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201Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:31 am

I can't help but grin at his teasing remark as I shake my head and settle into the seat more comfortably. 

"So where are we heading, anyway? I know you gave me a vague direction, but I mean what's the end game? Where are we actually going?"

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202Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:35 am

"I honestly don't know," I admit a little self-consciously as I pull the van back out onto the road heading north. "Right now, we're going the last direction Richard would think to look for two witches - anywhere the Chantry's reach touches. And we'll keep hopping until the heat is off of us."

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203Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:40 am

"Wait-" I frown, sitting up to look at him, "Towards the Chantry..?"

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204Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:41 am

"Caressing their heavily patrolled borders as we speak," I nod as I keep my eyes fixed on the road. "That's why I had you put on the gloves."

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205Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:43 am

Looking down, I realize I've long since taken them off and begin digging through the jacket to pull them back on hurriedly. 

"And this is preferable to just letting Richard find us?" I ask weakly, looking out the window.

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206Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:46 am

"I'm not afraid of the Chantry," I say simply as I glance at her. "Funny thing about their Guardians; they've never been able to stop my touch from doing what it does."

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207Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:04 pm

Offering him a soft smile, I nod as I look back out the window. 

"Is there anyone who can stop that little touch of yours?" I ask absently, "Anyone who isn't affected?"

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208Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:05 pm

"Yes," I respond simply, my voice sounding almost alien in its fond softness.

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209Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:45 pm

"Who..?" I ask quietly, unsure of how far he'll allow me to pry. "Was it a family member?"

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210Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:19 pm

"No," I frown hesitantly, an tense silence falling for a moment before I reach over to turn off the radio. Looking over at Ljuba, I make certain she can see the intent expression on my face as I frown at her seriously.

"Ljuba, I don't talk about these things," I say flatly. "Ever. Even with Fergus who was there to witness some of it - we never speak of it.

"I've been breaking that rule the past couple of days," I frown solemnly. "I've broken a lot of rules bringing you with me like this. But being out here, with me, it's only fair that you have some inkling of the kind of trouble I might drag you into. If you want to go or stay beyond that is entirely up to you.

"But I need to know, before I tell you anything else, that you'll take my secrets to the grave... and know that by making that promise, you may not have a choice in the matter..."

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211Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:34 pm

"If I had a way to make my word carry any more weight, I would do it." I say softly, "But all I can do it promise you that I'd die before betray you."

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212Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:05 pm

"Thank you," I reply with a sigh as I settle back in my seat before reaching out to turn the radio back on. I continue to sit in silence for a moment, my head moving to the beat absently as I find myself lost deep in thought.

"Both of my parents died when I was born," I finally say after a long awhile. "Well, technically, my mother died before I was born, when my gift manifested. They had to cut her open to get me out. The midwife wore gloves to do it, so she was fine, but when she handed me off to my father...

"No one was supposed to touch me after that," I say absently. "Those who did were injured terribly or died very slowly. Not even the Guardians they assigned to me were allowed to touch me - and they assigned so many, but none of them would ever stay long. Or survived long, I suppose... eventually, they sent me to Sister Magdela. To repent? I think? I don't remember, honestly. The journey was so tense, they treated it like such a solemn occasion, like I was going to meet the Maker himself.

"But instead, I met this tiny old woman, Sister Magdela," I smile faintly. "And I remember being scared out of my wits because she did something no one had ever done before, and she smiled at me. Then, calm as could be, she just walked up to me and held out her hand for me to take - and I was so stunned by what she was doing with her face, I didn't even think twice, I just took it - and everyone gasped in horror, started shouting and grabbing at me with gloves and blankets to try to yank me away, and this woman - this old, tiny little woman - just waves a hand and scolds them away. Perfectly unfazed by my monstrous little hand in hers.

"Have faith, children! she said," I repeat in a thick accent. "The Maker never makes a child he did not intend to create. And she pulled me away, and that was it. They stopped bouncing me from home to home to home, guardian after guardian after another dead guardian. Just... finally - I got to just be.

"For seven whole years," I say hollowly. "And then she died. They couldn't prove that I had done, or that I hadn't... hell, I don't even know if I did it. But in all my years since, I've never met another person like her. I've never been able to look into someone's eyes and see no fear looking back at me; just understanding and compassion and trust. No one has ever had that blind and unyielding faith in my goodness."

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213Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:54 pm

"I can't fathom how that must've been," I respond quietly, looking back out the window as my mind races with the questions this raises about his gift. Questions best held for another day. 

"You're not Alyrian, then, are you..?" I ask after a moment, glancing back towards him, "I don't recall there being much Guardian presence in Alyria."

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214Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:01 am

"No," I admit with a crooked smile. "Alyria is where I settled the first time I ran away and actually got away for awhile. It was the first place where I got to be part of society - have a job, live in a proper home, sleep in a real bed, talk to people without permission. I loved it there. I even went to school.

"The Chantry caught up with me eventually, though," I sigh. "They always do."

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215Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:05 am

"I'm sorry," I frown at the window as I sink further into the seat, sighing heavily as I watch the war torn scenery pass outside the window. "You shouldn't have had to flee the city just because of me."

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216Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:11 am

"Ljuba, I had to run because I chose to fuck a batshit insane crime lord some five or ten years ago," I scoff with a laugh. "I didn't have to involve myself with him - but I did. I didn't have to continue to involve myself with him after I realized who insane he was - but I did.

"No one is responsible for me except for me," I say earnestly. "I knew the moment I chose to keep Richard in my life that my time in Skycrest was limited. But I thought it was worth the expiration date, and it was. I'll never regret the people I met in that city, nor a single second I spent there."

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217Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:13 am

"You fucked Richard?" I ask before I can think better of it, an amused smirk tugging at my expression as I look back at him.

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218Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:24 am

"Well, originally, I'd intended to kill him," I admit with a shrug. "But when I got violent, he got into it, and then suddenly I had pretty little sociopath heeling on command and eager to please. Suddenly I had all the magical whatever I could ever want, a place in his guild - and yeah, his bed, too - and eventually, I'd somehow fallen into a respectable place in society. It wasn't until I started making a name for myself and coming into my own power that he started to feel threatened, and things had to change... but even after asserting himself, he still yielded to me if I snarled mean enough."

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219Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:29 am

My face scrunches slightly as I look back out the window, shuddering a bit for effect before cutting him a look. 

"Richard?" I scoff the name, laughing slightly as I adjust the coat over my front. "He's so... Petite."

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220Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:30 am

"Well, you do know how much I like to throw people around..." I respond with a smirk.

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221Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:35 am

Rolling my eyes, I laugh before nodding. 

"Right, that's not anything I want to imagine. Richard was so..." I cringe before shrugging. "Here I thought I was special, you with all your standards."

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222Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:40 am

"Well-," I trail off, shrugging absently before I glance at her a little uncomfortably. "You do know I don't do this very often, right? I mean, no, how could you? But... I don't do this kind of thing."

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223Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:43 am

"Bring someone with you..?" I ask, grinning slightly as I turn back before noting his terse expression. Softening a bit, I offer a smile before nodding. 

"Your place is a walking death trap, and you sneer around almost everyone you meet. I sort of assumed."

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224Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:48 am

I scoff at that, nodding at the rather accurate assessment of my social graces.

"I prefer plants," I admit. "They don't talk back, and if they die, they make great tea."

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225Bright Lights - Page 9 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:50 am

"I would make superb tea." I scoff teasingly, looking back out the window tiredly.

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