I was bored, so this abomination is back. You don't necessarily have to read the Christmas Story to have fun with this, but it would help you get to know the old characters better. *** Chapter 1. The Perfect Storm "Yuuuuuuumiel Yumetheus Yumpeter de la Yuma!" Green yelled in a rage as she threw furniture around. For those not in the know, she was angry because her trusted companion and talking cat, Yum Yum, had run off with the last pudding cup once more. This raised several questions in Green's mind, including but not limited to: The hell kind of friend are you?! How does a cat eat from a pudding cup?! Do you have any idea what I'm gonna do to you when I catch you?! As she contemplated these questions while destroying various furniture, there was a knock at the door. Not thinking much of it, Green-chan continued rummaging through the house in search of her former friend. But eventually, enough was enough. She groaned and started walking, with heavy footsteps, towards the front door. "If I could afford to buy your stupid paintings or whatever I wouldn't be about to murder someone over a pudding cup!" she yelled at the person at the door. Then, in one swift motion, she opened the door. "Uhm...I'm not here to sell paintings, Green. Calm down." the uninvited guest said, smiling sheepishly. There stood a girl slightly taller than Green, dressed in a vivid blue magician's attire, adorned with electric lightning bolt designs. On her shoulder, a shimmering blue fox with lightning in its eyes yawned. "Chaser of Storms, Acena?!" Green yelled, stumbling over backwards. *** A moment later they had settled into the living room. Green sitting on the sofa facing the entrance, paranoid, and Acena with her fox relaxing in the armchair to the left. Yum Yum had casually joined the meeting, mouth still covered in blotches of glistening pudding. "Uuugh, seeing you is never a good sign, is it?" asked Green, groaning. Acena was taken aback by this rather rude welcome, pouting: "H-hey, don't be like that. We haven't met in years, and this is how you greet me?" "Didn't you want us to skip the formalities because this was important, master?" the fox said. "Ah, yes! As I was about to say, I'm here because-" Yum Yum interrupted the blue mage, lifting his paw. "Because something friggin' terrible is about to happen, right? They don't call you the Chaser of Good Times with a Box of Chocolate in a Cozy Blanket with Maybe Some Wine, do they? No! You're the Chaser of STORMS!" "D-don't say it like it's my fault! The storm happens on its own!" Acena said, growing a little irritated. Green sat up straight, pondering. In the academy, Acena's magic had always been at its strongest during storms and disasters. Howling winds, bolts of lightning, tornadoes throwing farm animals around. All that empowered her. And she reveled in that power, making it her utmost priority to be in the vicinity of any big storm happening in the world. Hence the title. "If I take a positive outlook on this, you showing up here is like a good friend coming to warn us about an impending disaster, right?" she said, still not smiling. "Y-yes! Exactly! I'm not here because I don't have a place to sleep and the inn is full, or anything!" the guest said nervously. Either way, her showing up was unmistakeable proof of some sort of disaster happening. Acena herself would not know what it was, not exactly. It was more of an instinct for her. Like a good smell floating in the distance, she could follow it. And the closer she got, the more powerful her magic became. Green knew that this was not something unique to Acena. Every magic user had an affinity to some type of magic, so it was natural that someone would end up with "storms". It wasn't her fault. But even so, Green had to prepare for the impending nightmare that would follow. "Well, nothing else to it. We should go let Jackson know. Storms are bad for business." Green said, finishing her line of thought. She stood up from the sofa, stretched, and started looking for her coat. It was possibly forever lost in the chaos of the last Battle for the Pudding, but she would not lose heart. After all, it was the only coat in the house. *** Sweetie Jackson was in a good mood that day. Her usual headache was gone, Green and Yum Yum weren't around to make a mess of things, nobody had tried to destroy the world in like a week, and business was booming. There was absolutely nothing that could ruin this day for her. So with all that in mind, she had taken the liberty to fix up something nice for herself and...him. She took up her pen and notebook, and started slashing at the empty white sheets of paper. It was said to be the magic of the highest kind, unknown to even the most elder magicians. After all, her magic was making 1 from 0. No matter how many times you multiplied 0, it would still be 0. Yet she could make it into a 1. That was her magic, the magic of Creation. Slash by slash, the picture had started to form. When she had began her training, there had been one tiny issue with her use of it. She couldn't draw at all. So anything she brought to life most likely wished for their life to end as soon as possible. But with time, she had gotten better, and now most things she made were indistinguishable from real things. Although, as always, she could not make food that tasted good. That still had to be made the traditional way. "Let's see what he'll think of this one." Jackson smiled wryly at her newly created artificial dragon. While it was the size of a large dog, it was still very much as regal as any dragon, proudly surveying the room. Wait, shit. She had forgotten to give it the ability to talk. Ah well, that was hardly necessary. Suddenly, its amber eyes were filled with curiousity, and it went into a sprint out of the door! "Ah, wait up! I didn't even give you a name yet..." the innkeeper lamented, but ended up just taking another bite out of her candy cane. Someone else would handle it. Downstairs, the customers were merrily eating the fine food of the Jackson Inn. A delicious aroma was in the air, and no plate or mug was empty for long as the goat-headed butlers dashed back and forth from table to table, and from the hall to the kitchen and back. There was supposedly a new chef working there now. Little did the customers know, all of the things they were so happily eating were just leftovers. But in the end, weren't leftovers even more delicious than the actual meal? Hunger and anticipation made anything taste better, that much was obvious to the new chef of the inn. As he prepared his newest dish, a glazed bacon, he hummed a tune to himself. That is, until a loud CRASH sounded from his left, and a mechanical dragon left a hole in the wall! "What the hell?! I thought I said no pets in the inn! Especially not fucking animals! Unless they're food!" the chef yelled, tossing a razor sharp spatula at the invader. With a quiet "ping", it merely bounced off the dragon's metal hide. "Hooh...you'd challenge ME? I'll make paté out of you! A casserole á la mode, don't fuck with meeee!" With that battlecry, the chef dove at the dragon, wrestled it into a Nelson hold and asked it to beg for mercy or he would not let go. However, try as it might, the dragon was unable to speak. And so there they stayed, locked in epic combat between man and beast... *** "And one more thing, Acena. Whatever you do, don't ask her about the time we were in a time loop getting repeatedly slaughtered by a woman who usurped the power of a god. She really hates talking about it." Yum said, making a "shhh" motion with his paw. Acena nodded, unsure if there was any other way she could react to a request like that. "Either way, after we've told this Jackson person, can we get something to eat?" "Sounds good to me." a deep voice said from behind the group. As they turned around in shock, a large man in leather armor stood behind them. "C-c-choudtaine Fondiel, the Roaring Tide?!" Green-chan screamed, rolling to the side. "Hohoho! I see you have not forgotten your senpai, Greenie! It is I, the master of water magic!" the large man said with a hearty laugh. Yum Yum tilted his head. Wait, what was his color, anyway? "Ahem, Fondiel, what was your color again? If Acena is the blue mage of Storms, what is your color?" The large man was quiet, and seemed to almost shrink before them. "....I...I wanted blue..." he said, on the verge of sobbing. "Well, first come, first serve in magician titles." Acena said nonchalantly, lifting her shoulders. "Nobody thinks of lightning when they think of blue! You should've been the Yellow Mage, Acenaaa!" "No, I don't think so. Besides, lightning IS blue. Ish." "Shut up! Shut uuuup! I'm here to defeat you and take your color for myself!" Fondiel said, taking a battle stance. Acena shook her head, as if to say there was nothing else to it. Fondiel was at the limit of his patience. He swung his arms in wide arcs, summoning a massive tidal wave from the horizon! It was like the largest mountain in the world, except made out of sparkling blue water! Like the fury of the seas themselves, ready to devour everything that wasn't in a large wooden ship! "Hooh...nice trick, but maybe we should do this somewhere where you wont drown innocent people?" the blue mage asked, pointing at the inn next to them with her head. The door next to them opened as if on command, and out stepped a woman in a panda hoodie. Her eyes were cold, only second to the fresh breeze of peppermint in the air. She spoke with icy words and a sharp glare: "Yes, that would be for the best. Green, who are these magical hobos trying to ruin my fair business?" To be continued... *** Since it's been quite a while from the end of the old story, previous characters will have their profiles remade and updated. New characters will receive theirs when they are officially "introduced". Chapter 1 Profiles: Name: Green Occupation: Delivery girl Who: @Grin Inspiration: For some reason everyone at Forumpiece thought I was a girl, so my character is a girl. History: After totally flunking most of her tests in magic school, she somehow managed to graduate despite her incompetence in using almost all forms of magic. However, she tries her best to keep a positive attitude. Possesses a "soul link" with Yum Yum, her familiar. This means that they can't EVER really be left alone. It's more so a curse than a blessing, but it has its uses. Attribute: Main Character, Illusion As the main character, Green-chan is granted many mysterious abilities, such as being in every chapter, being able to monologue despite being in the middle of a fight and asspulling victories in final fights. As her origin is based on "illusion", her magic specialty is creating things that don't exist. Name: Yum Yum Occupation: Talking cat Who: @Yumavo Cado Inspiration: He likes Ghibli movies and one of them had a flying girl with a cat, so this is a parody of that. History: There's not much known of familiars before they appear to their masters. Perhaps he was something greater before, or he was just a non-talking cat. He doesn't really wanna talk about it. Asking about cheese burgers is racist. Attribute: Creation As his real counterpart is an artist, Yum Yum can make "1" from "0". Name: Jacqueline "Sweetie" Jackson Occupation: Inn owner Who: @sweetjacky Inspiration: She held the position of a Manager on Forumpiece at the time. Also she likes drawing. And Black Butler. History: There are many rumours about how the inn owner Jackson came to be, but the most popular story is of a little girl who learned to bring drawings to life. Maybe there is some truth in it? But what's with the goat head butlers? Attribute: Creation, Authority, Youtube Having dabbled in art, video and moderation, Jackson is one of the most powerful magicians in the world of Formpeace. She commands not only the magic of miracles, but is also granted unquestioned leadership and management skills. Name: The Blue Mage Acena, Chaser of Storms Occupation: Wandering Wizard Who: @Storm chaser Inspiration: Mostly her username. History: One of the older students from when Green was in magic school, Acena has an affinity for storm and disaster magic. Additionally, her magical power is greatly empowered when in the vicinity of either of these, so she travels the world looking for storms. Legend says she used to be in love with a fire mage who lost his life. Attribute: Loyalty Her passion for a single character will become an unbreakable bond here as well. Name: The Colorless Mage Choudtaine Fondiel, Roaring Tide Occupation: Wengeful Wizard Who: @Chaudfontaine Inspiration: The origin of his username. History: The master of water magic was known far and wide as the unquestioned authority on his specialty. He'd make crops grow, bring a drink to those who were thirsty and make water parks for kids. However, it just so happened that he was late to register his title as the Blue Mage, so Acena got it for herself. He never really got over it. Attribute: Shitposter, Creation, Youtube Those who engage in unfunny memes draw power from the realm of Chaos, becoming unstable and unpredictable. However, he is still granted the boons of Creation and the elusive ability to "show" what is happening somewhere else through pools of water.