guess I better yolo something let’s see if I can do this in the ten minutes before I have to meet with the English department head
Oni had faced fearsome demons of the night countless times. She was a powerful exorcist beyond the skill of her priestly father and had done battle with legions of demonic forces.
But the threat of losing her beloved father to a magical, uncurable illness? That was a fear Oni had never faced.
It was a new experience, losing control over her circumstances like this. Oni’s deep-rooted belief in her own abilities–the lynchpin of her success–was shaken and withered, leaving her with no idea how to handle the turn of events. Whatever was causing her father’s sickness was not a demon, yet she felt sure she could somehow get it out of him if she could just focus.
And as if that weren’t bad enough…she was used to feeling hated by and disconnected from her overbearing mother and highstrung big sister, but the isolation from the Himuras across the street and down the road was unusual, the lack of love she felt from her dear friend/crush Romano Piselli was heartwrenching, and the sheer loneliness she experienced without her precious father to offer his support was soul-crushing.
When the Snow Queen arrived, something spectacular happened to her fear, her isolation, and her distress.
It transformed into an entirely new emotion.
It transformed into fury.
“You,” the Snow Queen began after explaining her control, “must come back with me. If you do not agree to do what I say, your father will die. What do you say?”
Oni’s fists clenched by her sides. “…Snow Queen, you are being very brave to speak in such a manner in my presence,” she announced clearly. “Do you know who I am?!”
“You are Tachibana Yuno.” The matter-of-fact, self-assured tone the Snow Queen used only served to flare up Oni’s anger even more.
“I am Kurano Oni!” Oni bellowed, pointing an accusing finger at the Snow Queen. “I am the Mistress of Mischief! The Thing That Goes Bump in the Night! The Empress of Evil! The Paragon of Darkness! The Princess of Twilight! I AM THE DEMON QUEEN, MORTAL, AND YOU WILL NOT CONTROL ME!”
“But I already do,” the Snow Queen pointed out in her “I’m stating facts” tone. Inside, Oni felt the confidence that had marked her career surge back through her veins, sent coursing through her blood in an instance of revived spirit.
“NO!” she screamed, stomping defiantly towards the Snow Queen. “You do not get to decide that! I will destroy your hold on my father, I will defeat this curse, and I will not allow your demonic influence to defeat my family! You probably hoped that your curse would scare me into defeat, would intimidate me into surrendering, but you made a fatal mistake, rival Queen! You hurt Daddy! And NO ONE hurts my Daddy!”
“You have already picked up the pendant,” the Snow Queen declared. “There is nothing else you can do.”
“This pendant?!” Oni yanked the offending pendant off of her neck, clutching it in her palm. “You genuinely believe this hunk of rock can control THE DEMON QUEEN?! BLASPHEMY! Here’s what I think of your puny pendant!”
And with a loud, earth-shaking scream, she pelted the pendant into the earth and drove her sharp heel hard into its surface. Though she dared not check, she heard a crack–and that was enough to convince her the pendant had shattered.
Again, she pointed firmly into the Snow Queen’s smug face. “BEGONE, CREATURE OF THE ABYSS! The demons thenselves obey me! Your reign on this earth is through–this is the last time you meddle with the affairs of Kurano Oni, THE GREAT DEMON QUEEN! MUAHAHAHAHAHA!”
And without waiting for a response, she spun firmly on her heels, clenched her fists by her sides, and stalked off to meet her father. She was the Demon Queen, the Ultimate Exorcist, the girl whose determination was her greatest strength and the source of her identity. She was not one to be trifled with, no matter who the opponent may be.
The curse was gone, and she would save her father on her own. Oni was positively certain of it.
(*note on Oni: she has no actual super powers. She’s a totally normal human girl who also happens to be an INCREDIBLE exorcist and low-level healer because she’s a living, breathing placebo effect. Oni is SO certain, SO completely 100% sure, that she can solve any problem with her exorcism that she can exorcise demons that aren’t even THERE just by virtue of convincing people they have a demon and convincing them she got rid of it. It’s not real magic, but it’s like a psychological “mind over matter” thing if that makes sense??? do with this information as you will time to go do homework whee!
**OH PS: to add to this the ending absolutely looks like I just wrote the ending, and while that was completely intentional I don’t intend that line as the actual ending of the prompt so much as Oni’s interpretation going into the actual ending of the prompt??? like that last line about how “the curse is definitely gone” isn’t reality, it’s Oni’s interpretation of events based on her determination and absolute confidence in herself even if that ends up being absolutely not the case (which is likely oops) so yeet just wanna clarify that rq because I know it looks like writing the ending and that is. illegal. )