"The truth is, I didn't want to be found."
And for a few moments he was met with a wall of silence. Most assumed that it was a path she had chosen for herself, that she had a skill for it and had decided to further improve upon it, but that wasn’t strictly the case. Lulu had been born a Mage and for better or worse, it was her calling and her destiny to walk the path of the black. “I think I made that decision long before my parents died. You see, I was born this way, I use no charms or have any infusion, it is simply my blood heritage.”
But it wasn’t always easy for her. Everything she knew now had been through many a trial and error because she had no one to turn to for guidance or to teach her. Riku, in that sense, was very lucky.
Riku followed the path ahead with his eyes, listening contently to Lulu, glad that he didn’t offend her. When she mentioned her parents died, he felt sort of guilty. But it’s not like he asked that, but he couldn’t help but feel bad. She was born with it? Does that mean she was able to cast at a very young age without any instruction? Riku’s nosey side wanted to know more, but dared not ask her.
"I see. So while some are hardened into the schools of casting, you were born into it. But i’m guessing that didn’t make it any easier." Riku closed his eyes and nodded as they approached the small table with tea. "You must have been through hell and back to be where you are now."
Lulu shook her head lightly. There was no need for him to apologise, he simply wasn’t accustomed to using magic, though she hoped that during his training that he would have a new found respect for Mages. Many seemed to lack that, thinking that they were simply too weak to endure the course of a real fight, and while to an extent it was true, that she couldn’t take much physical damage, she had more endurance than some of the best swordsman. “No need, I understand.”
The bow that he gave her was unexpected, but it was appreciated. But, she felt the need to return the gesture, bending at the waist and placing a hand over her heart, she spoke softly to him. “I hope I am the teacher you have been searching for.” Straightening, she gestured for him to follow her.
"I’m sure that you are." Riku said quietly as he straightened his posture. Taking a few extra steps to follow her, he wondered how some people could disrespect mages. It’s not like they hold themselves any higher than a normal warrior’s ego would. Yet they were more capable than most when in battle. A majority of the time they were feared for their abilities.
"Lulu? When did you begin to learn how to use magic the way you do now?" Riku understood that this was a somewhat invasive question, and would accept silence as a response if he had been too bold to ask.
No, normal training, or what he deemed to be normal training, wouldn’t cut it. Though they had the same principles in discipline and such, the methods were very different. A lot of how magic worked was linked to emotions, though some might find that hard to believe where she was concerned. The trick was to keep those emotions under a tight leash, she carefully select which one was required for the spell and situation and execute it accordingly.
"There are ways of doing it, but for now you are no good to me. You are spent, yes?" Lulu noted how his complexion had paled and by now he probably felt quite weak. "We shall take a little time to discuss this further, but I don’t have a fondness for carrying people, so we shall have some tea whilst you recover."
His arm grazed the top of his hairline. The sweat was beginning to irritate him when it dripped down his nose. “Yeah… Sorry.” Here he thought he knew a good amount about magic, enough to at least use it casually in a fight and live. But casting without the keyblade took too much of a toll on his body. He would have to learn the alternative methods that Lulu would hopefully oblige him to.
"Tea sounds okay. Thank you again for taking the time to help me learn a little more." Riku bowed graciously. For someone to actually take you as a learner, was a great honor in some worlds. He wasn’t too sure how much esteem was held in this place for that, but it never hurts to hold it at it’s highest.
Using magic could be so incredibly taxing, especially to someone that wasn’t accustomed to using it often. But with Lulu it had an added element into the mix. Where she was naturally gifted, it meant that she could endure longer and throw out stronger spells, but she needed a conduit to take the force of it, otherwise she would literally crush her insides. Mog was a conduit in two senses —he amplified her magic, but he also took the brunt of the beast so that she wouldn’t have to. But still, if she had been casting for a long period of time, it would catch up with her physically; nose bleeds had been known to happen.
"Think nothing of it." She dismissed his apology with a wave of her hand. That had mostly been carelessness on her part, but still, he had held his own well enough. "The fatigue you feel is quite normal, I assure you. I think first we will need to work on your endurance before we start working up to amplifying the power you’re dealing."
Still catching his breath, he nodded. How could throwing a few fireballs take this much out of him? His muscles weren’t stressed, or tensed. But the lingering feeling of exhaustion almost made him dizzy. “Alright then.” Riku’s fingers and hands finally ceased to sizzle.
"How would we go about doing that? I know i can’t just train normally, or i wouldn’t have the problem." He pondered on how they would go about his stamina issue. Maybe meditation? Concentration training? Riku put all of the above in his to-do list, regardless if that was part of the training or not.
She merely nodded in understanding to his small gestures, she should of figured gifting time was on the high even in the earliest of times and shifted in her position over to face him more.
That’s when she turned to blink at him, pausing for only the brief moment before peering down at her creation with a hum. "Hmm? This?" Holding the object up plain to see to the other. A bracelet exposed withing her palms, the bells rang off any large movements the blue-haired gave and a formed designed of those of snowflakes.
"It’s a Christmas bracelet, I thought it would fit for the occasion as a Christmas gift- though I haven’t quite finished the look yet." Aqua explains, turning the piece with studying eyes but then turns them to the other curiously. “Did you find anything too?”
Riku glanced at the trinket. Little details showed that she had spend alot of time on it, and put alot of heart into it. “It’s really nice. Have you considered making them for a living? I’m sure that you could make a living off of them.”
He nodded. “Yeah, sort of. A few things for Sora, Kairi, and a couple of other people. It’s so hard to shop for people nowadays.” Riku shrugged and rustled his bags.
"Say, i was gonna go get some late lunch. You can join me if you want, my treat." Riku held his posture up cheerfully. Hoping to maybe have some company on this hectic day.