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Milena Andonova

"The Audience's laughter is what I live for"

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a character in “Acapulco's Circus”, originally authored by FeistyDeadlySins, as played by RolePlayGateway

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The Devil Within by Digital Daggers
Tear you Apart

Personality: ♦ Sweet ♦ Caring ♦ Open minded ♦ Loyal ♦ Protective ♦ Trustworthy
(( W I P ))




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Age: 23
Actual Age: 500+
Nationality: Bulgarian
Species: Vampire
Home Sweet Home: Acapulco's Circus
Circus Rank: Is the one who now runs the Circus.
Talent:Healing Circus animals & Aerial dancer.

Why she joined the Circus: After an unknown man had turned her into the monster that she had no choice to become, Milena was left alone in the world. Not only did she have to fend for herself, but she also had to learn about everything that came with the new her. She had to leave her family, because the only thoughts she had of them, was to rip out their throats, and to drain them dry of their blood that she could hear pumping through their veins constantly. She managed to find a little waitress job in some diner that managed to pay the bill for her stay at the nearby motel. It wasn't five star, but it wasn't that bad either. Eventually, Milena would have to move yet again because people would get suspicious of why she was never aging.

One day in the week while at work, someone had come into the diner, and began to hand out flyers. There was a Circus that was opening up in the next couple of days, and straight away Milena knew that this was her big lucky break, and her ticket out of here that she had been waiting for. Circus's never stayed in one place for too long as they always traveled, so it was perfect. When she was little, she used to dream about the glamorous Circus life, and what it would be like to get a chance to shine under the colorful spotlights. Now she could make that dream come true. Her only concern was how she was going to control her urges to slaughter the entire circus, and she couldn't exactly tell them what she was, could she? they'd probably end up turfing her back onto the streets, and leave her out in the cold. She couldn't feel the weather anymore though, so being cold etc wasn't an issue. Milena was going to have to force herself to not eat someone. So in conclusion.. Milena joined to live her dream, to have a home, and to regain her humanity that was taken from her.




β™š "I lost my family because of you, and one day I'm going to kill you." β™š




βœ” Dustin
βœ” Sage
βœ” Dancing for the Audience
βœ” Healing Animals
βœ” Her powers
βœ” The other Carnies
βœ” Traveling
βœ” Spending time alone with Dustin
βœ” Music
βœ” Nature
βœ” Living forever
βœ” Helping others where she can
βœ— The rude, evil Ghosts
βœ— Being trapped by said Ghosts
βœ— The Ghosts harming anyone in the Circus, especially Dustin
βœ— People who are cruel to animals
βœ— Rude customers
βœ— People who come to the Circus to make fun of her family
βœ— Her maker
βœ— Screaming Children
βœ— Stakes
βœ— Fire
βœ— Sunlight
βœ— Witches who are able to fry her brain





β™š "I'm trying step back into the light. It's too lonely here in the Darkness." β™š




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Past / Present / Future: {{ WIP }}
Secrets: ♦ Knows about Sage being a Ghost ♦ Is a Vampire ♦ Has a huge crush on Dustin
Weaknesses: ♦ The Circus as they're her family ♦ Circus Animals ♦ Dustin ♦ Her best friend Sage


So begins...

Milena Andonova's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Sage Elliott Character Portrait: Mercy Underwood Character Portrait: Milena Andonova Character Portrait: Dustin Lingard Character Portrait: Cyrus Lauve
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Speech: Purple Thought: Teal
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What she's wearing: The Outfit β–ͺ Music: Trevor Morris - A Historic Love

The Past: Part 1

During the beginning of Autumn, the wealthiest family in Bulgaria had invited Milena's family to attend their ball. She had been to a couple before, but this wealthy family had a home fit for royalty. They had expensive looking furniture, deep red royal curtains that covered the windows in drapes, and real silverware. Milena's family were also noble, and very comfortable with money.. but nothing like this. The most expensive item that she wore tonight, was her jewelry that hung from her ears, and neck. They were a gift from the man she had been courting for a few years now, and they sparkled with every slight little movement she took. They were perfect, and a also a sign that she was soon to be engaged. Her heart was racing at just the mere thought of him proposing to her.

The room soon filled with a beautiful melody that came from an orchestra in the corner of the room, and people began to gently grab their partners before heading to the center of the room to dance. Their moves were graceful, and elegant as they seemed to glide over the polish marbled floor in their ball gowns fit for princesses. Even the men in the room looked like princes in their own attire. Just think, Milena had almost turned down her invitation tonight. Luckily she hadn't.. her lover had arrived.

Milena found it impossible to tear her eyes away from him as he made his way through the main archway. He was no doubt the most handsome man in the room, and even Bulgaria. Other women were looking at him as he made his way towards the one woman his heart was purely devoted to. "Hello." She said softly with a smile, causing her love to smile back in return, but much brighter. That same hello was the one she had given him the first time they had met. He took her hand in his delicately, then placed a kiss upon the back of her hand while bowing slightly to her, but his eyes remaining on hers as she gave a beautiful little curtsy. "My, Lady.. would you care to dance with a man that has had his heart stolen by you?" Ben had always been the charmer with his words. She chuckled. "It would be an honor, my Lord." so he lead her to the dance floor, and every woman in the room seemed to turn green with jealously, and Milena was smirking at that as she molded her delicate little frame to his manly build, now embracing each other lovingly as they slow dance the night away.

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The Past: Part 2
When the music stopped, Milena turned slightly to glance over her shoulder to see why the room had suddenly gone quiet. There was a man walking down the grand stairs, and the way everyone acted to his arrival, made him seem like he was royalty. "His name is Lord Tarkenton. I believe he came from England." Ben told her. "Why would he come to Bulgaria?" Ben took her hand, as he saw the other women practically swooning over the new comer. "He's looking for a wife. So I heard. He loves the European women." Milena remained close to her love as Lord Tarkenton made his way over to them, then bowed to Ben before he looked to the woman beside him. "So this is Lady Andonova." She curtsied politely to him, but remained at Ben's side. "The word of your beauty travels across the seas." he told her, but she didn't care for stories. "Now I see those stories are more than just rumors." Milena restrained herself from rolling her eyes. His words were not going to cause her to act like the other women who were in the room, practically falling over heels to just get a glance of him. "This is my fiance to be.. Lord Balakov." The man smiled at Ben. "I see. Well, I hope you both enjoy the rest of your evening." with that, he left them to return back to their dancing. "He seemed disappointed." Ben smirked, causing Milena to chuckle as they returned back to each others company.

"My love, would you accompany me out in the garden? I need to feel the fresh air upon my face." She was fanning herself with the little hand held fan that was attached around her wrist by a thick piece of string. It was a gift from her mother, and each little material'd blade was covered in a beautiful design, laced across the edges, and a peacock feather for the center piece. He nodded his head once to go with her, so she linked his arm, and headed outside with that man watching them closely.

Once out in the garden, she felt much cooler, and more relaxed. It was just too warm inside with the amount of guests that had shown up to the ball. So this was that mans new home? She wished her family could of come to enjoy the evening too, but they were on their honeymoon, and the invitation only allowed one person to be invited with the invited. This garden was beautiful with the amount of flowers around the large grounds, and other plants. Right in the center of it all, was a large beautifully carved fountain that flowed sparkling water over all of it's six tiers. It was of a woman in the nude that had long hair covering her breasts as her hand was pressed against the nose of the horse. But it wasn't just any horse, it was a beautiful majestic unicorn that she had heard stories about. People believed they were just myths, and legends, but Milena believed that she saw one once when she was just ten years old. Of course no one believed her, because children had a tendency for very vivid imaginations.

"I will love you forever." Ben told her as both of his hands cupped her face, causing her to look at him. Their eyes were deeply lost in one of another, before he slowly leaned in to kiss her. They closed their eyes, and began to slowly kiss one another passionately. She could feel how much he truly loved her, just by the way he held her like she was delicate, and the way his lips maneuvered with her own in unison. "I'm in love with you." She whispered on his lips. Next thing that happened.. she didn't expect. That man from earlier was behind Ben all of a sudden when they parted from their kiss, causing her to gasp in shock. She then covered her mouth quickly as she let out a scream as she watched him force his hand through Ben's chest, and tearing out his heart. Tears streamed down her eyes as she watched the light leave his eyes, then fell to the ground lifeless. Terrified, she ran from him with her hands lifting the front of her dress as she ran through the garden. Their was a back way to getting out of this place. She couldn't believe Ben was dead. She slipped into the maze nearby, and hid behind the foliage, silently crying so that monster couldn't find her. Her heart was breaking into a thousand pieces. It wasn't long until he found her, and grabbed her, covering her mouth with his hand so she couldn't scream.

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The Present

Milena had been in her office the entire time, working on paper work and waiting for the others to turn up so she could interview them. As the clock ticked away in the background, Milena wrote down everything that needed to be dealt with into her planner. Today was going to be busy if people turned up to work with her. This Circus was in desperate need of new performers.

The second she stepped outside of her office to get some fresh air, she froze on the spot. It looked like she had seen a ghost. One of the new comers looked exactly like her past love, like he was the doppelganger of him. No, I'm just stressed from such a long day. He's not there.. he's not. she thought, and closed her eyes for a moment, waiting for him to disappear. But he didn't. Milena couldn't move. She remembered waking up as something she didn't understand, some kind of monster that hungered for blood. She had returned to where her boyfriend lay dead on the ground, his heart missing from his chest. As she held him in her arms, she was begging him to come back to her as she rocked herself, and him. "Please.. come back. I can't live without you. I need you. I love you, I love you so much." she sobbed, and leaned down, kissing him one last time before that monster inside of her woke again. She flipped off her humanity, and headed straight to the ball. It was a complete blood bath with thousands of bodies inside the building, and out, but the one she really wanted to kill was long gone. She'd find him one day, because she was determined to rip out his own heart, just like he did to Ben.

She didn't notice that she was staring at him at first, but managed to call out to him. ".. you remind me of someone I used to know. What's your name?"

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Character Portrait: Sage Elliott Character Portrait: Mercy Underwood Character Portrait: Milena Andonova Character Portrait: Dustin Lingard Character Portrait: Cyrus Lauve
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P A S T
P A R T † O N E
Mercy stood at the foot of her stairs looking up at the home before her, just wishing that she would become lucky enough one day to own a place just as luxurious as this one. But of course, with her family being in poverty, she knew that wasn't going to happen for a very long time, probably not even in her life time. Everything in London always seemed to come much harder, no matter what your dreams seemed to be. This was something she learned to get used to as she grew older.

As she stood there, staring up at the house, Mercy spotted a very attractive man stick his head out the window, he spotted her. Immediately her heart skipped a beat and she darted in the other direction. But soon enough he called out to her, "Hey, wait!" were the only words she heard before she suddenly found herself skidding to a halt. The reasons why she actually listened to what he had to say were unknown to her, but it felt like something she should do.

Mercy returned to her spot on the sidewalk, being careful to be out of the way of carriages as they sped by. The last thing she wanted to do was disturb a horse and get trampled. The blonde stood there, waiting on the wealthy male to approach her. Finally after a couple very long moments he stepped out of the home. "Why were you staring at my house?" he questioned. Mercy shrugged her shoulders before answering his question. "I was just imagining what it would be like to be wealthy, to be out of poverty. I'm sorry I disturbed you," she stated before turning on her heels and started to cross the street once more.

The next thing she knew she was knocked unconscious, by what, she wasn't exactly sure of.
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P A S T
P A R T † T W O
Mercy awoke to the sound of women's whispers. Her hazel eyes slowly opened and began glancing around at the room she was in. The entire room looked futuristic, unknown, everything was different. There were loud noises outside the building that didn't seem to make any sense to her. The women were wearing skirts that showed their ankles, that was definitely looked down upon! She wasn't sure what was going on, where she was. The last thing she remembered was crossing the street from that man's luxurious home.

"She's awake," a thick, blonde woman stated to the others as she began making her way to the side of the bed. "Good afternoon Miss Mercy. Happy for you to join us," the woman stated. Mercy slowly sat up as she looked between the three women circling her bed. "Um, where exactly am I?" "Oh darling, you're still in London. You were past out for a long time now. A couple hundred years come to think of it, that's what Master said," the younger looking brunette chimed in. She looked as if she were in her mid teens. "And who is this Master?" she questioned just as the male she remembered stepped into the room.

"Ah, you're finally awake," he glanced at the women and spoke once more, "Leave. I need to speak to this woman in private." The three women did just as they were asked and left the room, closing the door behind them. "What did you do to me?" Mercy demanded.

The tall, bleach blonde male before her let out a soft chuckle before answering her question. "Why, all I did was give you what you wanted. I stopped your aging process and brought you to the future in order for you to live out a life that you always wanted. All that's left for you to do is go out and pursue said life."
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P R E S E N T
Mercy let out a calming sigh as she stood in front of the circus. She heard they were taking interviews for new performers and she figured that she mind as well give it a shot. Besides, she mind as well put her fire abilities to some good use. She was already really great at fire dancing, she could go for that position. The blonde shrugged her shoulders and stepped foot onto the grounds and began roaming her way through the circus, following the arrows and signs pointing to the office where the interviews were to be taken.

As she made her way through the grounds, all the tents, rides, concession stands, and activity booths all stood out to her. Every person who run these things were going to become the people she spent most of her time with if she gets this job. Was it really going to be worth all of this? Was this the place that was finally going to make her happy? Honestly at this point, she wasn't even completely sure.

After a couple minutes, she approached the office and took a seat on one of the benches outside the tent with the other interviewees.

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P A S T
Playing in Club...Impacto...

Through the dull thudding of the club's beat, there was smashing of glass, a few woman screaming and patrons running for the exit, the sound of knocking of furniture until Dustin was booted out of the window. "Shit," he groaned and tried to sit up but coughed and collapsed giving up. He had been super booted in the chest and out the window onto the cold gravel and winded. It was a good thing he took a liking to leather otherwise the glass could have been it's own threat. The bouncer stood over him, covering his vision of the clear night sky and it was obvious that Dusting was out of his hand verse hand fighting depth. The man standing over him was a beast, huge and stern. Your stereotypical "biggest intimidating guy you can get" type of person. Dustin pulled out his knife from his jacket and stabbed him in his left leg causing the bouncer to fall to his knees shouting out in the night. Dustin bought himself to sit up and whacked his elbow into the back of his skull until his opponent collapsed. He tried to give himself deep breaths to recover but pretty soon gun shots were heard, tinking against the dumpster so Dustin had to move. Dustin snatched the bouncer's gun and fired his own shots in self-defense and as was protocol. He squinted into the night assuring the night was silent as it should be and fittingly had one more bullet. Dustin licked his dry lips and shot the bouncer in the head.



He stood with his hands behind his back listening to his boss, or more so "respected leader", complain about the casualties involved in Dustin's latest hit. Rich client. Didn't follow orders. Disappointment. Drama and hell. Leave. Leave!?
"I was under the influence that we were to eliminate witnesses at any expense in order to keep our very illegal, unappreciated business flowing. I didn't have any leverage over them," he justified.
"Just get out. You've made a bloody mess."
If it was going to be that way, Dustin didn't want to waste his time. Heck, he could probably start his own personal business. He was practically one of the best. He headed to the doorway.
"If people come here asking questions, I will not hesitate to give your identity," he forewarned.
Dustin contemplated his words for a moment, finding his fists clenched slightly but he resumed to leave the office and warehouse in turn.




Dustin was a grudging man or at least a man who wasn't a fan of threats, understandably. And the problem was, other than the complete lack of courtesy and threat of sharing his identity with cops and other potential foes, Dustin knew it'd dwell equally on their mind. 'We just fired our best hitman who also knows all of our secrets. What are we going to do?' So rather than a constant reversing game of cat and mouse, he decided to play cat and bomb.
Pressing the red c4 button, he justified to himself that it was kind of fair. It was their home territory, there were a pack of them and only one of him so they had their chance and they blew it. He snorted a little at his bad thought pun, as he watched the warehouse erupt in flame from his distant car.
He sighed out gently through his nose. He should've felt a wave of relief wash over him or a great deal of satisfaction for laying his new enemies to rest or something but something else begged it was only the beginning.Even he knew that wouldn't be all of his former colleagues. Some of them would be out for a hit or drink, or harassing their wives and other women in bars, but he had got most of them. And he didn't feel bad.

For a few years he resumed work. It was slow much to his dislike but work nonetheless. He couldn't exactly put a hitman ad in the newspaper for people to dial their horrible bosses, parents or fiances away. One job, was too close for comfort. An old, very much alive colleague had met Dustin, posing as the target, but the clever thing was ready for a fight. Dustin with nothing but easy cases so far, was not. He had been under the radar for a good long while finding life disturbingly peaceful and he weren't about to ruin it by being pursued and having to check his back.

So during that time, he had some self reflection time. Killing never gave him an overly guilty conscience but maybe it couldn't hurt to start over but remain untraceable. Or at least hard to track. Go figure a circus was in town and leaving soon. But how popular could a circus be? Surely there were vacancies even at an inappropriate time if he acted desperate enough. Before he had the chance, a dagger was thrown in his back."You think you're clever and sly. You're not. This is for destroying my life" he twisted the knife in his back slowly but firmly. "You ruined everything. Selfish. Arrogant." He twisted with each insult then began kicking and hitting Dustin until he was satisfied. "You deserve a slow long death", he hissed.

Frankly, as Dustin tried to crawl forth to a tent, to a caravan for some assistance, he believed it. He did deserve a painful death. It was karma at it's finest. Men and women figures crowded over him, enclosing him in tight circle as they stared down at him expectantly. "You aren't one of us." Whatever they were discussing among themselves started to become faint as Dustin's vision was fading and his head became weaker barely being able to hold upright. "We can use him! Surely you want to live! You're an ambitious and ruthless man and you can help us. Much like you, we have unfinished business to attend to. You keep the circus alive and running and we'll save you." He thought it a poor joke even in his last moments. But what else could he have to lose?

Dustin found himself standing and restored, blinking rapidly and slightly distorted by the miracle, looking at all the figures that had surrounded him before. "We dictate who lives and dies here." A woman justified. "Do you remember our terms?" Dustin nodded. "But first, I have my own unfinished business. If you'd be so kind..." he added, giving her a pointed look. She smiled rather delighted in the idea. "Of course. He can become our greatest ally," she said lowly to herself and pack of ghosts.



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He wandered around unsurely though it was all the same. The circus. He just felt it better to reacquaint himself with the set up and caravans and tents and familiarize himself with his new home. Even though he didn't deserve it in complete honesty...a pulse that was or home to use as part of a deal with ghosts or something.

Dustin turned his head to the woman calling out to him, his brows furrowing lightly in confusion. He opened his mouth, unsure which approach to go for. In his line of business it was dangerous for someone to claim he looked familiar or around those lines, such as "reminding him of someone". He only shook his head lightly in response to the sweet woman. "Just a stranger!" he called back then walked closer to her as she prompted for his name. If they were to engage in conversation it should be somewhat more civilly and low-key."Uh, it's Dustin," he replied when he was an appropriate distance apart. "And I'm looking for the owner?" He held up a little flyer, perking his brows up expectantly for some direction and a hopeful little smile.

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"Uh, it's Dustin, And I'm looking for the owner?"
She couldn't help but grin with a little chuckle, his face expression was amusing. Even though he wasn't Ben, Dustin had so many similarities in his personality to him, and that was the most confusing part. She took the flyer from him gently, turned it over in her hand as she gave it a once over, admiring her own work. "Nice to meet you, Dustin, and you've found her." she finally told him, handing back the flyer to him with her warm chocolate eyes looking up to him with a soft, inviting smile. She couldn't take her eyes off of him, and she was really happy that life had given her such luck Finally. Who ever was up there in the Heavens, they sure liked her, because why else would they reincarnate someone she loved with every inch of her soul. Ben was her life. He was everything to her.

"The interviews are taking place in my office over there," she pointed out. "So if you just wait with the others, I will get to you as soon as possible--" she cut off for a moment and noticed her best friend Sage running off, but no one else would be able to see her unless she wanted them to see her. "There's someone else waiting too, so.. mind keeping her company until I get back? there's.. something I have to deal with."

She left him for the moment, and headed towards the big top where Sage had vanished, then went into the back where the animals were caged. She was with Zari. Milena didn't want to startle her, so she spoke gently to her. "Sage? is everything okay? what happened?"

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The moment Sage began to hear someone coming into the tent she quickly sniffled back the tears, bringing her hands up to wipe the trails they had made down her cheeks. Preparing to make up some lie about sneaking Zari treats like she often did or whatever came to her mind. She heard, "Sage? is everything okay? what happened?" before she saw anyone. But she let out a sigh of relief, slouching back against the bars of the cage, not worrying about her friend seeing her cry. She had before, and it probably wasn't the last time. Glancing over to Zari, she gave the lion a soft kiss on the head, and a quick pet before slipping out of the cage, locking it behind her.

"I... I saw a ghost from my past." It took her a second before she realized what she said. A brow raising, and her face twisting before she busted out in a slight laugh, "I wasn't even intending that irony." Her smile faded slightly though when she came back to the thought of the point she was trying to get across to Milena. Taking a deep breath, she stepped closer to her friend, wanting to keep the news under hushed whispers, "I saw him... The Magician." Her expression showed the fear and worry that she felt, "I can handle evil ghosts. But-" Sage couldn't even finish her sentence, bringing her hand up to cover her quivering lips, trying to fight the flood of tears from returning.

After a long pause she once again remembered that she was supposed to help with the interviews. Face palming with an aggravated sigh, "Oh God Mil, I'm sorry. I was literally on my way to help you when I saw him." Inhaling deeply, she brought her hands up to wipe back the tears and pat color back into her cheeks. Quickly changing her sadden demeanor to a light hearted smile. She was good at doing that, flipping a switch and changing her emotions to mask what she was truly feeling. She had too. She couldn't make herself easily readable because the more people who know about her, the more vulnerable she is but even worse... The more danger her friends are in. "Alright, Let's go!" She headed towards the exit of the tent, glancing over her shoulder towards her friend. "Anyone look promising?"

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As far as first impressions went, he felt it went pretty good and there was perhaps charm in the air, but rather quickly the mood seemed to shift, he had almost been dismissed. Dustin had to act a polite smile as he obeyed his new boss and headed to where Milena had pointed, next to the other young woman and potential new recruit. He hoped they were looking for more than a few acts and staff, because many others would be more comfortable in the environment than him and therefore suit it. Dustin had no back-up plan if he weren't hired and a deal was a deal.

"Hey," he said with a smile, taking seat on the outside of the waiting girl and holding out a hand. "You done this before?" Dustin didn't know what to expect. An audition or interview or what was involved in the whole process? So he was hoping to be assured with an idea or two of what might be involved from the woman next to him.

Dustin was slightly disturbed by the tune the speakers played over the grounds but shrugged it off. It made them sound eccentric and like they embraced individuality, the absurd and the dark. Maybe his odds were good.

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As Mercy sat there in silence, surveying the land around her, she found herself being accompanied by a tall, dark and handsome type. She couldn't believe someone like him would be interested in working at a circus, but then again, who was she to judge? She had reasons of being here herself, some reasons she wasn't even completely sure of herself. The silence between the two of them was suddenly broken by his voice, "Hey, you done this before?" When she turned her attention to him fully, she noticed that he was holding his hand out to her.

The blonde gave him a friendly smile and placed her hand in his to shake it as she gave a response, "No, I haven't. I'm Mercy Underwood," she stated as she then removed her hand from his and placed it back in her lap. For some reason she felt as if there was something very strange going on with this man. Ever since she received her powers those many years ago she was able to pick up on different details about a person. This man, he was different, in what way, she wasn't completely sure of. It kind of made her feel a bit on edge. With her past, she had reason to feel this way.

She tucked her bangs behind her ears with a sigh as she situated herself on the bench so she could be comfortable. Mercy wondered what was keeping the owner, Milena was her name, right? She wasn't completely sure if she remembered her name correctly, but until she finds out for sure, that's what she would be calling her.

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About two years ago Cyrus stood on the cages of the Circus with a page of newspaper in his hand. It was a article telling about the sad event happened during the show. Their lion tamer faced his death in mysterious accident and now the Circus had to put the lion down. Cyrus was determined to step up and stop this from happening.

He had already called the owner Milena who agreed to meet him. After a short interview Milena took him to the cage. Inside was the most beautiful female lion Cyrus had ever seen. His heart was immediately on the lions side and he wanted to help the animal every way he could. He stepped closer to the cage and Zari rose her head. ”So you're Zari, eh? Nice to meet you. I'm Cyrus.” he said smiling softly. ”I'm sorry for your lost. I'm sure your previous tamer was a great man.” He kept speaking to the animal softly not wanting to scare it. Slowly he reached his hand towards it between the bars her palm facing up to show he wasn't a threat. He didn't touch the animal just wanted to see it's reaction. Cyrus kept talking to her and waited. After a while Zari rose it's head over his hand opening its jaws showing it sharp teeth. Before Cyrus was able to pull his hand away from Zari it licked his palm. Laughing he smiled and petted his new friend. ”Aren't you a teaser?”





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As nearly every morning Cyrus had been awake since early morning but he was used to it while working at farm. The fog on the fields of Circus that circled around just before sunrise and the fresh air – He had always loved them. The coldness didn't bother him either, even though he was wearing nothing but a pair old, worn out jeans and boots. Working with his hands guaranteed he would stay warm and get sweaty in few minutes. Even if he was the Lion tamer he helped to take care of other animals as well since that was he had always done. He was just about to finish his work with the horses and petting each of their head walked out of the stables to the other end of the circus with a mop in his hand. For safety reasons Zari was kept away from the other animals – it was a predator after all.

Cyrus always ended his morning round with Zari since then he was able to spend most of the time with the female Lion. He truly loved it and had a feeling she shared the same feeling. As he got closer he walked past Milena and Sage wishing them both good morning. ”You better not to hire someone on my place Milena. Or I might come after you with this” he joked rising the mop in his hand and smiled knowing she probably wouldn't. "And Sage. You look promising today." He winked with a smile.

Cyrus opened the cage where Zari was and kissed its head. "Morning, beautiful. How are you today?" Zari yawned. "Tired eh? Well I still have to clean your home." He was chatting with the lion already ignoring the two women behind him.

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She had felt bad for leaving Dustin so abruptly like that, but there would be plenty of times where she wouldn't be so busy flitting around the Circus grounds. Plus, she couldn't just leave her friend without checking on her.

Milena could not believe what she was listening to. So the same magician that had taken her friends life was here at the Circus? it wasn't possible, was it? "Are you sure? because you've been working so hard lately. You may be under stress, and just.. need to relax a little." If Sage was going to say it was true, then Milena would take her word for it, and trust her. Sage was the only person she did trust, apart from Cyrus. She could trust him also with the both of them being like family.

"Oh God Mil, I'm sorry. I was literally on my way to help you when I saw him." Milena didn't mind that she got side tracked, especially with this. If it was true!? then it was slightly more important than a couple of interviews, because what Sage had told her about him? concluded that he was a very dangerous man who wasn't to be underestimated, or taken a fool of. "It's fine. Don't worry about it." She reassured her softly. "Alright, Let's go!" Milena followed her, and smiled at her question, "Anyone look promising?" They both did. At the moment, both look promising.. and.. one looks like Ben." Milena had told her friend about the past before, so she'd know who she was on about.

As the both of them headed towards Milena's office, they passed Cyrus on the way, and wishing him a good morning back before she laughed at his comment. "Don't worry, Cyrus, you'll always have that job. The animals have grown attached to you therefore they trust you, so I trust you." she linked arms with Sage as they carried on to walk.

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"Are you sure? because you've been working so hard lately. You may be under stress, and just.. need to relax a little." Milena questioned. She didn't blame her, it was definitely hard to believe for sure. But the one face you don't forget is the one of the person responsible for your death. Sage stepped closer to Milena to speak in hushed tones incase someone was near by, "I know what I saw. He was standing before me as clear as you are... He laughed as I ran away." She couldn't mask the fear in her eyes, "If he's here... I have no idea what other souls are trapped here. So many have died here." She made a plan to talk to Mil about it later when they had more time to be alone, but as of right now they had newbies to interview.

As they began to head back towards Milena's office, Sage froze mid step when her friend said, "...One looks like Ben." She couldn't hide the grin that slowly began to creep onto her face, nudging Mil in the shoulder with her elbow, "Heyyy... That could be promising." She laughed softly, before leaning in to whisper in her ear, "Is he hot?"

Just after taunting her friend, Cyrus walked past heading towards the animals' ”You better not hire someone in my place Milena. Or I might come after you with this” Then he held up the mop, Sage couldn't help but chuckle, "Becareful... 'You'll shoot your eye out kid'!" Before he headed towards Zari, Cyrus added, "And Sage. You look promising today." Sage couldn't help but blush slightly at the comment and wink, while giggling softly. When she heard him mention about Zari being tired she called out over her shoulder to him before Mil and her went towards the office, "That's my fault... we were snuggling!"

Not paying 100% attention to Milena, the first time she tried to link arms with Sage it just passed right through her. Her eyes widened, "Oh shit, sorry." She whispered followed by a chuckle. She then hooked her arm with Mil, this time her arm was actually "there." "Let's go intimidate some newbies!" She grinned evilly towards her companion as they headed towards the interviewees.

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Mercy, as she had introduced herself, was a polite girl but he detected slight discomfort in her. He weren’t expecting to get talked at by the woman but some further need for conversation usually dwelled on in the mind of humans for communication. Especially since they were stuck waiting together for a chance of employment. He had experienced it enough times at a bar waiting for a drink.

Well, if she weren’t going to talk some more he might as well fill in the silence. β€œMy name’s Dustin,” he said at last catching on to how he had been sub-consciously reluctant to offer his own name. A name for a name seemed fair after all and that may have been why she was distrusting to engage in conversation. A man who didn’t give his identity had a lot to hide. Besides, there was no real harm in just handing her a name. However, at the same time, he thought her a little peculiar. She didn't want to look twice at Dustin.

So rather than attempting for poor conversation or analyzing Mercy to try figure her out, his blue eyes flickered up and he looked on. Through the maze of the circus grounds he caught a glimpse of two ladies. One of which had been the owner, he talked to for seconds and her companion. He had a bad feeling she was more like a partner in crime, and best friend they way they walked arm in arm. Which meant, rather than an interview, it'd feel like an interrogation with two pairs of eyes staring them down. That is, if they came to the office and didn't take a sudden detour. Not that he could even complain as fresh blood.

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Milena believed every word that Sage was saying because she trusted her. Anything was possible at this circus, there was no question about that, and to this day!? she still believes that some of the previous members to the circus didn't just pass away from natural causes. There was more to it probably, but she wasn't about to play detective as she had a lot to do today, especially with the two new arrivals. "Is he hot?" That made Milena chuckle as she lightly bumped her hip against her as they made their way towards the interviewees.

It had been a while since she had done this part of the job, so she wasn't sure how she was going to do, but, it still had to be done. You'll be fine.. just take your time, relax, speak clearly, and be polite. she was silently telling herself within the confinements of her own head. Once they were there, Dustin, and Mercy were waiting patiently. It looked as though the two were awkwardly sitting next to each other. "Sorry to keep you waiting," Milena unhooked her friends arm, and stuck out her hand gently for Mercy, and Dustin to shake. "Sage will take Mercy, and I'll take Dustin." She turned her head to Sage, and smiled softly before her attention was back on Dustin. "If you would like to follow me." with that, she lead the way to her office. There was two interview rooms there, so there was no chance of disrupting each other.

She opened her office door which lead to a organized room that was draped in materiel, making it look like the inside of the big top, and there was many glass cabinets on the far wall that was filled with many trophies that the Circus had earned over the years. Acapulco had once been the most magnificent Circus of them all, and she was determined to get it back to how it once was. It needed its reputation to survive.

She offered Dustin a seat that was sat just across from her with a desk that separated them. She took a seat herself with a slightly open window that was behind her, allowing the fresh air to circulate around the room with it being quite warm out this morning. "So tell me, Dustin, why do you want to be apart of this Circus? and what talents do you think would be a good asset to us?" she waited patiently for his reply as she relaxed in her seat.

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"Sorry to keep you waiting," Milena said to the newbies while unhooking her arm from Sage's, then added, "Sage will take Mercy, and I'll take Dustin."Her friend looked towards her with a smile, Sage wanted to soooo badly tease her friend Uh, sure you take the hottie that looks like a past lover. She shook her head trying not to laugh, before shifting her attention to the woman Milena called Mercy, "Hello, Mercy is it? I am Sage. It's a pleasure to meet you." She extended her right hand towards the girl. Once the introductions were over, she motioned for the girl to follow her, "This way." She held open the doorway curtain to an adjacent tent, glancing over her shoulder, her eyes widened when she saw Zari heading towards them. "If you wouldn't mind waiting in here for just one moment, I have to taken of a pressing matter."

Once Mercy was inside and couldn't see what Sage was doing, she pivoted on her heels and jogged over towards the lion. When she was close enough she came to a sliding halt on her knees, bringing her hands up to rub the large cat's ears, "What are you doing out here little miss?" Zari took no hesitation to plopping down on the ground right there, resting her massive head in Sage's lap. She began to pet her head, "Cyrus won't be too happy with you wondering you know that?" The lioness was smart and knew a bit of what she was saying as she looked up Sage and began to purr. "Yeah, yeah. I missed you too."

Sage continued to pet Zari, keeping her calm and happy, assuming Cyrus would appear any moment looking for his lost companion. Zari was no where near mean, well at least to her but she had no idea how the girl would act around new comers even though Sage sensed that she was just curious as to who else was here, nothing more. But she had no idea what Mercy or Dustin would think of a massive lion roaming about the grounds. They didn't need to scare off the few people interested in joining, this circus needed more talent if it is to keep a float. With a sigh Sage watched the lion get heavy eyed in her lap, "That's a good girl," She whispered while caressing the lioness' head with her hand.

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"My name is Dustin," she heard him respond. The witch nodded her head at his words just as she spotted Milena and another woman walking arm in arm towards the two of them. The women looked quite close, that was something she always wanted with someone, but sadly throughout the many, many years she has lived she never once had a best friend or anyone who really cared about her as much as the two of them seemed to care about each other.

"Sorry to keep you waiting. Sage will take Mercy, and I'll take Dustin," the owner stated just as Mercy nodded her head at her words with a polite smile before glancing over at the other woman before them. Her name has obviously got to be Sage. "Hello, Mercy is it? I am Sage. It's a pleasure to meet you." Sage extended her right hand towards Mercy and she met the woman half way with her left hand. "Yes," she responded with a soft smile upon her face.

Once the introductions were over, she motioned for Mercy to follow her, "This way." She held open the doorway curtain to an adjacent tent. Just as Mercy stepped into the tent she began looking around. As she was taking in her surroundings, her interviewer drew her attention back, "If you wouldn't mind waiting in here for just one moment, I have to taken of a pressing matter." "Yes, of course. Go take care of what you need to. I'll be right here," she stated just before Sage took off.

Once Mercy was left alone in the tent, she began walking around, looking at all of the pictures on the desk and the antiques on the tables and shelves, everything reminded her of all the history she lived through. "Mercy," a dark, familiar voice grabbed her attention.

The woman turned on her heels and focused all of her attention upon the man in front of her. "Davis. What are you doing here? I told you I don't want anything to do with you," she demanded. This man ruined her life, much more than she thought it ever could have been ruined. All Mercy wished for was a better life, not one that she had to live with for the rest of eternity. Many times she has tried to kill herself, but apparently whatever Davis told her was true. She could only die by someone else's hands.

"It's important. This place isn't safe, you've got to get out of here." "Thank you, but I think I can take care of myself."

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He shook hands with the woman, less than pleased to have been waiting in such circumstances, but wore his civil greeting card. Dustin followed Milena as she had prompted and nodded to Sage in acknowledgement before they went into a different room. He eyed the place she had going for herself and it looked like the circus had seen it's glory days by the trophies gleaming proudly in their transparent cabinet. At some stage of absorbing his surroundings, his butt had found the interview seat opposite the owner and he looked to her as she spoke, getting right into interview process. No, "you look like this man", or, "how are you?" just business.

Dustin couldn't help but evaluate his chances of employment. The circus was something she obviously held dear to her, like her baby which meant she'd be pretty protective but if he looked like a good familiar face...she might be more inclined to give him an opportunity. Dustin opened his mouth to answer the beautiful brunette with delay, much like a taken fool. "I'm really passionate about the circus industry. I think it needs to thrive, as they have the capacity to. And not just any circus but Acapulco Circus." Dustin tapped his lips, trying to hide the smirk that grew, until he chuckled. That was such a tacky speech. Dustin placed his arms on the desk that separated them. "Um, no." Dustin looked up to Milena. "In reality I just really need a job and a new start, you know?" For a moment his eyes scanned hers before he averted his gaze to his own hands that clenched uncomfortably. "But I'm not totally useless. It appears I have some pretty good marksmen skills," he confessed.

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Sage smiled down at the big snuggler when Cyrus showed up saying, ”But Zari, are you trying to make me jealous? You know I wouldn't mind laying my head on Sage's lap.” She glanced up beneath her brunette locks, smiling towards him, "My lap is a high honored position. Only the best of the best can rest their head here. Isn't that right girl?" She rubbed Zari's ears before leaning down to give her a kiss on the muzzle. Sage would have been happier staying right there with her fluffy buddy and Cyrus. She always seemed to disappear to the animal tent with the 2 of them when she felt overwhelmed and she definitely was at the time. But she was hiding it well. As much as she wanted to share her secrets with him she couldn't. If anything it'd just put him in danger.

As Sage moved the lioness' head off her lap she heard Cyrus say ”You know, she really likes you. Probably even more than me” She couldn't hide the blush that grew on her cheeks as she moved to her feet, dusting off her pants. "I'm pretty sure Milena has you both beat." She peered over at him with a playful smirk. ”Thanks for stopping her. I'm sorry for the trouble but she sneaked out while I was cleaning her cage. Probably smelled the new people. But, yeah, thanks. I don't know what would happen if they or Milena had seen her first.” She shrugged her shoulders, "It's alright. She's just a curious girl. Milena probably wouldn't have been upset but I don't know how newbies would handle a large lion just strolling through the grounds." Cyrus added one more thing before heading back to the animal tent, ”Come on my Lion Queen. Let's leave Sage back to work. Have fun with the newbies. I'll see you later and you can tell me how it went?” She nodded her head, "I'll come by when it's all over. Sneak my girl some treats." She smirked before giving Zari one final kiss.

She then turned back towards the tent where Mercy waited, sprinting back towards it and entering in through the opening in the doorway, "I'm so sorry. A lion... Well she was out and I didn't know you or the other guy were about wild animals, but freaking out just scares her. But she knows me so I kept her company until the tamer showed up." Sage saw no reason in lying, especially when this girl might be working there. She motioned for Mercy to take a seat in a chair, while she herself took a seat a few feet away. "So, what made you interested in the Circus?" She smiled, "And what new talent would you bring?"

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She could of thanked the heavens for bringing this man to her Circus, and even more so the way he carried himself with his handsome, dashing looks. Milena had gotten straight down to business because she didn't want the poor man to think that she was a psychopath for being so obsessed as to finding out every little detail about him. She had only met him for five minutes or so. Her stomach was knotting with nerves.. she had never been so nervous in her entire life. "I'm really passionate about the circus industry. I think it needs to thrive, as they have the capacity to. And not just any circus but Acapulco Circus." as she listened to him closely, she found her arms upon her desk, leaning a little towards him as if she was straining to hear him a little, but she was busy watching how his lips danced over his little speech for just a quick moment so it didn't look like she was staring. She smiled warmly at him, and gently flickered her eyes up to his.

Dustin placed his arms on the desk that separated them. "Um, no." Dustin looked up to Milena. "In reality I just really need a job and a new start, you know?" Milena nodded to him, shuffling forward a little in her seat, then watched his eyes scan hers before he averted his gaze to his hands that clenched uncomfortably, and Milena smirking a little. She thought he was adorable, and she was already impressed by him, so hopefully Sage liked Mercy just as much. Cyrus was already a fantastic addition to their family, and Milena knew all too well of his crush on Sage. It was cute. "But I'm not totally useless. It appears I have some pretty good marksmen skills," he confessed. Milena raised her brows. "Can you.. demonstrate for me please?" she asked him politely, and excitedly, wanting to see. "If there's anything you need!? - I'll get it for you."



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"Can you.. demonstrate for me please? If there's anything you need!? - I'll get it for you." Thrilled as he was to see her excitement for his live demonstration, he was unsure if it were a skill to publicly flaunt. Perhaps he could arrange a test for a test though where in either option he would be inclined to get the outcome he wanted while learning more of Milena. She should, typically either disagree with his chosen scenario, do it with her adrenaline pumping so she didn't ask too many more questions, or pass him on to another demonstration. Either way with a flustered heart and head, she should be inclined to pass him through to employment. People loved to be thrilled. "Well, how would you feel about being my volunteer? Just in here so there's no fuss. I can work with a pen and apple?" Resourcefulness was always a plus in the line of employment. He was glad the suggestion had slipped his mouth as well as pleasantly surprised.

Dustin rose from his seat, dusting his butt off, preparing for the boss's call. "You never formally introduced yourself by the way," he added with a quirky smirk to her.

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"Well, how would you feel about being my volunteer? Just in here so there's no fuss. I can work with a pen and apple?" She definitely liked him already, because he could work with whatever there was around him, and that could one day come in handy if he wanted to shock his audience even more with his skills. "Absolutely." She told him confidently. She was a vampire after all, so it wasn't like anything was going to harm her unless he aimed at her heart. Then again.. getting a pen to go through a chest cavity while being human was going to be quite impossible anyway.

Milena got the apple and the pen from her desk, then wandered around to where he was with them in her hand as he rose from his seat. A smile was stuck in place as she came much closer to him with his requested items. "You never formally introduced yourself by the way," her smile slowly faded a little. She realized that her manners the entire time had gone out of the window. She felt bad also for acting strangely odd, so she furrowed her brows, parted her lips, and gently began to apologize. "You're right.. I am truly sorry. My head is high up in the clouds today. I'm Milena." She moved to hold the pen with the apple in the same hand, and held out her free hand for him. "Milena Andonova."

When the interviews are over, Milena was going to have to assign everyone with some chores, because the Circus was lacking grounds keepers for now. In all honesty? she was nervous, what if she couldn't get this show back on the road? what if the previous owners were disappointed in her way of running things? - while mentally shaking her inner thoughts away, Milena paid attention to Dustin again.

All of a sudden.. the room went extremely cold, because the warm air from her mouth had come out like a cloud of smoke. With her body still facing Dustin, her eyes turned slightly to the right, and up at the clock that hung on the wall. The hands were slowly moving by themselves, and didn't stop until the clock began to chime six times. Was that a sign for something? she'd have to mention this to Sage later on, and they'd have to keep it to themselves for now. Especially from the new comers. Milena didn't want to scare them off with the thought of this place being haunted. Maybe they were into that sort of thing? still.. she couldn't take the risk. This Circus was in dire need of attention and spotlight again.

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Cyrus woke up when hearing Zari growl and stare in the corner of the tent. ”What is it girl? Seeing ghosts?” He joked. Immediately one of the tent's support came crushing down, Zari let out loud, scared meow. ”HOLY SHIT!” Cyrus yelled as the dust on the ground was now flowing on the air. He stared the sight for a bit trying to realize what had happened. It had only been one grider from the corner so the tent itself stayed still up and no much harm was done.

He shook his head in disbelief. How could a sturdy structure fall apart that easily? The farm where he had lived had nothing but wooden buildings and he had never seen anything like that. He breathed rapidly, his heart was racing fast. ”Okay, calm down, it was just an accident.” he spoke aloud and kneeled next to Zari that was going wild. ”Hey, calm down kitty.” Cyrus spoke gently and calming while petting her. ”Nothing is going to happen, I know you're scared but we will fix that and it's going to be a good as new.”

After Zari was getting calmer, Cyrus opened the cage and put her on a leash. Something her didn't like to do but right now it was safer to get both of them out. He had to find someone who could tell if the tent was safe or not before letting Zari back there. Who knew when the next piece would fall down. He walked outside with her heading back of the tent looking the corner. To him it didn't seem like vandalism. Of course it was a possibility but he couldn't believe it and thought it just as an accident. Shrugging he he headed to Milena's office Zari following him in the leash.

He knocked on the wood and peeked in holding Zari behind him. "Hey, sorry to disturb, we were having a bit of situation over there. The tent fell apart. Well partly." Zari let out a growl like protesting the bad condition where she was supposed to live. Cyrus looked over at the man she had been in with. "Hello, I'm Cyrus, Lion tamer. The one hiding behind me is Zari. And I don't know if that witch" he smirked joking, "is going to let you join but nice to meet you anyways."

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Sage sat forward in her chair, resting her chin in the palm of her hand as she watched the girl begin to dance around with the flames. She couldn't help but be curious as to where the flames came from though. With no evidence of matches or a lighter, she wondered if it was magic. She battled internally between asking the Mercy or just letting it slide. But by the time she finished her little preview of her capabilities, Sage being the polite person she was, clapped her hands with a smile. "Wonderfully executed." Deciding that she didn't know the woman well enough, she didn't ask about the origins of the flames because having her own secrets, she knew not to put people on the spot.

Standing from her seat, Sage closed the distance between her and Mercy, extending a right hand in her direction, "Well I have to run it by Milena. But as far as I'm concerned, you got the job." Just after offering Mercy the job, she heard a crashing that sounded like it came from another tent. Her eyes widened and she didn't hesitate to run over towards the entrance of the tent they were in, stepping out onto the Circus grounds. She watched Cyrus, with Zari leashed behind him, head towards Milena's office. Sage couldn't help but over hear the conversation held between the 2. She hated having to interrupt or intrude on the interview Milena was having with her past lover's Doppelganger but she was worried. Stepping up beside Cyrus, she leaned in the tent entrance, "Milena... I can go check it out if you want." She motioned in the direction of the half collapsed tent, "I finished up with Mercy. I told her you had the final say so, but as far as I'm concerned she has the job." She then glanced over at Dustin, smiling apologetically, "Apologies for interrupting your interview."

Sage jogged back over to the tent that Mercy was still in, "I am probably the worst interviewer ever." She chuckled, "I'm sorry for my constant disappearances. We're just very short staffed if you hadn't noticed." She backed towards the tent opening, holding back the flap for Mercy, "I have to go check on a tent... malfunction? But Milena should be finished shortly. And then she'll let you know 100% if you got the job." She smiled towards Mercy as she headed towards the collapsed tent, "Don't worry about it. I'm sure she'll hire you."

Sage then headed towards the animal tent. Glancing around to make sure no one was around, she allowed herself to go invisible which let her pass through objects easily. She figured it'd just be a better idea in case the whole tent came down, if it wouldn't crush her under the beams. Although that wouldn't kill her, that'd be hard to explain how she survived having a circus tent collapse on her and walk away without a single cut or bruise.

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He didn't mind her missing the whole formal introduction on her half, after all he had done it himself with Mercy, but he just shook her hand and nodded in acknowledgement of receiving her name from her own mouth this time. Milena Andonova Dustin slowly took the items from her as she seemed temporarily in her own reflective world, but Dustin would just like the whole process to be over with. Get out of the tent and on with life then be free.

He didn't miss the sudden chill, when he crossed his arms over his chest as he waited to have Milena's attention again. Her mind seemed everywhere but on the task at hand. And he knew something was weird about the circus as both a gut feeling and the whole bizarre near death experience, just not the characters within it as such. Even the sudden cold nerved him because the feeling felt familiar and associated with his slow bleeding out process.

When a crashing type of sound was heard, Dustin jolted to life waiting for some other disaster to follow though he didn't know what but for a while it seemed quiet and nothing followed the event, which was almost more weird. He looked to Milena expectantly for her to start some explanation but he turned to see a man enter."Hey, sorry to disturb, we were having a bit of situation over there. The tent fell apart. Well partly." Were tents supposed to collapse often here? Dustin was betting not. Like he wasn't betting on a lioness accompanying the man. His eyes lit up with wonder and amazement. She looked to be a beautiful creature with personality but one he'd have to wait to interact with.

"Hello, I'm Cyrus, Lion tamer. The one hiding behind me is Zari. And I don't know if that witch is going to let you join but nice to meet you anyways." Dustin smiled as the man went from reporting bad news to polite and playful introductions. Pretty soon, the woman as Sage came in saying she could check it out instead then looked to Dustin, "Apologies for interrupting your interview." Dustin shrugged lightly in response. It was nothing and by the way she ran off in another direction, he assumed she self-employed herself to the task.

Dustin stood there awkwardly unsure what was left for him to do with all the temporary chaos that they seemed to undermine. He would've excused himself and dismissed himself outside of Milena's office so Cyrus and her could talk more on the matter but there was a whole big wild cat near the entrance and exit. Dustin didn't fear them, especially since it's nothing he'd have to consider much every other day of his life but wasn't something he was keen on passing so casually either. So he was uncomfortably plastered in place.

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Milena was about to get the demonstration of Dustin's skills, but they soon turned their attention to a flustered looking Cyrus, who always managed to have a sense of humor during even the most stressful of times. She chuckled with Cyrus calling her a witch jokingly.

She couldn't believe that the Circus was literally falling apart, were times really that bad? starting Monday, the show was going to have to go on, even if there aren't other acts. Their own skills would have to do for now, and Milena could feel that even those were good enough for entertainment, even if she hadn't seen Dustin's or Mercy's talent yet.

Sage was the next one to come into her office, proposing that she could take care of it. Milena didn't even have to answer, because Sage knew exactly what her answer would of been with trusting her, and knowing her the longest.

Once that was dealt with, Milena looked up at the ceiling of her own tent, hoping this part of it wouldn't collapse also. Her attention now turned back to Dustin once her office was free again as Sage, and Cyrus took care of the partly fallen tent near to Zari's living quarters. That lioness was beautiful, and the softest wild cat in the world no doubt.

"Right, where were we? ah yes.. the demonstration. Where would you like me?" she asked him gently. She'd get to Mercy after this, because she knew Sage would of unwillingly left the girl waiting for Milena to come to a final decision.

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This place and the people within it struck him as extremely odd. They were a family and unit obviously with the comfort and at ease demeanor they had with each other but they seemed to play down the whole collapsed tent. If Dustin ran a business, he'd be more mildly concerned. At the least. "Right, where were we? ah yes.. the demonstration. Where would you like me?" Dustin gave Milena a questioning look, perhaps waiting for the joke or her slow mind to catch up that the matter should be investigated at least or they should consider constructing more sturdy living quarters. But nothing came, just an expecting look and distant business manner. It reached the line with him. The whole damn undermining and freak show. "I'm sorry but don't you have more prioritized business to tend to? Is this or is this not your circus?"
Otherwise, he had seriously misjudged her and needed to re-attend some reading classes. He hated this place. It was weird beyond what he could wrap his mind around. Besides, he didn't have to show his particular talents that any out of the box thinker should worry about. "Excuse me." He left her tent, having enough of the one area. Dustin paced off, figuring he could re-apply at another time or just be a local audience member and complete his business from that position. "Uh-uh" A velvet voice echoed beside him. "Now or never" The voice made him turn rigid and stop instantly. Dustin just needed to re-collect himself seeing as leaving wasn't an option.

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"I'm sorry but don't you have more prioritized business to tend to? Is this or is this not your circus?"

Of course this was her circus, and the only reason Milena had tried to carry on with the interview is because she had faith, and also trust in Sage to get the job done efficiently. She had no worries, or doubts. "Excuse me." before she could defend her corner, Dustin had left the tent. Guess today was going to be quite slow. She put the apple and the pen down on her desk before heading outside, then making her way in the direction of Zari's home.

Once there, she was looking around at the minor damage while also looking for her friend. "Sage?" She called out to her, her enhanced hearing listening out for any slight movement, or her friends voice that she knew all too well. "I'm going to hire the both of them, but I'm here to help first." She should of really told Mercy, and Dustin that they both had passed, even if there hadn't been a demonstration. With how desperate she was to get the Circus back into shape, she didn't really care who joined at this point. If they didn't seem to be good on the night, then she could easily change her mind, and turn them away. Politely.

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