Remilia ~ Immortal+ (Princess)
Immortality. Power. These attributes, which so many humans grasp for, are not rare for non-humans. The celestials are immortal, as are the Lunarians and the Hourai Immortals. True magicians and witches can live for a certain value of forever. Gods can survive as long as there is faith. Even fairies live eternally, though they continually die and return with their memories. So, when a strange young girl and her baby sister emerged somewhere in Renaissance Europe, they were not special; they were not unique. They were just two more for the youkai population. Nothing special at all.
Here's a quick tip for you. Greatness doesn't always come with klaxons and warning signs. Sometimes, it only comes out when it's ready. When it hungers.
True immortality rarely comes without troubles. In a way, it is not living forever. It is living despite death. As such, those who are immortal are often as stale as death. Likewise, those who come into immortality, or have it thrust onto them, do not excel in their lives. Tenshi, famously, became bored due to her troubles. Mokou went mad for years and left humanity. Remilia was young when she was turned, possibly younger than Tenshi, and she was burdened with her little sister. She should have followed a similar path. Still, unlike the others, she had two extra benefits. She had the indomitable confidence that characterizes all vampires. More importantly, she had a sister or her beloved pawn.
Before the death and rebirth, Remilia spent most of her time with Flandre. She led Flandre on magnificent expeditions through the gilded furniture of the nursery. She showed her the sights when they took a walk through the fields, climbed up the bookshelves of the library, visited the seaside, sneaked out and bought toys from the merchants. Most of all, she assured her, with a wide-eyed grin, that everything was going to go well because they were both beautiful princesses who could do anything! The confidence of leadership, in a way. After they turned and Flandre could not feed herself, the grin didn't appear as often, and it lost its warmth. Nevertheless, it came when necessary. She was the leader and no one would take that away from her. And they could still be princesses.
The castle was obtained easily, though it took years to find one with the right color. A few nights of strange mists in the foyer and bats in the beds left the place empty. The other bits were more difficult. The guard was found in China, a bright-eyed youkai who was ready to prove herself. The library came with the magician (which is totally necessary for a princess's castle), who agreed to join in return for space for her rapidly growing library (she even brought her own maidservant). The maid, the all-important maid, was found after a series of unusual circumstances. She worked quietly, sneaking throughout Europe and Asia, searching for the building blocks of a princess's life. All that was left was the beautiful lakeside property and the recognition that she had shunned for so long. It is time
In Gensokyo, greatness doesn't come out until it's ready, when night has fallen and the world is vulnerable. It rises up behind you, sending chills down your spine and sweat down your chest. It bubbles up inside you, a clawed frog in your throat, scratching and screaming and telling you to go, run, flee
! There, it's before you, run! Do not look at her delicate features! But it disappears. It didn't want your blood, only your imagination. It wanted to make your heart race with terror, yet fill your mind with awe at her face. The Scarlet Devil, princess errant, has made her presence known. It is enough. Until the hunger strikes her again
This was supposed to be a short expansion on my earlier comment about Remilia being Tenshi+. However, after the second paragraph, it turned into a story about two girls wanting to be awesome can-do princesses. I thought that was more adorable, so I wrote that instead. Besides, this will cancel out the grimdark of my last write-up. Yes, the ending is kind of creepy. I'm sorry, but I liked it too much to take it out
Sidenote: my current headcannon of the Scarlets' creation is that they were upper-class children who were bitten, died and came back as vampires. It's how Bram Stoker's Dracula got his victims, so it seems appropriate for someone who claims him as her ancestor.
Second Sidenote: Find the creepy messages and win a prize! You probably won't like the prize
edited 1st Aug '11 4:30:43 PM by yarrunmace