Shadow Lords. Big, imposing, cut-throat. That's what they are. Everyone knows it. They spend their time hoarding money and power for their own and Gaia's gain. Then comes Giselle. Petite, sweet, loving, a little fluffy, hates shoes. Super smart, though. So there's that. Her father was sure it would pass, but it never did. Then she started hanging around with those kin and she learned about magic. SHADOWLORDS ARE NOT ALCHEMISTS. They are leaders in their field. They are businessmen. They do not make cute little love potions.
Not that her parents didn't love her. Of course they did. What's not to love? But there were other children. Older children, younger children. Children who were ready to enter the business world and take charge. So when Giselle expressed an interest in travelling, her father all but pushed her out the door once she settled on a destination. He set her up with a generous allowance and anything she could possibly need to start her life anew. Hopefully, when he finds out she dropped out of med school, he doesn't disown her.
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