Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

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    Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on Sun 16 Dec - 1:12


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    Markus found himself pacing back and forth on the second floor landing of Fairy Tail, the books passing him as he flipped on his heel and turned back the other direction. The chaos mage found himself thinking towards the best way to move forward. He had been downstairs in the Fairy Tail Basement and found a very… complex job. Everything about the job cried out to Markus, forcing him to accept it.

    The chaos mage hated the idea of such a job, hated that he had to ask for permission, and hated that he could not force himself to enter her office and ask what he needed… Taking a breath he once more pulled out the paper he had taken from the downstairs board. His eyes, flashing with chaotic energy and cloaked in anger crossed across the page, once more reading the job.

    Help Needed! Escape from Eldridge Estate.
    Rank : S
    Requirements : Hello Wizard, I need your help! I am a mage from Bellem and have no where else to go… My sister has been sold into ‘service’, a legal form of slavery within Bellam sanctioned by the Magi. I need your help to get her from the estate that had purchased her. She was unfortunately born without any magical capabilities, which is what makes her nothing more to property. This is unacceptable, however I do not have the power, nor the standing, to free her.
    The Eldridge Estate is a group of powerful magic users who have a high standing within the society. The entire family is well respected, however I have intel that they will be holding an event soon, which will lead to the perfect chance to get in and free my sister. The best way would be to get in and get out without notice, however as long as you free her, and get her out of the country, I do not care what the casualties are.
    I sent this message though any channels I know which can get this to the… more accepting guilds within Fiore. The Magic Council has forbid legal action against Bellam, and as such this job is not sanctioned in any way.

    Do what you must to free my sister, you will be rewarded greatly.


    The mage was not surprised that ‘they’ were at it again. Pacing back and forth he stopped once more, just feet from her office. Markus knew, he was not sanctioned to go on this job. It was ranked above him, and as such he needed permission, and another guild member, neither of which the chaos mage accepted… He HAD to get her to understand… but… how could he tell her about his family.

    Once more Markus took off in his pacing, once more debating what he will say, once more glancing at her door as he passed. He knew she was still here, he had seen the light in her window as he came into the guild hall. Until about ten minutes ago, the chaos mage however had thought that they would be to their own devises.

    Markus had not talked to her much sense the ball, things were… tense. He had seen her on the surprise job with Johann, when they met by surprise  on the shadow islands,  however that was entirely professional.

    Taking a breath, Markus once more stopped in front of her door, and knocked twice in rapid succession before his inpatients got the better of him and he walked into her office, forcing her door open.

    “Nessa, we need to talk.”






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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on Sun 16 Dec - 23:00


    Nessa stared down hard at the pages in front of her, her violet eyes darted from left to right, quickly scanning the contents of the page for about the thirtieth time. It seemed that she was done, finally done with the task she had been commisioned to do. Now that it was over and done with it felt a little less embarrassing. It was just a story after all, and she had signed it with an alias, so it wasn't like anyone wouldn't ever know it was her. Besides the likelihood that Markus and Aven would ever stumble across this little fanfiction was very small. It was fine; she would just have to submit this to the client, once she did that then it would be gone and forgotten about for good. Although despite being highly embarrassed by the task, she did put a lot of work it to it, a small part her was tempted to make a copy to keep. But the idea of any of her guildmates ever finding out about it just made that too much of a risk. The humiliation would be irreversible. Fortunately, the only person who she was aware that knew about the task was Sorano, maybe one or two of the aces although that hadn't been confirmed. This was a secret she did not want getting out.

    The door suddenly burst open, causing Nessa to jump suddenly in her seat. Papers up into the air. As she caught glanced of Markus, the last person she had expected to walk into her office, she quickly went into panic mode. She suddenly stood up and snatched them out of the air; her cheeks filled with a deep red blush as she attempted to shuffle the papers together and out of sight. She shoved them into her top drawer, quickly locked it shut before looking up at her visitor who couldn't have been more ironic if she tried. "O-oh hi, Markus, what um.. what would you care to discuss?" She said in an awkwardly polite tone, a hand resting purposely over the drawer. She quickly tried to compose herself, although anyone could clearly see that she was flustered. It hadn't been that long since she last saw him, it was strange getting used to having him back.

    They had initially been reunited at the Winter's Ball hosted by the West Fiore Trading Company. A meeting that had been somewhat bittersweet, it would be a lie to say she wasn't happy to see him again. But she had immediately gone about setting rules for them. Because based on their past experiences, she needed to find a way to set up a means of resisting the temptation to give into him again. Not that it was likely to be tempted again but that particular time had involved a lot of alcohol and a little recklessness. But even so by saying it out loud felt necessary, just a little. However, things hadn't been so bad upon their last meeting when she and Johann from the West Fiore Trading Company had gone to Shadow Island to deal with several robotic monsters that had been attempted to infest the lands. Nessa and Markus had stumbled across each other while on the job at hand. Which had gone surprisingly well, they had both managed to contribute to the destruction of the beasts without any complications. So maybe, just maybe they could move on in their friendships, without any complications.

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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on Sun 16 Dec - 23:32


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    Markus cocked his head and raised an inquisitive eyebrow as he burst into her office. He was not surprised she had been caught off guard, in his rush to get this conversation over with he certainly forgot, or ignored, quite a few bits of curtsy including waiting for her to actually invite him in. Even with that being the case, the site of her response was quite… suspicious. She had been so surprised that she sent papers everywhere, and had been in such a hurry to hide them from the mage that she was now standing, with a slight rose to her cheeks. He noticed her hand still rested on the drawer she just locked.

    Markus however had other things to worry about, surely it was just guild stuff and had nothing to do with him. After all, she was an Ace now. Still, Markus could not forget the flustered expression on her face, and the tone in her voice when she talked. She was speaking almost too polite, as if to a representative, or unknown variable, and not as a friend. Taking a deep breath the black clad mage decided it could wait.

    Before anything he turned behind him and closed the door, making sure to glance if anyone near by might be able to over hear. Then, once that task was done he turned to the starlight maiden and schooled his face into his typical neutral expression.

    “I have a… request of you, as one of the guilds Aces.” Markus started softly, his voice was calm, and controlled yet anyone who knew him would know there was something different in his tone, almost reverent, careful. Polite. “There is this Job… a job from the basement. I need permission to attempt it.” Markus said handing over the paper. It would be slightly torn and crinkled from the mages constant shuffling and reading.

    Immediately after handing over the paper Markus would walk to the closest window and look outside, keeping his face turned away from his ace. Keeping the single tear that had threatened to fall hidden. His hands would be at his sides, and his body would be almost motionless as he waited for her to read. “The job has a certain… meaning to me. If you will allow it, I could leave on the hour. I should be back relatively soon, of course accounting for travel times.” Markus once more was talking in a very apathetic voice, as if he could care less of the result, yet the charade would not be complete, and without his signature grin and attitude would fall short.

    Markus was lost in thought, his mind remembering back to his time within the very estate spoken about in the job. Markus William Eldrdige, the name he was given, the name the mage despised. He had not thought of his family in years, and had never once signed it on documents. He wondered even if the Aces knew of his name, he was certain he had introduced himself as much when Nessa met in the forest, but he was only ever known as Markus. He was certain no one would connect the dark haired vagabond and homeless mage with the proud and esteemed Eldridge Family.






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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on Wed 19 Dec - 0:43


    Nessa quickly set about trying to compose herself a little better. Her behaviour, she knew full well, was suspicious. As he proceeded to explain his reasons for bursting into her office suddenly, her blush would slowly begin to fade, and she would offer his request her complete attention. It seemed he was coming to her because she was an Ace, and that there weren't any alternate reasons behind it. It was strange to be sitting in this position with Markus on the other side of the table, asking for her for permission to do something. It was almost a bit of a role reversal, the last time they had been on the job together if anything he had been in charge. But now that she was in a higher position than him, she would have to take charge. She just hoped that he wouldn't offer too much resistance.

    She skimmed over the contents of the piece of paper that he handed her, her violet eyes scanning over the job details. It seemed to be a job about retrieving a girl that had been sold into slavery. A name popped up to her; she glanced at him for a moment before looking back down at it. Eldridge. She was pretty sure that was the name he had given her when they met, although that had been an awfully long time ago. Perhaps she remembered it wrong. Although she had admittedly thought about Markus a fair bit, he was pretty hard to forget. She continued to scan the contents, talk about facing a group of dangerous mages. She sat back, thumbing the page for a moment. She sighed, she was torn, she knew Markus well enough to understand how capable of a mage he was, but there were still rules. Rules that as an Ace, she had no choice but to implement.

    "Markus, I understand this is important, but your rank doesn't qualify you to do this job alone." She explained. At the end of the day, if this job were tough enough to be ranked S, sending him alone would be a massive risk to him and the reputation of the guild. She was trying to keep her guard up a little around Markus, because despite what she was trying to do. Seeing him around now, still caught her off guard. But that didn't mean she didn't value his safety as a guildmate. She pondered the implications for a moment, "Unless..." A thought came to mind, although she wasn't sure if it was a wise thought. If an individual of the same rank or higher were to accompany him, she could approve it. But this meant doing a job with him alone. She looked up at him once more, looking at his features. He seemed too serious, so genuinely determined to do this job. She felt herself give in, leaning over, she scribbled a note on the job. Including both the names of the guildmates partaking in it. Before reaching over her desk for an approval stamp and imprinted it on the page. She then pushed back her seat and walked around the table. "Come on, we leave in an hour right? Best get our stuff together if we want to get to Bellum before nightfall." She said to him, striding past him towards her office door.


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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on Wed 19 Dec - 2:49


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    Markus still looked outside as he waited for her decision. He could see a good portion of Magnolia from the window, the rooftops, and walking citizens, the forest in the distance with its quilted trees and hidden secrets. With a sign the chaos mage took a breath and tightened his shoulders as she finally spoke. Her voice was still polite, but he could tell she was once more in control, and her actions were no longer hastened.

    Markus immediately decided that her decision was not going to keep him from going. This was something he had to do, something he had to face with or without the guilds backing. He knew he was being selfish, using a job as excuse to finally deal with his past, but he could not help it. He learned much during his time in the void, and the black clad mage was done running. Steeling his face, and forcing the emotions back the mage turned on his heels to face his Ace.

    Just as she took a pause, and said a single word, and paused in contemplation. Markus bit his tongue and held his comment. He was prepared to go on his own, job or no job. His eyes met hers as she looked at him. His eyes would be calm, calculating, but resolute, determined. The tear was gone, the chaos mage having had enough time to compose himself. He waited and watched as she suddenly scribbled onto the job, too far away to see what she wrote he gave a sign of relief as she stamped the note, approving the job. He was about to leave, and give thanks when he heard her speak once more, as she stood up from her desk.

    The black clad mage was speechless, he was pretty resolute that he was going and he was originally determined to have gotten her permission. However, Markus had never once expected that she might be joining him. Markus had been determined to see this done on his own… Taking a breath, the black clad mage just watched her pass him, and head towards the door. He could not get himself to speak, he was unsure how to proceed.

    Markus had not actually planned to even go traditional travel to Bellam, he could have voidwalked if he was alone, but he was not sure if he was willing to show Nessa that place… It was equivalent of taking her too his bedroom in his mind, a concept which was surprisingly worrying…

    Taking a step forward, Markus looked the other mage in the eye before following her out the door. Quietly, softly, almost a whisper, and just loud enough for her to hear the mage said two words. "Thank You..." Words which echoed of gratitude and acceptance, yet worry and trepidation. All emotions which were foreign to the chaotic mage.

    Leaving the office, Markus was silent as he let Nessa take the lead. He wanted nothing to do with having a partner, not on this particular mission, and no matter how much he fancied the person. The chaos mage knew, if they would run into the wrong person, his secret would be made.. perhaps this would all go smoothly and Markus could do what he needed without answering questions.

    Markus knew the mages were supposed to meet with the Magi who had given them the job, and learn of this ‘event’ that they were to use as cover. Markus glanced at the female he was traveling with. He knew, if he was alone hiding in darkness would have been easy. With her with him, this job was going to turn… interesting. Taking a deep breath he spoke up. Trying to alleviate some of the tension he was feeling.

    “So, how is guild work going…?”
    It was a poor excuse for small talk, but the mage could do no better.






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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on Fri 21 Dec - 13:56


    Nessa caught him looking at her, his dark eyes catching her gaze, pausing in her step slightly as he thanked her sincerely. It was mildly surprising, but still, she offered him a genuine grin. "Don't mention it, I'm your Ace now, so if I can help in any way I'm glad to, plus, we're friends so it's no trouble." She said casually, it was the truth after all. Since becoming an Ace, it was her responsibility to make sure to help her guildmates in any way she could. They were essentially family after all, and if this meant that much to Markus, then it meant that much to her too. She didn't feel like creating a barrier between her and Markus meant she had to push him away. She really did want him in her life, as her friend. Surely if she she played her cards right, she could make it work?

    She led him after of her office, heading over the wisp at the front desk. "But first, I'll need to collect some things from home, I have an emergency travel kit prepared, so it won't take long. Fortunately, I only live a fifteen walk from the guild, five minutes if I fly. Did you want to come with?  Or shall we meet back here?" She ask in a tone of uncertainty, she didn't exactly mind him coming to her house. He could just wait in the hallway, while she gathered her stuff and wrote a note for her family. Plus she was pretty sure her Dad was at work. Edward would be at school, and Antoinette was still away on that long job of hers. So the likelihood of an awkward encounter was slim. The only people they were likely to run into was Sebastian and Arielle. If they hadn't headed off on a little journey together, the duo certainly had become a little team of sorts. It was cute, and it helped Nessa feel less guilty about not taking them on jobs with her as much as she felt she should.  She turned her gaze the Will 'o' wisp. "Can you leave a memo for Sorano and the other Aces that I'll be gone for a while. I'm escorting Markus on an S Rank, will check in once I'm back." She told the Wisp, it seemed to blink at her once, which she knew was a confirmation of her request. She turned back to Markus,

    "Also how did you want to get to Bellum? We could go by carriage, or we could fly. Alternatively, I could open a portal through Valhalla, and we could travel that way. I've actually been to Bellum before so I can reopen a portal there from Valhalla. Unless you can think of any other ways to get there quickly?" She asked, tilting her head. Wondering if she was offering up to much, first a visit to her home, then a brief walk through Valhalla, she wasn't even sure how much Markus knew about her new magic.

    She heard his question and shrugged, "It's good, a little overwhelming at time. I wasn't expecting the position to be honest, but I'm glad for it nonetheless. It's nice to feel I can contribute a little more to the guild these days. Even if it's mainly paperwork and balancing figures." She told him. She knew he was trying to make it a little less tense between them, and it was still a little weird being around each other again. It wasn't like she would forget what had happened between them anytime soon, but if they could somehow get back to normal. Maybe they would be okay.

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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on Sat 22 Dec - 0:09


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    Markus cocked his head as she spoke. At least they were on friendly terms, even if he was uncertain about her involvement. Giving her a nod he followed her out of the office contemplating the best way to continue forward with this job. There was much he wanted to do, and even more he wished to say. Stopping as she spoke again, the chaos mage contemplated.

    Here he was, worried about her reactions, and his family and she just invites him over to her abode. Was she being polite? Did she really trust him that much. She seemed uncertain, perhaps worried. Taking a deep breath Markus nodded. “Lead the way, its easier than meeting up afterwards.” Markus was as always remaining emotionless and calm. Logically it made more sense not having to meet up later. The time they saved while small was needed.

    Markus then thought to what he needed… if he was to separate from her he could return to chaos long enough to change into his combat gear. However, if he came to trust her, and assuming Aporia were to… stay hidden, then it might just work as a good way to get them to Bellam without issue. Chaos he knew would not care, Aporia probably would ignore them, and the chaos mage hardly ever saw the other progenies.

    He watched as she informed the wisp of their plan, it made sense that an Ace would leave notice. For a brief second he thought back to when he left the first time. Perhaps he should have left notice for Nessa, instead of just informing Sorano of his leaving. Taking a deep breath he once more let the thought flow free, brushing off of his mind, taking a breath he returned to the issue at hand.

    He had made his decision, if she was willing, after reaching their house and she gets ready Markus would do the same, allowing them both to enter Chaos so that he could change. Besides, the entrance into Chaos was fast, simple, and meant they did not have to travel. As he was about to speak up, the chaos mage paused listening to her once more.  

    Valhalla, that was certainly an interesting concept. Markus briefly thought back to the explanation Aporia gave him of the various realms, and how the void interconnected with them. He knew she never mentioned Valhalla by name, so the realm was unknown to the chaos mage. Taking a breath, he thought about it and decided he would leave the choice up to Nessa. As the walked he spoke up.

    “Valhalla? Does that have anything to do with the winged females during the parade and last job?” Markus was generally curious, it was certainly an interesting magic, and seemed to suit her well. Her method of transportation seemed very similar to his own. Once more, he spoke up after hearing her speak about Valhalla. “Well… I actually could do with getting a few things myself. There is this… place I can go to.” Markus was sitting here trying to decide how to open up about it. “Its kinda connected to where I was trapped.” The words came out in a rush, and quite silent. “Anyways, it sounds a lot like Valhalla, I can open a portal there and get ready then it will be quite easy to get to Bellam from there. So, I guess it is up to you? Whichever you prefer.” Markus finished speaking, forgetting entirely that he never named the place.

    As they walked he listened to her speak of the new position. “Paperwork? Was that what you were working on when I walked in… Seems like a stressful job.” Markus briefly wondered how far they were from her place.






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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on Wed 26 Dec - 18:28


    Markus seemed unfazed by her invite to her house, that was good right. Because if that might truly mean nothing, then it wouldn't be a big deal for either of them. This was strictly for work-related purposes, right? She would push open the door to the guild and begin to lead the way to her home. It was a little odd; they hadn't really had a chance to talk since they had first reunited, having been too busy with jobs and the sort. Then there was that strange encounter with Markus and Mars, or rather Aporia and Mars. Nessa hadn't really gotten an explanation about that, then again it's not like Markus owed her one. But still, it had left her very confused. Was Markus like Johann in that sense, did he have something living inside of him like Mars? Or was she just jumping to a conclusion? She didn't want to speculate too much, she only hoped that eventually, he would feel comfortable enough to tell her.

    Nessa's looked at Markus in surprise as he mentioned Valhalla, before realising that he wouldn't know about her new magical abilities. He had left just before she had saved Tiphanae and formed her connection to the Valkyries. "Oh, well after you left, I sort of made a contract with a group of Valkyries, and can summon them to aid me in battle. They're like companions of sorts." She explained, "It also links me to the realm of Valhalla," She added, at some point, she hoped to introduce Markus to them properly. Although, there were two Valkyries she was uncertain about, their senseless attempts to push Nessa towards their respective bets.

    Nessa tilted her head curiously as Markus spoke of taking her to the place he was trapped in for so long. The place where he had been caught for so long that had made such a difference in their timelines. For Nessa had only missed Markus's presence for four months, whereas for Markus it had been a long four years. She had been surprised he hadn't forgotten about her, but instead, he had whispered those three words that still hovered in the back of her mind. I missed you... She glanced away for a moment, not watching to catch his eye as she thought about it.

    "That sounds okay, as long as we can pass through safely and quickly."

    She replied softly; she didn't know what the expect from a word that was capable of trapping him for so long. But she was not about to force him to come to Valhalla instead. If he felt comfortable enough to take her then, then she would surely be fine. She had to trust his decision, plus it made sense not to delay matters too much. She heard his remark, and the blushed once more. She wondered if he had seen something he wasn't supposed to have. She laughed nervously, "Yeah, just some paperwork Sorano asked me to complete, it's not so bad I guess," She told him, trying to play it off casually.

    They soon arrived at her home; it was a humble building — wooden walls, flower beds outside the front. If you looked, you could see that it had initially been quite a small home that had recently had extensions added onto it. She reached into her satchel and unliked the front door. "You can wait in the living room if you want." She told him as she leads him into the main hallway. The layout of the home was cosy in nature; shelves adorned with books, ornaments and trinkets. It had a nice feminine touch thanks to her Aunties contributions. She pointed to the living, before heading up the stairs to collect her things.


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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on Thu 27 Dec - 20:48


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    Markus listened with vested interest as she spoke about Valhalla, he had seen her Valkyries only on spare occasions, once at the festival and he had seen a couple of them when on the job. He would be lying if he was not interested in meeting them and speaking with other realm creatures. Ever since learning just what he was, sitting in the Court of Chaos, and meeting Aporia as well as other Void Dwellers and Realm Beings he had found that he had a vested interest and great love of the Other Worlds. They truly seemed, alien, unique, a place the chaos mage finally felt home. As a child everything always felt off to Markus, from the first day of his life his hand had been unfair, yet he had molded himself to who he was today. Sure, he was not a good man by any means but he was okay with that, content with who he is, with who the well showed him… As long as he does not loose control.

    Markus closed his eyes and forced the image out of his mind, forced Soranos words from his thoughts… “I would certainly enjoy visiting one day, perhaps on our way back…” The comment was simply stated, no added question or request. He would never push her to do such a thing. When she spoke again he realized just what he had invited her to do. Going through the void was actually, very, very dangerous. Not only could it mess with time, but the creatures that lived within could kill easily. For Markus, there was only one truly safe path and that is to warp into the castle, into his domain. The chaos mage was certainly apprehensive about such a thing… Looking at the other mage Markus thought to himself, and gave a slight nod, much in the same way Aporia had done when controlling his own body. He trusted her with his secret.

    As they walked, he watched with vested interest as she blushed to his comment. Speaking nervously, she informed him that it was work given to her from Sorano. The way she talked was as if it did not affect her, as if it was some sort of casual ace duties. However, her dementor, facial cues, and bearing told an entirely different story. For a brief second Markus was going to speak up, ask for more, clarification. However, he then decided against it. It was not his place. It is not like they were that close after all, recently just started speaking again after all.

    Markus was enjoying the walk, Magnolia had not changed much. It was certainly surprising for the mage. He was still very much surprised to have learned how vast the times were between himself and Nessa. “I still can not get used to the fact that only four months have gone.” The chaos mage gave Nessa a sideways looked through the corner of his eyes. “I had expected so much to have changed, and in fact everything is different. But… not in the same way.” Markus looked forward as they arrived at her home. It was nice and looked cozy. Nothing like the Estate Markus was born in. The very abode their job was taking them to. The Eldridge Estate was all stone, menacing, powerful, befitting of the ‘Magi’ which lived within. This home was nice, wooden, with a pretty garden. Markus signed as she opened the door an he walked in.

    Breathing in he could smell various scents, parchment, books, Nessa, the workings of a home, and the food in storage. Markus still forgot some days just how good his slayer senses were. Even now he could spell Nessa next to him, not all that different from that night. Releasing his breath he took a step forward into her abode, and farther from her. Following her through the main hallway he liked the layout of the home. It was cozy, compact, and homily. As she entered the living room, he could see various acutrima dotting the shelves. Giving the other mage a nod as she informed him, she was getting ready he did not even wait a second after she had turned down the hall to start looking at the various shelves and  

    The first one he stepped up to had various books and tomes, the first one he picked up went in vast detail into various plants, components, and herbs. Stating their scientific uses, medical properties, and other interesting details. As he skimmed through it and picked up other various objects and items he saw something in the corner of his eye that he just had to get a better look at.

    Stepping forward and reaching he grabbed a framed photo from one of the shelves. On it the chaos mage saw two girls, and immediately wondered if Nessa had a sister he did not know about. The resemblance was uncanny, they looked so similar the only difference the Chaos mage could see was their eyes. Which lead to another of Markus’ realizations. Neither of these girls would be Nessa. First, the looked older, and second nether shared her eye color, yet like her both were strikingly beautiful. It was interesting to the chaos mage. He realized, one of these must me Nessas mother…

    Placing the photo down Markus found another picture, this one was of one of the females, and in her hand was a white-haired chubby child. Looking at the picture Markus could not help but smile slightly, a secret smile no one would ever see. The baby was smiling, laughing, brightening the entire mood. Markus knew immediately that it was Nessa, only the Starlight Maiden, Summoner of Valkyries could do such to a scene. Once more Markus could not help but compare their differences, their very natures were so opposite, so vast. Closing his eyes Markus focused, centered around him suddenly the very fabric of reality would change, warp, mold. Light would become darkness, all consuming, vast, hidden. This was no mere absence of light, no mere void of illumination. This darkness was warped, twisted, light if it was black. The aura only extended mere meters from the chaos mage before he forced it back down… sighing he put down the photo and picked up another.

    This one held three people, Nessa’s Mother, Father, and the little white-haired girl with a plastered smile. A single tear dripped down the chaos mages face as he thought of the family he never had. A family he was preparing to confront.

    He should not be dragging someone with so much light into his darkness.






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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on Sat 29 Dec - 15:59


    At the point in time when his daughter and her guildmate had entered the house, a Mr Richard Lux was loitering in the basement. The man was walking about his home lab, collecting some materials he'd forgotten to bring to work that morning. Some papers he had written up and some vials he needed to present to his boss in preparation for their next presentation. He was just finishing the task of packing them into his briefcase when he heard footsteps upstairs. He would glance upwards, a smile on his face. He could only imagine who that was, his beloved daughter. Whom was home so rarely these days, a bittersweet necessity.  Ever since she had joined Fairy Tail, he had seen less and less of Nessa. Occasionally she would join them for dinner or even breakfast, but time together was sparse. He wished he could see more of her, but he would sacrifice that desire in order to allow her to reach her dreams. He was most proud. His daughter, who only a few years ago, he barely recognised, had returned to the happy bundle of love and light her knew her as. On top of that, she was finally reaching her full potential, a guilds ace, wizard saint of purity. His co-workers were nearly sick of all the times he went on about her.

    Richard packed up his briefcase and made his way upstairs, hoping he would catch Nessa before she disappeared again. The entrance of the basement opened up from the kitchen; he climbed up the stairs before quietly shut the door behind him. He deduced that she must be upstairs, he was sure he had heard her rushing up to her room. Yet, as he stepped into the hallway, he could hear someone else, another body in his home, exploring his living room. Richard crept up to the door, peeking around through the gap in the slightly ajar door. He spotted a male, a red-head between his mid-to-late twenties. Richard didn't say anything, as the man looked through their personal photos. He only observed. Richard presumed this must be a guildmate of Nessa, he couldn't exactly be a robber cause he was so casually perusing their living quarters. Plus Richard could read his daughter's magical signature from the moment she stepped into the house, he knew it well enough to know she was busy bouncing around upstairs.

    As Richard watched the mans quiet moment, he raised his palm, quietly pressing on the living room door to open it wider. Richard knew the man was having a private moment, a moment he most likely didn't want to share with another. So Richard decided to speak up, before things became too uncomfortable for the young man. "Like a twinkling star in the darkest night, still she shines." He said softly, walking across the room over to the stranger. "She's always been that way, Nessa, much like her mother was." He said. When Markus would look at Richard, he would see a man in his forties, with messy brown hair, chin covered in stubble. He was a little shorter than Markus, but not by much. He wore a white shirt and brown waistcoat, brown corduroy trousers and mahogany-coloured leather brogues. He looked relatively good for his age, except for the edges of his eyes which were lined with crows feet. The sign of a man who smiled often. Looking up at the man with violet eyes that so resembled Nessas.

    "You are a guildmate of my daughters are you not? Let me guess," He would take a moment to think, "Markus perhaps?" He asked, Nessa had told them many stories about her guildmates, so many so that Richard was sure he could name every one of them at first sight. There was but one red-headed enigma, which she kept significantly quiet about. Only revealing the minimum. Richard would cock his head curiously at the mage. "Do you mind answering a set of riddles for me?" He began, pleased that Nessa hadn't realised he was home. If she knew he was doing this, she would undoubtedly be furious. "First, What belongs to you, but is used by others? Second, What is it that no man wants to have, but no man wants to lose? and lastly, What can be broken without being touched?" He asked, moving away, he would move over to his armchair, turning into it he would sit down. Gesturing at the couch for Markus to sit across from him.

    All the while upstairs in her bedroom, Nessa was rummaging through her room, packing her things away. As far as she knew, she was alone, with Markus, in her house. She was still debating on whether or not this was a good idea. Surely it would be fine, as long as they didn't linger alone too much. Not that anything would happen if they would, they had agreed that nothing else would happen between them. Besides, it's not like they were drinking, alcohol had certainly fueled whatever it was that had occurred between them before — drunken recklessness. That's all it was. As she finished bagging up her stuff, she glanced around the room. Making sure there wasn't anything she missed; she had packed a change of clothes, first aid kit, and other generic items you would take on a long journey. As she glanced around, her eyes caught sight of Avens poem pinned to the wall, amongst photos of herself with Arcadia, and the Valkyries. There was also that. A matter she still hadn't brought herself to address. Mainly because the time, just wasn't right.

    She left her room, slowly making her way down the stairs, she headed into the kitchen to pack a few snacks and bottles of water. As she zipped up the bag, she made her way into the living room where Markus was waiting. "Okay, I'm pretty sure I got everythi- DAD!" She said dropping the bag she was holding. Eyes wide and she glanced from her father to Markus. "What are you doing here?"


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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on Wed 2 Jan - 22:40


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    Markus was looking at the picture, a curious look upon his face when he heard him, a mans voice, soft and caring. Turning on his heel the chaos make kept a hold of the image in his hand, he had been too distracted, too occupied in his own mind to have been using his sensory abilities. He knew, had this man have meant him harm he could certainly be in trouble. As it was the chaos mage recognized him immediacy, not that he had ever met him before, but his eyes were just like Nessa, and Markus knew he was the man in the image he held. The man was younger than Markus expected, with brown hair and a rather nice set of clothes. He looked to be a man opposite of the chaos mage, one who smiled a lot, and with great care.

    The chaos mage watched causally as he approached but showed no signs of moving closer nor away. He knew the man meant him no harm, but as always, he could not stop that shred of doubt within his mind. If the man looked at him, he would have seen the single tear as it fell, Markus having been too stubborn to wipe it away. His face however was once more stone cold, calculating, blank, despite the silver trail. Markus wondered if the man had seen his display of magic, had the chaos mage had the slightest inkling that he wasn’t alone, he would have kept a hold on it, bottling the darkness as he always did.

    “She certainly is something…” He could not come up with a word to describe how he felt, or what he thought. In the end, almost as a whisper he said the only thing which he felt explained her, or at least… how he remembered her. “Unpredictable.” His voice would be passive, emotionless, blank. Not cruel or vindictive, nor welcoming and kind. Markus nodded when the man asked if he was a guildmate, from this position the man would be able to see the symbol on his arm, now that Markus was not turned away from him. He was however surprised to hear that the man knew his name. “That is correct, I am… surprised she spoke of me. You must be her father?” he asked, hoping for a name.

    Giving the man a succinct nod, the mage turned his mind to the task at hand and set the picture back in its home. He enjoyed riddles, challenge, thinking. The last time he had played a game of riddles was at Mimirs Well… The man he spoke to had been strange and reveled many things to the chaos mage. Markus was still unsure if he would rather have never met the man. The truths he learned haunted his nightmares even to this day, and the secrets he reveled left Markus spinning at the best of times.

    Sitting down the mage looked into the older man’s eyes, studying him, thinking, questioning. Not once would his eyes leave the mans, even as he thought in his own mind.  The first seemed obvious to Markus, perhaps even too obvious. After all, there are many things that belong to someone, yet used by others. In the end, Markus thought back to when he was in the void, and the difference between Nessa and Markus’ memory. He knew his answer was not conventional, yet it was no less true. “Time” It is true, you decide your time, you own your life, yet for most people time is given and never gained. Jobs, moments, memories, all of those are used by other. Even the time he spent in the void was due to another.

    The second riddle caused the mage to think even more, there seemed to be no obvious answer. Love did not make sense, nor did family, or even friends. Too many people sought those out. In the end, the chaos mage came up with two answers, and went with the first. “A Lawsuit…” Really it was what made sense, in a traditional setting at least.

    Only in the last riddle did Markus look away, his eyes glanced downwards for the smallest of moments, as if involuntary. Yet, his answer came without thought, almost as if not of his own accord. “A Heart.” It was only after the chaos mage said it did he realize he shouldn’t have, after all, it was right as Nessa entered the room, exclamating towards her father, and asking a question of him. Markus only glanced in her direction before speaking to her father.

    “I have one for you.” He thought back to the first riddle Mimir gave him, it fit perfectly. After all, if the man was as smart as Markus started to believe, then his answers would be very reveling, something the mage refused to give in.

    “Two things, Two words. I am but two. In order to keep me, you must give me away. What am I?” Markus paused for just a moment before also asking a question, one that would only make sense if you knew the riddle. His tone was different, asked in a wayo to make it certain it was not part of the riddle. “Do I have yours?” He wanted to be sure that nothing the man learned left their small conversation. It was verbatim what Markus heard at the well, when he leaned just how important such a game can be.

    Turning towards his fellow mage Markus spoke up. “You were such a beautiful child, smiling just as much then as you do now, I see.” The chaos mage said simply, in his traditional manor. However, his words had a purpose. He was hoping to throw off the other mage, keep her from contemplating what was said, what she might have heard. “Your father here was just keeping me company, telling me all sorts of things.” Only now did the chaos mage allow a small amount of emotion to enter his voice, just enough to let someone know he was being sarcastic. “And giving me a stimulating challenge.” Markus stood and looked towards the man, holding out his hand.

    “It was a pleasure to meet you.” Glancing towards Nessa he raised an eyebrow, “Ready?”






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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on Thu 3 Jan - 22:42


    Richard's violet eyes would watch Markus's features curiously; he did see the tear. Alas, he said nothing, allowing the moment to pass for the younger man. This was a stranger after all, and it seemed like whatever he was thinking about was far too private for Richard to delve into. He listened to his comment about Nessa, it was a curious adjective to use for her. Unpredictable. Yet, as he thought of his late wife Cordelia, and the little things she would do that would often little him in a state of pleasant surprise. His eyes would soften, glancing over at her face on the face on the photo. Her brilliant smile, shining brightly, lighting up every room. Yes, she had never ceased to amaze him, so why wouldn't his daughter be the same. He brought his gaze back to Markus as he asked for confirmation that he was Nessa's father.  "That I am. Dr Richard Lux, but please call me Richard."

    After he had made his way to the armchair, he awaited the answers to his riddle; the man seemed rather unfazed by the light quizzing. Richard would listen quietly, saying no more as he took in each response. At the last one, his lip would curl slightly into a small smile. Interesting... He thought. It was after this point that his boisterous daughter would entire the room. He turned his head to look at her, his smile broadening at the sight of her. She looked well, something he couldn't help but be glad about. "I forgot some materials I required for a presentation and popped home. I was in the lab when you and your... guildmate arrived.  I decided I'd come up and say hello before you passed through." He explained. As Markus addressed him once more with a riddle of his own, Richard would sit up slightly. Intrigued by this decision, he would tilt his head, taking it in. He went over it for a moment, breaking it down, a few different answers came to mind, a secret, a promise. Something niggled in his mind, telling him to look further. As Markus followed up with another question, Richard's eyes would draw up to the younger man. He understood, yes that was it. A promise to keep this a secret, what he'd seen, what they'd discussed. This seemed to be something the man didn't want dicussed with anyone, Richard's eyes would glance to his daughter from a moment. A secret from Nessa, that seemed fundamentally the key point he was making, seeing as Richard didn't interact with many others Markus's might know. He would return his gaze back to the man, and offer him a small succinct nod. He would keep his word

    Nessa stared between the two men, nodding at her father's response, she couldn't help but feel a little uncertain. Having no means as to guess what they had been talking about. As far as parenting went, her father had always been a bit of a softie. If there was ever any discipline in the household, it had been from her mother or following her passing, her Aunt Antoinette. Her dad was more of the type of father that would sneak you some ice cream after being grounded to make you feel better. She had only seen him angry a few times, and one of those times had been after meeting Rex. Her father did not like Nessa's ex-boyfriend in the slightest, and after their complicated break up. A break that which he knew very little about, other than that they could no longer make their relationship work. It had never occurred to him to pry any deeper, that his sister in law or daughter were hiding a very dark, painful secret. As she glanced between him and Markus, she couldn't feel any animosity. Not like there had been when Rex. It was as far as she could tell completely okay, she relaxed slightly, relieved that they at the least didn't hate each other.

    She listened as Markus proceeded to comment on how she was a beautiful child, she relaxed slightly, letting out a laugh. "Oh god, you saw those. Dad seriously, baby photos, do you have any self-control?" She said in a teasing tone to her father, Richard shrugged, "Hey! Don't blame me, he was already looking at them when I got here." He said smiling back. Nessa glanced at Markus, wriggling her nose at him. "So nosey!" She said to him. When he made a comment about the riddles, she sighed loudly and rolled her eyes, "Riddles, really Dad?" She said in a tone of a daughter who had seen such behaviour far too many times, she glanced back at Richard. "Well, did he pass? or do we need to lock him in the basement?" Richard would grin, shaking his head, "Oh no, this one's going in the basement with the others, you grab him, I'll get the sedative." Nessa laughed, she enjoyed messing around with her father a bit, they didn't get much time together these days, some a little banter while they could was nice, refreshing even.

    Richard shook Markus's hand, "Pleasure's all mine," He replied, Nessa walked over to him, leaning down she would give her father a peck on the cheek. "I'll be gone for a day or two, maybe longer depending on how this job goes." She told him, he would nod in response. "Be safe, both of you." He replied softly, glancing between them both. She mouthed 'love you' at him, which he mouthed back — a small exchange of affection. She smiled before looking back at Markus. "Yep, let's go." She turned, waving goodbye to her father before leading Markus back out into the hallway and out of the house. She shut the door behind him before giving him a sheepish look, "Sorry about that; I didn't expect him to be home." She said in an awkward tone, at the very least it had gone pleasantly enough. "So guess it's your turn to lead, we're going that place you were talking about earlier right?"


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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on Mon 7 Jan - 22:47


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    Markus did not respond in any way when the older man nodded to him, he knew immediately that the man had understood his meaning and had been willing to keep what he had seen between the two men. It was strange for the chaos mage, knowing this man who he had just met had seen him in such a state. However, like his daughter Markus knew, somehow, that he could trust Richard, and as such accepted his word. One day, the chaos mage would speak to Nessa, tell her who he was, what he could do. However, that would be a tough conversation… and one they would have to have before they reached Bellam.

    Markus listened with a passive ear as the two talked. It was strange for the chaos mage, listening to their merriment but being unable to join. Nessa’s response to what he had seen was pretty close to what he had expected, after all what adult wants their parent showing off their pictures. When she turned to him he gave her a small half smile, the best he could force at this time, to her accusation. He was nosey, and curious, and persistent. She should know this already, as such he felt no need to remark upon the situation. It was so strange, seeing her now so powerful, and seeing her in the picture, so innocent, then his mind flicked to the painting… In the end he closed his eyes and listened as the teased her dad about the riddles.

    It seemed to Markus that this was a standard affair with her father, and by her tone she saw nothing to meaning behind such things the chaos mage however had seen his eyes, and the way he nodded. Like Markus the man had more meanings, more thoughts to the riddles, more than just mere challenges. Markus himself only wondered if he passed the mans test. His eyes shot open however as they spoke about locking him in the basement, for the briefest moment his paranoia kicked in before he calmed himself and realized it was all a joke. The two were once more acting as father and daughter, at least… how a family should be. Markus was passive through it all until Nessa informed him it was time to go.

    As they left the house, he turned to her and raised an eyebrow at her apologies. “It is no problem, Richard seems like a good man.” He said passively, dismissing her sorry. When she next spoke, he got silent. She was right, it was his turn to lead. Taking a deep breath, he took a sudden turn down a narrow ally. It ended suddenly, the way they came in was the only way out. Taking a breath, gathering his resolve the chaos mage spoke.

    “I am unsure how to explain everything to you. However, the short version is we are going to a place known as the Primordial Void, or more specifically the Domain of Chaos within the Primordial Void. A realm controlled and managed by the Primordial Chaos, a being of… immense strength.” He paused for a second. Thinking. “I will not lie to you. The realm of Primordials is… dangerous. They do not like beings not of their land, and many hate what the gods have created. Including humans. Chaos is… different, she is unbias, and as long as you are near me you will be safe in ‘her’ domain.” Markus’ voice would be strange, as if telling a secret, yet trying to stay passive, and calm. He was contemplating, and would hardly look at the Starlight Maiden… When he spoke up again his voice was quite and laced with… something. “The primordial void is where I was trapped for four yea… months. It is not a place you want to get lost. Please… Stay near me.” He held out his hand towards the female mage, offering her to take it.

    A voice rang in his head, soft, almost a whisper. ‘Oh, not gonna tell her about me huh….?’, it was laced with menace, and doubt. Markus knew immediate which side of Aporia he was dealing with. ‘How ever will you hide my presence once we are there...?’ Markus gave her no answer, he was not sure yet.

    Only after she grabbed his hand would Markus look away and concentrate. He knew, she would feel what he was. As his mind searched, and entered the Primordial Void, he proximity and touch would allow her too to feel the strange land. Whispers, calls, cries of unknown beings would ring in their minds, until suddenly they quieted. Markus had found what he was looking for, his tether to chaos, his connection with her domain. It would feel, empty, blank, yet massive, uncontrollable. Markus held up his other hand, his eyes still closed. Suddenly, a portal would form, shimmering in the shadow of the alley, nothing but blackness would be seen through its depths. “I can not hold it open long… I have never done this with another.” Markus said, his eyes still closed as he directed the two mages through the portal, into the Domain of Chaos. Into his home.

    Markus knew, the first time one entered the void would be the worse. All things were different in chaos. There was no time, no space. No direction, and no warmth. No cold, and no temperature. Everything that marked Creation, that marked the realms of the gods was nonexistent within this land. As they stepped into the portal the two would find themselves standing upon a semi-circle outcove and balcony, made of intricate and strange stone bricks. The railing was made of strange Celtic patters, stone which crisscrossed over one another, protecting someone from falling to their death. or... a much worse fate, falling into the void.

    However, it was only once one looked further did, they realize how much things had changed. The stars, the sky, the sun, and the moon were nonexistent in this world, the sky was a mismatch of dark shades, blues, purples, and reds which shifted as Chaos moved through the void. Directly overhead one would see a river, however it followed no land-form and seemed to move on its own through the strange land, twisting and turning to an unseen current. If one looked close enough they would see what looked to be a child dressed in white, looking down at the balcony questioning.

    As one looked more, they would realize this balcony was one of many, behind them was a magnificent castle made of dark ethereal granite, home to the Court of Chaos. At the center of the balcony was a doorway, the windows which lined this edge of the castle were black, impossible to see through. The door was closed.

    Markus found himself looking at Nessa, still holding her hand. He would wait for the other mage to catch her bearing.






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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on Fri 11 Jan - 16:25


    Fortunately for Nessa, Markus didn't seem to too bothered about having to meet her Dad. Honestly, she hadn't ever imagined a scenario where the two of them would have to meet, yet she found herself pleasantly surprised. Perhaps after the unfortunate disagreement, they had experienced after introducing Rex to her family just made her a little more cautious about these things. She hadn't exactly picked up on why her father didn't like him, only that there was something about his 'mannerisms' around his daughter that set the man on edge. Nessa at the time had been blind to it, the commanding way in which Rex spoke to her ordering her to do things in a way that suited him. The way he would patronise her naivete and pass it off as a joke, passively portraying her as an idiot. Even the way that when she wasn't looking, he would openly stare at her body in a way that in no way hid his intentions for it. At the time, Nessa just thought he was doing what boyfriends do, she in no way expected his subtle toxicity to cause her Father to throw him out the house — resulting in the biggest fight Nessa, and Richard had ever had. A common disagreement between fathers and daughters, the girl wanted to defend her boyfriend the father wanted to protect his child — following which the two barely spoke to each other for weeks. So for Nessa, the fact that her father seemed fine with Markus was a relief and had even been fine with Aven when they had been introduced to each other. But then again, she had to acknowledge a key difference here, neither of those two were dating her.

    Nessa followed Markus as he would take the lead, eventually taking her into an alleyway. She stopped with him, turning to him as he began to explain things to her. He started talking about the void, and primordial chaos, words and beings she had no concept of. She tried to grasp what he was saying as best she could, but knew that until she saw it. She wouldn't truly be able to understand it. When he told her about it was dangerous, she looked at him seriously. For Markus to say that, well, it meant something. When he told her to stay close, she nodded, she had no intention of going walkabouts in the place that essentially trapped him for so long. She glanced down as he offered his hand, she hesitated for a moment. Before scalding herself for being silly, he was just holding it to guide her there, nothing else. She placed her hand in his, "Lead the way." She said softly.

    After a moment, she sensed it; something was occurring around her. She could feel a strange, unfamiliar energy around them, and noises would rin out in her ears. Whispers, cries, Nessa gulped, unsure how to handle the sounds, it was an eerie sensation. Then, they would cease all of sudden. Silence. And an even more peculiar, like nothing yet everything at the same time. In the shadow of the alley a portal appeared before then, at Markus's word, Nessa nodded, following him swiftly through it. As she re-emerged with him on the other side of the portal, Nessa felt... nothing. It was oddly suitable for the term he used, void. Void of everything. Nessa glanced around; they had appeared on balcony, shaped like a semi-circle and made up off curious looking bricks. Around its edge a unique railing, intricately designed in some kind of pattern. It seemed similar to the same kind of intricate markings she had seen in Valhalla, yet not quite the same as the Norse designs the Valkyries used.

    She would look up, and feel her heart sink slightly. There weren't there. The stars and she couldn't feel them either. Wherever she went, and anytime she travelled through a portal, the sky was always the first place she would look. So that she could see her stars, those celestial entities she felt such a strong connection, it was always reassuring to know they would still be there, twinkling above her. Yet, it seemed that here, in this place, that would not be the case. For the short amount of time they would be here, she would just have to survive without her stars. Not to say the sky wasn't a fascinating sight, all the different colours that seem to be running across it. It was ominous but also beautiful. She glanced back at Markus, realising she was ogling a little bit. She could still feel her hand in his, yet wasn't sure whether it was okay to let go yet. "It's so... different." She said, stating the only word she could think of. She had never been in a world like this before. She had been in worlds encased in darkness, and some that practically overflowed with energy. But here just felt so empty, a sensation she wasn't used to.

    She would look around once more, noticing the other balconies that seemed to belong to a castle, magnificent and dark. Then her eyes would fall on the door. Nessa wondered if this was where they were going to, after all, didn't Markus need to collect some things? At least that was what she thought unless he had decided that it was best for them to pass through. She wasn't sure what to expect of the man, as she met his gaze. "Umm..." She began awkwardly, "What now?" She said with a shrug and a half-smile. Trying to play the strangeness of the moment off casually, yet she couldn't help but feel odd here. To add to the oddness of the place, she also had the weird feeling, like something was watching them.

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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by MarkusEldridge on Wed 16 Jan - 23:54


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    Markus kept a close eye on the female mage, making sure she was doing okay as she got settled, as her body got used to the Void. As soon as her eyes opened, he would listen passively as she spoke. Different was certainly an understatement, the chaos mage remembered well his first time being pulled into the Domain of Chaos. Glancing about he finally let go of the other mages hand, having no need to keep her ‘that’ close any more.

    “Now, I guess we go to my room.” Markus said casually, after all he needed to get changed and grab a few items. Walking from the balcony he opened the single door and allowed Nessa inside.

    For anyone that really knew the chaos mage, the room would have probably been exactly as one would expect. Other than being quite a bit larger than an average den it was mostly unadorned. There was a fireplace along one wall, unlit but with wood within the hearth, an assortment of pokers and utensils lay nearby. In the corner was a large bed with four posts, made neatly with white sheets. Two doors, other than the one they had entered from, were sunk into the stone. One was opposite them, and the other would be to the right across from the mantle.

    The only other piece of furniture within the room would be a pair of large painting easels. They would be facing away from the bed, and towards the windows, their frames were empty however a stand nearby would have water and paint nearby. As if they had been used within the last few days. They would be facing towards the windows, which from inside the room were absolutely clear, as if one could walk strait through them.

    Looking around, Markus eyes the easels, glad he had remembered to deliver those paintings. Otherwise, this would have been a much more awkward encounter. Looking towards Nessa, he spoke up. “Well, this is it. It is not much…” His voice was passive, as usual. He was not sure what else to say about it. “To the right is the wash, and storage. I am gonna go get a few items, and change.” Markus said starting to walk away. “Make yourself at home, shouldn’t be long. Sorry there are no baby photos for you to snoop through.” Markus said, though his voice held no real humor.

    As he stepped through the other door and closed it behind him, his thoughts were on his family. He had yet to tell her about the Estate, or his family. Though, to be fair he very much doubted there would be any baby pictures of him for her to find once there. It was possible, should they avoid detection, that he might not have to tell her about them at all.






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    Re: Matters of State [Job, Nessa]

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux Today at 1:07


    Nessa felt Markus's hands leave hers; he would answer her question. She blinked at him for a moment, for only the briefest of moment misinterpreting what he said. Then realising that they were of course, here for a reason, and nothing else. She nodded, watching as he went to open and door for her, she would follow him, stepping inside the room. Her eyes would quick take in the room, her curiosity about what kind of place Markus lived in soon to be sated. The room, for the most part, was sparse. She would take a few steps forward, turning to look over it all. She turned to Markus, a soft smile on her face. He spoke, saying that it wasn't much. He was right it wasn't, but it didn't really surprise her. "It's very you." She said with a small chuckle. He spoke about getting changed and getting stuff ready. Making a comment about baby photos, normally that would've been something she might have chuckled at. But there was just the blank way in which Markus said it; it just made Nessa felt like it wasn't the right response. So instead, she simply nodded.

    He left and went into another room, leaving her alone in his bedroom. Nessa would first walk over to the fireplace, aside from the wood in the hearth and the pokers to the side, there wasn't much else about it. As Markus said, there were no small decorative pieces like the things her Aunt would have bought at an Antique shop. Nor where there any photos to resemble any sort of reflection of his life. It was such an alien thing to her, Nessa understood full well the sentiment of a prized possession, something from your past that brought forward a fond memory. Did Markus not have that? Or perhaps, it was just something he wasn't willing to share with her? She sighed, moving away from the fireplace and over to the easel. She cocked her head at it, "He paints...?" She said softly to no one in particular, her tone laced with a rhetorical question. She approached, looking around the room. Despite this, she couldn't see any canvases, no evidence of any art he'd been working on or had done: just the easel, and a stand with paint and water on it. Nessa tried to imagine what Markus might paint; her mind went through the different types of art she new, perhaps still life? It was had to picture. Maybe she would get a chance to ask him.

    She turned and looked at the bed, Nope. She was not going anywhere near that thing; she did not have a good history with beds and Markus. Her mind flickered back to that night, which only made her feel irritable. She really wanted to get those thoughts out of her head, yet it seemed it was such an easy memory to prompt she wouldn't even have to try and she would see it in her mind. Despite her intoxication, that moment, the look in his eyes as he spoke that single word, the feel of his lips. Nessa who had been wandering as she daydreamed, caught the heel of her foot and fell forward. With a slight squeal, she hit the floor, reducing the brunt of the trip with her heads. She lay there for a moment, before quickly scuttling to her feet, and brushing down her clothes. "Idiot." She mumbled under her breath, referring to herself.

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