just a simple timid human girl.

Still be it with their effective contacts exchanged, it was likely Helen wouldn't stick around for much longer leaving the rogue alone once again. Right! That effectively takes care of the finding both of her 'comrades' that night... The next step was to find that closet! With her sandwiched finished the rogue wouldn't linger for any longer as she'd set out to her room and attempted to recall her movements... It was foggy, but stil! At the very least she recalled the supply closets sign and door!

Meaning if her attempts to trace her steps didn't work, the girl had to go around the Univesity and see all the supply closests in hopes one would strike her with dejavu!
 

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Helen quickly listed off her room number and coincidentally she was just down the hall from her though on the other side of the building. Finding the supply closet was simple. Even in her foggy state the room was close to her own room. Though once she opened the door all she found was supplies. Buckets, mops, brooms, cleaners. No mystical portal or hidden door. It was just a closet. A simple cough behind her caused her to turn around to find Cheryl looking her over with a confused stare. Ummm Rikke if you need something cleaned I insists I do it myself.
 

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No portal... no burnt walls... absolutely nothing that would hint at--- "Ahem..." a goosebump nothing short of soared through Rikkes body at the sudden cought behind her 'Crap!' did one of the Jericho group find her?! The gorgeous girl slowly turned around--- only for her state to pause, spurring a few blinks from her, only for the rogue to exhale with utter relief! "Phew... Don't scare me like that." Rikke giggled happily as indeed it was just Cheryl!

"Oh er... I was just... Well nevermind." the girl couldn't even come up with an excuse for that moment, hoping that her maid would just chalk her wierd visit to well... Rikke being Rikke! Still with the fright it was clear that only a brief look through would be best. This time she lucked out, but next time it may not be her ally at all! "What's up?" the rogue smiled brightly.

Though all the while in the back of her mind she'd register that whatever the Jericho group used to teleport them away. Either they made sure to clean up any evidence even here... or it wasn't a sort of ritual that required preparation or any physical items to complete! Perhaps that too would serve as a clue later on? Infact, the obvious question soon enough crossed the girls mind - just how many people in the academy even COULD use magic?
 

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Cheryl just stared at Rikke a moment before nodding slowly. Taking her hand she rushed Rikke down the hall. "I swear Rikke your going to get me in trouble if your late again." With a no nonsense method of Guidance Rikke soon found herself outside the dorm once more. Thankfully no one was around to witness the rather ... ungraceful exit from the building. Well that is until Celest snorted in laughter. Turning RIkke saw the twin curls turn away from her and head down the path alone.
 

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Celeste.... Rikke eyes narrowed as her blood slowly began to shimmer--- Only for a yank from Cheryl to refocus her! Doh~ How was she supposed to unravel the big secretive organization when she needs to also do these classes?! There had to be a way for her to potentially slip away and around the Campus as well as University without drawing suspicions... but how?...

Still whatever the case may be, it seemed while Cheryl was there Rikke had to grin and bear it through her studies! As indeed lest something out of the norm occured, the girl would use her free time to check the final few leads she had - finding out if any of there were indeed Arcane arts studies for the gifted! Else... she'd need to wait for Jericho to slip-up once again!... Even if said slip-up was more akin to a very successful pounce on the rogue!
 

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The rest of the day's classes were uneventful, well as uneventful as they could be for RIkke, as she grew to despise them. Still in her free time she did manage to find out there was an after school club that was dedicated to magical studies. Though most of the other students seemed to think it rather distasteful. On the other hand now that she had met with Helen it seemed she was around more than Rikke thought. Though she never got a chance to sit and speak with her. With that her day drew to a close the evening hours where free and several of the students moved about the campus going to various club activities leaving RIkke alone for the moment. Dinner was the only thing left in the day and it was one of Cheryl's courses. They had to serve their mistress a meal they prepared themselves and would be watched by an observer. This would be held in the main hall in the dinning area. Still she had a few hours before that would occure.
 

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For the free-spirited, thrill-seeker and ruin-braver heroine... to sit in one place for literal hours and listen about some old gooks thoughts... Albeit sometimes the girl did learn a few neat details and things, but the majority of time the ever-wonderfully busty girl truly tested her patience and willpower in classes. Still after all the soul-draining events, at the very least there was atleast something to look forward to - the moment it ended for the day!

"I'll be there!" Rikke beamed Cheryl a smile, who no doubt went off to rehearse her dish.... This giving the rogue just a little bit of free time. Perhaps learning exactly when these classes were taking place... just maybe they'd amuse the 'curious' girl and allow her to observe atleast one of such classes? Afterall, whoever made that portal clearly knew their magics!

Yet there was another lead, Rikke would need to keep in mind.... Infact it would be something she'd need to ask Cheryl about - the Pendant! Had this symbol any meaning Rikke did not know?... doh if only Elie was here, she'd surely know! Meanwhile the rogue herself had time, but to say she was inexperienced in looking up such information, in libraries no less!, would be an understatement!

Right! As with that Rikke went to check the notice board when the Magic studies were going to take place and beyond that... well seemed she just needed to get ready for dinner!
 

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Rikke had no trouble finding the magic club. In fact they seemed all to eager to have a visitor. It only took a few questions and the fact several colorful posters on various notice boards to point her in the right direction. What she found made a part of her giggle. A part of her embarrassed, and a part of her disappointed. The magic club consisted of eight girls in frankly over the top outfits. One particular stood out to Rikke, for some reason she felt a bit jealous of the girl but she couldn't quite place it. Though as over the top as they seemed the fact that several manipulated magical essence right before her eyes left little doubt she had found the place. Her rival.. errr the noticeable girl came up and greeted her. "Hello. My name is Esmerelda. I lead the club in their activities."
 

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Rikke always had some curiousity about magic and just enjoyed seeing it used, allowing her role as a curious fan of the arts shine all the more genuine! Not to mention by sheer fortune it had turned out that the magic club was very open to just about everyone, non-magical students to boot! "I'll just watch you do your things for a while." the gorgeous girl explained with a kind smile, as indeed soon enough she found herself in the slightly different areas of the University and entering a room containing quite the colorful bunch!

Truthfully to some degree, Rikke couldn't help but wonder if being scantily clad was a means to enhance magic or just the sorceresses had similar extravagant tastes, perhaps spurred by some measure of pride of being able to control the elements? Yet... Even if the group had quite the variety in personalities and outfits, one figure among them stood out... For a few VERY obvious reasons... The fancy hat and the scant-clothing!

Perhaps for the first time in a very long while the rogue found herself outmatched, as the strange turned to her and approached... The robes open top nature making Rikkes eyes widen subtly and suddenly feel downright modest, petite and over-dressed! "O-Oh... Hey! I'm Rikke." the girl beamed Esmeralda a smile, doing her best not to glance down--- to the gigantic tits the lead sorceress nothing short of flaunted around!
 

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"Why Howdy you cute thin'. Welcome to the arcane arts club. What can i do for you honey." Her accent was odd, but the woman seemed genuine with her smile. Letting her know the girl nodded and spoke "Sure thin' sugar. If you have any questions just let me know. Alright?" With that she was off to her next task and for awhile Rikke watched the various sorceress practice some tricks with magic. One cooled her drink with a frosty touch of her hand while another let lighting dance between her hands in a rapid zapping frenzy.
 

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Rikke blinked in genuine surprise as the stranger revealed... quite the curious accent?! "A-aye... Will do!" she'd smile cutely a cold bead of sweat rolling down her face, as wherever Esmeralda was from the rogue had yet to visit the region! Still with the class continueing Rikke was equally captivated by the displays of rather casual magic, just as much as she tried to keep an eye out on anyone who showed greater affinity than the others towards the arts!

Though if Esmeraldas measurements matched her skills, Rikke would approach the girl with a question as the proceedings continue as well, given a chance "So~ What else can mages do? I've heard stories... but the one that I've always been curious about are the myths of how they travel!" she'd beam an innocent smile "Do you like, not even use carriages? I heard there's some way you can just take a single step and appear almost regions away!" albeit at the same time Rikke had to be careful with her words, would she ask directly about portals and how they functioned she just might as well give away far too much that she had seen! The girl only had to hope some of the sorceresses would take her bait and show off their knowledge about the arts of Portalcraft!--- or whatever it was called!
 

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Esmerelda turned sharply to Rikke. Her breasts jiggling almost loose in her top. "Oh darlin' nothin' beats a stallion bareback on a good day. Just feelin' all that power between one's legs is invigoratin' to say the least. " She gave Rikke a wink. "hough nothin' beats a carriage if you're lookin' to arrive lady like. Though if your in a hurry magic can assist ya in a pinch, but darlin' none of my girls have such skill." She gave Rikke a brilliant smile. "you have a beau waitin' for ya back home?"
 

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"A... Beau?" Rikke blinked never even having heard such a word, only for the sorceress to clarify "O-Oh-- No no!" she'd giggle with a sheepish smile waving her hands infront of her lightly "I've been too busy for such things." the girl added, before turning her head sideways curiously "Albeit speaking of home, where are you from Esmeralda? Can't really say I've had the pleasure of hearing your accent on---" crap! She had almost said 'on her journeys'! "On my family estate."

Still, considering the girls heavy accent she was absolute not the one Rikke had encountered among the Jerichos, the woman had a voice--- among other things--- that Rikke wouldn't forget easily! "Also, so then all this hopping around I've read the mages do. It's just stories?" the portal was the reason the rogue was here, something had to give as she'd attempt to shift the conversation back to the topic!
 
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