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Author Topic: Green in the Dark, Echo the Heart  (Read 185 times)

Description: attn: Nailah

Offline Raet Neith

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Green in the Dark, Echo the Heart
« on: Sep 19, 19, 12:14:46 PM »
Despite Raet's personal feelings on Nailah Abbasi... she would admit that Nailah was a wonderful teacher.  Disciplined, strict.. and patient.  She had high expectations, and she did not soften them just because Raet was a Queen, let alone her brother's Queen..  No.. Raet suspected that if Nailah changed anything at all, she raised her expectations for her brother's Queen.  Truthfully, Raet enjoyed that.  She liked being held to high standards.  She was pleased that Nailah believed her capable of meeting them.

And how did she know that Nailah believed her capable?  Because Nailah would not intentionally fail.  She would not set a bar that could not be met - Raet being incapable of becoming a priestess would not reflect poorly on Raet.  It may, however, reflect poorly on Nailah - fairly or not.

That had been part of the point in requesting Nailah as an instructor, and if questioned she would admit it.  But now she found that she truly enjoyed the learning.  There was something peaceful, something soothing, about learning of the connection to Mother Night in a way that moved beyond what she had been taught before.

There was something enticing about being able to commune on a deeper level, herself, with the Darkness that birthed them all. 

Which was what she was doing now.  Nailah had gone to lunch, of course, but Raet had continued in her study for the day and then retreated to the Sanctuary for her daily meditations and attempts at sinking into the Darkness.  She succeeded more often than she failed at the latter, and today she succeeded.  She didn't go far, of course, because she didn't have Nailah here to guide her - but she did sink down into the level of the White to let herself just... be.

The peace here, the quiet, it helped to warm some of the still icy bits of her soul.  Here, in the Dark, she could almost hear the whisper of the Mother.  Almost.  Some part of her knew it was there, just out of reach... but she knew better than to snag at it.  That connection would come when it was time.

She sought inwards, touching upon the pulse that was her own life.  Then upon Maaria's.  That Deep and Dark pulse of their Bond helped ease her, let her settle a bit better into the Darkness.  Then there was Vadik.  Solid, dependable, but wild Vadik. 

Last, she reached for the Bond that was Kontar.  Warm, delightful, strained - but repairing.  A smile touched her lips as she felt that rush of warmth and love, and then... nothing.  It wasn't as if he cut her off.  It was a crack, a shattering... a loss.

He was gone.  Not hiding, not there... not alive.  Her breath left her in a scream, her cry echoing into the Temple walls.

Raet plunged further into the Dark, seeking him.  Seeking Kontar's familiar spark.  Past the rose, which had been the furthest she'd ever gone by herself as of yet.  She dove into the Summer Sky, then into the Purple Dusk with no hesitation.  She could not find him.  She could not find him!

Here the depth tasted as familiar to her as Kontar's hands and smile... but they were not echoing his name.  Kontar!  Kontar where are you!?

He could not be...  no!  NO!  There was too much unsaid, unfixed, unfinished!  He could not be...!

Her Green flared, and she used it to forge her way into the Dark.  She would find him.  She had to.

Offline Nailah Abbasi

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Re: Green in the Dark, Echo the Heart
« Reply #1 on: Sep 25, 19, 12:01:08 AM »
Nailah left Raet to her own devices while she went to lunch to meet Kontar. Raet had a District to run and Nailah had the spiritual health of Raej to attend to. It was a boon that Raet was a good student and receptive to teaching. Queens were willful, proud creatures who often did not accept direction or criticism well. Her Syeira was one of the few Queens who did not fall into this trap, but Syeira was Priestess and Queen, and so existed in a realm by herself. Fortunately, her brother’s Queen had benefited from Syeira’s mentorship, so she knew how to take direction.

Lunch with Kontar went well, but Nailah couldn’t help being a little annoyed with him. He’d needled her a little about her treatment of Masika and now Nailah was reviewing her actions over the years and wondering if he wasn’t right about it. That brought forth a surge of irritation. Masika attacked her first, blamed her for her lack of Jewels, and generally cursed the ground that Nailah walked upon. Now Kontar wanted her to extend the olive branch like she was the one who’d started it! Her irritation was palpable, but she promised him that she’d try. Kontar possessed the Craft-like ability to sweet-talk her into almost anything. She also couldn’t stay angry with him.

Mother Night put younger brothers into the world to test older siblings. She was certain of it.

After lunch, Nailah and Nafessa made their way to one of the smaller temples in Kemet. She couldn’t train Raet every second of every day, so she’d made arrangements with Lady Assad to provide instruction on Blood Magic to Raet in the near future. They sat on soft cushions, discussing the Green-Jeweled Queen’s progress when she felt Nafessa’s hand on her shoulder.

Nailah offered a gentle smile to Lady Assad. “Please excuse me. I’ll just be a moment.

Nailah stepped out into the hallway and looked to Nafessa, knowing that she wouldn’t have bothered her without good reason.

High Priestess, we must return to Lady Raet’s court immediately.” Nafessa said.

I told her that I’d return before day’s end. Is she so impatient---

Nailah, something is wrong with Raet. Prince Vadik says that she hasn’t left the altar in an hour. She isn’t moving or responding to anyone.” Nafessa said.

Nailah sighed and then sunk down into her Red far enough that she could reach out to Raet.

*Lady Neith, you are worrying your Court. What is--*

The wave of despair she felt along that psychic thread knocked Nailah off her feet. Only Nafessa’s shielding and quick thinking prevented serious injury. Nailah’s stomach roiled. She could not tell up from down, nor left from right for several moments. It was all she could to avoid surrending the lunch that she’d shared with Kontar to the floor of the temple.

Kontar.

Nailah couldn’t tell what was wrong with Raet, but her anguish was tied to Kontar.

G-G-Get me back to Raet now.” Nailah said, still trying to get her bearings. She didn’t even bother saying goodbye to Lady Assad.

When they arrived at the District Court, Nailah’s legs were steadier but her mind raced. What had Raet done to herself? Right before she entered the room, she turned to Nafessa.

Please, find Kontar and bring him here. I don’t know what spat they’re having now, but he’s going to deal with it before he ruins my student’s focus.” she said, trying to keep the irritation out of her tone. Her brother’s skill with women was matched only by his ability to infuriate them on command.

She would have words with him about this.

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Re: Green in the Dark, Echo the Heart
« Reply #2 on: Sep 25, 19, 09:50:37 AM »
Nothing.  She could find nothing of Kontar in this Darkness other than the memories she brought with her.  No matter what she did, she could not find him.  There was no answering warmth on the end of her Bond, there was... nothing.  Not nothing.  A void.  An empty place where before there had been something even before she knew his name. 

And now he was gone.  He was gone.  She had failed Kontar and he was gone.  Before, in her grief, she had destroyed many things.  But now? Now Raet withdrew.  Not into her rooms, as had been her way at times, but further into the Darkness that was Mother and Goddess and Shelter.  She retreated, curling herself around the Summer Sky that she and Kontar had shared.

Here in the Dark she could hide, and weep, and wail.  Here she could clutch at the Jewel that represented Kontar best, even as she hid in the Depths and struggled to make sense of it all.  HOW?  How had he died?  For he was dead.

She knew he was dead.  She could feel the emptiness and loss like a void gnawing on her soul.  Kontar was gone.  How?  Why?  How could she have failed him badly enough that he would just... die?  Had it been the Landen?  Had she missed some sign, some thread of discontent that she should have warned him of?  Had she lost someone she cared about to Landen again?!

Or had it been someone of the Blood?  Had someone murdered her Kontar faster than he could defend himself?  There had been no hint of worry in his presence... it would have been an ambush!  She could not stop fretting over the how, and the why. 

Why, Mother Night, why must all that I love be taken from me?  Who next?  Syeira? Odji?  Why?

She curled tighter, tucking herself further into the Dark.  She did not want to face anyone.  She did not want to see what was coming.  She could not do this.  She could not face yet another corpse of someone she loved.

Images of her parents flashed through her mind, followed by the Queen that she had shared with Syeira and Odji.  The court members who had fallen followed just as quickly, and then ... then there was Kontar. She recalled his smile, his laugh, his sorrow at realizing how much he had hurt her.  She remembered curling up with him in his bed that night, seeking... some comfort.  Some sense that she was not truly alone.

They had begun to mend things, hadn't they?  But they had not finished the mending.  WHY?  Why was he gone?  Why?[/b]

And to the outside world?  Raet merely knelt there before her altar, with tears streaming down her cheeks from closed eyes.  No touch, no whisper, no should earned a response.

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Re: Green in the Dark, Echo the Heart
« Reply #3 on: Oct 08, 19, 03:52:07 PM »
Nailah strode into the altar room, intent on finding her student prostrate on the ground. Raet, for all of Nailah’s ill thoughts of her, wasn’t a dullard. She usually didn’t allow people to approach her without acknowledging her presence. None of her other bonded were here either. She knew that Kontar and Raet had been at odds over his trip to Dena Nehele, but that shouldn’t have carried over to her other bonded. She walked up to Raet, the fabrics of her robe and dress whispering across the stone floor as she drew closer. She expected Raet to turn around and offer some kind of weak explanation for not acknowledging her when she arrived, but the Queen hadn’t moved.

Lady Neith, I am here.” Nailah said, placing her hand on Raet’s shoulder. The world spun on its axis and suddenly the High Priestess couldn’t keep her footing. She tumbled to the floor, ice in her belly, unable to move.

How long did Nailah lay there, unable to focus her thoughts? She could not say. What she did know was that, when she came to, Raet hadn’t moved a muscle. Perhaps it had only been a few minutes. But that few minutes told Nailah everything she needed to know. Something wasn’t just wrong with Raet.

Something was wrong with Kontar, too.

Nailah drew herself up to her knees, struggling to catch her breath. It felt like she couldn’t get enough air, no matter how hard she tried. All the same, she focused on the image of her ceremonial bowl and dagger. It took ten minutes and a portion of her power to conjure both items into altar, a record for Nailah. Outside this place, it might have taken twenty if it had worked at all. She knelt alongside Raet at the altar. Shielding her mind this time, Nailah reached for Raet’s right hand and nicked her index finger, then let the blood drip into the bowl between them. Next, Nailah nicked her own fingers and allowed her own blood to drip into the same bowl. The secnt of Queen’s blood made Nailah shield the room.

Fortunately, she kept in her robe the spelled gauze that Rehema had given her for emergencies for the boys. Her splitting headache wasn’t going to let her bring anything else into the room. She tore off a strip of gauze and bound Raet’s finger, followed by her own. Then Nailah picked up the bowl, swirled the contents so that they mixed, and then downed them in a single gulp to create the connection she needed to bind herself and Raet.

Nailah took a deep breath and then sank into her jewels to search for her brother’s Queen in the Abyss.

 

 

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