Private Finished Desperate Measures

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It had gone on long enough. Sazz didn't quite consider Tril a friend, but they weren't always in such poor standing. They could have been friends, who knew maybe they could start fresh after this chat. Though he had a feeling that was being way too optimistic, especially considering the circumstances. He'd set up a rather elaborate trap to get the demon into this classroom, and attempt to sort things out. There would be no running away for Tril this time. Or so he hoped.

He'd borrowed a couple boxes of salt from the cafeteria, effectively making a ring around the room with the exception of the door. Once Tril came through, if Tril even showed he'd close the ring and make this conversation happen. Sazz sighed and waited behind the door, waiting to close it shut. Hopefully his prey would show.

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Tril was devious and a natural born hunter. But also those same traits made them not the most difficult to lure into a trap. It was essentially how they ended up on Manta Carlos in the first place, after all.

They had overheard a couple students secretly whispering about going to make out in an abandoned classroom later. A perfect opportunity to surprise them and cause some mischief. Of course that meant getting there early and lying in wait so Tril shifted into the form of one of the janitorial staff and casually walked into the room as if they belonged. Ready to find a good hiding place.

But something was wrong. Very wrong. The room smelled like.... SALT!

A trap!

They hissed and dashed for the door in a mad panic. But they could only move so fast.
 

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Well the trap worked. This would fall into the category of amusing if the situation was different. Sazz moved fast, first finishing the ring with salt, then shutting the door with his telekinesis. The other demon was too slow.

Oh well, the easy part was done. The next part was going to be a pain. Like pulling teeth. The tormentor in him suggested waterboarding. The human portion that was super glued to his core self wanted to be reasonable. He was taking the latter route for this.

"Hello Tril. I really didn't want to have to go this route," he sighed and sat at a desk, steepling his fingers, as he was one to do when he was serious about something. "But you've left me no choice so..."

A chair slid out from one of the empty desks.

"Let's have a chat."
 

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Tril didn't even make it to the door. Couldn't, in fact, even touch the handle as their hand brushed against the unseen magical barrier created by an unbroken ring of salt. They hissed again and shifted to the form of a young girl with long black hair with big puppydog eyes and a cute black dress as they turned towards the voice.

But as soon as they recognized Sazz they shifted into a much larger male form, with leather armor, black scales for skin and sharp claws. Their large empty black orbs for eyes glared at him with unbridled fury. "You are dumb. I have to talk now but you are in here with me," their whispery voice was filled with spite and hatred.

"What do you want to chat about?" They asked before charging towards him with their claws out.
 

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Sazz frowned he'd thought Tril knew better. He was clearly wrong about that though. It was time to establish dominance. There was a sort of menacing pulse in the air as Sazz took a completely different shape. Instead of his usual feline like form there was a menacing figure. It was a standard enough demon, however his skin was black as night, and he lacked real facial features. Just a pair of sinister eyes.

Sazz pulled back, raising his hand and meeting Tril's assault with one powerful backhand. "You are dumb," he mocked. "I asked you several times to simply sit down and talk. Extending an olive branch to try and make peace. All you've done is run away like the coward you are. And now you have the audacity to rais your hands to me. A lord? Your better? If you do it again I'm going to destroy everything you have, and everything you will have, and everything you could have. And then I'm going to crush you."

It was a bluff, but given the rapid escalation, it was probably hard to tell that. The chair moved out again. "I don't want to have to do that, but you're not giving me much choice. So please, let's just talk. I only ever wanted to be your friend."
 
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Tril's lunge failed to achieve much more than minor scratching at Sazz's now toughened hide and it put them in position to be slammed with Sazz's backhand and knocked back. They tumbled backwards and then rolled back to their feet. "I didn't want to talk to you."

They crouched forward in a ready stance, though they didn't immediately charge again. Instead they carefully considered their options. Less of a hesitation and more of a moment to plot. "You think you're better? Fine, I don't care at all. I attacked because you're forcing me to be here. You're just mad because you think everyone should think you're amazing and I don't."

Then they dropped the 'imposing' form they'd taken in favor of that of a young girl once more. Pale green scales, long black hair, a pretty little black lace dress and no shoes on. Then they snickered like something straight out of a horror movie as they looked Sazz right in the eye slits with the feigned innocence of sad blue eyes. They retracted their claws and clasped their hands behind their back. "Big bad Sazz. Going to crush a little girl. I don't have anything to lose, Sazz. So show off all you want. Rub it in my face. Crush me like a little tiny beetle. It's what you always do anyways."

They didn't smile after that though. They simply allowed their childlike face to frown at they kept eye contact. And then began to walk towards him slowly.
 

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"Well, you're wrong about pretty much everything you just said," he shifted back to his standard form. His guard was still up, he wasn't quite sure what they were going to try next. Frankly, Sazz was at a loss for what to even do. Mistakes were certainly made, however things could be turned around right?

"I just want to know what happened. Most people don't like me because I am me, and I can see through their bullshit. I don't have a lot of friends, I just know how to behave in social situations. When we first met I thought we could be friends. But then over time I noticed... you didn't really like me. And that's just par for the course. But now there's just hostility. I don't care if you don't like me, get on the list with the others. I just wanna know why."
 

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They kept the childish appearance and continued to slowly step towards Sazz. Arms remaining behind their back.

"I dont have to explain myself. The only thing I have to do is have a chat and then the salt wont hold me. If you were so superior you would have given a better command." They didnt snicker though. It wasnt even really a taunt. It was just a quiet observation as they stopped and deliberately sat down on a desk near him. Now drawing their clawed hands forward to fiddle with them as if weighing whether to use them or not.

"But I liked seeing that you can actually react. You cant just go around ruining everything I try to do and pretending it doesnt matter," they hissed angrily. Crossing their arms in front of them.

"I did treat you like I would treat any friendly Fog Demon at first. All you did was step on me and show off. So you can have all the social places and the friends and pretend you are better than me. But you care why I dont like you? Why? Or is this just another way you want to try to prove you're better? Because it's the only thing you do. And I'll never see you as my better."

And then they rolled back off the desk to chuck a chair at Sazz.
 

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The chair didn't fly too far, and it got stopped in midair thanks to Sazz's telekinesis. Figuring his way into that particular ability was proving to have been a good idea in the long run. The chair was set down gently, sighing as he did. This was just going to be the conversation wasn't it?

"Well I'm sorry. I am objectively more powerful than you but that doesn't make me better. You're right about that. I didn't realize I was hurting you. Look, can we just...." he groaned it was hard to put it into words. Then something clicked in his head as gears started turning. "I could help you try to make friends. I'll still be your friend. You've said it before you're all alone and doing stuff like not going places or talking to people is gonna make things worse for you. It only gets more lonely if you keep going like this though."

He got up and looked at the other demon, awaiting an answer. He already knew what he was going to do next.
 

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Tril was entirely unsurprised, having mostly thrown the chair just to throw it. An actual fight with Sazz was unwinnable. But it felt good to throw things so they did.

Tril finally took their 'normal' form entirely, climbing back up to stand on the desk looking down at Sazz. "No. That's just pity. I wont let you drag me around showing off that the big great Sazz is helping little Tril."

They hopped down and looked Sazz right in the eyes. "Why should I take your help?"
 

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