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Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:17 am

Anadelonbrin, such a beautiful woman you are.
To ask me how I am, to ask beyond the veil and pose your questions to further the story...there is much wisdom in you, much kindness. You understand the cruelty of isolation, of what it does to one who lives by connecting.
Yes, of course you would guess the situation with sir Hayhurst. You of all people, who sees more. Thank you for your trust, for having faith in what will be decided.
Thank you for the offer to Nomine. I hear your words. I hear all the possibilities you create with this. I have to ensure this is something you wish for yourself as well, not just for others. Your answer shows dedication and love, as well as a wish for yourself.
I hope the offer will be taken seriously.
I think it might indeed be the right path for you.
And maybe it will help me on mine.
Time for Nomine.
Time for us.

Anadelonbrin, Heartfang, Heartbalm.

Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:29 pm

Just like that he is back.
It is a cold welcome, with Lumi away, Rey getting back on her feet and a strong discussion on right and wrong. I get a chance to show him he has been missed. Unfortunately I have to follow it up with another burden: the story of Seabourne. He agrees on my observations, adds some possible conclusions. So many paths that may lead to so many outcomes.

Tonight however sees two people who are tired of their work and who seek comfort in each other's company. He moves more than I do. It wakes me up. I have felt the recent healing strands in his body. A lot has happened.
He has not told

I want him to know I am here for him.
A soft hand on his shoulder, aware it may wake him and harm me.
I am here.
He sleeps on.
The touch accepted.
Maybe I can lighten his dreams where I cannot yet in his waking hours.

Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:13 am

When finally we may have our chance, Nomine is called away.
I know these calls. They are not to be ignored.
He would get them on a regular basis back when Stormwind was still whole.
Yet this time is different.
This time I feel it in my stomach.
Fear of the world deciding to take him away this time.
Fear never to be able to move beyond the shield of wordings.

I go back to my tasks. There is nothing I can do otherwise. Tialynn is progressing. She is finding her footing in a world she has long forgotten, but the girl is strong minded. She remembers. She copes. She cries. She fights.

Sir Hayhurst is working with her every day, getting her back into habits she used to love, hoping to somehow spark the memory of what is still there instead of focusing on what has been lost. We speak on a regular basis.
Not always about Tialynn.
He is a guide to more than one.
Strength and kindness.

Yet suddenly there is anger and frustration after I bring news of an unexpected meet: Garynn Seabourne in a manner not to be refused. Having his men bring me in was unpleasant, yet to speak with this man on equal terms was not so bad. He expects Tialynn back in two weeks. I have told him we will reconvene in three to decide if she is able to return home in the fourth week. He is very insistent.
Yet, so am I.
He threatens with his position as her guardian.
I counter with my position as the healer on the scene.
He speaks of legal matters.
I know my rights, as well as hers while she is my patient.
And she will remain my patient until I deem it safe for her to return.
This will not be while Seabourne holds the house.
But that I do not mention.

Two weeks.
He must be planning something in two weeks, then. Perhaps he is arranging for power to be shifted to him indefinitely. It is interesting to hear him prod about Tialynn coming home sooner than I feel is comfortable while at the same time he tries to get me to admit she is a lost case.
She is not.
And so I do not. I speak of progress and of time needed to balance the mind. I know of this intimately, but this too I will not mention. It is enough for him to know that my experiences as a healer tell me so.

Varric is upset.
Madly so.
He disagrees with me informing Nomine, afraid he will be cheated out of taking Garynn out. I think he underestimates Nomine, though. If anything he might find a way for Varric to get his chance without ending up in jail for it.
But I do not get through to him.
He will not hear of it.
Unfortunately there too I must insist.
For Nomine nor Starlight will accept it if I am 'invited' again by Seabourne without them being able to counter it because I never have told them. It would be a grave mistake, one that might cost me or others grievously.

It is strange. After the long talk to Varric when Rey had touched my mind I feel more at ease, more myself. I know better than to assume all is well, but there is a foundation to go from. I am grateful to him for that. I am also grateful for his honesty.
For now I know.
There is more than a soft spot.
And I know
There would be a chance if I would allow it.
Yet I will not.
My feelings may be conflicted, but this might also be on account of the situation. As long as I do not have an honest chance to invest in Nomine, I cannot expect anything back from him either. There is no way I can compare these men fairly. They are too different, both so close.

Please return safely.
Let us finish what we started.
I do not wish to look elsewhere until we both agree it is no use.
I do not wish to agree on that as long as we have not gotten to try.
In order to try, you have to return.
Hear me, then.
Come back.
See me.

Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:51 pm

A second kiss followed only days later.
At least it proves it was not an impulse per sé.
To stand there, his arm around me, is to feel back into the fold. I do so hope we will stay removed from his fortune cookie wisdom and will speak on equal terms again. So many points where I still need to find a way to reconnect. I wish to go back to the time where we spoke of feelings as well as plans, where fears were an accepted part of our partnership and we worked through them together. No, I do not wish to go back. I wish to find it again. I wish to hear of his shadows as well as work on mine. I want to know him, feel him.

I have told him there is progress.
There is.
There are ways of dealing with unwanted thoughts and fears. One of these ways is by reaching out to help others come to grips with their shadows. One of these people is once again sir Hayhurst.
I am unsure how he came to share his burdens so swiftly upon meeting. I never noticed how our conversations lifted him up until he jokingly asked me if I charged by the hour.
And yet the words held so much.
It sounded like he was crawling out of a pit of isolation, finally open to the possibility of a world where he may sleep at ease and wake all rested, a world where people can live instead of survive.

Now that I am helping him with Tialynn I see another side of him. Many of his old worries burden him again, it seems, the resurfacing of this girl reminding him forcefully of the woman he lost. It is painful to hear him suffer through this. Yet it is hopeful to hear him help Tialynn up. Together they will find a way to find a place for their terrible losses. There is no better way than to share this with one who understands.

One who understands.
Nomine understands the situation from both sides. He has been a captive as well as the captor. Yet his words do not touch the heart of the matter. Maybe this is his self defense mechanism. Or maybe none has thought to find out. Maybe he has been succesful at keeping questions at bay, building his fences, stack upon stack.
Is he still there.
I should think so.
But maybe he is less outspoken about what is broken or what is whole.

One who understands.
Varric has made it clear what situation he comes out of. He realizes he is still battling the shadows and is on the crossroads that Nomine must have felt as well. Will he move on, trying to place his horrors in the daylight where people will reach out for him? Or will he descend into that pit again if too much happens to rekindle those shadows?
But he speaks of it.
And touches upon my fears.
The man has dispelled any possibility of an imprint being left behind, not appalled by my sudden brush with another intruder and subsequent shock reaction. He has taken great care to respect my privacy.
Yet now he knows of my personal shadows.
My own pit.
He would guide me out, like I tried to help him.

Nomine is willing to cut the shadows, but can I help him?

It is still my choice and I will continue on my path.
But I sense different connections.
Different paths.

One who understands.
Gods, I think I understand.

Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:24 pm

After all is said and done it all comes down to what we choose to act on. We may feel what we feel, confusion may rule, but decisions need to be made consciously. There is no excuse for slipping up when it comes to the heart.
I have told Chit of one other who expressed a soft spot. She advised me to steer clear of any companion for at least a year.

I do not think I can.
I will make mistakes.
I must know.

And so I walk towards Nomine to speak with him beyond the dance of words, beyond what one would want to hear.
I aim for the words I may not wish to hear, so I will know where I stand.
I aim at the initiative, so I will no longer have to wait.
I fail
For he kisses me first.

Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:18 pm

Pushing and pulling, like the waves that shield me.
We found Tialynn, but she is yet to find herself. Much time is spent at sir Hayhurst's house. He has set traps around it, as if this would stop a larger group. Yet he will not speak to Starlight about the perceived threat. He is so used to solving his own matters that he may have forgotten that this problem is greater than Garynn alone. This man is most probably the one who sent the troops in the first place. He will do so again, undoubtedly.
Yet when I try to get him to accept support, he shows a great need to be self sufficient. I suspect he has something to prove to himself.
Perhaps to Tialynn.

It is hard for me to understand why one would turn down support when it is available. Starlight is already involved. Varric is one of us. We would be more efficiently done with this if he would realize that. Yet I cannot force that understanding upon him. I fear he may be blinded because of his vows to end this himself.
The difference between the man Garynn or a mass of his troops is forgotten.
This worries me.

I promised I will not stand between him and Garynn. I have not promised anything about any men who might be sent to finish the job they could not finish before. Stormwind is a relatively safe place, the house is under some protection. Yet will it be enough to stop them? How desperate would Garynn be? I will not risk Varric or Tialynn over this.
Nothing has happened so far.
When need be, I will ask for the assistance sir Hayhurst cannot accept yet.
When need be, I will risk his fury.
Anything better than to loose the man or the one he was so desperate to save.

Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:05 pm

We may be using a lot of words.
Maybe it is to keep us afloat.
But in the middle of that sea of reasoning
I hope to reach the heart of the matter.
Nomine accepts the challenge.
May he accept what he'll find as well.
For who will I be
Once I find my way from behind the veil.

Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:44 am

There is two sides of the coin.
One is mostly shown, the other carefully hidden until a moment comes emotions spill over.
It is the inner circle of trust that will see.
It's a small circle.
But oh, that outer circle is so much bigger than one fears
Or bigger than one may handle.

Varric has experienced the strength of Starlight now.
Even if the original agreement was not kept, making him loose that first moment with Tialynn, his heart and mind are strong enough to realize it was done out of good intent. There is no ill winds between him and Cheysa. I see their strength. This could easily have gone wrong.

Many showed up to support him in his quest for Tialynn. We knew there was going to be a trap. And yes, it sprung.
Nomine's voice was strong throughout it all, the leader with bird's view, keeping a check on all.
Yet when a leader is appointed, one should follow.
This did not always happen.
Much is to be learned there, also in the struggles between us all, light and darkness fighting all over the spectrum. At some point we must be able to understand, respect, at least tolerate each other's position in this. There are middle grounds to be found. The time for one side to be able to hail the only truth are long gone.
Starlight is middle grounds.
We are grey.
We are alive.
It would do to reconsider how all of this fits into the picture of our lives. No god has stricken us down. There has to be a place for all of this.

To hear Nomine's voice barking out orders.
Mostly obeyed, sometimes countered or unheard.
I missed most of the goings on, having been tasked with a simple goal: keep sir Hayhurst from being overwhelmed by emotion. Keeping the girl from posing a danger. Stopping her in her tracks if necessary.
It was necessary.
I stopped her.
It is not a proud moment. I do not relish telling a mind something it is not planning to.
But she slept.
And therefore was safe.
I will have to resolve this with her later.

Yes, we will all have to learn.
But just to hear Nomine, hear his strength. To have him in the middle of the web, clear goal in mind while juggling light and darkness on each was good. It was very good.
We had a small talk afterwards.
There was not much time, for I needed to meet up with Varric and the girl.
A promise is a promise after all.
A small talk
With great prospects.
I told him I will not go to Boralus. My reputation is a bad one. I would not be able to walk the streets like I can in Stormwind.
He agreed.

It is almost as if by taking part in this, strength is regained and with that: his eye.
So it is about finding back that which makes me stand.
It is about following orders when the situation demands it, without letting go of one's self. To know when to pick up that which you had to leave before when circumstances demand it be so.
There is a huge difference between being a shadow and playing out one's role for the day.

My role today is one of support.
I will be there to keep Varric up, as promised to Nomine.
I will be there to find Tia and bring her back, as promised to Varric.

In between I will wonder what else might have been said had we had more time.
In between I will wonder where Varric and Tialynn will find each other.
Afterwards I will rest
And deal with the consequences of my actions.

Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:17 pm

So many people who wish to advise.
In a way this is comforting, kind.
I wish to reconnect. Therefore I should listen carefully and find out how they view me through that advice. It speaks of the image they have, the expectations through the mirror of themselves. Nomine tells me to simply decide who I want to be. This does not work for me. It irks me to hear him repeat it. I wonder if his feelings follow if he decides he wishes to be with me. I do not think that works either. I want to look beyond the layers of years that are hiding him from me.
Last night was a glimpse, I believe.
Chit may be right: he may still be there, underneath it all.
Maybe I will ask him how he came to love me back in the days when I felt I was an equal in my own right. Maybe it was that confidence I bore back then. He is a strong man. He needs a strong one to stand by him. I know it is somewhere inside of me.

When talking about Sinthya I realized what although it was protection against unwanted male attention, the captain managed to bind me to her with this power. The power to withhold that protection, the power to withhold other necessities if I did not conform. The power of pain. Of ending pain.
It is a precarious game she played. One where I could not win until that one moment. Had I lashed out earlier, I would have been overwhelmed by the others. So I learned, adapted.
And forgot.

Lumi would have me wait, yet this will leave me aimless for too long. It frightens me beyond belief to swim in this ocean of nothingness. I would rather climb on shore and fail than wait any longer.

Sir Hayhurst...Varric. Another strong man with a strong opinion. Yet he will not advice. He listens. He asks. He summarizes. Even when his mind is wounded, he would ask why I have been silent. If only he will not ignore his own needs. Yes, he would be one to connect to and therein lies a danger. Yet our conversations are precious to me.
Very selfish, I know this.
But he allows me to climb out of that ocean.

Chit would not see me with anyone within a year. Her vision is to do this with women on my side. Is this because there is a danger in connecting to those men with strength of mind? Would it overpower my own? Maybe. But what if such strength is the mirror I seek to find my balance? What if that strength, combined with an opening in one's heart, is what brings my song back?
I cannot stay away from either of them. Old connections and new. They hold pieces I am after.
At least I am honest about that.
At least they both know I will take my time. There is no room for mistake. I must try to find Nomine back, maybe not just for my sake.
Maybe also for his.
And if we find the road has been closed off.
Then so be it.
But it will not be so without a fight.

Chit is a wise woman. She turned my mind from emptiness to the pieces I already hold. I will remember that.
What I have so far from our talk:
I like talking to Chit
I love the sound of the fountains
I will make up my own mind

A precious one, she is. I wish we had connected like this years before. She is right in one thing: I need her insight and yes, her support.
It made it easier to decide to join the picknick, even if I was late.
More new voices. Nelfurian decided to join. I am glad. Also a man named Philias. A deep voice. I am not entirely sure yet, but I would guess worgen, from height and intonation. He soon left, as did Varric. I understand. It is not easy opening to other people when the mind is in a knot.

It was good to sit and listen, a definite change of atmosphere.
It was good.

Re: Light and darkness

by Eileena » Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:18 pm

The talk with this Garynn went pretty much as expected. He was out to bait sir Hayhurst into rash actions, anything to give him an excuse to either found a party to go get rid of this 'golden ghost' he heard about or maybe even to stop us from going there by getting sir Hayhurst angry enough to throw the first punch.

As it were, Varric bit his tongue and stayed put.
I am impressed.
The golden ghost may or may not be the younger sister to his betrothed, one who lost her life. She may...or may not have lost her mind. There is talk of murder and mayhem, but let us be honest: in Boralus the same stories circulate about me.
Yes, it hits close to home.
But maybe this is why I need to be involved. I have been there. I am there.

Garynn asked us to deliver her to him in silence if possible.
I promised we would deliver her to safety. No word about where or to whom.
A good thing he never caught my name. I do not think I care much for this man knowing of my existence. I do not wish him touching anyone with his foul deception. Truly, if this turns out for the best, I would not be surprised if this man ends up at the feet of the cliffs.
I would not mourn him.

The promise I will not play around is the one where sir Hayhurst needs the first encounter with this golden ghost by himself.
We will be close enough to act.
But he must have his moment.
I understand.

Will we loose him over this?

I do not get to check back on Varric about this, for I am away with Nomine. I need to focus on the here and now. I wish to look for what it is that seperates us.
We speak of many things. I explain the goings on aboard the ship, the measure of protection that ensured my continued existence. He tells me the story of Sinthya, how keeping her a prisoner changed something inside of her. How he used measures to break her, to ensure her cooperation.
Yes, Chit told me, but hearing him speak of it...
It shows similarities.
I realize this.
Yet I cannot touch it, nor feel it.

There is two sides to these days together. I notice my lapse in what I call him. There is more ease in a comforting embrace. I no longer feel guilty for touching him just because I need to know he is there. Just because I need a touch. Yes, I still hope it is his touch I need. Does that make sense?
Yet I cannot help but wonder: what made us come together the first time? What was the emotional connection? Or did I forego on that? It cannot be, really, not with what I still believe to be true in my heart. He has not changed that much, has he? There is still the wit, the warmth, the man. Still, a kind of detachment I may not have noticed before.

And that is where guilt strikes again.
For detachment is not something to connect to.
Secretly I had hoped to learn from him, that maybe this time alone would show another side to him again.
Maybe it's too early.
Maybe I still fear I am still dreaming, still aboard the Mare.
Maybe the detachment is mine.
For the rest of the world does not seem to be getting any closer either.