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Joshua pondered as he fiddled with the strange DLC in his hand. It was not at all what he had expected when he decided to improve his class for his new year’s resolution. The trinket was just a black box with a question mark on it. Its strange square gears just wouldn’t budge no matter which way he turned them. What made it even worse was the fact that the majority of DLC’s from the others had activated immediately, leaving him one of the only ones still waiting. There had been some neat ones already like time mage class upgrades, high end clockwork swords shaped like clock arms and rare spells like ‘Stop’.
When he had asked about his DLC, all that High Priestess Bridget had said was that patience is a virtue. It will happen when the time is right. Figures, of course. This waiting reminded him of his second issue… where the hell were Alex and Zach? It had been at least an hour now since the new year had started and those two bums ran off to the toilets like their lives depended on it. The fact that everybody around him was celebrating and partying made the knight’s waiting all the more frustrating. He should be celebrating right now, but all he’s doing is waiting for his friends. Were they even still coming?
“Screw it,” he finally said to himself, “they can find me instead.” It was time to just enjoy the party and take his mind off of the black box he had gotten. After all, tonight was a night to celebrate. Looking over at the nearby map, he debated his options. It didn’t take long before he decided to go to the games section. It wasn’t like the information desk could really help him find the others and while he was a little hungry, eating alone was never fun.
Upon arrival at the game area, he paused for a moment. It was a lot larger than he thought it would be. The game area itself was divided into several different sections. There was the standard share of gambling types. Mainly with card and dice games going full bore. Looking over to the right, Joshua could see the kinds of games one would normally expect at a festival. There were various challenges there such as shooting, though the class restrictions meant that they were really just for kids or off-class attempts. None of the sections were as crowdy however as the Crysvision area. Dozens of fancy crystal balls were toyed around with by lots of party-goers. The knight assumed that they were playing those fancy mageo verse games he had heard so much about. Contemplating his options, he soon decided to head off to the gambling area. That was when he felt something call for him. The nagging feeling that overcame him made him look around. He couldn’t quite figure out where it was coming from until he felt a strange yet heavy drip of rain on his armoured arm. No, wait, the liquid was brightly colored and the droplet that stayed behind swirled strangely with digital symbols inside. Looking up, Josh finally noticed where that nagging feeling was coming from. There, high above the crowd was High Priestess Akita looking directly at him. She was standing on an elevated platform, overseeing the game area. Josh looked around himself for just another moment to make sure it really was him she was looking at. That’s when the digital time elemental made a wordless gesture. Josh simply knew then that it was for him. As if acknowledging this, digital symbols appeared before him and materialised into a set of white, lit up stairs. Nodding in understanding, he ascended the steps unto the Priestess’ platform.
Once upstairs, the area looked rather plain. All there was was a black metal table in the center. The only defining feature of this place was the fact that it was almost 100 feet above the game area. The other thing of note here was the fact that the Priestess wasn’t really standing or sitting here. Rather, she was floating somehow as she overlooked the people down below. How she was able to do that, Josh couldn’t quite tell. He figured it was just some trait of time elementals or something. Speaking of which, Josh couldn’t help but oggle at her body. The skin-tight latex suit, the mask covering her eyes, the clocks featured prominently all over her person. Much like the clockwork elemental Bridget before, the digital elemental Akita was quite a sight to behold.
“So, you’re the one,” Akita spoke, amusement apparent in her voice. The words came out digitised yet so smoothly as if they were sung.
“The one?” Josh asked nervously and confused. Why had she beckoned him? Was he in trouble? Were Zach and Alex in trouble?
“The one whose DLC is still locked, of course!” Akita laughed before smiling knowingly. She seemingly swiveled in the air a bit, her position changing as if she was sitting on something, but Josh couldn’t see anything there.
“Oh yeah, that!” the knight finally said, nodding. “Well, the other Priestess said that I just had to wait for the right time.”
“Bridget dear does like to let things work themselves out... eventually,” the time priestess chuckled, “though that can take a dreadfully long time.” She sighed then, as if remembering something.
“How long?” Josh gulped as a tingle went down his spine.
“Oh, you know,” Akita replied, “It could be a few minutes, hours, days, maybe even years. Some of these DLC’s are pretty stubborn.”
“YEARS!?” Josh shouted in both disbelief and annoyance. “But the other people got theirs immediately!” What was the point of getting a high end DLC if he couldn’t even use it?
“Relax,” the time elemental said playfully, “I can speed that up for ya. No biggie. Why do you think I called you here?” She leaned back then as the table began to glow. From it emerged a large and rather fancy Crysvision set as well as a set of controllers for it. “I have a brand new game that should expedite things and I was looking for a beta tester...”
“Uh… I’m really not good at these sort of games,” Josh hesitated. “I have these two friends though that love this sort of thing. I’m sure they would love to try it out for you.” Josh said modestly, scratching his head and wondering where Zach and Alex were again. He still had yet to catch any sign of them.
“Oh I’m sure they would,” Akita giggled again, “but you’re the one with the locked up DLC, aren’t you? Of course, we don’t have to unlock it if you don’t want to...”
“No no no!” Josh protested. “I wanna unlock it! And… well I’d rather do it now before they get here. Knowing those bums, they’ll have theirs done already.”
“That’s what I thought,” Akita said, a rather broad smile appearing on her face. It occurred to Josh then that she was doing this for him.
“Thank you,” he said a bit awkwardly but all he got back in return was a nod and a shrug. “So uh… how does this work?” His only knowledge of how these games worked came from watching Alex and Zach play them.
“Well, normally I’d say ‘take a seat’ but this has my newest AR system. Just let the Crysvision handle all the work, Gigabyte,” She said with a wink. Gigabyte? Was that meant as some kind of strange nickname? He didn’t have time to think about it too much as the device expanded. Before long, bright light enveloped him completely. When it faded again, the knight blinked as he found himself in an empty, grid-covered chamber.
“Uh, hello?” Josh said confused. The room looked nothing like any game he’d ever seen before. He seemed alone, completely gone from the new year’s party he’d been at earlier.
“This is a testing mode,” came the sudden voice of the time Priestess. It seemed to be coming from everywhere around him and it echoed off of every wall. “I just need to verify that all of the controls are working and that the class integration is set up.” Josh could hear some beeps accompanying Akita’s voice, probably from buttons she was pressing. “Now then, Gigabyte, let’s try out some moves! Though if you don’t mind, I do have some questions while we work.”
“Right… okay,” the knight simply said in return. Yet again, she had called him Gigabyte. It seemed to be quite a strange nickname. Then again, lady Akita wasn’t exactly normal herself. He didn’t really know what to make of any of this, but at least the time elemental was guiding him through it.
“Get ready,” Akita said. “Left punch!” As if on instinct, Josh performed the action as if he’d always done so. Being a knight, he was used to fighting with weapons, but now he just had to use his fists. “So… whom do you like better then, Zexa or Xeza?”
“Neither, both of them are my best friends and lo-err teammates,” Josh replied in a rather confused voice. Zexa? Xexa? Those names didn’t ring any bells with him. He sure doesn’t know anyone called that. Strangely though, he found himself thinking of Zach and Alex, and they were indeed his best friends and teammates.
“Right punch!” Akita said excitedly and Josh complied, lashing out a sharp hook “Is that so? So earnest... I like that! What about bodily preferences then. What do you think they like more?”
“Hmm…” the knight pondered to himself. “Well, Xeza is definitely an ass lover and I think Zexa is very much a boobs man if that’s what you’re asking. Me? I like both.” Josh said, grinning.
“Is that so?” Akita seemed to be laughing at that. “Kick!” Sure enough, the knight let loose a fast kick to match this command. He felt like his body was moving on its own, yet he still felt in control somehow. “Well, then this class has the perfect moveset for you, Gigabyte”
“Huh? Did the DLC unlock? What class did-” Josh asked, only to be interrupted by Akita’s next command.
“Let’s do something more interesting. 236 punch!” she shouted. Josh gasped as he felt a sudden surge of energy coursing through his body. A surge one would usually associate with power skills. Though the command seemed alien to his mind, he still somehow knew what he had to do. Bending his knees, he could feel the power gathering in his stomach before spread throughout his body like butterflies. Instinctively he turned, his waist pivoting as the energy seemed to be condensing into his behind? The energy condensed into each cheek as his ass expanded. He then lunged forwards, ass first like a ball of energy. When he impacted into what felt like a wall, he could feel his soft, tightly clad, soft bottom jiggle quite a bit. The vibrations spread upwards like rippling water. It waved back and forth in pleasure before the energy finally faded again. Xeza always did prefer to see every curve of Josh’s waist. It’s the reason she always got her those tight latex suits. Though Zexa preferred something more open on her side. The knight grasped her large, shaking booty as she stood up slowly, the adrenaline subsiding now too. Something felt off, but what? This was Akita’s game, yes, but that was one of her regular skills, wasn’t it?
“Oh, that came out rather well, didn’t it?” the Priestess’ voice rang out. “Any issues?”
“No… it just took me by surprise,” Josh replied shakily as she internally weighed her doubts. What was wrong? She did her workout routines daily. After all, how else would she maintain her shape so perfectly? Her bubble butt, the moon so loved by Xeza, was like this all the time, right? Was it her waist maybe? Maybe she needs to diet so that she could charge just a little bit faster? The nagging feeling on her mind stayed with her for a while until Akita’s next command.
“Well then, on to the next one,” Akita sang happily. “Let’s go with 2623 Punch!” The by now familiar surge of energy gathered into Josh’s body once more. Bending her knees, she accepted it eagerly in anticipation of the next move. Another move involving her behind, she immediately thought but this time, the energy spread upwards into her arms instead. She knew what she had to do. Bracing herself, she used her right, silver gloved hand to make a scratching motion forwards. As she did so, a silver bracer attached itself onto the back of her wrist with a clock’s minute arm pointing outwards. Perfect for slashing. Of course, that was just the beginning of the combination. Her next move was to slap forwards with her left, golden gloved hand. As she did so, a golden shield with a clock’s hour arm pointing inwards latched itself into the palm of her hand so that her slap would be blunt and hard. Of course, her hands and fingers were protected because it wouldn’t do to damage her dainty hands. All according to how the twins had taught her. She continued to strike. Up, down, left, right, 1, 2, 1, 2. Her hands were blazing with the fury of her blows as her moves were timed perfectly. Memories entered her mind then of the first day that she had met Xeza Zexa. It had been years now since that day, when they had placed her hands on their chests. She could feel the beating of time in their hearts, synchronized perfectly in both twins. It was a sensation that remained with her even to this very day. Even to this very moment as she finished her combo with the thunderous claps of both her hands slapping down hard.
“Impressive,” came Akita’s intrigued voice. “They’ve trained you well.”
“Well, I never could say no to them, or should I say ‘her’. They like calling themselves one after all,” Josh said, panting. That move took quite a lot out of the fighter. “They had me work on these moves daily for months before I mastered that combo.” As she stood up, the clock arms detached themselves from her hands again. They floated around her again, just like they had always done of course.
“Heh, hard to figure out sometimes with that sundial, isn’t it?” Akita’s voice rang out once more. “We’re about half-way done now. So tell me… what about this next move. Did it take a long time to master as well? Charge 4 6 Kick!” Once again, Josh felt herself tense up again as another surge of energy simmered through her body before gushing out down her legs. She knew what was to be done. The various commands shouted by Akita were all familiar to the brawler. As such, she charged forwards, her steps timed perfectly to the ticks of time. 1, 2, 1, 2, tick, clack, tick, clack… whoops! There was one slight misstep in her charge, causing her to stumble forwards. The heels she was wearing weren’t helping. Especially since she wore two different shoes for each twin. A silver heel with the shape of a moon on it on her right foot, so loved by Xeza, ticking on the ground with each step. A golden heel with the shape of a sun on it, so loved by Zexa, clacking on the ground loudly. The twins had made her wear them because they said it made the brawler’s legs sexier. She had agreed, but it did make fighting a lot harder. Her timing thrown off, she still felt the pulse of energy beckoning for her to finish the move. She managed to catch herself and carried on charging once more. At the end of her charge, she pivoted her right leg, swinging it forwards like a clock’s pendulum. Her fiery kick arched perfectly, but her stumble from earlier caused her to fall down afterwards, landing on the floor in a split. She yelped but she felt no pain for she was used to this. The brawler was quite nimble after all.
“Whew, are you okay, Gigabyte?” Akita’s voice asked. “That looked painful…”
“I… I’m fine, I’m fine,” the brawler said, blushing from her mess up. She quickly got up from her split and stood up as soon as possible again. “I still have to get used to that one.” Another memory entered her mind. The day that Xeza Zexa introduced her to her sisters. The eldest sister, the clockwork time elemental Bridget. She was most interested in the brawler’s perfectly timed moves, for it reminded her of her own dance. The second sister, the digital time elemental Akita. It only took about a week before she started referring to her as Gigabyte. A nickname she only shared with those close to her. The third sister, the hourglass time elemental Lavini. She seemed so fragile at first, but that was a mere illusion as the brawler soon discovered afterwards. Of course, the youngest sisters, the sundial time elemental Zexa Xeza or Xeza Zexa, depending on the time of day. The sisters that were one even as they were two. The twins liked referring to themselves as one entity to others, but she knew better than that. She prided herself in the fact that she knew them better than anyone.
“Okay, no worries. So long as you’re good,” Akita chuckled. “That was one big slip up! Take a short break here and when you’re ready I just want you to [Taunt].”
“Will do,” Julia said as she straightened out her hair. She kept them tied which did help, even if the right half had a different length from her left half. All according to each twin’s preference. Some would say that keeping up these difference was hard, but it was almost like a second nature to her now. The twins had helped her out a lot there. She placed her finger in the middle of her pouty lips, thinking about a taunting pose. Of course, it was very important to never accentuate one side over the other. She had to remain in perfect balance. Zexa and Xeza, night and day, balance was important between the two. Zexa always loved a flirting position that shows off her generous bust. Xeza was a big fan of a sassy pose that shows off her round hips and behind. Thus that is what she did. A taunt was a play skill, unique to everyone who carried them out. The brawler thus cupped her lips and blew a kiss out in two directions, as if the twins were standing in front of her. She placed her right hand on her hip while placing her left hand over her chest to finish off the taunt. She was met then by a whistle from Akita.
“Whew, I bet they love that one at night!” she said, bursting out into laughter.
“That is between them and me!” Julia stammered and she felt like her face was going to turn into a tomato now.
“I won’t ask more,” Akita teased. “Now then, time for a hard one. Are you up for it?”
“Of course, honored sister,” Julia said, smiling. “I did say I would beta test for you because… uh… why was I...” She stopped then, puzzled for a moment. Why had she agreed to this again? There was a reason besides it just being a nice gesture, right?
“...because your Period Paladin class DLC just needed some tweaks,” Akita filled in.
“Ah yes, of course,” Julia said, remembering now the honor that she had received just earlier tonight. Her hard work and her love for the twins had granted her this special Divine Level Creation. The holy trinket, granted to a mortal, had not been seen since the death of the Goddess Alinavious over 1000 years ago.
“Well then, here goes. Full circle PK!” Akita shouted excitedly. Time seemingly stopped as Julia could feel the energy gathering directly into her heart. Each heartbeat pulsed the power outwards to the rest of her body, filling her with adrenaline. Each heartbeat pulsed with the energy of time itself. That day when she first met the twins, when she had first felt their beating of time. It was on that day that she had gotten into contact with the greatest power of all. Time coursed through her until the energy finally erupted like a volcano. Her chest felt like it strained against her clothes but that didn’t deter her. She clasped her hands together in front of her as two halves of a large circular shield clasped themselves onto her wrists. The Aeon shield, shaped like a clock-face when combined, was half gold, half silver and could withstand almost any attack. The energy inside beckoned for her to move forwards. Slowly at first, one step at a time, but within moments, she was out in a full on charge. She was a furious, unrelenting force. A juggernaut of time safely wrapped within her grand shield’s care. She started shouting out as she charged. 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, her charge seemingly unstoppable with every new pace until finally, she finished her charge where her shield’s energy pushed out forwards. The condensed power of time beaming forwards even as she herself had already halted. She panted as the shield split in half again before detaching, returning to floating around her again, much like the clock arms had before.
“I gotta admit, that one was special,” Akita said, her voice a bit quieter now as she was obviously in awe. “I’m very impressed, Gigabyte. I’m really happy that Xeza Zexa has found you as a big sister. Keep them save, keep them close and never let harm befall them.”
“I... yes, of course” Julia said as she rested against the shield floating behind her, panting. A sense of satisfaction came over her. She was proud of her abilities. Proud of her strength. Proud to call herself a paragon of time. Proud to be with Zexa and Xeza, and that her sisters had accepted her so well into their folds.
“Excellent,” Akita said. “So, there’s one final move I want you to… darn, they found us!” the digital priestess’ voice suddenly cut out then.
“What do you mean? What’s going on?” Julia asked as the grid suddenly started shining. She was engulfed by a pure white light again, just as she had at before the test. When it faded, the paladin found she was back on the platform, high above the gaming area at the party. This time though, she was in the tight grip of her lovers.
“I am...” Zexa started “...not amused.” Xeza finished.
“She is...” Zexa started “...mine.” Xeza finished again. Of course, when she said ‘mine’, Xeza was talking about both of them. She had grown used to their interesting way of speaking after all.
“XZ, heey. Don’t worry,” Akita said, giggling, “I just sped things up a bit with her DLC. I left the good parts for you.” The twins glared at her before huffing in unison.
“Xeza Zexa, I have a cool new skill for my class I wanna show you! Your sister was just about to... eh!?” Julia tried saying excitedly but she was startled by the twins’ dragging her off the stairs by her arms. “Wait, did I do something wrong? Oh come on! I didn’t mean to!” she protested.
“Kids,” Akita smirked as she watched them leave into the distance. The way they acted was silly, since they had all the time in the world now for anything they wanted to do.
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“Remind me again why we’re here?” a young, brown-haired man asked his friend. They were out in the cold on a blustery night and they were getting forcibly mushed against the rest of the crowd once again.
“Zach, dude, you saw the ad. I mean, why wouldn’t we be here? They’re giving out free, high end DLC’s for the first hundred people to enter the temple and pray their New Year's resolutions here. FREEEE DLC’S!!!” Joshua responded with his usual extrovert flair. The rest of the crowd seemingly agreed judging by the loud shouts and hollers erupting around them. Zach’s friend wore a rather festive bulky red armor. While it wasn’t the most outlandish thing around, it definitely still made him stand out. It sure did compared to Zach’s own more casual and generic appearance consisting of brown leathers on cloth. They had indeed been standing here for DLC’s, or Divine Level Creations, but was this really worth it? Getting favours from the gods won’t help much if you’re frozen or something...
“Also, this is, like, one of the most exciting places in the city. It is the first time in over a thousand years that the Centennial Clock will gong for the new years countdown!” Joshua shouted, raising his voice over the increasingly loud chatter of the other people around.
“Yes but we’ve been here since yesterday and it’s freaking cold!” Zach shouted back. His gut rumbled once again in horrible pain. After all, holding it in after 10 plus hours tends to hurt.
“Seriously, if my bladder explodes I’m blaming you!” Joshua’s other friend Alex said. The chill in his tone was audible and Zach could only agree with him. Zach had only met this guy once before and his appearance really hadn’t changed much from last time. He still had his messy, mopey brown hair, semi-unshaven stubble and brown, cloaked leather outfit. Almost everything about this guy screamed lazy. Even so, him and Zach got along pretty well. After all, they were both introverts, dragged out by their extroverted friend.
“Oh, stop being such downers. Both of you. It’s almost time so just pee inside! Anyways, last minute!! WOOOOO!!!!!!!!” Joshua shouted, bopping the two in the head as the roar of the crowds only god louder and louder. The sheer volume and energy of this crescendo made Zach feel like his body was vibrating. Magical confetti started filling the night sky as he watched the massive, building sized clock count down. At the final ten seconds, the people all started shouting in unison.
The teeming masses in the streets roared chaotically yet harmoniously as the massive Centennial Clock started gonging twelve times. All around them, fireworks were being lit up and magic was being tossed around freely to celebrate this moment. The streets of New Stepolis filled up with excited party-goers. It wasn’t long before the doors and gates of various institutions opened up, each for their own festivities. None of them mattered as much as the one that they had been waiting for though, which didn’t open until the clock had finished its gongs.
“Let's GOGOGO,” Joshua yelled and he grabbed the arms of his two friends with his iron grip. It was the only thing keeping Zach and Alex along as their friend pushed and shoveled their way into the Clockwork Church.
“I’m never letting you convince me to do this again,” Zach whined as his body felt like a rag doll being dragged along like this. He was sure he’d be crushed between the other adventurers forcing their way in. He had to brace himself and clench his bowels as his body protested to these motions firmly. Finally, within moments of the gates opening, a barrier erected behind the three men, cutting off the line.
“Congratulations! You are the first 100 people to be visiting the church in this new year!” came a metallic, feminine voice over the crowd. It was being amplified somehow but they weren’t quite sure how. Looking over, Zach could see the source of this voice; the well-known priestess, dancer and keeper of time, lady Bridget. There was some kind of device hanging in front of her mouth which must be what amplified her voice. It looked like something lady Akita, one of the other keepers, would use. Bridget was a clockwork woman and always wore a ballerina outfit. Zach sometimes wondered if this outfit was a bit too skimpy… not that he was complaining or anything. The priestess herself didn’t seem to mind it either. Still, even though he was in, the brown-haired young man had to fight to catch his breath as his bladder and bowels rumbled. Meanwhile, shouts of anger and annoyance erupted behind them.
“AWWW!!” “GOD DAMN IT!!!“!#%&$%” and various other curse words were shouted to display their dismay. Looking back, the three friends could see the same disgruntled look most adventurers had on their faces when missing out on limited edition stuff.
“Everyone else, please use the other gate for the general festivities!” Bridget waved to the crowd as one of the nuns closed the gate behind them and began to redirect the mob of people, using force occasionally.
“WOOT! See, the wait was worth it! I knew we could get in!” Joshua said and he looked around at the other people that made it in. “Can’t say I’m surprised but still, all guys… what a bummer.”
“Eh… Why would it be any different than normal? All the women get invited to private parties and events. Why would any of them bother with lines, even for an expensive DLC?” Zach said, glancing around himself. Judging by their grumbles, it seemed that the other adventurers were slightly miffed about the same thing as well.
“Besides, Bridget is much hotter than any of them,” Alex stated with his semi-fanboy enthusiasm.
“Really? I lean more towards that newer one. Lady Lavini was it? Her outfit is straight up smoking,” Joshua stated frankly.
“I’ll have you know- oh wait quiet down. She’s going to speak again,” Alex interrupted himself, paying rapt attention to Bridgets face… or maybe just her boobs. Who could really tell?
“Attention everyone. I know you’re excited for the festivities as much as everyone else so step on up and grab your resolution tickets. When you're ready, walk up to the Altar of Time, the big clock in the middle of the chamber, make your resolution prayer and insert the ticket into the altar. You’ll be granted your DLC after that. Once done, feel free to join the rest of the public for the general festivities,” Bridget explained. She eyed the group as she pulled out a stack of tickets. As she started handing them out, Zach had something else on his mind which he deemed far more important right at that moment.
“Uhm, where’s the bathroom?” he asked. The other men present laughed at that and even the clockwork priestess couldn’t help but chuckle.
“Down on your left,” she said with a smirk on her face.
“Thank you,” Zach said. Alex then gave him a nod of agreement and the two took off running as soon as possible.
“I’ll be outside so don’t take too long!” they heard Joshua shout in jest. Glancing back, both men could see that he had no intention of waiting as he was already lining up for the altar. Zach kinda wanted to shout something but his bowels’ needs were too great. The two friends rushed their way to the restroom. When they reached it, they slammed the door behind them and stayed inside for at least 10 minutes.
When they were finally done, Zach took the opportunity to look around himself. The bathroom was actually much fancier and cleaner than the average ones. The polished gears and what was likely a purification spell gave it all a very shiny appearance. That spell was a good thing too, considering what he had just left behind. Opening the door to the stall he saw Alex still there, drying his hands at the wind arcana. At least HE had waited for him.
“Jeez, and here I thought just holding in a piss was bad. That sounded like you blew something up!” Alex jested.
“Oh yeah,” Zach said, nodding in embarrassment before moving over to the water fountain. The cascading water started to pleasantly cleanse his hands. “Thanks for waiting on me though. Seriously, not sure what everyone else's bladders are made of. They’ve been waiting just as long, if not longer.” When he was done, he went over to the wind arcana himself to dry up again.
“Yeah, I think it might be a class thing,” Alex responded off handedly. “Warriors tend to be pretty good on weird stuff like that. You know, to deal with adrenaline rushes and all that. I swear my Josh has a steel bladder skill or something. Didn’t he start camping outside of the temple like 3 days ago?”
“Never really thought about it but considering how much he usually drinks, it does makes sense.” Zach nodded as they started walking back down the hallway. “Maybe they teach it to warriors as a passive skill or something.”
“That would explain why most dwarfs are warriors,” Alex responded and causing both men to chuckle. “Anyway, I didn’t get to ask before. What’s your resolution, Zach?”
“Honestly... not really sure,” Zach said. Though he had been dragged along for this, he hadn’t really thought too hard about his resolution in all that time. “Josh undoubtedly went for something like ‘get girlfriend’ or ‘get rich’ like most other guys, I’m guessing. To me though… that seems so vapid. ” Doubt crept into his mind. What was it that he wanted for himself? Sure, the usual resolutions came to mind. ‘Get girlfriend’, ‘get rich’ and ‘exercise more’ had all crossed his mind but did he really wanna go for any of those? Alex laughed.
“Hah, yeah he’s almost definitely going for the waifu DLC but he does sometimes surprise people with something else,” he said. “Personally, I think I’m going with something a bit different. I want to become more worldly this year. Girlfriends are nice and all that but learning is something you can do and control while the latter is usually just hoping destiny is being nice.” The serious tone in his voice surprised Zach. He didn’t really expect this one coming from Alex. Zach didn’t really know how to respond to that one and all he really said was a contemplative ‘hmmm’. Alex’s resolution was vague and simple yet powerful and effective when conveying what one could achieve.
The walk back was longer than either of them remembered. Possibly because they had been in such a rush earlier. Still, their banter kept Zach’s mind busy as they finally returned to the main chamber. It had mostly been emptied out by this point with only the priestess Bridget still being present there. The small machine in front of her mouth was gone now. She was reading a device of sorts while standing next to the Altar of Time. It also seemed like she was a little bit bored. It made the two men feel bad about leaving her waiting for so long. When she spotted them, she smiled again.
“Ah, there you two are. You are the last ones but don’t worry. Now, there’s no rush so please take your time. Think hard about it and make a good resolution,” she said reassuringly while handing them their tickets before returning to her reading. Looking at the ticket, Zach paused. He walked up to the altar. It was a large, golden clock but it strangely did not tell the current time, rather it was stuck at 2:50. It had a small slot for his ticket and a compartment at the bottom where the DLC would probably appear. He nodded as he was certain about it now. There was no point in stalling.
“My resolution is… to become more worldly,” he said, more to himself than to the altar as he inserted the ticket into the giant clockwork mechanism. He was copying Alex now but he had to say, it was honestly a pretty good one. It was something he could strive for as well himself. The clock’s frame shook as it came to life. The hands started spinning rapidly until both hands landed on 12. It dawned on Zach then that this was more like some kind of slot machine. Sure enough, his DLC appeared in the compartment below. He grabbed the trinket and its name flashed into his eyes. ‘Sol dial’, he read. Bridget, it seems, looked quite a bit more interested now as well. She grabbed Zach’s wrist and gently escorted him to the side as Alex got ready for his own resolution. Looking down at the DLC in greater detail, he had to admit it seemed rather plain. It had a golden triangle connected to half a circular gear-like base. On it was a golden sun on a silver plate of sorts. Zach couldn’t help but feel a little bit disappointed. After all of that waiting and holding it in, this was his reward? He wasn’t even sure what to do with it. As he pondered over it, Bridget led Alex over.
“Hey, yours looks the same as mine. Did you copy my resolution?” he asked. Sure enough, he was holding the same trinket in his hands. The only difference Zach could see at first glance was the fact that its triangle was made of silver instead of gold.
“Heh, yeah I went for something similar. Sorry,” he said. “Still. Surprised it gave us both the same thing. You think it’s a mass produced DLC? That we all got these?” He didn’t really bother hiding the disappointment from his voice, even though the generous priestess of Time was standing right next to them.
“Might be but I doubt it,” Alex said in much the same fashion. “I guess we can check it with the others outside but there are some obvious differences between these two. The runes on them are different. Mine says ‘Luna dial’ and yours says something else. Also, well, the color.” He held his next to Zach’s, comparing the two. It seems that his DLC showed a silver crescent moon on a golden plate.
“Any idea how we’re supposed to use them?” Zach asked. He flipped his to check for any other details. That is when he could feel a sudden sharp tug on his device as it slammed into the DLC that Alex was holding.
“What the f-?” Alex asked, surprised as well. Both men could only watch as tiny gears within the circular bases began to make clicking and ticking noises. The halves snapped into place and together they formed one large circular base.
“Uhm, Priestess Bridget? A little help, please? Our DLC’s kind of merged together or something.” Zach asked in confusion. She was the one to hand out these things so she must know how to solve this little problem, he figured.
“Hmm, I was wondering why it split into two,” Bridget said more to herself than to the two men. She gave the two a teasing smirk then as she was apparently gleeful about something she wasn’t telling. “Don’t worry. You two actually got the best DLC’s of the bunch. Just wait and you’ll see.” The device began to hum with energy as the circular base rapidly expanded. Gears rippled outwards like a spiral as it started hovering up into the air above them. The golden and silver triangles that had been sticking out of the base began to glow with an ethereal light. The points on their far sides expanded causing jagged shadows to spread out below on both sides. The two men were quite amazed by it all.
“Honestly, this is one of the cooler DLC’s I’ve seen if nothing else,” Alex said with inquisitive glee in his voice.
“Definitely!” Zach said in agreement. Maybe lady Bridget was right after all since it looked like a legendary DLC judging by all of the glowing runes. When the DLC stopped expanding, the two triangles separated from the base and floated down to Zach and Alex. Their sharp tips were pointing directly their way.
“Uh.. now wha-” Zach started to ask but before he could react, the golden triangle shot forwards and penetrated his forehead. It hit him like a freight train and everything turned into a blurry darkness. His eyes lit up as his new horn buried itself directly into his mind. He wanted to shout but he found that he could make no noise. He couldn’t control his body at all as he slumped down back to back with Alex. All of the excitement he had felt earlier now turned into fear about what was going on.
‘OWWWW,’ he thought… or heard? The words seemingly echoed back at him with a familiar voice. Was that Alex?
‘What was that?’ Zach thought as that same voice talked with its own words back to him
‘Who’s there!?’ they asked with panic in his voice.
‘Zach?’ ‘Alex?’ They both shouted, their voices overlapping. What was going on?
‘We are mentally...’ Zach thought.
‘... Connected…?,’ Alex finished. The two men were equally confused. Alex had just finished Zach’s sentence. That’s when Zach found that he could see again. His brown eyes had turned golden, much like his new golden horn. No… his eyes had turned silver much like the silver horn sticking out of his head, right? The base of the DLC above them glowed, basking him in its warmth. The intensity of the glow increased so much until the central gear actually started melting. It reformed itself into an orb until finally, it had become a miniature sun, right there in front of his face… or was it behind him? He tried to move. To shield himself from its bright light. To seek cover from its heat. Yet his body would not listen whatsoever. It was like he was trapped. Imprisoned in a cage made to fit every fiber of his body. The sun cast its warm rays over Zach, heating him up. As it did, it felt strangely familiar. This wasn’t just the warmth of a sunny day. This was a warmth that he’d feel every single day from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening. This wasn’t just the sun everyone could bask in. This was his own sun. This was Sol. Memories of Sol resurfaced then. Hidden memories that only now came back. Just then he could feel the clothes he was wearing burn away while his skin melted from the heat. He was being released from his prison. Flesh made way for silken smooth gold. His scrawny male body made way for an elegant female one. A pair of breasts rested on his chest. His arms and legs were very slender and he had an hourglass figure most women would be jealous of. Any except for his elder sister Lavini of course. No, wait, elder sister? Zach was an only child. Why would he think he had a sister? Looking down, he could see Sol being reflected in the polished gold.
‘It’s so…’ he could hear Alex think and Zach knew how to finish that sentence.
‘... amazing’ he found himself thinking. The heat had felt like pain at first but now it was just pure pleasure. He found that he could finally move his body again, released from its fleshy prison. It was true, this truly was amazing. It felt… right. This was his… no… her normal body, right? Something was definitely still amiss though as a black star appeared, clipped into her long, straight, golden hair. Something was there that wasn’t supposed to be there.
‘Zach?,’ came a male voice in her mind. That wasn’t right, was it? No, that’s not her name.
‘I am Zexa,’ she answered in her feminine soprano voice. Who was this man in her mind? He wasn’t supposed to be there, was he?
‘Zexa…’ they repeated. The golden woman could then see, hear and feel their mind racing for answers, as did her own. Memories flashed through our minds as Sol touched Zexa’s horn. Its heat was intense as it cascaded down her body. It washed, it burned, it bathed, it soothed, it loved. Finally, it solidified itself into a pure white dress with silver seams. It caressed her body perfectly as the hours of the clock appeared on its hem. After all, these were her normal clothes.
‘Xeza,’ suddenly came a voice that sounded exactly like her own. ‘I am Xeza.’ Xeza… yes, that sounded right. Xeza was her sister. Her twin. Her eternal partner. They were never alone. They were always together. They were always two. They were always one. Silly memories of fighting and traveling dungeons simply washed away as their correct memories filled their minds instead. They learned about the teachings of Alinavious from Bridget, together. They traveled with Lavini to the far reaches of the lands, together. They studied the flow of time with Akita, together. It was always they, ever since they were born. They were never alone. They were Zexa Xeza during the day. They were Xeza Zexa during the night. Their minds chanted together.
Finally, between her legs, Zexa could feel another change happening. There seemed to be a strange body-part there that shouldn’t be there but it was being rectified now. It shrank back into her body, being replaced by a shimmering, soft vagina. Just what it’s supposed to be. She couldn’t help but howl out in pleasure from the sensations that she was feeling from the changes.
“Aaaahhhhhh,” she howled out.
“Hhhmmmmmm,” Xeza chanted along behind her. She was feeling what her twin was feeling after all. All this time, Zexa’s horn had been casting a shadow in Sol’s light. It formed a straight line down to a point of time on her dress. They were a sundial after all. The shadow had been moving quite fast but now, it had arrived at the end of its orbit. It was time for it to change. The bright sun melted down again and changed instead into the silvery moon called Luna while Zexa’s horn shrank back down into her body. She did not need it during the night after all. Sighing, she reached behind herself with her left hand for her sister’s right hand. Her digits intertwined with Xeza’s as if they were molded together. It felt right, It was something they always did. It was something they always do. Xeza was still imprisoned in this strange fleshy prison though. She looked down and Zexa could see it. That was soon to change though as Luna affected her. Unlike Sol, Luna was cool. Luna was cold. Xeza’s hand tensed up as she could feel cracks forming on this fleshy body like shattering ice. It wasn’t long before it started falling away, showing her true, silver skin. Her true, silver body came out. She was of course an exact copy of her twin sister Zexa. She could feel movement return to her once more as her confines shattered away. A slender feminine figure, long straight hair, a lovely pair of breasts and soft, inviting pussy lips. She held Zexa’s hand tightly as the black star in her sister’s hair became silver too. In her own hair appeared a golden moon. They were each-other’s colours of course. One of many symbols of their connection. She too got dressed in the same, white, satin dress, but with golden seams instead.
“So Nice,” Zexa whispered in their sultry soprano voice.
“So Perfect,” Xeza whispered in their sexy soprano voice. Finally they were free once more. They were one. They turned to face each other, to hold each other. Their hands clasped together tightly. In between them they grasped the dial’s light handle which had appeared below Luna’s base. Xeza tilted its shaft between them at a angle. The light that Luna was casting down pointed somewhere between the ‘XII’ and the ‘I’ on her dress. It was the current time, after all. It was only right. Time flowed through them, as it does for their elder sisters.
“Xeza Zexa, could you help with the rest of the festivities?” Bridget asked, smiling happily. Of course, she had been there too. It was still the night of new year’s eve and they had organised a party.
“Of course, my,” Xeza said, “friend is waiting,” Zexa continued, “for me, so,” Xeza smiled, “after you,” Zexa finished, a smirk on her face. They liked talking about themselves one person just to mess with people, even though they were technically still two.
“Oh, no worries about that. Lavini and Akita are checking on that already. His name was Joshua, right?” Bridget smirked in a teasing manner while speeding towards the great hall in her ballerina’s outfit.
“Hey wait!” Zexa yelled, startled “That’s not fair!” Xeza whined “He's mine!” Zexa shouted. “Lay off him!” they both yelled at their sister while hurrying after her. After all, the only one they’d share him with was with each other.
Current Residence: Inbetween double rainbows
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite style of art: Anime/Manga
Operating System: Win7, Linux
MP3 player of choice: anything not apple
Favourite cartoon character: Simon (TTGL), EMIYA, Neko Arc, Dizzy
Personal Quote: the anti-thesis of myself