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    Matters of Heart

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    Lineage : Progeny of Chaos
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    Posts : 901
    Guild : Fairy Tail
    Cosmic Coins : 30
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    Age : 27
    Experience : 754,541.25

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    First Magic: Primordial Chaos Slayer
    Second Magic: Chaotic Darkness
    Third Magic: Chaos Soul - Primordial Warrior

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    Post by MarkusEldridge on 24th April 2019, 3:48 pm


    Markus Eldridge



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    Markus Eldridge



    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.






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    Nessa Cordelia Lux
    Nessa Cordelia Lux

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    Lineage : Vassal of the Cosmos
    Position : Saint of Purity
    Posts : 2199
    Guild : Fairy Tail
    Cosmic Coins : 10
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 1,313,166.25

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Starlight Maiden
    Second Magic: Valkyrie Summoner
    Third Magic: Moon Goddess Slayer

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    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 30th April 2019, 3:15 pm


    Nessa hadn't seen Markus since they finished the job in Tzac Ordahic, which had been pretty successful. She had noticed that, despite they're magic and ideals being somewhat opposites to each other. The two worked well together, surprisingly well. She had certainly grown closer to him and was genuinely pleased that he was back at the guild once more. It was nice, she had gotten used to seeing him around again, and their relationship had definitely changed for the better. At least, she thought so. The job in Bellum had been an enlightening experience, one she couldn't help but reminisce on happily. She felt like during that mission she had finally grown to understand him, so many secrets had been unveiled to her. The fact that he had trusted her so, well it was a warming thought.

    Nessa had managed to continue her job fairly happily after that, at least until she'd gotten the new of Mythals disappearance. The heartwrenching letter he had sent her that had near enough broken the Starlight Maiden. She hadn't even been able to focus on it, all of her work as an Ace taking her priority. The alliance job that involved investigating a plague and facing a horde of monstrosities. Then there was the job she'd had to do with Sorano and Mura dealing with the eerie 'one magic' that had affected the entirety of Earthland. It was quite a lot, enough to keep her distracting from her low thoughts. About how her friends were disappearing from her life one by one. Her attempts to search for her friends in the meantime resulting in nothing by dead ends.

    Sorano had assigned another job to her, to discuss certain 'matter's with a client. Although she wasn't especially sure what those matters were. Just that she had been requested by name, it wasn't just that too. She had quickly learned that Markus was going on the job too, admittedly this pleased Nessa. She was looking forward to seeing him, after the alliance job, she had heard little from him. It would be nice to see a friendly face. She arrived at the agreed destination, it was a pleasant day. The sun was shining, and the scenery was pleasant. Nessa wandered through the forest, her white shoes padding against the grass softly. Her violet eyes searching for the Chaos mage as she turned her head back and forth across the area. Her gaze fell on him, sitting in the sun. The smile crept onto her lips, and she approached.

    "Hey..." She said softly, she took a moment to consider what to say, before settling on a generic question.  "How have you been?" She asked. It was a slightly awkward question, although she wasn't really sure what else to say, of course, there was the job at hand. "We're supposed to be meeting with a Lord Elgardo Szutaris; he lives with his family not far from us. Apparently, he had something to show us along with 'further' request. Although I don't remember myself, apparently he's made requests of Fairy Tail before." She explained, turning she would begin to lead the way. Figuring he was naturally following her for the means of the job. She would stroll along the grass; she was dressed slightly different today. Instead of her normal white battle gear, she was wearing a light green dress; a sheer white scarf draped lightly over her elbows. It was a little more summery than her normal wear, but it was a nice day, and she couldn't imagine she would need to fight today. Not that it would be an issue in this outfit.

    They made they're way towards the manor, which wasn't too far from their initial location. Nessa walked up to a gate, the top of which had 'Szutaris Manor' in gold emblazoned in the metal. She glanced around, looking for a way to enter. She noticed a keypad to the side of the gate and approached it, pressing a green button in hopes this was right. There was a slight hum, followed by a low drawl. "Who is it?" The voice said, Nessa glanced at Markus before speaking. "We're the Fairy Tail mages you requested to see, Nessa Cordelia Lux and Markus Eldridge. We have a meeting with Mist- I mean, Lord Szutaris." She said, quickly correcting herself as she almost called him 'Mister'. There was a buzzing sound, and a click as the gate swung inward. Allowing them to pass through. Nessa began walking in, the sound of white gravel crunching under her feet. She glanced around, spotting the Lord's home. It was quite a grande house, evidently belonging to someone with money.

    As they walked up to the footpath, the door to the manor swung upon and a butler stood there. He was quite old, and slightly balding, the remaining hair on his head a silvery white. He would step out onto the large marble porch.; bowing to both of them. "Welcome to the Szutaris manor, Miss Nessa Cordelia Lux and Mr Markus Eldridge. I have alerted the Lord of your presence, and he will be joining us shortly. In the meantime, please make your way into the home. We'll be meeting in the tea room for our meeting." He said, straightening up he would lead the way inside. Nessa looked at Markus, a little taken back by the somewhat zealous welcome. She would shrug at him before following the man inside. The inside of the manor was as exquisite as the outside. The marble flooring extended into the entryway; the inside of the house had dark mahogany walls. The walls of which were almost littered with various pieces of art. It seemed the Lord was a collector and an enthusiastic one at that.

    As Nessa's gaze racked over the art, her eyes fell on two specific pieces placed at the top of the staircase landing. She froze, her eyes widening as she recognised the people in the painting. When she finally spoke, she simply uttered a simple question, expressing the pure shock the woman was in at what she saw. "Who did this?"


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    Matters of Heart McfBn5d4_o

    CHARACTER | STARLIGHT | VALKYRIES | MOON - WIP | PLOT BANK
    Golden Lacrima until 12th July 2019
    {Courtesy of the lovely Markus Eldridge}
    MarkusEldridge
    MarkusEldridge

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    Lineage : Progeny of Chaos
    Position : None
    Posts : 901
    Guild : Fairy Tail
    Cosmic Coins : 30
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Age : 27
    Experience : 754,541.25

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Primordial Chaos Slayer
    Second Magic: Chaotic Darkness
    Third Magic: Chaos Soul - Primordial Warrior

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    Post by MarkusEldridge on 9th June 2019, 9:35 am


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    Markus’ eyes would have glazed over, before closing entirely as he waited, his mind wondering the infinite expanse of space he was learning to understand. It was strange, the chaos mage thought, how much the world could look exactly the same, yet be so different. The closer he got to Aporia, the more he embraced Chaos, the more things changed, and the more they looked the same as they ever did. Even now, he could see, or more, sense, the ever-changing tides of the void, just beyond normal eyesight, hidden yet completely tangible. He was amazed that he had never noticed it before, never felt the power before now. Once, when he would use his magical abilities to teleport, it would require heavy concentration, and a clarity of mind. Now, he knew just by connecting to one of these strands of Void, he could go where his heart desired, to worlds unknown, and lands unseen. With his usually sly grin, what was once a mask now just him, his eyes would open, his pale features would turn towards the woman he heard approaching. His eyes would meet hers, as he would examine what she saw.

    Markus honestly did not know where the two mages stood, he knew he considered her a friend, and believed she felt the same way, but even that was a new experience for the once solitary mage. Perhaps, that was why he had yet to tell her, yet to explain his decision. For the first time, the wondering mage had a reason to stay, he had come to enjoy her company… and that of the guild of course. They worked well together, the recent ordeal at Tzac Ordahic had proven as much. Yet still, the entire cross guild situation had solidified his plans, and his decision. No… the chaos mage would be leaving, once more to travel on his own… He just had to decide how he would tell her.

    His musing and investigation into her eyes was broken when he heard her voice ring out, a simple greeting, spoken softly, before she would ask him how he was. He could see the small smile on her face, and as always feel the warmth of her presence and her overwhelming strength. A small, ghost of a smile would once more creep onto his generally plain features. Perhaps it was because of how much things had change, and how much change was to come. He was in a strongly sentimental mood. Even the scoff he heard from the woman who shared his mind wouldn’t break his mood.

    Markus would shift his weight forward, so that he was no longer leaning and speak up. His voice as stoic as ever despite the raised spirits he felt. “Hello Nessa, I am doing well thank you. How about yourself?” He would ask, just to keep things moving. He was not yet ready to explain what he was planning. When she spoke about the job he would not, his eye raised slightly. For some reason, the name felt familiar, known. He was certain he had heard it before, yet he could not place a face to the name nor what job he could have possibly have done. In his mind he could hear Aporia laugh slightly, quietly, as if she knew some hidden secret. Markus had come to notice how much more he felt the strange being, even spending much of his time conversing and learning from the Nephilim. Today however, excluding the small outburst of emotion, she seemed to be remaining silent.

    As Nessa would turn away, leading their travels, Markus would follow thinking back to how he could know the man. His eyes would glance over at the Starlight Maiden, she wore a green dress, and a white scarf. Markus briefly fingered his own scarf, which was once more wrapped over his shoulder. He was dressed rather typically. Dark black pants, a sleeveless back shirt, and white wrappings around his arms. His brothers scarf lay over his shoulders, and his hood lay flat back his red hair shining in the light. “How is your father doing? And Sebastian?” In truth, Markus just wanted the conversation to continue, and Nessa as one of his only friends had others, he knew she could talk towards.

    As the two made their way to the manor, Markus started to remember, his mind connecting the dots. By the time they reached the gate, the chaos mage had released a deep breath. He knew, this job could suddenly get very strange. He doubted it was coincidence that Markus and Nessa in particular had be asked on this job. In the end, the chaos mage knew it really did not matter, he would have to suck it up. Besides, it was a big house, what were the odds of them coming across ‘that’.

    Markus glanced at Nessa, resigning himself to the possibility, and preparing for the tirade that could come. As she pressed the button on the gate, Markus paranoid as ever tensed ever so slightly, just incase an attack was to come. The wait was small when suddenly a voice spoke out, meeting Nessas eyes he nodded as she gave their names. As the door opened Markus would step forward, following Nessa as they entered. Markus kept his eyes forward, adopting his business face, and cool outward demeaner. Besides, he had seen wealth before, and as always he hated it.

    As they walked forward Markus found himself looking at an elderly butler who would give them a deep, almost impossibly so, bow. The kind at which Markus knew was meant for show, and effect. His voice matched his demeaner, but held too much zeal for the chaos mage. As soon as Markus heard his name he would interject, quietly but with a small amount of force. “Just Markus.”, his voice held no emotion, and his eyes would look as if he hadn’t a care in the world. An entirely differently look than what he had shown Nessa only minutes before. Testament to the trust he now felt for her.

    As the door opened, and he would lead them inside Markus would see Nessa look at him through the corner of his eye, and again he would give her a slight nod, an almost impossible to see movement, before following her as she followed the man. Even as they walked in Markus would keep his eyes forward, he knew immediately his doubts were confirmed. This was the same home, and he knew the walls would be plastered with art.

    Markus was looked at the butler when he heard it. The voice was… shocking. A voice of almost disbelief from the Starlight Maiden. Markus would give her a quick look before following her gaze. His eyes finding the center of her shock. Showing no outward signs of recognition, shock, or even confusion Markus would take a deep breath. Slowly, methodically, calculating.

    “Well… I did.”
    He would say before looking at Nessa.






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    Nessa Cordelia Lux
    Nessa Cordelia Lux

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    Lineage : Vassal of the Cosmos
    Position : Saint of Purity
    Posts : 2199
    Guild : Fairy Tail
    Cosmic Coins : 10
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 1,313,166.25

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Starlight Maiden
    Second Magic: Valkyrie Summoner
    Third Magic: Moon Goddess Slayer

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    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 11th June 2019, 4:02 pm


    Nessa would offer him a soft smile at his greeting, "I'm pretty good." She told him, for the most part, things were going okay. There were some things that were bothering her. Between Mythal and Aven both going missing recently. It was a whole lot of stress, and she wasn't fully sure what to do with herself. She could only focus on her work as an Ace, and handle what was thrown her way. Between trying to figure out a way to find Mythal, or get in touch with Aven. It was a lot, but she was trying to hold it together and stay level headed for her guild.

    After they had set off walking and Nessa had explained to him who they were meeting. To which he would raise a brow but say nothing to. She could only presume he was okay with this. As they strolled along towards their destination, Markus would ask her a question. "They're doing well, my Father is undergoing so big projects at work, so he's been pretty busy with that and Sebastian is well... you know, Sebastian. Always out and about getting up to stuff, he seems to have fun though." She answered, a warm smile creeping onto her lips as she talked about her family. It always made her feel that way, thinking about them, they were her sense of normality during such crazy times. After arriving at the manor, and being greeted by who appeared to be the Butler, they were lead into the manor. As her eyes fell on to the paintings, her entire body would freeze.

    What she was looking at, was a set of paintings. They were undoubtedly exquisite, whoever had painted them were seriously talented. The attention to detail, the style of the art, it was unlike anything Nessa had ever seen. The beings in the paintings, the remarkably familiar man. Hunched over slightly, with one leg hanging down and the other pulled close to his chest. Beautiful dark black wings protruding from his back, that nostalgic red hair cascading down over his body. It was just also so familiar, it was him, it had to be him. She had seen it before, during the Christmas period. And then there was the second painting, the white-haired woman, flying through the sky in the battle stance, carried through the air via orbs of light. She knew that magic, she had that magic. In her head, she was trying so hard, to rationalize what she was seeing. But no matter how she looked at it, it was unmistakably her. She knew her own body, it couldn't be anyone else.

    Someone out there had painted her naked.

    And not only that, but they had painted Markus naked too, and brought them both here to see it. Was this someone who had spotted them a few months ago? Had they actually gone to the lengths to paint what they saw in their own way? It was so baffling, she couldn't believe someone would do this. This was completely inappropriate and quite frankly not something she was sure she was okay with. Having these people just look at this painting of her naked self, even if she was... tastefully covered by her magic. She just couldn't wrap her head around it, which was why the words slipped from her lips. Directed at the Butler more than anything, what she hadn't expected was the response she got. Markus's casual admission that the one who painted them this way;

    Was actually him.

    She would turn to him, by this point, her entire face was at least five shades redder than it was naturally. If it was humanly possible for steam to erupt from her ears, then undoubtedly in this very moment it would be. The mortification of what she was seeing, newly compiled with the fact that the person who painted her this way, was none other than Markus himself. She didn't know how to take it. She was ready to burst, to explode right in that very spot. however somehow, some small remaining rationale in her mind would permit her enough patience to take a slow steadying breath. Turn to the Butler and say, "I'm sorry, I have to speak to my guildmate in private for a moment, do you have a room we could excuse ourselves to?" She would ask, and although it was asked in a sweet, professional tone, it was noticeably spoken through gritted teeth.

    The Butler would nod, gesturing from them to follow, he would lead them past the stairway, down a hallway. A few doors down, he would open a doorway to reveal a private study. She would wait until they were both insides, and the Butler closed the door on them before rounding on Markus so fast he hair would fly wildly behind her. "What were you thinking? Why would you paint something like that? And why is it in this strangers house?!"




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    Matters of Heart McfBn5d4_o

    CHARACTER | STARLIGHT | VALKYRIES | MOON - WIP | PLOT BANK
    Golden Lacrima until 12th July 2019
    {Courtesy of the lovely Markus Eldridge}
    MarkusEldridge
    MarkusEldridge

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    Lineage : Progeny of Chaos
    Position : None
    Posts : 901
    Guild : Fairy Tail
    Cosmic Coins : 30
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Age : 27
    Experience : 754,541.25

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Primordial Chaos Slayer
    Second Magic: Chaotic Darkness
    Third Magic: Chaos Soul - Primordial Warrior

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    Post by MarkusEldridge on 12th June 2019, 9:53 am


    Markus Eldridge






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    Markus eyes were on his friend, he was studying, inspecting, concentrating. In truth he was not sure what to expect, and he was completely unaware, or at least ignoring, the laughing in his head. Laughing from a being that was not him. In truth, the chaos mage did not need more than a passing glance at the paintings. He knew every detail, every flaw, and every stroke which lead to their creation. The chaos mage doubted he would ever forget any of them, and if he was being honest, he could understand why Nessa might be shocked. Markus himself hated that the picture was just so open, but not because either of them were undressed, in truth the pictures reveled something Markus himself was not yet ready to share, even to himself.

    The chaos mage did not look away as she turned to him. Her entire face alight with color, her emotions undeniable, even if many of them Markus did not himself understand. He could see her struggle, read it in her eyes. He remained passive, silent, seemingly uncaring; he was surprised how much he struggled to remain passive watching her. He had fought demons, and dragons, mages, and primordial beings, yet he felt completely unprepared for this.

    Markus took a deep breath as he followed her towards the study they were led to. Markus would look around the room, taking in its lavish decor, the shelves, and the desk. From his position he could see there was a stack of papers on the desk, and he was about to read the cover when the door was closed, and with impressive speed, and a blur of motion the white-haired mage would spin around to look at him.

    Passively he listened as she asked her questions. Taking a breath, he looked her in the eyes, and allowed portions of his facade to drop. His own eyes would show anger, cold, distant. He was angry that the work was so open, angry that Nessa had seen it, angry that Ivy had not informed the other ace of the job. In truth, he was angry that he had to explain himself. Only after a second did he speak.

    When Markus did speak his voice was quiet, but unapologetic; understanding, but stern. “Calm down. We do not know when our 'host' will be joining us." he stared with, not yet having learned starting with those words were never a good idea. "It is in his house, because he was the client who posted the job. A ‘job’ which was assigned to me directly by Sorano(Ivy).” he paused for a second, long enough for the added emphases he put on the word to set, allowing her to see he, even if he had wanted to, had very little choice to turn down his guild master. Markus looked away from Nessa again, waiting to see what she said next, his eyes would glance towards the shelves, and the desk. he could see there were some papers sprawled out.

    As far as he was concerned, that single sentence answered all three of her questions, though he doubted it was the end. Besides, he never answered why this painting, and more importantly. Why her. He doubted he could truly explain things he did not know himself.






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    Matters of Heart Empty Re: Matters of Heart

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th June 2019, 3:04 pm


    It had been a long time since Nessa had been this angry, this wasn't like the kind of rage she felt when those she cared about ended up getting hurt, and she lost control, this was a tamer yet more frustrating type of anger. She couldn't wrap her head around what was happening, somehow a stranger had a full view of her naked body in his home and yes, whilst certain parts of her were covered. There was just something.. .completely not okay with this. Her having to turn up like this and see it this way, without any warning or knowledge that it would be there. No one had even asked her if she was okay with this, which quite frankly, she wasn't. To make it worse why did it have to be Markus. As much as she tried to deny it, the detailing in the painting was enough confirmation of just how familiar he was with her bare body. It was humiliating to know he'd seen this much of her and recreated it from memory. A part of her wanted to focus on that, the fact that he knew her form so well, but the embarrassed emotions were forcing those thoughts away. She couldn't overthink this, they were just friends after all.

    And of course, then there was a matter of his reaction. The way his dark eyes would look upon her as she barraged him with accusatory questions. That cold, silent gaze that bore into her in such a way that she would almost crumble into submission. He looked kind of angry, which was enough to almost make her stumble over her words, almost. Because quite frankly, in this scenario, Nessa was certain she had more to be angry about than him. So she continued on, holding her own as she addressed him. Finally, when he spoke in that stern unrelenting tone of his, the words that passed his lips would only proceed to send a flood of adrenaline coursing through her. If there was anything that was bound to quieten the Starlight Maiden, telling her to calm down was not one of them. She would bite the inside of her cheek to keep herself from interrupting, crossing her arms defensively over her chest as she narrowed her eyes at him in a semblance of a scowl. He would continue on, explaining that the reasoning as to why the painting was here was that the ordering of the painting was a request of the client, given to Markus by Sorano. Nessa took a steadying breath, as much as she respected her guild master, she couldn't believe she hadn't contacted Nessa about this for her likeness to be used in such a way.

    Markus would turn away from her, eying their surroundings as though the matter had been handled. This would only frustrate her more, "Markus." She snapped sharply trying to regain his attention, "This doesn't make it okay. No, Sorano didn't tell me, and yes she probably should have. But that doesn't mistake the fact you did it without fully knowing if I'd consented or not; maybe you should have reached out and checked with me before accepting the job. Honestly, I really don't want my... mostly nude body hanging around in some random man's house! It's embarrassing! If I wanted someone to see me like that I'd sho... wait...no, that's not what... I mean if I liked someone enough to feel comfortable enough to...oh god what am I even saying... UGH, It's just not ok!" She was getting flustered, the words were started to get jumbled, she was trying to get a point across, but had accidentally started talking about something well... not exactly appropriate. In her mind, if she ever wanted someone to see her naked, it would be someone she loved deeply enough to share that with. It was a romantic notion, but that was the type of girl she was. Her cheeks still carried the red flush from seeing the painting, albeit slightly calmer, she would turn away, not meeting his gaze. Knowing full well that despite, vehementally believing she was in the right. She really wasn't winning this argument.




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    Matters of Heart Empty Re: Matters of Heart

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th June 2019, 3:41 pm


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    Markus had to take a deep breath watching Nessa, this conversation was certainly not going in any way he expected. Though, if he was being honest, he never expected such a thing to happen, he was fully under the impression that she would never see the painting. That being said, there was some benefit to her anger. She was so concentrated and focused on her naked painting, that she had completely overlooked his own, and the secrets it revealed.

    Markus’ eyes snapped to Nessa when she spoke his name sharply, his eyes flashing of a violation that was not his own. She had his attention for sure. As she spoke, he listened carefully, as she spoke more and more about the job, that she had not been informed, and that he had not checked with her either. Suddenly, he listened as she started to talk over herself, getting flustered as she thought and spoke about the nudity, and her choice in showing someone she cared for. When she finally finished, Markus was looking directly into her eyes.

    “Nessa, there is nothing to be embarrassed of, you are beautiful, and not much more is shown than in a bikini.” Markus said simple, even though he knew in the truth that it really did not mean what he had done was okay. “The… the paintings are about a lot more than the nudity. The.” Markus was not sure how to explain. He didn’t want her to know the truth. “The emotion is what matters. That’s all.” Markus finished quickly. Taking a step to get closer to the desk. When she would look away, he would do the same.

    Markus took a deep breath; he did not know what else to say. She was far angrier than he could ever have expected. In the past, such a thing would never have bothered him. Now however, for some reason, it affected him greatly he looked back towards the desk. “Nessa…” Markus’ voice was quiet, despite the anger her own held, and the anger his eyes once held. “You are right. I should have talked to you. I… I am sorry. No one should do such a intimate thing without permission, even if it is for a job.” Markus finished, his hand now resting on the desk beside the stack of paper.

    He could not bring himself to look at her, instead he read the cover of the pages out loud, thumbing the end with his finger. 'A moment of desire by C. Blossom'… Seems our host has a particular taste.” He stated, starting to flip open the first page.






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    Matters of Heart Empty Re: Matters of Heart

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th June 2019, 4:16 pm


    Her flustered manner and the awkward way she was trying to present her argument was sapping away at her attempt to maintain her anger. Her violet eyes would return to him as he spoke once more meeting his gaze. His words causing her eyes to widen a fraction, "You don't mean that... I'm not...I mean..." She was stumbling over herself, she gulped trying to find a means of forming an actual sentence. It was hard. Normally when people called her beautiful, she sort of glazed over it. She never really believed them, not really. It was just a plastic compliment thrown in her direction for whatever reason, to win favour perhaps, she wasn't sure. But Markus didn't tend to say anything he didn't mean, ever. She knew him well enough to know this, yet still, hearing him call her that. It wasn't the first time either. It certainly contributed to muddling her mind even more than it was. He said about the message in the paintings, which caught her off guard. She had only really focused on the nudity, rather than try and interpret the story they were trying to tell. It was admittedly great work, she wouldn't have minded taken a closer look if she wasn't so bothered about the fact they were here. Perhaps if they weren't in this house, she might have been able to enjoy them more.

    He would utter her name quietly, looking away once more, he went on to apologise. Her crossed arms would unwind, dropping to her side, the anger dissipating in each passing moment. She bit her lip, feeling a little awkward, maybe she had been too harsh? He wasn't only doing what Sorano told him to after all. "The paintings themselves are incredible... you're really talented." She said in a somewhat meeker tone, she was starting to simmer down a little. She couldn't help it, it was kind of hard to be angry at him. "It's fine, I'm sorry for exploding like that, it was just a shock." She told him, hoping that in offering her own apology, they could at least move forward. Although she wasn't really sure how to process the painting, she wouldn't take it out on Markus for sure. The client, however.

    She had been eying him casually as he seems to peruse the contents of the desk, watching as he picked up a collection of pages. He would speak, reading out the title on the pages. As the familiar words reached her ears, a slow realisation would dawn on her. The memory of a story she had been commissioned to write, a story she had hoped he would never read. Her eyes widening, and an expression of horror settling onto her features. "NO!" She near enough shrieked hoping to stop him before he read it. Because the last thing she wanted was him to see the names of the characters written on those pages.

    Anything but that.

    She suddenly leapt forward, starlight instinctively flowing through her body towards her feet. She kicked off the ground at immense speed, launching herself towards him. She would attempt to tackle the man, closing the distance between them in a second. She near enough slammed into him, before practically attempting to climb him in an attempt to reach desperately for the pages of the fanfiction. She would pause for a moment, realising that she had pretty much pushed herself up against him, and was even using him as a support to hoist herself up in an attempt to snatch the paper. She eyed his face for a moment barely a few inches from hers, conscious of the proximity between them. She laughed nervously, realising how suspicious her behaviour must be. After all, Markus knew full well that Nessa wasn't really the type to suddenly launch herself at people. "You shouldn't er... you know... touch the client's things, they might get annoyed. Here I'll put it back where it was!" She said, reaching up and attempting to grab the papers once more.




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    Matters of Heart Empty Re: Matters of Heart

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th June 2019, 4:39 pm


    Markus Eldridge




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    Markus had just grasped the pages, and was opening them when he suddenly heard a cry of refusal. His eyes turned just in time to see Nessa with a look of absolute horror, the redness that was once anger was something entirely different. Before he had time to react, or ask what had happened she would launch herself forward, the full might of her magical power propelling her towards him. Suddenly, he felt an impact as she almost collided with him.

    Acting out of pure instinct, yet still baffled and thrown off by the sudden attack Markus attempted to take a step back while putting up his arm. However, Nessa having grown as a mage was far faster than even Markus was prepared for. Missing his timing, his hand instead fell behind her waste, and rather than gracefully stopping the attack, or relying on his magic he instead felt her hit him, and reach over his body towards the pages. His foot already being moved meant he, and by extension her, were off balance, suddenly causing them to fall backwards.

    Markus, thrown completely off by the sudden change of baring did the one thing he could think of, and prepared for the fall. The pages still in his hand ended up between the two mages whose bodies had pressed together. In the instant after they fell Markus could feel her upon him, the papers between them, she using his chest for support. Their eyes were inches apart, and once more the two mages were sharing breath. The chaos mage heard her give a small laugh, nervously, hesitantly. Markus suddenly realized; he had seen this look once before.

    The night he had asked her to accept him going to Bellam.

    When she spoke, Markus raised an eyebrow her hands touching the pages that were now directly between them. She was suddenly speaking hesitantly, offering to take the pages. Markus held on as her hands touched them, knowing without a doubt there was something there. His mind could feel it, the illusion magic that was placed upon the pages, the signature of a magical essence he had not been searching for before. There was no way the chaos mage was going to let this drop.

    Holding onto the papers, Markus would make it obvious he was not letting go while remaining silent, looking in her eyes, his own a mix of mirth, chaos, and interest. He would wait for her to either get off him, offer an explanation, or continue as they were and let their host find them in a far worse position.






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    Matters of Heart Empty Re: Matters of Heart

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th June 2019, 5:06 pm


    Her clumsy attempt at retrieving the pages had resulted in Markus attempting to move back, only she was already in his space. His hand ended up around her waist, and the force of the attempted move away caused him to lose balance, pulling her down with him. She would squeal as she fell, landing on top of him, she winced for a moment, although there wasn't much need, he had cushioned the fall for her. Her face hovered over his, her eyes filled with concern as she looked at him.  "You ok?" She asked in a worried tone before she followed with her awkward laugh and odd excuse for the attack. She returned her gaze to the paper, which surely was in better reach now. She pulled herself up, not really paying attention to what she was doing, her knees moving to either side of his hips. At least by being on top of him, she would have the advantage here, surely?

    She would rest one hand on his chest, which was also a slight attempt to keep him pinned beneath her as she stretched out, swiping her arm out in an attempt to nab the pages. Her index finger grazed the tips of the page, but she could not get them from him. She looked back at him. He seemed to be eying her with a determined stare, clearly not willing to give into her nonsensical behaviour. She eyed him with a steely gaze, "Markus... Give me the paper." She ordered him in as commanding tone as she could manage. There was something about his expression that seems to coax out a slight competitive edge in her, as though his refusal to give her what she asked was his means of challenging her. Shyness melting away slightly, normally this little positioning might have embarrassed her, but the sheer need to stop him reading that fanfiction was enough for her to forget about all of them. "Stop eying me like that, I'm not moving unless you give me those papers and if you didn't realise Markus," She returned the hand reaching for the paper to his chest, smirking at him in an assertive manner. "I have the advantage here."



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    Matters of Heart Empty Re: Matters of Heart

    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th June 2019, 5:29 pm


    Markus Eldridge






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    Markus was silent, when she asked if he was okay, with a slight smirk, his traditional look muddled with his new emotions, would crease his face as their eyes were to focus upon one another. His hand was still at her waste, though it had dropped slightly to her hip. Her green dress had flown outward slightly as her knees moved. He watched as she got up, straddling his hips. Each of them had one hand on the paper, and another hand on their adversary. Hers upon his chest, his upon her waist.

    His eyebrow would raise as she eyed him, her own gaze becoming steel, her embarrassment no longer muddling her void. She gave him a direct order, one which was laced with a competitive tone, an edge Markus was certainly not used to. Somehow, it was drawing out his own competitive nature. He could feel her pressing his chest, a finger, he was not sure which, touched his bare skin that was uncovered by the low V vest he wore. He could feel warmth, from her, her use of magic, their exertion, and his own feelings.

    With a determined look, he narrowed his eyes as soon as she told him to stop, and his lip would curl when she spoke of her advantage. Markus would breath outwards carelessly, his hand would glide down her waist to the edges of her dress, his hand would touch skin. “Are you sure about that?”

    His hand would brush her leg, no longer covered by the clothes, and move slightly upwards. No one said he had to play fair. “Do you really have what it takes?” As Markus spoke, his mind was planning, everything he did was meant to throw her off. She was an accomplished fighter, but he knew for a fact there was one thing she was not prepared to handle, and that was for him to push her buttons.

    He would move the papers, assuming her hand would remain on it lower between them, which would put her in a more off balanced position, if she were to keep both hands on him. In truth, he knew he had the advantage, he had intel she didn’t know, and knowing her personality, he knew he could use it. If needed. His eyes fell to the pages as she touched them.

    “Fairy Tails Greatest Sin?” Markus would ask, reading as the changed. He recognized N. C. Lux, and suddenly her entire demeanor made sense. “What could that mean?” The chaos mage would get more determined. “You know you can’t stop me…” he would whisper.






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    Matters of Heart Empty Re: Matters of Heart

    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 13th June 2019, 6:02 pm


    She thought she had him.

    As she eyed him with a sense of confident determination, she found herself quite sure that there wasn't anything he could do. It would only be a matter of time before he would give in and give her the papers. Except that wasn't the case, never with Markus. He would smirk back at her, as she would feel his hand slide down from her waist to her leg. His words would reflect his own teasing confidence as she questioned her certainty. All the while his fingers would tickle the skin of her thighs, moving the fabric of her dress as it did so, his hand would slide beneath her dress and up her leg. Caressing her thigh as it moved slowly higher. Nessa's smile would falter, her eyes grew wide, glancing down to his hand as it crept further under her dress. The action alone was enough to cause her pulse to quicken. Her fingers remained at his chest but would clench firmly, fisting the fabric of his shirt as she attempted to remain calm. He was testing her resolve, of course, doing the one thing he knew she wouldn't be able to deal with. She returned her gaze to his, her eyes slightly narrowed, but with an emotion...different to before. Something quite different from rage. The feel of his hand stroking her skin as it moved along was causing her body to flush with heat. She would tremble slightly under his touch, in spite of this, she held his gaze. Her violet eyes not leaving his, as she tried not to give in.

    His hand would only move further, the teasing nature of its touch only seem to create up a certain pent up frustration within her. She would try to endure it. At least until his thumb grazed her in such a way that it sent a slight tickle through her body. Unable to contain herself, she let out a soft whimper. Her eyes would widen, and her hands leapt from his chest. One rising to her face to cover her mouth, the other latching itself over his hand. Stopping him from going any further. Any higher and they would have been venturing into a terrority she wasn't sure she was ready for, certainly not something she would permit just to spare him discovering a fanfiction she'd written about him. Her cheeks flushed, she glanced away realising she must have accidentally dispelled the illusion when she'd touch the paper. But she didn't care, she was too embarrased about the way she'd just reacted to him. "You don't play fair." She mumbled softly under her breath. She felt kind of conflicted with herself for a multitude of reasons. One of those for letting him fluster her so much and more importantly, the fact that for a moment, she kind of hadn't wanted him to stop.




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    Post by MarkusEldridge on 13th June 2019, 6:44 pm


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    The chaos mage had to hold his resolve, his eyes locked with hers, his heart quickening, his breath getting shallow. She did not stop him as he expected, she did not immediately balk at his touch. Markus had fully expected things to stop as soon as his hand left her dress, let alone when it started to go up her side exploring deeper. For a brief moment, he thought he had her, he saw her smile falter, her eyes grow wider, as the flicked to what he was doing before remaining to what he was doing. Yet, his certainty was tested, perhaps she did have the resolve to win…

    Markus soon realized she was willing to go father than he ever expected, he felt her hand clench tighter to his clothes, and watched as her eyes narrowed as returning to him. Markus couldn’t help but take a shallow breath. He could read an emotion behind their depths, something he was unable to fully decipher, let alone understand if he was being honest with himself.  He could see her face flush, yet still. She did not stop him.

    Taking another shallow breath, he set his own resolve and continued his path, slowly, methodically, with great care. After all she was just a woman, someone he knew, and called friend. Why should he be nervous, why should he care? He would eye her, his own body growing warmer. Suddenly he heard a sound escape from her lips, a sound which he never expected. His eyes would widen, even as her own did the same. Her hand left his chest, rising to cover her mouth as the other grasped at his hand. Somehow… Markus had won.

    Markus couldn’t help but give a slight sign of relief as she spoke, he realized only now that he would not be able to continue much farther himself, and had her resolve held he probably would be the one to admit defeat. Though, that was not something she needed to know.

    He would start to shift his weight, slowly moving her weight off of him. With a small smirk he would respond, “Battle is never fair. Especially when you misleadingly think you have ‘advantage’. To win you must be… ‘unpredictable’.” Markus would say still catching his breath, returning to his defiant demeanor. Anyone with any skill at reading emotions would be able to see even Markus was having trouble remaining passive... Something had changed since that night with the fairies.

    After a second Markus would once more look at the pages still within his hand, and with a quick glance at Nessa would start to read. Markus would raise an eyebrow as he caught his name, and would give a small smirk as he read the contents Nessa had been trying to hide. He would take his time, reading the story, the way she portrayed him, and the way she described the two ‘heroes’ of the little tale. In truth it was good, Nessa certainly had a talent for erotic story telling. Markus could help but smirk as he finished, glancing into her eyes.

    Markus would take a breath. “Well, at least it isn’t a painting... It's good. Very well written.” He said simply being completely honest. “I guess I know now what you were doing when I barged into your office?” Markus asked playfully, still breathing slightly harder. Suddenly, Markus felt something he wasn't sure if he ever had before, at least, not since leaving home and meeting Chaos. Sadness...

    Markus spoke again, his voice was quite, almost a whisper, if Nessa looked into his eyes a this moment, she might even see his emotions. "Nessa. I am leaving Fairy Tail."






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    Post by Nessa Cordelia Lux on 16th June 2019, 4:40 pm


    It was a strange moment; the air that had been tense and angry had shifted so quickly to an almost desire-fueled heat in a matter of seconds. There was a new type of tension between them, it wasn't as though they hadn't felt it before, but this seemed especially amplified. Perhaps it was the possibility of what could happen if no one gave in, it could lead to something Nessa wasn't completely inexperienced in. Yet she knew enough about the birds and the bees to know what he could do to her. It was an intriguing thought if there ever was one. But it wouldn't get to that, because Nessa had caved. Giving into to her shyness, and stop him from moving any closer to that part of her. It had been quite close too. She would feel him shift and then that 'hand' was gone, she would move off of him. Kneeling on the wooden floor next to him, she heard him speak. He would smirk at her, his words causing her to look away, bringing up a distant memory. She remembered having used that word, just before they'd shared that drunken kiss. It was so long ago, and although a lot of that night was foggy to her. She still remembered little bits, why was he bringing that up now? Was he teasing her? She found herself getting frustrated again.

    "Well, predictable as it may be, turns out I'm not that kind of girl Markus. Personally, I believe some experiences shouldn't be thrown away so easily, even for the sake of winning."  She snipped slightly, not quite realising that she may have revealed more about her 'inexperience' than she'd meant to. But she was more focused on arguing her point, a part of her had wanted it, but perhaps that had been just the heat of the moment. Markus was an attractive guy, after all, he had a certain allure that attested to the possibility that one might enjoy doing things like that with him. However, in spite of this, she didn't regret stopping him either. Because if she was going to do that, then it was going to be for more than just winning a little spat over him reading a homoerotic fanfiction she'd written about him.

    She let out a deep sigh, resigning herself to that fact that he was going to read it regardless. Wincing slightly in anticipation of his reaction, she really couldn't call it with Markus. Aven, Maybe. She could see him getting quite embarrassed about it, perhaps even somewhat annoyed. But Markus was a hard one to read. The pause of him reading it felt like it dragged out longer than it actually did. She shuffled where she sat, anxious, pulling down her dress now that the Chaos mage was no longer uplifting it. Finally, he would speak, causing her to glance at him. He would compliment it, mentioning the time he barged into her office and caught her reviewing it. She sighed, "Sorano got a request from a client who was really ... interested in you and Aven as a pairing and wanted someone to write a fanfiction about you two. I guess I'm a bit of a hypocrite, huh?" She uttered, giving him an apologetic smile.

    He would suddenly become a little more serious, his playful manner dissipating. The Starlight Maiden tilted her head at a slight angle, looking at him curiously. Her embarrassment and shyness were fading slowly, replaced with slight concern. His eyes met hers, causing her to recognise the seriousness of the moment. He would speak, whispering her name in such a way that her pulse would quicken again, but not in excitement but rather fear. Then, he would follow it with a single sentence — a collection of words she'd never expected him to say.

    The feelings that took over her were intense. It felt like everything inside of her; her stomach, her heart, all of it, and completely dropped. Almost instantly draining her of any pleasant emotions she'd been feeling, a sense of melancholy would ripple through her. Her eyes grew wide, stinging slightly as she held back the urge to cry, she would tremble a little, bringing her hands together on her lap and squeezing them tightly to contain herself. She couldn't meet his gaze anymore; she looked down staring at her hands. She would clear her throat, before glancing up at him, the disappointment and sadness clear in her face. "Why?" She croaked softly, She couldn't have imagined hearing anything worse right now. She was going to lose him. After finally being reunited for so long, he was going to leave. Would he disappear for good? She felt a panic rise in her, her breathing would grow quicker, slightly erratic, and her body would shake as she fought the urge to break down in front of him. Ans so, She followed with a second question, a more important one. "Aren't you happy Markus? With us, Fairy Tail... with me?"




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    Post by MarkusEldridge on 17th June 2019, 11:21 am


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    With a deep breath, and a heavy yet settling sigh the chaos mage slowly started to gain control of his scattered thoughts once more. Markus had felt lust before, and even bouts of attraction, yet this. This had been something entirely different for the chaos mage, something he could not name, and he feared to test again. After all, she was ‘just Nessa’ a powerful mage, guildmember, and friend. While he… He was Markus, ‘The Chaos Mage’, a murder and master of darkness, a follower of Chaos, and progeny to the great Primordial. It was at times like these, Markus had to remind himself how different the two were, how much he shouldn’t care. And, he had to remind himself why he was leaving.

    Markus was looking at her when he made his comment, yet he could not help notice the tone in her reply, the slight snip to her words, the quick response about what type of girl she was. In truth, Markus had fully expected her to stop far before she did, and she had been quite formidable in that… battle. Yet, Markus knew he could not let her know such things, though he had no idea how her mood could change so drastically, after all he was complementing her, why get snippy? “There is nothing wrong with that Nessa, after all a Wizard Saint should know which battles are worth the effort, I guess…” Markus said, his mind already starting to shift, already starting to realize. He could keep the truth from her. He would have to tell her. But first, he would distract himself with the contents of her writing.

    Everything he had said had been truth, in fact he thought she had real skill at this type of writing, perhaps any kind. He wondered briefly if it was something she ever considered, if she was not a mage of course. In truth however, he took so long to read the pages because it gave him time to think, time to decide. When he finally finished and spoke his thoughts his mind was made up, he was going to tell her now. She deserved to know.

    Markus was not really looking at her when she told him that it was their guild master that had given her the job, it really did not surprise him, she seemed to excel at finding jobs which really pushed her members, such as the Painting for Markus, and apparently the story for Nessa. Markus would give a quick glance at the Starlight Maiden as she uttered an apologetic response, naming herself a hypocrite. “Not at all, I understand jobs. Besides, it makes sense that it was you assigned, you above anyone else in the guild know myself and Aven… at least physically.” Markus added the last part quietly, she had certainly done a good job explaining him in that regard, but he feels there were certainly some missing emotional components he knew she would have never known about before Bellam.

    The time had finally come, their conversation lulled enough that he knew there was only one thing remaining between them. Markus, his eyes filled with an unknown sadness pushed himself to remain passive, something even he was struggling with. When he finally stated what was on his mind, finally let Nessa know the truth, it took everything he had to keep his face upon her, his eyes in her direction. The response was immediate.

    Markus could see the reaction physically, and for someone who truly believed himself to be alone in this world, her reaction was… unexpected. He could hear the disappointment, and see the sadness when she looked at him. A single word came out, a single question. One, Markus expected. As he gathered his thoughts, he could hear her breathing quicken, and see her body shaking. His slayer senses picking up far more than the old Markus ever would. Suddenly, she spoke again, and the next words to escape her lips almost broke the chaos mage… almost.

    Markus, sitting on his knees next to the Starlight Maiden looked at her with a face up pure… confusion, he was totally lost within her response, within her reaction. The chaos mage just could not understand it, he could not fathom her sadness. Markus found himself thinking back towards the image he saw, and the conversation he had.
    ‘"Like a twinkling star in the darkest night, still she shines." Nessa's Father would say. "She's always been that way, Nessa, much like her mother was."’
    He could see it now, despite how dark and twisted Markus was, she shined, she saw something even he could not. Suddenly, before his mind had time to comprehend what he was doing, Markus was besides the Starlight Maiden, his arms would wrap around her body, his hand would clasp the back of her head, slowly bringing her down into his shoulder. He could not bear to watch as she broke down, he could not watch if tears started.

    “Happy… I am happier than I have ever been in my life. The… The guild has changed me. But… You know me Nessa, you know who I am, what I am capable of…” Markus said quietly, whispering into her ear, his voice steady but unable to mask… something new. Different. “Nessa, if I stay, Fairy Tail will suffer. They have already been dark once, and I… I will not risk them. I will not risk… You.”






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