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[Filter: Aiden, in Kilian]

Sometimes I think I'm never going to be free of him.

How long have we been sitting here now, waiting for our next clue? Everyone here has gone over everything they know about his hints. His ridiculous little birds. What in the hell does it mean? Nests? Something with nests. Where's Karyl's nest?

It doesn't matter. That's probably not even what he's getting at. Who even knows what he is getting at? It's all just his game. It's always just his game.

Everyone's fraying. I'm sure you've noticed it. The longer time goes, the less determined people are to stay and see this through. That's part of his game, too, you know. Waiting it out. He's like a bird of prey. More birds! But he can outwait anything. Wait and wait until everyone accepts he can't be defeated, or even found, and retreats back to Baethan. Until I'm the only one left.

That's what's going to happen this time, too. Have you been watching Jayne and Druce? They're losing interest. I don't know what has them distracted. But it's not this. Soon they'll retreat to Baethan for one reason or another. Jayne needs to look to her city. Tallys' family is there. Druce ... I don't know that this was ever his war to fight, as anything more than an ally.

It's happening now.
withyourghost: (never really real to begin with)
[Filter: Kary [the filter, as well of half of the page, are covered in a massive ink stain]

[Filter: Aiden]

What the hell was that for?
withyourghost: (I just made you up to hurt myself)
[Filter: Against Karyl]

That's it. You can see the shadow through the mist, if you look through the trees. See? Right there. If he still has his traps up, they'd be ... probably between those two big fir trees, the ones that look like they make a gate. And from there, a circle around the entire tower.

He's probably aware we're here. He's probably looking down on us right now.

We should prepare our rune stacks now. Or ... you should. I wish I could help with this.
withyourghost: (I just made you up to hurt myself)
[Filter: Against Karyl, in Kilian]

We're getting close now. I remember this tree. It's split here, see? Lightning hit it, tens or hundreds of years ago. It looks like two trees, further up. I used to make this a landmark, when ...

...

We've got another four or five days. It shouldn't be long. We should probably start putting together our plans for rune stacks. Or, you all should. I wish I could help with that.
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[Filter: Against Karyl]

Arwen's awake.

She woke up late yesterday. She's still -- very weak, and she's going to be bedridden for quite a while longer, but -- but I know that everyone wanted to know.

I think now that she's awake, we're going to start making plans in earnest to go after Karyl. It's -- energized everyone again. It's good to be reminded of who we're doing this for, and -- and to know that she's safe, now, or as safe as she can be.
withyourghost: (I just made you up to hurt myself)
[Filter: Private, in Kilian]

It would be better if they'd just let me go.

But now the others in town are talking about it. Karyl came in and killed one of their people. One of their children. And Jayne and Aiden aren't about to let me just -- go take care of this on my own. Even though that's the wiser option! Fewer people are going to get hurt. It'll be over faster, one way or another. Even if

Ugh.

Ugh!

[Filter: Against Karyl, in Trade]

How long is it going to be until you're here, again?

The waiting is going to kill me. I keep hoping that today will be the day Arwen comes back to us, but every morning, she's still unconscious.
withyourghost: (I just made you up to hurt myself)
Arwen is recovering.

She's stable. And still unconscious, but ... but they say the first two days are the most dangerous. And her breathing is better, and the healers are looking after her.

Brigid ...

...

I'm going to be leaving, soon. The longer I stay, the more likely it is that he's going to come back. And I know what this is about. It's about me. The directions were for me to come and find him, after all, weren't they?

I'll be gone before the month is out.
withyourghost: (I just made you up to hurt myself)
[Filter: Aiden, in Kilian]

I suppose you don't want me there tomorrow.
withyourghost: (I just made you up to hurt myself)
[Filter: Private, in Kilian]

I miss you more than ever today.

I -- thought it was better, Tori, but sometimes everything just reminds me how much you understood me. How much nobody else could. I try and I try, but it always seems like even when I make progress, everything gets turned back around ...

What did I do wrong? That's what I don't understand. I wasn't doing anything different from I ever had. And now it's all ... turned around. I've gone from -- from everything to nothing. That's how it feels, at least ...

If you were here, it wouldn't matter. We'd have each other.

[Filter: Arwen, in Kilian]

How are your lessons?
withyourghost: (I just made you up to hurt myself)
[Filter: Eith, in Kilian]

I hope you're damned satisfied with yourself. I don't know what you're doing and I don't know what the hell you think you're doing here, but it's clear that everyone thinks higher of you now than they ever thought of me.

I hope

I


[Filter: Private, in Kilian]

What the hell use is there to it.

[Filter: Public, in Kilian]

I'm going out.
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[Filter: Eith, in Kilian]

I hope you're damned satisfied with yourself. I don't know what you're doing and I don't know what the hell you think you're doing here, but it's clear that everyone thinks higher of you now than they ever thought of me.

I hope

I


[Filter: Private, in Kilian]

What the hell use is there to it.

[Filter: Public, in Kilian]

I'm going out for the day.
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[Kilian]

Arwen, would you like to go get some sweets today? The pastry shop is opening its doors again, and I know they'd be delighted to see you there for the big event. Maybe they'd even give you some strawberry tarts just for dropping by.

I'll get you some cupcakes to take home to your mother ...
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That went less cleanly than I'd hoped it would.

I'll be home late, Jayne. You oughtn't wait up for me. I'm on the road now, but I've only just gotten on my way. Caeleb and Eabha had a lot of questions, and they needed to be sure that the removal of the sword wasn't going to cause any problems with their research.

Tomorrow, everything will be back to normal. I hope Sir Eith has been able to help with your research while I've been away.
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[Kilian]

All right, Jayne.

I've finished up everything with Aibrean.

Unfortunately, everything with the sword appears to be completely unrelated to her own troubles. She hasn't seen hide nor hair of her researchers or people coming back, not like we have. Whatever trouble she's had ... it isn't the same as Baethan.

I'm going to go see the twins tomorrow. I tried to help Aibrean where I could, but there was ... honestly not much that could be done. I wish there was more that I could do for her. But she's insisted I've done more than she could ever have asked for, and I do have to be on my way.

I can't imagine things with Eabha and Caeleb will take long. I'll probably be home by Monday.
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Well, all right. I think I have all my things. Jayne, I'll be coming by to see you before I go, but the sooner I get on my way, the better. I know we don't want to keep Aibrean waiting.

You did send word that I would be coming, didn't you? I don't want to surprise her ...
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[Filter: Tallys, in Kilian]

So, has anyone asked you how you're feeling about this? With all the ... commotion over our apparent thieves, I imagine everything with you and Druce has been fairly overlooked, but ...

Time's running short, I suppose.

You're not obligated to go, you know. I'm not trying to force you to stay, but ... Well. Just because Druce has invited you doesn't mean you have to go along.
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[Filter: Jayne, in Kilian]

So ...

I don't suppose you'd be willing to spend the day with me tomorrow?
withyourghost: (Default)
[Filter: Private]

How long has it been, since I've gone to a true Night of the Dead observance ... ?

[Filter: Those in Baethan]

I'm not sure what to make of our current ... visitors.

Has anybody else seen them around today? I swear, I find them around every corner. Asking about -- about powerful artifacts, strange sightings around the city. I've told them that I can't help them, and they've mostly respected that, but --

But I didn't lose anyone to this. Not anyone I was truly close to. Acquaintances. People who helped me recover ... but not friends, or family. I can't imagine what everyone else must be feeling when they're being confronted with questions about the very same thing that killed their families. Even if they don't know everything we know about it ...

Aiden? Arwen? Tell me that they haven't bothered you yet today.
withyourghost: (I just made you up to hurt myself)
[Filter: Aiden, in Kilian]

You need to stop this. Arwen is worried about you. I'm worried about you. She's told me that you're still not eating.

What do you think you're doing? Do you think starving yourself is going to bring them back? It's not your fault, what happened here, Aiden. Regardless of what happened to you, regardless of what mistakes you made in the past, regardless of the guilt you feel for it. This is not something that you couldn't have predicted, couldn't have stopped.

Please just eat.
withyourghost: (I just made you up to hurt myself)
[Filter: Arwen and Aiden, in Kilian]

Come on, you two. You need to come down and get some food. Aiden, especially you. Starving yourself isn't going to do any good for you, no matter how much you believe it will.

Arwen, there's rolls with warm honey butter. Don't you want some breakfast? There's eggs and fruit here for everyone to share. And we're getting all the gifts put into a big pile, just like Festival's supposed to be. Maybe you can come and put your gift for Aiden in the pile, too.
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