Noctis smiled slightly when Victoria finally responded. "Sure thing, Mister. I'm willing to talk." with that, he took a few steps closer to her before bowing completely at the waist. "I seek your forgiveness for my misconduct in the tavern." he said quite bluntly before standing back up and stepping a little closer. Noctis pulled back his hood, revealing his face fully; his eyes were somewhat puffy and red as though he might have been crying or was just suffering from lack of sleep. Noctis was about to start speaking again when the rain's intensity increased significantly, going from a sprinkle to a downpour in just a few seconds. Noctis sprinted back under the cherry blossom trees branches; the branches provided moderate shelter from the rain though not completely.
Noctis decided they were not going anywhere anytime soon if the weather had its way, so he started talking. " So... about what you just saw, I suppose you would like an explanation?" he asked more so for his own benefit knowing full and well she deserved one. " So about 5 years ago, a tragedy befell me." he said, pausing as this was clearly not easy for him to talk about. " Once upon a time, I was engaged to a woman named Annaliese, It was an arranged engagement typical for families of somewhat noble standing." He said, glancing over at her as he leaned against the tree. " We had known each other as kids, and when we were both sixteen our engagement was announced, at that point, neither of us cared for the other in the romantic way we merely saw it as a duty... no, that's not right a responsibility would be more accurate. " he paused again taking a breath and wiping a raindrop off his nose before continuing " Well as time went on we grew to care for each other, and it started to seem less like a duty and more like something we enjoyed, Well jump ahead 4 years and the wedding was only a few months off." He paused again, trying to maintain his composure
" Well, one night I woke up and I was not in control of my body, I was completely aware of everything going on around me, but my body did not react when I tried to move." he said as he wiped what may have been a tear or raindrop no one could tell for sure " Well, turns out that night my body had a mind of its own, so it wielded a dagger, and the proceeded to stab my fiance to death." he said as he started to get choked up visible tears streaming down his face. "I blacked out after this happened; she must have screamed at some point because the next thing I remember is the authorities rousing me and placing me in cuffs as I was suspect number one." he said, sobbing " Anyways, an investigation was done and I was examined by mages, and it was concluded that I had not acted by my own volition but that I had been magically controlled like some puppet by a mage." he said as he wiped away tears " No culprit was ever caught, but here I am a broken mess and afraid to use my magic because of how it was used on me and what it caused me to do." He said, still sobbing slightly.
Noctis took a few moments after speaking to wipe his eyes and attempt to regain his composure before looking Victoria in the eyes " So there you have it, and I relive it every time I fall asleep.," he said. "Terrible way to live knowing that sleep only brings pain and misery." he said, wiping away another tear as he looked her over, hoping he didn't seem so crazy now that he had explained his situation to her.
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