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Author Topic: Two Are Better Than One  (Read 239 times)

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Two Are Better Than One
« on: Jun 23, 17, 01:26:33 AM »
She was leaving small cracks in the wall as she walked, her fingers dragging along it.  Trying to let some of her anger seep into the very stones themselves.  The stones, as it turned out, did not handle her anger well. 

But if she didn't let it out, somehow... she would do worse.  She could feel it.  The need to strike something.  The need to lash out and utterly destroy something just to let the inner scream from her soul... it rode her hard.

Tracking her wouldn't be difficult.  Her Green had spider webbed the stone wall she was tracing, with no real clear direction in mind.  The frosty footsteps she left behind her melted into puddles as she went.  The hot Raejian sun ensured that. 

It was when she came close to the river that she realized where she was.  It was here, not far from Syeira's palace, that she found her inability to continue on without DOING something.  Her fingers dipped into the water, the chill of her anger seeping down.  Down... until a layer of frost rippled around her hand, cracking as it thickened.

There was something soothing in that.  Something that drained the Rage, a little, in giving her something solid and visible to look at.  She drew that ice up, shaping it as she went... until the frosted bits took on a more feminine shape... and then her hand slammed into the top of it, sending those frosted bits of water flying.

If only... if only she could actually DO that to the one who had caused her such hurt.  But she couldn't.  Even though it would free him... even though it would feel so very good to do it... she could only remember how Syeira had held her.  HELD her, at one point, to ease the very rage and grief flying through her veins.

She'd never have imagined that such emotions would surge again, not for this.  She'd never have imagined that some part of her would thirst for Syeira's harm.  It isn't their fault.  It isn't mine.  Her fingers went up to her face, shaking.  Syeira was her friend... her sister.  In some ways, she was even her mother.

This... this monster that thirsted for vengeance was wrong.  It was WRONG.

But Maseo...   Maseo was lost to her.  She'd known it as soon as she saw that look on his face.  She'd known it in the way that he'd shut down, completely.  She'd known it in the way that he fell so perfectly into protocol.  Maseo would never be hers again... if he thought of her at all.  He'd be wishing for a connection to a creature that would refuse to give him what he needed.  He would hate Raet with every fiber of his being for introducing them... she could taste it on her tongue.

Why didn't I just let it go?

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #1 on: Jun 27, 17, 11:57:57 PM »
Kontar had been talking with the palace guards and generally stewing about Lord Shingetsu’s borderline hostility when the waves of pain and rage hit him like twin shots to the stomach. Both emotions, in rapid succession, stole his breath and nearly drove him to his knees in sheer agony. Syeira’s guards looked at him with curiosity, then each other, before one of them spoke.

What’s gotten into you, Lord Abbasi? You all right?

Kontar could barely hear them, though.

He needed to escape this place now.

He stammered out an apology and took off at a run, headed for the front gates. He sprinted through the gates to the street before his mind caught up with his body and he understood what was happening.

Raet.

His Queen was in pain, pain so deep and consuming that it made his own soul bleed.

Kontar caught a glimpse of her headed away from the palace and down the road, so he followed her quickly and quietly. He’d worried about losing her for several seconds, but the longer Kontar pursued, the easier it was to find the signs of Raet’s anger and agony on the buildings she passed.

She stopped at the river and stuck her hands in, freezing the water. Despite the expressions of her pain and anger, neither had abated. To Kontar’s mind, they felt stronger, more powerful than the original. He sighed.

He didn’t say anything at first. He just watched her, kneeling at the river’s edge and tried to find some words of comfort. When none were forthcoming, Kontar dared to step a bit closer. If Raet did not halt his progress or turn to face him, Kontar would slip up behind her and kneel, wrapping her in his arms. He didn’t know why Lord Shingetsu wasn’t here to do this, but he’d find out soon.

Lady Neith, I’m here. Will you tell me what happened?” he asked.

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #2 on: Jun 28, 17, 12:12:45 AM »
The figure had collapsed.  It had collapsed, and she didn't feel any better.  Her fingers shook against her face, her breath maddeningly loud in her ears.  She could still feel his body beneath her hands, and the way he mastered her in that frenzied experience in the guest room...

The heat of Kontar's arms about her froze her in place, halting the whirlpool of emotion for a moment.  She hadn't noticed him coming.  Or if she had, she hadn't paid enough mind to it.  Truthfully, it was a good thing he was Hers...

She might have killed him if he were not.

With an effort that bordered on pain, she swallowed that cold Rage back into her skin.  Forced herself to bottle it all up, to lock it behind the Protocol and Queenly grace she had been schooled in... because so long as no one looked in her eyes they'd never know just how close to the Edge she walked right now.

She shuddered, a hand moving to settle atop one of his own.  He was so much warmer than she right now.  She felt like a furious glacier riding down the sands... in no control of herself or the world around her.  But she couldn't be angry with Kontar.  How could Syeira be angry with Maseo?  How could she feel such hatred, such disdain for her Bonded? 

Her throat closed off for a moment before she was able to force the Anger back down.  Force her throat to clear, force herself to take command of her voice.  "Raet."  She said it quietly, as if gently reminding him of her actual name.  She didn't want to be a Queen right now.  She didn't need to be a Queen, right now.  She needed ... something else.

"I..."  Her eyes closed, thoughts racing over the meal.  It had started out so hopefully...

"I had to leave, or I'd try to kill her."  She whispered it, horror echoing in her throat.  "She... He's Hers... and I..."  How I hate her!  "She hates him... he's hers, and she hates him, and I can't .. It's my fault.  I should have never brought him.  He's going to despise me, Kontar..."  She leaned into him, wishing that she could wrap the heat of him around her, hide in it. 

Maseo already despised her.  He had to.  She had known he was uncomfortable around Queens... it had been obvious.  He'd hinted at it, when she'd accidentally spilled her Touch over him.   She'd given him a hint of Peace... and now he was bound to someone who would never actually fulfill his needs.

She felt as if he had died.  The tattered remnants of pride finally took hold, her fingers shaking as she tried to wipe the tears away from her face.  "I'm sorry, Kontar.  I don't.. I haven't fallen apart like this in years."

She'd loved him... still did, or it wouldn't hurt so damned much. And to only have realized it when it was too late... mother be damned, it hurt.

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #3 on: Jun 29, 17, 01:38:09 AM »
Kontar surprise at Raet’s words was evident, nearly as evident as the shock he received from touching her skin. In that moment, he felt her hatred from Lady Syeira Neferet, the Queen of Ta-Awy Province. That put Kontar in a difficult position, even now, for her knew that Nailah deeply respected the Priestess Queen. If Raet had tried to kill her, or worse, succeeded in doing so, the ramifications would be earth-shattering for them.

Kontar knew, in that moment, he would die protecting his Queen from his sister.

The thought scared him and would cause him to lose sleep for weeks to come. So many things were undone right now, among them Nima’s Virgin Night. Thoughts of the White Jeweled witch made Kontar feel a little better, though he allowed Raet’s pain to take up his focus right now.

Raet.” he said, speaking her name softly as he held her. “Do not apologize for your feelings. You’re allowed to have them, you know. I am glad that you didn’t let them force you into something dangerous. I just found you. I cannot lose you.” he said softly.

Lord Shingetsu does not hate you. Or, if he does, then he is a fool. Mother Night and the Darkness grant us these bonds for a reason. His anger is misplaced if he calls you responsible for what happened.” Kontar said.

It would have happened eventually, if it did not happen tonight.” he said.

He raised a finger to his Queen’s lips, brushing them softly to stall her protest. Raet probably didn’t want to hear any of this and Kontar was reminded of Nailah and Masika, his sisters, in that way. When the got angry or upset, the last thing that they wanted to hear was that it would be okay. But someone had remind them that life would move on, one way or another.

Are you hungry? I can’t imagine dinner went very well if you think Lady Neferet hates her new male. That seems cruel. In any case, it’s no longer your duty to worry about him, Raet. You must take care of yourself and be a better Queen than her, if she is so cruel.” Kontar said.

Lady Syeira’s command to go after Raet still echoed in his ears and he held Raet just a little tighter for a moment, before releasing her. He did, however, continue to hold her hand, if she allowed it.

I’ll walk you back to the palace and then we can eat. Or I can let Vadik try to cheer you up. If he felt anything I do, I’m sure he’ll be waiting to make sure you get home all right.” Kontar said.

Shall we?

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #4 on: Jun 29, 17, 01:57:08 AM »
She'd have said no one could soothe the icy Rage in her veins.  She'd had years to practice burying her emotions where they could not impact her decisions... and nothing she'd ever practiced could make a dent in the fury she felt now.  She'd have said that before Kontar... because she wouldn't trust herself near Vadik.

Bonded, and cousin... and in her life too long for her to trust herself near him.  But Kontar was new.  So new, a piece of herself that she wasn't yet in the habit of guarding.  He tightened his grip on her, and she felt some of the Rage start to ... calm.  Her hands moved to his arms, holding them in place.

She didn't want to move away just yet.  It didn't matter that she'd paint a terrible picture here... alone with one male on the banks of a river with damages to buildings to lead the way to her kneeling self.  It didn't matter that there was plenty of evidence of her lack of control to damn her.  She held tight to him anyways.

Her eyes closed, that tightening in her chest slowly easing as she breathed in his scent.  Kontar... She didn't know him. Not really.  But he'd come for her.  The Bond may have been the only reason... but she'd take what comfort she could find right now.

His mention of food almost made her laugh.  He asked of food when her heart was in pieces... normally it was her that was so coldly logical.  She reached up behind her, clasping her hand to the back of his neck.  Bracing herself, really, for putting on the mask that she had to present to the world.

She didn't want to go back to her life... not yet.  She didn't want to return to her home and remember Maseo in the atrium, or in the guest rooms... or her joy at showing him what she had done with the place.  Her eyes watered.. and finally the tears broke. 

"What's done is done." She whispered it, like a mantra under her breath.  She couldn't change that her Queen had died when she was fourteen.  She couldn't change that the Landen had murdered her parents when she was only ten.  She couldn't change this either.  Maseo belonged to Syeira.  He would suffer, unless someone could finally convince Syeira to do as the Darkness bid.

The thought of trying to convince Syeira to just Touch people turned her stomach.  She didn't have the frame of mind for it right now.  She couldn't stand the thought... and so she didn't think about it.  Couldn't... else she do harm to more than just some stone and water.

"You're right... we need to eat."  Or he did, anyways.  She wasn't sure she could swallow anything down.  Or keep it down, if she somehow managed.  She slowly loosened her grip on his neck, forcing herself to her feet.  Though she certainly kept him close.  She needed him to anchor her... to keep her from sinking back into a deep Green Rage.

She lovedSyeira Neferet.  She had since she was a little girl.  She didn't WANT to feel that ... that monster clamoring for her friend's blood in her teeth.  Her hand carefully moved to her eyes, a soft sigh leaving her as she managed to wrestle emotions back into place.  "I'm... I apologize.  I've never handled grief very well."

Three times in her life.  Only three times in her life had she felt something so ... all-encompassing.  How could anyone process it?  She squeezed her hand around his waist, turning to bury her face in his chest.  She didn't know him... but she did.  Kontar was hers.  He was safe.  Kontar would never hurt her... not like this. 

Even if he chose to leave her, it wouldn't hurt so long as he didn't despise her.  She wasn't sure she could take that... and not for the first time she murmured a soft prayer that the Night had blessed her with few Bonds.  One simply couldn't guard against their Bonded without being cruel to them.

Was that why Syeira was so...  She shied away from that thought.  She wasn't reaady to be so kind... not yet.  "I want to go home, Kontar. I want to talk about... anything else.  Just not -  not this evening.  I don't want to discuss them anymore tonight."

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #5 on: Jul 05, 17, 10:54:40 PM »
You’re apologizing again, my lady. Please, do not. You have a right to your feelings, whatever they are.” Kontar said, taking both peace and pleasure from the simplest of his Queen’s touches. Being so closer to her felt like the most natural thing in the world. Kontar had lived twenty-six years without moments like this and thought that his life was was full enough, complete enough with his family, a few flings, and several good friends to keep him company. He thought, somehow, that his life could only get better if he could map the entire world in his mind and then visit every single place that had ever interested him.

How could I have ever been so wrong?

Kontar nuzzled Raet’s neck, her scent drawing him closer to her through as he sought to ease her pain. It angered him that Lady Neferet and Lord Shingetsu hurt her, but it was more important to him to heal her pain at this time than find answers or seek remedy from the foreigner. When Raet was not in pain, he would go to Lord Shingestu and demand that he show respect to Raet, the respect that a Queen deserved.

If he would not, they would truly be enemies.

Very well. I will take you home and we will eat. Maybe we can even find some alcohol and drink. Then once you’re not thinking about all of this anymore, you can get some rest. The only thing that I ask, my lady, is that you believe me when I tell you this:

Things will be better in the morning.
” Kontar said.

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #6 on: Jul 05, 17, 11:15:38 PM »
She was so... angry.  It scared her, really... she wasn't used to feeling so much Rage at once.  She'd never watned to feel so much anger, so much ice in her veins, ever again.  This did nothing to change her mind on that.  But with every touch Kontar gave her... she was reminded that the Bond was a two-way street.  AS much peace and comfort as she gave him... he took her anger away.  Bit by bit, like chipping at a glacier until she felt she might actually feel warm again at some point in her life.

She twisted about, uncaring if it mussed up her dress.  What care she for garment or propriety right now?  Instead she turned, leaning her head against his chest.  She listened to the steady thump, thump that his heart beat against his ribs, and she timed her breathing with his.

Things will be better in the morning.  He had been wrong before, when he said that things would turn out alright.  But she wanted to believe him anyways. She wanted to believe that her heart would not still be broken into thousands of shattered pieces when she woke.  Preferably after she woke from a drunken slumber where she would not remember dreams.

Preferably her dreams,  if she did remember them, would not be so unkind as to have those foreign hands and lips skimming down her body.  She wanted to NOT miss that beautiful face, or that voice, or that body.  She didn't want to worry about how unhappy he would be.

She wished, more than anything, that she did not feel the sheer amount of compassion that she felt. It was a curse, it really was. If she'd been only slightly colder... if she was more like Syeira, she'd have not embarrassed herself so badly this evening.

Oh mother night... Syeira was going to be furious. Her eyes squeezed shut as the realization that she'd left with such... barely concealed abruptness hit her. It had been the right thing to do... Syeira would never forgive her if she lashed out within the walls.  But ...

But she might not forgive her anyways.  And that hurt even more than the thought that Maseo hated her.  That wasn't theory... it wasn't supposition. Kontar hadn't been there. He hadn't SEEN it... or felt that flash of cold hate before Maseo had caught his shields in place.

The bond was a shocking thing... it had certainly caught her off guard with Kontar.

"You're right... we should go eat.  And while I typically don't drink... I think... tonight.. I will indulge more than usual."  Meaning she was going to drink herself into a slumber so deep that nothing could possibly wake her for a few hours, at least.

Vadik wouldn't be happy.  Hell.. he wasn't happy NOW.

Where ARE you?
Ask Kontar... I'm not... entirely sure.  Somewhere on the Vaal.
WHAT?!

She winced, feeling the hot lash of anger in that voice.  Her eyes rolled up, fingers gently touching Kontar's chin.  "Vadik is... upset.  We should go... I'd rather he not yell in my proverbial ears right now.  I won't crack any more walls tonight. I promise."

She was going to have the guest bedroom sheets changed... and she was going to have them stowed away. Maybe someday she'd be able to look at those cool blue sheets without crying... but it certainly wouldn't be in hte next few weeks.  Maybe someday she would even be able to look at Maseo without wanting to tear Syeira's perfect eyes from her perfectly veiled face.

IN a hundred years, maybe.

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #7 on: Jul 14, 17, 11:41:08 PM »
Kontar smiled at Raet when she said she wouldn’t crack anymore walls. Kontar didn’t fear Dark Jeweled women; he’d grown up with one significantly deeper in the Abyss than himself. But Raet’s anger was more immediate and more...honest than Nailah’s, if Kontar was truthful with himself. He’d seen Nailah nurse a grudge until she saw a perfect time to take it out on the target of said grudge. Kontar was glad that, in a sense, that Raet wasn’t that kind of Queen. She’d been hurt deeply tonight, but she’d opted to keep her males out of her path until she dealt with it.

Kontar’s heart ached for his Queen.

All right. Let’s go back and put Vadik at ease. I’ve told him where we are and how long it should take us to get back to the palace. I’m sure he’ll be waiting for us.” Kontar said.

But once he leaves you alone, we’ll have a few drinks and try to forget how terrible tonight has been.” Kontar said.

He would guide her back to the main street and then on the road back to her palace. Despite the hour and despite her pain, Raet was a District Queen and Kontar would see her treated as such. If anyone, especially a male, looked like they were getting too close to her, Kontar would interpose himself between Raet and that person with a hand on the hilt of his sword.

The message would not be any clearer.

Raet was also shielded during the entire walk, if only because protecting his Queen was Kontar’s deepest focus at the point. He’d made small talk with her during the walk while keeping himself alert for any danger. When Vadik came to meet them a mile from the palace, Kontar relaxed some, glad that the Warlord Prince was there to aid in keeping their Queen safe. He would fill them other male in on tonight’s events and impress upon the need for Raet to eat and relax.

Kontar would ask for food to be brought to the Queen and Cook smiled at him, saying that she’d get something put together immediately. Having taken care of his Queen’s appetite, Kontar went to locate her in the sitting room.

Food is coming, Lady Raet. Is there anything else I can do for you right now?” he asked.

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #8 on: Jul 15, 17, 12:21:27 AM »
The walk was a march of pain... a march where she felt far too numb from agony to feel much of anything else.  But she wasn't feeling the urge to absolutely destroy things either.  She felt.. like she wanted to curl up under a rock and die instead.

Her fingers rubbed at her eyes by the time she reached her sitting room.  She should, by all rights, be soaking in a bath.  She couldn't bare the idea of going anywhere near a bed right now.  She simply sat, her eyes on the small fire in the corner while Kontar tended to things.  He was a good male. 

He was calm, steady... eager in his own quiet way.  She could feel his need to tend her in the threads that bound them... could feel the same urgency in her cousin.  Her cousin, who had plucked up his guitar and started strumming the strings.

Her eyes were leaking tears as he did it.  He had played for Maseo too.  She was still rubbing at them by the time Kontar asked if he could help her with anything else... and she lifted her head to look at him.  Really look at him.  Her arms opened, waiting for him to come to her.

She buried her face in his shoulder as he leaned into her, wrapped her arms around him and held tightly.  "I ... am normally not so emotional.  I swear."  It came out a whisper.  "I have been... unlike myself.  Ever since I first laid eyes on him."

She shivered, before rising to move closer to the fire.  Her arms wrapped around herself as Vadik stopped playing, looking at her.  "He .. fascinated me.  He was so steady, so..."  She sighed, rubbed at eyes again.  "He taught me to start doing what I wanted, Vadik."

"I know."  Her cousin set the guitar to the side, moving closer to lean into her.  To let her lean into him.  "It isn't the end of the world Raet."

"... It feels like it though..." 
"It is heartache.  It will fade.. in time."

Vadik looked at Kontar... and for the first time since he'd met the man... Kontar would know that Vadik could kill someone and not bat an eyelash.  Maseo no Shingetsu had wounded his cousin's heart... and if he had shown himself int hat moment, he would not survive it easily.  Raet set a hand to his arm, her Touch soothing away the Rage as if she couldn't help herself.

It made her laugh.  "I'm sorry.  I cracked walls... and yet I do not allow you your anger."
"It is a good thing."
"Still..."  She sighed, rubbing at her neck before settling in front of the fire.  "Sit with me... please.  The both of you.  I do not want to be alone.  Not tonight."  No... if she was alone tonight, she would remember the ways he had touched her.

The way he had made her body sing.  The way she had smelled him on her skin for a day.  She would remember how it had made her giddy... overjoyed.  She'd exulted in the way he had made her feel.. had looked forward with anticipation to the next time she would see him.

And then this... wretched dinner had occurred.

"I nearly tried to harm Syeira tonight Vadik."

She could feel him go stiff at that.  Vadik knew exactly how she felt about her beloved Queen Neferet.  It would be as if she had tried to strike at Odji... simply impossible.  "I think... I think I must avoid her.  For a little while.  I was rude."

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #9 on: Jul 22, 17, 02:34:01 AM »
Kontar felt Raet’s heartache as acutely as if it was his own. The Warlord tensed, unsure how to process this feeling. Vadik knew Raet better than Kontar and loved her the way that Kontar loved his sisters. If a man had wounded any of them, Kontar would deal with him as harshly as he expected that Vadik wanted to deal with Maseo. Whatever Lady Neferet had done, it did not excuse the Tacean’s poor treatment of Raet, who was even more a victim than him in all of this.

Perhaps someone needed to explain that to him.

He was silent as the pair discussed tonight’s events for themselves. Vadik clearly agreed that Raet needed to stay away from Lady Neferet for the time being, especially when she was angry enough to consider attempting harm to the woman. Not just because any attempt to harm Syeira would end up with Raet being harmed, but because of the sheer amount of jewel strength that the Province Queen could bring to bear at a moment’s notice. The twice-blessed Queen wore the Red and her twice-blessed husband wore the Sapphire, both of which were powerful in their own right. But Syeira also had Nailah’s Red to call upon. Right now, Kontar did not believe that Nailah would grant Raet much compassion if she attempted to harm the Queen.

I agree, Lady Raet. If you do not have a reason to visit the Province Court, it would be best to focus on your own Court for now. There is much you can do to take your mind away from all of this, I am sure.” Kontar said. He wanted to tell her that she would be okay, that she would meet someone else, but Kontar didn’t want to do that. The idea of Raet being with a new man angered him. Even as that anger flared through his chest, Kontar realized that it had to be the Bond at work. He could share her with Vadik, who was now his Bond-Brother. But the idea of Lord Shingetsu touching her ever again made Kontar want to find the man and explain, in no uncertain terms, that he was not to see Raet again.

The food arrived and Kontar helped the servants set up, letting Vadik work to comfort her. Kontar did not know what she wanted or needed right now. He could only learn such things with time and patience.

For now, he simply let the moment breathe and waited for his Queen to tell him what to do.

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #10 on: Jul 22, 17, 03:35:02 PM »
Each hug from Vadik settled her just a little more.  Each squeeze of her hands as she watched the fire helped her rage sink further beneath her skin... and she worked at locking it away.  Tightly.  Behind every mental wall and door she could think of.  They were right.  Of course they were right. 

She moved past Vadik for the table, settling into place before reaching out to catch at Kontar's wrist.  She brought his hand up to her face, closing her eyes as she breathed him in.  When the Bond had first connected them, she'd been overjoyed.  A little worried, but overjoyed nonetheless.  Now?  Now she was breathing her thanks to the Darkness that it had given her someone able to see her through this.

"Please... sit.  The both of you.  I'm not going to tear the house down around our ears."  She could, though.. and she knew it.  But even in her Rage, earlier... she'd kept from doing enough damage to truly topple anything.  She'd released it, little bit by little bit, as she had worked her way down to the river.  To the river, where she could let her icy Rage flow from her limbs into the water.  Where she could topple the 'face' of the one who had so wounded her.

But had it been Syeira, truthfully?  She chewed on that thought.  Yes... and no.  The Darkness bound where she willed... and Syeira had a harem of males. Each drowning in isolation from the lack of their Queen's care.  Her fingers curled around one of the forks for the food, her eyes looking at them without actually seeing what the food was.

Maseo was going to drown in isolation.  Syeira would not see to her duty... and there was nothing she could do about it.  At least, not right now.  Her teeth sank into her lip, her eyes closing as she took a few deep breaths.  Just a few weeks ago she'd have sought out a Priest to help her commune, to help her find peace.

Now.. she didn't want to.  The High Priestess was not ... pleased.. with her.  And she was not eager to open herself up to any more judgement from that woman.  Nor would she explain that to Kontar. 

"Did anything happen while I was away, Vadik?"  Her voice was ... almost her own again.  She was slowly piecing herself together, making herself functional.  By morning, only her males would be able to tell if she was still hurting... and they could cheat.

Tonight... tonight she was fixing her mask back into place.  Hopefully, by morning, Maseo or Syeira themselves could appear before her and not be able to tell what was in her heart.  She didn't want either of them to see it.  She wanted to keep, at the least, her dignity.  "Nothing of importance.  A few matters of mediation.  I took care of it."

She reached out, settling her hand on his wrist. "Thank you."  Vadik's hand covered her own, and she smiled lightly before squeezing his arm.  Her eyes turned to Kontar, a pause weighing pregnant in her thoughts.  Kontar was her own.  Her Bonded, hers to protect and cherish as much as he would so for her.  But he was also the brother of the High Priestess.  And that was bound to cause him trouble.  The High Priestess did not seem the sort to 'forgive' when she felt she was wronged... and Raet was well aware that the High Priestess was furious with her.  The woman's icy rage had flashed against her skin before she'd controlled it, when Kontar had become hers.

"Distract me, Kontar.  Tell me of yourself.  Your dreams, your wants."  She smiled, cutting into her food after a moment.  "Have you a woman you care for?  Any children?"  She cracked a smile.  "A dog?"  Her eyebrow rose, as if she was amused at the idea.  Kontar... didn't seem like a dog sort of person.  But she'd been surprised before.

Obviously.

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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #11 on: Aug 12, 17, 12:09:44 AM »
Kontar almost laughed when Raet told him to speak about himself. He didn’t consider himself especially interesting or noteworthy; he was just a man who’d traveled in his life and had more good experiences than bad ones. He wasn’t a Brother of Eventide like Rais, nor was he a warrior of the Shadow Realm now living in Raej. He tended to meet the interesting and influential people, making friends with them and taking part of their experiences.

But Raet needed a distraction. He hoped that this would help. If it didn’t, she’d find a way to shut him up.

My Lady, I’m not terribly interesting. I was born in Damietta District, the youngest of five children. You know my oldest sister, Nailah. My sister Theoris is an accomplished businesswoman and owner of the most successful Red Moon House in Raej. My sister Masika is an excellent cook and my sister Rehema is a Healer, kind and sweet of heart.” Kontar said.

I am also an uncle to two wonderful nephews, Tsekani and Bakari, Nailah's sons. My nephews are my staunchest allies. After all, we come from a family full of women. We often must stick together to avoid being overwhelmed.” Kontar said, laughing at that. He loved his boys deeply and wondered how they would fit into his life now that his Queen had taken up residence in his mind and heart.

My nephews want a dog, but Nailah is hesitant. She’s not a dog person. She likes cats. Personally, I think cats were spawned in Hell and should all go back as soon as possible.” Kontar said, resisting the urge to shudder. Cats were awful creatures, always one moment from murdering everyone and everything around them. Yet people tried to befriend the little monsters! Kontar didn’t understand it at all.

As for women…” he said, unsure of how to phrase his next sentence. She’d just endured a break-up. Perhaps now wasn’t the time to mention Nima or how beautiful she was.

I have been asked by a friend to perform his sister’s Virgin Night ceremony. He honors me with the request and his sister is a warm-hearted woman. She likes birds. Birds worry me less than cats, so I think that’s something.” Kontar said, grinning.

I don’t know if we’ll see each other beyond that, though I’m open to the idea. I have traveled to a few Territories in Terreille. I have been to Dhemlan a few times and I have been as far north as Dena Nehele. I have seen Pruul, but not Hayll. I’m told the long-lived don’t care for the short-lived at all in that Territory and it wouldn’t sadden me if I never went.

I would like to see Chaillot someday, though. I’ve read books about the beauty of the land and some of their poetry. Should an opportunity present itself, I would go...with your leave, of course.
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Re: Two Are Better Than One
« Reply #12 on: Aug 12, 17, 12:50:50 AM »
"You are Kontar Abbasi, you are Mine... and therefore, you are interesting."  She smiled, her fingers stroking down his arm.  As much as her chest hurt, as much as she still wanted to break things and throw a screaming fit... Kontar calmed her.  Kontar kept her thinking about the consequences in a way that she truly wanted, even when at the moment her heart wanted to over-rule her mind.

Not that she was all that interested in talking about Kontar's oldest sister... the High Priestess was obviously a hard player in Raej's systems.  But the High Priestess was also not likely a fan, and she didn't want to thinka bout yet another person that would get her heart pumping in anger, or adrenaline, or... anything, really.

But she could allow herself to be distracted his professed hatred of cats.  Her fingers lifted to her lips, eyes closing as she allowed a soft laugh to leave her throat.  "You truly despise cats, hrm?  Perhaps it is a good thing that I have no animals."  How she almost wished she had one, though.  An animal to cuddle with might make her feel a little better.

As for women...  She blinked, picking up on the hesitation without much effort.  Her eyebrows raised.  Not so much that he might have one... she sort of expected that.  Kontar Abbasi was a good male, and a handsome one.  She couldn't imagine that he would lack in feminine company.  The hesitation though..

She reached out, setting her hand on his wrist.  "Kontar... If you are hoping to spare me because of your feelings for whoever this woman may be, there is no need."  She said it simply, and plainly.  She was... not in the mood for subtlety tonight.  She'd used up her ability to be subtle.

"We are Bound, you and I... but that does not mean that I would ever tell you to not be happy, even if I hurt right now.  You are right.  Eventually... it will get better."  Maybe not tomorrow, or the day after.. but it had to stop aching so fiercely eventually, didn't it?

She listened to his tales of travel, and it was a nice distraction from her own worries.. mostly.  Maseo had travelled as well... and he'd pointed out that she should travel at some point.  "I... had discussed... travel with Maseo once.  I would like to see Dena Nehele someday, but as I told him.."  She looked towards the fire.  "I don't think I'd be able to.  Leaving the Province for a small while to relax is fine... but I do not think it would go well if I were to leave the Territory without Prince Khaldun's permission."

She gave him a tight smile.  "Prince Khaldun and Queen Neferet... sort of raised me, when my Queen died."  It was why this event hurt so much - it felt like a betrayal.  Which was ridiculous -  Syeira couldn't help who the Darkness bound her to.  But she could help how she acted to her bonded... and for that?  For that Raet found herself upset.  She already knew how Maseo would be treated.  Syeira had many Bonded, and none of them got what they should from her.

"So... you will have to be my eyes, if you travel."  She smiled, leaning back.  "Perhaps you could bring paintings, or art of some sort?  I've heard that Chaillot has beautiful artwork."