Re: Moon above, tricksters below

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POSTED: Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:23 pm

Kalypso knew little about Sapient beyond what her half-brother had told her on the matter. He had lived there before, growing grapes before he transplanted some and moved to his father's home. He seemed more than happy to divulge the details, but he had admitted that they were likely very out of date since he had been gone so long. He had mentioned meeting the leader in the bar that they had all seemingly gone to on more than one occasion, and he hinted at alcoholism that may have been rampant.

All-in-all, none of the things Alessan had said gave her any confidence that she even wanted Sapient as a potential friendly pack. Except for the trade and knowledge. There was something to be said about information as a mode of currency that she quite liked, but the distance was far too great.

I'm sure I can handle a leader. I'm hardly threatening, she said with a grin, spreading her arms wide to demonstrate just how nonthreatening she was. Except for the sword at her hip and the knife on her thigh. The sword waved lightly behind her, catching her attention and she peered down at it, before looking sheepishly back up with a laugh. Or.. mostly not threatening. Mostly.

He acquiesed and finally led her to Sapient and his home. A hush seemed to fall on them both, but Kalypso was content with silence. It felt mysterious and reckless, almost as though she were sneaking into the pack despite her escort. A little bit of spice made everything oh, so nice.

They stood before a building, the darkness of night swallowing like a hungry creature eager for more, but the shape was easy to see, especially as the man led them both into it. Kalypso frowned a little at the dilapidated structure for it was the very thing that motivated her to move the Court's main dwelling to something more wholesome, more proper for their sort of creature. She made no comment, though, as it was not her place to question why anyone would choose a rotting house for a home.

She smiled briefly at him as she crossed the threshold, passing by with only a glance. I hope you have candles. Or a fireplace? Or would that be a waste, do you think? asked the Reine as she put out a hand in the darkness, eyes adjusting too slowly to the dimness.

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POSTED: Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:32 pm

The fire I began, is burning me alive
But I'm no stranger to the heartache and the pain

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Kalypso held such confidence, and always seemed to brush off the worries with her upbeat attitude. Guess his strict nature on rules and the worries that came with it was also something he had managed to gather from both of his parents. Shaamah was a strict man, his mother even stricter. Freedom from them provided him so much more. Maybe that was why it felt a bit.. thrilling.. to be sneaking someone into his home. What if he got caught? None of that mattered anymore.

Hibiki waited for her to step inside, following along behind her as the night sky helped to light the inside of the home. The inside looked.. at least better than the outside did, but the signs of time were still visible along the walls and some parts of the floor. It was at least clean on the inside, no debris along the home, and there was some basic furniture littering the rooms. Most of it had already been there when he claimed the house. It was better than most, and since most lived in the Estate, he got first dibs on his own home.

Keeping the door open to allow more moonlight inside, the dark male took a brief moment to go outside, soon coming back with some wood in his hands, "Yeah, I've got a fireplace. It's just this way." Down on the first floor was a largely empty room, a stone fireplace resting along the back wall. There had never really been a use for it since no one came over for a visit, much less at night.

Arms dropped the wooden pieces in the empty space, the Sodalis having grabbed a few smaller ones to help get the fire rolling. Once lit, his eyes turned back to the tan woman, smile moving along his face, "I've got some pelts I can grab from upstairs so it's more comfortable to sit."

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She was forced to wait for him to come carrying wood, for she had never thought to carry a lantern or candles on hand. Lanterns were a thing ships used and candles were for home. Both were relatively expensive to maintain, though Pascal had left them with a good amount of the candles. She ought to learn, but she doubted that her half-brother was willing to teach her anything besides the direction she should walk without stopping. Not that he would say as much but there was a distinct lack of affection on that front that did not stem from his odd monotone ways.

The room Hibiki led her to, though, was sparsely furnished, offering no real place to sit down and lounge as she was want to do. Instead, she hovered by the windows and peered out into the darkness. No one came to barge in to demand why a stranger was staying in the place. That was a good thing, no?

Kalypso would have helped more with the fire, but it was an ability that she was weaker in, for all that she had made fires often enough in her youth and in her life in the frozen north. It was Hibiki’s home and she did not want to step on his toes just to demonstrate how long it took her to get a simple fire going.

Once the flame was going, she settled herself down near the light. It was not the warmth that drew her, but the luminescence. For all that she was a creature that ought to have operated well in the night, the light was the thing she could ache for freely. An animal of the sunshine and brightness, Kalypso preferred it to the stifling dark.

Peering up at the man, she shrugged. If you want, I don’t mind one way or the other. We’ve all slept on dirt floors once or twice, what’s a little bit of wood to me? She was not going to demand a pelt or two, even if it would make for softer seating. You should sit and tell me how you picked your name; I’m dying to know, she suggested, wondering if it had anything to do with his mother’s death. And her murder.

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POSTED: Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:06 pm

The fire I began, is burning me alive
But I'm no stranger to the heartache and the pain

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Hibiki had wanted to do anything and everything to make this special visit.. well.. special. Sure he had his brothers over and Asura once when he was feeling the effects of the drugs.. but that was nothing like this. It was sneaking a woman into his home in the middle of the night. He thought of nothing beyond that, even if it could be seen as something more. He was just.. enjoying her company, and working to make her comfortable was not too much work for him.

As the flames' light danced around the room, Kalypso drew herself in. To her, it was fine to be without the pelts, though she had remarked that there was no need to do such a thing. The dark boy straightened himself up, "Then again, you did ask me to show you the hospitality that Sapient would not." He offered her a small grin before disappearing upstairs. He had not ignored the offer she had made, about sitting with him to discuss his new name, but this would be much nicer for both of them.

It only took a few moments for the Sodalis to return with a few pelts in his arms, laying them across one another in front of the fire. That was much better.

Waiting for the tan woman to take her seat first, following along at her side to the remaining empty space. Light blue gaze moved down as he recalled the events, "Well.. it was more so a spur of the moment thing. I was so mad when she finally told me about everything, and I hated my name so much. I thought back to some of the lessons she taught us in her native language. I can speak a bit, but not much. I was trying to find a name that would mean something.. better.. though it wasn't until she passed that I finally changed it. I knew then she would never be able to use my old name again."

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POSTED: Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:51 pm

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The hospitality of Sapient? Well, it was quite comical considering that they had snuck into the pack under the cloak of night like a pair of thieves. She understood hospitality as a display to all the people, a reminder that they were generous and supportive. This, this was just a fun little one-off that entertained them both. Kalypso was certainly amused by it, at the very least.

She shook her head at him as he disappeared, the echoes of creaking wood bouncing off the empty walls. Somewhere upstairs, he was collecting whatever it was he thought was needed. He returned with full arms and laid out a pretty display of furs to sit on. Granted, it felt much more comfortable to sit upon than the hard floor.

Not that she admitted as much.

He finally sat and launched into his story. Kaly pulled up her knees to her chest, wrapping her arms around them to secure the limbs in place. He forcibly changed his name after his mother passed and she had to admire that he persevered to wait such a time while suffering. She would have damned it all to hell and changed it on her own whim. Not that she hated her name, but it was what she would have done in his place. Hell, it was what she had suggested to him before.

At least you didn’t pick a name like Fred or Sparkle, she replied, almost carefully. She had no clue what Hibiki actually meant. For all she knew, it could have meant something like pickle and she would have not known.

She flung her hands forward toward the heat of the fire. It wasn’t needed but it was somehow comfortable.

I wonder if I ought to change my surname or not. I’m just so attached to mine, she said toward the flames, more thoughtfully than wistfully. Without letting the air sit silent too long, though, Kalypso turned to the man and continued on, You must have hated your mother pretty badly.

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POSTED: Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:18 pm

The fire I began, is burning me alive
But I'm no stranger to the heartache and the pain

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Hibiki couldn't help himself. Even when he was sneaking someone into the pack, he just couldn't help but break down to his true nature. Her unspoken words were true though, it would be much more comfortable to have something to sit on rather than along the hard wood floor. He arranged them in such a way that there would be plenty of room for both of them, maybe only their feet having to touch the wood beneath them, and still able to enjoy the heat of the flames dancing behind them.

Light blue gaze shifted over to Kalypso during his story, watching her. She had been listening the entire time. When he was finally finished, she was careful in what her word choice was, but only so much so. A grin moved over his face, "Sparkle? Now that would be an interesting name." He emitted a small chuckle before speaking again, "Hibiki in my mother's language means 'echo'. I thought it was more fitting... then again anything was better than 'nothing.'."

Ears perked up to what she had said next. She was thinking about changing a part of her own name. Savoy had been the surname she offered him in their first meeting. She was attached to it.. but then why, "Why would you want to change it if you are so attached to the one you have now?" At least the change he made held worth. Had something happened in her own family that made her want to change it as well?

Hibiki's ears pulled back once more, "Yeah.. I did.." There was silence before his gaze diverted over to the flames, "Picture this in your head. You do everything to the best of your ability to impress your mother, to show her what you have accomplished in your life, but every time you are turned down. No matter how many times you are, you keep coming back, because you care about yourself and her. And then.. one day.. out of the blue, she tells you you are never going to be worth anything, and that you will never amount to anything... all because of the way you look." He paused, allowing her to paint the image in her mind, "My mother hated me because I looked like my grandfather, someone I have never met.. though from her words was a murderer. That didn't make me one.."

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POSTED: Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:43 pm

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She nearly laughed. Sparkle would have been a fantastic name. For a pony. She would have also accepted it for a dancer. Otherwise, no dice. No one on God's green earth ought to suffer through a name like Sparkle or Fred. His chosen name was far more meaningful and deep, so she merely nodded her approval of it. The meaning seemed appropriate, somehow, though she could not quite place her finger on it.

Much better than Sparkle, she nodded. And much better than being called "nothing" for the rest of his life like a perpetual jab to the love not given him.

Names were important and shaped a person. It had clearly shaped Kaimu - Hibiki - far more than anything else had. Just the issue of the name itself was his main dilemma in life. Kalypso had embraced her own name and accepted the stormy moods that came with it. Her name gave her a ferocity that came with a summer hurricane, a rage that was as sudden and cold as the rain that pelted a port town. It was within her blood and she accepted it.

Kalypso's smile vanished the moment he described his life with an uncaring mother. She could not imagine it. She could not put herself into his shoes whatsoever. Her lips tightened and tightened until they almost ached with the pressure of keeping back her scathing comments on who his mother was as a person. It was unacceptable. Kaly herself could be callous and cruel at times, but to her own flesh and blood? Never. Her mother raised her better than that. Family was far more important. Born of an affair and yet her mother loved both Leander and her without condition.

Your mother was a grosse chatte and there's no way around it, blurted out the Savoy woman There was no respect to give for the dead. Her face felt hot with anger over such a thing. I can't imagine what kind of fucked up person she was inside for such a thing. Couldn't even put aside the past for a child, she grumbled to herself, settling into an angry place. Bet she cared more for your siblings, too didn't she, the puta? she said with a glance to Hibiki, eyes dancing with a flame that was not necessarily born of reflecting the fire.

She could not imagine his life.

She really didn't want to.

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POSTED: Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:59 pm

The fire I began, is burning me alive
But I'm no stranger to the heartache and the pain

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It was nice to be sharing some company with someone who had such a sense of humor. That wasn't to say the time he had with Kadir wasn't nice, but it was.. comforting in a way to get some laughs out of a night. Sparkle would be an interesting name, no matter what it was named to. It kinda made him wonder what the word would be in his mother's language. Well... there would be no way to check now, but it was a funny thought.

Their light-hearted mood soon shifted when Hibiki tried to paint the picture within her own mind. Having a mother that clearly cared about her, it might have been hard to see her own relationship in the eyes that the dark male had seen his own. Why would someone who cared so much for their child continue to push them away? Tell them they would never amount to anything? They wouldn't...

The dark male's head sprang up to his new friend's choice of words. A few of them were in other language, but it probably wasn't hard to guess they were bad words. It wasn't like he was going to tell her not to call his mother by something. She deserved every insult she got, alive or dead. She even brought up an assumption about his brothers he had not even mentioned. A nod came from his head, "Yeah, she did. Neither one of them looked the way I did. Both of them had more looks in her and I seemed to get everything from my father. She always said I was cursed... I just never understood why..."

Looking back over the flames, he tried to brush away the past. No longer would he have to be hurt by Miwa ever again. He made sure of that, "But it did help me in a way.. I know now that I don't need to impress them. I can live my life the way I want to, not they way they want me to."

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POSTED: Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:58 pm

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What a life. It ached in her chest just thinking about it. What sort of monstrous woman would tell such poisonous things to her son, to only one of her children? Even if Kalypso ever bore children, even if one looked like that man, she would not have presumed the child was in the same vein as the dead sailor. It was not fair and even if the sight of the child hurt, she hoped she would have accepted it and hid her distaste.

She could not fathom being a mother that did not love her children. She could not understand how someone could carry children and then tell them they were worthless. Risking her life for them and not considering them precious? What a sin and a shame. At least the woman was dead or else Kalypso would have found a way to do away with the bitch herself.

Violations of honor and promises were beyond redemption. Her own heart remembered the pain of such betrayal. Miwa betrayed her promise unspoken as a mother the moment she hardened her heart to her son. Kalypso would have happily ended her for the man.

But the topic was grim and she knew it was only going to drag the mood down even further than it already had.

There are better ways to gage things anyway. Parent’s approval is so fickle even at the best of times. You’re probably better off, she added flatly as she loosened her hold on her legs, stretching her toes toward the heat of the fire. Can’t say my mother has always approved of my choices, but at least I made them without reservations, she said with a shrug. Her choices had never been in pursuit of her mother’s, or father’s, approval. That had never been how Kalypso thought.

You should make more impulsive choices, suggested the Savoy, grinning sidelong at him, attempting to shift the topic.

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POSTED: Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:26 pm

The fire I began, is burning me alive
But I'm no stranger to the heartache and the pain

OOC: Figured we could wrap it up here. Feel free to do another post if you want. +300 words.

Silence overtook the both of them. What more was there even left to be said? Really... it wasn't fair to Kalypso to have to listen to all of his problems with his mother. In the end, none of it really mattered anymore anyways. The bitch was dead, and for good reason.

Light blue gaze moved back up to tan woman as she offered him some advice of her own. It was.. nice actually. With what few friends he had and even less support from most of his family, advice like this had been hard to come by. Either way, what she said was solid. He shouldn't need to depend on the expectations of his parents, living up to please them. This was his life to live, and that was just what he was going to do. He was going to make his own choices for himself, because he wanted to make that choice, an when it blew up in his face, it would be his own fault.

...Guess in a way that made it his fault he believed in his mother for as long as he did.

A grin grew across Hibiki's face to Kalypso's second piece of advice. He needed to be more impulsive? Maybe he did. All his life he had done nothing but think things through, considering every outcome before he made his choice. Maybe it wouldn't hurt to make some decisions on the fly. Then again, something came to his mind. Leaning in towards his friend, the grin grew, "Guess this would count as my first impulsive choice then huh? Sneaking my friend into my home."

Head turned up towards the nearest broken window, making another quick decision, "It's getting late. Wait right here, I'll get you some more of my pelts from upstairs and I'll be more than happy to escort you out in the morning." The man stood up, making his way back upstairs, gathered more pelts, and brought them back downstairs. He offered them out to her, "These should be enough."

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