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Rae Devereux

"I won't be tied down by any demon."

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a character in “The Taming”, as played by slimmyjimjim

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"You are not my master, and I am not your slave.
You will be no different than others and I won't be here for long."






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|| Name ||
Rae Devereux

|| Age ||
20

|| Position ||
Owned by the Head

|| Gender ||
Female

|| Species ||
Human

|| Specialty ||
Organization/Supreme Intellect

|| Sexuality ||
Heterosexual

|| Face Claim ||
Ryouko Ookami




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|| Personality ||
defiant // cunning // hot tempered // outgoing // generous

|| Likes ||
    ✗rice
    ✗freedom
    ✗family
    ✗warmth
    ✗music

|| Dislikes ||
    ✗not being in control
    ✗slavery
    ✗demons
    ✗loneliness
    ✗soup

|| Appearance ||
Long, soft brown hair that goes all the way down her back with her deep brown eyes and thick, long lashes, she usually keeps her hair down and straight but has been known to put it up in a ponytail from time to time. She stands at five foot three inches weighing one hundred and nine pounds, she has a flatter chest and a small frame and is easily pushed around. She has no birthmarks but has smooth tanned skin only marked by the scars on her hands from working in the rebellion camp. Her eyebrows are thin and mostly angled to give her a permanent angered look, she likes to dress in comfortable clothing big sweaters, loose fitting pants and fuzzy socks.




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|| History ||
Rae grew up in an underground rebellion camp living with her mother and three younger siblings, they had practically nothing and barely made it by with just each other, Rae never knew her father she only knew that he had been taken as a slave long ago. Being the oldest she felt like she had to take care of her family learning to grow up at a very young age she never really got to enjoy her childhood, instead she spent her days reading the book they discovered of scouting missions, she would pour over the information in every book they had memorizing all of it by heart. She was also able to map out the entire tunneling system the camp had while living underground, she became very skilled at recalling information and soon became the assistant strategist for the camp even at such a young age, organizing scoutings and rations of food.

One day the camp was raided by demons and Rae was separated from her family, fearing that she would never see them again she now focuses on finding her lost father in hopes that he will be able to help her find the rest of their family. She has been a slave for several months now but it very difficult to deal with, disobeying orders, running away etc. Because of this she has never been a slave to the same demon for longer than a few weeks, will this new home be just like the others? Or will it change her perspective on wanting to leave.

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Rae has fierce nightmares almost every night that wake her up in a cold sweat sometimes screaming, whenever she has these dreams she finds that she can't go back to sleep.

So begins...

Rae Devereux's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Simeon Dregori Character Portrait: Rae Devereux Character Portrait: Chou Dregori Character Portrait: Matt Holmes Character Portrait: Lucius Dregori Character Portrait: Raymond Geller Character Portrait: Dydo Dregori

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The mahogany double doors of the mansion's kitchen opened slowly as Simeon sat cross-legged on the ground trying to figure out how to cook. Unfortunately he was failing miserably. He had heard Father; well he had heard his guardian saying that they were to receive new slaves, one of them was to be the cook. Also the cook was to be Simeon's "personal" slave.

Simeon stroked the cool marble of the floor as he stood, his tail lightly brushing against it causing him to shiver ever-so-slightly. He grinned to himself as he laid his hand down on the counter-tops, they were a thick smokey glass, mainly for decoration. His mother had loved to make everything look artistic. Simeon felt a sharp pain in his chest from thoughts of his mother. Pushing those aside he began readying the kitchen for the new cook.

Sure, doing that was pointless but he felt like they should feel welcome. Odd but he had always fancied humans the most amazing creatures. He then heard voices, Lucius, and then about four other voices explaining professionally name, skill, and who they had been assigned to. Simeon ran his fingers through his hair and opened the doors into the foyer where his Father and four others were standing.

"Uh, what's all this?" Simeon asked closing the doors behind him carefully. He wondered briefly what Lucius would say, Simeon then realized he had been interrupting Lucius wouldn't like that. . . Not at all.

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Character Portrait: Simeon Dregori Character Portrait: Rae Devereux Character Portrait: Chou Dregori Character Portrait: Matt Holmes Character Portrait: Lucius Dregori Character Portrait: Raymond Geller Character Portrait: Senna Walburg Character Portrait: Dydo Dregori

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Lucius Dregori


Lucius grunted in his office when the papers were finally written and filled out. Sure he'd given in to his children's- Dydo's in particular interest in humans. With a sigh the four papers were grouped, folded and sealed without the demon moving his hands once. Ignoring the rest of the mess, Lucius stood and advanced through his estate from his office through his wing and into the main hall and finally out the front door for some air prior to the arrival of his new purchase.

The letter contents themselves were simple, a minor game of his concoction to ensure he himself didn't get bored with the purchase. The humans would find a labeled map of his sizable home and ground and a message reading. Humans may seek freedom through the attempt at the lives of the individuals Lucius and Simeon Dregori the rules are as follows: the girls and other staff are off limits and may not be targeted,communal areas (marked on map) are off limits as are family meals (everyone will be present), loss of this memo results in disqualification. Should an assassination attempt upon Simeon be successful, said individual shall be granted their freedom. In the event of Lucius being taken out, all participants shall be freed. The memo then bore his signature and seal for proof of authenticity. His wait at the entrance with his four envelopes was not long.

"Take and envelope, and peruse the contents at you leisure. Should you have questions, I shall answer them in the evening. Once we're inside, we can discuss the more important matters." Lucius didn't expect to have long before his children made their own entrance. In time with his words, Lucius again used his power to move the envelopes before the four humans. In an almost impatient manner he strode into the main hall before continuing.

"Whether you care or not, I am Lucius Dregori, put simply the one in charge around here. Perhaps you've heard of my exploits four centuries past, perhaps not. Regardless, welcome to my home and I look forward to your service-I'd like your names and any skills." Having kept his face expressionless until this point, Lucius finally allowed a smile to form,and regardless of his intentions Lucius wasn't letting his kids slack around and waste the humans. He'd barely managed to finish listening to them all before Simeon entered with a question of his own. Following a sharp intake to mask his irritations at the interruption, Lucius answered.

"Think child, I've acquired some humans and humans aren't some kind of simple pet. Naturally I'm conducting and interview to 'gift' them based on ability and interests. By the way, Senna you're with him." Lucius settled with merely waiting in place for his daughters to make an entrance of their own before arbitrarily sending off their picks.

"Raymond, you will be with my eldest child Dydo and Matt will be with Chou my youngest. I trust I've no need for further elaboration there." Lucius didn't bother hiding the hostility in his voice with the second sentence. "Sadly Rae, I guess that means you're stuck with me"

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Character Portrait: Simeon Dregori Character Portrait: Rae Devereux Character Portrait: Chou Dregori Character Portrait: Matt Holmes Character Portrait: Lucius Dregori Character Portrait: Raymond Geller Character Portrait: Senna Walburg Character Portrait: Dydo Dregori

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Slave. It was a word that was to become the identity of the small red-headed girl known by the name Senna Walburg. Nary two weeks had passed since the raid on her town, leaving her one of very few survivors. And now she had ended up here, in a lineup with three others in front of the most infamous demon she could recall from her studies. Leaning forward enough to peer left and right, she tried comparing the others and only ended with a soft sigh of disappointment. "Taller than me... all of them..." She shook her head at her newfound disappointment only to see a letter in her face. She raised a curious eyebrow and reache out to take it. Quickly unsealing it, fearing what might happen if she didn't, she unfolded the paper that lay inside and read it.

Humans may seek freedom through the attempt at the lives of the individuals Lucius and Simeon Dregori the rules are as follows: the girls and other staff are off limits and may not be targeted,communal areas (marked on map) are off limits as are family meals (everyone will be present), loss of this memo results in disqualification. Should an assassination attempt upon Simeon be successful, said individual shall be granted their freedom. In the event of Lucius being taken out, all participants shall be freed.

An invitation to rebel? The small girl's grip on the paper caused some crumpling in the sides at the thought. Her? Rebelling? She immediately told herself no. It was too risky. Maybe if she was lucky, someone would take out Lucius. But her... no, she wasn't planning anything. As long as she could make it through another day, she would grin and bear everything that came her way. Looking up from the letter, her mouth now took the shape of a smile. It was not malicious or ambitious, but seemed genuinely... sweet. Perhaps very odd for someone in her situation. The man known as Lucius had a power she could not quite deny. Without even being anything special for a human, she could feel something strange in his presence. Something awful, something that dared her to step out of line to see what the consequences would be. She wanted to cry in fear. But she only smiled.

He led them further inside after more introductions and began his own introduction. "My name is Senna Walburg, sir Lucius. I do not have much in the way of talents, but I am very good at preparing simple meals. I could also take care of cleaning if needed. I was also a good student in my old town and I am good at memorizing and writing. I'll do whatever is asked of me, sir." She sounded respectful, aware of her position. But there was an obvious uneasiness to her voice as she obeyed the demon in giving him her name. The others gave their introductions as well, followed by a black-haired pale boy entering the room. His ears had something of a point to them. He was definitely a demon. Some combined fear and anger dwelled within her at the sight of him and the realization finally hitting her that she was in a demon household. The demon household. There were others, too... She didn't let it show on the outside, but her feelings were mixed.

Her head snapped to attention as Lucius mentioned that this was the person she was to be serving. She quickly bowed and nodded profusely. "Y-Yes, sir! I will do my best to serve him and your family." He then told the others who they would be serving. By process of elimination, she deduced that the boy who entered was Simeon. One of the two who could be targeted for assassination. Somehow this put her at ease. She breathed a sigh of relief before rising from her bow. She could guarantee that at the least he wouldn't be killed. Not by her. Death, violence, it was all pointless to her. Even if the reward was freedom.

Looking at him, Simeon didn't seem hostile. But it was still too early for her to make any judgments on him. But she would be stuck with him, doing whatever it is he wanted. She hoped, prayed even, that he would be merciful to her. She agreed to this slavery in exchange for her life and had no intention of killing him. Perhaps Karma would be in her favor... She felt so small here. Not just in regards to her diminutive stature, but in status. She felt so little, so absolutely scared. At the very least, she hoped he would only request reasonable things of her. With what she had read, with the stories she had heard about demons, she prayed that this boy was an exception to those rumors.

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Character Portrait: Simeon Dregori Character Portrait: Rae Devereux Character Portrait: Chou Dregori Character Portrait: Matt Holmes Character Portrait: Lucius Dregori Character Portrait: Raymond Geller Character Portrait: Senna Walburg Character Portrait: Dydo Dregori

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Over the past few weeks Rae had been systematically destroy any chance of her becoming a permanent part of any demon family and so she was only moved from one slave owner to the next, her shortest time being only seventeen hours she planned to break her record with this next family. Even when she discovered which family it was, the house of a very infamous and powerful demon, it only made the challenge more interesting and fun.

Rae's eyes narrowed at the envelope that floated in front of her she swiped her hand down on it snatching it from the air into a crumpled fist reluctantly undoing her damage to open the letter. Her demeanor had an air of boredom to it as if pretending she didn't care about what any demon had to write but as she started actually reading it her attention was caught as she read on her body became more intense gripping the page with both hands leaning in with wide eyes.

Humans may seek freedom through the attempt at the lives of the individuals Lucius and Simeon Dregori the rules are as follows: the girls and other staff are off limits and may not be targeted,communal areas (marked on map) are off limits as are family meals (everyone will be present), loss of this memo results in disqualification. Should an assassination attempt upon Simeon be successful, said individual shall be granted their freedom. In the event of Lucius being taken out, all participants shall be freed.

Her eyes were wide and glued to the page reading it over three times to make sure she had read it right, this was a dream come true for her she was over joyed at the prospect at being able to earn her freedom and looked at the other slaves' expressions her own eyes wide with anticipation of getting to end this nightmare, this was definitely a game changer. She almost thought it was too good to be true but the paper was right there in front of her with an official seal and everything, Rae almost burst out into laughter right then.

Instead she kept herself calm and quiet following the others further into the house despite every bone in her body demanding her to run, she had to fight to keep herself in check wanting to see this challenge through. She couldn't leave now things were just getting interesting and she wanted to find out just how far down this rabbit hole went. The head demon introduced himself as Lucius she smirked eyeing him up and down looking for weaknesses or ways to kill him but saw very few option, she needed to learn more about him she would wait.

When he had asked them to introduce themselves a girl spoke up first as she did Rae leaned forward turning her head to look at the girl frowning and furrowing her brow, "My name is Senna Walburg, sir Lucius. I do not have much in the way of talents, but I am very good at preparing simple meals. I could also take care of cleaning if needed. I was also a good student in my old town and I am good at memorizing and writing. I'll do whatever is asked of me, sir." Rae could already tell that she wasn't going to like that one, she sounded like a brown nosing little kiss ass. Where did she get off calling him 'sir' and bowing like some... slave!

As soon as she was done however Rae jumped in, "my name is Rae Tutankhamun, and I am intelligent beyond your wildest dreams." Her voice was oozing with sarcasm and she put on hand on her hip raising the other above her head waving it in small circles as she gave the most overly pompous bow that she could muster. She rose up in one swift motion listening to the others chime in before someone else entered the room, it was another demon and from what she could tell this was the other demon they could target and he looked like a much easier kill than Lucius but if she could free all of them then she would. Lucius was her main target.

"Raymond, you will be with my eldest child Dydo and Matt will be with Chou my youngest. I trust I've no need for further elaboration there. Sadly Rae, I guess that means you're stuck with me." When he announced that she would be serving under him she flinched like he had given her a slap in the face her fists clenched and she felt sweat break from her face. Then she got angry, why did he say it like it was a bad thing? She'd show him, she would kill him in half the time any normal slave would, Rae was about to say this when another door opened and someone else entered the room.





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Dydo tread lightly through the house her foot steps hardly making a noise as she made her way down long hallways and elegant rooms, she walked steadily with even steps seemingly as graceful as a ghost. Almost floating through the rooms that she passed through, her knee length, white dress which billowed around her long legs as she walked only helped in the illusion. Her expression was blank like a stone wall unchanging as she moved drifting through her rather large home.

As she made her way closer to the room where she could hear voices from her walk was interrupted when she stopped mid-step to cover her nose. Just by the smell she could tell that her father had indeed followed through with his promise, regaining her composure she continued toward the door opening it carefully, stepping in side. The smell was worse on the inside and she almost backed out right then but instead she closed the door behind her leaning against it and trying to hold her breath.

She had a talent for hiding her feelings and so her face did not show the discussed she was coming to terms with on the inside, instead her face was the same blank stare that it usually had looking at each of the new faces in the room. She was trying to concentrate on site to distract herself from the smell studying their faces and anything about them trying not to breathe in too much. When she had stood there for only a few seconds she spoke her voice as plain and emotionless as her face, "which one of these is mine?"

The question was directed at her father but her eyes were still on the slaves looking at each of them in turn with her cold stare, out of the corner of her eye she could see her father indicate a male slave towards the middle. As soon as he did she stepped forward walking up to the male looking at him all the while, when she closed the distance between them she folded open her arms grabbing him and pulling him into a tight hug. Her intention was to rub off as much of her scent onto as possible and the sooner she did it the sooner she would stop getting that sick feeling she got when she took in sharp breaths. Which she did now while she was so close to this human, drawing in and out shallow breaths onto his neck as she drew out the hug for as long as she could before she felt nauseous.

When Dydo broke away from the human she gave explanation to her action, nor did she meet the eyes of anyone in the room, instead she kept her eyes on the ground head bowed just slightly. The only words she spoke were in the same tone as before, "I will be taking a long bath, please do not disturb me." Dydo was usually strange in character so actions like these were not out of the ordinary, but in truth seeing a human up close for the first time really spooked the girl and she needed to recuperate not only that but she needed to wash off the smell of him off of herself.

As she was leaving the room thousands of thoughts floated through her mind but her body showed no sigh of turmoil or anxiousness, instead she was as graceful as the moment she walked in. She was determined not to give herself away and with years of practice it was as easy as stepping through grass for her. 'Wearing your heart on your sleeve' was not an expression that was known to her nor was it a phrase that described her,at it was obvious to those who knew her even her family knew very little about her inner thoughts and feelings and she liked it that way. And as she was closing the door to the room she took in a breath of fresh air and she looked up to meet the eyes of her new slave keeping her gaze steady she closed the door completely as if to shut off the relationship before it even started.

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Character Portrait: Simeon Dregori Character Portrait: Rae Devereux Character Portrait: Chou Dregori Character Portrait: Matt Holmes Character Portrait: Lucius Dregori Character Portrait: Raymond Geller Character Portrait: Senna Walburg Character Portrait: Dydo Dregori

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Chou was alone in her room as she waited for her father to return with the humans. She was playing with her dolls on the floor, acting out her first meeting with her human as she fantasized up countless possibilities. The girl had no idea who her human would be which only played to her excitement and curiosity, wondering what their name was, what they looked like, and even what their personality was like. Dropping her dolls to the floor Chou leaned her head back with a sigh, the anticipation near killing the girl.

It was then that she heard the door downstairs and quickly concluded that her father was back, almost falling backwards in surprise as she scrambled to her feet and quickly brushed down her dress. With a deep breath she spun on her heel and darted out the bedroom door, near stumbling as she turned and ran down the hallway, and sprinted headfirst down the stairs.

Upon arrival at the room that seemingly everyone else was in, just managing to avoid bumping into her older sister narrowly, Chou tripped face first into the door with a loud thud. Falling backwards she rubbed a hand against her forehead, letting out a faint whine as she forced herself upright onto her feet and eventually entered the room properly. Sidestepping round her brother, immediately the demon walked over to her father and stood beside him for a moment, wrapping her arms around his waist with visible affection.

"W-Which one is m-m-mine?" She asked eagerly, if not somewhat nervously with her common stutter. Releasing her father she took a step back, watching as he pointed to the boy with red hair. A moment after Chou strolled over to her human and looked up to him with a smile. "Hi there! M-My name is Chou Dregori... w-what's your name?" She grabbed onto the boys hand and pulled him forward a little, hopping up and down on the spot excitedly as she even giggled a little. "C-Come! You have t-to see my room! And I'll sh-show you around!" Glancing to her father she asked, or rather begged, "Oh p-p-please? We can take them now r-right? I p-p-promise to be good."

Setting her eyes back onto her human, Chou released the boys hand and clasped her own hands behind her back, taking a breath. "I-I mean... it is a p-p-pleasure to meet you." The girl took a moment to look at the other humans for her father and siblings. Smiling to them all, Chou would've loved to play with them all, but she'd settle for her own red-haired human. He was pretty cute, and seemed really cool. Chou was so thrilled to finally meet her human.

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Character Portrait: Rae Devereux Character Portrait: Lucius Dregori

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Lucius' expression visibly softened when his girls entered the room. First came Dydo, and in her usual laconic style asked which was hers. Given her rather cold demeanor, Lucius refrained from his desire to be more open and merely off-offhandedly indicated towards Raymond. When she hugged him, Lucius narrowed his eyes in suspicion at Dydo's motive until he registered her shallow breathing. The fatherly part of him appeased with that Lucius made no further overt action when his eldest daughter just as easily made her departure. He really hoped this was just a phase...a long,difficult phase.

Chou's entry is when Lucius went from merely soft to a full on doting father type smile. Chou's immediate if somewhat selfish approach and embrace (one which he reciprocated) were like discovering water in the desert. He waiter patiently for the girl to stammer out her question before pointing out Matt. After which he contentedly watched as she began her own little play plans before asking his permission. He nodded his approval before beckoning towards Rae to follow him, and even going so far to attempt to guide the young woman with his hand upon the small of her back. Lucius was retreating to his wing before his facade gave way entirely. When the doors towards the wing were shut, Lucius' face returned to its usual mischievous expression.

"Well now all the pomp and official nonsense is out of the way," Lucius' voice held none of the official firmness from before and if anything sounded liked a friend explaining a joke. " Allow me to say in sincerely this time. My name is Lucius Dregori, and I bid you welcome to my family." Lucius' introduction this time around was warm and he even dipped a bow with his name.

" Since the kids aren't here I'll gladly answer any questions you may have- even those about the game now. But if possible I'd like to handle that as we walk to my office, I'm desperately behind on work."

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Character Portrait: Simeon Dregori Character Portrait: Rae Devereux Character Portrait: Chou Dregori Character Portrait: Matt Holmes Character Portrait: Lucius Dregori Character Portrait: Raymond Geller Character Portrait: Senna Walburg Character Portrait: Dydo Dregori

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Raymond Geller

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Raymond stood with his hands in his jacket pockets, glancing around at all the other 'slaves'. He noticed everyone's expressions. A short red haired girl looked terrified, which became clearer once she began talking to who seemed like, the 'head' of everything. She bowed politely which frankly ticked Raymond off. It wasn't because she seemed weak, she would probably out live everyone, but it was because he was slowly having to face it. He was a slave and he was never going home. Raymond sighed to himself as he was supposed to do an "introduction".


"My name's Raymond Geller. I'm good at hunting, gathering, and manual labor."
Raymond spoke not caring to meet the mans gaze.
Raymond glanced around again, looking at all the other people. He saw some guy walked in, who's apparently the red heads 'master'. Raymond chuckled to himself as the girl with the temper had to be the slave to someone she hated most. 'Serve's you right' He sneered in his mind.

Not long after Raymond finished his thought the door opened, revealing an emotionless girl. The girl covered her face as if she was disgusted. 'Snob much?'
As if by fate, or karma, the girl was his 'master'.
'Shit'
Raymond thought annoyed.

The girl looked serious and cold. Which is why Raymond's eyes went wide as she...hugged him!? 'W-w-w-what?'The girl hugged him for a long time, he was surprised and just held his hands at his sides unsure what to do. He looked around confused, as if he thought the answer would be on the walls or something. She eventually let go, then explained. "O-Oh.."He said softly. Before anything else happened she abruptly left, stating she was going to take a bath. 'Well now what the hell do I do?'He thought looking around the room, not knowing where to go. Raymond looked over and watched the little demon girl. He smiled softly, thinking that she reminded him of his little brother.

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Character Portrait: Rae Devereux Character Portrait: Lucius Dregori Character Portrait: Raymond Geller Character Portrait: Dydo Dregori

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Rae didn't really get good vibes from anyone in the room they all seemed so different from what she was used to. First there was the red head chick, Sabrina or something, she looked like she was right at home which didn't sit too well with Rae. Then there were the two male slaves the blue haired guy looked a little trustworthy but the red haired guy acted just as compliant as the chick. Rae wondered if it was an act and hoped, for the sake of their freedom, that it was.

The demons of the house were just as worse, Lucius, the head of the house that she'd be serving under, oozed everything that she hated about demons and every word and movement he made she hated him more and more. The son, looked like he didn't have a clue which made him an easy target for killing but probably not a good conversationalist. The daughters each one worse than the next one was cold as ice acting strange and ghost like and the other was cheery and just a big ball of sunshine! Rae probably hated her the most, needless to say she would not have a fun time here.

Lucius beckoned for her to follow him and she reluctantly complied but when he touched her back she flinched his touch burning into her skin like hate, it was all she could do to not smack his hand away and she struggled with the effort. They walked out of the room and into another part of the house which surprised Rae, from the outside the house didn't seem to big but as she went deeper into its depths she found that is seemed to just keep going, even the front room had seemed so much larger than she had originally anticipated.

Rae wondered if she had underestimated just how powerful this demon family was, the other demons that had tried to tame her did not even have half the luxury that this family lived in. She was beginning to worry about her current situation but would not give up so soon, her mother had called it her 'firey spirit' the endless determination that carried her through life leading her to where she was now, so tantalizingly close to freedom that she could almost taste it.

"Well now all the pomp and official nonsense is out of the way. Allow me to say in sincerely this time. My name is Lucius Dregori, and I bid you welcome to my family." Rae barely payed any attention to what the filthy demon had to say, it was nothing important and she didn't need to remember his name because she wasn't going to stay here long. She made a mental note of to purposefully forget it out of spite, these were the type of methods that she used against her previous owners making them resent her until they gave her up.

Rae was going to use the same ones on this family but since the letter she decided to carve a new plan and was already constructing an assassination in her head. She wasn't too keen on killing any one but she would do anything if it meant getting her freedom back, but in order for her plan to work she would have to get some of the other slaves to help her out, only question was how.

Lucius kept talking as she thought and something he said caught her attention, "Since the kids aren't here I'll gladly answer any questions you may have- even those about the game now. But if possible I'd like to handle that as we walk to my office, I'm desperately behind on work." He was asking her about the letter and she was happy to comply but first a little deception, this was a new house so no one knew her personality so it would be easy to fake one of her own.

Rae cleared her throat and with the cheeriest voice she could muster, without seeming fake, she replied, "oh that thing? I wasn't really planning on participating, I'm happy to do my part and help out with the house." She was never very good at lieing but this was a matter of life and death and so she tried as best she could to keep a smile on her face seeming as sweet and innocent as a small child.





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Dydo scrubbed her skin until it was red frowning as she did but no matter how much she scrubbed the smell still lingered in the air around herself, cursing how stupid she was for even touching it. She let out a deep sigh letting her hands rest for a minute, she had initially needed the humans to drive away the constant flow of suitors that came to the house in search of Dydo's notoriously good looks. Even so, she never expected them to be so foul, not ten minutes in and she was already regretting having asked her father such a thing.

She straightened up putting on a stern face and telling herself no, this is for your own good and you will see this through. As the words floated in her mind she slammed her fist into her palm, which was something she did often when making a final decision about something like a judge throwing down a hammer. And with that she stood up letting the water drip back into the tub before getting out and drying herself with a towel, going over herself twice just to get in one last attempt of getting her usual smell back.

She didn't have time to dry her long, thick hair so instead she twisted it up into a tight bun letting a few pesky strands loose in an attempt to seem casual. She dried off as much of her hair but it would take much longer to get completely dry so her bun would do for now, the already dark hair was darker still from the water. Dydo ignored this and slipped into anther white dress this one with dark roses on the skirt and frills on the neckline, the skirt was short than the last one sitting a few inches above her knees. The sleeve down to her elbows, she looked as though she had stepped out of the pages of a fifties magazine.

On her way out of her room Dydo grabbed her glasses putting them on her vision always foggy after a bath. She walked through the halls with the same ghostly air as before keeping her head high this time as she stepped through the doors of the front room, she did not flinch this time mainly because she had already gotten over the worst of it and was prepared. The other reason, she noticed, was that most of the slaves had left the room with their perspective masters but was surprised to see hers still here, what was he still doing here? Jeeze, humans were so useless. Instead of punishing him, however, she decided to take his lack of productivity and turn it into an opportunity.

She wasn't going try to get to know him, no, they were not going to be friends he would work for her and that was all, as soon as his usefulness had run out she would get rid of him. Perhaps sell him to a farming demon that needed the labor or give him to a poor demon family in need of some helping hands. Anything so that she wouldn't have to smell him ever again. She walked passed him motioning for him to follow her and she made her way through the house until she stepped outside into the garden at the front of the house.

The garden was lavishing, overflowing with exotic flowers of all shapes and sizes some that were brought over from the demon world and some from far off lands that shouldn't be able to survive here. But still, there they all were bright and breath taking, the garden was in a circular formation with tiers in which sat another set of flowers looking like a stadium of spectators. In the center was a stone basin that acted as a fountain slowly trickling over with streams of water that flowed into a circle of flowers surrounding the basil, small round stones sat in the base of the fountain completing the entire experience.

Dydo placed a hand on one hip pointing with the other toward the garden saying, "Find me something useful." Her face was the same as always, blank and emotionless looking at him in waiting for him to comply, she had never been around humans and from what she could tell they were very irrational so there was no way of knowing how this one would react but he looked intelligent enough, though she knew from personal experience that looks could be deceiving.

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"oh that thing? I wasn't really planning on participating, I'm happy to do my part and help out with the house." Lucius sighed at those words. Unlike his kids, having been to the human world he was rather used to the smell of humans...but that still didn't change the fact they were terrible liars.

"Human, if you're gonna lie at least keep consistent to your previous acts. Blurring an image with hot cold only works when the extremes are fairly in line with each other. I'm not too good with how your kind tracks time, but I was somewhere around Chou's age during your 12th century." The demon shrugged before continuing towards his office unabashed.

"If you want to play this farce, my office hasn't been organized for I believe fifty of what you call years and has been under two or three different wives organization since you humans declared warred on my kind. You can start by fixing that, my study has never been usable and is swamped with official papers dating back until I was roughly Simeon's age." If Rae was going to play the docile and angry human, then he was going to play the demon.

"By the way every weapony looking decoration you see in this house...they aren't just for show; they're my trophies from those I slew to get here." While not entirely the truth, Lucius' claim wasn't much of an exaggeration. All the weapons were indeed real, and yes more than a few he'd taken from dead owners. However a lot of them were simply weapons he'd acquired in an attempt to replace his own but just didn't sit quite right in his hands. Given it was the loss of his first weapon that resulted in him getting so proficient with his power...he really couldn't call it a bad trade.

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The weather was warm and the sun was shinning, a soft breeze rustling through the trees as Dydo took in a deep breath of fresh air watching her slave move about the garden. He was tall a little taller than she was and he wore such rugged looking clothes that she wondered how he was treated before he arrive here. She watched his movements from the corner of her vision keeping the other half of her attention on a dragonfly that had found it's way into the garden.

She watched with an air of disinterest but it was a facade for she cared a bit more than she let on, Dydo pushed her glases up her nose they never quite fit right and would often slide down her nose. But she didn't want to stop watching the dragonfly or the new toy she was given, she noticed that in the breeze her hair was beginning to dry everything except the bun was almost completely dry.

After a while her slave came back with a small green flower and she smiled, it wasn't something she did often but the intentions behind this one seemed curious. "Does this work for you? Oh, and by the way, what's your name? I'm Raymond." Ray...mond. What a strange name. She thought, her smile dropping as her face returned to its normal blankness before responding. "Yes, that is helpful to me if I was going to kill someone. That's a nera plant it's poisonous upon consumption."

She was slightly amused and could understand why he would want to kill her, she was his captor after all and it was understandable for him to hate her. Still, she would be lieing if she said that it didn't hurt her, even if she had only known him for a minute or two the thought of anyone wanting her dead was painful. Instead of showing it she kept a calm face speaking again. "my name is Dydo Dregori, it is a pleasure to make your acquaintance."

But as she spoke she saw just passed Raymond was a figure moving towards them and it wasn't until he went through the gate that led to the garden that Dydo acknowledged his presence. "Ah Jasper Hartness, it is so lovely to see you again." Though she said these words her appearance didn't portray them her demeanor becoming more cold than blank.

The demon put up his hand as she spoke saying in return, "I'm not here to speak to you Dydo, I'm here to talk with your father," Dydo knew why, he wasn't the first to try to ask her father for her hand in marriage and he wouldn't be the last but Jasper was more insistent which got on her nerves. Jasper turned to Raymond now eyeing him up and down looking more than irritated, "who is this now, you won't spend time with me but you'll fraternize with this... hooligan?"

Dydo practically rolled her eyes, "my father is busy at the moment you will speak with me and relax Jasper this is my new slave, Raymond. Raymond we bow to our guests." Though she hated the very idea of Jasper even being within speaking distance of herself she was very traditional and was adamant on teaching Raymond the rules of the house. Jasper cleared his throat turning back to Dydo confusing her offer to speak to him a gesture of some sort, "my lady, does this mean that you reconsidered my offer. Does this mean that you'll be my bride?"