Brothers by Design 2:
Children of Magic

by Fur and Fantasy
PG for Gen
full contents and notes located at the bottom of the file

"I am so ready for this." Kell grinned at Nathan as they made their way to the great library.

"Well, I think we've read a good share of the magic theory books already." Nathan chuckled. "At least the ones not written in something we can't read."

"I think that's over today, if I read Korim right." Kell grinned at the other youth.

"Probably more theory, but now we get some of the practical stuff, I hope." Nathan grinned back. "And probably learning the language some of those books are written in."

"Yeah, I keep getting the feeling we're moving threw it faster than they like."

"Well, I don't think Korim minds that much." Nathan said thoughtfully. "Unnerves some of the others though, I think."

"Well, a Gen 0 and a Gen 1 best friends aren't exactly something that sooths nerves. Especially ones who have talent in both magic and psi."

"True, though they're better than other people would be." Nathan snickered.

"Yeah, but then they rescued us." He smiled fondly of the big Dracon. Three years had done wonders for Kell's opinion of the Dracon in general.

"Not that I think they really knew what they were getting into." Nathan chuckled. "Felsin with talent in both magic and psi, are pretty rare."

"So are we, bro." Kell snickered as they entered the library.

"Fourth floor classroom, Korim said." Nathan said, as they headed up the winding staircases and easily found the right door.

Waiting for them inside was a nine foot tall deep blue-green female Dracon with bright silver flecks in her wings. She was wearing dark blue and silver robes, and had the air of a very serious scholar. "Hello, Kell, Nathan. Your father has asked me to teach you the fundamentals of applied magic. My name is Koriana Dar'Telchar."

"Hello, Koriana." Kell bowed to her politely, though he was only just concealing his extreme excitement. "That is very good to hear."

"Are classes normally this small?" Nathan asked curiously, noticing it was just the two of them.

"Classes are normally two to four students." She nodded. "At least here at Tal'Arador that has always been the case. Before we get into actual casting, you'll need to get a good grounding in the forms and techniques used in Dragothin magic. In other places you'll hear it referred to as Hermetic magic, they're fundamentally the same thing." She explained. "Before class tomorrow I expect you to have read the first two chapters in Maltin Tel'Endor's Dragothin Forms and Techniques: An Introduction. Your father is arranging to have the required books and supplies sent to your quarters."

"No, problem, Ma'am." Kell grinned even wider. He left little doubt that they'd get threw far more than just the first two chapters.

"These books aren't written in something unusual are they?" Nathan asked curiously.

"No, they are not written in Dragothin, as some magic texts are." She explained. "Your father has also arranged for you to have classes in written and spoken Dragothin, so that you will be able to access those texts."

"Cool." Nathan grinned, thinking of all the books they couldn't read now.

"The first step in spellcasting is understanding the forms that make up magic. The most basic of these are the classical elements of fire, water, earth and air. Most of your fundamental energies can be derived from the interaction or manipulation of these elements."

"What about time and space?" Kell asked, the first thing that came to mind as not directly connected to the elements mentioned.

"Space and time are expansions beyond the classical base." She explained. "And are normally studied by third or fourth year students, since good metamagic control is required for proper manipulation of the elements of space and time."

"Where does healing fall?" Kell continued, polite but very intrested.

"Healing depends on what you are healing." She said simply. "Corporem for sentient life, Animal for non-sentient organic, Herbam for plant life, and Terram for doing repairs." She explained. "There have been some expansions in the realm of Terram as magic has interacted with technology. Some prefer to use Metallum for refined metals, Machina for machinery and Artificium for constructed items that don't fit other categories quite as well."

"So magic can affect technology?" Nathan asked curiously.

"Yes, it can." She nodded. "Though blending the two is very difficult. Its an advanced form of magic known as Technomagic."

Kell chuckled softly. "This is going to be fun when half those names make more sense."

"Your forms and techniques text will help a great deal in that regard." She said reassuringly. "Most of the words relate to the form that they reference. Techniques which are the ways in which the forms can be shaped, are much the same. Perhaps a small example to give you an idea." She smiled. "One of the most popular Techniques with students is Creo, which is the Technique for the creation of something. For example, if you had an empty glass like this one." She said large clear class on the desk where they could see it. "You could take Creo, and apply it to the form Aquam, which is Water, as in the word aquatic, and fill the glass just so. Creo Aquam." She intoned, and the glass was instantly full but it was full of a clear red liquid.

"And not just the pure form of water either." Kell rumbled with a facination as his instinctively worked on figuring out just what she'd created.

"So its the same word for all forms of liquid?" Nathan asked curiously.

"Yes, the form creates the underlying structure while the will of the caster drives the final product." She explained. "Will and strength of talent are the other two ingredients in spellcasting. Which is why a simple Creo Aquam can fill a glass or a swimming pool, if the caster visualizes properly and has the strength to do it."

"When will we know what our limitations are?" Kell prompted.

"Normally that is something you work up to." She suggested. "You don't start by filling a swimming pool, as an example, start with a teacup and work your way up. The larger the effect, the more energy it takes until it takes more energy than you can provide." She cautioned. "However, experience and practice increase the amount of energy you can use, and reduce the amount it takes. In advanced classes you will also learn how to safely draw energy from the environment around you, and from the universe in general."

"Very cool."

"One thing you need to be careful about is spellcasting when in highly charge emotional states especially anger." She cautioned seriously. "While anger can increase the amount of energy available to you, it also seriously degrades control. Spellcasting should always be done with a clear and focused mind. To do otherwise invites disaster."

"Then how does combat spellcasting work?" Nathan asked curiously.

"Combat spellcasting is a specialized course for sixth year students." She said seriously. "And combat is not something the two of you need concern yourselves with."

The kits exchanged glances, then nodded reluctantly.

"All right, ma'am." Kell said quietly, his reluctance believe that all to clear despite his wish to.

"Now there is far more to magic than merely creating." She continued. "One of the more useful ones, in my opinion, it the technique Rego, which is the ability to control something, to change its behavior, to regulate it." She began, pulling out a candle. "Creo Ignem." She said, causing the candle to light. "Now with Rego, and the form Ignem, which is fire similar to the word ignite, I can modify the flame." She said. "Rego Ignem." She intoned firmly, and flame dwindled to a small flicker, and then roared up to twice its original intensity before dropping to normal. "As you saw, a single Rego spell allowed me to actively control the behavior of the fire. But that was only because I maintained concentration on the spell. Concentration is an essential tool for continuous spells."

"That's one thing neither of us has much trouble doing, when we want to." Kell grinned, though he was paying very close attention.

"Sometimes we do it too much." Nathan chuckled, breaking from his rapt attention for a moment.

"The third technique is Muto, the form of change. This allows you to change the nature of something, which is different from changing the behavior of something." She clarified. "For example use of the Technique Muto, with the Form Aquam can do something like this. Muto Aquam." She intoned firmly, and the red liquid froze solid, which she demonstrated dumped the block of red ice onto the desk top.

"Wow." Nathan rumbled impressed. "Could you change what kind of liquid it was as well?"

"Same spell, different visualization." She nodded. "Water to alcohol is popular with older students." She chuckled.

Kell wrinkled his nose in distaste. "That's just ugly in possibilities."

"Especially when the visualization is being done by students with little experience with alcohol." She chuckled. "That is something to always remember. If you can't visualize it clearly, you won't be able to materialize it correctly. Rubbing alcohol is still alcohol, but you really don't want to drink it."

"No kidding." His nose wrinkled a little more. "That's just a nasty thought."

"Distinctly yuck." Nathan shook his head. "I bet that's a mistake that doesn't repeated."

"Not by the same student." She chuckled. "But it is repeated on a yearly basis."

"Even with the warning?" Kell asked curiously.

"You always have one or two who think they won't make that mistake." She chuckled.

"I suppose so." He shook his head a bit. "Still, there must be easier ways to get drunk."

"The usual ones that adolescents resort to." She nodded. "But alcohol and spellcasting is not a good mix, so we try to discourage it. Which of course encourages inventive ways around it."

"That we understand." Kell snickered. "Still, it doesn't sound like a fun rule to break."

"I'm sure we can find more interesting ones to break." Nathan grinned. "I'm not sure what the big deal with alcohol is anyway."

"The big deal is mostly in that its not allowed." She chuckled softly. "And it can have an interesting effect on one's perceptions and behavior. Those effects are the reason that its not allowed until one is more mature both psychologically and physically. However, like anything that is forbidden it becomes attractive because it is."

"Bets we try that one once and shake our heads about it." Kell snickered.

"Probably, and who knows how the stuff will work on a Gen 1 and Gen 0 anyway." Nathan chuckled. "With out luck, the stuff will turn us bright pink."

"That would be a most unusual reaction." The Dracon said seriously. "Though with the magically gifted, anything is possible. A teenager with a gift for translocation, once bounced himself a thousand kilometers from home before he sobered up. But some people find that alcohol makes them angry in an irrational fashion. Irrational anger is a very dangerous state for one with the Gift." She cautioned seriously.

"It's much more likely not to affect us much at all." Kell shook his head, though he took the warning seriously. "I know Ebon and I were designed to have a dangerously high tolerance for the stuff, among other intoxicants."

"As I understand, you were both designed to be obedient as well." She chuckled. "Genetic engineering of sentients is a dicey game at best. Until you have experience, you'd be wise to wary of such tolerances, they might not have held as expected."

"Oh, it wasn't a plan." Kell assured here. "We have much more interesting things to look into."

"Definitely." Nathan nodded. "Like how flying is done." He grinned.

"Flying is a second year skill." She said seriously. "It requires a great deal of practice with visualization."

The kits exchanged grins.

"I'd call that a challenge, myself." Kell grinned wider.

"Especially since you have to fly to get anywhere." Nathan grinned. "Unless you're going to teach us how to teleport."

"Translocation is well beyond the scope of first year instruction." She said seriously. "Many mages never master it at all, because of the difficulties involved."

"We're not many mages." Nathan grinned at Kell.

"No we aren't." He grinned back.

"So I can see." The instructor nodded. "And I'll be very surprised if you stick to the usual pace or order of doing things. But if you do decide to jump ahead and try something, ask someone for pointers first. Either myself or your father preferably."

"I understand." Kell nodded seriously the way only a youngster can. "We will."

"Good." She smiled approvingly, and pulled out two glasses and set them in front of the two youngsters. "Normally we don't try any spellcasting for the first week or so. But I think if we don't do it in class you'll probably try afterwards." She said looking at the pair seriously.

"It could happen." Nathan grinned.

"At least before next class." Kell consented. "We're going to fill the glasses?"

"Yes, with water. Nothing fancy." She explained. "The first step in casting any spell is to visualize the desired result, and fix the image in your mind. So, I want you to create a very clear image of a full glass of water in your mind."

The kits nodded, Kell closing his eyes for a moment to clear everything from his mind but the image of what he wanted to be before him.

Nathan remembered do this kind of exercise when his parents were trying to determine if his shapeshift would still work. Glass of Water was easy, compared to visualizing himself as four-legged tiger, though it took a few tries to get to get 'just water'.

"Do you have your images?" She asked quietly.

"Yes, ma'am." Nathan nodded.

"Yes, ma'am." Kell added easily, his mind fixed on what he wanted and almost nothing else.

"The next part is a little more difficult." She cautioned. "You need to feel the magical energy flowing inside you, and connect that energy to the image you're holding in your mind." She explained. "This is what people with the Gift can do, and others can not."

Kell nodded and looked inside himself for that thing ... the energy flow ... that seemed to be willing to create things outside of himself.

He closed his eyes and focused internally, willing the energy to merge with the image of the full glass.

Nathan slowly submerged inside himself, looking for something that felt like 'magic' or at least some energy that would cooperate. There were a number of different energy patterns, and he wasn't exactly sure which one he wanted. And then a bright new energy he hadn't seen before appeared, it was bright and warm and more than a bit capricious though it cooperated when he focused on linking it to the image of the glass of water.

"Now, do you feel the link between the energy and the image?" The teacher asked quietly. "This is the connection between your personal energy and the pattern you seek to impose on reality."

"All right." Kell's voice was low, his focus still largely inside, holding things together.

"Got it." Nathan nodded distantly, his focus still on the pulsing warmth.

"Now you need to tell reality how its going to change." She said precisely. "Holding the focus and the connection you firmly speak the words : Creo Aquam. You need to speak them in a firm, steady voice, because reality doesn't do what you want unless you make sure it knows you mean business. Keep your will focused on the desired result."

In the small corner of his mind that wasn't focused on getting results, Kell thought it was more than a touch ridiculous that you had to use words, and a distinct set of memories that made him doubt you did.

"Creo Aquam." Kell ordered evenly, willing the water to appear to the desired level in the glass.

Nathan barely got the words "Creo Aquam" out before the water made an appearance. It seemed as though things started happening when he thought about saying them, as though his decision had been enough.

"Very well done." She smiled at the two. "Not everyone manages on the first go." She said examining the glasses. "Though normally its better to leaving near-boiling water for times when you're preparing tea or coffee, Nathan." She said as a gentle correction.

"I don't remember visualizing hot water." Nathan said, before a grin began to appear. "Even if I have been in it often enough."

The Dracon just rolled her eyes. "Yes, I suppose you have." She smiled. "But I think that's a good place to stop for a first lesson. Remember, read the first two chapters I mentioned and consider them in relation to the exercise you've just performed. You can repeat the exercise on your own for practice, if you feel comfortable with it." She suggested. "The idea is to compress the process until you know longer think about the individual steps but instead it flows as a single action."

"Like any skill intended to be mastered." Kell nodded easily. "We will, ma'am."

"Definitely, that's a real rush." Nathan nodded, still feeling a bit tingly from the experience.

"One thing you may notice, is being hungry after extended spellcasting." She explained. "This is because when you first start you tend to cast inefficiently and use more energy then is strictly required. Do not skip meals while practicing, its a good way to give yourself a headache to remember."

"Skipping good food is not a habit either of us have." Kell grinned. "But we'll be more careful about it."

"So could you just do something like Creo snack food?" Nathan grinned mischievously.

"Creating food is possible, but I think you should stick to simple things like water for now." She suggested. "If you think badly cooked food is awful, you should see badly conjured food."

"Sounds like our attempts to learn how to cook." Kell giggled. "Can be done, but not advisable with another choice."

"Yeah, like fasting." Nathan chuckled. "Or the number to a good take out place, as Cazi would say."

"Well, you may prove better at conjuring meals than cooking them." She said reassuringly. "There's little connection between the two skills. Though they can compliment each other."

"I bet." Kell grinned. "You can just conjure up what you don't have in stores."

"Or simply translocate it from a cabinet, without having to actually find it first." She nodded. "Inventor types find translocation useful as well...it eliminates that age-old question 'Now where did I put that?'" She chuckled softly.

"So you don't have to be able to see something to translocate it?" Nathan asked curiously.

"No, you just have to be familiar with it." She said easily.

Kell looked at Nathan, a moment of Citadel flashing across his mind.

"That's going to be really useful." He said quietly. "We'd never be trapped again."

"Once we learn how to translocate us." Nathan nodded.

"That is something you needn't worry about." She said firmly. "Your father will simply not permit it to happen. And the SG has no sorcerer qualified to counter Korim." She said easily.

"Unexpected things happen." Nathan said simply. "Never hurts to have a backup plan."

"Yes, well that's true enough." She admitted. "However, translocation takes time to learn ... even for the two of you." She chuckled.

"And in the meantime, we learn and we're careful." Kell added. "At least they're not likely to come for us here."

"That would be a very serious mistake on their part." The instructor rumbled. "One they would not live to regret."

"I bet." Nathan nodded. "And they might want us back, but not at quite that high a cost."

"Thankfully." Kell nodded. Even after three years, he still had occasional nightmares of the SG coming for them.

"Yeah, and in a couple years, they'd really regret getting their hands on us." Nathan grinned predatorily. "Sensitive electronics just doesn't take well to a glass of water."

"It doesn't take well to all sorts of things." Kell perked up at the vengeful ideas. "But I think that'll be more than just a couple years if Father has anything to say about it."

"Try a couple of decades at least." She said easily. "To be honest, I think he'd rather you just forgot about them. You're both Kar'Arador now, and the SG is just beneath you."

"They may be, but they are trying to destroy our world as much as Felsinor." Kell shook his head. "Good people are getting hurt and killed because of them and that's just not something to be ignored because 'they're beneath you'."

"The SG is of no threat to Draconea." She said firmly. "The Mephits they serve are of more concern, but the fleet deals with that threat quite admirably."

"But wouldn't it be better if we didn't have the SG operating for the Mephits behind Alliance lines." Nathan asked seriously.

"That is a decision for the Council." She said firmly.

Again the kits looked at each other.

"And we have other things to concentrate on for now." Kell said firmly, as much a reminder to himself as Nathan.

"Yeah, and who knows maybe somebody will decide the SG problem is big enough to do something about." Nathan growled softly. He resented the fact that the government of Felsinor still tried to minimize the threat posed by the SG.

"That is certainly possible." She nodded. "If you finish the assigned reading and want more information, you may want to get a copy Dalton Kar'Dranor's treatise on Applied Creation from the library. The first few chapters have some very good information on Creo spells that are accessible to beginning Mages."

"You can probably count on it." Kell chuckled, pushing thoughts of the SG to the background.

"And don't spend all your time studying." She added seriously. "I know you two know how to have fun, so don't forget to." She chuckled. "Class dismissed, unless you have more questions."

"Not right now." Kell grinned. "Sounds like that's a hint to play in the water."

"Some pool time sounds like a good idea." Nathan chuckled, as he stood. "Though I expect anything that wasn't studying would probably qualify."

"But water's the most fun." Kell grinned and grabbed his arm on the way out of the room.

"I think somebody put a bunch of otter in your DNA mix." Nathan teased as they headed for the pool. Teasing each other over DNA mix was something of an old game, since both had no idea exactly what was there, except that it was complicated and unique in the extreme.

"I wouldn't be surprised, but you definitely showed your fire clan heritage today." Kell shot back.

"I almost got in hot water over hot water." Nathan grinned. "That really was an accident."

"Just don't try any fire spells without supervision for a while. You might cause a supernova."

"Probably just a large bonfire." Nathan grinned. "Which could be really problematical in the wrong place."

"Yeah, like the chemistry lab."

"Or the library." He shook his head. "Though I imagine they discourage practicing spell casting in the library."

"I wouldn't consider it a good idea anyway." Kell shrugged as they stepped outside and breathed deeply of the fresh Draconean mountain air. "I don't think I'll ever not be amazed at this place."

"Reminds me of home, well my first home." Nathan said quietly looking across the mountains. "This is home now."

"Only home I've ever known." Kell shrugged and quickly stripped for swimming. "I refuse to count the lab or Citadel as a home."

"I had one before Citadel." Nathan said easily as he stripped down. "I really think you'd like it. There was this big natural lake in the middle of the valley. And the river that fed the lake had several gorgeous natural waterfalls."

"Sounds like a place to try to claim for our own when we're strong enough to hold a home on Felsinor. Even if we don't live there all the time."

"I just might." Nathan said as he slipped into the water. "Father checked the law, dual citizenship is permitted between Felsinor and Draconea. It's a very rare event, but it is permitted. And once we learn translocation it won't be such a big deal." He smiled. "Though he says we're encouraged to use mundane transportation at least some of the time. It's not well known that the Dracons have interstellar range translocation."

"And understandably something they wish to keep reasonably quiet." Kell nodded.

"Lest they become far too indispensable." Nathan chuckled. "Everyone would want the capability, and I'm not sure every race has the capability. From the one book on translocation it sounds like it may be a gift particular to Dracon-blooded Mages."

"Quite possible." Kell nodded and dived into the water. "*At the very least it would require a skill level or power level that few races could manage.*"

"*Though I wonder if you could do something like cooperative spell-casting to pull it off.*" He said thoughtfully, as he floated lazily in the water. "Like the way you get a bunch of people to lift something really heavy.*"

"*I'd expect so.*" Kell commented from underwater. "*It's just energy manipulation in the end.*"

"*Yeah, but with magic you have to coordinate the wills of those involved. Not always the easiest thing with strong willed people like Mages tend to be. Just look at how loose the hierarchy is.*" He chuckled, as he shifted into a slow backstroke. "*Not a group used to operating as one.*"

"*Yeah, but we can't be the only ones who are close enough to deal with the idea of cooperating. They're social creatures too.*"

"*True.*" Nathan agreed. "*Of course, maybe there's some factor we aren't aware of. After all, we both have less than a day of experience with magic.*" He chuckled. "*And we've been cooperating since we met. Sometime I wonder if it wasn't before then, since we did keep finding each other despite best efforts to prevent it.*"

"*Quite true.*" Kell nodded and twisted underwater, making a fair imitation of the otter he'd been accused of being.

"*Practicing your otter impressions.*" Nathan teased playfully. The truth was that Kell was better in the water.

"*But of course.*" He grinned back and shot up, coming all the way out of the water before twisting back down into it a great splash. "*I love the water.*"

"*So I've noticed.*" Nathan chuckled, as he swam lazy laps in the pool. "*I think you'd live in the pool, if you'd could figure out how to sleep without the concern of drowning.*"

"*I think I'll get to that soon enough.*" Kell grinned up. "*It can't be that hard to do an aquatic breathing spell.*"

"*Probably one of those Corporem spells, like healing.*" Nathan said thoughtfully. "*But definitely something to get pointers on.*" He cautioned. "*You wouldn't want to leave yourself unable to breathe air.*"

"*Ewe, no kidding. I wasn't about to play guinea pig with myself. I've had enough of others doing it to me.*"

"*Just checking.*" Nathan grinned. "*Hate to lose my best friend to a bad case of fish lungs.*" He added, and though it had his usual wise-ass grin, there was something very serious in his tone.

"*Ditto.*" He nodded, a similar feeling behind the simple responce.

"*So we both better be careful when experimenting, especially when we get to translocation.*"

"*And we will.*" Kell thought firmly.

"*Well before they expect it too.*" Nathan chuckled, though he was quite serious.

"*We always do.*" Kell giggled and did a sharp double-back underwater, trying to outdo a hatchling water dragon at it's own game.

"*Your Dracon blood has got to be Water clan, no question.*" Nathan smirked.

"*Or a mix of Water and Air.*" He grinned and continued the underwater acrobatics.

"*But I don't either of us has got Earth.*" Nathan chuckled.

"*No kidding. We are just not grounded at all. I like being free.*"

"*No we're not, and I definitely agree.*" Nathan rumbled. "*But then Fire's no more grounded than Water.*"

"*And only slightly more grounded than air.*" Kell laughed silently.

"*Fire and air...hot air.*" Nathan giggled in serious amusement.

"*Which lets one rise high into the sky.*" Kell grinned back and suddenly shot up to the floating Tiger to pull him under for n intense chest to chest lick press. Not quite a kiss, but something close.

"*What was that?*" Nathan asked, just a little confused when Kell let him go to hold his position just a little ways away. It wasn't that he disliked what had happened, he just wasn't clear what was going on.

"*Something the adults do, when they like someone a lot.*" He replied, a little uncertain himself and in his body's sensations.

"*Oh.*" Nathan said thoughtfully. "*It was kind of nice.*" He added after a few moments thought.

"*They do other things too.*" Kell reached out to brush his hand along Nathan's chest and down his abs.

"*I know*" Nathan nodded uncertainly, before he remembered seeing some of his uncles playing once. His mother had said that it was a game for adults though. "*But I thought those were adult games.*" He said quietly, liking how Kell's touch felt, but not being uncertain at the same time.

"*Later then.*" Kell agreed easily. "*We have plenty of time.*"

"*Both of us having Dracon blood? Yeah, we've probably got a lot of time.*" Nathan chuckled. "*'Sides, I don't think you're supposed to play those games in public.*" He added looking around.

"*Mmmm, probably not.*" He agreed with a covert look at the amount of attention they were getting.

"Reminds me of home, well my first home." Nathan said quietly looking across the mountains. "This is home now."

"Only home I've ever known." Kell shrugged and quickly stripped for swimming. "I refuse to count the lab or Citadel as a home."

"I had one before Citadel." Nathan said easily as he stripped down. "I really think you'd like it. There was this big natural lake in the middle of the valley. And the river that fed the lake had several gorgeous natural waterfalls."

"Sounds like a place to try to claim for our own when we're strong enough to hold a home on Felsinor. Even if we don't live there all the time."

"I just might." Nathan said as he slipped into the water. "Father checked the law, dual citizenship is permitted between Felsinor and Draconea. It's a very rare event, but it is permitted. And once we learn translocation it won't be such a big deal." He smiled. "Though he says we're encouraged to use mundane transportation at least some of the time. It's not well known that the Dracons have interstellar range translocation."

"And understandably something they wish to keep reasonably quiet." Kell nodded.

"Lest they become far too indispensable." Nathan chuckled. "Everyone would want the capability, and I'm not sure every race has the capability. From the one book on translocation it sounds like it may be a gift particular to Dracon-blooded Mages."

"Quite possible." Kell nodded and dived into the water. "*At the very least it would require a skill level or power level that few races could manage.*"

"Though I wonder if you could do something like cooperative spell-casting to pull it off." He said thoughtfully, as he floated lazily in the water. "Like the way you get a bunch of people to lift something really heavy."

"*I'd expect so.*" Kell commented from underwater. "*It's just energy manipulation in the end.*"

"*Yeah, but with magic you have to coordinate the wills of those involved. Not always the easiest thing with strong willed people like Mages tend to be. Just look at how loose the hierarchy is.*" He chuckled, as he shifted into a slow backstroke. "*Not a group used to operating as one.*"

"*Yeah, but we can't be the only ones who are close enough to deal with the idea of cooperating. They're social creatures too.*"

"*True.*" Nathan agreed. "*Of course, maybe there's some factor we aren't aware of. After all, we both have less than a day of experience with magic.*" He chuckled. "*And we've been cooperating since we met. Sometime I wonder if it wasn't before then, since we did keep finding each other despite best efforts to prevent it.*"

"*Quite true.*" Kell nodded and twisted underwater, making a fair imitation of the otter he'd been accused of being.

"*Practicing your otter impressions.*" Nathan teased playfully. The truth was that Kell was better in the water.

"*But of course.*" He grinned back and shot up, coming all the way out of the water before twisting back down into it a great splash. "*I love the water.*"

"*So I've noticed.*" Nathan chuckled, as he swam lazy laps in the pool. "*I think you'd live in the pool, if you'd could figure out how to sleep without the concern of drowning.*"

"*I think I'll get to that soon enough.*" Kell grinned up. "*It can't be that hard to do an aquatic breathing spell.*"

"*Probably one of those Corporem spells, like healing.*" Nathan said thoughtfully. "*But definitely something to get pointers on.*" He cautioned. "*You wouldn't want to leave yourself unable to breathe air.*"

"*Ewe, no kidding. I wasn't about to play guinea pig with myself. I've had enough of others doing it to me.*"

"*Just checking.*" Nathan grinned. "*Hate to lose my best friend to a bad case of fish lungs*" He added, and though it had his usual wise-ass grin, there was something very serious in his tone.

"*Ditto.*" He nodded, a similar feeling behind the simple response.

"*So we both better be careful when experimenting, especially when we get to translocation.*"

"*And we will.*" Kell thought firmly.

"*Well before they expect it too.*" Nathan chuckled, though he was quite serious.

"*We always do.*" Kell giggled and did a sharp double-back underwater, trying to outdo a hatchling water dragon at it's own game.

"*Your Dracon blood has got to be Water clan, no question.*" Nathan smirked.

"*Or a mix of Water and Air.*" He grinned and continued the underwater acrobatics.

"*But I don't think either of us has got Earth.*" Nathan chuckled.

"*No kidding. We are just not grounded at all. I like being free.*"

"*No we're not, and I definitely agree.*" Nathan rumbled. "*But then Fire's no more grounded than Water.*"

"*And only slightly more grounded than air.*" Kell laughed silently.

"*Fire and air ... hot air.*" Nathan giggled in serious amusement.

"*Which lets one rise high into the sky.*" Kell grinned back and suddenly shot up to the floating Tiger to pull him under for an intense chest to chest lick press. Not quite a kiss, but something close.

"*What was that?*" Nathan asked, just a little confused. It wasn't that he disliked what had happened, he just wasn't clear what was going on.

"*Something the adults do, when they like someone a lot.*" He replied, a little uncertain himself and in his body's sensations.

"*Oh.*" Nathan said thoughtfully. "*It was kind of nice.*" He added after a few moments thought.

"*They do other things too.*" Kell reached out to brush his hand along Nathan's chest and down his abs.

"*I know*" Nathan nodded uncertainly, before he remembered seeing some of his uncles playing once. His mother had said that it was a game for adults though. "*But I thought those were adult games.*" He said quietly, liking how Kell's touch felt, but not being uncertain at the same time.

"*Later then.*" Kell agreed easily. "*We have plenty of time.*"

"*Both of us having Dracon blood? Yeah, we've probably got a lot of time.*" Nathan chuckled. "*'Sides, I don't think you're supposed to play those games in public.*" He added looking around.

"*Mmmm, probably not.*" He agreed with a covert look at the amount of attention they were getting.

"*And being the only two non-Dracons here, we kind of stick out.*" Nathan chuckled.

"*Never mind being two of the most gifted.*" He snickered back.-- is he going up for air soon?

What kinds of things, besides life and death stuff, could trigger a shift into war-form?

"*We just started Mage lessons, I don't think anyone's noticed us as being gifted that much.*" Nathan shrugged.

"*Started early, and we both psi-aware.*" He noted. "*Plus the rest. If we weren't so special, Korim wouldn't have rescued us.*"

"*I think that last bit gets more attention than the rest.*" Nathan nodded, as he pushed himself to the surface. "*Being Korim's sons seems to impress a lot of people.*"

"*He is very important.*" Kell considered. "*So we're important by association.*"

"*Kind of gathered that.*" Nathan nodded. "*Though I think its moreso 'cause we're adopted.*"

"*True, chosen associations are more important, usually.*" He nodded and turned back to his aquatic acrobatics.

"*Especially since I get the impression that its something that happens very rarely.*" Nathan nodded as he climbed out of the pool to soak up some sun on the warm stone deck surrounding the pool.

"*Yeah, with as big a deal they made of it, I guess so.*" Kell nodded without a thought for getting out of the water. "*That was a seriously weird day.*"

"*Kind of unnerving.*" Nathan admitted quietly, as he relaxed in the warm sunshine. "*Though it was kind of nice, meeting one of my relatives, even if a distant one.*"

"*Maybe we can look a few more of them up once we are cleared as pilots. I wouldn't mind seeing more of the population centers.*"

"*Some sightseeing could be fun.*" Nathan grinned.

"*Sans the overprotective elder.*" Kell snickered and made a launching leap from the water to land and sprawl out next to Nathan to dry off.

"*I think we're a few years at least, from going anywhere outside the castle, sans protective elder.*" Nathan chuckled. "*He's got overprotective down to a artform.*"

"*Yeah, he has. It's kinda nice though.*" Kell admitted. "*Knowing we're that safe is ... nice.*"

"*Yeah, it is.*" Nathan nodded quietly. "*Never thought I'd feel that safe again.*"

"*Your family ... made you feel like this?*" Kell looked over at him uncertainly.

"*Yeah.*" Nathan said softly. "*Ebon especially.*"

"*Good.*" He smiled slightly, though his mind held a trace of longing wistfulness. "*It's good to have a home.*"

"*Yeah, it is.*" Nathan agreed, though his voice was wistful as well. Though that was normal when the subject of family came up.

Brothers by Design 2: Children of Magic

PG for Gen

41 KB, Story is Complete, Series is Finished
Written March 19, 2004 by Rauhnee Ranshanka and Todd McCall

Setting: Galactic Alliance

Primary Races: Dracon, Felsin

Contents: Furry. Gen. Alternate Universe

Pairings: None

Blurb: Three years of general studies and learning how to be kits are behind the brothers and now beings what they have been looking forward to for years: Magic.

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