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Evelyn Fox

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a character in “greythorne”, as played by partially-stars

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F U L LXN A M E
Evelyn Julienne Fox.

N I C K N A M E (S)
Evie

B I R T H D A Y
June 1

A G E
25, turned at 23

R O L E
vampire

S E X U A L I T Y
queer.

E T H N I C I T Y
50% english, 25% german, 25% jamaican .

H O M E T O W N
Camden, London.

H E X
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S T Y L E
Evelyn's style is a constantly shifting one, always staying up to date with the latest trends. She does, however, tend to lean towards a more rocker style. She knows she has a good body and isn't afraid to show it off, but her need to keep as much skin as possible covered during daylight hours tends to impede that somewhat. She now tends to wear figure hugging base layers under oversized jackets and cardigans, pairing them with a large sunhat to keep the sun off her face.

H E I G H T & W E I G H T
5'5", 101lb

A P P E A R A N C E
The thing everyone notices first about Evelyn is her long blue hair. It's her pride and joy, and she does everything she can to maintain it. The colour is seldom seen to be faded, and it's always shiny and styled to perfection. After that, it's those big brown eyes, eyes that watch and track even the slightest movement. She's about average height and build, with an hourglass figure and curves she loves to emphasise. Both ears are pieced a number of times, with an industrial in one ear and a rook, tragus, and two helix piercings in the other. She has a tattoo of a rose on her left shoulder.

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Evelyn's short but eventful time as an immortal has changed her. When she was first turned, she was consumed with self-hatred, convinced that she was a monster, something worth destroying. But then she found herself in Greythorne, and she met people that could never be described as monsters. And she saw them slaughtered at the hands of people who called themselves human. This was enough to spark a change in Evelyn.

Evelyn has always been passionate and a fighter for justice. In her mortal life, this was spent fighting for equal rights and against injustice. Now, it's spent on a much more literal fight. She's stepped into a leadership role, finding that it suits her. She's trustworthy and dependable, and will never back down from a fight unless she really has to, either to save herself or someone else. She knows she's in a position to look out for others right now, and that what she intends on doing. She's become more open-minded, and has eventually decided that everyone deserves her protection until they prove otherwise.

But at the end of the day, this is still all so new to Evelyn. She's young, and barely more than a child to a lot of the older immortals. She trained with some older and more established vampires for a while, but there are aspects to her that she still doesn't understand, and that terrifies her. She's accepted what she is and has embraced some of its benefits, but there are still parts of it that terrify her. She's stubborn almost to a fault, which can be a good or a bad thing at times.





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H I S T O R Y
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A B I L I T I E S
There are perhaps two distinctive features to a vampire. Their elongated canines, shaped into fangs perfectly primed to both puncture a victim’s vein or tear their throat out, and the fact that sunlight causes severe burns upon even momentary exposure. They are incredibly fast and have increased healing and regeneration time, as well as being slightly stronger than regular humans. Vampires are dependent on blood for survival, replacing both food and water. They can eat food but it does nothing for them, with the exception of garlic, which reduces their healing time and most vampires find incredibly repulsive. Raw meat can ease their thirst but it isn’t sufficient. Vampires can survive on human or animal blood but when injured, human blood speeds up their healing time. There’s no one way to kill a vampire as hypothetically, they can be killed in any way that a human can, but their regeneration time must be overcome, so anything to the heart often works, as does decapitation.
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So begins...

Evelyn Fox's Story

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Character Portrait: Phoenix Woods Character Portrait: Alex Garcia Character Portrait: Zada min Albahr Character Portrait: Neden Isimir Character Portrait: Jaiden Price Character Portrait: Rosie Thompson Character Portrait: Zoe Peña Character Portrait: Travis Graveson Character Portrait: Trisstana Glasser Character Portrait: Kaylessa Valven Character Portrait: Violet Marsden Character Portrait: Hayden Byrne Character Portrait: Evelyn Fox
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The local grocery store was good, but it didn’t compare to the market. The fact that it only ran two days a week was a constant shame to Phoenix. Everything he used in the cafe came direct from most of these suppliers anyway, but that didn’t beat the feeling of being able to pick things yourself and haggle for them. He needed to try and shake up the menu for the warmer weather anyway, which meant he wanted to stock up on fresh ingredients. Which meant that he spent a significant amount of money buying every single fruit his usual supplier had.

In return for Alex's patience- and god, he’d really had a lot of it over the past few weeks- Phoenix bought extra strawberries and gave them to him as they searched over the more miscellaneous stands, the ones that had odd little trinkets. To Phoenix, a lot of the stuff looked like junk, but Alex liked it. And when the weather was this wonderful and the town this alive, everywhere just felt a little better, a little nicer. It was easy to spend time out and about here. With everyone around, with the friendly chatter and laughter of the market, things were starting to feel safe now.

All that was shattered at the first scream. They all knew what that sound meant now, especially as it was joined by another, and another. The first body hit the ground. They had never attacked during the day before. Things had been so quiet for so long, people had gotten complacent. And that meant that nobody was on their guard.

This all felt a little too familiar to Phoenix. Except now, Alex was beside him, his hand already clutched in Phoenix’s. The panic and the fear was almost suffocating, rooting Phoenix’s feet to the ground as his side and his shoulder began to burn, almost simultaneously again. He knew he needed to run, that they needed to get away as quickly as possible, but he couldn’t move. He couldn’t even seem to formulate a coherent thought other than no, this can’t be happening again, this can’t be happening, I can’t do this, I can’t lose him, I’m scared, I don’t want to die-

And then he snapped out of it. Freezing up was what had made everything go wrong in the first attack, and he refused to let that happen again. Things were only starting to fall into place again and he wasn’t giving up on that. Alex had spent so long trying to build Phoenix up again and Phoenix refused to let him down by freezing up. He refused to let any piece of shit hunters ruin the first good relationship he’d had in years. They'd ruined his life enough, and he'd be damned if he let them ruin it any more.

He tightened his grip on Alex’s hand and pulled him in the direction of home. He wasn’t a fighter, neither of them were. And he was stubborn, not an idiot, so he wasn’t going to waste his time fighting if he didn't have to. And he wasn't planning on giving Alex much of a chance to object either.






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Rosie was about halfway in to town when she heard the screaming. The attack had already started. Swearing silently under her breath, she broke into a run, emerging into chaos in the town. She scanned the scene in front of her trying to figure out where to start, what needed to be done first. Familiar faces were beginning to put up a fight, the ones who had defended the town before. A hunter appeared behind Rosie, but she swung around just in time, ducking under his swinging knife and tackling him to the ground. He rolled and tried to pin her, but she just shot him a sharp-toothed grin. "What the fuck-" The hunter started, and his momentary shock gave Rosie a chance to wriggle some freedom. "Listen to me-" She ordered, the command laced with siren song. He froze, his attention entirely on her. "Tell me where you're targeting. Tell me your plan," she ordered. "Town and woods. Two waves in an attempt to overwhelm you. Weapons that are a combination of iron and silver. Daylight to weaken the night-dwellers," he said, his voice a flat monotone. "Right. Go fight your friends. Only the humans, if you as much as touch a Greythorne resident, you are to turn yourself in and not move or object until I get there," she ordered. The man stood up, his movements almost robotic, and retrieved his dagger. Rosie stood up and brushed herself down. A familiar blue-haired woman stood a few hundred feet away.

"Evelyn! Go to the woods, there's going to be hunters there as well as in town. Tell the spriggans, the dryads, the druids, anyone who prefers to fight there, then come back and find me!" She called. The vampire nodded, punched a hunter in the throat before running him through with his own sword, before turning and running towards the woods. Rosie retrieved the sword from the fallen hunter and steeled herself for a fight, spreading her wings in a snap.

As she leaped into the air, she could see a familiar spriggan waving at her, trying to catch her attention. Spriggans rarely came into town of their own accord, Percy had to be here for something. It took her a few moments to understand him, mostly due to his excitement, but they got there in the end. "Neden and Travis have left my house? They're in the woods?" She asked, and the spriggan nodded. Rosie exhaled, knowing this was a split second decision. How much did she trust them in this scenario. "Right. Thanks for letting me know, Percy. Just... go help them. But keep an eye on them. If either of them starts acting suspicious, I want to know about it right away, understood?" The spriggan nodded and disappeared. She sighed, running a hand through her hair. Right now, she had to trust Neden. And if that meant trusting Travis again... well, they needed every ally they could get.

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Travis internally sighed as Phoenix quickly said they had it under control, but he could tell by his tone and the way he quickly dismissed him that they, or atleast Phoenix, didn’t want him there and didn’t want his help. “Okay, just, be careful.” Trav said as he began walking away. Wanting to say more, try to convince him that he was here to help them, that he is as much an enemy to the Branded as they are now. But he knew at the moment his words would fall on deaf ears and that right now in the middle of an attack isn’t the right time for this.

As Trav walked at a fast pace he thought about what his next move would be with all the chaos going on around him. Phoenix and Alex were some of the people who actually knew Travis before he was outed and their reactions weren’t exactly fond of seeing him, he thought of maybe heading back into the woods and to stay out of sight, but then a female yelling caught his attention and his panic rose. What if it’s Rosie and she’s in trouble? He thought to himself, before quickly picking up to a running pace and headed towards the direction he heard the screams.

It didn’t take him long to get to the source of the yelling, and Travis would be lying if he said he wasn’t relieved to see it wasn’t Rosie, but instead a blue haired woman he had seen around Greythorne only a couple of times, a vampire if he recalled correctly. As he arrived he watched her take down a hunter, assuming she also took down the bodies around her, but he could tell she was injured. Travis began walking towards the vampire, but quickly seeing her get defensive, assuming she knew who he was. Even in her weakened state, Trav knew she could easily lunge out and fight him with her final breaths, and while she may be injured, she was still dangerous.

“Whoa, whoa. Calm down there fangs. If I wanted to attack you or kill you, I would’ve done it at a distance.” He said holding up his hands, trying to show he didn’t mean any harm to her. Travis wasn’t sure why he was doing this, he should be heading back to the woods to stay safe, or looking to find Rosie, but he couldn’t just leave the woman here, especially since she seemed injured. As she approached slowly he saw one of the hunter’s blades on the ground covered in blood, but noticed that it also had a layer of a poison on it specifically to combat vampires.

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These were far from the ideal fighting conditions for Evelyn. Even with sunglasses, sun screen, and a baseball cap pulled low over her eyes, the sun still made it harder for her to fight. And the hunters had clearly identified the fact that she was a vampire, because they were forcing her out into the sunniest spots. Dealing with them was still easy. They were fast, sure, but not as fast as her.

They seemed to have sent more this time than the previous times, clearly an attempt to try to overwhelm them. Evelyn had lured a group of them away from a young shapeshifter. She was painfully outnumbered as a result, but she’d seen the girl get back to her mother, and that was all she’d wanted. She smiled a fanged grin at the hunters.

Two of them fell quickly, impaled on the sword she’d stolen from another of their number. One was a little quicker, managing to dance just outside her reach, while another attempted to jump her from behind. She threw him off easily, slicing at him. She felt the icy cold burn of a dagger before she even saw the hunter, crying out instinctively. But the pain didn’t come until after she’d dealt with him and was staring down the last.

“This is your last chance to surrender,” she warned. The hunter laughed.
“You don’t look like you’re going to last long yourself, bloodsucker.”
“Long enough to make sure you can’t hurt anyone else, asshole.” He laughed again, and Evelyn took the chance to run him through. The grin died on his face as he hit the ground. She dropped the sword, putting a hand to her side. Her body was already trying to heal it up, but she wasn’t optimistic.

Somebody else approached her, and she instinctively jumped back, ready to attack. It was the traitor, Travis. “Get back,” she warned. He put his hands up, clearly trying to appear non-threatening, but Evelyn knew not to trust him. God, she should have just killed him herself instead of getting Rosie.

“Mm. Yeah, sure you would. I’ve heard enough about you, traitor, to know that you prefer close range fighting. Usually a gun, but whatever you can get your hands on. So. What’s this, a distraction? Another ambush? I really do hate to disappoint but you’re probably wasting your time with that,” she warned.

Travis sighed as the vampire stayed hostile, referencing his use of a gun and him just being a distraction. “Fine.” He slowly reached and pulled the pistol out of his jacket and tossing it to the side. “No gun. But listen to me, Evelyn right?” Trav asked. “The blade that caused that wound, it had a coating on it specific for vampires, mixed with garlic and some other chemicals I can’t pronounce or even spell. It’s meant to target your healing power factors and slow them down, basically bringing you to the level of a human, making you weaker.”

As he paused for a second he took a few steps closer to Evelyn, but moving slowly and keeping his hand visible so as not to spook her. Travis knew she could easily cut him down and while he was a little worried about her doing that, he wasn’t afraid of it happening. “I’m not asking you to fall into my arms or trust me to watch your back. I’m just trying to help you. It won’t be long until you bleed out, and I doubt I can find Kaylessa or any other healers before that happens, let alone they would trust to follow me.” He finished as he took a final step, only being about a few feet away from the vampire.

Evelyn just watched as he threw the gun away, apparently trying to prove that he wasn’t a threat. She still didn’t trust him, but when he started talking about the exact weapon they’d used, her blood ran cold. That explained the amount of blood she still seemed to be losing. Her head was starting to swim, even if she wouldn’t admit it to him.

He insisted that she didn’t need to trust him, that he just wanted to help her, and she narrowed her eyes a little. She wasn’t sure what he was trying to do here or what he wanted to get out of it. But he was close enough for her to attack him now, and he still didn’t seem to be making any moves to attack her.

“So how do you think you can help?” She asked, still on her guard and keeping the weapon clutched in her hand.

“Blood.” Travis said in reply to her asking how he can help. “Vampires grow stronger with the blood they suck. But with the coated blade preventing your healing, have a source of fresh blood should balance it out and heal your injuries.” He continued as he took off his jacket. “So I think you can piece the rest of what I’m saying together.” Trav thought it was pretty obvious what he was hinting at, Evelyn sucking some of his blood so he could rejuvenate her healing powers.

The woman vampire seemed to try to argue with him, but he quickly interrupted her. “Hey. Listen. Do you really have time to argue? And it’s not like I injected holy water or garlic into my blood to try to kill you by having you suck my blood.” Travis said, lightly rubbing his neck. “Well?”

She raised her eyebrows as Travis began talking about blood. Letting her drink would strengthen her, probably enough to counteract whatever they’d treated the blade with, but… there weren’t many humans that would offer it up that freely, and even fewer hunters. “What do you want out of this?” She asked, folding her arms.

But then he made a point, saying she didn’t really have time. She sighed. Her legs were already weak and her vision was blurring around the edges. So she sighed, tossing the sword to the side. “Fine. Thanks… I guess. Are you sure?” She asked as she took a few steps closer, close enough for her to bite. As soon as he said yes, she took a deep breath before sinking her teeth into his neck. She hadn’t realised how thirsty she was, how weak she was, until she began to feed, feeling the effects almost instantaneously.

Travis took a deep breathe and quickly felt the woman’s fangs in his neck. He’s been bit by vampires in the past, thought usually out of hostility and attacked, as well as only on the arm. But this felt different, he could almost feel the blood flowing through his body and towards his neck. The pain only came in the first few seconds and as time went on he started to get cold. He was thinking of telling the woman to stop it, it was enough, but he could barely think as his body seemed to slow down.

After what felt like forever, Travis started to feel weaker, barely able to keep himself standing. Tasting his fresh blood and feeding must have made her more thirsty. He could feel himself start to lose consciousness but didn’t have enough strength to say anything. It wasn’t long before Travis’s legs began to give out and he slumped over, which caused Evelyn to finally pull her fangs back and catch him. He blinked a couple times before speaking. “Seemed like that should’ve healed you up a bit.” He said with a chuckle before slowly closing his eyes and passing out.

There was something in Evelyn’s head warning her that she should stop, that she was gone too far. But the strength was too good, the fact she could almost feel her body fighting back against the wound and stitching itself back together. She hadn’t fed from many humans, but something about this felt… different.

And then Travis collapsed, and Evelyn snapped out of it just in time to catch him. Even though he was taller and heavier than her, she caught him easily, her strength restored. But he was white as a sheet. With shaking hands, Evelyn checked his pulse. Weak, but still there.

“Shit,” she mumbled to herself, trying to figure out what to do. She knew if she left him here, the hunters would probably get to him anyway. And that didn’t seem right. So she threw him over her shoulder in a fireman’s carry, and started darting through the streets with the intention of finding the only person she knew could deal with something like this.

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Character Portrait: Neden Isimir Character Portrait: Rosie Thompson Character Portrait: Travis Graveson Character Portrait: Kaylessa Valven Character Portrait: Hayden Byrne Character Portrait: Evelyn Fox
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There were definitely more of them than there had been in previous attacks. It seemed like everyone was outnumbered by two or three of them, and they seemed to be better prepared. There was a moment when Rosie was suddenly afraid that they wouldn’t win this time- but she couldn’t afford to think like that. They just needed to fight their asses off and take down as many of the bastards as they could.

Rosie had already taken down three of them, but every time she turned around, there seemed to be more and more approaching. She just steeled herself and prepared to take down another, but a figure came soaring down from a height, taking down two hunters with a bow and tripping another. The hunters apparently regarded the newcomer as a bigger threat, which was their first mistake. Rosie took down another one herself as Neden hurled a knife at one of them. The remaining hunters seemed to vanish, as if deciding they needed to find easier targets.

Rosie turned to look at Neden as she caught her breath, making eye contact with the angel. She was glad to see them, especially in these circumstances. When Neden drew another arrow, Rosie knew what it meant, but didn’t react, hoping the hunter would be too focused on her to notice Neden. And the plan worked as the arrow hit home and a body hit the ground just behind Rosie.

Neden began to make her way over to Rosie, and they met halfway.She just nodded as Neden asked if she was okay and said they’d explain everything. “Neden, it’s fine. I don’t blame you for leaving after that. A lot of people were… unhappy about it,” she said. She knew of at least two people who had just burned the letters. “But that’s not a conversation for now. I know the spriggans, the druids, the dryads, lycans, and some of the vampires are also covering the woods, and I think you’re best suited to staying in town. Help me keep a control on things. I’ll deal with Travis later, but… I never even considered not trusting you,” she said.

She was about to suggest they found some more hunters to deal with, when she heard somebody calling her name. She turned, already fearing the worst, and saw Evelyn practically sprinting towards her, somebody slung over her shoulder. Evelyn was covered in blood, but it was the tear in her shirt that alarmed Rosie the most.

“It’s Travis, I…” Evelyn had to take a minute to compose herself, and she wasn’t meeting Rosie’s eyes. Rosie’s stomach twisted more painfully than she was willing to admit. “I was hurt, and… Travis suggested I… feed to try and speed up my healing because the knife was coated in some shit to slow it down. Except… I think I overdid it? He passed out but I think he’s still breathing?” She said, her voice shaky.

Rosie sighed heavily, running a hand through her hair. “Okay. Right. We need to get him to safety, we’re all at risk if we’re protecting a casualty. Neden, come with me, I could do with some expertise and you’re the best I’ve got at the minute. Evelyn, can you carry him back to mine with me?” She asked, and the vampire nodded. “Okay. Let’s go before they decide to try ambushing us.”





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Hayden just smiled at Kay as she nodded in response to his instructions, and they began to make their way through town. They darted down alleyways and tried to avoid the worst of the fighting. They were so nearly home when the hunters rounded the corner and stared at them. Turning back around would probably just mean they ran straight into trouble again.

“Kay, you need to go!” He yelled. But she was frozen, staring at them, and he grabbed her arms, forcing her to look at him. “Run, don’t come back! I’ll be right behind you, okay?” he said. He sighed with relief as she turned and ran, and he turned to the nearest hunter. He slashed at one with the knife, but the hunter just laughed. The laugh died as Hayden lunged forward and drove the knife into the man’s stomach. Hayden didn’t waste any time, turning around to deal with the next.

At first, he thought the small figure that launched itself at one of the hunters was some sort of fairy, until he recognised the voice. And despite the concern and the fear, he smiled for a brief moment until the hunter pinned her against the wall. Taking advantage of his distraction, one of the hunters managed to land a punch into Hayden’s face, and the two left standing began to circle around him. Hayden glanced at Kay, and knew instinctively what he had to do. He shoved up his sleeve and found the symbol he was looking for, tracing it with the knife, just hard enough to draw blood. He could feel the power welling up, waiting to be released. He lunged forward and grabbed Kay’s arm, before releasing the power in a blast, knocking the hunters away from them. The rest of the power settled in a protective shield around the two of them, but he could already feel the strain on his energy. “Come on, we need to go!” He said, grabbing her arm and beginning to run again.

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Neden simply nodded as Rosie began to say that she didn’t blame them for leaving, and confirmed that a lot of the folk around Greythorne weren’t happy with what they were told. But how many people knew the truth? Neden didn’t know, hoping not the entire town but, if they knew, they deserved the right to know. Otherwise it would have felt disingenuous to be back in Greythorne, living a lie. Something that kept coming back to their mind whenever they dwelled on those thoughts. The angel blinked as Rosie said that this wasn’t a conversation for now, which was very true. They could have this conversation anywhere else, and even a whole other time. Neden just wanted her to know that what was said, Neden meant it. Leaving was something they regretted, but it was a better choice than to stay. Least it’s what they kept telling themselves. Nodding, Neden knew the others would have an easier time in the woods than they would, they were creatures and beings of nature, it was literally their element and they knew how to use it to their advantage better than Neden could have. That was much true anyway.

The angel gave a small chuckle as Rosie had said she’d need their help within the town, keep the streets taken care of, being better suited for open areas than a condensed forest. Neden gave another small and curt nod as Rosie said she’d deal with Travis later as well, but that she never doubted Neden or felt like she couldn’t trust them. Something that helped lighten the weight that they felt on their shoulders. Some pressure was lifted and felt easier to breathe. Knowing that at least one person they weren’t sure on how well they’d react to seeing Neden once more, helped relieve them a little more. “Rosie, I-” Neden was cut off as a familiar voice called out from behind them. Turning around, Neden saw Evelyn holding someone in her arms as she seemed to be struggling to hold on to whoever it was. Neden immediately took note of the blood that stained her clothing, as well as the tears in her clothing, a small pit formed in their stomach. They already had a small idea of what the vampire was about to say, hoping it wasn’t the case. But sure enough, the moment Evelyn started speaking, reality hit them like a truck.

Neden’s heart began to beat rapidly in their chest as Evelyn explained everything. She was hurt, and Travis had offered to help. Cursing to themselves Neden began to pace a bit as they tried to think of what to do. Looking up at Rosie as she said they’d need to go back to her house and figure everything out there, and that it was the safest spot to work everything out. They’d be a sitting duck if they just stayed out in the open. It took Neden a moment to realize what Rosie had said, that she needed them and that it would be best to have them follow as she’d need their help. Neden simply only nodded and began to follow the vampire and siren, unsheathing their swords once more as they began to make their way through town once again. Neden’s mind was racing, this was their fault. They let Travis out of the safety of Rosie’s basement to begin with. If they just followed their gut instinct, and left Travis back there, this wouldn’t have happened. He would have been safe and left unharmed. They were so stupid to have let him out and been left alone. Neden should have just left him there. It would have been better than what had happened.

Traversing the town’s streets didn’t prove to be as much of a struggle as they had thought it would have been. There were a few Hunters in their way, which they quickly took care of, leaving their bodies littering the streets behind them as they pressed on to Rosie’s home in the woods. Once the small home was finally in view, Neden kept their guard up for any more Hunters as they made their way to the small home. After making sure the others had entered the house, Neden quickly stepped inside the small home, locking the door as they entered, “Alright, uhm...Uh, What do you need my help for, Rosie?” the angel questioned, keeping their eyes focused on the windows and doors of the home.


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Witch // Attire // Hex: #800000

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All these voices in my head get loud
And I wish that I could shut them out
I'm sorry that I let you down
Oh, let you down


Jaiden sighed a bit with relief when Zoe confirmed that she was okay, physically at least anyway. There was no way she was okay with what happened just then, seeing someone just burst into flames was never easy no matter how many times someone saw it. Jaiden just wished no one had to witness it, especially not someone like Zoe. She didn’t deserve that, Jaiden cursed under her breath. Looking back down at her arm for a minute as blood trickled down her forearm due to the wound further along her arm. It stung like a bitch, but she knew she’d have to grin and bare it for now, all they had to do was get somewhere safe and they could treat the wound then. Not now. Jaiden blinked for a moment when she felt someone touch her arm, almost reeling back on instinct, but once realizing it was only Zoe checking the wound caused her to ease up a little. “Yeah, they uh...They all have weapons either made of silver or at least coated in it, among other things depending on what...what people they’re dealing with..” Jaiden muttered in response to Zoe’s question.

Nodding slowly as Zoe mentioned how they’d need to get somewhere safe and have to prevent the wound from further exposure or worsening due to infection. Jaiden wanted to stay and fight, at least help the others the best she could, but deep down, she knew she’d only be in further trouble if they stayed here. Zoe clearly wasn’t a fighter, and her already being injured like this was definitely a sign to get out of there and somewhere safe. “You’re right...We need to get out of here. Stay close and we should be able to get back to my house easily. It’s not that far from here, and the quickest way is less traveled and shouldn’t have many Hunters, if any. Jaiden blurted out, looking around as she stayed close to Zoe. After making sure there were no more Hunters, Zoe grabbed onto Zoe’s hand and held it tightly as the two proceeded to quickly make their way through the town, dodging and weaving their way through the town’s streets, making their way to the direction of the forest. Jaiden quickly pulled them to the side of a building as a group of Hunters began approaching them from a side street, but watched as four werewolves sprung out from their hiding spot from a roof and took the Hunters by surprise and easily took care of them within seconds. Looking back at Zoe Jaiden spoke with a hushed tone, “It isn’t much further, but we will have to cut through the treeline…Alright? Let’s go.” she said and they were once more making their way across the street and quickly hidden along the trees and bushes in the forest.

Staying low and out of sight the best they could as they crept along, Jaiden made sure that Zoe was okay, even if her heart felt like it was about to burst out of her chest. She was terrified, but all they had to do was make it home and they’d be fine. They were only about a few more yards away from where her house was when the sound of a twig snapping ahead of them caused her to stop and watch, as ahead of them a Hunter crossed the main path they were on, just barely looking over them as they continued onward. The small home was finally within eyesight, and no Hunters were around that they could see, as a few Spriggans and Dryads patrolled the woods. This spot was clear for the most part, except for the few Hunters that remained. Jaiden quickly unlocked the front door with her key and the two quickly ran inside the house, locking the door behind them. Jaiden sighed as she placed her hands against the door, giving herself a moment to calm herself down as her heart was still racing in her chest. “Uhm, we should be fine here as long as we stay away from the windows for the most part. Just don’t make too much noise until this is over, and...Some of the forest folk should let us know whenever that is…” Jaiden said with a small sigh, rushing her hand through her hair as she thought on what to do. “Uhm, I guess...Make yourself at home here? Gonna be here for a while-” Jaiden was cut off as a crash came from the kitchen, sounded like glass. Her heart began to race once more as her immediate thought was a Hunter breaking in, but barely ten seconds later a small, black form dodged out of the kitchen with a small squeak. “Jesus christ, Nox...You scared me.” Jaiden chuckled awkwardly as the small black cat sauntered over to her, rubbing up against her leg. Picking the kitten up, Jaiden stroked the feline’s back with her hand, “Where’s your sister, hm?” the witch mused for a moment, before remembering that someone else was with her. “Right. Zoe, this is Nox, and his sister is somewhere around here..” Jaiden said quizzically, wondering where her other cat was. “Uhm, how does tea sound? Or coffee? Or maybe even water? Or something else? Lot’s of options to choose from, if you’re thirsty that is.

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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
They got back to Rosie’s house without encountering any more hunters, the first stroke of luck they’d had all day. Rosie honestly wanted to just collapse onto the couch with the biggest glass of wine she could pour, but she couldn’t do that just yet. She told herself that she could do that eventually, but they needed to deal with something else first.

She instructed Evelyn to put Travis down on the couch instead. The vampire obliged, and Rosie found herself with both Evelyn and Neden looking at her for guidance, asking what they should do. She’d never asked for a leadership role like this. But at some point it had been thrust upon her, and she had never been one to run away from a challenge. Even as tempting as it could be sometimes. She sighed, running a hand through her hair.

“I need both your expertise. There hasn’t been a vampire attack… of this kind,” she added quickly, but Evelyn didn’t seem too troubled by the comment, “here in years and I’ve never dealt with one. I don’t know what to expect,” she admitted. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, I don’t know how I’m supposed to deal with this.”

She sighed and shook her head a little bit. “Mostly I just want company,” she admitted. “So I’m going to pour myself a glass of wine and whatever snacks I have, can I get either of you anything?” She asked, already heading into the kitchen. She didn’t even know if this was the type of thing that they could even do anything about, but she knew it wasn’t the type of thing she wanted to deal with alone. Pulling out three glasses, she carefully balanced them, along with a bottle of wine and some chips as she went back into the sitting room.

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I stand behind the wall of people and thoughts, mind controlling
And I hold a sword to guide me
I'm fighting my way
I can't recall the last time I opened my eyes to see the world as beautiful
And I built a cage to hide in
I'm hiding, I'm trying to battle the night


As the three of them stepped in, Neden kept their eyes on the windows and doors, following the other two in as they laid Travis on the couch. Constantly flicking their eyes back to the windows, Neden didn’t like being locked up when fighting was still going outside of this small home. It felt wrong. Neden wasn’t one to run away, they were built to be a fighter, not lock themselves away and hide like this. It felt wrong. But they knew Rosie needed them, for whatever it was. And they needed to be here, for now.

Neden blinked as Rosie began to speak finally, clearly stressed out of her mind, far more than she was minutes earlier. They were so wrapped up in their own thoughts, for a moment they didn’t fully understand what Rosie had said, only taking in the last bit. They were all over their heads with this, and none of them were to blame here, it was all a mess and mistakes had been made. There was nothing they could do. Not now. Neden sighed for a moment as they thought on what to say, they knew plenty about vampires, the whole process of watching someone turn into one. It was a brutal and slow transformation, but thankfully the individual would be unconscious for the worst part. But Neden knew what would happen once Travis woke up. It wouldn’t be pretty.

Silently they watched as she left the living room for a few moments, and came back with some wine and snacks. Neden listened as she said she just wanted the company, and nodded solemnly. Neden would stay around for a bit longer, Rosie needed it.”I’m fine...Thank you, Rosie.” the angel said with a small smile, meaning it genuinely. Neden didn’t feel like they deserved to be welcomed back into Greythorne, not after everything that had happened, and how they left and what was said, they weren’t even entirely sure if they were going to be coming back to the town. But something felt off and was almost like a pull, the same pull that caused Neden to come to Greythorne in the first place. This was their home after all and Neden wasn’t going anywhere, unless they wanted Neden out. Neden gently placed their hand on Rosie’s shoulder, and gave it a gentle squeeze for a moment as they remained silent for a moment before turning and giving the siren a gentle, but firm hug. Neden sighed after a moment and gently let Rosie go and stepped away from their short hug. Remembering why they were properly brought here for.

Neden sat down on one of the chairs, clasping their hands together as they looked down at the floor, “Uhm...I know...I know a bit about vampires, mainly from my…” the angel started, brushing their fingers through their hair for a moment as they thought, never looking in Evelyn’s direction. Out of everyone in Greythorne, there were very few people that frightened Neden, and Evelyn was one of them. “Okay, it doesn’t matter where or how I obtained this knowledge, all that matters is that I know. It’s going to be a slow and painful process for him, Rosie.” Neden said as they looked at her for a moment before averting their gaze once more. “Evelyn knows more, obviously but...When he comes to, you’re going to need to make sure that he is kept from getting out of this house. He could attack anyone or...anything due to the thirst for blood. He’ll be very groggy and tired but, the thirst for blood, from a newly turned vampire is...It’s dangerous.” the angel said as they took a deep breath, flexing their fingers for a moment as they stretched their hands. Something didn’t feel right, that small scratch in the back of their head came back. Slowly scraping away, whispering in their ear. Neden did their best to ignore it as they continued on explaining things that Rosie needed to know.

You’re going to need someone strong enough to keep him from attacking you if he wants blood as badly as he is going to. I’d recommend having some sort of animal or something here for him. Starting him off with human is...it’s bad. Obviously we don’t want that to happen, just...stating the obvious I guess.” they said shakily. Looking back up at Rosie, they could tell what her thought process was as they slowly stood up, “I won’t be long but, I need to check on a few things out there…” the angel said as they looked out the window for a moment, that feeling coming back and slowly started making its way into their stomach, something wasn’t right.

Looking back at Rosie and Evelyn, and quickly taking a brief look at Travis, “I’ll only be checking up on a few things, and I’ll be back. And if you don’t trust me, fangs...I’ll let you kill me yourself, sound fair?” Neden said with a small wink and smile towards the vampire. “Something just...I need to make sure everything is okay out there, and I will be back. Is that okay, Rosie?” Neden asked, the look in their eyes was something that Rosie would have understood. It was a genuine look of concern and worry, a look not many people saw on Neden’s face before.

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Smell like I sound
I’m lost in the crowd,
And I’m hungry like a wolf
Straddle the line, in discord and rhyme,
I’m on the huntdown after you




Travis’ head pounded, and his mouth felt dry as he kept his eyes closed. “Ugh…” He grumbled out as his body felt tired and sore, but thirsty, for something. He heard voices around him and a tug on his arm as he laid down, but the voice sounded muffled and unintelligible, as well as adding to his headache. He slowly pulled himself, reaching around for something as he peaked out of his eyes, everything seeming brighter for a second, but also darker and blurry at the same time. “Where am I?” Trav asked, rubbing his eyes a bit before fully opening them. He looked forward and saw a sort of figure ahead of him kneeling on the ground. A sort of power overtook him, some sort of rage, trying to control him. The figure ahead of him looked like it began to speak, but whatever it was saying didn’t make any sense to him.

Another figure walked into view, this one spoke and Travis could understand a little bit better but still distorted. Saying something about if he was okay and something about a deer, a female voice. But Travis' attention only fixated on the first figure in front of him, the urge in his body spoke louder, telling him to attack, to bite. A smirk came across Travis’ mouth and sharp teeth poked out, he lunged forward towards the first being. But he was quickly tackled and pinned to the ground by the other figure in the room, the one with the female voice. A hit stung his face as he was on the ground, he replied to the hit with a sort of a hiss. “Feed! On the deer” She screamed at him, forcefully turning his head to what he assumed was the deer she spoke of.

The female got off of him and shoved him towards the animal, and Travis quickly obliged, digging his mouth deep into the animal and beginning to feast, not caring about being neat. It didn’t take him long to enjoy the warmth of the blood into his system, but enjoyed a little bit more than needed, but he was hungry, thirsty, more than he had been in his entire life, and the animal tasted amazing.

After a few moments, Travis slowly stopped and slowly blinked, his surroundings coming back into a clear view as he looked around. Back towards the two figures and realizing it was Rosie, and the vampire from before, Evelyn. He stared for a moment, confused at what happened, eyebrow raised, but then it all came to him and he realized what happened, his facial expression going from confused, to thinking as his gaze lowered to the ground. He let the vampire drink some of his blood, but passed out and now just woke up, hungry, and thirsty. He was now a vampire. And he had just tried to attack someone. Trav slowly looked up and realized that person was Rosie.

“Rosie… I’m… I’m so sorry. I didn’t know it was you. I just had an urge, something rushing through my body.” Travis spoke, looking down and seeing his now bloody hands, feeling something on his lips and licking it, tasting the blood and looking back at what he just feasted on, a deer. He slowly looked back up at the two, realizing Evelyn was the voice he could understand in his bloodlust, either because she was the one who turned him or because she was a vampire, either way he didn’t complain. “I didn’t mean to attack you...” He repeated out loud.

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xxxi know we're not everlasting
xxxwe’re a train wreck waiting to happen
xxxone day the blood won't flow so gladly
xxxone day we'll all get still
It took Rosie a minute or so to process what they were saying. By the sound of it, Travis was… turning into a vampire? She hadn’t known what to expect, but somehow, that wasn’t it. Neden’s hug was greatly welcome, even if it was brief. But they didn’t even stick around for long enough, saying they had to go out and deal with whatever was happening outside. Rosie knew they were right, but she wanted people around.

The hours dragged, even as Rosie and Evelyn flicked through the TV and tried to take their mind off of things. Evelyn had gone out and killed a deer, and they were both pointedly ignoring it.

Evelyn had repeatedly warned Rosie to keep her distance as time went on, saying Trav was going to be unpredictable and he mightn’t recognize her at first, but Rosie felt too guilty to leave him alone. She wasn’t even sure why she felt guilty, but she did. But Rosie found out the hard way that Evelyn had been right, and things could have gone much, much worse if Evelyn hadn’t been there.

The past two weeks had been rough. Apparently, the first few weeks were always hell, and it wasn’t like Rosie had ever had a transformation to go through that she could relate to. Markus had been a werewolf for as long as she’d known him and even longer beyond that, so she didn’t even know anybody else that could help. But Evelyn didn’t seem to mind.

Which was good, because Rosie had enough other shit to deal with. The aftermath of the attack was messy, and Neden hadn’t been themselves. Rosie didn’t blame them. They’d lost another person they cared about, and that had to be rough. But it did mean she’d been forced to personally step up when it came to the patrols. She wasn’t getting a whole lot of sleep, and now there were murmurs among the townspeople. They’d heard Travis was back, and it wasn’t like they could deny it. Too many people had seen him during the attack, and now they were accusing Rosie of harboring him. They wanted justice. And she knew a not insignificant portion wanted him dead. Someone had mentioned a trial to her, and she was considering the idea. She knew that there was a very real chance it could go the wrong way. She knew that it was probably more likely than not. But there was a chance that his good deeds might redeem him.

She hadn’t said anything to anyone else yet. How could she? He was still dealing with all of this, and she… she was just exhausted. She was getting three, four hours sleep a night if she was lucky, and everything was taking an emotional toll. But for once, she’d actually managed to get nine hours of sleep. This did, however, bring her to sleep in until just after midday. She woke up to hear activity in her backyard, but it wasn’t enough to alarm her. She got dressed, made herself some tea, and grabbed a leftover pastry, going out to sit on her porch steps. Evelyn was training Travis, which explained the noise she’d heard.

Evelyn was still relatively young as far as vampires went, but the few years of experience showed when compared to the clumsiness of a new vampire. She made the whole thing look effortless. Her hair was in a ponytail and tucked into her baseball cap. She’d come dressed in athletic gear as usual, covering as much skin as she could, without making it look like she was trying to cover up. Evelyn had come with some kind of weights today and appeared to be showing Travis how to utilize his newfound strength.

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Smell like I sound
I’m lost in the crowd,
And I’m hungry like a wolf
Straddle the line, in discord and rhyme,
I’m on the huntdown after you




The first couple days leading into the weeks after waking up and feeding on the deer were some of the worst days Travis had felt before. He could barely look Rosie in the eyes after almost attacking her, and the constant thirst was a terrible feeling. At first he tried pushing the thirst and hunger away so he wouldn’t have the urges, but it grew stronger, and Evelyn warned him it the blood lust could grow out of his control and take control of him to do things he wouldn’t want to, like attacking Rosie or someone else he wouldn’t want to hurt, but be blinded for the want of blood.

Over the days, most of the interactions between Rosie and Travis were just morning greetings and her checking on him and Evelyn. Travis wanted to talk to her about him leaving and coming back, but knew a lot of going on in Greythorne, and of course Rosie was stepping up to take charge of it, one of the many qualities Travis admired about her. But he had his own things on his plate, becoming a vampire wasn’t the easiest thing on the planet.

Evelyn was working with Travis a lot. Before he barely knew of her, and she would come and go from Greythorne in her travels, but lately the two had been getting a bit closer and getting to know each other, a little bit of the side effects of Evelyn helping him with his, change. Trav assumed she only helped so much because she was the one who had turned him, at times wanting to ask why she would be helping him when he assumed most others in the town wanted gone or dead, but knew time was better spent training and adapting to his new life.

Today wasn’t much different, more training and getting more accustomed to Travis’ new abilities, today focusing more so on strength. He was a bit skeptical on going outside, as he and Evelyn had mostly worked around the house or even in the basement sometimes to stay out of Rosie’s way. But Evelyn was able to convince him to go out, saying he would have to get used to the sun slowly again, but to still cover-up as he wouldn’t want to get burned. Evelyn had brought over some modified weights at some point, whether it was the day before or before waking Travis up, and had them laid out in Rosie’s fenced off backyard and quickly got him to work.

Before, Travis wasn’t the strongest guy, but now he would be able to lift more than the average person when at the gym, but now had to rebuild up his strength. The turning had increased his strength above that of an average mortal and Evelyn was trying to teach him how to control it better and not get sloppy with it. “Now lift, slowly.” Evelyn said into Travis’s ear, standing close behind him and pulling down on the weight as he lifted it, countering with her strength, doing a few repetitions of this until Evelyn told him to put it down.

Travis heard a cough from behind him and after Evelyn backed off a bit he turned and saw Rosie sitting down, drinking what he assumed was some of her tea. He flashed a smile and a light wave before feeling a nudge from Evelyn. “Enough of the simple stuff. Now for an actual test.” She began speaking as Travis raised an eyebrow, intrigued. But before he could ask, the vampire quickly grabbed his arm and swept his feet, sending him to the ground. “A bit of sparing.” she said with a wicked smile.

“I don’t want to hurt you Evie…” Travis began to say as he got back up, but staying in a defensive stance, but Evelyn just laughed and said no matter how much he tried, he wouldn’t and quickly went on the attack again. Luckily Travis had experience sparing, but was surprised by the woman's raw strength.

After a bit, Travis was able to get the upper hand after Evelyn tossed him to the ground, but he was able to pull her down with him, and after a bit of rolling ended up onto of her, his legs pinning her legs down and his hands holding down her wrists. “Gotcha.” Trav quickly said, breathing a bit heavily, this being the most he’s down since becoming a vampire. “You got lucky.” Evelyn quickly said. “Want to get off now?” She asked, and Travis laughed and got up, holding his hand out for the vampire and helping her up. “But good work for today. Time for a bit of rest.” Evelyn said as she turned around and started gathering some of the stuff up. Trav turned back to see Rosie still watching, now seeing Ronan, or Neden, whatever they called themselves now, sitting next to her

Travis smiled and walked over towards the two “Hey.” He said to them, quickly receiving a greeting back “So, good to see you sleep in a bit today Rosie, noticed you are not getting much sleep lately.” He continued, grabbing his bottle of water and taking a large gulp. He was still adapting to his new tastes, water tasting a bit more sharp now. “So... uh, how’s everything going back in town?” He asked. He wanted to ask a bit more about Violet since he only heard a bit about it, but overheard Rosie talking to Evelyn about Neden taking it pretty hard, so he decided to give it some more time.

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And I feel the light for the very first time
Not anybody knows that I am lucky to be alive
And I feel the light for the very first time
Not anybody knows that I am lucky to be alive

Everything that had happened after the attack had become a blur for Neden. Things went by in a weird mix of slow motion and bursts of consciousness and unconsciousness. They remembered carrying Violet back, but they didn’t remember who they brought her to, everything was just, a blur. Neden didn’t even remember breaking down and crying as they took Violet’s body from their arms as people tried asking what happened and who did it. Neden didn’t remember if they said who, or if they even answered at all. All they remembered was being eventually walked back to their home, where they laid in bed for an entire week, just looking up at the ceiling for days on end. They couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat, how could they? Nothing felt real, almost like they were suspended in time and motion. Every moment when they did finally get up was labored and felt all too heavy to do anything, but they forced themselves through it.

The second week was just as slow for them, Neden didn’t want to see anyone or talk to them. They just wanted to be left alone. Alone to their thoughts, alone so no one else got hurt. Neden just needed time, time to think, time to heal. Time. Just time. They had all the time in the world, they always did. Unlike some of the others, which only made Neden feel more guilty as time went on. Why were they still here when others weren’t? Neden didn’t deserve to be here, others should have still been here, it was their home, not Neden’s.

Three days ago Neden had gone to see Jaiden for the first time since they left Greythorne, they needed to talk with her. Someone who, someone who would understand them. Neden knew full well that both of them had immense survivor’s guilt, and maybe Jaiden would hear them out. At first, Jaiden demanded that they left, that she didn’t want to talk to them or see them. Neden said that they understood it, they understood she was still angry with them, that she had every right to be upset and hurt. But all they wanted was just to hear them out, and listen. Neden was relieved when Jaiden said they had five minutes, and all they did was try to explain everything, that they hadn’t been a part of the Branded for decades, and that if they were still in the Branded, no one would have been left alive the first time. As hard as that was to say, Neden knew they had to tell Jaiden the truth, no one would have been left alive if Neden had still been a member of the Branded, as hard as it was to admit. The two bid a small goodbye as Jaiden said she’d need time to think it over, that it was too much at the time, which Neden understood.

Neden now found themselves slowly getting ready for the day as they got out of bed and got dressed. Standing up was still much of a burden and pain, literally, as their right leg was still mending itself since their encounter with whoever that man was that Violet knew. The others had tried getting a healer to help mend the shattered leg, but Neden denied any help. They wanted it to heal over time, they deserved this. It was because of them and their interference that Violet died the way she did, she died protecting Neden and everyone in Greythorne, and Neden couldn’t get the image out of their head. No matter how much they tried, that image before the explosion was forever ingrained into their memory. It was just another regret they’d have until they stopped existing all together.

Grabbing the cane that they had by their bedside table, Neden got to their feet and slowly made it out of the bedroom, but not before grabbing their messenger bag and something from atop the dresser in the room. Slowly hobbling out of the bedroom, Neden made their way out into the kitchen where they grabbed some things, putting the articles into the bag and walked out the front door. They knew where they were going, they still had some people to go finally speak to, check up on, as well as they had promised Rosie that they’d eventually come by and see how everything with Travis was going. They just needed some time first.

The walk to Rosie’s house wasn’t that long, seeing how they both lived in the woods, and about a five minute walk from each other, didn’t make it too bad. At least the weather was nice, that was at least one good thing. Neden finally arrived at Rosie’s and stopped as they had some last minute thoughts, maybe they should just go back home. Sighing to themselves, they pressed forwards and made their way to the backyard, where the gate was so they could let themselves in. Opening the gate revealed Travis and Evelyn sparring at the other end of the fenced off yard, and Rosie was sitting up on the porch, which was where Neden made their way over to. Looking up at the siren as they approached, Neden gave a feigned and slightly forced smile, slowly taking a seat on the top step of the porch with a small groan. Biting their lip for a moment, Neden continued to look down until they finally looked up and began to speak, “H-hey, Rosie. I hope you’ve been well.” Neden forced out, voice slightly shaky.

Neden looked back down for a moment as they looked through the bag they carried with them, before pulling out a small item, and looked back at Rosie. “Uhm, I was going through some of the stuff in the house and...I came across this. I-it was his and, I thought you’d like to have it. Please, I want you to have it.” Neden said with a small but genuine smile as they handed her a small, bronze pocket watch. Neden sighed softly as they slowly clasped their hands together infront of them as they looked ahead, seeing that Travis’ and Evelyn’s training session seemed to finally end. “How’s uh..How’s he handling the whole...Well, the whole thing? Can’t be easy on him…” Neden said softly, knowing the answer that Rosie gave them before they even asked.

The angel gave Travis and Evelyn a forced smile as the two walked over to the porch and greeted the two of them, “Hey guys.” Neden greeted back quickly, before looking down at the ground. Being back around everyone felt so off to them, almost felt wrong to them. Neden gave a small shrug as Travis asked how things were going on in town, “I haven’t really been back in town yet but...I plan on going back to patrols soon, whenever this leg heals. If it’s alright with Rosie, of course. I just feel like I’d be more useful out there, doing something again...Ya know?” Neden said nervously, tapping the base of their hand, small tick they had developed in the past few weeks. “Or if there’s anything else you’d prefer me to do, I’ll do it. If any of you need my help just...Just let me know I guess.” Neden said with another small forced smile. “How uh, how’s the training going, Travis? I’d assume well cuz, you kinda just owned Evelyn’s ass just a few seconds ago. No offense, Eve.” Neden gave the female vampire a small wink, but quickly squirmed away a little, realizing they made a bit of a mistake with that comment, as they very easily could be used as an example by Evelyn if she wanted to.

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xxxi know we're not everlasting
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xxxone day we'll all get still
Rosie watched the sparring for a minute. She wasn’t sure if it was just residual tiredness, guilt, or just a result of all of the events of the past few weeks, but watching Trav and Evelyn like that… it didn’t sit right. She couldn’t put her finger on why she felt so weird watching it all, but it was enough to make her realise that she wished she was better able to train him herself. She was glad when she heard somebody at the gate, and managed a smile when she saw it was Neden. They looked exhausted and were still using a cane. Seeing the obvious pain they were in as they sat down broke Rosie’s heart, but Neden had refused every offer of help.

“Yeah, I’m fine,” she said. She raised an eyebrow as Neden dug through her bag and held out something to Rosie. She took it and examined it carefully, smiling a little sadly. She’d found this once while hanging out with Markus and had teased him about being such an old man. “Thanks, Neden.”

She sighed as they asked about Trav. “He’s… well, it’s a big shock. But he’s managing. Evelyn’s been a big help, I don’t know how we would have managed without her.” The two of them made their way over to Rosie and Neden, and Rosie managed a half smile in response. As Neden said they wanted to be back on patrols the minute their leg was healed, Rosie managed a grin. “The sooner the better. Running them single-handedly is exhausting and I could use you back around the place,” she confessed.

Rosie knew that Neden was terrified of Evelyn, so their reaction to the vampire just made her smile a little. “He was stronger as a human than I would have been, which means he’s naturally going to be stronger than I am even now. Not to mention that he used to be a hunter, which gives him a tactical advantage,” Evelyn replied, raising her eyebrow as she mentioned Trav being a former hunter and staring straight at Neden. Rosie rolled her eyes. Evelyn seemed to have something against Neden, something that she didn’t seem to hold against Travis. Rosie wondered if it was just because Trav was also a vampire, or if it was something else entirely.

“You want anything to eat, Neden?” Rosie asked suddenly, wanting to distract herself from dwelling on it. “Have you been eating?” She added gently. Rosie wasn’t going to judge, there had been plenty of days when she was just too exhausted to eat.

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xxx Smell like I sound
xxx I’m lost in the crowd,
xxx And I’m hungry like a wolf
xxx Straddle the line, in discord and rhyme,
xxx I’m on the huntdown after you




Trav picked up his bottle of water and started drinking a bit. This was the most interaction he was having in the last couple weeks, as Rosie tried to keep Travis hidden away from the rest of the town. But he also knew it was to keep the others safe and away from him, he knew he could still be dangerous, especially as a freshly turned vampire learning how to adjust. Though it was only the four of them, he enjoyed the short conversations he would have between his tight schedule of drinking, training, and sleeping.

Travis set his water bottle down as he heard Neden's reply, and how they havn't really been back to town yet, or even patrols. He knew the patrols were rough to run, and was definitely draining Rosie, so it was good to hear that Neden might be stepping back in to help. What Neden said next made him chuckle a bit, about how he had ‘owned Evelyn’s ass’. But he could sense something between Neden and the vampire, a little bit of tension, but something else as well that Travis couldn’t place entirely, but Rosie just smiled as it happened so it couldn’t be that big of a deal.

“Yeah, well as she said, I got lucky. Evelyn’s definitely stronger and quicker than anyone I sparred with before. A rematch would definitely be interesting.” He said shooting a glance to Evelyn and giving a light laugh. Travis looked back over to Neden and Rosie as the angel was asked if they’ve eaten. Which Trav would have asked the same to Rosie if he hadn’t just seen her eating a pastry, he knows some nights she would just sit on the couch after Evelyn would bring back some game for him, he would always catch her stare from the couch as him and his vampire partner would eat while Rosie would say she was fine and quickly head to her room to go to sleep.

A jab from Evelyn brought Travis back out of his thoughts. “Oh, you’re on vampling. I’ll be sure to be on the lookout for that sweep.” Evelyn said to him, before turning back to Rosie and the angel as they spoke about eating. “We should have some leftover elk inside that Eve hunted for me, I wouldn’t be against sharing some, though you might want to cook yours a bit, my way of eating has changed a bit.” Trav suggested, “Not just for you…” Evelyn quickly retorted as she headed inside first, leaving the door open for the others. Travis just laughed to himself as she walked away.

“Speaking about hunting, Rosie,” Travis spoke for a second, “I know you’ve been having Evelyn go out mostly alone to hunt, I’m thinking I might be up to going along. You know, actual test of how I’m progressing.” He wasn’t exactly asking for Rosie’s permission, but she was the one housing him currently and trying to take care of him. He felt he would give her the respect of bringing this idea up to her instead of just going behind her back and sneaking out with Evelyn. He turned to Neden for a second. “And wouldn’t mind you joining us either Neden, get some exercise and pressure on that leg.” He said to her, giving them a bit of a smile.

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And I feel the light for the very first time
Not anybody knows that I am lucky to be alive
And I feel the light for the very first time
Not anybody knows that I am lucky to be alive


Neden gave Rosie a small and genuine smile as they nodded their head as Rosie thanked them for the pocket watch. They knew that Rosie was one of the people that knew Markus the longest and they were obviously close, especially with the stories that Markus told them about Rosie, as well as Evelyn. They were both close to him, and yet, here Neden was and not Markus. Which only seemed to weigh even more on them. “No need to thank me, Rosie…” they muttered softly. Listening silently as Rosie explained that it was obviously a big shock for Travis, and over time he was slowly learning from Evelyn. It only made sense, while sure Neden’s knowledge of vampires was vast, and they probably could teach him a few things, no one could do it better than a vampire.

The angel nodded solemnly as Rosie confirmed that she was in fact tired, and it was almost impossible to take care of the patrols single-handedly. They never meant for that responsibility to fall on one person’s shoulders, especially Rosie. She was dealing with so much, more people were dead, she lost a student that she had known for the girl’s entire life. Rosie had lost so much and it wasn’t fair for her to deal with it all and only have more stress added ontop of it, it wasn’t fair. “Of course, I’ll try to get back out there asap. Maybe another week or so, until then I can help with the less physical labor, and then I promise, I’ll be out there again in full force.” Neden forced out a small smile, which was all too quickly faded as they locked eyes with Evelyn as the vampire spoke.

The all too familiar sensation of someone just staring into their soul, made Neden look away and almost pull back further onto the patio in an ill attempt at getting away from the vampire. Neden knew Evelyn wouldn’t attack them, not unless Rosie ordered her to, but the anger and spite they could feel coming off of Evelyn was palpable, even without their innate ability to feel other’s emotions. The angel couldn’t entirely read Evelyn, but the feeling they got off of her was enough hatred and ire to make it evident she didn’t want the angel around, which Neden didn’t blame her for. All Neden wanted to do was apologize to Evelyn, try to show that they truly were sorry and didn’t mean for any of this to happen, but they knew trying to convince an already angry vampire into believing them would only make things worse. It would take time to try to convince Evelyn that Neden was still their friend, but they weren’t going to expect anything anytime soon.

Neden’s attention was pulled back when they heard Rosie suddenly speak up, clearly trying to change the topic at hand, as well as trying to simply just change the overall vibe that was going on between the small group. As much as Neden wanted to say that they were fine and wanted to lie and say that they were looking after themselves, it would so clearly be a lie. Their physical appearance alone was evident that they hadn’t been sleeping or eating, even if Neden was as immortal as it could get, they still needed to maintain their over all health, which they were clearly neglecting. The angel bit their bottom lip for a moment as they contemplated on what to do before finally sighing softly, “I uh...I haven’t really been eating...Or sleeping. I’m just...In a weird state, ya know? Anyway, I don’t want to be a burden, I can probably get some food later.” Neden said softly, giving a feigned smile. Up until now they hadn’t really thought about how hungry they were, which was apparently a lot more than they thought, even with their incredible metabolism, and ability to not require food, their stomach began to ache. Looking up at Travis as he offered some of the food they had, but giving a small shake of their head, especially after Evelyn’s comment as she walked back into the house, “No thank you, Travis. But uh, I could go for some tea, maybe? I’ll gladly make it myself, I don’t want to be much trouble, I just came to check up on everyone anyway.” a small, genuine smile creased their lips for a moment.

Looking back at Travis as he offered for them to come join one of their hunts, as well as to get some exercise and put some proper pressure on the leg and build back its strength again. “I wouldn’t want to intrude but, sure. Seeing how your training pulls off would be a sight to see. And maybe, just maybe after this leg heals back up, we can go for a round of sparring. See how you go up against some of us, just to see how you fair.” Neden gave Travis a small wink and smile.

Neden turned back to Rosie after a moment, their eyes not exactly meeting Rosie’s as they spoke, “I just mainly wanted to say that...I’m sorry, for everything. I want to try to prove myself again but, I know it won’t be very easy, or even really possible with some of the others. Which, I don’t blame them, I deserve their mistrust in me. I just want to do right by them, ya know?” they questioned, “However hard that may be.” Neden muttered to themself before looking back down as they slowly got back to their feet with help from the cane. Neden paused for a moment before looking back at Rosie with a rather serious expression on their face, “I also want to talk to you about something, Rosie...In private, if you wouldn’t mind?” the angel arched an eyebrow in a knowing way to the siren, hoping she’d understand what Neden was trying to get at. "If now isn't a good time, it can wait whenever you have the time, obviously."

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xxxi know we're not everlasting
xxxwe’re a train wreck waiting to happen
xxxone day the blood won't flow so gladly
xxxone day we'll all get still
Rosie was about to comment on the fact Neden hadn't been eating, when Travis made a comment about sharing his meal. Maybe it was just because she was still exhausted, but she genuinely wasn't sure whether or not Travis was joking about the elk, so she decided against mentioning it further. A distraction came anyway in the form of Travis asking about going for a hunt with Evelyn. Her first instinct was to say no, even if she wasn't entirely sure why. Part of her wanted to insist she came along, but she knew that there wasn't a hope in hell of her being able to keep up with them.

"Sure, I... can't see why not. Just be careful. Plenty of people in this town will kill you on sight, so don't do anything stupid," she said. She turned back to Neden as the angel began to apologise. They knew people were mad at them, but the fact that they wanted to work on that was at least something. Some people had at least acknowledged that it was in the past, which was a start. But a lot of people were still hurting. She nodded as they said that they wanted to talk to her about something in private and got to her feet.

"Sure thing. You can help me make lunch," she said, grinning as she met Neden's eyes. She was making sure the angel ate something before they left her house, whether they liked it or not. "Uh, Travis, I don't know if you guys want to go hunting right after you're done or what but... I'll be in the kitchen if you need me," she said, brushing down her skirt and leading the way back into the house.

She leaned against the counter as they got back inside. "If this is about the townspeople wanting 'justice'," she said, tilting her head back in the direction they'd come from in the hope Neden would know what she meant, "I already know all too well," she said.

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Smell like I sound
I’m lost in the crowd,
And I’m hungry like a wolf
Straddle the line, in discord and rhyme,
I’m on the huntdown after you




Travis forced a chuckle out as Rosie said people probably want to kill him. “Name a time I’ve done something stupid. And saving two people doesn't count.” He joked. He tried playing it off that the townspeople hated him didn’t affect him, but it truly did. The same people he called friends and neighbors for a year, hated him, the same citizens that would come into his shop with smiles, now probably wanted his head on a pike. But Trav couldn’t blame them, he was the cause of so much death, just like he hated them for so long because of what happened to his parents.

But going outside was something he’s been wanting to do a lot lately, and more than just in the backyard. It might not be the safest or smartest thing to do, but Trav wanted to get out and stretch his legs and do something that wasn’t just workout with Evelyn. And going out on a small hunt with Evelyn would be enough to satisfy that itch for the time being, Plus they would be in the thick of the forest, so the chances of someone seeing Travis, or even knowing it was him, would be unlikely.

As Neden and Rosie spoke, Travis didn’t pay much attention to them as he was about to enter the kitchen and get some blood out the fridge, try to get ahead of his thirst, when he overheard Neden say something about speaking privately. He wasn’t actually trying to eavesdrop on their conversation, but now he was a little bit curious about what it was about, though he knew it would be best to just excuse himself. “Oh, my bad. Yeah you too talk, I need to clean anyways.” Travis said, pulling a smile on his lips as he walked down the hall towards the guest room, accidentally bumping into Evelyn. “Hey, sorry. Think they want some privacy. If you need, I think Rosie put an extra towel in my bathroom for the shower.” He caught the stare Evelyn quickly shot at him when he brought up the shower. “Relax, I’m not implying anything. You can go first and I’ll just chill, there’s even a lock on the door.” Trav said as he continued down his hallway, feeling Evelyn’s presence behind him.

Travis mostly pulled out some clothes to wear while Evelyn entered the bathroom and turned on the water, taking his time as he wasn’t sure how long she would take. But as he opened a drawer, he noticed something that he forgot he put in there. The necklace he gave Rosie, the one she took off and forced into his hand as she yelled at him to leave Greythorne. He slowly lifted it up and noticed the light from the room quickly shining off of the small disco ball as it slowly spun at the end of the chain and just staring at it and thinking about the good times he had with her. Before he ruined everything.

The bathroom door opening spooked Travis, not knowing how much time he spent in his own head after staring at the necklace. “I’m done. Oh, and I used your soap.” Evelyn spoke quickly, somehow already having a new set of clothes on, probably just changed in the bathroom. Travis nodded his head as she placed the necklace down on his bed and went to take a shower.

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xxx'Cause I told you my level of concern
xxxBut you walked by like you never heard
xxxAnd you could bring down my level of concern
xxxJust need you to tell me we're alright, tell me we're okay
Neden gave a small smile as Rosie commented on Travis' question about wanting to go on a hunt, if it was okay with Rosie. At least some things were normal there, even if Neden hadn't entirely forgiven Travis for what he did, going against everyone and being involved with those attacks. That was something they weren't going to let go. Not yet at least. Neden forced a smile when Rosie had insisted on Neden helping make food, knowing full well what she meant by that. Neden wasn't going to be leaving this house until they ate, Rosie was always stubborn about certain things. This was clearly one of them. Neden nodded their head and got to their feet and followed Rosie into the house as Travis had gone ahead and followed Evelyn in first.

Neden followed in silently, clutching the over the shoulder strap of the bag that they carried with them as they still felt a bit off by being with everyone again this soon. It just, felt off to them. Neden couldn't really explain it. Maybe it was the guilt, no. It definately was the guilt. Following Rosie into the kitchen, they watched as she leaned against the counter, finally breaking the silence as she asked if what they wanted to talk about had anything to do with the people in town, and them wanting justice. Neden gave a nervous nod of their head in response as they tried to think of the right words to say. "Like, I know they're all still very angry, with everything that's happened. But..I don't know..." the angel said with a small shrug as they bit the inside of their lip for a moment.

The angel finally took a seat on one of the stools as they placed the bag on the floor by their feet, "I know that neither me or Travis can change their minds, I don't expect them to just easily forget or even forgive either of us for what we did but...Maybe we could like, hold a trial or something? Maybe even make it public for where they decide what becomes of us, it'd only be fair. And I know it sounds barbaric that way but, if it's the only way they'd find closure, then I'd be all for it." Neden said with a hushed tone, not wanting to be too loud as they knew the others could probably hear them.

Neden looked at Rosie with a sincere look on their face, not even being able to look Rosie in the eyes as they continued, "I know that what both of us had done in the past was unforgivable, and some may never move on from it, and that is perfectly fine but, I have spent...The last, forty years trying to move past it. To say that I was stupid back then is putting it lightly, and I don't expect anyone to forgive me, especially because I should have been able to stop it." the angel's voice broke slightly as they tried to calm themselves down, taking a few deep breaths as they did so.

"I guess what I'm trying to say is, in a way, I am responsible for what's happened, but at the same time I'm not? It's just a big mess...But, if seeing me die will bring some sort of resolution and closure to some people here, then so be it." Neden said as they finally lifted their eyes enough to look Rosie in the face, trying to gauge some sort of reaction out of her. "At this point, I'm not afraid to die, I guess is what I'm trying to say. I betrayed and hurt all of you, and that is my biggest regret. I know Travis is trying to move past it all but, I can't vouch or speak for him. His own actions are all on him. But for myself, I get it. You all are angry and hurt but, I'd do anything for you all. Whether they believe it or not, I'd die to protect you all." Neden sighed as they looked down, having to talk about this wasn't making them feel any better, and nor was it any easier to acknowledge.

Neden looked back up at Rosie for a moment before looking down at the counter top ad they traced circles with their fingertip against the pattern, "I know that...You knew who the mole was before we all did. The look on your face when you read the letter, I knew something wasn't right. You held something back because you knew how they towns people would react if they knew it was Travis then, and you know how they feel now. I know that isn't any of my business, and I'm not going to pry into why you kept it from everyone, but I know...I know that we all make choices that are hard when it comes to when we're hurt by the people we care about most. Knowing someone betrayed you isn't easy, and I'm not going to pretend like it is." Neden paused for a moment as they bit their lip again for a moment.

"But...I'd like to think that you know me well enough that I'd do whatever I had to to keep you all safe, and I know that you know the Branded aren't going to stop. That they're not going to just stop coming here until we're all dead. That is their goal, and I'm not going to sit by and act like nothing is going to happen. You know what we have to do, even if we don't like it. I don't like it, but I know if we want them to stop...We're going to have to attack them before they can attack us again. And..If they're still the way that I used to know them, then I know when that is. We have to wipe them out before they kill any more of us...And I think I know a way to do it, even if I don't like it." Neden bit back saying any more than they should have at this moment. They knew full well what the Branded wanted now, now that some knew that Neden was still alive, or as they once knew to be Ronan. If they knew one of their own was still alive, and was working with the enemy, a price would be put on Neden's head that no one could refuse, and Neden was fully aware of it. The Branded wouldn't stop until they were taken out, and they'd have to do something about it before anyone else in Greythorne died.

"I'm sorry, that was a lot and...Maybe now wasn't a good time for that but...We both know it were things that needed to be said, and I didn't like having to say any of that any more than you liked hearing it...It's all just fucked, ya know..? But, whatever your choice is on the matter, you have my vote for whatever it may be, Rosie." Neden said with a feigned smile.





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Travis didn’t take too long in the shower, never one to take his time or day dream under the shower head, quickly stepping out and drying himself off. He had grabbed some his underwear and jeans before he got in, just in case Evelyn was still hanging about in the guest room. After throwing on his clothes he walked out of the bathroom and saw Evelyn holding up the necklace he had given to Rosie and was looking at earlier, forgetting he left it out. “Pretty right?” Trav commented as he walked over to the dresser and grabbed a shirt and put his arms through it, leaving it open for a second as he talked with Evelyn, more so out of habit than anything. “This for Rosie?” Evelyn asked. “Well, it was. I’m assuming you know about the argument between us.” He replied, grabbing some socks and looking for his shoes. He stopped for a second and turned back towards his vampire mentor. “Actually, do you mind holding onto it for me? Feel like one of these days I might lose it.” Evelyn nodded her head and grabbed her things and walked out of the guest room back towards the others. Travis sighed and put on his boots before heading back to the main room.

Kaylessa’s eyes got big as Rosie handed her some books. “Oh! Thank you! I’m excited for the flight, and I get to fly like you and Neden.” She said with a giggle, setting the books down on the end table, giving the siren another hug. Kay looked over as Neden spoke up and quickly pulling her in for a hug, Kay lifting a leg during the hug. She tilted her head a bit as the angel spoke. “No no, its fine. I loved spending our time together Neden!” She said quickly before Neden headed into the kitchen, talking about having something. Kay was intrigued and excited for even more gifts, she had no idea saying bye would get her so many things.

As Travis walked down the hallway, he heard a familiar voice that brought a light smile to his face, and as he rounded the corner his suspicion of who it was was confirmed, the sweetest person in Greythorne, Kaylessa. He didn’t want to interrupt as it seemed like she was having a moment with Neden, and he just leaned against the wall and listened, pushing up his sleeves. From what he caught between them, Kaylessa was leaving to Hayden, assuming to his tribe. It was bittersweet to hear, but knew it would be good for her since she’s spent her whole life in Greythorne and getting out and seeing more would be an excellent experience for the young half-elf.

Kaylessa held out her hand as Neden spoke and put a necklace a feathered wing pendant into it, telling her it was titanium and not silver so it would be safe. “Neden! Thank you! First this dress and now this necklace!” She said with a big smile across her face, quickly putting the necklace on. “I’ll tell Hayden exactly what you said, he’s back at the house making sure everything is good to go.” Kay turned back towards Rosie as another thought popped into her head. “Oh Rosie. Can I ask for a favor?” She started, “I haven't seen Travis since the attack, so if you see him can yo-” A cough interrupted her as Kay turned around and was surprised to see a man standing against the wall. “Travis!” She just about shouted, running and giving Travis a big hug.

Travis laughed as he got just about tackled by the little half-elf, holding her tight. “Hey there little Kaylessa. Heard you’re leaving?” He asked. “Yeah, with Hayden, to his tribe and such. I get to meet people like me! The half that isn’t you, but other me.” Kay said looking up at Travis, before stepping back and moving her hair and pointing at her ears. Travis grinned back at her and buttoned up his shirt as she stepped away. “That’s amazing! Well, I don’t have any gifts for you, but just stay safe. You’ll love it over there, been a few times in my travels.” He said looking over at Neden and Rosie for a second, flashing a small smile. “I’ll miss you Kaylessa, thanks for all the talks and keeping me company in my store. And I’m not saying goodbye, but see you next time.” He finished with a smile, letting Kay hug him again before she grabbed her stuff.

“Yes, until next time! To everyone. I love all of you and can’t wait to visit here, or maybe even you guys visit me. It would be so cool. Anyways. I should be going. Bye guys!” Kaylessa said, wrapping her arms around the books Rosie gave her and heading towards the door. Even though the goodbyes had been bitter and not something she wanted to do, it went pretty smoothly and she hopes she would see everyone again some day.

As he watched Kaylessa leave, he ran his hand threw his hair and looked back at the other two in the kitchen. “So anyways. Thinking me and Evie are going out for a quick hunt. Shouldn’t be gone too long.” He mentioned, just as Evelyn walked in from behind him, bumping him in the shoulder on purpose. “Don’t worry Rosie, I’ll make sure he doesn’t do anything else stupid. She said as she headed towards the door. Travis rolled his eyes and gave a light wave after grabbing his jacket, walking out the door and quickly heading towards the woods with Evelyn, to quickly get out of eyesight.

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Character Portrait: Phoenix Woods Character Portrait: Alex Garcia Character Portrait: Zada min Albahr Character Portrait: Rosie Thompson Character Portrait: Travis Graveson Character Portrait: Trisstana Glasser Character Portrait: Kaylessa Valven Character Portrait: Evelyn Fox
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PHOENIX WOODS
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xxxhow it should be
xxxmany years after the disasters that we’ve seen
xxxwhat have we learned?
xxxother than people burn in purifying flame
Phoenix just nodded at Alex’s objection to involving Abuela. She’d spent most of Alex’s life trying to get him to embrace his abilities, so for him to go and do something like this… she’d probably kill him. Or, at the very least, he’d certainly never live this down.

Phoenix could feel his stomach sinking as Triss made his way over to Alex. He went to stand up, already bracing himself to intervene, thinking that things were about to go wrong. He was right, but it wasn’t in the way he imagined. He was expecting a fight, but one look at Triss in Alex’s body told him that wasn’t it. He could only watch helplessly as hands grasped hips. His breath was catching in his throat, even though he knew it wasn’t Alex doing that, even though he knew that he wouldn’t, it felt like all of his nightmares were starting to come true and why couldn’t things be easy-

He snapped back to reality as Zada intervened, like waking up from some horrific dream. She’d been able to do what he should have done, but instead he’d just frozen because he was too much of a coward.

He met Zada’s gaze but couldn’t even force himself to respond. And she was the one to check in on Alex as he was silent for too long. And he felt Alex looking at him, everyone was checking on him and he couldn’t keep it together, he needed to pull it together or he’d be completely useless-

He forced himself to take in a deep, shaking breath, trying to ground himself. He hadn’t even realised that he was sitting with his knees pulled up to his chest, a very visible sign that he wasn’t as okay as he might have wanted to seem. There was something about an altar, and needing a blood sacrifice or something. “Is there any way you can contact her? Try and figure out exactly what we need to do? We can’t risk doing it wrong and making her more angry. If this is her punishment for just ignoring her, we don’t want to make her any angrier.” His voice was surprisingly steady, considering he was pretty sure that if his hands weren’t gripping his ankles they would have been shaking.





ROSIE THOMPSON
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xxxi know we're not everlasting
xxxwe’re a train wreck waiting to happen
xxxone day the blood won't flow so gladly
xxxone day we'll all get still
Rosie grinned as Neden went in to hug Kay, stepping away to let the angel hug the half-elf. She was going to miss Kay, but she was happy to see the girl spreading her wings and seeing the world. Greythorne was nice, but seeing new places and meeting more people like her and learning about the world. The necklace that Neden gave Kay was suitably pretty for her, and she was so happy to receive the gift.

She nodded as Kay mentioned saying something to Trav, but then Travis appeared from down the hall and got her attention. She laughed as Kay ran and hugged him, but at the back of her mind she was concerned. She trusted Kay not to say anything deliberately, but she could get excited and mention Trav to the wrong person. She let them have their goodbye, wondering how she was going to tell Trav about the trial. At least Kay wouldn’t be here for that, it would break her heart. Rosie didn’t want to think about how she would break the news to Kay if everything went wrong.

She nodded as Trav said him and Evelyn were going hunting, laughing as Evelyn said she’d stop him from doing anything stupid. “Have a nice time!” She called, turning back to Neden. “So. I know we said that we were going to leave the trial behind but… we have to tell him. Let him prepare, and let him get his defense ready. Officially, of course, I won’t be able to help him but… will you help him? Just… so he has someone on his side. So he has a fighting chance.”

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Character Portrait: Neden Isimir Character Portrait: Jaiden Price Character Portrait: Rosie Thompson Character Portrait: Zoe Peña Character Portrait: Travis Graveson Character Portrait: Kaylessa Valven Character Portrait: Evelyn Fox
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xxxAnd it's too late,
xxxShe believes in fate,
xxxShe's absolutely smitten,
xxxAnd she'll never let you go.
Jaiden sat there nervously, hands clasped infront of her tightly as she waited for a response from Zoe, observing the other woman's face as she could see the gears turning in Zoe's head. Clearly trying to piece together what Zoe was offering, and when it became clear, Jaiden couldn't help but let a small smile appear on her face for a moment. A small chuckle came from her as Zoe said she didn't know what to say, and confirmed Jaiden's fears that she was getting ready to leave. Zoe was running out of money and supplies, and her brother, whoever he was, was anything but helpful. Which caused a small frown to form on her face for only a minute before Zoe continued talking.

Jaiden smiled again as Zoe reassured her that she wasn't ready to leave, reaching across the table and placed her hands on Jaiden's, which caused her heart to stop for only a second before her clasped hands released and gently held Zoe's for a minute as the other witch went on to say that she'd accept the offer. A smile returned to Jaiden's face, "I'm sure you'll do great. Besides, I'll be there to help you, and even if I get confused by something, I know a guy that can help out. He's kind of a plant witch so, he'd be able to help us out for sure if we got real stuck." she chuckled softly, "I'm happy to help with anything you need, Zoe. I can't really offer much, the other offer would have been one of the extra rooms in my house but, I figured you'd want your own space and home to live in if you'd be staying here longer so...I'm happy to help any way I can. So uh, what do you think the first thing you'll do now that you'll be staying...well, for a bit longer that is at least?"















Neden Isimir
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xxxI'm at a loss for words under a full moon
xxxStaring at the ceiling of a white room
xxxDoes the mirror in the corner see my shame too?
xxxOr a different view? (yeah)
Neden watched with a smile as Kaylessa took the necklace and excitedly put it on, "My friends deserve the best. Don't mention it, Kay. It's kept me safe all this time, I only hope it does the same for you." the angel said with a smile. Giving the half elf a small nod as she said she'd tell Hayden that Neden had wished both of them luck and safe travels. Neden watched as Kay began to ask Rosie if she could say something to Travis, before he and Evelyn both came back into the room. The angel averted looking at Evelyn, or even in her general direction and gave the group space. Still not feeling entirely safe around them all just yet, considering how some people were still viewing them, it was only a matter of time until people stopped playing nice with them.

The angel watched as they all bid Kay a final goodbye, and stepped aside as Travis and Evelyn walked by them, getting nothing but a bad vibe from Evelyn as she stepped by Neden. A small pit formed in their stomach, things would never go back to the way things were between these two, would they? The angel sighed a bit as they watched the two disapear into the forest and out of sight, Kay soon leaving afterwards as well. Neden closed the door and looked at Rosie as she started to talk again, bringing the trial back up again wasn't something they had expected so soon, again. A small pit formed in their stomach once more as Rosie spoke, especially at the last thing the siren said. She wanted Neden to be there for Travis, just in case things went south. It made sense, people were less angry with Neden and most of the anger was aimed at Travis. But Neden was still a target of the people's ire.

Neden sat down on the couch, looking down at the ground for a good minute or two as their brain wracked what was asked from them. They very easily could say yes, and be killed for helping Travis, or maybe they could be used as help and could possibly save Travis' life. This was a whole 50/50 chance of being pulled off, or it all going to shit and no one had a way of knowing, but they had to try. That's all they could do. Neden finally looked back up at Rosie, their eyes scanning her over innocently enough to gauge a verdict from what they could sense from her. Rosie was being genuine, and wasn't trying to set them up with a false pretense of safety. A small sigh escaped their lips as they finally gave a nod, "It's worth the shot I suppose. My life is already on the line as is so, what's the worse that can happen, right? They want me dead too as is, so...I don't really have much to lose I suppose." a sound of a mix of a laugh and pained sigh escaped their lips as Neden brushed their hand through their hair. "I'll do it, Rosie. I need to own up to my past actions...I'll try to help Travis as much as I can. I promise." they gave another nod as they nervously fidgeted with shaky hands.

The angel looked back up at Rosie as a nervous smile came across their face, "Uhm...Is...is it okay if I stay here a little longer? Normally I'd give you your space but...Last time I left...Someone ended up getting hurt...But, if you want me to leave, I'll go." Neden asked with a shaky voice, which sounded like they were on the verge of crying, just barely able to keep it together. The angel began to stand up as they did so, just incase Rosie wanted them to leave.





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xxx Smell like I sound
xxx I’m lost in the crowd,
xxx And I’m hungry like a wolf
xxx Straddle the line, in discord and rhyme,
xxx I’m on the huntdown after you




It didn’t take the two vampires to get to the edge of town and quickly enter the woods, they spent more time making sure the coast was cleared so no one would spot Travis more than anything. Though they did have an excuse if they were seen. Travis would quickly pull the hat he carried in her jacket pocket over his eyes and Evelyn would talk about a new vampire fledgling she would have to feed. Then again, this would only work if they didn’t get a good look at Travis. The two of them didn’t speak much before they got into a woods, a little bit because in case anyone recognized Travis’ voice, but also because there wasn’t much for the two to talk about.

As they got into the woods and into the cover of the woods. Travis lowered his hood from the jacket he was wearing and relaxed a bit. The leafs and branches above extending from the trees around them dimmed the sun’s rays enough where it didn’t bother Trav too much, but he was still getting used to dealing with the sun now being his enemy. He glanced over at Evelyn before speaking. “I’ve hunted deer and other game before, so you won’t have to teach me the basics, but am interested in what all other benefits being a Vampire brings to the table of hunting.” Trav said as he took a look around, but Evelyn quickly shushed him. “Theres a deer ahead, half a mile out. Use your senses to track it down.” Travis nodded as he stood still for a second and caught a scent, beginning their hunt.

Their hunt didn’t last too long. Travis was able to find the deer, two actually, a doe and stag. And with Evelyn’s help they quickly took them down, painless as well. Evelyn was adamant on making sure the kill was quickly and didn’t cause the animals much pain, explaining to Travis what to do with his bare hands rather than with a gun or blade. He picked up her tips quickly and put them to use as they quickly secured their meals “So time for us to get back to Rosie’s?” Travis asked, picking up his kill. ““We should go by my place first. Clean up a little bit of the blood mess you mostly made.” Evelyn said, teasing Trav a bit. Travis agreed, made sense to clean off a bit and not make a mess at Rosie’s. The two quickly headed to Evelyn’s apartment first to clean up as well separate meat and blood; since Evelyn’s own supply was running low.

After washing up and cleaning the meat and blood, Travis and Evelyn headed back to Rosie’s taking mostly alleyways and the not so busy streets to try to keep Trav hidden. It didn’t take them long to get back to Rosie’s, only out hunting and cleaning up for a couple hours. Travis knocked and entered as Rosie yelled out to come in, carrying a bag of blood and wrapped meat. “Hey yo. Sorry for taking so long. Eve took me back to her place to freshen up.” He said, putting the stuff in the fridge, and hearing Evelyn say a snarky comment behind him. “Uh-huh, whatever you say mistress vampire He replied jokingly, turning back and seeing something different on Rosie’s face and posture. “What’s up?”

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Character Portrait: Phoenix Woods Character Portrait: Alex Garcia Character Portrait: Zada min Albahr Character Portrait: Neden Isimir Character Portrait: Rosie Thompson Character Portrait: Travis Graveson Character Portrait: Evelyn Fox
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PHOENIX WOODS
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xxxhow it should be
xxxmany years after the disasters that we’ve seen
xxxwhat have we learned?
xxxother than people burn in purifying flame
Hearing Alex talking about how quiet it was, how much he missed the spirits. Phoenix couldn’t imagine what it was like. He couldn’t imagine what it was like to constantly hear their whispers and their murmurs, but he also couldn’t imagine what it was like for that to just… disappear. This whole scenario was so horrible, and Phoenix couldn’t imagine what it was like. He didn’t know how to help. He felt like he hadn’t even been much help in the whole scenario, just making things worse with his stress and anxiety. He forced a smile as Alex thanked him. There was so much he wanted to say. If Alex would have had a nervous breakdown without Phoenix, Phoenix didn’t want to think about where he would be without Alex.

As Alex got back to his feet and finished gathering what they needed, Phoenix finished packing up the few bits he was to bring. He turned back around as Alex called him, raising an eyebrow, and expecting Alex to maybe say they were ready to go or to ask where Phoenix had put something when he’d been tidying up. But instead, his words just felt like a kick to the chest. He’d kept telling himself that everything would work out, that it would be fine, that they’d be fine, but Alex’s words were just an unpleasant reminder that Phoenix had no idea what the future held for him if this didn’t work. Until then, it had seemed straight forward, and maybe naive. But him and Alex fitted so well together that it was hard to imagine anything other than Alex always being there. He hadn’t said anything, because how could he? They’d only been properly dating for a relatively short period of time, and yet when Phoenix pictured his future now, Alex was always there. But Phoenix knew that if they couldn’t fix this, then everything would just be wrong. Greythorne would be wrong.

He’d been trying to keep it together all morning, but that was the point that his resolve shattered and he choked out a sob, instinctively pressing his hand to his mouth. “I don’t-” he tried to say, but he choked on the words and tried to take a deep, shuddering breath. It just turned into another sob. “I don’t know what- what I’m supposed to do without you.” He choked out. There was so much he wanted, no, so much he needed to say, and he couldn’t put any of it into words. “I’m sorry, I just- this has to work. I don’t care what you have to do, but I need this to work,” he managed to get out, managing to calm his breathing a little. “I love you so much. I don't want to think about what happens if this doesn't work.”

His phone buzzed, and he wanted to ignore it, but he caught a glimpse of the screen. Zada needed him, and he tried to take another deep breath, this one a little more successful. “Sounds like Triss has managed to burn herself on some silver. We should head back,” he said, wiping his face. “Can you grab the burn paste from the bathroom?” He didn’t want to go back, but he didn’t want to stay here either. He wanted to just go somewhere else entirely until all this was gone, somewhere he could pretend it wasn’t happening. But that wasn’t an option. He wasn’t going to let Zada down like that. He sent her back a text.

To: Zada
Shouldn’t be fatal, just a sore burn for a few days. Bringing something to help heal it up.




ROSIE THOMPSON
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xxxi know we're not everlasting
xxxwe’re a train wreck waiting to happen
xxxone day the blood won't flow so gladly
xxxone day we'll all get still
Rosie looked up as Neden began to speak from where they were in the kitchen. She frowned at the angel’s words, shaking her head slightly. “Neden, sweetheart… You can’t dwell on that. It isn’t healthy, and it won’t do you any favours. You’ve done bad things in the past. But you’ve also done good things since. You can’t change or erase the things you’ve done, but you leave it in the past where it belongs. Don’t let it hold you back or stop you from doing good things,” she said softly, standing up and putting a hand on Neden’s arm for a few seconds as she spoke.

“And as for your leg, I think you might be out of luck considering we just lost two of our best healers to the wilds of the Irish countryside. And I think there’s only so much Phoenix’s tea can do for something like that,” she said lightly. “But we’ll figure it out. We’ll figure it all out.” She looked up as she heard two more people approaching, tensing up a little out of habit. But she heard familiar voices and relaxed as Evelyn and Rosie came back in. It suddenly hit her again that she was going to have to tell Travis about the trial. The joking banter between Travis and Evelyn didn’t do much to help things.

She sighed as Travis asked her what was up, shooting Neden a glance. “I got a letter while you were gone. You’ve been called to stand trial for everything you’ve done. And… I’ve been asked to preside over proceedings as the Council’s representative, which means I can’t directly help you.”
“What the fuck?” Evelyn said, folding her arms. “Can they do that? Given your…” she trailed off, but Rosie knew what she meant.
“They can do whatever the hell they want. They, strictly speaking, run this place. There’s nothing stopping them. And if I fight it, I’ll make it worse. It’s a public trial, so the whole town will be there to keep me accountable. There’s nothing I can do. So… Neden has agreed to help you figure it out, find something that might help.”
“You can count me in too. You fucked up, hunter boy, but you don’t deserve to be ki-” Evelyn cut herself off. “Uhh… does he know about that part?”
“No. But he should,” Rosie said, turning to look fully at Trav. “That’s the other thing. The traditional punishment for a guilty party is ritualistic execution. Death. So if there’s anything you can think of that could help your case, we need to know about it.”

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Travis wasn’t sure what exactly he expected to hear from Rosie and Neden, but what the siren revealed was a thought that lingered at the back of his mind for awhile that he ignored and just hoped would go away. He was now being held accountable for his actions, the things he ran away the first time for. Travis wasn’t sure how long he could just hide out at Rosie’s, sort of hoping that a miracle would happen and everyone would just forget about what he did and such. But now a public trial, and that it was upon Rosie’s shoulders. He wouldn’t want anyone else up there judging him, but he knew it wouldn’t be easy for her. Travi wasn’t sure how to react to the news, luckily Rosie kept talking and the others joined in the conversation, giving him time to just sit down with his thoughts for a moment.

Trav stayed quiet for most of the conversation between the group, just sitting idly. He didn’t show a physical reaction to Evelyn Evelyn saying he fucked up nor what the punishment would be if, when, he would be found guilty. He wasn’t scared of death, never one to fear what laid on the other side after a man closed his eyes for the last time. But he was still trying to come to terms with the monster he is, not the vampire side of him, but the side of him that used to be a hunter. Maybe this was the retribution for his sins and the consequence of his actions catching up to him.

It wasn’t until Travis looked up and noticed the others staring at him that he realized they were talking to him, as he lost in his thoughts for a bit. “Sorry, I’m just... thinking.” Travis said as he ran one of his hands over his face and through his hair. He could just run again, but if he ran now, he would have nowhere else to go. The Branded would know about his traitorous actions by now, plus being a vampire wouldn’t be easy to hide from them, and if he ran from Greythorne, he assumed news would travel about the hunter and he would be exiled from any other villages. Either way, he was now a deadman walking, waiting for judgement.

“I need some time to myself.” Travis said abruptly, not really noticing, or caring, if he interrupted anyone. He stood up and made his way into the basement, closing the door behind him. The room Rosie set up for him he appreciated, but being closed off in the basement would give him more time to himself and away from the others.

After his feet shuffled down the stairs, Travis made his way across the basement and slammed his fist into the concrete wall, leaving a miniscule crack in the wall thanks to his vampiric strength. He turned around and slid his back down the wall until he was sitting down, one leg stretched out and the other bent with his arms around it.Travis let out some deep breaths and quickly wiped away a tear from his face. After all he had fought for, the friends he made, and the one place he felt welcomed, was now just crumbling down all around him.



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“No. What’s causing this, the demon?” Trisstana replied outloud to Zada questioning if she was okay. When she said it was silver it took a moment for the mermaid to remember she was technically a witch now and that silver was one of the things that witches didn’t exactly agree with. She let Zada lead her into the kitchen and pull the burned hand until cold water, letting out a small mumble in a yes tone to being asked about the injury.

Triss kept her hand until the water as it did make it feel a tad bit better as Zada said she would ask Phoenix. She was glad for how quick thinking Zada was, and thankful to have met a woman like his outside of the river waters. Over her life, the small pods of Nixies were close knit, becoming a family of sorts, but Triss never found one she felt comfortable with and enjoyed traveling down the water and through different rivers. But being with the beautiful mermaid, she felt a connection, something she assumed the other Nixie’s felt with each other in their pods. But she felt terrible putting Zada through the current drama she was entangled in even if it wasn’t her fault.

Trisstana didn’t realize she was staring at Zada until she heard the trail end of her asking if it still hurt. “I mean. The water makes it feel better.” Triss said looking back at the water. But there was something else that seemed to bother her. “The water. It feels different. I… It doesn’t feel as natural as it normally does. Now it just runs off of my hands instead of flowing around me.” She paused for a second, turning to look back at Zada.

“You know, the connection one has when swimming in water and letting themself be one with it and letting go. I… I don’t feel it anymore…” Trisstana trailed off. She knew it was because of the body she now inhabited, but she didn’t like it. She never had the thought of what it would be like to live without water, and the feeling she felt now was something that she hoped she would never feel again. Triss pulled her hand out of the water, rather deal with the pain of the burn than be reminded of not being welcomed by something she’s devoted her life to.

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xxxI was looking for a breath of life
xxxA little touch of heavenly light
xxxBut all the choirs in my head sang no
xxxTo get a dream of life again
The angel took a deep breath as they heard the following words from Rosie, blinking rapidly a few times as they felt a hand gently squeeze their arm. Looking up ever so slightly to meet Rosie's eyes as she continued to talk. Neden knew full well that she meant what she said, and they appreciated it. All of it. Having someone truly believe you had changed, and weren't like that anymore. It helped dull the pain that Neden constantly felt, but not all of it. They'd forever feel the guilt of their past actions, and it was just something they'd have to live with. Neden took a deep breath as they nodded slightly, "Thank you, Rosie..." their voice trailed off, they wanted to say more but, they didn't have the energy for this. Not to continue fighting someone who was only here to help them. Neden gave her a small, forced smile for just a moment before it faltered again. They knew one other person who could help with their leg, someone else than Phoenix, but they hadn't been in contact with him in well...Years. Doubted he was even still around. But, maybe if they reached out to him, they could see how he was doing.

"I uh...May know someone...Will have to try to reach out to him but...I should be able to track him down somehow..." Neden stated softly, "He's an old friend of mine, a non-hunter friend. He did get wrapped up in some stuff in the past but...He's a good guy, all things considered. But, we'll see." Neden nodded a bit. Neden's eyebrow arched for a moment as they heard voices coming from the front door before it opened and in stepped Travis and Evelyn. They were back already. Neden straightened their posture as they took a step away from Rosie, keeping their eyes down and away from Evelyn's gaze. They knew she wasn't entirely angry with them all the time, but they didn't want to start anything with the vampire already, especially when Rosie started to explain everything to them when Travis asked what was going on.

The angel's eyes glanced among the three others as they spoke. Returning Rosie's occasional glances with their own, always an understanding look every time. They kept their hands folded neatly in front of them, rubbing their thumbs against the top of their hands, a coping mechanism they developed over the years. Neden's eyes glanced between Rosie and Evelyn as they exchanged words, occasionally glancing at Travis as the two women spoke, gauging his reaction to it all. Which, was the outcome they had been expecting. Seeing his face falter, his body language shifting drastically, even to the point of him having to sit down.

A small sigh escaped their lips as they shifted on their feet before finally speaking, "Like Rosie said...I'll help him in any way that I can. This...This wouldn't be my first time having to stand trial for someone and have to come to their defense. Maybe not to the same callibur but...I'll do what I can. Which, I won't let them kill him. It won't come to that." Neden took a deep breath for a moment before continuing, "I know I'm guilty of my own past actions, especially with The Branded but....I know things about them that, could actually help us." Neden shuddered for a moment, looking at Travis as he stood up, said he needed time and dissapeared in the basement. They nodded silently at him before returning to look at Evelyn and Rosie.

They gave it a moment before they started to talk once more, "There's uh...Something else I didn't tell you all...Until now. I know it's important, especially to make mention now." Neden bit their lip for a moment before continuing, "On my way back to Greythorne, I found some scouting parties....And outlooks. Bases. I know where they're located and...I might be able to help...Not just with the trial but...Other things. their hands shook nervously for a moment, "Evelyn, your help with the trial would be greatly appreciated, honestly. I am...I'll be needing as much help as I can get. So...Thank you. After all of this is over with, I dunno...I'll let you kill me? I mean, you're already considering it so, why not?" they shifted awkwardly, "They're not gonna stop...Not until they're taken out...And...I have an idea. But it can wait for after the trial. We get that squared away and over with first...We can move on with those fucking bastards later. What I'm trying to say is...I'm with you all for all of this...Not gonna leave you high and dry, I mean...I came back, right? I owe you guys so much...This is just the start of the least I can do to help."





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The past two weeks weren’t kind for Travis, he didn’t do much besides staying in the room Rosie set up for him or the basement, mostly working out to distract himself for what was coming. He didn’t have to worry about going out to hunt when he had the urge to feed since Evelyn stockpiled him a good amount before she left, along with Neden. The two of them and Rosie came up with the idea of going out and trying to get any sort of information or help for Travis’ trial, knowing full well he would need all the help he would need.

Rosie couldn’t leave as it would be suspicious since she would be the leading over the trial, so the two of them were mostly the ones around her house, though not much interaction between them. Travis wished he could go back to what he had with Rosie, but knew that could never happen with what happened between them and he felt some sort of tension between them that he just avoided. During their interactions, they only discussed the trial how it would exactly happen and what Travis should and shouldn’t say or talk about.

It was now the night before the trial and only Neden had returned a few days ago but wouldn’t tell Travis what they had found. Though Evelyn hadn’t returned yet, he worried a bit; about her and if she would return with anything promising. It was already late into the night and Travis’ nerves kept him awake, then again, he couldn’t sleep much the last week or so with the trial getting closer and closer. As he was laying down in the guest bed staring at a ceiling, a calling came to his mind, wanting to pull him somewhere. He quickly got up and threw on some clothes before sneaking out the window in the room and heading to the edge of town, following the notion that came to him.

It only took him moments to get to his destination, but as he approached the gate into the cemetery he wondered if this was all for nothing or if this was just a dumb idea. Travis sighed out loud and pushed the gate open and walked through, heading towards the edge where the freshest hedge stones had been planted, holding corpses from the most recent attack. He knelt down between two random graves, not choosing anyone specifically.

“I’m sorry. I misunderstood you all and for my ignorance you paid the price. If I knew of the commordority you offered strangers, the openness of your hearts, and the acceptance of not just this town but all the non-humans, I would take it all back.” Trav paused for a moment, taking a deep breathe. “I didn’t know then that there was truly no difference between us just because I was human and you are not. I was the outsider in this town and you all treated me with open arms. I don’t deserve forgiveness. I don-” Travis wasn’t sure when he was going to stop talking, but hearing a sound behind him caused him to stop.

Evelyn wasn’t long back in Greythorne. She’d been travelling the country, searching for answers, and hoping that they could find enough to save Travis. Over the past few weeks, she’d become increasingly fond of him. In some ways, she understood why the town was so angry at him and why they were calling for blood, but at the same time, it seemed that he had more than paid the price for his sins. She’d found some important information, and she could only hope that it would be enough. Even with Rosie at the helm, there was a precedent to these things, and the elders would be expecting a certain result. It would take a lot to convince them otherwise.

She was taking a shortcut through the graveyard back towards Rosie’s when she spotted a familiar figure. At first, she thought that he might have been making a run for it. But he was kneeling, staring at the earth between two graves. She hesitated briefly, before heading over to him. He didn’t seem to notice her until she was only a few steps away, suddenly falling silent. Evelyn lightly rested a hand on his shoulder as she reached him. “You shouldn’t be out,” she said softly. “We don’t want somebody to risk seeing you.” She didn’t chastise him, only gave a soft reminder. He had come here of all places for a reason.

Trav waited to hear who was behind him, expecting a scream or an attack from a citizen of Greythorne, but he let out a sigh of relief when it was a familiar friendly voice, Evelyn. He stayed knelt down as she put her hand on his shoulder. “I needed some air, being cooped inside for too long does things to your mind. Plus I…” He wasn’t sure what he was going to say, but more so trailing off. And he eyes scanning over the graves again. “Any of these plots could have been you… Or Rosie…” Travis said breaking the silence.

Travis held remorse over the deaths of these people, knowing many of them from when he ran his store in town for the months he was undercover. Even though they weren’t close to him, doesn’t mean they weren’t close to someone else. They were all someone's sister or brother, father or mother, partner or child. They were important to someone.

Evelyn squeezed his shoulder as he scanned over the graves, lamenting that they could have been her or Rosie. She knew that, knew that they had lost so many people to the war so far.

“You know Markus was my first real friend here?” She said. “He taught me to hunt, taught me all the best spots, where to find the best animals. And he understood my struggles. He was my friend. And I wasn’t there when he was hurt. I wasn’t there when he died.” She stared into the distance for a few seconds, towards the lake where Neden had buried him. “Coming to terms with the harm we’ve done and the people we couldn’t save isn’t easy, Trav. But the only way we can do it is to live our best lives and to try and do enough good that we come as close as we can to make up for everything we’ve done wrong. We can’t focus on the past. The people in our past don’t need us now. The people in our present and our future do.” She said, staring him straight in the face. “We need you here. In the now. So we can kick ass at this trial tomorrow and prove everyone wrong. You’re not gonna waste all my hard work, are you?” She asked with a wry smile.

Travis felt Evelyn squeeze her shoulder and slowly stood up, he knew she wanted him not to be out here, it wasn’t safe as she said, as Rosie had said many times as well. His heart sank when Eve brought up Markus, probably the closest person he knew that didn’t make it, and they weren’t even that close, but he was there for the christmas party and he knew his friends were close to him. Well… former friends.

He listened closely as Evelyn spoke, not wanting to interrupt her, even letting out a small chuckle in response to her teasing about wasting her hard work. Eve’s smile made him feel a little bit better about himself. “Waste your hard work? You know being kept inside wasn’t fun either right? Think the blood you got me is a bit off, might be in the freezer too long and getting frostbite He said, returning a joke with a smile. He was glad to get to know Eve and even though they’ve only known each other for a short amount of time, he was glad to have her fighting for him regardless of what he had done. “Glad to see you’re back in town before tomorrow. Feels different without you around.” He said staring at Eve, and then a glisten of the moonlight reflecting off a piece of jewelry caught his eye. “You are still wearing the necklace…” He said softly, as he slowly reached and cutted the pendant in his hand.

She laughed as he made a joke about being stuck inside and about the blood. “Fine, next time, I’ll leave you to fend for yourself,” she teased. It was nice to see him with a smile on his face, looking at least a little brighter. “Of course you miss me, I’m great,” she teased. She froze as he reached out and took the necklace in his hand. She’d almost forgotten she was wearing it, she was so used to having it on now. “Yeah, it… it kinda became my good luck charm while I was out travelling. Seemed to have kept me safe anyway,” she joked. It felt like her heart was in her throat as she looked at him, the necklace still in his hand. On impulse, she leaned up and kissed him on the cheek. “So thank you for that.” She said lightly. She meant it as a friendly gesture, but as she caught Trav’s eye, it felt like her heart was pounding even more after it.

Travis’ smile sneaked out a bit further as Eve said she kept it as a good luck charm and it kept her safe while she was out. She probably didn’t need it since he knew she could take care of herself, but it was good to hear. He was about to speak when she kissed him on the cheek, thanking him, and he stared at her in silence, their eyes meeting. He wasn’t sure what to say or do, the kiss felt different than any other kisses he’d had on the cheek. He wanted to say your welcome, but felt like something was in his throat.

He then leaned in and kissed her on the lips. It was more of an impulsive move than one he had thought out. The kiss lasted a few moments before Travis pulled back from Eve, feeling heat come to his cheeks even though he knew that wasn’t entirely possible being a vampire. “I’-I’m sorry. I just…”

The moment Trav kissed her, it felt like her mind went blank. It was only as he pulled away after a few moments that she even fully processed what had happened. She let out a slightly nervous laugh. “It’s fine, it was…” she trailed off, unable to formulate anything that seemed to say she didn’t mind without making things complicated. She liked Trav. But with everything else going on, it didn’t feel quite right. A crow cawed almost aggressively at them from a short distance away, and she ran a hand through her hair. “We should go. Big day tomorrow, you should get an early nights,” she said.

The silence was broken by a crow cawing, and Eve quickly saying they should head back since tomorrow was the trial. “Yeah you’re right. Ladies first.” He said with a smile as the two quickly hurried back to Rosie’s since it would come first before Eve’s place. “Hey Eve.” Trav said before he snuck back inside. “Goodnight.” He said with a smile before sneaking in and heading inside.