Once you find your light, I'm sure it will lead you back here.
Cordelia was trying very hard not to make the situation any worse than it already was. Unfortunately, as a girl that wore her emotions on her sleeve, it was terribly difficult not to have a very clear and visceral reaction. She buried her face against Rhace’s shoulder and did feel a sense of relief when his arm swung over her and pulled her close, acting as her protector and guardian. She felt him kiss her forehead and were it not for the fear overwhelming her sense of self and sensibilities, she may have had an interesting reaction to that. But too deep was she in her nightmare to even give it any kind of consideration, only finding relief was the bright lights of the carnival appeared at the end of the tunnel.
The boat came to a stop and Rhace stepped out, offering his hand to her. She took it quietly, stepping up onto the pier and rubbing the side of her arm as she tried to summon up the courage not
to look pathetic and sad. Finding a kernel of her usual boisterous energy, she did what she did best and moved forward, rather than lingering and remembering the trauma of what had just happened. Rhace suggested something simple and after looking around, pointed out a kind of shell game event that was happening nearby. He held her close and she was thankful for the warmth and support, Cordelia one that found comfort in touch. A woman dressed as some kind of witch displayed for them three coffins, one of which opened up and revealed a pink candy while the other two revealed skeletons. The object of the game, clearly was to find the candy and the lids snapped shut and began to whir around in a circle. Rhace watched as carefully as he could, while Cordelia did her best to track where she thought the candy was. He pointed to the left most coffin with confidence, only for the lid to pop open and reveal a skeleton. The witch cackled and Rhace stated that he hoped they had better luck than him, clearly a bit down that he hadn’t been able to get something for one of them.
It was cute; Cordelia was sensible enough to see that. Not only was he trying to provide a firm foundation for her at the moment, he wanted to lift her spirit by winning her a prize. She smiled softly and gave his arm a light squeeze even as Cassiti stepped up to try her luck at the game. Cordelia watched as Cassi stood confidently before the spinning coffins. Once they came to a stop, she pointed to the dead center coffin and when it’s lid popped open, the elegantly wrapped candy appeared. Cordelia smiled a bit brighter and clapped in celebration for her friend as she reached to take her prize… only to be surprised when Cassiti turned right to her and offered her the candy.“Oh… Cassi…”
Cordelia stammered slightly, looking between her friend’s beautiful green eyes and the candy before her. Her heart throbbed in her chest, for she understood that this was not some mere gesture. Cassiti was from someplace else entirely! Based on the little that Cordelia knew, the way she had been brought up didn’t provide a whole lot of social interaction. She had always been curious but didn’t quite know how to pry politely without seeming nosy. Carefully, she reached out and took the candy, wrapping her hand around it and bringing it to her chest, close to her heart. “Thank you,”
she thanked her friendly deeply, giving her a warm smile closer to what she normally wore.
The efforts of both Rhace and Cassiti were having a profound effect on her mood, the darkness of her past swept aside by the sweetness of her friends. Renewed with confidence, she nodded and stepped in front of the game table. “My turn!”
she declared, reaching up with her free hand to wipe the stained mascara from her cheeks. The witch placed another piece of candy inside and then off the coffins went, spinning wildly in front of her. Cordelia stood firm, with a smile on her face as she watched the whirling contraptions until they came to a stop. And then without missing a beat, she pointed at the center one like Cassi had. Her smile only got brighter as the top opened and revealed the candy, Cordelia snatching it up in victory.
Then, apparently bent on imitating her friend as much as possible, she turned to Rhace and held out the candy for him. “For you, sir,”
she told him sweetly. She waited until he would reach out for it and then smoothly stepped in and gave him a soft, if not lingering, kiss on the cheek. Still smiling, she stepped back and let him finish taking the candy before she looked back at Cassiti. “I’d give you a kiss too but I know it’s… a bit complicated. So just know that if I could, I would give you a big ol’ kiss as well.”
She wasn’t back in full form but Cordelia had been sufficiently rejuvenated enough to show her usual warmth. “Ugh, I’m sure I look a mess!”
she stated, on her cheeks a bit more to try and remove the mascara stains. “You think if I lower my bodice a little to show more cleavage it’ll distract from my mess of a face?”
she asked with a quirky little giggle, obviously joking.
After she had wiped up as much dark make up as possible so that it wasn’t as
obvious she had been crying, she looked back at her friends. “I hope you both know that… I appreciate you both. And that I…”
she trailed off slightly, her lips worming in slight embarrassment before settling. “I love you both. I know, big word. But we’ve gone through this transition together. And I love Dagda, I do… but this right here feels like the dream team, you know?”
she said, her smile returning. “Together, I think we can do anything!”