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Subject Post 1Subject: First With Astonishment, Then Bitterness, and Finally With Indifference Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:48 pm
and desperate for shelter
Rodolfo fled as soon as he could, uncaring where the world took him. He couldn't go back to the land of Heuco Mundo. There were too many memories there, and the buzz of near-insanity kept lapping at the back of his mind, nipping at his heels, always threatening him if he ever let down his guard. And so he couldn't return to Heuco Mundo, for those feelings would only increase.
Rodolfo sought new lands, new, unseen places. He looked for a place to hide, to develop some kind of stability from the new and frightening feelings surging through his blood. Like an animal running blindly in the dark, he looked for a place to finally hide, rest, and try to recover from his harrowing experiences in hell.
His legs, and his limbs, brought him to a massive mansion, beautiful and large. Yes, he could stay here, for a little bit. Perhaps unconsciously, perhaps the mark on his back had led him here without even his knowledge of where he had dragged himself. He worked on an instinct he would eventually pass on to Rudi when he could, but he needed a quiet place to do it. This place looked like it would give him the time. Mansions, he remembered, were not always occupied. In fact, many people who owned mansions tended to own multiple, and merely cycle through them as the seasons came.
Yes, this one should be just fine, or so he hoped. Rodolfo looked as normal as he always had been, broad-shouldered, an adult, with a terribly ghastly looking mask, wearing an outfit so sharp that a lesser man threatened to cut himself. And so he stepped, nimbly and gently, into the backyard of the mansion. There was a pool there, and the wind caused the water to splash gently against the walls. He had always liked water; there was so little of it in Hueco Mundo, after all.
Rodolfo kneeled by the water, looked at his reflection in the mirror. He reminded himself that Rolf was dead- Rolf had died a long, long time ago, and he, Rodolfo, was just a corpse- a reminder of who Rolf might have had become if he was not killed like an animal. The sight soothed him, and the insanity in his blood died down, just a bit. Slowly enough that he could think... at least he could think a little better.
There were chairs by the pool that looked more like beds- how lush this place, how luxurious this space! And when Rudi came to, he would love the water, he would love to play here. With that thought, he moved to one of the bedside cushioned seats, and lay down upon it, stretching out his body so he looked as if he was lounging.
With all the silly assumption that it was some mundane rich family possibly using this space for nothing more than a vacation, he closed his eyes and began, slowly, agonizingly slowly, reconstruct Rudi's identity. Memories. Beliefs. This took all his concentration, and for a period of time, he let down his guard.
Arianda yawned softly as she woke randomly from a slumber that she was in after a rather eventful night. She rubbed her eyes and sniffed the air. Something... something smelled different. Sure, this place was fucking huge and had many different floors, areas, and such for smells to generate in. Arianda yawned softly and basically flopped out of her bed, doing a handstand as she felt herself reel from certain things. Arianda cackled softly and soon let her body fall to the floor much like a limp noodle; at least before she vaulted upwards and did a flip before landing on her feet. Arianda yawned softly and popped her neck; stretching a little as she smelled that same strange smell. What the hell was it?
Airanda yawned softly as she put on her clothes, combat boots, stockings, skirt, shirt, and all; making her way around the house in a rather lazy matter. She rubbed her eyes as she walked downstairs. Well, at first, after a couple of seconds Arianda simply hopped onto the railing and slid down it; spinning her scissors lazily as she slid down the curved material. As soon as she arrived at the bottom of the railing she let her foot hit the end of it and she simply let herself seemingly fall; at least before she slapped her hand onto the ground and bounced off of it; basically having done a single hand stand to land.
Arianda yawned softly and spun her scissors more, at least a little, until she threw them down on the couch. She yawned and walked into the kitchen to go and grab a chocolate bar, which she snacked on for a moment before she faded into the shadows and appeared on Ceal's bed, since she was in the house after all. Arianda grinned at Ceal and kissed her before picking her up and fading into the shadows once more, with Ceal, appearing next to the same couch she threw her scissors down on to. Arianda moved her scissors and then lightly placed Ceal on the couch, sitting on Ceal's lap for a few seconds as she at the chocolate bar.
Once Arianda finished the chocolate bar Arianda sniffed the air; what the hell smelled? Arianda sighed softly and kissed Ceal on the forehead before getting off of her lap and following the scent. Soon enough, she was brought to the area before the pool and spotted a rather curious creature that had something about him... yes it was a him. Well, maybe; could never tell these days. Arianda sighed softly and opened the door outside and the second she walked outside, she disappeared; reappearing a good 5 yards above Rodolfo. She threw her scissors down to his left, the scissors simply impaling themselves in the ground, not making too much of a mess either. Arianda then appeared on top of the scissors, staring at Rodolfo with her silver eyes. She tilted her head to the left for a couple of seconds before sighing.
"Mind telling me who you are and why you are at my house?"
Subject Post 3Subject: Re: First With Astonishment, Then Bitterness, and Finally With Indifference Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:37 pm
and desperate for shelter
Rodolfo did not hear her arrive. Even when he heard her voice, his crimson eyes were dim and dark in the sockets of his skull mask. He did not want to hear her, in truth. He wanted to forget. Forget this, himself, all the memories of his life. He did not want anything that would interrupt his turning to ingorance, peace, and joy.
And so Rodolfo unintentionally allowed them to stay in their position, the strange woman standing on whatever think she had arrived upon, Rodolfo lounging by the pool. The water was soothing and easy to focus on, to lose himself in. It would be so easy to forget where he was right now, forget who he was, and drift. Maybe she'd go away.
The woman, if she could tell, may feel a small twinge as Rodolfo's reiatsu reached out to check her own power. The dark sockets in his eyes were suddenly alit with a bright, crimson glow. This woman was strong, but even worse; she was a Child of Eris like him. Immediately, his own mark throbbed as if a physical sensation, pulsing madness into his blood like the injection of venom. He sat up immediately, turned to her, hand on his blade.
If he could feel her, she could also feel his. But she was dangerous; all children of eris were. He could not trust her not to hurt Rudi, to be safe to be around. He could play politely for now, and then leave. This was his thinking when he moved from the lounge seat and stood, taking his hand from the blade and forcing his shoulders into something relaxed and open and soothing. He poses as far more relaxed than he feels, as he usually does.
"I was hoping to find a small, quiet place to stay a while. I have had a long journey and was hoping this mansion was housed by unspiritual humans." He moved to bow, polite, kind. Open. She didn't attack him from sight, so she must not be inherently violent, unlike his own Rolf. He could maybe maneuver this to his benefit. He needed to find an exit peacefully, in a way such that he could escape without any reason for her to give chase. Most importantly, she must not give chase. He could not trust her intentions.
"But now I understand I am trespassing. I understand. I will go now. Good day, miss." Rodolfo turns and taps the air lightly, opening a garganta to somewhere else on earth.
This man, this Arrancar — at least that’s the feel she got from him — seemed to be distracted. The water, it calmed him, made him serene. The demon couldn’t help but understand that feeling; the pool was a nice place to relax and become serene. To relax oneself in the infinite abyss that water can pose to a being. But, even through all that, Arianda could tell something was up. This man... he clearly had something wrong with him if he was to be acting like this. What the hell happened to him...?
Well, it wasn’t something to be answered now as Arianda felt a prick; something strike her senses. She blinked a little bit and came to sit on top of her scissors, her thighs a little exposed now thanks to this position change. As she felt that prick, the probing from Rodolfo to understand her; she could do the exact same to him. Their energy scale was similar. At least so it seemed to Arianda. But, what surprised Arianda was something else. A seal. A bloody damned Seal of Eris thrown onto this man; and rather recently if the demon was able to read the conflict around this man. Arianda let out a soft sigh, about to speak before she saw the man reach for his sword; causing her to cease any attempt to speak. She needed to watch, not run her mouth. Even with her defenses and regeneration, she doesn’t like getting cut up. However, there would be no fight today. Hopefully.
Arianda hummed softly as she watched Rodolfo. He was tense, on edge, prepared to do whatever he needed to protect himself. Even when he attempted to appear more open with his body, the man’s eyes still were strewn with caution. The demon let out a soft sigh and let Rodolfo talk. He was well mannered, to say the least; it seemed so at least. She chuckled softly at Rodolfo’s remark; popping her neck as she slid down from her scissors; likely not standing as tall as him. Of course, before even getting a proper chance to speak, Rodolfo was fixing to leave; to flee this place and from Arianda for many reasons it seemed aside from trespassing. Before he could leave, Arianda’s hand shot forward and grabbed his left wrist with surprising gentleness. The grip was sure and tight, but, just the action of grabbing Rodolfo was enough to at least give the feeling Ari was not trying to harm.
“I understand that you do not wish to remain here. But, I insist that you do. If not only because this is the best place you could be, but also because I can help you with a certain seal that is on your body; the boon of Eris.”
Arianda gave Rodolfo a sweet smile, truly not wanting him to leave at the moment.
“I’m Arianda, Arianda Vael. I’m sure you can tell I have a Seal too. But, I promise I won’t harm you. It may sting a bit, but, I should be able to help you better control your Seal; and maybe help you relax some. So please stay, and come inside with me; I can get you something to eat and drink.”
Arianda smiled at Rodolfo still, her words genuine and true. Sure, she has the seal of Eris; but she isn’t going to harm someone who is dealing with the Seal of Eris. Boon of Eris it may be; but it is not all good. Arianda figured that out on her own. Now she just hoped she could help Rodolfo. And maybe have some fun along the way. Not to mention, the conflict inside of him was so... scrumptious. With that, it would be easy to help Rodolfo with his... situation~.
Subject Post 5Subject: Re: First With Astonishment, Then Bitterness, and Finally With Indifference Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:06 pm
and desperate for shelter
The damned woman had the gall to touch him. Rodolfo's first instinct upon feeling her touch was to attack her- but he did not. His first instinct was to claw and bite, like a cat who had realized there was a catch-pole about its neck. But he did not. He was better disciplined than that. He knew that he was better disciplined than that. But it didn't change how much he did not want her touching him. Even that, her touch, drove him wild inside. The chaos in his spirit throbbed like a pulse of arousal, and he had to fight to prevent himself from reacting.
Instead, he turned to look at her, the garganta yawning shut like the clack of a closing cell door. His ruby eyes trailed over the curves of her body, her exposed, spread thighs. Her skin looks so plush from here. Rodolfo wonders, briefly, how she smells. Her hair. Her skin. Her breath. How she would taste on his tongue. His eyes look away, no, they are torn away from her form and up again to her eyes. He is grateful it is so hard to read his emotions when his face is hidden behind the mask as it were.
But he also knew that she was perhaps intentionally doing as such. Rodolfo tested her grip a little, pulling slightly against her. They were both strong, but even moreso, he knows that she wasn't about to let him go. She knew, and he knew she knew. And he couldn't refuse her now, no, he wouldn't be allowed to leave so easily. He had to play a little longer.
And besides, she just might be able to help him.
On the other hand, it was quite likely she would try to deliver him unto even more evil. Rodolfo considered this, and then, his mask dips low in acquiescence.
"Miss Vael. It is a pleasure. I am Rodolfo... I can stay for a night, or two, but I must leave afterwards. I must find a quiet and safe place, away from civilization. It is a spiritual journey of sorts. I hope you understand." Rodolfo kept his voice even as he turned to follow her, perhaps even gentle. He follows her past the pool and deeper indoors. He didn't know what to expect, but to some extent, the whole experience reminded him of a mouse crawling down the gullet of a serpent.
This man, Rodolfo it seemed his name was, was quite... odd. It was easy for the demon to tell that he was conflicted; hell, he was basically a sea of conflict at the moment thanks to what was going on with himself and the Seal of Eris. But, that was not all, it seemed like some of him would wish to... well, admire the demon? At least that's the impression Arianda got from how those eyes of his, behind that mask, surveyed her up and down; from head to toe basically. If it wasn't for the fact that Arianda didn't mind another's gaze upon her body like such, she probably would've slapped Rodolfo. But, Arianda wasn't that kind of woman. So, the demon could only give Rodolfo a smile; a soft, sweet, smile that truly did not radiate any ill intent. Of course, Arianda would likely be unable to convince Rodolfo of that with just her smile alone. It would take a... different approach~
Soon, Arianda found that Rodolfo was willing to come inside with her. The demon gave the man a nod, turning around and leading the way into her house; her smile turning into a mischievous grin as long as Rodolfo could not see such a grin. After all, she was accepting the poor boy into her house as a kind gesture; there was no need to scare him away. But, eventually, Arianda closed the door behind Rodolfo and lead him to the den; where she sat on the couch and pat the cushion next to her. An indication to take a seat right next to the demon; and by her expectant eyes, it would be hard to sit elsewhere.
"So! If you only wish to stay here a few days, then I may as well help you now; but that is your choice, Rodolfo~"
The demon smiled, the inner-workings of her mind quickly formulating what she would do. It was obvious, based on the conflict inside of Rodolfo, he disliked the seal, and much everything else about this situation; but he also seemed to like to peer at Arianda's form. Maybe a mix of showing her assets a tiny bit and manipulating that conflict inside of Rodolfo and the poor boy could learn that the seal isn't bad; and Arianda here certainly is not bad either. A little twisted? Definitely! But, she isn't a bad person~ She just likes to help those who are having issues with the seal of Eris. So, as soon as Rodolfo sat next to her, the demon set to work; leaning close to Rodolfo, showing her cleavage as she leaned closer.
"So~ Just gimme a few seconds and I can help you with your seal, okay~?"
The demon smiled at Rodolfo again, and whether or not he would answer, Rodolfo would feel a hand pressing against his back. The touch was both gentle, yet immensely rough; calming, yet infuriating. Confliction, conflict, all sorts of things that should not come from the touch of a lovely woman yet did. Then, as soon as Rodolfo felt that small storm of conflict from Arianda's hand, he may start to question why he disliked the seal; why it was such a bad thing for him. Why, it was the exact opposite; it led him to such great things, like Arianda, and possibly even better things that could enhance and enrich his life. Then, of course, came the emotions and thoughts against the Seal, trying to bat out those thoughts for the seal. But, they were unsuccessful; possibly only because Arianda was not only doing this, but she was seducing Rodolfo at the same time.
The man staring at her body so, looking a tad hungry even, was something Arianda took advantage of; not only because she wanted to have some fun, but also because it helped her possible manipulation of Rodolfo. The demon hummed softly as her left hand remained on Rodolfo's back, and her right slowly worked its way up his stomach and chest; the demon's bosom now pressing against his side. Maybe it wouldn't have worked on all beings, but, Rodolfo was vulnerable; confused by the corruption in his being, and by the partial desires his body seemed to make known when he stared at Arianda. It was then that Arianda made the final thing that would damn Rodolfo's hate for the seal.
The demon leaned in much closer now, her face inches from Rodolfo's mask; her hands teasing his body, and her bosom pressing into him. She smiled at Rodolfo, a smile so sweet; it was nearly like an Angel's. It was then, that Arianda's appearance shifted, shifted for a split second as Rodolfo may slowly come to accept this fact to his being; the Eris Seal was not there to harm him. It is likely the best thing to happen to him. It is not bad, even. But, all of that being implemented into his mind would depend on how well this all worked; Arianda was just simply seducing and manipulating, using her power over conflict and her strong connection to Eris for this ordeal. Sure, it had a high chance to work, given Rodolfo's instability, but, that didn't mean the demon couldn't take other actions to further make it so Rodolfo truly, truly believed that the seal, Arianda, and even Mana herself is good for him.
Subject Post 7Subject: Re: First With Astonishment, Then Bitterness, and Finally With Indifference Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:05 pm
and desperate for shelter
It took too long for Rodolfo to fully understand, as he allowed himself to be led back and away from his escape. Her hand was warm and it had been so long since he had someone close to him that didn't mean him harm. He had been- he had been alone for such a long time. And everyone he had met was an enemy or an enemy in waiting.
And yet, this woman both comforted and reminded him that there were perhaps better, happier places in this world. That maybe he had been fighting so long and so hard for nothing. That maybe his lot wasn't so bad. Power still thrummed in his veins, and he was neither hungry, nor unsafe. His life had stretched so long and so far- and for what? He only had himself, still, at the end of all things. Alone, utterly.
Perhaps this mark was good for him. He could settle, at last, with a family. His footsteps traced hers, echoing in unconscious synchronicity as they stepped back into the mansion. It was warm, and light, here. Almost domestic. To an external world, they could be no different than lovers, or family. His tenseness faded away with his entry indoors. He didn't even quite remember wandering indoors with her- it was as if his feet desired a home that his mind had long denied himself for eons.
Something was wrong.
He would not give up his morals so easily. The chaos inside his blood roared in his ears, a shattered pride, an anguish. Deceived, again, who knows what she had done to him. Rodolfo jerked his body from hers as if she had burned him. His voice was a sudden, low growl, threatening and with no sense of the illusion of peace beforehand.
"Miss Vael, what have you done." He snarled, his voice warping away from human and into something made of nightmare and darkness. His gloved hands slipped to his sword and his body was tense. "Speak frankly what you're getting at, woman, or I will cut you down where you stand."