- Nov 10, 2008
It had been a busy two years. Working in the enchanting lab, defending the Academy from the orc assault, classes, her own private research into daemons and deities, and her own increasingly lewd social life had left Ashley with little time to herself. After her break up with Charles about a year ago, she'd ended up having what she might have thought initially was rebound-sex but what had blossomed into a relationship that had now ended up lasting a good deal longer than the first... With none other than her best friend, Jenn. Where Charles had been fairly clingy and somewhat possessive, Jenn had been more or less just the opposite, allowing Ashley to relax a great deal. They'd even worked out a practical way to seal their relationship, enchanting a pair of earrings and trading a single one of each, the enchantments on them protective in case of certain emergencies. She'd also recovered extremely well from their adventure into the woods, though for the first month or so she'd been a nervous wreck that didn't sleep unless she was utterly exhausted, and even then never without a fairly bright lightstone hanging over her head. She'd been weened off of the magical nightlight after their relationship began, however, and for all intents and purposes had been mentally stable ever since.
As such, when the water mage had presented her with a pair of fairly standard looking blue underpants, and told her with a mostly straight face that they were for protection, Ashley had taken the comment at face value. They were indeed enchanted, at least as far as Ashley could tell, and did provide for some fairly decent protection.... But the request that she wear them to her practicals, the exams that would see her graduate from the basic classes of the Academy and earn a vast number of privileges that she'd been mostly denied up until then despite her record in battle, was still a somewhat odd one. Even so, they'd been her only clean pair today, and as such Ashley hadn't had much choice but to wear the magically protective undergarments.
She and Jenn were both standing next to a table, finishing their alchemy practical. Neither of them were taking any of the advanced courses in the subject, and as such they didn't have a particularly difficult potion to make - a simple energy potion made from a premade base and a handful of ingredients. They were just about finished when Ashley spotted the teacher, a burly night elven man with an expression that was perpetually stuck in a scowl, heading toward them. The practicals generally had an oral portion as well, one delivered randomly, and it seemed likely that that was what she was about to be put through.
(I'm pretty sure that I forgot stuff, but I was in a rush. If you want to put anything in here recap-wise, go ahead.)