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Maya Fay

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PostSubject: Re: New Beginnings   Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:08 pm

''You're doing it wrong. Focus more'', her father said with a patient tone. Nodding, she stared at the small cup of water she was holding. The day's exercise, ever since the break of dawn this morning. The goal was to split the water in two with wind; so far she'd only managed to make the surface ripple. It should've have been easy considered the quantity of liquid, but great focus was required, something she just didn't have yet, especially when her head was filled with so many other things. This time again, she only made the water swirl around a little, a few drops falling over the edge.

Her teacher sighed with a slight smile. ''You're in the clouds again, Maya.'' ''Sorry'', she tried, scratching her neck innocently. ''Can we do this a little later?''He nodded. He'd long since noticed there was something on her mind. While he wanted to question her about it, he decided to simply let it go for now. He watched her set down the cup and was reminded of something. They were almost out of water and had to refill their supply. His daughter kindly offered to do so herself, and left the house with a large gourd strapped to her back. It was the only way she could carry it once it would be filled with water.

Once outside, she was hit by the particularly strong wind blowing that day. Ventus was definitely not the place to wear skirts. Cursing her hair – that was currently blinding her – she brushed it aside and went on her way towards the river near her home. Once you're better at mastering it, wind won't be a hindrance to you anymore, Gabriel's words played in her mind. She pouted childishly. It wasn't like she didn't want to improve. Her parents were always going on and on about how much potential she had, well, it was still hard learning how to use her element.

Reaching the river, she removed the gourd from her back and set it down. She knelt on the ground and brought the gourd onto the water. Once it was filled, she hoisted it up, edging backwards and--She let go of the gourd with a yelp as she was bumped into and slightly pushed forward. After gathering her bearings, she turned around and looked up. A young man with long blonde hair was looking at her, worried expression painted on his face."Oh my gosh, I am so sorry. Do you need some help?" She blinked a few times. It was someone she hadn't met before.

''It's fine'', she assured him, sincere. She stood up and examined him a little. She was about to say something when a thought struck her. Spinning around, her eyes widened as she saw the gourd she'd dropped now in the river, being driven away by the current. ''No, no, no, I don't think so!'' Mustering up all the energy she could at the tip of her fingers – pointed towards the gourd – she made the wind shift and push in her way. Kneeling down, she grabbed the gourd and lifted it out of the water again. She let out a sigh of relief.

''That was close!'' She turned to face the young man again. Tilting her head to the side and crossing her arms, she observed him. Then, breaking into a smile, she asked: ''Help me carry this back? I'll share with you.'' It wasn't really about not having the carry the gourd. It was more that she wanted to speak with him longer; he was clearly a foreigner and thus he intrigued her. Since he'd offered to help, anyway...
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PostSubject: Re: New Beginnings   Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:12 pm

She kept her eyes riveted on him as he crouched down and filled up his waterskin. ''That's right...'', she answered to his question and trailed off. She lowered her eyes to the flower she was holding and felt her cheeks become warmer. It wasn't often she was shown this kind of gesture. There weren't that many boys her age around, for one and well, a chivalrous Ventusian was hard to find. She only knew one; and it was her father. Shaking her head, she managed to snap out of her daze and grinned. ''A bad one, but still a wind-user, yes.''

She giggled as half the water he'd gathered splattered around, narrowly avoiding getting splashed herself. The jungle? So, he's from Sera, huh? At least her father's geography lessons hadn't been completely useless since she was able of figuring that out. He extended his hands out to her and she handed him the gourd, lifting it up with visible effort. Even for a girl she was pretty weak, despite being fairly active in her daily life. It bothered her, but she thought she'd one day compensate with amazing and unmatched wind skills later on. If she could start by surpassing her mother, anyway.

She started walking back towards her house with the stranger following her. Oh, right, he'd introduced himself to her earlier, thus didn't qualify as a stranger anymore. Yet again, she was being forgetful. ''I'm Maya. It's nice to meet you, Michalis.'' She smiled up brightly at him. She pondered a bit over his words. ''You said you needed a place to stay, right? I could take you to an inn. My house is actually far from the main plaza, so it might be hard to find. Unless...'' She beamed as she finished her sentence. ''You could stay at my place.''

Taking in someone she'd just met? No big deal. She didn't see anything wrong in that, nor understand the possible danger it could entail. Her parents would surely lecture her if they were listening, at the moment. They won't mind...I think. Mom and Dad are always telling me I should help people in need. They drew near her house while she was still deep in thought. She noticed her mother waiting at the door, looking a bit flustered. Upon seeing her daughter appear at the end of the slope, Ana ran to her and fawned all over her.

''You were taking long, so I was worried!'' While she continued ranting, Maya sighed and smiled softly. She'd been gone for ten minutes at most and her mother had already managed to be this worried. Ana had the same hair as her and almond-shaped, clear blue eyes. She was striking, and had a soft voice to match. Although they strongly resembled each other, Maya felt – without envy – that she couldn't compete with her mother in looks. The older woman finally noticed the lone figure accompanying her daughter and froze for half a second, before asking: ''Who might this be, Maya?''

''Oh, this is Michalis. He helped me carry the water over.'' Ana peered at the young man, smiling after a moment. ''Thank you for helping my daughter, she said. Would you like to come in?'' Maya beamed inwardly. She didn't even have to ask. She could probably convince her parents to let him stay if things kept up like this. She turned towards Michalis. ''What'll it be? I can take you to the inn now, if you prefer.''
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PostSubject: Re: New Beginnings   Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:13 pm

"Well, you can still control the wind, right? Then doesn't it not matter how good you are at it? I mean, if you can do it, who cares how good it is, you still did it." Maya thought about it. He did have a point, and it was kind of him to encourage her, but her reason for wanting to improve was not self-satisfaction. Not entirely. She smiled softly, as if she was saying the following words to herself. ''Yes, but...The stronger I become, the more I can protect the ones I love. That's what I hope my power will be able to do in the long run.'' As she was right now, she couldn't even protect herself. She was still at the stage where she had to rely on someone else.

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Maya watched curiously as Michalis circled her house and came back with his things. Her eyes were instantly drawn to the wooden bow he was carrying. It was her first time seeing one from up close. It looked well-crafted. Ana then led her daughter and guest to the kitchen, more precisely to the dinner table. Obviously, the host took out a bunch of vegetables with a homemade dip, as every homemaker would be expected to do. Maya politely invited her guest to take a seat, after indicating a spot where he could set down the gourd.

''So you're a traveller? What brings you here?'' Maya saw her mother shooting her a glare for being nosey. The younger Fay smiled apologetically. In her defence, she wasn't being nosey, she was just taking interest in the foreigner. Maybe he had a few stories to share and if she listened to him she could learn a bit more about life in other kingdoms, or just Sera, which would be fine too. She just wanted to add to what small perspective she had of Carista. This was a once in a lifetime chance: when else was a foreigner going to literally bump into her in her hometown?

''Forgive her, Ana spoke up. She doesn't mean to pry, my daughter's simply too curious for her own good. And she has this eagerness to learn so she can help people all over the world...Isn't that right, Maya?'' Oh mom, what would I do without you? You have this eagerness to be my narrator, Maya thought without any real harsh feelings. However, perhaps her mother's ranting would come in handy. Michalis seemed like the quiet type; maybe if he knew her intentions he'd feel more comfortable talking to her? ''Yes, what she said'', she finished with a smile.

After that, Ana left, thinking it would be best if she left the two of them alone. She didn't feel any bad intent coming from the young Seran, and so didn't fear leaving her daughter with him. She also didn't want to crowd the boy, who would possibly be reluctant to open up should there be more people around. If this was the opportunity for Maya to finally fulfill her dream of broadening her horizons, she wouldn't dare try to get in her way. She sought out her husband to share with him what had just happened and what it could later entail.
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PostSubject: Re: New Beginnings   Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:15 pm

Maya listened to him until the end, a bit overwhelmed: he seemed really caught up in his words, like he was speaking to himself more than to her. She payed close attention to his words since it was the first time she was hearing about humanitarian crews being disassembled in Sera, which wasn't even that far from her. She'd never really considered it seriously, or discussed it with her parents, but now that she thought about it, joining one of those would definitely have made it to her to-do list. Did she have to give up on the dream right after coming up with it?

She continued listening to him, finding she could relate to him more and more. He was also unsure as to what to do with his life at the moment. She wanted to help, but it was such a vague idea. She needed something specific, a plan of some sort. She knew she had a meaning in life, she just didn't know how to go about it. His feeling was similar, but the difference was that he had had a plan and it crumbled before he could do anything about it. Now, he was lost. She automatically felt like, and it was uncontrollable and inexplicable, she had to stop his resolve from wavering.

''Don't get discouraged! If something doesn't exist, make it yourself!'' Wait, what? What did I just say?She was creative and eager, but she'd never gotten any bold ideas like that so suddenly before. Moreover, who was she to tell him what to do? What did she know? However, the words continued spilling out of her mouth, without second thoughts. ''If all the crews were disbanded, make your own! I'll help you. I might not look like much, but I can cook and apply first aid...and my parents are always letting wounded or lost strangers in so I'm used to helping out! My wind control could come in handy, too!''

She thought she'd gone crazy, but bit by bit her own words started making sense to her. In a ''yeah, why not!'' kind of way. There was this person in front of her with the same dream as her, she just had to grab the opportunity. That was what life was all about. Random, impulsive decisions; people taking hold blindly of their dreams. She looked at Michalis with determination in her eyes. He'll probably think I'm crazy..., she thought in the back of her mind. But, this was no time for doubts.


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PostSubject: Re: New Beginnings   Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:18 am

Then, it started. Maya's lips curled in a pout as she stared at her guest. Within a second, he'd gotten caught up in her words, actually getting into her idea and losing confidence the moment after. Well, ok, so she'd spoken on a whim and his reaction was the normal one; it didn't matter! Point was he'd harboured hope for awhile and let go of it, crushed by 'realism'. Yes, he was being too realistic. But, if every human in the world was a realist, there would never be any changes. Where would they be, then?

''We can just gather more people!''she cried, bringing her hands together. There must be other people like us who want to help out. If we show them our intentions, they'd follow us! Then, we could prove ourselves so others would want our help. Being kids doesn't change anything; adults and kids alike will believe what they see!''

Money. That was a real problem though. A real wall, right there, blocking the way. Her family wasn't rich and travel was expensive. Before long, she started brooding too against her better nature, sitting down as well. She refused to give up. If they were simply smart about it, they could minimize their expenses and make it work. Local travel didn't cost much...She knew a lot of families personally; maybe they could support them with small donations...She was the darling of the hill, after all. It wasn't extortion, she convinced herself. She wouldn't ask for much and one day she'd be paying back the whole world.

''What if...What if we started out here, in Ventus, and just recruited other members here? We could start making a name for ourselves and then, perhaps, people would start supporting us. We could get funded by donations, at first, before getting backed up by bigger sponsors. I could already ask a few of the families I know in the village and the ones around it!''

I guess we could fish in our own savings, too? If this is my calling, Mother and Father won't mind. They'll encourage me to do this. Yup, the only problem left is this guy. ''What do you say? You've got nothing to lose anyway, right?''
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