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  1. Nox read the letter, though other than the gist of it it was difficult to decipher, not everyone wrote legibly. And for a newer reader hand writing not meant to be consumed by others it was all that more difficult for Nox. Merdyn had already assumed Nox was going with him. That made Nox happy. He didn't have to beg or plead to go. Mer would need a gateway to get there and that was his job. Though any of the others could do it, and the Citadel had an Asha'man on hand at their embassy. Though Nox had hoped to enjoy a night in his bed with Mer. Even if it just meant sleeping. "Can we leave before the sun. I really wanted to stay home for one night in our bed." Nox was sure he would be fine elsewhere, but the need to be home with Mer was strong. He could feel the panic starting to rise. The anxiety about sleeping in an embassy bed. It wasn't a harsh life, but it wasn't his bed. With his things. That was the great thing about gateways. Nox could travel halfway across the world and still sleep in his own bed. He could open a gateway in his own little hut far easier than anywhere else on the Black Tower grounds. It was his home, he knew ever nook and cranny of it. It was his and it made him safe. Mer made him safe and the thought of not having him made Nox spiral. He couldn't help it.
  2. [[ Gonna let slide how Aiden knew she was Sentient because it works very well with the whole plot of the scene I was writing 🙂 ]] Aiden whispered a single word. A word that only he could hear. He had no idea how he knew, or why he knew but that was the moment it all fell into place. Kali had manipulated him. She hadn't been dranika like he thought, she was Sentient. Dangerous. Not like Aria, but... That posed a lot of other questions as to why Nox had let her manipulate him. He'd done much training with Aria to combat that. And now that he knew Nox stepped between Aiden and Kali, his back pressed against Aiden. "Kali can't hurt us. But keep the power at hand to keep her from seeing you." Nox told Aiden. Kali was looking at Aiden curiously. She hadn't taken the blue fire to be a threat, just a curiosity. Aiden was no longer readable and she turned her attention on Nox. "This power? What is it? And why can't I feel you anymore?" Nox grinned at her. "I don't know the answers to any of those questions. Where were you last night Kali?" Kali's perfect eye brow rose as she smirked. "That's none of your concern my pretty little Nox. Go play with your new friend." He eyes took Nox in lingering on the bulge in his pants before returning to his eyes with a renewed smirk. "I'll talk with you at another time" She came closer and ran a finger down his jawline. Nox felt that sense of being in love, but he knew it wasn't real. She was trying to convince him otherwise. But she didn't realize she was failing. Nox just let it go, let her believe her touch had affected him as she walked away. And with just as much ceremony as she had entered she'd left. Nox stood staring after her. She hadn't answered his question. He should follow her, but there was a man who's body heat was starting to do a number on him. But Nox still didn't move, afraid that if he did, it would end.
  3. Nox shrugged when Merdyn asked him about a particular subject. He didn't really care. It wasn't the learning part that he enjoyed it was the immersion, the lack of people bothering him helped a lot too. With his nose in the book no one tried to talk to him too often. "I just like to read." It was something he did now that he could, and could keep doing forever even if the Black Tower kicked him out. It was a skill at least that was better than picking a pocket or fighting forever. Much like Nox had taken up making gateways. The comment about his loves spending habits hadn't gone unnoticed and Nox tried to interrupt that wasn't what he meant. It was not about running out of it, it was merely a comment that Nox had never had that sort of money to just spend. What he had had always gone towards food or clothes, never anything frivolous as books and bedding. Though nice warm blankets had been one of his own first purchases. And Merdyn quickly had found his love of blankets. Though Nox was still attached to his own. But he liked the one Mer slept with too, it smelled like him and that made Nox smile and feel safe. And safe was not something Nox always felt. But dinner sounded wonderful though it might require moving from his current spot huddled in the corner. Maybe Mer would eat with him in the cozy little nook a picnic of sorts. But Mer's preparations hadn't even started when the knock came and he was answering the door. The soldier handed Mer a parchment and quickly left. Like Mer would bite or something. Nox's curiosity got the better of him and he stood up to walk over to his love and look down at the seal. It looked much like the one that had come before when they'd been requested to dig a well for the Citadel - the Band of the Red hand's strong hold. "I wonder what made him so afraid. The letter, or you?" Or it could be Nox, though he wasn't scary by far, his mental stability was something of a problem with some folks, but he didn't voice that part of it opting to give Mer a sly smile.
  4. Nox looked at Aiden sort of confused. Had he been giving the wrong signals? He would have said something but first Aiden's wallet interrupted them, And then after Aiden had put his gadget away there was a crash at the end of the alley He averted his attention down the direction of the noise, and was not surprised to find another couple crashing into garbage that was leaning against the wall. They fell crumpled in a pile tangled in the bits and pieces, but they were in good spirits - laughing as they got up. Nox was about to get back to Aiden when the woman unfurled from the man and he recognized her dark features. They'd once left a club similar to this - fuck they'd left Kallisti together. The memory of it all crashed into Nox and he shivered at the feat of falling only to be caught by the agile grip of the woman who was straightening herself and her partner. She looked over at them and when she recognized Nox her smile beamed and she tugged on her partners hand. "Nox? Is that really you?" Nox had that strange feeling from her again. The same as he'd had the first time he'd seen her. The same that he'd forgotten when he went scaling the tall buildings. Why had he forgotten? She went to touch his cheek and Nox backed up into Aiden not letting the woman touch him. It wasn't an aversion to female touch, just hers. Something told him from past experience not to let her. But he couldn't nail why that was the case. She frowned. Nox wrapped his severed arm around Aiden, thankful it was his left and he could keep his right free for weilding the power within, not that he needed his hands, but sometimes it was easier that way. And in the same movement he reached through the sludge and grabbed hold of his own dangerous power. Kali frowned and tilted her head to the side, "What's wrong sweety. You didn't forget me did you?" Nox chuckled. "No. I couldn't forget you Kali. I'm just here with someone else." It was a lie, but she didn't know that. Nox smiled at her. "Aiden this is Kali. We had quite the adventurous encounter the last time I saw her." Kali's friend seemed upset as he watched the interaction. Nox nodded to him. "Who's your friend?" She looked back at him, squeezed, then dropped his hand. Kali smiled and he was gone, almost like he was afraid of her. He almost sprinted out of the alley falling over the same pile of trash they had only moments ago fallen together into. Another reason not to let her touch him. "I guess he's nothing."
  5. Preface: The opening paragraph has already been posted to my MC's blog, so I'm offering this shredder up as a public piece.
  6. The Red Ajah gave Nox the chills. The thought that someone hunted them down to kill them scared him, but Nox tried not to think about it. Mer was a smart man who could use the One Power. Nox had taught him himself and he knew that Mer could handle anything. They'd even handled a trolloc together once upon a time. Though Nox came out worse for wear for it, but still it had been handled. The books on the other hand those were something that Nox could focus on. He picked up one of the tomes and started at the beginning. He loved to read. Being taught to read was one of the greatest things he'd done at the tower. "Everyone should learn more no matter what. But I don't know if the others will agree." Nox looked up at Mer behind him with a grin. "Can I be the first one to read them before you give them to the library?" This was almost as great a gift as the necklace that was hung around his neck. Nox's hand absently lifted to hold it in between his fingers. Caressing it like it had always been part of him. His Mer, his live. It was another safety net to fall back on. Mer was always with him. It had been a rough couple of days with out Mer, but now it was all right. Nox could feel the man inside his head. And he tried to think happy thoughts and not wander down the darker paths. For Mer if not for himself. "You have a lot of packages, you spend too much sometimes." It was an absent comment while he started reading the first book's title page.
  7. One of my many visions of worlds out there has a cyberpunk sci-fi feel to it set in a very far distant future. This was the original information sheet I created for my MC. He's since been renamed to Phoenix or just Nix for short. It wasn't written for the word prompt. And if I have time I'll see about writing a short snippet but have a deadline at work but wanted to at least attempt but I got lost in hunting for words and the bios stuff lol.
  8. I'd love to be able to split my time between writing and coding.... drawing will never be a go to topic as much as I want to be able to draw my characters. I'll just have to commission someone to do it.
  9. hehe. Which is why my writing takes priority over learning how to draw or even on doing the coding projects I really want to do that will essentially help my writing lol. The plight of those with too many hobbies ?
  10. that's sorta why I started writing my NaNo project when I was excited about it. I've found that I don't finish if I've been waiting all october to do it. Lose the excitement. So I always have two projects, one that I can do and one that I can continue if I need to in November to get my word count It's not exactly NaNo esque but it's the only way I can function and win.
  11. @Cass you still have a month to think on it.
  12. Only one sided bond with Nox and Merdyn. To get the double bond Nox would have to bond mer too.
  13. It was such a simple thing. The locket that Mer handed him. But the simple thing made the tears flow again. He was a wreck and needed things to stop but this was good. Nox thought it was but the tears fell anyway. He smiled. It was happy tears. Knowing and feeling how Mer felt was shifting the mood, but with one exaggeration swung the other way too. It was the first time a surge of happiness had swept through Nox and he was uncertain of how Mer would take it. It wasn't bad. This was different, and he was going to have to stay in their single room hut for most of the day to process this new shift. Madness didn't just happen with the bad, but it had always been so for Nox. This was still madness. But he'd be okay with this extreme. So Mer didn't get the wrong impression Nox turned around so Mer could slip it over his neck and tighten the latch around his neck. Through the tears he managed to speak, however broken it sounded. "I love it." Nox leaned back and looked up at Mer resting his head against his lover's shoulder. "If you go anywhere I'm going with you though. At least right now, maybe it'll be better later, but right now, I'm not leaving your side." He was probably sounding like an over protective person more like a clingy one, but there was only so much Nox could take at the moment.
  14. There was a large sorta irony to the song that played and the man he danced with. Nox had done the same many times over except his partner had always been of the female persuasion before, and never anyone of note, this time it was not only male but the man himself. Their bodies moved together, there was no doubt in Nox's mind that he'd been wrong his whole life. He'd taken the easy way out chasing girls and getting laid. And yet here he was with Aiden Finnegan, his face buried into his neck obviously hiding from the looks he was getting. Hiding only made it worse, the whispers grew as did the looks and Aiden lifted his head to say he wanted to go outside. Nox nodded but was reluctant to leave the safety of the crowded dance floor. Here he'd been able to be himself without other eyes peering over him. The missing arm was the least of his discontent. Being with a man was a completely new thing. Jay had been spur of the moment, had been a drunken night of debauchery that had lead to a good friendship despite their distance. Nox followed Aiden out into the cool night air. It was less crowded, the body heat alone rising the temperature too much, Nox hadn't realized. There were others outside. It wasn't just them, and Nox looked back into the open door they'd left and longed to be back inside. They'd been close, so close, so hot, Aiden had felt good against him. Now that moment was past and reality of life came crashing back in. But now that it was quiet again they could talk without yelling, that was a good thing. Though Nox didn't really want to talk, those dark urges hadn't drained away. The feeling of Aiden's body still not a distant memory. It was everything Nox could do to keep his hand at his side. He stuffed it in his pocket and held the elbow hooked around his back. It was still an awkward body modification - one that had saved his life, but Nox was still uncomfortable letting friends see him dismembered. He smiled at Aiden in the silence of the street. "I didn't mind, back there." Nox nodded back towards the door they'd left. "You fit pretty well there."
  15. This was the first time Alex had been to meet the infamous Asher Eriksen. Our, no, the Venatori benefactor. The man who made sure every single Venatori lived the life they were accustomed to. Which by normal human standards was pretty pampered. And now he was working for me. Such was the life of leading the Venatori. He'd asked me to join him and I was bringing Alex along because he was my money guy. Not to mention the love of my life, and my sanity check. I'd never actually met the man before, so this was my first time before. He asked for me to meet him in the lab. So that was where we went. It looked like every science lab you ever saw in any movie. White walls, beakers and other lab equipment scattered around the room. And in the middle of the room sat a blue eyed man wearing a white lab coat. He stood up when we entered and smiled brightly at us. His patterns were erratic, I'd never seen anything like it. And even with my new found ability to control what I see, it was hard on my eyes. I blinked and Alex stopped to access what was going on. He asked in my head, You okay, pretty boy? I nodded and smiled at Asher even though he was making me nauseous. He shook my head, "It's a pleasure to meet you finally, Nox. This must be Alex?" He held out his hand to Alex, "I've heard a lot about you, Mr. Kennedy." Alex smirked. "All good I hope." Asher shrugged with a careless smile. "Mostly. There was a thing or two about you being a filthy human contaminating the Venatori blood line." Alex laughed, "As if I can get Nox pregnant." "But you did." He smiled, "May not be a traditional pregnancy but I hear the two bouncing baby boys Ms Isabelle had are doing well." I nodded, "They are good. You are not experimenting on my children." Asher frowned and nodded, "You provided the umbilical cord as I asked, I have enough cells to test on without harming the children. But when they are of consenting age I'd like a chance..." "When they can consent legally." I said. Alex just looked at me and frowned. "What? I can't tell them no when they are old enough. But we have plenty of opportunity to tell them why not to do it." Alex grinned at me. "What did you want Asher?" Alex asked looking at the other man. "I was hoping to take DNA samples from you both. In the hopes of understanding your different abilities. Nothing that I can use in experiments for conception, just hair samples." Alex shrugged, "I don't care as long as you don't clone me." Asher laughed, "I'm not in the business of cloning people, it's hardly good for business. And highly illegal. I may be Venatori, but I do try to follow the human laws." "That would be a first." Alex said. I added, "But you aren't Venatori." I said. Asher paled and looked at me with fear in his eyes. "I have been all my life." "And the life before that, and before that." I laughed. "You do know what one of my abilities is right?" "Enlightening me, Mr. Sétanta." "I can see patterns. And thinking while you talked and Alex too, I finally see the difference. No one has ever seen you or your father in the same room together. No one has seen you and your son in the same room. Ever. And this goes back generations upon generations. So the pattern says, you are them, and they are you, and that would make Amara Erikesen your only natural born daughter, and you the last living Aeternus - hiding in plain sight." "And you have proof of this?" He asked cautiously. I shrugged, "No. But I know it's the truth, it clicked into place like all other truths do." I smiled, "But I'm not going to tell anyone, your secret is safe." I plucked a few hairs from my head and Alex did the same having read my mind. "DNA for your troubles. And then we'll be on our way. If you make any money from that we want a percentage." "Of course." Asher said taking out two small baggies and placing the follicles in them. He went about his work ignoring us for the most part and we took our dismissal with a grain of salt. Asher was like Jack, once he got what he wanted he was done and went back to his thing. And I was okay with that, looking at him was hard. Alex took my hand and we left. For a first meeting that didn't go so bad. [795 words]
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