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It had been a full 2 years since the celestials had come to Evermore city and she could safely now say they were probably in the best position they had ever been in. Ophelia had been through countless meetings and talks to study further into the Evermore peace contract, mulling over every detail, every commitment and weighing her options. She knew that one way or another she needed to get her people's name on that list, it was the best way to ensure that each of them were protected the way they should be in the city. It would also prevent any other faction from getting away with harming her people and create protection against wrongful imprisonment too. Something she knew she needed to secure for the sanity of her people.
For the past few months, while working on the diplomacy, she had always been trying to encourage her people out of their shells, to teach them that working with celestial energy could play to their strengths and give them something to fight with rather than something that simply exposed them and put them in more danger. It had varying success but she had definitely seen more celestials coming to her and wanting to learn how to control their natural-born abilities. Getting to see stars do what they were born to do and shine was one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things she had ever experienced and she really hoped she could bring such a feeling to all of them eventually. But Ophelia also knew not to push them too hard, she understood how scary it must be to reintegrate into the world after being locked up for years, for a lot of the celestials, the near majority of their lives even. It made her furious that they barely even got to live before it was all taken away from them.
Ophelia found herself in the middle of the training room, she was dressed in light workout gear, a tank top, and fitted leggings, not her typical attire but she found herself wearing things like this more and more often as celestials slowly gained the confidence to learn in here. The room was mirrored, meaning any light they generated bounced back on itself and therefore no one was exposed to the outside world in here, it was a safe space, where stars could learn to be stars without the pressures that came along with it. She knew a lot of the stars were out today she wasn't even sure if anyone was going to show up for a training session but she figured she would practice her own control regardless, she closed her eyes, drawing in her celestial strength to make a little ball of light which appeared between her hands, she was busy tossing it from hand to hand and concentrating on making it curve over her arms and through the air the way she wanted it to when she heard footsteps coming down the hallway. Ah good, looks like she won't be attending this session alone then.
Mizaya, being one of the youngest stars, people would think she can get used to things really quickly. It was not the case. The star has problems dealing with the normal reality coming out of imprisonment. Before the 16 years, she could not remember anything but her name. technology is one she fights with the most but she is getting there slowly. Her real problem is ger speech, as she can understand Korean but learning a new language as a whole made thing stressful and lonely. Mizaya could've gone back to Korea but she didn't want to be alone along with everything they all went thought it would be selfish of her to turn away.
The only thing that can understand her with no words back were the stars she looks up every night. As long as she can remember Miyaza always star gaze with no reason at all. At first, she didn't understand how she had a connection to them but after everything she understood and everything became clear to her. One thing she started to do when the young star came to Evermore was writing in journals. Something about a simple thing made her feel like she was talking to someone no matter what she wrote it made her feel better. They say if you need to get something out write it out and you will feel better, they were right on that.
The young star had made a few acquaintances thought out the city like Hana and Jesslyn who were very nice to help her with some English. She can't forget meeting a fellow star name Elias who invited her a full day at his ranch. Mizaya learned her love of animals and hopes she can take care of one someday. There is one female she had not seen is so long, Ophelia. if it was not for the women she could not know how to protect herself without using her powers. She still had a lot to learn about her powers and what they can do. The star walked around asking those who were leaving where the women are as they told her she is in the training room.
Miyaza fond her way down as she slowed down coming into the hallway hoping the other didn't mind her comes in. The star put her hand on the door as she peeked in to find the other female."Um... Hi... Can I come in?" she asked politely trying to speak the best English as she can. "I Hope am not cutting in?" she asked wondering that's how to say that sentence in that type of format.
It was very easy for Ophelia to get lost in her light, she loved being surrounded by it and it gave her a feeling of power and strength which was hard to compare with anything else, celestial energy was volatile and sometimes had a mind of its own but there was no dispute that it was one of the most powerful elements in the whole world. That’s why it was so strange that the very beings who had the ability to control it and shape it, were the ones who seemed to be most afraid of it. She really hoped she could help to change that opinion with time, help her people to understand how strong and resilient they could be if they put their mind to it.
The moment she heard the soft voice of one of the youngest celestials at the door, the Wayfinder broke out into a smile and gave her a slight wave of her hand, the ball of the light hopping into her other hand “Of course you can, c’mon in” she gestured with a hand motion as she shifted her position to face the younger star. Ophelia had always liked Miyaza, she was sweet and polite and despite being so young and spending most of her life locked up on Skye, she still seemed to have a good head on her shoulders. She was slowly learning a whole new language and living in a brand new place she wasn’t familiar with, it had to be daunting.
“Of course not” she assured her with a shake of her head “These sessions are for anyone and everyone, though I feel like I attend them alone more often than not” she admitted and rolled her shoulders back a few times “How are you doing?” he asked as her gaze tipped up towards the younger female. Phe had no idea how she could be so strong after everything she’d been through, how any of them could really, she was pretty in awe of them all for being able to stand strong despite having so much time and experience taken from them. “Are you here to train?” she asked curiously and raised her brows, she was admittedly excited at the idea of more stars wanting to learn how to properly use their abilities, even if it was so that they could stop themselves from glowing in times of need.
Walking into the room she found the Wayfinder smiling as the young star closed the door behind her. She always found the other female very pretty wishing can have a full conversation without messing up her words. It's not like Opehila blames her knowing it will take time for her to learn English. All Miyaza can do is try her best for her words to be understood. Miyaza had a lot to thank the other for as she didn't know where to start.
The Young star did everything she can to understand what the other is saying as she nodded with a bright smile. Am doing?" she asked her self as she got out of her mind of thinking. "Am doing aright. it's been very hard but I can pull through." Miyaza said folding her hands together. "Can I ask you the same? Can anyone though to ask?" the younger star looked up at the other not sure if anyone asks the Wayfinder about how she is holding up. They all had a hard time dealing with what happened differently. Which makes every single one of them to be understood and to stay time to gather their thoughts to find their safe and clarity mindset.
"Yes, I am. I don't know much of ... these powers and to understand I must learn?" Miyaza said questioning hoping the other would understand what she is trying to say. English is hard as she is trying to learn by how people talk and the way they sound. "Can you help me?" she asked politely. Miyaza wants to learn who she is she control the unknown that scares her. She does know how if these powers can hurt people, save people or even kill people. She is not a bad person and she wishes to stay like that.
Ophelia knew the language barrier was there so she did her best to speak slowly and pause between her sentences to make sure Miyaza understood what she was saying. The younger star seemed a little shy but the fact she was here said a lot about her confidence and how it was being built on. She couldn’t imagine it was easy for her, to be captured not long after she fell and to spend the majority of her life locked up, not really understanding why or knowing anyone who might help her. She couldn’t blame her for being scared or nervous that was for sure.
“Yeah I imagine it has been tough for you, new culture, new people, new home” she nodded slightly, it must have been quite the adjustment to make, learning about a whole new life while also probably still feeling fear about being locked up again. When she turned the question back on Ophelia the Wayfinder thought about it for a moment “I’m good, we finally signed the Evermore peace treaty which means we’ll have even more protection than we did before” which was good timing too because with all the strange things happening in the city lately, the last thing they needed was any in-fighting. “Have you been adjusting to life in Evermore okay?” she asked it sincerely, she wanted people to feel comfortable here of course but she also wanted to know if they weren’t.
“Yes” she confirmed when Miyaza spoke about her powers as she looked back at her before she made a ball of light appear in her hands to show her an example of the power she had, she didn’t do much with it, just tossed it from hand to hand to show how she had control over it before she let it fade back into her. “Of course” she assured and pointed to the floor to imply Miyaza sit in front of her, she smiled. “So our power comes from our emotions, when we are really happy, angry or sad, that’s when they appear” but Phe liked to work with positive energy before anything else “Can you think of something that makes you really really happy? Close your eyes and picture it” it could be anything really, a friend, a loved one, an animal, a hobby, anything that sparked a happy reaction in the star.
The young star is very grateful for the Wayfinder to be slow with talking. Miyaza back in her home country she can talk for hours on end but due to the barrier, it's hard for her to do so. Everyone had it hard on them, those who were captured. She does not like to look back at those long sixteen years but deep down she is grateful. If it didn't happen she would never meet everyone and know she is a star then living a lie as a Human. Miyaza takes things as being grateful then holding grudges not that she will think the same towards the aspects and guards. It was all in the past, two years past she let it go but still hold the fear of them.
Miyaza nodded at what the Wayfinder said, hard for the struggle. She has a choice to go back to her home as she choice to go with the rest of her kind it's her choice and no one else. "Very hard. Am trying my best." She said speaking the best she can. The younger star always tries to be very mindful toward others and what they go through. Listening to the other made her smile, new information became great news. All her worry faded but there is still some left out in the open so she won't be so naive. "great news. We can live without fear?" she asked knowing they can live in freedom but the other part is what she is worried about. When the Wayfinder asked her the question Miyaza nodded. "It's trying. Learning how to read things and talk." it's not like the other is trying to learn, she does it every day listening to how people talk and trying to repeat what she heard in her mind or even write it down. The barrier has to be broken somehow and some way.
The answer yes made the young star happy, a simple little thing makes her feel like she is doing something right. her dark Brown hues watch the other make a ball of light something so simple make her have more questions. Keeping her smile on her face watching the ball go from one hand to the other as it faded. Miyaza stepped forward like she is stood and stood in front of older Wayfinder. She listened knowing everything from here on out is very important. Something happy? That is one emotion she had not felt much of since she was taken away from someone she really liked. The star closed her eyes thinking of the sorce that make her feel warm. Within her finds she found the male like it was locked up in her mind that stored. Taehyun. A smile came on to her lip knowing she found it. The time she felt understood and wanted by someone other than the people who took her in.
“I can see that” Ophelia commented it quietly with a gentle smile, she honestly appreciated any effort that the stars made to learn about what they were and what they could do, after all, they were dragged from their homes, put into cages and punished for something she was sure most of them weren’t even old enough to understand. And while they had some of the elder stars there with them, she wasn’t sure it fully explained the magnitude of what could happen if one of them died. “Well it’s always wise to be cautious” she spoke gently and nodded her head, she didn’t want to promise they would be completely free from hunters or danger because that simply wasn’t true “But it means that the Ailward won’t be able to take you again, not without angering a lot of people.
She imagined it must be hard for her, learning a new language and culture at the same time as trying to process the things she had been through. A lot of the stars suffered from some kind of PTSD because if what happened, they were after all forcibly taken from wherever they were found and dragged to a place they didn’t know. Ophelia had been working with many of them to help them find their light, there were some like Hanseol who hadn’t been able to control their light at all before this and then there were others like Artemis who used to be able to control their light but somewhere along the way lost touch with it. Ophelia knew that feeling well because for a long time without her amulet, she had struggled to get touch at all with hers and recovering took her many years and a lot of practice.
The raven-haired Wayfinder leaned back as she watched Miyaza, seeing how focused her expression was as she searched her mind for that happy memory and then when it finally came, she saw the way her face relaxed and it was in that moment she could the familiar faint glow of celestial energy on her skin. “That’s it” she encouraged with a smile “Now open your eyes and take a look in the mirror” it was natural glow which wasn’t too obvious but with the reflection in the mirror, it was greatly highlighted. “The next step is to take that happy memory and that glow and push it out side of you, like the feeling is spreading into the room around you” she nodded slightly “That part is harder so don’t feel bad if you can’t do it first time” Ophelia had vivid memories of when she was learning and the light would just keep going out every time she tried to use it for anything.
The young star nodding knows it's care to be questioned and being careful. "We should not have been captured like that in the first place. I am very happy we all won't go through it again." Miyaza said speaking her mind which she won't lie to admit it scared her that the past could happen again. It was like she didn't want everything pulled away from everything and everyone once again she might not pull through like before. "Am happy something like that can be seen as hope once again."
Like how Miyaza wants to let the past die and never forget what happened. She does suffer claustrophobic due to the small spaces and being in the dark for too long does not do Miyaza well. The day she was kidnapped she always thought she was human with the curiosity of why skin looked a little brighter than most. After talking with those who were in the state like her she understood a little she was not human. Miyaza took it well then everyone would've thought. When someone asked her what she remembers when she was small or what she last remember was a bright light but her, she thought it was normal but it ended up not as normal as people would think. The young star knew it is never to last to ask to understand what is going on, why are things happening the way they are. There are so many questions and so many things to understand the young star does not know if she can get through everything.
The memory of Taehyun brought her hope through the hard times, he was her light as it's weird for her to admit to knowing who she is. She felt something in her awaking up like she felt the celestial light as she opened her eyes to looked at the other. She turned to look to the mirror as she smiled brightly. "Wow, it's so bright and yet beautiful." Listening to what the other said she nodded knowing this should not be easy but all she can do is try. Miyaza focuses on memory and what she has to try to do. The young star could fel what she is supposed to do trying to come out but looked like she won't be able to which was no shock to her. Miyaza took a deep breath as she sighed knowing not to be hard herself. "Ok, it's harder then I thought. I know you said about the first time but wow." She spoke lightly.
“You’re right, you should not” Ophelia agreed wholeheartedly that it was unfair and it was essentially blaming the victims for the greed of others, it made her mad every time she let herself think about it too hard. Seeing the Ailward faction in the city didn't help either but she had been working to make peace with them for the sake of letting her people have the lives they chose and deserved. It wasn’t easy but it was the right thing to do, she knew that much. “Me too and I think we’ll find it with time” people just needed to get a little braver and venture out of their rooms more often.
She was glad to see that Miyaza had a memory strong enough to bring out her glow, sometimes she was worried that the stars had so much dark in their lives, especially people like Miya who had spent the fair majority of theirs locked up “You bet it is” she spoke softly with a proud smile, Phe had lost her own light for a while so she knew that thrilling feeling of getting to see it for the first time in a really long time in the mirror and it was a really good experience for her. She felt stronger and more herself overall when she was in touch with her celestial energy, it wasn’t easy to learn to control but she was proud she had managed to and she was proud to see the other stars learn to get a handle over theirs too.
She pursed her lips and watched quietly as Miya tried to produce her glow and smile softly, she saw a faint flicker of it trying to push out from her but then it faded just as quickly as it came and she gave the younger star an encouraging smile “”Yeah it’s a weird feeling right?” she nodded slightly “To me it kinda feels like there’s this really good, warm feeling inside me which makes me feel whole and pushing that away kind feels wrong at first?” she explained it “It makes you panic a little because you don’t know how it will feel once it’s gone” she nodded slightly “You have to learn to relax and push past that feeling anyway” which she knew was easier said than done but she hoped to visualize it might help.
The young star didn't like to bring up the past knowing some of them don't like to be reminded. She does not even know what she would do or say if a guard or an aspect talked to her knowing the respect she has for people Miyaza will still be nice to people who are older. "I am very sorry to bring it up. I know everyone is trying to move on from the past and bringing it up does not help." Miyaza said wanting to fix her wrongs. "I think with you around reminding us there is still hope and to be ourselves no matter what people think is more than enough. I don't think I never said thank you for everything. I am very grateful for everything. " Miyaza said with a little bow showing how appreciated she really is knowing the other might have heard it many times. Finally, it was her chance to say it face to face.
It's very true she lost most of her life in a cage-like prison but she had people there trying to look out for her knowing the barrier along with her memories to look back on. Never losing sight of the good override the bad reality but she does not want to lie to say it didn't work a lot of times. She has cried she had begged for the nightmare to ens and wake up. Miyaza knew she was not a perfect person she lives, she learns and she experiences things that are traumatizing. She can still hear the voices when she is in the dark which makes her cover her eyes trying not to cry.
Seeing her light made her feel like everything she dealt with is a milestone and a nice new beginning to look at. Knowing this might not be the last thing she will learn which Miyaza is ready to be stronger and level minded of herself.
"It really is. I didn't expect it but there is a first for everything. Knowing how it feels I might be able to force more." Miyaza said as she nodded how the other felt. "It feels wrong, to me, it feels you pulling yourself out of your body. Very weird." Miyaza didn't know how she can push the feeling away since she kinda feels it still up like the other said relax. "Can I try again?" she asked shaking her body to get all the stress and anxiety. Miyaza didn't want to force herself if she could not get it the second time then she will move on and come back another day and keep trying one step at a time until she can.
Ophelia shrugged running a hand through her long raven hair and smiled “I know talking about what happened is hard but I think we have to acknowledge it happened and feel comfortable to learn from it” she glanced up at her and nodded slowly “So in that sense it does help, it helps us to see the dangers are out there and make smart decisions to help us protect ourselves” which included making smart alliances in the city like with the Valkyr and signing the contract but also things like learning to control their energy so they didn’t need to rely entirely on other people to protect them and were able to hold off attackers. When she thanked her, Phe pressed her lips together and smiled “You’re welcome, though I’d like to think any decent leader would have done the same” she hadn’t been able to give up on them and she hoped that showed.
“Sometimes I wonder why it was me picked to lead, of everyone out there” she shrugged slightly “And then other times I sit in this room and I see people understand their light and begin to embrace it and it all makes sense again” she had made some mistakes with the decisions she made, that was no secret but she had always tried to have the best intentions for the colony when she made them. No one seemed to blame her for what happened, or at least they’d never really showed it so she didn’t know why she felt so guilty about it but she did. Her priority was making up for it by ensuring they were really protected this time, that it wasn’t under any false pretenses and that there would be a fallback if something did happen.
“You’ll definitely get it with time and practice, being able to produce light is a big step and you’re already there” she nodded slightly, most people lost their light when they were scared and it was very hard to get it back because whenever a star glowed, they were able to be seen and for someone who had been chased and hunted, outing yourself felt wrong and terrifying it. “Yeah, it’s an unnatural feeling at first, I think that’s because the light belongs to us right? So pushing it outside of us feels wrong” it was like a moment of panic inside you, wondering if this familiar feeling would go away when you do so. “Instead of trying to push it out into the room, maybe try just bringing the light to your finger this time, practice that, it will get you used to the feeling without needing to take all your energy” she nodded implying she should try again.
It is true they all can learn from what happened. It made her stronger and aware but it did lead Miyaza with trust issues and left her with so many questions. "I can understand that. It does leave me with so many questions that am unsure any of us know the answer to. That scares me the most. The unknown I mean." She said looking down folding her hands together. She does want to be better but at the same time Miyaza wants to understand everything fully before something else happens to become a bad thing. She had no meet a Valkyr but she is sure one come around not like she was in need for protection even though it might be a better idea just in case.
"You are doing your best. That is what we need and I think all of us appreciate everything you are going for us" Miyaza said with a smile. The young star knew she could not speak for everyone else.
Miyaza listened knowing if she was in the other's shoes the questioning will be the same. "See everyone understanding their light must be very satisfying. "Before knowing who I am. I always thought about how cool it would be to have powers or to be supernatural. Being one." she said looking at her hands trying to find words to say. She could not say bittersweet due to this is a gift and she is special in her own way. "Not knowing were I came from or were all of came from made me always wonder why and how we needed up here." she said as she chuckled a little. "Sorry for the questions. Being a eighteen year old girl, trying to fit in, also learn something new is hard.... like English. Very Hard." Miyaza said pointing out her speech. She caught how to say a few things in her broken English but she tries every day and minute to get better.
Making the first step is always hard no matter who you are so hearing that from the female made the young star very happy. One thing she does not want to do is go out of her limits. "What your saying make sense." Getting over the feeling about pushing it out is something Miyaza does not like to feel again but knowing if she wants to master her energy she has to. Listening as she looked down at her finger and nodded. She forced on the memory she was thinking about earlier as she felt her energy as her brown eyes saw some light coming out but not all the way.
“Everyone has questions” she responded honestly and nodded her heads, it was part of a person’s nature to be curious and to ask things they couldn’t really know the answers to, some found their answers in Religion, some made peace with not knowing, some kept asking over and over hoping something would make sense in time “But the unknown isn’t always scary, we didn’t know we’d be in Evermore, let alone get to spend 2 years here relatively unbothered, that’s gotta be a good thing right” she saw it that way at least. She also believed there was very little point in worrying over something that may not even happen and instead she always tried to focus on the present.
“It is” she responded honestly and nodded her head slightly, it was incredibly fulfilling seeing the faction develop over the past 2 years or so and slowly come into their own, it made her happy to see people realize the power which had been right inside them. “I mean it is pretty fun to be able to control it, it makes you feel like you get to take back a bit of the control in your life” it also made a hunter’s life significantly harder because Celestials could pack a punch when they were able to fight back and she honestly believed the first step to protecting their kind was to give them the knowledge they needed to do so “I get it, when I first fell things were very confusing and difficult for a while, hell adapting to this modern world has been pretty hard for me too” she nodded slightly “Take it slowly, there’s no rush to understand everything” she nodded slightly, Ophelia was a very patient person especially when it came to teaching.
“Good, take your time, I’ve got nowhere to be so we can practice as long as you need” when she was first learning she had to teach herself and that definitely wasn’t easy because pushing out your energy took this sort of leap from inside you to let it go which wasn’t an easy feeling to overcome natively. She watched carefully as the light around her flickered and then she saw the way it spread very slightly outside of her, it was radiating bright enough to be along that edge where you had to take that internal leap “That’s it, now keep that memory in mind but I want you to take a long relaxed breath, don’t feel worried about what will happen, let yourself give in to it and you’ll see the light expand” she nodded slightly.