Dec 09, 2019 1:09 PM
Storms and Wisterias in Argentum
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They keep running for five hours. Kol offers to let Klara carry the unconscious hybrid girl, but she can't. She can't let herself. The disgust she feels for everything that happened to her mates parents is overwhelming. Her only family. And Klara didn't do anything to stop the Council bastards destroying everything Mallorie loved in the world. She watched her mates world burn and only had selfish thoughts.

...she can stop herself from holding her and she can stop herself from looking at her. But she can't control the progress of her thoughts. She tries but it's like she's stuck in a feedback loop. Everything always comes back to Mallorie.

For over a thousand years she's been without. She never knew how...all-consuming it was. It terrified her.

But her time for self reflection is over as the rate of Mallories heart picks up and she starts to stir awake in Kol's arms.

The twins give each other a glance and immediately head towards the nearest empty house. Klara applies just enough pressure to the door and they're inside.

And just in time for Mallorie to open her eyes.

 

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Lorie moans as she wriggles around in someone's arms. They're cold and hard like her daddy's, he must be taking her to bed  

"Daddy?" She questions slowly, letting her eyes flutter open slowly, and waited for her eyes to adjust and stop being so blurry. 

The two people that come into focus are not her parents. She's sure she's never seen them before in her life. Her limbs are slow and unresponsive to her attempts to get away, but then she's being placed on the ground gently, and they're stepping back. 

They both have red eyes. Daddy said that meant they eat people. Like the Council. 

"Who are you? Where have you taken me? Where's my parents?" She demands. 

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Kol looks to Klara, sees her reluctance and steps slightly forward to draw attention to himself.

"Bad news, love, we're not your parents." He raises his eyebrows. "Obviously."

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She glares at him for his blithe comment and bends down, trying to get at level height with the girl.

"My name is Klara. The rude one is Kol. First, before we get into explanations, how do you feel? Physically. Your head in particular."

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"I...I don't know. I feel fuzzy." Lorie runs shaking hands through her hair. Didn't her mummy put it in a braid for her? 

"Where are my parents? I...I can't remember. I-"

her lip wobbles. No, no she will not cry. 

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Klara sits down with her legs crossed. "Can you tell me what you remember?"

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"I...I-"

Flashes come back to her. Her Mum with a knife- her daddy's head- but they were just dreams weren't they? They weren't-

Lorie moans quietly, and tears begin to fall down her cheeks. "I don't want to remember- I don't-"

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She moves closer and puts her hand on the girls back. "I'm sorry. They're dead. I know it's scary and you need to grieve... but. You have to make some decisions now. It's very important."

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"...both?" But...but her mummy...

The woman touches her and instinctively Lorie's first clenches and her powers flare up. 

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Klara flinches back, a large crack appears in her hand.

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Kol reaches for Klara and pulls her back. "Stop. That's not going to help anyone, love."

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She shakes him off, but doesn't step back to her.

"It's fine. She's distressed," she bends down again, "I know this is hard, but you need to try and stay calm."

She shows her hand to Kol, "It's healing, see? No harm done."

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"Just siphon her already and lets get this done."

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Lorie gasps, dismayed. "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, I didn't mean-"

she stops, biting down on her lip. 

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"It's okay. We're not mad. But, that is an option. I'm a witch and my power is to take other peoples magic. It's only temporary and it'll come back to you in a few hours, but it might help you calm down? That way you don't have to worry about losing control."

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Lorie takes a deep breath. She nods.

"You said your name is Klara? I'm Mallorie. My par- you can call me Lorie."

Her heart clenches in her chest. 

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She smiles fondly at her. "I'm Klara and this is my brother Kol." She moves closer. "I'm going to put my hand on your shoulder now. And I'm going to siphon your magic slowly, so it won't hurt."

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"Okay." She offers Klara her hand. 

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Klara hesitates for a moment, but does take her hand. For Lorie it's a strange feeling, vaguely unpleasent. After a minute or two Klara lets go and moves back to stand with her brother.

"How do you feel now, any different?"

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"Kind of like...hollow. Like I've just thrown up. But magically."

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"That's one way to put it."

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"Really? You never mentioned that before."

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"You get used to the feeling after a thousand years."

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She can't access her powers, but that doesn't scare her so much. That hollowness can be ignored.

The bigger one, the huge hole in her heart where her parents would be cannot be. Tears brim in her eyes again. She remembers. She doesn't want to. Angrily, she swipes them away. 

She looks at Klara. "What do we do now? How do we kill them?"

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"She's got initiative!" He looks down at Klara. "I like her."

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"Swell." She rolls her eyes and looks at Lorie. "Right now we can do nothing. But. That won't always be true."

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