Commit e3595b84 authored by Nicolas Artance's avatar Nicolas Artance

the-present, v2

parent 34e3b22d
The present, v2
* **Author:** Nicolas Artance <[](> with the help of @craigmaloney, @deevad and Alinamethyst.
* **License:** [Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)](
## Page 1
**Panel 1:** Large panel showing a kind of big temple (japanese style), surrounded by white mist. Impossible to say if this temple is outside or not. A wild speechbubble comes from the temple.
_Voice: Come on..._
**Panel 2:** Zoom inside the temple. There is a large garden in the center of the temple, very bright, where white and intense light floats. There are also some witches wearing kind of kimonos, who waters some impressive flowers. Some of them are wearing a priestess robe, and are preying in front of a kind of statue (which looks like a ghost). The garden is surrounded by doors, and wild speechbubble comes from one of them.
_Voice: You can do it..._
**Panel 3:** Another zoom on the door itself. It is a sliding door with some symbols on it.
_Voice: Just a little more!_
## Page 2
**Panel 4:** Behind the door. It is a large room, with not a lot of things inside. We can see two strange potteries which diffuse a white smoke in the room, a little coffee table with all the material to do some tea, a shelf with mystic objects (stones, statuettes, etc) and a thick carpet near to a wall.
The focus point of the scene is on the right. There is a large cauldron with a white fire below, and the smoke generated seems to be caught by the other white smoke generated by the strange potteries.
In front of the cauldron, we find our friend Shichimi, who seems to generate the white fire with magic. But it is very hard...
**Panel 5:** Shichimi tries to intensify her magic.
_Shichimi: GNNNN!_
**Panel 6:** But nothing happens. She gives up.
_Shichimi: It is useless..._
## Page 3
**Panel 7:** The white smoke disappears from the cauldron, but is going in front of Shichimi's face.
**Panel 8:** The smoke becomes a little spirit made of white flames. It seems very embarrassed.
**Panel 9:** Shichimi has a sorry face.
_Shichimi: You did a great job. I am sorry to have disturbed you. I am not strong enough..._
**Panel 10:** The spirit disappears. Shichimi thinks about something.
_Shichimi: If only I could find a better fire strike force... a casual fire won't be enough... but I can't reveal what I am doing to Master Wasabi, or anybody else... and this kind of magic will never come to my door..._
**Panel 11:** Suddenly, the door is opened by someone. Shichimi jumps.
**Panel 12:** The visitor is coming near to Shichimi. Shichimi is surprised.
_Visitor: Greetings, Shichimi._
**Panel 13:** Zoom on the visitor.
_Shichimi: SAFFRON?!_
## Page 4
**Panel 14:** By reflex, Shichimi tries to hide the cauldron behind her. Saffron plays with her nails, with a face which she wants to be casual and indifferent, not concerned by what Shichimi says.
_Shichimi: How did you enter here?! The Temple is only allowed for the witches of Ah!_
_Saffron: Let's say I have some strong relationships. But I am here for an important case._
_Shichimi: An important case? What kind?_
**Panel 15:** Saffron starts to be angry. She clenches a fist, which starts to generate some little flames. Shichimi notices the flames.
_Saffron: The kind of one of my friends totally forgot my birthday!_
**Panel 16:** Shichimi has a look behind her, to the cauldron. She has an idea.
_Shichimi: That's... true. I forgot._
_Saffron: So you admit it! I demand apologies right now!_
**Panel 17:** Shichimi balances on her feet with an innocent face. She avoids Saffron's eyes. Saffron generate more and more flames.
_Shichimi: I am not sure you deserve apologies._
_Saffron: What? What did you just say?!_
**Panel 18:** Saffron starts to generate angry flames. Shichimi shrugs with a little malicious smile.
_Shichimi: Face up the truth, Saffron. You are too selfish to receive apologies, and your recent notoriety doesn't help. You never wished a single birthday except yours, and you break the sacred law of this Temple, entering this room without knocking the door, to hear me wishing yours? You're not the center of the universe, Saffron. Think about others before yourself, it'll be better for everyone._
_Saffron: GRRR!!!_
## Page 5
**Panel 19:** Saffron launches a fire spell in Shichimi direction.
**Panel 20:** The fire goes through Shichimi's body, which disappears in a white smoke. The fire touches the cauldron. Saffron is surprised.
**Panel 21:** The fire below the cauldron is now red and orange as usual. Saffron is looking for Shichimi, very angry.
_Saffron: WHERE ARE YOU?!_
_Voice behind: Just here._
**Panel 22:** Saffron turns. Shichimi is behind her, with a little satisfaction smile, with crossed arms. Saffron shouts, waving her arms.
_Saffron: And you find it funny?! You're so mean! And worst of all, for my birthday! Worst day ever!_
_Shichimi: Let that be a lesson. You can go, n..._
**Panel 23:** A sound of "knock knock" comes from the cauldron. Shichimi loses her smile. Saffron is surprised.
**Panel 24:** Saffron turns again. Shichimi is now embarrassed and tries to distract Saffron.
_Saffron: What was that?_
_Shichimi: Nothing. You didn't hear anything. You should go..._
# Page 6
**Panel 25:** The cauldron explodes! Saffron and Shichimi try to protect themselves.
**Panel 26:** Saffron is angry against Shichimi again. Shichimi shows her the door with an embarrassed smile.
_Shichimi: N... no, that's nothing to do, he, he... it is dangerous here, you really have to go, now!_
**Panel 27:** A little roar takes their attention.
**Panel 28:** There is a baby dragon on the ground, in the middle of an opened egg.
**Panel 29:** Saffron is surprised. She screams with bright eyes, joining her hands, with a large smile. Shichimi has a shocked face.
_Saffron: OOOOH! A dragon! So cute!_
**Panel 30:** Saffron takes the dragon in her arms to cuddle it. Shichimi seems to be dead: no pupils, a little and strange white steam coming out her mouth, some lines of tears behind the eyes.
_Saffron: What a surprise! And you lied to me all along with these bad words to distract my attention... thank you so much! You're the queen of manipulation!_
_Shichimi: But... my dragon..._
## *FIN*
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