greythorne

greythorne

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The only safe harbour for supernaturals is under threat, while they try to live a life as normal as possible.

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Introduction

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welcome to greythorne. a small town on the coast of british columbia, the nearest city a three and a half hour drive away. you would never find greythorne unless you were looking for it. and even then, it's quite difficult to find. and that's the way it's inhabitants like it. greythorne has a secret. well, a secret kept only to the outer world.

for years, greythorne has been known as a safe harbour. a safe harbour for those not accepted anywhere else. for those that others would call "monsters". witches. shapeshifters. lycans. vampires. anything and everything that isn't human. anyone whose true form would make the rest of the world scream in horror.

but not in greythorne. it seems that supernatural creatures of all sorts, of all backgrounds and natures, end up in greythorne at one time or another. some stay there their entire lives. others leave in search of another safe home, while others take their chances in the real world. but greythorne is a home for everyone. something about greythorne means that humans find it practically impossible to find it, and never stay for more than a night. there is a small handful of humans in the town, those who know the secrets and are either related to or in a relationship with some of the supernatural creatures that live there.

the secrets of the town are closely held and closely protected. anyone who risks exposing the secret will be, at best, exiled, or at worst, killed. it sounds drastic but for many, greythorne is the only place they can survive, because their secrets are too visible to be hidden from the real world. they have no chance of survival. anything that threatens the safety of its residents will be dealt with and will be dealt with severely. and everyone knows that.

but there are some who know about this town who should not. some who are determined to burn this town to the ground and destroy every monster who walks the streets. these hunters have, for hundreds of years, kept their distance. but no longer. no more. a new leader has taken their helm and he fears no town. he fears no monster.

these hunters are human, but hunting often runs in the blood. they are fast and strong and possibly the only humans that may stand a chance against these creatures. they burn with a hatred and a fear that often burned in their families before them. and they are organising. and slowly, but surely, they march on greythorne.

greythorne is aware of this threat. or, at least, the elders are. but eager to avoid panic, they deign not to tell the common person. and so, everyone goes on with their day to day lives, able to feel the slowly growing sense of dread, but unable to identify its cause. but they all know. they all know something is coming. they all know. some just choose to ignore it.

and then the town is attacked in a brutal attack that leaves dozens dead and many more injured. they fight off the threat, but they know it's only a matter of time. something is coming, something which is too large to ignore. some just want to get on with their lives. others want to face the threat head on. but life must go on despite it all.



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rules;

first things first, a reminder that god-modding is forbidden. god-modding typically means controlling a character without their player's permission. so when in doubt, ask. romance and violence are pretty much a given for a drama-driven rp like this, but keep it within site rules. most importantly, if things get steamy, either fade to black or bring it off site. there will be adult themes within the rp. if the content veers into uncomfortable or distressing, please PM me and we can work around it or i can ask other players to alter as necessary. please keep the drama to the ic. any issues arising among members of the rp should be dealt with over pm. reservations go in the ooc as they're easier to keep track of. real face claims only, please. characters can be as old as you like, but must be and must appear to be over 18. you have 48 hours to submit a WIP. that WIP can be a blank sheet, i just want something in to know you're still on board. you will then have 5 days after submitting your WIP to finish your character. i will grant extensions as long as you pm me. any further questions or issues, please pm me! i don't bite, promise. when reserving, i'd like your character's face claim, a 250px wide image of said face claim (don't worry if you can't find one, i'll figure something out :D), an aesthetic image (again, i can find something if you can't), their speech colour, what type of creature they are, and a brief description (take a look at my characters for inspiration!) i

i have set up a discord server for chatting and discussing relationships! you aren't obliged to join, but i would strongly recommend as that's where most of the discussion and plotting will take place, and it's also a great opportunity to get to know your fellow writers!

this is a continuation/reboot of safe harbour


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phoenix woods | 24 | witch | josh ramsay | icat

phoenix has had his heart broken more than anyone else in greythorne. between perfect relationships turned toxic and falling for people who could or would never love him back, he's had a run of bad luck. but he's promised himself that he won't fall for anyone else, that things will change. he recently started his own business as a distraction, but it's more work than he initially expected.

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rosie thompson | appears 23 | siren | hayley williams | icat

finding out you're adopted is bad enough. finding out you're adopted after discovering your supernatural abilities is worse. rosie is a child of the eighties who stopped aging a few years ago. her family moved away but she stayed in greythorne, the only place she'd ever felt at home. she's currently working on her doctorate in greek mythology, and is determined to protect the town at all costs.

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Markus Valegood | Appears to 23 | Lycan | Tyler Hoechlin | Wolf's bane109

Once a well known and mannered man, Markus turned to a life of that of a recluse, and wanting to find a cure to get rid of the Lycanthropy that he was born with, and he considers a curse to himself and anyone else that was either born with it or turned against their will. He doesn't want much in life except to find the cure to help others and himself, as well as being left alone, but there's a voice in the back of his mind warning him of something. Something that can't be good.

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Jaiden Price | Appears to be 21 | Witch | Ashley Burch | Wolf's Bane109

After a tragic accident resulting in both of her parents deaths Jaiden traveled for years trying to find a place to call her own, she found herself hearing whispers and rumors of a small town for people like herself, witches, Lycans, vampires, ghosts, all the like, but they were only rumors, right? Eventually she found the town that she heard so much about and has been in the town for a few years now, living her days out as a recluse in her home, too afraid to hurt anyone else ever again.

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Violet Marsden | Appears to be 19 | Ghost | Mckenzie Foy | Wolf's Bane109

Violet once lived a life like any other human, until a tragic accident took place ending her life at a young age. She used to be one of the rare human residents in Greythorne, making her home and last place of residence in the most supernaturally occupied towns. She refuses to accept the fact that she had died and is unable to move on from this world until she finally accepts the fact that she is truly dead, but part of her feels if even then, she wouldn't be able to leave as if something else is keeping her stuck in an endless loop and she wants to figure out what it is.

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Alex Garcia | 23 | Witch | Diego Boneta | Nonconformingrole

Alex has lived in Greythorne with his grandmother since he was little. Being attuned to the necromancy instead of an element, his mother didn't know what to do with him. Necromancy is still quite stigmatized, even among other witches, so he and his grandmother feel safest here, away from misunderstanding humans.

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Zada min Albahr | Appears 25 | Mermaid | Emeraude Tobia | nonconformingrole

Zada moved into town a few years ago, seeking out a quiet place to relax after years of... less than reputable living. She’s devoured her share of hearts, and now desires to rebuild the family she’s lost, though in a less conventional manner. She wants nothing more than to live a quiet life, but recent events have made that quite difficult.

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Elijah Patrov | Appears 29 | Vampire | Sean o'Pry | mombie

Elijah is an old and classic soul and has been a Vampire for almost 300 years now. He's been through it all - the death of lovers and friends, the joys of the same. One can fit a lot of tragedy and happiness in that lifespan, but it's too much. He just wanted to go someplace where he wouldn't have to deal with this pesky thing called love and friendship. He moved himself to Greythorne about ten years ago and has thus far enjoyed the Supernatural relationships and the quiet. Yet, the Mortals came anyway, and now he has to come out of his peaceful living to shed some hunter blood.

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Camila De Santo | Appears 25 | Demon | Eiza Gonzalez | mombie

Camila goes by another name in Hell, Ultara. She was one of the many demons in hell that tortured unfortunate souls. However, centuries ago, she went up to the Earthly realm to bring her wayward brothers and sisters back home. Then she fell in love with a mortal, and as all these cliche love stories go - it all went to Hell pretty quickly. In the midst of trying to escape a forced return home, she found the little safe haven of Greythorne. She's been here for at least half a decade just trying to enjoy a little slice of life outside the brimstone before she is ultimately forced to go back.

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travis graveson | 29 | human | scott eastwood | maci-care

travis has been undercover for the hunters for a year now, secretly sending them information. he was under the impression that the attack would simply be used to intimidate that nobody would be harmed. but when people were murdered, he began questioning everything. especially because he's become extremely fond of some of the so-called monsters...

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Neden Isimir | Appears to be 26 | Fallen Angel | Lynn Gunn | Wolf's Bane109 |

They were once a Guardian of Heaven and Earth, the best any had seen in over a Millenium. They were a master swordsman and knew battle strategies better than most had. But above all else, they had a soft spot for humans, which eventually lead to their downfall. On one such travel to Earth, they had met a mortal that they had fallen in love with, and upon being called back to Heaven, they had been given the ultimate ultimatum. Continue down the path they were headed and be outcast from Heaven to live as a mortal, or forget that wretched woman and continue on with their status. Neden chose to defy God himself, and as a sign of rebellion, they ripped their own wings from their back and cast them at his feet in a last-ditch attempt as the ultimate form of 'fuck you' and left heaven willingly. What was the point of serving someone that claimed to love every one of their creation, but force such brutality and cruelty? Since then, Neden has traveled the world and met plenty of people that have opened their eyes to exactly how cruel the lord was to the human race. Even furthering their certainty in their choice to rebel.

Now, they find themselves in Greythorne a few weeks after the attack that left the small town in ruin. They will do whatever they can to help rebuild this town and keep the locals safe, even if they have to do it from afar until their time to make themselves known, as they can feel something else coming. Something far worse than what happened that fatal day...

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Kaylessa Valven | 22 | half-elf | zooey deschanel | Maci-Care

Kaylessa has been in Greythorne her whole life, quickly becoming the younger sister of most that life there, due to her young age, even in elven terms being young. Though she is known around for being the optimistic and cheery little elf that just wants everyone to be happy, and with her powers of healing she can also make sure everyone is "healthy happy" as she say. Due to growing up in Greythorne she could be described a little ignorant at times, but she doesn't take offense to this, and is known to seeing the best in all people and believing even the heartless and the soulless have good within them.

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Greythorne hadn’t been the easiest town to find, especially since Zoe had set out without much direction. That had been- in a word, frustrating, and Zoe had thought more than once that she may be better off just giving up and heading back home. But she’d ignored so many phone calls and followed so many leads, and she just couldn’t give up. She knew, of course, that finding the town was only the beginning, and that finding her brother would likely be a whole other beast. She didn’t have an address for him, or even a phone number. The foolishness of the whole thing really only struck her once she’d already gone through all the trouble and found the town, and at that point she’d gone that far, may as well finish what she’d started.

It took a bit of asking around (people, it seems, weren’t apt to trust just any strange person who, appearance wise, was just some random human that had wandered into the town), and then hardly anyone seemed to know who she was talking about. Zoe’s father had always painted her half-brother out to be some sort of troublemaker, and she had assumed more people would know of him, based solely on that.

Eventually, someone sent her to an address, and the woman that answered the door started laughing at her, which was not the response Zoe expected. Zoe didn’t even get a chance to explain who she was or why she was there before the older woman jotted down another address on a slip of paper and handed it to her, wishing her luck- though what for, Zoe wasn’t sue, and at that point she was getting more confused by the second. It took some directions, but it didn’t take long to walk to the new address she’d been given. Butterflies fluttered in her stomach as she knocked on the door, “Okay, Zoe,” She whispered to herself, “This has to be it.” She didn’t know what she was going to do if this wasn’t it, but she just felt like it had to be. She wasn’t sure she could handle much more disappointment in one day.

It wasn’t long before the door opened, and a blond man stood before her, and the smile almost instantly vanished from Zoe’s face. “Umm,” She started, not even sure where to start. “I’m sorry,” She looked down at the paper in her hand, eyebrows knit together in confusion, “I must have the wrong address again…” Suddenly all the frustration and disappointment she’d been feeling began to build up like rainwater in her chest, and it wasn’t long before her eyes were welling with tears she couldn’t fight back.

Phoenix had known something was up from the moment Neden and Markus left without Coco. It couldn’t have been an accident, they’d all known that Markus would have probably killed someone to protect that dog. He wouldn’t have left her behind. Not unless he had to. Coco stayed with them that night… and then every night after. Hearing Markus was dead was a shock that Phoenix was still trying to come to terms with. It was an unpleasant reminder of the aftermath of the attacks, that this still wasn’t over. It might never be.

Rosie had called another town meeting to try and boost spirits. Phoenix had already decided he wasn’t going. The last one hadn’t gone so well, and it wasn’t what he needed right now. Instead, he had texted Jaiden to come over later, and told her to bring Violet or Neden if they wanted to come. They all needed the distraction. He was cooking dinner in a bid to distract himself when he heard the knock on the door. Frowning, he glanced back at Alex with a shrug. Neither of them were expecting anyone, because Jaiden would just let herself in. He wasn’t sure who he was expecting to see on the other side, but the girl standing there wasn’t it. He had never seen her before, and his guard was instantly up. And then she took one look at him and started apologising. As she said she had to have the wrong house, Phoenix could see her eyes start to fill up with tears.

“Hey, uh, it’s okay. It happens to the best of us, right? Um… who are you looking for? I know pretty much everyone in town, I can let you know where they live,” he said awkwardly.

Zoe started wiping the tears from her eyes before they even started falling, but she wasn’t quite fast enough. She mentally berated herself for crying in front of a complete stranger; this was embarrassing, and childish, and her father would be disappointed in her if he saw her being so foolish. “Oh, god, sorry. I’m sorry,” She took a deep breath, as if to calm herself; not that it did much good. She didn’t know this guy, and here he was, offering to help her. She didn’t know if it was because he was a good person, or because she was literally standing on his doorstep crying. Either way, she knew she had put him in an awkward position.

She shook her head, “I’m looking for Alejandro Garcia,” She paused, studying the man’s face for a moment before adding,“Though I’m beginning to wonder if he even exists,” Her tone was full of sarcasm; a symptom of the goose chase she felt she’d been sent on. Then, maybe because she felt awkward, she started rambling on, “Thank you so much, for offering to help, and for being kind, and not making fun of me for crying… I’ve had a very frustrating day.”

He waited for a few seconds as she regained her composure, starting to wish he’d told Alex to open the door instead. She took a deep breath and said who she was looking for. Phoenix frowned. There wasn’t an Alejand- oh. It had taken him a while to recognise the name, because he hadn’t heard it in years, and every time he had, it had usually been accompanied with a string of middle names as Abuela yelled at them to stop doing whatever dumb thing they were doing at the time. He smirked. “It’s fine, you got sent to the right place, it’s just… You’ll see. Come in. I’m Phoenix, by the way,” he said. “Alex, there’s someone here to see you!” He called. He wondered who this strange woman was, who he’d never seen in town before, and who still called Alex by his full name. He led her back into the kitchen. “I’ll make some tea!”

Zoe smiled when Phoenix said she was in the right place, after all. She had to admit, she was thrilled, and suddenly more nervous than before. It was going to be okay, though, she reminded herself. Everything would be fine. “I’m Zoe. Thank you so much, again. I-” She cut herself off, shaking her head, “You have no idea how exciting this is.” Phoenix said he was going to make some tea, and it struck Zoe that he was, perhaps, the most inviting person she’d met so far in this town. The place was nice and cozy, and perhaps more cluttered than she’d expected.

Then, who she assumed to be, her brother walked in the room, talking the whole way, “Phoenix’s who’s-” He paused briefly when his eyes landed on her, and he shot Phoenix a look that Zoe couldn’t read, before saying, “Hi…” His tone was slow, cautious. Of course it was, he hadn’t been expecting her, and they’d never met.

Zoe resisted the urge to rush to him, instead she grinned and said, “It’s so great to meet you! You are Alejandro, right?” She shot a sideways glance to Phoenix, “Oh, sorry, do you prefer-”
“Alex.” He interrupted. His voice sounded cold. This already wasn’t going well.

“Right, sorry. I didn’t-” She looked down at her feet, trying to keep her composure, then she put a smile back on her face and continued, “I’m Zoe.” The blank look on Alex’s face told her that meant nothing to him, “Zo-Zoe Peña?” From the look on his face, she wasn’t sure she was ringing any bells there, either.

Alex looked at Phoenix, trying to ask with his eyes who the hell this woman was, and why she was there. Partially because he had no idea what was going on, and partially for confirmation that both of them were equally unaware. “It’s… Nice to meet you, Zoe, but why are you here?”

He saw Zoe’s face fall, as if this wasn’t going according to some sort of plan. “I… I just wanted to meet you. I thought that-”

“Wait,” Alex interrupted, now with more questions and no answers, “I don’t understand.”

“It’s me, Zoe. Your sister. I know we’ve-”

“I don’t have a sister.” Alex interrupted, having lost patience for the conversation.

“Well, actually, you do. I exist, last time I checked.” Alex didn’t find her attempt at humor funny, and after a short (and uncomfortable) pause, she continued, “Did Dad never talk to you about me? Or even tell you?”

“We don’t talk much.” It was a simple statement of fact, there was no acquisition-or even emotion-in the statement.

“Oh…” Zoe shot a pleading look at Phoenix, as if asking him for help. Alex felt a little sorry for her, but then she kept on talking, “I thought you would’ve known. He told me a little about you.”

Alex nodded, and now he was looking to Phoenix for help. This was an… Uncomfortable moment. “I’m sure it’s just… He’s not exactly the greatest, so.” He cleared his throat, “Anyway, it was nice to meet you.” He smiled at her, hoping she would get the not-so-subtle hint that he wanted her to leave.

Zoe’s mind was reeling. She’d only just arrived, and now he wanted her to leave? “Hold on,” There was a bit of desperation, maybe bordering on anger, in her voice. “I thought we could at least get to know each other a little. I’ve spent so long imagining what it might be like to have you in my life and-”

Alex held up a finger, as if to silently ask Zoe to stop talking, and she did, “That’s great and all, but I’m just not that interested.” So many things had happened in the past months, and Alex was still adjusting to many of the changes. He didn’t think he could really handle anything else thrust into his life.

Zoe looked upset, not angry, though. Mostly, she looked like her hopes and dreams were coming crashing down around her. “I came all this way and-”

“Well, I didn’t ask you to!” Alex was yelling, now, having fully lost his temper.

Things escalated rather quickly, and Phoenix wasn’t entirely sure how to respond. Alex’s questioning looks were met with ones of equal confusion from Phoenix, and then shock as Zoe announced she was Alex’s sister. Zoe shot Phoenix a look to help, but he really didn’t know what he could do or say. But Alex clearly wasn’t happy about it, and honestly, Phoenix couldn’t totally blame him. It was… one hell of surprise, that was for sure. But when tempers started to flare, Phoenix calmly stepped in and handed Zoe a cup of tea, before handing one to Alex and wrapping his arm around Alex’s waist to comfort him.

“Shouting at each other isn’t going to fix any of this,” he said calmly, aware that somebody needed to keep a level head before things went wrong.“Zoe, it’s lovely to meet you. But… you’ve got to understand that we had… literally no idea you existed. So… it is a bit of a shock. But,” he said, glancing at Alex, his expression gentle. Alex’s reaction had perhaps been a little harsh, but Phoenix didn’t blame him either. It was just the image of Zoe’s reaction when she thought she’d come all this way for nothing that was sticking in his head. “Let’s not act too rashly either, okay? Stay for dinner, I cooked loads.” He’d intended on giving some of it to Jaiden and the others, but there would still be plenty for them. “Until then, how about we show you around town and see if any of the B&B’s have a room?” He said. There was barely enough room for just him and Alex in the apartment, let alone a third person. And even if there was, Phoenix wasn’t sure he would have let her stay anyway. She didn’t have any real proof she was Alex’s sister, even if Phoenix could start to see certain resemblances the longer he looked.

Normally, Alex would’ve leaned into Phoenix, let himself be comforted, and just let the situation over. He was, however, more than a little upset. A part of him wanted to tell Phoenix to stop being nice, but as Phoenix spoke Alex stared over at Zoe, as if studying her. She was clutching her cup as if it were the only thing keeping her alive, and staring down into the tea instead of looking at either of them. Alex pretty quickly realized he wasn’t fully angry with her. He wasn’t happy about her being there, but she probably didn’t deserve to be yelled at.

Zoe spoke up first, looking over at Phoenix with a small smile, “Thank you,” There was an uncomfortable pause as she slowly looked from Phoenix to Alex, “I didn’t know how to contact you before I came,” She explained, slowly, “If I would have asked Dad, he would’ve just tried to talk me out of it, and I couldn’t seem to find you online.” She sighed, “With the attacks, I wanted to find you, and… I guess I was worried that if I waited it would be too late.” She set her cup down on the counter and said, “I have some pictures, if that helps.” Before rifling around in her bag for a moment, pulling out a few pictures. Family pictures; Zoe at various ages, with her parents. She looked a little like her dad, which was pretty obvious when you looked at the two of them together. She decided to hand them to Phoenix. He seemed calmer. “Maybe I should’ve led with that. I thought it might make things worse.”

“It probably would’ve.” Alex at least sounded calmer, now. He leaned into Phoenix a little, taking one of the pictures and flipping it over to look at the date scrawled across the back. That was his father in the picture, sure enough. He didn’t recognise the handwriting on the back, but it was probably Zoe’s mother’s.

“I know you didn’t grow up with him around,” Zoe said, quickly, “I’m not trying to rub it in that I did, I just didn’t-”

“No,” Alex interrupted, “I get it.” He nodded, “If this goes wrong, it’s not my fault. I will not take responsibility.”

Zoe smiled at him, “Okay, fair enough.”

Zoe was the first to break the silence by thanking Phoenix and explaining that she hadn’t known how to contact Alex. Greythorne was pretty closed off to the world, so it made sense. It sounded like Zoe had really put in a lot of effort to try and find him. When Zoe said she was afraid she would be too late after the attacks, Phoenix found himself glancing away for the first time, tracing the pattern on his mug with his fingers. She’d known about the attacks, had known about the danger, and she’d still come. This… this was clearly important to her. He was startled out of the thoughts as Zoe handed the photos to him. He started to flick through them, smiling a little as he felt Alex finally leaning into him. Alex took one of the photos, and Phoenix silently handed the rest of them to him. They were his to look at, not Phoenix’s. Things seemed to have calmed down, and Alex seemed a little more receptive to it. After a few minutes of looking through the photos, he straightened up a little. “Well then. Shall we go for that walk, show you around town?” He asked, looking between them.

If Alex were being completely honest, he still wasn’t sure how he felt about it all. There were a lot of mixed emotions, and he would have prefered to be able to process them before meeting Zoe, if that was what he chose to do, but he had to admit that he understood it a little better now. When Phoenix asked if they were ready to go walk around town, Zoe opened her mouth to answer, but quickly closed it and looked at Alex. He nodded, “If you’re ready.”

Zoe smiled, nodded, and said, “Yes, I would love that.”

As they started to get their coats on, Zoe complained about how cold it was, which made Alex laugh because, “Did you expect it to be warm in Canada during winter? Zoe had to admit that she hadn’t known what to expect, but before long they were out the door, and showing Zoe what little sights Greythorne boasted: which was mostly where the stores were, or what a building was, or used to be. Admittedly-based on the sights alone-Greythorne wasn’t the most interesting town, but Zoe seemed happy, all the same. Phoenix smirked at Alex's comment as he bent down to put Coco on the leash, glad to see things were already improving. He took Alex's hand with his free hand as they walked, smiling at him.

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TRISSTANA GLASSER
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xxx The price of your greed
xxx Is your son and your daughter
xxx What you gon' do
xxx When there's blood in the water?

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Trisstana moved around much and traveled often in her life, never really staying in one place for long. She did stay in a river cave by a small farming village for a couple months before some of their citizens mysteriously started disappearing. Triss had heard among other magical folk about a place called Greythorne, though alot of mixed things. It being a safe haven for any and all people to go, but some were also saying it had been attacked and nothing was left but burnt down buildings and ruins. Triss didn’t exactly know what to believe, nor did she care too much. Most villages, towns, cities, or whatever weren’t ever worth her time, eventually leading to people turning on her, calling her a monster for how she lived and believed. All she cared about now was following her current river and seeing where it would take her.

Triss was relaxing with the flow of the river, letting it pull her down stream and around bends when she felt something touch her tail and her eyes shot open. A net. Without hesitating she used her claws to rip it apart and popped her head up above the surface to see a man on a rock with a fishing pole confused about his net, but then wide eyed seeing Triss, he stuttered something out but quickly took off into the woods after she flashed her fangs and hissed at him. If she hadn’t just fed a couple hours earlier, she probably would've lept out of the water and drug him under, but at the moment she was just aggravated with her tail being caught in his net.

As she got back to swimming, Triss decided to stay closer to the deeper portion of the river to avoid any more obstacles as well as stay out of sight. It wasn’t often she would run into trouble when traveling as she could easily out pace most being on land, and the few that she would meet in the waters wouldn’t mind her just passing through. But right now the area was mostly calm after scaring the fisherman away.

There was a moment when Trisstana came around a bend and the water around her a little colden and when she looked around she noticed the water above her was frozen. Must have entered some frozen lake. Probably a town nearby… She thought to herself. As she was swimming she noticed a dark silhouette from the edge of the water looking through the ice at her, but she just dismissed it. She circled under the lake a few times to get a feel of how big it was and enjoy herself a bit more.

Trisstana swam back to where the river met the lake and exited from that point as it hadn’t frozen over yet. She tossed a bag out of the water first before climbing ashore. Triss mostly traveled light as it was much easier when swimming, usually just one change of clothes and the small essentials, anything else she would buy from towns, or seduce people into giving to her. Triss climbed out of the water and slowly stood up as her legs began to form and the gills on her ribs slowly close and absorb into her skin, along with her claws shrinking back into nails and fangs retracting. She took in a deep breath of fresh air as she ran her hands through her hair and moved it out of her face.

There was quickly a voice that caught Triss’ attention, turning to see a beautiful woman with gorgeous curly hair walking towards her. She turned her attention away from the woman as she started to dress herself. Trisstana didn’t really care about people seeing her exposed, especially pretty women like the one calling out to her, but knew it would be more comfortable, specifically with the cold breeze blowing. “Well, you wanna say something to me or just stand there?” Triss asked as she turned back brushing her hair and fixing the collar on her jacket

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Z A D A min ALBAHR
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don't you wonder when the light begins to fade?
and the clock just makes the colors turn to grey
forever younger growing older just the same
all the memories that we make will never change

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After Christmas, Zada had begun to feel a little differently towards the town. Sure, Greythorne was her current home, and she’d been happy enough to work towards defending it to keep it running, but the place felt warmer, more permanent to her. Zada now had more than just Rosie that she cared for; the town felt like a place where she belonged, the people like a people she belonged with. Then Markus died, and things seemed to go back to how they were after the first attack.

Zada couldn’t say she knew him well, or that she’d spent a remarkable amount of time with him, but something about his passing was extremely unsettling to her. Maybe even a little sad. She’d always thought that if anyone were strong enough to keep going through all the attacks and chaos, it would be him. But he was gone. Death itself didn’t bother her, it didn’t bother most mermaids, but it was only natural for the living to ache from the loss. People quickly became scared again; his death seemed to serve as a reminder of what they all were, and of what humans thought of them. There were rumors of another attack being imminent, Zada thought the panic was less than helpful, but at least the town was taking potential threats seriously, this time.

Rosie had called a meeting, and Zada has to wonder if it would be as helpful as the last one. Still, Rosie was her sister-in spirit if not by blood-so she would go to be there and support her. As Kay ran up to Rosie, and Rosie read the letter. A thousand thoughts filled Zada’s mind, but chiefest of all was that she didn’t trust it. Not one bit. There may have been some truth to it, but if Zada had learned one thing about humans, it was that they lied. And hunters were the worst of them all.

The rest of the meeting was a blur, and Zada couldn’t have been the only one too engrossed in her own thoughts to successfully process it. Shortly after, though, a man from town (Zada had never learned his name, and had no intentions to) approached her. Typically, residents of Greythorne left Zada alone. She couldn’t say she blamed them for it, either. He quickly explained that he would normally never bother her, but there was something out at the lake he thought she might want to see.

He thought he’d seen another mermaid.

It was so unusual to see them inland that Zada didn’t dare believe it. Still, her feet carried her quickly through the town, breaking into a run before she even realized it. She arrived just before the woman emerged from the water, and suddenly Zada felt like the world around her had come alive in brilliant color. It was dramatic, but it had been decades since she’d laid eyes on someone that looked so like her sisters. There was something different about her, but Zada chalked it up to regional differences, and quickly began to walk towards her, calling out a simple, “Hello?”

Zada wanted to call her “sister,” to run to her and embrace her, but she remembered that this one did not know her, and they may not be so familiar wherever she was from. She had to fight the urge to run: she didn’t want to frighten this woman. She didn’t want to risk ruining a friendship before it even had the chance to form. She was just so… Happy. Happy to not be so alone. It wasn’t as if the friends she’d made weren’t sufficient, but to maybe have someone that could truly understand her, Zada couldn’t have expressed what that would mean to her if she tried.

She hadn’t realized she was staring until the other woman spoke, and then Zada shook her head, “I apologize, it’s just been so long since…” She turned her head to look out among the trees, as if collecting her thoughts, “I’m Zada.” She paused, unsure of what to say or do, “I’m a mermaid,” She said, as if that would explain all of her behavior, “I haven’t seen another like me in… A long time.” She started to smile, but she knew that it would come out looking stiff and unnatural, as if the expression was meant for a different face, so she quickly dropped it in favor of a more neutral expression, “Were you heading into town?”

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Character Portrait: Markus Valegood Character Portrait: Phoenix Woods Character Portrait: Alex Garcia Character Portrait: Zada min Albahr Character Portrait: Rosie Thompson Character Portrait: Travis Graveson Character Portrait: Hayden Byrne Character Portrait: Zoe Peña

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KAYLESSA VALVEN
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xxx If I'm a bad person, you don't like me
xxx Well, I guess I'll make my own way
xxx It's a circle, a mean cycle
xxx Sometimes I wanna fuckin' scream or run away,
xxxI can't excite you anymore

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The couple days after Christmas was great ad people seemed to get more relaxed and joyful, but it didn't last long. Rosie had come to Kaylessa’s house in the early afternoon, in the middle of her and Hayden messing around, Kaylessa was talking about how she could turn the entire living room into a blanket fort with all the blankets she had stored away and Hayden seemed a little skeptical. When she answered the door she could tell something was wrong by the facial expression and how Rosie stood, she was someone who was mostly bright, but right now she just seemed dark and sad. The news that she delivered Kay never expected to hear/. Markus was dead.

Rosie had told Kay and Hayden about another town hall meeting being scheduled for the coming week, but Kaylessa didn’t want to go. The days after hearing the news about Markus hit her hard and not going out as much. She let Hayden stay with her since he arrived in Greythorne, telling him that her door was always open, but they didn’t do much besides Hayden trying to cheer her up. Kay was thankful to have hime there for her, no one else really was, but she didn’t blame them. Most people were taking the news of Markus’ death badly as well. The only person she really talked to besides Hayden was Zada for a little bit, but it was more so Kay venting about Alex and Phoenix and Zada giving her some advice.

The town hall meeting finally arrived and Hayden had asked Kaylessa if she was sure she didn’t want to go, talking about how she should go out and get some air and sunlight. He was right, but Kaylessa didn’t want to go to the meeting so she just told him she was going to go for a walk near the woods, reconnect with nature and herself. Kay told him to make himself at home while she was gone or to get food, that he didn't need to wait for her.

While Kaylessa was walking she was dragging her feet through the snow as she tried to collect her thoughts, not sure how to handle all this going on. She was surprised when she heard a hiss like sound and quickly figuring out it was someone in the bushes trying to get her attention. The woman silently called her over and handed her a note in an envelope saying to give it to whoever was incharge of their town. Kay looked down at the envelope and when she looked up the woman was gone. Kaylessa was curious about the note and quickly opened it and read it over, it contained something just as shocking as learning Markus’ death, but much more complicated

Kay ran through town, trying to get to the town hall meeting, wanting to talk to someone about this, if it was true or just a scare tactic. By the time she opened the door, she spotted Rosie on stage, and realised she needs to know about this and dodged through the crown and handed her the opened envelope saying it was important

When Rosie read the letter Kay was confused why she didn’t tell the truth, but was quickly met with a familiar face she saw often in school telling her to be quiet and would talk to her later about it. Kay listened as Neden spoke about updates to the patrols and other things to similar to the safety of the town. As the meeting ended though she lost sight of Rosie and Kay just sighed and walked out and through the town heading back home, hoping a little bit Hayden had waited for her.

During her Kaylessa greeted people that said hello to her with a flash of a smile, not really saying much. As she rounded a corner she saw two people walking a familiar dog but with an unfamiliar third person. Alex and Phoenix. As Kay stared at them from a distance, seeing them hold hands, she thought back to the things Zada had talked to her about and how she felt, and what Alex and Phoenix did to make her feel that way.

“Hey!” Kaylessa shouted as she walked towards the group, no smile on her face, but just a serious tone. She finally stopped in front of them. “We need to talk.” She spouted at Phoenix.

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Jaiden Price
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xxxMaybe in another life
xxxI could find you there
xxxPulled away before your time
xxxI can't deal, it's so unfair


Things had finally started to go back to normal, finally feeling a sense of happiness and peace in Greythorne. But the happiness could only last so long. Once Jaiden arrived back at the house she promptly fell asleep, and for the first time in forever, her dreams were jist that. Dreams. No endless nightmares, waking up in a cold sweat as she cried herself back into reality or exhausted herself to where she passed out. This time, for the first time in a long time she slept peacefully. Peace. Such a trivial thing yet, it was oh so welcomed. That was until the second day after Christmas when she awoke to the sound of crying and silence. But before she even heard the soft crying from down the hallway, something didn't feel right. Something felt...hallow and empty. As if something happened over night.

It was only when Neden sat her down and didn't let her into Markus' room that she realized something had happened. Nothing could prepare herself for what came next. The words that came from Neden were heard but, it didn't fully hit her until the tears started to fall. She excused herself as she needed a moment, and that was when the endless stream of tears fell. The panic, the hollowness and helplessness came back all too fast. As if a ton of bricks came tumbling down onto her from nowhere. Jaiden didn't know what to think or do, all she knew was that it was her fault. When Neden explained that he was injured during the attack, that was when all the pieces started to come together. Markus saving her and stumbling away into the darkness. Markus wouldn't have left her like that if something wasn't right. He would have stayed and watched over her. He didn't just run away...He would have fought tooth and nail to make sure got out of there alive.

That's when it all became a reality. It was because she wasn't strong enough to save Markus. She wasn't even strong enough to save her, so why she ever thought she could have helped Markus...She shook the thought from her head. She couldn't help anyone, nevermind herself. She was useless and unable to take care of anyone else, nevermind herself. Jaiden was always a cause for trouble for others, and always would be. The only reason she was in Greythorne was due to her powers and having harmed the ones she cared about most in life before coming to this small town. And only after that, did trouble continue to follow her like a looming shadow, never leaving but always there just out of sight.

After Jaiden packed her things and left Markus' house, ignoring Neden's plea to stay with them. She shuffled along through the snow as she made her way through the woods, making her way deeper through the treeline. She only had one place that ever felt safe, and she had to get back there. It seemed to take too long to get there, but after some time the small house came into view. Due to it being so deep in the woods and abandoned since the first attack, it was left entirely unharmed. Jaiden dug through her bag for the key, unlocking the door and stepping inside as she slammed the door behind her. Jaiden silently dropped what she was carrying and slid down against the door as the hot tears began to stream down her face. It was real. This wasn't some sort of lie...Markus was gone. Just like that. He was gone for good, and she had no one to blame but herself. She tried to be strong, tried to be of some use but...It was because of her, being weak that now two people she cared about were dead while she was alive...






Violet Marsden
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xxxAnd it feels, it feels like
xxxHeaven is so far away
xxxYeah, it feels like the world has grown cold
xxxNow that you've gone away



Time passed by slowly after Christmas. But it was a welcomed change of pace for Violet, but also odd and unnerving in the slightest. She knew what was happening, well, not what she learned two days later but, she knew things no one else did. But what she didn't know worried her more. What was she now? The man that she had come to know as Atticus, was strange. He was a rather silent man of few words, but when he did talk his words came out like a symphony of words one could get lost in, while also incredibly vindictive and manipulative. A coiled snake in tall grass waiting for its next victim to come waltzing by, as some would put it. He knew how to lure in his victims with the proper words and phrases, as well as secrets no one should have known. She had come to learn things about the town itself, as well as the people in it. Things she...didn't want to believe. But as the days past and Christmas came, she managed to distract herself for some time. Until two days after Christmas when everything came crashing down.

She was at home when she was told what happened in the night, or more so what happened during the attack. Markus was gone in the blink of an eye, and no one had been the wiser. While Jaiden had retreated to her room and soon left, Violet stayed and talked to Neden for a while longer before even they left. Apparently a meeting was being held to alert the town of the changes. Even though Violet knew it was a bad idea or even useless, she decided to go. To help support Rosie and Neden, even if her gut was telling her the opposite. That she shouldn't go and be somewhere else. She took her normal seat in the middle of the building and listened to the speeches, giving Rosie a small nod after her half, but something didn't sit right with her. Rosie seemed to be holding something back from what was read aloud. Something she chose to keep in mind for later. It was only when it was Neden turn that she fully sat up and listened. Hearing their recants and side of how they viewed Markus and his passing brought a small smile to her face as tears trickled down her cheeks. Knowing that even just a few others could see that Markus wasn't entirely horrible brought some relief, yet an odd pang of sadness and bittersweet. Knowing full well what type of person Markus was, better than anyone else, it helped that not everyone saw him as a cold hearted, crotchety old man in the woods, or the old wolf in the woods that eats children, that some used to call him. To know others saw the good in him, and that he wasn't what he was believed to be, either from others or himself even. Violet knew him like no one else did, and she never regretted it. The only thing she regretted was not spending more time with him recently. She was too herself and reclused because she was too afraid to talk to anyone since she came back, something she regretted. It was only when Neden's speech came to an end that she applauded with a few of the other audience members. And after a few more speeches went on, she stood up and watched as Rosie and Travis quickly left, and then Neden left soon after. Violet simply dug her hands into her pockets and turned back outside.

The cold crisp air as it whisped by was a welcomed sight. Her hair blew in the winds as she walked, causing her to cover her head with the hood of her jacket, her footsteps crunched softly through the otherwise silent streets and undisturbed snow. It was only when everything fell silent that she stopped. Slowly turning her head to look off into the treeline of the woods that she felt her heart come to a complete stop. There was a figure just barely out of sight as it seemed to be hiding behind the trees and darkness of the woods itself. She couldn't see the face very well as they were too far, but from what she could tell, the figure had pale skin, almost too pale, dark oval eyes that seemed sunken in just a little too much into its skull, and dark hair. The figure seemed to be smiling at her as it motioned at her to follow into the darkness behind her. A small chill went down her spine, turning her face behind her as she thought she heard someone call for her from behind. But seeing noone she turned back expecting to see the figure. But there was nothing, just an empty spot not to the treeline. Violet shook her head, see was seeing things, her paranoia was just flaring up. At least that's what she made herself believe. Slowly she began to make her way aimlessly down the streets once more, but she couldn't help but shake the feeling of a looming shadow over her shoulder as she continued her aimless walk..







Neden Isimir
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xxxLeaving flowers on your grave
xxxTo show that I still care
xxxBlack roses, and hail Mary's
xxxCan't bring back what's been taken from me.



The holidays had been an all but welcomed time. Everything was at peace and happiness, but it could only last for so long. Neden knew that, Markus knew that, and perhaps everyone did. But not so soon and abruptly, nor in the shape of such a wicked and unfair beast that it took on. Coming like a shadow in the night to snuff out any sign of light or happiness. The short two days that followed, Neden had been by Markus' side, making sure he was taken care of and as happy as he could be. But every smile and time that they asked if he was okay, and when he said yes, Neden knew it was all too help lessen the pain that was to come. It was the second day when Neden sat on the edge of his bed after Jaiden and Violet had said goodnight to him, being none the wiser.

Neden sat silently as the ever melancholic and droning sound of the wallclock that ticked on. "Markus I...I'm sorry…" they said softly, breaking the silence. Markus simply looked up at them in silence, merely giving them a questionable look. Neden sighed as they moved closer to him, "About everything...If I could have...Been there faster...Been there all together then maybe it...It wouldn't have happened. Wouldn't have been you...Hell, it shouldn't have been you...I-" they were silenced as Markus sat up, gently placing his hand gently on their cheek, "Don't blame yourself…" he said softly, his words coming out softly between him licking his lips. "You wanted to help...and you did. That was more than I could have asked for." He said with a small smile which quickly turned into a small coughing fit. Laying back down he took a heavy breath, looking at Neden, "I'm happy it was you...You'll do fine. Just...Just look after the others, that's all you can do now. You already know what to do. Thank you, Neden…" he said softly with a smile, which Neden was only able to return with a small smile of their own as they could feel a small burn behind their eyes. "Will do, Boss...Will do." they said softly, watching over Markus as time slowly ticked on…

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It was the morning after as the sun slowly came through the window, casting its otherwise dark and gray glow throughout the house. Neden sat silently on the floor, too afraid to look up or acknowledge what had happened during the night. All they could do was take the phone out from their pocket as their hands shook whiping away the tears from their tear stained face, as they dialed the first number that they saw, "Rosie…? Is this a good time to talk…? I...I need to tell you something…" their voice was shaky and pained, clearly full of genuine emotion as they wanted to make sure everyone knew… It wasn't their place to do this but...Neden had no choice.

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The passing hours went by slowly as another town meeting was set up by Rosie. This time it was for more than just an attack. What happened was personal and affected everyone as the group was told prior, as the others in the town would be notified of his passing at the meeting. Neden threw together an outfit as they had gotten dressed, walking out of the room they had been staying in to see Jaiden packing her things. "Everything okay, Jai? You...You don't have to leave, you can stay-" they were cut off as Jaiden said she couldn't. And how it didn't feel right staying in his house seeing how things...changed. She needed to get out of the house for a while, let everything just process. Neden gave her a simple nod and watched as the young witch left the small house. Neden simply looked at Violet, making sure she undertsood what they were implying, 'Watch over her...She needs to...grieve.'

With everything in their coat pockets, Neden made their way to where the meeting was to be held. The walk was much more somber and silent this time, as if even nature itself knew. Which, wasn't entirely wrong. Some of the spriggans and tree-folk knew, and passed it amongst themselves. Two of Neden's own Spriggans followed from afar, giving their friend the space they knew the angel deserved. Once arriving to the town hall, Neden stopped and stared for what seemed like forever. Last time they had been here...well...It seemed like forever ago.

The old doors creaked open as their form crept in, and walked straight towards the stage where they joined Rosie with the others. Looking at the crowd as Rosie spoke, a small pit formed in their stomach. Last time Neden was here, they were confident and sure, now...Now they didn't know how or what to feel. Neden quirked an eyebrow at the sudden intrusion of a note being passed to Rosie. Their anxiety only grew more when the letter was read, and its contents revealed. When it was time for them to speak, Neden slowly rose to their feet and made their way to the podium and microphone. Biting their bottom lip for a moment as they looked around. Trying to think of what to say.

"Thank you, Rosie. This meeting here today is...More than what we discussed last. While it is about the patrols we...We have a very important announcement to make." they took a deep breath as they tried to compose themselves as they continued on, trying their best to give a brave face, "During the attack that happened weeks prior...We lost many...Many of our own. Many we loved and cared for...And one of those, was Markus. Markus as many of you know was the prior leader of the patrols but...With his passing earlier this morning, this have changed." Neden stopped as small gasps and whispered conversations went about the room. "First and foremost, Markus Valegood was a good man. Not perfect, but he was good, even if he didn't see it himself. Secondly, he was a good leader. Many of you may not have known him but...Those that had the honor of being his friend, something I was so graciously gifted the pleasure of having, would know he wasn't as he seemed. He was rough and tough, and cold on the outside but...He was a man of passion and caring nature. Something he would go down fighting to reject as fact." a small chuckle escaped their lips, which helped ease the slight tension as a few of the others chimed in.

"My point here today is, while we lost someone that was good and just, we can't let this keep us from moving forward. Markus...Markus died with the thought and wish for his passing to not weigh on anyone else's shoulders. He...He may be gone now but, may what he did, the good he brought to Greythorne be what people remembered him for. And not just him, but the others who died protecting Greythorne and everyone in it. We fight tooth and nail for this town and everyone here because, by the end of the day we're a family...And we fight like one." Neden said, giving their best and most reaffirming smile they could muster. "For Markus and everyone else...Both present and gone...We'll continue the patrols. We aren't going to go down without defending on home. So, with that. Patrols will continue on as normal, but with tighter constrictions and rules. We'll decide if you are elligable or not. Any contributions will help, not just in being combat ready but...Being there for each other. We can't let this frighten us. We need to stand together and...Do what we can. I simply ask as a member of this community that, we stand together and protect everyone in it. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask, any and all of us will be happy to help. Thank you." Neden gave a small nod of their head and bow as the audience gave a small applause and confirmation with cheers of agreement.

The rest of the meeting went by quickly, Neden taking in note of the strange behavior in Rosie after having read the letter. Something didn't feel right. They didn't know if it was due to their ability to feel shift in emotions or not but, that was something Neden was going to ask Rosie about later. They couldn't get out of the meeting hall fast enough as everything came to a close, and as Rosie and Travis left. Shaking their head as they left the building, the sound of snow and slush rumbled as they made their way through the streets. Stopping as they almost bumped into a small group of people who were out walking, "My ba-Oh fuck, hey guys!" Neden slightly beamed up as they realized who it was. Phoenix and Alex were out taking Coco on a walk, with some unknown person along with them. Neden gave the small woman a lookover for a minute, not feeling anyting negative or malicious off of her they greeted her with a smile. "Sorry, where are my manners? Name's Neden, I'm friends with these two hopeless idiots." they said with a small smile as they gave the two a small grin, "And pleasure to meet you, Zoe." they said once upon learning her name. "We don't usually see many new faces around here but, I hope you like it here for however long you may be staying. If you have any questions, feel free to ask." Neden said with a cheery grin before looking down. "And here is my second favorite furball!" Neden said as they scooped up the small ball of fur that was Coco, scratching her behind the ears. "So, what ya guys doin'? If I'm interrupting anything, let me know and I'll be out of your way. I'm sure you have better things to do anyway."





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Phoenix flinched a little as someone yelled at them, his grip on Alex’s hand tightening for a fraction of a second. Then he looked and realised that it was just Kay. But her usual smile was gone, and she seemed… almost angry. Phoenix had never seen Kay properly angry before. And it… seemed to be directed at him. He glanced at Alex, before remembering Zoe was there. He forced a smile and handed Coco’s lead to Alex. “I’ll be right back, okay? You two play nice,” he said. He walked a short way away before turning to look at Kay. “Is… everything okay?”

Kay heard Alex say hello but ignored him as she just waited for Phoenix, and then followed him until he stopped and turned back to her, asking if everything was okay. “No.” She said short, pausing for a second. “Why did you kiss Alex? And now why are you two, you know, a thing!?” Her voice raised a little, as she scowled.

He knew the minute she spoke that he was right about her being annoyed with him. His stomach plummeted as she asked why he’d kissed Alex. “Kay I- I’m sorry, okay? I just… that night in the graveyard, I wasn’t thinking straight, I didn’t mean to rub it in your face, okay, but we were- I was scared.” He’d tried not to think about it since, because the guilt was too much. But now he had to come to terms with it.

Kaylessa eyes squinted as Phoenix gave excuses, about how he didn’t mean to rub it in her face. “I told you, I told you everything and how I felt!” Kay shouted and gave him a light push. “Why did you just let me tell you everything? Make me look dumb and stupid, I felt pathetic.” Kaylessa paused for a second.

Phoenix didn’t fight back, let Kay push him. He probably deserved it. Why hadn’t he stopped her from telling him all that? He hadn’t needed to know, he hadn’t wanted to know but he’d just let her because he couldn’t say no. He should have said something, but he didn’t. And now he’d probably just ruined their friendship forever.

“Kay, I never meant to hurt you, okay? When you were telling me this, I didn’t think there was a chance in hell that he felt the same way. And I tried to tell you that Aex was like that with everybody,” he said, dropping his voice so that only Kay would be able to hear him. “I don’t know what you want me to do, or say, but I’m sorry.”

Kaylessa scoffed when he said he didn’t want to hurt her. “You didn’t hurt me, what hurt was when I fell out of the tree and couldn't swim. You weren’t there for me then just like you weren’t there for me when I confessed how I felt.” She stared at Phoenix, as her mind went back to the attack, and how Travis saved her from drowning, the same guy being accused of being a spy. “You know what I want? I want you to not be with him, I want you to feel what I felt when I saw you kiss, when I saw you holding each other at the christmas party.”

Phoenix just stared at Kay at her response. This… this wasn’t her. Part of him wanted to reach out to her, wanted to find out what was wrong. But he was also so hurt by what she was saying. The newcomer from the Christmas party, Hayden, appeared, almost from nowhere to take her arm, obviously trying to calm her down. But Phoenix was too angry, too hurt to even acknowledge him. “Kay. I died that night. I’m sorry you got hurt, but I couldn’t be there, because I had just bled out in a graveyard. I told you that Alex was that way with everyone, and you didn’t listen. I’m not saying I didn’t make any mistakes, but this is not all my fault. You have your role in it.”

“Kay, come on. We should go,” Hayden said, pulling on Kay’s arm, trying to get her to leave with him.

As Phoenix talked, Kay noticed Hayden was there but just focused on the man in front of her. “Yeah, you died, but the second you were alive you kissed him. And you know it wasn’t just because you weren’t thinking. If I had healed you, would you have kissed me?” Kay kept speaking as Hayden held onto her arm. “First you destroyed the flower crown I gave him, and then pretended to care about it and fixed it. You pretended to listen to how I felt, pretended to be my friend... “

Some tears started to form under Kay’s eyes as she spoke. Hayden turned her towards him and into a hug, trying to calm her down. “Just take me home, please.” She said to Hayden, muffled into his shoulder.

Phoenix just froze, his anger dissipating. Even through all this, he’d still thought of Kay as a friend. And he’d ruined that. Just like he’d ruined everything else. As Hayden pulled her into a hug, Phoenix took a step back, and glanced at Alex and Zoe. With a chill down his back, he realised that Neden was also there now, and that they’d all seen- and probably heard the whole thing. They were going to hate him too. Everyone was going to hate him for hurting Kay. And could he blame them?

“I’m sorry-” He stammered out, before turning and heading back towards the apartment, needing to be anywhere but there right then.

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Trisstana wasn’t sure what to make of this woman, there was something familiar about her, but wasn’t sure exactly. She grabbed the rest of her stuff as the woman talked, introducing herself as Zada, and a mermaid. Though Triss let out a slight chuckle when this Zada talked about not seeing ‘another like her’ in a long time, along with the quick smile that the mermaid then tried to hide, it was cute. Being mistaken for a mermaid wasn’t a rare occasion, but it still made her laugh whenever it happened. Though she was curious about a mermaid being inland too much.

As Triss got to Zada she slowly circled her, examining her. Triss hadn’t met a mermaid before and was little intrigued about her, though at the moment she looked like a normal human. She could tell there was something magical about her, a bit of an aura that seemed to want to pull Triss in, though if she was being honest she wasn’t sure if that feeling was from her being a mermaid or because of her natural beauty and attractiveness.

“Hmm. Havn’t met a mermaid before, let alone one so…” Trisstana trailed off as she ended up back in front of the mermaid. “Oh sorry, don’t usually spend time talking to beings, need to work on my manners.” She said as she held out her hand. “Name’s Trisstana, Trisstana Glasser. And I’m not a mermaid, I’m a nixie. Sort of like your freshwater cousins.” Triss smiled as she introduced herself. It was nice for once to be greeted a being who wasn’t immediately feared of her or hostile, especially someone that would understand her like a mermaid

“Anyways, I’ll porbably head into whatever town is here; pick up a few things, drag a meal into the water, maybe spend the night. Is there somewhere for me to stay? Possibly with a slighlty large bathtub?” Triss talked as the two headed towards the town, Zada leading. Though she was surprised to hear that this town was actually Greythorne. “Wait, like the Greythorne? I thought this town was being attacked.” She was a little upset hearing it was Greythorne though, meaning less of a chance of her feeding on an actual living being.

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Alex let Zoe and Phoenix do most of the talking as they walked through town. He was tired. The nightmares and visions had started again the night Markus died. If he’d been less upset about them, he might have found some poetic beauty in it. Instead, he was just annoyed. He heard someone shouting, felt Phoenix’s grip on his hand tighten, and shot his head to the source of the yelling. It was just Kay. He was halfway through the process of relief when he realized that something was wrong. “Hi, Kay,” There was clearly more he wanted to say, but between Kay ignoring him, and Phoenix handing Coco off to him, the words never left his tongue.

As Kay and Phoenix began to argue, Alex looked over to Zoe. This probably wasn’t the welcome into town that she’d envisioned. When she quietly asked what was going on, all Alex could do was shrug, “I honestly have no idea.” A part of Alex wanted to take Zoe and pull her away from it; this wasn’t any of her business, and it honestly felt like it wasn’t any of his, but something about what he was hearing was connecting dots in his mind Honestly, Neden just about running him over was a welcome distraction.

Neden rambled on for a short while, only really stopping long enough to get Zoe’s name. Alex smiled when they picked Coco up, some familiarity would do the little dog good. She’d been, understandably, upset since Markus died (well, since he left her with Alex and Phoenix, to be exact). She was adjusting, but Alex knew that her whole world had been turned upside down. She missed Markus, and there wasn’t anything Alex could do about that. “We were just showing Zoe around town when we… Ran into Kay.”

Normally he would’ve said more, but Phoenix and Kay were getting pretty intense, and Alex desperately wanted to say something, to try to break it up, but he didn’t even know what was going on. He would probably make things worse, and he didn’t want to leave Zoe there with Neden to watch everything go down. He wasn’t the fondest of her, but she honestly looked like she was witnessing something traumatic. Maybe she was. Thankfully, the argument seemed to end shortly after Hayden stepped in, but then Phoenix just turned and left. Shit. Alex looked to Neden, then Zoe, “Phoenix!” He called out, to no avail.

It became pretty apparent that Neden was going to go after Phoenix, so Alex took Coco back and looked at Zoe, “So, I know we asked you to join us for dinner, but that isn’t happening.” The thought that Alex owed her nothing, and didn’t have to do anything to help her crossed his mind, but that would only serve to upset Phoenix, and Phoenix didn’t need any more reasons to be upset. As badly as he wanted to go after Phoenix and try to make everything better, Alex knew he had some other business to attend to. “Here,” He handed Coco off to Zoe, who was still standing there like she had no idea what was going on. He sent a quick text to Jaiden, explaining that they needed to take a rain check on dinner, if she was still planning on coming, and he started once again down the sidewalk, not bothering to check if Zoe was following behind.

They didn’t talk as they walked, they didn’t talk when Alex bought Zoe something to eat, and they didn’t talk when Alex found her a room to get checked into. Alex almost left for home without saying a word, but he finally spoke up just before he left, “I don’t know how the next few days are going to go. Phoenix is… Upset. Obviously.” Alex paused, trying to decide how much information to share, “He’s not really used to people sticking around when things get rough, and even I don’t have the best track record of being there for him. So,” He sighed, “I’m trying to do better. I definitely don’t deserve him, but I’m trying to.” He shrugged, “I guess… Listen, I’ll talk to you, I guess you deserve that much after the shit show you went through today. But I have to put Phoenix first. I don't know how much he's going to need-or want-me around, but...” He shook his head. He had some thoughts to add, but Zoe didn't need to know, "Anyway, I'll come to you." With that, he left Zoe for the night, and went to carry Coco home.

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The whole thing may have been foolish, but now that she was here, Zoe was really starting to enjoy herself. She wasn’t sure she had expected to find Alex in some sort of relationship, but Phoenix seemed to be genuinely wonderful, and definitely had a cooler head on his shoulders. Then a woman’s voice yelled out at them. She heard Alex try to greet her, and Phoenix walked a short way away. Not far enough. She half expected Alex to talk to her, walk away farther with her, try to distract her, something. Zoe didn’t know Alex well, but judging by his face, the things they were hearing was news to him, too. Still, she leaned in and whispered, “Ale-Alex. What’s this about?” Only to hear that he didn’t know, either.

She had halfway been hoping that asking about it would remind him that she was there, and that he’d do something. She felt like she was listening to something very personal that she had no right to know, and it was more than a little uncomfortable. She was having some first day in town.

Eventually, someone else appeared-having almost run right into Alex, clearly not paying attention to where they were going. They just started talking, and introduced themself. “Oh, I’m Zoe,” She replied, when asked for her name. She thought about clarifying who she was even farther, but between the argument happening behind them, and Neden welcoming her to town and then picking up her brother’s dog, she had no idea what to do.

“I died that night.” Zoe wasn’t really listening to the argument at that point; she’d been trying to tune it out, but something about that comment hit her ears, and a look of horror crossed her face. She didn’t know a lot about Alex, but she did know that he was a necromancer. Their father had told her as much when she asked why he lived in Canada, so far away from the rest of him. She’d always been under the impression that necromancy was a dangerous and shameful thing, and now she had some strange ideas running through her mind, and she couldn’t help but wonder what Alex had done. She tried not to be too obvious about it when Alex turned to look at her, but she felt like her thoughts were painted across her forehead.

After that, it wasn’t long before things ended and Alex was handing Coco to her. Zoe didn’t mind holding the dog- she was soft and cute and very clearly getting tired of walking. At first, she’d just assumed he was planning on going after Phoenix, but he started sending text messages, and then turned and started walking the opposite direction Phoenix had gone. Honestly, Zoe was planning on standing there until she’d figured out what to do, but then she realized that she had his dog. “Hey, wait!” She hurried to walk beside him, and one look at his face told her not to try to talk to him, so she didn’t.

Zoe quickly learned that the good thing about living in a town populated with a variety of magical beings was that there was always something open. Alex went to buy her something to eat, and when Zoe started to stop him, trying to explain that he didn’t have to do that, he just shot her a look that pretty effectively communicated his desire that she just shut up. So she wound up letting him buy her some dinner, and, since she had Coco, he even carried the takeout bag for her. He was using his phone quite a bit as he walked her through the town, and when they came upon a bed and breakfast with plenty of open rooms, she realized why. She didn’t remind him that all of her things were back at his place. The plan had been to find her a place to stay and bring her back there after dinner, but they’d had to adjust the plan. At this point, she figured she would swing by in the morning to pick it all up on her way out of town. This had gone so badly that she was willing to admit it was a terrible idea to have come in the first place.

Then Alex finally spoke to her, and though she didn’t really know Phoenix and Alex, the words just about broke her heart. They’d lived very different lives than she had, and she was only just realizing it. She wanted to thank Alex for being willing to give her a chance. She wanted to tell him that she didn’t think he was all that bad, and she was sure Phoenix didn’t think he was too good for him. But she didn’t. Instead, she just said, “Okay.” And watched him walk away.

Then she closed her door, sat down, and ate her dinner. She had a lot to reflect on, and a lot to think about.

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Zada stood with her head held high while the woman walked around her, looking her over. Zada wasn’t shy, but she wasn’t exactly used to this sort of behavior. Maybe she’d been living among humans, and those that behaved like humans, for too long. She wasn’t nervous, but she did try to keep an eye on the woman; she didn’t know her, after all. When she said she’d never met a mermaid before, Zada tried her best to hide the disappointment on her face. She wasn’t a mermaid. Trisstana introduced herself, and Zada took her hand, shaking it with a gentle, but firm, grip. “It’s nice to meet you. I don’t believe I’ve ever met a nixie before, though I suppose you never do fully know.”

As Trisstana explained her intentions, Zada nodded. Her first instinct was to offer up her own home (she’d had the biggest bathtub she could fit installed in her home shortly after moving in, and plenty of room for another person), but she decided against suggesting it right off the bat, “There are a few places to stay here in Greythorne, though I don’t know much about the bathtub situation.” Trisstana expressed surprise over being in Greythorne, which Zada understood to mean that the nixie was simply following the water wherever it took her. “Well, we aren’t currently under attack, but yes. We’ve been facing attacks from hunters, of late.” She shrugged, “I’m also afraid to tell you that this is a small town, if someone goes missing, he will be noticed sooner rather than later.” Zada paused for a short moment before a bit of a wicked smile played at her lips, “Though if you insist on eating live prey, there is a particularly irritating young man I wouldn’t mind being rid of.” It would have been easy to say she was kidding. She wasn’t, but it would have been easy to play it off as if she were.

Zada walked Trisstana into the town, explaining, “We don’t have an overwhelming abundance of shops, here, and I think you might be better off waiting until morning to get most of your supplies. More of the shops will be open that way. We had a town meeting, so some closed up for it and, after what we heard, I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to stay closed for the night.” Zada shrugged, “But if you have a desperate need of anything, I’m sure we can find it.” And then, after a moment, “Do you like tea? Or wine? I have both, and my home might be a good escape from the cold… If you're interested.” She shook her head, “I don’t mean to be forward, but it has been so long since I’ve had the company of someone even remotely similar to the family I once knew.” She tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear, “I don’t know about nixies, but mermaids don’t typically stray far from our migration paths.” There was an unspoken longing for the sea, a silent platitude to the absence of her mother and aunts and sisters. “And, having never met a nixie, I would love to learn more about you.”

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Rosie had fully intended on heading in to town to see what was needed, to see if she was needed there, but instead, she thought of someone who she was pretty sure would be needing someone about then. Jaiden and Markus had been close, especially over the last few months, and Rosie knew that Jaiden had to be taking it hard. They all were. Markus had been a stable part of the town, someone that you could always rely on, that was always just there. And now he wasn't. Things were changing too quickly, and it was a painful reminder that they might never be safe again.

It had been a while since Rosie had been down to Jaiden's house. She’d only been there a handful of times, and it was when Jaiden was in high school or shortly after she’d graduated. Rosie hadn’t really needed to go since then. The house was deep in the woods, deeper than most people went unless they had a reason to. But it was peaceful, and Rosie knew they weren't likely to be interrupted. Even though she'd initially intended on going into the town, she'd realised that she didn't particularly want to face the crowds, didn't want people expecting her to be a leader right now. She needed to be doing something, but she also didn't want or need to be pretending that everything was fine. Because it wasn't.

She knocked on the door, before realising it was open and stepping inside. "Jaiden, it's Rosie," she called gently, shutting the door behind her.






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He'd really enjoyed spending time with Kay and her friends. But the following day, news came that one of the guys that had been there had died after apparently hiding an injury ever since the last attack. And things changed then. Most of the time was spent just trying to keep Kay company and trying to distract her. He got the impression that it wasn't really working, but at least he was trying, and that was something. It was a start.

He'd heard something about a meeting or something, and thought that maybe it would have been good for Kay to go to it. Get out, meet some of her friends, get some fresh air. But instead she said she wanted to go for a walk by herself. Hayden let her, and decided to cook them both dinner while she was gone. But when he started looking for ingredients to make something, he realised that her cupboards and fridge were pretty empty. So he went out to get some groceries and picked up some take out while he was out instead of cooking.

But while he was out, he spotted Kay talking to some of the others. And even from a distance, he could tell it wasn't a happy conversation. He hadn't seen Kay angry before, but he knew that was exactly what was happening. He went and grabbed Kay's arm, trying to pull her away and calm her down. But she stayed talking, stayed practically yelling at Phoenix, bringing up things that had happened for them in the past. And then, eventually, she calmed down, going and letting him pull her into a hug.

He took her hand and pulled her away, shooting the others an apologetic look. Kay had been so upset over the past few days, he knew that she probably hadn't meant any of it, but that didn't mean they weren't going to be hurt. But they'd deal with that later. He walked her home, holding her hand tightly. He didn't say anything until he got her in, sitting on the couch with the takeout in front of them, and a blanket around her shoulders. "Do you want to talk about what happened?" He asked softly, sitting cross-legged beside her.

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As the two women walked Triss mostly listened and observed her surroundings taking everything in and soaking in the mermaid’s words. Explaining how if Trisstana did make someone from the town disappear that it would be noticed, but that hadn’t been an issue for her in the past. Small towns were typically easier to feed through as the problems and consequences for her actions wouldn’t follow her as she wouldn’t quickly leave and forget about whatever small town it was. But a town like Greythorne would be more complicated, not only could these beings defend themselves more easily, but the word of a Nixie slaughtering citizens here would spread like wildfire.

“Oh? And where is said young man?” Trisstana asked as Zada mentioned one man that was annoying her, noticing the wicked smile come across her face. Though it wasn’t exactly the comment that caught her attention as much as the smile, she could tell there was malice behind it, but the way it looked upon her face was beautiful. Triss was pulled out of her trance when spoken to again, just catching the end of what she was saying about places being closed but might still be able to find things. “I think I should be fine for the night.” She could last until tomorrow, stomach might growl a bit but she would survive

Triss was a little shocked when Zada invited her over for tea or wine, but then apologizing for being forward, but then speaking up about her interest in her and nixies. “Hey, you’re fine little seafish, better to be straightforward with things, weird sometimes humans can dodge around what they really mean and such.” Trisstana thought a little bit on the offer and they stopped on the edge of town before entering. “I think I’ll accept your offer. Though if we are drinking wine, I think it would be better for me to stay the night, easier than trying to find somewhere to stay later at night.” Triss said Zada turned to head to her place. “If that’s cool with you, I promise to tell you whatever you want to know about being a nixie. Oh and you get enough wine in me, about myself.” She said with a smile.

When they finally arrived at her place, Trisstana put her bag down by the door and took off her shoes and jacket. “Oh, and I’m not entirely sure how you mermaids are, but nixie are pretty much lightweights. Just a warning.” She said as she followed Zada into the kitchen and watched her pull some wine glasses out of a cupboard. “So what do you want to know little seafish?”

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Kaylessa was oddly quiet while walking back home with Hayden, keeping her head against him and head low, eyes lightly tearing up. She felt like everyone was watching her, judging her. The dumb girl who thought a boy liked her and embarrassed her self. She wanted to believe how she felt about Alex was true, but of course she wouldn’t understand something. People told her ignorance was bliss to make her feel better about herself, but in the end it wasn’t.

Hayden opened the door to her house and guided her to the couch and laid a blanket over her shoulder. “Thanks…” Kay said, sniffing a bit and wiping her eyes as her tears finally dried up. She watched as she set up the food he had bought on the table in front of her and asked if she wanted to talk about what happened. She didn’t want to, she just wanted to eat the food and go to sleep, but she knew it would be good for her to talk about it, and to let Hayden know what’s going on since he only just arrived and didn't know.

“It’s stupid. I’m stupid.” Kaylessa said as she looked at Hayden. “Me and Alex… Went to school together and such, same with Phoenix. And like, he was always nice to me and gave me compliments. Plus he would always ask about me and such, so I thought…” She Trailer off just looking down at the ground, knees to her chest and arms around her chest. “I thought maybe he liked me, and it even continued after school to recently. And I told Phoenix, how I felt. And during the attack…” Kay thought to the night, running to Phoenix and trying to heal him but nothing working.

“Phoenix was injured. And I have healing powers and tried to help him as I helped others. But it didn’t work. And Alex, who like practices necromancy, saved him. Then Phoenix kissed him in front of me. I felt betrayed, I felt lied to. I told him everything and he does that! Why would he!?” Kay shouted, before breathing a bit and apologising for yelling. Hayden spoke again, wiping away some tears from below her eyes. Kaylessa didn’t even know she had started tearing up again. He was close to his face and was gently rubbing his thumb across her face. Something about having him there and just listening made her feel a little better. Kay just stared at him as he talked to her, looking deep into his eyes and feeling like someone actually cared about her for once, wanting the best for her.

Kay just leaned across and gave Hayden a hug, gripping onto him right for a little longer than a few seconds. She wasn't quite sure what it was about him, but having him hold her made her feel warm. Even when she was with Alex she never felt like this, his compliments did me a lot to her and would brighten her day than most peoples, but having Hayden there and hearing his voice consoling her release a different type of energy within her, but after what all happened with Alex, she wasn't sure if she could trust her own feelings to lead her the right way. “I just feel so dumb Hayden. I can’t tell when someone is being nice to me because they genuinely want to be nice to me, or because they are just being nice because of who I am or that’s the type of person they are. People always call me innocent and too good for the world but I want more than just being innocent and cute. I want something more than that.” Kay began talking again, not pulling back from hugging Hayden until she was done speaking.

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xxxMaybe in another life
xxxI could find you there
xxxPulled away before your time
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Time had passed by slowly as Jaiden had finally been able to calm herself down enough to slowly stand up and whipe the tears from her face. There was no point in fighting the truth and reality that stood before them. Markus was gone, and there was nothing she or anyone could do. All she wondered was why? Why didn't Markus tell them? At least tell any of the ones that he knew for years about what happened? It would have-no- should have happened that way. Instead, he told someone he barely knew. She could feel a small pit forming in her stomach at the thought, quickly shaking the thought out of her head as she needed a distraction. One of the few things that helped was cleaning her home which, she had left in shambles after the first attack in Greythorne. Something she tried not to think about. It was only when she was putting away small random things into boxes that the faint sound of the front door creaking open caused her heart to stop for a moment. Anxiety and slight fear began to seep in as she listened for a moment. Whatever small remnant of fear and anxiety she felt soon disapated as she heard an all too familiar voice call out. Rosie. How she knew where she was, was anyone's guess, but it was a oddly welcomed surprise. She rose to her feet and exited the side room she was in, seeing Rosie slowly make her way into her small home. "Oh hey, Rosie. I wasn't expecting anyone. I uh, I'm sorry. I just came back here for the first time in...a while and...Didn't realize how much of a mess everything was." she said sheepishly with a small but forced chuckle. Turning her head back away as she thought for a moment, "Uhm, make yourself comfortable and….I can make some tea? I was actually thinking of making some before you showed up and, well….Uh, how are you? With….everything?" Jaiden asked as she began looking for what she would need for the tea, and after a bit of searching she found everything and prepared everything for the tea.

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What had come next wasn't something Neden had expected. Once seeing their friends, some semblance of normalcy and possibly even something to help lift their spirits, but that wasn't the case. They simply watched as Phoenix excused himself to talk to Kay, who Neden simply gave a small, awkward wave to as they could tell she was rather upset. But what happened took Neden by surprise. Neden knew that there were some unspoken feelings there, but with the ensuing argument they didn't know what to do or say, if they could even help. Which they highly doubted. This was between Phoenix and Kay, no one else. Neden simply just stood there awkwardly as they put their hands in their coat pocket, waiting for the argument to eventually end. Which, when it did, all Neden could do was sigh, pinching the arch of their nose. "I'll go talk to him...Alex you...You and Zoe just take care, I'll check up on you guys later." They said with a half smile and turned after Phoenix. Neden quickly jogged up to him. Taking a moment of what to say or do, all they did was walk beside him in silence for a moment as they silently walked. After a few minutes, the unbearably awkward silence began to be a bit too much and Neden decided it was best to try to break the silence since the look on Phoenix's face told them everything they needed to know. "Hey uh...Look. I don't expect you to want to talk about...Whatever the fuck that was back there, but...I guess what I'm trying to say is, I'm here for you if you need someone to talk to. I know I'm probably the last person you want to talk to right now but, my offer still stands, I guess is what I'm trying to say." Neden said with a small smile, which quickly faded just as almost quickly as it appeared. They knew that neither of them were the closest of friends, but Phoenix needed someone to talk to or at least be there for him, and as much as they knew he probably didn't want to be bothered, something in the back of their head was telling them otherwise.

Phoenix just wanted to go home. He had to hold it together until then, had to just make it home. And then someone appeared beside him, a surprising, but friendly presence. Neden walked beside him for a while, but then they spoke. Their words were almost enough for Phoenix to crack and break down. But he was nearly home, so he just numbly nodded. Having someone there felt nice, someone who didn’t want or need him to talk about it. He knew he’d need to talk to Alex about it later, that Alex wouldn’t let it drop until he did. They reached the door to the apartment and Phoenix cleared his throat. “I, uh… Do you want to come in for tea? Or coffee? I made cookies yesterday, I think we should still have some left,” he said, his voice cracking. He forced himself to try and keep his voice level, tried to keep it together. Everyone probably already hated him, Neden probably wouldn’t accept, they probably just pitied him. He was already expecting them to decline. “It’s fine if you have somewhere else to be. Thanks for walking with me,” he said. Him and Neden had never been particularly close, not really, so he couldn’t blame them for leaving.

Neden gave him a gentle smile and small nod of their head as Phoenix more or less said that it was okay for them to walk with him. Silently arriving at his home, they looked at him as he spoke, it was even more evident now than ever that Phoenix did need someone. Neden softly closed the door and stepped inside as Phoenix unlocked it, asking if they wanted to stay or if they had some place to be it was okay. "I actually don't really have any place to be so, I don't mind, and no thank you is necessary." They said with a small smile looking around the place, "Tea actually sounds nice, Phoenix. But, you want some help?" The angel asked giving him a reassuring smile once more.

Phoenix was, for a moment, pleasantly surprised when Neden agreed to come in. He shook his head as they asked if he wanted help. “No, thanks. But make yourself at home, sorry if you have to move anything,” he said. Usually the action of making tea was enough to calm him, but not tonight. Tonight, it didn’t do anything to help. He handed Neden a mug and dug out the box of cookies, leaving it on the coffee table in front of them. There was a moment or so of awkward silence as he just stared into the tea. “I think I’ve messed everything up, Neden,” he suddenly blurted out. He didn’t know why, but he suddenly needed to talk about it, to say something about it. “I hurt Kay, and I didn’t mean to, but… But now, everyone’s going to be mad, and Alex is going to be mad and… I don’t want anyone else to leave.” Once he opened up, he couldn’t stop, the tears starting to trickle down his face.

Neden gave him a simple nod of their head as Phoenix said he wouldn't need any help, and chuckled slightly as he apologized if they needed to move anything out of the way. The apartment was by no means entirely mess, but wasn't entirely a cleaned to perfection either. After clearing a few things to the side, Neden took a seat on one of the chairs as they awaited for the tea. Which, they returned with a smile once it was finished and served. Neden held the mug in their hands as silence took over the room, before Phoenix finally spoke up. Saying how he was afraid that everyone was angry and upset with him, how he hurt Kay and how he just messed up in general. A small chuckle escaped their lips initially, but a feeling of genuine worry overtook them when the tears started to roll down his face. Neden didn't know what to say or do, if they even could, but they never regretted coming along with him. Phoenix needed someone and while they probably weren't his or anyone else's first choice, they were going to help as best as they could. Neden's hands wrapped around the mug for a moment as they tried to think of anything, anything at all. All they could do was give a soft sigh as they looked around the room before looking at Phoenix, a small pit forming in their stomach. "Phoenix, I...I don't know what entirely happened, and I'm sorry if it makes me sound ignorant but...This isn't your fault. No one can blame one person for this. You didn't want any of this to happen, right? So it's not your fault….Humans aren't infallible...Neither are any of us…" they said softly, looking around once more before finally looking at him again, "I'm not going to judge you on anything, okay? You only have to talk about what you feel comfortable with."

Phoenix appreciated Neden trying to help, he really did. But they didn’t know. He just traced the pattern on the mug with his thumb, just still staring into his tea. “Everyone leaves,” he forced out. “I was the reason my parents couldn’t leave town so they would just leave anyway and leave me behind. Every- every single guy in high school, I was always too much or not enough or just not right. And then my parents left for good and then… and then Cas just left, just left without saying goodbye because I wasn’t good enough for him either, I have never been good enough for anyone,” he choked out, rambling. “And now, everyone knows I hurt Kay, they’re all going to leave too.”

Neden listened silently as he spoke, taking in everything that they could know to help better understand. Not just the situation, but Phoenix as a person. They felt their heart sink when he began to talk about his parents and everyone he knew in high shool. How they just left, like he was nothing. Neden bit their lip as they tried to think of something to say, anything at all. But it was only when Phoenix said the name "Cas" and how "He left without saying goodbye", that Neden snapped back to attention. "Wait, wait, wait!" They exclaimed, slowly standing up as they did so. "Cas? When you say Cas, and He. Do you mean, tall, overly pale and blonde hair?" They questioned, looking Phoenix over. "Basically me if I was a dude? Well, more so kind of like you but...less you?" They gestured rather vaguely to Phoenix overall.

Neden’s reaction startled Phoenix enough to distract him for a moment from everything. He stared at them for a few seconds. What they were saying was vague and yet still made sense. “I… yeah, I think we’re talking about the same person. How… Neden, how the hell do you know him? He was here for like a week and hardly spoke to anyone,” he asked. That had been Cas’ first time in town, as far as anyone knew, but… Phoenix honestly didn’t know all that much about Neden, so it was entirely likely they could have crossed paths somewhere, somehow.

Neden gave a short and awkward chuckle, rubbing the back of their neck for a moment as they were questioned on how they knew Cas. And if it was even possible considering how short of a time he was in town. "Well ya see…" another small chuckle escaped their lips, before sighing as they sat back down. Looking up at Phoenix as they spoke, "Alright, look. I'm about to be real with you on some things, okay? And I swear, I am not bullshitting you." they gave him a look once more before looking around, slowly standing up as they paced the room, "I've know Cassiel, well...Cas for a long time. We have a complicated history, to say the very least. He was part of why I got screwed over and got sent to...Well...Here." they gestured vaguely with a small shrug, "And I don't mean to Greythorne. Much like Cas...we...Have the same general backstory. But, we were a lot alike, but for the most part I am nothing like that douche bag. Where he left you, I would never." Neden said, giving him a small look before turning their back on him for a moment, biting their lip. They hadn't told anyone much of their past before, and the anxiety of it was begining to get to them. Taking a few deep breaths they continued on, "I uh...I've been in Greythorne a lot longer than people probably realize. I don't want to sound like a creep but, I've been watching Greythorne before the first attack even happened, before the patrols became a thing. Well, a known thing…I was there the night of the first one but...If I could have helped stop it, stopped what happened...You losing your friend I...I would have changed so much. I'm sorry, Phoenix.." Neden said softly as they were finally able to look Phoenix in the eyes after their long rambling.

He’d known that there was something… more about Neden after the night in the graveyard. He hadn’t dwelled on it, because dwelling on that night just hurt far too much. But he wasn’t terribly surprised to hear that they’d known each other. He didn’t know if he was relieved or sad to hear that Cas had screwed Neden over as well. He just shook his head a little at the mention of the first attack. “We all fucked up that night, Neden. Most of us had never experienced anything like that. I don’t know how long you’ve been around but I’m willing to bet it was the same for you. I don’t know if any of us could have saved Aurora. We… we all made mistakes and I’ve been trying to figure out how to make them right even still. I don’t know how, and I don’t know if I can, but I’ve got to try, right?”

Neden sighed as Phoenix said that they had all messed up, and as well as how he doubted any of them had ever seen anything like that before. They gave a small smirk and chuckle for a moment, as a feeling of unease slowly crept through. Neden quirked an eyebrow at the mention of the friend that had been killed the first time. Neden hadn't known her very much, like the others in Greythorne, Neden kept at a distance. But from what they saw, her passing was still affecting some. They gave him a simple nod of their head, "All any of us can do is try. From what I've seen in...my...two hundred years on earth, trying to do anything is sometimes all you can do." Neden gave a small smile before it faded away as they looked to the side. "Phoenix I…I have seen a lot of things in my time and, have done some bad things myself but...What's happened to Greythorne can't happen again. All we can do is work together on this. I know I haven't always been the best but, I hope to live up to what Markus...what he wanted. I'm just sorry I couldn't have helped in any way. But if you ever need someone, just let me know and I'll be there." Neden said with a small smile, this one being more genuine than any of the others. "And Phoenix? Fuck what your parents and all those people did to you in the past. You don't need people like that around you. What I'm trying to say is, I'll try my damndest to be there for you, Phoenix and everyone else. Guess you could call me the Fairy Squad Mother, or...well...ya know. We can work on that later." Neden said with an awkward chuckle and smile.

Phoenix nodded, swallowing a little as Neden said it couldn’t happen again. None of them wanted it to happen. He wished he could do more, but he wasn’t meant for combat. He’d learned the hard way that he would just freeze, would only be able to act if it was too late. But Neden’s comment made him smile despite everything. “Thanks,” he said. “Really, I… I mean it. I’m no fighter, even with that cool ass sword,” he said with a smirk. “But… if there’s anything I can do for you, for the patrols… Coffee is on the house and if you need any food after a patrol or anything, ring me any time. I’ll sort you guys out.”

Neden smiled at his comment of not being a fighter. "Not everyone is, and nothing wrong with that. Hell, we always could use another pretty face as our new poster child." they said with a wink and smile. "And you're very welcome, Nix. We'll figure something out. After all, we're all some sort of messy family, right?"

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Rosie forced a smile as Jaiden said she wasn’t expecting anyone. “Sorry, just said I’d drop in and see how you were doing. I just swung by here on a whim,” she explained. In all honesty, she’d hardly noticed the mess, but she just shrugged. “Don’t worry about it, my house isn’t much better,” she said. She knew that Jaiden had to be struggling just as much as she was, and she knew their smiles were both fake, but neither of them wanted to acknowledge it. Rosie sat down on the couch and nodded as Jaiden asked if she wanted tea. She just smiled sadly as Jaiden asked how she was.In that moment, she decided she wasn’t going to mention Travis. She trusted Jaiden, she was pretty sure that she wouldn’t say anything. But Jaiden didn’t need to hear that someone they’d let in, that they’d trusted, that they’d called a friend, had been a mole. Had been part of the reason that they’d lost people. That they’d lost Markus.

“It’s been… well, it hasn’t been easy. It’s… it’s strange more than anything. Sometimes you… you almost forget, you know? And then you remember and…” She trailed off. “You know it as well as I do, though. How have you been doing? And don’t tell me you’re fine. I don’t think either of us are exactly ‘fine,’” Rosie warned. “You’ve been through a lot over the past few weeks, hell, the last few months. You don’t have to talk about it with me but… talk about it with somebody.” She caught herself and smirked a little. “Can’t quite switch off teacher mode. But it’ll help, trust me on that much.”

She knew it was ironic that she was shifting the conversation away from herself because she also didn't want to talk about any of it. But she could see it in Jaiden's actions that Jaiden needed someone to listen to, or at least, someone who she knew would listen if she needed it. Rosie would make it through. No matter what.






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Hayden was glad at least when Kay decided to talk about it. He was starting to realise that this truly was no ordinary town, if only for the people that lived in it. Maybe his life had just been extraordinarily easy before, but things were different here.

So he just let her talk, wiping away some of the tears when she started to cry again. He wanted to tell her that it wasn't her fault. It wasn't anyone's fault. Even if his life had been straightforward, he knew that feelings weren't. Nobody could help how they felt or who they fell for.

The hug was a surprise, but he hugged her back, holding her tight. He didn't really know what to say to make her feel better, but he knew that the hug would help. He rubbed her back a little as she clung on to him.

"It's not your fault, Kay. People are confusing. But I'm willing to bet most people are nice to you because they want to be nice to you, because they're nice to everyone. And it's much better to be someone that believes too much in the good than someone who only sees the bad. Innocence is valuable because you will always try to help. There's nothing wrong with being innocent... but there's nothing wrong with wanting to be more than that. So what do you want to be? Who do you want to be? Once you figure that out... you can start working from there. And while we figure that out," he said with a smile. "We better eat this food before it goes cold, right?"

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When Trisstana said it might be best for her to stay with Zada, Zada nodded. “You may be right,” She said, nonchalantly, [color=#78B0AD]“You’re welcome to stay, I have the room.” It wasn’t a long walk from there to Zada’s house, and after letting Trisstana inside, Zada hung her coat on the hook by the door. She let out a soft chuckle at the comment about nixies being lightweights, “I’ve spent enough time with humans to develop a bit of tolerance.” She placed a pair of wine glasses on the kitchen table before turning to grab a new bottle of wine, talking as she went about opening it and pouring them both a glass, “Do nixies typically travel on their own? Most mermaids spend their entire lives with the pod they were born in.”

Trisstana picked up the glass of wine and took a sip and savored the taste. Her ears perked up as Zada asked her about nixies traveling and commenting on how mermaids usually stay together. “It sort of differs, some stick together in one river, usually not more than three to four. While others, like myself, travel most their lives from body of water to body of water. Rivers usually don’t get too big in areas so we can’t all stay concentrated in one place.” Triss paused to sip some more wine. “You said most mermaids spend their whole lives together, what are you doing inland so much?” She asked, genuinely curious, she thought mermaids were saltwater creatures so seeing one here confused her a bit.

Zada settled down in a chair across from Trisstana, casually sipping at her own glass of wine. What she explained about Nixies made sense, it very likely wasn’t easy to congregate in rivers without being seen. Zada nodded when Trisstana asked a question about her, “Mermaids do typically stay together. I suppose the oceans are big enough to support us. The men tend to live on their own. They’re aggressive and wild, and drive them out.” She shrugged, “Unfortunately, I let a human lure me away, and too much time passed. They wouldn’t have me back.” She shrugged, “I can’t say I blame them, they didn’t know if they could still trust me.” She had an almost sad look on her face, but quickly blinked the emotion away. “The ocean is much too large for a lone mermaid- it’s dangerous. I’ve adjusted to life on land, but it’s not ideal.” Zada fixed Trisstana with an intense look, as if she were trying to figure out the very secrets of her soul, “So, you don’t mind being alone?”

Triss almost felt sad for Zada, being forced away from what you thought was your home because of a mistake you made. Then she commented on the dangers of the ocean for someone on their, rivers weren’t as dangerous as the seas. Her face started to get a bit red when the mermaid was staring at her. “Oh, uh. Not really, been betrayed too many times to try to rely on others. First my father threw me into a river, then, sort of like you, was tricked by another human and captured…” Trisstana trailed off swirling the wine in her glass before just gulping it down and quickly refilling her glass. “So, you mentioned something about a specific man you wouldn’t mind… disappearing?”

Zada nodded slowly, “Men are nothing but trouble.” When Trisstana asked about the man Zada wouldn’t mind disappearing, she sighed. “Alex,” She spit the name out like venom on her tongue, “He’s nothing but trouble, head too big for his own good, loud, obnoxious.” She rolled her eyes, downing her glass of wine and pouring another, “I have never liked him, and will never like him. The entire world would be better without his stain upon it.” She sighed, “Then again, men in general are only good for two things: food, and procreation.”

Trisstana let out a chuckle as Zada made her comments on men in general. She agreed with the statement, even though Triss could care less about procreation. “Zada…” She said as she finished her second glass, already filling a bit tipsy. “Why don’t you deal with him then? Drag him to the lake, pull him under, slash him open with your claws…” She asked, quickly extending her own claws out. “Unless mermaids are too scared?” Triss teased with a smirk across her face. She didn’t doubt that the mermaid could, and probably would, but she didn’t mind teasing her right now, plus the alcohol was making her feel relaxed.

Zada shook her head, taking another drink of her wine, “I would, but for whatever reason, people in this town like him.” She made a sort of sweeping gesture with her hand, “I don’t need any enemies here, as much as I would enjoy dragging that fool to a watery grave.” She shrugged and rested an elbow on the table, “There isn’t enough to gain from it, and too much to lose.” She sighed, “Maybe if I decide to leave the town. Right now this is home.”

“Hey, whatever you say little seafish.” Triss said as she grabbed the bottle of wine and refilled her glass and topped off Zada’s as well, then sitting on the couch next to her. “But it’s nice you have somewhere to call home. Life is great on the river, but sometimes you just want to relax…” She sipped some more wine. “And there's only so much a nixie can do alone you know.”[/color] She said downing her glass again leaning back on the couch rolling up her fishnet sleeves. Even though she was a lightweight, Triss enjoyed drinking.

Zada nodded, “Greythorne is a good home. The people here make for good,” She paused. She wanted to say family, but she didn’t think Trisstana would quite understand that, “Friends. Most of them are good people.”[/color] She sipped on her wine some more, “I can’t speak for everyone, but I think you would be more than welcome to stay for a while.”[/color] Zada looked at Trisstana’s face carefully, watching for her reaction. She didn’t want to overstep, but she did want Trisstana to stay. At least for a time. At least so she could get to know her. Zada didn’t think she would ever get an opportunity like this, and she didn’t want to let it slip away. Mermaid, nixie, whatever they may be. They were both water women, and Zada felt like they could form some sort of kinship. Or, she hoped for it.

Trisstana was staring up at the ceiling as Zada talked. Home. Friends. Some things she hadn’t had or even thought about in awhile. A small smile crept across her face as Zada mentioned her possibly staying. Most towns she would stay, but for a week or two max, and quickly move on, after feeding for a bit. “Maybe…” She just said one word. A lot of things would have to go into her staying here. “Maybe I will. But for now, I know I’ll stay the night for sure. Speaking of which. You said something about a bathtub and a bed? Usually don’t sleep in beds, atleast, haven't for a while.”

Zada nodded, “Yes, of course,” She set her glass aside and stood up, smoothing down her skirt as she stood. “I have a guest room,” She’d recently furnished it in case anyone needed a place to stay quickly. The attacks had her thinking of others more than she had in the past, “And a large bathtub. The tub is in the bathroom attached to my bedroom, but you’re welcome to use it.” Zada motioned for Trisstana to follow her, and showed her the spare bedroom, “I hope it will be comfortable for you. I tried to make it… inviting.” Most of Zada’s decor was very stark and white and clean, but this room did look a little more homey. She’d gotten some advice from Rosie when she decorated it, because she wanted people to feel more at home. She offered a small smile (that she hoped didn’t look too much like a grimace) to Trisstana, and it wasn’t long before both women were getting settled in for the night. Zada had to admit, this felt nice. Though she wondered, in the back of her head, how long it would last.

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xxxMaybe in another life
xxxI could find you there
xxxPulled away before your time
xxxI can't deal, it's so unfair


Jaiden smiled as Rosie commented on the home and how it wasn't that bad, adding how her own place looked a bit worse. A small, genuine chuckle managed to escape her lips for just a moment before she remembered why Rosie was probably really here to begin with. Which, was confirmed when Rosie answered how she was, and that everything had been as she expected. They were all going through their own things, their own thoughts, their own drama and bullshit. They were all mourning the loss and aftermath of everything as best as they could. She gave a small nod when Rosie said that it was odd how things just slowly come back to you and you just remember bits and pieces. She understood exactly what she meant, and as much as she didn't want to acknowledge it, it had been hitting Jaiden a bit too hard. And she doubted she was doing a good job at pretending to hide how she was feeling about everything, it had to be obvious and all over her face with how she was taking things. Jaiden was never good at hiding how she felt, especially after the first attack and...After they lost Aurora...and now Markus. She shook her head, trying not to dwell on it. She gave Rosie a small smile and nod, trying to act like she understood everything she said. But after a moment, she understood. She knew Rosie enough, how she thought and processed things.

Once the tea was done, Jaiden placed a mug infront of Rosie and got her own mug and sat down. "Well, if I can't bullshit you with saying I'm fine…" she took a deep breath as she looked down. Trying her best to compose herself. "Ever since the first one I...I've felt nothing but...empty, you know? Like...Like something was missing and, I didn't know what it was or why…Not until I realized how much...How much losing someone else hurt, ya know..?" Jaiden said softly, her voice cracking slightly. She took another deep breath as she looked down, staring into the mug for a moment as she traced the words along the mug. "It was almost like I went back to when I first came here to Greythorne I...I don't know. I just felt...useless? I tried getting better, tried getting stronger and less...useless? But just like always...I fail and end up getting someone else hurt…" her voice trailed off as tears slowly trickled down her face as she finally spoke about it, not just the most recent attack, but all of it. "I tried to be useful and helpful this time...But I couldn't even do that, all I did was get in the way and...Markus...He died cuz of me, Rosie...If it wasn't for me being so pathetic, he would still be here…" the words came out in a rambling mess as tears fell faster, trying her best to keep herself composed, which was slowly fading faster every second. "It was my fault my parents died, and then my sister being put into a hospital...And then Aurora died because I wasn't fast or brave enough to help her...And now Markus is gone because I wasn't strong enough to protect myself and he came to help and...I didn't even get to say goodbye, Rosie...Not to any of them. It's all my fault, isn't it..?"

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xxxdon't make me laugh, i'll choke
xxxjust let me cry a little bit longer
xxxi ain't gonna smile if i don't want to
xxxhey man we all can't be like you
Rosie just sat and let Jaiden talk for a long as she needed. It felt like she was looking at the girl who had walked into her English class all those years ago, a shadow of herself, scared and uncertain. And Jaiden confirmed that was how she was feeling. Empty, unsure, afraid. She'd lost so much in such a short period of time, and Rosie had no idea how she was feeling. Rosie had never lost anyone, not in the same way Jaiden had. It broke her heart to hear that Jaiden blamed herself for it all.

"Jaiden... none of this is your fault, you hear me? You were trying to help, and that's what matters. And you did help, you saved lives. And that's what mattered. You tried, and you made a difference."Rosie said, reaching out to grasp Jaiden's hand. "It's not your fault that nobody ever taught you how to control it, that nobody ever helped. But Jaiden, it's not too late. We can't..." She took a deep breath. "We can't bring any of them back. As much as we want to. But you know what Markus would want? He'd want us to keep fighting. He'd want us to keep going, no matter what. And we don't have much of a choice. The world's going to move on, no matter what. And we're going to be there to greet it and kick it's ass if necessary. I... I can try and help you. I don't have a whole lot of experience with elemental magic but... I can try, or I can show you how to use a weapon. Or your fists. Whatever works, I'll work something out," she said with a grin, squeezing Jaiden's hand.

"You don't have to do anything you don't want to. But I saw a scared, shy girl come into my English class, and a few months later, I saw a young woman graduating with good grades and even better friends. You've been through hell before, and I think you'll get through it again. Just trust in your friends... and your English teacher," she said with a small shrug and a laugh. "And my place is always open. For tea, or to borrow some books or... well, anything. I'm only an okay cook so you probably could do better by yourself, but if you want dinner, you're welcome. Just... hiding isn't going to make anything go away. It's only going to make things worse. In return, you'll have to deal with me complaining about my freshmen or whatever papers I'm grading or my thesis supervisor or... whatever." In all honesty, Rosie needed this as much as Jaiden. Now that Trav was gone, she knew her house was going to be feeling empty, and she'd need a distraction. But she also needed to help. For Markus' sake, for everyone that had died in the attack. They had to do something.

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Kaylessa was skeptical with the letter she had received and given to Rosie at the meeting. Rosie was busy so she hadn't spoken with her yet but wanted to find out the truth. She didn’t want to believe that Travis was a spy or a hunter, but with everything that’s happened with her recently Kay wasn’t sure what to believe, even her own feelings were wrong recently. She thought back to the advice she had gotten recently from the few people who she had talked to in the past, Zada and Hayden, and knew she just has to be open and go straight to the point. So she had one choice, talk to Travis directly and ask him.

Kaylessa ate breakfast with Hayden and told him she had to pick up some things from the store and run some errands. When he offered to accompany her she told him it was something she had to do alone, which she noticed the questioning face on Hayden but quickly left, heading through town and to Travis’ shop.

When Kay arrived the front door was locked, but she knew he had a door around the back for his apartment that was attached. As she rounded the corner she saw his truck filled with boxes and the truck bed holding some small furniture, not sure why though. After looking around the truck, she walked up to his door and knocked a few times, waiting for an answer.

Travis was mostly done packing up, Rosie had given him three days to leave, and as much as he wanted to argue and stay, he knew she wasn’t bluffing, so he spent the rest of the day after the meeting and early morning hours getting his stuff ready to go. As he was sweeping his floor he heard a knock on his door and turned quickly to it. He slowly walked over to the door holding his pistol in hand as he peeked through the peephole to see who it was, relieved it was just Kay, though wondering why she was here for a second, but then remember she handed Rosie the letter so she probably read it.

“Hey Kay, whatcha doing here?” Travis said after opening the door, he had tucked the pistol in a box by the door. “Can I come in? I want to talk a little bit.” Kay asked with a light smile. Travis looked around a bit to see if anyone was around and nodded his head and let her in.

Kaylessa looked around his apartment, not much was left in it but a couple boxes and a couch and a chair. Travis was just gonna leave the big things here as he didn’t have enough room and didn’t want to make two trips. Travis stepped ahead of Kay and cleared off the couch for her to sit down and she sat down. “I’m assuming you’re here about the letter you gave to Rosie.” Travis asked, quickly getting to the point, not entirely sure this wasn’t a set up.

“Yes… it isn’t true is it Trav?” Kay asked. Travis grabbed himself a chair and let out a sigh before sitting down. “Kaylessa. I’m sorry for everything. I regret it all, I wish I could take it back. I’m sorry for everything I caused…” He didn’t want to say the words out loud again, admit what type of monster he was. Kay frowned as Travis spoke, admitting it was true. “How? You are a nice guy, always nice to everyone.” She questions, not wanting to accept it. “You saved me from the lake.” She trailed off, confused.

Travis held his face in his hands as Kay spoke, it was a very much different conversation from what he experienced with Rosie, if that could even be called a conversation. “I know Kay. It’s because after being here I realized how much I care about y’all. Coming here changed me, opened my eyes, that you aren’t monsters. Just normal people, with family and family.”[/color] He pleaded to Kay, meaning every word he said.

Kay listened with sorrow in her eyes. Travis sounded and looked genuinely sorry, she could even see his eyes started to get watery, but he wiped his eyes before anything formed and went down his cheek. “Trav…” Kay started to speak. “I’m the monster here Kay. No matter the people I saved during the latest attack, helping Rosie, saving you. Nothing I can do will make up for the misery and chaos I caused.” He interrupted her and stood up, more of an emotional tone in his voice now.

Kaylessa could feel the emotional turmoil inside Travis and him venting, she assumed he had lent up feelings he probably hadn’t been able to release. She stood up quickly and went over to him and hugged him. “Travis. You’re sorry. I get that. I’m sorry you had to do these things, I know you feel terrible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change, that you didn’t change. When you first came here you didn’t really have friends, but at Christmas, you had all of us there, we were your friends and your family.” Kay said to him and stepped back.

“I’m sorry you have to leave, but know, we don’t all hate you.” Kaylessa went in and hugged him again. “But I don’t, and I think if the others wouldn’t if they knew how you felt…” Kay looked up at him. “Thank you for saving me Trav. I’m going to miss you.” She got up and headed for the door, she wanted to give Travis some time alone, finish packing or whatever else he needed.

Travis stayed quiet as Kay talked and gave her a hug back, staring at her, listening to what she was saying. He watched her walk toward the door but she stopped as she opened the door and looked back at him. “I forgive you Trav, I do.” She said before walking out and closing the door behind her. Travis nodded his head as he thanked Kaylessa before she left, sitting for a little bit with his thoughts.

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"If this is to end in fire, then we shall all burn together."

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"Happiness and kindness. The true currencies of our worlds."

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(Gone) "If you truly want peace, prepare for war."

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"Cause I could touch a hundred thousand souls, but none of them would ever feel like home."

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"wish I could see what it's like to be the blood in my veins."

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I am the shore and the ocean, awaiting myself on both sides.

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Nothing is worse than living like this, not even death.

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I am the shore and the ocean, awaiting myself on both sides.

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Hayden Byrne

"If this is to end in fire, then we shall all burn together."

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Jaiden Price

"A set of empty bones."

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Kaylessa Valven

"Happiness and kindness. The true currencies of our worlds."

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Violet Marsden

"I'm scared to live, but I'm scared to die."

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Phoenix Woods

"this thing could get the better of us if we let it."

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Travis Graveson

(Gone) "If you truly want peace, prepare for war."

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Camila De Santo

You have two choices - the hard way or the easy way. Just kidding. There's only my way.

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Neden Isimir

"Cause I could touch a hundred thousand souls, but none of them would ever feel like home."

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"Happiness and kindness. The true currencies of our worlds."

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Phoenix Woods

"this thing could get the better of us if we let it."

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Markus Valegood

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Neden Isimir

"Cause I could touch a hundred thousand souls, but none of them would ever feel like home."

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Hayden Byrne

"If this is to end in fire, then we shall all burn together."

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Trisstana Glasser

"The only thing you can trust, is the flow of a river."

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Elijah Patrov

Nothing is worse than living like this, not even death.

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Camila De Santo

You have two choices - the hard way or the easy way. Just kidding. There's only my way.

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Rosie Thompson

"wish I could see what it's like to be the blood in my veins."


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