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A Few Days Later...
Arillyn sat in her room, reading. She loved learning science and math. Pepper felt sorry for Arillyn, but she couldn't fully trust the girl. But she was having a hard time concentrating on the science journal she was reading. She and Pepper had a huge fight about schooling.
"Miss Stark, the candle on your table has lit up again," J.A.R.V.I.S. informed her.
Arillyn sighed and blew out the scented candle for the third time before saying, "Thanks, Jar. Nothing I've read can explain what's happening. Has Mr. Stark figured out what's going on?"
She threw the book across the room. "I refuse to go to school! Not until we know why this is happening." She hugged her knees, tears falling, and the sprinklers in her room went off. "Great. Now, it's raining in my room. Why is this happening to me?"
"Here" tony said handing her her meds "take your meds " he said in a calm tone
She took them with some water before saying, "Thank you, Mr. Stark." She put her legs down. "I don't understand any of this. I can't control it. Can you please tell Miss Potts I can't go to school yet? Not until I can control this more. I don't want to hurt anyone."
"Your problem is your fear, you must accept all parts of you even the scary ones, one them can you learn to control and trust yourself" he said in a serious tone "until then you trust me right?" He asked giving her time to answer
She gave him a confused look. "You think I'm going to trust the cyclops that was here when I appeared out of the sky? Mr. Stark, you've been nothing but kind to me. You didn't have to do any of this. You chose to. Of course, I trust you."
"Then if I say you are ready for school trust my judgement, you will take your meds every morning, I've made sure they will last all day, all you need to do is focus on your studies and have fun making friends, leave all this at home and enjoy being a kid" he said calmly
She nodded with a small smile. "Okay. I'll try." She sighed. "I need to go apologize to Miss Potts, don't I?" When she didn't get an answer, she looked down. "I take that as a yes." Arillyn got up and went to the living room. She waited for Pepper to get off the phone before going up to her. "I'm sorry for earlier. I shouldn't have gotten upset."
She looked at her for a moment "your a kid, alien or not, but you still need to remember your not normal, its important for you to control your powers, since they emotional base, you need to work on balance, I've set up a appointment later this week, your going to start learning meditation "
Arillyn was about to say something, but thought better of it at the last moment, opting for, "Okay. Anything to make sure I don't accidentally hurt someone, least of all you and Mr. Stark."
She nodded and went back to her paper work "ms arillyn it's time for your sparing lessons" Jarvis said
"Finally!" Arillyn said with a smile. "Something fun! Is hand to hand today?"
"Unclear ma'am " Jarvis replied
She stopped by the door. "Unclear? Why am I suddenly wanting to turn around and not look back?"
With a sigh, she walked into the training room and saw a woman she had not seen before, she was blonde and fit looking "ms Arillyn I presume?" She said from inside the ring. She was wearing black leggings and a red tank top
"Yeah," Arillyn said, climbing into the ring. "Who are you?"
"My name is Anne Smith, I'll be teaching you krav maga" she said in a calm tone as she unwrapped her hand "do you know what that is?" She asked
"Just that it's a fighting style. Is it similar to karate? Because..."
"No it's not, " she said cutting her off "and whatever knowledge you think you have, lose it from your mind" she said in a serious tone "the best way to learn a martial art is with a clean slate"
"Okay," Arillyn muttered. "Well, since I already know nothing..." She sighed and brought her voice back to normal. "So, where do we start?"
"With weapons training, then once you mastered that the real work will begin" she said "now we will start from the basics" she said as a man handed her a thick rolled up blanket from outside the ring. She rolled out the fabric, inside and perfectly lined up was all matter of weapons, knives, guns, nunchucks, brass knuckles and what looked like a taser
"I get Mr. Stark wanting me to know self-defense, but weapons?" Arillyn asked, though her fingers ran over some daggers. "Don't get me wrong, I don't mind learning, but this doesn't seem like something he would approve of just yet."
"Your actually starting at a bad age, it will take more work for you because you are not younger, these things take years to master and I have until your eighteen to get you to a proper ability, and just so we are clean, one women to a growing woman, do not seek others approval when it comes to bettering yourself, is that clear?"
"I understand," she said, picking up a dagger and looking at it closely. "I... I just want Mr. Stark to trust me as much as I trust him. I don't know if learning how to shoot, cut people to shreds, or generally beat the living shit out of people is the way to do that."
The women took the knife from her "your dismissed, I do not work with weak willed people, you have only been here a couple of days and have no memory, the fact that you trust him this much and value is opinion so much proves to me you are weak and will never be able to learn what I have to teach you, I only teach those who have the strength required to learn, until you start living for yourself you will never reach your full potential " she said and began to walk out of the ring
Arillyn ran after her and said, "I never said I didn't want to learn! I just asked how it would help gain his trust! Yes, I trust him but he hasn't really given me a reason not to! You think for one second that I would keep trusting him if he lied to me or betrayed me in some way? I'm stronger than you think!"
The woman kept walking and just a she left through the door a man stopped her from following"miss I'm to escort you to your room now" he said
"This isn't fair!" Arillyn said. "So I want my father to trust me? How is wanting my father to actually give a damn a sign of weakness?!"
"If you do not calm down miss I have been informed to give you your medicine " he said in a not caring tone "now will you follow me or will I have to inform mister start that you are willing letting yourself get out of control "
She looked like she was about to turn, but then she went to punch him. The next thing she knew, she was pressed against the wall face first. She tried to push off of the wall, but she couldn't get leverage nor did she have the strength. Tears formed in her eyes."
A sharp pitch went into her thigh and she felt a calm wash over her and her legs get wobbly, the next thing she knew she was picked up in a cradle position" you have left me no choice but to carry you like this, please relax while I return you to you room" he said all the while keeping the same calm tone
She tried not to look at him. Tears of embarrassment fell from her eyes. Yeah, she wanted Tony's trust, but what child didn't want their father to care for them? But she knew she was stubborn. She didn't want to not learn just because he wouldn't trust her. She wanted to learn because the weapons fascinated her. If she had to, she would use sticks from trees and find YouTube tutorials to learn. And she would start with daggers.
Once at her room he gently sat her down on the bed "do you need anything miss? " He asked calmly
She looked up at him and said in a tone that told him she wasn't giving up, "I want to train. I have read every science journal I can find, and I've started on the books from the library, but seeing those weapons, I want to learn that too." She looked down again. "Why is wanting my father to trust me and care about me a weakness? I don't understand."
"The subject of him being your father is not the issue, the issue is you accepting it so easily given the circumstances, you woke up with no memory and believed a complete stranger right off the bat, that is foolish, you were not cautious and you never had any guard up or put in any effort to make sure you were safe" he said "all those things say you are weak minded and have no love for yourself" he said "your age matters not in this situation, you are not human and you have dangerous abilities, therefore you must be better then regular humans your age, on top of all this you have been so focused on all the wrong things you haven't even noticed what's around you, you are not trusted here, by even Mr stark, you showed up out of no wear, are dangerous and some how have his DNA running through you veins, everything about you screams dangerous and untrust worthy and we take the precautions for that, you have taken none" he said heading towards the door "the sooner you stop ignoring your situation the better, you are not a fourteen year old living with her dad, you are a alien that showed up out of no where and are a possible threat" he looked her in the eyes "did it ever cross your mind that you don't even know if your good? You have no memories you could have easily been sent here to kill me stark and not even know it, in my opinion he should have killed you on the spot and that's how a true warrior thinks" he said and left
She pulled her knees up and laid her head on them. She knew he was right. She was different. She just didn't want to believe it. Still, she knew she wasn't bad... right? She didn't want to hurt Tony or Pepper. They may not trust her, but they still took her in. Didn't that earn her loyalty to them? No... being nice doesn't earn loyalty this fast. I'm so stupid. Why am I not confident in myself? What the hell happened to me to lose my memories?
Pepper came in and saw Arillyn was upset, asking, "You okay."
"I'm fine," Arillyn said. "I just want to be left alone."
"Okay, well, dinner will be in an hour."
"I'm not hungry."
"You need to eat."
"I'll eat later."
Pepper left after that. Don't get close to them, Arillyn. They don't trust you, so you can't trust them. Until it's mutual, you're alone. She laid down on her bed, falling asleep with tears falling.