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« Reply #180 on: Dec 29th, 2017, 4:44pm »

“We don’t mind at all,” the knight said, replying to Mareena. Each step forwards brought him closer and closer to the captain, where both Zyliria and Caitlyn would be directly in front of the very man in charge of throwing them out of Faela, or worse. He made another quick check to make sure that the animus and his daughter were safe. It definitely seemed that Zyliria wasn’t comfortable at all, and Caitlyn wasn’t in a good way either.

As they entered the dining room, Zyliria attempted to take note of any doors or windows in case she needed to make a speedy escape. When her gaze met the captain’s, her eyes widened before she tucked her cloak around herself tighter to hide herself. The amount or concentration she had to have to keep her tail from moving on it’s own was enough to make her shake slightly.

Christopher looked up at the man sitting at the end of the table, already helping himself to the plate set out in front of him. He gulped quietly, and waited to be addressed. He’d been approached by city guards before on previous trips, and knew they did not like to be approached, let alone talked to first. He and his company stood on the other side of the room from the captain of the guard, waiting to be told they could sit.

The smell of freshly cooked mutton and baked potato filled the dining room, and there were three plates set up with just such food, as well as a tankard of some liquor, presumably for Christopher, and two smaller mugs, filled with chilled water.
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« Reply #181 on: Dec 31st, 2017, 6:34pm »

“The refugees from Hostar are here, Captain Airyn.” Mareena said politely, her large blue dress swishing as she bent in a formal curtsy, before stepping to the side of Christopher, Caitlyn, and Zyliria, standing beside the door and sliding it gently shut behind them. She stood in place, waiting for orders, smiling placidly.

The roof of the dining room was low, and the top of the captain’s head only barely did not brush up against it as he rose, smiling with an icy politeness. With a curt nod and grand sweeping gesture across the table to each of the plates. “Please, be seated.” Waiting for a moment for each of them to sit down, the Captain seated himself again on his seat, his eyes fixing in on each of them, before finally fixing on Christopher. He offered Christopher a pitying smile.

“I must give my most heartfelt apologies to you, my friend.” His voice was smooth, but seemed sincere enough. “From what I hear, you were the only survivors of the attack on Hostar. It was a lovely little town, I was terribly saddened to hear it had been destroyed.” He glanced along the table at Zyliria and Cailtyn. “I am certainly glad that my friend Tobias has agreed to help you. If you need anything else, please, come to me, I would be happy to help you get your feet back on the ground.”

Caitlyn sat down carefully, across from her father, and between Zyliria and the Captain. She wasn’t much of a presence, but she felt that, as Zyliria knew what she was capable of, that her presence between her and the captain would put Zyliria at least a little more at ease. Shooting a glance at the animus, it did not seem she’d noticed, her hood so low that her face was entirely invisible to both Caitlyn and, she assumed the Captain. Her eyes went back to the Captain. He was tall, and even sitting her towered over the small girl, his smile in a cool blue cloak somehow as intimidating as his cold expression and steel armor that he’d worn when he’d visited Tobias. That being said, so far, everything seemed to going well, if anything he seemed welcoming, though his tone was still level, unreadable.
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« Reply #182 on: Jan 1st, 2018, 11:20am »

Zyliria took a seat, her tail winding itself around her waist as she sat down, so she wouldn’t be sitting on her tail. Luckily for her, the cloak covered this action pretty well. She stared down at the food set out in front of her. She picked up a fork, and started poking gingerly at her baked potatoes. She could feel her ears wanting to twitch, but knew that would be catastrophic, so she would have to endure the torment.

Christopher nodded gravely as Captain Airyn brought up Hostar. It still was a touchy subject for him, seeing as his whole family and a large group of his friends had perished there. He started getting choked up, which turned out to work in his favor when he said, “Th-thank you so much, Captain. That means a lot...” his voice trailed off as he got lost in thought.

Zyliria looked up across the table at the man, taking notice of his shaky voice. She could tell that his hometown and his family was a touchy subject. Of course, so was her own family, but for different reasons.
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« Reply #183 on: Jan 3rd, 2018, 10:00am »

The Captain nodded gravely over at Christopher, before turning to Caitlyn and Zyliria. Caitlyn could feel the animus shrink back slightly, and she herself sat a little straighter to try and block his view of Zyliria a little, though she was hardly big enough to do much. The Captain’s grey blue eyes fixed on her own, and seemed to narrow slightly. Stirring slightly in his seat, the Captain spoke once again.

“Yes, we heard some truly terrible stories of the destruction there. We had some people come by not too long ago, about yesterday, who told us a thing or two about what happened there.” The Captain’s eyes drifted from Caitlyn to Zyliria to Christopher, seeming to be calculating something. “He said that none of the houses had survived the damage, the walls had all been torn to pieces.” Caitlyn felt anxious, and could tell that, whatever the Captain had said earlier, he was about to tell them the real reason he’d been so interested in them. “He did, however, report one...interesting phenomenon to still be residing amongst the ruins.” Caitlyn held onto the arms of her chair tightly, her eyes going to her father, nervously. “He said something about a young girl, with the power to create flames.”
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« Reply #184 on: Jan 3rd, 2018, 6:15pm »

Zyliria’s eyes widened once more as she heard the captain’s declaration. All those times that she’d been told about how Caitlyn had saved her father from the bandits flashed through her mind all at once. She had to fight back the urge to fold back her ears, and risk blowing her cover.

Similarly, Christopher’s heart began racing as the captains eyes were upon him. “Perhaps it was a fire imp? They are known for inhabiting recent sites of fire you know.” It was a boldface lie, but he couldn’t expect Airyn to have much knowledge of magical creatures outside the walls of Faela. He glanced over at Zyliria before glancing back at the captain.
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« Reply #185 on: Jan 11th, 2018, 08:07am »

Caitlyn felt herself shrink slightly in her seat nervously. They’d met the bandit earlier in Faela, it made sense that he would have gone to Airyn the moment he’d seen her and Caitlyn. Keeping her head still, Caitlyn’s eyes darted over to Zyliria. The animus was completely still, eyes wide, her nerves apparent to anyone able to see her face.

“Perhaps,” said the Captain, drily. “Though I can’t say I’ve heard of fire imps living that deep in the forests. Woods, you know, not the best place for fire creatures.” He was silent for a moment, drinking from the goblet to his side. “Or cities, for that matter.” Airyn continued. “Can you imagine the danger of such a creature in Faela? A fire could ruin this entire town, kill thousands...it would be a disaster.” The Captain’s eyes were on Christopher’s, he looked almost sorrowful. “You understand that we can’t be expected to host a threat to the entire town, I hope.”
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« Reply #186 on: Jan 12th, 2018, 02:01am »

Christopher’s eyes widened for a moment at what Captain Airyn had just said. “That, I can understand, but I don’t quite understand what you are suggesting, Captain,” he said, his tone becoming quite stern as he sat there, his food and drink still left untouched. A few moments of silence passed, the two men staring each other down. “Might I ask whom these people were? If they are survivors from Hostar, then you could surely understand my wishes of knowing whom they might be.” Christopher was dancing around the subject that the Captain of the Guard was trying to discuss.

Zyliria too looked down at her untouched plate, and then to Caitlyn’s. Her food too was left untouched. No doubt, the lack of eating going on during today’s supper seemed to her, quite suspicious, so she reached forwards, shakily for the eating utensils before really grasping them, and attempting to cut through the cooked mutton. She was so used to eating raw meat that the sight of cooked sheep was repulsive to her, but she’d force herself to eat it.

Of course, she remembered all those times her older sister would roast her prey and eat it cooked as the rest of her siblings would watch on in disgust.

Zyliria gently nudged Caitlyn’s boot with her own, to try to wake her from her stress, and start eating. Zyliria took a bite, and couldn’t help but squirm uncomfortably as the cooked meat went down her throat. She attempted pulling her cloak around her even tighter in an attempt to make it seem as though she was shivering from the cold.
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« Reply #187 on: Jan 14th, 2018, 06:33am »

Captain Airyn either did not notice Christopher's tone hardening, or did not care. He continued sipping from his goblet, before setting it down with a quiet clank. “He did not appear to from the city himself, but a traveler who was merely passing through, according to him.” The Captain’s gaze slowly shifted across the two girls again.

Caitlyn, who’d been watching the Captain attentively this whole time, felt the tap on her boot and was startled to find Zyliria struggling down part of the food she’d been served. With her own knife and fork, she began to eat her own mutton. It was perhaps a bit too well done, even for her taste, but she supposed that even if it were the finest platter she’d ever eaten from in the world she wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it, given the tension in the room.

The Captain, leaning slightly towards Caitlyn and Zyliria, frowned slightly, still talking to Christopher. “As I understand it, you are a knight of this great kingdom. Surely you must understand the need to protect the people of this town from any danger, whether it be invading armies or other, more magical threats.” Turning his attention back to the girls, the Captain said, with a surprising gentleness. “What do you two think of all this?”
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« Reply #188 on: Jan 14th, 2018, 2:08pm »

The knight noticed the way Captain Airyn had used his knighthood against him. He nodded with a grimace, not exactly liking what the captain was suggesting. “I can understand the wish to protect from threats of any kind, I of all people should know that, yes, but not because I am a knight, but because I am a father.” Christopher said, staring at the man intensely.

Zyliria froze, and her tail wound itself around herself even tighter as the captain leaned in and spoke to her and the young girl. The way the man spoke made her fearful of wether or not the captain knew about them and was just toying with them, or if he was prying for some information. Just as the captain had asked the two girls for their opinion, Caitlyn had taken another small bite of lamb, so she wouldn’t be the one answering Airyn’s question.

“I-I don’t know what to think...” she said, frozen still. Nobody needs to get hurt... but...” in her mind, Caitlyn flailing a few feet over head spewing flames from each hand replayed in slow motion and she remembered the fear on the young girl’s face. Zyliria didn’t much care for the people of this city, but she knew that if Caitlyn did something like that on a massive scale, there’d be no way she’d forgive herself. That’s when her eyes widened as she realized she’d just said ‘But’...
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« Reply #189 on: Jan 15th, 2018, 09:32am »

The captain smiled slightly at Christopher’s comment. “Indeed. I suppose there are similarities between fatherhood and the service of a knighthood, that sense of protection of something...greater than self.” He sighed, faintly, looking back down at his plate, though his voice was still clear. “It makes one wonder, you know, what one would do if one service contradicted the other. If, by making one sacrifice, you could save untold thousands...surely that would be worth it?”

Caitlyn knew full well that she was the subject of the discussion, though she was not entirely sure what the word ‘sacrifice’ meant. She felt more and more nervous about sitting so close to Airyn. As he spoke, however, she couldn’t help but be reminded of her own thoughts, a few days ago, when she’d realized how dangerous she really could be. Remembering Tobias’ words from then, she cleared her throat, hesitantly. “Well, perhaps, Captain…” her voice trailed off in a mixture of nerves, and a realization that Zyliria had not yet finished speaking. With curiosity, and a mounting sense of betrayal fueled by her nerves, Caitlyn turned to Zyliria, her eyes wide. Did Zyliria think she was too dangerous to be allowed to remain in Faela?
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« Reply #190 on: Jan 16th, 2018, 03:49am »

All this talk of sacrifice and responsibilities was starting to grate on Christopher’s nerves. “My sir, one thing you may be forgetting is that sacrifice is always without question balanced with regret. And if one were to sacrifice something needlessly, the regret would only expand tenfold.” The knight had to make sure to use larger words to try to keep Caitlyn from understanding the direction his conversation was going in. “I sacrificed my duty as a father, and a husband to serve in the name of King Angelo, and there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by since then, that I don’t think of that which I’ve sacrificed, and the regret that’s come with it.” Christopher began choking slightly on his words but pushed through. “So when you try and speak lightly of sacrificing one duty to pursue another, take care to know who you are talking to. Not a lower ranking soldier in the king’s stead, but a man who’s lost almost everything making such hypothetical sacrifices.” He was gripping tightly onto his fork, his knuckles turning blue as he stared over at the captain who seemed hell bent on learning wether or not Caitlyn or Zyliria were afflicted by some form of magic.

The animus sat there stunned by the knights words. A few words flew over her head, as they weren’t often if at all spoken out on the roads twisting through the forests, but she could understand enough. She herself had experienced her own share of sacrifices, but not felt much regret. She had of course sacrificed her ties with her family, and instead of regret, felt liberated. She could sense the raw emotion that Christopher was fighting to hold back. She glanced over at Caitlyn, and saw the look of pure shock and disbelief on the young girl’s face and it sunk in that her thoughts and words may have just cost her her relationship with the young child. She hung her head low, and simply stared down at her plate as she began poking at her baked potato weakly.

It was more than obvious to her now, that Christopher, this whole time, had been trying to keep himself together to seem strong for his daughter, and that was the purest form of love she’d ever seen. Not even her own mother had shown her much affection compared to the other animus who’d already ‘found’ their powers. A single tear began to well up on her right eye as she realized she’d never had someone that cared for her as much as Christopher cared for Caitlyn. She quickly wiped away the wetness from her eyes with her sleeve, and sat there in silence.
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« Reply #191 on: Jan 21st, 2018, 07:58am »

Caitlyn listened to her father carefully. It was only at this point that she realized that Christopher felt guilty for the destruction of their home. She wasn’t sure what one more person could have done for Hostar, even as skilled a warrior as Christopher was no match for a dragon capable of wiping out towns so quickly, but she understood his grief at having not been there when all but she had been killed. Turning to Zyliria once again, she saw the animus, her head still low, and realized she was crying. The momentary confusion she’d felt towards Zyliria faded, and she felt a rush of empathy. No doubt the animus was also thinking of what she had lost, family that had only a few days ago tried to kill her and her new companions.

At the head of the table, the Captain’s brow furrowed as he listened to Christopher. When the knight’s voice finally faltered, he spoke, his voice gentler than it had been. “I sense a misunderstanding between the two of us, Sir Christopher. I do not mean to threaten you or your,” his eyes flitted to Caitlyn and Zyliria, before locking back on Christopher. “children. I only wonder whether Faela is the best place for them. We here are a minor city in the realm, and we do not have the ability to shelter you all within our walls and protect ourselves from...what might happen.” His voice hardening slightly, the Captain continued. “You have sacrificed much, in your service, but do not forget that sacrifice is our duty, as knights of the realm. Do not think you are the only knight here to have lost many a dear thing in the service of the king.”
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« Reply #192 on: Jan 21st, 2018, 2:31pm »

Christopher looked over, and could see his daughter looking solemnly towards Zyliria. He hoped she misunderstood his words, but there was no doubt that his faltering voice betrayed his large words, and laid all to bare.

Looking back to the captain seated at the head of the table, hearing him talk about how he wondered wether or not Faela was a safe enough place for Zyliria and Caitlyn. “The safest place for my daughters..” he paused, and looked back to the girls across the table, “is by my side. I’m more than capable of keeping them safe.” He paused once more, “besides, I’m sure you and city guard are working hard to keep the city safe.”

Zyliria was mentally battling with her emotions, trying to battle her feelings with logic. ‘She never loved you.’ but that hurt too much to think. ‘She had high expectations.’ But she was the first to refuse. Now she felt like a failure, not having done enough to gain her mother’s affection. She looked towards Caitlyn, considering it even for a moment, but then she froze. ‘She’s evil. This is what she wants.’ before the little girl could turn her head to notice her glancing over, Zyliria snapped back to her plate, and fought harder and harder with herself as she came to grips with what she almost did. She buried her face into her hands to try and block out everything.
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« Reply #193 on: Yesterday at 6:24pm »

Seeming to give up on Christopher, or perhaps intrigued by Zyliria’s sudden motion, Airyn’s attention shifted from the knight to the girls between them. “Are you all right there?” the Captain asked, fixing his steel eyes on Zyliria. “Something the matter?”

Beside Zyliria, Caitlyn slipped down from her chair to get a closer look at the animus. Her face was pale, and she did look a bit unwell. Gently setting an arm on Zyliria’s shoulder, Caitlyn turned to the Captain, trying to set herself between the two of them, blocking his view of the animus so that, hopefully, he wouldn’t notice how real her “fake ears” were. “I’m afraid my sister here is quite unwell, she looks like she’s about to pass out at any moment.” Giving Zyliria’s shoulder a gently squeeze to try and prompt her to get moving, Caitlyn quickly said, “I think she just needs some fresh air, we’ll be out, for just a little bit.” In truth, Caitlyn desperately wanted to leave as soon as possible, for the Captain, with all his antagonizing remarks to her father and his odd glances at both her and Zyliria had her on edge.

On the opposite side of the room, the door swung open sharply, causing all four of them to jump. Caitlyn turned to see Marina, looking curiously in, standing in the doorway, blocking the exit. “Sorry, I thought I heard raised voices, just wondering if all is going well in here.”
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As all the attention started being directed towards the animus, she began feeling more and more claustrophobic. She looked over at the window, desperately wanting to flee. That’s when she turned and saw that the captains eyes here upon her, and she shrunk down a bit more. She couldn’t hear the man through the fabric ears. After sitting there for a moment, she began shuddering as the stress was getting to her. She turned and looked into the eyes of the child who had put her arm around her. Zyliria couldn’t shake the stress she was under. She needed to go outside.

Christopher looked over to the woman standing in the doorway, and for some reason, felt extremely unsettled by the sight of her. “We’re fine miss. No need to worry.” He looked back to his daughter and the animus, and could tell that she wasn’t doing well. At hearing Captain Airyn asking if Zyliria was okay, the knight looked up at the captain, and replied, “She hasn’t been the same since I found her and her sister. She goes through panic spells like this every day.” He fibbed, trying to channel the cleverness that Tobias was known for, but knew that Zyliria wasn’t putting on an act. She was seriously in a panic.

Zyliria was just barely able to whisper to Caitlyn, “
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