Earlier, in the Shadow Realm…

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Anti : “S̸̳͚̼̟̘̱̹̭͈̖̊̍͐̈̌͘͞o̵͇̰̲̯̰̰͓̘̫̾̈́͆͂̂̈͟͝,̶̰̯̤̹̲͉̄͐̐̽̉͟͢͞ I̸̬͓̳̰͓̒́͆̉̋̓̅̎͊̈́͢ ẁ̭̺͙̻̈́̓̓̂͢a̴̡̝͖̣̳̞̯̓̋̽̊̅̇̅͟͜ͅs̶̤̩̩̭̪̦̩̤̩̒̓́͑̅̆͘ t̨͈̹̦͖̥̥̪̙̿̂̈̕͡͝͡h̡͓̥̟̞̻̠̘̿͑̒̿̄̅͜į͕̥̬͆̏̈́͊̒̿̈́̊̔͟n͈͓̤̩̫͐̄̿̍̆͘͝͡ḳ̸̡͖̩̗̭̭̰͇͂̀̈́̀̽̇̽̀͂ḯ̷̢̠͔̯̖̱̾̒̓̆̈̔͝͠n̸̡͚̱͈̯̱̹͂͂͆͆͟͞’̬̱̟̤̰̱̗̟̎̿̾͑̈̕.̶͖̭̦̱̟̙̬̫̈̍͌̋͠.̸̨̢̳͇̜̝̱̣͋̓͊̿̾̿͆.̲̮̠͇͍̅͒̾̈́̌̋̕͡͝”

Dark: “About?

Anti: “Ä̵̮͕͈̱͙̳̒͐̈́̾̚̕͝b̷͉̰͎̫͈̩̩͚̐͑̈́̑̽͛͗͟͜o̺͇͙͇̙̓͗̐͘͠u̷͍͙̝̝̖̽̅̅͂̓̈́̃͗t̷̗̜̮̝̭̣̅̉̎̇̉̔ w̧͈̬̼̣̤͍̦̌͆̓̾̚͢͞į̶͚̫̗̻͓͙̹͒̍͐̿̏͐͞͠͝ǹ̨̧̡̖̻̺͍̀̄͛̓̓̕̕͝ḑ̳̫͚͙̞̲͎̫̟̀̎̎͌̂ĩ̭̩̣̘̟͉̆̃͌̋̅͐͗͒n̵̨̠͇̭̣͕̽̾̈́̉̋͘̕̕͢ͅ’͈̞̦̱͖̟̯̑̋̾͡͝͞ u̵̩͈̻̠̪̰͙̽̉͗̆͗͐̃̓̇̒͜͜p̴̨̧̨̼̻̪͔̞̤̺̂̔͐́̚̕ J̵̢͇̞̱̱̾̇͛̃̋̈͘͞a̢̺͔̘̹̭̦̼̪̿̋̽͊̽͛̋͛ċ̵̛͍̙̱̌͋̃̔̕͝ͅͅk̢̗͈̼͉͔̝̈́͗̍i̳̮̪͎͙̖͒̊̇͑̄̕͘̚͢͞ͅͅe̶͙͍̲̬̩̟̺̪̦̠̒̉͆͆̀̐’̴̦̝̜͈̪̫̱͕̳͔̽͑̇̔͋̚s̴͓̩̟̱͇̙͖̹̮̬̾̓͐̊̅̂̋͡ f̸̡̤̠̘̰͗̐̈͛̆̊͌͡ą̺͙̙̩̮̱̤̩̄̈́͂̋̇̆͘͟͠͝n̴̡̫̯͎̝̝̫̮̒͑͊͐̈́̾͢͜͞͞͝ș̢̛͙̥̤̟̤͍̰͍̓̀̈̿̾̽̇̏ ă̸̢̖̹͓̟̬͒̀̓͌͟͟͝g̷͍͙̻̮̩̜̻̗̣̔̎̿̇̐̂̊̎̅̚͟ą̸̧̛̘̹̣̤͖͕̒͌͊͘i̷̛͍̝̞̝̓͐̒̊͊͜͞͞n̬̻̩̟̪̖̪͕͂̒̆̉̔̏̈́.̷̡̨̪̠̜̦͍̘̈́̊̓͘͘͜ B̸̨͔͍̘͓͚͕̦̑́̉̅̌͝ǔ̴͈̫̼̰̰̍̾̑́͌̅̽͟͞ţ̵̢̨̧̤̜̭͗͑͊̓̉͢ͅ I̷̧̡̫̝̹̦͔̼̻͐̉͒͒ n̶̛̘̥̘̖̠̏͂̔̆͠͞e̢͈͍͇̳̒͆̈́̑͛͑͢͝e̶̦͉͉̳̥͑̉͑̍̊̊͞ď̵̘̲̯̺͙̻͙̬̼̂͛͒̓́̒̉̒ t͖̦͔͓̫̜͕̟̀̋͌̑͢͠͡o͉̣̤̗̱̣̻̠̾̊͌͗͟͡͝ d̨̛̫͚͙̼̝̺̟͇̿͊̅̅̅̀̾͟͡͠o̡͈̞͙̰̹̞͍̎̑̾̑̒̾̕̕͝ͅ.̟̖̜̝͉̘̦̱͌̏͑͊̈́̌̾.̹̭̰͎̣͌̀̌̂̕͢ͅ.̧̤̹̙̣̞͊̈̒͛̅͐̌̓͠ ş̢̲͔̯̞͈̹̪̫͗̔̎͑͂͑ő̢̯̤̆͆̂̿̿͘͟͢m̢̮͓̟̮̫͊͘͞e̸͈̞͚̣̦͇͓̗̾̉͂̔̈́͐̆̿̕t͇̩̟̲̠̣̫̱̋̔̿͑̽̅͘h̶̡̡͔̻͇͉̆̈́́̉̕͢į̨̮͖̦̞͒̆̏̎͛̊̆͘͜͢͢͡n̢̗̲̲̦̱̳̪͈̏̐̑̿͒͢͡͞’̢̺̲̜̰͙̜̐͐̽̊̂̌̒̍ d̶̩̘͙͚̩͉̼̈̆̒͑͊͡i̶̢̧̠̮̲̒̓͂͞͝ͅḟ̷̱͓͎͙̲͎̠͙̏̆̔̆̒̈͂̕͝f̴̢̧̞͇̲͓̣̲͓̀͋̋̿̕͘ë̶͕̫̪̘̥̺̎̆̊ͅȑ̴̡̙̞̝̼͈̠̂͊̆e̸̡̡̛̳̟͇̓̿͐̑͂̎̕͘͢͠ņ̴̘͖̟̩̍̋͢͠͡ṫ̯͓̫̹̫͉̞͊̍̾̒̑̑̍͂͜͠ͅ,͎̟͉̩͖̖͉̍͂͗͂̆͝ͅ t̸̡̡̟̰̜̮̦͊̏̒̂̀͒̒̚ͅh̸̺͇͓̳̠̟͂̽͂̀ȋ̡̢̠̜͈̺̘͍̓̐͌̉̎̅̉͜͞͞š̩͔̖̗̲̖̠̞̉͐͗́̊͐̇̕͟ t̛̺͙̝̣̞̯͍̼̗̒͋́̈̒͋̇͠i̤̗̞͈͕̤̝͗̈͆̆͋́̄̚͜m̧̩̖͎͙͔̺̊̑̃̍̆͌̇ë̠̮̬͓́̑̾̃͂͂̔̕͟.̡̨̛̛̯͎̮̊̔͊̾̑̾̆͡”

Dark: “Different in what way?

Anti: “Ş̵̪̙̩̖̬͔̫̻̻̌̄̒͋̃͌̚ǫ̱͇̞̘͖̠̬̈̅͊͐̕ṁ̵̮̰̬͕̫̺̞̤͓̫͌́̓̓͡ę͕̮̱̗͙͕̝́͊̒͊̽̊̑̉͞͞t̯̞͎̖̼̐̐̈́̿́͆̔̏͘͜h͉̘̲̞̎͊̄̐̿̊̿͘͢͞͝ͅͅi̸͖͕̻͍̔̅̎̏͆͘͜͞ͅṋ̷̢͚̮̘̹̪̠̮͋̇̐̄̌̐͘͢’̸̨̦̩̩̗̜͊͆̔̈̇̾͛͘͟ ṭ̟̦͔̩̔̽͂̂͐͋͋̐h͇̺̣̖̭͊̍̆͐̓̆͗a̷̧̰̙̱̪͗̐͛̊̄͟͠t̶̨͈̟̟̞̱͙̍́̔͝ h̷͓̱͎͓͈̟̳̞͈̞̊̂̒̎̍͐͂̆̚a͉̟̼̭̟̎͆̈́͑͋s̵̟̜͙̩̹̩͕̦̱̓̓͊̋̄̾͘͠ ț̗͇͉̪͖̣̐̽͊̅͒͂͢͠͞h͍̰̫̬̳̪͓̟̽̿͒̑̕̚̕͘͢͞ę̷̱̯̹͎̋̉͂̂̐͘̕͡͠m̵̥̟̫̩̜̫̬̑̔̈́̍̀͢͢ o̶̢̞̫̭̭͖͕̩͍̓̾͒͐̇̒͛̕n̵̪͚̥̰͓̱͎͍͎̞͗͋̇̆͂͡ ţ̶̛̻̘͔̤͉̯̺̈́̌̑̅͘͢h̶̢͚̰͓͚̏̃̍̃̃̾͜͢͞ḛ̙̬̟̻̠͎͛̍͂́́͋͑̚͢͝͝ e̹͉̞̦̘̙̼͑̅̓̽͗́̉͡͝ͅd̰̟̫̜̘̺͇̃̇̔͑͑̔̔͝ͅg̣͓̘̖͔͋͆̈́͒̈̑e̱̭̯̖̰̺̋̓̈̆̇̿̄͟ ơ̷̢̢̺͕̣̝̓̏͆̅͟͡f̗̜̘͍̲̰̬̘͆́͒͘͞͡ t̪͇̬͚͆̃̈́̿̈́̋͗͟h̶̨͔̣̫̯́̈̃̔͋̆̀̕ͅe̸̠̠̫̖̳̗̊̍́͋̈́̌̚͘͜ͅį̸͓̩̪͚̻̜̯̾͋̏̂͗͌̚ř̶͈̤̗̖̜͐̂͗̃͟ s̡͉̳̻͚̱͉͂́͂̈͆͢è̢̬̗̰̦͖͋͊̈́̈́͘͜͟a̴̺̣̰͈͒̆̈́̓͒̔̄̀̐͜t̷̞͍͕̰̬̩̬̽̅̌̽͠͞s̶̛͓̘̫̪͙̀̋̓͐́,̶̛͚̘̞̺̞̝̓̅͛̈́̑̾͘̚ h̵̡̧̨͎͉̣̤̝͍͑̐̎̍͜͡y̢̢̢̮̺̰̮͐̓̋̓͆͢p̧̛̩̠̦̯̘̭̬͔̈́̉̆̌̋̆͘͜͞e̶̤̼̜̱̪̙̝̜͆̿̑̀͂̉́̾ͅd̙͉͍̬̖̟̮̈́̏̌̅͗̅̊̂̒ ų͇͈͍̠͇̱̟̯̅̇͂̿̂̍̕͜͝p̷̨̘̳̤͖̞̬̲͈̑̄̓̔̂͜͝ a̴̤̩̹͍͖͋͐͗̌͆̃̚͠n̶̡͇͇̩̺̻̲̝̞̯̋̋̋͑̓͒̉̇͝d̵͎̮̦͔̣͓̔̋̾̏̄͜͟͡ f̶̣̼̳͍̳͒̆͑̚͝r̴̝̦̙̻̠͎͖͈̻̾̔͂͒̾̋͊͝͝ė̡̯̞̻̠̗͑̄̋͡͝ą̨̨͈̆̔̌̽̕͟͠k̷̨͚̳͓̦̤͒̋͋̋̂̇̔̚͜͢e̵̡̛̱͙̞̣͗̓͂̅͂͡͠ͅd̵̨͈͔̫̝̣̅̌͋̑͆͘ ţ̙͔̫͖͙̖͆̋̍̒̏͠h̵̢̻̣̙͎̭̄͒̓͂͛̒̕͜͡ĕ̢̨̱̫͎̫̰̩͎͇͒͌̈́̅̓͆̓ f̸̣͓̖͙́͂̒͂̊͟ụ̵̞͕̗̲̩̟͓̐͒̍̌͂̾̚͜͢͡c̴̢̧̭͚̥̱̹͍̤͊̆͗̉̒͐̕̚k̴͖̫̫̹͔̺̽̽̄͢͞͠ o͖͔̠͉̻͗̔̃̇̋̏̍ư̶̭͓̝̯̅̌̕͡ͅt̛͍͍̯̘̞͐͑͌̒̑̿̂͞͝.̡̧̬̮̣̥̜͎͊̊̑̌͌̋̄̐̚͟ͅ”

Dark (chuckling): “You wish to wind them up and watch them go?

Anti (grinning): “S̟͎̟̬̥̰͎̔̉̂͌͘̕͝ŏ̸̧͉͉̖͉̬̤̔̐̐̓̈́m͖̝̜̼̥̂͌̈́͗͠ę̸͔̤͇͈̝̈̀͘͡͡ͅt͚͔̼͍̲̗͉͍̱̖͒͂͊̽̄̕͝ḥ̮̯̱̩͍̿͂͐͊͒̕̕ĭ̵̡̢͉͓̝̫̥̼́̇̾̄̽̋̕n͓̳͓̹̱͂͛̃̔̓̇͠’̷̙̝͎͚͙̮̐̎̓͒́̓̿͊̑͡ l̶̙̹̣̥̙̿̌͊́̔͌̎͡͠i̵͉̜͇̱͉͇͖͚̝̼̇̂̎͛͂͑̓̚͡k̸̡̢̛̺͍̦̲̃͂͌̌̽̏̍͡e̵̡͖̥̘̹̲̻͉͐͋̃́̓̓̚͞ t̸͇̗̯͇̺́̏̿̑̚͢ḩ̤̗̟͚̹͍͆̊̊̾̃͌͆a̴̡͕̼̗̭̼̬͈̽̐̒̓͒͞t̷̫͙̪͓̄̌́̈́̆͢͠.̦̞̮̹̮̦͑̏͂̊̇̽͒͢”

Dark: “I have a few ideas, and some friends who can help with that. If it pleases you, shall we brainstorm together?

Anti: “O̡̮̹͓̹̟̞͈̓̂̊̄͘͢ỏ̷̰̞̭͕̎̅̊͐̽͜͠ͅḧ͕͎̼̦̝̱́̆̅̾͊̄̌͆̕,̸̥̯̳̫͔̰̲̺̳̞̓̏̏̔̿̐͞ ẗ̢̲̦̖͖̙͍́́̔̿͋͋͂͋͝h̷̛͍̞͓̖͈͖̫̦͆̑̿̋͌̑̚͠͡i̧̢͔̱̣͎̜͈̹̰̾͋͊̆ş̶̬̣̹̞͔̻̦͂̄͗͂̍̍͘͝ i̢̖͎̦̭͒̽̎͑s̷̱͕̟͈͖̰̓̂̎̓̾͆̌̍͜ g̹̥̝͖̺͎̎̃͑̀̆͞ợ̺̻̬̲̞̘̌͒͛̊̔̓͒͡ñ̤̜̗̲̲̯̼͇̾̊̚̚̚̚͢͝n̡̧̫̳̓̅̆̈̇̾͑͢͝͠ͅͅa̴̡̫̲͖̠̦̳͑͆͒̽͑̅͜͟͟ b̴̞̠͎̱̾͌͌̈́̿̾́͘̕͝ͅé̷̦̖̬̭̞͓̥͖̍͊͗̈̈́͛͆͠ F̴̫̼̼̻̫̫̂͋̀̾͒̃͋̕͜Ű̡̡͓̥̬͂͛̀́̔̿̕͡N͖̯̹̺̭̒̉̎͗̔͊͟!̷̥̠̥̦͙̩͔̏̐̎̆̈́̈́̓͘͜͠͝”

Dark: “And, if I have not said it before, I can appreciate of how you handled them before. You took My advice to let the anticipation build, as I had hoped, and you crafted something quite entertaining to watch.

Anti: “S̵͉̳͇̮͕͈̗͔͌̒͂͌͐̂͑̄̌͜o̸̳̤͔̺̞̪͊̔̄̀̓̃͗̍̋͝,̷̡̧̣̺̝̙̲̗͛͊̈̍̕ͅͅ I̷͇͔͈̪̳͓̘̿̇͊̇̇͘͜ ǧ̨͇̦̤̣̝̰̻͌͌̀͂͟͢͡e̶̢͙̼̞̯̬͕̞͋̽̋̍͗̒͘͘t̳̠̲̱̮͖̫̳̘̿̎̔͊̏̏͒͡ ȁ̶̭̬͓̯̤̲͓̙̈̎̀̏͝ͅ g̸̡̰̥͂̆̓̈͂͌͛̚͟͜ö̴̡̨̧͉̳̘͎̅͒̏̄͆̇͞͡ļ̴̧̧̡̬̟̰͎̖̉̽̈̏̒̚d̷̬̼̦̟͎̰̩͉͈̼͒̇͐͌ s̵͙̘̹̺̬͆͋͛͗̂t̴̢̛͍͍̦̗̭̙̼̉̈́̐̾͢ǎ͈̮̺͎̪̉̏͆͒͡͞r̮̦͖̱̬͗͐̈́̿͠?̴̛̘̬͙̤̞͖̮̪̳̒̌̓͋͒͂̕͜”

Dark: “Even better.

[Dark places a long box on the table between them.]

Anti: “W̨̳̟̳̻͕̍̂͌̓̇͗̔̕ḧ̗͉͇͕͍̓͗̄͆̾̆͟ą̷̧͚̟̪̼̥̬̅̈͋̄̓̕ͅt̛͉̤̳̺̺̮̯̤̲̾̓̈́͆͢͞’̸̢̰̦͓̮͉̩̩̪́͛̂̈́̾͑̅̓̌̚s̶̨̼̗̯̜̫͉̯͐͛̋̈́̿͟͟ t̠͉̟̫̰̟̜̆̈́͋̽̄̊ͅḫ̴̡̡̻̻͍̼͇̺̎̎͒̂̃̋̒̕͜i̵̹̰̘̮͔̠̪̣͑͛̐̇͛̄͜͡s̛̯̼̖̜̠̞̗̹͒͆̉͡?̸̬͇͙͔̣̯̭̳͋̈́͋̉̐̒̅̓̎͟͟”

Dark: “I had considered waiting until the Yuletide celebrations, as I know you and Meg have been looking forward to the holiday… but I decided I’d rather not delay. You’ve been a very good boy this year, after all.

[Anti opens the package, pulling out an ornate blade. His eyes light up at the sight of a beautiful sword.]

Dark: “It is called a gladius, and it is a handcrafted replica of the swords once used by Roman soldiers.

Anti: “W̷̢̧̲̺͓͇̖̠͎̄̈̏̂̎̌͠͠ó̴͓̮̘͚̟̲̗͆̎̉̀̿͋͜͟ͅw̵̫͇̬͖̥͛̈̓͊͊͡.̷̧͎͍͚̥̖̺̦̩͕̅̽̄̏͂͡.̴̞͕͓͉͖̎̇̓̓̍̑͑.̸̨̡̼̰̪͖͖͔́̎̇̏͂͑̾̚͟͡”

Dark (continuing): “An original would be far too fragile and rusted after two millennia, of course, so I found a blacksmith who was willing to create one to be both attractive and functional.

[Anti grins, balancing the gift in his hands, testing the weight and feel of it.]

Anti: “T̵̛͚̱̤̤̯̹̙̾̈̄̈̊̒̓̈̃ḩ̵̭̰̞̱̋̈͐̀͐͘͡i̷̡͔̱͍̦̋̽͂̌̌̊̚s̨̳̻͔̰͚̱͂̉̅͢͠ i̸̛͖̤̥͈͉͐̑͒̚͟s̢̛̖̟͙̝̹̓̍͌̒̅͛͆͂ a̷̛͉̻͖̥̮̅̓̎̕͝͡ t̴̛̼̯̜̦̭̍͐̒͊̀h͇̤͔̰̤̣̮̥͍̉̽̍͑͆̈́i̶̢͓̩͍̹̪͎̰̤̘̓̀̎̆̄͂̕͘̚͝n̵̛͚̠͇̼̠̓͗̆̿̾̒̅̔͟͡ģ̧̦͇̻̥͓̫̤̼̉̍̃̔͒ o̴̞͔̠̻̼̘̘͑̓̋̋͒͂͘f̛̛̼̘͖̲̰͈̀̓̾̄̒̀͞ b̺͕̯͚̟̂͛͋͊̏̕͜͟͠e̛͔̦͇̙͚̎̍͂̉̌͂̒̋ā̵̢̟͈̙͚̬̅̏͒́ư̷͇͔̲͚̝͗̈́͛̾͗̏̅͜͞ť̶̡̤̦̗͎̥͚̳̰̂͛͒͑͆̏͜͝͝y̧̞̙̖͚͉͎̋̿̾̍̽̒̈́̚͜ͅ,̢̼̞͎̙͎̞̟̌̓̽̽̀̚ B̨̡̟̤̩͛͒̋̃̾͗͘̚ǫ̶̱̩͙̾͐͊̒̐̿͋͜͡͝s̸̖̤̰̟̠̟̪͕̘̈́̈͗͆̎̕s̗̻̖̜͙̤̺̠̯̏̋̏͋̐̚.̸̩̤̳͓̼͎̺̀̉̾́̽͑̓̕͞͠”

Dark: “I’m glad you like it. Now, shall we plan?

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Last updated on: June 01, 2018

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Mostly, I write stuff. And, like the Egyptians and the Internet, I put cat pictures on my walls. Also, I can read your Tarot.