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  1. The cities had always been a harsh transition from the outside world. For those accustomed to sunlight and warm breezes, he often had a hard time adjusting to the sheltered life. Often Sebastian wondered how the populace didn't die of pollution in some areas. Today he put some of his personal skills he possessed, clearly capable of passing off as a nurse. Whether a practitioner of the same faith, or a Godless heathen, it didn't lessen the quality of his work. The young man he worked on was littered with scars beneath thick black clothing; the priest guessed he may have been fighting teeth and claw with whatever he had encountered, and felt compassion for him. A dark stain was on the floor next to where he stood. He slightly touched his fingers to the spot, bringing it back up to his view, seeing it as a thick, dark liquid that had a red tint to it. Instantly Sebastian realized it was drying blood that had begun to coagulate. The inner nurse automatically pushed him to further investigate. The heavy robe was removed, leaving him at just a pair of black pants and a long-sleeved shirt that was tattered around the neck and wrists. “It’s nothing serious,” he said, in a soft but gravelly voice. “I was injured during a hunt, but it’s nothing serious.” “Nothing doesn’t cause blood to drip small puddles,” the priest countered, his eyes shifting down and nodding to his body. “Show me.” The young man hardly seemed willing, but when he met Sebastian’s unyielding stare he would know there would be no fighting him, and it would simply be easier to just get it over with. Glancing around to the other commoners passing by, he reached down and lifted the bottom of his shirt just enough to expose the injury on his left side. Giving a nod, the priest moved closer to inspect the injury. He gently moved the hem of his shirt up a little higher so that he could get a clear view of the damage. It appeared he had done a makeshift patch job with gauze and tape, but before he would have time to protest he was peeling the tape away and lifting the bandage. “These are serious, and I will not leave them alone knowing they are not getting proper care.” This was not the bubbly, friendly priest most knew now. His sapphire orbs had taken on a firm, determined authority that showed no sign of accepting any refusal. “Take off your shirt and sit down.” He seemed reluctant then, and did so without any verbal complaint. A moment later Sebastian was next to him, inspecting the wounds with careful eyes. With gentle hands, he removed the gauze and tape, revealing claw marks. The longest were at least six inches long, and almost an inch deep. Taking out a swab, he poured some disinfectant on it. “This will sting a bit. Ready?” The man nodded, and the priest gently pressed the swab to the wound. A sharp hiss escaped through his patient’s teeth, but other than that there still was no complaint. “These are deep. I will need to stitch you up. You’re going to need to be extremely careful in the coming weeks.” The man’s muscles remained tense and taught as he continued his work, being gentle as possible with the tender flesh. It clearly wasn’t his first time doing this kind of work, but he had always been used to many complaining, but this one hardly made a peep the whole time. Glancing around the rest of his upper body, he only saw a few bruises and old scars. After he finished, he could see surprised gratitude through an impassive stare. “Thank you.” With a simple smile, Sebastian collected the soiled bandages and swabs and began to put the first aid kit away. His work here was done.
  2. Glad to see you around, old friend! ❤️

    1. Davorin


      I request the highest of fives! I hope life is treating you well these days. ❤️


    2. -Lilium-


      -highest of fives delivered!- Things are going pretty well. I hope all is favorable on your end!

  3. It moved about as it pleased from place to place, in a rather ghostly manner, hovering above and around all that inhabits of Terrenus. It filled and overcame those who were open minded and made available, as if that of an eerie ghost or spirit possessing and jumping into the soul of another being. It was often colorless, yet contained every color known to man, as well as that which is not. Mysterious and fully alive, it was far beyond the imagination of most; almost a riddle. Many had seen it symbolized in many forms, as though floating and flowing freely and fantastically through the air, showing a dazzling array of beauty and peace. Sebastian was at a point in his life where he couldn't be more content with his faith in Gaianism.It was indeed extravagant, exceedingly excellent, and awe-inspiring to see everyday as he resided in traveled across the lands of this continent. Years later it was amazing-truly, still breathtaking- and able to withstand any amount of evil he had ever endured across the lands of Terrenus. Holy and divine, this unmassed blessing had a power like no other and now he had the wisdom to use it. Those who knew it, knew it well. Those who don’t…why, they haven’t a clue. The flowing power felt within was extremely holy and pure; no words could accurately describe its loveliness but that of indescribable. So holy and so pure, it was that some could not bear to look upon it; from the moment he first saw it, the priest realized just how perfect it really was. Many people in the cities at times would often shun away and hide in shame and bitter resentment from disgust of their iniquity. So strong it was that Sebastian felt forced into immediate humbleness and submission when amidst its presence. If it could be tasted it, they would know. I cannot imagine the immense flavorful abundance that would flow from just a drop or molecule touching the tip of a human tongue. Oh, the healing that would follow! When the priest had first tasted it, it was an occurrence like no other; the sweetness would surpassed any fine-grained beer or chocolate, the indulgence almost too much for the simplistic mind he had back then. However sweet it was, the taste for a time had also been utterly bitter. As pleasant as it had been to chew on it, the undeniable urge to spit it out in disgust arose several times in the beginning of his priesthood. For a time not only was captivating, but also exceedingly convicting. There had been times around him around that felt dragging, nagging, compelling compulsion to act upon a sightly deed of preliminary prevalence. So great was the power it possessed, and so great was the resulting motivation,conviction, and fear whereof. “So misunderstood, yet so needed is this extraterrestrial and supernatural presence.” The words were but a whisper under his breath, but soon the voice spoke to his colleagues gathered around him. “Many of us haven’t a clue what it really is. For those that know what seems to be a lot about it, it is actually so very little; the concrete steel obstacle of transgression keeping us away from incomparable glory and love from Gaia. Even so, has only been scratched and slightly indented. I have made it a relationship of a best friend; so close as to be mistaken for what identity is really being presented.”
  4. Thanks for the like! Are you interested in the thread? It's open if you feel ever feel like joining ? Just shoot me a PM!

    1. Davorin


      I do appreciate the offer, but I don't think I can really commit at the moment unfortunately. I have enjoyed the reading,  however.  ?

    2. Ataraxy


      Thanks! And no problem ? The doors are open if you ever find yourself with some extra time

  5. Davorin

    Faith is fragile.

    The water seemed to do little to conceal her body. If anything, it further accentuated it. A deliberate choice, he realized. His orbs continuously sought her out, savoring the sight of her lips curving into a smile that could betray any innocence. There was nothing to say as he listened to her words carefully. He let the silence stretch for a moment as if considering what to say next. Finally, he seemed to settle on the words as he began, but she was already gone from the washroom. "I can respect your reluctance to build relationships. You refuse to resign yourself to your new situation. Much will change for you and I have not always been known for my patience." There was tenderness in his voice that would have been unexpected for those he knew him. His gaze soon shifted to the lifeless form before him. The enormous bed they shared nights before was ridiculously comfortable. The warm down quilt had once enveloped her and the soft sheets caressed her skin. He remembered it to have been a restful night, and for a time she may have even lingered a moment of enjoying the quietness of an early morning. It reminded him of the basic qualities Davorin had always taken for granted in his formative years; before the war, before his self-exile. It took just one moment such as this to be reminded of the extent of his loss. It was so much more than his freedom or even sexuality; it was the absence of human kindness and generosity. Other servants were eventually called in but his attention was only drawn to one. Suddenly the dark-haired vampire turned his gaze upon her, his almost black eyes glinting with power. She quickly shrank away from him a little; he clearly had built the reputation lately as someone not to mess with. There was a sense of arrogance, impatience, a wildness to him that was at often terrifying and alluring. His deep voice sent shivers down her spine and his glinting eyes made her breath catch in her throat. “Miss Anna,” he purred in a dark, dangerous voice. “Clean the mess at once.” It was as if the others were nonexistent in the given moment. He watched as she stared at him, eyes widening, heart thumping wildly in her chest as his eyes could only grow predatory. While he had no intention of feeding, she would still feel the cold cement of the wall against her back causing the young servant to startle in surprise. She hadn’t even realized she had been backing away from him this entire time. Stepping past her without another word, he began removing each garment piece wise; the task of undressing what always less tedious than dressing. Sliding down into the water, he allowed it to block out all of the sounds around him. For a moment he wished it would expand so he could swim, much like the times he did in the Dordado Plains on hot summer days. The hard plastic peeled from the vanities and the enamel was chipped in the sink. Water leaked from the base of the faucet when it was in use. However it was scrupulously clean, the old tarnished mirror sparkled in the light and the bath, while also chipped, was brilliantly white. With a simple gesture he soon found himself with a drink in hand. Sipping the contents, he now wondered if she found satisfaction in defying him, and maybe it was not even fully extinguished yet. Davorin would seek Arianna out again soon enough. Whether he was alone the next time, this much was still unknown. The strong always did what they wanted, and the weak suffered as they must. In his eye’s society had always been nothing more than a compromise between men, an agreement to curb some of their greater excesses to support common interests. He was notorious for his moods, and his interest was always fleeting, often becoming cruel again once bored. The vampire already felt as though he had been disobeyed, and there would be consequences for that.
  6. Davorin

    Faith is fragile.

    Her gentle touch interrupted his current thoughts. The vision he had of a Lady was clearly much different than what she presented before him; with deliberate care he would have chosen black, as the color of death would have been most suitable. Never would she struggle into corsets and petticoats as she would no longer need to dress herself; such things would be beneath her in those circumstances. A life of living in the dark, masking a battered body covered with bruises and dried blood, was already a rather generous offer in his eyes. Perhaps the renovations wouldn’t be too bad after all. Sure, the accommodations may have seemed less than pleasant, but he still often presumed them to be happy in their miserable little cells, because it was the only place they were completely free of Davorin’s foreboding presence. Most mattresses were filled with straw, so that it was painfully itchy. It was often cold here too, since most of their clothes were made of a thin, synthetic material. The tap water from the sink was always red with rust and undrinkable, so that they only had access to fluids at lunch and dinner. The meals themselves were equally unpleasant, and the portions were normally far too small. Where most servants resided here, it often reminded him of the very underground halls back in Drakiss Keep where prisoners were locked away in a cell, starving. It was clinical; white walls, white floors, and steel reinforced doors. The urge to leave her unharmed grew as his hunger increased. Davorin looked through a single window and out into the city grimly. The smoke from the chimneys below rose in straight, white streams up to the heavens, and there was a crackling of anticipation electrifying the air. When the new servant spoke, he ignored her for a brief moment and shifted his gaze to a mirror. The vampire looked at his reflection seriously. A pale, wan-looking man he barely recognized anymore in the face stared back at him, black eyes sunken with shadow and worry. As she made her way into the bath he released a growl with the same possessiveness felt when feeding from others. It was more than a vampire's primal urge to hoard its prey. The wait was over and finally he turned his full attention to the young servant offered to him. He laved the tender spot with his tongue, sending a shiver through her body, and bit down upon her neck. She flinched and whimpered in pain as his fangs sunk deep into the artery drinking her now dehydrated blood. Even though he'd only fed from her once before this time, he found her taste addicting. He let her thick, dehydrated blood splash on his tongue prolonging the feed but he couldn't help but savor the flavor of her life essence; she was so sweet. He purred in pleasure against her and he wrapped his arms about her tightly and possessively. For a moment he lost all thought; and he started to pull deeply, but with another growl, this time at himself he closed his eyes, shaking. His powerful hands trembled as he fought his desire to consume the last drops of her life away. He pulled away taking a shuddering breath. His control was wavering. He licked the wound, but not closing it entirely, and held her close to his chest listening desperately for both her breaths and heartbeat. Satisfied that she was still alive, he lifted her into his strengthened arms again and closed his eyes; feeling, smelling, and using what strength he had to find civilization. At first he looked perplexed, but a moment later there was a genuine grin on his face with a glint in his eye. He knew that Arianna was determined not to give into him and entertain him with her reactions. The rest would’ve appeared in slow motion to the mortal eye. Another long pull had been taken and he swallowed, allowing the crimson liquids to survey the rest of her body long the sound of a thud. Her arms and legs were bent at awkward angles as though she was a marionette that had been carelessly dropped. Now it was just a lifeless form devoid of the grace it once knew. A single hand ran along the surface of the cooling water. “Don’t play games with me,” he warned, his voice dangerous but playful, as if he were a cat with a cornered mouse. "Because I can make these last few days be your very last as Arianna. Regardless of negotiations, I can lock you in a deep, dark hole for a while, until you honestly can't remember what the sun looks like. And when I finally do take you out, no amount of begging and screaming is going to sway me toward mercy. I will relentlessly crack away at your spirit until it shatters, no matter how long it takes. Every fear that you have, I will expose. And then, I shall use those fears against you, until you no longer think of yourself as Arianna but as Davorin’s trophy slave.”
  7. Davorin

    Faith is fragile.

    The vampire had not changed out of the simple tunic and breeches he'd donned for his morning exercise, a far scanter garb than he'd had on in their previous encounters. His sleeves had been left rolled up too, exposing the sinewy muscles there. He carried a strong build for being so lean. "Do what you must then," said a soft, male voice. He had no doubt there would an issue with her ‘renovations’. It was strange; sensual, but weary, as though the act of living was a chore. "Most are gagged," he said. "And smell of blood and sex." Much like prey, he stalked her as she began her duties. It felt as though he had been imprisoned in this place for years now, and constantly in a greatly weakened state. While desperately hungry, he also felt old now. Such things were more under his control than what others thought. But how long he could go on without acting like a monster to replenish himself that much, even he wasn’t sure now. It was likely she would hear him move, though his steps were light, it would be the deep breaths he took that were more noticeable. When he thought of finally finishing his response to her, he struggled to ignore a very recognizable scent: blood. It was nearly impossible to resist as he could smell it on the young woman, causing desire to course through his veins. With enough time, it would take all of his strength for her to remain unmolested. "It is not painful," he said aloud in his smooth, coaxing voice. "I promise not to drink too much. Only enough to give me some strength back." His voice was very close, and the sickness inside himself wished she would cringe away in fear, unable to move; it was often his words could enchant those he acknowledged. "This is never easy for me," he admitted chuckling a little, "I wish. But I have power over the minds of humans, though in my weakened state, I daren't use it. I can also move very quickly; a blur of movement to your eyes if you saw me at all. I have other magic, too, when I am feeding regularly, and usually I am a creature to be reckoned even among my own kind." He was right next to her now and she would soon feel his hands upon her stroking her hair from her face gently. Davorin listened carefully for heartbeats in which he hoped would accelerate and fear falling off in waves. He wanted to revel in it; power, control, evocation of fear, all the things that made him no better than the bastard who'd punished the rest of the servants. He thought he had left that part of him back in his homeland. Time had proved otherwise. For a moment he couldn't bring himself to do it. There he crouched with his mouth at her throat; a willing donor to be sure, but they were playing roulette now. Could he take only enough? He shuddered with hunger, with need. If he started, would he be able to stop? Unlike his sensual feeding with the other girls, this was felt as though it would be violent and controlling. “Don’t make this difficult for the both of us.”
  8. Davorin

    Faith is fragile.

    The two of them were still sitting opposite of each other, with a chessboard still between them when one of the servants opened the door to the private study. From the looks, her choice of clothing this morning hadn't been much of a choice at all, but she still managed to make a point of selecting the marginally plainest one. It wasn’t uncommon to sense anxiety knotted and unraveled in new servants. For some, it may have felt as though they were being groomed into becoming a glorified pet "Would you care to join us?" He spoke courteously, but it was always hard to tell if this would persist. "The game is almost over." "That's confident," said the younger vampire wryly, under his breath. "Are you much of an expert on the game?" queried Davorin. The young woman sat down somewhat stiffly, her hands fidgeting on and off with the seams on her lap. "Not particularly, my lord,” she answered with a pause.”Shall I fetch the new girl for you?” There was a little outwardly uncomfortable look to her now. Davorin ignored her and sauntered towards a small serving table in the corner, a dark perfectly aged bottle of wine was set on it with multiple jewel encrusted goblets. "I hope you like red," He commented as he took hold of the wine bottle's slender neck. He had removed stopper before he had sent for Amalia to join them, wisely giving the smooth liquid within time to air appropriately before consumption; like any noble, he knew how to enjoy fine wine. A pale hand poured the thick crimson liquid into the goblets with effortless grace. "I've not much experience with wine, my lord," she murmured softly as Davorin collected the goblets in either of his slender hands. He turned and regally stalked towards the younger woman, his incisive eyes trained and watching the brunette’s facial expressions closely like a hawk, to get a sense of the her mood. There were times she could remain a flawlessly beautiful statue with one constant expression. This wasn’t one of them. “Drink it slowly then." He advised gently. He smiled in what he hoped was a comforting way though even he suspected it seemed a little cold. The vampire raised his own goblet and took a small sip of the heavenly tasting beverage. "Stay for a bit.” "What do you think?" He murmured as she took a seat next to the object of his recent obsessions and resumed his game. "It is dry but sweet," Amalia mused. "I will summon the servant myself.." With this utterance, his eye fixed over a rook, in a curious enough position a bit away to the side. Indecisiveness lingered for a moment longer before his companion reached forward with his fingertips, and gently moved it those few rule-abiding spaces toward center. And now the former native of Orisia was doubly threatened, with its options now being: either relinquish its current line of offense or be eaten, one way or another. Realization dawning quickly enough, his uncertainty immediately changed to temporary delight. "Well-played," Davorin said, warmly. He glanced across the board to his opponent, sharing a meaningful look. In a distant world, Davorin might have even commanded Amalia’s admiration. Instead, he chose cruelty and her growing dread and simmering resentment. It was time to leave now. It felt as if he had been tracking this female's scent for days when he finally located her in one of the many halls of the manor. Often he found himself bathed in the shadows where the sunlight allowed within had no effect. His oval shaped jaw clenched. How could someone be so tempting and yet so innocent in appearance? He leaned forward from the darkness, placing his goblet at the edge of a wooden table. “You are so beautiful" the vampire murmured as he finally closed some of the distance that separated them. Immediately he recognized who she was and what she meant to him. Fierce possessiveness rolled through him. He tried to smell for fear, as if the beast of him was glorifying in another chase. A low growl of approval escaped him as he scented her innocence. He seemed content to merely scrutinize their surroundings, until he reached a long stone wall - thick and half his height, which separated their path. "Hmm," he said, letting his fingers ghost over the individual cracks created by the bulging rocks. "I take it you’re adapting well to your new home," he concluded, withdrawing. He indicated the length of the structure, unbroken for a great interval, with a sweep of his arm, yet all but his face was revealed before her. "I'm pleased to receive your acceptance of my terms - I would have been disappointed in your reputation for wisdom, otherwise. I expect we will have a very promising alliance together.”
  9. Davorin

    Faith is fragile.

    He was awake by dawn with a small cluster of armed servants, practicing his swordsmanship in the courtyard. He never slept long these days, and even less so whenever he was about to accomplish stratagem with those whom served under him - which was to say, too often. Before his current undead state, his peers always cautioned that he would tire his body, and in a way at that time he knew that the manic energy that seized him at these junctures was not wholly healthy. But he'd never been able to stop himself all the same, and presently that was no longer an issue to him. The vitality and clarity of mind he received from swordplay was far more attractive than lazing in bed. He liked to keep strong and ready, able to defend himself; he thought poorly of most rulers who would waste away simply because they could. With a particularly rapid series of lunges and parries, he was able to disarm his last sparring opponent, and concluded the practice with satisfaction. A servant offered a towel, and he retreated back to his manor. It was as if only an old clock kept time in a house that appeared no longer alive. Rarely did sunlight dance through the dirty windows. Cobwebs would suggest that any occupants were dead or gone. Dust lay on the floor, a dreary carpet on a sagging floor. A crumbling piece of cloth fluttered through the air, much like a bird trapped in a cage. Yet it was still very much occupied as a breath of wind caused a door to move and open on its rusty hinges. As the door closed, he made way for a room where he often spent time in the early hours of the day. The selection here was a little more limited than the palace library proper: a quiet place for a chess match, and consultation with another vampire. At times a companion, and in some moments even an adviser, with a clear distinction of being one of the very few people that he trusted, and was now the closest thing he had to a friend. It wasn’t the boyish type of friendship formed and persisted years later like most people, rather it was their shared intellect and common interests. It did help that the younger vampire was patient and yielding, whereas Davorin was decisive and aggressive. It was a good balance, but even then he couldn’t help but recognize the boy’s potential to be even stronger than him one day. It didn’t concern him much, however, as he would be long gone from these lands by the time that day came. Quickly the two fell into conversation about the events of recent days as the chessboard was put together. It was only after these topics had been exhausted that the younger vampire companion ventured into another territory. "So what was she like, then, this new servant?” "Hmm?" said Davorin idly, studying his chess pieces. "I've already told you about her." "You told me that she wasn’t abducted, but you’ve said nothing of the woman herself," said his friend. Davorin glanced sideways at him, the analytical look in his eyes belied by a smile that threatened to break. "She must be beautiful," he would continue, as if to decipher a confirmation or denial. "Or special in some way." Davorin was silent long enough to instill discomfort, but he finally offered a short laugh. "I should have expected you to meddle in my affairs. I suppose you disapprove?" He took out a bishop with his queen, laying the piece aside. "Her peace of mind is meaningless to me," he retorted, indifferent. "I have what I want." For a while neither of them said anything, but they resumed their game. This continued in uninterrupted silence, until - "Your principles aren't distasteful to me,” the younger grinned as he toyed with a pawn, then shifting it forward.
  10. Ay,  it's you!

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    2. Davorin


      Thank you! I hope all is going well on your end :smile:

    3. Aleksei


      It Is! Our little will be 2 in 3 months ?? Just started school for accounting!

    4. Davorin


      The time passes way to quick!( as everyone usually says lol) :confused: And that sounds super awesome. I'm happy for ya :grin:


  11. He came to in a daze at first, spots coloring his vision and head aching as though slammed through a brick wall. Sunlight sifted in from a slanted angle, through a latticed window, warming the vampire's pale cheeks. The intensity of it pained him at first, and he did not want to open his eyes. His limbs were heavy, as though dragged down with cinder blocks. His head felt as if it were composed solely of lead, its present position against the edge of the coach seat preferable to any movement. But he couldn't lie still, not after the events of - when was it - came flooding all at once. His hand instinctively flew to his temple as he dragged himself to an upright position. It touched the side of his face, and soon feeling the dried blood along his lips. Despite everything in the given moment, his mind was still sharp enough to remember the reasoning behind it. His hair, he could feel, was all out of sorts from its previously pristine bun. He shook it loose into a relaxed braid, which fell over his shoulder. But his leather tunic and everything else seemed unchanged; if he had no other comfort, there was that. The sunlight carried with it that cool morning quality, suggesting it was still early. How long had it been? His fingers wrapped tightly around a locket, only a chilling fear kept him from looking at it. The contents within too sacred, even now. How long? The vampire could hear soldiers marching outside, and if he wound his focus tightly enough, even in disorientation he thought he could make out the signs of whom they belonged. As memories of the preceding night flickered back into consciousness, he found himself drawing up his sleeve, only to find that his arm had been bandaged and attended to. The distinct smell of medicinal herbs exuded from it, and the bandages, when he tested them, were firmly and carefully wrapped. They didn’t make sense, and were anything but effective on his body. It was several minutes later before he could find himself to his feet. The old abandoned manor which he resided in was oddly quiet, though not completely vacant to be sure. It was only a matter of seconds before he entered one of the guest rooms. The sounds heard were all too familiar, and pieces of the puzzle were slowly falling into place quickly now. Instead of looking the least bit abashed or ashamed of his actions, the vampire appeared remarkably self-satisfied. "I do apologize for not finishing our game," he said, as if that were the most pressing barbarism he'd ever committed. "If the others hadn't gotten in the way, I assure you that I would have genuinely enjoyed playing to completion. “ He hadn't lost any of his apparent cordiality, and indeed, spoke as if there was no change in their situation and he was merely picking up on their last conversation from the previous night now. He was aware several of the others had escaped, but it wasn't his top concern at the moment. "I wouldn't do that, if I were you," he continued blithely, as the young servant tried raising her fists, only to find them restricted by rusty chains. "Your accommodations are quite secure, and you'll only tire yourself out. But I'm glad you've recovered some of your strength." He'd never crossed her as an unintelligent - unless if this, too, was a ruse - if not a malicious bastard, she would soon realize. He studied her carefully, taking note of her lips giving way to the insults bubbling in her chest. And as for what he planned to do with her? “If you make it necessary," he continued, "I've no qualms draping you in chains - or deciding that your voice is unnecessary for the rest of our journey." His smile hadn't quite disappeared, but it took on a look that was suddenly vicious enough to substantiate the threat at any given moment.. "It's of no consequence to me, either way.” “..Which is why I leave the choice entirely up to you." The girl instantly sought for any discernible exit, hands finally landing upon the interior latch of the door. Push, pull, and shake as she might, the barrier wouldn't relent. "It's time for me to finally go home - " he coughed out through one of the windows, his mouth dry.
  12. Every stem and leaf in the distant field was touched with gold as the morning sun made its way toward the western horizon. It was already humid and windless, reminding him that summer was near. He stood there with his eyes closed at the windows ledge, feeling the warmth of the early hour kiss his undead flesh. A sigh escaped his lips as he left the room. His bitterness did not match the serenity of the day. As he came to stand in front of his ceremonial chair, he turned to look down at his servant, allowing his height to suggest his precedence there. He watched her expression deflate as she decided to cede him his station. She stepped down onto the floor of the dark hall in a sulk. Satisfied, he took his seat. Resting his elbows on the arms of the chair, he steepled his forefingers together, waiting to hear what nonsense the woman would be laying at his feet this day. "Perhaps you should consider to take another wife, my lord," she announced without preamble. "Pfff." he exhaled his scorn in a quick rush of air. "Are you not lonely under in this world, my lord?" she began again, taking a more solicitous tack. "Bah!" he dismissed her, throwing up his hands, "The chair of Tears is not a burden to be held by one who pines for companionship like an unweaned pup." It was as if loneliness was a weakness she was implying on him. Davorin had gone on for ages now without the need of another. Why become involved now? But the vampire knew that her feigned concern for his solitude was merely her first gambit, so he waited for her to speak again. She would reveal her true aims to him soon enough, he knew. "Do you not even desire a partner who can satisfy your...needs?" she insinuated as she flowed toward the center of the dimly lit room. He watched her sway across the stone floor. Davorin was more indifferent to her charms than most of the mortals they lured into the manor, but Zora’s allure could not entirely be ignored. The pale tribal linen that reminded him often of back home draped over her curves and made a mockery of discretion; the gown was sheer enough that no imagination was needed whatsoever. Her chest and hips balanced a slender waist; everything else visible beneath the diaphanous fabric, as was the neat patch of fur where her legs met. He regarded her in silence, waiting for her elaboration. She did not speak again immediately, and his jaw clenched as he saw that she intended to further toy with his patience. He snorted in mild amusement, "It is unwise to make demands where you are not the highest authority. Have you considered the thought that I have chosen to remain unwed for these many ages expressly to avoid becoming further embroiled in the politics of Valucre?” But before she could respond, the cool touch of a blade tucked beneath her chin, pressed lightly against her throat. What? "Not a word," said the vampire, who was now behind her. There was a casual threat to his words that was eerily convincing, but somehow, he managed to maintain his stoic demeanor. He could hear her heart hammering in her chest. “That's right. One slip of my hand..." The knife edged just a touch closer, enough to instill panic. "...and all that blood will ruin your lovely dress. Let's try not to do it that way." Incomprehensibly, it seemed like he was amused by her panic. "Stand." Almost reflexively, she edged away from the blade, as much as she could, but did not move to obey. It was almost as if the threat had fallen on deaf ears, drowned out by an odd concoction of her pulse and internalized screaming. In the next moment, his other hand clamped over her mouth, forcefully, at the same time sliding his knife just far enough to jerk her up; her back was pressed firmly against him, trapped there by his easy strength. The blade resumed its place at her neck, like a reminder, and muffled cries hummed into his hand. The pain of a sudden incision tore another muted cry from her, her fingers flying upwards to pry his hand from her face. She was struggling everywhere, her heels were now stomping frantically over his toes. What sounded like a frustrated ‘let go’ died into his palm. In response, he snaked his arm about her waist, merely lifting her heels from the reach of his toes; his hand remained firmly clamped over her mouth, for all her thrashing and squirming, as if the labors of her fingers were inconsequential. And above all, she was still being held forcibly against him, the coolness of his body now an unwanted intimacy from which there was no escape.
  13. Hello old friend ^^ I hope all is well on your end

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