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She stood in the middle of a vast star field, speckled with stars and galaxies and nebulae of all kinds. It was strange, really. Here in the depths of space there was nothing to stand on. Rather, she looked like she was standing on something very invisible to the eyes of all.

Suspended in space.

Even the lion, who paced a little, awaiting the arrival of Leo Minor.

The Great Lioness would know they were there. All the Star People knew whenever someone entered their world.

Strength just had to be patient. Like Earthen cats Leo Minor liked to take her time in matters.

And given the immortality of the divinatories and their kin, well, Strength had time to wait too.

A stellar wind picked up, ruffling the lion's mane and blowing Strength's hair every which way, creating an odd sort of halo about her head.

"She'll come Shujaa. And then we'll know if she has cubs."

Date: 2007-05-27 03:45 am (UTC)
bright_daughter: (Flying Fast)
From: [personal profile] bright_daughter
The was the sense of laughter as Strength shifted looking under and around her at the nothing to stand on. Not mean or spiteful, but childlike and sweetly amused.

Forming out of almost nothing, but seeming to draw on light from the crown of her forehead and the stars which filled the sky around them Star appeared with a large grin.

"Most of the Tarot don't come into my realm very often."

Date: 2007-05-27 04:01 am (UTC)
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"The lit sky is a beautiful place for gathering martial for all purposes," Star said, briefly, with an ironic smile tucked into the corner of her lips.

"There is a whisper you are seeking?"

This is said with an expression quite like a very young child asking if someone is getting a new puppy or kitten. It's all blinding hope and awe.

Date: 2007-05-27 04:22 am (UTC)
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There is sudden bright big smile as she dropped to her knees and started petting Shujaa. Waiting a few seconds to make sure whether she'd let her first.

"I see good things for you," Star whispered to the lion, before looking back up top Strength.

"The boy, Draco, yes. He's still quite in need. I saw to him yesterday."

Date: 2007-05-27 04:37 am (UTC)
bright_daughter: (Older Than You)
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Star continued to pet the lion gently, as she nodded quickly. Her expression couldn't be called severe because she was so bright, but there was a feel of it to her heads movement.

"It is. How he managed it," There is a shrug, with an amused smile. "He's decided to walk through our doors. He's under Moon's protection, but she has to let him walk the doors the same as we do. I went to show him the light, so he might see he could be all that a person can."

Date: 2007-05-27 05:04 am (UTC)
bright_daughter: (Flying Fast)
From: [personal profile] bright_daughter
Star looked curious, her head shifted partially sideways and she was looking into the field of stars and far beyond them. The crown of her head began to glow brighter as she spoke.

"Moon healed him today...and he's with Ruin, again" there was a pause. "But this interlude seems to be going positively. Or at least as positively as can go when they tried to take each others lives so shortly ago."

She blinked her silver eyes, letting the shimmer fade from them, as she looked up at Strength. "You will help him."

It wasn't a command. It was soft and thankful, filled with gratitude. It was simply the forward world before her, she could see it.

"But you have time," she added with a a smile. And smiled down at the lion, "Both of you."

Date: 2007-05-27 05:25 am (UTC)
bright_daughter: (Dancing)
From: [personal profile] bright_daughter

There were many reasons to smile at her words, but none of them so complete as the image that came to her mind at the last question.

"I was dancing," there is definite smiling, though it tones down a little. "But lost track of...well, lost track."

Small giggle. Cause really who but the Tarot really could understand how you could misplace all of existence at times?

"But I'm back, on our world. At least for a little while."

Date: 2007-05-27 05:39 am (UTC)
bright_daughter: (Ta da)
From: [personal profile] bright_daughter

She grinned quietly at the first words but she'd had millenniums to become comfortable with it. The acceptance of their jobs went beyond acceptance and even humility, they just were. It was what they were and did.

But the second question made her quirk her eye brows quizzically, smile on her lips becoming absent while she thought.

"I need to find Sorrow first before I decide that."

And this answer would surprise no one. While she and Sorrow might be diametric card opposites almost, they'd been best friends and near sisters since the moment they'd awoken.

It was one of those things that just happened when you were the youngest people around.

Date: 2007-05-27 06:10 am (UTC)
bright_daughter: (Can't Tell You Everything)
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She didn't point out Sorrow didn't start the journey by far, only enacted the first physical point which could be blamed.

She knew why Sorrow had done it, and even thought she understood why she done it in Moon's stead, but it was a thing. She needed to see Sorrow to be sure. And needed to see Sorrow beyond an reason existing at all.

"There are many," Star commented, softly. It was with a smile if a contemplative one. There were indeed many pricks of focus in this Milliways which would call to her louder when she stepped.

Not if, but when. She wasn't saying it out loud, but she knew.

"We won't be too late to the party."

Just like she knew it would change her.

Date: 2007-05-27 06:22 am (UTC)
bright_daughter: (Looking to the Sky)
From: [personal profile] bright_daughter
Her head looked up suddenly and off into the distance, a smile beginning to curl across her lips.

Petting the head once more, she looked over at Strength, and impulsive jumped up, hugging her and giving her a kiss. Her voice was tremulous with excited joy.

"It's time for me to go. You have another appointment now."

Date: 2007-05-27 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leominor.livejournal.com
At long last, after Star had departed, the figure of an enormous lioness came walking into view.

Padding. Upon some invisible tract only those of the Star Kingdom could see.

Welcome to the Star Kingdom, Leo Minor rumbles, her voice bouncing off of the stars. It's been a long time since you last walked this way.

Date: 2007-05-27 11:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leominor.livejournal.com
Now that she's closer, it's abundantly clear that Leo Minor—despite her name—is huge. In fact she is the size of a large draught horse.

There is nothing "minor" about Leo Minor.

The hunting goes well, Strength of the Tarot, she rumbles. Her voice is now large and echoing. There is much game to be found in the Eagle Nebula.

She seats herself down upon a small spiral galaxy. Or appears to.

What brings you here today?

Date: 2007-05-27 12:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leominor.livejournal.com
Has he now? Leo Minor is pleased. Strength is quite old, as is her lion. That is good to hear. What is your name, oh bright one?

I am called "Shujaa" now, the smaller lion announces with great pride.

Shujaa. That is a good name.

The lioness then pauses. Strength's motivations are as clear as a super nova upon her face. The card has come looking to give her companion—Shujaa—company of his own.

You wish to obtain one of my cubs, Strength. To serve as companion to the one who serves as your companion.

Date: 2007-05-27 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leominor.livejournal.com
Leo Minor seems to sigh. It causes several galaxies to heave.

You know what you ask of me Strength. You know I do not normally give away my cubs to just anyone. Not even someone from the tarot.

She pauses.

Not even the gods are so fortunate, and they take precedence over all others.

Leo Minor looks to be in thought. It could take a second or a century for her to decide.

And she can see that Strength does not have a century to wait. Not when Duty has called.

With a rumble she calls forth four snow-white cubs. Each one is bigger than an Earthen lion cub of their approximate age.

Very well Strength of the tarot. I will part with my cubs. But I must ask you this. My cubs are destined to join the other stars once their time of growth is finished. She waits for an affirmation from Strength and gets it. You will raise them, and teach them in the ways of guiding the sentient beings of the multiverse. You and all the others of your kind—awoken and created that are willing to help you with your task. If you have fullfilled this task according to my satisfaction I will allow you to keep a cub.

Do you agree to my terms?

Date: 2007-05-27 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leominor.livejournal.com
Including my decision to take back all of the cubs if I feel that my conditions were not met to my satisfaction?

She gives a lion's grin. She knows that Strength agreed to those terms too.

Very well. They are yours until I believe that I am satisfied with your efforts, as well as the efforts of those willing to help you in your task.

The cubs crawl their way over to Strength and Shujaa, mewling in their [relatively] tiny voices.

I will be watching you, Strength of the tarot. To ensure that my cubs are raised well.

She gets up and begins to drift away.

Until the next time we meet...

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