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Author Topic: hello, sister, my old friend  (Read 265 times)

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Offline Kontar Abbasi

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hello, sister, my old friend
« on: Jul 19, 18, 12:18:32 PM »
Kemet, Summer 193 - Rehema's Clinic



Kontar did not like this part of town.

While the lower end of Kemet was not utterly downtrodden, Kontar saw the dirt and grime on the buildings. He saw the hardworking people struggling daily to make ends meet. He saw the roughnecks and sailors on leave who frequented the less-savory Red Moon Houses. He checked himself against the innate urge to deem them people with no future and no hopes granting a better one to their children. His family had come from nothing. Even he, himself, had been no one of note until his recent elevation to the First Escort of Asyut District.

Yesterday’s pauper and today’s prince could trade places at any time.

He disliked this part of Kemet, mostly, because his sisters lived in this area. Passing their apartment, he saw darkness in the widows. Masika might be home now, but there was no guarantee that she would talk to him if he was. Heading south, Kontar ventured on to the clinic where his elder sister, Rehema, worked daily to ensure the working class and less-fortunate of Raej received the medical care needed to keep the Territory moving.

From Nailah’s reports, the lunch dates between her Ema and Nai were positive. They were building a better relationship, which made Kontar’s heart glad. He needed to talk to all of his sisters in the near future about his appointment in Raet’s court. He also had come upon an idea for the family gathering at Winsol, one that he needed an opinion on. Rehema loved family gatherings as much as Kontar did, making her the natural choice for vetting his idea...and helping him enact it.

He entered the door to the clinic just past noon and smiled at Sativa, one of Rehema’s fellow healers and a friend to his sister. “Lady Stativa, you are a vision, as always.

And you are still an incorrigible charmer, Lord Kontar. What is this I hear that you’re taken now?

I am, indeed. She’s a wonderful woman and far too good for me.

Sativa rolled her eyes, but couldn’t suppress her laughter. “That sound you hear? It is the collective weeping Raej's women that you are no longer available.

...or maybe it’s the men of Raej breathing a sigh of relief?

Come on back. I think Rehema just finished with a patient.” Sativa said.

He followed her to Rehema’s office, conjuring the backs of fresh Dhemlani food from Casa de Atholi.

Hello, sister mine. I need to talk to you about something.

I brought you lunch.
” he said, holding up two bags of spicy-smelling fare.

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Re: hello, sister, my old friend
« Reply #1 on: Jul 19, 18, 01:32:37 PM »
It was a rather slow day at the clinic which gave Rehema plenty of time to tend to her patients without hurry. This was a pleasant change, and had much to do with the donations provided by the High Priestess of Raej. Nailah did not disappoint, in fact she had come thorough beyond Rehema’s expectations.  The Healer’s were overjoyed with the bags of bandages and much needed herbs in which to make their tonics, not to mention the bed linens and added cots that had come in the most recent delivery. Lady Stativa even joked that had they known the response would have been so lucrative for the clinic she would be packing Ema off to every family gathering without fail. It would be a noble sacrifice, all things considered.

Having her nephews at her disposal was the best part. The boys had taken so well to the clinic and had even asked to return. Nailah’s presence had come as a shock to the few Healers in attendance, but Ema truly felt that for the first time Nailah truly absorbed the impact that she was making in one of the most impoverished areas of Kemet. It was satisfying seeing the emotion on her elder sisters face and while she wouldn't admit it, not right away, her approval. Soft laughter announced Kontar’s arrival. Smiling at Stativa she looked at her handsome younger brother with equal parts surprise and guilt. Masika’s confession jumped to the very forefront of her mind. Knowing that she was privy to this knowledge was as comforting as holding an angry viper in one hand.  She couldn't help but think it had already sunk its fangs into her flesh. The poison was flowing and it was only a matter of time before the symptoms showed. Having Corvo around was in fact a comfort. If nothing else, he offered her companionship when the silence of her thoughts became deafening.

Corvo did not have to be in the same room as Rehema to protect her, or to act on her behalf with regards to protecting her Jewels.  He could have sensed her anywhere in the Clinic, but he chose to be where he could see her.  It was just good policy to have your ward in sight..  Corvo did not interfere in her work, and he was silent when it was necessary, but his presence, if only for his great height, was difficult to ignore, no matter how unobtrusive he tried to be.

When her brother walked in, he said nothing.  He had heard the greeting he received, and knew who he was the moment he saw him.  Corvo nodded at the other Male, and left it to Rehema to introduce him if she chose to.  He did not think family visits to the clinic were common, so either something important was happening, or it was bad news.  He would wait to see which it was.

“Prince Anansi this is Kontar Abbasi my brother.” Rehema stood just behind her writing desk and set down the crafted quill she was using to write down instructions to a patient. Giving the men a chance to greet one another she considered what Kontar could be here for especially having just paid a visit to her with Nailah and the twins just the week prior.

“Please give us a moment.”  Rehema smiled thoughtfully at her escort once they were done. Judging by her relaxed posture she had read her brother the moment he entered the room with an offering. This was a bribe. He was especially good at those.

“Of course. A pleasure to meet you Lord Abbasi.” and with that the nearly seven foot tall Prince retired from the space to give the siblings some privacy.

Kontar looked good. There was rarely a day he wasn't completely put together and exuding a confidence she envied.  Forcing herself to take a calming breath she glanced at the bags and sighed sufferingly. “How you can eat there as often as you do I will never know.  I had to drink a soothing tea after the last time. “  However delicious, the cuisine from Casa de Atholi filled her mouth with a heat she was not yet accustomed to. That being said, it was quickly becoming one of those guilty pleasures. Walking around the desk she pressed a kiss to his cheek affectionately, rising onto her toes to do so.  “Oh fine, set it down. I hope you brought more of those chips.” she smiled, a bit more excited for a warm meal than she let on.  Clearing some scripts from her table, she made space for them to eat. “Thats two visits in two weeks. If you're looking for money, I don't have any.”  she said, opening one of the bags and pulling out a container. Clearly, that was a joke.

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Re: hello, sister, my old friend
« Reply #2 on: Jul 19, 18, 04:40:48 PM »
Kontar entered the room to greet his sister, and froze halfway there. He was a guardsman of caravans, a warrior by trade. The sensation of someone else in the room besides Ema had Kontar’s head on a swivel, seeking the source of his trepidation. Kontar immediately cast out with his jewels, attempting to learn about the male sharing the space with his older sister. A twinge of possessiveness set in at the back of his mind. Nailah had asked Rehema to get an escort, but Kontar hadn’t expected to meet him. It was a little jarring, but he was recovering by the time Ema introduced them.

Good day to you, Prince Anasi. Please, call me Kontar.” he said, offering the Prince a bow, followed by offering a hand to shake. Once the Prince accepted or declined, Kontar noted that he hadn’t brought enough for three people. He was a little glad when Rehema asked her escort to grant them privacy, though he was quietly surprised when the Prince stood to his full, seven-foot height. Until now, Hector was the tallest man that Kontar knew. Even the Dhemlani chef seemed smaller in comparison.

Once he was out of the room, Kontar pointed back over his shoulder in the direction he’d gone.

He’s a tall man. Does he help you reach the higher cabinets when all the footstools are in use?” Kontar asked.

He laughed and handed over the bags so that Rehema could get to the food. He laughed about the chips, though. “Between you, Nima, and Nailah, Hector has to make more chips than anything else each day. But I love the food there. The spices are the best part. You’ll get used to it.” he said, taking a seat across from her.

Ema said she didn’t have any money and Kontar gave her a mock-withering look.

Ha. Ha. Ha. How droll.” Kontar said, his voice deadpan.

You’re the peacemaker of the family. If I really needed money, I’d ask Theoris. Not only is she beautiful and tolerant of me, both strong points in her favor, but she also manages her money well. She picked a lucrative profession. And unlike some people, who shall remain nameless, she can hold down a job.” Kontar said, his tone a bit more salty than necessary. He was still mad at Masika for losing her job at Casa de Atholi. Sika’s pride was ever her downfall. That and her addiction to being angry at the world.

But money isn’t an issue for me these days. Something happened and I wanted to tell you first because I need advice breaking it to Nailah.” he said.

You know that I am bonded to Lady Neith, the Queen of Asyut District, right? Well, I was having lunch with Raet a few weeks ago and, well...she offered me a position in her Court.” Kontar said.

Ema, she asked me to be her First Escort. The First Escort of a District. I mean...I’m still in shock. I keep pinching myself to see if it’s real. But it’s real. She’s real. She’s amazing. She’s…” Kontar sighed as a rather dopey-looking smile settled on his face.

She’s great. But life always seeks balance. Nailah hates her. And not in the ‘Nailah-will-ignore-your-existence-because-she-dislikes-you' way. I mean...Nailah won’t even say her name. I don't even think I can put them in the same room again without risking the palace. I’m worried that she’s going to take this badly.

So...I may or may not have avoided telling her. I’m leaving Raej for a few days, a week at most, so I think I’ll wait until I get back.”
he said.

Am I being a coward?” he asked.

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Re: hello, sister, my old friend
« Reply #3 on: Jul 23, 18, 08:16:04 PM »
Kontar and her newly employed escort shook hands. Though the interaction was brief and polite she was certain her sometimes, protective younger brother had already measured him in his mind. Neither of the men were Warlord Princes, so she had little to worry about a pissing match staining her clean carpets. Now her nephew, he was already beginning to embrace his Caste and with it his temper. Had he wandered in there would have been quite a bit of chest puffing from the young man. It only reminded her to ask Nailah if she could have them back again.

“Thats part of the Anansi Guardians deluxe package. He also acts as a shadow on sunny days.” she smirked, feeding into her brother’s joke before he repaid the gesture in turn. “Well I think the chips were a casualty of nervous eating when it came to us, but I see you take all your women there.”  she teased though she was relieved to pull free a bag of still warm chips.

Ema wasn't sure why Kontar had come to visit her, but she knew she would find out why. After opening the containers and unwrapping utensils, she set them on the desk where they could be easily accessible on both sides. Today was just another day in a long list of days where she had opted to eat late in hopes that Masika would be home long enough to cook dinner. It was as if Ema was using her own hunger to feed the guilt she felt for the rift between them. It was Masika’s fault, and the fact that she kept having to remind herself of that meant that she had let her twin get away with too much for too long.  “Are you saying I am not beautiful or tolerant? If so you can take your food and go. On second thought, you can just go.”  A chip crunched between her teeth as she set him with an expectant look. While definitely the peacemaker of the family, he was still her little brother and she was well within her rights to make things just a little difficult for him. Smirking she couldn't argue with his points. Theoris was a businesswoman, clever and beautiful while Masika was definitely the latter, she wasn't sure it was always used for the betterment of herself and others. “I'm sorry about that. I know you put in a good word for her.” Again, she was apologizing for her twin, blinking she sat and motioned for him to do the same.

He was coming to her because he needed advice when it came to Nailah? This was not unusual territory, but she was hopeful by the easy way he treated the topic. There was a time when he would have hesitated to discuss anything about their older sister. Quelling her immediate reaction of excitement Ema bit her lip until he came to why exactly he was anxious about any of this. The First Escort position was amazing, and even more surprising having just been newly bonded. Lady Neith must have been as fond of him as he clearly was of her. This was a position of great power in the Asyut District, second only to its Queen. His smile was almost goofy.

“No. You're not a coward.” she assured him, then considered the predicament. Nailah’s go to response was to simply ignore the offenders existence, she supposed she was doing just that, only dislike might have been a light word if that was the case. “From what I remember Nailah is a thorn if she feels wronged or less than impressed. You both have become very close and she is protective of you. We all are. “ Then there was also the fact of her temper. “Why does our sister dislike her so? And where are you going?” she asked, curious at whatever drama could cause Nailah to be so cold with the Queen. Though she didn't say it out loud, though she had been disconnected from Nailah for a long time she wasn't one who made her distaste known so publicly if it wasn't for a reason.



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Re: hello, sister, my old friend
« Reply #4 on: Jul 23, 18, 11:28:22 PM »
Kontar laughed at Ema’s description of her escort’s services. So long as he kept his “package” away from his sister, he could act as a sun shade to his heart’s content. Kontar did not begrudge his sister finding a man who made her happy. But Rehema did not get out enough for Kontar’s liking. Perhaps...perhaps she would enjoy Vadik’s company. Kontar would have to put them in the same room and see how they reacted to each other. He laughed once more when Ema said that he took “all of his women” to Hector’s restaurant.

No, not all of them. Just the important ones.” Kontar grinned.

I did not say you weren’t beautiful or tolerant. You are wonderful. The boys certainly think so. I think they’d stay here with you if they could get Nailah to sign off on it, especially Tsekani. I think he has a Healer’s heart.” Kontar said, taking up a chip and chewing on it thoughtfully. He said nothing about Masika because he was still far too irritated about what she’d done to discuss her properly. Maybe in a week or so, he could find her and figure out what was wrong with her this time.

Well, there was this man, a Tacean. Lord Shingetsu.” Kontar said, distaste creeping into his tone at the mention of the foreigner. Nothing had been quite right since that man entered their lives. If Kontar was being honest, he was glad the man had left Raej, despite the hurt it caused Raet.

He and Raet were… close. On the day I met Raet and discovered our bond, she and Nailah were supposed to meet about something. Raet is close to Lady Neferet, the Province Queen. Nailah is close to Lady Neferet. On paper, they should have been friends.” Kontar said, taking up another chip.

We arrived at the palace at the appointed time. We had to wait on the District Queen. But Nailah felt that Raet intentionally disrespected her. When Raet finally arrived, she was with Lord Shingetsu. Nailah told me later that they had been...together.” Kontar said.

The phrase Nailah used was actually rutting like pigs in the mud, but Kontar did not want to repeat that to anyone.

Later, Raet introduced Lord Shingetsu to Lady Neferet. As it turns out, Shingetsu was bonded to her. I don’t know what happened after that, but Lord Shingetsu was asked to leave Raej for Dena Nehele.

I’ll give you one guess who did the asking.
” Kontar said.

He sighed.

But Lord Shingetsu has been writing letters to Raet and sending her gifts. Ema, he’s not allowing her to move on with her life.” Kontar said.

So I’m going to Dena Nehele to politely explain to Lord Shingetsu that he needs to stop contacting my Queen.” Kontar said.

Nope. He did not sound like a possessive or jealous male at all. Not one bit. He shared Raet with Maaria and Vadik with no problems. He was simply looking out for Raet’s best interests.

Lord Shingetsu didn’t fit into those interests at all.

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Re: hello, sister, my old friend
« Reply #5 on: Aug 25, 18, 05:30:20 PM »
Praise and food went a long way to soothing Emas barely existent ego. It felt good t speak so freely to Kontar about their family. For a long time Nailah had been the elephant in the room, a topic not easily discussed without Ema quietly excusing herself from the conversation or Kontar reluctantly trying to convince the twins to live and let live. Everything wasn't perfect, that would take far more time, but perhaps Ema Ema still rode the pleasant mood that lingered after seeing the twins. When he said he only invited the important ones to his favorite restaurant she smirked, settling down across from him and nodding softly. “They did so well. Tsekani stood by my side when he wasn't rushing to help the other Healers and Bakari was so curious. He is coming into an age where he will need guidance.”  she looked at her brother. A paternal figure now that his father was robbed from him, she thought. “He is such a sweet boy. They have grown so tall.”  she had balked, one year she could wrap her arms around their shoulders and the next they had nearly towered over her.

Kontar delved deeper into his predicament. He was no coward, but when it came to Nailah she knew he had to be . cautious. She could be difficult. Opting to listen instead of questioning she ate her dinner while he spoke. Three of the most important women in Kontar’s life were connected.It should have been an easy transition, but it wasn't. There was another male standing between Kontar and his Queen. The familiar lit of possessiveness crept into his voice.

“Oh.”

Hearing that Nailah had taken a lover and that same male had arrived with another nearly made her flinch. Keeping her expression neutral she blinked, dipping her chip into perhaps too much of the spicy chili.

“Does she want to move on?”  she asked, because clearly someone had to. If Lord Shingetsu had feelings for Raet and was forced to leave, did Kontar’s jealousy have more to do with the Lord’s inability to let go, or Raet’s?

“Oh....” she said again, taking a bite out of the chip. The spice struck the back of her throat causing her to cough and seek out the aid of water, though she did her best to stifle the cough. “I can see why you don't want to tell Nailah.” because it was a colosally bad idea . Sighing, she wiped her hands on a napkin before tucking them down against her lap. “She would tell you the same as I am about to, only a bit more candidly. Its a bad idea.”  almost apologetic her gaze softened on her passionate little brother. He was a Warlord, but he could be as stubborn as a Prince. “Not only would you risk an unpleasant confrontation with this Lord Shingetsu but no doubt Nailah and Raet will hear about it anyways by the time you return.” There was no way that would turn out well for him.

“ Perhaps you could save yourself a trip and speak to your Queen instead? I understand your instinct is to protect her but these might be choices she needs to make.”

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Re: hello, sister, my old friend
« Reply #6 on: Sep 14, 18, 10:36:11 PM »
Kontar listened while Rehema talked about how their nephews were enjoying learning from her. Having Bakari and Tsekani stopping in now and again had thawed relations between Nailah and Rehema in a major way. Kontar was happy for it, and he smiled as he imagined the boys asking questions and trying to understand Rehema’s role in the world as opposed to their mother’s. The twins understood that Nailah was a Priestess and that she helped people, but they didn’t see it as easily as they saw Rehema’s job.

I wondered if Bakari had the temperament for healing. If he does, it’ll soothe the rougher edges of being a Warlord Prince and do him some good. Tsekani is methodical and studious, like Nailah. I don’t think he’ll go into the Priesthood, but I know that he enjoys praying with his mother.” Kontar said.

I’m trying to convince Nailah to let them become Wards in Raet’s Court. It’s a slow process, though. I think Nailah would rather eat glass than let Raet near the boys.” he said.

Rehema asked if Raet wanted to move on and, truthfully, Kontar didn’t know. He sensed that she didn’t. It bothered him, to have Raet’s attention so focused on another male. It wasn’t like her attention with Vadik. Vadik was her family. Maaria was hers, but her friend as well. Kontar did not like Raet’s attention being lavished on a person that wasn’t part of their their group.

But if I do nothing, he’ll continue contacting Raet. It will keep her from healing and living her life. You have see her sometimes, Ema. She’s so full of life and joy. She’s a beautiful, wonderful woman. Lord Shingetsu’s intentions toward Raet were not pure.

But he’s going to try to use her to keep his foot in the door here in Raej.
” Kontar said.

Was Rehema right, though? Would it be better to let Raet make this decision on her own? Could Kontar live with it if she made a decision he didn’t like? He could leave it alone. He could leave it be and just stay in Raej and be happy.

Except that he couldn't.

I don’t run her life, Ema. I’m just trying to be good for her. Half the time, I can’t stop thinking about her. The other half, all I want to do is hold her. This bond has flipped my life upside down.” Kontar said.

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Re: hello, sister, my old friend
« Reply #7 on: Oct 05, 18, 02:47:50 PM »
“Bakari can do it if he can redirect his passions there, you're right it would do him some good. Those boys are clever enough to do anything. I remember a time when mama and papa thought the same about us. Have you given any thought to children brother? If so, there is a theory that twins run in families. They certainly do in ours.  I'm not sure if Nailah would consider it a blessing or a curse from Mother Night, I guess it depends on what day you catch her on.” Ema chuckled goodheartedly under her breath. Her relationship with Nailah was improving, a little tense as they always seemed to find things to talk about outside of Masika.  The boys certainly helped as they gave them a pleasant distraction. 

She was content with the changes, if not a little wary, Nailah was actually making a real effort to mend their broken relationship. Just when Rehema saw this as a real opportunity, Masika dropped a horrifying revelation that threatened to destroy all they accomplished, if not fracture the family all together.

She was grateful for the shift in conversation away from Nailah and to Kontar’s personal affairs. Knowing her little brother he had already made up his mind on this course of action. All he needed was a sounding board, though she didn't really think he ever expected her to agree with his plans. If he knew anything about Ema, it was she often sought the path of least resistance.  She didn't need to scry into his future to see two very angry females waiting for him at the end of this road.

“You think you can convince him otherwise?”  it was a rhetorical question. “If she allows him to do so, then that's her choice. Unfortunately, as much as you wish to protect her there are just some things she will need to handle on her own.  Bonded males never seemed to get that point and Kontar was not the exception. “I never said you ruin her life. If anything your presence in it will only be an improvement. You have so much love and wisdom to give little brother. Not now, but normally.” Offering him a playful smile she tilted her head. Leaning forward her hand slid across the table for him to take. “You are newly bonded. It will shake every foundation you've ever known, you don't live only for yourself anymore. Your mind and your heart are shaken.One thing is still true about you baby brother and that is  If you were so set on this idea, you would never have come here knowing exactly what Id say. Even if you convince Lord Shingetsu to stay away, you will still have to deal with the backlash when you return." Clicking her tongue she squeezed his hand. "Good thing you know a Healer.”

 

 

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