9001% Serious is the sixteenth story arc in the main canon of EGS. It opened August 1st 2011 and ended March 2nd 2012, clocking in at 102 pages. It dealt with the status of Ellen and Tedd's relationship, Grace and Raven dealing with a magically giant boar and Nanase and Ellen's romantic future.
One Way RoadEdit
The arc started with a collection of scenes involving Tedd's work with magic. Tedd was excited because he was starting to make scientific sense of magic. He had discovered a baseline for the Uryuom transformation testing device. He was having trouble keeping track of Elliot's energy build up. He considered using the Transformation Gun's V5 to build up spell resistance. After testing on Elliot, Tedd discovered the gun will effect spell resistance without impacting enchantment resistance. He later cracked the enchantment formula. Throughout all of this Grace tried to flirt with him, but he was too focused on magic to notice.
On Wednesday May 1 at Moperville South, Ellen was trying to set up a date with Nanase. They decided on dinner and maybe a movie if they could find a good horror one so they could hug each other when it got scary. Gerald interrupted them by saying that he shouldn't be surprised the rumours were true since Nanase had to run out of men in school eventually. Nanase did not take this well. Gerald wished Ellen enjoyment being part of the great Nanase experiment, calling her "girl", and then left. Nanase explained that she went on a few dates with Gerald while she was looking for the right guy before she dated Elliot and that she dated lots of guys before Elliot. Ellen asked if there was anyone else she should know about. Nanase said it would take a while to go through all her boyfriends, but Ellen explained she just wanted to know if there was any other "Geralds" to worry about. Nanase was surprised that Ellen didn't care about how many boys she had dated. Ellen explained that that was before her time and now is what matters. Ellen joked about how her past relationships were with Nanase, until Grace grabbed her from behind and demanded romance prompting Ellen say say there was one time with grace in Vegas. Grace explained that Tedd's experiments are interesting but she needs a break from them. She doesn't want to discourage Tedd from making so much progress. Ellen suggested Grace try taking Tedd out on a date. Grace thought that sounds good and decided to go on a double date with Nanase and Ellen. Nanase and Ellen were confused but Grace was excited about going on another awesome double date. Grace decided that the best date would be dinner and real bowling instead of virtual bowling. Nanase and Ellen were reluctant but after looking Grace in the eyes, they decided to go out on Friday. After Grace left, Ellen asked Nanase if she was OK with the double date,Nanase then asked if Ellen was ok with the date. Ellen said she was ok with Tedd as long as it was small talk. Nanase said that she didn't really know much about Tedd other than the fact that he was weird and her mom treated him like a sad little puppy. Ellen concluded that only issue they had with the date was Tedd; Nanase said if it were just a date with Grace they would be set.
Grace arrived at home and called out to Tedd. When he did not reply she went to the basement door trying to find him and he called her down. Tedd once again went on about his chart filled with the estimated durations of month long transformations only but this time Grace interrupted him by shouting that they will be going out. he told her that they had a double date on Friday with Nanase and Ellen. he will take a break from science and there will be food, romance, bowling and hugging. Tedd was shocked and agreed so Grace told him to show her his chart since it is sexy and awesome.
On Thursday, Tedd told Elliot about the date that he and Grace would be going on. Elliot asked if it was going to be awkward and Tedd said that it would since he didn't know Nanase very well and didn't know how Ellen felt about him. Elliot said the Ellen seemed to like him, but Tedd said they only ever hang out through Grace. Given Ellen's history, Tedd felt that Ellen and him not hanging out meant something. Elliot asked if Tedd was going to try and cancel and Tedd said that Grace really wants the date so he will go and focus on small talk and keeping grace happy. Elliot asked if this meant was going to not focus on the fact that he was kind of going out on a date with his cousin. Tedd did not takes this joke well.
At Salty Crackers Comics Nanase complained to Justin about Ellen not caring about then men she dated. When Justin said that it was good that Ellen did not care about Nanase's past, Nanase said that love is not logical. She went on to say that Ellen should want to club all of Nanase's exes in order to claim ownership. Justin asked why she was complaining about a lack of Neanderthal-esque behaviour from her girlfriend and Nanase said that love makes Neanderthals of us all. At least, it is supposed to. Duck was listening to the conversation then went to his friend and told them that the dream of dating Nanase is dead, but something magical has taken its place
Tedd entered the living room and asked his father if he could borrow some money for his date with Grace. Mr. Verres asked if he spent all of his money on gaming peripherals; Tedd said it was for science but yes he did. Mr. Verres said he was just giving Tedd a hard time and Grace had already borrowed money for the date. Tedd said that he was the man so he should pay, but Mr. Verres said while that was gentlemanly they live in a modern, progressive age so there is no shame in sharing the cost, plus Mr. Verres would be the one paying either way. Tedd said that was a good point and asked for advice on what to wear. Mr. Verres suggested clean socks since it was a dinner and bowling date.
At the Kitsune house, Mrs. Kitsune asked if Nanase would be home for dinner on Friday or would she going a play date. Nanase said was a serious relationship and that she would be going out with Ellen, Tedd and his girlfriend. Mrs. Kitsune was shocked to learn that Tedd had a girlfriend and demanded to know if she was nice, and committed to the relationship, or just toying with him. Nanase said that she was very nice and a friend of hers. Mrs. Kitsune was very glad to find out that Tedd had a girlfriend since he used to be so shy. She told Nanase that she had to look after her little cousin. When Nanase said she was barely older than him, Mrs. Kitsune said that Nanase knew more about relationships then Tedd and she must help him. When Nanase argued, Mrs. Kitsune said she would cancel pizza night if Nanase didn't promise. Nanase said her wisdom is his.
On the day of the date and just before it, Tedd was downstairs watching Mythbusters while Grace was upstairs getting ready for the date. Mr. Verres asked if Grace was getting dressed up for the date since bowling dates were the casual at the casualist. Tedd said not to worry, Grace had decided that the date would begin when they left the house so she was waiting upstairs for Ellen and Nanase. Mr. Verres thought that they should have been here already since he heard a car drive up but Tedd said that was probably something on the TV or maybe Jeremy. Outside, in the car, Nanase and Ellen were kissing since they thought they would not get many chances to do it during the date. Five minutes later Nanase and Ellen knocked on the door to pick up Grace and Tedd. Grace hugged Ellen while Nanase blushed. Tedd was shocked to see Nanase with long hair, since he expected short hair. Nanase explained that the magical burn out made her hair grow faster then normal. Tedd said that he had some theories on magic and hair. He said if he knew why all that happens he might be able to help Nanase get unburned faster. Nanase was surprised and Tedd said he had to emphasize might. Tedd proposed that they go into a lengthy discussion about it, but after seeing Grace's expression he said that Nanase and him would have that discussion in lengthy detail later, well after the date later.
While the four drove to the date, Tedd was having a tough time trying to stop thinking like one of those science nuts from the Portal games and start thinking sexy thoughts about Grace. Grace asked if it would be OK to discreetly increase her strength if the bowling ball was too heavy. Ellen said they have differently weighted balls so the weight should not be an issue. Tedd wondered how Grace would increase muscle mass without changing muscle tone, but tried to think of something else. Tedd wondered if Nanase was generating magic she could not use thus making her hair grow faster then normal. Tedd was not happy he couldn't stop thinking about science, but realized it was the music. He asked what they were listening to. Ellen said it was the soundtrack to Portal.
At the restaurant, Grace wondered why there were so many paintings on the wall. Gary appeared and started to answer her question but this surprised her causing her to cry out and that surprised him. Gary apologized and said that he was supposed to respond enthusiastically to such questions and say the restaurant was a fun family friendly place, but then he saw Nanase and was surprised to see her and find out that the rumours were true. He said he was glad that this was the reason that Nanase dumped him, since he was worried it was because he was too geeky. Nanase told him that, yes, it was entirely because she is a lesbian. Nanase apologized for coming to a restaurant where one of her ex-boyfriends worked but Ellen did not care since it wasn't another Gerald. Grace asked who Gerald was and Nanase said he was a jerk she used to date. Grace asked why Nanase would date a jerk and Nanase said she used to think he was cool since he stood up for himself and wore androgynous outfits, then she realized he dressed like that so he could get into fights. Ellen was surprised Gerald got into fights in purpose while Tedd said Gerald sounded like a Venus flytrap that caught bullies and thought that was awesome. When the menus arrived, Tedd quickly picked a hamburger then pretend to read until the rest of the gang picked their meals, he assumed the Ellen did the same thing but was surprised when she said she might try the calamari. Tedd was shocked that Ellen was going to try calamari and asked her if she was really going to do it. Ellen said she was and asked if there was something wrong and Tedd said that Elliot would never try calamari. Ellen said she was not Elliot and she saw something interesting so she was going to try it and asked Tedd if that was a problem. Tedd, backtracked hastily and insisted that it was not a problem, that it was inspiring actually and inadvertently said that he might try some calamari himself. Grace asked him if he knew that it was squid. To which Tedd said "Tasty, tasty squid". Grace talked about her training and said that with Sensei Greg it was nice but he was not teaching her anything "changy" yet, but that made sense since she didn't want to claw people. Nanase talked about a time when she and Ellen were hanging out and two guys started hitting on them and Ellen was still not sure if they disappointed them or not. Grace said she liked the end of a movie because the woman went for the poor nice guy rather than the rich mean guy. Nanase said that Ellen and her should go the city museum next Saturday since train tickets were cheap and they had a T-Rex exhibit. Grace said she was not bad at volleyball; Ellen said she either launched the balls into orbit or dove for cover and Grace said that's how she deals with most of her problems. Tedd said he had been sitting alone in his basement and inadvertently distancing himself from his friends. His squid then arrived and he sarcastically said "Awesome". After Tedd admitted he was isolating himself and treating Elliot like a lab rat, Ellen explained that this was typical of Tedd. She gave an example of him modding games until he got sick of it. Tedd realized this was true since he had a whole hard drive full of unfinished mods and noted that it was just like another time when he had a refrigerator box spaceship that he never finished. He said he couldn't afford to get sick of his current work because it was too important. Nanase said that Tedd needed to learn to pace himself more and not spend all of his time focused on science. Tedd said that was easier said than done since he could barely contain himself on the ride to the restaurant. Ellen told him that she didn't think he would ever get sick of science and suggested he try to find broaden his areas of study to include non-magic related things, like what his friends have been up to, how they are feeling and how quickly could he undo his girlfriend's bra? The last suggestion prompted Nanase to frown and blush and Tedd to note that he owned a stopwatch. Ellen suggested that night's experiment could be "Can squid be delicious". Tedd stared at his food a moment then energetically bit into a calamari ring. The first bite was too hot and Tedd had to gulp down water in order too cool it. Ellen said sometimes you get burned when you perform an experiment so let it cool for a minute then try it again with some dipping sauce. After a little while, Tedd bit another calamari ring this time with dipping sauce and declared it to be adequate. Ellen said it was OK, while Tedd said it was good but not great. Ellen said she would eat it again and Tedd said he was glad he tried it. Ellen said it was good to try a variety of new things but trailed off when she saw that Nanase had finished her steak. Nanase said she had hungered.
At the bowling alley/arcade, Grace was surprised to learn that Tedd expected a whole fried squid on his plate instead of calamari rings. Tedd observed that the bowling alley was packed. Tedd commented that when Ellen said there would be a wait he didn't expect that meant come back tomorrow. Ellen said lines always look worse than they really are and suggested that Nanase and Grace go to the arcade while she and Tedd check out the waiting. Grace was excited to find the giant video games and Nanase hoped to find a skee ball machine. Tedd said they would be lucky if they only had to wait an hour but Ellen warned him not to get Nanase's hopes up. Tedd tried to point out the Nanase was gone but Ellen explained that she understood the Tedd was obsessed with his science and could use another lab rat but that Nanase really missed her magic. She continued that if he could help her then that was fine but if he jerked her around she would break him. Ellen walked away and Tedd exclaimed "what the hell?" angrily. Tedd confronted her, grabbing her arm and telling her they needed to talk. Then he said "Please?" and told her he was not strong enough to actually force her to follow him. Tedd said she was like an old friend one minute and ready to jump at his throat the next. He asked if they were friends, if she hated him and what he was to her. Ellen said she was sorry and said she didn't know what he was to her. She told him that he was confusing to her and she has a confusing life. Tedd said he couldn't understand her life but that they had essentially been friends for years. Ellen said that no, they hadn't. Ellen told Tedd that she had Elliot's memories plus Second Life Ellen's over 18 years of memories, but that none of those memories were hers. She said her memories started three months ago and that the day when she and Tedd met was the worst day of her life. Tedd was surprised. Ellen said she still had Elliot's memories of Tedd and Second Life Ellen's memories of Tedd. She said that he was sexy, that he was almost entirely responsible for Ellen existing and that he had not once apologized for the mistakes that led to Ellen's creation. Tedd started to ask how he could apologize for that but then asked if she really thought he was sexy. Ellen said he could say he was sorry for one, but Tedd admitted that he screwed up a lot and maybe could apologize for that but if he hadn't Ellen would not exist. Tedd said he was not sorry that Ellen exists and that if she was a result of his mistakes then they were the best mistakes he had ever made. Ellen said he confuses her a lot and Tedd said he would apologize for that. Tedd asked if they were good or better. Ellen said they were definitely better. Tedd said he still thinks he has been friends with Ellen for years but Ellen said that she would take Elliot's memories for what they are worth but won't pretend they are hers. She doesn't want to dwell on the past she wants to focus on the present and look to the future. Tedd asked if her future included him. Ellen said yes and hugged him. Grace joined in and said the wait would be half an hour. Nanase walked up and told Grace to go glomp Tedd. Nanase told Ellen she heard what she said about looking towards the future which explained her lack of interest in Nanase's dating past. Gerald walked up and said "the experiment continues". Gerald mockingly congratulated Nanase on sticking with Ellen for so long. Ellen told him to be quiet and that she and Nanase have been dating for 56 days. Nanase was surprised that Ellen had been counting the days. Gerald tried to tell Ellen not to delude herself, but Tedd told him to be quiet, that they had been having a good time and that Gerald was ruining it. Gerald asked how big the experiment was (clearly mistaking Tedd for a girl) and Tedd angrily told him they were on a double date. He said that they got that he was an ex-boyfriend bully who resented Nanase and that he should just move on. Gerald yelled that he wasn't a bully and said that he just says it like it is. Tedd told him to go away and Gerald asked what army was going to make him but when he saw Nanase, Ellen and Grace's expressions he said he would go. Tedd expressed disbelief that he used to look up Gerald. Grace asked if he was OK and Tedd said he was a badass then asked for a hug. Nanase was surprised that Tedd could talk like that. Tedd said he was a badass to people who hurt his friends. The girls thanked him but told him to not do that again. They explained that Gerald was trying to antagonize them and if they had fought Gerald would have punted Tedd into orbit. When Tedd said he was a badass, Grace told him to be a assertive badass rather than an aggressive one. Nanase told Ellen she was better than a neanderthal which Ellen confusedly thanked her for. Tedd asked if they were sure that it would take half an hour. Grace told him that Nanase's ex-boyfriend said it looks worse than it really is. Ellen asked when Gerald said that and Nanase explained it was another ex-boyfriend named Grant who told her as he worked there. Ellen was surprised but when Nanase asked why, she said she was wondering why Nanase seemed to like dating people whose names started with the letter "G" so much. Tedd grabbed Grace and said "mine", Grace said she was flattered and Nanase said it was a coincidence. Tedd thought to himself, he needed this, friendships require upkeep, and good intentions only went so far if he ended up neglecting his friends. He thought, his recent work wasn't all selfless; for him science was addictive and fun. He thought, he would find the right balance; both researching magic and nurturing his friendships. He finished off by thinking that the next time someone attacked his friends they would stand together and they would make them regret it. Back at Tedd's house, in the basement, a cupboard was revealed to hold a gauntlet similar to Lord Tedd's.
Legends of CelidaEdit
On Saturday May 4, Susan was at Sarah's house and asked her if they were going to be alone for a while. When Sarah confirmed that they were and they would hear anyone coming, Susan let out her fairy doll that she had named "Little Nase", and told her to get a soda for her. Sarah asked if she ever unsummoned the doll and Susan said that it explodes when she does so she just waits until it fades away. Sarah guessed that she resummons it again at that point which Susan confirmed. Susan asked what game Sarah was gong to play and Sarah told her they were going to play Legends of Celida. Susan said she was fine watching and riffing on the game but Sarah said that Susan wasn't going to have to do much other than get items, distract enemies and press "A" to point out obvious information. Susan said she was in the fairy role and Sarah said she guessed Susan would like that. Susan asked if the character Sarah was controlling was Celida. Sarah replied that the guy she was controlling was named Chain. Susan expressed surprise that Chain was a guy. Sarah said he was a little androgynous. Susan said that he had breasts but Sarah said that was just where he kept his extra items. Sarah explained that Celida was a kidnapped princess and that one of the primary goals was to save her. Susan was mildly surprised that the title character was a damsel in distress. Sarah said Celida was in this game but had been pretty badass in some of the earlier games. Susan asked if it was possible to play as her in those games. Sarah said no but that there was a game where she turned into a man and was a badass ninja for a while. Susan expressed surprise that Celida turned into a man but Sarah said it was only for a while and she turned back into a woman later. She added that Celida was immediately kidnapped to which Little Nase facepalmed. Susan assumed Sarah was messing with her but Sarah said even though they never specifically say so it is pretty obvious that was what happened. Susan pointed out that the protagonist had breasts so Celida might have simply become more muscular. Sarah said that Susan's conclusion was not unreasonable but she studied a lot of anatomy for her artwork; Ninja Celida's hips, shoulders, relative proportions and everything else suggested that the form was male. Susan suggested that Sarah just thought that females couldn't be physically as strong as a man. Sarah gave her a look and pointed out Grace, Ellen, Nanase and that her boyfriend turns into a female to get stronger. Susan admitted that she realized the stupidity of the statement as soon as she said it. Susan asked if it might have been an illusion. Sarah stated that Susan really didn't want Celida to turn into a guy. Susan said that she was really trying not to care but then asked why it couldn't it be an illusion and if that would be easier then a transformation. Sarah said she had no idea how difficult an illusion like that would be. After staring at each other for a moment, the girls called Tedd. Tedd answered his iPhone and set it to speak mode. Sarah asked him which was easier: transformation or illusion. Tedd asked if she meant for himself or in general. While he was talking Tedd was working on a watch that changed his gender and clothing. Tedd explained that he had not worked on illusions but he did know that simple illusions are easy to do. In the case of a full fledged disguise, the illusion sounded like it would be difficult depending on the degree of automation and how it worked, and in any case it would require a hefty upkeep. In order for such an illusion to work the user must turn invisible any part not covered by the illusion, therefore it would be simpler to just turn totally invisible. Tedd thought that if you used a psychic illusion you would be bending the truth so turning invisible wouldn't be possible because the mind would reject that but wasn't sure. Also, he pointed out that it would not work on mirrors or cameras. He was beginning to theorize combining methods when Sarah interrupted him and explained she just wanted to know if Celida turns into a man or not. Tedd explained that it was confirmed in the manga that she did indeed turn into a man. Sarah said oh, Tedd said asked if there was anything else, Sarah thanked him and Tedd said no problem. While Tedd had been explaining he was constantly testing the watch that changed his gender, hair style and clothing.
Death Sentence 1Edit
On Sunday, Rhoda was in the park, taking pictures, when she discovered a patch of ground had been dug up. She took a picture of it then heard some rustling in the bushes. She looked up, gasped, and ran away but tripped and crawled over to a fallen tree. A shadow loomed over her. The shadow turned out to be a giant boar which squealed at Rhoda as she got up and ran away. Catalina arrived at the park complaining about photography class making her take photos. She wanted to find something cool when she heard a squeal and saw the giant boar had chased Rhoda up a tree. Catalina blew her whistle and told the giant boar to get away from Rhoda. Both girls used their camera flashes to disorient the giant boar with Catalina blowing her whistle as well. The boar was eventually spooked enough that it ran away. Rhoda asked if the giant boar was gone and Catalina yelled "Booyah!" and said "In your face, mega pig!". Catalina then asked if Rhoda was OK. Rhoda told her she thought so and thanked Catalina. Catalina said she was glad her plan worked since her only other idea was to throw a shoe at it. She asked if Rhoda planned to stay in the tree and Rhoda said she had never climbed a tree before and didn't know how to get down. Catalina complimented her for climbing so well for her first time and told her she'd help get her down. Rhoda started to climb down but slipped and landed on top of Catalina. She apologized and both agreed they should tell someone about the giant boar.
Death Sentence 2Edit
Grace was reading a book when Jeremy started meowing at her. She morphed out her antennae so she could talk with him. Jeremy told her that she was in his spot. Grace tried to say the rest of the couch was open but Jeremy insisted, Grace suggested he could sit on her lap but Jeremy scoffed at the idea. Tedd excitedly rushed in to tell Grace to check the news. Grace sarcastically asked which one of their friends fought a magic thing this time, but Tedd told her that Rhoda and Catalina were attacked by a "big ass boar". Grace said the Rhoda was her history tutor while Tedd thought Grace was Rhoda's math tutor and Grace said it was a mutually beneficial arrangement. When Tedd got excited about the boar being described as giant, Grace was alarmed. Tedd explained that feral boars can weigh several hundred pounds given optimal conditions. Grace said that Rhoda described Justin as giant so maybe everything was big for her.
Carol was on the news outside of the Moperville Forest Preserve Visitor Centre interviewing Rhoda and Catalina about the hog attack. Rhoda told her she was taking a picture of a cherry tree when a boar chased her. Catalina said she was on a higher path when she heard a squeal and saw Rhoda trapped in a tree. After the girls explained how they got it to run away, Carol showed a blurry picture of the hog and explained the photo was too blurry to determine size. She talked to Ranger Simpson who said he wanted to call the girls liars but the fact that the dirt was dug up and that there were hoof prints in it proved a feral hog was in the area. Simpson explained the evidence supported a large hog but not as big the girls claimed. He said that the hog was a danger to the environment and it along with any others in the area must be destroyed as quickly as possible. Carol asked if there were other hogs in the area and Simpson said he did not know but since this hog had a scar they could find out easily. He said that traditionally, trained dogs were used to grab the hogs ears and hold them down until hunters could catch them but Moperville does not have anything like that. He said he had some buddies who hunted hogs in Texas and they would be coming Tuesday night to help deal with the problem. Carol said the forest preserve was closed down to everyone but hunters who would only be allowed to hunt feral hogs. Grace wondered aloud if the size of the boar meant that during the hunt, dogs and some hunters could die too.
Later that evening, Grace was awake worrying about the pig and dogs dying, when she heard Mr. Verres' phone ring. When Mr. Verres answered the phone Raven offered his assistance in saving the boar. Mr. Verres was surprised that Raven would call, but Raven explained he could disenchant the boar so it would return to regular size. Mr. Verres said that it was not his (Mr. Verres') call and told him Arthur was in charge. Raven said he would not talk to the man who tried to deport him to Russia. Mr. Verres said that they government wasn't even looking into the incident since there was not enough evidence of paranormal involvement and no one would care about saving the boar anyway. Raven said that that was cold but Mr. Verres replied that it was the reality of the situation. Raven asked if this had anything to do with how they left things, Mr. Verres said that the greater good outweighed their history. Raven apologized for not being a better teacher and Mr. Verres said goodbye. Grace decided to help Raven save everyone.
Death Sentence 3Edit
On Monday morning, Grace and Ellen arrived at school. Ellen asked why Grace was being so quiet and Grace said she was worried about the boar. They met Rhoda and Grace asked if she was OK. Rhoda said she was fine but didn't know what was going to happen. Diane said that the hunters were going to track down and shoot the boar for trying to hurt Rhoda. Rhoda said that it was scary but also said that that she was okay and that it was a wild animal that didn't know any better. Diane said it should burn and took Rhoda to meet with Lucy. Ellen didn't know anything about the boar attack so she was lost.
Later that morning, Raven finished up his class, reminding his students about a quiz that was coming up. After Grace had walked out along with most of he rest of the class he found a note from Grace on his desk. The note said that she knew he was half immortal, that she could talk to animals and that she wanted to help him save the boar. Raven was shocked and rushed out to call Grace back. He dragged her back into his classroom, pushed the stragglers out, slammed the door and demanded to know about the note. Grace explained that she knew he was a half immortal from when he fought the wizard, that she was a alien-human hybrid who could talk to animals, that she lives with Mr. Verres and that she overheard the telephone conversation Mr. Verres had had with Raven the previous night. Raven was taken aback by all this and Grace followed up by asking if he wanted to save the day. Raven was surprised that Grace lived with Mr. Verres and Grace explained that he took her in a few months ago. When Raven asked about how she knew he was half immortal, Grace explained that his barriers left one person in the hallway, and also that a immortal named Jerry told her about him shortly before dying. Raven said she should not be so forthcoming. Grace replied that her address was no secret but Raven explained he meant about her being half alien. Grace said that Raven already knew something was up about her. When Raven was confused, Grace reminded him that, when they were in the principal's office, Raven had been angry at her then abruptly changed his mind after he stared at her and Ellen for a few moments. Grace said he said that they were awesome and he must teach them. Raven said that was not how it went. Grace said she liked to pretend he bought her and Ellen ice cream afterwards and was disappointed that he didn't. Raven said she had talked enough and regardless of the boar they now had much to discuss but they could do it at his home after school. Grace was surprised that Raven didn't seem to care about the boar, but Raven said he would not drag a minor into the woods with him to track down a wild animal. Grace said she was eighteen and therefore legally he could do all sorts of stuff with her. Raven said she should not say it like that, gave her his address and said that she should come to his house alone after school and tell no one. Grace said she didn't have a car but Raven said his home was a fifteen minute walk away from hers and if she couldn't make that she had no business asking to join him on a giant boar hunt. Raven said that in the meantime she must learn to be more careful with sensitive information and Grace asked if he knew he had dropped her note to him on the floor. Raven paused and said yes.
Later that morning, Grace told Ellen about her meeting with Raven. Ellen tried to press her for details but Grace was conflicted on keeping it a secret. Eventually she decided to tell Ellen that Raven now knew about her (Grace's) knowledge of him but she didn't tell him about the others knowing about him. She said the reason she wanted to keep it secret was to allow her to save the boar and that Raven had acquired some knowledge of her nature during the incident at the principal's office.
Death Sentence 4Edit
Later, at Tedd's house, Grace told Tedd that she was going for a walk. Tedd asked if she wanted him to come but Grace said no. Tedd said that that was good and wished her enjoyment. Grace was worried that Tedd didn't want to come with her but Tedd explained he had a test he really wanted to do. He asked if Grace had wanted him to come and Grace hurriedly said no, Tedd asked if she didn't want him to walk with her and Grace hurriedly backtracked and offered Tedd a chance to join her. Tedd declined so they both wished each other enjoyment but then looked toward each other out of the corner of their eyes without turning around.
At Raven's house, Raven asked Noah if he was playing basketball with Elliot that afternoon. Noah said yes and Raven told him to call before he came home since he was having Grace over and didn't want her to meet him. Noah fell off the couch when he heard that Grace was coming over. Noah asked why Grace was coming over and Raven explained that he knew of his heritage and didn't need a reason to suspect Noah's. Noah admitted that he hadn't told Raven something, when Raven asked what it was Noah explained that Grace was the seyunolu that was at the dojo a few weeks ago. Raven was surprised and asked when Noah figured it out. When Noah admitted he has known for a while, Raven asked why he had not told him sooner. Noah said that he was fairly certain Grace was the one that killed Damian. Raven looked flabbergasted for a moment and then exclaimed "WHAT?!". Raven asked how Grace could have possibly killed Damian since she was the same girl who ran out of his classroom crying after learning about World War II. Noah explained that he was told that a part-squirrel seyunolu who was a woman of grace defeated Damian. He continued that, shortly after that, a furry seyunolu named Grace whose last name is the scientific name for the squirrel family started attending his school. Raven noted that he thought the name sounded fishy and asked whether Noah was sure Grace was part squirrel since Noah kept referring to her as a furry seyunolu. Noah said that Grace's form at the dojo suggested that she was not dominantly squirrel but the form had three tails that looked squirrelly. Raven took it to mean that Noah was not certain, but Noah said that he was as Grace's hero alias was "Shade Tail". Raven asked how that was significant and Noah said the word squirrel had origins in ancient Greek and that the Greek word it came from would roughly translate to "Shade Tail". Raven asked why he knew that and Noah explained that he had been studying a lot about squirrels since one of his only two clues regarding who killed Damian was squirrel-related. Noah was excited that he would have a chance to talk to Grace and give her hugs and back rubs but Raven insisted he go play basketball with Elliot. Noah said he would be distracted but Raven simply said that then Elliot would have a chance of winning.
Once Noah left, Raven morphed into his elf form and thought about what it would mean if Grace was the one who defeated Damian. He thought that, with her and Noah at his side, they could accomplish great things. He then caught sight of a photo on his cabinet and thought that they must take care not to repeat past mistakes. Less than fifteen minutes later, Grace arrived at Raven's house. She was surprised by Raven's youthful appearance and Raven took that to mean she did not get a good look at him during his fight with Abraham. Grace said that she did not. Raven said he was willing to consider the possibility that her helping him would be a good idea but he needed to be sure she could handle the situation and was what she claimed to be. Grace showed him her antennae but Raven said that only proved she was a part-uryuom seyunolu and only furry seyunolus could talk to animals. Raven waited for her to turn into her three tailed form but Grace showed him her half-squirrel form instead. Raven was surprised by her smaller size and Grace said she was always changing sizes. Raven asked what kind of animal she was and Grace said she was part-squirrel. Raven said her tail might be bushy but her face had not changed other then getting furry and her teeth were not squirrelly at all. Grace said she was totally squirrelly and asked Raven if it mattered. Raven said it did and so Grace ran behind the couch and turned into her full squirrel form. Raven was surprised to find the Grace could change so thoroughly and admitted that Grace was part-squirrel but doubted Grace usefulness in battle. The squirrel form would have sharp claws and impressive agility but he was concerned for her safety. He said that a normal boar was already pretty fast and with the growth spell it would no doubt be faster. Grace, eager to reply to that, turned back into a human and said that she could do more than that but forgot that she would be naked when she changed back. Raven was embarrassed and promptly covered his eyes. Raven thought about how this meeting had turned into a disaster and wondered if it would just be easier to simply ask Grace if she defeated Damian since he could do it now without exposing Noah. Grace told him it was OK to look now and Raven started to ask her about Damian when he saw her in her calm Omega form asking him if he liked her now in an angry voice and with an angry look on her face in order to make herself look dramatic. After seeing the Omega form Raven initially thought Grace could have killed Damien many times over but then there was a hissing noise, Grace panicked and dove behind the couch. Raven then thought Grace was prone to being startled. The hissing noise turned out to be coming from a cat with hedgehog spines similar to Jeremy. Grace was glad to see a kitty and talked to it. The cat asked her a question and Grace assured it that it was very scary and that she was a friend to Mr.Raven. She told him her name was Grace and asked the cat what his name was. When it responded Grace said it was a pleasure to meet him and called him Mr. Fuzzball. Raven said his name was Max but, after another meow, Grace said that Max said he was one of those too. Grace told Max that Raven was her teacher. Max asked if he taught her how to catch mice, but Grace said he was her history teacher. Max left and Grace said that she didn't think Max had a concept of teaching beyond hunting for food. Raven was surprised that Grace took Max's appearance in stride after seeing him but Grace didn't understand why, even after Raven explained about his spines. Raven congratulated Grace for proving she could talk with animals and had considerable power. Grace was surprised that Raven didn't need to do his ooh-ee-ohh thing but Raven said that in his true form his ears could taste her power. Grace was confused about his ears and Raven said she had proven she could safely accompany him but she still had to tell him why she wanted to save the boar. Raven said he understood her wanting to protect the hunters but didn't understand her desire to save the boar. Grace told him that killing the animal should be the last resort and nobody else was willing to try another option. If there were more boars she would understand wanting to kill them since they destroy everything and have no natural predators in the area so humans have to step in to save nature. She continued that however this was apparently only one boar so killing him should not be the only option. Raven asked if she was willing to accept that it might be necessary and Grace said that she did. Then she asked why Raven wanted to save the boar. Grace explained that she was a young woman and possibly a hippie so it made sense that she wanted to save it. Adrian told her that the boar had no place where it belonged, no one wanted it and its very existence was reason enough to kill it. He felt pity for it. Grace asked if it would be inappropriate to hug him and Raven said extremely which Grace accepted. Raven told Grace that they will go hunt the boar tomorrow morning after he makes a few things clear. Grace said the hunters were coming tomorrow night but Raven said he wasn't bring her into the woods at night and would arrange for her to miss classes at school. Raven said that since they were hunting a wild animal he would bring a gun and would shoot if Grace could not calm down the boar. Raven hoped Grace would be able to talk to the boar but he didn't know if the enchantment would interfere and he believed the boar would be agitated. Grace asked if it was scared and confused, but Raven explained that a boar would be trying to break the enchantment by not eating enough if at all. Grace asked if they should bring sandwiches and Raven suggested that whoever enlarged the boar had good intentions. Grace asked how and Raven said that, when the boar charged Rhoda, it suddenly got larger and stopped giving Rhoda time to get away. Grace said if they were not going to go tonight she really had to get home. Raven asked if Grace told her girlfriend what they are up to. Grace asked if he meant Ellen and said that Tedd is her boyfriend. Raven was shocked that Grace was dating Tedd and said he cannot take her. Grace tried to get Raven to take her by saying that lives were at stake but Raven said he could kill the the boar and protect people himself. Raven refused to put Grace's life at risk. Grace said she was putting her life at risk and was not going to sit back and let Raven kill the boar when she could save it. Raven relented and said Grace had to do whatever he said and flee on command even if it meant leaving him to die. He said her objective was to return home unharmed and asked her if she understood. Grace started to protest about leaving Raven to die but Raven insisted on those terms and Grace accepted them.
Later, when Grace arrived back at the Verres house, she told Tedd about her meeting with Raven.
Death Sentence 5Edit
Grace arrived at Raven's house ready to go save the boar. Raven asked her if she talked to Tedd and Grace said she did, admitting that it was a good idea. When inside, Raven asked if she could sit in a car in her three-tailed form. When Grace said she could, he told her to change right away. Grace asked why and Raven explained that his illusion spell could be disrupted if she transformed after it was cast. Raven handed her an orange vest to indicate to the hunters to not shoot her should the illusion spells fail. Raven cast an illusion spell on Grace and told Grace had to be willing and accepting of it, otherwise her resistance would make it end quickly. After the spell was cast, Grace looked down and saw she was still fuzzy. Raven explained that they could see through the illusion but everyone else would be fooled. When Grace looked in a mirror, she saw she looked just like Susan, Raven explained that he changed her appearance so he could claim that she was her niece. Grace asked if he had any kids and Raven said as an elf he couldn't have them. When Grace got in the car she found she could not fit normally in the front passenger seat no matter how hard she tried, so she sat in the back seat.
When they arrived at the forest preserve, Raven led Grace in the direction of the boar. When Grace asked how he knew which way to go Raven said it was by the taste of the flavor of the magic in the air. Raven explained that the sweetness of the magic he was currently following probably meant that the boar's growth was functioning in defiance of the square-cube law of biomechanics but that it was a better thing than if the magic was spicy. When Grace asked what spicy magic meant Raven explained it would imply that the boar was in such defiance of laws of the universe that it had effectively become a reality unto itself and that sort of thing could make him rethink their plan. As they continued to follow the taste of magic, Raven explained his choice of words in describing his sensing like that. They came to an area where the boar had been rooting around which apparently proved Raven's theory about the boar not eating to be wrong. Raven revealed that he had been taught that theory but had not tested it himself because that would have been cruel. Meanwhile the boar had snuck up to them and clicked its tusks together. Raven told Grace to talk to it. Grace told it they came in peace and were there to help it. The boar seemed to indicate it didn't need help but Grace told it that it was in danger and hunters were coming for it. The boar seemed to think the hunters would run but Grace told it they were not likely to do so. According to Grace, the boar said that if it could not scare the hunters away he would kill them. Raven said he expected this and told Grace to ask about other boars. When Grace did so, the boar said he was alone. Grace told him if he wanted a mate he would have to leave. Raven thought about how animals instinctively don't eat when they get enchantments in order to get rid of the enchantment. He realized that the reason the boar was eating was because he wanted to remain big and, at that moment, Grace mentioned that they could restore it to normal size to Raven's horror and the boar's anger. The boar charged at Grace who jumped out of the way. Raven shot it dead to stop it from killing her and its body returned to normal size.
Grace lamented that she did not even try to fly and she might have been fast enough if she was floating. Raven said the boar was doomed from the start and he was just too stubborn to accept it. He said there was no point in trying to save it but Grace said that was stupid. She said someone had to try because if everyone accepted the worst possible outcome that is what would happen. Grace said nobody considered saving the boar a possibility. Raven said there were reasons they didn't but Grace didn't care saying even if there seemed to be no hope at least they tried. She said that if that made her an idiot then she will gladly be an idiot for that reason. Raven said he still believed her to be wrong about the boar but he liked her reasons for being wrong. Raven admitted that they should not have tried to save the boar since there was nowhere for it to live but agreed the someone had to be willing to try for the better outcome. Raven then said that sometimes there is no better outcome. Afterward, he took Grace out for ice cream.
That evening, Rhoda was reading a news report about a random tip that lead Ranger Simpson to a dead boar which was regular size and had a scar. Rhoda's mother told her to get ready for bed and while she was changing and thinking about the boar, it was revealed that it was she who made the boar large thanks to the magic mark placed on her back.
What Is LoveEdit
On Friday May 31, Nanase woke up and remarked that she really had to get a hair cut. Akiko appeared, startled Nanase with a vehement "No!" and told her that she needs to let her hair grow "super amazingly long". Nanase started to disagree with Akiko noting she knew that Akiko liked Rapunzel but Akiko interrupted with "Rapunzel, Rapunzel don't cut your hair!". Nanase joked about looking for scissors so she could chop off her hair.
At school, Nanase asked Ellen if she was worried about the finals. Ellen said she got most of that stuff and would be fine as long as she remembered which history went with which universe. Nanase said she was babysitting Akiko and asked Ellen if she wanted to come over. Ellen they could put on a preschool TV show for Akiko and sneak upstairs. Nanase said Akiko was eight and that that she took babysitting her sister very seriously. Ellen could come over but they actually had to keep an eye on Akiko. Ellen asked what that meant and Nanase said staying nearby, watching cartoons, playing games and making dinner. Ellen asked what dinner would be and Nanase said spaghetti. Ellen said "rock on".
At the Kitsune house, Mrs. Kitsune said Ellen could stay as long they they watched Akiko and didn't do anything inappropriate in front of her. Nanase said neither one of them would even think about doing that. Mrs. Kitsune left and Ellen said she didn't understand a word that was said. Nanase said that her family tended to default to speaking Japanese at home. Ellen asked why that was and Akiko explained. However, since she did so in Japanese, Ellen was still unaware of the answer and asked Nanase to translate. Akiko asked Ellen if Ellen was Nanase's boyfriend and Ellen said sort of. Akiko said that was cool because real boys are weird and gross and it was cool that they are dating. Ellen confusedly thanked her and Akiko said she was going to do that when she was older too. Nanase asked what she meant and Akiko said she was going to date girls. Nanase told Akiko that she couldn't just decide she was going to like girls and Akiko said she did like girls. Nanase explained that she meant that she couldn't just decide that she was going to be attracted to girls. Akiko asked what "be attracted to" meant. Nanase was taken aback, and was unsure of how to respond so Ellen cut in answering "magnets". Akiko was skeptical and sarcastically asked Ellen how old she thought she was. Ellen tried to demonstrate by feigning she was being pulled towards Nanase but Akiko remained skeptical. Nanase told Ellen that Akiko wasn't buying it but Ellen retorted that she wasn't selling it. Akiko said she would just look it up on the internet, but Nanase hurriedly told her not to and to give her a moment to figure out what to say. Akiko told her to just tell her what "attracted to" meant. Nanase told her it was something you felt when you were older that was a romantic feeling different from liking someone. Akiko asked if she meant love and Nanase said exactly. Ellen said that wasn't always the case and that there was a difference between attraction and love. Akiko asked if it was like a good guy and girl who like each other and want to be together, but then a bad guy tries to make the girl love him. They are both attracted to the girl but only the good guy loves her. Nanase said that would be one example and Ellen warned her to remember that if a vampire asks her out. Akiko asked why she couldn't just decide to be attracted to girls once she was older and Nanase said it is a feeling you get not a conscious decision. Akiko asked if Nanase decided that Ellen was pretty and Nanase said she just was. Ellen said she was more hot then pretty and Nanase scolded her for talking that way in front of an eight year old. Akiko said that that was consistent with her data. Nanase asked what she was talking about and Akiko explained that Nanase's explanation explained why two friends would fight over the same person, why someone would like someone they don't like and why a dragon would want to date a unicorn. Nanase realized Akiko's data came from cartoons and Akiko said of course it did, because she was eight. Akiko figured out she will have to wait to find out if she is attracted to boys or girls, but hoped for her attraction to be to girls.
Some time later, Ellen and Nanase were in the kitchen and Nanase expressed worry that Akiko did not understand what would happen to her if she grew up attracted to girls. She would have to face intolerance, family pressure and not having kids of her own. Ellen told her not to worry and related Akiko's reaction to the movie's male protagonist to Nanase. Ellen then asked if Nanase wanted kids. Nanase said she always saw herself with kids and Ellen said that was doable. Nanase said the process was a lot more complex and less intimate but Ellen reminded her that as Tedd's cousin, she literally has access to technology specifically designed for situations like this. Nanase admitted Ellen was right but still harboured some apprehension in getting Tedd involved. Akiko called out to them asking what they were talking about out there and they both yelled back "Nothing!".