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    Searching in the dark... [Markus]

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    Nessa Cordelia Lux

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    Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 12th July 2018, 12:55 pm







    Nessa was in a mixture of emotions, she had just finished a job with Markus and she was currently in two minds about it. On one hand they had successfully managed to save loads of little fairies from any further torture. The poor creatures had been through so much, thankfully her and Markus had managed to put a stop to the suffering. Not to mention she now had a new companion named Arielle. Who had snuggled himself in her satchel asleep, poor thing had used a lot of his magic on her. It had been a long day and she didn't blame him for having a nap. But she didn't know if she would be able to sleep tonight, because on the other hand there were a lot of negative things on her mind.

    To start with she had lost control, lost control in a way she had never done. Sure she had a little bit of a temper on her, she knew that. But it mainly resulted in little tantrums or her going ham on an enemy. But this time was different, unlike anything she'd ever known. It was like pure hatred creeping its way out of her body from nowhere, sending her into a fierce spiral of rage and darkness. She wanted to kill. It had felt sickening, disorientating, she didn't feel herself. She needed to find out what it was that happened to her. She felt like her family would be the best people to speak to but at the moment they were all the way back in Magnolia.

    Then there was Markus, his killing of several of the enemies they had faced tonight. She wasn't sure how to handle it. For one she had never seen someone kill before, And it had been right in front of her. There had been one night where she had witnessed fighting and many people died. But she was hiding in the home with her baby cousin crying in her arms. She hadn't watched, not like she watched Markus earlier. She knew it was for fair reasons, those men were evil, they would've killed them if he hadn't but. If she had it her way, they all would've been arrested and faced a sentence. Killing them, it was the harshest of sentences. She just didn't know if it was right, not for the men but for Markus to do that to himself.

    She hoped maybe they would get to talk a little, maybe clear the air somewhat. They made their way through town, tracking down a tavern not far from the forest. They were sore and really needed to just rest. As they made their way into the bar, she headed straight up to the bar, pulling herself onto a barstool. The bartender made his way over to them, eying them cautiously. She sighed looking up at the bartender her violet eyes strained from the stress of their ordeal. "Can I get a shot of your strongest liquor? Wait, actually make that two." She added deciding Markus probably would need one to, something to take the edge off.






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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th July 2018, 11:34 am





    Black

    Glancing about, Markus looked at the abode the mages found themselves within. Markus and Nessa had just completed a mission, freeing captured fairies, and putting an end to the torturous trade and trappers. At the time, Markus acted in what he felt was the best, and most reliable way. Many of the trappers had in fact lost their lives in the fighting. All those who had lost their lives were at Markus’ hands.

    Markus did no regret what he did, in fact he felt it was the only true way to end the trade. Should the traders, the ones who survived, not fear ever completing those acts again, they would just return to ways and another mage would have to once more put an end to it. In addition, it helped that the trappers had attempted to kill the mages, they had no reservations to torture, or kill. Why should Markus.

    Those thoughts and others crossed his mind as he followed the starlight mage. They had yet to speak, though Markus knew sooner or later they would. The black clad mage felt no need to avoid the topic, he has had experience in the past with explaining his action. Very few understood, though most acknowledged that there was some necessity. Along those lines though, Markus felt no need to be the one to start the conversation.

    As the two mages made their way to down, not too far from the forest they had just been it, Nessa tracked down a tavern. It was late, so markus understood the need to sleep, they had used much of their mana so food would also be important. In addition, although Markus did not say anything, he could feel one of his wounds had opened up once more. He knew it would need to be rewrapped at some point.

    As they entered Markus watched his companion waste no time before heading to the bar, he did not blame her. It had been a long night, and he understood. As she sat into a barstool, the black clad mage followed, pulling his hood off his head he sat next to her.

    ‘Strongest Liquor?’ Markus looked towards the female. He wondered just how much she drank, maybe this was one of her secret vices… She did not look like much of a drinker, but then again no one in this pub could probably guess what Markus had done tonight, so who was he to judge. Besides, she could just be trying to get him intoxicated before confronting him. It was a tactic many employed. If she wanted, he would play along.

    “Make them a double.” Markus said passively.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th July 2018, 12:23 pm






    Nessa's eyes widened in surprise when Markus suggested they make the drinks double, but she supposed he felt it to. The tension, she wasn't really sure how to carve her way through it, but surely alcohol was the best way to loosen the tongue. She watched the bartender as he headed over to the higher rack, reaching up he pulled down a bottle of dark brown liquid. A name she had never heard before, the dust on the bottle suggesting it wasn't used often. He pulled up two double sized shot glasses, and filled them each to the brim.

    As the bartender brought over the shots, she wrapped her hand around it, eying it hesitantly. She had drank before, but usually they were much softer and gentler drinks. She was more of a cocktail and a dance kind of girl. They were also normally at parties, and soirée's. Not in a bar after a difficult job, but she felt on edge, there was thick tension still surrounding them. Unmoving. She wanted it gone, picking up the shot, she brought it to her lips. Tipping her head back and she drained it's contents. Shutting her eyes as she did so. Then slamming it down on the table once more, she let out a gasp, wrinkling her nose and sticking out her tongue. The taste had been far from pleasant, it was almost overpowering and the liquid burned her throat. However she had asked and the bartender had provided. She licked her lips looking back at Markus once more. "Another?" She asked the barman, who looked momentarily surprised before shrugging it off to prepare the drinks.

    She eyed him, the blood on his shirt, his cool unreadable expression. They both needed a real good clean up; sweat, blood and dirt on them wasn't a kept look. It had probably been why the bartender had eyed them so when they first come in. But the bar was quiet, so he had most likely chose business over aesthetic. Her eyes flickered over his bandages, recently applied by herself, it wasn't bad work. Not as good as her fathers but still, she had experience with first aid before. Finally she spoke, her eyes moving from the bandages to his face, "How are your wounds?" Another shot glass full of the dark alcoholic substance placed in front of them, she didn't care to ask what it was they were drinking. She just needed to feel loose, and more relaxed. She couldn't stand feeling like this, being so awkward and unsure. It had been so easy to talk to him before, but after what they'd just been through. She was wound tight, too tight.





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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th July 2018, 12:53 pm





    Black

    Markus watched as the man grabbed a bottle from the top shelf, it was dark, brown, and with a darker liquid. As the bartender pulled the cork the mage wrinkled his nose, the musty odor of strong alcohol assaulted his olfactory senses. The stout man then reached over, and placed two tall shot glasses in front of the mages before filling them to brim. Markus could tell the man was eyeing them wearily, though that was unsurprising, the black clad mage was probably still covered in blood residue and wrappings. However, the man did not argue with the two new patrons, Mages were well known in Fiore, and sometimes the jobs were dangerous.

    As Nessa reached over grabbing the drinks, Markus did the same. There was no cheers, no clinking of glasses, both the mages just shot the dark liquid. Markus could feel it burning his throat, he shook his head slightly before placing the drink down slowly. Markus was certain to keep an eye on Nessa the entire time… It seemed his suspicions were correct, the female mage did not seem to be used to drinking, yet she still asked the bartender for another.

    That, more than anything else told Markus what he needed to know, the female was nervous, and wished to talk. Markus nodded his head to the bartender, agreeing to another. He watched as the man filled the glasses once more. While watching he heard Nessa ask her question. Before answering Markus looked towards the bartender, and glanced around the tavern.

    Eyeing an open table in the corner, Markus reached into his pocket and pulled out one of his small coin purses. Placing it on the counter he looked at the bartender, his eyes were cold, but the meaning was certain. “We would like to open a tab, and would very much appreciate it if food can be brought to the table over there.” Markus let go of the bag, before the man got a chance to speak the black clad mage spoke up again. “I don’t care what you have available, just whatever is the taverns specialty. We would also like more drinks.” Markus’ voice was calm, not happy nor angry, but direct.

    Once the man nodded Markus stood, shoot the drink, and went to the table. Only once Nessa joined did he answer. “My wounds are okay, I have had much worse. Besides most of it is internal, after some time I will be alright.” He answered her, as usual his voice were direct.

    “What about you? Are you doing alright.” He asked, knowing it would not be long till the conversation turned to what she really wished to speak about.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th July 2018, 1:07 pm




    Nessa watched as Markus gave the bartender orders, requesting a tab and a meal. Food she hadn't even thought of, she didn't know if she could eat anything right now. But she probably should, alcohol on an empty stomach wasn't ideal. Especially not for someone as inexperienced as her. Not saying anything further to the barman, she also stood and seeing him down his drink. She followed suit, the bitter alcohol not being any easier to take down the second time. She placed her glass down on the bar and followed him to the table, sliding onto a chair. This was good, now they were out of the way, they had more privacy.

    She listened to his answer, that didn't do much to reassure her. She could only really handle anything external, his use of the word internal made her bite her lip. She didn't think saying anything to him about it would help, so she let it go. She relaxed a fraction, a small fraction. The ice had sort of been broken. They still had a thick layer to get through, when he asked her how she was doing. She looked around, hoping the bartender would be over soon with another drink. She sighed, supposing it would be along in a few minutes. She answered,

    "I'm not hurt or anything..." She said, which was true, she had sustained very little damage doing that job, a rarity for her. But it most likely had a lot to do with the fact, Markus had taken them out for the count completely. She always knocked her enemies unconscious which required more precision and effort in a way. In a fight killing someone was easier, but to make hurt them enough so that they were incapable of fighting without dying, that took some restraint. Restraint she was worried she may be losing, especially after that little moment in the forest.

    "I guess it just wasn't what I expected..." She admitted, they were a slight sadness in her voice. It wasn't that she couldn't hide it, but more she didn't have the energy to try and hide it.



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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th July 2018, 2:03 pm





    Black

    As they sat Markus kept his eyes to the rest of the patrons. They tavern was mostly empty, but that did not mean much to Markus, especially when he was in such a state with someone hoping to get him intoxicated. What can he say, trust issues are hard to break, and he has been jumped way to many times in his life.

    A she spoke up the black clad mage was unsure what to make of her answer. She seemed to hesitate. Which usually meant either she was actually hurt, or her pain was not physical. He looked to her again, this time ignoring the tavern. Markus again looked at her attire, it was amazing she made it unsaved in her dress. When she spoke up again he could hear sadness in her voice.

    What exactly had she expected? The trade of Fairy wings was already skeptical at best. Markus went in fully expecting what they saw. The black mage however suspected her actual reservations had to do with what he had done. He thought for a second, keeping eye contact with her. He could understand.

    “I know. Jobs like these always have their surprises.”
    Markus was curious if she would continue.

    At about that time, a young man walked up to their table. The pouch Markus had given to the bartender, probably the owner as well, was enough to guarantee good service, so Markus was glad to see they were considerate.

    The young man who had approached was handsome in a town sort of way, his eyes mostly lingered on the female mage. Markus assumed a black clad patron with blood covered clothes was not the welcoming sight, while the white dressed and attractive female was probably much more his speed. The lad asked what they would like to drink, and informed them that the food was being cooked and would be soon. Markus for the most part ignored the lad, excluding to inform him that he wanted a lighter liquor on ice. Too many shots could get dangerous for mages.

    Once the man had gotten Nessas order Markus spoke again. He looked into Nessa's eyes, using them to understand what she could be thinking. “What were you expecting? These jobs can get, dangerous.” Markus was passive, he was unsure what to say, how to continue. As usual conversation was an area he lacked. Markus was not naive to what she meant, but he was not going to be the one to bring it up.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th July 2018, 2:43 pm





    She wasn't sure how to reply to Markus's initial comment, she knew he was right. She had been surprised many a time on jobs since becoming a mage and she was learning more and more each time. But it was by no means getting easier on here, it seemed each job was opening a door more into the worlds darkness. Today had been a big reveal for her, it was her reason for being in such a state of shock over it all.

    She didn't pay much attention to the guy that came over, only hearing his words and not really taking him in. She was more focused on trying to work out what to say to Markus. "I'll have the same and another shot for me." She added after Markus over her shoulder. The bartender looked a little surprised she wasn't paying more attention to him. Perhaps he was used to getting more attention of female clientele. Markus may not have wanted a shot, and she wasn't about to force one on him. But she wasn't feeling the alcohol do what she needed it to. At least not yet.


    She heard his next remark, and shot him a little frown. It was the first time he had ever said anything like that, although he may not have meant it any particular way. Her tone become defensive, "It's not the danger that bothered me, it was how it was handled. I just..." Her words caught it her throat. What was she doing? Was she actually about to scold Markus for saving her? She couldn't allow herself to do that. He had done what he needed to help them get the job done, she knew that. Her frown faded, she relaxed back into her seat. She wanted to get through to him, but she didn't know how. She thought about it for a moment, before finally she spoke again.

    "The last time I saw someone die it was my mother." He voice had become soft, quiet, she looked at the table as she said it. Her eyes glistening with sadness. She took a moment before looking back up at him. "It was just a little jarring is all. I know you had to kill those men, I get it, I'm just not used to it. I wasn't expecting it to be so brutal, but that's due to my own inexperience I guess." It was the first time she mentioned her mother to anyone outside of her family. She couldn't expect him to understand her if he didn't understand the history she had with death.



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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th July 2018, 3:13 pm





    Black

    Markus gave Nessa a sidelong look as she ordered yet another shot. He now knew, without a doubt she was no much of a drinker… otherwise she would know how hard this is gonna hit her soon. Whatever, it was her choice. He just hoped she could hold it all down in a few hours.

    Markus listened to her first comment, and cocked his head as she stopped part way through. He was fully expecting a lecture, and had gotten such before, they no longer bothered him. He wondered what was on her mind. He was fully prepared to explain his actions when she spoke again.

    He looked her straight into the eyes when she spoke of her mother's death. Markus knew nothing of the pain of losing a parent, in fact he had left his on purpose many many years ago. However, Markus knew very well the pain of losing family. Markus, decided for the first time, to allow his guard to drop. Just a little bit.

    After all, the female in front of him was an ally, not just a partner, but a guild mate. That was supposed to mean something. “I can promise you. Nothing about what I did was brutal, it was effective. Yes, it was... . I have seen men beaten with rocks, I have seen women loose limbs, and survive. Yes.. I killed those men, and No I do not regret it. I did what I feel was necessary. Those men would have done much worse to us. They were the true brutes.” Markus said, his voice held no emotion, but his eyes revealed something. Something he was thinking of, contemplating.

    “My magic is chaotic by nature, it takes much control for me to… refrain from killing. Even if it does not kill… That is no mercy to the survivor, because they will no longer be whole.”
    Markus paused, and opened his mouth to speak. He thought of what she did to the man, the one she left barely breathing against a tree… Then, suddenly he decided against what he was about to say. He instead said something else.

    “I am sorry to hear of you mother. I never knew mine well… She was, not, a good person. However…” Markus paused, contemplating his options. What to say. He had waited long enough that their drinks had arrived.

    The lad tried to remain longer than Markus felt was necessary, perhaps he was annoyed he was not getting the attention he felt he deserved. Markus signed, deciding in that time what to say to the female mage, and finally gave him a sidelong glance to the lad. He was glad for the slight distraction, and extreme time to think, but it was time they were left alone. A look full of menace, of false danger. Markus would never hurt the lad, and had no reason to, but he did not like being interrupted unless necessary.

    “Do not bother us again until the food is ready.” Then he thought again, looking down at his drink which was already getting low. “That, or if one of us gesture towards you, asking for a refill.” he added holding up his glass.

    When the lad was gone, Markus looked again at Nessa and finished what he was saying. “I do not know what it is like to lose, or care to lose a parent. However, I know what it is like to lose a sibling… The first time I should have killed, the first time I… hesitated. Cost my brother his life.”




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th July 2018, 3:35 pm






    Nessa's eyes widened as he spoke of the horrors he had seen, the graphic brutality, honest brutality. She gulped, she had heard of such horrors but had never witness anything like that. They were the worlds true horror stories, the kind you told at camp to get a reaction out of your peers. But Markus had lived them, and she understood that know. What she had seen was nothing more than a fraction to what he had witnessed. What he had suffered through.

    "I know they were, I saw." Her mind flickered back to that moment she had seen that man torturing the fairy. Ripping it's wings from it's back, tearing it's flesh as he ignored it's tiny screams. He was a monster, she didn't regret having hurt him the way she did. What she did regret was the overwhelming loss of control that had instigated it, the toxic desire that had filled her. The need to kill. The pure enjoyment she had felt from feeling the man suffer under her touch. It had petrified her. She wasn't like this, she had never been like this, she couldn't fathom why this was happening to her, why now?

    Markus's next words explained to her what he had meant, why he had said he knew what it was like to lose control. So that was the nature of his magic, she knew it had a darkness about it, but she hadn't been able to grasp how it worked in her mind. Now she had a small understanding. She wondered if it felt the same to him, and before she knew it the next words were coming out of her mouth. "Do you ever...enjoy it? Killing?" She asked. She wanted to know, and although normally she would never had asked something so brazen. There was a slow confidence welling within her, the tension was easing. Her body, and her tongue were loosening slightly.

    His comment about her mother, made her swell a little. She appreciated the statement. His words were interrupted by the arrival of the waiter. She muttered a thank you as he gave them their drinks, she took her glass of the liquor on ice. Bringing it to her lips, she took a sip. It was cool, she could still taste the alcohol, but it wasn't as strong or abrasive as the shot. She took another sip, then placed it down. Noticing that the waiter was still standing there for some reason, it seemed she wasn't the only one. Because Markus's demeanour changed to threatening, as he gave the man a firm order not to bother them unless necessary. The waiter who went from hopelessly angling for attention to immediately terrified quickly scurried off. She didn't blame him, there was just a vibe Markus gave off at times. Dangerous.

    As Markus began his sentence once more, Nessa listened, his words felt different. More open than ever before, and when the reality of what he said dawned on her. She felt her stomach drop, her hands rose to her lips and her eyes began to well. She blinked away the oncoming tears, she didn't want to cry in front of Markus. But what he had said had really strung a chord within her. His true suffering, laid out for her. "I'm sorry..." She croaked out finally. It seemed she was always apologising to him these days.






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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th July 2018, 3:52 pm





    Black

    Markus was not surprised she understood, though there seemed to be something behind her eyes. Her voice was quite, sad. Markus thought a little on it when she asked her question. That made almost everything click in his mind. Her demeanor, her fear. She was wondering just as much about herself as she was him. He wondered what answer she was hoping for.

    Markus saw her react to his statement, that was… surprising. He did not care for sympathy, nor to sadden her. In fact, he wanted nothing more to let her know he understood, in part, that pain. As she apologized, he reach forward grabbing her hand.

    “Do not apologize, there is no need.”
    He said calmly, there was much he did not say about those days, and much he would never say, but she definitely did not need to feel sorry for him. Markus was no longer bothered by it… For many reasons. “It was long ago, years before I had even taken my first life.” Markus was not sure if she remembered him telling her that, though he doubted she was someone to forget.

    He took another drink, letting go of her hand. “No.” Markus said, referring to her other question. “I have never, enjoyed taking a life. However…” Markus paused, trying to figure out how to speak his mind. “I have never regretted it either.” Markus finished. He did not state that there was very much he felt, whether positive or negative.

    Markus spoke up again, curious of something. “It was your mother wasn’t it… The one who lead you to strive for good?” The realization came to Markus when he thought of her actions in the forest, and of her reasons for joining a guild.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th July 2018, 4:16 pm







    She felt his gentle touch on her hand, it was a small gesture but a reassuring one. As he told her not to apologise. Whatever hardships he had faced, It seemed he had overcome them and grown stronger because of it. She couldn’t help but feel her sorrow for him, and she found it hard to contain her emotions. But the feel of his hand and his words seemed to help her pull away. The threat of tears settling.

    He then proceeded to answer her question, telling her that he didn’t enjoy it. So whatever it was that had taken over her was unique, that sadistic pleasure that made her queasy to recall. She needed to investigate this, to find out what it was and get a hold on it. Maybe even have it taken out of her, although she feared that wouldn’t be possible. As he had let go of her hand now she reached forward, this time for the shot. Lifting it up and knocking it back. She would just forget that for now. She didn’t want to dwell on it anymore.

    She placed the now empty shot glass on the table, sighing. They were getting a little easier, not a lot. But she decided a break was alright for now, the alcohol was beginning to warm her body. She could feel it coursing into her, giving her a lighter feeling. She caught his next question and a genuine smile appeared on her face as she thought about her mother. She found herself opening up even more.

    “Yeah she was, I mean my Dad’s a great guy but my mum. She was something else, she was a healer. Her magic used light like mine but it never burned anyone. She was the purest person I’ve ever known. She even joined a dark guild, because she felt like they needed help in more ways than one. That was before I was born, my Aunty says she was naive, thought everyone deserved a chance to be saved. I really want to think that too but...” Her words trailed off, but it was proving harder than she’d ever imagined because the darkness in people was too much. She couldn’t bring herself to forgive the way her mother could, it was too hard. Ultimately it had been her unrelenting kindness that had killed her, the dark guild came back for her. Although her mother and aunt had managed to wipe the dark guild out completely, she had died from her wounds hours later.






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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th July 2018, 4:41 pm





    Black

    Markus listened as the female mage spoke, though he could not bring himself to agree with her. Not everyone deserves a chance to be saved, a chance lead to death, hesitation, doubt, worry. They all lead to the same outcome, death. Some people were too far gone, and giving them a chance, a moment, was all they needed to end you. Sadly Markus found himself agreed with Aunty, that sort of naivety lead to death.

    Markus however did notice her smile, he was pleased that it seemed the awkwardness was starting to die, and on top of that the fact that she was smiling, and he was open, meant alcohol was effecting both their minds. Markus did notice her trail off… With that he decided to speak up.

    “You are not your parents, they choices or beliefs are not infallible.”
    Markus did not mean to insult her, and hoped she did not see it as such. “If I had shared my parents view, then my greatest aspirations would have been nothing more then as a servant, or slave. You must come up with your own path, your own choices, your own believes.”

    At around this time, the server, a different one then before, hesitantly stepped forward, informing them food had arrived, and asked if either of them wanted another drink. Markus accepted the food thankfully, he needed to restore his Magical Power. He asked for another drink on the rocks to sip. Looking at Nessa, he decided he also wanted another shot.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th July 2018, 5:03 pm






    Nessa felt the tension falling from her body with each passing word that Markus spoke, the air between the two much lighter already. Compared to how they had been when they walked in, having hardly shared a word between them since leaving the forest. The discomfort she had been feeling had disappeared and it was nice. She felt herself relaxing, and becoming a little more happy as she spoke. “I can’t imagine you being a slave. A butler I think you could pull off, you’re very held together. But you’re right, it’s not you’re path. I can’t follow in my mums footsteps, but I’ll do right by her and be the best version of myself.” she wasn’t her mother after all, there was no benefit to trying to be a carbon copy of her. Having good morals and helping others, that was enough. She knew her mum would be happy with that.

    A new waiter arrived placing meals on the table, although she still wasn’t hungry. She admitted it smelled good and she would probably allow herself a little nibble later. As the waiter offered another drink, she bit her lip in thought. The liquor was nice but now she was relaxed she wasn’t quite ready to stop. But she would go for a change of pace.. “I want something interesting, hmm...” Her mind drifted to her Aunty, sipping a signature drink on their family holidays.  “Bring me a margarita!” She said with a friendly smile, she’d never actually tried one but her aunt loved them. She wanted something different, and she wasn’t very much aware of the way mixing drinks affected an individual. Watching as the waiter left with their order. She found herself giggling suddenly.

    “I think you scared the other guy. With your ‘Do not bother us again’” She did a very poor attempt of mimicking the way he spoke. Pulling a serious face and lowering the level of her voice so that it was masculine. Then  following it with a light laugh.






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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th July 2018, 5:43 pm





    Black

    Markus nodded at her reply, his mindset, now, was the same. However, he did not always believe that way. It was hard to believe you are worth something, when your own parents raised you to believe you were worth nothing. Though he hadn’t felt even that in a while.

    He watched as the waiter left to get the mages their drinks. It was not until Nessa commented on it, that it really hit him. He looked at her laugh, cocked his head at her imitation, and spoke up. “I just wanted some peace and quiet with my female companion.” Markus said passively, as an off hand remark.

    “I think he was flustered by not getting the attention of a beautiful mage.”
    Markus’ words held no real praise, no ‘flirt’ if anything they were just observations, comments on the weather. Even though, Markus was usually more tactful, he did not realize how much the drink was affecting his mind.

    After eating a bit more of their meal, he spoke again. “By the way, your voice has too much emotion to be a replica of mine.” He paused, looking at her. “Too much caring, too much hope.” He winked. Before looking back down at his food, eating once more. He knew he was passive, emotionless, neutral. In fact, he prided himself in that ability.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th July 2018, 6:09 pm





    Nessa grinned at his remark about wantting peace in her company, they had been on quite a serious topic. So it had made sense that he would prefer them not interrupted. But still it was new for her to see him put someone in their place. She hadn’t known him long. So experiencing such things from him were amusing. She felt like she was learning more about him, which she liked. His next words took her by surprise. She felt herself blush a little when he called her beautiful, eyes widening before darting down towards the table. It wasn’t as if she had not been called that before. But to hear it from Markus was different. Beforehand it had usually be something she had just shrugged off as a compliment with intentions. Something a guy said to her when they wanted something else.  But Markus had no intentions, not with her. Not that she could see at least, somehow hearing him say it  felt more real than when she heard it come from others.

    She laughed, although this time there was a hint of nerves in her voice. “Was he? I had no idea. Maybe he just wanted a tip...” She suggested, before quickly polishing off the rest of her drink. She looked back at him, her cheeks a little flushed. He gave her feedback on her impression of him, causing her to grin at him. ”Well I’ll just have to work on that, the more I’m around you the better it’ll get, you’ll see.” Her reply implied exactly what she meant, that she wanted more time with him because despite how today’s had gone. She was finding that she still really enjoyed his company.

    Their drinks were soon brought over to them, and Nessa who still wasn’t ready to eat anything. Decided to work on her margarita. It was an almost goblet shaped glass except a lot wider and thinner. The liquid was murky white, the rim laced with salt and a like say on the edge. She brought it to her lips and took a hearty sip. Almost choking on it. The intense flavour was not what she had been expecting. In no way did she resemble her classy Aunty who nursed her Margaritas with nature elegance. She wiped her mouth, “Oh god, that’s absolutely vile. Here try that.” She said pushing the glass over to him.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th July 2018, 6:59 pm





    Black

    Markus was looking at his glass when she responded. He could hear a slight twang to her voice, perhaps she was nervous, flushed? Or just intoxicated… He grinned at her though, “Oh he certainly was thinking of a tip… Just not the same kind. Markus said quietly, but probably not so quite that she could not hear. Markus was just remarking on his thoughts, he really did not care one way or the other, nor did he blame the lad.

    At hearing her second remark he looked up again and raised an eyebrow. He knew what she was saying, they would continue to work together. It was quite surprising for Markus. There were only a few people that he had met that worked with him despite the killing, and usually they killed too. “Next time then, I will show you what to look out for.” He glanced down at her apparel, wondering if she was one of those females who did not know, or was not certain, of their own attractiveness.

    When the drinks arrived Markus continued to sip at his. He was feeling the buzz at the front of his mind, and knew his reflexes would be dulled. He asked for a glass of water to go with the food before looking back to Ressa.

    She had a margarita, something Markus had only had on occasion and never of his own violation. Suddenly however, he watched as Nessa gave the most… interesting face, a mix between tasting something sour, and smelling a bad fart. She almost choked, which would be just Markus’ luck. Losing an ally from drink rather than job.

    Suddenly, she pushed the glass towards him, offering him to try it. He wondered if perhaps they had made it wrong, and as such reached down, picking up between two fingers, he took a drink. It tasted fine, and the look of confusion he shot her probably said as much?

    “Just how often do you drink?” He asked, not even realized that they had completely lost their original conversations.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th July 2018, 11:57 pm







    Nessa may have an a female oblivious to the advances of men she met on a daily basis. She was not however unfamiliar with the workings of the human body, she knew all about the birds and the bees. About human lust. So when Markus made his next remark, she felt herself turn even redder. Regardless of whatever he had been expression, perhaps it was the alcohol, but something quite rude came to mind. She laughed nervously once more, "Well, no tip for him, I'm not that kind of girl," She replied quickly. It wasn't that she didn't have sexual desire, but it certainly was not aroused by a random bartender. No matter how good looking.

    She smiled at his next remark, still blushing from the previous, but not wanting to recreate any tension between them. Just because she was embarrassed didn't mean she was going to stop talking anytime soon. "I'll hold you to that," She said, feeling pleased that he was agreeing to working with her again. It meant to her that so far, he wasn't put off by her. She was glad. She wasn't sure after her reaction earlier, that he would want to be around her anymore.

    Nessa watched as Markus sipped the margarita with the same cool collected that her aunt would, completely unbothered by the taste. He asked a question in regards to how often she drank. She pouted, grabbing the margarita. "I drink, I've just never tried one of these!" She told him defensively, before bring the margarita up to her mouth and taking another big sip. This time trying hard not to react, although as the intense flavour coated her tongue, she found it very hard. She swallowed, it, managing to keep a straight face, and promptly celebrating by sticking her out tongue at him.

    "I'm just into more fruity cocktails," She looked over at the bar, scanning it's contents. Then waving over a nearby waiter, "That blue stuff, what is it?" She said pointing to the prettiest bottle she could see. The waiter glanced at it before looking back at her,

    "That's our peppermint schnapps," She beamed from ear to ear, now that she had tried before.

    "I'll have one of those please...wait, actually just bring the whole thing." She said then looked back over at Markus, her eyes locking back onto his. His question had stirred her competitive desire to prove her drinking capabilities to him. Not that he even challenged her, it was just how she'd interpreted it.





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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 14th July 2018, 2:11 pm





    Black

    It does not surprise Markus that she was ‘not’ that sort of girl. Though, he did find her flushed face amusing. As for someone that schooled their faces, controlled their emotions, and was generally extremely unexpressive, the black clad mage found himself having a very hard time not laughing, so much so that it probably showed. As for the Starlight Maiden, it turns out she was extremely bad at hiding her expressions, and the look she gave while sticking out her tongue was one for the record books.

    He listened as she ordered an entire bottle, and raised an eyebrow. Seems she really wanted to prove something. Markus however, grew up, and still lived on, the streets. As such Markus was NOT a fruity person, but excelled at drinking rum, whisky, and bourbon, the choice drinks of hobos and windbags.

    Markus locked eyes with the female, accepting her challenge. He turned towards the waiter, “Lets add a bottle of that.” Markus said pointing towards a top shelf rum, keeping his eyes locked on Nessa. “Oh, and let's have a pitcher of water.” Markus added, he might even teach Nessa the secret to heavy drinking.

    It was not long before both bottles, the water, and a couple glasses were placed upon the table. Markus leaned over, and pored each of them their choice drinks, before reaching over and pulling off his heavy black coat. Once more leaving him in a sleeveless black shirt and wrappings. Unfortunately, he had forgotten that the white wrappings were stained red, and he was ignoring the looks from the tavern owner and staff.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 14th July 2018, 2:41 pm







    Nessa smirked as he ordered a bottle of his own choosing, and for some reason water. She had always presumed you drank it at the end of the night to fight off the hangover. But then she wasn't experienced enough to know better. Maybe he wanted to sober up, or think she needed it. She didn't feel that way at all, her body felt really good. The best it had all day, she wanted to stay this way for as long as possible.

    The drink arrived quite quickly now, it seemed the staff had picked up that they were good customers and that a speedy service was their friend in this case. After Markus poured her blue coloured liquid into a glass, she took it, raising it into the air. "Cheers," She said perkily, before taking a careful sip. The sweet minty liquid coated her tongue, it was cool having been chilled beforehand. She swallowed it smoothly and smiled, "That's more like it." She said enthusiastically before taking another sip.

    She watched as he took off his coat, eying his bandages. Shaking her head, she would need to change them soon. Her gaze returned to his face, she leaned forward. Placing her elbow on the table and resting her chin against her palm. A question came to mind and thanks to her now loosened filter, she didn't hold it in. "So... Markus. Why such a thick shell? I mean are you scared of letting anyone in or are you not sure how?"





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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 15th July 2018, 10:14 am





    Black

    Markus watched as she drank her glass cheerfully, as he reached for and drank from his own. He tried to remember the last time he drank, like this. He never truly had any friends, and all of his drinking buddies were either clients, assassins, or other various ruffians. Yet, here he was sitting in front of an ally, a guildmate, maybe even one day a friend. Though only time will tell.

    He was surprised with how much she seemed to love the drink, but he accepted her cheers, and raised his own glass taking another long drink. She was in a good mood, which was far different then how she had been earlier. Markus was no complaining.

    Glancing around he saw that they were again alone. He was taking another drink when he heard her speak. Did he really have a shell? It was never part of the plan just more… how he was.

    “Neither. Never had a reason to open up.” Markus said simply, “Besides, attachments lead to weakness, and trust leads to betrayal.” Markus took another long drink, thinking for a few moments. Markus always thought it was interesting people held such a candle to closed off people, after all most of them do not make those choices on their own.

    “What about you,” The black clad mage started, nodding at Nessa. “When did you decide to be an open book?”... He paused for a second before continuing. “Or, is perhaps your shell just hidden? Maybe behind cheer instead of… gloom?” The last word was turned up, as if he was trying to come up with a descriptor that would fit what she saw.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 15th July 2018, 3:51 pm






    Her face still resting comfortably on her palm,  she tilted her head. Listening intently as he answered her question. It was a very ‘Markus’ like answer, required minimal effort and the most logical. She lifted her head up, parting her lips to speak, her words were soft. “So theoretically speaking, say for whatever crazy reason I was in a position of trust, do you think I would betray you?” Her violet eyes fluttered over to his, wanting to watch his face as he reacted. Taking in every movement and shift. Something about Markus fascinated  her. Plus she would also like to know what he thought of her. Nessa had never betrayed anyone and she couldn’t imagine herself doing it in the future. It just wasn’t something she could get her head around, breaking a promise to another person, it made no sense.

    She heard his question and glanced away, an open book, so that’s what he thought. It wasn’t exactly wrong, that was how she portrayed herself. Then he followed with the remainder of his question, hitting much closer to the mark. “I try to be a very open person, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have secrets. It’s not that I can’t speak about them but I feel like it’s better that I don’t. Not so much for my own sake but for others,”

    For starters she didn’t want the sympathy of others, nor the controversy that came with her mother’s demise. A healer in a dark guild. Some thought she was brave, others thought it was selfish. Some even went as far as too say she deserved it. It was easier if people didn’t know about her mother, because the pain she felt was bad enough without others tarnishing her name. Then there were her other secrets. There were people who had done things to her, things that others may want to punish. Nessa would never forgive them for those things but she didn’t want anyone to suffer anymore because of it. She would rather it be left alone and forgotten.

    “If something were to make me gloomy, it would be selfish of me to pass that onto someone else. Personally I’d rather handle it by myself and focus on making others happy.” She added before taking another sip of her drink.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 23rd July 2018, 7:31 am





    Black

    Markus did not have to think long about her first question. For him, his mindset, and his belief in people he already knew the answer, and assumed it would not be one Nessa would like to hear. As such, he remained silent as if considering the options. He would keep his eyes on her, looking directly into her eyes. He contemplated what would be best, as always Markus was in favor of honesty.

    Markus continued to listen as she responded to his questions. He did not believe it was selfish to act as he does. In fact, expecting others to be happy could be considered just as selfish as making people sad as far as he was concerned, though he did not voice that oppenion. Markus took a drink, considering what she said.

    When he spoke up, his voice was steady, certain. “Yes.” Markus said simply, although there were many reasons why, he knew in the end if someone truly wanted her to betray him. She would. However she reacted, Markus spoke again.

    “Would you choose me, or you Father. What if in order to save his life, you must betray me?... You saw them,” Markus nodded towards the forest, pretty sure she knew who he was speaking of. “Do you think they would refrain? What about the rest of your family, elders, children? Is there no one you are close to, that you would protect to matter the cost?” Markus finished, his voice held no emotion, no doubt, he felt certain of her choice, and assumed she did not consider the options. However, there was one more he had yet to say.

    “What if, I trusted you with my life. Say I killed the wrong person, and had to go into hiding.” Logically, with Markus’ demeanor it was a possibility. He had gone in hiding before. “What if only you knew of my location, and that was discovered. What if, someone gave you a choice. Give away my location, and your mother is returned to you?” Markus knew there were miracles in the world. With Magic.. All things are possible.

    Markus watches her after he spoke, and during his examples. He was curious if she considered what trust meant. Betrayal did not have to be intentional even, or voluntary.

    Markus looked into her eyes, the drink was getting to his mind. He could feel the buzz, a slight and comforting warmth. "I know you would not intentionally do such. You are as kind and caring as you are beautiful. Your light is bright, and your heart is pure." Markus' eyes changed slightly, holding some disappointment, rather than the pure neutral state they once were. He looked away. He was unsure if she would accept what he said next, but he truly believed it, and regretted being unable to fully trust her with her other ties.

    "However I believe you are naive to the world, and as evident by today. You are unwilling to do what is required for my trust... For, you would have to be able to kill to protect me, or your family... Otherwise, one of us will suffer when you are forced to make a choice."




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 23rd July 2018, 7:59 am






    Nessa found herself swaying slightly side to side, as the alcohol inside her intoxicating her more and more with each passing moment. She watched Markus face, her eyes blinking slowly at him as he pondered her question. She hoped he would say 'no' it was the obvious answer, that any one would expect. Yet, when he didn't, she was only mildly surprised. She listened to his explanation, her face blank as she took in his words. She reached over, and patted him softly on the shoulder, before leaning back in her seat. Taking a deep breathe,

    "WRONG." She said so loudly, the whole room still for a moment to looked at them. She hadn't shouted it, but her voice had been so loud that it had drawn a lot of attention. Attention she ignored. She wagged her finger at him as she spoke, "Now listen here Mister Markus, you can say all these things and you can presume all these scenarios. But unless we were actually in those scenarios, you can't tell me what I would or wouldn't do. Based on today, you think you know me, but guess what hot shot." She leaned in really close so she was practically whispering in his ear, her voice a lot softer. "I can be pretty damn unpredictable." She sat back and let out a laugh. Reaching for her drink and taking a swig, before slamming the glass back down on the table with extra vigor. She reached over, cupped his chin as a means to get him to look at her when she spoke.

    "As for my naivete, well that's a lecture I've had many times. You all can keep saying all that but guess what there's a third option." She looked him straight in the eye. Trying to look at serious as she could in her drunken state. "Try and save everyone, even if it kills me. I'm not gonna live with the guilt of killing someone to save another, selfish as it may be, even if it means we all die. It's fine if that causes you not to trust me, It's your prerogative after all."

    She let go of his chin, sitting back in her chair. "You know, you shouldn't go around calling girls beautiful like that, you might accidentally cause one to fall for you. I mean, a strong handsome man like yourself, it's a recipe for disaster. Plus there's the fact you have this mysterious bad boy thing going on, some girls find that sexy ." She let out a little giggle, her normal self would be mortified, yet drunken Nessa has lost the ability to filter her words before they left her mouth.
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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 23rd July 2018, 10:22 am





    Black

    Markus glanced around as her voice rang out. This was a bad recipe for someone trying to ignore attention. The mage saw a few eyes fall on them, but quickly looks away as they met his gaze. Looking again towards the female mage he would see her swaying. A quick glance told him that her water was left untouched. He wondered how much longer it would be before either of them gave out. Though, he could tell he was much more measured than the other mage. He assumed, because he had less regrets after their job.

    Her finger was in his face, waving back and forth, as she spoke again, referring him as ‘mister’. Markus realized then that he had never told her his last name, not that it really mattered. As she spoke, he listened intently without argument. Getting his message across would be hard enough without the added strain to both of their minds. He agreed, he could not decide for her what she would, or wouldn’t do, but he knew entering a situation without being ready, and prepared, for what needed to be done was just as dangerous.

    Markus took a deep breath as she got closer, whispering in his ear, much like he had within the forest, however for entirely different reasons. Unpredictable was certainly a good choice of words at this moment. He still believed she would hesitate when it came down to it, but he could be wrong. When she sat back, he took the moment to drink the rest of his water, and feel his glass before drinking more of his alcohol. Then, he felt an unfamiliar feeling, a touch, soft against his face. His eyes fell to hers as he was directed.

    Listening to her speak, he could tell, she believed what she said, even if the drunken stooper made it difficult to say clearly. Sadly, her seriousness, and her reply, only helped to cement his feelings. Proving why he can not trust her, not fully, not if it will also risk her life, and her families. His eyes solidified once more, emptying themselves of emotion while he looked at her. Steeling himself to the inevitability, like most she would probably tire of him. He spoke up, while she was still close.

    “Then you will only succeed in killing us all…” Markus said, matter of factly.

    “You choose to live without guilt of killing, while I choose to never again live with the guilt of not doing what needs to be done.” Markus reached up, touching the hand against his face. He was not trying to be cruel, and he would never hope to lecture her. Each person should live their own life, as they see fit. Markus was content to watch, and he had no regrets, not any more.

    He let her hand slip from his when she sat down. Her next words caused his eyes to open, they were so different then the quasi serious moment they had just had. Markus once more thought of her descriptor, ‘Unpredictable’... he would remember it.

    The shadow mage had no plans to cause anyone to fall for him, nor did he see himself living that life. He was dangerous to be around, and had never really accepted attachment. He has had, ‘partners’ in the past, however just as he could not trust Nessa, he could no trust them.

    In the end, this all meant Markus was not someone to be loved. Not truly anyways, and he was okay with that. Though, with her final comment he knew it was not love which swayed her, and he hoped to make sure it remained that way. He did not think of himself as a ‘bad boy’ they usually had a persona he did not match. Mysterious however, he might agree with... Though he preferred inscrutable, or enigmatic.

    Markus gave her his signature grin, a smile which held no real feelings. “Well, at least I have that going for me. Are you some girls?” He asked, his tone was in the same measured pace as when he spoke of her beauty or heart, as if stating a fact. Markus knew he was attractive, at least theoretically so, his lifestyle caused him to be well toned, and he was ‘blessed’ with other features, a pleasant face, and straight hair among them. However, unlike most ‘bad boys’ he had no plans to flaunt it, at least not intentionally.

    “Should I be worried?” Markus asked as well.




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    Re: Searching in the dark... [Markus]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 23rd July 2018, 10:46 am






    Nessa stared at him as he made the comment about killing them all. Not really comprehending what he was saying based on her drunken thought track. She was too busy looking at his face, taking in his dark eyes, his lashes, all of it. His mouth was moving, but she wasn't quite hearing what he was saying. All she could concentrate on was the gentle touch of his hand, when he placed it on hers.

    She looked away, trying to remember what he had said, but she couldn't. She had been too distracted, she could help but giggle at her own silly behaviour. She heard his question and looked back at him, she grinned. "Are you asking if I think you're sexy?" She slurred with a mischievous look in her eye. She leaned forward in her seat and bit her lip, wondering how to answer. Did she find him sexy? He was attractive, that much she could confirm, with his good looks and nice body. But could she say such a thing a loud. She thought about what it meant to think of someone that way. Reaching forward, she took a sip of water for the first time since they had sat down. She was suddenly feeling very hot.  "I don't know what it means to find someone sexy, I'm not very experienced with men. I almost did once with my ex, but he did something bad. Something I couldn't forgive, I haven't really looked at anyone that way since. I guess... I've forgotten."

    It was a rather personal admission, she never spoke about Rex. To anyone, not even family. But given he was her only source of comparison for physical attraction. "Maybe I didn't find him sexy, else I might've let him have his way. I guess I'll learn how it feels one day..." She said, no longer staring at Markus, but at the table. She heard him ask her whether he should be worried, but had forgotten what it meant. Not realising he was asking if she were at risk of falling for him. "Huh? Worried about what?" She asked in a confused tone.




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