[P] we got too good at playing make believe
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Breath, should I take a deep? Faith, should I take the leap?

She was having a horrible night. It was almost entirely impossible to describe just how awful, no good, terrible it was. There were not enough negative adjectives and adverbs in the lexicon to even begin to fully flesh out the depths of her despair and misery. Too many words would be repeated and twice as many would be needed to even come close to the emotional nightmare that had been her evening. It wasn't even the day, it was half a day at most, a third most likely.

Kalypso wondered if there was really a worse night ever to have. Between an enjoyable violation of her own self-worth, being face to face with the object of said violation's affection, and then being berated in a deplorable way by a supposed friend, it was decidedly a challenge.

At least no one had died, but god had someone come so dangerous close to it.

Like a storm bottled up in a jar, Kaly swept through the village and out, trying to figure herself out. She tried so hard to compose herself so she could go to bed and throw herself into the oblivion of sleep for a momentary respite. But she also knew that she would toss and turn for hours until she would claw at something awful for her to help her sleep.

She had solutions though! There were people that could help her! Lord knew she needed someone else to try to help her since her own efforts were only good at stirring the pond and bringing up the mud.

She was relatively sober, especially after having shouted the alcohol out of her blood like jet fuel. Kaly knew she still smelled faintly of it, which also compounded her avoidance of home with her kids likely playing cards, dice, or something of the sort if they were not yet asleep.

With no Hibiki to turn to as one would want of a best friend - his absence keenly felt - she decided that maybe it was best to keep it in the family. So she turned her focus on Thyri, the only sibling (that she was aware of) to still be within close proximity and also not really hate the living shit out of her guts.

Kalypso staggered up to the doorway and realized she looked as pathetic as she felt. No time to fix that. Not like Thyri hadn't already seen her mud-coated and emotionally volatile before. She pounded on the door and then took a quick glance around to see if anyone had peered out to see who was banging.

set the night of the party, after [M] this thread, this thread, and [M] this thread

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His misery had been knocking around the inside of her skull since the ball. She narrowed her eyes on the dimly lit wall, shadows directing attention to every imperfection. Closing her eyes, Thyri balled her fingers into fists when the image of his worried face materialized in her mind. They had both been through so much, separately and together, but the harrowing experience he had endured as a slave had altered him much more than anything else.


She sucked in a breath, slow and deep, and released it again through her dark nostrils. Do you think it was a mistake?" she asked him, turning her head to his. She rubbed the right side of her neck and shoulder, where the ache had flared again recently. "Coming here, instead of going to Casa or the Vale?"


Merlin was quiet a long while. "I think that we made the right choice with the information that we had," he said carefully. "Besides, what do we know about politics in the Vale? And Casa..." He twisted his lips thoughtfully. "Maybe it was because it had been so long since I was there last, but Casa felt... different to me when I returned. Not bad, just... It's changed; grown, maybe. I don't know." He rubbed the back of his head. "And who knows? Maybe Salsola has changed, too."


But the doubtful tone in his voice suggested a half-hearted attempt at hope... or perhaps it was an empty joke. "Maybe," she humored him. "So much of this place reminds me of the Court; it's comforting. But I don't wa—"


Both wolves swung their attention swiftly to the door, where someone was pounding fiercely against its solid surface. Thyri stiffened and clenched her jaws, swinging an arm out to stop Merlin from following her before she stepped forward. Steeling herself for whatever – whoever – was on the other side of the door, the Dawnbringer woman swung it open and was relieved to find Kalypso's eyes staring back at her.


"Gods," she breathed, relaxing visibly. Thyri encouraged her inside with a gesture of her arm. "Kalypso?" And then, looking at her more closely, she narrowed her eyes. "What's the matter?"


OOC: Also set after this thread.

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Breath, should I take a deep? Faith, should I take the leap?

Kalypso had no idea what on earth the two of them had been discussing before she had banged on the door, but the relief on Thyri's face told her it had not been a lighthearted conversation about love and affection and other bullshit that mated folks discussed. She did not want to imagine something so nice and lovey-dovey when she was feeling so utterly crappy about everything around her, even if it would have been a ray of pretty sunshine in the gloomy dark. She wasn't jealous. She wasn't.

Good evening, Thyri, she greeted stiffly, pretending that she did not feel like utter trash. That relief on Thyri's face faded as her eyes narrowed and she took in Kaly's face. Well, it was obviously very clear that Kalypso was beyond not okay. Great, that meant everyone else who saw her moments prior likely saw that too.

She managed to keep her lip from quivering as she moved inside at Thyri's gesture, eagerly brushing past her half-sister. Merlin was inside, though, and she eyed him carefully for a moment and debated. She did not know him remotely as well as she knew Thyri, but he was her mate and she clearly trusted him, so maybe she would trust him with her personal secrets, too.

Honestly, though, it was only because the dam was breaking and she could not hold back the flood.

Kalypso took a few seconds to really debate how she wanted to unleash that tidal onslaught. She decided that Merlin would have to simply see her at her absolute worst and that she would deal with the consequences of that later. So, she spun around and practically collapsed her arms on Thyri's shoulders, wrapping them around her neck. Thyri was nearly a half-foot shorter than she, but it did not matter. She would make it work.

And she did make it work. Kalypso started openly sobbing on Thyri's shoulder. It was a wretched sound that was probably completely unexpected from everybody. She would have wondered what expression was on Merlin's face if she wasn't so busy letting the waterworks go untamed.

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Her voice sounded stiff – too formal, too clipped – and Thyri considered it quietly as she gestured her half-sister inside their modest abode. Once Kalypso had entered, her agouti fur brushing against her pale frame in a way that felt warm, rather than volatile, to Thyri, the Dawnbringer eased the door shut and turned to face her Queenly sister.


Further inside, lit only by the warm, flickering glow of candlelight, Merlin lifted an arm in greeting.


And then, in what seemed almost as though in response to Merlin's silent greeting, Kalypso tuned and melted into a puddle of tears and woe. Somehow, the Dawnbringer managed her sister's greater mass, wrapping her pale arms around the woman's darker figure. "Gods, Kaly," she whispered, looking up with surprise to meet Merlin's wide eyes as she patted her sister's back gently."Shhh, it's okay."


Freezing where he stood, Merlin watched them a moment before he made a silent gesture for the door that Thyri agreed to with a soft nod of her head. And then, quietly, the man padded past the sisters and took his chances outside to give them their privacy.


Gently, Thyri encourage Kalypso to follow her to the furs that served as their bedding: the only place in their small home that provided any semblance of warmth and comfort. "What's wrong?" she asked, her tone softer and more gentle. She shifted her hands, moving to smooth her thumb over her sister's cheek in an attempt to brush away a tear. "What happened?"

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Breath, should I take a deep? Faith, should I take the leap?

Oh, the wretched injustice of it all. The aching misery in her chest that burst forward and spilled over like a too-full cup. Her eyes leaked her misery as she sobbed like a madwoman heading to the executioner's noose. She almost wished she was because at least that would mean the agony of feeling was going to be over soon. Instead of ending the sorrow, Thyri led her from where she stood to something soft and comfortable.

In her sobbing, Kaly failed to notice the horror and masculine embarrassment from Merlin. She also failed to register the motion of the door opening, the sudden chill breeze that just as quickly abated, and the absence of another body in the room. She was far too preoccupied with the best way to bury her face and hide her shame while letting it all tumble forth. Quite a dilemma trying to do two contradicting things simultaneously.

Kalypso would be mortified at some point. Probably.

The feeling of soothing hands on her face was a reminder of other hands, other soothing voices in her ears. Kalypso swallowed her bubbling emotions and hiccuped them down. It was hard to stop the crying, especially when she had let it go so fully. She had been full of energy and emotion all evening and it had not abated. Like the tide, it seemed her emotions rose and sank with the moon. Or something else mystical with no discernible pattern.

Tonight has been just the.. the.., she faltered, lip quivering. The waterworks threatened to begin again. She rushed her hands to her face to slap her cheeks before roughly rubbing her palms into her eyes. They stung and burned, instantly feeling dry and salty. Her face smelled salty even. I swear, it's like the universe is dead set to make everything just a little bit awful every step of the way, she lamented bitterly. Really, though.

Her eyes turned down and she sniffed audibly. Promise you won't tell.., Kaly said, twitching her chin toward the door where Merlin had disappeared, she assumed. Tears still slipped from her eyes, but she had managed to control the sobbing for the most part. Her hands clutched at Thyri's arms, clinging to them as one might driftwood in the waves. It's just.. between sisters, alright? She needed her family and Thyri was the only one she could trust.

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Whatever the source of her agony, it had torn her into ribbons and had left her scattered to the four winds. Even in the face of the Court's destruction, and the decision to disband Petite Cour, Thyri couldn't remember ever seeing her half-sister in such state of complete, obvious misery. "Oh, Kaly. Shhh, it's okay," she carried on soothingly, shifting her hand to pull Kalypso's tresses from her tear-streaked face. "It's okay. You're okay."


But was she? What had happened? Surely it wasn't anything to do with her children, or Thyri imagined there would be more frenzy and less sobbing – a call to arms, rather than this... this... whatever this was. Acceptance of sadness? Of defeat?Of misery? Thyri didn't know, and it made her mind spin terrible thoughts in to terrible narratives.


Had someone threatened her? Had someone...


Remembering Salsola, the world seemed to sharpen all around her and a chill trickled down the middle of her back. She stiffened subtly. "What happened, Kaly?" she asked again gently, lifting her hands stop her sister from slapping herself before shifting them to her arms. A growing sense of uneasiness overshadowed her heart and she swallowed down a knot that had formed in her throat.


"Of course. Between sisters," she said softly, her brows knitted as she clenched a fist at her chest. "To Valhalla," she promised firmly, finding Kalypso's hand again. And then, breathing in slowly, Thyri braced herself for impact.


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Breath, should I take a deep? Faith, should I take the leap?

Kalypso had not even considered that Thyri might have taken more concern over her state of being than expected. She had not even pieced together the concerning presence of Salsola, having never had to deal with them since she came to the Court and having only ever heard rumors. Rumors had not meant much to her and she had not taken into account Thyri's past, Merlin's past, or anyone's past with them to even warrant laying such a fear to rest early on.

She managed to collect herself well enough. She nodded at Thyri's affirmations and took in a deep, rattling breath to fill her lungs with precious, delicious oxygen. It was not sharp, cold, or bitter, but reminded her distinctly of home and comfort and familiarity.

Okay, so.. After I was mortified in front of everyone, I went to find Athras so I could yell at him. She rolled her eyes so hard she might have risked them popping out of her head if they were not so firmly in place behind her eyelids. She had not recalled seeing Thyri in the audience, but she assumed that the woman had been there to see the great spectacle of her great humiliation. How long would people make jokes because of it? Hopefully, not too long. She was not one to much care for being the butt of a joke.

Only, I didn't.. yell at him. She paused, visibly seeming to be doing math and crunching the numbers in her head. God, how to phrase it the best way that would not make it sound beyond awful. Well, there was no denying how tasteless it was. I sort of.. slept with him, instead? she said slowly, wincing very clearly as she said it. She had not really meant to do it, but she had sort of let the moment happen anyway. And it had been enjoyable. She could hardly deny she had gone to it willingly.

Kalypso looked to her half-sister's face, knowing that it was probably the easiest thing to laugh off about her night. The next part was the less fantastic part, anyway. There was far more shame to the second half of the evening than she honestly had for the first. Minus the very public practical joke.

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She remembered the trick that Athras had played on Kaly. Her attention, though, had been divided between the spectacle of the duel and the threat of old enemies. Surrounded by an audience of leaders and ambassadors – of gods and devils – their own Lord-Regent had made a fool of the Sun. Thyri nodded solemnly. She had not thought highly of it then and she did not think highly of it now.


But that hardly seemed reason enough for her half-sister's meltdown now. Unless the consequences of her retaliatory actions had been great enough. Thyri's thoughts ran hamster wheel rotations around her mind. Had Athras exiled her from New Caledonia for insubordination? Had he physically punished her? The ache in her shoulder flared and she squeezed her fingers into a fist. And then, relieved, she subtly relaxed.


So what then? Kalypso fell silent and Thyri's brows furrowed quizzically. Slowly, she reached out a reassuring hand, intending to convey her acceptance and her support.


And down fell the bomb.


"...So you? And the Lord-Regent...?" she asked slowly. It still didn't seem enough to warrant a tearful visit in the dead of night. Looking Kalypso hard in the eyes, she asked: "And it was consensual?" After all, she knew so very little about the Valar if they welcomed abductors and slave-keepers into the heart of the Realm. And what else would upset her confident and crafty half-sister?


But if that was all fine and good... "Is that all you're so upset about?" she asked, softening her expression and canting her head gently to the side.


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Breath, should I take a deep? Faith, should I take the leap?

Was she actually ashamed or embarrassed about sleeping with Athras after nearly ripping his head off with her words? No, not at all. She had no shame over it nor did she regret it. It had been fun, exciting, and a welcome release of frustration. The last time she'd had a man between her legs had been before her children's birth well over a year prior. It had been needed.

Kalypso saw the sudden concern, nodding emphatically in affirmation. Mutually, yes, she assured her half-sister. She had hoped that it would have been obvious. Kaly was not the type to tolerate such a violation of her body. She would have been dead before she let something like that happen. Though, she knew not everyone could manage that sort of thing and hardly begrudged those that suffered through something like that.

That's really not the bad part. It wasn't. She sniffed a bit, rubbing at a cheek to brush away the wetness. It just sank into her fur more and she felt the chill of it at her skin. The party was good, really. Those Salsolans behaved from what I saw. Not that she had cared much about what they did or did not do. If her leaders wanted to be in bed with liars and slavers, so be it.

I ran into Tora a bit ago and.. Well, he was drunk, like he has been, she began slowly, looking down at her hands where they clung to Thyri's. I riled him up because he was such a sourpuss at a party. No.. I called him out for his shitty attitude and complaining. And eventually yelled at me some.. some really dark stuff. She swallowed the details before they escaped her wagging tongue. She may have been upset about everything, but even if his secrets had been bellowed to the wind, she was not about to spread around what he had said about his desire to die.

Basically, he was upset, mad, I slept with Athras instead of him and.. I don't know what to make of that, she admitted, keeping out the minor bit about challenging him to throw her down in her rage and being glad he decided not to treat her like a girl for hire.

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She released a breath of relief that she hadn't realized she'd been holding in. So it was mutual then. Thyri nodded subtly. Thank the gods. Because, if it hadn't... Her nostrils flared and the pale Dawnbringer drew in a slow and steeled her breath. Because, if it hadn't then things would be considerably more complicated now than they had been even just moments before. "Okay," she whispered. "Okay, good."


When Kalypso continued, Thyri's eyes settled silently.


Of course it wasn't the bad part. Of course. "Okay..." she replied at length, and reached out towards Kaly supportively. Her half-sister wasn't wrong about her observations of the Salsolans, but it still felt like uneasily like a betrayal. She ignored it, reminding herself of how little Kalypso knew of her history with hem. "Then what's the bad part?" she asked gently while she hardened herself for the worst.


Tora. Thyri listened, her memory bringing the man's face to mind. But nothing sounded overtly out of line to her, not until Kalypso's stammer. She narrowed her eyes. "What kinds of dark stuff?" she asked, managing with some difficulty to keep he imagination from running out of control.


When the truth was revealed, Thyri's pale brow furrowed. "Why?" she asked automatically. What did it matter to Tora who Kalypso slept with? "Why would he be upset about that?" She paused a beat and blinked. Her eyes focused on her half-sister again. "Kaly." She wondered. "He almost sounds... She searched for the right word. Jealous." When she looked at her dear sister again, curiosity lit her eyes.


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Breath, should I take a deep? Faith, should I take the leap?

I don't think I should say, she said softly, shaking her head ever so slightly. It.. might have been mentioned in confidence to me before. She did not want to violate what fragments of friendship were left with Tora. She did not want to tell Thyri all of the man's dirty secrets, especially since she did not want more people to pile on him with their concerns. He would likely flee before any progress was made.

Kalypso could tell that Thyri did not really know Tora all that well, but it hardly surprised her. Kaly was an aggressive companion more often than not and pursued people with near relentlessness once it was in her mind to. Thyri was a more peaceful creature despite her excessive warrior training. At least, that was how Kaly viewed her half-sister.

She shut her eyes, shaking her head ever so slightly as Thyri blustered and faltered with questions. It was rather obvious to her what was the situation, but that did not make her feel any better. She did not want to really ponder the implications of that line of thinking at all.

When her eyes opened, Thyri's were on her with that damned curious glint that made her let out a long, creaking groan. She did not want to really address it. He said as much because I accused him of being jealous he didn't get to sleep with me. She winced. It all sounded so awful. She sounded like such an awful person.

I really hope he's just.. in need of a night with someone. I really, really hope he doesn't have feelings. It would be.. awful. Horrible. Bad for everyone.

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Thyri's pale eyes watched as Kalyspo gave her auburn head a slight shake. She could understand her half-sister's loyalty to her friend, and respected her need to keep any secrets that she might have shared with him safe. After a long and silent stare, the Dawnbringer nodded gently.


Still, she wondered; still, she longed to know. Because, despite her efforts to be a selfless and neutral figure amongst a sea of ignorant, conniving, and egocentric canines, Thyri was still flawed. The gods had made it so that there was no such thing as perfection, and she recognized that.


And, because she recognized that, she did not pry. Inside, her heart stomped and screamed and flailed it's temper-tantrum. Thyri ignored it and watched as Kalypso closed her eyes for a long while.


When Kaly's tropical eyes reappeared, and her hesitant lilt offered a response, Thyri canted her head subtly and stared at the woman for a long and meaningful while. After a time, the pale Dawnbringer released a quiet sigh and reached out to search or her half-sister's hands.


"Why would it are bad?" she began gently. "If he did have feelings for you?" Had Kalypso already promised herself to someone else, Thyri might have thought different. But, so far as she knew, her dear sister was entirely uncommitted to anyone.


Vaguely, a sense of something akin to understanding nipped at the recesses of her mind but she ignored it wholly. It complicated things, and she didn't fully recognize it for what it was. It was better, she decided as she waited for Kalypso to reply, to ignore it and focus on what she understood about what the conflict at hand seemed to be. "Is it because you don't share those feelings for him?"


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Breath, should I take a deep? Faith, should I take the leap?

Thyri was quite good at keeping her level head, which was why Kaly was so glad to have her nearby. Abigail had been just as level-headed as the rest of the Stormbringer-Sadira siblings. Was it Shiloh's blood that gave them that patience, that calm? Surely not just that as her father was notoriously laborious with his deliberations, too. Maybe it was just Mara's blood that was fire to the water that Thryi and the others had. Who knew?

Recklessness had always been one of her traits. Or, rather, impulsiveness. It had suited her well when her interests roamed and she needed a change of pace. Being Queen had forced her to still the desire to wander, explore, and make mischief. Without the shackles of a metaphorical crown, she had been far more true to her nature. Storm-like.

Kalypso winced somewhat as Thyri's evenly paced voiced continued. Honestly, she had to think about the questions a little harder than she really wanted to. She had to spend more than a cursory thought on them and delve a bit deeper. The lurking shadows beneath were what scared her.

Finally, she knew she had to say something. I.. don't know. It was the best she could manage and yet it sounded like nothing at all. You remember what I told you after I gave birth? I told you about what happened in the islands. There was a man I loved, so desperately. I loved him so much. Her heart ached at the memory. It never seemed to fade. And then he hurt me beyond any sort of pain I had ever experienced then. I was so angry. I was so.. destroyed by him and finding out about Andalusia. When she resurfaced to destroy the Court, I just.. I can't let it happen again. She could not open her heart to anyone outside her blood.

I can't hurt everyone again. Her very existence had been an agony to some. I am here because our father did not stay true. I am here and I am a lingering, painful reminder to our family despite it not being my fault. If there was ever a sign from an all-powerful deity, it was her love-life. Tears started welling up in her eyes. Maybe, it was on her to atone for her father's transgressions. Her mother certainly seemed happy with Agrippa.

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Silence stretched and, in the absence of voices, other sounds chimed. Wind whispering through branches. Breath: in and out and out and in. A cadence of heartbeats muffled by fur and flesh and cartilage. Thyri was patient. She said nothing, but she allowed her thoughts to entertain themselves.


Emotions were fickle, complicated, uncomfortable. Sometimes they made no sense. Sometimes they clouded judgement. Sometimes they made living hard. But who would they be without them? They gave meaning and value to their lives, and guided them in every decision that was made and every action that was taken.


Was Kalypso weighing her emotions right now? Or was there something else holding her tongue?


Her voice finally broke the silence, and all those other ambient sounds receded again. Thyri gave her head a nod. "Oh, Kaly," she whispered, and her heart ached for her sister. "But every choice we make in our lives comes with consequences. Closing off your heart won't keep us safe from the people who want to cause us harm." She reached out to squeeze Kalypso's shoulder. "They will always be out there." She thought of Mistral. She thought of Solas and of the shadowed, mysterious faces of Salsola. "We find strength from letting others in, and being a unified force. It's worth the risk of heartbreak."


When their father's infidelity was voiced, Thyri couldn't help the smile from spreading her lips. "Don't forget that I am also here because of our father's unfaithfulness," she replied, humor in her tone. "But what choices he made were his. All we can do is live our lives and my our own choices. And I, for one, am glad that you're in mine." Lifting her hand, Thyri brushed her thumb along her sister's cheek.


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Breath, should I take a deep? Faith, should I take the leap?

Kaly gave a hiccuping sort of laugh. You are not. Abi and Ale are. You, Myrkr, Gaia, and Serena are probably the ones actually born with good karma, she countered, laughing slightly. Half of her father's children were born as bastards, the other half part of defined marriages. Six out of ten, actually. Six born in wedlock, technically. Myrkr and Thyri were grey area. She was still less of a bastard than Kalypso herself, seeing as her parents properly took one another as mates and removed the sheen of bastard off them.

Thyri's hand cupped her cheek and she gave her a watery smile of gratitude. What would she have done without Thyri being with her? Abigail had been a great support, too, but Thyri had been the one with realistic expectations when Abigail had been loftier. Thank you, dear sister, she said with all the honesty she had in her bones leaking into her words. She was so thankful for Thyri.

Her watery smile faltered. I don't know what to do about.. you know. I don't really know how I feel. I really crushed down on that sort of thing after Santiago. It wasn't necessary to me and it only burdened me. Still burdened her. Her children had been a shackle, too, but they were old enough to no longer be a drag on her day-to-day. She chewed on her tongue for a moment. I don't know if Tora is a good choice. He's more broken than I could have imagined. It's a lot. A lot. She leaned forward a little. A lot.

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Thyri followed Kalypso's laughter with a soft chuckle of her own. The smile on her face bunched her cheeks and pinched her eyes. "Gaia and Serena for sure," she conceded, meeting her half-sister somewhere in the middle. As a child, growing up with the many Aeska in that final prolific year of new births, she had been acutely aware of how different her family dynamics were compared to her pup hood relatives and friends. Only Gaia and Serena had had what Thyri wished for as a child: the closeness and stability of both her parents.


But she didn't think much about the relationships of her parents any more. Their father's infidelities, though initially hard to hear and accept, were not something she or Kalypso or Pascal could ever change. Would ever change. She was better for the strength of the bonds that she felt she had with them both, and she hoped that they felt the same of her.


Listening to Kaly talk, Thyri remained quiet and folded her sister into her arms as she leaned forwards. "You don't have to decide anything right now, Kaly," she said softly. "And you don't have to know what to do, not tonight and not tomorrow. But I'll be here when you're ready to. Okay?" Pulling away from Kalypso's warmth, Thyri searched her tropical eyes and smiled. "I'll be here."


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The biggest questions that Kalypso needed to answer were difficult and time-consuming. She had never bothered to dig deep into her soul to consider them, but it warranted it after everything came tumbling apart like a rock slide. She had to look within to see what she wanted and if she wanted it bad enough to jeopardize everything.

Kaly looked at her sister, her kind, sweet, sister, and wondered. Would she have wanted the same romance that Thyri had with Merlin? Something sweet and supportive? Or was she merely happy with brief, high-passion romances that burned bright but died down quickly? What did she want? What was the best option for her? With three children, she had safely secured her genetic succession and the instinctive drive to reproduce did not seem to be more than a passing ping in her belly.

She smiled broadly at Thyri, happy to have her by her side. Thank you, Thyri. I will be here for you, too. And Merlin. And any children that might one day come along. She would be the aunt that her half-siblings had been to her three children, too. She would not abandon her blood. I will.. think about this. I just hope I'm being melodramatic. She really wanted it to be a case of something being blown out of proportion.

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