Kat's eyes burnt in their sockets, shrivelling to dust before starting to regrow. Kat got to experience every fibre of her optic nerves as they were painfully reconstructed one at a time. Following this, magma seemed to fill her eyes as the rest of the eye was reformed searing her mind before it finally stopped.
*Nope, much worse than last time. So very much worse.* Cracking her eyes open just a tiny bit, Kat immediately felt an overwhelming sense of nausea and closed her eyes again and lay down flat on her bed.
*Oh great, it's the gift that just keeps on giving.* Waiting for her churning stomach to calm down, Kat breathed deeply and tried to find a bit of calm. *First, they mess with my balance and now I can't even see straight, what's next breaking my legs?*
Slowly opening her eye just a crack, Kat found it wasn't quite as bad as the first time, but her vision still felt immensely uncomfortable. Five minutes of staring at the ceiling later, Kat found that keeping her vision on a fixed point and not moving seemed to be helping her. Suddenly, burning letters appeared in her vision.
THE D.E.M.O.N.S SYSTEM WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT UPON ACCEPTANCE OF YOUR NEXT SUMMONING YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR YOUR DEMONIC ATTIRE. PLEASE HAVE YOUR OUTFIT PREPARED BEFOREHAND.
Kat glared at the message. *What do you mean demonic attire?! The hell does that even mean?*
DEMONIC ATTIRE: DEMONIC ATTIRE CAN BE CONSIDERED A DEMON'S UNIFORM. DEMONIC ATTIRE IS PERMANENTLY GRAFTED TO AN INDIVIDUAL DEMON'S SOUL IN ORDER FOR IT TO GROW WITH THEM. DEMONIC ATTIRE CAN BE SUMMONED AT WILL AND ALLOWS FOR DEMONIC TRAITS SUCH AS WINGS AND TAILS TO PHASE THROUGH THE OUTFIT SO THAT THEY ARE ALWAYS COMPATIBLE. MOST DEMONS ONLY HAVE ONE DEMONIC ATTIRE IN THEIR ENTIRE LIFE CHOOSE WISELY.
*… You could answer my questions this whole time?* Kat was shocked. All that worry, all that speculation and she literally had the answers handed to her on a burning platter.
Kat went back to staring at the burning letters before closing her eyes and willing them away. This was a problem she could deal with after she got Lily to come and meet her. Slowly moving her eyes to the clock, Kat was surprised to find it reading 6:05. *Damn, I have to wake everyone up already and I'd really rather shower first. Maybe I need to get the three stooges to finally start waking everyone else up.*
Despite her internal protests, Kat carefully raised herself up, trying to avoid making to sudden movements. *I really need to ask that thing why I'm so nauseous when I look around but that will have to wait, it should have been my first question.* Kat did the morning wake-up at a much slower pace than normal, careful to avoid shifting her vision too drastically before meeting with Sylvie and heading to the dining hall.
"Hmm, what's funny this week Kat?" asked Sylvie.
"I'll… go over it later Sylvie, once I have a shower and text Lily we can go over it together." This seemed to calm the girl.
*Perhaps she thought I was going to run out and talk to Lily first again and well. I could but I really don't want to be walking or jogging until my head gets fixed.*
Quickly eating her breakfast, Kat went to stand up when she felt Sylvie tugging on her pyjamas. Looking over, Kat noticed that Sylvie still had a mostly full plate and was clearly upset at Kat's attempt to get into the shower before the rest of the kids, not that most of them showered but still the orphanage only had a few bathrooms and she had wanted to get in before Lily arrived.
"I just want to have a quick shower Sylvie, you can come hang out in my room after, ok?" said Kat.
Sylvie pouted a bit but nodded. Cleaning away her plates, Kat headed upstairs, had a quick shower, and then returned to her room to find a fully dressed Sylvie already sitting on her bed. *Did she skip her shower or something? How did she get here so fast? I thought I was pretty quick with my shower but…*
Sighing Kat sat down next to Sylvie before being overruled. Now Kat had a nine year old wrapped in her tail sleeping while she waited for her best friend to arrive.
*Why is Sylvie so tired though, I don't remember her taking so many naps like this before?* Despite Kat's apparent concern she started to relax and stroke Sylvie's hair.
About an hour later a knock came at the door. *Hmmm, do I tell them to just come in assuming it's Lily or should I hide my tail first?*
A tired looking Lily opened the door slightly, spotted Kat with her tail, and quickly jumped inside and shut the door.
"Kat, isn't it kind of dangerous to have your tail out like that?" Lily asked.
"Well it's fine really, none of the other kids have come to my door for a long time, I'm too old and scary for that, the only person who hangs out with me still is Sylvie but as you can see she's asleep," said Kat.
"Well anyway, you mentioned there was big news, is it more important than growing a tail? That was pretty shocking" said Lily.
"Well I suppose it depends on how you look at it. It's certainly less surprising, and even if later I grow wings or something because we are more prepared for it I doubt it will come close to the surprise the tail did."
"You're probably going to end up with wings Kat," said Lily deadpan.
Choosing to ignore that statement Kat continued "Remember those words I told you about, well turns out I can ask the thing questions and I thought it would be better to go through them all together."
"Are we including the sleeping beauty on your lap because I'm not sure it counts as being here if she's asleep," said Lily.
At this moment, Sylvie raised a hand and waved but retracted it shortly and curled up tighter against Kat."Well never mind then I suppose. What sort of things can you ask it?" asked Lily.
"Pretty much anything I guess. The only reason I know is because I was wondering what counted as Demonic Attire, but we can get to that later," said Kat not minding the suspicious glance Lily sent her.
"Ok well I guess we should sort out how long your transformation is going to take and how many features you will gain," said Lily. Kat forwarded Lily's question and the words lit up.
SYSTEM CANNOT PROVIDE SUCH INFORMATION AS IT VARIES ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. WARNING, DESPITE THIS SYSTEM WILL ENACT PUNISHMENT ON USER KAT SHOULD THIS INFORMATION BE CARELESSLY SPREAD BY USER KAT OR PARTIES RELATED TO HER
Kat repeated it's answers, assuming that Lily would have commented on seeing the flaming letters.
"That's a bit concerning. Um, I promise not to spread the information if that helps? But um, can you tell us what kind of demon Kat is?" said Lily.
SUBJECT KATARINA 'KAT' IS A [REDACTED] SUCCUBUS.
"What do you mean redacted? What information can I view?" asked Kat.
SUBJECT KAT IS ABLE TO VIEW ALL UNRANKED KNOWLEDGE AS WELL AS SPECIFIC INFORMATION DIRECTLY RELATING TO YOURSELF AND YOUR ABILITIES.
"Isn't exactly what kind of demon I am quite relevant to me? Wait no don't answer that just yet. Can you tell me what's up with my eyes and why I feel so sick?" asked Kat.
USER KAT'S EYES HAVE BEEN UPGRADED, AND WHILE D.E.M.O.N.S DOES NOT KNOW ALL OF THE SPECIFICS, MOST COMMON ARE THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONS, SUCH AS DRASTICALLY INCREASED VISION RANGE TO INCLUDE SOME ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT AS WELL AS THE ABILITY TO SEE VARIOUS MAGICAL ENERGIES, IT ALSO INCLUDES WHAT D.E.M.O.N.S SUSPECTS TO BE CAUSING USER KAT'S ISSUE IS THAT USER KAT NO LONGER HAS A SMALL BLIND SPOT IN USER KAT'S EYE AND USER KAT'S BRAIN IS TRYING TO CORRECT FOR THAT.
"Why can you guys rewire my brain to get used to a tail instantly, but a small bit of extra vision completely removes my ability to function?" asked Kat.
UNKNOWN, PROCESS USER KAT IS UNDERGOING IS RARE. THE BEST ASSUMPTION IS THAT OTHER FEATURES WERE ALL ADDITIONS AND EASIER FOR USER KAT'S BRAIN TO PROCESS BUT THE REMOVAL OF THE BLIND SPOT HAS REMOVED AN ANCIENT PIECE OF HUMAN BIOLOGY ON USER KAT'S PLANET THAT USER KAT'S BRAIN NO LONGER KNOWS WHAT TO DO WITH.
"Um, Kat can you catch me up, you got a bit caught up there," asked Lily.
"Oh yeah sorry, one thing led to another, I'll just go through it with you…" Kat explained"Hmm ok, but why is the specific kind of Succubus that Kat is redacted? I agree that seems pretty relevant to her," said Lily.
USER KAT'S SPECIFIC RACE WOULD MERELY BE A BEST GUESS AT THE MOMENT UNTIL ALL DISTINCTIVE TRAITS APPEAR DURING AWAKENING. ON TOP OF THIS MOST DEMON FAMILY GROUPING IS HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND THUS WITHOUT CONFIRMATION THE SYSTEM CANNOT GUESS AT USER KAT'S SUBTYPE.