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Author Topic: It's Time to Take Charge  (Read 88 times)

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It's Time to Take Charge
« on: Feb 08, 19, 11:06:56 PM »
Cassius stared at the photo of his daughter. His thumb ran over her face, a smile tugging his lips upward as he saw her, eyes bright, her mouth wide open, laughing. He hadn’t gotten to say goodbye. Even when Cornelia had given him to Aurav, she had let him say goodbye. In her own way. Bella probably thought he had left her. She probably thought that he did not care about her. If Cas knew Cornelia at all, and he did, that is exactly what she would tell her daughter. The Black Widow had always been jealous of the love Bella had for him. Even after she had humiliated him, tortured him, made him want to curl into a ball forever--Bellona had always come running to give him a hug.

Like he wasn't a slave. Like he was everything to her.

Whispered doubts made the Prince falter in his packing. El was safe now. The Territory Court of Dena Nehele would protect her. His hands settled on either side of the sack he was throwing his clothes in. No. Not his clothes. Clothes the Sabbah had given him. Everything he was packing away had been given to him. Cassius sighed and rested his hand on top of the pack, trying to keep his confidence.

“Your mind will tell you a thousand reasons that you shouldn’t. Pay attention to the part of you that says you must.”

He would just go back there and tell her goodbye. Make sure she knew he loved her. Nothing more. Cassius put the pack over his shoulder and was about to walk out the door when his eyes darkened and his hand went out to steady him against the wall.

What if he ran into Cornelia? What if he ran into Aurav?

The thought was so unbearable he almost threw up. Cassius felt his heart beat so fast that he couldn't catch his breath. Hayll itself would loom over him, the buildings suffocating and the air thick with the feeling of pain. Cas’ hand gripped the wood of the doorway hard, his nails digging into the grains. Could he do this? He had told Judiah and Shadya and Elenor he could. He had told everyone he was fine, that same inscrutable expression on his face with each.

Now that he was about to go, alone, he wasn’t so sure.

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Re: It's Time to Take Charge
« Reply #1 on: Feb 11, 19, 10:22:20 PM »
Gabriel needed out. Out of these fancy halls and tame gardens, out of the room where the Queen he had searched for was sitting vigil by the bedside of his uncle, and out of sight of all the people he had failed to protect. He wanted to see Saiph, to hold the sane and not mortal-danger-prone of his two Queens. More than that, he wanted to see his son. These last months were the longest Gabriel had ever been without the boy and after so much loss he just had to make sure that he hadn’t lost that which was most precious to him. The weight of anxiety would not lift from his chest, he was sure, until he could bury his face in those sweet curls and hug the boy until Sam managed to wiggle out of his grip.

There was little more he could do here. They would be leaving in a few days for Askavi and Gabe needed out for long enough to hopefully, work up the nerve to tell Elenor that he couldn’t stay by her side. With her, everything he had promised himself he would never do again was just too easy and in a way, the arrival of that Ebon Gray bastard had made Gabriel’s decision easier. He wasn’t the only one standing between Elenor and death… only miles and ignominy would do that now.

She had lost… and that was the end of it.

Hopefully, Elenor realized it too.

Gabriel’s steps towards the Landing Web slowed as he saw the familiar form of Cassius standing on a street corner by the Landing Web with a pack over his shoulder. The Warlord Prince’s brow furrowed and he walked towards the other man. “Going somewhere? I thought you were just waiting for the right time to go see your Queen..”

What other destination could the Prince have?

The ache in Gabe’s own chest answered. “Oh,” he said, taking the next logical step. “You’re going for your daughter, aren’t you?” When Cas confirmed his suspicion, Gabriel came to a snap decision. “I’ll come with you. A father shouldn’t be parted from his child. I know how much that hurts and it’s about time that something good come of this… year.”

After all, wasn’t this all his fault? Hadn’t it all started when he had pinned Aurav up against a wall and told him to never hunt Elenor down? Wasn’t that why he had contracted someone even Darker than Gabe to do it and unknowingly given Shira the very tool she needed to win the war? Gabriel would never be able to pay that Price but perhaps he could do a little good and when the time came for Mother Night to weight his soul she wouldn’t be… quite so pissed.

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Re: It's Time to Take Charge
« Reply #2 on: Feb 11, 19, 11:13:35 PM »
Cassius looked up from the landing pad, struggling to catch his breath and hide his uncertainty. His hand grasped the string of his pack tightly, but try as he might he couldn't force a smile. “I’m just going to tell my daughter goodbye.” He choked out. “I don’t want her to think that I left her forever or that I don’t love her.” His mouth set into a firm line. “I’m sure that is exactly what her mother has told her.” Cassius couldn't even begin to imagine all the things Cornelia had probably told Bellona about him. She was what? Ten now? Old enough to have her first slave and old enough to start hating him.

The dark jeweled male’s offer caught him off guard. Raising an eyebrow, Cas glanced down the hallway, where Elenor was. “Shouldn’t you stay with Lady Sabbah? I mean...I’m just...It’s not worth it to help me over her.” He was surprised the male even wanted to help. No matter how long he stayed with these people, random acts of kindness would never feel...right. “I’ll be fine in Hayll. It’s...home.” Cas clenched his teeth together at that, wondering if he even knew what a home felt like.

Perhaps somewhere where he could see Precious and hold Bellona in his lap, but he didn’t know if that would ever happen.

The Prince couldn't help but take a quick breath. “And...you said Master Aurav is living with Cornelia, right?” His voice was even, collected, but he was terrified.

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Re: It's Time to Take Charge
« Reply #3 on: Feb 11, 19, 11:25:40 PM »
“Elenor has a lot of people to protect her here and as far as we know no one is coming after her because they all think she’s dead.” He had to, for half a second, and the way his heart had all but stopped in that moment was enough to fuel at least a thousand years of nightmares. While part of him desperately wanted to glue himself to her side, especially now that it was confirmed that she was pregnant, he needed air more.

Because Kia was by Elenor’s side, and because it was Michael in that bed.

“You’ll need someone to watch your back and I can get you there and back fast if something goes wrong. We can do in hours what it would have taken you weeks to accomplish and I’ll be able to burn off at least a little steam. Besides… I didn’t like the people she was with and I don’t like the thought of them telling her lies about her dad. You’re a decent fellow and that’s… well, it’s just a shitty situation. She cares for you and should know that you do in return and that you didn’t abandon her.”

Gabe would never be able to forgive himself if his own child ever thought that, how could Cas? “I was already headed out of here to go see my own spawn. We can hit Hayll first, then I can either drop you off back here or you can come and meet the surly demon I love with all my heart.”

Because Sam was many things, most of which, at the moment, were teenager.

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Re: It's Time to Take Charge
« Reply #4 on: Feb 11, 19, 11:26:11 PM »
Cas smiled at the way Gabe spoke of his son. He wondered if he would ever have such a  thought about Bellona. He had always been so desperate to see her, so intent on scratching out any moments with her, that he hadn't had a lot of time to really be, well, a cranky father. It would be nice. Fretting about her dating a boy. Worrying about what she wore. Normal things.

“Prince...thank you. I-I think the Sabbah have more decency and kindness in them than all of Hayll.” Cassius certainly believe it. He had been a slave there for over sixty years and there was always a Price for help. Always. He walked up close to the Warlord Prince and put his hand gently on his shoulder, sending calming craft through Gabe until the anxiety that tensed through his whole body settled. “I am sure Mother Night will see that. Things will look up. Look how things have turned out. As one life ends, another begins.” He had already promised Elenor that if or when she needed his help in returning to Pruul, he would be there. Until then, he hoped she gave herself a break. Saw how many truly spectacular people she had around her. Would that be what Precious had one day?

As the two walked together, Cassius scratched his neck, somewhat sheepishly. “Just between you and me, I told the ladies I would be perfectly fine, but I am...nervous.” He did not say if he was nervous about seeing his daughter again, his former Masters, or Hayll itself. But it was surely a bit of all of them.

The two left Dena Nehele that night and Cassius felt like he was holding his breath until his feet landed solidly on Hayllian soil.

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Re: It's Time to Take Charge
« Reply #5 on: Feb 11, 19, 11:27:43 PM »
Gabe nodded at the wisdom in Cassius’s way of seeing it. It was true, there was a measure of rebirth in all this destruction, at least as far as Elenor was concerned, though it worried him that of the two men who were most likely the father of her child one was unconscious still and the Healers weren’t sure he would wake and the other… well, Matin had made a choice to stay behind for the boys who had been kidnapped and to protect his betrothed. It was an honorable choice Gabriel would not fault him for, but it was also a foolish one. The boy would get himself killed and might never even know about Elenor.

But that was a problem for another day.

For now, Gabe got them to the Landing Web and took to the Winds. The roar of them was a soothing comfort to the Warlord Prince and did more to ease his nerves than any amount of booze (which would have been the only other reasonable alternative today).

As soon as they stepped onto Hayllian soil, Gabriel called in his long, worn and patched brown leather coat and slipped it over his shoulders. It was cool here unlike Pruul where even the winters were warm in the middle of the day. He had felt naked without it but now that it was on his shoulders and he couldn’t feel the blistering heat through only thin linen on skin marred with burn scars it was easier to relax.

“Alright, so what’s the plan? This is her estate, right?” Gabe had erected sight and aural shield before he had dropped them from the winds so none of the people working near the Landing Pad had noticed their arrival.

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Re: It's Time to Take Charge
« Reply #6 on: Feb 11, 19, 11:28:11 PM »
Cassius knelt down, his fingers running over the perfectly trimmed grass, watching as his hand shook. Cornelia had bought him specifically to have Bellona, but his willingness to please her had been boring. Conceiving a child should be fun. Cas had not thought it was possible for her to humiliate him, considering he had been fairly well trained out of modesty, but the Black Widow had achieved it. Everytime he heard her high heeled feet step down the hallway, close to his door, the slave had cringed.

Cassius, my pet, it’s time to come out to play.

He had thought it would get better when she was pregnant, but then she had thrown parties. So many parties. Out here. On this grass. The Prince was frozen at the memories, unable to move, unable to think. If she found them, if he heard those high heels walking down the perfectly polished marble hallways, what would he do?

Cas fell backwards, the perfect content mask he had worn for the majority of his stay in Pruul evaporated. Fear crawled through his golden eyes and twisted in his stomach. What would Cornelia do if she found out he had seen Bellona without her permission?

“I…” His voice cracked. “I think this was a mistake. I don’t know if I can do this. They are there, somewhere, in the house. I can feel their presence. I’ve memorized it. It’s bled into me.” He gasped for air, struggling to find the courage and hating himself for it. He clenched his teeth. “I know we are safe. I know it. But...I’m scared.” He looked up at Gabe. “Is that because I was a slave? Because I’m weak? Do you...do you ever feel this way, as a free man?”

 

 

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