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6 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:46 pm

"I don't know," I admit with an uneasy laugh, my arm winding around her as I pull her against me, grateful for the contact. "It wasn't like any nightmare I've ever had before."

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7 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:54 pm

Frowning, I let him pull me closer as I tuck myself beside him, hugging myself to him comfortably. 

"Well, tell me about it." I offer softly, "Sometimes just saying it aloud can help."

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8 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:02 am

"I don't know," I frown. "It's weird. I don't even know how to describe it... It's like... I was seeing it. Actually seeing it! There was, I don't know... a table, I think? And a little girl... and a man. I couldn't understand them, but I felt like I knew them.

"And then there were these men, just out of no where!" I shake my head sharply, my heart starting to hammer with the remembered terror of seeing the little girl beaten. I swallow roughly as I squirm in my seat, too afraid to say what happened next lest the knot in my throat clench shut.

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9 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:04 am

"...What?" I breathe as I pick my head up to look at him, "A little girl?"

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10 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:06 am

"Y-yeah?" I respond uncertainly. "I think..? Her hair was long and her voice... well, it sounded younger than it should have, but it was definitely a little girl's voice."

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11 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:18 am

"You saw this," I ask weakly, having propped myself up by now to look at him anxiously, "The man, the little girl..?" I continue, "Marnin- What happened to them..?"

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12 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:23 am

"The people-," I start, swallowing roughly as I shake my head. "The people grabbed the man. I don't know where he went. And then they started hitting the-," but I can't finish the sentence. Instead I shake my head sharply. "The girl said something, though. Something weird. But I can't remember what exactly."

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13 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:25 am

"These violent delights have violent ends," I breathe the words, the vox's volume just barely audible. I shove off of him entirely as I pull the blanket around myself to settle near his feet. 

"Marn, I'm sorry."

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14 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:26 am

"What?" I ask, as much in response to her apology as to what she's said. "How did you- thats exactly what she said. How did you know that?"

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15 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:33 am

"Marnin, that was my dream." I say weakly, not entirely sure how I feel about having shared it as I stare down at the blanket's hem pinched between my fingers. 

"That's my gift, or- Was my gift... Between the Valerian and the nightmare... I never meant to do that to you, I'm sorry."

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16 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:38 am

"Wait," I frown starkly. "That was... your magic? You used your magic on me... in your sleep? And showed me your dream."

I frown for a long moment as I settle back into the arm of the couch. "So that was.. Bea? And your husband. What was his name?"

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17 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:45 am

I nod softly as I wring my hands anxiously, my headache creeping just behind my temple. 

"Nikolai," I say weakly, "And the little girl was Beatrice, yes," I nod, inhaling shakily, "How she looks now, though... I think."

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18 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:48 am

"Nikolai looked angry," I frown as I cock my head towards her. "Before the men took him. He was angry, and he wanted you to sign something?"

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19 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:51 am

I still as I look at him, my legs twisting from under me just enough so I can sit properly in the couch.

"Divorce papers," I answer, "He was going to take Bea and leave."

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20 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:01 am

"Why?" I ask, astounded as I recall the image of them sitting down to dinner. "You looked so happy..."

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21 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:03 am

"We were, for awhile... But-" I swallow, exhaling thickly as my legs begin to bounce anxiously. "He didn't like how I made my money...

"In Reach's End, there's a group sort of like your brother's boogeymen." I say weakly, my heart racing as I glance towards Marnin. "And I worked for their rivals."

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22 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:07 am

The strange smile that comes over me is all but comforting as I lean back against the arm of the couch, my hands dragging down my face tiredly as I laugh to myself. "Rivals," I say the word flatly, licking my lips. "Like the police?" My tone becomes higher, not quite hopeful or innocent, more... anticipating. It isn't the police. I know that. The fear in her heart tells me before she can even part her lips.

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23 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:12 am

"No," I response, the word more a squeak than anything else as I stare down at my bouncing knees. "Marnin, I didn't want you to find out this way-"

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24 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:16 am

"What did you do?" I cut her off, not wanting to hear any apologies. I just want information. Maybe it's not so bad. There are plenty of people who do things to get by that aren't so bad. Victims of circumstance. That's fine. I can deal with that. "What did you do, Lju? When you were a boogeyman? Who were the people that feared you? Why'd he wanna leave, really?"

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25 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:34 am

"I never hurt anybody!" I say sharply, my tone turning defensive as I twist to face him, "I don't know why he filed, Marn. He never gave me the papers, I found them in his office. He never got the chance."

Swallowing roughly, I wipe at my cheek absently. "Somehow, the other group found out who I was, and we started getting threats to the house. Dead animals, or weird letters. It wasn't long after that I found the papers, and by the end of the month-" I gesture towards my face defeatedly.

"They think I'm dead, and for their sake, I'm staying that way."

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26 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:40 am

"What did you do?" I ask with a stark frown. After what she's said, I want to drop it. I want to just leave it alone, I do. But I know I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I didn't find out a little more. Especially realizing that everything she's told me makes her exactly the kind of person Richard looks for: a proverbial deadman. I have to know what potential she could have. "You had to have some purpose in your guild. What was it?"

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27 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:44 am

I blink back the tears as I turn to face him, "I fixed witnesses." I say simply, "Made them forget, or made them remember something new. Didn't matter."

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28 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:48 am

"You-," I can feel all the hope I'd been holding onto deflate out of me, my heart sinking into the pit of my stomach as I rest my face in my hand. I know firsthand how hard it is to come forward as a witness, how hard it is to convince one to share their story... the thought of her thwarting all of that courage, perverting any justice they could have brought to the world...

"Get out," I say softly.

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29 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:49 am

I stiffen as the words hit me, like a slap to the face. 

"What?" I ask, knowing I'd heard wrong.

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30 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:53 am

"Leave," I say more firmly, my jaw clicking as I turn a teary eyed glare on her. "I need time to think," I say more evenly, though the hollowness in my chest still rings with a fury that threatens to blow up if she tries to argue. "And I don't want you here while I do because I might say something I regret."

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