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    the consequence of obligation~ [Ren]

    Artemis Dagger
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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 22nd December 2018, 6:49 am


    What a shitstorm.

    Artemis had enjoyed minding his own for the longest time, enjoying the free life of a guild member and bachelor. Doing jobs during the day and partying at night. He had managed to build up a decent amount of his own money; he had his own apartment. Life was great, or at least it had been. But thus it seemed all good things have to come to an end, and what he had hoped would last much longer than it had, came to a crashing cease. His position in Black Rose was no more, once again a guildless mage, with an unfortunate amount of explaining to do.

    Black Rose had seemed to be doing fine, and then a significant number of members vanished, in the blink of an eye, the guild master, the aces and many others. No one knew where they were or what happened to them. The mystery was ominous and had left the guild in a dire state. It's remaining members had fought over who would take over and how to proceed. In the midst of that argument, Artemis had found out some displeasing information. There weren't manner matters that Artemis agreed with his family on, but actively working against the Magic Council was not something Artemis could sit by and agree with. Its premise was foolish, in their weakened state the guild would be crushed in the blink of an eye. However, Artemis's rebellious attitude had not gone down well. Thus resulting in a fight with the entire remaining members of the guild. It had been ruthless bloody, and with the assistance of a curious individual, they had left the guild in ruins. It had indeed been an act of self-preservation, although he knew full well Morte had let it get out of control somewhat. Somehow the act had been covered up, reported to the public as 'enemies of the guild' seeking revenge. Artemis had a feeling his family had sent in some experts to remove any evidence of Artemis's position in the guild. They were good at making records disappear like that. Also knowing his father, it would likely be leaked to the Magic Council that Black Rose was targetting them, ruining their stance with the council and drawing attention away from those who had destroyed the guild and attacked its members. Artemis had been around long enough to know full well the true nature in which his family handled such matters.

    So here he was, heading to the Crocus branch of the Dagger Corporation, summoned there for a meeting with his father. He knew full well he was going to get grilled on the matter, perhaps even discipline. His family had been happy with his role in Silver Wolf, but Black Rose had turned out to be a foolish mistake. It would definitely be brought up; two guilds, he had joined, only to leave one and assist in the destruction of the other. He was wearing a black shirt and dark jeans. His shoes were leather brogues, and his hair was swept back with a little gel. He wasn't sure what to expect, but wearing a suit had seemed like overkill. Still turning up to Dagger Corp in trainers and a hoodie seemed nothing short of crazy. At least this way he was casual formal.

    He made his way through the revolving front door, heading straight past the reception, he nodded at the receptionist. Her eyes lit up at the sight of him; he wondered briefly if he had seduced her already or not? Probably. But that was irrelevant right now. He stepped into the elevator and hit the ninth floor. The Elevator began to rise, and Artemis took a steady breath, he was at least half an hour early. But knowing his father, being late was nothing short of an insult. The last thing he needed was to add fuel to the already blazing fire.


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    Post by Hania on 22nd December 2018, 10:49 am

    It had been so long since he has seen his eldest brother Artemis, in honesty he didn't know exactly how long it had been given the constant studies, exams, lessons, social obligations that was pressed onto him. He knew it had been several months however as he often got a letter here and there telling him some of the exciting jobs his elder brother was doing, he couldn't wait until he was of legal age so he could get out from the suffocating grasp of his parents and live a little more freely like Artemis seemed to he doing. He unfortunately knew that he was years away from such a thing happening especially since his studies seemed to be never ending, he was trying to figure out why he was put under such pressure when none of his elder siblings seemed to have went through the same issues as he currently was. Something must have happened before he was born that caused such a extreme change with his families standing towards their children that came after that incident. He had tried to enquire but was often hushed and told to get ready for a lesson, social event or go study, his family had far to many secrets and it bothered him to no end as none of his own 'friends' seemed to have that issue but then again he had no idea if these people where true friends or they just wanted to suck up to him to get better standing, that irritated him also.

    He had been dosing off in the back of one of the family cars that where being driven by his personal butler. The young red head treated the lanky, dark haired man like a friend but damn was he annoying it was like having a second shadow at times because he was always so close. That was unless he sent him on a task for him, this was rare but occasionally needed, what many didn't know was that the butler was also the bodyguard to the youngest of the the Dagger line, it wasn't like he needed it given how much training he had to go through but still his family seemed somewhat paranoid on such things at least with him. Apollo most often referred to as 'Ren' due to his middle name being Rennard thought this was beyond strange as it was his elder brother whom was the heir not him yet to him it felt like he was being groomed and protected as if he was the next in line to take over the family business. To him they could keep it if this was what it was how it was a normal routine for someone not to take over the family then he couldn't blame his elder brother for running off trying to be free for as long as he wanted.

    It was then that the cars lacrima seemed to start going off instantly waking the dozing youth, who could only sigh sitting up checking himself over to make sure he was presentable to whomever was on the other side of the conversation. His family had a high standard and reputation that went with it, it wouldn't be kindly look dis-shuffled when happy with his appearance he looked to the lacrima. "Answer" he said calmly looking confused as he seen an elder red headed male, his father. "Good evening Apollo, I hope the conference went well." he said watching his son's body language noticing how it got a little tense, in the younger red heads defence he wasn't expecting to talk to his father until he got home. "It went as well as expected, two more investors are signed up however and it seems the stock on the wanted requisition has went down six percent since yesterday; if we wait until the end of the week it should be the perfect time to put in an offer." he answered his father motioning to the paperwork in the magically sealed binder that sat next to him "I will show you the numbers when I return, but I am sure you aren't contacting me for such things as I would be home tomorrow. What is so pressing father?" he asked at a complete loss of the goings on at current. "Ah, very good you can see when there are more pressing matters at hand." he praised his youngest a little "I require you to head to the company building at Crocus before heading home, everything else will explained then." he said calmly though the youth knew this wasn't a request but an order and nodded "I will make my way there now then. I'll see you soon." he said the communication coming to an end, wither or not his father would be there or not was up in the air but it truly got him curious.

    His crystal blue eyes looked towards the divider pressing a button alerting his butler he wanted to talk, the divider fading "Yes sir?" a formal voice was heard "Lynus, change of plan. My presence has been requested at the Dagger Corp offices in Crocus before I head home. Make the required amendments in our journey." he said with a somewhat sleepy voice, he really just wanted a journey without a detour for a change. "Yes young sir. I suggest trying to get a bit of rest before we get there however, you seem worn down." he said with the same formal tone yet this time it held concern for his well being "I shall, thank you Lynus wake me when we are close so I might straighten up." he said watching as the other nodded and the divider went back up. Closing his eyes it felt as if only a few minutes had passed but it must have been hours as before he knew it he was hearing the noise letting him know the driver wanted to talk. Sitting up he pressed a button letting the divider fall "Yes?" he asked in confusion "We are here young sir." he said just starting to park allowing Ren to fix himself up and slide towards the car door that was opened from the outside by Lynus whom bowed a little as was usual.

    Lynus had short black hair, dark storm grey eyes, stood 6'5" tall and was slender, he wore a black suit and tie with a white shirt and shiny black shoes and a silver pocket watch and the family pin on his lapel proudly showing the family that he worked for. As Ren slid out of the car he would be wearing a set of black set of black shoes, black dress trousers, white shirt, white and red waistcoat, black blazer and what looked like a silver set of rosarys that connected to what appeared to be a silver cross with an amethyst in the centre, his short hair neat as normal. His crystal blue eyes looked to Lynus. "Park the car and get something to eat and some rest as I have no idea how long this meeting is going to be or even what it is about." he instructed the other knowing he'd likely get an earful from his father for separating from Lynus even for a short time outside an area deemed as secure but he didn't feel under attack, after all he was on his families property. With a nod Lynus done as he was instructed allowing the youth to enter the building, he walked quickly across the reception area nodding at the receptionist whom seemed to blushing. This to him was weird but he wasn't about to question it given he might be late and didn't know it, his father had no patience for lateness and usually even if you where five minutes earlier than what was asked for somehow you where still late in the mans books. Getting into the elevator he pushed the button for the board room fully unaware his brother was in the other elevator. That was until they would both meet inside the board room "Artemis?" he said in confusion almost hoping he had a clue about what was going on.

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    Artemis Dagger
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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 22nd December 2018, 2:30 pm


    Artemis stared at the cold, metal doors ahead. The repetitive elevator music playing in the background, only adding to his frustrations. He was no fool. He knew his fate; he understood full well for the longest time he had been off, galavanting around Fiore, attending parties, bedding woman, and getting into fights. Such behaviour was not suitable for the heir of to Dagger Corp. But in this one scenario that had gotten so out of hand that Artemis was being called into the building to be handled with, wasn't really his fault. He had no open knowledge about Black Rose, he just thought with their business like manner of running things, and obtaining profit across all of Fiore, would be ideal for his skill set. For a while it had been, the only real challenge he had found was getting along with his guildmates and that once counselling session Jiyu had made him run. Albeit the latter hadn't gone so bad in the end, he had been able to empathise with a least two participants. As for his guildmates, Balthazar had actually been alright to work with, but the rest. He just got the same sense of the usual shit, either judged for being a flirt or judged for being a Dagger.

    The elevator dinged, pulling his attention back into the matter at hand, his red eyes watched as the doors pulled open. Revealing a boardroom, he sighed once again. Here we go... He thought, making his way into the room. The members there were filled with only so many individuals, the one he instantly recognised. His father, an hardened looking man, with long red hair that ran down his back, a slight beard and square spectacles that sat on the end of his nose. You could see scars that peaked up from the neckline of his suit, scars of a man who had seen much more than most. Lucarius Dagger glanced past the individual he was talking to, his red eyes locking on his son, narrowing a fraction. Art's sharp demonically advanced eyes didn't miss it, his father was furious. Artemis made his way across the room, the elevator next to the one he had just emerged from dinged.

    Moments after it had opened, he heard a familiar voice. He glanced around, spotted his younger brother Apollo. Artemis's hard stare softened slightly at the sight of him. One of the few members of his family actually liked, after Apollo and their older sister Pandora, the numbers of those were slim. "Long time no see, Ren," He said, using the nickname he knew his little brother preferred. "Looking sharp." He said with a wink. Having his little brother here only added to the awkwardness that this was. Art knew how uncomfortable Ren found it when Art got a bollocking from his parents. Plus with Ren there, there was no doubt going to being some comparisons made. His family loved to compare the two of them, Ren was studious and well-behaved, whereas Artemis... well he was not.

    Artemis noticed that people were making their way to their seats, this was enough to indicate the meeting was about to begin. It was a good thing he got here early, cause if they had intended on started it now, then he would've walked in late to his own lashing. Now wouldn't that be ironic? He shot Ren another smile, before turning a taking a seat at the end of the table. Directly opposite where his father would be seated. Along the table would sit a numerous amount of employees, and a few family members. Their uncle, Jasper was sat on his father right-hand side. A quiet man, not quite as intimidating as his father, next to him an individual that would cause Artemis to roll his eyes. Fucking Gabriel Dagger, who was looking at him with a smug expression, knowing full well the lashing Artemis was going to get. The little weasel hadn't quite been put in his place it seemed, kissing the arse of the higher-ups in the family to try to worm his way into the inheritance. Alas, Lucarius was the oldest son, and heir to the business, in that sense, after Jasper Dagger, Artemis was next in line. In Art's mind, Pandora would've made more sense, being the oldest sibling, but the families traditions were old. It had to be the firstborn son, which was a joke in Artemis's mind because he was sure Pandora would handle this crap much better then he would. Heck, anyone with a brain could see that the clear choice would have been Ren. But there were rules, unfortunately, rules that despite protest Artemius could not sway.

    He recognised a few others at the table, second cousins such as Victor and Abraham. There was also Francis Laine, a board member that worked closely with his father. Then there was Chester Locklaurd, since their last meeting, it seemed Chester had been promoted to head of the Legal Team for Dagger Corp. This at least suited him, because unlike many of the stuffy pricks that generally worked for their family. Chester had gotten Artemis out of several scrapes and legal predicaments. Chester offered Artemis a small nod in greeting; he probably would've been friendlier had it not been for the circumstance. The rest of the members at the table Art couldn't remember the names of, they weren't important enough for him to store in long-term memory.

    The room quietened down as everyone was seated, Francis cleared his throat. "The meeting has been called to address the incident on the fifth of December, including a Mr Artemis Dagger, at the Silver Moon Inn in the Rose Gardens." He began, heading the meeting, Art watched his father, who was sitting there in silence, his eyes cast downwards, a small stack of paperwork in front of him. "Mr Dagger was seen to be attending what appeared to be a guild meeting, during discussions Mr Dagger can be seen to antagonise a guild member provoking an attack. Mr Dagger immediately proceeded to fight off the assailants along with the other members of the guild who also turned their weapons and magic against him." Artemis gritted his teeth, technically that was true, but the way it was worded did not paint him in a good light.

    "The outcome?" Lucarius said, his tone cold, ringing loudly through the room.

    "The complete and entire destruction of the Black Rose guild hall, supposedly due to arson with intent to kill. Alongside forty-two deaths of registered Black Rose members." Francis read out, there was a slight sense of discomfort in his tone and Artemis didn't blame him. Art shifted in his seat; now it looked really bad. He wasn't sure how he was going to sell this in a way that didn't leave him in the shit. Lucarius sighed, bringing his hands to his face, he rubbed his temples for a moment. Before relaxing his hands once again, his eyes finally lifting to look at his oldest son.

    "Do you even realise for a moment, the ramifications of what you have done?" He said, his voice like ice, sending a cold chill across the room. Artemis opened his mouth, trying to speak,

    "Father-"

    "I am not finished." He barked across the table, his magical aura radiated with fury. "You destroyed a guildhall and assisted in the murder of several of its members, do you realise what we have had to do to clean up your mess? Another event Artemis, where you could not hold your tongue and provoked an attack from those around you? Such insolent behaviour Artemis, how can you not see that such petty and reckless actions do nothing but cause your family, alongside this company, incomprehensible strife." He stopped as quickly as he had started, his words like sharp cuts, slicing away at his composure. Being berated by his father, he was used to but in front of so many people. Only made it sting so much more.



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    Post by Hania on 22nd December 2018, 3:57 pm

    Ren in honesty hadn't paid much attention to the background noise that was the elevator music, if anything it was annoying as hell white noise but had never complained about it as it seemed to make others happy. In honesty he believe that his family must have put subliminal messages within the music as everyone seemed to walk out of them in a weird mood regardless of how heated things were in meetings. Seeing his elder brother as the ding happened and the doors opened he couldn't help but smile a little seeing his eldest brother, it had been far to long since the two of them had been in the same area let alone the same room. It had seemed like time had treated his brother kindly and for this he was indeed glad, he did however wonder why his brother would be summoned to the company building in Crocus as usually everything was done by letter and call. Well he often heard people complaining that they couldn't get through to his elder brother, this only made him quietly chuckle as he had to remind them he was also a guild mage and that came with it's own responsibilities. He knew about his brothers reputation and had even seen his latest wanten conquest when he was in Magnolia a few months previously. He had remained quiet about the long haired red head given how the girl had been dressed and behaving if he had indeed told his family about it he was quite sure that his brother may have been disinherited or they would have forced him into marriage right there and then. Even then he was unsure if forced into a marriage if that would have stopped his playboy mannerisms.

    Hearing his brother greet him his smile got brighter "It's been a while Artemis, guild life has been keeping you busy I guess... either that or they've been keeping me busy." he said his smile dimming, he hated just how much was on his shoulders given just how young he was, he had no chance to be a normal kid. "Yeah, I was just returning from a conference on behalf of the family." he said motioning to the binder in his hand "I was actually hoping to be home soon but I was called to the office by father. Do you have any idea what's going on?" he asked quietly hearing noise from the board room, it was clear he had no idea what the hell what was going on. He knew that his older brother didn't want anything to do with the family business, he wanted a free to live his life free from strive and the headaches of being a member of one of the powerful Dagger family, in honesty he didn't blame him but at the same time he was upset that his brother was allowed to run free and rampant doing as he liked within reason, while he was at home dealing with the slack. He would understand that if he was the families heir but he was the youngest meaning their older sister Pandora was more likely to be classed as an heir before he was. She was gifted with the families magic, from what he had heard she was a successful guild master but their family had traditions as old as time it seemed and refused to budge an inch from them no matter how any of them complained about them. From what he could understand the only reason that Pandora wasn't the heir was the fact that she was female, he still thought that was stupidly archaic but he wasn't in the position to call his family out on it.

    The fact that he and Artemis had both been called meant two things, the first something happened that couldn't be ignored and the second was that they would be compared to one another. Gods that annoyed him, they were two different people nothing was going to change that no matter how much comparing their elders done in regards to them. Walking into the board room he was met with several members of the board one of them being Mr. Laine, their father's personal yes man in his personal opinion as he had never disagree with his father on anything. He seen his elder brothers personal lawyer at the table and looked to his brother "I'm surprised you didn't know about his promotion." he said walking around the table as his family started taking their seats leaning in and whispering something into their father's ear giving him the binder. Moving back he walked around the table taking the seat to the left of his brother, this made him right across from their cousin Gabriel, he was older than himself but he didn't trust him even a little though wore a smiled on his face hiding his contempt for the other being there.

    As the meeting started he closed his eyes taking in the information commiting it to memory, he now knew what was going on and knew the lashing that was about to come with it and so moved uncomfortably in his chair. He really didn't want to be there his eyes open showing his discomfort, he seen Gabriel trying to hide a smug grin; how he would love to move over and knock it right off his face but that was out of the question... at least for the moment, he wanted to protect his brother. "If I may.." he begun taking a deep breath, he was the youngest in the room and right now he could feel all eyes on him more than a little anxious but swallowed it for now "Where the primary charge might indeed be correct we have no way to know just what happened for Artemis to do as he did, it would be wrong for us as gentlemen of means and reason to jump to conclusions without proof or knowing what started the events that happened." he said his crystal blue eyes turning towards his brother "And I am sure you have some sort of proof to show that you didn't kill forty-two members of your former guild and destroy the guild hall for a mere squabble, right?" he said knowing without such proof there would be little chance of winning such an argument regardless of how good a negotiator he was. "My elder brother might be many things, such as as a playboy but he is not a serial killer. He would not put me or any other family member in that kind of danger... he's not a dark mage." he said his voice though calm was slightly heated with the passion in trying to get them to see sense, he could feel Gabriel's delight on the matter as if his older brother got shamed and disinherited then it meant that he would be closer to the seat of power; if that happened the only thing that would be in the way of Gabriel's ascension to power would be him and he would rather not have a target on his back from his own family. Then again he would love to see someone try to get past Lynus he had been hand chosen by his grandfather meaning that he had to be extraordinary, as he knew personally just how high those standards were.

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    True sins are the ones that you cannot atone for.
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    Artemis Dagger
    Artemis Dagger

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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 24th December 2018, 8:21 am


    As Artemis listened to his brother's keen response, it was clear he had no idea why they had been summoned to the meeting. Artemis wasn't sure that he should be the one to explain, he didn't want to antagonise his father anymore by discussing the matter they were just about to address. Artemis glanced to the binder as his brother mentioned it, his eyes narrowing a fraction. It seemed his family were still working Ren to the bone, this irked him a little. His brother, only fifteen years of age, spent all his time subjected to school work, tutors, and working for the company in between. He had no time to enjoy himself, to behave like a typical teenage boy. Artemis remembered it well when they had tried time after time to force it on himself, only for him to half-ass his work and sneak off to go play around with kids his age. Eventually, they had grown tired of it. He had done the etiquette class, he had attended the board meetings, he had even seen things a child wouldn't be expected to see. All in preparation for the day he took over the company but did he even want it?

    And now they had Ren; good, obedient little Ren. A sharp mind, hard-working, tolerant of their ridiculous expectations and they were downright taking advantage of it. Throwing as much as they could his way, knowing that unlike Artemis he would accept it. Art reached out, patting his little brother on the shoulder in a surprisingly affectionate manner, "You'll see, just know whatever they say, there's more to the story." He said, before lowering his hand. His brother commented about Chester; he didn't know the lawyer had received a promotion. But then again he hadn't seen Chester since that incident at the bar when they had gone to the courtrooms when they had bumped into his Grandfather, someone who for some reason wasn't present right now. Artemis hadn't missed that little fact, his father was scary, but Grandfather Mephistopheles was downright chilling to be around. The fact he wasn't here made Artemis suspicious, because if anyone would want to make an example of him, it was him, right? His father was leading the meeting instead made him wonder, had something happened to his grandfather? Was he just too occupied to partake, or was there other reasons?

    After the intense berating that Artemis had received, he sighed, he knew what Lucarius was doing. He was justifying what they were doing, by using Artemis as a scapegoat. Artemis may not have been as sharp as Ren, but he could read his father like a book. He knew how he worked; he had been dragged around so much as a teen. His father who act so composed and collected, Artemis had stood by and watching him pummel a man to near death. Art knew the true beast that lived inside Lucarius Dagger, his rage, a side few got to see. Art wasn't even sure if  Ren knew how ruthless his family could be. He was cushioned, kept in a little bubble if only he knew what they were capable of. Yet Artemis wasn't prepared to enlighten him, the less he knew about his family's true nature, the safer he would be. He really didn't want them to drag Ren into it, but somehow he felt like it would come. He just hoped when it did; he might be more capable of protecting him than he was now.

    Before Artemis could talk, he heard his brother speak up, looking over to his left where his brother sat, a look of mild surprise that Ren would get involved. He listened as his brother attempted to clear him of the accusations that were being made, Artemis bit the inside of his cheek. Ren didn't know what happened and yet here he was trying to clear Art's name. Artemis glanced over at their father, who was listening tight-lipped, his eyes locked on Ren as he spoke. He could tell his father didn't appreciate the argument being made from his youngest, but unlike when Artemis spoke, Lucarius didn't interrupt. It just went to show how much softer they were towards Ren. They weren't doting parents or anything of the sort, but there was a clear difference in leeway between the two boys. Artemis could only presume this had something to do with a combination of their difference in behaviour, and Ren being the baby of the family. Any others possible explanations were beyond him.

    As Ren finished speaking, the room was filled with silence, the individuals around the table waiting for someone to speak. Somehow it felt like the tension in the air, had gone up at least three notches. It was rare someone actually dared to challenge Lucarius on any matter, especially not one as sensitive as this.

    "Well Artemis, do you have said proof? That you didn't partake in the destruction and massacre of a guild." He father asked, his voice carried as icy chill, as though daring Artemis to try and defend himself. Artemis had three routes he could have taken. The first being denial, complete and utter denial, claim ignorance and pretend he wasn't there in the first place. The second route was admittance, accepting his punishment and not arguing further, this route, however, would only prove him to be even more of a disappointment to the Dagger Family. No, he would go with the third route, by far, the riskiest.  He sat up in his at least, straightening up somewhat, he looked his father dead in the eye.

    "No." He answered confidently, the pause in the room was somehow deafening as those watching would glance between them to watch the interaction. "But you do." He added, leaning forward in his seat. Artemis would rest his elbows on the table, interlocking his fingers and balancing his chin on them. "Because placed directly in front of you, Father, is a little report file, submitted by a person you hired to take care of Black Rose should they turn on me. Which they did, my words were not provocative but self-preserving. What you understand about Black Roses's true aspirations should tell you that much." He elaborated, "Black Rose were working to take down the Magic Council, considering our relationship with them, agreeing to this cause would've have been nothing less than idiotic. I stood my ground, so they attempted to eliminate me. My action were purely an act of self-defence. Additionally, I'm sure it specifies that the explosions were not my doing, but of the 'help' I received, I may have provoked the fight Father, but I didn't start the fire." He continued to explain, taking the oppurtunity to get his entire point across, "As for the deaths, an unfortunate consequence in the preservation of the Dagger family line. Because had they not died, then I most certainly would have. Now, what looks worse I wonder, Black Rose's guild mysterious attacked by an unknown assailant or Dagger Heir murdered ruthlessly in an attempt to take on own his guild. I'm sure they would've spun the story in their favour too, perhaps argue that I was the one working against the Magic Council and that they had no choice but the eliminate me. That doesn't sound too positive for the Dagger Families reputation now does it Father?" He unhooked his fingers and sat back in his chair, waiting for his father's response. Artemis observed Lucarius's face, for a moment, he was certain his father mouth curled upwards into a smirk, before returning to its stoic self. Artemis had clearly chosen the correct route.




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    Post by Hania on 24th December 2018, 5:24 pm

    All Ren could do was smile weakly as his brother looked at the binder in his hand, he noticed the narrowing of his eyes though it was slight and looked down almost ashamed. Had he done something to upset the elder red head, he truly had no idea since it had been so long since the two had seen each other face to face. What he did know was that recently there had been a lot of the same look going on and he had absolutely no idea why, and this was something he knew better than to ask about as if he had time for that type of enquire he had enough time to make calls or deal with other matters. His eyes closed for a long moment, he was feeling exhausted he couldn't remember the last time he had a decent night sleep. He could feel his body in it's weary state wanting to give out on him due to the exhaustion he was feeling, it was only due to sheer will that he was still awake and standing. This was something he had gotten use to over the last several years, he knew it wasn't fair on him but it wasn't exactly like he could decline his family; could he? He knew from a very young age to be born with the name 'Dagger' meant you had responsibilities just seemed like some had more than others. "Have I upset you Artemis?" he finally asked as he opened his eyes looking to his older brother once more fear of letting him down seen in his eyes.

    Feeling the elder red heads on his shoulder as he spoke didn't fill him with confidence, what was he about to find out? What was so wrong that his bother, the person he was closest to within the entire family wasn't giving him any information in what was so important that it couldn't wait until business hours. "Artemis, I don't like this." he admitted to the other in a small voice, he knew that most if not all areas within the building were under constant observation, he raised his hand to cover his mouth yawning briefly. He really wanted to be resting but alas this seemed like a pressing matter. It was then his mind clicked to what his brother had actually said and bit the inside of his cheek "What do you mean by that Artemis? You're not in serious trouble are you?" his voice showing true concern about what this could be about, he knew that his elder brother head was indeed quite often in trouble for smaller things, but nothing that could ever warrant a meeting of the board, it was normally handed by their father and grandfather to make the issue vanish. Then again he had been in Bosco for the last few months dealing with business, his university lessons had been don via lacrima links and his personal tutors sent to continue his education unhindered. He took his brother's wrist as he moved "Artemis, tell me what is going on? Let me help you... we're brothers, it's what we do... right?" he asked his voice pleading with his older sibling on this matter, he knew it would likely be for nothing but he would at least try and get the information so he wasn't caught unawares any further than he currently was.

    The youth had listened to his father tare his older brother a new one after the charges had been read to the board, he hated when this stuff happened. It happened to often for his liking that was for sure, he wanted to stand up and bang on the table telling his father to stop it but what would that accomplish other than directing the anger for a short time. In the end he knew that his older brother would be blamed for the outburst, he didn't want to be the cause of that and so had given his argument calmly. He knew that doing it wasn't exactly the brightest idea he ever had given how harsh his father could be with his tongue lashings, but he was sleep deprived and his brother was being attacked without all sides of the story being known and so worked on his instincts regardless of how foolish it was on his part. He had noticed as he spoke his father seemed less than impressed and seen quite a few of the family and employees seem somewhat perplexed at what the youth could be thinking coming to the family failure's defence. Leaning back after he finished spoke his eyes closed once more as he could listen what would happen next, his right eye opened a little as the board room door opened and in walked in his personal butler Lynus. In his hand was a tea cup on a saucer in his other hand was a file, without a word he placed both in front of the youth before leaning in covering his mouth whispering something nodding his head "Make the arrangements for me then please Lynus." he said calmly keeping a keen ear on what was being said by his father. "As you wish young sir." with a hand going to his chest he bowed a little to both his young sir and to the head of the family before leaving without another word.

    By the time the tall male had left it had seemed it was now his older brother's time to talk, picking up his tea he drank listening intently. The fact their father had been reading from a file meant that no evidence would have been needed as anyone in the employ of their family done a thorough job when dealing with reports. He had seen people be reprimanded and even fired for sloppy reports boy was he glad that he learned quickly because he would hate to see what would happen if he had been sloppy or done anything half baked given his schedule already. "Wait a sec... you're saying a legal guild filled with wizard saints wanted to take down the magic council? Where they insane?" he said in disbelief placing down his cup unable to believe what was going on, more so what it would be like if their family would be caught up in such a scandal. "They would have been deemed a dark guild and you a dark mage with them Artemis..." his voice sounded worried for his elder brother more than the family at that moment and it was reflected in his eyes, he knew logically his family would have wiped out any proof of a member of their family being inside a corrupt guild but again he was sleep deprived and not thinking as logical as he normally would be. Gabriel smirked a little seeing the disshuffled youth trying to play catch up with what everyone in the room already knew, it was clear to him that he shouldn't be at this meeting and was wondering what his uncle was thinking "Don't worry Apollo, as normal its been dealt with." he said trying to seem caring about his cousin, even tired Ren seen right through the bullshit but still played nice and nodded with a smile showing he understood. "That's a relief but why wasn't I told about this before today?" he enquired "Likely because you were away on business, but that's just my theory of it." he said back watching as his younger cousin picked up his tea once more and thumbed over the file that was in front of him. He hated the other, in his mind his own younger brother would have been better suited to be here. That they would have been better suited than the walking disaster that was Artemis and as he seen it pampered and spoilt Apollo but knew better than to rock the boat.

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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 28th December 2018, 10:23 am



    Artemis was sure he felt it, if only for the briefest of moments. A tiny glimmer of satisfaction from his father, who despite being called out by both his sons was satisfied by how the meeting was progressing. Artemis could only presume that this was because both his children were displaying the sense of a backbone. Which was much more than could be said for Gabriel, because as Ren was reiterating the fact that going against the Magic Council was pure insanity. The slimy weasel spoke, acting high and mighty, talking as if he knew all the facts. Artemis glanced over, eyes dragging them over his cousin with pure disdain. Artemis allowed his energy spread over his cousin; he tended to keep his little ability under wraps. Artemis was in no way fond of the sensation it provided, but still, it was useful against his enemies. Morte's demonic ability gave him the power to read the sins of those around him. The dark thoughts and desires held within there hearts, the guilt and shame they carried inside. But it was an uncomfortable sensation, invasive. It would creep over Gabriel, like a wave of nausea. It bounced back to Artemis, rippling through him, he could feel it all. Gabriel wasn't exactly guarded against these sort of attacks, he put on a front, but his mind was weak. The first thing Artemis sensed was the greed, the intense greed for money and power. Just like a true power-hungry Dagger, except much more parasitic in nature. Then there was the desperate need for approval, coated with the jealous and hate he held for his cousins. He put on a facade to the rest, the fake respect, hid his true feeling. He wanted what they had, their position in the family, their stature. It was no secret that Lucarius's side of the family was better off, it was clear that after Mephistopheles, Lucarius was next in line for the position he sat in. Jasper's stance on the matter was a little harder to read; his sons, however, was not. Gabriel wanted desperately to climb to the top of his family's pyramid, and undoubtedly he would do everything in his power to earn it.

    From what Artemis could sense, his cousin was pretending to know more on the matter than he actually did. Wanting to seem as though he held some kind of relevance in this meeting, as though he hadn't wormed his way in by manipulating his own father in allowing him to attend. Using vague comments thrown his way to appear as though he knew more than Ren when in truth, he was pretty clueless. Artemis allowed his magic to ease off of Gabriel. Now that he knew what his cousin knew, he knew how to handle him. But that conversation was for later. Lucarius who had been quiet for a moment spoke up once more.

    "It seems you are more observant than you appear Artemis, however, if you had been paying more attention, you would have realised your guilds true motive sooner and gotten out of there without causing so much havoc in the first place. We could have negotiated your leave, had you not allowed it to become so heated." He answered. Artemis resisted the urge to scoff, his moment of fatherly pride gone, replaced with another complaint about how poorly he handled the matter. Lucarius continued, this time addressing the boardroom, "What my son had said is true, we've been suspicious of Black Rose's intentions for a while. We had a mole infiltrate their ranks to keep an eye on things. I suspected that the guild would eventually implode; it seemed the disappearance of so many key members was the fire that lit to fuse. As Gabriel put it, the matter is being handled. However," He would snap his fingers, and throw the air, papers would levitate across the table. Landing in front of each member of the table, "As privy to most Dagger Corp. matters you are all expected to sign this non-disclosure agreement. The conversation from today meeting cannot be discussed out of this room; this is a magical contract, should you breach it. We will know." The last sentence was laced with a slight hint of venom, a thread disguised under the veil of 'just business'. Artemis, had no qualms about it, grabbing his pen he would sign the paper. Most of those in the room complied to signing the form; there was however at least one hesistant individual. Gabriel's pen would hover over the page. This did not go unnoticed by the boys under, Lucarus spoke once more.

    "Should you refuse to sign, you're position in this company will be at stake." He added, his red eyes boring down on the guy. Gabriel gulped, feeling the heat of the glare, quickly signing the paper. When Lucarius was satisfied, he would click his fingers again. The forms would return to him, stacking themselves in a neat pile in front of him.

    "Now, this may seem a little much, considering the so far trivial matter we've discussed. But this is important for the next matter I have to discuss with you all. I have some, unfortunately, news to reveal. News that must be kept quiet, no one can know, at least not until we officially announce it to the public." Artemis sat up in his seat; he had the feeling this no longer applied to himself. The Black Rose Scandal was closed, something else was happening right now, something significant.  His father, rolled his neck, the audible clicking of the joints filling the space of silence that filled the room.

    "My father, Mephistopheles Jager, is stepping down as the Name Partner and head of Dagger Corp." There were several audible intakes of breath in the room. Artemis included, his eyes widened in shock. He was not expecting that, not in the slightest. It was now revealed to him that he hadn't just been brought in for a verbal beating. This was the real reason for his presence today. He gulped, speechless. His grandfather, a man of genuine stature and power; the most formidable character Artemis had ever had the pleasure or displeasure of knowing was relinquishing his power after all the years.

    "Why?" Artemis whispered, the shock evident in his tone. Lucarius sighed, glancing at his two sons, he was addressing them as he answered, knowing this would shock them the most.

    "Your Grandfather built this company, Dagger Corp was created on the foundation of his blood and sweat. Year after year of endless labour on his part to make it what it is, holding it together and creating the empire that know exists amongst the people of Fiore. But his time has reached its peak; he wants to hand it down to the next branch of the family so that he can transfer it efficiently, while he is still able." The last sentence caused tightness in Artemis's chest, ' while he is still able', was there a deeper meaning behind that. Was he Grandfather's power diminishing? He had not long seen him; he was still as imposing as ever. As though he could carry the business for another decade at least. Why now? Why so suddenly?

    "So, who will be replacing him?" Gabriel's words run through the room, Artemis snapped his neck around the mage, he almost went to grab him by the throat for asking such a question. Because although to everyone else it was just a question, to Artemis it was just another example of his greed. Lucarius narrowed his eyes at the boy,

    "My father has put me in charge. The papers have already been signed, as of this morning, Mephistopheles Jager retired." He said Artemis fell back in his seat, not sure how to take this new information. It was just so real, so unexpected. "In the upcoming weeks, there will be several changes in the company as it adjusts to having myself managing it. Once the company is running smoothly, there will be an event held including our clients and benefactors. It is then that we will officially announce it to the public. This is a formal event, one which you all will be expected to attend." His eyes would lock once more on his oldest son, a clear message if there ever were one.





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    Post by Hania on 29th December 2018, 11:20 am

    Ren was looking between his elder brother and his father, he was unsure what was going on but even he could see that their father even for a moment seemed to be proud of them both for standing their ground. As quick as it had come it seem to disappear which worried the younger of the two red headed brothers in attendance, in honestly he was just glad to see his father was proud of Artemis for a change; he was honestly sick and tired of hearing all the negative things that others seemed to come from the others about his elder brother. Who where they to judge him? It wasn't like they didn't have skeletons in their closets or without there own sins. He knew that his family had many secrets and knew that he had been kept out of the loop on so many, he thought this was just to keep him protected but he was starting to believe that was just him trying to fool himself on the matter. The one thing that kept him going was the fact that secrets would always eventually bubble to the surface no matter how much preparation had been done to keep it in the the closet they called home. It just bothered the youth some that he done so much and was still in the dark about a lot of things, his brother would have let him know he was sure if he was allowed to so the ruling either came from their father or grandfather and he wasn't stupid enough to challenge on that.

    Ren turned his eyes to his elder brother and smiled "I'm glad you stood your ground Artemis, I would have hated to lose you." he said his voice calm and filled with pride that he had such an elder brother as he did. He could hear the slight whispered "If he's your role modal the company is doomed, you could do so much better." coming from his elder cousin Gabriel and tilted his head as he fixated his gaze on the elder red head, leaning forward he looked serious as he put an elbow on the table and leaned his own head in the palm looking somewhere between bored and annoyed at what he had heard "I'm sorry Gabriel, I didn't catch that perhaps it's something you want to share with the board? It seems kind of important." Ren said watching all eyes turn on the other a micro smirk appearing on his lips as he turned his eyes to his elder brother, knowing he would notice his brothers normal unnoticeable quirks "It was nothing, I was making a mental note for something later." he said quickly it was clear however with how he moved in his seat he hadn't expected anyone to hear his words let alone his youngest cousin. He was wondering how the hell they had such keen hearing, it seemed like a trait most of the head family seemed to hold on some scale. "Ah, yes. I'm like that quite often with my own busy scheduled, though I tend to jot it down instead of speaking out loud just in case it could be mistakenly misconstrued as me talking about another." he said knowing at that point his elder cousin would know he knew exactly what was said. "Thank you for the advice Apollo, I'll bare it in mind." he said trying to keep his calm but Ren could see the tension in Gabriel's jaw as he tried to force a smile, the anger in his eyes showed he wasn't happy about being called out especially by what he deemed as a spoilt brat.

    His crystal blue eyes turned back to his father as he began to speak once more and sighed a little "In all respect father, you are giving Artemis a hard time over something that was out of his power." he said once again challenging his father on the matter, as he tried to defend his elder brother once more that was a perfect storm that was going to happen with or without Artemis there regardless. "He did not have the information that the company did and guilds like companies do not tell everyone everything." he continued leaning back a little with sigh as he tried to calm himself for doing this stupid action for the second time in the same meeting. "He may not have been at the station or rank to know what they had been planning, then there is additional factors such as having to deal with jobs for the guild that kept him out of touch for his guild for a while." he said trying to think of logical ways that his brother might not have had this information, he noticed that Gabriel was about to open his mouth to put in his unwanted opinion but shot him a look that dared him to and see what would happen afterwards and the other quickly shut his mouth. The young red head was fed up of everyone putting his brother down and was at the point that he wanted it to stop one way or another.

    He listened to the rest of what his father said without another word on the things about the Black Rose incident, his eyes looked down as a folder appeared in front of him. He opened it the moment it did and began to carefully read everything, including the fine print if any to him it was clear that this was a nondisclosure agreement. He hated these things with a passion but understood that they were required in their word "I assume that Lynus has already signed one of these so I can talk freely about such things in front of him when I am in the car and talking to the board." he said taking the family pin he wore on his left collar of his shirt and pricked his finger with its sharp pin before putting it on the paper and placing the pin back in the rightful place as he watched the blood move into the family symbol showing his magical signature. After a moment he brought a pen out of his pocket and signed the paper also, he knew it was strange the first thing that he done but it was something he had done since he was very young and wasn't about to change it for anyone. After this was just an added security measure as far as he was concerned, a written signature could be forged easily with enough practice. It was true that blood could be stolen from a hospital but it never held any magical energy and everyone's magical signature was different. The youngest of the main Dagger branch wasn't known for leaving anything up to chance. "As it always has been Apollo" His father said in a matter of a fact way, this seemed to much for Gabriel to understand given what happened next.

    "You speak business in front of your driver?" Gabriel couldn't help ask him, Ren nodded seeing no real issue in it "Yes, don't you?" he asked in a retort "That's foolish of you, some matters are sensitive." he rebuked making the youth's eyes flash red for the briefest second, he hated being called foolish on so many levels "First of all Gabriel I have had a seat on this board since I was ten, I know the do's and don'ts of the board so do not presume to think that I would do anything that I was not permitted by it..." he began as he stood up his hands firm and flat on the table showing he was more than a little irked right now "Second of all, Lynus is not only a driver for me. He is my butler and bodyguard when I am away from home... which he has done without fail since he took the position for close to thirteen years ago now, so show some respect to the man especially since he is not here to defend himself. That not being enough he is the closest thing I have to a true friend outside of the family" his verbal onslaught continued his eyes narrowed "And lets not forget it was grandfather himself that chose Lynus for such a task and so he acts as an extension of myself when I am sick or otherwise incapacitated due to other business matters or my education. He is prone to the same rules as I myself or any other person under the employ of this company and will not have him slandered; so if you have issue with Lynus and his tasks then please take it up with grandfather I'm sure he would love to hear the complaint personally" with that the youth sat back down once more taking a deep breath and picked up his tea reading over the paperwork that Lynus had brought in previously as if what had just happened never had. He really did hate his snake of a cousin and wish he would just jump out of the boardroom window before he threw him out of it for being so gods damn stupid and slimy.

    He noticed that his cousin had his pen over the area meant for his signature, it was clear that the other didn't want to sign it most likely he wanted to use it as ammo at a later point. This was just run of the mill stuff for himself, Artemis and even the fore mentioned Lynus but it seemed like a new prospect to his cousin. He knew that he had no reason to comment on this as his father would deal with the issue, and smirked a little into the cup as he heard his father's threat and knew he would do it without a second thought. Hearing his father's word he placed down his cup down once more giving his full attention to his father, all he could contemplate this was the reason that he was summoned to the office when he should have been allowed to head home. He raised his hand to cover his mouth as he yawned "Please forgive me, it's been a long few days." he apologised to his father and the others at the table knowing how bad it made him look, he seen the micro smirk Gabriel gave believing the youth would be given into trouble for unprofessional behaviour. Hearing his father's announcement his eyes went wide his hand dropping as if he had just been hit by a fatal blow, his eyes looking to Artemis the colour draining from his cheeks as he had no idea how to take the news. He always believed his grandfather to be so strong that he would have had to have been dead before such a thing would have happened and even then he was quite sure he would have found a way to do business from the after life. He opened his mouth but nothing came, no sound, no words he was at a lose tears filled the youth's eyes. He was just glad his brother was at least able to get something out were he had failed.

    His eyes looked to the paperwork in front of him, the paper wet with his tears bringing up his sleeve he wiped his eyes to try stop them this wasn't the vision of a Dagger child or a man of business. Hearing his cousin once again speak and the wish to sew his mouth shut ever growing he stabilised his breathing and regained some composure "Really? Are you that hungry for power that you have to ask that question when grandfather..." he just shook his head his head breaking as he spoke he couldn't believe they were related, if anyone else had asked he could have passed it off as just an innocent question but he knew to much about his cousins Gabriel and Thaddeus to believe that anything was innocent were they were concerned. Unlike Artemis who had slumped back on his chair Ren had pushed his cup and paperwork to the side his head going to the desk as he tried to get his head around what had just been sprung on them. This was to much for him, he was exhausted and it felt like his brain was trying to play catch up with the whole thing with Artemis without this added on top of it. He wanted it to be just something that his tired mind had came up with, he knew even in his tired state this wasn't the case. "Ar.. Arty..." he whispered the fact he never shortened his brothers name unless he was struggling with something would be well known to his older brother "H.. help.. I.. please.. help... I.. I.." he whispered trying to figure things out his hand going to his head.

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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 30th December 2018, 11:20 am


    Ren's comment brought a small smile to Artemis's face; it was nice to have at least one person on his side. Although he was pretty sure that he'd managed to convince a few others in the room; Chester Locklaurd was looking somewhat amused by the situation, and even his distant cousins Victor and Abraham seem impressed by the argument that Artemis had made. Although the moment didn't last long, a snide remark from his slimeball cousin, once again caused Artemis's head to snap around quickly. Anger flared on his features; He was about to inch out of his chair until he heard the most subtle, yet audibly distinct cough from his father. He glanced over, having caught it. He watched as his father stared him down, shaking his head at Artemis slightly. A warning. Not to make a move, at least not yet, not in front of so many people. Artemis relaxed back into his seat; his eyes would glance to his uncle, Jasper. A most unreadable man if there ever was one, not as direct nor commanding as Lucarius, but still a force to be reckoned with, not to be ignored. He never showed any disrepute about his position in the company, almost as though he was happy to sit behind Lucarius. But then who knew what went on in Jaspers mind, Artemis had only ever tried to read the sins of the man once, and following which he vowed never to do it again. What he had felt was... terrifying.

    He would listen as Ren would challenge him, Gabriel would typically come up with some flippant excuse for his comment. As though he hadn't been clearly making a dig at his cousin. But Artemis had heard it very clearly. He would punish him for it later once he got the chance, he'd just about had enough of Gabriel's bullshit. He knew exactly what to do, a punishment that showed no physical scars, he just needed to get the slimeball on his own. After talking to Gabriel, Ren redirected the conversation back to the matter at hand. Once again coming to Artemis's defence on the Black Rose matter. As he spoke, it seemed his father had just about had enough of the back talk. "Enough Apollo." He snapped rather sharply, taking a steadying breath, he would continue, "While I appreciate your loyalty to your brother, it is not your place to tell me how to handle this matter. I am your father, and you will remember that. Continue to talk back to me, and I will have no choice but to have you removed from the boardroom with additional consequences." He told him sternly. Artemis bit the inside of his cheek, not enjoying that at all, he didn't like the idea of his brother getting in trouble on his behalf. He turned to look at Ren, eyes softening slightly.

    "It's fine Ren, Father is right, my behaviour was reckless. It caused things to escalate in a way they shouldn't have. Had I been more cautious, It may have been avoidable." He turned to look at Lucarius, the words did not continue to carry the same level of affection as they had towards Ren. "I'm sorry Father, for any inconvenience this has caused you, the family and the company. I will endeavour to do better from here on out." He said, hoping that this would close the matter once and for all. He was only submitting, for the sake of his little brother Ren. He knew his brother meant well, but Artemis did not want to be the hill to die on. Artemis wasn't innocent to the troubles he had caused for his family; he knew well how much of a thorn he had been to them. Yet, like an impulse of an addict, he couldn't help himself, he had spent too many years squashed under the thumb that was the Dagger Family, was a little freedom too much to ask? That sweet, delicious and utterly euphoric freedom. The freedom he had sought in Silver Wolf, and the Black Rose, and now... what? Join another guild in a pitiful attempt to escape his families grasp. He was started to believe there wasn't anywhere he truly belonged.

    As the non-disclosure agreements were signed, Ren would address his father once more about his driver Lynus. Artemis remembered those days, the constant chaperoning and watchful eyes. He had gotten through several drivers in his time, at least five that actually counted, a few inbetweeners that didn't last more than a day or two. Lucarius would answer his son, in a much more civil in tone now. Then once again, Gabriel would open that weasel mouth of his and make yet another unnecessary remark. Does this guy never know when to shut it? Artemis thought. He was surprised his father hadn't interjected already. It all seemed to be in hand as Ren, rather tactfully and succinctly put him in his place. Delivering an impeccable argument, that quite frankly had Gabriel squirming in his seat. The boardroom would watch as Ren stood and berated Gabriel into submission. As he finally sat down, Artemis would offer his brother an amused smirk and wink. Good job lil bro. He thought, Now that was fun to watch. Jasper Dagger, who had been sitting on the other side of Gabriel, leaned over, quietly whispering something in his son's ear. Artemis heard it, only causing his grin to grow slightly wider. 'I suggest if you do not want to embarrass us further Gabriel, then you will hold your tongue.' The comment was laced with venom and threat, not exactly the words of a doting or protecting father. But then it was often impossible to tell what Jasper was thinking.

    Following the breaking of the news, along with Gabriel's comment and Ren's response. Jasper leaned forward, "Lucarius, if the younger ones cannot handle this news, then perhaps they should be excused." He offered, Artemis frowned slightly. Perhaps the 'power-hungry' remark Ren had made had irked the man. He wasn't sure; his face carried no emotion still. Lucarius waved his hand dismissively at his younger brother. "No, Jasper, they need to know this. I am willing to take any questions those in the room may have, and I'm sure there will not be any more outbursts." He said, looking pointedly at his sons. There had been a fair amount of talking out of turn today. He was sure if Mephistopheles was here. Both he and Ren would've been slapped around the face by now for their insolence. His father was strict, but not nearly as much as their grandfather had been.

    Artemis dragged his eyes to Ren, who did not seem to be taking this well at all. This had a calming effect on Artemis, as a protective instinct washed over him. He couldn't freak out, he needed to compose him, and focus on helping Ren. Artemis reached out, placing a hand on his brother's wrist, giving it a reassuring squeeze. "It'll be okay Ren, Grandfather always intended to hand down the business eventually. We just didn't expect it to be so soon." He said, trying to ease his brother's mind. He looked back at his father, "Is Grandfather well?" He asked, hoping that his father would actually take the hint and do what he calm to help calm Apollo's mind. Lucarius nodded, although his exterior didn't soften. He didn't seem oblivious to what was happening. "Rest assured, your grandfather is in good health." He commented, Artemis watched, he couldn't tell if his father was lying or not. Would it be worth using his power? But his father wasn't like Gabriel; he would know something was up. Sense it. "He has served this family and company relentlessly for many years, he has simply decided it is time for him to finally take a break and reap the rewards of his hard work. Dying behind a desk, was never your Grandfathers intention. Even as we speak, your grandfather is reviewing where to have his holiday home built." His father would offer them a small smile, "Somewhere with plenty of sunny weather." Artemis nodded, not really sure how much of the truth his father was divulging. He couldn't exactly picture his Grandfather on a sun-lounger and a tropical shirt. He had never seen the man take a day off in his life. Then again, he was very private. Just how much did they really know about Mephistopheles Jager.



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    Post by Hania on 3rd January 2019, 5:28 am

    Ren looked to his brother seeing that he was being looked at and smiled faintly, he wanted the other to know that he wasn't stranded on an island that there were people who would stand by him no matter how mad things got. That seemed to be quite a lot of late though he knew that he hadn't known everything that his brother had gotten up to since they last seen each other. He had noted that many of the board seemed to have been swayed by the arguments brought forward by subtle movements, glances and micro expressions. He had taken lessons in profiling and micro expressions when he was younger not because he was told he had to, but they seen such things as genuinely fascinating, he also seen it as a helpful tool considering what his career path was to be. In fact he was sure these were still lessons his family had known he had taken as he had taken them in what little free time he had and had paid for them out of his allowance. Like he had thought it had came in handy when dealing with business but also helped assessing people in general and kept him out of making mistakes more than once, he just wished it would help him here but he was far to tired and so more reckless than he would usually be. He had noticed the expressions of Artemis's former personal lawyer Chester seemingly switching sides but part of him believed that he had always truly been on his elder brothers side, what surprised him was that their distant cousins Victor and Abraham seem impressed by the argument that had been made and changed their minds. He knew normally when someone in their family made their minds up it wasn't so easily swayed, so this was indeed quite a feat in the youth's mind.

    Seeing his brother's movements after Gabriel's comment he was about to grab his brother's sleeve to get him to stop, the last thing they needed was for Artemis to go off the handle. He wondered if this was perhaps Gabriel's plan, if his older brother lost his cool in the board room while filled with not only family but board members he'd be disgraced. How would they be able to trust him to run the company one day if he was seen to be hot blooded? Almost instinctively even before anything else had been done, Ren's hand moved to his brother's sleeve as if to subtly hold him back, a gentle reminder that this wasn't the time or place for such things. His crystal blue eyes went to his brothers as he smiled weakly, his eyes almost pleading the other to take a deep breath and let the comment wash over him; they both knew slimy weasels always got their dues and when they did karma most often made them their bitch. Hearing their father's cough he couldn't help but look in the same direction as Artemis and seen the subtle shaking of his head, right then and there he knew that Artemis had been warned. He bit his lip a little and released his older brother's sleeve knowing if Artemis tried anything then he would regret it as his father wasn't known to tolerate fools especially within his own family.

    His crystal blue eyes went back around the table for a moment as he took in those that where there, he read most of them like a book due to expressions or body language, when he got to his uncle Jasper however it was a lot different. The youth was convinced if he was a book his pages would appear blank and the secrets it held hidden from those undeserving to know, in honesty he was starting to wonder if anyone in the family knew anyone else. To many times it felt like cloak and daggers not just to outsiders but those in the family too, everything seemed to be need to know and very few were ever picked to have that know. Looking at his uncle Jasper he bit the inside of his own lip wishing that he knew what the elder male was thinking about the whole situation but then also part of him wanted to learn to do what he was currently doing, to be honest if he was a poker player he was sure his uncle would have been banned from doing poker because of how it was near impossible for him to be read by anyone. He started to wonder however why he sat to his father's left like he did to Artemis, was his role the same as his own or was there something more to it or it could be the fact he was reading to much into it. Whatever the reason he was sure it would all be revealed in time. He just wish he knew more about his family members, but he was always so busy and that frustrated him that most of the time when he seen them it was for business reasons.

    He had once again came to his brothers defence of the matter ignoring Gabriel for now, to the youth he wasn't worth anymore effort than had been spent on him. He knew his elder brother's hearing was just as keen as his own, at this point he was unsure if it was just something he and Artemis had for some strange reason or if it was a family trait. Then again he was unsure if he would want it to be the latter it unnerved him to think that someone could always hear his off cut comments, then again he always watched his words when in public as was expected from their family. Hearing his father's voice that was more than enough to tell him he overstepped the line even by a toe and bit the inside of his cheek as he took in his fathers words looking down "Yes father, I understand and apologise for my actions and reactions." he said calmly knowing it was the best course of action not wanting encourage any further anger from his father. "I didn't mean to shame the family or myself." he added to the end, he knew the chances of him being removed permanently from the board was slim but he knew he would end up in the mail room for a while at the very least if he didn't put himself into check. "Thank you for helping me learn further father." was the final thing he said on the situation knowing he was going to get punishment regardless, so was bracing himself for another late night doing paperwork. He knew that Gabriel was enjoying seeing the spoiled golden child being knocked down a few pegs but even he seemed surprised how Ren seemed to have lost his fire and became extremely submissive to his father.

    Gabriel's red eyes moved to make direct contact with Artemis as much as he hated his cousins he was concerned because he had never once seen the youngest being publicly reprimanded, so seeing him act in such a way that almost seemed un-Dagger like concerned him. The look in his eyes were the questions of 'is this normal? Is he okay? and What the hell just happened?' he of course was unsure if he would get acknowledgement let alone an answer but he was concerned and it showed. Ren kept his eyes cast down as his elder brother spoke to him, it was almost like was ashamed to look at anyone at current. This was a trait that he had from when he was very young when he was told off by one of his seniors or felt like he had been an embarrassment to the family and what it stood for. He wasn't sure why he acted in such a way, it had always been as such for as long as he remembered and often worried if there was something wrong with him but had never voiced his concerns. Ren wanted to speak up again and argue the fact because there was no way in his mind that Artemis had all the information or he would have personally left and let the family deal with the issue quietly, it was just their family looking for some dumb reason to make him a scapegoat for something they had likely done. He knew better than to voice his opinions on the matter and just nodded a little "I understand Artemis, I wish it could have been different..." he cut himself off almost as if he knew he was going to say something that he shouldn't.

    He knew that when it came to Gabriel their father wouldn't step in on the issue of Lynus, he wasn't to sure if he didn't see it as his problem or if he wanted to see if Ren would step up like a business man and put another in their place. He was being groomed to be his elder brothers advisor and to deal with things that their family believed he was to tactless for, in his own mind that was just stupid as where his brother might not have been as keen minded as himself he certainly wasn't a fool as much as he enjoyed playing one it seemed. It wasn't like he could fault his brother on that, he understood what it meant to want freedom away from the family name and be your own person and he would never wish to strip that freedom from his elder brother. This is why he complied he believed with the unreasonable demands placed upon him, his eyes closed a little as he smiled weakly as he thought something to himself; a promise he had made years ago and never spoke out loud. Regardless that had come to an end as he verbally assaulted his older cousin into submission, he watched him squirm in his seat and didn't give a damn there was a few things you never done and he had done one of them so deserved everything that was said to him. He knew such a thing normally should have been done in private and out of the sight of others but he guessed this was allowed to continue to show that he was indeed a force to be reckoned with thus taken seriously despite his young age. Feeling Artemis's eyes on him he turned his attention to his brother to see the smile and wink making him smile too, he knew that his elder brother had approved of his actions; he felt like he had gotten justice for them both in that moment. His eyes diverted however as he heard his uncle Jasper whispered words, the tone he could tell was hostile that alone sent the sensation of someone's finger going up his spine causing him to shudder a little. He was starting to wonder if it was a trait that their grandfather had passed down to their own fathers, what he was now starting to call 'the scary gene'. he knew there was no such thing but still they were both intimidating in their own ways.

    By now the news of their grandfather, the one that all the grandchildren had thought invisible and eternal had relinquished the reigns to not only the company but as the head of the family to his own father. He knew it was a terrible thing to think but what if this hadn't been of their grandfather's choice, what if this had been forced by his own father. Keeping his head on the table he shook his head as if trying to get such foolish thoughts out of his head, his father would have never been idiotic enough to challenge for the company he would had been squashed under his grandfather's power for sure. This had to have been all done legitimately but still why so sudden? Why wasn't their grandfather there to give the information in person? Why had the papers been signed away from the eyes of others? There where so many unanswered questions for the youth and between the exhaustion, the issue with his brother, dealing with Gabriel and the announcement it had all been to much for him. He felt so weak right now, his body felt like it had lead on it and so couldn't move. Once again he heard his uncle Jasper's voice suggesting that he and Artemis be dismissed given how badly they had taken the news, his grandfather wasn't known to be the most affectionate of people and even at a young age he was criticised by the man were others had praised him. It actually made him believe that there may have been something wrong with him, that he wasn't good enough for the family and whatever roll he would end up obtaining so pushing passed his limits.

    He remembered one time he was training and had pushed so far passed what he should have that it had all went black, next thing he knew he was in his bed with his older brother asleep in a chair as if he had been watching over him the entire time. He remembered the questions of what he was doing and why and the fact he was called an idiot for trying to live up to expectations that would never be reached because something else would be wrong or the bar would be raised higher and so always out of reach. He always said he would reach the bar no matter how long it would take to gain grandfather's approval, to this day he still didn't know if his elder brother ever told his parents what was wrong. Then again it hadn't been the first time that he had collapsed because of pushing, he quite often skipped a meal or seemingly went nights with little to no sleep and it had taken its toll on him. Even though the blame was squarely on his family he never once blamed them, in fact he blamed himself for not being more time efficient and not doing better. He knew that this irked Artemis to no end but it was how he had been conditioned from a very young age, he couldn't put his finger on it but it was almost as if they had shortened the leash and tightened the collar on him after how Artemis had turned out. Then again he guessed that could be for a number of reasons such as his safety or something else, he didn't really see his brother in the same light others did but a caring and loving older brother who would protect him the best he could when he could. He honestly couldn't ask for a better brother and hero in his mind. With Lynus around he doubted he was in any danger so there had to be more to the reason he was wrapped in bubble wrap, never left alone and was kept on his tight schedules.

    Hearing his father's words about outbursts he sat up trying to regain some composure he was still trying to push back the tears, he really wasn't taking the news all to well his eyes cast down "Again father I am sorry for my behaviour, I will do better in the future..." he whispered quietly, once again it was almost like his submissive streak hard returned. He hated feeling like he was a disappointing the family, he knew better and internally scolded himself for something doing things he knew would never fly; why was he acting out like he was? He just couldn't understand it. Feeling the warmth of his older brothers hand on his wrist he looked at him his eyes soft, the other would see the tears he was trying to push back. "I know Artemis, but he always seemed so strong... like he had so much time before this happened." he said gently as he tried to work it through, he knew his elder brother's instincts had clicked in and he was doing everything that he could to help him through the shock. He listened to Artemis as he asked his question and then their father's reply, it honestly did make him think something bad might have happened as both himself and his elder brother knew that this wasn't like their grandfather at all. "Artemis, I think I have a day or two free this coming week; would you like to come visit grandfather with me? If you say yes then I can give Lynus a day off because I'd be with you." it had been a while since he himself had seen the elder male so could easily use that as excuse not to seem like he was doubting things, then again he didn't know if his father would permit him to be away from Lynus when away from the places the family deemed as 'safe zones' even if he was with Artemis. Then again part of him thought his own family seen his older brother as a threat to not only him but the family in general with how he acted. "It's been a while since I've seen him, I'm always busy and times I am not he seems to be..." his crystal blue eyes moving to his brother he tried to keep his emotions under control, he didn't know if the other was suspicious but he certainly was. "With his retirement I could see him more frequently or at least that's my hope." he said with a smile hoping his brother would catch on to why he was saying all these things, he knew there was no love loss between Artemis and really anyone within the family but still not everything was adding up in the teens head and he wanted the whole truth for a change. He was sick of all the half truths and shadow play his family seemed so good at, they expected him to be an adult from a young age in the eye of the public but still hid things from him as if he was a normal child. In his mind it was time for them to make up their minds on what he was or he'd make it for them regardless of the consequences that came from it.

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