Private Embers of the Past

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It has been nearly a week now. Soosei and Ivana together have come with a plan to combat the fox deity's, and all was going well... Except this one specific day. Every two months, she would spend one whole day within the forest, no one bothered talking about it, those who have seen... After all... It was a quite mundane sight.

Close to the waterfall there was a circle of small stones recently assembled, just enough to prevent a wildfire from happening, and within the circle a single candle stood, with a white flame slowly consuming it. Seated right before the pale candle was a fox man, or maybe woman, in the lotus position, facing both the waterfall and the candle, wearing a white and black kimono that symbolized Soosei's duality. However even in such state...

They were still well alert.

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It had been a week or so since Ivana had spoken with Soosei. However, she had been super busy and had not had much time for the kitsune. Asking around the station, she found out that nobody had seen them all day.

Concerned somewhat about this, Ivana decided to see if they were anywhere nearby. Walking outside the station, she started off towards the park and forest beyond calling out their name.
 

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They have been meditating for how long? Soosei didn't seem to track time, but the moment Ivana's voice, their eyes opened and searched for her. Once her localization has been found, they called out "I am here.", with a voice that was between the male and female selves. Shouldn't be hard to spot Soosei, either by their voice or their clothes.
 

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Hearing a voice in the distance, Ivana followed it as best she could. She did not venture too often into the forest and so, was slightly out of her element. Not that she was afraid. Far from it. She was just not used to this part of the forest.

"Soosei?" she asked again when she saw the kitsune meditating. "Are you okay?" she asked as she approached the figure.
 

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"Ah, hello there, Ivana...", Soosei was in a good mood, from the tone of their voice, "Surely I've been feeling well. It's just this is a little of a ritual of mine I like to relive ever since I first created these divine flames...". Their eyes went back to the candle, and soon they remarked "Beautiful, isn't it?"
 

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Hearing Soosei's cheery voice, Ivana looked towards the lit candle and then nodded in agreement at their observation. "Yes, it is quite beautiful actually," she admitted with a smile.

"Do you do this ritual very often?" she asked Soosei curiously as she sat herself down on a moss-laden fallen log nearby.
 

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"About every two months, sometimes I do it a little sooner or later. I'm ashamed to say, initially I made these Heavenly Flames to punish an arsonist, however while trying to come up with it the most important aspect for me was its ability to do good as well: it should be able to erase harmful fire, become harmless when needed, become helpful when needed.", Soosei explained their smile fading.

For a moment, the wind stirred the grass and leaves, but the flame barely waved to it. "That was the only time I used the flames for "evil", but ever since I only used for cooking, heating, and to put out fires. In other words, I had my lesson back then: exacting revenge felt empty, led to nothing.", their voice had sadness seeping into it.
 

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Ivana could only nod in understanding. She could easily understand wanting to exact revenge on someone who had wronged another. It was a very common sentiment. Although, she suspected few actually acted upon the desire.

"The flames are magical, then?" Ivana asked as she shot a glance at the flames.
 

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Soosei gave a slow nod, gradually letting go of the sadness that crept into them. "Yes. I have the firefighters to thank for the kinder and protective nature that I added to my flames... Because they saved me when I lost it all, I had someone to look up to. Amusing, isn't it? A minor deity looking up to humans.", they gave a small giggle.
 

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