*Pierce nearly growled at Hide's comment about her little sister outshining her but calmed down at the simple gesture from her boyfriend. He was right--this wasn't worth getting worked up over. So what if everyone but her could use or have used magic? She was still just as important. If it weren't for her devices, they wouldn't have even made it to this crummy planet anyhow.
Pierce: *To Hide. If you say so. *Gently squeezes Jules's hand in response, sinking back into the couch beside him.
Tara: *Relieved the two sisters weren't arguing anymore. Congrats, Loukas, Hide~!
Waverly: *Hugging her dad back. Can I have a puppy when we get home?
Myung: *Chuckles a little under his breath. How about we catch up over a drink? I didn't come all this way just to stay sober.
Sang: It's like ten in the morning...
Myung: Hey, who invited the prude?
Sang: I'm the host.
Myung: Oh, right... Weird, I don't remember you being such a stick in the mud. Didn't you used to go shot for shot with me back in the day?
Sang: Yeah, that's true. I guess I've just...grown out of it.
Myung: *Calling over to Tara. Yah, Yeobo, I think we've been away too long! He's starting to talk nonsense! *Scoffs, looking back at Sang. Next you'll tell me you're abstaining or something.
Sang: ...cookie? *Holds one up innocently.
Tara: *Ignoring their conversation to greet some of the others. Hey Toby! Hey Amelia! Who did you guys bring with you?
*As Pierce sat with Jules and watched the others catch up with one another, a flicker of movement on the far side of the room caught her eye. Twisting around to get a better look, she barely managed to spot the slender man lurking in the shadows by the hall. His violet eyes peered into the room with a quiet intensity as he observed the others, and something about him sent a chill down the teen's spine. Maybe it was because of the way the stranger's eyes seemed to bore right through everyone. Without thinking, Pierce sprang to her feet and drew her concealed sword.
Pierce: *Shouting over the others to get the newcomer's attention. Hey! You!
*The man turned his head towards the voice in acknowledgement, as if realizing he'd been spotted. Pierce couldn't help but bare her teeth in turn.
Pierce: Just who the f*ck are you?
*Violet eyes blinked back at her, and a smirk tugged up the corners of his lipstick-covered lips. And then he vanished, without so much as a puff of smoke left in his wake.
Waverly: *Watching something invisible move past her. Hey, where are you going?
*The person reappeared only a foot past the young girl, wearing a confused expression of his own. His fingertips ghosted across the edge of the sofa he'd been passing by as he cast a wary glance over his shoulder.
???: (A child's voice?)
Sang: Hey- *The man turned back towards him reluctantly, his curiosity fading into a look of annoyance. I didn't expect you to be up so soon.
Myung: *Tensing and not-so-subtly shielding Tara behind him. Sang, you know this guy?
Sang: Y-Yeah. He's kind of a guest here...
???: *Under his breath. You expected not to wake me with all these voices? Not even the dead can sleep here.
Waverly: *Noticing the darkened bandages wrapped around one of the man's upper arms. Y-You're hurt!
Sang: Right, he was...in an accident. I've been taking care of him for the time being. His name is-
???: Angel. Just Angel.
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