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Author Topic: It's not the same, but different isn't always bad  (Read 348 times)

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It's not the same, but different isn't always bad
« on: Aug 09, 18, 08:35:13 PM »
Quinten had woken up from a nightmare. One about his father. He looked at the sleeping brew he had been given, the one that usually sent him into a blissful dreamless sleep, but he pushed it aside. Kale wasn’t here and he never slept well when his brother wasn’t beside him. Getting out of bed, the boy padded into the hallway and waved to the guard, half-asleep. Heading down the hallway, the Jack clutched a small rock that had carved into a turtle tightly. He had taken to sleeping with it lately, clutching  it in between his hands. Whenever he became nervous or anxious he ran his thumb over the smooth shell and tried to let his worries slip away.

Sighing, the former street rat padded down the hallway until he got to Radu’s room. Kale had drugged him up so much that the poor Warlord Prince didn’t even have enough focus to snarl properly these days. It was kind of cute though. Made Radu seem like a puppy that couldn’t keep his balance.

Slipping into the Prince’s room, the boy snuck into the male’s bed and curled up beside him, leaching his warmth. Q didn’t know if his friend was too drugged to wake up or had sensed his presence and let him enter, but no snarl met his presence. After a few minutes he drifted off to sleep, one arm gently resting on Radu in a half hug. By morning, his turtle had slipped from his fingertips and rested right in front of the Warlord Prince. 





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Re: It's not the same, but different isn't always bad
« Reply #1 on: Aug 21, 18, 11:22:57 AM »
He had woken up.  Always did when someone got close to the bed.  But at the scent of Quinten Heartly, he hadn't said anything.  He'd been a little surprised when Q cuddled up to him on his bed, but he hadn't said anything.

It was awfully early in the morning for him to be up and about.  That he drifted off so fast was.. well, reassuring to be honest.  Probably a bad dream.

A normal person might go back to sleep.  Not Radu.  Quinten had come to him seeking protection from bad dreams.  Radu couldn't defend him from those, but he could be present.  He could be aware.  He could make sure no one bothered Quinten.

When the turtle fell from Quinten's hand, it was Radu's fingers that caught it.  He turned it over in his hands, looking at the smooth polish.  Quinten worried at this thing. 

Then again, Quinten worried.  It was what he did.

He frowned, rubbing his fingers over the shell of the damned thing while he waited for Q to wake up.  He wouldn't rush him.  Kid needed sleep.  Besides, if he knew Q, the moment he started moving his legs under these blankets the kid would snap awake.

When the door cracked open, a tray being pushed in by a guard, his eyes studied the male with a 'sleepy' look.  It was a look he'd sort of perfected over the last few days.  If Kale or Victoria didn't drug his meals, he was able to stay conscious longer.

And if he seemed sleepy from the meals they didn't bring him personally, then they wouldn't try to keep dosing him.  It was sheer stubbornness.  He didn't like being drugged.

At all.

"Breakfast, Q."






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Re: It's not the same, but different isn't always bad
« Reply #2 on: Aug 31, 18, 06:44:32 PM »
The Warlord’s dreams faded in Radu’s presence, the boy’s breathing settling into an even pace. He never felt safer than when he was next to the Warlord Prince. Not when he was at court. Not when a hundred guards were protecting him. Never but with Radu. The male had protected him when no one else had and that had left a lasting mark within the male.

So he slept well, for the first time in a long long time, without the brews that knocked him out. And without snuggling close to Kale. The moment the door opened though, Quinten’s eyes fluttered, his arms tightening on Radu protectively. While his legs were still healing, it was up to the Warlord to protect his friend, even against his own brother.

“Do you want me to try the food and make sure Kale or Vickey haven’t drugged it?” Quinten climbed over Radu clumsily, grabbing the tray from the servant and placing it on the bed between the two. He eyed the food suspiciously. “You know what we should do? We should put you in that rolling chair Vickey found you and race down the halls. Or, I could wheel you outside and we could roll down the hill.” The Warlord beamed at his friend, hoping the suggestions would brighten his mood.

“...or I could wheel you to that Red Moon house and have them take care of you. Whatever you choose though, we should do something fun.” Quinten thought everyone needed something to smile about now. Including himself.





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Re: It's not the same, but different isn't always bad
« Reply #3 on: Sep 27, 18, 09:44:49 AM »
He gave Q a tired grin, letting his head 'thunk' back into his pillow after a moment.  Q's ideas sounded great.  They were just excessively unwise.  Even for him.  "As fun as all that sounds.. I'm on strict orders.  I can't leave this bed except to go take a piss.  They don't want me risking the legs."  A snort of laughter left him, his eyes peeking towards Q.  "And if you send me rolling down the hill, they might both have heart attacks."

The idea of Healers having heart attacks was a little funny though.  He couldn't deny that much.

"Still... order are orders."  On multiple levels.  He frowned, his fingers moving to rub at the scar that was weeping blood again.  Mother fucker.  He didn't want to do this.  he didn't want to have this conversation. 

"I'm thinking I'm going to train as a Healer Escort when all this is said and done.  You know, the whole growing up and getting the next Jewel and all that?  Kale is going to need one, and I'm... frankly.. tired of fist fighting my way through life."  He cracked the eye open again, glaring at Q.  "Don't laugh!  I mean, I'll always enjoy a good fight, but it shouldn't be so bloody hard just to live, you know?"

"Besides... Kale wouldn't listen to anyone else, and we both know he works himself too hard, especially now."  He wasn't just going to come out and beat Q over the head with the idea that he was just 'Radu'.  Because Q would know something's up if he did.  No, he had to work his way up to it.

Fuck he hated being subtle.  Subtle wasn't really his favorite thing to do.  He wanted to just... shake the kid.  Make him understand.  But he couldn't do that, because it would just solidify the idea in Q's head.

He had a few ideas of how to make the point though. 






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Re: It's not the same, but different isn't always bad
« Reply #4 on: Jan 21, 19, 01:55:08 AM »
Quinten remembered that very first time he had come to the palace, trying to break Radu out. He remembered the words the Warlord prince had let slip out.

The Guilds would not let him leave.

That certainly wasn’t the Jacks. He had never again mentioned it to his friend and he didn’t now. He just stared at Radu, hard, before putting his hand over the other male’s and squeezing. He allowed himself to smile. “I never thought I would hear the day when you wanted to stop fighting. I think you would make a wonderful Healer’s Escort though.” Q hesitated and the smile dropped from his face. “Just…be careful. Escorting.”

That was all Quinten said about it. He did not want to know more than that. Not really. He just hoped Radu wasn’t in too far over his head. Q could not bear to lose another person.

“You aren’t the only one thinking of growing up.” The Jack laid back on the bed and propped himself up on the headboard. “Sorinna asked me to be her Shadow the other day. Can you believe that? If I accept, I’d be in her Court. Like…officially.” Her safety would be on him. Her happiness. All that responsibility.

“I’m kind of scared. Is that bad?” The words squeaked out of the boy. “I don’t feel grown up yet.”





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Re: It's not the same, but different isn't always bad
« Reply #5 on: Jan 22, 19, 10:41:20 AM »
"Be careful Escorting?"  Radu lifted an eyebrow, a somewhat curious expression crossing his face.  "Shit Q... just getting out of the damned bed winds me right now.  Escorting is for after the Offering and all that, and..."  He shrugged.  "I doubt they're going to let me Escort a Healer alone for a while.  I mean... don't we have to know all kinds of things for that?"

He let out a soft snort, reaching up to ruffle Quinten's hair.  Oh he knew exactly what made Q nervous.  And the thing was... he was going to get rid of that.  One way or the other.  Q needed to believe, really believe, that he wasn't Myos.  Or Shaos.  Or anything else. 

Just a stupid hard headed asshole that had to be dragged to Court to learn some manners.

Quinten went on to talk about his own dreams for 'growing up'.  Sora had offered Q a position as her Shadow?  Was that going to become a Dena Nehelian tradition?  Eh, why not?  It wasn't like other Territories didn't have fucking weird quirks for their own take on Protocol.

"Don't be scared, Q.  You're happiest when you are taking care of Lady Roman, right?  What's to be scared of?  You'll try harder for her than you would for anything else, and that's... that's all you can do.  It isn't just you.  It's your Bond Brothers too.  Whoever her First Escort will be - that's your big partner for taking care of her.  She'll be fine."

With Q and Endland?  How would she not be?  "It's not bad to be scared though... you should just.. ya know.. learn to do what you gotta despite being scared.  And I'll share a secret."

Radu grinned.  "I still don't feel grown up.  I mean... look at how I got here.  I ever tell you about how I ended up here, Q?"  He let out a yawn, shaking his head.  "Sway found me getting ready to beat the ever living shit out of someone.  You know me, right?  Anyways... she whooped my ass.  Best ass whoopin I've ever gotten.  And then she dragged me here to make sure I learned to.. how did she put it?  'Get some manners'."

He snorted, letting his eyes close.  "Imagine that.  Lady Fucking Sway herself saying I need to learn manners.  Hottest damned thing I've ever seen..." 







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Re: It's not the same, but different isn't always bad
« Reply #6 on: Mar 22, 19, 11:46:48 PM »
“Yeah. I try harder for her than anyone else and I still screw up. I just wish…I don’t know. Nothing.” He just wished he could do something right for once. He had messed it up with Radu. Messed it up for his brother. Messed it up for Sora. One day he wanted someone to look at him and tell him he had done something great. Not okay. Not good. Something that really helped their lives. Changed them for the better. It was probably a stupid idea, but Q couldn’t help it. Most of his life had been one stupid idea after the other.

Q moved behind Radu in bed as he thought, gently putting his hands on his shoulders to give the male a massage. The Warlord’s strong thumbs had a way of relaxing even the grumpiest of Radu’s. As his fingers needed into the male’s flesh, he couldn’t help but wish this moment could last forever. Them. Together. Safe.

The male feared for what was ahead. Who they would both turn into. But especially Radu.

“Okayyyy. Sway scares me enough without thinking of you two…you know.” The idea of Radu and perhaps the scariest woman he had ever seen doing the…the sex…was disturbing. Q didn’t know how Radu did it. Wasn’t he scared the witch would rip off his cock? The Jack didn’t know why that was the first thing that came to his mind, but it sure left a lasting impression. “Besides I remember when I found you here. I remember it well.”

Mainly because it had been so terrifying.