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Allison Solis

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CATHWA NATION
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Late Evening

Alexis Solis ; Algarus


It was a random day in Cathwa that Akasha Emberstone had the night off. As promised for her work, she was to train Allison Solis in glass work as well as iron work in the forge. Allison had been a helpful apprentice so far, but without able to actually explore in the shop, she couldn't hone her skills. So far, all they'd done was make the necessary things for Akasha's shop that were regularly sold and requested. Now, after a slow day of business, they had some time to kill and some quality time to share.

Allison was wearing her newest addition to her wardrobe: a lovely white gown made of the finest silk. She'd gotten the piece from the Meikyo nation from a certain handsy seamstress. The top of the dress was a single piece like a bikini top that covered the girl's breasts and left room for any sort of jewelry she might want to wear. The bottom half of the outfit was less like a dress as it was a pair of pants. The material was flowy and so it blocked the harsh winds. She was also given gloves to wear, but currently she did not slip them on. It wasn't that she was afraid to ruin them, for the entire ensemble had been enchanted to be fire proof like her old dress her mother made her. The very same one she returned to Akasha as a well trimmed and tailored bikini-dress just like the one she was wearing. Now they matched. Which was ironic because Allison had red hair and a white dress, and Akasha -who had blond hair that was white in certain light- was wearing a red dress.

"So what are we making today?" the excited redhead asked as she cleared away the following day's supply and made room for their practice pieces.

 
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Finally, after what felt like forever, Akasha finally had a slow day from her sales. Alison had been a great help, as now she didn't have to spend so damn long running back and forth to get her things set up on display. Currently, she was taking note of her sales for the day, counting the coinage, weighting in on a scale, and recording it in her records; she still had to manage her finances after all. Her outfit of choice for this day was a rather drab baize sleeveless gown, with fabric stringed through a simple neck-peice keeping the rest of the gown covering her body. Simple but efficient, just the way she liked it. From what her records were indicating, it looked like she had a full fifteenth percent boost in sales this past month, which would be greatly appreciated for the acquisitions she was going to soon be making; or maybe she'd just sell all this off and make for the Empire. Decisions decisions. If only she could take Allison with her, that'd save her all sorts of labor issues; but that girl was a roamer, the fact she was still here at all frankly surprised Akasha.

Alison was just finishing cleaning up, so Akasha decided to find a nice stopping point in her record keeping and come back to it later; her mind was starting to ache from counting anyways. Glancing towards her assistant, Akasha rose from her desk and walked towards the working table. "Well, what did you want to try making? I've been giving you the basics for a while now, so why don't you choice something you want, and I'll help you make it." Akasha instructed, taking a step back so Allison had free reign over the workbench. A small part of her was still concerned about the lingering topic of Madena and the brief fling that she and Akasha had shared. The fact Allison hadn't mentioned it made her wonder if she still didn't know; not that it made Akasha feel any better. She'd have to tell her soon, the guilt was just too palpable not to.

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Allison thought about it for a moment as she looked up and around the room for ideas. What did she want to make? She put her hand to her chin and pursed her lips in thought. She then began to pace around the workshop really pondering what she wanted to do. They'd been working for so long on practical things: glasses, silverware, dishes. And then some metal work things like knives, plates (for armor), and swords. Occasionally they replaced some of the delicate work that was essential artwork. Learning more practical things would be beneficial, especially if she were to work towards opening a shop of her own in Meikyo.

"I want.....I want to do something...creative. Something special. Something that says 'this is my nitch' you know?"

What was her? What spoke to Allison as being...Allison? How did she define herself? Her thoughts then turned to that sculpture Akasha had done for Madena: the flying snake. And in that moment, she knew she wanted to do something for Madena too. Then, snapping her fingers she turned and gave Akasha a brimming smile. Allison rushed to the drawing board and began sketching what it was she saw in her head. With red chalk, she did a rough fill-in for part of it.

"I want to do this!" she exclaimed and moved aside for Akasha to see the phoenix sculpture that resembled being made of fire. "Teach me to make fire come alive!"
 
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Akasha watched the woman think over what she wanted to make, and frankly the woman was a tad envious. She used to have that same creative energy when she first started this craft, but only every now and again did she have the urge to try and push herself in her art; after all, running the business was challenging enough. "I know exactly what you mean. Take your time, we have...well most of the day." Akasha advised, taking a seat and watching her assistant pace about. Not long after, a revelation must have struck at Alison, because before Akasha knew it the woman was drawing up a sketch upon a drawling board, working with the sort of fervor that only an artist could understand.

Akasha tried to get a hint of what the girl had been struck with, but couldn't get a good look, so settled to wait until the woman was done. When the drawing was shown to her, Akasha was taken aback by the design that was being shown. This was going to be complex to work, which made it a little exciting actually. "Alright then, let's see what we can do." Akasha stated, rising up and moving to get some of her work supplies. How exactly did one make fire come to life? That was going to be a question Akasha would have to find an answer to. "Living fire hm?" She tapped her lip, as she took down a jar of red sand and set it on her work bench. "Alright, Allison go to the urn in the corner and start getting some sand. We'll need that to make the sphere. I need to think about forming the bird." Akasha stared at the sketch, trying to visualize how she would get that shape down. This was going to be quite the task.

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"You like it?" she asked with excitement. "Shiny!"

Akasha would then gather a red sand she thought best for constructing the bird while then instructing her to go and gather some generic sand that would turn white after being heated. She nodded and moved to the urn to scoop up and stein-sized mug of it up. She returned and began pouring out the mug into two bowls so she could work with them easier. When she finished, she gave a glance to Akasha and smiled. She enjoyed working with her friend. She could see how easily Madena would have given in to her charms. Even she felt that strange temptation. Only, Ally wouldn't make that mistake.

Turning away from that thought she went to the furnace and began to use her abilities to make it hotter before coming back with a ball of it in her hand. For now, she was just playing with it but she wouldn't start using it until they had everything ready. "I'll follow your lead? I was thinking the crystal could be see through, with a sort of mist-vibe to uh, symbolize the Myst. Then the bird flying around it containing it. But also being separate. I guess it makes more sense in my head."

 
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"Oh, I love it!" Akasha exclaimed, as she shared in her friend's excitement. Though Akasha wasn't herself sure how they were going to make this work of art, she wasn't about to let her friend and assistant down. Sorting out a quantity of red sand, Akasha set a small scoop of red sand into a small bowl, preparing for the first phase of her work. Looking down at the crystalline sand before her, Akasha let fire wash over her hands, as she would begin to undertake her part of this creation. She had to be very particular about this next process, as with the flames about her hands, Akasha set to crafting the phoenix that Allison so desired, her fingers calling upon the heat as it threaded and shaped the sand, hardening it and warping it into the shape she desired. Sadly, by the time Akasha was done, she wasn't pleased with how the bird had turned out; it wasn't see through enough, and it looked rather blocky and lacking of artist charm. That wasn't going to do at all.

The shape was still glowing hot in her hands, so there was still some work she could do to fix the mistake, though she gave Allison a nod of respect as her apprentice showed the globe she had crafted. "I love the idea, but executing this won't be easy-wait a minute!" Akasha then had the craziest idea yet. Alison was a fire magi, and so was Akasha...so with their magic together.... "Allison, hold one end, and I'll take the other." Akasha handed the oddly shaped bird blob towards the woman, as she gripped the bottom end of the figure, giving Allison the top half, as Akasha used her heat manipulation to hold the still fragile figurine together. "Let's do something crazy here, shape out what you want the bird to look like on your end, I'll work on the lower shape. Just let your imagination go wild, and lets see what we get!" This was all rather exciting, she had never done this before, she wasn't even sure if it was going to work, but it was worth a try! Letting her magic run wild, Akasha worked to shape the lower half of the bird, trying to shape out the tail feathers of the bird, trying to make it show it's form as a roaring fire swirling in form, hoping Allison's work wouldn't be undone by her own work, as she began to work and shape the figure being held by both women.

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"Shiny," she'd reply with a proud smile. Allison was glad that her friend accepted her idea.

As Akasha began to work, Allison set her mind to the crystal ball. She'd done this plenty with shaping it into glassware. It was basically the same procedure, only she didn't go through the final step and shaping the glass into the necessary shape. Using the fire in her hand, she began to heat up the sand so it would melt and liquefy. Then, taking a punty -the stick used to move the glass around- she would attach the end to the pool of hot glass and circle it around to gather it all up. Allison drew some more fire from their furnace then and added it to the growing ball of goo at the end of the punty.

Carefully, she controlled the size of the heat as she brought the punty over to a stand and blew down the pipe of the stick to put air into the inside. The goo-like glass expanded like a balloon. It was glowing red hot now, which is normally where the glass maker would put the whole thing into the glory hole, which was a large specialized furnace that heated the glass from all sides. But Allison didn't need such a box for she could manipulate heat. Using the pipe she rolled it back and forth along the bench as she glided her hand around the ball to shape it just right. She stopped occasionally to move the heat around, dancing her fingers like she was controlling a puppet.

Allison loved this. Glass making was such a crafty thing to do with her hands. Normal glass makers had an assortment of tools to manipulate the heated glass: punties of various sizes, gripping tools, specialized gloves. And Akasha would have them, sure. But Allison didn't need them. Not when she was fireproof. It wasn't until she'd gotten the orb exactly where she wanted it that she turned to a new tool: a pair of industrial clippers that snipped the glass apart from the leftover goo. She then went back to shaping the last little inch of it and then carefully shook the pipe so the glass orb would fall off the punty.

The next stage was crucial. Normally the glass maker would take the finished piece over to a blasting furnace which would slowly cool the glass so it didn't crack. Cooling it off right away would surely ruin the art. This was the next best part of Allison's unique skill. She was able to draw the heat out, rather than letting it dissipate on its own. Carefully, she would pull it out, spinning it into her hand as if it were a ball of yarn. The glass cooled much faster than normal but without the risk of cracking and soon they now had a perfectly chilled piece of glass that was a perfect crystal ball. Being able to do this was a huge boon for Akasha for they didn't have to wait a dozen or more hours for the blasting furnace. They could make something in record time (even faster if working together) and have it on the shelves after only a few hours worth of work.

Setting the orb aside, she would then head over to her teacher. Rubbing her eyes with the back of her hand she groaned a little from the irritation. Even though her skin was immune to heat, it didn't help staring at the blinding light as it heated up. That, and the smoke from the furnace on top of all the loose particles floating about in the workplace. She really needed to invest in some goggles. But that was something she'd yet to think about.

Upon coming over to her friend she noticed the work wasn't as flattering as what she herself envisioned in her head. Akasha apparently felt the same. She started to say something only she cut herself off to have Allison take one end. Shrugging, she moved in and followed her teacher's lead.

"Use her imagination?" Allison wasn't sure how to really do that. I mean, it sounded good and all. Think about what you want and go for it. But executing that thought was something entirely different. Her eyes watched Akasha work, letting herself fall into the moment. She created the fire they needed (something Allison was jealous of). But the difference between them was Akasha couldn't control where that fire went. And before she knew it, something clicked. Allison's hands began to work, bringing them around Akasha's and molding the fire with her. A strange mental connection fused their minds together as they began moving in sync. Without needing to say what each other wanted, they worked in harmony shaping and sculpting the phoenix.

The fire was practically covering the both of them. Allison didn't even notice. Her eyes were glued to the bird as it slowly came to life within their burning hands. Akasha's which were firm and yet so gentle were the complete contrast if Allison's who'd never really worked a day in her life. In the back of hr mind she was glad Madena wasn't around to see them getting so close. Not that she had anything to fear, but she could understand what made Maddy fall so easily for this girl. There was something alive inside her that Allison couldn't ignore.
 
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Working on the glass, Akasha wasn't used to having do this work with another magi at hand. What made it even strange, was the fact Alison was taking some of Akasha's own magic and warping the glass that they were crafting. It felt...odd having someone warp her magic in such a way, part of it felt wrong, but...also rather personal. Akasha couldn't describe the sensation, other than she could feel Alison stealing away her magics, almost like one taking a weight off another individual. As the pair worked, Akasha could see the fruits of their labor coming together, the shifting of Akasha's magic was working against the glass structure, giving it a shaped appearance that made it rather unique. What once might have annoyed the platinum haired magi, now thrilled her, as she watched the combined work shape the glass into something far more majestic. "Incredible. I've never done anything like this before but....just keep going, I'll keep the fires going." Akasha kept to her word, as she focused only on keeping the glass together, and feeding her fires towards Alison to play with. There was a sort of understanding that the two were forming, not needing to talk, as if their magic usage was a form of communication.

There was a certain joy that Akasha gained from this interaction, perhaps because of how unique this work was. She had been enjoying Alison's company for the past few days, and she could certainly see what it was that drew Madena towards her. It made Akasha just a tad bit sad however, wondering if she would ever find someone like that. Love just never seemed to be in the cards for her. At least she had her friends though, and that certainly helped.

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"Neither have I," the redhead replied even though they both knew that was the case.

Finishing up took the most work. The general shape was done and the joints and such of the wings, beak, and feet were sculpted. Now they just needed to really fine tune all the little grooves of the feathers. This was where their combined skills really took effect. Akasha would need to use as little of her flame as possible so that Allison could move it just to where they needed and not have it melt something back down that they'd just finished.

Allison got super up close and personal to Akasha for this step. Like, super close. Had she been any close she would have been sitting on the girl's lap. But it did give Akasha a good chance to really get to know the girl. Her long red hair which was gently tied back smelled like the workshop, but also had a scent of flowers from her shampoo. The way her shoulders arched in perfectly rounded circles down to her frail skinny arms. Her tiny wrists that held poised and slender fingers at the end of her hands that moved ever so gracefully along with the fire. And her nails which were dirty from working, but also painted a lovely deep shade of red.

Taking a small cutting knife, the redhead slowly and precisely began to make ridges and folds along the heated glass. Using her left hand, she worked the fire just in the area she needed so it would heat up enough to manipulate, and then cool it down so it wouldn't keep melting. The air temperature did most of that for her: merely taking the flame away would be enough to keep it from being malleable. And she stayed like this going over every little piece of the phoenix while Akasha summoned more fire for Ally to work with.

To Allison, the process barely took any time at all. She was laser focused on the task and couldn't be pulled out of her headspace. She had no idea how close she'd gotten to Akasha or how the platinum haired teacher felt about such an intrusion into her personal bubble. All the redhead focused on was finishing the next section. It was a miracle she remembered to even breathe that's how focused she was. And it quickly became apparent that there was only so much she could actually do in terms of design. Akasha would notice that Allison kept returning to the spots she finished already and tried to make them stand out more. This was where the teacher needed to step in and tell the apprentice, "enough was enough."
 
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Akasha soon found that Alison was getting rather close to her, as they continued their work, but she knew it was only because the woman was just as excited as she was. With the fire being pulled from her, Akasha would feel her assistant become more intent on refining the glass work. Allison was getting carried away though, as she seemed to become almost obsessed with perfecting the glass sculpture in their hands. She didn't seem to be stopping any time soon though, and while Akasha was enjoying seeing the passion on display, she knew that too much of this abuse would destroy what they had created. Allison was a perfectionist, clearly, and that was on full display here and now.

"Alright Allison, ease up on it. Else you'll crack the glass." She cautioned, wanting to pull the sculpture away so that they could let the work cool. Allison certainly had a knack for this sort of thing, maybe in time she would surpass Akasha, but that was neither here not there. She would collect the sculpture and set it aside, her skin was glistening from the exposure to the massive heat. Setting aside the now glowing sculpture, Akasha would turn back to her student, a smiling beaming across her face. "Well, now we just have to wait and see how to comes out." She chimed, rather excited to have helped Allison with this new creation of hers.

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"Huh?" she asked, being taken out of her trance-like focus. "Oh. Oh! Gotcha. Shiny. Sorry."

Allison backed away and held her hands up with an awkward chuckle. She realized how close she'd gotten to Akasha and a blush of embarrassment started to make her cheeks red. Akasha would take the piece and set it aside to cool. The way Allison had already tempered most of the glass it was basically cooled down and done anyways. She just needed to stop messing with it.

"I think it looks really good!" she admitted. "Really shiny. I mean it. In fact, I love it already. Thank you again for teaching me and all that. I know Maddy will absolutely love it! I remember how excited she was telling me about that time with you."

Her face went white as she said that. All that embarrassment -which was now ten times as fierce- no longer showed up in cheeks. She began to stammer as she tried to find her words. "I uh...mean....when you made her.....the the the thing! The glass...thing! Not like.....anything else....you two....uh..........did."

Allison looked away. She couldn't even look at Akasha. She knew the woman had slept with Madena. But so far, neither of them had talked about it. She forgave Madena for her mistake; her girlfriend was super upset for betraying her like that. But she had no idea how Akasha felt about this whole situation. Did she resent Allison for coming in and cutting any chance of love she had with Madena? Did she feel ashamed too? It was something Allison was not quite too keen on learning.
 

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