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With a deep breath, and a heavy sigh the Chaos Mage leaned his heavy shoulders back on the siding to the Fairy Tail guild hall. It was as boring as he remembered it, a simple building with a basic design, and some letters used to distinguish its name. In truth, Markus used to hate the build, and wonder why the members of Fairy Tail had decided to work from an office. Now however, the chaos mage had grown accustomed to the sight, and in truth, had started to call the plain building his home.
His eyes glancing back and forth as they took in the sights, his nose wiggled as it took in the smells. He could see the distant forest not far from city, and the massive mountains over to the side. He could hear the crashing of waves in the distance, and smell the salt of the ocean in the air. The day was actually quite nice, not very hot and holding a nice steady breeze, the clouds were lazily drifting in the sky, and Markus if he squinted could see that the sun would show that it was mid-morning.
It was strange to be honest, for him to look about the place in such a light. He remembered his first day entering the guild hall, and how much has changed since then, his fight with Aven, the very event that had proven to the Chaos Mage that he was not yet strong enough to do what he must. To meeting his guildmaster, a strangely young yet extremely powerful Wizards Saint, with a bearing of understanding, and acceptance unlike any Markus had seen before. He had learned of the Darker side of Fairy Tail, when meeting the members of Basilisk Fang, and in truth had discovered many secrets and powers he never thought possible.
And, of course he had found the naïve crying woman sitting near an apple grove in the middle of the forest. He doubted he would ever forget that day. Much had changed since then, for the Chaos Mage over four years had passed, and Markus knew, pretty soon. Everything would change again.
_____ A Couple Months Back _____
The two mages, Nessa and Markus, had recently finished a high-level job in Bellam, one which had gone all kinds of strange. Markus and Nessa first went by her house, where he met her father, and played a rather curious game of riddles. Honestly, the house reminded Markus of what he had missed growing up, and made the fact that he was keeping his true motives of the job that much harder.
Then, the two used the Void to travel through the Domain of Chaos, where Nessa learned the truth about Markus’ connection to a certain Nephilim Aporia. Of course, while Markus was getting prepared, the chaotic entity decided to revel itself to the woman, and speak of Markus, and herself. The chaos mage still never learned the details of that conversation, and doubted he ever would. However, him and Aporia’s power and connection had grown considerably, even now the chaos mage could sense her, touching the back of his mind, her influence tugging on his decisions. Despite that being the case, Markus had learned to live with the other being, and at least for now, was satisfied to let her slumber.
Things got much harder after that, the two used the Void to appear in a clearing Markus knew near the Estate, and by pure happenstance ran into Victoria Eldridge, Markus’ younger sister, a noticeably powerful mage, and Bellam Guard. A quick series of questions, a heated moment, and an awkward goodbye lead to the two mages getting free of her site, and continuing on their mission. It was shortly after that that the chaos mage realized, he needed to tell Nessa the truth.
The encounter was far from what the man had expected, and far more intimate than any moment the two mages has shared up till then. At least for Markus. In truth, he bared his true identity to the Starlight Maiden, and gave her some hint to the twisted soul she had chosen to follow into battle. Yet, somehow, despite what she saw, she had chosen to accept him, and with a simple word gave the Chaos mage every reassurance he needed to continue. Then... Markus loaned her his brothers’ scarf. The very article of clothing he had gotten the night of his brothers’ death.
From there, the job went rather smoothly and quite well. In truth, the two mages had always worked well together, His Darkness, and Her Light melding with the power both mages controlled. Sure, there was fighting, and although Markus had, for Nessas Sake, restrained himself. There were certainly people harmed from his magic, however the final goal was accomplished. The two mages had succeeded in saving the girl, and a few other ‘staff’ from the clutches of the Eldridge Family, from the clutches of Markus’ Father. In truth however, the victory was short lived, for Markus had not had the opportunity to do what he had really taken the job for. He had not gotten a chance to really confront the monster of a man that was his father. It was that, and the fact that Markus knew his sister would get the brunt of the mains ire, that he regretted most in his choice of job.
As the two mages returned, they would learn of another change that had rapidly approached. Markus had found a note given to him by one of the Fairys, from his teammate and friend Mythal. It seemed, the man was determined to get himself killed, and leave a note as remembrance, and pentane. In truth, Markus had all but packed his bags, and prepared to head off after the missing Wizard, purely in order to punch him in the face, and let him know that a note was not enough, when suddenly, everything within the Guild, and more importantly, the alliance went into chaos.
After waiting, and waiting, to hear back on the decision is Togalan, suddenly, the entire guild, in fact all three guilds, were expected to immobilize, and of course Markus was expected to do his part as one of the strongest Mages in Fairy Tail, and in the Alliance. The entire ordeal ended up being excruciating, and of major annoyance to the chaos mage, and his allied companion who made no attempt to hide her distaste. In fact, it was during that event that Markus had summoned the book of chaos, and fully finished his pact with the Primordial being, sealing her power with his. Not that the summoning would look like anything more than a simple requip spell for his allies.
Now however, after everything had calmed down, and his job was done. Markus had come to a final conclusion, his backs were backed, and his room was already empty Everything that had once sat in Fairy Hills now being moved to the Void. Markus was leaving Fairy Tail once more, only this time. He would not be returning to the guild, and in truth had yet to tell one important person…
_____ Current Time _____
This is what lead Markus to his current situation. It was ironic actually, that both him an Nessa have been asked on this job. Sorano had been strangely persistent on that it be both of them, and no one else, and for a word wizard had been really quite on any sort of discernable details. In truth, all Markus knew about the job was that he and Nessa were to go to a house, and speak with the client, and learn more. Markus only hopped Nessa knew more than he did. He was not ready to have the talk he knew they needed to have, but he was determined to not leave her a note, or disappear without a word this time around.
Markus kept his eyes on the horizon, looking back from the clear waters, to the nearby forest, he took another breath, sitting in the full sunlight, something the old Markus would have never done. He was waiting patiently for the starlight maiden, his eyes now closed as he leaned back letting his ascending ability show him in case of danger.