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Feb 28, 2020 7:49 PM
Storms and Wisterias in Argentum
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Isa glares daggers at Anders and Lora, furious at their defiance and disrespect. She mentions towards the guards holding them down and they pull both of them up to a standing position.

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Lorie knew the answer to this. It had been drilled into her since she could talk. 

"I don't know. Anders and Lora found me when I was a baby. They've raised me and trained me ever since."

Anders and Lora are suddenly standing. Lorie can see the tense line of her mother's jaw, the fury in her father's eyes. Something is happening. Something she knows but...she can't quite grasp it. 

"What's happened? Are they in trouble?" She asks Rosalina. Rosalina will answer her. She'll reassure her that nothing is wrong. 

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Rosalina soothes her anxiety, and increases her magic over the hybrid girl. "Now is the time for truthfulness, dear heart. The lies of the past need to be swept away and taken out with the tide. Only then will everything be better." She looks her in the eyes. "Do you want that? You can tell me anything."

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"I do want that," Lorie says, but for some reason, the smile she wants to give Rosalina won't come. "I want to tell everyone. It's not a bad thing. It's the best thing in the world."

The words fight against her, some part of her keeping the truth locked inside of her. She knows she didn't tell anyone for a reason, but that part is hard to listen to, with the warmth of Rosalina's touch.

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"LEAVE HER ALONE!" Anders bellows.

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Lorie looks over at Anders, struggling against the man holding him. Looks at Lora, arms wrenched behind her body, hand covering her mouth. Both of them furious, desperate. 

Lorie doesn't know what they did. What did they do wrong? Why is this happening? Why does she feel so confused?

"Daddy, help me," she says, pleading.

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Klara whines in distress and tries to break free from her brother. Her magic reacts at the same time and Kol's magic fills her and spreads out over the gathered Council Members. Everyone starts to get restless, muttering and whispering. The tension in the room, with the aid of Kol's stolen magic, increases exponentially. The noise drowns out her distress.

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Kol gasps in pain at the loss and draining of his magic, but keeps his hold on her, cracks forming in her wrist, breaking it.

"Klara. Stop now. You're going to get us killed. You're going to get her killed."

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She tries to stop, but she needs to go to Mallorie, help her. The pain in her wrist is nothing compared to the pain Mallorie must be feeling. She turns to Kol, pleading. "We need to do something." The crowd gets louder, and a few people start yelling. "Please."

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He looks down at his sister and touches the side of her face fondly. "Trust me."

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...Klara nods and relaxes the tight grip she has on her stolen magic. People stop shouting and quiet down, looking back over at the hybrid girl and the seated Council Members.

She takes Kol's hand in her own and turns back to Mallorie. The urge to go to her is still there, but she trusts her brother. She glares at Rosalina's hand instead and wishes so despertely to see Mallories face again.

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"Hush now, Mallorie." She pulls her even closer, rubbing her back soothingly. "You're in no danger here. We want to help you."

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Anders doesn't blame her. He doesn't care that their secret is out. He would've told the world if he thought she'd be safe.

What riles him up, what makes him throw his elbow as hard as he can behind him, is seeing the the terror on Lorie's face. She was so confused, so lost and all he'd ever promised her was safety. All he and Lora wanted was her to grow up healthy and happy and never have to worry about this. 

His elbow nearly shatters against the man behind him, but his healing kicks in. The guard doubles over and loosens his grip, enough that Anders could pull away, and go for Lora's guard. 

But there's already another man there, holding Lora's head at just the right angle, enough that, with some force, would kill her. Anders stops, his hands clenching in and out, breathing through his teeth. 

"Get off her," he says, low and deadly. 

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Lorie watches the scene, feeling less and less comforted. Anxiety builds in her in waves, and before she knows it, her fists clench and cracks appear in the man holding her father back. She doesn't feel sorry about it, like she normally does. He was in her way, in her father's way and she wanted her parents back. 

Then her mother's head was being held like that and all fight flew out of Lorie. She turns to Rosalina.

"Please, please, stop them. Please," she begs.

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She redoubles her control on her magic, calming Lorie down. "Everything will be better when the truth is told. Are you saying that the Doctor and the hybrid Lora Hawke are your parents? Please be clear."

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Before the fog decends on her, Lorie has a moment of clarity. She sees her parents, Anders fighting off another guard, Lora still but full of fury. 

Lora meets her eye, and hers fill with tears. "It's okay," she mouths. Lorie can feel tears pour down her face. 

And then the cloud falls over her mind. 

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"Yes. They had to keep me a secret. The only told me two years ago, when I was old enough to keep a secret."

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"Do you know why it had to be kept a secret, little one?" She smiles softly, with a curious tone.

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"Yes. Do tell," she says to Lorie as she glares at Lora.

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Rosalina glares at Isa and turns quickly back to Lorie. "Ignore her, darling. This is between you and I."

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"Because if you found out about me, I would be taken away. I wouldn't be allowed to stay with them," Lorie says. She was sure of this, because that was what her parents told her, and besides, she wanted to stay with them too. 

Maybe if she was honest, they'd all stay together. 

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"Ah. There it is. Thank you, darling. Don't you feel so much better now?" Rosalina is pleased! She turns her head and looks at Anders and Lora. "But I'm afraid that's not really the whole truth." She starts stroking Lorie's hair. "Maybe your parents will tell you everything now? It's quite awful to keep things from family."

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Anders stiffens when he sees her stroke Lorie's head. How dare she. How dare she torment his daughter?!

"Let her go. She's done nothing and you know it!" He demands. Rosalina is toying with them now. She knows she's won, now she wants to draw out the torment. 

Lora's hand, stretched back behind by a guard, finds Anders' elbow and squeezes it. 

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"We simply want the whole truth. Then we can have resolution."

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Anders snarls, biting words ready on his lips, but then he hears the smallest pained breath. 

Lora's. She was trying so hard to keep quiet, to bide her time like she always does, but her skin is just that much more fragile than his. 

Anders then looks at Lorie. Her expression is serenely calm, but tears are pouring down her face and her hands are shaking. 

All the rage almost paralyses Anders. But he gives in. 

"Five years ago, Lora and I came to you to get permission to have a child. You said no. But you didn't know Lora was already pregnant." Anders breathes in deeply, feeling tears of his own prick in his eyes. "Lorie, I'm so sorry."

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