This is where stories involving the Elbuort clan in general will be placed. Some will be more serious stories, some will be goofy little one-shots written just for kicks.



Wait and Work

Year 16

Avvie fluttered in front of a high-up shelf in the Library, scanning the books before her with a frown. "'Magical Mayhem: 101 Pranks To Use On Your Non-Magical Friends and Family.' No, that's not it. 'Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Dark Magic But Was Too Afraid To Ask.' That's not it either. Ooh, 'Hidden Potential'...no, wait, that's for invisibility spells. Ugh, there's got to be SOMETHING here!

Depends on what you're looking for," said Gran-Gran Peri, walking up with a stack of books. Avvie stared. "How are you holding all those? You're so old, and that pile's as tall as you!

And you've as much tact as you do years of life," replied the elderly Desert korbat with a smile. "Now, what seems to be the problem?

I'm looking for a book on how to figure out what my element is," replied Avvie. "Every wizard has one type of elemental magic they naturally possess.

Yes, but it's not exactly something that can be learned, to my understanding," replied Gran-Gran Peri. "It's something that shows up on its own, once you're advanced enough.

But Grandpa Tobi says I'm SUPER advanced, especially for an eight-year-old! So why hasn't it shown up yet?" demanded the little shoyru, folding her wings as she landed on the floor. Gran-Gran Peri chuckled. "If I had to guess, you'll be a Fire wizard, you're so impatient. Magic's a peculiar thing, and many aspects remain a mystery, but we do know that you can't rush it. It'll come sooner or later.

But I want it NOW!" grumbled Avvie, pouting. Gran-Gran Peri shook her head, and handed her some books. "Well, while you're waiting, could you go give these to Rex? I'd take them myself, but Jaylie's supposed to be getting back with those old clay tablets anytime now.

Avvie sighed. "Sure, Gran-Gran.

******

It didn't take long for the books to get heavy, so Avvie pulled out her wand and levitated them in front of her as she walked to Rex's room. She smiled at the floating books, and remarked, "Maybe I'm an Air wizard. That'd be pretty cool. I mean, I can already fly, and I can run pretty quick, it'd make sense.

She finally reached Rex's door, a sturdy oak with several signs nailed to it that said things like "Caution: Do Not Enter Without Knocking" and "Dangerous Scientific Exploration In Progress." Just then a bright flash of green light shone beneath the door, and a triumphant voice cried from the other side, "Yes! It's finally ready! YES!

Avvie cleared her throat, and knocked. "Uh, Rex? It's Avvie. I've got your books.

Just a moment!" called Rex. A few seconds later, a tall green techo clad in a heavy apron, heavier gloves, and goggles opened the door. He pushed the goggles onto his forehead, revealing big bags under his eyes. Avvie frowned. "Are you okay? You look exhausted.

Well, break-throughs in anything often require one to give up some sleep," replied Rex. "I haven't slept in eight days, but, the good news is, I think I just discovered how to transform rocks into apples using only alchemy!

...Yay?" replied Avvie uncertainly.

I know that may sound trivial, but trust me, it could lead to some major break-throughs," replied Rex. He took the books. "Thank you. These are some books on Earth alchemy Jaylie got me a couple years back, but I've only skimmed them before now. The other day an experiment made me realize that they might have more potential than I previously thought, so I've been meaning to read them more in-depth.

You sure talk a lot when it's about alchemy," observed Avvie. Rex flushed. "O-oh, I apologize.

Don't! I think it's cool that you want to share what you like with everyone. Hey, can I see the apple rock?" asked Avvie eagerly. Rex hesitated, then nodded. "Sure. Just...just don't touch anything without permission.

Avvie followed the techo into his room, which he'd made into a workshop filled with all sorts of strange books and equipment, plus the potions he made for a living, though his true passion was alchemy. In the center of the room, Rex had used caution tape to make a large square, in which he drew his alchemy circles. There were several small ones there now with rocks atop them. Some emitted a faint green glow, indicating they'd been used unsuccessfully, but one glowed gold, and atop that was a perfectly-shaped apple.

So, you made that only using the magical energy from ley lines?" asked Avvie. Rex nodded. "It took me a while to come up with the right equation to get the ley energy to transform an inanimate object into a living thing, even something as simple as a plant.

But you still worked on it?" asked Avvie.

Of course! Just imagine what this information could do for people in the midst of a famine. With a little tweaking, this equation should be able to transform the rocks into any sort of food, or at least fruits and vegetables. And who knows? Maybe it'll help other magic-users devise new ways to achieve the same result," said Rex. Avvie tilted her head. "How can alchemy help wizards?

Well, wizards usually rely on their own magic for spells, but they can pull from other sources as well, including the ley lines. Try as we might to pretend otherwise, the different magics aren't totally separate, nor are they meant to be. I believe that if we learned from each other rather than argued over whose magic is strongest, alchemists, wizards, warlocks, all of us could mutually benefit," replied Rex.

Oh," said Avvie. She gazed at all of the green circles. "But alchemy's not like wizardry. You have to work so hard for little results.

I know it seems that way, but you have to keep in mind, wizards developing new spells have to work just as hard. It's only quicker for them because there's so many of them, and so many years of research to back it up. Alchemy isn't a new field by any means, but it's a tiny one. People don't want to take the time to learn the math when there are wizards you could hire, or new technology you could make," explained Rex. "But I believe that alchemy has just as much potential as any other form of magic or science, especially since it's a combination of both. I think there's a lot to be gained from studying it, so I'm willing to endure a thousand failures if it means one inch of progress.

He shined the apple on his apron, and handed it to Avvie. She turned it over in her hands, studying it with a frown. "It does look good. But what if it hadn't just taken eight days? What if it'd taken two weeks, or two YEARS?

It would still be worth it. I'd just need to wait for it, and work for it," replied Rex. Avvie tilted her head curiously. "I thought people only did one of the two.

Well, I see no reason you can't do both. It's like...like growing up. When I was a kid, I felt like it would take forever, but intellectually, I knew that it was bound to happen eventually. So I waited for it to happen, but while I waited, I did my best to learn responsibility, so I'd be the best grown-up I could be. Just because you're waiting doesn't mean you have to be idle in the meantime.

Ohhh. I think I get it now," declared Avvie. She took a bite of the apple, and grinned. "This is great!

See? Some things are worth waiting AND working for," said Rex.

Then that's what I'm gonna do, too!" declared Avvie. "I'm gonna wait for my element to show up, AND work to be my best at ALL the elemental magics so that when it does show up, I'll already be great at it!

She hugged Rex, then scurried off.

Wait, Avvie, I still need to run some tests on that apple!" called Rex. When she didn't come back, he sighed, and, kneeling down, drew a new circle. "Okay, I guess I'll just make a new one.



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